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The Sugar Free Podcast is a place where Millenial women gather to exchange real-life advice through raw, honest, unfiltered (sugar free) conversations. Because let’s face it, adulting is way harder than it looks on television and we could all use a little help figuring this thing out.

Each week, show host Sydnee Mack explores a variety of topics that are important to Millenial women from careers, to dating, starting families (or not) , financial security and mental health. Each of these topics are covered through interviews with dynamic guests who are experts in their fields by way of education, scholarship, work experience and/or lived experience. Each guest offers actionable advice, tools, resources and strategies to help Millenial women create the lives that they want verses the lives that were crafted for us by our parents, haters and society.

Show host, Sydnee Mack, Esq., is a Millenial woman lawyer, professor, entrepreneur, best-selling author and publicist who uses her knowledge and experience to lead weekly conversations with vulnerability, curiosity, compassion and humor (lots of it).

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The Sugar Free Podcast is a place where Millenial women gather to exchange real-life advice through raw, honest, unfiltered (sugar free) conversations. Because let’s face it, adulting is way harder than it looks on television and we could all use a little help figuring this thing out.

Each week, show host Sydnee Mack explores a variety of topics that are important to Millenial women from careers, to dating, starting families (or not) , financial security and mental health. Each of these topics are covered through interviews with dynamic guests who are experts in their fields by way of education, scholarship, work experience and/or lived experience. Each guest offers actionable advice, tools, resources and strategies to help Millenial women create the lives that they want verses the lives that were crafted for us by our parents, haters and society.

Show host, Sydnee Mack, Esq., is a Millenial woman lawyer, professor, entrepreneur, best-selling author and publicist who uses her knowledge and experience to lead weekly conversations with vulnerability, curiosity, compassion and humor (lots of it).

    S3 Ep9 Navigating Infertility Part II: Financing Infertility and Black Maternal Health feat. Shalmeka Sweet

    S3 Ep9 Navigating Infertility Part II: Financing Infertility and Black Maternal Health feat. Shalmeka Sweet

    For some women the road to pregnancy includes a wild night of passion, but for so many more the road to pregnancy is a process. A process filled with fears, doubts, shame, financial burden, medical intervention, support and hope.
     
    About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the US ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the CDC. Today’s episode is for the 6.1 million women who have had and the millions of women who will experience difficulty with conceiving and birthing a child. Myself and today’s guest, Shalmeka Sweet, are part of the 6.1 million women. This episode is for us.
     
    Shalmeka is a Counseling Faculty member at South Mountain Community College teaching an array of psychology and counseling classes along with providing counseling services to students. She is also co-host of The Beyond Conception podcast, in which, she her husband share their 9-year infertility journey with a dose of faith, hope, love, and laughter to help couples conceptualize everything that is beyond their conception.
    Want to connect with Shalmeka?
    Visit her on IG: be_conceptionListen to her podcast: The Beyond Conception Podcast on all major podcast platforms
     
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    RESOURCES AND TOOLS
    Black Midwife services in Phoenix Metropolitan Area:
    LaKisa Muhammad IG : amothersworth
     
    Arizona Black  Birth Workers of  Color IG: arizonabirthworkersofcolor
    The Black OBGYN Project IG: theblackobgynproject
    Resolve IG: resolveorg
     
    Book on PCOS
    M.D., F. W., & Ryan, G. (2006). A Patient’s Guide to PCOS: Understanding--and Reversing--Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (1st ed.). Holt Paperbacks.
     
    Naturopathic Medicine in Pheonix Metropolitan Area:
    Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
     
    *The Sugar Free Podcast does not endorse any of these resource, nor has it utilized any of these services and thus cannot attest to their credibility, fitness or effectiveness. Please do your own research prior to engaging a healthcare professional.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S3 Ep8 How to Navigate Infertility Part I: The Process of Pregnancy feat. Shalmeka Sweet

    S3 Ep8 How to Navigate Infertility Part I: The Process of Pregnancy feat. Shalmeka Sweet

    For some women the road to pregnancy includes a wild night of passion and not much else, but for so many more the road to pregnancy is a process. A process filled with fears, doubts, shame, financial burden, medical intervention, support and hope.
     
    About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the US ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the CDC. Today’s episode is for the 6.1 million women who have had and the millions of women who will experience difficulty with conceiving and birthing a child. Myself and today’s guest, Shalmeka Sweet, are part of the 6.1 million women. This episode is for us.
     
    Shalmeka is a counseling faculty member at South Mountain Community College teaching an array of psychology and counseling classes along with providing counseling services to students. She is also co-host of The Beyond Conception podcast, in which, she her husband share their 9-year infertility journey with a dose of faith, hope, love, and laughter to help couples conceptualize everything that is beyond their conception
    Want to connect with Shalmeka?
    Visit her on IG: be_conceptionListen to her podcast: The Beyond Conception Podcast on all major podcast platforms
     
    Tune in to the Sugar Free Podcast everywhere podcasts are available:
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/.../the-sugar.../id1573862487
    Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/.../aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3VnYXJmc...
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0G7127VhGnhnD36X0t72gm
    Amazon/Audible: https://music.amazon.com/.../ebc55.../THE-SUGAR-FREE-PODCAST
     
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    Formally Forms– Need contract templates and forms for your business? Visit www.formallyforms.com for easy-to-use contract templates and forms for your business. Use code: SUGAR to receive 20% off your next purchase
    Building Bread—Want to start investing in the stock market? Purchase the Investor’s Toolkit by clicking this link: https://buildingbread.thinkific.com/courses/the-investor-s-toolkit?ref=85305c AND this link will also get you 25% off your purchase.
     
    RESOURCES AND TOOLS
    Black Midwife services in Phoenix Metropolitan Area:
    LaKisa Muhammad IG : amothersworth
     
    Arizona Black  Birth Workers of  Color IG: arizonabirthworkersofcolor
    The Black OBGYN Project IG: theblackobgynproject
    Resolve IG: resolveorg
     
    Book on PCOS
    M.D., F. W., & Ryan, G. (2006). A Patient’s Guide to PCOS: Understanding--and Reversing--Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (1st ed.). Holt Paperbacks.
     
    Naturopathic Medicine in Pheonix Metropolitan Area:
    Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
     
    *The Sugar Free Podcast does not endorse any of these resource, nor has it utilized any of these services and thus cannot attest to their credibility, fitness or effectiveness. Please do your own research prior to engaging a healthcare professional.

    • 51 min
    S3 Ep7 How to Weed Out the Wrong Men by Asking the Right Questions feat. DM Woods

    S3 Ep7 How to Weed Out the Wrong Men by Asking the Right Questions feat. DM Woods

    Does it feel like you’ve been dating the same guy for the last ten years? You know the type. The guy who’s “just not ready to commit,” “not looking for anything serious,” or “isn’t sure why they’re dating beyond the hope of regular sex.” That’s because you probably are!
     
    Research suggests that 50% of singles aren’t looking for anything when dating, 10% of singles are looking for something casual and 26% of singles don’t know what they’re looking for at all. This means 86% of singles are not looking to seriously date. So, if you want to find someone in the 14% of “serious daters”, you had better be asking the right questions.
     
    To help us get to the 14%er’s with our sanity still intact, Syd is sitting down with dating and “vetting” coach, DM Woods to discuss how to ask the right questions to weed out all the wrong men.
     
    DM Woods is a best-selling author, speaker and dating coach who is disrupting the dating world by breaking the limiting beliefs, circles of frustration, and confusion surrounding modern dating.
     
    Want to Connect with DM? Visit his Website: www.DWoodsAdvisor.com
    Join him on Clubhouse:  @dwo...dwoods.advisor - Clubhouse
    Follow him on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DWoodsAdvisor
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    Follow him on IG: www.instagram.com/dwoods.advisor/
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    S3 Ep6 How to Leverage a Graduate Degree to Elevate Your Career feat. Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu

    S3 Ep6 How to Leverage a Graduate Degree to Elevate Your Career feat. Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu

    As women of color, we are often told that we need to be twice as good to go half as far, but do we need Master’s degrees to be successful? When you factor in the costs ($80,000 for a moderately ranked 2-year program and more than $100,000 for top 2-year programs) compared to the increase in salary (only 10-15% for human services; 25% on average and 60-150%+ for top MBA programs), is the input worth the output? Even if we decide with a resounding, “Yes,” that it is, we must also ask: ‘how do we make the most of this investment?
     
    To answer our questions and ensure that we make the most out of our very expensive academic situations, Syd is sitting down with Dra. Yvette Martínez-Vu,  a Chicana mother-scholar, author, academic, host of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast and academic coach. She focuses her scholarship and coaching on empowering first-generation students of color as they navigate higher education. After working in higher education for over ten years, she transitioned out and relocated her little familia from California to Portugal.
     
    Want to connect with Dra. Martinez-Vu?
    •Visit her website: www.gradschoolfemtoring.com
    •Follow her on IG: https://www.instagram.com/gradschoolfemtoring/
    •Follow her on FB: https://www.facebook.com/gradschoolfemtoring/
    •Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gradfemtoring
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    S3 Ep5 Love Can Cost Everything: How to Navigate Prenups, Postnups and Marital Assets feat. Jephonne Roy, Esq.

    S3 Ep5 Love Can Cost Everything: How to Navigate Prenups, Postnups and Marital Assets feat. Jephonne Roy, Esq.

    Millennial women are marrying later than any other previous generation of women. In 1965, the average marrying age for women was 21, and for men, it was 23. Today, the average marrying age for women is  29.2 and 30.9 for men.
     
    Millennial women are citing career and financial stability as the main reasons for delaying marriage until their thirties. This means that Millennial women are entering into marriage with more STUFF than previous generations of women (i.e. homes, retirement accounts, cars, pensions, dogs…etc.) and we need to learn how to protect our ASSets in marriage and more importantly divorce.
     
    This week, join Syd for Season 3 Episode 5 Love Can Cost Everything: How to Navigate Prenups, Postnups and Marital Assets, as she sits down with family law attorney, Jephonne Roy, Esq. for an educational and entertaining conversation on how to navigate the business of marriage.
     
    Attorney Jephonne Roy is a Senior Associate Attorney at The Family Matters Law Group in Morrow, Georgia and specializes her practice on divorce, child custody, pre-nups, post nups and the equitable distribution of marital assets.
     
    Want to connect with Jephonne?
    Follow her on IG at: @familymatterslaw
    Visit her firm’s website: www.thefamilymatterslaw.com
    Follow her firm on Facebook: Family Matters Law Group, PC
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    S3 Ep4 Wanderlusting: How to Travel in Style on a Budget feat. Marissa Daniels

    S3 Ep4 Wanderlusting: How to Travel in Style on a Budget feat. Marissa Daniels

    Whoever said that diamonds were a girl’s best friend, had never met the Millennial woman because our best friend’s name is Wander Lusty. Millennials are trading in retail therapy for “travel therapy” and research suggests they may be on to something.
     
    Many psychology professionals recommend travel as a form of therapy. Exploring new sights, smells, sounds, and conversations can stimulate your senses in a refreshing way and possibly even trigger your inner muse as well.
     
    This week join Syd for S3 Ep4, as she sits down with the “Millennial’s Travel Agent,” Marissa Daniels, for an informative conversation on how to satisfy your wanderlust and travel in style on a budget. If travel is considered a form of therapy, then this week Marissa is our therapist.
     
    Marissa Daniels is an experienced travel agent, avid traveler, and founder of Spread Your Wings Travel Agency. Marissa understands that traveling is a major part of daily living. From busy professionals to leisure travelers, she takes pride in taking the stress out of travel for her clients and helping them to create memories that will last a lifetime.
     
    Want to connect with Marissa?
    Visit her website: sywtravel.com
    Follow her on IG: @spreadyourwingstravel
    Follow her on Facebook: @spreadyourwingstravel
    Want to become a travel agent? Purchase Travel Agent 101 webinar! Use code "SUGARFREE" for $10 off.
     
    Want to connect with The Sugar Free Podcast?
    Check us out at: www.sugarfreepodcast.com
    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0cHoUmESN8CF3uGZ7IyeDA 
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

KillaKellzB ,

Favorite Podcast!!

Sydnee and her guests are real, honest, vulnerable, funny, and relatable. It feels listening in on a conversation with your homegirls. I love the variety of topics covered and high energy. I love this podcast and all the valuable info shared.

Ms. Kenz ,

Something I didn’t know I Needed!!!

I love this show! It’s not only entertaining but very informational. I can’t wait each week to hear what sugarfree tea Syd has to share!

Dr Mana ,

Fan-tastic

Bingeable, courageous, highly relevant AND the host hones in with the questions we want to hear the answers to! Worth your time, subscribe to the podcast.

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