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Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=60644 50 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58697589 50 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:27:06 EST Golden Polenta with Egg and Mustard Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58697586 Golden Polenta with Egg and Mustard Sauce <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/health-recipe<BR>/golden-polenta--egg-with-mustard-sauc<BR>e-1.aspx?pos=3 </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:25:58 EST Which Spices Fight Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58687939 Which Spices Fight Inflammation <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/which-spic<BR>es-fight-inflammation.html#ixzz37FlupvUp </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:46:36 EST Lower Your Cholesterol: 7 Changes You Can Make Tod http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58687894 Lower Your Cholesterol: 7 Changes You Can Make Today by Joy Bauer <BR> <link>www.joybauer.com/high-cholesterol/ch<BR>anges-to-lower-cholesterol.aspx?utm_so<BR>urce=Food+Cures&utm_campaign=fe9f091411-LI_ </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:43:29 EST Boost Metabolism While You Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58680009 Boost Metabolism While You Sleep <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/boost-meta<BR>bolism-while-you-sleep.html </link> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:35:07 EST 6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58669053 6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow) <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/6-myths-ab<BR>out-weight-gain-slideshow.html </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:56:35 EST 6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58666647 6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow) <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/6-myths-ab<BR>out-weight-gain-slideshow.html </link> <BR> <BR> OOPS . . . sorry . . . double post. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:25:14 EST 5 Ways to Accept Your Body Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58657845 5 Ways to Accept Your Body Today by Diane Petrella, MSW <BR> <link>caloriecount.about.com/5-ways-accept<BR>-your-body-today-b628167#ixzz33laS6C7e </link> <BR> <BR> My health club just posted a sign that said: “Are You Beach Body Ready?” With summer almost here, you’re probably seeing this kind of thing too, right? I know this question appeals to those who want to look good in the more-revealing clothes of summer, but it detracts from the important message. <BR> Fitness and good health... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:34:29 EST Is Chia Seed the New Flaxseed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58649031 Is Chia Seed the New Flaxseed? Dr. Andrew Weil <link>www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05243/Is-Chi<BR>a-Seed-the-New-Flaxseed.html </link> <BR> <BR> Perhaps best known as the source of "fur" on novelty planters called Chia Pets, chia is the highly nutritious seed of a desert plant called Salvia hispanica. An important part of the diet of ancient Aztecs and Mayans, chia seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vital minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. <BR> <BR> It has ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:47:51 EST Six Foods That Behave Like Addictive Drugs . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58649010 Six Foods That Behave Like Addictive Drugs in Your Body <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14423/6-food<BR>s-that-behave-like-addictive-drugs-in-<BR>your-body.html </link> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:46:24 EST Want to Cut Your Carbon Footprint in Half? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58641289 Want to Cut Your Carbon Footprint in Half? Your Diet Might Be the Key <BR> <link>www.care2.com/causes/want-to-cut-you<BR>r-carbon-footprint-in-half-your-diet-m<BR>ight-be-the-key.html </link> <BR> <BR> One way to reduce your carbon footprint is to stop eating meat. I know you‘ve probably heard this before, especially if you read TreeHugger, whose founder Graham Hill is a vocal proponent of “weekday vegetarianism,“ but now there‘s additional and interesting science to back up why a meat... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:07:01 EST The Character Trait Most Likely to Cause Weight Ga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58641246 The Character Trait Most Likely to Cause Weight Gain <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/the-surpri<BR>sing-reason-you-are-gaining-weight.html </link> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:10 EST What is Your Hunger Type http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58628227 What is Your Hunger Type (Dr. Oz Show) <BR> <link>www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-s-your-<BR>hunger-type </link> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:06:42 EST Reference Guide for Minerals and How Hot Weather M http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58618819 Reference Guide for Minerals and How Hot Weather Might Be Helping to Make Us Fat <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/referen<BR>ce_minerals.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.care2.com/causes/how-hot-weather<BR>-might-be-helping-to-make-us-unhealthy<BR>.html </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:30:28 EST Strategies to Overcome Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58609892 Strategies to Overcome Emotional Eating <BR> <BR> <link>www.joybauer.com/weight-loss/strateg<BR>ies-to-overcome-emotional-eating?utm_s<BR>ource=Food+Cures&utm_campaign=0bf344aac1f </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:13:13 EST 5 Healthy Reasons to Drink Beer article by Anna D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58609856 5 Healthy Reasons to Drink Beer article by Anna Dickens, from SpryLiving.com <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/5-healthy-<BR>reasons-to-drink-beer.html#ixzz36V6o3rxX </link> <BR> <BR> <link>spryliving.com </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:09:41 EST Are You Eating Your Summer Squash? You Should Be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58598183 Are You Eating Your Summer Squash? You Should Be! Dr. Andrew Weil <BR> <BR> Looking for an easy-to-prepare, healthful vegetable to add to your summer menu? Try summer squash. This entirely edible vegetable - you can enjoy the skin, flesh and seeds - is a good source of manganese, vitamins A and C, magnesium, fiber and folate. It comes in many varieties, including the popular green zucchini; a crookneck variety that is yellow-skinned with a curved neck; and the flat, round pattypan squash,... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:03:35 EST Need a Natural Energy Boost? Here Are 7 Food Stra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58598138 Need a Natural Energy Boost? Here Are 7 Food Strategies <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/need-a-nat<BR>ural-energy-boost-here-are-7-food-stra<BR>tegies.html </link> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:59:29 EST The Most (and Least) Healthy Cheeses (I dubbed thi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58587489 The Most (and Least) Healthy Cheeses (I dubbed this Who Cut the Cheese?) <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/the-most-a<BR>nd-least-healthy-cheeses.html </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:14:01 EST 6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58587467 6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow) <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/6-myths-ab<BR>out-weight-gain-slideshow.html </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:12:19 EST Want to Improve Your Gut Bacteria? Start Exercisi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58580119 Want to Improve Your Gut Bacteria? Start Exercising <BR> <link>www.care2.com/causes/want-to-improve<BR>-your-gut-bacteria-start-exercising.ht<BR>ml#ixzz367b8aM41 </link> <BR> <BR> There’s a lot of talk of gut bacteria these days; you know, that stuff in your stomach that keeps you healthy? <BR> <BR> Gut bacteria is critical to our well-being, helping with metabolism and immunity, and it might even play a role in dealing with obesity. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, full of ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:47:02 EST 5 Surprising Benefits of Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58580089 5 Surprising Benefits of Exercise <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/5-surprisi<BR>ng-benefits-of-exercis.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:45:00 EST 10 Tasty Ways to Prevent Osteoporosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58570842 10 Tasty Ways to Prevent Osteoporosis <BR> <link>www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05233/10-Tas<BR>ty-Ways-to-Prevent-Osteoporosis.html </link> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:37:37 EST What is Your Hunger Type (Dr. Oz Show) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58569730 What is Your Hunger Type (Dr. Oz Show) <BR> <link>www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-s-your-<BR>hunger-type </link> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:55:05 EST What is Intuitive Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58558779 What is Intuitive Eating <BR> <link>www.intuitiveeating.org/content/what<BR>-intuitive-eating </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:11:42 EST 3 Ingenious Subs for Pizza Crust http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58558758 3 Ingenious Subs for Pizza Crust <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/3-ingeniou<BR>s-substitutes-for-pizza-crust.html </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:10:27 EST 4 Reasons to Eat Garlic (Dr. Andrew Weil) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58549227 4 Reasons to Eat Garlic (Dr. Andrew Weil) <BR> <link>www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05231/4-Reas<BR>ons-To-Eat-Garlic.html </link> <BR> <BR> Garlic is more than a culinary mainstay that can add flavor to meals; it is a natural, traditional medicine that has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Research indicates regular consumption of garlic may: <BR> <BR> Alter how cholesterol is metabolized in the body, making it less likely to oxidize. <BR> <BR> Lower blood pressure and d... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:31:39 EST Food Diary a Great Tool for Losing Weight, Expert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58549200 Food Diary a Great Tool for Losing Weight, Expert Says <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/weight/food-d<BR>iary-a-great-tool-for-losing-weight.as<BR>px?pos=1&xid=nl_MyCalorieCounterNewsletter </link> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:29:39 EST Is Greek Yogurt Worth the Hype? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58538131 Is Greek Yogurt Worth the Hype? <BR> <link>caloriecount.about.com/greek-yogurt-<BR>worth-hype-b605620#ixzz35q0dposI </link> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:11:06 EST A Big Breakfast is Your Weight Loss Ally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58538069 A Big Breakfast is Your Weight Loss Ally (Dr. Oz) <BR> <link>www.doctoroz.com/videos/big-breakfas<BR>t-your-weight loss-ally </link> <BR> <BR> Trying to shed a few extra pounds? Rather than obsessively tallying calories, you can achieve significant results simply by switching to a large breakfast rather than a big dinner, according to a July 2013 study published in the journal Obesity. Turns out, this eating plan takes advantage of natural fluctuations in the body’s metabolic cycle and r... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:02:23 EST 3 Surprising Ways to Break Through Your...Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58527964 3 Surprising Ways to Break Through Your Weight Loss Plateau (Dr. Oz) <BR> <link>www.doctoroz.com/videos/3-surprising<BR>-ways-break-through-your-weight-loss-p<BR>lateau </link> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:12:54 EST Lemony Tarragon Dill Yogurt Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58527903 Lemony Tarragon Dill Yogurt Sauce <BR> <link>caloriecount.about.com/lemony-tarrag<BR>on-dill-yogurt-sauce-b628716#ixzz35pz5<BR>dhIY </link> <BR> <BR> Add a dollop of this sauce to your falafel sandwiches, lamb chops, fish, and even chicken. My son ate quite a bit right out of the bowl. Thin regular yogurt is not recommended. Nutrition facts are provided for both fat free and regular Greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> Nutrition facts for 1 heaping tablespoon when made with 0% Fat Plain Greek Yogur... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:06:35 EST 10 Ways to Move Beyond a Weight Loss Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58516411 10 Ways to Move Beyond a Weight Loss Plateau <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/features/10-ways-<BR>to-move-beyond-a-weight-loss-plateau </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:39:04 EST Does Muscle Weigh More Than Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58507518 Wanted to share this article Thought it was a good explanation. Bear in mind that when you lift weights or do other strength training, you cause little microscopic tears in the muscle. It takes a day or two for it to heal. In that process, the muscle releases water. That can affect our weight! <BR> <BR> Does Muscle Weigh More Than Fat? <BR> By Kristen Stewart <BR> <BR> Like a lot of people, you might think that muscle weighs more than fat. <BR> “When I hear this statement, I always ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:10:13 EST The Benefits of Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58498149 The Benefits of Journaling by B. Lynne Goodwin <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/the-benefi<BR>ts-of-journaling.html </link> <BR> <BR> It’s easy to tell others to take risks. It’s harder to live by that rule, especially if you’re wise enough to consider the consequences. Have faith. Take a leap and trust that someone will catch you. <BR> <BR> Weigh your choices. <BR> <BR> Don’t hesitate to give to a stranger but don’t give everything away. <BR> <BR> Be who you are. Everybody else ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:44:42 EST 61 Easy Ways To Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58486730 61 Easy Ways To Lose Weight Written by: Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D Wednesday, June 27, 2012 5:23 pm <BR> <BR> A few years ago, one of my friends at Men's Health stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He decided to make a change, quick. <BR> <BR> That day, he gave up his beloved soda. He was only drinking two or three bottles a day, bu... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:15:22 EST How Much Does It Really Cost to Eat Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58477174 How Much Does It Really Cost to Eat Healthy? <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/how-much-d<BR>oes-it-really-cost-to-eat-healthy.html </link> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:11:22 EST Sweeteners Trick More Than Just Your Tastebuds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58476085 Sweeteners Trick More Than Just Your Tastebuds <BR> <link>www.care2.com/causes/sweeteners-tric<BR>k-more-than-just-your-tastebuds.html#i<BR>xzz2VWrHxVlk </link> <BR> <BR> If it’s calorie-free it won’t have any impact on your weight, right? <BR> Well that’s true of water, but turns out for artificially sweetened goodies it might not be that black and white. <BR> <BR> New research from the Washington University School of Medicine has found the popular sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splen... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:58:54 EST 7 In-Season Fruits and Veggies to Eat Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58467424 7 In-Season Fruits and Veggies to Eat Now <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/7-in-seaso<BR>n-fruits-and-veggies-to-eat-now.html </link> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:51:37 EST 10 Yoga Poses to Undo All of That Sitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58467405 10 Yoga Poses to Undo All of That Sitting <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/10-yoga-po<BR>ses-to-undo-all-of-that-sitting.html </link> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:50:23 EST How Broccoli Helps You Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58454173 How Broccoli Helps You Detox <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/how-brocco<BR>li-helps-you-detox-recipe.html#ixzz35B<BR>T2FQCd </link> <BR> <BR> The health benefits of broccoli–lower cholesterol, reduced inflammation, high fiber and stronger bones–are old news, but a new Johns Hopkins study has revealed an additional advantage to the cruciferous powerhouse: detoxification. <BR> <BR> China’s reputation for high amounts of air pollution led researchers to seek out a set of 290 Chinese ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:23:36 EST Health Benefits of Warding Off Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58454134 Health Benefits of Warding Off Stress <BR> <BR> Regular exercise is not only important for keeping the body functioning at its best, but also as a way to ward off obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and the other dangerous health effects of a stressful, sedentary life. <BR> <BR> Stress in modern living is as common as smart phones. Attempting to juggle careers, family, and a social life often leave people at wits end. Accumulating stress can do lasting damage to the body, including speeding... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:20:27 EST Health Benefits of Warding Off Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58454114 Health Benefits of Warding Off Stress <BR> <BR> Regular exercise is not only important for keeping the body functioning at its best, but also as a way to ward off obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and the other dangerous health effects of a stressful, sedentary life. <BR> <BR> Stress in modern living is as common as smart phones. Attempting to juggle careers, family, and a social life often leave people at wits end. Accumulating stress can do lasting damage to the body, including speeding u... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:19:00 EST Counting Calories Isn't Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58443702 Counting Calories Isn’t Enough - You Need to Factor in Appetite and Metabolism Dr. Sanjay Gupta <BR> <BR> Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: <BR> When it comes to maintaining your weight and staying fit, you want to look at how many calories you’re taking in every day and also how many calories you’re burning off. It sounds simple, right? But it’s a lot harder than simple addition and subtraction. <BR> <BR> If you look at restaurants, they’ll post calorie counts. That can help. There ar... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:30:35 EST Swiss Chard Tortellini Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58443455 Swiss Chard Tortellini Soup <BR> <link>caloriecount.about.com/tortellini-mu<BR>shroom-swiss-chard-soup-b628490#ixzz35<BR>B4WoSGc </link> <BR> <BR> Good points: <BR> <BR> low in saturated fat <BR> low in cholesterol <BR> very high in Vit. A <BR> very high in Vit. B6 <BR> very high in Vit. C <BR> <BR> Bad point: <BR> <BR> high in sodium <BR> <BR> You can reduce this by adding NO SALT and using vegetable stock vs. bouillon or broth. Bouillon and broth are very salty. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:53:36 EST Spinach, onion and feta stuffed chicken breasts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58438538 Truly delicious spinach, onion and feta stuffed chicken breasts. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup crumbled non fat feta cheese <BR> 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast (pounded thin) <BR> 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 cup fresh spinach <BR> 1 tsp black pepper <BR> 1 tsp lemon peel <BR> 1 small chopped onion <BR> 1 crushed garlic clove <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> In a large non-stick skillet, heat olive oil; sauté onion until golden, 5 ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:49:36 EST Acorn Squash with Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58434124 Acorn Squash with Apples <BR> <BR> 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, sliced <BR> 2 Tablespoons brown sugar <BR> 1 small acorn squash, about 6 inches in diameter <BR> 2 teaspoons butter <BR> <BR> In a small bowl, mix together the apple and brown sugar. Set aside. <BR> Pierce the squash several times with a sharp knife to let the steam escape during cooking. Microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes. Turn the squash after 3 minutes to ensure even cooking (if you don't have a m... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:39:41 EST Is Your Kitchen Making You Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x58430477 Is Your Kitchen Making You Fat? <BR> <BR> A new study shows that the kitchen could be responsible for making us fat. That’s because visual cues entice us to eat more—or less. How does your kitchen score on the fat-causing front? Ask yourself these simple questions to arrive at an answer: <BR> <BR> Does your kitchen have bright lights? Perhaps you need to tone things down a bit. Bright lights are known to create visual clutter, subconsciously urging you to take comfort in food. The result: ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:43:54 EST Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58430244 Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger <BR> <BR> 4 large portobello mushroom caps, 5 inches in diameter <BR> 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar <BR> 1/2 cup water <BR> 1 Tablespoon sugar <BR> 1 garlic clove minced <BR> 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) <BR> 2 Tablespoons olive oil <BR> 4 whole-wheat buns, toasted <BR> 4 slices tomato <BR> 4 slices red onion <BR> 2 bib lettuce leaves, halved <BR> <BR> Clean mushrooms with a damp cloth, remove the stems. Place in a glass dish, stem (gill side) u... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:03:15 EST Lady Carol's spinach dip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x58429725 <em>22</em> <BR> <BR> Lady Carol's Spinach Dip <BR> <BR> 1 can artichoke hearts <BR> 1 cup mayonnaise (You can use lite mayo) <BR> 1 cup parmesan <BR> 1 pkg (frozen) chopped spinach (thawed) <BR> 12 oz (1 lg brick) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded <BR> Jalapenos to taste, cut up <BR> <BR> In a casserole dish, combine all ingredients, except 1/3 of the cheese. I dice the artichokes while they are in the can. Put remaining cheese on the top. <BR> <BR> Bake at 350 degrees until top is ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:10:49 EST SHAPE UP FOR SPRING/FALL 5% CHALLENGE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x58220891 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Well here it is, the new 10 week 5% Challenge to get us all fit for Spring/Fall. Having the extra week will enable the people who celebrate the 4th July to have a few yummy things and still be able to lose 5%. We will have the weigh in on a Friday, my thinking behind that is most people relax a bit at the weekend, so it is not a true weight on a Monday. (my excuse anyway). If Friday doesn't suit, pick a day that works for you. <BR> <BR> If you are into maintenance y... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:28:37 EST Spassing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x57326252 <em>227</em> Please do not reply. This is an informational message!! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Definition of Spassing: <BR> <BR> Spassing is when you exercise in fits and starts ie. spasmodically for 1 minute at a time. Use your imagination for the Spassing you want to complete in your day. <BR> <BR> Mix and match your Spassing and don't forget to COUNT how many in 1 minute. <BR> <BR> Alternatively you can step count, strength train, anything you want. Just enjoy the Challenge against... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:19:10 EST How many sugar free days are you having in April?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x57325013 Here is the month. Put a "Yes" beside the dates you were successful. <BR> <BR> April 1.....Yes <BR> April 2.....Yes <BR> April 3.....Yes <BR> April 4.....Yes <BR> April 5.....Yes <BR> April 6.....Yes <BR> April 7.....Yes <BR> April 8......No <em>39</em> <BR> April 9.....Yes <BR> April 10...Yes <BR> April 11 ..Yes <BR> April 12....No <BR> April 13....Yes <BR> April 14....Yes <BR> April 15....Yes <BR> April 16....Yes <BR> April 17....Yes <BR> April 18....No <BR> April 19....Yes <BR> April... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:26:28 EST Have a listen to my music and see what you think http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60644x57313210 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Trev and presently reside in the South West of the UK. I will spare you my details in here as they are all available in my blog so please feel free to look in there. <BR> <BR> Although in terms of numbers this may be the smallest group I am in it certainly feels to be one of the friendliest which is one of the things that makes it the attractive group that it is. <BR> <BR> I believe in the power of music and the way it can lift us and motivate us. It can mentally ste... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:18:02 EST Sharing my music with you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x57169820 Hi to all of you, <BR> <BR> As some of you in here already know I am a musician and composer who actively writes music when I am not teaching it or performing it. I consider that music can be a terrific motivation builder as when we listen to it, we can be lifted within ourselves to move about more to the beat or we can use it for relaxation. It can in many ways contribute to a healthier lifestyle which is where I hope I can help. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkp... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:42:54 EST Zip into Summer/Winter with a 5% 12 Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x57167809 Hi Everyone <BR> For you people in the Northern Hemisphere who are just coming out of hibernation, and for us in the South who are just starting to move around after the hottest summer on record, we have decided to set up a 5% weight challenge to get us all fit. We will have the weigh in on a Friday, my thinking behind that is most people relax a bit at the weekend, so it is not a true weight on a Monday. (my excuse anyway). If Friday doesn't suit, pick a day that works for you. If you are in... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:56:38 EST Spassing.... ...March2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x56953541 <em>244</em> Please start the new month here. <BR> <BR> Go everyone! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> See how many participants we can get this month! <em>243</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:21:57 EST 6 Months on how are we going Team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x56894082 Are you feeling great <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Are you moving better? <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> Are you fitting your clothes better? <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Do you find yourself smiling more? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have more NSVs (Non Specific Victories) <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Or are you just feeling fantastic like I am <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the next 6 months <em>243</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:10:29 EST Leaving Team and Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x56829526 I'm so sorry Gang but I'm leaving the Team and shutting down my SparkPage. <BR> One day I may be back with SparkPeople, but at this stage in my life I have to go find myself. <BR> <BR> I would hate to lose touch with you as you have become dear to me. Please if you ever get the time, email me at my private email which is: <BR> motlem@bigpond.com <BR> <BR> I do love you all so, and will miss you, so am really hoping that you will email me one day. <BR> Bye for now. <BR> <BR> Your Tasmanian ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:09:02 EST The Top 10 Reasons Diets Don't Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x56691509 The Top 10 Reasons Diets Don't Work <BR> <BR> Over $4 Billion is spent by those who want to lose weight every year on books, tapes, foods, programs, diets, pills, herbs, shakes and who-knows-what-else. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, less than 5% of those who lose weight actually keep it off for more than one year. In fact, researchers are saying that it's easier to cure cancer than it is to lose weight and keep it off for two years! <BR> <BR> Here's why diets don't work: <BR> <BR> 1. The... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 01:02:02 EST Spassing - February 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x56595620 <em>104</em> We are the BEST !! <em>285</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:54:40 EST Moderation in exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x56489667 Exercise is the same as diet. Moderation is all things is the key. <BR> <BR> Hours and hours of exercise and sweating buckets is just not necessary. Over-exercising is bad as it puts too much stress on your body joints and your 'bits' wear out before their use-by date. <BR> <BR> I am just a nobody and have no qualifications re physical exertion, but I sure know my own body better than anyone else. <BR> <BR> I know I need 30-minutes of exercise most days and feel guilty if I don't do this.... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:57:12 EST Non Specific Victories NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x56354168 These are some of my first NSVs <BR> <BR> Get in and out of my car more easily. <BR> <BR> Cut my toenails easily (believe me that was a major one) <BR> <BR> There was talk of shoulder and knee reconstructions when I started with SP. I don't have problems with either now. <BR> <BR> We had a caravan when I started with SP and I had trouble with 2 steps to get in and out. Now we have an RV with 4 steps and I have no problems. <em>433</em> <BR> <BR> And the big PLUS is the Spark Friends ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:53:09 EST Turmeric - the wonder spice ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x56325875 Turmeric is that bright yellow spice that makes mustard yellow and gives curry its distinctive flavor. Recent studies have shown that the curcumin found in turmeric has some super food qualities, including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity, cancer and Alzheimer's prevention, lowering cholesterol and even weight control. <BR> <BR> Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. Turmeric was traditionally called "Indian... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:02:07 EST A New Year poem.... ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x56162720 Another year has passed <BR> And we're all a little older. <BR> Last summer felt hotter <BR> And winter seems much colder. <BR> <BR> There was a time not long ago <BR> When life was quite a blast. <BR> Now I fully understand <BR> About 'Living in the Past' <BR> We used to go to weddings, <BR> Football games and lunches. <BR> Now we go to funeral homes <BR> And after-funeral brunches. <BR> <BR> We used to have hangovers, <BR> From parties that were gay. <BR> Now we suffer body aches <BR> And... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:35:43 EST Spassing - January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x56158089 Happy New Year, Movers and Shakers!! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Let's make this a great year and Spass our little hearts out .. whichever way we do it, YES?? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:13:38 EST What is Spassing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x56117676 <em>227</em> !! Please do not reply. This is an informational message!! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Definition of Spassing: <BR> <BR> Spassing is when you exercise in fits and starts ie. spasmodically for 1 minute at a time. Use your imagination for the Spassing you want to complete in your day. <BR> <BR> Mix and match your Spassing and don't forget to COUNT how many in 1 minute. <BR> <BR> Alternatively you can step count, strength train, anything you want. Just enjoy the Challenge again... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:24:38 EST SPASSING - December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x55819031 Hi there movers and shakers !! <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> We did pretty well in November, let's see what December brings. <BR> <BR> Lois ~ keep stepping well! <BR> <BR> Barb ~ thank you for sharing your story. It does help when we know a bit about each other. Not quite 'walk a mile in my shoes', but you know what I mean. Go energizer bunny, go!! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:43:18 EST Monday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x55591553 Is anyone else joining me today? <em>334</em> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 03:05:41 EST SPASSING - November 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x55507047 <em>245</em> So sorry I forgot to start a new thread for November 2013, but better late than never! <BR> <BR> Let's make this month a good one! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>377</em> Simple watering system, but effective. Yes, doesn't matter what type of plastic bottles, as long as they are 1.5 litres or more in size. I googled the litres and that's about 3 pints if that's any help. <BR> <BR> Monday and I've used heavier weights today. 3kg (6.6 pounds) x 2 and that's about my heavy fo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 01:03:13 EST Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x55469821 The development and use of willpower is the most direct access to motivation that you'll ever have. By denying its existence, you're only shutting your spirit down. <BR> <BR> Willpower and self-discipline is 'not' self punishment. When you are self-disciplined, you have simply decided - in matters of the will - to become your own disciple. <BR> <BR> Once you make that decision, your life's adventure gets more interesting. You start to see yourself as a stronger person. You gain self-respect... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:55:08 EST Thursday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x55458260 Any one else fasting today, Thursday <em>38</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 02:19:12 EST Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x55373714 Your happiness is your birthright. <BR> Claim it and use it to make your self-motivation fun ALL THE WAY, and not just fun at the end. <BR> <BR> Make the most of your awareness of this hour. Don't live in the past (unless you want guilt) or worry about the future (unless you want fear), but stay focused on today (because you want happiness). <BR> <BR> Learn to live in the here and now. See your whole life as being contained in this very hour. This hour, right now, is pure opportunity. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 03:08:13 EST I'm Back;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x55271185 Due to family and health problems I have been unable to spark but all being well I will now try and log in each day and will resume my Monday and Thursday fasting. I do hope everyone is well and very much look forward to catching up with you soon. Susie <em>334</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:02:52 EST Reduce flab around your waistline http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x55168633 1. Breathe in air as strongly as you can and as you do so, tuck in your tummy as much as you can. Hold it like this for a few seconds and then slowly release your breath, taking care not to let out your tummy. Try to keep breathing like this at least 50 - 60 times a day or whenever you remember to do so. <BR> <BR> After Day 1 you should feel the muscles of your stomach tightening each time you do this. Then you know that you are on the right track. If you practice this without fail for 20 d... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 23:38:45 EST SPASSING - October 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x55091731 Here is what our awesome Team members have achieved during September 2013: <BR> <BR> Ab crunches CDBarb 75 <BR> Air punches Popsy 128 <BR> Backward toe taps Mel 87 <BR> Ball bounces overhead Popsy 54 (soccer-size ball bounced against wall above) <BR> Bicep curls 1.5kg weights Popsy 19 <BR> Bicep curls - weights unknown CDBarb 2 reps of 15 <BR> Chair knee lifts Mel 162 <BR> Elliptical steps Mel 147 <BR> Exercycle pedals Popsy 153 <BR> Grapevines Popsy 77 <BR> Heel forward taps Mel 152 <BR> ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:33:49 EST 10 Tips for Starting a Wellness Program Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x55068276 Easy Ways to Get Healthy <BR> <BR> 1. Write out your goals and desires. What’s your wellness vision? Where do you envision yourself three to five years from now? Set three-month and weekly goals based on your wellness vision. Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic and Time-oriented. <BR> <BR> 2. Ask what, when and how. Make a list of the hurdles that keep getting in your way of living a life of wellness. Then determine which ones are true obstacles – things tha... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:54:42 EST Simply Spassing - Bragging Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x54997886 Simply Spassing - Do your bragging here! <BR> <BR> Our new catch word is 'Spassing'. You do your Spassing when you exercise in fits and starts ie. spasmodically for 1 minute at a time. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself (or a Team Member) in your 1 minute Spassing Session! Example: I started Spassing with knee raises and managed 108 in the minute. Tomorrow, <em>244</em> I shall try and beat that. I may do another minute of knee raises today and try and beat my 108. I am challenging SM Barb to b... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:19:06 EST Thankful for this group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54720058 I am really happy that my friend invited me to join this group! <BR> You are all very supportive and I am greatly appreciative of this. <BR> I believe doing the Fast 500 really helps me to realize I can eat healthy and more fully without a bunch of junk and a ton of calories! It makes me eat healthier because I want to eat good and healthy food for the 500 calories and makes those calories count! <BR> Being that I do the Fast 500 twice a week helps me to realize that I don't need to overea... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:48:39 EST Tummy Growling Problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54641344 On my two fasting days this week I will be in orientation. My tummy growls during the day when I do my fasting. I don't think that will be too good in the middle of orientation. <BR> I am probably going to have to break up my 500 calories between lunch and dinner. <BR> I can get away with not eating in the am. But not so much in the pm - then my stomach really starts to make noises! I feel bad that I can't do a total fast like I usually do. But, I don't want to be embarrassed by my t... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:44:07 EST Arm Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x54626966 I am sorry to whomever but I sent this download to someone but they didn't get it? <BR> <BR> This is the arm fat very short video that you can download from my 'dropbox'. <BR> <BR> Please don't click on this but copy and then paste the address into a browser to download for yourself. <BR> <BR> Look, if it doesn't work, not my fault, as there have been about 3 dozen people who have downloaded with success already ... Cheers and Enjoy this! <BR> <BR> https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/484... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 02:28:01 EST Team Boost & Motivation Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x54602133 It has come to my notice that a fair number of Team members do not participate in Sparkmail, and hence have missed my Team Boosts and Motivation Tips so far - so reposting here and will put all the new ones up here as time passes as well as doing a Team sparkmail, just to keep everyone's mind on the job at hand, yeah? <BR> <BR> Team Sparkmail sent on 8 August 2013: <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <em>8</em> <em>185</em> <em>8</em> <em>185</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Your Willpower Boost! <BR> ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 04:01:57 EST Pet lover or not, this is a must youtube look... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54589055 Thanks KIMCOLLINGS <BR> <BR> Sad Cat Diary .. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKffm2uI4dk </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:35:51 EST Fast 500 recipe book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54575909 Do you use spark people's recioe calculator? I have just started doing this and now I have a collection of some favorite Recipes. <BR> <BR> After much trial and error, particularly error, I have begun a collection of recipes for my fast days. It is a public collection, and you can see it too if you copy this and paste It into your browser: <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks<BR>.asp?cookbook=811834 <BR> <BR> If you have any public recipes you particularly like for your fast days, ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 05:31:22 EST Recipe Book will not work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54540393 Only the person that creates a recipe collection is able to edit it/add recipes to it. Is where our confusion is. The link Fifi posted is for the editing of a recipe collection, but can only be accessed by the person that created it. If she shared the collection, there should be a different url but only to view it, as only the person who created it can 'edit' it. <BR> <BR> What is wrong with using the General Team Discussion Forum topic is: Fast 500 Recipes. Susie put it up a few days back... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:35:17 EST Time Zones! Your yesterday is my tomorrow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54539724 Living in Tasmania, Australia and trying to keep track of Fast 500's or Dee's is pretty difficult because, apart from New Zealand being 2 hours ahead, everyone else is behind me 'at this time'. <BR> <BR> I say 'at this time' as 4 times a year these times are different as well.. with Summers and Winters in 2 hemispheres. Daylight Saving Time 1. me on; 2. you off; 3. you on; 4. me off. <BR> <BR> To give you an idea of my time at the moment: <BR> West Australia = 2 hours behind <BR> South Aus... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:33:14 EST Goal-setting techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x54528973 Goal-setting techniques: <BR> <BR> Start with a Long-Term Goal. Picture the effect it will have, how your life will be different, what you would be able to do differently. Think of the strategy you'll use and who can help you. This is your blueprint. Before you do anything else, write that goal down. Memory studies indicate that the brain forgets 80% of detail within 24 hours and 99% within two weeks. Writing it down keeps the goal fresh and clear in your mind. <BR> <BR> Next, create a tim... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:05:52 EST Tabata training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x54528940 How Can I Incorporate Tabata Training into My Workouts? <BR> <BR> Adding Tabata training into your workouts is easy! <BR> Swap one to two of your usual cardio workouts a week for quick Tabata training. <BR> <BR> Remember, you're doing precisely 20 seconds of maximum effort followed by just 10 seconds of rest for a total of seven to eight intervals. <BR> <BR> This can be done with almost any form of cardio exercise, including running, swimming, cycling, plyometrics, jumping rope and more.... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:57:30 EST A guide to converting exercise to miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26730x60644x54528917 If ever you need to convert your exercise to miles here is a guide: <BR> <BR> Light activity - examples are fishing, gardening, washing the car, vacuuming, dusting. <BR> 20 continuous minutes = 1 mile. <BR> <BR> Moderate activity - examples are recreational swimming, table tennis, yoga, dancing, weight lifting, shovelling snow, ice skating, volleyball. <BR> 20 continuous minutes = 2 miles. <BR> <BR> Vigorous activity - examples are circuit training, martial arts, chopping wood, swimming fa... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:51:06 EST Today is my fasting day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26729x60644x54503367 ...unless it turns into a DEEf or a DEEa, which is always a possibility. Too early to tell at this stage. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks for making this space Mel. I like the idea that people will post under this topic on their fasting days, then we can all support & encourage each other. I am trying just to do one fast day, because I am trying just to maintain at the moment. But if I get the wobbles I do another fast day. <BR> Except I don't want to be fasting on work days, if I can ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:11:02 EST Fast 500 Recipes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54488943 As requested, a place to post all those delicious recipes! <BR> <BR> PLEASE START POSTING:) Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:49 EST Today is my Fast:500 day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54485925 This topic is for people who are fasting on any given day to check in with each other and give and receive encouragement and support. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:29:52 EST For those that do the Fast 500.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54484678 Ok, maybe this is too much information...but just curious does anyone else go to the bathroom a lot the next day when you are done - I mean bm's. <BR> I notice that with me and just wonder if that happens to anymore else? <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:28:48 EST Today is my Fast:500 day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54483765 Hello there! I wonder if it would be a good idea to have a forum, rather than just a topic, on the above topic, then whenever we are doing our Fast we can check in for encouragement and support? <BR> Anyway, today is my Fast:500 day. I was going to do it tomorrow but something I ate put my weight up past my set point, so I am pouncing on it now to prevent it from getting any ideas about settling in.( I don't like to fast when I am at work, so I can fast from Saturday to Tuesday.) <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 15:55:27 EST Shirataki noodles are the go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54481279 I've been using cabbage as a substitute for noodles but last night I tried shirataki noodles, they work much better and only 6 cals a serve. They are made from a yam and apparently have almost no carbs either. <BR> Has anyone else tried them? Maybe a good low cal fat meal. Ooooh I can feel Quorn with noodles coming on, LOL! <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:45:11 EST Fasting/Fo d/Exercise question.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54409899 Today I did my 500 calorie day - I came right under at 498 - including having my coffee <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I went out for a bike ride and burned 716 calories. So my question is this, being that I burned off all that I ate and then some wouldn't that mean that I am now negative in calories? <BR> Do other workout on a fasting day or am I the only oddball? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 18:49:09 EST BEGINNERS' FORUM :-D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54403647 I asked the following questions in one of the threads and Mel said that maybe we can start a beginner's thread to share our questions, ideas, concerns, etc. so when more people joined, they can also go there. <BR> <BR> Here are my two questions for which I know there are multiple answers. I just want to read others' answers and learn what might work for me; try different things until I find what works for me. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Is it easier to do it on busy days OR not busy days, a... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:38:42 EST TRANSLATOR:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54400386 I cook with Sauce Pans, Frying Pans and a good old Wok. I mostly Grill, Microwave or Steam my food. <BR> <BR> Please Translate the above into your Mother Tongue: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 01:46:46 EST Pizza Toast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54391826 This is one of my favorite "comfort foods" to do at work. Just has 225 calories but filling and super yummy. <BR> <BR> I pre-toast the bread and then top with the tomatoes. Slice the string cheese into little medallions and sprinkle on top of tomatoes. Finish with a good sprinkle of oregano (or italian seasoning). Broil until cheese melts (I use the toaster oven at work and it's perfect). As it cooks the tomatoes seem to get sweeter and it's a great combo. You could just make one and it wou... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:54:42 EST Laziest kebabs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54387352 I have a movement disorder and it's getting to the stage where I am not doing well at all in the kitchen. I have a bar stool to sit on and a kneeling pad to get to the lower cupboards. Hence I am always on the lookout for easy meals. I call them my 'lazies'. <BR> <em>4</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Here is how I make a great meal at only 60 calories each or 120 cals for 2, or if you want a really good go at them, still only 180 calories for three... that is per person. The below makes ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 00:58:18 EST Pineapple and Onion side dish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54375864 Pineapple and Onion Side Dish: <BR> <BR> A tasty accompaniment for any dish, including fish, chicken, pork or beef. <BR> <BR> This went down a treat yesterday with a small piece of poached fish. Nothing else was needed, that was it, and was quite filling and very tasty. <BR> <BR> Makes 2 big serves - 125 calories a serve <BR> or stretch it to 4 serves - 35 calories a serve. <BR> <BR> 2 medium sliced onions <BR> 1 x 425g tin pineapple pieces in natural juice (drained) <BR> 1 tablespoon soy... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 01:35:18 EST Today is going to be my first low calorie day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54323125 Can I just say that now that I have decided it since yesterday that I can't stop thinking about food? How bad is that????? <BR> <BR> I think my mind is playing with me! What tricks do you use to make this work? <BR> I am determined to do it and will - but I need to think about something else! LOL! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:15:48 EST ** SPARKLING ** TIPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54321494 I am on a FB Aussie group for this way of eating & " newbies " are so often asking for tips & hints & I am sure the same for this amazing team . So here goes !! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 03:49:08 EST Eat Smart for 200 Calories or Less!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54296391 Please share with us your recipes and snacks @ 200 or less calories! <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of mine: <BR> <BR> Apple Pancakes: Mix together a 2 good tablespoons apple sauce and 2 good tablespoons oats. Add 1 tablespoon each of flaxmeal, wheatgerm and psyllium, half a teaspoon each of baking powder, cinnamon and vanilla essence. Stir everything together with a large egg, to make a thick batter. This makes 4 apple pancake type patties, reasonably thick, and only 150 calories a piece. So ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 02:54:00 EST 5:2 The Fast Guide to the Fast Diet Made Easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54273712 <link>youtu.be/W9Aj6hRYg4A </link> <BR> <BR> If there is a problem with this link, please let me know. <BR> <BR> ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE. <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:04:58 EST Chickpea Salad @ 45 calories a serve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54259998 This is my chickpea salad that I use with meals like grilled chicken breasts, smoked fish, baked fish, sirloin pork steaks ... I love this easy to make, lo-cal, and filling, salad that adds to so many yummo meals! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> 1 tblspn Italian lo-fat salad dressing = 15 calories <BR> 1 small green pepper (capsicum) = 10 calories <BR> 1 small red (spanish) onion = 15 calories <BR> 1 medium tomato = 20 calories <BR> 1/2 tin (200g) chickpeas (drained) = 110 calories <BR> <BR> Tot... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:15:04 EST What's in the name. Just for fun;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54248408 I was nicknamed TDW (The Dudley Whisperer) by a SPF, this was about 3 years ago, when I adopted my latest member of the family Dudley and introduced him to my Spark friends via video blogs, of us walking and playing together. It too gave my SPF's an insight as to where we live and what we do. he was then, a lanky unruly chap and now at 14.7 stone, he is no longer lanky, but of course still my walking buddy;) Hence "The Dudley Whisperer and My K9" ;-) <BR> <BR> I will post a picture in our... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:24:10 EST Chia seeds - Wow!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54247584 Millymouse1 (Sandra) has introduced me to the wonder of chia seeds. I'd never heard of them but wow, the benefits of these amazing little seeds are enormous. <BR> <BR> Chia seeds are gluten free, super high in fiber, and boast 20% protein content. They have 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon! Chia seeds are higher in antioxidants than blueberries! <BR> <BR> And if that's not enough, Chia contains 5 times more calcium than milk, 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 3 times more iron than spin... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:00:55 EST What are you eating on your 2 lo-calorie days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54246693 My lo-cal day today: <BR> <BR> 1 x 6" Subway, ham, no cheese or mayo, lettuce, tom, pickles, capsicum, onion = 255 calories <BR> 1 mug chicken soup with a teaspoon psyllium = 46 calories <BR> 2 pieces of wholemeal toast = 176 calories (must get lower calorie bread) <BR> 1 teaspoon vegemite = 10 calories <BR> <BR> Total: 487 calories and early to bed before I break! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:34:53 EST Earn Rosettes and Count Successful Days Here ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54246232 Write your successful days and add a number 1 blue rosette emoticon for each time you achieve a day of no more than 500 calories for girls and 600 calories for boys. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> If you are making your 2 Special days a calorie level more suited to you.. BUT STILL as reduction days ... just write down your calories and claim your Rosette. <BR> <BR> Everyone is different and we want to make this fun, not a trial!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 23:40:50 EST Psyllium the wonder food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54226804 Never thought I would say that about psyllium which is tasteless and rather unappealing but it is a wonderful intestinal broom and swells in the belly so great for satiety. One teaspoon is about 20 calories. You need to drink a lot of fluid if you are having psyllium. <BR> If you blend it quickly, about 15 seconds, and drink straight away you won't notice you have added it to your soups or smoothies. <BR> If you leave it sitting, it will pug up. <BR> Sometimes if I have made too much fruit sm... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:21:10 EST 200 cal chicken lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54226525 100 g uncooked chicken breast, juice of a lemon,thyme, oregano, or erb of your choice 2 cups shredded cabbage, fennel seed <BR> I cook this in the microwave, and pre freeze it. <BR> Weigh your chicken, prick with a fork, put in glass container to cook, add lemon juice and your.chosen herb. Cover and cook about 2 minutes in your microwave. I do several servings at a time and freeze with a little juice for later. <BR> Finely shred 2 cups of cabbage, rinse in colander. Microwave with fennel se... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:55:27 EST Hearts of Palm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54226067 I tried these in Hawaii the first time. If you have a costco near you they are the most economical. They have a nice crunchy texture. Not a ton of flavor so they blend well with other ingredients (I rinse them as they are packed in salt water), but they make a terrific salad. 1 Cup only has 40 calories and about 6 grams of protein which is impressive for a veggie. Try this combo for a huge portion at only 125 calories: <BR> <BR> 1 cup hearts of palm <BR> 1 cup diced tomatoes <BR> 1 cup diced... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:08:31 EST Fasting soups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54220068 Can tomatoes, cup of vegetable or chicken stock, boil and add 1 tspn psyllium then quickly blend. That is 85 calories. Serve with tbspn of yoghurt or tsp of basil pesto, filling and tasty. <BR> <BR> Or use a can of asparagus instead, for about 110 calories. <BR> Don't add the psyllium til the last minute. It thickens the soup, but most usefully, adds bulk with no flavor, so improves satiety. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:35:17 EST My 300 calorie lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26572x60644x54219088 250 grams of poached smoked fish is 250 calories. <BR> On my plate I cut up a tomato, and 1 sweet gherkin, and add 6 white cocktail onions. <BR> Whew! Just make it at 300 calories. <BR> <BR> Fills the gap, is yummo, and can now wait til afternoon tea.. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> How're YOU doing?? Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:33:34 EST Come in and say 'Hi'! Everyone is welcome here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60644x54219039 Howdy fellow Sparkies and Musketeers: <BR> <BR> I decided to start this Team because everyone I know seems to have stagnated and I thought that a 2-Day lo-cal sounds pretty cool and reasonably easy to handle. <BR> <BR> So come on everyone from around our lovely World, let's get to this as it's easy!! A few gnaws for 2 days means that ANYONE can do this!! The benefits are truly amazing!! <BR> <BR> BTW, I am from Tasmania, Australia, so apart from the Kiwis, I think I'm ahead of the rest of ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:26:42 EST Chat about ANYTHING.. right here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54218960 DH and I managed to stay at just on our max. calorie 500/600 limit last Friday. <BR> <em>244</em> I like the idea of not having to worry about anything now until Wednesday.. as I have chosen Wednesdays and Fridays as our 2 lo-cal days! <BR> <BR> Will let you know results of weigh in, next Friday week, but meanwhile, plenty to chat about! <BR> <em>192</em> <em>48</em> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:16:14 EST What this Team is all about! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60644x54218892 <em>227</em> !! Please do not reply. This is an informational message!! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> One for All and All for One! <BR> In any language is a slogan used to evoke a sense of unity and solidarity. <BR> <BR> Slow and steady wins the race and with this tried and true 2-day a week commitment you will not only LOSE weight, but keep it off FOREVER! <BR> <BR> Stay positive and always remember our slogan: One for All and All for One! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> We recognise that one ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:07:16 EST