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 (

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 =

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.

Terrific Gluten-Free Cookbook coming out soon!How to Glow Gluten-Free

My friend Meg has a new gluten-free cookbook launching this weekend – check it out for some amazing recipes!

How to Glow Gluten-Free: Going Beyond the (GF) Food to Embrace a Journey of Abundance in a Diagnosis of Restriction eBook : Gerber, Megan: Kindle Store
— Read on

Your Skin Has It’s Own Microbiome?!?!

Your skin has its own microbiome that needs to be nourished with the right nutrients.

Your skin also needs to maintain its network of connective tissue (collagen) and its immune system.

This video on Youtube covers several natural approaches to reducing glycation (which damages collagen), maintaining the diversity and resilience of your skin microbiome, and actively stimulating natural collagen production to support the Gut-Skin-Axis.

Here is the presentation on Facebook

Here are the slides that I used =

Celebrities Using Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss?

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had a great article last week (Oct 12) that asked the question, “How a Diabetes Drug Became the Talk of Hollywood, Tech and the Hamptons” – and covered the issue of how Ozempic and other injections meant to treat chronic medical conditions are in high demand among elites looking to lose a little weight.

The original article is HERE

 Some people are calling it the “Hollywood Drug” – but I think they should call it the “Lazy Dipshit Drug” because you can actually get the same benefits (and avoid the long list of scary side effects) from a natural approach that balances the entire gut microbiome (so you lose fat while also maintaining muscle and improving your mood and motivation at the same time).

Here are some edited notes from the article:

  • Ozempic, which is taken by injection in the thigh, stomach or arm, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 to help lower blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes. 
  • One Ozempic injection pen typically lasts about a month and costs about $900 before insurance, though coverage can be hard to come by. 
  • The brand is not approved by the FDA for weight loss. 
  • But recently, Ozempic and other drugs of its kind have become the subject of conversations about weight loss, thinness and so-called biohacking in Hollywood, the tech industry and beyond.
  • Ozempic, made by Novo Nordisk A/S, is one of several brand-name drugs on the market containing an antidiabetic ingredient called semaglutide. 
  • Semaglutide stimulates insulin production and also targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite.
  • The FDA has approved semaglutide for weight loss under the brand name Wegovy, which Novo Nordisk sells at a higher price than its cousin Ozempic.
  • Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO who has more than 100 million followers on Twitter, tweeted this month that he was taking Wegovy in combination with fasting to lose weight.
  • In late September, Andy Cohen, the Bravo host and “Real Housewives” executive producer, tweeted: “Everyone is suddenly showing up 25 pounds lighter. What happens when they stop taking #Ozempic ?????” 
  • Ozempic and Wegovy belong to a new class of drugs, called GLP-1s, that some studies indicate may significantly reduce weight when combined with other lifestyle changes—at least in certain people.
  • Ozempic’s embrace among relatively healthy people isn’t supported by scientific evidence. 
  • Wegovy itself isn’t approved to treat all those seeking weight loss. The drug’s 2021 weight-loss approval was for people who are obese or overweight with a coexisting condition related to weight, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. It is priced at $1,350 for a month’s supply, which includes four injection pens. (Novo Nordisk has also introduced a once-a-day semaglutide pill called Rybelsus. A 30-day supply, without insurance coverage, costs $850.) 
  • Cost might be one reason people seeking to lose weight are flocking to Ozempic, rather than Wegovy. Supplies might be another. Wegovy was on the market for barely six months before Novo Nordisk announced it was in short supply, in December 2021. 
  • Under the terms of their approvals, neither drug should be taken for casual weight loss.
  • Though Ozempic and Wegovy contain the same active ingredient, Novo Nordisk says they are not interchangeable due to differences in dosage amounts and escalation schedules for the drugs. Because the drugs are intended for people with chronic conditions, they are not meant to be used as short-term treatments and Novo Nordisk has specifically stated that they “don’t promote or suggest or encourage any off-label usage at all,” further noting that “we’re not looking at weight loss for cosmetic purposes or episodic weight loss for people who don’t fit those criteria from the FDA-approved label indications.” 
  • Doctors are generally able to prescribe medications off-label as they see fit, but it is important to note that the FDA approval (or clearance) of a medical product for one intended use does not assure its safety and effectiveness for other uses.
  • Ozempic and Wegovy are not the only new GLP-1s used off-label—some doctors say Mounjaro (from Eli Lilly), a different formula approved by the FDA in May for diabetes treatment, is also being prescribed for weight loss.
  • Some patients have developed pancreatitis while taking Wegovy or Mounjaro and had to come off the medications. Other side effects which are also listed on the labels for these drugs, include gastrointestinal issues such as gallbladder disease and nausea. Those with a family history of thyroid cancer are advised against taking the drug. 
  • While Ozempic’s website clearly states that it is “not a weight-loss drug” but may help those who take it lose weight, third-party companies are using its name to advertise virtual-weight loss programs and discounted prescriptions. People are turning to social media for tips about how to get the drug.
  • Some comments from people interviewed for the article:
    • “After she stopped taking Ozempic, she regained much of the weight she had lost”
    • “When you stop taking it, you lose that feeling of fullness, that benefit of not being as hungry” 
    • “And now your hunger signals and cues can become a lot stronger”

As I’ve written about in Mental Fitness, we can harness our microbiome to amplify the signals associated with better mood (neurotransmitters), weight loss (glucose/insulin, GLP-1, thyroid), and even beauty (the skin microbiome and the Gut-Skin-Axis).

Menopause and Mood?

Today is “World Menopause Day” (October 18) – which I mentioned to my 52-year-old wife this morning and she replied, “Oh Great!” (in her most sarcastic tone).

Not exactly the most dazzling of topics (many people are uncomfortable talking about this natural change of life), but a very important one to discuss – because there are so many effective natural options to help women not just “endure” menopause (hot flashes, night sweats, mood fluctuations, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, etc) – but to actually thrive thru menopause and into their later years. (and don’t forget about the men going through andropause – sometimes called “Man-o-Pause” – as their testosterone drops gradually from about age 30 to 60.

One of those natural options to help men and women to maintain their hormone balance and mood NATURALLY is Amare Ignite – one version for “HER” and another for “HIM”

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th October. The day was designated by the International Menopause Society (IMS) to raise awareness of the menopause and to support options to improve health and well-being for women in mid-life and beyond.

The theme for World Menopause Day 2022 is Cognition and Mood (including Brain Fog).

There is a nice White Paper published on some of the approaches to improving Quality of Life across the menopausal years – see the Figure below and the full paper HERE