SparkPeople Getting Healthy- The Bible Way Team Messageboard Welcome to The Getting Healthy The Bible Way Team! We are using the Bible and Jesus to help us become healthier in the Temple that God gave us. Based on a Mediterranean style diet. SparkPeople Getting Healthy- The Bible Way Team Messageboard Sarting all over again! Monday, April 21, 2014 <BR> <BR> One of my sons took his life this month. I haven't been paying attention to my goals. After 3 weeks I am taking myself up by the boot straps and going on with my life. I will go back to work Wednesday of this week and I will start back with my exercising. I will also start watching my calories. Been emotional eating way too much also had to get back on Seroquel for Bipolar Disorder so I can work and do a good job and this medicine causes me to eat going to b... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:04:07 EST A New face. Helllo!! Its me Jessica Harper. <BR> I had another sparkpage but my mobile app isn't allowing me to access it so I had to create a new page!! <BR> I have been out of the swing of things and the spark community for a while now and I need to get back in desperately. <BR> I am also looking for a female accountability partner if anyone is interested. Just someone to encourage and be encouraged by, as well as tough questions and fitness/food/cheat day accountability. <BR> <BR> Hope you all ha... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:17:32 EST Hi I'm BridgetteB Hi I am 53 yrs old. Have reared 5 children and in need of motivation. I need to loose 26 lbs that Serouquil has put on me. I was diagnosed Bipolar in 1990 but I am ok. I believe that the LORD will help me through. As of now I need the encouragement to get from a size 14 to a size 8-10, that is what I am supposed to weigh. I used to be the motivator now I need the motivation.I plan to put all goal into full swing this Monday. Starting from the beginning of the week makes for a better start for... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 01:30:36 EST WATER THIS IS VERY INTERESTING THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT. <BR> Good thing to know! <BR> <BR> Mayo Clinic <BR> How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night!! <BR> <BR> Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting... <BR> <BR> Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - <BR> Gravity holds water in the ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:40:30 EST A link about walking ! <link><BR>reaks-of-only-2-minutes-benefit-sedent<BR>ary-people-the-surprise-effects-of-wal<BR>king-for-health-on-our-genes/ </link> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:39:48 EST wow so may teams wow i loved the name and wow where are the leaders Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:34:58 EST Green Pea and Basil Soup from The Eat-Clean Diet "If anything says 'spring,' surely it must be fresh peas and fragrant basil. Put them together in a soup and you have heaven – exactly what you have been longing for after a dreary winter. Ingredients <BR> 3 Tbsp / 45 ml extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 3 stalks celery, leaves included, chopped <BR> 1 Tbsp / 15 ml dried basil leaves 1 tsp / 5 ml sea salt <BR> Freshly ground white pepper, to taste <BR> ½ cup / 120 ml apple cider <BR> 3 cups + &#8531; cup / 800 ml fresh ... Fri, 11 May 2012 11:11:20 EST My Goal For the Day Is...... <em>248</em> Tue, 8 May 2012 14:36:46 EST The Bible Way Basics A wonderful teacher and Evangelist known as Byhisstrength started this team about 3 years ago. She had a vision and a plan for us to share. I want to re-post her basic instructions to help us along the way. Please read and follow the plan because in Christ, we are victorious! <BR> Sue <BR> <BR> Hello My Friend/Guest, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Team! <BR> <BR> It is great to have you with us and I look forward to getting to know you. Please introduce yourself and let us know if we can do ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:52:33 EST What are three things you value most in a friend? Jesus is a friend who stays closer than a brother. What are three things you value most in a friend? <BR> <BR> Sue Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:37:00 EST I found the time to relax today by..... I went outside during my lunch hour and took a short nap in the sun! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:34:13 EST Let the Word Work Challenge This challenge begins with the posting of one verse of Scripture. The next posting will use one of those words in the verse to post another verse. You may use your favorite translation to respond. Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Here is the starting verse: John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. <BR> <BR> Now, chose one word from the verse above to post a new scripture. Have f... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 06:47:22 EST The Basics of the Mediterranean Diet We look at the Mediterranean Diet because we can see where it could be similar to the diet of the Bible in Jesus' day. The basics of the diet are easy: more fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes (a seed or pea that splits in half), herbs, spices, and fish. Less dairy, poultry, and meat. <BR> <BR> One source of information on the Mediterranean diet - or lifestyle - can be found at <BR> <BR> Please take a look and let me know what you think ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:20:14 EST Devotional Word Psalm 27:4 <BR> One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. (NIV) Fri, 2 Mar 2012 17:34:23 EST Before and After Challenge - Spark Prizes for You! Take time to look at where you are and where you plan to be in 30 days. Take a before picture of yourself and post it on your Sparkpage where you can see it on or before December 31, 2011. <BR> <BR> If you don't want to post it on your Sparkpage, then put it on your phone, fridge, bathroom mirror, or somewhere else you feel comfortable and then, create a caption for where you plan to be, what you plan to change, how you plan to feel in 30 days and post the caption as a reply to this challe... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:42:03 EST December 19 - 22 Emmanuel, "God with Us" Merry Christmas Everyone! Please post your weekly outside activity This week should be easier with all the last minute shopping for Christmas dinner and meeting loved ones at the airport, etc! <BR> <BR> This challenge ends on Thursday! I enjoyed being a part of this challenge with you. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:45:45 EST Defining Getting Healthy - The Bible Way What does getting healthy, the Bible way, mean to you? Is it a change of heart or mind? Is it reading the Bible daily? Is it fasting like Daniel? Is it improving or being consistent in prayer life? All or none of the above? What is it that makes this journey work for you? Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:26:33 EST December 12 - 18 No regrets when the first big snowfall comes! We'll be outside for 10 minutes daily this week, counting our blessings with every step. Please post your outdoor activity as a response to this topic. Have a wonderful week! <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Dec 2011 08:13:42 EST The Maker's Diet: The Importance of Enough Sleep Jordin Rubin, the author of The Maker's Diet says: <BR> <BR> "One of the most important body therapies recommended by The Maker’s Diet is sleep. It’s the most important non-nutrient we can get and yet most of us don’t get enough. We are a sleep deprived nation because we’re over stimulated at night and don’t follow the natural cycle of sleep. Four thousand years ago, shepherds tending their flock didn’t eat late and watch television." <BR> <BR> I am a witness to the postive difference get... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 14:37:59 EST December 5 - 11 Please post your outdoor activity as a responset to this topic. Have a wonderful week! Sat, 3 Dec 2011 08:31:44 EST Bible Food Quiz - Take the Challenge! Prizes! Several foods available today were a part of the diet in Jesus' day. Some of those foods include pomegranates, figs, fish, dates, wheat, and olives. Can you identify some other Bible time foods? Can you identify some foods that were not available in the Bible regions during Jesus' day? If so, you will receive a Sparkgift!!! <BR> <BR> Please identify the Bible time foods in this forum and if you have a recipe you'd like to share, please post your recipe in the Recipe Forum section. Thanks... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:04:21 EST How's it going this Christmas season? We have busy lives and most times we want to live a life of service to others right along with work and family obligations. Next thing we know, its Christmas time and service and worship and shopping and cooking and cleaning and well, you get the idea. How's it going? Are you ok or overwhelmed? Are there any special community events or non-profits you will be involved with this Christmas season? Something else happening for you that we can support in prayer? Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:43:49 EST November 28 - December 4 Please post your activity for the week as a response to this post. Have a blessed week! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 07:55:33 EST Beet and Raisin Salad 1 beet <BR> 1/2 c golden raisins <BR> 1 leek - chopped white part only <BR> Your favorite oil and vinegar or balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing <BR> 2 cups vegetable broth <BR> 1 tsp flour in 1/4 c water <BR> Salt and pepper and other of your favorite seasonings to taste. <BR> <BR> Cook beet in water until tender and drain. Mix all other ingredients except salad dressing in pot and boil, and once the liquid reduces to just enough to simmer, stir in flour/water mixture to thicken. Stir in... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:40:36 EST November 20 - 27 Can you believe we have a little bit less than a month left to this challenge after this week? Blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family! <BR> Please post your activity for the week as a response to this post. <BR> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 12:59:04 EST November 12-19 Please post your activity for the week as a response to this post. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 20:08:58 EST November 5-11 Hi, <BR> Please post your daily activity from November 5 to 11 here by responding to this topic! <BR> <BR> Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:16:54 EST Exercising - Outside Challenge Starts November 5 Let's challenge ourselves to get outside and enjoy the Fall season with some exercise from November 7 to December 22. Commit to 10 minutes per day, six days per week. Bundle up, be safe, have fun, and enjoy God's creation! <BR> <BR> While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22 <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:53:28 EST Hello <em>213</em> I am pleased to join this team as I have been eating a mediterrainian/biblical diet for the last few years but no weight loss. My problem was thinking I could do it without adding exercise. I work 55 hours a week and with church and Bible study it's hard to find time to exercise. But that's a weakness that with the Lord's help and support from you all I will be able to change. I know I should do all I can to take care of my body which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 01:19:01 EST Daily Encouragement & Inspiration Daily inspirational messages to help encourage and inspire the mind, body, and spirit <em>296</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 10:54:23 EST willing to learn I am not new to sparkpeople and just quit on Monday and decided to come back today and to join some new teams and am willing to learn new ways of living and being healthy and trim and fit and thanks for having me. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 16:26:30 EST On the road again Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Jay and I am a 51 yr old divorced father of 4 (with 2 grand kids) going through some transitions right now. Been overweight most of my life and have tried numerous diets without a ton of success. Had the most success with Atkins, but a move got me off base and back to the old habits. <BR> <BR> A divorce 2 years ago and a an attempted suicide by one of my kids was a wake up call that I can't just go through life on auto pilot, so I am slowly taking back ground. Fi... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 15:19:38 EST Ginger Yogurt with Fruit Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> ¾ cup low-fat plain yogurt <BR> 2 large ripe bananas <BR> 2 tsp fresh grated ginger <BR> 1 large papaya <BR> 1 cup seedless grapes <BR> ¼ cup sliced almonds <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Blend together yogurt, banana, and ginger in blender. <BR> <BR> Spoon out meat of papaya and divide papaya and grapes between two bowls. <BR> <BR> Mix with blended yogurt and top with sliced almonds. <BR> <BR> Serves 2 <BR> Sun, 5 Sep 2010 21:18:22 EST Helpful Articles Have you found an article that might help? <BR> <BR> Share it here. <em>203</em> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:06:29 EST Shiitake Mushroom Soup Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 6 whole dried medium shiitake mushrooms <BR> 6 cups warm water <BR> 1 medium onion, quartered and sliced thin <BR> 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 2 TBS minced fresh ginger <BR> 2 TBS dry vegetable stock powder <BR> 2 TBS soy sauce <BR> 1 TBS rice vinegar <BR> 3 TBS minced scallion greens for garnish <BR> salt and white pepper to taste <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Rinse mushrooms and soak in 2 cups of warm wate... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:04:06 EST Need Prayer? Ask Here If you are in need of a special prayer please let us know so we can pray with you. <em>458</em> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 18:56:23 EST Victories in Jesus (Share Your Blessings) God blesses us in so many ways everyday. <BR> <BR> Share your victories with us. <em>104</em> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 18:48:46 EST Team Chat Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Hope all is well and that you are having a great weekend. <BR> <BR> This is the new thread for team chat, stop by say hi and let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the rest of your day and God bless. Sat, 4 Sep 2010 18:46:50 EST Hello, I'm Pam Hello! My name is Pam and happened to see this spark team on one of my friend's spark page. I am the leader of the spark team, "What the Bible Says about Healthy Living" based on the book with the same name. I have learned so much and thought I knew a lot before I even read the book! I am also coleader of the spark team the "Daniel Fast". I looked through the threads of your team and was impressed by all that it had to offer. I'm looking forward to getting know people on this site and continu... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 17:52:28 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Gloria and I'm happy to be a part of this spark team. Please feel free to visit my sparkpage and learn more about my story. My goal is to lose 100 pounds so that I can be the person God has destined me to be to bring honor and glory to His name. Please keep us in your prayers. Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:04:16 EST Happy Father's Day Happy Father's Day to all have a <em>250</em> day Sun, 20 Jun 2010 10:04:20 EST one nation under God paiating Google.(one nation under God painting)it's fine art it is <em>345</em> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 16:45:46 EST Please Pray Please Pray for my Brother Ray who has been in the hospital for over 21 days He had 2 operation and a 3rd.Friday He may not make it his condition is very serious Ray is saved <em>304</em> for praying Roland Sat, 27 Feb 2010 08:59:24 EST Whole Wheat Raisin Nut Bread 3 cups whole wheat flour <BR> 1/4 cup wheat bran <BR> 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ <BR> 2 teaspoons baking powder <BR> 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda <BR> 1 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> 1/2 teaspoon Celtic salt <BR> 1 1/2 cups buttermilk <BR> 1/2 cup honey <BR> 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil <BR> 3/4 cup raisins <BR> 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans <BR> <BR> Place the flour, bran, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl; stir to combine. Combine the buttermilk, hon... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:30:21 EST Hallelujah Diet Hi, I just checked in and was wondering if anyone else was following the Hallelujah Diet. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Sep 2009 06:51:07 EST hello I am new to the spark community and still getting use to the way to post and read the messages. I am NancyOO3, I have been logging my food here for several weeks and doing pretty good. This group catch my eye because I do a Bible Study called What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Dr. Rex Russell. I try to eat by three principles, 1 - eat foods that God created for food, 2- eat them as close the way God intended them to be eaten be for man has a chance to change them into something h... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 15:31:49 EST Recipes of The Day 08.20.09 Chicken Stir Fry <BR> <BR> * 2 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves <BR> * 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch <BR> * 1 tablespoon soy sauce <BR> * 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger <BR> * 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> * 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons cooking oil, divided <BR> * 1 cup broccoli florets <BR> * 1/2 cup sliced celery (1/2 inch pieces) <BR> * 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots <BR> * 1/2 small onion, cut into wedges <BR> ... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:11:06 EST Weekly Challenge 08.10.09 Sorry that I posted this late today <BR> <BR> Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> <BR> Food of The Week: Grapes <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> Grapes contain beneficial compounds called flavonoids, which are phytonutrients that give the vibrant purple color to grapes, grape juice and red wine; the stronger the color, the higher the concentration of flavonoids, which decrease the risk of heart disease. <BR> <BR> the contain resveratrol, which helps Keep the Heart ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:54:46 EST Getting Healthy - Exercise Check In Did you exercise today? <BR> <BR> Please post it here. <em>216</em> <em>186</em> <em>231</em> <em>206</em> <em>237</em> <em>294</em> <em>68</em> Fri, 7 Aug 2009 22:38:21 EST Mediterranean Pasta Salad Mediterranean Pasta Salad <BR> <BR> Combine the fresh taste of vegetables and herbs with pasta for a salad that is full of flavor and easy to prepare. <BR> <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> * ¼ lb fusilli (corkscrew) pasta <BR> * 1 large bunch asparagus cut into 1-inch lengths, discarding bottom fourth <BR> * ½ medium onion, minced <BR> * ½ basket cherry tomatoes, quartered (gently squeeze to remove seeds) <BR> * 5-6 medium cloves gar... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:07:40 EST Challenges Will Resume August 9th Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I apologize for not posting the challenges the last few weeks, due to illness. I am getting back on track again so all things should resume next week. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your patience and I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. <BR> <BR> God bless you all that thanks for being faithful. <BR> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:02:53 EST Asian Chicken Salad Asian Chicken Salad <BR> <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> * 5 cups Chinese cabbage, sliced thin <BR> * 2 boneless chicken breasts, skin on <BR> * ½ cup shredded carrot <BR> * ½ cup minced scallion <BR> * ½ cup sliced almonds <BR> * ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro <BR> * 2 TBS toasted sesame seeds <BR> <BR> Dressing <BR> <BR> * 2 TBS extra olive oil <BR> * 2 TBS soy sauce <BR> * ¼ cup rice vinegar <BR> * 3 TBS honey <BR> * pinch red pepper f... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:01:04 EST Getting Healthy - With Exercise (Account ability) <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I did a little bit of aerobic exercise today, still not feeling well. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:57:21 EST Getting Healthy - Through Prayer (Daily Prayer) Dear God, <BR> <BR> I thank you again for blessing me with a new day here on earth and I thank you for the many blessings tha you ahve given me, my family and my spark teams as well. Lord, we can do and make anything happen with You, watch over us, guide us, and help us make right decisions today. Remind us that You come first and as long as we do that we will succeed for Your glory. I love You, Lord and pray in Jesus' Name.......Amen. <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:49:16 EST Daily Victories With Jesus - (Praising Jesus) Thank you, Jesus for giving me victory over this allergic reation that I had. <em>296</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:40:06 EST Daily Check In <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! Sun, 2 Aug 2009 14:25:35 EST Weekly Challenge - July 13 Sorry that I posted this late, everyone. <BR> <BR> Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Food of the week: Bell Peppers <BR> <BR> Did you know that a cup of sliced raw green bell pepper contains 12% of your daily value (DV) for vitamin A, but an equivalent cup of sliced red bell peppers contains 104% DV! Red bell peppers provide both color and taste to your meals, along with plenty of both vitamins C and A. They are also a concentrated source... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 11:53:41 EST Weekly Challenge - July 6 Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> Food of the week: Carrots <BR> <BR> Did you know that carrots are by far the richest source of carotenoid phytonutrients such as beta carotene? Just one cup of carrots contains 250% of the RDA for beta carotene, which, particularly if the carrots have been lightly steamed and served with a little olive oil, our bodies can convert into vitamin A. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Strength Train: <em>34</em> <... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 20:46:15 EST Weekly Challenge - June 29 Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition:I am going to try something new here, a new food of the week to add to your diet (if you haven't already) <BR> <BR> Food of The week: Blueberries or Other Berries <BR> <BR> Did you know that recent research has put them in the same category as red grapes in terms of their disease-preventing properties? <BR> <BR> One reason may be because blueberries turn out to be an important source of resveratrol, which helps prevent different typ... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:03:45 EST Weekly Challenge - June 22 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge for the week. Since I am late posting this I am just going to make it a spiritual challenge, if you do not mind. <BR> <BR> Spiritual: <BR> Look up the word "Happy of Glad" in the Bible and read Scripture containing one of these words each day this week. <BR> <BR> God Bless and let's have a healthy week. Tue, 23 Jun 2009 23:28:57 EST Weekly Challenge - June 15 Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Incorporate one or all of these workout super foods into your diet this week. <BR> <BR> Workout Super foods <BR> Before you start an exercise regimen, be sure to stock up on these super foods for your workout: <BR> <BR> Eggs are packed with protein Nutrition experts say that while the yolk contains cholesterol, it's only in trace amounts, not enough to drive up your levels. Plus, the yolk is filled with nutrients. <BR> <BR> Po... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:08:09 EST Weekly Challenge - June 8 Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Dairy Products <BR> Getting the right amount of dairy in our diet is essential for not only weight loss, but it helps build our bones as well as prevent many diseases and health problems . Try increasing your dairy consumption by 1 serving. <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Try Something New <BR> Every 3 weeks we should try a new way of exercising to keep us and our bodies from getting bored. This has great benefits: increased metabolism,... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 13:22:58 EST Recipe of The Day June-July 06.01 <BR> <BR> 15-Minute Stir Fried Chicken & Asparagus <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 medium onion cut in half and sliced medium thick <BR> 3 medium cloves garlic, pressed <BR> 1 TBS chicken broth <BR> 1 TBS minced fresh ginger <BR> 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces <BR> 1 bunch asparagus cut into 1 inch lengths (about 2 cups when cut) discard bottom fourth <BR> 2 TBS soy sauce <BR> 1 TBS... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 10:02:46 EST Weekly Challenge - June 1 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Olive Oil <BR> Pure, extra virgin olive oil is not only a light and delicate addition to many wonderful dishes, it is one of the most health-promoting types of oils available. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that researchers are discovering has excellent health benefits. <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Step It Up <BR> Whatever it is that you do, step it up a notch, add some dumbbells, a re... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:10:02 EST What Did You Eat Today? Listing the foods we eat for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks will help us stay accountable and maybe even eat a little more healthier. Sun, 31 May 2009 22:35:58 EST Daily Chat: June - July Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Well a new month is upon us and another one is in the past never to be seen again. Let's use any struggles as lessons and move onward and forward to a great summer. <BR> <BR> God bless you. Sun, 31 May 2009 22:33:37 EST Fit Tip Of The Day 05.29.09 <BR> <BR> The One Minute Walking Rule <BR> Walking can be an easy exercise to get the body moving and get fit. <BR> <BR> You can benefit from it even more by doing 1 minute intervals where you increase your steps, aim for twice as many. <BR> <BR> Do this 2-3 times during your walking routine and you will see great results. <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 May 2009 09:58:22 EST Recipe of The Day 05.27.09 <BR> <BR> Mediterranean Greek Salad <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> * 3 cucumbers, seeded and sliced <BR> * 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese <BR> * 1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced <BR> * 3 cups diced roma tomatoes <BR> * 1/3 cup diced oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, oil reserved <BR> * 1/2 red onion, sliced <BR> * 1 cup beets, sliced <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> In a large salad bowl, toss together the cucumbers, feta cheese, olives, roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes,... Fri, 29 May 2009 09:42:55 EST Getting Healthy -Through Prayer Dear Lord, <BR> <BR> I'm calling on You today, thank You for this day and everything that You have blessed me with. Guide me and be with me in all that I do, help me to make wise decisions and to make sure I do everything for Your glory. I love You, Lord and prayer in You Name, Jesus......Amen. Tue, 26 May 2009 11:15:12 EST Weekly Challenge - May 25 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Here is our challenges for the week, pick the one(s) that appeal to you most and let's have a great week working for those goals. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Beans <BR> Besides being a great source of fiber, beans build muscle, help burn fat, regulates digestion, fights obesity, colon cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> Try to eat a serving of beans at least 3 times this week. <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Walking <BR> Walking is the best form of exer... Mon, 25 May 2009 08:39:29 EST Recipe of The Day 05.22-24.09 05.22.09 <BR> <BR> 15-MinuteTurkey Chef's Salad <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1½ lb mixed salad greens <BR> 1 cup fresh basil leaves torn into pieces <BR> ¾ lb sliced turkey breast <BR> 1 small jar of prepared roasted peppers, (about 7 oz) <BR> 4 oz Kalamata olives <BR> 1½ basket cherry tomatoes, cut in half <BR> 1 medium avocado cut into cubes <BR> *optional 4 oz goat cheese <BR> <BR> Dressing <BR> 2 TBS balsamic vineg... Sun, 24 May 2009 14:47:03 EST Fit Tip Of The Day 05.24.09 Easy Ways To Trim 100 Calories a Day <BR> <BR> A Plateful of Pasta <BR> The recommended serving size on the box for pasta is 2 ounces, which is 1/2 cup cooked. The typical restaurant portion is easily four times this size. Leave just one cup on the plate (or take home leftovers). <BR> <BR> Note: One cup cooked pasta is about the size of a tennis ball. <BR> <BR> Resize Your Cereal <BR> The amount of cereal eaten by adults is often twice the serving size listed on the box. Check the amount y... Sun, 24 May 2009 14:41:33 EST Fit Tip Of The Day 05.22.09 Buffets can be the enemy when you are trying to lean down or lose weight. There are hidden calories in even the healthiest of choices. So, what do you do when you are faced with the evil buffet?? Use these tips to keep yourself on track while eating at the smorgasbord. <BR> <BR> 1. Fill your plate with Protein! Find protein choices in predominantly white meat and fish. Most Buffets are not going to spend money on lean cuts of red meat, so they are to be avoided. 3/4 of your plate s... Fri, 22 May 2009 09:18:20 EST Daily Prayer Good Morning, Lord. Thank You for healing me and blessing me with energy and motivation when I needed it last night. Lord, You are awesome and wonderful and I am nothing without You. Continue to bless me with motivation and energy today so I can do what You call me to do. I love you, Lord and pray in Your name, Jesus.......Amen. Fri, 22 May 2009 09:00:24 EST Fit Tip Of The Day 05.20.09 Sorry, I have not been posting these for a while, I stopped getting the emails for some reason. <BR> <BR> If you are having trouble losing weight, and your moods rise and fall along with your blood sugar, then it’s time you committed to increasing your protein intake. This seems like a no brainer, however 9 out of 10 people have this problem. The biggest offenders are women. The minute they increase their protein intake, they begin to lose weight, inches, and fat. <BR> <BR> This is somet... Wed, 20 May 2009 08:01:45 EST Recipe of The Day 05.20.09 5-Minute Mediterranean Cabbage <BR> <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 12 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 small head of red cabbage <BR> 1 TBS lemon juice <BR> 5 TBS low sodium chicken or vegetable broth <BR> <BR> Mediterranean Dressing <BR> 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 TBS lemon juice <BR> 1 medium clove garlic, chopped or pressed <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Quarter cabbage, slice into 1/4-inch strips, and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out the hidden health benefits of ... Wed, 20 May 2009 07:25:08 EST Recipe of The Day 05.19.09 15-Minute Salmon with Mustard, Dill Sauce <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1½ lbs salmon fillet cut into 4 pieces, skin and bones removed <BR> 1 TBS fresh lemon juice <BR> <BR> Dill Sauce <BR> 2 medium garlic cloves, pressed <BR> 1 TBS Dijon mustard <BR> 2 TBS fresh lemon juice <BR> ¼ cup chicken broth <BR> 1 tsp honey <BR> 1 tsp chopped fresh dill <BR> salt and white pepper to taste <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Preheat broiler on high and place an all stainles... Wed, 20 May 2009 07:14:11 EST Recipe of The Day 05.18.09 Mediterranean Baby Spinach Salad <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> * 8 cups fresh baby spinach <BR> * 1 hard boiled egg, preferably organic <BR> * 6 olives <BR> * ½ cup feta cheese <BR> * 1 cup whole cherry tomatoes <BR> * 1 cup garbanzo beans <BR> * 2 TBS red bell pepper <BR> * 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil <BR> * 1 TBS fresh lemon juice <BR> * sea salt and pepper to taste <BR> * Optional: onions, crimini mushrooms, avocados, anchovies <BR> <BR> Direction... Mon, 18 May 2009 12:45:49 EST Victories in Jesus! Did you have a victory today? <BR> <BR> Share it with us so that we can rejoice with you. <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 18 May 2009 07:57:48 EST Weekly Challenge - May 18 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Here is our challenges for the week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Vegetables - Many people find it hard to eat or fit in the recommended amount of vegetables that we are to eat each day. This week try to incorporate at least 4 servings of vegetables 5 days this week. <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Cardio- Add 10 minutes to your normal routine. <BR> <BR> Strength- Do the 7 Minute Seated Upper Body Workout. This workout uses a resistance band, but you can do them without. <BR> ... Mon, 18 May 2009 07:50:34 EST Recipe of The Day 05.17.09 Grapefruit Sunrise <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 5 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> Juice of 2 grapefruit <BR> Juice of 4 oranges <BR> 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries <BR> 2 tsp honey <BR> Sections from 1 grapefruit <BR> 1/2 cup sliced strawberries <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Place grapefruit juice, orange juice, 1 cup strawberries and honey in blender and blend until smooth. <BR> Strain into 2 chilled glasses. <BR> Top with grapefruit sections and sliced strawberries. Ser... Sun, 17 May 2009 14:23:42 EST Did You Get Active Today? <em>68</em> <em>108</em> <em>414</em> <em>418</em> <em>34</em> <em>237</em> Sun, 17 May 2009 14:21:54 EST Weekly Weigh In How did you do this week? <em>11</em> <BR> Pick your day and see your progress each week. Sun, 17 May 2009 14:05:43 EST What's For Dinner Today? <em>492</em> <em>498</em> <em>190</em> <em>261</em> Sun, 17 May 2009 14:03:36 EST What's For Lunch Today? <em>293</em> <em>267</em> <em>286</em> <em>254</em> <em>140</em> Sun, 17 May 2009 14:02:55 EST What's For Breakfast Today! <em>271</em> <em>467</em> <em>484</em> <em>487</em> <em>472</em> <em>490</em> <em>474</em> <em>469</em> <em>470</em> Sun, 17 May 2009 14:01:44 EST Weekly Weigh In <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry Double Post Sun, 17 May 2009 13:53:45 EST Recipe of The Day 05.15.09 Calabacitas - Mexican flavored vegetable side dish <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 medium onion cut in half and sliced thin <BR> 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 2 cups zucchini diced into ½ inch cubes <BR> 2 cups yellow squash, diced in ½ inch cubes <BR> 15oz can diced tomatoes, drained <BR> 1 4oz can of diced green chili <BR> 3 + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth <BR> ¼ cup chopped cilantro <BR> 3 TBS fresh chopped fresh oregano <BR> salt and blac... Fri, 15 May 2009 17:02:31 EST Not All Full Fat Dairy Products Are Bad A large study of more than 19,000 middle-aged women has concluded that "only whole milk, and not low-fat milk, seemed to offer protection against weight gain." <BR> <BR> Once again, the role of dairy foods and weight management is as confusing as ever. <BR> <BR> The essence of this new study is that: Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese each day gained less weight (over 9 years) than women who consumed these foods less often (see journal abstract). There was no such correlation... Fri, 15 May 2009 16:11:07 EST Recipe of The Day 05.11.09 10-Minute Strawberries with Chocolate Creme <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> * 3 TBS low-fat vanilla or soy yogurt <BR> * 3 TBS organic cocoa <BR> * 3 TBS maple syrup <BR> * 1 pint strawberries <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> 1. Whisk yogurt, cocoa, and maple syrup in a small bowl. If your cocoa has lumps, sift it through a strainer before mixing with the other ingredients. <BR> 2. Place mixture in 2 small sauce cups on a plate and arrange the strawberries around the cups. <BR> 3. Dip str... Tue, 12 May 2009 07:34:19 EST Recipe of The Day 05.12.09 15 Minute Asian Tuna <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 4 6 oz tuna steaks <BR> 1 TBS fresh lemon juice to rub on tuna <BR> 1 cup minced scallion <BR> 3 medium cloves garlic pressed <BR> 1 TBS minced fresh ginger <BR> 2 cups thick sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms (remove stems) <BR> 1 TBS chicken broth <BR> 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice <BR> 2 TBS soy sauce <BR> 2 TBS chopped cilantro <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> Directions: <BR> <B... Tue, 12 May 2009 07:27:12 EST Did You Exercise Today? <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> This thread has been moved to another forum. <BR> <BR> Sorry, if there is any inconvenience. Mon, 11 May 2009 14:38:05 EST Weekly Challenge - May 12 Each week we will have a challenge to strengthen our Spirit, Mind, and Body. They will be simple challenges that you can add even if you are already following another challenge. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Low on Potassium (Vit K)? Increase your food intake to meet your daily potassium needs. The recommended amount per day is 2000 to 3500mg per day. <BR> <BR> Function: Potassium balances water and acid in the blood and body tissues. It is also important for building muscle and metabolizing p... Mon, 11 May 2009 07:07:44 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today? Let's log in our exercise for the day , so we can see what each other is doing to stay fit. Sun, 10 May 2009 19:48:57 EST Double Post - Do Not Read This is just a thread to move an old post down. Fri, 8 May 2009 19:16:55 EST Recipe of The Day 05.08.09 Indian-Style Lentils <BR> <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 medium size onion, diced <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 tsp ginger <BR> 1/2 tsp turmeric <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1 cup canned cooked tomatoes <BR> 2 cups canned lentils <BR> 1 cup frozen spinach <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Dice onions and mince garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting properties <BR> Healthy sauté onion for 3 minutes. <BR> ... Fri, 8 May 2009 07:04:38 EST Recipe of The Day 05.07.09 Asian Chicken Salad <BR> Posted by Christina Scovone on Thursday, May 7, 2009 Under: Chicken <BR> <BR> Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> * 5 cups Chinese cabbage, sliced thin <BR> * 2 boneless chicken breasts, skin on <BR> * ½ cup shredded carrot <BR> * ½ cup minced scallion <BR> * ½ cup sliced almonds <BR> * ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro <BR> * 2 TBS toasted sesame seeds <BR> <BR> Dressing <BR> <BR> * <BR> <BR> <BR> * 2... Thu, 7 May 2009 09:05:58 EST What's For Lunch Today? <em>302</em> <em>286</em> <em>254</em> <em>470</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <BR> <BR> I a garden salad, cottage cheese, and a bunless burger <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> End Thread Wed, 6 May 2009 21:40:02 EST What's For Dinner Today? <em>485</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>210</em> <em>267</em> <em>53</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> Today I made chicken sausage and vegetable rice. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> End Thread Wed, 6 May 2009 21:37:30 EST Share A Little About Yourself Just Copy & Paste The Template Into Your Post <BR> <BR> <BR> Name/Username- <BR> <BR> How Long W/Spark?- <BR> <BR> Married?- <BR> <BR> Kids?- <BR> <BR> Job?- <BR> <BR> Favorite color?- <BR> <BR> Favorite "good" food?- <BR> <BR> Favorite "bad" food?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Food to Cook? - <BR> <BR> Favorite beverage?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Restaurant?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Store?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Sports Team?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Time of day?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Holiday?- <BR> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:52:19 EST Eat A Rainbow of Colorful Foods There Are Four Bible Food Groups <BR> 1. Trees whose edible yield is bearing seed or is seeds. <BR> 2. Plants whose edible yield is bearing seed or is seeds. <BR> 3. Field plants , herbs, roots, leafy vegetables. <BR> 4. Clean Meat <BR> <BR> There Are 7 Rainbow Food Colors <BR> <BR> 1. Red Foods: Key Nutrient: Lycopene <BR> Trees: cherries, apples, cranberries, papaya, pomegranate <BR> <BR> Plants: tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon, raspberries <BR> <BR> Herbs: beets, rhubarb, radishe... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:50:54 EST Recipe of The Day 04.28.09 Mediterranean Lentil Salad <BR> Prep and Cook Time: Prep: 20 min; Cooking: 25 min; Chill: 1 hr <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> ¾ cup dried green lentils, (you want to end up with 2 cups cooked) <BR> 2 cups water <BR> 3oz canned/jar roasted bell peppers (or you can roast yourself), chopped <BR> 2 TBS finely minced onion <BR> 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed <BR> ½ cup chopped fresh basil <BR> 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts <BR> 3 TBS balsamic vinegar <BR> 1 TBS fresh lemon juice... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 07:47:35 EST Daily Chat: April-May Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> A Happy & Healthy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Hope all is well and that you have a great day. <BR> God Bless Tue, 28 Apr 2009 07:39:32 EST New Team Leader Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Christie, I am the new leader of the team. I look forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> I was searching for a Christian based team that incorporates whole foods when I came across this one. As you can see I am changing things around a little bit, if you have any suggestions please let me know. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day and God Bless Tue, 28 Apr 2009 06:58:21 EST Hi, My name is Kelli Hi, <BR> My name is Kelli. I am a stay at home mom and I am home schooling our 17 year old daughter. I have been serious about eating healthy for 1 month now. I started food combining. Not eating proteins with carbs. Eating vegetables with almost everything! I am borderline diabetic so I am not sure about how to eat fruit. With or with out nuts. (nuts are supposed to slow the blood sugar levels) But I have heard 2 sides of this so I am still undecided there. God has been the source of ... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:51:32 EST New Member Gena My life is and always has been dedicated to God in all areas and I try and eat pure to the best degree I can. I have always had God in my life and recently lived and witnessed a miracle through my son so I am even more devote to my Lord and love the idea of this team to help me along that line. Thanks <BR> Gena Tue, 18 Mar 2008 17:30:08 EST Honey anyone? How much honey do you eat and how do you eat it? Sat, 1 Mar 2008 17:39:49 EST In Memory of... In Memory of.... <BR> <BR> Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. <BR> <BR> Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled h... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 19:15:15 EST What's for Breakfast? I'd like to work on one meal at a time in converting to whole foods. It just seems reasonable to start with the first meal of the day. Once I get that solid, I'll move on to lunch. <BR> <BR> I want to have a variety to my meals. So I was curious, what do you have for breakfast? Do you enjoy it? How long do you feel full after eating it? <BR> <BR> So here is mine: <BR> <BR> Oatmeal with a little honey or brown sugar and cinnamon, with almond milk (or regular milk when almond milk is no... Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:57:07 EST Spark America Fitness Challenge Are you ready for a challenge? If you want to make fitness a goal for 2008, then join me in the Spark America Fitness Challenge. All you have to do is set a goal, track your fitness minutes on SP and log in here to let us know how you're doing every month! So are you ready??? Set . . . GO! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2008 10:53:47 EST Surviving Thanksgiving Well, this year for Thanksgiving we are going to my in-laws house. I really very much enjoy this, but food is a HUGE issue. If I don't eat, then I will be considered rude. This is why I started my program with the first change I'm making being water. <BR> <BR> So here is my plan to survive Thanksgiving: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink some fresh carrot/apple juice for breakfast. <BR> 2. Drink at least 5 of my 8 glasses a water before the big meal. <BR> 3. Allow myself one plate, no rules about what I... Mon, 19 Nov 2007 09:37:54 EST Fitness challenge Whole foods and exercise go hand in hand. I've been struggling with both lately. So, I'm going to post my exercise goals. Starting today I'm going to take 5,000 steps. My goal for this week (from Friday to Friday) is to walk a minimum of 35,000 steps and have at least 10,000 steps be aerobic (I have a pedometer that keeps track). <BR> <BR> Please post your fitness challenge here, too! Fri, 16 Nov 2007 11:43:24 EST Challenge for November--Water Intake I know that November is almost over, but I want to post a challenge for you. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be taking steps for permanent change to whole foods. About every 10 days I will post a new challenge, and that challenge will stay a sticky topic for 30 days. <BR> <BR> Our first challenge is shifting from drinking sodas, coffee and sugary drinks to drinking water and herbal teas. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, plus one glass of herbal tea which is eithe... Fri, 16 Nov 2007 11:40:04 EST Brainstorming If you have been successful in switching to whole foods, please share with us how you did it. <BR> <BR> This is also a good place to start posting ideas. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 16 Nov 2007 11:33:45 EST Introduce yourself Hi, I'm Terri, your team leader. I'm a stay-at-home mother who home schools and who is trying to get healthy once and for all. Please introduce yourself, even if you already have. I was gone for about six months, so there are many of you I don't know. Glad you are all here!!! Fri, 16 Nov 2007 11:31:22 EST Wanted A Co-leader Is anyone interested in being a co-leader? Fri, 16 Nov 2007 09:56:43 EST Ideas for our team It's time for your opinions! I'm trying to decided what I want to do with this team. So I'm giving you a chance to tell me where you want this team to go. <BR> <BR> I can create two extra forums. If I did, what would you like to see posted? <BR> <BR> Any ideas for sticky topics? <BR> <BR> This is your chance! Speak out! <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2007 09:56:04 EST One Ingredient Bread Whole Grain Bread??? I just found a recipe online that involves making bread with only one ingredient--sprouted whole wheat berries. It looks very simple, so I'm going to start the process today. Here is the recipe if anyone else wants to try it. I'll get back with you to let you all know how it tastes. <BR> <BR> Soak 1 cup wheat berries for 8 hours or overnight. Rinse and drain berries three times a day for the next 32 hours or until sprouts are 1/4 inch long. <BR> <BR> Drain berries well, then put into ... Sat, 27 Oct 2007 10:22:16 EST Catching Up Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been so busy lately with my upcoming move and trying to visit as much family as possible before I leave. I feels like I have abused my body! Now that I am trying to get back to a routine, esp with having eaten down all the food in my pantry to a manageable level for my move, I was hoping to get suggestions from others. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite strategy or dish right now? I really need to get back into whole food options. Also, I need some new ideas for adding v... Thu, 4 Oct 2007 12:00:03 EST Time to huddle! I love the new huddle feature on our SparkTeam page. My challenge for you today is to find a very short scripture of encouragement and add it to our huddle (or if you can't find a short one, add a scripture reference). Encouraging one another is what helps us to gain our confidence in Christ--it's our opportunity to be Jesus in skin. So huddle up!!! Terri :o) <em>220</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2007 09:33:21 EST I'm really back! Just want you all to know that I'm FINALLY back online. It might take a few days for me to get set up again. I decided to reset all my goals. My main focus now is walking. I was very sick with a horrible cough for almost four weeks, so I'm starting over on that, too. But I was up to 10,000 steps per day, and it didn't take me long to get there. I'm starting out today with my goal being 5,000 steps, and I'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> For those of you who know I'm in Celebrate Recovery,... Thu, 13 Sep 2007 10:38:36 EST Getting my (healthy) fats in! Help! Anyone out there have any suggestions for upping my daily fat intake? I've been relying on whole grains, legumes, fruit, and veggies for my daily 1300 calories -- but my fat levels are way too low. (I am trying to eat mostly meat free). The problem I have with adding in nuts, is the high calorie content! Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:49:06 EST Dairy I am wondering what people's thoughts are on dairy. Do you eat/drink it? If so what kind? Do you avoid it, why? Sat, 25 Aug 2007 14:19:22 EST Bread? I'm noticing that a lot of people here aren't eating breads. May I ask what the reason is? I know that white bread isn't good obviously, but sometimes I eat sprouted bread or yeast free spelt bread. It's been a while since I've looked into this issue and am wondering what you think. Sat, 25 Aug 2007 14:14:07 EST Fishy Ideas I would like some ideas for how to cook fish. What are your favorite fish recipes? What is the best oven temp to bake them at to avoid losing nutritional value? What are the best seasonings for different types of fish? If you are a fish expert, please bless us with your knowledge here! Thanks!!! Fri, 24 Aug 2007 15:26:39 EST Organic Gardening Hey, all! I thought since this is a healthy list that we should have a place for experienced gardeners to guide us. I'm learning gardening organically is very hard, so I'm open to ALL suggestions. <BR> <BR> Any idea about: <BR> Composting <BR> Aphids <BR> Japanese Beetles <BR> Leaf Fungus <BR> <BR> I'm open for suggestions. Feel free to post all of your gardening ideas and frustrations here. <BR> <BR> Happy Harvest! Fri, 24 Aug 2007 15:21:34 EST Still away--but checking in Well, I'm still without a computer, which makes it hard to keep up with the list. I want to say "HOWDY" to all the newbies, and let everyone know I'm glad they are encouraging each other while I'm away. <BR> <BR> I've started counting my steps since I've been away, and it's been GREAT! My goal is to walk 12,500 steps (about 5 miles) per day, having one day that I can just take it easy and take the pedometer off. It's been very affective, and with the exception of this horrible cold I have... Fri, 24 Aug 2007 15:19:05 EST Your Own Mill Hello! <BR> <BR> Anyone have their own mill to make their own flour? I have a new friend who has been talking about it. She brought some cookies she made with her mill and they were the best cookies I've ever had! I know you can go to a place like Whole Foods and get the grain milled fresh there so you can go home and use it immediately. Anyone on this team use either method? How convenient is it? Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:33:41 EST BUTTER SPREAD HEY EVERYONE, I'M NEW TO THIS GROUP AND IT SEEMS LIKE NO ONE IS AROUND MUCH!! I WANTED TO SHARE A RECIPE REALLY QUICK. <BR> <BR> MIX 1 CUP SOFTENED BUTTER WITH 1 CUP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. IT CUTS THE CHOLESTEROL AND SAT. FAT IN HALF. (BECAUSE OF THE EVOO) AND YOU CAN REFRIGERATE IT AND IT STAYS SOFTER!! <BR> HAVE A GOOD DAY!! Tue, 3 Jul 2007 03:53:01 EST Update on chsmom Hi, everyone!!! Sorry I've been away for so long. We no longer have computer access, and it will be at least a couple more months before we are able to afford it again. <BR> <BR> I hope this finds you all doing well. I'm finally all settled in my home. I graduated from Celebrate Recovery in March, and am now leading an open discussion group on Friday nights and am also participating in another step study on Tuesdays just to refine my recovery a bit. I'll be going to California in August... Thu, 28 Jun 2007 22:24:22 EST Temporarily out of order Hi, all! Well, the good news is that I've gotten moved. The bad news is that I will be without internet until we sell the spec house, which could be awhile. So if you start missing me, then pray for our spec house to sell quickly and to someone who will use it for God's glory, and who will be greatly blessed by it. <BR> <BR> I will try to pop in at least once a week, probably on Saturdays as it's a good day to go online at the library. <BR> <BR> I hope this finds you all well. Don't for... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:43:49 EST A Challenge- connecting and encouraging! Over the last few weeks I've not been able to get to the computer much, but when I do it's so nice to see that I have sparkmail or that someone has put a comment on my sparkpage or blog. <BR> <BR> There were times I felt so down, tired and overwhelmed, and yet reading the encouragment of others motivated me to keep going. <BR> <BR> Eating healthy and exercise are very important in losing weight and getting healthy, but sometimes we forget how important connecting with others is in our ove... Wed, 28 Mar 2007 09:49:36 EST Just touching base I'm sorry I haven't been on much lately. Moving just takes so much time. <BR> <BR> So today I just want to encourage new members to introduce themselves. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Mon, 12 Mar 2007 23:33:29 EST Needing Recipes I am feeling so very limited as to what I can eat right now.. I have been searching for recipes but not finding anything that is acceptable besides soups... I have to accomodate my son too who is doing Feingold as well as the Candida Diet. <BR> <BR> We are not having White Flour, Yeast, white pastas, Sugar.... We will use oat flours or rice flours... And whole wheat pastas or rice pastas.. <BR> <BR> HELP??? Fri, 9 Feb 2007 14:13:36 EST What are we talking ourselves into??? Whole food eating isn't just about making sure everything is raw or vegetarian or being radical about what we eat. It's more about being focused on what we put into our bodies and taking the time to ask ourselves 'how will this affect/nourish/heal/hurt my body. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I found some Hershey's kisses. My weakness! They are only 25 calories each, right? So that means I could eat more than one, right? So I ate one, then a little while later ate another, and so on until throughou... Thu, 8 Feb 2007 12:55:56 EST Stevia Recipe websites I found a great new Stevia website today, with recipes I've been looking for like Chocolate sauce. Here's that link: <BR><BR>.php <BR> another one that I've tried some of the recipes on with great success is: <BR><BR>RCId=1 <BR> <BR> Check them out--and if you try a recipe please review it!!! <BR> Mon, 5 Feb 2007 15:36:19 EST Calling all newbies! Hey, if you haven't already, please introduce yourself. Let us know why God is calling you to move toward whole foods. <BR> <BR> And WELCOME to our little team! :o) Thu, 1 Feb 2007 00:51:04 EST Your favorite Whole Foods Dinner Hello everyone, <BR> I am struggling to get a "good" dinner for our family. The only one I have right now is a great veggie taco. <BR> Anyone care to share their favorites? <BR> Also, we are getting our BBQ going again. I would love some great ideas for that too. <BR> Thanks all <BR> Susan Mon, 29 Jan 2007 11:19:44 EST Carb advice Since I've almost totally eliminated grains from my diet, as well as dairy, I'm really struggling with getting in my carbs without getting too much fat. I mean, I ate a stick of celery today and logged it into my planner only to find out it has 0 calories!!! Yikes. Then I was full and didn't feel like eating anything else. <BR> <BR> So any ideas on how to increase my carbs WITHOUT dairy or whole grains??? Fri, 26 Jan 2007 17:07:57 EST Flax Facts I just read a very interesting SP article on flaxseed (which I added to my favorites if you want to read it). Just look at what flaxseed has to offer! <BR> <BR> 1 T of Flaxseed contains: <BR> 59 calories <BR> 4 g. carbs (3.3 grams of which are dietary FIBER) <BR> 4 g. fats (but remember they are the GOOD fats!) <BR> 2 g. protein <BR> <BR> The protein really surprised me! Flaxseed oil has the good omega enriched oils, but lacks the fiber and protein. Better to just use the whole seed! <BR... Wed, 24 Jan 2007 17:54:42 EST Whfoods Website This is a great website: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I made the black bean chili last night and used my own canned tomatoes.. YUM.. It was sooo good! <BR> <BR> The site has great ideas for the eating the healthiest foods. It has been very helpful to me!! Wed, 24 Jan 2007 14:25:15 EST Chocolate cravings!!! It's getting close to that time of the month and I get chocolate cravings like you can't even imagine. So I finally decided I can have my chocolate but in a healthier way. <BR> <BR> So I made a smoothie with 1 banana, 5 frozen strawberries, 1 cup almond milk, 1 T. flaxseed, about 15 drops of stevia, 1/2 t. vanilla and 1 t. of hershey's cocoa powder. It was wonderful and went a long way to stop my cravings. (under 200 calories and the fat that is in it is the good fat from the flaxseeds). ... Tue, 23 Jan 2007 17:21:23 EST Eat meat or not to eat meat, that's the question I have come to the conclusion that I will never again be a vegetarian!!! Trying to eat without meat and still get the protein for some reason always makes my fat levels go through the roof, and since I don't have a gall bladder anymore that is something I really have to watch out for! <BR> <BR> But I do know that steak isn't probably my best choice for protein. So tomorrow I'm going to the store and buying some salmon, orange roughy, more chicken breast and even a turkey if it's on sale. ... Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:17:40 EST Just joining in here! Hi to you all! My name is Louise and I am new to SparkPages, but am really liking what I am seeing. I think it will take quite a few days to really get a feel for everything as there is so much here! <BR> Anyway I am a few weeks into a more wholefoods diet and I am feeling great! I was getting a number of aches adn pains in my joints that have now disappeared and I am so thankful for that! I am eatng so much better than I was and I am NEVER hungry! <BR> I have about 45lbs to lose and lost fi... Mon, 22 Jan 2007 20:18:47 EST My whole food failures and successes Since this is a support group as well as an accountability group, I just want to let you know that last week, especially yesterday, was not good for me. <BR> <BR> I'm realizing that I need to start taking a small lunchbox of snack items and a bottle of filtered water wherever I go. I made many, many, many mistakes yesterday and ended up about as opposite of whole food as you can get. I'm paying for it today with gas, bloating, diarrhea and heartburn. <BR> <BR> The good thing is I'm fina... Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:10:58 EST Just saying hello. Hi, <BR> I'm trying to move toward a more whole foods diet as a result of longterm health problems. I am currently in the second week of a three week elimination diet. I was amazed when about five days in the aches and pains that had been plaguing me practially disappeared! Of course it was also the day after I finally prayed that God would heal me (not just that a doctor would finally figure out what was wrong with me:(). Anyway, I look forward to meeting y'all. <BR> Teresa Thu, 18 Jan 2007 17:23:53 EST How's everyone doing this week? Staying on track? I gained back a half-pound from yesterday which I contribute to a combination of eating carbs late in the evening and missing my Pilates workout. I feel confident that it'll be gone again tomorrow. <em>81</em> Thu, 18 Jan 2007 10:36:18 EST Juicing and Juicers Okay, since all other topics have sort of died on this list, I'm going to open up a new one. Last year about this time I juice fasted for 11 days (my goal was 30, but I gave into temptation and regretted it for about two weeks as it locked up my system). However, when I was on the fast I had energy, lost almost 15 pounds (kept 10 of them off for a year) and lost the yellow tinge to my skin which I suspect might have been a sign of jaundice. It was also a time of major change, God really tu... Thu, 11 Jan 2007 14:50:29 EST I need ideas for Miso Hey people! What's up? I would truly like some advise. I would like to be able to like eating Miso. Particularly in soup. When I buy it straight, I just can't stomach it. Yet, I keep thinking how good it is for your intestins. Does anyone know of a good recipe that I can mix this with to make it taste palpable? (HINT: I'm not one for Indian or Chinese cuisine, I think that's why I'm struggling, so any recipe that could ad a milder taste to it is what I'm searching for) <BR> <BR> Thank... Thu, 11 Jan 2007 08:58:44 EST Accountabl lity--Please hold me accountable! I tried but couldn't find the accountability string on the Christian Living team, so I've sort of changed my tactics. I'm going to start putting yesterday's info in my signature line. <BR> <BR> Which leads to today's challenge--ACCOUNTABILITY. By putting my information for everyone to see I expose myself and my actions for what they really are--which means I open myself up for encouragement, support and accountability. By opening up in this way, it encourages growth, not just by making th... Wed, 10 Jan 2007 11:34:46 EST Healthy Lifestyle Scale I just wanted to point out this handy little motivational tool. One thing I've noticed since I've been entering my information in the nutrition section is that you can stay within your goals for calories, carbs, protein, fats, etc but still not have a healthy lifestyle. I mean, you can keep these goals and still not be eating enough fruit & veggies, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise or getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> So my challenge for you today is to take yesterday's informa... Wed, 10 Jan 2007 09:52:15 EST This team is an answer to prayer! I can scarcely believe my eyes.. <BR> A Christian Whole Foods team on sparkpeople! <BR> A little bit about me... <BR> My husband and I are Christians, and starting in November 2005 I 'discovered' a grocery store here where we live (Dallas) called "Whole Foods", that is a natural and organic food store, that has a huge selection of very fresh stuff! <BR> Now, I grew up in a very small rural area in Arkansas, and after living in Dallas for ten years, I was thrilled to find real food again, san... Wed, 10 Jan 2007 01:50:38 EST Nourish About a month ago God put this thought upon my heart: "Are you eating to indulge your cravings or are you eating to nourish your body?" It stopped me in my shoes, and is one of the reason's I ended up on SP. <BR> <BR> So today's team goal is to come up with one thing you eat to indulge yourself, and what nourishing food you are going to choose to replace it with when you get a craving. <BR> <BR> I'll start. I indulge myself with chocolate, but now I will choose to nourish my body with r... Tue, 9 Jan 2007 14:51:01 EST Vegetarian protein sources I'm getting ready to go vegetarian for awhile. I know beans and rice as well as tofu are great protein sources, but wondered if anyone out there knew of any others. If so, please share them here. Thanks! Tue, 9 Jan 2007 12:54:14 EST I'm new here I'm pretty new to Spark People but am finding in just a short period of time motivated to switch to a healthier life style. I have been interested and curious for a long time about how to eat more raw foods, vegetarian type diets, but all attempts I've made to convert from old habits left me frustrated and I gave up. Could you make any suggestions where I can start? <em>38</em> God Bless, Jeanel Tue, 9 Jan 2007 00:27:33 EST Favorite Smoothie Recipes I have a two different smoothie bases, then add the fruit and other optional stuff I want. Neither contain yogurt. <BR> <BR> Option 1-- totally vegetarian <BR> 1 cup water/juice <BR> 6-8 almonds (this give it a milky consistancy and a nutty flavor--if you don't like the pieces of nuts, just use almond milk instead of the nuts and water) <BR> 1/2 t. vanilla extract <BR> 5-8 drops SweetLeaf Stevia Clear or 3 tsp of brown sugar or 2 tsp. honey (adjust to your taste) <BR> 1 cup frozen berries o... Mon, 8 Jan 2007 17:31:49 EST Hi there! Here I am!! <em>213</em> Mon, 8 Jan 2007 16:53:42 EST Water - flavored naturally I was thinking today about the different ways I drink water. <BR> <BR> Of course my favorite water is chilled steamed distilled, I could drink a gallon a day, but because of our finances I'm having to settle for water ran through a Pur filter. So I've opted to dress it up a little. <BR> <BR> Cranwater--take 28 oz. of water and 4 oz. of unsweetened cranberry juice. Add about 14 drops of stevia to taste. Delicious! <BR> <BR> Lemon water--just cut a lemon in half and squeeze it into a gl... Mon, 8 Jan 2007 15:41:00 EST 5-HTP works, but with a warning 5-HTP which is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan is a compound produced by the body from tryptophan, and amino acid found in many foods (like turkey). It is said to be able to cure depression, obesity and insomnia as well as migraines and other serotonin based ailments. <BR> <BR> However, I must warn you of this--it can be dangerous, even fatal, if taken with antidepressants includig SSRI's and MAOI's and possibly other medications, so please talk to your doctor about taking 5-HTP if you are t... Sun, 7 Jan 2007 16:32:10 EST Chiropractors I just want to leave this topic open for discussion. I believe doctors are limited by their education, and too often their education won't touch anything that can heal you without their help or a drug. So things like natural suppliments and Chiropractors are almost always discouraged by doctors. <BR> <BR> However, when I was a senior in high school I was in a bus accident, and after that I had severe headaches for years, especially if my hair grew past the tops of my shoulders. Also, I di... Sun, 7 Jan 2007 15:40:07 EST How to make your own cranberry juice I have found it hard to find unsweetened cranberry juice in the grocery store, and when I did it was outrageously expensive. <BR> <BR> So I researched and found out how to make it at home, and it wasn't as hard as I thought. <BR> <BR> All you do is buy a 1 pound package of fresh cranberries (you can do this around the holidays when they are on sale and then freeze them if you want) and put it in a medium pan. Cover with about 30 oz. of water and bring to a boil. Boil until all the berries... Fri, 5 Jan 2007 17:54:25 EST How to make Almond milk 101 I read the book Body by God and he talks a lot in there about almond milk, but not how to make it. I looked for it in the stores, but it was very expensive and full of preservatives, to me that is not good! So I researched and found out the best way to make almond milk, and it's very easy. <BR> <BR> Take a ratio of 4 water to 1 almonds (for example 4 cups water, 1 cup fresh, raw almonds or lightly roasted almonds--you can soak the almonds for an hour or so before in fresh water, then drain... Fri, 5 Jan 2007 17:48:47 EST Stevia I am a huge fan of Stevia, which has been a lifesaver for me. I use SweetLeaf brand stevia because it tastes so good. I use it in tea, lemonade, fresh juices and smoothies. I also have a yummy cheesecake recipe which I'll post when I get the time. <BR> <BR> If you use stevia and have a good recipe, please share it! Fri, 5 Jan 2007 17:39:57 EST Gluten Free My niece can't eat gluten, so I'm always looking for healthy gluten-free recipes to give her. I also will post some here for anyone who is on a gluten-free diet. Fri, 5 Jan 2007 17:37:31 EST Introduce yourself! When I was in my 20's I read a book called Fit for Life that changed my way of thinking about food. However, I didn't like the new age philosophy behind the book, so eventually, even though eating as close to nature was working for me, I walked away from it. <BR> <BR> That, combined with very stressful living situations over the years where I couldn't control my eating habits (or choose the easy way out and avoided eating healthy to keep family peace) I started to pack on pounds. <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Jan 2007 18:57:23 EST