JUSTEATREALFOOD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUSTEATREALFOOD JUSTEATREALFOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ How preservatives can make us gain weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453320 When choosing what to eat, we all know fresh, unprocessed food is probably best. <BR> <BR> After all, processed foods usually contain more sugar, salt and fat than their unprocessed counterparts, all of which can cause our waistlines to bulge. <BR> <BR> But there's another reason why processed foods can make us gain weight: because of the preservatives they contain. <BR> <BR> Those were the findings of new research published in Nature Communications. <BR> <BR> The research found that pres... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:17:45 EST The 15 foods scientists claim will ward off hunger pangs and keep your diet on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453317 THE FOODS THAT REDUCE HUNGER <BR> <BR> The scientists discovered two amino acids – arginine and lysine – that react most with tanycytes, the brain cells that control our hunger. <BR> <BR> The following foods are high in these acids and are therefore make you feel full: <BR> <BR> Chicken <BR> Turkey meat <BR> Pork shoulder <BR> Cheese, especially parmesan <BR> Anchovies <BR> Tuna <BR> Mackerel <BR> Crabs <BR> Almonds <BR> Walnuts <BR> Pistachios <BR> Peanuts <BR> Almonds <BR> Sesame seeds <... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:07:46 EST Someone has Gone and Invented Diet Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453315 A fruit company in Spain has developed an avocado which contains 30 per cent less fat that a regular avocado. <BR> <BR> The 'Avocado Light' has been released by Eurobanan's Isla Bonita brand, and is described as having a "smooth, shiny green skin and a delicate light flavour", as well as a juicier and lighter pulp, Fruitnet reports. <BR> <BR> Full article here - <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2<BR>017/10/13/someone-has-gone-and-invente<BR>d-diet-avocados </link> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:04:40 EST FDA Moves to Revoke Soy Health Claim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453311 The US Food and Drug Administration called into question Monday the authorized health claim that soy protein reduces heart disease risk. <BR> <BR> "We are proposing a rule to revoke a health claim for soy protein and heart disease," said a statement from Susan Mayne, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "For the first time, we have considered it necessary to propose a rule to revoke a health claim because numerous studies published since the claim was authorized ... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:01:04 EST Mission Accomplished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413283 For a few years I have been wanting to go on a bike ride from my house to the lake. It is all rail trail so I wouldn't have to worry about traffic, which I loathe. The ride would be 123 km or for you Americans 76 miles round trip. I have done long rides before but never over 100 km and never by myself. <BR> <BR> When my 40th Birthday came this summer I planned to do it but my family (mom, dad, sister, niece) ended up coming down for the day to celebrate with me which was nice but it was a... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:46:39 EST People with high cholesterol live the longest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383512 "This statement seems so incredible that it takes a long time to clear one´s brainwashed mind to fully understand its importance. Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers.1 But let us take a look at heart mortality,the risk of dying from a heart attack if cholesterol is high. <BR> <BR> Consider for instance the finding by Dr.Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported that old... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 07:09:36 EST Why Coconut Oil Won’t Kill You, But Listening to the American Heart Association Might! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378263 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3dc1b6af-ba9f-41b6-86a5-ccfd0376d3ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Most nutrition research is based on epidemiological data that can only show correlations, or connections, and cannot determine causation between two variables. For example, the number of films Nicolas Cage has been in correlates with the number of people who have drowned falling into a pool." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8196d358-e1e1-451c-b3c2-dbebc19ee8f1.jp... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:20:50 EST Freshii calls Ontario calorie count rules ‘simplistic’ in wake of inspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370624 "Founded in Toronto in 2005, Freshii promotes itself as an alternative to its greasier fast-food competitors, selling salads, wraps and smoothies to appeal to a more health-conscious customer. Its motto is “Count nutrients, not calories.” <BR> <BR> On its website, the company makes a point of discouraging customers from focusing on the number of calories they consume, saying that can prevent them from considering nutrient-rich food that may also be high in calories. <BR> <BR> The Health Min... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 08:51:44 EST Health food aisle products not as nutritious as they claim to be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370620 <link>www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-aff<BR>airs/health-food-aisle-products-not-as<BR>-nutritious-as-they-claim-to-be-201705<BR>25-gwdaf0.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don't be fooled by labels even in the health food aisle. Unprocessed real whole foods are the way to go! Sun, 4 Jun 2017 08:41:14 EST Fit Saturday - Fatbike Race #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306891 Today I raced in the 3rd Fatbike race (mountain bike racing on snow with really big snow tires), of a 5 race series. I rode 22.14 miles, climbing 1,087 feet of elevation in 2 hours 27 minutes or 35.6 kms, 331.3 meters in 2 hours 27 minutes. <BR> <BR> It was a fun race. My husband and son raced as well. My son came in first in the U20 category. I tied for 3rd in the Womens Open category with a good friend of mine that I rode 3 of the 4 laps with. Chatting and riding lol maybe we should t... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:55:34 EST How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251794 "The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show. <BR> <BR> The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today's dietary re... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:51:24 EST FDA Is Redefining The Term 'Healthy' On Food Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251792 So, you're looking for a quick grab-and-go snack, and there's a row of energy bars at the checkout counter. Are they a healthy option? <BR> <BR> The maker of Kind bars thinks so. The company has used the phrase "healthy and tasty" on some of its products that contain lots of nuts. But, here's the issue: The bars contained too much fat to meet the Food and Drug Administration's strict low fat definition of healthy. So, as we reported last May, the company helped launch a petition to challenge... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:48:34 EST Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251790 "The fascinating finding comes from a study published today in JAMA that found dieting adults who wore activity monitors for 18 months lost significantly fewer pounds over that time than those who did not. <BR> <BR> The results suggest that activity monitors may not change our behavior in the way we expected, and raise interesting questions about the tangled relationships between exercise, eating, our willpower and our waistlines." <BR> <BR> Full article here - <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:46:04 EST It's easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230903 Clearly it's gotten easier and easier to gain weight, and harder and harder to avoid it. <BR> <BR> So what's going on here? There's an obvious answer - we eat more than we burn off. But increasingly public health experts agree that we are not consciously choosing to overeat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6081f0a2-7ad7-45c6-970b-b97687684cec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Full article here - <link>www.vox.com/2016/8/31/12368246/chart<BR>s-explain-obesity </link> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 06:37:11 EST This is what the "fittest woman on earth" eats every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230898 "I've got to have my eggs, otherwise my day starts off wrong, "she told the publication. "In an effort to get more fat in my diet for fuel, I eat half of the avocado and then the cream in my coffee." <BR> <BR> Full article here - <link>www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nut<BR>rition-tips/this-is-what-the-fittest-w<BR>oman-on-earth-eats-every-day/news-stor<BR>y/266e07bcd8515cf40cc0d464b6e78ec2 </link> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 06:29:17 EST Are your friends making you fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226941 "For women, food and friendship are intimately linked. To refuse food or to over or under eat compared to others could be viewed as rejection. <BR> <BR> The result is that while many of us are able to juggle career and family, making unpopular decisions in these arenas, somehow we can't do the same when faced with a meal we'd rather not eat. When confronted by a table full of our friends, we don't want to be the odd one out, so we eat more or less than we want to." <BR> <BR> <BR> Full art... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:48:35 EST Obesity: How your body uses fat to protect you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226936 "Now, adipocytes are specialized cells to store fat. Having more fat cells is not particularly dangerous. That's what it does. Other than taking up room, it doesn't really matter. The fat cell is designed to hold fat, so you don't get sick from it. Obesity itself is not the cause of the problem. <BR> <BR> The critical problem occurs when you get fat where it's not supposed to be. <BR> <BR> It usually shows up first in the liver. Fat is not supposed to be stored in the liver. But under condi... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:43:33 EST Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206068 "Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a "cult of perfection", deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment. <BR> <BR> Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and gove... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:09:50 EST Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193422 "After 250,000 years of evolution, humans became a healthy, well-nourished species with a long life expectancy. In only 30 years, things have gone catastrophically wrong, with epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, unchecked by current policies and interventions likely to cause reduced life-expectancy, and bankruptcy of healthcare systems. This report represents a potential shift in failed policies, and recommends alternatives which are likely to reverse some of the counterproductive effec... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 06:49:51 EST Old Soda Ad - Tagline "Refreshes without filling" Like that's a good thing, lol! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173549 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9e104f3-6649-4eed-8a0a-7d7cd96d92d9.jpeg"> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:06:11 EST Why the Calorie is Broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169936 "Humans are not bomb calorimeters, of course, and we don't extract every calorie from the food we eat." <BR> <BR> "Even if the calorie counts themselves were accurate, dieters like Haelle and Nash would have to contend with the significant variations between the total calories in the food and the amount our bodies extract. These variations, which scientists have only recently started to understand, go beyond the inaccuracies in the numbers on the back of food packaging. In fact, the new rese... Wed, 25 May 2016 07:06:08 EST Look at This Crap Cheerios Is Trying to Pull http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156105 "Now, we're talking about a much bigger serving size: 55 grams. This new-and-improved Cheerios iteration delivers 7 grams of protein and 17 grams of sugar at this enlarged serving size. <BR> <BR> To compare the two, I adjusted the original Cheerios numbers to reflect a 55 gram serving. Just for fun, I added another sought-after ingredient to the mix: dietary fiber. The results are in the chart at the top. <BR> <BR> To goose the protein content, General Mills opted to add bite-sized "cluster... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:45:08 EST If Soda Commercials Were Honest - Honest Ads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137262 So funny! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMXwF<BR>lp9IoI&list=PL_saLI-LH-Vp9cxB3FNJoYXZX<BR>RM93UBuf&index=2 </link> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:06:01 EST Reebok announced that it'll no longer be selling soda at its headquarters. Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137238 Reebok announced that it'll no longer be selling soda at its headquarters. Why? Here's President Matt O'Toole, <BR> <BR> "The goal for us here at Reebok is simple - to be the very best fitness brand in the world and to inspire everyone who touches our brand - consumers, fans, and employees - to reach their potential. And our mission starts right here, with our own people ... we felt removing sugary products from our HQ was simply the right thing to do. As a fitness company, we know how impor... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:10:50 EST Cool Infographics Showing Sugar in Foods - Totally Worth a Look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135016 The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance. For most American women, that's no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it's 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. The AHA recommendations focus on all added sugars, without singling out any particular types such as high fructose corn syrup. <BR> <BR> LINK - <link>www.sugarstacks.com/bev... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:13:54 EST Soft Drinks, Hard Lobbying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124970 "The industry gave more than $96,000 to Council candidates in 2014 and 2015. That's not quite as much as it contributed in the two years before the 2011 elections, when Nutter was actively pursuing the levy, but it is still a sizable pot. <BR> <BR> About half that money has come from Harold and Lynne Honickman and their children, who own the Honickman group of companies, one of the largest soda distributors in the mid-Atlantic region. Their Pepsi and Canada Dry bottling operations in New Jer... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:30:59 EST Here's Why You Should Add More Veggies To Your Diet ASAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120475 "About half of the total U.S. population eats less than 1.5 cups of vegetables a day. And a whopping 87% don't reach the recommended minimum goal of 2 to 3 cups a day." <BR> <BR> "#2 Veggies can help you lose pounds without dieting. <BR> <BR> Research has shown that people who eat primarily plant based diets tend to weigh less. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that over a five-year period, both men and women who ate more plant foods and fewer animal fo... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:19:42 EST If David Ludwig Is Right, Everything We Thought We Knew About Obesity and Low Fat Diets Is Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094880 This article is a must read! <BR> <BR> ----------------- <BR> <BR> "In the end, the low fat diet had a strongly negative effect: When subjects were on it, they burned 325 fewer calories per day. That is, their metabolism slowed dramatically compared with when they were on the low carb diet, which did a much better job of burning calories rather than storing them. In effect, it was as if those on the low carb, low GI diet put in an extra hour of exercise every day without lifting a finger." ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:13:43 EST Five Studies on the Links Between Sugar and Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077626 "Here are the five studies you need to read to understand the scientific evidence for whether eating too much sugar causes obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The evidence isn't bulletproof, but some public health researchers argue it's enough to tell people to cut back on soda and other sweet drinks. <BR> <BR> 1. The findings of this longitudinal study... suggest a linear dose response relationship between sugars and cavities, with amount of intake being more important than frequen... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:02:11 EST Dieters, it's Time to Eat Real Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077615 "Most diets are destined to fail because they are too strict and don't have enough fat in them, says Harvard University nutritionist Dr. David Ludwig. Traditional low-fat diets, in which fats are replaced by carbohydrates and sugars, fuel a vicious circle of hunger by throwing the body into starvation mode, he says." <BR> <BR> "He cited one 2012 study which showed the same people burned 325 fewer calories a day while on a low fat diet than on moderate and high fat Mediterranean style diets ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:43:39 EST Eating poop pills could make you thin. Seriously. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077611 "In March 2016, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will launch a clinical trial (Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Obesity and Metabolism) to study the impact of gut bacteria on weight. By transplanting the intestinal bacteria from a stool sample of a healthy, lean person into the gut of a person suffering from obesity, it might be possible to change the gut bacteria population of that obese person. As those lean microbesstart to populate the obese persons gut, it could red... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:32:35 EST Having Type 2 Diabetes Doesn't Just Hurt You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065813 I just found out this weekend that my dad is on insulin to treat his type 2 diabetes. I'm really bummed by this news. <BR> <BR> My grandpa died at 77 from liver and kidney failure after two triple heart bypasses, and being a type 2 diabetic for over half his life. He went from oral meds to insulin plus oral medications for his high cholesterol and it destroyed his liver and kidneys. <BR> <BR> Dad will be 64 this year. I hate watching my dad do the same thing to himself. But he doesn't w... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:30:41 EST 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065639 The new dietary guidelines just came out. Have you had a chance to check them out yet? What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Guidelines here - <link>http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/<BR>2015/guidelines/ </link> <BR> <BR> Registered Dietitians respond to the guidelines here - <link>www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Regist<BR>ered-dietitians-RDS-respond-to-2015-Di<BR>etary-Guidelines </link> <BR> <BR> Cool info graphic about the guidelines here - <link>www.foodmind... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:22:39 EST My Heath vs A Postitive Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054554 Ripping stomach pain. <BR> Disgusting foul smelling gas. <BR> Aching stomach between meals. <BR> Loose greasy acrid smelling stool. <BR> Day 4 I started passing completely undigested food. <BR> Tired. <BR> Sad. <BR> <BR> Gluten challenge done for me. <BR> <BR> Couldn't do it anymore. <BR> <BR> I guess I'll never be formally diagnosed as having Celiac Disease. I am scheduled to go in for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy (cancer check, family history) in February so I thought while I was ther... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:31:50 EST New Year, New Diet Enthusiasm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053316 I just thought I'd write about new diets as we kick off 2016. I think that when most people start a new way of eating they are very excited about it and want to shout about it from the rooftops especially when that way of eating helps them lose weight and makes them feel better physically and better about themselves emotionally. <BR> <BR> We often think everyone should switch to our way of eating because we feel so good. Often that will cause us to overstate our case in forums like these. ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:00:18 EST Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic cancer-causing chemicals, say experts - Telegraph http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042157 Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried in olive oil, coconut oil, butter or even lard. <BR> <BR> The results of a series of experiments threaten to turn on its head official advice that oils rich in polyunsaturated fats such as corn oil and sunflower oil are better for the health than the saturated fats in animal products. <BR> <BR> Scientists found that heating up vege... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 08:03:18 EST KIND wants the FDA to redefine healthy to include salmon, avocados and its own nut bars. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042147 Under current regulations, to qualify as healthy, a food may only have up to three grams of total fat and one gram of saturated fat. Meat and fish are exceptions, and can have up to five grams of total fat and two grams of saturated fat. A half of a filet of salmon, for example, has 22 grams of total fat, making it decidedly unhealthy under FDA rules. A KIND Apricot and Almond bar has 10 grams. <BR> <BR> Pointing to examples like the aforementioned salmon and avocad as well as KIND bars main... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:47:23 EST Endurance athletes who 'go against the grain' become incredible fat-burners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042143 Elite endurance athletes who eat very few carbohydrates burned more than twice as much fat as high-carb athletes during maximum exertion and prolonged exercise in a new study - the highest fat-burning rates under these conditions ever seen by researchers. <BR> <BR> The study, the first to profile elite athletes habitually eating very low-carbohydrate diets, involved 20 ultra-endurance runners age 21-45 who were top competitors in running events of 50 kilometers (31 miles) or more. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:32:03 EST Reducing Sugar Improves Metabolic Syndrome Markers in Obese Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038082 "A recent study suggests that reducing sugar intake in obese children improves their metabolic profiles, even with other aspects of their diets (e.g. caloric consumption) equal. This study is novel because previous studies implicating sugar in metabolic syndrome problems are confounded by improving other aspects of diet." <BR> <BR> "The results of this study suggest that reducing added sugar and fructose and doing little else about caloric intake, carbohydrate consumption, or other macronutr... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:31:57 EST Saturated fat isn't linked with increased risk of death - August 2015 Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989373 "New research from McMaster University shows that trans fats are associated with greater risk of death and coronary heart disease, and should probably be avoided. <BR> <BR> But when you compare the two, trans fat's less evil cousins – saturated fats – don't seem to have the same association. In other words, saturated fat is not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes." <BR> <BR> "De Souza still doesn't recommend that people eat more saturated fa... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:33:44 EST Obesity is Not a Disease, But a Symptom? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987912 I started a tread in the Diet and Nutrition forum about Diet - Have we really just overcomplicated it? <BR> <BR> In it we were reminded of the fact that obesity is now classified as a disease. But is it a disease? <BR> <BR> I came across this article when I was researching and copied the part I agree with. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Is obesity a disease? <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Obesity is not a disease. <BR> It’s a symptom. <BR> <BR> This does not lessen the importance of ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:53:12 EST One Shoe at a Time - Wednesday Morning Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984982 I never had a great deal of weight to lose. 3 years after the birth of my second child I found myself 15 lbs over my goal weight and not feeling good about myself. Clothes that had fit a year after I had my son didn't fit me anymore. I realized if I didn't do something about my slow weight gain I was going to continue to gain and I wasn't okay with that. <BR> <BR> Somehow I found Spark People and started tracking my food. I came to realize I had portion distortion. I was shocked to real... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:13:11 EST Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984508 “Those who mistrust their own abilities are being too wicked to themselves, discouraging themselves from doing what they should have been excelling in. If you are good at discouraging yourself, you can't be a good leader because leadership is built on inspiring others to face challenges.” <BR> <BR> ― Israelmore Ayivor Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:03:10 EST Why “Eating in Moderation” Is Meaningless Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979393 "Food companies love the term moderation because it’s so tricky to define. Is moderation one bowl of ice cream a day, or one bowl a week? It’s a difficult concept to pin down when you’re addressing a population broadly, and that’s what makes it so appealing to makers of chips, pizza, cookies, and similar fare. <BR> <BR> Rather than trying to come up with a universal interpretation of moderation, I prefer to define it by what it’s not. “All things in moderation” does NOT mean “all foods are c... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:27:51 EST You Need to Burn 7,000 Calories to Burn a Pound, Not 3,500? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979389 "If you’ve ever calculated how much weight you’ll lose by cutting out a certain number of calories a day, you know the most famous equation in dieting: 1 pound of fat = 3,500 calories. Too bad that equation is wrong. <BR> <BR> It may be right in a strict math sense, like if you burn a pound of fat in a lab, but cutting out 500 calories a day for a week won’t result in a pound of fat loss. We’ve covered this here before: trying to balance calorie intake and burn never quite works out. <BR> <... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:18:05 EST 8 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979382 "The low-carb craze is going strong. Bread is out. Pasta is overrated. And dieters are experimenting with how low their carb intake can go. But grains are anything but all the same. So whether you are cutting out refined grains, whole grains, or carbs in general, the effects can vary widely. Here’s a look at the wide array of things that happen when you ditch the bread bags:" <BR> <BR> Full article here - <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.yahoo.com/health/8-thing<BR>s-that-happen-when-you-stop-e... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:59:31 EST Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979369 "Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories. <BR> <BR> The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media. To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit organiz... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:44:04 EST This Is What Happens When You Stop Dieting and Start Eating Real Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942774 "Here is what happens once you stop dieting and start enjoying real, nourishing foods. <BR> <BR> 1. You find freedom in your eating <BR> <BR> When you're no longer dieting but simply enjoying real, whole foods in their natural state, you let go of this identity of a dieter, someone who eats to lose weight. You let go of the diet mentality and you can focus on feeding yourself instead of starving yourself. <BR> <BR> You can shake the feeling that you were depriving yourself and start focusi... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:20:06 EST Taco Bell, Pizza Hut to join ‘real food’ movement by purging chemicals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942763 "Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colours and flavours, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. <BR> <BR> Instead of “black pepper flavour,” for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says Liz Matthews, the chain's chief food innovation officer." <BR> <BR> What a novel idea! Lol! <BR> <BR> See the article here - <link>t.thestar.com/#/ar... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:07:01 EST Kraft Singles Will Not Be Considered A Kids' Health Food After All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905731 Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) announced the end of a three-year partnership that was made public just last month. <BR> <BR> As the Associated Press reported, a group of dietitians petitioned for an end to the union, arguing that putting an AND seal on Kraft Singles would serve as an endorsement of the "cheese food" product. "The petition also called for transparency about the terms of the deal that allowed Kraft to use the logo," the according to the AP. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:16:32 EST