The “Best” Diet?

The annual “Best Diet”awards are out from US News – and for the 8th year in a row, the Mediterranean Diet hits the top of the list.

This style of “whole food” eating is at the center of my “Mental Fitness Diet” – which combines the best parts of Mediterranean with Scandinavian, Okinawan, Blue Zones, and other traditional patterns form around the world.

If you’re trying to “eat healthier” this year – then you need to understand how the Mental Fitness Diet can help you feel better (energy, mood, focus, resilience, etc) and perform better (exercise, sex, weight, heart, brain, gut, etc).

In this video (and the slides below), I talk about not only the best foods to include in your diet, but also WHY they work (the biochemistry and psychology), the science of the microbiome and gut-brain-axis, and how we can use targeted plant extracts to supplement our phytonutrient intake.

Metabolism Master Class

This Friday (2nd Friday in January) is typically known as “Quit Day” – the day when most people throw in the towel on their New Year’s resolutions – especially those to lose weight, get in shape, reduce stress, and other “fitness” oriented resolutions.

I recently did a short overview of “metabolism” to help people understand some the underlying issues with losing weight and getting in shape (and feeling good while doing so).

You can check it out in Part 1 and Part 2 – where I talked about how do you know what aspect of metabolism is “holding you back” when it comes to weight loss?

It could be appetite hormones (from your gut microbiome) – or inflammation – or cortisol – or glucose imbalances – or a hundred other “signals” that govern metabolism and your ability to lose weight versus your tendency hold weight.

This video (part 1 and part 2) dissects the different metabolic signals and the natural herbs that can help to balance those signals to support weight loss (glucose, cortisol, melatonin, dopamine, UCP-1, GLP-1, PYY, leptin, ghrelin, estrogen, testosterone, Akkermansia, F/B ratio, etc).

Also – stay tuned for the launch of a very new type of non-stimulant “Thermogenic” approach to weight loss that will be hitting the market in a couple of weeks…

Phoenix Mental Wellness Coach Certification

Registration Link

Join us on Feb 21 & 22 for a special Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC) event in Phoenix.

Our event will be held ~45min north of Phoenix at the unique Wrangler’s Roost (

This will be a very special “live and learn” event – where students will stay onsite for 3 nights with 2 full days of education about the Microbiome, Gut-Brain-Axis, Nutrition and Mental Wellness (stress, energy, focus, sleep, metabolism, etc) – as well as ample time for fire pit, hot tub, and hanging out (what could be better than sitting around the fire pit and feeding your microbiome a glass of polyphenols)?!?!

Feb 20 (Monday) – Afternoon/Evening Check-in (snacks/refreshments)

Feb 21 (Tues) – Class (continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, snacks, refreshments, dinner on your own)

Feb 22 (Wed) – Class (continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, snacks, refreshments, dinner on your own)

Feb 23 (Thurs) – Morning Checkout (continental breakfast, coffee)

Tuition is $1,500 per person and rooms vary in price depending on the bed/bath layout you choose (3 nights).* 

Register HERE

*Room choice will be allocated on a first-come basis (a mix of kings, queens, doubles, and twins across 13 rooms) – so register ASAP and call Julie at 801-712-0408 to select your room.

Even better, we are doing a “BOBO” deal (buy one – bring one) – where you can bring a friend to get certified with you for FREE (staying in the same room). 

This is a screaming deal that will sell out fast.

The Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC) is a streamlined, focused, intense course spanning 16 hours of instruction (8 hours each day) in the role of diet and lifestyle factors in balancing the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis for improved Mental Wellness.

Total costs are:

  • Tuition = $1,500 per student (and you can bring a guest for FREE – or share the tuition)
  • Food = included continental breakfast and coffee, healthy lunch, refreshments (dinner is on your own each evening)
  • CMWC course materials
    • 16 CEUs and Digital Badge from Marietta College
    • Printed Workbook = includes 500+ slides ($100 value)
    • Powerpoint slides used in the certification (500+ slides for your electronic library)

Background – Why Becoming a CMWC is Important

At no time in human history have we ever been so “advanced” technologically and yet so miserable psychologically.

It’s no exaggeration to describe stress, depression, anxiety, and burnout as epidemics – literally the “Black Plague” of our modern times.

How you feel is not just in your head, it’s also in your gut, and your heart, and your immune system, and in many other places inside and outside the actual brain in your head.

National surveys show that happiness and life satisfaction levels are at all-time lows, while depression, suicide, drug addiction, and use of prescription antidepressants and pain-killing opioids are at all-time highs.

There is no physical health without mental wellness. They are two sides of the same coin, and they are vital for each other and for our ability to reach our peak potential in this one life that we have to live.

The CMWC will explore research-supported natural approaches can improve how we feel mentally and perform physically in every aspect of our daily lives, including:

  • What is Mental Wellness Coaching
    • Education, Guidance, Training, Support to help unlock potential
    • Why EVERYONE needs a coach!
  • What Mental Wellness Coaching is NOT
    • Counseling, treatment, prescribing, medicine…
  • Objectives
    • Workshop Format
    • 500+ slides (many for reference)
  • Part 1 – Science
    • New Paradigm of the Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Science-based products (how Amare fits)
    • Mental Wellness Economy
    • Science Deep Dive
  • Part 2 – Practice – What to DO?
    • Mindset
    • Ingredient Sourcing
    • Functional Nutrition
    • Immune System
    • Stress
    • Gut-Brain-Axis
    • Endotoxemia / Metabolism
    • Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Physical Performance
    • Sleep
    • Anti-Aging

Amare and Kyani Product Highlights

A couple of weeks ago, I did overview videos of all of the Amare Products (to educate Kyani Partners) and all of the Kyani Products (to educate Amare Partners) – click on the links to see the respective video – and lots of people have asked for the slides (which you can download below).

The way I like to think about these two companies coming together is that we can deliver something to our customers that has never been available before – what I call the:

“Level-Up Lifestyle”

Reduce Stress & Boost Resilience = “feel better” (mind)

Protect Cells & Enhance Blood Flow = “function better” (body)

Achieve Mind/Body Balance = “Next-Level” Mental & Physical Performance

This is actually what consumers are looking for today – but they don’t know how to describe it – and they don’t know how to achieve it.

In Positive Psychology, we refer to it as “Vigor” (the opposite of burnout) or “Flourishing” (the opposite of languishing).

At Amare, we refer to the entire continuum as “Mental Wellness” – and this is our unique position in the market because nobody else is doing it the way that we’re doing it (the most effective and science-supported approach is to harness the Microbiome-Gut-Brain-Heart-Axis).

Phoenix Mental Wellness Coach Certification – Registration Tomorrow!

Registration for the Mental Wellness Coach certification will go LIVE tomorrow morning…

We will hold the class on Feb 21 and 22 at a very unique desert retreat north of Phoenix.

We will have 13 rooms spread across 3 houses – for a unique and special “live and learn” (check in on the 20th, check out on the 23rd and spend two days learning and nights hanging out).

Details posting tomorrow – so stay tuned because we expect to SELL OUT quickly…