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 Home Remedies For Hay Fever (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44381_home_remedies_for_hay_fever_continued Don't let furry or feathered pets inside. You may love Fluffy very much, but she could be the reason you always feel sick. Pet dander ranks with dust mites as a primary cause of hay fever. Keeping fluffy out of your bedroom is not a solution because the hair and dead skin cells can be blown through your house by heating or cooling systems.<br><br>Fleas carried by your pet can also cause hay fever. That's why you can be allergic to some pets but not others---it may be the fleas that make y... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:50:00 EST 8 Surprising Ways To Use Vicks Vaporub http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44377_8_surprising_ways_to_use_vicks_vaporub <br>8 Surprising Ways To Use Vicks Vaporub<br>Posted: 13 Feb 2016 03:12 AM PST<br>Vicks VapoRub is an ointment used for decades to relieve cough, cold, flu, headache, congested nose, chest and throat stuffiness. However, there are many other ways to use this inexpensive product. Below are some surprising uses of Vicks VapoRub to solve common health issues.<br><br><br><br>1. REDUCE ACNE & PIMPLES<br>Vicks VapoRub is an effective treatment to get rid of acne and pimples problem. It has several ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:38:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44365_home_remedies_for_hay_fever_continued The product may not work as well if you keep a cat in your house. Cat dander, allergens that come from the cat's fur, skin, and saliva, seems to interfere with the effectiveness of tannic acid.<br><br>Here are some other tips to help you send dust mites packing:<br><br>* Cover mattresses, box springs, and pillows with airtight plastic casings.<br><br>* Wash your bed sheets, comforters, mattress pads, and pillows in very hot water every week. You should also wash curtains when you do you... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:21:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44348_home_remedies_for_hay_fever_continued Wash your hair. Your hair, especially if it's long, acts as a pollen net. Washing it before you go to bed should help you rest easier.<br><br>Stop dust mites from bugging you. If dust mites are bugging you, sunlight may be the solution you've been searching for. Dust mites are mighty irritating animals, especially to people with allergies or asthma. These tiny insects, which are related to spiders, live in bedding, carpets, and mattresses. They eat small pieces of dead, sloughed-off hum... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:46:00 EST Keep yourself Hydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44347_keep_yourself_hydrated Fruits are an excellent source for water. Watermelon is 90% water, so it ranks highest on the list. Oranges, grapefruit, and melons like cantaloupe and honeydew are also strong contenders.<br><br>Vegetables, though not as full of water as fruit, can also provide a nutrient-rich water source. Stick with celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and Romaine lettuce.<br><br>There are plenty of hidden sources of water in your diet, says White. If you want to tap into these foods, reach for oatm... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:21:00 EST Get a Dog, or a Horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44346_get_a_dog_or_a_horse If you keep horses at home, you know how many times a day they need your attention. Horses require feeding, watering, grooming and clean up. I head out to feed and do horse chores three times per day, including driving home on my lunch break. When the weather allows, it is grooming, riding, farrier and veterinarian appointments to keep your schedule busy. Oh and don't forget hay season. Stacking hay bales is good old fashion sweat making, plus you will feel prepared for a long winter. Grain ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:30:00 EST 3 Things Every Woman Should Do After Sex You know what to do before and during—here are few non-negotiables once the action has ended. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44338_3_things_every_woman_should_do_after_sex_you_know_what_to_do_before_and_duringhere_are_few_nonnegotiables_once_the_action_has_ended 3 Things Every Woman Should Do After Sex<br>You know what to do before and during—here are few non-negotiables once the action has ended.<br>By Emma Haak<br><br>1. Use the Bathroom—But Only If You Actually Have to Pee <br>You've probably heard that heading to the toilet pronto after sex will help you avoid a urinary tract infection, because it rinses away E. coli bacteria that may have moved toward your urethra during sex. (One in five women deal with the uncomfortable infection at least once... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:04:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44329_home_remedies_for_hay_fever There's nothing quite like the splendor of spring, when trees come alive again and flowers bloom---particularly if you are one of the millions who suffer from hay fever. Spending some time outside enjoying nature's rebirth could make you wish you could be reborn---without allergies this time.<br><br>Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction, usually inherited, that causes the lining of your nose and sinuses to swell. Though pollen from blooming trees, shrubs, grasses, and flo... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:19:00 EST Exercise at your desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44328_exercise_at_your_desk Exercise at your desk<br><br>For most office workers, being glued to their desks while typing away at their computers for an average of 8 hours a day is already a part of their normal routine. However, sitting at the computer all day may not exactly be good for the body, as it can bring about backaches due to poor posture and eye strain, among other effects. On the other hand, being in a desk job does not have to be an ordeal for your health. If you're one of those people who have to be at a ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:56:00 EST Life-and Limb-Saving Frostbite Fixes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44309_lifeand_limbsaving_frostbite_fixes Our temperature today is WELL below zero and the wind-chill factors make it even worse and dangerous to be outside for any length of time. The following information should be helpful.<br><br>Your goal in treating frostbite is to thaw your frozen fingers, feet, and ears as quickly as possible in warm water. First, make sure refreezing isn't a risk. It's better to keep walking on a frozen foot than to stop and thaw it before you get to a permanent shelter. Tissues that have frozen, thawed, ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:47:00 EST How To Spot Deadly Food Allergies (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44290_how_to_spot_deadly_food_allergies_continued Do you have a food allergy? If you suspect you have a food allergy, keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat or drink for a two-week period. Note any symptoms and how long it took for them to develop.<br><br>Even though you may identify a reaction you have to certain foods, you will not be able to correctly identify a food allergy without the assistance of a doctor who has specialized training in allergy and immunology. Incorrectly labeling some reaction to food as a food allergy ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:37:00 EST How To Spot Deadly Food Allergies (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44271_how_to_spot_deadly_food_allergies_continued While people with true food allergies must avoid the offending food altogether, people with food intolerances can often eat a small portion of the problem food without suffering symptoms. The amount a person can eat varies from individual to individual.<br><br>How does your body react? If you have a food allergy, you probably won't have a reaction to the food the first time you eat it. After the first exposure, your body classifies a particular food as foreign and will be prepared to attac... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:13:00 EST How To Spot Deadly Food Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44256_how_to_spot_deadly_food_allergies Do you start itching when you eat peanuts? Does seafood cause your stomach to churn? Symptoms like these cause millions of Americans to suspect they have a food allergy. However, true food allergies affect only about two out of every 100 adults and eight out of every 100 children.<br><br>Food allergies are often confused with food intolerances. True food allergies can be fatal. Food intolerances are not. Obviously, it pays to know the difference. The fact is, these terms actually descr... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:05:00 EST Age-Proof Your Skin (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44236_ageproof_your_skin_continued Tips for healthier skin: (continued)<br><br>Enjoy the humidity. Ever notice that people who live in the tropics have beautiful skin? Today, many people suffer dry skin because of constant exposure to air-conditioned or heated homes, cars, and offices. Heating lowers the amount of relative humidity in the air, and air conditioning actually removes moisture.<br><br>Usually, you can't control the humidity levels in your workplace, but you can alter the air at home. Room humidifiers are effic... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:36:00 EST THINGS I DO http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44233_things_i_do I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.<br><br>I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to rem... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:47:00 EST Age-Proof Your Skin (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44211_ageproof_your_skin_continued Here are some tips for healthier skin:<br><br>Make it quick. Don't linger in the bath or shower. Experts recommend 15 minutes maximum, and keep water temperature warm or cool---not hot.<br><br>Be stingy with soap. Apply soap sparingly and rinse it off well. If you're suffering from very dry skin, wash only your face, feet, hands, underarms, and genital area with soap. Pay special attention to the soap you use. Stay away from deodorant soaps, antibacterial soaps, and products with fragra... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:30:00 EST Recovering from the Recoverable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44206_recovering_from_the_recoverable 3 days of ice chips. Followed by 2 days clear liquid. Then nothing by mouth, and finally abdominal surgery and a liver biopsy. After surgery, it all reverses. Ice chips, clear liquid diet, soft food diet. I have to take it easy and be extra careful what I put down the hatch. No fatty, no spicy, no chocolate, no fun. Whaaaaa!<br><br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:03:00 EST Age-Proof Your Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44197_ageproof_your_skin It cracks easily, flakes, and itches. It's unsightly, and sometimes it even bleeds. That's dry skin. It's a common problem. Unfortunately, it's also one of those minor irritations that can become a serious medical problem if neglected.<br><br>Dry skin might be nothing more than a tight, scratchy sensation on your hands and fingers after washing dishes or spending a long time in your bathtub. Or it can have more serious symptoms, like cracking, scaling, roughness, and redness on your face... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:49:00 EST Say "Good-Bye" to Dry Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44183_say_goodbye_to_dry_eyes Many things can bring tears to your eyes---watching a sad movie, seeing your children graduate, or just chopping a pungent onion. But what if those tears don't come? What if your eyes don't even produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist from day to day?<br><br>If your eyes have been feeling dry, irritated, tired or itchy, you may be one of 10 million Americans who suffers from "dry eye" each year. Dry eye is not any specific disease, but a general term used to describe the symptoms that... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:27:00 EST Sunshine on my shoulders (and vitamin D) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44156_sunshine_on_my_shoulders_and_vitamin_d Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, can be produced in the body with mild sun exposure or consumed in food or supplements.<br><br>Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.<br><br>Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, helping to:<br><br>Maintain... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:48:00 EST Gifts from God http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44147_gifts_from_god <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <br>Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>We all know what we have to do to stay healthy. We have the talent and knowledge to do the things we have to do to become and remain healthy. The first question is "Do we do those things?" and the second, more important question is "Why not?".<br><br>Getting and staying healthy is a simple... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:09:00 EST Move Every Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44146_move_every_hour Exercise, exercise, exercise.<br><br>When I started my journey to health I focused on eating healthy most of the time. After 6 months and about 25 pounds gone, I bought a pedometer and started walking. worked up to getting 10,000 steps over the course of the day. Since I was still working I sat a lot but looked to find ways to get up and move around; e.g., going to a colleague's office instead of emailing. Put the printer in the fax room so I had to get up. Walked around the building... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:25:00 EST Drinking Warm Lemon Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44141_drinking_warm_lemon_water Every morning I drink hot or warm lemon water in the morning to reduce the acidity in my body. <em>271</em> <br><br>Lemons and apples are high in pectin. They both help keep me fuller and aide in digestion and is also a dietetic. I have cut down on coffee and I think I am sleeping better and have cut down on my total caffeine intake. <em>106</em> <br><br>Lemon water is also good for your skin. It may help decrease wrinkles and blemishes as it contains vitamin C component. <br><br>Squeez... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:37:00 EST Watch out for your feet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44123_watch_out_for_your_feet Watch out for your feet...<br><br>Arthritis is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted with arthritis.<br><br>Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease<br>Diabetes<br>Today's podiatrist plays a key role in helping patients manage diabetes successfully and avoid foot-related complications.<br>Diabetic Wound Care<br>A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound th... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:54:00 EST How To Care For Burns At Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44117_how_to_care_for_burns_at_home Most burns are merely a painful nuisance that will heal in time. But sometimes it's hard to know if a burn is superficial or deeper and more damaging than it appears. You can treat first-degree burns and most second-degree burns at home. For third-degree burns, you must see your doctor. You also need to see a doctor for a burn if:<br><br>* The burn is from electricity or from a chemical. Burns from electricity can cause heart problems and damage to tissues deep in the body. Chemicals,... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:28:00 EST Watch out for late night cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44101_watch_out_for_late_night_cravings <br><br>These days, binging late at night is no longer a handy survival mechanism–it’s just unhealthy. Luckily, your circadian rhythms don’t have to have the last word on when you’re tempted to eat. Pam Peeke, MD, author of The Hunger Fix, suggests ways to beat back a powerful craving—or prevent it from happening at all.<br><br>Go to bed earlier The study indicates that people are staying up later, when your hunger levels are at their peak. You may not be able to help being a night owl, depen... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:30:00 EST How To Care For Burns At Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44100_how_to_care_for_burns_at_home When you stumble into a hot iron or spill boiling water on yourself, your first instinct should be to head for cool water. That's smart-----the sooner you get the temperature of your skin back to normal, the less damage you'll have. You can soak the area in cold water or use wet towels that have been soaked in cold water. You should keep the burned area in cold water until the pain stops.<br><br>For first-degree burns, dry the burn and for the next day or two, keep it covered loosely with ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:20:00 EST Remedies To Halt The Coughing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44080_remedies_to_halt_the_coughing From a dry tickle at the back of your throat to a gut-wrenching, sputum-producing heave-----coughing is one miserable symptom that seems to accompany a variety of health problems. Colds, flu, heartburn, and even some drugs, such as ACE inhibitors, can cause coughing.<br><br>Coughing can lead to serious health problems, like urinary incontinence and rectal and vaginal muscle strain. But even without additional problems, coughing is irritating enough in itself to warrant some relief. Here ar... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:32:00 EST Do not skimp on the water - Do the math to save big dollars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44074_dont_skimp_on_the_water_do_the_math_to_save_big_dollars SparkPeople (and most diet programs) suggest drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Early in my Spark journey, I learned to drink water instead of anything else. It truly is a vital component to losing weight and keeping it off. Now, almost four years later, I prefer water. The only time I don't have water is for my two cups of coffee in the morning and when I need a cup of hot herbal tea to warm up. <br><br>I usually get in at least nine glasses every day - two glasses in the morning with my vit... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:33:00 EST 7 Daily Habits To http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44054_7_daily_habits_to_get_you_going Try these other amazing tips to avoid constipation:<br><br>Exercise regularly. Spend at least 20 to 30 minutes three times a week walking or engaging in some other aerobic exercise you enjoy. Regular exercise helps move food through your intestines faster.<br><br>Go when you gotta go. Try to go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. Constantly ignoring the urge leads to hardened stools and constipation.<br><br>Get on a schedule. Pick a convenient time abou... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:18:00 EST Benefits of Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44053_benefits_of_sleep Why Do We Sleep, Anyway?<br><br>At a Glance<br>Our bodies regulate sleep in much the same way that they regulate eating, drinking, and breathing. This suggests that sleep serves a similar critical role in our health and well-being.<br>Although it is difficult to answer the question, "Why do we sleep?" scientists have developed several theories that together may help explain why we spend a third of our lives sleeping.<br>Understanding these theories can help deepen our appreciation of the func... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:28:00 EST Its in the Cider http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44048_its_in_the_cider Have had a history of "tummy troubles" and realized alot of it was from the processed foods and things like dairy (which as I age I seem less tolerate of) so have done research and wanted to improve my overall health on a daily basis.<br><br>So I went to Amazon and bought some 32oz glasses and start each morning with filtered water and ice. This is itself is no secret of course giving we all know how much water at a least how much water we should be in-taking.<br><br>What I had found and rea... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:34:00 EST Massage is not a luxury... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44041_massage_is_not_a_luxury Massage is not always a luxury...<br><br>Massage is a manual therapy that manipulates the soft tissues and decreases muscle tension, pain, stress and depression.<br><br>However, when posing the question, "What is massage?" it is common to hear the following replies: “Massage is such a luxury." "Ah, massage, it is so relaxing." "Massage is something I treat myself to on special occasions." While all of these statements capture the idea of massage as a way to relax and to treat ourselves, none ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:32:00 EST Seven Daily Habits To "Get You Going." http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44040_seven_daily_habits_to_get_you_going Do you want to stay regular, stop taking laxatives, and avoid hemorrhoids? Eat a bowl of wheat bran cereal in the morning; make your lunch sandwich out of whole-grain wheat bread; and eat several vegetables at lunch, dinner, and snacks throughout the day.<br><br>That way, you'll get your fill of "insoluble fiber"---the kind that works best to prevent constipation. Fiber is the indigestible parts of plants. The insoluble type of fiber doesn't dissolve in water. When you eat it, it enters y... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:10:00 EST My Daily Survival http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44032_my_daily_survival My Daily Survival is the following:<br>1.Join a support group to keep you focus on<br>caring for yourself.<br>2.Take time to prepare your lunch for yourself.<br>3. I eat Fresh organic Ginger at every meal.<br>4. I drink Ginger tea everyday it calms my digestive system.<br>5.walk at least 45 minutes three times a week.<br>6.Make time to be by your self for inner peace.<br>7.and most of all do not get caught up in peoples<br>drama, stay away from stress (focus) on you.<br>8. Love your self firs... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:49:00 EST Tips To Comfort Common Cold Sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44017_tips_to_comfort_common_cold_sufferers Drinks lots of fluids. It's important to drink enough fluids every day, but when you're sick, fluids are even more important. They can help your body fight the illness. Eight to 10 glasses of liquid each day is a good guideline. Use the color of your urine as an indicator. If your urine is dark yellow, you need to drink more. If your urine is pale yellow, you are drinking enough.<br><br>Get plenty of rest. If you feel tired, your body is trying to tell you something. Take a nap, or ta... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:27:00 EST Tips To Comfort Common Cold Sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43994_tips_to_comfort_common_cold_sufferers Ventilate your house. Cold germs prefer stagnant, cool air. Keep the furnace going to warm your home and move the air around. Also, consider using a humidifier, since germs don't like moist air. Open pans of water placed near your furnace vents or radiator will also help keep the air moist.<br><br>Wash your hands. Your mother was right when she told you to wash your hands. You touch hundreds of surfaces each day and each one harbors germs. You also touch your mouth and nose, creating a... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:34:00 EST Benefits of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43993_benefits_of_water From the stuff we drink and swim in, to the steam that eases congestion and the ice that reduces swelling, water is all around us (and even in us). Heck, it kind of is us. “Water makes up about two thirds of who we are, and influences 100 percent of the processes in our body,” says CamelBak hydration expert Doug Casa, PhD. That probably explains why we feel better when we’re drinking enough of it. To learn exactly how water is helping us, as well as some creative ways to use it, check out the... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:56:00 EST Make Some Appointments http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43977_make_some_appointments With the opportunities we have in the United States, there are doctor visits available to us at low or no cost. Many times there are eye care and dental care as well.<br><br>Even though I am on Medicare, I have vision care this year. I messed up and don't have dental care in 2016 but I'll work on that. I've already had my vision care checkup for the year and have ordered my new set of contacts for the year. <br><br>I've made my yearly appointment with my primary care doctor already. Plea... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:47:00 EST Tips To Comfort Common Cold Sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43971_tips_to_comfort_common_cold_sufferers Doctors can transplant organs, put in artificial joints, and use drugs to treat anything from an earache to high blood pressure. Simple childhood vaccinations prevent smallpox and polio. But for all its miracles, modern medicine still can't do much for the illness that affects more people more often than any other-----the common cold.<br><br>Nearly everyone falls victim to the cold virus. Sneezes, coughs, and handshakes send cold germs jumping from person to person in homes, schools, and o... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:56:00 EST How to sleep better at night http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43960_how_to_sleep_better_at_night Without a good sleep behind me my day is difficult. I'm prone to tears when exhausted so when they start running down my face I know I HAVE to get a good sleep that night, without sleep medications. There are a few ways I find helpful.<br>1. Always go to bed and get up in the morning at the same time, now matter if on vacation. Sticking to a consistent sleep-wake schedule helps set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep. Start by setting a realistic bedtime that w... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:29:00 EST A Glass Of Infection Protection (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43950_a_glass_of_infection_protection_continued Drink Plenty of Water. By drinking water, you may be able to flush the infection from your system before it gets a good grip. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a full glass of water to help relieve the painful burning sensation. Don't use baking soda for a long period of time, and check with your doctor before using it if you're on a sodium-restricted diet. Don't use baking soda in your water and drink cranberry juice too. The two remedies cancel each other out.<br><br>Go to the bathroom ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:43:00 EST A Glass Of Infection Protection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43933_a_glass_of_infection_protection Some old wives' tales are harmful, some contain a kernel of truth, and some hit the nail right on the head. One old home remedy has been proven absolutely correct in recent scientific studies: Drinking cranberry juice can prevent bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections (UTIs).<br><br>A six-month study of 153 women age 65 or older found that those who drank 10 ounces of cranberry juice every day were much less likely to have a bladder infection than those who drank a simil... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:33:00 EST Take Care of Your Body Before It's Too Late!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43926_take_care_of_your_body_before_its_too_late We take our bodies for granted. I know I do. I know I did, for years and years, right?<br><br>Growing up I did all the reckless kid things (at least what I can remember). I loved to climb on the roof of the garage and jump into the above-ground pool. My brother and I used to ride our bikes and jump off at the end of the garage floor. I never had a broken bone until I was 56. <br><br>I was a sickly baby, but after 6 I never missed a day of school or work until I had my baby at 26. I too... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:09:00 EST Flu-Like Symptoms May Spell Bigger Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43909_flulike_symptoms_may_spell_bigger_trouble Planning a vacation in the mountains? Dreaming about swooshing down the slopes or blazing new trails in the woods? If this is your first trip thousands of feet above sea level, you may want to keep some things in mind. Altitude sickness affects millions of people each year and turns many dream vacations into nightmares.<br><br>Many people tend to overlook altitude sickness as the reason for their ailments because the symptoms are similar to those of the flu or the common cold. The low oxy... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:48:00 EST KEEPING TRACK OF EVERYTHING http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43895_keeping_track_of_everything I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:04:00 EST Make it a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43892_make_it_a_habit At the ripe age of 58, as a full-time working woman with 2 adult children and a grandson on the way, I feel very happy to share my secrets of how to become healthy and stay healthy.<br><br>Here's what I know:<br><br>1) The heart muscles have to work 24/7, must be defect-free and be able to carry the person all the way through from birth to death. In order for the heart muscle to work 24/7, one has to work the heart harder every day for about 30 minutes or so;<br><br>2) In order to make the h... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:33:00 EST Water and my tooth brush http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43889_water_and_my_tooth_brush I have lost four pounds in the last two weeks.<br> I attribute this primary success to two changes.<br><br> I have been brushing my teeth after every meal (tooth paste makes cheating less appealing). My fresh mouth reminds me that I am committed to changing some dietary habits in exchange for more health living. <br><br>I am drinking the eight glasses of water without fail and NOT drinking and soda pop. Drinking the water has brought about its own set of rewards. First, the edema, which I had... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 02:00:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43886_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued Take a painkiller and take it easy. Aspirin or ibuprofen, gentle massage and bed rest may be the best thing for the first couple of days after you hurt your back. No aerobics, jogging, or tennis until the pain goes away. Just lie in bed on your back with a pillow under your knees or on your side with a pillow between your knees. But don't get too comfortable. Too much bed rest may make your road to recovery longer than necessary. Try to get out of bed as soon as you can---even if it's j... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:26:00 EST Tips for Living Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43881_tips_for_living_healthy What is your current perception of what “healthy” really means? Is that eating fat free? Is that making sure you workout for 2 hours a day? What about cutting out everything you love that may not be the healthiest choice for you? All of these are NOT things that should even be considered when thinking about changing your lifestyle to be more healthy.<br><br><br>1. I don’t have time to workout.<br><br>My Answer: FOR REAL? You do realize that 1 hour of your day that you could spend wor... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:42:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43857_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued Lifting Techniques<br><br>5. When handling objects with others, make sure everyone involved understands the direction and purpose of the necessary movements. Discuss the task plans step by step and designate someone to "coach" the lift so that movements are coordinated.<br><br>6. If your muscles aren't warmed up before the lift, take time to move around, get the blood flowing and gently limber up muscles that you'll be using for lifting.<br><br>Lift Mechanics<br><br>When the actual lifting... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:01:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43858_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued Lifting Techniques<br><br>5. When handling objects with others, make sure everyone involved understands the direction and purpose of the necessary movements. Discuss the task plans step by step and designate someone to "coach" the lift so that movements are coordinated.<br><br>6. If your muscles aren't warmed up before the lift, take time to move around, get the blood flowing and gently limber up muscles that you'll be using for lifting.<br><br>Lift Mechanics<br><br>When the actual lifting... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:01:00 EST Flavoring the water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43833_flavoring_the_water One of the ways weight loss is supposed to be enhanced or sped up is by consuming water. I know here at Spark People eight glasses a day is encouraged. But I have recently read that adult women need eleven glasses a day and men need 15 glasses a day! It has been suggested as well that you should drink a glass of water before each meal to help curb your appetite and to help with digestion. Getting the water in can be tough some days! I have found my weight loss is more successful when I d... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:14:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43831_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued As you consider how best to lift an object:<br><br>Think about how much the object weighs---or test the object with a light push or tip to get a feel for how much it weighs. Also consider how awkward the object will be to carry.<br><br>Err on the side of caution and underestimate your capabilities in terms of lifting or moving an object. If you don't think you can move the object yourself, or if you think that moving the object will put you at even a slight risk of injury, think of alternat... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:59:00 EST The Only Secret to Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43826_the_only_secret_to_fitness Eat Better, Move more... it is that easy... and why I need 1637 more characters for a secret boggles ones mind... People make health too complicated... and it is crap like this that is the reason for failure... health is easy... all of this is easy... you don't need a fad diet book... you don't need fancy watches or any of that bologna... if you want to build muscle it can start as easy as instead of just getting up out of your chair... get up twice... then do what you wanted to do to begin w... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:32:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43807_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury Protecting your spine:<br>The movers got the large items out of your old house and into your new condo. All that was left was for you to move the smaller boxes. It was an all-day project that was going well---until you lifted a box of books and felt a jolt of pain through your lower back<br><br>There are many potential causes and contributors to lower back pain or injury. Aging contributes to degeneration of tissues of the spine such as vertebrae, vertebral joints and the cushioning disks ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:03:00 EST Benefits of Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43806_benefits_of_relaxation You may have heard that a little bit of stress is actually good for you. In the just-right amount, that adrenaline rush can power you through a long day at work, boost your workouts and more.<br><br>But while it feels good to conquer the day, in the end, it just simply feels better -- and is more beneficial to your health -- to relax.<br><br>Some would argue that stress is our biggest health concern, given that it has been linked to so many other complications, from heart problems to dementia... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:18:00 EST Older Women & Exercise & Vaccinations for Grandparents http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43791_older_women_exercise_vaccinations_for_grandparents Older women who exercise and eat healthy live longer. Researchers who studied a group of more than 700 women in their 70s found that the women who ate the most fruits and vegetables and were the most physically active were eight times more likely to survive a five-year follow-up period than the women who were least active and consumed the fewest fruits and vegetables. The study, which was published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, demonstrates that i... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:52:00 EST Stay away from the Wal-Mart deli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43734_stay_away_from_the_walmart_deli I do so much better when I stay away from all the fried foods at the Wal-Mart Deli. The only thing they roast there is the rotisserie chicken. Another option is to buy some bread and peanut butter for a very satisfying snack along with some celery sticks. We just need to hang in there and also shop the frozen food aisle for some healthier options. When I do that I seem to keep the weight down. <br><br>I think writing here will be a challenge for me. But I think I'll try a few times a w... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:43:00 EST Knowledge is Power! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43724_knowledge_is_power I have had many ups and downs throughout my life but my ups were amazing and my downs… well they came with each baby. Ive had abs of steel but I've also had cellulite out the wazoo! With each child I would gain weight, lose it, gain it, lose it and so on. But with each child there were a few extra pounds to start with and a few extra pounds added. So I topped myself out at 190 when I was pregnant with my 3rd and I swore I would never hit that 2…0…0 number! And I didn't, thankfully. But over t... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:41:00 EST Priorities on the road to health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43707_priorities_on_the_road_to_health Recently I was thinking about what you need to be healthy. I know there are many healthy habits, but I was looking for what I find essential. I did not focus on things like stress and so, because I think that they will follow from the basic habits. <br><br>In my mind there are 4 habits that should form our basic habits, and I like to implement them in the order of which I think is the order of importance. <br><br>What do you need to be alive? The first thing that comes to my mind is: WATER. W... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:02:00 EST Staying Healthy and winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43685_staying_healthy_and_winter Now that winter has arrived, it reminded me that I need to take extra precautions for the season. Diet has to be considered. Due to lack of outdoor sunshine, Vitamin D is taken. I try to make sure that I plan and eat healthy meals. I find winter a better time to eat healthy. I eat out less in the winter and we entertain more in the winter so meal planning takes place and we can make better decisions and eat healthier. Our life style is slower and there is less tempting to grab fast food... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:50:00 EST Hitting the Reset Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43681_hitting_the_reset_button I've been on spark people for quite some time and most of us have a day(s) when all we see is failure. Often times it makes just give up at least for a whole other times it makes us try and figure out where fault lies..............<br><br>Truth is the fault lies within our desire to succeed in seeing results after 1-2 workouts or eating right for a few days. In reality we did not gain weight overnight. We thought as we aged we could keep simply eat like when we were youths and look the same... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 18:06:00 EST 10 Secrets to Living a Vibrantly Happy, Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43675_10_secrets_to_living_a_vibrantly_happy_healthy 10 Secrets to Living a Vibrantly Happy, Healthy Life<br>Top tips to help you stay healthy, feel happy, and fulfill your potential.<br>Posted Oct 23, 2013<br>SHARE<br>TWEET<br>EMAIL<br>MORE<br<BR>><br>It was my birthday yesterday, and it caused me to reflect on what I've learned about life as I've gotten older. In addition, I asked my community on my professional Facebook page what they appreciate most about aging. I got a wonderfully long list of wise and inspiring responses (to read them and... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:16:00 EST Keep a Written Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43659_keep_a_written_journal I have been keeping a written journal not only of what I eat each day but also medication doses, positive, motivational quotes, water consumption, and other daily occurrences. In addition, I also log my exercise, new weigh-ins, daily calorie differential. I swore I'd never write down what I eat because I thought it would make me focus too much on what I eat and make me more hungry. However, I've come to believe we should be more aware of what we're eating. I have a stack of notebooks now ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:41:00 EST Keep a Written Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43660_keep_a_written_journal <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b896d7c-9c3c-4535-beeb-db68af4d9c1c.jpg">I have been keeping a written journal not only of what I eat each day but also medication doses, positive, motivational quotes, water consumption, and other daily occurrences. In addition, I also log my exercise, new weigh-ins, daily calorie differential. I swore I'd never write down what I eat because I thought it would make me focus too much on what I eat and make me more hungry. However, I've come... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:41:00 EST Dogs Are Good For You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43654_dogs_are_good_for_you Get a dog, lose weight<br>Numerous studies have linked dog ownership to weight loss:<br><br>One year-long study found that walking an overweight dog helped both the animals and their owners lose weight. Researchers found that the dogs provided support in similar ways to a human exercise buddy, but with greater consistency and without any negative influence.<br>Public housing residents who walked therapy dogs for up to 20 minutes five days a week lost an average of 14.4 pounds in a year, witho... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 14:32:00 EST How to drink 8 cups of water per day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43636_how_to_drink_8_cups_of_water_per_day To form a habit of drinking water, schedule it.<br><br>1. Start with 8 oz. first thing in the morning (6:45) this is a good time to take daily supplements or meds.<br>2. Grab a 16 oz. bottle as you go out the door, this is to be drank by the end of morning break (about 10:15)<br>3. Drink 8 oz. with lunch.<br>4. Grab a 16 oz. bottle to be drank by the end of afternoon break (2:15)<br>5. Drink 8 oz. at the end of your workday, on the commute or when you get home.<br>6. Drink 8 oz. with dinner.<... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 01:15:00 EST Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43621_science_says_knitting_makes_humans_warmer_and_happier_mentally <br>BY ROBERT LOCKE<br><br> <br>“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” – Elizabeth Zimmermann<br><br>My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.<br><br>Knitting is good for your mental health... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:29:00 EST Slow and steady changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43612_slow_and_steady_changes Making slow changes overtime will help with long-term success. Don't try to do everything in a day or a week! Drink more water during the week, add a little more exercise etch week, cut down on soda during the week. So many people try to overhaul their diet by binging on the weekend and "starting on Monday" but that is too overwhelming and won't work. Also, give yourself time to adjust to the changes and try to rid yourself of the idea of perfectionism! That does more harm than good! <br> ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:00:00 EST Keep On Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43583_keep_on_keeping_on I think the bottom line to straying healthy is a two- step solution. Step One, find a combination of eating and exercise that is not totally incompatible to you and Step Two, stick with the program!<br><br>This is astonishingly simple and yet astonishingly difficult. Perhaps the biggest roadblock to success is well-meaning relatives, friends, acquaintances and talk-show hosts and guests. Actually talk-show hosts and guests are not so well-meaning as their sole goal is usually to get people... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:50:00 EST Watch Your Liquid Intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43579_watch_your_liquid_intake I almost always only drink liquids that have low to no calories at all. You would be surprised at how fast these will bulk you up.Watch the sugar content of many drinks. This is what gets people the most. A small can of pop can have upwards of 72 grams of sugar (think fruit flavors like orange soda, grape fanta, pineapple soda or anything along those things are giant gut busters.) Diet pops are not the best for you but they are way better than their full calorie counter parts. I would persona... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:27:00 EST getting all your water into day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43578_getting_all_your_water_into_day I start my morning with a 8oz glass of water, <em>91</em> before my coffee, and as I walk on my treadmill I drink another 4 oz glasses, <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> before each meal I have 8oz of orange spa water (organic orange washed and sliced put into pitcher of cold water and drink as desired) and again before bed. <em>91</em> I end up with at least 8 glasses and the norm is 9-10. <em>91</em> This has made it much easier for me and is helping with t... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:48:00 EST Making water easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43576_making_water_easier We are repeatedly told to drink our water, but sometimes it's difficult during a busy lifestyle to keep a track of what you have drunk. Counting glasses, ticking boxes, little rubber bands... really there is an easier way.<br><br>My secret to achieving my water every day... currently I have a steak going of nearly 2400 days! Yes really, I have kept this easy habit going through stomach illness and even having a baby! Still got my water in because after a while your body is used to the decent ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:31:00 EST Drink 8 Glasses of Water Each Day for a Variety of Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43573_drink_8_glasses_of_water_each_day_for_a_variety_of_health_benefits I have recently begun to discipline myself to drink 8 glasses of water each day, and was surprised to notice a number of health benefits. I have also been doing some reading about water and was surprised to discover a few more health benefits that I didn't know about:<br><br>1. Increases Energy and Relieves Fatigue – <br>I've been doing some reading on the benefits of drinking water and was surprised to learn that the brain is mostly water, so therefore, drinking water helps a person think, ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:09:00 EST 9 Nutrition Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43571_9_nutrition_tips Read this on Marc and Angel Hack Life....<br><br>1. Limit junk food or don’t eat it at all. – Whatever junk food you have in your kitchen, throw it out and replace it with healthy foods and snacks. Look into other ways to comfort yourself and think of food as nutrition, not entertainment or emotional fodder.<br><br>2. Go on a healthy food shopping spree. – Don’t look at prices. Buy items that are healthy and appealing. Fill your cupboards, pantry and fridge with healthy foods so you will n... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 23:59:00 EST Drink lots of H2O!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43570_drink_lots_of_h2o Drinking water! That is my secret!! I really like cold water now, in fact, I crave water a lot! My body craves it! I was a big time diet soda drinker, drinking 3 plus cans a day. I was reading about the possible effects of soda on your body and brain and decided...enough was enough!! I was trying to get into shape, eat healthier and have a better attitude...and as I was reading about water, water was one of the answers to improve. I stopped drinking all but one can a day. The one can I drink ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:58:00 EST Avoid The Energy Roller Coaster (con't.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43569_avoid_the_energy_roller_coaster_cont Roller coaster foods. The amount of fat you consume also affects your energy level.<br><br>"Foods high in fat are absorbed slowly and can weigh you down, causing you to feel sluggish," says Rumsey.<br><br>Many animal foods that provide protein, such as fatty cuts of meat and full-fat dairy foods, also are high in fat. Your body needs protein to function optimally, so don't cut back on protein; simply choose items that are lower in fat, like lean cuts of meat, skinless poultry, fish, and red... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:43:00 EST Reading Has Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43566_reading_has_benefits Reading gives muscle to your memory.<br><br>Reading gives muscle to your memory.<br>Reading gives your brain a different kind of workout than watching TV or listening to the radio. Whether you’re absorbed in a page-turner or simply scanning an instruction manual for your coffee maker, “parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions—such as vision, language, and associative learning—connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging," Ken Pugh, PhD, president... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:25:00 EST Tips from the Mayo Clinic on sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43547_tips_from_the_mayo_clinic_on_sleep 1. Stick to a sleep schedule<br><br>Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body's sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. There's a caveat, though. If you don't fall asleep within about 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing. Go back to bed when you're tired. If you agonize over falling asleep, you might find it even tougher to nod off.<br><br>2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink<... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:32:00 EST 6 Secrets for a Faster Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43528_6_secrets_for_a_faster_metabolism Get in your best shape ever<br>by Courtney RubinIf Metabolism 101 were a class, you'd be the teacher's pet: You never skip breakfast—you know a little food in the a.m. kick-starts the day's calorie burn. And you don't crash diet, either, because that leads your body to hang on to Every. Last. Calorie. Ready for the advanced course? We found out what real people with high metabolism do right. Adopt their ways to shrink your waist and get in peak shape.<br><br>Eat the correct number of calories... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 11:29:00 EST No More Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43524_no_more_excuses <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd3188b2-bff4-4bd9-adbb-6a0fc7c83a5b.png"><br>What is an excuse? In short - an excuse is an explanation or reason given to defend or justify a fault (error or offense). <br><br>There are times when excuses are appropriate - for instance, you were late for work because you were involved in a car accident. Or you didn't get enough sleep because you were up with your sick child all night. <br><br>However, when it comes to health and fitness we... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:36:00 EST The Secret to a Healthy Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43504_the_secret_to_a_healthy_body The secret to a healthy body is simple and actually not too difficult, but all the same it does take daily discipline. In addition, it doesn’t need to cost you a lot of money. There are five areas of focus that will keep your body in shape, healthy, flexible, and strong. This article will outline the 5 areas to work on and will include a sample weekly workout regimen that you can start using today.<br><br>1. Aerobic Exercise. The simplest way to meet this need is walking. Walking is the one o... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:46:00 EST Common sense helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43407_common_sense_helps Staying healthy is a continuous project. And a multi-faceted one. You start by eating and drinking wisely. Making good food choices fuels the body, and when nutrients are missing, then the body's defenses break down. Eating balanced meals, with fruits, vegetable, proteins arm you with the vitamins and minerals that lead to good health. Limiting you sugars in what you drink will also lead to staying healthy. Drinking natural juices and sugar-free drinks and limiting sodas and alcohol wil... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:20:00 EST Poop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43395_poop Most people don't want to talk about it, but your poop is a huge predictor of how healthy you are. So don't forget about it! Is it brown? Is it green? Does it float or sink? Does it break into little pieces?<br><br>All of these things will tell you if you are hydrated, eating food that is too greasy, how well you are actually processing your food...<br><br>So don't be afraid to look in the toilet after you go! When you are healthy, your poop will surely show it! Let it go, let it go, let it g... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:22:00 EST CATAMARAN RIDE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43387_catamaran_ride As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:18:00 EST 7 Habits That Really Do Protect Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43382_7_habits_that_really_do_protect_your_health You may be wondering if there's really anything you can do to improve your heart health. Back in 2010, the American Heart Association introduced "Life's Simple Seven," steps people could take to reduce their risk of heart disease. Now a new study reports that these lifestyle changes actually work: Over 11 years, people who met three or four of the heart-health criteria had a 55% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality than those who adhered to two or fewer.<br>Says Alice H. Lichtenstein, DS... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:59:00 EST Rest is Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43370_rest_is_important Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. The glare of my computer screen appears to suddenly intensify. My eyes trace the contour of the same sentence two or three times, yet I fail to extract its meaning. Even if I began the day undaunted, getting through my ever growing list of stories to write and edit, e-mails to send and respond to, and documents to read now seems as futile as scali... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 09:40:00 EST Benefits of Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43323_benefits_of_drinking_water I drink 12 -8oz glasses of water per day for weight management. It helps me maintain a cheerful and positive attitude throughout the day. I have high blood pressure and arthritis in my back and knees. <em>194</em> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48dee46f-330e-44c5-bf6b-56caef0ddaf6.jpg"><br><br>I can now walk and lift weights, without pain or strain on my knee joints and lower back.<br><br> It stopped me from eating junk foods between planned meals and snacks. I do not add a... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:19:00 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43313_sleep I'm 56, almost 57 so I guess about 17 years ago I had a midlife crisis. I found a doctor who prescribed phen-fen for me and I lost a lost of weight through not eating and being hyper to the point of not sleeping and exercising 3-5 hours a day 7 days a week.<br><br>I kept that little routine up for two years, losing 150 pounds, my sanity, my daughter and my marriage. Oh and my job too. But the point of this secret is that I never slept more than about 2 hours a night for more than 2 years. ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:59:00 EST Staying optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43305_staying_optimistic Sometimes we all feel "down in the dumps" but it's important for our mental and physical health to stay optimistic even in bad times. Optimism has to be one of the most valuable traits that you can cultivate and it's something that will make you happier, more popular and even potentially 'luckier' or "blessed" if you can maintain that attitude; and never is this more important than when you are going through hard times and when you are facing up to challenges. being positive is something tha... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:54:00 EST Bedtime Protein Drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43282_bedtime_protein_drink Do you wakeup starving? Do you wake up in a fog of wakefulness and head for the refrigerator and instead of taking time to fix a meal grab a fruit drink?<br><br>Put an end to that routine. It is a well known fact that Protein curbs hunger. When your starving after a night of fasting chances are you may not think about eating healthy and just grab the first thing at hand.<br><br>There is a simple solution for that. Fix yourself a Bedtime Protein Drink.<br><br>Muscle structure is built with pr... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:06:00 EST Drinking 8 8oz glasses of water daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43275_drinking_8_8oz_glasses_of_water_daily One of the keys to promoting and maintaining healthiness is staying hydrated, and keeping your digestive system in great working order. The COLORLESS, ODORLESS, and TASTELESS substance called WATER can do this better than any other liquid. I know it is difficult for many to drink ONE glass of water, not to "torture" you with EIGHT! But read this, and see if it's possible for you...<br><br><br>Drink a glass of water in the morning. During the day, each time you are thirsty, drink 1 glass of wa... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:54:00 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43237_fitbit I bought my fitbit last year, through my employer! It was the best buy in a long time. It was so motivating and continues to be every day. I am pretty obsessed with it, but do not feel it is a bad obsession. It gets me off of my couch and moving. I will not go to bed without at least 10,000 steps and most days I am well over 15,000 steps. I teach Physical Education but sometimes would sit against the wall more than walk around...I know..lame...but..now I am walking all the time. I have always... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:18:00 EST Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43219_yoga Yoga is not just for stretching. It can also be meditative.<br><br>I love the mind body connection with yoga.<br><br>There are a lot of different types of yoga. I happen to love the following types of yoga:<br><br>1. Kundalini - where you do a lot of fire breathing.<br><br>2. Hatha - where it is more flowing.<br><br>3. Restorative - where you are holding gentle stretches for a long time.<br><br>When I first tried yoga it was torture for me since I am a Type A personality. For my exercis... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:05:00 EST The importance of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43197_the_importance_of_sleep We are all very busy these days. The first thing to go is sleep. That is a very big mistake. The more studies about sleep show that lack of sleep can be a serious health problem.<br><br>I try to get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. It is not easy. I have stopped watching so much television at night and I read instead. That relaxes me so much more than watching some mindless television show would do so.<br><br>I also try to maintain the very same sleep schedule on the we... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:19:00 EST Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43172_routine Routine, Routine, Routine<br><br>TRACKING EVERYTHING!!! EXERCISE, FOOD, WEIGHT!!!<br><br>HONESTY WITH SELF AND OTHERS HAVE A SUPPORT SYSTEM, REPORT TO THEM <br><br>I think this time I might be making it work because I hold myself accountable for tracking.<br><br>I also think I am still in this because of my desire to be with my loved ones !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:19:00 EST Ways to get in more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43170_ways_to_get_in_more_water Plain water is the best. As much as I know that plain water is the best for me, I don't like water, so I have had to find ways to sneak more glasses of water into my day.<br><br>Here is what has worked for me:<br><br>1. Drink a glass of water as soon as I get up, before I do anything else. I am still half asleep so this first glass goes down even before I am aware of it.<br><br>2. Drink lots of water during your exercises session. I work out the first thing in the morning, so this part is... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:27:00 EST Drink apple cider vinegar to help digestion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43134_drink_apple_cider_vinegar_to_help_digestion To help with your digestion, drink 2 tablespoons of unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar. It is very important that this type of apple cider vinegar be used. The pasteurized versions have all the good stuff destroyed. I personally use the Bragg's brand. You can find this brand at Whole Foods stores. I have also seen it in my local supermarket in the small size bottle, but believe it or not, it is a lot more expensive than it is as Whole Foods.<br><br>I also use 8 ounce... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:41:00 EST regular check ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43125_regular_check_ups Regular check ups: physicals, eye and dental exams help keep our health in check. Even if a problem is detected, it will be easier to solve if discovered early on w/regular checks. Use your calendar to remind you when your due for checks! <em>104</em> <br><br>Follow the instructions of your health care provider as well. And don't be shy about asking questions! That's what they're there for. <br><br>If a health care provider doesn't want to answer your questions -- time to find another... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:36:00 EST are you drinking enough water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43115_are_you_drinking_enough_water <br>It’s shaping up to be another summer of record-breaking high temperatures and the news media is beginning to sound like a broken record, too – over and over again we’re reminded to keep ourselves well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. But it’s an important message – not just during a heat wave, but also throughout the year because water serves so many critical functions in the body. <br><br>I’m sure you will agree that there’s nothing more refreshing than a nice ice-cold glass of wate... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:12:00 EST Strength in strange places http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43066_strength_in_strange_places Two years ago, I was exercising and fairly healthy, but a freak fall (throwing the ball with my german shepherd), fracturing my spine followed by cholecystectomy resulted such a weak core that I could not even feel an ab muscle. I had issues with urinating when I sneezed and when I my bladder was slightly full...straight up incontinence. I was faced with incontinence briefs. I chose to fight, no way was I going to join that group of people and "old age". The spine doctor had no recommenda... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:45:00 EST Dark chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43061_dark_chocolate Over the years I have earned that cutting out chocolate is dangerous. I have tried to be very strict. No chocolate. No sugar. What happened when I did that was I binged on chocolate. I would start to shake and get fuzzy brained. I would lose focus and people would accuse me of being a space cadet. I'd find myself in the candy aisle of whatever store I was in, and they all have candy aisles. I could inhale a pound or two of chocolate candy in next to no time.<br>I decided I had to deal with th... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:53:00 EST Walnut Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43031_walnut_health_benefits salads, vegetable dishes, yogurt, fruits, and desserts. Here's why you should get more of these healthy nuts in your everyday diet. <br><br>Walnuts Help You Feel Fuller Longer<br>While walnuts are calorie-dense, the combination of Omega-3 fats, protein, and fiber work to help keep you feeling full longer. Caloric intake should be a consideration in any weight-management plan, but not all calories are created equal. Because of their high protein and fiber, a meal that includes walnuts can help... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:14:00 EST Getting Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43026_getting_up I'm a shift leader at a telecommunications site and spend most of my time in from of a terminal. We rely on alarm systems to alert us to system problems. I find getting up once an hour to tour the facility is not only good for me but is helping me find problems that don't have an automatic reporting system. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 11:58:00 EST Computer Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42979_computer_fix When using my laptop - I place it on a 1 foot high table or box then place that table on top of my dining room table. This lets me comfortably use my laptop standing up! I spend way more hours standing then sitting now. We all know how bad sitting is for us! Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:06:00 EST My Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42941_my_secret I like to sneak in workouts while I am working to burn a few extra calories for the day. Sometimes I take a walk with the child that I watch everyday or sometimes I do a workout video or use my bosses elliptical when he is napping. Whatever I do I try i stay as active as I can through out the day instead of just sitting at my desk all day. Wed, 6 May 2015 06:37:00 EST Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42883_drinking_water Going to the bathroom Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:40:00 EST 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