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 Von's greek Salad Does anyone know the Calories in Von's greek salad? I looked it up online and found 260 but that didn't tell me how big a serving was. Does anyone have an answer to that? It has a lot of feta and I got the large container of it. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:03:26 EST That TOM My biggest problem is cravings during that time of the month. I try to plan and work around it but I'm also looking into healthy options based off the craving (salt especially.) Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:33:04 EST SparkPeople Recipes app Does anybody know how to sync my iPhone SP recipes app with my iPad app? My favorites won’t cross link. <BR> <BR> Also, any way to search favorites? Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:21:06 EST Healthier substitutes for milk chocolate wanted Hi, everyone - <BR> <BR> One of my diet struggles is bingeing on milk chocolate. Anyone else dealing with this issue? How do you work with it? Substitute something else? Try to limit it to an occasional treat? Would love to hear others' ideas. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:17:34 EST Best healthy snacks Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a pretty active job (I'm a horticulturist), and I get hungry throughout the day..especially in the summer. I am looking for some inexpensive, healthy snacks, that will keep me full until lunch and/or dinner! <BR> <BR> What are your favorites? Thanks in advance :) Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:22:42 EST Question on calorie ranges I think I know the answer to this question but I think I want to make sure. <BR> <BR> My co-worker and I are trying to get healthy. She uses this app too. She is older than I am and weight significantly less than I do. We both are not active. Her calories are between 1200-1600 a day and mine are between 1600-2000 a day. <BR> <BR> Is that because I'm bigger? So is it safe to assume mine will go down at some point too? I hope that's the case. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:37:50 EST Advice? My weight is creeping up! I'm a 46 yo woman, moderately active (gym 2 or 3x per week), 5' 8". All my life my weight has hovered between 138 - 145 when I haven't watched what I eat. If I ruthlessly control what I eat, I can get down to the 122 - 126 range. With my small frame, I look fantastic at 128 - 130. <BR> <BR> In the last three months, my weight has skyrocketed. I didn't overindulge at the holidays. I am up to 152. Now that I have gone above the dreaded 1-5-0 I am hopelessly depressed. <BR> <BR> Getting my die... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:06:45 EST Instant Pot/Multicooker After Christmas I bought a multicooker, which seems to have all the functions of an instant pot but at a fraction of the price. Sadly it is still in the box. I'm finding it hard to find recipes for it and there were none in the box. The problem is, so many recipe books give recipes for really obscure things with a great long list of ingredients, and I don't want to buy a book from Amazon without being able to see the recipes first. Also some of the books I have seen seem to think an instant p... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:30:23 EST Post Antidepressant Diet Hey guys hope you all are doing good this new year in 2018! <BR> <BR> I am trying to find ways and was hoping to get feed back about coming off of antidepressants and building your body. <BR> <BR> I have learned that so far to take control of my body by helping my anxiety that is still there, I should stick with taking some major vitamins that will help me stay stable and healthy. <BR> <BR> The only thing I struggle with is the fact that I work slightly far from home and I get too tired to... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:58:38 EST Drink Alternatives Hi friends. <BR> What are some good recommendations for drinks besides water and tea? I'm trying to stay away from sweet drinks and soda, but sometimes I really do want some syrup and carbonation. I miss it! I havent found a sparkling water that I care for, but maybe you guys have...? Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:42:27 EST Noom app Has anyone tried the noom app for weight loss? It is pretty cool so far, but I am wondering if anyone else uses it. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:28:52 EST Dukan Diet - Is anyone doing this? Just wondering if anyone is doing this now. Did this a few years ago and lost some but stalled and quit. I guess I should have been more persistant. I have the book and am thinking about doing this again. I loved all of the healthy proteins and veggies that you get to eat. I have approximately 10# to lose after the holidays so need to do something about it before Spring. <BR> Would appreciate any advice and support from others that are doing this. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:17:31 EST So what are you supposed to eat more of? On a normal day, my calorie range is somewhere between about 1400 and 1700; I'm supposed to eat 155-280 carbs, 31-67 fat, and somewhere between 60 and 151 grams of protein. That's pretty easy to follow. One the days where I don't exercise I am able to pretty easily eat within these guidelines without too much thought. On the days when I work out though, it becomes confusing Today for instance, I had a really long swim and my calorie range is now 2,700-3000. My carbs, on the other hand are... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:57:33 EST Advice on dealing with belly bloat I have been feeling ever so bloated the last week, in spite of being "regular" and drinking lots of water. Not sure what could be causing it, but my pants feel tight around my abdomen and my top belly is rolling over the waist band. I haven't gained any weight, so my muffin top is entirely bloat related. Help? Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:24:42 EST Hello - new to Boards Hello - I am new to the Boards - nice to meet everyone. I just started Nutrisystem a week ago - so far, I find it OK - any tips? Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:43:51 EST Tracking struggles I have tracked for years. I make my menus on this site and use the shopping list to buy groceries. So my struggle is Converting manual entries of others to the amount I ate. Example: A serving might be 1/4 c and I ate 1/2 tsp. The other strugle is adding and removing items on items that usually have set items. Example: Chic-Fil-a Market Salad ith Grilled Chicken. I do not use the side toppings or the cheese. These can be substancial in fat, calories, sodium and even nutrients. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:21:45 EST Contrave - side effects? does it work at 1X day? I took Contrave for approximately 2 weeks. I had just gotten up to 2 pills per day and did drop 7 lbs. The problem was I started having issues with my blood pressure being elevated. I also had an issue with increased urination and some pain with it, almost like I was getting a UTI. My doctor's office tested and I did not have UTI. They don't seem to know what the issue was. They didn't seem to think it was related to the Contrave but it's left me feeling uneasy. I've wondered if I coul... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:02:55 EST Peanut Butter??? I know it is better to eat natural pure almond butter over against peanut butter, but I just can't get into it. How do you incorporate "regular" peanut butter when the fat content tends to be so high? Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:32:58 EST Nutrition report Been working on keeping the carbs down. Today's report 17%, 50% fat, 33% protein. Not sure if I'm going in right direction. Any advice? Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:47:31 EST Tip for drinking 8 glasses of water I was finding it hard to drink 8 glasses of water a day, until I found a large glass that holds 2 cups of water. Now I fill this glass with water and drink it with each meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). It seems easy now to drink more water. On some days I even drink more than 8 glasses of water! Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:35:38 EST Using SP Meal Plans for Family I'm intrigued by the SP meal plans and was thinking of trying them. <BR> My daughter and I would most likely fall in/near the same calorie bracket (I'll swap out a couple things for her, fruits and veggies mostly that she doesn't like) but my husband will fall into a higher one. <BR> <BR> How can I use the meal plan that's suggested for me and DD and also for him? Suggestions on how to add calories? I fall into the 1200-1550 calorie range and he falls into 1750-2000 calorie range. Should ... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:35:03 EST Do I really have to eat that much?!?!?!?!? Hello! I have just started tracking my food and exercise and the food tracker is recommending far more calories than I am comfortable with. I put in 2 gym classes into the tracker and the recommended calorie range jumped right up to 1906-2256 calories! Isn't that excessive for someone trying to lose weight? I don't know how I am supposed to eat that much food! I'm a short woman (only five feet tall), I don't know how I am going to manage all that food! I don't want to under eat and over exerc... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:30:19 EST breakfast not keeping me full So I eat an egg white with cheese,salsa and ham omelet every morning with fruit,lately I hungry an hour. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:03:32 EST Do you eat at lower or higher end of calorie range Do you like to stay on the lower end or higher end of your calorie range? And do you see a difference in your weight loss if you eat at the higher end or lower end? Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:27:23 EST sweets I have been on SP for about 3 years. I cannot get a grip on sweets. I have 60 pounds to lose, I cannot make it thru even 1 day without sweets, I dont have any problem with portion control on my meals. I have tried to have just a couple of bites,I have tried to work it into my daily calories. I could just eat sweets and no food, that is how addicted I am. If I dont keep sweets in the house I will drive to get it. If I have a pack of cookies I will eat the whole thing, I can easy eat 1/2 of a 9... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:43:48 EST Gallstones diet Hi, I'm looking for some advice please. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed as having gallstones and advised to eat a low fat diet. Having taken this online, I have come up with a plan where the majority of my food has 3% or less fat. <BR> <BR> I have been approaching this by looking at each individual food item, but my hubby thinks that's mad and I should look at the meal as a whole. <BR> <BR> What approach should I take to keep both of our sanities in place and my body feeling healthier? ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:52:34 EST Poached eggs Ok my list tells me poached egg is 1.5 calories but a eggs is 70calories so why is a poached eggs lower? Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:46:10 EST Add "sodium" to my nutrition tracker How do I add "sodium" to the Nutrition tracker so I can see the breakdown of sodium in the foods I eat. When I enter my food I can only see the breakdown of calories, carb, fat, protein, and fiber. This is where I want to see the sodium as well. I see the total sodium on the bottom of the page in the "weekly progress" but that doesn't help me to learn which food are high is sodium, it just give me the total of sodium consumed for the day. Thanks Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:30:19 EST Water...oh no So I'm having no trouble with my intake. Felt like I was drowning at first but it's easy now. <BR> <BR> I had to change to a Gatorade bottle because it's always worked in the past. But it's giving me the same problem as the proper bottle that I switched it for: tasting plastic. I don't understand why as it's never been a problem before. <BR> <BR> Are my taste buds more sensitive Now? I THINK I might have metal bottles. Hopefully anyway... <BR> <BR> What do you guys think? Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:57:27 EST Keto vs. Whole 30 Curious to see if anyone has tried both the Whole 30 and a Keto diet (not at the same time, just tried both at one point or another)? <BR> <BR> What were your experiences on each? Which one did you find increased your energy the most? Which one did you have more success with in losing weight? Which one do you feel was the best way of eating for you? <BR> <BR> Just doing some research here - not looking to make any major dietary changes yet, but I am curious. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:17:58 EST confused about calorie counting I keep getting confused. Should I count calories and then subtract the amount of calories I burned through exercise? <BR> Or should I just go for a certain calorie goal per day? <BR> <BR> I sit most of the day but do try to get in walks and other exercise. I filled in 'sedentary' in my account. On most days I do burn about 200 calories through exercise. Yet on some days I burn a lot more. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 08:54:10 EST Haven't exercised in 4 days, tomorrow will be 5 So due to the fact that I was scheduled 6 12-hour shifts in a row (72 hours) I haven't been to the gym since last Wednesday. I did a 10 min stretch routine on Thursday when I got up early, but that backfired cause I almost fell asleep driving home from work the following morning. Unfortunately it has come to my attention that I just have to forgo the gym on the days I work. I walk quite a bit during my shift, as I'm a nurse, so it's not like I'm sedentary the entire 6 days. I do really want t... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 03:51:27 EST Learning Moderation So tonight I gave in and had a serving size, exactly as it said on the box, of cookies. It said 4 cookies, 170 calories, and I tracked it into my tracker. I started realizing that the problem I've had when I've tried working out and making a conscious decision to watch what I eat is that I completely cut out things I do enjoy and that makes me faulter and eventually give up. So I've decided that instead of cutting the things I enjoy out completely, I'm going to have them in moderation when th... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 03:26:39 EST odd calorie range My nutrition calorie range on my tracker has changed for today. It is as I expected it for yesterday and when I look at tomorrow but for some reason the range for today has gone much higher. Has this happened to anyone else? What might cause this? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 21:35:01 EST My diet starts tomorrow What do you say when people you don't know talk to you about the new diet they're trying? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 20:21:21 EST ACV I've been reading up on ACV and it's benefits (if any). So many different pros and cons out there so decided I'm going to try it for myself. I'm starting out slow and putting just 2 tbls in green tea (hot) flavored with lemon and ginseng. For sweetness, I add a little Blue Agave Simply Nature to it. It's actually not bad. So has anyone else tried this or still trying this? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 12:25:05 EST Soda Stream Opinions on Soda Stream, has anybody ever tried one and what do you think Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:40:37 EST Is anyone following The ultimate weight solution I'm just starting to read the book and was wondering if anyone has success with it. Sat, 6 Jan 2018 22:04:21 EST Intermittent fasting Ive begun intermittent fasting after seeing the video Eat, Fast and Live on utube. Ive been amazed with my results. Anyone else tried it? <BR> Fri, 5 Jan 2018 14:31:07 EST meshing Adkins and Vegetarian I recently moved in with my elderly aunt, she is more of a vegetarian and i am more Adkins. How do I mesh both into 1? Fri, 5 Jan 2018 12:13:56 EST Meal planning app/calendar Does anyone have any recommendations for easy to use meal planning app or calendar? Prefer free but willing to pay if it functions well for multiple recipe storage, grocery list generator, meal calendar, etc. <BR> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 20:04:11 EST Hungry on Weight Watchers? Hello everyone and happy 2018! I just joined weight watchers a few days ago. I am only 28 and was diagnosed with the beginning stage of fatty liver disease. I was so excited to try the new weight watchers but after just a few days I am feeling discouraged. <BR> <BR> I am allowed 27 points a day and there are a lot of 0 calorie foods and I do my best to stay within points but I never feel full on this! I will feel okay after breakfast then a hour and a half later I want a snack and before I k... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 18:35:22 EST Sunflower seeds: Is it unhealthy to eat a lot? Ok this might be kind of a weirdly specific question but here goes. <BR> <BR> I'm a student and during the semester, I rely pretty heavily on sunflower seeds as a source of calories. I buy bottles of the kernels, the kind you can eat by the handful, and bring them with me so I always have something to eat. They are just so cheap and easy to carry around, I have yet to find any other food which is comparatively convenient. <BR> <BR> I really, really try to eat breakfast before school and bri... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:43:22 EST 'hard' foods I am looking for foods that are 'hard', - that take a while to eat - but healthy. I often have a frozen banana, because I like it that it's sweet and that it is hard and takes me a longer time to eat it. But eating such a very cold food in winter is not good for my stomach. <BR> I also like 'hard candy', but I stopped eating refined sugar. So I wonder if there are other foods like this, that take a longer period of time to eat and / or are very 'hard'. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Thu, 4 Jan 2018 16:00:11 EST Energy?!? Are there any foods that you have tried that really helped fuel your energy (besides berries and nuts... I'm allergic to those)? It might be the cold or something, but I just feel so tired lately... walking zombie here... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 12:29:16 EST Winter Blues Anyone else find that they eat more in the winter? Here in Michigan we have been stuck inside because it's -7 outside and has been freeeeeeezing for the past two weeks. The more I'm stuck inside, the more I want to eat. It also seems the colder I am, the more I allow myself to go off track! HELP! Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:04:53 EST Obesity Why is obesity and it's treatment not covered by insurance and actively attacked by physicians? Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:45:49 EST UK Main Food Units ??? Hi everyone <BR> Im more used to grams rather than cups, and a lot of food is listed in cups. Is there a way to change to grams on all foods........... <BR> If not what is a CUP ??? <BR> 1 Cup of cereal is how many grams <BR> 1 Cup of milk is how many millilitre or grams <BR> Nothing seems to add up with cups with regard to reading the packaging in grams <BR> <BR> Kevin <BR> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 05:24:18 EST headaches and stomach pains Hello. I am about to start a weight loss program. In the past when I have dieted, I have gotten headaches and stomach pains at times when cutting back the amount I consume. Is this normal and temporary - or is it unsafe and a sign that I am not getting the right amount of nutrients? Thanks. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:02:14 EST fibre im struggling to get enough fibre any suggestions thanks Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:52:19 EST Hypothyroidism, what to eat and what not to eat For those of you who suffer with Hypothyroidism, what foods make it easier or harder to lose weight. My last TSH level was 6.3, according to my doctor that is not high enough for her to put me on thyroid replacement medications. I have read a few studies that a gluten free diet is good for hypothyroidism. Anyone who has suffered with this have any other ideas? Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:38:46 EST I cut an avocado and is unripe what do i do ? So as the title says i cut an avocado and is unripe what i do ? do i throaw it away or is there away to save it? <BR> <BR> What i do when is ripe is that i put in a jar water with lemon and put in refrigerator and it can last a little bit longer. but i dont know what to do when is unripe should i just throaw it or away or is there a better way to keep it till it gets ripen? Wed, 3 Jan 2018 04:20:29 EST Nutrition Tracker Hi there, <BR> Freezing my butt off here in TEXAS with a low tonight of 19F! I was wondering if any one knows if your nutrition tracker numbers have to be absolutely perfect to lose weight? Mine is seems to be always low on calories, protein, and fiber. I fit within range on the fat and carbs. More so carbs than fat. :( Thanks in advance for the info and stay warm out there! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 22:03:22 EST Exercise Calories I went to bed and woke up feeling the same way I did when my eating disorder was in full swing. This concerns me of course. Are we supposed to eat oir exercise calories. Another site i used to use used to calculate that in (of course i used it improperly)...anyway my net calories would have been 1100 which never gave me that reaction in the past but my exercise was pretty intense for what I'm used to right now. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 11:04:39 EST time to go for it all junk food is out of house ...ive carb binged my last binge and ready for wieght loss..but wondering what is a good breakfast to start my day with ...i would like to do low carb as i am diabetic now and learning how to adjust any ideas???? Mon, 1 Jan 2018 19:52:31 EST My fitness pal? Do anyone this app and have lost weight with it, keeping up with what you eat by what it says your calories, fat, carbs etc should be? I have used it some in the pass but not enough to see ny results. I was wanting to know if I shoiuld start using it again? <BR> If anyone has used it or is using it now. do you use it everyday and has it helped you to lose? Thank you for any info on this. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 18:45:11 EST I found a new snack! I bought Blue Diamond Nut-Thins Cheddar Cheese. They are Nut & Rice Crackers. I really like them, but I'm not sure they are healthy. Can someone help me decide if I should buy them again? <BR> <BR> 1 serving = 17 crackers <BR> 130 calories <BR> 3.5 total fat <BR> 22 grams total carbs <BR> 3 grams protein (high protein is a priority for me) <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 15:38:38 EST Anyone do ww old Core program? Close to 10 years ago, I joined ww after a physician said I needed to lose weight and I joined its Core plan. I lost 20 pounds on it, but ww didn't embrace the program and it morphed into simply filling. The principles of Core were sound and I loved it. Anyone do Core? And do you use any of its principles in your current diet program? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 13:46:55 EST diet plans any info or website to get plan for a 1500 to 2000 cal diet a day <BR> thanks <BR> ray <BR> los angeles Mon, 1 Jan 2018 04:19:23 EST need advice on 1500 calorie diet hi <BR> i am 5 11 and 239 lbs , i ned advice or a link to go for 1500 cal diet , i am also diabetic <BR> thank you <BR> ray <BR> los angeles Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:34:39 EST Whats the truth about fat and carbs? I've dieted for years. I lose some weight, then eventually put it all back on. My newest diet is following Keto. Seems to be working, and I'm amazed at how I'm not hungry anymore. <BR> <BR> Being vegetarian, Keto is quite a challenge. Then the other day, I was reading a well known vegan magazine and there was an article that said that the number of grams of fat the Keto calculators have told me to eat are extremely unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being mislead and confused about n... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:08:19 EST Significant Other ALWAYS wants to eat out!!!! Let me preface this question by stating that I am not at all wanting my SO to eat exactly like me. He can do what he wants BUT unfortunately he always wants to eat fast food or go out to dinner and it's killing my weight loss goals right now. I'm just not mentally strong enough right now to say "no" especially when he offers and offers it. Have any of you had to have the conversation with your SO about not asking us to go out to eat or get fast food, etc? If so how did you have the conversati... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 19:14:25 EST What do you buy at gnc? Just wondering. Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:44:59 EST What healthy food choice did you make today? Today for breakfast I chose to eat asparagus, peppers and onions cooked in a bit of butter with my eggs rather than toast. 4 servings of vegetables with breakfast ain’t too shabby! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:41:50 EST Vegetarian Any thoughts on going vegetarian? Vegan? Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:48:48 EST Need Opinion of Dietician I had a dietitian tell me 20 years ago that BMI was not very useful because it does not factor in age, gender, or bone structure. She and my dentist both consider me moderately large boned for a woman. She recommended that I use my height of 5'7" which was measured by a spine surgeon. <BR> <BR> I just found this web site which was recommended by a doctor to a friend. <BR> Do you consider this a valid method for setting a weight goal? <BR> I ran my numbers, and this site told me I was at a ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:21:01 EST newbie good morning all ....just a quick hello from the frozen state of maine...i am new here but have been reading so many wonderful post i know im at the right place... <BR> faylene Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:59:56 EST Any tips on my diet? I am trying to hit 2000 calories 20-30% fat , protein and carbs similar 35% <BR> <BR> At the moment i came up too this thanks to that website , i know that the combinations probably are not the best,because i made this last minute , because i had prepared like 2 days ago but from what i saw the carbs were really really higher and i decided to change it. <BR> <BR> So i wanted to eat the oatmeal for breakfast and lentils for the afternoon and in the midday the yogurt. <BR> <BR> The other in... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:34:19 EST How to know the calories of this product? So i can't figure out what's the calories on this one i am really noob sorry. <BR> <BR> Nutrition declaration:Per 3a 100g <BR> Kcal Energy :1737kj /411 kcal <BR> Fat 7.1g of which saturated: 1.7g <BR> Carbs:71.6 of which sugars:4.6g <BR> Fibre:3.0g <BR> Proteins:13.7 <BR> Salt:1.28 <BR> <BR> Reference intake of an average adult 8400kj / 2000kcal <BR> it contains 14 rusks. <BR> <BR> <BR> So can someone tell me how to figure out the calories on this one? Because i am using this website eat... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 03:13:10 EST Something is off I've been losing weight for a year or so, and recently bumped up the calories (intentionally, for gaining muscles) and bumped down workouts (accidental). <BR> My calories usually are around 2200. I've looked at many calculators out there and they generally agree that my BMR is at 1800 and sedentary TDEE is around 2500. As such, even when I'm not working out, I should be losing weight. But, I've seen the scale continuously creep up. It's minimal, but definite. <BR> Strictly talking food in, ... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:07:50 EST Diet plan Hi All i need to lose 6kgs none of the diet plans i have tried are working. Can anyone give me a plan that works please. Thanks Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:27:22 EST "Mealtime is 50% Food, 25% Liquid, 25% Digestion" I just heard this quote and it makes so much sense. It inspires me and I hope it also inspires you to make good choices. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 21:36:13 EST Anyone order food online? I live in a small town so there is not much choice sometimes. So I order from places like (can't afford Amazon Prime) <BR> What are your online food shopping strategies? Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:31:12 EST Cool Sculpting I am someone who always believe in staying fit and healthy through exercise and healthy eating habits. I've been doing some research on losing weight. I came across this method called cool scultiping. I have been wondering if people actually do this. I also came across blogs like this on cool sculpting by Centre of Dermatology in Richmond Hill <link><BR>/general-category/1387/ </link> . <BR> <BR> Has anyone here undergone such a process? Was it effectiv... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 07:45:18 EST not on a diet/ no weight loss talk For those who believe it's more important to change their diet, not be on a diet and for whom - heresy!- weight loss is not the main focus. I'm going to post here when I add a blog with musings on the whole subject, including on choice theory, which so much influences whether we are able to make the changes over the long run or not. <BR> <BR> I invite anyone to follow and do the same. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442499 </link> Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:43:54 EST Nutritions impact over meds? My husband recently got diagnosed with a few heath issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and carotid stenosis. He's 60yrs old, about 40 lbs overweight, and a 2 pack a day smoker. He knows that he needs to make a lot of changes for his health. He was thinking to just use meds the dr prescribed to manage these health issues, but I think he can benefit a lot from nutrition/exercise changes more than taking pills. Any suggestions/comments from those of you who have gotten rid of t... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:58:22 EST Blood donation and food I only just started my weight loss goal this weekend, but I live about 3 hours from the train wreck in WA. So I decided to give blood yesterday for the first time in over a decade. I'm out of practice so I forgot how ravenous blood donation makes me! <BR> <BR> The phlebotomist also recommended that I "eat a full dinner," and I agreed and went to a chinese buffet. Plate Two was pretty respectable with a salad and lots of steamed seafood, but Plate One was a total wash with lots of General Tso... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:05:05 EST Too busy to eat What do you do when your schedule at work just keeps you grinding and you miss lunch and that afternoon break? <BR> <BR> I don't mind this happening every now and then, but I know that missing meals isn't good. I just get so focused on what I'm doing, and time gets away from me. It's just like my appetite disappears the more intense my work load gets. And I'm not stressed, but I just lose my appetite. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts.... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:33:43 EST Bread I gave up eating bread nearly 2 years ago. Is it necessary to eat bread on this diet? <em>304</em> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:38:29 EST Does cold wether make you hungry? The temperature just dropped considerably here in the Northeast, I have noticed that I am hungry more than I was before. Has this happened to anyone else? I'm trying to fend it off by eating healthy snacks, but it's still a struggle. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:18:25 EST Green Smoothies I enjoy green smoothies, but the amount of fruit juice I add make them not so healthy. Does anyone know how to make a tasty smoothie without the sugary fruit juice? Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:10:37 EST Food labels and tracking Has anyone checked nutrition labels on packages of food lately? This morning as I had my oatmeal and yogurt, I noticed the packaging was now a little different. I decided to also check the nutrition label as now companies are adding Vitamin D and can eliminate a few nutritional values. Was I glad I looked as things have changed. I right away changed the values on my yogurt in my favorite list of foods I keep on the nutrition tracker. Seems my yogurt has more calories, less potassium, now add... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:04:27 EST Volume of food you eat I am curious, what is the volume of food you generally eat? I just measured a half a cup of cooked pasta and a half a cup of cottage cheese. I could have happily eaten two cups of food. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:49:18 EST Sodium I have been tracking my diet for a week. I keep going over in the sodium section. I do not have time to make everything from scratch. I noticed that a lot of it comes from what I am cooking with like Ragu, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter. I am a horrible cook. I want to eat healthily, but I cannot make my own sauces or peanut butter. I can make fresh chicken. Even my oatmeal apparently has sodium in it. What are some suggestions for lowering sodium for those of us who really can't cook we... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:09:14 EST Weight Watchers Freestyle Does anyone do the freestyle program? How do you feel it’s effectiveness compares to the original or Points Plus system? Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:26:43 EST does cooking for a spouse make you fat? I have to cook for someone that does not share my food selections and can love" say eggs" one day and then when I cook them again wont eat them.:-( it reminds me of cooking for a 4 yr old. i think when you cook for someone else your taste isn't satisfied and then you get into trouble snacking because you are craving things. I'm sure there are other married people or people cooking for kids that suffer this fate. I could use some ideas. <em>40</em> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:55:27 EST Frozen dinners - is it just me? For a fast and easy dinner or work lunch I sometimes grab a frozen dinner (usually Lean Cuisine). This seems to bring on cravings and hunger that I cant seem to satiate no matter what I eat or how much. Anyone else experience this? Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:41:05 EST Binge Eating I have this thing where I keep telling myself that I need to eat healthily and to not eat any junk food. I really want to go on a diet but today at school, there was a table full of Oreos and popcorn. I just couldn't resist the temptation and ate several Oreos, cookies, and a bunch of popcorn. I feel terrible right now and I am really scared that I will gain weight. My goal is to lose weight, and this binge eating is hard to get rid of. Someone please help me on how to lose weight by dieting. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:28 EST How do I get started with a good diet? Hello! I am a 19-year-old female nursing student at a university in America. As such, I don’t have much time for anything besides school... Recently, I have come to the realization that I cannot continuously sacrifice my physical and mental health for my education. All my hard work means nothing if I’m not healthy. <BR> <BR> For my whole life, I have struggled with my body image. I always feel like I am too fat for my height. In high school, I went through intermittent periods where I was af... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:34 EST Will I, won't I ? For many many years I have tried to lose weight QUICK and it onkybgot me walking in circles. <BR> <BR> I got so much great advise from the group but I was just looking for quick loss. <BR> <BR> Last month not only my TSH came low but also haemoglobin. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I can lose one kilo a month. It came take me two years to lose ten kilos (20 pound) <BR> <BR> But, I'm not dipping below 1500 calories ever. <BR> <BR> No just sauté veggies for dinner and no depriving! <BR> <B... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:52:35 EST Weight and calorie goals How often should these be reset as one loses weight, or should they be reset at all? Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:23:01 EST Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts Nutrition question--- <BR> <BR> I bought a bag of those frozen chicken breasts and am trying to do a recipe with them. The calorie values are confusing though because I have a kitchen scale and the chicken cooked measured 8 oz for two breasts. But on the bag (Walmart's) it says the serving size is 4 oz. and there are supposedly 10 whole breasts in the bag for 20 servings. <BR> <BR> I don't know whether I should be using the cooked (I boiled them) measure or the raw?? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:30:25 EST Disappointment I have been on this journey for 10 days now, I am a real sugar addict, havent had any sugar at all since Nov 30th. I have been in my calorie range every day, sometimes a little under. I have walked 5,000 steps everyday except one and that day I walked 10,000. Im drinking 4-5 glasses of water a day. I got on the scale this morning for the first time in 10 days and was down 1.5 lbs. I have 60 lbs to lose, I thought it would be more. It was a real disappointment, but I have regrouped and on trac... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:46:34 EST Christmas brunch I'd like some healthy, 'no muss, no fuss' ideas, please. I'll be hosting 6 - 9 people, ages 2 - 95+. <BR> One guest avoids anything containing eggs due to a sensitivity. Another is vegetarian/vegan. <BR> Suggestions about pleasing my guests while still being able to enjoy my Christmas morning rather than being stuck in the kitchen ?? :) Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:50:06 EST crockpot ideas for busy worker I work and start work early in the morning. Any ideas for quick prep for healthy crockpot meals? <BR> Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:32:01 EST intermittent fasting I would like to start a topic for discussion and support. I am new to the site so I'm hoping this is the way to do it. <BR> I have started intermittent fasting with every other day 500 calories starting at 12 noon or later. This is the "down" day. I eat no "white things" on this day, no sugar, bread, rice or pasta. Only veggies and protein. (you can eat a ton of veggies for 250 calories or more). The opposite day, I eat (the protocol says 1600 calories) but after a few weeks on this, ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:57:39 EST I have eggs every morning Is that a bad thing? I have two pieces of wheat bread, a little butter, two eggs. Every single morning. Is this unhealthy? Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:19:49 EST High Fat Low Carb eating plan I hope our nutrition coach will share her thoughts. <BR> A highly respected doctor suggested that my husband take a different approach before considering a 4th back surgery for spinal stenosis. He courteously suggested a systemic change to reduce inflammation. (lose weight) And then increase movement as the pain of moving diminishes through some weight loss. <BR> <BR> He said that what our health-seeking culture has been doing hasn't worked. (I'm evidence of that...even when I eat perfect... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:46:49 EST Losing weight and be healthy Hi people, i'm fatma and 24 years old. I am architecture and always have to eat fast food because of my busy , so i have gained weight too much. I don't know what do i do, please help me. What should i do? thank you for replies. I want to be healthy Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:32:28 EST What should I do to eat healthy I want to lose weight in a healthy way. I do not have time to go to the gym :( Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:08:07 EST How should I create my diet plan? Hi there, I will create a diet plan but I need your advices. I want to lose 10 pounds of weight. What should I pay attention to when creating my diet plan? Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:39:56 EST Help! I have got a fruit problem Hi all, <BR> <BR> This is hard for me. I am 35 years old and have some kind of fear of eating fruit. <BR> <BR> I want to eat fruit so badly. <BR> <BR> A brief history.. <BR> <BR> I used to eat a limited range of fruits when I was a child but it was never enforced at home or school. At some point at age 5-6 I fell out of love with bananas and that was it. Since that day I have not been able to pickup a piece of fruit and just eat and enjoy. <BR> <BR> Now at age 35, I am reasonably he... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:56:59 EST Name me some low calorie food options? Preferably less than 50 calories per serving? And please be specific. Don't tell me fruit and vegetables. Tell me what fruit and what veg for example. I'm calorie counting and want ideas to include in my food plan. Thank you. Wed, 6 Dec 2017 01:40:53 EST Christmas candy I love getting a box of chocolate around Christmastime. <BR> What's your favorite? Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:52:30 EST Nutrients tracked For some reason sodium is coming up 2 times on my daily nutritions tracker. Also one or more others too. How do I change this? Tue, 5 Dec 2017 16:49:01 EST Meal Delivery Programs Any SparkPeople using any of the meal delivery programs, like Home Chef or Hello Fresh or any other? I love to eat but hate to cook and I'm single so it's especially unmotivating to have to fire up the kitchen to cook just for one meal for one person. Yeah, I know I can make more and freeze it and eat it another time, but once it's in te freezer it's not appetizing to me anymore. <BR> So have you tried any of the delivery programs, and if so, what did you think? Are you on one you can reco... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:56:31 EST binge I have been doing so good, today I decided to have a small amount of chip dip and chips, I measured out the dip and chips, I ate all of it and went back for more. I ended up eating 3/4 cup of dip and 4 oz of chips, then I had one piece of chocolate truffle. I have been off of all sugar for a week. I have been drinking water to flush the sodium out from the chips. Does anybody have any other helpful advice. Thanks Mon, 4 Dec 2017 22:48:20 EST Food Thank you gifts? Today I was shown appreciation as a teacher in cupcakes. <BR> I was like, ohhhhhhhhhh THANKS...I am feeling the love, but I can't eat that! <BR> What would you do? Mon, 4 Dec 2017 18:37:29 EST Huge calorie intake discrepancy between apps? Hi, a coworker and I are trying to lose together. She is using "My Fitness Pal" We were comparing our goals and our recommended calorie intakes. We both would like to lose a similar amount of weight and are giving ourselves a year. I was curious how my stats would look on " My Fitness Pal" and downloaded the app myself and entered my goals the same as SparkPeople. There is a huge difference in the recommendations. SparkPeople is saying I should eat between 1700 and 2100 calories and Pal says ... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:08:31 EST Iron daily amount Hi, does anyone know how much iron is safe to take? I had a blood test in Sept and Nov but despite taking a daily vitamin that had 10 mg of iron, my iron count stayed the same (111). Would taking an extra vitamin iron (28 mg) be ok? How much is too much? <BR> Thanks Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:28:38 EST Pre diabetes Diagnosis Hello! I am 72 years old, weigh 204lb, and have been with SparkPeople for about <BR> 8 months. I've gone up and down with gaining and losing for a total of <BR> A few pounds loss. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with pre diabetes. I have <BR> Been reading a lot to familiarize myself with this diagnosis. The more I read the more confused I get. I want to stick with Spark People plan but it would help <BR> Me out a lot of I could get a few suggestions or changes I could or should make <BR... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 09:33:03 EST Diet Difficulties Hey, hey hey, I am new here <BR> <BR> I have several issues about my health caused by bad eating habit. I really have some problem about it. I have decided to control and fix it up. Obviously it will be a tough process that i will have some difficultes. I really want to hear from you guys, what kind of difficulties i will confront, and what should i do when i get those. Thank you!! <BR> <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 08:20:29 EST Using the recommended food choices Is using the meal plan provided hard? It doesn't seem like it is overly complicated but I haven't really followed it. I am going to start on Monday following it because I feel like I need some structure. Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:19:32 EST Post vacation fallout Hello. So I went on a road trip on wednesday for the holiday weekend, packed with fruit and veggies and water. I ate sensibly all weekend, my only allowances outside of my plan were some adult beverages (about 6 over four days) and a couple small pieces of homemade pie (1/8 of a pie). The end results upon return to weigh in, I gained almost all the weight back it took me a month to lose! I did not binge out or overeat anything! Oh well. I am back to the grind now, but at least now I know how ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:08:31 EST Have I done this all wrong? Hi guys just looking for assistance with the bmr calculator is it possible at all that my bmr is 7,250.18??? This seems crazy as has no basis around anything other than height/weight. I did the calculations 3 times to make sure as well! Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:44:25 EST Keeping track of what I eat Hi, <BR> I'm been keeping track of what I eat for the past 3 days now. I love to eat Pop Tart but I'm recording it on SparkPeople . I just feel like I'm not losing the weight. Of course i'm still a couch potato but doing little bit of exercises. How can I continue to exervcise. I do have depression and just like to lay around and do nothing. Any feedback is welcome. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:40:55 EST fast food alternative when shopping When I am away from home or work and on the go, I usually feel hunger after awhile. the old thing about eating before you go to the grocer is helpful but not fool-proof. To avoid the temptation of a deli sub or fast food fix my alternative has become several items, I have become bestfriends with the pre-boiled and peeled eggs at the grocer as well as the low sodium v-8 juice or unsalted top saltine crackers. I also carry a supply of bottled water with me to avoid the coke temptation. I no... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:51:26 EST TRIVIA QUESTION ?? THERE IS A QUESTION ABOUT BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP THE FOOD YOU HAD WON'T TURN TO FAT. DON'T BELIEVE IT FOR i AM AN EXAMPLE OF THAT. TAKING MEDICATION W/ FOOD BEFORE BED AND I GAINED 16 LBS. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:15:43 EST Easy grab and go breakfast? What do you eat for those grab and go breakfast options? Do you have a preferred shake or breakfast bar brand? Fruit or boiled eggs? I just want something easy to eat in the car on my way to work. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:39:48 EST Getting my veggies and fruits A little bit of a backstory on me: when I was 4 days old, and again at 4 years old, I had surgery on my digestive tract. Now, with all the scar tissue in there, I can get very sensitive to raw foods. The last time I snacked on raw cauliflower and broccoli while sitting at my desk, I ended up in the hospital for 3 days getting my stomach pumped. Pretty much any vegetable other than the really watery ones like cucumbers, peppers and lettuce, I am afraid to eat raw. And even those only in small ... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:44:17 EST New here Hi Everyone, <BR> I just decided to start dieting again. I gain like 30 pounds and very obese, It's affecting my breathing, and not losing the weight. I lost 30 pound when I was living on the West coast and now I've gain it back. I feel miserable being like this. My breathing I'm wheezing and I have to stop often, putting pressure on my knee and I have no cartilage and fluid in both knee and the left is the worst one. I really need to exercise and lose the weight. Plus I need help in... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:38:44 EST How to get back on track I originally lost 60lbs but I have gained 20lbs back since June 2017. I lost track with weddings, vacations and holiday. What are some tips to avoid these pitfalls and tipst to get back on track. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:05:33 EST What is your Favorite Snack? I'm going grocery shopping today and looking for some new snack ideas to replace my chips and chocolate. I have to admit I'm a sucker for salty, crunchy snacks, and I always crave something sweet after lunch. What are your favorite snacks? Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:19:38 EST Digestion question if you know to answer. Basically i know chewing food and eating slow is the best for digestion.So i thought what if i could eat a bite every 2 min setting a timer et.c would that be a bad thing to do ? In that way it takes me around 30 min to finish my plate. Or should better 20 min to finish my plate? <BR> <BR> Do you think there is a specific time to finish eating your lunch/dinner ? or do you believe in whetever works better for us? Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:12:12 EST corn bread Does anyone have a healthy recipe for corn bread? Please share. <BR> <BR> If not, can someone create one for us? <BR> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 20:24:21 EST Easy, Healthy Lentil Recipe Ideas? Hi! Does anyone have any easy, healthy Lentil recipe ideas? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks :) Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:58:14 EST Not hungry in the morning Some mornings I'm hungry, some mornings I'm not. I don't like the idea of skipping meals, but I don't want to eat when I'm not hungry. What do you do in these situations? Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:17:02 EST Removing all my foods Is there a way to remove all my foods in my nutrition tracker without doing one at a time? Or do I have to close my account and start all over again. I have so many foods that I do not eat any more and would like to start my food tracker fresh. <BR> Please help. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:52:13 EST nutrition tracker does anyone else find it almost impossible to enter foods to the nutrition tracker? Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:12:40 EST What "diet" are you on? "SEE" food diet. Watching portions, some smoothies and adjusting Humalog to what I am eating. BS has been under 120 for 12 measurements(4 days). For November only 5 readings above 160. Trying hard to keep, without success from having to cook twice for 1 meal.My wife is VERY picky of what she eats. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:58:19 EST Healthy Baking Resources? I really enjoy baking, but not all the calories that come with it. Does anyone have a favorite healthy baking cookbook or website? Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:35:41 EST Always low on my protein I never seem to get the recommended amount of protein. I’d prefer to increase this naturally without processed protein powders and supplements. Also I’m on a pretty strict grocery budget so loads of chicken breast and steaks aren’t in the budget. Any suggestions. Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:18:14 EST Certain emotions from hunger Hi, <BR> <BR> Can eat actually bring out certain emotions from hunger to experience a bad day. A bad day does not mean that a number of things went wrong at work, but what you took for breakfast. There are a number of people who skip their breakfast or take a small meal before work. <BR> <BR> Research has shown that if you stay away from junk food, unrefined foods (white rice, bread, biscuits, ect) and the saturated fats. That you present better through the day and weeks (more energy) <BR> ... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:13:12 EST How many meals do you take? Hi, <BR> <BR> I myself followed diet with 3000 kcal over 8 meals for a muscle mass increase. From that I have reached the conclusion that it increases your sugar level and fat percentage. I went to the gym five times a week for an hour. <BR> <BR> Now I have switched to a 4-meal diet with high levels of unrefined carbohydrates (Unrefined carbohydrates means that they are complex carbohydrates that are not processed or processed as little as possible), besides that I eat a lot of muesli with ... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:01:38 EST Stress eating-proud of myself Yesterday was tough. I was baking a bunch of stuff for when my mom comes today to have dessert since we're having Thanksgiving at my in laws. <BR> Doing this with a screaming baby was not easy. And to top it off I sampled way more than intended and tried to skip dinner because of it. <BR> <BR> Then baby was obviously over tired from refusing to nap all day so I moved up bedtime by an hour. He woke up a ton and I had to nurse him back to sleep. <BR> <BR> My s.o texts asking if I want anythin... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:16:53 EST Unique Ideas for Fresh Veggies? I'd like to eat more fresh veggies (mostly eat a lot of frozen veggies right now) since I just found a great store with a terrific produce department. I bought a julienne machine that should arrive very soon, and along with that, would love some UNIQUE ideas for veggies. <BR> <BR> I'm very familiar with roasting, pan searing/frying, baking, steaming, etc, but would like to make fresh veggies a little more of a main part of my meals beyond the usual and salads. <BR> <BR> A few things I've d... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:01:45 EST Should I change my food plan? So far I have often used a food plan that has about 2000-2100 calories. I calculated that my body needs about 2300 calories per day to maintain my (over)weight. This was confirmed by a dietician. <BR> <BR> But this way I lose weight very, very slowly and because I slip up now and then or have foods that are more 'rich' than my plan says, I am hardly losing weight at all. <BR> <BR> I wonder if it would be better to create a food plan that has less calories, say 1700, and train myself to fol... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:11:49 EST Cookie poll (not diet related) If calories and nutrition didn't matter, and you could have any one cookie, what would it be? <BR> <BR> No limitation on options, just must be a cookie. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:03:14 EST Losing Weight but Not Fat I've been following a healthy diet with a lot less fat than I consumed before, at the suggestion of my doctor. (Gallbladder surgery is not an option!) I've dropped 5 pounds in 5 weeks but have yet to see the fat percentage on my Tanita scale budge. I've been doing strength training and cardio almost every day. Any suggestions for losing the fat as well as the weight? Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:24:26 EST Tea and Staying Hyrdated Hey guys! So I have a quick question for you; I've been trying to find out whether or not tea (be it caffeinated/caffeine-free/herbal) is dehydrating. I know that water is important for staying healthy and hydrated, especially during the cold winter months, but I need to be able to jazz up the flavor of water to drink enough every day. Lately I've come to love drinking Rooibos tea, which is apparently a caffeine-free herbal tea, but I'm worried because one source will say that all tea is dehy... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:43:23 EST Low Fodmap and Low Carb Recipies I was wondering if anyone has Low Fodmap/Low Carb recipes or meal suggestions. Thanks! Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:08:18 EST How do you marinate your vegetables? Looking for some ideas on good ways to marinate.. thank you! Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:42:30 EST belly fat I have been getting lots advice but now Iam confused ???? How do go about belly fat is mix food and workout? What type food ?what type workout? If anyone has advice that can help please send me in right path 😊? <em>30</em> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:14:01 EST When you're under min calories... If you get to dinner time and you track your meal and find you're way under on daily calories, do you try to cram in extra calories when you're not hungry, late in the evening, or do you just plan to do better the next day? I just feel like if I spend so much time hangry for everything in sight, that if I'm really not interested in food, I shouldn't try to make myself eat something I don't want. And there's that thing that people say about eating before bed. I know I have a tendency to be al... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:10:36 EST Newbie Hi everyone <BR> New here just started optifast a week ago and have lost 10 pounds. I am on the 4/1 plan <BR> Problem I have at times, I am not getting all 4 in because not at home <BR> Anyone else have that problem <BR> Also on one hand I am watching carbs ,but then they say if I need to have have it after protein and vegetable. What happens if you go out and the lunch is Asian and it comes with rice Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:06:10 EST Suggestions for Protein Any suggestions for protein/more than 50 grams per day..? <BR> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:28:23 EST Sweets I have been tasting ice cream or pie, they have been tasting very sweet to me. I wonder shy? Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:44:38 EST Protein and muscle loss as we age I see a lot of posts of people asking about diet and exercise to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. I usually suggest in my responses a diet with enough calories to feed the body (500-800 calories below your tdee) and eating enough protein to keep your muscles, or even gain some to raise the BMR and speed up the metabolism. I had personal training and have read a fair amount of books on the subject and am always eager to share what I learned with others. I wanted to post this Mayo Clin... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:00:49 EST morning cravings? I know a lot of people have trouble with overeating/eating junk at night, but I seem to have as much trouble in the mornings as later in the day. I am doing intermittent fasting rn so I'm (trying and mostly succeeding) not eating at all in the mornings but when I do eat breakfast it seems to make things worse overall. Is it just me? Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:13:58 EST Carrots for Vitamin A Whenever I eat 7 mini carrots, the nutrition tracker puts it OVER required. Anybody else have this happen? <BR> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:33:23 EST Is This Satisfactory Healthy Eating? Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm in no way a fanatic about nutrition. Essentially I've moved out on my own and am having to learn from scratch for preparing food, etc. <BR> <BR> I just want to eat as healthy as possible with very minimal cooking effort (I know it's lazy). <BR> <BR> Is this satisfactory? <BR> <BR> So for breakfast I'd simply have toast and a glass of fresh orange juice. <BR> <BR> Lunch time would be a full on salad. We have a salad bar where I work and so Every lunch time I'd have 6 ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:28:33 EST Reflux I was hoping someone could give me some advice on what to eat and what not to eat as I have just been been told I have silent reflux. I know about coffee tomatoes spicy foods and sugars but can't find any think to make a good dinner,lunch etc any help will be great as suffering from really bad sickness thank you Jackie x Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:02:49 EST How do I know what electrolytes to replace? As I head into summer where I live, one of the things that's come up in some of the things I've read is to replace electrolytes on hot days between sweat, exercise and drinking lots of water. How do you work out what and how much to replace? <BR> <BR> Not sure if there's an easy answer or not, but thought it worth asking. Thanks Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:40:52 EST 5 2 plan update. . I am doing 5 2 for weight and health and wanted to let everyone know that there has been an update on the calories allowing 700 for women and 800 for men. <BR> This has made a big difference to me in sticking to the plan. I tried copying link but didn't work so the article was in the Telegraph in the UK on March 12th 2017 by Dr. Mosley. . Happy Fasting Everyone Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:41:13 EST potassium is not vitamin K I don't know why Sparkpeople lists a K behind and on the same line with potassium in the nutrition tracker other than K is the symbol for potassium. Potassium. The name is derived from the English word potash. The chemical symbol K comes from kalium, the Mediaeval Latin for potash, Although the symbol for potassium on the periodic table of elements is a K, potassium is not the same as vitamin K. Both are essential micronutrients, but potassium is a mineral, not a vitamin, and has different f... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:56:44 EST 2017 guidelines for high blood pressure I wasn't sure which board to post this under and I know that I am trying to control my blood pressure with exercise and diet. I just heard that they have now changed the guidelines for high blood pressure the other day and was wondering if anyone had any input on these new guidelines. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:46:56 EST Night shift snacks and lunches Hello all, I work as a Certified Nursing Assistant and I work the Night shift. <BR> What are some healthy yet easy to throw together snacks and lunches ? <BR> I am trying to lose weight, which is hard enough, but I feel like I am fighting my body <BR> by doing it on Night shift. That is the time my body wants to sleep and here I am messing it all up. Has anyone ever lost weight on the Night shift ? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Bonnie Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:47:15 EST So what's the scoop on sugar alchohols? I was pleased that my bread says "no sugar added" then realized the yeast needed some sugar. Reading the ingredients I see Malitol. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling foolish, as I usually read ingredients and avoid as many chemicals as I can with current food choices. What do you think? Good, bad or indifferent? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:24:50 EST Diet for picky eaters Hi Everyone! <BR> I just joined SparkPeople! I am trying to lose weight and be healthy but the problem is, I am the pickiest eater on the planet. I eat worse than a child. There is not one vegetable I like (Although I just tried cauliflower and that wasn't horrible). The only fruit I eat is apples, watermelon, sometimes a banana. I like the flavor of berries but I have texture issues so the only way I usually eat them is in a smoothie. I love carbs. Pasta, pizza, mac and cheese. I sometimes e... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:31:46 EST Nutrition Tracker - %s vs. IUs and other units In my nutrition tracker it shows the percentages recommended for Vitamins A, C, D, Calcium, and iron. However, the individual amounts in the food tracker capture IUs for Vitamin A and I don't know what for the other vitamins and nutrients. How do I know what the recommended IUs and other unit measurements are to compare my entered amounts to?? I am using the reports for a class project and cannot make sense out of this report. Seems like the recommended nutrients units of measure should m... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:30:34 EST Giving a Recommendation for a Yummy Dinner! Hi everyone! I'm recommitted to my program and have lost 9 lbs since Halloween, which has me super pumped and motivated! I remembered a long forgotten about recipe over the weekend, back from a WW friend back in the early 2000's for a slow cooker flank steak with fruit cocktail. Well, low and behold, the recipe was in the Spark People recipe database under "Fruited Flank Steak"! Yay! It couldn't be easier. Just a flank steak, some teriyaki, garlic, fruit cocktail, a dab of oil, and a da... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:17:28 EST Mulitvitamin I hadn't taken my multivitamin in close to two weeks. Lots of brain fog, lethargy, my brain not functioning like it usually does, etc. <BR> <BR> This is the second day I have taken it in a row and feel sooooo much better and more like myself, not 100% yet but 100 times better. <BR> <BR> We have been eating organic as much as we possibly can too for about 8 weeks now too. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:59:00 EST New to this community and SparkPeople I've been following a LCHF way of eating for more than a year now (more on than off) and have successfully lost 130 pounds BUT fell off the wagon and gained 25 pounds :( I'm hoping that getting back on the wagon and the ability to chat with like-minded people will be helpful. I'm always looking for recipes and also willing to help anyone who has questions about this way of eating. <BR> <BR> P.S. I had blood sugar readings that were well into the 200's fasting and after this lifestyle cha... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:24 EST When you get a chance watch this episode... Last night I watched this episode of Extreme Weight Loss. It was sooo good, different from many others. <BR> This young woman, Jami, weighed 296, I believe, when she started and she was sooooo sad! <BR> To watch her determination was very inspiring. <BR> There is a bit of a twist at the end as she confesses something, which reveals how obese people can come to feel about themselves. <BR> <BR> Anyway, when you get a chance, and CARE to watch, please do. Then come back here and we can have a H... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:36:53 EST maintenance calories I'm very surprised at how little I can eat to maintain my weight. If I go over 1250 a day I begin to gain. I tried increasing 50 cals a day for several days but got stuck at 1250. My goal was 1300. I ride a stationary bike 5 days a week and lift weights for upper body strength but am pretty sedentary otherwise. I'm almost 68 so that may also be a factor. <BR> Anybody else experience this? Sun, 12 Nov 2017 01:58:57 EST Intermittent fasting I'm seeing so much information on intermittent fasting. <BR> How do you feel about this. Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:27:49 EST Out To Dinner I had my first big challenge last night... my husband and I went to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. Usually I eat the bread..cause I love the bread. And I have a baked potato w/butter and sour cream and dessert. Last night we shared shrimp...I had a filet and mixed veggies... I was stuffed. And I drank water with lemon. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I can resist temptation all of the time but I did last night and I have lost 4lbs since Monday. So for today I feel good about myself and very... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:04:09 EST Tracking calories when breastfeeding- midnight sna So I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old son. Also trying to get my eating on track. I don't know if you've ever breastfed but holy cow it's a hunger like you've never felt! <BR> That being said sometimes when he wakes up in the middle of the night to be fed I get hungry and need a small snack to keep my tummy from growling. <BR> Question being should it count as yesterday's snack or today if I had it around 1am? Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:00:49 EST Your thoughts on oatmeal I used to love to eat oatmeal, but then I found out that it is not actually a very good food for weight loss. In weight watchers, one packet of instant oatmeal, which is small, is worth four points, a lot considering it is not very filling. I used to like to eat a nice heaping bowl of it topped with fruit and a few walnuts or raisins. Since learning I have to measure out 1/2 cup of cooked oats, I don't eat much oatmeal anymore. <BR> <BR> That being said, I made rolled oats for breakfast for... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:06:16 EST not sure if starvation mode I'm having to experiment with my calorie counts to find what works for me because of my physical issues (disability and short stature), the best guidelines I have found are here:<BR>rts/nutrition_2011.asp <BR> Long story short, for a quad like me you take your ideal weight in kgs and multiply by 23. So by this calculation I would need 1,630 daily calories to maintain my current weight of 156 lbs. BUT I seem to be maintaining on just 1,000, while on 8... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:32:50 EST Lean and Green Hi, <BR> <BR> I started Lean and Green on Monday and have lost 3lbs! That is a great start! <BR> <BR> I am doing Medifast Lean and Green... and so far I have had no problems. (Other than hating that oatmeal!) <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing this weight loss program? <BR> <BR> Tricia Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:47:58 EST Recommend a healthy breakfast So kind of bored of eating toast with peanut butter, or oatmeal with banana and cinammon or avocado toast and egg , and i was wondering if there is something different healthy option for breakfast? Sometimes it becomes a routine and want to change that. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:33:48 EST PEANUT BUTTER, YAY OR NAY? <BR> I just read a post that pbutter can slow your weigyt loss. That is the one food I count as a treat. I eat 1-2 TBSP daily counted and recorded. What is the consensus? Thu, 9 Nov 2017 06:11:57 EST How to eat healthier I have just joined and am looking for advice on how to eat healthier. <BR> I struggle to eat fruits and vegetables as I really can't stand the taste. All the veggies taste very bitter to me, berries taste musty and I don't really care for the sweetness of fruits.I will try to hide vegetables in foods - such as spinach in scrambled egg, but I still struggle and never feel satisfied after eating. I do enjoy chocolate and some desserts and I can go without these, however, my problem is that I r... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 16:35:27 EST Carb counting Net vs Total. I have begun noticing the phrase "net carbs". What should I really be looking at. Total carbs or Net carbs. Big difference in the numbers and as a diabetic who is controlling it by diet I am curious. Does this mean I get to eat 2 cookies with a net of 4 carbs but with a total of 20? My sensible side says 1 but the dark side says go for it. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 15:22:25 EST snack replacement? I really love the crunch of potato chips and raw ramen noodles, but I need to replace them with something healthier. What is your healthy snack that comes with a good crunch to it? Tue, 7 Nov 2017 21:09:27 EST Homemade Bread Just curious, do you bake your own bread? I have in the past. I feel good about it because I know what I put in it. <BR> <BR> I would cut the cooled loaf into 4 sections and freeze each. That way I don't eat too much and limit myself to no more than one slice a day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 15:18:00 EST Measure You will see a big difference if you measure your food until you can see exactly how much your serving is. Don't eat out of a bag! Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:16:31 EST Prescription Medical Food - new drug category? In assisting an older relative, the doctor wrote her a prescription for Metanx and said it was a vitamin supplement but likely not covered by insurance. <BR> <BR> Seems it's in a category called Prescription Medical Food. <BR> <BR> Never heard of it. But since it was a vitamin, I was expecting it to be under $30. I was surprised to find out it was close to $400 for a months supply. <BR> <BR> Seems like if it's a prescription, it ought to be paid for under a drug plan or not require a... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:21:20 EST Gaining overnight? I have been doing great and staying on track with calories (1200-1300) and exercising (4-5dayx 60min) I lost 5 lbs this week. Yesterday I overate about 1,500cal, a few swedish fish, york peppermint patties, and some extra toast, nothing like an ice cream sundae a whole box of cookies etc. I get on the scale and I gained 5lbs overnight, ugh! I know I didn't eat that much and it's water weight, but WHY does my body react so DRASTICALLY to any little deviation from a strict diet??? Am I better o... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 05:32:08 EST How to know the calories from something homemade t I saw a recipe for Apple Crisp Oatmeal Squares , i made my own mix , i used 2 cups oats,1 cup milk,2 banana,1.5 maple syrup,2 apples,2banana <BR> <BR> If i were to count all together i would know the calories but the questions comes to this there is part's in oatmeal squares that are not covered with banana or an apple so how can you possible know the calories? Does it mean we only know the percentage of the calories?and not the exact number? Tue, 7 Nov 2017 01:28:02 EST Sodium Trying to manage blood pressure. Trying to understand how much salt you intake when you use 1/4 tbsp salt when cooking a dish. If you eat a serving are you eating the whole 1/4 tbsp you put in the dish. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 21:32:44 EST Snacks I noticed that my meals stay within my recommended calorie range but my snacks really push me over and most of them are sugary! Does anyone face similar issues? Any ideas? Thanks!! Mon, 6 Nov 2017 16:34:42 EST Are they any nutrition logs on this site? I am wondering if there is any nutrition logs on this site? It would be nice to see what other people are eating. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:13:21 EST Church Calories One thing that almost all Christian Churches do is center gatherings around food. I once heard the expression "FULL Gospel Preacher." REALLY FULL...or pregnant. <BR> <BR> Attending Church services can be hazardous to your plan of eating when there's fresh coffee and donuts right in the main lobby. <BR> <BR> Be strong my Christian weight crunchers. Bring your own snacks, tea, etc. or speak to the person who buys the goodies and see if they can also buy healthy snacks as well. <BR> <BR> Just... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 21:41:54 EST Use Spark Points to Keep Motivated When I get up in the morning I check in Spark People and spin the wheel. I also keep a completing activities that earn me more points. It keeps me on track and moving forward. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 15:08:21 EST Estimated percentage on meals during the day? So can someone make a percentage of how many carbs,protein,fat should we eat for breakfast,lunch,dinner et.c <BR> <BR> And what i mean by that is like breakfast:40% carbs, 40%fat,20% protein, <BR> Lunch:40% carbs, 40%fat,20% protein <BR> Dinner:40% carbs, 40%fat,20% protein <BR> <BR> I just want to get an idea or if there is an article to read i am all open. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 13:54:07 EST Cheapest places for vits and supplements? For those who take vitamins and supplements and get them online ... <BR> I'm looking for recommendations for the cheapest place to get them. <BR> <BR> I guess I shouldn't restrict it to online --- maybe there's a chain store that is cheaper as well. <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 09:31:18 EST food entry What time is considered the start of the day to start putting in food and drinks? I work over night and nibble at night and drink lots of coffee. Also, anyone know if the supplement, Ginseng energy now good for weightloss? Sun, 5 Nov 2017 08:22:34 EST Fitlosophy books Im thinking about using one of these books, has anyone used them? <BR> Do you like them, what is the difference writing in these books as opposed to tracking on the computer? Sat, 4 Nov 2017 21:26:16 EST Eating for your body type I always see a lot of posts asking questions about food, diets and exercise...whats working for people etc. and I wanted to share something I have focused on since spending time with a personal trainer a couple years ago. I have always been skinny. When I was a kid, I was skin and bone. Nothing I did helped me gain weight. My mom fed me shakes and everything but nothing helped. When I got to my late twenties, that changed. I began gaining weight. Now I struggle to lose like so many others. <... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 13:37:22 EST what do you eat for Dinner? I try to keep my Calories for my Dinner at 500 or below. This is what I had today <BR> Green Giant Broccoli Spears & Butter Sauce about 3 spears - 40 Cals <BR> Rice, Success Natural Whole Grain Brown - 1/2 cup - 150 Cals <BR> Butter, I can't believe it's Not Butter - 1 tbsp <BR> Turkey Burger Butterball Original Seasoned - 1 patty - 240 Cals <BR> Total Cals - 500 cals Thu, 2 Nov 2017 22:44:55 EST Loss of nutritional value of foods Can someone give me some info on this subject? <BR> <BR> I heard that veggies and fruits lose their nutritional value when cooked or heated. Is this true? If so, does the same thing happen when in reverse such as freezing or refrigerating items such as carrots? <BR> <BR> I've been leaving my veggies out in a bowl so they are room temp. Also, doing that forces me to eat them faster or they will spoil. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:43:29 EST Desserts How often would you say you eat dessert? Not including fruit, but cake, pie, cookie ice cream etc? <BR> <BR> My answer would be a few times a year. <BR> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:09:12 EST Tracking take-aways Good day, all. <BR> I'm on Day 9 of the 21 day New Sparkperson challenge. I was asked today to post what I have learned from food tracking , so Far. Ive realized that I eat far less protein & fiber than I believed. Making adjustments Today!! Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:16:55 EST Food Intolerance I've recently been diagnosed with several food intolerance...eggs, dairy, wheat, banana, apple, port, shrimp, beef and spinach. I have been eating these foods all my life and never felt stomach pain, sick, etc from eating these foods. I found out about this as part of a routine blood work to test for thyroid. My doctor said that these foods may be the reason I can't lose weight. Has anyone else found out about food intolerance without any symptoms? Can eliminating them produce weight los... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:31:54 EST Dukan Diet Plateau I have been in the Dukan Diet and have lost 50lbs. I have 3 pounds to go and have been stuck for 3 weeks. What can I do to get rid of these last few pounds? Please help me 😖? Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:16:18 EST Halloween temptations How do you manage to keep Halloween healthy? All those little chocolate bars! Bags of chips! Packets of licorice! Do you exercise your willpower muscle? Do you skip buying candy altogether, turn off the lights and lock the door? Substitute something healthy for the candy? <BR> I would like to give out clementines, but I think most families would throw them away for safety concerns, and I would not blame them, so I am back to the fun size goodies. Stopping at one or two is so difficult, and th... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:59:25 EST Tracking calories in what I'm craving So I've had this craving for awhile now, or should I say, these cravings, because I'm craving a bunch of things at once. Like an epic cheat meal or maybe even a binge tbh. So I got the idea to put all this stuff into my tracker to see how bad the damage would be if I gave into my urge. Have to admit seeing that it comes out to 4,660 calories sure gives me pause to think, but it doesn't make the cravings go away. Now I'm looking at it and trying to see if there's any way I can make it work to ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:25:00 EST Sodium - how much per day? Hi, <BR> I have a question for the general public, how much sodium should be consumed each day? I have this feeling that I'm consuming too much, and am trying to figure out how to eat what I want and still have the right taste. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:25:34 EST Willpower I need to stop telling myself I'll eat better tomorrow. How to get a little willpower? <BR> What is your solution? Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:29:27 EST Dietician visit I'm seeing a dietician tomorrow for the first time in a very long time - any suggestions on what I should remember to ask? <BR> <BR> I'm seeing her to get input on both weight loss and managing several medical conditions <BR> <BR> Nervous and semi-excited at the same time Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:29:14 EST TDEE question After using a a few different sites, I got two different answers for my TDEE: one was 1236 and the other was 1504. What is going on here? I am trying to lose weight. Here is the low one: <BR> <BR><BR>te-your-total-daily-energy-expenditure<BR>-tdee.html Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:54:02 EST eating too much fruit? I am wondering about fruit now, if the sugar in fruit should be treated the same as sugar in say chocolate. If that is the case, should eating fruit be held in check when trying to lose weight? I know fruit has fiber and other good things in it too! I eat a lot of fruit everyday and decided to post this when I read an article about sugar. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:49:38 EST Fasting while feeding kids How do you maintain the plan of fasting while still cooking and feeding children in your home who obviously are not fasting? I find it very difficult to resist eating when they eat. How does this effect your nutritional goals? Sat, 28 Oct 2017 14:53:45 EST intuitive eating Anyone done intuitive eating? If so, how did you get started? What do you do? Did you lose weight? Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:27:11 EST Calorie limit fluctuates? So I am still getting used to the changes as it's only been 3 days since I started SP, but I notice that my day starts with 1200-1550 range for calories. I have my Fitbit synched with my SP. This evening when I went to make dinner and log my food, I noticed that my calorie limit went up to 2652-3002! I am assuming this is the adjustment due to my being active at work (put away a truck order and walked 5 miles at work). My question is do I keep following the updated calorie range and eat the c... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:04:56 EST Advice for Kids Nutrition Hello...... <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some advice on how to provide the right nutrition for my kids. I have a boy and a girl that are both Primary School age. <BR> <BR> I've read that cognitive and bone health are important, but what else should I be focusing on to ensure they're getting a well rounded diet? <BR> <BR> Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks in Advance! <BR> <BR> Paul Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:42:17 EST How to GET BACK ON TRACK, STAT? :D Hey, guys!!! <BR> <BR> So, my story is kind of a good one, when talking about dealing with extra weight. In my teen years, up until like sixteen I was a skinny as a stick energetic girl, etc... Later on, I got depression, caused by bullying and... that's where everything went down the hill for me. For the next three years, my highest weight reached 155-160lbs (~70kg.), but then, at the age of 19, I managed to loose 26lbs (~12kg) and that was a very positive thing. My weight dropped from 70 t... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:46:06 EST Iam struggling with amount calories I have to eat Hi I find that food amount alot is ok to not eat full amount ?I also struggle with negative feeling I have food .Can anyone help?Thank you <em>15</em> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:30:26 EST Do you drink smoothies? Hi, I wanted to know how often you drink smoothies. <BR> <BR> If you do, what motivates you to? If not, why not? <BR> <BR> If there was one thing that you could change about the smoothie experience, what would it be? Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:32:43 EST Business travel What are the best food friendly restaurants for business travelers? I feel like on the road I eat the same thing over and over again due to limited options. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:59:47 EST Candy corn; love or hate? I read that it ranked number one on list of most hated halloween candy. I was surprised b/c it's my favorite (or it was when i was a kid). <BR> Which side do you lean toward on the taste of candy corn; like or dislike? Sun, 22 Oct 2017 03:00:58 EST Anyone NOT losing on Nutrisystem? October 2017.... trying to find a current feedback. I started NS 33 days ago. The first "turbo week" down 4*....yeah! Week 2...up 3#. I have not stayed solid on a number....down 2, up 5 oz; up 2...down 1.5#....grrrrr. I'm 54 and "I" feel like I'm doing every thing correctly. doing it with a coworker....CHECK <BR> writing everything NuMi AND MFP (because it gives me macros) <BR> using the online counselor...CHECK... <BR> <BR> I noticed in MFP that regardless of my Flexmeal choices, the c... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:32:57 EST In the long term.. (kind of long) I have been following MFP calorie counting for almost 100days. A typical day consists of a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a salad for dinner (both with added protein, usually 1/2 cup of meat). I eat an apple everyday and a baggie of raw vegetables. I only drink water or tea/coffee with no added sugars. I weigh and measure everything. I have an active job and i started exercising at the gym 2-3 times a week (cycling class). I have lost weight, but it is coming off very slowly co... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:46:57 EST Donating Blood I have an appointment to donate blood on Monday. They want you to eat before you leave. In the past the choices have been prepackaged cookies or pastries. The volunteers also make homemade food, sandwiches, chili etc. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to avoid packaged sugary foods, and I don't really want to grill the volunteers on the ingredients in their homemade foods. How many calories do I need to eat to replace the donated blood? Should I bring my own snack or take a chance on chili? Interes... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:56:50 EST Restaurant salads I am new to this site and if this has been covered already, I am sorry. <BR> <BR> I went to Steak and Shake tonight for dinner. I had their deluxe garden salad. It had maybe 2 tablespoons each of diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, shredded red cabbage, maybe an ounce or so of croutons and a half (not sure) an avocado. I had my Italian dressing on the side and just dipped my fork in it and ate it like that. I looked online for the nutritionals and got several different counts. The Steak and S... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:22:48 EST daily / weekly progress vs todays full report I was looking at the weekly progress at the bottom of the page where I log in my foods and it shows that I have had 5 grams of saturated fats. I wanted to see exactly which foods gave me those 5 grams so I clicked to view the "today's full report" and that is only showing that I have had 3 grams of saturated fats today. Why the difference in these two reports? Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:58:47 EST Proweightloss buddy I'm looking for a proweightloss buddy or someone who has done this program Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:05:43 EST What "diet" are you on? Just curious to see what different diets everyone is on. Keto, Atkins, Low-Cal, Whats working for you? What hasn't worked? <BR> <BR> I have successfully lost weight before doing low cal ( about 1500-1800 a day) and going to the gym. Unfortunately gained it ALL back after I stopped working out and gave in to cravings, drinking and my boyfriend insisting we eat fast food ( ugh!) <BR> <BR> So now I"m ready to get back on track and I was wondering if something different would work better or... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:13:25 EST Recovery from Food Addiction Hey Spark! It's been mega years since I've been back on Spark and I'm wondering if there are any gals in recovery from food addiction around to connect. I've been in long term recovery for over 25 years and since losing my parents I've had a few ups and downs with getting into the sugar and flour. Please PM me if you can relate. Would love to connect. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:31:59 EST Join a new team! Even though I am very active, I joined the 10 minute a day exerciese team. I added a 10 minute stationary bike ride because of it. The more we move, the more we lose! Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:09:42 EST Menu Issues I love that they have menu ideas but I don't care to track certain things that I excluded and yet I'm still being offered things like unsalted butter. I also don't believe in low fat dairy despite my weight and if I sub these items there aren't full fat options. Does premium by chance have more specific meal plan options?? Anything I can do other than completely customizing each and every day. I need ideas and enjoy them even if I don't follow them but it aggravates me that I'm being offered ... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:35:50 EST Tooth pulled, still need root canal diet There is so much controversy about eating baby food. I wanted to get everyone's opinions on it. <BR> <BR> I had a tooth pulled recently and I still cannot tolerate solid food because I also need a root canal on another tooth that was adjacent to the one pulled. I wanted something sweet but healthy so I bought a few things of Banana, Mango, Banana/Orange Medley baby food because the consistency is something I can tolerate and it's not something unhealthy like pudding and I was getting quite ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:23:59 EST Must have healthy staple foods for a newbie? I'm going grocery shopping for healthy food tomorrow. I am used to eating nothing but junk and am not sure where to start or what to buy for meals or snacks. Any ideas would be helpful! Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:17:19 EST Omega 3 Is there a way to track omega 3 along with my other nutrients? Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:29:27 EST E3Live - BrainON? Anyone ever take? Hi! <BR> I recently bought E3Live brain on, which is a brain enhancer. <BR> Has anyone every taken this or any brain enhancers? I want to take it to help with brain function for exams but I'm afraid it will cause weight gain. <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:43:51 EST How Do You Get All Your Fruits And Veggies In? I'm starting an anti inflammatory diet, and one of the recommendations is a minimum of 9 servings of fruit and veggies. So far today I am at 3. I've had lunch and a snack. I had spinach and raspberries with my lunch, and some mango and banana for my snack. That means I still have to eat at least 5 more servings today. How do you fit in all that plant food? Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:02:54 EST How meat nutritional values are calculated My husband cooked me a piece of meat from which he had trimmed most of the fat. I then weighed it and entered it into my nutrition tracker. While eating it I came upon some more fat which I removed and did not consume. Should I weigh the fat that I removed while eating and subtract it or is it assumed in nutritional values that one will removed the fat and not consume it? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:01:09 EST Becky...advice, please I know you are a nutritionist. What can you tell me about eating and my recent gout attack? I had one in my left foot about 6 years ago and nothing since yesterday. Now my right foot (joint below big toe). A little about the eating plan I've been on the past few months. Generally low carb, and cut my portions in 1/2 again. I drink a lot of water which I know is good to flush out the bad stuff. I am certain genetics are playing a role here as my mom and two aunts suffered from gout, and an eld... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:40:07 EST COQ10 info? Anybody taking COQ10? Good or bad? Wanting information on this? TIA Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:50:43 EST Ketos diet Has anyone used this diet and does it work and is it healthy? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:50:08 EST Hot lemon water? I've heard that drinking hot lemon water helps boost your metabolism. Has anyone tried it? Does it have to be hot? Will cold still work? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:15:33 EST Looking for HMR diet buddy I just started today and have 39 pounds to lose, doing decision free diet, all shakes and a cereal. Done it before and lost the weight but having a buddy would really help to stay accountable and have fun while the weight falls off. <BR> Sparkcheers:) <BR> Michelle Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:14:26 EST Romanesco I posted this on the community feed, but I'll post it here as well for those who don't go there: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My wife brought this home from the farmers market and it's kind of "other-worldly" in appearance, but quite tasty. Is it maybe a cross between broccoli and cauliflower? If you're like me and have never seen it before, there are several good youtube videos about it. There are even so... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:13:20 EST Do you also have an actual "level" of fullness? About a year or two ago, I read an article that mentioned how some people who emotionally eat will do so until there is an actual level of fullness - like an actual amount of food in their bodies - that is their "ideal", and this is what will give them a temporary sense of comfort. I know that I have this, but have yet to meet anyone else who does, too. For the life of me, I can't find this article again, since there is just so much written about emotional eating. I know that for me, since my... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:16:11 EST Cravings Sweet tooth-try to find a low calorie substitute like yogurt. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:38:07 EST Anyone using a digital measuring spoon scale? Wondering if anyone has used a digital measuring spoon scale? I found one here for free (well, <BR> I had to pay 7.99 in s&h but that's expected) <link> </link> but I was wondering if anyone has used them? I do a lot of baking and cooking so I am hoping this will help me weigh the smaller amounts easier than my food scale. Any thoughts? Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:49:51 EST Hot drink suggestions? Winter is coming, and I'm looking for alternatives to your typical hot cocoa, tea, and coffee. I drink coffee with lots of sweet stuff added to it, so that's not gonna fly anymore. I drink tea on its own, but sometimes I want something that's a little more full-bodied, like hot cocoa or chai, but without all the calories and not as sweet. Anyone have any good alternatives, or maybe an altered recipe? Thanks! Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:15:22 EST Smoothies After chemo and stem cell transplant, I have a hard time meeting my nutrients. Smoothies with spinach and fruits cod liver oil and cidar vinegar. Oh yeah flax seeds and chia seeds. Now on the move too. <em>192</em> Mon, 9 Oct 2017 18:32:12 EST Oxidation of nutrients in Gelatin Hello, <BR> <BR> I am trying to incorporate more nutrients into my diet. I have had the real issue for years of not eating ANY vegetables. I have been experimenting with juicing and its become a real help as it is easy for me to drink a few juices a day to get those essential nutrients. <BR> <BR> One of the problems that I have noticed is that the juices are recommended to be consumed in 3 days as the nutrients oxidize after that time. <BR> <BR> I have been seeing recipes for people maki... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 13:49:16 EST Stress/emotional eating. I restarted my program 1 week ago and had a successful first week. Exercised everyday for at least 10 minutes and logged all my food, keeping within my calorie range. I had a very stressful day at work on Friday and then a stressful weekend with anxiety planning for my daughter's future and feeling guilty about not being true to myself and doing something that I didn't really want to do because I couldn't tell my friend no. Yesterday I completely blew everything. I woke up with a very sor... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:11:32 EST Question about Organic Greens powder supplements I started taking this stuff recently, and I quite like it. I feel better since i started taking it, and it's basically replaced my fiber supplement and works even better than the fiber. <BR> <BR> My question is, what is the nutritional value? It shows having 3% or less daily value of calcium, iron, and potassium. Those are the only minerals/vitamins listed. <BR> <BR> The "organic greens blend" lists: Wheat grass, alfalfa, barley grass, blue green algae, broccoli, cabbage, kale, parsley, spi... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 16:08:36 EST Maintaining Weight? Hello, so one day I decided to go on diet because at 18 years old, and at 5 foot 5 I felt very insecure in my own body. I was weighing about 60kg, or around 132 lbs, to even up to 62kg, or around 137 lbs, sometimes. So through counting every calorie I ate and measuring my food and restricting my calorie intake to about less than 1,000 calories a day I lost weight and am currently at around 50kg or 110 lbs. I really want to maintain my weight or stay within a range of 110lbs to about 120 lbs a... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 05:09:45 EST Root canals: anyone had theirs removed? Root canals: anyone had theirs removed? And did you see any benefits? I'm very seriously looking into this. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 22:08:45 EST diet on GMA this a.m. anyone tried it? Have you been successful? Is it super hard? Fri, 6 Oct 2017 19:00:46 EST unable to get much exercise Due to chronic pain I have a hard time walking which is what I used to do to lose,I try to do what I can but it doesn't amount to enough to help lose,I really need to lose belly and back fat and I'd like to reduce the boobs somewhat.Is there anyone else like me that give pointers,I'm not lazy just having alot of difficulty,I used to be very active and it frustrates me now that I can't do what I used to. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 18:10:57 EST Protein Besides protein shakes, nuts or eggs how does everyone get more protein in their diet. I have always struggled with this area.. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 17:29:35 EST Foods with Fiber I have been eating celery and see that it does not have a lot of fiber. <BR> <BR> Where can I find a list of food (fruits and veggies) with high fiber? Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:33:10 EST Question I gain 30 + pounds since I moved to NJ. I was on 1,800 calories a day and lost a decent amount of weight. When I was living in Arizona. My question is how many calories should I be on a day. if I'm near 300 pound? Who do I ask? <em>30</em> Thu, 5 Oct 2017 22:05:32 EST How does spark determine the basal metabolic rate? On spark, my basic metabolic rate is given as 1800 calories (on daily calorie differential report). However, on any other chart I investigate, my basic rate is closer to 1660 (at my present weight). This is confusing to me - and there is no way (I can find) that will allow me to change that basic rate. <BR> <BR> Yes, I can change my nutritional calorie range but that is not what my concern is. Thu, 5 Oct 2017 21:37:25 EST Craving after Gastroenteritis I had a bad stomach bug Monday all day. I know, is there any such thing as a good stomach bug? I think not. In any case, this was one of the most violent ones I have ever had. It only lasted a day though as far as vomiting and the other, along with head to toe body aches. The next day, I was in a lot of pain with a terrible constant headache and my stomach was hurting (I am pretty sure I have a peptic ulcer though I have not gone to a doctor over it. I also think this is why I was in a lot of... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:40:52 EST metformin side effects I started metformen 2 weeks ago and am newly diagnosed with type 2. I am bloated all the time with a slight stomach ache and terrible acid reflux. Comments? Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:54:13 EST Calorie struggles I was doing Sparkpeople for a while but gave up because I got so frustrated with tracking my food. Spark recommends that I eat 1290-1690 calories a day. I fall under 1600 easily every day, but I'm almost never at the minimum. I don't have the willpower to stick to 1200 calories every day. I really love cooking and trying new foods, plus I'm trying to add more protein to my diet so that adds more calories. <BR> <BR> However, I'm really petite (5'0, 110 pounds), and everything else I look at ... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:56:54 EST favorite "swap" foods? What are your favorite healthy substitution foods that satisfy you when you are craving something not-so-healthy? Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:43:09 EST Where are my low-fat folks at? Is anyone else following a low-fat plan? Either WFPB (whole-foods plant based) or some other low-fat eating plan? I'd love to follow your page and blog and support each other. Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:25:46 EST How long to cook pork? How long do you fry them on each side? They are boneless small pork chops. If I cut them up how long and what temp to cook in oven? TIA Wed, 4 Oct 2017 08:26:12 EST Soy and gout I've been gout-free for 6 months or more on the preventive medicine Allopurinol. Yesterday I began using soy milk, switched from almond milk for the higher protein content, and last night I got a painful gout attack. Soy was never on any of the lists that I've been given of gout-triggering foods. I looked online and other people have had similar experiences with soy and gout. I guess I'm switching back to almond milk. Wed, 4 Oct 2017 05:07:52 EST Maintanence Calories Am I sedentary or lightly active? <BR> So I recently started college and have been walking around everywhere. My phone pedometer says I average about 6,200 steps per day in a week. I don't really exercise or workout as I don't have the time. <BR> I’m trying to find my activity multiplier. I was thinking of multiplying my bmr (which is 1280) to like 1.3. Would this be accurate? <BR> I'm trying to maintain my weight. Tue, 3 Oct 2017 15:03:13 EST How long can u keep them? I make stuff to have in fridge for the week. how long do u think they will keep? like chicken that's been in there for a week and 2 days is that still good? I have eggs and sausage in there steak and peppers salmon and broccoli Tue, 3 Oct 2017 07:43:45 EST How does sleep affect your weight? I find I need at least 8 hours of sleep preferably 9. If I get less than that I'm tired, unmotivated to work out and don't make great food choices. If I'm continually short sleep over a period of time causes me to gain weight. <BR> <BR> How does sleep affect your weight? <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Oct 2017 06:29:10 EST Calcium supplements: yes or no? I've read so many conflicting studies and opinions on the effects of calcium supplements on the body. Do you personally take them? Why or why not? Tue, 3 Oct 2017 02:38:59 EST calories to maintain?? First, thank you so much for this site & app, which has been so helpful. Just wondering if there is any information on how to determine calorie intake to maintain weight, once a goal has been reached? I'm sure it is on this site somewhere, but haven't been able to find it. Thank you, in advance. Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:01:47 EST How do you calculate % of body weight los Hi all, <BR> I"m math challenged! <BR> How do you calculate % of body weight lost. <BR> Thanks! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:54:37 EST Salad dressing ideas I am just new again to all this.. So I am looking for salad dressing Ideas... little to no calories, low fat (of course).. I can not use salsa! :( ... So here is what I have been doing.. (since I need low sodium) .. 1/2 cup of mayo (with avocado oil).. 1/2 cup Plain low fat yogurt Strained (for thickness)... 1/4 cup of low fat Sour cream, 1/2 cup non fat milk.. Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and any other no salt seasonings (such as italian seasoning or dill, basil, etc... I drizzle on salads, ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 07:37:34 EST Vitamin A I keep going way over my quota of Vitamin A. Any suggestions? Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:10:30 EST What I Learned From Tracking What I learned from tracking is that what I thought I ate verses what I actually ate are two different things. Eating the right amounts takes work and practice. Eyeballing my food is dangerous, but either weighing my food or visually splitting my plate is the safest ways for me to eat. Lastly tracking what I do keeps me honest and on track and that's a good thing! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:54:52 EST How much does dietary fat matter? If I'm keeping my calories, fiber, protein and carbs in my daily goal range, is it a problem if I go a bit over limit on fat? Mainly heart-healthy fats, like from nuts, avocados and fish, not from butter, cheese or meat. <BR> <BR> I do eat meat, but very sparingly; once or twice a week and never more than 3 or 4 ounces. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 19:41:47 EST Spread for sammies/wraps Anyone have a recommendation for a yummy spread for sammies/wraps? Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:29:01 EST advorcore Is any one doing advocare Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:32:22 EST Goodbye, Weight Watchers, it's been OK knowing you In my first six months on WW, I lost 13 pounds. Not much, but it really wasn't that different from how I was eating anyway, so I was glad to have it. <BR> <BR> Over the following 10 months, I've lost three pounds. I've been gaining and losing the same pound or pound and a half for the last several months. I've followed the program extremely well, tried all the plateau busters they recommend. Today was my "if the pound doesn't come back off I'm done" day, so I'm done. Not with my goals, just ... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:21:55 EST Food allergies and dieting Has anyone made a diet plan who has severe intolerances and allergies? I have celiacs (so no gluten), but I am also allergic to dairy, egg whites (yes I know - ugh), and nuts. I also have issues with digestion and cannot eat certain foods like iceberg, romaine, cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower. But I do eat a lot of mixed greens, and other vegetables. Any thoughts? Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:43:11 EST where would you look to find a recipe makeover I'd love to find a healthy version of baked cream cheese spaghetti? Fri, 29 Sep 2017 04:47:08 EST Healthy Snacks? What are your healthy snack go to's? Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:34:51 EST Daily calorie intake tool What are the pros and cons of using the calorie range tool? Do you think it is better to turn the fitness tracker on to communicate with nutrition range or keep it off. I have read the articles but i wanted users thoughts about it. <BR> <BR> A little information about my day - I do 60 min of exercise about 4-5 times a week. It is either spinning/bootcamp/zumba. Rest of the day I am sitting at a desk at work. Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:38:54 EST Binging less of a problem with sparkpeople One of my bugaboos has been mindlessly munching at night, after an exhausting day out in the field. However, I am finding, as a grateful returnee to sparkpeople, that the simple task of meal-planning and meal-packing results in a calmer person returning home, a person who feels better about herself by the end of the day, a person who can even manage to stay food-sober during relaxing hours at home. <BR> <BR> Yes, I do seem too tired to slap together the ingredients for wonderfully satisfying... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:10:53 EST Hurricane Irma or any life disruption. Hurricane Irma or any disruption in your life. Are you having problems getting back on track? Stress eating was a problem for me the past couple weeks with evacuation, then clean up. I'll get back to the gym today and yesterday started tracking again. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:15:21 EST what's one way you plan to reduce sugar intake? Stop eating the processed food in our lounge. It's not helping to reach my goal! Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:27:14 EST Cheap! So, alot of people say dieting is alot of money. I have money issues, and when it comes to food its usually very unhealthy. Any ideas or list you can think of? P.S., I only ever go to Walmart and subway. <em>46</em> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:50:29 EST Pastry with Flora Light I madfe shortcrust pastry with Flora Light today. It came out really hard. Anyone know what I am doing wrong? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:12:57 EST What are some meals ? What are some meals you do for the week? I made chicken rice and stir-fry yester day and made 6 meals out of it. Looking to make more meals like that Please give me your ideas TIA Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:11:57 EST help! work will not let me take breaks Hi, I work at a restaurant where I mostly work morning shifts, which means it is busy right at the beginning and there is no way to eat until the shift is over. I see a lot of my coworkers are younger, thin and somehow make it through the day. I don't know if they snack on things in the kitchen (which is highly likely) or if they just guzzle soda. <BR> My question for you, anyone, is: Besides candy, what would be some things that are actually healthy that I can do to curve hunger pangs? ... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:59:45 EST Calories vs. Macros The last couple of days, I have met my macros, but I have not met my calorie intake. (I've been off by less than 100 calories.) Do I need to worry too terribly about missing less than 100 calories if I am meeting my macros? <BR> <BR> Do you have any suggestions for healthy foods that aren't terribly filling to add in calories? <BR> <BR> (Also, I just changed my settings to not account for exercise, and it increased my calories and carbs, so I have 5 carbs needed left and a little over 200 c... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:16:02 EST No appetite how do you get an appetite? I am sick from lack of nutrients. Ive had some bad habits of eating when I am about to fall over and of course when i do I over eat. But the rest of the time I get sick just thinking about food. I drink plenty of water. But always binge on something whatever I can get my hands on at the last moment when Im sick from hunger. And the healthier food seems more nauseating (i have had bad GI and GERD issues in the past so part of it is a fear of it returning. Have to ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:43:39 EST Can i use lemon juice? I would like to put lemon in my water is using the juice as good as squeezing it out of a lemon ok? tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:14:35 EST Afraid of blood sugar dropping I've taken a job at the Fort Worth Cutting Edge Haunted House this year as a Security Guard. Everyone who knows Texas is that being out in 90 degree weather is going to cause you to burn glucose and sweat a lot. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking about two gallons of water for my weight to deal with the heat. I'm just worried about my blood sugar dropping and passing out at work AGAIN. How much does heat factor in glucose consumption. <BR> <BR> What would you bring for snacks. It's going to have to be... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:38:33 EST Stuck at a plateau...Help! I am a female, 35 years old, 5'5" tall. I started out at 189 pounds this past January, and was at 183 in May but I have been stuck hovering between 178-176 pounds since the mid-July! I work out 5-6 days per week for 30-45 minutes, usually 3 days of strength training and 2-3 of cardio. I usually do beach body 21 day fix or core deforce workouts along with some intervals on an elliptical. I have been very seriously tracking and measuring all of my food intake since May and more loosely before t... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:39:08 EST My Personal Food Plan I once had great success with a link called "Diet Generator" which is now unavailable. What I like was the fact that you could shuffle your daily choices. The other day I found an article here on "The Military Diet," and have made my own modifications to it for the stricter first three days, the more normal next four days, and printed it out. I'm taping each meal choice to a 3X5 card and have my own deck to sort of shuffle now. I won't be random about it, but will look through the cards and d... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:32:21 EST Chronic Protein Deficient I am a 67yo male and I have been using the site for over a year and have had some success. But I have always noticed that my protein intake was below recommended minimums. I have recently started drinking a low cal protein shake in the morning that has helped me get to the minimum. <BR> <BR> But my weight has actually started to increase slowly although my belt size is staying the same. Plus, I have more muscle soreness than usual. <BR> <BR> Could it be I am suddenly gaining muscle mas... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:41:14 EST Adjusting nutrition numbers? Hi, <BR> <BR> My plan is set up aiming for two pounds per week. Two Sundays ago I was down about a pound, and this past Sunday I wasn't down at all. I'm worried that I've started to plateau despite the fact that I stick to the nutrition and fitness plans laid out. I recall from a previous time I was on the plan that you have to make an adjustment after a little while of losing weight - like you enter something on SparkPeople, and it reassesses your nutrition numbers to account for newly los... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:25:00 EST Starbucks is trying to redefine whole milk Occasionally I treat myself to a tall whole milk latte at Starbucks. I try to follow low carb and whole milk has fewer carbs than skim or 2% milk. <BR> <BR> A couple months ago, I watched as they poured out 2% and when I said that I wanted whole milk, the barista insisted 2% is whole milk. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've noted that all the local Starbucks use 2% for whole milk. <BR> <BR> Whole milk in the grocery stores is 4%, so I decided to see what the USDA had to say. The definition... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:04:30 EST Has anyone tried the KETO diet? I've been hearing a lot of talk about the Keto diet, which is basically where you eat a large amount of healthy fats, moderate amount of protein, and very little carbs. People say that it helps to jump start weight loss because it basically forces your body to start burning fat instead of glucose for energy. Has anyone ever tried this? If so, would you recommend it? The recipes look delicious. Any thoughts are welcome. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:40:21 EST To Many Carbs HELP! I seem to have this thing about eating way to many carbs. I live with my parents, and we all love our carbs (bread, crackers etc). I notice that sometimes after breakfast I had already eaten over 50% of my carbs. <BR> Any suggestions on how to cut back on them. <BR> Any good reading I can do? <BR> Any good breakfast (or eating) ideas? I do get tired of eating eggs every morning. I guess I'm picky. <em>4</em> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:57:26 EST Acai bowls Are these things actually good for you because they taste a little bit too delicious to be a "diet" food. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:36:41 EST Losing weight vs feeding a distance runner I'm trying to lose weight, but one of my children is a distance runner. He likes to carb-up starting 2 days before a race. Other than making 2 meals each week, does anyone have any great meals that both of us can enjoy? I'm really tired of spaghetti too. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:19 EST Overcoming food cravings? How do you overcome cravings? Does anyone else feel like late night is the time they want to eat? like between 7-10? Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:00:15 EST what to count? What do you count to lose weight? Calories, Fat, Cards, Sugar or none? Was wanting to know the best way. I know what works for some might not work for others. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:45:09 EST What to do when you lack the nutritional info? I have been trying hard not to eat anything unless I can get nutritional info for it, so I can enter it properly here. That means that even if I do indulge and eat out, I only eat from places that have this information available. But I have just spent the day at the hospital, it was a sudden trip, and I couldn't plan ahead and prepare and take something with me. I went for a while without, but once I realised it would be a rather lengthy wait, I did break down and eat there. I reasoned (h... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:48:41 EST question for those who use my fitness pal I am using the free ap to track my food on my phone. My question is in the way it tracks fruit as "sugar". For instance, I just added my snack for the morning as an apple and I got the quote "Your goal is to stay under ..... sugar for the day." The only sugar I eat is from fruit, no processed sugars. Can someone clarify about this. I think the same thing has come up for other whole foods but I can't remember what they were right now. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:34:15 EST Recommend allergist/immunologist? I've struggled with worsening rhinitis - difficult to typify, though triggered by a range of foods and cardio exercise - for over twenty years. I've tried most standard medical treatments, and had two surgeries, without much relief. I'd like to try a biologic (Xolair, Dupilumab, etc). I'm aware they're currently not indicated - though being researched - but know that some docs use them off-label. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to find a practitioner with AIT (SLIT, SCIT) experience. If anyone can r... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:16:51 EST