SparkPeople RECLAIMING, REGAINING and MAINTAINING OUR HEALTH Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=19627 Life has its thrown us many curve balls, challenges and road blocks. We're here to meet them head on together and to be overcomers. SparkPeople RECLAIMING, REGAINING and MAINTAINING OUR HEALTH Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=19627 WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN BECOMING THE BEST YOU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x71786273 What motivates me is preserving the quality of life and promoting longevity. What's the point of suffering from preventable or manageable degenerative health conditions, especially in retirement? <BR> Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night, being physically active, having a positive and supportive partner, following the NUTRITARIAN Diet, managing my weight, effectively managing stress and maintaining a good attitude goes a long way to preserving or regaining health. By also making sure my BMI... Sat, 22 Jun 2019 17:25:20 EST ARE OUR MINDS WORING AGAINST US? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x71665550 It always begins with enthusiasm and determination: “I’ll eat differently, I’ll work out, I know it will take time but I’m ready, I can do it”. And this enthusiasm often disappears after several weeks. <BR> <BR> Even when you see the results and you’re proud of yourself, happy with the way you look and feel – it somehow isn’t a strong enough motivator. <BR> <BR> You "slip". You overindulge on sugary or high-fat foods on autopilot on a lonely evening. Or you skip a workout day, and the next ... Sun, 2 Jun 2019 09:59:24 EST DAY-2-DAY WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x71600104 OK, Here's the thing I have trouble getting in my 8 glasses of water every day. <BR> So, if there are others that have the same trouble would you join me for a 5-day water challenge starting tomorrow? Wed, 22 May 2019 10:04:12 EST THIN IT TO WIN IT - POST A DAILY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x71362064 Let's help each other. Some of us do the same routine day in day out get bored with it, get discouraged and pretty soon we find we're not staying on track. <BR> <BR> Let's spice it up with variety to help with that. <BR> Give us a challenge! <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2019 18:06:56 EST TOPIC CLOSED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x71331229 All of us are conditioned to live within a limited perception of our own power to transform our lives -- moving through our days with invisible tethers that hold us back from becoming who we really are. But while the elephant submits to its restricted boundaries, we possess the freedom to set the scope of our own dreams. We're free to move out of the dusty circle where we've stood, stuck and discouraged, and into a new terrain that offers a landscape of vast potential. <BR> <BR> Chris Downi... Tue, 9 Apr 2019 21:04:10 EST ARE WE ASHAMED? IF SO, WHY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x71327352 I'm sure we've all experienced this or are experiencing being out of love with our bodies. <BR> <BR> Given that our bodies arrive with us at birth, and leave with us in death it is meant to be a dearly beloved partner, a constant soul companion. Our bodies are our human outer appearance, and they are here to teach us, support and guide us in tandem with our personalities and our souls. Thus, whenever there is an issue with the body, we need to look at the belief from soul perspective. Attac... Tue, 9 Apr 2019 09:03:12 EST WHAT DO YOU DO FOR DAILY EXERCISE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x71327302 Now that the weather is warmer and being co-operative I'm walking to and from work in the mornings and during my 15 minute 3:00 break. <BR> I use the bands on the bedpost in the mornings doing 30 These work my upper body and more specifically my back. It's helping to strengthen the muscles along either side of my spine. Tue, 9 Apr 2019 08:54:33 EST Are We Ashamed? If So, Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x71176655 I'm sure we've all experienced this or are experiencing being out of love with our bodies. <BR> <BR> Given that our bodies arrive with us at birth, and leave with us in death it is meant to be a dearly beloved partner, a constant soul companion. Our bodies are our human outer appearance, and they are here to teach us, support and guide us in tandem with our personalities and our souls. Thus, whenever there is an issue with the body, we need to look at the belief from soul perspective. Attack... Sat, 16 Mar 2019 08:32:06 EST Weather at home and wheel spin . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x71126596 28 and cloudy with 7 on the log in spin.. Fri, 8 Mar 2019 06:36:34 EST A Very Improtant Reminder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70801677 We have all or at least most of us who have flown have heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. This advice is very much a metaphor because it so accurately expresses why self-care is so very important. Ironically, it seems to say that if you can't take care of yourself for yourself, do it for others. Few situations in our daily lives mimic the wake-up call of an airplane emergency, so it's easy to keep p... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:51:03 EST Is It TIme For Change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70794786 How many of us have awakened in the morning to the realization to the fact that our lives seem to be no longer working the way we have set them up. Sometimes this is due to a shift occurring inside ourselves over time, and sometimes it is part of the larger shift that is currently affecting all humanity. Change is happening at such an increased rate that it is difficult to predict what the future holds. As a result, many of the old ways of planning out life are no longer applicable, and if we... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:13:58 EST The Power of Habit, The Power of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x70665068 JR had a habit of buying his favourite chocolate bar every afternoon. Over a course of a month, he gained 10 pounds. His wife made pointed comments about his spreading girth. <BR> <BR> He put a Post-It note on his computer that said “NO MORE CHOCOLATE BARS.” Epic fail. The next afternoon, he was gnawing on a bar. <BR> <BR> “It feels good. It's that temporary feel-good high. A chocolate euphoria and then... it crashes and it feels bad,” he wrote. “Tomorrow, I promise myself, you’ll muster th... Wed, 26 Dec 2018 16:35:03 EST Holiday Pitfalls, No Grinch Required http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70612936 9 Holiday Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them <BR> <BR> It's the most wonderful time of the year unless you're on a weight-loss journey. In that case, the winter holidays can seem like kryptonite, threatening to derail all of the hard work you've put in throughout the year. Even with the best of intentions, the rampant socializing, temptations and food-focused events can freeze your progress. <BR> <BR> While the widespread assumption that most people gain an average of five pounds over the holid... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:41:42 EST Nutrition The 14 Best Ways to Burn Fat Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70512486 Whether you’re looking to improve your overall health or simply slim down for summer, burning off excess fat can be quite challenging. <BR> <BR> In addition to diet and exercise, numerous other factors can influence weight and fat loss. <BR> <BR> Luckily, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to increase fat burning, quickly and easily. <BR> <BR> Here are 14 of the best ways to burn fat quickly and promote weight loss. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.healthline.com/nutrition<BR>/bes... Thu, 29 Nov 2018 18:21:58 EST Certain personality traits can affect Weightloss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70481508 DID YOU KNOW … certain personality traits can affect your odds of weight loss success? <BR> <BR> We now know that losing weight isn’t a factor of just eating less and moving more, there are complex psychological factors involved. <BR> <BR> Studies show that losing weight isn’t just a factor of things like diet and exercise… <BR> <BR> We now know there is a fascinating connection between your personality and your weight loss, health and longevity! <BR> <BR> In fact, understanding your emot... Sat, 24 Nov 2018 07:48:29 EST TRANSFORMATION AND HOPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70471388 Final Episode! <BR> <BR> TRANSFORMATION AND HOPE <BR> <BR> <link>https://go.ithriveseries.com/episode<BR>9-live </link> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 07:17:11 EST Essential Tools For Thriving (Not Just Surviving) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70466783 Feeding Your Soul, Following Your Heart &amp; Finding Your Way. Essential Tools For Thriving (Not Just Surviving) <BR> <BR> <link>https://go.ithriveseries.com/episode<BR>8-live </link> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:13:12 EST 3 Killer Toxins, “Rising From The Mud http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70461194 3 Killer Toxins, “Rising From The Mud” &amp; The Clean Start <BR> <BR> <link>https://go.ithriveseries.com/episode<BR>7-live </link> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:15:40 EST There's a hidden problem. PAY ATTENTION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70455358 <BR> There's a hidden problem that nobody's paying attention to but everybody is facing <BR> <BR> <link>https://go.ithriveseries.com/episode<BR>6-live </link> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:44:37 EST Escaping The Pleasure Trap & The Nightmare of Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70450454 Escaping The Pleasure Trap &amp; The Nightmare of Food Addiction <BR> <BR> <link>https://go.ithriveseries.com/episode<BR>5-live </link> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:49:34 EST DIABETES TREATING THE CAUSE & CHOSING TO THRIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70445892 Treating the cause, eating to live and choosing to thrive <BR> <BR> <link>https://go.ithriveseries.com/episode<BR>4-live </link> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:38:15 EST A Persoanl Testimony http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70427909 Struggling? Fighting with setbacks? Please, everybody, watch and listen to this personal account and testimony to her weight loss journey <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qrB<BR>bA4XpTg </link> <BR> <BR> I would love to hear your reactions. I was in awe of her! Wed, 14 Nov 2018 08:49:24 EST Dealing With Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x70427745 We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep in mind that a setback is only temporary and greater things lay ahead. <BR> <BR> It is easy just to quit, give up and ignore t... Wed, 14 Nov 2018 08:33:32 EST LET'S PLAY A GAME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x70339688 The game is called Corrupt-A-Wish <BR> <BR> Someone posts a wish. The next person grants it but corrupts it. <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> I wish I had a new car. <BR> Granted, but the car has no engine. <BR> <BR> I wish I had more money. <BR> Granted, but you can't spend it! <BR> <BR> And so on! <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:01:03 EST THE ONE THING YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x70339606 What's That One Thing You've Wanted To Do but never have? Tue, 30 Oct 2018 07:53:46 EST More Reasons to Avoid Products with Added Sugars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70279305 How many of us really avoid refined sugars or sugar substitutes? Do you read your labels to see how many grams of sugar are in the product you're about to put in that shopping cart? Be honest. <BR> If there's one thing I have learned is to READ my labels? <BR> Now how many of you will be more diligent in label reading? <BR> <BR> A new study reported that added sugars have been found to have a profound effect in causing frailty in adults over 60. Frailty is defined by meeting three out of fiv... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:11:04 EST The Vicious Cycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70243431 How many of us have been caught up in this? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6de0304-e2ed-4f12-9e39-d9016caa4840.jpg"> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 17:33:53 EST All The Different Names For Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70243046 This I think will help when we're checking the ingredients when grocery shopping <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09ceeb7a-4617-48e9-9015-0a2cd2ff7919.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 16:03:39 EST Let's Break It Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70235396 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2db75f6-77df-4d81-9c56-00cf5d757405.png"> <BR> <BR> Thanks to fad diets, everyone has their own idea of what constitutes a healthy diet – and has a mental list of which foods will never touch their lips again. We’ve all been there: Low-Carb, No-Carb, Paleo, South Beach, Atkins, Gluten-Free, Foods That Match Your Eye Color – you name it. But these diet trends simply cherry-pick a few nutritional facts, served up alongside lots of disinformatio... Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:33:21 EST Why We Need Water & How Much Do We Really Need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70191168 You may have heard that you should aim to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. How much you should actually drink is more individualized than you might think. <BR> <BR> The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that men drink at least 104 ounces of water per day, which is 13 cups. They say women should drink at least 72 ounces, which is 9 cups. <BR> <BR> Still, the answer to exactly how much water you should drink isn’t so simple. <BR> <BR> Water recommendations <BR> <BR> While... Thu, 4 Oct 2018 20:00:41 EST Understanding Why We're Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70166751 WHAT DO WE KNOW? <BR> <BR> Everyone knows eating spinach is a good nutritious food choice and doughnuts are an unhealthy option. People understand that daily exercise is a good idea and sitting on the couch all day long will not contribute to a fit, lean body. If we understand what choices should be made for long-term health, why do most of us keep making the wrong choices? I believe it comes down to the human predisposition to seek pleasure, a lack of time to devote to healthy eating and... Sun, 30 Sep 2018 20:09:07 EST Thin It To Win It - RIGHT FOOD CHOICES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x70146801 Did you resolve to get healthy in 2018/19? Sure you have. We all have or we wouldn't be here....yet again, or still. <BR> <BR> Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that promise finally fulfilled and ensure that we never have to do this all over again? <BR> By working together we can help each other meet those life-enhancing goals. <BR> <BR> If we resolve to do anything this year let's resolve to achieve our goals. In sharing our journey we can make this the year every one of us overcome troubli... Wed, 26 Sep 2018 20:22:13 EST That True Inner Voice - Our Constant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x70146635 Did you know that within each of us, there are numerous voices that compete for our attention? No, I'm not talking crazy. The fact of the matter is we do. Two predominant ones that I know of for certain as are you I'm sure. And they are in constant battle. It can be difficult to decide which one to listen to, particularly when their messages are always conflicting, even alluring. One voice, however, is the only speaker of truth. There are others and among all our inner voices, our true inner... Wed, 26 Sep 2018 19:24:18 EST HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x70129703 I'll say like Bill Murray in What About Bob? <BR> "I feel great. I feel wonderful. I feel great. I feel wonderful" Tired after the weekend I put in but yes, I feel great and wonderful with what I accomplished. Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:38:46 EST What Are Your Fitness Why's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70129683 I find when I focus on the visions I have for my life, my action toward my goals not only comes more easily, but I have more success. So let's talk about the whys behind our paths to health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I wish to be as healthy as I can be going into my senior years, period. <BR> <BR> What are your Whys? Don't worry about getting them all out there at once. Come back often to read, and post more! Looking forward to all of your thoughts! <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:29:41 EST Making "ME" a Priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70129663 One of our daily goals should be to take/find 15 minutes a day of "me time". So why don't we all share what we did in our me time? <BR> <BR> My me time is being creative. So, my me time today was to do a little changing to the bathroom. I slipped out to our little department store and bought a new colour of towels and facecloths. Working on changing the colour scheme and started with that. Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:22:30 EST Do you ever plan on being smaller than Plus Sized? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x70129600 I'm curious as to how many of the Plus Sized or larger ladies ever really plan on getting out of the double-digit sizes? Perhaps just smaller and healthier but still curvy? <BR> <BR> At 57, I'm a size 18 but right now my feeling is that if I get down to a 12/14 I'd be quite comfortable at that size going into my senior years. Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:09:19 EST Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70129555 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I was considering our current set of team goals, and wondering what kinds of things you would add to or remove from the list. Currently, we have: <BR> <BR> Met Main Nutritional Goals 3 meals 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Participated in Team Discussions 1 time 4 times per month <BR> <BR> Logged In, Tracked Goals &amp; Journaled 1 time 7 times per week <BR> <BR> Met Exercise Target 30 minutes 5 times per week <BR> <BR> Met Water Intake 8 glasses 1 time per day ... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:55:54 EST The Scale's Power to Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70127606 You know, I've been asked numerous times what my goal weight is. I don’t really have one. Not anymore. I’m not aiming for any particular number on any scale. And that takes away its capability to control my phycological and make me feel discouraged, even depressed. Instead, I’m aiming for a life full of ability, agility and being a whole lot happier... A happier weight is much more about feeling that overall accomplishment. The gift of enjoying life as I want to, rather than letting a scale w... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:49:33 EST Gut Health and Our Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70114275 Our belly's bacteria have the capability to regulate our digestion, our immune system, our mood—and maybe even our weight loss. <BR> <BR> How Your Gut Health Affects Your Weight <BR> <BR> Your microbiome can also lay the groundwork for weight gain or loss. “People who eat lots of saturated fat tend to have more bacteria called Firmicutes, among others, which are more efficient at absorbing calories from food,” Dr. Rakel explains. (Not the kind of efficiency most of us are hoping for.) “Whe... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:54:28 EST The Underlying Cause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x70091095 Once you've taken the time to inquire within, you can begin to make changes that address the deeper issue. <BR> <BR> Often, when we're unhappy, we fall into the habit of thinking that, if only one or two particular things in our life would have been different or change, everything would be fine. For many of us, we focus on our health and the fact that we need to lose the weight to change our life's situation. We dwell on this one thing and strategize, or complain, or daydream about what ... Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:23:29 EST Fibre, Are We Getting Enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x70089572 Why do we need fibre? <BR> <BR> Fibre helps keep your digestion regular, it lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and it can help regulate blood sugar. Fibre intake is also associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Another bonus to eating a fibre-rich diet? Eating plenty of high-fibre foods is associated with healthier eating habits and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Types of fibre <BR> <BR> Insoluble fibre cannot be broken down during the diges... Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:55:33 EST Starting The Day Out Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x69916672 Each morning, finding a way to start your day right sets the tone for our day. <BR> <BR> <BR> The choices we make upon waking can definitely have a profound impact on our day. If, still drowsy, you hit the ground running, rushing to prepare yourself to face your daily obligations, you will likely feel fatigued and overwhelmed for most of your day. A leisurely and relaxing morning, on the other hand, can energize and excite you, as well as give you the courage to meet the challenges waiting ... Sat, 18 Aug 2018 18:24:54 EST The Effects of Fast Food on the Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x69900351 Popularity of fast food <BR> <BR> Swinging through the drive-thru or hopping into your favorite fast-food restaurant tends to happen more often than some would like to admit. <BR> According to the Food Institute’s analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millennials alone spend 45 percent of their budget’s food dollars on eating out. <BR> In comparison to 40 years ago, the average American family now spends half their food budget on restaurant food. In 1977, just under 38... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:22:26 EST End Dieting Forever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x69800256 End Dieting Forever! In Dr. Fuhrman’s third PBS special, you will learn why the popular fad diets out there just don’t work and can actually be very unhealthy. Dr. Fuhrman teaches you the real way to stay healthy, lose weight permanently, and end dieting forever. This is a show you can’t afford to miss! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/au<BR>dio-video/47/end-dieting-forever-dr-fu<BR>hrmans-pbs-special </link> Mon, 6 Aug 2018 16:11:47 EST The Action Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x69800231 Diet <BR> <BR> A Nutritarian eating style provides the body with what it needs for excellent health, and in the process it normalizes hunger, and inhibits fat storage, resulting in an ideal weight naturally. <BR> Studies show the Nutritarian diet is the most effective program in the world for sustained weight loss.1 The healthiest and most longevity promoting diet-style is also most effective for achieving your ideal weight and maintaining it forever. <BR> Learn more about the ba... Mon, 6 Aug 2018 16:08:16 EST High-Fiber Recipes to Cleanse Your Digestive Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x69763922 Most people know eating fiber is important. But what does that even mean? Why fiber? What is it and what role does it play in your health? <BR> <BR> Fiber comes in two different types: <BR> <BR> Soluble: It is just as it sounds—soluble—it can be dissolved. It absorbs water and turns into a gel-like consistency that slows down digestion. This is helpful for satiety and keeping you feeling fuller longer. Soluble fiber also helps slow the absorption of sugars into your bloodstream so it’s ... Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:26:44 EST Reinventing Ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x69659586 It's Time, period. <BR> <BR> Instead of just settling for what we think we deserve. Let's start getting what we REALLY WANT. Let's reinvent yourself, creating a positive, powerful, sparkling, radiant presence that announces to the world how much we LOVE ourselves and our lives. Imagine the energy of your true spirit amplified across the entire spectrum. Imagine your spirit shaping the whole of your experience, creating lasting excitement, happiness and fulfillment. <BR> <BR> Believe it or n... Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:30:06 EST Steps In Helping Make Change Easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x69658994 Change doesn't have to be hard, here are 10 steps to help make it easier. <BR> <BR> 1. Begin by making small changes or break up large-scale changes into more manageable increments. This can make you feel better about handling the changes you are about to make while making you more comfortable with change in general. <BR> <BR> 2. Mentally link changes to established daily rituals. This can make changes like taking on a new habit, starting a new job, or adapting to a new home happen much mor... Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:32:53 EST New Brunswick 2018 Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x69636176 The road to nowhere! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13cd647b-8abf-43e0-ab4a-07c6719ce1b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Into Seclusion <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8c56ae4-4ff8-46f8-84f6-ff1806fde328.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our lighthouse home <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fecfae2c-d109-4ccf-8cde-f1942a302719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our Morning Coffee Nook <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bce829f6-4bcd-4... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:22:46 EST Building Resilience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x69600398 Resilience is a critical skill for us all. As per Linda Graham, MFT, resilience refers to “the capacity to respond to pressures and tragedies quickly, adaptively and effectively.” <BR> <BR> Furthermore, “being able to adapt our coping to a specific challenge is the skill that allows us to find our footing when we’re thrown off balance by the unknown, by stress, or by trauma. Responding flexibly can carry us through the ups and downs of our days.” <BR> <BR> While we have innate capacities in... Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:47:26 EST 10 Popular Diets Explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x69570469 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24b01546-9b89-4c92-80f6-8398ce7b8469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Vegan or paleo? Gluten-free or whole grain? Whole food or fat-free? What you should eat gets a lot of press. Wanting to eat healthily is a great first step, but when it comes to aligning with a particular eating style, there are many factors to consider. <BR> <BR> People are often confused about which dietary approach to choose in order to obtain optimal health and vitality. Eac... Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:46:12 EST Life's Curveballs; When the unexpected happens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x69140657 When the unexpected happens, you always have your inner core strength which cannot be taken from you. <BR> <BR> In life, we are always setting goals for ourselves and working to make them happen. This gives us focus and ensures that we use our time and energy efficiently and effectively. It also provides us with a sense of purpose and direction. We know where we are going and what we want to do. But quite often, due to forces outside our control, things do not go as we had planned--the flat ... Tue, 29 May 2018 20:45:20 EST This Thread is DISCONTINUED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x69045776 How Long to Walk Each Day for Weight Loss <BR> <BR> Aim for a brisk walk of 30 to 90 minutes most days of the week for weight loss. You can walk more on some days and less on others, but the total time for the week should be at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours). <BR> <BR> You should walk fast enough that you are in the moderate-intensity exercise zone at 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. You should be breathing harder than usual and can speak in full sentences, but you couldn't sing.... Sun, 13 May 2018 10:39:01 EST How Plant Protein Wins Over Animal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68922793 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e076c2c-96f7-48ec-aa2e-915051dc7e4a.png"> <BR> <BR> We are all taught that protein is a super nutrient that will make us lean, strong, and healthy. We do need protein, but more is not necessarily better, and high-protein foods are not always healthful. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/ea<BR>t-to-live-blog/64/how-plant-protein-wi<BR>ns-over-animal-protein </link> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:15:56 EST Animal Protein Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68922777 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e52d7946-9c3b-43eb-80e1-3de4e61b6077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most people are aware of the connections between red and processed meats and cancer—that there is convincing evidence that these dangerous foods are a cause of colon cancer.1 In addition, cooking any meat at high temperatures (for example, grilled or fried chicken) forms carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines, which contribute to cancer risk.2,3 However, animal foods such as non-... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:13:20 EST You Say Tomato—We Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68922745 You Say Tomato—We Say Lycopene, a Protective Carotenoid to Fight Cancer, Heart Disease <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aaf6b1b7-e153-4c73-ac46-5c95a81641d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lycopene makes tomatoes a key food to fight cancer, heart disease. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/ea<BR>t-to-live-blog/107/you-say-tomato-we-s<BR>ay-lycopene-a-protective-carotenoid-to<BR>-fight-cancer-heart-disease </link> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:09:27 EST Boost Immune Function and Guard Against Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68922723 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/039de836-8d42-4c30-b2ed-1cc7a599b4cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mushrooms seem to be almost magical in promoting health benefits. From fighting respiratory infections to cancer, this assortment of small fungi are gigantic warriors. <BR> <BR> Wages War on Cancer <BR> <BR> Mushrooms are unique in their breast cancer preventing effects. <BR> <BR> Frequent consumption of mushrooms (approximately one button mushroom per day) has been linked to a 64 percen... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:06:40 EST Nuts: Important Component of an Anti-Diabetes Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68922669 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/278214e9-b1c2-4ba0-8d9f-939650f3e4d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People with diabetes frequently have excess glucose (sugar) in their bloodstream. Excess glucose in the bloodstream results in the formation of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), which contribute to diabetic complications. In addition to AGEs being produced in the body due to extra glucose, some can also come from the diet. Fried foods, meats, and dry cooked starchy foods (roasted/fried... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:00:00 EST Success Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x68922420 This is why I solely believe in Dr. Fuhrman's Nutritarian way of life! <BR> <BR> Susan's life was a "nightmare" before she lost 215 life-threatening pounds <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/su<BR>ccess-stories/230/susans-story </link> <BR> <BR> After many frustrating years trying to lose weight, Felicia lost a life-altering 206 pounds <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/su<BR>ccess-stories/940/felicias-story </link> <BR> <BR> Karl says losing 130 pounds sav... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:30:57 EST Inflammatory Bowel Diseases http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68922284 Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the two primary inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). IBDs occur as a result of an autoimmune attack on the digestive tract lining, resulting in inflammation. Common symptoms are diarrhoea, bloody stool, cramping, and pain. <BR> <BR> Genetics plays a role in the aetiology of IBD and all autoimmune diseases, but it is now acknowledged that diet also is a major factor in the occurrence of IBD. <BR> <BR> IBD is very stressful to endure, and conventional... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:17:04 EST Dr Fuhrman’s At-Home detox program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68922102 Dr Fuhrman’s At-Home detox program that will give your body the boost it needs to help you lose weight, reverse disease, and resolve foods cravings. <BR> <BR> This three-week program will change the way you think about food and nutrition. <BR> <BR> Reset <BR> <BR> Begin your transformation by reading Dr Fuhrman’s book, Eat for Health, while detoxing from unhealthy foods. Nourish your body with energizing juices, delicious salads and simply prepared vegetable dishes. <BR> <BR> Recharge <... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:44:30 EST Changing The Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68789370 All of us have a final straw, a breaking point, a time when we say enough is enough! The final straw is a tipping point that unalterably changes our direction so that despite our reluctance, we're willing to move forward to change the situation in which we find ourselves. <BR> <BR> My story: <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.a<BR>sp </link> <BR> <BR> YOUR TURN :) WHAT WAS YOUR FINAL STRAW? WHAT LED YOU HERE? <BR> Write the story that brought you to this decision. Write it and ... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 14:38:08 EST What is your biggest obstacle to losing weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68771936 So what does everyone face as an obstacle when it comes to healthy food choices and weight loss? <BR> For me it's éclairs (a big food weakness because I can't eat just one or pass them by) and the biggest non-food obstacle are those people in my life who try to hinder my weight loss and tempt me with things they know I can't have. I am always surprised by how much people try to get me to "take just a little bite" or "one wont hurt you" when they know I struggle.... <BR> <BR> So what are you... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:55:45 EST How to Balance and Recharge Your Diet This Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68763876 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a6bd0fa-db4b-4c47-8f5c-c3a7994ce6f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ayurveda divides the year into three seasons based on the predominant dosha, or governing energetic quality, associated with each. Springtime, lasting from March through June, is governed by the Kapha dosha. Kapha combines the elements of earth and water, making Kapha a season of moist, heavy, and oily properties. <BR> <BR> You can notice these elemental qualities by observing nature. Sprin... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:27:11 EST Did you know… http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68757471 Did you know… <BR> <BR> Diabetes is now a pandemic around the world, and is now claiming more lives than ever before in world history? <BR> <BR> What’s even more shocking is that diabetes is almost completely preventable. <BR> <BR> The truth is that understanding what to eat to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes and simplify your life with type 1 diabetes has become way too complicated, and it’s easy to get confused answering the question: <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/li... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:57:12 EST How To Read A Nutritional Label http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68748772 Nutrition labels are windows into what the food really has in it. Does a serving size make a difference? Of course, it does! Here's an article that gives good information about food labels. <BR> <BR> How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label <BR> Solving the Ninth Mystery of the World <BR> <BR> By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0374e9d-eb14-40f5-8279-fe5dafdca799.gif"> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource<BR>/nutrition... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:13:35 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x68740183 Hi everyone; I have been a member of this team for a bit now but have been afraid to post. I am ready for a challenge and need to make this work so I am going to try and be better at being an active team member! I live in upstate NY, I have 2 amazing kids, one a Junior in College, the other a Junior in High School. I have worked for the same company for 30 + years and can truly say I love my job. It is, however, a source of angst for me because I am quite certain I have been overlooked for mo... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:36:39 EST Doing the Best You Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x68678463 It isn't always easy to meet the expectations we hold ourselves to. You may feel guilty and angry at yourself or even feel like a hypocrite for not being able to maintain control after practicing being centered. However, being patient with yourself will help you more in your journey than frustration at your perceived lack of progress. Doing the best you can in your quest is vastly more important than striving for perfection. <BR> <BR> Just because you are devoted to f living a specific ideo... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:28:19 EST How to Reverse Negative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x68676417 The lens through which you view the world is predominately determined by your thoughts. For this reason, it is important to examine the nature of your thoughts. Are they generally more positive than negative? Do they lay the groundwork for an optimistic or pessimistic attitude? <BR> <BR> Both your biology and environment help to answer these questions. The nature versus nurture dichotomy has been debated for centuries but many believe the two to be intricately interwoven. In other words, you... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:48:50 EST Digging Our Graves with Knifes And Forks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68661239 A most dangerous combination <BR> <BR> Although we all know that the number one health issue worldwide is obesity it doesn't hurt to be reminded. It is unfortunate but we have the luxury of bombarding our bodies with nutrient-deficient, high-caloire foods, empty calories; foods deficient in nutrients and fiber, and junk food. With today's modern food pantry we have the all to readily availability of eating high-calorie foods while remaining inactive more than ever before. <BR> <BR> In addi... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 18:43:59 EST G-BOMBS -The Most Powerful Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68660647 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60985031-46c2-4bd9-849d-67f24cd66d67.jpg"> <BR> <BR> G-BOMBS - Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds. <BR> These are the most powerful longevity-promoting, immunity-strengthening foods and should be included in our diets every day. <BR> <BR> In wanting to maintain good health and enjoy life to the fullest as we grow older, the secret lies in what we feed our bodies. <BR> The most important building block of health is nut... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 16:11:40 EST Right Foods Nourish You. Wrong Foods KILL You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68580620 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ea7c040-b69b-437c-af41-99dea9abdb5f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our diet has far-reaching influence: fake, processed, “fast” food not only destroys our physical health, but it also impacts our behaviors, emotional health and intellect. In this latest blog post, Dr. Fuhrman explains how we have become unwitting participants in a growing national health crisis, and what motivated him to write his new book, Fast Food Genocide. <BR> <BR> How Can Fast Food ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:28:30 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x68510609 Hi, my name is Lea. I’ve been struggling with my weight for many years now, so I’m looking forward to having support and help with this journey. One of my biggest struggles is that I’m not an athletic person in any way. I’d much rather do crafts or read and I’ve pretty much always been that way. I do like to ride my bicycle, but that is seasonal, especially since my asthma kicks up in extreme hot or cold weather. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:17:29 EST DAILY ENCOURAEMENT AND MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x68506740 I think in our every day lives today we don't just need physical and emotional support but spiritual support as well. <BR> <BR> So no matter what your faith or belief here is where you can share what is on your heart, what is your personal devotion that gives you the strength to keep going? Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:24:31 EST Weight Loss Foods You Need to Be Eating Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68397112 The idiom, “You are what you eat,” is true when it comes to weight loss. The foods you eat can play a crucial role in your weight loss or maintenance efforts. While all whole foods are good for nourishing your body, some are particularly beneficial in helping you achieve your weight loss goals. Incorporate the following foods into your diet to lose weight while still providing your body with optimal nutrition. <BR> <BR> 1. Eggs <BR> <BR> Eggs got a bad reputation in the 80’s; however, they ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:23:16 EST Our bodies have never been our enemies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68338799 Our bodies have never been our enemies, and need to be treated with the care and support our minds, bodies and spirits deserve. <BR> Our bodies are like living temples, and deserve all the love and care we can give them. Amazingly flexible and strong, they allow us to experience the world. If we notice that we're not feeling our best, that we've put on extra weight, or that our favorite clothes don't fit, we can make the choice to be good to ourselves in a new way today. <BR> <BR> There are ... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:21:36 EST Storytelling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x68297032 Most cultures use storytelling to pass down family history using the power and energy of the human voice. <BR> <BR> Ever since our ancestors could first communicate, we have gathered to share our stories. We have passed along creation tales and tragic stories of love lost. We have repeated accounts of real heroism and simple stories of family history. When our forebears lived closer to the land and to each other, the practice of storytelling was imbued with ritual and occasion. Members of th... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:28:04 EST You're So Ready to DO THIS! So Am I! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x68292005 With the holidays now behind us I know you're ready to DO THIS! And so am I. <BR> <BR> Today let's make sure that we have all the knowledge we need to maximize our efforts. <BR> <BR> When foundations are set properly, we activate more muscles, gain better balance, avoid the pitfalls of strain and injury, and burn even more calories. <BR> <BR> Basically, all the results we want will happen twice as fast when you take a moment to ensure you're doing things optimally. <BR> <BR> I say 'optima... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:55:47 EST What's Your Excuse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x68121687 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01ed9ccc-50cf-4698-8799-2fe4e606ac8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've all made them. Myself included. And excuses are excuses not "reasoning" <BR> We've all been there, whether it be food or exercise; where we find ourselves in a situation with decision of choice. <BR> To relent and give in to the temptation where clearly there is an opportunity to make the right choice. And we "bend the rules" and create a reason as to why it's OK. <BR> <BR> Let's hear... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:38:08 EST We Don't Have To Live This Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67917414 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66cebf59-0551-4942-bf38-1a083aa12e89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This image shows a 250 lb woman on the left and a 120 lb woman on the right. We can see weight gain from the outside, but we usually can't see what it's doing on the inside. Look at the fat surrounding the organs in the woman on the left. Do you also see the fat around her heart and around her brain? More than a little frightening, isn't it? <em>198</em> Look at the compression around the... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:42:29 EST I Do Solemnly Swear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67909035 I Do Solemnly Swear.... <BR> <BR> Speech is a vehicle for vows. Are you aware that the sacred vows we speak are more than just words? When we make a promise, a subtle yet powerful shift takes place not just in our minds but in our souls where intentions are housed. A vow is both a tool we employ in order to facilitate transformation within ourselves and an expression of will. Thus, to make an oath is to communicate to the universe and our deeper selves our commitment to the principles most i... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:14:19 EST Feeling stuck in your life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x67891384 Have you ever felt like no matter what you do, you’re constantly taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back? <BR>   <BR> That after multiple attempts you’re not getting any closer towards reaching a goal you have set for yourself? <BR>   <BR> This feeling is frustrating and disappointing, and tends to lead to one of the worst feelings you can have — feeling stuck in your life. <BR>   <BR> Why? Because you don’t know what’s working and what's not. It’s almost like you're paralyzed and can’t move f... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 21:01:14 EST HOW MUCH SALT INTAKE IS HEALTHY? THE SALT DEBATE: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67887674 On a clean eating plan - meaning one-ingredient foods? Then you should read this. <BR> <BR> However, regardless of what weightloss or daily diet plan you follow we all need to keep our sodium levels in check. <BR> <BR> On a clean eating plan - meaning one-ingredient foods? Then you should read this. <BR> <BR> Our bodies actually need salt, but most research, especially what's been published in America, has revolved around refined table salt. <BR> <BR> The results do show that the refined ... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:04:43 EST The Truth About Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67839571 <BR> <BR> Most people think of salads as a healthy option when dining out. While they can be a nutritious option, not all salads are created equal. Some types of salads are lower in nutrients and higher in calories, which is the exact opposite of what you want when you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Learn what makes a salad healthy and what to look for when ordering a salad so that you can make the best choices for your health. <BR> <BR> Choose the Right Lettuce <BR> <BR> The base of y... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:38:21 EST What You Can Do When the Scale Refuses To Budge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67723936 Good morning! <BR> <BR> It's been a very good weekend. The weather has been typical autumn. The snow we had is all but gone and the temperatures have been -2 +12 so can't complain. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Walt and I spent most of Saturday in Stettler together grocery shopping and misc. including going out for breakfast and lunch. When we finally got back here I had everything to put away and finish the laundry. <BR> Today I'm catching up on my weekend cleaning. <BR> <BR> Well this aging proce... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:51:14 EST Motivation: How To Maintain It No Matter What! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67428537 Weight Loss Motivation: How To Maintain It No Matter What! <BR> <BR> Weight loss motivation can be a very powerful tool for helping you stay focused and committed to your diet and exercise plan. However, motivation to stick with dieting and exercising can be compromised. <BR> <BR> There are 10 things that link together <BR> Today I’m going to talk about this and how we can overcome. <BR> <BR> First and foremost <BR> <BR> It Is NEVER Simple. It's Not Going TO BE Easy <BR> <BR> Once we ... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:15:33 EST The Miracle of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67304953 Why Should We Be Drinking Water? What Is It's Role of Importance? <BR> <BR> On average, the body of an adult human being contains 60% water. Most of the water in the human body is contained inside our cells, tissue &amp; organs. <BR> In fact, our billions of cells must have water to live. <BR> The total amount of water in our body is found in three main locations: within our cells (two-thirds of the water), in the space between our cells and in our blood (one-third of the water). For example... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:43:49 EST Becoming Powerful Beyond Belief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x67094000 One of the first steps in manifesting what you want is to "get clear" about what you want, and to state it in the positive. However, often people state what they do NOT want. <BR> <BR> I do NOT want to weigh this heavy anymore. <BR> <BR> Your subconscious ignores the word NOT. When you have a thought such as "I do NOT want to be...." your subconscious understands this to mean "I want to be." And then your subconscious goes to work to 'act' on this suggestion, and find ways to bring it int... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 11:44:33 EST 10 TIPS FOR MORNING MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66767956 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e82ce5c-d3d5-416f-bbfc-9647ab57782f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you ever roll out of bed in the morning, sleepily pour yourself some coffee, and wish you could just crawl back under the covers and sleep away your responsibilities? We’ve all been there at some point, dreaming about a day when we could feel motivated and excited about our lives. <BR> <BR> While life isn’t always smooth-sailing, these tips can help you stay encouraged on those days when... Sun, 7 May 2017 17:49:12 EST NEW: How Well Do We Listen To Our Own Bodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66767581 Feeling overwhelmed, overextended, depleted of energy, like you're running on empty but you keep going anyway? Your get up and go has got up and went? Where'd it go? It could be your body asking you to take time to make some real changes in your life to rebuild and rejuvenate. <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though we feel as though we're on top of it there are times in our lives when it seems our bodies ARE running on empty. Our lives are so full with everyday existence; work, family, social. <BR>... Sun, 7 May 2017 16:03:05 EST REVISED: Setting the Tone For The Day So Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66756936 Each morning, find a way to start your day right as it sets the tone for your day. <BR> <BR> The choices you make upon waking can have a profound impact on your day. If, still drowsy, you hit the ground running, rushing to prepare yourself to face your worldly obligations, you will likely feel fatigued and overwhelmed for most of your day. A leisurely and relaxing morning, on the other hand, can energize and excite you, as well as give you the courage to meet the challenges waiting for you.... Fri, 5 May 2017 20:57:34 EST The New Look of Sparkpeople page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x66439287 This is the e-mail that was in my in-box yesterday I can understand their motives but I'm not in love with the idea being on my page. I rather liked the previous format where I had access to all informations at my finger tips. What do you all think? <BR> <BR> Meet New Friends and Get Motivated! <BR> <BR> Hi SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> We're thrilled to introduce our new, members-only social feature: The Community Feed. We've been wanting to bring you--our members--an amazing, new way to get ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:20:28 EST Taking a Well Deserved Time Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x66418353 Sometimes as adults, we just need a time out to refocus and gather ourselves before starting out again. <BR> <BR> Most of us feel a little crazy from time to time. ( A LITTLE?) <BR> Periods of high stress can make us feel like we're losing it, as can being surrounded by people whose values are very different from our own can cause us to feel off kilter. Circumstances like these recur in our lives, and they naturally affect our mental stability. The symptoms of our state of mind can range f... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:58:39 EST How Plant Protein Wins Over Animal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66416023 We are all taught that protein is a super nutrient that will make us lean, strong, and healthy. We do need protein, but more is not necessarily better, and high-protein foods are not always healthful. <BR> Why do we need protein? <BR> In every cell in the human body, the DNA contains a code that tells the cell which proteins to make. Proteins have a lot of different roles in the body, some provide structure like collagen, some facilitate contact or movement, and others act as enzymes, signals... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:45:10 EST The Ultimate Detoxifying Vegetable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66415997 These 3 Fungi Actually BOOST Your Immune System <BR> By: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS <BR> <BR> Mushrooms have been used medicinally in Eastern medicine for eons. Now Western medicine is beginning to catch up, as the healing properties of mushrooms are being demonstrated scientifically. <BR> The three specific types with the greatest health benefits are Sh*take, Reishi and Maitake. All three have powerful effects on the immune system and all three act as medicine. <BR> When you think about it ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:39:44 EST The Truth About Grass Fed Beef http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66415834 How much difference does it make?  Is grass fed really better?  If so, in what ways, and how much? <BR> <BR> This is a rather lengthy read but definitely worth reading informative and enlightening. <BR> <BR> <link>foodrevolution.org/blog/the-truth-ab<BR>out-grassfed-beef/?utm_campaign=frn16&<BR>amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=em<BR>ail-automated&amp;utm_content=2218&amp<BR>;utm_term=existing-email-list&amp;emai<BR>l=seriouswakeupcall%40gmail.com&amp;fi<BR>rstname=Gayle&amp;lastname= </... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:13:50 EST Don’t Fall for the Myths About Soy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66415455 Contrary to the negative soy information floating about in today’s technological world, the scientific consensus shows soy is essentially beneficial.  Actually, soy is the subject of some of the worst health misinformation on the internet. We need to tune out this misinformation and follow the science. Greater intake of soy foods is linked to a decrease in the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular diseaseSoy and estrogen (the primary female sex hormone) <BR> Soy contains... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:17:23 EST You are not the wind-up toy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x66415052 With all our best intentions and rich resources, why is it so hard to slow down, simplify, and care for ourselves? Why do most clearing efforts fall short or peter out? <BR> <BR> Why are we so afraid to let go? <BR> <BR> Our drive to attain and succeed comes at a great cost to the soul. We are malnourished, if not starved, when it comes to compassionate self-acceptance, awareness, and care. We yearn for simplicity but struggle to find it. We ache for balance but can't sustain it. There is... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:50:17 EST Friends & Family Undermining You? Don’t let them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66414868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67b63306-0d09-4685-ab4d-c401b22b49d3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do friends and family undermine your efforts to eat healthy? Have you had cake pushed at you at birthday parties? Are family celebrations more about food than socializing? While sometimes well-meaning, the actions of food saboteurs can sway you and your desire for good health. Don’t let them! <BR> <BR> An obstacle often encountered in the journey to healthy eating is family and f... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:06:51 EST Three huge mistakes that almost everyone is makin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66413337 Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to lose weight? <BR> <BR> Why is it that Americans $65 billion dollars each year trying to lose weight, and yet the percentage of the U.S. population that is overweight or obese is about to reach 70%? <BR> <BR> It’s crazy! <BR> <BR> So why is it so hard for so many people to eat the right foods and shed excess pounds? And for those who do lose weight, why is it so hard to keep it off? <BR> <BR> According to my friend, Food Revolution Summit speaker ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:10:22 EST Taking pride in our progress at any pace. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x66366443 When we are satisfied with our lives, we should not be looking for experiences of winning and losing to define our self-worth. <BR> however, pushing ourselves to a higher level of accomplishment; to surpass previous accomplishments is healthy. <BR> The urges that drive us to compete with others tend to be straightforward. Years of both evolution and societal influences have shaped us to pit ourselves against our peers. The needs and desires that inspire us to compete with ourselves, however,... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:45:05 EST Living More Consciously http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x66366014 Are we really aware of the connection between all things and the broader effect we may be creating? <BR> There are times when we may feel disconnected from the world. Our actions can seem like they are of no major consequence, and we may feel like we exist in our own vacuum. Yet, the truth is that our simplest thought or action - the decisions we make each day, and how we see and relate to the world - can be incredibly significant and have a profound impact not only on our own lives but on th... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 12:06:03 EST The Scale Friend or Foe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66294627 <BR> It cannot talk yet it speaks to you. Some days it makes you giddy with delight. Other days it puts you into a deep depression. It judges you on a superficial level. The thought of it is enough to worry even the most optimistic person. What am I talking about? The notorious bathroom scale. <BR> <BR> What is with this obsession we have with the scale? For most people, the scale can be an adversary or an ally, depending on the day. We often hate what it says or argue with it, but we still... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:14:29 EST How Heat and Cold Affect Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66267477 Can living in a warm or cold climate influence how fast or slow you lose weight? <BR> <BR> <link>https://brightlineeating.com/2017/02<BR>/how-heat-and-cold-affect-weight-loss/<BR>?inf_contact_key=1c5302e1700ad48e53794<BR>9c128cffdef6de672e20d5d8edc504435510c54e941 </link> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:24:42 EST Brilliant natural self-repair abilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66262756 Your body has brilliant natural self-repair abilities. It knows how to fix broken bones, how to fight cancer, how to reverse aging, and how to heal from many kinds of injury. But when you’re in a state of stress, these systems can begin to break down. <BR> <BR> So what can you do if you want to reduce stress and help your body to self-repair? <BR> <BR> According to bestselling author Lissa Rankin, MD, there are simple and proven techniques that can make all the difference. She’s tested them... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:31:22 EST The Saboteur How to Rise Above it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66201468 The saboteur can wreak havoc on you when you're feeling like you've been dragged through the mud and nothing is going right. Stress is mounting and your saboteur is telling you that you deserve to relax your Bright Lines and treat yourself a little. How can you rise above and not succumb to the pressure? Watch this week's vlog to find out. <BR> <BR> <link>brightlineeating.com/2017/02/bright-<BR>line-eating-when-life-gets-hard/?inf_c<BR>ontact_key=e5b1650622020858c1b52328773<BR>fb0cfa709... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:28:18 EST Triple Your Odds of Eating Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66197610 Everybody is trying to eat healthier. We all want to feel great, look great, get off medications, lose weight, and experience all the other benefits that go along with being in alignment with the food we put in our mouths. <BR> <BR> The trouble is, our actions often betray us. <BR> <BR> For example, we might get to the end of a long day and decide to order take-out. In the moment, we might feel perfectly fine with our decision. We’re stressed. We’re tired. The food will be yummy. It w... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:15:03 EST Should we Be Worried About Gluten http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x66169753 Should everyone be concerned about consuming gluten?  Gluten-free, like fat-free and low-carb, is a dietary fad that claims to promote weight loss and enhance health. But are there real health benefits to going gluten-free? <BR> <BR> What is Gluten? <BR> <BR> Gluten is a generic name for the primary protein found in wheat and grains related to wheat. It comprises about 70 percent of the total protein content in wheat. Gluten is an important component in grains ground into flour and used for... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 13:52:16 EST We need a new paradigm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65998663 Not that long ago, a scientific study was widely reported by a variety of popular news media outlets. It showed that fewer than 1% of obese people manage to attain a normal weight. It also showed that most people who lose weight—even a modest amount, like 5% of their total mass—gain it right back. <BR> <BR> We need a new paradigm. <BR> <BR> The brain is blocking weight loss, and until we come to grips with the fact that our most cherished ideas about the obesity epidemic are unhelpful... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:12:05 EST The Answer Lies In The Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65991167 Why is it that 99% of people who lose a large amount of weight gain it back again? What’s so hard about sustaining weight loss long-term? <BR> <BR> The answer lies in the brain. <BR> <BR> You can lose weight by using willpower to override your brain and WILL your way into a smaller size. <BR> <BR> But if you do that, odds are you’ll gain the weight back, eventually. <BR> <BR> Or, you can REWIRE YOUR BRAIN to support your weight loss efforts, so that over time, it gets easier, ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:28:20 EST Warfarin (Coumadin®) And Leafy Green Vegetablers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65980135 Taking warfarin (Coumadin®) doesn’t mean you should avoid green vegetables <BR> <BR> January 03, 2017 by Joel Fuhrman, MD <BR> <BR> <BR> Patients on the medication warfarin (brand name Coumadin®), prescribed to prevent blood clots by thinning the blood, also called anticoagulants (an·ti·co·ag·u·lants), are often told by their health professionals not to eat vitamin K-rich foods, such as leafy green vegetables. Since I advocate a diet rich in leafy greens, broccoli, and other foods rich in... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:23:39 EST Don't Make the One Huge Mistake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65975791 Susan Has some pretty darn good advice. Give her a listen and see what you can glean for yourselves! <BR> <BR> <link>foodfreedom.brightlineeating.com/jan<BR>-2017-fb-video-2/ </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:14:33 EST Are You Addicted To Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65964078 <link>/foodfreedomquiz.com/quiz-opt-in-jan<BR>-2017-fb/?utm_campaign=Fans-Quiz&amp;u<BR>tm_source=Facebook&amp;utm_medium=C04&<BR>amp;utm_term=P05&amp;utm_content=Desk </link> <BR> <BR> Take the quiz! Get your results. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:27:45 EST When The Scales Are Lying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65963547 The scale can be a valuable tool in any weight-loss journey. It tells you where you start and helps track our progress. It's the tool people use most as a measure of success--or failure. <BR> <BR> As useful as the scale can be, don't forget that it's just ONE tool you can use, not the only tool. It's entirely possible for those numbers not to budge, but you find yourself having to tighten your belt because you've lost inches. Used regularly, the scale can help you check in with yourself and ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:59:57 EST The Power of Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x65962468 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fde4357a-cb5c-4641-938e-0b2d8a612d61.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't just put them in your jar's at home but post them here and share them too! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 15:18:37 EST THIN IT TO WIN IT - CHALLENGE CHECK-IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x65962184 Did you resolve to get healthy in 2018/19? Sure you have. We all have or we wouldn't be here....yet again, still. <BR> <BR> Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that promise finally fulfilled and ensure that we never have to do this all over again? <BR> By working together we can help each other meet those life-enhancing goals. <BR> <BR> If we resolve to do anything this year let's resolve to achieve our goals. In sharing our journey we can make this the year every one of us overcome troubli... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:32:03 EST And Then There'll Be - You Proving Them Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x65955630 I am to positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5a076ad-6d51-4fad-b854-93520d0a7a63.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What's the most powerful motivational speeches you've ever heard? The most powerful motivational speeches I've ever heard came from people who told me I couldn't do something. You know why? Because when they told me I couldn't do it, I was bound and determined to show them that I cou... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:19:05 EST 5 Best Foods for Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65942348 Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. However, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease - our food choices can either prevent or promote insulin resistance and resultant diabetes. <BR> Many conventional diabetes diets rely on meat or grains as the major calorie source. However, these strategies have serious drawbacks. High-nutrient, low glycemic load (GL) foods are the optimal foods for diabetics, and these foods also help to pr... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:56:29 EST 6 Worst Foods for Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65942309 Over 25 million people in the United States have diabetes, and diabetes takes an enormous toll on the health of our population.1 Diabetes accelerates aging; damaging the kidneys, cardiovascular system, eyes and nerve tissue, and increases cancer risk. <BR> The devastating complications and premature deaths associated with diabetes can be prevented. The primary cause of the parallel increases in obesity and diabetes is the nutrient-depleted American diet. The worst foods for diabetes – the foo... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:51:27 EST The Dangers of Weight Cycling (Yo-Yo Dieting) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65942230 Regaining weight after losing it on a diet is much more common than keeping the weight off. Often dieters gain back more than they lost, and it’s a common experience to have an even harder time losing weight the next time. “Weight cycling” is the term for these repeating episodes of intentional weight loss followed by unintentional regain, also often called “yo-yo dieting.” One of the most important messages about weight loss is this: change your diet, lose the weight and keep your new, healt... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:40:46 EST New Year's Resolutions: The Definition of Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65913495 Every one of us women mostly have an "I hate my body moment, every day. That's almost all of us. Looking in the mirror wanting to change something". <BR> We believe that we are 100% capable of changing more than our bodies. We are able to change our perspective. <BR> This year, lets doubt less and do more. Lets actually focus on what we can change, instead of things we can't. Let's put good things into our bodies, This year let's look into the mirror and proudly own it all. <BR> <BR> Turn it... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:53:59 EST You're Dr Tells You You HAVE 2 Lose Weight Or Else http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65895478 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2e60ba3-d51f-46db-a29d-3e6f7e9d702e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How many of us have felt a sense of dread, and anxiety in heading for a Dr.'s appointment? You've had the "You need to lose weight" sermon with your doctor before, and you know it's coming again. But what if the discussion is happening this time because of specific medical concerns, not just overall health? You're aware that conditions related to excess weight include heart disease, Type 2 ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:17:12 EST Dangers Of Gluten & Why We NEED to Stop Eating It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65891321 Do you know someone who has gone gluten-free? <BR> Odds are, you do. Gluten-free living is all the rage, but few know exactly what gluten is and how it impacts our bodies. <BR> Let’s clear up the confusion here – it’s quite simple, actually. After years of research and observing thousands of patients feel better off gluten, not to mention myself, I am happy to shed light on the mystery of gluten, and explain the dangers of gluten, as well as how it can cause stress in your body. <BR> <BR> Wh... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:47:12 EST Are We Listening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65881550 Are you feeling overwhelmed by what life has "thrown" at you this past year? Is it leaving you feeling emotionally, mentally and physical drained? Could it be that our body's are telling us it's time for change; asking us to take time to make some real changes in our life? Are We Listening? <BR> <BR> Lately my body has. A few different things going on this past year taking it's toll on mind, body and spirit. <BR> Some say never to look back, but I can't help it. I want to look back on this ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:52:22 EST Olive Oil is NOT a Health Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65879950 When looking for healthy fats, opt for nuts, not olive oil <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d29cbe8-ed3a-4200-b489-8c9e1b0db1b9.png"> <BR> Olives are grown widely in the geographical region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and olive oil was a major source of calories in the traditional dietary patterns of that region, now known collectively as the Mediterranean diet. <BR> 1 Populations that followed this style of eating had reduced rates of death from coronary heart di... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:54:10 EST The Most ''Bang For Your Buck,'' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65868048 Life is busy for most of us, and finding time for a workout can be challenging. When you do find that time, you want to make sure you're getting the most ''bang for your buck,'' meaning you're being as efficient as possible with your workout program. By making some small changes to your current routine, you can increase your calorie burn, improve your fitness level and make your health-related goals even more attainable! Here are some ideas to get you started. <BR> <BR>   <BR> INSTEAD OF: St... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:21:10 EST Missing A Workout "the dog ate my homework" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65867950 Sometimes when we miss a workout, we know full well that we are just making "the dog ate my homework" types of excuses that wouldn't fool anyone—not even you! But then there are the times when we have a valid reason for skipping a workout. Sometimes life really does get in the way. Sometimes you really do have to skip a workout, and don't need the extra guilt for doing so. You shouldn't beat yourself up for missing a day or even a week (or more) of workouts if you have a legitimate reason to ... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:56:52 EST Starting The Next Year Off Better Focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65859235 We all know that losing weight requires motivation, determination, and will power, as well as changes to eating, exercise, sleep, and stress-management habits. But what we seldom hear about is how important it is to be organized. It’s extraordinarily difficult to daily pre-prep healthy food for the next day, and set aside an allotted time for physical exercise, and work fulltime if you don’t have an organized schedule to fit it all in. For the chronically disorganized, creating a more orderly... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:55:15 EST When Our Thyroid Isn't Functioning Properly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65823059 When our thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it creates a real havoc and leave us feeling run down, stressed out, unhappy and unhealthy. <BR>   <BR> You see, the thyroid is responsible for a lot of things! It regulates our metabolism, keeps us at a healthy weight, makes energy, keeps our moods balanced and even, helps get a sound night’s sleep and helps with good digestion. In fact, our thyroid plays a part in almost every physiological process. That why, when it’s not working optimally, it ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:38:54 EST Christmas Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x65779165 What is your most memorable Christmas? <BR> <BR> I've always loved this song. It is truth in every stanza. <BR> <BR> <link>faithtap.com/2089/pentatonix-mary-di<BR>d-you-know/?utm_source=shared&amp;utm_<BR>medium=Facebook&amp;utm_campaign=main&<BR>amp;src=shared </link> <BR> <BR> A few other favourites <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_MGWio-vc&<BR>amp;index=3&amp;list=RDifCWN5pJGIE </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSUFzC6_fp8&<BR>amp;index=4&amp;list=RDif... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:47:43 EST The Power of Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65736001 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fde4357a-cb5c-4641-938e-0b2d8a612d61.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't just put them in your jar's at home but post them here and share them too! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:41:10 EST I Am A FIRM Believer In This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65598661 Top Doctors Are Now Warning Anyone Over 40 To Stop Taking Ibuprofen Immediately. Here's Why <BR> <BR> Doctors often prescribe Ibuprofen to their patients, in the case of headaches, pain in the back, or a toothache. <BR> <BR> Yet, even though these pills relieve the pain for some time, it is not permanently cured. For instance, you will wake up with the same pain every morning, leading to constant frustration and pain. <BR> Additionally, besides the fact that they do not cure the pain, the ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:29:12 EST A Serious Look At Our Future Quality Of Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65593087 As of late there's a whole lot more than just weight-loss; diet and exercise that has become relevant even prevalent to our future quality of life and I want to get this out there because if not checked at the door now, means serious cognitive decline to most if not all of us. <BR> <BR> What am I talking about? I'm talking about Dementia and Alzheimer's. <BR> <BR> My mother was diagnosed with it two years ago. And now she lives in an imprisonment of her broken mind. And while she lives in ... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 17:17:12 EST TODAY'S PERSONAL DAILY CHALLENGE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65410359 This is a journey no one should do solo. Every one of us needs support and encouragement through both the ups and downs we will encounter along the way in reaching that ultimate goal. <BR> <BR> We'll have struggles, get discouraged, frustrated and want to say **** it and threw in the towel. <BR> That's when you absolutely need to check in and let us know what you're going through. Myself included. <BR> <BR> We've got to Push through! Our life's health depends on it. So talk, talk, talk. I ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:05:42 EST Tale telling; Who are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x65398171 Ever since our descendants could first converse, we have gathered to share our stories. We have passed along creation tales and tragic stories of love lost. We have repeated accounts of real heroism and simple stories of family history. When our predecessors lived closer to the land and to each other, the practice of tale telling was filled with ritual and occasion. Members of the tribe would often gather around the fire to hear their genealogy recited aloud by an elder or master storyteller.... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:48:08 EST The Beauty of Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x65376846 Whenever we do something in our lives with the expectation of how we’d like it to turn out, we risk experiencing disappointment. When things don’t go the way we had envisioned, we may feel a range of emotions from slightly let down to being depressed or even anger. We might direct our feelings inward, or outward toward others, or the universe in general. Whether we feel disappointment by ourselves, with a friend or life in general, disappointment is always a tough feeling to experience. Still... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:08:14 EST WHEN CHANGE COMES...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x65368274 We're going to get realistic today. <BR> <BR> We all know that completely simultaneously overhauling both diet and incorporating an exercise routine any time of the year has always proven to be a recipe for disaster. In avoiding this predictable "falling off the wagon syndrome" we are going to approach this realistically with a challenge not for temporary success but designed to help build healthy life style changes you can stick to for a life time. <BR> <BR> Each of us is different, our l... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:21:12 EST What Is Bright Line Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65255483 I was recently introduced to Bright Line eating with Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. . I'm kind of intrigued with it. It has an awful lot of similarities to the Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman. So I'm investigating. And as I do I will share what I find. <BR> <BR> How many of you have or haven't heard of it? <BR> <BR> Have you struggled with weight, dieting, or body image in the past? If so… <BR> YOUR BRAIN MAY BE BLOCKING YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT. <BR> <BR> WHAT IS IT? <BR> <BR> Bright Line Eatin... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:23:09 EST Food IS Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65210737 The Anti-Inflammatory, Iodine-Rich Power of Kelp <BR> <BR> 1. Great Source of Iodine <BR> <BR> Do you know if you’re eating enough iodine? That’s an important question, because iodine-rich foods help protect you from a dangerous deficiency. Iodine is a vital nutrient that helps support a healthy thyroid, protects against certain kinds of cancer, promotes healthy growth and development in babies and children, and even helps you maintain a healthy brain. <BR> Because kelp contains an extremel... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:45:17 EST Overcoming Self-Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x65104560 Overcoming self-sabotage is one of the most exciting conversations you will ever have, because on the other side of it is the emotional freedom and depth of joy that you were born to have. And the process of breaking through denial, facing your fear, anger, and other difficult emotions, and making peace with your pain is going to lead - step by step - to an ending of the internal war with yourself so that you can step fully into the greatest expression of yourself. So let's begin... <BR> <B... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:07:37 EST Is Freekah The New Quinoa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65097499 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/959bfeff-e394-4526-b243-8bf7bfef8c41.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>https://draxe.com/freekeh/?utm_sourc<BR>e=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;<BR>utm_campaign=aug_29_newsletter_a </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac150d27-4eb1-4e19-aa9d-9977a34fc3b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c69ff766-0e1b-46f4-978d-7bbf3fb9a4c6.jpg"> Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:17:48 EST Very Much Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x65094595 Each one of us is very much needed and we all have our role to play adding to the success of the whole. <BR> <BR> <BR> In the great symphony of life, we all have important parts to play. While some people are best suited to be conductors or soloists, their contributions would be diminished considerably without the individual musicians that lend their artistry to the fullness of an orchestra. The magical accents of the percussion section might sound random and out of place without the music ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 21:17:25 EST What Is Your Chosen Weightloss Plan and Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x65028447 After years of yo-yoing from trying far too many unhealthy fad weightloss programs it's the Nutritarian approach for me! FINALLY after 53 years it's what has clicked! It's the ultimate in my weightloss and health issue solution success! <BR> <BR> It's a lifestyle plan focused on adopting a high-nutrient eating style to achieve or restore the body to excellent health. Following this type of diet style made it easy to attain substantial weight loss and maintain it good. It is the road-map to d... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:08:08 EST The First Moments of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x65001676 Each morning when we awake, we have an opportunity to create our day with what inspires us the most. <BR> <BR> <BR> The moment during the day when we very first open our eyes and come into consciousness is a precious opportunity. It sets the tone for all that comes after it, like the opening scene in a film or novel. At this moment, our ability to create the day is at its most powerful, and we can offer ourselves fully to the creative process by filling this moment with whatever inspires us... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:52:15 EST Hungry? True Hunger versus Toxic Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64999216 What are the physical sensations you associate with hunger? <BR> <BR> For most people these sensations include stomach grumbling, headaches, light-headedness, shakiness, irritability, fatigue, and inability to focus. Since eating removes the symptoms, they are mistakenly believed to be signs of hunger. The resulting overeating behavior, to reduce these physical sensations, undermines any attempt to lose weight. Understanding true hunger could be a key factor in reversing this trend. <BR> <B... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:53:05 EST First Steps: Weighing & Measuring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64995937 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d1f546b-4e5e-4f60-91f0-5e192f36da8f.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ccc26f5-600e-4f89-b0c3-03517bee1b9e.png"> <BR> <BR> For those that have a level of difficulty in committing to staying on track with your choice of lifestyle change for weightloss. <BR> Here is the opportunity to help yourselves and others by being willing to answer … for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions." W... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:44:09 EST Fitness Accountability - Cardio - Toning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64995933 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eee015b0-dfd1-4c0c-b705-b4abef7deb51.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ccc26f5-600e-4f89-b0c3-03517bee1b9e.png"> <BR> <BR> For those that have a level of difficulty in committing to a daily, or weekly fitness workout Here is the opportunity to help yourselves and others by being willing to answer … for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions." When you're personally accountable, you ta... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:43:23 EST TOPIC THREAD CLOSED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x64995882 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eee015b0-dfd1-4c0c-b705-b4abef7deb51.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ccc26f5-600e-4f89-b0c3-03517bee1b9e.png"> <BR> <BR> For those that have a level of difficulty in committing to a daily, or weekly fitness workout Here is the opportunity to help yourselves and others by being willing to answer … for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions." When you're personally accountable, you ta... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:37:45 EST TOPIC THREAD CLOSED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x64995857 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d1f546b-4e5e-4f60-91f0-5e192f36da8f.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ccc26f5-600e-4f89-b0c3-03517bee1b9e.png"> <BR> <BR> For those that have a level of difficulty in committing to staying on track with your choice of lifestyle change for weightloss. <BR> Here is the opportunity to help yourselves and others by being willing to answer … for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions." W... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:35:09 EST The 10 Best and Worst Foods for Health and Longevi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64991255 The Best: <BR> <BR> Green Leafy Vegetables <BR> Leafy greens pack a micronutrient punch. <BR> This category includes dark lettuces, kale, <BR> collard greens, arugula, and watercress. <BR> <BR> Non-Leafy <BR> CruciferousVegetables <BR> Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and <BR> radishes contain phytochemicals that modify <BR> hormones, detoxify compounds and prevent <BR> toxins from damaging DNA. <BR> <BR> Berries <BR> Berries support heart health, improve blood <BR> glucose levels a... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:02:18 EST The Elimination "Diet" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x64990749 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fee4266-7983-4ec0-8e5f-c0a8c8fac36b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's not only about what we put in our mouths or physical exercise. I believe in three keys <BR> Diet, Exercise and removing negative emotions or being able to let go rather than hang onto it and let it effect us at every aspect of our lives.We have enough everyday stress in our lives and by hanging onto the things that can be let go of we only ad to it ourselves. If it's not immoral illega... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:19:34 EST Life Is About... .Staying Focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x64988953 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/035e7013-d5c5-46df-8295-d7b90bf6c1b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you easily lose sight of the things that really matter in your life? <BR> <BR> Do you always feel as if you’re constantly jumping from one thing to another throughout the day without having anything to show for your efforts? <BR> <BR> Here are seven ways to focus on what really matters, right here, right now. <BR> <BR> Set three important tasks to complete each and every day. <BR... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:27:31 EST Getting to Know You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x64978342 (COPY &amp; PASTE THEN ADD IN YOUR ANSWERS) JUST SOME FUN! <BR> <BR> A little Getting to Know you Quiz ( COPY &amp; PASTE) <BR> <BR> 1. FAVORITE SMELLS? <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5. HAIR COLOR? <BR> <BR> <BR> 6. EYE COLOR? <BR> <BR> <BR> 7. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 FAVORITE FOOD? <BR> <BR> <BR> 9. S... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:22:05 EST Walking With Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x64970696 Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits – not only for our health, but our spirit as well, for as we walk, we connect with the earth. <BR> <BR> Even when walking on concrete, the earth is still beneath us, supporting us. Walking lets our body remember simpler times, when life was less complicated. This helps us slow down to the speed of ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:09:49 EST I Will...I Will Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64969892 What will you do and not do in striving toward the most healthiest you? <BR> What do you want for you? What do you need for you? There is a difference. <BR> What are you striving for and why? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/970c74c3-853e-48c6-b1e1-f22b6bda7cf6.jpg"> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:27:23 EST 77 Creative Coconut Oil Uses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64969826 <BR> <BR> These coconut oil uses are broken into 4 categories: Food Uses, Body and Skin Care, Household, and Natural Medicine. <BR> Coconut Oil Food Uses <BR> <BR> 1. Cooking at High Heat (Sauteing and Frying) – Coconut oil is great for cooking at a high heat because of its high smoke point. Many other oils like olive oil can oxidize when heated but because coconut oil is made up of healthy saturated fats it remains stable under high temperatures. <BR> <BR> Cooking coconut <BR> <BR> 2. “... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:15:10 EST Say GoodBye To Flabby Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64798166 Losing weight to keep your body healthy can be a challenge. Even when we start to see the pounds fall off, there are often stubborn spots that seem to want to hold on to extra body fat. Arms are one of those common spots for women. If your diet is on point and you’re killing it in the gym, but your arms just aren’t where you want them to be, follow these tips to help give them that extra push! <BR> <BR> Arm-Strengthening Exercises <BR> <BR> 1. Tricep Push-Ups <BR> <BR> To perform tricep pu... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:42:12 EST UPDATED: Mind Over Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x64700677 Culling Out The Weeds <BR> <BR> The power of the mind is a curious thing, because it is so powerful yet so difficult to control sometimes. We find ourselves thinking on a specific thought path, knowing that this thought may or may not create trouble yet we find it difficult to stop the thought process. For example, many people experience becoming sick at the same time every year or every time they go on a plane. The mind being the powerful toll it is their beliefs impact their experiences, s... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:53:59 EST 6 Foods That Damage Your Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64182127 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9af5e2f1-b8e4-4bd0-acae-e49df5fae66e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey <BR> <BR> There’s nothing worse than starting an exercise program, making some good diet changes, but still not seeing the results you want to see. <BR> <BR> Has that ever been you? It can be really frustrating. <BR> <BR> The reason this happens is, even though you think you’re consuming a healthy diet, there's often some hidden food in your diet that is ruining your weight l... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:03:39 EST How Do You Repair Leaky Gut? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64148335 The 4-Step Plan to Heal Leaky Gut <BR> <BR> The good news is there’s a solution to successfully healing leaky gut. There is a four-step process that includes: <BR> <BR> REMOVE foods and factors that damage the gut <BR> REPLACE with healing foods <BR> REPAIR with specific supplements <BR> REBALANCE with probiotics <BR> Here’s the protocol I have used with my patients over the years that has helped them see incredible results. <BR> <BR> Remember, the top foods to remove that cause leaky gut ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:55:17 EST 7 Signs and Symptoms You Have Leaky Gut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64148286 The GI condition commonly known as “leaky gut syndrome” has been gaining a lot of attention lately for several reasons: <BR> <BR> A growing body of research has linked leaky gut to a number of “seemingly unrelated” health concerns and chronic diseases. <BR> As more Americans are affected by poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance it appears that the prevalence of leaky gut has reached epidemic proportions. <BR> The medical profession is just now agreeing thi... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:47:16 EST Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x64147270 Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that millions of people are struggling with and don’t even know it. From the sound of it, you might think leaky gut syndrome only affects the digestive system, but in reality it can lead to many other health conditions. <BR> <BR> According to research, the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism could be leaky gut symptoms progression. <BR> <BR> In this article, I will ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:48:44 EST Revealing Our True Selves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x63913241 Our true selves exist whether we acknowledge them or not, often buried under fears and learned behavior. <BR> <BR> <BR> Identity is an elusive concept. We feel we must define ourselves using a relatively small selection of roles and conscious character traits, even if none accurately represents our notion of “self.” The confusion surrounding our true natures is further compounded by the fact that society regularly asks us to suppress so much of our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual vib... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:42:29 EST Going Green is Good for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63832573 Looking for ways to protect your heart? Think green. Eating leafy green cruciferous vegetables protects your heart and reduces your risk of cancer, so be sure to include these super vegetables in your daily diet. To learn about how the consumption of cruciferous vegetables offers this amazing level of protection. <BR> <BR> Eat More Green Vegetables to Protect Against Heart Disease and Cancer <BR> <BR> MultivitaminsGreen leafy vegetables are superior to other foods in their nutrient density... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 12:45:38 EST Dog Influenza? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x63797232 What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know About the New Canine Influenza <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee5382e6-c263-40e1-a355-5afa6479eff7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Was last year’s much-publicized canine influenza outbreak just media hype, or an emerging threat to canine health every dog owner should be paying attention to? <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, this one isn’t hype. There really is a new strain of canine influenza virus (CIV), dubbed H3N2, in the U.S. While for most dogs it... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:09:02 EST 25 signs that could mean your cat is in pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x63768481 Something for us pet lovers. I know you're out there <BR> <BR> How to tell when felines aren't feeling fine: Researchers reveal the 25 signs that could mean your cat is in pain <BR> Researchers determined 25 behaviours that sufficiently reveal cat is in pain <BR> Through four elimination rounds, researchers narrowed down list from 91 <BR> Some signs of pain include difficulty jumping, hunched posture, less play <BR> By CHEYENNE MACDONALD <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:59:49 EST What we eat and drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63723657 What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood, and stress levels. <BR> <BR> <BR> At its simplest, food is fuel. Though our preferences regarding taste and texture can vary widely, we all rely on the foods we eat for energy. Most people are aware that it is vital we consume a diverse assortment of foods if we aspire to maintain a state of physical well-being. However, the intimate connection between diet and our mental well-being is less under... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 11:05:05 EST Your Body When You Eat Chia Seeds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63541841 <BR> A few years ago I had no idea what chia seeds were at all. They have since surged in popularity, the tiny, yet powerful little seeds proving to be both nutritious, and rather tasty when combined with the right foods. <BR> <BR> I’ve started to incorporate them in various ways into my diet. Since their taste is rather mild, they’re an excellent nutritional boost to almost any meal or drink: from baking bread, to smoothies and energy bars, I have found out that they work both in meals, an... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:26:58 EST Foods that Offer Protection Against Colds and Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63521297 I can certainly give testimony to this! <BR> <BR> As you continue with the Nutritarian style of eating, you will notice that you are less susceptible to illness, and if you do get sick, your recovery is swift. Eating a nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet that includes daily servings of mushrooms, cruciferous vegetables, berries, onions and garlic provides your body with a spectrum of immunity-boosting phytochemicals that helps you throughout the cold and flu season. Vitamin D and zinc are import... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:09:06 EST Why “just one bite” doesn’t work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63478319 Have you ever gone on a diet just to have all of your efforts unravel because you slipped up and had ‘just a taste’ of something and then wound up eating more and more? Before you curse your own lack of willpower you should know that there is a biological reason why having ‘just one bite’ often leads to weight-loss failure. Here’s how to avoid this common dieting pitfall <BR> <BR> The science on food addiction has now established that highly palatable foods (low-nutrient, high-calorie, inten... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:50:44 EST Earth's Institution of Life's shaping and molding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x63464377 Our lives are the province of learning, and the wisdom we acquire throughout our lives is the reward of existence. As we traverse the winding roads that lead from birth to everlasting sleep, experience is our patient teacher. We exist, bound to human bodies as we are, to evolve, enrolled by the universe in earth's school, an informal and individualized institution of living, being, and changing. Life’s lessons can take many forms and present many challenges. There are scores of mundane lesson... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:23:09 EST Reaching Toward Completion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x63449052 Enthusiasm is all of the motivation I need to pursue long-term goals today, and it's made me intensely energized by the excitement you experience when envisioning the brighter future I'm bringing to fruition. Elation has no doubt been my first response when I find yourself face to face with myriad positive prospects today, but trying to remember that it is determined and decisive choices that are helping! <BR> <BR> The goals that energize us are often those that require us to face dire chall... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:06:50 EST We’re All in the Same Boat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x63430904 We are all on this earth together learning and teaching together in many different ways. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've come to the conclusion that we're all in the same boat. We just have different paddles, and perhaps we find ourselves on different rivers. We all live in human bodies. These are the vehicles in which we move through our world. We are all made of flesh, blood, and bone, with brains. hearts, and lungs to power us. Our paddles-the tools we use to move through the world-vary, as do the b... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:48:48 EST Are There Healthy Sugars? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63399916 Are There Healthy Sugars? Agave, honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup are all marketed as healthier alternatives to table sugar and other added sugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice. Is there any truth to those claims? <BR> <BR> Here are the facts. <BR> <BR> Alternative sweeteners, just like conventional sweeteners, add little nutritional value and contain substantial calories. Since some natural sweeteners undergo fewer processing steps than sugar (sucrose), t... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:33:06 EST Here’s to the happiest year of your life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x63390557 How can 2016 be the happiest year of your life? <BR> <BR> Be here now, and you'll be happy. <BR> <BR> Be here now means when you’re walking down the street, be on the street, and not listening to the commentary in your head. When you’re traveling in a car, be in the car, and not lost in the thoughts in your head. When someone is talking to you, listen to them, focus on what they’re saying, and stop listening to the narration inside your head. <BR> <BR> You don’t have to try to be ha... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:47:13 EST Being truly thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x63327876 Our gratitude deepens when we begin to be thankful for being alive during this time and living the life we are living. <BR> <BR> <BR> Often when we practice being thankful, we go through the process of counting our blessings, acknowledging the wonderful people, things and places that make up our reality. While it is fine to be grateful for the good fortune we have accumulated, true thankfulness stems from a powerful comprehension of the gift of simply being alive, and when we feel it, we fe... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 11:25:34 EST 8 Steps to Living a Nutritarian Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63273366 To be healthy, you must eat healthy. However, for most of us, there is an internal conflict—part of us wants to be healthy, but another part seeks pleasure without regard for the consequences. Fear of change and of giving up unhealthy foods that you like, and the temptation of unhealthy food choices can derail your best intentions. To establish a healthy diet, the key is to learn and practice until you instinctively prefer healthy foods. By following these 8 steps, you will be on your way to ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:09:22 EST THIS TOPIC HAS MOVED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x63269242 Starting January 12 those that choose to participate will weigh in and post their staring weight. Then once a week from there on in just state: <BR> Lost &amp; x number of pounds <BR> Nothing Lost <BR> Stayed The Same Sat, 26 Dec 2015 22:03:42 EST Nature is a mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x63266738 <BR> Nature is a mirror, inspiring and teaching us, deepening our sense of belonging in the world. Wherever you look, you can see that our patterns and the patterns of the natural world are the same. You can find this resonance in every form, from molecules to plants and animals and to planets. We live our lives according to the same principles as the trees, the mountains, the clouds, and the birds. <BR> <BR> We begin our lives in the womb, folded in on ourselves like the bud of a flower. W... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:18:52 EST Ten Best and Worst Foods for Health and Longevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63239897 <BR> <BR> Dr. Fuhrman is often asked for his list of the best foods to eat—the foods that contain the most micronutrients, phytochemicals and other health-promoting compounds. The foods on his “best” list strongly protect against cancer, favor longevity, and are the foods that he believes everyone should include in their diet on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> It is almost as challenging to take all the bad foods in the world and condense them down to the worst of the worst. Foods have the powe... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:53:20 EST Making The Perfect Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63229932 The holidays are here (when did THAT happen?) and you’re busy, busy, busy: juggling work, the kids, gift shopping, holiday parties, family gatherings and more. But no matter how much chaos is swirling around you, you can still take time to do one good thing for yourself every day: enjoy a delicious, healthful and satisfying salad. <BR> Dr. Fuhrman has put together a handy, informative infographic that makes it easy to build the perfect salad and create a delectable salad dressing. His simple ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:04:19 EST The holiday eating frenzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x63158910 <em>460</em> <BR> The holiday season is a joyous time when we celebrate with our family and friends. However, the festivities often present us with tough choices — tempting, unhealthy foods are everywhere. It has become accepted in our culture to use the holiday season as an excuse for a six-week binge on dangerous foods loaded with sugar, fat, and salt. <BR> <BR> Maybe overindulging while celebrating the holidays has left you feeling unhealthy and regretful in the past. When you are not ... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 20:34:12 EST When change comes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62984917 Two images, same location. Same camera, different filters. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/552091c1-e904-4861-a727-2996e736f549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df96f18f-62a1-46d6-a166-71ecff0d5ab1.jpg"> <BR> Life is like an open road, there are twists and turns, dangers on every side. Sometimes life is uphill and sometimes we coast. It's easier to coast, but when we need to do some climbing it takes a little more energy, at times a lot m... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:23:14 EST It's Not Always About You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62825912 Try not to take everything personally, things that people say and do don''t always have anything to do with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Every time you interact with others, you have the choice to listen to, acknowledge, and let go of their words, or you can take what they are saying personally. Taking things personally is often the result of perceiving a person's actions or words as an affront or slight. In order to take something personally, you must read negative intent in an individual's words o... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:06:18 EST Peeling Away the Layers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62792507 Like Trees Shedding Their Bark <BR> <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffe066db-501d-4485-9b8c-2fbbe2e31bd9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Like a tree our growth depends upon our ability to soften, loosen, and shed boundaries and defenses we no longer need. <BR> <BR> <BR> Trees grow up through their branches and down through their roots into the earth. They also grow wider with each passing year. As they do, they shed the bark that served to protect... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:35:45 EST Letting your light shine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62758645 At times, we’ve all wanted to crawl under a rock and hide away from the world. We may have preferred to be invisible rather than let other people see us or notice that we exist. This desire not to be seen often happens when we are feeling very hurt, angry, or simply weary of the world. And while we may console ourselves with the defense that we are shy, an introvert, or a loner, we may actually be hiding. <BR> <BR> When we hide and make believe that we are invisible, we can think that we no ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 21:07:20 EST They Said That Drinking Lemon Water In The Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62724724 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e8afd9a-ba43-4645-b365-013d3c2c9c05.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We often hear that consuming lemon water after wakening up in the morning is very healthy and beneficial, but not a lot of us are familiar with the real effects that this miraculous this drink has on our body. <BR> You should know that lemon juice has a high content of potassium, flavonoids, proteins, antioxidants, also vitamins B and C. Plus; it’s a strong antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inf... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:56:19 EST Nothing is Insurmountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62688646 There is nothing in your life that cannot be overcome; whatever the situation or problem, there is always a solution. <BR> <BR> <BR> When our next best course of action seems unclear, any dilemmas we face can appear insurmountable. Yet there is nothing we cannot overcome with time, persistence, focused thought, help, and faith. Whatever the situation or problem, there is always a solution. And if you remember to look within, even as you search around you for the “right” course of action, yo... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 20:58:45 EST Association with High-Salt Intake and Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62589140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c77f9bb5-392d-465f-805d-a95689c81d56.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wild RiceThe typical American’s sodium intake is 3,600 mg/day, which is more than double the maximum recommended by the American Heart Association (1,500 mg/day).1,2 Salt doesn’t contain calories, of course, but several studies have now found that a high-salt diet is associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight or obese. Earlier in 2015, in Chinese adults, the risk of overweight,... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:13:11 EST Speaking From Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x62536429 I'm sure we all have experiences with weight-loss we can share; what has worked what hasn't, what is presently working for you. In sharing our experiences we may help someone who is at a stand still, frustrated, even ready to give up. Rather than have that happen let's tell our stories! Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:22:19 EST Making it Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62509316 The universe is fully supportive of what you want, but it is up to you to go for it. <BR> <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives when all the signs seem to be pointing us in a particular direction. Our thoughts and dreams are echoed in the songs and stories we hear and the media we see. Maybe the message we are getting from the universe doesn’t even make sense in the “real” world, but somewhere inside, these urges feel right. Maybe you feel you are being told to move to a new city although ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:31:30 EST Embracing Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x62492206 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24a696e8-d69c-4af8-bbd6-db193c56e971.jpg"> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:53:55 EST Thin it to Win It Walking Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x62485439 A lot of us may have our limits to our levels of physical activity but do what we can. <BR> Each of us knows our limits but we also know how far we can push ourselves to over come those limits. <BR> Some of us already have a routine established whether it's 30-60 minutes a day 2-3 days a week, 5-6 days a week or more. <BR> It's all good. <BR> <BR> If your new to the team and participating and just starting out 30 minutes a day is great! For our more seasoned members participating you can con... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:27:33 EST My 7.5 mile walk to the cemetery and back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x62482778 Just Completed my 7.5 mile walk to the cemetery and back <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef8e3957-da5f-40ee-a3aa-53e9428ff920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88ea4233-cf38-46a6-9426-ffe5847ee09f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f2a28a4-6430-4e55-b238-e6ffa9c25c8c.jpg"> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:45:00 EST Letting Go with Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62481383 <BR> Letting Go with Forgiveness <BR> by Ana Holub <BR> <BR> Forgiveness is a very tender subject. It brings up a lot of memories, emotions and desire in most of us. <BR> <BR> Forgiveness truly is heart medicine. It involves the healing experience of Divine contact. The Divine has many names, including the Holy Spirit, the Divine Mother, Father God, Great Spirit, Nature, or the “peace that passeth all understanding.” Whenever I mention the word “Divine,” please substitute any name th... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:29:29 EST Get Out of Your Own Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x62441295 Unhindered Movement <BR> <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> We truly want to succeed but may be afraid so we subconsciously create circumstances to keep ourselves stuck. <BR> <BR> When you find yourself facing obstacles that appear to be blocking you from your goals, it is important to try not to get discouraged. It can be easy to feel “stuck” or that “life” is creating circumstances preventing you from getting what you want. And while it is easy to look at everyone and everything outside of... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:13:25 EST The power of superior nutrition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62435194 Melissa's son Madison no longer has asthma flare-ups, before he had to use his inhaler on a daily basis <BR> Melissa <BR> <BR> “We thought we were doing our best to feed our boys healthy foods. Their diet used to consist of cereal with milk, yogurt, cheese sticks, turkey and cheese sandwiches, school lunches, lunchables, and meat, every day. They had vegetables with dinner and fruit desserts. However, after reading Disease Proof Your Child we knew we could be doing so much better. <BR> <BR... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:24:18 EST Apple-Escarole Salad with Gorgonzola and Walnuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62429259 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8aeabe5b-7624-41b5-bf29-4de85740742f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This salad is full of distinct, strong flavors. It's a great way to get new greens onto your plate. <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 12 <BR> Number of Servings: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, quartered and sliced horizontally (1/4 inch slices) <BR> 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles <BR> 1/4 cup walnuts halves <BR> 1 head esc... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 16:29:33 EST Overcoming Self-Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62428938 Overcoming self-sabotage is one of the most exciting conversations you will ever have, because on the other side of it is the emotional freedom and depth of joy that you were born to have. And the process of breaking through denial, facing your fear, anger, and other difficult emotions, and making peace with your pain is going to lead - step by step - to an ending of the internal war with yourself so that you can step fully into the greatest expression of yourself. So let's begin... <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:22:26 EST Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62408236 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0efb4be-4727-4b0f-b3d1-1dfa1e4db860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 25 minutes <BR> Cook Time: 30 minutes <BR> Total Time: 55 minutes <BR> Yield: 8 boats <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 large zucchini <BR> <BR> 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed <BR> <BR> 1 cup cooked brown rice <BR> <BR> 1 cup salsa (use your preferred level of spiciness) <BR> <BR> 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced <BR> <BR> 1/2 red onion, diced <BR> <BR>... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:31:30 EST The importance of antioxidants. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62361267 Question: I hear and read a lot about the importance of antioxidants. I am still a little unsure however, about what they actually are, what they do, and why we need them. <BR> <BR> Answer: Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, which make them unstable and highly reactive. Antioxidants are substances that prevent free radicals from damaging DNA, proteins and lipids in the body. This is important for our health since free radical damage (or oxidative damage) to the healthy ce... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:04:24 EST Can I Really Eat All Day and Lose Weight? Well No. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62343381 It is well known that in recent years, restaurant portion sizes have steadily increased, and many single meals at fast food outlets and restaurants pack in enough calories for an entire day. Overall in the U.S., we are surrounded by calorie-dense food all the time. Today, we eat more and more often than we did 20 or 30 years ago. We eat constantly. Calorie-dense, nutrient-poor snacks are everywhere. And many of our beverages contain enough calories to be meals in themselves. <BR> <BR> Howeve... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:53:16 EST Trouble Sticking to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62279442 Exercise is hard, even for those of us who do it on a regular basis. One reason we can stick to it is implementing a few little hacks that give us one less reason to skip our workouts. I've got some fitness hacks to help you out. <BR> <BR> I know quite a few people who already walk around in workout clothes all day long It's one of my husband's pet peeves. LOL He floated the question, "Do women automatically get a pair of yoga pants when they turn a certain age?" I could tell him, but t... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:07:12 EST Debunking the Anti-Soy Myths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62262651 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ac68260-3d1e-48aa-aa78-ea529d34b2e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Despite the abundance of scientific evidence demonstrating the benefits of whole soy foods, many people have been scared off from healthful foods like edamame by anti-soy propaganda (lacking responsible scientific integrity) that continues to float around the internet. <BR> <BR> It is true that the nutrient-depleted isolated soy in protein powders and processed foods is likely problematic.... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:23:16 EST 21 Brilliant Kitchen Hacks To Keep Your Food Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62241143 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/add1ad1c-5053-4443-8d80-58493fe7b536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whether you're trying to stretch out your weekly grocery trip, or are just plain tired of trying to prep for your meals and finding moldy food past its prime, there are a few tried and true tricks that could help you out in your kitchen endeavors. It's as simple as storing your food just a little bit differently, or maybe taking the extra step to rinse your berries, but soon enough, you'll f... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:41:53 EST Add An Emoticon For Exercising Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62225607 Post an Emoiticon if you exercised for 10 minutes or more Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:46:00 EST Weight Loss Journey - Talk It Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62224868 Come in and share <BR> <BR> What are you struggling with along the way? <BR> What have been your successes|? <BR> What's been working for you? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:11:10 EST A Summertime Treat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62200212 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b75719ee-776f-44ea-af72-2a3181ccf7dc.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream <BR> Cocoa powder and cherries make a winning combination. They taste great together and both are packed with powerful antioxidants. Cherries contain anti-inflammatory anthocyanins and cocoa contains heart-healthy flavanols. <BR> <BR> Serves: 2 <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk <BR> 1 tablespoon natural, non-alkalized cocoa ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 17:11:37 EST Obtaining The Best Skin Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62197453 Have you ever noticed that the most coveted style for models and celebrities is a “no-makeup” look? Except for special occasions, like runway or awards shows, most strive to look natural, refreshed and flawless. In our culture, there is a huge emphasis placed on dewy complexions, smooth, glowing skin, clear eyes, and so on. But while a skilled makeup artist can mask many imperfections, there’s no getting away from the fact that what you look like on the outside is a direct reflection of your ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:47:33 EST What's Your Story? Why are You Here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x62076463 Hello to you all. My story is typical. I'm a wife and mother of 2 young men. I have been struggling with my weight for far too long. My problem is consistency. I have great starts. But after the initial phase of a new exercise program or some new diet, things start to go back to usually. Why am I here? I read some of the messages and this group seems like a good fit. Everyone has similar goals, and seem motivated to stay on the journey. I'm at a point in my life in which I want to do better a... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:54:41 EST Ten Best and Worst Foods for Health and Longevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x62003487 I am often asked for my list of the best foods to eat — the foods that contain the most micronutrients, phytochemicals and other health-promoting compounds. People want to know which high-nutrient foods provide the keys to optimum health and longevity. They are searching for a simple answer to the question, “What should I eat to reach my ideal weight, achieve immunity to disease and feel my best every day?” <BR> <BR> It is difficult to squeeze all the nutrient dense, health promoting foods i... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:24:11 EST The Benefits of Berries, Cherries and Pomegranates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x61896689 Berries, cherries and pomegranates are powerful, health promoting foods—and I recommend including one of the three in your daily diet. <BR> <BR> What makes berries, cherries and pomegranates unique and beneficial? Berries and cherries are high in nutrients, phytochemicals, and fiber—all of which protect your health. Notably, berries have the highest nutrient-to-calorie ratio of all fruits. <BR> <BR> Berries, cherries and pomegranates are full of beneficial phytochemicals, many of which act ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:48:56 EST Unblocking Subconscious Blocks To Weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x61864548 There are many wonderful tools for clearing our energy or releasing blocks. <BR> <BR> “Our genes dance with our awareness. Our emotions and behavior have the power to shape our biology. This awareness can make a critical difference in health and longevity.” C. Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> An intention to lose weight may come from our conscious awareness. We aren't happy when we look in the mirror or get dressed in the morning. We don't feel good in our bodies, have low energy, may eve... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:03:23 EST Mushrooms support the immune system http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x61803103 Mushroom phytochemicals, such as beta-glucan enhance the activity of, several different types of immune cells including natural killer cells, which attack and destroy virus-infected and cancerous cells. The immune-enhancing actions of mushrooms are thought to help the body to more effectively attack microbial invaders and developing tumors.1,2,3 According to a study on healthy volunteers who ate mushrooms daily, mushrooms may also help to prevent respiratory infections by improving the produc... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:03:59 EST Overcoming Discouragements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61756777 Life is full of failures (which I would much rather call unfinished non-accomplishements), rejection and heaven knows each and every one of us has had more than our fair share of discouragements. I believe that the difference in how persistent people are often comes down to how we handle and deal with the discouragement. While some people are able to immediately pick themselves up, brush themselves off, others enter a negative cycle of thoughts that persists for weeks, months or even years. <... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:34:34 EST The Effects Of Negative Emotions On Our Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61750213 Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Conversely, if your body releases cortisol ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:46:30 EST Your Weight Loss Journey Begins Here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x61668090 The Nutritarian approach is a lifestyle plan focused on adopting a high-nutrient eating style to achieve or restore the body to excellent health. Following this type of diet style makes it easy to attain substantial weight loss and maintain it forever. It is the roadmap to dramatically reverse heart disease, radically drop cholesterol and triglycerides levels, and get rid of Type 2 diabetes as well as all of the associated medications commonly prescribed to control these diseases. It can also... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:04:00 EST What's The One Thing...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x61628201 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49cb4747-af8a-4ec3-b497-5689dfaba8d4.jpg"> Sat, 30 May 2015 16:35:18 EST Habits Some Good Some Not So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x61628133 We all have formed habits throughout the years. <BR> Some good, some not so good. <BR> And as they say, old habits are hard to break. <BR> <BR> Which of your not so good habits need changing? <BR> <BR> Which of your not so good habits are you working on to change? Sat, 30 May 2015 16:29:42 EST Ways to Deal with Toxic Attitudes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61627689 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03838401-8c72-42ec-9f35-4bac29942564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dealing with difficult attitudes from others is a sure path to patience, compassion and kindness… <BR> <BR> The seemingly abundant challenges in the world today breed a lot of angry, self-serving, negative attitudes (unfortunately). Some choose to use the obstacles they face as opportunities to grow and learn, but many take a different route and inflict their bad moods on others. If you ar... Sat, 30 May 2015 15:38:24 EST Things to Remember When Everything Falls Apart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61622003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23e5b4a3-130b-4e7c-b52a-4e183b1317a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> In this story book of life, things rarely go as planned. However, the hiccups along the way serve as valuable lessons in our evolution as spiritual beings. Also, the challenges we meet help us appreciate the victories even more, and give us perspective on the beauty within those difficult times... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:34:38 EST When We Practice Self-Love and Self-Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61620861 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/006ad555-8ef5-4756-acff-2f3fad84a1eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Self-love and self-care aren’t about being self-centered and selfish. They’re not about a “me, me, me” mentality. They’re not about fighting against the world to express ourselves or to get what we want. Self-love and self-care are about loving ourselves for who we are and taking the time to care for ourselves. What would you love about yourself if there was no little voice of self-doubt buz... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:11:43 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61613554 Our lives are rich with potential sources of happiness, but sometimes we become victims of negative thinking because we believe that focusing on all that has gone wrong will provide us with the motivation we need to face the challenges of survival. When we choose to focus on what makes us happy, however, a shift occurs in the fabric of our existence. Finding something to be happy about every single day can help this shift take place. The vantage points from which we view the world are brought... Thu, 28 May 2015 22:55:46 EST Things 2 Remember When Negative Energy Surrounds U http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61612830 Negativity can affect every area of your life. Identifying negative energy and thought patterns are an important part of challenging yourself and those around you to a more realistic viewpoint. It can improve your relationships and your overall outlook on life. <BR> <BR> Keep these things in mind when you find yourself surrounded by negative energy and use them to help you move out of the negative space. <BR> <BR> Find the Source of the Negative Energy <BR> <BR> Question your thoughts and ... Thu, 28 May 2015 21:31:37 EST Recipe for chronic pain relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61568128 Ginger Ale – <BR> by BestHH · November 18, 2014 <BR> <BR> In traditional holistic medicine ginger is often used in the treatment of different health conditions, ranging from nausea to pain. Ginger has the power to reduce nausea and vomiting, but that’s not all. <BR> <BR> The list of its benefits seems to be never-ending. For more than 2,000 years, Chinese have used ginger to treat nausea, stomach problems, arthritis, heart diseases and disorders. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:25:55 EST Nuts & Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x61561254 Nuts & Seeds <BR> <BR> Nuts and seeds are healthful, natural foods that are full of beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals. Although the myth that nuts and seeds are fattening has persisted, the research suggests that nuts are actually beneficial for weight loss. In any case, it’s not the fat content of a diet that makes it healthy, it’s the nutrient content. And based on their nutrient content, nuts are a health-promoting source of calories. <BR> <BR> Nuts and seeds are nutritionally impo... Fri, 22 May 2015 20:14:40 EST Make Salad the Main Dish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x61544504 For years, I have recommended making the salad the main dish, and here’s why: <BR> <BR> Eating large salads is an effective weight-loss strategy. Raw leafy greens contain less than 100 calories per pound, so you can eat huge quantities of these healthful foods with almost no caloric impact. Leafy greens and other raw vegetables are bulky and rich in fiber, which promotes satiety and blunts appetite. For those who desire to lose large amounts of weight, eating a large salad at the start of lu... Wed, 20 May 2015 20:48:19 EST Not Motivated to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x61524868 Not Motivated to Exercise? Maybe You Need to Change Your Mind <BR> If you find yourself feeling really unmotivated to exercise, it may be because your dog is lazy and doesn't want to go for a walk. Or maybe that's why I'm not motivated. <BR> <BR> Why you're not motivated may be due to other issues. Maybe it's the way you look at your workout - As something to dread rather than something to look forward to. Or maybe it's just been awhile since you've worked out and you're having trouble getti... Mon, 18 May 2015 18:53:47 EST All natural back pain relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61521165 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f04a47d3-503b-4d0a-9ca4-bc1178ffb107.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In modern times, back pain has become one of the most common ailments. It occurs as a result of sedentary lifestyle, improper or strenuous physical activity, and even mentally stressful working conditions. <BR> <BR> Its treatment involves expensive massages and alternative treatments, but many experts also suggest increasing the consumption of natural, organic ingredients that provide... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:12:28 EST 7 Effective Ways to Manage Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x61520801 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/148c8110-19c9-4abb-a8a6-35e67cd712f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” – Eckhart Tolle, author of “The Power of Now” <BR> <BR> The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts ... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:31:53 EST Kick Your Sugar Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60896758 Sugar is the new fat. It’s everywhere—flour, added sweeteners—and on average, we gobble down a pound of it every day. Cut it out and, instead, enjoy endless health benefits like weight loss, increased energy and clearer skin. <BR> <BR> 9 Ways To Use Coconut To Kick Your Sugar Habit <BR> <BR> Coconut oil is mostly made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which produce a whole host of health benefits. They’re small enough to easily permeate cell membranes, do not require special enzymes t... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:51:34 EST 8 Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60748824 Almost 50% of American adults have total cholesterol levels above 200 mg/dl, placing them at risk for cardiovascular disease – elevated cholesterol is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease.1 Elevated cholesterol is also associated with increased risk of several cancers. <BR> <BR> A high-nutrient diet is by far the most effective method of reducing cholesterol while avoiding side effects. A dietary intervention study using my recommended eating style found that LDL choleste... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:22:13 EST Green Vegetables Protect the Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60573333 Green leafy vegetables are superior to other foods in their nutrient density, and unsurprisingly, greater intake of leafy greens is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Greater consumption of cruciferous vegetables (a family of vegetables known for their anti-cancer effects, it includes many leafy greens such as kale, cabbage and bok choy), are similarly associated with lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and from all causes <BR> <BR> <link>www.drfuhrman.com/... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:04:46 EST Stroke Prevention: Hold the Franks, Have the Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60552775 Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death and about 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year. But, the good news is eating a nutrient-rich diet can help to prevent the most common type of stroke! <BR> <BR> In fact, there have been countless studies on dietary factors and their relationship to stroke risk, and within the past few years, new meta-analyses have strengthened these dietary links. In particular, higher fiber intake, from eating foods such as beans, lentils, cooke... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:34:39 EST 8 STEPS TO OPTIMAL HEALTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60517252 <BR> 8 STEPS TO BECOMING A NUTRITARIAN AND SUSTAINING PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS FIGHTING CANCER AND OTHER HEALTH ISSUES <BR> <BR> To be healthy, you must eat healthfully. However, for most of us, there is an internal conflict—part of us wants to be healthy, but another part seeks pleasure without regard for the consequences. Fear of change and of giving up unhealthy foods that you like, and the temptation of unhealthy food choices can derail your best intentions. To establish a healthy diet, th... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:45:39 EST Why a Nutritarian Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60402770 Not only for those who are overweight, the Nutritarian diet is also for anyone who wants to protect or recover their health and live much longer. The key to this revolutionary diet style is the idea of nutrient density, as expressed by the simple formula: Health = Nutrients/Calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories is high, fat melts away, and health is restored. Losing 15 pounds in two to three weeks is just the beginning. <BR> <BR> When the ratio of nutrients to calories is high, f... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:56:02 EST Benefits of following the Nutritarian Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60402709 The Nutritarian diet is not a program with tricks or gimmicks. It takes time to gain mastery over this body of knowledge, but once you have an understanding, it becomes easy to gain control of your weight, earn back excellent health and enjoy your life to the fullest. <BR> <BR> The benefits of following the Nutritarian diet are numerous and life-changing. By following the Nutritarian diet, it is possible to: <BR> <BR> Achieve your ideal weight <BR> Improve your overall health <BR> ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:50:32 EST Make This The Best Year Of Your Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x60281372 Welcome to the best year of your life! This year is all about falling deeply and passionately in love – with yourself. You may wonder what loving yourself has to do with creating your best life. Well, in a word, everything! I can tell you that loving yourself is the most essential prerequisite to living your best life. When you feel great about who you are, you radiate an undeniable magnetic energy that attracts all the things you desire to you. <BR> <BR> People you've been meaning to call "... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:13:30 EST Go Gluten-free to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60259366 Gluten-freePopular diet books are blaming wheat (or gluten, which is the major protein in wheat) for the epidemic of obesity. First it was low-fat, then low-carb, and now gluten-free diets are being promoted as the “magic bullet” for weight loss. <BR> <BR> Wheat has been blamed for obesity because there has been an increase in wheat flour products concomitant with the rise in obesity over the past 40 years. However, it is clear that one food alone cannot explain or be responsible for the ris... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:28:26 EST Sugar Addiction: As fatal as Cocaine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x60211703 <link>/www.facebook.com/video.php?v=292990<BR>907535892&fref=nf </link> <BR> <BR> For those who are not FB members <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=71j8TPwkTQE </link> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 15:00:47 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x60013364 Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:56 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x59891921 I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:51 EST From the top of a mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x58494404 From the top of a mountain, we are able to witness life from a different perspective bringing us a new awareness. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mountains have always captured my imagination, calling to me to scale their heights, to circle and worship at their feet, and to pay homage to their greatness. Mountains can be seen from thousands of miles in the distance, and if we are lucky enough to be on top of one, we can see great stretches of the world that surrounds us. Mountains symbolize vision, the abil... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:09:18 EST When to IGNORE the scales! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x58483613 We all fight with this one and so many times become discouraged by it SO here are some most valuable tips! <BR> <BR> The scale can be a valuable tool in any weight-loss journey. It can tell you where you started and help you track your progress. It's the tool people use most as a measure of success--or failure. <BR> <BR> As useful as the scale can be, don't forget that it's just one tool you can use, not the only tool. It's entirely possible for those numbers not to budge, but you find your... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:19:30 EST The More we Know Equals Probability of Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x58224955 I know we've all been here and through this for quite sometime and most of us ver and over again But today I am personally inviting every one of you to join me in making this a personal crusade in tackling obesity! <BR> The more information we have in our hands helps take back control of not only our weight; the physical body, but will also effect our minds: thought process and spiritual aspects of our lives. All three working together in harmony both gains and sustains that weight-loss free... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:34:29 EST Getting Real About Our Health & Weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x58224685 My name is Gayle AKA NOMORESTALLING and for most of my life, I have had a really cockamamie relationship with food. I've tried and failed at so many of the diets on the market. Consequently, I've lost and gained hundreds of pounds. I've kept four different sizes of clothing in my closet, and felt tremendous shame and sadness about my relationship with food and inability to keep my weight in line. <BR> Now, finally after following the wisdom of both Dr Phil's 7 Keys : The Ultimate Weigh... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:58:54 EST Quick & Sustained Weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x58224652 Lose Weight Fast? <BR> <BR> We've always been told losing it slow is the best probability in sustaining weightless. <BR> Not so! <BR> <BR> Eating to gain more nutrients for each calorie we consume is the key to superior health and the prevention of the common diseases and the common causes of death in modern societies. <BR> <BR> Dr. Fuhrman/ETL Background and Weight Loss Success: <BR> <BR> When I began my medical practice in 1992 as a specialist in nutrition, I focused my attention on i... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:51:59 EST Sparks changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x57796890 Hello team! <BR> <BR> We hope that everyone had a lovely weekend. As you may know, SparkPeople launched many changes to the look and functionality of the Team Pages last week. Many people around SparkPeople were disappointed to see some of the old features disappear, but were happy to see that SparkPeople decided to restore the Recent Member Blogs feature so quickly--an important tool for staying in touch with other members of our teams. <BR> <BR> Many people have also expressed concerns ... Wed, 7 May 2014 22:07:27 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x57627823 Hello! <BR> My name is Rose Ann. I am 50 years old and joined this team to get some inspiration, motivation and accountability on my weight loss journey. I am looking forward to meeting some new friends. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:04:32 EST Once upon a time, I was healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x57532858 Once upon a time, I was healthy; at least I thought I was. <BR> <BR> Sure, I lacked enough energy to get me through the day, but with all the commercials on TV touting energy drinks for America’s tired masses, I always assumed I wasn’t the only one suffering. And sure, everyone in my family dreaded the coming cold and flu season, but again, I thought come January everyone develops some degree of germophobia. <BR> <BR> At least, that’s what I thought until I heard some disturbing new infor... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:21:40 EST Toxic Sugar Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x57407662 Describes the destructive effects of sugar and how to lose weight quickly simply by eliminating sugar from your diet. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_3e<BR>m-EBVTQ&app=desktop </link> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:23:58 EST How Toxic is sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x57400547 Evidence that sugar is indeed toxic continues to grow - sadly, as does the global health crisis, from obesity and diabetes to cancer! It's time to block the harmful effects of too much sugar and increase the level of nutrients now missing from food... <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n29ZIJ-jQA </link> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:06:24 EST Greens and There Benefits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x57397195 Food Concept: Greens <BR> Green vegetables are the foods most missing in modern diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system. They are especially good for city people who rarely see fields of green in open countryside. Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal, refresh... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:41:17 EST The Game of Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x57388862 The object of the game is laughter. The answers can be as outrageous or as straight forward as you like. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:12:00 EST Does it have to be like this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x57098071 Why have we made exercising -- at least the way we do it in the places that have come to be known as "health clubs" -- such an awful experience? It's a question I had time to mull recently. <BR> It seems that gyms have become temples of physical well-being, with their bright lights, loud thumping music, uncomfortable furniture and machines that seem to have been designed by sadists, and populated by people who often seem miserable, joylessly going through the strenuous motions so they can ch... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:07:01 EST Name something that reminds you of spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x56978419 In alphabetical order name something that reminds you of spring <BR> <BR> April Showers <em>27</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:35:45 EST How Are You Doing With Your New Year's Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56594778 January Is Almost Over - How Are You Doing With Your New Year's Goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> 2014 is well under way and I'm happy to say that I am feeling happy, healthy than ever - yes my recipes helped get me there - but sometimes you need a little mental or emotional support as well. Mental and emotional health are just as important and a huge factor in loving your body and ensuring every bite you take is healthful can be hard to do on your own all the time. <BR> <BR> I often get emails from ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:50:44 EST How do we get and stay motivated to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56352805 How do we get and stay motivated to exercise? <BR> <BR> This question is one that's tried to be answered so many times, I've lost count. After all that thinking and writing and writing and thinking, I know one important thing about motivation: It isn't something that's just going to happen. <BR> <BR> Motivation is kind of like getting your husband to put his dirty clothes into th hamper...you have to work for it in one way or another. In other words, you can't wait until you feel like ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:32:46 EST FOR ONE WEEK because I know I deserve it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x56235758 We need to be proud of ourselves and realize that right now, today, we start a new positive chapter in our lives that will permeate how we feel in all areas of our world. I am excited for you! Be excited for you! <BR> <BR> I am committing to my success! <BR> <BR> Starting on this day, Sunday January 5th 2014, I, NOMORESTALLING , agree that I will dedicate my time and action for one week to realizing my goal to Optimal Health and Weightloss! I commit to use my passion and the Tools available... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:48:34 EST THE IMPORTANCE OF GOAL SETTING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x56230609 <BR> <BR> Source http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html#sthash<BR>.8dqz4Wt9.dpuf Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:56:51 EST THIN-IT- 2-WIN-IT EXERCISE CHALLENGE 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18562x19627x56230170 A lot of us may have our limits to our levels of physical activity but do what we can. <BR> Each of us knows our limits but we also know how far we can push ourselves to over come those limits. <BR> Some of us already have a routine established whether it's 30-60 minutes a day 2-3 days a week, 5-6 days a week or more. <BR> It's all good. <BR> <BR> If your new to the team and participating and just starting out 30 minutes a day is great! For our more seasoned members participating you can con... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:26:03 EST Goal Motivators http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56206528 List the most important reasons you've set the goals listed above. For example, "I want to be a role model for my kids," or "I want to live a longer, healthier life," or "Vacation is coming!" Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:14:50 EST Completed Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56206522 List any accomplishments, small or big, that you have reached recently as a reminder that you can do anything you set your mind to! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:14:16 EST Short-Term Action Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56206517 List all of the specific steps you will take within the next month to reach your long-term goals. Be as specific as possible. For example, "I will exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5 times per week," or "I will eat within my recommended calorie range each day," or "I will eat heart-healthy salmon 3 times per week." Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:13:42 EST Long-Term Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56206513 Add 2-5 long-term goals that will take 6 months or more to reach. Be specific (include dates, measures, time and details). For example: "I will lose 50 pounds by my next birthday," or "I will complete a 5K by June 30," or "I will reduce my total cholesterol by 20 points before my next physical." Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:13:04 EST The Benefits of Regular Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56158935 There was a time when experts said to stay off the scale—it can be discouraging. But after studying 3,500 individuals from the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) who've maintained 60 or more pounds of weight loss for at least a year, researchers found that 44 percent weighed themselves daily. <BR> <BR> Unhealthy obsession? No, says James Hill, Ph.D., NWCR cofounder and director of the center for human nutrition at the University of Colorado. "They use it as an early warning system for p... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:29:43 EST Raw vs. Cooked – Which is Better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56157489 While there are plenty of benefits to eating raw fruits and vegetables such as their anti-cancer properties and positive effects on longevity, are there any advantages to eating a strictly raw diet and excluding all cooked foods? The answer is NO! In this article, find out why eating only raw foods can actually be a disadvantage and learn the best ways to get the most nutrients out of the foods you are eating. <BR> <BR> <link>www.drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?<BR>sid=16&qindex=4 </link>... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:19:20 EST Today I dream... I ponder... I muse... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x56115554 What are you dreaming about for 2014? I like the idea of *dreaming* about what I want next year. Dreaming feels relaxed and effortless, the kind of diffused energy that's far more powerful than pushing and striving (my old way of achieving goals). Today I dream... I ponder... I muse... And I'm filled with the peaceful anticipation of what Life has in store for me next. Tell me what you're dreaming about for 2014 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:25:08 EST Stick to Getting Fit in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56097407 Is your New Year's plan to shed some pounds, or the last of the weight remaining, but you tend to bail on workouts? Try these five simple ways to overcome excuses and reach your goal. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sharecare.com/videos/5-Ways-to-F<BR>ind-Time-to-Exercise-1833055622001-196<BR>5910470001?eid=1010699643&memberid=323<BR>38005&_sid=afa8d4ad-59f5-4067-a5b9-05f<BR>b9ff20530&#cmpid=sceml00 </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:37:24 EST Fast and Sustained Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56073953 Fast and Sustained Weight Loss: Why Lose the Weight Fast? <BR> Eating to gain more nutrients for each calorie we consume is the key to superior health and the prevention of the common diseases and the common causes of death in modern societies. <BR> <BR> Dr. Fuhrman/ETL Background and Weight Loss Success <BR> <BR> When I began my medical practice in 1992 as a specialist in nutrition, I focused my attention on individuals who were looking for nutritional intervention as a means of reversing ... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:44:41 EST Two Words Duck Dynasty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x56071018 Duck Dynasty, any opinions? <BR> About the show? About recent events? Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:44:37 EST Its Just ONE Meal. How Bad Could It Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x56017148 Sorry folks Not to put a downer on your festivities for the holiday season but I had to put this out there not just because it's Christmas or for any other special occasion we celebrate throughout the year. This should be thought about 24/7 <BR> It made me put the brakes on and think about re-planning my holiday meal! <BR> Because if we're really honest with ourselves, how many of us stop at ONE meal? There's all the side treats; ordourves and desserts....at every get together and outing. <BR... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:30:41 EST Favorite part about the &#8234;&#82 06;holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x55991406 What's your favorite part about the &#8234;&#8206;holidays&#8236; that doesn't involve food? Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:36:29 EST Juicing vs.Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55961638 Vegetable juices and green smoothies help to get more leafy greens into your diet. Is one or the other better for weight loss? For maximizing micronutrient absorption? Is it better to chew your leafy greens in a salad? <BR> <BR> Green JuiceVegetable juices and green smoothies (also called blended salads) both have a place in the Nutritarian diet. Both are great ways to get more raw leafy greens into your diet, in addition to your usual salads. <BR> <BR> Satiety and blood glucose <BR> A gre... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:35:47 EST December Fun!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x55888252 My ankle is healed!!! I am back in to plyometrics! I'm doing a happy dance!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:01:44 EST Think Twice about White Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55800764 In the past, white rice was looked upon as a healthful, low fat staple of a vegetarian diet. However, as knowledge has progressed we have learned that white rice is not healthful, — it is a high-glycemic, low-nutrient, disease-causing food. Dr. Fuhrman discusses studies on the link between white rice consumption and risk of diabetes <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/wh<BR>iterice_diabetes.aspx </link> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 01:18:58 EST IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE WISH.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19627x55778804 If you could have just one wish come true, what would it be? What can you do to make it happen for real? Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:24:23 EST Holidays and weight gain Got it covered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55768935 It's that time of year, y'all. The time in which I use words like 'surviving' and 'weight gain' and 'holidays' in the titles of my newsletters. The time in which I invoke the horrifying phrase 'turkey butt' and I ask you annoying questions like: "How will you stay fit over the holidays?" <BR> <BR> I can't really stop the holiday weight train, but I can help you stop the holiday weight gain train. <BR> <BR> Yes,,,I'm a poet and didn't know it. <BR> <BR> We all know that with Thanksgivi... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:08:57 EST Turns out mom was right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55740554 Anti-Cancer Foods: Cruciferous Vegetables <BR> <BR> Turns out mom was right when she always told you to “Eat Your Broccoli!” <BR> <BR> All vegetables are nutrient rich and promote good health, but green cruciferous vegetables (like kale, broccoli, and bok choy) have the highest nutrient density scores and are associated with the most substantial health benefits. Why is that? In addition to vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, cruciferous vegetables contain an exclusive class of phytochemic... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:33:51 EST What’s Your Jack Daniels? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55628274 We all have our vices don't we? <BR> <BR> Here's a lady who has it down cold. <BR> <BR> Every year since 2008, I’ve made it my mission, once a year, to re-read Drunkard, written by Neil Steinberg. For those of you who know my story, reading that book was one of my ‘turning point’ moments, because it demolished my concrete wall of denial. It forced me to face the ugliness of food addiction head on...smack-in-the-face, kind of head on. <BR> <BR> Every time that I’ve read it something new pop... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:19:58 EST 10 ways to curb conquer and control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55614898 Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. ~ Mahatma Ghandi <BR> <BR> Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen. <BR> <BR> How are you on this most amazing day? "What's amazing about it," you ask? Well, for one thing, the sun, the clouds, the wind, the birds, the air, the water--all elements are freely flowing--a... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:55:43 EST Do you like what you see in the mirror? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55599262 We all want to look our best, but a healthy body is not always linked to appearance. In fact, healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes! Changing our body image means changing the way we think about our body. <BR> <BR> When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? <BR> <BR> Do you see a positive or negative image? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:20:35 EST The Positive Side of Negative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4387x19627x55590682 <BR> “People have always treated failure like an infection and believe that if they spend too much time thinking about it they will ‘catch’ it, when in fact the reverse can be true,” <BR> <BR> “Come on, give me a smile!” <BR> You're all wondering where in the world is SHE going with this now!? <BR> <BR> Hang on you'll see. <BR> <BR> Somewhere along the way, positive thinking became the holy grail of self-help <BR> says Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:22:13 EST My OWN wake-up call! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x19627x55576632 In the summer of 2010, I made the firm decision to follow the nutritarian diet-style. At that time I was 49-years-old and suffered from severe food addiction, obesity, pre-diabetes, heart disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, shortness of breath; Asthma, hypertension, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, bloating, brain fog, severe low back and leg pain due to Arthritis. I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without needing to stop numerous times to catch my breath, and the extra weight was causing ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 18:47:11 EST What do you do to make your workouts more fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55519268 I'm going to put together two words that may shock you: 'Workout' and 'fun.' Specifically: Can working out be fun? It's the kind of question that won't work for multiple choice tests (my favorite kind). After all, it all depends on your definition of 'workout' and your definition of 'fun.' <BR> <BR> exercise, like chocolate, can solve a multitude of problems. It can make you smarter and give you more energy. It can increase your confidence and help you feel good about yourself. It can ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:13:01 EST Fill in the blank........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4462x19627x55388379 Fill in the blank: My biggest hurdle to weight loss right now is ___________________. Then, come up with at least one solution for overcoming it! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:18:05 EST