Fuel Your Brain

June is “Brain Health Awareness Month” – so this video and the “brain-power” slides below cover several natural options for fueling your brain for optimal mental function (focus, creativity, memory, etc).

Ingredients covered include mango leaf, lychee fruit, palm fruit, and fish oil (omega-3s EPA and DHA).

Products = Amare Edge and OmMega

Certified Mental Wellness Coach – New August Dates!

We have 3 new sessions in August for training to become a Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC):

August 11 (Th) – 12 (F) – 13 (Sat) – Charlotte, NC – Info HERE

August 19 (F) – 20 (Sat) – 21 (Sunday) – Dallas, TX – Info HERE

August 24 (W) – 25 (Th) – 26 (F) – Irvine, CA – Info HERE

About the Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC):

The CMWC is a streamlined, focused, intense course spanning 16 hours of instruction in the role of diet and lifestyle factors in balancing the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis for improved Mental Wellness. Here is a short video outlining what the CMWC is all about.

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 uses a “workshop” format with more than 500 slides to explore research-supported natural approaches that can improve how we feel mentally and perform physically in every aspect of our daily lives, including:

  • Science – the emerging science of Mental Fitness
    • Scope of Practice = What Mental Wellness Coaching is NOT
      • Counseling, treatment, prescribing, medicine…
    • What IS Mental Wellness Coaching
      • Education, Guidance, Training, Support to help unlock potential
    • New Paradigm of the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Science-based natural products
    • Mental Wellness Economy
    • Science Deep Dive
  • Practice – What to DO?
    • Mindset
    • Ingredient Sourcing
    • Functional Nutrition
    • Cellular Stress
    • Immune System
    • Stress
    • Microbiome
    • Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Endotoxemia / Metabolism
    • Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Physical Performance
    • Sleep
    • Anti-Aging & Hormone Balance

Riding for Ryan

Hi Everyone,

For anyone out there who has had their life F-ed up by cancer, I wanted to let you know about a fundraising ride that I’m doing in about 2 months – the Pan-Mass-Challenge (PMC) – 186 miles across the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

My brother-in-law, Ryan Graham, fought osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer) for many years – ultimately dying from it and leaving behind a wife (Lindsey) and young son (Ben).

Lindsey and Ben are doing great now and moving on with their lives – and we will all have Ryan in our memories forever.

I’m a proud supporter of the PMC because it is leading a charge to beat cancer. In fact, last year 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s tireless commitment to finding a cure.

The PMC course passes just a few miles from our new business in Plymouth Massachusetts – 3 Waves Bed & Breakfast – and we’ll be hosting a house full of riders and donating those proceeds to our fundraising efforts.

If you can, please join us in donating to fight cancer. F@#K Cancer.

https://profile.pmc.org/ST0185

Probiotic of the Year?

Amare’s GBXFit is a Finalist for “Probiotic of the Year”!

The world’s first “Quadbiotic” combining a probiotic, prebiotic, phytobiotic, and postbiotic in the same formula targeting weight loss.

See my video recap HERE

There’s a new crop of treatments for ADHD in kids. Are they any better?

Very interesting article from Stat News last week (link below) – and also appearing in the Boston Globe print edition on May 2 – outlining some of the new drugs (mostly stimulants), medical devices (brain stimulators), and even video games (Akili- which I think is super-cool) that might help treat ADHD.

But, as I’ve written about many times before, most parents are completely unaware of the very safe and very effective natural alternatives to help their kids focus (pine bark), but also help them modulate stress (theanine), enhance mood (saffron), improve sleep quality (corn grass), and boost resilience (specific strains of probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers).

As a parent of two very busy college-aged kids (who take a lot of these supplements), and a PsychoNutritionist who studies this stuff, I think that MOST parents would be interested in trying a safe/effective NATURAL option for their kids before resorting to a potent and addictive synthetic stimulant with a long list of serious side effects?

Some of these natural options have shown equivalence to Prozac for improving mood in teenagers and Ritalin for sharpening focus in kids – and most of them deliver noticeable and meaningful improvements in “monkey mind” and brain fog within a few days – without side effects or dependency.

I talk about a lot of these natural options on my YouTube channel and in my books and on this blog.

The more that parents know what their options are, the better they can make informed decisions about what is best for their kids (and themselves).

Parents and doctors now have more tools than ever to help manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids.
— Read on www.statnews.com/2022/04/25/new-crop-adhd-treatments-kids-are-they-any-better/

Parental Burnout

Excellent article in the New Scientist magazine (January 23, 2021) about “Parental Burnout” – which you can read online HERE – or see the highlighted PDF below.

As an author of many books about stress and burnout, here are some of the points that stood out to me…

Burnout (severe emotional exhaustion) was more likely in highly educated women who were trying to “do it all” – and especially among women who had kids at home and who had to continue working defusing COVID lockdowns.

These women had stress hormone (cortisol) levels that were double those of other “normally stressed” parents – and those levels were even higher than patients with severe chronic (physical) pain.

One study outlined in there article indicated that “mindfulness” therapies aren’t particularly effective for many parents – and might actually be harmful because it adds just another thing to do to an already long to-do list (and makes you feel even worse with guilt when you fail to get around to your mindfulness session).

The solution for burnout? I have a number of effective natural options in a recent article on the topic…

How to boost your ‘creativity’?

One of my favorite quotes…

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

— Dr. Linus Pauling

But the problem with having ‘lots of ideas’ is that some of them (maybe a lot of them) will be downright silly – or dumb – or half-baked – BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT TOU NEED TO DO – if you want to come up with the game-changer that you’ve been looking for.

Why don’t more people do this? Because it’s scary to be called (or feel) stupid.

Everyone who has ever been called a ‘genius’ has also been called an ‘idiot’ – its part of the process.

Work Stress Leads to Illness – Boston Globe

As the author of several books about stress and mental well-being and performance, I wanted to share this great article in the Boston Globe today, “Workplace Stress is Making Us Sick. Can We Hold Bosses Responsible” – full article is HERE and some of the highlights are pasted below (in italics)…

Very few people fully understand the detrimental effects of chronic stress on mental well-being and physical health – but some are waking up to the fact that we can naturally modulate our own stress response, improve our mental fitness, and enhance our resilience (so we can handle more stress nd actually thrive in the face of it).

Article Highlights…

Dysfunctional jobs can take an enormous toll on what you think of yourself, how you perform at work, and even how you behave when you’re (theoretically) disconnected.

But Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford School of Business, argues that work is exacting an even greater price than we realize. More than 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse workplace conditions, he says. And many more become sick.

“I think we are on an unsustainable path. I think we were on an unsustainable path pre-pandemic. The pandemic’s made everything worse, and something’s got to give,” he says.

Of course, many of us internalize our stress, hide it, compartmentalize it, and assume we can recharge on the weekends. We think of the stress as our fault: Maybe things would be better if we took up running? Or learned more about mindfulness? Or acupuncture? That sort of blame is absolutely backwards. The onus should be on employers…

“Thirty-six percent of workers are working excessive long hours,” said the UN’s Manal Azzi, “meaning more than 48 hours per week… People are increasingly asked to produce more and more, they have no time to rest.” (If you, like me, are thinking “48 hours? That doesn’t seem like a big deal,” we are precisely the reason that the American workforce is in such a sorry, overworked state.)

Decades of studies show that stressed-out people are more likely to “overeat, overdrink, smoke, take drugs… So, if you’re in pain, you’re going to take a drug. If you have stress, which is a form of psychological pain… you’re going to do something to numb the pain.”

Second, research has shown that stress has powerful effects on your central nervous system and can affect the regulation of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which, as the American Psychological Association has noted, “can increase the risk for hypertension, heart attack, or stroke.” Studies have also linked high stress to colon, stomach, and lung cancer.

Jennifer Moss, author of “The Burnout Epidemic,” believes that the expectation that people field nonstop e-mails and show up for hours and hours of Zoom meetings is nuts. She recommends thanking people for not inviting you to a meeting. And she notes that burned-out workers are far more likely to go to the ER or call in sick.

…few people truly understand how much workplace stress impacts health, and he believes that America is considerably less attuned to the impact than many European countries.

Recruiting for Gut-Brain Research Study!

Are you interested in getting a FREE microbiome analysis?

We have a new research study starting next month on the effect of a new nutrient blend on mood, mental focus, and microbiome balance.

The nutrient blend includes an amino acid, a fiber, and a fruit extract.

Participants will consume a stick pack daily containing different combinations of the powder (or a placebo).

The study lasts for 30 days, during which participants will provide a microbiome sample (💩 in the privacy of your home) and complete a few mental function surveys and an online test of mental focus and problem-solving.

All of the measurements are “remote” – so you do not need to visit in person for anything (we will send you everything you need and you will send your sample back to the lab in a pre-paid envelop).

It’s a pretty simple study – you’ll get your own personal microbiome analysis results before/after supplementation – and your Gut-Brain-Axis will thank you (so will we)!

If you’re interested in joining the study, please email Julie at JulieTalbott@mac.com for more information.

Coaching Identified as “Next Big Trend” in Wellness Industry

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) recently published their annual trends report (The Future of Wellness 2022) – and one of their top trends for 2022 is, “Health & Wellness Coaching Gets Certified

I’ve attached a highlighted version of the coaching trend report, as well as a couple of other white papers on Wellness Coaching from the GWI (see PDF attachments below).

I HIGHLY recommend taking a read thru the first trend report – it really sets the stage for Wellness Coaching being a massive trend that is expected to grow exponentially into the future – and with the “Great Resignation” underway, so many people are looking for a career path and an income stream that they can feel good about (feeding their soul as much as their bank account).

I love the fact that GWI has identified Wellness Coaching as the “missing link” between healthcare and wellness – and I also view Coaching as a way for people to get an “edge” for their mental fitness and physical performance (and then help others to do the same).

The Wall Street Journal has also recently highlighted the importance of coaching and Wellness Retreats to improve the performance of the “Corporate Athlete” – which examples like SalesForce and others investing in remote corporate retreats where employees can learn, connect, recharge, beat burnout and level-up.

All of this makes me super-excited for what we’ve been working on for the last couple of years in establishing our Amare Wellness Center (in Plymouth MA) and designing an entire curriculum to train students as Certified Mental Wellness Coaches (CMWCs).

We have trained and certified more than a hundred CMWCs (16 CEUs) to build a business around Mental Wellness Coaching – with many more sessions upcoming in 2022.

We just completed one in Honolulu, Hawaii (last week) and we have one scheduled for Salt Lake City, Utah on May 5-6-7.

After that, we have several date blocks that we are keeping open and available for CMWC sessions at our casual coastal retreat in Plymouth, MA (and they will book up very quickly based on past experience):

June 17-22

July 25-29

August 22-31

Sept 23-27

November 1-12

We can hold the Certification over as little as 2.5 days (very intense with 6 hours on day one, 6 hours on day two, and 4 hours on day three) or as many as 4 days (4 hours of instruction each morning – followed by fun stuff in the afternoon). Many groups will plan to arrive the day before the Certification starts (to settle in) and depart the day after (to relax and celebrate your success) – making for a total retreat of 5-6 days – so it is really up to the scheduling preferences of your group.

If you’re interested in bringing your group, we have 7 B&B-style rooms onsite. Each room has ONE queen or king bed – so we can accommodate up to 14 individuals (e.g. couples sharing beds) – or even “squeeze” an additional student into each of the 4 King rooms with roll-away beds (for friends looking to save on room costs).

To reserve your session, please call/text Julie Talbott at 801-712-0408 to work out the logistics (preferred dates, how many people, how many days, etc)…

You can see a bit about our location and see our rooms HERE

About the Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC) curriculum:

The CMWC is a streamlined, focused, intense course spanning 16 hours of instruction in the role of diet and lifestyle factors in balancing the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis for improved Mental Wellness. Students can expect to leave the CMWC with the knowledge and skills to start their own profitable and rewarding business as a Mental Wellness Coach.

Total costs are:

  • Tuition = $1,200 per student
  • Lodging = $1,000 for 4 nights at the Amare Wellness Center and 3Waves Wellness Bed & Breakfast – and if you want to arrive earlier or stay longer, we can arrange that too!
  • Food = included healthy microbiome-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments
  • Fun = the actual schedule/agenda will be somewhat subject to the weather, so we might adjust the days that each activity happens – but the week will include…
    • Mental Wellness Coach Certification (16 CEUs)
    • Healthy Mental Wellness Diet
    • Whale Watching or Seal Watching
    • Beach/Dune/Gratitude Trail Walks
    • Sound Healing Therapy Session
    • Yoga Session
    • Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding
    • Fire Pit Conversations
    • Daily Wellness Modalities (massage chairs, dry float bed, red light therapy, virtual reality meditation, aromatherapy, etc)
    • Free Time (to explore historic Plymouth, Cape Cod, and Boston)