Hi! Mo and Alix here! We are so glad you've found us!
We are married and thankful for the opportunity for our careers to collide in such a way that we get to practice together. Since meeting Mo, I’ve always said, “People like Mo. They think I’m cute. But they LOVE US!” So, here we are, as requested. Coming at you with all of the passion and love in our hearts to get you to a cleaner, healthier way of living that you REALLY enjoy!
We coach holistic nutrition, mindset and performance – we address every single “link in your chain” and approach a plan in such a way that accommodates what YOU need. We do customized plans that are tailored to the specific needs of our clients – meal plans, coaching plans for sport, training plans for everyday life and plans that focus on a higher sense of awareness: mindfulness. Additionally, we design more generalized plans to provide a jump-start to a healthier way of living or perhaps you live healthfully but need a reset of sorts. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered!
If you want the full story on Mo and Alix, keep reading!
MORRIS “Mo” BROSSETTE
I have been involved in sports since the age of 7. I began my endurance racing career 14 years ago with my first Sprint Adventure Race. Since that time I have competed in numerous 12, 24, & 30 hour Adventure Races. I was introduced to Triathlon 7 years ago and quickly became immersed in the sport.
I competed in Sprint and Olympic Distance my first season but decided to try my hand at the 70.3 distance at the end of that first season. I had never, at one time without stopping, swam that far in my life. Needless to say I was extremely nervous. Then, in a shot, it was over. Not only did I have a great swim but a great race, finishing 5th in my age group. Fast forward 3 years and I am racing my first Ironman. It was the greatest test of patience and mental toughness that I have experienced as an endurance athlete. It was also one of the happiest moments in my life. In 2014 I was talked into racing my first obstacle race, the Dallas Spartan Beast. Once I began my training for this race I rediscovered my love and desire to not just be fast, but to be fast, strong, powerful, and mobile. About 3 miles into my Spartan Beast race I was hooked. I knew I had just discovered an incredible sport that unlocked a side of me I had been missing. Training and racing obstacle races has made me a better triathlete and a bette human.
In 2007 I was introduced to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I learned over 90 different dietetic theories from world leaders in the respective fields. We learned not just about the healing power of food but the role stress, relationships, and lifestyle can have on your health. This inspired me to further my education and study Integrative and Functional Medicine. I took this information and applied it to my love for sport in an effort to help athletes perform to their full potential while simultaneously reducing stress and reducing risk of disease.
I have been privileged to dedicate my life to studying not just endurance sports but nutrition in its purest form. The power that eating REAL food has on the human body is absolutely amazing. We have the ability to not just recover from hard workouts, but prevent and heal disease. I teach my athletes the true power of food and human movement.
Athlete or not, movement NEEDS to be emphasized in your daily life. This can be something as simple as standing up from your desk twice a day to do a set of body weight squats. As humans we are designed to MOVE, not sit. I will teach you simple ways to incorporate movement and strength training into your life.
NUTRITION AND COACHING QUALIFICATIONS
Certified Level I Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist-HMP
Licensed Sports Nutritionist – National Academy of Sports Nutrition
Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach – Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Kinesiology – Northwestern State University
4 years Naturopath Study – Clayton College of Natural Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine
Biomechanics and Advanced Biomechanics of Resistance Training – Cooper Aerobic Center
Certified Spartan SGX, SOS Coach
21 years personal training experience
16 years as an endurance athlete
Former Top 3 Texas State Adventure Racing Champion (Sprint Distance)
Former Top 5 National Adventure Racing Champion (Sprint Distance)
8 years experience in 24-30 hour Adventure Racing Experience (former Top 10 Nationally ranked)
XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon experience with top age group finishes
2 time finisher of the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race
7 years triathlon experience in all distances including Ironman
Top 5 Elite Masters Obstacle Racer
My parents divorced when I was a year old, so I began visitation early on in life. I grew up with a mom who believed that fat was the devil. And for the first several years of visitation, I would go visit my dad by meeting in Dallas, where my 100% Italian grandmother lives. She did nothing but feed me real butter and olive oil when I came to visit. My mom did the best she knew at the time and I ate relatively “healthy” growing up – or, what we thought was healthy – whole wheat, low-to-no fat, lean meats, margarine instead of butter – you get the idea. When I would go visit my grandmother, we would make grass fed steak sandwiches on good sourdough bread with real butter on each slice and we always made zucchini muffins together, with bran and whole eggs and real butter. They were to die for! I can taste them even as I type this!
I come from divorce – and therefore, I had very little control over my surroundings growing up. I’m not sure most kids have much control – but man, being shuttled between two parents who, to this day, do not get along, was not always fun. So it’s probably no surprise that I developed a pretty significant battle with anorexia starting at the age of 15. I’ve struggled with it in some capacity ever since. I don’t share this for pity or sympathy – but because I want you to know me. What are we doing here if we can’t be honest and vulnerable with each other? I have days that I get pretty sick of the mental battle I continue to struggle with. Thankfully, I have a huge support system that I’ve created for myself, so I have accountability and people to talk to. That said though, I wouldn’t change anything. All of the above – growing up in a divorced home, a mom who dove head-first into the “Fat Free Craze,” my wonderful Italian grandmother who has always been WAY before her time with regard to the body - taking the time to FEED me and educate me on food and nutrition, the constant fight with my mind and my body over food... These things are what got me to today – I know, sounds cheesy and like a “canned answer” – but I BELIEVE this and have finally come to a place where I really like who I am – scars, battles, and all.
When I met Mo in the spring of 2010 I was actually living with my Grandmother. In the early fall of 2009 I had stopped having a monthly cycle. I had spent that summer doing what is called “Carbohydrate Cycling” where one day my daily allotment of carbohydrates was 50g, the next day 25g and the next day 0g, rinse and repeat. I did this for one month while working out 3-4 hours a day getting ready for the Dallas Mavericks Dancers try-outs. Can I be honest? I looked really good but I felt AWFUL and was an absolute mess inside/psychologically. I couldn’t stabilize my emotions and of course the anorexia sidled right up to me and just cheered me on. Sad, right? I got into this because my best friend at the time was doing it to get ready for a figure competition. Frankly, it was dumb and poorly thought out. But, it taught me a TON – not only about nutrition but about myself and my body. So, after all of that, I stopped having a cycle (imagine that!) and couldn’t even hold a phone up to my ear without my arm feeling fatigued from doing so. It was awful. I went to the doctor and had blood tests run and took them to my grandmother to review – I’m telling you, she knows her stuff! After reviewing, she looked at me and said, “Why don’t you move in for the next few months and let me ‘feed you back to health.’” So, that’s what I did. And you know what she fed me? Wild caught salmon at least 4x a week, 2 whole eggs every morning, grass fed meat, vegetables sautéed in olive oil, good sourdough bread, sweet potatoes, rice, lentils... Are you getting the picture? Nothing crazy. No restriction. Just REAL food. And guess what? In 3 months of doing that, I started my cycle again. And this is when I DOVE into the practice of Nutrition.
When I met Mo (at church ☺) he had recently finished up with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) – this is really how our relationship started. We met for lunch to talk about it and, well... The rest is history, as they say.
He was a Triathlete, and after watching him race I decided I wanted to give it a try. So I registered for a Sprint in Waco, Texas and without any awareness whatsoever, ended up winning my age group. Needless to say, I was shocked and it gave me the confidence to continue pursuing the sport.
I’ve had my share of difficult races, for multiple reasons – nutritional, mechanical, mental, etc. So please don’t think that because I won my first race it was all cake and I don’t know hardship on the course. Triathlon has taught me an immense amount about myself. I have grown in so many ways though the pursuit of this sport and through letting go of the sport as a full-time focus, which I did at the end of the 2016 Triathlon season.
Many people come to us with a desire to do a Triathlon and we are THRILLED to help get ANYONE to their goal! That said, many people get into the sport with a desire for weight loss – thinking it will shed the pounds and within a month they will look like the athlete on the cover of this months Runner’s World. If you stick to the short-course distances – sprints and Olympics - this is a realistic goal. But when you get into the longer course distances – Half Ironman and Ironman – it is tough to perform AND get weight off. I’ve seen this frustrate so many clients; myself included. When I began racing, I gained 25lbs within the first 3 months. I went from working out 6-7 hours per week to 9-12 hours per week and GAINED 25lbs. Read that again. Yep, you read it right the first time. I became SO inflamed. I was SO hungry ALL the time and the eating disorder would yell at me and tell me I was crazy for being so hungry. So I would try to eat nothing before workouts so that I could “deserve” to eat after my workouts, because THEN, I could really enjoy it. And I would eat SO much. And feel awful after. So full. So upset with myself. And then the cycle would start over again. Get up. Eat nothing. Workout for 2-4 hours on water alone. Get frustrated for feeling like I had no energy for my workouts. Go eat A LOT of food and then start the cycle again the next day. It was not a fun place to be in. In the midst of gaining 25lbs of inflammation, my hormones felt like a ping-pong ball. I was ALL over the place with my cycle, my ability to stabilize my emotions – I was crying all the time for no apparent reason, I was more often reactive than proactive... It was a tough first year of racing for me.
And then, Mo and I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives one Sunday afternoon. After which, purely out of curiosity, I decided to try a plant-based lifestyle for 10 days. I got to Day 10 and could not remember the last time I felt that good. So I decided to stick with it. My verbal commitment to myself and Mo was that if I had an absolute, undeniable craving for animal protein, I would eat it. I wanted to be smart about this. Honestly – my motivation to try it was again, purely out of curiosity, not because I suddenly became an animal-rights-activist. Over the next 3 months, those 25lbs + a few extra came off of me and I felt AMAZING. I had so much energy and my workouts were coming back together and I was more able to stabilize my emotions. It was awesome! So I continued this plant-based lifestyle for the next 2 years.
About a year and a half in, I began having quite a few stomach issues. I’ll spare the details but let’s just say that my gut was having no more vegetables. It didn’t matter if I had one leaf of spinach or 100 – my stomach was reacting to ANY type of vegetable I tried to put in it. Mo and I discussed it and decided I simply needed some variety. So I began adding wild caught salmon back into my routine a few times a week. This certainly helped. Omega 3’s will do wonders for the body!
About 6 months later, I woke up and all I could think about was a burger! I didn’t care about the bun (never have), I just wanted beef. So, as promised, I went to Origin Kitchen & Bar in Dallas for lunch that day and had the Burger Salad (one of the best things on the menu!) and man, I cleaned my plate (or, bowl...) It was DE-lish. And that is how I became a meat-eater again. But here’s what I learned from that process: meat is not necessary nor is it good to have at every meal, as is “the American way…” The majority of us have access to animal protein anytime we want it and the typical “American” plate contains a protein, a starch and a vegetable. So it might feel odd to some to not have animal protein present at a meal. I learned that not only do I feel better when I don’t have animal protein at every meal, I look better, I am less inflamed and honestly? When I pause before ordering at a restaurant or deciding what to cook for dinner and really ask myself what I am truly hungry for, about 50% of the time I am not hungry for animal protein and so, I don’t have it.
These are the types of practices that I hope to instill in our clients… The genuine belief that food can hurt and it can heal. There is no “one size fits all” for every person. Sometimes what works today, won’t work in 6 months and that’s okay. It’s okay to change it up – it’s GOOD to change it up. Have fun with the food you eat and ENJOY it. Live day in and day out as health-minded as you can (this includes your physical, mental and emotional self…) and when you really want to have a big steak – have it! When you’re just dying for those french fries, have them. When you just can’t go one more day without an ice cream sundae – have it. When you wake up in the morning and have to drag yourself out of bed, LISTEN and move gently that day. Set realistic goals (we can help you with that!) and be kind to yourself! HAVE FUN taking care of yourself.