SparkPeople Glycemic Index - Low GI Lifestyle Team Messageboard Do you want to know the effects of foods on your blood sugar and lose the bloated feeling? Discover foods to improve overall wellness and health, making positive, lifestyle and diet changes. SparkPeople Glycemic Index - Low GI Lifestyle Team Messageboard October 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: How carbs helped the evolution of the large human brain; Low carb or low fat for body fat loss? Sweet potatoes combat vitamin A deficiency; Fruit, veg and beta-carotene: 20 GI values; Dr Alan Barclay checks out tooth decay; Nicole’s taste of health focuses on rice; Orange is the new black: beta-carotene in the kitchen with Anneka’s carrot cake and Dr Joanna’s sweet potato chips with coconut fish fingers; Backing up packaging claims – Dianna Crisp explains; Ask Prof Jennie Brand... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:25:12 EST Cold or Flu?? With Fall's arrival just around the corner, it's a good time to be reminded about cold and flu prevention, symptoms and treatment. <BR> <BR> SP has some wonderful articles to do just that. See <BR> <BR> Is It a Cold or the Flu? <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=959 </link> <BR> (Really like how the charts make it simply to discern whether it's the cold or the flu!) <BR> <BR> 7 Tips For Avoiding the Cold and Flu <BR> <link> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:14:46 EST September 2015 GI Newsletter September 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Don’t miss out on the calcium you need; What’s in that trendy plant milk? GI and depression – is there a link? How to eat to beat gestational diabetes; Dr Alan Barclay on whether 2 eggs a day is OK if you have diabetes; Nicole Senior on the deliciously ubiquitous chickpea; Anneka’s creamy baked custard with strawberries; Dr Joanna’s roast chicken with mung bean dhal stuffing; How Milo can help when the kids won’t drink their milk neat; Complex carbs an... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:51:20 EST SP's New Challenges & Redesigned Start Page SP has announced the rollout of their new member Challenges feature which is available from both your Start page and the Challenge Central dropdown in the Community header. <BR> <BR> Go to Challenge Central at <link><BR>e.asp </link> to see the new Challenge format that includes the daily and weekly guidance when working to a particular goal as well as a new easier-to-use interface plus new features like a Team Wall. There are currently 10 challenges ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:29:38 EST SparkPeople Mobile: New Update SP has launched its newest update to its free Mobile app. It is now available for download at either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and this version is easier to use than ever before. <BR> <BR> For the announcement, go to: <BR> <link><BR>st=get_the_new_sparkpeople_mobile_app_<BR>today&utm_source=weeklyspark&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_campaign=Aug11 </link> <BR> <BR> Highlights are: <BR> - You can get the powerful fitness and diet tools tha... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:53:41 EST August 2015 GI Newsletter August 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: How what we eat becomes a powerful symbol of who we are; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on why some oatmeal porridges have a high GI and others low; New GI values for nutritional shakes; Dr Alan Barclay puts weight loss formulas in perspective; Nicole Senior on cabbage, sauerkraut and coleslaw; Chrissy’s pulled pork and black bean sliders, Dr Joanna’s wonton pot stickers and Anneka’s amazing rhubarb, apple and strawberry oat crumble. <BR> <BR> 10 home truths a... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:11:26 EST July 2015 GI Newsletter July 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Diet is out; wellness is in, and it’s big business; What nutrient claims really mean; Fibre and diabetes risk; New GI values including quinoa milk and chia wraps; 10 easy meals from Healthy Food Guide magazine; Chocolate treats: Anneka’s Honey-roasted pears with chocolate fudge sauce and pecan sprinkle, and Johanna’s flourless chocolate hazelnut cake. <BR> <BR> Selling us wellness <BR> - Let’s apply nutrient claims regulations for food and beverage labels ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 01:05:56 EST The Right Amount of Sleep - At Least 7 Hrs./Night Are you getting enough sleep? Getting less than six hours of sleep a night is associated with heart attacks, stroke, obesity and diabetes: <BR> <BR> "The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the largest physician-based organization for sleep medicine, recently put out their first recommendations for what is the right amount of sleep. It advises that adults get at least seven hours every night based on research on the link between inadequate sleep and a number of poor health outcomes." <BR> ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:42:53 EST June 2015 GI Newsletter June 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Gastro, hypos and glucose; Bean benefits and tips to add more to your meals; Are the new “healthier” salty crisps/chips actually healthier? Sugar intolerance and why some people need to avoid certain sugars with Dr Alan Barclay; Nicole Senior puts salmon on her plate; Tips on snacking with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller. <BR> <BR> Gastro, hypos and glucose <BR> - It’s trendy to demonise sugars, but sometimes they provide essential fast-acting carbohydrate. Gastr... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:04:09 EST 6 Essential Back Pain Stretches Low back pain can have many causes, including tight or weak back, ab or core muscles, muscle sprains or strains, or a herniated disc. This stretching program can help reduce back pain and help prevent back injuries. <BR> <BR> Pictorial demos with easy to follow instructions. See: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ityandstretching/ss/backstretch.htm?ut<BR>m_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_te<BR>rm=Health%20Tip%20of%20the%20Day&utm_c<BR>ampaign=health_tod&utm_conten... Thu, 28 May 2015 17:45:31 EST The Mind Diet: Eating for the Health of Your Brain Can a 'Brain Diet' Prevent the Onset of Alzheimer's? <BR> <BR> New research suggests what you eat can affect your thinking skills and slow down or speed up the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers believe that nutrition can play a role in preventing the brain from shrinking as people age. <BR> <BR> The Mind Diet is a combo of the Mediterranean Diet and the Dash Diet both of which are very easy to incorporate with the GI. See the link below for more details. <BR> <BR> <link>www.... Wed, 27 May 2015 17:06:00 EST Stroke - Know The Signs Strokes can happen to anyone, they don't just happen to the middle-aged or elderly! <BR> <BR> "Doctors say more people would survive strokes if we all recognized the symptoms. A simple mnemonic can help save lives: FAST. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The "F" is for face: stroke will often cause one side of the face to weaken and droop. <BR> <BR> The "A" is for arm: one arm may become weak and the person ma... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:51:32 EST Coming Back Hi again! I joined this team in 2013 and somehow got way off track. <BR> <BR> I had a stroke in Oct. 2013, was hospitalized for 2 month then stayed with my DD for 2 months. In Jan of this year I sold our home of 48 years and moved to an over-55 community to be nearer to our DD and family. My husband is in a nursing home nearby. I love my new home and my new community. <BR> <BR> In the hospital and rehab I didn't eat properly and still don't. I now walk slowly with a cane and have limit... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:17:40 EST More Ways To Earn SparkPoints Today Coach Jen announced: <BR> <BR> "Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards challenge also under Community in Daily SparkP... Wed, 6 May 2015 22:25:01 EST May 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: Is a paleo diet suitable, desirable or dangerous for babies asks Dr Joanna McMillan; What makes breast milk the best milk for babies with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller; Prof Susan Prescott on beating the allergy epidemic; Learn how to calculate added sugars with Dr Alan Barclay; Nicole Senior and the delights of the nourishing bread basket. <BR> <BR> Is a Paleo diet suitable for babies? <BR> - Does it meet infant feeding guidelines asks Dr Joanna McMillan? New research suggests a h... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:48:55 EST April 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: The tables of our lives and the importance of sharing meals; Australia’s new Health Star Rating system; The nip and tuck of baking packet mixes; Dr Alan Barclay: what 5% and 10% added sugars can look like in a day’s eating plan; Recipes and benefits of red kidney beans; Eating to appetite with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller; Emma Sandall on diversity with exercise choices. <BR> <BR> Why sharing meals matters <BR> - Brazil’s new Dietary Guidelines break free from nutritionism. They h... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:41:32 EST March 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: Dr. Darren Curnoe on the Palaeolithic diet and unprovable links to our past; Activity trumps weight-loss for health; Going gluten free with Dr Alan Barclay; Gluten free foods with the GI Symbol; Lentils - the truly super whole food; Azmina Govindji’s Indian cuisine; Somer Sivrioglu’s purslane and ancient grains stew; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on what replaces added sugars in foods. <BR> <BR> Are we sitting on a major health risk? <BR> - Exercising one hour per day shouldn't giv... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:37:30 EST New Fun Feature: Upload Images to Message Boards Coach Jen announced today that SP has added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image (from your Picture folder) and upload it. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:41:40 EST New Fun Feature: Upload Images to Message Boards Coach Jen announced today that SP has added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image (from your Picture folder) and upload it. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:41:09 EST February 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: Prof Arya Sharma on achieving a healthy weight on a healthy diet ultimately depends on its caloric content; eating rice with chopsticks produces lower glycemic response than with a fork or spoon; finding processed foods with quality carbs; Naomi Pendergast’s tips on pregnancy and fitness; and the sauce on tomatoes with Nicole Senior. <BR> <BR> Is a healthy diet all you need for a healthy weight? <BR> - Not necessarily. Whether or not you gain or lose weight on a nutritionally ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:57:35 EST Hi, I'm Karen I am 58 years old and wanting to lose 50 pounds. My doctor just put me on the Sugar Busters food plan and I hope to find and give encouragement here. I also hope that some of those going "before me" on this path will be able to answer questions as they come up. Thanks for being here! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 08:29:36 EST New here ... Hello to all. I'm on my cell so I will keep this brief - but I'd like to share more specifics (if needed) when I get to a computer. <BR> Nutshell: I've struggled with sugars or insulin issues ever since I can remember. I'm not good with terminology so bear with me. As a child I've blacked out and even fainted several times. I KNEW food was effecting me but did not know how or why. My childhood was very unstable and my "annoying habits" were the least of anyones concerns. This is just the way ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:35:40 EST January 2015 Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue we chew over whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Nicole Senior discusses the unpopular truths about alcohol, we look at what quality carbs are and share exciting news about the new online Total Wellbeing Diet. <BR> <BR> Food for Thought <BR> - Nicole Senior takes a good look at the very large pink elephant in the room. Let’s talk about alcohol – the very large pink elephant in the middle of the room that... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:22:58 EST The 30 Day Small Changes Challenge A new and easy challenge to start the New Year off with! <BR> <BR> Welcome to 2015—a brand new year full of possibilities! Now is the perfect time to kick off a challenge to help you get on your way to your healthiest, fittest self yet: The 30-Day Small Changes Challenge. Start the New Year off right with a month of healthy (and realistic) challenges to help you look and feel your best all year long! <BR> <BR> See <link><BR>st=kickstart_2015_with_a_30d... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:42:48 EST Bonus Points For Our Team - 2015 On your StartPage, please click on our red flag under the Team Bonus Points section to spin for extra points that will help our team rise on the leaderboards and then come by and let us know how you did. Thanks!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:54:54 EST New Enhancements to SparkSteaks to Status Updates SP announced today new enhancements to SparkStreaks, as well as the ability to now post a picture with your Status Updates on your SparkPage. For more details see: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_roundup_enhanced_streak<BR>s_and_photos_with_status_updates </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:57:49 EST 55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You! Read this morning, how true. A keeper.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=55_things_the_scale_wont_tell_you </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:31:50 EST December 2014 GI Newsletter The last one for 2014 - <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue of GI News: <BR> <BR> Traffic lights and rating stars <BR> - Why calories, fat, sugar and sodium on labels don’t tell us what we need to know about a food. Prof Jennie Brand-Miller explains what she would really like to see ... Read More » <BR> <BR> What’s better – speedy weight loss or slow? <BR> - An obese person is more likely to achieve a weight loss target and stick to the weight loss program, losin... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:52:11 EST Mobile Chat Now Available! Coach Jen announced today, <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone <BR> <BR> When we launched our redesigned apps a few months ago, we added a mobile chat forum so that members could ask questions and get support through the app. Until now, the mobile chat forums were only available through the app. <BR> <BR> We decided to change that so now members can post in these mobile chat forums either through the site or through the app. <BR> <BR> - The mobile chat forums are now at the bottom of the main messa... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:56:36 EST November 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Why simple and complex aren’t relevant terms to describe carbohydrates anymore <BR> - Today we know that the glycemic index is the only way you can rank the glycemic potency of the carbohydrates in different foods as they are eaten. But for many years, carbohydrates were described by their size. Big starch molecules, it was assumed, would be slowly digested and absorbed and would therefore cause only a small and gradual rise in blood glucose lev... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:19:13 EST Introduce myself I recently saw a book called sugar busters and got it cheap so I bought it. Not knowing what it was about, I took it home and looked at it, and went on Amazon to see that it had great ratings, was fairly easy and had a lot of success, not just in losing but making it a lifestyle. And the whole thing was based around low glycemic eating. After trying everything else, I am giving this a month to see how I look, feel and weight and happy to join in here to learn about the best way to approach th... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:06:33 EST October GI Newsletter Diet research, stuck in the stone-age <BR> - Is a low-fat or a low-carb diet better for weight loss and improving cardiac risk? Dr David Katz highlights shortcomings in the latest review and comments on the Van Tulleken twins diet comparison. Chris cut fat. Xand cut carbs for a month. What happened?... Read More » <BR> <BR> Food addiction? <BR> - People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat says new research ... Read More... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:35:16 EST NEW MEMBER Hi, I'm Vicki and I'm 58 years old. Salt has always been hard for me to cut back on but due to my husbands severely damaged heart he has to cut back to no more than 2000 grams a day and 1200 calories a day. So I'm following the same plan he's doing to make it easier on both of us. Right now our goals are to eat in a much healthier fashion and to lose 60 lbs over the next 12 months. <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:08:09 EST September 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue of GI News: <BR> <BR> Should restricting carbs be the first approach in diabetes management? <BR> - “I do think there is some truth in the benefit of modest reductions in carbohydrate intake (to say 40–45% energy),” says Prof Jennie Brand-Miller. “However, I’m not in favour of further reduction because it’s just too hard for most people to comply. I believe that very low-carb diets are unnecessarily restrictive (bread, potato, ri... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:00:21 EST Preview of Message Board Design Changes Here's a preview to design changes to the Message Boards that will take place early next week. <BR> <link><BR>8kIf6c& </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:27:15 EST New SP App for Phones: The Nutrition Lookup SP announced on Aug. 11/14 that <BR> <BR> In response to members requests, SP has developed a new free app for phones - The SparkPeople Nutrition Lookup App <BR> found at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's a simple app that can pull up nutrition information for any food, without SP's food tracker component - a streamlined, one-use app that won't take up much space on your phone, but still gives access SparkPeople's extensive food database to deliver quick n... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:47:20 EST Big Changes To SP Articles & Resource Pages SP announced yesterday: <BR> <BR> "Hi, everyone! We'd like to make a quick announcement about some changes we made to a few SparkPeople features today. Hopefully you're loving the new look and feel of the site! Here is what we changed and what you can expect: <BR> • Streamlined Articles and Resource Center Pages. We gave our Article and other Resource Center pages an upgrade. You’ll find bigger images, a cleaner format, and some other small design adjustments on these pages. <BR> • Get Spark... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:17:07 EST August 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue of GI News: <BR> <BR> It’s all in the family <BR> - The road to type 2 diabetes can run in the family. In fact, a family history of diabetes is a major risk factor. Don’t be despondent, there’s plenty you can do to keep diabetes at bay. “Clinical trials have shown that three out of five people with pre-diabetes can avoid type 2 diabetes simply by improving their diet, losing a bit of weight (and keeping it off) and becoming (and s... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:33:17 EST Hello Out There! Hey guys, Amanda here from Philly. I joined this team because I am trying to lead a low-sugar lifestyle and I feel as if those here would have like minded goals. I am at risk for diabetes and to be honest, I may already have diabetes. As I have experienced a serious lack of health insurance in the recent past, I unfortunately haven't had a blood test in a few years. But there is hope on the horizon. My new insurance kicks in on the August 1st and blood tests are numero uno on the list! Wooooo... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:54:41 EST New from New Jersey! Hello Team... <BR> I have been on sparkpeople for several years but never really got involved on the teams. I have had weight issues for most of my life but managed them fairly well with Weight Watchers. I had thyroid cancer several years ago and my entire thyroid was removed. Since that time, I have gained well over 150 pounds. After taking care of everyone else for all these years - this is time to take care of me. I am three weeks in switching to a low glycemic lifestyle. So far so good. ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:01:54 EST AZ Newbie Here Hello Everyone Hi My New Team Mates; <BR> <BR> I've just joined this little family team so to speak, I think of my team mates as family & friends along the path on this journey through life. We all have value, we all have knowledge to share, experiences others can learn from, love to share, positive energy to share. I believe All You need is love. If you love yourself first then you can have enough love to give away to others in your life that might need a helping hand up into the light. <BR> <BR> I hope ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:40:57 EST July 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Pre-diabetes: Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions <BR> - How do I know if I have pre-diabetes? Is it doing my body harm? Can it be reversed? ... <BR> <BR> Watch out for weight creep <BR> - For most people, weight gain isn’t a sudden event. It is very gradual. From our mid-to-late twenties, most of us notice the numbers on the scale edging up, typically around a pound or 450 grams a year. A pound doesn’t sound like anything to be t... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:48:06 EST Hi everyone! ^.^ My name is Staci, it's nice to meet everyone! I've been changing my diet for about a year and a half, but a year ago I started having some bad reactions to food and I went to a nutritionist to figure out what was going on. After some meals my face would flare up really red, and at times I'd start getting really bad stomach cramps, so bad I was afraid something was really wrong. <BR> <BR> After some different tests and eliminating foods, we discovered that my reactions were being caused by pr... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:51:08 EST SP's SuperSav Is Shutting Down Coach Jen advised today that SP will be shutting down SparkSavings ( at the end of this month. <BR> <BR> Apparently the site didn't get enough traffic to justify continuing with it, so they are moving all of the relevant and helpful content from that site over to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> If anyone goes to after 6/30, they will be re-directed to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:01:37 EST June 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> - Coconut products – what you should know <BR> <BR> The coconut palm is considered the tree of life in many cultures, and is certainly top contender for the Gold Medal when it comes to “world’s most useful plants”. It’s a very clever food says Nicole Senior, which yields coconut water, coconut flesh that can be eaten fresh or dried (desiccated), or squeezed to make oil, milk and cream. Nowadays there’s even coconut milk yoghurt alternative, coc... Sat, 31 May 2014 21:45:41 EST Binge Free - Beating the addiction Not sure if anyone might want to join in with me here..not only would I like to report a binge free night/day, but what was the temptation and how one was able to work through it. <BR> <BR> Binge eating to me is eating until one has to recline in a recliner or lay down because of the excess food. <BR> <BR> 5/17 - Was binge free <BR> <BR> TEMPTATION: boston baked beans at my daughters house <BR> How I overcame it: <BR> I acknowledged that seeing the candy triggered my addictive voice...I... Sun, 18 May 2014 07:00:34 EST Cruise Return My Low GI program was awesome on the cruise I just went on....especially with buffet-style eating....I avoided almost all breads and white potatoes with ease.....plenty of meats and vegetables..I did eat the oatmeal, only in small was not steel cut......did not gain an ounce on this cruise!!!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S Down another pound this morning...... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:45:25 EST Privacy Policy & Automatic Emails NOTICES FROM COACH JEN AND SPARKGUY. EVERYONE PLEASE READ. THANKS. This was posted in the Business Team for Leaders and they wanted us to let the team members know as well. <BR> <BR> &#65533; Privacy Policy From Coach Jen.. For March 5th... Hi Everyone! Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want t... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:09:08 EST May 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Is juicing the solution? <BR> - “You are not serious about your health until you juice combinations of fruits and vegetables, according to those that pray at the Church of Blended Plants,” writes dietitian Glen Cardwell (with tongue in cheek). But will it elevate your health beyond the capabilities of the original ingredients? ... <BR> <BR> Could wild-harvested wattleseed bread be the new soy and linseed success story? <BR> - When Jennie Brand... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:45:39 EST New Team Pages About mid next week SP will be launching new Team Pages. Here's a brief video to give us some idea what changes will take place. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:55:19 EST SLOW LOSS Has anyone found that this way of eating has a smaller loss of weight over time than calorie restriction.....I am not really complaining because it is moving in the right direction, just slower than I anticipated! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:44:47 EST April GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoying food: Ground-breaking guidelines from Brazil: <BR> “Make fresh and minimally processed foods the basis of your diet; use oils, fats, sugar and salt in moderation when preparing dishes and meals; limit consumption of ready-to eat food and drink products” are the golden rules in Brazil’s draft dietary guidelines ... <BR> <BR> GI Symbol – making healthy choices easier: <BR> Dr Alan Barclay explains the GI Symbol Program’s nutrient criter... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:34:42 EST SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED Well, the scale didn't move very much this past week....only one pound. I am trying to be optimistic that it has something to do with the sodium levels I consumed yesterday and that by next Friday things will be better. Still, a year of weekly one pound losses would give me a 52 pound loss....more than I need..... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:27:58 EST Rosedale approach I mentioned in my introduction that I have been working into the Rosedale diet and someone asked meto write a little about it. The first point Dr Rosedale makes is that fat is an essential nutrient whlie carbohydrates are not. His approach to health is to increase the amount of fat in the diet but to eat omega 3 fats and decrease omega 6s and poly unsaturated fats. He recommends moderately lower protein than many low carb approaches and increases such fats as olive oil coconut oil, avoc... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:14:27 EST BEANS "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT BEANS (dired/canned)*** <BR> Baked beans (canned) - limit quantity <BR> Black-eyed peas <BR> Chickpeas <BR> Kidney <BR> Lentils <BR> Lima <... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:38:54 EST goya red beans Does anyone have a list of gi foods that lists beans? I would like to include some if possible. But I do not want to go astray as my morning blood sugars have been excellent since eliminating grains and starchy vegetables. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:10:35 EST Today Hope everyone is having a great holiday and are successful incorporating it into the GI lifestyle........ <BR> <BR> <em>438</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:11:30 EST ATKINS SNACK BARS Does anyone know if these are really low glycemic or not? The labeling on an Atkins Bar is sort of cryptic, with sugar alcohols, etc. Thank you. Bren <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:48:52 EST WEEK ONE I just wanted to know if it is normal to be feeling a little dragged out in the beginning. I am on Day 3 and feel a little out of sorts. Is this a temporary feeling or do I need to add a little more carbs to my meals? I am eating apples, cheese, peanuts, etc, salads, meats, possibly not many sugars..... <em>24</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:28:56 EST BEGINNING A LOW GI LIFESTYLE Starting out with the low GI lifestyle and am on Day 3. I understand the basics and my weight has already gone down, mostly due to water I would guess. I am hoping to be able to share experiences with many of you. I have reset my SparkPage to completely begin anew. I've tried other paths and none of them were balanced. Tired of the extremes needed for a temporary fix. Hoping to get support from this group and some friends to journey with..... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:31:39 EST March 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> David Katz on why calories count. <BR> - Fed an excess of calories, even if mostly from high-quality protein, people gain weight; assigned to a calorie deficit, people lose weight—even if the calories are mostly from Twinkies. Calories count. To control weight, you must control calories—quantity matters. The best way to control quantity is by improving quality. One of the many virtues of wholesome foods is that they help us fill up on fewer calo... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:55:11 EST Introducing SP Friend Feed Enhancements SP announced yesterday that the Friend Feed has been updated. <BR> <BR> Your Friend Feed shows you the recent activity of your SparkFriends: things like new blog posts they've made, their status updates, and even when they've won a trophy. You can find a shortened view of your Friend Feed in Step 3 on your Start Page, or see it in full by clicking "Friend Feed" under the "Community" tab at the top of the site... <BR> <BR> Enhancements are: <BR> <BR> - A new design. SP has cleaned up the F... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:29:41 EST February 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The devastating effects of diabetes on Indigenous health in Australia: <BR> “In the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be involved in a clinical diabetes services in outreach communities in the Northern Territory, says Dr Neale Cohen of the BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. “As an Australian and experienced physician, I am shocked and alarmed. It has become obvious that the situation is urgent and is an area of national neglect ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:45:44 EST Fighting the Urge - Free e-book The Author Dr. Amy Johnson has given permission to share her book which really excited me..this is only 23 pages long!! Please check it out and share with your friends if you like! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2013/12/Fighting-the-Urge_Dr-Amy-Johns<BR>on.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Per the author....My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publish, and share any part of this e-book with anyo... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:12:04 EST Nutrition Tracker: New Recent Foods Tab SP announced today at <BR> <link><BR>st=nutrition_tracking_new_recent_foods<BR>_tab </link> : <BR> <BR> "If you use the Nutrition Tracker regularly, you probably already know that you can save foods you eat frequently to your "Favorites" list. This makes it much faster to add foods to your tracker every day. But now it's even easier to keep track of what you eat most often. <BR> <BR> The new "Recent" tab on the Food Tracker automatically generates a han... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:57:51 EST New SP Feature: The DailySpark Another great new feature started today here at SP. See the announcement at <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Get Your Daily Dose of Motivation from the DailySpark <BR> <BR> Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we are committed to helping our members and readers reach their goals in health and fitness—and in life. We know how hard it can be to stay motivated—especially with so many negative stories spreading around these days. <BR> <BR> This is why... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:03:17 EST DAIRY "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT DAIRY*** <BR> Buttermilk (skim or 1%) <BR> Cheese (fat-free) <BR> Cottage cheese (1% or fat-free) <BR> Cream cheese (nonfat) <BR> E... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:12:50 EST GRAINS "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT GRAINS*** <BR> Arrowroot flour <BR> Barley <BR> Bran (oat, wheat) <BR> Buckwheat <BR> Bulgur <BR> Gram flour <BR> Kamut (not puffed) <BR>... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:03:36 EST CEREAL/BREADS "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT BREADS*** <BR> *Crispbreads (with high fiber; e.g. Wasa Fiber) Limit to single serving <BR> *Homemade Apple Bran Muffins <BR> *Whole Grai... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:54:04 EST High Glycemic - Heart Doctor Interesting...went to see my heart specialist and I told him that I have not eaten any high GI foods, like pretzels...but one day I ate quite a few and that within 10 minutes my heart was racing like crazy..he immediately said from the spike in insulin (glucose rush). He said white carbs very bad for the heart. I told him I thought I was just plain crazy when it happened..he said nope, the white carbs! <BR> <BR> Not sure if over binging on carbs effects anyone, but sure does me physically..... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:01:18 EST Hi from NY I am just starting a Low GI diet and was so happy to see this Spark Team! <BR> <BR> A little bit about me, I'm in my late 40's with 2 children, 11 and 13, and run my own business (for the past 2 years). My goal is to lose 40lbs, by exercising at least 5 days a week and eating healthy foods. There is a history of diabetes in my family -- and I believe that the low GI lifestyle is the best way to prevent that. <BR> <BR> I have been using the new Dr Oz diet as a guideline, (just started ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:41:15 EST Mindfulness Can Possibly Help You Lose Weight <link><BR>html </link> tells us that we eat meal after meal, snack after snack, barely aware of what we’re eating and how much we’re consuming. When we pay attention to our food---really pay attention---we begin to notice all sorts of wonderful aspects of the food, and we become aware of how much we’re putting into our bodies. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ess-helps-healthy-lifestyle </link> suggests that mindfulness could be... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:53:13 EST Stopping By To Say "Hi" - 2014 The title of this thread just about says it, pop by whenever you can and say <em>524</em> and if you have a moment more let us know how it's going. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year all!!! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:23:24 EST January 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> - More carrot, less stick <BR> meta-analysis from Harvard finds that healthier choices do cost more. So, instead of wielding the stick and talking taxes on ‘bad’ food, how about the powers-that-be hold out a carrot and look at ways of making the healthy choice the cheaper choice ... <BR> <BR> - Carisma has half the blood glucose response compared to other potato varieties <BR> ‘But don’t overcook it,’ says Sydney University researcher, Kai L... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:59:27 EST Let's Move - 2014!!! Moving more and eating less works!!! <BR> <BR> It's not just the eating part that has to be taken care of in our pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, but we also have to work on the other part of the equation - moving! So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know what you are doing to be as active as possible. Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:51:13 EST Happy Holidays!!! <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> It came without ribbons. <BR> It came without tags. <BR> It came without packages, boxes or bags ... <BR> Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. <BR> "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. <BR> Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more! <BR> ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! <BR> <BR> May you h... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:18:25 EST No S Diet combined with Low Gi K, so I have been choosing the low Gi lifestyle, but have lost control with binging on the very foods I shouldn't be eating..anyhow I started back on the No S Diet, well it really isn't a diet, it is going back to the basics eating "3 squares a day", no snacks, no seconds, no sweets Monday-Friday, Saturday/Sunday in moderation I can have a snack, seconds or sweet but a very good worthwhile sweet. I need to get my sanity back with food and eating snacks just triggers binge eating for me. <BR>... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 06:19:13 EST December 2013 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Health-by-design at the festive table <BR> - Placing the healthy items first on the buffet table will help diners fill their plates first with these better choices. Nicole Senior shares some thoughts on festive fare overload, and how to avoid it ... <BR> <BR> Low GI diet in pregnancy <BR> - Healthy low GI diet advice early in pregnancy can reduce the risk of excess weight gain and improve nutrition ... <BR> <BR> Lost your car keys? <BR> -... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 17:59:39 EST Remember "Halve it to have it" Happy <em>429</em> Day! <BR> <BR> Remember if you will have a piece of <em>471</em> "halve it to have it"... that will be my plan! <BR> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 05:15:44 EST Low GI Recipes for Thanksgiving A friend shared on her blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>giving-recipes-and-leftover.html </link> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:20:46 EST Changes to the Nutrition Tracker As per SP Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> "This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback butto... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:26:34 EST What is "Normal Eating"? - Part 3 I'm going to try this..anyone with me on it? <BR> <BR> Do you often feel like your weight loss efforts are a constant battle, with as many defeats as victories? Are you plagued by frequent cravings when you stick to your diet, and by guilt or shame when you don’t? Do you even remember what real hunger feels like? How much time do you spend thinking about food, counting calories, and worrying about your weight—enough to think that something is seriously “wrong” with you? <BR> <BR> If these e... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:47:54 EST Holidays Upon Us - What is your plan! So the holidays are upon us and so is the gatherings where food is the center of attraction...what are your plans to not overindulge? <BR> <BR> Plus, maybe something on where and with whom you will celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sun, 17 Nov 2013 06:47:21 EST Checkout SP's New Welcome Guide On StartPage It was announced in today's SparkPeople Blog that SP has launched a new Welcome Guide on the new StartPages which would earn members 500 points when completed. Even though this guide is for new members, existing ones can complete the 7 steps of the Welcome Guide as well, at any time, at their own pace. <BR> <BR> For full details, see <BR> <link><BR>st=earn_500_sparkpoints_with_our_new_w<BR>elcome_guide </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:43:59 EST The Newest Addition To Our Family! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526692 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:36:52 EST Talk about snuggling Talk about snuggling!! Mitty and Matty are brother and sister. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726204 </link> <BR> <BR> My newest addition "Molly" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726203 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:15:57 EST I WILL Another great blog but the same guy.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534536 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:16:27 EST MISTAKES HAPPEN Great blog I found.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540736 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:15:40 EST Spark Team Extra Points - Leaderboards Not sure if the team knows but there is a "give points" free pendant spins you can do when you earn points for your favorite teams. <BR> <BR> Click a pennant to spin! You earn Points and reward your favorite Team(s) with Points to help them rise on the leaderboards! <BR> <BR> p.s. plus the points that you spin get added to your spark points.. so a win win situation. <BR> <BR> LET'S POST OUR POINTS HERE FOR OUR TEAM <em>244</em> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:43:56 EST 7 Steps for How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Although the holidays may not be the best time to lose weight, by following these seven steps, you can easily maintain your current weight throughout the holiday season and end up weighing less without the stress. <BR> <BR> 1. Make a commitment & plan. For most people, eating unhealthy fatty foods and sweets is addictive. To avoid holiday weight gain, like any weight gain, start with a lifelong commitment to healthy eating. Figure out what’s more important to you than eating addictive foods ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:44:16 EST November's GI Newsletter <link><BR>e.html </link> <BR> <BR> Scapegoats, saints, and saturated fats: old mistakes in new directions <BR> - A recent commentary piece in the British Medical Journal suggests that saturated fat is not really so bad after all. Is it right? Is it time to absolve saturated fat? Not at all says Dr David Katz pointing out that it was never time to demonize it in the first place. ‘We vilified saturated fat, and were almost certainly silly to do so. Now, ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:57:39 EST New Start Page Effective Mon. Oct. 21/13 Starting Monday, October 21, 2013, SP will be launching it's new Start Page. <BR> <BR> As many members have said in the past, SP can be overwhelming especially at first. Many have said they just didn't know where to start and so SP has put together a new Start Page that will be effective for everyone starting on Monday. <BR> <BR> "The improved Start page was created to give everyone a clear three-step program for using SparkPeople to reach their goals. It prioritizes three main things: <BR... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:01:31 EST Study Reveals Frozen Food IS Better Than Fresh A study reveals frozen fruit and vegetables contain higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants than fresh produce. That's because the fresh stuff at the store could be days away from being picked and then lose even more of their nutritional value sitting in your fridge. Turns out carrots were actually more nutritious when frozen, as were brussels sprouts, blueberries and green beans. The study is out of the University of Chester. <BR> <BR> See <link><BR>4... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:35:59 EST 30 New Emoticons SP's Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions that have been made by members. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <em>529</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:20:10 EST The New Spark Activity Tracker Yesterday SP announced "the release of the Spark Activity Tracker, a tiny (and fun!) little reminder to fit more fitness into your day. About the size of a quarter, it's the first—and only—activity tracker that fully integrates with your experience." <BR> <BR> Similar to the Fitbit Zip, you can clip it to your shoe, pocket, belt or bra, it recognizes motion in your body and determines your "steps" and calories burned accordingly, storing and tracking that info all day. When y... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:50:21 EST Oaty Apple Muffins I luv oat bran - for me a cross between cream of wheat and oatmeal in texture. Here's a good recipe especially for a breakfast muffin from this month's GI Newsletter found at <BR> <link><BR>e.html </link> <BR> <BR> Note: Soluble fiber in the oats helps to lower cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Oaty Apple Muffins <BR> <BR> In this recipe the muffin size is deliberately small because of the high fiber content. Chopped fresh fruit or nuts can be added. Makes 24... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:40:19 EST October's GI Newsletter October's GI Newsletter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e.html </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:30:45 EST The UnDiet Way To Awesome Energy Good article! <BR> <BR> 'The UnDiet Way to Awesome Energy" <BR> Add more zip to your life by simply changing your noshing habits. the secret lies in being aware of a little something called the glycemic index. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Diet/Understanding-the-glycemic-index.<BR>aspx?sid=29ed1a41-e680-4e68-8966-7d3bf1b2bd5a </link> <BR> <BR> "There is only one way to truly have even energy from sunrise to sunset: we have to keep our blood sugar stable, which... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:02:59 EST Deb is taking a SparkBreak By now most of you have probably noticed that Deb (HEALTHYGOALS57) hasn't been around lately. This is because she has opted to take a SparkBreak. <BR> <BR> She recently lost one of her brothers, has serious medical concerns about her hubby and the possibility that he will be undergoing surgery and maintains a full-time job. As she said, she just needs "a break from dieting and tracking, etc. etc". <BR> <BR> She still has kept her SparkPage and has not removed herself as leader of this tea... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 02:10:23 EST Apple, Pear & Quinoa Porridge with Raw Almonds From the September 2013 GI Newsletter as posted by Deb in the General Team Discussion Forum. <BR> <BR> Pretty soon the cooler weather will be upon us. Here's a very healthy breakfast (or for any other time of the day for that matter) comfort food!! <BR> <BR> A little goes a long way says chef Michael Moore’s suggesting you add (or substitute) seasonal berries or the fruit of your choice. <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> 1 1/3 cups skim milk <BR> ½ cup water <BR> 120g (4oz) quinoa (a sli... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:38:30 EST September GI Newsletter September's GI Newsletter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sep2013.pdf </link> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:34:00 EST Gastric Surgery Senimar I posted this on a blog! THIS IS IN CAPS BECAUSE THEY SAID THEIR CLIENTS WOULD HAVE TO BE ON A LOW GLYCEMIC DIET...SO GIRLS WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK! <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************** <BR> Yesterday I went with my husband for a seminar to determine if he should go ahead with a gastric surgery before he can have another surgery to correct a hernia that involves his liver..long story..won't bore you with the details... <BR> <BR> When we ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:31:17 EST Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Really cool website! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:43:16 EST Glycemic Index Common Fresh Fruit Fresh Fruits (100 g) <BR> 38 Apple <BR> 57 Apricot <BR> 50 Avocado <BR> 52 Banana <BR> 40 Berries <BR> 40 Blueberries <BR> 65 Cantaloupe (muskmelon) <BR> 22 Cherries, sweet (Queen Anne, Bing) <BR> 64 Currants <BR> 61 Fig <BR> 55 Fruit cocktail or mix (excluding citrus fruits) <BR> 55 Fruit cocktail or mix (including citrus fruits) <BR> 25 Grapefruit <BR> 46 Grapes, American type, slip skin <BR> 46 Grapes, European type, adherent skin <BR> 46 Gra... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:38:39 EST Vegetables with High Glycemic Index Beets with Harvard sauce 66.2 <BR> Beets, cooked, fat added in cooking 64.0 <BR> Beets, cooked, from canned, fat not added in cooking 64.0 <BR> Beets, cooked, from fresh 64.0 <BR> Beets, pickled 65.5 <BR> Breadfruit, cooked, fat not added in cooking 68.0 <BR> Calabaza (Spanish pumpkin), cooked 75.0 <BR> Parsnips, cooked, fat added in cooking 97.0 <BR> Parsnips, cooked, fat not added in cooking 97.0 <BR> Pea soup 66.0 <BR> Pea soup, canned, low sodium, prepared with water 66.0 <BR> Pea soup,... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:24:14 EST What are your September goals? Be it one or ten, what is your healthy goal for September? <BR> <BR> For me....get serious about sticking to the Glycemic lifestyle! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 06:14:01 EST Hello from New Jersey! Hi everyone! I am Lizzie from New Jersey and have been eating low-glycemic for many years. I lost 40 pounds when my Doctor recommended Sugar Busters about 8 years ago and have been hooked on L/G ever since. I feel so wonderful and have so much energy when I adhere to it. <BR> <BR> I am trying not to gain my usual 5 pounds between rounds of BLC. I have been a Powerful Prism Panther the last 4 rounds and absolutely love the team. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know everyone ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:48:52 EST Dance Like No One Is Watching!!! Luv this quote by William Purkey: <BR> <BR> "Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth." <BR> <BR> Everytime I hear it, it brings a smile to my face. Life is for the living - live it joyfully, wholeheartedly, giving it your best shot - this isn't a dress rehearsal! Oh yes, life has all too many stressers, but it's our attitude that determines how it all plays out. <BR> <BR> One of Dr. Shad Helmstetter's... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:50:41 EST So why did you eat that? K, so I thought I'd start a thread to use to help those of us that might like a little accountability or just to see it in writing..We can post daily, or for each food event, or however you want to! <BR> <BR> When you eat something when you are not hungry, state why, what was your mood, bored, stressed, angry, etc. where were you? Were you sitting, on the go, etc. <BR> <BR> What was it you ate? <BR> <BR> What might you do next time? <BR> <BR> Maybe we can offer encouragement to those s... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:34:35 EST August GI Newsletter Oppsss forgot to fetch it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aug2013.pdf </link> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:12:02 EST New to Low GI Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila and I am new to the low GI program and your site, Would love to learn more about this subject, would you all please help me. Looking forward to hearing from you <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sheila Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:58:50 EST Hi! Just joined your team Hi, <BR> I've read several books (The Sugar Solution, Metabolism B) and have been trying for the past week to keep on the low GI lifestyle. I feel much better, although I don't think I've lost much weight, but the feeling good is better than what the scale says. <BR> I've lived all my life on a farm in South Dakota. <BR> I'm glad to be in this group!!! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:28:31 EST Have questions? Questions anyone? Sat, 27 Jul 2013 06:48:31 EST Bored? I think our team is bored? Anything we can do to spruce up our team? Start something new? <BR> <BR> Open to suggestions. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:00:36 EST New from New Jersey Hi! I have lost weight on low carb/paleo lifestyle in the past year but have been struggling with sticking to it and gained some back this spring & summer. I am finding it difficult to get my motivation back. One of my teammates from another team has been doing GI and is doing well, so I have decided to give it a try. I love learning something new... I know a little about GI from doing low carb but I am looking forward to learning more. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:34:29 EST What are your most favorite things to do? Mmm, for meeee.. <BR> <BR> Fishing is most favorite thing to do! <BR> I love to walk <BR> Ride my bike (when I take it out the shed) <BR> Read books <BR> Crochet <BR> Play with my cats <BR> Garden <BR> <BR> <BR> How about you..not necessarily in order, but what comes to mind for you..and how often do you get to enjoy what you love to do? Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:40:39 EST TV and Eating Have to say I really like this book, pulled this section from it.... <BR> <BR> "One of the most common negative habits is eating out of a sense of boredom. This feeling is particularly ACUTE when we are watching television. Here's a newsflash for you. Most of the programs on television are not that interesting. This is why people, in order to give their brain something to do, often reach for junk food when watching the boob tube. Think about it. Junk food is stimulating by design. Soda pop i... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 06:37:41 EST New: Calorie Ranges Based On Fitness Tracking SP has announced that tomorrow morning, they will be launching a much-requested change to their Fitness and Nutrition Trackers that may interest a large percentage of members, especially those with active jobs or lifestyles—and people currently in weight-maintenance mode. Here's the announcement found at <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> "Until now, our Fitness and Nutrition Trackers didn't ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:45:05 EST New: Calorie Ranges Based On Fitness Tracking <em>245</em> for the double post!!! <BR> <BR> SP has announced that tomorrow morning, they will be launching a much-requested change to their Fitness and Nutrition Trackers that may interest a large percentage of members, especially those with active jobs or lifestyles—and people currently in weight-maintenance mode. Here's the announcement found at <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> "Unti... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:43:17 EST Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting - Spark Article Goal achievement, especially when it comes to health and fitness, can be a mystery. Most of us have no trouble with Step 1 (Setting the Goal). Setting a goal is the easy part, it's those other steps that can be a puzzle. But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies. Here are a few of our favorites: <BR> <BR> DO create a plan. DON’T wait for "someday" to roll around. <BR> Setting the goal is just the first step. Know where you’re going, what resources you’ll ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:02:52 EST My Personal Burn the Fat Blueprint Personal Burn the Fat Blueprint - got this concept from "Lose Weight Without Dieting, David Nordmark" <BR> <BR> #1…Love your body today….My body is amazing, I’m so thankful for it. I’m grateful I can walk whenever I want at a good pace. I love that I have ears to hear the birds, rain, wind, a nose that works, smells the beauty of the flowers. I’m grateful to have 2 eyes that work to see the flowers, birds, life. I’m grateful that I can fish. I’m grateful I don’t have the cancer gene, I’m gr... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:02:13 EST July GI Newsletter July GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/jul2013.pdf </link> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 06:53:30 EST Delurking Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been interested in moving toward a Low GI Lifestyle for some time, mainly to help fight my PCOS and because both of my parents are diabetic. I don't want to develop diabetes myself, and I figure eating well would encourage them to do so, too. <BR> <BR> So I joined up and haven't done a thing or said a thing. <BR> <BR> I'd like to change that now. <BR> <BR> So I am restarting. Changed my name. Complete fresh start. Commitment to be part of not just the Spark community,... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:59:30 EST WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER? Thought seeing we have one for breakfast how about dinner? I usually can use ideas as well! <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:56:52 EST Simplified SparkPoints (& More of Them!) More changes are taking place here at SparkPeople, a few today andyesterday including "improvements that will roll out in the next few months." <BR> <BR> On the Start Page, the Insider is gone and SP launched "a new content slideshow with a streamlined look. It has four features plus a daily recipe and video below it." <BR> <BR> And on the SparkPoints page, SP has "cleaned up a few SparkPoints tasks to streamline your daily SparkPeople experience." <BR> <BR> Here's what has been "changed: ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:09:59 EST Team Challenge - Sugar Free Day Okay, so was thinking and I know Susan is in a challenge of the same..and we thought it would be a good idea if we have a friendly challenge to give up sugar for 1 day - say Monday 7/1 - just for 1 day...and if we want we can try for a few weeks and then add a day here or there? <BR> <BR> Thoughts??? Suggestions??? Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:55:52 EST WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? Thought that a good way to start the day would be to share low glycemic breakfasts that we are having. <BR> <BR> Today, I had Low sodium V-8 vegetable juice <BR> 1 soft boiled egg <BR> 1 cup coffee with skim milk <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:07:25 EST Hi - Refocusing in Wisconsin Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Jen from Milwaukee. I have PCOS and had some success with a low-GI plan in the past (lost about 50 pounds). I regained after an injury sidelined my active lifestyle, but am now back in the game and looking to kickstart my weight loss efforts. I lost 30 last year and want to lose another 30 this year. I could really use some help re-kicking the sugar habit. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:33:15 EST hello from NY Hello! My name is Pamela and I have PCOS. I decided to join this team after doing a little research on PCOS and discovering that the low glycemic diet helps curb some of the symptoms (weight gain, high cholesterol, facial hair.) <BR> <BR> I've lost weight in the past with Weight Watchers but then gained some of it back. I'm currently about 25 lbs less than my highest adult weight. I'd like to lose at least 35 more, but I also want to do it in a healthy way and control the PCOS symptoms... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:26:38 EST been here before been here before and hopefully this time I will win this battle and lose the weight and learn to live a healthy lifestyle Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:59:33 EST Splenda So I'm trying really hard to back off on the splenda, today I'm sitting here with my strawberries, which I normally add splenda on top - so this is how strawberries taste <em>45</em> . <BR> <BR> I do have honey in my morning tea and had for many years, I don't think I could ever give that up, plus I think honey is good for you. Some things say low GI others high GI.. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:53:29 EST "Interesting Website" Low GI Diet Tools and Tips Found this and thought it was another interesting site. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> By convention, most tables and charts of GI values of foods that you are likely to come across use the following "standard" limits to distinguish various foods according to measured GI values: <BR> <BR> Low GI = 0-55 <BR> Intermediate GI = 55-69 <BR> High GI = 70 or greater <BR> <BR> However, it cannot be over-emphasized that the so-called "standar... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:52:23 EST June GI Newsletter June GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jun2013.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> p.s. I stand corrected per Val's finding below, I thought from Australia actually Toronto. <BR> <BR> "David Jenkins, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto invented the Glycemic Index in 1981. It was originally created to help people with diabetes, then it led to the one of the most popular non-fad diets of today, Glycemic Index Diet." ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 05:41:07 EST GI Warriors Blog The war rages on Gunny Gym looks in vain for more recruits. In his personal battle he has broken through scale lines 216 and is targeting scale line 215. There is a long promised ice cream cone medal for breaking through line 215. The Gunny knows that he shouldn’t accept food rewards but he will humbly accept this one and eagerly rejoin the battle toward scale line 195. <BR> The battle needs more good men (and women). Good GI’s. Marching arm in arm with their pedometers glinting in the ... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:18:52 EST Team Spark Mail - How to turn on. Hi, if you would like to receive team spark mail, please follow the steps below: <BR> <BR> Go to: <BR> Community (at the top of home page) <BR> Select Sparkteams <BR> Click on Manage my team email/settings. <BR> Under team sparkmail, check box. <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 04:43:31 EST "Brag Post - It's Okay" So I thought we could have a brag post, got the idea from Chris on another team. It would be great if we can post when we have a great day eating healthy, avoided a binge "how", motivation soaring, weight loss, anything, but please brag, brag, every day if you like <em>334</em> Mon, 13 May 2013 05:09:15 EST New Key Board I just got a new wireless keyboard and love love it... <BR> <BR> It was getting very frustrating trying to type and my keys were sticking..I think when my husband used my computer (now he has his own laptop) he ate and spilled stuff often on it. <BR> <BR> Love it.. <em>17</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 18:49:23 EST GI Warriors Blog GI Warriors Blog <BR> I thought we should have some fun with the “GI” which to some old timers stood for “Government Inductee” not “Glycemic Index”. Thus we all become GI Warriors. <BR> I will add something to the GI Warriors blog every Wednesday. Each recruit will add their own battle to the comments section of the blog. Just assign yourself a rank (private to general) and join the fun. We need Nurses, Generals, a whole Army to battle “Scale” each week. Try to tell a short story and ... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:04:12 EST Try Try Again This GI diet works. This is my second try at it. I'm ashamed to say. The first time I lost 45 pounds before I hurt an achilles tendon and let the weight come back on. Persistence is far more important than perfection. So here i go again. Thu, 2 May 2013 22:24:11 EST May GI Newsletter May GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>may2013.pdf </link> Thu, 2 May 2013 17:54:54 EST Stopping By To Say "Hi" - 2013! Happy May everyone! <BR> <BR> "The world's favorite season is the spring. <BR> All things seem possible in May." <BR> ~ Edwin Way Teale <BR> <BR> It looks like Spring is truly here - dare we hope LOL!! <BR> <BR> A new month, a new day and another opportunity to get it right - enjoy the day - and move, move, move!!! <BR> <em>126</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 10:31:08 EST Resetting Sparkpoints - Informational Under "Account / E-Mail Preferences" <BR> <BR> Reset SparkPoints; <BR> If you're having trouble finding new Articles, Quizzes, or Health A-Z articles that you haven't earned SparkPoints for reading, you can click a button below so you can get points again for any item in the category. (Note you will not lose any current SparkPoints by re-setting). <BR> <BR> You have sucessfully reset the Health A-Z articles. <BR> <BR> Reset Articles Reset Quizzes Reset Health A-Z Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:51:17 EST New to this thing called Spark. I am new to Sparkpeople. But, my doctor told me to start eating sugar free. This is going to be difficult for me because I've always done diets like the Cabbage Diet, the Weight Watcher's diet, or the three meals a day diet. I'd never even hear of the Glycemic Index before last month, so I'm feeling a little flooded with new information right now. <BR> <BR> But, here I am trying to lose 200 pounds and eat better. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:08:41 EST new here hi my name is cyndi i am 57 years old i have a few health issues because of genes as well as my weight my vascular dr heart dr and dr have all agreed that this is the best way for me to go and to live a healthier life style thanks for having me and the support that i need to lose theses 50 pounds to a healthier life style <em>30</em> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:59:06 EST Hello! Hi. I just signed on to SP and the team. I am trying to figure out low glycemic. I have been on every diet possible with success and failure. What I have learned is that what I have done in the past was not sustainable for life. I am a compulsive dieter and want to cease and desist and just learn to be healthy. <BR> <BR> Is there a way to make SP food log generate low glycemic meal suggestions? <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:41:54 EST Great Excuses Not too Workout Found this on spark and thought will be in the spirit of our exercise goals! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at_excuses_to_not_work_out </link> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 05:50:04 EST The Importance of Moving the NEAT Way! I always remember my Mom telling my sisters and me not to fidget, it seemed we just couldn't sit still, but eventually we "learned to be ladies" and "settled down". This probably was not a good thing because it seems that Mom was suppressing our spontaneous physical activity or Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) <BR> <BR> In 2005, the Mayo Clinic published their results of a study on NEAT indicating it may be a more important factor than formal exercise when it comes to who has a hig... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:37:01 EST How Much Exercise Do U Really Need To Lose Weight? Favall posted this under the Let's Move thread and I thought that it was so important that it deserved it's own forum for discussion. Here's what she had to say. <BR> <BR> "I want everyone to read this SP blog. It is a huge eye opener. For many years I believed the party line that 30 min of exercise 5 days a week would result in weight loss and a healthy body. There are NEW GUIDELINES!!!! Read below and let's talk!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_much_exercise_y... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:55:29 EST The Power of Optimism & Positivity Whenever we're trying something new it's easy to be motivated and optimistic, but as time goes by it may become more difficult to maintain this positivity. <BR> <BR> This thread will be a place where we can post any articles or tips we come across that help us keep our inner spark burning as we continue on this lifelong journey of being healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> I'm a big believer in positive self-talk! Here's a short SP article that provides some tips on how we can be our own best friend... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:04:18 EST April GI Newsletter - NEW April GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>apr2013.pdf </link> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 06:09:49 EST Favorite Scripture What are some of your favorite Scripture verses that have helped you though tough times as well as the ones the good times! <BR> <BR> Proverbs 25:8 <BR> Don't jump to conclusions--there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 05:48:50 EST Need help with food grouping I messed up and nothing showed up in a food grouping I wanted to create. When I try to edit it, it says that INFORMATION WAS NOT PASSED CORRECTLY. How do I go about deleting this completely and starting over? <BR> <BR> Now, I do understand how to create a new food grouping, but I want to get rid of this bad entry. <BR> <BR> June Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:58:45 EST Hi ... I'm new Hi everyone ... I thought I had written an introduction, but put it in the wrong place. Which place? I have no idea. There is so much I need to learn and so much I need to investigate. <BR> <BR> My name is June. I have 65 pounds that I want/need to lose. I have tried many ways of trying to diet over the years, but always fell off the wagon. I am one of those people who gets night cravings. Just recently I came across the low glycemic way of eating when I was trying in desperation to find som... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:56:44 EST I'm confused I answered a message that was sent to me, but I don't see it on the site. I'm sure I did something wrong, but don't know what it was. <BR> <BR> June Sun, 7 Apr 2013 15:16:23 EST Happy Easter!!! <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Awake, thou wintry earth <BR> Fling off thy sadness! <BR> Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth <BR> Your ancient gladness <BR> ~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn" <BR> <BR> May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday! <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:47:56 EST Chickpea Flatbreads To vary the flavor, try adding diced onion, garlic or different spices and herbs to the batter. If you use cake pans instead of a cast-iron skillet, make sure they can withstand the intense heat of a broiler. <BR> <BR> Chickpea flour is available at Mediterranean markets, on the baking aisle at Whole Foods Markets and on the natural foods aisle at Giant stores. <BR> <BR> MAKE AHEAD: The batter for these flatbreads needs to rest for a few hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrige... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:55:32 EST Let's Move - 2013!!! Moving more and eating less works!!! We're taking care of the eating part by following the G.I. plan, but let's also work on the other part of the equation - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:03:24 EST 5 Foods with Low Glycemic that might surprise you The Glycemic Index, or GI, is a ranking given to carbohydrates as a measure of their effect on blood sugar. A lower number on the scale means that a food is less likely to raise blood glucose. Consuming low glycemic carbohydrates can help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. <BR> <BR> What Is a Low GI? <BR> <BR> The glycemic index scale ranges from 0 to 100, with 100 being a food that has the greatest effect on blood sugar. A carbohydrate food that scores 55 or lower is ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:36:38 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> An Irish Blessing <BR> <BR> Lucky stars above you, <BR> Sunshine on your way, <BR> Many friends to love you, <BR> Joy in work and play, <BR> Laughter to outweigh each care, <BR> In your heart a song, <BR> And gladness waiting everywhere, <BR> All your whole life long! <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>44... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:15:30 EST "How to stop evening eating" by Favall A Blog by FAVALL Friday, March 15, 2013 <BR> <BR> I have 2 items for you to consider that really helped me get past evening binge eating. <BR> <BR> After dinner, I used to sit watching TV, with all of the food commercials. The result was a pattern of visual and emotional triggers, bad choices, guilt and shame. The self-talk raged with emotions while reviewing the events and disappointments of the day. I was especially affected, if I was lonely, bored, stressed, or tired. It built all even... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:51:31 EST Cabbage Soup Recipe K, I know we all have had this soup in one way, shape or is soooo good for you!!!!! My house is smelling mighty fine right now! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2428767 </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:07:19 EST I am your new co-leader! Hi All!! I have definitely felt an outpouring of love from this team already and I've only been co-leader for less than 24 hours!! This is a subject that is very near and dear to me and I hope I can help you reach your goals, and we can help keep each other motivated to choose not the path of least resistance, but the path of health. If you have any food, meal plan, or fitness questions, or just plain need a kick in the pants to get off the couch and do something, just let me know! Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:43:46 EST Back from vacation Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> We got home last night from our trip to Hawaii, followed by a visit to our son and daughter-in-law in Santa Monica. <BR> <BR> We love to go to Hawaii this time of year, partly to escape our cold weather but mostly to see the whales. In past years we have done lots of snorkeling because we love seeing the fish and turtles while listening to the whales sing. This year the water was pretty rough so we only went a couple of times. We did go out on a dinner cruise in Ko... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 13:26:25 EST New to the team.. Hi everyone, I'm Hope. <BR> I've been on and off of SP for the past few years. It's just so hard to find balance between the kids, hubby, house, work, and healthy eating and exercise. I've cut out eating sweets for the past 4 months now. As in cakes, cookies, ice cream etc. When I'm craving sweets I go to fruits or a yogurt. I took out sugar from my coffee and tea. Only drink diet soda's and my weight is still not really budging. <BR> <BR> I know I have to exercise and also cut out breads, ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:07:43 EST March - what are your goals? So for March, <BR> <BR> No gum; only makes me want more sugar <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Workout; 6 days a week, at least 30 minutes <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> Food; track my food and eat mostly low Glycemic <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:36:52 EST Howdy! Hi folks, <BR> I am new to this team and have been around SP for a few months. I recently finished the SP Official Diabetic 8 week weight loss challenge. Part of the education classes had information about glycemic indexing but I'd like to learn more. <BR> <BR> I've been a Type 2 diabetic for about 15 years with my numbers under control. I've been on a weight loss effort for 5 years, with a second breast cancer event in the middle. I'm down from a highest weight of 366 pounds to my current... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 19:53:59 EST Hello! I just found my way over here to spark people after a long absence. I was looking around for some no sugar recipes and found this team. About 12 years ago I had lost a significant amount of weight by following The Sugarbusters books, and then life and three pregnancies and three small children later ... I realized I was pretty heavy again. I've dug out my old books again and now 10+ lbs lighter than a month ago, I really want to make this my way of eating. I do feel much better already. M... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:30:04 EST Chicken/Vege etable/Black Bean soup Came up with this one today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2412643 </link> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 07:24:43 EST March GI Newsletter March GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mar2013.pdf </link> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 05:28:27 EST Feeling hopeless Hi Group- <BR> I just need a little extra incouragment today. I feel like this weight wont EVER budge! I have made healthier choices for myself and I am expecting to see a difenrce in the scale- its not budging and I am loosing hope. Whats wrong with me? Why os my body broken? I work out often and I track well too- UGGHHHH! <em>39</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:01:35 EST From a Family of Diabetics! Hello!! I am Heather. My mom's side of the family are all overweight and diabetic, my dad's side of the family is the same. When I was in high school my dad was diagnosed borderline diabetic. My mom read the Sugar Busters book, changed our eating, and we all lost a ton of weight and my dad was able to control his blood sugar without medication, just diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> In June of last year, my mom was killed in a car accident. Since then, people have been bringing meals to my parent... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:47:38 EST What do you have for snacks? Today I had, <BR> <BR> pre-breakfast: Mozz stick <BR> <BR> after lunch: blueberries/strawberries <BR> <BR> before dinner; baby carrots/celery dipped in wholly guacamole. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:50:23 EST What did you eat for breakfast? Hi tell me what you ate for breakfast! <em>180</em> this is what i would eat for breakfast <em>495</em> That is what i would eat for lunch <em>341</em> and i will eat anything that i get from the store for dinner Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:15:22 EST Moriccan Chicken and Lentils <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2406717 </link> <BR> <BR> Yummy..... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:17:21 EST New to Sparkpeopl e...again. Hi everyone, my name is Pam. I started Sparking back in 2006 near as I can figure. I did fine for a while, Then fell back into old bad habits. I am trying to start again, this time with my bubby. So far, not so good, but I am not giving up. I found out in 2 years ago I am diabetic. I am not new to the diabetic scene. I took care of my mom who was insulin dependent for 10 years 24-7 till her death in 2001. So yes I do know a lot about how to eat and care for myself. But to be honest, it has be... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:09:00 EST New to the Group Intro Hello Team <BR> I'm Val..... I'm a busy mom of three that works full time and I am on the quest of my life to get healthy. I am one of those "fit and fat" type of people- I LOVE going to the gym...I love taking different classes. But I struggle with my food addiction and my old beliefs. I want to set a good example for my kiddos. But I really cant help others until I really start helping myself. <BR> I think this group will give me great ideas to help control the always hungry feeling. ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:41:26 EST Quinoa and Black Beans Yummy and very very good for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2395973 </link> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:25:58 EST February GI News February GI News Letter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feb2013.pdf </link> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:31:13 EST This is a great website "GI Listing" <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Steps to permanent, stable weight loss <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> There are two steps in Easy Low GI Diet weight-loss plan: <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> o Step I : During this step, weight reduction, avoid Yellow and Red zone Foods instead focus on eating Green zone Foods that are low G.I. and also low in sugar and fat. <BR> <BR> o Step II : Once you've achieved your desired weight, you enter step II, maintenance, and you can start to... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:03:23 EST Books - What GI books do you have? The Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies <BR> <BR> The Glycemic Index Diet Cookbook for Dummies <BR> <BR> The New Glucose Revolution <BR> <BR> The Good Carb Cookbook "Secrets of Eating Low on the Glycemic Index <BR> <BR> Low GI Diet Shoppers Guide 2013 <BR> <BR> I love them all! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:00:07 EST Happy Valentine's Day! Happy Valentine's Day! <BR> <BR> Some fun trivia about this day: <BR> <BR> - February 14th is the second most popular card-giving holiday. Christmas is the first. <BR> - Men spend an average of $156.22 on Valentine's Day gifts, flowers and cards. Women, by contrast, spend just $85.08. <BR> - The first heart-shaped box of candy was sold in 1868 by Richard Cadbury. <BR> - The expression "wear your heart on your sleeve" comes from a Middle Ages Valentine's Day tradition. Young men and women ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:41:49 EST custom meal plans Hi, I'm Christopher. I signed onto Sparkpeople because I read you can get suggested meal plans. I need to do low glycemic index meals. Can someone tell me where to find the page to tell the site what my SO and I like to eat? Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:16:18 EST GI Food Game This game should help us learn what the glycemic indexes of various foods are. <BR> <BR> Name a food that starts with the third letter of the previous food listed, determine whether it is a low (green), moderate (yellow) and high (red), then place a goodie with the appropriate colour next to it, i.e. <em>193</em> , <em>160</em> , <em>227</em> . If you have to research what the GI is of the food chosen then do so - we'll all be learning this way. <BR> <BR> Here's an example: <BR> <BR... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:29:47 EST Mushroom / Barley Soup (Low Glycemic) I came up with this one this morning. This is low glycemic, but if you are watching sodium, seems a bit high. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2388520 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> OKAY I tasted oh wow, it is so goodddddddd...can't wait until lunch! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:47:55 EST How about a joke for the day? I don't exercise at all. If God had wanted me to touch my toes <BR> He would have put them up higher on my body. <BR> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> Of course I exercise, but thought this one was cute...I just surf the net and find inspirational quotes, jokes, etc. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:02:22 EST Chris from Connecticut Hi! to all.......... <BR> <BR> I do much better if I eat LG. I have more energy and don't feel bloated. right now I have fallen off the wagon. I am eating mostly the same foods but putting things like maple syrup on them--example: oatmeal. <BR> <BR> Or--wanting toast --then putting 'butter ' on it. <BR> <BR> In the summer I did very well by having green drinks in the blender. But in winter they don't seem so satisfying. <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:33:04 EST I'm new Hi, I'm Patty and I just joined. I am familiar with the low glycemic index as I tried the Zone way of eating a few years ago. I just bought the book The gi Diet yesterday. My husband is willing to give this a shot and it is so much easier doing it with someone. Now if only I had a workout partner....anyway, I live in PA, married with 4 sons 26, 23 and twins 19. Only the twins live at home. Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:27:31 EST Chia Seeds and it's benefits for weight loss, etc. Check this out, remember Chia pets, well little did we know they are a very very healthy and beneficial food and tool for weight loss and very healthy!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iaBenefits.html </link> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 05:59:47 EST Quinoa and Black Beans Here's a nice alternative to black beans and rice and it's a green and yellow light recipe from <BR> <link><BR>ck-Beans/Detail.aspx?prop24=RD_Related<BR>Recipes </link> <BR> <BR> Quinoa and Black Beans <BR> <BR> Makes 10 servings <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 teaspoon vegetable oil <BR> 1 onion, chopped <BR> 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped <BR> 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa <BR> 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth <BR> 1 teaspoon ground cumin <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ca... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 20:36:30 EST Some fun facts about you!!! I'm a Christian <em>296</em> <BR> I love to fish!!!! <em>492</em> <BR> I love cats! <em>240</em> <BR> I really don't like to cook <em>481</em> <BR> I certainly do not like clothes shopping <em>206</em> <BR> I toooo love bike riding <em>332</em> <BR> Oh ya and exercise <em>314</em> <BR> Walking on a nice day <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> How about you!!! Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:18:41 EST RED "HIGH Glycemic Foods' Avoid if possible My dear teammates, <em>220</em> please don't post to this thread, it will make it easier for everyone to find the information. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Avoid eating from this list of Red/High GI foods. If you do, please do so on occasion, maybe once a week and include a Low GI food with it to help keep the glucose levels lower. <BR> Not sure about all the meats, maybe the target here is to avoid higher fat meats. Not sure how this would effect glucose, if at all. <BR> <BR> GiListin... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 07:17:57 EST YELLOW "Medium Glycemic Foods" eat sparingly My dear teammates, <em>220</em> please don't post to this thread, it will make it easier for everyone to find the information. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Eat from this list of Yellow foods occasionally (maybe 2-3 times a week), and moderation of course :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> DRINKS <BR> Milk,1% <BR> Diet soft drinks, Caffeinated <BR> Juice, unsweetened <BR> Red wine <BR> Vegetable juices <BR> <BR> BREADS <BR> Cri... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 07:00:27 EST Another new member Hi, my name is Deb. I have a male Siamese named Ma Ling (AKA LingLing). I think we're going to enjoy this team. Thanks for inviting us. <BR> <BR> <BR> Deb & LingLing Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:31:20 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU??? Hi everyone, thought it would be fun if we could share our birthday, not year of course, but Month and day.. <BR> <BR> My birthday is May 3 <em>44</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 05:58:09 EST Team vote! Was wondering if everyone likes the team logo or would you like to see me change it up now and then.... <BR> <BR> The majority wins! So vote soon!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 05:52:05 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Hi everyone, thought it would be fun if we could share our birthday, not year of course, but Month and day.. <BR> <BR> My birthday is May 3 <em>44</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:27:48 EST New memeber Hi I'm Emily Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:55:02 EST How many points did you get on the sparkwheel? This is a fun activity for sparkpeople. Simply, list the number of points <em>87</em> you get on the wheel each time you visit sparkpeople! Have fun!!! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:23:17 EST Inspirational Quotes Please give an inspirational quote!!! It can be on the subject of anything. Maybe something to do with weight loss or just general life type inspiration!!! Continue to list more and more quotes how ever often you can! This will give our team some inspiration all along our health and weight loss journey!!! <em>88</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:05:15 EST List 3 things you are grateful for today!!! This is a positive thing to do!!! Please list three things in your life that you are grateful for today!!! They can be simple things to large and important things. Also, ok to list the same things, each time you post. I know I tend to be grateful, most grateful, for some of the same, most important things in my life!!! <em>67</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:00:49 EST Everyday Check-in List 1 favorite low GI food I think this is a fun idea!!! It will help our team to stay involved. If we have a few little fun things on here, just for fun, so we can all stay involved <em>30</em> , that would be great! So, this is the 1st of a few fun ideas I will be posting!!! Please join in, let's have some fun!!! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:56:30 EST Lentils Puttanesca I did a slight makeover on this recipe, using fresh mushrooms instead of dry and adding the barley right to the pot. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2375487 </link> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:00:47 EST What I'm about you? Is that when I eat this way, my stomach doesn't feel like I ate a watermelon. <BR> <BR> When I lost weight before, if I had a bagel for breakfast, by afternoon I felt FAT. <BR> <BR> So I'm learning I feel thinner when I eat the right foods (low/med GI). <BR> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:17:32 EST Breakfast Ideas - have any good ones to share? Let's see, some of my breakfast favorites are: <BR> <BR> pumpernickel bread (1.5oz), 1 hard boiled egg diced, sliced however you like, and I found 100 cal guacamole packets...toast the bread, spread out the guacamole, add the egg..yummy <BR> <BR> 1/2 c. greek yogurt plain, cup mixed frozen berries (no sugar added), tbs of ground flax and packet of splenda (optional), mix all together..yummmy. I like my berries defrosted when you mix it up it is a beautiful color. You can also add .25 c of... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:12:32 EST Tilapia "Easiest Soup Ever" Hi my fellow GI'ers! <BR> <BR> I made this yesterday, needed something quick so made up this soup recipe..It was the best ever!!! Enjoy!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2365949 </link> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:48:29 EST Havard Health Publications Glycemic index and glycemic load for 100+ foods <BR> <BR> Glycemic index and glycemic load offer information about how foods affect blood sugar and insulin. The lower a food's glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Here you'll find a list of the glycemic index and glycemic load for more than 100 common foods. <link><BR>emic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_f<BR>oods.htm </link> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:34:35 EST BENEFITS of choosing Low GI Foods Do you want to know the effects of food on your blood sugar? Discover foods to improve overall wellness and health, making positive, lifestyle and diet change <BR> <BR> Choosing Low GI Foods, Green Zone Foods, can help you in: <em>140</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> o Controlling and stabling your blood glucose levels <BR> o Controlling your cholesterol levels <BR> o Controlling your appetite <BR> o Controlling your weight <BR> o Lowering your risk of getting coronary heart disease ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 05:06:56 EST Thank you for the invite! I look forward to learning more about the Glycemic Index and how everyone does on it! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:28:33 EST Hello from Natalie Hello! I just realized that I have not introduced myself! My name is Natalie and I am a type 2 Diabetic. I am trying to read as much as I can about the overlapping topics of low glycemic and low carb (yes, I know that they are different topics). <BR> <BR> I am looking for book recommendations too. I do have some on order from my library and if I find a perfect plan I will buy the book. <BR> <BR> I have been planning my own diet myself for all of my adult life. And it plain and simply h... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:25:17 EST Lentils and Eggplant Stew Yummy and soooo good for youuuuu.....and very low GI...Enjoy!! Oh ya, easy to make..and fine by me as I hate being in the kitchen..welll maybe I'm starting to like it.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=690865 </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:17:31 EST Another introduction Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Susan. I'm 56, retired for a couple of years now, and fully able to devote myself to working on my health. I am diabetic and have high blood pressure. Since starting with SparkPeople July 27, 2012, I have had some great successes in controlling my diabetes and blood pressure. I started with blood sugar reading in the 150-190 range, and they are now in the 70-115 range. My BP the day I found this site was 190/110 - very scary, and the biggest reason I was looking... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:27:21 EST Hearty Lentil Soup & Corn Muffins!! Here is the link to a recipe I copied out of the Glycemic Index Cookbook..I have made it a couple times already..very good with a corn muffin...which I also included the link here.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2345159 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2322220 </link> <BR> <BR> Corn muffins are considered Medium GI foods, so goes great with a Low GI food. <BR> <BR> YUMMY Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:19:38 EST Hi there! Just joined the team! I've been eating clean for some time....after the holidays and some "not so good" eating....turned to a Low GI diet! Started a week ago and I am feeling GREAT! Losing some of my double holiday weight gain! <BR> <BR> I've been on SP since 2007...really got into research and finally figured out what my body needed and started dropping pounds by 2009! I was on the cycle of lose 5 lbs...gain 2...lose 3...and 3 for the first few years. Everybody's body is different. So, I ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:18:29 EST High Glycemic Foods - Try to Avoid So the list is rather small, thankfully. As for potatoes, red are medium index. Idaho are the worst offenders. Some of may favorites are listed here! Even though Watermelon is high, it is good for you, so moderation is key. <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST CEREAL <BR> Cornflakes <BR> Sultana Bran <BR> Bran flakes <BR> Coco Pops <BR> Puffed Wheat <BR> Oats in Honey Bake <BR> Team <BR> Total <BR> Cheerios <BR> Rice Krispies <BR> Weetabix <BR> <BR> FRUITS <BR> Watermelon (in moderation and on occassio... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:43:03 EST GREEN "Low Glycemic Foods - Enjoy" My dear teammates, <em>220</em> please don't post to this thread, it will make it easier for everyone to find the information. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Eat from this list of green foods with every meal, and moderation of course :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>006/07/gi-of-vegetables.html </link> <BR> <BR> BEVERAGES <BR> Bottled water <BR> Chocolate, white, Milky Bar® <BR> Club soda <BR> Decaffeinated coffee ,skim milk, non sweet <BR> ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:17:51 EST Pledge Allegiance k, I found this on a friends sparkpage so I'm coping it here: <BR> <BR> I pledge allegiance to my health <BR> to not compare myself to anyone else <BR> With fruits and vegetables I'll fill my tray <BR> and get nice and sweaty every day. <BR> <BR> I have only this body and this one heart <BR> so today's the day I'm going to start <BR> Eating less chips and less sugary drinks <BR> and before I eat I'm going to think! <BR> <BR> (Author Unknown) Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:40:04 EST Perfect place to share foods, recipes, etc. I think this will be great to share foods, recipes, and your experiences with the new foods! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 05:21:09 EST We are in this together! Hi my friends, if you have any questions, please feel free to stop by my sparkpage or post here so that others can learn from your experience. <BR> <BR> Bring on the questions, and I'll do the research to find the answer! <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 05:19:58 EST Gylcemic Index & Weight Management My dear teammates, <em>220</em> please <em>227</em> don't post to this thread, it will make it easier for everyone to find the information. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Newsletters from the Glycemic Index Foundation <BR> <BR> January 2013 - Newsletter <BR> <link><BR>jan2013.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> September 2012 - Newsletter <BR> <link><BR>/GIF-FACT-SHEET-Weight-Management-Sept<BR>ember_001.pdf </link> <B... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:15:27 EST 10 Tips for Reducing the GI of your diet! My dear teammates, <em>220</em> please <em>227</em> don't post to this thread, it will make it easier for everyone to find the information. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> K, the whole point overall is switch High GI foods with Low or Medium. Focus on the foods you can eat, not what you can't eat. An occasional High GI is acceptable especially for events where you want to have a piece of cake! :) <BR> <BR> 10 tips for reducing the GI of your diet <BR> <BR> 1. Pile half your dinner... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:10:02 EST Health Benefits of low GI eating My dear teammates, <em>220</em> please <em>227</em> don't post to this thread, it will make it easier for everyone to find the information. <BR> <em>304</em> Also a link below. <BR> <BR> The scientific evidence supporting the health benefits of a healthy low GI diet is overwhelming. <BR> <BR> 1. Help to fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied for longer, avoiding over eating or too much snacking. <BR> 2. Lower your insulin levels which makes fat easier to burn and less likel... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:06:51 EST Weight Loss Check In I'm think this would be fun if anyone would like to join in. I'm going to weigh myself once per week and post my result. I have not weighed in months and I was scared to do it, but I did and guess what! I lost 9 pounds. So, currently, I am at 191 lbs. yea!! I think Sundays would be a good check in day each week. My goal is to lose weight and be healthy! <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> January 13, 2013 - Oh No! I am up a few, 195 lbs. <em>46</em> It must be water weight. I don't eat THA... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:18:08 EST Trivia from Spark-According to the glycemic index Via Spark Trivia <BR> According to the glycemic index people should eat more foods...with <BR> Low Glycemic Index <BR> or High Glycemic Index <BR> <BR> Answer Low Glycemic Index <BR> <BR> One system for classifying carbohydrates is the glycemic index. The glycemic index ranks foods on how they affect blood sugar level by measuring how much the blood sugar increases after one eats. For example, white bread is digested quickly into glucose, causing blood sugar to spike quickly. Therefore wh... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:26:16 EST A little bit about me and why I started the team! I actually joined a spark team "Low Glycemic Index Eating" but to my surprise no activity for months. When I stopped by some of the team members spark pages I did not see any activity. What I did do, was send an invite to individuals that have recent status updates, in hopes to entice others to join me.. <BR> <BR> I have been following this for about a month now and can tell you that bloated feeling is gone, even though I have quite a bit of weight to lose yet. <BR> <BR> My urges to binge... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:00:03 EST Low Gl Diet, Benefits = Info Links Here are a couple links to get you started on what the benefits of eating low glycemic foods could have on your life. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>emic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_f<BR>oods.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l-news-with-dr-alan-ba... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 06:23:05 EST