Nutritional Therapy Intro Packages!

I am excited to announce that me, Debbie Potts, will be offering Nutritional Therapy services starting this summer at Fitness Forward Studio in downtown Bellevue, WA.  

After 25 years working in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, program manager, run coach, triathlon coach, health coach, podcast host and fitness studio owner… I will now integrate all of my training together to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by Nutritional Therapy Association and build The WHOLESTIC Method program to our community as well as online.

I will be continuing to host my weekly podcast called “The WHOLE Athlete” to discuss one of the eight elements of The WHOLESTIC Method with guest co-hosts to help transform lives and improve performance for life and sports!  Locally, I will continue to train clients but I will be focusing more on nutritional therapy sessions with clients.

What is Nutritional Therapy?  Nutritional Therapy Association’s Philosophy:  Real Education for people who Believe in Real Food


“That the myriad of health problems that plague modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations as a result of poor nutrition. As an education organization, NTA is dedicated to helping individuals and healthcare professionals understand and reverse the tragic and unsuspected effects of the modern diet on their patients and clients based on their bio-individual nutritional needs. Throughout our training programs and seminars, students access a wide range of education tools and connect nationally with other practitioners in the healing arts.”

We help individuals with different health goals to improve their vitality and energy from the inside out by building their foundations.  The foundations not only focus on eating a properly prepared, nutrient dense  whole foods diet, but also focusing on strengthening the five pillars:

  1. Digestion
  2. Blood Sugar Regulation
  3. Essential Fatty Acid Balance
  4. Mineral Balance
  5. Hydration

My niche varies as I know so many clients don’t feel their best and nutritional therapy can help most everyone!  Most of us can benefit from improving our digestion – and balancing our nervous system (slowing down-pushing pause-reset).  Our digestion system needs to work right or else we don’t absorb our nutrients then we have a cascade of other events and complications that can occur.  How do we get started?  A three-part series of sessions to begin our journey and transformational program.

  1. Client interview, food journal review and Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire Form (NAQ)
  2. Functional Evaluation:  hands on portion of your treatment to tap into the innate intelligence of your body to see where your health priorities are based on the evaluation on reflex points.  We will connect your brain to your body systems – and I will ask you to be energetically open minded so you can receive the messages your body is telling you.  This information we receive from the functional evaluation will be combined with the information we gathered together from our first session as we do some investigation together to find the root causes of your symptoms to help reach your main concerns and goals.  Another part of our functional evaluation is doing lingual neural testing to determine which nutrients your body asking for to heal.  Very exciting and learning experience to listen to our bodies and make that internal connection!
  3. The third session will be our follow-up to create a WHOLE individualized plan based on our interview, NAQ, food journal and functional evaluation.  I will provide a plan including nutrition suggestions, review any supplements the body asked for and re-assess to continue helping you reach your goals.
  4. We also include the option to add on our The WHOLESTIC Method Detox Program including strength training, mobility, myofascial release yoga, Athletic Stretch Therapy, Cauldron healing broth, Pruvit ketone supplement and the Full Spectrum Sunlighten Infrared Sauna.  Ask about our The WHOLESTIC Method Nutritional Therapy packages!

I am also excited to team up with other practitioners and healers to offer seminars and workshops at Fitness Forward Studio to offer more method to help you transform the WHOLE you from the inside out with the elements of The WHOLESTIC Method.Describe how you see yourself using your NTP training in the next year.  Our goal is to slow down the aging process for the maturing athlete at Fitness Forward Studio- that includes detox programs, digestion, leaky gut, joint health, brain health and more educational opportunities to help you take care of your WHOLE health!

New Nutritional Therapy Services include:

  • Treatment for digestive issues as GERD, Leaky Gut and more.
  • Fatigue, Sleep & Stress Management
  • Detoxification Systems
  • Hormone Balance
  • Metabolic Efficiency
  • Athletic Performance
  • and more symptoms we can improve with Nutritional therapy once we go the the process, identify stressors and do some investigation to find the root cause…just like putting the pieces of a puzzle together.

The WHOLESTIC Method approach is unique as Debbie (me!) incorporates the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner skill set along with Metabolic Efficiency coaching and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle coaching skills into one program.  Naturapaths and Functional Medicine Practitioners will be helpful to work as a team with The WHOLESTIC Method as well as Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture treatment.  We are all bio-individuals and sometimes we need to find different approaches to determine which treatment or method helps optimize our health from the inside out.

I know from my years of battling Adrenal Exhaustion/HPA-Axis dysregulation issues, I have seen over ten different health providers until I found a more holistic mind-body approach to help determine what part of my body was causing the cascade of events and imbalances.  Our bodies are similar to a bike wheel- one spoke is out of alignment then the entire wheel is impacted.  You need to find a practitioner that you feel comfortable with, build a trusting relationship and keep communication open as you work together to get the results you are looking for.  We should feel amazing each day- there is no reason to feel low energy, over weight and brain fog just because “we are getting older” or “that is how I am now”… we can find solutions to make you feel ten or more years younger, slow the aging process down and continue doing the sports or activities that you love to do as we age up!  We should feel younger as we get older!

As a health coach, personal trainer and soon to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I hope to continue learning about repairing gut health, immune system, detoxification system and the adrenal/HPA Axis function.  We are all multi-tasking and rushing all day long… I want to help others stop living life as a race and start pacing themselves to not only teach the body to burn fat, but also to optimize our health and improve performance in life – and sports!

I know I have learned new information from my body after working with a Nutritional Therapist (NTP) as my stomach acid wasn’t the right Ph to digest my food- proteins, my pancreatic enzymes were not working to help breakdown my carbs, protein and fat- plus my liver/gallbladder were not working correctly to detox the toxins in my body or emulsify the healthy fats I was consuming in my higher fat/lower carbohydrate food plan that I thought was working well for me.  If you can’t breakdown and absorb the nutrients from your food then we have a long chain of events that will occur as a result… a dysfunctional digestion system is related to dysfunctional hormone, adrenal, detox, minerals, fatty acid and more dysfunctional systems!   

Remember The WHOLESTIC Method Coaching with Nutritional Therapy is not a quick fix program- but rather a transformational program that will be long-lasting as we will be getting your body to function and operate correctly (efficiently) and build new healthy habits!

Sign up and schedule your intro special to Nutritional Therapy with Debbie Potts here.  See our new client forms on the website to get NTP paperwork (steps 1-4) and then return to me (scan or fax) before our first session.  Please take time to complete paperwork- don’t rush through it as it won’t be accurate and as honest.  Take time to answer questions and do your food log with symptoms throughout the day (not at the end of day when you don’t remember details).  Focus and relax when doing the forms for best results!

New NTP Client Package:  Summer Start Up Special valid through August 2017 for total $395

Package includes three appointments:

  1. Disclaimer, Health History, Lifestyle, Food Journal Review and NAQ review
  2. Functional Evaluation and supplement testing

  3. The Plan including nutrition, health and additional nutrients/supplements needed based on your bio-individual needs from our assessment.

    Start taking control of your health- you have a choice!  Put the oxygen mask on first… schedule your intro special package today!

Save the date for our January FF Sugar Detox Challenge…register by December 31st to save $100

January Sugar Detox Challenge… January 11th 4:30pm-5pm meeting


Fitness Forward is pleased to announce the re-launch of its most popular and transformative program, The 21-Day Sugar Detox Program, featuring our exclusive “Wholestic Approach” that addresses all key areas to speed up fat loss, health and performance…if you want to become a fat burning machine!


  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Movement
  • Digestion & Gut Health
  • Hydration
  • Happiness


This comprehensive approach was developed by award-winning

trainer and athlete, Debbie Potts, with the intention of helping her clients achieve their optimal performance in both life and sports. She is now extending this program to others who are looking to achieve the same results. Participants will not only drop 10+ pounds and inches of unwanted body fat, they will also experience an increase in energy, reduced food cravings, and improved sleep and mood.


Space is limited so sign-ups are encouraged early. The program begins this January 11th and participants are encouraged to recruit a team of 3-5 peers to embark on the journey together. Program cost is $497 until December 31st then increases to $597 January 1st, 2016

The program includes the following benefits:


  • Confirmed Entry into Program
  • 21-days of Personalized Coaching
  • Fitness Forward 21-Day Sugar Detox Wholestic Manual
  • Daily Text and Email Support
  • Pre and Post Body Fat Testing & Measurements
  • Resting Metabolism Test
  • Six 50-Minutes Group Training Sessions or Three 30-Minute Small Group Sessions
  • Weekly Weigh-In with Coach & Team
  • Fitness Forward T-Shirt
  • One Bottle of Niupure Essentials


In addition, team members who wish to participate can donate $100 to a prize purse where the person who loses the most weight can win up to $1000!


Space is limited to 20 participants so sign-up today and reserve your spot! Pricing is good until December 31st at which time registration fees will increase.  Start the year off with new lifestyle habits that will help you become a fat burning machine in 2016!

Fueling, Training and Performing

I have been in the fitness industry for over twenty years somehow.   I started out loving nutrition and exercise in high school then discovered it was a degree in college!  Over the years, I have evolved into a trainer or rather a coach that loves to help clients with more than a 30 minute to 60 minute workout.  Our tag line for the studio I own  and my podcast is FUEL, TRAIN and PERFORM.

We don’t only train our clients but we coach them.  Personal Training at Fitness Forward Studio is not just about exercising…we coach our clients on FUELING, TRAINING and PERFORMING right for life and for sports.

Over the years I have created a 21 day “Waist Watchers” program that changed to a “21 Day Rapid Fat Loss” challenge to a “Sugar Detox” challenge which is really now an individual “Wholestic” fat loss and health program.

If you haven’t figured out yet, exercise isn’t the only part of losing weight or being healthy.  We need to fuel, train and perform right….how do we do that?  Well we need to look at the WHOLE picture and take the WHOLEistic approach to fat loss and health to improve performance in daily life as well as in sports.

We look at clients:

1. SLEEP:  do they sleep through the night?  Solid 7-9 hours per night?

2. STRESS:  How do they rate their stress everyday?  How do they manage their stress?  What is their HRV every morning?

3.  EXERCISE:  Do they exercise aerobically only?  Do they do any interval training?  Strength work?  Core training?

4. NUTRITION:  Do they eat processed foods?  Sugar?  Gluten?  Cook at home or eat out?

5.  MOVEMENT:  How long do you sit during the day?  How many steps do you take per day?

6. DIGESTION:  How is your stomach after eating?  Poopy police lineup review.


Set up a consultation with Debbie Potts to find out more!

Protein Shake?

When I start to work with clients for personal training, metabolic testing or coaching, I ask them to write me a food log for three to five days.  Many clients make their own “protein” shake occasionally at home thinking it is a drink high in protein.  I find the common ingredients in a protein shake are berries, banana, yogurt, juice and then a scoop of protein powder.  Alert…that is not a protein drink but a high carb drink.

Why do we need all of those carbs especially if we are trying to avoid the blood sugar roller coaster and activating the fat storing hormone insulin.  Instead of adding so much sugar to a protein drink, try to add more healthy fats plus the drink will be more filling and leave you satisfied for hours.

Try adding to your protein powder in a blender…

  • Ice and water
  • MCT oil (test amount so you don’t irritate the stomach)
  • Avocado (try it before you gross out!)
  • Coconut flakes (finely shredded work best)
  • Nut butter
  • Cocoa Nibs
  • Maca powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Local farm full fat cream or almond milk if non-dairy
  • BiPro protein powder
  • BCAA powder if needed post workout

I prefer BiPro protein powder for plain 20 grams of protein (unfortunately not grass fed) or for on the go then I use Shakeology.


Another SUPERSTAR client body transformation…

When Debbie asked me to share my story in her newsletter for May I actually laughed.  It seemed so funny and quite honestly unbelievable that I could have results worth sharing.  But, I guess I do!

It isn’t unusual for my husband and me to do some kind of “New Year Cleanse.”   We like to jump start January or February after the holidays.  All the food and drink that seems to come along with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years gets a little overwhelming and tends to make us feel sluggish and well a little “full.”  It is also really easy to get panicked thinking of sunny vacations that are right around the corner (spring break).

In February, we decided to try “Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution.”  My Mom had done his diet the year before and had really liked it so we figured we’d give it a go.  There were some similarities to Paleo Plan (which we did in 2012) but just a few things that made this program different.  Some parts of it seemed easier; some parts seemed way harder (NO SUGAR or FRUIT for 2 weeks….Yikes!).

So, February 1st, I cleared my pantry of all grains, sugar, and legumes and my husband came home with a print out of our list of approved foods.   The first two weeks were a little intense but not as bad as I thought it would be.  It took energy to change behaviors and plan meals differently.  After the two week “teardown phase” was over, we were able to introduce some fruit and grains…carefully watching our energy level and what the scale told us.  We have been eating the “Gundry way” ever since – with some exceptions (dinners out, travel and well life!) and have found it really do-able.  We aren’t starving, or cranky, we don’t feel like we’re holding on until “X” happens, there isn’t a finish line date we’re focused on –   we don’t feel like we’re on a “diet.”  We are making healthy choices and reaping the benefits.  My workouts feel like they have been optimized by the changes I have made in my diet.  My body is leaner, stronger, and lighter.  I just feel good – which is wonderful and will hopefully keep me on track.

Did you drink your “Green Monster” today?

Have you tried to make your own “Green Monster” at home yet? It is very difficult for most people to eat the high quantity of super food vegetables that our body’s needs… but have you tried using a powerful blender to make a “liquid salad smoothie”?
Most people have only heard of Vita-Mix, but there is another blender and it is every bit as good as its higher priced competitors. The OMNI costs a lot less money too. The OMNI comes with a 7 year warranty on the motor.

The blender is so strong that my drink exploded my first few times as I didn’t have the lid on correctly! Toss in a variety of vegetables and lots of greens… press low power then medium and voila you have your own “Green Monster”.

Follow my FITNESS FORWARD Facebook page for “GREEN MONSTER” variations or look up Juicing Vegetables page on Facebook.

Here is the link to order your $279 blender instead of $499 or more for other types of powerful blender! I can’t imagine using a blender any faster or more powerful.

Drink your vegetables daily!