Updated Bio & CV

I had to submit an updated Bio and CV (“curriculum vitae” – the academic fancy-pants way of saying “resume”) for my semi-annual recertification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and re-licensure as a “Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist” (LDN) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

So…posting here for anyone who wants to know the minutiae of my scientific training and professional experience – and maybe give readers some insight into why I write about the things that I write about on this blog?

Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss? (Bad Idea)

Last night, I watched a segment on CBS Evening News about the class of drugs known as “GLP-1 agonists” used to treat diabetes and obesity. The drugs can certainly be effective for people who are severely diabetic (by lowering blood sugar) or obese (by increasing fullness/satiety and suppressing appetite) – but they are absolutely not for anyone who is looking to los a few pounds.

These drugs come with a long list of severe and adverse side effects, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating 
  • Indigestion 
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastroparesis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Thyroid Cancer

Despite these side effects, and as I’ve written about before, a lot of “celebrities” are touting these drugs for cosmetic weight loss (not a great trade off for the side effects).

What if there was a way to increase your body’s own production of GLP-1 naturally – without the drug-induced side effects?

Well, there is – by using specific strains of probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus planetarium DR7 and Bifidobacterium lactis BPL-1

Each of these strains has been shown to modulate targeted aspects of metabolism related to blood sugar balance and fat storage/release (including belly fat reduction) – and they also help with satiety/fullness, inflammation, dopamine (for motivation), cortisol (for stress), and even skin tone (for beauty).

This almost sounds too good to be true – but the new science of the microbiome is showing us again and again – that if we can harness the power of the microbiome with specific strains of bacteria, we can improve numerous aspects of mental wellness and physical health – including helping people lose weight naturally.

COVID-19 Infection Disrupts Gut Microbiome | Inside Precision Medicine

Research confirms disruptive effect of COVID-19 infection on the gut microbiome with antibiotic use worsening the impact of infection.
— Read on http://www.insideprecisionmedicine.com/topics/translational-research/microbiome/covid-19-infection-disrupts-gut-microbiome/

This new study was done at Rutgers (where I got my PhD – go Scarlet Knights!) – and supports earlier studies that COVID-19 is far from being “just” a respiratory virus – it infects your lungs, but also your gut, your brain, your circulatory system, and your nervous system (and maybe a lot more that we don’t know about yet).

Previous research has shown that people tend to do “worse” with COVID-19 infections when they have an unbalanced microbiome – including those who suffer from “post-COVID” symptoms often referred to as “Long COVID” – with typical problems including fatigue, anxiety, and brain fog.

Over the last year, I’ve worked with dozens of people to help them get over their Long COVID symptoms by naturally reengineering their microbiomes and rebuilding their gut integrity (“leaky gut”) – so now they’re not only “back” to their pre-COVID energetic, happy, motivated self – they’re BETTER.

Improve your microbiome – strengthen your immune system – enhance your mental wellness and physical health…

2023 Wellness Trends?

According to a recent article in Elle magazine, two of the most prominent wellness trends for 2023 will be, more focus on “Mental Well-Being” and leisure travel for “Wellness Experiences” – so maybe now is a good time combine both of these trends into one trip and start planning your small-group retreat to 3 Waves Wellness in Plymouth MA?

At 3 Waves Wellness, we help you focus on your Mental Wellness with education around the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis, healthy eating, green/blue/yellow nature therapy, mindful movement, social connection, and much more.

Start 2023 as a Certified Mental Wellness Coach

Our FINAL certification of the year will be held on Dec 8 & 9 in Nashville TN (9am-5pm each day).

Mental Wellness is THE topic of our time – and “health coaching” is one of the biggest lifestyle trends in the wellness community – so why not combine them both in a college-level specialized certification that focuses on how balancing the Microbiome and optimizing the Gut-Brain-Axis can help your clients level-up their mental wellness and physical health.

Space is extremely limited – we have room left for 10 more students (and you can bring a guest for FREE) – sign up HERE.

Lunch will be provided each day so we can crank thru all 16 hours of content around how to improve Mental Wellness using natural lifestyle techniques including…

Microbiome modulation

Optimization of the Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis

Improving Sleep Quality

Exposure to Movement, Mindset, Nature, the Mental Fitness Diet and much more…

Students will receive their certification as a digital badge (from Marietta College) about one week following completion of the course.

Hope to see you there!

Media Segments about Gut-Brain-Axis and Mental Wellness

I was asked to gather some of my media segments related to how balancing the Microbiome and optimizing the Gut-Brain-Axis can help improve many aspects of Mental Wellness (mood, energy, focus, stress, sleep quality, etc).

Here are a few TV segments from cities around the country – hope you enjoy them…

KABC Los Angeles ABC7


KABC Los Angeles ABC 7


KARE Minneapolis NBC11


KPLR St. Louis FOX2 


KUSI Good Morning San Diego (https://www.kusi.com/how-to-balance-gut-brain-axis-to-control-junk-food-cravings/)

KDVR Denver Fox31

KTBC Austin FOX7 

WJZY Charlotte FOX46

WPWR Chicago FOX32

KUTV Salt Lake City CBS2 (when I lived in SLC, I had a regular monthly segment on the “Fresh Living” morning show)…




















































Mental Wellness Coach Certification – Nashville – Dec 8 & 9

We have our FINAL Mental Wellness Coach Certification for 2022 scheduled for December 8 & 9 in Nashville, TN (Thursday/Friday, 9am-5pm each day).

Lunch will be provided each day so we can crank thru all 16 hours of content around how to improve Mental Wellness using natural lifestyle techniques including…

Microbiome modulation

Optimization of the Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis

Improving Sleep Quality

Exposure to Movement, Mindset, Nature, and much more…

Students will receive their certification as a digital badge (from Marietta College) about one week following completion of the course.

Our venue can hold 50 students – we are offering a BOBO (buy one tuition – and bring one guest) – so this will sell out quickly.

Sign up here = https://swipesimple.com/links/lnk_ff270058

Hope to see you there!

Amare Product Overview

Later tonight, I will give an overview of several of the Amare Global products – focusing on Fundamentals, Happy Juice, Happy Hormone Pack, and Kids Pack.

I will also talk briefly about our new limited time Holiday flavors of Energy+ (Snickerdoodle) and GBX Protein (Pumpkin Spice).

Here is a smoothie recipe that you might like – using our Pumpkin Spice protein:

1/2c pumpkin purée
1/4c rolled oats
1 frozen banana
1c milk (vanilla almond or your choice)
2 scoops GBX Pumpkin Spice Protein

Here are the slides that I will use =

Western States 100 Lottery is OPEN!

I just registered for the Western States 100 – the most iconic of all the 100-mile trail runs.

I’ve done 3 of the other events in the UltraRunning “Grand Slam” (you need to run 4 of the 5 events – some lunatics run all four in a single year to complete an official “slam” – impressive!!!) – Vermont 100, Leadville 100, and Wasatch 100 (Old Dominion 100 in Va is also considered one of the originals, but I’ve not run that one yet) – so crossing my fingers for a successful lottery next month – wish me luck!

Here is some info about the WS100:

The Western States ® 100-Mile Endurance Run is the world’s oldest 100 mile trail race. The Run starts in Olympic Valley, California, near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and ends 100.2 miles later in Auburn, California. In the decades since its inception in 1974, Western States has come to represent one of the ultimate endurance tests in the world.

Traversing the traditional lands of the Nisenan, Washoe, and other neighboring Indigenous Peoples, the Western States Trail climbs more than 18,000 feet and descends nearly 23,000 feet before runners reach the finish at Placer High School in Auburn. In the miles between Olympic Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice cold waters of the Middle Fork of the American River, and finally the historic reddish brown trails that led many travelers, including gold prospectors, to Auburn.

For almost five decades, Western States has been home to some of the sport’s most stirring and legendary competitions. With more than 1,500 dedicated volunteers helping to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Run has stirred the spirit of runners from all walks of life, from all over the globe.

Offering the sport’s oldest and most prized possession – a sub-24-hour silver belt buckle and a sub-30-hour bronze belt buckle – Western States remains one of the undisputed crown jewels of human endurance.

3 Waves Wellness Covered on MSN

Very nice little article from one of our past guests at 3 Waves Wellness – they enjoyed their stay in and around the greater Plymouth area – and have a lot of great ideas for things to see/do/eat while you’re in the area.

Read the full article HERE

Here is a blurb about our B&B and a few pics from the article…

Plymouth Rocks

In Plymouth, we checked into 3 Waves Bed & Breakfast, a wellness-oriented Inn featuring  beds with dual-zoned temperature pads, and lots of room-suite touches to remind you that rest and relaxation are important, like the eye masks and stress-free chocolates on the bedside table as well a smart speaker playing ocean waves.  Owners Shawn and Julie Talbott are two of the most hospitable Innkeepers you’ll ever meet. Shawn is a nutritional biochemist and author of several wellness books. The basement of the Inn serves as the wellness center with massage chairs, a dry float bed, and VR meditation lenses.

Ames settled into one of the massage chairs while I submerged myself in the dry float bed and donned some meditation headphones, allowing the stress of our early morning flight and bustling through airports and traffic to get there melt away. We indeed slept well and were greeted each morning of our stay with breakfasts as delicious as they were nutritious, in keeping with the wellness theme.