SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard Get and give tips about eating better and planning a smart, delicious menu. Plus, answers to your food and nutrition questions from Becky Hand, SparkPeople dietitian, and other experts. SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard Clap personal Gentlemen, <BR> Thank you very much for your highly appreciated comments. <BR> I am former CEO of emerging markets investment company. I raised over US$ 3,5 bln in the development of oil and gas, renewables energy projects worldwide. I lived my life with cool cars, Swiss watches, tailored-made suits, business classes, yachts and 5-star hotels. <BR> Usually at New Year Eve for several years in a row, I wrote down my dreams and realized that the rate of success is less than 50%. The reason was ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:28:50 EST Going through withdrawls? I feel like someone is trying to open my skull with a nail and mallet! <BR> My head is pounding. Originally I thought it may have been dehydration because I drank mostly probiotic tea yesterday. But i drank water all day and the headache is there. I took two tylenol and it did nothing to help. Now i'm wondering if i'm having caffine withdrawls from all the soda I haven't had the last two days. Is there a cure, other than grabbing a single coke? I'd rather not do that but I am having a seri... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:25:38 EST Entering eggs into tracker Hey all! <BR> <BR> I just made some scrambled eggs and it's been a long time since I've used SP, so I'm having a bit of a brain fart on how to enter it properly. <BR> <BR> 2 jumbo eggs, 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, 2 Tbs milk - Do I enter all those things separately, or are the "extras" included in the basic "scrambled eggs" entry? <BR> <BR> Trying to get back into the swing of things. Measuring food is a hard habit to get into! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:47:19 EST Grocery shopping on a budget I need some help. I only have $50 and I need to buy groceries to last me two weeks until I can get paid again. What are some foods that are good to buy in bulk that aren't terribly unhealthy? I am vegetarian. I already have a bag of dried black beans that I can add to some rice. I'm not going for anything too fancy just simple and cheap. Thanks for your help. :) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:19:27 EST Article on GMO foods I thought this was interesting. I personally have never understood why there is such controversy over GMO foods. Anyway, I thought this was a neat article and feel free to take of it what you want. <BR> <BR><BR>014/07/neil-degrasse-tyson-on-gmo Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:26:18 EST Healthy Tortilla? Is there such a thing as a healthy tortilla?? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:59:38 EST low glycemic challenge After a month of counting calories and excercising, I have lost nothing. Mr. Dr. wants me to try a low glycemic diet. That means no bread, potatoes, cereal, corn and some fruits. So I need help with figuring out some meals and snacks that are not salad and chicken. I've got that covered. Any help with foods that taste good are appreciated. I recently discovered jicama and hummus. Very good. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:43:18 EST Food Life Style Change - Needs Help! Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is Mel and I'm not exactly new to SparkPeople. About two years ago I was using this site and I had lost 54 pounds! But since it was a "diet" I figured I had accomplished my goals and now I could go back to old habits. Well, it's two years later and I've gained almost all of that weight back! So I've decided that I am no longer calling this a diet because that sounds like a finite amount of time that I have to eat this way. The truth is that this is a lifestyle c... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:30:21 EST NutriSystem-Discussion Group NEW Hi all, <BR> <BR> Is anyone else useing the NutriSystem plan to lose weight? I am going into my 3rd month and have lost 10 lbs. I find the portion controlled meals so easy and most all of them taste really good. I incorporate fruits and veggies into my eating as prescribed by the plan and am rarely hungry. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear from others who are on the plan or who have been on the plan in the past. <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:38:07 EST What trips your trigger? I've really been paying attention to what trips my cravings lately, since it is the same habits/foods that get me off my healthy streaks all the time. <BR> <BR> The words offender has been diet soda. I used to think I was okay with it, but all I drank was soda with very little water and it made me want carbs in the worst way. Bye bye, soda. :( <BR> <BR> I also get off track with anything that uses sugar alcohols to replace carbs. The next day leaves me craving sweets in the worst way. I ha... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:31:22 EST Mini Fridge Troubles So my fridge/freezer doesn't work, if you make the freezer cold enough to actually freeze things, the top two shelves of the fridge freeze as well, but if you turn it down, the freezer doesn't freeze them at all, it just makes them cold and wet, while the fridge functions fine. This is a mini fridge in my hostel room, with there just being a flap between the fridge and freezer. Does anyone have any suggestions about storing food and what kinds of things I can buy? Before we brought lots of me... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:45:38 EST Plataue? Hello everyone! I'm new to the sparkpeople message boards, I don't use spark to track calories, I use myfitnesspal for that. But I've heard there are less smart ass people on the forums pretending like they're better than everyone else... <BR> <BR> Anyways, this is my problem. <BR> <BR> I've lost 20 kilos. But now I have about 2 left, and I've been eating 1500 calories. I'm quite active as I do a one hour gym class 5 days a week that includes strength and cardio, I also walk 4.5km a day in ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:06:22 EST No changes I am on my 3rd weeks of diet and exercise and see no change in my weight or in my measurement . I understand that I must be patient. However, seeing no changes makes me wonder if I am on the right path <em>39</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:49:41 EST Can't Use App on Cruise I'm going on a cruise in a few weeks and I can't use the app since it requires a network connection and internet access is expensive on a cruise ship. Any suggestions on alternate apps I can use for that week to track my calorie intake? <BR> <BR> I'm posting this on 2 other boards as well since I'm not sure exactly which board is the correct one to use for this. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:22:55 EST "Breakfast like a king..." A friend of mine is beginning a diet based on the phrase "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper." He plans to get 1/2 his daily calories at breakfast. I was just wondering if any have tried this or are using this method. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:45:32 EST 99 cent Kindle book "Death By Food Pyramid" As part of a special Amazon Buck Books promotion, until midnight tonight you can get a Kindle copy of Death by Food Pyramid for just 99 cents. This is an excellent book. She doesn't just look at the studies, she actually in many cases digs through the original raw data itself. Plus, she's pretty funny! A good read! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:37:34 EST weightloss with diet only i am currently making life changes but have found it very difficult to work out due to my current circumstances. i just wanted to see how many of you have been able to lose weight with just changes in your diet and what exactly did you do. was it calorie counting/ reducing carbs? I'd really appreciate to the help seeing as how i want to make the best of my lifestyle changes with what i can do right now. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:31:59 EST Breakfast Ideas? Breakfast & lunch are biggest problem areas when eating. First of all, I'm lazy and I don't prepare stuff to just grab & go in the morning on my way to work. Two, I make excuses that eating healthy is expensive (because, you know, the fast food that I eat every day isn't expensive at all! *rolls eyes*). I am a big eater. I do not get full easily. It doesn't matter how much protein, or fat or whatever I eat. The huge downside is that I definitely do NOT eat healthy at all. My August goal is to... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:53:13 EST Do you think that people really want to know how? I have people ask me how to loose weight. Especially the people who knew me at 242 pounds. They usually ask very enthusiastically. It is funny, but when I start to go into what I am doing I notice their faces just glaze over and some walk away disappointed. I do not use a special diet just the food journal and limiting my overall calories for the week. How do people react when they ask about your success? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:25:37 EST appetite I feel eat healty meals and snacks , and know what proper portions are,however , I feel like I am not full until I have eaten well over the amount of a correct portion . It doesn't seem to matter if I eat more protein or healthy fats or carbs---do I just think I need more ???? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:14:07 EST Sodium Intake I've been reading alot of posts about sodium intake, and how sodium retains water leading to temporary weight increase. If I eat something salty, I try to drink lots of water to 'flush it out of my system', but in turn that makes me feel bloated and blah. What are some other ways to prevent this, it seems like sodium is in everything Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:52:26 EST Problem eating Let me preface this - I am a problem eater. I eat because I am hungry - and eat to the point of being stuffed. I hate talking about what I've eaten out of embarrassment. I eat because of boredom and stress. I look for the things that will get me full - being full comes before being healthy. When I order a combo meal, I always get it large - and get more things on the side. <BR> <BR> I've tried dieting - it hasn't stuck. I've tried Overeaters Anonymous - it's not for me. I have motivation now... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:47:36 EST Pizza and Giant Cadbury. Button chocolates Okay...... Tonight I lost it...... I ate an entire pizza and half a bag of chocolate buttons.... ( perhaps could have been worse and I could have eaten the entire bag).... I am all carbohydrate loaded I will be hungry tomorrow.... Tips anyone??? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:56:25 EST snack swap ideas? Hi All, <BR> Can you share some snack swap ideas? I prefer salty snacks, ie chips, but every now and then I get a craving for something sweet. All suggestions are appreciated. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:26:30 EST Question for the Dietitian My A1C was borderline diabetes at my last physical. My question is, What should I be tracking? SP already tracks carbs which I know are important, but is there a way for me to track the amount of Sugar I consume and have it appear in the summaries at the bottom of my food tracker? <BR> <BR> I searched around, but could only find sucrose listed as available for tracking. Lots of foods list the sugar content so I know it's recorded. I'm just not familiar enough with the site yet to know how t... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:44:51 EST Help! I went shopping while hungry! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've recently rejoined SP and am having trouble getting back on the wagon. Chips are my biggest downfall. And today I really messed up. I went shopping while I was hungry and ended up buying a FAMILY SIZED bag of ketchup chips.... And I'm the only one in my family who likes ketchup. I know better then to go shopping hungry but I was in a rush and forgot to eat breakfast. And worse, I want to just pound back the entire bag (which I know I am capable of doing). My willpower i... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:44:22 EST Watermelon ~ What to do! We bought this big juicy ripe watermelon, mmmm so good. But there are just two of us. I plan to eat some of course, and I plan to freeze some cubes for adding to water, but I need more suggestions. <BR> <em>491</em> <em>2</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:20:39 EST Calories Intake Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope Sparkpeople has done amazing things to you just like it did to me. Now that I have reached my ideal weight, I would like to know how can I know my ideal calorie intake without exercise just to MAINTAIN the weight. Right now I weigh 158 pounds, with 8.2% body fat. Also take in consideration that I am a D1 College Soccer player, so my intake of carbs is around 65% of my calories. <BR> <BR> Ps: I figured what I'd just do is I set my ideal weight and my current ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:11:12 EST Chef Meg's Advice on Selecting Fish After listening to that tape I will never buy fresh fish again -- and my father and grandparents were commercial fishermen! <BR> The idea that anyone who has been thinking about buying the same piece of fish I am looking at, has had their nose on, or very near, to it, is the most unsanitary, germ spreading thing I have ever heard of! I would have thought that the Food Inspectors would have banned such a practice years ago! <BR> I've never seen it happen at a fishmonger's, so perhaps it is o... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:41:36 EST Ideas for vending machines Hi, <BR> I have been "voluntold" to join the wellness committee at work. One of the projects is to provide better quality vending to the employees since the grill closes at 9pm and we have 2nd and 3rd shifts on site. Does anyone have any ideas for the 14 vending machines that we have in our cafeteria. I was thinking of reducing the size of the soda from 20oz to 12oz and some 8oz. Other than that I am not sure what else we can do to make healthier choices for the employees. Any suggestions wo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:32:52 EST resetting goals Can someone please let me know how to reset my calorie and weight loss goals? When I first joined, I was able to calculate my goal date based on pounds per week I wanted to lose and was able to set my calorie goal based on my current weight. I would like to redo that but can't seem to find the page. Thanks! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:43:07 EST snack alternative I try to avoid all chips and snacks, other than popcorn, no butter, but sometimes I would like something other than vegetables with dips . I try to stay away from white flour, and alot of carbs ,so I dont buy crackers. I know some , like Triscut , are whole grain , but they have alot of carbs,also I cant just eat a few .Any suggetstions ? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:18:13 EST EXPERTS: The great "Form of Protein" Debate... Oh boy. There seems to be a different answer, depending on the expert's degree, training, and area of expertise. It could probably be debated ad infinitum, but maybe we can nail down some good fundamentals. The question: <BR> <BR> Which is the best form of protein to take in supplement form? (i.e., outside the protein in one's diet). <BR> <BR> We might start with 1) Protein is best ingested as part of a healthy diet. 2) Any form of protein that upsets your stomach is not as good as one that... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:08:59 EST What other kind of fat is there? I'm comparing Nutrition Fact labels and frequently see the individual fat grams don't sum up to the Total Fat grams. For example,<BR>leriver/images/nutrition/supreme.png shows: <BR> <BR> Total Fat 9g <BR> Saturated Fat 4g <BR> Trans Fat 0g <BR> Polyunsaturated Fat 1g <BR> Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g <BR> <BR> What other kind of fat could there be? <BR> <BR> There are plenty of other products where the Nutrition Facts list the 4 types of fats ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:40:31 EST Searching for the PERFECT peanut butter alternativ I adore crunchy peanut butter but I want lower calories and lower fat. Suggestions? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:36:35 EST Low GI Diet with PCOS I'm 20 and I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. I've had chronic pain that one doctor say is related, and one say is not ever since I had surgery to remove a very large cyst on my ovary. I'm still not sure the cause of my pain, but my doctor gave me some information about a Low GI diet, and I thought I should try and see if it helps me at all, because it's can't hurt to try. Today is the first day I've been really strict about it, since it's only been about a week since she told me about it. M... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:27:44 EST SAT DAILY GOAL I have a question about the Daily Goal when on the Activity Tracker page. <BR> It's set at 10 minutes, and I'd like to increase it, but there seems to be no way of doing this... <BR> (I've tried editing my goals on my profile, and "daily goal" isn't available) <BR> <BR> <BR> thanks, <BR> Blackcrow Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:50:40 EST Meal plan 1200 calorie diet Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:01:47 EST Favorite Salad Dressing? Looking for suggestions on good, healthy, lo-cal dressings where the serving size is sufficient to actually cover a large salad. Love to hear some ideas! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:09:46 EST Food logging Hello, <BR> I am new to spark and excited to join others with similar goals. I wondered if anyone could tell me or direct me to the right for a question about food logging. I have logged my food for years and love my current logging program. Is there any way to use my current program and import the data into spark? I am finding the spark food logging system to be not as user friendly. Thanks Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:02:37 EST Intermittent Fasting Intermittent fasting/ IF - I've been reading a bit on this and although it stands to reason, it goes against what I have programmed my mind to accept. <BR> Any thoughts Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:05:03 EST That elusive 50/30/20 Ratio Today I've gotten closer to the perfect ratio than EVER! Ended up with 49.9/30/20.1!!!!! I still don't believe it!!!!! How close have you gotten? What's your secret? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Steph Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:38:25 EST How to prepare strawberries & blueberries? Hi, my concern here is breakfast. One frequently sees breakfast cereals advertised with fruit. Bananas work well with most breakfast cereals. But what about strawberries and blueberries? When I add them by themselves to cereal and milk, they're bland and almost tasteless! They add nutrition but no flavor! I have been adding sugar substitute but can't help but feel there must be some way to prepare these fruits to unlock their flavor so they'll blend well with cold breakfast cereals. An... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:51:15 EST Cleanse I recently joined my daughter and did a "cleanse." No dairy, gluten, artificial anything . . . for 28 days while drinking vegan protein shakes twice a day and taking supplements. I was disappointed to only lose a few pounds and inches. My daughter who had a baby in March did lose more but duh! I have lost about 20 pounds since April but have a long way to go. I have hit a plateau since the cleanse and need to start losing again - any suggestions? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:46:56 EST Organic Palm Fruit Oil? The Allergy-Free cookbook I checked out from our local library mentions Organic Palm Fruit Oil in most of the recipes. Never heard of it. <BR> <BR> Has anyone used it? <BR> <BR> Any tips/suggestions/recommendation? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:25:24 EST Added a new recipe! I added a new recipe into my calorie counter today! I try to do one a day, but I am lucky if I do one or two a week. If the recipes I used were already magically entered into the counter, a lot of the calorie counting stress would be gone. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:29:24 EST Life after Ideal Protein Hi :) Sorry in advance for the grammar mistakes; my main language is French. :) <BR> <BR> I've been doing IP starting on May 21st. I will go on phase 4 on August 13th. I lost 30 pounds, which is more than I even intended, even if I'm quite heavy. I wanted to use it as a kickstart to my weight loss. It was very, very difficult, but I didn't cheat once. <BR> <BR> I do NOT consider it to be a healthy program, and it is incredibly expensive. Most of the food did not taste that good either. ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:31:11 EST Swiss Chard A coworker brought me some swiss chard today. She said it's like a mild tasting version of spinach. It comes in a lot of pretty colors. She said that I should sauté it, possibly with garlic. I am really excited to try it, but I want to know if there are any other ways to enjoy it. Any thoughts? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:09:53 EST Help! The dreaded water. I can't do it! I can't drink water! It makes me feel like I'm gonna be ill. <em>46</em> I've tried everything. Flavouring, adding ice, even juice. Anyone have any ideas please? I know I need to but....... I'm stuck. <em>39</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:03:07 EST adding nutrients, but not sodium and calories Hi, I'm looking for advice to increase things like calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate to my diet. I eat things like apples, spinach, romaine lettuce, peppers, bananas daily. I also include things like cantelope, carrots, celery, broccoli, unsalted nuts like almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, strawberries, etc when I can - usually several days a week. But according to the nutrition tracker, my numbers are still very low, while my sodium is almost always over. I eat mostly chicken wi... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:52:14 EST told my doctor I need help losing weight.. So I told my doctor I needed help to lose weight he told me to either go to Jenny Craig or do a 500 calorie diet.. so I tried the diet and I failed.. I did it for 2 whole days. I was super tired and really dizzy even the walls were spinning. and started almost having a panic attack.. is this in my head? I never went with out food before.. lol Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:47:28 EST Following the menu Hello, <BR> I have a question about the menu plan. So i have been trying to loose weight with sparkpeople for a while. I was creating my own foods but staying below my recommended calories. <BR> <BR> I lost about 5 pounds (water weight?) and then stopped. <BR> <BR> Then i saw a nutrisystem commercial and it talked about foods properly combined. <BR> Then it hit me. I believe the suggested meal plan from spark people does the same thing. Is this correct? <BR> <BR> Another words proper food... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:52:30 EST 3 day juice is anyone doing this <BR> it is my first time juicing and i plan to do it 3 days. 6 juices a day. <BR> i really would love a buddy to help me make it 3 days! lol Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:13:07 EST can't exercise, reduce calories?? I've pulled a tendon in my knee and was told not to do any exercise (using my knees) for at least a week. I usually eat around 1400 calories a day. Since my movement is limited, would it be better to aim for 1200? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:11:43 EST Dairy free for about 3 months I have been dairy free for about 3 months, I have Acute Dermatitis. have had it for years. I am 55 now & it started when I was 16. <BR> I started talking to a nutritionist & she mentioned that dairy & Acute Dermatitis go together. I have went D/F & my skin is clearing up. I have been trying to lose weight & thought maybe going d/f would help. but it hasn't. I am wondering if going gluten free might help. Does anyone have any experience this? Thanks.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:49:29 EST surgery derailing my efforts Any one else ever have surgery where trying to lose weight - I can't do anything for at least 2 weeks then restricted for 6 more - any advice from anymore Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:35:44 EST I love the breakdowns Hello, <BR> <BR> A recent rejoiner to Spark People, I must say that I LOVE the caloric breakdown. I did Weight Watchers for years. Although counting points can be somewhat easy, I was missing the heath aspect of everything. I really enjoy the break down of the fats, carbs and proteins. It is amazing to see how unhealthy I was eating. Now I can concentrate on getting healthy AND losing weight. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:21:35 EST 'Leftovers' is a dirty word... As part of the super plate, don't waste your food generation, do you find that leftovers still has a negative connotation for you? Like some poor child in the world is still hungry because you didn't consume all 5 cups of pasta slathered with alfredo that the nice Italian guy just plopped in front of you? <BR> <BR> I've tried to impart the fallacy of this idea to my husband, who is notorious for telling our sons they have to eat everything in their bowl/plate, to which I respond with: "That... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:44:06 EST 57 year old woman having difficulty loosing I have always been successful at loosing weight when I stuck with the Weight Watchers plan in the past. In 2009 I lost 72 pounds, but unfortunately gained it back. Since May 23 to date, I have only lost 7.6 pounds! I am drinking lots of water and walking, but the scale doesn't budge. I am even working with a doctor who has prescribed an appetite suppressant. I do feel the medication helps control cravings and portion control. Am wondering if the problem I am experiencing has any thing to do w... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:39:01 EST Water Intake I was just wondering how do people get their water intake for the day if they are working all day? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:48:30 EST Fruits & Veggies... I know that Fruits and Veggies is very important every single day... but I was wondering... if anyone has trouble with getting enough of these Nutrients... and any advice with full filling the daily needs of these two things... oxox Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:40:37 EST Health Supplement Happy with my health supplement (Kinglyvelvet)! I feel stronger and healthier! Are you taking your health supplement too? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:21 EST Collard greens I way over planted collard greens this year. Any thoughts on on good ways to prepare them? I am getting tired of sautéing them. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:38 EST Birthdays... Hello SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> This coming Monday is my mother's birthday, and she is having an amazing chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.... <BR> I'm just curious, would YOU make an exception for a birthday? I haven't cheated once in the whole 9 days I've been on SparkPeople. But I'm at a loss on this one! <BR> One piece of cake won't completely kill my diet... will it? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Any input is appreciated! :) <BR> <BR> Stay Well, <BR> Nikki <em>26</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:18:14 EST does insurance help with the cost of Medifast? My diabetic doctor recommended Medifast to me for weight loss. My husband and I live on a fixed income and I was wondering if our health insurane would help with the cost of this. My weight is affecting my diabetes, asthma, and arthritis. Three doctors have recommended losing weight and I have been following a 1200 calorie low carb diet, but still not losing weight because I can't exercise because of the asthma. However, it is keeping the diabetes under better control. Doctor increased my a... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:51:10 EST Cutting back on sodium One thing while looking at my food tracker is I'm ALWAYS going over the sodium content for the day, which I think is detering weight loss efforts. We eat a lot of processed foods (like boxed meals, frozen pizzas, etc) Can anyone make recommendations so the sodium can get cut back, as well as make healthier food options without breaking the bank? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:43:33 EST Lunchtime Loser I am faithful to pack my lunchbox with breakfast (if I haven't eaten at home already), two snacks and my lunch and bring it to work daily. For some reason, I stray from my planned lunch and go buy something almost every single day. Its like the lunch hour triggers something in me and I lose all willpower. I've tried bringing foods I really, really like. I've made sure I eat my midmorning snack so that I'm not famished by lunch. I'm really at a loss and willing to try just about any advic... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:59:41 EST Cravings I'm going to admit that CHIPS are my downfall... I absolutely love them. I need ideas on how to still get my cravings but in a healthier way...Any suggestions, recipes, alternatives? Thanks Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:26 EST tracking foods already entered Is it just me or does anyone else have this issue? Today for lunch I had Chicken Spinach Mushroom Panini. When I search, I enter the brand name and description and dozens of entries pop up. When I check the nutrition info, they are almost never correct. One in paticular was 40 calories LOWER than what is written on the box and to me, that's alot. Its very frustrating when I see this and I usually do respond with 'no' in the box asking if it is correct. Does anyone see the responses? Or... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:48:12 EST Saving Drink Calories My husband is diabetic and loves orange juice. He may have some, but not in the quantities he'd like. Therefore, to help him enjoy the large quantities, I make orange drinks for him. We use a 16 ounce glass and I put 1/2 cup of orange juice in the glass along with a packet of Splenda and fill the glass up with water. Voila! A sweet orange drink! Obviously, this can be done with any juice. I like to do it with Trader Joe's unsweetened cranberry and blueberry juices. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:27:51 EST Opinions of Cliff Bars I just wanted everyone's intake on cliff bars - I use to use quest bars but I didn't like the taste so i switched to the cliff builders bars. The taste is better and its a quick 20g of protein but they are around 200-270 calories which throws me for a loop. I need to make sure i'M getting a minimum of 100-150g of protein per day so with the bar being 20 its a great choice it seems like on the go when i'M going to the gym directly after work but wanted everyone's opinion as well =) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:18:44 EST trying to plan meals I'm kind of new to the meal planning thing and not real sure how to go about doing it. Does anyone have any pointers for me? I live a lone but like to cook for 2. This way I have lunch the next day since I only get 30 minutes for lunch. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:11:47 EST No such thing as a magic pill I went to my doctor yesterday because I have a severe case of strep throat. Anyway, the doctor is my sister's close friend. I know that the doctor used to be overweight and took diet pills to lose the weight. So, I asked her if she would prescribe me pills to kick start this weight loss journey for me. She said no there is no such thing as a magic weight loss pill. You have to go through the journey and lose the weight and learn to count the calories and incorporate fitness as part of your li... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:31:02 EST Shakeology Substitute? Hello all, <BR> I just finished a round of Insanity & am about to try Focus T25. I didn't follow the eating plan well because I live in Malawi (Africa) and most of the food required is either very expensive or unavailable here. This time round I would like to try to do better. Any suggestions for substituting: blueberries, shakeology, quinoa, and kale? Is it ok to use almonds instead of walnuts? and chicken breast instead of turkey deli meat? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:35:29 EST Ideas for cucumber? My husbands coworker gave us two HUGE cucumbers, more than I'll ever be able to eat probably. Any ideas for a yummy salad? Or maybe refrigerator pickles? I'll take anything you've got :) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:18:55 EST Hard to meet the nutritional requirements needed Ok so I have the diabetes plan which besides protein fat and carbs and calories which are not too hard to meet but folate, magnesium, potassium etc are harder. The meal plans don't seem to have a lot of vegetables etc. it seems like the same thing every day even with the alternate options so of course you have to add your own. So end oaf the day I get the report :not enough folate or magnesium; too much vitamin A etc... And it tells you the bad things that not enough of this or too much o... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:53:53 EST Calculator off? I found that I enter things and check off other food items and the calculator adds the protein carbs and such but when I manually add it I find it off by a number or so. Example protein:the items were 8 8 2 3 which is 21 but the total showed 22. I found this a fee times. I have to go with what the system says though because it affects the report at the end of the day. Lol Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:42:59 EST Cheat Day! I try not to have that many cheat days, although I give myself the weigh-in day as a no-calorie-count day. However, we have a ton of stale bread in the house right now, and I couldn't let the homemade stuff go to waste, so I made bread pudding. It won't completely derail me, but I know my calorie count will most definitely not be on the minus side. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:27:31 EST Help! Want to eat more lentils but need to know.. Lentils - are the green or red ones better? What's the difference? <BR> <BR> Love the posts on this thread so which - besides SP's - recipe sites are you finding have the best one for lentils? I'm looking for some simple ways to prepare them with plenty of flavor. I love beans and most veggies but only have had lentils as soup and maybe once or twice out in Mediterranean restaurants. I know many of you Sparkers eat them often. <BR> <BR> Please post how you prepare them, how often do you... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:05:11 EST Missing Recipe? Hi, I read the slideshow for Slim Summer Cocktails and wondered where the recipe was for the lovely drink shown on Slide #1, some kind of strawberry drink? I noticed other folks were asking about it as well. Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=76 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:29:01 EST End of Day:"reverse" nutrition/calorie counter? I really wish that I could find a "reverse" nutrition/calorie counter. For example - it's the end of the day and I still need: <BR> 494 Calories <BR> 81 carbs <BR> 9 fat <BR> 4 protein <BR> <BR> What could I eat that would net his nutritional value? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:20:34 EST Free cookbooks! <link> </link> Cookbooks that are free, healthy, and one is even geared towards a food stamp budget. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:09:18 EST Reading Calories on Nutrition Labels On a few items I notice it says calories, and then calories from Fat. I am confused on what the total calories would be. Example if it says Calories: 400 Calories from Fat: 50 would this be 400 calories or 450? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:27:49 EST Garcenia Cambogia Has anyone used this? I saw a program Dr. Oz did on it and it looks promising. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:57:59 EST Do you ever eat white potatoes? It seems one of my daughters who is a nurse thinks white potatoes are evil and the only spud you should ever eat is a sweet potato. <BR> <BR> I eat white potatoes occasionally because I believe they have some healthy benefits. <BR> <em>367</em> <em>4</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:54:42 EST Food Bank Donations My employer does a food drive to support the local food bank several times a year. I am wondering what other people donate. My typical donations include things like: <BR> <BR> bags of rice <BR> dry beans <BR> canned veggies <BR> pasta <BR> soup <BR> tuna <BR> canned chicken <BR> peanut butter <BR> jelly <BR> tea <BR> oatmeal <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:27:21 EST Help me find a new evening snack.... I'm 29 years old, and for as long as I can remember I have a piece of whole wheat toast, with peanut butter and jam or honey or banana on it in the evenings, along with a glass or two (or three) of milk. <BR> <BR> I just watched the movie forks over knives, which makes me question the healthiness of bread and milk. I'm thinking it might be wise to replace them with something else, but I'm looking for something that would be satisfying and enjoyable! <BR> <BR> A banana and peanut butter wo... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:29:32 EST same foods or variety?? I find that when I'm trying to lose weight, one strategy that works is to rely upon a relatively small repertoire of dishes that I know to be tasty, healthy, filling. I generally eat the same breakfast each day (oatmeal and a piece of turkey sausage), and alternate between 2 or 3 different lunches and dinners. It helps a lot to not have to think too much about food preparation and to streamline my grocery shopping. I can see the limits of this long term (boredom setting in, etc.), but for... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:16:00 EST Getting enough nutrients in my diet This is a pretty normal daily eating regime. I need to know if I need to change anything to get enough of everything I need to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1 cup dried frosted mini wheats cereal <BR> one cup skim milk <BR> 4 slices thin turkey breast <BR> serving of fresh fruit <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 6 slices thin turkey breast <BR> 1 piece Brownberry 12 Grain Bread <BR> 1 Pat butter <BR> 12 ounces V8 Juice <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> Fresh fruit <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> Greek Yogurt <B... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:04:10 EST Foods that travel well and stand up to heat We helped some friends move today and worked our backsides off! I have no idea how much I burned, but am glad I burned a lot. It's hot here - south Alabama - even with the cold front and rain that came through so when deciding if I should pack my lunch this morning, all my normal lunch options would not have stood up to the heat until lunchtime. Friends were moving from a home where they've already shut off the electric and I was parked at that end of the line all day without refrigeration... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:20:04 EST write everythign I put in my mouth today I'm starting to write everything I eat. Also I started drinking water. I had 2-16.9 oz of water. Tomorrow I will try to drink 64 oz. I'm exercising and cleaning up my apartment. I find it so hard to get myself to the gym and when I'm on limited income. I may have to cancel the gym since I haven't been there in a few months. <BR> <BR> <BR> Confuse1 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:41:21 EST posting foods on my phone How do I choose breakfast, lunch or dinner when adding meals onto my phone? I am new to this and am feeling a little overwhelmed! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:15:21 EST Starting to worry about myself... I am someone who has had eating issues in the past and still struggle sometimes to meet my calorie goals. When tracking my food I get a little paniced when I see the number creeping up. For about a week now I have had trouble even getting to 1000 calories for the day. <BR> I am starting to feel it during my workouts as well. I got light headed today while doing some ab work and had to take a break. I did eat breakfast and was drinking water but I still found it difficult to really push mysel... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:44:02 EST Orthorexia-striving to be "too healthy" I'm vegan, and I try to be whole foods, plant-based with limited oil. Lately, I've heard of a "new" (new to me, it may be well known to researchers) eating disorder called orthorexia. <BR> I stumbled across this post and it was interesting to me b/c I do sometimes see this in the vegan community. Thought I'd share. Thoughts? Please no vegan bashing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/17/what-the-blonde-vegan-carrie-on-ve<BR>gan-can-teach-us-about-eating-healthfully... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:56:02 EST Net Calories vs Caloric Intake I just started tracking my caloric intake so I was wondering if someone could help me out with this confusion. I don't want to ruin my body to lose weight and I know that women are supposed to consume a minimum of 1200 calories to avoid starvation mode. But is this just intake, or is it net calories? For example, yesterday I ate 1440 calories and burned off 600 calories for a net of 840. But I realized today that might be unhealthy even though I didn't feel hungry when I went to bed. So today... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:01:53 EST Stress weight gain? This has been the most stressful week since I rejoined SP 81 days ago. My scales tell me I've gained about 5 pounds... but I've actually eaten much less than my daily calorie <BR> recommendation. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, where I was on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday had little water (and I didn't take enough with me) and the ONLY food there was... was chips (two servings, I had), and red grapes. <BR> <BR> I was doing HEAVY cleaning / lifting / moving / walking. And to top it off, I swa... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:54:38 EST What is your favorite protein powder? I am looking for a healthy protein powder that I can use by itself or mix with fruits, etc. that is not too expensive. What are some good ones that you can recommend? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:11:52 EST Weight-loss and exercise when you have MS I am struggling with weight -loss due to having MS. I can only walk for short distances before my legs need a rest. I have to use a walker to walk so aerobic exercise is limited to swimming and stationary bicycle. I do to therapeutic massage weekly but, am afraid to swim due to having to walk across slippery wet tiles to enter and exit the pool without my walker. <BR> <BR> I am now beginning The MS Diet which should help with weight-loss (4'11"/250lbs.) <BR> <BR> My MS is not the only obst... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:32:04 EST What oils are in your pantry? Oils - what do you prefer? I use olive oil and canola but wondering about others. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:42:28 EST New to the discussion and the community Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site. I have hypothyroidism ever since I was born. I am a college-student and I am slowly changing my diet from pescetarian to vegan-ism/vegetarianism. I mostly want to go into vegan-ism. I need some help. If anyone that has any experiences in this, please let me know. I am interested in a healthful lifestyle for myself and the planet. <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> <BR> LN Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:04:24 EST i can't find the site that allows over eating i saw once, where, if i eat over my allowance - and work out in the same day , it balances the two against each other <BR> <BR> i did 30 min of dance video, and 20 min of abs <BR> <BR> i finished up a watermelon, before it went bad ... <BR> <BR> can u find the site ?? <BR> ty Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:34:32 EST Leptin, Grehlin and Leptislim First let me say I am usually opposed to diet supplements. I am a 67 yo woman who takes 2 Rx that slow weight loss and one slows my metabolsim. I also exercise. I get plenty of fiber, fat and protein and eat a fairly balanced diet. So I feel I need to stay at the lower end of my calorie range and for me that's 1200. Hunger remains a problem for me. I have been reading articles on the effect of the hormones leptin and grehlin and their effect on hunger and fullness. Then I stumbled upon... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:16:34 EST Juicing My doctor recommended that I do a juice cleanse every month to give my digestive system a rest, so I just started my first. I'm not hungry at all on it and have had no caffeine withdrawls or anything like that because I actually eat pretty clean. I'm on day 3 and have no increased energy or any of the other awesome results people are talking about that should happen. I am not even getting any of the unpleasant cleansing results. I'm wondering if this could be because I have to take a pretty s... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:48:41 EST Weight Watcher Question Does anyone know if on the points plus program where you don't track and some of the foods are 0 many points you are allowed a day? I'm confused as to whether you still have your "own" points or if EVERYONE gets 29. Can anyone help me - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:11:03 EST Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH fiber? Hello! So this is a bit of a 'personal' post... <BR> <BR> I am a sufferer of IBS and was put on a successful regimen by a naturopath to address my symptoms. I am taking one adrenal tonic and one priobiotic daily, for over a year now. These supplements really helped me, and I got to the point where I was having regular BMs with no stomach cramping, minimal bloating, minimal gas, etc. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I thought I was having a flare-up. I was having more BMs, and not 'good' ones... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:16:27 EST Bloating ... :/ Hi all, I'm new to this site, so not sure if i'm posting in the right place. <BR> <BR> Basically, my problem is bloating! Today, I look like i'm pregnant!! By the end of almost every day, I have a round bloated belly! <BR> <BR> Today for example, i have had, a Herbalife Shake for breakfast, a protein bar snack, quinoa and chicken for lunch, a 0% fat green yoghurt with strawberries and banana. <BR> <BR> I know a lot of people disagree with the HL diet, but if anyone can offer any advic... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:13:20 EST true or not true? does anyone know if it's true that you shouldn't sleep or take a nap after a meal? or is this just something " grandma " used to say? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:40:58 EST No change equals discouragement For many many days, I have been tracking my food and whatsoever activity I have had. My reports tell me I am in the losing range, but I don't lose. I feel discouraged. It's like...I am doing all the right things, but the scale doesn't budge! Maybe I should really diet... and I find it so hard to do! Any suggestions? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:52:17 EST carb cycling...though hts?...success?? I have been researching carb cycling and it seems like a good option. I have been reviewing my food logs and I take in way to many carbs. I know we need carbohydrates for energy which is why cycling seems decent as you do have carbs everyday. I am just wondering if anyone has done it and had success. <BR> <BR> Thank you!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:42:29 EST tracking food Does Spark People recommend we track food forever or just until we reach the maintenance pahse? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:03:41 EST Today's coaching session was very timely Today's coaching session was about eating out. I usually don't, but I will be on the road tonight, so it was great to get good pointers on how to eat out and stay healthy. Planning is key for me. Unfortunately I have struggled to be consistent, but I am trying to stay focused this time and plan, plan, plan. I know that when I do it is much easier to avoid mindless eating. Have a great day all! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:57:37 EST LOW CARBS Would like to lower my carb intake as it is more than 50%, What would you suggest for breakfast other than oatmeal, Ekecial bread etc ? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:38:43 EST Drinking Ok, I know this might be a bit of a controversial topic. I'm in my very early 20s, still in college, and drinking is definitely part of my social life. I came off a year of pretty heavy drinking when I was studying abroad in London, and this summer I've cut back a lot. But my friends 21st is coming up and I'm at a bit of a dilemma. I know that the healthiest thing to do is order only 1-2 lower calorie drinks, but it's been a while and I'd like to let loose a bit. So, without any judgment, do... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:44:23 EST Share your BEANS recipe I plan to incorporate more beans in my diet. Aside from my husbands amazing Frijoles de Olla, I don't know what else or how else to make them. <BR> <BR> Soooo.... how's about giving up those healthy beans recipes? <em>4</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:09:18 EST try and eat dinner and know snacking spread your meals to 6 small meals god bless Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:32:04 EST Coconut water.... Does anyone here drink this regularly? Have you noticed any health benefits from it personally? <BR> ETA: I also read that it can have a laxative effect. Has anyone experienced this (if you don't mind sharing)? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:57:11 EST Goal Setting and Nutrition I'm looking for some advice on how I should set my goals relative to the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I had my goal set moderately, to get down to 300 (a mini-goal, if you will). I lost about 10 pounds for the couple weeks I had that set. I realized that I should probably change it to a more long-term goal, so I switched it to 199. I adapted to the new calorie range, and haven't lost a pound since. <BR> <BR> I've not been exercising a lot, but I've done at least 10 min... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:10:14 EST Do you eat back your calories after exercise? Hello everyone <BR> I notice on my fitness pal tracker that it adds back the calories that I burn after I put in my exercise. Do you eat those calories? I thought that burning cals was the goal. Why would you eat them back? Just not quite understanding that. I have not been eating them back. Should I? <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:03:25 EST Vegan with Carb problem Hi. I have been vegan for about 1 1/2 yrs now. I started sparkpeople about a week ago to lose some weight but I am having trouble staying within the carb range. I have been eating healthy carbs- whole grains, legumes, beans, etc. From reading other posts I know this can be an issue for vegans. Any suggestions on low carb vegan meals? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:39:10 EST Fiber calories Can I 'subtract' the calories from fiber from my total daily calorie count? For instance if I eat 1500 calories and 25g of fiber, can I say my total calorie count was really only 1400? Just curious. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:43:53 EST Processing Food Pop Tarts from scratch, anyone? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been very fortunate, in childhood and adulthood, to have the resources available to feed myself and my family. A career has distracted me from this small holding, but I have made a concerted effort over the past several years to harvesting more from the Biota immediately around me. That is driven in part by the pure yearning to simply get back to the land, but even more so by the yearning to pass skills given to me by my forefathers on t... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:58:07 EST RED BULL HIYA JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE DRINKS RED BULL, AND HOW OFTEN? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:53:01 EST Fruit is bad? I've been trying to eat healthier, and I love fruit, so I've had a serving or two or fruit with every meal for the past week or so (banana with breakfast, peach and some cherries with lunch, a plum or some pineapple with dinner). However, I read something in another forum yesterday that said eating too much fruit is actually bad for you because of the high sugar content. It suggested filling up on vegetables instead. I like veggies, but have a harder time incorporating them into my meals for ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:01:11 EST how do you fit snacks in your daily meals? they say you should have 2 snacks however I have found that through my whole journey I am only able to eat one snack as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner and that is usually mid afternoon. I am usually full from breakfast to lunch and dinner is usually at 6 pm so I do not eat anything afterward. should I be forcing myself to have a piece of fruit or veggies between breakfast and lunch even though it is only 3 hours between the two? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:56:12 EST Snap Chat Challenge My friend and I are starting a snap chat challenge. Snap each other everything we eat and save the picture. At the end of the day compare your snaps to your food list. Then make a collage including all the pictures. I think this will really be a good thing for me to visualize Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:17:14 EST Is it only about calorie deficit I came across a blog yesterday about weight loss and this blogger said that the only thing that matters for weight loss is a calorie deficit. He had all sort of links that looked legitimate and authoritative about studies that showed this. He even had links about flawed studies that showed the opposite of what he was saying. He may be correct on one level, and this may be the reason for all the fad diets. In the short term, if you can create a calorie deficit eating junk food, you should loos... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:52:45 EST Lunch for breakfast Is it bad that I just downed my bologna sandwich that I packed for lunch for breakfast? I forgot to pack my breakfast Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:51:15 EST Anyone with thyroid issues? I've been totally exhausted lately, and I struggle to get up in the morning. My lifestyle hasn't significantly changed, and I can't find any glaringly obvious reasons for it. I have to nap at my desk daily. I do plenty of exercise. Someone suggested getting tested for an underactive thyroid, so I have an appointment on Friday evening, but in the meantime I'm driving myself crazy over it - even feeling my neck to try and see if my thyroid gland is enlarged!! (jury's out: I don't know what's no... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:11:58 EST White rice VS brown rice?? My understanding is that it is recommended to eat brown rice rather than white rice for example at dinner if I make rice n beans I should try and use brown rice. <BR> <BR> But when I compared the Nutritional content of both I found this per cup: <BR> Cal white rice: 205 <BR> Cal Brwn rice: 216 <BR> <BR> There is 3 more grams of fiber in brown rice but here is the deal: I am counting calories not fiber so I should go for the one with the least calories no? <BR> <BR> Enlighten me, we eat ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:52:38 EST What new food did you try this week? Part of the process of keeping the menu exciting is trying something new once in a while. I aim for once a week, but even once a month can keep from falling in a rut. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My "new" food isn't really new - I tried it when I was a kid and hated it - but was wandering the produce section of my store this weekend, looking for something when one of the workers asked if I needed a hand. I explained that I was looking for something new and he glanced at what I already had in my c... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:31:47 EST Anyone with binge eating problems? Hello, I am struggling so hard with binge eating these days! <BR> In high school I don't remember ever having issues with binging, but after entering college I suddenly have acquired the habit of overeating--to the point of feeling nauseous. The next day I would just repeat the cycle...(shake my head). This led to gaining 15lbs!!!!!!!! (GASP) <BR> I've been exercising and eating healthier for the past 3weeks, but I am still have on avg. two days of binge eating (like to the MAX binge eating).... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:23:23 EST How can I add healthy CARBS to my diet I've been tracking everything I eat for a few weeks. My problem is that most days I do not get enough carbohydrates. I eat 3 - 4 servings of fruit and 3 - 5 serving of veggies everyday. Most days I eat about 90 - 100 grams of CARBS. The only time I hit my range is when I'm over my calorie range for the day. <BR> <BR> I don't like cereal and don't like to eat bread every day. Is it okay to eat too few carbohydrates ?? <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:47:32 EST Help...! Looking for ways to stop the cravings!!!! I am looking for any advice or tips on ways to cutdown on my cravings. I try to eat healthy and it goes well for the first 3-4 days. But then I start having these horrible cravings for unhealthy choices. Please let me know what your secrets are to overcoming these cravings!! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:08:44 EST Eating for stress I just read this on NPR - a study is linked. <BR> <BR> I thought it was interesting, that a high glycemic diet prompeted the boys to eat more. "The rapid absorption of glucose after consumption of high-GI meals induces a sequence of hormonal and metabolic changes that promote excessive food intake in obese subjects. Additional studies are needed to examine the relationship between dietary GI and long-term body weight regulation." the study: <BR> <link> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:07:55 EST "registered dietitian " Over and over I see, in the threads, advice to see a registered dietitian . So I looked it up on line and found that the prices are higher than what my doctor charges. Some in the range of $200-$300 per hour. Can some of this be covered by insurance? Do you need a diagnosis for this? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:59:16 EST reliable scale? My bathroom scale has been bugging me for quite awhile. If I stop on it 3 times in a row, I'm likely to get three different readings. I need a reliable digital scale with no bells and whistles. Any recommendations? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:27:16 EST SP Menu Plans I usually plan all my own foods each day, but was having trouble meeting the suggested guidelines. So I brought up the SP menu plan for tomorrow, thinking it was enough time to get in supplies to follow it for a day. But when I added up the protein column, I found that there were only 51 grams of protein. My guideline suggests that for my age and weight I get a minimum of 60. Why would there be such a discrepancy when the meals are planned way ahead and the guidelines are all set? And if... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:10:17 EST I need to reduce salt and sugar. get more excerise need at least 10 pounds off Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:03:48 EST I need to reduce salt and sugar. get more excerise need at least 10 pounds off Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:03:13 EST Meal Plan advice I am on a diabetic meal plan. The calorie goal is between 1500-1904 per day. I plan meals in advanced yet I change my mind whenever I plan my meals. I tend to change my mind often and I end up eating more than I plan to. I need help with this. What should I do? How should I plan? Should I plan meals daily or should I plan meals for the week? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:25:31 EST Care Worker who has little time to eat. I am just starting again on this weight loss journey. I have been working as a care worker for the past few months and have been buying sandwiches, crisps etc to eat on the go. This will obviously not do for my new change in healthy eating but I am stumped for ideas on what to pack for quick eating on the go .... I work between 9am and 3pm so will have a breakfast before I leave for work. I'm after snacks that wont leave me craving but give me enough energy to make it through the 6 hours I'm ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:53:46 EST Help Im Desperate - On Atkins but not losing Hello, <BR> My name is Trish, and I have extensive medical problems, I am hypothryroid but on a natural replacement therapy from my doctor, I am in a wheelchair from a bad car accident that accelerated my spinal bifida and gave me Chiari Malformation, basically my cerabelum is trying to get out of my scull, even with surgery it just made it worse so now my high intercranial pressure has kiilled my pituitary gland and they call it open sella syndrom. I have a ton of other health problems that... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:15:04 EST Calorie Cycling (Zig Zag) and BMR Hi there hope you can help with a very confusing thing for me! <BR> <BR> I am trying to determine my calories using the zig zag method. Quick note about me. <BR> <BR> age 29 <BR> weight 59 kg <BR> height 158cm <BR> body fat 30 % <BR> BMR 1262 <BR> TDEE 1514 <BR> <BR> After doing a lot of low calorie diets I have noticed my fat percentage go up and lean muscle go down. This is terrible and am looking to correct the damage I have done. <BR> <BR> to lose 1lb of fat a week you need to eat le... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:19:58 EST How do i choice a vegan or vegetarian meal plan? like how do u change the settings? Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:52:21 EST Problem with calorie for certain food Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Asian . I can not find the calorie for the food I eat daily ( obo, long string green bean, Asia spinach ect...) on tracker list for calculation tracking. Please advise and thank you <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:37:49 EST need serious with food choices Hi everyone, I've been serious about my weight loss journey since about early-mid may and I have been exercising regularly except for about two weeks because of back problems but my issue is I started at about 285 and I have only lost about six pounds so far but I know if ate better I would be losing weight at a faster rate, maybe 2 pounds a week or so. So my question is what do i eat, where to start and does anyone have any ideas particularly for snacks in between meals? Thanks! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:51:21 EST tracking food Could someone help me? I recording the food info., calories and protein etc. but when I tracked the food it was recorded as lower calories and protein count etc. I rechecked that I had recorded the info. as per label but it did not translate on my food tracker. I find it hard to get enough protein without pushing my fat too high. Now it does't record my protein's true intake?? Help Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:40:08 EST How do you eat enough calories being vegan? i just started being vegan and i tried tracking my food and i seem to be eating too few calories and protein. what do you do to eat enough? i want to lose weight but want to do it healthy. also trying to be more of a raw vegan. please share any advice or tips you have thanks :) Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:28:36 EST Types of cream Can anyone tell me what the difference is between heavy table cream and heavy whipping cream? Will the table cream whip up, or does it have to have the carcinogen of carrageenen in it? I was looking at some whipping cream and found that it doesn't have much in the way of carbs (only 1 gram). Of course, it has a ton of fat. Was trying to figure out how to make ice cream that would be lower in carbs than the sugar free ice creams, which have almost as many as that with sugar and have the ca... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:34:42 EST Food tracker So, I missed something somewhere. In my food tracker there are a limited amount of foods listed some which I will not be eating. Food I have eaten is not available in the search like organic quiche with no crust or cheese. How do I make it easier? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:09:40 EST Potassium level I was informed that my potassium level is high. What can I do to lower my potassium intake. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:53:12 EST Help! Hi, <BR> I recently saw a dietitian for the first time and after explaining my chronic stomach aches for 10+ years she wants me to start following the diet of IBS sufferers as she thinks that's what I might have. Before she is able to work on a meal plan for me to lose weight she needs me to try to figure out my triggers. I need help where to even start. I read that some say to not eat veggies and brown bread etc while another site says to do the opposite. Any tips on where to start? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:05:48 EST Addicted to flavored coffee-creamer For about the last twenty-five years, I've been drinking hazelnut-flavored Coffeemate (yes, really. LoL). And when it came out, I switched to the sugar-free version. <BR> <BR> But in my never-ending quest to improve my health (because it's not just about weight loss for me), I decided to get away from the chemical storm that it is. So I ask you all on SP, is there a healthy alternative that is both sweet & creamy that works for coffee ? <BR> <BR> And please don't suggest dairy. I am a veget... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:34:09 EST Half marathon training - eat more? I am training for my first half marathon and have no idea how much additional I should eat on long run days. <BR> <BR> I usually eat around 1400 calories per day. I'm trying to maintain my weight now - my doctor said not to lose any more weight. I do a 55 min kettlebell class 2x/week and run 3x/week (30-45 min twice and 60-120 once). Spark says my calorie range to maintain is 1480-1830. I will only be running more than an hour once every two weeks. <BR> <BR> I have consumed 200 calories in... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:05 EST anxious about a new diagnosis I will attempt to make this short. These last couple of weeks I've been diagnosed with colitis (not sure what kind yet, still waiting for blood labs), diverticulosis, and endometriosis. I will hear on Monday if a partial or full hysterectomy will be performed. In trying to lose weight and eat healthier for years I've eaten a lot of fiber (and a lot of junk). I am now looking at this journey as not so much as a weight loss but a healthy life style with nutrition and exercise. Are any SP member... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:57:30 EST Caculating calorie deficit with BMR Hi! <BR> <BR> I am confused about how many calories I actually need to consume daily to lose, say, a pound per week. <BR> <BR> I am a 5'3, 127 lbs, 27 year old female. <BR> I calculated my BMR to be 1370. <BR> <BR> For my active metabolic rate, I'd say I'm 'moderately active', so using this I calculate my total daily energy expenditure at 1370 * 1.55 = 2123.5 <BR> <BR> So, I am going with the math that if I am looking to lose one pound per week I need to have a 3500 calorie deficit weekly... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:29:34 EST Insatiably hungry I have been on my healthy food and exercise routine for 17 days straight now. That's the longest continuous streak I've ever had for being healthy and I'm super proud of myself. Getting back on track was hard because I was hungry all the time as my body was getting used to better quality foods and smaller portions. After the first week, I seemed to be doing a lot better. I got full a lot quicker and didn't feel the need to snack as often. For some reason, the last few days I've been uncontrol... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:35:16 EST Lemon water anyone? Do you guys do this kind of diet? I have read on some blogs that it will help you to detoxify your body. <BR> I just started doing it last week and I feel so positive everyday. :) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:11:30 EST Any Rec's for a kid's site for healthiness? My 12 yo is becoming concerned about his body and weight which is a little high, but not horrid at this point. He knows I do SP and has been curious about it. I've been wondering if there is anything more geared toward kids out there that can help point him in healthy directions. An exercise tracker or an extremely simplified nutrition guideline for him to check out etc. <BR> <BR> I know boys can eat like crazy when they are growing, and don't want to push or be obsessive or critical of his ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:11:50 EST Skinny Frappuccino Recipes Hi all, <BR> Lately I have been having really bad frappucino cravings. I know it would be okay if I splurged one day and got one, but I am wondering if there are ways for me to make a healthier frappe at home? Maybe with chocolate protein powder? <BR> Any recipe would help! <BR> THANKS :) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:43:44 EST Food safety question: frozen mussels If you found mussels frozen, in their shells, untreated, would they still be safe to eat? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:07:49 EST Intermittent fasting Anyone tried intermittent fasting? I am deciding whether or not to give it a try. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:04:06 EST Carnival Cruise - what to expect for meals? Hi everyone! My wife and I are going on our honeymoon in a few days. We will be taking a Carnival cruise. Does anyone know what we can expect for food options while cruising? I'm okay having a goal of maintaining the week of the cruise, although I hope to do a lot of walking and maybe some yoga while on the ship. I'm just hoping the food options will include whole/healthy options! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:48:15 EST Corsets and Waist Training What are your thoughts..I hear about wearing the tight fitting corsets and bands that "train" your waistline while shaping your figure. They look great...but what do you think...Yay or Nay? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:32:59 EST Eating Ice I eat ice all the time. I can eat cups and cups throughout the day. I eat ice more than I drink a cup of water. How do I count this as water intake? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:02:02 EST No eggs for me I once was on the Atkins diet...I ate eggs all the time. Until one day, I tried to eat them, an gagged. Tried weeks later, gagged again. And it doesn't matter how they are prepared or if I add condiments. I can't eat them anymore. It makes me gag just thinking about them. ugh. They were my breakfast staple (and a breakfast recipes staple). <BR> <BR> Now, I'm all messed up. I want something low carb and low calorie. Doesn't have to follow the Atkins diet, I have moved on from that. I... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:00:09 EST Lets Get Verbal! Hi :) My name is Lexie and am a fitness and nutrition addict. I don't really have questions for anyone, instead I would like to create open conversations about your knowledge on nutrition and what your opinion is about eating healthy, working out, and living life! I love discussing how you can be big and healthy at the same time. Just because a person is big, does not mean they are not healthy. Tell me what you think!!!!!!!! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:52:30 EST Green tea extract Does anyone here take green tea extract? Would you recommend it, or not? <BR> <BR> I'm considering taking it as I used to drink lots of green tea but in that past couple years I've lost my taste for most hot drinks. I used to have a lot more energy when I drank it regularly and just felt overall better and healthier. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am trying to drink a cup of it a day or so but I don't think it's likely that I'll drink it much more than that. <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:20:09 EST Please share your favorite smoothie recipes! And which smoothie blender do you prefer? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:06:46 EST Decent fair type food ideas? Hey all, So I'm going to a Christian Music Festival this weekend. I've gone to similar type ones in the past and have really enjoyed them. I'm in a different town than the others and wasn't really involved in the planning process (which there didn't seem to be one) and just meeting them there. I'm fine with that, I really just need some time to relax and drop this stress that is eating me alive. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I highly doubt they put together a pool and brought food to save money as I wou... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:10:54 EST Skipping breakfast to save calories? I read a little into the 8 hour diet. Basically you don't eat breakfast and you just have lunch and dinner. It makes sense as long as you don't binge during lunch and dinner. But what about the sayings that your metabolism goes down if you skip meals? I want to try this but I don't want my metabolism to slow down. I really don't like eating breakfast anyway. What are your thoughts? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:27:26 EST the politics of food? I've just recently come back to sparkpeople after an absence of quite a few months and have been surprised to at see polarized this message board has become. A prime example is, of course, the pop tart thread, with people charging that those who feed their kids sugary foods are "on the spectrum of abuse." It occurred to me that this manner of talking about food is analogous to the form of political debates in the US these days--that is, people who disagree with your choices are cast as "e... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:09:03 EST Need help with food issues Since I am a stress eater and have gained back a large amount of weight that I worked so hard to lose, I need a simple plan and something that can jumpstart my weight loss so I am encouraged to keep going. I have been trying to do it on my own for the past 4 days and GAINED 3 lbs. Not happy about that at all and it put me in a tail spin this morning. I am currently being treated for my anxiety so I am in therapy for that and I have an extremely hectic life between my job, raising my son, d... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:36:12 EST How to control binges? I've gotten to my goal weight, and have been able to maintain it for the past 6 months or so. I'm worried, though, because in the few months that I've graduated from college my eating habits have started to decline. While at school, I was able to limit my meals and stay full as well as limit my desserts to just weekends. Now that I'm home I've been binge-ing on food. While I've been exercising and keeping my weight constant, I'm afraid that I'm setting myself up for failure by allowing myself... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:32:17 EST Low calorie alcohol advice I entered a drawing at a local bar for a Free Happy Hour so from 9 pm - 12 am I receive free drinks as well as free entry into the bar. It's a fun hangout spot for young people with lots of dancing, food, and, of course, alcohol. I won the drawing! However, I entered the drawing before I had buckled down and gotten serious about my weight loss. I still want to go and have a good time with friends but I don't want to undo my progress. Do any of you guys have any good ideas for lower calorie dr... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:57:15 EST Migraines from too much water intake I've gone through this in the past. I can drink 4 cups of fluid a day no problems, 6 can be questionable and 8 is a definite no no. I've talked to my doctor about it too. I retain water like a bloody camel! Why we have no idea and I've taken pee pills in the past but even still if I drink too much I get wicked migraines... to the point my head actually swells (I know, weird right!). I used to work in fast food and have to wear a visor and would daily have to change my cap size upward of ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:28:40 EST whoops double lost Whooops double post Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:57:13 EST infused water I tend to toss frozen mixed fruit into my water when I want a little flavor. It works as an ice cube and flavoring but I have no idea how to track it. I don't tend to eat the fruit as it gets soggy. But the few vitamins leeched into my water has got to be better for my than crystal lite. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:43:32 EST I thought exercise was an appetite suppressant? If exercise is supposed to suppress my appetite why am I ravenous after I work out? Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:17:41 EST tricking my brain into drinking more water I will take 2 water bottles. Both have ice. One is flavored water (mio) and one plain. I will continually fill the flovored water with the plain water until all the flavoring is gone (3 water bottle refills) and then do it again. Today will be day 3 on drinking 8 glasses of water or more a day!!! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:07:40 EST Convincing your spouse that they are wrong? I'm a big believer in "everything in moderation" and it seems that my husband believes in "eat until you make yourself sick". <BR> <BR> He has no self control, give him a giant bag of candy and he'll eat the whole thing. He allows the kids to eat like this as well and its causing arguments. <BR> <BR> For example, breakfast, the kids have cereal. Sugar cereal at that. Not my favorite, but again, everything in moderation. I use to serve the kids cereal in a bowl that holds exactly one cup. He... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:46:53 EST 3 meals a day only or add snacks? Different people and articles say different things.... Some say that in order to keep up your metabolism you need to eat three smaller meals with snacks in between. Others talk about Leptin and how you shouldn't snack, but only eat three solid meals. <BR> <BR> I'm so confused... Help! <em>24</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:08:44 EST Need to up my protein intake! I'm having trouble getting enough protein during the day. I'd not a big meat eater. I eat mostly chicken and fish with a little bit of red meat every once in a while. Can anyone recommend some high protein foods/snacks I could try and incorporate into my meals? <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:51:14 EST Blog update Please feel free to read my blog update. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:03:52 EST Staying away from miracle pills Although I "know" that most supplements that promise virility, muscle building, and weight loss are not worth using, I still almost get sucked into buying them. These marketers are good. The other day I actually got on line to buy some miracle pill called Nugenix. It is supposed to boost testosterone. I did not purchase but was oh so close. I wish I knew why these adds just get me all stirred up? Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:06:29 EST Kettlebell workout scheduled today Hello. I have a 35ish minute kettlebell workout scheduled for today. I was just wondering: I don't want to undereat can anyone tell me around how many calories I should be getting? I actually am following the Weight Watchers points system of counting ANY HELP WILL BE BENEFICIAL. What would you need to know? I normally get 30 daily points. I am sedentary, I weigh 222 lbs. and am 4'10. I am also female. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help!! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:43:05 EST Refridgerator Oatmeal<BR>atmeal <BR> <BR> They look so yummy. Has anyone else tried this out? I might get some of the oats at the store tomorrow and do one of the flavors (not sure which yet, though) and see if I like it. If I do, it might end up being something I do for myself when work starts back up. Easy enough to do the night before and grab before heading into work. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 01:35:22 EST Healthiest Non-perishable Foods Hi guys! I have a unique job and don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetables at times. Space is limited, and I can't refrigerate or freeze anything. I also sometimes need meal replacements. Any suggestions to keep eating healthy? I would especially be interested in something like dried vegetables that actually have some nutritional value, if you have a brand that you know is awesome. <BR> <BR> Here's some things I've tried: <BR> dried fruit (full of sugar) <BR> beef jerky <BR> applesau... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:10:38 EST Keeping track on the paleo diet I was wondering what would be the correct settings for your calorie/carb/fat/protein intake? I feel on the paleo diet and using the spark counter it's not working. I feel what spark people have it set at for my recommendation is wrong. If you can understand my Having a hard time trying to explain it:) Please help me out. Thanks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:16:13 EST Physicians Weight Loss Program Hi <BR> I was looking for a team or sparkpage in regards to the physicians weight loss program but have not had any luck. Ir is like HMR and Omnifast where medical professionals have you on a shake and bar twice daily with a healthy meal for dinner. I have been looking for motivation and support on here and wanted to see what people have found on this plan or something similar in success and what worked for them. <BR> Thanks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:39:36 EST Messing up on the diet Hi, <BR> My name is Christa and I lost 6-7 pound then I gained 10. I felt disgusted and upset I gain. I sometime write down what I put in my mouth and other days I don't. I really want to lose the weight. I can't stand drinking water alone. .Any suggestions will be appreciated. <BR> <BR> <BR> Chrsita Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:58:41 EST If counting calories is "all wrong" - what's next? "Science Reveals Why Calorie Counts Are All Wrong" <BR> <link><BR>cience-reveals-why-calorie-counts-are-<BR>all-wrong/ </link> <BR> <BR> This, at least, isn't really "news" to most of us: <BR> <BR> "Processed foods are so easily digested in the stomach and intestines that they give us a lot of energy for very little work. In contrast, veggies, nuts and whole grains make us sweat for our calories, generally offer far more vitamins and nutrients than proc... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:40:30 EST Best healthy menu item to order at PF Changs I am going to lunch tomorrow at PF Changs. Any healthy, low calorie recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!!! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:34:31 EST Cutting down portions I am a huge fast food junkie and I have started to realize when I deprive myself of fast food completely I binge and I binge BAD. So I am starting to order the small version of everything. Making sure to take into consideration that just because it's smaller doesn't always mean its better. I am making sure to keep track on my calorie tracker and hold myself accountable. <BR> Today a small fry and a mc chicken. <BR> <BR> At one point I would order a full meal AND 2 value sides. no more! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:11:17 EST Why don't apples taste good anymore? For several years I have found that apples are smaller and and do not taste as good as they use to. <BR> <BR> Is something happening to our apples? <BR> <BR> If anyone has any information about this, please share. Thank you. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:44:36 EST Just a few pounds I am a 45 year old female, non-smoker, have been a jogger for over 10 years, jogging usually about 5 days a week. In the past few months, I have had to step up the pace and now HAVE to do 7 days a week for 60 minutes. I am 5'5" and have always weighed 120-122 lbs. I am now at 125 lbs in spite of all my exercising. I must admit that I have been creating more desserts in the past few months and have always been able to eat whatever I want in moderation. But not anymore. I know that 125 is ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:01:09 EST Lost nutrients I have been tracking my coffee at 6oz per serving. I got lazy one day and tracked 18oz of coffee for the three cups I had throughout the day. At 16oz I get 1 gram of protein. I tend to track many small portions during the day and I started to wonder if I am losing some minor amount of nutrients tracking this way? Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:46:34 EST advice from sparkers in New Zealand and Australia? I'm taking a 3 week trip to NZ and Australia in August and am seeking advice about how to keep going on my weight loss "journey." Is oatmeal widely available in cafes, etc. for breakfast? Is it acceptable to eat half of portion of meat or fish at a restaurant and take the rest home? Any chain restaurants you can recommend as a good place for a fast and health lunch? I want to enjoy local cuisine but not come back fatter! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:02:57 EST Mood & Food I seen a great post on here yesterday about how eating more Vegatables makes you feel well. I found this really encouraging. Does anyone else know anything about mood and food? Do you notice a change in the way you feel when your diet slips? How much is the change in mood because we know we are looking after ourselves or is it the energy from foods? I am really interested. Would love to hera what you think <em>474</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:27:51 EST Starting Dukan diet today!!!! Who wants to join??? Hi everyone! I don't believe in diets BUT after gaining 65lb of fat after being fit and lean i needed a structure to get me back on shape, and reteach my eating habits. I did a ton of research including reading Dr. Dukan's book on it. And since i LOVE meat i decided i could give it a try. The main reason i like it because it gives you structure and a plan. On top of helping transition after, and keep the weight forever… it's not a fad diet! And its not a diet for 3 weeks. So anyone who's rea... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 02:33:08 EST SP Nutrition Tracker - Tracking sugar Like many others, one of the reasons for me trying to become healthier is due to hearing about the negative impact of too much sugar and how much is in the foods we eat. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to live a sugar-free lifestyle, apart from fructose from fruit and natural sugars found in plain natural yoghurt. I'm avoiding refined sugar, sugar substitutes and natural sugars like honey. I've been doing this for a month now and it's going well. I feel so much calmer (dropped caffeine too), have lost ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:01:26 EST IBS ISSUES OKAY JUST DIAGNOSED WITH IBS!!!! UGH!!! <BR> <BR> AM WONDERING IF I AM DOING ALRIGHT AS AM NOT SURE HOW TO TRACK!! 3-4 DAYS A WEEK AM EITHER HAVING SEVERE UPSET STOMACH OR JUST ONCE OR TWICE A DAY!!! <BR> I AM TRACKING EVERYTHING I EAT AND DRINK BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY AM NOT SURE HOW ACCURATE IT IS DUE TO THE IBS!!!!!! PROBABLY NOT GETTING ALL THE NUTRIENTS AND CALORIES ON THOSE DAYS AND WONDER IF IT'S SLOWING DOWN MY PROGRESS????????????? <BR> <BR> DO I KEEP TRACKING EVERYTHING LIKE I ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 19:30:08 EST Whole 30 Lifestyle Change Support Today I decided to take control and cut the noose of food addiction that has been slowly strangling the life out of me for the past decade. Based upon my personal needs, I have chosen to attempt Whole30. It is strict, but that is exactly what I need right now...10 years of bad habits are tough to break...and honestly nothing else has worked for me. Anyone else out there thinking of,or have recently started this lifestyle adjustment? Let's support one another! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:03:51 EST Need some breakfast and lunch help I need some help with breakfast and lunch options. I'm thinking, for the morning, I can make a smoothie, but not sure what I need. I have a magic bullet, I think it's called. My brother uses it to make his green drink. But that might not be the name of it. I believe it was bought at Costco and I do think it is a blender. But I would really like to make a fruit smoothie, not just one of those green drinks. Like berries (including strawberries), maybe an apple or orange, banana. Anyways, is fru... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:47:19 EST Belly Bloat or? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am 5'7' female, I weigh 149 lbs athletic and under 30% bmi. I like to think I eat fairly healthy and I try and keep up with exercise as much as I can (1300 calorie intake daily). I drink about 32-64 ounces of water daily (I know....drink more) but my issue is that after every meal I eat, my belly sticks out like I am 5 months pregnant, it is annoying and I feel gross because of it. I do have a strong core as well I have a six pack under the belly fat that I have....... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:37:06 EST Tips for Adding Fiber to diet I noticed on nutrition feedback that I rarely got enough daily fiber. This morning I found a great article on SP about best breakfast cereals. It showed Fiber One original is loaded with fiber (and it's low in calories). I bought a box today and am adding a tablespoon or two to my yogurt snack. I'm getting fiber I wouldn't have otherwise, adding crunch to my "go to" snack and having very few calories. I also plan to have half Fiber One and half other healthy cereal for breakfast. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:48:35 EST Fruits and Protein Packed Snacks Happy Monday! Me and my husband are going to West Africa for a mission trip in a few weeks. I went last year and took snacks since their is not much to eat their except for fish, chicken, french fries and rice. We aren't allowed to eat the vegetables the locals prepare since it is washed with non-bottled water, which is harmful to us. Point being, we go two weeks without any vegetables. Their are bananas, mangos and pineapples to eat, but that is a treat, depending on whether we can find ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:47:19 EST Too few calories? Over the past 6 weeks I have gained 6 pounds. Looking back at my caloric intake, I have not exceeded my calories at any time. In fact, most days it says I have not eaten enough calories. Could someone explain the science behind gaining weight because you don't eat enough? Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:14:27 EST Foods and TOM =) So i've read during your TOM your body tends to retain more water, causing bloating and even weight increase. Should you avoid salty foods during that week, or eat certain foods, drink more water to help reduce that bloating feeling? (Water makes me feel even more bloated) Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:11:37 EST Experts: why weak if no meat protein? I've heard all the health and moral arguments for becoming a vegetarian or any other diet choices that eliminates meat. But I've got to tell you, if I do not eat meat protein, I feel like hell. And I'm not talking about protein in general. Beans, and milk products, and nuts? My body isn't great at digesting any of those and even when I eat them as a substitute, I get very low energy. Eggs, too. <BR> <BR> Some people seem to have greater energy without animal meat. I have less energy and some... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:46:18 EST Question for men! What's your number one reason for wanting to drop the weight? <BR> <BR> I've got 2 kids and a family history of diabetes and want to stick <BR> Around for them. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:29:50 EST bloated abdomen hi guys, my belly looks like i swallowed a basketball. now i don't know if lithium caused this or not but when i move it my belly jiggles like a water balloon. is this water retention or what. i do know this, that lithium is a salt and that salt retains water. i do take 1200mg of lithium every day. please give me your best input on this. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:10:23 EST The Wheat Belly Book & Cookbook Okay. My baby sister decided to give me a belated, (6 months), birthday gift and it was: The Wheat Belly Book, The Wheat Belly Cookbook, and two non-stick pans and non-stick cooking utensils. <BR> <BR> I read The Wheat Belly Book and it makes sense to get rid of the wheat and wheat gluten. <BR> <BR> But what I can't understand is that the Wheat Belly Cookbook advocates the use of fats, both total fats & sat fats, depending on which recipe you decide to make. When I say total fats & sat fats... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:34:42 EST Promise Margarine, is it good 4 u? I've always tried to eat healthy and avoid the trans fats & sat fats. <BR> <BR> I just finished reading the spark article, "Fats That Fight Cholesterol". <BR> <BR> This was a very interesting article because I was taking particular notice of the specific fats that are not suppose to be good for you which include these, palm kernel oil and palm oil among the others. <BR> <BR> These particular two, the palm kernel oil and the palm oil are listed in the Promise Margarine Buttery Flavor which... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:58:07 EST Does anyone remember a time when? I remember as a kid, I used to always eat breakfast - cereal or toast I believe, take a sandwich and an apple for lunch and sit down for an evening meal with my parents. No obsessing over food. When did that happen?! I guess when I started believing I was fat (I wasn't) and started dieting. Dieting and getting crazy about food eventually made me obese, such is the backlash between diets. <BR> <BR> If I'd never have dieted, I'd be a healthy weight now. Back then I was about 160lbs. If I'd ha... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:11:26 EST The Pains of Green Smoothies Hello all <BR> <BR> I (very) recently have started including green smoothies as a meal replacement for breakfast and lunch. An example recipe includes: <BR> 1/2 cup kale <BR> 1/2 cup spinach <BR> 1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal <BR> 1 spoonful of sunflower seeds <BR> Frozen blueberries and strawberries, a banana, a few dates <BR> <BR> I have made minor changes to things, like replacing a banana with a peach, or honey for dates, or adding more veggies and less oats, but it's all that basic formul... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:46:37 EST Enriched bread flour replacement? I have a Welbilt bread machine, and recently tried the pizza crust recipe in the instruction manual. It turned out absolutely delicious, and actually tasted buttery even though it's 100% vegan! Here are the ingredients for making 2 12" crusts: <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup water <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1 teaspoon salt <BR> 2.5 cups bread flour <BR> 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast <BR> <BR> I know the bread flour I have is enriched, and I would like a healthier alternative. All the manual sa... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:26:44 EST Salads that don't need dressing I have found some salads that I don't use dressing with. My favorite starts with a bed of mixed greens with some chicken breast, strawberries, Orange Supremes, crumbled blue cheese, and pecans. Dressing just ruins the flavors that all the components combine to be. Has anyone else found food that omits the ingredient that supposedly makes that meal? Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:55:11 EST Beginners Boat Pressure & Overwhelmed Hello, I am wanting to make a lifestyle change not just a diet and weight loss. <BR> I am wanting to lose weight and be healthier . I am looking for advice for beginners. <BR> Advice With... <BR> 1)Foods to eat and stay away from... <BR> 2)How to deal with people you live with that wont adjust to meal changes.. <BR> 3)How to/where to learn beginners exercises <BR> 4)How/where to learn beginners healthy food <BR> 5)If you eat 1,200 calories or more a day how do you know how many calories t... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 03:36:51 EST Celebrations How is everyone handling graduation parties, picnics, weddings and holidays? I have many allergies so I made up my mind to take my own food. It will be already weighed and measured. After all the idea is to enjoy the function not just the food. Does anyone else have special ways to handle these get togethers.? Sun, 6 Jul 2014 01:29:39 EST smuckers breakfast syrup/ no cal i just bought some of this breakfast syrup / sugar free from smuckers. i thought it would be nasty like the others but i couldnt believe how i enjoyed it and it had no after taste of sucralose Sat, 5 Jul 2014 23:53:46 EST single serving dessert recipes I am curious if anyone has a favorite single serving dessert recipe they could share. I have finally figured out that sweets are my biggest downfall. They are also the hardest thing for me to make in a way that I can have just one serving as I like instead of a 9x13 pan lingering in my apartment for a week! I have looked and saw some mug recipes and a few other single serving ones. None looked terribly healthy though and I didn't find a lot online or a lot when I searched single serving desse... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:39:15 EST Anyone stop liking bread when getting healthy? When I started this journey I was a carb-o-holic lol. I could eat an entire loaf of bread with one meal. After about 3 months of eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight, I noticed I was eating considerably less breads. I was eating 100% whole wheat breads and pastas when I did. I am now 3 months away from my 1-year health anniversary and I've seemed to stop liking bread all together. The thought of eating something with bread like a sandwich or pizza is very de- appetizing. The only cha... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 19:30:53 EST Has anyone heard of the company Qivana? I had someone trying to sell me a supposed 'miracle makeover' the other day. They claim that it is all natural and herbal based. One of the herbs being the 'immortal man' root from china. The product and it's effects sound too good to be true, I was just wondering if anyone else has heard about them and whether or not they are just a scam... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:34:38 EST Getting ready to start carb cycling Hello. I am trying to get my meal plan together for the week so I can start carb cycling on Monday. I am excited to get started. I do I is that the books had a sample week of foods already made up to make this process easier. I'm afraid of getting something wrong on my first week of meals and messing up my success because of it. Do many of you that carb cycle using Chris' plan have open food journals that I could peek at to be sure I'm on the right track? Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:26:17 EST Keto diet help!! I want to create a keto meal plan. It consists of 3 meals per day and contains 1200 calories. I want to do 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. Would I want it to equal out to 15-20g of carbs, 135g of protein and 60g fat? If this is the case, how would I be able to make a diet plan out of this? Thanks for taking the time for reading this and for any help that is given!! :D Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:47:58 EST Water In - Take So i have heard that a gallon of water a day is great for weight loss <BR> and i had bought this 52 oz Bubba mug from walmart today.. and i have drank 2 full cups with ice.. i feel really good drinking water <em>194</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:07:14 EST bad food day Got so involved in remodeling the kitchen completely skipped lunch <em>234</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:39:31 EST bad food day Got so involved in remodeling the kitchen completely skipped lunch <em>234</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:38:32 EST bad food day Got so involved in remodeling the kitchen completely skipped lunch <em>234</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:34:12 EST bad food day Got so involved in remodeling the kitchen completely skipped lunch <em>234</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:33:15 EST Curbing the Appetite How do you curb your appetite? I feel like I am always hungry, even when I drink water. I don't if my need to eat is emotional or out of boredom. I feel like my gut is a bottomless pit! <em>4</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:17:50 EST Water filters The old one broke and the part we need is no longer being made. I think it may be time for a new one. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards a pitcher filter since the water would be cold. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:54:50 EST Whole 30 - Paleo Has anyone tried this or have any thoughts about it? I've heard a lot of good things, but I knowt hat cutting out certain food groups is sometimes not considered healthy. I've slowly gained back the 10 pounds that I have lost, so I have got to do something to jumpstart my journey again! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:02:32 EST Starving After Exercising? The last week and a half my friend and I have been walking at least 4.5 miles in the morning and sometimes another mile or 2 in the evenings. I have noticed that after we get done walking in the mornings I am starving and I feel like I am starving all day long. I take Concerta for ADD and normally when I take it I am very seldom hungry - it can be 3 in the afternoon before I realized I haven't ate. Now it is totally different - even when I take Concerta I am still fighting hunger - even if I ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:19:11 EST Gladly burning the fat bridge I have, in the past, kept some of my larger sized clothes. This week I decided to just get rid of anything that is too big. Now I can't go back to the larger size. I'm so cheap that I am sure this strategy will work. What things have you done to ensure you don't slide back. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:36:39 EST Any opinions? After starting to watch a documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I have been considering starting a 51% raw diet. It is said to be better for you if your meals consist of at least 51% of raw foods. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>368</em> <em>277</em> <em>550</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not talking about those chemically molested fruits and vegetables you can find at your local grocery store but going local and organic with all the produce I get. <BR> ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:23:04 EST recipe builder Trying to add a recipe but ground beef won't come up, Any ideas <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:53:07 EST favorites on app vs site? Why aren't my favorites on this site available on my app and vise versa? Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:11:36 EST Avoiding white flour & sugar? Hi all! I'm a diabetic who just brought her A1c from 9.9 (pretty bad) to 6.7 (at the high end of "normal" for a diabetic) but my triglycerides are still really high - over 400! <BR> <BR> I've read that cutting carbs - at least simple ones - can help with that but I've tried it before and got overwhelmed (and sort of mean, actually). Can anyone give advice on how to cut white flour and non-natural sugar without wanting to snarl? <BR> <BR> As an FYI - I'm also in heart failure on top of the d... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:48:29 EST Fast Foods on Food Tracker I check the Don't Show and it always shows these revolting places :)) How do I get rid of them? <BR> Thanks. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:49:58 EST Disneyland 3 days - What worked for me Disneyland is not all about food! <BR> It's about <BR> color <BR> images <BR> fantasy <BR> flower patches <BR> gardens <BR> baskets of flowers <BR> happy children that remind me of myself and my daughter <BR> swans <BR> moments with my daughter <BR> flying elephants <BR> elephants bathing in a river <BR> flying pirate ships <BR> talking birds <BR> singing birds <BR> dancing dolls <BR> singing dolls <BR> Mark Twain Steamboat <BR> Well behaved, fun loving pirates <BR> singing ghosts <BR> Buyi... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:09:28 EST Nutrigrain bars Okay, so I know that is not the greatest breakfast in the world, but I woke up with NO time to spare before starting my line dance class. My question is: do I count the blueberries as a fruit serving to help make my 5 for the day, or do I just take it as a whole and add the nutrients to the final feedback columns? Second question: I chugged 6 oz. of milk on my way out the door with the bar in my hand. Is this combination enough to call it a "healthy breakfast" on my goal chart? It sure be... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:32:13 EST Question about Water and Smoothies. Hi Everyone. I have started a 30 day smoothie challenge. One or more smoothies a day for 30 days. <BR> <BR> My question is this do I count my smoothie as part of my water intake? <BR> <BR> thanks for your help. <BR> <BR> Heather Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:16:18 EST grocery list Hi, I'm Libby. I did Spark people years ago and had a lot of success. I seem to remember being able to generate a grocery list from the meal plan and I can't figure out how to do it. Can anyone help? Thanks! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:53:20 EST I need help with soft diet/liquid diet My teeth are going bad and until I get the money to get them fixed everytime I eat regular food my mouth hurts outrageously. so my thoughts are to eat soups and meal replacement shakes and such. can anyone help on how I can get the proper amount of calories and such while doing this? I know some people do this as a way to lose weight and yes I want to lose weight but that is not the reasoning behind me doing this. I just do not have the money but hate the pain when I eat right now. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:49:45 EST Importance and Effect of Veggies? I know veggies and greens are super important for your body. I had a month where I made sure to eat atleast 4-5 portions of veggies, to the point where I pooped green (TMI much? lol) I felt great! It felt like my system was just in tune, my BM were consistently healthy, I slept awasome, my energy was awesome, I was more focused.... This was also a couple months ago, and I fell off the horse and I can feel it, i'm slowing but surely getting back into my health habits. So far I have slowly incr... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:56:23 EST shakeology Several of my friends insist that I'd I just drink a shakeology shake every morning I'd start losing weight, feel full longer, have energy and that's is really great nutrition. Last year I tried a few flavors and it was awful. Like drinking chalk. In desperation I tried another flavor a few days ago and had to toss it, couldn't even choke it down. I am looking for new ideas to get in good nutrition. I typically wouldn't even consider something processed but, as I said I'm desiderate. I... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 01:24:37 EST Not eating enough calories? I know I should be losing weight, I am a big person, but yet, it is coming off painfully slow. I have severe food allergies, so I am sticking to whole foods to eat without reaction. You could call what I do more paleo than anything, but I don't think I am eating enough and may be going into starvation mode because of it. <BR> <BR> My calorie range is 1600-1900 calories (without exercise added in) and today I fought to have just over 1200. I have large portions, but because of the nature ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:45:40 EST What am I doing wrong? Hi guys, I needed some advice: For the last month I've been eating pretty right (lots of vegetables and fruit), I haven't had a binge, I have exercised a lot and although sometimes I eat 1800 cals. Im still in range (Since I do so much exercise). <BR> <BR> Despite that I haven't lose a single inch (I don't measure weight since I do a lot of weight lifting). <BR> <BR> Im getting nervous here!, Am I doing something wrong?? <BR> -I sleep very well almost every night and meditate to process m... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:58:56 EST Treating sugar as alcohol Inspired by another discussion on SP, I decided to propose a thought experiment: what would happen if we regulated added sugar in foods as we do alcohol? Age regulations, labeling, etc. <BR> <BR> My thoughts: You'd immediately see less sugary foods since it would be less available. And children would be less exposed to it as a result. But then, would we see the types of risky "sugar binging" that we see with alcohol once kids are away from their parents' supervision? There's actually a move... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:24:51 EST MINI TIN CAN CAKE HELP I need a recipe for 1-2 servings of mini vanilla tin can cakes w/o baking powder if anyone can help. Be wise with calorie nutrition too please Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:02:30 EST Cheat days? Who has them? Does everyone have days they cheat? If so, are they planned, not planned, etc? When you do, do you find it hard to get back in the swing of things, or is it easy? Just wanted some thoughts on this. Thanks! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:29:17 EST Question if you've given up sweeteners/sugars/et a If you've given up sugar and artificial sweeteners, when did you notice a change in your palate, if at all? I'm just over 3 weeks in to my sugar/artificial sweetener/wheat detox and I'm starting to notice a change. I now enjoy my coffee with no sweetener when I use to use 2 Sweet n Lows per cup. Also in the last few days I've started drinking tea. Previously I only liked it super sweet (like McDonald's Sweet Tea sweet) but I'm drinking it without and it's actually enjoyable and refreshing. I'... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:35:11 EST Protein or Fiber? I hope this isn't a "stupid" question! In regards to losing weight, what is more important, protein or fiber? I understand both are vital, but just trying to get an idea of which I need to focus on more. I've heard that protein + veggies is more for weightloss. Thanks in advance! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:53:50 EST Benefiber and Flaxseed? So I recently began adding Benefiber to my shakes and iced teas. I've been hearing a lot about the benefits of Flaxseed, like ground flaxseed and that its good in shakes and stuff. I don't really want to stop using Benefiber because I like how it keeps me regular and stuff but I was wondering if it would be good to add ground Flaxseed to my diet along with the Benefiber? or should I just stick to the Benefiber? Or switch to the ground Flaxseed? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:25:40 EST didn't gain while on hiatus but want to lose more I am back after a long hiatus (about 2 months). I didn't gain any weight, but I still feel gross, especially now that it is summer and I cannot wear skirts because my thighs rub together and it hurts. <BR> I woke up today feeling motivated again, and I hope to keep this motivation, because i felt so much more confident when I was regularly watching what I ate, and exercising. <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:40:05 EST Dear Experts: Can creatine be bad for digestion? There's a lot of good research on the benefits of creatine. However, I am experiencing at least one side-effect, and possibly one more. Interested in knowing if our experts have heard anything about either: <BR> <BR> 1) Creatine upsets my stomach. It can make it feel a little sour. At this time, I don't think I have a strong digestion to begin with. <BR> <BR> 2) I've only heard this written about informally by one other person: a radiologist overseas. He thought is that - for some - poorly ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:40:07 EST GMO Foods, how do you feel? The acronym "GMO", stands for "Genetically modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level. <BR> Please watch EELPIE's video link <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:24:30 EST Skin on or off salmon... Just curious...when cooking salmon steaks are you supposed to leave the skin on and eat it or cut it off before cooking? I have done both ways. I was thinking the oils in the skin were good for you, but have heard from a friend there may be bad things in the skin? What's the best to do nutritionally? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:52:21 EST Does Spark People have a 'Recipe Builder' feature Hi everyone- I just joined Sparks and am exploring the site. I tried Weight Watchers and used their trackers- but did not have much success with the program. I am now seeing a nutritionist and thought I'd give SP a try. <BR> <BR> One feature Wt Watchers did have was something called Recipe Builder. Basically you could record all the ingredients you put into a specific recipe you made, and say how many servings it made- and the Wt Watchers app would calculate what each serving had- how many ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:50:56 EST Question for dietitian Becky Hello. My pcp referred me to an obesity specialist. I went today, and he put me on a diet plan that comes to 744 calories per day. I'm also on 1000 mg of Metformin and 10 of glyburide twice daily. I'm all for obeying my dr, but this diet makes me a bit nervous. <BR> I have a dietitian appointment on July 14, but until then, do you think this will be safe enough? <BR> Breakfast is 2 boiled eggs and coffee <BR> Mid morning is a medium apple <BR> Lunch is a palm sized piece of lean meat (chicke... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:36:17 EST Applebees Nutritional Info <link><BR>bees_Nutritional_Info.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Found this tonight. Some entrees are okay on calories -- but beware the sodium Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:00:42 EST counting calories when out and about Every day for the last three or four days, I've started counting calories and then gone SOMEwhere for a snack or meal, and found myself baffled about how to count THOSE calories. <BR> <BR> For example, I went to 99 and had a lobster roll which consisted of plain lobster meat (they have one with mayo, but this one was plain) on a hot dog roll with a side of cole slaw and another side of broccoli. There was butter on the side, which I didn't use. I looked up "ninety nine lobster roll," and ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:25:19 EST How much Sodium is there really in Foods? I am trying to find out about how much sodium there really is in foods. I will give an example: For lunch I made a ham and turkey sandwich with cheese and mayo. Now a serving of mayo is 88 mg, in the cheese it is 221 mg or 442 mg if you two pieces of cheese. A half of serving of deli sliced ham is 195 mg. A half of serving of turkey is the same. The wheat bread has 250 mg for two slices. The total for the sandwich is 1170 mg of sodium. Now here is my question, some of the sodium is already in... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:23:02 EST Does Spinach inhibit absorption of Calcium? OK Nutrition Gurus....can you clarify what's going on here?? <BR> <BR> I was perusing my old copy of Joy of Cooking (Copyright 1975...!) and I discovered the following statement: "About Spinach: One of the more controversial greens, this is believed---with some scientific justification--to inhibit the body's absorption of calcium. It is also the most delectable of greens. We recommend throwing caution to the winds and enjoying it in moderation." <BR> <BR> True or False? How does to... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:27:31 EST Too Busy to Cook Hello. I'm a nursing student starting my preceptorship this quarter. My schedule is absolutely horendous and I'm not going to have a lot of time to cook. I will be doing 3 12-hour hospital shifts and 1 10-hour hospital shift per week along with a 4-hour class. I was thinking about doing slow cooker meals, but I do not have a lot of recipes. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas? Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:55:13 EST What is a "serving size" for vegetables? I just read an online article (Huffington Post, I think) that says 7-8 servings of vegetables per day will enhance health in measurable ways. <BR> <BR> I don't doubt the overall idea that vegetables have health benefits, but is there a "standard amount" (either in terms of weight or volume) that is generally agreed to be one "serving" of vegetables? <BR> <BR> Just wondering how others navigate the complexities of healthy diet and healthy body. <BR> <BR> Libby Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:04:00 EST Cake Hacks We have a family Fourth of July thing coming up, and I've been asked to bring a cake. I agreed because I'd like to be able to enjoy a piece without too big a hit to my calorie budget, and the next person on the potential baking list tends to make super-tasty but super calorie-dense options that I'd have a hard time squeezing into my weekly meal planning. <BR> <BR> I want to make a vanilla cake with strawberry icing or topping of some variety. I saw a "cake hack" of swapping the eggs and oi... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:58:57 EST Herbalife and exercise question I'm about to start herbalife and was curious what kind of exercise produces the best results? I have done a hardcore boot camp in the past and loved it but I'm unsure if I'm going to get the results I'm looking for. I've seen a lot of girls lifting but I have no idea how to even start that venture. Do I join a gym or look for a personal trainer? I know trainers are ungodly expensive so I'm kind of at a loss as to whee to turn if I wanted to start lifting. Thanks for any input Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:16:32 EST Food and Weight I'll have to admit I'm addicted to junk food. I know it's not good for you, but every time I see something yummy, I just have to eat it. But I'm that type of person who thinks that eating whatever I want and still lose weight would be a dream come true. What is the healthy way to eat whatever I want and still lose weight beside portion control. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:58:09 EST Needing to know what to eat.... I like food and am always hungry... but i have to get this weight off me and i don't know where to start with creating a plan that i won't starve off of. I want to make it a life style change so I know cutting out fast food and eating out and no more sodas.... but i need something to build off of when I go grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> my calorie goal for sp is 1200-1500... can anyone point me in the right direction with real food and easy to make... i have 3 kids, i work full time and im a... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:55:12 EST Water I have noticed that some people are drinking 30 glasses of water a day. Can you drink too much water? I drink about 12 everyday. Can someone from the medical field answer this question please? Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:35:31 EST Healthy foods available in the Philippines I live in the Philippines and I am trying to decipher the nutritional value of the native foods and recipes that I am being served. Is there another American living here that can give me some guidance on what is best to eat in this land? Any imput would be so valuable to me. From what I have seen of nutritional charts most Filipino foods are not healthy. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:29:59 EST what were your steps In my weight loss journey I <BR> 1st decided to eat better foods <BR> 2nd add exercise <BR> 3rd smaller portions <BR> 4th started a format for my exercise program and stuck to it <BR> 5th started spark and put them all together <BR> that was 25 pounds ago <em>224</em> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:23:27 EST zinc, selenium and copper? Try as I might, I just never seem to meet the "minimum RDA" for zinc, selenium or copper. I've researched what foods are rich in these things and incorporate them into my diet however it's still not enough. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong websites? Or maybe I really am getting enough but the nutrition info is incomplete in the database of the foods I am waiting? <BR> <BR> Any advice? Also, do these minerals flush out of your system daily or are they stored? (Thinking: if I DO find an excellen... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:40:41 EST liquids only Due to some oral surgery, I can only have liquids for a few days. It has to go through a straw. How do i meet my daily nitrient requirements? Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:54:45 EST Visalus Shakes help Hi, <BR> <BR> I started using just the shakes this week. I wanted something easy for me as I only have about 10 minute for breakfast and lunch due to my crazy schedule. The shakes were best for me as I could just have the shake and feel full as I don't have time to make a meal. I looked into both Visalus and Isagenix but I decided to go with Visalus, I started my first week and have GAINED 5 pounds. I worked out 5 out of the 7 days. So I am not sure why I have gained this much weight? can a... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:30:17 EST Eating within calorie range In reading through these message boards, members experiences bring up a question for me. The calorie range suggested by SP, is that to maintain your current weight at your exercise level? If so, does that mean a person must eat below that to lose weight? <BR> <BR> I ask this because it seems to be a common thread in the message boards that those eating within the suggested range aren't losing weight. <BR> <BR> So if it's true that you need a 3500 calorie deficit to lose a pound of body fa... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:41:15 EST Only 10 Lbs Gone :( Started Sparking in May of this year and lost only 10 lbs so far. Wish this Fat would hurry and get off me! Fustrated and Not giving up- No More Starting Over! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:55:14 EST Juice Fast? Days, weeks, months? I see that one of our members is doing a two month juice fast. How is this healthy or sustainable? <BR> <BR> One day a week, maybe. But 8 weeks? <BR> <BR> Colour me confused. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:43:04 EST Sooo Confused Right Now Ok, I figured out my BMR...based on my weight, height, age, it's about 2898...(wow)...anyway, for three months, I've tracked my calories, have not gone over 1700 a day; have been walking and bicycling for about 600-900 calories a day, and yet the scale has not moved one pound! <BR> <BR> What the heck? I don't I just keep on keeping on, and "one day" the weight will start to disappear? I've been at this for 6 seems discouraging to eat right...oh yeah, I gave up... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:10:06 EST Left Over Chicken Marsala Ideas? I have aloooot of left over chicken Marsala. There is only so much rice and chicken one can eat in a week, I am looking for different ways to eat it. I read online you can make a pizza with chicken marsala which I want to try, it sounds good! Any other suggestions? <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:02:25 EST Cheat Meal/Days? Do people on here who are trying to loose weight give themselves a "cheat" meal or day? I'm thinking about doing it for a meal eaten out once a week, but I'm worried about it thought because I'm the kind of person who is either 100% staying on track and counting really well or I'm binging. Any tips on how to treat yourself occasionally without totally overeating the entire day? Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:45:25 EST Meat and Carbs Ever since I joined SP in January 2012 I have never been able to stay within my carbs range. Naturally, I am not a veggie person but I diligently ate my veggies and rejoiced over my fruits. Anyway, even after I posted my concerns here regarding exceeding carbs levels and received some very insightful comments, I was not able to get them down significantly. <BR> Then, two months ago I became a vegetarian. I DO eat fish though, but I gave up all kinds of other meat. It is surprising to me how I... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:41:30 EST Calorie range given by SparkPeople So I am relatively new to SparkPeople and have been tracking my food and fitness for a week or two. Am I correct in thinking that if SparkPeople gave me a certain recommended calorie range to stay within that this range is thought to be able to help me lose weight? Even if I am always at the upper end of my range? I have consistently stayed within it by my calculations although I know it is not an exact science. I may not put something in exactly right and I am not going to actually measure o... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:23:11 EST Want some online friends that do Weight Watcher's Have gone back to WW online. I am an old time lifer from 2000. Been on and off track over the years, tried many different plans and have come to realization that this is the best plan for me. I don't find the message community on WW to be very helpful, so looking for some accountability here. Join me!! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:47:39 EST Pasta I am needing help on figuring out the most healthy way to enjoy pasta in this new lifestyle. Can you share some suggestions? Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:39:43 EST Roasted vs Raw nuts? Read in a cookbook: "...nuts purchased at the store are invariably coated with hydrogenated "trans" fats to allow the salt to stick to the nuts." <BR> <BR> Is this true? If so, purchase UNsalted instead?? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:02:17 EST HELP! How to move past a Weightloss Plateau? So i've been eating healthy and exercising for the past 2 months. The first month i lost 15 pounds like it was nothing. But these past 4 weeks the weight is just not coming off at all. which i'm still following the same routine. I can understand the weightloss slowing down but stopping completely is really frustrating. I'm starting to feel unmotivated. For breakfast i usually eat some eggs, yogurt or oatmeal with a smoothie. I don't really eat lunch because i wake up around 11 or 12 each day ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:48:15 EST Too much water? This week I decided that I needed to get back on the wagon with my water/liquid intake. So I bought several 50.7 ounce Poland Spring bottles. I can't stand water, I absolutely hate it. And I am generally not thirsty. The only time I want water or something to drink is after I work out. <BR> <BR> So, I usually end up pounding back this water in a course of 2-3 hours. I started this yesterday and I have been SO sick to my stomach. To the point where I took an Imodium yesterday and had to take ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:07:09 EST What to do after overeating? I occasionally overeat at least one meal weekly, or even at times, daily. What do you usually do after you overeat? Any suggestions or tips? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:46:05 EST Binging I started working out about 2 years ago and managed to lose 50+ pounds through diet and exercise. Since that time, I've become a runner and completed numerous 5ks and a half marathon. I have gained back a few of those pounds and I'm not liking the trend so I set a goal to lose another 50 pounds by my birthday next year. My exercise routine is solid. However, my food intake is horrible lately. I find myself binging, especially on days I don't exercise. <BR> Does anyone else have this issue? If... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:21:57 EST Staying between numbers I don't really need a response - I guess I'm just venting. . . <BR> <BR> I've been back at Sparkpeople since mid-May (and have lost 8 lbs so far - 18 to go!). Yes, I gained all the weight back from the 1st time I was here, thought I could handle it on my own and quit using the tracker. : 0 <BR> Since I've been back, I'm having issues staying within the number range for all 4 catagories (calories, fat, protein, carbs). At first, I was having real issues either getting real close to or actu... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:59:31 EST Favorite Farmers Market Finds! I love summer and the wonderful healthy bounty that can come from a good Farmers Market! Some close friends and I recently found an AMAZING farmers market that is held every Saturday in a local neighborhood. We got some amazing finds last week and plan to head there again this week! <BR> <BR> So what are your favorite farmers market finds? <BR> <BR> For me it's got to be <BR> -Farm fresh eggs <BR> -Fresh honey <BR> -Fresh berries <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:18:14 EST Has anyone read Wheat Belly? I just bought it last night. I'm currently in the middle of a 30 day Gluten Free Trial. I'd love some honest reviews and feedback about the book if you've got them. Thanks. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:54:41 EST I'm THAT person And I don't care! LOL <BR> <BR> I have to go to a Lunch & Learn today at work where I have to sit through a presentation and they provide us with lunch. I might have just emailed the meeting organizer to ask what lunch is going to be brought in so that I can figure out what and what not to eat :) Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:31:22 EST Friday's Work Tradition (Doughnuts) So at work we have a tradition that every morning someone buys doughnuts to bring in. This is sabbotaging mine and another coworkers diet. We're trying to think of something else healthy to bring in. I've suggested a fruit, cheese, or veggie platter but that ideas been shot down. So what else is there? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:04:10 EST Dr Oz 2 Week Diet Hi All <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying PLEASE DO NOT REPLY with negative comments about how horrid this program is or how Dr Oz is a quack. I know he has his detractors...I'm not asking about him. What I'm asking is: I keep reading about how ppl are doing this program and losing 3, 4, 5 lbs a week. I've been on this for a week, and have lost...half a pound. <BR> <BR> I wonder if it is because I've already been working a 1200-1600 cal a day program and have plateaued (thats why I started ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:21:38 EST When to log food I want to suggest that people log food BEFORE they eat it. When i first joined sparkpeople, i would eat, and then log. Sometimes i would realize that something was high in calories after i ate - which was too late. <BR> <BR> Now, i log before - so i can decide not to eat something i 'can't afford.' I will also often log food for the whole day so i will know what to eat, how many cals i can play with, This has really helped me keep within my calorie range. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:08:57 EST