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How to Fix 17 Basic Cooking Mistakes
I'm an experienced cook who writes about food for a living, and even I learned a few things from this Real Simple slideshow.
People are focusing more on food quality over just calories
Calories might be king, but more of us are paying attention to the quality of those calories, SmartBrief tells us.
Adults gobbling fewer calories from fast food
Perhaps linked to the previous study, we're bypassing the drive-thru more often, according to USA Today.
Diet And Acne: For A Clearer Complexion, Cut The Empty Carbs
When your mom told you to lay off the junk food to get rid of zits, she might have been partially right, NPR's The Salt blog says. Read More ›
Editor's Note: We know the holidays can be a busy time and that stress is a leading cause of emotional eating and other habits that can negatively impact your efforts to be healthy and happy. That's why SparkPeople is thrilled to share with you this blog post from the team at meQuilibrium.com, a site whose mission very closely aligns with our own. meQuilibrium helps you dial down the negative effects of stress by coaching you to take control of your thoughts, emotions and lifestyle habits with a unique online program.
Together SparkPeople and meQuilibrium are committed to making you healthier and happier, one step at a time. At the end of this post, you'll learn how to get a FREE 6-week unlimited access to meQuilibrium, including a special 30-day introductory stress-relief program, as a gift exclusively for SparkPeople members! Don't miss this limited-time offer!
You’re not a masochist, and yet, this time of year, you could possibly pass for one. You take on more than you could possibly do and aspire to even more. You raise your standards, your expectations, and your stress levels—all in the name of good cheer and a happy holiday.
What? Does it have to be like this? We don’t think so. You can change your experience of the holidays—but you have to aware of what you’re doing first. Let’s start with five things you’re doing to yourself that are making things way harder than they have to be. Read More ›
Editor's Note: SparkPeople is thrilled to share with you this blog post from the team at meQuilibrium.com, a site whose mission very closely aligns with our own. meQuilibrium helps you dial down the negative effects of stress by coaching you to take control of your thoughts, emotions and lifestyle habits with a unique online program. The company was founded by Jan Bruce, best known for founding the company body+soul/whole living and the magazine of the same name. Chris "SparkGuy" Downie and our team has known Jan for quite awhile, and together we're committed to making you healthier and happier, one step at a time. At the end of this post, you'll learn how to get a FREE 6-week unlimited access to meQuilibrium, including a special 30-day introductory boot camp, as a gift from SparkPeople!
How much of your life do you spend waiting? Not just waiting in line, but biding your time, waiting for the right moment, the right opportunity, the right person to come along? How much of our time is spent waiting for your life to get better, or for it to just show up?
Leo Babauta, author of The Effortless Life and founder of zenhabits.net, asks this question in a recent post called "How to Wait Less." He writes: What if we stopped waiting, stopped trying to make dreams and goals come true, stopped wishing and anticipating? What if that good life is already here, and the only way to live it is to stop looking forward and notice what we already have?
Of course, there’s something great about anticipation—we love having something to look forward to, even if we hate waiting for it to arrive. While the anticipation of something better propels us forward and keeps us optimistic, there’s a definite downside: It takes us out where we are right now. If we’re not careful, we start to believe that the present is something to be tolerated, rather than enjoyed.
As any Buddhist worth his salt will tell you, all we have is now. This is it! The future is a figment, and our past is unchangeable. So, the best chance we have is to work with what’s right in front of us.
Sure, things could get better later (and in this economy, it’s what everyone’s banking on). Where and how you direct your attention and focus determines what your life feels like now. And isn’t that just as important?
Here are some ways to get plugged in to the present (the future will take care of itself): Read More ›
Editor's note: This is a sponsored post from Weight Watchers® Smart Ones®. It was written by the SparkPeople staff.
No matter where you are on your weight-management journey, Smart Ones® helps you stay on track by offering a variety of products that are convenient and taste great. And, because you asked for it, all of their desserts are now available in a convenient four-pack!
That includes the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae: Low-fat cookie-flavored ice cream over a crumbly cookie crust topped with fudge sauce with cookie dough crumbles.
Learn more about the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae and all the great varieties by clicking here--you can also find coupons and other special promotions!
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Editor's Note: This is a sponsored blog post written by the SparkPeople team.
Stay on track with Weight Watchers Snack Cakes, Brownies, and Muffins. These delicious treats are perfect as part of a smart breakfast, an afternoon snack, or an easy, sensible dessert to finish your day. Making smart choices doesn’t mean sacrificing deliciously satisfying treats.
- Weight Watchers Blueberry Muffin – Topped with coarse sugar crystals and filled with real wild blueberries, this classic morning treat looks and tastes like a bakery fresh muffin. But with 5 grams of fiber, 160 calories and a PointsPlus® value of 4, this muffin is a great addition to a well-balanced breakfast or morning snack.
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Editor's Note: This is a sponsored blog post written by the SparkPeople team.
No matter where you are in your journey, what counts are the little choices you make every day. That’s why Weight Watchers® is proud to offer a delectable line of frozen treats that allow you to eat what you love and still help you meet your weight loss goals. From creamy and crunchy to fruity and frozen, Weight Watchers® frozen treats satisfy with decadent taste and low PointsPlus® values. The best part? They’re from Weight Watchers®! So you know you’re making a smart choice no matter which tasty treat you choose.
Look for Weight Watchers® frozen treats in your grocer’s freezer case.
Savor life...one bite at a time!
Weight Watchers® Ice Cream is available in snack sizes for a quick pick me up, standard sizes for when you want a little more, and GIANT sizes for those times when you really want to reward yourself. With such a delicious variety, the whole family can enjoy these low calorie, better-for-you treats.
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Thanks for the great feedback on last week's ActivewearUSA.com brand review. The winners of that contest are: ITSTARTSHERE and JDURK002!
They'll receive $50 to use at ActivewearUSA.com.
Today we're reviewing another brand: ION Actif.
About the company: ION Actif is dedicated to creating lasting quality women's activewear by merging enduring fabrics and design and detail. ION Actif aspires to inspire women to embrace fitness as another crucial and fashionable aspect of their lives.
The ION Actif clothing presented here has been designed with comfort and performance in mind - but not at the expense of style. ION Actif has used the best fabrics to create super cool looking pieces that mix and match in tons of ways.
On behalf of ActivewearUSA.com, ION Actif sent us several pieces to review.
SparkPeople marketing coordinator Sarah and I tried them out. We noticed that ION Actif clothing tended to run large. For example, I wore a small in bottoms, but I often wear mediums. Their pants were very stretchy and felt GREAT! Read More ›
Growing up, I was quite the fashionista. I kept a list of the clothes I wore in a notebook so as to not repeat outfits too often. I spent my baby-sitting money on the latest trends. I spent hours scouring fashion magazines.
After college, I worked in offices where business casual was de rigueur. Heels, skirts or trousers, nice shirts and dresses made up the bulk of my wardrobe. Each morning I did my hair, put on makeup, ironed a nice outfit and headed to the office.
Since coming to work at SparkPeople 3 1/2 years ago, my wardrobe has done a 180. Not only have I lost 20 pounds, which means most of those old business casual clothes have been swapped or donated, but our office puts the "casual" in business casual. Jeans and sweaters, t-shirts and shorts, and even yoga gear is acceptable most days. (I do dress up when I have meetings or guests in the office.)
The bulk of my wardrobe is workout gear and activewear, which is very convenient for my fit and active life. I don’t buy many fancy outfits, I stopped wearing high heels when I got serious about running, and I save money by not allowing myself to buy clothes I'll rarely wear.
I set up a monthly clothing budget, and I spend the bulk of it on yoga clothes. I practice six mornings a week, I teach regularly and I wear yoga clothes to work and on weekends. I want my clothing to last, and I want it to look good, too.
As you know, SparkPeople has teamed up with ActivewearUSA.com. Their customers will be introduced to SparkPeople in various places on the ActivewearUSA site, and we're sharing some of their favorite brands with you--along with $50 gift cards. ActivewearUSA boasts most of the top brands in fitness apparel and accessories, in a variety of price points. They test every product before they agree to sell it, so you know that the products are quality. Disclosure: SparkPeople is an ActivewearUSA.com affiliate, which means that we earn a small bit of money if you buy something from their site using the links we provide. This is one of the ways that SparkPeople is able to remain 100% free.
Today is the first of six review posts we have planned over the next couple of months. Each of the companies sent us products to review, free of charge.
Practicing most mornings of the week makes for a lot of dirty clothes! Practices last up to 90 minutes, and the movement never stops, so I have mandatory criteria for my yoga clothes:
- Must be tanks and crops (in winter) or shorts with 5"-7" inseam (summer--because I'm 5' 10", I can't wear shorts that are any shorter than 5" in the inseam)
- Must wick sweat effectively
- Must stay in place--no tanks that roll up, expose the tummy during inversions or ride up when I move
- Must look cute!
- Only black bottoms to prevent sweat from showing; tops can be any color except white or cream
I really like their "NUXOLOGY":To be pro peace and anti nothing.
To lead with my heart and follow with my mind.
To honor humility and be humbled by honorable people.
To choose to dance through life with all of my imperfections.
To cultivate compassion for the world by having compassion for myself.
So what about the clothes? (And that giveaway!) Read More ›