Alyce Garth is a Health and Nutrition Coach, supporting exhausted high achieving women living with thyroid and autoimmune conditions.
She draws on her extensive qualifications as a certified Health and Life Coach, has a Bachelor of Health Sciences and has represented Australia at the Triathlon World Championships.
Following Alyce’s own challenging health journey, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and strategies with other women, so they don’t have to go through the same struggles as she did.
Alyce lives in Queensland, Australia with her family where she loves multi-day hiking, visiting the beach and cooking in the kitchen.
My name is Alyce, I am a Health and Nutrition Coach. I am also a mum, runner, hiking enthusiast and avid beach lover.
I have been obsessed with health and nutrition since the age of 13.
It was no surprise that I completed a Health Sciences degree at university majoring in nutrition.
After having the light bulb moment that most people know what they should be eating but find it really hard to put healthy into practice in their busy lives, I qualified as a health and life coach.
Allowing me to combine habit and behaviour change with my nutrition degree.
Oprah once quoted ‘Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher’. How important is it to you to surround yourself with the right people?
So important! I love connecting and learning from people that are further along the path than I am, stretch me outside of my comfort zone and believe in me when sometimes I don’t believe in myself.
I have a mentor in my business and always have a coach for my triathlon and endurance events.
I am also a big believer in community whether this is online or in person it is just so much more fun to connect and be a part of something bigger than myself.
Nelson Mandela once quoted – ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’
What has been one fear you have overcome?
What other people will think of me or what I think other people think of me.
I have always been quite bold but on the same hand I am a recovering people pleaser.
When starting my own business, I know many people close to me had their doubts and I even doubted myself.
There were things that I had to do that were scary in my business especially when sharing my personnel health story something that I always kept quite close.
But I knew that my story could benefit and inspire many others, the outcome trumped the fear.
Tell us what the word “empowerment” means to you?
Empowerment means standing up for what you believe in, what you know is right and having the courage to speak up and trust yourself.
On my thyroid health journey, I knew that something wasn’t right.
I sought second, third and fourth opinions, until I found a specialist that would listen and work with me.
We know our body best and so many of us don’t listen to what our bodies are telling us. Empowerment for me is also listening and taking empowered action.
What has been one of the biggest business ideas you have had and how did you have the courage to implement it?
Niching down to focus on supporting women with thyroid and autoimmune conditions. I had originally launched and focused my business around weight loss however after much deliberation I knew I had so much to offer and was living proof that there is so much within our control when it comes to thyroid and autoimmune health.
It took courage to step out of my comfort zone and vulnerably share my story and experience.
I kept reminding myself that I had a powerful and inspiring story that others would benefit from hearing.
Running your own business can be scary. Success requires moments of courage to push through to the next level, please tell us one of the moments you have had to push through to take your business to the next level?
There have been times in my business where I have been showing up but getting limited to no engagement.
It can feel like you are in the dark and by yourself.
However, it is the little wins that get me through.
I remember receiving a text message from a friend saying I love your posts and even though I am not commenting I get so much from them.
You just don’t know who is watching silently.
Especially when a new client signs up and says I have been following you for months and love what you have to offer. Consistency sure is key.
Tell us what attributes you feel make a good leader in business today?
A good leader in business needs to walk the talk, be vulnerable and just be human. Allowing us to all relate to each other.
What is your favourite quote about empowerment?
Awareness is the fuel that powers change.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?
Be clear on what success looks like to you and don’t feel like you have to do it the same way as someone else.
I am also a big believer in being part of a community and bringing on support in every area of your life.
This means confidently asking for support and accepting support when it is offered.
Lastly, I am a huge believer in prioritising your health so as to not burn out and to use it as your secret weapon.
What would be one (1) question you would you ask the person who most inspires you? Also share with us about this person and why they inspire you?
Turia Pitt the Ultra marathon runner who was caught in the tragic grass fire event and survived 65% burns to her body.
She inspires me as she had to overcome a major adversity and then learn to live and embrace a new life.
Empowering stories like Turia’s show us that anything is possible, inspire us to live life large and to not let anything limit us.
I would ask Turia “What strategies does she currently use to get through challenges when they present themselves?”
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