SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard Get and give tips about eating better and planning a smart, delicious menu. Plus, answers to your food and nutrition questions from Becky Hand, SparkPeople dietitian, and other experts. SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard Calories vs. Macros The last couple of days, I have met my macros, but I have not met my calorie intake. (I've been off by less than 100 calories.) Do I need to worry too terribly about missing less than 100 calories if I am meeting my macros? <BR> <BR> Do you have any suggestions for healthy foods that aren't terribly filling to add in calories? <BR> <BR> (Also, I just changed my settings to not account for exercise, and it increased my calories and carbs, so I have 5 carbs needed left and a little over 200 c... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:16:02 EST No appetite how do you get an appetite? I am sick from lack of nutrients. Ive had some bad habits of eating when I am about to fall over and of course when i do I over eat. But the rest of the time I get sick just thinking about food. I drink plenty of water. But always binge on something whatever I can get my hands on at the last moment when Im sick from hunger. And the healthier food seems more nauseating (i have had bad GI and GERD issues in the past so part of it is a fear of it returning. Have to ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:43:39 EST Can i use lemon juice? I would like to put lemon in my water is using the juice as good as squeezing it out of a lemon ok? tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:14:35 EST Afraid of blood sugar dropping I've taken a job at the Fort Worth Cutting Edge Haunted House this year as a Security Guard. Everyone who knows Texas is that being out in 90 degree weather is going to cause you to burn glucose and sweat a lot. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking about two gallons of water for my weight to deal with the heat. I'm just worried about my blood sugar dropping and passing out at work AGAIN. How much does heat factor in glucose consumption. <BR> <BR> What would you bring for snacks. It's going to have to be... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:38:33 EST Stuck at a plateau...Help! I am a female, 35 years old, 5'5" tall. I started out at 189 pounds this past January, and was at 183 in May but I have been stuck hovering between 178-176 pounds since the mid-July! I work out 5-6 days per week for 30-45 minutes, usually 3 days of strength training and 2-3 of cardio. I usually do beach body 21 day fix or core deforce workouts along with some intervals on an elliptical. I have been very seriously tracking and measuring all of my food intake since May and more loosely before t... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:39:08 EST My Personal Food Plan I once had great success with a link called "Diet Generator" which is now unavailable. What I like was the fact that you could shuffle your daily choices. The other day I found an article here on "The Military Diet," and have made my own modifications to it for the stricter first three days, the more normal next four days, and printed it out. I'm taping each meal choice to a 3X5 card and have my own deck to sort of shuffle now. I won't be random about it, but will look through the cards and d... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:32:21 EST Chronic Protein Deficient I am a 67yo male and I have been using the site for over a year and have had some success. But I have always noticed that my protein intake was below recommended minimums. I have recently started drinking a low cal protein shake in the morning that has helped me get to the minimum. <BR> <BR> But my weight has actually started to increase slowly although my belt size is staying the same. Plus, I have more muscle soreness than usual. <BR> <BR> Could it be I am suddenly gaining muscle mas... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:41:14 EST Adjusting nutrition numbers? Hi, <BR> <BR> My plan is set up aiming for two pounds per week. Two Sundays ago I was down about a pound, and this past Sunday I wasn't down at all. I'm worried that I've started to plateau despite the fact that I stick to the nutrition and fitness plans laid out. I recall from a previous time I was on the plan that you have to make an adjustment after a little while of losing weight - like you enter something on SparkPeople, and it reassesses your nutrition numbers to account for newly los... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:25:00 EST Starbucks is trying to redefine whole milk Occasionally I treat myself to a tall whole milk latte at Starbucks. I try to follow low carb and whole milk has fewer carbs than skim or 2% milk. <BR> <BR> A couple months ago, I watched as they poured out 2% and when I said that I wanted whole milk, the barista insisted 2% is whole milk. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've noted that all the local Starbucks use 2% for whole milk. <BR> <BR> Whole milk in the grocery stores is 4%, so I decided to see what the USDA had to say. The definition... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:04:30 EST Has anyone tried the KETO diet? I've been hearing a lot of talk about the Keto diet, which is basically where you eat a large amount of healthy fats, moderate amount of protein, and very little carbs. People say that it helps to jump start weight loss because it basically forces your body to start burning fat instead of glucose for energy. Has anyone ever tried this? If so, would you recommend it? The recipes look delicious. Any thoughts are welcome. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:40:21 EST To Many Carbs HELP! I seem to have this thing about eating way to many carbs. I live with my parents, and we all love our carbs (bread, crackers etc). I notice that sometimes after breakfast I had already eaten over 50% of my carbs. <BR> Any suggestions on how to cut back on them. <BR> Any good reading I can do? <BR> Any good breakfast (or eating) ideas? I do get tired of eating eggs every morning. I guess I'm picky. <em>4</em> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:57:26 EST Acai bowls Are these things actually good for you because they taste a little bit too delicious to be a "diet" food. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:36:41 EST Losing weight vs feeding a distance runner I'm trying to lose weight, but one of my children is a distance runner. He likes to carb-up starting 2 days before a race. Other than making 2 meals each week, does anyone have any great meals that both of us can enjoy? I'm really tired of spaghetti too. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:19 EST Overcoming food cravings? How do you overcome cravings? Does anyone else feel like late night is the time they want to eat? like between 7-10? Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:00:15 EST what to count? What do you count to lose weight? Calories, Fat, Cards, Sugar or none? Was wanting to know the best way. I know what works for some might not work for others. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:45:09 EST What to do when you lack the nutritional info? I have been trying hard not to eat anything unless I can get nutritional info for it, so I can enter it properly here. That means that even if I do indulge and eat out, I only eat from places that have this information available. But I have just spent the day at the hospital, it was a sudden trip, and I couldn't plan ahead and prepare and take something with me. I went for a while without, but once I realised it would be a rather lengthy wait, I did break down and eat there. I reasoned (h... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:48:41 EST question for those who use my fitness pal I am using the free ap to track my food on my phone. My question is in the way it tracks fruit as "sugar". For instance, I just added my snack for the morning as an apple and I got the quote "Your goal is to stay under ..... sugar for the day." The only sugar I eat is from fruit, no processed sugars. Can someone clarify about this. I think the same thing has come up for other whole foods but I can't remember what they were right now. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:34:15 EST Recommend allergist/immunologist? I've struggled with worsening rhinitis - difficult to typify, though triggered by a range of foods and cardio exercise - for over twenty years. I've tried most standard medical treatments, and had two surgeries, without much relief. I'd like to try a biologic (Xolair, Dupilumab, etc). I'm aware they're currently not indicated - though being researched - but know that some docs use them off-label. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to find a practitioner with AIT (SLIT, SCIT) experience. If anyone can r... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:16:51 EST LCHF - 3 weeks in... and no change :( Have to say was quite disheartened that I used the same humiliating shop scales as my second week weigh in and apart from growing 2 inches in height, the scale read EXACTLY the same - down to the fraction of a pound! <BR> <BR> I have been good - no cheating whatsoever. <BR> <BR> Potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and root vegetables - not touched a one (except a touch of onion for flavouring) <BR> Dairy - reduced but use full fat greek yoghurt to thicken soups or with a few berries <BR> Sugar - c... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:02:15 EST High cholesterol So I see my PCP very frequently and last month I had the routine lab work done. My cholesterol which was never elevated previously, is now 275. She said that this is too high, it must be a mistake because previously for the last 2 years mine have always been around 100 to 150. So I had the test repeated the next day and they were the same. So now I see her in a month and if it is not drastically different she'll be starting me on high cholesterol medication which I've never taken. I officiall... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:25:35 EST I Love This Diet Has anyone used the I Love This Diet. Com? Started by a R.D. and you can build your own meals and use some frozen entrees if desired. Balanced and flexible. Just wondered if anyone has used it. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:16:28 EST I'm new at this, could you take a look at my diet? Hi, I'm a 22 y/o male who just started dieting to lose weight (started at 220 lb) <BR> I went to a nutritionist who gave me a low calorie diet (1350 daily he said) (3 main, 2 small meals). And after 8 days I've lost 10lb (water weight I assume) <BR> <BR> It includes lean chicken, fish, panela cheese, almonds, nuts, non sugar jelly, lots of greens and as carbohydrates 2 portions of fruit, 1.5 tomatoes and 4 corn tortillas through the day and lots of water, just to give you an idea (30min phy... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:16:10 EST Superfoods... Who all has tried a superior supplement before ?? Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:28:49 EST Soda - why do I love the?? HELP!'s the truth...I absolutely love my soda - Pepsi or Coke with Rabbit Poop Ice (RPI) (think Sonic or hospital pellet ice may be the correct term). I really like it. <BR> <BR> I also do get the horrible headaches if I don't drink it - even Excedrine can't take it away but a soda can. I can drink a full gallon of water a day and STILL want to drink soda. I drink regular because fake sugars make my entire body ache! I ache like I have the flu - I can't even chew too much sugar ... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:43:11 EST Low Carlorie Diet for Too Long? I'm at 200 pounds, have been dieting for several years now at around 1200-1400 calories and lost 45 pounds. I just started heavy weight training/cardio and I'm not losing weight at all, the most is 1 pound a month. It's been 3 going on 4 months. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to be on a low calorie diet for so long that you need to add more calories, whether it be your bodies plateaued or not getting enough calories? Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:22:31 EST Does anyone else follow weight watchers diet? Hi- I was just wondering if anyone else is doing weight watchers and also sparking? I love the community on sparkpeople but like the simplicity of points instead of calories. I joined weight watchers online yesterday but now wondering if it was a mistake. Thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 08:04:15 EST Cooking Again <em>303</em> Okay so my cardiologist suggested two Ensure meals a day and a full meal the other half. So I lost 10 lbs. in 2 months. Okay, that got old fast and now I want to get back to cooking again, with portions of course, and I am scared to death I am going to gain back again. The calorie allowance they have me listed is way too much for me, more like maintenance. I was doing maybe 1000-1200 tops to lose the 10 lbs. Anyone good at calming this scaredee cat ? Frozen meals are high... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 18:50:56 EST Counting the Cals in restaurant food?? Hi all - I'm on a pretty determined 'during the week' healthier eating plan which I'm content with. Just trying to get on top of my calorie counting and my question is this: <BR> <BR> I'm off with friends for a curry tonight - how on earth do I enter that tomorrow morning? <BR> <BR> Any ideas appreciated <BR> <BR> Mark Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:45:32 EST What is Carrageenen<BR>-a-natural-food-additive-is-making-us-<BR>sick/ <BR> I just found out, after buying almond milk, about Carrageenen. It is an additive in food, to include healthy foods according to the information, that is not healthy--it's an irritant, can cause cancer and more. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have started checking labels, it is in many things we eat and drink. If you are interested check out the link above. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:46:58 EST lower sodium lunch meat? I eat a lot of packaged lunch meat/slices (turkey usually, sometimes sliced chicken) from the grocery store to get my protein. But I see that they're 21% of my sodium in a single serving. Is there a lower sodium way to get lunch meat? Is the sliced meat at the butcher's counter lower in sodium, because I could do that easily too? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 8 Sep 2017 09:31:30 EST Salad dressing Ideas without acid or dairy? My wife has GERD issues, so acids/vinegar/lemon, etc. is out of the picture, and she doesn't do dairy. Can anyone recommend or lend ideas to what she can put on her greens now? Thanks. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:54:02 EST Daily carb amounts etc. I need some help. Extremely fed up with trying to figure out how many macros (carbs,protein fat etc) I need on a daily basis and calorie count for that matter. I have been back and forth with numbers and no results either way. It was recommended I start at 1500 and if I didn't lose after 2 weeks to drop to 1400. But I really think my biggest problem is knowing what numbers to follow. I have used calculators based on what I want to lose a week (1-2 lbs) based on height, weight and activity but... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:31:53 EST BMR I have been going along losing weight pretty steadily and my BMR has automatically been reduced now and then. But today Spark has put my BMR up - I haven't put on weight or anything. What gives? Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:40:09 EST oils and fats I am wondering what types of oils and fats you use. I used to use "I can't believe it's not butter" but then they said trans fats were bad. Then I switch to butter but I can not tolerate it much, I have a problem with dairy. Now they say ICBINB is trans fat free (then what is it?). For cooking I use light olive oil. But olive oil isn't good for high temperatures. Sometimes I use coconut oil but it gives a sweet taste that I don't always like. I see mixed messages about canola. Some th... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 01:20:51 EST POPCORN Since I can remember, I have fond family memories of POPCORN, and associate the sound, smell and laughter when making it in anticipation that we would watch a movie, even home movies, or play a board game or cards as a family. I need to explain that I was raised in a foster home, so there were new faces coming and going, it felt almost enough for a baseball team, but all kidding aside, at one time 12 of us kids with our bowls filled to the brim. Xmas popcorn ball sessions were a blast with ... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:44:31 EST MEAL REPACEMENT DRINKS AND SNACK REPLACEMENT BARS What is the thoughts on using replacements along with a careful stomach tolerable diet. I am careful to eat enough good healthy carbs and enough healthy fat but am having trouble with many proteins causing painful cramps . I want to try this for a week or so before checking with the Dr if there is another problem. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 14:54:56 EST the pie chart Is the pie chart the same for everybody or is it specific to me and was set when <BR> I set up my account? Mon, 4 Sep 2017 09:42:49 EST Meal replacement shakes I cannot make a good smoothie to save my damn life. Can anyone recommend a meal replacement shake premade that has enough calories to keep me full and isn't too expensive? Sat, 2 Sep 2017 10:26:14 EST Vegetable Oils Make You Fat And Cause Disease For anyone who’s looked into and reasearched the health effects of different omega-6 containing vegetable oils, you’ll quickly find that there’s a strong connection between all of them and the major degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, alzheimer’s and even obesity. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of excerpts from the full text studies that I found particularily interesting: <BR> <BR> On obesity from <BR> <BR> ‘Recent studies have emph... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 10:00:27 EST Do you feel you are restricting calories a lot? I feel frustrated at the slow rate of weight loss, average less than a pound a week for the amount of weighing and measuring and carefully counting every damn bite of food. Is this pretty normal for everyone? Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:48:17 EST Feel Rich "Hip-hop is helping to get the country healthy," Ullman tells Billboard. "I'm excited that Feel Rich was able to document the urban wellness movement that is spreading across the country to put a spotlight on this growing movement. Quincy and I hope that this film inspires more people to start living a healthier life and to motivate young entrepreneurs to create health and wellness businesses in the community." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ip-hop/7767895/quincy-j... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 08:34:01 EST alcohol and weight loss Hi. I am curious how people see alcohol use in their diet goals and weight loss. I loved my nightly beer or wine to relax too much and I gained weight in a short time. To change up my routine, I have abstained from drinking any caloric beverages until I get close to my goal. I've noticed my sleep is better and I am drinking more water and tea but I still miss having the adult beverages. I think it is working to give it up for now for myself, but sometimes I imagine how nice it would be to hav... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:13:36 EST How much sugar to use in place of splenda? There is a recipe I found on the site for black bean brownies and I wanted to try and make for my son for his birthday tomorrow. But the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of granulated Splenda. The problem is, I found out when my Mom started using sugar substitutes.. they tend to make us stomach sick. I usually don't crave sweets, so it's not much of an issue, and when I do need to use sweetener, I don't use much at all. but I wanted to try the recipe, and really don't want to mess it up. I thoug... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:22:18 EST Is this right? question about daily calories Hi. I need help to really understand the calories I need to stay at for weight loss. If I stay at 1200-1300 calories a day, the scale does not move. I have to eat between 9000-1100 a day to lose half a pound to a pound a week. I am a petite person and I have a small frame. I have cut out all caloric drinks and I thought that alone would help me to lose, but I have found I have to be very meticulous about my portions. I can't do a lot to up my exercise deficit because I am the only care giver ... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:43:06 EST High Fibre Snacks As part of the Plateau-Busting SP Challenge, I'm to post something about healthy food that has a good amount of fibre. <BR> <BR> My favourite high-fibre snacks include raspberries, popcorn and strawberries. What kind of high-fibre snacks do you enjoy? Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:37:25 EST Easy way to drink more water I use Crystal Light in my water bottles. Before doing this I was not able to get through 2 bottles of water in a day, now I am drinking 67oz per day. I split it between 2 water bottles so it's only 20 calories for 4 water bottles! Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:15:29 EST Gas / Bloating problem First, sorry for bad English.. <BR> <BR> My problem is that sometimes i have gas every 2 3 minutes and it is so hard, but sometimes it is like it is going to gas but it stays and cant do that with wired feeling in stomach and down here. <BR> <BR> How did it started? <BR> I started powerlifting program heavy squat 3x per week and i didnt do cardio and have moving a very little (sitting and leatning a lot) .... and eat a lot, a lot of protein (around 200g), a lot of fiber (around 30 grams), a... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:15:49 EST The Lowdown on Popcorn I have an addiction. I know it's not good. But is it...that bad? Should it be completely written off? Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:21:00 EST Need help changing nutrition plan I need to start tracking again but want to change my meal options <BR> I can't remember how to get to the page where I can choose options for vegetarian or non dairy etc <BR> Can anyone help? <BR> Thanks Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:43:25 EST Does tracking your food work for you? ... and if so, why? <BR> <BR> I am trying to decide if it's something that will work for me. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:25:21 EST Weight watcher points I joined weight watchers and according to their site, I am allowed 36 points daily. However, on all of the online calculators, my total allotted points only come out to 31 points. My daughter would like to support me in this by counting points with me but how can she figure out how many points she can have if the online calculators don't match what the site says? She is 5'6", weighs 200 lbs and would like to get down to 160. Light activity at this time. Can anyone help me figure out how many ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:54:16 EST What's your favorite way to eat cauliflower? I have a beautiful head of cauliflower, nice and white. I don't care for mushy cauliflower or "mashed" cauliflower. What's your favorite way to eat this healthy food? <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:18:25 EST Can't kick the morning joe I just measured the amount of cream I put in my morning coffee. Almost 200 calories to start my day.Ugh!Any suggestions for alternatives Sun, 27 Aug 2017 08:01:01 EST Question about frozen broccoli What is a serving of frozen broccoli? I have read that it is one cup, but I have also read that it is half a cup. Which is correct? Thanks. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 17:15:47 EST Anyone else have problems with bloating?? So I have noticed that my stomach is extremely bloated. I am also on my menstrual cycle which is going on day 6. My stomach never looked as big as it does now, so I am wondering if it is my salt intake. I am also not drinking enough water which can also be the issue. <BR> <BR> Has anyone taken water pills before? I am considering doing this just to get some of the excess water gain off. It is affecting my weight loss. I will go up one lb and then I will go down one, and this has been contin... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:18:07 EST low calorie filling foods? I need something in my diet that's more filling and low calories. Something that will boost my energy as well. Any ideas? Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:21:02 EST Help!!! I have lost 53 lbs so far and for the last month and a half have fluctuated a lb or 2 and can not seem to lose anymore, how do I check if my calorie intact is still the same or it needs to be adjusted without it resetting my ticker. I'm getting so frustrated over not losing more weight because I still have 40 more lbs to go. Please help so I don't start crying!!! Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:36:20 EST Low fiber I have been tracking my food for 12 days now. I am consistently low in fiber every day. Any suggestions? Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:41:25 EST Papa Gino's tips So there is a family friend (hubby's side) who has done many helpful (and expensive) things for us and wants to take us to Papa Gino's for their Wednesday "all you can eat" pizza and spaghetti. Ugh! I am doing so well with my eating and have lost 30 lbs and now I am trying to figure out two things: 1. What can I eat there and 2. how do I do this without insulting him (old school Italian who does not understand the concept of eating until satisfied). Any thoughts? Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:20:37 EST 21 Day Fix Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm hoping that someone might be able to give me some pointers. Last Monday (8/14) I started doing the 21 Day Fix. I've done it many times before, the only difference is that this time I am not doing the workouts due to an injury so I'm ONLY doing the "diet" plan, if you want to call it that. I also did the 3 Day Refresh offered by Beachbody. After the 3 Day Refresh, I was down a few pounds (approx. 6lbs since 8/7) and was super excited. However, since I stopped I've actua... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:44:07 EST Anyone on a Metabolic Effect Diet? My second day, feeling hopeful :o) Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:47:07 EST Manage weight loss with other health problems. I have many health problems my main 2 are arthritis and i am diabetic. Some days my sugars get in the way of my healthy eating. sugar are empty calories and are harder to burn. but sometimes i have to have more sugar than other days depending on what my body tells me. i guess it just gets me down some time that i cant do all the stuff i want to do do to my health problems. sorry to ramble but it is weighting on my mind. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:11:26 EST Probiotics - how do I pick a good one ? Hi all, <BR> I've learning about probiotics and there's a very good chance that I don't have enough good bacteria in my digestive system. So, I'm thinking that I need a good probiotic, but how can I tell which is good? <BR> <BR> I read that yogurt that includes probiotics probably doesn't have viable probiotics because of the pasturization process? <BR> <BR> Any opinions? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:53:26 EST oils for frying What are some of the best oils for frying foods? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:11:48 EST I Have a systemic Nickel and egg allergy so I'm struggling finding protein sources that are not meat for breakfast:( my nickel allergy means I can't eat nuts ,legumes, beans, whole grains, oats, tinned meat, fruit ,veg and fish, mushrooms coconut figs raisins raspberries& pineapple theses and more I have to avoid as they cause me to suffer Ibs ,headaches ,while body aches and blistering itchy rashy skin and fatigue <BR> So I wondered if anyone can offer any high protein breakfast ideas that I can eat Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:21:03 EST ? about other foods I am just getting started on Nutrisystem. I must say I am not fond of some of the non frozen entrees, but want to know if the plan entertains some use of other foods not made by Nutrisystem. Some of them are pretty high in sodium which concerns me a bit. Maybe I'm all wet asking the question, but for instance, I am fond of Kellogg's Crustless Quiche a low cal nutritious meal with portobellos, quinoa, parmesan and egg. I suspect it might not be possible, but thought I'd ask Thanks Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:15:09 EST Portion Control Hi there! I was just wondering if anyone out there had tried the SmartYou 21 day challenge portion control? I just ordered it and it is a little contradictory to what Sparkpeople has on my meal plan. I just want to eat right, do the best I can with the best product out there. I have a full year to loose 50lbs to look and feel the best for my 16 year anniversary wedding and I have been doing so well on the Sparkpeople diet, but the measuring has been killing me, so I bought these SmartYou Port... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:25:18 EST Everyday Binges I overeat every single day I'm at work. There is constantly food (biscuits, cookies, burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries) being passed around and sometimes even offered cubicle to cubicle. We also have the obligatory candy bowls located at the front desk. I have the most difficult time saying no and once I start, I don't stop. EVEN if I'm no longer hungry, or am not especially interested in the food. I meal prep every Sunday, breakfasts, snacks, lunches, but I toss all of my good healthy food ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:55:01 EST HELP. IBS is making me crazy. Hello - <BR> Anybody else dealing with symptoms of IBS? I know it's no fun to talk about, but I wondered if anybody had a good strategy for how to figure out what my trigger foods are. I'm having a really tough time. <BR> Thanks for any insight anyone has! <BR> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:10:32 EST How do I know how much a serving is? I found a recipe for a stuffed pepper casserole that sounds really good but I'm not sure how much the serving is. It has 6 servings and it has 390 calories for 1 serving. So would 1 cup be 1 serving? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:46:03 EST recommeded calorie range When I started I gave my info including weight loss goals. The tracker has a calorie (and rest of the nutrition tracker) reach my goal is that range meeting that goal or is it the lower numbers I need to be shooting for. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:44:45 EST What Are Your Favorite Healthy Snacks? Hi Sparkers! I'm working on a roundup of our members' favorite healthy snacks! What do you love to nosh on between meals? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:06:25 EST Giving up dairy help Because of my asthma, I have up milk and cheese right away two weeks ago. I feel really good, but now am concerned about my bones and calcium deficiency. My stomach cannot handle soy and I'm allergic to walnuts, cashew, almonds so what else can I consume for calcium? Any other milks? Coconut milk is not good on my tummy either. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:54:48 EST Nighttime eating Anyone have trouble with getting up after midnight to eat. I do sometimes and I would like to get rid of this unhealthy habit. Can anyone provide any suggestions? Thank you. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:56:02 EST Tracking Calories So I can't remember if I said this here before or not... but I feel like I have to say something cause I am a bit frustrated by this. So as I always search for new recipes I came across one for Pizza Chicken cause I was looking for low-calorie dinners. So with this website they put up a recipe but then don't say how many calories it is. With all that being said I have a hard time calculating calories of things such as a crushed tomatoes or parsley and garlic. How does one calculate... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:25:04 EST 5:2 Fasting Hello! I have been a member of Sparkpeople for over 5 years, and I have used it to lose weight in the past. My heaviest was 238 lbs. and I got down to 188 lbs. with counting calories and using Spark. <BR> <BR> Life is really stressful and I managed to gain back most of the weight. I was at 230 this morning, and I started 5:2 fasting today. It seems sustainable and easy to follow. <BR> <BR> Has anyone done 5:2 fasting? What kind of results have you had? What do you do on the 5 days a week ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:41:49 EST Difficult time reaching nutrition recommendation I've been looking over my nutrition log for the last week and noticed that I am not reaching the recommendation provided by SP. I've been eating between 1108-1200 calories however I workout 6 days a week and the recommended amount of calories ranges from 1400-1680, sometimes 1800. I feel like I'm eating a lot already and I'm never hungry. Has anyone else had this problem or has anyone been eating the recommended amount of nutrition and continued to lose weight on their journey? *I do mana... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:18:06 EST Plateau for months. I've gone thru extensive testing which shows I have an underactive thyroid, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes. My endocrinologist refuses to lower my thyroid numbers; they are the high end of normal. I am working out very hard doing weight machines and cardio on treadmill and swimming. I have not lost a pound for months and am just stuck. Question: should I keep after her to lower those thyroid numbers? I'm taking levothyroxine, metformin, appetite suppressants. I need your help & advice. <em... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:13:56 EST Headache from less calories Has anyone experienced getting a headache when reducing the amount of food they eat? I am trying to stick with the guidelines Spark People gives me, but right now (2:30pm) I am at about 900 calories and have a bad headache - usually the kind I get from not eating enough. How do you handle this, or have you experienced it? Will it go away eventually? Thanks in advance! Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:32:02 EST Freezer friendly questions I will hopefully be getting an apartment soon and now that I can eat the food I want, I have a few questions: <BR> <BR> What are some good freezer recipes? <BR> How do I know if something is "freezable"? <BR> What type of containers should get to pack them in? <BR> How long can I keep them in the freezer? <BR> Is there anything I absolutely SHOULD NOT freeze? <BR> <BR> If you know any of these answers, please share. If you don't, I would also appreciate some resources. Thank you so m... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:22:19 EST Healthy Meatballs I am looking for a recipe for a healthier meatball that will also hold up in sauce. I have tried 2 different recipes that use eggplant, another recipe with lentils. Both recipes with the eggplant will hold up in the freezer - lentil recipe, not so much. <BR> <BR> I am trying to avoid using meat if possible. I want to be able to make them up, freeze them and then when I want a few meatballs, take a couple out of the freezer and then pop them into some sauce to warm up and enjoy as part ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:27:50 EST Apple 🍎? Cider Vinegar ....unfiltered.. Seeing many claims about adding a ☕tea...anyone doing this ?? Results, pros & cons...thanks so much ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:50:56 EST meal planning tricks? hi spark people <BR> <BR> i'm having trouble staying within my calorie allowance. i think what will help is if i can just bag up my days food and keep it in the fridge. There. my 1600 calories all together, i can eat whenever i'm hungry but it's all i get. if im still hungry i can have, water, tea, celery and whatever. <BR> <BR> my question is: is there an awesome website for planning my bag? <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:40:36 EST Tea For Asthma? Hi Everyone, <BR> The other day my asthma started to flare up i believe do to the weather and going thru files at work plus every time i drop a significant amount of weight i go thru this asthma phase stage thing. I sound somewhat sick but im not. I at one point during everyday i sound like i lost my voice. My throat feels really tight as if someone is putting their hands around it with a form grip. I know anything lemon tea is good for it but what are some other teas that help with asthma? Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:02:54 EST how to edit food favorites? I want to de-clutter my food favorites but cannot find a way to delete foods. <BR> Help?! Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:24:26 EST UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT GAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was 5'2 100 lbs. and I am 31 years old. I am vegan I eat between 1000-1500 calories a day and lift weights for 30 minutes every day and run between 3-5 miles every day except Sundays. Since October 2017 I began gaining unexplained weight. I have managed to reach as of today 158 and still going at a rate of about 1-2 lbs. per week. I have not increased my calories or decreased my exercise however it is getting harder to run as fast with the excessive weight gain and I max out between 2 and 3... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:20:33 EST The secret....Chocolate What is the secret to giving up a chocolate obsession? <BR> <BR> There must be one. I know, avoid that aisle in the grocery! But I still have the question and the problem...hershey kisses! Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:32:11 EST Menu planning I have heard how important menu planning is...but how do people do it? Do you make a list of foods you typically eat? Do you go by the grocery ads? Anyone have a special system? Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:34:21 EST Help! Low sugar, wheat-free desserts?! Any ideas on good desserts that are low sugar (or use erythritol) and wheat free? Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:12:59 EST Will Power After A Cheat Days HELP!!!!! So i started my WL back in march 2017 and never had a cheat day until last Sunday evening and Monday evening. I know i can lose whatever i gained back but the thing is my will power is now weaken and its harder for me to be able yield off bad temping thoughts in my battle mind in the battle field within the mind. How do yall deal with this or any tricks to over come this? I do know that with every passing day it does get easier and easier BUT how do i deal with it when its at the highest temp... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 16:27:10 EST Starting out and craving chocolate I was wondering how to get over this hump of wanting chocolate. It's so difficult, because where I work there is a candy bowl for the whole office, and they always have my favorite Hershey's milk chocolate nuggets. But I keep reading that the only way to lose weight is to not give into sweets. How do you get around your cravings? Especially when starting out? Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:57:03 EST Starting Strength protein I want to start the program Starting Strength :) <BR> How can I eat around 150 grams of protein per day? Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:54:26 EST Ajusting to new energy levels I started a whole plant diet last month after a follow up with doctor. <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 222 at the doctors office. <BR> <BR> I have lost 7pounds total as pf today, <BR> <BR> I am feeling more energetic as each week has went by. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up feeling well rested with energy levels getting higher I can feel my mind and body adapting to this change. <BR> <BR> The experience of feeling changes is a little weired because Im not use to waking up well rested and ene... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 07:20:02 EST Why am I Gaining? I completed a smoothie cleanse and lost weight. Since the cleanse I have continued to eat two smoothies and one clean meal. The scale is going up. I don't really get it because my calories at max are1300. I don't plan to keep eating only smoothie s to keep weight down but I don't understand why the scale is moving up if I am still eating well. If anything I am not eating enough because I am not as hungry. Any ideas? I'm not a dieter but I couldn't get the scale to move so I tried the ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 13:23:42 EST OMG... these cucumbers! Hey all! I have a farm share CSA and they have had a bumber crop of cucumbers this year. I've made refrigerator pickles, cucumber and celery salad, and even spiralized them for some variety. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any really different things to do with cucumbers? I love them, but there are SOOOO many! <BR> Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:55:29 EST High blood pressure diet So, I went to the doctor and found out I have high blood pressure 150/104. <BR> I have no idea what that means, but I'm hoping to get that down by the time I go back to see the doc. <BR> <BR> Is there something I can eat to help bring it down, even a little? <BR> Do I have to go on a specific diet? Sat, 5 Aug 2017 21:30:21 EST What are your favorite healthy snacks? Mine is celery and laughing cow cheese or fruit. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 08:00:17 EST calories in deep fried falafel hi I'm new here :) <BR> I found a recipe that is vegetarian and even my kids will eat it! I make falafels on a regular basis but now that I'm on sparkpeople, I am trying to figure out how to count the calories from the oil. I use canola oil and I dab them dry after frying to soak up as much excess oil as I can, but I can't seem to find the info anywhere. Anyone else know where I can find out? <BR> Thanks Thu, 3 Aug 2017 15:51:12 EST Too little calories? I have a hard time eating even the 1200 calories base recommendation. I quit eating junk food, adding sugar and drinking sodas. I feel like I eat all day but at the end of the day I am rarely over 1100 calories and often under 1000. I am exercising now, but it doesn't make me an hungrier...I have a very hard time getting enough protein even though I eat some at every meal and sometimes snack. <BR> <BR> Am I supposed to just eat when I am not hungry? I am doing 3 small meals and an avera... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 18:56:13 EST Scientific Studies Aren't....... .... very scientific sometimes or am I just missing something. Some of these studies come from people who make their living being 'against' things. The government and most scientists say artificial sweeteners are safe for human consumption. The internet is full of "no they're not", but most of that can be traced back to a few marginal (at best) studies. No, I don't care to argue about that. <BR> That's not the point. <BR> <BR> The thing that just piqued my interest came from an artic... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:26:48 EST Fiber I am interested in finding out how people meet their fiber requirements each day. I never realized how little fiber I have been eating. I thought lettuce was high in fiber, but I found out not so. I eat steel oats most day for breakfast. I have a big chef's salad for lunch. For supper I have meat, 1 starch and 2 veggies. Everyday, I eat an apple. Any suggestions! Wed, 2 Aug 2017 06:22:11 EST Good ideas for dinner? looking for new and refreshing ideas for dinner that kids will eat too. Balanced nutrition and low calorie. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 19:59:55 EST XM3 Hello everyone! <BR> A friend recently gave me a bottle of xm3 to try. <BR> Has anyone here ever tried it? <BR> Positive/negative results? <BR> Any advice? <BR> Thankyou! Tue, 1 Aug 2017 03:54:13 EST Changing activity level. More calories I know the more activity you do the more calories you can eat. I reviewed my goals yesterday and changed my activity level from sedentary to light activity. This resulted in the system saying I could eat up to 1800 calories. (My dr recommended 1700) I am going for walks every day now. (at least 10 mins per/day up to 30mins p/d). My question is what is SP's definition of light activity? Maybe that is still not enough to be considered lightly active. The rest of my day is usually sitting down. ... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:58:09 EST looking for a way to use lemons in my diet. Hello, I have bought a basket of lemons at my local farmers market and I am looking for ways to incorporate them into my diet. I appreciate and suggestions. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:16:14 EST Can't eat all food in meal plan Does anyone else have this problem? I was fine the first week or so. I have done quite well following the meal plan, staying within guidelines, etc. Then I began adding exercise. I expected some soreness due to that. But now my stomach feels full and hungry at the same time, and I can only eat about half of a meal. Ugh. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:37:42 EST Draining Tofu Hey All! <BR> <BR> I have an aunt coming tomorrow for lunch who is vegan. I have a recipe for vegan burgers using tofu. It was actually really yummy & my dad had no idea until I told him after he devoured 2 of them! The last time I made this recipe, I used a clean, dry dishtowel. <BR> <BR> It did the job but I'm wondering if there's an easier way to achieve the desired result. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:34:35 EST Intermittent Fasting 16:8 -- Day 4 & I'm gaining? Hi, I saw that a previous Intermittent Fasting 16:8 post had been deleted, so I'm making my own, because I'm really confused that I've been GAINING since starting to eat from 1pm or even 3pm to 8pm--so let's say up to 8 hours on food and at least 16 hours off. I have not increased my cals, either. Maybe I've decreased them. I don't do anything else--i.e. no lifting, no assigning forbidden foods--but they say you don't have to. I hope this state will change soon, and I'll give it a couple week... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:28:43 EST Opinions about Herbalife? The nutrition shop across from my workplace is an Herbalife distributor. I wasn't feeling well today (felt bloated, gross, and disgusting due to poor food choices last night), and a co-worker suggested it as a pick-me-up. Had one of their 200-calorie nutritional shakes for lunch, along with a shot of aloe concentrate and green tea. I must admit I found it all quite refreshing and tasty! While I don't think I'm interested in buying one of their programs, I think this might be OK for an o... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:26:32 EST Diabetic Breakfast I am type 2 diabetic and have a hard time with breakfast. I need more protein and less carbs. The problem is I can't eat eggs, I don't like any yogurt products any suggestions appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Birdinglady1 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:08:42 EST Eating for micronutrients..? Does anyone else eat specifically to get their micronutrients they need, instead of taking a multivitamin? I hate taking Dr. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory says it is "expensive urine"'ve been looking up different vitamins that I should have for my condition (hypothyroid)...and will start to incorporate that into my diet...which is mostly a real food diet....though I am not perfect... <BR> <BR> This is what i found out for these nutrients...I've eliminated the o... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:02:31 EST Measuring spinach I eat a lot of chopped spinach salads. My question is how do you measure your spinach? Pre chopped it will measure 1 cup, chopped up it is closer to a half cup. So am I eating 1 cup or a half cup of spinach? Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:11:32 EST No calorie coffee suggestions Hello! Any suggestions for lightening coffee with no calories? Does such a thing exist? <BR> I use stevia to sweeten, but cannot get used to it being "black." <BR> Thanks! Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:02:10 EST Water Control Since setting my timer to go off in 70 - 75 minutes to remind me to drink some water seems to work for me. I no longer feel uncomfortable whilst being able to reach the suggested 8x glasses + of water per day. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:58:06 EST BTW - is it actually true ??? They claim Kraft Marconi and Cheese has plastic in it. <BR> <BR> Some people don't believe the source. Others not, because they like it. <em>198</em> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:36:37 EST Blood Glucose and New Battery So, I have been working very hard to eat better and tracking my food / exercise intake on SparkPeople has helped tremendously. And I am starting week two of plant based only eating - no meat has crossed my lips and surprisingly, it has not been that difficult! So naturally, I have been watching my blood sugar glucose numbers slowly drop and I have been pleased. However, this morning my husband changed the battery on my meter and the number dropped significantly - from a pre-breakfast of 118 t... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:52 EST Evening Eating I'm having troubles with evening eating. I work 9 hours a day, and my boss frowns upon taking many breaks. Plus, when we are out in the field (I'm an agronomist/soil scientist), there isn't always time. I drive 30 minutes to and from work. When I get home, I have all the housework to do....and my partner HAS to eat in front of the TV. I find myself eating TOO much. Help!!! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:21:11 EST Anyone else trying to gain weight? Hello everyone. I've been strength training since the start of the year, attempting to increase lean muscle mass. Ive unintentionally lost some weight, and I've been having trouble gaining it back. So I joined SP as an easy way to make sure I'm eating enough. I'm looking to gain about 10 lbs. I noticed SP doesn't register my goal weight as higher than my current, so the caloric range I got was too small for me. Does anyone know of a way to change/increase it? I was also wondering if anyone el... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:46:02 EST Wkly progress report at bottom of nutrition page For nutrients where the goal is stated as a PERCENTAGE (iron, vitamin C, magnesium...) is the day's total also a percentage even though there is no % sign? Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:30:23 EST Just diagnosed with gallstones, need help w/ diet If anyone here has gallstones and can help me with diet, I'd be most appreciative. I eat a vegetarian diet during the week, allowing myself meat on weekends, which is mostly chicken, fish and seafood. <BR> <BR> I did a stupid thing when I was at the hospital emergency room.I didn't ask to see the ultrasound to see how many gallstones I have. I was in too much pain to care. The Dr., of course, wanted to admit me and do surgery immediately, but I refused, because I wanted to try something nat... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:31:19 EST Osteoarthritis and Foods/Diets This topic came up recently in conversation with a friend, and I looked here on Spark.... I found a 2007 article by Becky Hand <link>Foods That Fight Osteoarthritis Learn Which Nutrients Benefit Your Joints </link> Interesting reading. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if Becky has any updates for it. With 10 more years of OA research, are there different or updated guidelines from newer research? <BR> <BR> I also saw another article listed re supplements, but haven't yet had time to read it. ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:28:03 EST I need help! I have just started on here, and I'm ready to lose 50 lbs! I have a problem though. I am a teacher so my day starts super early. I always eat breakfast because I have hypoglycemia. My problem is trying to find something for breakfast that is super fast to fix, easy to eat on the go, and that is super high in protein. I do not have a chance to eat a snack. My lunch is at 11:00. I normally eat my breakfast by 7:00. Any one have suggestions out there that can help me out? Thanks! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:07:28 EST Carbohydrates I am just starting the program and notice that at my age and weight, carbohydrates should make up 50% of my diet according to the goal listed on my chart. I thought this was unusual. I thought I should be eating a very low carb diets as they convert to sugar during digestion. I would like to hear if others have this percentage on their goal plans and if they are losing weight. Carbs have always been my enemy! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:24:10 EST Zoodled my first zucchini this afternoon Went to the kitchen to prepare a plant-only lunch and the zucchini demanded to be zoodled! There were long, beautiful strings of zucchini. Now what? Some olive oil went into the pan and I sauteed fresh garlic and onions and then some chopped mushrooms to which I added tomato sauce (doing my best to eliminate sugar). After that cooked down a little I added the zucchini, covered the pan and let it simmer until the zucchini was cooked. Surprisingly it was very good! I am so very satisified. <BR>... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:53:02 EST How did you figure out your best calorie range? I have been staying within my calorie range but not losing. What is the key to your calories in helping you lose? Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:30:15 EST A New Diet Plan- What works for you? Hello! I am starting a new diet plan. I need to lose 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> What diet has worked for you? <BR> <BR> What hasn't? <BR> <BR> What is the best way to get started? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:16:13 EST Wine used in cooking I have a recipe that calls for me to boil my wine for a few minutes to cook out the alcohol. What happens to the calorie count when I do that? Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:44:52 EST yogurt and cottage cheese I went and got yogurt and cottage cheese. I think it's a texture thing I'm starting to gag when I eat these. I've tried adding fruit to the cottage cheese and smothering it with pepper to no avail. This happened years ago when I tried to lose weight the same gagging effect. I don't want to start eating the same things all the time because I'll lose interest in dieting. Can you help me with some different ideas? Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:48:23 EST Not losing fat I have started at the gym and this will be my third week only lost a pound but my worry is that my fat content continues to get worse l am worried as I have been but on stronger cholesterol tablets as it still very high I had a bleed on the brain in February I am a little concerned. Any suggestions that you think may help or even if you think I'm worry over nothing please let me know thank you <em>247</em> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:37:09 EST Cheat Days Any advice on resisting the temptation to "cheat"? The whole week I had been eating well, exercising and had lost some weight, then yesterday I felt a strong urge for pizza and ice cream! So I ate a LOT of pizza and ice cream, and I felt ok about it because it was "cheat day". However, I weighed myself today and am back to my starting weight from last week. I hope it's just water weight. Does anyone have any tips to resist temptation? I literally felt like it was a matter of life or death if ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:00:52 EST Drinking More Water - Have you tried Infused Water Cucumber <BR> Lemon/lime/pineapple. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite? <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:02:50 EST Issue with hunger I need some help, the last few days I have been super hungry...I am eating as I should but not getting as much exercise as I am in BC and with all the smoke and allergens in the air it is wreaking havoc with my bronchitis bit I am just super hungry, I don't know what to do. Oh and yes I am drinking lots of water, about 2 litres or so Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:53:37 EST Are you following a plant based diet? I recently watched "What the Health?" and saw convincing arguments for going to a plant based diet. Are you following one? How long have you been on it? How are you able to get the recommended number of calories? Can you give me an example of the foods you eat regularly? Favorite websites for recipes, etc.? <BR> <BR> Many thanks for your help. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:49:27 EST What the Health? I just watched this on Netflix and it has given me a lot to think about. Has anyone else see this film and decided to make changes in eating? If so, how is it going? Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:26:19 EST Dairy free My son has a dairy allergy and since I'm breastfeeding it means I have to cut out all dairy the problem is I love dairy and everything seems to contain milk , anyone have and suggestions on what to eat? Any meal plans? Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:48:21 EST How do I interpret my calories remaining? My husband and I are new to the program and we are unsure as to how we interpret the "Daily Calories Remaining" details. The calories remaining have been getting larger because our activity levels have also increased, therefore we are expending calories, so does that mean we have to take in more calories? Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:40:01 EST Dairyfree If you make it a choice to live without dairy, where do you get your calcium, vitamin D, etc.? Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:53:44 EST Can someone check my meal plan? Hey everyone!! So I was wondering if someone could check my meal plan? This is just for the first month, and I am totally okay eating the same thing over and over again so. <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose 50 pounds in 9 months or so, and for my first month I am going sugar and bread free as a jump start. Here is my meal plan!! <BR> <BR> Drinks: water, black coffee <BR> Breakfast: 1/4 of a medium-large papaya, 2 hard boiled eggs <BR> <BR> Snack: 1/4 cup of almonds, 60g of old cheddar cheese ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:07:36 EST Daniel Plan Is any one familiar wit the Daniel Plan? Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:22:05 EST Obsession with Popcorn I have always been a popcorn lover as a snack. I know it is high in fiber and carbs, even 2 tbsp 5 cups can sabatoge a diet. Today I ate 2.5 cups and it pushed my Fiber over by 2 but still stayed within all my diet goals, but why do I feel so guilty?? <BR> <BR> I have not had popcorn for over 2 months and my family begged me to make them their version, with canola oil, butter, parm cheese and lemon pepper, yum, but I air pop mine, Bland, but still okay with me. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions f... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:11:50 EST Snacks Hey all, I am currently in week 2 with Optavia, down 10lbs so far!!! My.question is this, today I ate 2 pickles as a snack and later in the day I ate 10 almonds forgetting I ate the pickles! Did I take myself out of fat burn or damage the plan. Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:07:28 EST Hunger level app? My nutritionist has me tracking my food and tracking my hunger before/after I eat. Right now, she's given me a worksheet to work off of, but I find that hard to keep with me all the time. Does anyone know of an app where you can track hunger before/after meals (even better if there is a way to print out the results)? Thanks! Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:24:25 EST Oatmeal vs. Oat Bran? Which is healthier? My understanding is oatmeal more "whole" than oat bran. Anyone know if one is better for you than the other? I'm getting mix messages when I Google it. Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:02:41 EST new find i wanted to share a new find with everyone its choc zero it is chocolate sweetened with stevia and comes in milk and dark chocolate ranging from 50% to 92% i love it amazon sells it i would recommend looking it up Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:46:40 EST calorie goals--sorry, silly question I've belonged to sparkpeople for a while now, and I'm still not sure how it figured out how it figured out my calories. Every time I try to do the calculations on one of the reference pages, my computer jumps around so much I can't read the darn thing and the google ads cover the page even when I try to get rid of them. I get to the spot for bmr and it flakes out and i cannot read the step 3-4. <BR> <BR> it has me at 1200-1550, I started at 160 (now 150), goal 130 (5'3"). I 'officially' ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:54:33 EST Coconut oil? Help or Hype? Suggested recipes for this would be appreciated...However isn't this high in cholesterol and saturated fat? And if its good for you, why? Just wondering, i hear there are benefits. Need input... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:03:42 EST Eating too much sugar increases heart disease <BR> Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oo-much-added-sugar-increases-the-risk<BR>-of-dying-with-heart-disease-201402067021 </link> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:50:52 EST FOOD: fuel, entertainment, or something else? Do you consider food to be your fuel, your entertainment, your companion, or something else? Why? And how do you feel this perception of food has shaped your current physical health? Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:26:18 EST Food I feel as though I am constantly thinking about food. Do I eat the same foods everyday? What to eat and what not to eat? How much or how little? When to eat and am I really hungry when I do eat? How late into the day to eat? If I miss a meal, what do I do? A little help, please, anybody. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:12:35 EST Suggested Nutrition Program & Goals These can be modified from the boilerplate non-Keto diet. I'd like mine to reflect what the Nutrition numbers should be for a Keto diet. Is that info available anywhere on this site? <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:04:37 EST Any tips/tricks for resisting office snacks? Help! I need some ideas, tricks, tips, mantras, behaviors, anything to help me resist the office snacks! <BR> I work in a the mental health field and we love to eat around here! I am so used to just picking up the candies or donuts or cupcakes, or bagels, or chocolates, or ices creams and eating without thinking. It is a daily thing. Someone brings something everyday without fail. I know that this would be a valuable area for me to avoid in terms of my overall goals, but I'm newly returning and... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:56:10 EST spiralizer aka a spiral vegetable slicer. i am thinking of getting one. what kind to you have and does it work well? Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:21:41 EST Protein and fiber How do you get your daily fiber and protein? <BR> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:36:45 EST Cleanse Has anyone had success with a soup cleanse? If so, can you share the program/recipes? Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:17:36 EST Water Is a glass of water equal to one cup, 8 ounces for tracking? Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:21:29 EST What to eat New. Thought I was doing good first thing. Until I logged my food. Thomas 100 percent whole wheat muffin, Smuckers natural peanut butter and a banana. Went over alloted calories for breakfast and used up or went over all the other categories. Ugh.....That is disappointing. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:13:56 EST Restriction vs Maintainance Range I've been reading a lot about weight loss, again. Specially about the importance of nutrition and not only a low cal diet. I've read some interesting theories, and of course do not really know in what to believe anymore. <BR> <BR> But one thing that intrigued me to the point of making sense was a new wave of thought that says you should not restrict your calories below your maintaince range at your goal weight. It says you should never be eating 1200 calories if your mantainance range at you... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:06:15 EST What has helped your metabolism speed up? I have increased my weights, increased my exercises and I am still stuck at the same weight. What have others of you done that helped you rev your metabolism and break your plateau? Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:38:54 EST Halo Top? Never tried this. Received a coupon for a pint at the store checkout today. Opinions? Worth buying? Does it taste like ice cream? Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:54:24 EST When Eating Out, I . . . . When eating out, I ask the server, to immediately cut my meal in half, and bring me half of it, but keep the other half warm in the kitchen, in a to go box, until I get ready to go. That way, I will not nibble for overeat, and I have another good meal the next day for lunch or dinner. <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> - Nancy Jean - <BR> GA Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:31:53 EST How Much Sugar Is Too Much? <link>/<BR>07/how-much-sugar-is-too-much/#393396b<BR>351ec </link> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 01:12:08 EST Nutrition report: varying potassium goals On the iPhone app, my nutrition report lists potassium, calcium, & sodium twice. Each of them lists a different goal. The two sodium goal ranges & the two calcium goal ranges are similar, but the two potassium goals are drastically different. Why is the report telling me different goals for these nutrients? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> The link shows my nutrition report. Goal ranges are in red. Note that calcium, sodium, & potassium are listed twice... why is that? Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:31:05 EST Breakfast ideas I have 2 staples: scrambled eggs and oatmeal. I'm tired of both of those, so I am looking for ideas for something new. What is your favorite breakfast or go to before work? I find that I need something high protein with some carbs for breakfast in order to start my day out right and keep me from making bad decisions/bingeing later on. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks in advance! Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:14:06 EST Rich, Fat Americans There was a discussion at my book club (had nothing to do with the book). <BR> One of the girls there said she and her husband just returned from France visiting his family. She said a common topic in France centers on how fat Americans are, and that we do little to combat it. Any thoughts? I wasn't offended bc I work on it everyday like most of us here. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 14:58:20 EST Need help re VLCD please Hi everybody I'm new.. been on LCHF/Paleo for a couple of years which is maintaining my weight but not losing any. I'm going to try a VLC diet for a month - need to lose 19-20lbs to be at ideal weight but I also want to stay there! I do have some complicated health probs and need to get the weight sorted. Can I just list stuff here and maybe somebody could give me some advice? <BR> I'm on life-long steroids which make carbs and sugar stick like glue. <BR> I'm low sodium so need to keep the s... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 06:38:45 EST Weight watchers old plan (flex points) Anybody on this now? Sat, 8 Jul 2017 22:23:52 EST food mill I am looking into getting a food mill any advice would be greatly appreciated.. I have been looking at them, it is overwhelming the variety and prices. has anyone here had any experience with them? Sat, 8 Jul 2017 16:32:38 EST Cheap eating for a diabetic We are buying our first house and the expenses have surprised us, we are on a next to nothing budget for food. DH is saying we can just eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the next week and be fine.... but I'm diabetic, I can't do that, I ate one before I went to bed last night and now my blood sugar is 194, who knows how bad it got while I slept!! <BR> <BR> So, any tips on really cheap ways to eat while being a diabetic? I can't do things I used to do like ramen and PBJ's. This is so... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 07:27:10 EST protein discrepancy I am confused about the amount of protein I should eat. Spark guideline for me is 60-136. Dr. Oz formula is grams equal to the number of 1/3 my weight. <BR> Weight watchers suggests 7 g. per 20 pound. <BR> <BR> I know I have a very difficult time getting in what spark suggests. <BR> I would very much appreciate some guidance. <BR> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:35:00 EST Motivation Why is motivation so hard to really comprehend? I have a good day of motivation then next time wow off to the races!! I at is so crazy Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:15:49 EST What's wrong with "food" these days? My local health food store forgot to order my organic cream this week (Ingredients: Cream) so off I go to the go to get some from the regular chain grocery store and this is the only thing I can find at the 4 different stores I went to. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When did our food no longer become food? Do people even care that these "ingredients" never used to be in our food but now they are staples in ou... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 07:49:35 EST "Weight of the Nation" I posted this elsewhere, but I think it's important. It's four-part HBO documentary that I think everyone should see, especially those of us who gather here. It's available on HBO on demand or here on youtube: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=PLVVILW-m7zH1gAQyHHgaeHy4WnmPm7g0N </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:31:24 EST walmart meat poultry szs gigantic! weigh that food So i weighed a chicken quarter after roasting - leg and thigh with skin and bone...14 oz! Then today I weighed a butterfly pork chop..10 oz! I cut that in half and am satisfied. <BR> <BR> I happen to have a mail scale good for up to 5lb or so. I NEVER expected a prepackaged chicken quarter to be almost a pound! It just boggles my mind. <BR> <BR> And what I estimated to be a 4oz chop was <BR> <BR> Well worthwhile to measure and weigh until I learn accurate estimating. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 20:53:40 EST Stopped Drinking Soda Does anyone have experience with how long the headaches will last? <BR> <BR> Simply put, I think I am going through Caffeine withdrawals, as I am not a coffee/tea drinker, the only thing I am drinking is water. <BR> <BR> I am in my third day, and aspirin is not helping much. But I will work through this discomfort because I recognize the health and money I will be saving. I drank a lot of soda in a day. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Matt <BR> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:27:50 EST Don't need to lose weight, but need more calories. I have to keep my saturated fats below 10% of my calories (high cholesterol, doctor ordered) and most of the full fat options run me over my limit. When I get to about 1000 calories I'm stuffed and just can't hold anymore food. Also keeping sugar content low. <em>782</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 04:58:54 EST anyone on a low protein renal diet? I have one kidney. Am trying to stay low protein. Would like to chat with someone who has gone through this. Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:45:47 EST PureSlim1000 I'm considering Pure Slim 1000. Does any one have experience with this? Sat, 1 Jul 2017 11:34:48 EST Menu I only get fish on my menu. Sometimes, I dont get meat at all. Someone told me that it was because I probably said on the questionaire that i have high cholesterol. I dont have high cholesterol anymore and I would like to change it. How do I do it? Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:34:25 EST Wife is getting discouraged We are both changing our eating habits & use food trackers - Lose it <BR> <BR> My wife has an office job so little activity. She keeps herself at 1200 calories a day but has lost 0 the past 2 weeks although she has lost 16lbs the past 3 months and seems to be getting frustrated. I suggested she boost her calories this week by a couple of hundred a day and see what happens but she is skeptical about that. She is eating regularly with 3 meals & 2 snacks a day. What say you experts that have m... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:26:31 EST "13 Carb-Controlled Snacks" I just read today's recommended article "13 Carb-Controlled Snacks". Seriously? Most of those snacks were primarily carbohydrate. Every one of them would spike my blood sugar. <BR> <BR> I see there were no comments allowed. Would that be because most of the comments were questioning the wisdom of telling diabetics to eat more carbs? Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:52:05 EST am i eating too few calories? i am 5 foot 8 inches tall, have type 1 diabetes and am wheelchair bound. i have been a ember who logs in and tracks both her daily exercise and nutrition. i have lost a maximum of 8 pounds during the first two months of my two and a half year weight journey. my weight has very slowly been increasing i am now at 5 pounds lost. i have no clue why, any ideas please? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:59:33 EST Protein Shakes covered by SNAP (EBT) Starting next month I will be going on a personalized diet until October 1st. <BR> My breakfast and lunch will consist of a protein drink shake and my solid meal will be my dinner. I have EBT for the last month next month and I was wondering what ones people would suggest that SNAP benefits cover. Preferably to be bought at Walmart. <BR> <BR> I found EAS Carb Control but I am not sure if SNAP will cover it... so any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I am looking for one with lots of protein but low ca... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:27:31 EST Calorie Intake Changes? I have lost the first 12 pounds which is great but I'm wondering should my calorie intake goals in the Sparkpeople App change now to be less? I'm 6' male at 219 (should be 190 based on Doc's recommendation and musculature). Would my calorie intake goals (in the daily food goals) change at all during the course of my weight loss journey from now to October when I'm supposed to meet my overall weight goal? Thanks! Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:50:46 EST Chili: Chicken or Turkey? So even though it's summer...I'm not opposed to fixing something like chili. However, I want to try something different but can't decide between chicken or turkey as the meat. What do you guys like to do? Any recipe suggestions (I don't like beans, btw xD)? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:13:31 EST Chicken,or turkey I love chicken in a salad, or cooked with peppers and onions. turkey with tomato and mayo on bread. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:15:29 EST Starvation Mode, or I'm Messing Up? I am a 20 year old woman who eats a sugar free (still eat natural sugars in vegetables and things like greek yogurt, but no fruit or added sugar), grain and carb free diet (no rice, bread, potatoes, etc.) that is high in fat like cheese, eggs, etc. I try to drink 6-7 liters of water a day, though lately have only been at 4-5. I have a salad for lunch everyday, and at dinner usually. My version of a cheat meal is a steak, or perhaps persian food (with rice) if I am in the mood. I drink 2 drink... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:21:50 EST still gaining hello, friends! i've lost weight many times and put it back on. i'm 37 now and have a serious night binge eating addiction. i have been binge free for two weeks until tonight. i wouldn't call tonight an actual binge but i ate crap and now feel just that - crap! but i weighed tonight. and after all the logging and calorie counting and walking (i'm slow but i walk. and swim.) i gained .4 pound! it's just so discouraging. i want to give up but i also can't live a moment longer living li... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:22:36 EST Water in food What are your favorite foods that help you get in your water- in addition to what you drink to what you drink? Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:03:56 EST High Potassium My potassium level is elevated, and my doctor told me to limit the amount I ingest. Any good tips (or encouragement) on how to eat healthy and limit my potassium intake? So many of the "healthy foods" typically eaten in an effort to lose weight are high in potassium. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:36:50 EST Carbonated water question This may be a really stupid question, but here goes: I have recently given up diet sodas, but I really miss the fizz. I've discovered some of the flavored waters with 0 everything. No carbs, fats, sodium, calories, sweeteners. Just carbonated flavored water. If label-reading counts for anything, then it would seem that these beverages are okay, and should count as water intake, correct? I'd like to have a couple of these a day, along with my normal 6-8 bottles of water per day. Do any ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:15:35 EST Hypothyroid Any recommendations from people who have hypothyroidism? <BR> <BR> I clock 5-7 hours cardio (including intervals and special high-intensity days), ~1 hour strength and daily stretch in terms of activity, and I eat 1200-1800 cal/day. And in general I maintain just fine, although if you do the calories in - calories out calculation, I should lose. <BR> <BR> But every couple years I start to feel sluggish (and other things), and lo, my blood tests show I'm going hypothyroid again, and we ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:23:33 EST Newbie Help Hi <BR> I'm new here and am after a bit of advice and guidance. <BR> Firstly, I am a 34 year old male, and am 5ft 8in tall. About 4 years ago I topped the scales at 20st 4lbs (286lbs). <BR> Over the next two and a half years I lost 6 and a half stone (94lbs) and got myself down to around 13st 11lbs ish. <BR> <BR> I did this on a diet of weight watchers soup for lunch, which was around 99 calories and then a 500 calorie dinner in the evening, monday to Friday. I then ate and drank what I ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:22:37 EST WHAT KIND OF SNACK'S TO EAT BEFORE 8 P.M. ?? STILL GET AN URGE FOR SOMETHING BEFORE <em>102</em> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:37:07 EST CURB BEFORE MEAL !! HAVE A CUP OF CHICKEN BROTH 15 MIN. BEFORE EATING WILL HELP YOU EAT LESS. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:35:32 EST Calorie counting I've been logging the food that I eat and my goal is to lose 1 pound per week. My settings are also set to increase the amount of calories per day based on how many calories I exert during exercise. I was wondering if I eat within the recommended calorie ranges for each day, will I still lose 1 pound per week. The calorie amounts seem like a lot and I notice that I struggle to get enough calories in for each day. Any clarification would be helpful. Thanks!! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:28:02 EST Need Help Starting Over I recently had to be on Chemo and at the time, I was also on a Steroid treatment and an anti seizure medication. I was not allowed to do any exercising, and so my metabolism is now lower than the floor. The only advantage to the situation (besides surviving) is that now for some reason ( which is also good) I no longer have Celiac, or a food allergy to Wheat.Barley or Oats. This is good...I get that, but it's made me take to some foods that are not healthy to be eating ( Mozzarella sticks, pi... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:13:11 EST Dropping Acid - Fast Tract Diet Anyone try these diets for acid reflux relief? If so did it work for you? Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:57:38 EST Meal replacement shakes So am trying to replace one meal a day with one of these. I purchased GNC Lean 25 in chocolate flavor. I mix it with water, add some frozen fruit and 1 TBS of chia seeds. Tastes great but only seems to keep me feeling full for only 2-3 hours. <BR> Is this normal in the beginning. Does it take time for your body to adjust. <BR> I did also just buy some additional whey protein powder. Thought I could add a scoop of that to it to add even more protein. <BR> <BR> Also considering trying a gre... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:57:25 EST Food allergies, a little help please! I have an odd allergy. I'm allergic to latex. As in true allergy, not sensitivity. It has cross reactivity to a WHOLE lot of fruits and veggies. The worst one is banana. I had to give them up. <BR> <BR> So, for me off the list are: <BR> bananas <BR> apples <BR> pears <BR> peaches (this is a recent development) <BR> mangos <BR> kiwis <BR> <BR> mushrooms (independent of latex allergy) <BR> bell peppers <BR> celery (with caution, only small amounts) <BR> <BR> I eat a lot of citrus and grapes ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:44:54 EST Working from home and overeating Hi, <BR> <BR> Anyone have tips for staying on plan while working from home? I find it too easy to get food and end up overeating. And to complicate matters, the only place I can fit in a "home office" (i.e. folding table) is in my dining room/main room/kitchen. So no help there! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Jackie Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:44:20 EST How many lbs loss before refiguring calorie intake As my pounds come off, thankfully, how often should I reset my daily calorie consumption? Trying to stay pretty consistent with a daily calorie deficit of between 500-700 from maintenance. I know as I lose, my maintenance calories will go down also so I will need to adjust my deficit calories. Every 10 lbs? More often or less? Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:51:38 EST Here Goes The Price Of Olive Oil <BR> <link><BR>ow/2017/06/21/extra-virgin-olive-oil-s<BR>taves-off-alzheimers-preserves-memory-<BR>new-study-shows/415279001/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:38:58 EST SuperCook : Meal Planning 102 Awhile back, I mentioned SuperCook, a reverse recipe search app, to make substitutes in a meal plan from ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Now, here's how I'm using it to make one. I'm assuming you still want to minimize waste of leftover ingredients, as well as your grocery dollar, have been following a meal plan for a month or so, and have time to cook. <BR> <BR> After a month or two of healthy meal plans, you should not only know what ingredients are in a healthy meal, but al... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:35:37 EST Waist Training Does anyone on here waist train? I know it won't make me more toned, but I am starting to do it and hoping it will help reduce my appetite. Any comments/suggestions? Thanks! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:09:00 EST Supplements: CLA and Hoodia I know the true secret to weight loss is diet and exercise, but has anyone had any success with either CLA and hoodia? I am taking both now twice a day and hopefully I will see some results and success with them. CLA is supposed to promote body composition fat loss muscle gain and hoodia is supposed to promote appetite suppression. Any comments? Thanks! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:07:50 EST Feeling crummy with a cold, need healthy nutrition Hey everyone, <BR> I have managed to catch a virus of some kind and I am wondering about good nutrition while ill. I do not want to succumb to comfort foods, which tend to be higher calories and unhealthy carbs. What are some nutrition ideas you all would use while feeling under the weather? <BR> Thanks in advance!! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:34:33 EST Sparkpeople Trackers Does the Sparkpeople website automatically subtract your calories burned from the calories that you have eaten or do we have to figure that out separately? Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:42:09 EST The Harder I Try, The More I Go Backwards Hi! I'm hoping that someone out there has experienced what I have and has some insight. I feel like the harder I try, I'm not actually loosing weight, I'm gaining weight. I was always well within healthy range growing up (I'm 5'3" and was 105-120 all throughout HS and College and even after). When I was 27 I got put on ortho due to issues with my period, I put on about 20 pounds in 3 months, I got off the ortho but ever since then I just keep gaining weight. The harder I try the more wei... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:33:28 EST In India - please help with food choices My son and I are in India (Ahmedabad) for two weeks. As clueless Americans, we do not know what the foods are. Last night, we ordered Afgani Padeer and Dal - seriously having no idea what we were ordering. Both were delicious, but I am guessing not too healthy. Can anyone familiar with the area and food choices make some recommendations? And, if you have any advice on how to eat (we used naan to scoop the dal and ate the afgani padeer over a little steamed rice), we would appreciate it. <BR> ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:32:30 EST Smoothie Recipe Made my first smoothie last night and it was terrible. I used milk, vanilla yogurt, frozen berries. Is it supposed to be sweet at all? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice. <BR> <BR> Susan Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:06:15 EST Calcium from Supplements Can these add actual nutrients just like food? Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:53:03 EST Snacks I work retail and I need a snack that I could make at home and be nutritious and not too messy, or need to brush my teeth after taking a bite. Does anyone have any good recipes they like? Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:29:47 EST Coconut Oil...Not a Healthy Fat Information just released from the American Heart Association: <BR> <BR> Healthy Dietary Fats Help to Beat Cholesterol, but… <BR> Coconut Oil was "not" found to be a Healthy Fat—for it increases LDL level and risk for cardiovascular disease. <BR> It increased LDL level as much as butter—another unhealthy fat. <BR> <BR> COCONUT OIL <BR> A recent survey reported that 72% of the American public rated coconut oil as a “healthy food” compared with 37% of nutritionists. This disconnect between la... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:32:17 EST Counting calories If I use homemade chicken broth in rice in a steam cooker, do I include the entire calories of the homemade broth? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:40:41 EST 2nd week i am just finishing up my first week (turbo), not sure how and what to do in the second and how to track it... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:54:16 EST Carb dilemna I am having trouble regulating csrbs. I had bariatric surgery so I am to stay within 35-50 range. This is si difficult if I want to eat vegetables at a healthy level. How fo you all do it? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:06:51 EST Coconut oil I never ate it because I'm allergic to coconut but this is interesting. <BR><BR>on-now/2017/06/16/coconut-oil-isnt-hea<BR>lthy-its-never-been-healthy/402719001/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:54:51 EST Water and bloating I started Spark this week and I've been drinking a lot more water the past few days -- now I feel like a water balloon about to explode - could it be the increased water intake or is it more likely something else? It's getting hard to take another sip when I feel this way. <em>410</em> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:46:12 EST Dairy Free Diet If I am on dairy and gluten free diet, how can I get my calcium intake? Feta and goat cheese are permitted. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:30:52 EST Wondering if working out before breakfast matters? I have a question. I have to start my cardio workouts in the mornings now and I am wondering if it is ok to workout and then have breakfast? I usually can't eat breakfast for about 2 hrs after waking. I've been like that since I was a kid. Now I don't want to have to get up at 4:30 am just to eat at 6:30 and workout at 7. Will working out before have a reverse affect on my metabolism or anything? Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:36:55 EST Diabetic Meal Planning?? Hey y'all.....I am a former Medifast client and lost 50 lbs last year on their plan. It was great while it lasted. My doctor loved my numbers and I can't remember the last time I felt so good about myself. Unfortunately, I tired of their "foods" and quit. Now, I have gained back 40 lbs, mostly in my abdomen. I am disappointed in myself that I got this way again. I signed up with Weight Watchers in December and to date I have not lost 1 pound. So now I have quit that too. I don't know if it i... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:22:42 EST 2 binges days in a row! What is the matter with me I eat healthy, fix salads, drink water, then when I find myself alone, in that easy chair, in front of the tv cause that is all I want to do, and BAM! an hour and 3 bowls of ice cream with cookies and peanut butter….later…..AAAAGGG! I do not put myself on a guilt trip, but I do not understand why I do this, the whole time in a zone of lies (it doesn't matter; I will just eat a little; already messed up grandly; I want it and Im gonna have it; just this once; LIES LIES LIES. Now I am so sad, a... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:52:55 EST confused So I usually just check the nutrition on the package and record that number,but lately I find that if a scan that same package I am getting different stats,which are usually higher than what is on the label,which stat should I use the one on the package or the scanned stats,I'm confused Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:37:05 EST Protein Snacks Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I've been keeping an eye on my nutrition balance especially the past few days, and noticed that I'm not getting as much protein as I probably should. I think my meals are pretty well balanced, but for snacks, I tend to go for things higher in carbs or fat, and I'd like to swing the balance the other way. <BR> <BR> Any advice? I'm game to try anything but nuts at this point <em>41</em> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:51:31 EST Supplements for herniated disc Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm diagnosed with a spinal disk herniation. The disc pushes the sciatic nerve and it causes pain in my left leg. I'm currently having chiropractor and acupuncture sessions but still cannot walk. <BR> <BR> I want to assist the healing process with correct nutrition. With some research came up with the following supplements. Would appreciate thoughts on this list. <BR> <BR> -) Men's 1 a day multivitamin <BR> -) Whole Omega Fish Oil 2000mg <BR> -) Turmeric Curcumin 600mg <BR> ... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:37:11 EST Weekends I have gained .2 ounces since I started a week ago. And, I know it is because I don't eat as well on the weekend as I do during the week. I just started and I'm hoping to see the scale go down and not up. I'm very active. Does anyone else have this problem on the weekends? Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:05:51 EST Meal prep: Dieting on a busy schedule I know some of you have busy schedules, and I found some articles about meal prep, where you prepare all you meals for the week (or half a week) on Sunday (or another day of the week). Most articles about meal prep are for busy schedules, but, since you have to plan your meals and you portion out your meals for the week, it works for dieting, which also involves meal planning and portion control. If you're the person who skips breakfast because of time, meal prep <BR> <BR> Reddit has a foru... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:26:03 EST I take seizure medication and im always hungry. what can i do to remedy this problem? i cant blame it all on the medication but i dont know what steps to take to try and help myself. i cant stop taking the medicine. i have been seizure free since 2006. Sorry if i put this in the wrong section. i looked at them all and didnt see one that fit. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:33:16 EST Mashed potatoes - worse for diabetics? I just read that for those who have diabetes it's better to have cooked potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. Is that true? Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:17:33 EST Damaged Metabolism I was anorexic for about 20 years, when I was younger. Then as a middleaged woman I got severe asthma and had to frequently be on VERY high doses of cortico-steroids.. My weight shot up... I Have lost 50 or more pounds four times and then the same cycle each time would repeat. I've REALLY struggled since 2013 to try to lose my current excess weight but have found if very difficult. My mom died recently and in my grief, i was hardly eating anything. I lost over 20 pounds rapidly. Now I've ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:58:36 EST Can Sparkpeople scan a barcode Yet to get nutritional information? <BR> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:57:32 EST Apple Cider Vinegar What is every ones take on using ACV in an elixir to aid in weight loss? Has anyone used it and seen results? Used and it not scene results? <BR> <BR> I've just started making an Elixir three days ago to help with the fat burning process on top of my drinking of green tea. I know you have to drink it with a straw as its super bad for your teeth.. and to rinse your mouth out after you've drank the drink with baking soda and water mixture to counter act the acidity from the vinegar... <BR> <B... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:51:14 EST Dr. Poon Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I will be starting Dr. Poon diet in a few weeks, but I want to get a head start. Does anyone have the phase 1 information so I can start losing, Thanks <BR> Thu, 8 Jun 2017 14:40:23 EST Need Best Veg Eating plan 4 male 40 year 5 ft 9 in Hello Friends <BR> <BR> Please suggest me a good eating plan. Want to loose weight of 19.16 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am at 174.165 pounds and want to loose 19.16 pounds <BR> <BR> # Vegetarian (Eat Eggs only, organic not possible) <BR> # 40 Years <BR> # 5 ft 9 inches <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:17:55 EST diet soup, low in sodium Are there any chilled or dried soups I can buy which are very low in salt and calories, I struggle with eating full stop (I have an E.D so the less bits in a product the better, i also cannot deal with preparing food for myself) it needs to be lactose-free too. <BR> All i have found thus far is Beetroot soup by souplogie in Asda which i have not yet tried and the bog standard Bachelor's range which is packed with salt. Even their new protein range looks a bit off? <BR> Please feel free to r... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 21:55:28 EST doing better I have made progress on deleting negative foods on diet Wed, 7 Jun 2017 19:08:47 EST Question re: freggies I was just wondering if there is a quick track button fruits & veggies? Wed, 7 Jun 2017 10:07:15 EST Plateau forever =[ Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am hoping for insight/ideas. Shortest version- I lost 60 lbs 6 years ago, and have maintained the weight loss since then...however, I still have about 20 lbs to lose [per objective measurements like doctor's recommendation, BMI, body fat calculations etc]. For 6 years, I have been unable to make progress, I remain in the same 5 lb weight range and the same measurements, give or take an inch.I have tried different fitness challenges, incorporated weight lifting, d... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:05:09 EST Curious about cleanses I don't know anything about cleanses, but today I saw a show on TV where a woman did 2 cleanses and lost 40 lbs. in 40 days. <BR> <BR> I am committed to having a healthy lifestyle, but I have to admit it really sounded tempting to do a cleanse for the quick results. I only want to lose about 15 lbs. But I want to do it in a healthy way. <BR> <BR> So, I ask, what does a cleanse do for you exactly? Is it healthy to cleanse? Are there both good and bad cleanses? Any info/recommendations are gr... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 20:06:54 EST Nutrition number question My nutrition goal is 1580, today I ate 1780 but I burned 816 calories. Does that <BR> mean I actually only ate 884? How does this work? Mon, 5 Jun 2017 21:41:15 EST Jenny Craig Jenny Craig thinking about canceling with Jenny. I just found out that he can customize meal plans. I think it's horrible. Anyone else heard thiis Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:50:22 EST what are you GO TO spices I eat a lot of chicken and veggies,besides salt and pepper,what spices help wake up food Mon, 5 Jun 2017 13:22:06 EST Planning a 1700 calorie daily intake Just got done a regimented diet that was pretty restrictive in calories with some decent results. Now I am shooting for a 1-1.5 lb a week loss & according to various sites should take in about 1700 calories a day to do that. The trouble I am having is it seems I am ending the day before my last meal at about 900 calories & am questioning taking in around 800 calories for my last meal. Seems like a bad thing to take in that many late in the day. <BR> Do you guys try to get more calories in ear... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:33:09 EST What are your food rules (or food plan)? I'm trying to devise a "food plan" that I can stick to and wondering what everyone else is doing. I am focusing more on eating healthy than counting calories, though I try to be mindful of portion sizes. Still, I read so much conflicting advice about whether to just watch portion size, or go dairy-free, or grain-free, or just avoid sugar, or avoid all carbs, or eat lots of protein, or eat no meat, or . . . it goes on. What have you all settled on (or tried in the past), and is it working for ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:19:41 EST Drinks What are some healthy alternative drinks besides water? Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:03:50 EST Harder to Control Cravings When Stressed? Does anyone else find it harder to control their sweet tooth when stressed? I've been planning my food, before this week I actually had succeeded in not having sweets for 2-3 weeks and then this week happened. One day I had oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The next I had a donut. Then I went to the store and there was a sample lady out and I ended up buy a bag of these Godiva Belgium lion chocolate/caramel squares. <BR> <BR> I thought I was over the sweets and then this week happened. <em>... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 15:47:23 EST Obsessive, compulsive eating--is there a team? I really need to focus on this problem. In my whole life I have not yet controlled it. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Sun, 4 Jun 2017 11:28:10 EST Thoughts on tracking crab? How does one track a 900g crab when that weight includes the shell? The tracker is not terribly helpful; for one thing, most of the options are for fake crab, but even the real crab options--blue, alaskan king, dungeness--don't specify if they are talking about the weight of the whole crab, or the weight of the crab meat only. <BR> <BR> I looked online and the information I found says that on average you get about 10% of the weight of the crab in meat, so that means 90g of crab gets track... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 01:09:01 EST Pre-diabetic: Count carbs or use exchange system? Looking for advice... which is best/easier to follow? Counting or using an exchange method? <BR> <BR> Any diabetic book suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help! <em>30</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 18:51:43 EST same food with different nutritional information Has anyone else ever noticed that the same item from two different manufacturers can have different nutritional information. I noticed that with hulled hemp seeds as well as with cacao nibs recently. And the labels state the exact same thing as far as the ingredients are concerned, but the nutritional information is different. Just curious. <em>30</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 18:08:07 EST Calorie range question Let's say that your range is calculated as 1700-2000 and your weight is currently 200. You are tracking on a daily basis, and entering your updated weight with a regular cadence. Your goal was to lose 50 lbs total. <BR> <BR> Since the calorie range formula is based on BMI + activity then that should change throughout your weight loss journey, perhaps significantly as with a situation as above - does your calorie range automatically adjust as you get lighter/ closer to your goal or should y... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 17:55:56 EST How do you like your avocado? I don't eat avocado often and am wondering how everyone eats theirs. I don't want to make guacamole because I can't stop once I start so I would love to hear some other ideas. Thanks! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 14:51:12 EST Having Trouble Logging My Dinner So we went to the local Hibachi/Chinese buffet. I didn't eat a lot or overeat, but i just can't find the nutrition information on the items. I thought I could find a website for them, but they either don't have one or it's down. I couldn't find any nutrition information while we were there. <BR> <BR> Here's what I had: <BR> Egg drop soup, maybe about a cup or 3/4 cup - I easily found that and logged in there. <BR> But these I have no idea: <BR> --Some kind of cucumber salad - it had cut u... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 00:04:47 EST Slimfast Alternative I am looking for a Slimfast Alternative. <BR> <BR> My go to morning meal = raw unpeel zucchini (170g), Slimfast Advanced Nutrition Smoothie High Protein (26g), baking cocoa (7g), Dannon Activia yogurt (113g), and either cinnamon (1 tablespoon) or Benefiber (2 teaspoons). <BR> <BR> These ingredients are mixed in a blender with 1 to 2 cups of crushed ice. It makes a really thick chocolate shake that keeps me full for hours. <BR> <BR> This shake does not need the yogurt (or milk) as the zucc... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 15:40:50 EST 'Healthier' Diet, WORSE Lipid Panel?! Just had my annual physical/blood work results this morning and while overall everything is excellent as expected, my lipid panel was a bit surprising and I'm curious for some feedback. <BR> <BR> Preface-I've been maintaining a bmi of 20-21 for the past 4 years and my health markers have been good throughout this time period. In fact last year, my doctor opted to not run a lipid panel because my 2015 results were so good. So I'm comparing my numbers today with numbers from 2015, and I've obv... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:27:03 EST Fiber?!? how to get enough? OK, yesterday I ate a big salad that included chick peas, a cup of melon, over a cup of cherries, and a packet of almonds... and came in under my fiber count. I just can't eat much more roughage! Have tried those "high fiber" bars and they made me feel awful. Do you think the problem is in the SP numbers (some are user-entered) -- or do I REALLY need more fruit and veg?? Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:07:54 EST I don't like "healthy" food I just joined up today in hopes of improving my diet. I'm a pretty healthy weight, but I've been having a lot of medical problems lately and I realized that my poor diet is probably making matters a lot worse. I always tend to go for highly processed, high carb foods that are easy to make, like frozen pizzas, chicken nuggets, frozen battered fish fillets, packets of ramen and those pasta packets that you just add milk and butter to. I rarely eat vegetables and I NEVER eat fruit. I want to sta... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 04:22:46 EST omitting sugar can I omit regular sugar from the refrigerator bran muffins recipe Thu, 1 Jun 2017 16:50:58 EST What is the right combination? So I have been easing into this healthy lifestyle, small changes so I can be successful. <BR> First I cut out lattes and starbucks. I cut out soda next (it's always been diet soda), then I cut out alcohol, just compounding all these healthy changes. I started going to the gym or walking a day or 2 a week. Now I'm getting at least 30 minutes of cardio a day, and strength training twice a week.... I budget calories, no more fast food, no more frozen pizzas (going on over 2 months!) <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:34:52 EST "The Truth about Carbohydrates" If you're going to keep posting this blog, at least allow the comments so we can say what needs to be said. As it is, it's hard on my blood pressure. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 13:22:12 EST Favorites How do I add to my favorites without adding them to my tracker? Thu, 1 Jun 2017 11:32:03 EST Getting *Back* on Track eating has been totally on point, and I've been doing really well ((patting self on back)) for the past few weeks. I had a healthy breakfast, and have packed a turkey burger for lunch (leftover) and some good snacks (hard-boiled egg, veggies)... <BR> <BR> On my way into work, my coworker asked if I could stop and pick up some creamer for the office. No problem, right? Well...for some reason, and I honestly can't figure out why...I bought (and ate!) a Milky Way. I'm super-annoyed... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:54:34 EST Do you eat calories suggested for you? I haven't come close to eating the suggested calorie intake Sp gives for my size. Am I hurting myself in losing by not eating enough calories? What has your experiences been? Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:23:46 EST What freggies did you eat today? SparkPeople reminds us that the basis of a healthy diet is fruits and vegetables. So, which ones have you eaten today? Did you try any new ones? <BR> <BR> Today I had: corn, peas, carrots (as a veggie mix), salad greens, orange sections, Rainier cherries, asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, and garlic. None of these were new for me. Wed, 31 May 2017 19:02:13 EST Blog: Martina's Guide to Fats and Oils Just as there are "good carbs" and "bad carbs", there are "good fats" and "bad fats". Martina's blog entry, written on 2014, is a good layman's chemistry-lesson understanding of the different fats, followed by foods which contain these fats. The blogger writes for a low-carb ketogenic diet, but the suggested fats and oils are not difficult to add to any diet, particularly if you have a family of non-dieters to feed. If you cook with olive oil and are thinking of adding coconut oil to your die... Wed, 31 May 2017 08:30:37 EST Protein powder? Anyone use it? Tue, 30 May 2017 22:25:14 EST Fighting Sugar Addiction - Irritability Hello everyone :) <BR> <BR> I've been doing pretty good making better, more healthier food choices. I wouldn't say I'm perfect. I mean, I still have an occasional cookie, but I do try to eat more fruits. Other things too (veggies, salads, etc., try to get in some protein), but I'm referring to my addiction to sugar. <BR> <BR> Been feeling a bit more cranky than average the past couple of days. And I've got these cravings. I've been out of my Skittles candy for several days but I am NOT... Tue, 30 May 2017 13:03:42 EST Anyone use Spark for Low Carb Lifestyle??? I only lose going low carb. Can I adjust the macro goals on Sparkpeople? If not I'll have to stay with MFP. But, I LOVE the meal planning/suggestions here. Tue, 30 May 2017 11:57:01 EST IPA plan Does anyone on here follow the Ideal Protein Alternatives Plan? I have done it, and it was a great way to lose weight, but I get bored with it so easily and have never been able to phase off properly. Just wondering if anyone has any tips to keep it going. <BR> <BR> Also, for those that may have done it before and then stopped, were you able to maintain your weight loss? I'm afraid it wills crew up my balance when I stop the program. Tue, 30 May 2017 09:38:31 EST Article: We need to talk about foods, not nutrient Sorry for the truncated title, but this article by Dr. Jason Fung, has an interesting comment, "We need to talk about foods, not nutrients." <BR> <BR> His argument is that the nutrient categorizations, such as carbohydrates, fats, protein, etc. is, empirically, the wrong way to look at food. You probably already know that there are "good" carbohydrates, such as fiber, and "bad" carbohydrates, such as sugar. But why is it that keto diets are high in fat? This article, then, looks, as an examp... Tue, 30 May 2017 07:22:41 EST IS this the right place to ask about gallstones. Lost about 25lbs on here in 2012 over a period of months. It was great yet I got a couple of gallstone attacks. Have read that rapid weight loss can cause them. Does anyone have any experience with this or words of wisdom to share. I kinda don't want to go down that road again. And please do tell me if there is a better place to post this question. I didn't see a title of message boards that was a better fit though I may have missed it. Thank you! Mon, 29 May 2017 20:45:34 EST Potassium I'm struggling to get enough potassium daily. I'm on a low carb diet so the "Eat a banana" suggestion is definitely out. I eat a lot of fresh veg, but I never seem to get even close to the amount I need. I take vitamins daily, should I add an extra potassium? Mon, 29 May 2017 20:16:49 EST Does anyone still use this message board? I'm trying to find a group that does low carb/moderate protein/high fat. Mon, 29 May 2017 15:48:18 EST Menu on Sparkpeople I am wondering if anyone follows the menus on here. I am doing the diabetic type 2 and all the heart healthy options. I am surprised by how many carbs on here. Not that many vegetables. <BR> I made a huge mistake today though. I made some bran muffins last night and after I ate 2 small ones I looked up the nutrition value it turns out the calories was was too high and the carbs were crazy high. My blood sugar was almost 300 when I checked after. <BR> I am going completely out of my comfort... Mon, 29 May 2017 13:41:27 EST Meal Prepping Tips? I'm planning on heading to the store today to get food for the week, but I always struggle with planning and sticking to meals. I'm trying to "prep" all 3 meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or at least lunch and dinner since I am gone during those hours during the week and usually resort to fast food. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have tips for prepping multiple meals and then sticking to the plan? Mon, 29 May 2017 11:39:50 EST Chia seeds passing whole I've recently started eating chia seed "pudding" regularly (chia seeds and liquid - I use soy milk). It has made me wonderfully regular, but I see what looks like whole seeds in my stool. Every article I've read says chia seeds can be digested whole and you get all the nutritional benefits of protein and omegas. Why am I seeing seeds in my poop? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 May 2017 11:36:17 EST When you have no support system I am in desperate need of losing weight. I have had to have 3 operation's in 2016 as well as 1 in 2015. I had considered having the gastric sleeve but instead the Physician wanted to do the gastric bypass which I was dead set against. I have lost weight in the past but always seem to gain it back. I have a husband and son and they are not a support system for me at all. I have had thoughts that if I were living by myself that I could be successful in losing this excess weight. I would like to... Mon, 29 May 2017 09:57:56 EST Having a hard time cutting Sodium-any ideas? I am watching Carbs mostly and am eating healthier now but Sodium is still too high. I do not use table salt and I rinse can veggies-what else can I do... Sun, 28 May 2017 14:47:17 EST 16/8 intermittent fast Anyone else doing a 16/8 fast?. Sun, 28 May 2017 14:16:19 EST Keeping Salad Items Fresh I want to start eating more salads, but I rarely buy the stuff because it goes bad so quickly. I mean, I like salads with italian or vinagrette dressing. But what's the best way to keep lettuce fresh? Any tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Rushell Sun, 28 May 2017 13:58:09 EST Planning Grocery Shopping I'm going to go to the grocery store to get some healthier foods. <BR> <BR> I'm mainly looking for items for small meals and snacks, as I like to eat small portions and snacks throughout the day. My goal is to try to eat something healthy several times a day and kind of spread it out, like instead of eating three big meals a day, I'd maybe eat 4-5 small meals a day. I tend to not eat much during the day then get very hungry in the evening and night time and that's when I eat more than I ... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:44:55 EST Tracking and Portion Size Question Okay. Before I ask this question, please know that I know this is not a super great food choice. But I'm taking baby steps, so bear with me :) <BR> <BR> I'm getting McDonald's for lunch. I'm going to get a Big mac with no lettuce and a side salad with light italian dressing. (Salad instead of fries is a good choice, right?) <BR> Now when I eat the big mac, I don't eat the whole thing. I take off one bun and one piece of meat and save it until later. I also pick off a few onions, leavin... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:40:01 EST food surprises - share yours! came home starving for lunch and fixed myself about a third of a Hillshire ham steak and two whole eggs (with a spray of olive oil on the pan); gobbled it up; then ate two clementines. <BR> <BR> went to track it -- assuming I'd gone way over my limit -- and discovered I'd eaten a huge amount of protein, a decent amount of fiber, and all for just about 300 calories. No one really mentions how much protein and how few calories there are in ham and eggs! <BR> <BR> have you had similar food s... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:17:39 EST Meal Plans? I noticed when I'm entering my food, there's a meal plan further down on that page. How do those work? Do they automatically customize based on foods I've eaten recently? I'm actually wondering if there's a spot on the Spark website where I can go in and check foods I like or foods I don't like (since I'm kinda picky), and then have it create menu plans based on that. I mean, some of the ideas sound really good to me, and others not so much. <BR> <BR> I'd kinda like to try to start usi... Sat, 27 May 2017 22:06:24 EST Okay So I Admit There's a Problem I thought I didn't eat much. So adding some exercise into my extremely sedentary lifestyle, I should be able to lose weight easily, right? <BR> Nope. <BR> <BR> As it turns out, (as I discovered after logging my food yesterday) I don't eat much during the DAY, but then in the evening all of a sudden I am hungry. It's like I eat my lunch and my dinner during the hours of 5 pm and midnight. Usually this includes not so good type of food like pizza or burgers and fries (with mayo and ketchup ... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:44:48 EST Help please Hi, my name is Stacey and I am new to this group. I hope someone can help me figure out what I am doing wrong. Several years ago, I changed the way I ate and lost weight and maintained for a long time. Through circumstances and life, my diet changed and now I need to get myself back to that healthy lifestyle. In April, I decided it was time. I started fresh on April 17th and the first week I lost an extreme 6 pounds but since, I have lost nothing and I don't understand. <BR> <BR> A little b... Fri, 26 May 2017 11:41:53 EST The Best Tasting Sugar Free Jam/Jelly Need your help fellow SP Friends. What in your personal opinion/experience brand has been the best tasting sugar free jam? Thank you in advancem, you are all a wonderful resource. (Using it to flavor plain greek yogurt). Have a super Friday! Fri, 26 May 2017 08:38:04 EST Trouble getting enough calories/macros I am having a hard time getting enough to eat to cover my macros. I am a 53 year old man, 172 cm tall and 94.5 kg. I walk 3-6 km daily, and 3 days a week do a 1 hour kettlebell/dumbbell routine. Over the last 8 months I have lost 22 kg (over 40 lbs). I am still trying to lose about 10 kg but stuck on an extended plateau (like 7 weeks). The IIFYM calculator set my goals at 172 gr protein, 86 gr fat, and 167 gr carb, total 2,130 calories. My SparkPeople tracker set my goals in a wide range, a b... Fri, 26 May 2017 06:35:16 EST So pizza. It is always on my mind. A little about me, I started in February, slowly implementing healthier living. I started by just cutting back food and drinking more water. Then I added some cardio and weights. In April, I began to keep track of everything I eat and not going over 1200 calories in a day ever. (As I write this, Grottos Pizza comes to my house by mistake, ugh. What are they doing to me??) In May, I really took a look at the quality of my calories. So I've lost 28lbs but I'd like to lose another 40lbs more whi... Thu, 25 May 2017 20:34:19 EST How Much Water Should I Drink Daily And Why? I am trying to drink as much water as a possibly can throughout the day. What is a good amount and why is water so crucial? Thu, 25 May 2017 19:39:46 EST got on the good scale got on the good scale this AM. 185. need 5 more by end of June!!! Took it real easy today getting ready for surgery tomorrow. Thu, 25 May 2017 18:23:45 EST Grocery list Using my iPhone & I can't find how to get to the grocery list. Can anyone help me w/this? It's frustrating that the site doesn't have a help feature Thu, 25 May 2017 15:09:15 EST cleansing / Detoxing Can you do a cleansing / detox back to back and if so for how long can you do this? <BR> If not how regularly do u do cleansing / detox? What are some good ones to use? <BR> Im currently on a tea cleansing for 14 days. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Thu, 25 May 2017 10:11:21 EST Contrave in 2017 Good afternoon! <BR> I have been on Contrave for almost 6 weeks. I have lost 11 pounds. Since I have a total of 150+ pounds to lose, I am pleased with the start. My question is how others are taking their tablets. I have been at the 2 tablets in the a.m. and 2 in the p.m. for a few weeks. I am having some side effects that are giving me a difficult time. The doctor said I could adjust how I take them (ie. 1 in the a.m., 1 at noon, 1 early evening). I'd like to hear from anyone who h... Wed, 24 May 2017 15:23:54 EST Do you eat when you're not hungry? When I'm eating junk, I never have trouble eating, but when I eat "real" food, I notice I don't eat nearly as much of it. I know that's good, but I'm having trouble reaching my minimum amount of calories for the day. It is worse when I'm exercising. After exercising, I never feel hungry and it is hard to make myself eat. I don't eat before exercising because my stomach will start cramping. Last night I went to Zumba, and when I got home, I needed to eat my dinner because my calories were... Wed, 24 May 2017 09:40:53 EST Ever had high expectations for a food (esp. junk) only to be disappointed? <BR> <BR> I thought that flaming hot cheetos will be so delicious! But I was disappointed! They weren't as great as I expected them to be. I love the texture of the cheetos puffs though! But they are just plain salty. I've tried them before and I wasn't impressed! <BR> <BR> However, I tried Marks and Spencers cheese puffs and they were bomb! Wed, 24 May 2017 03:25:24 EST A question about water I have some of those "liquid drink enhancers" I will put into a bottle of water. My question is, does the enhancer make it so the water doesn't count as water anymore? Also, does tea count as water? <BR> <BR> I have no problem giving up the enhancers and tea if they are a problem. Just trying to do the healthiest thing here. Tue, 23 May 2017 19:11:15 EST Ideas for alternatives to cheese? I used to like to eat cheese, but I'm only eating kosher cheese now, of which there is very little, by the way. What ideas, if any, do you have for things other than cheese, which would be like having cheese? I'm a vegetarian, so please keep that in mind! If you know of any good vegan cheese that can melt on a pizza, for instance, that would really help! Tue, 23 May 2017 18:48:25 EST Throwing Up Maybe someone can offer some insight on this. <BR> <BR> Every time I eat food (except breakfast and sometimes late at night), I feel sick and have to throw up. But it isn't even the food coming back up. It is just a whole lot of liquid and it is colored whatever color the food I ate was. I do drink a whole lot of water. This has been going on for a year, some periods worse than others. I have no other symptoms other than nausea and vomiting after eating. Tue, 23 May 2017 14:56:44 EST Adding food to Search Field I'm unable to add foods to Tracker. Keep getting what I added was incorrect. This bothers me as I am adding what is on the Label which is right in front of me. <BR> What must I do to be able to enter these foods? Tue, 23 May 2017 13:33:24 EST