SparkPeople Healthy Eating Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=healthy-eating Learn some of the secrets of success for Healthy Eating from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Healthy Eating Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=healthy-eating New Research Says Meat Contributes to Obesity as Much as Sugar Does by Elise Moreau, Care2.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48020_new_research_says_meat_contributes_to_obesity_as_much_as_sugar_does_by_elise_moreau_care2com Most people can probably agree that a high-sugar diet doesn’t paint a perfect picture of good health. A diet that involves eating a lot of meat, however, may actually be right behind sugar in terms of its impact on our waistlines.<br>Researchers in Australia concluded in a controversial study that meat is actually just as bad as sugar when it comes to obesity. We’ve typically been convinced that it’s the saturated fat in meat and many other animal-sourced foods that raise cholesterol and incr... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:41:00 EST Hunger is not an emergency! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48016_hunger_is_not_an_emergency A lot of people sabotage themselves and justify over eating with hunger. Its ok to be hungry. I've recently read this and it changed my whole way of 'dieting'. Its ok to be hungry. Nothing bad is going to happen because we're hungry. <br>A lot of people sabotage themselves and justify over eating with hunger. Its ok to be hungry. I've recently read this and it changed my whole way of 'dieting'. Its ok to be hungry. Nothing bad is going to happen because we're hungry. <br>A lot of people sabot... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:08:00 EST What nutrients are most likely to be deficient in a vegetarian diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48014_what_nutrients_are_most_likely_to_be_deficient_in_a_vegetarian_diet What nutrients are most likely to be deficient in a vegetarian diet?<br><br>If you look at all types of vegetarian diets as a group, and all research studies of these diets, vitamin B12 is the nutrient most likely to be deficient in this type of eating plan. Adequate B12 intake can be and is a genuine concern if a relatively strict vegetarian diet is sub-optimal in quality. In the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 2003-2010, 55% of participants who described ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:07:00 EST Cook several veggies ahead of time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47999_cook_several_veggies_ahead_of_time I do better on weeks when I buy a bunch of veggies, prepare them ahead of time, and store them in containers in the fridge. Then, regardless of what I feel like eating for lunch and dinner, I load half of the plate with a selection of veggies. It enhances my satisfaction with the meal, leads me to eat fewer calories, and improves my daily nutrition.<br> Examples of my go-to veggies are okra (its funny, so many people don't like it, but it's my favorite), carrots (I especially like buying bags... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:34:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Pears http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47989_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_pears What's New and Beneficial About Pears<br><br> For nutritional reasons, we're often advised to consume the skins of fruits. However, it's less often that research provides strong evidence in support of this advice. Recent studies have shown that the skin of pears contains at least three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh. These phytonutrients include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. The skin of... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:15:00 EST Track Your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47985_track_your_food In nine months I dropped 35 pounds and reached my goal weight of 135. Several people have asked me to share my secret. In the past few weeks, I have noticed the number on the scales creeping up, and even now I need to be reminded of the weight loss tools I need to rediscover. My first secret is simple: while trying to lose weight, I need to keep track of everything I eat. The two main benefits to tracking my food are that I am more aware of what I am eating, and I am accountable to something ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:30:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47970_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_broccoli What's New and Beneficial About Broccoli<br><br> Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in broccoli do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it's easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw broccoli still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:31:00 EST Sugar - Awww Honey, Honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47967_sugar_sugar_awww_honey_honey I truly had a revelation at the beginning of this year. My revelation was that SUGAR was the enemy and the enemy is everywhere. <br><br>I began a sugar detox program that lasted 21 days. I started this program because I was sick all of the time. I knew it had to be my diet, so I started with the obvious - sugar. During the program, I was shocked to learn how many foods contain natural sugar and added sugar. First, I learned about the foods that are processed and how to read the labels. ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:23:00 EST Just eat real food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47962_just_eat_real_food If it comes in a package, can, bottle or box read the ingredients. It is probably processed. Look for single item ingredients like a piece of fruit, a head of greens, green beans. Meat comes in packages but generally you can see what's inside and it is just one type of meat. The exception is sausage and bacon. Then read the ingredients. Are there a lot of fillers and you don't recognize their names? Does it have sugar in it? If so put it back on the shelf. There are sausages and baco... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:37:00 EST Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Treat for Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47957_sweet_potatoes_a_tasty_treat_for_your_health Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Treat for Your Health<br><br><br>Whenever I find information that will help promote optimal health, I am always eager to share it with all of my readers. This is especially true when it comes to diet, as proper nutrition is one of the pillars of good health and wellness.<br><br>Now, I am excited to share with you the potential health benefits of sweet potatoes.<br><br>Sweet Potatoes: More Than Just Food for the Holidays<br><br> When consumed in moderation, sweet potato... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:46:00 EST The benefits of berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47944_the_benefits_of_berries Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are powerful superfoods. There are numerous health benefits from eating these wonderful fruits and they should be incorporated into every balanced diet. <br><br> Berries can play a role, packed with nutrients that naturally lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and increase "good" cholesterol. Flavonoids are the dizzying variety of more than 6,000 compounds found in plants that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant blue, red and ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:53:00 EST "No." - How to Win the Cravings Battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47942_no_how_to_win_the_cravings_battle Considering how hooked that I have been more recently to sweets and salty-fatty treats, it amazes me how casually that I can now say "no" to overindulging in poor food choices. I never feel deprived, either. It's like I live in a completely different reality now from the most indulgent and unhealthiest point in my life.<br><br>This is how I unhooked myself from my prior cravings in one week by saying "no.":<br><br>1. NO to empty calorie drinks: I drink at least 10 glasses of water each day. I... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:47:00 EST Why are bananas rated "low" on the Glycemic Index? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47935_why_are_bananas_rated_low_on_the_glycemic_index Why are bananas rated "low" on the Glycemic Index?<br><br>Bananas are a fascinating fruit in terms of their carbohydrate and sugar content. Even though bananas are a fruit that tastes quite sweet when ripe—containing 14-15 grams of total sugar—bananas receive a rating of low in their glycemic index (GI) value. GI measures the impact of a food on our blood sugar. This low GI value for bananas is most likely related to two of their carbohydrate-related qualities.<br><br>First, as mentioned prev... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:03:00 EST Olives: how to select, store, and prepare http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47933_olives_how_to_select_store_and_prepare Olives: how to select, store, and prepare <br><br>While olives have been traditionally sold in jars and cans, many stores are now offering them in bulk in large barrels or bins (often called an "olive bar"). Buying bulk olives will allow you to experiment with many different types with which you may be unfamiliar and to purchase only as many as you need at one time.<br><br>While whole olives are very common, you may also find ones that have been pitted, as well as olives that have been stuffe... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:08:00 EST Eating Within My Means http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47930_eating_within_my_means It's no secret that if we take in more calories than our set nutrition goals, we will be disappointed in the results. Therefore, I have learned to diligently stay within my set 2000 calories per day. In order to maximize my efforts, I have learned to plan for bulky lo-cal salads with shredded cumber, tomatoes, onion, carrot, and bell peppers. My favorite trick is to make a meal, then half it in order to use the second half for another day. <br><br>It's taken some time to be a believer, but hi... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:54:00 EST Some Foods That Aren't As Healthy As They Seem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47918_some_foods_that_arent_as_healthy_as_they_seem By Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl - Reviewed by a board-certified physician. Updated June 17, 2016 <br><br><br>Some foods have what's known as a health halo—they seem like smart choices, but in reality, they're not. I call them food fakers! Here are a few of my favorite examples.<br><br>Granola<br><br>While granola is made up of healthy ingredients, it's generally calorie dense, meaning a small amount has a lot of calories. And while it's fine in small servings, people frequently consume ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:23:00 EST Drinks Count Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47904_drinks_count_too I was in the habit of not tracking my coffee. If I were drinking the coffee black, this wouldn't have been a problem but I like my coffee with 4 cream and 1 sugar! That's a whole lot of calories left unaccounted for. The worst part is I would do it two or three times a day for a grand total of 285 calories I didn't count on a bad day. No wonder I wasn't losing any weight! <br><br>I thought I was doing well. Watching those calories I ate and keeping myself moving. No less than 10,000 steps a d... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:31:00 EST High Protein Foods and the Proteins in Each by Laura Dolson http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47901_high_protein_foods_and_the_proteins_in_each_by_laura_dolson High Protein Foods and the Protein in Each By Laura Dolson Updated April 15, 2016 <br><br>It's important that we all eat enough protein each day. If you know about how much protein you need, this list will help you figure out which foods will help you achieve that goal, including plant and animal sources of protein.<br><br>Shortcut: An ounce of meat or fish has approximately 7 grams of protein if cooked, and about 6 grams before cooking. Fish has slightly less than beef or poultry.<br><br>... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:59:00 EST Oh That Nighttime Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47886_oh_that_nighttime_snack A nighttime snack isn’t always harmful, but if you understand the reasons behind late-night eating and then modify your diet accordingly, chances are your midnight cravings will be reduced or eliminated, and weight loss can move full steam ahead.<br><br>Simple as it seems, many people overeat in the evening because they have not consumed enough calories during the day. Skipping breakfast, starting the day with foods high in sugar, and limiting your food to lose weight all make it harder for y... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:39:00 EST What type of pumpkin seeds provides the greatest amount of zinc? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47885_what_type_of_pumpkin_seeds_provides_the_greatest_amount_of_zinc What type of pumpkin seeds provides the greatest amount of zinc?<br> <br>Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc, and the World Health Organization recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this nutrient. If you want to maximize the amount of zinc that you will be getting from your pumpkin seeds, ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:33:00 EST Why Starch Should Be at the Center of Your Plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47874_why_starch_should_be_at_the_center_of_your_plate Why Starch Should Be at the Center of Your Plate<br><br><br>People are so afraid of starch and carbs these days, but we want you to unlearn everything you think you know about them. Despite the constant headlines, it is not carbohydrates that makes people fat and sick.<br><br>On a whole-food, plant-based diet, 75-80 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates (mostly starch-based foods and fruit). And you don’t have to keep track; this will happen naturally if your diet is based o... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:08:00 EST Write it before you bite it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47868_write_it_before_you_bite_it Put it in the tracker before you actually eat it. See what it does for calories and various nutrients. <br><br>Right there in front of you have your plate and your computer. Put those nutrition numbers right there above the plate, above the things on it.<br><br>Read and think. Prioritize.<br><br>Will this run me way over on fat? Will this run me way over on sodium? How many calories does it actually have?<br><br>By writing it in the tracker first, you can make a more informed choice about wha... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:45:00 EST Pre Planning Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47862_pre_planning_meals Every Saturday is meal plan day. I use the tools from SP to pre-log my week so that I can ensure that each day's plan is within my ranges. I make a grocery list from the planned meals; and I don't deviate from the list when I go to the store.<br><br>The pre-planning keeps the guess work out. I plan for meals out and all. I eat alot of the same foods, so the structure and routine helps save time and money. I have my kids certain nights of the week so planning bigger for those nights than ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:45:00 EST Grapes: How to select, store, prepare, and enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47848_grapes_how_to_select_store_prepare_and_enjoy Grapes: How to select, store, prepare, and enjoy<br><br>For the best tasting grapes with high concentrations of antioxidants select those that are fully ripe. Fully ripened grapes are plump and free from wrinkles. They should be intact, firmly attached to a healthy looking stem, and not leaking juice. The area around the attachment should have the same color as the rest of the grape.<br><br>One way to help predict the sweetness of grapes is by their color: green grapes are medium sweet, red g... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:47:00 EST simply eat soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47847_simply_eat_soup soup is mainly water you get your hydration and nutrition in one and it's filling and low calorie. If you make it yourself you control the sodium content and vegetables and meat as well. If you make a large amount of soup you can freeze it in single portions for when you are short on time and need a meal in a hurry or take to work for lunch. I personally like my soup chunky but if you throw it in the blender you can make it a smooth and creamy texture. Of course you can add condiments like cr... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:37:00 EST Strategy for busy site meeting days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47843_strategy_for_busy_site_meeting_days I work as Project Manager in a Company that does Security Installations. A lot of our projects are in Construction Sites. The weekly Site Meetings and Subcontractor Coordination Meetings are long and tiring. Often you end up sacrificing your lunch break. Many sites offer snacks during the meetings. Mostly these are unhealthy junk food things. If it is a big Construction Site and the meeting takes hours, you will be tempted. So you need to go prepared.<br><br>Here are some strategies that work... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:33:00 EST Snack attacks at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47842_snack_attacks_at_work I have dedicated 1 drawer in my office desk for snacks etc. There I keep a selection of non-perishable snacks in small portions and beverages (teas, coffee, non-sweetened cocoa) for those days I end up working through lunch or late. This includes sugar free gum. Other snacks are things like unsalted nuts in mini packs (1oz or less), crisp bread, rice cakes. I avoid granola bars since mist have too much sugar in them. <br>Trail food - again low sugar. Best homemade - and dried fruits are grea... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:15:00 EST Internet for accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47838_internet_for_accountability For me personally, the internet is huge in my being able to hold myself accountable. Last week the internet was so spotty I had days that I couldn't get on to log food. Back in my growing up years the internet didn't exist and computers were for companies like IBM, where they had dedicated rooms and massive machines to accomplish less than a tablet can now do. <br><br>So while pen and paper still work to write down foods to visualize the big picture of what I am eating, I don't have a hand... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:03:00 EST Eating The Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47828_eating_the_right I went to town and bought a beautiful 9 inch plate to eat on daily. I was hell bent on doing this. I felt if I didn't do it now I would never do it. This was to help me start getting control of my portions. I ate entirely to much and I craved sugar and salt. I had to make a change, so 3/4 of my plate is filled with fruit and vegetables. The other 1/4 is meat or beans. I do carb shuffling, 1-2 days a week is higher carb meals 5-6 meals are low carb meals. I measure out my portions. I eat snack... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:11:00 EST Unexpected Reasons Why Coffee May Be A Health Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47827_unexpected_reasons_why_coffee_may_be_a_health_food Unexpected Reasons Why Coffee May Be A Health Food<br><br><br>Food and Health August 19, 2016<br>Health benefits of coffee<br><br> <br><br>Until recently, you wouldn’t have expected to see coffee listed as a health food. For decades, we’ve been advised to drink less of it.<br><br>But now, it turns out, that advice may have been wrong.<br><br>In fact, coffee brings a stunning array of anti-aging health benefits.<br>Health benefits of coffee<br><br>The Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:40:00 EST Fresh Is Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47820_fresh_is_best It's so helpful to add fruit and or veggies to every meal. Fresh is best but frozen is good too. It's filling, especially when a salad is eaten before the meal, and good for us! Want to feel all smug and self-righteous? Eat what is closest to nature and avoid processed food as much as possible. Clean eating is called clean for a reason - there are no chemicals, preservatives or man-made substances. Clean is what God gave us and intended us to eat. It keeps our hormones working properly... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:12:00 EST Don't Let the Grocers Get YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47817_dont_let_the_grocers_get_you Conniving. Manipulative. Scheming. I’m not talking about your ex or enemy either. I’m talking about our local grocers. Whether it's on the corner or our big box stores buyer beware on your next trip, be prepared to fight back against the tactics most supermarket chains use to get "us" spend more money on "extras" that we don't really need—tactics that affect our welfare and finances.<br><br>i know I'm going past either Walmart Target or Meijers I make sure I've got my list in hand, and ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:39:00 EST Why is romaine lettuce a great choice for a nutrient-rich salad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47808_why_is_romaine_lettuce_a_great_choice_for_a_nutrientrich_salad Why is romaine lettuce a great choice for a nutrient-rich salad? <br><br>Not all lettuce is created equal, but if you start your meal with a salad made of romaine lettuce you will be sure to add not only a variety of textures and flavors to your meal but an enormous amount of nutritional value. The vitamins, minerals, phytonutrient... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:21:00 EST The benefit of blueberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47796_the_benefit_of_blueberries Did you know that blueberries are one of the worlds healthiest foods? Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular. Often labelled a “superfood,” they are low in calories and incredibly good for you.<br> <br>Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanins, which are responsible for giving foods like blueberries, cranberries, red cabbage and eggplants their iconic deep red, purple and blue hues. Anthocyanins are responsible for more than just the blueberry's pretty blue c... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:24:00 EST Making Dietary changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47791_making_dietary_changes Change is not easy, especially if you want it to last! Here is my game plan for change.<br>1. Prepare for the change.<br>Yesterday I got my test results back, and they were not good. I was especially disappointed over my A1C of 7.1. It is time for me to make some major changes if I want to stay off of Diabetes medication. For the past 3 years, I have been able to control the Type II Diabetes with food and exercise. Now I have to make a major change. <br>2. Take note of where your current l... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:55:00 EST Here’s Why It’s Important to Drink the Rainbow http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47786_heres_why_its_important_to_drink_the_rainbow People frequently ask on our Ask the Nutritionist page if they can drink the famous Mean Green for the entire day while completing a juice fast. This juice is a delicious and powerful tool, but drinking it exclusively during your juice fast is NOT recommended!<br><br>Juice is an easy and fantastic way to increase and include many different nutrients, anti-oxidants and phytocompounds in your diet to enhance your energy, skin complexion, metabolism, immunity and everything else health-wise and ... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:54:00 EST Meal Planning for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47783_meal_planning_for_success I am most successful with my diet when I weekly plan ahead my meals of what I am going to eat and drink and then stick with my plans. I plan ahead for six days and one restaurant day with my elderly mom. If I don't create weekly menus beforehand, I find myself eating unhealthy food in larger quantities throughout the week and will normally regain pounds because of the poor choices I can make. <br><br>My planning begins before I hit the grocery store. I typically eat healthy recipes of fruits,... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:03:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Grapes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47746_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_grapes <br>What's New and Beneficial About Grapes<br><br> Several grape phytonutrients are now believed to play a role in longevity. At the top of the list in this area of research is resveratrol (a stilbene phytonutrient present mostly in grape skins, but also in grape seeds and grape flesh). Resveratrol has recently been shown to increase expression of three genes all related to longevity. (These three genes are SirT1s, Fox0s, and PBEFs.) Interestingly, some researchers have shown a parallel be... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:06:00 EST Chia seeds are more than for chia pets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47730_chia_seeds_are_more_than_for_chia_pets Remember the chia pets? Yes, when you moisten chia seeds they sprout and are amazing in salads. Did you know that chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet? They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. Chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. They are easy to digest when prepared properly, and are a very versatile ingredient that adds easily to recipes.<br><br>The chia seed is nutrient dense ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:47:00 EST Does cauliflower have anti-inflammatory benefits? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47729_does_cauliflower_have_antiinflammatory_benefits Does cauliflower have anti-inflammatory benefits? <br><br>As an excellent source of vitamin K, cauliflower provides us with one of the hallmark anti-inflammatory nutrients. Vitamin K acts as a direct regulator of our inflam... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:41:00 EST 8 Signs You Have a Rocky Relationship with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47715_8_signs_you_have_a_rocky_relationship_with_food 8 Signs You Have a Rocky Relationship with Food<br>Are You Eating for Business or for Pleasure?<br><br> By Melissa Rudy<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c14eb78-664e-4ff9-8433-c133db73d4cd.png"><br>In an ideal world, we would all eat foods that provided just the right amounts of all the right nutrients, savoring the flavors but having the willpower to stop at the point of physical fullness. We would eat for equal parts fuel and enjoyment, viewing food as both pleasure and... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:21:00 EST Don't Get Fooled by McDonald's Latest Food Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47711_dont_get_fooled_by_mcdonalds_latest_food_changes Don't Get Fooled by McDonald's Latest Food Changes<br><br><br>McDonald’s food chain has been in the news after recently revealing 17 menu changes in response to customer complaints and declining sales. On the surface these changes appear to improve the quality of their menu items, but is it too little, too late?<br><br>McDonald’s highest selling burger,1 Big Mac, with a side order of fries and a coke, together deliver a whopping 940 calories packed with 123 grams of carbohydrates.2 Unfortunat... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:06:00 EST Detox Diets: Helpful or Full of Hype? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47700_detox_diets_helpful_or_full_of_hype Detox Diets: Helpful or Full of Hype?<br>Get the Truth about Detox Diets and Colon Cleansing<br><br> By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45d6176b-5a73-4660-9572-5da7bf5c8716.jpg"><br>There it was, posted on the SparkPeople message board: "Need encouragement for 21-day detox".<br><br>A member was feeling tired and run down. She had decided to cleanse and detox her body as well as jumpstart her weight loss program by using a specia... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:25:00 EST Michael Greger's website http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47691_michael_gregers_website nutritionfacts.org<br><br>Learn the real facts about eating. Because the food industry has no concern over your health. educate yourself, like I did, and loosing weight and being healthy just HAPPENS.<br> ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:23:00 EST Can organic foods really improve my health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47681_can_organic_foods_really_improve_my_health Can organic foods really improve my health?<br><br>Yes. Consumption of organically grown food is a great way to reduce your exposure to contaminants commonly found in foods that have been grown using conventional agricultural practices. These contaminants may include not only pesticides—many of which have been classified as potential cancer-causing agents—but also heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and solvents like benzene and toluene. Minimizing exposure to these potential toxins is an ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:21:00 EST Master the Munchies: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47664_master_the_munchies Master the Munchies: What 8 Common Cravings Say About You<br><br> By Melissa Rudy<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d1c9e57-e51f-464f-8e1d-0e22bb95c0be.png"><br>After a long day that started with an 8 a.m. meeting and ended with a fickle client, you'd seriously consider forking over your life savings for a bowl of rocky road. Other days, sudden, but intense, hankerings for potato chips plague your best-laid diet plans. What's behind this cravings roller coaster? Why do som... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:48:00 EST Is it best to throw out the water in which beans have been soaking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47657_is_it_best_to_throw_out_the_water_in_which_beans_have_been_soaking Is it best to throw out the water in which beans have been soaking?<br><br>The soaking of black beans in water has always found fairly widespread support in food science research as a way of improving overall black bean benefits. Yet, the discarding of the bean soaking water has been a topic of considerable controversy. A recent study that may help put this controversy to rest looked at many different advantages and disadvantages of tossing out the water used to soak beans. It found that the ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:48:00 EST Plan ahead for success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47651_plan_ahead_for_success I think most of us can say we have heard the saying, "Fail to plan, plan to fail". I do not know how many of us have ever applied it to our weight loss journey.<br><br>I had experience with this concept this weekend and it taught me a valuable lesson; if I do not plan, I will fail.<br><br>Let me back up.....<br><br>Last week I was contacted by an old military friend I haven't seen in about six or seven years. He was flying into Joint Base Lewis McChord to do a briefing and wanted to get tog... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:28:00 EST Protein Shake and Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47639_protein_shake_and_plateau Well I ran into a plateau and needed to do something. I was losing drips and drabs and my weight was going up and down and then finally stuck at a certain weight. A nutritionist suggested I make one of my three meals a protein shake. Only to do this for about a month period. Let me state this was something she suggested because she knew of my daily eating habits. The shake consists of: one scoop of Whey Protein, one banana, a cup of ice, one cup of low fat or two percent milk and one tabl... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:15:00 EST How to start juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47635_how_to_start_juicing Juicing is a great way to get nutrients but without the added benefit of fiber, which our bodies badly need. Juicing seems to be all the rage now, with juice diets popping up. blogs being written, and healthy lifestyles written about in magazines, but how do you get started juicing?<br><br>It’s really hard for some people to get the amount of vegetables required by most experts (6-8 servings) in a typical day. Broccoli is not the first item we think of eating in the morning so drinking our ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:05:00 EST 7 Diet Myths That Are Actually True http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47632_7_diet_myths_that_are_actually_true <br>Getting enough sleep could help with weight management.<br><br>It can be hard to prioritize a good night of sleep, but if you're trying to drop pounds, you could be doing yourself a disservice by burning the candle at both ends. This study of more than 2,000 people linked sleeping less than 7 hours per night with a higher body mass index. Makes sense to us. Who doesn't feel extra cranky and prone to make poor food choices when they haven't gotten enough sleep? Train yourself to get to bed... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:47:00 EST Healthier,super easy and cheap cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47628_healthiersuper_easy_and_cheap_cake I had quite a few zucchinis from the garden I was trying to use in receips.<br><br>I bought a white Pillsbury moist $1.00 box cake mix and grated a very large Zucchini ( over 2 or 3 cups worth).<br><br>Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.<br>(like on the box directions)<br><br>Spray the pan with cooking spray.<br><br>I added 3 eggs instead of 4 egg whites then <br>I added the cake mix to it and stirred until it was moistened.<br><br>Don't add the water or the oil.<br>Trust me you won't need it. The ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:56:00 EST You Don't Have a Weight Problem, You Have an Eating Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47622_you_dont_have_a_weight_problem_you_have_an_eating_problem I first realized I was an emotional compulsive eater about 5 years ago. I read a book called Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter. It totally changed my perspective on what dieting had done to me. I will never diet again after reading that book. I lost 80 pounds over the course of a year and a half without denying myself any specific foods or amounts of foods. I exercised regularly and rigorously by power walking outside, which was something I really enjoyed. I also worke... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 06:07:00 EST Is tempeh a good source of calcium? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47621_is_tempeh_a_good_source_of_calcium Is tempeh a good source of calcium? <br><br>A recent study from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has provided us with some fascinating results about the bioavailability of calcium from tempeh. In this study involving postmenopausal women, ca... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:41:00 EST Boost Your Performance! 3 Vegan Foods that Really Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47605_boost_your_performance_3_vegan_foods_that_really_work ou’ve probably heard certain foods and drinks can boost athletic performance.<br><br>Coffee, for example, makes you run faster, and tart cherries reduce inflammation.<br><br>Researchers are finding that what you eat can actually boost cardiovascular efficiency, hasten recovery time, and increase immunity against common exercise-induced illnesses.<br><br>And the best part? Many of the best foods are vegan, cheap, and easily found at your local grocery store.<br><br>As a cardiovascular nurse, h... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:58:00 EST How does asparagus help support digestive health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47581_how_does_asparagus_help_support_digestive_health How does asparagus help support digestive health? <br><br>You may have heard about two foods — chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke — that are widely recognized as providing health benefits for our digestive tract. These health benefits involve a special area of digestive support called "prebiotics" offered by a compound known ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:25:00 EST Waste not and look around you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47579_waste_not_and_look_around_you I love to eat chicken,especially the skin. Yes, I realize the unhealthy high caloric content that the skin has to offer. I don't like to waste anything, so I thought of my commitment to do small steps to keep me focus and on my healthy journey. <br><br>So I decided that I would not eat the chicken skin, but I was so determined not to waste the skin. Soon the answer came out of the blue. My frail old feline, begged for some chicken. I looked at her and said " Do you want some chicken? She ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:56:00 EST Healthier snack choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47572_healthier_snack_choices I'm a "grazer" dividing my 3 meals into six or more a day; so, it may seem to some like I'm snacking all the time! Living single, it suits my lifestyle just fine. The challenge is to make sure it all adds up to a healthy meal plan by the end of the day. Avoiding the temptation of junk food starts in the grocery store; not the kitchen. I eat vegetarian, which helps, and avoid processed foods for the most part. Basically I keep it simple. <br><br>I have my evening snacks; but plan them as ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:05:00 EST Foods For Healthy Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47565_foods_for_healthy_skin You already know that filling your diet with power foods—like dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, citrus—can help beat chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But did you know that certain foods can also work wonders on your skin?<br><br>“There’s a growing body of research showing that diet really does affect your complexion,” says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and author of Feed Your Face. “What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create or le... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 06:35:00 EST Why diet is so important for heart disease prevention and treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47564_why_diet_is_so_important_for_heart_disease_prevention_and_treatment Why diet is so important for heart disease prevention and treatment<br><br>Dr. Greger points out that populations whose diets are based on whole plant foods rarely get heart disease (and they tend to steer clear of many other health problems, too – including diabetes).<br><br>This corroborates the findings of another Food Revolution Summit speaker, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD. Dr. Esselstyn’s work is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. He is also the author of the accla... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 01:46:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a McDonald’s Hamburger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47550_what_happens_to_your_body_when_you_eat_a_mcdonalds_hamburger What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a McDonald’s Hamburger?<br><br>When talking about fast food giants, nothing can be bigger – and more infamous – than McDonald's. Those two "golden arches" sign are so abundant and so well-known all over the world, that some toddlers can even recognize it even before they are able to speak full sentences. <br><br>Over 36,258 McDonald's restaurants operate worldwide,1 serving over 69 million people every day. From its humble beginnings in the 1940s, the br... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:47:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Cucumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47535_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_cucumbers What's New and Beneficial About Cucumbers<br><br> Researchers have long been familiar with the presence of unique polyphenols in plants called lignans, and these health-benefiting substances have been studied extensively in cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli or cabbage) and allium vegetables (like onion or garlic). Recent studies, however, have begun to pay more attention to the lignan content of other vegetables, including cucumbers. Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pi... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:56:00 EST Better Than Wheatgrass: Raw Veggie Juice and Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47516_better_than_wheatgrass_raw_veggie_juice_and_sprouts Better Than Wheatgrass: Raw Veggie Juice and Sprouts<br><br><br>If you want to improve your nutrition and are itching to grow your own food, sprouts are an ideal choice.<br><br>Virtually all sprouted seeds and grains fall in the "superfood" category, and they're really easy to grow, even if you don't have a lot of space or an outdoor garden. But what about green grasses like wheatgrass?<br><br>Wheatgrass is grown from wheat seeds, and contains high amounts of chlorophyll. Most people juice it... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:03:00 EST 8 Summer Beverages to Avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47515_8_summer_beverages_to_avoid 8 Summer Beverages to Avoid<br><br><br>A tall, cool beverage goes hand-in-hand with a hot summer day, but many of the most popular "summer" drinks come with a hefty downside, like exorbitant amounts of sugar.<br><br>It's alarmingly easy to sip and slurp your way through hundreds of grams of excess sugar just by enjoying a cool drink once or twice a day – and that's only the start.<br><br>There are plenty of options to quench your thirst and even satisfy your sweet tooth that will actually sup... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:58:00 EST Is there a synergistic effect on health when you combine lycopene-rich foods and green tea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47512_is_there_a_synergistic_effect_on_health_when_you_combine_lycopenerich_foods_and_green_tea Is there a synergistic effect on health when you combine lycopene-rich foods and green tea?<br><br>Choosing to regularly eat lycopene-rich fruits, such as papaya, and drink green tea may greatly reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests research published the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Jian L, Lee AH, et al.)<br><br>In this case-control study involving 130 prostate cancer patients and 274 hospital controls, men drinking the most green tea were found to have ... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 01:26:00 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47504_is_evening_eating_destroying_your_weight_loss_efforts Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?<br>Cues to Eating and How to Control Them<br><br> By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15fd0d51-49eb-483b-8ad5-dfda058c72c9.jpg"><br>Balanced breakfast? Check<br>Mid-morning snack? Check<br>Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check<br>Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check<br>Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!!<br><br>Does this sound lik... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 10:25:00 EST What is the best way to select and store fresh figs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47500_what_is_the_best_way_to_select_and_store_fresh_figs What is the best way to select and store fresh figs?<br><br>Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. And fresh figs are now in season. California figs are available from June through September; some European varieties are available through autumn.<br><br>Since fresh... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:12:00 EST Why are mustard greens so bitter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47482_why_are_mustard_greens_so_bitter Why are mustard greens so bitter?<br><br>The noticeably bitter taste of turnip greens has been linked by researchers to its calcium content. On an ounce-for-ounce basis, turnip greens contain about 4 times more calcium than a much less bitter-tasting cruciferous vegetables like cabbage. Even in comparison to mustard greens, turnip greens contain about twice the calcium content. High calcium content is not the only reason for the noticeable bitterness of turnip greens, of course. But it may be... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:51:00 EST Low carb/low cal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47474_low_carblow_cal I tried everything -- I mean everything -- for four years. Nutritionists, clean eating, HIIT exercise, cleansing routines, this diet, that diet. I mean I really tried it all. I put my body through HELL and nothing worked.<br><br>Low carb/low cal has done the trick for me. 1200 cals/50 net carbs (net=carbs-fiber). Not easy -- but soooo worth it!<br><br>When I first started this program, I told my doc that I would give it a shot, but it wouldn't work. I am sure he thought that was pretty funny,... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 13:30:00 EST Shop in budget supermarkets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47466_shop_in_budget_supermarkets Shopping in budget supermarkets can save you both money and calories. Places like Lidl (my personal favourite) and Aldi often carry less choice of products and offer less special offers...<br><br>... they are not bad things!<br><br>How many times have you shopped for "just a few things" and come out laden down with things on offer that you don't need, or new things that "just looked interesting"?<br><br>A recent study in the UK of major supermarkets revealed they ALL set more special offers o... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:33:00 EST What is fennel and how do you prepare it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47464_what_is_fennel_and_how_do_you_prepare_it What is fennel and how do you prepare it?<br><br>Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine. Most often associated with Italian cooking, be sure to add this to your selection of fresh vegetables from the autumn through early spring when it is readily available and at its best.<br><br>Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery gree... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:44:00 EST Dill Pickles fight Sugar Cravings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47456_dill_pickles_fight_sugar_cravings I admit when given a choice between dill pickles, sweet pickles, or bread and butter pickles I have always reached for the sweet pickles!<br><br>Not a huge surprise for someone who has been known to make brownies at midnight, or drink Hershey Syrup straight from the container when a major sugar craving hits!<br><br>But recently was challenged by a friend to try a dill pickle instead of a candy bar the next time a sugar craving hit. Now, there is now way to imagine a pickle is in the same clas... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 14:43:00 EST 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47455_9_health_benefits_of_cucumbers 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers<br><br><br>Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated.<br><br>However, there's reason to eat cucumbers all year long. With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 13:39:00 EST Keep Going Don't Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47451_keep_going_dont_stop The secret of my success is to make sure that each time you fall (even if it is just a little bit) that you pick yourself back up and try harder. Having a bad meal one day does not mean you have to restart your entire exercise program and it does not mean that you have ruined all of your hard weeks of work. I used to think like that. I would eat healthy for two weeks and not ever have a bad morsel of food touch my lips and then I'd have one bad day with a terrible craving and that meal would ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:30:00 EST Water not a problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47450_water_not_a_problem I have been following the 17Day Diet and the very first thing that I do in the morning after weigh in is to drink a hot cup of water with an ounce of lemon juice. I also add a little sweetener; it's the only way that i can drink the hot lemon; however I don't need it if I add lemon to cold water. The hot lemon first thing in the morning helps stimulate your digestive system and you can also count this as your first glass of water(yeah!). If water is a problem for you the rest of the day; as i... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:24:00 EST Raspberries: description and history http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47445_raspberries_description_and_history Raspberries: description and history<br><br>Raspberries belong to the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants, which houses some of the world's most beloved fruits including apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, and strawberries. Almonds also belong to this diverse family of plants. Among U.S. consumers, raspberries are the third most popular berry and follow right after strawberries and blueberries.<br><br>There are over 200 species of raspberries, all belonging ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:51:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Raspberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47426_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_raspberries What's New and Beneficial About Raspberries<br><br> One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Although this research is in its early stages, scientists now know that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin (also called raspberry ketone). By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:50:00 EST Flavored Water - pros and cons http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47417_flavored_water_pros_and_cons I don't like the smell or taste of the water coming out of my tap. When I brush my teeth, I smell chlorine when the water runs. When I run my water to clear the garbage disposal, I smell chlorine. And my toilets develop a nasty ring after only a week. <br><br>So I won't drink the water at my house, even filtered. I live close to the ocean and I think the treatment plant is going overboard. I drink bottled water, but I get bored with that after about 20 oz/day. I can't afford sparkling ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:28:00 EST Trading My Sweets for Natural Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47409_trading_my_sweets_for_natural_sugar I have a sweet tooth and yes I love to eat something sweet. Now I'm trading my sweet treats for natural sugar found in healthy foods.<br><br>Every day, I used to have something sweet like, pastries, donuts, cookies, cakes, and pies, cup cakes, and muffins and chocolate candy. I would get them from work, my mom's house, the donut shop, or the market.<br><br>Now I have changed and learned how to swap unhealthy junk foods for healthy nutritional foods. Some good examples of this is that now wh... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:35:00 EST Country Side Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47404_country_side_veggies While driving to or from work, or just driving around, I am always amazed at the veggies that are sitting on the side of the road. My favorite has to be the ones that are FREE!! I usually leave the kind people something, but when you have FREE food just sitting there, why would you not pick it up? You can do SO much with it. You can make the food up in whatever you like the most, and then freeze the food. Then you have "fresh" veggies throughout the year. Ever try canning? Take advantag... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:57:00 EST How Much Added Sugar is Too Much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47395_how_much_added_sugar_is_too_much In 1776, at the time of the American Revolution, Americans consumed about four pounds of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 pounds, and by 1994 to 120 pounds. Now, we’re closer to 160 (See How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?). Half of table sugar is fructose, taking up about 10 percent of our diet. This is not from eating apples, but rather the fact that we’re each guzzling the equivalent of a 16-ounce soft drink every day; that’s about 50 gallons a year.<br><br>Even rese... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 19:04:00 EST Focus on Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47389_focus_on_nutrition When you are cutting calories, focus on including nutritious foods from natural sources.<br><br>I first started cutting calories by limiting my food intake. I would eat a small breakfast then go out for a fast food lunch and fast for dinner. I did this successfully on and off for years, but sticking with it was a huge challenge. Sure, I met my calorie range, but I felt so tired and sluggish. <br><br>When I switched to a plan the focuses on healthy food intake rather than calorie restrictions,... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:17:00 EST Track your way to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47385_track_your_way_to_success I plan my meals carefully, but can sometimes go over my limit of carbs and fats and under on fiber and protein. So I track my entire day's meals and snacks in the morning. That way I can look at my totals before I eat and tweek the menu if changes are needed to meet my recommended daily totals. <br><br>I began my weight loss journey a year and a half ago. After being in denial about my girth, I finally went to see a Metabolic Specialist, as I did not want to consider the option of bariatric s... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:21:00 EST How to cruise and not gain weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47376_how_to_cruise_and_not_gain_weight Getting on a cruise ship is tons of fun but there are diet pitfalls available everywhere. Nowhere is there so much food available 24 hours a day, from free room service (please tip the server!), formal dining, buffets, speciality restaurants, and the ice-cream machines. A week or more and you may come home with all your clothes "shrunk from the sea air", we like to say. It IS possible to spend weeks at a time cruising and never gain anything. Here are a few suggestions to have fun and stay... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:55:00 EST Is celery more than a crunchy, low-cal veggie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47373_is_celery_more_than_a_crunchy_lowcal_veggie Is celery more than a crunchy, low-cal veggie?<br><br>If you have become accustomed to thinking about celery as a crunchy, low-cal vegetable but not a key part of your health support, it is time to think again. Recent research has greatly bolstered our knowledge about celery's anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself. Some of the unique non-starch polysaccharides in celery—including apiuman—appear especially important in pr... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:49:00 EST New Study Shows Soy No Help for Bone Loss or Hot Flashes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47367_new_study_shows_soy_no_help_for_bone_loss_or_hot_flashes New Study Shows Soy No Help for Bone Loss or Hot Flashes<br><br>Soy supplements are reputed to stave off hot flashes, night sweats, and other uncomfortable menopausal symptoms. But the latest in a series of disappointing studies finds that soy supplements do not actually have any such effect, they do not reduce the aging-related bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis.<br><br>During menopause, a woman's body produces less estrogen and progesterone. Soy protein has been considered a possible ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:02:00 EST 5 Health Benefits of Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47361_5_health_benefits_of_tomatoes Technically, tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) are a fruit, but the USDA considers this popular food to be nutritionally a vegetable. Tomatoes are used in dishes all around the world: Mexican salsas, Indian curries and Italian pasta and pizza dishes, to name just a few tasty options. The versatile veggie can be used as a paste, sauce, ketchup, in salads and in so many other ways. It’s no surprise, then, that tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in the U.S. (just behind the potato)... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:24:00 EST 3 meal and 3 snacks per day........sounds killer. it is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47351_3_meal_and_3_snacks_per_daysounds_killer_it_is My trainer suggested, make that very strongly required, that I eat more frequently. I laughed, I have spend years teaching myself to eat at meal times, and not to graze. He of course insists that I am not eating enough, and not frequently enough. My mantra is/was eat when you are hungry, and only until you are full. But he insists that I need to eat more to loose weight, and that I need to eat more often. Do you know how hard it is to add three snacks to a day that is food full to begin... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:32:00 EST The Book - Intuitive Eating - http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47319_the_book_intuitive_eating_ This book is life changing. It goes the through the process of being an intuitive eater. It brings us back to listening to our bodies, so we can realize what our body needs instead of constantly fighting against it. It also helps with the crazy feeling you get around found after years of going on a diet and then back off a diet. It also emphasizes exercising in a way that is fun for you. Healthy living is not sustainable if it is torture. This book is great in breaking you out of the diet min... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:11:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47310_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_avocados What's New and Beneficial About Avocados<br><br> Many of our WHFoods provide you with carotenoids. These orange-yellow pigments offer you outstanding health benefits—but only if they are absorbed up into your cells. Intake of fat along with carotenoids greatly helps to improve their absorption. However, many of our best foods for obtaining carotenoids—for example, sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens—contain very little fat (less than 1 gram per serving). As a special step for improvi... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:49:00 EST Is it OK to cook with extra-virgin olive oil? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47306_is_it_ok_to_cook_with_extravirgin_olive_oil Is it OK to cook with extra-virgin olive oil?<br><br>Unfortunately, the very short answer to this question turns out to be a very frustrating, "yes and no." While research studies on olive oil cooking show fairly consistent results, it is possible to interpret the study findings as both supportive and non-supportive of olive oil cooking. In this article, we'll take you through the quick basics you need to know when deciding about the olive oil and cooking approach you want to take. At WHFoods... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:49:00 EST Be willing to try new and different foods to find out what you like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47299_be_willing_to_try_new_and_different_foods_to_find_out_what_you_like Be willing to try different foods, for example, try putting Kale in your salad intend of Romaine lettuce. You might find that switching it up helps to keep you stay motivated. Adding different things creates variety so you won't get bored with healthy eating so quickly. Even if something doesn't sound appealing, you might enjoy it and it would be wise to give it a chance. You can always add things to spice your food up or replace items you don't like with another option. You can try new thing... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:58:00 EST Be willing to try new and different foods to find out what you like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47298_be_willing_to_try_new_and_different_foods_to_find_out_what_you_like Be willing to try different foods, for example, try putting Kale in your salad intend of Romaine lettuce. You might find that switching it up helps to keep you stay motivated. Adding different things creates variety so you won't get bored with healthy eating so quickly. Even if something doesn't sound appealing, you might enjoy it and it would be wise to give it a chance. You can always add things to spice your food up or replace items you don't like with another option. You can try new thing... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:57:00 EST Staying The Course While Working A Full Time Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47287_staying_the_course_while_working_a_full_time_job Having a full time job can be enough of an excuse to derail any plan for eating healthy. Most have experienced their clients bring in treats, co-workers ordering or going out, and the temptation of the "ever so convenient" fast food drive-thru joints. To stay on track with eating healthy, my secret is to make a "soup of the week" and a huge garden salad every Sunday. I portion and freeze the soup. So before I leave for work, I grab a soup from the freezer, toss some salad in a container a... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:27:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Flaxseeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47283_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_flaxseeds What's New and Beneficial About Flaxseeds<br><br> Finding creative ways to add flaxseeds to your meals can be a challenge. One popular technique is to incorporate ground flaxseeds into your muffin, cookie, or bread recipes. Recent research studies have shown that ground flax can be added to baked foods without sacrificing large amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), their showcase omega-3 fatty acid that accounts for over half of their total fat content. Oven temperatures of 300F (150C) - ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EST Low Carb High Protein part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47281_low_carb_high_protein_part_2 Healthy proteins<br><br>When embarking on a high protein diet, it is important to obtain your protein from healthy sources. Some high protein diets, most notably the Atkins diet, promote a diet that is high in protein and low in carbs, but also very high in saturated fat. There is no doubt that saturated fat should be limited in our diets as it has been shown to have a variety of negative effects on the body, including increasing the risk of heart disease, raising blood pressure, increasing... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:46:00 EST Powerful Properties of Pomegranates http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47273_powerful_properties_of_pomegranates Powerful Properties of Pomegranates<br><br><br>Swiss scientists recently found an element in pomegranates with promising potential to slow the effects of aging. The breakthrough catapulted pomegranates into superfood status and earned the focus of at least one biotech company eager to take advantage of the data.<br><br>The journal Nature Medicine reported the findings submitted by researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). They discovered that a compound called urolithin ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:03:00 EST Enjoy a Yogurt to Boost Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47270_enjoy_a_yogurt_to_boost_calories Do you have trouble getting enough calories each day? I do. On most days I really struggle to get over the 1,000 calories hump. For awhile, I would add a soda to help reach the goal. But, let's be honest, those are pretty empty calories and I also noticed I felt pretty sluggish once the sugar high wore off.<br><br>So now instead... each day, If I have not reached my calorie goal for that day, I enjoy a flavored yogurt as an evening snack and treat. It's healthy, has a decent amount of calorie... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:49:00 EST The Crimini Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47269_the_crimini_mushrooms Crimini Mushrooms <br> <br>As might be expected from such an unusual food that is technically neither plant nor animal, crimini mushrooms boast an unusual array of phytonutrients that can be difficult to obtain from other foods. These phytonutrients include special typ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:05:00 EST Eat to Live Not Cause You're...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47264_eat_to_live_not_cause_youre Check Sparkpeople articles as I sat here binge eating red vines. I wanted to close the bag and walk away. I closed the bag and turned to Sparkpeople. They seem to help me in my time of crisis. So I looked at 10 minute videos and chose kickbox cardio. Got half way through and the thunder started clapping. I to press pause and let the dog out before the rain started. Success to get my head back into the game of healthy living.<br><br>So Spark says emotions are a common eating trigger. Happy or ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:27:00 EST Low carb high protein diet, part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47263_low_carb_high_protein_diet_part_1 What is considered a healthy high protein diet?<br><br>High protein, low carbohydrate diets are all the rage at the moment, with literally hundreds of different diets promoting this concept. However, there is a huge amount of variation in the amounts of protein, carbs and other foods included from diet to diet, with some recommending high protein meal replacements, others excluding all forms of carbs including fruit and some that recommend certain combinations of carbs and protein. With su... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:26:00 EST Mindful Eating Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47257_mindful_eating_strategy I can't remember how many times I have read the term mindful eating and thought I was doing it. Then I went out to dinner with my sister. What a revelation. She put her fork down between every bite. It seems so easy and yet I found it a real challenge not to just keep shoveling the food. I thought mindful eating was paying attention to the food after it was in my mouth. It never occurred to me that I needed to consider the process of getting the food to my mouth as part of my mindful eat... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:06:00 EST consume foods that have less than 5/6 ingredients http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47250_consume_foods_that_have_less_than_56_ingredients Read labels! If you don't know an ingredient, do not eat it.....<br><br>I try very hard to stick by this rule......and it works! <br><br>Chemicals are not good or should I say "healthy" for the body.<br><br>Natural foods are. Fruits and vegetables. On an average day, I consume at least 5-8 servings of them.......why? Because I know that an apple is just an apple. It has no additives. I make sure that my peanut butter is all natural, too. A banana is just a banana......etc.....<br><br>... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:48:00 EST Can you tell us about the health-promoting, sulfur-containing compounds found in garlic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47248_can_you_tell_us_about_the_healthpromoting_sulfurcontaining_compounds_found_in_garlic Can you tell us about the health-promoting, sulfur-containing compounds found in garlic?<br><br>Whole books have been written about garlic, an herb affectionately called "the stinking rose" in light of its numerous therapeutic benefits. A member of the lily or Allium family, which also includes onions and leeks, garlic is rich in a variety of powerful sulfur-containing compounds including thiosulfinates (of which the best known compound is allicin), sulfoxides (among which the best known comp... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:41:00 EST Super Salad Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47234_super_salad_ideas Before I began living a healthier lifestyle I thought there were only three types of salad, Cesar, Greek, and Garden. I used to buy salad kits, mainly because I didn't have to buy a bunch if different ingredients. <br><br>Store bought salads may be convenient but they don't seem to taste as good as freshly prepared salads and they are somewhat limited in variety. After adopting a healthier diet of whole foods, I found that I already had all the fresh produce I needed to make a salad from scr... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:06:00 EST Add delightful squash to your menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47231_add_delightful_squash_to_your_menu We all know about zucchini, the one vegetable that hides under leaves and emerges the size of a bat, or in the baskets that neighbors beg you to take when their gardens overwhelm them, but there are many other varieties of squash available, all loaded with taste and nutritional value. <br><br>Go for squash with color, the deeper the better. The impressive health benefits of squash are derived from the organic compounds, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that they contain. This list includes a... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:18:00 EST My Healthier Nightly Snack Redo! What are your favorite snacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47225_my_snack_redo_ischocolate_ices_and_matzos_what_is_yours_tell_me_your_favorite_calorie_controlled_snacks Hi fellow Sparkers, <br><br>I can follow my diet plan perfectly while the sun shines and the birdies are singing, but when the moon glows and the ghosties come out, I lose my way - big time!! I get in the most trouble while dieting with all my endless snacking at night. Do you do this, too???? I can eat hundreds of calories in a few hours. Most of the time, I'm watching television and I eat without realizing that I'm chewing at all until I reach the bottom of the box!! I'm always shocked at ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:55:00 EST How do cucumbers promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47220_how_do_cucumbers_promote_antioxidant_and_antiinflammatory_benefits How do cucumbers promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits? <br><br>While cucumbers are a popular salad vegetable, they do not always get the notoriety for supplying many health-promoting benefits that they deserve.Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-caro... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:59:00 EST 25 Cheap Foods That Are Good For You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47214_25_cheap_foods_that_are_good_for_you 25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You!<br>Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough<br><br> By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be666ba3-dc61-4f70-8c4c-8afb5c0f1d5d.jpg"><br>Watching your wallet and your waistline can be tricky. Eating right is easy when money is no object, but a trip to the supermarket often yields frustration for healthy eaters on a budget (which is most of us!). Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are on your list, but... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:19:00 EST DEALING WITH CRAVINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47210_dealing_with_cravings Dealing with Cravings!! They are worse when life gets hectic. Time is a premium. But I have started to plan ahead and anticipate them as I know they will happen. So a good Offense is better than making poor choices and reacting with whatever is on hand and looks appetizing. There are a few food items I make sure I have on hand in my pantry for when carvings hit. I have a variety of different flavoured teas and depending on the mood I'm in I will have a nice cup of tea. When I feel like having... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:37:00 EST Thought about going "vegan"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47209_thought_about_going_vegan I decided to become vegan for a few months to lower my cholesterol without medicines, reverse fatty liver and pancreas, and to no longer eat any processed foods, or foods that were not completely fresh and from an organic garden. It was pretty easy do do with the abundance of markets in our area, but it took getting used to. No more grabbing a bread sample when my husband went to the coffee store, no more handfuls of chips as "samples' at the grocery store, but the more my diet changed, the... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:12:00 EST Bring Mason Jar Salads for Lunch to Get Veggies in and Save $ http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47200_bring_mason_jar_salads_for_lunch_to_get_veggies_in_and_save_ I recently purchased a Mason Jar salad set, and it has transformed my lunchtime! If I ever ate salads before, I was purchasing them from our salad bar here at my work, but now I am getting so many more veggies in, and saving $! I'm loving it!<br><br>You can make these in advance, also, to pre-prep and plan your meals. Typically they will be eaten within 5 days (work week). Depending on the ingredients mason jar salads can last 5-7 days in the refrigerator.<br><br>My container is made of B... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:52:00 EST Healthy choices and green tea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47190_healthy_choices_and_green_tea After getting some bad news after my last blood test.....numbers were way too high. Had a long talk with my doctor who is also a certified nutritionist. She gave me some great advice about getting those numbers down and making better food choices. I needed to loose weight as well. She told me loosing weight is not just about "not eating," its about making healthier choices. Well, its been 7 weeks and I've lost 16 lbs! I drink 6 glasses of water a day.....and 2 cups of green tea. (I've rep... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:44:00 EST Cruciferous vegetables are your best friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47186_cruciferous_vegetables_are_your_best_friends Cruciferous vegetables hold a lofty ranking in the nutrition world. A cruciferous vegetable is a member of the cabbage family that gets its name from the plant’s four-petaled flowers that resemble a cross, or crucifer. Some of the most commonly eaten cruciferous veggies include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, radish, rutabaga and turnip.<br><br>One reason cruciferous veggies are such nutrition superstars is the sulfur-containing compo... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:06:00 EST How do walnuts promote cardiovascular health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47185_how_do_walnuts_promote_cardiovascular_health How do walnuts promote cardiovascular health?<br><br>No aspect of walnuts has been better evaluated in the research than their benefits for the heart and circulatory system. Some review studies have emphasized the very favorable impact of walnuts on "vascular reactivity," namely, the ability of our blood vessels to respond to various stimuli in a healthy manner. In order to respond to different stimuli in a healthy way, many aspects of our cardiovascular system must be functioning optimally. ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:02:00 EST Chew and Enjoy Every Bite http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47181_chew_and_enjoy_every_bite I had my gallbladder taking out at the age of 27. I didn't think I had a problem with eating but apparently I did. The cost of that procedure was like about $30,000. Now I never had problems with heartburn but with my second pregnancy it seem like it hit me and extremely hard. After that I had a series of attacks. Nights that were sleepless and days where I couldn't even go to work. In retrospect a trip to the doctor for more than just medication would've shown I was in serious trouble. <br><... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:20:00 EST Mind Over Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47173_mind_over_matter Mind over matter is #1. This is so simple and something I'm trying to do more.<br><br>When I lost 70 pounds the biggest thing that helped me fight the terrible cravings is telling myself I CAN'T have something. Not I shouldn't, or maybe just one, but I CAN'T have it, its not an option.<br><br>I'm now vegan (for moral reasons), and its been so long now, that any non-vegan food doesn't even register as food. Yes that pizza looks good, but thats not something I eat so I'm not even tempted. Its l... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:59:00 EST 8 Nutrient-Dense Pantry Staples That Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47165_8_nutrientdense_pantry_staples_that_last Having ready-to-use pantry staples on hand is a real lifesaver when it comes to making last-minute (or planned ahead) meals and snacks. Many health foods have tons of options available, making it overwhelming to make choices. On top of that, so many healthy options are costly and spoil rapidly. That’s why I put together a list of my favorite, long-lasting foods. These eight pantry staples won’t spoil quickly — use them to make healthy and delicious items easily for you, your friends and your ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:13:00 EST What Are Avocados Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47155_what_are_avocados_good_for What Are Avocados Good For?<br><br><br>Avocado Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Spanish conquistadors had their own historian, Oviedo, who reported positively about avocados discovered in Mexico around 1519. But this interesting fruit has graced Central and South America for perhaps 10,000 years, according to the avocado-inspired drawings and artifacts found in early Aztec settlements.<br><br>A judge from Santa Barbara took the first Mexican avocado trees to California in 1871. California now grows... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:37:00 EST Healthy Kitchen Utensils http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47154_healthy_kitchen_utensils How can a utensil be healthy? Of course, it can't; but there are a number of them which can be used to create healthier meals.<br><br>The first that comes to mind is a steamer. These come in different forms. The one I have is the old-fashioned expandable metal one that opens like a flower and adjusts itself to the size of your pan. Put a little water to boil below it and you have a healthy way to cook vegetables without losing the nutrients into the water and allowing them to keep their v... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:15:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Cantaloupe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47150_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_cantaloupe What's New and Beneficial About Cantaloupe<br><br>Because the flesh of the cantaloupe is often pastel-like in color (compared to the more vibrant color of fruits like oranges), we sometimes forget how important cantaloupe can be as a fruit source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). Researchers have recently measured the carotenoid contents of six different California-grown cantaloupe hybrids and discovered that their beta-carotene content can reach levels as high as 3,138 micrograms (p... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 02:45:00 EST Specially Fermented Vegetables and Fennel are More Effective Than Calcium to Prevent Bone Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47132_specially_fermented_vegetables_and_fennel_are_more_effective_than_calcium_to_prevent_bone_loss Specially Fermented Vegetables and Fennel are More Effective Than Calcium to Prevent Bone Loss<br><br><br>In most people, sometime during yours 30s your bone mass will start to gradually decline (there are steps you can take to slow, or stop, this from occurring, which I'll discuss below).<br><br>For women, that bone loss speeds up significantly during the first 10 years after menopause, which is the period when osteoporosis often develops.<br><br>Many are under the mistaken impression that a... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:52:00 EST What would you recommend for someone who has trouble getting excited about vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47124_what_would_you_recommend_for_someone_who_has_trouble_getting_excited_about_vegetables What would you recommend for someone who has trouble getting excited about vegetables?<br><br>It's no wonder that so many people get tired of hearing about vegetables. We're constantly being told to "eat our veggies" by nutritionists, magazine articles, and diet books. In fact, we're often given the green light to eat unlimited amounts of vegetables. Eating health-promoting vegetables has become "old news."<br><br>At WHFoods, we have always been confident that the taste of carefully prepared ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 01:19:00 EST Make your junk food at home and have control of exactly what you're eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47115_make_your_junk_food_at_home_and_have_control_of_exactly_what_youre_eating I love junk food as much as the next person but all the extra stuff they add during processing is When you make the things you are craving at home, YOU have control over exactly what you are putting in your body! When I have a hankering for chips and dip, I chop up a corn tortilla or two and throw them in the oven. In less time than it would take to run to the store, my chips are ready. I get to control whether or not I want to add oil or salt and exactly how much I want to add. Pair them wit... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:16:00 EST 7 Factors to Consider if You’re Told Your Cholesterol Is Too High http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47114_7_factors_to_consider_if_youre_told_your_cholesterol_is_too_high 7 Factors to Consider if You’re Told Your Cholesterol Is Too High<br><br>When I first opened my medical practice in the mid-80s, cholesterol, and the fear of having too high a level was rarely discussed unless your cholesterol level was over 330 or so.<br><br>Over the years, however, cholesterol became a household word for something you must keep as low as possible, or suffer the consequences. Today, dietary fat and cholesterol are typically still portrayed as the worst foods you can consume.... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:42:00 EST How to Grow Your Own Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47109_how_to_grow_your_own_herbs How to Grow Your Own Herbs for Cooking<br>Sprout Spices and Seasonings in Your Own Backyard!<br><br> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0153810b-e3c6-49d5-b6b6-451ddacea2cf.jpg"><br>The next time a recipe calls for fresh basil, skip the poor substitute of dried basil, forgo the last-minute dash to the supermarket for some overpriced wilted basil, and just pluck a few tender leaves off of the basil plant you have growing in your very own herb g... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:45:00 EST How do garbanzo beans help promote cardiovascular health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47106_how_do_garbanzo_beans_help_promote_cardiovascular_health How do garbanzo beans help promote cardiovascular health? <br><br>While epidemiologic studies don't always single out garbanzo beans from other beans when determining their relationship to cardiovascular disease, garbanzo beans are almost always included in the list of legumes studied when heart disease is the focus of diet research. Large-scale epidemiologic studies give us a great... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:26:00 EST Avoiding late night eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47096_avoiding_late_night_eating 1. Log all food for the day on the tracker early in the day, print it out, then stick to it so you don't have to re-do the plan. <em>224</em> <br>2. After eating the last planned meal or snack for the day, brush teeth, floss, use mouthwash or water pik with mouthwash in it, whiten teeth if needed. A pristine mouth does not invite junk food! <em>526</em> <br>3. That's it. A minimum of 1700 words????????<br>3. That's it. A minimum of 1700 words????????<br>3. That's it. A minimum of 1700 w... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:16:00 EST How does eating a whole apple compare to eating more processed forms of apples? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47089_how_does_eating_a_whole_apple_compare_to_eating_more_processed_forms_of_apples How does eating a whole apple compare to eating more processed forms of apples?<br> <br>The whole food form of apples is also important if you want full satisfaction from eating them. Researchers have recently compared intake of whole apples to intake of applesauce and apple juice, only to discover that people report less hunger (and better satiety, or food satisfaction) after eating whole apples than af... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:32:00 EST Make it worth it- the art of Frozen Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47087_make_it_worth_it_the_art_of_frozen_yogurt Okay, so this may sound rediculous, but as a former weightlifter and now a runner\cardio goer, I have to get my protein. And to be honest, some days it's not easy.<br>It was just yesterday that I was sitting on our couch staring into the face of my "favorite" protein shake, trying to convince myself that my worn muscles needed it and that this was the one time that I could really "indulge" in my calories. But by the time I got 8 oz down, I got REALLY tired of it. 300 calories more, and to be ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:53:00 EST How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47075_how_to_read_a_nutrition_facts_label How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label<br>Solving the Ninth Mystery of the World<br><br> By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/205c8e5f-e61b-4178-98bd-16a0e9ec5230.jpg"><br>What do you look for when you’re checking out the nutrition facts on that macaroni and cheese box? Whether you’re one to zoom in on total calories or total carbs, you might be missing the real picture. Nutrition facts should be a part of your decision in what to eat or even what ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:54:00 EST Foods to avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47074_foods_to_avoid There is a lot of confusion out there about which foods are healthy, and which are not. If you want to lose weight and avoid chronic disease, then you shouldn’t eat much of these foods. In many cases, the best choice is to avoid them completely.<br> 1. Sugar. Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. However, some sources of sugar are worse than others, and sugary drinks are the absolute worst. When people drink sugar calories, the brain doesn’t “register” them as fo... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:55:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Crimini Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47073_crimini_mushrooms_whats_new_and_beneficial_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_crimini_mushrooms_you_can_definitely_make_a_difference_in_the_health_benefits_you_get_from_mushrooms_by_being_extra_careful_wi What's New and Beneficial About Crimini Mushrooms<br><br> You can definitely make a difference in the health benefits you get from mushrooms by being extra careful with the temperature at which you store them. A recent study looked at color and texture changes in mushrooms over a 6-8 day period, including color changes that were associated with the mushrooms' phytonutrient content (discoloration was related to a reduction in these important nutrients). As temperatures moved closer and clos... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 02:00:00 EST Paying attention when shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47053_paying_attention_when_shopping Its a HUGE help to have a list with you,,,, and ONLY pick up whats on that list. One way I do this to be running late, or very tired when i go shopping. I KNOW many over buy when doing this, and I WOULD TO if I didn't have my list.<br><br>Being tired or running late I give myself X minutes to get In and OUT ! Knowing I have to wait at the check out usually. Our store if a family store,,, many of us have shopped here for decades (OH MY ! My AGE is showing !). Our end of the city has 3 grocer... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 02:47:00 EST How does eggplant promote cardiovascular health and free radical protection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47052_how_does_eggplant_promote_cardiovascular_health_and_free_radical_protection How does eggplant promote cardiovascular health and free radical protection? <br><br>When laboratory animals with high cholesterol were given eggplant juice, their blood cholesterol, the cholesterol in their artery walls and the cholesterol in their aortas (the aorta is the artery that returns blood from the heart back into circulation into the body) was significantly reduced, while the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, improving bloo... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:47:00 EST Don't over think it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47048_dont_over_think_it Food is a huge part of life. I feel as though every other commercial has to do with either food or weight loss. Every time you go to a family gathering food is served. It is a constant part of your life. Food is all around us and is something that is in constant need of addressing in our life. How often do you sit at work and wonder what you are going to make for dinner?...Or how long will this take to eat?...Do your plans revolve around food? Before you go on a trip do you look at rest... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:02:00 EST What is respiration rate and how does it affect the storage of asparagus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47029_what_is_respiration_rate_and_how_does_it_affect_the_storage_of_asparagus What is respiration rate and how does it affect the storage of asparagus? <br> <br>Recent research has underscored the value of careful storage and speedy consumption of fresh asparagus. The key scientific finding here involves respiration rate. Like all vegetables, asparagus doesn't instantly "die" when it is picked, but instead, continues to engage in metabolic activ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:17:00 EST Carbonating The World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47027_carbonating_the_world Echoing Bozer was Ahmed Nazmy, head of marketing for coca-Cola's Egypt franchise, who said, "We have young generations who can consume any kind of food and beverage, {they're} not caring about their health yet."<br><br>So, sure, take advantage of people around the world by marshaling teams of sophisticated ad creators, digital marketers, and psychologists to design the most seductive marketing strategy possible to persuade teens and others to drink beverages that increase their risks of dead... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:06:00 EST Bacon or Bust; Should You Skip Breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47010_bacon_or_bust_should_you_skip_breakfast <br>Bacon or Bust: Should You Skip Breakfast?<br> <br>By: Melissa Rudy, SparkPeople Blogger <br>7/11/2016 12:00 AM7/11/2016 12:00 AM: <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06c51c1e-8a9a-426f-902d-f784b78d0429.png"><br>Rise and shine, or rise and dine? For decades, eating breakfast on the daily has been heralded as the cornerstone of a healthy diet, with countless studies linking morning meals to everything from better academic performance to more efficient glucose metabolism to... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:12:00 EST How consistent does my diet have to be in order for me to stay healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47005_how_consistent_does_my_diet_have_to_be_in_order_for_me_to_stay_healthy How consistent does my diet have to be in order for me to stay healthy?<br><br>There are several different ways of being consistent with your meal plan. And it turns out that all of them can make an important contribution to your health. While many people are not familiar with diet studies in this area, we think that you will find the research results to be both interesting and helpful.<br><br>A first way to be consistent with your diet involves the timing of your meals and snacks. Consistent... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:52:00 EST Carbonating The World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47002_carbonating_the_world Whenever I travel over-seas, I am amazed by---and aghast at---the ubiquity of the Coca-Cola logo. It's on billboards, restaurant awnings, soda coolers, vending machines, and, of course, in grocery stores.<br><br>That's not a surprise, considering that Coke has been marketing its drinks in foreign lands for almost a century. But because per-capita consumption of Coca-Cola has plummeted by more than 33 percent since 1998 in the United States and is sliding in Europe, the company is doubling d... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:56:00 EST A "Serving" of ice cream? HOW???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47001_a_serving_of_ice_cream_how We ALL LOVE IT !! Few can RESIST it !! Plus its SUMMER ! So aren't we allowed? I KNOW ! I KNOW !! <br><br>With SPARKS it's NOT a "diet", but rather it's a lifestyle change. Being such,,,, means we DO NOT have to GO WITHOUT !!!<br><br>There are MANY places which sell ice cream. If we hit a local/chain ice cream store we can stick to one serving ! I am very fortunate in that where I live up the street, a 10 minute walk is a small neighborhood dairy freeze. They have WOW COW, and DOLEWHI... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:09:00 EST Rattle the Post and Pans Clean it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46997_rattle_the_post_and_pans_clean_it_up What should you do if you want to eat healthier.. but you don't have the time to cook and your lack of energy causes you to cave in to junk food.. Stop right there.. First rule of eating health and loosing weight is get rid of all of the junk food.. Be nice don't throw it away give it to a food bank or Church and it will be used.. Next things if you are just too pooped to cook.. I found away to keep up with Going back to College juggle three kids and work a job.. It is called a Crock Pot... Y... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:31:00 EST Yogurt for protein and healthy substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46991_yogurt_for_protein_and_healthy_substitute I've had great success over the past 10 years using plain yogurt for meals and dessert.<br><br>I started by making my own yogurt "cheese" by straining it through one of those permanent coffee filters. Now I also use cheesecloth. <br><br>I used yogurt "cheese" just like cream cheese to make cheesecake then, sweetened with honey, coating the outside edges with ground psylium husks rather than graham crumbs, to add healthy fiber. I haven't had any trouble baking it for a better dessert, and I le... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:18:00 EST Add protein powder to breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46987_add_protein_powder_to_breakfast I add about 15 grams of New Zealand whey protein powder to my breakfast of yogurt, fruit and nuts almost every day. Many people would make a smoothie. I simply stir the power into my yogurt well rather than make more dishes by getting out the blender. Simplicity is key for me. I also believe that by eating the fruit and nuts whole it feels more satisfying than a drink.<br><br>Many health related sites support this approach but usually recommend a shake.<br>http://www.livestrong.com/articl<BR>... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:59:00 EST How our diet has changed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46982_how_our_diet_has_changed A poor diet, one consisting of processed , nutrient-deprived foods, is a major contributor, if not the leading contributor, to the rise in chronic disease and death in the US. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc, are the end result of eating a diet of processed foods, sugar, dairy, and refined grains.<br>Foods consumed years ago were unprocessed and many were eaten raw. Now grains are milled with nutrients removed, sugar has been added to many food to make them more pa... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:19:00 EST Does quinoa provide heart healthy fats to your diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46978_does_quinoa_provide_heart_healthy_fats_to_your_diet Does quinoa provide heart healthy fats to your diet? <br><br>n comparison to cereal grasses like wheat, quinoa is higher in fat content and can provide valuable amounts of heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat (in the form of oleic acid). Quinoa can also provide small amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). <br> ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:47:00 EST Don't Diet, make healthier choices instead http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46961_dont_diet_make_healthier_choices_instead I had to stop "dieting" and start eating healthier by making healthier choices. This was successful for me for a while and then I backslid to old habits. Now I'm getting back on track. I admit it's a daily challenge because I'm a stress eater but I have to stop myself when I want those crunchy salty foods and ask myself, do I really need that or is there something healthier I can reach for. Reaching for the healthier choice can make a world of difference in my journey to getting me health... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:05:00 EST Go Vegan for health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46960_go_vegan_for_health Our bodies can become ill just from the foods we eat; too many additives, chemicals, words on the labels we cannot even pronounce, least of all understand without an organic chemistry background. I had liver problems that progressed into pancreatic problems so after a great deal of research I looked into going Vegan. No animal products at all!<br>So let’s start first with the most important piece of advice I can possibly offer: going vegan is not about cutting meat, milk, and eggs out of yo... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 06:29:00 EST Foods That Help to Protect Against Sun Damage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46954_foods_that_help_to_protect_against_sun_damage It’s summertime, and I don’t know about you, but I love to get some sun. But with the rate of skin cancer out there, I usually spending most of my time in the shade, covered with sunblock. But then there’s the conversation about sunblocks and how some are better than others—so what to do? What if I told you that the food you’re eating can also help to protect your skin from sun damage? Yep, that’s right: What you put in your mouth can also influence how your body fights damage from the sun. A... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:51:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46934_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br>healthy fruits<br>Story at-a-glance -<br><br> Green (unripened) banana, papaya and mango contain higher amounts of digestive-resistant starch than ripe ones, which is important for optimal gut health. Sample recipes are included<br> Unripe banana is composed of as much as 80 percent starch, most of which is digestive-resistant starch. As the banana ripens, the starch gets converted into sugars<br> Unripe Langra ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:23:00 EST Smoothie for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46929_smoothie_for_breakfast Most mornings, I make myself a veggie smoothie for breakfast. I put it in a travel cup and drink it during my daily commute to work. It feels great to start my day off with something that is healthy and tasty, and it kills my cravings for sugar for the morning.<br><br>My main ingredients, serves 3.<br>Firm Tofu, 1/2 block or protein powder<br>1 frozen apple<br>1/2 frozen banana<br>Handfuls of spinach or kale (can also be frozen)<br>2 carrots<br>1 rib of celery<br>frozen blueberries, mango, pi... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:36:00 EST Strategically Placed Minimal Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46928_strategically_placed_minimal_meals I try to keep my calories under 1200/day. To do this, I was told that this gives me about 300 calories per meal with a chance for some small snacks interspersed throughout my day. However, I don't use the plan that spreads out my caloric intake equally across my busy day. <br>For breakfast, I typically have around 300 calories with boiled eggs, lite yogurt, oatmeal, or fruit. This helps to start my day off with fiber, protein, and some healthy carbs to jumpstart my metabolism and energize my ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:36:00 EST Shakeology Every Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46919_shakeology_every_day This is MY healthiest meal of the day packed with all kinds of goodness! I crave it when I miss a day!<br><br>I struggled to get healthy foods in a day. I had cravings. I sometimes had issues with regularity. My energy wasn't the greatest. Since I incorporated this into my daily routine - I feel so much better! <br>It eliminates cravings. It tastes amazing and there are so many incredible recipes you can make with it - so if I feel I need to change it up, I'll make a Shakeology treat.<br><br>... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:48:00 EST Hungry all the time? These eight blunders could be to blame. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46917_hungry_all_the_time_these_eight_blunders_could_be_to_blame <br>Hungry all the time? These eight blunders could be to blame<br>LESLIE BECK<br>Special to The Globe and Mail<br>Published Sunday, Jul. 03, 2016 8:00AM EDT<br>Last updated Monday, Jul. 04, 2016 2:52PM <br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b95c50d-c60b-4eb8-a045-56205b958ed0.jpg"><br><br>Feeling hungry isn’t a bad thing. It’s your body’s way of telling you it needs fuel to function. But if you feel famished all the time – even after finishing a meal – easily remedied mis... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 07:56:00 EST Is It Is miso a good source of health-promoting antioxidants? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46914_is_it_is_miso_a_good_source_of_healthpromoting_antioxidants Is miso a good source of health-promoting antioxidants?<br> <br>The list of research-documented antioxidants in miso is growing! In addition to conventional antioxidants like the minerals zinc and manganese, miso is now known to contain phytonutrient antioxidants including phenolic acids li... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 01:52:00 EST Just say "no" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46906_just_say_no When your tummy is rumbling, and you feel like you need something to eat. What do you choose? You hear this voice in your head telling you you want something sweet like ice cream, candy bar, and ect. Or you feel like something salty like chips, french fries, and ect. Or you may feel like something sour like sour straws, war head, and ect. Whatever the case may be; you must tell your mind "no". You need to remember that those kinds of food are not healthy and could kill you. Instead try to fin... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 19:17:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46898_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br><br>Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? If not, your health may suffer in more ways than one. A common sign your diet is lacking in fiber is constipation and irregular bowel movements, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.<br><br>Fiber-rich foods like vegetables promote optimal gut health by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. Certain fruits are also high in fiber, including underripe bananas, papayas and... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:30:00 EST Here's Why Macronutrients Are a Big Deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46889_heres_why_macronutrients_are_a_big_deal Here’s Why Macronutrients Are a Big Deal<br>Are You Getting Enough Carbs, Fats & Proteins?<br><br> By Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e45f4f0d-a10c-4cbf-847a-9953ab13e5f8.png"><br>There's a lot of buzz about macronutrients in the health and fitness world—but how much do you really know about them? It's a given that all nutrients are essential to any healthy diet, but are some more important than others? And how many are there, any... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:16:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Watermelon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46882_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_watermelon <br>What's New and Beneficial About Watermelon<br><br> Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that's especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well. Among whole, fresh fruits that are commonly eaten in the U.S., watermelon now accounts for more U.S. intake of lyco... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 23:35:00 EST What Do Heart Experts Eat For Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46881_what_do_heart_experts_eat_for_dinner Dr. Francine Welty, Associate Professor of Medicine:<br><br>I make pizza from scratch, using tomato sauce with no added salt, mushrooms, and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Finally, my family enjoys fruit pies for dessert. For an easy, heart-healthy homemade crust, I mix flour, canola oil, and skim milk and press it into the pie pan. Growing up, we used all types of home-grown fruit for the filling---strawberries, black raspberries, peaches, and rhubarb."<br><br>Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, Professor o... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:09:00 EST 7 Surprisingly Slimming Summer Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46871_7_surprisingly_slimming_summer_foods 7 Surprisingly Slimming Summer Foods<br>Delicious, Nutritious & Diet-friendly Seasonal Choices<br><br> By Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6595a6a-c825-4316-8c71-71ea2050f3bd.png"><br>Between backyard barbeques, beach picnics and the never-ending parade of wedding and grad party buffets, summer may seem like a huge seasonal pitfall for someone who's trying to eat healthy and/or lose weight. But the good news is, your goals don... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:31:00 EST What are the health benefits of kale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46862_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_kale What are the health benefits of kale ?<br><br>While not as well researched as some of its fellow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, kale is a food that you can count on for some unsurpassed health benefits, if for no other reason than its exceptional nutrient richness. In our own website food rating system, kale scored 4 "excellents," 6 "very goods," and 10 "goods"—for a total of 20 standout categories of nutrient richness! That achievement is difficult for most foods to match.<... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:32:00 EST What Do Heart Experts Eat For Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46859_what_do_heart_experts_eat_for_dinner They follow their own advice to enjoy lots of vegetables, legumes, lean protein, and a fruit-based dessert.<br><br>Following a healthy diet is a proven and powerful way to lower your risk of heart disease. But do you ever wonder if doctors actually practice what they preach, especially with regard to their eating habits? While we obviously can't speak for all of them, four Harvard physicians with diverse ethnic backgrounds agreed to share examples of their favorite heart-healthy dinner menu... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:19:00 EST Use 12 oz leak-proof foam bowls for portion control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46858_use_12_oz_leakproof_foam_bowls_for_portion_control There are so many accessories for sale, that are supposed to help us with healthy portion control.<br><br><br>1) The divided plates<br><br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccad0d4a-d1c3-4a25-afff-d9038c3bff15.jpg"><br><br><br>I tried the divided plates with separate food group areas, but I did not like them. I prefer my separate foods to touch and share their flavors. I do not mix them, but either leave them side by side or the dryer food (potatoes, pasta or rice) on... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EST Japanese breakfast to start the day right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46841_japanese_breakfast_to_start_the_day_right Do you ever find your energy ebbing mid-morning? Or do you feel too hungry to stick to your healthy eating pan? Well, getting the right balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrate first thing in the morning helps to start the day right. What's more, with a delicious Japanese breakfast, you will have a feeling of appetite satisfaction that will carry you through the morning until lunchtime!<br>Most people hear the words "Japanese food" and think of sushi, but there's much more to the Japanese di... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 22:25:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46839_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_corn What's New and Beneficial about Corn<br><br> You can get health-supportive antioxidant benefits from all varieties of corn, including white, yellow, blue, purple and red corn. But recent research has shown the antioxidant benefits from different varieties of corn actually come from different combinations of phytonutrients. In the case of yellow corn, it's the antioxidant carotenoids leading the way, with especially high concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin. In the case of blue corn, it'... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:54:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46834_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br><br>Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? If not, your health may suffer in more ways than one. A common sign your diet is lacking in fiber is constipation and irregular bowel movements, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.<br><br>Fiber-rich foods like vegetables promote optimal gut health by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. Certain fruits are also high in fiber, including underripe bananas, papayas and... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:11:00 EST Raw vs Cooked Foods, Making Raw Foods More Digestible http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46825_raw_vs_cooked_foodsmaking_raw_foods_more_digestible Raw vs Cooked Foods—Making Raw Foods More Digestible<br><br>As mentioned earlier, there are some important exceptions to the generalized conclusion about raw versus cooked food and digestion—that the overall risk of compromised digestion can be greater for raw versus cooked foods when thorough chewing is difficult to achieve or simply not achieved because of an "eating on the run" lifestyle.<br><br>First, it is possible to prepare raw foods in such a way that they become partially "pre-digest... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 01:35:00 EST Food Preparation Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46822_food_preparation_done On Sundays, I like to get all the vegetables and fruits ready to be washed, cut up, and put into the containers, ready for the week. <br><br>I also will cook in batches and freeze my meals for the week. I have a small refrigerator and freezer, so space is limited.<br><br>I try to do my grocery shopping on Sundays, with my grocery list and coupons. After we get everything put away, it makes it easier to start the meals for the week, and get the fruits and vegetables washed and cut up.<br><br>... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 19:35:00 EST Tis the Season For Summer Traveling.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46820_tis_the_season_for_summer_traveling Tis the Season for Summer Traveling. Just a small tip to help you stay on track.<br><br>A vacation is a time to unwind, to celebrate, to rejuvenate, to see new places and try new things. But it can also make you very uneasy about eating <br><br>Eating a healthy diet when you're traveling isn't easy - especially if you're going for a long car ride. If you are in a location where the choices are limited to chain restaurants, your options start looking a little scary.Typical road trip fare inc... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 18:34:00 EST Drink More Green Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46817_drink_more_green_tea Drink More Green Tea<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2bd2575-4ef4-4676-a25a-98884fe9c413.jpg"><br><br>Green tea and black tea both come from the same plant called Camellia sinensis. Black tea is made when the leaves are allowed to ferment. Green tea leaves are steamed or heated immediately after picking to prevent fermentation. Since they're harvested and processed more quickly, they contain more of the polyphenols than black tea leaves.<br><br>Both types of tea conta... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:47:00 EST The Secret Diet for Great Physical Health (Even in Old Age) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46813_the_secret_diet_for_great_physical_health_even_in_old_age The Secret Diet for Great Physical Health (Even in Old Age)<br><br><br>Hispanics in the U.S., live on average over two years longer than whites, and over seven years longer than blacks.<br><br>A recent government report contains the strongest evidence yet of what some call the "Hispanic paradox" -- remarkable longevity in a population with many poor and undereducated members. One theory holds that Hispanics who immigrate to the U.S. tend to be among the healthiest from their countries.<br><br... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:26:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Pears http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46804_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_pears What's New and Beneficial About Pears<br><br> For nutritional reasons, we're often advised to consume the skins of fruits. However, it's less often that research provides strong evidence in support of this advice. Recent studies have shown that the skin of pears contains at least three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh. These phytonutrients include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. The skin of... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 18:31:00 EST Can salads be a good source of nutrients? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46789_can_salads_be_a_good_source_of_nutrients Can salads be a good source of nutrients?<br><br>While according to Gertrude Stein "a rose is a rose is a rose", at the World's Healthiest Foods, we could not say that the same thing goes for salads since "a salad is not a salad is not a salad". That is because to many people salads are thought of as more of an accompaniment or afterthought for a meal. Additionally, they oftentimes don't feature foods that are nutrient rich. But, salads can be thought of as meals, as dishes where you combine ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 23:23:00 EST Measuring is Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46783_measuring_is_everything I walk around thinking I'm eating healthy and blaming my age/metabolism/the weather/whatever else I can think of for not losing weight.<br><br>Seriously. I've got 2 Masters Degrees (not they mean anything), and a lot of biology and chemistry background. Who did I think I was kidding? Realistically, I was lying to myself and unfortunately my friends and even my doctor got the brunt of this.<br><br>A fairly new friend started using Spark People (at my suggestion) and she logs what she eats. ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 16:35:00 EST 18 Recipes for the Ultimate Vegan-Friendly 4th of July Cookout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46770_18_recipes_for_the_ultimate_veganfriendly_4th_of_july_cookout 18 Recipes for the Ultimate Vegan-Friendly 4th of July Cookout<br><br><br>BBQ Grill and glowing coals. You can see more BBQ, grilled food, fire<br><br><br><br><br>It’s no secret that options at a non-vegan cookout are often limited. The host may throw a freezer-burned Boca burger leftover from the last cookout you attended on the grill — and that’s if you’re lucky.<br><br><br><br>In preparation for this year’s holiday weekend, I reached out to my fellow No Meat Athlete team members, Matt, Sus... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:19:00 EST How good is coconut? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46766_how_good_is_coconut You see coconut everywhere you go, in healthfood stores, at the drugstore, and at the pharmacy, but how good is coconut for us? <br> There has been a lot of information about Laurie acid, which is said to have cholesterol lowering effects and boosts to the immune system. Coconut byproducts are all high in saturated fats which raise cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. Coconut is nutritious and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It's lactose free so good for vegans a... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:16:00 EST U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46760_us_soda_consumption_falls_to_30year_low U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low<br><br><br>If you have recently cut back on soda or eliminated it from your diet entirely, congratulations! You deserve to be proud. Sales of carbonated soft drinks have dropped for the 11th consecutive year in the U.S. This is great news!<br><br>The message is spreading that soda is a health disaster, and increasing numbers of Americans are ditching it in favor of their health. This is one more example that we're winning the war against the junk foo... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:17:00 EST Bell Peppers: description and history http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46755_bell_peppers_description_and_history Bell Peppers: description and history<br><br>Bell peppers belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, along with chili pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes (except sweet potatoes and yams). Their scientific name is Capsicum annuum. This scientific name, however, is used to refer not only to bell peppers, but also to wax peppers, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeno peppers.<br><br>While we are most accustomed to seeing green bell peppers in the supermark... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:56:00 EST I Ate the Hot Dog..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46750_i_ate_the_hot_dog Well I can't say that eating a hot dog is eating healthy or is it?! Well it all depends on if the meat is Kosher or not. So I say to you if you eat something that is not in your daily nutritional value that is not even healthy for you then join my ranks.<br><br>I don't believe in nutrition that would deprive me of eating whatever I wanted to eat. Do you believe in that? Then you are setting yourself for failure. If you are striving for being healthy it is not just for the 3-6-9-12 months that... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:15:00 EST Sticking to the plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46749_sticking_to_the_plan I recently decided that I needed to get back on track and am down 10lbs so far. This is not a huge reward for me but I am happy that I am making progress. This past weekend we went out of town to visit some friends with a lot of eating out. Naturally this can make my plan very difficult especially while watching everyone stuff their faces with cookies, chips, pizza and fried foods!<br><br>But, to my amazement I stuck to the plan. I rejected all of the bad and stuck with fruits, veggies and sa... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:07:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Bell Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46741_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_bell_peppers What's New and Beneficial about Bell Peppers<br><br> Bell pepper is not only an excellent source of carotenoids, but also a source of over 30 different members of the carotenoid nutrient family. A recent study from Spain took a close look vitamin C, vitamin E, and six of these carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin) in all commonly eaten foods and found that only two vegetables contained at least two-thirds of all the listed nutrients. On... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:25:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46733_what_happens_to_your_body_when_you_eat_too_much_sugar What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar?<br><br>You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You bake it into pastries, cakes, and cookies. You even sprinkle it all over your breakfast cereal or your oatmeal for added "flavor."<br><br>But that's not all. It's also hidden in some beloved "treats" that people consume on a daily basis, such as sodas, fruit juices, candies, and ice cream. It also lurks in almost all processed foods, including breads, meats, and even your favorit... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:12:00 EST The Calorie Density Approach to Nutrition and Lifelong Weight Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46729_the_calorie_density_approach_to_nutrition_and_lifelong_weight_management The Calorie Density Approach to Nutrition and Lifelong Weight Management<br><br><br>Calorie density is the simplest approach to healthful eating and lifelong weight management. This common sense approach to sound nutrition allows for lifelong weight management without hunger; more food for fewer calories, and is easy to understand and follow. In addition, by following the principles of calorie density, you will also increase the overall nutrient density of your diet. The basic principles of c... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:48:00 EST What Is Ugli Fruit Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46719_what_is_ugli_fruit_good_for What Is Ugli Fruit Good For?<br><br><br>Ugli Fruit Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>While it isn’t really the ugliest fruit in the world, the ugli fruit does have a rather lackluster appearance, with thick, yellow-green skin so loose and leathery that it practically rolls out when you begin pulling it off. But don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you, because this mottled green citrus is truly delectable.<br><br>A tangelo variant, the ugli fruit’s taste is reminiscent of other citrus fruits, beca... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:14:00 EST What Is Wasabi Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46717_what_is_wasabi_good_for What Is Wasabi Good For?<br><br><br>Wasabi Nutrition Facts<br><br>It’s the kick that fans of Japanese cuisine crave– the taste of wasabi, consumed fresh in green paste form for sushi or mixed as powder in everyday treats. A member of the Brassicaceae family (which includes cabbage, horseradish, and mustard), wasabi is also known as Japanese horseradish. Note, however, that horseradish is a different plant, although it is often used as a substitute for wasabi.<br><br>In Japan, where the earlie... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:33:00 EST What are the health benefits derived from enjoying grapes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46710_what_are_the_health_benefits_derived_from_enjoying_grapes What are the health benefits derived from enjoying grapes?<br><br>Few fruits have garnered as much attention in the health research literature as grapes. Part of the reason may be their widespread presence in diets worldwide. With the exception of Antarctica, grapes are cultivated on all of the earth's continents, and researchers from many different countries have been especially interested in this food. But an even greater part of the reason involves the amazing nutrient composition of grape... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:33:00 EST What Is Zucchini Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46704_what_is_zucchini_good_for What Is Zucchini Good For?<br><br><br>Zucchini Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>For many people, summertime is simply incomplete without serving a delicious array of scrumptious green vegetables. But here’s an idea: why not take a break from the usual leafy green salads, and dig into a plateful of succulent zucchini instead?<br><br>A member of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), zucchini is an easy-to-grow summer squash native to Central America and Mexico. It was brought to the United States by Ita... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:43:00 EST What Are Yams Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46703_what_are_yams_good_for What Are Yams Good For?<br><br><br>Yam Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>While yams appear very similar to sweet potatoes, they're quite different. In fact, they're not even related. Yams belong to the Dioscoreae or morning glory family, while sweet potatoes are from the genus Convolvulaceae. Yams (from the African word "nyami," meaning "to eat") have only one embryonic seed leaf, while sweet potatoes have two.<br><br>Yams are grown throughout Africa, but Nigeria is the world’s most prolific produce... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:51:00 EST What are some of the health benefits provided by bok choy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46698_what_are_some_of_the_health_benefits_provided_by_bok_choy What are some of the health benefits provided by bok choy?<br><br>Antioxidant Benefits<br><br>As an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), and manganese, and a good source of zinc, bok choy provides us with a concentration of these core conventional antioxidants. Yet, its antioxidant support extends beyond these conventional antioxidants to a wide range of other phytonutrient antioxidants. These phytonutrients include flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol, and ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:36:00 EST How to avoid the lure of junk food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46692_how_to_avoid_the_lure_of_junk_food My sister is morbidly obese and she is also a Registered Dietitian. She teaches other people how to eat healthfully to improve their health yet she is slave to the junk food trap! Her house has bags of chips, boxes of cookies, and mounds of nutritionless snacks in every cupboard. Why?<br> She gets up every morning determined to eat properly but before long the day is ending and she never had time to sit an eat a proper meal. Her advice to her clients has always been "Don't keep unhealth... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:56:00 EST What Are Tomatillos Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46690_what_are_tomatillos_good_for What Are Tomatillos Good For?<br><br> <br><br>Tomatillos Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>It's ironic that even though the Aztecs probably used them as one of their staple crops, it may have been Spanish conquistadors who introduced tomatillos (which translates to "little tomatoes" in Spanish) to the New World, after first carrying them back to Spain.<br><br>Sometimes called husk cherries or tomato verde, tomatillos are a small, green Mexican fruit with a Japanese lantern-type shell surrounding it.... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:42:00 EST What Are Sweet Potatoes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46688_what_are_sweet_potatoes_good_for What Are Sweet Potatoes Good For?<br><br>Sweet Potatoes Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Cultivation of sweet potatoes, which are native to Peru, dates back to 750 BCE. Discovered by Columbus, sweet potatoes, often (wrongly) called yams, belong to the Convolvulaceae, or morning glory plant family. Yams (from the African word "nyami"), which are from the Dioscoreae family, have only one embryonic seed leaf, while sweet potatoes have two. Another note for consumers: yams are usually more moist.<br><b... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:18:00 EST Summer Squash: best way to select, store, prepare and cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46686_summer_squash_best_way_to_select_store_prepare_and_cook Summer Squash: best way to select, store, prepare and cook<br><br>When purchasing summer squash, look for ones that are heavy for their size and have shiny, unblemished rinds. Additionally, the rinds should not be very hard since this indicates that the squash are over-mature and will have hard seeds and stringy flesh. Purchase summer squash that are of average size since those that are overly large may be fibrous, while those that are overly small may be inferior in flavor.<br><br>Summer squ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:32:00 EST What Is Star Fruit Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46677_what_is_star_fruit_good_for What Is Star Fruit Good For?<br><br><br>Star Fruit Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>The five-angled star fruit, also known as carambola, is a waxy, yellow-green fruit that originated in the sultry, tropical area of Sri Lanka. The fruit grows on a small, bushy evergreen tree, first bearing clusters of small lilac, bell-shaped flowers which become the oblong fruits. Today, this lovely fruit is cultivated in Australia, South America, Hawaii, and Florida. Because they're known to be intolerant of cold ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:06:00 EST The Silly Mistake We’re Making When Washing Lettuce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46665_the_silly_mistake_were_making_when_washing_lettuce The Silly Mistake We’re Making When Washing Lettuce<br> <br>Seriously, how did we not think of this before?<br> <br>point, we’re basically washing our greens with our eyes closed--which actually might be why we didn’t realize we were doing it wrong. Here’s a better way. <br> ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:32:00 EST What is Spinach Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46660_what_is_spinach_good_for What is Spinach Good For?<br><br>Spinach Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Obscurely referred to for years in England as "the Spanish vegetable," the name of this leafy green veggie was later shortened to the name we call it today. It’s thought to have originated in ancient Persia. Spinach cultivation spread to Nepal, and by the seventh century, to China, where it’s still called "Persian Greens." The Moors introduced it to Spain around the 11th century.<br><br>According to the USDA, Americans consum... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:20:00 EST What Is Spaghetti Squash Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46659_what_is_spaghetti_squash_good_for What Is Spaghetti Squash Good For?<br><br><br>Spaghetti Squash Nutrition Facts<br><br><br><br>Spaghetti squash possesses an uncanny resemblance to spaghetti strands when cooked, and for this reason is known as vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, vegetable marrow, and squaghetti.<br><br>Spaghetti squash is a long, oblong vegetable that measures between 8 and 14 inches in length, weighs 2 to 3 pounds, and has flesh with a very pale yellow color.1 It is a variety of the winter squash and has a m... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:03:00 EST Always have a Plan B for eating healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46653_always_have_a_plan_b_for_eating_healthy Sometimes our best plans to eat right and get in our exercise fail. We try our best, but there are so many things beyond our control, and our plans fail. Sometimes the plans of others and life can keep us from finding our own success. This is the reason why I think ahead, and make MORE plans. Plan B reminds me of my garden. It is a process.<br>Here is what I do to keep on track with my food plans!<br>1. Always bring a healthy snack with me. I have nuts, hummus and crackers, or cheese. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:42:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Summer Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46652_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_summer_squash ...The delicate flavor, soft shell and creamy white flesh of summer squash is a perfect addition to any summer meal. While especially plentiful in the U.S. marketplace during the summer months, summer squash is actually available through the year. Summer squashes, members of the Cucurbitaceae family and relatives of both the melon and the cucumber, come in many different varieties. While each variety may have a distinct shape, color, size and flavor, all varieties share some common characteri... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 01:43:00 EST To Cheat or Not to http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46651_to_cheat_or_not_to Regardless of what kind of cheat day we have, it is necessary. Today I'll share some ways of incorporating the cheat meal/s without sabotaging your daily efforts of living eating and being healthy.<br><br>One of the most favorite things of myself or anyone who's dieting or following a carefully regulated nutrition is to incorporate 20% of a "want/cheat" meal into our daily or weekly caloric intake.<br><br>These are basically meals or days planned into our schedule that allow me or you some le... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:58:00 EST What Are Sour Cherries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46641_what_are_sour_cherries_good_for What Are Sour Cherries Good For?<br><br>Sour Cherries Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Originating in the Southeastern Europe between Russia and Turkey, sour cherries are one of America's most sought-after fruits, most commonly the Montmorency and Balaton varieties, primarily grown in Michigan, Utah, New York, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. They're generally harvested between mid-June and early July for a year's worth of tart, flavorful goodness, although they're also available dr... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:38:00 EST What Are Shiitake Mushrooms Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46640_what_are_shiitake_mushrooms_good_for What Are Shiitake Mushrooms Good For?<br><br><br>Shiitake Mushrooms Nutrition Facts<br><br>Translated from Japanese, "shii" refers to the tree on which these mushrooms originally grew, while "také" simply means mushroom. These little beauties are venerated not just because of their primordial origin, but because of the many health-boosting properties they contain, discovered over centuries of ancient medicine.<br><br>Having no roots, leaves, blossoms, or seeds, shiitake mushrooms fall into a... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:44:00 EST What Is Sage Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46626_what_is_sage_good_for What Is Sage Good For?<br><br><br>Sage Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Sage has been revered for centuries for its medicinal as well as culinary uses, since it was named for that quality. The botanical name comes from the Latin word "salvere," meaning "to be saved." A member of the mint family of plants and closely related to rosemary, its warm and musky essence is essential for making the fragrant dressing that goes so well with turkey.<br><br>A perennial plant growing one to two feet high, sage ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:49:00 EST What Is Saffron Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46625_what_is_saffron_good_for What Is Saffron Good For?<br><br><br>Saffron Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Saffron belongs to the iris family, and has had a plethora of uses throughout millennia. As far back as the writings of Galen and Hippocrates, saffron was mentioned as a medical treatment for coughs, colds, stomach ailments, insomnia, uterine bleeding, scarlet fever, heart trouble, and flatulence.<br><br>Naturally, one of saffron’s first uses may have been for dyeing textiles, since a single grain can color 10 gallons of ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:02:00 EST Is Healthy Eating possible on a tight budget? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46620_is_healthy_eating_possible_on_a_tight_budget Is Healthy Eating possible on a tight budget?<br><br>The answer to this question is a resounding "Yes!" Based on the research evidence, many of our assumptions about healthy food purchases—that it takes either more money or a lot more money to eat healthfully&mdash are simply incorrect. In this article, we would like to help set the record straight on some common food purchasing misconceptions and provide you with 10 practical tips for Healthy Eating on a tight budget.<br>The added cost of he... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:40:00 EST Never eat directly out of the container http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46616_never_eat_directly_out_of_the_container I keep forgetting this. I've read it in Sparkpeople articles more than once or twice but I still forget it. So it is a secret that I need to be reminded of again and again and again.<br><br>Never eat nuts out of the jar. Never eat sunflower or pumpkin seeds out of the bag. Never eat crackers out of the box. <br><br>Pour the nuts or seeds into a measuring cup, close the jar or bag, put it away, sit down at the dining room table, eat your portion, register it in your food diary. <br><br>Put fiv... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:34:00 EST What Is Rhubarb Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46608_what_is_rhubarb_good_for What Is Rhubarb Good For?<br><br><br>Rhubarb Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Describing rhubarb, some might begin with its long, slender pale green and red stalks, accompanied by large, scalloped green leaves. A few may know it's classified as a vegetable rather than a fruit.<br><br>Rhubarb may have gotten its start in Siberia, and is popular throughout Europe and North America. Some might call it excruciatingly sour, which it could be, if not prepared to its greatest advantage.<br><br>Rhubarb is ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:58:00 EST What Are Raspberries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46607_what_are_raspberries_good_for What Are Raspberries Good For?<br><br>Raspberries Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Five continents confirm the presence of wild raspberries, including Alaska, Asia, Hawaii, Europe, and North America, for possibly thousands of years. Of the 400,000 metric tons of raspberries produced, Russia, the U.S., Serbia, Poland, and Chile are on top. While you'll find more than 200 species, they're divided into red, black, and purple groups. They can be distinguished by remembering that the red is somewhat pin... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:08:00 EST What are some of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits derived from eating watermelon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46603_what_are_some_of_the_antioxidant_and_antiinflammatory_benefits_derived_from_eating_watermelon <br><br>Phenolic compounds in watermelon—including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—make this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. If you had to pick a single nutrient from this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant category that has put watermelon on the map, that nutrient would be lycopene. Alongside of pink grapefruit and guava, watermelon is an unusually concentrated source of this carotenoid. Whereas most fruits get their reddish color from anthocya... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:58:00 EST allergic to eggs - my substitutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46599_allergic_to_eggs_my_substitutes I am allergic to eggs. I found this out about 3 years ago. Too bad, because I actually liked eggs. Now, I have had to create my life around their lack.<br><br>Here are some good substitutes.<br><br>When I go out for breakfast, I could choose to be a Debbie-Downer, but I don't. I choose grits, some crisp bacon, fruit cup, and sometimes hash browns. Ok. Not diet food, but it makes me feel less left out when I am out with my family, and it works.<br><br>When I make banana bread, I substitute pla... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:28:00 EST night shift eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46596_night_shift_eating i spent three+ years working night shifts for a supermarket and believe me i found it so hard to balance life food and work my wife was at university studying medicine all day and those are long tiring day so when i got up at 5pm she wanted dinner and i wanted breakfast so what do you do i found that having the same meal actually worked for me so i made nice healthy main meals like lean turkey mince chill con carnie with brown rice and had that as a fist meal in my day i would then put togeth... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:02:00 EST What Are Radishes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46594_what_are_radishes_good_for What Are Radishes Good For?<br><br><br>Radish Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Offering a peppery, satisfying crunch with every bite, radishes have a unique place in the hearts of veggie lovers. A root from the Brassica family and a cousin to cabbage, the many shapes, sizes and colors of different radish varieties is surprising.<br><br>In the U.S., the average large radish is red, round with a glistening white interior and roughly the size of a ping pong or golf ball. Another type is the creamy wh... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:08:00 EST What Are Pumpkins Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46593_what_are_pumpkins_good_for What Are Pumpkins Good For?<br><br>Pumpkins Nutrition Facts<br><br>The fruit of these large, vining plants, so associated with harvest belong to the Cucurbitaceae, or cucumber, family. The two main types are "pepo," which scientists dubbed so-called "small" pumpkins and are often carved into Jack-o-lanterns in the fall, and "maxima," the giant variety grown to enter the "biggest pumpkin" contest at the county fair.<br><br>Also called sugar pumpkin, the former is vibrant orange with widely rib... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:41:00 EST What is inulin and in what foods is it found? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46586_what_is_inulin_and_in_what_foods_is_it_found What is inulin and in what foods is it found?<br> <br>You may have heard about two foods — chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke — that are widely recognized as providing health benefits for our digestive tract. These health benefits involve a special area of digestive support called "prebiotics" offered by a compound known as inulin. <br> ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:57:00 EST Keep Choosing Healthy foods.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46583_keep_choosing_healthy_foods No matter what age you need to think about what goes in your body.. Make today the day for you and those your around..Eating a healthy balanced diet daily provides the nutrients your body needs to keep your bones organs and muscles in shape.... These nutrients include fats.. carbs..protein.. vitamins and minerals... Healthy eating may also help you maintain a healthy weight boost your heart health and make you whole life change.. Putting these fuels in your body is like a car.. It need gas an... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:45:00 EST What Is Potato Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46580_what_is_potato_good_for What Is Potato Good For?<br><br><br><br>Potato Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Whether it’s mashed, baked, boiled, steamed, or sautéed, the potato is a dietary staple around the globe.. This root vegetable or tuber is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, whose vegetable members include eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. If allowed to fully grow, the potato plant can produce an inedible fruit that resembles a tomato.<br><br>Potatoes originated from South America, specifically in the Ande... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:06:00 EST What Are Portobello Mushrooms Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46579_what_are_portobello_mushrooms_good_for What Are Portobello Mushrooms Good For?<br><br><br>Portobello Mushroom Nutrition Facts<br><br>Along with its smaller crimini and white button cousins (which share the scientific name), this “meaty” mushroom variety is gaining worldwide popularity as a “superfood” not only because it’s nutritionally dense, but delicious. Mushroom lovers enjoy them in stir fries, casseroles, soups, omelets, and salads, but one hearty preparation style is to give them solo status on a bun as a meatless, gluten-f... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:58:00 EST Unwanted Consequences of High Heat Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46573_unwanted_consequences_of_high_heat_cooking Unwanted Consequences of High Heat Cooking<br><br>High heat cooking is problematic because it creates toxic substances as well as causes the loss of nutrients. Virtually all nutrients in food are susceptible to damage from heat. Of course, whether a particular nutrient gets damaged depends on the exact nutrient in question, the degree of heat, and the amount of cooking time. But in general, most of the temperatures we cook at in the over (250-450°F/120-230°C) are temperatures at which substan... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:54:00 EST Practice Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46566_practice_mindful_eating I have read articles about practicing mindful eating, but I'd like to expand on that term.<br><br>Mindful eating can take on more than one meaning and can have some positive results. Mindful eating should be practiced at every meal and every snack. Indeed, with every bite.<br><br>1. The first type of mindful eating is to notice everything about your food as you are eating it. <br><br>a. When you are eating, keep all distractions away. The first thing I do when I am putting food on my plate i... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:57:00 EST What Are Pomegranates Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46564_what_are_pomegranates_good_for What Are Pomegranates Good For?<br><br>Pomegranate Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>From ancient Persia to the Himalayas and beyond, tangy pomegranates are mentioned several times in the Bible, and are one of the world's most popular and cultivated fruits today. After being introduced in California by Spanish settlers in 1769, they're still grown in the American west, although they require very dry air and high temperatures to produce the best flavor.<br><br>Pomegranates are a beautiful fruit, dist... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:43:00 EST What Are Plums and Prunes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46563_what_are_plums_and_prunes_good_for What Are Plums and Prunes Good For?<br><br><br>Plums and Prunes Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Alexander the Great cultivated plum trees in Mediterranean regions as early as 65 BC, although the first plum trees are thought to have originated in China. Plums are a member of the rose family (Rosacea) and are related to peaches, apricots, nectarines, and almonds.<br><br>Plum tree cultivation didn’t arrive in the U.S. until the mid-19th century. More than 140 varieties are sold in the U.S., and globa... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:55:00 EST Can how you peel your avocado really have impact on your health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46557_can_how_you_peel_your_avocado_really_have_impact_on_your_health Can how you peel your avocado really have impact on your health?<br><br>The method you use to peel an avocado might make a difference to your health. Research on avocado shows that the greatest phytonutrient concentrations occur in portions of the food that we do not typically eat, namely, the peel and the seed (or "pit.") The pulp of the avocado is actually much lower in phytonutrients than these other portions of the food. However, while lower in their overall phytonutrient richness, all po... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST Quick Pear Salad - Shot of Energy or Dessert http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46553_quick_pear_salad_pickup I remember my mom making this pear salad for me as a kid, like it was a special treat. We didn't get it very often (she used canned pears and they were expensive, as was good cheese.). As time went on and I bought into the "no-fat" dietary thing being "healthier" in the 1970's-80's, I quit eating it, because it seemed sinful and bad and fattening. Now we have better understanding of healthy fats and the need to eat some protein with all meals and snacks for satiety. Pears are good anyway, hig... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:27:00 EST What Are Persimmons Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46549_what_are_persimmons_good_for What Are Persimmons Good For?<br><br><br>Persimmon Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>It's too bad Americans aren't more familiar with persimmons, since the Latin word for it means “food of the gods.” A fruit most often grown in warm, dry climates, those found in larger grocery stores are most likely Japanese persimmons. Persimmon is Japan's national fruit and that's where it originated (American persimmons are mostly ornamental).<br><br>Persimmon seeds first came to the United States when Commodore ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:13:00 EST What Is Pineapple Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46547_what_is_pineapple_good_for What Is Pineapple Good For?<br><br> <br><br>Pineapple Nutrition Facts<br><br>Reportedly the second favorite fruit in America right after another tropical fruit - bananas - the pineapple is unique among fruits. The drought-tolerant pineapple plant grows five to eight feet tall, and bears fruit with a tough, spiky exterior around 12 inches long. A pineapple fruit can weigh up to eight pounds. Both sweet and tart, its fiber-like pectin gives the pineapple its satisfying chewy texture.<br><br>N... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:36:00 EST Blueberries: health benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46541_blueberries_health_benefits Blueberries: health benefits<br><br>In the popular press, blueberries have reached superstar status in terms of their unique health benefits. While we prefer to think of all the World's Healthiest Foods as rightful superstars, we can understand many of the special accolades being given to this wonderful berry. Most health research on blueberries involves their phytonutrient content. Anthocyanins - the colorful antioxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, a... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:30:00 EST What Are Pears Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46535_what_are_pears_good_for What Are Pears Good For?<br><br><br>Pears Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>While there are nearly 4,000 recorded types of pear trees, the majority are strictly ornamental, leaving only 30 or so as edible. From the Rosacea family, which includes many other fruits (some which seem completely unlike pears) such as cherries, raspberries, and even almonds, edible pears come in two basic varieties: Asian and European. Asian varieties generally offer a firm, crisp texture, while the European type becomes ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:11:00 EST What Are Peaches Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46534_what_are_peaches_good_for What Are Peaches Good For?<br><br>Peaches Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Not many fruits outshine peaches in luscious delectability. Historically rooted in China, the cultivation of peaches spread to the rest of the world fairly early in world history.<br><br>Because they contain a single, inedible pit at the center, peaches are considered a "drupe," and share characteristics of other fruits in its class, such as plums, nectarines, and – believe it or not – almonds.<br><br>The difference between ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:22:00 EST Low-Carb Vegetables to Live By http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46528_lowcarb_vegetables_to_live_by Most vegetables are very low in calories and net carbs, while being high in healthy fiber and the valuable vitamins and minerals your body needs for optimal health. As a general rule, vegetables are a nutritional cornerstone.<br><br>However, some are more beneficial than others, which is the focus of this article.1,2,3,4,5<br><br>Eating plenty of vegetables can help reduce your risk for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. For example, one 2010... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:46:00 EST What Is Oregano Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46520_what_is_oregano_good_for What Is Oregano Good For?<br><br><br>Oregano Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Whether fresh or dried, oregano is one of the foundations of Greek and Italian cuisine because of its ability to draw out the best of tomato-based dishes and any other ingredient it's blended with. Not quite as strong or sweet as wild marjoram (its close cousin), oregano could be called an essential herb for the kitchen.<br><br>Perennial and easy to grow, whether from seed or small seedlings, oregano proliferates quickly ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:37:00 EST What Is Papaya Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46519_what_is_papaya_good_for What Is Papaya Good For?<br><br><br>Papaya Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Native to southern Mexico and Central America, papaya is now cultivated in most tropical regions, including Hawaii, where it was introduced in the early 1800s. Today, Hawaii is still the only U.S. state where papaya is commercially grown.<br><br>There are two main papaya varieties: Mexican, which can weigh as much as 10 pounds, and the much smaller Hawaiian type seen in grocery stores. Sometimes known as a tree melon or paw... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:57:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Blueberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46514_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_blueberries What's New and Beneficial About Blueberries<br><br> After many years of research on blueberry antioxidants and their potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health, there is exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory. In a study involving older adults (with an average age of 76 years), 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption was enough to improve scores on two different tests of cognitive function including memory. While participants in the study consumed blu... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:11:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Blueberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46513_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_blueberries What's New and Beneficial About Blueberries<br><br> After many years of research on blueberry antioxidants and their potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health, there is exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory. In a study involving older adults (with an average age of 76 years), 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption was enough to improve scores on two different tests of cognitive function including memory. While participants in the study consumed blu... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:11:00 EST Stay within your calorie range at a barbacue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46505_stay_within_your_calorie_range_at_a_barbacue Yesterday we were invited to a barbecue... <br><br>It was really nice, I had a great time talking and meeting new people...<br><br>I managed to eat lots of salad, with no dressing, because it was placed on the side, and there was olive oil, and balsamic vinegar on the table. I just ate mine with balsamic vinegar!<br><br>While everyone else was having double servings of meat, rice with cheese and vegetables grilled with oil, I was having double servings of salad!<br><br>I did have a little pie... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:48:00 EST What Is Oregano Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46501_what_is_oregano_good_for What Is Oregano Good For?<br><br><br>Oregano Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Whether fresh or dried, oregano is one of the foundations of Greek and Italian cuisine because of its ability to draw out the best of tomato-based dishes and any other ingredient it's blended with. Not quite as strong or sweet as wild marjoram (its close cousin), oregano could be called an essential herb for the kitchen.<br><br>Perennial and easy to grow, whether from seed or small seedlings, oregano proliferates quickly ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:32:00 EST What Are Oranges Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46499_what_are_oranges_good_for What Are Oranges Good For?<br><br>Oranges Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>What's a better lunchbox treat than a delicious, juicy orange, with its sweet, tangy flavor and its own easily peeled protective casing? Technically a cross between a pomelo (citrus maxima, once much more popular among citrus fruits) and the mandarin, oranges in the scientific sense are considered to be berries, the fruit being arils, divided into sections known as carpels, surrounded by the leathery, pocked peel which, like... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:50:00 EST Do potatoes have a potential for helping to lower blood pressure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46494_do_potatoes_have_a_potential_for_helping_to_lower_blood_pressure Do potatoes have a potential for helping to lower blood pressure?<br><br>UK scientists at the Institute for Food Research have identified blood pressure-lowering compounds called kukoamines in potatoes. Previously only found in Lycium chinense, an exotic herbal plant whose bark is used to make an infusion in Chinese herbal medicine, kukoamines were found in potatoes using a new type of research called metabolomics.<br><br>Until now, when analyzing a plant's composition, scientists had to know... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:52:00 EST What Is Okra Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46487_what_is_okra_good_for What Is Okra Good For?<br><br><br>Okra Nutrition Facts<br><br>Many people fail to appreciate okra because of its slimy texture. However, okras are popular for their nutritionally dense structure, particularly for their soluble and insoluble fiber content. This vegetable comes from the Malvaceae or mallows family and is related to cotton, hibiscus, and hollyhock. <br><br>This pod vegetable is available all year round, especially during summer, and thrives well in warm climates. It is naturall... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:03:00 EST What Is Nutmeg Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46486_what_is_nutmeg_good_for What Is Nutmeg Good For?<br><br>Nutmeg Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Like many other spices, nutmeg is one of those fragrant additions to food that brings a little kick of warmth and curious complexity that, once tasted in a dish, can't be done without. Used in Chinese and East Indian cultures as a curative and aphrodisiac, as well as flavor enhancer, it was once a rare, costly spice prized by Byzantine traders who obtained it from Arabia.<br><br>The earliest references to the nutmeg tree pinpoi... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:26:00 EST What's new and beneficial about beet greens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46479_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_beet_greens What's new and beneficial about beet greens?<br><br> A recent study from Chile has shown beet greens to be one of the top 10 food contributors to iron intake in that country. Even though legumes were the most important food group contributor to iron (with pinto beans ranking as the number one food source), beet greens were nevertheless a standout source, especially within the vegetable group. (Our WHFoods rating system ranks beet greens as a very good source of iron, providing 15% of the d... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:51:00 EST Dieting or Small Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46478_dieting_or_small_healthy_lifestyle A diet consists of temporarily changing our eating habits to promote a certain outcome -weight loss -- afterwards we return to your previous eating habits. On the other hand, a lifestyle change consists of adopting healthy overall habits that promote long-term weight control and health. In addition, diets focus on food intake, while lifestyle changes incorporate what we eat along with other factors that affect weight and health, such as physical activity. Where weight loss is concerned, a die... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:38:00 EST Lemon water! YAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46477_lemon_water_yay I had a problem drinking enough water each day that is until I started adding lemon to my cold water. I don't add any sugar and the lemon have great cleaning properties. <br><br>I know I know we are constantly being nagged about our water consumption. Increase the water it will help.you stay fuller longer, it helps clean you out, it hydrates the skin, you'll keep from being dehydrated blah blah blah. <br><br>Then we read things that say we don't need 8 cups of water because we get plenty thro... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:15:00 EST What Are Mangosteens Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46474_what_are_mangosteens_good_for What Are Mangosteens Good For?<br><br><br>Mangosteen Nutrition Facts<br><br>Although mangosteens are somewhat unfamiliar in North America, they’re common in the rainforest areas of Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Each round, glossy, purple fruit is capped with a light green calyx which holds it in place on the stem. The outer rind of the fruit is thick and rubbery; inside are sweet, delicious, snow white segments similar in design to that of an orange. Each segment contai... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:05:00 EST What Are Mangos Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46473_what_are_mangos_good_for What Are Mangos Good For?<br><br><br>Mango Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>An ancient fruit and arguably the most popular in many parts of the world, mangos are in the same family of plants as pistachios and cashews, which are also tropical, fruit-bearing trees that can grow up to 100 feet in height. Oval in shape and around five inches long, mangos are heavy because of the single, large seed or stone in the middle, which makes them a drupe.<br><br>Mangos have a yellow-golden tone when ripe, somet... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:18:00 EST What role does vitamin E play in our health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46466_what_role_does_vitamin_e_play_in_our_health What role does vitamin E play in our health?<br><br>Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. Because it is fat soluble, we see it offer protection against damage to the fats that line the outside of every cell of our body.<br><br>When the fats in our membranes become damaged, important cell functions become compromised. Based on this important mechanism, researchers have studied whether diets low in vitamin E are associated with many diseases associated with aging.<br><br>We also see vitamin E prot... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:31:00 EST What Are Mangos Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46462_what_are_mangos_good_for What Are Mangos Good For?<br><br><br>Mango Nutrition Facts<br><br>An ancient fruit and arguably the most popular in many parts of the world, mangos are in the same family of plants as pistachios and cashews, which are also tropical, fruit-bearing trees that can grow up to 100 feet in height. Oval in shape and around five inches long, mangos are heavy because of the single, large seed or stone in the middle, which makes them a drupe.<br><br>Mangos have a yellow-golden tone when ripe, sometimes... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:47:00 EST What Are Macadamia Nuts Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46461_what_are_macadamia_nuts_good_for What Are Macadamia Nuts Good For?<br><br><br>Macadamia Nutrition Facts<br><br>When you think of macadamia nuts, Hawaii might come to mind, but this nut is actually native to the continent Down Under, which explains why the fruit is also known as the Australian or Queensland Nut. From the Proteacea family of plants, evergreen macadamia trees can reach 40 feet in horizontal as well as vertical spread.<br><br>These are some of the most sought-after nuts in the world, so they can be expensive. Th... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:51:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Brussels Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46456_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_brussels_sprouts <br>What's New and Beneficial About Brussels Sprouts<br><br> Brussels sprouts can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will use a steaming method when cooking them. The fiber-related components in Brussels sprouts do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it's easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw Brus... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 01:16:00 EST Feeling satisfied with what you eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46448_feeling_satisfied_with_what_you_eat I love to eat. I love the taste of food, I love the texture of food, I love to create and blend and invent new flavours.<br><br>This can make monitoring my calorie intake suck. Lets be honest there is a difference between feeling full and satisfied. I can eat a meal and be full but still want for more. How do we satisfy our desire for rich amazing meals when a restaurant portioned chicken and shrimp alfredo pasta with mushrooms and asparagus pretty much means we can't eat the rest of the ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 16:30:00 EST Veggies as a quick pick http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46447_veggies_as_a_quick_pick I have found that when I bring my vegetables home, I have to immediately clean them and cut them into easy to grab baggie size. This allows me to put the baggies in the fridge door and I can grab a ready to go snack with no problem, and no excuse. I'm not as likely to stop and clean and cut, when 1.) I'm needing a quick snack. 2.) I'm needing to be somewhere 10 minutes ago, and now I'll have to stop and buy a snack. My choices will be a lot healthier when I can plan them out, instead of quick... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:44:00 EST What Are Limes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46443_what_are_limes_good_for What Are Limes Good For?<br><br><br>Limes Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Wonderful for bringing out the flavor of other foods, limes, while similar to lemons, have their own distinctive citrus flavor. Thought to have originated in Southeast Asia, lime trees were transported to Egypt and Northern Africa by Arab traders in the 10th century. Arabian Moors carried them to Spain three centuries later, and like the cultivation of many other fruits, they spread throughout Southern Europe during the Crus... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:08:00 EST What Are Lima Beans Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46442_what_are_lima_beans_good_for What Are Lima Beans Good For?<br><br>Lima Beans Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Lima beans are a legume, as are split peas and lentils. Until recently, it was thought they originated in Brazil, but new discoveries have pinpointed Guatemala. References to lima beans began showing up in ancient literature in the 1500s. Now known for their buttery texture and flavor, numerous varieties are cultivated worldwide in bush and pole vine varieties. In the U.S., lima beans are abundant mostly along the Cali... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 12:26:00 EST successful daily food tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46438_successful_daily_food_tracking I find if I input all my foods for the entire day either the night before or at breakfast then I know exactly how many calories I am consuming and can see if I am short on protein, fat, or carbs. I also have all the foods I normally eat in my favorites list. then its easy to go down the list and click on the foods I will eat that day. <br><br>I also use a kitchen scale to weigh my food. I love using the grams instead of ounces - I feel its more accurate. Using cups to measure veggies can... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:55:00 EST Carrots: health benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46435_carrots_health_benefits Carrots: health benefits<br><br>Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. The areas of antioxidant benefits, cardiovascular benefits, and anti-cancer benefits are the best-researched areas of health research with respect to dietary intake of ca... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 01:23:00 EST What Are Lemons Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46423_what_are_lemons_good_for What Are Lemons Good For?<br><br>Lemons Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Lemons are thought to have originated at the base of the Himalayan Mountains, as a natural cross between the lime and the citron. Cultivation spread throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, and, like many other plant-derived foods, were introduced to the Americas when Columbus made his second voyage in 1493. Lemons have been a major food crop in Florida since the 16th century.<br><br>Arguably one of the world's most wid... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:56:00 EST Healthy Foods vs Inhealthy Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46415_healthy_foods_vs_inhealthy_foods What you or I eat and how we feel, both mentally and physically, have a close connection. Following a balanced, nutritious diet isn’t always easy, cheap or convenient, but it has a significant positive impact on both your short- and long-term health. Eating poorly, in contrast, can tank your energy levels, increase your risk of disease and take years off our lives.<br><br>Food and Mental Health<br><br>Making smart food choices boosts our mental health and our physical health. Balanced diets... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 00:12:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Walnuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46412_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_walnuts <br>What's New and Beneficial about Walnuts<br><br> Researchers are convinced—more than ever before—about the nutritional benefits of walnuts when consumed in whole form, including the skin. We now know that approximately 90% of the phenols in walnuts are found in the skin, including key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids. Some websites will encourage you to remove the walnut skin—that whitish, sometimes waxy, sometimes flaky, outermost part of shelled walnuts. There can be slight bit... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 20:29:00 EST Secret to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46407_secret_to_success It is my sincere pleasure to share this secret with all that want to view it. <br><br>I started my journey late last year after a grueling back surgery which caused infection throughout my body and caused me to go back in for a second surgery. I was so sick and felt so bad, that I realized I needed a change in my life. As I started to feel better, I found that I had a loss of appetite from feeling so bad. While I was still feeling so bad, I decided to go for it get back on the Spark wagon. ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 14:19:00 EST What Is Kiwi Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46402_what_is_kiwi_good_for What Is Kiwi Good For?<br><br>Kiwi Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Known in ancient China as Yang Tao, the kiwi fruit earned its way in that culture not just for its flavor, but also its medicinal properties, which science has today substantiated in numerous areas.<br><br>Introduced by missionaries in New Zealand in the early 20th century, then in the US in the late 1960s, kiwi was first called "Chinese gooseberry," although it's doubtful that this moniker ever really stuck.<br><br>Luckily, kiwi g... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:39:00 EST 4 Easy-Growing Edibles for Your Patio or Balcony Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46401_4_easygrowing_edibles_for_your_patio_or_balcony_garden 4 Easy-Growing Edibles for Your Patio or Balcony Garden<br>from<br>gardenclub.homedepot.com<BR>/4-easy-growing-edibles-patio-balcony-<BR>garden/<br> <br>Grow a salad garden just outside your door with pots of vegetables and herbs. Small-space gardening is easy with good-sized containers, well-draining moisture-retentive potting mix and quality plant starts.<br><br>Keep a few things in mind with container-grown edibles on patios and balconies: Begin with a large planter, at least 15 inches dee... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:05:00 EST Does Healthy Eating require cooking on a regular basis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46391_does_healthy_eating_require_cooking_on_a_regular_basis Does Healthy Eating require cooking on a regular basis?<br><br>Our very short answer to this question is "yes!" We deliberately put an exclamation mark here, because of trends that we have seen in recent research studies involving food preparation, meals at home, cooking skills, diet quality, and disease risks.<br><br>Let's start with the current realities of home cooking in the U.S. Studies show that fifty years ago, approximately 1.5 hours per day was spend on food preparation and cleanup i... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 19:55:00 EST Over Eating? Keep Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46390_over_eating_keep_busy One of my biggest problems with food is over eating.<br><br>I do it when I'm bored.<br>I do it when I'm nervous.<br>I do it when I'm impatient.<br><br>My way of controlling this is by simply keeping busy. There are two ways (which I have named) in which I do this:<br><br>THE PLAN<br><br>Just as the name entails, this is creating a plan for your day which includes as little time as possible that you indulge in binge eating. I like to make a plan for my day to make sure I'll have as little oppo... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 19:33:00 EST What Is Kale Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46384_what_is_kale_good_for What Is Kale Good For?<br><br><br>Kale Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Thriving even in frost, kale is an easy-to-grow green that keeps on giving: cut the smaller, paler green leaves to anchor or mix into fresh garden salad; use the larger, dark greens for stir-fries, pizza topping, or soup, while the plant keeps right on growing.<br><br>One variety is known as dinosaur kale in Tuscan regions for its glossy, crinkly, green-to-violet-colored leaves. Kale has a relatively short life in terms of cris... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:29:00 EST What Is Jicama Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46383_what_is_jicama_good_for What Is Jicama Good For?<br><br>Jicama Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>A round, bulbous root vegetable with origins in the Mexican peninsula, jicama (pronounced hee-cama) is part of the legume family and grows on vines. This little-known tuber is grown in the warm climates of Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes Mountain regions, and Southern Asia, where it's an important as well as extremely versatile food source.<br><br>Very similar in texture to a turnip with a taste closer to an apple, ji... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:06:00 EST 6 Surprising Facts about Eating Locally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46374_6_surprising_facts_about_eating_locally With summer kicking off, more farmer’s markets, CSAs and other local food outlets are providing fresh, seasonal produce at your fingertips. While relying on a chain supermarket to buy all your groceries can be convenient, you are likely missing out on the benefits of buying local foods.<br><br>Buying local has become a trendy nutrition craze, like superfoods and cleanses, with local food sales totaling about $6.1 billion in 2012. You’ve heard the buzz about why local foods are healthiest, lik... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:01:00 EST Eat more raw food for health and weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46373_eat_more_raw_food_for_health_and_weight_loss The more raw foods you eat- not just raw fruits and vegetables, but raw nuts and seeds (especially sprouted) and cold-pressed, unrefined oils- the more easily your body can regulate cravings. If you flood your system with nutrients, and the enzymes to digest them easily, without sugar, grains, or processed fats, it's natural to feel satiated after a smaller number of calories. Your body gets what it needs and nothing else, and you get a gorgeous healthy glow.<br><br>Don't feel the need to lim... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:46:00 EST What Are Guavas Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46367_what_are_guavas_good_for What Are Guavas Good For?<br><br>Guava: The Queen of Fruits<br><br><br><br>If pineapple is known as the "king" of fruits, guava is considered the queen. Thought to be native to southern Central America and Mexico where it's been a major crop for centuries, guavas are members of the myrtle and eucalyptus family, growing throughout the tropics on small trees with smooth, copper-colored bark. Another type, Psidium cattleianum, grown in flower and foliage gardens, is not for eating.<br><br>Soft, ... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:09:00 EST What Is Green Tea Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46366_what_is_green_tea_good_for What Is Green Tea Good For?<br><br><br>Green Tea Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Ancient Chinese legend has it that tea brewing began 5,000 years ago when an emperor noticed an enticing fragrance wafting from a container of boiled water into which leaves had fallen. Unable to resist sipping the brew, its delightful flavor instigated such a national passion that during the Teng Dynasty of 618-907 A.D., white tea was a household staple, purchased in bricks and ground in a mortar. Japanese monks visi... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:56:00 EST Feeling Hungry but I Ignored It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46365_feeling_hungry_but_i_ignored_it So last night after doing a low impact workout I became hungry. Or so I thought? So I pulled out my go to quick meal peanut butter and jelly and a glass of 2%milk. Now I chewed as recommended by experts. Well guess what? I still felt hungry so I drank some water. So I'm up preparing for church, about to rush out the door and stop myself, thinking "I'm not hungry now but I better eat something so I'm not tempted by unhealthy food cravings while I'm out."<br><br>They say just the thought that ... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:23:00 EST What role does chromium play in blood sugar control? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46353_what_role_does_chromium_play_in_blood_sugar_control What role does chromium play in blood sugar control?<br><br>A key role for chromium in the body is related to control of blood sugar. There is a signal molecule called low-molecular weight chromium binding substance (LMWCr) involved in blood sugar control. (You may also hear this molecule being referred to as chromodulin.) Although it has a long name, LMWCr it is a tiny molecule, built from just a few amino acids.<br><br>This LMWCr binds next to the place where insulin, a key hormone that con... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:14:00 EST What Are Green Peas Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46347_what_are_green_peas_good_for <br><br> <br><br>Green Peas Nutrition Facts<br><br>Green peas come from a family of plants based on herbs, originating in the Himalayan plains of northwest India, probably from the field pea native to central Asia and the Middle East. Because its cultivation dates back many thousands of years, green peas are recognized as one of the first cultivated food crops. Some scientists say ancient pea-eaters may have dried this legume for centuries before someone figured out they could be consumed fr... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 11:05:00 EST What Are Green Beans Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46346_what_are_green_beans_good_for What Are Green Beans Good For?<br><br><br>Green Beans Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>A favorite scene of summer is sitting in a porch swing while snapping green beans for dinner. Picking them from the garden is fun, too, from either pole beans, requiring a stake for support, or bush beans, which don't. Bean varieties include pinto, kidney, lima, black, red, or white, and yellow wax beans. French beans, sliced lengthwise, stay in the pod and are long and slender, while many others are shelled and ... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 10:49:00 EST How do strawberries help support healthy blood sugar levels? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46340_how_do_strawberries_help_support_healthy_blood_sugar_levels How do strawberries help support healthy blood sugar levels?<br><br>One of the more recent areas of health benefit to be documented in strawberry research is the area of blood sugar benefits. Several recent studies have found regular intake of strawberries to be associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. In some of these studies, frequency of strawberry intake definitely seems to matter since an intake frequency of once per week or less is not associated with blood sugar benefits in s... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 21:03:00 EST Cheat Food Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46332_cheat_food_meals One of the secrets I have found to help me along my healthy lifestyle changes journey has to do with cheat food meals. In a way, it also has to do with listening to your body. The semester before last I took a class on self-behavior modification (I now have a BS in Psychology) in which we discussed how willpower is like a muscle in that it can be overexerted and fail when overused. We then went on to study behavioural modification techniques that take the pressure off of your willpower, like ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 13:13:00 EST What Are Grapes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46328_what_are_grapes_good_for What Are Grapes Good For?<br><br><br>Grapes Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>When you think of a popular fruit with a myriad of uses, grapes might come to mind. Under the correct treatment and conditions, the "fruit of the vine" makes one of the most desirable beverages in the world. Dried grapes (raisins) can be a lovely addition to salads and yogurt. Fresh, seedless grapes can be used to make grape juice, and they’re a handy snack all by themselves.<br><br>Grown wild since the dawn of time in eve... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:34:00 EST What Is Grapefruit Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46327_what_is_grapefruit_good_for What Is Grapefruit Good For?<br><br> <br>If you're looking for a juicy burst of flavor that's as refreshing as anything you'll ever eat, grapefruits certainly deliver. Large in comparison to other citrus fruits, grapefruits could be described as mouth-wateringly tart with a hint of sweetness – somewhere between a lemon and an orange.<br><br>Grapefruits are tasty all by themselves or added to any type of fruit or green salad. They're also a unique and delicious addition to salsa. Grapefruits ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:18:00 EST What Is Grapefruit Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46326_what_is_grapefruit_good_for What Is Grapefruit Good For?<br><br> <br>If you're looking for a juicy burst of flavor that's as refreshing as anything you'll ever eat, grapefruits certainly deliver. Large in comparison to other citrus fruits, grapefruits could be described as mouth-wateringly tart with a hint of sweetness – somewhere between a lemon and an orange.<br><br>Grapefruits are tasty all by themselves or added to any type of fruit or green salad. They're also a unique and delicious addition to salsa. Grapefruits ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:18:00 EST Are Vegetarian Diets Really More Healthful? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46318_are_vegetarian_diets_really_more_healthful Are Vegetarian Diets Really More Healthful?<br><br>Yes, vegetarian diets are really more healthful! In the National Library of Medicine (NLM) research database at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, you'll find about 750 studies with the word "vegetarian" in their title, and more than 100,000 study participants have had their diets studied in the context of vegetarian eating. Reduced risk of chronic diseases is a well-documented health benefit of vegetarian eating, including reduced risk ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:52:00 EST What Are Gooseberries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46309_what_are_gooseberries_good_for What Are Gooseberries Good For?<br><br><br><br>Gooseberries Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Small and firm but sometimes ribbed and translucent, gooseberries are a unique little plant-based food growing on relatively small, thorny bushes. Although their history is rooted in Europe, gooseberries were cultivated in Asia and Africa before the British began developing new varieties in at least the sixteenth century. There are now around 2,000 cultivars and two main gooseberry types: American and Europ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:35:00 EST What Are Gooseberries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46308_what_are_gooseberries_good_for What Are Gooseberries Good For?<br><br><br><br>Gooseberries Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Small and firm but sometimes ribbed and translucent, gooseberries are a unique little plant-based food growing on relatively small, thorny bushes. Although their history is rooted in Europe, gooseberries were cultivated in Asia and Africa before the British began developing new varieties in at least the sixteenth century. There are now around 2,000 cultivars and two main gooseberry types: American and Europ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:35:00 EST What Is Ginger Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46307_what_is_ginger_good_for What Is Ginger Good For?<br><br><br>Ginger Nutrition Facts<br><br>Prized for its medicinal and culinary properties in Asian cultures for thousands of years, ginger, also known as ginger root, is an underground rhizome. It's a little strange-looking, like a small, rounded, brown cactus. But the fragrance is pleasantly pungent, and the flavor completely unique, reminiscent of citrus with acidic notes.<br><br>Ginger is a versatile addition to soups, sauces, marinades, and a number of other dishe... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:32:00 EST What are the health benefits of tofu? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46304_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_tofu What are the health benefits of tofu?<br><br>In the Health Benefits section of our Soybeansfood profile, we provide an in-depth look at many of the controversial issues surrounding soy foods and their role in health. (You may want to visit that section of our website to learn more about these issues.) One of the most important things to remember about tofu is its basic whole food nature. The vast majority of soy consumed in the U.S. comes from a highly processed form of soy. The soybeans we c... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:47:00 EST Permanent Breakthrough Methods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46295_permanent_breakthrough_methods My husband loves eating out and he is a habitual popcorn/ice cream night snacker, sometimes with soda and pistachios. He is the guy in the restaurant that orders the country ham for breakfast, the spareribs and steak combination or stops at Kentucky Fried Chicken. <br>I love him, so how do I cope with watching these temptations next to me? <br>( <em>334</em> )<br>I MUST, MUST, MUST prepare ahead and choose foods I enjoy that are safely in my target range. I ALWAYS keep water by my side, espe... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:31:00 EST What Is Garlic Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46293_what_is_garlic_good_for What Is Garlic Good For?<br><br><br><br>Garlic Nutrition Facts<br><br>Revered in Egypt for its medicinal qualities, and prized in Italian, Asian, and Indian cooking, garlic has been called “the stinking rose” for good reason. Closely related to the onion, it’s a bulbous root with an undeniably fragrant pungency. It was mentioned in historical documents that date back 5,000 years ago, before its fame permeated the rest of the known world.<br><br>Today, China, South Korea, India, Spain, and the... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 11:58:00 EST Make a Better Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46292_make_a_better_choice What happens when you'd like a night off from kitchen duty.. After a hard days work it is not easy to be tired and wrecked worn and tired.. It don't take much to say .. I am on board.. well Healthy eating while going out to a Restaurant or Burger Joint.. If you plan to eat out at your favorite restaurant. you may want to cut back on the amount of food you eat through the rest of the evening...to allow for the dining pleasure. Eat lighter meals to allow for the additional calories you may ind... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 11:32:00 EST What Are Garbanzo Beans Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46291_what_are_garbanzo_beans_good_for What Are Garbanzo Beans Good For?<br><br><br>Garbanzo Beans Nutrition Facts<br><br>Garbanzo Bean Goodness<br><br><br>It's been around 7,000 years since garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas) appeared in Middle Eastern regions, but they weren't cultivated until about 3,000 BC. By the16th century, Spanish explorers had spread the love of this natural food's nutty, buttery taste and slightly grainy texture beyond Rome and Greece.<br><br>Today, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Mexico are the hi... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 11:16:00 EST Lots of Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46288_lots_of_fiber When I'm on track, I find having some high fiber snacks around really help with when I need to eat something "right now". I work a lot of hours in a week, and sometimes things just get out of hand, and it's late, and I don't know what to make when I get home. Or, when I'm at work, and it's break time, and I don't want the usual junk food, I'll reach for a coconut flour granola bar, and be happy that I've made it myself, and know what ingredients are in it. I have it posted on sparkpeople re... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:42:00 EST What are the health benefits of apricots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46284_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_apricots What are the health benefits of apricots?<br><br>Apricots are rich in many plant antioxidants. Some of these are the vitamin antioxidants so familiar to regular users of this site. Others are more difficult to obtain from other foods, and may be responsible for specific health benefits. Overall, consider the apricot to be a great food that provides you with the protective effects of antioxidants while adding very few calories to your daily total.<br>Protection Against Free Radical Damage<br><... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 01:17:00 EST Going to bed earlier to avoid unhealthy snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46282_going_to_bed_earlier_to_avoid_unhealthy_snacking One of my temptations is late night snacking. Well, to be honest, it can be more than snacking. Too often I have found myself snacking uncontrollably --you might call it a binge -- as the hour gets late. The later it is, the worse my binge can be. <br><br>My big temptations, which become stronger as the hours get later, are starchy, sweet, and salty foods. Pretzels, candy, chips, caramel corn, cookies, even saltines if nothing else is available, can be my big downfall. <br><br>I've learned a ... Tue, 31 May 2016 21:50:00 EST What Are Figs Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46276_what_are_figs_good_for What Are Figs Good For?<br><br><br><br>Fabulous Figs<br><br>Figs Nutrition Facts<br><br>Often mentioned in the Bible as a sign of peace and prosperity, the fig tree is so ancient, remnants of the fruit have been discovered in Neolithic excavations sites circa 5,000 B.C. Thought to be native to Western Asia or Egypt, figs were cultivated very early throughout the Middle East and Europe and finally reached England and China by the mid-1500s. Spanish missionaries planted orchards in California i... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:47:00 EST What Is Fennel Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46275_what_is_fennel_good_for What Is Fennel Good For?<br><br><br>Fennel Nutrition Facts<br><br>Thought to have originated in Southern Europe and Mediterranean regions, fennel is an herb with a mild but distinctive licorice flavor and fragrance. Although it still grows wild in surprising places, fennel is cultivated extensively in the U.S., France, India, and Russia. It has three parts, each with its own unique value: the crunchy, bulbous, pale green root; feathery fronds with the appearance of carrot tops; and seeds insi... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:34:00 EST Shop local and small for produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46270_shop_local_and_small_for_produce I try to shop for my food primarily at my local produce shop. they sell fresh and seasonal fruits, veggies, and even garden supplies at a lower price than the big grocery stores (on most items). I find that if I stock my kitchen with healthy stuff instead of the bad stuff, I will eat it because I have no choice, ha-ha! kind of forcing myself to eat healthy ;) plus it's the only place around that I can find fresh dates which are so delicious!<br><br>I will get a few basic things at the grocery... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:52:00 EST Shop local and small for produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46269_shop_local_and_small_for_produce I try to shop for my food primarily at my local produce shop. they sell fresh and seasonal fruits, veggies, and even garden supplies at a lower price than the big grocery stores (on most items). I find that if I stock my kitchen with healthy stuff instead of the bad stuff, I will eat it because I have no choice, ha-ha! kind of forcing myself to eat healthy ;) plus it's the only place around that I can find fresh dates which are so delicious!<br><br>I will get a few basic things at the grocery... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:51:00 EST What Are Eggplants Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46257_what_are_eggplants_good_for What Are Eggplants Good For?<br><br>Eggplant Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Asked to describe an eggplant, most would mention dark purple, glossy, and shaped like a very large teardrop. Eggplants are known as aubergines in other parts of the world, where they're much more popular. India is said to be the native country of this strange-looking fruit - because that's what it is, rather than a vegetable.<br><br>There are many eggplant varieties. One eggplant type is small, white, and looks a lot lik... Mon, 30 May 2016 15:58:00 EST What Is Durian Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46254_what_is_durian_good_for What Is Durian Good For?<br><br><br>Durian Nutrition Facts<br>Durian: King of Tropical Fruit<br><br><br>Durian fruit is not noted for having a particularly appealing fragrance, but it its many beneficial attributes have earned it the “King of Tropical Fruit” title. Coming from one of the 30 recognized Durio species (at least nine of which produce edible fruit), durian is popular both in the local communities where it is grown, and on the thriving international market.<br><br>Durian is extensi... Mon, 30 May 2016 11:03:00 EST Have a Muller Light! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46253_have_a_muller_light I have always loved my food (thats partly what got me into the situation I am now. But the one food I had more then anything else was Yoghurts, I could have them all day long, however one day a Slimming World Coach told me to switch to Muller Lights as there is no fat or sugar in them and I started to lose weight. Never before did I think that by having my favourite foods I could actually lose weight. Yoghurts go well with other foods such as making a tasty smoothie or on your breakfast, it w... Mon, 30 May 2016 11:01:00 EST To what foods are people most allergic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46245_to_what_foods_are_people_most_allergic To what foods are people most allergic?<br><br>Although allergic reactions can occur to virtually any food, research studies on food allergy consistently report more problems with some foods than with others. It's important to realize that the frequency of problems varies from country to country and can change significantly along with changes in the food supply or with other manufacturing practices. For example, in several part of the world, including Canada, Japan, and Israel, sesame seed al... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:56:00 EST What Is Dragon Fruit Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46234_what_is_dragon_fruit_good_for What Is Dragon Fruit Good For?<br><br><br>Dragon Fruit Nutrition Facts<br><br>Who knew there was a plant with a flower like an explosion of flame, which produces a beautiful but short-lived fruit with the appearance of a brilliant pink rosebud? This is the pitya – dragon fruit – indigenous to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam. Obtained from several cactus species, its succulent stem provides the uniquely delicio... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:29:00 EST