My monthly weight loss support group sat around looking rather dismal at the first meeting following an unexpected autumn snowstorm. Winter was arriving sooner than anticipated, and my group voiced worrying thoughts about how they'd st... Read more
When is a vitamin not really a vitamin? When it's vitamin D! The "sunshine" vitamin, aptly named because sunlight is a source of it, is actually a hormone. Vitamin D is currently receiving a lot of attention and research regarding its r... Read more
It can be easy to lose track of all the vitamins out there. It's even easier to forget how exactly they help our bodies. Let’s see, vitamin A heals wounds and vitamin C improves eyesight, wait, what was it again? There are so many, it... Read more
Vitamin E works as an antioxidant, preventing a chemical reaction called oxidation, which can sometimes result in harmful effects on the body. Knowing that vitamin E is an important nutrient, many people take large, mega-doses of it because they beli... Read more
There are many benefits to being vegetarian and vegan. Regardless of why you chose such a lifestyle, it’s not enough to simply cut the meat, poultry, and seafood from your daily menu. Animal products do offer nutrients that support growth, body... Read more
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True or False: Men need more vitamin K each day than women do.
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So i've read during your TOM your body tends to retain more water, causing bloating and even weight increase. Should you avoid salty foods during that week, or eat certain foods, drink more water to help reduce that bloating feeling? (Water makes me... Read more
On my own, I'm just great at making low calorie, tasty foods and sticking to them. Pickled veggie salad, fruit soup made with fat free yogurt, and so forth. It's all good.
But take me to a pot luck and put a bunch of fritos and artichoke dip... Read more
Hi, I have a question. If I check on my SparkPage that I want to "share my food tracker," does that make it completely public to anyone on SparkPeople, or can it be made visible to only my SP friends, or even specific people? My accountability partne... Read more
Yup, I own a "quickie mart". Anything and everything is in front of me all day, everyday and I'm a sucker for chocolate. I can grab one whenever I want. I don't have any trouble at home as I don't bring the stuff into the house - but at work ... t... Read more
Calcium, Vitamin D, Omega-3s, and Fiber. Make it simple. Calcium food sources: Fat-free milk and low-fat dairy, spinach, kale, broccoli, and white beans. Vitamin D food Sources: Salmon and sardines, fortified Milk, a vitamin D supplement, eggs Omeg... Read more
I find that I love to perfect the art of making homemade soups to help me loose weight. I can make a huge pot of soup for the week and if I get tired of it I freeze it and make something else. It curbs my appetite and I can chalk it full of vitamin e... Read more
In 1997, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created a new way to look at Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) by creating the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) system. Since that time, the DRIs for essential nutrients have remained the s... Read more
By Julie Bream of Peanut Butter Fingers (JL2726)
We live in a world where the latest way to lose five pounds changes every 1.5 seconds. When I was growing up, everyone was all about eating low-fat or fat-free foods. When I entered college, the low... Read more
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