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 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 Pick-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46553_quick_pear_salad_pickup I remember my mom making this 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, high in fiber ... 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 What Are Dates Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46233_what_are_dates_good_for What Are Dates Good For?<br><br><br>Dates Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>While dates don't appear to be particularly special with their oddly wrinkled, brown exterior, they're satisfyingly chewy and flavorful. Undoubtedly a favorite since the Garden of Eden, dates are considered a drupe because they contain a single pit or stone at the center.<br><br>Date palms, which produce these little beauties, were brought to America's Western coast by Spanish missionaries in the late 1700s. Medjool dates, w... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:56:00 EST Prepare ahead of time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46231_prepare_ahead_of_time If you wait til you're hungry to start preparing, you'll be fighting against the urge to eat whatever comes to hand while you're trying to prepare your meal. <br><br>Instead, while cleaning up your meal, think of what you'll need to make the next meal quicker and almost instant and get started with it. prep the veggies, chop the meat or veggies, even par cooking if that can be done. whatever it takes to make the next meal a brainless exercise, now's the time to do that, while your well fed an... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:38:00 EST awesome breakfast using sparkrecipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46223_awesome_breakfast_using_sparkrecipes awesome meal for breakfast-<br>cottage cheese oatmeal pancakes (found in sparkrecipes) topped with .5 cup fat free cottage cheese and .5 cut blueberries<br><br>so good<br>and packed with protein! ... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:46:00 EST How to stay healthy on Memorial Day weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46221_how_to_stay_healthy_on_memorial_day_weekend Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start for family cook outs and outdoor eating. And with so many of our favorite summer foods to choose from, it's often hard to figure out what "smart" eating choice is at a summer barbecue — and the best ways to burn off those extra calories.<br><br>After months of patiently waiting, it's finally here: the sizzling hot days of summer. With summer serving as the unofficial start to the celebrated season of sun, you want to make sure it's as healthy and s... Sat, 28 May 2016 20:29:00 EST What Are Cucumbers Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46219_what_are_cucumbers_good_for What Are Cucumbers Good For?<br><br><br>Cucumbers Nutrition Facts<br>Cucumbers: Why They're Beneficial<br><br><br>The fourth most widely cultivated "vegetable" in the world, the cucumber, related to both the melon and squash families, is technically a fruit. With its mild, refreshing flavor that mixes so well with other garden offerings, cucumbers are actually 90% water, but still manage to provide many valuable health benefits.<br><br>Like so many other plant-based foods, cucumbers originate... Sat, 28 May 2016 13:43:00 EST What Is Corn Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46217_what_is_corn_good_for What Is Corn Good For?<br><br>Corn Nutrition Facts<br><br>Experts believe corn originated in Mexico and was transported northward by both indigenous people and Spanish explorers. When the pilgrims first came to the Americas, the Indians introduced them to one of their main crops: “maize.” In 1609, colonists along the east coast successfully cultivated 30 acres, which yielded enough to export back home.<br><br>Today, varieties include white, yellow, speckled, and black, to name a few; sweet co... Sat, 28 May 2016 13:06:00 EST What Are Collard Greens Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46203_what_are_collard_greens_good_for What Are Collard Greens Good For?<br><br>Collard Greens Nutrition Facts<br><br>Collard greens hold a revered place in the hearts and on the tables of every true Southerner, but they have such remarkable qualities, that they’re the type of food everybody should get the goods on. Native to the Mediterranean, these unassuming greens were one of the easily transported foods that made it to England and France before the Common Era. They were mentioned not only by 17th century American colonists (w... Fri, 27 May 2016 12:41:00 EST What Are Coconuts Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46202_what_are_coconuts_good_for What Are Coconuts Good For?<br><br><br><br>Coconut Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>While the coconut is a mainstay in the diet of nearly one third of the planet, it's considered exotic in the Western world. Experts describe the coconut as not just a fruit, but a nut and a seed as well – a drupe. It has three layers: the outside layer is known as the exocarp, and the fibrous husk or mesocarp is inside of it. The thin, woody layer surrounding the actual coconut "meat" is the endocarp.<br><br>Since m... Fri, 27 May 2016 12:28:00 EST Spend a little time planning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46201_spend_a_little_time_planning When it comes down to understanding the roles that specific nutrients play in a healthy diet... Talk to your doctor or a dietitian for personalized dietary advice that takes into account your health status...lifestyle and food likes and dislikes... You can make a plan just for you.. There is a lot of information on the Sparks site but always talk to your Doctor for appointments and so they can weigh and make sure you are doing it the correct way.. For example like my hubby and I ..do you hav... Fri, 27 May 2016 11:33:00 EST Taming Elevated Triglycerides, Insulin Resistance, and Syndrome X http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46189_taming_elevated_triglycerides_insulin_resistance_and_syndrome_x Taming Elevated Triglycerides, Insulin Resistance, and Syndrome X<br><br>Triglycerides are the fats in the blood. To visualize their appearance, think of chicken soup left overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning you find an upper layer of yellowish fat, which has formed over the brownish liquid below. When blood is drawn into a tube during venepuncture, and then left on the counter for a while, light-yellow fat (triglycerides) will rise to the top, leaving the more watery red bloo... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:14:00 EST Ways to curb sugar cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46186_ways_to_cub_sugar_cravings This works for starchy carbs that we crave too!<br><br>Why Do We Crave Sugar?<br>There are many reasons why we go for sweet things. That appetite may be hardwired. "Sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth," says Gerbstadt, MD, a dietitian. Carbohydrates stimulate the release of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Sugar is a carbohydrate, but carbohydrates come in other forms, too, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.<br><br>The taste of sugar also releases endorphins th... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:02:00 EST Do pears provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46174_do_pears_provide_antiinflammatory_and_antioxidant_support Do pears provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support? <br> <br> <br>While pears are not an unusual source of conventional antioxidant or anti-inflammatory... Thu, 26 May 2016 01:35:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46165_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence Sidestepping Listeria<br><br>Here are some recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration. For more details, see www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/u<BR>cm274114.htm<br><br>Raw Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>***Rinse thoroughly under running tap water before eating, cutting, or cooking (even if the produce will be peeled).<br><br>***Scrub firm produce like melons and cucumbers with a clean produce brush.<br><br>***Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.<br><br>Special instructions ... Wed, 25 May 2016 17:41:00 EST What Is Cayenne Pepper Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46164_what_is_cayenne_pepper_good_for What Is Cayenne Pepper Good For?<br><br>Cayenne Pepper Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Sometimes, you want to add a bit of spice to your life. One way is to try cayenne pepper, a red, hot little spice with origins in South and Central America, the West Indies and Mexico. Dried and powdered, it produces a powerful heat that can enhance a plethora of foods – in the right amounts! But better than that, an active ingredient called capsaicin gives cayenne and other hot peppers their intensity is also a... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:32:00 EST What Are Cashews Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46163_what_are_cashews_good_for What Are Cashews Good For?<br><br><br>Cashews Nutrition Facts<br><br>Native to Brazil, cashews are crescent-shaped nuts with a sweet flavor and a plethora of uses in the kitchen. Considered third in consumption among all the tree nuts in the world, they're great when mixed with raisins, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, and other nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, to make a fantastic homemade trail mix.Cashew butter is a staple in many households around the world, and they... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:19:00 EST No Calorie Counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46156_no_calorie_counting Nutrition experts dole out a ton of advice about how to eat well—and, most importantly, not lose your mind doing it. But there are some tips that stand the test of time, and that experts themselves follow. (Because yes, they're human, too.) Here are 10 habits they live by—and that will change the way you eat.<br><br>Don't give anything up<br><br>Eat all the foods you enjoy—but the key is to do it in smaller quantities, says Elisa Zied, RDN, who has lost and kept off more than 30 pounds since ... Wed, 25 May 2016 07:04:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46152_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence Maple Leaf Foods, Canada's rough equivalent of Oscar Mayer, thought it was being vigilant enough in 2008. But that didn't prevent Listeria from contaminating its cold cuts that year, killing 22 people.<br><br>The company had a good track record in preventing contamination at its Bartor Road plant in North York, Ontario. It sanitized all surfaces that came into contact with food every day and cleaned the entire plant every weekend.<br><br>But for almost a year before the outbreak, inspectors... Tue, 24 May 2016 22:03:00 EST Shirataki Noodles — An Incredibly Healthy High-Fiber, No-Carb Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46149_shirataki_noodles_an_incredibly_healthy_highfiber_nocarb_food Shirataki Noodles — An Incredibly Healthy High-Fiber, No-Carb Food<br><br>One of the fastest ways to destroy your health is to eat a diet high in net carbs and protein and low in healthy fats. Considering the fact that 80 percent of Americans are insulin resistant and eat in this way, it's no surprise that obesity rates are on a steady climb.<br><br>While no one diet is perfect for everyone, as a general rule, most people could benefit by restricting net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to les... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:59:00 EST What Is Cacao Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46144_what_is_cacao_good_for What Is Cacao Good For?<br><br><br>Cacao Nutrition Facts<br>Crazy About Cacao<br><br><br>One of the most wildly popular trees on the planet is the cacao, the plant species from which cocoa – and chocolate – is derived. While some might think cacao and cocoa are one in the same, they're not, exactly. Cacao is the tree, while cocoa is the product made from it (not to be confused with coca, an evergreen shrub from which cocaine is concocted). Edible parts of cacao pods and the beans inside them ... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:59:00 EST What Is Cabbage Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46143_what_is_cabbage_good_for What Is Cabbage Good For?<br><br><br>The Cabbage Advantage<br><br>Cabbage Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Descended from cabbage grown wild in Mediterranean regions thousands of years ago, the leaves in today’s varieties sometimes have interesting dissimilarities. Some appear wide-spread and waffled, while others are smooth and tightly bunched. The colors vary as well, presenting pale green, blue green, red, reddish purple, and nearly white. All have very short stems which, other than garden dirt ... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:39:00 EST Are you hungry for breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46142_are_you_hungry_for_breakfast Are you hungry for breakfast? Or not? I don't eat breakfast because I am not hungry in the morning. This is a good habit for me because I make better choice for my 2 meals a day between 11a-7p. I don't label this skipping breakfast because I eat when I'm hungry.<br><br>When I eat breakfast I gained weight, with cravings all day long. This started at age 47 when I returned to college. It coincided with drinking pots of coffee with cream to reduce bitterness. Flash forward to today I am off my ... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:24:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46134_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_strawberries What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries<br><br> Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional. When total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces), strawberries ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberrie... Mon, 23 May 2016 23:11:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46133_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence The U.S. importer issued a recall and said that it would no longer do business with the Italian manufacturer. And the FDA imposed an Import Alert, which means that the company now has to prove that its foods are Listeria-free before they can enter the United States.<br><br>Even so, five more people became sick that September. Since most stores had repackaged the tainted cheese in smaller chunks and sold it under different brand names, consumers couldn't easily tell if they had any in their ... Mon, 23 May 2016 22:18:00 EST What Are Brussels Sprouts Good For http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46125_what_are_brussels_sprouts_good_for What Are Brussels Sprouts Good For?<br><br><br>Brussels Sprouts Nutrition Facts<br>Stepping Out with Brussels Sprouts<br><br><br><br>Named for the city in Belgium where this vegetable was first referenced in the 1200s – Brussels – this miniature cabbage may have been cultivated in Italy during the reign of Roman emperors. They migrated with European farmers into the U.S. in the 1800s.<br><br>In a long line of crucifers with cabbage, radishes, cauliflower, and kale, Brussels sprouts are a coo... Mon, 23 May 2016 12:04:00 EST What Is Broccoli Raab Good For http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46124_what_is_broccoli_raab_good_for What Is Broccoli Raab Good For?<br><br><br>Broccoli Raab Nutrition Facts<br><br>Relative to Broccoli – Broccoli Raab<br><br><br>Italians call it rapini, but in North America it’s broccoli raab (or rabe, pronounced “raw-bay”). If this vegetable is new to you, you may wonder about the differences between this and other closely related vegetables. Broccoli, the main vegetable in the crucifer family of plants, means “branch” or “arm” for its cross-shaped connectors. Broccoli raab is a wilder cou... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:56:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46109_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence A state epidemiologist heard about the diagnosis and called Pat to find out what John had been eating. When he learned about the soft cheeses, he arranged to pick them up. The cheeses tested positive for Listeria.<br><br>After a month, the hospital moved John to a rehabilitation facility for brain injuries, where he underwent a grueling six weeks of physical therapy.<br><br>"It took a lot of work for me to learn to speak, walk, and feed myself again," he says. "It wasn't pleasant."<br><br>... Sun, 22 May 2016 21:33:00 EST What Is Bok Choy Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46105_what_is_bok_choy_good_for What Is Bok Choy Good For?<br><br><br>Oh, Boy - Bok Choy!<br><br>Bok Choy Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Cultivated in China for centuries, bok choy has played a large part not only in its cuisine, but in traditional Chinese medicine. Today, it’s a staple in both Asian and American recipes.<br><br>A deep green leafy vegetable that resembles Romaine lettuce on top and a large celery on the bottom, bok choy is a crucifer more closely related to cabbage. The entire vegetable can be used, and is ofte... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:48:00 EST What Are Black Currants Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46104_what_are_black_currants_good_for What Are Black Currants Good For?<br><br><br>Black Currant Nutrition Facts<br><br>A popular berry during summertime, deep purple black currants (sometimes called blackcurrants) offer a wealth of nutrients not found anywhere else. The plump little black currant can be puckeringly sour however, so it's one fruit that usually requires some type of added sweetness, such as honey or stevia, for eating as is or for baking. Black currant sauce can make a delicious savory sauce for serving with lamb,... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:30:00 EST SO MUCH JUNK TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46095_so_much_junk_today I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 22 May 2016 01:56:00 EST What are some of the key features of dietary fiber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46094_what_are_some_of_the_key_features_of_dietary_fiber What are some of the key features of dietary fiber?<br><br>First, fiber has always been recognized as a plant-based nutrient. To make a simple comparison, plants have fiber in the same way that animals have muscles and bones. Fiber allows plants to maintain their shape and structure. And even though fungi (including mushrooms) are classified by scientists as belonging to their own separate category of living things, we would want to include them alongside of plants in this fiber discussion si... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:56:00 EST Protein is used in every single cell in our body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46091_lean_protein_benefits We need to eat plenty of protein foods every single day to keep our metabolism running, our energy up and our blood sugar levels stable. You might be eating enough protein overall, but are you eating the right kinds?<br><br>Protein is used in every single cell in our body and is critical for building muscle mass, supporting neurological function, aiding in digestion, helping to balance hormones naturally and keeping our mood upbeat. Protein foods are also beneficial for preventing weight gain... Sat, 21 May 2016 16:44:00 EST Plan your meals a week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46090_plan_your_meals_a_week_ahead Planning you meals a week ahead or two weeks out depending on how often you shop for groceries is a must. I plan our meals two weeks at a time and post 1 week on the refrigerator. We share the cooking in our house so in addition to what we are having each day it lists who is doing the cooking. I plan what we are having for all 3 meals including what fruits we are eating that day. If you do this then you know exactly what to buy at the grocery store and you are not buying junk you really do no... Sat, 21 May 2016 16:05:00 EST What Are Blackberries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46087_what_are_blackberries_good_for What Are Blackberries Good For?<br><br><br>Blackberries Nutrition Facts<br><br>Blackberry Bliss<br><br><br>Nothing says “Summer!” like a fresh fruit salad and if blackberries aren’t in the mix, you’re definitely missing out! Sweet and succulent, this fruit belongs to the same family and closely resembles dewberries and raspberries.<br><br>Blackberries, grow on thorny bushes called brambles, are native to Europe, but are now also grown commercially in the US. They are available all year round ... Sat, 21 May 2016 14:04:00 EST What Are Beets Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46086_what_are_beets_good_for What Are Beets Good For?<br><br>Beets Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Napoleon set aside 70,000 acres to explore the beet root’s sugar-producing potential. In an era of sugar shortages due to wartime blockades, France was then able to produce its own sugar. Since then, beets of varying hues and varieties, including the sugar beet that is now a global sweetener source, are widely cultivated. Beets are commonly boiled, baked, and pickled. They also can be grated raw into salads to add color and a ta... Sat, 21 May 2016 13:30:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46083_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence John belonged to one of the high-risk groups for listeriosis. Adults 65 years and older are four times more likely than younger people to get Listeria infections. Also at high risk are people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women (who generally recover, but often miscarry).<br><br>Since McKissick had just returned from Dubai, the doctors thought he might have picked up some virus in the Middle East, so they isolated him from other patients.<br><br>Meanwhile, McKissick's condition ... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:06:00 EST Read labels carefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46082_read_labels_carefully <br>Finally, some good news from the FDA about something positive.<br><br>Somehow, the FDA has finally realized that eating white sugar isn't good for you. It amazes me that it has taken so much time, but then again, the "sugar lobby" is a very strong one.<br><br>Ever since I started on this journey, I have become an avid label reader. I LOOK for sugar in products, I look to see the carb content, the calorie content, and whether it actually has anything good for me in it. I have become a food... Sat, 21 May 2016 09:54:00 EST What are the health benefits derived from sea vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46072_what_are_the_health_benefits_derived_from_sea_vegetables What are the health benefits derived from sea vegetables?<br><br>Why would anyone want to eat sea vegetables? Because they offer one of the broadest ranges of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean—and not surprisingly, many of same minerals found in human blood. The also offer a variety of unique phytonutrients, including their sulfated polysaccharides (also called fucoidans). Unlike some other categories of vegetables, sea vegetables do not appear to ... Fri, 20 May 2016 22:59:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46071_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence The supermarket had cut the Listeria-laced ricotta salata into smaller pieces and repackaged them as its store brand. In the process, some Listeria must have attached itself to a worker's finger, a knife, or a counter surface that later came in contact with a cheese that ended up in the McKissicks' shopping cart.<br><br>(The McKissicks declined to name the supermarket, but press reports have identified it as a Whole Foods Market.)<br><br>John McKissick would become one of the first victims o... Fri, 20 May 2016 20:18:00 EST Carb Sensitivity Issues? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46068_carb_sensitivity_issues Here's a new one for me. I've written on my blog, and on Secrets before about sugar, but never really paid that much attention to carbs. Wow, today was an eye-opener.<br><br>First a little history. In the last 45 days I've moved ALL THE WAY across the country and made major cultural changes: Southern California to North Carolina. The places I used to buy food are gone (of course) and the great weather is gone too. Now there isn't all negative to the story as I've already made some good ... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:23:00 EST What Are Beet Greens Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46065_what_are_beet_greens_good_for What Are Beet Greens Good For?<br><br><br>Beet Greens Nutrition Facts<br>The Buzz on Beet Greens<br><br><br>Grown in the Mediterranean region as far back as 2,000 B.C., beet cultivation spread to Babylonia in the eighth century, then to China around 850 A.D.<br><br>Beets, along with their greens, belong to the Goosefoot family, known as Chenopodiaceae. Within the botanical family, beet greens are factored alongside spinach, Swiss chard, quinoa, lamb's quarter, and a number of other wild plant... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:28:00 EST What Is Arugula Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46063_what_is_arugula_good_for What Is Arugula Good For?<br><br><br>Arugula Nutrition Facts<br><br>The Arugula Advantage<br><br>If you ever see a salad green referred to as “rocket,” it’s simply another name for arugula, or roquette in French. Yet another brassicaceae along with kale and cauliflower, its delightfully pungent leaves have been cultivated in the Mediterranean since time was recorded. As such, arugula is a perennial favorite in Italian cooking.<br><br>Rather nondescript in appearance, arugula is often added to... Fri, 20 May 2016 13:45:00 EST 9 Powerful Health Benefits of Pineapple http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46055_9_powerful_health_benefits_of_pineapple 1. Pineapples help fight away colds. <br><br>How fascinating is this? Researchers found that the raw extract from pineapple had the ability to decrease mucus five times faster than over-the-counter cough syrup and also helps patients recover 4.8 times faster. Bromelain is the compound that could be responsible for helping to reduce your cough. Here is a great natural pineapple cough juice you can make in the comfort of your own home. To reduce the severity and duration of a cough, consume thi... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:19:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46052_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for fewer than one out of every 10,000 cases of food poisoning in the United States. But the bacterium is so virulent, especially in older adults, that it's the third-leading cause of death from food-borne illnesses.<br><br>Even if you manage to live through the experience, your ordeal may not be over.<br><br>John McKissick once asked a fellow survivor how long it took to recover from his Listeria infection. "He said, 'Oh, you never get over it,'" McKis... Thu, 19 May 2016 20:32:00 EST What Are Bananas Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46048_what_are_bananas_good_for What Are Bananas Good For?<br><br><br>Banana Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>There are many reasons why bananas are one of the most popular foods in the world. They offer the perfect portion size, come in their own handy, natural protective wrap, and are extremely economical. Fresh and creamy, bananas mix well with other fruits and are a favorite lunchtime addition or for noshing on the go.<br><br>One of the most cultivated tropical fruits, bananas are a close relative to the plantain, which is la... Thu, 19 May 2016 14:50:00 EST Healthy Steaming Cooking Method http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46036_healthy_steaming_cooking_method Healthy Steaming Cooking Method<br><br>Steaming is one of the best cooking methods for maximizing taste and color, while retaining the most nutrients in vegetables and fish. Especially when the vegetables themselves have so much flavor, simply steaming them and finishing with fresh herbs, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil can produce a very satisfying and delicious dish. You can also Healthy Steam several vegetables or vegetables and fish in one pot for easier clean up.<br><br>My health... Thu, 19 May 2016 01:18:00 EST The Starch Solution - John McDougall MD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46035_the_starch_solution_john_mcdougall_md The Starch Solution - John Mc Dougall, MD <br><br>Today is day # one for me for reading over The Starch Solution - John Mc Dougall MD. I have set myself up to be successful by riding my home of bad food choices. I have gathered what I need as well.<br><br>My secret of success is to apply what I learn. So after I learn something helpful I want the experience that goes with it, and the advantages change can make. After thought, effort, and time I look at where I was prior to the new experience ... Thu, 19 May 2016 00:27:00 EST Portion out your meals weekly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46029_portion_out_your_meals_weekly Sometimes things get really hectic throughout the week and I find it difficult to stay on track! When things get hairy, I'm often tempted to stop by the nearest fast food restaurant drive-thru on the way home. But, I found a wonderfully simple solution. I prepare my lunch snacks on the one morning I usually have free. Saturday mornings are great mornings for me to take uninterrupted time to assess what I want to eat next week, do my grocery shopping for the week, and to make make the majo... Wed, 18 May 2016 15:30:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46028_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat ***Colon<br><br>Green tea was linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer in Chinese women and a higher risk in Chinese men living in Singapore.<br><br>***Prostate<br><br>A study of nearly 50,000 Japanese men found a lower risk of advanced prostate cancer in those who drank at least 5 cups of green tea a day, but a study of about 27,000 Chinese men in Singapore found no link in men who drank at least two cups a day.<br><br>"Although tea might have a small benefit that we can't detect, overall... Wed, 18 May 2016 14:19:00 EST 5 Health Benefits of Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46027_5_health_benefits_of_tomatoes 5 Health Benefits of Tomatoes<br><br><br>One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin A, 2 percent of the RDA of iron, and 1 percent of the RDA of calcium. Here are some of the health benefits of tomatoes.<br><br>1. Ward off Cancer<br><br>Numerous studies have concl... Wed, 18 May 2016 12:44:00 EST What are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits found in grapes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46014_what_are_the_antioxidant_and_antiinflammatory_benefits_found_in_grapes What are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits found in grapes?<br><br>Antioxidant Benefits<br><br>The wealth of antioxidant nutrients in grapes is somewhat startling! In addition to providing us with conventional antioxidant nutrient like vitamin C and manganese, grapes are filled with antioxidant phytonutrients that range from common carotenoids like beta-carotene to unusual stilbenes like resveratrol, and the total number of different antioxidant nutrients in grapes runs well into... Tue, 17 May 2016 21:10:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46013_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat But she'd rather that people ate whole foods.<br><br>"Some people just want to take a laxative and be done. But I'd prefer that they eat a bowl of bran cereal with milk and throw some blueberries on it."<br><br>"Whether it's the seeds or skins or sugar alcohols or fiber in grains, beans, vegetables, and other plant foods, something in there helps keep things moving."<br><br>The Bottom Line: Don't rely only on the "Dietary Fiber" number on Nutrition Facts labels to find foods that are good f... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:56:00 EST The Top Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46011_the_top_powerhouse_fruits_and_vegetables The Top Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your health and ward off countless chronic diseases. Virtually any vegetable is good for you… but some are better than others.<br><br>To a large extent, the best vegetables for you are those that appeal to your palate and agree with you. I highly recommend listening to your body, in that the foods you eat, including vegetables, should leave you feeling satisfied ... Tue, 17 May 2016 14:18:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45998_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat "There's no question that prunes work," says Slavin. "They're interesting because they have fiber, but they also have sugar alcohols and maybe other chemicals that matter."<br><br>(Sugar alcohols, like sorbitol or mannitol, are poorly absorbed carbohydrates. They're not alcohol.)<br><br>Sugar alcohols can keep things moving because they retain moisture, which can soften stool in small doses.<br><br>"But if you eat a large dose, some will get down to the large intestine and get fermented by ... Mon, 16 May 2016 22:33:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Shiitake Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45994_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_shiitake_mushrooms What's New and Beneficial about Shiitake Mushrooms<br><br> Although immune system support has often received much of the spotlight in shiitake mushroom research, recent study results involving support of the cardiovascular system have caught the attention of many researchers. In particular, recent studies have shown the ability of shiitake mushrooms to help protect us against cardiovascular diseases (including atherosclerosis) by preventing too much immune cell binding to the lining of our... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:54:00 EST Eating Healthy is a Rule.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45991_eating_healthy_is_a_rule I have found that eating healthy is not as easy as it sounds.. We all have the urge to take short cuts or eating out... Most Restaurants have a page online to show what the items you will be choosing is in your calorie range.. That is one way to check it out.. but we face each day with all kids of choices.. I have over the years made my own collection but if you cook more foods at home you have the choice of how it is cooked and what you will have.. include fruits and vegetables. But also inc... Mon, 16 May 2016 14:04:00 EST What Is Zucchini Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45989_what_is_zucchini_good_for What Is Zucchini Good For?<br><br><br>Zucchini Nutrition Facts<br>Zesty Zucchini<br><br>Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo<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 an... Mon, 16 May 2016 11:19:00 EST What is Healthy Eating? What is a Healthy Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45988_what_is_healthy_eating_what_is_a_healthy_diet What is Healthy Eating? What is a Healthy Diet?<br><br><br>Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life.<br><br>Diet is often referred to as some dietary regimen for losing weight. However, diet simply means what food we eat in the course of a 24-hour, one week, or one month, etc. period.<br><br>A good diet is a nutritional lifestyle that promotes good health. A good diet must include several food groups because one single g... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:55:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45978_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat Unlike wheat bran, which is rich in insoluble fiber, beans (along with oats) are rich in soluble fiber-----that is, fiber that dissolves in water.<br><br>"Soluble fiber binds bile acids in the gut and keeps them from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream," Bazzano explains. To make up for the loss, the liver takes cholesterol out of the blood to make more bile acids. That lowers your LDL cholesterol.<br><br>How much do you have to eat? In most studies, people typically ate about 1/2 cup of... Sun, 15 May 2016 20:10:00 EST Weekly Meal Prepping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45975_weekly_meal_prepping I don't have time to cook every night. I have a job with a lot of responsibility So when I come home I want to get in my workout, spend time with my daughter and boyfriend, and I want to rest. I also have to fit in time to meditate, take care of the dog, my apartment and all of life's little errands. Convenience food was probably the bane of my existence and led to a lot of my weight gain. <br><br>So, how do I fit in eating healthy? One, I keep it simple. Some people like to try a lot of rec... Sun, 15 May 2016 17:06:00 EST Portion out healthy snacks and quick meals for the week to help resist temptation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45974_portion_out_healthy_snacks_and_quick_meals_for_the_week_to_help_resist_temptation One of my biggest challenges when it comes to healthy eating is feeling like I don't have the time to eat healthy. I will get home from work after an exhausting and frustrating day and end up ordering take out because I'm too tired or it's too late to cook. Or even worse, I'll pig out on chips and soda or some other junk high in empty calories. <br><br>One of my resolutions for my fitness journey this time around has been to keep my fridge and freezer stocked with pre-portioned easily accessi... Sun, 15 May 2016 17:02:00 EST What are the health benefits you derive from eating garbanzo beans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45972_what_are_the_health_benefits_you_derive_from_eating_garbanzo_beans Digestive Tract Support<br><br>Even though legumes are known for their fiber, most people do not know how helpful the fiber in garbanzo beans can actually be for supporting digestive tract function. First is the issue of amount. Garbanzos contain about 12.5 grams of fiber per cup. That's 50% of the Daily Value (DV)! In addition to this plentiful amount, at least two-thirds of the fiber in garbanzos is insoluble. This insoluble fiber typically passes all the way through our digestive tract unc... Sun, 15 May 2016 15:10:00 EST Surprising Health Benefits of Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45968_surprising_health_benefits_of_vegetables Surprising Health Benefits of Vegetables<br><br><br>Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your overall health. A vegetable-rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and can even help slow down your body's aging process.<br><br>A recent study found that people who consume seven or more portions of vegetables and fruit a day have a 42 percent lower risk of dying from any cause, compared to those who eat ... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:05:00 EST Back to my Happy Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45962_back_to_my_happy_bread I have made a decision about my weight control program. I have reached a Happy Weight and I am going to return to my Sunbeam White Bread. It is always soft and very nice to the palate. It has only a few more calories and make me very happy. Now that I am at a point of almost maintenance, I feel It is time to give up that cardboard taste of wheat bread which I never liked. I have learned from Spark People to exercise more burned calories then are taken in. So now my soul will have my beloved b... Sun, 15 May 2016 09:30:00 EST What are some health benefits of raspberries? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45960_what_are_some_health_benefits_of_raspberries Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits<br><br>The diversity of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in raspberries is truly remarkable, and few commonly eaten fruits are able to provide us with greater diversity. From a research perspective, here is a partial list of phytonutrients in raspberries that provide us antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits:<br><br> anthocyanins<br> cyanidins<br> pelargonidins<br> delphinidins<br> malvidins <br> ... Sun, 15 May 2016 00:40:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45957_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat However, in a second study, people who were fed whole grains didn't lose more belly fat. Nor have most other studies seen much difference in weight loss.<br><br>And keep in mind that some whole-grain foods have more calories than their refined-grain counter-parts.<br><br>For example, at California Pizza Kitchen, the hand-tossed wheat whole grain crust-----which is only part whole wheat-----has 720 calories. (The gluten-free crust has 760.) In contrast, the white-flour hand-tossed original ... Sat, 14 May 2016 21:52:00 EST 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45950_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... Sat, 14 May 2016 13:26:00 EST Ugly Fruit Packs in Nutrients http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45941_ugly_fruit_packs_in_nutrients A new initiative has been spawned in the U.S., patterned after a similar effort in France focused on marketing unlovely produce such as "the grotesque apple and the ridiculous potato."<br><br>The premise is built on the realization that just because these foods may have an inferior exterior in comparison with the beautiful darlings on display in fruit baskets, it doesn’t mean they’re not edible and nutritious.<br><br>Especially in wealthy countries like the U.S., it’s only the most perfect sp... Fri, 13 May 2016 23:56:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45940_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat 3. Do whole grains lead to weight loss?<br><br>"A diet rich in whole grains and fiber helps manage hunger and is associated with a healthier body weight," says the Kashi GoLean Crunch box.<br><br>"More Grains. LESS YOU!" says General Mills Multi Grain Peanut Butter Cheerios. "People who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't."<br><br>Yes, studies that track thousands of people for years find that whole-grain eaters are less likely to gain weight than people who ea... Fri, 13 May 2016 20:57:00 EST Fruit instead of sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45936_fruit_instead_of_sugar So besides the food instead of sugar thing I've been doing several other things. But let's start with the fruit instead of sugar. I find that it's very helpful to eat a piece of fruit every time I want sugar. I've also turn to eating tomatoes and avocados as well. But they are also hiring calorie. I also carry celery and carrots and cucumbers with some ranch dip or some peanut butter dip, I'm very careful not to use too much did just enough to add a little bit of flavor. These snacking ideas ... Fri, 13 May 2016 13:52:00 EST Loose Weight or Fitness Addicts...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45935_loose_weight_or_fitness_addicts Well some of us want to loose weight and then there are some people who are fitness addicts.. They get into numbers on the scales.. They get a high on loosing.. don't do this... it can lead to health problems and you could get sick..there's nothing wrong with what they're doing, as long as they eat sensibly and just get to the point of where you feel good in your own skin.. that is the point you go for..Yes, you need to limit your caloric intake and exercise on an intensive level if you want ... Fri, 13 May 2016 12:29:00 EST 7 Factors to Consider if You’re Told Your Cholesterol Is Too High http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45934_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><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 cons... Fri, 13 May 2016 11:53:00 EST Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45933_cholesterol_myths_you_need_to_stop_believing Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believing<br><br>In a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vast majority of Americans (76 percent) said they had had their cholesterol level checked at least once in the previous five years.1<br><br>Despite the commonality of the cholesterol test, many are seriously misled about what the results of the test mean. Many people aren't even receiving a useful cholesterol test at all.<br><br>A total cholesterol test, ... Fri, 13 May 2016 11:34:00 EST Superfood Trio: Ginger, Turmeric, and Carrots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45926_superfood_trio_ginger_turmeric_and_carrots To designate a vegetable, spice or other edible with the title “superfood” is to recognize that it has the sort of capabilities that far outdistances others among their ranks.<br><br>Three superfoods that have gone out of their way to distinguish themselves nutritionally are ginger, turmeric and carrots. If you’re surprised by that last one, what follows is a summation of all their attributes, as well as some of the potential they hold for you.<br><br>One of the most important bonuses they sh... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:48:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45919_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat "They sell juices in 16- or 20-ounce bottles out of a vending machine," notes Bazzano. So it's not hard to get more than two servings in one bottle.<br><br>"We saw an increased risk for orange and grapefruit juice, but it was strongest for apple juice," adds Bazzano.<br><br>How might fruit juice raise the risk of diabetes?<br><br>"When you drink fruit juices, you're less likely to compensate for the calories later on," says Bazzano. "It's the same thing that happens with sugar-sweetened bev... Thu, 12 May 2016 14:39:00 EST Information About Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45917_information_about_cholesterol It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn't bad. In fact, cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. <br> <br><br>What is cholesterol and where does it come from?<br><br>Cholesterol is a waxy substance that comes from two sources: your body and food. Your body, and especially your liver, makes all the cholesterol you need and circulates it through the blood. But cholesterol is also found in foods from animal sources, such as... Thu, 12 May 2016 13:39:00 EST The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Are Intended to Confuse the Public and the Press http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45906_the_2015_dietary_guidelines_are_intended_to_confuse_the_public_and_the_press The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) every five years (since 1980). The guidelines affect food labels; medical research grants; school lunch menus, which feed more than 30 million children each school day; the Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which informs the diets of eight million people; and most other public nutrition programs and nutritional d... Wed, 11 May 2016 23:27:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45902_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat 2. Is drinking fruits and vegetables as healthy as eating them?<br><br>"Getting your vegetables every day?" the personal trainer in the V8 commercial asks her client as he does sit-ups.<br><br>"When I can," he responds.<br><br>That's when the trainer gives the client a slap on his forehead.<br><br>"Could've had a V8," says the ad. "Two full servings of vegetables for only 50 delicious calories."<br><br>Got the message? It doesn't matter if you eat or drink your veggies, says V8. Either w... Wed, 11 May 2016 17:13:00 EST Superfood Trio: Ginger, Turmeric, and Carrots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45886_superfood_trio_ginger_turmeric_and_carrots Tapping into Turmeric<br><br>Turmeric, aka Curcuma longa, is a tropical and subtropical rhizome, meaning the root contains the spice, although the leaves are also used in Chinese and East Indian Ayurvedic medicine.<br><br>It’s famous for its healing qualities, but there’s also the brilliant yellow hue, and the curry produced from turmeric that gives Indian and Chinese dishes such unmistakable piquancy. Turmeric has no seeds; the roots are used for propagation.<br><br>Curcumin is probably the ... Tue, 10 May 2016 23:21:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45885_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat The results: the higher the dose, the higher the participants' LDL ("bad") cholesterol and post-meal triglycerides.<br><br>"I didn't expect to see anything at 10 percent, but we did," says Stanhope. "Even the addition of that amount of sugar-----equivalent to half a can of regular soda with each meal-----was enough to raise risk factors for cardiovascular disease."<br><br>That's news because a similar study, by a researcher who has received funding from the Corn Refiners Association, found ... Tue, 10 May 2016 21:09:00 EST What Is Basil Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45877_what_is_basil_good_for What Is Basil Good For?<br><br><br>Basil Nutrition Facts<br><br>Basics on Basil<br><br>If a kitchen has only a few herbs in its possession, basil will likely be one of them. Its fragrant essence combines well with rosemary and thyme in meat dishes, fish, vegetables, cheese, soup and eggs, and is one of the main ingredients in pesto, along with pine nuts and parmesan cheese.<br><br>Although more than 60 varieties of basil have been identified, they all fall into three main types: sweet, purple... Tue, 10 May 2016 11:35:00 EST Avocado Nutrition Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45876_avocado_nutrition_facts What Are Avocados Good For?<br> Avocado!<br><br>Avocado Nutrition Facts<br><br>Health Benefits of Avocado<br><br>When it comes to nutrition, avocados are in a class by themselves because of the unusually large number of benefits they offer - more than 20, last count. Loaded with fiber, one avocado contains 36% of the daily requirement of vitamin K, 30% of the folate, and 20% each of the daily requirements of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5, needed to break down carbohydrates), vitamin B6, vitami... Tue, 10 May 2016 11:24:00 EST TRYING TO EAT BETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45874_trying_to_eat_better I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 10 May 2016 10:21:00 EST How to survive once every minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45869_how_to_survive_once_every_minute How come today I came to the realization every single minute of every single day. Definitely not exercise that was my problem. I thought I would like to eat. I want to eat because I'm sad and want to eat because of him. I want to eat because I have nothing else to do. I want to eat to procrastinate doing what I need to do. And I want to eat because I'm starving because I've been working out so hard. Unfortunately even though I've been working out very hard, it doesn't necessarily mean that th... Mon, 9 May 2016 23:51:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45867_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat 1. Can Sugar Harm Your Heart?<br><br>"The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol," trumpeted the Washington Post headline in February.<br><br>The hubbub over eggs got a small tsunami of attention (maybe because people mistakenly assumed that the U.S. was poised to drop warnings about meat, butter, and other foods that raise blood cholesterol, not about foods, like eggs, that contain cholesterol).<br><br>In fact, eggs got so much attention that the media... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:24:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45866_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_spinach What's New and Beneficial About Spinach<br><br> Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well. Recent research has shown that spinach leaves that look fully alive and vital have greater concentrations of vitamin C than spinach leaves that are pale in color. The study authors suggest that the greater supply of vitamin C helps protect all of the oxygen-sensitive phytonutrients in the spinach leaves and makes them looking vibrant and... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:23:00 EST Health Benefits of Bananas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45860_health_benefits_of_bananas Health Benefits of Bananas<br> <br>The health benefits of bananas include helping with weight loss, reducing obesity, curing intestinal disorders, relieving constipation, and curing conditions like dysentery, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney disorders, urinary disorders, menstrual problems, and burns. They are also good for reducing blood pressure, protecting heart health, modifying the metabolism, improving the immune system, reducing the severity of ulcers, ensuring healthy eye... Mon, 9 May 2016 13:16:00 EST Health Benefits of Cumin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45858_health_benefits_of_cumin Health Benefits of Cumin<br><br>The health benefits of cumin include its ability to aid in digestion, improve immunity and treat piles, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, lactation, anemia, skin disorders, boils and cancer.Many of you might remember having hated those curries and soups which had roasted or fried cumin seeds in them when you were kids, because they looked like small black insects. However, you probably liked the taste. So your mother might have r... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:55:00 EST Lemon or Lime? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45850_lemon_or_lime Drinking tap water can be unsafe, we have all read, seen and heard that. But when you are in a restaurant, a lot of times, in order to save money, you order water and what you are getting is from the tap. I do this, a lot. I eat out frequently and since I'm watching what I eat I order water with my meal.<br><br>Have you seen the prices a restaurant charges for bottled water? And unless you are allowed to bring in your own, like they do with wine, you are paying for a glass of wine with a ... Mon, 9 May 2016 07:25:00 EST 10 Surprising Benefits Of Dragon Fruit You Never Knew http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45839_10_surprising_benefits_of_dragon_fruit_you_never_knew 10 Surprising Benefits Of Dragon Fruit You Never Knew<br><br><br>Dragon what? No, this is not a medieval-times myth where knights save princesses from fire-breathing dragons and win the coveted dragon fruit from a magical tree. That said, real dragon fruit does contain some pretty magical benefits that can make you feel like a beautiful princess or a knight in shining armor.<br><br>In tropical and subtropical regions in South America and Asia, the dragon fruit flourishes and grows in abundanc... Sun, 8 May 2016 11:12:00 EST How to succeed, and what to eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45837_how_to_succeed_and_what_to_eat Food is not the problem, the issue is the way you use it against yourself.<br><br>Yes, against yourself. I fought food all my life. I struggled to decide whether to say no, or to cave in completely. I ended up caving in completely, and lost myself in the process.<br><br>Learning that food that is good for me is GOOD, and can easily be substituted for things that are simply awful for you was a revelation of sorts. I eat really well now. I have no white food (bread, white flour, sugar, ICEBERG ... Sun, 8 May 2016 10:54:00 EST What Are Carrots Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45828_what_are_carrots_good_for What Are Carrots Good For?<br><br><br>Carrot Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Extremely versatile to eat and available nearly anywhere in the world, carrots have been around for centuries. Historians believe that carrots were cultivated by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, as they were mentioned by Pliny the Elder and prized by Emperor Tiberius. Carrots belong to the Umbelliferae family, a term derived from the umbrella-like flower cluster on top of the plants in this family. You’ll find similar fern-... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:39:00 EST What Are the Health Benefits of Carrots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45826_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_carrots What Are the Health Benefits of Carrots?<br><br><br>Carrots are so common in the US that it's easy to overlook their potentially powerful benefits to your health.<br><br>Now a popular snack food to eat with dips or add to fresh vegetable juice, or as an addition to soups and stews, carrots have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties. According to the US Department of Agriculture:1<br><br>"Thought to be native to central or western Asia (likely Afghanistan), cultivated ... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:35:00 EST Why is there so much controversy about soybeans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45817_why_is_there_so_much_controversy_about_soybeans Why is there so much controversy about soybeans?<br><br>Given the fact that soybeans are a food that has been enjoyed by millions of people over thousands of year, it's unexpected to find so much controversy surrounding this legume. And yet in the public press and in scientific research, soybeans have been a topic of ongoing controversy. For example, in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a health claim for soy protein as a nutrient that could reduce risk of heart dis... Fri, 6 May 2016 22:54:00 EST What Is Artichoke Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45812_what_is_artichoke_good_for What Is Artichoke Good For?<br><br><br>Artichoke Nutrition Facts<br>Artichoke Attributes<br><br><br>Today, California provides virtually all of the artichokes in the U.S. If left to grow wild, artichokes blossom into large purple flowers.<br><br>Health Benefits of Artichoke<br><br>Artichokes supply 28 percent of the recommended daily value of fiber, which is important for keeping you “regular,” by helping to move material through your system. Fiber can also help lower blood sugar and blood pr... Fri, 6 May 2016 13:30:00 EST What Are Apricots Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45811_what_are_apricots_good_for What Are Apricots Good For?<br><br>Apricot Nutrition Facts<br><br>Ripe and golden with a luscious flavor and velvety surface – or a more intense shade when dried – apricots are closely related to peaches, plums, and nectarines. Grown on deciduous trees, they're actually a drupe, with the seed central to the surrounding fruit and each having a fairly uniform size. They're sometimes overlooked as a fruit, perhaps because there are so many fruits to choose from in today's markets.<br><br>Already... Fri, 6 May 2016 12:57:00 EST Benefits of Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45808_benefits_of_fiber When you think of dietary fiber…<br>I bet you think of two things:<br><br>#1: processed diet and “health” food products like breakfast bars and cereals that scream “LOADED WITH FIBER” on the box (and typically aren’t very tasty)<br><br>#2: yes, just that — a satisfying, solid, dependable number #2<br><br>And while fiber certainly does keep us regular and feeling full (which is why it’s added to so many diet and “health” food-like products), there are a number of other critical benefits of fib... Fri, 6 May 2016 09:15:00 EST What are some of the health benefits of cranberries? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45800_what_are_some_of_the_health_benefits_of_cranberries What are some of the health benefits of cranberries?<br><br>While familiar nutrients like vitamin C and fiber play a very important role in cranberry's health benefits, it's the amazing array of phytonutrients in cranberries that has gotten the special attention of health researchers. There are at least 5 key categories of health-supportive phytonutrients in cranberries, as summarized in the following chart:<br>Cranberry Phytonutrients<br>Type of Phytonutrient Specific Molecules<br>Phenolic A... Fri, 6 May 2016 00:38:00 EST Water, munchies and morning coffee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45797_water_munchies_and_morning_coffee I have started drinking my coffee black with a dash of cinnamon in it. Taking out the cream and sugar saves me a bunch of calories and fat and reduces my sugar intake. I actually prefer my coffee black now!! I have also reduced my coffee intake to one each day in the morning. The rest of the day I try and drink green or herbal tea (also with nothing in them). I let my co-workers and friends know that I have reduced coffee/tea from my diet, which makes it a lot easier to say no to fancy co... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:43:00 EST Bananas: Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45795_bananas_health_benefits Bananas: Health Benefits, Facts, Research<br><br>Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reason.<br><br>The curved yellow fruit packs a big nutritional punch, wrapped in its own convenient packaging. Some scientists believe that the banana may have even been the world's first fruit.<br><br>Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, traces the banana back to the Garden of Eden, where he believes it was the banana, not the apple... Thu, 5 May 2016 11:07:00 EST Food is not the problem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45794_food_is_not_the_problem Food is not the problem, the issue is the way you use it against yourself.<br><br>Yes, against yourself. I fought food all my life. I struggled to decide whether to say no, or to cave in completely. I ended up caving in completely, and lost myself in the process.<br><br>Learning that food that is good for me is GOOD, and can easily be substituted for things that are simply awful for you was a revelation of sorts. I eat really well now. I have no white food (bread, white flour, sugar, ICEBERG ... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:59:00 EST Food is not the problem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45793_food_is_not_the_problem Food is not the problem, the issue is the way you use it against yourself.<br><br>Yes, against yourself. I fought food all my life. I struggled to decide whether to say no, or to cave in completely. I ended up caving in completely, and lost myself in the process.<br><br>Learning that food that is good for me is GOOD, and can easily be substituted for things that are simply awful for you was a revelation of sorts. I eat really well now. I have no white food (bread, white flour, sugar, ICEBERG ... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:59:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Celery http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45792_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_celery <br>What's New and Beneficial About Celery<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 produc... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:53:00 EST Could you tell me more about collard greens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45783_could_you_tell_me_more_about_collard_greens Could you tell me more about collard greens?<br><br>All cruciferous vegetables provide integrated nourishment across a wide variety of nutritional categories and provide broad support across a wide variety of body systems as well. For more on cruciferous vegetables see:<br><br> Eating Healthy with Cruciferous Vegetables<br> Feeling Great with Cruciferous Vegetables <br><br>Collards are leafy green vegetables that belong to the same family that includes cabbage, kale, and broccoli. While... Thu, 5 May 2016 00:55:00 EST Overcoming GERD and losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45782_overcoming_gerd_and_losing_weight I have been trying to study the various doctor's advice on eating healthy who are featured on PBS and it really seems to be working for me. They say eat healthy fats -- not sugar in any form or any flour products at all. that this causes the weight to fall off. They say the healthy fats control the cravings and it sure seems to do the trick for me. One of the doctors says rye is ok because it is not digested, so I have been trying Wasa Rye crackers when I need them. Bone broth from grass ... Thu, 5 May 2016 00:03:00 EST Ignoring the cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45781_ignoring_the_cravings So one of the hardest things for me is to ignore the cravings I often want to eat chocolate. It is hard to ignore the call of dark chocolate. First I tried to justify it by saying hey it's an antioxidant. Men I actually eat it and I feel angry at myself for eating it. Or, I justify eating it by saying I've had a rough day. It is hard to say how important chocolate and seems to be in my life. I dream about it every night. I think about it Kama probably every hour. And is really annoying how m... Wed, 4 May 2016 23:06:00 EST Benefits of Beets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45776_benefits_of_beets Benefits of Beets<br><br><br>Beets are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe. Originally, it was the beet greens that were consumed; the sweet red beet root that most people think of as a "beet" today wasn't cultivated until the era of ancient Rome.1<br><br>By the 19th century, however, the natural sweetness of beets came to be appreciated and beets began to be used as a source of sugar (reportedly, Napoleon was responsible for dec... Wed, 4 May 2016 12:11:00 EST Benefits of Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45774_benefits_of_broccoli Benefits of Broccoli<br><br><br>Vegetables have an impressive way of offering widespread benefits to your health, and broccoli is no exception. When you eat broccoli, you're getting dozens, maybe even hundreds, of super-nutrients that support optimal, body-wide health.<br><br>Man-made substances just can't compare, and that's why, if you take just one piece of advice away from your childhood, make it this one: eat your broccoli!<br><br>5 Leading Benefits of Broccoli<br><br>We've compiled an e... Wed, 4 May 2016 11:29:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45768_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_strawberries What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries<br><br> Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional. When total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces), strawberries ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberrie... Wed, 4 May 2016 01:51:00 EST If All Your Friends Are Doing It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45763_if_all_your_friends_are_doing_it I grew up in a household where "if all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?" was a constant mantra. It was supposed to encourage me to be an independent thinker, and evaluate the decisions I made to determine whether or not they were smart.<br><br>My job has set times to take a coffee and lunch break. Due to the industry I'm in, the company policy is that food is not allowed at desks but only in the designated food areas around the building. During the off-work days, I feel t... Tue, 3 May 2016 17:33:00 EST Celery: Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45760_celery_health_benefits <br>Celery: Health Benefits, Facts, Research<br><br>Celery is a vegetable belonging to the Apiaceae family. It is well known for its crunchy stalks, which people often consume as a low calorie snack.<br><br>However, celery is not only a good low calorie food. There are a number of other reasons why you might want to include this vegetable in your diet.<br><br>Celery is thought to be beneficial for the digestive tract and cardiovascular system. In addition, the seeds of the plant are also comm... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:08:00 EST Top 8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45759_top_8_health_benefits_of_cauliflower Top 8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower<br><br><br>Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.<br><br>Adding to cauliflower's appeal is its extreme versatility. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Caulifl... Tue, 3 May 2016 10:58:00 EST Keeping snacks ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45750_keeping_snacks_ready So, today was all about avoiding the sugar. Normally, I want sugar all day long. I don't know what it is, but having sugar seems like a brain goal for me. I crave chocolate, sodas, and the like. I see milkshake signs ands swoon. Anyway, I found that if I have sweet fruits with me it is easier to curb that desire for something sweet. So, today I brought three oranges and an apple with me. Low and behold, everytime I craved sugar I ate one of those things. It really , really helped. I ... Mon, 2 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Why You Need to Eat More Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45747_why_you_need_to_eat_more_vegetables Why You Need to Eat More Vegetables<br> Low in calories, high in fiber, and with almost all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, vegetables are a nutritional cornerstone. While many think vegetables equate to a few leaves of lettuce and some tomatoes, there's a wide variety of veggies available, and you can use them in a number of different ways.<br> <br>In addition to eating them raw in a salad, many can be lightly steamed or cooked, and you can boost your consumption by ju... Mon, 2 May 2016 14:48:00 EST What Is Asparagus Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45744_what_is_asparagus_good_for What Is Asparagus Good For?<br><br>Asparagus Nutrition Facts<br>Assets of Asparagus<br><br>Wild asparagus, which grows abundantly around irrigation ditches and marshes, has thin, pencil-like shoots. Through selective breeding and growing techniques, a thicker stem was developed to have more edible flesh, but most asparagus aficionados believe the more slender stalks are less reedy and tough. Snap them at a natural breaking point about three-quarters of the way down the stalk.<br><br>Some aspa... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:05:00 EST Health Benefits of Strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45743_health_benefits_of_strawberries Health Benefits of Strawberries<br><br><br>Strawberries<br>Sw<BR>eet, juicy strawberries, with their vibrant red color, can brighten up the flavor and look of any meal. They are not only delicious, they are low in fat and calories, a good source of fiber and contain antioxidants, which protect the human body from cellular damage caused by free radicals1.<br><br>Strawberry Nutrients<br>One cup of strawberries provides 50 calories and about 3 grams of fiber, most of which is soluble fiber. Stud... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:02:00 EST make healthy snacks for long drives http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45736_make_healthy_snacks_for_long_drives Make healthy snacks for long drives to avoid eating junk or stopping for junk. I find when I have a long drive that is more than one hour, that it is hard to avoid eating or craving food. IF I have nutritious food available such as fresh veggies or fruit, it makes the drive shorter and I am less apt to stop and purchase junk food. For instance, today, I knew I had to drive from Pasadena and would most likely get stuck in some major traffic. Before I left ai crated a snack tray of various ... Mon, 2 May 2016 01:26:00 EST How tofu is made and if all tofu is fermented? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45730_how_tofu_is_made_and_if_all_tofu_is_fermented How tofu is made and if all tofu is fermented?<br><br>Originating in China well over a thousand years ago, tofu is made by curdling soymilk so that soymilk proteins become coagulated. The resulting soy curds can then be pressed into a sliceable cake. "Nigari" tofu typically refers to soymilk that has been coagulated with the addition of magnesium chloride. Gypsum (calcium sulfate) is another coagulant that is widely used to curdle soymilk. Both calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride are also ... Sun, 1 May 2016 20:15:00 EST Apples are a favorite superfood http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45727_apples_are_a_favorite_superfood Favorite superfoods (and superfruits!) the apple.<br><br>It’s no surprise that apples are good for you — why else would they have earned that “keep the doctor away” reputation? — but there are a number of lesser-known reasons to pick up a juicy one today.<br><br>Some of our favorite health benefits of apples are in the slideshow below. Let us know what else you love about apples in the comments!<br><br>1 Apples Lower Cholesterol<br><br><br>One medium-sized apple contains about four grams of f... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:31:00 EST 10 Proven Benefits of Blueberrie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45726_10_proven_benefits_of_blueberrie 10 Proven Benefits of Blueberries (No. 3 is Very Impressive)<br><br>Smiling Brunette With a Bowl of BlueberriesBlueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular.<br><br>Often labelled a “superfood,” they are low in calories and incredibly good for you.<br><br>They are so tasty and convenient that many people consider them to be their favorite fruit.<br><br>Here are 10 health benefits of blueberries that are supported by research.<br><br>1. Blueberries are Low in Calories, But High in Nutri... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:12:00 EST What's new and beneficial about walnuts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45718_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_walnuts 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 bitterness... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:35:00 EST Benefits of Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45716_benefits_of_coffee Woman Smiling With a Tiny Cup of CoffeeCoffee is actually very healthy.<br><br>It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health.<br><br>The studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.<br><br>Here are the top 13 evidence-based health benefits of coffee, that have been confirmed in actual human studies.<br><br>1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter<br><br>Coffee can help people feel less tired and in... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:36:00 EST What are flavonoids? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45699_what_are_flavonoids What are flavonoids?<br><br>Flavonoids are one of the largest nutrient families known to scientists, and include over 6,000 already-identified family members. Some of the best-known flavonoids include quercetin, kaempferol, catechins, and anthocyanidins. This nutrient group is most famous for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits, as well as its contribution of vibrant color to the foods we eat. As an especially delicate group of nutrients with respect to cooking heats, flavon... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:45:00 EST Overcoming food temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45697_overcoming_food_temptation I did it! I'm so PROUD of myself!<br><br>I DID NOT eat a glazed donut from the THREE FRESH BOXES in the teacher's lounge this morning! <br><br>My secret? I'll be more than happy to share! <br><br>Walking down the hall towards my classroom, I told myself that the fat-free vanilla yogurt and apple (that I had cut into small pieces and doused with cinnamon) that I had in my hand for breakfast actually tasted better! <br><br>Suddenly, the donuts weren't so alluring. The smell of the sausage anoth... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:16:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45693_under_the_radar Q: Why?<br><br>A: If we didn't feel hungry when we saw food, we wouldn't eat and we wouldn't have survived as a species. We don't have to learn to feel hungry. It's built in. If we haven't eaten for some time, our stomachs growl, we may start getting a headache or a little shaky. these built-in mechanisms make sure that we eat so we survive.<br><br>But now we don't rely on those mechanisms because food is everywhere. The smell or the sight of food can make us hungry. All these cues mak... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:08:00 EST How do pumpkin seeds provide you with antioxidant support? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45684_how_do_pumpkin_seeds_provide_you_with_antioxidant_support How do pumpkin seeds provide you with antioxidant support?<br> <br>While antioxidant nutrients are found in most WHFoods, it's the diversity of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds that makes them unique in their antioxidant support. Pumpkin seeds contain conventional antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E. However, not only do they contain vitamin E, but they contain it in a wide variety of forms. Alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, a... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:09:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45683_under_the_radar Q: Many of us remember when food wasn't sold everywhere, 24/7.<br><br>A: Yes. I'm 60, so I remember how things were before the obesity epidemic, which started around 1980. When I was in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in the late '70s, there were very few places to eat around campus. College students just had a dining hall. If you didn't get there between 5:30 and 7 p.m., you didn't get dinner that night.<br><br>Q: It's not like that anymore?<br><br>A: No. In 2008, I... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:40:00 EST What are the cardiovascular benefits of strawberries? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45668_what_are_the_cardiovascular_benefits_of_strawberries What are the cardiovascular benefits of strawberries?<br><br>No area of strawberry health benefits is better documented than benefits for the cardiovascular system. It's also hard to imagine any other research result, since our heart and blood vessels need everyday protection from oxidative and inflammatory damage, and the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient content of strawberries is simply outstanding. Among all fruits profiled as the World's Healthiest Foods, strawberries come out a... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:22:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45665_under_the_radar Q: How do menus push us to buy certain foods?<br><br>A: Companies use eye-tracking equipment to see how people scan a page, so they know that where on the menu a dish appears influences what people choose.<br><br>For example, the upper right-hand corner is known as the "sweet spot." Newspapers put the big news in the upper right-hand corner of the front page because that's where people look first.<br><br>Or, menus might put an expensive item next to another dish that's even pricier, so the... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:57:00 EST Diet to Prevent Colon Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45662_diet_to_prevent_colon_cancer Diet to Prevent Colon Cancer<br><br>Looking to reduce your risk of colon cancer? Experts say to reach for the veggies and skip the bacon bits.<br>.<br><br>New research into diet and colon cancer has exonerated some foods that were once thought to increase the risk of the disease. At the same time, research has confirmed that some food favorites — such as processed meats — do indeed increase the risk.<br><br>Diet and Colon Cancer: Processed Meat Alert<br><br>In the United States, colorectal ca... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:52:00 EST Portion Control Hints http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45658_portion_control_hints If I buy a bag of crunchy snacks, the first thing I do is separate them into individual zip lock baggies. Even if I overeat, at least I know how many I ate. Never eat directly from the bag! <br> Weighing and measuring is also a key. Depending on your eyes to give an accurate estimate of what you are eating is not a good way to keep in control. As time goes by we tend to increase those portions so get out those measuring cups and invest in a small scale to be sure of what you are putting... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:27:00 EST NEED TO EAT BETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45656_need_to_eat_better I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:04:00 EST What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45652_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_shiitake_mushrooms What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms?<br><br>Shiitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms are widely referred to as "medicinal mushrooms" due to their long history of medical use, particularly in oriental medicine traditions. It's important to distinguish, however, between extracts and medicinal preparations made from these mushrooms and their appearance as whole foods in an everyday diet. Most of the medicinal research on shiitake mushrooms has been conducted on laboratory animals o... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:17:00 EST Pre Packing Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45649_pre_packing_food We have ALL had issues with over snacking or over eating! Some days are harder than others to control what I'm putting in my mouth. Other days I mindlessly graze over random snacks without being aware of what I'm actually eating. <br><br>But here is my secret to controlling and watching what I eat!<br><br>Making my snacks and lunch before hand makes me more successful at controlling what I eat. <br><br>Here's what I do! I pack my snacks in a small zip lock bag and write the number of calories... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:42:00 EST Why Eat Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45647_why_eat_healthy Stop right there... leave the ice cream .. put the spoon down and back away slowly... We all need to reorganize our pantry and drawer in our fridge.. We need to add a variety of color Vegetables.. You may have to add slowly and make some camouflage with other ones they like but it may be a challenge but it is worth it in the long run... Vegetables and fruit help protect your body against all kinds of diseases. This is because vegetables and fruit provide energy, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:01:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45644_under_the_radar Eating Out<br><br>Q: What makes us eat more when we eat out?<br><br>A: Bigger servings. Restaurants typically serve us more calories than we can burn, and people are eating out more often. A recent Cochrane review examined 72 studies and concluded that if you serve people larger portions, they eat more. It's automatic.<br><br>We don't pay attention to how much we eat because we don't have to. We can eat while we talk to a dinner companion, watch TV, or drive. We eat the food that's in ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:48:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45631_under_the_radar Q: Does our self-control also get worn down?<br><br>A: Yes. In one study, everyone was told to skip a meal before an experiment. Two groups were told to wait in a room with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, chocolate candies and radishes before being asked to solve a puzzle.<br><br>One of those groups was told to taste the radishes, but not the cookies or candies. The second group was told to taste the cookies and candies. A third group was asked to solve the puzzle without waiting ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:49:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Black Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45630_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_black_beans What's New and Beneficial About Black Beans<br><br> Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health, and particularly our colon. The indigestible fraction (IF) in black beans has recently been shown to be larger than the IF in either lentils or chickpeas. It has been shown to be the perfect mix of substances for allowing bacteria in the colon to produce butyric acid. Cells lining the inside of the colon can use this butyric acid to fuel their m... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:50:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45609_under_the_radar Q: Do we buy more food in some areas of the store?<br><br>A: People pay more attention to food at the end of the aisles. When the industry discovered that, end-of-aisle real estate became more valuable.<br><br>It started in the '80s when supermarkets had an explosion in fees that companies pay to put their products in prime locations. The food at the end of the aisle may or may not be on sale. It's only there because manufacturers know that the location increases sales. But most people ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:14:00 EST My Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45604_my_healthy_diet The secret to my success is that I do NOT use any kind of fad diet. No. None. I am not on Slim Fast or Weight Watchers or Atkins or Nutrisystem or Paleo or South Beach or Plexus or any other silly fake fad diets. Those do NOT work in the long run and any weight that does get lost comes right back after any of those diets have been stopped. And lets just face it, fad diets do more harm to the body than good. Success stories on these diets are made up and rehearsed ( take Marie Osmond for insta... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:35:00 EST Nutrition Guidelines: Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45601_nutrition_guidelines_getting_started Nutrition Guidelines: Getting Started<br><br>With so many diets and quick weight-loss promises on the market today, it's hard to remember what a healthy diet really looks like. Start here with the basics of good nutrition.<br><br><br>Diet pills, fad diets, foods to boycott, foods to eat exclusively. With all the crazy diet advice out there, do you even remember the basics of healthy eating? Get rid of the clutter when it comes to diets, and use basic good nutrition guidelines and the U.S. Dep... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:28:00 EST Sprouting Lentils and Other Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45598_sprouting_lentils_and_other_beans I like to sprout lentils and mung beans. I put the lentils and mung beans in separate containers with water and let then soak overnight, then I dump out the water and rinse the beans and put the back in their containers and let them start sprouting, I see them starting to sprout within a day or so, after several days I start to refrigerate them. I have noticed that sprout mung beans seem to spoil faster so I don't sprout to many at a time. <br> <br>What is funny about sprouting is th... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:00:00 EST Five Ways to Eat Vegan – On a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45595_five_ways_to_eat_vegan_on_a_budget Five Ways to Eat Vegan – On a Budget <br><br><br><br>Contributed by Jennifer B. Niles, author of Eating Vegan – On a Budget! One of the persistent myths about adopting a vegan diet is that you need to buy lots of expensive and hard-to-find ingredients. This doesn’t have to be the case at all! Here, we’ll learn 5 ways to make this healthful and earth-friendly lifestyle a frugal one as well.<br><br>1. Substitute Specialty Items With Natural Alternatives<br>As my vegan cookbook, Eating Vegan — O... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:58:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45594_under_the_radar "The food environment has become a tsunami," says Deborah Cohen, senior researcher at the RAND Corporation.<br><br>"It assaults us at every turn in ways we cannot ignore, stimulating us to feel hungry or at least think about eating."<br><br>Few people want to put on extra pounds or boost their risk of heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. So why can't we just turn away?<br><br>"We have a shockingly limited capacity to make thoughtful, mindful decisions about what we eat," says Cohen. "Instea... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:55:00 EST What is tempeh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45579_what_is_tempeh What is tempeh?<br><br>Tempeh is fermented soy food that originated on the island of Java in Indonesia and is fermented with the mold Rhizopus oligosporus. Fermentation of tempeh can involve a period of several days or longer, and fermentation is usually carried out at temperatures of 85-90°F/29-32°C. Tempeh is usually purchased in a cake-like form and can be sliced in a way that is similar to tofu. However, tempeh usually has a less watery texture than tofu, and in comparison to non-fermente... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:40:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45578_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk *** Prostate Cancer<br><br>"There's too little data to make recommendations," cautions Van Blarigan. "But if my dad were at high risk for prostate cancer, I'd think it would be prudent for him to limit his intake of whole eggs."<br><br>*** How Many Eggs?<br><br>So, how many eggs (or, more precisely, egg yolks) can you safely eat? For decades, most health authorities recommended a limit of 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day. (One large egg has around 200 mg. A modest 3 oz. serving o... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:32:00 EST Eat Real Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45573_eat_real_food Eat. Real. Food. The philosophy is quite simple. Ask yourself this question..."Could I find this item in nature exactly (or almost exactly) as it is right now?"<br><br>If the answer is YES, then that item is a great and healthy food option. With the advent of the internet and sites like Pinterest, the ability to quickly and easily look up recipes to cook at home is easier than ever. Take the time to prepare your meals from scratch rather than let Marie Callender/ Pasta Roni/ and Healthy Choic... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:40:00 EST Beating Stress With Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45571_beating_stress_with_nutrition Beating Stress With Nutrition<br><br><br>.For most of us, stress and food go hand-in-hand. Food can give us the feelings of power, control and satisfaction that we need in stressful situations. It's no surprise that when our stress levels go up our resistance to 'comfort' foods goes down.<br><br>This isn't always a bad thing - our favorite foods actually can reduce our stress levels. But moderation is key.<br><br>Giving your body the nutrition it needs is a positive step you can take every da... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:29:00 EST Is Night Eating Really Worse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45570_is_night_eating_really_worse Is Night Eating Really Worse?<br><br>The old diet adage "eat breakfast like a king, dinner like a pauper" might hold true, according to a new study.<br><br><br>It's commonly thought that eating at night makes you fat, but is it true? Many people certainly think so, blaming their bulging bellies and thighs on their nighttime snacking. The truth may lie somewhere between an absolute yes and no — weight loss really depends both on what you eat and when you eat it.<br><br><br>The thinking behind ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:06:00 EST Build a Better Body With Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45558_build_a_better_body_with_broccoli Build a Better Body With Broccoli<br><br>Broccoli may not be at the top of your favorite-foods list, but it should be. From boosting immunity to strengthening your skeleton and joints to cutting cancer risk, here are 10 ways this cruciferous veggie sends your health soaring.<br><br><br><br>Broccoli might not be the most popular vegetable around, but it’s certainly one of the most nutritious. Considered a superfood for its nutritional value and disease-fighting properties, broccoli is high in ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:28:00 EST 7 Foods That Will Naturally Cleanse Your Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45557_7_foods_that_will_naturally_cleanse_your_liver 7 Foods That Will Naturally Cleanse Your Liver<br>Jonathan Benson (NaturalNews)<br><br>Our livers work extremely hard every day to protect us from adverse effects from toxins and often it is easy for our lives to become overworked compromising our health significantly.<br><br>The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver, which detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood of poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respi... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:48:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45556_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk Type 2 diabetes is no small matter. One out of three people with the disease don't know they have it. And experts predict a diabetes tsunami now that one out of three Americans have pre-diabetes.<br><br>*** Djousse and his colleagues tracked roughly 20,700 men in the Physicians' Health Study for 20 years and roughly 36,300 women in the Women's Health Study for 12 years.<br><br>"We found that men who ate five or more eggs a week had about a 50 percent higher risk of diabetes compared to th... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:18:00 EST Is vitamin E a single nutrient? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45543_is_vitamin_e_a_single_nutrient Is vitamin E a single nutrient?<br><br>Vitamin E is a blanket term for eight different naturally occurring nutrients—four different tocopherols and four different tocotrienols. Each of these vitamin E types is considered a fat-soluble antioxidant, and all eight are found in varying degrees in our daily diet. You may sometimes hear all eight molecules being referred to collectively as "tocochromanols."<br><br>The most famous of the vitamin E group is alpha-tocopherol. Both with respect to diet... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:46:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45534_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk "When we looked at 17 of those high-quality studies, we showed that eating one egg a day raises LDL cholesterol by 4 points," says Martijn Katan, an expert on diet and cardiovascular disease and an emeritus professor at VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. An earlier meta-analysis got virtually identical results. <br><br>(To put that in perspective, you'd get the same rise in LDL from eating a daily tablespoon of butter ---with 7 grams of saturated fat.)<br><br>But the AHA/ACC decide... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:32:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45522_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk "It's okay to dig in to red meat," explained the newspaper. "Embracing red meat and eggs marks a shift from previous versions of the report, which used to cap cholesterol consumption at 300 milligrams a day---the amount in a stick of butter, a 10-ounce steak or two eggs."<br><br>In fact, the report urged Americans to eat less red meat. And it urged us to limit saturated fat. But the panel did scrap the previous 300-milligram daily cap on cholesterol in food. <br><br>Why? "After reviewing... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Apple's Amazing Polyphenols http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45521_apples_amazing_polyphenols Apple's Amazing Polyphenols<br><br>In the past five years, no area of apple research has been more dynamic than the area of apple polyphenols. The balance of these phytonutrients in apples is far more unique than many researchers previously suspected. In terms of flavonols, quercetin is the primary phytonutrient found in apples, and it's far more concentrated in the skin than in the pulp. Kaempferol and myricetin are also important apple flavonols. Chlorogenic acid is apple's primary phenolic... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:58:00 EST EAT your water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45515_eat_your_water <br>We are told of the importance of drinking water, 8 glasses a day they say. My son is Registered Dietician, and thinks it’s funny. The admonition to drink 8 glasses a day didn’t come about until there was a bottled water industry that was trying to make money. We do need sufficient water, but it doesn’t have to be actual water.<br><br>Coffee and tea are water. He hears the fear that they are diuretic, and to a very minor extent that’s true. But if coffee and tea were true diuretics, p... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:42:00 EST Eating well with diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45507_eating_well_with_diabetes 1. Think whole.<br>Use brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Look for 100% whole wheat flour and breads, and other whole grains like oats and barley.<br><br>Make the switch simple. For instance, if you're short on time, pop a packet of pre-cooked frozen brown rice into the microwave.<br><br>2. Fill up!<br>Aim for at least 8 grams of fiber per meal, especially when you eat carbohydrate-rich foods. It will help manage your blood sugar, keep you feeling full, and be good for your heart health. That’... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:37:00 EST Nuts and Seeds Enhance Longevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45503_nuts_and_seeds_enhance_longevity Nuts and Seeds Enhance Longevity<br><br><br>Nuts and seeds are linked to combating heart disease<br><br>The first research findings suggesting that nut consumption could reduce the risk of heart disease emerged in the early 1990s.1 Eventually, the pooled results from four large prospective studies showed that eating five or more servings of nuts per week was associated with a 35 percent reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.2<br><br>Scientists set out to find nuts’ protective mechan... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:57:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45502_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk "Love to eat eggs? U.S. panel now says they're not a health risk," reported Reuters in February.<br><br>"Cholesterol in the diet: The long slide from public menace to no 'appreciable' effect," ran the headline in the Washington Post.<br><br>Both articles were referring to a report from a panel of scientists that the government will rely on this year as it revises its Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Did the report get it right? And should you avoid eggs---the food that supplies our bigge... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:08:00 EST Low-carb/high-fat way of eating works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45496_lowcarbhighfat_way_of_eating_works Forget what you've been told for the last several decades about what is "healthy" to eat. Most of what the so-called experts tell you to eat will set you on the road to diabetes, heart disease, and all sorts of other diseases. Look at the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that we are seeing. This all coincides to when we were told to stop eating fat. At that point, carbohydrates started making up the bulk of our diet.<br><br>Contrary to what we have been told, dietary fat is NOT our enemy. And... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:31:00 EST Getting Your Partner On Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45487_getting_your_partner_on_board When we first moved in together my partner went shopping and brought home stacks of frozen pizza, tons of macaroni and cheese, and boxes of cereal; I almost cried. Part of me was happy that we have so much in common with food. I could eat a pizza everyday for the rest of my life (probably more than once a day) and be the happiest lady in the world . . . but obviously those days would be numbered. <br><br>I remember how bad and confused he felt when I had a mini break down, thinking about how ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 01:07:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Green Peas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45483_green_peas_are_our_food_of_the_week <br><br><br>What's New and Beneficial about Green Peas<br><br> We don't usually think about green peas as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition—but we should. Because of their sweet taste and starchy texture, we know that green peas must contain some sugar and starch (and they do). But they also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phytonutrients. One of these phytonutrients—a polyphenol called coumestrol--has recently come to the forefront of research with respect to... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 20:43:00 EST My Food Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45468_my_food_journal Over the years, the activity that has led me to the greatest success for healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle is keeping a detailed and strict food diary. For every single thing I put in my mouth, I write it down and document the calories. I also keep track of how much water I drink, and whether or not I took my daily vitamins. <br><br>I realize that Sparkpeople provides us with an online tracking system, but sometimes it helps to actually write it down. It's the action of writing, because ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:43:00 EST How do black beans help maintain healthy blood sugar balance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45464_how_do_black_beans_help_maintain_healthy_blood_sugar_balance How do black beans help maintain healthy blood sugar balance?<br><br>The landmark "protein-plus-fiber" combination in black beans and other legumes is also a key to their outstanding support for blood sugar balance and blood sugar regulation. As described earlier, protein and fiber can move through our digestive tract at a moderate pace. Unlike dietary sugar (which can move too quickly), or fat (which can move too slowly), both protein and fiber can move at a moderate pace. By steadying rate ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:27:00 EST Food Labels: The Ticket to Healthy Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45455_food_labels_the_ticket_to_healthy_eat Food Labels: The Ticket to Healthy Eating<br><br>The Nutrition Facts labels can be very useful in helping you make healthy choices. Here's what to look for and what to avoid.<br><br>The Nutrition Facts food labels, which are required on every packaged food product in the United States, contain a wealth of valuable information for people interested in eating healthfully. But if you don't know how to read the label or don’t fully understand your personal dietary goals, that information won't do... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:30:00 EST What's new and beneficial about quinoa? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45450_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_quinoa What's new and beneficial about quinoa?<br><br> The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as "The International Year of the Quinoa." Proposed by the government of Bolivia and receiving strong support from many Central and South American countries, quinoa has now been singled out by the FAO as a food with "high nutritive value," impressive biodiversity, and an important role to play in the achievement of food ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:56:00 EST Benefits of Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45443_benefits_of_fiber Public health guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advise Americans to eat between 20 and 30 grams of fiber a day, but most adults don't even eat half that much.<br><br>This isn't surprising, since fiber refers to the indigestible portion of plant foods, and in the largely refined standard American diet, healthful fibers are often processed right out.<br><br>Unless you regularly eat whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds, you may be missing out on the healthiest for... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:25:00 EST TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45439_trying_to_eat_healthy I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:26:00 EST What do I look for find in a healthy soy sauce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45432_what_do_i_look_for_find_in_a_healthy_soy_sauce What do I look for find in a healthy soy sauce?<br> <br>We highly recommend that you look for a soy sauce that is traditionally made (more details on what this means in the Description section). Also, it's important to find one that doesn't have artificial colors or flavors, including caramel coloring. Many supermarkets and Asian groceries now offer these additive-free varieties; natural food stores also are a very good s... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:43:00 EST Timing of Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45429_timing_of_meals I have often wondered...when it comes to body composition and fat loss, does meal frequency<br>matter? How often should I eat? Does the timing of meals count more than what I eat?<br>Somehow, I feel like food quality and quantity is way more important than when I eat.<br>So for me, when calories, portion sizes, and macronutrients are controlled, I have decided that meal frequency doesn't matter. Better said, if you eat the right types of<br>food (i.e., food choices) in the right amounts (i.e... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:57:00 EST Pre-Loading your Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45428_preloading_your_tracker I work in an office that loves to celebrate with food. <br>Someone is leaving? Let's have a goodbye potluck! <br>It's your birthday? I brought cupcakes! <br>Any holiday ever? Team bonding through snacks!<br>Group Training? Lunch for the office!<br>Friday? Donuts! Every Friday!<br><br>As I type, there are two pies, a humongous cookie cake, and Nothing Bundt bundtinis in the kitchen. The only thing stopping me from eating a piece of each and then some is the calorie tracker. I find this to be a... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:14:00 EST Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45427_choosing_healthy_fruits_and_vegetables Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Once you start to add fruits and vegetables to your healthy eating plan, you'll want to keep eating them. Learn what to look for when choosing produce as part of a healthy diet.<br><br><br>It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EST Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45426_choosing_healthy_fruits_and_vegetables Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Once you start to add fruits and vegetables to your healthy eating plan, you'll want to keep eating them. Learn what to look for when choosing produce as part of a healthy diet.<br><br><br>It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EST Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45425_why_fruits_and_vegetables_are_vital Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital<br><br>Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for good health. Find out why experts say Mother Nature's bounty packs better nutrients than supplements.<br><br>If we are what we eat, then many of us must be tripping all over the place due to a lack of balance. That's because the average American eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day — a stark contrast to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Dep... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:00:00 EST Preparation, preparation, preparation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45419_preparation_preparation_preparation The moment I get home from shopping, I prep all my foods, i.e. put my baby carrots in 5 ziplock baggies for the week and stick them in the fridge. I put all my salads in containers so they are all ready to go for the week and I can grab and go. I also cut up my apples the night before so they are ready to go when hunger pangs hit and I have no excuse to grab something unhealthy. Convenience is key! I have found that this method is foolproof and I have not strayed from it but when I am not pre... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:06:00 EST Green Smoothies for health and energy and regularity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45417_green_smoothies_for_health_and_energy_and_regularity One green smoothie a day (Deep Green power blend with 1 cup of frozen fruit to sweeten it up) keeps me motivated and offers a low calorie snack. When drinking it post workout I add nuts for carbs and fat. Delicious! I can get 2 cups of dark greens in one 8 ounce glass of smoothie. It's easy to drink and gives me the dark greens in an easily digestible way.<br><br>Green smoothies also help keep me "regular" and in a much healthier way than substances such as Metamucil. They are an acquired... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:26:00 EST