SparkPeople Glycemic Index - Low GI Lifestyle Team Messageboard Do you want to know the effects of foods on your blood sugar and lose the bloated feeling? Discover foods to improve overall wellness and health, making positive, lifestyle and diet changes. SparkPeople Glycemic Index - Low GI Lifestyle Team Messageboard July 2020 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (There was no June 2020 Newsletter.) <BR> <BR> July 2020 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> If you are managing to stay lean in today’s obesogenic environment (lucky you!), you might suspect that it’s your good genes and/or disciplined adherence to a healthy diet and lifestyle. On the other hand, if you’ve struggled with body fat and dieting for most of your life, you live in hope there’... Mon, 6 Jul 2020 00:08:26 EST May 2020 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May 2020 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> Eating and enjoying the best quality foods you can afford, and ensuring overall eating patterns are healthy and well balanced, are important factors in conception, and significantly improve the chances of having a successful pregnancy and giving birth to a healthy baby. This month’s edition of GI News explores nutrition and pregnancy. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 2 May 2020 18:39:00 EST April GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> April 2020 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> GI News is published online every month by the University of Sydney, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre. Their goal is to help people choose the high-quality carbs that are digested at a rate that our bodies can comfortably accommodate and to share the latest scientific findings on food and diet with a part... Wed, 1 Apr 2020 21:30:35 EST Medical Tip To Help Combat Flu & Viruses Shared by SP Member PATRICIAAK who is a doctor. <BR> <BR> "We’re in a unique situation and I agree we need prudent precautions. <BR> <BR> One thing I haven’t heard much but STRONGLY RECOMMEND is: <BR> <BR> Have a glass of water (can be flavored) next to you and take a few swallows <BR> ~ every 15 min. This washes whatever germs (viral or bacterial) are in your <BR> throat down to your stomach where they can be killed by the stomach acid. <BR> The germs are therefore no longer in your thro... Sat, 14 Mar 2020 19:40:26 EST March 2020 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March 2020 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> GI News is published online every month by the University of Sydney, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre. Their goal is to help people choose the high-quality carbs that are digested at a rate that our bodies can comfortably accommodate and to share the latest scientific findings on food and diet with a part... Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:59:18 EST February 2020 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> February 2020 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> There is a huge variety of seafood to choose from but we are creatures of habit and tend to stick to a limited range of our favourites. However, overfishing is a big problem. Taking pressure off fish stocks means we need to branch out and try different types of seafood. The Whole Fish Cookbook author, Josh Niland, also believes we need to co... Wed, 5 Feb 2020 18:30:24 EST January 2020 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January 2020 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> Eating meat kick-started the evolution of modern big-brained humans. But we can actually live long and healthy lives without eating it, and many millions do. However, it’s a highly nutritious food that provides us with essential nutrients more difficult to obtain from plant foods. But it does pose ethical questions around the environment and ... Thu, 9 Jan 2020 21:18:47 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2020 Feel free to share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational and/or make us pause for thought! <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2019 15:31:19 EST Team Bonus Points - 2020 You earn team bonus points by going to your SparkPoints page.Under the Community Section, go to "SparkAmerica Affinity Favorites". There you just tap on the flag next to the team you wish to support. Points are awarded not just to the team, but to you as well! You can earn points for up to 5 teams each day. <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2019 15:30:33 EST December 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> December 2019 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> Low carb diets. Low fat diets. Owning a dog. Eating leafy greens. Fermented foods. Dairy foods. Eggs. Salt. Sugar. We are bombarded with conflicting messages about food, diet and health in the media. How do we work out who or what to believe? In Food for Thought, Dr Alan Barclay explains the different kinds of evidence and how compelling it ... Mon, 2 Dec 2019 13:24:59 EST November 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> November 2019 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> As we head into a couple of months of festivities around the world, we thought it would be timely to take a look at the large pink elephant in the room. Alcohol, the only substance that in terms of nutrition is both a food providing us with energy and a drug affecting our brain and nervous system. In Food for Thought, Nicole Senior reminds u... Fri, 1 Nov 2019 09:25:20 EST October 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October 2019 <BR> <BR> These days, processed food seems to be associated with either “junk food” or food additives – things that many people would rather avoid if they could. In Food for Thought, Prof Jennie Brand-Miller reminds us that food processing is nothing new, that it has delivered a number of benefits, and that perhaps we should see it as an example of human creativity at its best.... Tue, 8 Oct 2019 23:30:43 EST September 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> September 2019 <BR> <BR> The glycemic index, or GI, is an inherent property of carbohydrate-containing foods and beverages. It is a relative ranking from 0–100, describing the rate and extent to which available carbohydrate is digested, absorbed and metabolised into glucose and released into the blood. But speed of digestion is only part of the story. Quantity counts. How high blood glucose... Sat, 7 Sep 2019 11:06:39 EST August 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> August 2019 <BR> <BR> In some quarters, carbs get an undeserved bad rap. But students of human evolution know that carbohydrates (fruits, berries and tubers) played an instrumental role throughout our long 3-million-year journey from a small upright walking ape (Lucy, Australopithicus afarensis) to the tall, smooth-skinned creature with a very large brain who can perform high level maths as... Thu, 8 Aug 2019 11:19:05 EST July 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> July 2019 <BR> <BR> This month is all about protein. <BR> <BR> FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and Dr Alan Barclay answer the most common questions we are asked about protein. <BR> <BR> WHAT IS PROTEIN? People talk about “protein”, but in fact there are many proteins. They are chemical compounds made up of chains of smaller building blocks called amino acids... <BR> <BR> W... Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:02:38 EST June 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 2019 <BR> <BR> Whether it’s for better health, a better environment or animal welfare, choosing to go vegan is one of the biggest diet trends. Vegan or plant-based diets skip the cholesterol and most of the saturated fat found in animal products, and are richer in fibre and some vitamins says Dr Neal Barnard. Studies have shown that a low-fat vegan diet has enormous health benefits – p... Fri, 7 Jun 2019 20:04:40 EST May 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May 2019 <BR> <BR> How much fat should you eat eat? That depends. You only have to look around the world to see that there are very different dietary patterns with very different fat intakes that are associated with good health and long life. Traditional Mediterranean and Japanese diets, both linked with a long and healthy life, couldn’t be more different. The former is relatively high in f... Sat, 4 May 2019 20:48:40 EST April 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> April 2019 <BR> <BR> This month we are taking a closer look at sugar alcohols or polyols, a type of carbohydrate with a somewhat confusing name that comes from their chemical structure with its characteristics of both sugars and alcohol. You’ll find them sweetening “diabetic friendly”, sugar free and no added sugars products including chewing gum, candy (lollies), ice cream, dairy desserts,... Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:25:22 EST March 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March 2019 <BR> <BR> This month we are taking a closer look at starch, the carbohydrate found naturally in grains, legumes, potatoes and other starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds. Did you know starch is actually the plant’s reserve energy supply that it stores in its seeds and tubers. But plants have made it hard for us (and other animals) to get at their personal larder as anyone who has ev... Mon, 4 Mar 2019 17:33:48 EST February 2019 GI Newstetter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> February 2019 <BR> <BR> Everywhere you look there is a revival of time-honoured food preserving skills including jams, preserves, pickles and chutneys. What was once a prudent method for prolonging the nutrition and enjoyment of a seasonal harvest has become an uber-cool way to turn your back on mass-produced food and make your own local artisanal, bespoke food with heart. This month we tak... Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:59:43 EST Canada's New Food Guide Thought you might find this interesting. <BR> <BR> Today Health Canada released it's new Food Guide and the first thing that jumps out at me is there are no servings or portions mentioned. Rather the concentration seems to be earting healthy period. <BR> <BR> "The new ideal healthy meal is now shown pictorially as a single plate with half of its space taken by "plenty of vegetables and fruits"; a quarter for "protein foods" such as meat, nuts, and beans; and a quarter for "whole grain foo... Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:01:22 EST January 2019 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January 2019 <BR> <BR> As you loosen your belt and renew your vows to cut back on second helpings, dispense with desserts, and sign up at the gym, you will be relieved to know that we aren’t going to talk about going on diets or signing up for gym packages. We are going to talk about something everyone does, but very few talk about. Relief. Whatever you call it – gas, farting, flatus, or br... Tue, 8 Jan 2019 23:44:54 EST Newbie today! 01/08/2019 Excited to meet everyone! Started Low GI on Friday. Already down 2.6 pounds! Looking forward to continue learning, and loosing. Have many pounds to lose, but can do this!!!! Need to feel better, then like how I look. Mostly good health, strengthen myself.... improve energy and strength!!! Tue, 8 Jan 2019 14:53:26 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2019 Feel free to share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational and/or make us pause for thought! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2019 21:20:21 EST Team Bonus Points - 2019 You earn team bonus points by going to your SparkPoints page.Under the Community Section, go to "SparkAmerica Affinity Favorites". There you just tap on the flag next to the team you wish to support. Points are awarded not just to the team, but to you as well! You can earn points for up to 5 teams each day. <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2019 21:19:18 EST Stopping By To Say Hi - 2019 Stop by whenever you can and let us know what's happening, share any inspirational quotes, tips, etc! <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 18:21:27 EST SparkWheel Points - 2019 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 17:17:02 EST Move, Move, Move! - 2019 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 17:14:54 EST December 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> December 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> FRUIT FOR THOUGHT <BR> “There is no way that taking a pill can replace eating fruits and vegetables … In theory, one could cram all the good things that plants make—essential elements, fibre, vitamins, antioxidants, plant hormones, and so on—into a pill. But it would have to be a very large pill... <BR> <BR> WHAT’S N... Thu, 6 Dec 2018 18:17:44 EST November 2018 G.I. Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> November 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> A TASTE OF HONEY <BR> Honey’s sweetness comes mostly from fructose, glucose and sucrose, plus small amounts of other sugars. Most honeys have more fructose than glucose – typically 38 per cent fructose to 30 per cent glucose – but that’s not set in stone. It all depends on where the bees have been buzzing, which is also why sweetness can va... Wed, 7 Nov 2018 21:30:01 EST The Basics - For New & Old Members *** FYI ONLY -- PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST *** <BR> ******** SO IT WILL STAY ON TOP &amp; EASY TO FIND! ******** <BR> <BR> Here are some excellent articles and videos to help you enjoy your Sparking experience. <BR> <BR> "VIDEO: An Overview of the SparkPeople Community" <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1179 </link> <BR> <BR> "A Guide to Posting in SparkTeams &amp; Message Boards" <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id... Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:09:50 EST October 2018 G.I. Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> It’s often said that we run on fuel just as a car runs on petrol. In fact we burn a mix of three key fuels (carbs, protein and fats) that we get from the foods and drinks we consume. Nutrition scientists call these fuels “macronutrients” because our bodies need lots of them. They provide us with energy (calories or kilojoules) along with vita... Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:29:50 EST New StartPage Changes Coach Jen announced today: <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We have a made a few changes to the new Start page based on your feedback. Most of these changes are if you switched to the SparkCoach Start page. More info on that can be found here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=sparkcoach_own_your_day_with_our_ne<BR>w_feature </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Under your username on the top left of your Start page, it now says "Edit Goals and Preferences" If you hover ove... Thu, 11 Oct 2018 19:07:51 EST New Feature SparkCoach - Own Your Day! A new feature is being made available starting today - SparkCoach - not to be confused with the Premium Coaching program. <BR> <BR> "SparkCoach is designed to help you prioritize your day, reach goals in all areas of life and make changes that will be sustainable for a lifetime. Much more than just reading information, SparkCoach will lead you through an easy-to-follow, 28-day program, coaching you through the steps that will allow you to become the best version of yourself. Best of all, the... Mon, 8 Oct 2018 20:45:45 EST September 2018 G.I. Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> September 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> Recently, the Trump administration angered health experts around the world with its attempt to weaken a UN resolution encouraging breastfeeding. The US bid to promote the use of formula was unsuccessful and has prompted discussions about the importance of exclusively breastfeeding (if possible) for the baby’s first six months of life, befor... Sat, 8 Sep 2018 16:26:06 EST August 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> August 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> Food skills are our focus this issue, prompted by Paula Goodyer’s think piece in the Sydney Morning Herald: Have We Lost Our Food Skills and How to Get Them Back. We think the suggestion in the article that we need to turn off the tap with convenience foods is idealistic rather than realistic. What matters for good health and achieving and mai... Thu, 2 Aug 2018 12:09:57 EST July 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> July 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> BACK TO THE FUTURE <BR> Researchers from Oxford University and Agroscope who created a database to help inform food producers and consumers on better ways to reduce their environmental impact found (1) the best growing practices achieved the same yield with about a third of the impact, and (2) animal product-free diets are likely to deliver gre... Fri, 6 Jul 2018 01:11:11 EST June 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> SWEET TALK <BR> Why we would like to see a front-of-pack food label system that focuses on the positive – not just the negative (sugars and saturated fats); that tied in with the latest dietary guidelines; rated foods according to their contribution to desirable macronutrient and micronutrient intakes; used Adam Drewnowski’s Nutrient Rich Foods... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 20:24:55 EST May 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> WHY IS PUSS PORTLY? <BR> A recent Swedish study found that eating predominantly dry food, being a greedy eater, and inactivity increased risk of puss being obese. Cat Bible author and Radio Pet Lady, Tracie Hotchner wasn’t surprised at the finding. “Numerous veterinarians who share my dismay over the widespread use of dry food are concerned abou... Thu, 3 May 2018 20:58:06 EST Upcoming SP Changes A few days ago, Coach Jen advised through The Spark Blog that more changes would be forthcoming over the next few months. <BR> <BR> - As of May 15th, SparkPeople TV will no longer be available, however, all the SP-produced videos will continue to be.This change only affects the availability of SP partners' videos. <BR> <BR> - Enhancements will be made to SparkChallenges and some new features will be added to help you focus on your goals and maximize your potential for success. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 3 May 2018 15:36:55 EST April 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> April 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> HORSE SENSE FOR WEIGHT LOSS <BR> The high-profile claims that weight loss is all about reducing carbs to reduce insulin prove to be apocryphal reports David Katz who looking at the implications of a JAMA study that compared low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss and health improvement. The scientists’ finding... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 22:52:18 EST March 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March 2018 <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> ANYTHING TO DECLARE? <BR> - Conflict of interest is about more than money. Nutrition researchers should disclose their advocacy or activist work as well as their dietary preferences say John Ionnadis and John Trepanowski. This helps everyone understand who is promoting what and why. “Readers need to know if an author is strongly adherent to a ... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 23:50:42 EST February 2018 GI Newletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> February 2018 <BR> <BR> JOIN THE GI NEWS FACEBOOK COMMUNITY <BR> <BR> We're excited to announce the launch of our Facebook Page where we will be posting GI News as well as additional content including the latest scientific findings on dietary fibre and carbs, blood glucose and the glycemic index. We'd love for you to like us, and get involved in the conversation and share it with your fri... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 21:21:02 EST New SparkChallenges SparkCoach Jen announced today: <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're excited to announce the launch of SparkChallenges, a new feature designed to make consistency and small goals fun. You can read more about it here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g.asp?post=sparkpeople_challenges_fun_<BR>for_personal_goals_or_with_friends </link> <BR> <BR> You can access SparkChallenges by clicking on Challenges at the top of any page. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coac... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:20:48 EST Good Article - The Totally Fit Life Uses The GI Reasonable, easy to follow - well worth reading: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blog/totally-fit-life/the-totally-fit-<BR>life-uses-the-glycemic-index-of-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Thu, 4 Jan 2018 01:23:38 EST January 2018 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January 2018 <BR> <BR> New Year resolutions often include promises to lose weight. While increasing physical activity is part of the equation, for most people, the burden of weight loss reduction focuses on the “diet”. The problem is, which diet? We take a look at some strategies this month. Read More. <BR> <BR> In this issue: <BR> <BR> DITCH THE DIET – IT IS ONLY MAKING YOU FATTER <BR... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:30:34 EST Bonus Points For Our Team - 2018 You earn team bonus points by going to your SparkPoints page.Under the Community Section, go to "SparkAmerica Affinity Favorites". There you just tap on the flag next to the team you wish to support. Points are awarded not just to the team, but to you as well! You can earn points for up to 5 teams each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have fun! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:04:35 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2018 Feel free to share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational and/or make us pause for thought! <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:38:45 EST SparkWheel Points - 2018 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:37:54 EST Move, Move, Move - 2018 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:36:47 EST Stopping By To Say Hi - 2018 Stop by whenever you can and let us know what's happening, share any inspirational quotes, tips, etc! <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:27:37 EST What's Your Elf Name If you were an elf, what would your name be? Find out with the elf name generator at the following link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ould-your-name-be-find-out-now/ </link> <BR> <BR> Mine is: Gingerbread Floppy Feet <BR> <BR> Post what yours is. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:58:40 EST December 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> December 2017 <BR> <BR> Nuts are popular nibbles that pack a nutritional punch. We take a look at peanuts and nut allergy, nuts and blood glucose (including a table of GI values), activated almonds and whether cakes made with almond meal better for you. We also provide 10 tasty ways to get more nuts into your day. Read More. <BR> <BR> EYE PROTECTION <BR> We recently came across some kids’... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:20:02 EST November 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> November 2017 <BR> <BR> This month we look at how chicken took over the world’s diet. Industrial farming is a big part of it. But secret sauce is 63,000 tons of antibiotics every year according to Maryn McKenna in her new book – Big Chicken. READ MORE <BR> <BR> <BR> In this issue <BR> THE AMAZING STORY OF BIG CHICKEN <BR> WHAT’S NEW? <BR> PERSPECTIVES: DR ALAN BARCLAY <BR> FOOD UN-P... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:30:46 EST October 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October 2017 <BR> <BR> This month we look at the dangers of making a link between unrelated results. An historical tidbit from Jon Borwein and Michael Rose shows how simply joining the dots could lead you down the wrong garden path. “Between the years 1860 and 1940, as the number of Methodist ministers living in New England increased, so too did the amount of Cuban rum imported into Boston ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 23:29:20 EST September 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to GI News <BR> <BR> This month we look at diet one way or another. In Food for Thought, Prof Arya Sharma looks at a year-long randomised controlled study on alternate days fasting. In What’s News we share a study that shows fasting blood glucose and/or fasting insulin can be used to select the optimal diet and to predict weight loss, particularly for people with prediabetes or diab... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 23:07:08 EST August 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> IN THIS ISSUE we look at fake news about food and health in food for thought and how to counter it. Misinformation is sticky because our brains are actually bad at updating information even when we want to. In What’s New” Ted Kyle looks at what is milk and what is not; Prof Fred Brouns explains why avoiding FODMAPs may be helpful for some of us, but is not such a good idea for all of us; and... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 23:43:51 EST Hi everyone, What a great team. My DH has Type 2 and I'm the only one in my family who doesn't, so I'm very interested in this topic. I read the book, Thinsulin, and am really trying to follow the low GI plan. Wonderful sources and info here. Thanks so much. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:07:32 EST Team Bonus Points Are Back!!! SparkGuy announced today <BR> <BR> "Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> If you haven't seen this yet, the SparkTeam bonus points are back! They now have their own page here: <BR> <link> a_team_bonus_points.asp </link> <BR> <BR> The link to this page is on the SparkPoints main page in the Community section. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your support! <BR> <BR> Chris" <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 22:26:18 EST July 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> July 2017 <BR> <BR> While people have a lot of opinions about carbs, they often don’t know what they are, where they come from or what they do in our bodies. So, we go back to basics in Food for Thought and cover some common FAQs; Dr Alan Barclay explains why you don’t have to adopt a low carb diet if you have diabetes in Perspectives; and SUGiRS shares a swag of new GI values. As National ... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:24:18 EST June 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 2017 <BR> <BR> GOING WITH THE GRAIN <BR> - We are going with the grain. We can’t put a date on when our forebears began pounding and grinding the tough little seeds they gathered, but it was long before we became farmers. The evidence is in our genes. This month you’ll also discover why going gluten free may not lower your risk of heart disease and why your brain needs veggies. Ted Kyl... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 23:47:36 EST May 2017 G.I. Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dr Darren Curnoe looks at why humans are so unusual compared to all other life? The key to he says in food for thought, lies in explaining the evolution of our large brains and exceptional intelligence. Other stories range from eating fruit reduces diabetes risk and busting the five big obesity myths to Dr Alan Barclay on why fruit matters, Dr Nick Fuller on detoxing and Nicole Senior on the... Tue, 2 May 2017 19:25:39 EST April 2017 G.I. Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> April 2017 <BR> <BR> Our subscribers and regular readers may notice a few changes this issue. For the past couple of years, we have been hosted by the GI Foundation. As of April, we are back where we began at the University of Sydney, now with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre. We have also gone back to Blogger, so we may not look quite so stylish,... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:32:27 EST 10 Secrets To My 210 LB. Weight Loss by ~INDYGIRL Just came across an article in the Huffington Post by long-time SP member ~INDYGIRL published on 09/01/2016 which if you haven't seen it is worth reading. <BR> <BR> Ten Secrets To My 210 Pound Weight Loss by Beth Donovan <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rets-to-my-200-pound-weight-loss-by-be<BR>th-donovan_us_57c81ba9e4b07addc4115700 </link> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:12:02 EST 10 Double post, sorry! Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:08:08 EST New Feature - Community Goal Feed & New StartPage Coach Jen &amp; SparkGuy both gave us a heads-up on a new feature and new StartPage being launched in the next day of two. <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature we'll be launching in the next day or two. We're very excited to introduce our Community Goal Feed, a place to post updates and photos, share your goal progress and tell others a little more about yourself! This feed will be found on your Start page (on the full site) or homescreen (t... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:55:37 EST March 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March 2017 <BR> <BR> This month we have been inspired by the benefits of the soluble fibre found in the good carbs we eat. First of all, it can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and modulate blood glucose levels. Of course, whether it does so or not will depend in part on the amount of food processing and how much of it is eaten. Foods with more soluble fibre also tend to have lower GI val... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:34:47 EST February 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> February 2017 <BR> <BR> In this month's newsletter: James Rippe and Theodore Angelopoulos on why reducing added sugars without reducing calories from other sources is unlikely to achieve any meaningful benefit; OJ is OK and can be part of a healthy reduced calorie diet; Breakfast has body benefits but may contribute to weight gain in regular skippers; Sugar dietary guidelines and why one si... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:03:15 EST Bonus Points For Our Team - 2017 You earn team bonus points by going to your Start Page. Section 3 is a Community Section. Go to "Spark America Team Bonus Points". Then you just tap on the team flag on the right. Points are awarded not just to the team, but to you as well! (You can earn points for up to 5 teams.) <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:47:48 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2017 Feel free to share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational and/or make us pause for thought! <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:43:00 EST January 2017 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January 2017 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Captain Cook’s scurvy cure and the beginnings of nutrition science; Weight loss naturally bumps up appetite; Gut microbes, obesity and “yo-yo dieting” – Ted Kyle on what this mouse study did and didn’t show; Dr Alan Barclay on why “personal journey” weight loss books are prone to false attribution and rarely supported by higher levels of scientific evid... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:40:50 EST SparkWheel Points - 2017 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:36:33 EST Move, Move, Move - 2017 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:35:33 EST Stopping By To Say Hi - 2017 Stop by whenever you can and let us know what's happening, share any inspirational quotes, tips, etc! <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:33:06 EST Glad to be here. Howdy everyone. Thought I would introduce myself. My name is Erin and I am 27 yrs old. I work as a child a youth counselor in a group home for boys with aggression issues. I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager and am now beginning to focus on reducing my weight by 60 lbs. Low GI was the "diet" my doctor suggested when I was 18. Sadly at that point, I was just leaving home for the first time and was living off mac and cheese. Now I wanted to revisit her suggestion. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:52:05 EST December 2016 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> December 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Why the "guilt-free" health halo doesn't help us make better food choices; Biased research on research bias; Science needs civility in debates about food and health; Ted Kyle looks at soda taxes and obesity rates; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller explains why dark chocolate has a low GI; Dr Alan Barclay on how treats and special occasion foods are getting a he... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:32:26 EST November 2016 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> November 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Prof Robert Moore on why our gut microbiota is vital for good health; What your poo says about your health; Will changing the microbiome decrease the risk of type 1 diabetes? – Dr Alan Barclay investigates; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on why fermented foods tend to have a low GI; Fermented veg in Keep Good Carbs plus Cornersmith’s fermented carrots; Kate ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 10:42:51 EST October 2016 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Nick Fuller on A2 milk - what's the evidence? Ted Kyle on hitting the brakes on sugar for kids; Kevin Klatt on conflicts of interest in nutrition funding research; Alan Barclay on does soda have a place in social drinking? Jennie Brand-Miller on how much protein you get from 20 popular plant foods and staples; Nicole Senior on the top 4 cholesterol beat... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:22:12 EST New chic Good morning. So my name is Kristie and I've just recently started a low GI diet. I saw a nutritionist last Thursday and she gave me list of low GI, medium GI and high GI foods by categories. She told me to eat low GI everyday. Medium GI, one off the list allowed a day. High GI only for special occasions in moderation. She wants me to eat a total of 1400 cals a day with 90 g of carbs and 90-`100 g of protein a day. So I started immediately that day. 4 days in and I've lost 10 lbs and my insul... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:44:43 EST September 2016 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> September 2016 <BR> <BR> In 1927, Harvard Medical School Professor Elliot P. Joslin wrote: “With an excess of fat, diabetes begins, and from an excess of fat, diabetics die.” Excess body fat – particularly around the waistline – definitely contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes. And we now have good evidence to show that a high saturated fat / low unsaturated fat intake contribut... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 13:41:13 EST Gentle Chair Yoga Routines Found a few chair yoga routines on youtube that are quite good. <BR> <BR> Chair Yoga Flow for All Levels <BR> <link><BR>sjvuNU </link> <BR> <BR> Gentle Chair Yoga Routine <BR> <link><BR>tb2hRg </link> <BR> <BR> Actively Aging with Energizing Chair Yoga - Seniors Get Moving <BR> <link><BR>j9PfrA </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:39:11 EST August 2016 GI Newsletter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> August 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Protein – how much do we need, where do we get it and do we need supplements? High protein bars, balls and bites: Dr Joanna checks out what’s really in these highly processed foods; Dr Alan Barclay on how our protein intake is up, but not from wholesome core foods – it’s from discretionary foods packed with refined proteins; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on t... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:31:05 EST Say Hello to "Spark Premium" Today, SP launched their newest tool to help us reach our goals: SparkPeople Premium. SparkPeople Premium is an optional, paid upgrade to your SparkPeople account that will give you enhanced tools and support in addition to those you already get for free now. <BR> <BR> Note: This new option will change nothing about the current site, which will continue to remain completely free. It's just an additional option for those of us looking for more from our SparkPeople experience. <BR> <BR> Her... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:47:50 EST July 2016 GI Newsletter July 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Key “new nutrition” lessons for health and wellbeing; America’s new food label puts added sugar in the crosshairs; Why meerkats eat to compete (big is better); Dr Alan Barclay on stopping the nutrient blame game; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on why glucose tolerance can vary from day to day; Nicole Senior on matters of the healthy heart; Keep good carbs and carry on eating low GI chickpeas; Doctor meets chef with Hit 100’s Corn fritters &amp; tomato salsa; Rais... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:53:35 EST June 2016 GI Newsletter June 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Sorting fact from fiction with food and health books and the outcome of the Belle Gibson saga • Prof Sharma reveals 7 widespread misconceptions about obesity • John Oliver: “In science, you don’t just get to cherry-pick the parts that justify what you were going to do anyway. That’s religion” • Pregnancy: Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on best way to monitor your weight gain • Raising food smart kids with the GI Foundation’s Di Crisp • The heartfelt health benef... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:54:50 EST May 2016 GI Newsletter May 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Put pre-diabetes in reverse: Prof Jennie Brand-Miller’s tips; Dr Neal Barnard on the veg advantage for better blood glucose; Eating to reduce blood pressure: Dr Alan Barclay’s tips; Nicole Senior says eggs and prawns OK on the heart-healthy menu; Bean up to reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes says Blue Zones, Dan Buettner; Make the most of single serves: Anneka Manning’s creamy custard bread puddings, Hit100’s little cottage pies and stuffe... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:00:55 EST April 2016 GI Newsletter APRIL 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Detox: eliminate food myths from your diet; Weight loss – how much matters? Declutter to beat cravings; Quitting smoking and weight gain; Lung cancer and diet – Dr Alan Barclay checks out a recent study hitting the headlines; Quinoa and nuts feature in Nicole Senior’s Heartfelt Health; Spelt – a good alternative to regular wheat; Anneka’s four seed spelt loaf; Bean up with two tasty dinner-time recipes; Sporty kids – what they need to eat. <BR> <BR> See ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:29:02 EST March 2016 GI Newsletter March 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue ... Nigella Lawson: “It’s what you add to a diet that’s important”; Cinnamon and blood glucose – the jury is out; Extra virgin olive oil blunts BGLs; Vinegar’s pucker power reduces BGLs and may cut cravings; Lupins’ pulse power; Which oil for heart health? Potatoes and BGLs; Anneka’s low GI salmon cakes with zesty lemon sauce; Low GI recipe nutrition criteria. <BR> <BR> See <link><BR>tm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=GI%... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 22:33:39 EST February 2016 GI Newsletter February 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Dr David Ludwig on body fat and why we need it; Where does fat go when we lose it? Understanding insulin: Dr Kirstie Bell on the food insulin index, Dr Alan Barclay on insulin stimulating proteins and Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on dairy foods and insulin; Heart-healthy wholegrains – which ones are low GI? Don’t miss a beat with Nicole Senior’s heartfelt health tips on beetroot; Recipes for two and two satisfying soups; Di Crisp on the International Year o... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 23:39:40 EST Two New SP Enhancements Yesterday Coach announced that SP had launched two small enhancements. <BR> <BR> 1. On the Nutrition Tracker, you can now make a “Quick Entry.” This basically lets you add a calorie/carb/fat/protein value to a meal, without searching for a food, nor adding a manual food. <BR> <BR> Go to your My Nutrition page <BR> Look for the What did you eat? search box <BR> To the right, you will see a hyperlink under the Enter food not listed that reads "Add Quick Entry" <BR> <BR> 2. SP used to let ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:22:42 EST Aren't GI foods supposed to be PAIRED TOGETHER ? I read somewhere {I read health info all the time and not just on SP, or I may have saw it on TV years ago, but aren't you supposed to PAIR CERTAIN GI FOODS together for an optimum effect? That is how I heard of GI foods in the first place.~I think it was the NutriSystem commercials years ago. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:42:10 EST Bread Recipe Does anyone one have a good basic bread recipe for a bread machine? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:33:19 EST January 2016 GI Newsletter January 2016 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Going low GI - the level 1 evidence on the benefits of low GI diets and tips on how to; Heart Foundation retires Tick symbol; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on dates and their GI value; GI values for wraps, tortillas and chapatti; Holiday eating on the road with Dr Alan Barclay; Meat and cancer – the take-home from the WHO report with Nicole Senior; Takeaways you can make at home: 6 recipes; Your shopper’s guide to the 2016 GI Symbol shopping basket. <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 00:03:07 EST Bonus Points For Our Team - 2016 3 Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:42:34 EST Stopping By To Say Hi - 2016 Happy New Year Everyone!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and another chance for us to get it right! We can do it!!! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:20:19 EST Stopping By To Say Hi - 2016 <em>213</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:54:24 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2016 Feel free to share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational and/or make us pause for thought! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:52:43 EST SparkWheel Points - 2016 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:51:44 EST Move, Move, Move - 2016 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:50:08 EST December 2015 GI Newsletter This issue looks at Christmas traditions and a traditional rich fruit cake; What you need to know about a handful of nuts; Dr Alan Barclay on drinks and nibbles in the festive season; Dietitian Nicole Senior talks turkey; Dr Antigone Kouris on the traditional Greek diet; 4 festive recipes in the GI News Kitchen; Updated nutrient criteria for the GI Symbol; Low GI diets reduce risk of metabolic syndrome in overweight kids and Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller reviews a new study that suggests a health... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 19:22:47 EST November 2015 GI Newsletter This issue looks at the secrets to a long and happy life and whether there is such a thing as a diabetes diet. With end-of-year party season upon us, Dr Alan Barclay counts the calories in alcohol and Dr Joanna McMillan looks at Blue Zone communities. <BR> <BR> Blueprint for longer, healthier lives <BR> - In Blue Zone communities, people don’t follow diets, cut out foods or go to the gym but do have 10 times more chance of living a healthy, active life until they are 100. <BR> <link> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 23:11:48 EST October 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: How carbs helped the evolution of the large human brain; Low carb or low fat for body fat loss? Sweet potatoes combat vitamin A deficiency; Fruit, veg and beta-carotene: 20 GI values; Dr Alan Barclay checks out tooth decay; Nicole’s taste of health focuses on rice; Orange is the new black: beta-carotene in the kitchen with Anneka’s carrot cake and Dr Joanna’s sweet potato chips with coconut fish fingers; Backing up packaging claims – Dianna Crisp explains; Ask Prof Jennie Brand... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:25:12 EST Cold or Flu?? With Fall's arrival just around the corner, it's a good time to be reminded about cold and flu prevention, symptoms and treatment. <BR> <BR> SP has some wonderful articles to do just that. See <BR> <BR> Is It a Cold or the Flu? <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=959 </link> <BR> (Really like how the charts make it simply to discern whether it's the cold or the flu!) <BR> <BR> 7 Tips For Avoiding the Cold and Flu <BR> <link> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:14:46 EST September 2015 GI Newsletter September 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Don’t miss out on the calcium you need; What’s in that trendy plant milk? GI and depression – is there a link? How to eat to beat gestational diabetes; Dr Alan Barclay on whether 2 eggs a day is OK if you have diabetes; Nicole Senior on the deliciously ubiquitous chickpea; Anneka’s creamy baked custard with strawberries; Dr Joanna’s roast chicken with mung bean dhal stuffing; How Milo can help when the kids won’t drink their milk neat; Complex carbs an... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:51:20 EST SP's New Challenges & Redesigned Start Page SP has announced the rollout of their new member Challenges feature which is available from both your Start page and the Challenge Central dropdown in the Community header. <BR> <BR> Go to Challenge Central at <link><BR>e.asp </link> to see the new Challenge format that includes the daily and weekly guidance when working to a particular goal as well as a new easier-to-use interface plus new features like a Team Wall. There are currently 10 challenges ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:29:38 EST SparkPeople Mobile: New Update SP has launched its newest update to its free Mobile app. It is now available for download at either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and this version is easier to use than ever before. <BR> <BR> For the announcement, go to: <BR> <link><BR>st=get_the_new_sparkpeople_mobile_app_<BR>today&utm_source=weeklyspark&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_campaign=Aug11 </link> <BR> <BR> Highlights are: <BR> - You can get the powerful fitness and diet tools tha... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:53:41 EST August 2015 GI Newsletter August 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: How what we eat becomes a powerful symbol of who we are; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on why some oatmeal porridges have a high GI and others low; New GI values for nutritional shakes; Dr Alan Barclay puts weight loss formulas in perspective; Nicole Senior on cabbage, sauerkraut and coleslaw; Chrissy’s pulled pork and black bean sliders, Dr Joanna’s wonton pot stickers and Anneka’s amazing rhubarb, apple and strawberry oat crumble. <BR> <BR> 10 home truths a... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:11:26 EST July 2015 GI Newsletter July 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Diet is out; wellness is in, and it’s big business; What nutrient claims really mean; Fibre and diabetes risk; New GI values including quinoa milk and chia wraps; 10 easy meals from Healthy Food Guide magazine; Chocolate treats: Anneka’s Honey-roasted pears with chocolate fudge sauce and pecan sprinkle, and Johanna’s flourless chocolate hazelnut cake. <BR> <BR> Selling us wellness <BR> - Let’s apply nutrient claims regulations for food and beverage labels ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 01:05:56 EST The Right Amount of Sleep - At Least 7 Hrs./Night Are you getting enough sleep? Getting less than six hours of sleep a night is associated with heart attacks, stroke, obesity and diabetes: <BR> <BR> "The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the largest physician-based organization for sleep medicine, recently put out their first recommendations for what is the right amount of sleep. It advises that adults get at least seven hours every night based on research on the link between inadequate sleep and a number of poor health outcomes." <BR> ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:42:53 EST June 2015 GI Newsletter June 2015 <BR> <BR> In this issue: Gastro, hypos and glucose; Bean benefits and tips to add more to your meals; Are the new “healthier” salty crisps/chips actually healthier? Sugar intolerance and why some people need to avoid certain sugars with Dr Alan Barclay; Nicole Senior puts salmon on her plate; Tips on snacking with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller. <BR> <BR> Gastro, hypos and glucose <BR> - It’s trendy to demonise sugars, but sometimes they provide essential fast-acting carbohydrate. Gastr... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:04:09 EST 6 Essential Back Pain Stretches Low back pain can have many causes, including tight or weak back, ab or core muscles, muscle sprains or strains, or a herniated disc. This stretching program can help reduce back pain and help prevent back injuries. <BR> <BR> Pictorial demos with easy to follow instructions. See: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ityandstretching/ss/backstretch.htm?ut<BR>m_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_te<BR>rm=Health%20Tip%20of%20the%20Day&utm_c<BR>ampaign=health_tod&utm_conten... Thu, 28 May 2015 17:45:31 EST The Mind Diet: Eating for the Health of Your Brain Can a 'Brain Diet' Prevent the Onset of Alzheimer's? <BR> <BR> New research suggests what you eat can affect your thinking skills and slow down or speed up the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers believe that nutrition can play a role in preventing the brain from shrinking as people age. <BR> <BR> The Mind Diet is a combo of the Mediterranean Diet and the Dash Diet both of which are very easy to incorporate with the GI. See the link below for more details. <BR> <BR> <link>www.... Wed, 27 May 2015 17:06:00 EST Stroke - Know The Signs Strokes can happen to anyone, they don't just happen to the middle-aged or elderly! <BR> <BR> "Doctors say more people would survive strokes if we all recognized the symptoms. A simple mnemonic can help save lives: FAST. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The "F" is for face: stroke will often cause one side of the face to weaken and droop. <BR> <BR> The "A" is for arm: one arm may become weak and the person ma... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:51:32 EST Coming Back Hi again! I joined this team in 2013 and somehow got way off track. <BR> <BR> I had a stroke in Oct. 2013, was hospitalized for 2 month then stayed with my DD for 2 months. In Jan of this year I sold our home of 48 years and moved to an over-55 community to be nearer to our DD and family. My husband is in a nursing home nearby. I love my new home and my new community. <BR> <BR> In the hospital and rehab I didn't eat properly and still don't. I now walk slowly with a cane and have limit... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:17:40 EST More Ways To Earn SparkPoints Today Coach Jen announced: <BR> <BR> "Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards challenge also under Community in Daily SparkP... Wed, 6 May 2015 22:25:01 EST May 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: Is a paleo diet suitable, desirable or dangerous for babies asks Dr Joanna McMillan; What makes breast milk the best milk for babies with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller; Prof Susan Prescott on beating the allergy epidemic; Learn how to calculate added sugars with Dr Alan Barclay; Nicole Senior and the delights of the nourishing bread basket. <BR> <BR> Is a Paleo diet suitable for babies? <BR> - Does it meet infant feeding guidelines asks Dr Joanna McMillan? New research suggests a h... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:48:55 EST April 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: The tables of our lives and the importance of sharing meals; Australia’s new Health Star Rating system; The nip and tuck of baking packet mixes; Dr Alan Barclay: what 5% and 10% added sugars can look like in a day’s eating plan; Recipes and benefits of red kidney beans; Eating to appetite with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller; Emma Sandall on diversity with exercise choices. <BR> <BR> Why sharing meals matters <BR> - Brazil’s new Dietary Guidelines break free from nutritionism. They h... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:41:32 EST March 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: Dr. Darren Curnoe on the Palaeolithic diet and unprovable links to our past; Activity trumps weight-loss for health; Going gluten free with Dr Alan Barclay; Gluten free foods with the GI Symbol; Lentils - the truly super whole food; Azmina Govindji’s Indian cuisine; Somer Sivrioglu’s purslane and ancient grains stew; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on what replaces added sugars in foods. <BR> <BR> Are we sitting on a major health risk? <BR> - Exercising one hour per day shouldn't giv... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:37:30 EST New Fun Feature: Upload Images to Message Boards Coach Jen announced today that SP has added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image (from your Picture folder) and upload it. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:41:40 EST New Fun Feature: Upload Images to Message Boards Coach Jen announced today that SP has added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image (from your Picture folder) and upload it. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:41:09 EST February 2015 GI Newsletter In this issue: Prof Arya Sharma on achieving a healthy weight on a healthy diet ultimately depends on its caloric content; eating rice with chopsticks produces lower glycemic response than with a fork or spoon; finding processed foods with quality carbs; Naomi Pendergast’s tips on pregnancy and fitness; and the sauce on tomatoes with Nicole Senior. <BR> <BR> Is a healthy diet all you need for a healthy weight? <BR> - Not necessarily. Whether or not you gain or lose weight on a nutritionally ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:57:35 EST Hi, I'm Karen I am 58 years old and wanting to lose 50 pounds. My doctor just put me on the Sugar Busters food plan and I hope to find and give encouragement here. I also hope that some of those going "before me" on this path will be able to answer questions as they come up. Thanks for being here! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 08:29:36 EST New here ... Hello to all. I'm on my cell so I will keep this brief - but I'd like to share more specifics (if needed) when I get to a computer. <BR> Nutshell: I've struggled with sugars or insulin issues ever since I can remember. I'm not good with terminology so bear with me. As a child I've blacked out and even fainted several times. I KNEW food was effecting me but did not know how or why. My childhood was very unstable and my "annoying habits" were the least of anyones concerns. This is just the way ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:35:40 EST January 2015 Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue we chew over whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Nicole Senior discusses the unpopular truths about alcohol, we look at what quality carbs are and share exciting news about the new online Total Wellbeing Diet. <BR> <BR> Food for Thought <BR> - Nicole Senior takes a good look at the very large pink elephant in the room. Let’s talk about alcohol – the very large pink elephant in the middle of the room that... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:22:58 EST The 30 Day Small Changes Challenge A new and easy challenge to start the New Year off with! <BR> <BR> Welcome to 2015—a brand new year full of possibilities! Now is the perfect time to kick off a challenge to help you get on your way to your healthiest, fittest self yet: The 30-Day Small Changes Challenge. Start the New Year off right with a month of healthy (and realistic) challenges to help you look and feel your best all year long! <BR> <BR> See <link><BR>st=kickstart_2015_with_a_30d... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:42:48 EST Stopping By To Say 'Hi' - 2015 The title of this thread just about says it, pop by whenever you can and say <em>524</em> and if you have a moment more let us know how it's going. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year all!!! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:56:48 EST Bonus Points For Our Team - 2015 On your StartPage, please click on our red flag under the Team Bonus Points section to spin for extra points that will help our team rise on the leaderboards and then come by and let us know how you did. Thanks!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:54:54 EST SparkWheel Points - 2015 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel including your Bonus Points which you can spin for after you've collected 25 SparkPoints. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:52:28 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2015 Please share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational or make us pause for thought! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:49:26 EST Let's Move - 2015 Moving more and eating less works!!! <BR> <BR> It's not just the eating part that has to be taken care of in our pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, but we also have to work on the other part of the equation - moving! So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know what you are doing to be as active as possible. Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:45:48 EST New Enhancements to SparkSteaks to Status Updates SP announced today new enhancements to SparkStreaks, as well as the ability to now post a picture with your Status Updates on your SparkPage. For more details see: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_roundup_enhanced_streak<BR>s_and_photos_with_status_updates </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:57:49 EST 55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You! Read this morning, how true. A keeper.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=55_things_the_scale_wont_tell_you </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:31:50 EST December 2014 GI Newsletter The last one for 2014 - <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue of GI News: <BR> <BR> Traffic lights and rating stars <BR> - Why calories, fat, sugar and sodium on labels don’t tell us what we need to know about a food. Prof Jennie Brand-Miller explains what she would really like to see ... Read More » <BR> <BR> What’s better – speedy weight loss or slow? <BR> - An obese person is more likely to achieve a weight loss target and stick to the weight loss program, losin... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:52:11 EST Mobile Chat Now Available! Coach Jen announced today, <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone <BR> <BR> When we launched our redesigned apps a few months ago, we added a mobile chat forum so that members could ask questions and get support through the app. Until now, the mobile chat forums were only available through the app. <BR> <BR> We decided to change that so now members can post in these mobile chat forums either through the site or through the app. <BR> <BR> - The mobile chat forums are now at the bottom of the main messa... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:56:36 EST November 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Why simple and complex aren’t relevant terms to describe carbohydrates anymore <BR> - Today we know that the glycemic index is the only way you can rank the glycemic potency of the carbohydrates in different foods as they are eaten. But for many years, carbohydrates were described by their size. Big starch molecules, it was assumed, would be slowly digested and absorbed and would therefore cause only a small and gradual rise in blood glucose lev... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:19:13 EST Introduce myself I recently saw a book called sugar busters and got it cheap so I bought it. Not knowing what it was about, I took it home and looked at it, and went on Amazon to see that it had great ratings, was fairly easy and had a lot of success, not just in losing but making it a lifestyle. And the whole thing was based around low glycemic eating. After trying everything else, I am giving this a month to see how I look, feel and weight and happy to join in here to learn about the best way to approach th... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:06:33 EST October GI Newsletter Diet research, stuck in the stone-age <BR> - Is a low-fat or a low-carb diet better for weight loss and improving cardiac risk? Dr David Katz highlights shortcomings in the latest review and comments on the Van Tulleken twins diet comparison. Chris cut fat. Xand cut carbs for a month. What happened?... Read More » <BR> <BR> Food addiction? <BR> - People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat says new research ... Read More... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:35:16 EST NEW MEMBER Hi, I'm Vicki and I'm 58 years old. Salt has always been hard for me to cut back on but due to my husbands severely damaged heart he has to cut back to no more than 2000 grams a day and 1200 calories a day. So I'm following the same plan he's doing to make it easier on both of us. Right now our goals are to eat in a much healthier fashion and to lose 60 lbs over the next 12 months. <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:08:09 EST September 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue of GI News: <BR> <BR> Should restricting carbs be the first approach in diabetes management? <BR> - “I do think there is some truth in the benefit of modest reductions in carbohydrate intake (to say 40–45% energy),” says Prof Jennie Brand-Miller. “However, I’m not in favour of further reduction because it’s just too hard for most people to comply. I believe that very low-carb diets are unnecessarily restrictive (bread, potato, ri... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:00:21 EST Preview of Message Board Design Changes Here's a preview to design changes to the Message Boards that will take place early next week. <BR> <link><BR>8kIf6c& </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:27:15 EST New SP App for Phones: The Nutrition Lookup SP announced on Aug. 11/14 that <BR> <BR> In response to members requests, SP has developed a new free app for phones - The SparkPeople Nutrition Lookup App <BR> found at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's a simple app that can pull up nutrition information for any food, without SP's food tracker component - a streamlined, one-use app that won't take up much space on your phone, but still gives access SparkPeople's extensive food database to deliver quick n... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:47:20 EST Big Changes To SP Articles & Resource Pages SP announced yesterday: <BR> <BR> "Hi, everyone! We'd like to make a quick announcement about some changes we made to a few SparkPeople features today. Hopefully you're loving the new look and feel of the site! Here is what we changed and what you can expect: <BR> • Streamlined Articles and Resource Center Pages. We gave our Article and other Resource Center pages an upgrade. You’ll find bigger images, a cleaner format, and some other small design adjustments on these pages. <BR> • Get Spark... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:17:07 EST August 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In this issue of GI News: <BR> <BR> It’s all in the family <BR> - The road to type 2 diabetes can run in the family. In fact, a family history of diabetes is a major risk factor. Don’t be despondent, there’s plenty you can do to keep diabetes at bay. “Clinical trials have shown that three out of five people with pre-diabetes can avoid type 2 diabetes simply by improving their diet, losing a bit of weight (and keeping it off) and becoming (and s... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:33:17 EST Hello Out There! Hey guys, Amanda here from Philly. I joined this team because I am trying to lead a low-sugar lifestyle and I feel as if those here would have like minded goals. I am at risk for diabetes and to be honest, I may already have diabetes. As I have experienced a serious lack of health insurance in the recent past, I unfortunately haven't had a blood test in a few years. But there is hope on the horizon. My new insurance kicks in on the August 1st and blood tests are numero uno on the list! Wooooo... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:54:41 EST New from New Jersey! Hello Team... <BR> I have been on sparkpeople for several years but never really got involved on the teams. I have had weight issues for most of my life but managed them fairly well with Weight Watchers. I had thyroid cancer several years ago and my entire thyroid was removed. Since that time, I have gained well over 150 pounds. After taking care of everyone else for all these years - this is time to take care of me. I am three weeks in switching to a low glycemic lifestyle. So far so good. ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:01:54 EST AZ Newbie Here Hello Everyone Hi My New Team Mates; <BR> <BR> I've just joined this little family team so to speak, I think of my team mates as family & friends along the path on this journey through life. We all have value, we all have knowledge to share, experiences others can learn from, love to share, positive energy to share. I believe All You need is love. If you love yourself first then you can have enough love to give away to others in your life that might need a helping hand up into the light. <BR> <BR> I hope ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:40:57 EST July 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Pre-diabetes: Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions <BR> - How do I know if I have pre-diabetes? Is it doing my body harm? Can it be reversed? ... <BR> <BR> Watch out for weight creep <BR> - For most people, weight gain isn’t a sudden event. It is very gradual. From our mid-to-late twenties, most of us notice the numbers on the scale edging up, typically around a pound or 450 grams a year. A pound doesn’t sound like anything to be t... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:48:06 EST Hi everyone! ^.^ My name is Staci, it's nice to meet everyone! I've been changing my diet for about a year and a half, but a year ago I started having some bad reactions to food and I went to a nutritionist to figure out what was going on. After some meals my face would flare up really red, and at times I'd start getting really bad stomach cramps, so bad I was afraid something was really wrong. <BR> <BR> After some different tests and eliminating foods, we discovered that my reactions were being caused by pr... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:51:08 EST SP's SuperSav Is Shutting Down Coach Jen advised today that SP will be shutting down SparkSavings ( at the end of this month. <BR> <BR> Apparently the site didn't get enough traffic to justify continuing with it, so they are moving all of the relevant and helpful content from that site over to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> If anyone goes to after 6/30, they will be re-directed to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:01:37 EST June 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> - Coconut products – what you should know <BR> <BR> The coconut palm is considered the tree of life in many cultures, and is certainly top contender for the Gold Medal when it comes to “world’s most useful plants”. It’s a very clever food says Nicole Senior, which yields coconut water, coconut flesh that can be eaten fresh or dried (desiccated), or squeezed to make oil, milk and cream. Nowadays there’s even coconut milk yoghurt alternative, coc... Sat, 31 May 2014 21:45:41 EST Binge Free - Beating the addiction Not sure if anyone might want to join in with me here..not only would I like to report a binge free night/day, but what was the temptation and how one was able to work through it. <BR> <BR> Binge eating to me is eating until one has to recline in a recliner or lay down because of the excess food. <BR> <BR> 5/17 - Was binge free <BR> <BR> TEMPTATION: boston baked beans at my daughters house <BR> How I overcame it: <BR> I acknowledged that seeing the candy triggered my addictive voice...I... Sun, 18 May 2014 07:00:34 EST Cruise Return My Low GI program was awesome on the cruise I just went on....especially with buffet-style eating....I avoided almost all breads and white potatoes with ease.....plenty of meats and vegetables..I did eat the oatmeal, only in small was not steel cut......did not gain an ounce on this cruise!!!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S Down another pound this morning...... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:45:25 EST Privacy Policy & Automatic Emails NOTICES FROM COACH JEN AND SPARKGUY. EVERYONE PLEASE READ. THANKS. This was posted in the Business Team for Leaders and they wanted us to let the team members know as well. <BR> <BR> &#65533; Privacy Policy From Coach Jen.. For March 5th... Hi Everyone! Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want t... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:09:08 EST May 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Is juicing the solution? <BR> - “You are not serious about your health until you juice combinations of fruits and vegetables, according to those that pray at the Church of Blended Plants,” writes dietitian Glen Cardwell (with tongue in cheek). But will it elevate your health beyond the capabilities of the original ingredients? ... <BR> <BR> Could wild-harvested wattleseed bread be the new soy and linseed success story? <BR> - When Jennie Brand... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:45:39 EST New Team Pages About mid next week SP will be launching new Team Pages. Here's a brief video to give us some idea what changes will take place. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:55:19 EST SLOW LOSS Has anyone found that this way of eating has a smaller loss of weight over time than calorie restriction.....I am not really complaining because it is moving in the right direction, just slower than I anticipated! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:44:47 EST April GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoying food: Ground-breaking guidelines from Brazil: <BR> “Make fresh and minimally processed foods the basis of your diet; use oils, fats, sugar and salt in moderation when preparing dishes and meals; limit consumption of ready-to eat food and drink products” are the golden rules in Brazil’s draft dietary guidelines ... <BR> <BR> GI Symbol – making healthy choices easier: <BR> Dr Alan Barclay explains the GI Symbol Program’s nutrient criter... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:34:42 EST SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED Well, the scale didn't move very much this past week....only one pound. I am trying to be optimistic that it has something to do with the sodium levels I consumed yesterday and that by next Friday things will be better. Still, a year of weekly one pound losses would give me a 52 pound loss....more than I need..... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:27:58 EST Rosedale approach I mentioned in my introduction that I have been working into the Rosedale diet and someone asked meto write a little about it. The first point Dr Rosedale makes is that fat is an essential nutrient whlie carbohydrates are not. His approach to health is to increase the amount of fat in the diet but to eat omega 3 fats and decrease omega 6s and poly unsaturated fats. He recommends moderately lower protein than many low carb approaches and increases such fats as olive oil coconut oil, avoc... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:14:27 EST BEANS "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT BEANS (dired/canned)*** <BR> Baked beans (canned) - limit quantity <BR> Black-eyed peas <BR> Chickpeas <BR> Kidney <BR> Lentils <BR> Lima <... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:38:54 EST goya red beans Does anyone have a list of gi foods that lists beans? I would like to include some if possible. But I do not want to go astray as my morning blood sugars have been excellent since eliminating grains and starchy vegetables. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:10:35 EST Today Hope everyone is having a great holiday and are successful incorporating it into the GI lifestyle........ <BR> <BR> <em>438</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:11:30 EST ATKINS SNACK BARS Does anyone know if these are really low glycemic or not? The labeling on an Atkins Bar is sort of cryptic, with sugar alcohols, etc. Thank you. Bren <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:48:52 EST WEEK ONE I just wanted to know if it is normal to be feeling a little dragged out in the beginning. I am on Day 3 and feel a little out of sorts. Is this a temporary feeling or do I need to add a little more carbs to my meals? I am eating apples, cheese, peanuts, etc, salads, meats, possibly not many sugars..... <em>24</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:28:56 EST BEGINNING A LOW GI LIFESTYLE Starting out with the low GI lifestyle and am on Day 3. I understand the basics and my weight has already gone down, mostly due to water I would guess. I am hoping to be able to share experiences with many of you. I have reset my SparkPage to completely begin anew. I've tried other paths and none of them were balanced. Tired of the extremes needed for a temporary fix. Hoping to get support from this group and some friends to journey with..... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:31:39 EST March 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> David Katz on why calories count. <BR> - Fed an excess of calories, even if mostly from high-quality protein, people gain weight; assigned to a calorie deficit, people lose weight—even if the calories are mostly from Twinkies. Calories count. To control weight, you must control calories—quantity matters. The best way to control quantity is by improving quality. One of the many virtues of wholesome foods is that they help us fill up on fewer calo... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:55:11 EST Introducing SP Friend Feed Enhancements SP announced yesterday that the Friend Feed has been updated. <BR> <BR> Your Friend Feed shows you the recent activity of your SparkFriends: things like new blog posts they've made, their status updates, and even when they've won a trophy. You can find a shortened view of your Friend Feed in Step 3 on your Start Page, or see it in full by clicking "Friend Feed" under the "Community" tab at the top of the site... <BR> <BR> Enhancements are: <BR> <BR> - A new design. SP has cleaned up the F... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:29:41 EST February 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The devastating effects of diabetes on Indigenous health in Australia: <BR> “In the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be involved in a clinical diabetes services in outreach communities in the Northern Territory, says Dr Neale Cohen of the BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. “As an Australian and experienced physician, I am shocked and alarmed. It has become obvious that the situation is urgent and is an area of national neglect ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:45:44 EST Fighting the Urge - Free e-book The Author Dr. Amy Johnson has given permission to share her book which really excited me..this is only 23 pages long!! Please check it out and share with your friends if you like! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2013/12/Fighting-the-Urge_Dr-Amy-Johns<BR>on.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Per the author....My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publish, and share any part of this e-book with anyo... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:12:04 EST Nutrition Tracker: New Recent Foods Tab SP announced today at <BR> <link><BR>st=nutrition_tracking_new_recent_foods<BR>_tab </link> : <BR> <BR> "If you use the Nutrition Tracker regularly, you probably already know that you can save foods you eat frequently to your "Favorites" list. This makes it much faster to add foods to your tracker every day. But now it's even easier to keep track of what you eat most often. <BR> <BR> The new "Recent" tab on the Food Tracker automatically generates a han... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:57:51 EST New SP Feature: The DailySpark Another great new feature started today here at SP. See the announcement at <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Get Your Daily Dose of Motivation from the DailySpark <BR> <BR> Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we are committed to helping our members and readers reach their goals in health and fitness—and in life. We know how hard it can be to stay motivated—especially with so many negative stories spreading around these days. <BR> <BR> This is why... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:03:17 EST DAIRY "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT DAIRY*** <BR> Buttermilk (skim or 1%) <BR> Cheese (fat-free) <BR> Cottage cheese (1% or fat-free) <BR> Cream cheese (nonfat) <BR> E... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:12:50 EST GRAINS "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT GRAINS*** <BR> Arrowroot flour <BR> Barley <BR> Bran (oat, wheat) <BR> Buckwheat <BR> Bulgur <BR> Gram flour <BR> Kamut (not puffed) <BR>... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:03:36 EST CEREAL/BREADS "Rick Gallop" ***Please don't post to this thread*** <BR> <BR> Rick Gallop's approach to the GI way of eating is very easy to follow - by categorizing the foods into the three traffic light approach: <BR> <BR> Green foods - Go and eat as much as you like. <BR> Yellow foods - Caution, eat in moderation <BR> Red foods - Stop and avoid eating <BR> <BR> ***GREEN LIGHT BREADS*** <BR> *Crispbreads (with high fiber; e.g. Wasa Fiber) Limit to single serving <BR> *Homemade Apple Bran Muffins <BR> *Whole Grai... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:54:04 EST High Glycemic - Heart Doctor Interesting...went to see my heart specialist and I told him that I have not eaten any high GI foods, like pretzels...but one day I ate quite a few and that within 10 minutes my heart was racing like crazy..he immediately said from the spike in insulin (glucose rush). He said white carbs very bad for the heart. I told him I thought I was just plain crazy when it happened..he said nope, the white carbs! <BR> <BR> Not sure if over binging on carbs effects anyone, but sure does me physically..... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:01:18 EST Hi from NY I am just starting a Low GI diet and was so happy to see this Spark Team! <BR> <BR> A little bit about me, I'm in my late 40's with 2 children, 11 and 13, and run my own business (for the past 2 years). My goal is to lose 40lbs, by exercising at least 5 days a week and eating healthy foods. There is a history of diabetes in my family -- and I believe that the low GI lifestyle is the best way to prevent that. <BR> <BR> I have been using the new Dr Oz diet as a guideline, (just started ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:41:15 EST Mindfulness Can Possibly Help You Lose Weight <link><BR>html </link> tells us that we eat meal after meal, snack after snack, barely aware of what we’re eating and how much we’re consuming. When we pay attention to our food---really pay attention---we begin to notice all sorts of wonderful aspects of the food, and we become aware of how much we’re putting into our bodies. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ess-helps-healthy-lifestyle </link> suggests that mindfulness could be... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:53:13 EST Stopping By To Say "Hi" - 2014 The title of this thread just about says it, pop by whenever you can and say <em>524</em> and if you have a moment more let us know how it's going. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year all!!! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:23:24 EST January 2014 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> - More carrot, less stick <BR> meta-analysis from Harvard finds that healthier choices do cost more. So, instead of wielding the stick and talking taxes on ‘bad’ food, how about the powers-that-be hold out a carrot and look at ways of making the healthy choice the cheaper choice ... <BR> <BR> - Carisma has half the blood glucose response compared to other potato varieties <BR> ‘But don’t overcook it,’ says Sydney University researcher, Kai L... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:59:27 EST Let's Move - 2014!!! Moving more and eating less works!!! <BR> <BR> It's not just the eating part that has to be taken care of in our pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, but we also have to work on the other part of the equation - moving! So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know what you are doing to be as active as possible. Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:51:13 EST Happy Holidays!!! <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> It came without ribbons. <BR> It came without tags. <BR> It came without packages, boxes or bags ... <BR> Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. <BR> "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. <BR> Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more! <BR> ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! <BR> <BR> May you h... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:18:25 EST No S Diet combined with Low Gi K, so I have been choosing the low Gi lifestyle, but have lost control with binging on the very foods I shouldn't be eating..anyhow I started back on the No S Diet, well it really isn't a diet, it is going back to the basics eating "3 squares a day", no snacks, no seconds, no sweets Monday-Friday, Saturday/Sunday in moderation I can have a snack, seconds or sweet but a very good worthwhile sweet. I need to get my sanity back with food and eating snacks just triggers binge eating for me. <BR>... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 06:19:13 EST December 2013 GI Newsletter <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Health-by-design at the festive table <BR> - Placing the healthy items first on the buffet table will help diners fill their plates first with these better choices. Nicole Senior shares some thoughts on festive fare overload, and how to avoid it ... <BR> <BR> Low GI diet in pregnancy <BR> - Healthy low GI diet advice early in pregnancy can reduce the risk of excess weight gain and improve nutrition ... <BR> <BR> Lost your car keys? <BR> -... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 17:59:39 EST Remember "Halve it to have it" Happy <em>429</em> Day! <BR> <BR> Remember if you will have a piece of <em>471</em> "halve it to have it"... that will be my plan! <BR> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 05:15:44 EST Low GI Recipes for Thanksgiving A friend shared on her blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>giving-recipes-and-leftover.html </link> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:20:46 EST Changes to the Nutrition Tracker As per SP Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> "This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback butto... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:26:34 EST What is "Normal Eating"? - Part 3 I'm going to try this..anyone with me on it? <BR> <BR> Do you often feel like your weight loss efforts are a constant battle, with as many defeats as victories? Are you plagued by frequent cravings when you stick to your diet, and by guilt or shame when you don’t? Do you even remember what real hunger feels like? How much time do you spend thinking about food, counting calories, and worrying about your weight—enough to think that something is seriously “wrong” with you? <BR> <BR> If these e... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:47:54 EST Holidays Upon Us - What is your plan! So the holidays are upon us and so is the gatherings where food is the center of attraction...what are your plans to not overindulge? <BR> <BR> Plus, maybe something on where and with whom you will celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sun, 17 Nov 2013 06:47:21 EST Checkout SP's New Welcome Guide On StartPage It was announced in today's SparkPeople Blog that SP has launched a new Welcome Guide on the new StartPages which would earn members 500 points when completed. Even though this guide is for new members, existing ones can complete the 7 steps of the Welcome Guide as well, at any time, at their own pace. <BR> <BR> For full details, see <BR> <link><BR>st=earn_500_sparkpoints_with_our_new_w<BR>elcome_guide </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:43:59 EST The Newest Addition To Our Family! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526692 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:36:52 EST Talk about snuggling Talk about snuggling!! Mitty and Matty are brother and sister. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726204 </link> <BR> <BR> My newest addition "Molly" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726203 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:15:57 EST I WILL Another great blog but the same guy.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534536 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:16:27 EST MISTAKES HAPPEN Great blog I found.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540736 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:15:40 EST Spark Team Extra Points - Leaderboards Not sure if the team knows but there is a "give points" free pendant spins you can do when you earn points for your favorite teams. <BR> <BR> Click a pennant to spin! You earn Points and reward your favorite Team(s) with Points to help them rise on the leaderboards! <BR> <BR> p.s. plus the points that you spin get added to your spark points.. so a win win situation. <BR> <BR> LET'S POST OUR POINTS HERE FOR OUR TEAM <em>244</em> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:43:56 EST 7 Steps for How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Although the holidays may not be the best time to lose weight, by following these seven steps, you can easily maintain your current weight throughout the holiday season and end up weighing less without the stress. <BR> <BR> 1. Make a commitment & plan. For most people, eating unhealthy fatty foods and sweets is addictive. To avoid holiday weight gain, like any weight gain, start with a lifelong commitment to healthy eating. Figure out what’s more important to you than eating addictive foods ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:44:16 EST November's GI Newsletter <link><BR>e.html </link> <BR> <BR> Scapegoats, saints, and saturated fats: old mistakes in new directions <BR> - A recent commentary piece in the British Medical Journal suggests that saturated fat is not really so bad after all. Is it right? Is it time to absolve saturated fat? Not at all says Dr David Katz pointing out that it was never time to demonize it in the first place. ‘We vilified saturated fat, and were almost certainly silly to do so. Now, ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:57:39 EST New Start Page Effective Mon. Oct. 21/13 Starting Monday, October 21, 2013, SP will be launching it's new Start Page. <BR> <BR> As many members have said in the past, SP can be overwhelming especially at first. Many have said they just didn't know where to start and so SP has put together a new Start Page that will be effective for everyone starting on Monday. <BR> <BR> "The improved Start page was created to give everyone a clear three-step program for using SparkPeople to reach their goals. It prioritizes three main things: <BR... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:01:31 EST Study Reveals Frozen Food IS Better Than Fresh A study reveals frozen fruit and vegetables contain higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants than fresh produce. That's because the fresh stuff at the store could be days away from being picked and then lose even more of their nutritional value sitting in your fridge. Turns out carrots were actually more nutritious when frozen, as were brussels sprouts, blueberries and green beans. The study is out of the University of Chester. <BR> <BR> See <link><BR>4... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:35:59 EST 30 New Emoticons SP's Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions that have been made by members. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <em>529</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:20:10 EST The New Spark Activity Tracker Yesterday SP announced "the release of the Spark Activity Tracker, a tiny (and fun!) little reminder to fit more fitness into your day. About the size of a quarter, it's the first—and only—activity tracker that fully integrates with your experience." <BR> <BR> Similar to the Fitbit Zip, you can clip it to your shoe, pocket, belt or bra, it recognizes motion in your body and determines your "steps" and calories burned accordingly, storing and tracking that info all day. When y... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:50:21 EST Oaty Apple Muffins I luv oat bran - for me a cross between cream of wheat and oatmeal in texture. Here's a good recipe especially for a breakfast muffin from this month's GI Newsletter found at <BR> <link><BR>e.html </link> <BR> <BR> Note: Soluble fiber in the oats helps to lower cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Oaty Apple Muffins <BR> <BR> In this recipe the muffin size is deliberately small because of the high fiber content. Chopped fresh fruit or nuts can be added. Makes 24... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:40:19 EST October's GI Newsletter October's GI Newsletter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e.html </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:30:45 EST The UnDiet Way To Awesome Energy Good article! <BR> <BR> 'The UnDiet Way to Awesome Energy" <BR> Add more zip to your life by simply changing your noshing habits. the secret lies in being aware of a little something called the glycemic index. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Diet/Understanding-the-glycemic-index.<BR>aspx?sid=29ed1a41-e680-4e68-8966-7d3bf1b2bd5a </link> <BR> <BR> "There is only one way to truly have even energy from sunrise to sunset: we have to keep our blood sugar stable, which... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:02:59 EST Deb is taking a SparkBreak By now most of you have probably noticed that Deb (HEALTHYGOALS57) hasn't been around lately. This is because she has opted to take a SparkBreak. <BR> <BR> She recently lost one of her brothers, has serious medical concerns about her hubby and the possibility that he will be undergoing surgery and maintains a full-time job. As she said, she just needs "a break from dieting and tracking, etc. etc". <BR> <BR> She still has kept her SparkPage and has not removed herself as leader of this tea... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 02:10:23 EST Apple, Pear & Quinoa Porridge with Raw Almonds From the September 2013 GI Newsletter as posted by Deb in the General Team Discussion Forum. <BR> <BR> Pretty soon the cooler weather will be upon us. Here's a very healthy breakfast (or for any other time of the day for that matter) comfort food!! <BR> <BR> A little goes a long way says chef Michael Moore’s suggesting you add (or substitute) seasonal berries or the fruit of your choice. <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> 1 1/3 cups skim milk <BR> ½ cup water <BR> 120g (4oz) quinoa (a sli... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:38:30 EST September GI Newsletter September's GI Newsletter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sep2013.pdf </link> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:34:00 EST Gastric Surgery Senimar I posted this on a blog! THIS IS IN CAPS BECAUSE THEY SAID THEIR CLIENTS WOULD HAVE TO BE ON A LOW GLYCEMIC DIET...SO GIRLS WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK! <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************** <BR> Yesterday I went with my husband for a seminar to determine if he should go ahead with a gastric surgery before he can have another surgery to correct a hernia that involves his liver..long story..won't bore you with the details... <BR> <BR> When we ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:31:17 EST Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Really cool website! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:43:16 EST Glycemic Index Common Fresh Fruit Fresh Fruits (100 g) <BR> 38 Apple <BR> 57 Apricot <BR> 50 Avocado <BR> 52 Banana <BR> 40 Berries <BR> 40 Blueberries <BR> 65 Cantaloupe (muskmelon) <BR> 22 Cherries, sweet (Queen Anne, Bing) <BR> 64 Currants <BR> 61 Fig <BR> 55 Fruit cocktail or mix (excluding citrus fruits) <BR> 55 Fruit cocktail or mix (including citrus fruits) <BR> 25 Grapefruit <BR> 46 Grapes, American type, slip skin <BR> 46 Grapes, European type, adherent skin <BR> 46 Gra... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:38:39 EST Vegetables with High Glycemic Index Beets with Harvard sauce 66.2 <BR> Beets, cooked, fat added in cooking 64.0 <BR> Beets, cooked, from canned, fat not added in cooking 64.0 <BR> Beets, cooked, from fresh 64.0 <BR> Beets, pickled 65.5 <BR> Breadfruit, cooked, fat not added in cooking 68.0 <BR> Calabaza (Spanish pumpkin), cooked 75.0 <BR> Parsnips, cooked, fat added in cooking 97.0 <BR> Parsnips, cooked, fat not added in cooking 97.0 <BR> Pea soup 66.0 <BR> Pea soup, canned, low sodium, prepared with water 66.0 <BR> Pea soup,... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:24:14 EST What are your September goals? Be it one or ten, what is your healthy goal for September? <BR> <BR> For me....get serious about sticking to the Glycemic lifestyle! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 06:14:01 EST Hello from New Jersey! Hi everyone! I am Lizzie from New Jersey and have been eating low-glycemic for many years. I lost 40 pounds when my Doctor recommended Sugar Busters about 8 years ago and have been hooked on L/G ever since. I feel so wonderful and have so much energy when I adhere to it. <BR> <BR> I am trying not to gain my usual 5 pounds between rounds of BLC. I have been a Powerful Prism Panther the last 4 rounds and absolutely love the team. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know everyone ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:48:52 EST Dance Like No One Is Watching!!! Luv this quote by William Purkey: <BR> <BR> "Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth." <BR> <BR> Everytime I hear it, it brings a smile to my face. Life is for the living - live it joyfully, wholeheartedly, giving it your best shot - this isn't a dress rehearsal! Oh yes, life has all too many stressers, but it's our attitude that determines how it all plays out. <BR> <BR> One of Dr. Shad Helmstetter's... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:50:41 EST So why did you eat that? K, so I thought I'd start a thread to use to help those of us that might like a little accountability or just to see it in writing..We can post daily, or for each food event, or however you want to! <BR> <BR> When you eat something when you are not hungry, state why, what was your mood, bored, stressed, angry, etc. where were you? Were you sitting, on the go, etc. <BR> <BR> What was it you ate? <BR> <BR> What might you do next time? <BR> <BR> Maybe we can offer encouragement to those s... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:34:35 EST August GI Newsletter Oppsss forgot to fetch it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aug2013.pdf </link> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:12:02 EST New to Low GI Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila and I am new to the low GI program and your site, Would love to learn more about this subject, would you all please help me. Looking forward to hearing from you <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sheila Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:58:50 EST Hi! Just joined your team Hi, <BR> I've read several books (The Sugar Solution, Metabolism B) and have been trying for the past week to keep on the low GI lifestyle. I feel much better, although I don't think I've lost much weight, but the feeling good is better than what the scale says. <BR> I've lived all my life on a farm in South Dakota. <BR> I'm glad to be in this group!!! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:28:31 EST Have questions? Questions anyone? Sat, 27 Jul 2013 06:48:31 EST Bored? I think our team is bored? Anything we can do to spruce up our team? Start something new? <BR> <BR> Open to suggestions. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:00:36 EST New from New Jersey Hi! I have lost weight on low carb/paleo lifestyle in the past year but have been struggling with sticking to it and gained some back this spring & summer. I am finding it difficult to get my motivation back. One of my teammates from another team has been doing GI and is doing well, so I have decided to give it a try. I love learning something new... I know a little about GI from doing low carb but I am looking forward to learning more. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:34:29 EST What are your most favorite things to do? Mmm, for meeee.. <BR> <BR> Fishing is most favorite thing to do! <BR> I love to walk <BR> Ride my bike (when I take it out the shed) <BR> Read books <BR> Crochet <BR> Play with my cats <BR> Garden <BR> <BR> <BR> How about you..not necessarily in order, but what comes to mind for you..and how often do you get to enjoy what you love to do? Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:40:39 EST TV and Eating Have to say I really like this book, pulled this section from it.... <BR> <BR> "One of the most common negative habits is eating out of a sense of boredom. This feeling is particularly ACUTE when we are watching television. Here's a newsflash for you. Most of the programs on television are not that interesting. This is why people, in order to give their brain something to do, often reach for junk food when watching the boob tube. Think about it. Junk food is stimulating by design. Soda pop i... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 06:37:41 EST New: Calorie Ranges Based On Fitness Tracking SP has announced that tomorrow morning, they will be launching a much-requested change to their Fitness and Nutrition Trackers that may interest a large percentage of members, especially those with active jobs or lifestyles—and people currently in weight-maintenance mode. Here's the announcement found at <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> "Until now, our Fitness and Nutrition Trackers didn't ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:45:05 EST New: Calorie Ranges Based On Fitness Tracking <em>245</em> for the double post!!! <BR> <BR> SP has announced that tomorrow morning, they will be launching a much-requested change to their Fitness and Nutrition Trackers that may interest a large percentage of members, especially those with active jobs or lifestyles—and people currently in weight-maintenance mode. Here's the announcement found at <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> "Unti... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:43:17 EST Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting - Spark Article Goal achievement, especially when it comes to health and fitness, can be a mystery. Most of us have no trouble with Step 1 (Setting the Goal). Setting a goal is the easy part, it's those other steps that can be a puzzle. But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies. Here are a few of our favorites: <BR> <BR> DO create a plan. DON’T wait for "someday" to roll around. <BR> Setting the goal is just the first step. Know where you’re going, what resources you’ll ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:02:52 EST My Personal Burn the Fat Blueprint Personal Burn the Fat Blueprint - got this concept from "Lose Weight Without Dieting, David Nordmark" <BR> <BR> #1…Love your body today….My body is amazing, I’m so thankful for it. I’m grateful I can walk whenever I want at a good pace. I love that I have ears to hear the birds, rain, wind, a nose that works, smells the beauty of the flowers. I’m grateful to have 2 eyes that work to see the flowers, birds, life. I’m grateful that I can fish. I’m grateful I don’t have the cancer gene, I’m gr... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:02:13 EST July GI Newsletter July GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/jul2013.pdf </link> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 06:53:30 EST Delurking Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been interested in moving toward a Low GI Lifestyle for some time, mainly to help fight my PCOS and because both of my parents are diabetic. I don't want to develop diabetes myself, and I figure eating well would encourage them to do so, too. <BR> <BR> So I joined up and haven't done a thing or said a thing. <BR> <BR> I'd like to change that now. <BR> <BR> So I am restarting. Changed my name. Complete fresh start. Commitment to be part of not just the Spark community,... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:59:30 EST WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER? Thought seeing we have one for breakfast how about dinner? I usually can use ideas as well! <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:56:52 EST Simplified SparkPoints (& More of Them!) More changes are taking place here at SparkPeople, a few today andyesterday including "improvements that will roll out in the next few months." <BR> <BR> On the Start Page, the Insider is gone and SP launched "a new content slideshow with a streamlined look. It has four features plus a daily recipe and video below it." <BR> <BR> And on the SparkPoints page, SP has "cleaned up a few SparkPoints tasks to streamline your daily SparkPeople experience." <BR> <BR> Here's what has been "changed: ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:09:59 EST Team Challenge - Sugar Free Day Okay, so was thinking and I know Susan is in a challenge of the same..and we thought it would be a good idea if we have a friendly challenge to give up sugar for 1 day - say Monday 7/1 - just for 1 day...and if we want we can try for a few weeks and then add a day here or there? <BR> <BR> Thoughts??? Suggestions??? Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:55:52 EST WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? Thought that a good way to start the day would be to share low glycemic breakfasts that we are having. <BR> <BR> Today, I had Low sodium V-8 vegetable juice <BR> 1 soft boiled egg <BR> 1 cup coffee with skim milk <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:07:25 EST Hi - Refocusing in Wisconsin Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Jen from Milwaukee. I have PCOS and had some success with a low-GI plan in the past (lost about 50 pounds). I regained after an injury sidelined my active lifestyle, but am now back in the game and looking to kickstart my weight loss efforts. I lost 30 last year and want to lose another 30 this year. I could really use some help re-kicking the sugar habit. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:33:15 EST hello from NY Hello! My name is Pamela and I have PCOS. I decided to join this team after doing a little research on PCOS and discovering that the low glycemic diet helps curb some of the symptoms (weight gain, high cholesterol, facial hair.) <BR> <BR> I've lost weight in the past with Weight Watchers but then gained some of it back. I'm currently about 25 lbs less than my highest adult weight. I'd like to lose at least 35 more, but I also want to do it in a healthy way and control the PCOS symptoms... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:26:38 EST Did You Know ... ? Ever come across some trivia that you thought others might find interesting - then this is the place to share. <BR> <BR> Here's an example: <BR> <BR> Did you know that ... except for identical twins, every person on earth has a unique smell. <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:47:57 EST been here before been here before and hopefully this time I will win this battle and lose the weight and learn to live a healthy lifestyle Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:59:33 EST Splenda So I'm trying really hard to back off on the splenda, today I'm sitting here with my strawberries, which I normally add splenda on top - so this is how strawberries taste <em>45</em> . <BR> <BR> I do have honey in my morning tea and had for many years, I don't think I could ever give that up, plus I think honey is good for you. Some things say low GI others high GI.. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:53:29 EST "Interesting Website" Low GI Diet Tools and Tips Found this and thought it was another interesting site. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> By convention, most tables and charts of GI values of foods that you are likely to come across use the following "standard" limits to distinguish various foods according to measured GI values: <BR> <BR> Low GI = 0-55 <BR> Intermediate GI = 55-69 <BR> High GI = 70 or greater <BR> <BR> However, it cannot be over-emphasized that the so-called "standar... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:52:23 EST June GI Newsletter June GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jun2013.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> p.s. I stand corrected per Val's finding below, I thought from Australia actually Toronto. <BR> <BR> "David Jenkins, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto invented the Glycemic Index in 1981. It was originally created to help people with diabetes, then it led to the one of the most popular non-fad diets of today, Glycemic Index Diet." ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 05:41:07 EST GI Warriors Blog The war rages on Gunny Gym looks in vain for more recruits. In his personal battle he has broken through scale lines 216 and is targeting scale line 215. There is a long promised ice cream cone medal for breaking through line 215. The Gunny knows that he shouldn’t accept food rewards but he will humbly accept this one and eagerly rejoin the battle toward scale line 195. <BR> The battle needs more good men (and women). Good GI’s. Marching arm in arm with their pedometers glinting in the ... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:18:52 EST Team Spark Mail - How to turn on. Hi, if you would like to receive team spark mail, please follow the steps below: <BR> <BR> Go to: <BR> Community (at the top of home page) <BR> Select Sparkteams <BR> Click on Manage my team email/settings. <BR> Under team sparkmail, check box. <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 04:43:31 EST "Brag Post - It's Okay" So I thought we could have a brag post, got the idea from Chris on another team. It would be great if we can post when we have a great day eating healthy, avoided a binge "how", motivation soaring, weight loss, anything, but please brag, brag, every day if you like <em>334</em> Mon, 13 May 2013 05:09:15 EST New Key Board I just got a new wireless keyboard and love love it... <BR> <BR> It was getting very frustrating trying to type and my keys were sticking..I think when my husband used my computer (now he has his own laptop) he ate and spilled stuff often on it. <BR> <BR> Love it.. <em>17</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 18:49:23 EST GI Warriors Blog GI Warriors Blog <BR> I thought we should have some fun with the “GI” which to some old timers stood for “Government Inductee” not “Glycemic Index”. Thus we all become GI Warriors. <BR> I will add something to the GI Warriors blog every Wednesday. Each recruit will add their own battle to the comments section of the blog. Just assign yourself a rank (private to general) and join the fun. We need Nurses, Generals, a whole Army to battle “Scale” each week. Try to tell a short story and ... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:04:12 EST Try Try Again This GI diet works. This is my second try at it. I'm ashamed to say. The first time I lost 45 pounds before I hurt an achilles tendon and let the weight come back on. Persistence is far more important than perfection. So here i go again. Thu, 2 May 2013 22:24:11 EST May GI Newsletter May GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>may2013.pdf </link> Thu, 2 May 2013 17:54:54 EST Stopping By To Say "Hi" - 2013! Happy May everyone! <BR> <BR> "The world's favorite season is the spring. <BR> All things seem possible in May." <BR> ~ Edwin Way Teale <BR> <BR> It looks like Spring is truly here - dare we hope LOL!! <BR> <BR> A new month, a new day and another opportunity to get it right - enjoy the day - and move, move, move!!! <BR> <em>126</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 10:31:08 EST Resetting Sparkpoints - Informational Under "Account / E-Mail Preferences" <BR> <BR> Reset SparkPoints; <BR> If you're having trouble finding new Articles, Quizzes, or Health A-Z articles that you haven't earned SparkPoints for reading, you can click a button below so you can get points again for any item in the category. (Note you will not lose any current SparkPoints by re-setting). <BR> <BR> You have sucessfully reset the Health A-Z articles. <BR> <BR> Reset Articles Reset Quizzes Reset Health A-Z Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:51:17 EST New to this thing called Spark. I am new to Sparkpeople. But, my doctor told me to start eating sugar free. This is going to be difficult for me because I've always done diets like the Cabbage Diet, the Weight Watcher's diet, or the three meals a day diet. I'd never even hear of the Glycemic Index before last month, so I'm feeling a little flooded with new information right now. <BR> <BR> But, here I am trying to lose 200 pounds and eat better. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:08:41 EST new here hi my name is cyndi i am 57 years old i have a few health issues because of genes as well as my weight my vascular dr heart dr and dr have all agreed that this is the best way for me to go and to live a healthier life style thanks for having me and the support that i need to lose theses 50 pounds to a healthier life style <em>30</em> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:59:06 EST Hello! Hi. I just signed on to SP and the team. I am trying to figure out low glycemic. I have been on every diet possible with success and failure. What I have learned is that what I have done in the past was not sustainable for life. I am a compulsive dieter and want to cease and desist and just learn to be healthy. <BR> <BR> Is there a way to make SP food log generate low glycemic meal suggestions? <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:41:54 EST Great Excuses Not too Workout Found this on spark and thought will be in the spirit of our exercise goals! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at_excuses_to_not_work_out </link> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 05:50:04 EST The Importance of Moving the NEAT Way! I always remember my Mom telling my sisters and me not to fidget, it seemed we just couldn't sit still, but eventually we "learned to be ladies" and "settled down". This probably was not a good thing because it seems that Mom was suppressing our spontaneous physical activity or Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) <BR> <BR> In 2005, the Mayo Clinic published their results of a study on NEAT indicating it may be a more important factor than formal exercise when it comes to who has a hig... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:37:01 EST How Much Exercise Do U Really Need To Lose Weight? Favall posted this under the Let's Move thread and I thought that it was so important that it deserved it's own forum for discussion. Here's what she had to say. <BR> <BR> "I want everyone to read this SP blog. It is a huge eye opener. For many years I believed the party line that 30 min of exercise 5 days a week would result in weight loss and a healthy body. There are NEW GUIDELINES!!!! Read below and let's talk!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_much_exercise_y... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:55:29 EST The Power of Optimism & Positivity Whenever we're trying something new it's easy to be motivated and optimistic, but as time goes by it may become more difficult to maintain this positivity. <BR> <BR> This thread will be a place where we can post any articles or tips we come across that help us keep our inner spark burning as we continue on this lifelong journey of being healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> I'm a big believer in positive self-talk! Here's a short SP article that provides some tips on how we can be our own best friend... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:04:18 EST April GI Newsletter - NEW April GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>apr2013.pdf </link> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 06:09:49 EST Favorite Scripture What are some of your favorite Scripture verses that have helped you though tough times as well as the ones the good times! <BR> <BR> Proverbs 25:8 <BR> Don't jump to conclusions--there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 05:48:50 EST Need help with food grouping I messed up and nothing showed up in a food grouping I wanted to create. When I try to edit it, it says that INFORMATION WAS NOT PASSED CORRECTLY. How do I go about deleting this completely and starting over? <BR> <BR> Now, I do understand how to create a new food grouping, but I want to get rid of this bad entry. <BR> <BR> June Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:58:45 EST Hi ... I'm new Hi everyone ... I thought I had written an introduction, but put it in the wrong place. Which place? I have no idea. There is so much I need to learn and so much I need to investigate. <BR> <BR> My name is June. I have 65 pounds that I want/need to lose. I have tried many ways of trying to diet over the years, but always fell off the wagon. I am one of those people who gets night cravings. Just recently I came across the low glycemic way of eating when I was trying in desperation to find som... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:56:44 EST I'm confused I answered a message that was sent to me, but I don't see it on the site. I'm sure I did something wrong, but don't know what it was. <BR> <BR> June Sun, 7 Apr 2013 15:16:23 EST Happy Easter!!! <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Awake, thou wintry earth <BR> Fling off thy sadness! <BR> Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth <BR> Your ancient gladness <BR> ~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn" <BR> <BR> May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday! <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>126</em> <... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:47:56 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 06:55:32 EST Let's Move - 2013!!! Moving more and eating less works!!! We're taking care of the eating part by following the G.I. plan, but let's also work on the other part of the equation - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:03:24 EST 5 Foods with Low Glycemic that might surprise you The Glycemic Index, or GI, is a ranking given to carbohydrates as a measure of their effect on blood sugar. A lower number on the scale means that a food is less likely to raise blood glucose. Consuming low glycemic carbohydrates can help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. <BR> <BR> What Is a Low GI? <BR> <BR> The glycemic index scale ranges from 0 to 100, with 100 being a food that has the greatest effect on blood sugar. A carbohydrate food that scores 55 or lower is ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:36:38 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> An Irish Blessing <BR> <BR> Lucky stars above you, <BR> Sunshine on your way, <BR> Many friends to love you, <BR> Joy in work and play, <BR> Laughter to outweigh each care, <BR> In your heart a song, <BR> And gladness waiting everywhere, <BR> All your whole life long! <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>44... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:15:30 EST "How to stop evening eating" by Favall A Blog by FAVALL Friday, March 15, 2013 <BR> <BR> I have 2 items for you to consider that really helped me get past evening binge eating. <BR> <BR> After dinner, I used to sit watching TV, with all of the food commercials. The result was a pattern of visual and emotional triggers, bad choices, guilt and shame. The self-talk raged with emotions while reviewing the events and disappointments of the day. I was especially affected, if I was lonely, bored, stressed, or tired. It built all even... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:51:31 EST Cabbage Soup Recipe K, I know we all have had this soup in one way, shape or is soooo good for you!!!!! My house is smelling mighty fine right now! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2428767 </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:07:19 EST I am your new co-leader! Hi All!! I have definitely felt an outpouring of love from this team already and I've only been co-leader for less than 24 hours!! This is a subject that is very near and dear to me and I hope I can help you reach your goals, and we can help keep each other motivated to choose not the path of least resistance, but the path of health. If you have any food, meal plan, or fitness questions, or just plain need a kick in the pants to get off the couch and do something, just let me know! Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:43:46 EST Back from vacation Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> We got home last night from our trip to Hawaii, followed by a visit to our son and daughter-in-law in Santa Monica. <BR> <BR> We love to go to Hawaii this time of year, partly to escape our cold weather but mostly to see the whales. In past years we have done lots of snorkeling because we love seeing the fish and turtles while listening to the whales sing. This year the water was pretty rough so we only went a couple of times. We did go out on a dinner cruise in Ko... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 13:26:25 EST New to the team.. Hi everyone, I'm Hope. <BR> I've been on and off of SP for the past few years. It's just so hard to find balance between the kids, hubby, house, work, and healthy eating and exercise. I've cut out eating sweets for the past 4 months now. As in cakes, cookies, ice cream etc. When I'm craving sweets I go to fruits or a yogurt. I took out sugar from my coffee and tea. Only drink diet soda's and my weight is still not really budging. <BR> <BR> I know I have to exercise and also cut out breads, ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:07:43 EST March - what are your goals? So for March, <BR> <BR> No gum; only makes me want more sugar <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Workout; 6 days a week, at least 30 minutes <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> Food; track my food and eat mostly low Glycemic <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:36:52 EST Howdy! Hi folks, <BR> I am new to this team and have been around SP for a few months. I recently finished the SP Official Diabetic 8 week weight loss challenge. Part of the education classes had information about glycemic indexing but I'd like to learn more. <BR> <BR> I've been a Type 2 diabetic for about 15 years with my numbers under control. I've been on a weight loss effort for 5 years, with a second breast cancer event in the middle. I'm down from a highest weight of 366 pounds to my current... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 19:53:59 EST Hello! I just found my way over here to spark people after a long absence. I was looking around for some no sugar recipes and found this team. About 12 years ago I had lost a significant amount of weight by following The Sugarbusters books, and then life and three pregnancies and three small children later ... I realized I was pretty heavy again. I've dug out my old books again and now 10+ lbs lighter than a month ago, I really want to make this my way of eating. I do feel much better already. M... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:30:04 EST Chicken/Vege etable/Black Bean soup Came up with this one today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2412643 </link> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 07:24:43 EST March GI Newsletter March GI Newsletter "University of Sydney" Australia <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mar2013.pdf </link> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 05:28:27 EST Feeling hopeless Hi Group- <BR> I just need a little extra incouragment today. I feel like this weight wont EVER budge! I have made healthier choices for myself and I am expecting to see a difenrce in the scale- its not budging and I am loosing hope. Whats wrong with me? Why os my body broken? I work out often and I track well too- UGGHHHH! <em>39</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:01:35 EST From a Family of Diabetics! Hello!! I am Heather. My mom's side of the family are all overweight and diabetic, my dad's side of the family is the same. When I was in high school my dad was diagnosed borderline diabetic. My mom read the Sugar Busters book, changed our eating, and we all lost a ton of weight and my dad was able to control his blood sugar without medication, just diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> In June of last year, my mom was killed in a car accident. Since then, people have been bringing meals to my parent... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:47:38 EST What do you have for snacks? Today I had, <BR> <BR> pre-breakfast: Mozz stick <BR> <BR> after lunch: blueberries/strawberries <BR> <BR> before dinner; baby carrots/celery dipped in wholly guacamole. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:50:23 EST What did you eat for breakfast? Hi tell me what you ate for breakfast! <em>180</em> this is what i would eat for breakfast <em>495</em> That is what i would eat for lunch <em>341</em> and i will eat anything that i get from the store for dinner Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:15:22 EST Moriccan Chicken and Lentils <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2406717 </link> <BR> <BR> Yummy..... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:17:21 EST New to Sparkpeopl e...again. Hi everyone, my name is Pam. I started Sparking back in 2006 near as I can figure. I did fine for a while, Then fell back into old bad habits. I am trying to start again, this time with my bubby. So far, not so good, but I am not giving up. I found out in 2 years ago I am diabetic. I am not new to the diabetic scene. I took care of my mom who was insulin dependent for 10 years 24-7 till her death in 2001. So yes I do know a lot about how to eat and care for myself. But to be honest, it has be... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:09:00 EST New to the Group Intro Hello Team <BR> I'm Val..... I'm a busy mom of three that works full time and I am on the quest of my life to get healthy. I am one of those "fit and fat" type of people- I LOVE going to the gym...I love taking different classes. But I struggle with my food addiction and my old beliefs. I want to set a good example for my kiddos. But I really cant help others until I really start helping myself. <BR> I think this group will give me great ideas to help control the always hungry feeling. ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:41:26 EST Quinoa and Black Beans Yummy and very very good for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2395973 </link> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:25:58 EST February GI News February GI News Letter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feb2013.pdf </link> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:31:13 EST This is a great website "GI Listing" <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Steps to permanent, stable weight loss <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> There are two steps in Easy Low GI Diet weight-loss plan: <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> o Step I : During this step, weight reduction, avoid Yellow and Red zone Foods instead focus on eating Green zone Foods that are low G.I. and also low in sugar and fat. <BR> <BR> o Step II : Once you've achieved your desired weight, you enter step II, maintenance, and you can start to... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:03:23 EST Books - What GI books do you have? The Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies <BR> <BR> The Glycemic Index Diet Cookbook for Dummies <BR> <BR> The New Glucose Revolution <BR> <BR> The Good Carb Cookbook "Secrets of Eating Low on the Glycemic Index <BR> <BR> Low GI Diet Shoppers Guide 2013 <BR> <BR> I love them all! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:00:07 EST Happy Valentine's Day! Happy Valentine's Day! <BR> <BR> Some fun trivia about this day: <BR> <BR> - February 14th is the second most popular card-giving holiday. Christmas is the first. <BR> - Men spend an average of $156.22 on Valentine's Day gifts, flowers and cards. Women, by contrast, spend just $85.08. <BR> - The first heart-shaped box of candy was sold in 1868 by Richard Cadbury. <BR> - The expression "wear your heart on your sleeve" comes from a Middle Ages Valentine's Day tradition. Young men and women ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:41:49 EST custom meal plans Hi, I'm Christopher. I signed onto Sparkpeople because I read you can get suggested meal plans. I need to do low glycemic index meals. Can someone tell me where to find the page to tell the site what my SO and I like to eat? Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:16:18 EST