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 … [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...]

Science Corner: As the Stomach Growls

Hey, Sue G here, one of Dustins Blog contributors. Time to wind up the hormone primer. I had mentioned that I was going to tell you about some newer hormones - so here we go! Perhaps you have heard a little about Leptin and Ghrelin already. Two more hormone type players in the chain of metabolism - food - mood, that exist along with players we already know: insulin and glucagon. Leptin Versus … [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

This post is made by Kim, one of Dustin's contributors: In our house, it gets difficult to find a recipe that everyone can eat.  My husband and son can not eat gluten.  I modified a recipe for pumpkin pie, and made it so we all could enjoy it.  This recipe is not only gluten free, it is also dairy free and sugar free.  … [Read more...]

How to Create a Motivating Plan to Get or Keep Fit

This article is written by Caroline, a contributor to Dustin's blog. When it comes to keeping up my workout routine, whether it's getting to one of Dustin's Bootcamp sessions or working out to his Fit Mom's For Life DVD's, I've realized that it's a combination of things that keeps me coming back day after day year after year.    I didn't realize what a mix of things it was until I was reading an … [Read more...]

Learn How to Eat

Hi everyone! This post is from Carrie, one of Dustin's contributors. If you read my first blog you know I had felt deprived during my other weight loss attempts. Because of this it became easy for me to justify not beginning another program. I just didn't want to feel that way for months. Well, I'm here to say you do not have to feel deprived while you are losing weight. I AM losing weight and … [Read more...]

What I Have Been Eating To Lose 15 lbs in 6 Weeks

I am one week away from competing at the world fitness modeling championships in Vegas.  This is my 4th time competing and I must say that my body is changing less quickly this time than others.  I think the two biggest factors for this have been 14 days of traveling (ate well but didn't exercise much), and the fact that I sit in front of a computer about 10 hours per day, instead of two years ago … [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...]

Eating for fuel, not pleasure or comfort

Hello fellow fitness seekers! I am Lori, one of Dustin's bloggers. I would like to share some of my struggles and strategies on my journey to healthier eating.......For myself, many good childhood memories are wrapped up in food. I suspect that is the case for many of us who struggle with extra pounds. We may have memories of going for ice cream after family events and associate it with a warm, … [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 … [Read more...]