SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy Learn some of the secrets of success for Staying Healthy from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy Stay Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42798_stay_active I try to stay off my butt as much as possible. There are so many activities to take part in such as: walking, riding the bike, work with the dogs, work in the yard, etc. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:40:00 EST No more yeast to promote a healthier digestive track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42684_no_more_yeast_to_promote_a_healthier_digestive_track If you have problems with common yeast infections, depression, anxiety, thrush, and cannot lose weight, keeping the yeast away might help. If you have been a person that has been on antibiotics for long periods of time, then your body may not have been able to stop some of your good yeast from turning into a fungus in your digestive system. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:30:00 EST Maintain Soft Hair and Skin with Coconut Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42526_maintain_soft_hair_and_skin_with_coconut_oil Use Coconut oil for hair and skin: I put 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil to about a cup of my hair conditioner inside a bottle. Then I put it in my hair and on my skin. It hasn't made my hair oily either, but instead, leaves it very soft and supple. After I applied the coconut oil conditioner to my hair (and left it in and didn't wash out) I curled it in sponge curlers before bed then when I woke up, I had softly coiled hair. Very nice hair and pretty style if curled right. Sat, 24 May 2014 16:27:00 EST How I got rid of a cold without the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42492_how_i_got_rid_of_a_cold_without_the_doctor Steam from boiling water healed my cold within two days. Sat, 17 May 2014 17:36:00 EST Make a veggie, fruit, and protein drink to get all nutrients easily without eating three squares a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42448_make_a_veggie_fruit_and_protein_drink_to_get_all_nutrients_easily_without_eating_three_squares_a_day To stay healthy, I mix in a blender two fruits, two veggies, or even five sometimes, pinto beans (protein), one egg (protein), a sugar substitute, and greens. This makes about 2 cups. <br><br>Instead of worrying all day how I'm going to get all my nutrients from all my meals, I drink only this one drink, then the rest of the day, I eat one or two small meals. Wed, 7 May 2014 14:42:00 EST Water, water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42288_water_water_everywhere Keep water in your car, T your bedside and everywhere you will be Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:05:00 EST Ways I Deal with Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42267_ways_i_deal_with_stress After work I have a long commute home, to relieve the stress I crochet. Not only am I distressing before arriving home but I am accomplishing/creating something at the same time. At home when things become stressful, I play video games, listen to my favorite music, dance, crochet or talk a long brisk walk. Any hobby you enjoy can be relaxing and help with relieving stress. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:52:00 EST Healthier Than Breath Mints... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42235_instead_of_breath_mints Instead of using gum and breath mints...that have additives and various forms of sugar try whole cloves or a tiny piece of cinnamon bark for fresh breath. (no need to chew or swallow).<br> Added benefit: Save money! <br> <em>148</em> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:43:00 EST Meeting my water goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42177_meeting_my_water_goals When I decided to cut out soda and drink more water, I bought a couple of brightly colored water bottles. I know it doesn't sound like much, but when I see the bright colors, my mood perks up a little bit-especially when I'm having a rough day at work! I also used to think water was so boring, but now I have the bright colors to distract me ;) Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:38:00 EST Finding quiet time for stress reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42176_finding_quiet_time_for_stress_reduction I allow myself one hour each day, usually in the early morning, to have quiet time by myself. I use this time to do my SP coaching,and I think about my day ahead. After my quiet time, I feel ready to take on the challenges of the day. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:10:00 EST Drinking Water, Staying Hydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42128_drinking_water_staying_hydrated I keep a bottle of water with me everywhere I go. I drink at least 3 bottles a day and then other fluids, like hot/cold tea, etc to keep me hydrated daily. I don't drink soda anymore and notice I don't even crave. I actually don't like how it makes me feel when I drink even a small amount. <br>So stay hydrated throughout the day. <br><br> <em>194</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:22:00 EST Add up the cups of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42116_add_up_the_cups_of_water Each time I take a trip to the restroom at work, I stop off in the kitchen on my way back to my desk to drink one cup of water. By making it part of the "routine" I know I am staying hydtrated Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:17:00 EST Morning Affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41988_morning_affirmations I have learned that my morning affirmations help reduce stress and start my day with a positive note. I get up a few minutes earlier each day and spend time with SparkCoach or a devotional book. I do this just before my morning workout or just after (depends on the day.) This is quality time I spend with myself. This only takes about 10 minutes and prepares me for the day ahead. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 06:45:00 EST Hi look http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41986_hi_look Take a "Caffeine Nap"<br>Never heard of a caffeine nap? You down a cup of coffee right before you take a 15-minute nap. The 15 minutes is long enough for the caffeine to take effect, and your nap is short enough that you don't wake up groggy. Click here for a complete how-to! <em>4</em> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:20:00 EST Breathing Into My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41978_breathing_into_my_body I have some serious problems with stress, and when I encounter a mega stressful situation, I first walk away (if possible physically, if not then mentally). Then I deep breathe into each part of my body, and thank that body part for supporting me. When you realize how much holds you, and is behind you all the way (strong legs, hard-working hands), you can conquer anything. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 22:17:00 EST Food Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41938_food_gifts When someone gives you a gift of food, thank them graciously. Then quickly give it to someone who has a family and will enjoy it without guilt. Enjoy that someone gave you a nice gift, enjoy that you gave someone a nice gift, enjoy that they eat and enjoy the gift - more enjoyment for you, fewer calories for you, too! Everyone wins! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:59:00 EST Try using an acupressure mat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41843_try_using_an_acupressure_mat I discovered the acupressure mat. I use it on the soles of my feet, and sometimes other areas of the body. It relaxes and stimulates at the same time. We started a SparkPeople group for those of us trying out the mat, and we welcome you! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:58:00 EST Drink lots of water and dance during housework http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41780_drink_lots_of_water_and_dance_during_housework If you feel hungry and you know it is not real hunger, drink a lot of water and put on your favorite music and dance as much as you can. It will take your mind off whatever emotion is prompting you to eat. Works for me every time. <em>381</em> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:16:00 EST Healthy Heart, Healthy Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41778_healthy_heart_healthy_body Fact: Heart Attacks are the #1 killer of Americans. Check out the American Heart Association's web-site. The food we consume affects our LDL cholesterol levels (the bad) and our HDL (the good) Foods high in saturated fat, & hydrogenated fat cause plaque to build up in our arteries...which in turn can cause angina (pain) in your heart and possibly even a heart attack. We not only have to worry about the amount of calories we consume, but the quality. Complex carbs=good, Simple carbs=bad. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 00:33:00 EST Healthy Heart, Healthy Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41777_healthy_heart_healthy_body Fact: Heart Attacks are the #1 killer of Americans. Check out the American Heart Association's web-site. The food we consume affects our LDL cholesterol levels (the bad) and our HDL (the good) Foods high in saturated fat, & hydrogenated fat cause plaque to build up in our arteries...which in turn can cause angina (pain) in your heart and possibly even a heart attack. We not only have to worry about the amount of calories we consume, but the quality. Complex carbs=good, Simple carbs=bad. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 00:22:00 EST Centering http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41721_centering Close your eyes and take 3 long slow cleansing breaths. It brings you to center....brings you to aware...then begin eating. It releases pent up energy that drives you to eat mindlessly and brings you to smell, see, and take pleasure in your food. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:39:00 EST Reducing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41712_reducing_stress Reducing stress, as we have all been told, keeps us healthy and helps us lose weight. I do one or more of 3 things daily to reduce stress. Pray the Psalms. Meditate. Listen to quiet music and read. <em>88</em> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:59:00 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41701_consistency Weight maintenance comes from consistency - making the right-for-you choices every day. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:43:00 EST Get your 8 glasses of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41700_get_your_8_glasses_of_water Every morning on the way to work I stop at McDonald's and purchase a Large (32 oz.) UNsweet tea; it only costs me $1.08. After I finish my tea (I commute 50 miles one way) I refill that same 32 oz. cup with water a minimum of 2 times per day. On average, I drink over 100 oz. of water a day that way.<br><br> <em>306</em> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:17:00 EST Joint Pain? Corn Syrup...WHY NOT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41616_joint_pain_corn_syrupwhy_not CORN SYRUP CAUSES INFLAMMATION AND WILL CAUSE JOINT PAIN. Stay Hydrated and lessen joint pain. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:13:00 EST Reducing stress from neck & shoulder pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41460_reducing_stress_from_neck_shoulder_pain I have found that the warm up neck movements in my Tai Chi class are helpful in eliminating my neck pain. The slow deliberate neck movements help even my stiff arthritic joints. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 20:32:00 EST Eat meals on time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41442_eat_meals_on_time Energy stays even when you eat on schedule. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:19:00 EST You deserve it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41332_you_deserve_it Sometimes spending a little extra money on a bag of apple slices or a kit with hummus and pretzels is okay. If these smaller portion sizes (or convenient yet healthy foods) allow me to stay on track, it's worth it! Plus, it can actually save me money because they don't end up in the trash! <em>4</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:28:00 EST Use Iodized Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41290_use_iodized_salt Of course, you shouldn't over-do salt, but when you use salt, make sure it's IODIZED. Iodine is necessary for your thyroid to make it's main hormone, thyroxine. Without enough iodine in your diet, you can develop hypothyroidism. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:12:00 EST Get a Colonoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41289_get_a_colonoscopy If you're over 50, you should get a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer. The doctor removes any polyps he finds so the procedure actually PREVENTS colon cancer from developing. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:08:00 EST Mocktail Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41276_mocktail_anyone I used to always drink alcohol on "date night". Now I enjoy a "mocktail" made of Club Soda on the Rocks with a wedge of fresh lime. It has Zero Calories and no artificial sweeteners which always make me hungrier and thirstier. I feel like I'm enjoying a special drink - but so much healthier than alcohol. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:54:00 EST Second Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41245_second_nature I used to think that if I ate healthy, I would get into the habit of eating healthy and it would "become second nature." But now I think it isn't the healthy eating that becomes second nature. It is the vigilance, creating healthy opportunities, insisting on healthy options, bringing your own snacks and lunch to work, modifying orders in restaurants, etc. that becomes second nature. What becomes second nature is putting your health first and doing what it takes to maximize it. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 17:43:00 EST Working toward kicking the Diet Soda Habit to the curb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41241_working_toward_kicking_the_diet_soda_habit_to_the_curb I have to admit that I am addicted to Diet Soda. For years, I have regularly drank 2-4 cans a day.. sometimes more. For sure this isn't good for my body or my pocketbook. Since I can't quit cold turkey, I have told myself that I can have one only after I drink 8 oz of water first. It is working! The past two days I have only had one... If you have issues with soda you might want to give this strategy a try. Spark on!!<br> <em>244</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 00:10:00 EST Enzymes in check ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41084_enzymes_in_check_ Having a clear understanding of how the enzymes work in my body is a key element for success my weight loss. Enzymes are just a pieces of the digestive puzzle. For enzymes to actually perform thousands of tasks , they need help from vitamins and minerals (co -factors) . For getting my digestive track in good working order has helped me to eliminate disease and pounds. I have abundance of Energy - all due to some reading , research and changing my eating habits. No processed food . Wed, 15 May 2013 15:53:00 EST Water + Exercise = Daily For Optimum Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41038_waterexercisedaily_for_optimum_health When I drink enough water and exercise daily, I tend to EAT HEALTHY ; when I don't , I just do not FEEL as healthy and generally that is the case! Thu, 9 May 2013 11:07:00 EST It's OK to rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40937_its_ok_to_rest We often have days when we don't feel like working out, but usually once we get going we get in a groove and are in for the long haul. However, if your body is sending a stronger-than-usual signal that it's just not up for a workout today, it's ok to listen once in a while and take a break for a day. Sometimes we need a day of rest so that we're at our best when tomorrow comes. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:58:00 EST grab and go exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40909_grab_and_go_exercise <em>250</em> Prepared your gym clothes for the week so you can grab and go and keep water everywhere you mostly are. I use a water app when it goes off I know its time for another cup and i do it immediately as if it was a phone ringing to answer. <em>224</em> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:49:00 EST Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40872_water Filling my 32-oz Nalgene bottle with water when I start the workday, I finish it often mid-day, and sometimes I go for a re-fill. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 17:22:00 EST JOINT PAIN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40834_joint_pain Did you know that avoiding sugar will help you reduce joint pain greatly Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:18:00 EST Drink Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40785_drink_water Whenever I feel "hungry" between meals, I reach for my water bottle and drink at least 8-12 oz. <br><br>This practice has helped me to get beyond the cravings and taken my mind off my so called "hunger". Drinking water fills the void, helps you feel fuller longer, so that you can make it to your next meal without cheating on sweet or salty snacks loaded with empty calories. Water is completely calorie free! And it's healthy! <em>274</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:31:00 EST Drink plenty of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40769_drink_plenty_of_water When I'm hungry, I reach for my water bottle first. Sometimes I realize that I'm just thirsty - not hungry. Before eating meals, I drink water so that I don't eat more than I have used to... <em>9</em> Also, drinking more water has helped my energy level, reduced my headaches, and cleared my skin. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:44:00 EST Running from Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40744_running_from_stress Last year I trained for my first marathon, quite an undertaking for someone who is overweight and leads a busy life. However, I found that the more I ran the lower my stress was. I was working crazy overtime, raising 2 small children, maintaining a relationship and running 10-15 hours per week, between 4 and 22 miles at a shot. I found that my Sunday 20-mile run wasn't leaving me exhausted for the work week. On the contrary, I was more alert at work and more energized with my family. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:16:00 EST The Power of Prayer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40672_the_power_of_prayer I want to share to you the power of prayer! <em>306</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 19:21:00 EST De-stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40600_destress Each day I make time to sit for at least 20 minutes in either silence or with soft music, clear my mind and listen to the silence. After that period of time I am relaxed and ready to take on whatever comes next. Oh yes, and I feel better physically as well. <em>335</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:16:00 EST Free MD. Consult http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40489_free_md_consult I found a great MD who is helping me with a nutritional program to help my body detox, cleanse, balance hormones, and nourish. She has offered FREE PHONE Consults. All she needs is you to email me your name so I can forward it to her assistant. Her assistant will contact you. If you provide a phone number she will call you to schedule an appointment. She has helped me to get back on my feet after being very ill. Now I have energy and improved strength. I posted about her in my blog. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:01:00 EST Staying on the Defense for Fighting Infections! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40472_staying_on_the_defense_for_fighting_infections One of my Sparkfriends has an infected foot and as I was reading The Doctors Book of Food Remedies {by Selene Yeager & the Editors of Prevention Magazine} I came across on p.350~ a garlicky soup recipe{it is a published work so I can't post recipe} and Eating for Immunity~Vit A ~carrots,spinach,kale,yellow & orange squash & mustard greens{that provides the immunity defense } and Vit .C ~oranges and broccoli provide the offense{words used in the book~though I know Super Bowl Sunday is tomorro... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:42:00 EST Healthy Way to Deal W/ Craving a Cigarette http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40390_healthy_way_to_deal_w_craving_a_cigarette Replace a bad habit with a good habit. When I'm at home I exercise for fifteen minutes every time I feel the urge to smoke. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:03:00 EST Hand Sanitizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40230_hand_sanitizer Buy some small little hand sanitizers to keep around the house. Scented is good if you're not sensitive. I find it helps me to remember to use them more. Also keep them in your purse or on your keys with a keychain that you can get with them. I even get the small ones to leave around the workplace for coworkers to take. The less time that you're sick, the more time you have to get healthy and exercise! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:29:00 EST My Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40173_my_morning <em>30</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:53:00 EST Relaxation recordings for stress reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40121_relaxation_recordings_for_stress_reduction Besides exercise for stress reduction, I use relaxation recordings. You can find a lot off different ones based on your needs. I find that it helps turn the excessive churning of my brain when I worry. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:02:00 EST Secret Beverage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40048_secret_beverage When dining out or at home make, "water" your beverage of choice. When dining out you'll save on the overpriced soft drinks, coffee, etc., not to mention the excess calories. Also, if you ask, they'll serve your water with a slice of lemon or lime. Yum! No empty calories here, and water is just what your body needs. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:00:00 EST Stress reducer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39957_stress_reducer Prayer is my most effective method to reduce stress anywhere, anytime. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 01:33:00 EST Plan ahead and you will be prepared for the tempation (s). http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39931_plan_ahead_and_you_will_prepared_for_the_tempation_s I have found over the years that if you set out your morning by making decisions to eat right and act upon them you will do better. I make my lunch along with snacks everyday for work. I make sure I have enough snacks that will carry me over after lunch and when I drive home. This has helped me maintain my focus. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:49:00 EST what works http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39843_what_works find what works for you and stick with it... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 06:06:00 EST Flaxseed For Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39759_flaxseed_for_men The Johns Hopkins Prostate Disorders Bulletin...One study published in the Journal of Urology found that tumor cells from men taking flaxseed in combination with a lowfat diet appeared to be growing more slowly and dying more quickly than those of the control group. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 05:17:00 EST Quit Smoking In 10 Days Without Repressing To Smoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39712_quit_smoking_in_10_days_without_repressing_to_smoke Quit Smoking Within Days Without Even Have To Stop Smoking Or Using Any Device. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 03:54:00 EST Stress reduction secret for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39610_stress_reduction_secret_for_success I have combined two stress reduction techniques - meditation and spirituality. Every night before I go to bed I listen to the day's installment of the Daily Audio Bible. (I set a goal of listening to the entire Bible in one year. So far, the streak is alive.) I follow that with Yoga Nidra meditation, leading me to sleep. It allows me to reflect on the day in positive terms, plan the next day, and sleep soundly. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:11:00 EST Fountain of Youth in a bottle- Nerium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39596_fountain_of_youth_in_a_bottle_nerium I have found the best night cream money can buy. No more turkey neck, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, sun spots, acne, saggy skin, chest lines, and more. You can log on and see all the photos that real people like you and me submitted. The are untouched photos. You will not believe the results and in such a short time frame. It will take years off your face. This works well for men also. You get a money back offer and you can't buy it in any store. www.cassylee.nerium.com Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:24:00 EST Headaches? Migraines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39570_headaches_migraines Severe headaches can be triggered by certain foods however a magnesium deficiency could be the cause.<br><br>Magnesium migraines treatment is becoming more and more popular with migraine sufferers. If you suffer from migraines, you might be deficient in magnesium, an essential dietary mineral, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.<br><br>Ask your doctor about the dosage that's right for you before taking the supplement. He/she can take a blood test to see your magneium levels. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:50:00 EST Take a Multi-vitamin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39527_take_a_multivitamin Take one every day to make sure you are getting everything you need.<br> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:14:00 EST fighting hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39523_fighting_hunger I have several ways to fight hunger. Eat a big breakfast that is high in whole grains and fiber such as oatmeal or shredded mini wheats cereal. If you start getting hungry before it meal time drink some water and some fruit of veggies to snack on. Still wanting something to chew on? try some gum. Min flavor seems to curb my appetite better. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:15:00 EST Can you tell me the secret of.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39489_can_you_tell_me_the_secret_of Not being bitten by mosquitos? I react badly when bitten, and last Friday was bitten 20 times whilst at boot camp, so please share your secret mossi-tips <em>198</em> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:39:00 EST Keep feet blisters at bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39396_keep_feet_blisters_at_bay Before putting on your socks, rub your feet with a decent layer of foot cream, be it petroleum jelly, or Gold Bond foot cream, or cocoa butter, or something sort of thick. Once you put your socks over it, the socks stay put and keeps them from rubbing against you. It's helped soften up my feet quite a bit and keeps the rubbing to a minimum. I know it seems like it would feel weird, but you don't even notice it once the socks are on! Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:44:00 EST How do you like your WATER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39291_how_do_you_like_your_water Everybody's bodies are different...some like it hot...some like it cold. It's no different with the water we drink. If you're struggling to drink your water quotient for the day maybe it's because of the temperature! I love hot foods and hot drinks...the thought of drinking cold water freaks me out...so I drink hot water (with a wedge of lemon, if possible) or room temperature water when I'm not near a kettle! It goes down so much easier than cold water!!<br><br> <em>91</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:38:00 EST Kick In the Metabolism Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39235_kick_in_the_metabolism_early I begin my day by drinking ICE water--(Keep a thermos by my bed) and drink abt 6-8 oz. when I rise. This gives a 'kick' to the metabolism and gives a nice flush to the bladder! ..... (Plus water does wonder for the complexion!) ..... <em>194</em> (I always keep ice water with me and drink all day) .......... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:42:00 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39223_water I drink 2-4 cups of water as soon as I wake up. Helps my body wake up and get's my body working, and also helps me eat less at breakfast instead of overeating. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:28:00 EST Hand sanitiser cools me down when I'm hot flushing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39174_hand_sanitiser_cools_me_down_when_im_hot_flushing I find my hot flushes start in my hands and feet, so I've hit on the idea of using a hand sanitiser to cool my hands and it seems to head off the full blown flush. I've now got a bottle by my bedside and one on my desk. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:41:00 EST Drink Water to Prevent Cold and Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39141_drink_water_to_prevent_cold_and_flu We all know that drinking water is important to overall health. But, it can help prevent colds and flu, too, especially when you wash your hands after going to the bathroom -- all that constant hand washing keeps you free of germs! <br><br>Just make sure to wash with warm water and soap (no need for it to be anti-bacterial) for about 30 seconds, and use a paper towel on the bathroom door handle in case someone isn't as fastidious as you are! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:42:00 EST Flaxseed helps keep hot flushes at bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39106_flaxseed_helps_keep_hot_flushes_at_bay Not only does a tablespoon give you about 7g of your recommended 17g of fibre, it has also been linked with fighting hot flushes and reducing the risk of breast cancer Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:23:00 EST Sex and preventing UTIs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39044_sex_and_preventing_utis Cranbery juice is great for preventing UTIs but what happens if you don't like cranberry juice? Check the vitamin aisle for cranberry fruit pills! I used to get horrible UTIs especially after intercourse. Now I always take a few cranberry pills before hand and I haven't had a UTI in about 10 years. Make sure you empty your bladder before and after as well. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:49:00 EST CHI FIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38942_chi_fit The essence of Chi Gong is in fluid movements that engage your entire body, and conscious breathing. These movements improve your strength, flexibility & coordination. And you''ll probably never find a more relaxing meditation!<br><br>But it doesn't stop with Chi Gong class. In your everyday life you'll find yourself using the breathing techniques to soothe stress, calm your mind, and remain connected to your inner-strength. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:47:00 EST Drinking a full glass of water as soon as I get up in the a.m. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38925_drinking_a_full_glass_of_water_as_soon_as_i_get_up_in_the_am As soon as a I get up and after I go the bathroom I drink a full glass of water. I have been doing this for 2 weeks now. I swear it helps me with my morning workout and really gives the day a good start. <em>41</em> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:03:00 EST Snacking while trying to find something to "eat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38906_snacking_while_trying_to_find_something_to_eat When I look for something to eat in the fridge or even a healthy snack, I found myself snacking on other foods while looking. To get myself to stop this, I drank some water as I looked. Not only was I getting some more water in, but my one hand was 'busy' holding why glass of water. It keeps me from 'snacking' while looking. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:10:00 EST Defeating GERD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38810_the_secret_to_my_success_defeating_gerd I had advanced GERD for 9 years. I was paralyzed by pain, sweating, internal bleeding and weakness every single day. <br><br>Green coffee bean extract and green tea extract help regulate my sugar levels. I take Ultimate Flora, Critical Care, probiotics (2). No coffee or dairy after last meal.<br><br>I have fruit-one or two per day. No other type of sugar. I can even have lactose free milk with some instant coffee. GERD - All gone! Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:56:00 EST Sparkling Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38799_sparkling_water Fresh fridge cold sparkling water with ice and a slice of lemon not only refreshes you when drunk regularly but helps you feel fuller for longer and then your less likely to snack on naughty treats. <em>30</em> Thu, 31 May 2012 11:02:00 EST Tick 'n Mosquito Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38747_tickbug_tip For Lyme & West Nile disease prevention, we often use bug repellent that comes in a spray can. We spray our clothes BEFORE we put them on! Works great. Spread or layer clothes outside on a suitable surface...spray front and back and all the neck/arm/waist openings. Kids are much happier doing it this way....so are the adults. No wiggling, no breathing vapors, or worry about eyes...more confidence that you did a quality job. Obviously, use spray intended for human clothing. <em>148</e... Fri, 25 May 2012 14:36:00 EST Talk to yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38708_talk_to_yourself I treat my body and my mind as team mates. My mind makes the decisions and my body carries them out. At the end of the day, if I have made bad decisions (not exercising, eating poorly, etc) I mentally apologize to my body for not taking care of it properly and not giving it what it needs. If I have made healthy decisions, I praise myself for being strong. Sounds strange, but it keeps me accountable for my actions. Thu, 17 May 2012 16:49:00 EST Headaches and migraines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38648_headaches_and_migraines Having low levels of magnesium can cause headaches and migraines. Consider a good magnesium supplement. Mon, 7 May 2012 21:00:00 EST Keep a Medical Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38489_keep_a_medical_journal I have a small journal where I list all my medical appointments, procedures, prescriptions etc. I had a problem remembering things when asked by my doctor like when I had my last Mammogram, Now I just look it up! I also ask and keep track of my blood pressure readings, resting heart rate etc and am able to see progress over time. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:04:00 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38462_mia Read this on Daily Spark yesterday and can't believe the difference it is making. MIA stands for mindful, intentional action. I was applying it to breakfast this morning and DH finished long before me which is very unusual. Did you know strawberry seeds crunch as you eat them? Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:46:00 EST UnInsured or unemployed? Get Free Tests http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38444_uninsured_or_unemployed_get_free_tests WALGREENS offer free tests with their Wellness Bus Tour. Go to WALGEENS.COM eneter your zip code and it tells you were the bus is. These free health tests include: total cholesterol, glucose reading for blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. <br><br> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:49:00 EST Got Hot Flashes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38426_got_hot_flashes By eating just 3 tabelsoons of ground flaxseed daily or taking a flaxseed supplement it can lessen the effects of hot flashes. This was reported by Mayo Clinic. Also if you eat a low fat diet this could help those with the "hots" Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:52:00 EST P.P. P. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38386_pp_p Having a little phrase in your head to make you remember mine is Perfect Pilates Posture or P.P.P. Every-time I remember PPP I pull in my tummy and straighten up......helps strengthen the core! I am noticing a difference in just a few weeks <em>100</em> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 05:44:00 EST Eat Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38287_eat_out After much investigating, I have found a couple of great places that make it easy for me to enjoy a night out with my husband. Golden Corral not only has great salads and healthy entree choices, but they also have several sugar free or no sugar added desserts. Also you can now go to Chick-fil-a and get a nutrition list of the item you are ordering from the cashier. They print it off at the register. They also now have grilled nuggets. They taste great.<br> <em>45</em> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:52:00 EST Got Gas & Bloat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38128_got_gas_bloat AVOID THESE FOODS! Beans, cabbage, broccoli, bananas dairy, carbonated drinks, gum and hard candy.Eat and drink slowly as swallowing air can be a problem. Dont sit after a meal, get moving. WALK for sure. Stomach acids can cause gas too! Just a couple of more reasons you get Gas or bloat. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:06:00 EST 1 in 2 People Have It! Do You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38052_1_in_2_people_have_it_do_you Dr Mark Hyman has reported that "ONE OF EVERY TWO of you have a deadly disease that’s making you fat sick and will kill you and 90% of you don’t even know you have it." He goes on to state"I’m talking about diabesity—the number one cause of obesity, heart disease, cancer, dementia and of course type 2 diabetes."Diabesity describes a continuum of disease from from optimal blood sugar balance to insulin sensitivity to full-blown diabetes." Look up Diabesity to get more info. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:38:00 EST Wheat and Gluten Free Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38020_wheat_and_gluten_free_eating I removed wheat from my diet two weeks ago and am eating very low carb, checking all foods on the Glycemic Index before they are allowed in my menu planning. I do not try to limit healthful fats such as olive oil, avocados, nuts, but I do keep my total calories under 1500, and under 400 per meal. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:02:00 EST enjoying your outings without felling quilty nor deprived http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38015_enjoying_your_outings_without_felling_quilty_nor_deprived why buy popcorn in the movies? You don;t know how many cals are in there and there drenched with salt and butter. I like to pop some at home put them in a bag and take them with me,This way i can enjoy myself and my snack without felling quilty or deprived. But why stop there? You can pack fruits whatever you want. I love cucumbers so i slice one up and take it along with me. Jot it in my nutrtion tracker so that i know i'm not going over my daily allowed cals and i'm good to go! Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:25:00 EST If you are not for yourself, no one else is http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37930_if_you_are_not_for_you_no_one_else_is Staying Healthy should be every one first top priority. If you don't take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others. Even more, if you don't take care of yourself, no one else will, only you know how you feel, how much and how it is affecting you. And do it now , if it is not now, when? Sat, 11 Feb 2012 20:23:00 EST DRINK WARM WATER IN MORING http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37869_drink_warm_water_in_moring drink 1 GALSS OF warm water first thing in the morning to flush out your kidneys, prepare your body for food and move your bowels.<br><br> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 13:22:00 EST For Ladies' Eyes Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37848_for_ladies_eyes_only For you young ladies in your early twenties/thirties, start writing down all the dates in your menstral cycle, both for menstration and for ovulation. That way you and your doctor will be able to tell when/if something goes wrong. Plus, you'll be able to tell when you are starting to hit the perimenopause years.<br>If you havent noticed, every time you visit your doctor, no matter for what, they always ask you when the date of your last period was. Now you can tell them without guessing. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 01:55:00 EST A Symptons Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37847_a_symptons_diary When you start experiencing symptons of something that you haven't gotten checked out yet, pull out a notebook and write it down. Note the date and time, the frequency, etc. Be as specific as possible when describing the sympton. Write down anything that's happening at this time, even it is seems unrelated to the major sympton. It'll help you remember when you go to see your doctor and will help your doctor in his/her diagnosis. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 01:52:00 EST An Apple a Day-- really helps. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37812_an_apple_a_day_really_helps Apples have fiber to help keep you full, and they're shown to give you more energy than a cup of coffee or energy drink! They definitely give me a boost in the morning. Perfect with breakfast! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 05:09:00 EST Multiple Bottles... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37805_multiple_bottles I have different water bottles everywhere... one at work, one in the kitchen, one in the living room, one in my bedroom, and one in my gym bag... so that I am never without! It makes it harder to track how much water I'm drinking, but I definitely drink more as a result! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 17:15:00 EST Tell your loved ones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37751_tell_your_loved_ones Tell your loved ones of your goals. Explain to them that you just want to get healthy. Maybe they will resist your change in lifestyle (since it might also affect them), but once they see that you are serious, they will respect & support your efforts. And maybe they will even become motivated themselves! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:36:00 EST Quick way to feel full http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37697_quick_way_to_feel_full Getting that growling in your tummy an hour or so after you've eatin dinner? Try snacking on a banana and drinking water directly after. The water allows the banana to expand in your stomach giving you a true feeling of being full. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:15:00 EST Unclinch to Sleep Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37679_unclinch_to_sleep_better To better stay relaxed and limber when I sleep, I purposefully do not let my hands ball into fists but make sure my fingers are naturally splayed apart. I also make sure my jaw is relaxed as well. <em>102</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:51:00 EST Olive Oil Is Good For Ulcers & Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37621_olive_oil_is_good_for_ulcers_your_heart Researchers in Seville, Spain found that the healthy phenolic compounds in virgin olive oil have a strong antibacterial effect, so incorporating virgin olive oil into your diet may help treat or prevent painful stomach ulcers. Olive oil is also good for your heart. It offers significant protection for your heart against disease. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:32:00 EST To Sleep Better: Don't Check Email at Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37620_to_sleep_better_dont_check_email_at_night For awhile, having my email accessible right by the bed, I would check new mail during a middle-of-the-night wake-up. What a mistake! Several times, the content of an email would get my mind whirling leading to sleeplessness. Therefore, I now refuse to look at email from bedtime to wakeup time in the morning and my sleep has been much better as a result. <em>102</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 04:45:00 EST Eat Blueberries Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37610_eat_bluberries_daily I eat them as my main fruit in the cold season, they are low in carbs and low on the glycemic index. Blueberries make the perfect between meal snack and have been shown to have an anti aging effect on the brain. Stock up on them at Target; i recently saw a big bag for $11. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:52:00 EST Tired? Ache Or Have Pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37586_tired_ache_or_have_pain Could be symptoms of magnesium deficiency. One very common symptom of magnesium deficiency is chocolate cravings. Other symptoms include migraine attacks, panic attacks, stress, anxiety and depression. Ask your doc to test you as many Americans are low in magnesium. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:30:00 EST Middle of the Night Snack: Better Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37526_middle_of_the_night_snack_better_sleep Because of restricted calories for weight-loss goals, hunger used to keep me awake in the middle of the night. Now I budget calories for a nutrition bar during a middle of the night wake-up. I fall right back to sleep afterwards. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:32:00 EST Give your water a little kick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37478_give_your_water_a_little_kick I have never been a water-drinker, so trying to consume 8 cups a day is a bit of a challenge for me. Sometimes, when I want to jump-start my water consumption for the day, I'll trick myself... I fill up my water bottle and add a packet of 0 calorie Propel Fitness Water mix. I give it a shake, shake, shake and it makes my water taste great! Once I finish that bottle, it makes the rest of my plain water fill-ups much easier to finish! <em>91</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:07:00 EST Overweight? Knee Pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37421_overweight_knee_pain If you are obese, your knees and hips experience up to 6 times as much pressure when walking down a flight of stairs & you are at risk for osteoarthritis in the kness, hands, ankles and hips. Eating tuna or salmon twice a week will give you the Omega 3's you need to keep your joints pliable and strong. Don't like fish? Get an Omega 3 supplement into your daily routine or eat foods high in Omega 3's, flaxseed or olive oil, eat more leafy greens, drink plenty of water & eat more veggies. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:11:00 EST Smoking Cessation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37363_smoking_cessation This is a bit of a mind set tip: Quitting smoking was an insurmountable task. So, to keep me motivated to keep trying, I "stopped" smoking. If I fell off the smoke-free wagon, all I needed to do was "stop" again. <br>Quitting was too permanent, and too scary. Stopping gave me room to stop, fail, try again - without giving up entirely. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:55:00 EST Tired? Eat These Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37295_tired_eat_these_foods Foods like spinach, potatoes, carrots, corn flakes, whole grains, oats, bananas, papaya, oranges, watermelons, seafood and eggs are effective in helping you get rid of your tiredness. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 07:02:00 EST Gouda Cheese is a Healhty Choice, Even For Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37267_gouda_cheese_is_a_healhty_choice_even_for_breakfast Gouda contains calicium & probiotic bacteria which can strengthen the immune system when eaten regularly. It is a great source of protein and because of the "Sphingolipids" it contains it may even help in the prevention of cancer. Some Europeans eat it for breakfast and say it provides them energy. Eat the low fat version because GOuda is high in fat and sodium. If you have high blood pressure eat in small amounts or skip it entirely.<br><br> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:48:00 EST Breakthru On Breast Cancer Cells http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37204_breakthru_on_breast_cancer_cells Texas researchers have found that extracts from peaches & plums killed breast cancer cells, even the most aggressive kinds. The study suggests that two polyphenols (plant-based chemicals) are responsible for the cancer cell deaths says Dr. Victor Marchione. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:38:00 EST Tired? You Might Be Dehydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37185_tired_you_might_be_dehydrated You might get a headache or be moody or tired if you dehydrate. Foods that will hydrate you are celery, romaine, Green peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:31:00 EST Don't Keep it a Secret! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37135_dont_keep_it_a_secret If you feel ill or find an unusual lump or anything of the sort don't be afraid and keep it a secret! Not only may you prevent early detection and treatment but the lack of moral support and just the stress of not knowing will be your demise! Ignorance is not bliss - early detection, treatment and support is something you do not want to miss! Thu, 8 Dec 2011 23:15:00 EST I have learned after all this time how to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37108_i_have_learned_after_all_this_time_how_to_eat I had GBS in March 2010, I have lost 138 lbs. I have kept it off. I am doing great! <em>104</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 16:07:00 EST Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37091_cut_your_breast_cancer_risk Strawberries & raspberries have photochemicals that help destroy cancer cells ability to multiply. City of Hope researchers say Blueberries have been found to prevent and shrink cancer tumors. Eat two cups per day and it could help aggresive breast cancer.Check with your doctor so it does not interfere with any meds! Also Avocados, parsley, brocolli, califlower, cabbage, brussle sprouts and Kale can help regulate your enzymes thus defend you from cancerous cells. Spinach is good too! Sun, 4 Dec 2011 09:24:00 EST Drinking enough water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37045_drinking_enough_water I love coffee. So to make sure I drink enough water. I don't allow myself to drink that second cup until I have a bottle of water. I get to enjoy my coffee and still get my required water every day. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:01:00 EST When in a crunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36988_when_in_a_crunch what to do when you have lost your spark <em>225</em> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 15:23:00 EST Ever Get Nausea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36925_ever_get_nausea Grab about 5 black olives and within a few minutes you will feel relief. If you get nausea in the car or airplane eat olives before hand and you will ride in comfort. Sat, 12 Nov 2011 11:22:00 EST BE CONSCIOUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36889_be_conscious Being conscious of what you eat, how much you exercise and how you feel mentally is the key to staying healthy.<br>So eat with the awareness of the level of your hunger and how the food you eat is going to affect your body and mind.<br>Exercise as much as your body needs to stay fit. Overexercising is as harmful as not exercising at all.<br>See what your mind wants and feels, if you are happy you wont need to indulge in order to lift your moods.<br>Follow these basic fundas and Stay Healthy ! Wed, 9 Nov 2011 21:09:00 EST My secrets to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36798_my_secrets_to_success My secrets to being fit and happy are 1) setting realistic goals and 2) staying on a fairly rigid schedule. Examples: If someone eats 3,000 calories a day and wants to go on a diet. Don't start ut eating 1,000 calories. It won't work. You will lose weight at first, but by starving your body. Same with working out. TAKE BABY steps! 2) If you say that Tuesday and Thursdays are workout nights, show up. If you are sick, workout at a moderate pace. Don't skip. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 21:54:00 EST Make sleep a PRIORITY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36704_make_sleep_a_priority I have noticed that every time I decide to skimp on sleep to get something done, I have ALWAYS paid for it later! Not only that, it usually makes matters worse the next day. This is especially true with exams, writing, and mentally taxing projects. No matter how important the other thing is, I always try to make sleep a priority which leaves me fresh and ready to tackle the problem another day. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 01:39:00 EST Remember you have a pause button http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36651_remember_you_have_a_pause_button Goals are great. Pursuing them and achieving them is wonderful, but not being obsessed by them. Remember you have a pause button. Take time each day to "smell the flowers," appreciate a gift, send a smile to the world or just to be. We are human beings, not human doings. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:32:00 EST THE WONDERS OF COCONUT OIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36442_the_wonders_of_coconut_oil Coconut oil is AMAZING! You can use it for health and beauty, cook with, hair treatments, skin treatments and it fights infection. Check it out and enjoy!! Thu, 22 Sep 2011 05:58:00 EST WASH YOUR HANDS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36441_wash_your_hands If you want to stay healthy, Wash those hands! Wash em after you grocerie shop, wash em after you put the groceries away, wash em after petting your dog or pet, wash em after using the computer,wash, wash wash.........and you WILL be healthier! <em>334</em> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:54:00 EST Did You Know Too Much Sugar Causes Wrinkles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36429_did_you_know_too_much_sugar_causes_wrinkles The proteins in your skin, eyes, nerves and arteries change when you eat foods that contain sugar and high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oil. Too Much Sugar causes aging and wrinkles. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:39:00 EST Drink instead of eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36419_drink_instead_of_eat When you think you are hungry, drink a glass of water. Most of the time you are actually just thirsty! <em>334</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:19:00 EST Use a straw! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36346_use_a_straw I've found that using a straw when drinking my water helps me drink and meet my daily water intake goal more easily, efficiently, and quickly! <em>274</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:26:00 EST COFFEE MATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36332_coffee_mate 2 tbs. of Original Fat Free Coffeemate can add 50 calories and 1.6grams of saturated fat according to A 2008 MEMO from Nestle. Id rather have a piece of Dark Chocolate and its better for you. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:42:00 EST SALT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36331_salt SALT can stiffen your arteries within 30 minutes reports Nutrion Action. Arteries lose their ability to expand when they need to. Skip the salt and decrease your risk. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:38:00 EST Minimize Fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36240_minimize_fatigue B Vitamins can help weight loss, as well eating certain foods, since they will give you more energy to be active and exercise. Eat Oatmeal, brown rice,eggs, aparagus, brocolli, green beans, clams, split pea and lentils, eggs, tomato juice, chicken breast and cured ham to get B vitamins. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 09:29:00 EST Getting your water in http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36213_getting_your_water_in I used to only drink an 8 oz glass of milk with dinner and this would be my liquid consumption for the day....no water. As soon as I started bringing water bottles with me to work and tracking I realized two things. When I brought a regular plastic water bottle I didn't get enough so I started bringing larger and larger bottles. Second tracking the glasses really motivated me. Now I've gone from maybe 8oz a day to around 100oz! <em>274</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:04:00 EST Healthy Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36170_healthy_future Think about how all your sufferings and perseverance will pay off in the future. Think about how it will help you live longer and healthier.. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:45:00 EST build confidence around actions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36093_build_confidence_around_behaviors I've noticed that I feel most confident of reaching a health goal when I see myself doing everything it takes to protect the specific ACTIONS I have chosen to get me to my goal. <br> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:27:00 EST marry the nice guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36071_marry_the_nice_guy I thought I needed a mean guy to keep me on track and after years of abuse and 50 added pounds later, clearly I was mistaken. It did not work for all the reasons it never works with mean guys. Now I am married to a nice guy who supports me with love and kindness. I lost 40 pounds, but mostly I found my smile, and I am never looking back. Sun, 21 Aug 2011 09:21:00 EST Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35984_smile When stressed, Smile!<br> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 08:21:00 EST 200MG of Magnesium Can lower blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35967_200mg_of_magnesium_can_lower_blood_pressure 200MG of Magnesium Can lower blood pressure says Carolyn Dean, MD. Under times of stress more magnesium is excreted from our urine. Talk to your doc about a magnesium supplement if you are under stress or need to lower your BP Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:39:00 EST Cholesterol, Sugar: Whats the Connection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35898_cholesterol_sugar_whats_the_connection More cholesterol is produced from eating sugar than from eating fat. Although the liver produces cholesterol, the intestines also play an important part in determining overall cholesterol levels. Eat Omega 3's which will bring down your triglycerides as well as bring down the LDL cholesterol and help actually raise your HDL cholesterol, or your good cholesterols. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 10:11:00 EST Celery is a Aphrodisiac http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35886_celery_is_a_aphrodisiac You can use celery seed in a number of foods and instead of salt. It is said that if a man eats celery it acts as an aphrodisiac and attracts women to their side. Include lots of celery to keep up a mens stamina or as as a cure for impotence. Celery has many nutrients for energy. It's mostly water and so is watermelon. It is surprising that both of these foods are great for your sexual health!<br> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 10:41:00 EST Raspberries & Blackberries Fight Cancer & Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35871_raspberries_blackberries_fight_cancer_disease Raspberries have 8g of fiber per cup. One-half cup of raspberries contains 7.5g carbs. They may inhibit tumor growth & the spread of cancer. They are packed with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties & are potent disease fighters. Intensely colored fruits& veggies improve health & fight disease. Blackberries have the same value. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:01:00 EST Cheeries & Blueberries Fight Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35870_cheeries_blueberries_fight_cancer Blueberries are antioxidanst that help protect against heart disease and cancer.They also contain ellagic acid, which blocks metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer. They prevent free radical damage to cells& tissues. Cherries have been shown to lower levels of uric acid in the blood, & also have cancer fighting compounds include quercetin and ellagic acid, which may inhibit tumorgrowth. Cherries are loaded anti-cancer properties. Do your body good eat cheeries and blueberries/ Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:51:00 EST Staying Fit & Healthy, Feeling and Looking Young http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35851_staying_fit_healthy_feeling_and_looking_young These are my favorite tips for staying fit & healthy, feeling and looking young:<br><br>Use moisturizer and wear sunscreen everyday!<br>Exfoliate your face and body using a gentle scrub (St. Ives is my fav)<br>Drink water and cut out soda.<br>Move your body! Exercise, even if it's just a walk do something. Turn on the radio and dance! <br>Eat berries!<br>Eat water based veggies<br>Take a multi-vitamin. <br>Play like a kid every now and then. Swing on a swing. I get out my crayolas and co... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 13:17:00 EST Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35772_trying Look in the Mirror before my meal. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 04:34:00 EST Swimminng http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35704_swimminng Swimming<br>Eat breakfast. Everyday<br>Posting food everyday<br>Some kind of exercise three days Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:44:00 EST Blood Vessels Narrow from Eating Sugar, Salt, And Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35666_blood_vessel_narrow_from_eating_sugar_salt_and_fat Blood vessels become narrowed from fat , excessive consumption of white flour and white sugar. Over eating, obesity, diabetes is a proven major cause of Atherosclerosis.<br>Arterial blockage causes stroke and heart attack. Eliminate Sugar, salt, refined and processed foods, eat less saturated fat, keep blood sugar under control. It has been clearly demonstrated that white sugar & hydrogentaed fats, & white flour are prime causes of hardening of the arteries. Flax seed and olive oil help.<br... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:32:00 EST Keep Your Icebox in the Basement http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35625_keep_your_icebox_in_the_basement If you don't have an icebox upstairs, there is no easy access to anything to eat, you have to think...Am I really THAT Hungry?? Do I really WANT to make that trip up & down the stairs again?? Trust me, it gets tiring. Added bonus, if you do decide you are that hungry & it is worth another trip up & down the stairs you automatically burn calories! Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:57:00 EST You Don't Have to Drink 8 Glasses of H2O Daily ... [Newest Research] http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35608_you_dont_have_to_drink_8_glasses_of_h2o_daily_newest_research According to the 'British Medical Journal' (and countless US official sources), drinking 8 glasses of water per day isn't necessary. As many of us suspected for years, the body does fine drinking whatever amount of water it happens to crave. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:44:00 EST Non-exercise physical activity matters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35602_nonexercise_physical_activity_matters Non-exercise physical activity (NEPA) like walking or doing dishes or doing houswork helps - potentially a lot more than just calories burned. It extends your lifespan and improves your cholesterol numbers. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:12:00 EST Have GERD? Acid Reflux treatment options http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35576_have_gerd_acid_reflux_treatment_options lying down, bending or exercising soon after eating and avoiding tight clothes with tight waists can provide some relief. Losing weight, eating smaller more frequent meals, reducing stress and sleeping with your head raised are all also good. Stay away from tomatoes, citrus, spicy or fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated beverages and chocolate. they are all trigger foods that can cause esophagus inflammation and ulcers. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:42:00 EST Your Fingernails and your health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35574_your_fingernails_and_your_health Off colored nails can result from a fingernail fungus or can be a warning sign you have diabetes. Diabetics immune systems are impaired which can create an enviroment for fungus and bacteria to grow under nail beds. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:28:00 EST The Chocolate Fig http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35554_the_chocolate_fig This blogger's recipes and philosophy are very inspiring and look wholesome and delicious! Check it out:<br>http://thechocolatefigsf.com/ Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:27:00 EST Granddaughter's Comments http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35553_granddaughters_comments My granddaughter is 10 years old. She tells people that her grandma Sue (me) is 53 but looks 35! This helps me stay on track because I want to keep my body active so that I don't age prematurely. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:25:00 EST Diet and Exercise connection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35548_diet_and_exercise_connection I have come to the realization that when I exercise regularly I want to eat better and when I stop exercise I start to eat more crap. <br><br>So to fix this I have bought a few exercise DVD's so I can work out at the house when I can't get to the gym so it's a win win situation Fri, 22 Jul 2011 08:54:00 EST Peace of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35534_peace_of_mind I have kept 40 pounds off now for 10 months and one of the biggest helps for me has been pilates/yoga. I do struggle with making life style changes and the time I set aside for this peaceful form of exercise helps me emotionally as well as physically. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:43:00 EST Work through the cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35429_work_through_the_cravings Ok, so I was craving pizza yesterday and the day before. I ALMOST gave in...but started doing something and the next thing I knew? I forgot about my craving for Pizza.<br>Stay busy and you will win! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:13:00 EST Flossing regularly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35412_flossing_regularly I am going to the dentist today for a temporary crown after getting a root canal done last week! I used to floss once a month! But now after seeing my difficulties @ the dentist AND hearing about a report on flossing that deals with our daily health [it was on the news a few weeks ago] .Now I DO floss daily!! My dentist had TOLD me this years before!Sometimes, it takes a while for the information to sink in.... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:49:00 EST Keep yourself busy and moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35410_keep_yourself_busy_and_moving No matter what I find something to keep myself not only busy, but moving throughout the day. It could be cleaning, yard work, washing the car, washing the dog, accomplishing something for work, etc. Just keep going! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:43:00 EST Real food for traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35406_real_food_for_traveling If you are going on a trip and need some healthy food to keep you going, sometimes trail mix and fruit won't cut it. I found a company called Go Picnic (they are online too) which makes organic (even vegan) lunchables for adults!<br>You can get all your macronutrients (over 20g protein in some meals) plus a little game like soduku. And it is all recyclable, reusable and doesn't need to be refrigerated! For $3-5 a meal, it is totally worth it. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:28:00 EST Feeling menopausal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35389_feeling_menopausal If you are feeling like you are menopausal, OR if you have questions about menopause, stop wondering.<br><br>Check out your local library for some very informative books, OR<br>check out the SP's "Perimenopause to Menopause what should you expect" Team. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:13:00 EST flavoring your water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35388_flavoring_your_water To get my water in, I sometimes use either lemon juice, or I use a couple drops of flavored stevia (such as grape or orange) to flavor the water. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:50:00 EST Prevent a Summer Cold by Easing Up on the A/C http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35351_prevent_a_summer_cold_by_easing_up_on_the_ac Constantly feeling chilled narrows blood vessels in the nose, which prevents infection-fighting immune system cells from reaching your sinuses. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 09:09:00 EST Extreme Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35336_extreme_schedule I'm a farmer - make hay while the sun shines. I had 8 hrs of school today following 8 hrs of school yesterday and I just got called in for an 8 hr night shift. Where's the sanity? LOL Well, I went immediately after getting called into work, to get some good and healthy groceries that brown bag well - namely bean and veggie salad, juice, etc. Hit the pool for a quick dip, checking in here and then down for a cat nap before heading out. Do what you must, but take care of you, too! :-) Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:58:00 EST Lower back pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35322_lower_back_pain To relieve some lower back pain issues, strengthen the lower abs, not the upper 6-pack area. Accomplish this by "sucking in" the area just above the bladder. Hold it as long you can and do it several times a day. Takes a little practice, but it helps! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 14:28:00 EST Get Rid of Germs By Gargling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35307_get_rid_of_germs_by_gargling Simply gargling with plain tap water twice a day will cut your risk of infection in half by flushing out invading viruses before they can attach to throat cells. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 09:31:00 EST Wash Hand 5 Times a Day to Fight Summer Colds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35276_wash_hand_5_times_a_day_to_fight_summer_colds You might be able to prevent summer colds. Reseach suggests that adopting this one habit, plus cleaning your desk and countertops with disinfectant wipes once a day, is enough to slash your risk of picking up cold germs by 45% or more! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 11:04:00 EST Showing my Preschooler Healthy Habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35275_showing_my_preschooler_healthy_habits Since I have been on SP, I have learned some healthy habits that I am passing on to my preschooler. I don't drink soda or have it in the house!{We only drink it @ birthday parties!}. I don't chew gum and we don't have that in the house! I drink water daily as does my hubby and so our preschooler does ,too! I am PROUD to start small with these healthy objectives accomplished daily! I also eat oatmeal with fruit almost every day to keep my cholestrol normal! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:57:00 EST Getting all of the water I need! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35251_getting_all_of_the_water_i_need I saw this on tv! I make a pitcher of green tea and then I cut up 1 clementine or tangerine and squeeze it into the tea. I even leave the squeezed pieces in there and I put a squeezed right in my water bottle. A pitcher has about 12-15 glasses in it. So i leave it in the fridge and when I'm done what's in my water bottle, I just top it up. I'm now drinking 12-15 glasses at a minimum per day an I feel great! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:42:00 EST Summer hydration http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35230_summer_hydration I drink more than the recommended 8 cups all summer due to the heat and outdoor activities. We just can't drink too much! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:29:00 EST Water Water Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35220_water_water_water I have a new bottle that holds 4 cups of water. I fill it up twice a day, and when I have drunk it twice through, I know that I have had my eight cups. I carry it with me every where.<br> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 00:34:00 EST Colors that Help Prevent Sunburn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35145_colors_that_help_prevent_sunburn If you're buying a beach umbrella, tent, sun hat or similar item, choose something red, blue, violet, lavender or pink. <br>A recent study of identical fabrics in different colors reveals that these hues filter the most UV rays, according to the journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. The worst performing colors were yellow and white. You can launder with RIT SunGuard that will give your favorite cover-up a 30 SPF UV-Protective coating that lasts 20 washings. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:11:00 EST Sparking with a Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35005_sparking_with_a_cold Having a cold will definitly slow you down but it doesn't have to make your progress stall. Track the things you eat while feeling blah, most of the things good for a cold are also good for a healthly lifestyle. Get plenty of fluids, have a bowl of chicken soup. Get plenty of rest. The cold will pass and you will still be on track.<br><br> <em>33</em> <em>91</em> <em>102</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:16:00 EST Water Water Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34966_water_water_water Tired of drinking water ... step it up a little, put a few drops of lime or lemon juice in it OR a slice of lime or lemon. You may even want to keep a container of water in your fridge ready to pour; already cold. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:18:00 EST Reducing headaches during the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34927_reducing_headaches_during_the_summer By drinking Gatorade or other products including electrolytes, I'd reduced my migraine count considerably. Staying hydrated and not downing a lot of caffeine drinks really do the trick. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:47:00 EST Keep hydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34925_keep_hydrated With the onset of high summer temperatures, it is imperative to drink plenty of liquids. Sounds like Mom's advice to get over the flu. This water intake is great for your body to sustain itself, but it is good for maintaining our weight control goals. Helps your satiety quotient. Can't lose either way!<br> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:39:00 EST Avoid Heat Stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34923_avoid_heat_stroke Be careful when exercising during the middle of the day.<br>Know the symptoms and signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and take precautions. <br>Aim to exercise early (first thing) before it gets hot <br>or wait until evening when the temperatures have cooled down.<br>Or plan an alternative activity indoors or in a pool. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:20:00 EST Feel Happier By Massaging Your Right Hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34903_feel_happier_by_massaging_your_right_hand This activates the left side of the brain, signaling the nervous system to produce mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine, Universtiy of Miami researchers report. It also reduces production of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in a better mood in less than five minutes. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 09:49:00 EST Staying Hydrated Sometimes Takes More Than H20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34861_staying_hydrated_sometimes_takes_more_than_h20 Watermelon is an appropriately named fruit it's 92% water. It is rich in vitamin C, beta carotene & lycopene. It contains only 8 percent sugar. Watermelon is perhaps the most effective fruit against dehydration because it is a natural source of rehydrating salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Another surprise is that broth based soups probably has the highest water content because of thir liquid base. Add some celery for more benefits. IMPORTANT: Diabetics Stay hydrated... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 13:08:00 EST Getting my water in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34832_getting_my_water_in I bought a liter of Aquafina at the store yesterday, and I have found that it equals 4 glasses of water! When I've had 2 bottle's full of water...I know that I have met my goal of enough to keep hydrated. I also know, that water is tasting better and better to me... My goal is to cut out sugary drinks all together and drink ONLY water.<br> <em>194</em> <br>"That's some mighty fine H2O!" -- favorite Waterboy quote!! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 04:05:00 EST Cure a toothache with cloves http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34809_cure_a_toothache_with_cloves Got a toothache and can’t get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anaesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker. Scientists say this simple action helps stabilize blood sugar, plus dampen production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:47:00 EST vITAMIN c AND cANCER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34803_vitamin_c_and_cancer Dr. Mark Levine at the National Institute of Health has studied the effect of using intravenous vitamin C for cancer patients & found promising results. With intravenous administration, very high blood levels can be achieved quickly. These levels are impossible to reach with supplements. At extremely high levels, the vitamin appears to boost production of hydrogen peroxide, which then kills cancer cells & spares the healthy cells. More research on this use of vitamin C will continue Fri, 8 Jul 2011 13:00:00 EST WATER!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34801_water WATER!!! it is soo good for you. drinking enough can help with fatigue, depression, & keeps everything in your body running smoothly because it keeps it cleansed! drink your water everyday, & it will shock you the effect it has! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:35:00 EST Sittin' with my feet on an ice pack... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34774_sittin_with_my_feet_on_an_ice_pack As I'm winding down for the night on these hot summer days (and believe me, my apartment is a freakin' terrarium!!), I've taken to sitting with my feet on an ice pack -- especially after I've worked out. It feels pretty darn good, and lessens the swelling and discomfort of icky post-exercise feet. :) Fri, 8 Jul 2011 02:36:00 EST Get it done in the morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34760_get_it_done_in_the_morning 4:00 Am I get up and exercise. If I decide I want to back to bed, I do but, I make sure I get that hour of walking every morning rain or shine. <em>102</em> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 17:02:00 EST Love yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34726_love_yourself Be kind to yourself. Love yourself more everyday. Eat when hungry stop before you're full and keep on moving.<br><br> <em>135</em> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 07:33:00 EST Who's Your Buddy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34677_whos_your_buddy Engage others in your quest for a healthier lifestyle. One of the best motivators is encouragement from friends and family. Moral support and inspiration from those around you can be very uplifting, and is one of the best magical tools to achieving your health, fitness, and weight maintenance goals. This is the concept behind www.sparkpeople.com and it's a beautiful concept......a very successful concept. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:19:00 EST Healthy Grocery Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34599_healthy_grocery_shopping Eat from mostly the perimeter of the store. Pay attention the next time you are at the grocery store. Most of your healthy foods are around the edges of the store......produce, dairy, seafood, meats. All the heavy carbs are in the aisles. (Candy, cookies, chips, dressings, gravy's, pastas, crackers, etc.) Sun, 3 Jul 2011 22:20:00 EST Walking Fast to Save Money AND Burn Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34550_walking_fast_to_save_money_and_burn_calories If you make a list before going shopping and walk briskly to each thing and then straight to the counter to check out you will not only burn more calories than you would by shopping slowly, but you'll also spend less by not picking up extra things! <em>30</em> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 14:59:00 EST Living On The Road - or at a Desk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34443_living_on_the_road As well as you can, eat well and get some exercise! It could save your life or the lives of others around you. Mid morning or afternoon fatigue is caused by insulin spikes through the day. Small portions, more often of protein and fresh greens. Cans of tuna, some nuts and dairy. Grab a green salad when you can or pack some preportioned if possible. Walk a good pace around your vehicle if nothing else or carry a jump rope with you for breaks. Drink your water and rest well when you can! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:04:00 EST How to get all your water in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34375_how_to_get_all_your_water_in Start every meal with 2 cups of water. That's a total of 6 cups of water for that day. You'll only need 2 more cups after that to get your 8 cups of water for that day. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:29:00 EST Pay attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34359_pay_attention Pay attention to whatever you're doing. Eating. Exercising. Playing with your kids.<br><br>Be in the moment. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:22:00 EST Pilates to ease lower back pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34281_pilates_to_ease_lower_back_pain Over a period of time I have learnt that Pilates especially those moves concentrating on the core and glutes help ease my lower back pain to a point where I sometimes even forget I have it.<br>However, don't stop when you think you are feeling better. Think of it always as work in progress. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:00:00 EST Overcoming Afternoon Fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34247_overcoming_afternoon_fatigue I'm taking driver's ed, to become a coach bus driver - I've already been offered a job! Yesterday, right about 2pm, my eyes start rolling around in the back of my head and a fellow student starts snoring! What to do?! We discussed it - it's a major safety hazard in transportation. I looked it up online when I got home - diet! and exercise! More protein, some greens and fresh fruit and less starch. Do a search to find more info - it could save your job or even your life! Sun, 26 Jun 2011 21:29:00 EST No More FLU. Period. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34036_no_more_flu_period OK, maybe it's just my result, but I changed a routine nearly 30 years ago that has given me a flu-free existence since then.<br>I used to be a macho guy, I don't need no stinkin' flu shot, and every year I'd have at least one bout.<br>I became diabetic, and it became crucial for me to have a flu shot each year (Diabetics: Flu shots are considered CRITICAL for your good health). I started taking an annual flu shot and quit having to battle the flu.<br>It took me a few years to notice this tr... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:20:00 EST Experiment with your diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34016_experiment_with_your_diet This tip is not about weight loss, it is about the affect that food has on an individual. I use to deal with puffiness around the eyes, eczema, swollen joints and other random things at random times of the year. So I experimented with my diet and by cutting out dairy for one week and then reintroducing it, I found out that dairy makes my eyes puffy. What else? Oranges, I found out they give me canker sores! There are others but I suggest you try this secret you never know what you might disc... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 05:31:00 EST Adult Sippy Cups keep me drinking water all day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33958_adult_sippy_cups_keep_me_drinking_water_all_day I buy these cups that have snap-on lids and hold 2-3 cups of water. It is easy for me to drink water all day. If I lose one or dog eats it, I quickly fall off the wagon. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:51:00 EST Take your vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33937_take_your_vitamins With this summer starting today, just make due to take your vitamin C and lots of water. Other vitamins are necessary, but most important your vitamin C to help prevent you catching a cold. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:00:00 EST arthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33919_arthritis eating grapes can help allieviate the pain from arthritis Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:52:00 EST 64+ Oz of Water A DAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33910_64_oz_of_water_a_day To make sure I drink my 8 glasses of water every day, I fill up a 32oz bottle in the morning and drink it throughout the day. Once it's been filled twice I know I'm on track. For some reason it encourages me to drink more and makes it seem a lot easier to accomplish. I've had over 64+ oz every day since I started doing this!! <em>244</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:24:00 EST Daily banana or banana smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33844_daily_banana_or_banana_smoothie Eat a daily banana or drink a smoothie made with Almond milk and frozen banana pieces. Keeps cravings away and helps me feel powered up all day! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:23:00 EST Sore Throat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33805_sore_throat Start to have a sore throat<br>Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:57:00 EST To get rid of a cold. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33801_to_get_rid_of_a_cold Feel a cold coming on? Use some Zinc suck tablet Do not chew or Do not drink with water, and cut the cold in half the time. You will feel much better and the cold will be gone. Do not drink any orange juice or citrus juice when taking zinc for 1/2 hour. <em>273</em> <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <em>30</em> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:23:00 EST frozen cherries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33760_frozen_cherries not only are these yummy they are natural painrelievers<br>Enjoy they are greaqt at the beach!! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 19:01:00 EST Fish for Muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33663_fish_for_muscles What's good for your heart is also good for your biceps. Washington University scientists found that people who took a daily fish-oil supplement that contained 1.5 grams of DHA and 2 grams of EPA doubled their ability to beef up compared with a group of placebo poppers. These omega-3 fats may help signal your body to start turning protein into muscle, Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:17:00 EST Springtime's Tricky Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33589_springtimes_tricky_trap Your allergy pill may hammer your weight loss efforts. A new study in the journal Obesity reveals that people (especially men) who take certain prescription anti-histamines, a neurotransmitter, may reduce fat metabolism and boost appetite. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:01:00 EST Make Lentil Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33572_make_lentil_soup Its light, has fiber *and* protein and is actually tasty and filling. Love this as a lunch time option with some salad. <em>224</em> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:40:00 EST Eat One Brazil Nut a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33529_eat_one_brazil_nut_a_day One Brazil Nut each day provides you with your daily value of selenium, which research has suggested can reduce the risk of many cancers and reduce heart disease. Other minerals include copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. They are also a good source of Vitamin E. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:36:00 EST Get as much sleep as possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33496_get_as_much_sleep_as_possible Part of staying healthy is getting lots of sleep. I try to get a nap each day. Once you can't get enough sleep during the night, make sure you get some sleep during the day. Even if you intended for it to be a nap and it ended up being a sleep. It is better. Getting you sleep renews you mind and you are able to think better. <em>102</em> <em>43</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 02:09:00 EST never mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33492_to_get_more_calcium never mind Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:49:00 EST Teeth health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33476_teeth_health We all know brushing you teeth is important. But did you know that you are not supposed to rinse with water after. It removes the flouride which can continue working on the teeth. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:15:00 EST Breathe, breathe, breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33465_breathe_breathe_breathe Are you feeling a bit stressed today? When I feel frazzled, I tune out the world for a minute by closing my eyes and taking several slow deep breaths. (This works during an argument as well to diffuse the tension with a short time-out.) Wishing you peace and a sense of calm, Sparkers. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:41:00 EST Drink More Water by... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33448_drink_more_water_by If you have trouble drinking enough water I have found adding lemon or lime to a glass of water makes it tastier so I drink more. <em>194</em> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:03:00 EST A cupful of coverage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33408_a_cupful_of_coverage Tea and coffee may protect your brain. Those who sipped as little as half a cup of coffee or tea a day were 34% less likely to develop brain cancer later in life than those who didn't, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. High levels of antioxidants in these drinks may help prevent cancer cells from forming in the brain, scientist say.<br><br> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 23:30:00 EST Turkey Burgers!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33406_turkey_burgers One of my biggest cravings are burgers: Now you know , either Checkers, or McDonalds, or Burger King or even Five brothers burgers are pretty high in sodium and heart devastating Fats. <br>So easy, Ground Turkey by Jennie O<br>1 egg white<br>1 half onion<br>1 minced cilantro<br>1 tbsp of breadcrumbs<br><br>Mix into patties then place on Pam sprayed pan and cook! Place on a whole wheat bun with lettuce tomato and all your favorite veggie trimmings.<br>Enjoy! <em>489</em> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 22:00:00 EST choas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33381_choas When everyone around you seems to be turned upside down don't forget to breath in the good and out with the bad.<br> <em>342</em> Walking with Christ Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:12:00 EST Marinades http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33362_marinades Marinades may do more for your food than just improve its flavor. After Greek researchers marinated beef in soy sauce and red-win mixture, the beef's bacteria levels fell and stayed low for 10 days. Both soy sauce and red wine contain ethanol and penolic compounds, which may act as antimicrobials, the researchers say, Soak meat overnight for a good balance of flavor, texture, and potential protective effects. Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:13:00 EST save your teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33258_save_your_teeth Every time I drink water , I try to remember to rinse my mouth especially after each meal. Saves time if none to brush teeth after each meal and will help your teeth too! <br> <em>334</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 03:21:00 EST Got Aches and Pains? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33239_got_aches_and_pains 1,000 mg of vitamin C 2 times a day helps to reduce inflamation. Inflamation causes pain and can cause cancer and other disease. Food sources are Cantaloupe, tomato and orange juices, oranges, red cabbage, red and green peppers, kiwi an brocolli. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 14:38:00 EST Alternative Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33208_alternative_medicine Through alternative medicine such as acupuncture I have learned that some foods that may be healthy for some people are not healthy for others. For example, currently I should not eat any cold or raw vegetables or salads since I have a spleen/chi deficiency which produces way too much phlegm in my body. I have gone from being on 14 different prescription medicines at one time to only one for my thyroid. I have found that the prescriptions that I was on were actually causing my health proble... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 21:42:00 EST protein after workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33190_protein_after_workout It is good to eat up to 10 g. of protein within 30 min. If working out. My favorite way to do that is to eat low calorie string cheese. It has 9g of protein and is not only low in calories, it is portable in your workout bag and helps cool you down. I also use it to get in sufficient calcium during the day and no carbs involved. <em>4</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:43:00 EST Treat Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33149_treat_yourself If you feel like eating a "treat" (or buying one)... save on money and calories by treating yourself in other ways... <br><br>Set your hair, rub lotion on, do your nails, give yourself a pedi, give yourself a facial, go sit in the sun for a few minutes, run a bubble bath... whatever makes you feel good or feel pretty... have at it.<br><br>By the time you are done, you won't even want that pint of ice cream or new pair of shoes :) Mon, 6 Jun 2011 15:53:00 EST Moving Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33140_moving_around I have a small kitchen timer next to my computer and I set it for 60 minutes. When it goes off I get up and move around, stretch, grab a fresh glass of water or head outside for a quick walk around the block. Since my job is mainly sitting this helps me get some extra movement in my day and keeps me from getting so stiff. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:34:00 EST how to count water use . http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33109_how_to_count_water_use_ i keep 9 pennies on my window sill . when i drink a glass of water i move the penny for that glass from one side of the window to the other . when all the penny go from one side to the other i know i have drunken at least nine glasses of water for the day . <em>91</em> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 12:20:00 EST Oh NUTS!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33101_oh_nuts Next time you're looking for a snack, grab a handful of nuts . Research indicates that eating nuts may reduce your risk of heart disease. Eat 4 WALNUTS A DAY TO PROTECT YOUR HEART. Helps reduce hunger pains too! Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:51:00 EST Taking supplements everyday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33033_taking_supplements_everyday If you have trouble taking supplements everyday (forgetting) my tip is what I have adopted. I have a 3 portion container and in the morning I portion out all my supplements into morning, evening and before bed. Then I can forget about when to take what and just down them all when it is time. <em>213</em> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 12:47:00 EST school http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32969_school I will never put myself through this much stress. I didn't know that taking chemistry 100 over the summer was this stressful. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:49:00 EST TWO FOR ONE: Stronger Legs & Cleaner Teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32968_two_for_one_stronger_legs_cleaner_teeth Get a little tiny bit more strength training in each day by doing leg lifts while you brush your teeth. Do 10 reps for each of the 12 sides of your teeth (inside top left, inside top middle, inside top right, outside top left, outside top middle, outside top right....same on bottom)! Then you have done 120 more leg lifts for the day--2 more minutes exercise AND THE ADDED BONUS: you really worked on cleaning your teeth properly!! <em>334</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:46:00 EST Plain Oreos http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32952_plain_oreos So I don't feel so bad, I take off the creamy, white part of the Oreo and just eat the cookie. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 17:49:00 EST More Water Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32939_more_water_please Since I started adding two slices of cucumber and one quarter of a lemon to my water I drink twice as much and prefer it over other beverages! Drink up!. <em>91</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:32:00 EST Drink lots of water and stay cool. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32901_drink_lots_of_water_and_stay_cool Due to this heat wave which we are experiencing, it is best to drink lots of water and stay cool. Avoid soda as much as possible. Water will quench your thirst, but soda will make you thirsty. Go for that big glass or bottle of water. <br>Dessie <em>91</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 17:49:00 EST Excuses vs Reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32876_excuses_vs_reasons Everytime I come up with an Excuse not to do something (Not workout, not make healthy food choices etc) I make myself come up with 3 reason to do it. Usually the Reasons win and I end up making the better decision <em>224</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 08:43:00 EST Read something by Michael Pollan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32817_read_something_by_michael_pollan Do it. You'll be glad you did. I highly recommend "In Defense of Food" or "The Omnivore's Dilemma." Sun, 29 May 2011 17:38:00 EST Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32757_fiber Konsyl Sat, 28 May 2011 10:25:00 EST Time to get some vitamin D from sunlight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32694_time_to_get_some_vitamin_d_from_sunlight Many studies have said that sufficient levels of Vitamin D are required to absorb calcium, Vitamin D also help to treats psoriasis, prevents osteoporosis and breast cancer. Thu, 26 May 2011 15:52:00 EST When you lift or pick something up, tighten your abdominal muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32682_when_you_lift_or_pick_something_up_tighten_your_abdominal_muscles Tightening/pulling in/tensing your abdominal/stomach muscles will help support your lower back when you are picking up an object. This will help protect your lower back and help prevent a back strain. You still need to properly lift items using your legs rather than bending over, but tightening your abds also helps your back. Thu, 26 May 2011 12:30:00 EST Avoid Depo Provera http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32649_avoid_depo_provera Avoid Depo Provera as a birth control method. It will most likely cause weight gain, which, as we know, causes a host of other health problems. It also can make your bones thinner and less strong. Wed, 25 May 2011 17:34:00 EST One small thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32643_one_small_thing Each day, do one small thing that will lead you to a better tomorrow. Wed, 25 May 2011 14:56:00 EST Get outside for a few minutes, even if it is raining. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32640_get_outside_for_a_few_minutes_even_if_its_raining This is a good idea for the following reasons: It's beautiful out there with trees and plants and the like, fresh air is good for you and can help you clear your head if you're stressed, the sun = vitamin D, and, of course, going outside means you're moving, which is good for you! Wed, 25 May 2011 13:47:00 EST Don't wear Rebok Easy Tone shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32627_dont_wear_rebok_easy_tone_shoes I am an avid walker and purchased Rebok Easy tone shape up shoes! After 2 weeks of my vigorous walking routine my foot started hurting and was swollen. I went to the doctor and found out I had a fractured metatarsal. the shoes evidently through my foot into improper form! they are in the trash now! Wed, 25 May 2011 09:48:00 EST grocery shop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32552_grocery_shop do all the shopping yourself Mon, 23 May 2011 17:36:00 EST Eat real food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32549_eat_real_food Vegetable oils? Fake eggs? Atkins bars? Please! The best foods for you are generally whole. Eat real eggs and use full-fat cream, eat lots of vegetables sauteed in a bit of olive oil or coconut oil. These foods satisfy, these foods have more nutrients, and these aren't frankenfoods with strange ingredients. Go whole 80% of the time, and you'll do yourself a favor. Mon, 23 May 2011 15:59:00 EST Get up and walk it out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32548_get_up_and_walk_it_out When sitting at your desk or in a chair for 8 hours aday, make sure you get up every hour and walk it out. It helps to get the blood flowing again the stiffness from setting in. I walk or stretch for five minutes every hour on the hour. It help keeps me fit and staying healthy. Mon, 23 May 2011 14:48:00 EST Grow a Better Memory by Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32520_grow_a_better_memory_by_walking It has been thought that some age-related shrinkage of the brain area involved in memory formation was inevitable. However, a new study reveals that engaging in moderate aerobic not only prevents that shrinkage, it completely reverses it within one year! Older people who walked 40 minutes a day,three days a week, wound up with a hippocampus about 2% bigger than when they first started working out! They also did better on memory tests & had higher levels of a key marker of brain health, BDNF... Mon, 23 May 2011 09:42:00 EST Keep on going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32516_keep_on_going If I fail, I don't fail in my mind, I just begin again the next day. My heart is important and so is my family. I want to be lean and mean (well just a little) for them. Mon, 23 May 2011 08:35:00 EST Keep on going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32514_keep_on_going If I fail, I don't fail in my mind, I just begin again the next day. I quit smoking almost 2 years ago and I succeeded. I can succeed at this too. Mon, 23 May 2011 08:33:00 EST WALKING A 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32461_walking_a_5k JUST WANTED TO SHARE IN MY DELIGHT. I WALKED IN MY 3rd 5K WALK IN 47.8 MINUTES. RECEIVED A MEDAL IN MY AGE GROUP 50 AND OVER FOR I'M 70 YRS YOUNG. IT WAS ESPECIALLY ENJOYABLE TO WALK WITH MY DAUGHTER <em>311</em> Sat, 21 May 2011 20:46:00 EST Chicken Soup ~helps my cold and I like it HOT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32447_chicken_soup_helps_my_cold_and_i_like_it_hot When I had a cold as a youngster,my mom gave me chicken noodle soup.Little did she know that years later they would PROVE in a study [found in My Doctors'Book of Food Remedies by Selene Yeager & Editors of Prevention Magazine[pp.167-170-] that it DOES HELP with the colds in easing nasal congestion. When I am out & about in cold weather or whether I have a cold , I get the chicken soup HOT from Chick-Fil-A! ~It helps me so much! Sat, 21 May 2011 14:00:00 EST Taking Time Out For You. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32400_taking_time_out_for_you There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself, taking care of your body is not just about working out and eating right. It's taking the time out to get better if sick and most importantly having 'YOU' time. Thu, 19 May 2011 22:19:00 EST Fresh Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32337_fresh_air Get out and walk outdoor daily, so as to enjoy the fresh air and deep breathing. You don't only have to walk indoor and at the gym. You sure would enjoy walking in the park and at the track, you will also see and meet many people. <em>311</em> <em>342</em> Wed, 18 May 2011 21:12:00 EST May is Melanoma Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32279_may_is_melanoma_month May is Melanoma Month - get checked!! And always, always, always wear sunscreen. <em>67</em> Tue, 17 May 2011 19:23:00 EST Listen to your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32262_listen_to_your_body If you are feeling run down or ill (as I was these past 2 days) listen to your body and REST! Just because you have to take a few extra rest days doesn't mean you've failed at your goals or that you are lazy, you body is telling you what it needs. Listen to your body and it will pay you back working harder and better than before when you do get back to working out :) Tue, 17 May 2011 11:27:00 EST To avoid colds/flus, never touch door knobs, handles, railings, etc. directly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32227_to_avoid_coldsflus_never_touch_door_knobs_handles_railings_etc_directly To reduce your exposure to colds and flus, stop directly touching door knobs, railings, and other objects commonly touched by many people. Carry a handkerchief or paper towel with you to use as a barrier, or use a piece of clothing. I've managed to be cold/flu free for over a year since I started doing this religiously. Mon, 16 May 2011 14:03:00 EST Daily SPF http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32221_daily_spf Everytime I get a shower, I moisterize with a body lotion that sits on my bathroom vanity. Its easy to remember, because its handy and has a pump. To get my daily SPF, I've begun adding a tube of 50 SPF to that bottle of lotion. I realize it's somewhat weakened, but I haven't gotten burnt yet! I believe its better than NO protection!<br><br> <em>464</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>464</em> <em>463</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 11:54:00 EST Start the day a healthy way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32188_start_the_day_a_healthy_way Eat fresh fruits first. <em>474</em> <em>491</em> <em>488</em> <em>277</em> <em>289</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> Before any other food is prepared, eat your fruit! Then follow with yogurt and whole grains in cereal, toast, pancakes, waffles,or healthy granolas. <em>467</em> <em>481</em> <em>470</em> <em>472</em> You can add even more fresh fruits to these breakfast foods too! Berries, apples, and citruses should be eaten everyday. Don't forget fruit smoothies! I think fruit i... Sun, 15 May 2011 13:44:00 EST Learn Qi Gong breathing techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32088_learn_qi_gong_breathing_techniques Qi Gong is a technique by itself, but is also often taught with tai chi. There are breathing exercises that will give your internal organs a massage. It can also be both relaxing and energizing. Consider trying it for improved health! Fri, 13 May 2011 00:37:00 EST Fresh ginger tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32062_fresh_ginger_tea I finally worked up the nerve to try fresh ginger to make tea for an upset tummy. I was intimidated by the appearance of the root but it was easy to slice and peel. Not only did it help me feel better but it is delicious and after some research I found it has many health benefits. This will be a drink I will make on a daily basis as an alternative to plain water or coffee. Thu, 12 May 2011 10:58:00 EST Not getting your 8 cups of water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32042_not_getting_your_8_cups_of_water Not drinking enough water? Most people should drink at least 8 cups of water daily, but for various reasons some fail to do so. Here's a little secret that is a sure fire way to add an extra cup of water, if not more with no hassle: Add hot spices (not salt) to your food or perhaps make a small but spiiiiicy side dish! Try Tabasco sauce, chili powder, Cajun seasoning or spice curry! Be creative! :) Wed, 11 May 2011 23:02:00 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32000_water Drink enough water so you are well hydrated Wed, 11 May 2011 09:35:00 EST Never again with the tanning beds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31996_never_again_with_the_tanning_beds Spray tans and tan lotions are the best alternative for that sunkissed look! Wed, 11 May 2011 08:37:00 EST Prunes Help Prevent Osteoporosis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31992_prunes_help_prevent_osteoporosis Not just a constipation cure, but the vitamin K, copper and boron in prunes also help prevent osteoporosis! In one study, women who ate about two handfuls daily saw a 57% turnaround in age-related bone loss within three months! My own response to this is just pondering - TWO HANDFULS!!!! DAILY???(smiling) Plan to spend a lot of time in the restroom. But I guess it's worth it for stronger bones. Wed, 11 May 2011 00:40:00 EST Water up with a Reusable Cup and Straw http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31953_water_up_with_a_reusable_cup_and_straw Drink water with a straw! I have a few insulated cold drink tumblers with screwtop lids and straws that I rotate throughout the week and I find I drink far more water this way. The water is right there, ready to drink. No more trying to unscrew a water bottle while driving/working out. I keep it at my desk at work and whenever I get up for a break, I down the remaining water and fill it back up on my way back to my desk. Tue, 10 May 2011 11:55:00 EST Raisins for Good Dental Health? Who Would've Thought? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31951_raisins_for_good_dental_health_who_wouldve_thought Raisins were supposedly a cause of cavities due to their sweetness. However, recent research at the University of Illinois says raisins actually bolster your protection against tooth decay and even gum disease! They're a top food source of oleanolic acid, which protects tooth enamel and gum tissue by scrubbing away plaque buildup. Raisins also have antibacterial compounds that prevent gingivitis. Tue, 10 May 2011 11:41:00 EST My water bottle is my best friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31940_my_water_bottle_is_my_best_friend To ensure I drink 8 cups of water a day I take my 32oz water bottle where ever I go and fill it up twice. I take it to sports events, to work, to meetings, in the car, walk around the house and yard with it. It is always next to me and I sip on it all day. I always drink two of them through out the day. Sometimes I even drink more than needed.<br> <em>274</em> Tue, 10 May 2011 08:38:00 EST Rub out pain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31880_rub_out_pain According to Garry D'Brant D.C., you can loosen tight muscles and prevent pain from involuntary spasms of lower back muscles by doing the following. Make two fists, reach around to the middle of your back and rub up and down your spine in a circular motion. Mon, 9 May 2011 00:30:00 EST Apply Ice Instead of Heat for Backache Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31862_apply_ice_instead_of_heat_for_backache_relief I've not had a lot of back trouble, but whenever there have been aches, I've always thought the heating pad worked best. NOT! Cold constricts blood vessels, relieving pain far better and helping you heal faster than heat, according to Dr. RIchard Guyer at the Texas Back Institute. Place an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas (or whatever) over the spot for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off. Sun, 8 May 2011 13:32:00 EST Fish Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31855_fish_oil What would you say if the secret to health and longevity were available right now? The secret is fish oil. High quality fish oil can help with anxiety, depression, cholesterol, diabetes, and much more. Consistency is the key, take it every day, twice a day! Sun, 8 May 2011 12:06:00 EST Still O.k. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31772_still_ok Always eat all you fruit and veg requirements for the day. Even if you've "fallen off the wagon" a little, you'll still have the benefit of having eaten the good stuff! Fri, 6 May 2011 10:30:00 EST How I make sure that you get your 8 glasses of water a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31739_how_i_make_sure_that_you_get_your_8_glasses_of_water_a_day One of the first things I do when I start my day is fill a pitcher with 64 oz. of water. I then add 4 oz of 100% cranberry juice to it. The juice adds the hint of flavor I need to make the water inviting. When the pitcher is empty I know that I am done with my commitment for the day. <em>274</em> Thu, 5 May 2011 11:18:00 EST Fruit Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31706_fruit_water If you have a hard time drinking water, try freezing different types of fruit (strawberries seem to work really well) and use them as "ice cubes" for your water. As they melt, your water will get a nice fruity taste which might make drinking more water a bit more pleasant! Wed, 4 May 2011 16:09:00 EST Spice up your water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31646_spice_up_your_water It is sometimes hard for me to get in my 8 glasses of water a day. I get bored with the flavor. So, I like to squeeze in some lemon juice and add a natural sweetener packet. This gives it a refreshing flavor and encourages me to consume more water. If you are on the go, I suggest True Lemon, which is a all natural packet of lemon that you can take with you. Tue, 3 May 2011 13:09:00 EST Breathe! Emotional health= Strength for physical health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31591_breathe_emotional_health_strenth_for_physical_healtj Being emotionally healthy is critical for your physical health. When your feeling overwhelmed or the cravings kick in, take the time to breathe and realize you really don't need that piece of chocolate Mon, 2 May 2011 15:23:00 EST Want to stay healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31582_want_to_stay_healthy Wash your hands. Wash them frequently--long enough to sing happy birthday. Use soap. Then don't use your hand to open the bathroom door after all those people who didn't wash like that! Mon, 2 May 2011 12:05:00 EST Coping with stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31567_coping_with_stress Many of the stressful situations we come across in your daily lives cannot be avoided or changed, but we can change how we respond to the stress. Try improving your way of dealing with stress or a stressful situation. Take a deep breath. Sun, 1 May 2011 23:49:00 EST Why I don't have TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31511_why_i_dont_have_tv I figure if I have time to sit down and watch TV, then I have time to be at the gym, or walking my dog, or spending time with family and friends. So I chose not to have a TV-but if you have one, turn it off and get outside! Sat, 30 Apr 2011 13:07:00 EST 8 Glasses of water a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31472_8_glasses_of_water_a_day Having trouble getting in those 8 glasses a day? Make it fun! <br> Every night I take 2- 32 oz bottles and fill them with warm water then I crush my favorite fresh seasonings into them and pop them in the fridge. So far my favorites are Chocolate Mint, Basil, and Lemon Balm. Not only do they taste great after my morning workout but they also keep my stomach calm if I eat a little to soon after working out. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:15:00 EST Food preperation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31442_food_preperation I've learned that preparing my food ahead of time makes dieting and transitioning into a lifestyle change easier. If I want to grill chicken for dinner the day after, I defrost and season at night. That way it's ready to grill tomorrow (george Foreman or outside grill). Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:37:00 EST Floss daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31372_floss_daily Floss daily for healthy gums and teeth <em>334</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:09:00 EST Fit it anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31363_fit_it_anywhere being a busy single mom, i ride my bike to work to get a workout in when normally it wouldn't happen <em>334</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:29:00 EST Exercise conveniently http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31344_exercise_conveniently If you cannot find the time to get to the gym, try using a treatmill & exercise bike for 30 minutes while watching the news! Tue, 26 Apr 2011 20:40:00 EST Easy exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31338_easy_exercise Walking is great exercise & if you do some small variations it is more interesting Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:36:00 EST HEALTH ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31304_health_me Positive people make a positive healthy me<br> <em>334</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:49:00 EST Reminders to Stand http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31283_reminders_to_stand With the recent research results showing that regardless of your exercise regimen, sitting for prolonged hours will shorten your life dramatically, I have decided to do something about it.<br><br>The research suggests that if you have a sedentary job in which you sit for extended periods, you should stand up every couple of hours and move around. <br><br>To remind yourself, create a text file with the words "Get up" on your computer and use your task scheduler to run every 2 hours. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 08:52:00 EST Swapping Unhealthy Foods for Lower Calorie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31281_swapping_unhealthy_foods_for_lower_calorie Getting email tips from Hungry Girl. Her emails are wonderful with good tips for swapping high calorie foods with lower calorie dishes and new food products that are healthy and good tasting. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 07:59:00 EST Try Harder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31268_try_harder in everything that you do! Tue, 26 Apr 2011 01:11:00 EST Try Harder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31267_try_harder in everything that you do! Tue, 26 Apr 2011 01:11:00 EST Start your day with hydration http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31182_start_your_day_with_hydration One of the very first things I do after I wake up in the morning is drink 12 to 16 oz of water. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 00:33:00 EST Put Yourself First http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31059_put_yourself_first Make sure you always put your self first, without that you will have nothing! You must take care of yourself in order to take care of others. If you are a parent, you need to be healthy to take care of your child. Imagine where that child would be without you! So remember to take care of yourself now! Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:09:00 EST After a Heart Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31026_after_a_heart_attack The direction Spark gives for adding exercise to your routine to lose weight is also valid for recovery after a heart attack and bypass surgery. After I got home, walking to the end of my driveway was a challenge. I started walking to the driveway next to mine, every 2-3 days I added distance and got to a mile; then two and up to 5 miles/ day. I'm healthier now then before the heart attack & surgery, at least cardio wise - of course good blood flow and additional oxygen also helps! Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:53:00 EST Give it a little Flava! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30936_give_it_a_little_flava If you're having trouble meeting that 8 cups a day goal for water consumption, don't be afraid to add a little flavor. Flavoring packets, if chosen carefully, make it so much easier to drink lots and lots of water on a daily basis without adding many calories or sodium. I prefer the Crystal Light Fruit Punch packets myself - tastes just like Koolaid! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:34:00 EST Post Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30888_post_everything I usually read and post my workouts on my Twitter/Facebook/My Space and of course Sparkpeople pages to get others motivated and to teach them how to live a healthy life. <em>104</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:49:00 EST Weekly Pill Organizer/Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30881_weekly_pill_organizerreminder I use a pill organizer/reminder to portion out my pills for the week. As an added reminder, I have made a routine of taking them as soon as I get up in the morning. Haven't missed a day in a very long time. =) Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:49:00 EST Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar 2 tsp 3x a day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30727_raw_unfiltered_apple_cider_vinegar_2_tsp_3x_a_day This is tough to swallow but give it a try! I have been taking this as a dietary supplement for 3 months now... more energy, stronger nails and and hair and supports weight loss! Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:48:00 EST Top 10 purposes of Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30607_top_10_purposes_of_sex Sex has many purposes:<br><br>1. it is fun<br> <em>211</em> <br>2. takes your mind off your worries<br> <em>135</em> <br>3. makes you happy<br> <em>100</em> <br>4. makes you feel sexy boosting your self image<br> <em>204</em> <br>5. burns calories<br> <em>7</em> <br>6. makes you thirsty, thus you drink more water<br> <em>91</em> <br>7. gives you a boost of energy<br> <em>185</em> <br>8. or puts you to sleep<br> <em>102</em> <br>9. a great way to start your day<br> <em>67</em> <br>10. a great ... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:04:00 EST Bulk up your pasta dishes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30581_bulk_up_your_pasta_dishes One way to sneak in an easy extra serving of veggies is to pile 1 cup of raw baby spinach on your plate or bowl. Add your hot pasta and sauce on top and it wilts the spinach. Plus it makes a smaller pasta portion more filling! Try it! Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:18:00 EST Viactive Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30571_viactive_calcium did u know taking calcium helps with PMS? if your faithful taking it and i mean everyday, u will see a difference and it's huge! Viactiv even tastes like tootsie rolls so it's like a treat too! Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:05:00 EST need a calcium? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30570_need_a_calcium Viactive calcium supplements, it's chocolate and tastes good too!!! <em>334</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:57:00 EST Use Classical Music to Relax http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30535_use_classical_music_to_relax I just read that when people listen to Beethoven or Mozart after a tense event, their blood pressure drops back to normal after just 15 seconds. Since the music's rhythm mimics the resting heart rate of 70 beats per minute, it quickly slows a racing heart! I've done this before, and gotten the results stated, but didn't know why. Interesting. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:48:00 EST Don't Do IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30528_dont_do_it Don't quit is keeps geting better and better, but right now it sucks Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:12:00 EST Make a healthy list http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30522_make_a_healthy_list So I don't want to call it a wish list but I guess it is sort of.<br>Once you get motiviated to move you will try new things so make a list of sports or excercises that you have never done.<br>Like hiking (a specific place) try a yoga class, pilates class, spin class, bellydancing ANYTHING<br>Then how about trying a new fruit or veg or fish and cooking it a new way! These things will keep you motivated Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:10:00 EST Always Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30498_always_trying Always trying to stay healthy, it's not easy. I believe the less you try the harder it is. So I always try to make the best possible choices in meals and snacks. And whenever possible try to add 15 minutes of exercise anyway I can get it. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:43:00 EST drink as much water as possible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30485_drink_as_much_water_as_possible I figure if everyone on Sparkpeople is drinking 8 glasses of water, I'll challenge myself with 9! Never limit yourself by what someone tells you the limit is--stretch for higher goals! Mon, 11 Apr 2011 07:10:00 EST Natural Treatment for Colds and Sore Throats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30483_natural_treatment_for_colds_and_sore_throats About half a teaspoon of ground TURMERIC added to a cup of hot MILK, simmered for about 3 minutes with a teaspoon of HONEY, is an ancient treatment for colds and sore throats. Sip slowly while its still hot. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 04:59:00 EST Health and wellfare tip...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30472_health_and_wellfare_tip I have been taking my laptop outside and have been sparking on the deck. That way I get to enjoy sparking and nature at the same time. I'd rather be a deck nerd than be a kitchen table nerd!<br><br> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>463</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:21:00 EST Maximize results: DETOX http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30446_maximize_results_detox To maximize results, whether you're running, swimming, or any other fitness activity (inside or out), your body is coming in contact with TOXINS! To MAXIMIZE weight loss, weight management, healthy living, and other personal goals - DETOX first - and often. <br><br><br> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 09:41:00 EST Drink green tea daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30421_drink_green_tea_daily I drink GunPowder Green tea every morning to boost my health, I don't add any sugar or milk, and I love the taste I hope I can reap the benefits of this ancient healthy drink. Sat, 9 Apr 2011 17:10:00 EST