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 How often do you meet your daily nutrient goals? I am planning my meals for tomorrow and trying to meet all the goals,feeling a little overwhelmed but its also like a challenge for me . <BR> How often do you meet your daily nutrient goals ? OR do you just track and just aim to stay within the calorie range? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 01:28:59 EST tracker ? I know that tracking is important but how do you which food to pick from the list ? Bought a box of Zoom Hot cereal went to enter it in my tracker and over 25 choices popped up how do you pick which one to use . I have been sparking several years and this always discouraged when this happens and find i give up but now I want to know use the tracker and reach my goals . Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:22:49 EST Picky eater I am an EXTREMELY picky eater. The majority of the things you are not supposed to, I don't eat anyway. <BR> The list of things I don't eat is longer than the list that I do eat. <BR> I don't have too much of an issue with portion size, I don't think. <BR> Can you offer me some suggestions on what to do since I also do not eat ANY veggies? Btw, I love various fruits. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:08:53 EST Pop corn What do you put on pop corn? I don't eat butter or margarine, and have to watch my salt because of my blood pressure. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:38:59 EST I love garlic. What are your favorite ways of usin I use it for seasoning potatoes and other veggies but I bet Sparkpeople have other ideas. Please share! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:01:52 EST What counts as 'starving yourself'? I read today's article about how to Boot Your Metabolism. One of the don'ts explained that if we do not reach or stay without our calorie range, then our body will go into starvation mode and store fat. My range is 1,300-1,500 calories a day to lose weight. However, if I exercise this knocks off about 300-500 calories. So far, exercising every day and eating healthy as curbed my appetite. I am not as hungry (some days more than others) and with exercise it brings my calorie range to 800-1000 ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:01:52 EST post exercise hunger Ever since I bumped up my exercise program I am hungry all day long. I eat snacks but my hunger leads me to consume average of 1650-1700 calories a day. Average burn is 650-700 calories. (according to the SP fitness tracker). I was wondering if anyone has some tips? <BR> <BR> I am trying to follow the Mayo Clinic Diabetes guidelines and try to eat a protein at snacks. <BR> <BR> I do drink water before, during and after a workout and throughout the day. I also eat a light breakfast wit... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:07:38 EST counting calories Does anyone ever manage to make their calorie goal for meals? I, either go over or under my 300 calorie a meal goal, yet at the end of the day I'm usually under the daily amount of 1200. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:30:49 EST Diet Question Hello! <BR> <BR> I weight 138 for a tiny 5'2 girl, and this weight came unexpected. Earlier last week, I weighted 135 and all of a sudden I gain 3 more pounds by the end of the week. Really looking to get down to 130 only because I'm uncomfortable with this weight. I'm jogging for about 30 minutes a day and also doing about 200 jumping jacks throughout a day. <BR> <BR> All I want to know is how many calories should I eat a day? The only kind of soda I drink is Sprite, and I eat no chocola... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:16:37 EST High fructose corn syrup Do you think things with hfcs are more addictive than regular sugar? It seems like when I eat cookies with hfcs I crave more and more then if I eat cookies with just sugar. Your thoughts. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:15:41 EST Nutrition label or the USDA? Who is right? I bought salmon from Kroger for dinner (frozen, individually packaged fillets) It's Farm Raised Atlantic Salmon, Boneless. The Nutrition Label says that it is 240 Calories per 6 OZ Serving but the USDA information says that Atlantic Salmon is 354 Calories per 6 OZ Serving. <BR> <BR> Who should I believe? I'm disinclined to believe the nutrition label would be incorrect but it's making me feel a little iffy about the product, because that's a 114 calorie difference. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:03:09 EST newbie questions Hi just bought a nutribullet and started drinking smoothies. I am trying to find a message board of others so I can learn how to get the most out of my smoothies <BR> <BR> any suggestions? <BR> Thanks Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:30:41 EST How many times per day to eat? Just curious: how many times per day do you eat? <BR> <BR> What is the best amount of times to eat per day in your opinion? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:24:19 EST Lunch Ideas.. Need lunch ideas for work...I tend to sometimes bring it but sometimes run errands during lunch in which case I will pick up something at a local diner...such as grilled chicken salads or a club sandwich...I am having a hard time figuring out calories and stuff for local places...I know the club isn't that great considering the mayo and bread but I have been doing without the FF...any other ideas?? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:25:34 EST Dry pasta to cooked pasta conversion? Is anyone aware of a standard dry pasta measurement to cooked pasta? (example: 1/4 c. dry = 1 c. cooked) I'm having a really hard time correctly measuring pasta... It's been frustrating. Thanks! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:48:40 EST Low Carb High Fat diet I have been eating low carb (Atkins based) since October 2015 and have 20 pounds. You are supposed to lose rather quickly on this type of diet, but I am obviously doing something wrong. I have not a pound in a month and I am eating strict and walking 2-4 miles a day. Is there any one else out there doing LCHF? <BR> I need some suggestions. I am 42 and currently weigh 195. <BR> My macros are set at 120 grams of fat, 149 grams of protein and 20 Net carbs daily. <BR> I am at my wits end here and... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:38:54 EST Doctor Says To Cut All Carbs At my doctor visit yesterday, my doctor told me to cut out all carbs to lose the weight. Any thoughts on this? <em>24</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:23:37 EST Choc craving What's the best way to deal with this? Besides binging on chocolate :P lol... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 02:15:15 EST Easy healthy breakfast ideas needed! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I am a busy working mother to a 2.5 year old. I need something quick to either make the night before or grab/put together in the morning. My go to has been overnight oats(greek yogurt, oats, and fruit(sometimes peanut butter). I also make southwestern egg whites and put them on a low cal/fat thing wrap. I am just bored. I know I could make protein shakes but I don't really want to use the blender in the morning because sometimes my daughter is still sleeping and the k... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:14:58 EST Diabetic Snacks.... Does anyone have any good diabetic snack ideas.....(low sugar....low carb) trying really hard to lower my A1C without going on another medication!!! Any ideas would be great. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:56:31 EST Need/Want A Challenge? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! Starting time is approximately March 9th. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:44:18 EST Gastric Bypass <em>40</em> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:57:36 EST 3 Bites I do not have "cheat' meals. Instead if I want something and it is a craving I allow myself 3 bites. Obviously I hold myself accountable by logging what is put to my lips but I find that 3 bites is perfect. Three bites allows you to savor the food you are craving and enjoy it. Eat them slowly and then walk away. I don't do this often but when the urge hits, it is how I calm the craving and feeling as if I am being deprived. My weakness is cheesecake and I enjoy this 3 bite rule about once a m... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:56:20 EST Cucumber with light cheese - weird snack? Apparently it is? What do you think? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 02:19:41 EST How to get more protein I don't eat meat, maybe a little chicken now and then. I also don't drink milk. I eat nuts and beans but I still don't make my protein goals. Any ideas? Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:32:49 EST Meal Plans How do you get to the planned Meal Plans. I can't find it. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:40:24 EST even though stressed today I was stressed today because I am going to lose a tooth from a fall last week. Usually I like to drink root beers when stressed out. Didn't do it today, though my wife asked on her way home if I wanted any. Was tempted, but didn't do it. Whew!!! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:45:09 EST Wanted: High protein/fiber organic meal/snack bar Does anyone have any recommendations for a high protein, high fiber organic (or at least all natural) meal/snack bar? I don't want anything with a bunch of unpronounceable ingredients. Low in sugar and fat wanted as well! Thanks!! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:24:21 EST What are the true nutrition facts for oat bran? I got these numbers. The lower calorie one is from the SP tracker, and the higher one I looked up online. I would rather know how many calories in the oat bran dry, since the added water can change the volume without changing the calories. Since this is part of one of my favorite go to breakfasts, I thought I better find out the real deal. Thanks much! <BR> <BR> Here are the 2 sets of data I have: <BR> Oat bran, raw, 0.5 cup (vs Oat bran, 0.5 cup) <BR> calories: 116, (vs 44) <BR> fat: 4, (v... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:22:53 EST Got too much processed food Since the holidays I have lost 8 pounds, yay! I am on a good track to my goal, however the past couple days I have been eating a lot of carbs and unhealthy meat (Bread, deli meat, hot dogs, pasta...). I usually dont eat this much carbs, I went grocery shopping and realized most of what I got was processed. <BR> The scale doesnt reflect it, however I can FEEL it. I made two turkey sandwiches this morning for hubby and I (deli meat and processed cheese on white potato bread). After I made it I... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:37:07 EST Gluten free ? How do I get the amount of everything I need if I can no longer have gluten? Also, family is not supportive what so ever even though they are well aware that I cannot have it. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:01:27 EST chronic binge eating: getting back on track I successfully avoided binge eating in January by recognizing triggers (anxiety, eating after dinner, having certain foods in the house) and committing to some different choices that in the past have helped me to avoid binging (consistently tracking food and exercise, exercising every day, taking time for myself, not eating after 8pm, self care, making sure I don't get super restrictive). <BR> <BR> My biggest concern at this point is getting back on track after binging and making sure bingin... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:10:16 EST Water retention So, any insights or worries I should have about water retention and correlation between thirst and blood sugar? <BR> <BR> I've always drank a lot of water compared to the average American. Sometimes, if I don't pay attention, I might only have 3 glasses of water a day. That occurred 2 days in the past 2 weeks. I wasn't thirsty, i didn't even note my lack of drinking till the evening. I drink coffee in the morning, but no soda, juice, milk, etc. I don't add much salt to my food, other than a ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:56:12 EST soup of the day boneless, skinless salmon fillet + potato + carrot + dill + garlic + olive oil + salt <BR> broth soup <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:40:59 EST What are your thoughts on food combining? I've been reading recently that it's important to be aware of what foods you're eating with each other, as it's supposedly bad for your gut to eat certain foods together. Does anyone have any experience with this? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:34:54 EST low fat low fiber diet need to get on a low fat low fiber diet need suggestions on what to eat. HELP!!! Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:38:02 EST Agave for Sweetener? Does anyone use agave nectar as a low-glycemic sweetener? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:43:20 EST Prayer and Fasting What guidelines do you use for prayer and fasting? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:27:27 EST Diet plan?? I'm 6'2" female and weigh 250lbs. Trying to get to 200lbs. Have a food goal of 1,750/day, which is tough, but trying to stick to it. I walk/run and lift at gym 5-6 days per week for 30-60 minutes. I drink 4 liters of water per day. <BR> Here's my plan, can someone tell me if I'm on the right track? I don't eat grains, very little dairy, and very low sugar. <BR> B'fast: <BR> Plant-based protein shake made with almond milk and flaxseed. 205 calories <BR> Lunch: <BR> Salad with lots of veggies... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:21:14 EST Started IIFYM today Soo, I started IIFYM today after doing some research. Has anyone here had success on this program? I am 5'0, 190lbs working out 5 times a week with T25 (Beta cycle which includes weights) and will start additional weight training with what I can handle which is not very heavy at this point. I had a hard time trying to get all my macros today (especially the Protein, because I felt very full all day. Is this normal. Typically when I feel this full I gain weight so I just have to focus on stick... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:32:52 EST The "diabetic plan" is high carb.I'd like low carb The "diabetic plan" is high carb.I'd like low carb, <BR> <BR> How can I set it that way? <BR> <BR> I have been reading that a low carb plan is good for pre-diabetics and diabetics. <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:58:21 EST Do you eat healthy meals and have open food diary? Looking for meal ideas,please post if you eat healthy meals and hae an open food diary.Thanks Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:53:58 EST Do you take/believe in supplements? Some take supplements.... DO you? Do you believe they work? Let me know Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:38:50 EST food tracker question Is there a way to copy a days food to the next day. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:21:11 EST high carbs I am looking at my daily intake and I notice their to much carbs that I'm eating. I am sticking to fruits and veg but I work late nights and have a very bad sweet tooth. <BR> carbs show 59-60 percent and it should be at least 50-30-20 or should I turn that around. but most fruits have carbs or lets say everything has it. <BR> <BR> any Idea's out there? <em>29</em> I do workout three to four days a week Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:21:36 EST Birthday Lunch The kids are taking me to Applebee's tomorrow and I have been pouring over the nutrition information so I can make a healthy choice. I've been wanting ribs but man, they have a lot of calories! And that is the riblets basket. I am having a hard time deciding. I don't want to go over calories too much but it is a birthday lunch so maybe I can use it as a free day (the first since I started my diet on Jan 4th), as I have been saying I will do, but I feel guilty eating more than I should. Mind y... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:01:21 EST Replacements for Sweet treats? I have such a massive sweet tooth (mostly chocolate orientated) and it is definitely holding me back! Does anyone have any ideas about low calorie/low fat alternatives to treats I can nibble on whenever the cravings come?! Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:58:37 EST no label what do you do when some thing has no nutrician label on it. I have some granola, that was given to my husband and I know granola is high in calories, but don"t really feel right just guessing. Not sure I have a choice for this though. <BR> Also some whole wheat rolls. <BR> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:57:48 EST Grape tomatoes all but replaced cherry tomatoes? This board, though not ideal, seems the most likely place to ask. <BR> <BR> In the years since "grape" tomatoes hit the market in a big way, cherry tomatoes seem difficult to find. Anyone know the industry and why this is so? Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:12:14 EST Eating breakfast=Stomach ache Almost any time I eat breakfast I end up with a stomach ache and the runs. I've tried healthy food, I've tried junk food, I've tried low carb, high carb, and any combination I can think of. <BR> <BR> No matter what I try I end up with a really bad stomach ache and the runs any time I eat within a few hours of waking up. Its gotten to the point where I just don't eat breakfast anymore, since I don't always have easy access to a bathroom, and don't want to spend over half my morning in there a... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:01:04 EST Who had a healthy, balanced breakfast today? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a 310 calorie breakfast. It is balanced with 1 serving each of Protein, Vegetable, Fruit, Grain, and Dairy. It has 8gm fiber, 39 gm carbs, 8gm fat, 21 gm protein. It also has only 118 of chlolesterol, leaving 182 for the rest of the day. I use 1 egg and 1 egg substitute, mix it all up and cook half one day and half the next. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:40:08 EST Vegan/Vegitarian or Plant based or Whole Foods ? I have a family history of colon cancer~ I had almost 10 polyps in my colon they would of turned into cancer if not removed the Doctor said. Praise God They weren't . I was told to cut out red meat of my diet I did, also to eat low fat foods. <BR> I started reading on Cancer and Polyps and I stopped all Dairy and Oil and Processed food as much as possible and Nothing from a box or a can and Nothing from white flour or White rice or Gluten or High Fructose ect or Sugar. <BR> <BR> My question... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:42:13 EST Rose petal tissane! For me, any thirst quenching drink is a treat! Since I am not allowed much fluids bcoz I am on dialysis. <BR> <BR> Right now, I am sipping on some warm rose petal tissane (herbal tea). My Mom just bought a cute little teapot. So, even if I drank the whole thing, it wouldn't be so bad as it is meant to serve one. But still, I am not going to drink the whole thing. I am letting my Dad try it. <BR> <BR> Rose petal tea is supposed to be good for your complexion. I also have little dried chrysan... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:58:14 EST How do I?? I've dieted off an on for like 20 years. I am now 40 and I still don't know how to diet and lose weight......Is there any help out there? I am pre-diabetic too!! <BR> <BR> -Kim Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:14:43 EST Food Resentment I fully resent the role that food plays in my life. I resent that I have to be careful of what I eat and how much. I resent that, in order to lose weight, I have to keep track of what I eat, and eat less of it. I resent that I have to think about food all my waking hours, in order to NOT have food rule my world. It's not fair, it makes me mad, it makes me want to cry. <BR> If anyone has a way to help me get beyond this negative way of thinking, I would really appreciate your input. I'm so ti... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:13:19 EST Veggies and Herbs/Spices That go Well Together I am having my bottom teeth remove (all 5 of em) so I can have dentures made. I will be witout bottom teeth for 6 to 8 weeks, so I will need to puree my veggies (as well as everything else) My question is what herbs and spices go well with what veggies? I want them to actually taste good. I don't want a whole lot of starchy veggies or a whole lot of very acidic veggies (and no cayenne please). I know that mild curry powder goes well with eggplant. Garlic powder goes well with just about anyth... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:30:33 EST vegetarian I got my daughter to sign up with Spark People but she is vegetarian, there used to be an option to change the meal plans to a vegetarian diet but I can't find it any more. Is that no longer an option? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:20:42 EST Cheat meals? Do you allow a cheat meal to keep on your track and/or from binging? Is so, why? If not, why? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:06:20 EST Pitta or wrap? Hey I was wondering what is the healthiest choice... pitta bread or a wrap? <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:34:43 EST sample menus for meal planning Where do I find sample menus for meal planning? There was something on my food page, but I took it down so I could track my own foods. Thanks for any help. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:12:29 EST weighing food I just got my scale working. So I need to know a few things. Mostly do I weigh the potatoes before or after baking. What about the meat? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:52:11 EST Deviled egg ? Just wondering the sp tracker said a deviled egg is 145 cal but there wasn't any account for the mayo/mustard shown .. isn't an egg about 90 cal ? would a little mayo/mustard make up the difference ? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:20:35 EST Does anyone use essential oils... As part of your diet and well being plan? Just wondering which ones you use and how. <BR> <BR> I've recently starting using them and need more ideas. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:11:14 EST lipo 6 black concentrate I was just wondering if any of you have tried this product. I have started trying to lose weight (again) two wks ago. I've lost 10 lbs by exercising, drinking lots of water, and trying to keep my calories around 12-1500 a day. I eat three meals a day, plus have a protein shake for snack if I feel hungry. I was thinking about taking lipo 6 black to give me a lil extra kick start. Would appreciate your feedback! Thanks in advance! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:06:08 EST Is it ok to skip meals? I am really trying to lose the fats on my belly. Some ppl have suggested that I skip dinner everyday to bring the calories down. <BR> <BR> But I read that that is a bad idea and could lead to bingeing later on. <BR> <BR> All I know is, I really, really need to bring my weight down so I extract less during dialysis. I'm in deep trouble now because I have stopped urinating. Therefore the amount of fluids I am allowed to take is extremely low. <BR> <BR> It will take some getting used to but ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:22:44 EST The more I drink water, the more thirsty I wake up Been trying to up my water, but it seems even if I drink a good amount of water before bed (a couple 8 oz cups) I wake up just so dang thirsty! To the point that I am so thirsty it wakes me up! LOL <BR> <BR> If I don't drink tons of water (more coffee than water) I don't have this issue. Any thoughts? LOL (today I have had about 12 cups of water now) <BR> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:14:45 EST How to Convert IU into MG I am taking 2 - 400IU of vitamin D3 a day. I am trying to create a food so that this shows on my daily nutrition. Can anyone tell me how many MG are in 400 IU. I have tried unsuccessfully to search for the answer. <BR> Thanks in advance. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:18:50 EST liver cleanse or fasting is either liver cleanse or fasting a advisable thing to do???? Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:14:53 EST Shakeology??? Yes/No I was given 3 cases of this stuff from my sister. She does not like the chocolate so she gave them all to me. Problem is I know nothing about it and all the info I find is contradicting and confusing. It would be nice to have one everyday for my breakfast because I am always rushing. Does anyone know about this stuff. Is it good for our bodies as a meal replacement? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:55:03 EST Why am I so bloated? I just woke up very bloated yesterday, so I drank 3 liters of water today, since I thought it was because I became dehydrated after hardly drinking while travelling the past three days. I haven't eaten anything salty, just mostly raw fruits and vegetables as well as rice and potatoes this week. I haven't felt like anything processed. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself and it seems like I gained 4 pounds in some way, but not of fat, because I haven't been eating an excessive amount.. It is uncomfort... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:04:40 EST Kale Blueberry Smoothie My custom healthy fruit smoothie recipe - <BR> <BR> Handful of fresh kale <BR> one scoop each of hemp hearts and psyllium fiber <BR> one kiwi skin on sliced <BR> one half green apple cored skin on <BR> one spoon coconut oil <BR> one large scoop of plain Greek yogurt <BR> half cup of firm Tofu bean curd <BR> one half frozen green banana <BR> small handful frozen cranberries <BR> one cup frozen blueberries <BR> one fresh egg <BR> add filtered water half way in blender <BR> <BR> makes two... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:47:08 EST Has anyone tried the Wild Diet ? was looking into it and wondered thoughts? Calls for 1/2 your plate to be veggies, 1/4 to be protein, the rest is carb/fruit/fats. He also suggest intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast basically) and exercising daily. Overall it seems to be a healthy plan (if just the plate stats, I am not thinking of doing IF quite yet), just wondered if anyone else has tried it? Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:41:44 EST "Carbs (for low-carb diet)" calculator broken? I have my tracker track the "Carbs (for low-carb diet)" option which, until recently, has taken the total carbs, subtracted the fiber, and given me that number, +/- 1 or 2 for rounding. <BR> <BR> Suddenly the number it's providing is seemingly entirely random, sometimes fitting with what I expect and sometimes wildly off. Here are the last few days (including today) of what I'm seeing. <BR> <BR> Total carbs 105, Fiber 24, Net carbs 80 <BR> Total carbs 136, Fiber 32, Net carbs 154 ??? <BR>... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:26:32 EST Potassium rich foods I have noticed that on my Nutrition report I am missing quite a bit of potassium in my diet. What foods can I eat to increase this in my diet? Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:36:13 EST Need a Refresher... Hi! When I measure out Cheerios for breakfast, am I using my food scale to measure them? (Half of a cup is A LOT of Cheerios!) Also, same question for raspberries & blueberries. Thanks!! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:33:26 EST Supplement Questions To Ask A good article from Frontline. I think you can also watch it if you want: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ive-questions-to-ask-when-considering-<BR>health-supplements/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:02:29 EST Looking to find a good muscle building supplement Hey everyone! I have been trying to lose weight for awhile now...i eat as healthy as i can and exercise a few times a week but it's not working to help me lose the amount of weight i want to lose. Is there a good muscle building/weight loss supplement out there that work? Has anyone tried any? Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:51:51 EST Hypoglycemia I eat 6 small meals a day to maintan low blood sugar, but it can play havoc with my calorie count for the day. I love this app. It's exactly what I've been looking for but not sure of the foods i should I eat to maintain a normal blood sugar, carbohydrates or protein or a combination . Thanks Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:24:51 EST Is SP a diet or healthier way of life? I personally consider SP a healthier way of life because when people think of diets they think of losing 10-20 lbs. A healthier way of life may be 50+ lbs depending on who you're talking to, changing eating habits, etc. But overall I think those that change to a healthier way of life versus a diet have a higher success rate than those who diet, and I think they have a higher success rate for keeping the weight off. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:20:39 EST Meal Delivery Has anyone tried the Bistro MD meal delivery and how was it? Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:52:18 EST making soup when you make soup do you count the broth in the serving? or just the veggies beans and meat. ect. <BR> I have made lentle soup for ever, now I am trying to figure out to include it in diet. <BR> Also need to figure out how adding different amounts and types of veggies changes the calorie count. <BR> tryed the recipe calculator but I couldn"t find the button to add ingredients. <BR> Before I just put the pot on stove and started filling it, then we took what we could eat. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:33:24 EST atkins ? I eliminated some junk and diet pepsi started drinking 64 oz water , I am trying to eat Healthier by adding more veggies in my diet I started working out at night afterwork each night I am actually having fun using Beachbody Turbo Jam not bad for a girl who hates working out. Ive lost 7lbs so far by being active I have a way to go............ I was wondering is anyone eating the Atkins food ? if so are you loosing on it, Ive done Nutisystem but stopped it was expensive...... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:24:31 EST Wine My down fall in wine. After working a long shift as a serve when I get home. I can drink a full bottle of chardonnay. I know that is keeping me from losing the weight and goal I am looking for. <em>181</em> <img src=""> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:32:57 EST tired after breakfast Hi my mom will not eat breakfast because it causes her to fill sleepy. Do you know what may be causing this? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:14:24 EST How do u delete a favorite food how do you delete a favorite food out of your favorites? I need to add something to recipe so its right and cant seem to get rid of the first one I made in favorites or recipes Help please Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:20:38 EST Best veggies for pasta subsitute The only day I hit my fibre target was the day I ate spaghetti squash instead of pasta for supper. I had no problem with the sub and was looking for more options. <BR> <BR> Which veggies do you use as pasta/noodle substitute and how do you prepare them? <BR> <BR> TIA :) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:19:06 EST Challenges in Tracking One of the challenges I face in tracking my nutrition is the time that it takes for anything other than my breakfast. We eat little to no prepackaged or processed foods and I rarely make the same exact thing more than once a month (if that) and that makes tracking a little more time consuming. Add to that the fact that I live in Canada and our products are often different and even when they're the same, Quaker Rolled Oats, for example, the portion size is different. I completely understand... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:32:40 EST Working Through A Cold Been getting sick gradually over the past couple of days - tried to ward it off, but the cold came anyway. <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Riddle me this: <BR> What does one make/consume during a time of feeling ill and fatigued to help put the pep back in their step? <BR> I'm struggling staying within my calorie range and even drinking water. Today was a battle that was just barely won. <BR> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:28:50 EST Maintaining Warfarin levels and eating healthy When I am losing weight I eat a lot of veggies. What veggies do you eat that still keeps your INR level? I can't take the alternative drugs like xaralto due to costs. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:57:39 EST picking goal weight how do you choose your goal weight. I've read I should weigh any where from 101-135. Having some closer Idea would sure help. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:45:45 EST How do you track the food you eat at a local place Hello everyone, <BR> I am great at tracking my food and fitness but every Friday night we order from a local pizza place and I have the hardest time tracking what I am eating. The local place doesn't provide any nutritional info and I am having a hard time finding something similar in the SparkPeople database. <BR> <BR> For example, if I order a Grilled Chicken Salad with Low Fat Italian Dressing. I can find something close to it in the database but the serving size is listed as "1 Servi... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:03:42 EST Jam brand recommendations? My friend recommended Tamara, which has 60% fruit. I am not sure if it's reduced sugar though. I bought some raspberry jam the other day, 50% fruit and less sugar. It was true! It tasted less sweet. <BR> <BR> The problem with Tamara is, they only come in 3 variants, strawberry, mixed berry and apricot, I think. I like St. Dalfour, because of the sheer variety! But they are only 40% fruit! <BR> <BR> What jam do you recommend? Which one do you think is the best? <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:21:09 EST Shirataki tofu noodles! Has anyone had these?? Don't be scared! Seriously, I am so in love. I love love LOVE pasta, and this is the most amazing substitution. Even my fiance who stuck his nose up to the idea, after tasting said, oh okkkk!! 10 cal a serving, 3g carb (um hello!) and has fiber! <BR> <BR> It's located in the refrigerated section and packaged in a bag with water, right with the block tofu - in my grocery store it's in the organic section. Drain, and microwave quick, it takes the strangeish smell away. ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:34:53 EST Difficulty losing weight because of PCOS? I have PCOS but up until recently, it hasn't affected my life to the point where it worried me. It seems like the older I get, though, the harder it is to lose weight; I've struggled with my weight all of my life but most of that, honestly, was my own lack of discipline. The first 10 lbs came off easily if I really tried and I've been able to lose almost 50 lbs with calorie restriction and exercise (I've gained it all back again at this point). But now, even with less calories, more protei... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:04:56 EST i was wondering about add quick entry Hi everyone, i just notice on my food tracker below where you can add a food there is a add quick enrty , does anyone know about this and how to use it please help thanks sparkpeople. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:35:43 EST Trying new things! Well, today I tried Avocado for the first time. I can't really say I love it but I don't hate it. I'm going to keep incorporating it into my meals and hopefully I can learn to love it. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:45:42 EST Eliminating Dairy I would like to eliminate dairy for a couple weeks only to see if it helps my reflux. I've suffered from this for years and can no longer take the over-the-counter meds for that and my insurance will not pay for the Rx. <BR> <BR> I've recently had an endoscopy and had my esophagus stretched but it hasn't helped a lot. <BR> <BR> So....I can drink almond milk, no problem. But I have been dependent on Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and just cheese for my protein/calcium go tos. What do I su... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:11:35 EST Suddenly Starving! - all the time I have notice that since I have started back at the gym (probably about 3 weeks ago give or take) that I am ravenous all day. I have been attending a weight class and spinning classes alternately through the week and signed up for skating lessons on Saturday. My appetite has changed in the last 3 days and it seems, I am starving all the time, it seems constant. I know that I am building more muscle mass, but I certainly have enough reserves to carry me through for a while. On the bright s... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:55:44 EST What if you don't like fruit I don't like fruit on my meals and when I am finished my meal I don't want anything more to eat. Do we really need fruits in our diet? I don't find fruits very appealing :( Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:17:41 EST has anyone tried the 5:2 diet Has anyone ever tried the 5:2 diet? <BR> The diet where you eat what you want for 5 days <BR> and cut down to 500 calories on the other two days. <BR> <BR> did it work? what helped you through you your fast days? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:57:08 EST Chia Seeds Recipes Hello: <BR> I am just starting to learn about Chia Seeds and benefits. <BR> Anybody have any good recipes to share that are Chia Based? <BR> Thank you Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:21:08 EST Intermittent Fasting Hi! I have been trying for years to lose weight but I just keep gaining and gaining. Here's why: When I try to stick to a healthy eating regime, I wind up overeating. Because I eat compulsively, I just have a hard time stopping shoving food in my face once I get started. I have Crohn's disease and I am obese because I eat and eat and eat, even though it hurts. It has taken me a long, long time to admit this to myself. <BR> I can choose all the healthy foods I want, but when I ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:14:40 EST Recovery day, cheat day, maintenance day? Do you do take one day a week to eat whatever you want, no matter the calories, etc? What do you call it? Recovery day? Maintenance day? or cheat day? Or something else? And is this a good thing to do or not? Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:10:43 EST BEYOND DIET.. ANYONE TRY THIS? I'm thinking of trying or purchasing the Beyond Diet System. I was wondering if anyone here has tried it or currently doing it and if they had any success or if they had any negative issues with it? Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:53:17 EST HELP ! protein no or low carb and fat ? Hi all, I'm needing something for a very quick light dinner which gives me lots of protein,no or very low carb and fat ..any ideas ?? :) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:47:49 EST Nutrition help Hi everyone, I'm a 44 year old mom. I'm trying to lose fat but I also want to bulk up. Where do I go nutrition wise? Are there certain things I should eat and some I shouldn't? Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks and have a great day :) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:59:05 EST Thoughts on adding exercise calories Would love some feedback on how people feel about adding exercise calories to your daily total. I struggle with the fact I need to eat at the higher end of my range (or I will not lose weight), so I'm trying to decide if eating a couple hundred of my gained calories would be beneficial or if it would stall me Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:30:18 EST Slow Carb Diet Has anyone ever tried the Slow Carb Diet? A couple of my friends swear by it and are trying to get me to try it out. Here are the rules if you are unfamiliar: <BR> <BR> 1. Avoid all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and grains. <BR> 2. Eat the same few meals over and over. <BR> 3. Don't drink calories (1 glass of red wine OK). <BR> 4. Don't eat fruit (avocado and tomato allowed). <BR> 5. Take one day off per week and go crazy (binge on junk food essentially). <BR> <BR> Every fiber of my being re... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:11:49 EST Zucchini noodles (zoodles)... tips, opinions? Has anyone made these? Any tips on how you cook them, and what you like to eat them with? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:25:08 EST Eating for third shifters? Hey, guys. I'm a nurse who works 3 twelve-hour shifts per week, 6:30 pm to 7 am. How the heck am I supposed to eat properly? Anyone have any tips? Some days I am up all night and eat a meal during the night, and other days I sleep all night and do all of my eating during the day. I'm just not sure of the best way to go about tracking meals, etc . I'd love any advice! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:49:11 EST Anyone doing low carb? I'm pretty new to these boards so maybe there is already a group or thread, not sure. Just wondering who else out there is on a low carb diet? My doc put me on one back in June because my diabetes was out of control and I am so happy to say since I started doing it my numbers are great!! <BR> <BR> Just looking for ideas on snacks, recipes, etc...from others. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tina Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:33:23 EST Is this diet plan healthy to eat every day? Morning breakfast = Home made smoothie consisting of 1 lemon, 1 orange, 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 kiwi and half a cup of Pumpkin seeds mixed with geen tea and coconut water. <BR> <BR> Lunch: 1-2 Cans of kidney beans mixed with dash of tomato sauce <BR> <BR> Dinner: Snack on nuts (almonds/hazelnuts), maybe the odd carrot through out the day. <BR> <BR> And consistently drink water and tea, and the occasional pint of milk/yoghurt. <BR> <BR> Is this a super healthy diet that will lead to no defi... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:21:50 EST diet plans I already asked this question and it was answered ...(but the info was wrong)... so here we go again... all the ads for Sparkpeople say "Free Diet plans"... Soooo... with that... where do I find these... I found nutrition but cant find diet plans... somebody help here...Please and thank you! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:22:54 EST powdered peanut butter Someone gave me some powdered peanut butter and I have no clue what do with it. I don't want to do smoothies or protein shakes either. Should I just add water and eat it with apples? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:10:45 EST hard to get to the gym Somedays I find it hard to go to the gym but once I am there, I get a good workout. <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:47:25 EST Need Snack Ideas I need snack ideas. I am right where I want to be with carbs but need a few more calories, protein and fiber. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:36:51 EST Frozen avocado? I saw frozen avocado in a store here today. <BR> <BR> I have to say I was quite surprised to see it, I didn't think it was something that could be treated like this. It suggested good for smoothies AND that you could let it defrost and use like as normal for salads etc. <BR> <BR> I hate buying avocado, you always get a nasty one, or a huge stone, or those nasty brown strings... this would take away the lottery of avocado purchase! <BR> <BR> But never tried them... has anybody else? Curious... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:59:23 EST Paleo Meal Delivery? I just started paleo and I need to find a trustworthy company to deliver my meals. I looked around and there are so many businesses that deliver, I am not sure who to go with. Any suggestions based on your experience? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:58:31 EST Ketogenic Diet Is anyone doing low carbs on the Ketogenic Diet? I am almost there and hope to start seeing a weight loss. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:39:41 EST any advice? I've been at the same weight for a month now. I still track. I just began to add actual exercise (other than walking)...the last two weeks or so...nothing crazy, just 15-20 min about every other day...stretching, yoga, light weights, squats <BR> I don't know why I'm at a standstill. I still have lots more to lose... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I appreciate any ideas/feedback. Thanks. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:07:18 EST Need help with nutrition information I'm having trouble finding the information on what my daily calorie intake should be. I would like to know how many calories, fats, carbs, protein I should consume. Can someone help me find the information it shouldn't be so hard! :/ Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:06:48 EST Isogenix fast days I am doing the 30 day isogenix plan and I am on day 6. I love shake days, lost a few pounds and feel great. My first fast day not so much. I have fasted before but I cannot stand the cleanse drink. I think it is the aloe Vera in it but I just cannot get it down hot or cold. The only other food that does that makes me sick like this is wheat grass. If I am willing to do everything including fast is there not a way to do it without the drink? Any help greatly appreciated. I know this is... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:00:13 EST Healthy Eating in a Hotel I need suggestions on what to eat while traveling and staying in a hotel with mini fridge and small microwave. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:23:16 EST meal plans I joined because I am interested in loosing weight. I am in need of finding meal plans. When I was looking online for a sight that had both it sent me to this sight. I can not find any meal plans. Can someone help? Thanks ~ Kim Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:46:10 EST ? Breakfast Is a protein bar and a cup of fruit considered a healthy breakfast? Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:31:05 EST Frustrated! I feel like I am constantly back and forth trying to count my calories, even though I know that is the one thing that has given me success in trying to lose weight....and then today I realize why I get so frustrated about keeping with it! Unless you eat cookie cutter-type foods and follow only the recipes on here, it is very difficult to try and figure out how many calories are in a recipe you want to make. I spent half and hour trying to plug in different ingredients, only to find so many of... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:45:22 EST Starting to question every food! I find my self putting all my food into Sparkpeople tracking. It is so very helpful. I am interested in finding others experience with alternative oils such as Crisco butter like sticks. What are the benefits and what are the negatives? Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:30:24 EST serving size ??? I made a crockpot of spaghetti sauce with ground turkey and I want to put them in individual containers to freeze for easy use. What would the serving size be? I was thinking a 1/2 Cup. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:31:06 EST Enough or Not Enough Calories My husband is concerned that I am not eating enough. I am consuming on average around 1450 calories per day. Since I began on this site about two weeks ago, I have only twice been below the amount of calories recommended. I feel great, I am not dizzy or weak. My energy is at an all time high and my stress at an all time low. I understand his concern but is his concern valid? Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:16:27 EST sugar hello, i just started sparks people and i have a question???? I see calories, carbs, etc. but i also want to track down how much sugar i take in. is there anyway i can do that????? thank you. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:30:37 EST New Here.... not sure about this.. Soooo, this is new... I'm not use to sharing my story or sharing "feelings"... I am usually closed off and Deal with my own things by myself. <BR> But anyway.. I guess I am posting on here to vent? <BR> I've always struggled with my weight and liking the way I look. Just until Recently I finally thought I was happy with what I look like, big and beautiful! <BR> Until Recently... <BR> I guess I am changing myself for someone else... which I know is bad.. but I also want to think about my ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:05:44 EST Sugar snap Peas Does anyone know the reactivity of Sugar Snap Peas? Or a link that goes beyond the basics in the books? <BR> Thank you! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:29:15 EST weight gain first week tracking my food! i gained .4oz......i don't understand! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:45:37 EST Which is better to eat regular or sugar free jelo Which is better regular or <BR> Sugar free jello Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:24:29 EST Portion Control Containers Looking to purchase a set of portion control containers. What ones do you like best and why? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:46:20 EST Smart Taste Pasta I recently came across smart taste pasta.... I love pasta and thought when I eat it this would be a good choice... Am I right? or is there a better one? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:11:09 EST ACV I have Heinz vinegar because I heard good things about it..... but I also heard you should use unfiltered ACV.... do I have to or can I use the one I have? <BR> <BR> Also.... what are the benefits of ACV Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:10:08 EST How much hunger is too much? Should i be hungry on a reduced calorie diet? How much hunger is too much? How much irritability and decreased energy is too much? Will i experience less of these symptoms after an adjustment period? <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:57:03 EST Sleep problems I assume the reason that i've been sleeping lightly and waking tired and just not feeling like i've gotten enough sleep is because of low blood sugar. Because of too few calories or too few carbs. I also feel so low in energy while i'm awake. Hungry most of the time too. I'm getting the suggested amount of calories on my eating plan. Has anyone else experienced this and if so how do we handle it without blowing our diets? <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:42:08 EST Trader Joe's Sky Valley Heirloom Oranges If you have a Trader Joe's near, and if you love oranges, make sure to check these out! This is my fourth year of waiting for them to arrive in January and they only last into March. They are the best orange I've ever eaten. <BR> <BR> I had never heard of heirloom oranges before. Heirloom tomatoes, yes, but not oranges. I think it makes all the difference!! <BR> <BR> Happy heirloom orange season! (and they're on Facebook if you want more info) Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:45:23 EST Glucose in urine So here's an interesting question : my husband suffers pretty frequently from gout flares. He is working on having a healthier lifestyle . He has been feeling dehydrated so he has been drinking water 24/7 as he is having a four flare right now . His urine seemed syrupy to me so I told him to use a keystone strip ( my son is a type 1 diabetic) and seem if it comes out positive for glucose or keystones well sure enough no keytones but positive for glucose ? What does that mean ? Is he a diabeti... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:16:40 EST Anyone Use a Programmable Pressure Cooker? We're considering purchasing one and I'm curious if any of my fellow Sparkers use them. Please share! Good experiences? Not so good? Do you find yourself using it a lot? Or just once in awhile? Is it a time saver for you and the way (and what) you cook? <BR> <BR> I am a complete newbie at this method of cooking and am at the gathering info stage. <BR> <BR> P.S. If you use a stove top pressure cooker I'm also interested in hearing from you! <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance. <BR> <em>67</em>... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:06:40 EST Ground beef confusion Could someone tell me - Does the nutrition data for ground beef pertain to raw beef or cooked beef? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:57:20 EST Dr. Phil 20/20 diet I'm allergic to spinach can I substitute it with something else? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:24:20 EST Not Enough Calories? Okay, this is not a normal occurrence with me, but what do you do when you reach the end of the day, and tracked your food, and you haven't eaten enough calories, fiber, etc.? I just wasn't that hungry today, but I did have three meals. Just wondering? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:25:57 EST turkey I get my turkey sliced very thin at the deli. I want to know approx how many slices would be 3 oz? I have a scale but it needs a battery, so just asking until I can get a new battery. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:05:25 EST Clemintine Addiction! So last year, had maybe 5 clemintines -- it just did not seem like a good year for them as everyone I ate was really sour. This year they have been divine and I'm eating them like candy. I guess they are actually better for me than candy, but I have to limit myself to 4 daily. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:39:17 EST tracker says 1200-1550? Hello. I just signed up and my tracker says that my goal should be to eat between 1200 and 1550 calories a day? That seems really low for me. Anyone else feel like the tracker calorie goal is low and does anyone know how the tracker comes up with that number? Thanks. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:23:23 EST Favorite Burger Topping I've been craving a burger this week! *full disclosure - I'm a vegetarian - so a veggie burger!* <BR> <BR> One of my favorite restaurant burgers has cajun seasoning, jalapeños and pepper jack cheese. I also really enjoy one that has blue cheese, jalapeños and sautéed mushrooms and onions. <BR> <BR> For tonight's dinner I'm exploring other low calorie options to top my burger. What's your favorite? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:32:39 EST the benefits of smoothies <em>91</em> I was curious how many people also partake in smoothies. What are your favs and how have they changed your life. <BR> I started having smoothies about 3 weeks ago. I have lost 6 lbs. My goal is 140. I am currently 160 but I wear it well. Lol. I wanted to say my smoothies include spinach carrots and fruit. I get such a burst of energy after I feel like I could run a marathon. Does anyone else enjoy these benefits. Thanks lanora Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:54:24 EST Blood Sugar Question As a forenote: I'll be asking my doctor about this next week when I have my regular visit, but I thought I'd throw my question out to you lovelies first for your own insight. <BR> <BR> My question is about fasting blood sugar. I suspect that I am pre-diabetic (hopefully not past that!), and so I've done a few home tests of my blood sugar using a home glucose tester and strips. My waking blood glucose levels are fairly high, averaging at about 125 mg/dL. After eating (a 65 gram dose of carbs)... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:41:05 EST Calories Can someone please tell me if having a calotie differential of -1722 is good or bad. I ate 1222 calories and burned 953 calories? Thankyou very much in advance. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:09:55 EST Fiber and Constipation Help! I'm on day 9 for the 17 Day Diet. I'm following it very closely. Eating plenty of fiber and drinking lots of water. Yet it is having the complete opposite effect and I am constipated. I have tried Smooth Move tea and still nothing. I've read of people losing so much weight in the first week and I have not lost but 2. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? I am trying to drink even more water but not sure that is the answer. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:05:27 EST To much Vitamin A I was way over my Vitamin A which 3/4 cup of sweet potato was responsible for. So I thought that was good to eat. I seem to go way over everyday with something that is suppose to be a healthy whole food. I am so confused Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:24:31 EST A way to drink lots of water I had a cola cup from a filling station. Filled it with water and ice. Put straw in it, like I was drinking a soda. Easier to go down than just plain water! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:03:34 EST Complex vs Simple Carbs So, if you are diabetic, or in my case, have PCOS with insulin resistance, it is usually recommended to watch the carbs you consume. Some carbs are simple and some are complex. How are you to maintain a low-carb (or a lower carb) diet if you are consuming complex carbs? I'm not sure if that makes sense. <BR> <BR> Let me use myself as an example. I don't drink coffee or tea. Nine times out of 10, I am drinking water or 1% milk (including low fat chocolate milk). The other times, it may be ap... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:17:09 EST Sugar vs Agave nectar Here is my problem, I can not do Stevia, Splenda, or other alternative sweeteners, they either have an awful aftertaste or they cause some major heartburn. However, Agave Nectar doesn't seem to have the same issues. So should I make the switch to AN or stick with Sugar? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:49:52 EST Bread v Toast If I weigh bread and it comes out at 100 gms, I then toast it and weigh it and it comes out at 55 gms, which weight should I use on my tracker? <BR> Any ideas. Thanks in advance. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:09:30 EST Do you eat when your not hungry? I eat so often when Im not hungry, usually its sweets but it could be what ever is <BR> around. I know Im not hungry when I do this. Am I bored, frustrated,what? I even eat like this at work, I work in a nursing home and there is always snacks out for residents and employees. This is really limiting my weight loss. Any suggestions or do I just white knuckle it? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:45:39 EST Gallbladder removed - need help/advice I had my gallbladder removed around 2.5 months ago and am having bunch of digestion issues - bloating and gas mostly. I had some diarrhea but a probiotic helped tons with that. Does anyone know how long that takes to resolve and what foods to avoid. I'm off dairy and have cut down on gluten. I also feel tired all the time - probably from not getting enough nutrition. I'm find I'm not hungry anymore. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:31:57 EST Fast food & Casual dining tips I just love the recommendations provided here for the fast food & casual dining "healthier" food selections... I'm wondering if SparkPeople might have a condensed PRINTABLE sheet with all the info on it? If not, I recommend it. It would be great if we had a pdf we can print out to keep with us to use "on the go." <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:19:12 EST Does the liquid from cooking beans have iron in it My blood iron levels are too high and I wish to avoid iron rich foods until I get my iron levels back down. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I would like to know whether the water that the beans are cooked in contains iron or if the iron in in the cooked beans themselves. <BR> <BR> Note, I am not talking about the water the beans soaked in before cooking--(I discarded that water). <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:30:48 EST Low Testosterone In Women HELP! I guess I knew this was possible, but didn't even think this could be a possibility as to the problems I was having. I thought my thyroid was the root to the problems I was having. I'm constantly exhausted, losing hair, gaining lots of weight, getting flabby, loss of sexual interest, no appetite, periods not regular, anxiety/depression, and irritability are all symptoms I have been struggling with for the past year and I kept getting told its post partum depression (keep in mind my "bab... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:44:55 EST Accountability Buddy Hi ! I am getting back on the diet train and could really use an accountability buddy. I have a habit of going overboard once I splurge and once a week after my TOPS weigh in I binge until I can't eat one more thing. I need to put an end to this cycle and feel like I need someone who understands these urges to help me. Would love a weekly buddy to hold me accountable. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:51:20 EST Counting Calories Effectively Help! I've been doing this for a while and still have one problem with counting calories. <BR> <BR> I cook most of our meals from scratch, for the whole family. This makes calorie counting hard. If I make a stir-fry, for example, I have yet to find a good way to figure out how to calculate calories in a portion. SP's recipe calculator is great, but as far as I can see it only gives portion size in fractions of the recipe. If the recipe serves 6, a portion is 1/6 of the recipe. Now I'm not an... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:58:47 EST Vitamin A Everyday my tracker says I am going way over on my vitamin a and am not sure whether I really need to be concerned. I also am not sure where I am getting all of the vitamin A. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:48:23 EST Whole Grains. Empty Promises. Has anyone read this by Anthony Colpo? I agree with some of what he has in the book but his conclusions from the data go off the deep end. What authors do you think do the best job? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:22:33 EST Cultured foods - Kefir, Kombucha, etc. I have been trying to incorporate more cultured foods into my diet. I make them at home and use some daily. My doctor is amazed at how good my bloodwork is now. I'd love to hear uses for these or ideas anyone else has. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:45:50 EST probiotics What is everyone's thought on probiotics. Do you think it helps with overall health. Just curious, because lately I'm hearing a lot about them. I even heard they can help with metabolism. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:26:10 EST Calcium/Vitamin D So after tracking my meals/nutrition this week, I have realized how deficient I am in calcium and vitamin D. Can anyone recommend a supplement? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:18:34 EST Best fish oil? I like taking fish oil and have fun out now. I was taking Spring Valley brand from Walmart. What are some of your suggestions for fish oil supplements? I want to take it only once a day. <BR> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:27:08 EST Tracking Food With having to track everything I eat shows me that I actually have control of what I eat and cannot make any excuses of why I ate what I ate. It also helps me with my emotional eating habits that I do have. Instead of eating lately that I just pick up a glass of water and drink that. Now after 30 minutes of drinking a glass of water that I am actually hungry than I will eat. It is good to write down everything that you eat because it shows your good/bad habits. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 14:19:37 EST Best Mutlivitamin I had some blood work done this week and my doctor said that I'm slightly anemic and that he'd like me to take a multivitamin (for the iron) and get rechecked in a month. Turns out the gummy vitamins I've been taking for months have no iron so I need to go out and buy different vitamins. I turned to the gummies because they didn't upset my stomach and were not hard to take; some of the vitamins are large and I have difficulty swallowing them. <BR> <BR> I haven't tracked my food in about a ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:39:47 EST What are your healthy swaps? Do you guys have a healthy version of a "non-healthy" food that you just love and always have on hand? <BR> <BR> I have had success and failures in this. I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to have creamy salad dressings that I love as often as I would like, but recently at the grocery store I found yogurt salad dressings in the produce section! I must've walked by them a million times and never bothered to look! 35 calories for 2 tablespoons of creamy, indulgent blue cheese dressin... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:40:55 EST Protein Drinks What is the best protein supplement? I'm looking for one without added fillers and sugars. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:36:29 EST Japenese sweet potato noodles help Anyone know how to figure out the cooked weight amount from the dried weight before cooking? Hubby made them and didn't measure so now I am trying to calculate. I really like them better than rice noodles. Worst case scenario I will cook up a new batch and measure. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 10:27:10 EST Vitamin A what is up with the vitamin A thing? I'm not even halfway through my calories and it says my vitamin A is too high!?! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 12:10:09 EST replace coffee creamer with orange/oil cloves? Happy New Year, <BR> <BR> Too many of my calories come from coffee creamer. <BR> <BR> Am looking for a substitute, and am thinking of an oil flavored with orange and cloves. So far, I can't find one. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had any experience with such substitutes for coffee creamer? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Arc Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:20:30 EST Wheat Germ Does anyone use Wheat Germ and what are the benefits? Fri, 8 Jan 2016 07:40:16 EST Not feeling good I am day 4 of a major food change. Eating more raw, very little sugar (just what I add to my coffee in the mornings), no bread, no pasta, no chips (my down fall). Keeping calories under 1500 a day. Walking at least 30 minutes on treadmill or regular walking. The problem is I do not feel good. I'm sluggish, bloated, and ache from head to toe. Is this normal? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:16:46 EST Sick of salads and fruits! I have been eating so much green salads, apples, oranges, and bananas this week that if I look at another one I think I will cry lol! What do you all do when you are sick of looking at (and eating) yet another salad or fruit? lol Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:52:46 EST ban wagon Today my family forced me to skip breakfast and have brunch instead which consists of biscuits and gravy. I ended up eating 3 biscuits and about a cup of gravy. Bad but will make it up at dinner with only a Greek salad. Please keep me in line.😠 <em>303</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 14:19:48 EST Night eating It's baaaaack. Anyone have a problem with night eating/snacking? I'm not just snacking before bedtime, but actually waking up and going into the kitchen, like at 2am. I use to do this, got it under control, but back at it again. I don't know what I did to stop last time....guess i was less stressed. I work out at least an hour most days, eat great during the day (fruits, veggies, low/no carbs). Usually have a healthy dinner, then find myself back at the fridge 2-3 times after dinner, no... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:39:39 EST Drinking Water To drink more water, I completely eliminate other drinks. Every time I eat, even if it's a snack, I drink a bottle of water. <em>109</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:18:49 EST Is trail mix OK for a snack? Back on the wagon again, I feel great cutting all the junk, sugar, alcohol and breads and getting some exercise. Cooking light, eating healthy but working at home has its perils. Ive been munching (1 cup) on trail mix (no candy) nuts, raisins some crunchy carbs in it. Thoughts on that? I know the salts aren't that good but its only a cup. <BR> <BR> Also 1 banana orange smoothie, with ice and a 1/2 cup 1% milk during the day. <BR> <BR> Not a big veggie fan, been a carboholoic all my life so... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 09:19:19 EST The simple diet I apologize if this has already been discussed. I looked but didn't see it. Is there anyone doing the simple diet? I would love to have some people to talk about the diet and compare notes with. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 08:18:41 EST Nano products Anyone else use the BioPharma products such as Nanolean, NanoPro, Nanogreens, Nanoreds, Nanomeal? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 03:18:39 EST Coordinating protein needs and caloric needs I am a vegetarian, I am also living on a fixed income. Nutrition tracker has alerted me to the fact that I am not getting enough protein. Today I went OVER my calorie intake AGAIN because I thought getting enough protein was more important than reducing my calories. It is so frustrating on my income to eat a healthy diet. I know it would be easier perhaps if I was NOT a vegetarian, but my choice is because it is also better for my health, it helps with my cholesterol.. Any suggestions on... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 23:59:24 EST South Beach Diet I would like to try the South Beach Diet. Is there any way to track carbs on SmartPeople? Are there low carb recipes? How do I go about finding these areas? <BR> Thanks Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:25:44 EST Fast food It has occurred to me as I try to start a diet and exercise plan that I might actually be addicted to fast food. After 2 or 3 days without, I find I can or will not. How can I get off this routine? Thanks for your input. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:38:31 EST Subtracting dietary fiber from carbohydrates? I'm a type 1 diabetic and I know that I can subtract the dietary fiber (if 5 or more) from the carbohydrate count (when I'm giving myself insulin)... I'm wondering if anyone knows if the app can somehow be programmed to do that on its own? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 13:54:53 EST daily nutrition I can't seem to be able reach my nutrition goals, I have no idea what the proper combo!!! Wed, 6 Jan 2016 13:06:31 EST How to stop eating pizza ? Healthy life ? Hi guys ! <BR> I was wondering... what do you think about living healthy ? <BR> Actually, i'm not feeling well with my body. I'm always searching for photos on instagram about this and all these beautiful women. Whoa, I want to be like her ! <BR> <BR> What were your healthy routine ? Was it complicated ? I tried one time to loose weight actually.. failure. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid of always thinking about pizza actually. I really love pizza. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your answers :) this coul... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 12:50:39 EST Tips for a vegetarian low carb diet? What foods did you cut out? What foods did you discover and stock up on? What daily carb intake do you shoot for? What is your calorie intake per day? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:03:13 EST Article in Dr. Oz's magazine I read an article yesterday that I think will throw a lot of people off. It's a "day off" diet. It is plan that looks healthy the other days of the week, then you are allowed to cheat for a day. If I did this, I think it would throw my whole system out of whack (I try not to eat any sugar and I limit starches to good veggies). Does anyone follow this type of regime? Work or not? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:24:04 EST Food Group Lists Hello: <BR> I seem to be in a diet rut. I eat the same, veggies, protein, dairy and carbohydrates. I am trying to add variety to my diet. Perhaps having a list of each food group in front of me might help. I've searched the www sights for lists of foods (and portions) for each food group - but no luck. <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> Thank you. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:12:49 EST Nutrition After Failed RNY I had the RNY surgery in 2001. Lost a ton of weight then gained it all back. Now I've lost 100 pounds the old fashioned way but still need to lose at least that much. I struggle with knowing what to eat, because I still don't think I absorb nutrients the same way. I do seem to do better when I keep diet low carb and high protein, but not entirely sure that's best. Any ideas? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:39:30 EST Advice on vitamins or supplements? Hi all, <BR> im a 20 year old female starting this program for the first time and have seen many articles and posts recommending the use of vitamins. Does anyone use any that they would recommend? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:23:46 EST YOGURT What is your favorite kind of yogurt. Mine is Greek with the fruit on the bottom. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:52:13 EST Salads How can I cut calories in a lettuce type salad? I feel like mine has a lot but I don't know for sure though it is about 350 calories maybe without any dressing? Mines typically has strawberries, feta cheese, grilled chicken, pecans, grape tomatoes, spring mix and romaine lettuce and Paneras Fuji apple dressing or a strawberry vinaigrette one. I would add other veggies but I don't know what would go with this. I am thinking about using either the nuts or the cheese and maybe adding tuna or som... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:27:31 EST balancing our spark journey It's not all about what we eat -- it's about the whole nutrition package combined with adequate CV and ST exercise as well as rest. It's all about taking care of the total you. So that means, we can't forget our spiritual or emotional side, either. <BR> <BR> We're worth the effort! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:27:22 EST Water I know it says to get 64oz of water daily. Is that just plain water? Or is 16oz with some Crystal Light ok? If I put 8oz of water in a 16oz container and then fill the rest up with ice will that equal 16oz? <BR> <BR> I am always unclear on this water question. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:06:14 EST How many servings of vegetables and fruit today? Research shows one of the best things a person can do to improve health and lose weight is to increase their vegetable and fruit intake. <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup vegetable or fruit is a serving <BR> 1 cup is a serving of leafy vegetable <BR> <BR> How many servings did you eat today? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 08:10:25 EST Matcha Tea Does anybody drink this, what do you think of it? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 06:27:07 EST I don't know who or where to start!! please help!! I am struggling with my healthy lifestyle. I have no clue what to do. I am trying to change my bad eating habits, where do I start? Are there any diets you would recommend??? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 02:00:49 EST Crockpot Recipes Hi everyone! I'm a college student living in my first apartment and I'm not the best cook. Does anyone know of any good crockpot recipes that I could make pretty easily? Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:02:28 EST Struggling I am really struggling today. My head hurts, my tummy is unhappy and I want to eat everything in sight or not in sight and just in the general vicinity. <BR> My daughter is making bacon. Is there anything more calculated to make you hungry than bacon? Except maybe baking chocolate chip cookies? She will probably make those later. <BR> I hate migraines. They hurt and make me hungry. <BR> Any ideas on things to much on that won't send my calorie count though the roof? <BR> <BR> Victoria Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:29:40 EST One One One Diet I just wondered if anyone was currently using the One One One Diet plan. I am just starting out and would love to hear from others that have tried it. Would love to find some diet buddies to take this trip with. I have a LONG road ahead of me. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:46:56 EST Do you eat before or.... Do you eat before you go out and do your walking or running, or do you walk or run first then come home and eat? Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:47:29 EST Medical I have been trying to lose weight for a very long time, and I am at the point now that if I don't do something my heart is going to give out. Here is a brief history of my medical problems: first off, I have a very bad case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and I am not able to eat fiber or foods that a lot of waste product, such as leafy greens and etc. My gastroenterologist has told me to eat low fiber higher fat content to help with digestive problems. Then my gallbladder had to be taken out, no... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:53:56 EST Times of your meals. Hello I was just wanting to see what time of day do people eat there meals and what kind meal and food do they have. I sometimes eat breakfast late after waking so I sometimes don't eat a morning snack so I was wondering how everyone else's is. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:42:21 EST Foods added by other members I have a question about all of the food entries that are created by other people. Say, for instance, a McDonald's Daily Double sandwich. When I search for 'daily double' there are 4 - 5 entries for this sandwich that have been added by other users. A couple of them have the same calories, but some of them are different. And none of them are the same as what is indicated on the McDonald's website. This is really frustrating. For major brands, wouldn't it be better to have the 'official' ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 15:12:27 EST Anyone try Saxenda? My doctor would like to start me on Saxenda for my weight. It's a injectable medication originally used for diabetes, but has been approved for weight loss. I'm wondering if anyone has tried it and what their experiences are. <BR> <BR> For a little background, I'm 5' 11" and currently am at my highest weight of 331. I have sleep apnea, depression, and high cholesterol. My family history has heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, crohn's disease and cancer in it. <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:32:52 EST Meal Plan Help Ok, so starting on another diet and thought I would try to use the meal planner but have a few questions; <BR> <BR> 1) I see I can substitute other foods but am worried I will have to spends hours doing this each week to build a plan with foods I like. Does the planner adjust for foods you keep switching out? <BR> <BR> 2) The list of available substitute foods is very limited. I know I can add my own but I suspect I am missing some of the macros the planner is pushing me towards, sugges... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 22:52:21 EST Calcium in dairy aids in weight loss Watched a BBC documentary on line about food. And part of the documentary talked about a study about dairy calcium and weight loss. The gist of it was that 1 liter of low fat dairy a day aided weight loss by diminishing some of the fat that would normally be absorbed from the food in the intestine. They showed twice as much fat be excreted in the poo as compared to not having the dairy calcium.The question that they didn't address was whether calcium supplements would have the same effect. T... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:33:20 EST Should You Actually Eat MORE & Exercise LESS? What do you guys think about this take on weight loss? <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Eat MORE <BR> <BR> Here are the Eat More simple guidelines: <BR> <BR> Stop counting calories <BR> Eat primarily real, whole foods <BR> Eat when you’re hungry <BR> Eat until you’re satisfied (but not stuffed) <BR> Two to three times per week, eat your meal of choice (insert favorite foods/treats here) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-more-and-exercising-less/ </link> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 11:03:38 EST Disgusting ad. on my nutrition page and other page This has gone on for weeks. There is a closed eye with yellow pustules beneath. I am in putting my meals and I cannot remove it. <BR> it is from <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE I showed the family and they agree PLEASE get rid of it. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:43:05 EST 310 nutrition hello all. quick question has anyone tried 310 nutrition? if so what was your experience? all my friends rave about shakeology but i'm just not convinced when it comes to that stuff. breakfast is the hardest meal for me, so i'm looking for something that i could use that's quick and easy as a meal replacement. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:04:26 EST Night shift Anyone have advice about dieting and working 3rd shift. I gain weight working nights but I do not eat any different. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 17:58:18 EST Juicing??? Can juicing be any help when trying to lose weight? We had a consultant in our office the past few months who swears by it, and said if I would replace 2 meals with what equates to the "Sweet Greens" juice at one of the juice bars in town, it would help me lose weight. I tried it for a bit, but not sure this would be safe. Any thoughts? Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:43:59 EST Be wary of 1 post dieters It is the start of the New Year, and we are all new here, and starting out the New Year looking for a plan, or coming up with goals once again to make this year a successful year. <BR> <BR> So of course, every diet on Earth will be discussed here over the next week or so. <BR> <BR> My warning is to look at the number of posts the person has made here at SP. Many of them are on their first post. This does not automatically mean they are a salesperson, " innocently " asking you if anyone do... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:54:45 EST "In Defense of Food" Hubby and I watched this program by Michael Pollan on PBS recently. I understand there is a book also. It was very interesting and gives "food for though". <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> JERF I thought of you. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:50:33 EST Boredom with low carb It's boring eating lean protein ,vegetables, and berries day after day. I lost 26 lbs over the last 4 months. I feel like giving up. I desire to lose the weight but isn't there a better way than cutting carbs? Dieticians vary in opinions. 1 says low carb another says eat carbs. Any advice to keep me motivated? Any diets that allow variety? How do you cope? I'm 5ft and currently weigh 153 lbs. I'm amenorrheic too. Update: I just discovered that I'm on... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:17:54 EST 20 20 diet I would love to hear from anyone who is doing the 20 20 diet? I am wanting to do the diet but I'd love to know about other people's results. Thank you. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:18:14 EST Emtpy Mind= More Food After tracking my food,I realised that I eat nearly 2000 calories/day and on days I am home I eat nearly 2700 to 3000 calories. Anyone else has the same realization? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:51:57 EST Morning Shake Ideas My stomach doesn't tolerate solid food very well in the morning, so I've been trying different breakfast shakes on the market, like Slimfast, Special K, Quaker, and such. They are all really high in sugar and ingredients I can't pronounce, and actually made me GAIN weight. So, I'm wondering if anyone has any homemade shake ideas that are low in sugar that can be made the night before for an easy and healthy grab and go breakfast? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:41:54 EST Who 's weighing in DEC 31st to Start New Year's... I admit I haven't done a "Reality Check" in the past few weeks. That means I am stepping on the scale tomorrow morning. So I told myself to make a "NEW" start for 2016. Who else needs the reality check? HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:23:24 EST Tips for the morning rush? I am totally rocking this eating right and exercising while I am off work this week! My problem is the hectic morning rush and getting out the door for work. I am a single mother working full time. We all would be in better shape if we had the time and less things pulling us different directions. So I want your tips and recipes that you use to help with the work week. I am making smoothies in the morning for breakfast now but even that seems time consuming. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:48:31 EST Put on weight health issue suggestions Hello Everyone .. <BR> Hope all had a great Christmas ...I have been away for awhile ...fighting with some issues. <BR> So I weighed in today and put on weight you can see I am struggling with these 5 pds ...really I should go down to 120 but I am doing it in small my goal is 125 but I have gone up ...I havent been tracking although I am usually very good with my food intact ...but I have not been working out either ...had a bad spell with my costo and fybro that I was ... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:22:41 EST Bread with No High Fructose Corn Syrup I know there are varying opinions on this food additive, but I am interested in reducing the hfcs in foods I eat. <BR> <BR> I can and do bake my own bread but there will be months next year I won't be able to. Store bought breads list sugar of course (that is essential to the yeast rising) but I do not know what form. I emailed Pepperidge Farms about their form of sugar and they said they would forward it to another department and I have not heard back. hmmm <BR> <BR> Do you know of any... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:43:50 EST Nutridiet anyone? Hi, <BR> <BR> I was thinking of trying Nutidiet. Has any one tried it yet? What do you think? Wed, 30 Dec 2015 06:21:11 EST How do you track when this happens? I am pretty good about using the SP nutrition tracker to keep track of everything I eat. I am pretty good about estimating portions and equivalent foods, and I can tell I do a good job by the fact that i am losing weight by using the tracker. But how about today. I did a lot of cooking, including making cookies for a cook-off at work. I tested and nibbled quite a bit. Also, I was frustrated and angry for some of the day, which causes me to nibble and eat more than normal. <BR> <BR> So at th... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 01:27:46 EST Eating enough? I meal prep my meals out for the week, and im hitting a wall of sorts, I don't think im eating enough. I don't really track calories, and I don't know much about Micros? And I can't afford those nutritionalist, holy crap they're pricy lol Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:39:57 EST Need suggestions Hi. Please offer me some suggestions for increasing my energy. I have been feeling worn out for about 6 weeks. The time does correlate with my shoulder and arm injury (I pulled a muscle and it hasn't gotten better yet). I've continued my cardio but had to step back on toning. But now I'm just always soooo tired. <BR> Any suggestions? Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:13 EST Has anyone experienced low blood sugar Today, I experienced it for the first time. It was scary. I was cold and dizzy. I tried to eat a banana to raise the sugar but no luck so I had to eat ice cream. <BR> <BR> How low is too low? Have you experienced low blood sugar? Any advise? Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:05:16 EST Always hungry in the evening I always have dinner about 5 o'clock or so but I always find myself hungry again about 8 o'clock or so. Wish I could figure out a way to not be so hungry at night. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:13:43 EST Anyone else struggling with a coffee addiction? I'm sure it's interfering with my water intake. <BR> I know it bothers my stomach. <BR> I've drank it for 50 years. That ought to be enough. <BR> I'm a morning person naturally and don't need it to wake up. <BR> Although some mornings are low energy and i think coffee, but ... <BR> It's just an addiction. but so popular... <BR> I'd like to tough it through a trial period without it. <BR> It's such a social drink. <BR> I think I can do this... <BR> Shirley Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:02:15 EST Turkey bacon vs pork bacon Which is better for you nutrition and taste wise? We currently use low-sodium pork bacon (maybe once per week), but are hoping to find which is healthier. Any comments? Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:33:35 EST Cannnot stop eating! Help! <BR> <BR> I just cannot stop eating. I feel so hungry even after having a heavy meal <BR> how can I stop? Are there any foods that really fill one up? <BR> The way I am going Incan only eight on, need to stop <BR> please help! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:41:51 EST Weight Loss in the new year Well coming to the end of the year I have not quite reached the goal I set for the amount of weight that I wanted to lose by 12/31/15. But, I am still hanging in there. I have additional weight goals that I still have time to reach. I plan to lose additional weight by June, so I guess I will try to make that goal. I do plan to stick to my diet and exercise plan and will hopefully make it to the June goal with ease. I hope that you all have a Happy New Year and NEVER give up on your goals... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 12:18:07 EST reactive hypoglycemia Can anyone help with tips on how to control my sugar levels better in order to keep them from dropping? I struggle with what to eat and what not to eat in order to keep it under control. Help! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:38:53 EST Soylent Is anyone else using Soylent food replacement shake as a diet supplement, meal replacement or recovery drink? Quick overview at <BR> I'd like to try a diet that consists 75% soylent, 25% whole foods. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:08:47 EST Weight Loss? I've been trying to eating health. I have been exercising. I can't seem to lose the weight. What am I doing wrong? <BR> <BR> The last four years I have been counting carbs for my mother so that her blood sugar will be kept in check. It has worked for her. The nutrition tracker allows 38-48 carbs. However, she has to have at least 30 carbs but no more than 60. We can't afford to have separate menues. Any suggestions? Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:35:29 EST How and when to lower caloric intake So I have a long way to go 100lbs to be percise I've gone down 23lbs. My question is if you are at say 250 and you cut your calories by 1000 a day that's 2lbs per week but as you get smaller there is only so much you can cut to do it the healthy way. So how often do you change the amount of calories you eat to keep the same progress any help would be awsome. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:41:34 EST Accurate Scales anybody got any suggestions for buying scales? I bought a set of digital HealthOMeter at wally world...I dont trust them..I filled a gallon jug and weighed it 8.6lbs, thats accurate..I got on scales, weighed...numbers was 8lbs higher than my previous drs office hour later got on same scales again...not only was i down those 8 lbs but another 2!!! I weighed the water jug again...8.6lbs...I couldnt possible have swung 10lbs in an hour...but the jug stayed the same. have since ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:31:01 EST Increasing FIBER in diet Hi All, <BR> Any suggestions for increasing the fiber content in one's diet? Besides increasing salad greens in my diet, my fiber content is always so low:( Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:01:28 EST Weighing How often should one weight themselves Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:50:53 EST Plant Nanny Everybody should give this app a try! It really helps me get the amount of water I should be drinking everyday. Then the plants are so cute! Every time you drink a glass of water it waters your plant and it grows. This app is amazing and you should give it a try! Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:20:52 EST Need a minimum 500 calorie soup menu Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am in my mid 30s and have had a eating disorder for a very long time now and i am restricted to mainly lightly pureed soups. Psychological counselling being undertaken. <BR> <BR> I am 5ft 10 and only 50kg. I know thats not great and i am looking to gain some weight to get myself to a more safer weight of around 60kg which i think is realistic for me. <BR> <BR> I am looking for a soup menu which has at least minimum of 500 calories per serving and is balanced and healt... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:44:25 EST Upping calories after chronic undereating? So, I've been chronically under-eating (600-1000 calories/day) for about two years. I'm 25, 5'3 and initially started the calorie restriction because I went from 110 to 113, and I wanted to lose it before it got out of hand. But I never lost that weight. In fact, I've continued gaining in that time, and am now sitting at about 120 pounds. I exercise 3-4 times per week for 60-90 minutes of combined weight training and cardio, but work 3 mostly sedentary jobs on top of grad school, so I spend a... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:01:05 EST anyone else gain weight over the holiday? Two pounds in two days. <BR> I even tracked! Granted not as closely as usual but I didn't go over by much. And yet weight gain happened anyway. I know two pounds might not seems like much. But it's more abiut the frustration of not being able to just eat and enjoy without worry like everyone else. Slave in the kitchen and then not be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor without paying consequences... And that was while being careful! I can't imagine what would've happened had I indulged bli... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 09:24:37 EST Adding food recipe When adding food that you have made from recipe do I have to --"Take the measured amount then divide the porition I have on my plate to determine that amount. <BR> Say use two sweet potatoes and two cup of mix quiono with blend of wild oats and wild brown rice. Two cups of chick pea and spices make six vegan burgers. <BR> <BR> Since have 6 cups that make one cup parties. But blended mixture. <BR> 1/2 c. Sweet potato, 1/4. Chick pea 1/4 quiono wild oats and wild brown rice? Sat, 26 Dec 2015 23:11:57 EST Is there any agreement on healthy diet With all the ways to eat. Paleo, no carbs, low fat, high carbs just to name a few. Is there any agreement on what a healthy diet consists of? Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:26:04 EST Eating Healthy Foods Does anyone else find it expensive to eat healthy foods? Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:25:49 EST Starting my morning off right Okay. I was just wondering what you guys do in the morning to start your morning right besides coffee and workout. Im talking about nutrition wise. I want to know what i should do for good nutrients and stuff to get my morning going so i can be energize through the day and everything. Yesterday i bought Ensure original nutrition shake because my coworker buys it and she said it works. I want to know if i should do protein shake or something. I work at CVS, so if anyone knows a good product t... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:22:38 EST Juicing - Positives and Negatives Hi guys, i was looking into trying something a bit different after the holiday season and was thinking about doing a ten day juice fast plan. <BR> Ive been reading into this and a bit recently but was wondering if anyone had done this before and what positives and negatives they feel they had from this plan. <BR> Thank you in advance :) x Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:40:45 EST Have you ever reset your whole program? I have been with SP about 4 years. Me weight has been up and down,anyway this is going to be the year I get to goal. Im at at heaviest weight ever(211). <BR> I want to clear everything out and start again, is this a good idea? Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:18:38 EST Can I get help with Calorie info on roasted turkey I just got off work (no off days at the hospital!) and my family roasted a turkey. I ate some turkey that was left over (measured out 5oz of it; too lazy to eat anything else at the moment) and am trying to figure out calorie information. <BR> <BR> The only ingredients added to the turkey while roasting (baking in the oven) was about 3 tablespoons of light I Can't Believe it's Not Butter across the entire turkey. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not going to get it 10% accurate, but I can't even find ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 23:09:39 EST weight loss in military 50+ years ago I could run the sub 6 min. mile. I just reached the sub 20 minute mile, which is an improvement. Also, back then my waist was 36, this year for Christmas my wife got a new belt for me, 36-40. I could wear it. First time in over 30 years!!! I still am shooting for losing 23 lbs by the end of 2016, getting down to 36 in. waist. I can do it!!! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 19:00:19 EST Too Many Veggies and Fiber? I intend to follow Eat To Live to lose 100 lbs. and I'm going to have to learn to cook. It is more restrictive than Dean Ornish who allows more oils and dairy. My concerns: I'm reading about eating too much kale and too many greens. Also set up the food tracker today -- I am eating too much fiber, too. I'll do more research on Dr. Fuhrman's website, but I need to unclog arteries in addition to dropping a ton of weight...he requires 2 lbs. of veggies a day...I can eat that much but I don't... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 23:44:59 EST Wheat Belly Program Anyone doing the Wheat Belly Program? If so, how do you like it. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 02:14:59 EST eggs Hi y'all i am looking for a new way to make eggs that is still healthy I have done scrampled hard boil and the fried egg ( not so healthy). Just want to know how you prepare your eggs. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 01:26:10 EST What to do when you can't eat eggs, milk, wheat, My allergist says I am allergic to eggs, and have an intolerance to dairy, wheat, gluten, corn. I have tried going without these foods and then added them back in and there is a difference in how I feel as far as pain from Fibromyalgia and IBS symptoms. But gets boring! On this for a year and lost approx 75 lbs but now weight loss is very slow. Need help please Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:59:48 EST editing favorites list I was thinning out my list of favorites and checked the 'prevent this page from making other dialogue' (or words to that effect), and now I can't remove favorites from the list. How do i fix that? Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:14:51 EST Couldn't do the "secret of success" blog A secret to help cravings with no calories: Crush some ice or get chips of ice. Put in glass. You can add water if you wish. Eat the chips, drink the water. Your brain thinks you have eaten something. AND NO calories. Simple. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:03:25 EST 21 Day Fix Does anyone use this eating plan? Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:15:53 EST Probio Slim Has anyone tried this probiotic? Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:02:42 EST Ketonic life style I have found that the best way for me to keep my weight under control was through limiting carbs and sugar. Letely I have been reading about living in ketosis. I am no where near ketosis. Still eat yams and sweet potatoes and lots of fruit. Two questions: Is livivg in ketosis safe and is it possible to safely do it yourself? I have read several different doctors and lay peoples articles and they don't agree. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 06:04:21 EST Coffee yay or nay? Hi guys and gals, <BR> <BR> I know there has to be some coffee lovers on here, and since I'm just starting out, would like some advice. <BR> <BR> I love a caramel latte once a day from the local café near work, I've heard that coffee esp milk based coffee is bad for dieting, sorry if its a silly question, but thought id ask now since I'm just starting out and can nip this in the bud from the beginning :) Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:34:31 EST meat package label Is the nutritional info on a package of meat for when it is raw? Because I am looking up what I just ate and none of it matches what it says on that package. I want to make sure I track correctly. I obviously cooked my meat... Sorry if this should be obvious. I'm just not sure. Thanks. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:30:51 EST advice for on the go breakfasts/ lunches My job requires me to spend most of the day in the car with my meals on the go. Any ideas for filling on the go meals appreciated :-) Sun, 20 Dec 2015 22:05:22 EST Caffeine Roughly five/six years ago, I used to drink Frappucinos with an extra shot of espresso at 9-10pm. Looking back, I think that may have been a contributing factor to my insomnia at the time, but I will continue to live in (mild) denial. <BR> <BR> Back in 2011, I gave up coffee for a couple years. When I tried having it again, it gave me terrible stomachaches. I discovered that I could tolerate it in small doses (though I suspect the soy milk I used to drink could've been part of the problem a... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:53:38 EST What is 'stuffing'? I'm not a native speaker of English. I have a recipe in English for 'spinach balls' that says to use 'stuffing with herbs' (brand: Pepperidge farm). <BR> <BR> Can someone please tell me what this is? And what the ingredients are, so I can maybe find a way to make something similar. <BR> Tried to figure it out through internet but so far can't get much clarity. Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:17:32 EST overeating during PMS Do any ladies here overeat before their period? How do you cope? I have noticed this trend. On regular days I drink tea instead of snacking or binge eating and it works well. But the few days before my period, that isn't enough. Today I went over my max by more than 300 calories. Any advice? <BR> Thanks. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 23:11:39 EST Does anybody use the redi set go cooker I saw one of these on you tube and it looks like it cooks by portion control. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 17:28:45 EST Ornish vs Avocados, Nuts and Seeds I am totally confused: Dean Ornish' heart disease reversal food plan doesn't allow avocados, nuts, seeds, fish, oils and it's rated #1 for achieving heart health. I read that avocados, nuts, seeds and limited fish like wild caught salmon is great for artery health. These are two opposing facts. And I assume that heavily blocked arteries constitute a reason to follow a reversal diet. Eat to Live seems like a super healthy plan that requires avocados, nuts and seeds -- again, no authorities... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 02:31:45 EST Control Food logging= control and accountability Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:31:51 EST better self-control there is a veritable wealth of information today. I read from books and articles by functional doctors and nutritionists almost daily. Most people have the basic understanding of what they should and shouldn't be eating. With all this, I still struggle to resist cravings. I constantly give in. Some days I don't eat anything healthy at all. Perhaps, authors need to start writing more about the psychology of eating and cravings. Nobody wants to be sick, overweight, and unhealthy, yet it feels i... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:54:33 EST Beginner needing help I live a very fast lifestyle with no time to cook except for dinner most nights. I have started doing cardio but I need help with what I am eating. Can y'all please recommend some quick good foods for breakfast & lunch. For lunch I most time take a sandwich on wheat bread. Thanks for all help Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:09:05 EST Diet plan thoughts and frustrating family I want to start a diet plan and would like others opinions on it, thanks. <BR> So, it would go like this: <BR> <BR> Breakfast would be a protein shake and oatmeal. <BR> Lunch would be a home made smoothie (various fruits, chia seed, flax seed and whole milk organic yogurt) and maybe scrambled eggs. <BR> For dinner I would cook meals as normal since I cannot cook separate meals just for myself, but I plan on cutting ground beef (grass fed 85% lean) 50/50 with ground turkey, making more meals ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 01:24:30 EST Abs Diet? So I hear that six pack abs are made in the kitchen. If you have defined abs, can you tell me what foods you swear by, and what foods you avoid at all costs? I'm trying to lose all my stomach fat to get a nice little ab outline! <BR> I'm exercising as well, but I read that more than 3-4 grams of sugar at once will inhibit the formation of a 6pack, so I wanted to know from everyone's experience if they had to really cut out sugar and also what else had to go. And what keeps them satisfied whe... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 01:45:55 EST When to start I have been with Spark people for 4 years on and off. Im way off the wagon now, I am all about new starts, new year, new week, new month etc. My question is, should I wait until the new year to really get into this? I am eating cookies, cakes candies etc, as much as I want (its a lot). Im afraid I wont be able to hold it together between now and Jan 1. What are your thoughts on this? Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:15:59 EST Meal Plans? Hi everyone, I am kinda new here. Was just wondering if their is an app or a section that helps you with meal plans? I keep trying to eat healthier, but I don't really know what to buy or how much of it I should be eating. Thanks! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:25:38 EST multi vitamin or multi mineral I do not want to take a massive amount of pills but still feel that I may need a little supplementation help. So I went to the heath food store and asked for a quality multi vitamin. The clerk at the store asked me if that would be the only supplement that I would be taking. I said yes, and he told me that I should really be taking a good multi mineral instead. He then told me that minerals are more important than the vitamins for health. Any opinion on this matter would be appreciated. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:10:29 EST How do I track sugars? I'm also on Weight Watchers, who just changed their program to include the war on sugar (my term...). Is there a way to keep track of how much sugar I'm taking in? I don't exactly know what kind of sugar WW is referring to. Are all sugars the same in the effect they have on our bodies? Or, like fats, are some better than others? <BR> Thanks... <BR> Ruth in NJ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:05:05 EST Linzess Is anyone on here currently taking Linzess? Just wanted some feedback since I was recently prescribed it for IBS-C. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:23:58 EST Adding calories increasing weight loss??? I have been a chronic dieter for years and have gotten to the point that I am now running 7 miles a day and eating about 1000-1200 calories a day. I know this is unhealthy and not enough food to support my daily activities and the running. So I am looking for stories from those who have gone from eating too little to actually eating what is needed for their bodies and activities and have had weight loss success once they have followed SP guidelines. I am the type of person with the mentality ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:36:23 EST Low carb recipes Does anyone have any or know where to find any really yummy low carb recipes? I'm a type 2 diabetic and I need to reduce my carb intake. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 03:10:57 EST seeds? How to properly eat seeds? <BR> <BR> I've been eating shelled pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds by the spoonful. However, later, my gums feel torn up. <BR> <BR> Can the seeds be soaked to soften them? <BR> <BR> Any ideas, suggestions? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:22:19 EST post workout lunch? Any ideas please and thank you? I have oranges, cottage cheese, string cheese, couscous, sweet potatoes, kiwis, brown rice,!!! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:47:06 EST Difference between tracking Carbs and Carbs? Does anyone know the difference when tracking Carbs vs. Carbs (for a low carb diet)? They look essentially the same to me on the Nutrition Tracker. It would be nice if there was a way to track "effective carbs". Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:39:33 EST Supplements & Vitamins When I first got started, I knew that I wasn't getting proper nutrition in my diet- so I take vitamins and supplements to help. <BR> *DISCLAIMER* I did my homework on this and came to the conclusion that best works for me. I advise everyone to also do their own homework as well. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm taking: <BR> <BR> 1 a day Vitacraves gummies (I'll probably be switching to a different multi-vitamin after I finish these) <BR> <BR> Spring Valley Calcium soft chews (a definite re-purcha... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:12:10 EST PERFECT COOKER Just received the Perfect Cooker that was advertised on TV and wondering if anyone else has ordered this and what you think of it? I haven't tried it yet but they have some neat recipes in the book and wonder if anyone has tried anything else in it too. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:01:43 EST poached eggs When I click on poached eggs on my daily nutrition feedback, I see o for fibre count. I large hard boiled egg shows 5 g of fibre. <BR> Can someone help me out with this please? I am traching my fibre carefully so it helps to have the correct information. <BR> Thanks <BR> Islay Yake Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:35:46 EST Tips and strategies for the holidays? Please share your tips and strategies that help to stay on track during the holidays...? Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:08:31 EST When I am sad, I eat! When I am breathe, I eat! How could I be so focused, and now are slipping back to all the old habits.Lost 52 lbs 2 years ago, but this year gained back 10. I am trying some emotional eating workbooks. I was in a group, but I felt people were far from being honest. All they talked about was their new diets and not what causes them to overeat. <BR> <BR> Today I am the highest in 2 years, it is a slippery slope. Help! <em>46</em> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 06:03:03 EST Cooking with wine I have a recipe I love but it calls for a dry white wine ( in the sauce). I'm hoping I could use a white cooking wine instead. (I don't want the calories nor the expense just for that.) Has anyone substituted a cooking wine for real wine before with good results ? Thanks. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:50:17 EST Weight loss buddy Hi all <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in being weight loss buddies, support one another through our weight loss journey and help stop each other from sabotaging our progress. I have gained 20kg this year due to binge eating and have not been able to get back on my healthy eating habits. I keep saying that I'll start tomorrow but tomorrow never comes. I was successful 3 years ago so I know I can do it I just need to push. Please message me if you're interested. Thank you! =) Fri, 11 Dec 2015 19:45:48 EST Equating Being Tired with the need to eat I am a little under the weather and I feel tired. My instinct is to eat. But I am not hungry and I am eating my normal meals it is just I want to a jolt out of the fatigue. Not giving in though. Any ideas on how to perk up when feeling a bit brain tired? Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:40:06 EST Lifestyle help Hi, <BR> <BR> I am an overeater and binge eater, I need help finding a diet lifestyle that I will maintain. I eat a lot of carbs and I need to cut this out and lose some serious weight. I am not a vegan. <BR> <BR> -Kim Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:34:28 EST