Devin Alexander lost 70 pounds and was a bestselling cookbook author

Today cookbook author, Devin Alexander, discuses their inspiring true weight-loss story. Turned to the fight with loss at a young age, Devin on food for comfort. They remained overweight, until she learned that cut a small amount of calories that can add a great loss. Below, Devin, says more about their struggle, the epiphany that changed their perspective and how she use what, they learned to help others

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Announcementsme, if your weight began fighting:I was about 8, began my struggles in a way that you could see it on me, but I remember, five whole hot dogs with buns at a church picnic food, when I was 6 or 7. With the time, when I was a teenager, I was brutally bullied and had a really hard time.  I had the cheerleaders in the little league were then got chubby from Jr. high and didn’t make the team, but all my friends have.  I wanted to be back in the team, but I was only getting firmer. All my former friends were busy, reading practice and games, and I don’t.

Specifically habits leading you to gain weight?I had experienced loss as a child, and the fear of the other in my area also unexpectedly die could I had to eat for comfort.  Then, after getting a bit chubby, I no longer around as a cheerleader or otherwise actively – jumped above all because it is simply not funny, if one is heavier.  Once screwed things out of control, I didn’t know how to fix it. I felt overwhelmed.

What causes to recognize you, you had to change?I started, overweight modeling and I got so tired of hearing “You have such a pretty face.” I either had never really have much energy and was a bit of a bookworm. The light bulb for me he has learned that all you have to do is cut 100 calories per day and you can lose 10 pounds in a year.  Had to know a lot about calories trying every fad diet of 8-15, I suddenly turned weight loss in a game. I finally realized that the food was not the enemy, and I started being creative cut calories.

What diet and exercise methods do you employ?Personally, I find it much easier to eat healthy as to practice, but active is necessary so that I make it a priority. I try to work a part of my social life. I do a ton of walks with colleagues and friends. I have a friend who leads business meetings at a walk and people respond the same way – they love it!

You have “ah ha” moments on the way?Learning that cutting calories means, I give up all my favorite foods (or cooking, that was my favorite thing to do). Instead obsessed about calories and feeling bad, now I help others focus on healthy by focusing on the food and flavors that they love, and show them how they can have it!

Largest travelling fight?I like eating and wired to eat – even though I now know how to create it.  I am still an emotional eater and it manifests itself mostly in the night.  I would not call it a struggle because I eat little amounts of nutritious foods to appease the voice in my head, but if anyone knows how you completely to me free, I swear would your best friend for life! Someone?

Greatest triumphs?Weight loss coaching is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do. I have trained more than 225 pounds away from a person, and recently helped a man to lose 128 pounds. It feels good to help to improve. I get so many nice messages from people, to thank me for their lives to change.

Current/future goals?I have called a new food line, I would start soon, “Devinly Delites.” It is a line of muffins and pastries. I am really excited. The muffins are super healthy, low in calories and fat, and with whole grains. Most importantly, they taste really good too.

21 December 2013

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Why should you eat more nuts? Enjoy 9 delicious and healthy reasons

Lead by Janis Jibrin, M.S., r.d., dietitian for

Now, a new study showed that less mouth to feed regular Groove likely to develop, a number of diseases, including biggies like heart disease and cancer, I feel better about all of the nuts, I eat. While I tend to nuts snack I to them more as part of a meal use. Content stay calorie conscious, I often sub not in addition to other food -. For example, it with sunflower seeds or Pecans will rise over instead of sprinkling feta salad, I.


Apart from the fact that so tasty nuts healthy fat – provide the types of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. These fats of our cell membranes healthy, reduce the risk of heart disease and play other roles in the body. You will also need a little fat in the meal for satiety (keep feeling for more fully).

Here is how I use nuts (and seeds, who are also health-promoting properties), Essen:

In smoothies: 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter with milk or soy milk and a banana makes a full breakfast.

Atop grain: 2 to 3 tablespoons, I usually add are often the only fat in my skim milk-fruit-grain breakfast.

Roasted on salads: about 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds or Pecans work particularly well, I’ve found.

Asian cuisine: Sesame seeds (about 2 teaspoons per serving) make a great addition to nothing with Asian sesame oil, such as wok dishes or marinated vegetables. And 1 tablespoon or 2 chopped peanuts to a soy sauce, ginger and Sauté garlic infusionbeautifully round off.

Sprinkled on soup: a classic is 1 to 2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds to squash or pumpkin soup.

Ground in pesto: while I love the traditional Pesto with pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic and olive oil, I have test in roasted pumpkin seeds and walnuts for excellent results.

Ground in Tapenade: just the other day, I was very happy with my mixture of equal parts olive and Pecans with fresh thyme and olive oil. (I have a mortar and pestle, but I use food processor next time – worth the cleanup, as the manual labor was a bit much).

In grain of Pilafs: the roasted pine nuts and pistachios are my favorites – about 1 tablespoon per serving aspiring.

As a sauce: think Thai peanut (satay) sauce or Curry based on ground cashews and coconut milk.

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Pistachios and pomegranate dark chocolate bark recipe

Go nuts, to control your diabetes

3 Healthy fats you should eat

20 December 2013

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These 14 Christmas movies is your guide to holiday diet

With the holiday season barrelling down, we know you’re going to be dusting off those Christmas classics and watching them around the warm glow of the tree. Did you know that besides giving you the giggles, making you feel warm and fuzzy, and providing your family with a slew of quotes to lob at each other – You’ll shoot your eye out, kid! – your favorite movies can also serve as a holiday dieting guide? In most cases, it’s a an example for what not to eat, but still, so much fun to watch.

Holiday Dieting Guide – Christmas Movie Style 


We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Michelle Obama would not approve. In Elf, Will Ferrell’s diet was every child’s dream but someone really needs to introduce him to the new My Plate rules.

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Christmas Vacation

Clark: Where is Eddie? He usually eats these &%$#-ing things. Catherine: Not recently, Clark. He read that squirrels were high in cholesterol.

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A Christmas Story

Show mommy how the piggies eat.

His mother may have gotten Ralphie’s brother to eat his “meatloaf beatloaf” this way, but we don’t recommend these table manners at Christmas dinner.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Then he slunk to the ice box. He took the Whos’ feast, he took the Who pudding, he took the roast beast. He cleaned out that ice box as quick as a flash. Why, the Grinch even took their last can of Who hash. 

I’ve never had “Who Hash” but I bet Turkey Hash is better for you.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Santa Clause

And I’ll have a Caesar. No dressing. And one of those homemade cookies, the warm chocolate chip. No nuts. And a little slice of cheesecake. Uh, crème brulee, and, um, hot fudge sundae, extra hot fudge.

The Santa Clause 1

Home Alone

A lovely cheese pizza just for me.


Christmas With the Kranks

Luther Krank: Smoked trout? Nora Krank: It’s better than frozen pizza. Luther Krank: What happened to the hickory honey ham?  Nora Krank: Don’t EVER say hickory honey ham again.

Christmas with the Kranks

Four Christmases

Brad’s brother can eat chicken wings and drink beer while killing it in a family game of Taboo. Brad! Those are probably drenched in a fat-laden sauce. Keep your game face on and eat these wings instead.

Trading Places

Salmon is good for you. We just don’t recommend eating it through a dirty Santa beard on the subway.

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The Holiday

You know what I want to do? I want to eat carbs without wanting to kill myself.

The Holiday

Die Hard

Before Sgt. Powell befriended John McClane and helped him defeat the German terrorists who hijacked a perfectly nice Christmas party, he was just a heartsick cop who wanted to eat an armload of Twinkies in peace.

Ohhh, Sgt. Powell, no wonder you’re sad. Twinkies are bad for you. Eat a fistful of these Vanilla Almond Cookies instead.

Die Hard Sgt Powell

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Gonzo: Hello! Welcome to the Muppet Christmas Carol! I am here to tell the story. Rizzo the Rat: And I am here for the food.

Honestly, Rizzo, who isn’t?

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Yukon Cornelius: This fog’s as thick as peanut butterHermey: You mean pea soup. Yukon Cornelius: You eat what you like, and I’ll eat what I like!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Family Stone – Before she was accidentally covered in it, Meredith originally planned to share her Strata (a Morton family tradition). In the spirit of family togetherness, new traditions and breakfast casseroles a-plenty, we’re sharing the Morton family recipe with you.

Pro tip: Always carry just one pan at a time.  

The Family Stone Strata

The Family Stone Strata cropMeredith’s Strata Recipe from The Family Stone


8 slices white bread8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced14 ounces sliced tomatoes13 ounces sliced mushrooms, drained (or sauteed fresh)1 medium onion, thinly sliced into rings5 eggs3 cups milk1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon oregano1 pinch garlic saltParmesan cheeseBlack olives, sliced


Using a cookie cutter, donut cutter or lid from a jar, cut bread into shapes or circles. Set aside.Place bread scraps in bottom of buttered 13? by 9? baking dish. Layer half of the cheese over bread.Arrange half of the tomatoes and all of the onion rings and mushrooms over the cheese. Cover with the rest of the cheese.Arrange the bread shapes on the cheese. Put slices of the tomato in the center of each bread shape.Combine slightly beaten eggs, milk, salt, oregano and garlic salt. Pour over the bread.Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and dot with olives.Cover. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.Bake 1-1/2 hours in a 325 degree oven, or until knife comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes or until firm.

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December 19th, 2013

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Cooking 7/holiday brackets, which could only destroy

Oh, the holidays. A time for fun, family and potential cyanide poisoning. I know that last but not least a common point on people’s list of things to think of preparing for Christmas, but maybe it should. Many of the foods that commonly used in holiday dishes, are surprisingly dangerous.

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Sounds with his nose like a cherry Santa he is also a fan of Ruby fruit as we are. We put the cherries in pretty much everything, including the summer mainstay cherry of Limeades. Learning the cherries can be also harmful is the pits. Literally: the mines. Cherry pits are full of cyanide, but fortunately it can harm only if you succeed, to chew through them.

I know not how it of going, but is one of my favorite things about autumn and winter the Nutcracker erupt and mixed nuts, especially almonds. Something about the taste reminds me of the holidays now. This taste comes from Sweet Almonds , which otherwise do not contain as their wild relatives, cyanide.

Ever told someone you’re supposed to eat the seeds of apples, because she will grow in your stomach? While definitely an Apple tree by dinner you sprout is the seed food not cause too many can still some damage. These pesky cyanide finds herself in the seeds of the fruit. You would need to core your apples prior to use in holiday cookingand eating some seeds felt the effect of the poison, but on the safe side you be.

Starchy or sweet potatoes are an important part of the holidays to eat. They are also incredibly good for you, packing large amounts of potassium and vitamin c. make sure, that your potatoes to indulge are not green. Green potatoes contain Solanine, which can cause an upset stomach, and cardiac arrest.

Mostly known for their wine and medical teas, Elderberries are relative one common Berry. While the berries are even tasty, the green parts of the plant should be avoided. They make you incredibly sick, and that is not something that anyone at Christmas.

With rice, you’re probably better to know where it comes from and whether it is organic. All rice contains arsenic, Rice grown in Texas but holding higher amounts. You would have to eat arsenic poisoning too. However, even small amounts of arsenic can be dangerous in the course of time.

Best known for pairing with strawberries in cake, rhubarb adds a natural tartness every dish. The stalks do anyway. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous. Although you will be a Green Green, you should avoid, consume the leaves due to its oxalic acid. Instead, until the stalks of cubes you and combine them with the sweet fruit of your choice for a holiday dessert.

While these foods contain toxins that the wrong kind of impact would add your vacation, it is highly unlikely that they will make trouble at the Christmas dinner. As long as she stays not the parts, that you do not, your holiday meals to free Merry, bright and poison food and avoid overeating.

Also read:

Happy holidays! By the way, you can explode

These 14 Christmas movies is your guide to holiday diet

Ho Ho paleo: 9 Caveman-friendly recipes for your Christmas-fest

20 December 2013

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Yvonne & wheels

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to Pauline and Fighter diet! I just won the butt Bible Transformation Challenge 2 and I wanted to thank Pauline again for helping me during the journey to achieve the muscular body I want!

I used fdx2 and managed to get 12 pounds in the last 3 months while not turning into a sagging slightly. I used the back attack, deadlifts, got arms, wheels, Delts to die for and spectacular breasts for 6-day split training and followed her plan with all my heart! She was there to answer any question (no matter how silly it seemed) and was there to get us back on track when we were tempted to fail.

So all of you out there: Fighter diet really works – if you put the effort! – and even if you don’t know where to begin, Pauline has proven a million times, that all you have to do is approach her with your stats and goals and she will guide you in the right way

It has definitely changed my life and I will be a part of the family Fighter diet all my life!

Thank You Pauline!

Yvonne Busshoff


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Damien & men’s Guide

Greetings again. I hope that I will not like it annoying fanboy or anything, but I felt that I had to send one more follow up answer.

First of all, I would like to thank you tremendously for sending me to the E-book. I greatly appreciate it, and to know that you sent me it personally means pretty much. Reading it made me think to send this e-mail because of a quote that struck a relatively deep chord in person at page 37:

The typical male will start growing lazy when you enter a relationship.

I found that going into my first serious relationship. I went from a somewhat decent, the shape of a lackadaisical person 191 “homogenized gym person” who weighed in on a sad, soft and flabby 260. I’m not happy that I allowed myself to fall that far. But I look at it as a learning experience.

Also, an employee, yesterday, said that she thought I was cute when I was … 260. That rubbed me the wrong way. I could never understand even get comfortable in this ever again. For me means to fulfill someone else’s standard. I would get rid of me to tread this path again. Fuck that in laymens terms.

Sorry, I had to curse. Because that’s how ridiculous her thinking.

I also wanted to use this message as a way to send you some pictures to show you how much you have impacted my life (I hope they all send properly). As I mentioned in my previous message, I cannot imagine my eating otherwise; any other way would be utter blasphemy. I don’t miss the bread, refined sugar, milk or even pizza. For the love of God I swore up and down that I would never give up pizza. But given how a mini personal pizza, a healthier twist on order with sliced tomatoes, no sauce, parmesian cheese and whole wheat dough, put me to sleep for four hours and bloat me up 5 pounds the next day. Never again.

I think I look at things differently. Why waste all the results from all the hard work that you choose to participate? To have a cheat meal, almond butter that just make you’re swell up two pounds afterward incomprehensible to me anymore. Pizza is out of the question. Monks disgusts me. A bubblegum ball nauseates me. I could eat Baker’s chocolate by the bite. I drink my coffee black. I chew too caffeine pills. That “che-cock” sound of a soft drinks can open up is, quite frankly, annoying. I can’t imagine even drink alcohol ever again: a recent wine tasting event a month and a half ago bloat me up three pounds from two and a half glasses worth sampling. And I don’t like the stupid effect of being a little drunk. I also mocked Fellow participants eat cheese, white Italian bread bites and salamiwith wine. WHYYYYYYY?!?

Most people would say I’m nuts. I’m fine with this.

I mention all this because of your views on the food and how it really has made a difference for me and the quality of my training (which is literally insane). I now always striving to do better and are always looking to see what I currently consume needs to improve. I would also like to kill the gym daily, even if I have a bad day. I do not care. I have to get it done.

With that said, I would like to finish this all out with four pictures, I hope you don’t mind. I was never really satisfied with my physics because I could never lock my diet. It was a period where I was a content-191, but I was far from the form that I am right now. Titles speak for themselves. 195 in September this year is my last photo. That right there is the embodiment of hard work, consistency and of course your dieting ideals based off of your own Fighter Diet extreme E-book. It’s my standard!

I hope this message finds you well and I hope you find time to read it as a lot of energy was put into it, just based on the fact that (A): I’m excited to actually exchanging words with you and (B): you have made a difference for me just like Arnold did back 14 years ago. I am also very passionate about fitness and love everything about it. Again, thanks so much for all of your words that helped me find my way. I guess I will regularly keep in touch with the progress if it is OK with you.

Have a wonderful holiday and keep fighting this damn good fight.



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Natalie Campos Kuwait

Good morning!

My name is Natalie Campos and I am currently serving a 6-month deployment in Kuwait at Ali Al Salem Air Base. I was told by a fellow Airman about this opportunity and I was so excited about this. I am a Lieutenant serving my third year in the air force and absolutely love it. This is my first deployment and I SARC (sexual assault response coordinator). My job is very important for our military and I feel very blessed to have such a rewarding duty.

Back at home, I am a NPC bikini competitor, and my goal is to get my pro card one day. I heard that you have a, so you are my motivation because I had no idea about all the women in the air force had their pro cards; It is so exciting to hear:) To be gone, I want to focus on my life and improve my physical condition so I can compete when I return home:) Thanks again for this occasion and have a great week!

Natalie Campos

Editors comment: Edwin was one of our winners in the armed forces give away the challenge.

Armed Forces Giveaway


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