I don’t know why my friend got cancer and I can’t make any broad statements about it. That doesn’t stop me from wondering, what if? What if his childhood acne would have been seen as a digestive issue? What if his anger problems would have been seen as a leaky gut problem? What if his body was nourished with the right foods, the right sleep, and the right environment, would he be alive right now?

The repetitive sad thoughts that run through my mind constantly, do beat me down, but they’re also behind my fire for this website. This website is not just about coaching. It’s about creating a personal trainer that takes a multi-factorial approach when it comes to teaching their clients how to be healthy. The type of personal trainer that looks at ALL aspects of a client’s life. A personal trainer that takes the time to educate each client about the importance of sleep, community, food, and sustainability.

We live in world of quick fixes, with a medical system that keeps people sick, and with the majority of the population being completely uneducated.

If this world is ever going to change, people need to start getting educated. People need to be aware that there’s more than just conventional medicine out there. Just because a man in a white coat said lifestyle and diet will not contribute to their three autoimmune diseases, doesn’t mean it’s true.

I think if more personal trainers dove into functional medicine, we would start making a change in the right direction. Trainers can be the door into the world where people take their own health into their own hands, and a place where people take responsibility to what happens to their body.

If you’re interested in taking a multi-factorial approach to your training and start changing our sick, uneducated world, this week’s interview is just for you!

I interviewed Jared Seigler, an amazing functional medicine practitioner at Living Proof Institute. We cover a few things I think you’ll enjoy.

  • What is functional medicine? 
  • Why a personal trainer needs to look beyond diet and exercise
  • What are a few things a personal trainer could be overlooking that will get in the way of health
  • Questions you can ask that will give you a better idea how prepared a person is to train
  • What are the red flags you should pay attention to with clients that lets you know they need extra help 
  • What does it look like when a client is being pushed over the edge 
  • What are some red flags that should not be ignored with babies and toddlers 
  • How issues manifest if not addressed 
  • What it looks like to take a functional medicine approach
  • Why insurance isn’t a good way to justify not seeing a functional medicine doctor

I hope after this interview you’re a little more motivated to get your feet wet and start learning about blood work, nutrition, sleep, and mental health.

Where should you go as a trainer to learn more about Functional Medicine and Nutrition?

Glad you asked 😉

I’ve got a lot of resources!

Dr. Ben House: He has retreats, online mentorships, and endless articles. When it comes to raising the bar with coaches, Ben is your guy. Dave and I signed up for his first Costa Rica Functional Medicine retreat in 2017 and it changed our lives! It had a huge influence with what we’ve tried to do with our gym, Enhancing Life.

Dr. House has a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin, which is one of the top ranked public universities in the United States. Dr. House is also a Nutritionist (CN), Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist (FDN), and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP).

Chis Kresseris a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. He is the creator of ChrisKresser.com, one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world, and the author of the New York Times best seller, Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback in December 2014 as The Paleo Cure).

Dr. Terry Wahlsis a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional MedicineThe Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.

Robb Wolf: a former research biochemist is the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat.  Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars.

Dianna Rodgers RN: Is a “real food” nutritionist and writer living on a working organic farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts. She runs a clinical nutrition practice, hosts the Sustainable Dish Podcast, and speaks internationally about human nutrition, sustainability, animal welfare and social justice. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Outside Magazine, Edible Boston and Mother Earth News. She can be found at www.sustainabledish.com

Dr. Bryan Walsh:  He currently delivers courses in biochemistry, physiology, and pathophysiology as an Instructor at University of Western States. He serves as a Scientific Advisor at Lifetime Fitness, where he designs laboratory panels and interpretation methods as well as provides ongoing education for the professional staff. Dr. Walsh is also a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and has been seeing patients throughout the U.S. for over a decade.

Dr. Mathew Walker: is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. He’s the author of Why We Sleep, where gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming.

Dr. Sachin Patel:  is a proud father, husband and chiropractic physician.  His passion is to help his patients and community through his organization, The Living Proof Institute.  He serves his community as a Functional and Lifestyle Medicine Provider, speaker and author.

Dr. Jared Seigler: is a  Functional Medicine Provider at The Living Proof Institute. Dr. Seigler has great success working with patients that have autoimmune disease, diabetes, thyroid disorders and gastrointestinal conditions.

Dr. David Perlmutter: s a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his innovative work in brain research, including the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award and the 2002 Linus Pauling Award. He is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Grain BrainThe Grain Brain Cookbook, and Brain Maker. He serves as medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show. His newest book, Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, was published in November, 2016

Dr. Mark Hyman:  a practicing family physician, a ten-time #1 New York Timesbestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and was a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and The View, Katie and The Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Michael Rusciois a doctor, clinical researcher, author, and health enthusiast. Dr. Ruscio practices Functional Medicine and is currently performing two clinical trials in the treatment of digestive conditions. He is also writing a book on the microbiota. Dr. Ruscio gives smart, busy people who are suffering from symptoms of chronic illness simple steps to get better, and get on with life.

Dr. Mike T Nelson: is a university instructor and owner of Extreme Human Performance, LLC. He’s been called in to share his techniques with top government agencies. The techniques he’s developed and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.


Hope this was helpful!

Until next time 🙂






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