5 Natural Ways To Deal With Bloating

January 15, 2018
  Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal? Perhaps “gassy?” Have you ever carried a “food baby?”   Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to foods, or food not moving through you as well as it could.   There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms

Paleo Diet 101

December 18, 2017
You may have heard of the "paleo" diet. It was the world's most popular diet in 2013.   But what is it? Is it a fad? Is it right for you?   Scientist and "Paleo Mom" Sarah Ballentyne, Ph.D. defines it as:   “The Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.  It improves health by providing balanced and complete nutr

Multivitamins: Are They Really a Waste of Money?

December 11, 2017
Multivitamins are exactly what they sound like: multiple vitamins. They're supplements that contain several different vitamins in each one. They can also contain several minerals and other ingredients like amino acids or fatty acids. And because there are multiple ingredients, there are low doses of each ingredient.   In fact, they are the most commonly used supplements in the world!   There are 13 vitamins and at least 16 m

Restaurant Cheat Guide

December 4, 2017
Do you LOVE eating out but HATE how it makes you look and feel? According to a recent study, 52% of Americans believe doing their taxes is easier than figuring out how to eat healthy. It is also estimated that at least 1 out of 4 people eat out every day.   Eating out doesn't have to result in endless weight gain! I have scoured sit downs, fast food joints, coffee shops and a few local Orlando & Winter Park restaurants that incl

Why Am I Always Hungry?

November 27, 2017
If you often feel hungry, you are not alone!   There are many reasons to feel hungry. Of course, the most obvious one is that you are actually physically hungry. Perhaps your stomach is empty, your blood sugar has dropped, and your hunger hormones are having a party.   But other times, the hunger may not be physical hunger. It may be a craving or an emotional trigger. These are common reasons why some people eat too much

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

October 18, 2017
You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially "added sugars" like in soda pop, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store. Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of issues. A while ago, one of the food industry’s responses to the de

Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?

October 11, 2017
Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?   All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.   Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important gla

October: Client Spotlight Of The Month

October 5, 2017
Congrats to Caridad Aviles for being our Forte Client Spotlight! "A picture is worth a thousand words" Forte Fitness has helped me change my life. I wanted and needed to make a change both physically and mentally. I have always been a pretty slender person and as a matter of fact I was known as the skinny "twin" growing up. Even after the birth of my children I was still pretty petite. Being a Native New Yorker and having to walk 20 bloc

Coffee – Who can drink and who should avoid?

September 1, 2017
Coffee is one of those things - you either love it or hate it. You know if you like the taste or not (or if it’s just a reason to drink sugar and cream). You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your gut, your mind, etc.).   Not to mention the crazy headlines that say coffee is great, and the next day you should avoid it!   There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It's a matter of your genet

Is My Poop Normal?

August 28, 2017
Yes, I'm serious! (And don't you sometimes wonder anyway?)   You already know that your poop can reflect your physical, and sometimes even emotional, health.   You may get constipation or have diarrhea when you eat something that "doesn't agree with you," or when you're super-nervous about something. And what about fiber and water? If you’re not getting enough, it’ll probably show in your poop. What about the all-i

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