MIND MONEY MOTION Anna Sparks with Sparks Systems and Chrissy Barth with Nutrition Lifestyle Education
The registered dietitian shared the importance of a wholistic approach to improving diet with an emphasis on pro-biotic rich foods (fermented) and high fiber foods (plant based foods) along with the advice to identify 1-3 specific actions to tackle at a time. The exercise physiologist explained a metabolic approach to optimize blood sugar in our body by focusing on two fuel tanks and using breathe to calm our brains via exercise.
Both guests boiled down sensible advice for exercise and nutrition with a logical and understandable explanation with examples as to how and why our gut health and brain health are related along with what we can do about it. Better diet and exercise really gets us to improved health, quality of life, and longevity, who doesn’t want that?
Sparks Systems is a health and performance coaching company that helps clients be the best that they can be by optimizing metabolic efficiency in an effort to enhance their performance and quality of life through nutrition, movement and breathing.
Sparks provides a way to measure metabolism and then creates a plan that will move each client towards metabolic efficiency. Metabolic Testing is the only true way to know if your body is efficiency using its internal stores of fat and carbohydrate. The test is simple and takes about 30 – 45 minutes. The result is a detailed report of exactly how much fat and carbohydrate you burn at rest as well as at different intensities of exercise.
It’s a simple test, much like blood work, that will help you understand your baseline Metabolic Efficiency and more importantly, help the Sparks System Team assign you a Sparks Score as well as understand if your nutrition program is working or not.
Anna Sparks is certified MET Level 1, Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist (METS) which is defined as a systematic nutrition and exercise approach to improving the body’s ability to use its internal stores of nutrients, specically carbohydrate and fat.
Anna has more than 16 years of experience as a personal health and performance coach, from collegiate athletic teams to one-on-one training. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and master’s in exercise physiology from the University of Mississippi, where she also played soccer and served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach in the Ole Miss athletic department. She also worked as with Olympic swimmers at Auburn University while earning her master’s, and after graduation joined the University of Arkansas as an assistant soccer coach for the Lady Razorbacks.
Anna’s love for soccer eventually brought her to the Valley to coach Arizona State University’s soccer team in 2008. It wasn’t long after moving to Phoenix that she realized
her love for cycling and triathlons, transitioning to competitive cycling in 2009. She competed in the women’s professional peloton for six years, racing in events such as the Tour of California.
Today Anna enjoys non-competitive cycling and is an avid hiker.
Nutrition Lifestyle Education is a nutrition coaching and consulting practice based in Phoenix, Arizona that creates personalized, holistic programs for their clients that addresses nutrition, lifestyle and mind-body practices, exercise and movement, and specialty lab testing.
Chrissy Barth is an integrative and functional dietitian, yoga teacher, and mind-body expert in the field of holistic nutrition who is passionate about teaching others about optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition.
She is the founder and CEO of Nutrition Lifestyle Education – a nutrition coaching and consulting practice based in Phoenix, Arizona where she serves as a nutrition consultant to sports teams, spas, mental wellness programs, medical and training facilities, corporations, and local and national media outlets serving as a media spokesperson. Chrissy is also a Lecturer at Arizona State University where she teaches sports nutrition, human nutrition and entrepreneurship and serves as a mentor to many aspiring future dietitians.
Chrissy has been awarded inclusion of Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in Dietetics “Honors Edition” of the Registry – the single highest mark of achievement as a dietitian and has received recognition as Arizona’s Young Dietitian of the Year.
Chrissy received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in human nutrition from Arizona State University. An athlete, foodie, and sports enthusiast, Chrissy enjoys dining out with friends and family, spending time outdoors hiking, traveling including back east to visit family in Virginia, and supporting many local athletic events across the country.
Last, but certainly not least, you can be sure to catch Chrissy in a yoga studio most days of the week and encourages many of her clients to incorporate yoga and other mindfulness-based practices into their lifestyles for optimal wellness.
ABOUT OUR SPONSORS
The Women’s Enterprise Foundation (WEF) is a 501(C)3 charitable organization that supports and inspires women business owners within the greater Phoenix area. For over 10 years we have sponsored women through scholarships and grant funding. Our monthly scholarship applications and bi-annual grant opportunities have assisted over 20 women in 2018 and 2019. These women continue to develop themselves as business leaders. The grants give them the increased capital to help generate greater revenue in their business. Scholarships help support their business growth through leadership and business training. We know when women grow their businesses, they benefit entire communities.
The first Friday in November each year, we hold our annual fundraiser at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. This year our featured guest speaker will be Dr. Connie Mariano, the first military woman to serve as a White House Physician to the President. Info for scholarships and grants, as well as our upcoming event may be found at .
WEF is proud to sponsor Marie Burns in her podcasts, Mind, Money and Motion, that will positively educate women about money habits. We are excited for Marie Burns to spread her message, as it is consistent with the success for women in business, as well as their personal financial growth.
Our financial support of Marie’s grant continues to create a foundation that WEF fosters. We believe that women are the glue for their communities as they participate in, orchestrate and mediate relationships, opportunities and business growth. We are confident that her support and success will multiply and benefit many others.
Mind Money Motion is an education business whose mission is to help women worry less about running out of money by keeping their mind and body healthy so they can enjoy LESS WORRY, MORE LIFE.
Money is the number one stressor in American’s lives and one of the main reasons for divorce. Women are often uncomfortable with financial decisions OR don’t have the time or interest to take care of financial matters OR don’t know where to begin or if they are on track.
As the founder, Marie Burns provides tools and resources through her podcast, books, speaking events, website and social media to be the financial advocate women need.
ABOUT YOUR HOST:
Marie Burns, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), has been advocating for clients’ financial health for almost 20 years.
Originally from Wisconsin, she has helped clients with their financial lives in a fiduciary capacity in a bank setting, accounting firm, at Vanguard, at a financial planning firm and now has an independent advisory practice where she offers financial planning and investment management called Focus Point Planning.
She is a volunteer ambassador and board member for The Financial Awareness Foundation, member of the Financial Planning Association, board member for the Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee, author of a financial checklist book series, and podcast host of Mind, Money, Motion, where she strives to help women enjoy LESS WORRY, MORE LIFE!
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