SparkPeople Eating Whole Foods Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4484 This group is for people interested in eating fewer processed foods and more "whole foods," that is, foods presented in their natural state. Share recipes, ideas, research, and more! SparkPeople Eating Whole Foods Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4484 Hi From TN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x58451498 Hope everyone is doing well! I am from TN and I eat whole foods due to severe food allergies. It is just better if I focus on healthy whole foods to control reactions. <BR> <BR> I don't mind eating this way, been going round and round about what I need to eat, I want to eat healthier and my main focus right now is eating enough calories and a good mix of food. <BR> <BR> I eat grass fed/grain finished beef and chicken without hormones/antibiotics from the butcher without reaction. I t... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:40:34 EST Hello! Newbie here! From Washington State http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x58428927 HI there, <BR> <BR> My name is Debbie. <BR> I am here to reflect on my journey towards truly finding my passion, what is meaningful and how do I truly make a difference. I used to be on SP a few years ago and stopped and used it at that time to receive support during a difficult time. This time, I am using this site to give back during my journey as I explore, uncover these in and for my life. I hope to inspire and encourage others as I work through "my journey", and hearing others stories.... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:08:56 EST Whole foods, Chesapeake Region http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x58345528 I'm MsBootcamp, and I'm in the Chesapeake Bay area. <BR> <BR> We adore whole foods, and, for an American, I eat very little "fast food" or processed foods. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having this Spark team! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:44:56 EST Sure wish the FDA would quit meddling in our foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x58251874 Got this link in my email today. What's next?!? The best cheeses are ALWAYS aged this way! <BR> <BR> <link>www.anh-usa.org/what-the-fda-doesn%E<BR>2%80%99t-know-about-farming-and-food-c<BR>ould-fill-an-encyclopedia/ </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:23:24 EST Hello from California http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x58206238 Hello I am new to the team and am from the San Joaquin Valley, California. <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:04:15 EST Fed up challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x57844794 Hi, I am new here. Leslie in South Texas. I am maintaining (more or less) a 200 pound weight loss (again more or less - give or take 10 pounds). Really wanting to keep my dietary choices quality so I joined this team for support. Along with that I am taking the Fed up challenge http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home in order to try and finally ditch the added sugar in my diet. So far the history of this is Leslie 0 sugar 100. Has anyone seen this, and is anyone trying this? Would also love to hear... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:30:26 EST Newbie Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x57832034 Hello, <BR> <BR> As someone who is completely new to the concept of clean eating, and who would like to begin by merely avoiding processed foods without taking into account nutritional value (that will come later once I have a better grasp on things), how do I define processed foods? Specifically, are mayonnaise and jelly/preserves considered processed foods? Do I need to make my own mayonnaise out of eggs and oil and my own preserves out of fruit and sugar? What about yogurt? It's processed... Sun, 11 May 2014 04:29:59 EST make over recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x57779860 I found a spark recipe i remade.It called for cream of mushroom and cream of chicken.I made my own sauce using cage free chicken broth,and a little half and half and added my homemade taco seasoning..The rest of it was brown rice,tomatoes with green chilis,cheese,chicken breast,black beans raw onions and cilantro. I had it last night and today i reheated it and had it in tacos with avocado. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 13:57:16 EST Hello from Very South Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x57587238 Hi <BR> I am 65 year old retired (mostly) nurse. This past few months I have been eating less and less food from boxes and more from our farmers market. I even planted a little garden. It seems that eating whole foods should be simple, but it is full of challenges and I thought I would hang out here some for support. So here I am. My top weight was 365 or more in 1980, and today I hang in around the 160's, so my body is Fine with me, but I want to maintain my health so I don't end up a sad o... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:12:24 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x57485667 I've been off Spark for about 5 years, but I need to get back on track. For the past several I've been slowly weening the house off processed stuff, but it's an uphill fight. My husband has a killer Pepsi addiction and my son has plenty of friends (and grandma-like neighbors) who share all kinds of stuff when he's around. Fortunately the one who used to hand out pop tarts like every kid in the neighborhood was about to starve to death moved. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:18:42 EST Log in points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x57409792 2+5 <BR> do not have much intput into other topics but like to read them Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:29:18 EST Hi from Alabama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x57161865 Hello all. I am new to SparkPeople. I have a six month old daughter and am currently a stay-at-home mom. I have struggled with weight issues my whole life and want to break that cycle, especially now that I am a mom! I love nutritional philosophies of the Paleo Diet, Weston A. Price, and natural/Organic gluten free foods. I worked at Whole Foods Market for 5 years and let's just say I love that company! My end goal is to lose 77 pounds. Hoping SparkPeople will help me to do just that. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:27:45 EST Hi from jfeettere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56920548 Hi, I'm looking for ways to improve my health. This looked like another great team to add on to. I like ideas of paleo but just can't give up Greek yogurt :( so I'm still on my search for the right foods and yummy recipes that work for me :) Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:34:29 EST Couscous w/spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x56892668 Yesterday I made couscous with spinach ... some garlic and onion sauteed in olive oil with a dash of lemon juice.. It was delicious! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:06:05 EST Milled Chia Seed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x56880147 Has anyone tried this.. tips, hints, ideas? A friend gave me a bag. I have to admit after my quinoa fiasco( which i believe will be better after rinsing it better) I am nervous to feed it to my family without a tried and true recipe... LOLOL Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:01:28 EST Hello from Cali http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56857390 Hi all. My name is Donna. I live in Northern California, not near San Francisco but further north behind the redwood curtain. I've been on SparkPeople for over three years without much success in weight loss, but I have learned a lot and think that reducing/eliminating processed foods from my diet may be part of the answer to my lack of progress. I joined this team because you seem to be headed down the same road. Thanks for the welcome, Donna Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:25:19 EST Must Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x56736030 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I received an e-mail from FOK this morning with an good article by T. Colin Campbell. I hope the link works. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/t-colin-campb<BR>ell/health-care_b_4719598.html?1391468504 </link> <BR> <BR> Ruth Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:38:10 EST Hello from NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56643940 Hello all. I'm a 39 year old divorced mother of 3 daughters looking to step up this health and fitness journey of mine. I can say that I am rather consistent with my exercising, even though it's not daily. So the next step for me is to now take a close look at what dietary changes I can make. I have already made small steps here and there, such as eliminating soda, reducing sweets, less processed foods...but I know I have a lot more to learn in this area. My last 2 blood test results have s... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:13:11 EST Hello I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56566363 Its snowing right now and wishing for spring. I had a big veggie garden this last summer <em>521</em> and canned or froze all my veggie, also bought fruit from farmers markets and froze those too. With the garden weeding lost 20lbs. This year have been eating lots more whole food. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:16:09 EST Best milk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x56325728 Nonfat organic, no hormone cow's milk? Almond milk? Soy milk? Coconut milk? Vanilla, chocolate? Please weigh in! Sun, 12 Jan 2014 01:53:27 EST Recipe Adaptation... Thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x56316629 I have adapted a recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins that is a.) fabulous, b.) almost 100% clean and c.) gluten-free. Our family loves it, but you know... you want to mix things up. Have some backups. So, I'm wondering. <BR> <BR> Since I know this recipe works, why not start there? I'm thinking carrot muffins... substitute carrots for zucchini (I've already done this for the chocolate muffins, and it works well) and up the spices. But what about the cocoa? <BR> <BR> What would you s... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:18:23 EST A Prodigal SparkPerson :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56245513 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Tess...and I'm a Spark People drop out. At least I WAS, but now I'm back and feeling the mojo. <BR> <BR> I'm 55, at least 100 lbs overweight and in the worse shape of my life. I was once very very successful on SP, and at one point was about 60-70 lbs lighter than I am now. <BR> <BR> I've had a brutal couple of years, and I dealt with it by eating whatever, whenever, in whatever quantity I wanted. And letting myself morph into a sloth. But I'm not going to d... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:50:46 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56195412 Hello! I'm Jen - I'm new here. I have been on a mission for awhile now to remove processed foods from my life. I do decent most of the time - but its time to step up my game! <BR> <BR> I've also made some big switches in household cleaning supplies and skincare products. <BR> <BR> Excited to get some support from others with similar goals! <BR> Jen Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:12:26 EST (shrimp) cocktail sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x56160155 Happy 2014! My goal for the year is to eat whole food as much as possible. <BR> <BR> For dinner we're having shrimp cocktail. I've been looking for a recipe that doesn't have ketchup in it, or a homemade version of ketchup. Can anyone on the team help me out? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:03:49 EST Hi! Here is a new menu planning app I love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56155743 Hi. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm working on cooking healthy meals for my husband and I. I use a new app called "Meal Board" where I have been planning my weekly menus. The app generates the shopping list off the recipe and even sorts it by grocery aisle for me. The app also syncs with my phone, iPad and computer as well as my husband's devices. He can see what is for dinner or add things to the grocery list. I love it! I was excited to find that all of the Spark Recipes I'm finding ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:27:49 EST Making Almond Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x56125884 I have made nut milks before, but I used cheese cloth to strain the pulp and it's cumbersome at best... almost making it not worth the effort. <BR> <BR> Now, I know better... it IS worth the effort but time is a resource that I'm lacking most months. SO - in my "new year" mentality, I've done a little research on making nut milks (specifically almond milk) and found that there is such a thing as a Nut Milk Bag which is supposed to make my life easier. <BR> <BR> #1: Has anyone here ever... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:12:26 EST Hello all...I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x56107915 Hi...my name is Carol and I hail from Kansas. I've been a member of sparkpeople for 3.5 years and have lost a total of 120lbs....some of which I lost before joining Sparks! I've sucessfully maintained my weight loss for almost 3 years. Right now I feel like it is time to take my healthy eating to the next level. While I try to eat unprocessed and whole foods most of the time, I have some things I need to work on. I checked out several teams similiar to this one but found this one to be quite ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:00:19 EST Food Tracker and whole foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x56060076 Is there a way to set the food tracker to give only suggestions using whole foods? Like I don't want to use I can't believe it's not butter spray, I would rather use real butter or olive oil or something but I don't want to have manually change everything. If I have to do that I will just go write my own meal plans. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:27:01 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x55851167 My name is Jen and i'm from Indiana. I'm a wife and mother and I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, outdoors, kayaking, canning and preserving my garden goodies..and just family and life. I've gotten very off track in the past few years with our eating and what I cook. Junk junk junk. And, I can do better. So, I joined some teams with interests I share and i'm going to make spark and whole foods a priority in my life. Glad to have found this team. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:37:57 EST Whole foods Yummmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x55805495 Hi you all. Just joined Sparkpeople and looking for teams to join. This looked like a good place to be. Eating whole foods not processed packaged stuff sounds great. We all have gotten so far off track when prepackaged convenience foods came to be the norm. I am looking to eating better and healthier, and finding ways to do so with real food. I hope to make many new friends, and find new ideas on how to eat better. <em>265</em> <em>258</em> I must admit that I do struggle with find... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:49:50 EST FRESH OR FROZEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55604439 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> quick question: what is best fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables. Also is it best to freeze your own? <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 03:51:02 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x55525532 So nice to see a group around eating whole natural foods. It is the best chance for me to get the maximum nutrition for my body to eat in a natural way. Looking forward to sharing our favorite recipes and words of encouragement with you. I love my smoothies for breakfast. Wasn't a breakfast eater until I discovered smoothies and now I love it. <BR> Have a terrific Tuesday! Tue, 5 Nov 2013 11:34:15 EST Healthy Living Bundle - for your info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55514473 <link>ultimate-bundles.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> 86 e-books <BR> free conference <BR> and extras Mon, 4 Nov 2013 15:03:49 EST Cabbage-how do you like to fix it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55502496 I have a head of cabbage and I am looking for some different ways to prepare it other than cole slaw or putting it in soup. Thanks in advance for your ideas. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 17:36:00 EST Quinoa - recommend or suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x55448069 I really want to like quinoa more, but I cannot seem to get past a background taste that's almost metallic. <BR> <BR> Can anyone suggest a specific brand or cooking/pre-cooking methods to help? Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:08:52 EST Blog: My Whole Food Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x55409948 This may be old news to you guys, but I only recently discovered this blog: http://mywholefoodlife.com/ <BR> <BR> It has some really good articles, recipes, and resources. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:25:38 EST Coconut Flour/Almond Flour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55399585 If a recipe calls for almond flour, and all you have is coconut flour, prepare to make adjustments. <BR> After making a mess; I managed to find something regarding coconut flour that would make all the difference: <BR> <BR> recipes with coconut flour have a high percentage of wet to dry ingredients, as the coconut flour is so dense and absorbent. <BR> <BR> Lesson learned. <BR> Crumbly, dry cookies (thankfully not a lot of them - I didn't double the recipe, thankfully) Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:39:02 EST Question - View others food tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55340687 Is there a way to view other peoples food tracker to see what they are eating and get good ideas? Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:17:25 EST Hello from Northern California. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x55330234 Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in Sonoma County. I'm trying to shake a serious chip addiction and eat healthy. Not just for my health, but as a confirmed "foodie" I want to refine my palate and develop my appreciation for real, natural, delicious food. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting all of you! Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:26:21 EST 8 foods the experts won't eat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55283056 <link>www.realfarmacy.com/8-foods-even-the<BR>-experts-wont-eat/#M9BJlxReZr1YlLTi.99 </link> <BR> <BR> I found the thing about canned tomatoes and the problems with potatoes particularly interesting. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:05:24 EST Any good recipies for fermented vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x55172515 I heard fermented vegetables are supposed to be super good for you. I just need a good recipe. Anyone have one? Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:53:16 EST Tips for quick healthy meals for picky eaters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55172189 Please post any suggestions you have on quick meals for picky eaters. My family is only into good healthy foods as long as it tastes good. And we are all really busy folks. <em>4</em> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:31:35 EST E-Book Bundle on Sale for one week (Oct 7-14) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55169836 <BR> <BR> <link>harvestyourhealth.net/ </link> <BR> <BR> Books, subscriptions, discounts (some only US, but that still doesn't negate the value of the books included) Mon, 7 Oct 2013 05:25:49 EST Costco: The Fruit Co. Organic for Breast Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55137307 Fruit baskets (purchased as a gift) are pricey and organic is pricier BUT if you're needing a shipped-type of gift, this is kinda neat IMO. <BR> <BR> <link>www.costco.com/The-Fruit-Company%C2%<BR>AE-Organic-Pink-Basket.product.1000824<BR>88.html?catalogId=10701&keyword=816502<BR>&langId=-1&storeId=10301 </link> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:11:23 EST how much: 'normal' sized pumpkin where you live? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55124435 <em>147</em> <em>147</em> We didn't grow any this year but we normally plant a couple of hills. I've never BOUGHT a pumpkin! <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> My brother was saying he got one for the kids and it cost $13 (this is St. Louis, Missouri prices, he lives in Webster Groves). <BR> <BR> I almost fell out the chair! <BR> <BR> Heck, if I knew THAT, I'd plant MORE and sell them in town or at least at work. Thinking next year... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:06:13 EST How to export nutrition data report? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55092742 How to export nutrition data report? <BR> <BR> <BR> When I try to export my nutrition data report (the link at the bottom of the page) it open an excel file, but the file is blank and has NO info on it. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas? <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:38:55 EST Advertiser on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55064330 There is an ad here on SP about Washington State farmers backing "No to 522". I thought they had a valid reason. It turns out that they are spewing the Monsanto line that it would cost families more for non-GMO. I'm really getting tired of those ads and am a little disappointed that SP would run such garbage on the site. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:43:14 EST How Often do you Visit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x55026296 This (or any other Team of which you are a member)? <BR> <BR> As this is the only one I am currently a member of; I usually try and visit daily, even if I don't leave any messages behind. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:21:12 EST Transform Your Health Virtual Summit (free) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54980507 Sign up here: <BR> <BR> <link>transformyourhealthsummit.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> P.S. I am in no way affiliated with this. <BR> I just got an e-mail to tell me about it, and thought I'd share in case anyone is interested. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 08:24:31 EST Manual versus Mechanical http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54944143 I wasn't quite sure how to word the subject line. <BR> <BR> Are there some things you prefer doing manually, rather than using a machine (either electric or otherwise)? <BR> <BR> What got me thinking was that hubby was wanting to chop/shred something the other evening, and decided to do it with a knife, rather than "dirty" the food processor. <BR> <BR> Now, there are non-electric machines that we also sometimes choose to use over the electric versions (box grater, mandolin, etc.), but I wa... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:22:11 EST Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54930093 OK, self-discovery. <BR> <BR> Grain and/or bean products (for me) cause inflammation. <BR> Perhaps not noticeable to others, but weight gain, and everything feels 'bulked up' or 'full and bloated'. <BR> <BR> I foolishly bought some olive bread. For some reason, I just wanted a piece. Of course, you can't get just a piece, and I ate it two days in a row, before getting rid of the remainder. Yes, I'm suffering for it. <BR> <BR> While I realize a new schedule (we've just joined the YMCA and b... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 06:11:57 EST Vegan Protein Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54873913 Good morning everyone!! I was wondering if any of you have found a good vegan protein powder you use? It is so hard to know which to buy because some reviews mention some nasty tastes with some of them. I figured I would come here and ask the tried and true people that share here at SP. <em>252</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:51:35 EST Tips for Reducing Food Bill (add your suggestions) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54852311 This paragraph is copied from a "hello" thread, but I thought it might be good to have in a more visible locale. <BR> <BR> here are some suggestions, and you may not necessarily apply them all, but they are all I can think of at this moment: <BR> <BR> - buy cheap cuts of meat. Use the bones and leftovers to make lots and lots of stock and freeze it. <BR> - make your own (anything) from scratch wherever possible <BR> - frozen (nothing added) vegetables and fruits are a great extender to any... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:11:11 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x54829705 am looking for real tips ad support Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:49:21 EST Don't Try to Be a Perfectionist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54822411 We all have moments when we're not exactly eating on the plan we set out for ourselves. <BR> We all try to share our success with others, and our words/actions may scare them. <BR> <BR> This is a great article, and applies to any menu you've chosen, not just the one in the topic. <BR> <BR> <link>balancedbites.com/2012/06/paleo-perf<BR>ectionism.html </link> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 06:42:13 EST Small Appliances http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54787318 Along the same vein as the other, but more in the electric range - do you have any small appliances that you wouldn't want to do without in your kitchen? <BR> <BR> I really have loved my Kitchen Aid stand mixer (and a few accessories/attachments) for years. <BR> <BR> Lately, I bought a Breville Food Processor, and I use it, probably weekly. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 06:10:15 EST Kitchen Tools/Ac essories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54787312 I'm really having fun using my spiral slicer recently to make veggie noodles and such. <BR> <BR> Do you have a favourite kitchen gizmo? Thu, 5 Sep 2013 06:08:31 EST What Menu Plan do you Usually Follow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54701207 While I know that the group is called "Whole Foods" I realize that means different things to eveverybody. <BR> <BR> Some are vegetarian <BR> Some are gluten free <BR> Some are grain free <BR> <BR> What's your preference (or I guess medical necessity)? <BR> <BR> Mainly, I've progressed into being gluten free, although I still make things for my hubby with regular flour, and such, because he's not as far along that path as I (mainly, though, he'll buy something he wants that has wheat in it,... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:30:52 EST New Recipe Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x54676507 Oh, boy. Hubby started looking at it, and started flagging all the pages he wanted us to make. There's lots and lots of them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.ca/Against-All-Grain-Dele<BR>ctable-ebook/dp/B00E7VD938/ref=sr_1_1?<BR>ie=UTF8&qid=1377608337&sr=8-1&keywords<BR>=against+all+grain </link> <BR> <BR> also available on iTunes as an iBook, and Kindle (for less than half of the print version price) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:59:59 EST What Changes since beginning eating wholesome? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54653581 My hubby says I'm turning into 'suzy homemaker' - making all my stuff, now. <BR> <BR> I guess with reason - I know what goes into it. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:18:49 EST Lara Bars (the homemade type) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x54653420 I've never actually had a 'real' so I cannot attest to the authenticity of this recipe. <BR> <BR> It's from Civilized Caveman (I believe - because I wrote it down on a slip of paper). <BR> <BR> First I tried my food processor, and the dates just stuck to the blades, even when they were cool. The instruction book says you should likely have them frozen, but I didn't. <BR> <BR> Then I thought I had a brainstorm, and I decided to use my food grinder (which attached to my Kitchen Aid) (I have ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 11:58:16 EST Do you eat breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54651678 I was reading something this morning about some people not eating unless they are hungry, which means that they skip breakfast (or some other meal). <BR> <BR> Some people call it intuitive eating; some people call it intermittent fasting. <BR> <BR> Opinions? Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:12:00 EST Good - Better - Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54639394 <link>www.weedemandreap.com/2013/08/the-re<BR>al-food-good-better-best-principle.html </link> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 06:25:50 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54627475 Now, there are times my breakfast looks more like some people's other meals, with leftovers, stir-fry, or the like, but this morning, I guess it looked somewhat 'normal'. <BR> <BR> I made coconut flour pancakes. <BR> <BR> approx 2 T coconut flour <BR> approx 1/4 c coffee cream (almond milk, or whatever moisture you find around could be used I'm sure - that's just what I had) <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1 tsp baking powder <BR> <BR> Cooked in skillet with a bit of coconut oil <BR> <BR> I made two rat... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:06:15 EST Fit Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x54608372 Hi everyone! I have been trying to lose 10 pounds for over a year and simply can't seem to do it....so I thought that posting on this site might help :-) I am 40 years old and generally eat very healthy and exercise alot. I am not sure where the pounds came from!! Anyone have any tips for me? Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:19:08 EST Green Beans and Tomato Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x54605788 <link>cleananddelicious.com/2013/08/19/gre<BR>en-bean-tomato-salad-video/ </link> <BR> <BR> Spark Jenn gave me the ok to post links from this web site. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:08:09 EST Unfortunately, I found a new 'danger' food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54577042 Yes, there are foods I will over-eat. <BR> Some of them are actually healthy - nuts, bananas, berries and other fruits, for instance. <BR> <BR> Others, for some reason, my body/mind will go back to, given the opportunity. One of these is bread. It really doesn't matter what type of bread (although it has to be fresh). <BR> <BR> I still am not sure why that is. <BR> <BR> So, I bought a recipe for 'wonder dough' from primalgirl.com <BR> It's a bit of an effort to make the dough, but it's fai... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:51:39 EST 123 year old man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54569226 <em>345</em> Quinoa, mushrooms and coca: Bolivian says ancient Andean diet has kept him alive for 123 years <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link>worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/<BR>18/20076751-quinoa-mushrooms-and-coca-<BR>bolivian-says-ancient-andean-diet-has-<BR>kept-him-alive-for-123-years#comments </link> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:05:44 EST This is eye opening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54553650 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/iris-higgins/<BR>an-open-apology-to-all-of_b_3762714.ht<BR>ml?ir=Parents </link> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 06:54:46 EST Hello Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x54553159 Hey there, <BR> <BR> I'm Enk and I was introduced to eating clean via Forks Over Knives/Engine 2 by my brother. I went weekday vegetarian about 5 months ago and did the Engine 2 28-day Challenge in July. I've kept up with eating mostly vegan whole foods which I cook myself and haven't looked back. Between the extra energy, the improved skin/hair/moods, and the significant weight loss, I could never go back to eating as I did. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I just graduated with Honours from my ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 04:08:09 EST I'm considering stopping tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54545927 I've been at this for a while. <BR> I'm sort of tired of tracking. <BR> But, I'm obsessive enough (I think) to wonder if I'll set myself up for failure if I do stop. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:18:00 EST Shaking My Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54521795 Didn't want to post this on the main boards, because I really don't want a storm of comments. Just sort of venting or remarking on things I see on the boards fairly frequently that make me shake my head: <BR> <BR> - I've "binged" on such and such. <BR> - Is this (insert ridiculously unhealthy item here) OK <BR> - Help (and then give very little information to go on), or equally bad - <BR> - Help (and then say you "won't give up" whatever) <BR> - Is this Dr Oz item as good as it is proclaime... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:00:31 EST Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54455552 Do you snack between meals? <BR> <BR> If so, what are your typical 'grab and go' items? <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> <BR> For me, it really depends on the day, and how much I've had for the previous meal. <BR> Sometimes, when I've only had a light breakfast; I'll grab something mid-morning. <BR> Often, it's nuts, or even chopped veggies (raw). Sometimes it will be a boiled egg (I try to keep a few in the fridge). <BR> <BR> However, if I'm not careful, the snack can lead to not eating lunch... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:10:20 EST Half zucchini... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54383944 I just bought some wonderful fresh veggies at a local stand. They had samples of a vegetable they sautéed that I'd never seen before (grown locally). <BR> <BR> The woman described it as half zucchini, half summer squash. It has a summer squash shape, but lighter green than a zucchini. (I think the name started with a C) She told me the name, but brain freeze - I can't remember. I googled it, but couldn't find the name. <BR> <BR> I have to recommend this mystery veggie. I sliced it thin ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 19:00:53 EST Good Nutrition in 100 Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54363365 <link>https://www.facebook.com/CaveGirlEat<BR>s </link> <BR> <BR> Hopefully you'll be able to see it. <BR> It's an image, so it was not possible to cut and paste the words. <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 05:28:33 EST Do you Like Tea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54349471 While I certainly like a good cup of coffee, there's just something about tea that is so pleasurable. <BR> <BR> I keep a big variety of loose teas (and some bagged varieties, as well). <BR> <BR> I even have a filter that I can use in my Keurig machine with the loose tea, when I get lazy and don't want to use the infuser. <em>20</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 05:54:09 EST Here's an Unusual Concept http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54344113 Eating Healthy Can Lead to Eating Disorders? <BR> <link>www.ellecanada.com/living/health/ort<BR>horexia-how-eating-healthy-can-lead-to<BR>-an-eating-disorder/a/69274?utm_source<BR>=rss&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=Outbrain </link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:32:32 EST Soft Serve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54299831 Oh, boy, I just made Banana Soft Serve "Ice cream" <BR> <BR> 11 frozen bananas (I always seem to have an abundance in the freezer) <BR> 1 can coconut milk <BR> <BR> break apart the bananas <BR> throw everything in the food processor <BR> blend/process until smooth <BR> (you may have to scrape down the sides of the container a few times) <BR> <BR> Yes, I overdid it on the amount. <BR> <BR> Original recipe(s) I found online had either: <BR> <BR> no coconut milk and added vanilla (nothing e... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:15:33 EST Free Online Whole Foods Cooking Seminar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54296712 Sign up here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.primalcookingseminar.com/ </link> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:01:25 EST Did you change your menu all at once? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54221137 When I initially decided to eat healthier (again, it seems, but differently), I changed certain things in my menu, and added more fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> As time progresses, I find I've eliminated more and more processed and other foods in favour of unprocessed and "clean" eating. <BR> <BR> For me, it's been a work in progress, and I'm still not sure I've reached the point where I can say - "that's it - that's the menu I'm going to follow". There still may be some "tweaks" along th... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:35:18 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x54182491 Hi there. i joined here because I'm tired of dieting and i just want to eat good wholesome foods without all those added chemicals. I also don't want to eat processed junk anymore. I want to eat without worrying about gaining a lot of weight, being diabetic, having high cholesterol, heart disease, and everything under the sun. I want to eat good tasting food. I want it to feel natural and automatic. And I don't anyone else questioning my eating habits. Hoping to get good ideas here and... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:56:12 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x54182364 Hi there. i joined here because I'm tired of dieting and i just want to eat good wholesome foods without all those added chemicals. I also don't want to eat processed junk anymore. I want to eat without worrying about gaining a lot of weight, being diabetic, having high cholesterol, heart disease, and everything under the sun. I want to eat good tasting food. I want it to feel natural and automatic. And I don't anyone else questioning my eating habits. Hoping to get good ideas here and... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:46:23 EST I just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x54106299 I'm retired and trying to keep healthy by eating unprocessed foods and moving more. <BR> <BR> I have quit dieting and am losing weight. 7 years ago I weighed 298 now I weigh 206 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:02:05 EST Spices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54056648 I had been recently ordering my spices from My Spice Sage. <BR> They have a wonderful selection, and the prices are reasonable. <BR> Additionally, if there's something added to a blend; they'll let you know in the information. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was going to order some more, but for whatever reason, they are not shipping to Canada again until October!! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I have found many of the spice blends in the supermarket are loaded with additives. <BR> <BR> So, where do yo... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 06:49:33 EST Weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x54056594 Do you weigh daily, weekly, monthly, or not at all? <BR> <BR> In order not to obsess over one day or another; I found a "running average" is my best tactic. <BR> I weigh daily - but put it in a spreadsheet, so I can see trends. <BR> <BR> It calculates my weight (average) on last week, two weeks, month, 45 days and 90 days. <BR> That way, I can see trends, rather than focusing on one day. <BR> <BR> Works for me, but not for everyone, obviously. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 06:42:01 EST Rhubarb Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53983214 So, I'm doing the 21-Day Sugar Detox, which means no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. <BR> It's Rhubarb season here. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas (besides freezing) what to make with rhubarb - even savory dishes? <BR> <BR> I've been running ideas through my head (during my non-sleep hours through the night), involving adding an apple (am permitted one per day), and possibly some curry. I also considered squash or beets, which I am allowed one cup per day. I'm not quite sure the res... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 05:56:20 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53980920 Hi, I'm trying to get motivated to take off the weight that's been creeping up on me over the past year (10-15 lbs). I'm doing way better at exercising, but I still hit the sweets in a way that I really, really shouldn't. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:41:10 EST Gluten Intolerance (& other things) is not choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53955361 Inspired by Lily_Spark's story of the restaurant owner and wait staff's obtuse and passive-aggressive behaviour, I just want to stress that there are times when someone CHOOSES to eat a particular way, HOWEVER, there are other times when it's a matter of health, and sometimes even life and death. <BR> <BR> While not food related, and not quite as life threatening (although it was certainly getting touchy), our son and his fiance recently visited. She, despite being told of my sensitivities t... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 07:11:29 EST Blackberries with coconut cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x53916631 per person <BR> <BR> 1 cup fresh blackberries <BR> 1/2 cup lite coconut milk <BR> 1 - 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup <BR> 1 teaspoon psyllium husk <BR> <BR> Beat the coconut milk, maple syrup & psyllium husk together until foamy. It will not get as thick as whipped cream, yet it will thicken. Add in your cleaned blackberries & enjoy. <BR> <BR> 156 calories <BR> 28 carbs <BR> 6 fat <BR> 2 protein Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:45:13 EST Newbie Ninja Warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53830680 My wife and I just purchased a new Ninja Kitchen system blender/food processor. We have already experimented with fruit/green smoothies and dough making. Was wondering what cool uses others have found for this machine. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:47:43 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53827143 I'm tired of people trying to turn eating styles into religions. <BR> <BR> There are many adjustments I've made to my Twitter feed (following) because I get so weary of those who "preach" that their eating style is the only one in existence, and you're less human or something because you don't adhere to every single component of their way of life. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I have to sit on my hands on the SP boards, too - just so I don't respond in a frustrated or discourteous manner. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 06:19:06 EST anyone get bruising after going vegetarian? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53736064 I cook in cast iron when I dont eat raw food and shoot for 100 mg of iron through legumes and leafy greens, but dont always make my number. I have always bruised easily, but when donating blood, was never rejected for iron count. I woke up this morning with a bruise under my core armband, which is lime sized. Need I be concerned? <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 01:25:06 EST Good read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53727998 If you haven't read this NY Times article on junk food, you need to. It's a little long but well worth the time. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/<BR>the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food<BR>.html? <BR> pagewanted=all&_r=0 </link> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:25:43 EST Do you plant a garden? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53679428 Flowers or Vegetables. <BR> <BR> I inherited a perennial garden from the previous owners, and I wish I could take it all out of there with a backhoe. The choice of plants (except perhaps one or two) are not ones I'd put there. Plus, there's a landscaping fabric down, which makes it nearly impossible to dig in it. Doesn't keep the weeds at bay, though. <BR> <BR> In another location, I've planted a few flowers that I prefer. <BR> <BR> I have a few window/rail boxes with some greens (if the ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:51:37 EST Simple Soba Noodles with Spicy Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x53676468 I like to eat wholesome foods, yet also like simplicity. Tonight's dinner was soba noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles) topped with stir-fried broccoli. The broccoli had garlic and a finely chopped serrano pepper added. Topped the whole thing with two tablespoons of Thai Peanut Sauce. <BR> <BR> It made a simple and fun meal. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:22:50 EST Preserving Your Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53666199 Lily_Spark provided a wealth of knowledge on the other thread, but I thought I'd begin one that was more or less devoted to just that topic, so it was all in one place. <BR> <BR> My main way of preservation is either freezing in zipper bags or vacuum sealing. <BR> I don't have a lot of space for a pantry, and no basement. <BR> <BR> When I grew up, we had a basement with a "cold room" that my dad constructed. <BR> He used to wax the turnips, and bury the carrots in dry sand (that he had clea... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 06:28:43 EST Cross-Continent Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53666166 Where is everyone living (or currently accessing the computer, if travelling). <BR> <BR> I live in central Newfoundland, where it continues to be rainy and cool (possibly due this time to Tropical Storm Andrea) Sun, 9 Jun 2013 06:22:03 EST I Guess it's Rubbing Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53641431 Hubby is taking a Business Administration course (3-year program) in a local college. <BR> <BR> As part of the program, they have to do Oral Communications. <BR> <BR> Another group did a presentation yesterday on Healthy Eating. <BR> They used the Canada's Food Guide as their foundation information. <BR> <BR> He actually came home and was telling me it was a bunch of junk, and nobody had to eat like that. Wow. I do realize I've discussed a few things with him - but I never thought he was l... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:58:21 EST How's Your Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53628126 It continues to be cool, and rainy here. <BR> I'm thinking the few seeds I've put in window boxes are going to hide forever. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 07:47:36 EST Baked Goods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x53599025 I love to bake, however, I don't necessarily want to eat the entire thing (especially Banana Bread - which hubby won't touch). <BR> <BR> So, sometimes I'll bake and give it away instead, or slice it and freeze it (separating each slice with waxed paper or something - so I can defrost one at a time). <BR> <BR> Do you have strategies for baked goods? <BR> <BR> Now, I don't necessarily mean the high sugar, wheat laden products. I do work at making healthy alternatives (except for hubby, who w... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:11:44 EST Gee, it's quiet here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53531137 For a team with over six thousand members, according to the header, it sure is quiet. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'm a team killer. <BR> Ever team I join is barely active. <BR> Maybe I need to leave so you can all get back to chatting again. Thu, 30 May 2013 06:14:57 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53482174 Hello, <BR> I have been trying to lose weight on my own, but while I have done well with exercise, I think my eating patterns are holding me back. I really hate to measure foods and count calories and have been interested in whole foods for quite awhile. I am hoping that by significantly reducing processed foods that I will naturally intake less calories. Would love some healthy ideas, particularly for breakfast and lunch. I have been experimenting with quinoa and enjoy that, but would lo... Sun, 26 May 2013 07:48:53 EST Favourite Grilled Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x53481587 What's yours? <BR> <BR> I'm fond of <BR> <BR> zucchini <BR> tomatoes (just cut in half or they really fall apart) <BR> peppers of just about any colour <BR> asparagus <BR> portabella mushrooms <BR> <BR> I like roast (in the oven) veggies, too. Sun, 26 May 2013 06:51:56 EST Nut/Seed Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x53471256 Does anyone make their own? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I'll throw a single nut or seed (like sunflower seeds) in the food processor, with or without a bit of coconut oil, and make my own. <BR> <BR> I don't usually do peanuts (while technically not a nut, are classified as such by most) <BR> <BR> If I don't use it for consumption on whatever I wish; then I'll use it in baking (like the Civilized Caveman Banana Bread, which calls for some sort of nut butter). So, sometimes, I'll just throw the nuts... Sat, 25 May 2013 06:47:10 EST homemade sauerkraut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x53440307 We used to make this when I was a kid but I never actually did it -- I think my biggest part was de-scumming the multi-gallon crock! <BR> <BR> For some reason (probably my part as a kid), I'm a little nervous about making it for myself. Any tips? I've looked at 5 recipes and they are almost all the same thing, so it shouldn't be a big deal but I'm still feeling phobic (but want some good kraut!). Wed, 22 May 2013 16:00:39 EST Has anyone read this book? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53364247 Clean <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Clean Gut <BR> <BR> I just got a recommendation on Amazon - and wondered if anyone had an opinion on either or both. As far as I know - they are both by the same author. <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.ca/gp/product/ref=pe_1958<BR>40_29776670_pe_button/?ASIN=0062075861 </link> Thu, 16 May 2013 06:19:36 EST New here...hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53359276 Hi there! My name is Jaime and I joined this group because I am interested in reducing the processed foods I feed myself and my family. Tricky because there are a lot of foods I don't like in their natural state (nor do my kids)so I'm looking for tips on how to gradually move into whole foods. I have planted a vegetable garden with my faves and switched to 100% whole wheat bread, trying to get 1 serving of fresh produce in my diet daily. <BR> <BR> I have 5 kids at home and work full time so... Wed, 15 May 2013 19:19:51 EST Intro to Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53357976 Hi all, I'm EOCrossfitMom and I just wanted to introduce myself before posting elsewhere. I love eating whole foods though I wish the whole fam loved it as much as I do and not just 2 of the other 9 family members. They still eat it, they just let me know they aren't fond of it lol - except the oldest boy and the oldest girl, of course, who actually complain it's not "healthy" *enough* <BR> I'm back to being a student so I'm taking the summer vacation to get into a really good workout routi... Wed, 15 May 2013 16:47:05 EST 1C sliced strawberries and 1 small banana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53330783 Is one of the GREATEST natural sugar-bombs ever. I've known that I love them for 3 decades or so but I just had a bowl and GOOD GRIEF! Seriously. <BR> <BR> Who needs cake? <em>45</em> <em>265</em> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:36:40 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53270484 Hi I'm Bev and new to the team. I am working with a Health Coach to heal inflammation in my gut. I started my lifestyle change 2/08/13 after suffering for 6 months - 5-6 days weekly (no break) from chronic migraines. My coach placed me on an Anti-Inflammatory Diet for 4 wks, then Detox Phase for 2 wks, and I've been on the DeFlame/Challenge Phase since then. I am currently slowly challenging my body with foods that were previously restricted to see whether or not my body reacts negatively. If... Wed, 8 May 2013 16:33:21 EST Where is everyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x53250876 It's been days, and I don't see ANY new comments or posts here. <BR> Pretty much like most of the other teams I've joined - I must be a team killer!! Tue, 7 May 2013 07:14:04 EST hello just joined this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x53130498 Hi there everyone! I have been on Sparkpeople since July 2012 but just joined this team today. I am so happy to be joining here. <BR> I am a 38 year old woman in Toronto, used to eat a lot healthier but in my thirties fell off the wagon a bit. I have been increasing the whole foods in my diet and reducing the processed foods as part of my health and fitness journey. <BR> I'm needing to kick my cravings for chips and chocolate though so if anyone has any tips for that I would love to know. So... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:02:08 EST Hi, Im new to this life style http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x52968943 Hi everyone, <BR> Ok so I am SUPER new to this new life style change. It all started a few nights ago when i was browsing on netflixs and watched Hungry for a change. Between that and some other stuff i read about what the goverment is doing to our so called food it was truly disturbing. So I am have a VERY hard time at this switch and can use all the help i can get!!!!! Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:07:03 EST Adding more veggies and fruits to my daily diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x52792025 Hello there everyone! <BR> <BR> I was reading a blog from another member of this group and it got me more interested in hitting this goal harder. I've changed my eating habits 3 years ago by being introduced to herbalife. I do the shakes and small snacks and normal meals for lunch & dinner. We are encouraged to eat colorful meals which is whole food from God's earth. Today, instead of a shake, I made an omelet from egg whites, turkey bacon, orange pepper, mushrooms and onion, I want to ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:12:53 EST newbie already feelin better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x52673634 hi! I'm cyndi excited to have found this team! I am in the process of emptying my pantry/fridge of processed food and restocking with whole/minimally processed foods. I am still learning so any suggestions you have are well welcomed! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:19:52 EST Eating Clean and Gettin' Lean http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x52663391 Hi all! I am super excited about this team. I am an avid whole food eater. I don't eat much food that comes from a box except pasta. I make my own crackers and bread. Much more cost effective and I can control what goes in. <BR> <BR> Happy Eating <BR> Becky <BR> <em>291</em> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:23:57 EST New to the group, eating good for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x52589027 Saw this group and thought it would be a good way to swap ideas and recipes for whole and/or raw foods. I've been eating pretty good for a while now, mostly home-cooked, lots of fruits and veggies, some whole grains (brown rice, sprouted wheat, etc). Looking forward to new ideas and sharing some of mine. <em>41</em> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:17:00 EST FOOD HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x52427519 So for years I have eaten processed quick foods, I am more educated now on what these foods have done to my body, Yet there is something sill making me crave them ( I know its all the crap that is in the foods that my body is craving) I am hoping this group will have some good tips/swaps to make my transition a little easier as I want me and my family to go off processed foods with in the year and eat whole foods! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:01:57 EST Buckwheat and Oatmeal Waffles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x52264779 Just made this morning...revised several times <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2406414 </link> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:56:12 EST Video on good quality carbohydrates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x52223793 Here is a link that I came across: a videa stating the Best Sources of Quality Carbs! <link>tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=7C1C53577<BR>DB82E0DEF8242CBF3D19D47 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a pretty good video and would be good for diabetics as well, because he mentions glycemic index for fruits and grains. He did mention Chia seeds. I haven't tried those. Has anyone else tried those in their food? I usually use flax seed. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! And feel free to discuss favourite sources of carbs fo... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:52:00 EST bought a Ninja (Prep Master, the wee one!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x51964116 It's REALLY gotten me excited about making things that I'd sort of by-pass cos getting out the massive food processor is a chore. It's small (yay!) but there's a pitcher, that's about blender-sized and the PREP container is getting the most use. I'm loving it. <BR> <BR> It has doubled my veg intake. I love veg but anything that works that well, that fast is a great thing for those of us away from the home 60 hours a week! Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:29:49 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x51915222 Hello everyone <BR> I have just found your group and I am happy to hopefully help and find help on my quest for better foods and wholesome goodies. <BR> Right now, I am following a gluten-free, wheat-free diet, Trying to at least. I am working on getting more veggies and upping my protein. I am trying Raw Milk, and i am quite excited to be trying it. I just started on that today, when i picked it up from the farm shop. <BR> <BR> There is a mill near me that mills their own flour. Would ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:26:57 EST Clean Crock Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x51835372 Quick! I'm making up our menus for the week and it's gonna be a busy one! What are your favorite clean, whole food crock pot recipes? I'm getting a little bored with our stand-by chicken & salsa and BBQ chicken recipes... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:26:18 EST What's your favorite whole foods cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x51698364 or website? Which one do you find yourself returning to all the time? Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:33:53 EST Whole Lotta Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x51676139 Boy, been some kind of depressed & so eating WHATEVER I want. <BR> Yup. I'm usually on target for preparing most of our family's foods at home, eating whole grains, local & organic produce and high quality meat if I can afford it... <BR> Just lately been so discouraged that the scale is NOT moving, so I was like, "whatever" I'll just as I please then. <BR> So wrong. <BR> However, true. <BR> Staying on target with workouts but food choices have been gross. <BR> <BR> I'd like to begin turning... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:37:03 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x51563819 Hi, I am trying to move toward whole foods to lose a lot of extra weight and to keep diabetes away. I am looking forward to sharing and checking out new ideas. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:23:51 EST chocolate addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x51522635 I LOVE LOVE LOVE my veggies and fruits and quinoa and beans and lentils...yumm yumm BUT... I have a hard time giving up the chocolate. Any tips appreciated. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:48:14 EST Is Tofu considered a whole food? If so, what's you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x51522477 What's your fav way to prepare it?? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:38:54 EST Working Hard To Change Our Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x51362535 Hello There! <BR> <BR> I am new to the Spark Team and excited about what I have been seeing so far. This is a whole new world to me! Yay! I have spent hours on this site and have so much more to explore, learn, and share. Just wanted to introduce myself and looking forward to eating more whole foods. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:51:00 EST What do you do with celery root? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x51257747 I've never bought /made celery root before -- would you give me some ideas of what you do with it? Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:58:46 EST New here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x50919916 Hey, I'm new here. I go by Meg. I'm looking to clean up what I eat (more real food, especially produce, and limiting processed and empty calorie foods). I've been juggling the same 5,10 pounds for several years and would just like to settle in my comfort zone and have it stick... more reliably anyway. I also deal with a hidden illness and fibromyalgia symptoms, so I keep to a gluten free diet as much as possible and eat as well as I can. I love to cook and experiment with different seasonings... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:37:19 EST Newbie Needing to Lose 95 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x50772718 I'm Amy, and I have a large amount of weight to lose. I like walking as my primary exercise but as I've gotten bigger, walking for any length of time is very hard for me to do. Any added support is appreciated. <BR> I'm working to cut out most processed foods and getting more down to nature. <BR> Thanks <BR> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 16:59:08 EST Hi Teammates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x50553192 Hi everyone, I'm a newbie to the Team. I joined this team to learn more about living healthy on whole foods. I've greatly improved healthy cooking at home, and recently I realized that we are eating mostly whole foods at home. We need a wider variety, and I have quite a bit to learn about them entirely, but I'm ready to move forward to even better health. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:36:35 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x50274519 I'm Paige and I'm working on eating and serving the best quality food that I can at our house. I am a preschool teacher for kids with special needs, but I am on leave right now for the next 6 weeks due to foot surgery. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 22:01:11 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x50235168 Hi I have joined this team because I am interested in clean eating and would love to share ideas about how to incorporate more whole foods into our lives and also that of my children :) Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:25:29 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x50174533 Hi! I have diabetes and gout my diet is becoming limited. But I know Dr. keeps talking about lots of veggies. I'm here to learn to love the veggie more and eat better. Need tips and recipes. Hope you guys can help. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:23:32 EST A New Hope... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49881923 Hi there. Like many people I am not new to trying to lose weight. Over the years I've lost and gained more than I want remember. Now I am the heaviest I have ever been and realizing this must stop. I remember saying by the time I'm 30 I will be slim and feeling great. Instead I went deeper into depression and gained what I wanted to lose. Now closing in on my 40th birthday I have not changed in the way I wanted to. <BR> <BR> At this point in my life I am in a place mentally that feels wonde... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:36:46 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49843174 Hello to everyone! My name is Jessica, I'm 27 years old and looking to lose about 25lbs. I'm a whole-food eater, a farmer's market lover, and very interested in organic/ecological/sustainable eating. <BR> <BR> I'm completely new to any sort of weight-loss program, but need to reign in the indulgent habits I've cultivated since moving abroad after college. Looking forward to interacting with you all and sharing stories and progess! Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:17:58 EST New to Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49707905 Hi, my name is Kathy. I have been struggling with weight-loss partially because it is so overwhelming and partially because it is hard to find a meal plan that works for my large family, and my desire to avoid processed foods. I also don't want to give up an entire food group (grains, dairy...) except JUNK. <BR> <BR> I have 5 children still at home, so I cook big, but simple (not boring though). Can someone point me in the right direction? <BR> <BR> Kathy Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:40:20 EST Trader Joe Favorites??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x49632883 A Trader Joe's just opened up near us and I was wondering what some of the favorite foods/buys were. I have a feeling that I will be a little overwhelmed when I walk in the place and would like to have some feedback on the products before filling my cart. <BR> Any info would be appreciated. <BR> I'd like to check it out this weekend. <BR> Thanks- <BR> Mary Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:23:26 EST Oldie but a Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49426597 Hi Everyone , Karen , here from Chicago, I eat all whole foods , no processed food , cook from scratch , on ocasion use broth , salt free , fat free. I do juice , however , I have stopped jucing watermelon way to many carbs. Looking for fresh ideas. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:52:51 EST Blender bender http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x49213973 My wife and I are doing a lot of fruit smoothies lately....very hard on our blender, with all the frozen ingredients. <BR> <BR> Can someone recommend a blender that puts up to this...and does not cost $400 ?? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:11:27 EST Junk food junkie!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49212009 Hi, <BR> I'm new to this team. I returned to spark a couple months ago and was doing pretty good until 2 illnesses stopped me in my tracks. I am generally a fast food junkie. During the first month I stopped going to fast food restaurants and cooked at home. I felt WAY better but after being sick, nothing major just some respiratory and sinus infections mostly, I went back to my old ways and now feel crappy all over again. Now that I'm trying to get back on the wagon I would like to incorpor... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:30:16 EST Thinking of doing the Whole30 program. Advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x49178637 Hi. I'm new to the team. I joined because a friend suggested doing the Whole30 program ( http://whole9life.com/2012/01/whole-30-v20<BR>12/ ). I've never tried doing any kind of whole food eating program, so this is new territory for me. I'm wondering if anyone here has done the Whole30 and what results they found. I appreciate this group. I've been scrolling on the discussion board and see I'll find some great ideas for recipes. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks alot! <BR> <em>368</em> <em>3... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:33:23 EST GMO's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x49168961 I received an e-mail this morning from the Organic Consumers Association that was very interesting. It was titled "Friends and Enemies: GMO Right-to-Know". I thought I would share 2 links they sent me concerning GMO's. <BR> <BR> <BR> www.responsibletechnology.org/docs/140.p<BR>df <BR> <BR> <BR> earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths<BR>_a <BR> nd_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.1.pdf Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:24:38 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49157914 I want to eat healthier and fix meals for my family that will help them too. <BR> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:12:39 EST New too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49063225 I've lived all my life eating crap and yo-yo dieting. I finally decided it was time for a life change. I have been on a pretty strict diet since March 2011 and am very close to my goal. I often think of how I'll keep the weight off but also, how I WON'T go back to my old eating habits. This is definitely my ideal way - the less processed the better. I'm not a big talker (ok, sometimes I am) but I'll definitely be enjoying this team, drooling at recipes, suggestions, etc. :) Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:56:08 EST Hi! New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49026312 Just joined today. I consider myself lucky. Eating whole foods is pretty easy for me because I love to cook from scratch and real food tastes a whole lot better to me than the processed stuff. I do have a weakness for chocolate though. So I have to use my willpower at work where there are lots of chocolate bars and then when I get home if I still crave chocolate I'll have a square of dark chocolate I've got stashed away. Other than that I'm pretty healthy. <BR> <BR> Have a great, healthy... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:55:38 EST Hi !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x49025458 Hello everyone : <BR> <BR> My name is Vickie and I am new to the team. <BR> <BR> I am a vegan, I eat organically as much as possible and also eat whole foods and avoid processed food as much as possible. I do eat prepared things as I am not much of a cook, but those things would be Amy's frozen organic and gluten free vegan meals, vegan cheese, almond milk, etc. <BR> <BR> Lovely to be here ! <BR> <BR> Vickie <em>213</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:51:01 EST Easy pineapple shake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x49025393 This Skinny Pineapple Milkshake is a favorites for summer. It is super easy to make since it has only 2-3 ingredients. And besides the fact that it tastes delicious, cool, creamy and sunny – it is incredibly healthy! Rich in the digestive enzyme bromelain – which is only found in pineapple. Plus it is dairy-free. <BR> <BR> Skinny Pineapple Milkshake <BR> serves 2 <BR> <BR> 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen <BR> 1 banana, frozen or fresh (optional) <BR> 1 cup non-dairy milk (vanilla flavor) <... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:47:08 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48901102 Hi everyone <em>213</em> Trying to eat healthier, so thought I'd join your group. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:27:10 EST Real Foods Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x48881867 The current summit is: the Real Food Summit, and it started today. There so far appears to be a LOT of overlap with the Paleo/Primal folk which I tend to support -- though I will eat more legumes...) <BR> <BR> <link>realfoodsummit.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> The way it works, is that three video presentations are posted per day during the summit, which lasts about a week. These are free that day, based on Pacific Time. You can sign up, or not. <BR> <BR> I've already watched a couple to... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 10:36:11 EST Hello Mates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48544942 Hi. My name is Shakenma I have been on Spark a while. I mainly eat according to how food makes my body feel. I am working on eliminating cooked foods from my diet. I have been eating all raw meals except for lunch each day and then I usually eat baked fish or something like that with roasted veggies. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here with you. I look forward to learning from you. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:32:55 EST June Fruits/Veggies: What's in Season? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x48325436 What’s in season produce-wise for June? <BR> Lots of good stuff! <BR> <BR> Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupes, Cherries, Corn, Kiwi, Lettuce, Mangoes, Peaches, Strawberries, Swiss Chard, Watermelon, Zucchini – -- and many more! (Just click on the link below.) <BR> <BR> = = Remember: Visit your local farmers market!!! = = <BR> <BR> <link>www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/<BR>whats-in-season-summer </link> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:20:24 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48293844 Hi I am new to the team! I am about to start a 30-day challenge of eating nothing but whole foods. I know it is going to be tough, but after checking out some great tips and recipes here I am confident I can make it through. Good luck to everyone here! Wed, 30 May 2012 12:25:33 EST Try one new fruit or vegetable variety each week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17925x4484x48252145 My new goal is to try at least one new variety of produce each week. I love fruits and vegetables, so I feel like I've already tried most of what's readily available in my local stores, but I bet there are some that I've overlooked. <BR> <BR> week 1: dandelion greens <BR> <BR> I bought the dandelion greens at my local farmer's market yesterday. I made a salad using 1/2 dandelion greens and 1/2 spring blend greens. It was pretty tasty. I still have some left. I may try one of the recipes onl... Sun, 27 May 2012 16:35:57 EST 2 weeks without sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17925x4484x48239806 I am going to go 2 weeks without any added sugar (if anything has even 1 gram of sugar, I'm not eating it). I am voice blogging my progress on this website: http://www.gabbicat.com/shelbee#_=_ Sat, 26 May 2012 14:35:25 EST Trying to eliminate added sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48239765 I am trying to get rid of my cravings for sugar. I am a vegetarian and have a pretty good diet, but after my last baby, I have been eating more sugar than I normally do and need to just kick the sugar habit. I am doing a voice blog to track my daily progress on this website: http://www.gabbicat.com/shelbee#_=_ This has been a great motivator for me because I can talk about how I did each day and it keeps me motivated to stay on track since I post it all to Facebook where my friends and fa... Sat, 26 May 2012 14:30:37 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48209685 Hi. My name is Trish. I'm a mom with 2 kids (8 and 5) and we have been following a vegetarian diet for about 8 years. We ar slowly moving towards vegan, but not too fast <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report that for the most part we do eat homemade whole foods. I don't buy frozen dinners or premade pizzas anymore. But I still have some work to do - cereal and some packaged treats for the kids lunches. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this group and hoping to find some good tips to ... Thu, 24 May 2012 09:15:21 EST Useful websites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x48204324 I'm not sure if these are already posted here, I haven't had time to look through the wealth of info here! <BR> <BR> But I recently found a few websites that I thought might be helpful! <BR> <BR> <link>www.farmersmarket.com/ </link> Put in your zipcode to find nearby farmers markets. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd<BR>=Home </link> Similar to above, but also finds restaurants, co-ops, stores, etc <BR> <BR> <link>www.organicauthority.com/organic-foo<BR>d-recipe... Wed, 23 May 2012 21:45:08 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48187914 Hello everyone! I joined this team because I really would like to move toward more healthy whole foods and away from processed foods. I'm not there yet, but in the last 6 months I've made a lot of progress. <BR> <BR> I've basically been teaching myself to cook (more than just a few basic meals) and use a variety of ingredients. I've learned to love black beans and onions, which I previously hated. Which means there are many more foods out there that I can learn to love as well. Can't wait t... Tue, 22 May 2012 19:54:56 EST Zucchini Snacks? Need Some Helpful tips : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x48171481 Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> I just bought some Zucchini as it was on sale at the supermarket today. I have made baked goods with Zucchini before but I am looking for a new way to eat them other than steamed. I was thinking somewhere along the lines of baked Zucchini chips or fries? Does anyone have some ideas to prepare Zucchini as a snack? Please let me know : 0 ) Mon, 21 May 2012 18:15:52 EST I need to get off the Processed Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48171275 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I want to say how excited I am to be starting a new diet plan. I have tried many and give up half way when I stop seeing quick results. I knew it was time to change when I realized only 2 outfits in my closet actually felt comfortable to wear. I didn't want to accept that I was gaining weight but my jeans can't lie. Apart from losing weight I'd like to eat healthy whole foods, I have been on the processed food for too long now and boy does my tummy feel it, not only is... Mon, 21 May 2012 17:57:03 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x48130959 my name is Karyn and I live in New Zealand. <BR> We grow all of our produce and sell to the locals in our area. <BR> I am always amazed at how many recipes use canned or packaged ingrediants and therefor hope to get some new fresh ideas by joining this site, as well as contribute to the group with some of my ideas. Fri, 18 May 2012 18:20:16 EST Tumeric Extract Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x48080749 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/<BR>0416/tumeric-extracts-may-protect-the-<BR>heart-post-surgery.aspx?xid=nl_Everyda<BR>yHealthHeartHealth_20120515 </link> Tue, 15 May 2012 14:58:59 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47996543 Hello I'm cherry, and I want to eat whole foods because they are better for health. Wed, 9 May 2012 21:12:22 EST "The Power Of Your Plate" by Dr. Neal Barnard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x47869696 I have been reading this book for the past couple days and today, I really had my eyes opened. <BR> I have high cholesterol and the book showed me that I have really sabotaged my cholesterol but I really thought I was doing everything to help myself lower my cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Here is what I learned: Fiber in Oatmeal and Beans lowers cholesterol. I already knew about the oatmeal but didn't have any idea about the beans. <BR> <BR> Saturated Fats Raise cholesterol. Vegetable oils don... Wed, 2 May 2012 00:37:19 EST What Are Your Goals For May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x47851071 My Goals Are: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk Everyday. <BR> <BR> 2. Lose 8 Pounds. <BR> <BR> 3. Make some Friends on SP for Sharing and Support. <BR> <BR> 4. Eat I Meal Everyday That Is All Raw Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. <BR> <BR> 5. Have Fun! <BR> <BR> Cherie <em>126</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 01:28:21 EST hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47816249 hi there, i'm susan and i live in washington state. DH and i have been vegan for four years now with a focus on whole foods. when we first switched to a vegan diet we lost a whole bunch of weight, but since then the pounds crept back. i had been on SP on and off over the years without much success (probably because i was off more than on:-), but since coming back in march i have managed to shed 7 lbs - which put me past the same 5 lbs i had been taking off and putting back on for the past ye... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 03:02:57 EST What Are Your Favorites At The Farmers Market? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x47808059 I can't wait until the Farmer's Market Starts Here. They are talking about making it year round so I am wondering how that will work. Anyway, what are your favorite produce or other items to buy? <BR> <BR> Cherie <em>213</em> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:52:29 EST What's Your Favorite Healthy Whole Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x47791574 What is your favorite or favorites? <BR> <BR> Cherie <em>289</em> <em>258</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:05:10 EST Coconut oil instead of Butter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x47697793 Does anyone know if you can substitute coconut oil for butter in recipes like cookies and such? Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:44:00 EST Old member newly returned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47652618 Hi Everybody my name is Kathy and I have got to eat healthier! I am 7 days into a clean food plan and I already have more energy, I swore off soda and processed foods, good riddance to white sugar, hello portion controlled agave syrup. Hope to llearn much from all of you! <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 02:02:43 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47619887 Hello! I am new to this team, so wanted to introduce myself. I live in Colorado with my husband of 2 years. I'd love to lose 20 pounds, and would also like for my husband to eat more healthfully, even though he does not need to lose any weight. We are both "foodies" who love cooking, and are lucky enough to work in the grocery/specialty food industry. I am more interested in developing a healthier lifestyle than "going on a diet," and think this group looks like a great match! ~Mabry Tue, 17 Apr 2012 05:07:14 EST I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47614470 I am new to this team but have been a member of Sparkpeople for years. I am joining this team to get ideas of eating whole foods. I am currently eleminating all processed foods from my diet and replacing them with whole-real foods. Today I bought free range chicken, grass fed beef and amish butter. I planned to buy raw milk today to make my own butter but they were out. <BR> While I want to lose weight I am more concerned with getting the poisons out of our home and bodies. <BR> I wil... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:02:38 EST vegetable storage problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x47608594 I haven't introduced myself here yet, but I'm trying to eat "cleaner" and trying to eat more fruits and vegetables. The problem is STORAGE. My specific question today is, why do my vegetables get frozen in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator? It says "meat/veg" on it. It has a sliding "temperature" bar with meat on one side and vegetables on the other. Logic would suggest that I should slide it to the "veg" side, but I keep getting iced veggies and sometimes fruit. :/ Help! I don't s... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:27:50 EST New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47562953 Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Kristen and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have been looking to make some serious changes to my diet for a while now but haven't done it yet because of lack of knowledge and fear. I'm really glad to have found this group and I look forward to getting to know people and learning everything I can from everyone else here! <BR> Cheers! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:23:11 EST New Breakfast Obsession!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x47303777 You guys! I found the most delicious, easy breakfast that you can eat AT WORK. Have you heard of Better Oats Oat Revolution? <BR> <BR> <link>www.betteroats.com/ingredients.php </link> <BR> <BR> I'm kind of obsessed with this stuff right now. It has flax in it (300 mg of OMEGA-3), 28 grams of whole grains per serving, and 3g of fiber. It comes in a bunch of flavors, environmentally friendly packaging and here is the COOLEST part: the pouch is a measuring cup for the water. I HATE wh... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:08:42 EST Newbie - Going No Processed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47180910 Hi all! My name is Christy! I am new to the team, and joined for motivation, support and ideas for eliminating processed foods from my diet. I decided to do a 30-day challenge with no processed food and then after that I will go from there on what foods I will allow back in, if any. I am on day 2, and am doing well so far! I find that you definitely can find delicious foods that aren't processed. I am eating a lot of different vegetables than I have ever tried, either! <BR> <BR> If any... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:04:24 EST I'm Back! I didn't last long the first try.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47148839 Hello to all you folks working on living healthier! <BR> I am seriously in need of getting healthy. I am going to turn 46 in July, I'm about 75 pounds over weight, have high blood pressure, and am on cholesterol medication. It is time for me to get serious and change my eating and exercise habits. <BR> My husband is not at all interested in eating healthy and our two teenage boys aren't too thrilled with whole grain pasta, quinoa, or buckwheat. They do like whole grain breads, so that's ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 22:20:51 EST South Beach diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x47104483 Hi I have posted a blog about this and also questioned it in some of my other teams so sorry if I am repeating myself but wanted to get a rounded view if possible. I am thinking of starting the South Beach diet as it seems to fit in with the kind of way I would like to retrain myself to eat. My one concern is the fact that he says you can use artificial sweetners which I dont like to do. <BR> <BR> Does anyone already follow this diet or do you think it is not very good. I would love to get y... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:02:15 EST Hi, I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47090829 Glad to be a part of a team that can help me in this area. I did a Daniel Fast at the beginning of the year & felt it really helped me feel better, have more energy & lose weight as a bonus. I stepped it up further by really trying to eat more foods in their whole state. I am far from being a vegan or eating totally raw, but I know I need to strive towards being more in control of what goes in my mouth. Any & all suggestions are welcome! <em>4</em> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:35:58 EST Whole foods while I'm working with an injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x47050114 I won't be able to exercise normally for a while because I've fractured my ankle yesterday. I have yet to get the ankle stabilized, but I'm getting a referral for an orthopedic doctor. I feel it's more important than ever to get the right nutrition while my body is healing. I can move around on it okay when I wear slippers at home. I mainly stay in bed with foot elevated. I may be more mobile later. I don't know what the doc's recommendations will be. What would people recommend to hav... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 03:23:55 EST New and reading the happiness diet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x47019590 Been eating less to none processed foods this past two weeks and I feel good. I went on a bad eating binge in Jan, Feb. got it under control now and lost the excess weight I gained. Now I am back to the weight I started SP at in Nov. I am taking a walk or doing T-Tapp each day. I treated SP as a game to get points on each day and see how fast I could go up the levels. I now do not allow myself to log in unless I exercised the previous day and watched what I ate. It is working for me. I love... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:46:56 EST So glad to find you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46933633 I have been donig alot of research over the last month or so about removing processed foods and moving toward eating more whole foods. Skinny Chicks eat Real Food was my inspiration by Christine Avanti. I loved her first book and moving toward this lifestyle was always my goal, but I had no clue how much was involved and what was really going on out there. I don't know anyone that is following this type of lifestyle so I am very glad to find some suport on SparkPeople!! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:50:03 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46913473 Hi, my name is Jacqui and I have a terrible relationship with food. In fact it feels as though it controls me which I know is ridiculous, how can a chocolate bar control a 35 year old women but it does at the moment!! I am hoping to learn more about healthy eating and am very interested in a fresher, more natural way of eating. I hope I can meet some like minded people who can help me and I them on this journey. I am a stay at home mum to four small children and unfortunately spend alot of ti... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:49:24 EST Hey, glad to find this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46890743 Hi Everyone - <BR> Just found this team via a comment on one of my blogs. Looks like it will be very helpful! I and my family have been moving steadily into the whole food movement over the past two years, starting with Food Inc and "Fast Food Nation" and now centering around "Wheatbelly" and "Why We Get Fat." We're working hard on eliminating processed foods from our collective diet, and have as of January gone gluten and wheat free. I'm really interested in this, both for my/our pers... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 23:10:45 EST Hi, I'm Sarah :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46888246 Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I started using SparkPeople a few months ago, but I'm just learning about the Teams. I'm a college student who's fortunate to have a kitchen and be able to cook for myself instead of relying on the dining hall or eating out. Over the past three years I've been improving what I eat, and I now eat hardly any packaged foods! I have learned so much about cooking, nutrition, and the food industry along the way, and now I love using what I've learned to try ne... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 20:42:27 EST Name a Healthy Frozen Food Item! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46863754 Okay, so March is recognition for: <BR> <BR> --National Nutrition Month <BR> --National Frozen Food Month <BR> <BR> Let's name a healthy frozen food item that we buy/use or recommend to others! Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:39:23 EST Genetically engineered food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46801310 Looks like we're in for the fight of our lives: http://ww.w.care2.com/greenliving/wal-mart<BR>-to-sell-monsanto-gmo-corn-this-summer<BR>.html Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:27:02 EST Hello everyone, I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46799262 Hi! I'm a 19 year old college student who is striving to eat better and live a healthier life. I've been a member of SP for a little less than a year, and have lost almost 30 pounds in the process. I have about 10 more pounds to go. Over the past year, I have learned a lot about nutrition. One of the biggest things I have learned is that the closer to the earth you eat, the better. This is why I decided to join this team. I am trying to eat more whole foods instead of packaged ones! I am look... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:08:20 EST Anyone have kids used to crap food? I need help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46746261 So, I've been watching (or actually, just listening) to a bunch of TED talks online as I work today and one of them was very powerful. It's a talk by Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady, which portrays school lunches and the terrible state that they are in right now as a social justice problem. It's very interesting and if you happen to have an extra 20 minutes or so, you should definitely check it out: <link>www.ted.com/talks/ann_cooper_talks_s<BR>chool_lunches.html </link> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:29:40 EST 7 Healthy Dessert Brerakfasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46733282 These look really good. <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-recip<BR>es-pictures/healthy-dessert-for-breakf<BR>ast-recipes.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealth<BR>DietandNutrition_20120223#/slide-1 </link> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:05:39 EST Parboiled Rice -- interesting info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46661444 Now ... while I'm trying to cut back on starches and stay away from refined carbs... I do still want some starches in my diet from time to time (even though limited) and I grew up on rice. <BR> sooooo.... <BR> I tried brown rice and it is still not my thing.... <BR> Potatoes are good but still not my thing... <BR> whole wheat/whole grain pasta... processed ... Nix the pasta <BR> sooooo <BR> I'm back to rice....How about parboiled rice..... <BR> Soooo I did some research ... interesting fin... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:18:54 EST Hi My Name is Sheryl and I'm a Carboholic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46660165 Hi everyone. <BR> I've been on spark a while but I'm at the point where I need to swear off processed/refined carbs PERIOD. I am very tall and eating around 1300-1400 calories a day...but the plateau just wasn't moving. I stopped with the refined carbs and VOILA...I dropped 3 pounds in less than a week. That says something. I also know that my cravings have greatly diminished when I stopped with the refined carbs. I've been eating a lot of bean soup/stews and they have really done... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:36:06 EST frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46544897 Hi, <BR> I am new to this site but getting very frustrated. I have been eating clean for about 3-4 weeks, and haven't lost a pound. I am now thinking I have to be more careful about my portion control Anyone else have this issue?? Help, I am ready to give up! Sun, 12 Feb 2012 09:05:04 EST Recipe help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46492961 Hi gang! Say, I've been saving Spark recipes into a recipe book. Now I can't figure out how to access this. Does anyone know how??? <em>2</em> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 21:46:07 EST Anyone from East Tennessee? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46472873 Hello all! I'm reading and educating myself more and more about "real food" and the slow food movement. I'm reading both Christine Avanti's books right now and think they're great! I'm from East Tennessee - if anyone else is in the area, please let me know if you know of any good local food places! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 19:27:27 EST Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46448406 I am new to the group and new to whole foods living. I have not technically started yet because we are trying use up what we have in the house already. Right now I am just trying to learn and figure out what is best for me, and honestly, I don't even know how to cook without processed foods. I just wrote a blog on here about it so I will leave it at that. :) This looks like a great team and I hope to learn a lot from all of you. <em>30</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:26:42 EST Hi, Julie from Illinois http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46432262 Hi, I am so interested in eatting more whole foods and less processed foods. Specially for my children too. My oldest has ADD and my youngest has a peanut allergy that affects alot of cooking in my house. Foods that are even processed or made in the same facility are not options at this time for him. I want myself to get happy and healthy again and teach my children the new things that I learn from eatting things that are good for our bodies and not effect us the wrong way. So here I am to l... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:28:00 EST A Good Way to Organize your Veggies to Work/School http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x46413439 I hope it is OK to post a link to a woman's blog here. A friend of mine shared this on Facebook - and it is green, plus healthy. I bought my Mason Jars already! Clever & saves money. <BR> <BR> http://homemadediva.tumblr.com/post/1623<BR>7802731/the-greatest-salad-solution-ever Sat, 4 Feb 2012 11:26:05 EST Hi from Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46391275 Just joining today! What a wonderful site. I'm looking for inspiration to re-find the spark of lifestyle change I lost last year. I've lost 40 lbs by lifestyle changes but have recently gained some back. I SO don't want to go back. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 23:53:30 EST Hello from Georgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46276525 Hope to meet some people working on this plan that can help me figure out how to do this on a tight budget and with foods we like. :) I'm new at this - can you tell? lol <BR> <BR> Can't wait to start talking about recipes and ideas! <BR> <BR> Dee Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:05:45 EST Mood Busting Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46237684 Great ideas for any mood. <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/depression-pi<BR>ctures/bad-mood-busting-foods.aspx?xid<BR>=nl_EverydayHealthEmotionalHealth_2012<BR>0125#/slide-1 </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:25:00 EST Hello From A Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46177103 Good afternoon! I am a newbie to the team so I thought I'd take the time to introduce myself. I'm Paulissa, a 46 year old trying to learn to eat healthy. I am lactose intolerant, celiac and deal with endometriosis so I have lots of foods to avoid. <BR> <BR> I work a full-time job, am pursuing an associate's in legal assisting and have a photography business. Life is full. My challenges are in the areas of time constraints for cooking whole foods. I do bulk cooking on the weekends but... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:23:25 EST Making Serious Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x46163387 Hello! <BR> How's Everyone <BR> <BR> I've been sick for 2 weeks, today is my first day back on Sparkpeople. Had to make some changes regarding healthy eating habits and overall health issues. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>324</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 19:25:55 EST Helpful smartphone apps? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x46098626 Hey, I just recently downloaded the app for my smartphone - fooducate. It's super handy and uses a barcode scanner to tell you what store-bought items are actually healthy for you, and if they actually contain whole grains and whatnot. It even gives a suggestion of what alternatives you could have instead. <BR> <BR> Are there any other smartphone apps that are useful for eating healthy? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:35:46 EST Hi I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x46067033 I am coming around to this whole clean eating thing---I used to not care much what I ate, but here I am 150 pounds overweight and not very healthy. My husband, also, has type 2 diabetes and needs to lose 25 pounds in 3 months, also we are both on a healthier diet. I am cutting out processed foods and slowly introducing healthier stuff, raw veges, brown rice instead of white, that kind of stuff! I'm not quite sure what whole foods means, but I'm willing to learn!!! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:26:18 EST An Ode to Spaghetti Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45966944 I just wanted to post about my love of spaghetti squash! <BR> <BR> I've always enjoyed it, especially because it has so many fewer calories than regular pasta! I had it last night and realized that its not the pasta itself that I mostly enjoy when eating pasta, but rather the sauces. So, from now on, I'm going to cook spaghetti squash for myself. My husband prefers regular pasta, and since both are so easy to cook, its not difficult to just do them both. <BR> <BR> Ahhh, spaghetti squash. <... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:06:24 EST Foods for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45965633 <link>www.joybauer.com/photo-gallery/12-sk<BR>inny-foods-for-2012.aspx?xid=nl_Everyd<BR>ayHealthSkinandBeauty_20120111 </link> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:05:56 EST What is or is not a whole food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45946635 I hope this is not a silly question, but... I can tell the obvious whole foods and the completely over-processed stuff, but what about all the stuff in between? For example, is hummus (bought from the grocery store, not home made) a whole food? What about soy milk? Soy yogurt? Veggie burgers? What about bread - is any 100% whole wheat bread "whole"? Wasa crackers? etc. Thanks for any tips as I am trying to transition more and more of my foods to this way of eating/living. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:43:08 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45868164 Hi, glad I joined tonight. I have been interested in learning about healthy foods for many years. I know I will learn alot, and I am open to any suggestions. <BR> <em>91</em> Fri, 6 Jan 2012 19:35:29 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45858558 I'm new to sparks people, but have been on a healthy eating journey for about two years now. I try to eat whole foods as much as possible. I want to get out of my comfort zone this year and try new things, especially when the farmers markets open this spring. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 10:27:15 EST Happy New Year Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45761847 I'm not new to SP... I joined 18 months ago and have had a lot of success. I'm looking forward to 2012 and am excited to join "Eating Whole Foods" because my journey is all about healthy eating not dieting <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Linda Mon, 2 Jan 2012 01:33:08 EST Hi! New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45739867 Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:37 EST Hello from Germany! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45725247 Hi Everyone! My name is Leah. I'm 28, currently living in Munich, Germany (originally from Chicago Area). I just had my first baby in August and this preggo weight is not coming off!! I joined SP in 2007 to get healthy before I went on a backpacking trip around Europe and it was great, so I figured that it can help me again now! I have about 20lbs of preggo weight to lose, but still a ways to go from there to get down to my ideal weight. My plan of attack is to slowly start eating more and mo... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 07:26:07 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45680196 Hi all. I'm new to the team and just wanted to stop by. I like the concept of eating whole foods, it makes perfect sense and is less like a diet and my like a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Any tips for how to get started and stick with it are welcome! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:44:08 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45669933 i m new. very excited to get started Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:09:03 EST Kid friendly meal ideas??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x45647145 My kids, especially my 7 year old who wants only three foods... ice cream... bananas and Cheezits... I buy all natural ice cream and organic free trade bananas... but let's face it you can't pass off Annies Cheese crackers on a kid who loves Cheezits.... LOL! <BR> If you have had some successful meals with young kids (I'm looking for something the whole family can eat... I prefer to make only one meal for everyone) please share. (We don't eat pork or beef....) <BR> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 20:38:45 EST Fruits / Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45564128 Hello! <BR> I've been eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, try to stay fit and healthy. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 18:42:09 EST What is on your meal plan for Christmas Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45464951 The decorations are done , the cards are sent and the gifts are purchased and wrapped or mailed or under the tree. and we are all awaiting Santa. <BR> <BR> What is your eating plan for the day? Are you visiting relatives and bringing a dish to share? <BR> <BR> Are you eating what is provided and cooked by another. That can also be a way of appreciating the hard work and effort of a loved one. <BR> <BR> Or, are you dining out at a fine restaurant? <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:27:05 EST What new vegie or fruit have you tried recently? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45452657 I am new to this vegan thing. I love trying out new items. I recently tried Himalan berries. Tart, sweet, tangy, tasty. Not too many at once though....LOL <BR> <BR> What new item have you tried out? Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:34:57 EST Protein deficiency in vegetarian ns/vegans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45439258 I think not! <BR> <BR> <BR> This excerpt was taken from the website LIFESTRONG.COM. It is only one of hundreds that say the same thing. Eating a plant-based diet is rich in proteins. <BR> <BR> Vegetarians rarely develop protein deficiency. Protein is in nearly every food, although sometimes in small amounts. As long as you're consuming enough calories each day, you're getting enough protein, the University of Georgia Health Services states. Typical vegetarian diets, including vegan diets,... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 06:41:56 EST This is a very touching blog! Voted Most Popular! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45432935 This is a very beautiful, yet sad blog. You will need a kleenex! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577982 </link> Thu, 8 Dec 2011 18:25:25 EST Books and/or movies regarding a whole foods diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45425311 What book and/or movie have you recently watched that fired you up and got you excited about the wonderful world of whole foods? <BR> <BR> We all like to read new books that support our food choice. I'm sure all of us have one that we rave about. <BR> <BR> What is yours? Thu, 8 Dec 2011 07:30:56 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45380214 It is said that the definition of crazy is...doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get a different result....If that is true then I must be verifiable, <BR> All my numbers are up...weight, bp, and the big c...I need to make some real changes if I expect to see some real results... I thought this team might be one good way to start...I really need to get this done.. the scale has stopped moving down in the right direction Mon, 5 Dec 2011 09:51:16 EST Does anyone on this team grow sprouts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45320069 I am NOT an outdoor gardener. I appreciate the organic growers in the area by paying for their hard work and love. However, I have had success in sprouting. I am getting back involved in that field of "farming". Nothing better than fresh home-grown life-giving sprouts! <BR> <BR> I had to laugh because I saw a picture on one of the sprouting sites of pea shoots! I simply LOVE pea shoots and immediately started to salivate. Nothing more flavorful. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about what others... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:46:04 EST Thought this team would be a good one for a http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45293483 raw organic vegan like myself. I love green smoothies and what they are doing for my health. <BR> <BR> I eat about 95% whole foods in my daily fare. I am enjoying the benefits daily and feel very blessed that I found my path. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting all like-minded team mates. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:15:03 EST Looking for crock pot recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x45287445 When I do a search for crock pot recipes, they are all loaded with processed junk. I don't really want to make soup (I don't mind making that on the stove top). I am looking for something filling to make for the boyfriend. He LOVES carbs (which I am trying to cut out) so I need to be more creative when I cook so I can convince him. I don't like hot stuff..not a huge fan of chicken but he is. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> PS..we have a severe weakness for cheese and have no problem giving in to it :) Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:32:27 EST Hi All... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45269026 I found this team through another sparker's webpage yesterday, and it seems it's the road I'm being forced down (willingly, mind you). I've been recently diagnosed as both dairy and soy sensitive so I started detoxing from that yesterday. I've been vegan before, so I have the "no dairy" thing down... but soy? That is a WHOLE new ballgame. I went grocery shopping yesterday... everything had soy in it! Even my canned tuna. So, it's definitely going to be interesting. <BR> <BR> The good n... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:01:56 EST The down side of eating healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x45243723 I've come across this problem before, years ago when I managed to actually eat a cleaner diet for a while: the foods I used to live off of hurt my stomach now! It sux because I work doubles at a restaurant all weekend and I only eat 3 or 4 different meals there, and the fried fish last night I'm still regretting this morning! <BR> I used to make a meal out of 3 candy bars and some chips, and a fried fish sand was a step in the right direction! Not so anymore. I'm getting so tired of grill... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 09:57:42 EST Lotsa Pecans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x45155601 Just was given a large bag of fresh pecans...all cracked and ready to shell. I am looking for a healthy dessert recipe to use them in for Thanksgiving...anything except pie. Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:28:10 EST I love spaghetti squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x45089803 I tried out the Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash recipe from the SP cookbook last night and I'm hitting the farmer's maket this week to stock up! Spaghetti Squash is so amazing, simple, and WHOLE! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:00:45 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x45018424 Hello, <BR> <BR> Just got back onto Spark People after a while of being away. Last time I didn't utilize the message boards or communities much, so hopefully this journey will be different from my last. <BR> <BR> I am a former Marine who got out a couple of months after having my baby many years ago. I have been a stay at home mom since getting out and am a proudly serving in a different capacity as a military wife. I've been struggling to lose weight for quite some time now, my baby is no... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:25:56 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44981297 Hi all. I'm new to this team and to the diet. I am just 6 days into a whole foods, plant based diet. I am very excited about the results I have thus far and cannot wait to see continued improvement. And I will be happy when I am able to whip up meals more quickly so I don't jump to the heat-up processed meals I usually do when I'm too tired/lazy to cook! <BR> <BR> Hope to meet some new friends here to share our experience and recipes with! <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 12:01:15 EST Anxiety Foods that Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x44938002 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/anxiety-pictu<BR>res/anxiety-foods-that-help-foods-that<BR>-hurt-0118.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthE<BR>motionalHealth_20111105#/slide-1 </link> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 20:27:55 EST Hi I'm a new team member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44909014 I am a vegetarian for a few years now and even as a child I never really liked meat and was always kind of tricked into eating it when I did. I gave it up totally for the animals and never missed it. <BR> The only problem I have is "healthy eating" because i am a weak,easily led person who eats it if it is there (and at work it usually is). I mean chips, pretles,Cake,etc. <BR> I work in a small office with a lady who is very heavy and a sugar aholic. I am not that bad except for the belly fat... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:12:34 EST Flawed Medical Studies!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44843735 Are we getting the truth about diet, health and medical science??? Do we need to challenge everything we've heard from the science community??? I'm questioning everything! Read Michael Pollan's book "In Defense of Food," and then go out to this link, and read it. It will take a while to read it. You may have to read it more than once to let it all sink in. I"d love to know your thoughts on this! <BR> <BR> http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arch<BR>ive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-med... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:17:02 EST Wheat Belly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44781326 Have any of y'all read the book "Wheat Belly" by Dr William Davis, or have tried eliminating wheat from you diet? Just curious. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:35:18 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44772826 I'm Steph!! I'm a really busy person; I work, go to college, and have a family. I look forward to my workouts everyday. This is the first time I've tried counting my calories, and not only have I found myself enjoying it, but I also see greater weight loss results from it!! <BR> <BR> My family enjoys lots of fruits and veggies already, but we are trying to reshape our nutrition habits some, such as more lean meats/legumes, healthy fats, and fiber, but less sodium, sugar, and cholesterol. ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:52:55 EST What's in restaurant food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44768639 About two weeks ago, my otherwise healthy 11 yr. old daughter started getting sick. She wakes up vomiting and she gets a terrible rash all over her face. I have also realized that she ONLY gets sick after we eat out. She has never gotten sick from eating at home. It doesn't matter what type of food she eats (mexican, chinese, american) if we eat out she gets sick. I can prepare similar meals at home and she does not get sick. She is sick for one day then she seems well again. <BR> <B... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 07:41:11 EST New and wants friends/su upporters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44746923 HELLO ALL! I am always saying I am going to go natural and stop eating processed foods. I have BAD acid reflux so it would help with more than just my weight. I need help/advice on how people do this without getting bored and how to do it on a budget. <BR> <BR> Please add me as a friend as I am doing this relatively alone and I hope to make online friends here so I will stick with this. Thanks! (: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:42:23 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44734726 Wow! I finally got my oldest daughter to eat broccoli. She used to love it when she was younger. After about 4 yrs. she is back to loving broccoli. Next I hope to get her back to eating sweet potatoes. Guess she's finally grown tired of eating so much meats and starches. <BR> <BR> Still working on my youngest, age 7. She eats and loves all veggies except potatoes (white, sweet) and beans (green, pinto, black). But I can't compalin too much 'cause she really is a healthy eater. Hope s... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 06:51:53 EST Hello Everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44730750 Hello team, i am new to the team. Most part of it i am eating whole foods. but it never hurt to learn more about it. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:41:39 EST Just starting out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44725455 Hi everyone, have not used an online support group before, I hope it is just what I need to help me stick to my goals. I am excited to get started and begin this journey. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 15:11:55 EST Hello from North Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44692609 New team member here. Would like to learn more about healthy eating. I have lost over 110 lbs since joining Spark in Jan 2010. My wife and I have decided to ramp up our healthier eating a little more, with more of an emphasis on cooking with fruits & vegetables & whole grains. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:38:58 EST Hey everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44689859 I've been looking around this site for a couple of days now and I'm starting to get excited! As someone who's been interested in holistic health for years, the thought of dieting and calorie counting has been a major turn off, but after being overweight my whole adult life, I'm ready to try! Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:45:37 EST Snacks to take on long car trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44675496 Hi Everyone; <BR> <BR> I am looking for some ideas for snacks I can pack on long car trips for my kids. I know fresh fruits and nuts are a good choice, but after that I am stuck. They usually like to take chips, candy, and pop. So changing them to fruit, nuts, and water, will be a shock to them. Any ideas for some other substitutions I can make will be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks for you thoughts, <BR> <BR> tere Thu, 20 Oct 2011 06:22:51 EST Natural Cancer Killers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44670914 <link>www.prostate.net/nutrition-cancer-di<BR>et/natural-cancer-killers/?xid=nl_Ever<BR>ydayHealthHealthyAging_20111019 </link> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:39:17 EST Dried Cranberries Vs Chopped or Shaved Almonds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x44653949 I wanted to add an extra ingredient to my daily salad. I have heard 1/2 cup a day almonds can assist in weight loss, but i've also heard the same for cranberries. Anyone have factual knowledge besides my "I've heard this and that"? Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:33:10 EST New to Whole Foods Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44652139 Hi Everyone; <BR> <BR> My name is Tere. I am also new to SP. I've been eating whole foods for about 15 years now. I really believe that eliminating processed and fast foods from your diet will help you lose weight and improve your overall health. <BR> <BR> About 10 yrs ago I lost 160 lbs and have maintained it--until a medical condition I developed about a year or so ago. I've gained 30 lbs. and I am ready to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I am married with two beautiful little girls (... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:27:09 EST Hello! My first posting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44630260 Hello! My name is Rosa. I'm a stay at home mom to 15 month old twins. I joined sparkpeople in the hopes that I could lose the 40 extra pounds that I have been carrying around for the last 12 years. I am also hoping to start exercising and get my spending under control. <BR> I've tried so many diets and while they all work I always lose motivation and gain the weight back. The same goes for my spending, I'll have periods of time where I am able to control it but then go off the deep up.... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:30:24 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44612517 I'm fairly new to sparkpeople (this is my second go at it!) and new to the Whole Foods team! But we've been all about whole foods for a long time here at home - at least I am, as the main cook in the family! Some things I still get processed / canned or can't seem to do too well without are canned tomatoes (diced and crushed) and canned fish - like tuna, sardines, clams...although I do buy plenty of fresh fish and shellfish as well!! I'd like to make my own bread but since I don't I do get... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:46:34 EST 10 Most Filling Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x44605129 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-hea<BR>lth-pictures/satisfy-your-appetite-wit<BR>h-these-delicious-choices.aspx?xid=nl_<BR>EverydayHealthDietandNutrition_20111015#/slide-1 </link> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:46:21 EST I'm ready for a change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44593082 My name is Courtney! I'm looking for positive, supportive friends. I've been lacking in the healthy department, and I'm ready for a change. I've hit rock bottom with gaining excessive amounts of weight, and I need & hope to meet many motivational people through SparkPeople to achieve my weight loss goal. Who knows? Maybe I can be motivational to you, too! :) Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:56:29 EST Kicking myself out of the rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44587980 Hi my name is Myndi. I've been pushing my self to make healthy choices for myself and my family for about 2 months now. I have two wonderful children and a husband that I need to be around for. I am chosing to live life and be comfortable and healthy. I have lost 15 lbs now and am taking care of myself and not just pushing my needs on the back burner, I did that for 8 yrs. I have thyroid disease that I went through radiation for 3 1/2 yrs ago and am finally stable and on the right meds to sta... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:12:13 EST Comfort Food Make Overs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x44587685 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/photogallery/<BR>comfort-food-gets-healthy.aspx?xid=nl_<BR>EverydayHealthChildrensHealth_20111014<BR>#/slide-1 </link> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:50:16 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44584653 Hey guys, <BR> Im completely new to this, and looking forward to not losing alot of weight, but gaining health and happiness. <BR> Ive decided that being healthy and happy just has to be based on treating my body right and nourishing myself. <BR> <BR> I am completely new to this, healthy eating is not my forte'.. So if anyone can give a newbie a few tips that would be great! <BR> <BR> I'll repay all wonderful tips with adoration and motivation.. or just the motivation if you prefer :) Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:21:03 EST BrAnD SpAnKiN NEW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44574513 OK... well maybe not that new, but about a couple weeks old... oh, one thing before I forget, I'M SO GLAD TO BE APART OF THE SPARKPEOPLE FAMILY!!! I CAN FEEL POSITIVE ATTITUDES IN THE ATMOSTPERE AND IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I certainly hope that we can all encourage each other to reach, meet, and maintain our goals!!! I'd love to get to know ya!!! Let's encourage each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOMENESS! Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:17:12 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44562758 I've been a SP member for little over a month now and have dropped 6 pounds. I tend to steer clear of packaged foods, and was happy to find this group of members. I look forward to getting to know you and to sharing ideas, recipes and such. <em>4</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 22:31:14 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44538548 Hi everyone, I am new here. Picked up "The Spark" at the library today and was impressed. In the last 2 weeks I have been switching to a "whole foods, plant-based" food program and I am having so much fun in the kitchen and am amazed at how delicious everything is. Just wanted to say hi and will be following the threads hoping to pick up some new ideas. Dawn Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:52:57 EST petnman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44523323 first day, need to lose alot of weight, gotta start someday, bft Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:17:23 EST hello I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44520436 Hi - just want to introduce myself. I am trying to lose 10 lbs (again...) to get back to my pre-preg weight. Not sure if I am using this site right by doing my intro to multiple forums, but here goes anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm 43, have a 3 year old, and have never completely lost the baby weight & gotten my act together food-wise & exercise wise. I care about exercise & struggle to incorporate that into my chaotic life. I am going through a 2-yr long horrific divorce/custody battle so I str... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:57:23 EST Whole Foods for Heart Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44519963 Hi! My name is Yvonne and I'm new to the team. I say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I always include fresh fruits and vegetables it gets me going. This morning I had a banana and vegetable omelet (favorite breakfast). On other days it could be oatmeal mixed with fresh fruit or kashi cereal ( I love the berry mix). <em>30</em> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:27:37 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44495474 Hi I am Jenn. I am new to the team, not to sparkpeople. I have been focusing hard on getting whole foods in our home for a while now and when I saw the team I jumped to join. If I have to buy it in a box I choose Kashi, or I don't get it at all, I make it! Yogurt topping, bread, granola, Pie crusts, I find it tastes better too, and I am not the best cook either lol. It is nice to join a group where so many people believe in the same thing. :) Sat, 8 Oct 2011 21:05:43 EST gluten free diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44485987 i need to have a gluten free diet any suggestions Sat, 8 Oct 2011 05:58:14 EST Breast Cancer Symotoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44482562 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/breast-cancer<BR>-pictures/breast-cancer-symptoms-when-<BR>should-you-worry.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayH<BR>ealthHealthyAging_20111007#/slide-1 </link> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 21:35:30 EST Hi everyone, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44477125 I am excited to be in the spark group, I am excersing 3 to 4 days a wk, my goal is 5 to 6 days a wk. I am not fan of exercise but I have to say that I am in my 3rd wk of gym membership and i feel some changes in my body and like it . I am tired and achey but is so worth it. I hope to keep motivated .... first -50lbs here I go! Fri, 7 Oct 2011 14:12:02 EST Hi everyone, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44477111 I am excited to be in the spark group, I am excersing 3 to 4 days a wk, my goal is 5 to 6 days a wk. I am not fan of exercise but I have to say that I am in my 3rd wk of gym membership and i feel some changes in my body and like it . I am tired and achey but is so worth it. I hope to keep motivated .... first -50lbs here I go! Fri, 7 Oct 2011 14:11:31 EST How good is your cooking oil knowledge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15116x4484x44412831 I currently cook EVERYTHING with non organic extra virgin olive oil. I even replace butter in recipies a lot of the time with it. I recently read and heard of coconut oil. I did a little reasearch and apparently it has a higher smoke point, and most forums and articles mention it promotes weight loss. Now I found a website where I can buy it at a decent price, in a 1 gallon bottle of course. Does anyone know health or nutrition pros OR cons to coconut over olive oil? The smoke point is ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 21:58:56 EST Denmark taxing full-fat dairy, butter & olive oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44401029 Denmark is going to start taxing full-fat dairy, butter, and olive oil under a new "fat tax". What a terrible idea. <link>ti.me/reJWLs </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:22:09 EST Hello - New to Sparkpeople - Glad to be here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44400383 Hi <BR> I am new this week and picked a few groups that sounded interesting to me. If you don't mind, I will hang around awhile and see which groups are good fits for me and you. I picked 15 (they all sounded so interesting, I had to hold myself back!), so I think I will have to narrow my focus soon due to time constraints. <BR> So far, I feel very welcome here and am having a great time getting to know the site and a few new people. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 09:51:59 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44389704 Good Afternoon! Just wanted to say hi..I'm new to the team but not to Sparkpeople. I'm working hard to incorporate less process food into my household. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:37:32 EST Gallbladder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44356389 I am getting my gal bladder removed next week and am wondering what foods to eat and and stay away from. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:23:54 EST New to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44274509 Hello <BR> <BR> I am new here. I have 50+ lbs to lose. The plus I will think about later! <BR> <BR> I have let the weight sneak up on me while eating whole foods. I swore off all junk food after getting really sick while pregnant 6 years ago. I am like a canary in the coal mine for a huge list of additives. Turns out my son is too! <BR> <BR> Eating too many calories of good food can put on the weight too! Since I cook almost everything I eat it is very easy to stack up the calorie... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 01:05:06 EST nadine 3098 ... with 89 pounds to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44273672 lovely 25 yr old female from long Island, New York... Just wanting to say hi and make some friends/buddies... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:49:20 EST Balsamic Strawberries with Ellie Krieger Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44249093 <link>www.youtube.com/user/EverydayHealth#<BR>p/c/0/JAkXxu16OMw </link> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:14:46 EST New and hopeful!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44186877 Hi everyone! I have been on a journey to incorporate healthy whole foods into my families diet for a few years now. I am constantly flirting with vegetarian, vegan, raw, local, etc... I really just need to find the "thing" that works for my family and stick to it. So far it's a combo of all listed above and then some, unfortunately fast food slips in there sometimes for convenience as well... I am glad to be here and look forward to any words of wisdom you have to offer. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:56:27 EST Colleen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44180204 Good Morning! Im 35 and 20lbs overweight. Im also suffering from fibromyalgia and have celiac disease... It is a tough road but Im a fighter. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:01:52 EST Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x44170911 If you get a sweet tooth, how do you handel it in a healthy way? I just wrote a blog about a video I watched on health by Dr. Roizen who is a partner of Dr. OZ. My blog tells what he said about people who have a sweet tooth. Go read it if you are curious. But I am interested in how you satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Thanks Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:14:26 EST Great time to get started?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44154859 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just recently decided to get started on this wellness track... I had been pretty healthy in my younger days (swam competively for nine years) but fell off the wagon(or kickboard, if you want to follow a metaphor). Since I destroyed my metabolism (eating one meal a day and swimming for three), I have just ballooned since I had my first child thirteen years ago - I now have over 100lbs. to lose!! <BR> <BR> Since my recent decision to get healthy and explore my want... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 23:14:38 EST Hello losers [of fat] ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44082027 At least for me, getting rid of the fat seems to be a question of keeping it in "the agenda"... Sparkpeople web site seems to be designed very well for that purpose. There are tons of information and several ways to communicate with people having the same purpose, as well as constant reminders. I have been using it for the past 2 weeks, and it seems that I am constantly reminded of the fat-riddance project that I have embarked on. Kudos to you, Sparkpeople! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:23:51 EST Today is my first day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x44080909 I am finally ready to put myself first and focus on shedding that excess weight. I love whole foods so that is a plus. Just got to stop eating the empty junky foods. Happy to be here. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:24:17 EST newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43969316 Hi everyone,new to sparkpeople and i'd welcome any advice to assist me in achieving my goal Thu, 8 Sep 2011 05:56:55 EST I Know There Is A Better Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43899909 Hello! I just started yesterday. I know that eating whole foods is better than eating processed foods! I just don't know how to get started because it is everywhere and I am addicted to sugar. I didn't eat any form of sugar for a month and still had strong cravings for it and gave in. Where can I get information about eating a clean diet? I am not sure what all that includes. I have a husband and two young sons I have to cook for also. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 14:42:19 EST Whole Grains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8930x4484x43886897 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes-pict<BR>ures/whole-grains-in-the-diabetes-diet<BR>.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyLivi<BR>ng_20110903#/slide-1 </link> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 16:53:50 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43883796 hi there i am new to this team i am glad i found this team cause i am starting a eat clean diet and eating whole foods. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 12:08:59 EST How do you handle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x43878627 How do you handle processed food or junk food cravings? Have you ever given yourself permission to eat it in a scheduled & controlled way in your eating plan? Sat, 3 Sep 2011 00:57:19 EST I've discovered a problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x43857347 We have just started eating whole foods lately. We are truely enjoying the delicious variety of foods that come from the earth BUT we have discovered a BIG problem. FRUITFLYS!!!!!!!! <BR> My DH does not like cold fruit so we keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the table. Now I have a large colony of fruitflys in my apartment. They are everywhere. Even while I am on the computer , I am shooing them out of my face. What to do. HELP!!!! <BR> <BR> Gini Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:50:40 EST Raw milk virgin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43847230 Hi all, I just wanted to say hi. Today I am getting my first delivery of fresh raw milk straight from a farm about 20 minutes from my house. I am looking forward to trying to make some cheese and just to taste some milk that is pure. Does anyone have any advice for me about this? Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:23:33 EST thanks for having me and giving me motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43797944 I am 24 yrs old with 2 children. After i had my last child i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I have gained 40 lbs, and am having the hardest time losing weight. I am starting to get depressed and am not looking right in the clothes I want to wear. Now the doctor has just informed me i am pre diabetic.. i need help. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:22:31 EST Another hello from Austin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43794042 Hey everyone! I was raised eating whole foods (in a Whole Foods Market family, my dad has worked there since their humble beginnings here in Austin in the 80s), but sort of got away from it when I became an adult. I've been making an effort to go back to my roots. It's hard, but has felt very good so far! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:21:59 EST Hello from Pittsburgh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43765776 Hello all!!! I am very much looking forward to meeting and supporting all of you. I know that when I'm eating clean whole foods I feel so much better about everything. Once I set my mind on something and make a plan I almost always follow through so anyone that wants a dedicated buddy during their weight loss journey I'm your girl. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 19:07:14 EST Calories per 100g in potato confustion. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x43725781 Can anybody tell me this.... <BR> <BR> why do my large, baking potatoes state 140 calories per 100g <BR> when small, new potatoes state 75 calories per 100g <BR> <BR> I dont get it? Are older ones more starchy or something? Im peeved I now can't fit the potato I planned for dinner tonight in since its double the calories I had expected according to the package. <BR> <BR> I checked a few other entries on the websites I shop the stores for, and they seem to agree with this weird thing... big... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:17:56 EST Hello from Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43716361 I checked out this team and it seems perfect for me. I am trying very hard to eat more fruit and veggies every day. Today it was only 3 but some days it is none. I think if I have the support of whole food people around me, that I will be able to learn from you and that I will do better. Hope to get to know many of you, <BR> <BR> Gini Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:24:17 EST Navigating Sparks without getting lost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x43634880 Help. There is so many great areas. I want to track my food EASILY. I am doing great with the nutrition and calories, but I want to post it and get fast results. <BR> <BR> The same with my fitness walking goals. I just need some fast tips to log in daily so I can see my results in print. <BR> <BR> How do I do that time line of current weight to weight lost? Sat, 20 Aug 2011 08:44:20 EST 10 Soda Alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x43611948 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/photogallery/<BR>soda-alternatives.aspx?xid=nl_Everyday<BR>HealthWomensHealth_20110818#/slide-1 </link> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:48:50 EST Hi From Austin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43595017 Hey there, I am new here. <BR> I have been eating whole foods for the past 17 days. It was a personal challenge I have made for the month of August. I promised myself that if I felt better and lost weight doing it, I would stick with it. <BR> I am glad I found this group. It is really going to help. <BR> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:38:24 EST 9 Foods you should Eat with Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4484x43552403 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabet<BR>es-pictures/joy-bauer-foods-for-diabet<BR>es.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHeartHeal<BR>th_20110815#/slide-1 </link> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:09:15 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4484x43542556 I am really excited to find this group! I used to eat only whole foods but fell off the bandwagon years ago. 55 lbs gained later, I realized I needed to return to a healthier life style. I started eating a whole foods diet last week, but then today I ate processed stuff at a potluck -what a mistake! My stomach is churning. If my past experience hadn't already convinced me of the benefits of this diet, today certainly did. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:31:28 EST