Spokane Area Vigor Talks April 2013

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

I had the great pleasure of visiting the Inland Northwest area this weekend (April 26-27, 2013) to speak in Spokane Washington and Post Falls (Idaho) about using nutrition and lifestyle to help people feel better.

I’ve been studying the “science of feeling your best” for most of my career – and most of my research and writing boils down to balancing biochemistry to drive behavior in a positive direction. People are often surprised to hear me talk about how “biochemistry drives behavior” – meaning that the reason we feel a particular way (energetic – or fatigued – or depressed – or happy, etc) is largely due to the balance between different biochemicals in our bodies (enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, etc).

This is good news for people who want to feel and perform at their best because we actually know quite a lot about how nutrition can help to restore biochemical balance in the body, thereby helping to alleviate pain (inflammation/oxidation) or boost energy (neurotransmitters), or enhance weight loss (glucose), or reduce stress and depression (stress hormones).

I often joke around with my audiences that the idea of “feeling better” is a sure bet (people will always want it) because nobody is going to wake up 20 or 30 years from now and think to themselves, “Boy, I wish I felt worse today!” No matter how good you feel right now, we can always help you feel just a little bit better – or perform at just a little higher level – or have a little more energy or motivation left over at the end of the day to enjoy a hobby or volunteer in your community or spend time with friends and family.

I’ll post a PDF file of my slides as well as the audio file (mp3) from my talk in Post Falls and in Spokane – so you can listen to either/both talks and follow along with the slides. Each talk is about 90 minutes (an hour lecture with about 30min of Q&A) – and I jumped back/forth with some of my slides so that I could cover the topics that were of most interest to each audience. Topics that I touched on included antioxidants, inflammation, stress, vigor, depression, neurotransmitters (energy), flavonoids, carotenoids, MonaVie products, sports nutrition, over-training, weight loss, and my appearances on the Dr. Oz Show to talk about natural approaches to curing exhaustion and ridding ourselves of belly fat.

Please take a listen – and let me know what you think.




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My books related to stress, cortisol, vigor, and Feeling Your Best:

  • Vigor Diet – The New Science of Feeling Your Best
  • 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. FREE versions at  http://www.KilleratLarge.com
About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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