“Proper revolutions are not cataclysmic

“Proper revolutions are not cataclysmic explosions, they are long, controlled burns” – Srjdja Popovic (Serbian political activist)

IOC Sports Nutrition

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games starts this Friday – August 5th!

As someone who has been involved with the Olympics movement for many years, I love watching and cheering for our Olympians at both the Summer and Winter Games (and all the competitions in between each Olympic year).

From my time as a lightweight rower way back in the 1989 Olympic Festival, to cycling training camps at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center in the early-90s, to athlete and coach education as part of the Performance Enhancement Team for US Track & Field and US Ski & Snowboard, I’ve learned a lot about how the “science” of nutrition and physiology translates into the “real life” of competition in the field.

If you’re interested in the science sports nutrition, then I encourage you to check out some of the new social media channels from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Diploma in Sports Nutrition:




I hope you find them as interesting as I do!

Thanks for reading,



Shawn M Talbott, PhD, CNS, LDN, FACSM, FAIS, FACN
Nutritional Biochemist and Author


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The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy
Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic
The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House)
The Cortisol Connection Diet – The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House)
Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House)
Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books)
The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012)
A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press)


Similarities in eating “addiction” bet

Similarities in eating “addiction” between fat pets and fat kids? http://ow.ly/q4jf302ORqE

I see “skinny fat” people quite often

I see “skinny fat” people quite often – Diagnosis & clinical implications of “normal-weight obesity” http://ow.ly/7UVk302OPTv

We’re funded – funding ends in 3h – ple

We’re funded – funding ends in 3h – please share http://StressCookie.com to help balance stress & improve vigor (energy/focus/mood)

Stress adversely impacts reasoning http:

Stress adversely impacts reasoning http://ow.ly/tZf5302HFhB
Make a GOOD decision – last hours to support http://StressCookie.com Kickstarter

Tackle your “stress-eating” with Cookies (really)…

On Monday July 25 – my daughter (Courtney) and I visited KUTV’s Fresh Living show in Salt Lake City (CBS Ch2) to talk about stress-eating and ways to rebalance the stress response.

One of those solutions is our herb-infused Stress Tea and Stress Cookies – with are on Kickstarter until tomorrow at StressCookie.com

You can Watch the video clip HERE


Here is some additional information about the segment:

(KUTV) Can you tackle your stress eating with cookies?

Dr. Shawn Talbot visited Fresh Living to discuss stress eating.

What causes stress eating?

Stress leads to cravings for sugar, carbs, snacks, and other comfort foods.

The culprit is Cortisol – the body’s primary stress hormone – which signals the brain to EAT, while also signaling the fat cells in the abdominal region to STORE (more belly fat).

We can be over-exposed to cortisol if we have chronic stress, if we get less than 8 hours of sleep, and if we’re dieting for weight loss.

All of these sources of stress will increase cortisol levels and increase stress eating.

How can we avoid stress eating?

It’s hard for us to avoid or even “manage” all of our sources of stress, so when we’re stressed, we want to do 3 things:

  • avoid the “bad” stress foods (chips, doughnuts, soda) that are very high in sugar
  • choose the “less bad” options that combine a little sugar with fat and protein (granola bars, trail mix, Snickers)
  • choose the “best” options that can actually short-circuit the stress response and bring your cortisol levels down to counteract stress-eating and help you feel less-stressed (green tea, dark chocolate, asparagus, peanut butter)

How can Stress Tea and Stress Cookies help?

This is a project that Courtney dreamed up (who has more stress than a high school student?!?!).

These products combine healthy carbs, healthy fats, and high protein with stress-reducing herbs such as Corn grass, Asparagus extract, Pine Bark extract, and Green tea extract.

Drink Stress Tea during the day – and your stress goes down, but your energy and focus go up.

Eat a Stress Cookie at night – and your stress goes down, while your calmness and sleep quality improve.

We have 3 days left in our Kickstarter campaign to raise money to bring these products onto the market. Go to StressCookie.com to support us.

As a special offer – every supporter that we get today from Fresh Living will also get a special prize – a copy of my award-winning documentary about the American obesity epidemic (which has a lot of causes, including chronic stress) – Killer at Large.

Dr. Shawn Talbott is a nutritional biochemist who studies “psychological vigor” (which is a combination of physical energy, mental acuity, and emotional well-being). He is the author of 13 books, was part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to fight childhood obesity, and was recently named the “World’s Fittest CEO.”

His daughter, Courtney Talbott is a senior at Juan Diego High School in Draper, and recent winner of the Distinguished Young Women Scholarship for South Salt Lake County. She plans to study nutrition in college and become a Naturopathic Doctor.



Brain Hacking = http://StressCookie.com

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Stress “balance” is key to productivit

Stress “balance” is key to productivity – neither “too low” nor “too high” – but “just right http://StressCookie.com http://ow.ly/CVok302F27Z

Money (64%) and work (60%) are the prima

Money (64%) and work (60%) are the primary sources of stress and causes of burnout among American adults http://StressCookie.com


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