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A Podcast Designed to Bridge the Gap Between Macros, Metabolism, and Functional Medicine. Sam has spent over the last decade in the health, fitness, and nutrition coaching space, and now helps other coaches improve their client results, retention, and revenue through his programs and podcast. Sam obtained his Masters degree from North Carolina State University, as well as his Bachelors of Science from Elon University in North Carolina. He has built his reputation as an online coach, author, ...
 
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An important topic in the realm of gut health is specific issues and factors that contribute to gut dysbiosis. We'll mainly cover a few specific bacterial issues, root causes, and the interplay between gut dysbiosis and bacterial overgrowth issues. Topics include: - Refresher on Gut Health - Factors Contributing to Gut Dysbiosis - Small Bacterial I…
 
If you truly want to make an impact in this industry, have staying power, and make memorable impact in your clients lives, it's important to understand your skillset as a coach. On this platform, we talk about advanced concepts so you can level up your coaching skillset to help individuals with advanced client cases. I want to remind you how import…
 
While I typically keep the long interviews that go on within the Functional Nutrition and Metabolism Specialization community, I wanted to share an interview with cardiologist Dr. Twyman to give you a sneak preview and bring another perspective to the platform. Topics of this interview include: - Dr. Twyman Interview Intro - Dr. Twyman’s Typical Cl…
 
As more and more marketing is put into the supplement industry, we've seen the rise and popularity of adaptogens and for good reason in most cases. These adaptogens have solid research behind them and contribute to many benefits. Today's episode is an in-depth look at the function of adaptogens, some popular adaptogens including ashwagandha and rho…
 
I wish these 12 implications were shared by doctors before giving birth control to women like it's candy. I've covered this topic many times in prior episodes but wanted to condense the list of implications into one episode. Topics include: - Implications of Birth Control - Negative Feedback Leading to Hormonal Imbalances - Specific Hormonal Issues…
 
Wanted to share a recent study on the importance of tracking and why the results point to tracking being a key tool in achieving the best client results possible. While I'll provide a caveat in certain instances, I'll share how this also impacts your coaching strategy as well. Topics include: - Importance of Tracking - Caveat for Tracking - Study D…
 
In many instances, cortisol is discussed in conjunction with chronic dieting but chronic dieting isn't the singular variable that determines our adrenal health. In today's episode, we'll discuss the adrenal health-cortisol connection, how sleep and circadian dysregulation impacts adrenal health, and other factors to keep in mind as a coach or on yo…
 
Micronutrients are typically an afterthought when it comes to nutrition and much can be missed if we negate this vital part of both our nutrition and physiology so I want to share 5 key considerations/micronutrients that are important for overall hormonal status. Topics include: - Micronutrient Deficiencies and Hormone Status - Vitamins We’ll Cover…
 
I joined 3J University hosts John Jewett and Luke Miller on their show to discuss a wide variety of topics centering around gut health and thyroid health. Hope you enjoy! Topics include: - Initial Client Assessment - Frequency of True Thyroid/Gut Issues - Perfect Storm Client Case - Tracking Labwork for a Female Competitor - Stress, Gut Health, and…
 
I talk about thyroid hormone frequently on this platform because it can be a complex topic to understand and my job is to simply complex concepts and help you become an in-demand expert as a coach. My hope is this episode is a step in the right direction as we talk about thyroid hormone, thyroid health, and understanding more of the complete pictur…
 
Another hot topic in the health and nutrition world is collagen and your opinion can range heavily depending on if you're in the athlete space or the longevity space. I'm here to answer the question: is collagen trash or treasure? We'll discuss types of collagen, potential benefits, and more! Topics include: - Collagen Protein - Please Share, Rate,…
 
I thought it'd be fun to recount some of my most popular quotes and tweets over the past twoish years talking everything from health, diet dogma, supplements, and more! Topics and quotes include: - Most Popular Tweets/Quotes - Challenging Identities Quote - Diet Dogma Quote - Percentages of Health Quote - Fitspo Quotes - Reverse Dieting Quote - Sup…
 
The more we learn about the relationship between the gut and the brain, the more we understand how interconnected they are and why the rise of depression and anxiety is alarming when factoring in gut issues. We'll talk about the nervous system pathways between the gut and brain, the importance of the vagus nerve, the role of short chain fatty acids…
 
Fruit has been getting some hate recently in the health and fitness world and I wanted to set the record straight on this episode. The main culprit of this discussion is fructose and how it is metabolized by the body. There are many considerations and factors to consider which we'll cover as well so you'll have the full understanding of this subjec…
 
As a followup to Episode 346: (Myths and Misconceptions Around Red Meat), I wanted to discuss some specific considerations related to red meat along with first discussing some baseline health benefits and basics on red meat. Topics include: - Health Benefits of Red Meat - Kicking Off with the Basics - Seed Oil and Standard American Diet - Micronutr…
 
I recently gave a keynote presentation in Austin, Texas and I wanted to share it on my podcast platform because I think this is a big key all coaches should be striving for. Being a subject matter expert in your field will command you more than anything else in my opinion and becoming a subject matter expert starts with being relevant to your ideal…
 
If you are a fitness and nutrition coach and haven't had one or all of these cases, you eventually will and I want you to be ready for it yourself instead of passing it off to another professional. This is one of the main reasons the Functional Nutrition and Metabolism Specialization exists is to educate on various cases like the ones you'll hear t…
 
There's a set of conditions I see far too often that lead to a perfect storm for a client. Down-regulation of hormones combined with gut dysfunction for many reasons can cause this perfect storm case. I want to explain what the conditions and issues that contribute to this case and how to avoid it as a coach or client. Topics include: - The Perfect…
 
On this day of celebrating freedom and independence, when it comes to health, there's a practice we can all engage in that will afford us the potential for the most amount of freedom for our entire lifespan. That practice is preventive health. I'll explain this practice and why it's important to consider the future version of yourself. Topics inclu…
 
"Doing what you can with what you have with where you are" is a mantra I keep going back to and was reminded of on a walk recently with the dogs. I want to share a story around this particular topic and why it applies to you and/or your client's transformation. Topics include: - Mantra to Ponder - Go Team Walks - Overcoming Excuses - Please Share, …
 
You've probably been waiting for this episode for a bit and I'm excited to dive into the potential physiological benefits and research around CBD. While research has been done with a lot higher doses than consumers are typically willing to spend on CBD products, the research is encouraging. Topics include: - Endocannabinoid System - Client/Human Ex…
 
While the increase in the popularity of genetics tests gives us more data about ourselves, we must be mindful and cautious about a few factors and today's episode covers just that. We'll talk about the mindset going into taking these genetics tests, exercise and performance considerations, and more! Topics include: - Consumer Genetics Tests - Label…
 
Stress is ubiquitous but often, there's no framework or tangible solutions for lessening it in our lives or our clients lives. I have put together a framework that will define stress clearer in our minds and break down after the grit and resiliency component to aiding stress. I also have a thought provoking Bruce Lee quote I think you'll find enjoy…
 
Caffeine comes in many forms and as a society (and in the coaching industry), we benefit from the consumption of this drug but some individuals might have issues with metabolizing it. In today's episode, we will talk not only the differences between caffeine derived from coffee vs caffeine anhydrous but also discuss training timing considerations, …
 
Normal vs optimal can be two very different scenarios when it comes to lab testing so today's episode is diving into a few functional medical tests, understanding them through a western medicine reference range lens, and why this is important to you as a coach. Topics include: - Popular Functional Medical Tests - What We’ll Cover Today - Western Me…
 
Are there healthy forms of insulin resistance? An interesting topic and considerations on today's show as we look at a very specific example in pregnancy, keto considerations, and discuss the pathological cases of insulin resistance. Topics include: - Insulin Resistance in Multiple Forms - Healthy Insulin Resistance? - Pregnancy Example - Keto Cons…
 
Does fat storage matter and how does it occur? On today's episode, we have a very unique study looking at sumo wrestlers and their visceral fat content and aside from beer consumption, sumo wrestlers have a pretty solid nutrition plan. I'll then explain how this plays into the overall metabolic health of a client with keeping other important consid…
 
Over a decade into coaching and now mentoring other coaches for years, I have noticed distinct differences between successful coaches and ones that are struggling a bit or just starting out. Ultimately, I want you to take an audit of your professional development and see where you might need to improve. Topics include: - What Successful Coaches Do …
 
Jenna loved FNMS so much, she's gone through the program now twice and has upgraded and gained confidence not only in her knowledge of metabolism, hormones, and fertility but also her business. She's here to talk about her experience with FNMS, give you a client example of a successful fertility journey, and what advice she has if you're on the fen…
 
My pet lovers out there I know will enjoy this episode as it is a slight departure from the typical metabolism and hormones talk but an important conversation to have about the health benefits of pet ownership. We'll talk about the stress reduction benefits, microbiome benefits, loneliness and mental health considerations, and so much more! Topics …
 
Many coaches like yourself know that energy balance is important but a lot of people don't look at the full picture when it comes to energy expenditure. In today's episode, we will discuss some lesser known considerations that impact TDEE and metabolic rate and share some other related resources we've created on this platform to further your educat…
 
Two of the most popular diets (Carnivore and Vegan) are polar opposites in many fashions but do the strengths of both combined make for a sustainable effective nutrition plan? That is what today's episode will explore. We'll cover both diet styles, explain pro's and con's of each, discuss macro and micronutrient deficiencies, fiber and hormonal con…
 
We see this often with clients with high stress lives that sex hormones are negatively impacted and it's important to understand from a physiological perspective what is taking place. We'll chat about the pregnenolone steal myth when it comes to this topic, cholesterol considerations, and more! Topics include: - Stress and Sex Hormone Changes - Pre…
 
Today's episode is a breakdown of a sometimes overlooked area especially in your kitchen or your client's kitchen. It can be really easy to not measure oil as you prepare meals or use cheaper oils to save but what is it doing to your health? I'll dive into the research behind some of these suspect seed oils, explain the difference between saturated…
 
Are you showing up consistently online and curating quality content that individuals are liking, saving, and sharing? More or less, that is the secret that I'm going to share with you today about content creation and how to grow your following but we must also understand how social media platforms operate. I'll also give you a flashback to Rolodex'…
 
Allergy season has made histamines a focal point but what is the role of histamines aside from an immune system response to allergens? We'll dive into histamine intolerance, dysbiosis and histamine intolerance, and much more! Topics include: - The Role of Histamines - Histamine Intolerance - Dysbiosis and Histamine Intolerance - Keys to Look Out Fo…
 
One of the most overlooked areas of gut health is the physical training component. Overtraining or excessive HIIT workouts can lead to gut health issues so today's episode is exploring this relationship, discussing training volume and frequency, and training adjustments you can make to your own plan or your clients plan. Topics include: - Overlooke…
 
We're chatting science today and how it is perceived and reported in the mainstream media along with internet arguments and debates. My goal with this episode and this platform is to allow you to be an educated consumer whether in your own transformation or in your client's transformation. Topics include: - Chatting about Science and Arguments abou…
 
Should you or should you not incorporate intermittent fasting with clients or yourself? Just as with any well informed answer, it depends on the individual so today, I want to share with you the pros and cons of intermittent fasting, share some studies, and explain some key considerations when determining if this is a helpful protocol. Topics inclu…
 
Extending our conversation about inflammation, it is important to understand the mechanisms of inflammation, how it presents in the body and mind, and the types of inflammation. Today's episode will cover the three types of inflammation, simplifying cytokines and their role inflammation, fat and muscle tissues considerations, and much more! Topics …
 
Is there a connection between inflammation and depression? We know there are many factors both psychologically and physiologically that contribute to mood disorders but I wanted to cover this area specifically today. We'll cover serotonin function and holistic function, acute vs chronic inflammation, the different types of cytokines that contribute…
 
We've done a lot of episodes when it comes to women's health and contraceptive use, hormonal physiology, and other similar topics surrounding this subject but today, I want to discuss contraception vs optimization when it comes to female physiology and being informed about the various types of contraceptives and their effects. Topics include: - Mak…
 
One of the most hot button topics in the current nutrition conversation landscape is the red meat industry from a variety of different perspectives from environmental to physiological. I want to bring you the actual data behind studies done in this area along with my experience coaching as well as my own dietary habits. My hope is that you'll make …
 
With the rising popularity of consumer DNA tests, more and more individuals are digging into their genetics. While this can be good for some, others are overwhelmed with information or feel "broken" due to certain alleles/genetic variants. I want to break down as simplistically as I can the MTHRF mutation, methylation, and how they play a vital rol…
 
A topic rising in popularity is the concept of a whole food matrix and for those unfamiliar with the concept, this is the difference between a whole apple vs apple juice. I wanted to share a few studies with you on this particular topic and share it's overall benefits. Topics include: - What is a Whole Food Matrix? - What We’ll Cover - Reductionist…
 
Measuring glycemic index has become more and more popular both in studies and in marketing but does it really matter when it comes to health and weight loss? We'll dive into the history of glycemic index, the carb and insulin model of obesity, studies looking at glycemic index, and much more! Topics include: - First Developed in 1981 - History of G…
 
Instead of bringing you a longer form mentee interview, I wanted to give you different perspectives and shorter reviews of the FNMS program with different mentees with different businesses, coaching experiences, and their own health journeys and my hope is that at least one resonates with you. ---------- My Live Program for Coaches: The Functional …
 
It may not be what you expect to hear from me but it's the truth. This episode was inspired by a recent live talk I gave in Austin this past weekend surrounded by coaches wanting to grow their coaching businesses. The one thing I see that sets apart rockstar coaches from the rest is their level of urgency in all aspects of their life and work. List…
 
Another of my rockstar FNMS clients Allie Cass joins me today on the show to discuss her journey from Bikini Boss and the bikini prep world to shifting to the functional and health focused world. We'll also talk about her experience with FNMS. Topics include: - From Bikini Boss to Functional Coaching - College Days - Different Phase of Life - Desir…
 
Menopause carries a lot of physiological changes and today's episode is to what extend that looks like and how hormone replacement therapy plays into aiding certain hormonal changes. Topics include: - HRT After Menopause - Overview Of What We’ll Cover - Menopause Episode - Time Course of HRT and Type of HRT - Oral Estrogen Use - Dropping Hormone Le…
 
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