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When master supplement formulator, biohacktivist, and keto authority Shawn Wells, RD, was faced with his own mental wellness issues, it set him on a path to finding science-based solutions.
Wells has a decade of experience as a Chief Clinical Dietitian in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN). Currently, he is CEO of supplement consultancy Zone Halo Research and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN). Previously, Wells was Director of Research and Development (R&D) for Dymatize Nutrition and Chief Scientific Officer of BioTrust Nutrition. His book The Energy Formula debuted earlier this year.
Wells sat down with Insider Content Director Steve Myers at SupplySide West 2021 in Las Vegas to talk about mental wellness, specifically for men. This Q&A was adapted from the conversation.
Initiated: What challenges do men face when trying to manage their mental health and wellbeing?
Shawn Wells: The path [men’s] brain function compared to female brain function, [women] tend to be more communicative, have higher emotional intelligence. I think it’s more about the conditioning in our culture, about the roles we’re supposed to play and how we’re supposed to communicate: men aren’t supposed to talk about these things. I felt that growing up, and it was certainly true in my father’s generation. He was a military veteran, he had a lot of work stress, and I remember he would come home and never talk about it. It wouldn’t be something he would talk about with friends. There would be no going to a doctor; it is considered weak.
It was another generation. That’s starting to change, because these discussions are happening on social media and things like in my book – I’m vulnerable to suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety, impostor syndrome. In the face of all these things, I had eating disorders, I had anorexia, I was morbidly obese. All of these things I was holding back, and it wasn’t until I became very vulnerable and started working with a specialist, working with plant medicine, working with supplements, telling my story and to have the comments of other people like me, wow, there is something to pull out of my chest. And instead of suppressing your truth, aligning with your authentic truth so you can talk about it, be clear about it and move past it.
Initiated: When you made that decision to be open about your struggles, to get rid of them, was it received the way you thought it would be?
well: Much better. The first time I talked about all of this in a presentation was at Keto Con, a keto convention where I was talking about the science of keto, supplements that would help you with keto, MCTs [medium-chain triglycerides], talk about these pathways and all this biochemist and dietitian stuff that I usually talk about. I started building my story on…
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