SparkPeople The Mediterranean Way Team Messageboard The Mediterranean diet is different. Instead of focusing on what you can't have, it focuses on what you can have -- the very best, freshest, healthiest foods. SparkPeople The Mediterranean Way Team Messageboard Have Not Been On in Years Now I would like to start again and lose at least 20 lbs.I was wondering how Weight Watchers differs that SparkPeople. My sister swears by this. Mon, 28 Dec 2020 13:43:04 EST Read and Ejoy Following the Mediterranean diet has proven to be one of the healthiest choices for weight loss. Most importantly, one more stick to it that is not to say you can't have a cannoli now and then. <em>4</em> <BR> <link><BR>mediterranean-diet </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2020 12:35:34 EST What is Your Favorite Mediterranean Meal or Snack? Lightly stir-fired veggies with Locatelli Romano cheese. Fri, 5 Jun 2020 14:39:29 EST Summer 2020...any plans? I am waiting patiently for my family visit. Just a few more weeks! <em>321</em> <BR> ~Resa Fri, 5 Jun 2020 14:31:45 EST Health & Fitness Articles 5 Healthy Habits You Should Steal From the Pros <BR> <BR> Updated: <BR> <link><BR>/wellness_articles.asp?id=2412 </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:15:20 EST Anyone want to chat Mediterranean style :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be fun to have a thread where we could all meet, greet and share stories. <BR> <BR> Me first! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I live in the Philippines. It's the farthest from the Mediterranean style of eating you can get. Lol. But I've managed to convert my Filipino family to a broad selection of available foods typical to the Mediterranean anyway. It's all in the way I cook. Instead of vegetable oil, I use olive oil. I've just moved here permanently so it will... Tue, 30 Jul 2019 18:09:56 EST Great News about Eggs! Read all and let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/01/13-things-that-happen-to-your-body<BR>-when-you-eat-eggs/?src=fbfan_59338&am<BR>p;t=fbunpub_homeremedies&amp;up=201708<BR>23&amp;fbclid=IwAR1sRyDTq9EathCbo44ayK<BR>_sl1e76eejeyP44FNnxS3JuxGdn40gUYIjscg </link> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:57:39 EST Fun and Light Sweets! Make a post of your ideas and ENJOY! Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:14:50 EST WOW... Mediterranean food chart Take a look! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>editerranean-diet-infographic/ </link> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:17:00 EST SP Pick A Challenge A nice way to keep on track and you make the choice to make some changes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge.asp </link> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Wed, 9 Jan 2019 13:55:45 EST Smart Goal Setting Worksheet Get it here, and thanks Golfchick! <BR> <BR> You can update it now and then. Feel free to post comments on successes and shortcomings. We are here to help. <BR> <BR> <link>Smart Goal Setting Worksheet esource/SMARTgoalsWS-NN.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Fri, 4 Jan 2019 17:36:18 EST Wellness Tips Wellness Tip <BR> January 4, 2019 <BR> <BR> Working 24/7? For better health, draw a clear line between work and non-work life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ls/DailyTip/Pages/dailytip.aspx?td=01/<BR>04/2019 </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2019 10:58:34 EST Don't be Shy: Sugar Cravings & Solutions Good: I have some black cherry greek yogurt with pieces of dark chocolate. It tastes more fattening! <BR> <BR> Bad: Cannnoli with chocolate chips once in a while (ouch) <BR> <BR> ~Resa Fri, 4 Jan 2019 10:48:27 EST What are your goals and challenges for 2019? What will be new and what will be different? <BR> For me I need to be more consistent with my exercise and grow in endurance and intensity. <BR> I tried to stick with the Mediterranean way of eating and have lots of veggies at lunch and dinner. <BR> <BR> I love to bake some potatoes and lots of vegetables seasoned with herbs. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 4 Jan 2019 07:51:12 EST 1000s of Recipes!!! <link><BR>4982&amp;kw=Mediterranean&amp;headline<BR>=Mediterranean&amp;caption=Mediterrane<BR>an&amp;sub_id=Recipes-Google-s&amp;sub<BR>_id2=%2Bmediterranean&amp;image=https:<BR>//<BR>-images/mediterranean.jpg&amp;gclid=EA<BR>IaIQobChMIh9GCmJus3wIVjODICh2LDQTmEAAYAyAAEgK-6vD_BwE </link> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 10:32:45 EST Emoticon your exercise <em>342</em> Fri, 25 May 2018 18:56:56 EST GETTING TO KNOW YOU QUIZ Sparkname: sunny_jae <BR> First name: judy <BR> <BR> State you live in:Kansas <BR> <BR> Hobbies: cooking, computer, coloring books,Journals <BR> <BR> What do you do for a living: I am retired..I write <BR> Pets:2 cats (MISS KITTY) (KIKI) <BR> <BR> Married for 47 years <BR> <BR> Children: son who is 46 and one daughter. who is 41 <BR> <BR> Favorite exercise: walking, swimming, <BR> <BR> Favorite food: Italian <BR> <BR> Favorite Scripture: "Be still and know that I am Go... Fri, 25 May 2018 18:53:37 EST Tracking Omega 3s I'm new to this page. One of the team goals I joined is Tracking your Omega 3s. Is there a way to track them on SP, short of adding supplements? they are not listed under adding another nutrient to track. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:28:51 EST 30-Day Diet Makeover Challenge: Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I read the Day 1 recipes... you will be impressed! <BR> ENJOY!!! Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:05:04 EST Weight gain Gained over my Hawaiian Holiday. Back on SparkPeople. I'm following the Mediterranean diet. Adding walking and some weight training this week. Bring It On! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:11:34 EST Looking for the Right "Diet" Hi! After reading and blogging about an article I read on SP today and looking into the Mediterranean Diet last week, I thought I'd see if there was a team that supported this way of eating! Here you are and here I am! I hope to learn more about this way of eating and thus, keep better track of what I'm dong to lose weight and become healthier! <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:02:26 EST Article for you! <link><BR>ls/DailyTip/Pages/dailytip.aspx?td=07/<BR>16/2016 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em>368</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:25:38 EST New to team I've been on Spark since 2009. Weight has fluctuated between 5-10 pounds either way and I struggle for consistency with my exercise. Long story, short......I haven't lost any weight. A number of years ago I lost 30 pounds on Jenny Craig but that runs into a bit of money! <BR> Although, I've not been intrigued by any other diet, this one definitely appeals to me. I need to lose at least 10 pounds and my hubby is at increased chance for Alzheimer's. <BR> I'm a retired special education teacher ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:30:41 EST Olives, the Ancient Fruit Copied from July 8 2016 newsletter: <BR> <BR> Olives: The Ancient Fruit <BR> <BR> Centuries ago, ancient Greeks believed the olive tree was a gift from the Greek goddess Athena, and they used olive oil in their religious rituals. Referred to as "liquid gold" by Greek poet Homer, olive oil has been considered sacred for years now and remains significant for the people of the Mediterranean as a source of food and health. <BR> <BR> <BR> Olives are thus an integral part of the M... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:38:34 EST An excellent ressource to explore This is a good web site and it has a lot of info, plus recipes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Friday%3A+Olives%3A+The+Ancient+Fruit_<BR>LB&amp;utm_campaign=FF-7-8-16&amp;utm_<BR>medium=email </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:32:28 EST So excited! I am really happy and proud of myself for eating under the allowed calories for the day! I NEVER am able to do that, not even for a day! The very few times that I have done it, I have been starving or weak feeling all day. I really did not feel hungry all day and I drank all of my water too. :) <em>244</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:49:06 EST Hi! Hi! I am new to trying the Mediterranean way of eating but not new to SP. I am really excited to to have a plan or a guide as to what to eat. I've been thinking I'll just wing it and eat less, exercise more,yada, yada, yada, but that has not been working. I tried the Paleo way last year and had some success but it was too restrictive for me. I basically eat the Mediterranean way, anyway, I am Italian and LOVE olive oil, cheese, olives, chick peas, seafood, ect and I don't really eat much red ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:38:17 EST Hello Hello everyone. I'm Toni from nw Louisiana. Looking forward to being a part of the group! Sun, 22 May 2016 20:39:08 EST Resa resides in Florida Good day all. I have just returned from Europe and am excited to be back on our team. <BR> <BR> I completed my Ph.D. this year... WOO HOO! <BR> Visited my daughter in Switzerland recently and we went to Italy. WOW, what a trip! <BR> <BR> I had veal covered in artichokes! Yummy!!! Lost of tomatoes and basil too. <BR> <BR> ~Resa Sun, 22 May 2016 13:29:57 EST Your Recipes Crockpot Baked Potatoes <BR> <BR> Wrap russets in aluminum foil <BR> Place in crockpot <BR> Leave on HIGH 4 hours <BR> <BR> Serve <BR> <BR> <em>367</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 15:08:46 EST Good & Filling Snacks Chicken salad (canned chicken breast, mayonnaise and relish) on a piece of bread or 2. In the book I Can Make You Thin, author Paul McKenna says to eat what you want as long as you ENJOY it. Then, you won't tend to overeat or eat something you really don't want in the first place. <BR> <BR> <em>525</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 15:04:55 EST Various Salad Recipes I like a simple salad of Bibb, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, salt, pepper, Salad Supreme, oil &amp; vinegar. <BR> <BR> I'd love to learn all kinds of salad recipes though. They say to have "atleast " one salad a day. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:59:52 EST Discussion Of Good Websites/Blogs Books/Articles I will get to this topic soon...Personally, I like the book Look Great Feel Great by Joyce Meyer. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:54:28 EST What You Can Do With A 10# Bag Of Potatoes Make a big batch of potato salad leaving the skin on instead of peeling the skin. I could never understand why people peel the potatoes when the skin is so full of vitamins! <BR> <BR> Perfect to keep in the fridge for a while to have as a quick go-to. <BR> <BR> <em>367</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:49:37 EST Have You Gotten In 10 Minutes Of Activity? Today I have been working on our team but will get in activity later on. Wed, 18 May 2016 14:43:35 EST Are You Using A Crockpot Today? Crockpots are a way of saving money, saving work, creating nutritious meals and reducing stress. <BR> <BR> Today I am using my crockpot to make baked potatoes. Wed, 18 May 2016 14:41:05 EST Bought On Clearance, Sale Or With Coupons? I need to clip coupons soon. My coupon binder is totally unorganized. <BR> <BR> I hope we may discuss various ways of affording our healthy lifestyles. <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:38:05 EST What Is Your Favorite Mediterranean Dish? My mother's homemade lasagna...a luxury. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:21:30 EST Why Have You Joined This Team? I grew up on and will never outgrow the Mediterranean diet. <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:19:27 EST Introduce or Re-Introduce Yourself Hey! I am the_little_lady and am your new team leader. I grew up on homemade pasta and fresh garden salads. I hope you like what I am doing with the forums! No technical stuff, just simple topics. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:16:30 EST Emoticon How You Are Feeling! <em>211</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:13:16 EST What's For Dinner? I have baked potatoes in the crockpot to have for dinner. <BR> <BR> <em>367</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:10:59 EST What's For Lunch? I had sparkling seltzer water and a few homemade potato chip cookies as I really want to get this team organized by dinner. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:09:18 EST What's For Breakfast? I had iced coffee! I rarely do breakfast. I know... Wed, 18 May 2016 14:06:54 EST The Mediterranean Cafe Hello Team! I am your new team leader and am doing some simple Spring cleaning of the forums. The forums, I feel, were too complicated. I like simpleness. I hope you like! Wed, 18 May 2016 14:05:20 EST Things You Can Do With A Pound Of Pasta Make Cincinnati chili! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 12:08:33 EST Med Way of Eating... stay YOUNG and HEALTHY!!! Mediterranean Diet Magic <BR> By Cleveland Clinic Wellness Editors (2012) <BR> <BR> "Would you believe that there’s a simple way to look younger, lose weight, lower your risk for numerous diseases, and even live longer? You don’t have to spend hours at the gym, go on a juice cleanse, or even deprive yourself of the foods you love. You just have to learn to eat right. And by right we mean following a Mediterranean-style diet and making other simple changes in the way you eat. This healthy way... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:05:55 EST New to the team I just bought the book "The Mediterranean Zone" after my doctor told me this plan is one of the healthiest to follow. I know nothing about this so I look forward to learning from all of you and what you write. <BR> <BR> <BR> Call me Lois. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:51:56 EST Top 5 Health Benefits of Going Mediterranean Below is a link to some benefits to the Med Diet way of eating. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/mediterranean-diet/Pages/top-5-health<BR>-benefits-of-going-mediterranean.aspx?<BR>utm_source=EmailMarketing&utm_medium=e<BR>mail&utm_campaign=DailyTip&CS_003=3699740 </link> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:40:19 EST Hello all! Well here I go. Another week another diet plan. I've looked at Mediterranean a number of times and although it is perfect for my lifestyle I have never actually tried it. <BR> <BR> Reasons this sounds perfect to me - <BR> 1. Haven't eaten meat or poultry in about 30 years. Pescetarian and trying to limit dairy. <BR> 2. Very hectic work and travel life which requires eating out too much! <BR> 3. The potential for cooking things that my carnivorous menfolk with enjoy too. Having everyone in th... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:48:48 EST New to the Mediterranean Way I started eating more fruits and veggies and whole grains Oct 1st. Last week I met with a dietician and we set up a basic plan to fit my personal needs. I started my portion control on Monday. Five days so far of eating on plan with portion control. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this will be the last time I need to lose 100 lbs to be at a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> Rose Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:43:24 EST Newbie Here :) Hello. I just joined this team and I thought I'd say "hello". My name is Amanda, I'm 32 and I'm from Colorado. I became interested in looking into the Mediterranean diet when I went to a Food and Mood training. I have looked at a ton of recipes but I'm still not even sure how this all works. Anyway, thanks for having this board and for letting me be a part of it :). Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:07:16 EST New Here Hello everyone! <BR> I'm new here and my name is Patricia. I have been following the Mediterranean diet for the past few days and I feel great. I am happy to be here and hope I can meet lots of new friends here as well as learn as much as possible about this great way of eating. :) Sun, 3 Aug 2014 16:42:44 EST Not new - just returning. I'm back from all my travels and looking forward to getting refocused and back on track! <BR> <BR> I took some time off from some spark teams and from Spark People, but now is the time to get my butt in gear AGAIN! <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are having a wonderful summer! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:59:30 EST hello, i am new Hi, my doc started me on this diet yesterday, so with that said I have a lot to learn <em>213</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:44:13 EST Hi There I'm new here. I'm Emily, a 30 something mom with 2 boys. They are 9 and 1. And so busy. I have used the excuse that I'm too busy taking care of everyone else and everything else to take care of myself. And I'm not going to do that anymore. I love to quilt. It's not a very get up and moving hobby. lol. Fri, 2 May 2014 12:36:19 EST Breakfast recipes and ideas I find it hard to come up with recipes and different combinations for breakfast. I like breakfast casseroles and do get so tired of eggs all the time. <BR> <BR> I do have cream of rice sometimes and add raisins. But I need something I could cook ahead and just reheat for breakfast. Like I do for dinner and lunch. <BR> <BR> Any and all ideas are appreciated. THANKS! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:16:37 EST Hello Everyone I've tried every type of diet on the books. Atkins worked great with me, but I just can't go there anymore. <BR> <BR> Except for not being able to eat Gluten, this way of eating fits right in with how I was raised to eat and how I wish to eat. <BR> <BR> I am adjusting it to my intolerance of gluten and only eating 100 carbs a day. I'm doing more veggies than I've done in years and getting in at least 2 fruits a day. My stomach doesn't handle fruit too well. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here an... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 07:56:18 EST New diabetic I have been on this team for a while, but really haven't followed the "diet". Now that I was just diagnosed as being a type 2 diabetic, I have to find a better way or better things to eat. I requested a book from the library that is a Mediterranean Cookbook for Diabetics. Just wondering if anyone else on the team is diabetic and found the diet helpful? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:07:50 EST Jumping back in Hi everyone my name is Sheryl, I was a member here several years ago and I really loved it, I lost 175 lbs with the help and support of this team but I stopped Sparking due to family issues and I told myself I'd be OK because I had reached my goal and all I needed to do was maintain... Didn't quite happen that way though and now I really need to get back in gear. I'm hoping to lose some of the weight I foolishly allowed myself to regain and I really could use some help staying focused and mot... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:21:40 EST Olive Oil is NOT Health Food but Sick Food This video shocked me. It's about the Mediterranean Diet, which I have been using as a guideline. <BR> <em>272</em> <link> </link> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:14:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:15:53 EST Hello! New to the team. I've heard so much about this way of eating. It all sounds like it would taste good and be good for me. Hoping to get fresh, new ideas and motivation to stick to this way of eating and not stray so much! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:01:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:27:11 EST I'm New Hi. Today, my doctor told me to go on a Mediterranean Diet, and I am so excited, because I have been struggling with low carb, when this is the way that I'm drawn to in cooking. I am still going to watch those sugars, but I am ready for this. I hope this is going to be an active team. I can see people have not posted since June 18. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, nice to meet you. Hope there is some action here, and I will read. Maybe I will get some questions answered. Right now, I am o... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:32:22 EST Olive Oil Ad Hilarious ad... <BR> <link><BR>feature=youtube_gdata_player </link> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:40:26 EST Orzo Spinach Salad - Mediterranean Flavor with the Feta cheese and orzo pasta. I thought this was nice and light and very fresh tasting. <BR> <BR> <BR> Orzo Spinach Salad <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 lb bag baby spinach <BR> <BR> 1 lb box Orzo pasta <BR> <BR> 1 carton grape or cherry tomatoes sliced <BR> <BR> 4 – 6 oz crumbled feta cheese <BR> <BR> ½ medium sweet onion diced <BR> <BR> ¼ c white wine vinegar (more or less depending on personal taste) <BR> <BR> Salt & pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:13:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:41:25 EST Olive Oil I read Resamarie's article she sent via sparkmail. <BR> <BR> Now the ? is where can we find the really good olive oil? The article said the stuff we have here in the US is not the same as say "Spain". <BR> <BR> Anyone know??? Wed, 19 Jun 2013 05:44:50 EST New to the team! Hello, everybody! I'm Sharon, from New York. <BR> <BR> Like a lot of you, I've been reading a lot of articles on the Mediterranean diet and it seems to be a great plan! I'm trying to lose weight BEFORE a doctor diagnoses me with diabetes, high blood pressure, etc, and I want to do it in a healthy, sustainable way, without eating a lot of "fake" foods. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a good Mediterranean diet book? There are so many out there---I want to get the most helpful one! Fri, 31 May 2013 11:38:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 30 May 2013 21:00:23 EST New to the Team Looking for a great balanced diet that I can stay on forever and not feel deprived.This Team looks very active and knowledgeable. <em>100</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 23:25:07 EST Sorry, I will be out for a while. Good day friends, <BR> <BR> My mother is ill and has little time. I just wanted you to know that I will be back but I have not idea when that will be. <BR> <BR> ~Resa Fri, 24 May 2013 11:07:43 EST Slimmer - TMW to Lose Weight I decided to buy the book by Harry Papas and I am starting today in following the diet. It looks pretty easy to follow, especially with foods that I like. It says that you could lose up to 10% of your body weight in the first month. I hope that is true, I would love to lose it. I will keep you posted each week. <BR> <BR> I have friends that started on Herb-a-Life, so I want to compare how I do with them. Already, I can say the MW is cheaper!! They have to buy protein shake mixes, vita... Mon, 6 May 2013 16:13:50 EST Endof the school year business! Graduation of son! Hi all, <BR> I have been so busy and just wanted to let you know. Math and college algebra finals has me busy and end of the year math tutoring! <BR> <BR> My son is graduating college so the family is off and running for a great weekend. <BR> <BR> I hope you have a great one too! <BR> <BR> &#9829; Resa Fri, 3 May 2013 11:09:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:25:07 EST Whew.. what a week. Mom is getting better. Sorry I have not been in much. My mother was admitted into the hospital with pneumonia from aspirating some food. I am happy to say she is doing better. <em>209</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:27:39 EST New to the team! Hi everyone! I'm not new to Spark, just this team. The Mediterranean Way really seems to encompass so many of the foods I naturally love and enjoy but need some help staying focused on it consistently. If we are being honest, who CAN'T love a way of eating that while helping you slim down and slow down in your eating still includes dark chocolate and wine! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I've picked up the book The New Sonoma Diet and The New Sonoma Diet Cookbook and can't wait to get started in ear... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 02:01:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:32:45 EST Newbie from Seattle Hi ~ <BR> I've "tried it all" and am going back to the one that was the most pleasant and delicious AND which keeps showing up at the top of studies - brain-healthy, heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory. That last one is my main concern, as I have joint/back "issues" and diet really affects them, I've found. <BR> Here to learn, be supported and support others. <BR> Cheers! <BR> Nell Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:34:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:50:50 EST * * * PANIC BUTTON * * * Immediate Support Center <em>386</em> We are here for you!! Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:25:37 EST What is the Mediterranean Diet Way of Eating? MEDITERRANEAN DIET - TOPIC OVERVIEW - From Healthwise, February 04, 2011 <BR> <BR> What is the Mediterranean diet? <BR> The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating rather than a formal diet plan. It features foods eaten in Greece, Spain, southern Italy and France, and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. <BR> <BR> The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating foods like fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, high-fiber breads and whole grains, and olive oil. Meat, cheese, and sweets are ve... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:55:40 EST ~ Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan for Health ~ Here are some interesting links to the Mediterranean diet: <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> <em>372</em> <em>369</em> <em>492</em> <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ree-cookbook-weekly-mediterranean-diet<BR>-meal-plan/?gclid=CKK85ZujrrUCFQuynQod13gAJA </link> <BR> <BR> AND <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_to_ea t_a_mediterranean_diet_for_heart_health </link> <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:48:22 EST Fitness Plan Generator Hey everyone, let us know how this works for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_plan_generator.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:09:37 EST Got a Tip to Share... What's working for you? <em>215</em> Hi everyone. I'd love to know any tips you have for us! <BR> <BR> ~Resa <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:23:50 EST Hi, I am new and love eating the Mediterranean way I have tried all types of diets, but just checked out a book from the library called "Slimmer: the Mediterranean Way." I can't remember who wrote it, but he is a nutritionist from Greece. Anyway I have about 75 lbs. to lose. I am in my 60's and live in the Midwest. It's hard to get outside and exercise and I have also had some medical problems, but I am determined to lose weight so I don't end up in a wheelchair! I am looking forward to being on the Mediterranean Diet and getting to know othe... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:19:48 EST Happy Easter! Enjoy! <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:22:43 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:00:55 EST Chickpea Flatbreads To vary the flavor, try adding diced onion, garlic or different spices and herbs to the batter. If you use cake pans instead of a cast-iron skillet, make sure they can withstand the intense heat of a broiler. <BR> <BR> Chickpea flour is available at Mediterranean markets, on the baking aisle at Whole Foods Markets and on the natural foods aisle at Giant stores. <BR> <BR> MAKE AHEAD: The batter for these flatbreads needs to rest for a few hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrige... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:59:07 EST Favorite Articles... Post Yours! Fruits and Veggies! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=135 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>284</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:32:20 EST Spring is in the air.. somewhere! What's new? <em>67</em> How is your Spring going so far? Florida is a bit the 40's at night but cool and nice in the daytime. I love it because it is easy to walk, neither hot nor cold! <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:24:02 EST Hello from southwestern Michigan Hello, I’m Pamela Jane Jenewein aka PeaJay50 <BR> <BR> I’m a 50 year old reformed starvation dieter/over exerciser, who has struggled with emotional eating and workaholism. I came to SP in 2008 but left, then returned for a year only to take a 3 - 4 month sabbatical. This last time I came back with a whole new outlook and focus: it’s not about loosing weight but being healthy. No more extreme dieting or exercising. No more “do more” and “eat less” beliefs. It’s now about eating well and b... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:02:19 EST What motivated you today? My dogs made me feel so good when I came home from work! <em>338</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:30:14 EST More about Bread... Here is link that benefits all of us... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=882 </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:51:04 EST &#9827; Happy St. Patrick's Day! &#9827; <em>137</em> <BR> Have a joyous Day everyone! <BR> <BR> ~Resa Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:37:13 EST 100 Calories per Hour for 15 hours plus Fitness What do you think about my idea to eat 100 calories per hour for 15 hours and then burn 300 calories 5 times a week? What do you think about my idea to eat 100 calories per hour for 15 hours and then burn 300 calories 5 times a week? © 2013 <BR> <BR> I came up with this plan because I am a number person. Say I ate 300 calories for breakfast, then I need to go 3 hours before eating the next meal. I also need to try to earn fitness minutes and burn 300 calories 5 times a week. <BR> <BR> Is ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:31:18 EST Chicken fillets & pasta I fixed enough chicken fillets in crockpot for the week. I boil up a box a whole thin spaghetti measure out a half cup of it for me and a cup for my husband in containers for the week. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:56:58 EST Read any good articles lately? Please share! THX!! I have sent out a few articles. Please share your ideas. <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Sat, 9 Mar 2013 14:09:15 EST Moroccan Chicken & Lentils I believe this fits for a Mediterranean meal! <BR> <BR> Maybe throw some olive oil in it?? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2406717 </link> <BR> <BR> p.s. love lentils!! remember to rinse them well before using..I didn't realize how much sand is on them! :) Sat, 9 Mar 2013 06:00:24 EST Use an emoticon to express how you are feeling! <em>285</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:57:33 EST How to Eat a Mediterranean Diet for Heart Health Here is a Spark article for us! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_to_eat_a_mediterranean_diet_for_heart<BR>_health </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> ENJOY! <BR> <BR> ~Resa Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:52:24 EST Whole Wheat pizza dough I have bread machine. It has cookbook. I make the pizza dough from it. But I change the recipe some. I make the 2 pound recipe. I get the three pizza out of the recipe. <BR> <BR> 11/2 cups water <BR> 3 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 3 cups whole wheat flour <BR> 1 cup bread flour <BR> (1/2 teaspoon of salt) I DON'T USE SALT. The recipe calls for salt. <BR> 1 small package of dry yeast <BR> I put the ingredients in the order I have listed. The yeast I make a small dent in the flour. But no... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:02:17 EST olive oil Which olive oil is better for you? The regular olive oil or virgin olive oil or extra virgin olive oil? I have been using regular olive oil. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:39:38 EST HI Hi Rose for Waverly, MN Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:17:17 EST Rotisserie Chicken all Done: Make Some Soup! When much of the rotisserie chicken has been eaten I make some chicken soup with the bones and left over meat. <BR> I add, onions, celery, carrots and then whatever other veggies I have. Today I have cabbage and tomatoes to add. <BR> To complete the meal I have healthy pasta and Romano cheese. <BR> A nice meal on a chilly day! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:40:25 EST What made you happy today? Well, last night my sister and I volunteered for the Jacksonville Syphiony for Nature and Music. There was a slide show with gorgeous photos along with beautiful music. It was a wonderful event. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:56:49 EST Mediterranean Spinach Salad <BR> <BR> Feta Cheese, 1 oz <BR> Olive Oil, 1 tbs (add seasonings if you like) <BR> Spinach, fresh, 1.5 cup <BR> Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average, 6 cherry <BR> Kalamata, Green Olives, pitted, 1 oz <BR> <BR> Hummus, 2 tbsp on pita, whole-wheat, 1 pita, small (4" dia) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:01:52 EST Hi, I'm Nancy My whole world was upset in December when my husband passed away. I've created some goals for myself, one is to find a eating plan that I can live with. As I use up the food I have, I want to replace with foods that are better for me, so this would be a perfect time for me to find an eating plan that I can stick to for the long haul. <BR> <BR> I have been reading all the news about the Mediterranean Diet. I don't do much cooking these days, lots of fruit and veggies sounds like it won't r... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:58:37 EST Bread I have been using the Glycemic Index which explains the effects of certain foods on your blood glucose. I was wondering, I see bread pretty high on the ladder for the Med diet, what types of bread? I know on the Low Glycemic, pumpernickel and sour dough seem to be the preferred breads, causing less spikes. <BR> <BR> Comments please. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:32:30 EST Hi I'm Debbie Hi I'm Debbie, I have been following the Low Glycemic lifestyle and wanted to incorporate this type of eating as well to my diet. I have high cholesterol and cannot take meds for it. Actually saw on the news yesterday about the Mediterranean diet study that was going on that they stopped because the results were amazing..cholesterol numbers dropped by 30% in some people, lower than taking meds. <BR> <BR> So here I am to learn some things about the diet. I did go to the link for the free b... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:09:07 EST Remove the SP Toolbar! <link><BR>ce_meebo.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:25:56 EST Where did you get your motivation today? Some may say it's from an HP (Higher Power) while others get motivated by listening to music. What I can say is that is it not from the TV! <BR> <BR> What's your idea for support and motivation? <BR> <BR> ~Resa Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:11:55 EST What's Bugging you? This is a great place to get some stress of interferences with your healthy lifestyle. Feel free to post any conflicts you might have. <BR> <BR> TURN <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>101</em> <em>198</em> <em>28</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> INTO <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>20</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!!! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:44:27 EST How many SparkPoints from Bonus Wheel? 50! I finally hit the JackPOt! LOL Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:15:43 EST Hello from Virginia! Hello! I am so happy I found this team! I adopted the Mediterranean Diet several months ago and I have the feeling to have come back home (I am French). I feel better and full of energy. It is such a good thing to know that you are eating WELL! I look forward to sharing exciting tips. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:28:17 EST Has anyone tried a Spark Coach? I had wasted my free week! UGH!!! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:58:44 EST Weekly Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan Let me know if you like this page: <BR> <BR><BR>d-free-cookbook-weekly-mediterranean-d<BR>iet-meal-plan/?gclid=CKK85ZujrrUCFQuyn<BR>Qod13gAJA <BR> <BR> THX! Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:41:02 EST Can you add more workout minutes in February? I had a poor workout schedule for January. Being ill and having a sore foot did not help. I must admit work was a bit stressful and I was sooo tired. I hope February is a better month for me. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:15:49 EST How'd u do on January? Ok, nothing dramatic. I am glad to be home for a while because I do not work again until April. <BR> I hope everyone is ready to meet more goals for February. <BR> ~Theresa Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:14:01 EST What changes are staying with you? 1. I have had my olives consistently since I cannot eat fish <BR> 2. Lots of water all day <BR> 3. Meditation and happy thought are consuming my life better <BR> <em>209</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:44:27 EST What's on the menu for the Super Bowl Game? So far... not much! I am having some avocado dip. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:42:00 EST Hi! New here...have a question about olive oil Hi there, <BR> <BR> I've read so much about the benefits of olive oil that I've decided I better jump on that train! <BR> <BR> I was using olive oil when I used oil, but I was only using probably 2 tablespoons a week. <BR> <BR> The latest article I read said that 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day can lower your risk of heart disease by 44%. <BR> <BR> So as I'm figuring out how to work 240 calories of olive oil into my daily diet it looks like Mediterranean may be the way to go. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:59:38 EST What's new? Anything crazy happen today? I found my dogs sleeping in the kids' beds after they left for college and school. LOL My daughter teaches math in Switzerland and my on lives near the college. <em>200</em> <em>338</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:55:44 EST Are you drinking enough water? YES! That is one area I am very good!! <em>194</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:57:47 EST Food Changes... what are yours? Right now I see that I need more carbs... how funny is that? Tracking my nutrition intake and shown me where I need to make changes in my eating habits. Yesterday I had a healthy pasta with sauteed brussel sprouts with a little Romano... delicious! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:56:52 EST Winter Workouts...what are you doing? I am using my rebounder, walking and trying out my new Zumba DVDs. There is a beginner challenge! Whew! <em>362</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:54:13 EST SP January Challenge... are you participating? I have joined the new year challenge and it is going well. <em>252</em> Back to working out.... finally! Tracking my nutrition is helping immensely. I should have done it sooner. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:46:34 EST For We Newbies Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I am new to the Mediterranean diet and can't wait to get started. As a newbie, I will admit to being just a little nervous about "getting it right" and was hoping that other newbies (and experienced folks!) will join me in this adventure of being a stranger in a strange land. <BR> <BR> Post about anything you want. Questions, suggestions, recommendations - anything that makes this journey easier and/or more pleasant for the rest of us. <BR> <BR> I'll start by sa... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:07:40 EST Ready to Bring the Mediterranean to Albuquerque Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Carol and I am researching the Mediterranean Diet, not as a diet, but as a new way to eat from this point forward. I hope to get to the grocery tomorrow night, so I have a lot of reading to do between now and then. I thought I would start out with a couple of lunch/dinner recipes and learn as I go. <BR> <BR> Are there staple items that you have found you can't live without? That you use all of the time? I already have a bunch of garlic because I love... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:00:31 EST A junk food diet and health risks I found this Mayo Clinic article to be interesting as it make a reference to eating a Mediterranean diet. <BR> <link><BR>-and-diet/AN02057/?utm_source=newslett<BR>er&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=manag<BR>ing-depression&pubDate=09/19/2012 </link> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:47:51 EST Hi From Titusville, FLORIDA I'm Vicki, 56, with about 50 lbs to lose. I've actually got 100 lbs to lose but I've set a goal of 50 lbs for my birthday next August. That will get me under 200 lbs and will get me off the blood pressure pills I'm taking now. And I think it'll give me a lot more energy to push forward and lose the rest. <BR> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:35:07 EST September Changes? Anthing new? I have some new sneakers to break in! LOL Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:52:50 EST Will you miss watermelon when summer ends? <em>491</em> YES!! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:48:40 EST Vegetarian recipes While many are not vegetarians, we do have vegetarian meals once in a while. I also think that these would work well under mediterraean diet guidelines. <BR> Obviously you might need to tweak an ingredient here or there for your own taste or food concerns......but I've always had good luck building on recipe ideas from CookingLight <BR> <BR> from my inbox today, here are 25 good vegetarian ideas <BR> <link><BR>recipes/best-vegetarian-recipes-0041... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:17:10 EST How are you exercising during the heat wave? I am using my rebounder and using my pedometer indoors! Florida is in the high 90's. My dogs are so eager to go for walks but the humidity is bad too. <em>67</em> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:15:42 EST Newbe from Miami, Florida :) I'm glad this group is here! <BR> <BR> I won a diet book of my choice in a game. I picked the Mediterranean diet. it. I've been trying different diets, but none seem to fit me. The Mediterranean diet sounds healthy and delicious.I need to learn how to use the Spark People nutrition plan with it. I'm looking for someone who can guide me through this maze, plus find a way to spell Mediterranean easily. Lol. <BR> <BR> Very much appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>30</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:51:21 EST Tell Us Your Favorite Summer Fruit & How U lIke It I adore watermelon, cut up with ice, and some diet lemon-lime soda. <em>491</em> <em>491</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:42:06 EST Hi from the NW panhandle of Florida My name is Karen. I've been with spark for about a year now and had many ups and downs. <BR> I really love most of the foods on the Mediterranean diet, I eat a lot of these foods anyways. <BR> Recently I have started a cholesterol lowering medication and I'm not happy that I've had to go on it. I'm hoping that one of the benefits of this diet will be that I can get off this pill. We'll see when my cholesterol levels are checked again. <BR> I look forward to seeing more of the recipes that you... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:08:58 EST Great article I like that the mediterranean way of eating is the emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods. So when I found this link on another team page I wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link> you-will-ever-need/?utm_source=WhatCou nts+Publicaster+Edition&utm_medium=ema il&utm_campaign=drhyman+newsletter+iss ue+%2376&utm_content=Get+the+story </link> <BR> <BR> I hope you will find it informative. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:45:45 EST Hi from Canada Hi - I am interested in decreasing the amounts of processed foods I eat and focusing on whole foods and thought that the Mediterranean way of eating sounded like the way to go about doing that. I am looking forward to finding out more about this eating plan, and to getting to know all of you better. <BR> Sat, 19 May 2012 01:18:46 EST How's the plan working for everyone? I just started and am interested to see how it's affected those of you who have been on it longer. Did it help you lose weight? Inches? Help any health problems? Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:44:15 EST Did you start with the first "phase" of the diet? I decided to start with the first more restrictive phase for 10 days like the author suggests. So far it hasn't been bad! I've lost about 2 1/2 pounds but I realize a lot of that could be water weight.. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this diet is the one for me. I need to get healthy.. <BR> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:59:06 EST What breads are high fiber and low sugar? I notice this diet recommends grains more than others I have been on. I LOVE bread but its so hard to know which ones are acceptable. I look for all natural wheat breads with high fiber but not sure if they are good.. <BR> <BR> I was also thinking about making my own. Any suggestions?? Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:52:26 EST new member from Il Hi- <BR> <BR> I'm Jen a 42 year old mom of one. Last year I was finally sick of all my accumulated weight and went on the Dukan Diet and lost 25 pounds. However, I found the mostly protein thing hard to keep up. I felt deprived when i couldn't eat fruits and vegs. <BR> <BR> This year I decided to try something else. I researched and decided a low GI/mediterranean diet was the way to go. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to basically just eating healthy! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:22:47 EST Hello from Georgia! Hi! I've wondered how a Mediterranean diet would work with my diabetes and thought I would give it a try. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:57:38 EST Texas girl here Hi all! <BR> I have come to the conclusion that what I've been eating is NOT what my body needs, so after lots of prayer I've found that the Mediterranean way of eating is what my body was made to do. I've just recently started down this road after facing some really scary blood tests and body changes. I don't want to be in that situation again, AND I don't want to be on prescription meds the rest of my life. <BR> Ready to get healthy and STAY that way! <BR> Rochelle <em>267</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:08:44 EST Hi from Florida/ found a great website My name is Debbi. I have been doing a lot of research on the subject of the Mediterranean Way. I've found that it is the closest one that both my DH and I can enjoy. That means only cooking one meal. <BR> <BR> I found this great website: <BR> <BR> This website has great information, meal planning, recipes, etc. <BR> It gave me quite a bit of information <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm 59 years old and married 40 years; 3 children (2G&1B) and 5 gr... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:22:51 EST Hi from Florida/ found a great website My name is Debbi. I have been doing a lot of research on the subject of the Mediterranean Way. I've found that it is the closest one that both my DH and I can enjoy. That means only cooking one meal. <BR> <BR> I found this great website: <BR> <BR> This website has great information, meal planning, recipes, etc. <BR> It gave me quite a bit of information <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm 59 years old and married 40 years; 3 children (2G&1B) and 5 gr... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:40:18 EST Hi all! I'm new and joining this team because my husband's doctor just told him he had to lose 25 pounds in 3 months and he suggested the Mediterranean diet. I'm not sure what that is, but from what I understand, it seems to be chicken, brown rice, fish, etc. I'm willing to try it, too, since I'm trying to lose weight!!! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:02:24 EST Hi everyone Hi. My name is Naomi (bluebirdsfly) and I have been with Spark now for almost a year. <BR> I have been an ova-lacto vegetarian for about 40 years and love the Mediterranean way of eating. <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:09:05 EST Mammograms On Tuesday (1-10-12), I will be having a breast biopsy. A small, new spot was seen on my recent mammogram. Please think of me in your prayers for the result of it to be benign. <BR> <BR> Ladies, I hope you are all getting your yearly mammograms! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:02:39 EST SparkPeople and First Magazine want you! This is John Hulsey, SparkPeople Success Story Manager. We want to share with you a great opportunity to potentially celebrate your success with a national audience. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople and First Magazine for Women are teaming up to find Mediterranean Diet Success Stories. Where better to find these successful ladies than right here on the Mediterranean Diet Spark Team?! <BR> <BR> If you have successfully lost weight following a low-carb Mediterranean diet (eating fish and lean meat, oliv... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:11:30 EST December Commitments to Yourself I am making healthy choices to my menu for the holidays. It worked out nicely for Thxgiving. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 16:15:45 EST So what do I do now? Hi everyone! I just wanted to tell you a little about my dieting history and see where I go from here. So, I am 5' 1" and started South Beach diet 3 years ago and have now gained another 20 lbs. I have restarted the South Beach Diet at least ten times and it just doesn't work for me. Years ago I did Atkins and the pounds melted away however I am very very concerned about eating all the saturated fat. I have been tracking on Sparkpeople and decided I want to try the Mediterranean diet. I... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:55:54 EST Mediterranean Salad in 10 minutes <BR> ~ 4 servings <BR> <BR> Go green with this great-tasting Mediterranean salad. Lettuce rejoice over this mixed greens medley loaded with the freshest ingredients. We promise you'll push those tiresome old salads to the side in favor of this satisfying blend. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1 pinch white sugar 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 2 cloves garli... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 12:28:00 EST Save the Stuffing for the Turkey Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays is only a week away. Lets enjoy it with our friends and family and still feel good on Black Friday when we go out to the shopping mall to get those first Christmas specials. <BR> <BR> I came across this article that gives you greats tips on surviving Turkey Day. Enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-turkey-eat-mindfully-instead-b538580?<BR>utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_cam... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:00:54 EST New Nut Allergy Trying to incorporate nuts in my diet I just did not feel well so I stopped eating them. I had a bad reaction to a nut cross contamination in a few cookies I ate. Had meds and was sleepy for a few days. I had a swollen tongue, throat and rash. This is a new allergy for me. Very frightening and allergic to fish too. I am afraid to eat anything out and especially anything chocolate for the reason of a nut being in the factory where it was made. I usually eat a small piece of dark chocolate da... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:35:15 EST Rotisserie Chicken Leftover Ideas I use the remaining back, bones and chicken to make broth. After straining out the bones I add onion, carrots, celery and spinach for an nice chicken soup. Sat, 5 Nov 2011 19:11:57 EST How did you change over the TMW? I'm seeing my family doctor on Monday for high blood pressure. My bp has always been low, but the last couple of months I've been watching it, because it has slowly been creeping up. She will probably want to put me on medicine, which is fine and there really is no arguing with her about it. I want to ask her about "diet" and losing this this weight. I already know I need to work on portion control and that tracking does help. I just want to see what she has to say about it. I was thinking ab... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:54:58 EST New Goals? Are there any goals you would like for us as a team to add? I see a small number of people tracking. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Resa Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:57:20 EST How will you get through the holidays? I will keep fruit in a bowl on the counter top and make sure I walk it off!! <em>311</em> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:52:18 EST What are you Thankful for? I am thankful for my wonderful family and my two dogs! We are pretty much in sync but now my daughter lives in Switzerland teaching math and an international school. I miss her! I am also thankful when my husband and I have work. We are out every now and then and it has been a struggle at times. Wed, 2 Nov 2011 12:34:58 EST Congrats RESAMARIE001 Congratulations and thank you for helping out TMW as a new leader. <BR> <BR> Margaret Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:02:46 EST Thanksgiving Dinner.. Foods & Benefits I will be serving some extra veggies this year but what I wanted to share was some of the benefits from some of the foods being served. <BR> <BR> Turkey is good for helping you get to sleep! So that is why we are tired after dinner. <BR> <BR> Garlic helps with yeast infections (Candida albicans) <BR> <BR> Potatoes help with BP and depression. I feel happy after eating potatoes! <BR> <BR> Cranberries "Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protects cells from damage by unstable molecu... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:11:11 EST New ...anyone interested in a buddy? Hi, I am trying to find my "new" way of eating. I have been with Spark about a month and have lost 5 lbs and gained 2. (at least I am down 3???). I wanted a diet that I could keep my nightly glass of wine and eat GOOD food (my hubby is a great chef) and this looks just right. <BR> What are the best books? How about the New Sonoma Diet? <BR> Suz Sun, 30 Oct 2011 06:45:26 EST newbie with question This is probably already covered somewhere...but what is the advice for eating potatoes? Hubby and i are always chopping potatoes and eating baked potatoes it seems like. How much should I be eating? <BR> Thanks..and Hi, I am new! Sun, 30 Oct 2011 06:40:25 EST November Fitness Challenge yes...this is being set up a little early but I'm swamped for the next two weeks and thought early would be definitely better than late! <BR> <BR> I always loved this old challenge (originated by Maggie quite awhile ago) because they give me a bit more motivation, especially on those "feeling lazy" days, to push myself and squeeze in some exercise..... and become more consistent with my exercising. <BR> So here is the start again for November Fitness challenge. Feel free to join in at any ti... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:11:34 EST THE SONOMA DIET I'm starting the Sonoma Diet today and publicly announcing it in various places on Spark. This will keep me accountable. SD is based on a mediterranean diet so follows this team closely. I have the original diet book and the new one and the orginal recipe book and the new one so I ought to have plenty of food to choose from. My blog today is about SD. The premise is to choose an appropriate size plate and to eat whole grains, lots of veggies and lean protein, skim milk, etc. You get the ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:28:58 EST Publicly announcing! I,ve been absent in the diet arenas but I am announcing now that tomorrow I am starting the ten day fast start on the Sonoma Diet which is like the Med diet. done it before and lost 18 lbs and kept it off for a while. It works and I am going to be blogging about it for ten days straight!n Traveling today! Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:33:58 EST October Challenge Ok, time to start a new challenge. Must have been a busy summer. Let's get back into some action. I plan on working out at least 5 days a week and getting myself disciplined again, I wish my husband would take the challenge with me, Mon, 3 Oct 2011 12:29:22 EST Outdoors for Fun... What are you up to? Florida has finally had some cool days so I am back to waling the dog along the trails here. <em>338</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 12:24:19 EST Hello! I have been with Spark for a couple years now. My weight as been like a yoyo. I am now in the care of a doctor who has recommended this diet as a life style change, having my thyroid tested, and will be working with a dietician as well. Looking forward to some positive changes. I am looking forward to meeting everyone! Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:11:39 EST Hello from Southern England Hiya all. <BR> <BR> I am joining this team after a lot of thought about the best regime for me. I am going to combine this with low Gi and Gl - smart carbing. I may have to adapt the Med diet to suit my family needs as my husband can't eat poultry and I don't want to overdo the pork due to aches and pains so I will have to eat lamb or beef at times. But hopefully this will still work for me. Here goes. <em>224</em> <em>4</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 06:24:33 EST September Challenge - Come and play! :) This went well last month so I'm thinking "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Let's try this again. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I DARE You to work to get in 30 minutes of CARDIO activity 4 days per week. Anything just get your heart rate up. Hula hoop, jump rope, jumping jacks, swim, let your toddler or preschooler chase you, let the dog walk you, sing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as you walk through the neighborhood, power walk in the mall, do lunging squats, Dance Dance Revolution, Wii game... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 14:46:19 EST August Fitness I DARE You to work to get in 30 minutes of CARDIO activity 4 days per week. Anything just get your heart rate up. Hula hoop, jump rope, jumping jacks, swim, let your toddler or preschooler chase you, let the dog walk you, sing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as you walk through the neighborhood, power walk in the mall, do lunging squats, Dance Dance Revolution.... <BR> The 30 minutes doesn't have to be all at once--10 minutes 3 times a day OR 15 minutes 2 times a day counts too....just do wha... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:51:05 EST Becky well wishes and thanx Becky who has done an ACE job leading the team. <BR> She's stepping down and I for one will miss her and wish her well <BR> <BR> Thanks Becky for leading the team, keep in touch and let us know you're okay ((hugs)) <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 05:21:50 EST Enjoy Your Vacation with a Mindful Mindset Summer is in full swing now and we could always use some useful advise to keeps those pounds in check and still enjoy ourselves while vacationing or just hanging out with friends and family. See link below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vacation-without-going-overboard-b5214<BR>65?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_campaign=newsletter_20110713&u<BR>tm_term=continue1 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>218</em> <em>298</em> <em>464</em> <em>274</em> <em>190</... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:22:31 EST Regarding our Fast-Food Nation I read this article featured by SparkPeople this week. Its a topic that is constantly in the news and affects millions of Americans and other countries as well. We live a hurried life and eat too many fast-food meals. Our children are not learning to eat sound and healthy foods and the obesity rate keeps going up. As mentioned in the article and I agree, "we must slow down" and try to add healthy meals to the family table a couple of times a week. This is one topic that I wish we could get a... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:08:17 EST Importance of Potassium I found this link and I wanted to share it with you about the importance of potassium especially during the heat of summer! I have had a personal experience of heart palpitations caused when my electrolytes become imbalanced from a lack of potassium, calcium & magnesium. <BR> <BR> "Potassium, like magnesium and calcium, are minerals that help buffer your body against stress and help maintain proper pH in your body. When any of these important minerals are lacking, your pH can become too ac... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 10:01:14 EST July Fitness Challenge Simple and it works for me so here I go again... <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~ <BR> <BR> The base of the Mediterranean Pyramid is physical activity. This is a personal challenge designed to help TMW achieve a more active life style. You will be competing against yourself. <BR> <BR> Figure out how many fitness minutes you want to do for the month of June and then record each day's time. Remember you are competing against yourself. If you have health issues your minu... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 21:26:14 EST July Birthday(s) This is a good time for us to stop by and get to know one another. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to you&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> Happy Birthday to you&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;&#9829; &#9829; &#9829; <BR> Happy Birthday Dear Sparky&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.<BR>¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> Happy Birthday to you!!&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:15:31 EST An Apple A Day Just wanted to share the link below regarding the benefits of apples. I try to eat one on a dialy basis, they are really good for you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d_facts_apples_nutrition_benefits.php?<BR><BR>_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Em<BR>ail&utm_term=An%20Apple%20a%20Day&utm_<BR>campaign=Tips%20for%20Buying%20Sunglas<BR>ses.%20Plus,%20Shrimp%20Crostinicontent </link> <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> <em>150</em> <em>... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:38:55 EST Hello from New Orleans Hi! I'm new to this team and am very excited- I am going to start the Mediterranean Diet this upcoming week with my cousin. YAY! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:14:00 EST New Feature - "Block This User" A note from Coach Jen about a new feature I am passing it on!! <BR> **************** <BR> We wanted to let you know about a small feature that launched today. <BR> <BR> On every SparkMail message you will now see a "Block This User" link on the right side of the page. After blocking, you can click the "Block List" button on you main SparkMail page to see everyone you have blocked, and be able to un-block members. <BR> <BR> Once you have blocked another member, if they try to send you a m... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:06:07 EST Why is it........ Why is it when I commit to starting a new program and am excited and prepared, my work gets IN THE WAY. I was trying so hard to make time for myself and once again I have been working 15 hour days, 7 days a week this entire month. And I don't see a break. It is so frustrating because I know that no matter how good I eat, if I can't reduce stress, get more sleep, and excercise, I will never lose weight. ARGH. How do I set boundaries and tell them NO. I am an accountant so it isn't life... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:41:45 EST Wake-up Call! I went to the eye specialist today and he found a spot in my eye that appears to have some damage from no blood flow. It is very very tiny spot, but enough to show up on his visual exam. He took pictures of my eye and used dye to watch the blood flow to see if there was a blockage or leakage. He said this could be a circulation issue and caused by a number of conditions like anemia, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease. He is going to send a letter to my regular doctor to "suggest" to ge... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:40:00 EST June Fitness Challenge Bon chance! Good Luck! <BR> Simple and it works for me so here I go again... <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~ <BR> <BR> The base of the Mediterranean Pyramid is physical activity. This is a personal challenge designed to help TMW achieve a more active life style. You will be competing against yourself. <BR> <BR> Figure out how many fitness minutes you want to do for the month of June and then record each day's time. Remember you are competing against yourself. If you... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 01:08:10 EST Super Easy Hummus in 4 Minutes (From American Cancer Society) <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste) <BR> 1 teaspoon cumin or more to taste <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped <BR> 3 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 3 tablespoons hot water <BR> 1 19-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained <BR> Chopped fresh parsley <BR> <BR> Combine tahini, cumin, salt, and garlic in a small bowl. While mixing, slowly pour in lemon juice, then hot water. Purée garbanzo beans in a blender or a food p... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:24:03 EST Greetings from New York City I love to cook, am reuniting with this passion, and am have always loved Mediterranean foods. My hummus recipe rocks, and the new recipes I've been trying out (faves include salmon over a bed of lentils with balsamic essence & chicken with zucchini, lemon and feta) have been fun and sooo tasty. AND--the weight is coming off. AND--my energy level is way up. <BR> <BR> Why eat any other way? Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:17:42 EST What is Junk Food? Recently Debra aka MAMABEARLICIOUS accomplished eliminating "Junk Food" from her diet for 365 days! That is a record streak in my book!! <BR> <BR> Our "June for Change Challenge" has a "NO Junk Food" task in order to earn points. So what exactly is the definition of Junk Food? I did some research and found a couple places on the Internet to help define this for us. <BR> <BR> What is Junk Food? <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Spark People R... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:07:00 EST What are your favorite healthy and unheathy foods? I &#9829; fresh salad with romaine lettuce but I adore Cesar dressing & cheese! <em>140</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 20:09:34 EST What is your best time to exercise? I prefer the mornings but anytime after the heat of the day is ok too. <em>67</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 20:07:39 EST Where are you vacationing in June? I am staying nearby and going to Daytona Beach! <em>298</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 20:05:14 EST In the Spotlight - MAMABEARLICIOUS This week the Spotlight is on Debra aka MAMABEARLICIOUS. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MABEARLICIOUS </link> <BR> A HUGE SHOUT OUT AND CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBRA [MAMABEARLICIOUS]!! <BR> <BR> Debra is on two of my teams... the Mediterranean Way Team and the West Highland White Terrier Fans Team. Last year on the Westie Team we started a challenge that included "NO JUNK FOOD", Debra took this challenge one step farther by sticking to the pledge not to eat ju... Tue, 31 May 2011 14:37:13 EST June Birthday(s) This is a good time for us to stop by and get to know one another. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to you&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> Happy Birthday to you&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;&#9829; &#9829; &#9829; <BR> Happy Birthday Dear Sparky&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.<BR>¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> Happy Birthday to you!!&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•... Tue, 31 May 2011 12:32:00 EST June for Change! <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> The Challenge for June begins Wednesday, June 1st! ARE YOU READY TO JOIN US? <BR> <BR> The Mediterranean Way Team Mate with the most points earned will receive a Team Goodie! <BR> <BR> “Changes” are what we are looking for this month. Who is willing to make the change? Let’s get involved, and let’s get started!! <BR> <BR> Here's how the game works. Take part in each "CHANGE" and total your points for the day. You may create a new post ... Tue, 31 May 2011 11:32:03 EST Hello! I am a new member to your team! My name is Michelle, I am 52 and live in Dubuque, Iowa. I actually lived in Northern California and Arizona for 26 years but returned home 3 years ago to be closer to family. I am single and have two dogs and two cats who are my babies. Stress and hormonal changes have been preventing me from successful weight loss no matter what I seem to do. I had two health scares this past year that thankfully turned out OK but it has prompted me to search for a heal... Sat, 28 May 2011 20:51:48 EST June Weigh in Challenge! <em>298</em> <em>192</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> How did you do in May? What do you plan to do differently? Let's continue that forward momentum into June! <BR> <BR> If you are trying to lose weight; What is your weight loss goal for each week? <BR> <BR> If you are maintaining; What steps to your plan to do this month to maintain? <BR> <BR> Weigh-ins are Saturdays, except for Starting Weight Date Wednesday, June 1st and Ending Date of Thursday, June 30th. Set your goal for June a... Sat, 28 May 2011 20:42:46 EST YIPPEE... lost 20 pounds! I am so excited! My family and friends have been very supportive. Finally I am down a size or two! <em>244</em> Tue, 24 May 2011 08:37:20 EST Today I WILL, Today I WILL NOT? Today I will think first. <BR> <BR> Today I will not overeat. Fri, 20 May 2011 04:04:42 EST Yum or Yuck? Here you can put down something and the next person will say yum or yuck then they put down something. <BR> <BR> Can be food, drink, exercise, etc. <BR> <BR> I will start.... <BR> <BR> Asparagus Thu, 19 May 2011 04:12:33 EST Talking Without Words Use the emoticon's to convey how you are doing, what you are eating, exercising or feeling. Wed, 18 May 2011 15:31:46 EST Welcome CARLYP85 and Beachgirl! I didn't see you introduce yourselves and just wanted to welcome you both! <BR> <BR> I hope to see you posting, soon! Tue, 17 May 2011 11:07:29 EST Fitness & Good Health How do you measure your fitness and health? Many people choose to focus on the number on the scale and that's all. Yes, the number on the scale is important but it is not the only factor that you should consider. The scale is only ONE tool that you should use to gauge your fitness and good health. You could take measurements to determine how many inches you lose. You could also journal to monitor your energy/endurance levels. There are a lot of ways to measure. <BR> <BR> You need a "ca... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:44:40 EST Do you reward yourself? <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> "How do you reward yourself?" This question was asked on the Community Board. I answered the question that I don't reward myself. <BR> <BR> Since then I've been thinking about that answer. "Why don't I reward myself?" "If I did reward myself, what reward would I give myself?" "What do I love to do that I don't do anymore?" <BR> <BR> The answer is -- MOVIES! I love going to the MOVIES! <BR> <em>103</em> <BR> DH hat... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:19:27 EST Hi! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Heather and I just joined. I was so excited to see this group because I've been thinking about the Med diet for a while and now I'm finally ready to work at it. <BR> I've already sort of been eating this way for a while. I don't eat red meat at all and I try to make all of my meals loaded with vegetables and whole grains. My biggest challenge is limiting the sweets. As much as I tell myself to choose an apple over a cookie, it's so difficult! <BR> I'm hoping to get to k... Sun, 15 May 2011 17:28:16 EST Daytona Beach...Here I come! I am leaving everyone home and going to the beach for few days. A girlfriend is meeting me there!! I am very excited My husband may be joining dogs will miss me. They are sitting here next to me knowing I am off. <BR> <BR> What I want to say is that I am so excited to be in this group. It really made me happy to see the posts and the positive ppl here. <BR> <BR> Be back soon. <BR> Have a great week coming. Sun, 15 May 2011 15:45:45 EST I am a New Member! Hello I am Diana a new member looking to eat heart healthy friendly and this sounds like a way of eating I can do and be successful at.I am a wife and mother of 3 kids and enjoy many of the foods that are recommended.Well,I am getting sleepy,goodnight.! <em>102</em> Sun, 15 May 2011 03:41:43 EST Exercise and Muscle Confusion It is important to train for endurance in your workouts. When I was walking and just walking it did nothing at some point. One must add extra time or difficulty to your routine and it is often best to do different exercises during the week. Right now I am walking, riding my bike inside and out, using a mini-trampoline with a DVD or a walk on it. This process avoids the plateau when trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> "Muscle confusion challenges your body to reach its maximum potential by elmi... Sat, 14 May 2011 16:34:47 EST Resa is here! HI all! I am excited about this group. It is truly a great place to be after reading the material and information from members. I am beginning to follow a stricter diet that relates to the Med. Way. Unfortunately I am allergic to fish and cannot have many nuts but I do purchase food with added Omega 3s. <em>277</em> Sat, 14 May 2011 16:24:26 EST For June I was trying to think of what challenge would be best. I know we are all at different stages physically. <BR> <BR> So, I thought if we could start off with an accountability thread (which would be like the current monthly challenge thread) we could use that as a lead in to an actual challenge. How does that sound? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking 30 minutes a day for 3 days would be a good start since that's what doctors and all the other "experts" suggest. This could be the walking (that many o... Fri, 13 May 2011 13:07:25 EST Looking to my Tomorrows...New Member Many days I sit and wonder if I can find a place to call home and fellow Sparkers that will help me along my journey. I do hope and pray that this will be where I can come, share, learn, grow, participate, challenge and have a friend or two. <BR> <BR> I am 59, kind, loving smart, honest and in need of help in losing some weight to reach my personal health goals. Should I lose weight along the way I will then be able to live longer and share more of me with my dear little dog, Charley Coope... Fri, 13 May 2011 03:29:19 EST Low fat cheesecake recipe with Greek yogurt Bought some fat free greek yogurt and found this lovely recipe on their website. I will use fresh lemon instead of lemon curd though! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-cheesecake/ </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 May 2011 05:29:30 EST Something to Think About! "For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. <BR> You just have to find it. <BR> When you come to a roadblock, <BR> take a detour." <BR> - Mary Kay Ash <BR> <BR> <em>343</em> Sat, 7 May 2011 10:38:40 EST Blueberries May Help Weight Management! A new study with blueberries shows they can have a direct effect on white adipose tissue, cutting fat cell numbers and the amount of fat in cells. It lends proof to the notion that diets high in Polyphenols from fruits have multiple benefits to health including weight loss. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>icles/blueberries_may_help_weight_mana<BR>gement/ </link> Thu, 5 May 2011 11:43:06 EST Ideas Needed: Vegetables for Breakfast We are having a potluck brunch this weekend. My sister is making baked french toast and has asked me to bring something. I would like to bring a vegetable dish, but don't know of many that are suitable for breakfast. How do you incorporate vegetables into breakfast? Your recipes and suggestions are welcome! Thu, 5 May 2011 09:44:07 EST May Fitness Challenge I was updating all my trackers and challenges and just noticed that we never got the fitness challenge started for this month. I love this challenge because they give me a bit more motivation, especially on those "feeling lazy" days, to push myself and squeeze in some exercise. <BR> I know you all are experimenting with other challenges ...but ..... since I can't go online alot over the next couple months, this one works better for me. And since it is still working motivationally, I'm goin... Wed, 4 May 2011 21:26:57 EST Newbie Just came across this team. I am originally from Kenya and this food pyramid looks a lot like the way we used to eat back home. I want to get back to this way of eating and being active. Glad to have found this team. Wed, 4 May 2011 17:46:05 EST Mediterranean Diet - Losing Belly Fat I found this article by Dr. Gourmet regarding one of the best ways of losing belly fat is with the Mediterranean Diet and there is research to back it up. Thought you might be interested. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>211.shtml </link> Tue, 3 May 2011 09:58:57 EST ODC - May 1st Your One Day Challenge (ODC) for May 1st is in three parts. <BR> <BR> 1. Read this Spark article - <BR> <BR> Water is a Secret Ingredient <BR> Water: The Wild Card of Weight Loss <BR> By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=54 </link> <BR> <BR> 2. Drink 8 - 8 oz glasses of water today and begin a streak. <BR> <BR> 3. Return to this thread to let us know you have met your goal for the day. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> ... Sun, 1 May 2011 15:32:50 EST 5000 Steps a Day in May! <em>215</em> <em>311</em> <em>215</em> <BR> Gather 'round Sparkies for a May Challenge!! <BR> <BR> Get your pedometers calibrated and ready to do some serious walking beginning May 1st! <BR> <BR> Join the Team Goals to Walk 5,000 Steps a Day in the month of May! 5,000 steps isn't all that much to ask, but do your best and post whatever you can do every day! The object is to Keep Moving! <BR> <BR> Don't forget to record your steps in the Spark Fitness! To add "Steps Tracker" to you... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 13:03:17 EST May Weigh-in Challenge <em>126</em> <em>192</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> How did you do in April? What do you plan to do differently? Let's continue that forward momentum into May! <BR> <BR> If you are trying to lose weight; What is your weight loss goal for each week? <BR> <BR> If you are maintaining; What steps to your plan to do this month to maintain? <BR> <BR> Weigh-in are Saturdays, except for starting weight date Sunday, May 1st. Set your goal for May and post it here! <BR> <BR> *****Start Copy ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:44:01 EST May Birthdays! This is a good time for us to stop by and get to know one another. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to you&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> Happy Birthday to you&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;&#9829; &#9829; &#9829; <BR> Happy Birthday Dear Sparky&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.<BR>¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> Happy Birthday to you!!&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:04:03 EST new to team Hi, I am 55 yrs old and looking for a better way of eating. I know that I have high blood pressure and just found out that my family is genic for having heart diease(by pass surgery for 4 family members;one is my father who just had quadruple by pass just 2 weeks ago). <BR> I like carbs and don't want to give them up altogether. Reading about this lifestyle has made me feel this is for me. <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:00:00 EST Metabolic Flu of Obesity I saw this article this morning and thought it was interesting to share on why we should be "loading up" on our essential Omega-3's! <BR> <link><BR>icles/dha_protects_against_the_metabol<BR>ic_flu_of_obesity/ </link> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:47:20 EST Let's Play Spark's Quiz! Doing the Spark People's Daily Quiz (found on SparkPoints) is a fun way to learn!! Let's play and share our scores with one another! <BR> <BR> Copy & paste your Daily Quiz score here! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:54:53 EST Let's Play Spark's Trivia! Gathering Spark Points is fun! <BR> <BR> Join us everyday in playing Spark Trivia (found on the SparkPoints). <BR> <BR> Spark People rewards Sparkies with a Trivia Trophy at the end of each month when your trivia scores for the month are 90% or higher!! <BR> <BR> So come on! Play with us! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste your daily trivia score here! <BR> <em>209</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:46:30 EST How Many Spins? <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> How many spins on the Spark Wheel did you get today? <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:14:45 EST Elbow Plank I spend much of my time on the Internet searching for interesting things, but today... this exercise has shown up just about everywhere I've turned. It must be telling me something! <BR> <BR> Elbow Plank (or SP Modified Plank) <BR> You can do this! See increase core and low-back strength in as little as two weeks! <BR> <BR> 1. Start by lying face down on the ground or use an exercise mat. Place your elbows and forearms underneath your chest. Elbow should be right under your shoulder. <B... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:40:47 EST ODC - April 19th and Beyond! Every day we receive messages from that are filled with good sound advice offering us suggestions on how we can reach our goals for a healthier lifestyle. We see them... but do we do them? This morning I was catching up on my Sparkmail from a couple days ago, and the exercise of the day (a couple days ago) was Yoga for the Abs the Modified Plank. <BR> <BR> This is your One Day Challenge! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?ID=7&from=fitness <... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:42:05 EST Figs Health Benefits! Eat This Sweet, Chewy Treat to Live Longer!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-your-recipe-for-a-longer-life?eid=109<BR>8946005&memberid=31240056 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:46:30 EST Question: How do you use smoked salmon? In an effort to increase my fish consumption, I decided to pick up a few pieces of smoked salmon. And now I don't know what on earth to do with it. Does anybody have any suggestions? Thank you! Sat, 16 Apr 2011 21:50:28 EST Improving Your Moods with Omega-3 & Folic Acid! Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and folic acid. <BR> <BR> Omega-3 fatty acids are present in the brain at higher levels than any other part of the body, and of particular interest is the ability of omega-3 fats to help alleviate depression. Omega-3 fats can be found in fatty fish like wild salmon, sardines, and Atlantic mackerel, and to a lesser extent in ground flaxseeds, walnuts, and omega-3-fortified eggs. <BR> <BR> Folic acid, also called folate, also seems to be important in re... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:17:47 EST April Birthdays! Starting with April and continuing each month there will be a new thread for Birthday Announcements added to our General Team Discussion Forum. <BR> <BR> The Birthday Announcements will be posted before the month begins but because the information was just gathered, we are a little late announcing everyone who had a birthday in April on time. <BR> <BR> This is a good time to stop by and visit the Spark Pages of the birthday member to get to know one another better! <BR> <em>144</em> <... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 11:21:47 EST April 8-10 Weekend Challenge April 8-10 Weekend Challenge <BR> <BR> There are two parts to this weekends challenge -- Healthy Eating and Share a Smile. <BR> <em>30</em> <em>341</em> <em>30</em> <BR> A healthy eating plan is everyone's challenge especially on the weekends when activities with family and friends can include more food temptations. Good or not so good, what choices will you make? <BR> <BR> A. Share what you ate today and/or what you did to eat healthier to take care of you! <BR> <BR> B. Share a Smil... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 11:04:52 EST What is your favorite Mediterranean Recipe? Some people just have the natural knack for cooking and what tastes good. Eating good is a new adventure for all of us, whether we had been doing it for years or brand new. Exploring new tastes and cooking something new is so exciting, share with us your favorite recipe and invite us for dinner in our own kitchen. <em>236</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2011 19:28:59 EST Hello from over here. Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm a 42yr married mum of one from Canterbury in the UK. Canterbury is a smallish place in the very bottom left of the UK. Canterbury is famous for two things. A cathedral whose Archbishop is the head of the Church of England, so he will probably be marrying Willam and Kate, as previous ones have conducted other Royal weddings. Also as the home town of Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Carribean). <BR> <BR> My DD is 21 and hopefully in the autumn will be embarking on a... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:40:28 EST What has TMW done for you? Everybody has different needs for thier bodies, and just out of curiosity what has eating The Mediterranean Way done for you to benefit your health thus far? Whether you are a beginner or been doing this a long time, share the differences you experienced with all of us here. Everybody will love to hear your story. <BR> <em>321</em> <em>492</em> <em>277</em> <em>485</em> <em>181</em> <em>293</em> <em>321</em> Tue, 5 Apr 2011 20:44:15 EST Olive Oil Questions Just want your thoughts since the TMW uses olive oil. Someone on another team said that you should not cook with olive oil because it changes the molecular structure when it is heated, so she only uses grapeseed oil to cook with. According to this person, you should only use it to drizzle on food after it is cooked. I beg to differ, otherwise no one would be cooking with it. I think it is the most widely used oil that I know of, besides veggie or canola oil. I say you can cook with it, b... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:45:45 EST Collecting Birthday Information! I'm collecting birth date information!! Please help me out and post your birth date information here! <BR> <BR> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start first: <BR> <BR> October 1 <BR> <em>249</em> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 00:03:11 EST question about meat where does lamb and,pork fit in the food table???? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:07:29 EST mediterranean cookbook what are these items and what can we sub for them that we have access to here in east tenn area . 1.) bortonni beans, calasparra rice,arborio rice,bocconcini, burghul, cannellini beans, capers,cedro,chorizo, feta cheese,frisee,haloumi cheese,melokhia, nigella seeds, <BR> kefalotyri cheese,polenta, "corn meal", pancetta, pecorino cheese, pomegranate, molasses, porcini mushrooms, perserved lemons?, <BR> prosciutto, ras-el-hanout "spice",provolone "cheese", rocket, also known as arugula,rugula o... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:40:17 EST ODC - March 31st! ODC?? What is ODC you say?? It's a One Day Challenge! Here's how it works... I will post a One Day Challenge for you made up of one or more simple tasks to do during the day. Complete the tasks and return to post your progress. <BR> <BR> Here's your ODC for March 31st! <BR> <BR> #1 - Eat 5 fruits and/or veggies <BR> #2 - Drink 8 - 8 oz glasses of water <BR> <BR> Make sure you come back to tell us how you did and what you had! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:46:47 EST April Fitness Challenge Let's continue this Challenge! Thank you SKIPSIDE you have inspired us all! <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>311</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> The base of the Mediterranean Pyramid is physical activity. This is a personal challenge designed to help TMW achieve a more active lifestyle. You will be competing against yourself. <BR> <BR> Figure out how many fitness minutes you want to do for the month of April and then record each day's time. Remember you are competing against yourself. If you h... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:48:52 EST Hi everybody I've been on spark for nearly a year. I have yo yo'd the same 5 pounds back and forth. <BR> <BR> I had a great appointment with my new dr. on Monday, and he is wanting to get down to the heart of why I am gaining weight and it is impossible to take it off. <BR> <BR> He recommended the Mediterranean Diet style of eating and it is something I am looking forward to trying. As I told my husband last night, this won't be a diet, this will be a modification of the way we eat, as I don't want... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:01:21 EST Sonoma Diet The Sonoma Diet is similar to the Med Way. You eat by plate size and fill your 9 inch plate with 1/2 veggies, 1/4 whole grains and 1/4 lean protein. Breakfast is whole grain cereal with skim milk and fruit or egg and whole wheat toast. Sugar is a no no and all pasta, rice, etc. is brown or whole wheat. This is an easy diet to follow and i lost 18 lbs but have since gained it back because I got bored and thought I could do it better myself which never works. Now, I want to get back into i... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:53:58 EST NEW I joined this team because it is the closest thing I've found to the Sonoma Diet which I lost 18 lbs on several years ago, quit and now am going to go back to. It's making the healthy eating choices like the Med Diet suggests and filling your plate the right way. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:46:19 EST Hi everybody! My name is Jennifer I am 32 a mother of 2 (11 Charlie and Paul 16), and happily married to my husband Jeff. I love being a member of the Mediterranean Way Team because together we love to learn new things and encourage one another to do our best. I personally have never been a team leader before, and when I was growing up never got to play sports and be part of a team. So this team is my home, my first shot, and to the best of my ability I wish to make it my proudest success. I am no diffe... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:56:20 EST April Weigh-in Challenge Let's show the month of April what we are made of and get busy losing a few pounds! I know we can do it! <BR> <BR> This Challenge is to motivate and inspire one another that we CAN do this. Come here to share and to post your weekly weigh-in with the team! <BR> <BR> Weigh yourself at least once a week to stay on track. If you weigh yourself more often, that is fine, but only post your weight once a week. <BR> <BR> The ability to lose weight is based on several things; monitoring y... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 13:46:39 EST Hey there! Hi everyone! I've been eating a Mediterranean-like diet for most of my life ( I grew up with most of the foods ) and I love everything about the lifestyle. I am active, and thankfully exercise has never been an issue for me. My biggest issues with my diet is alcohol and sweets. I only drink a couple times a week, and when I do, I am usually at a bar with my friends and I don't want red wine, I want a beer or a sugary sweet cocktail! I try to keep it to just a few but it still hinders my diet.... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:48:33 EST Hello! I'm Haley and I've been a member here since.....October-ish. Maybe? Anyway, I have not posted a great deal but I have lurked a lot! I am working on becoming WAY more of an active poster. <BR> <BR> FYI: I have 2 precious kiddos--a 6 year old boy and 2 year old girl. I'm married to the most wonderful man. I even really like my job. I've been working on my diet since October and exercising regularly since late December. My thinking was to get control of my food issues, not set myself up ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:00:59 EST mediterranean cook book as far as the pyramid goes for the mediterranean way i bought two cookbooks oh my ward. so many things i do not have in my cupboards. the closest store to buy allot of that stuff is a health food store which is real pricy 35 miles from here. my question can up sub foods for the ingredients they call for???? Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:45:20 EST Take One More Step a Day Challenge! Just because we are a team that focuses on eating healthy doesn't mean we shouldn't put some of our focus on exercise. After all the Mediterranean Pyramid foundation is ... what??? Yes, EXERCISE!! Some kind of exercise everyday! <BR> <BR> Walking is a great simple form of exercise that doesn't require anything more than putting one foot in front of the other. Spring is sprung... now let's get moving! <BR> <BR> Quite a few of us are new to walking for exercise. Let's use this challenge... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:48:27 EST hello everyone My name isLinda. i am a real foodie, i love all fresh friut and veg, growing my own and visiting my local farm shop. i follow spark and the mediterran way of life as i find it is so easy to follow and the healthyist way to eat. i am so glad to become the co leader of this team i hope to share some of my ideas with you all Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:12:12 EST Thank you! Thank you so much for the cup for my points in the challenge! i enjoyed doing it very much! When is the next challenge? <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Ellen Mon, 21 Mar 2011 05:14:54 EST Game: A-Z Healthy Tips, Food, Activities, etc. Ready for a game? Simple but fun. We can keep it going as long as you want. <BR> <BR> First person starts with the letter "A" = Avocado. Next person has the letter "B" = Bicycle. Next the letter "C" = Cheese. Next "D".. etc, etc. <BR> <BR> What do you say? Ready to play? <BR> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:54:53 EST What does a 'typical' day of eating look like? I'm still trying to get my feet under me with this Mediterranean Way of eating, and find myself asking for some helpful hints from those of you who are more experienced with this plan. What does a typical day of eating the Mediterranean Way look like for you? Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:30:05 EST Thought for the Day! 03/12/11 <BR> <BR> "None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone." <BR> <BR> -Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:07:33 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin'? It's early Sunday morning the stove is staying cold until later on when I will fix a Sunday brunch. <BR> <BR> For now my starter (while I sit alone and contemplate) ... I fixed myself a bowl of Greek Plain Yogurt topped with fresh strawberries & blueberries, along with my freshly brewed cup of French Roast coffee. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <em>470</em> <em>45</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:47:40 EST Tuna the Wonder Fish I was flipping through my Fitness magazine and came across the ad for tuna fish. What caught my eye was the salad they were showing in the ad, Tuna and White Bean Salad. I've seen the commercials for Tuna the Wonder Fish, but didn't pay much attention to them. Since it had the website listed, I thought I would check it out. I can eat tuna salad, with the mayo, egg, celery and onion, but there were some other recipes listed that sounded pretty good such as Mediterranean Pasta Salad. <BR>... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:20:39 EST new way of life hey <BR> as we say here in east tenn. my doctor diagnosed me with metabolic syndrome a year and half ago. i was 193 pounds and my sugar was 129. my user name is my way to remind me of what i never what to do or be anymore. i have lost 234 pounds in my life 20 to 30 pounds at a time. I lost it keep it off a few months and then start gaining again. never keep it off for longer then 2 and half yrs i have had high and low sugar since i was 29 yrs old since both my parents where diabetic my chanc... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:07:07 EST Let's Take a Daily Spark Quiz! Wow! This was an eye opener!! Let's do this! Take a Daily Spark Quiz and share the results with one another! Hmm... after taking the Quiz I guess I don't know it all!! LOL!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Instructions: Find the Spark Quiz on My Spark Points Page. Complete a Quiz (any Quiz) and earn 10 Spark Points! You may choose any Quiz that you want, but try to choose a new Quiz everyday. Then come back to this post and share your score with the team! <BR> <BR> I think t... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:45:34 EST Hi, I'm new Hi. My name is Michele. I am glad that I found this spark team. My husband's family has a history of diabetes and heart disease so I was researching a couple different "diets" and stumbled across the Mediterranean way of eating and how now it is linked to reducing the risk factors of heart disease and diabetes. I figured it would be something that both of us could learn to do together. So I searched Sparkpeople and found you. I am reading the Mediterranean diet so we haven't started jus... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 21:40:18 EST Changes Challenge - March 12 - 19 Change is in the air! Winter is giving way for spring! Let's make changes in our lives too! <BR> <BR> Challenge will begin Friday, March 12 thru March 19th. Team mate with the highest points wins a Team Goodie! <BR> <BR> Join in the Changes Challenge! <BR> <em>425</em> <em>257</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> *****Start Copy Here******** <BR> <BR> CHANGES <BR> <BR> C = Cardio and get 5 point for every 5 minutes of exercise (Max 100) = <BR> H = H2O - 1 point for every cup of water (... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 14:14:59 EST Ash Wednesday - Lent All about Lent: <BR> Lent is the period of fasting leading up to the feast of Easter, recalling Jesus' 40-day fast in the wilderness. Catholic Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends right before the evening Masses of Holy Thursday, although Lenten penance continues through Holy Saturday. In 2011, Lent begins on March 9 in the Western Church. <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Is anyone celebrating Lent? What are you giving up for Lent? <BR> <em>126</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:17:10 EST Mardi Gras or Mardi Santé? <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans, Louisiana, is famous for. "Gras" is French for fat and "Mardi" is French for Tuesday. <BR> <BR> The annual festivities start on January 6, the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany, when the three kings are supposed to have visited the Christ Child, and build to a climax on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which always occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday. The parties ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 11:58:42 EST Looks interesting - but is this an "Active" team? Hi team - I'm wanting to get active with a Mediterranean eating team, and this looks interesting - but I'm wondering if it is ACTIVE? Anybody?? Tue, 8 Mar 2011 00:41:35 EST March Fitness Challenge I was updating all my trackers and challenges and just noticed that we never got the fitness challenge started for this month. I love these challenges because they give me a bit more motivation, especially on those "feeling lazy" days, to push myself and squeeze in some exercise. <BR> So here is the start of March Fitness challenge. Feel free to go back to all your trackers so far this month to bring this up-to-date. <BR> <BR> Bon chance! <em>137</em> Good Luck! <em>137</em> <BR> ~~~~... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 18:54:23 EST Tilapia was a great success! My whole family really enjoyed the tilapia for dinner tonight. At first my boys were turning up their noses to the whole idea, but since I let them smell it before placing it in the oven they thought maybe not a bad idea. I coated it with a little olive oil, rubbed some turmeric, curry, salt, and coarse black pepper and finished it with some lemon juice. I forgot all about the mangos but had some fresh salsa on hand so dabbed a lil on the plate beside fish. Served up some salad, fresh bre... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:18:09 EST Hi and a question :-) Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Schaharazade I have been on Spark for a few months trying to get a healthy diet and exercise program going. And whadda ya know I lost 10 pounds! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I have decided to find a focused way of eating. My calorie intake is generally good, but I think the over all nutrition level in my food choices is poor. (I like potato chips!) I would like to focus on eating fresh, less processed foods and hope this "Mediterranean Way" will help me work... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:50:24 EST I don't like fish so what do I buy? I am not a fan of fish, but I do believe I should give it another try. What kind of fish would not be real fishy tasting but will compliment my nutrition? Is there such thing? Has anybody else started out with the same dilema and found a kind of fish that satisfies them? Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:21:51 EST A link I found discussing all the health benefits Here is a link to a website that discusses alot of health benefits from the Mediterranean Diet <BR><BR>ies-mediterranean-diet Sat, 19 Feb 2011 20:34:37 EST Mediterranean 'diet' guide I found this great guide to following the Mediterranean 'diet'. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NewMedKitFinalER.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think. Sat, 19 Feb 2011 20:32:34 EST New to the team! I am a newbie, and I read all the posts about this Mediterranean Diet and I like it so much because it is true. Everything you read shows that to be consistant with these foods will lead to healthy lifestyle. One question is that I am following my nutrition plan (somewhat except for today) and it seems like it has all of this going already, so is Spark already designed to give a Mediterranean Diet from the start? I have lost 5 pounds in 4 days and I feel good. My plan has not had any meat ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:44:00 EST great link and video! Check out this link about UNESCO honoring the Mediterranean 'diet'. Make sure you scroll down to the video and watch it. I don't know French but it is wonderful eye candy on the old way of doing things in the Mediterranean lands. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-adds-mediterranean-diet-intangible-cu<BR>ltural-heritage-list </link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 14:56:24 EST New to the Team, but not to the Med Way Hello all, <BR> <BR> My ancestry is from the Mediterranean so I grew up eating this way. I am fortunate as I don't even have to think about it. I love all fresh fruit, veggies, and fish. I have always eaten healthy. My problem has been portion control, too much of a good thing, along with some sweets can be bad. Glad to have found the team. <em>213</em> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:57:11 EST More intuitive than a 'diet' for me Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Thought I should stop by and say 'hi. My name is Samantha and I am 27 and have been on Sparkpeople since August, and just celebrated a year and 55 pounds gone overall. <BR> <BR> I love the Meditternean style of eating/foods and was following that way even before I put a name to it. I absolutely love mixed nuts, fresh greens, cheese and most seafood (not so keen on 'stronger' fish like Mahi-Mahi.) <BR> <BR> I was a really strict vegetarian for ten years before I move... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 22:07:37 EST Hello team I've been a part of Spark for a vey long time. It helps me stay in check with my health and helps me keep trying to lose some pounds. I've been a bit concerned about my heart health and heard that this is life style that will help me with that. I look forward to sharing meal plans and ideas. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:38:54 EST Hello folks! Hi, I'm Chris. <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for 1 year and a day today! <BR> I have lost 112lbs so far since being Sparkpeople, so know that it works! <BR> I live in a small village south of Peterborough here in England. <BR> I saw this team and thought what a great idea and ideals this would be for a team! <BR> Looking forward to getting involved with you guys! <BR> Have a nice weekend! <BR> Chris. Sat, 5 Feb 2011 06:00:31 EST Intro Hi all! I just joined. Today I was informed by my doc that my triglycerides are high and my HDL is low. She wants me on meds but I am going to work on lowering and raising them by diet and exercise. I have been a part of SP for a couple of years now, just getting really serious this past year. I was just watching my calorie intake and exercising. Now I need to get serious about what I put into my body...not just how much! My research revealed that the Mediterranean diet is a good way to get m... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:54:04 EST February Fitness Challenge Woo Hoo - everyone did such a great job in January lets all go for it again! <BR> <BR> The base of the Mediterranean Pyramid is physical activity. This is a personal challenge designed to help TMW achieve a more active life style. You will be competing against yourself. <BR> <BR> Figure out how many fitness minutes you want to do for the month of February and then record each day's time. Remember you are competing against yourself. If you have health issues your minutes will look very diff... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:11:55 EST February Fitness Challenge The base of the Mediterranean Pyramid is physical activity. This is a personal challenge designed to help TMW achieve a more active life style. You will be competing against yourself. <BR> <BR> Figure out how many fitness minutes you want to do for the month of February and then record each day's time. Remember you are competing against yourself. If you have health issues your minutes will look very different than if you are a seasoned athlete. No worries - do your best. <BR> <BR> Start y... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:51:46 EST Calorie Count 1st February-28th February Hi Team, <BR> You have done a magnificent job of last months Calorie Count. <BR> I am so proud of you all <BR> <BR> Lets see if we can do as well or better it this month.. <BR> <BR> Start Copy Here <BR> ******************** <BR> Starting Weight. <BR> <BR> Calorie Range. <BR> <BR> 01/02/11--- <BR> 02/02/11--- <BR> 03/02/11--- <BR> 04/02/11--- <BR> 05/02/11--- <BR> 06/02/11--- <BR> 07/02/11--- <BR> 08/02/11--- <BR> 09/02/11--- <BR> 10/02/11--- <BR> <BR> <BR> and so on <BR> Finishing we... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:41:24 EST Check this link out ! Its Great ! Caz Shared this link with me and I thought I should share it with you ... really interesting and imformative <BR> Hugs Susie. <BR><BR>liver.html <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 04:36:17 EST Rachael Ray & Me!! I hope it is OK to post this here. <BR> <BR> Today is the day to tune in to your local NBC Channel and see me on the Rachael Ray Show. I am one of 5 guests who have lost a total of over 700 pounds without Surgery or Medications. <BR> There was a lot that I didn't get to say, but at least people will see that it IS possible to lose weight without investing in expensive surgery or risky medications. That does work, and for some of my Friends the surgery has been Life Saving and Life Changing.... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 03:15:44 EST Sneaky Reasons for NOT Losing Weight I personally don't always agree with Dr. Oz, but I thought this article was interesting and worth sharing. <BR> <BR> Diet Pitfalls by Dr. Oz. <BR> <BR> "You've been dieting and dieting for what feels like forever. So why isn't the weight coming off faster? You may be getting tripped up by one of these all-too-common diet pitfalls. "Sometimes people think they're doing everything right but they're actually doing something wrong," says Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." Here, Dr. Oz ex... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:09:24 EST Thought for the Day Staying in the Moment <BR> <BR> "Be completely where you are at the time you are there, not thinking of where you are not thinking of where you are going or what you are doing next." - Charles Bensinger <BR> <BR> "Our past is gone. Our future isn't here yet. Now is all we have." <BR> <BR> From: Meditations For People Who (May) Worry Too Much. Jan 26 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:53:42 EST