Do you struggle with cravings and wish you had the will power to cut out certain foods completely? When we work toward a healthy diet, so many of us think that making a list of food culprits and calling them off-limits will help us to succeed. H... Read more
Conniving. Manipulative. Scheming. I’m not talking about your ex; I’m talking about your grocery store. On your next trip, be prepared to fight back against the tactics most supermarket chains use to get you to spend more money on "e... Read more
I’m not sure when it was that I first heard about hot yoga, but I just assumed that it was one of those passing exercise fads. Only…I kept hearing about it. My friends were raving about it. Then my sister became a convert and told me tha... Read more
For two years I was a sex-ed teacher. One of my favorite subjects to teach was puberty, which required me to ever-so-gingerly reveal the story of the birds and the bees to a room full of red-faced fourth graders. Over the course of three days, I&rsqu... Read more
We spend more money and waste more calories by dining out than ever before. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that we eat 29% of our meals away from home. And the National Restaurant Association says that these meals take up 44% of our food... Read more
1) I am 54 years old and obese. For a few days, I do normal pace walking exercise 2 miles / day. I feel O.K but the muscle at my back hurts . I just wonder if it is ok to do my walking daily or I should just do 3-4 times per week . I mean is exerc... Read more
Pop Tarts from scratch, anyone?
I have been very fortunate, in childhood and adulthood, to have the resources available to feed myself and my family. A career has distracted me from this small holding, but I have made a concerted effort over... Read more
Part of the process of keeping the menu exciting is trying something new once in a while. I aim for once a week, but even once a month can keep from falling in a rut.
My "new" food isn't really new - I tried it when I was a kid and hated... Read more
A Spark friend added to her "favorites" non-food items to make the nutrition tracker more useful, e.g., "Skipped Meal," "Boredom." The system enters zeroes for nutrients, etc. She enters together her foods and moods for the day for an at-a-glance... Read more
Each time you are about to give in to a craving, put the couple bucks you would've spent on it in a jar, focus on a specific, non-food item you really want, but don't feel you can afford (new running shoes? tickets to a concert?) You want that way mo... Read more
A couple of years ago, my grandparents sold their second home, which meant they suddenly had an extra home full of stuff to give away or sell. Among the nifty items that became mine were a German cuckoo clock, a rocking chair, a decade's worth of... Read more
Last week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law that requires all restaurant chains with more than 20 units in the state to post nutritional information. The law, which will affect more than 17,000 restaurants, begins next yea... Read more
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