Episode 026: How to Stop Complaining & Improve Your Mindset featuring Cianna Stewart


Cianna Stewart is the author of “No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy” and todays guest on the podcast. The book offers a fantastic foundation to help anyone create moments of self realization and take charge of your current outlook on life. This can lead to more awareness and self development towards a better version of yourself as complaining usually leads down a very negative path. This negative route can have a knock on effect in all aspects of your life. Cianna discusses the strategies she implements to disrupt a complaining mindset and offers solutions to use to combat any lapses.

The topics discussed on the podcast include:

  • What is complaining?
  • The stages of breaking out of a pattern of complaining
  • Micro-complaints
  • How complaining negatively impacts your health
  • Patterns and emotions associated with being in a complaining cycle
  • How to interrupt the complaining cycle
  • The NoCo system
  • Common triggers related to complaining relapses
  • Social media and the “Comparison Culture”
  • Using your body to help improve your mood
  • Mindfulness of tiny moments
  • Building resiliency when it comes to complaining

Show Notes:

“No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy” on Amazon

The No Complaints Website: www.gonoco.com

Facebook: The No Complaining Project

Social Media

Cianna Stewart on Twitter: @cianna

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Episode 025: Understanding the Deadlift featuring Alex Tanskey

Deadlifts, what are they good for? We address that question as well as many others on this episode of the pillars of health. Alex Tanskey joins Jon to discuss deadlifts, what they are exactly, why you should learn proper technique and the benefits of including them in your training program. Other talking points include:


  • What exactly is a hip hinge?
  • What is the point of a deadlift?
  • Why should I include deadlifts in my training?
  • Why the deadlift needs a time investment
  • Perfecting your deadlift before the kettlebell swing
  • 2 tips to improve your deadlift

Show Notes

Article: “Two Quick Ways to Transform Your Deadlift” by Alex Tanskey

Video Link: “How to Hip Hinge”


E-mail the show: thepillarsofhealthpod@gmail.com

Social Media Links

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Instagram: @thepillars_of_health_pod

Facebook: @thepillarsofhealthpod

Alex Tanskey on Instagram: @alextanskey

Alex Tankseys website: alextanskey.com



Episode 023: Training the Armed Forces, UFC Fighters and Managing the Four Pillars featuring Kyle Holland

Kyle Holland is a Performance Specialist with EXOS and is currently embedded within a special operations unit. As a strength coach to the entire unit Kyle oversees the readiness of many within the armed forces. Kyle talks to Jon about interning at the University of Iowa, training UFC fighters like Joel Lauzon as well as tactical athletes like those in the armed forces. Other topics include:

  • Why the basics are important when it comes to strength training
  • Why more isn’t always the answer
  • Programming regeneration days for UFC fighters
  • Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor – was conditioning the reason McGregor lost?
  • Intermittent fasting
  • How Kyle manages
    • Stress
    • Sleep
    • Exercise
    • Nutrition
  • Putting things in perspective
  • Creating buy in with tactical athletes

Email the show: thepillarsofhealthpod@gmail.com

The Pillars of Health can be found on Instagram and Facebook under the handle “thepillarsofhealthpod”

Kyle Holland on instagram is @kyletrains


Episode 022: A Day in the Life of a Strength Coach Couple with Eirinn Carroll

Eirinn and Jon go into their current daily schedule as strength coaches and also working alongside each other as husband and wife. They also go into why getting the balance between work and home life is important. Most strength coaches work a split shift, mornings and evenings so this leaves a gap in the middle of the day. This is when coaches get their own training in, run errands and everything in between. Some of the topics discussed in todays episode include:

  • What is a split shift?
  • What time do we get up at?
  • The evolution of Jon’s alarm clock
  • What a normal daily work schedule consists of
  • Working together as husband and wife
  • Creating balance between work and home life
  • When do we eat breakfast and lunch?
  • When do coaches train?
  • Our schedule starting out as coaches
  • What is our ideal schedule?
  • The pro’s and con’s of our profession
  • What would we change if we had the chance?
  • Biggest lessons learned over the years?


The Pillars of Health Podcast can be found on Facebook and Instagram under the handle: “thepillarsofhealthpod”

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Hypothyroidism, Thyroid

7 Foods to Help with Hypothyroidism & Iodine Deficiency


January was thyroid awareness month. In order to raise the profile of auto immune diseases we here at Coach Jon Carroll wanted to highlight hypothyroidism to begin with. Thanks to Donna Rogers for this guest post and an awesome contribution overall.  Often times auto immune diseases come with a multitude of symptoms and can usually go undiagnosed for years. In this post, Donna recommends foods that you can incorporate in order to help you feel better if you are hypothyroid or think you may be. Please see your primary care doctor for a blood test and insist on a full thyroid panel and not just the usual thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which often leaves youth an incomplete picture of whats really going on. Look out for Fridays post from Donna which is an awesome info graph on “How the Thyroid Gland Affects our Health”. Continue reading


Episode 020: Extraordinary People [Criminal Justice Reform & Cancer Research] featuring Miriam Ruttenberg and Peter Kraft

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In an attempt to share some of the remarkable stories from the people Jon  currently coaches or has coached in the past, he has started a series called “Extraordinary People”. First up in the series are Miriam Ruttenberg and Peter Kraft, two people Jon has had the pleasure of coaching on a weekly basis for three years now. Over the course of his time as their strength coach Jon has learned so much about them and the worlds within which they operate. To see people actively trying to make positive change in the world is a story that needs to be told. Not only are they trying to help out other people but they are also husband and wife. Talk about a power couple!

Miriam is an attorney at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee in Boston. Currently, the MHLAC is trying to get a bill passed to stop non violent incidents in school ending in arrests, which ultimately supplies the school to prison pipeline. Miriam was recently interviewed by WCVB about the bill and why it needs attention from the general public. [please see show notes for the link to that interview]

Pete, a PhD in Epidemiology, currently works at the Harvard School of Public Health. With the help of his team at Harvard, they have recently uncovered more clues when it comes to the genetic causes of breast cancer. CNN recently spoke to Pete about this research and what it means for women when it comes to early detection of breast cancer. Pete also talks about screening frequency as well as behavioral changes to help reduce an individuals risk of breast cancer.

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Bill H.328 & S.876 – “An Act Decriminalizing Non-Violent and Verbal Student Misconduct” 

WCVB article: Arrested development: schools turning to police to discipline students

CNN article: Breast cancer genetics revealed: 72 new mutations discovered in global study

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Episode 019: Training and The Menstrual Cycle featuring Eirinn Carroll

The menstrual cycle is something we need to talk about. Jonathan sits down with Eirinn Carroll to discuss the menstrual cycle and what goes on in the female body during the different phases as well as what you can do to optimize your workouts during this time. Lots of important take aways from this one including:

  • The difference between the menstrual cycle & the period
  • The phases of the menstrual cycle
  • How the four phases affect women
  • Changes within the luteal phase
  • How women can work with their cycle
  • Cycle tracking to optimize training
  • How to approach workouts in each phase
  • What do to on those days you’re “just not feeling it”
  • Communicating with your coach about the menstrual cycle
  • Nutritional and supplementation tips during the menstrual cycle
  • Book: “Roar by Dr. Stacy Sims
  • Book: “Period Repair Manual” by Laura Briden

Studies Referenced:

Branched-chain amino acid supplementation before squat exercise and delayed-onset muscle soreness.

Branched-Chain Amino Acid Supplementation in Combination with Voluntary Running Improves Body Composition in Female Mice.

Social Media Links:

Eirinn Carroll on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Facebook

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