Stress Cookie Website is LIVE!

After a few years of scientific and culinary research, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and a ton of constructive feedback from satisfied (and de-stressed) product testers, I (as a proud father) am happy to announce that my daughter Courtney’s “Stress Cookie” (and Tea) website is now LIVE at

Check out how you can…

Drink Tea…(focused alertness)…

Eat Cookies…(relaxed calmness)…

Feel Great…(balanced well-being)!!!


“The body mirrors the mind and the soul – and is much more accessible than either. If you can become proficient at listening to your body, you will eventually hear from your whole self.” – George Sheehan, MD


“If you hesitate to map out your future, to make a big plan or to set a goal, you’ve just gone ahead and mapped your future anyway.” – Seth Godin


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” -Mark Twain


World-famous boxer and armchair philosopher Mike Tyson once observed, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Stress, Burnout, and Vigor Presentation

On Aug 30, 2016 – I had the great pleasure of speaking to executives from one of the leading architecture/construction firms in the country, The Beck Group. These folks do it all – soup to nuts – for a wide range of commercial construction projects (integrating all aspects of design/plan/build) – so I was thrilled by the invitation to speak to them about the physiology of stress/cortisol and psychology of burnout/vigor (and ways to keep it all in balance)…

Below, you’ll see 4 files – two PDFs of the slides that I used and two MP3 audio files containing my seminar. The first hour was about the physiology/biochemistry of the stress response (cortisol, appetite, belly fat, sleep, etc) – and the second hour was about some very practical lifestyle and dietary approaches to beating burnout.

I hope you enjoy the content!


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)

Back to School Brain Boosting Foods

My monthly nutrition segment on KUTV’s Fresh Living focused on healthy foods for boosting brain function in these “back to school” weeks…

The brain basically needs 3 things to function at it’s best:

  • Healthy nerve cells (neurons)
  • Healthy carbs and glucose control
  • Healthy blood flow

Make sure you have meals and snacks that deliver specific nutrients such as:

  • Omega-3’s – brain cell growth
  • Flavonoids – blood flow and neurotransmitter balance
  • Slow carbs and Fiber – blood sugar control


  • Rainbow Omelette with Omega3 cage-free Eggs (choline and lutein), Brightly colored veggies (red tomatoes, green/yellow peppers)
  • Whole grain toast (fiber)
  • Oatmeal (“slow-carbs” with fiber and B-vitamins)
  • Berries (flavonoids)
  • Scoop of whey protein (blood sugar control)
  • Splash of half & half (blood sugar control)


  • PB & Banana sandwich (Not Pizza!) with Nut Butter (vitamin E), Banana (fiber – blood sugar), Whole grain bread (fiber)
  • Tuna sandwich with Tuna in oil (omega-3, protein), small amount of mayo with Sriracha, Turmeric (anti-Alzheimers and anti-diabetes)


  • Salmon (omega 3s and astaxanthin) – cooked in Malaysian Red palm oil, sweet potatoes (amylopectin and beta-carotene) and Kale (or any other green – for fiber and B-vitamins)
  • Beef and Bean Burrito with Beef (zinc, iron, B12), Black Beans (fiber, polyphenols, B-vitamins), Guacamole (monounsaturated fats) and Salsa (lycopene)


  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts)
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dark chocolate pieces
  • Berries

Brain Boosting Smoothie

  • 1 cup milk (or coconut/almond)
  • handful frozen berries
  • 1 scoop protein powder (whey)
  • 100mg Suntheanine (L-theanine)
  • 50mg Enzogenol (NZ pine bark extract)