Health

Should You Care What Your Employees Eat and If They Workout?

Should you Care What Your Employees Eat and If They Workout?

You offer health insurance, life insurance, and maybe quality disability insurance for your employees, but you should you care what your employees eat or if they workout?

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Research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways shows “presenteeism”, or being at work but not performing at optimal levels, damages workplace efficiency. These inefficiencies are created by employees not eating healthy or working out regularly. The inefficiency of presenteeism and absenteeism causes lost production that costs businesses billions in operations costs annually.

The study found some of the following statistics:

  • Absenteeism was 27% lower for workers who ate healthy and regularly exercised vs those who didn’t.
  • Performance of workers who ate healthy and regularly exercised was 11% higher than those were are obese.
  • 66% of employees with an unhealthy diet were more likely to report lost productivity vs those with a healthy diet
  • Healthy snacks actually increase productivity, 93% of those who claim to not eat healthy snacks lose productivity.
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This seems difficult, but it isn’t. Helping your employees live healthy lives in and outside the workplace will make your business more efficient.

Other Factors (from numerous studies):

  • A Duke University study shows that obese workers file twice as many workers’ compensation claims, cost seven times as much, and miss 13 times more days of work.
  • Obese men take almost 6 more sick days than their healthier counterparts, obese women take an additional 9 more sick days.

Solutions:

  • Hire a Sports Nutritionist/Fitness Coach (Like me!) to give 30 minute class during lunch on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle changes. Having these sessions once a month can help educate employees on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Healthy snack options. My wife and I teach our clients that snacks can make or break a diet. Most dieters think they need to stay away from snacks, but we find that snacks are a necessity and will prevent you from binge eating. Having almonds, cashews, fruits, and vegetables available in your break-room/kitchen will give your staff the opportunity to refuel for dollars a day. A bunch of bananas can feed 6-8 people and only cost you less than $2.00.
  • Gym memberships are great benefits for your employees. Many gyms will give you a nice discount if you enroll your office all at once.
  • Weight loss contests are great incentives for people to get healthier around the office. Prizes such as Apple Watches or Fitbits will encourage employees to continue tracking their health.

Summary:

To become  fully efficient in today’s business, companies must take care of employees. The paradigm must be broken and businesses must attempt to change or at least show that they care about the well being of the employees by teaching sound nutrition advice. The studies show that healthier employees are more productive and have less absences. Businesses will have more productive employees who will live fuller and longer lives with nutrition and lifestyle enrichment programs that may not cost the employer much compared to the net benefit of utilization.

To debate more about this topic, or to contact me directly, email me: nutritiontrain@yahoo.com.

About the author: 

Dustin Holston is a personal trainer and sports nutritionist from West Virginia. During the day he is a Legal Administrator running a regional law firm in Charleston. Dustin completed his MBA from Marshall University and has 15 years experience managing insurance agencies, banks, and law firms. Dustin and his wife have a love of fitness and nutrition and spend much of their time volunteering and making workout plans and diet plans for those trying to lose weight (for free).

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Sources:

Diet may affect workplace productivity, Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/money/green-workplace/blogs/diet-may-affect-workplace-productivity. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

Duke Study Says Obese Workers File More Worker Compensation Claims, Fowler Insurance, fowlerinsure.com/2017/01/16/duke-study-says-obese-workers-file-more-worker-compensation-claims/. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

Eric A. Finkelstein, Marco daCosta DiBonaventura, Somali M. Burgess and Brent C. Hale. “The Costs of Obesity in the Workplace.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 52(10):971-976, October 2010.

You Are What You Eat…. Even At Work, Business News Daily, http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3699-healthy-eating-worker-productivity.html. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

How to Snack While Dieting

How to Snack While Dieting

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Question: I love chips, are healthy variety of chips good alternatives for mid-morning and afternoon snacks?

Afternoon: Simple Answer… No.

When you diet, there are a few things that you want to do. You want to eat frequent meals to keep your metabolism up, and keep yourself from feeling “starving”. You also want to meal prep to keep nutritious food within arms reach to keep from eating fast food and other horrible food.

When dieting, the dieter needs to watch out for carbs. Carbs need to be consumed upon waking up and around post workout. The rest of the day should be low carb. Why? Carbs, especially simple carbs, spike insulin. When you are sitting at your desk, and insulin is spiked, it leads to fat storage. Carbs also hold 3 grams of water per gram of carbohydrate. 6 ounces of chips can make you gain over a pound total, and although most will be water weight, some of this will be stored as fat.

What should you eat instead?

  • Nuts: Nuts are full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. All of which are great for dieting, heart health, keeping you full, and lean muscle.
  • Greek Yogurt: I like Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt because it has 15 grams of protein, 0 fat, and 14 carbs (6 fiber).
  • 1st Phorm Level-1 Protein Shake- My breakfast everyday. Less than 140 calories, 24 grams of protein, and keeps me full for hours. It is muscle in a bottle. Order here with free shipping: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/protein-powder/meal-replacement-proteins/level-1a_aid=nutritiontrain

Summary:

Stay away from carbs when snacking. Eat protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

 

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Good luck!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Commander Go Pack Log- Final

Updated 10/17/2016

Final update. the results were amazing. I ended up losing 12 pounds with the Commander Go Pack.

 

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Final Results:

  • Weight down 12 pounds (6.3%)
  • Energy Up
  • Appetite Down
  • Sleep Good
  • Mood Good
  • No Negative Side Effects
  • Strength stayed the same even though I lost 12 pounds
  • Pants are way too loose, however went to a 44 in suit coats (from 42).
  • Final BMI 26.9 (Down from 28.6)

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Questions or Comments? Feel free to email: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com


September 23rd 2016 Update

Wow, I am kicking ass with Commander Go Pack. I’ve been keeping calories around 1800 and protein between 150-200 per day. 1 or 2 cheat meals a week.

Earlier this week I weighed in at 177.0! That’s 10.8 pounds down in less than a month!

Energy has been through the roof. Although I’m cutting calories and doing extra cardio, I don’t feel exhausted mentally or physically.

The quality of sleep has been better than before.

Cravings have been eliminated, which is my biggest issue with dieting.

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Cheeks down, I’ll show the rest at the end of the log!

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Start: 8/26/2016

Hey Guys!

I have decided to get shredded, or at least attempt to. I have wrote countless articles on Commander Go Pack and Bliss Go Pack, but I am going to be a guinea pig and keep a journal of my progress cutting. I am currently 187.8 pounds and 5’8 (28.6 BMI).

Perimeters: Goal is to keep calories around 1800 and then taper them down as I see how my body responds to dieting. I will eat between 150-200 grams of protein, leaving the rest of my calories to carbs and fats. I am hoping to lose between 7-10 pounds in 30 days.

Morning: 1 Commander, 2 Thyro-Drive

Before Dinner: 1 Commander

Bed: 2 Thyro-Drive, 3 Opti-Core

I will do the recommended 5 days on, 2 days off for these supplements.

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I’ve been on for two days now. Energy is great even though I’m in a calorie deficient state. I slept like a baby last night also. More to come next week.

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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Dieting isn’t as hard, or as expensive as people make it out to be.

The Weight Loss Formula

As mentioned in the linked article the weight loss formula is simple.

(BMR) > (Calories Consumed)-(Calories Burned)

Or quite simply: Eat less calories than  your body needs. 

Step #1. Figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight (BMR).

Before you can start dieting, you really should figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain your current weight . I like to use this calculator to calculate my BMR. Currently my BMR is approximately 1900 calories (I’m 5’8, 192, 32 years old). BMR is the calculation of how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight if you were just sitting and breathing all day. This doesn’t include what your body needs if you workout, work, etc.

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Step #2. How many pounds of fat do I want to burn each week?

Of the thousands of people who will read this article, I’m sure 95% of you will say “as much as possible”. Although this sounds like a good idea, it is not. Losing weight too fast can be detrimental to your health. You should want to lose weight safely and effectively while leaving as much muscle as possible.  The old adage is that cutting calories by 500 a day will help you burn 1 pound of fat a week. Although there are multiple studies confirming and denying the 500 calorie figure, I like to use it in my cheat sheet.

There are three ways to “cut calories”. The first way is to eat fewer calories. The second way is to burn those calories. The most effective way to diet is to do both. Burning calories through weight training and cardio will help you grow muscle and burn fat. Changing your diet will further help your weight loss journey. The third way to burn calories is through supplements such as The Bliss Go Pack or Commander Go Pack from 1st Phorm. These help speed up your metabolism to help you shred fat faster.

How many pounds should I shoot for losing each week? In most cases I don’t suggest trying to lose more than 1-3 pounds per week. This is equates to 4-12 pounds per month. Keep in mind that we are talking about “Fat” and not clearly just pounds. If you were normally eating a high sodium diet, you will lose a ton of water weight the first few weeks on top of the fat.

Equation:

To Lose 1 pound per week- Cut/burn 500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To Lose 2 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1000 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To lose 3 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

Step #3. How am I going to burn these calories?

Part A. Plan a Diet

I suggest starting out to try to eat your BMR. The BMR is the amount of calories your body needs at rest to maintain current body weight. Since you will be active and in the gym, your body is going to be burning much more calories than normal, so eating your BMR should be 500-1000 calories less than your body will actually need to maintain current body weight.

This means I need to shoot for around 1900 calories per day.

Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast- Level-1 Shake + Banana= 230 calories

Snack #1- 1 servings of almonds= 160 calories

Lunch- Broccoli and Chicken Breast (6 oz)- 330 calories

Snack #2- 1 servings of almonds- 160 calories

Dinner-2 fillets of Tilapia, 2 servings of brown rice (200 grams), Cauliflower- 500 calories

Post-Workout Snack- 2 servings of Phormula-1 + 1 serving of Ignition= 360 calories

Before Bed Snack- Peanut butter with apples- 200 calories

Total Calories= 1940

Part B. Workout Plan

When I’m cutting, I want to be in the gym at least 5 days a week. I like to hit specific muscle groups on specific days. I will then finish the workout by doing cardio.

Monday- Biceps/Triceps + 20 minutes HIIT

Tuesday- Chest + 20 minutes of HIIT

Wednesday- Legs + 20 minute jog

Thursday- Back + 20 minute jog

Friday- Shoulders + Calves + 20 minute HIIT.

Weekends- I may go for a jog or play basketball. I try to give my muscles the weekend off.

Part C. Supplement Plan

Supplements help supplement your diet and exercise. If you are a gym rat, you will need to supplement your diet more because you lose many vitamins and minerals through sweat. We also miss out on a lot of vitamins and minerals because of our diet. Many American’s don’t eat enough fish.

Here is my supplement plan:

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Commander + Thyro-Drive with Breakfast– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

Commander  with Lunch– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

M-Factor Hero before bed– A great multivitamin that isn’t pixie dusted. It works by giving you essential vitamin and minerals your body needs in a capsule, much more proven way to inject vitamins.

Thyro-Drive before bed– Thyro-Drive helps maintain optimal thyroid performance to maxmize weight loss.

Opti-Core before bed– Stress makes you gain weight, lack of sleep helps prevent gains. Opti-Core helps reduce stress and increase sleep.

Full Mega before bed– We don’t eat enough fish. Fish Oil is great for your heart, is an anti-inflammatory, and studies have shown weight loss with fish oil.

Creatine Post Workout-  I mix creatine with Ignition and Phormula-1 Protein post workout to help with muscle growth and recovery.

 

Summary:

Losing weight isn’t difficult, but keep consistent with it can be. Plan everything from your workouts, to your diet, to you supplements to ensure that you maximize the weight loss. After each month I take a look back to see if I achieved the results I wanted. I then make tweaks.

 

If you need further advice on diet, training, or other goals, feel free to email me: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com. Also feel free to click on any of the links through the page to receive the lowest price and free shipping on your 1st Phorm orders.

 

Thank you,

 

Dustin Holston

Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain

 

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How to make a New Year’s Resolution you can actually stick to

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HEALTH/FITNESS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION COME TRUE…

According to the University of Scranton, only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution achieve their goals…

I will be honest, I am probably the worst person for writing this article. I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution since I had a goal of dunking a basketball in 9th grade. Keep in mind that I was 5’4 then, and only 5’8 now. Before making my first resolution in the last 16 years, I wanted to outline how to make such a goal.

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How to set the ultimate New Year’s Resolution:

#1. The goal must be measurable:

“I want to be skinny.” – Not measurable

“I want to have a six pack in 12 months.” -Measurable 

“I want to stop drinking coke.”- Measurable 

“I want to be rich.” – Not measurable

“I want to bench press 300 pounds.” -Measurable

Your goal must be measurable. In fitness, most of these goals are quantitative in nature, meaning they are measurable. I want to lose 10 pounds, I want to lose 3 inches off my waist, and I want to bench 250 pounds are all quantitative. Qualitative goals tend to be harder to measure. I want to be skinny, is not a measurable goal. Skinny is an adjective that means different things to different people. Turn your qualitative goal into a quantitative goal by having specific goals. If you want to be skinny, and you think you will be skinny if you lose 20 pounds, then make your goal to lose 20 pounds. If you hit your goal and you find it isn’t where you want to be, then readjust.

#2. The goal must be realistic:

“I weigh 300 pounds, and by the end of 2015 I want to weigh 100 pounds.”- Not realistic

“I bench press 150 pounds and by the end of 2015 I want to bench 250 pounds.”- Realistic

“I want to gain 100 pounds of muscle by eating healthy in 2015.”- Not realistic

“I want to lose 50 pounds in 2015.”- Realistic

If your goal isn’t realistic, then you risk the chance to succeed. If you make the goal too unobtainable, then you will more than likely give up early. If you don’t know if your goal is realistic, ask a doctor, personal trainer, or friend for advice.

3. The goal must be hard… but obtainable:

“I want to lose 5 pounds this year.”- Not hard

“I want to gain 15 pounds of muscle in 2015.” – Hard but obtainable

“I want to lose 100 pounds of fat.”- Hard, but maybe too hard

If you set a goal that is too hard then you will be disappointed when it is impossible to succeed. If you make a goal that is too easy, you will be complacent and not try hard enough. I feel the best goals are ones in which I feel there is only a 50/50 chance of succeeding. This will encourage me to try harder, but realize that although it is going to be tough, I can do it!

4. Include how you are specifically going to achieve this goal in your New Year’s Resolution:

“I am going to lose 15 pounds by changing my diet by adding more fiber and fruits, while lowering total caloric intake.”- Great

“I am going to lose 15 pounds by eating healthier.” – Not specific enough 

By including how you are going to achieve your goal means that you have taken some time and thought about the process of your goal. This normally involves research or working with someone. Having the knowledge necessary to achieve your goal is vital prior to starting your goal.

5. Set mini-goals by date to help achieve your resolution:

“I am going to lose 15 pounds in 12 months. By April I will be down 5 pounds. By August I will be down 10 pounds.”- Great

“I am going to gain 20 pounds of muscle this year. It doesn’t matter how it happens.” -No mini-goals to help achieve the resolution

Having mini-goals set periodically help you gauge how well you are doing. If you do not hit your mini-goal, it allows for extra motivation over the next time period. This is probably the most overlooked aspect of achieving your New Year’s resolution.

Summary:

By setting a measurable, realistic, challenging yet obtainable goals with the specifics of how you will achieve the goal, and mini-goals to help gauge process, anyone can be one of the 8% of people who actually achieve their New Year’s Resolution.

What can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolution?

If you are trying to lose weight, I suggest the Commander Go Pack (for men), or the Bliss Go Pack (for women). Both fight fat 24/7 with three killer fat burners in one. One is a stim that fights fat and controls appetite, while the other two help reduce stress and optimize hormones.

 

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My New Year’s Resolution?

Be a bad ass… Wait, that isn’t measurable.

Lift Heavy My Friends,
Dustin Holston
Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist
Twitter: @NutritionTrain
IG: @NutritionTrain247
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Post Workout Gains! What should I take to optimize muscle gains?

Banner1Everyone is concerned with pre-workouts but you should be more concerned with Post Workout!

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Tommy Boone PHD explains that your muscles use glycogen and ATP during exercise. To increase muscle size, decrease recovery time, and increase strength, I suggest taking three supplements…

Your Body Needs Glucose!

As Dr. Boone explains, your body uses glycogen during intense weight training. Post workout your body is starved and needs to recoup these stores. Simple sugars like those that are in Ignition, help breathe life and growth back into your muscles. Ignition has some of the purest forms of glucose that will replenish your glycogen levels post workout!

Your Body Needs Creatine!

As Dr. Boone explains, the body needs ATP during exercise. Creatine helps increase ATP production. Creatine also helps the muscles grow bigger, decrease recovery time, and increase strength. Creatine is the most cost effective and studied bodybuilding supplement in the world. A serving of creatine is less than 18 cents!

Your Body Needs Protein! 

Many studies have shown that a high protein shake or meal post workout has increase hypertrophy and overall muscle growth compared to not having a high protein shake or meal post workout. Protein synthesis is heightened after post workout. Protein synthesis helps create larger muscles!

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My Suggestion:

1st Phorm Creatine
1st Phorm Phormula-1 Protein
1st Phorm Ignition

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Lift Heavy My Friends,
Dustin Holston
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Male and Female Body Types- What are you?

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There are three main body types for males and females. These are: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph. Knowing which body type you have can help you design a diet and training program to help you optimize results.

Note: Use the following calculator to calculate your BMR. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ 

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Ectomorph: Skinny, lanky, and lean muscle.

Ectomorphs are characterized as skinny, lean, and lanky body types. They typically have narrow shoulders and narrow waists. They have a hard time putting muscle on, but typically have naturally lower body fat percentages.

To Gain Muscle: Ectomorphs should eat several meals a day (6+) with high protein and high carbohydrates. Cardio isn’t as important for this body type. Heavy weights should be used to help build muscle. Eat 500+ calories more than your BMR.

To Lose Fat: Ectomorphs should eat several meals a day (6+) with high protein, but low carbohydrates. You want to eat several meals to help preserve muscle and burn fat. High Intensity Interval Training for cardio should be used to help shred the fat and retain as much muscle as possible. Heavy/moderate weights should be used to build muscle. Try to eat around your BMR.

Ectomorph Examples: Skinny Girls and Me!

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Mesomorphs: Wide shoulders, big chest, and muscular.

Mesomorphs are just born with muscle. Typically have body styles that include wider shoulders, bigger chest, and gain muscle very easy. Mesomorphs also gain fat easier than ectomorphs. This style typically does well in physical sports and bodybuilding.

To Gain Muscle: Eat several high protein, low-moderate carbohydrate meals a day (+6).  Moderate/Heavy weights should be used to build muscle. Eat 300-500 calories more than your BMR.

To Lose Fat: Eat several high protein, low carbohydrate meals a day (4-6). High Intensity Interval Training and extended cardio several times a week.  Moderate/Heavy weights should be used to build/maintain muscle. Try to eat 300-500 calories less than your BMR.

Mesomorph Examples: Christina Holston and Phil Heath

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Endomorphs: Wide hips, wide shoulders, and gains fat very easy.

Endomorphs are “big boned people”. Typically hold much more fat than the other two body styles. Endomorphs have problems losing fat but can gain muscle pretty easily. Endomorphs do very well in powerlifting and strength activities.

To Gain Muscle: Eat high protein, low carbohydrate meals several times a day (6+). Heavy/moderate weights with little as possible rest between sets to keep heart rate up. Finish workouts with 15-30 minutes of cardio 3-5 times a week to prevent fat gain. Stay around your BMR and slowly increase it week to week until you see optimal gains.

To Lose Fat: Eat high protein, very low carbohydrate meals several times a day (6+). Keep healthy fats moderate, and eliminate as much non-healthy fats. 30+ minutes of cardio 5 times a week. Lift moderate weights with as little rest between sets as possible. Try to eat 500+ calories less than your BMR.

Endomorph Examples: Eddie Hall and girl below

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Other Body Types:

These are the three most common body types. There are people who fit multiple body types. We call them Ecto-Mesomorphs and Meso-Endmorphs.

Ecto-Mesomorphs: Very lean, lots of muscle.

Ecto-Mesomorphs have the best body style in my opinion. They typically are lean year round but hold a ton of muscle. They typically have average shoulder width with a ton of muscle. Typically keeps fat levels low year round.

Ecto-Mesomorph Examples: Dana Linn Bailey and Sadik Hadzovic

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Meso-Endomorphs: Huge, lots of muscle, and wide.

Meso-Endomorphs are born big and muscular. Typically have wider waist and shoulders, retain some fat, but have lots of muscle.

Meso-Endomorphs Examples: Markus Ruhl and Valerie Adams

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Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Hit me up below or email: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com

Stay healthy my friends,
Dustin Holston
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist