80% of you’re body is water and its required for all the processes in your body like fat-metabolism, digestion, elimination and for supple hair, skin and nails. But the funny thing is, often we mistake signs for hunger that are really signs of THIRST…and this can make you gain unnecessary weight!

In this video, you’ll learn an easy trick to see if you are dehydrated that you can do anywhere!


Are complex carbs really better than simple?

Check out my fun little test of the glycemic reaction my saliva has when I test white bread, whole wheat bread AND gluten-free bread…it’s amazing!

Of course I also go into a little tangent about the importance of Sea Salt (pink Himalayan is my fav) for not only getting adequate electrolytes and flavor in food but also for maintaining regularity! 😉

Time and time again I hear of people upset and frustrated that they are “eating healthy” but still can’t loose weight. Here are 6 common foods that I often see as the culprits.

These foods usually cause people to hold on to the extra pounds because they are all higher in actual carbohydrates than people realize. ALL carbohydrates increase blood sugar and cause the body to produce insulin, the fat-storage hormone, to process them and clear them out of the blood.

  1. Dairy – Yogurt – Milk – Whey -Cheese
  2. Nuts – Nut Flours – Nut Butters
  3. Gluten-Free Products
  4. Artificial/Fake Sweeteners
  5. Starchy Veggies – Corn – Peas – Potatoes – Squash – Carrots – Beets
  6. Beans and Legumes – Hummus – Tabbouleh

You’ve heard me say it before but worth repeating:

To feel your best and get the lean and healthy body you want, you MUST understand some simple biology of how proteins, fats and carbohydrates actually work in your body. It’s not complicated but it’s critical!

Once you understand that not all calories are created equal, you will realize being fit and at your ideal body weight is not just a matter of “calories in and calories out”. This is an out-dated, hypothesis that we now know is inaccurate. We are not robots. Our bodies are WAY more complicated and dynamic than that! Rather, we now know there is a specific hormonal and chemical reaction to the different macronutrients in food which directly determines both your body weight and your moods. And please read your labels so you know what you are actually putting into your body! 

You don’t have to quit your day job to be fit. Just a little knowledge (of the hard science) goes a long way 🙂

Here are some of my favorite healthy and satisfying products that keep me healthy, fit and ENERGIZED when I travel. Hope they help you too…let me know! 🙂

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Amy Fournier is a former People Pleaser turned Healthy Lifestyle Entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Miami Fitness & Lifestyle® located in North Andover, Massachusetts which is a unique fusion of specialty fitness classes with community and fun for women. Amy considers herself to be a student of life and a work in progress – she is also an artist, workshop presenter, dance/fitness/yoga instructor, author, International fitness cover model, philanthropist, friend, daughter and lucky Mom to cute little fur-baby, Charlotte.

If you are familiar with any of my work, previous articles, eBooks, workshops or webinars, then you know my philosophy is that a very important part of health these days is having the ability to resist the urge to quickly believe 2-minute, sensationalized sound bites on the news or the latest fad diet your brother’s neighbor’s friend is doing and instead learn the basics of how your body actually works and then using your own logic and body symptoms to know what’s best for you.

I’ve found the diet that works best for me – and apparently thousands and thousands of others, is following a natural, real food, low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat diet.

Research shows that It’s not only the most effective for fat loss and high energy but also in helping treat and often reverse various ailments including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • MS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Skin problems
  • Longevity
  • Mood disorders
  • Energy problems
  • Low blood sugar/hypoglycemia

However a common fear I still hear from some people is that they are still conditioned with the faulty belief that eating saturated fat and cholesterol might actually be bad for health.

A look back at the evolution of the science of diet and health shows that traditionally people had always eaten diets with adequate amounts of natural healthy fats and minimal starchy carbs, grains, processed foods and sugars. And they certainly had much better health markers than we have today to show for it!

Time and time again, hard science has disproved the out-dated hypothesis that eating foods with cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease and illness.

There’s volumes and VOLUMES of published, high-quality research on this. If you’re interested to see if it might be right for you I encourage you to check out the HFLC diet.

Here’s a great article to get you started!