SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=7 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=7 Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43889847 I gave up eating bread nearly 2 years ago. Is it necessary to eat bread on this diet? <em>304</em> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:38:29 EST Does cold wether make you hungry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43885280 The temperature just dropped considerably here in the Northeast, I have noticed that I am hungry more than I was before. Has this happened to anyone else? I'm trying to fend it off by eating healthy snacks, but it's still a struggle. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:18:25 EST Green Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43884247 I enjoy green smoothies, but the amount of fruit juice I add make them not so healthy. Does anyone know how to make a tasty smoothie without the sugary fruit juice? Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:10:37 EST Food labels and tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43882918 Has anyone checked nutrition labels on packages of food lately? This morning as I had my oatmeal and yogurt, I noticed the packaging was now a little different. I decided to also check the nutrition label as now companies are adding Vitamin D and can eliminate a few nutritional values. Was I glad I looked as things have changed. I right away changed the values on my yogurt in my favorite list of foods I keep on the nutrition tracker. Seems my yogurt has more calories, less potassium, now add... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:04:27 EST Volume of food you eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43878475 I am curious, what is the volume of food you generally eat? I just measured a half a cup of cooked pasta and a half a cup of cottage cheese. I could have happily eaten two cups of food. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:49:18 EST Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43878156 I have been tracking my diet for a week. I keep going over in the sodium section. I do not have time to make everything from scratch. I noticed that a lot of it comes from what I am cooking with like Ragu, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter. I am a horrible cook. I want to eat healthily, but I cannot make my own sauces or peanut butter. I can make fresh chicken. Even my oatmeal apparently has sodium in it. What are some suggestions for lowering sodium for those of us who really can't cook we... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:09:14 EST Weight Watchers Freestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43876493 Does anyone do the freestyle program? How do you feel it’s effectiveness compares to the original or Points Plus system? Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:26:43 EST does cooking for a spouse make you fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43874548 I have to cook for someone that does not share my food selections and can love" say eggs" one day and then when I cook them again wont eat them.:-( it reminds me of cooking for a 4 yr old. i think when you cook for someone else your taste isn't satisfied and then you get into trouble snacking because you are craving things. I'm sure there are other married people or people cooking for kids that suffer this fate. I could use some ideas. <em>40</em> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:55:27 EST Frozen dinners - is it just me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43873612 For a fast and easy dinner or work lunch I sometimes grab a frozen dinner (usually Lean Cuisine). This seems to bring on cravings and hunger that I cant seem to satiate no matter what I eat or how much. Anyone else experience this? Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:41:05 EST Binge Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43866977 I have this thing where I keep telling myself that I need to eat healthily and to not eat any junk food. I really want to go on a diet but today at school, there was a table full of Oreos and popcorn. I just couldn't resist the temptation and ate several Oreos, cookies, and a bunch of popcorn. I feel terrible right now and I am really scared that I will gain weight. My goal is to lose weight, and this binge eating is hard to get rid of. Someone please help me on how to lose weight by dieting. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:28 EST How do I get started with a good diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43857744 Hello! I am a 19-year-old female nursing student at a university in America. As such, I don’t have much time for anything besides school... Recently, I have come to the realization that I cannot continuously sacrifice my physical and mental health for my education. All my hard work means nothing if I’m not healthy. <BR> <BR> For my whole life, I have struggled with my body image. I always feel like I am too fat for my height. In high school, I went through intermittent periods where I was af... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:34 EST Will I, won't I ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43857450 For many many years I have tried to lose weight QUICK and it onkybgot me walking in circles. <BR> <BR> I got so much great advise from the group but I was just looking for quick loss. <BR> <BR> Last month not only my TSH came low but also haemoglobin. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I can lose one kilo a month. It came take me two years to lose ten kilos (20 pound) <BR> <BR> But, I'm not dipping below 1500 calories ever. <BR> <BR> No just sauté veggies for dinner and no depriving! <BR> <B... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:52:35 EST Weight and calorie goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43855040 How often should these be reset as one loses weight, or should they be reset at all? Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:23:01 EST Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43849676 Nutrition question--- <BR> <BR> I bought a bag of those frozen chicken breasts and am trying to do a recipe with them. The calorie values are confusing though because I have a kitchen scale and the chicken cooked measured 8 oz for two breasts. But on the bag (Walmart's) it says the serving size is 4 oz. and there are supposedly 10 whole breasts in the bag for 20 servings. <BR> <BR> I don't know whether I should be using the cooked (I boiled them) measure or the raw?? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:30:25 EST Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43848926 I have been on this journey for 10 days now, I am a real sugar addict, havent had any sugar at all since Nov 30th. I have been in my calorie range every day, sometimes a little under. I have walked 5,000 steps everyday except one and that day I walked 10,000. Im drinking 4-5 glasses of water a day. I got on the scale this morning for the first time in 10 days and was down 1.5 lbs. I have 60 lbs to lose, I thought it would be more. It was a real disappointment, but I have regrouped and on trac... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:46:34 EST Christmas brunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43839680 I'd like some healthy, 'no muss, no fuss' ideas, please. I'll be hosting 6 - 9 people, ages 2 - 95+. <BR> One guest avoids anything containing eggs due to a sensitivity. Another is vegetarian/vegan. <BR> Suggestions about pleasing my guests while still being able to enjoy my Christmas morning rather than being stuck in the kitchen ?? :) Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:50:06 EST crockpot ideas for busy worker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43836482 I work and start work early in the morning. Any ideas for quick prep for healthy crockpot meals? <BR> Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:32:01 EST intermittent fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43831507 I would like to start a topic for discussion and support. I am new to the site so I'm hoping this is the way to do it. <BR> I have started intermittent fasting with every other day 500 calories starting at 12 noon or later. This is the "down" day. I eat no "white things" on this day, no sugar, bread, rice or pasta. Only veggies and protein. (you can eat a ton of veggies for 250 calories or more). The opposite day, I eat (the protocol says 1600 calories) but after a few weeks on this, ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:57:39 EST I have eggs every morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43830643 Is that a bad thing? I have two pieces of wheat bread, a little butter, two eggs. Every single morning. Is this unhealthy? Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:19:49 EST High Fat Low Carb eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43829726 I hope our nutrition coach will share her thoughts. <BR> A highly respected doctor suggested that my husband take a different approach before considering a 4th back surgery for spinal stenosis. He courteously suggested a systemic change to reduce inflammation. (lose weight) And then increase movement as the pain of moving diminishes through some weight loss. <BR> <BR> He said that what our health-seeking culture has been doing hasn't worked. (I'm evidence of that...even when I eat perfect... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:46:49 EST Losing weight and be healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43821685 Hi people, i'm fatma and 24 years old. I am architecture and always have to eat fast food because of my busy , so i have gained weight too much. I don't know what do i do, please help me. What should i do? thank you for replies. I want to be healthy Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:32:28 EST What should I do to eat healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43812457 I want to lose weight in a healthy way. I do not have time to go to the gym :( Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:08:07 EST How should I create my diet plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43812311 Hi there, I will create a diet plan but I need your advices. I want to lose 10 pounds of weight. What should I pay attention to when creating my diet plan? Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:39:56 EST Help! I have got a fruit problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43811756 Hi all, <BR> <BR> This is hard for me. I am 35 years old and have some kind of fear of eating fruit. <BR> <BR> I want to eat fruit so badly. <BR> <BR> A brief history.. <BR> <BR> I used to eat a limited range of fruits when I was a child but it was never enforced at home or school. At some point at age 5-6 I fell out of love with bananas and that was it. Since that day I have not been able to pickup a piece of fruit and just eat and enjoy. <BR> <BR> Now at age 35, I am reasonably he... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:56:59 EST Name me some low calorie food options? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43806494 Preferably less than 50 calories per serving? And please be specific. Don't tell me fruit and vegetables. Tell me what fruit and what veg for example. I'm calorie counting and want ideas to include in my food plan. Thank you. Wed, 6 Dec 2017 01:40:53 EST Christmas candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43803447 I love getting a box of chocolate around Christmastime. <BR> What's your favorite? Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:52:30 EST Nutrients tracked http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43802664 For some reason sodium is coming up 2 times on my daily nutritions tracker. Also one or more others too. How do I change this? Tue, 5 Dec 2017 16:49:01 EST Meal Delivery Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43802223 Any SparkPeople using any of the meal delivery programs, like Home Chef or Hello Fresh or any other? I love to eat but hate to cook and I'm single so it's especially unmotivating to have to fire up the kitchen to cook just for one meal for one person. Yeah, I know I can make more and freeze it and eat it another time, but once it's in te freezer it's not appetizing to me anymore. <BR> So have you tried any of the delivery programs, and if so, what did you think? Are you on one you can reco... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:56:31 EST binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43796436 I have been doing so good, today I decided to have a small amount of chip dip and chips, I measured out the dip and chips, I ate all of it and went back for more. I ended up eating 3/4 cup of dip and 4 oz of chips, then I had one piece of chocolate truffle. I have been off of all sugar for a week. I have been drinking water to flush the sodium out from the chips. Does anybody have any other helpful advice. Thanks Mon, 4 Dec 2017 22:48:20 EST Food Thank you gifts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43794318 Today I was shown appreciation as a teacher in cupcakes. <BR> I was like, ohhhhhhhhhh THANKS...I am feeling the love, but I can't eat that! <BR> What would you do? Mon, 4 Dec 2017 18:37:29 EST Huge calorie intake discrepancy between apps? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43792574 Hi, a coworker and I are trying to lose together. She is using "My Fitness Pal" We were comparing our goals and our recommended calorie intakes. We both would like to lose a similar amount of weight and are giving ourselves a year. I was curious how my stats would look on " My Fitness Pal" and downloaded the app myself and entered my goals the same as SparkPeople. There is a huge difference in the recommendations. SparkPeople is saying I should eat between 1700 and 2100 calories and Pal says ... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:08:31 EST Iron daily amount http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43791324 Hi, does anyone know how much iron is safe to take? I had a blood test in Sept and Nov but despite taking a daily vitamin that had 10 mg of iron, my iron count stayed the same (111). Would taking an extra vitamin iron (28 mg) be ok? How much is too much? <BR> Thanks Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:28:38 EST Pre diabetes Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43774274 Hello! I am 72 years old, weigh 204lb, and have been with SparkPeople for about <BR> 8 months. I've gone up and down with gaining and losing for a total of <BR> A few pounds loss. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with pre diabetes. I have <BR> Been reading a lot to familiarize myself with this diagnosis. The more I read the more confused I get. I want to stick with Spark People plan but it would help <BR> Me out a lot of I could get a few suggestions or changes I could or should make <BR... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 09:33:03 EST Diet Difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43773557 Hey, hey hey, I am new here <BR> <BR> I have several issues about my health caused by bad eating habit. I really have some problem about it. I have decided to control and fix it up. Obviously it will be a tough process that i will have some difficultes. I really want to hear from you guys, what kind of difficulties i will confront, and what should i do when i get those. Thank you!! <BR> <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 08:20:29 EST Using the recommended food choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43770372 Is using the meal plan provided hard? It doesn't seem like it is overly complicated but I haven't really followed it. I am going to start on Monday following it because I feel like I need some structure. Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:19:32 EST Post vacation fallout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43770329 Hello. So I went on a road trip on wednesday for the holiday weekend, packed with fruit and veggies and water. I ate sensibly all weekend, my only allowances outside of my plan were some adult beverages (about 6 over four days) and a couple small pieces of homemade pie (1/8 of a pie). The end results upon return to weigh in, I gained almost all the weight back it took me a month to lose! I did not binge out or overeat anything! Oh well. I am back to the grind now, but at least now I know how ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:08:31 EST Have I done this all wrong? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43750647 Hi guys just looking for assistance with the bmr calculator is it possible at all that my bmr is 7,250.18??? This seems crazy as has no basis around anything other than height/weight. I did the calculations 3 times to make sure as well! Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:44:25 EST Keeping track of what I eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43748486 Hi, <BR> I'm been keeping track of what I eat for the past 3 days now. I love to eat Pop Tart but I'm recording it on SparkPeople . I just feel like I'm not losing the weight. Of course i'm still a couch potato but doing little bit of exercises. How can I continue to exervcise. I do have depression and just like to lay around and do nothing. Any feedback is welcome. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:40:55 EST fast food alternative when shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43744645 When I am away from home or work and on the go, I usually feel hunger after awhile. the old thing about eating before you go to the grocer is helpful but not fool-proof. To avoid the temptation of a deli sub or fast food fix my alternative has become several items, I have become bestfriends with the pre-boiled and peeled eggs at the grocer as well as the low sodium v-8 juice or unsalted top saltine crackers. I also carry a supply of bottled water with me to avoid the coke temptation. I no... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:51:26 EST TRIVIA QUESTION ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43744362 THERE IS A QUESTION ABOUT BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP THE FOOD YOU HAD WON'T TURN TO FAT. DON'T BELIEVE IT FOR i AM AN EXAMPLE OF THAT. TAKING MEDICATION W/ FOOD BEFORE BED AND I GAINED 16 LBS. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:15:43 EST Easy grab and go breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43741984 What do you eat for those grab and go breakfast options? Do you have a preferred shake or breakfast bar brand? Fruit or boiled eggs? I just want something easy to eat in the car on my way to work. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:39:48 EST Getting my veggies and fruits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43739758 A little bit of a backstory on me: when I was 4 days old, and again at 4 years old, I had surgery on my digestive tract. Now, with all the scar tissue in there, I can get very sensitive to raw foods. The last time I snacked on raw cauliflower and broccoli while sitting at my desk, I ended up in the hospital for 3 days getting my stomach pumped. Pretty much any vegetable other than the really watery ones like cucumbers, peppers and lettuce, I am afraid to eat raw. And even those only in small ... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:44:17 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43730922 Hi Everyone, <BR> I just decided to start dieting again. I gain like 30 pounds and very obese, It's affecting my breathing, and not losing the weight. I lost 30 pound when I was living on the West coast and now I've gain it back. I feel miserable being like this. My breathing I'm wheezing and I have to stop often, putting pressure on my knee and I have no cartilage and fluid in both knee and the left is the worst one. I really need to exercise and lose the weight. Plus I need help in... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:38:44 EST How to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43729198 I originally lost 60lbs but I have gained 20lbs back since June 2017. I lost track with weddings, vacations and holiday. What are some tips to avoid these pitfalls and tipst to get back on track. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:05:33 EST What is your Favorite Snack? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43728514 I'm going grocery shopping today and looking for some new snack ideas to replace my chips and chocolate. I have to admit I'm a sucker for salty, crunchy snacks, and I always crave something sweet after lunch. What are your favorite snacks? Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:19:38 EST Digestion question if you know to answer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43728417 Basically i know chewing food and eating slow is the best for digestion.So i thought what if i could eat a bite every 2 min setting a timer et.c would that be a bad thing to do ? In that way it takes me around 30 min to finish my plate. Or should better 20 min to finish my plate? <BR> <BR> Do you think there is a specific time to finish eating your lunch/dinner ? or do you believe in whetever works better for us? Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:12:12 EST corn bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43722550 Does anyone have a healthy recipe for corn bread? Please share. <BR> <BR> If not, can someone create one for us? <BR> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 20:24:21 EST Easy, Healthy Lentil Recipe Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43719449 Hi! Does anyone have any easy, healthy Lentil recipe ideas? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks :) Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:58:14 EST Not hungry in the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43717828 Some mornings I'm hungry, some mornings I'm not. I don't like the idea of skipping meals, but I don't want to eat when I'm not hungry. What do you do in these situations? Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:17:02 EST Removing all my foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43717677 Is there a way to remove all my foods in my nutrition tracker without doing one at a time? Or do I have to close my account and start all over again. I have so many foods that I do not eat any more and would like to start my food tracker fresh. <BR> Please help. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:52:13 EST nutrition tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43711771 does anyone else find it almost impossible to enter foods to the nutrition tracker? Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:12:40 EST What "diet" are you on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43711676 "SEE" food diet. Watching portions, some smoothies and adjusting Humalog to what I am eating. BS has been under 120 for 12 measurements(4 days). For November only 5 readings above 160. Trying hard to keep, without success from having to cook twice for 1 meal.My wife is VERY picky of what she eats. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:58:19 EST Healthy Baking Resources? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43703881 I really enjoy baking, but not all the calories that come with it. Does anyone have a favorite healthy baking cookbook or website? Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:35:41 EST Always low on my protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43702481 I never seem to get the recommended amount of protein. I’d prefer to increase this naturally without processed protein powders and supplements. Also I’m on a pretty strict grocery budget so loads of chicken breast and steaks aren’t in the budget. Any suggestions. Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:18:14 EST Certain emotions from hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43690824 Hi, <BR> <BR> Can eat actually bring out certain emotions from hunger to experience a bad day. A bad day does not mean that a number of things went wrong at work, but what you took for breakfast. There are a number of people who skip their breakfast or take a small meal before work. <BR> <BR> Research has shown that if you stay away from junk food, unrefined foods (white rice, bread, biscuits, ect) and the saturated fats. That you present better through the day and weeks (more energy) <BR> ... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:13:12 EST How many meals do you take? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43690399 Hi, <BR> <BR> I myself followed diet with 3000 kcal over 8 meals for a muscle mass increase. From that I have reached the conclusion that it increases your sugar level and fat percentage. I went to the gym five times a week for an hour. <BR> <BR> Now I have switched to a 4-meal diet with high levels of unrefined carbohydrates (Unrefined carbohydrates means that they are complex carbohydrates that are not processed or processed as little as possible), besides that I eat a lot of muesli with ... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:01:38 EST Stress eating-proud of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43688333 Yesterday was tough. I was baking a bunch of stuff for when my mom comes today to have dessert since we're having Thanksgiving at my in laws. <BR> Doing this with a screaming baby was not easy. And to top it off I sampled way more than intended and tried to skip dinner because of it. <BR> <BR> Then baby was obviously over tired from refusing to nap all day so I moved up bedtime by an hour. He woke up a ton and I had to nurse him back to sleep. <BR> <BR> My s.o texts asking if I want anythin... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:16:53 EST Unique Ideas for Fresh Veggies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43681792 I'd like to eat more fresh veggies (mostly eat a lot of frozen veggies right now) since I just found a great store with a terrific produce department. I bought a julienne machine that should arrive very soon, and along with that, would love some UNIQUE ideas for veggies. <BR> <BR> I'm very familiar with roasting, pan searing/frying, baking, steaming, etc, but would like to make fresh veggies a little more of a main part of my meals beyond the usual and salads. <BR> <BR> A few things I've d... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:01:45 EST Should I change my food plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43680937 So far I have often used a food plan that has about 2000-2100 calories. I calculated that my body needs about 2300 calories per day to maintain my (over)weight. This was confirmed by a dietician. <BR> <BR> But this way I lose weight very, very slowly and because I slip up now and then or have foods that are more 'rich' than my plan says, I am hardly losing weight at all. <BR> <BR> I wonder if it would be better to create a food plan that has less calories, say 1700, and train myself to fol... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:11:49 EST Cookie poll (not diet related) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43674739 If calories and nutrition didn't matter, and you could have any one cookie, what would it be? <BR> <BR> No limitation on options, just must be a cookie. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:03:14 EST Losing Weight but Not Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43671134 I've been following a healthy diet with a lot less fat than I consumed before, at the suggestion of my doctor. (Gallbladder surgery is not an option!) I've dropped 5 pounds in 5 weeks but have yet to see the fat percentage on my Tanita scale budge. I've been doing strength training and cardio almost every day. Any suggestions for losing the fat as well as the weight? Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:24:26 EST Tea and Staying Hyrdated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43666843 Hey guys! So I have a quick question for you; I've been trying to find out whether or not tea (be it caffeinated/caffeine-free/herbal) is dehydrating. I know that water is important for staying healthy and hydrated, especially during the cold winter months, but I need to be able to jazz up the flavor of water to drink enough every day. Lately I've come to love drinking Rooibos tea, which is apparently a caffeine-free herbal tea, but I'm worried because one source will say that all tea is dehy... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:43:23 EST Low Fodmap and Low Carb Recipies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43665446 I was wondering if anyone has Low Fodmap/Low Carb recipes or meal suggestions. Thanks! Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:08:18 EST How do you marinate your vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43662751 Looking for some ideas on good ways to marinate.. thank you! Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:42:30 EST belly fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43658845 I have been getting lots advice but now Iam confused ???? How do go about belly fat is mix food and workout? What type food ?what type workout? If anyone has advice that can help please send me in right path 😊? <em>30</em> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:14:01 EST When you're under min calories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43658419 If you get to dinner time and you track your meal and find you're way under on daily calories, do you try to cram in extra calories when you're not hungry, late in the evening, or do you just plan to do better the next day? I just feel like if I spend so much time hangry for everything in sight, that if I'm really not interested in food, I shouldn't try to make myself eat something I don't want. And there's that thing that people say about eating before bed. I know I have a tendency to be al... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:10:36 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43656890 Hi everyone <BR> New here just started optifast a week ago and have lost 10 pounds. I am on the 4/1 plan <BR> Problem I have at times, I am not getting all 4 in because not at home <BR> Anyone else have that problem <BR> Also on one hand I am watching carbs ,but then they say if I need to have have it after protein and vegetable. What happens if you go out and the lunch is Asian and it comes with rice Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:06:10 EST Suggestions for Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43655475 Any suggestions for protein/more than 50 grams per day..? <BR> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:28:23 EST Sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43655278 I have been tasting ice cream or pie, they have been tasting very sweet to me. I wonder shy? Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:44:38 EST Protein and muscle loss as we age http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43653040 I see a lot of posts of people asking about diet and exercise to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. I usually suggest in my responses a diet with enough calories to feed the body (500-800 calories below your tdee) and eating enough protein to keep your muscles, or even gain some to raise the BMR and speed up the metabolism. I had personal training and have read a fair amount of books on the subject and am always eager to share what I learned with others. I wanted to post this Mayo Clin... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:00:49 EST morning cravings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43651761 I know a lot of people have trouble with overeating/eating junk at night, but I seem to have as much trouble in the mornings as later in the day. I am doing intermittent fasting rn so I'm (trying and mostly succeeding) not eating at all in the mornings but when I do eat breakfast it seems to make things worse overall. Is it just me? Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:13:58 EST Carrots for Vitamin A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43636645 Whenever I eat 7 mini carrots, the nutrition tracker puts it OVER required. Anybody else have this happen? <BR> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:33:23 EST Is This Satisfactory Healthy Eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43633648 Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm in no way a fanatic about nutrition. Essentially I've moved out on my own and am having to learn from scratch for preparing food, etc. <BR> <BR> I just want to eat as healthy as possible with very minimal cooking effort (I know it's lazy). <BR> <BR> Is this satisfactory? <BR> <BR> So for breakfast I'd simply have toast and a glass of fresh orange juice. <BR> <BR> Lunch time would be a full on salad. We have a salad bar where I work and so Every lunch time I'd have 6 ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:28:33 EST Reflux http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43632413 I was hoping someone could give me some advice on what to eat and what not to eat as I have just been been told I have silent reflux. I know about coffee tomatoes spicy foods and sugars but can't find any think to make a good dinner,lunch etc any help will be great as suffering from really bad sickness thank you Jackie x Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:02:49 EST How do I know what electrolytes to replace? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43627975 As I head into summer where I live, one of the things that's come up in some of the things I've read is to replace electrolytes on hot days between sweat, exercise and drinking lots of water. How do you work out what and how much to replace? <BR> <BR> Not sure if there's an easy answer or not, but thought it worth asking. Thanks Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:40:52 EST 5 2 plan update. . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43626997 I am doing 5 2 for weight and health and wanted to let everyone know that there has been an update on the calories allowing 700 for women and 800 for men. <BR> This has made a big difference to me in sticking to the plan. I tried copying link but didn't work so the article was in the Telegraph in the UK on March 12th 2017 by Dr. Mosley. . Happy Fasting Everyone Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:41:13 EST potassium is not vitamin K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43617619 I don't know why Sparkpeople lists a K behind and on the same line with potassium in the nutrition tracker other than K is the symbol for potassium. Potassium. The name is derived from the English word potash. The chemical symbol K comes from kalium, the Mediaeval Latin for potash, Although the symbol for potassium on the periodic table of elements is a K, potassium is not the same as vitamin K. Both are essential micronutrients, but potassium is a mineral, not a vitamin, and has different f... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:56:44 EST 2017 guidelines for high blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43617258 I wasn't sure which board to post this under and I know that I am trying to control my blood pressure with exercise and diet. I just heard that they have now changed the guidelines for high blood pressure the other day and was wondering if anyone had any input on these new guidelines. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:46:56 EST Night shift snacks and lunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43617001 Hello all, I work as a Certified Nursing Assistant and I work the Night shift. <BR> What are some healthy yet easy to throw together snacks and lunches ? <BR> I am trying to lose weight, which is hard enough, but I feel like I am fighting my body <BR> by doing it on Night shift. That is the time my body wants to sleep and here I am messing it all up. Has anyone ever lost weight on the Night shift ? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Bonnie Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:47:15 EST So what's the scoop on sugar alchohols? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43616378 I was pleased that my bread says "no sugar added" then realized the yeast needed some sugar. Reading the ingredients I see Malitol. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling foolish, as I usually read ingredients and avoid as many chemicals as I can with current food choices. What do you think? Good, bad or indifferent? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:24:50 EST Diet for picky eaters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43607376 Hi Everyone! <BR> I just joined SparkPeople! I am trying to lose weight and be healthy but the problem is, I am the pickiest eater on the planet. I eat worse than a child. There is not one vegetable I like (Although I just tried cauliflower and that wasn't horrible). The only fruit I eat is apples, watermelon, sometimes a banana. I like the flavor of berries but I have texture issues so the only way I usually eat them is in a smoothie. I love carbs. Pasta, pizza, mac and cheese. I sometimes e... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:31:46 EST Nutrition Tracker - %s vs. IUs and other units http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43606511 In my nutrition tracker it shows the percentages recommended for Vitamins A, C, D, Calcium, and iron. However, the individual amounts in the food tracker capture IUs for Vitamin A and I don't know what for the other vitamins and nutrients. How do I know what the recommended IUs and other unit measurements are to compare my entered amounts to?? I am using the reports for a class project and cannot make sense out of this report. Seems like the recommended nutrients units of measure should m... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:30:34 EST Giving a Recommendation for a Yummy Dinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43605695 Hi everyone! I'm recommitted to my program and have lost 9 lbs since Halloween, which has me super pumped and motivated! I remembered a long forgotten about recipe over the weekend, back from a WW friend back in the early 2000's for a slow cooker flank steak with fruit cocktail. Well, low and behold, the recipe was in the Spark People recipe database under "Fruited Flank Steak"! Yay! It couldn't be easier. Just a flank steak, some teriyaki, garlic, fruit cocktail, a dab of oil, and a da... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:17:28 EST Mulitvitamin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43605571 I hadn't taken my multivitamin in close to two weeks. Lots of brain fog, lethargy, my brain not functioning like it usually does, etc. <BR> <BR> This is the second day I have taken it in a row and feel sooooo much better and more like myself, not 100% yet but 100 times better. <BR> <BR> We have been eating organic as much as we possibly can too for about 8 weeks now too. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:59:00 EST New to this community and SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43604846 I've been following a LCHF way of eating for more than a year now (more on than off) and have successfully lost 130 pounds BUT fell off the wagon and gained 25 pounds :( I'm hoping that getting back on the wagon and the ability to chat with like-minded people will be helpful. I'm always looking for recipes and also willing to help anyone who has questions about this way of eating. <BR> <BR> P.S. I had blood sugar readings that were well into the 200's fasting and after this lifestyle cha... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:24 EST When you get a chance watch this episode... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43597909 Last night I watched this episode of Extreme Weight Loss. It was sooo good, different from many others. <BR> This young woman, Jami, weighed 296, I believe, when she started and she was sooooo sad! <BR> To watch her determination was very inspiring. <BR> There is a bit of a twist at the end as she confesses something, which reveals how obese people can come to feel about themselves. <BR> <BR> Anyway, when you get a chance, and CARE to watch, please do. Then come back here and we can have a H... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:36:53 EST maintenance calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43591441 I'm very surprised at how little I can eat to maintain my weight. If I go over 1250 a day I begin to gain. I tried increasing 50 cals a day for several days but got stuck at 1250. My goal was 1300. I ride a stationary bike 5 days a week and lift weights for upper body strength but am pretty sedentary otherwise. I'm almost 68 so that may also be a factor. <BR> Anybody else experience this? Sun, 12 Nov 2017 01:58:57 EST Intermittent fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43587763 I'm seeing so much information on intermittent fasting. <BR> How do you feel about this. Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:27:49 EST Out To Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43587135 I had my first big challenge last night... my husband and I went to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. Usually I eat the bread..cause I love the bread. And I have a baked potato w/butter and sour cream and dessert. Last night we shared shrimp...I had a filet and mixed veggies... I was stuffed. And I drank water with lemon. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I can resist temptation all of the time but I did last night and I have lost 4lbs since Monday. So for today I feel good about myself and very... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:04:09 EST Tracking calories when breastfeeding- midnight sna http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43586790 So I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old son. Also trying to get my eating on track. I don't know if you've ever breastfed but holy cow it's a hunger like you've never felt! <BR> That being said sometimes when he wakes up in the middle of the night to be fed I get hungry and need a small snack to keep my tummy from growling. <BR> Question being should it count as yesterday's snack or today if I had it around 1am? Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:00:49 EST Your thoughts on oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43581067 I used to love to eat oatmeal, but then I found out that it is not actually a very good food for weight loss. In weight watchers, one packet of instant oatmeal, which is small, is worth four points, a lot considering it is not very filling. I used to like to eat a nice heaping bowl of it topped with fruit and a few walnuts or raisins. Since learning I have to measure out 1/2 cup of cooked oats, I don't eat much oatmeal anymore. <BR> <BR> That being said, I made rolled oats for breakfast for... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:06:16 EST not sure if starvation mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43574910 I'm having to experiment with my calorie counts to find what works for me because of my physical issues (disability and short stature), the best guidelines I have found are here: http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/repo<BR>rts/nutrition_2011.asp <BR> Long story short, for a quad like me you take your ideal weight in kgs and multiply by 23. So by this calculation I would need 1,630 daily calories to maintain my current weight of 156 lbs. BUT I seem to be maintaining on just 1,000, while on 8... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:32:50 EST Lean and Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43573742 Hi, <BR> <BR> I started Lean and Green on Monday and have lost 3lbs! That is a great start! <BR> <BR> I am doing Medifast Lean and Green... and so far I have had no problems. (Other than hating that oatmeal!) <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing this weight loss program? <BR> <BR> Tricia Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:47:58 EST Recommend a healthy breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43573497 So kind of bored of eating toast with peanut butter, or oatmeal with banana and cinammon or avocado toast and egg , and i was wondering if there is something different healthy option for breakfast? Sometimes it becomes a routine and want to change that. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:33:48 EST PEANUT BUTTER, YAY OR NAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43564523 <BR> I just read a post that pbutter can slow your weigyt loss. That is the one food I count as a treat. I eat 1-2 TBSP daily counted and recorded. What is the consensus? Thu, 9 Nov 2017 06:11:57 EST How to eat healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43560211 I have just joined and am looking for advice on how to eat healthier. <BR> I struggle to eat fruits and vegetables as I really can't stand the taste. All the veggies taste very bitter to me, berries taste musty and I don't really care for the sweetness of fruits.I will try to hide vegetables in foods - such as spinach in scrambled egg, but I still struggle and never feel satisfied after eating. I do enjoy chocolate and some desserts and I can go without these, however, my problem is that I r... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 16:35:27 EST Carb counting Net vs Total. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43559765 I have begun noticing the phrase "net carbs". What should I really be looking at. Total carbs or Net carbs. Big difference in the numbers and as a diabetic who is controlling it by diet I am curious. Does this mean I get to eat 2 cookies with a net of 4 carbs but with a total of 20? My sensible side says 1 but the dark side says go for it. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 15:22:25 EST snack replacement? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43551464 I really love the crunch of potato chips and raw ramen noodles, but I need to replace them with something healthier. What is your healthy snack that comes with a good crunch to it? Tue, 7 Nov 2017 21:09:27 EST Homemade Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43548175 Just curious, do you bake your own bread? I have in the past. I feel good about it because I know what I put in it. <BR> <BR> I would cut the cooled loaf into 4 sections and freeze each. That way I don't eat too much and limit myself to no more than one slice a day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 15:18:00 EST Measure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43544093 You will see a big difference if you measure your food until you can see exactly how much your serving is. Don't eat out of a bag! Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:16:31 EST Prescription Medical Food - new drug category? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43543561 In assisting an older relative, the doctor wrote her a prescription for Metanx and said it was a vitamin supplement but likely not covered by insurance. <BR> <BR> Seems it's in a category called Prescription Medical Food. <BR> <BR> Never heard of it. But since it was a vitamin, I was expecting it to be under $30. I was surprised to find out it was close to $400 for a months supply. <BR> <BR> Seems like if it's a prescription, it ought to be paid for under a drug plan or not require a... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:21:20 EST Gaining overnight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43543167 I have been doing great and staying on track with calories (1200-1300) and exercising (4-5dayx 60min) I lost 5 lbs this week. Yesterday I overate about 1,500cal, a few swedish fish, york peppermint patties, and some extra toast, nothing like an ice cream sundae a whole box of cookies etc. I get on the scale and I gained 5lbs overnight, ugh! I know I didn't eat that much and it's water weight, but WHY does my body react so DRASTICALLY to any little deviation from a strict diet??? Am I better o... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 05:32:08 EST How to know the calories from something homemade t http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43542638 I saw a recipe for Apple Crisp Oatmeal Squares , i made my own mix , i used 2 cups oats,1 cup milk,2 banana,1.5 maple syrup,2 apples,2banana <BR> <BR> If i were to count all together i would know the calories but the questions comes to this there is part's in oatmeal squares that are not covered with banana or an apple so how can you possible know the calories? Does it mean we only know the percentage of the calories?and not the exact number? Tue, 7 Nov 2017 01:28:02 EST Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43540873 Trying to manage blood pressure. Trying to understand how much salt you intake when you use 1/4 tbsp salt when cooking a dish. If you eat a serving are you eating the whole 1/4 tbsp you put in the dish. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 21:32:44 EST Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43538620 I noticed that my meals stay within my recommended calorie range but my snacks really push me over and most of them are sugary! Does anyone face similar issues? Any ideas? Thanks!! Mon, 6 Nov 2017 16:34:42 EST Are they any nutrition logs on this site? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43535650 I am wondering if there is any nutrition logs on this site? It would be nice to see what other people are eating. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:13:21 EST Church Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43531085 One thing that almost all Christian Churches do is center gatherings around food. I once heard the expression "FULL Gospel Preacher." REALLY FULL...or pregnant. <BR> <BR> Attending Church services can be hazardous to your plan of eating when there's fresh coffee and donuts right in the main lobby. <BR> <BR> Be strong my Christian weight crunchers. Bring your own snacks, tea, etc. or speak to the person who buys the goodies and see if they can also buy healthy snacks as well. <BR> <BR> Just... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 21:41:54 EST Use Spark Points to Keep Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43527957 When I get up in the morning I check in Spark People and spin the wheel. I also keep a completing activities that earn me more points. It keeps me on track and moving forward. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 15:08:21 EST Estimated percentage on meals during the day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43527367 So can someone make a percentage of how many carbs,protein,fat should we eat for breakfast,lunch,dinner et.c <BR> <BR> And what i mean by that is like breakfast:40% carbs, 40%fat,20% protein, <BR> Lunch:40% carbs, 40%fat,20% protein <BR> Dinner:40% carbs, 40%fat,20% protein <BR> <BR> I just want to get an idea or if there is an article to read i am all open. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 13:54:07 EST Cheapest places for vits and supplements? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43525525 For those who take vitamins and supplements and get them online ... <BR> I'm looking for recommendations for the cheapest place to get them. <BR> <BR> I guess I shouldn't restrict it to online --- maybe there's a chain store that is cheaper as well. <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 09:31:18 EST food entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43524702 What time is considered the start of the day to start putting in food and drinks? I work over night and nibble at night and drink lots of coffee. Also, anyone know if the supplement, Ginseng energy now good for weightloss? Sun, 5 Nov 2017 08:22:34 EST Fitlosophy books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43520254 Im thinking about using one of these books, has anyone used them? <BR> Do you like them, what is the difference writing in these books as opposed to tracking on the computer? Sat, 4 Nov 2017 21:26:16 EST Eating for your body type http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43517404 I always see a lot of posts asking questions about food, diets and exercise...whats working for people etc. and I wanted to share something I have focused on since spending time with a personal trainer a couple years ago. I have always been skinny. When I was a kid, I was skin and bone. Nothing I did helped me gain weight. My mom fed me shakes and everything but nothing helped. When I got to my late twenties, that changed. I began gaining weight. Now I struggle to lose like so many others. <... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 13:37:22 EST what do you eat for Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43502805 I try to keep my Calories for my Dinner at 500 or below. This is what I had today <BR> Green Giant Broccoli Spears & Butter Sauce about 3 spears - 40 Cals <BR> Rice, Success Natural Whole Grain Brown - 1/2 cup - 150 Cals <BR> Butter, I can't believe it's Not Butter - 1 tbsp <BR> Turkey Burger Butterball Original Seasoned - 1 patty - 240 Cals <BR> Total Cals - 500 cals Thu, 2 Nov 2017 22:44:55 EST Loss of nutritional value of foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43500463 Can someone give me some info on this subject? <BR> <BR> I heard that veggies and fruits lose their nutritional value when cooked or heated. Is this true? If so, does the same thing happen when in reverse such as freezing or refrigerating items such as carrots? <BR> <BR> I've been leaving my veggies out in a bowl so they are room temp. Also, doing that forces me to eat them faster or they will spoil. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:43:29 EST Desserts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43490969 How often would you say you eat dessert? Not including fruit, but cake, pie, cookie ice cream etc? <BR> <BR> My answer would be a few times a year. <BR> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:09:12 EST Tracking take-aways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43486686 Good day, all. <BR> I'm on Day 9 of the 21 day New Sparkperson challenge. I was asked today to post what I have learned from food tracking , so Far. Ive realized that I eat far less protein & fiber than I believed. Making adjustments Today!! Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:16:55 EST Food Intolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43480869 I've recently been diagnosed with several food intolerance...eggs, dairy, wheat, banana, apple, port, shrimp, beef and spinach. I have been eating these foods all my life and never felt stomach pain, sick, etc from eating these foods. I found out about this as part of a routine blood work to test for thyroid. My doctor said that these foods may be the reason I can't lose weight. Has anyone else found out about food intolerance without any symptoms? Can eliminating them produce weight los... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:31:54 EST Dukan Diet Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43480492 I have been in the Dukan Diet and have lost 50lbs. I have 3 pounds to go and have been stuck for 3 weeks. What can I do to get rid of these last few pounds? Please help me 😖? Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:16:18 EST Halloween temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43477774 How do you manage to keep Halloween healthy? All those little chocolate bars! Bags of chips! Packets of licorice! Do you exercise your willpower muscle? Do you skip buying candy altogether, turn off the lights and lock the door? Substitute something healthy for the candy? <BR> I would like to give out clementines, but I think most families would throw them away for safety concerns, and I would not blame them, so I am back to the fun size goodies. Stopping at one or two is so difficult, and th... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:59:25 EST Tracking calories in what I'm craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43475550 So I've had this craving for awhile now, or should I say, these cravings, because I'm craving a bunch of things at once. Like an epic cheat meal or maybe even a binge tbh. So I got the idea to put all this stuff into my tracker to see how bad the damage would be if I gave into my urge. Have to admit seeing that it comes out to 4,660 calories sure gives me pause to think, but it doesn't make the cravings go away. Now I'm looking at it and trying to see if there's any way I can make it work to ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:25:00 EST Sodium - how much per day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43474466 Hi, <BR> I have a question for the general public, how much sodium should be consumed each day? I have this feeling that I'm consuming too much, and am trying to figure out how to eat what I want and still have the right taste. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:25:34 EST Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43460855 I need to stop telling myself I'll eat better tomorrow. How to get a little willpower? <BR> What is your solution? Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:29:27 EST Dietician visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43457467 I'm seeing a dietician tomorrow for the first time in a very long time - any suggestions on what I should remember to ask? <BR> <BR> I'm seeing her to get input on both weight loss and managing several medical conditions <BR> <BR> Nervous and semi-excited at the same time Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:29:14 EST TDEE question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43451990 After using a a few different sites, I got two different answers for my TDEE: one was 1236 and the other was 1504. What is going on here? I am trying to lose weight. Here is the low one: <BR> <BR> https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/calcula<BR>te-your-total-daily-energy-expenditure<BR>-tdee.html Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:54:02 EST eating too much fruit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43451665 I am wondering about fruit now, if the sugar in fruit should be treated the same as sugar in say chocolate. If that is the case, should eating fruit be held in check when trying to lose weight? I know fruit has fiber and other good things in it too! I eat a lot of fruit everyday and decided to post this when I read an article about sugar. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:49:38 EST Fasting while feeding kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43451384 How do you maintain the plan of fasting while still cooking and feeding children in your home who obviously are not fasting? I find it very difficult to resist eating when they eat. How does this effect your nutritional goals? Sat, 28 Oct 2017 14:53:45 EST intuitive eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43444366 Anyone done intuitive eating? If so, how did you get started? What do you do? Did you lose weight? Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:27:11 EST Calorie limit fluctuates? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43434504 So I am still getting used to the changes as it's only been 3 days since I started SP, but I notice that my day starts with 1200-1550 range for calories. I have my Fitbit synched with my SP. This evening when I went to make dinner and log my food, I noticed that my calorie limit went up to 2652-3002! I am assuming this is the adjustment due to my being active at work (put away a truck order and walked 5 miles at work). My question is do I keep following the updated calorie range and eat the c... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:04:56 EST Advice for Kids Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43422591 Hello...... <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some advice on how to provide the right nutrition for my kids. I have a boy and a girl that are both Primary School age. <BR> <BR> I've read that cognitive and bone health are important, but what else should I be focusing on to ensure they're getting a well rounded diet? <BR> <BR> Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks in Advance! <BR> <BR> Paul Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:42:17 EST How to GET BACK ON TRACK, STAT? :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43412303 Hey, guys!!! <BR> <BR> So, my story is kind of a good one, when talking about dealing with extra weight. In my teen years, up until like sixteen I was a skinny as a stick energetic girl, etc... Later on, I got depression, caused by bullying and... that's where everything went down the hill for me. For the next three years, my highest weight reached 155-160lbs (~70kg.), but then, at the age of 19, I managed to loose 26lbs (~12kg) and that was a very positive thing. My weight dropped from 70 t... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:46:06 EST Iam struggling with amount calories I have to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43409759 Hi I find that food amount alot is ok to not eat full amount ?I also struggle with negative feeling I have food .Can anyone help?Thank you <em>15</em> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:30:26 EST Do you drink smoothies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43403326 Hi, I wanted to know how often you drink smoothies. <BR> <BR> If you do, what motivates you to? If not, why not? <BR> <BR> If there was one thing that you could change about the smoothie experience, what would it be? Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:32:43 EST Business travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43399555 What are the best food friendly restaurants for business travelers? I feel like on the road I eat the same thing over and over again due to limited options. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:59:47 EST Candy corn; love or hate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43387624 I read that it ranked number one on list of most hated halloween candy. I was surprised b/c it's my favorite (or it was when i was a kid). <BR> Which side do you lean toward on the taste of candy corn; like or dislike? Sun, 22 Oct 2017 03:00:58 EST Anyone NOT losing on Nutrisystem? October 2017.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43385468 trying to find a current feedback. I started NS 33 days ago. The first "turbo week" down 4*....yeah! Week 2...up 3#. I have not stayed solid on a number....down 2, up 5 oz; up 2...down 1.5#....grrrrr. I'm 54 and "I" feel like I'm doing every thing correctly. doing it with a coworker....CHECK <BR> writing everything down...CHECK....in NuMi AND MFP (because it gives me macros) <BR> using the online counselor...CHECK... <BR> <BR> I noticed in MFP that regardless of my Flexmeal choices, the c... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:32:57 EST In the long term.. (kind of long) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43381592 I have been following MFP calorie counting for almost 100days. A typical day consists of a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a salad for dinner (both with added protein, usually 1/2 cup of meat). I eat an apple everyday and a baggie of raw vegetables. I only drink water or tea/coffee with no added sugars. I weigh and measure everything. I have an active job and i started exercising at the gym 2-3 times a week (cycling class). I have lost weight, but it is coming off very slowly co... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:46:57 EST Donating Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43372371 I have an appointment to donate blood on Monday. They want you to eat before you leave. In the past the choices have been prepackaged cookies or pastries. The volunteers also make homemade food, sandwiches, chili etc. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to avoid packaged sugary foods, and I don't really want to grill the volunteers on the ingredients in their homemade foods. How many calories do I need to eat to replace the donated blood? Should I bring my own snack or take a chance on chili? Interes... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:56:50 EST Restaurant salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43367850 I am new to this site and if this has been covered already, I am sorry. <BR> <BR> I went to Steak and Shake tonight for dinner. I had their deluxe garden salad. It had maybe 2 tablespoons each of diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, shredded red cabbage, maybe an ounce or so of croutons and a half (not sure) an avocado. I had my Italian dressing on the side and just dipped my fork in it and ate it like that. I looked online for the nutritionals and got several different counts. The Steak and S... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:22:48 EST daily / weekly progress vs todays full report http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43365868 I was looking at the weekly progress at the bottom of the page where I log in my foods and it shows that I have had 5 grams of saturated fats. I wanted to see exactly which foods gave me those 5 grams so I clicked to view the "today's full report" and that is only showing that I have had 3 grams of saturated fats today. Why the difference in these two reports? Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:58:47 EST Proweightloss buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43363070 I'm looking for a proweightloss buddy or someone who has done this program Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:05:43 EST What "diet" are you on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43354683 Just curious to see what different diets everyone is on. Keto, Atkins, Low-Cal, Whats working for you? What hasn't worked? <BR> <BR> I have successfully lost weight before doing low cal ( about 1500-1800 a day) and going to the gym. Unfortunately gained it ALL back after I stopped working out and gave in to cravings, drinking and my boyfriend insisting we eat fast food ( ugh!) <BR> <BR> So now I"m ready to get back on track and I was wondering if something different would work better or... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:13:25 EST Recovery from Food Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43353357 Hey Spark! It's been mega years since I've been back on Spark and I'm wondering if there are any gals in recovery from food addiction around to connect. I've been in long term recovery for over 25 years and since losing my parents I've had a few ups and downs with getting into the sugar and flour. Please PM me if you can relate. Would love to connect. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8cc8dab1-1402-4126-869d-07c7e522aee0.png"> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:31:59 EST Join a new team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43329372 Even though I am very active, I joined the 10 minute a day exerciese team. I added a 10 minute stationary bike ride because of it. The more we move, the more we lose! Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:09:42 EST Menu Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43328650 I love that they have menu ideas but I don't care to track certain things that I excluded and yet I'm still being offered things like unsalted butter. I also don't believe in low fat dairy despite my weight and if I sub these items there aren't full fat options. Does premium by chance have more specific meal plan options?? Anything I can do other than completely customizing each and every day. I need ideas and enjoy them even if I don't follow them but it aggravates me that I'm being offered ... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:35:50 EST Tooth pulled, still need root canal diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43322920 There is so much controversy about eating baby food. I wanted to get everyone's opinions on it. <BR> <BR> I had a tooth pulled recently and I still cannot tolerate solid food because I also need a root canal on another tooth that was adjacent to the one pulled. I wanted something sweet but healthy so I bought a few things of Banana, Mango, Banana/Orange Medley baby food because the consistency is something I can tolerate and it's not something unhealthy like pudding and I was getting quite ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:23:59 EST Must have healthy staple foods for a newbie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43319302 I'm going grocery shopping for healthy food tomorrow. I am used to eating nothing but junk and am not sure where to start or what to buy for meals or snacks. Any ideas would be helpful! Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:17:19 EST Omega 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43318989 Is there a way to track omega 3 along with my other nutrients? Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:29:27 EST E3Live - BrainON? Anyone ever take? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43317757 Hi! <BR> I recently bought E3Live brain on, which is a brain enhancer. <BR> Has anyone every taken this or any brain enhancers? I want to take it to help with brain function for exams but I'm afraid it will cause weight gain. <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:43:51 EST How Do You Get All Your Fruits And Veggies In? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43317133 I'm starting an anti inflammatory diet, and one of the recommendations is a minimum of 9 servings of fruit and veggies. So far today I am at 3. I've had lunch and a snack. I had spinach and raspberries with my lunch, and some mango and banana for my snack. That means I still have to eat at least 5 more servings today. How do you fit in all that plant food? Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:02:54 EST How meat nutritional values are calculated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43307306 My husband cooked me a piece of meat from which he had trimmed most of the fat. I then weighed it and entered it into my nutrition tracker. While eating it I came upon some more fat which I removed and did not consume. Should I weigh the fat that I removed while eating and subtract it or is it assumed in nutritional values that one will removed the fat and not consume it? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:01:09 EST Becky...advice, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43305804 I know you are a nutritionist. What can you tell me about eating and my recent gout attack? I had one in my left foot about 6 years ago and nothing since yesterday. Now my right foot (joint below big toe). A little about the eating plan I've been on the past few months. Generally low carb, and cut my portions in 1/2 again. I drink a lot of water which I know is good to flush out the bad stuff. I am certain genetics are playing a role here as my mom and two aunts suffered from gout, and an eld... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:40:07 EST COQ10 info? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43299799 Anybody taking COQ10? Good or bad? Wanting information on this? TIA Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:50:43 EST Ketos diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43299231 Has anyone used this diet and does it work and is it healthy? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:50:08 EST Hot lemon water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43298615 I've heard that drinking hot lemon water helps boost your metabolism. Has anyone tried it? Does it have to be hot? Will cold still work? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:15:33 EST Looking for HMR diet buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43298239 I just started today and have 39 pounds to lose, doing decision free diet, all shakes and a cereal. Done it before and lost the weight but having a buddy would really help to stay accountable and have fun while the weight falls off. <BR> Sparkcheers:) <BR> Michelle Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:14:26 EST Romanesco http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43297254 I posted this on the community feed, but I'll post it here as well for those who don't go there: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d59734f-5fb3-4ade-a319-5c774e414717.JPG"> <BR> <BR> My wife brought this home from the farmers market and it's kind of "other-worldly" in appearance, but quite tasty. Is it maybe a cross between broccoli and cauliflower? If you're like me and have never seen it before, there are several good youtube videos about it. There are even so... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:13:20 EST Do you also have an actual "level" of fullness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43294915 About a year or two ago, I read an article that mentioned how some people who emotionally eat will do so until there is an actual level of fullness - like an actual amount of food in their bodies - that is their "ideal", and this is what will give them a temporary sense of comfort. I know that I have this, but have yet to meet anyone else who does, too. For the life of me, I can't find this article again, since there is just so much written about emotional eating. I know that for me, since my... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:16:11 EST Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43294527 Sweet tooth-try to find a low calorie substitute like yogurt. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:38:07 EST Anyone using a digital measuring spoon scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43286820 Wondering if anyone has used a digital measuring spoon scale? I found one here for free (well, <BR> I had to pay 7.99 in s&h but that's expected) <link>TheApronStation.com </link> but I was wondering if anyone has used them? I do a lot of baking and cooking so I am hoping this will help me weigh the smaller amounts easier than my food scale. Any thoughts? Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:49:51 EST Hot drink suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43277254 Winter is coming, and I'm looking for alternatives to your typical hot cocoa, tea, and coffee. I drink coffee with lots of sweet stuff added to it, so that's not gonna fly anymore. I drink tea on its own, but sometimes I want something that's a little more full-bodied, like hot cocoa or chai, but without all the calories and not as sweet. Anyone have any good alternatives, or maybe an altered recipe? Thanks! Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:15:22 EST Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43267853 After chemo and stem cell transplant, I have a hard time meeting my nutrients. Smoothies with spinach and fruits cod liver oil and cidar vinegar. Oh yeah flax seeds and chia seeds. Now on the move too. <em>192</em> Mon, 9 Oct 2017 18:32:12 EST Oxidation of nutrients in Gelatin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43265627 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am trying to incorporate more nutrients into my diet. I have had the real issue for years of not eating ANY vegetables. I have been experimenting with juicing and its become a real help as it is easy for me to drink a few juices a day to get those essential nutrients. <BR> <BR> One of the problems that I have noticed is that the juices are recommended to be consumed in 3 days as the nutrients oxidize after that time. <BR> <BR> I have been seeing recipes for people maki... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 13:49:16 EST Stress/emotional eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43262428 I restarted my program 1 week ago and had a successful first week. Exercised everyday for at least 10 minutes and logged all my food, keeping within my calorie range. I had a very stressful day at work on Friday and then a stressful weekend with anxiety planning for my daughter's future and feeling guilty about not being true to myself and doing something that I didn't really want to do because I couldn't tell my friend no. Yesterday I completely blew everything. I woke up with a very sor... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:11:32 EST Question about Organic Greens powder supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43247719 I started taking this stuff recently, and I quite like it. I feel better since i started taking it, and it's basically replaced my fiber supplement and works even better than the fiber. <BR> <BR> My question is, what is the nutritional value? It shows having 3% or less daily value of calcium, iron, and potassium. Those are the only minerals/vitamins listed. <BR> <BR> The "organic greens blend" lists: Wheat grass, alfalfa, barley grass, blue green algae, broccoli, cabbage, kale, parsley, spi... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 16:08:36 EST Maintaining Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43242648 Hello, so one day I decided to go on diet because at 18 years old, and at 5 foot 5 I felt very insecure in my own body. I was weighing about 60kg, or around 132 lbs, to even up to 62kg, or around 137 lbs, sometimes. So through counting every calorie I ate and measuring my food and restricting my calorie intake to about less than 1,000 calories a day I lost weight and am currently at around 50kg or 110 lbs. I really want to maintain my weight or stay within a range of 110lbs to about 120 lbs a... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 05:09:45 EST Root canals: anyone had theirs removed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43240978 Root canals: anyone had theirs removed? And did you see any benefits? I'm very seriously looking into this. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 22:08:45 EST diet on GMA this a.m. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43239447 anyone tried it? Have you been successful? Is it super hard? Fri, 6 Oct 2017 19:00:46 EST unable to get much exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43239102 Due to chronic pain I have a hard time walking which is what I used to do to lose,I try to do what I can but it doesn't amount to enough to help lose,I really need to lose belly and back fat and I'd like to reduce the boobs somewhat.Is there anyone else like me that give pointers,I'm not lazy just having alot of difficulty,I used to be very active and it frustrates me now that I can't do what I used to. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 18:10:57 EST Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43238908 Besides protein shakes, nuts or eggs how does everyone get more protein in their diet. I have always struggled with this area.. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 17:29:35 EST Foods with Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43238452 I have been eating celery and see that it does not have a lot of fiber. <BR> <BR> Where can I find a list of food (fruits and veggies) with high fiber? Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:33:10 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43230328 I gain 30 + pounds since I moved to NJ. I was on 1,800 calories a day and lost a decent amount of weight. When I was living in Arizona. My question is how many calories should I be on a day. if I'm near 300 pound? Who do I ask? <em>30</em> Thu, 5 Oct 2017 22:05:32 EST How does spark determine the basal metabolic rate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43230072 On spark, my basic metabolic rate is given as 1800 calories (on daily calorie differential report). However, on any other chart I investigate, my basic rate is closer to 1660 (at my present weight). This is confusing to me - and there is no way (I can find) that will allow me to change that basic rate. <BR> <BR> Yes, I can change my nutritional calorie range but that is not what my concern is. Thu, 5 Oct 2017 21:37:25 EST Craving after Gastroenteritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43226713 I had a bad stomach bug Monday all day. I know, is there any such thing as a good stomach bug? I think not. In any case, this was one of the most violent ones I have ever had. It only lasted a day though as far as vomiting and the other, along with head to toe body aches. The next day, I was in a lot of pain with a terrible constant headache and my stomach was hurting (I am pretty sure I have a peptic ulcer though I have not gone to a doctor over it. I also think this is why I was in a lot of... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:40:52 EST metformin side effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43226346 I started metformen 2 weeks ago and am newly diagnosed with type 2. I am bloated all the time with a slight stomach ache and terrible acid reflux. Comments? Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:54:13 EST Calorie struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43215362 I was doing Sparkpeople for a while but gave up because I got so frustrated with tracking my food. Spark recommends that I eat 1290-1690 calories a day. I fall under 1600 easily every day, but I'm almost never at the minimum. I don't have the willpower to stick to 1200 calories every day. I really love cooking and trying new foods, plus I'm trying to add more protein to my diet so that adds more calories. <BR> <BR> However, I'm really petite (5'0, 110 pounds), and everything else I look at ... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:56:54 EST favorite "swap" foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43215296 What are your favorite healthy substitution foods that satisfy you when you are craving something not-so-healthy? Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:43:09 EST Where are my low-fat folks at? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43215216 Is anyone else following a low-fat plan? Either WFPB (whole-foods plant based) or some other low-fat eating plan? I'd love to follow your page and blog and support each other. Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:25:46 EST How long to cook pork? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43213718 How long do you fry them on each side? They are boneless small pork chops. If I cut them up how long and what temp to cook in oven? TIA Wed, 4 Oct 2017 08:26:12 EST Soy and gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43211563 I've been gout-free for 6 months or more on the preventive medicine Allopurinol. Yesterday I began using soy milk, switched from almond milk for the higher protein content, and last night I got a painful gout attack. Soy was never on any of the lists that I've been given of gout-triggering foods. I looked online and other people have had similar experiences with soy and gout. I guess I'm switching back to almond milk. Wed, 4 Oct 2017 05:07:52 EST Maintanence Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43206814 Am I sedentary or lightly active? <BR> So I recently started college and have been walking around everywhere. My phone pedometer says I average about 6,200 steps per day in a week. I don't really exercise or workout as I don't have the time. <BR> I’m trying to find my activity multiplier. I was thinking of multiplying my bmr (which is 1280) to like 1.3. Would this be accurate? <BR> I'm trying to maintain my weight. Tue, 3 Oct 2017 15:03:13 EST How long can u keep them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43203338 I make stuff to have in fridge for the week. how long do u think they will keep? like chicken that's been in there for a week and 2 days is that still good? I have eggs and sausage in there steak and peppers salmon and broccoli Tue, 3 Oct 2017 07:43:45 EST How does sleep affect your weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43202643 I find I need at least 8 hours of sleep preferably 9. If I get less than that I'm tired, unmotivated to work out and don't make great food choices. If I'm continually short sleep over a period of time causes me to gain weight. <BR> <BR> How does sleep affect your weight? <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Oct 2017 06:29:10 EST Calcium supplements: yes or no? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43201495 I've read so many conflicting studies and opinions on the effects of calcium supplements on the body. Do you personally take them? Why or why not? Tue, 3 Oct 2017 02:38:59 EST calories to maintain?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43196260 First, thank you so much for this site & app, which has been so helpful. Just wondering if there is any information on how to determine calorie intake to maintain weight, once a goal has been reached? I'm sure it is on this site somewhere, but haven't been able to find it. Thank you, in advance. Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:01:47 EST How do you calculate % of body weight los http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43196222 Hi all, <BR> I"m math challenged! <BR> How do you calculate % of body weight lost. <BR> Thanks! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:54:37 EST Salad dressing ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43192838 I am just new again to all this.. So I am looking for salad dressing Ideas... little to no calories, low fat (of course).. I can not use salsa! :( ... So here is what I have been doing.. (since I need low sodium) .. 1/2 cup of mayo (with avocado oil).. 1/2 cup Plain low fat yogurt Strained (for thickness)... 1/4 cup of low fat Sour cream, 1/2 cup non fat milk.. Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and any other no salt seasonings (such as italian seasoning or dill, basil, etc... I drizzle on salads, ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 07:37:34 EST Vitamin A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43181732 I keep going way over my quota of Vitamin A. Any suggestions? Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:10:30 EST What I Learned From Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43180994 What I learned from tracking is that what I thought I ate verses what I actually ate are two different things. Eating the right amounts takes work and practice. Eyeballing my food is dangerous, but either weighing my food or visually splitting my plate is the safest ways for me to eat. Lastly tracking what I do keeps me honest and on track and that's a good thing! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:54:52 EST How much does dietary fat matter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43179702 If I'm keeping my calories, fiber, protein and carbs in my daily goal range, is it a problem if I go a bit over limit on fat? Mainly heart-healthy fats, like from nuts, avocados and fish, not from butter, cheese or meat. <BR> <BR> I do eat meat, but very sparingly; once or twice a week and never more than 3 or 4 ounces. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 19:41:47 EST Spread for sammies/wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43179071 Anyone have a recommendation for a yummy spread for sammies/wraps? Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:29:01 EST advorcore http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43172924 Is any one doing advocare Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:32:22 EST Goodbye, Weight Watchers, it's been OK knowing you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43171505 In my first six months on WW, I lost 13 pounds. Not much, but it really wasn't that different from how I was eating anyway, so I was glad to have it. <BR> <BR> Over the following 10 months, I've lost three pounds. I've been gaining and losing the same pound or pound and a half for the last several months. I've followed the program extremely well, tried all the plateau busters they recommend. Today was my "if the pound doesn't come back off I'm done" day, so I'm done. Not with my goals, just ... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:21:55 EST Food allergies and dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43169560 Has anyone made a diet plan who has severe intolerances and allergies? I have celiacs (so no gluten), but I am also allergic to dairy, egg whites (yes I know - ugh), and nuts. I also have issues with digestion and cannot eat certain foods like iceberg, romaine, cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower. But I do eat a lot of mixed greens, and other vegetables. Any thoughts? Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:43:11 EST where would you look to find a recipe makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43164970 I'd love to find a healthy version of baked cream cheese spaghetti? Fri, 29 Sep 2017 04:47:08 EST Healthy Snacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43163526 What are your healthy snack go to's? Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:34:51 EST Daily calorie intake tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43160053 What are the pros and cons of using the calorie range tool? Do you think it is better to turn the fitness tracker on to communicate with nutrition range or keep it off. I have read the articles but i wanted users thoughts about it. <BR> <BR> A little information about my day - I do 60 min of exercise about 4-5 times a week. It is either spinning/bootcamp/zumba. Rest of the day I am sitting at a desk at work. Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:38:54 EST Binging less of a problem with sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43145363 One of my bugaboos has been mindlessly munching at night, after an exhausting day out in the field. However, I am finding, as a grateful returnee to sparkpeople, that the simple task of meal-planning and meal-packing results in a calmer person returning home, a person who feels better about herself by the end of the day, a person who can even manage to stay food-sober during relaxing hours at home. <BR> <BR> Yes, I do seem too tired to slap together the ingredients for wonderfully satisfying... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:10:53 EST Hurricane Irma or any life disruption. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43138532 Hurricane Irma or any disruption in your life. Are you having problems getting back on track? Stress eating was a problem for me the past couple weeks with evacuation, then clean up. I'll get back to the gym today and yesterday started tracking again. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:15:21 EST what's one way you plan to reduce sugar intake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43136636 Stop eating the processed food in our lounge. It's not helping to reach my goal! Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:27:14 EST Cheap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43134620 So, alot of people say dieting is alot of money. I have money issues, and when it comes to food its usually very unhealthy. Any ideas or list you can think of? P.S., I only ever go to Walmart and subway. <em>46</em> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:50:29 EST Pastry with Flora Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43130284 I madfe shortcrust pastry with Flora Light today. It came out really hard. Anyone know what I am doing wrong? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:12:57 EST What are some meals ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43128813 What are some meals you do for the week? I made chicken rice and stir-fry yester day and made 6 meals out of it. Looking to make more meals like that Please give me your ideas TIA Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:11:57 EST help! work will not let me take breaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43128047 Hi, I work at a restaurant where I mostly work morning shifts, which means it is busy right at the beginning and there is no way to eat until the shift is over. I see a lot of my coworkers are younger, thin and somehow make it through the day. I don't know if they snack on things in the kitchen (which is highly likely) or if they just guzzle soda. <BR> My question for you, anyone, is: Besides candy, what would be some things that are actually healthy that I can do to curve hunger pangs? ... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:59:45 EST Calories vs. Macros http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43113527 The last couple of days, I have met my macros, but I have not met my calorie intake. (I've been off by less than 100 calories.) Do I need to worry too terribly about missing less than 100 calories if I am meeting my macros? <BR> <BR> Do you have any suggestions for healthy foods that aren't terribly filling to add in calories? <BR> <BR> (Also, I just changed my settings to not account for exercise, and it increased my calories and carbs, so I have 5 carbs needed left and a little over 200 c... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:16:02 EST No appetite http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43110500 how do you get an appetite? I am sick from lack of nutrients. Ive had some bad habits of eating when I am about to fall over and of course when i do I over eat. But the rest of the time I get sick just thinking about food. I drink plenty of water. But always binge on something whatever I can get my hands on at the last moment when Im sick from hunger. And the healthier food seems more nauseating (i have had bad GI and GERD issues in the past so part of it is a fear of it returning. Have to ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:43:39 EST Can i use lemon juice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43101300 I would like to put lemon in my water is using the juice as good as squeezing it out of a lemon ok? tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:14:35 EST Afraid of blood sugar dropping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43093015 I've taken a job at the Fort Worth Cutting Edge Haunted House this year as a Security Guard. Everyone who knows Texas is that being out in 90 degree weather is going to cause you to burn glucose and sweat a lot. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking about two gallons of water for my weight to deal with the heat. I'm just worried about my blood sugar dropping and passing out at work AGAIN. How much does heat factor in glucose consumption. <BR> <BR> What would you bring for snacks. It's going to have to be... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:38:33 EST Stuck at a plateau...Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43091829 I am a female, 35 years old, 5'5" tall. I started out at 189 pounds this past January, and was at 183 in May but I have been stuck hovering between 178-176 pounds since the mid-July! I work out 5-6 days per week for 30-45 minutes, usually 3 days of strength training and 2-3 of cardio. I usually do beach body 21 day fix or core deforce workouts along with some intervals on an elliptical. I have been very seriously tracking and measuring all of my food intake since May and more loosely before t... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:39:08 EST My Personal Food Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43090542 I once had great success with a link called "Diet Generator" which is now unavailable. What I like was the fact that you could shuffle your daily choices. The other day I found an article here on "The Military Diet," and have made my own modifications to it for the stricter first three days, the more normal next four days, and printed it out. I'm taping each meal choice to a 3X5 card and have my own deck to sort of shuffle now. I won't be random about it, but will look through the cards and d... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:32:21 EST Chronic Protein Deficient http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43079150 I am a 67yo male and I have been using the site for over a year and have had some success. But I have always noticed that my protein intake was below recommended minimums. I have recently started drinking a low cal protein shake in the morning that has helped me get to the minimum. <BR> <BR> But my weight has actually started to increase slowly although my belt size is staying the same. Plus, I have more muscle soreness than usual. <BR> <BR> Could it be I am suddenly gaining muscle mas... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:41:14 EST Adjusting nutrition numbers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43072095 Hi, <BR> <BR> My plan is set up aiming for two pounds per week. Two Sundays ago I was down about a pound, and this past Sunday I wasn't down at all. I'm worried that I've started to plateau despite the fact that I stick to the nutrition and fitness plans laid out. I recall from a previous time I was on the plan that you have to make an adjustment after a little while of losing weight - like you enter something on SparkPeople, and it reassesses your nutrition numbers to account for newly los... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:25:00 EST Starbucks is trying to redefine whole milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43070487 Occasionally I treat myself to a tall whole milk latte at Starbucks. I try to follow low carb and whole milk has fewer carbs than skim or 2% milk. <BR> <BR> A couple months ago, I watched as they poured out 2% and when I said that I wanted whole milk, the barista insisted 2% is whole milk. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've noted that all the local Starbucks use 2% for whole milk. <BR> <BR> Whole milk in the grocery stores is 4%, so I decided to see what the USDA had to say. The definition... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:04:30 EST Has anyone tried the KETO diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43070304 I've been hearing a lot of talk about the Keto diet, which is basically where you eat a large amount of healthy fats, moderate amount of protein, and very little carbs. People say that it helps to jump start weight loss because it basically forces your body to start burning fat instead of glucose for energy. Has anyone ever tried this? If so, would you recommend it? The recipes look delicious. Any thoughts are welcome. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:40:21 EST To Many Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43069843 HELP! I seem to have this thing about eating way to many carbs. I live with my parents, and we all love our carbs (bread, crackers etc). I notice that sometimes after breakfast I had already eaten over 50% of my carbs. <BR> Any suggestions on how to cut back on them. <BR> Any good reading I can do? <BR> Any good breakfast (or eating) ideas? I do get tired of eating eggs every morning. I guess I'm picky. <em>4</em> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:57:26 EST Acai bowls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43064571 Are these things actually good for you because they taste a little bit too delicious to be a "diet" food. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:36:41 EST Losing weight vs feeding a distance runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43062291 I'm trying to lose weight, but one of my children is a distance runner. He likes to carb-up starting 2 days before a race. Other than making 2 meals each week, does anyone have any great meals that both of us can enjoy? I'm really tired of spaghetti too. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:19 EST Overcoming food cravings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43055087 How do you overcome cravings? Does anyone else feel like late night is the time they want to eat? like between 7-10? Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:00:15 EST what to count? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43046403 What do you count to lose weight? Calories, Fat, Cards, Sugar or none? Was wanting to know the best way. I know what works for some might not work for others. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:45:09 EST What to do when you lack the nutritional info? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43037049 I have been trying hard not to eat anything unless I can get nutritional info for it, so I can enter it properly here. That means that even if I do indulge and eat out, I only eat from places that have this information available. But I have just spent the day at the hospital, it was a sudden trip, and I couldn't plan ahead and prepare and take something with me. I went for a while without, but once I realised it would be a rather lengthy wait, I did break down and eat there. I reasoned (h... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:48:41 EST question for those who use my fitness pal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43033166 I am using the free ap to track my food on my phone. My question is in the way it tracks fruit as "sugar". For instance, I just added my snack for the morning as an apple and I got the quote "Your goal is to stay under ..... sugar for the day." The only sugar I eat is from fruit, no processed sugars. Can someone clarify about this. I think the same thing has come up for other whole foods but I can't remember what they were right now. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:34:15 EST Recommend allergist/immunologist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43024665 I've struggled with worsening rhinitis - difficult to typify, though triggered by a range of foods and cardio exercise - for over twenty years. I've tried most standard medical treatments, and had two surgeries, without much relief. I'd like to try a biologic (Xolair, Dupilumab, etc). I'm aware they're currently not indicated - though being researched - but know that some docs use them off-label. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to find a practitioner with AIT (SLIT, SCIT) experience. If anyone can r... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:16:51 EST LCHF - 3 weeks in... and no change :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43022780 Have to say was quite disheartened that I used the same humiliating shop scales as my second week weigh in and apart from growing 2 inches in height, the scale read EXACTLY the same - down to the fraction of a pound! <BR> <BR> I have been good - no cheating whatsoever. <BR> <BR> Potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and root vegetables - not touched a one (except a touch of onion for flavouring) <BR> Dairy - reduced but use full fat greek yoghurt to thicken soups or with a few berries <BR> Sugar - c... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:02:15 EST High cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43014770 So I see my PCP very frequently and last month I had the routine lab work done. My cholesterol which was never elevated previously, is now 275. She said that this is too high, it must be a mistake because previously for the last 2 years mine have always been around 100 to 150. So I had the test repeated the next day and they were the same. So now I see her in a month and if it is not drastically different she'll be starting me on high cholesterol medication which I've never taken. I officiall... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:25:35 EST I Love This Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43014078 Has anyone used the I Love This Diet. Com? Started by a R.D. and you can build your own meals and use some frozen entrees if desired. Balanced and flexible. Just wondered if anyone has used it. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:16:28 EST I'm new at this, could you take a look at my diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43005063 Hi, I'm a 22 y/o male who just started dieting to lose weight (started at 220 lb) <BR> I went to a nutritionist who gave me a low calorie diet (1350 daily he said) (3 main, 2 small meals). And after 8 days I've lost 10lb (water weight I assume) <BR> <BR> It includes lean chicken, fish, panela cheese, almonds, nuts, non sugar jelly, lots of greens and as carbohydrates 2 portions of fruit, 1.5 tomatoes and 4 corn tortillas through the day and lots of water, just to give you an idea (30min phy... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:16:10 EST Superfoods... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=43002635 Who all has tried a superior supplement before ?? Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:28:49 EST Soda - why do I love the?? HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42985606 Alright...here's the truth...I absolutely love my soda - Pepsi or Coke with Rabbit Poop Ice (RPI) (think Sonic or hospital pellet ice may be the correct term). I really like it. <BR> <BR> I also do get the horrible headaches if I don't drink it - even Excedrine can't take it away but a soda can. I can drink a full gallon of water a day and STILL want to drink soda. I drink regular because fake sugars make my entire body ache! I ache like I have the flu - I can't even chew too much sugar ... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:43:11 EST Low Carlorie Diet for Too Long? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42984718 I'm at 200 pounds, have been dieting for several years now at around 1200-1400 calories and lost 45 pounds. I just started heavy weight training/cardio and I'm not losing weight at all, the most is 1 pound a month. It's been 3 going on 4 months. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to be on a low calorie diet for so long that you need to add more calories, whether it be your bodies plateaued or not getting enough calories? Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:22:31 EST Does anyone else follow weight watchers diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42971339 Hi- I was just wondering if anyone else is doing weight watchers and also sparking? I love the community on sparkpeople but like the simplicity of points instead of calories. I joined weight watchers online yesterday but now wondering if it was a mistake. Thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 08:04:15 EST Cooking Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42967129 <em>303</em> Okay so my cardiologist suggested two Ensure meals a day and a full meal the other half. So I lost 10 lbs. in 2 months. Okay, that got old fast and now I want to get back to cooking again, with portions of course, and I am scared to death I am going to gain back again. The calorie allowance they have me listed is way too much for me, more like maintenance. I was doing maybe 1000-1200 tops to lose the 10 lbs. Anyone good at calming this scaredee cat ? Frozen meals are high... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 18:50:56 EST Counting the Cals in restaurant food?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42965501 Hi all - I'm on a pretty determined 'during the week' healthier eating plan which I'm content with. Just trying to get on top of my calorie counting and my question is this: <BR> <BR> I'm off with friends for a curry tonight - how on earth do I enter that tomorrow morning? <BR> <BR> Any ideas appreciated <BR> <BR> Mark Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:45:32 EST What is Carrageenen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42965157 https://www.cornucopia.org/carrageenan-how<BR>-a-natural-food-additive-is-making-us-<BR>sick/ <BR> I just found out, after buying almond milk, about Carrageenen. It is an additive in food, to include healthy foods according to the information, that is not healthy--it's an irritant, can cause cancer and more. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have started checking labels, it is in many things we eat and drink. If you are interested check out the link above. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:46:58 EST lower sodium lunch meat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42964032 I eat a lot of packaged lunch meat/slices (turkey usually, sometimes sliced chicken) from the grocery store to get my protein. But I see that they're 21% of my sodium in a single serving. Is there a lower sodium way to get lunch meat? Is the sliced meat at the butcher's counter lower in sodium, because I could do that easily too? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 8 Sep 2017 09:31:30 EST Salad dressing Ideas without acid or dairy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42956743 My wife has GERD issues, so acids/vinegar/lemon, etc. is out of the picture, and she doesn't do dairy. Can anyone recommend or lend ideas to what she can put on her greens now? Thanks. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:54:02 EST Daily carb amounts etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42956629 I need some help. Extremely fed up with trying to figure out how many macros (carbs,protein fat etc) I need on a daily basis and calorie count for that matter. I have been back and forth with numbers and no results either way. It was recommended I start at 1500 and if I didn't lose after 2 weeks to drop to 1400. But I really think my biggest problem is knowing what numbers to follow. I have used calculators based on what I want to lose a week (1-2 lbs) based on height, weight and activity but... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:31:53 EST BMR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42947390 I have been going along losing weight pretty steadily and my BMR has automatically been reduced now and then. But today Spark has put my BMR up - I haven't put on weight or anything. What gives? Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:40:09 EST oils and fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42941499 I am wondering what types of oils and fats you use. I used to use "I can't believe it's not butter" but then they said trans fats were bad. Then I switch to butter but I can not tolerate it much, I have a problem with dairy. Now they say ICBINB is trans fat free (then what is it?). For cooking I use light olive oil. But olive oil isn't good for high temperatures. Sometimes I use coconut oil but it gives a sweet taste that I don't always like. I see mixed messages about canola. Some th... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 01:20:51 EST POPCORN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42941021 Since I can remember, I have fond family memories of POPCORN, and associate the sound, smell and laughter when making it in anticipation that we would watch a movie, even home movies, or play a board game or cards as a family. I need to explain that I was raised in a foster home, so there were new faces coming and going, it felt almost enough for a baseball team, but all kidding aside, at one time 12 of us kids with our bowls filled to the brim. Xmas popcorn ball sessions were a blast with ... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:44:31 EST MEAL REPACEMENT DRINKS AND SNACK REPLACEMENT BARS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42927052 What is the thoughts on using replacements along with a careful stomach tolerable diet. I am careful to eat enough good healthy carbs and enough healthy fat but am having trouble with many proteins causing painful cramps . I want to try this for a week or so before checking with the Dr if there is another problem. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 14:54:56 EST the pie chart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42924734 Is the pie chart the same for everybody or is it specific to me and was set when <BR> I set up my account? Mon, 4 Sep 2017 09:42:49 EST Meal replacement shakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42907488 I cannot make a good smoothie to save my damn life. Can anyone recommend a meal replacement shake premade that has enough calories to keep me full and isn't too expensive? Sat, 2 Sep 2017 10:26:14 EST Do you feel you are restricting calories a lot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42899981 I feel frustrated at the slow rate of weight loss, average less than a pound a week for the amount of weighing and measuring and carefully counting every damn bite of food. Is this pretty normal for everyone? Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:48:17 EST Feel Rich http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42898061 "Hip-hop is helping to get the country healthy," Ullman tells Billboard. "I'm excited that Feel Rich was able to document the urban wellness movement that is spreading across the country to put a spotlight on this growing movement. Quincy and I hope that this film inspires more people to start living a healthier life and to motivate young entrepreneurs to create health and wellness businesses in the community." <BR> <BR> <link>www.billboard.com/articles/columns/h<BR>ip-hop/7767895/quincy-j... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 08:34:01 EST alcohol and weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42892879 Hi. I am curious how people see alcohol use in their diet goals and weight loss. I loved my nightly beer or wine to relax too much and I gained weight in a short time. To change up my routine, I have abstained from drinking any caloric beverages until I get close to my goal. I've noticed my sleep is better and I am drinking more water and tea but I still miss having the adult beverages. I think it is working to give it up for now for myself, but sometimes I imagine how nice it would be to hav... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:13:36 EST How much sugar to use in place of splenda? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42891148 There is a recipe I found on the site for black bean brownies and I wanted to try and make for my son for his birthday tomorrow. But the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of granulated Splenda. The problem is, I found out when my Mom started using sugar substitutes.. they tend to make us stomach sick. I usually don't crave sweets, so it's not much of an issue, and when I do need to use sweetener, I don't use much at all. but I wanted to try the recipe, and really don't want to mess it up. I thoug... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:22:18 EST Is this right? question about daily calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42885050 Hi. I need help to really understand the calories I need to stay at for weight loss. If I stay at 1200-1300 calories a day, the scale does not move. I have to eat between 9000-1100 a day to lose half a pound to a pound a week. I am a petite person and I have a small frame. I have cut out all caloric drinks and I thought that alone would help me to lose, but I have found I have to be very meticulous about my portions. I can't do a lot to up my exercise deficit because I am the only care giver ... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:43:06 EST High Fibre Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42881866 As part of the Plateau-Busting SP Challenge, I'm to post something about healthy food that has a good amount of fibre. <BR> <BR> My favourite high-fibre snacks include raspberries, popcorn and strawberries. What kind of high-fibre snacks do you enjoy? Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:37:25 EST Easy way to drink more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42871656 I use Crystal Light in my water bottles. Before doing this I was not able to get through 2 bottles of water in a day, now I am drinking 67oz per day. I split it between 2 water bottles so it's only 20 calories for 4 water bottles! Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:15:29 EST Gas / Bloating problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42871359 First, sorry for bad English.. <BR> <BR> My problem is that sometimes i have gas every 2 3 minutes and it is so hard, but sometimes it is like it is going to gas but it stays and cant do that with wired feeling in stomach and down here. <BR> <BR> How did it started? <BR> I started powerlifting program heavy squat 3x per week and i didnt do cardio and have moving a very little (sitting and leatning a lot) .... and eat a lot, a lot of protein (around 200g), a lot of fiber (around 30 grams), a... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:15:49 EST The Lowdown on Popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42863574 I have an addiction. I know it's not good. But is it...that bad? Should it be completely written off? Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:21:00 EST Need help changing nutrition plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42861897 I need to start tracking again but want to change my meal options <BR> I can't remember how to get to the page where I can choose options for vegetarian or non dairy etc <BR> Can anyone help? <BR> Thanks Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:43:25 EST Does tracking your food work for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42861196 ... and if so, why? <BR> <BR> I am trying to decide if it's something that will work for me. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:25:21 EST Weight watcher points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42860706 I joined weight watchers and according to their site, I am allowed 36 points daily. However, on all of the online calculators, my total allotted points only come out to 31 points. My daughter would like to support me in this by counting points with me but how can she figure out how many points she can have if the online calculators don't match what the site says? She is 5'6", weighs 200 lbs and would like to get down to 160. Light activity at this time. Can anyone help me figure out how many ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:54:16 EST What's your favorite way to eat cauliflower? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42858775 I have a beautiful head of cauliflower, nice and white. I don't care for mushy cauliflower or "mashed" cauliflower. What's your favorite way to eat this healthy food? <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:18:25 EST Can't kick the morning joe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42847903 I just measured the amount of cream I put in my morning coffee. Almost 200 calories to start my day.Ugh!Any suggestions for alternatives Sun, 27 Aug 2017 08:01:01 EST Question about frozen broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42842290 What is a serving of frozen broccoli? I have read that it is one cup, but I have also read that it is half a cup. Which is correct? Thanks. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 17:15:47 EST Anyone else have problems with bloating?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42822696 So I have noticed that my stomach is extremely bloated. I am also on my menstrual cycle which is going on day 6. My stomach never looked as big as it does now, so I am wondering if it is my salt intake. I am also not drinking enough water which can also be the issue. <BR> <BR> Has anyone taken water pills before? I am considering doing this just to get some of the excess water gain off. It is affecting my weight loss. I will go up one lb and then I will go down one, and this has been contin... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:18:07 EST low calorie filling foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42818541 I need something in my diet that's more filling and low calories. Something that will boost my energy as well. Any ideas? Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:21:02 EST Help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42818096 I have lost 53 lbs so far and for the last month and a half have fluctuated a lb or 2 and can not seem to lose anymore, how do I check if my calorie intact is still the same or it needs to be adjusted without it resetting my ticker. I'm getting so frustrated over not losing more weight because I still have 40 more lbs to go. Please help so I don't start crying!!! Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:36:20 EST Low fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42814382 I have been tracking my food for 12 days now. I am consistently low in fiber every day. Any suggestions? Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:41:25 EST Papa Gino's tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42809729 So there is a family friend (hubby's side) who has done many helpful (and expensive) things for us and wants to take us to Papa Gino's for their Wednesday "all you can eat" pizza and spaghetti. Ugh! I am doing so well with my eating and have lost 30 lbs and now I am trying to figure out two things: 1. What can I eat there and 2. how do I do this without insulting him (old school Italian who does not understand the concept of eating until satisfied). Any thoughts? Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:20:37 EST 21 Day Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42809384 Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm hoping that someone might be able to give me some pointers. Last Monday (8/14) I started doing the 21 Day Fix. I've done it many times before, the only difference is that this time I am not doing the workouts due to an injury so I'm ONLY doing the "diet" plan, if you want to call it that. I also did the 3 Day Refresh offered by Beachbody. After the 3 Day Refresh, I was down a few pounds (approx. 6lbs since 8/7) and was super excited. However, since I stopped I've actua... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:44:07 EST Anyone on a Metabolic Effect Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42800450 My second day, feeling hopeful :o) Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:47:07 EST Manage weight loss with other health problems. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42793985 I have many health problems my main 2 are arthritis and i am diabetic. Some days my sugars get in the way of my healthy eating. sugar are empty calories and are harder to burn. but sometimes i have to have more sugar than other days depending on what my body tells me. i guess it just gets me down some time that i cant do all the stuff i want to do do to my health problems. sorry to ramble but it is weighting on my mind. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:11:26 EST Probiotics - how do I pick a good one ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42793880 Hi all, <BR> I've learning about probiotics and there's a very good chance that I don't have enough good bacteria in my digestive system. So, I'm thinking that I need a good probiotic, but how can I tell which is good? <BR> <BR> I read that yogurt that includes probiotics probably doesn't have viable probiotics because of the pasturization process? <BR> <BR> Any opinions? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:53:26 EST oils for frying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42791613 What are some of the best oils for frying foods? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:11:48 EST I Have a systemic Nickel and egg allergy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42764694 so I'm struggling finding protein sources that are not meat for breakfast:( my nickel allergy means I can't eat nuts ,legumes, beans, whole grains, oats, tinned meat, fruit ,veg and fish, mushrooms coconut figs raisins raspberries& pineapple theses and more I have to avoid as they cause me to suffer Ibs ,headaches ,while body aches and blistering itchy rashy skin and fatigue <BR> So I wondered if anyone can offer any high protein breakfast ideas that I can eat Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:21:03 EST ? about other foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42761987 I am just getting started on Nutrisystem. I must say I am not fond of some of the non frozen entrees, but want to know if the plan entertains some use of other foods not made by Nutrisystem. Some of them are pretty high in sodium which concerns me a bit. Maybe I'm all wet asking the question, but for instance, I am fond of Kellogg's Crustless Quiche a low cal nutritious meal with portobellos, quinoa, parmesan and egg. I suspect it might not be possible, but thought I'd ask Thanks Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:15:09 EST Portion Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42753441 Hi there! I was just wondering if anyone out there had tried the SmartYou 21 day challenge portion control? I just ordered it and it is a little contradictory to what Sparkpeople has on my meal plan. I just want to eat right, do the best I can with the best product out there. I have a full year to loose 50lbs to look and feel the best for my 16 year anniversary wedding and I have been doing so well on the Sparkpeople diet, but the measuring has been killing me, so I bought these SmartYou Port... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:25:18 EST Everyday Binges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42752106 I overeat every single day I'm at work. There is constantly food (biscuits, cookies, burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries) being passed around and sometimes even offered cubicle to cubicle. We also have the obligatory candy bowls located at the front desk. I have the most difficult time saying no and once I start, I don't stop. EVEN if I'm no longer hungry, or am not especially interested in the food. I meal prep every Sunday, breakfasts, snacks, lunches, but I toss all of my good healthy food ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:55:01 EST HELP. IBS is making me crazy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42751247 Hello - <BR> Anybody else dealing with symptoms of IBS? I know it's no fun to talk about, but I wondered if anybody had a good strategy for how to figure out what my trigger foods are. I'm having a really tough time. <BR> Thanks for any insight anyone has! <BR> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:10:32 EST How do I know how much a serving is? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42743633 I found a recipe for a stuffed pepper casserole that sounds really good but I'm not sure how much the serving is. It has 6 servings and it has 390 calories for 1 serving. So would 1 cup be 1 serving? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:46:03 EST recommeded calorie range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42741975 When I started I gave my info including weight loss goals. The tracker has a calorie (and rest of the nutrition tracker) range...to reach my goal is that range meeting that goal or is it the lower numbers I need to be shooting for. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:44:45 EST What Are Your Favorite Healthy Snacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42741818 Hi Sparkers! I'm working on a roundup of our members' favorite healthy snacks! What do you love to nosh on between meals? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:06:25 EST Giving up dairy help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42738333 Because of my asthma, I have up milk and cheese right away two weeks ago. I feel really good, but now am concerned about my bones and calcium deficiency. My stomach cannot handle soy and I'm allergic to walnuts, cashew, almonds so what else can I consume for calcium? Any other milks? Coconut milk is not good on my tummy either. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:54:48 EST Nighttime eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42737172 Anyone have trouble with getting up after midnight to eat. I do sometimes and I would like to get rid of this unhealthy habit. Can anyone provide any suggestions? Thank you. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:56:02 EST Tracking Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42732089 So I can't remember if I said this here before or not... but I feel like I have to say something cause I am a bit frustrated by this. So as I always search for new recipes I came across one for Pizza Chicken cause I was looking for low-calorie dinners. So with this website Delish.com they put up a recipe but then don't say how many calories it is. With all that being said I have a hard time calculating calories of things such as a crushed tomatoes or parsley and garlic. How does one calculate... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:25:04 EST 5:2 Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42731126 Hello! I have been a member of Sparkpeople for over 5 years, and I have used it to lose weight in the past. My heaviest was 238 lbs. and I got down to 188 lbs. with counting calories and using Spark. <BR> <BR> Life is really stressful and I managed to gain back most of the weight. I was at 230 this morning, and I started 5:2 fasting today. It seems sustainable and easy to follow. <BR> <BR> Has anyone done 5:2 fasting? What kind of results have you had? What do you do on the 5 days a week ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:41:49 EST Difficult time reaching nutrition recommendation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42729748 I've been looking over my nutrition log for the last week and noticed that I am not reaching the recommendation provided by SP. I've been eating between 1108-1200 calories however I workout 6 days a week and the recommended amount of calories ranges from 1400-1680, sometimes 1800. I feel like I'm eating a lot already and I'm never hungry. Has anyone else had this problem or has anyone been eating the recommended amount of nutrition and continued to lose weight on their journey? *I do mana... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:18:06 EST Plateau for months. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42729173 I've gone thru extensive testing which shows I have an underactive thyroid, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes. My endocrinologist refuses to lower my thyroid numbers; they are the high end of normal. I am working out very hard doing weight machines and cardio on treadmill and swimming. I have not lost a pound for months and am just stuck. Question: should I keep after her to lower those thyroid numbers? I'm taking levothyroxine, metformin, appetite suppressants. I need your help & advice. <em... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:13:56 EST Headache from less calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42721085 Has anyone experienced getting a headache when reducing the amount of food they eat? I am trying to stick with the guidelines Spark People gives me, but right now (2:30pm) I am at about 900 calories and have a bad headache - usually the kind I get from not eating enough. How do you handle this, or have you experienced it? Will it go away eventually? Thanks in advance! Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:32:02 EST Freezer friendly questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42718940 I will hopefully be getting an apartment soon and now that I can eat the food I want, I have a few questions: <BR> <BR> What are some good freezer recipes? <BR> How do I know if something is "freezable"? <BR> What type of containers should get to pack them in? <BR> How long can I keep them in the freezer? <BR> Is there anything I absolutely SHOULD NOT freeze? <BR> <BR> If you know any of these answers, please share. If you don't, I would also appreciate some resources. Thank you so m... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:22:19 EST Healthy Meatballs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42710038 I am looking for a recipe for a healthier meatball that will also hold up in sauce. I have tried 2 different recipes that use eggplant, another recipe with lentils. Both recipes with the eggplant will hold up in the freezer - lentil recipe, not so much. <BR> <BR> I am trying to avoid using meat if possible. I want to be able to make them up, freeze them and then when I want a few meatballs, take a couple out of the freezer and then pop them into some sauce to warm up and enjoy as part ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:27:50 EST Apple 🍎? Cider Vinegar ....unfiltered.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42707957 Seeing many claims about adding a tsp.to ☕tea...anyone doing this ?? Results, pros & cons...thanks so much ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:50:56 EST meal planning tricks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42698930 hi spark people <BR> <BR> i'm having trouble staying within my calorie allowance. i think what will help is if i can just bag up my days food and keep it in the fridge. There. my 1600 calories all together, i can eat whenever i'm hungry but it's all i get. if im still hungry i can have, water, tea, celery and whatever. <BR> <BR> my question is: is there an awesome website for planning my bag? <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:40:36 EST Tea For Asthma? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42691311 Hi Everyone, <BR> The other day my asthma started to flare up i believe do to the weather and going thru files at work plus every time i drop a significant amount of weight i go thru this asthma phase stage thing. I sound somewhat sick but im not. I at one point during everyday i sound like i lost my voice. My throat feels really tight as if someone is putting their hands around it with a form grip. I know anything lemon tea is good for it but what are some other teas that help with asthma? Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:02:54 EST how to edit food favorites? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42679691 I want to de-clutter my food favorites but cannot find a way to delete foods. <BR> Help?! Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:24:26 EST UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT GAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42679643 I was 5'2 100 lbs. and I am 31 years old. I am vegan I eat between 1000-1500 calories a day and lift weights for 30 minutes every day and run between 3-5 miles every day except Sundays. Since October 2017 I began gaining unexplained weight. I have managed to reach as of today 158 and still going at a rate of about 1-2 lbs. per week. I have not increased my calories or decreased my exercise however it is getting harder to run as fast with the excessive weight gain and I max out between 2 and 3... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:20:33 EST The secret....Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42671566 What is the secret to giving up a chocolate obsession? <BR> <BR> There must be one. I know, avoid that aisle in the grocery! But I still have the question and the problem...hershey kisses! Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:32:11 EST Menu planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42671091 I have heard how important menu planning is...but how do people do it? Do you make a list of foods you typically eat? Do you go by the grocery ads? Anyone have a special system? Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:34:21 EST Help! Low sugar, wheat-free desserts?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42669407 Any ideas on good desserts that are low sugar (or use erythritol) and wheat free? Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:12:59 EST Will Power After A Cheat Days HELP!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42659437 So i started my WL back in march 2017 and never had a cheat day until last Sunday evening and Monday evening. I know i can lose whatever i gained back but the thing is my will power is now weaken and its harder for me to be able yield off bad temping thoughts in my battle mind in the battle field within the mind. How do yall deal with this or any tricks to over come this? I do know that with every passing day it does get easier and easier BUT how do i deal with it when its at the highest temp... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 16:27:10 EST Starting out and craving chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42648679 I was wondering how to get over this hump of wanting chocolate. It's so difficult, because where I work there is a candy bowl for the whole office, and they always have my favorite Hershey's milk chocolate nuggets. But I keep reading that the only way to lose weight is to not give into sweets. How do you get around your cravings? Especially when starting out? Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:57:03 EST Starting Strength protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42647905 I want to start the program Starting Strength :) <BR> How can I eat around 150 grams of protein per day? Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:54:26 EST Ajusting to new energy levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42643846 I started a whole plant diet last month after a follow up with doctor. <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 222 at the doctors office. <BR> <BR> I have lost 7pounds total as pf today, <BR> <BR> I am feeling more energetic as each week has went by. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up feeling well rested with energy levels getting higher I can feel my mind and body adapting to this change. <BR> <BR> The experience of feeling changes is a little weired because Im not use to waking up well rested and ene... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 07:20:02 EST Why am I Gaining? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42636440 I completed a smoothie cleanse and lost weight. Since the cleanse I have continued to eat two smoothies and one clean meal. The scale is going up. I don't really get it because my calories at max are1300. I don't plan to keep eating only smoothie s to keep weight down but I don't understand why the scale is moving up if I am still eating well. If anything I am not eating enough because I am not as hungry. Any ideas? I'm not a dieter but I couldn't get the scale to move so I tried the ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 13:23:42 EST OMG... these cucumbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42634425 Hey all! I have a farm share CSA and they have had a bumber crop of cucumbers this year. I've made refrigerator pickles, cucumber and celery salad, and even spiralized them for some variety. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any really different things to do with cucumbers? I love them, but there are SOOOO many! <BR> Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:55:29 EST High blood pressure diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42630513 So, I went to the doctor and found out I have high blood pressure 150/104. <BR> I have no idea what that means, but I'm hoping to get that down by the time I go back to see the doc. <BR> <BR> Is there something I can eat to help bring it down, even a little? <BR> Do I have to go on a specific diet? Sat, 5 Aug 2017 21:30:21 EST What are your favorite healthy snacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=42625419 Mine is celery and laughing cow cheese or fruit. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 08:00:17 EST