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Wellness As A Way of Life

Jul 6, 2021

In this week’s episode of Energetically You, I had the pleasure of interviewing Zack Rutldege about his journey and work with depression. He helps clients navigate depression with advice on nutrition, brain health, gut health and movement.   He shares with us his story and how he became an expert on depression.  


The topics we touched on:


  1. How and when was he diagnosed with depression, what was the catalyst?
  2. What advice does he give to clients and friends in terms of your nutrition to boost recovery?
  3. Why is movement essential to brain health?
  4. Pickleball, juggling and second languages for brain health.
  5. His best piece of advice as you weather the storm of depression.


“One of the places I love to start is the physical, because that is the transformation that you can see.”


“Karate first gave me the ‘working in’ that as a teenager I took for granted and then later I found that in’s like my new martial art.”


“I built myself back up, brick by brick.  The book is a consolidation of all that I learned over the years.”


“If we were lucky (over the past year) to have the insight, we found the things that really mattered to us.”


“Grief is something that you have to go through, and it sounds funny but it almost has a cleaner feeling to it [than depression.]”


Thank you for listening!


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More from Zack:

Zack S. Rutledge is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and a Certified Brain Health Trainer through the Functional Aging Institute. He has a black belt in karate and has practiced yoga for almost a decade. He holds an MA from American University in Washington, D.C. and starts his Licensed Professional Counselor program in January 2022.

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