My Secret to Drinking More Water…

  ....The Right Water Bottle! A couple years ago, when I wanted to reduce/eliminate sippy cup usage by my two boys, I set out to find an appropriate drinking container that would accomplish the following: 1) be relatively spill proof, while offering the boys some control; 2) provide an oportunity to drink plenty of water anywhere; 3) reduce reliance on disposable containers while out and about … [Read more...]

New Years Resolutions – who needs’em!?

HI! This is Patty - one of Dustin's bloggers. This is an email I sent my group of FMFLers that work out together, thought it would also be a good blog! … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookie Conondrum

Hi there, this is Katy one of Dustin's blog contributors.  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love all of the family traditions that go along with the holidays, but there is one tradition that I seriously thought about cancelling this year.  It's our annual Christmas cookie baking weekend.  My mom, my sister, and our 5 young children all get together for a full weekend of baking.  Thi … [Read more...]

Where do your eggs come from?

Hey, this is Melissa Kirby, one of Dustin's blog contributors. What do you think about when you pick up a carton of eggs? I wonder how the chickens that laid those eggs are treated.  Did they spend their days scratching and pecking for bugs outside in the sunshine or were they crammed together in a dark barn where they could barely move?  The latter is not only inhumane, it degrades the quality o … [Read more...]

Replace 7 Non-Value-Added “Foods” in 7 Days with Healthier Alternatives

       Shelly's Simple Suggestions     Yesterday I went to buy a few groceries and one of the things on my list was REAL maple syrup.  I have been eliminating processed foods from my kitchen as best I can for a while now.  Eating “whole” is pretty standard for me now (with planned cheat times), but the hardest part in the household are things I exposed the kids to in an effort to get the health … [Read more...]

Baked Apples Recipe

This post is made by Kim, one of Dustin's contributors: Temptation is lurking EVERYWHERE!  The ends of all the aisles in the grocery stores are full of ingredients for holiday baking.  There is Christmas candies and snack cakes stacked and ready to get thrown in to your cart in the check out lanes.  It's so easy to feel deprived when you are trying to keep on eating clean and there is so many te … [Read more...]

Why I Spent My Sunday Morning Scrubbing and Peeling Sweet Potatoes (and it wasn’t even for Thanksgiving!)

Post by Katie C., blog contributor How many pounds of sweet potatoes does it take to feed children in fifteen Madison Metropolitan School District elementary schools? This weekend I learned the answer to this question firsthand: 750 pounds! When I saw what 750 pounds of sweet potatoes looks like, I was sure that would easily provide enough snacks for at least a week. Wrong. Those 750 pounds would … [Read more...]

My Favorite Make Ahead Meal

Hey, this is Melissa Kirby, one of Dustin's contributors. A number of you asked what my favorite freezer meal is so here you go: Chicken Satay Preassemble: In a 1 gallon freezer bag, place: 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves, sliced into strips In a mixing bowl, add: 3 teaspoons (6 cloves) pressed garlic 4 tablespoons grated gingerroot 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 4 green … [Read more...]

To Bake or Not to Bake

Hi, this is Katy a contributor to the blog.  Sure I can cook a decent meal, but what I really love to do in the kitchen is bake!  I think this comes from when I was a little kid and mom used to let me help and then lick the beaters.  So started my obsession with baked goods, especially cookies!  When I started dieting, I stopped baking.  This was so hard for me!  When I reached my goal size, I went … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Meals

This post is by Melissa Kirby, a contributor to Dustin's blog. My husband and I sent our kids off to Grandma and Grandpa's house this weekend.  We didn't go out for a high calorie meal and a movie.  We went to the Farmer's Market with a large list and spent the day preparing and freezing a month and a half worth of dinners. We find that freezer meals save us time, money, sanity and health.  At th … [Read more...]