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Shaun
Often the best scientists start by researching their own health problems and I am no different. Throughout my life, I experienced extreme fatigue, inconsistent bouts of tiredness, restless sleep and inability to focus. At my worst, I felt out of breath with minimal activity and after walking a single block, it felt like my heart was beating out of my chest. I always wondered why I would fall asleep even in the classes I enjoyed. No matter how much I “seemingly” slept, I felt exhausted. I was constantly frustrated with myself, for not being able to work as long or hard as I wanted.

While in graduate school, I learned what was causing my life long exhaustion! It turns out I was struggling with Narcolepsy. I finally had an answer to my health concerns, but what now? Prior to this diagnosis, I felt angry at my situation and myself, I had no idea if I was depressed, unmotivated, biologically handicapped or some combination of everything. I had a rich inner world I couldn’t bring into reality no matter how hard I tried. I wasn’t excited to start taking a prescription to keep me awake and another one to help me sleep, I needed a better option.

At 32, I finally learned what was going on and I was determined to discover how to not only survive but thrive. With my research background, I dug deep into all the research I could find on lifestyle interventions for managing narcolepsy, as well as research elucidating the mechanisms for how narcolepsy exerts its effects. Considering how few people have narcolepsy, the research was sparse.

It was only when I started connecting with others trying to manage their narcolepsy that I found anecdotal reports of people eliminating most of their symptoms by making changes to their diet. It was at this time I discovered discover my condition had an autoimmune component. After painstakingly eliminating various autoimmune triggers, my acute symptoms all but vanished. I also discovered research demonstrating how healthy fat was being used to heal individuals with various metabolic issues and neurological conditions, which lead me to the realization that everything I had been taught about nutrition was wrong. It turns out I was avoiding all the foods that supported my healing process and choosing to eat the supposedly healthy foods worsening my condition!

Now that I knew what was wrong, I was driven to learn what was right. I was trying to find something that reflected what I was learning through my own research and then I found the works of Mark Sisson and the larger Primal/Paleo community. It was after reading through various Primal and Paleo resources, and analyzing their research citations, that I found a community which shared my interpretation of the research. By making simple dietary changes, I was able to manage my most severe symptoms, finish my Ph.D., and later become a Primal Certified Health Coach. I was finally thriving and functioning at my full capacity, it felt amazing!

 

 

 

Why did I become a health coach after acquiring a Ph.D.?

While being trained as a research scientist, I found it frustrating how experimental findings were not being applied in real-world settings. I didn’t want to just perform research, I wanted to make a difference. I realized that there was a disconnect between experimental research and actual application. My research into healthy eating provided me insight my contemporaries were not aware of. They were testing nutritional interventions based on poor experimental designs and were frustrated they weren’t getting positive results. My contemporaries had no interests in updating their knowledge base, I guess change is hard.

It is my passion to apply my research experience and help you understand what took me years to put together. I want to help you navigate conflicting dietary advice, seemingly unintelligible research findings, and exaggerated media reports to find simple answers to your complicated problems. I make it my goal to help you realize that self-torture is the opposite of healthy living. You will be surprised to learn which foods are actually healthy and which supposedly healthy foods are robbing you of your health. It can also be a shock to learn that killing yourself in the gym 5 days a week may sabotage your wellness and many of the foods you already love can help you live a vibrant life. It gives me purpose to see the light in my client’s eyes when they realize that a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, and life unrestricted by inflammation and autoimmune struggle can be accomplished with relatively minimal changes.

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Qualifications:

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee:

I hold Ph.D. in Health Psychology and I’m a former scientific researcher turned health coach.

I have over 10 years of experience performing laboratory research, teaching in a university setting, and critically evaluating medical, nutritional, neurological and behavioral research publications. I have been trained to creatively problem solve and find connections between seemingly unrelated concepts to develop testable solutions to problems. I utilize my experience to help you develop research-based nutrition, exercise, and behavioral solutions to manage inflammation and autoimmune concerns.

I am also a certified Primal Health Coach:

The Primal movement was founded on ancestral health principles and is driven by decades of scientifically validated research. I provide education, motivation and help guide you toward lifestyle and behavioral choices that support optimal well-being. As part of the Primal movement, I stay ahead of the curve with an integrated approach to help you create a life of maximum vitality using nutrition and fitness intelligence. My recommendations are based on scientifically validated ancestral health principles. The aim of Primal Health Coach training is to help you extract the most joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment from your life. I focus on your values, needs, vision, and goals in an extremely personalized way. Schedule your free consultation and lets see if we can work together.

Certified Primal Health Coach
 

 

I have found that when clients successfully manage inflammation and autoimmune issues through Nutritional Health Coaching, the following conditions also improve (individual results may vary):

  • Acne and other skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Autism spectrum conditions including ADD and ADHD
  • Bacterial imbalance in your gut
  • Blood sugar metabolism and metabolic dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, Candida yeast, and fungal overgrowth,
  • Digestive symptoms related to Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Heartburn, IBS, Crohn’s disease, and Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to thrive (weight gain and/or delayed development)
  • Hormone balance (Male and Female) and PMS
  • Heavy metal toxicity and other environmental contaminants
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Immune health
  • Joint pain from autoimmune inflammation
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Mental acuity, memory, and mood
  • Recovery from injury or chronic pain
  • Weight loss and management
 

 

Dietary Protocols:

While I don’t recommend overly generalized regimens, I can help you successfully incorporate various dietary protocols. I have experience with the following:

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  • Paleo/Primal
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Autoimmune Protocol
  • Lectin Free Diet
  • FODMAP
  • GAPS
  • Fasting Mimicking Diet
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Healthy Vegetarianism
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