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 what i ate I am trying to eat more vegetables and fruit (or only vegetables and fruit. Today I ate 2 avocados (which seems like a lot... but I'm definitely trying to eat more fruits and vegetables so maybe it's okay... we'll see how it's going). but there's definitely nothing like a perfectly ripe avocado. that may be my favorite food. <BR> <BR> I also had a green juice, half a pearl tea, (i'm trying to cut back on pearl teas, hopefully cut them out completely, and replace with plain green tea) or ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:45:01 EST weight gain after 50 I've been reading the posts about losing weight after 50 and could relate. I am a fitness instructor and personal trainer. I still teach cardio and strength classes 6x/week. I have gained 10lbs and can't lose it. I'm a vegetarian, gluten free and take thyroid med and bio identicals. I can only assume i am taking in more calories than I'm burning. this is real and i can only encourage others to keep working out and tweaking your diet... I'll keep you posted on what works! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:04:18 EST Is there a list of...... .... what is considered to be a vegetable and serving sizes posted anywhere? A vegan eats beans and potatoes, but are they considered vegetables for the purpose of counting as part of "5 servings daily". I mixed mashed sweet potatoes and corn for lunch. (Kind'a like a corn casserole. It was pretty good.) Do either count as a veggie? Anybody have a link to a list or discussion about this? <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:34:04 EST My allowable calories seems too high The nutrition tracker says I should be eating between 2450-2940 calories per day. That just seems way too high. Is it because I weigh so much that it's trying to ease me into dieting? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:37:42 EST Low carb vs low calorie diet I would like opinions on low carb diets vs low calorie diets. Which do you recommend? I have lost weight on low carb before, but energy levels drop drastically and I worry about kidney damage. I would appreciate hearing what has worked for others. Thanks! :) Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:29:15 EST Craving Pizza Really having a taste for pizza right now! Someone talk me out of going out and buy a slice. I packed baked tilapia for lunch, but mistakenly forgot my sides (broccoli and brown rice). sign... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:38:41 EST Getting Bored! Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I just have a question for all you clean eaters out there!I am getting bored with what im eating and steady find myself day dreaming about all the unhealthy "fun" foods i used to eat...I need some ideas! I work full time and bring my lunch to work..the chicken breat and quinoa is getting old. Just looking for ideas of what you eat for lunches...thing that reheat well or are good to eat cold! HELP! lol Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:23:37 EST what if you don't like some foods? Is there a way to block certain foods from coming up in the nutrition selections that come up? I know I can change them - but if I could edit the options it gives me in the first place maybe I can use them. For instance - I don't eat Tofu, cottage cheese or oatmeal. Is there someplace I can check them off so they don't give me them as options? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for you help. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:42:14 EST Hiking Vaca Food Ideas? Will be doing day hikes in the Smokie Mountains with my husband and two teenage sons. We will be staying in a cabin with a full kitchen. Would really like some healthy meal ideas that are quick after returning from a full day of hiking. This is our first hiking trip, any hints would be greatly appreciated! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:39:06 EST WW-PP and 2 Hour Walks I have been using Weight Watchers Points Plus plan for a few years now, unfortunately I haven't been able to stick with it for various (poor excuses) or reasons unavoidable (surgery). <BR> <BR> My husband and I are planning on getting pregnant, (it will be my first baby) my current weight is varying from 214-209 and I cannot for the life of me lose past this, even while on WW. I want to lose weight, probably 60-70 more pounds before I get pregnant. It has been very frustrating, I started wa... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:58:45 EST What do you use to 'bump up' your calories? So... today I've eaten 3 sandwiches and a pasta, veg and sauce meal and now I'm snacking and I still have around 500 cals to hit the lower end of my target. I have exercised today which obviously increased my calorie intake but I don't want to snack on 'empty calories'. So I was wondering if anyone had anything particular they use to hit their calorie goal? Like I have half a cucumber left in the fridge which I could eat but I'm bordering on full and it's only around 77 cals anyway. I need so... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:46 EST New favorite snack! Bega String Cheese! I tried a pack of 4 and I LOVE it. I only eat one per day though! Yumm! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:48:15 EST Having trouble understanding this..... I have recently started using a fitbit. It tracks all day activity which is fine. However, because my fitness tracker is linked to my nutrition tracker, it keeps increasing my calorie range. I AM NOT trying to maintain. I am trying to loose weight. And yes i understand the more you exercise the more the you need to fuel. But it is sommetimes WAY over 2300! I am seriously not burning 1180 a day activly like my fitbit/SP says. I want to loose and i don't know who to believe. Should i not sync ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:43:29 EST how to track sugar intake I do not see where the sugar is being tracked on my food tracker---and I don't where I can add it Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:16:00 EST who is a maintainer? Hi, <BR> is there anyone who is maintaining her/his weight? <BR> SP says my calorierange is between 1550 and 1900. That's a big range i think... <BR> i thought about eating around 1750 but was surprised by these new numbers. <BR> are you succesfull with maintaining? i'm afraid of falling into the old habits again. <BR> are you still tracking? <BR> kind regards <BR> lena <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:04:59 EST i am so hungry this morning! argh! Woke up at 2:00 a.m. and was starving. Ate my breakfast around 5:45 a.m. and my tummy is already growling. I'm on Week 2 (or maybe it is Week 3) of tracking everything I eat. I am staying within my calorie range and this is the first time I've felt THIS hungry. My day is a bit derailed because I thought I had a meeting over lunch so didn't bring my workout stuff or a lunch. Meeting canceled and rescheduled for breakfast meeting. Now, not only can I not work out at lunch, I have to eat lunch o... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:18:51 EST yone else have ts issue? I recently changed the way i eat like 360 degrees...I suffered from heart burn sure due to the food i ate! I do not have GERD or any other known medical condition that would cause heartburn. however, recently (the past 2 or 3 days) It feels like my esphagus is on fire! I did have a slip up and ate a snickers but i had the heartburn before that so i dont think that is what caused it. I eat well and i think i eat enough, I dont feel hungry but the heartburn is unreal! I need some... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:59:57 EST any good brands of high protein wraps out there? I'm trying to reduce the amount of grain carbs I eat and increase the veg and fruit along with a good amount of protein and healthy fat. Does anyone use a brand of wrap that is low carb/high protein that tastes OK? Where do you get them? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:07:45 EST Stalled weight loss HI since Sept I have been eating mostly raw food and lost 47lbs but then for about a month and a half my weight loss has stalled I was eating alot of fruit. So then I switched over to a Low Carb diet and voila the weight has started coming off again. Can fruit stop your weight loss... <BR> <BR> Thank You Tammy Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:13:07 EST Night shift and nutrition I work 3 12 hour night shifts every week and I am always exhausted. I can never figure out what to eat or how to get myself motivated to premake meals. Any suggestions? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:35:07 EST Meal Replacement Shake (NOT SMOOTHIES) Hi Everyone! So I have tried a few of these protien based shakes and am looking for some specific information. I have tired Body by Vi protien powders(which I liked, not at the price point though) I also have tried the Vega Smootie powder and I find it really chalky (price point good, taste not). I am now curious about shakeology. I have checked out there website still a bit more money. <BR> Now I am only using this with water in a shaker cup, not milk. If anyone has tried any shakes and lik... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:06:18 EST Counting Samples? Do any of you count the little samples you would try at some events and add them to the nutrition tracker? I know they end up adding up if you keep eating too much of them, but I tend to forget what samples I eat and the portion size. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:35:09 EST Cheat The Sour Cream Craving With Zero Guilt I LOVE sour cream on just about everything but I have had to stop just to keep me healthy in my nutrition. UNTIL now. I discovered Kirkland brand Non Fat Greek Yogurt makes a delicious substitute and you barely can tell the difference. <BR> <BR> Now I can slather it on taco salad, over my veggies with some garlic seasoning or using the Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix for a wonderful zing. Low Cal, no fat, yet full of calcium and protein. It makes for a very rich tasting topping. On fruit sal... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:40:21 EST Nutritional facts Hello! I'm looking for a tool that can calculate the nutrition facts for my own recipes , The same that you find on the back of food packages. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:48:34 EST Breastfeeding How many calories are other breast feeding moms eating per day? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:05:46 EST Stopped!!!! A little over a week ago I stopped exercising amd eating right. I havent stepped on the scale either. I simply lost motivation and will. Self-sabotage is terri le. But nor here nor there I will not lose weight keeping up with this mentality. So as of today Im re starting my lifestyle change and jumping back on the wagon. Ive seen firsthand what it takes to get where I want to be and I refuse to stop until Iget there!!!!! NO MATTER WHAT. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:38:53 EST question about getting rid of my adiction to sugar I've done it before and have been able to go months without sugar, but lately anytime I try to stop eating sugar at week 3 I start feeling sick and nauseous, to the point I think I am getting sick but as soon as I bring up my sugar levels (be it chocolate or juice) I then feel fine but it takes a few days to feel fine, I would still like to cut out all the extra sugar. If anybody has gone through this how long did the nausea last you, how long until you started feeling normal again. <BR> <... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:12:58 EST Avoiding Starvation Mode Hi, <BR> <BR> I recently began a job serving at a restaurant. I eat a full meal before and after work, but during the 10 hour shift, I have only enough time to eat a nutbar. I'm worried that in between those meals my body will go into starvation mode, ultimately leading to weight gain. My light research indicates that starvation mode doesn't happen in a moment, but rather over time. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone out there who can speak to this? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:38:08 EST help with teenager I am a mom of 2 boys, 3 of the 4 of us are overweight. My oldest son is in college and started exercising and lost about 20 pounds. That leaves the 3 of us at home eating unhealthy and sitting on our butts. Today the Dr. told my 15 year old son (he weighed in at 297 today) he needs to exercise and count carbs (restricted him to 50 grams a day). He is all in!! Now my trouble is where do I start. I do better if I have a menu and a plan. This will be a whole family 'getting healthy' plan not jus... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:18:01 EST how much calories should i have per day My log menu at bottom of sparks app says 1200-1550 <BR> Is that correct <BR> If that's correct,then what's best range to stay to lose more weight Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:10 EST need help with supplement when I check my nutrition tracker I am not getting enough of the vitamins and minerals I need , I was wondering if there is a chocolate flavored mix you add to milk that would provide the nutrients I need.Any suggestions? thank you for any help. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:30:55 EST am I suppose to feel this bad? I am trying to quit processed sugar and pop , caffeine . I went a month with out it but really binged this weekend. after I consumed all that I got to feeling depressed , weak and just sickly. Quitting it all again but this is rough, feeling a little overwhelmed. I still eat fruit but it doesn't affect me the same way as candy and baked sweets. I am not diabetic but is it normal to experience this with sugar any one else have similar trouble. I really want to get control of my sugar intake... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:14:14 EST counting your Calories I am having a hard time trying to input my food on my mobile device , am i doing something wrong ?? Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:42:24 EST Typical day in the kitchen as a vegetarian If you are a vegetarian, what do you eat on a typical day that keeps you full for Breakfast, Lunch, snacks and Dinner? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:56:43 EST myfitnesspal Is there a way to import information from myfitnesspal to sparkspeople? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:18:52 EST Favorite yogurt? I'm really trying to like plain Greek yogurt and trying to spruce it up myself but man, it's just plain awful! <BR> What's your favorite yogurt and/or way to use yogurt in recipes? <BR> How do you like to sweeten plain Greek yogurt? <BR> I'd love to hear your thoughts! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:46:58 EST Sparkpeople cookbook I have been using the website for two weeks successfully. I'm vegetarian and wonder if it's worth buying the cookbook. Are there many vegetarian recipes? Also, I've been using the recipes on the Sparkrecipe site to put right into the Food Tracker. Are the recipes in the cookbook found on the recipe site so that you can put them right into the Food Tracker? Thanks! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:44:10 EST Protein Suggestions for smoothies I have gone Paelo and need suggestions for protein to add to smoothies for meal replacements Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:42:34 EST Crazy high maintenance calories? I took a week off from working out and stopped dieting since I want to heal some injuries more quickly. I also wanted to find my 'actual' maintenance level of calories, because when I go on the recommended amounts to eat for dieting (according to FitBit or Sparkpeople) I am SO hungry, lose like a pound a day and after about five days just feel like I want to binge eat. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople said the highest end of the range I should eat if sedentary to maintain my weight is 1750 calories a ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:44:12 EST HELP with Nutrition Tracker Someone, anyone, please help me with this issue! I clicked on someone and I can no longer edit by fat, carb and protein goals. I use the IIFYM method and it has worked very well for me and it;s hard to keep track if I cant edit those goals. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:40:30 EST UNnatural sweeteners I would have argued that I was choosing well when using these two sweeteners. Looks like I was WRONG. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-myth-is-stevia-bad-for-you/#axzz3VEh<BR>gopvb </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-myth-is-truvia-toxic/#axzz3VEhgopvb </link> <BR> <BR> Looks like I will have to rethink my choices! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:30:00 EST Adding to water First...let me say I am not looking for a "magical" weight loss gimmick...In 2013 I lost 60 lbs. by changing my life, eating healthy and exercising. So...I know what it takes to lose weight and be healthy. With that being said. I am a stress eater...and 2014 was the hardest years of my life...not an excuse...just a fact and I gained 25 lbs back over the last year. <BR> <BR> I am ready to get back to my healthy lifestyle...So, my question is what are your thoughts on adding something (slim q... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:51:09 EST Why does my calorie goal increase when I exercise? I understand that I 'can' eat more calories, but does it necessarily mean I HAVE to? I, personally (at least now), am not exercising so I can eat more. I'm exercising to create more of a deficient. Is this harmful to my goal? <BR> <BR> Without exercise I'm supposed to eat 1200-1500 calories a day. <BR> I exercised today, and now it's telling me to eat 1600-2000 calories today. <BR> <BR> I really don't want to (and don't even think I could while still staying in my fat goal, because that h... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:32:17 EST hot water and lemon I read an article that have a cup of hot water and lemon in the morning is a great way to help boost weight loss. Has anyone done this? <BR> <BR> I also read about cucumber water... Does anyone have any info on that and if it works? <link><BR>ot-water-and-lemon-weight-loss-breakfast </link> <link><BR>ps/ask-diet-doctor-hot-lemon-waters-re<BR>al-benefits </link> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:25:37 EST Scales that measure body fat, water....... I just bought a scale that measures body fat, water, muscle mass, bone mass and weight. I'm happy to have this information, but I need to know where I can find an accurate guideline chart? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Sarah Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:01:00 EST About the calorie range.... I have been looking everywhere and can't find an answer to my question. It's probably in plain sight somewhere and I've just missed it, but, here goes. As I lose weight, will Sparkpeople automatically adjust my calorie range or do I have to do it myself? Thanks. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:35:21 EST 21 day fix I'm starting this tomorrow and have a little problem with the vegetable portions. I made some vegetable egg cups for breakfast, that's one portion of vegetable. I make a mason jar salad for lunch. I usually fill it with leafy greens, peppers, squash, and carrots, plus some protein. I put in atleast 3 cups of vegetables. For my calorie range I'm only allowed 3 cups a day. Do I really need to limit my veggies? <BR> <BR> I also get 2 servings of olive oil a day. I use that for cooking to... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:41:51 EST Cooking with Stevia I have just started growing Stevia, what I would like to know is how others use Stevia leaves in their cooking. <BR> <BR> at the moment drying and grinding the leaves seems to be the best option. <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:52:29 EST Can anyone help with my pasta problem? Haha Basically... I'm very confused. I love pasta and veg and have been eating it for the past few days with various sauces and it's amazing. However, tonight I managed to get my pasta portion about right at 215g cooked. But from the nutritional information on the pack, this logged at way over 700 calories! That's obsurd! I can go to the store and buy a microwaveable single serve 200g pack of pasta with a calorie count of roughly 280. So I'm thinking I'm doing something wrong?? How can there be su... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:51:58 EST What did you eat today? For breakfast I ate eggs with broccoli and Sriracha, a piece of whole wheat bread with butter, and some strawberries. I also drank water with lemon. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the day I'm planning on eating more strawberries, more broccoli with hummus, leftover lentil stew, a tunafish sandwich, and an avocado. also some orange. <BR> <BR> I plan on drinking a LOT of water with lemon or lime. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:34:37 EST Any foods you eat only because they're healthy? Are there any foods that you eat only because they are considered healthy? <BR> <BR> I used to HATE yogurt and oatmeal. Would actually gag from the smell of it when my kids would want it. This mornings breakfast consisted of oatmeal with chia seeds and berries and I'm sure I will have a yogurt sometime today. I have been making myself try foods that I once would never consider eating and have found that I like most of them. <BR> <BR> I'm still not a fan of sweet potatoes, and cottage ch... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:28:32 EST depression & compulsive eating what do i need to do when i am LOW i done even check in <em>46</em> <em>527</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:12:59 EST PORTION CONTROLL HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M EATING ENOUGH OR JUST TOO MUCH??? WHAT STEPS DO I NEED TO TAKE TO ENSURE THAT I'M EATING THE RIGHT PORTIONS/\??? Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:41:04 EST What vitamins do you take? I currently only take Vitamin B for skin and hair health but not sure if it does help as eczema still bad. Was wondering what you take and what you take it for? Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:23:35 EST Healthy Late Night Snacks? What are healthy ideas for late night snacks that won't wreck your diet? I usually crave carbs. I get enough during the day... But then I crave sugar at night. My fiance snores so I get into bed and I'm relaxed and ready to sleep and then he starts snoring and I get out of bed and eat sugar... <BR> <BR> It's a problem. <BR> <BR> I'm lucky because there's a 2nd bedroom I can sleep in but if I have to go move to the 2nd bedroom it's easy to make a quick stop at the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:28:38 EST body weight scale recommendations I am looking for a new scale since my old one is acting up. I say that because I will weigh myself and I am one weight. I will step back on a minute later and I am 3 pounds heavier or there is a 7 pound difference in my weight in just two days. I understand bloating and water weight could play a part but my scale isn't helping me track anything. I have also changed the batteries and that didn't do anything. <BR> <BR> Back to my question, what scale would you recommend for weighing yourself? ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:12:49 EST Nutrition expert advice needed Hello, I am in college and hoping to get expert information about a certain nutrition topic. I wanted input on what you know about the nutritional content on Coffee beans. What is coffee composed off and what are the benefits? Negative effects? How much is a good amount? Are there any recommended studies I should know about? I know i can google but I would love to hear expert input on this for a research paper I am writing. I would greatly appreciate it!:) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:04:32 EST How to get more calories with less fat?? So I am having a hard time trying to meet my calorie intake goal, but it seems that my fat just doubles when I try. I am trying to stay away from processed foods and eat more of the raw, but can't seem to get there and by the time I do I am stuffed!! Is there anything here on spark people that can help me decide what I am doing wrong and give suggestions on foods that have more calories and little fat? Also, I am having trouble with the carbs as well and staying in the pie chart. It's either ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:03:25 EST How can it be? How can it be that this calculator tells me my BMR (basic metabolic rate) is 1657 kcalories per day when SP tells me that I should eat 1200-1550 kcalories per day to lose 1 kilogram per week? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nditure-advanced </link> <BR> <BR> I'd very much appreciate it if someone would try out this calculator and tell me if they think it's correct. If it IS it means I am maybe trying to eat a lot less than I should. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:14:20 EST not getting enough calories... Hello, <BR> <BR> about a week and a half ago i totally changed my eating habits. I went from carb and sugar overload all day everyday to cutting out mostly all refined sugar and the not so good carbs (except in my one tea in the morning). My issue is most days when counting calories i am only getting about 700-800 calories and that is the upper end. I know most people under estimate the calories they consume but I am really strict on the way i count my calories and sometimes over estimate. I... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:11:30 EST Atkins 20 Phase 1 Meal Plan Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me where I can get a MEAL PLAN for the Atkins20- Phase 1. I need to start it this weekend. The Atkins website was a fail- it gives you the instructions... I want to just dive into it !! I don't want to do the whole I have to count the calories my self... that has not worked out for me in the past I always end up over doing it- <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Gia Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:04:28 EST UGH!!! Trying to avoid eating at night :( Super craving carbs at night... I ate enough all day... now it's night time and my meds kicked in plus my fiance is snoring and keeping me up. Everything is combining to super make me want to comfort eat. I'm going to do some stretches and try to fall asleep but right now I'm really feeling like I have to eat before I fall asleep. <BR> <BR> I'm deciding that if I don't eat before bed, I can reward myself with banana bread in the morning. I'm going to hide it so my fiance doesn't eat it. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 02:19:12 EST calorie tracker I would really like to use Spark to track my calories per day, I have been using MyFitnessPal for several months, but am finding the move to Spark to track food very difficult. I can scan almost any bar code in MFP and it finds it, I rarely can get Spark to find any barcodes when scanning. Is Spark just so new they dont have a very large database for food yet? <BR> <BR> The Spark site looks nice, but I am here for more than a nice web site, I want to track my food easily, please reply with... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:28:58 EST Anything you deliberately don't track? I ask as I do it without even realising it! Basically, I never, ever track my coffee! Now I worked out exacttly how many calories (13) per cup, and it makes no difference. I mean, even if I had 10 cups a day it's only the same as a bag of crisps. Plus even if I was 1000 over my calorie count if I wanted a coffee I would have one haha! Just wondering if anyone has anything similar that they don't track either because it's too few cals or just because they're going to have it regardless? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:04:59 EST Getting bord with Atkins need some help I want to transition from Atkins to a more standard Healthy Lifestyle. I am having success with the Atkins lifestyle though it wont be something I can do for the rest of my life. That is why I want to transition to something I can live with for life. Does anyone have any experience with this transition? I am worried about gaining weight once I start adding back in more carbs. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:35:38 EST Am I eating enough for my weight? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> When I first started my diet, I started at 1800 calories a day. I have lost 71 pounds and I am now eating 1200-1400 calories a day. I don't feel hungry when I eat at this calorie range. Because I weigh 559 pounds, I am worried that this amount is not enough for my body. I don't want to starve myself, but I don't want to force myself to over eat if I am not hungry. Is 1200-1400 calories enough food for someone my size? I do light activity 3-4 times a week that c... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:27:34 EST low on magnesium I almost never meet the requirements for magnesium or potassium. Any suggestions? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:08:12 EST Can I change the macronutrient recommendations? The nutrition tracker wants me to eat 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat. I want to change this, but I can't figure out how. Is it possible? If so, how? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:26:29 EST your fave high fiber foods, dishes? I'm looking to add fiber to my diet without adding 50 fruits or piles of beans! Which foods are highest in fiber? Which taste good, are relatively low calorie, and/or can be added to dishes easily? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:50:38 EST what is the most important to pay attention to Fat Free stuff has too much sugar, regular stuff has too much fat, this and that has too much sodium. <BR> I know rule of thumb is to eat whole grains and regular fruits and vegetables, but lets face it, we use other stuff too. <BR> so what does everyone pay closer attention too, fat grams, sodium, sugar??? or is this just a personal preference. how much sugar is too much in a day and how much sodium is acceptable. <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:42:00 EST Protein Smoothies? Thoughts? Do you think protein shakes/smoothies are good for breakfast? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:16:53 EST Venus Factor Program I saw this video recently and I would really like to hear from anyone who has tried it!!! I am not sure if this one of those fads and what is it exactly....the video tells you what it will help you with not really what it is. Like is it recipes or day by day on what to eat, so I am not sure what I would be getting into. I saw one that reminded me of this that you are not to eat anything that is processed and it is to be organic, and i know that is better but i just don't have the means to jus... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:11:19 EST Paleo for Pescetarians?? I need to lose body fat, and have been told to eat less carbs/ up protein. <BR> I've tried to find easy meals that work for Vegetarians (I do eat fish), but they seem really hard to find. Most of the meals have hard to find ingredients or there is no WAY my kids would touch them. <BR> I'm a single mom with two kids. I tend to cook veggies and then supplement meat for them. <BR> <BR> Anyone have resources or websites with good options? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:57:32 EST Just found out I'm a celiac need cookbooks Any advice is welcome Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:46:08 EST Hi and request for advice I posted over in the other board to introduce myself. I have been here before but it was years ago and I didn't really have a reason to watch what I ate. At that time I could do aerobic exercises. <BR> <BR> Now I have fibromyalgia. Every time I do aerobics I get a flare up. I walk in water but it doesn't help with weight. Going against the current tends to hurt my knees so I don't do it often. But I do walk in the 'Lazy River' for 45-50 minutes a day 4 days a week. I do some walking ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:55:20 EST Plexus I've seen some exchanges between members re:Skinny Stix. Now, what about this Plexus craze I'm hearing about? Drinking a magic potion and taking 4-5 additional pills for this, that, and the other? What happened to good eating habits and being active? Are these people going to take the Plexus products for life? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:59:33 EST food to eat two months after verticle sleeve What kind of ordinary foods are there to eat for the two months after vertical sleeve for low income people? There must be foods or recipes for people like me who have small incomes who hate protein shakes an bars. Can you help me?? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:23:37 EST dairy free probiotics Does anyone know of any specific brands? My dd's pediatrician wasn't able to help me nor was the pharmacist. Anyone know the answer? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:28:46 EST Question about hunger I am tracking my food and trying to stick to about 1800 calories a day but often get closer to 2k. I'm walking 10 miles or so a week and just added stationary bike 3x week for 30 mins. <BR> <BR> Up until now I haven't been hungry. In fact I know I'm eating more than I need and have been fighting a late night snack habit. <BR> <BR> All day today I have been really hungry. Now I just finished my cardio after walking for an hour at lunchtime and I could eat my desk I'm so hungry. Should I list... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:33:14 EST Lemon Water Since I caught a cold I went to the doctor and she recommended that I drink lemon water. I have been drinking that and noticed a fast recovery. I have been reading on the internet about the benefits of lemon water and weight loss as well as a lot of nutrients present in lemon water. Even after I recover from my cold I plan on continuing to drink lemon water frequently. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:59:43 EST Tip on drinking water For people trying to make water more palatable, try heating it. Just plain hot or warm water. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:42:31 EST Help someone please When I started sparks and set up I wanted to lose 2 pounds a week. Sparks set me up to eat 1350 to 1550 calories a day. I have on average done this on a regular bases. I started out pretty good but after about a month or two I started only losing 1 pound a week. Now for the past 3 weeks I have been the same even with adding walking one to one and a half miles three times a week. <BR> Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong. <em>39</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:34:41 EST how many calories How do I know how many calories to intake? Is the site supposed to tell you Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:56:19 EST homemade breads A friend of mine who lives out of the states recently stayed with me and commented on how sweet our sandwich breads are compared to Australia. Knowing yeast feeds on sugar, does anyone have a no sugar (sugar added just for yeast) or low sugar whole wheat bread recipe? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:39:55 EST dairy free cooking My 14 yr. old daughter has recently been diagnosed with a dairy allergy after being lactose intolerant since she was 10. I didn't make a lot of dairy based recipes but she could tolerate "cream of" soupsfor some reason when I cooked with them. I'm trying to convert recipes to be dairy free and am having a hard time with savory dishes but have the baking down pat.. Has anyone tried to cook with cashew milk successfully? What have you cooked? <BR> <BR> Any guidance would be appreciated. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:39:14 EST storing chips <BR> Has anyone ever tried to store homemade chips? ie - sweet potato, kale, regular potato etc....? I would like to make batches of them to have for the week but am afraid they will get soggy if stored in a ziplcok or rubbermaid container. Any thoughts? Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:38:17 EST Chinese medicine weight loss It is no secret that many Americans struggle with being overweight or obese. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014, two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. <BR> <BR> Americans may have weight problems, but it isn’t from a lack of effort. In fact, Americans spend more than $60.0 billion every year on weight loss programs and products. But while Western medicine and the weight loss industry mostly focuses on the consum... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:07:19 EST So annoyed at myself I'm starting my weight loss journey for what seems to be the millionth time. I've had great success before and lost a bunch of weight, but my most recent weight gain was from being off work and spiraling into a deep depression. Now I'm stable, but I find myself still going for the fast food and stuff i would eat in the midst of my depression :( I've done better the last week and lost like 2 lbs. It's like it should be easy to just say no and not eat or drink crap like fast food, so I dont kno... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:38:52 EST Too few calories I am on my third week of re-booting my program. I am being very faithful in tracking my water and food intake. I have not gotten to do much exercise yet due to the weather but I don't anticipate that being an issue for too much longer. <BR> <BR> My issue is with nutrition. I am clearly nowhere near what I should be taking in calorie-wise. I am supposed to be within 1450-1600 calories a day. I'm lucky if I average 1200 a day. I am eating three meals a day along with snacks. I have cut... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:20:51 EST I say low fat my friend says full fat.....grrrrrrr I just told my friend that I was doing spark people and counting calories now. She has just lost a lot of weight over the past year. She was walking a lot but not counting calories..just cutting out food groups like bread and pasta. So I told her I bought some fat free greek yogurt today to try out & she told me that I should really be eating full fat yogurt or low fat. She buys full fat everything. I just can't understand how the heck that is healthy??? I just wonder if she is wrong be... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:17:22 EST light greek yogurts I am here because I am trying to figure out what I should choose. I bought and tried 3 brands, Yoplait 100, chobani simply 100, and dannon light and fit greek that is 80 calories. <BR> <BR> The dannon was better than expected and I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. The Yoplait is even better but that's just because it is sweeter and I really am trying to stay away from sugar and carbs as much as possible. The Yoplait also has 14 carbs where the other has 8. I am not sure why th... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:36:37 EST experience or thoughts on advocare? Has anyone been on advocare or know a lot about it? I started a 28 day challenge. I like it but I don't use everything and do the spark drink every day along with eating healthy going by a lot of what I have found on spark instead of their recommendations. So far the program isn't bad but I don't see myself doing it long term since it is expensive and because I wont buy something I cant stand like the fiber drinks. <BR> <BR> I don't know if this is the best option but so far it is helping ju... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:31:25 EST looking for replacements to reactive foods. I am struggling with the plan recipes because some of the mainstays of the diet are foods I cannot eat. You state in the Plan book that every food in each recipe is necessary for a balanced meal that day, so I cannot just remove it. I need to find replacements for broccol, garlic, & corn (including cornstarch) in particular. I cannot eat beef or cow dairy products with the exception of Ghee and yogurt. Also, no pork, egg yolks, yeast, cranberries, chives or thyme. Onions & leeks are fine. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:26:08 EST Paleo diet Today is my first day of clean eating Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:27:34 EST How is the 'Carbs (for low-carb diet)' calculated Hi, <BR> <BR> How is the 'Carbs (for low-carb diet)' calculated on the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> My values at the bottom of the page reads 148 g for carbs but 98 g for 'carbs (for low-carbs). I would assume the last value is net-carbs? <BR> <BR> Thanks for answering this question. <BR> <BR> J Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:28:48 EST Protein and fiber I'm never able to reach minimum amount of protein and fiber each day. What am I doing wrong? <em>24</em> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 21:34:10 EST Where in your range do you eat? New to SP and really impressed with all the support! I was wondering where in your calorie range do you eat. I am 45 yrs old, female 202 lbs and want to lose about 50 lbs as I am 5'2. Range given to me is 1250-1600. I find if I stay at the low end I am starving but I am scared to gain if I eat top end <BR> <BR> Help? Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:15:32 EST cjuicing reboot Its day 6 on the juicing and I'be cheated 3 times Help!! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:59:22 EST Question on Nutrition Tracker I have always set my own calorie range, but I switched over to allow SP to adjust my calories according to my fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> I am stunned that it shows I can eat 2400 calories! My question is what amount of weight loss is that based on? 1 lb a week? Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:33:27 EST nut allergies I have a nut allergy but most diet plan incorporate nuts in them. What are good substitutes for nuts in eating plans? Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:33:15 EST spark recipes This might belong in technical help, I don't know. Obviously, not everything we eat is going to come from spark recipes or be single ingredient options. We're going to make recipes from other sources at times, and not every source give nutrition information. At this point, I've been entering them into the spark recipes just to figure out how many calories I'm eating, but we're not supposed to add recipes that are from cook books etc... I don't want to infringe on someone's copyright, I just w... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:01:40 EST Really hungry today Wow I am just have been hungry all day. Trying not to snack becuase that will set me off. Have to find something to do to take my mind off it. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:34:20 EST How do you guys track a home made sauce? I'm currently making a sauce for some rice, in bulk, for the entire family. I have no idea how I can track it though? <BR> <BR> I know I'm going to eat .5 cups of rice, but how am I supposed to know how much sauce soaked into it? <BR> <BR> The sauce is made out of organic whipping cream, organic chicken "better than bouillon", and organic beef broth, organic milk, and water. <BR> <BR> I've just no idea how to break all that down into one sauce, and then figure out how much sauce I'm actu... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:03:12 EST Dietary Needs? Okay so being that om losing weight. It is definitely coming off. Then I put in how much I lost Sparkpeople gave me a larger amount off calories to take in; why? When I started it was between 1500 to 1800 but has recently gone up to 1550 to 1900!!!!!!!!! Can soneone explain to me why!?!? Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:08:54 EST pros and cons of calorie tracking I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts on calorie tracking. Obviously it holds you accountable for what you eat, which is a good thing...but it's extremely easy to induce all the guilt ever ("I went over my calorie goal for today I AM THE MOST HORRIBLE PERSON IN THE WORLD" etc. etc. etc.). Has anyone with perfectionist tendencies had good luck with calorie counting? I want to be more aware of what I'm consuming, but the guilt/shame spiral isn't helping.... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:56:17 EST Pissed at my Doctor I went to my doctor yesterday to ask about the possibility of getting on Contrave the latest/greatest diet pill. He said he didn't believe in diet pills. I was okay with that. I was just feeling a little desperate to get myself over the hump of ridiculous hunger pains. However, he said look its so simple just eat a large lunch, light dinner and eat healthy snacks. That's it! He said why do people not realize how simple it is. <BR> <BR> I snapped. I said if it were so simple, why is mo... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:42:18 EST Soup thermos?????? Hi I was wondering how many use a soup thermos and what you do / dont like about it? and the brand or other suggestions... <BR> <BR> I am looking for a thermos that wont leak, that will fit about 3 cups of soup in it and be easy to clean the inside. For taking to work we don't have a fridge or microwave at my work. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:18:06 EST Advocare Spark Can anyone tell me where (location/country) the Spark drink is made? Thanks! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:49:14 EST achy legs (not sure if I spelled that For some reason today my legs are aching a lot. I keep trying to stretch them and walk around. I work in an office but am up and down 1000 times a day. I walked on my lunch break, just through a store doing errands. I drink lots of water. <BR> <BR> Should I be concerned? suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated...thanks Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:55:33 EST Water For some reasons... water taste funny to me in a way. I mean water has no taste. But.... I don't know... <BR> <BR> I been drinking a lot of ICE sparkling water because its flavored and no calories. I also been doing sugar free/calorie free crsystal light. <BR> <BR> How do I improve my water intake. I can go thru like 6 ICE sparkling waters in a day because I like their flavors. It does have some vitamins in it too.. <BR> <BR> What do you do to help you drink more water during the day and... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:50:37 EST Protein powder questions Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I have never used protein powder, but I see a lot of recipes here on SparkPeople and had a couple questions.... <BR> <BR> Is it necessary to ingest protein powder? Would it be helpful for weight loss? <BR> <BR> I'm allergic to soy AND lactose (dairy). Is there even a protein powder I can ingest? <BR> <BR> Thanks all and have a lovely day! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:35:07 EST New Here..Calorie Ranges? Hi, I am starting today and I have spent a good part of my morning reviewing the site and I am excited! <BR> I have a question. I have been given a calorie range of 1200-1550. I would like to aim for about a pound a week but where in this range should I set my target for??? Low end, top end, middle? I am also a fitbit I eat these calories too or should I just use them for information and not eat them. Thank you in advance. So far everyone seems very helpful Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:09:00 EST How do I deal with sweets? I have been tracking my food on SparkPeople for 10 days now. Like anything else in life some days are good and some days are more of a struggle. Some days I avoid sweets all together and really only eat yogurt or fresh fruit. Other days my family has cookies and candy. If I have a craving I have found that it is best to go have whatever it is I am craving in a single serving, track it, and move on. In my experience you can't forbid yourself something because then you will want it that much mo... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:37:36 EST Advoare and blood thinners I am fixing to start the 24 day challenge but am questioning it on the account that I am currently on blood thinners and aspirin. Has anyone out there done the challenge on blood thinners? I am questioning the extra Vitamin K in some of the products and the fish oil in the Omegaplex supplement mainly. Any help is appreciated. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:28:51 EST My issue with water ... is I cannot bring myself to drink it! I know there are many worse things when it comes to diet and nutrition - and weight loss in general but I can only really drink water if it's sweetened, I'm more of a volvic strawberry or volvic lemon and lime kind of girl. <BR> <BR> If things like soda and smoothies, even squash gave you equivalent results, I would be seeing great results right now but my problem is ... sugar, fizzy drinks and hot chocolate gets me through the day (especially when I'm ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:45:41 EST anyone done Atkins to lose weight? I have had a great deal of trouble losing weight and have tried all the low fat/reduced calorie diets without any results. Because of this, I am interested in doing a low carb diet. I looked up on about their eating program and it looks like it would help quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I did some of the stuff on their list today for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but even though I had lots of protein and fats, I have only had 582 calories for the day so far. That is way too low, from wha... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:00:23 EST Ballfield food help So for the first time ever this year my oldest son is playing travel baseball. We're very excited even though it's a big commitment both time wise and financially. Anyways we have 5-6 tournaments we will be going to out of town and a couple are out of state. We just found out that several of these tournaments do NOT allow us to bring our own coolers. When he played little league and we'd go to tournaments we would bring coolers with lots of drinks and our own food. This is not not an option. ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:43:52 EST cals burned Is it necessary to eat back what you burn through exercise? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:35:07 EST Tracking Restaurant Meals So I'm going out to eat tonight with my boyfriend's family. I'm going to eat light all day in preparation, and I know that I should order one of the salads with the dressing on the side please but... <BR> <BR> They have chicken pot pie. And Irish lamb stew. And burgers galore. And french dips! Basically, all of my favorite hearty meals. And we really never go out to eat. <BR> <BR> So what do you do when you go to a restaurant like this? How do you track what you're eating? I'm obviously n... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:30:06 EST Non stop Hunger I am always hungry. It keeps me from sleeping or wakes me up. I ate twice my calorie goal yesterday and still got no relief. I don't eat sugar, drink about a gallon of water a day, get plenty of protein, fat and fiber. I've tried the vinegar shots. This is not "cravings" or just wanting to eat. I don't want to eat, I want to not be hungry. I have even had blood work done to check for diabetes. I just ordered fiber supplements to see it they will help. This is what makes me give up, every time... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:06:05 EST What happens if my Calorie Deficit is -1000? I do a lot of walking and according to my stats I need to eat a lot more to compensate. I don't seem to be losing the weight even though I am walking, and keeping my calories within or below the recommended calorie intake. What is a sufficient deficit to be working towards? most days mine is about -1000 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:37:06 EST logging nutrition Is it more beneficial to just log our food that we eat and our exercise to keep track of but not subtract it from our calorie range for the day? It seems when exercise is added to the tracker it gives more calories to eat and most times I cannot come close to even eating any more than I have had in a day. I just don't understand how that can even help in our weight loss goals. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to just eat the calories we need and not go over our ranges just super confused on ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:58:18 EST Bulletproof Coffee Anyone ever do this for breakfast along with a low carb diet? Did it work or is it bad for you? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:57:42 EST Low Carb Question Does going low carb really work? Any suggestions? How low carb is recommended to work? Anyone had success with this or is it not a good idea. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:56:38 EST someone please help!!!! I am a VERY big girl but I am very serious about my weight loss this time...I have a gym membership and have been counting my calories...usually between 700/1200 calories I lost 4 pounds the first week but now the scale is saying lived gained two pounds....someone help....I want to lose this weight so bad so I can play with my daughter and take her places and ride rides with her!! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:00:09 EST After work snacks I do well the whole day with planning, packing lunches, eating the right amount of calories. But THEN I get home from work and all I want is a piece of Chocolate. And then I stop tracking cause homemade dinner takes a lot of work to track. What to do about the snacks in the late afternoon/night AND about the lack of motivation to track my food at night? <BR> THANKS!! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:16:36 EST Can't seem to get enough calories! I have been eating snacks and filling healthy meals and cannot for the life of me seem to get in the reccomended number of calories. Sometime I am under on fat and carbs as well. I just don't know what to do. I don't want to eat when I am not hungry. Is it okay to not meet the daily requirements? I am drinking a ton of water. I breastfeed my baby and despite my drop in calorie intake I have been making plenty of milk. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:46:09 EST Restaurant Nutrition Is there a way to add the total nutrition info of a restaurant meal to the daily tracker? The total nutrition facts have already been calculated on the restaurant's website. The website does not provide nutrition info for each ingredient separately. Also, the amount of each ingredient is not listed. After one chooses their desired ingredients, the nutrition info is calculated. So how does one enter the resulting totals given for calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, and protein into the ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:42:58 EST Does anyone follow food plans? Does anyone follow the food plans? Have any tips? I find myself hungry most of the day if I follow perfectly. I am pretty active, so I usually add foods based on how much fitness I have tracked... but I have not had any success losing weight. Maybe the fitness tracker is overestimating my calories burned? <BR> <BR> And advice is appreciated! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:41:45 EST Don't know how to cook... Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm 21 years old and I'll admit to everyone on here that I don't know how to look. One time, I tried making muffins and the oven almost caught fire. Then, I tried making a pie crust...that didn't really work either. I've watched my mother cook for years but I've just never had interest. I even took a cooking class when I was about 9 or 10 but after that I lost interest. So...I finally want to learn to cook. Does anyone have an easy, beginners recipes they'd like to give me?... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:00:45 EST substitute for nutritionl yeast in salad dressing? What can I substitute for nutritional yeast in a salad dressing? (something that will be nutritionally roughly equivalent) <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:40:23 EST What to eat for Less Carbs but without the FAT? Everytime I try to lower carbs I end up upping my Fat content... Im currently trying to burn belly fat as the rest of my body is slim... So I started Fasting Workouts for this month and keeping my carbs around 100-110 (( I was told to lose belly fat you need to lower carbs to this amount)) but by lowering my carbs my Fat intake has gone up? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions <BR> <BR> Also by lowering my casrbs my calorie intake is less than it should be. But im eating 3 meals a day with 2 Snacks... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:03:46 EST Help...... Two issues - I’m always hungry & I have unusually slow metabolism <BR> <BR> Background: used to have great metabolism and I also used to have a lot of energy. That all went south when I hit 35. Something seriously changed in me, so fast I thought something was wrong and got tested for my thyroid. Nothing was found. I had to completely change what I ate and drank so I wouldn't end up being one of those people that had to be cut out of a house at some point. So now I eat very healthy, seldom e... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:50:46 EST Sodium I'm at the high end or over on my sodium range. I don't add salt while I'm cooking or on my food. What can I do to cut back on the sodium? Thanks for the help. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 17:32:58 EST Left over rice?? I have sooo much left over rice from this past week and am going on vacation for a week in a couple days. I feel bad throwing it away, and my parents are out of town too so I cant pawn it off on them. Does rice do ok if I were to freeze it and thaw it when I get back? I dunno if thats weird or would even work. Any way I can preserve it or will it go bad by the time I get back? Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:25:56 EST SlimQuick for Women I saw new version advertised and they also have a protein drink similar to Slimfast. Anyone try this or the pills? Does it work as advertised? I've tried other supplements in the past including the ones recommended by Dr. Oz and none worked for the long term. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:01:44 EST Buying organic - who are you supporting? After reading this article and studying the graphic you may choose to support local and sustainable farming rather than just asuming that any organic products are worth the money. <BR> Many large food companies are buying organic companies and the money gets spent on lobbying for changing organic standards to benefit big agricultural business and hurting small farmers. Instead visit the farm where your food comes from and buy local. It's essential for food security in this country. <BR> <BR... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:08:05 EST Sometimes I eat too much at bedtime... advice? I don't have too much problem sticking with my eating plan during the day. Then about 9 pm or so on some nights, I just get hungry. Tonight I ate 3 cups of dry cereal (Special K with strawberries) just to snack before bedtime. Most nights this isn't at all a problem. I'm not sure what the factors are that make it more likely for me to snack at bedtime (after I've had my proper nutrition for the day). I didn't sleep as many hours due to a small cold (per my fitness tracker) and lounged ar... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 23:07:24 EST Strict 30 Day Fast I just started back with Sparks People, but my pastor put us on a 30 strict fast. Nothing from 6 am until 6 pm. Not even water. Do you think that is healthy? Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:18:16 EST Wheat Bellley - Your Thoughts Hello: <BR> I just starting to hear about this Wheat Belly thing. Has anybody ever tried going wheat free? <BR> If so, your experiences? Thank you. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:38:43 EST Clean eating and sugar I am working toward becoming a clean eater and replacing foods/methods as I can. Sugar is my big huh. The other day I put a few frozen blueberries in my hot green tea the flavor was blueberry and something. I've put honey in green tea. I've also used dried fruit. <BR> And I'm trying to get away from all splenda types. <BR> What do you substitute for sugar? Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:46:50 EST dinner time carb cravings I have been trying lately to cut carbs down. not completely out. I am fine at breakfast. I eat them with lunch. But everytime I try to NOT eat lots of carbs with dinner, I end up eating more of them. <BR> <BR> Should I just stick with a carbless breakfast, and have small amounts of carbs with lunch and dinner for now and work with that? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure, and I don't want to snack on carbs after my dinner either. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:20:03 EST Up a pound The roast beef, gravy potatoes and beer desert were actually worth the extra pound I put on this morning - but now back to it. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:48:00 EST Spark nutrition tracking is confusing me I don't understand how a person can lose weight following the spark nutrition tracker recommendations if every time you exercise it ups the amount if calories you can have. I understood that exercise is supposed to help burn additional calories but if you then eat more....? What am I missing? Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:11:13 EST dieting while traveling I'm looking for everyone's best tips on eating right while traveling. I'll be at a conference for 3 days. This of course means eating out/going out with colleagues. - Teresa Sun, 8 Mar 2015 14:20:16 EST cooking ahead - what do you make? I've heard over and over again the importance of planning and cooking meals ahead for the week to control calories and nutrition. In my brain, though, a "cook ahead" meal = EITHER a pot of soup or stew OR a roast something OR a casserole. I like soup and stew fine, but eating the SAME soup, stew, roast, or casserole for four or five days is pretty darned boring. And cooking three or four of them means eating glop for every meal for five days. <BR> <BR> I thought of just grilling up chicke... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:52:26 EST My fitness pal Can i ask you guys when using an app such as my fitness pal how do you go about working out calories in a home cooked meal. <BR> <BR> is it possible to put all ingredients in as a meal and then call it say 4 servings where you had that even possible? <BR> <BR> i think i really need to track calories for a while because my weightloss has slowed considersably so i suspect now i may be eating too many calories for effective weight loss Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:26:36 EST Need Calorie Help My calorie intake is currently about 1500 calories a day... I stay within range with what Sparkpeople reccomends.. However Im at a goal weight but Im doing a Beachbody program (( Power 90)), and trying to gain muscle and tone up.. Should I stay at the 1500 calories or should I add on an extra 200 for the training.. Im confused Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:04:26 EST Menus and meal planning I get the Spark diabetes meal plans and find them very limited and not very family friendly. <BR> Anyone know any good places to get meal plans that are simple and family friendly? <BR> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:59:00 EST Meal Scheduling My next major goal/hurdle I'm working to overcome is meal scheduling. Due to my hectic work schedule, I have a very hard time eating on a consistent basis, and I need to make some serious changes to change this or I'm never going to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> I know that eating every 4 hours or so is best for me, and based on my normal dinnertime around 7-8pm, this means having an afternoon snack at 3-4pm and lunch around 11-12pm (with breakfast at 7-8am). <BR> <BR> Now, here's where the pr... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:43:40 EST adding nutrition information I added two items I could not find in drop down menu but when I search for manual foods entered they do not show up? <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:29:20 EST Portion Control Is really hard for me because when I eat until I am full it is still too much and still feel sluggish, etc. For instance, for lunch I ate until I was SATISIFIED not full. <BR> <BR> Not sure is that is a good way to look at it but am just starting out...That combined with my 60 day exercise program (Leslie Sansone 30 Day WAH), as well as upping my water intake (so far am up to 3 bottles-16 ounces each). <BR> <BR> Hopefully I will begin seeing results by the end of the month, but the doubt ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:19:26 EST Will This Lose Weight Fast Enough? I am 5 f 3 and weigh 160 pounds. <BR> If I am eating 1500 calories per day and exercising 1500 per week, will I hit my goal to be 130 by July 1st? <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:04:35 EST Water I'm having such a hard time getting enough water in, and I'm at a loss. I've tried different water bottles, but for some reason, it hasn't been working lately. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get about 100-130 ounces of water per day, but I usually only manage around 20 or so- plus some seltzer. I definitely think switching from buying gallon jugs of water to fill a 32 oz water bottle to a filter water bottle was a wise move, but it also meant giving up my larger water bottle. I would LOVE to find ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:32:29 EST Voting on nutritional value Went to the board to vote on nutritional value of a food and a popup prevented my voting, even tho I have banned popups. Apparently, SP has found a way to get around the popup ban. How annoying! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:15:11 EST Calories and Shock - Amazing what u learn Hi Everyone .. <BR> I was just logging in my meal for the day minus my dinner and since I didnt have my regular snack for my tea I bought a raisin tea biscuit now I did not finish but wow I could not beleive the calories in one of those small things ...unreal ...amazing I now know that can be a meal with an egg all in itself ... <BR> I am a big carb lover ...good carbs mostly but my carbs are always higher but never over ....I do eat my fruits and veggies although this week has not been a goo... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:08:45 EST I'm struggling Well, I found two new sources for a month of meal plans that I had not seen before. Hopefully, they will work for my family. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>files/tools/1monthdiet.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>thy-eating/superfoods/healthy-eating-p<BR>lanner-31-days-of-superfoods/ </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:21:43 EST Serving size question As I've been measuring my food, I've noticed that the serving size doesn't always correlate with the number of servings supposedly in the package. For instance, I had Thai green curry Tuna for lunch yesterday. The stated serving was 1/3 cup. The number of servings in the package was supposedly 3.5. I measured out 2/3 cup to equal 2 servings, and discovered that I had used the entire package. I double checked to make sure I wasn't supposed to add anything to it before serving and I measured co... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:40:04 EST Whole Food Stores vs. Other Grocery Stores Does anyone here shop at wholefood stores? I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Market Basket and try to make smart choices. However I hear WholeFoods, Trader Joes, places like this are generally healthier however super expensive. <BR> Are there certain items you get only at a whole foods store? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:09:51 EST How often should I eat? I keep hearing that I should eat 5-6 times a day to keep up my metabolism but I am wondering how o far apart I should spread those meals out. I was trying to shoot for every 3 hours but that doesn't really work with my schedule. <BR> <BR> I work a phone job so its hard to eat during work so I have to eat on my breaks and lunches. They are pre-scheduled and occur every 2 hours. To make matters worse, I take thyroid medicine so I have to wait an hour after I take my meds before I can eat... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:46:25 EST Happy to be on Sparkpeople!! I'm looking forward to starting a new adventure and taking advantage of what this site has to offer! So much to read and learn. Thank you!! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 05:03:20 EST meal times My biggest problem is establishing meal times. I work third shift 10pm to 6am and sleep in two periods usually from 8 to about noon and 5 till 8:30. So I tend to have to many meals, any suggestions? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 03:10:38 EST Shredded Chicken Recipes Please! Okay, so I just discovered a wonderful slow cooker recipe for shredded chicken. By the recipe, it is Mexican flavors, but could easily be plain or seasoned differently. My question to you all is what are your favorite healthy recipes that I can use frozen shredded chicken for? I'm looking for something that is best for a single serving (for lunches or dinners when I'm alone). Thanks in advance!! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:32:32 EST pie chart vs daily goals The pie chart for fat intake always goes over 30% but I am always in the correct range on the day to day weekly tracker chart?? <BR> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:05:05 EST daily calorie goal I set my daily calorie goas for 1000-1200 calories a day and every few days it defaults back to 1200-1500? Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:01:31 EST how long can you go with little protein and fat Recently I start to have digestive issues. Meat (fish, chicken, beef, lamb, ham whatever) gave me intense stomach ache and had me curl up in my bed in pain. I usually have a few bites of food and feel incredibly full (like the sensation of food building up in my esophagus). When I ate food that contained fat, I feel slightly nauseated and unwell in general. My favorite nuts used to be cashew and pistachio, now I can eat maybe 2 full cashews before I taste the grease and feel choked. <BR> <B... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:04:08 EST Canadas Food Guide & Weight Watchers - Difference Hello: <BR> Are there any differences between following Canada's Food Guide and following Weight Watchers plan, i.e. food limits etc.? Wed, 4 Mar 2015 05:52:37 EST Weight Watchers Hello: <BR> Can someone explain how the weight watchers program works? <BR> Thank you. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:36:56 EST staying within your macros I have been having such a hard time of staying at a certain percentage for proteins, fat and carbs. I just don't know where i am going wrong.can someone please point me in the right direction? I'm aiming for 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20 %fat. any help is greatly appreciated Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:46:33 EST Printing our favourites list I think It would be a good idea if I could print out my "Favourites" in my nutrition list in case they get lost. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know it that is possibe and if so how? <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:52:12 EST What are you eating today? I ate a piece of cheese bread and avocado for breakfast. I'm planning on eating a salad with tuna fish for lunch. For dinner, I will eat paleo cabbage and bacon. For snacks I will eat apples and kefir (yogurt drink) I also ate 1 ferrero rocher hazelnut candy. <BR> <BR> I also plan on drinking 1 gallon of water today. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:56:44 EST Nutrients I am looking for eating reccomendations to ensure I am getting my folate, magnesium requirements met on a daily basis....any superfoods out there? Also my vitamin E and B vitamins consistently come in low..... Would love any suggestions.... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:05:19 EST Putting veggies in dishes What are some vegetables that I could through in a tater tot hotdish, Lasangua, or rice hotdish. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:34:16 EST STARVING!!! I'm working on eating more fruit and vegetables these days and today I'm struggling with trying not eat everything in sight. I've had some protein today ( two hard boiled eggs & sliced turkey with cheese plus some almonds) and I'm drinking my water but my appetite isn't be satisfied :( HELP What do you do on days like these? SO SO HUNGRY Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:41:50 EST drop down menu quesiton Why are there so many processed food and fast food servings on the drop down menu. I have a hard time finding food that is just food. <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:13:06 EST fat intake It is nearly impossible for me to keep 30% fat intake. I TBLS of olive oil puts me out of the ball park less olive oil the vegies just burn. I had a small pat of butter today and am already 29%? <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:11:27 EST Belvita breakfast biscuits Does anyone else eat these? I am not a big breakfast eater but I like these & tend to eat these most mornings. <BR> <BR> I feel as if they are healthy...they gave you 4 hours of nutritious steady energy & are 230 calories for 4 biscuits. Any thoughts? Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:02:01 EST how do you create a daily page to keep track of ca I have entered all what I ate for the last two days but nothing comes up as a daily chart llike it did years ago. help need to keep track of cal. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:08:44 EST recipe search add a NO option Would like to see the SEARCH recipe have an option to eliminate specific ingredients. I look up recipes all the time but would like to avoid any with Fish/Seafood. but would also like to say No EGGS, strawberries, cottage cheese or some other ingredient you are allergic to, can't eat or don't have in house. <BR> <BR> Just a suggestion so please don't write a condescending remark cause Yes there are alternatives but most recipes don't bother mentioning them. I have learned to use y... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:45:50 EST Realistic Calorie Intake? My ticker says I'd like to be at 135 but I think those last 10 lbs are vanity lbs, so I have about 20 realistic lbs I'd like to lose. I walk 1-3 miles 6/7 days a week over rough and hilly terrain and do various ST at home every other day. I've also started jump roping and there's a pretty good chance that once the snow melts I'll be doing serious hikes, ranging anywhere from 2-5 miles uphill (plus the walk down) once a week to prep for a vacation I'm taking in August. <BR> <BR> Should I be... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:31:35 EST Eating more at home We used to eat out often, but when times were tough we had to eat at home. It made us take some of those times and make them fun. We would make something out of a recipie book and rent a movie on TV after we were done. No phones or doors were answered. Once times were better, we continue this but only treat ourselves out once in a while. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:57:23 EST Coffee before a Run/work out I struggle to find energy to move, maybe because I have a 5 yr. old and two 3 yr old boys. <BR> So when it's time for the gym, I need to slam a coffee. <BR> <BR> Is this okay? Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:11:52 EST Calorie counting I'm looking for a calorie counting group, chat, challenge? This site is so big and I'm having a hard time navigating. Could someone direct me please? Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:49:25 EST fiber one products I just noticed when i add fiber one fudge brownies to my nutrition page, it don't add the 5 grams of fiber, it shows 0. I have trouble getting enough fiber in a day, that is with eating beans and vegetables. Any suggestions? Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:20:44 EST Protein and fiber Recipe ideas/help I am having a problem meeting my protein and fiber goals. What are good snack and recipes to help with this. <BR> Example of what I ate today so far: <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Egg vege Frittas Recipe from Sparks recipes <BR> 1/2 raisin bagel w/ 1Tbsp Cream Cheese <BR> 1/2 grapefruit <BR> Morning Snack: <BR> 2 lg. carrots <BR> 2 Tbsp. Roasted red pepper hummus <BR> <BR> This is where I am at with nutrition for today: <BR> Cals: 434 / Carb 58 / Fat 17 / Protein 14 / Fiber 9 <BR> <BR> Cals ar... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:19:28 EST Food tracking Question I like to manually enter all my food nutrition into my "favorites" on the food tracker. I know there is search data base, however I have found that often my info differs from theirs. This way I can also share my favorites info with others . My question is sometimes a label will state ex: fiber less than 5 or carb less than 3. How do I record this in my data base or do you not record that nutrient? Thanks for your help <BR> Marge <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:03:31 EST Menu Does SparkPeople have a menu option anywhere on the site? If there is, please direct me to it. If not, please add a page where we can create our own menu. It would really be helpful. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:53:06 EST Great No Yogurt Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe If anyone is interested in a great, easy strawberry banana smoothie (that, to me, tastes as good or better than McDonald's) , take note below: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 cup crushed ice (my Bella Rocket grinds it as fine as an icee - finer than snowcones) - 6 or so big cubes <BR> 1 medium banana (make sure it is ripe but firm. If they are not ripe, the smoothie won't have much flavor - I learned the hard way!) <BR> 5 or 6 fresh strawberries <BR> Splash of orange juice. <BR> <BR> Crush/gr... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:52:08 EST I've lost 26lbs and 48 inches since January 19th! I'm so excited! I actually have lost a total of 36lbs since December, but I began an all natural nutritional cleansing program last month and I'm feeling better than I have ever felt. I'm also down 48 inches over my entire body. I measure neck, bust, diaphragm, waist, abdomen, butt, thighs, calves, and upper arms. I swear, I wasn't cheating with the tape measurer! Oh it is so nice to feel like I may actually reach my goal this time. Thank goodness! :) I've been too out of shape for long enoug... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:45:46 EST portable affordable gluten free snacks Looking for suggestions for portable non-prepackaged/processed gluten free snacks that do not need to be refrigerated. I have days where I am gone from home 12 plus hours and don't want to spend extra money while I am out and about between school and work when I need a snack. Thanks! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:44:03 EST I need more fiber in my diet I've been doing some research and have come to the realization that I need more fiber in my diet. I'm trying to exercise more and eat less but I am hungry all the time. When I'm hungry I crave carbs in a big way. Does anyone have any suggestions to sneak more fiber in my diet so that I'm not so hungry all the time? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:46:04 EST cravings How do you all deal with cravings? I try distracting myself or if that doesn't work I allow myself a portion controlled serving. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:09:14 EST Outstanding Resource on diabetes This is a video series published by Dr. Richard Bernstein that is available for free to watch on youtube. Dr. Bernstein is a type 1 diabetic himself and has a life-time of experience and research to share. Highly recommended for anyone with blood-sugar issues: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02I6IvV6-1s2pL4BPhvMo0Ck_lcY </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:17:33 EST What are you Vegetarians & Vegans Eating? I am a pescatarian for about a year now. Eat like a vegetarian on most days. <BR> <BR> I am feeling hungry and right now I am scale stuck since holiday gain. <BR> <BR> My question is what are the vegetarians and vegans here eating to lose weight and stay satisfied? <BR> <BR> Ideas or Suggestions Please. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:26:00 EST Calorie question. Please bear with me here. I started my weight loss journey last month. all my previous attempts had failed because i had a very all or nothing mentality regarding the weight loss. Anyways when I started again this time i decided to take small steps. Last month I gave up pop and increased my water. At the end of last month I started exercising and am now up to 4-5 days a week. this week I started to keep track of my calories. My only goal this week was to write down everything I ate and use wh... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:37:20 EST Hemp seeds Does anyone else eat hemp seeds? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:15:28 EST What's your secret to a healthy cream sauce? I always love finding or coming up with healthy tricks to make those delicious, savory sauces that are oh-so-bad for you. <BR> <BR> I'd been dying to make broccoli cheddar soup, but couldn't think of a way to make it creamy without using cream, flour, etc. I usually use pureed cauliflower for everything (that's my go-to, especially when I make chicken pot's amazing!), but I wanted to figure something else out. Was reading in Cooking Light about overcooking brown rice in chicken stoc... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:56:10 EST Withdrawl?? I decided a couple of days ago-More like, I finally accepted the fact-that I am addicted to sugar, and the only way to overcome the addiction is to stop eating it. I understand that moderation works for a lot of people, and sparkpeople's core beliefs surround moderation and baby steps, but before we get on to that, I've lost weight before-almost 100 pounds. Moderation does not work for me. If it did, I would not be 300+ pounds again...anyway.. <BR> <BR> Today I felt strange. I had anxiety an... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:06:33 EST Tofu Question I baked some tofu today, in sort of "steaks", rather than cubes. When I took it out at the end of 35 minutes, 2 pieces had huge air bubbles that I had to deflate with a knife. Any idea why that would happen? Will it affect the taste/texture? Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:58:37 EST A pound a day I know this is not considered healthy but it is only for a short time in order to meet a goal. Has anyone had success in losing 10 lbs in 10 days? If so, how did you do it? I am in my 40's and very healthy, 150 lbs at 5'6". I know this weight loss will not be sustainable but if I can meet this goal I will be encouraged to reboot and get my focus back for a more long-term and healthful eating plan. I really need to lose the bloat and the water weight, plus hopefully a few pounds of fat. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:16:28 EST Full Plate Just heard about this diet/book and wondering if anyone has any info/opinions to share? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:36:18 EST Help! I have been eating alot of food I shouldnt. I just dont know how to say no. A friend and i stopped at McDonald's, she ordered a Deluxe Chicken Club and so did I. Ughhh! I felt so bad and guilty after I ate it. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:32:09 EST Help! Menopause!! I'm going through menopause and have overhauled my diet to very healthy and have always exercised religiously. Even with a huge change in nutrition, in the last month I have not lost a pound or any inches. Don't know what to do? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:45:01 EST 5:2 Questions Riiight, well. I've lost around 7lbs over the past couple of months, and kept it off just by eating smaller portions. But now I've kind of accepted that if I'm really going to lose the rest, I need to track my calories. <BR> <BR> I've ordered a new diet journal to come tomorrow and my plan was to track 1800 calories a day - I lose pretty well on that and maintain at 2300. However, I was considering doing the 5:2 thing, since I have fasted before around once a week (not weight loss related) ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:43:11 EST meal before a workout I've come to the horrific conclusion that if I'm going to get a workout in every day, its gonna have to be when I don't have to be mommy or the wife to all and sundry and that only happens at about 4 in the morning. <BR> <BR> Yeah, feel the pain. <BR> <BR> However, the last two times I've dragged myself out of bed for a workout, it has gone terribly. I can't make it 15 minutes of the simplest, slowest yoga routine I've got. Conclusion: I need to eat before working out. I've almost always ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:20:12 EST Tracking Meat Weights - Cooked or Uncooked? This has always confused me and I don't know why. I just can't wrap my head around it. When weighing and tracking meat do you track the cooked weight or the uncooked weight? For example, I didn't weigh my chicken out before cooking but I did after cooking and it came out to 2.5 ounces. Is this the weight that I track? Same goes for steaks, porkchops, etc. <BR> <BR> Also, I usually weigh my burgers before cooking. Is this right? It loses mass when it cooks. <BR> <BR> Help, I'm so confused! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:29:46 EST Almond Milk Store bought or Home-made? Just started reading about raw diet (not necessarily paleo). Recipes I've seen require the pulp. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:14:40 EST Beck Diet Solution good morning, all - does anyone follow the beck diet solution? just wondering :) Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:51:08 EST IsoFemme Has anyone ever used IsoFemme protein powder or know anything about it? I recently bought some and am wondering if it is a good one. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:11:54 EST Lyn genet recitas the plan On day four can I substitute cherries or dark grapes for Apple and pear for the cinnamon poached fruit Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:21:20 EST recipe help im trying to find a recipe for lentil tostadas that is heart healthy and Awomeness Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:02:44 EST Can we talk? I'm usually a blogger here, but since I came back to SP I haven't gotten much feedback that way. Admittedly the first time I was all fired up and just sure I would lose the weight and get all healthy. I had no doubts. This time, I just can't get that excited. So here I am, and I've got a couple of questions. <BR> First, since coming back for my second go-round I've lost nothing, no weight, no inches around the middle, nothing. I've been far more on track than I was the first time, when I... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:52:34 EST Calling all Vegans and Vegetarians Hey all! Just want to connect to all who have chosen the vegetarian lifestyle for whatever reasons. :) I have been one since the age of 9. I wanted to create a place where we can bounce nutrition concerns/struggles, training plans, and recipes off of eachother. I sure know that I go through stages during my endurance season that is a struggle for me. <BR> <BR> Just to start off, has anyone found it difficult or hitting a plateau in trying to lose weight but also maintain a healthy calorie d... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:38:24 EST Foods in your fridge/ cabinets What food items do you ALWAYS have on hand at home? <BR> I try to always have eggs in the fridge and crackers for a snack. I always have my freezer loaded with veggies, great for throwing them into soups and side dishes Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:35:00 EST Trying to overcome the sweets addiction Good morning, I woke up wishing that I could get a good nights sleep. As my body was in bed resting, my brain just kept on talking, talking and talking - all night long. The talking was about my life time sweet addiction... <BR> <BR> I have had a few great breakthrough times in my life. In fact the last breakthrough came in October of 2013 and lasted all the way to December 2014. This breakthrough consisted of no refined white sugar sweets and absolutely no caffeine. I referred specifically... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:07:45 EST Eating Healthy Around My Boyfriend Hi everyone, hoping I'm posting this in the right forum! I'm on my bazillionth attempt at losing weight, and trying to really set myself up to succeed this time. My biggest problem, however, is eating healthy around my boyfriend. He isn't sabotaging anything, and in fact is one of my biggest supporters in my attempts to lose weight. The problem is that he doesn't have to watch what he eats. He works as a cook, and does a lot of walking back and forth and lifting and other exercise while ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:40:06 EST 2015 free online diabetes summit I listened to a lot of this last year and it was great. <BR> Enjoy, <BR> Birgit <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:49:11 EST Changing Diet Requirements?? down 87lbs When I started my journey at 275, (high weight was 300), I started counting Carbs to control Blood sugar I didn't care about Calories. Got my sugar under control and started loosing weight. I started to pay attention to calories and became fixated on them to continue to loose weight. I started at 1200-1400 calories a day and went down from there. I ended up eating only 800-1000 calories a Day, hurting my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Now at 211, I have increased by calories to 1600-1800 to try an... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:43:29 EST Should I eat more or should I eat more often? I usually wake up between 7:30 am and 9:00 am and I eat breakfast, I always eat lunch by 1 pm and the time that I eat dinner usually depends on what day it is. I am in college and I have night classes, on the nights that I have class I usually eat a little later.I weight 328 pounds, an average meal for me since I have started trying to lose weight is about 450 calories. I do eat snacks like those little Halo oranges and granola. I also am trying Herbalife, but I do not drink 2 shakes a day li... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:40:03 EST The plan by lyn genet recitas I will be traveling for 4 days during the first twenty days of the plan <BR> Is it a problem if I cannot follow the diet for those days <BR> Should I start the plan only after returning from my trip Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:20:54 EST BEACH BODY SUPPLEMENTS I am currently doing T25, and was wondering what are the thoughts and opinions on their before and after workout supplements such as E+E and Creatine powders. And what about shakeology? I currently eat pretty darn healthy, watching my sugar and processed food intake.. I also drink more then enough water, and an occasional green tea. However my energy level STINKS!!!!!! I can hardly manage my workouts let alone manage the rest of my day. I tried to take B6 B12 and I dont know if it is the bran... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:54:37 EST What do you think of this Cardiac diet plan A friend gave me the 3 day Cardiac fad diet plan to lose 10 lbs in n3 days. I tried it for 2 days and on the 3 day I felt extremely tired and weak. I didn't have any energy to work out on my Wii or clean house. I had asked my doctor about the diet and he said to try it to boost my metabolism. I lost 2.2 lbs, in two days and on the third day I was too week. <BR> <BR> Has anyone heard of this Cardiac Fad diet plan ? If I may, I would like your opinion, if I should try to continue with this pl... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:40:24 EST Time Savers Do you have any time saving tips in the kitchen you would like to share? <BR> <BR> Two things from me: <BR> <BR> 1. I keep a bowl full of those cheap (Dollar Store) plastic measuring cups and spoons on my kitchen counter where they are handy when I get ready to measure my food. <BR> <BR> 2. I use Ziploc Microwave Bags to steam veggies. Vegetables cook so much faster in these. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:57:30 EST Paleo Diet I am trying this just started. No dairy , no sugar basically meats and fish fruits and vegetables, no processed food at all. Eggs are allowed. Anyone else eating this way? Just checking for ideas for breakfastes. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:39:05 EST abstinence in moderation Try to be AF at least 2 days/week <BR> Substitute meat at least 1 day/week <BR> Curb sugar cravings with fruit <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:51:12 EST Nutrition Tracking for Omega 3 I am wondering why omega 3 isn't included as a choice in the nutrition tracker. And what would be a recommended daily amount? Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:49:01 EST Fiber I have a hard time getting even the minimum amount of fiber in my daily goal. When I do get enough fiber, my carbs skyrocket. What are good sources of fiber that are also low-carb? So far, the only thing I've found that has a good fiber/total carb ratio is avocados, but they have a high fat content and can be somewhat expensive. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:30:17 EST Back mostly just to plan. Pointers? <link><BR>sp?id=ADOS-ADOS&dte=2%2F22%2F2015 </link> <BR> <BR> The above is my nutrition tracker for today, I think. It is not what am eating today. Today I had cake for breakfast and will have liver and onions for lunch. A couple times a week I'll eat two or three eggs fried with a bit of olive oil, rarely canned fish, or if someone offers me meat I may eat that. These are not everyday occurrences. Most times I will eat something approximating the above... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:50:25 EST lost Newbie here any suggestions on where to begin on a no sugar low carb/gluten free diet plan? Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:39:56 EST protein powder I bought some protein powder yesterday to start drinking, I never has before. I'm a vegetarian so I think this will help me get more protein and help me lose weight. Any thoughts or ideas? Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:48:19 EST balanced diet/high fat diet for losing weight Hi..i came to recently that when I have more of fats in my diet I lose more did such a thing happen with you?( total calories each day i have are around 1500). Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:18:39 EST 7 day Carb cycling Got the book 7 day carb cycling. Chris list menus for snacks, lunch, and dinner, but the book doesn't say which meal is which. Can anyone help? Thank you Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:05:02 EST Cooking with alcohol When I use alcohol in cooking -- like when I stew a beef casserole in a bottle of Guinness, or slosh a glass of red wine into a bolognese sauce -- what happens to the calories? I know that cooking burns off the actual alcohol, so you are left with the flavour and some of the liquid, but what does this do to the calorie count? Do all the calories remain? How do I calculate the alcohol used during cooking when I am totting up my total calories for any particular recipe? Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:32:59 EST The Dreaded Plateau So, I've been on this diet since January 3rd and I've lost 45 pounds. I am extremely overweight and still have a lot more to lose. It seems that I have hit a plateau and I don't know what to do. I started off with eating 1800 calories and have dropped down to 1500-1680. Because I am a compulsive eater, my doctor has advised that I don't go over the 1500-1680 so that I will lose. Im not sure if she is taking my weight into consideration with this lower amount. I weigh 580 pounds, so Im not sur... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:12:11 EST When was the daily calorie recomendation increasd? 30 years ago the standard calorie recommendation for a woman was (typically) 1200 kcal per day - when did that increase to 2000 and why? Seems like a big jump. <BR> I'm just curious... <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:30:18 EST Insight please!? Hi! <BR> I need some advice... <BR> So, I lost weight over a course of about 10 months eating 1200-1300 daily. I am 5'3, small boned, 18 years old. Over the summer I upped to around 1400 for a month, and after still loosing I upped from 1400-1800 over the course of about 2 weeks. I monitored my weight and it had stayed within 3 pound range every morning that I weigh while I have increased... <BR> I've been trying to maintain for awhile. Was eating from August to around November 1700-1900 and... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:23:44 EST Recipe ideas using precooked chicken I have recently realized that I make things too complicated when I cook dinner. One of my goals is to try to keep my meals simple. I am soon going back to work full time, and I remember how ill-prepared I would always be for when I did work, even with one child. Now I have three. I never wanted to think about the next night's dinner the day beforehand, so I would never defrost meats, etc... I do a lot of freezer and crockpot cooking now. But now during the weeknights, I want to just have... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:33:53 EST Hello Hello Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:58:08 EST Vitamins and Supplements I'm interested to know what vitamins everyone takes. I'm taking vitamin D3, because my Dr. told me I was deficient in vitamin D. I also take Airborne Everyday with multivitamin and a Hair, Skin, and Nails supplement. And occasionally I take a calcium chew if I haven't had much dairy that day. I also take Hawthorne Berry to help regulate my blood pressure and am planning on starting a Fish Oil pill soon, also for heart. I'm wondering how much is too much. I know ideally it is best to get the v... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:09:06 EST tls vitamin has anyone ever tried tls vitamin products? I am kind of skeptical but would like to try a couple different ones <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:24:02 EST Serving Size Suggestion <BR> Let's say I look up romaine lettuce or an apple in the Spark database & the portion size indicates 100 grams. Is that a recommended amount I should eat *or* is that just a "default" setting? <BR> <BR> Does that make sense? { hope so } <BR> <BR> Thanks, Marie Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:15:31 EST HUNGRY! Stay within calories or go over a little? Hi friends! I'm just starting out on my weight loss journey (again - HA!) and have a question... My calorie range is currently around 1,500 per day. Some days this is fine, but other days I get SO hungry, especially before dinner time and around 9:00 pm when my husband and I watching TV before bed! (Not the best time to eat, I know!) :) <BR> <BR> My question is, have you found that it's easier to STAY ON TRACK with your weight loss goals long-term if you let yourself have a small snack ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:18:47 EST changing receipts Change egg whites for whole eggs for one egg two egg white or substitute 1/4 cup for one egg and change milk with almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk with any receipt. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:49:02 EST A Tip for cutting appetite Drink a glass of plain or lemon water before meals to curb appetite and eat less. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:45:27 EST Cutting the fat So my blood work is bad... I have fat in my blood... <BR> Not good! <BR> I have been researching Fat in food before I eat it, all I can say is WOW! <BR> <BR> So.. would you eat something if you knew the FAT content before it entered your lips? <BR> I recently ate 1 thing that had 400 calories and 44 grams of FAT. <BR> If I would have known before hand I would not have eaten it.... do your homework! <BR> <em>15</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:56:17 EST Insulin resistant looking at low GI eating plan Has anyone had any success following an eating plan like this? Just started doing research on it. I don't want a militant eating plan that omits whole food groups. I have pcos and have struggled with my weight all of my life. I did WW and lost 140 lbs on that...and have successfully maintained a 100lb loss. I got burned out on the plan though...looking for something fresh and new. I use a food tracker. I'm not sedentary and lift weights, do yoga and also cardio. Just missing something...any h... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:11:23 EST Weight gain after bootcamp (4times/week) and Zumba Hi, <BR> <BR> I am 5'4, 31 year old female. I lost about 18 lbs in 2013 strictly with high protein low carb diet. I gained 10 lbs back in 2014 and this year I am trying to lose weight and get back to my original weight. I joined bootcamp and Zumba classes and within 1 and half weeks I gained 2 lbs. I heard that it can be either water weight or muscle gain. My instructor looked at my food diary and told me that I am eating too less and whenever I eat, I am having a dense meal. I am feeling ve... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:45:29 EST how to stop water retention in muscles? Hi...:) ..I am experiencing water retention as I walk for 5 kms each day.I drink 8-10 glasses of water during the day.How can I lose this water weight?please help..because its very bad feeling when a dress fits me completely at night and the next morning it snugs around my waist.. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:12:12 EST HELP! I need to break this bad habit..... I work evenings and don't get home until 11pm. Every night I have to, have to eat something before bed. Just whatever I have a taste for. Most times its some type of protein cheese, bologna, bologna and cheese, bologna and cheese sandwich with a bowl of cereal, possible a boiled egg.....oh and probably potato chips, maybe oreos if the mood strikes me.... <BR> I digress, but do you get my point. In any case, if you notice I said I have to eat something, said nothing about actually being hu... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:47:48 EST Getting out a routine eating habbits! I've been having a hard time breaking my after work food binge. I always say I'm going to try better, but when that time of day hits its like I get out of control. I don't feel like it's from stress or boredom, just routine oddly enough. This has been going on for a while and I fear between lack of exercise and high quantities of junk food I'm going to be way off where I need to be. I need thoughts if anyone has experienced this before or how to try to stop it! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:40:39 EST Ready to drink shakes I get up really early and hardly have time to make breakfast, I usually grab something on the go. I want to break out of this habit. I was thinking of getting premade shakes. What brands have you tried and liked? What do you suggest? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:45:44 EST Difference in dynamic calorie tracking and static? I have gone from very sedentary to 3-5 cardio workouts at 60+ minutes each per week, plus more activity during the week. I changed my calorie tracker settings on Spark to dynamic calorie tracking. Started at 1200-1500 calories for static calories, and was having trouble hitting it, and finally got my calories up. Now I am gaining, even around the 1200 mark. How do I deal with the increase calorie ranges that are added with exercise? Do I seriously eat all of those calories? If I am exer... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:14:43 EST Ketosis expertise needed please If anyone is experienced with Ketosis, please have a look at my nutrition plan for Feb 19th, 2015 and let me know if it looks like something that is conducive to it. <BR> <BR><BR>r.asp?id=ZERO_WILL_POWER&dte=2%2F19%2F<BR>2015 <BR> <BR> Any pointers would be appreciated. As a side note I am trying to avoid red meats and saturated fats where possible. <BR> <BR> I am also taking a glutamine supplement. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:43:11 EST Fake Products Vs Real So I am trying to limit the amount of "low fat, fat free, 0 calorie" fake products(aka chemical crapstorms) in my diet and eat the full fat, real stuff, however it is really adding to my calorie count and I'm HUNGRY! Any tips/advice? <BR> <BR> Keep in mind I've really started watching my intake recently and maybe my body hasn't readjusted to limited calories yet? Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:57 EST The "new" news on fiber for weight loss It's not news to me or to many of us, but the nightly news had a bleep about 35 grams of fiber daily will help you lose weight quickly. There was NO MENTION of the need to gradually increase fiber and to drink plenty of water. I suspect there will be lots of people with tummy troubles. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:57:16 EST HOMEMADE V-8 JUICE? I LOVE V-8 juice and am really enjoying using my new Bella Rocket blender. I'm looking for a great veggie juice recipe that will fool my taste buds into thinking it's the real thing - carb friendly, of course! GO! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:47:53 EST Writing a menu PLan Need a low sodium menu plan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:59 EST So confused about eating healthy.... Hi everyone! So I want to change my eating habits to lose weight and keep it off. I want to lose 30 or 35 pounds. I have recently joined a kick boxing gym so I plan on working out 3 to 4 times a week. <BR> <BR> So anyways I have been reading and researching about the LCHF diet and the Blue Print Primal diet. Basically eating a low carb (0 to 50 grams or less a day), moderate protein, and high fat diet. About eliminating sugar, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and whole grain, and most dairy... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:21:56 EST Sodium Yesterday after my exercise, I was dizzy. Each time I stood up, I had to stay still until my dizziness subsided. <BR> I have never experienced being dizzy unless I was under the weather. <BR> I don't use salt and I average 11 cups of water a day. <BR> I haven't been dizzy today. I added almost 1/2 a teaspoon of salt to my first meal. Anyone have this happen? My blood pressure is on the high side, no matter my weight or what I'm doing. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:49:15 EST Quinoa Ideas Please OK I've cooked a cup of quinoa with part chicken broth and water. Now what do I do with it? <BR> <BR> I was thinking of adding it with canned salmon, dill, eggs and making salmon cakes. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:59:37 EST 16:8 hi there, im just wondering if anyone on here does the 16:8 diet and if it works for them. <BR> ive tried numerous times to do the 5:2 but as a comfort eater who has a big appitite I can do more than a few weeks doing this diet without giving up. <BR> <BR> ive read about 16:8 where you have a 8 hour window of eating of your choice but know very little else about it. is this something you do 7 days a week? how many calories are you restricted to? <BR> <BR> any help would be greatly apprec... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:02:40 EST Using meal planner to lose weight If I just follow the recommended macro amounts (carbs, fat, protein, fiber, calories), and stay within the range will I reach my ideal goal weight? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:01:24 EST Low Glycemic Load My doctor just put me on an eating plan called The Low Glycemic Load eating plan. He said it has major differences from the low glycemic index and works much better for diabetics like me. Has anyone else been on this plan. I am liking what I am reading so far and think I could stick with this plan for life. :) I would love to hear from anyone else that has had any experience with this plan. <em>30</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:29:36 EST plateau Hi! I have hit a huge wall in my dieting. After losing 115 lbs I haven't lost a pound in a month. I am still tracking my calories daily and not going over 1200 and still doing 30-45 minutes on the elliptical bike a day. I have about 25 more pounds to go and being stuck is so discouraging. Does anyone have any advice or tips to break through this plateau? Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> Thank you :) Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:50:56 EST rye bread is so expensive! I picked up some rye bread yesterday! It is so pricey! At RM9.50 a loaf! But I had no choice but to get it as it's Chinese New Year Eve today and most shops will be closed for a week and I needed bread! Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:29:41 EST alkaline diet Is it a good idea to eat only alkaline foods or at least most of the time, and avoid tea and coffee because of their acidity? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:13:30 EST eating under my calories I haven't dipped under 1250 at all, but I'm consistently eating less than is recommended. I'm always in my "base" range, but I'm burning extra calories from exercise and that ups my calories to a point that I don't usually reach. I'm just not that hungry. I can't up my calories from fat at this point because I'm eating at the high end of the range for that. (nuts, peanut butter, olive oil etc...) I'm trying to get most of my carbohydrates from veggies because I tend to binge on bread of if st... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:45:38 EST Calorie Question- Discarded marinades? Hello, this may sound like a stupid question; but i am curious about marinades. I have started cooking all my meals for the week on Sunday, and in an effort to save time, have weighed and cooked chicken/steak/etc in bulk. In one recipe for example I combined 4x8oz servings of chicken thighs into a crock pot with 1 half cup balsamic vinegar and 1 half cup of Italian Dressing, and 1 Cup of water. When it was done most of the Marinade was left in the pot and discarded. <BR> <BR> My question is,... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:51:24 EST Dark chocolate What is the size and percent of coca? How much a week? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:13:01 EST What healthy meal are you making today? I'm making a lentil veggie soup from scratch for dinner tonight (even the stock is homemade.) What are you all whipping up in your kitchens? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:05:56 EST Calories - grilled chicken breast - no skin/bone I looked up the calories in a grilled, 4 oz. chicken breast and got the following results: Bullrito's 220, SparkPeople 137, two other sites 187 and 211, respectively. I am not sure which one to use. This is scary because it's only one item, but if I researched others, I probably would get the same variations. When I asked the lady at Bullrito's how many ounces of chicken was she serving, she said 3 ozs. so I've been operating accordingly. Any ideas on what to do? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:04:35 EST Aloe Vera Juice I have EXTREME digestive issues. I am allergic to so many different things...dairy, gluten and soy are the big ones. It's really hard to find foods without those things in them. I do the gluten free diet and have for well over a year since I was diagnoised with Celiacs. I hae felt so much better, but still struggle. <BR> <BR> I talked to my nutrienist and she mentioned Aloe Vera Juice. I was grossed out with the thought, because I use to use it all the time for cuts and sunburns when ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:05:35 EST Body building? Let me start by saying that I am not a huge gym buff. I have always admired people who are toned, and even those with bulging muscles--I respect the effort! That being said, I've seen recently that a colleague I knew years ago has recently decided to start training to be a bikini model, or something of the sort. I saw this through her Instagram, and honestly would not want to bother her about her diet after all these years. But I am amazed at her results after only four weeks. Are these kinds... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 03:11:47 EST Calories!! (I put this in the wrong section - in recipes and cooking...) <BR> <BR> I need some help with hitting my calorie ranges. I am looking for 1200+ daily. I have not hit that over the last few days. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I have been doing veggies: Cup or more of spinach, half an onion, roma tomato, mushrooms, cheese, and turkey sausage. Sautee in a tablespoon of water. Comes in under 250 for a whole huge plate of food. Egg whites optional, corn tortilla optional. <BR> <BR> Lunch today, ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:29:49 EST PASTA LOVER QUESTION I LOVE pasta, especially spaghetti. Are there veggie pastas out there that might allow me to indulge and stick within my carb limits? Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:11:21 EST tracking calcium ... I just added calcium to my tracker calcium total for today is 17 ...17 what? I'm a bit confused on this one Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:42:37 EST Why is my calorie range so high? I have my Fitbit tracker synced to my SP account and I have my account set to change calorie range based on my activity, but I still think that the calorie range I'm given most days is far too high. Today for example, I'm up to 7500 steps on my Fitbit and will be attending a boot camp class tonight yet (so I expect it to be well over 12000 steps which I expect to bump up the calorie range even more. My calorie range low end is at 2350 which I think is way too high even considering my weight... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:31:45 EST How many calories should I consume daily I was brought back on to spark because I'm interested in counting calories again, mostly to give myself boundaries and bring awareness into how much is a good enough anount of food to consume. I don't seem to have a good sense of "enough" even when I eat healthy foods so this is what feels good to keep me on track. <BR> <BR> I know we are all different and there is no cut and dry answer to this question, but in short: What is an appropriate amount of calories to consume in a day? I'm a 5'9"... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:00:21 EST Coconut Oil.. for weight Loss? I have been reading up on coconut oil and the benefits for weight loss. I know it is good to cook with which I do use in place of olive oil if I am sauteing something. So my question is has any one used Coconut oil and what results have you seen? and how do you use it ?? I read to melt one tbs spoon in hot tea and drink before meals.. is this true?? <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:31:04 EST Protein Hi! I'm vegetarian and I have difficulty of getting enough protein. Do you have ideas of snacks? I'm tired of protein powder. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:24:57 EST Just Diagnosed with a Gallstone I just returned from having an ultrasound where I was shown a fairly large gallstone. Have not met with my doctor yet to discuss next steps but was told that my gallbladder would probably be removed. Surgery scares me a little because anything can go wrong but I am going to think positive. <BR> <BR> I have been experiencing pain on my side and upper abdomen for quite a while. My original doctor told me it was muscular due to my home office set up. When it didn't go away and didn't appe... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:19:05 EST Are berries really important to a diet? If so why Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:48:12 EST Why is the system telling me to eat so many carbs All the weightloss groups I ever joined have told me to watch carbs, but in the system it's telling me to eat a lot. I'm not comfortable eating that many. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:43:06 EST Nutrition after a Hysterectomy What are some things that a woman who has had a hysterectomy can do to boost metabolism and lose weight? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:08:26 EST After Eating It Gets Really Hot About a half hour after I eat, I really get warm. This just started last week. Any idea what's going on? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:02:46 EST Low sodium cottage cheese Is there such a thing as low or reduced sodium cottage cheese. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:55:24 EST low carb bread Is there such a thing as low or reduced carb bread if so what brands make it? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:51:02 EST Meal Planning Help Hi, <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any websites that offer really simple and basic weekly meal plans? The meal plans here are great but they are just too elaborate I feel like. I need an entire day (sometimes more) to go grocery shopping, make all of these meals and prep everything for the week. Also by the end of the my grocery trip I am broke!!! I'm a college student and my time and money resources are so limited as it is. I've been trying to eat healthier for a really long time and I am j... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:36:49 EST How much meat or dairy do we need I read that vegetarians are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency. How much meat or dairy do we need to eat in order to not be at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:19:50 EST Cooking for the family I have a question. If I want to use the Spark recipes in my meal planner for my family and make a family sized portion, how do I know how much I should have? For example, there was one that sounded really good - a fried rice recipe, but it had all the ingredients that I should have as one portion - for example - eggs, pineapple, rice, etc. If I portion out the rice I would have half a cup, but what do I do when the recipe is all mixed together? Or should I just cook one portion at a time? Tha... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:02:44 EST which is better (taste wise) Coconut milk, almond milk or Lactose free milk? What are the differences?? Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:06:14 EST Test suggests eating below my metabolic rate?? Hi all!! <BR> <BR> I had my metabolic rate (RMR - what your body burns at rest before any activity or exercise) tested by indirect calorimetry (breathing into a machine after certain conditions are met). The person doing the test told me it was accurate to within 2%. It tested to 1397 calories per day. <BR> <BR> However the sheet said the suggested "Weight Loss Zone" for me was 1119 to 1397 calories per day, and to the side it is printed, "Most people need to eat below their Metabolic Rate ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:16:19 EST hydration and arthritis? Am I just imagining it, or have any of you felt less arthritis pain when drinking more water? A few weeks ago I made a big effort to get my 8 cups of water in daily. Last night I realized the arthritis pain in my shoulder felt less.....not gone, but at least less. <BR> <BR> I googled the above terms and some things did come up that supports this. <BR> <BR> I am interested if others have had the same experience. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:51:48 EST whole food cleanse can anyone recommend a good whole food cleanse Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:31:51 EST I was hurt and angry and I wanted a cookie I was very upset with my boss a couple of days ago and left work, came home. While sitting in the driveway, I remembered cookies we had in the house and I wanted to want. I felt determined that I would eat one and that I deserved it for what I had been through. But, I new thought came to mind. No! I don't deserve to let that jerk sabotage my diet and taking good care of myself, I deserve to be healthy and he is not going to stop me from reaching my goal. That put a damper on that and I ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:10:32 EST HELP! New here. Dr.'s orders vegan diet I have no clue as to where to start. Also have two meds that have to be taken daily side effects are scary. Can someone point me in the right direction? <em>38</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:08:50 EST SparkPeople diet How can I get the amount of carbs & calories the diabetic dietician I meet with to match up with what SP says I can have? Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:48:29 EST Meal Replacement Shakes - What do you think? I know meal replacement shakes get a bad wrap when it comes to long term weight lose goals. I understand the concerns if you only use them to reduce calories and don't make overall good food choices. <BR> <BR> My question to you, can they have an appropriate place in a healthy diet? Here is what I put on my blog. I look forward to hearing anyone's opinion on the matter. <BR> <BR> Tracking my food has been eye opening. When you start tracking I assume it's common to realize you are eating ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:40:26 EST GNC Lean Shakes Has anyone added GNC Lean Shake to a green smoothie for the added protein? Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:15:22 EST Taking leftovers and making new meal I love cooking extra for a meal and turning the leftovers into a entirely new meal. <BR> Some of my favorites are : <BR> cooking chicken breast and turning the leftovers into a salad , tacos or Mexican Lasagna <BR> Taking leftover pot roast and turning leftovers & gravy into a great soup <BR> Baked fish into fish tacos. <BR> <BR> It is fun to come up with so many creative meals and not feel like they are last nights leftovers. <BR> Do you have any ideas to share? <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:39:14 EST