You've probably heard this advice before: For a healthy grocery trip, shop the perimeter of the store. Avoiding the middle aisles is a good tactic to help you make great choices and pick the most nutritious foods, but if you stick to this advice... Read more
By now you know the importance of getting at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (if not, click here). Perhaps you are still not convinced? Use the excuse-buster list below when you find yourself reasoning your way out of reaching for the... Read more
Think about what is offered on a typical children's menu at a sit-down restaurant: burgers, fries, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets. When did these menu standards become "kid food," and why are we still conforming to... 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
A few years back I typed up a list of New Year’s resolutions on a small piece of cardstock, laminated it, and put it in my wallet. On that list was the resolution to eat a salad every day, simply because eating salad always made me feel like I... Read more
I have a job in retail and have limited access to the bathroom and breaks. Any suggestions on how I can get my recommended 8 cups of water? I find myself not drinking any water while at work as it is difficult sometimes to get a bathroom break.... Read more
Hey, I'm going through the site to get on board with the setup of things. I seriously need to get motivated and lose this added weight [200 pounds].
I made Sparkpeople my home page so now when I log on it is the first site to log in. Many of my... Read more
In evolution class we learned about how eating way too much vitamin A can kill you, as if you ate a predator's liver, for example, and you would grow extra bone deposits. Ack!
I am finding that due to my high vegetable intake (I assume?... Read more
Hi everyone! My name is Rachel. I used to be a member of sparkpeople years ago. It's been so long I can't even remember my username. Anyway, I'm 33 and have been married for 11 years. I have three kids. My daughter is 7, my oldest son will be 5... Read more
What has been helping me with losing weight is to be able to visualise how much I've lost (and need to go)... To do this I visualise it in terms of cans of coke (or any canned drink)...Most are 330ml which equates to 330g (in the UK anyway), so it's... Read more
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin & helps our bodies over come depression issues & helps build strong bones. All you need is 15 minutes a day to get what you need (unless told otherwise by your doc). People take multi-vitamins think they might not be... Read more
Fresh fruits and vegetables serve as a nutritional powerhouse for most healthy diets. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, they also help protect against disease. Sure there are small health risks from pesticides, but those are e... Read more
Winter is in full force, and you might be experiencing a lot of overcast days in your part of the world—which could be having an effect on your body's supply of vitamin D. Often called ''the sunshine vitamin,'' vitamin D can... Read more
I went to a new doctor last September and she wanted to run a few basic blood tests as part of my “new patient” exam. I also asked her to check my vitamin D levels, but she was reluctant and said they were probably fine. I told her that I keep hearin... Read more
Yesterday I read that children with low vitamin D were vulnerable to higher levels of allergies, according to some of the lastest research. I am about to soak up more Vitamin D the natural way, just in case the supplement I have been taking isn't en... Read more
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