SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard Get and give tips about eating better and planning a smart, delicious menu. Plus, answers to your food and nutrition questions from Becky Hand, SparkPeople dietitian, and other experts. SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard Special K Flatbread Sandwiches Has anyone tried the Special K flatbread breakfast sandwiches? I bought a box last week and I'm really impressed. They're obviously not for every diet (kind of high in fat and not gluten free) and they are processed ... but I had one this morning at 7am and I was full until 11am. And they're yummy. Anyway, just thought I'd pass that along if you need a quick b-fast and don't mind the "cons" of processed meals. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:43:33 EST 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Morning! <BR> I ordered the book by J.J. Smith......Just drank my very first one! Anyone currently doing this cleanse? It has simple ingredients and all things that I would eat normally (maybe not the flaxseeds). I don't have much to comment on it b/c I'm just on <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:04:53 EST Cutting Diet Idea for Fitness Model Event Hi, <BR> <BR> I am an advanced fitness nutcase. <em>40</em> Currently, I am challenging myself for a local gym 'amateur' fitness model event. <BR> <BR> I am hard-core on my fitness routine and nutrition. I grew up in the medical family background, so I am well-versed on healthy eating. <BR> <BR> One thing I notice is after a grueling workout, nothing will satisfy my hunger better than nut butter (the kind that has only one ingredient in the jar.) It seems increasing my fat intake... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:50:13 EST Is 1500 calories too low? I'm a 25 year old man, 5'5" at 155lbs. I want to get to 123 pounds. After reading around the web a bit including Sparkpeople, the calculator says I need to eat about 1400-1500 calories a day. I'm meticulously calculating my calories now, eliminating foods that have too many carbs and adding only those foods to my list that I can measure accurately. For the past 2 days, I've been meting my calorie goals. <BR> Now here's the question: <BR> If I'm also exercising, do I need to eat more calories... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:12:51 EST Traveling -- wondering about Shakeology When I travel, I pack my lower carb options (such as bran crispbread, nuts). It's so I don't get caught out hungry and binge on junk. <BR> <BR> I've been hearing more about Shakeology and the carbs don't look too bad (17-20 per meal). <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who can taste things like the aftertaste in a lot of processed foods such as fake sweeteners and some soy protein bars with splenda. <BR> <BR> Wondering if Shakeology has any odd aftertaste. I Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:08:29 EST Skinny fiber Anyone. Ever hear about it and if so, is it helpful in making you feel full Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:06:46 EST Iced Tea - Do I track and how? I usually drink iced tea throughout the day. I make it with regular Lipton Tea Bags. I tried sweetening it with Agave juice but didn't really care 100% for the taste. So now I sweeten it half and half. For a gallon jug I will put 1/2 a cup more or less of Agave and 1/2 a cup more or less of regular sugar. I feel like at least if I have to use sugar it is not as much. <BR> <BR> Should I be tracking this and if so how? <BR> <BR> And if I am drinking 3-5 32oz glasses of tea a t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:48:59 EST Calories If I eat 1300 calories and burn 700 exercising do I replace the 700 calories? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:26:09 EST Eating as Entertainment <em>41</em> I eat as a major form of entertainment!!! Wow I've said it so many times, but looking at it print -- ugg!!! I topped out at 267, had a gastric by-pass 7 years ago lost 100 pounds and slowly but surely am inching back up. I love to eat good food. There is something alluring about flavor, texture, and the physical satisfaction that eating provides. I think habit also plays a significant role in how I eat. I desperately want to be thin and sleek, but the habits of my adult... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:38:57 EST Meal Planning / Grocery Shopping HELP! Hi Everyone :) <BR> I have been on this site for a bit and am trying to get motivated and organized enough that I don't have any excuses and nothing stopping me from succeeding. One of my biggest challenges in the past is having healthy meal options planned out and readily available. When I don't have a PLAN, I generally don't do well. I like to plan a week or two ahead of time and love that the SparkPeople Nutrition tracker allows me to do that. <BR> <BR> However, the problem I'm runni... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:05:32 EST SUGAR ALCOHOLS I wanted to keep track of sugar alcohols so i could deduct them from my carbs but i can't find it in the 75 nutrients , if i add it will SP tracker know how many are in the item ? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:53:59 EST Has anyone tried the 10 Day Transformation? A friend of mine is telling me I should try this 10 day transformation. He lost 5 pounds and his wife lost almost 20. He says it is safe because it is all vegan whole food and has a protein to protect your muscles. Has anyone tried this? Can you share your results and/or thoughts? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:14:36 EST Fillings for Sweet Potatoes I want to start microwaving a sweet potato at work for lunch, because I can't make my salads stay appetising. <BR> <BR> But, I need some protein to put there as well, and maybe a healthy fat. The only thing I've come up with is tuna/cottage cheese but I'm not sure that would work well with a sweet potato. <BR> <BR> Also, does anyone know if you can cook them in the oven the night before, with mozzarella for example, and then just reheat them the next day? <BR> <BR> Many thanks :) Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:02:07 EST Fresh cucumber? Cucumber peel? Anyone know the nutritional value of cucumber peel? <BR> <BR> This is bugging me, because I need to know if the peel is "worth eating." <BR> <BR> I like PEELED cucumbers! Thanks! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:08 EST Foods with iodine Hi everyone! I'm trying to limit my iodine intake due to a thyroid issue, and was wondering how you can tell which foods have iodine in them. For example, my doctor told me not to eat sushi (due to the seaweed) for the next month (I'm getting a test where too much iodine can effect the results). Thank you! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:49:39 EST How do I stay focused on my GF Lifestyle? I think I must be doing something correctly. I rarely have hunger pains, and it seems like I eat all day long! I am tracking what I eat (EVERYTHING) That "taste of frosting...that counts, that "taste of Ice cream...that counts... Now you see? But just because it is not "in my food plan" doesn't mean I can't have it! As long as portions are measured and tracked, you cannot go wrong. I find it challenging when my husband literally fills a bowl with Ice Cream! I'm talking at least 3 cups!! I ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:52:42 EST I have GOT to get off diet drinks I do NOT want this to erode into a debate about diet drinks themselves. This is a request for help and can we just, at the risk of sounding self-centered here, keep this all about ME, ME, ME???? :) :) <BR> <BR> I have a desire to quit drinking diet colas. I have made about 4 attempts in the last two years, and managed to stay off as long as 4 months before relapsing. I thought about 4 months I could have one diet coke in a restaurant setting while traveling, but BAM instantly back to drinki... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:41:14 EST create a grouping using favorites I'm new to Sparks & so far it's a breeze. One thing I haven't figured out, though: I want to create Groupings (in the nutrition tracker) using items from Favorites (after having spent the time looking for the exact items, it doesn't make sense to go through it all over again). Anybody know how to do that? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:12:22 EST protein shakes? Anyone do jUST protein shakes? I am considering trying this to eliminate the"choice" thing for a while. Apparently I don't make the best choices............. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:32:40 EST Ideas to increase protein amounts for breakfast. I just read an article in Consumer's Reports that recommends 24-35 grams of protein for breakfast to keep blood sugar levels more stable throughout the day. I usually have either a smoothie or oatmeal for breakfast and fall short of this range. What ideas do you suggest for protein at breakfast? Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:57:05 EST Water = Heartburn I just wanted to ask is there any one else out there that gets heartburn when they drink water? <BR> <BR> I try very hard everyday to drink my 8 cups (or more) of water daily, but find it very hard when halfway through the day I end up with heartburn and in need to turn to tums (which I really don't want to put into my body) <BR> <BR> Anyone have any solutions?! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:06:34 EST Good products that are less costly than namebrand I tried a name brand albacore tuna today that doesn't taste nearly as good as the Great Value brand of the same type tuna at Walmart. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this. <BR> <BR> Have you found this to be true of other less expensive products? I'm interested in saving money! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:06:30 EST Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) I came off Omeprazole after 6 months as I had put my weight gain down to the medication. I lost the weight but now I've started waking up with a burning throat and my teeth are suffering. <BR> My dilemma, do I go back on to omeprazole and put on weight again. I originally put my over-weight down as the cause of my GERD. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I love the fact that I have lost the half stone I put on!! <em>9</em> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:00:33 EST Eating healthy and acne... I have a question. Since I've started to eat healthy, I suffered from severe acne on my cheeks, forehead and neck. I normally only have pimples when I'm on my period. Can my new diet be the reason and why? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Laura Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:47:48 EST HELP me remove recipe saved It was my first time to try to put down one of my favorite recipes so I'd have it at my fingertips when I needed it. But I didn't see the spot where it asked for the number of servings it would make and when the recipe came out saved, it said it would only make one serving instead of 22. I need to take it out of circulation. (I bravely put it down for everybody). How can I do this? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:54:18 EST I miss the Sparkpeople that cared about us.. Ok. This is getting ridiculous. Diet soda is a chemically based beverage. It's not FOOD. It certainly doesn't do anything metabolically to help you 'trim' pounds as today's post states. <BR> <BR><BR>?post=5_reasons_why_its_okay_to_drink_<BR>diet_beverages <BR> <BR> I've been on spark since 2006. Back then it was a safe haven for those of us trying to better ourselves and work towards becoming healthier - not just skinnier. I am sad to say that this... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:41 EST tracking calories I like tracking my calories through out the day to see how many calories I ate for each meal. Sometimes I fall short of my calorie rang for the day or I go over my calories for the day. I cannot seem to find a balance. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:50:03 EST Portion control help? My biggest problem is portion control of foods that are mixed like, Shepherds pie, Stew, Curry and Chili con carne. <BR> Anyone have any tips on how to avoid adding too much to the plate? <BR> I use a 9 inch plate and one that has sections half for vegetables quater for carbs and quarter for meats/protein. <BR> How do I make sure I am getting the correct size portion for the meals I listed above? <BR> Any tips would be great, thank you. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:53:17 EST Splenda in Large Amounts? Hello, I know that the use of artificial sweeteners has been said to be unhealthy, but just how unhealthy is it? Between sweetening my coffee and certain foods, like cold cereal, I use a LOT of Splenda--like at least 1-2 cups per day. I can't afford to buy Truvia, and I've actually been buying the big bag of Great Value "Splenda" at Walmart to save money. I live on disability, so my income is fixed and very limited. I have a major sweet tooth, though, as you can probably tell. Advice on how m... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:04:11 EST Right amount of nutrition for your body weight So I have been experiencing some extremely unpleasant symptoms for the past year. But it was all tolerable and I was able to continue with my life. The past 2 months has turned for the worst and I had to quit my job, currently hiding from all my loved ones, and even dropped the activities that make me a happy person. <BR> <BR> I get light headed, fatigue, nausea, low blood pressure (it's not terribly low, not sure if it's because I'm fit or if it's a concern), confusion, concentration proble... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:34:58 EST Today's Article on Diet Sodas I don't agree with the article I just read giving 5 good reasons it's OK to have a diet soda. They're good reasons if you're trying to lose weight, but not all sweeteners are safe! I'm specifically speaking about aspartame. I know many people who have different issues with this product. From upset stomach to causing migraines. While technically, that's not dangerous, I don't think the article is totally true. But that's just my opinion based on experiences. Care to share your thoughts? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:36:16 EST What satisfies you? For me, my food must both taste good and have a certain amount of carbs to satisfy me. If I try to eat say just a large salad, regardless of the amount of fat, calories and protein, I will overeat ever chasing that elusive satisfaction. But if I eat something more balanced, say bread with nut butter, I will be satisfied by a much smaller amount of calories. <BR> <BR> From talking to others, it seems that different people are satisfied by different things. Have you found you secrets to satisf... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:07:46 EST Let your yes mean yes and no ... no <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hi my name is April ... I joined yesterday, I'm so happy I found this site! I really need some help especially with motivation. However, I wanted to share my good news with all of you ... I finally stuck to my word. Everyday, I say I'm going for a walk after work and everyday I find an excuse why I can't do it "right now" ... well, yesterday, I got off that couch and went outside and just started walking. My goal was about 30 minutes and I last 45. It started o... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:06:01 EST Timing of snacks I get up at 5:00 a.m. and eat breakfast between 6:00 a.m.-6:15 a.m. I don't eat lunch until 12:00 p.m. Have a snack at 3:00 p.m. and then eat supper between 5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m. My question...should I be eating a snack in the morning between breakfast and lunch? I don't really get hungry in the mornings and don't have a lot of calories to spare if I do have a snack in the morning. Would the snack in the morning help weight loss. My stats are 5'8", 236 pounds, Sparkpeople says my calorie m... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:41:47 EST Binge Eating I do good on eating and exercise for 10 days or so, and then right when I start to drop a little weight, and my clothes feel better, I go thru a 3 day period where I eat everything I miss, like pizza, ice cream, and baked gods in large amounts, and put the weight right back on. What is wrong with me?? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:41:21 EST What's your food pet peeve? My food pet peeve (for today) is having to cut the stems off each spinach leaf when you buy fresh spinach. What's yours? <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:46:33 EST Gherkins My mum brought me a jar of pickles, thinking they would taste the same as the pickles in vinegar she brought me a few months ago. <BR> <BR> The tastes are quite different. <BR> <BR> What are some different ways you can eat gherkins, what can you have them with? (I'm assuming I only have a week to eat them) Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:43:04 EST Stopped Cold-Turkey Method... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to write this post for the People who has Stopped a certain eating more Healthy Foods... or a Habit that they had to break... and... they did it with Stopping it right then and now... (Cold-Turkey Method) If there is any tips or advice... to stick with stopping a habit... dead on the tracks right then and there... Anything that you want to say or add... would be nice to read... <BR> <BR> Thanks for Reading this... <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:47:30 EST lots of great calculators here ... <link> </link> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:15:23 EST abstract on pre-bariatric surgery diet Very low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet before bariatric surgery: Prospective evaluation of a sequential diet <BR> Obesity Surgery, 07/11/2014 &#8194;Exclusive Author Commentary Clinical Article <BR> <BR> Leonetti F, et al. – Researchers assessed the effectiveness of a sequential diet regimen called the "obese preoperative diet" (OPOD) in morbidly obese patients with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who were scheduled to undergo laparoscopic bariatric surgery. They concluded that O... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:12:32 EST Coconut products I use coconut 'milk' now, really like it as I am lactose intolerant . Lower in calories than skim milk. Does anybody know about coconut oil ? Is it better than olive oil to use ? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:16:52 EST Rewind the Future - Video "Meet Jim—the character in our Rewind the Future video—he is a man whose life flashes right before his very eyes, unhealthy habits and all. The choices you teach your child today become the habits they take into their adulthood." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ------------------ <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:10:26 EST Calories in Turkey Breast Meat with Skin I will be roasting a fresh turkey breast today. Searching SP if find "1 unit from 1 lb ready to cook turkey at 212 calories". What is one unit?? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:03:02 EST calories burned The calories burned that show when entered on different sites varies quite drastically. How do I know how many calories I have actually burned? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:32:45 EST Pre-teen son is a help for calorie restriction Tonight's dinner was grilled chicken, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, and salad. Portions were made so there was just enough for the three of us, and then we sat down to the table. My precious 11 year old inhaled his plate before I'd finished getting my salad situated how I like it, and asked for more. He's been growing like a weed lately and it's all going to height, so assuming he needed the energy, I split my chicken with him and he got another ear of corn. That was gone before I... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:26:53 EST School cafeteria menus How healthy do you feel the selections are this year for your school district? Are fresh fruit and veggies being offered daily? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:25:09 EST Protein I'm in need of advice on what is the best protein powder for my money. I'm looking for adequate amount of protein to follow up my work-out. I feel that my muscles are not rebuilding effectively because of this deficiency. I work-out in the studio four -five days in a row. doing yoga, cardio blast , piyo and some weight training. so, I tend to work the same muscle groups each work-out. Any imput will help. thank you Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:10:17 EST Wall Street Journal on salt <link><BR>salt-levels-could-do-more-harm-than-go<BR>od-study-suggests-1407964274 </link> <BR> <BR> ...and Chris Kresser's commentary... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:56:36 EST MODERATION Moderation is the key to to our door of success sparkers! <BR> <BR> You can have anything you want but not over eat <BR> Go to dinner...wrap 1/2 immediately for tomorrows lunch <BR> <BR> Not having something you want leads to eating many unwanted calories and then...still having that item of food you halve it and be happy! <BR> <BR> We all at some point overdo but just make the following day a "moderate" one! <BR> <em>144</em> Gift of Love! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:49:41 EST Mediterranean Diet Hi. I was just curious if anyone has tried following the Mediterranean diet program. If so, what are your thoughts on it? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:40:55 EST Do cravings indicate a missing nutrient? I haven't had cravings for months since eating healthy. But lately I'd been craving cheese. A Baby Bell Light satisfied that. Now I'm craving potato chips; not even a trigger food for me. I thought maybe I was low in sodium, but my tracker says I've averaged over 2000 mg a day this last week. Just wondering. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:54:19 EST I Workout Hard - Help Me Get More Protein! Hi! I'm a 45-yr-old female. In this past year I've discovered fitness, nutrition, and how to accomplish my goals. I am feeling wonderful!!! The problem is I am not meeting my protein according to the "equation". On top of that, I workout pretty hard, especially for a 45-yr-old woman. I burn an avg. of 1,000 calories in cardio before I switch over to my strength routine. This is 4x/week minimum - more when I can. Or I will sneak in a walk in the park and some free weights at home on off-days. ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:49:11 EST Spark People Plan Just starting today. But I still can't find what to eat and in what proportions. Do we choose low carb or do we eat anything that equals our calorie intake? Please help! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:28:54 EST Anyone doing South Beach? I'm new to SP, I've only signed in a few times. I'm totally lost so hope I'm posting this in the right section... I'm starting SoUth Beach tomorrow and I wanted to know if there is anyone else following this plan that might like a buddy? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:28:13 EST Tilapia recipes & go withs Hi all - I am having Tilapia tonight (I use the lemon garlic recipe on spark people) <BR> <BR> My question is do you have a favorite recipe? and what do you eat as sides? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:15:26 EST No results. Help! So I have been working out 3-4 times a week with a personal trainer, eating. 1500 cal/day meal plan (no cheating other than maybe an extra cup of coffee), drinking crazy amounts of water, and I haven't lost a pounds. What is going on? This is my 4th week. I'm didn't expect to lose a lot of weight by now but I thought the scale would move a bit atleast. Any ideas? I'm 5'6, 170lbs at the moment. The trainer who gave me the workout said I should not go under 1500 cals or my body would go into st... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:11:40 EST Can I eat the same meals every day if I want too? I'm just starting today and would like to simplify things for me - Can I use the same breakfast, lunches, dinners everyday or every other day if I want to? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:42:17 EST Looking for quick take to work breakfast ideas... Something I can grab and go to eat at work for breakfast. Any ideas? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:10:11 EST What do you usually eat? What does your day of eating look like? I'm trying to get ideas. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:01:50 EST meals without certain ingredient HI everyone: <BR> <BR> I need ideas for a diet and recipes.. I have a allergy to tomatoes.. anything that goes with it tomato paste, sauce, slices pico, diced anything!! I know that a lot of food call for this to be added for taste, spice or it makes the meal so I get discouraged.. <BR> <BR> if anyone wants to chime in that would be awesome!!!! <BR> <BR> Please email me and add me as friend if you like all the support we all get is better for all!!! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:49:21 EST Need Help Setting Weight Loss Goals OK - I lost 34 pounds on Spark, and I know it works for me. However, things got hectic (I took on a part-time job on top of my full-time job, along with the general wife and mother and home-maker duties) and I stopped tracking and exercising (no time). Now it's a few months later, my son is finally off to college, and I have re-gained some of the weight I originally lost. I'm back and determined to succeed. <BR> My question is this: What might be a realistic goal for weight loss? I have ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:34:49 EST Diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes What is the best advice you can give to stop from developing full blown diabetes? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:41:37 EST food shopping - not sure Come tomorrow I am off to do my food shopping but wanted to double check my plan is ok. I have not been on a diet in a long time. <BR> My plan is breakfast will be multigrain toast or something I can take to work to eat <BR> Lunches will be salad with light ham and some days have it on a roll <BR> dinner will be either vegies and meat or meat and salads <BR> snacks hmmm, nuts and fruits, yougurt and musli <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:34:32 EST Atkins Induction - Cheese & Caffeine! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm on day 5 of Atkins Induction, and I got past my "Induction Flu" yesterday. I'm feeling great today, energy-wise and I pretty much have no cravings and my appetite is greatly reduced. <BR> <BR> I want to make sure I do induction right. For those of you who got through Induction and lose a nice amount of weight, how much cheese did you eat? <BR> <BR> I'm only eating Extra Sharp Cheddar, which has 0 net carbs. Does this mean I can have unlimited Extra Sharp Cheddar? <... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:07:50 EST Nuts anyone? I accidentally discovered an article about sprouting nuts. Now I'm a bit confused. <BR> <BR> I understand that raw nuts are best. <BR> <BR> However, I have quite a bit of dry-roasted nuts on hand. <BR> <BR> Would it help to soak them? <BR> <BR> What's the difference between sprouted nuts and soaked ones?? <BR> <BR> Here's ONLY one article I found: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>appetizers-snacks/is-soaking-nuts-nece<BR>ssary-how-to-properly-soak-your-organ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:17:33 EST Diet soda "sponsored blog," written by an MD? "This blog is brought to you by the American Beverage Association." <BR> <BR> Why does SparkPeople choose to publish corporate-sponsored articles on food and nutrition? <BR> <BR> For some of us who are SparkPeople members, this is uncomfortable, to say the least. <BR> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:47:48 EST Free Food Urges Does anyone have a trick to knuckle down on free food cravings? I'm in college and there's often food at church, in the science building, work, etc. And I naturally think "I should eat as much as I can and sneak as much out as I can" to get the most out of "free". Has anyone dealt with this being their weakness and found a good control agent? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:12:21 EST Plateauing too long I have had problems losing weight all this year. please someone help. <em>39</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:54:40 EST Weekend advice please I seem to always blow it on the weekends. I don't know if it is because I get bored or what? Does anyone have advice to make it through the weekend without overdoing it? I've tried to make a weigh in on Monday to keep me on track, but sometimes that doesn't even work. Any insight appreciated. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:14:16 EST A good article on what to keep in the fridge <link><BR>at-nutritionist-keep-in-refrigerators?<BR>cid=NL_WHDD_1812376_08212014_11FoodsNu<BR>tritionistsAlwaysKeepintheirRefrigerat<BR>ors_ReadMore </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:34:49 EST Using the EXCHANGE system Has anyone ever used the Exchange system on their diet? <BR> I count calories but someone mentioned to me they use this exchange system <BR> where you watch your starches,milk,meat,veggies,fruit, fat <BR> <BR> its not as easy for I have been doing it for only one week and I seem to <BR> be trying to keep to what is a 1500 cals plan. <BR> <BR> 5 meats <BR> 6 starches <BR> 4 fruits <BR> 2 milk <BR> 4 veggies <BR> 4 Fats <BR> <BR> so far im doing lousy at it..just curious as if ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:53:06 EST Alcohol preferences What type of alcohol do you prefer? Health wise and personal preference Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:02:03 EST Tracking Surprises I have been shocked to learn just how hard I find it to fit protein into my diet, and how many calories from carbs I consume. Also, I buy a lot of fruits & vegetables, but I am seeing that I hardly eat any of it. I guess my children do, but I know I should as well. I've been wondering for a long time why I am anemic and have been on iron pills seemingly forever. Now that I'm tracking my food choices, I see that I NEVER get enough iron in my diet. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:51:34 EST Issues with certain foods I don't know if this is the correct place to put this or not.. <BR> <BR> Anyway - I weighed in at one point in time about 260. I joined a place that helped me lose a huge amount of weight - the healthy way. I dropped down to about 160. SG is a great program but now I have gained quite a bit back. Not because of them but because I am having issues with eating certain foods now. At first I thought it was in my head but I just don't get it. I cannot eat meat like Chicken, fish, beef (in... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:28 EST Is there sugar in this meal? Hi, I currently cannot eat sugar (any refined sugar, from fruits is ok). I'm eating out tonight and want to choice something on the menu that doesn't have sugar. The site says that my choice of food (poutine- fries, sauce, and cheese) says that it has 0 GRAMS OF SUGAR. My question might be stupid but does this mean it doesn't use any sugar?!? Thanks so much! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:35:04 EST what are some of your favorite finds so far? I thought this would be fun :) What are some products or other things you've found that you really like since you started your journey to better health? <BR> <BR> For me, I really like almond milk. I stick with the unsweetened versions, for cooking and pouring on my cereal. They're normally around 30-40 calories per cup, much better than skim milk. I also almost always have frozen bananas in the freezer. Who needs ice cream when you can just blend a few into a thick shake or smoothie? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:11:35 EST Serving of Tilapia I don't understand what this means. Is it 3.5 oz or 6 oz.? <BR> Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:21 EST Sugar - Watch this please - it is not pretty The following is a link to a TedTalk, which are lectures by experts on various subjects. This one is on Sugar. It is not pretty, but it is real. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Rm5cpOI </link> <BR> <BR> Email the link to everyone you can. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:58:43 EST Confused about calories for the day My calorie range begins with 1,200. Then when I exercise, that increases. At the end of the day, I am TRYING to stay at the 1,200 calorie limit, and the nutrition report says I under eat and will sabotage my diet, etc. <BR> Isn't the point to eat less and move more? (I am careful to balance my protein, carbs, fats, etc.) <BR> I find this confusing and feel it will make my weight loss not even happen if I just eat more to correspond to the activity calories I have earned. <BR> Can anyone s... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:35:23 EST Tofu Anyone here like Tofu? How do you make/ eat your tofu? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:49 EST How my body me understand me. So I have been talking with my wife and we have come to some thoughts about how we eat. I think everyone has a different way and times when your body wants to eat (and what it wants). <BR> <BR> I notice that I get very hungry about 1-2 hours after I wake up (around 9am and 10am). But if I don't eat I stop having the hunger pains in about an hour or two. After that I don't feel hunger pains again until later in the evening (if I don't eat until then). <BR> <BR> I doubt that is a good thing t... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:50:09 EST Did you cook or eat out today? Did you cook today or did you eat out? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:05:38 EST Stouffers vs Lean Cuisine Got a question, Im mainly eating frozen meals right now mainly for portion control. <BR> <BR> Is it hurting me more by buying stouffers frozen meals as opposed to lean cuisine. Like the meatloaf, the stouffers version is great and the lean cuisine is like a version of the same thing with all the taste removed. The Stouffers has a few more calories but am I hurting myself by eating stouffers meals over lean cuisine meals. I see more salt and about 90 more calories but the lean cuisin... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:20:21 EST How Much Water is Safe? I had two cups of coffee this morning, a cup of water, a diet coke, two more cups of water and. . . realized that I only drank three cups of water. I'm drinking some herbal tea right now, which I hope counts as water. Is it okay for me to drink all eight cups of water at night without food, if I forget to drink water throughout the day? I ask because I have heard about people getting sick from too much water at once, and I'm not really sure what that threshold might be. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:19:19 EST Eating and Emotions Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been a very long time since I've been back on Sparkpeople but I've gotten the "spark" back into my belly and for the past six months I have been working with a personal trainer who has also created a meal plan for me (she is a licensed dietician). I've lost about 13 pounds working with her. <BR> <BR> Working out is so easy for me to do, even when all I want to do is sleep in on most days. I can work out until I'm nothing more than a pile of broken muscle and tea... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:56:57 EST Calorie Range suggestions needed I need suggestions on how to get 1200-1500 calories a day. That is alot of food. I'm not exercising but I am drinking my water. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:58:12 EST Not eating after dinner Is SO hard! I'm a major snacker and pretty much all I think about for the rest of the night is snacks! Any tips?? I workout in the morning, so that's not a feasible solution =D Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:11:21 EST Bananas? I was shopping in the produce section today and bought my favorites fruits for snacks, necterines, rasberries, grapes, plums. aand a bunch of bananas. The lady by the bananas Gasped in Horror! I thought she spotted my husbands chips in the cart She told me I will NEVER lose any weight eating bananas-that it is one of the worst foods for dieters! First, I did Not Know Her. Second what made her think I was on a diet because I purchased fruit! I enjoy a medium banana for breakfast since I... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:49:50 EST Adding protein without alot of calories Hi all, <BR> <BR> I need some help and tips for adding protein without adding a lot of calories. <BR> <BR> Thank in advance! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Sue Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:06:00 EST waking time and appetite It keeps puzzling me. If I wake up at 7or 8, I won't feel hungry for 2 hours. If I wake up at 4-5am I feel so hungry and eat a lot for breakfast, 2-3 times more than normal. <BR> <BR> I sleep 8 hours regardless waking time. So, it has nothing to do with sleep deprevation. Sleep deprevation is different. It makes me thirsty and irritable. <BR> <BR> I really like waking up at 4-5, I am a freelancer working from home and most productive early in the morning. I want to make it work, but if I k... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:07:28 EST Need lunch (budget friendly) ideas I'm trying to be good but sick of sandwiches, frozen entrees, leftovers and salads for lunch. Help, please. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:36:12 EST Eating at the top of the calorie range Today my challenge from SparkCoach was to splurge and eat at the top of my calorie range. <BR> <BR> I tend to follow the suggested meal plans by SparkPeople because it makes menu planning so much easier. I love the shopping lists, too. I often don't even hit the lower end of my range. I just started a more active job. Since it's so hot, I tend not to be as hungry. <BR> <BR> I have some old bananas. Maybe I will make some banana bread. I will enjoy that. <BR> Or chocolate would be nice, too.... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:57:04 EST Confused on Carbs? I keep reading conflicting information. One site says to only consume 50-100 carbs per day which i find almost impossible.. <BR> <BR> Another one says for my goal and weight I should consume 100-225... I know its supposed to be 55% but If im wanting to tone muscle and lose weight what is the ideal amount? <BR> <BR> Im down to 123 so building lean muscle is important but I havent started working out yet (( tommorrow is the big day kids going back to school :D ))... but Ive been doing well on... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:59:33 EST I seem to eat more when I have a cold Does this happen to anyone else? The past few days I've been very congested and all I want to do is eat. I especially want sugar for some reason. I've been trying to take it easy, and eat healthy but I know I've over eaten the past couple days. Anyone have a way they handle this? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:08:40 EST Produce deals? What produce deals are you seeing in your area right now? <BR> Any generous local farmer deals? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:33:13 EST Frozen fish sticks along w/ other processed foods After eating healthy for a while now, I have a taste for healthier foods, and the processed stuff doesn't appeal to me as much. But I just had some frozen fish sticks and now my stomach hurts, not only because of what's in the actually food, but even the idea of it and looking at it come out of the oven... bleh. I used to love frozen and processed foods, but now that I know better, its such a turn off Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:08:42 EST thanks Thanks for the tips and the article helped a lot. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:13:52 EST Butternut Squash I decided to try butternut squash. Tell me your favorite recipe! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:43:51 EST Good all-in-one vitamin suggestions? Looking for a good one a day type vitamin. Pop in the morning with my morning routine kind of thing. I would like to have something made from as much natural product (real food) as possible. Anyone have any good suggestions? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:49:01 EST any weight watchers tips to learn here? not able to afford Weight watchers and wonder what I or we can learn to help me, us here? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:59:35 EST Cucumber question Can anything be done with an overgrown, big yellow cucumber? It was tucked under some leaves and I didn't even see it until it was way overgrown. Most of what I've seen so far says once its that overgrown, its too bitter and just need to go to the compost. <BR> <BR> any thoughts? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:17:32 EST Do I really NEED 25g of Fiber? I try to follow a low to moderate carb diet. I don't eat any wheat products, and do limit my white starches like rice and potatoes. The majority of my carbs come from fresh vegetables and I'm generally sitting around 10-15g of fiber per day. I feel great, no stomach issues and I'm very regular. I know that RDA for fiber is more in the 25-35g per day range and I'm wondering if I'm somehow doing myself a disservice by not meeting that range. What does SP think? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:03:12 EST Some thoughts & questions on calories Hello! <BR> I've been a member for a little under 2 weeks now and I had some questions regarding the calorie ranges, exercise, and the BMR calculations. In case the actual figures are needed, I'm nearly sedentary aside from my tracked exercise (and set to sedentary), male, 5'4" and 211lbs (I've already lost 3lbs in 2 weeks!), have it set to lose 1lb/wk, and it lists a BMR of 2380/day right now. (with a calorie range of 1580-1930) <BR> <BR> 1. How accurate should I 'expect' the BMR to be base... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:18:23 EST Carbs/Fats/Proteins percentages... Hi, <BR> I wonder if anyone can help me with this...I recently understood that on a relative;y low carb diet one should shoot for a total of 30% Carbs, 30% Fats and 40% Proteins. Now, how does one figure out that they are actually hitting these targets? <BR> I just want to be sure I'm doing this correctly... would this equation mean that if I was eating 1500 cals per day then 30% of 1500 would be how I track my calories form carbs and fats? And 40% of 1500 would equal my cals from protein? ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:22:13 EST yogurt Before I do my exercise in the mornings I eat a 6 oz yogurt but I am eating enough for 20 minutes of exercise? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:00:05 EST Changed my diet-Need encouragement! I started bodybuilding to (hopefully) prevent more injuries on the roller derby track. I'm small (and old) for this sport and take quite a beating out there! I've had a couple of pretty bad injuries but I'd like to keep playing! I changed my diet from low carb, moderate protein, moderate fat (which I maintained for several years) to a bodybuilder-type diet of high protein, moderate carbs, low fat. First, I'm having trouble making myself believe that all those carbs are OK (and I'm still no... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:30:42 EST A spirited discussion Yesterday was the first day of school in my district. I had lunch today with a mom friend. Talk turned to our kid's lunchboxes. In her daughter's lunchbox was a sandwich with mostly organic components but it did include deli meat, organic fruit chews, and organic goldfish crackers. My son's lunchbox had chicken, rice, black beans, peppers, onions, and tomatoes mixed in a thermos (my homemade version of a Chipotle burrito bowl) with shredded cheddar and a corn tortilla on the side, and a c... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:25:45 EST Avoiding sweet temptation at work My name is lynn and I work in the healthcare field. Co worker bring in cookies and doughnut almost daily, not to mention the drug reps who bring lunches from the cheesecake factory, barbecue joints, huge bagels, ice cream with all the toppings, (just to name a few). How do I avoid all these goodies at work? <em>20</em> <em>41</em> <em>473</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:59:57 EST Building muscle or eating too much? Ok, here's the deal. I started this journey about 5 months ago and have lost over 20lbs by staying within my calorie range. It was slow loss, but steady. About 2 weeks ago, I decided to add exercise by following a c25k program 3 days a week, and switched my nutrition tracker to account for the exercise. However, in the past 2 weeks I have not only stopped losing, but gained almost 3 pounds. I know that exercising builds muscle and can therefore slow weight loss, but can it happen so soon!?... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:31:30 EST Dr. Aroire Elsaled Does anyone know anything about a diet this Dr. created? Three people I used to work with did it with great results, but they don't know much other than the small pamphlet they have. <BR> Thanks for any help, <BR> Debbie Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:29:27 EST new to spark people what is a healthy breakfast with eggs? how should I fix them? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:28:23 EST Need some help for long take-to-work lunches! Okay so, my fiance works nights at his job. He does patrol security going from site to site in a truck for twelve hours. Sadly, he has no access to a fridge, so he doesn't take any food with him to eat. <BR> This is where a huge problem lies with his potential health and a financial issue as well. He constantly buys on-the-go lunches, of course, mostly from fast food joints. I am personally unable to bring him his lunch at night, as it would cost me a lot of gas to go back and forth, so, that... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:45:47 EST what do I do when starting tracking? I am going to start tracking but am not sure how to start. I have the foods added already in sparkeople, I just dont know if I should start by tracking how many calories I eat in a day or figure out my calorie range and try to stay within that range. Also figuring out replacements <BR> when I see items in my food choices that could be healthier. I have tried swapping foods though it has hard to figure or what's a healthier option for me that I will eat and can stick with long term. I do have ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:23:49 EST Toasting Bread vs Starch I am not diabetic but my brother is. He told me this afternoon that toasting bread reduces starch (carbs). I highly doubt that, but just checking. This is probably a question for Becky. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:18:38 EST Daily calorie allowance Do you let the site tell you what your daily calorie intake should be or should I be using another method to calculate it. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:42:49 EST favorite websites to for recipes, food, etc. So I am trying to find a few new websites to help with meal planning, tracking food, and just living healthier too. I think most have a website they like to go for something related to food or being healthy. I also thought sharing the sites or resources would be fun and a good idea for me and others! Just list your favorite site or resource and maybe share a little about it or why you like it. Go! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:58:49 EST Hunger Levels Does anyone know why some days we are hungrier than others when we have virtually eaten the same foods at the same time and haven't changed our exercise or daily routine? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:20:27 EST Am I eating too little? Disclaimer: I'm very sporadic with logging anything. Mostly because I've been doing it so long that I can basically do it in my head. <BR> <BR> Okay, so I'm concerned that I might be eating too little. I'm 26 years old, female, 5'2", 125-128lbs depending on the day. When I was about 21 I had gotten up to 140lbs after a really bad marriage and dealing with depression as a result. I started logging calories and running a lot and got down to about 125lbs. The lowest I've weighed is 120lbs and ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:45:00 EST food journals Hi, <BR> anyone using food journal or food tracker (eg. those provided by spark people website or myfitnesspal or even the fitbit app). <BR> <BR> What is your experience with these programs? do you find it useful? how do you manage to stick with it? I tried many times but I usually get bored and stop keeping track after a short period (generally less than a month).... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:18:26 EST one day slightly under calories isnt bad right? Yesterday i was about 25 calories under 1200. after dinner (chicken breast, parmesan style, green beans with almonds, and a salad with fruit) i was still like 200+ under calories so i made half a pb&j sandwhich and was STILL under. but by then i was stuffed and i didnt want to eat more before bed so i just left it alone. <BR> <BR> i know you're not supposed to go under 1200 but i figured it's only 25 cal, that cant be TOO horrible, right? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:12:36 EST The Cholesterol Conundrum and Root Cause Solution I would love to discuss this with anyone interested in spending 100 minutes watching an amazing video. <BR> <BR> ----------------- <BR> <BR> "A detailed analysis of Cholesterol Science using an Engineering Problem Solving approach. Included is a clear explanation of the Cholesterol Metabolic Processes, related Diseases, and most importantly a clear summary of the key risk factors and how they can be influenced by your genetic type and your dietary strategy." <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:28:01 EST tracking meats and dishes with multiple foods I am trying to figure out how to track and add meats to my food tracker. My question is, do I go by the size of the food in ounces, how do I measure it to get a serving, and how do I figure out the calories, fat, etc.? I have some idea of how much I should be eating in ounces, I just don't know how to figure out the calories for everything, especially if it is mixed in with a meal such as a casserole type dish. Is there also a difference in calories when the meat is raw and not yet cooked, or... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:07:04 EST Eating out, a lot. Hi, <BR> <BR> I don't know if this is just an excuse to not make food, but living in southeast Asia, the most common way people consume food is by going out to eat. Not to say that people are lazy when it comes to cooking (though, I am one of those people), but it's actually cheaper to eat out than to buy groceries. <BR> <BR> Another thing about groceries is food waste. I'm staying with my parents and consuming food before it goes bad can be a challenge. Especially breads. Yeah, I can keep... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:13:09 EST Whey Allergy I need recipes that don't have any kind of cow's milk, are high protein and low carb. I've tried internet searches, but found nothing that meets my needs. My doctor wants me to loose weight and cut the carbs, he recommended that I see a dietitian, but the closest one covered by my insurance is a 100 miles away. <BR> <BR> I am allergic to whey protein (only cow's milk whey). My lungs become congested within minutes. BTW I'm also allergic to egg whites, but not as bad as whey. <BR> <BR> Fou... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:27:09 EST In need of help! Last weekend I had a small weekend trip with my parents. While I was with them, I learned my mom has very high cholesterol. She just got her blood work results back a couple weeks ago and her cholesterol was at 289. Now, I don't know very much about cholesterol since I've been tested and mine always comes back normal. My mom is really freaked out and the doctor has explained the risks involved and I think that's made her more upset. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice for lowering choleste... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:32:13 EST high cholesterol Hi I just got blood work back that says my cholesterol is high and I have set up a profile to monitor all that plus I need to loose weight in the process. Can anyone help me with some low fat snacks and lunches that are simple? <em>189</em> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:25:16 EST Help! Groceries/Takeaways My whole room stinks (its a hostel room with a small amount of space for food, a fridge and a bathroom). My mum brought me some fresh food about a week ago and it's all gone off. I had some meat in the freezer, but it never froze so it's gone rotten, I think the eggs I had in the fridge are off, although I need to double check, the cheese tasted funny, I think the cauliflower is past it's use by date etc. I've heard putting a chopped lemon in the fridge can eliminate odours. I've also ran out... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:38:17 EST I Hate Breakfast! I'm finally getting it. Nutrition matters. With what and when I fuel my body matters. And I'm seeing results. But lawd, I hate breakfast. Eating before 11 is a serious challenge for me. It's hard to explain, but the whole concept is just repulsive. I start work at 6 AM, so scarfing down food at 4:30 when I'm still half sleep, just yuck. At this point, I'm force feeding myself oatmeal (which I actually love at other times of the day) and just dealing with it. I'm an emotional and late night e... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:26:31 EST Sugar from sweets VS sugar from fruit I know this topic has been brought up before, and I know sugar from fruit is a better option than sugar from baked goods and sweets, etc. I have a scenario for you all that I'm kind of cuirous about. <BR> <BR> Last night, I ate some pumpkin roll. It was from our local bakery, and delicous, but also, I am sure, full of sugar. So this morning, I wanted a lighter breakfast. I chose to drink a Naked Juice (acai machine). Looking at the nutrition, there are 24 grams of sugar in one half the bottl... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:06:12 EST Fuel or Filler Did you eat your last meal because you were hungry (for fuel) or for emotional reasons (filler aka empty calories)? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:46:16 EST Can water intake change over time I have always just done fine drinking 6 glasses of water per day until recently. When I got down to 155 I noticed that I would start having muscle cramps and I would perspire at the slightest amount of doing any physical activity. Now if I do not drink at least 8 glasses a day I suffer from the cramps. Why would my water needs suddenly change? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:55:58 EST needing help with tracking food So I know that one of the first steps to take for me is to eat healthier and tracking food helps that. Here's my recurring issue? How do I start figuring out the servings calories and other important info for all the food in my home? Do I just write down what the box says, what I eat, or is there anything I really need to write somewhere? How can I do those without taking everything out of my cupboards and confusing myself even more. I am not the greatest at organization or starting things so... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:29:48 EST Live the Lifestyle Has anyone heard of this or tried their services. I think it is also called LTL. It is run by Susan Thomas and Patty Mika is also a coach. They are on my Facebook and seemingly people are posting amazing results. So, of course, my curiosity is peaked. It seems focused on healthy eating but people do seem to be losing a lot of weight and % of body fat. Any information regarding prices or what the supplements contain? There is very little information on the internet about it. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:59:36 EST Heart healthy and cheap? This is a dilema for me.I live in a very rural area. Really, there are 2 grocery stores, the nearest is approx 30 miles. There's no such thing as "bargains",there,it's more like "take it or leave it".It frustrates me SO MUCH! <em>234</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:18:21 EST Sugar must really be an addiction Last week I was at a meeting and at lunch they had the best salad with charbroiled chicken breasts, but followed it up with frosted brownies. I went ahead and had one, didn't taste all that good, so on with the meeting. On the way home, 2 hours later, all I could think about was DQ. I felt like I was a mad woman. Got back to my home town, picked up my car, and by doggies I was going to DQ, until I noticed my emergency bag of almonds I keep in one of the drink holders. Had about 6 nuts and dro... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:53:19 EST Cold Brewed Coffee I made some last night for the first time and I have to say it's pretty good. <em>250</em> It's supposed to be less acidic than regular brew and so much gentler on the stomach. <BR> <BR> It would make a nice iced coffee too. <BR> <BR> Anyone else tried it? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:49:45 EST How to enter Seitan So being vegetarian I eat quite a bit of seitan. I love the stuff, best meat analogue ever and the texture is just....mouthwatering. <BR> <BR> Anyway, when I make flavored seitan I use wheat gluten flour and usually only make enough for said recipe, which means it's fine when I use the recipe calculator. However, sometimes I like making seitan "loafs" that I can use for multipurpose recipes like seitan rollers or stir-fries, or even soups and stews. When I make these I make it from whole whe... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 19:07:25 EST cant get the scale to move so I've been really working hard and counting every morsel of food that passes my lips. watching my carb, fat, and protein intake. Drinking tons of water exercising a minimum of 6x a week and cant get the scale to move. What am I doing wrong or what can I add to help see results. I'm 43 and have no health problems except a very slow metabolism. Any advice would be greatly appreciated Sat, 9 Aug 2014 12:49:43 EST How impotant is my salt intake? Originally I was hoping I could consume less than 3000 mg of salt intake, but after almost eight months of trying I seem to have given up on that idea as I continue tract 3500-5000 mg daily. Which is not bad considering the first 48 years of my life was probably in excess of 10,000 mg on a daily basis. I am down 153 pounds from my heavies weight a year ago, cut out all the artificial sweeteners, most of of the processed food and almost all the added sugar which enabled me to loose ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:10:50 EST Good wild rice recipe - like Uncle Ben's? I absolutely LOVE Uncle Ben's wild rice (original) but it's so loaded with sodium. I've searched high and low for a good copycat recipe but am getting discouraged. We have some guests coming this weekend and I'm making a meal where that would go perfectly, so I'd like a good wild rice style side to pair with it. <BR> <BR> I'm making broiled butter-parmesan chicken ( <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2783141 </link> - it's a makeover of a tilapia recipe here on Spa... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:50:16 EST What is the Ideal amount of Protein/Carbs/Sugar ?? Im getting everything in place to start my journey monday... I dont have a lot of weight to lose (( maybe 15lbs)) but i need to gain muscle... What is the ideal amount daily of protein/carbs and sugars? <BR> <BR> Also do you work out before or after you eat? and if so what? Is a smoothie before a workout better than say oatmeal and banana? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:26:48 EST Need new flavor profile for old, favorite recipe I posted this today on the "Recipe Request" message board, but I just noticed that board gets very little traffic compared to this one. So, I'm re-posting here: <BR> <BR> For years, one of my staple recipes has been a stew/chili type dish that I love. I vary it a bit sometimes (adding mirepoix instead of just onion, for example) but the basic ingredients are: <BR> <BR> 1- Grass-fed ground beef (2 lbs, +/-) <BR> 2- Grass-fed calves liver (8 oz) <BR> 3- Canned tomatoes (42 oz), tomato sauce (... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:05:21 EST Tracker - Onion? Ignore me - found it. "Onions, raw." It wasn't coming up in the recipe calculator for some reason. <BR> <BR> Pressing on! <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:28:59 EST What I've Learned From Intuitive Eating Six weeks ago, I decided to quit diets (or any form of restriction, be it calories, portions, types of foods). That's not to say I was going to stuff my face, I just wanted to experience what it would be like to be a normal person, not on a diet or in between diets, eating like it was the last time. The deal I made with myself was to eat when I was hungry, and not over eat. I would eat whatever I wanted. <BR> <BR> I wanted potato chips, chocolate croissants, chicken royales, and Chinese tak... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:00:47 EST Fun Budget Meals Ideas Hey everyone I thought it would be cool if we had a fun topic on some healthy budget friendly dinner or lunch ideas that would cost less then 1 or 2 dollars to make all with only using 3 different items. One of my fav lunches is a 1/2 cup of brown rice, 1 can of tuna, and some franks hot sause. Cost would be little close to 1 dollar :-) Any other good ideas? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 03:38:30 EST Are there any foods you eat everyday? I try to eat two apples and two eggs. I have a few bananas around, so I'll probably have one of those a day too! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 02:37:06 EST Sugar addiction I know I have an sugar/carb addiction and it is my number one barrier to losing weight. I think about making changes to be healthier and lose weight every day, many times. I am ready to make changes, but I feel powerless to my cravings and addictions. I can eat a nice healthy meal, but start thinking about dessert or some sort of carb snack and it just consumes me. I feel dumb, I know I can say no and I can have willpower... but day after day I am failing. When I do have a day or two tha... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 01:20:20 EST Crystal Light water enhancers.. ? I am trying very hard to just strictly drink water.. and so far I'm doing okay, but every now and then I crave something with a little more flavor. Are these flavor packets bad for you? There are mixed reviews when I google them. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 20:12:01 EST Local Restaurant Hey guys, <BR> <BR> How do you add food from a local restaurant to the tracker if there is no nutrition information available? Got a supreme pizza from our local pizza joint - there doesn't seem to be any "generic" pizza option in the database. Any advice? Thu, 7 Aug 2014 19:21:52 EST New favorite snack Hummus, who knew? I needed some for a recipe and tasted a bit, it was plain, but I still liked it. The husband,(who loves Chickpeas) wasn't too turned on,(Good, more for me) This time I bought a Chipotle flavored one OMG! Now I'm REALLY a fangirl. (Hubs even liked that one) I have been enjoying it with mostly carrots and celery,( no chips since I'm Diabetic) I also love that it's only 5 carbs per serving so my sugars don't go wonky from it. Also having it with Veggies helps too, even... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:14:24 EST NEW CHALLENGE!!! GLUTEN -FREE OKAY SO I DON'T HAVE CELIAC DISEASE BUT AM GLUTEN SENSITIVE/INTOLERANT ACCORDING TO 2 DIFF. DRS. ONE IS GASTRO AND THE OTHER IS FAMILY DR. <BR> <BR> SO ALONG WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES,SEVERE REFLUX DISORDER,THYROID DISEASE AND A MULTITUDE OF HEALTH ISSUES I GET SLAMMED WITH THIS!! <BR> HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING ON GOOGLE AND FIND AM EATING A LOT OF THE WRONG THINGS!!! GRRR!!! <BR> ALLIE <em>29</em> <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:26:47 EST Frustrated and Confused I know the adage – don’t believe everything you read. I’ve recently read both Wheat Belly and Grain Brain, and it seems that a high fat, low carbohydrate diet (gluten free) is the way to go. The quoted science in these books seems real and makes sense. The diets seem satisfying and intuitive. <BR> But then I see all kinds of contradictory evidence (ie: Forks Over Knives) about eating high protein (meat and egg) diets and unlimited fruits and vegetables. <BR> Additionally, the American Diabe... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:21:17 EST Salt and Vinegar Crackers I love Salt and Vinegar flavouring, so my mum used to buy me these rice crackers. If you're in NZ you might recognise them, one kind comes in a purple box, and the other comes in rows of four from various manufactures. <BR> <BR> I've stopped eating them, because I figure they must be bad for my teeth and contain a lot of salt. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Would it be better to get a small bag of salt and vinegar chips every few weeks as a treat, or always have these crackers on hand? It doe... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:19:35 EST Avoiding Takeaways/Fast Food I've been wanting takeaways and fast foods most days for the last week or so. How can I curb these desires? I've treated myself a few times, but more than once a week is a tad excessive. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:32:21 EST What foods do you exclude tracking? When I was on Weight Watchers, there were foods that were marked with 0 points value, which meant you could eat an unlimited amount. <BR> <BR> Are there foods you skip tracking? Which ones would you suggest? <BR> <BR> Slimming World seems to work in a similar way, on particular days you can eat unlimited amounts of certain meats and veges (second hand information, I'm no expert) Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:30:25 EST What do you have with your porridge? My sister suggested mixing in fruit, or a protein shake. <BR> <BR> I tried having it with a banana but I didn't like it. I usually have brown sugar, but with the amount I use, it can't be a healthy choice. <BR> <BR> Suggestions? Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:28:03 EST No Veggies As a picky eater I don't like veggies, however, I feel I may be missing some vital nutrition due to this fact. The only "veggies" I eat are corn and canned green beans... One of which isn't actually a veggie and the other lacks nutritional value. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a recommendation of veggies I can try that taste like fruit, or can be made to taste like fruit or other foods... <BR> <BR> Here is a list of veggies I've tried on their own and cannot stomach - lettuce, carrots, cucumb... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:50:30 EST Tips for Success I thought it might be nice to start a thread where people can share their secrets to success. <BR> <BR> What kinds of things do you do that has helped you achieve success? <BR> <BR> <BR> For me one of the biggest things is the realization that it's okay to say, no thank you, to people when they ask me if I want a treat, whether that's at work, a friends house, a party or even in the grocery store. If the treat doesn't appeal to me and I don't really, really want it then I say no. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:18:26 EST How to make sure you get your water in! One way for me to get all my water in is to drink every 10 mins during exercise. I have a large water bottle with me at all times. When I'm working in the yard, or doing anything outside, I carry my water bottle and drink often. I carry a water bottle where ever I go too. I hope this suggestion helps you get your water in! :) <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:09:32 EST Rude comments on being a big eater I'm a big eater and I think I always will be. I think when I'm slimmer I will make an effort to do enough exercise to accommodate this. <BR> <BR> I went out for dinner with my friend tonight, and she commented on how much I was eating. I got embarrassed and ended up finishing after one more mouthful. She had Indian and I had Chinese. Hers was probably more filling. She got hers to go after she had eaten half. She's also a big girl. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to go there in the first place, it ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:49:13 EST Vegetables for breakfast I want to really try to eat 5 servings a day of fruits and veggies (at least). I realized tonight that I do start the day eating right, but I blow it later on. And, I usually plan to eat my veggies with my dinner, with the exception of salads for lunch. So, I was thinking tonight that perhaps I should incorporate them into my breakfast. I am looking for ideas on how to do so. What I came up with are veggies omelets, juices or smoothies (although I don't know of any good ones that have veg... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:59:01 EST Fiber question the 5% Summer Challenge is doing fiber this week - and the numbers surprised me. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SP since 2006 (already 56 yrs old) - and my fiber "needs" have never changed on my Nutrition Tracker - always 25-35 <BR> <BR> The team referenced a SP article which says I should only be getting 21?? I just don't understand?? What happened to 25-35? Why has my tracker never changed? <BR> <link><BR>ce_fiber.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Adult ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:33:24 EST Anyone do Weight Watchers? How did you do on the program? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:18:30 EST filling healthy foods I need more fiber with fruits and veggies. To feel fuller, I can have some chicken broth based soup as a side dish if i have extra calories left over. Or I could make the soup my main dish. Half a nine inch plate full of fruits and veggies helped me lose thirty pounds before. I wonder if avocados and bananas are good to fill up with because they aren't low calorie density foods. <BR> But they say eat fruits with skins for fiber. Like apples, plums, etc. <BR> <BR> If I fill up on almonds... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:38:33 EST I don't eat enough. I don't remember to eat. And most days I am never hungry. I am trying to figure out ways to remember/ entice myself to eat. Does anyone have any ideas beyond the nutrient-rich foods and carrying around nuts? Because that isn't cutting it. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:52:45 EST Veggies vs. Fruits I read in an earlier post today that fruits turn into sugars and you shouldnt eat too much of them per day. Is there a limit of fruit intake one should have? What about Veggies? <BR> I love veggies, there is so much you can do with them, do you need to be careful with veggie intake as well? Are they healthier than fruits? <em>265</em> <em>277</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:47:37 EST Not eating enough or the right type of food?? For breakfast today I had a banana, a peach, coffee and an Oat fiber bar and 4 cups of water. This was spread out over the past 3 hours. According to the tracker this is 397 calories, my stomach is grumbling... I usually have lunch in about an hour. Am I not eating enough? or is this not the right type of food that will keep me full? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:47:59 EST Lost weight on food intake only (no exercise)? Hi, I keep hearing how losing weight is 80% food and 20% exercise... I was just wondering if anyone has actually lost weight on what they ate only, without actually exercising? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>11</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:28:09 EST food Keeping on track with my food. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:02:30 EST Protein at breakfast Just curious ~ how many grams of protein do you have at breakfast. I'd think 20 grams would be good but find it hard to do. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:51:54 EST Low calorie day, but not hungry.... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark before, but am "new" again as of last month. I've been keeping to my calorie goal (between 1500 - 2100 depending on whether or not I exercise). Lately, however, I've been eating a lot more vegetables in large quantities with lean protein here and there and get to the end of the day having eaten only 1200 - 1400 calories. <BR> <BR> I'm following The Blood Sugar Solution plan for people with diabetes, as I was recently diagnosed. So far I've lost 18 ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:16:07 EST Salad racking up my calories? So I just had a salad for lunch, I bought some extra toppings (all veggies) and I entered it into my tracker and it ended up being around 1000 calories!!! Ofcourse that inlcluded the /Italian House dressing... but still!!! I had loaded it up wiht mushrooms and beans and olives, egg, brocolli.... I am stuffed... but I didnt realize i'd be eating THAT many calories... maybe 600 tops! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:33:46 EST exercise and calorie count I have a question. <BR> <BR> If I am eating 1200 calories a day and I do enough exercises a day to burn 300 calories, should I increase my calories per day? Thank you. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:41:04 EST Unconscious Regulation of Weight I don't track my food. I don't track my exercise. So I don't pay attention to my calories in vs. calories out. I eat healthy foods when I'm hungry and stop eating when I get full. I enjoy some dark chocolate everyday and other treats a few times a week. I just weighed myself which I haven't done in a few weeks and my weight is exactly the same as I was the last time I weighed myself. <BR> <BR> My question is, <BR> <BR> How and why are some people able to unconsciously regulate their we... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:33:11 EST calcium supplement I had weight loss surgery three months ago, so i now take a daily dose of various supplements.. I had been using calcium chews (that were reminiscent of tootsie rolls), I recently switched to a tablet instead - and i'm noticing that i'm nauseous every day after taking my pills. Is this a common thing with calcium pills? I am wondering if it's that or something else, i just notice it now that i am taking the pill as opposed to the chewable version. any insight would be welcome. thanks. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:27:35 EST Different Serving Sizes Between Spouces I am looking for some advice. My husband and I got married in March, and we have always struggled with our different serving sizes. He is bigger than me and needs more daily calories than I do. Shouldn't be a problem, right? <BR> <BR> Well, when we cook dinner, he gives me portions that are way too big. If I eat the entire portion, I usually vomit. If I only eat the amount I want, he feels bad about himself for "eating too much," or he thinks that I am not eating enough (as I tend to do when... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:24:14 EST Any recipe ideas? So I just recently had to go on a vegan, soy-free, sugar-free diet. Any ideas? Thanks! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 23:13:34 EST putting things in "favorites" How can I get foods that I have either put into the Recipe builder or Made a "group" from my tracker to appear in my favorites? I can't always remember how the food is in there so I spend lots of time searching for them, be much easier if they were in my favorites. <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:52:34 EST Balancing Nutrients My carbs go way overboard everyday, along with fat and calories. My protein needs to be bumped up a little. <BR> <BR> I could lessen my carbs by having only one slice of bread in a sandwich, not eating junk food. Same with fat. No junk food. <BR> <BR> My protein could up with more yogurt for snacks. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:33:02 EST Food-Related Vertigo? This is a complete grasp at straws, but last weekend, my husband woke up with vertigo and disorientation so bad, I briefly thought he was having a stroke. The disorientation passed quickly but vertigo remained; I took him to Urgent Care. They checked him out and ruled out anything stroke-like and said it could be caused by seasonal allergies and prescribed a medication to help that, but the med did nothing. On Monday, we took him to our regular doctor and he saw bruising on his ear drums b... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:32:43 EST Weight loss stopped, Am I eating too little? Hi! <BR> So my weight loss has been slowing down to nadda since I started T25 three weeks ago, although I think it is a way harder workout then I did before (Jillian Michaels 30 day shred). I also started really watching what I ate when I started T25 and Im wondering if maybe Im eating too little and thats why it seems like no weight (or inches!!) is coming off? Im just confused because I had awesome results on the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred which was easy compared to what Im doing now, ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:38:05 EST Trying to cut carbs I'm not trying to eliminate carbs competely, just cut my consumption in half. Are there any good replacements that are as filling as carbs? Sat, 2 Aug 2014 23:33:27 EST Meal Plans How do I get Spark meal plans to show up on my tracker? I'd also like to be able to edit it so since I don't eat red meat and very little fish. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:00:52 EST Pain sitting/laying Over the past couple weeks I've lost about another 5 lbs. Now all of a sudden when I sit/lay down I'm getting pain at bone points that I have weight on (hips, shoulders, etc). Just trying to see if anyone else has gotten this or if it's "odd"! <BR> <BR> There's still plenty of "cushion" there, but maybe not as much as my body has become used to? Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:00:26 EST Going through withdrawls? I feel like someone is trying to open my skull with a nail and mallet! <BR> My head is pounding. Originally I thought it may have been dehydration because I drank mostly probiotic tea yesterday. But i drank water all day and the headache is there. I took two tylenol and it did nothing to help. Now i'm wondering if i'm having caffine withdrawls from all the soda I haven't had the last two days. Is there a cure, other than grabbing a single coke? I'd rather not do that but I am having a seri... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:25:38 EST Entering eggs into tracker Hey all! <BR> <BR> I just made some scrambled eggs and it's been a long time since I've used SP, so I'm having a bit of a brain fart on how to enter it properly. <BR> <BR> 2 jumbo eggs, 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, 2 Tbs milk - Do I enter all those things separately, or are the "extras" included in the basic "scrambled eggs" entry? <BR> <BR> Trying to get back into the swing of things. Measuring food is a hard habit to get into! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:47:19 EST Grocery shopping on a budget I need some help. I only have $50 and I need to buy groceries to last me two weeks until I can get paid again. What are some foods that are good to buy in bulk that aren't terribly unhealthy? I am vegetarian. I already have a bag of dried black beans that I can add to some rice. I'm not going for anything too fancy just simple and cheap. Thanks for your help. :) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:19:27 EST Article on GMO foods I thought this was interesting. I personally have never understood why there is such controversy over GMO foods. Anyway, I thought this was a neat article and feel free to take of it what you want. <BR> <BR><BR>014/07/neil-degrasse-tyson-on-gmo Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:26:18 EST Healthy Tortilla? Is there such a thing as a healthy tortilla?? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:59:38 EST low glycemic challenge After a month of counting calories and excercising, I have lost nothing. Mr. Dr. wants me to try a low glycemic diet. That means no bread, potatoes, cereal, corn and some fruits. So I need help with figuring out some meals and snacks that are not salad and chicken. I've got that covered. Any help with foods that taste good are appreciated. I recently discovered jicama and hummus. Very good. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:43:18 EST Food Life Style Change - Needs Help! Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is Mel and I'm not exactly new to SparkPeople. About two years ago I was using this site and I had lost 54 pounds! But since it was a "diet" I figured I had accomplished my goals and now I could go back to old habits. Well, it's two years later and I've gained almost all of that weight back! So I've decided that I am no longer calling this a diet because that sounds like a finite amount of time that I have to eat this way. The truth is that this is a lifestyle c... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:30:21 EST NutriSystem-Discussion Group NEW Hi all, <BR> <BR> Is anyone else useing the NutriSystem plan to lose weight? I am going into my 3rd month and have lost 10 lbs. I find the portion controlled meals so easy and most all of them taste really good. I incorporate fruits and veggies into my eating as prescribed by the plan and am rarely hungry. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear from others who are on the plan or who have been on the plan in the past. <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:38:07 EST What trips your trigger? I've really been paying attention to what trips my cravings lately, since it is the same habits/foods that get me off my healthy streaks all the time. <BR> <BR> The words offender has been diet soda. I used to think I was okay with it, but all I drank was soda with very little water and it made me want carbs in the worst way. Bye bye, soda. :( <BR> <BR> I also get off track with anything that uses sugar alcohols to replace carbs. The next day leaves me craving sweets in the worst way. I ha... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:31:22 EST Mini Fridge Troubles So my fridge/freezer doesn't work, if you make the freezer cold enough to actually freeze things, the top two shelves of the fridge freeze as well, but if you turn it down, the freezer doesn't freeze them at all, it just makes them cold and wet, while the fridge functions fine. This is a mini fridge in my hostel room, with there just being a flap between the fridge and freezer. Does anyone have any suggestions about storing food and what kinds of things I can buy? Before we brought lots of me... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:45:38 EST Plataue? Hello everyone! I'm new to the sparkpeople message boards, I don't use spark to track calories, I use myfitnesspal for that. But I've heard there are less smart ass people on the forums pretending like they're better than everyone else... <BR> <BR> Anyways, this is my problem. <BR> <BR> I've lost 20 kilos. But now I have about 2 left, and I've been eating 1500 calories. I'm quite active as I do a one hour gym class 5 days a week that includes strength and cardio, I also walk 4.5km a day in ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:06:22 EST No changes I am on my 3rd weeks of diet and exercise and see no change in my weight or in my measurement . I understand that I must be patient. However, seeing no changes makes me wonder if I am on the right path <em>39</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:49:41 EST Can't Use App on Cruise I'm going on a cruise in a few weeks and I can't use the app since it requires a network connection and internet access is expensive on a cruise ship. Any suggestions on alternate apps I can use for that week to track my calorie intake? <BR> <BR> I'm posting this on 2 other boards as well since I'm not sure exactly which board is the correct one to use for this. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:22:55 EST "Breakfast like a king..." A friend of mine is beginning a diet based on the phrase "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper." He plans to get 1/2 his daily calories at breakfast. I was just wondering if any have tried this or are using this method. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:45:32 EST 99 cent Kindle book "Death By Food Pyramid" As part of a special Amazon Buck Books promotion, until midnight tonight you can get a Kindle copy of Death by Food Pyramid for just 99 cents. This is an excellent book. She doesn't just look at the studies, she actually in many cases digs through the original raw data itself. Plus, she's pretty funny! A good read! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:37:34 EST weightloss with diet only i am currently making life changes but have found it very difficult to work out due to my current circumstances. i just wanted to see how many of you have been able to lose weight with just changes in your diet and what exactly did you do. was it calorie counting/ reducing carbs? I'd really appreciate to the help seeing as how i want to make the best of my lifestyle changes with what i can do right now. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:31:59 EST Breakfast Ideas? Breakfast & lunch are biggest problem areas when eating. First of all, I'm lazy and I don't prepare stuff to just grab & go in the morning on my way to work. Two, I make excuses that eating healthy is expensive (because, you know, the fast food that I eat every day isn't expensive at all! *rolls eyes*). I am a big eater. I do not get full easily. It doesn't matter how much protein, or fat or whatever I eat. The huge downside is that I definitely do NOT eat healthy at all. My August goal is to... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:53:13 EST Do you think that people really want to know how? I have people ask me how to loose weight. Especially the people who knew me at 242 pounds. They usually ask very enthusiastically. It is funny, but when I start to go into what I am doing I notice their faces just glaze over and some walk away disappointed. I do not use a special diet just the food journal and limiting my overall calories for the week. How do people react when they ask about your success? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:25:37 EST appetite I feel eat healty meals and snacks , and know what proper portions are,however , I feel like I am not full until I have eaten well over the amount of a correct portion . It doesn't seem to matter if I eat more protein or healthy fats or carbs---do I just think I need more ???? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:14:07 EST Sodium Intake I've been reading alot of posts about sodium intake, and how sodium retains water leading to temporary weight increase. If I eat something salty, I try to drink lots of water to 'flush it out of my system', but in turn that makes me feel bloated and blah. What are some other ways to prevent this, it seems like sodium is in everything Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:52:26 EST Problem eating Let me preface this - I am a problem eater. I eat because I am hungry - and eat to the point of being stuffed. I hate talking about what I've eaten out of embarrassment. I eat because of boredom and stress. I look for the things that will get me full - being full comes before being healthy. When I order a combo meal, I always get it large - and get more things on the side. <BR> <BR> I've tried dieting - it hasn't stuck. I've tried Overeaters Anonymous - it's not for me. I have motivation now... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:47:36 EST Pizza and Giant Cadbury. Button chocolates Okay...... Tonight I lost it...... I ate an entire pizza and half a bag of chocolate buttons.... ( perhaps could have been worse and I could have eaten the entire bag).... I am all carbohydrate loaded I will be hungry tomorrow.... Tips anyone??? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:56:25 EST snack swap ideas? Hi All, <BR> Can you share some snack swap ideas? I prefer salty snacks, ie chips, but every now and then I get a craving for something sweet. All suggestions are appreciated. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:26:30 EST Question for the Dietitian My A1C was borderline diabetes at my last physical. My question is, What should I be tracking? SP already tracks carbs which I know are important, but is there a way for me to track the amount of Sugar I consume and have it appear in the summaries at the bottom of my food tracker? <BR> <BR> I searched around, but could only find sucrose listed as available for tracking. Lots of foods list the sugar content so I know it's recorded. I'm just not familiar enough with the site yet to know how t... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:44:51 EST Help! I went shopping while hungry! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've recently rejoined SP and am having trouble getting back on the wagon. Chips are my biggest downfall. And today I really messed up. I went shopping while I was hungry and ended up buying a FAMILY SIZED bag of ketchup chips.... And I'm the only one in my family who likes ketchup. I know better then to go shopping hungry but I was in a rush and forgot to eat breakfast. And worse, I want to just pound back the entire bag (which I know I am capable of doing). My willpower i... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:44:22 EST Watermelon ~ What to do! We bought this big juicy ripe watermelon, mmmm so good. But there are just two of us. I plan to eat some of course, and I plan to freeze some cubes for adding to water, but I need more suggestions. <BR> <em>491</em> <em>2</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:20:39 EST Calories Intake Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope Sparkpeople has done amazing things to you just like it did to me. Now that I have reached my ideal weight, I would like to know how can I know my ideal calorie intake without exercise just to MAINTAIN the weight. Right now I weigh 158 pounds, with 8.2% body fat. Also take in consideration that I am a D1 College Soccer player, so my intake of carbs is around 65% of my calories. <BR> <BR> Ps: I figured what I'd just do is I set my ideal weight and my current ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:11:12 EST Chef Meg's Advice on Selecting Fish After listening to that tape I will never buy fresh fish again -- and my father and grandparents were commercial fishermen! <BR> The idea that anyone who has been thinking about buying the same piece of fish I am looking at, has had their nose on, or very near, to it, is the most unsanitary, germ spreading thing I have ever heard of! I would have thought that the Food Inspectors would have banned such a practice years ago! <BR> I've never seen it happen at a fishmonger's, so perhaps it is o... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:41:36 EST Ideas for vending machines Hi, <BR> I have been "voluntold" to join the wellness committee at work. One of the projects is to provide better quality vending to the employees since the grill closes at 9pm and we have 2nd and 3rd shifts on site. Does anyone have any ideas for the 14 vending machines that we have in our cafeteria. I was thinking of reducing the size of the soda from 20oz to 12oz and some 8oz. Other than that I am not sure what else we can do to make healthier choices for the employees. Any suggestions wo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:32:52 EST resetting goals Can someone please let me know how to reset my calorie and weight loss goals? When I first joined, I was able to calculate my goal date based on pounds per week I wanted to lose and was able to set my calorie goal based on my current weight. I would like to redo that but can't seem to find the page. Thanks! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:43:07 EST snack alternative I try to avoid all chips and snacks, other than popcorn, no butter, but sometimes I would like something other than vegetables with dips . I try to stay away from white flour, and alot of carbs ,so I dont buy crackers. I know some , like Triscut , are whole grain , but they have alot of carbs,also I cant just eat a few .Any suggetstions ? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:18:13 EST EXPERTS: The great "Form of Protein" Debate... Oh boy. There seems to be a different answer, depending on the expert's degree, training, and area of expertise. It could probably be debated ad infinitum, but maybe we can nail down some good fundamentals. The question: <BR> <BR> Which is the best form of protein to take in supplement form? (i.e., outside the protein in one's diet). <BR> <BR> We might start with 1) Protein is best ingested as part of a healthy diet. 2) Any form of protein that upsets your stomach is not as good as one that... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:08:59 EST What other kind of fat is there? I'm comparing Nutrition Fact labels and frequently see the individual fat grams don't sum up to the Total Fat grams. For example,<BR>leriver/images/nutrition/supreme.png shows: <BR> <BR> Total Fat 9g <BR> Saturated Fat 4g <BR> Trans Fat 0g <BR> Polyunsaturated Fat 1g <BR> Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g <BR> <BR> What other kind of fat could there be? <BR> <BR> There are plenty of other products where the Nutrition Facts list the 4 types of fats ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:40:31 EST Searching for the PERFECT peanut butter alternativ I adore crunchy peanut butter but I want lower calories and lower fat. Suggestions? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:36:35 EST Low GI Diet with PCOS I'm 20 and I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. I've had chronic pain that one doctor say is related, and one say is not ever since I had surgery to remove a very large cyst on my ovary. I'm still not sure the cause of my pain, but my doctor gave me some information about a Low GI diet, and I thought I should try and see if it helps me at all, because it's can't hurt to try. Today is the first day I've been really strict about it, since it's only been about a week since she told me about it. M... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:27:44 EST SAT DAILY GOAL I have a question about the Daily Goal when on the Activity Tracker page. <BR> It's set at 10 minutes, and I'd like to increase it, but there seems to be no way of doing this... <BR> (I've tried editing my goals on my profile, and "daily goal" isn't available) <BR> <BR> <BR> thanks, <BR> Blackcrow Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:50:40 EST Meal plan 1200 calorie diet Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:01:47 EST Favorite Salad Dressing? Looking for suggestions on good, healthy, lo-cal dressings where the serving size is sufficient to actually cover a large salad. Love to hear some ideas! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:09:46 EST Food logging Hello, <BR> I am new to spark and excited to join others with similar goals. I wondered if anyone could tell me or direct me to the right for a question about food logging. I have logged my food for years and love my current logging program. Is there any way to use my current program and import the data into spark? I am finding the spark food logging system to be not as user friendly. Thanks Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:02:37 EST Intermittent Fasting Intermittent fasting/ IF - I've been reading a bit on this and although it stands to reason, it goes against what I have programmed my mind to accept. <BR> Any thoughts Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:05:03 EST That elusive 50/30/20 Ratio Today I've gotten closer to the perfect ratio than EVER! Ended up with 49.9/30/20.1!!!!! I still don't believe it!!!!! How close have you gotten? What's your secret? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Steph Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:38:25 EST How to prepare strawberries & blueberries? Hi, my concern here is breakfast. One frequently sees breakfast cereals advertised with fruit. Bananas work well with most breakfast cereals. But what about strawberries and blueberries? When I add them by themselves to cereal and milk, they're bland and almost tasteless! They add nutrition but no flavor! I have been adding sugar substitute but can't help but feel there must be some way to prepare these fruits to unlock their flavor so they'll blend well with cold breakfast cereals. An... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:51:15 EST Cleanse I recently joined my daughter and did a "cleanse." No dairy, gluten, artificial anything . . . for 28 days while drinking vegan protein shakes twice a day and taking supplements. I was disappointed to only lose a few pounds and inches. My daughter who had a baby in March did lose more but duh! I have lost about 20 pounds since April but have a long way to go. I have hit a plateau since the cleanse and need to start losing again - any suggestions? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:46:56 EST Organic Palm Fruit Oil? The Allergy-Free cookbook I checked out from our local library mentions Organic Palm Fruit Oil in most of the recipes. Never heard of it. <BR> <BR> Has anyone used it? <BR> <BR> Any tips/suggestions/recommendation? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:25:24 EST Added a new recipe! I added a new recipe into my calorie counter today! I try to do one a day, but I am lucky if I do one or two a week. If the recipes I used were already magically entered into the counter, a lot of the calorie counting stress would be gone. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:29:24 EST Life after Ideal Protein Hi :) Sorry in advance for the grammar mistakes; my main language is French. :) <BR> <BR> I've been doing IP starting on May 21st. I will go on phase 4 on August 13th. I lost 30 pounds, which is more than I even intended, even if I'm quite heavy. I wanted to use it as a kickstart to my weight loss. It was very, very difficult, but I didn't cheat once. <BR> <BR> I do NOT consider it to be a healthy program, and it is incredibly expensive. Most of the food did not taste that good either. ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:31:11 EST Swiss Chard A coworker brought me some swiss chard today. She said it's like a mild tasting version of spinach. It comes in a lot of pretty colors. She said that I should sauté it, possibly with garlic. I am really excited to try it, but I want to know if there are any other ways to enjoy it. Any thoughts? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:09:53 EST Help! The dreaded water. I can't do it! I can't drink water! It makes me feel like I'm gonna be ill. <em>46</em> I've tried everything. Flavouring, adding ice, even juice. Anyone have any ideas please? I know I need to but....... I'm stuck. <em>39</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:03:07 EST adding nutrients, but not sodium and calories Hi, I'm looking for advice to increase things like calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate to my diet. I eat things like apples, spinach, romaine lettuce, peppers, bananas daily. I also include things like cantelope, carrots, celery, broccoli, unsalted nuts like almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, strawberries, etc when I can - usually several days a week. But according to the nutrition tracker, my numbers are still very low, while my sodium is almost always over. I eat mostly chicken wi... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:52:14 EST told my doctor I need help losing weight.. So I told my doctor I needed help to lose weight he told me to either go to Jenny Craig or do a 500 calorie diet.. so I tried the diet and I failed.. I did it for 2 whole days. I was super tired and really dizzy even the walls were spinning. and started almost having a panic attack.. is this in my head? I never went with out food before.. lol Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:47:28 EST Following the menu Hello, <BR> I have a question about the menu plan. So i have been trying to loose weight with sparkpeople for a while. I was creating my own foods but staying below my recommended calories. <BR> <BR> I lost about 5 pounds (water weight?) and then stopped. <BR> <BR> Then i saw a nutrisystem commercial and it talked about foods properly combined. <BR> Then it hit me. I believe the suggested meal plan from spark people does the same thing. Is this correct? <BR> <BR> Another words proper food... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:52:30 EST 3 day juice is anyone doing this <BR> it is my first time juicing and i plan to do it 3 days. 6 juices a day. <BR> i really would love a buddy to help me make it 3 days! lol Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:13:07 EST can't exercise, reduce calories?? I've pulled a tendon in my knee and was told not to do any exercise (using my knees) for at least a week. I usually eat around 1400 calories a day. Since my movement is limited, would it be better to aim for 1200? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:11:43 EST Dairy free for about 3 months I have been dairy free for about 3 months, I have Acute Dermatitis. have had it for years. I am 55 now & it started when I was 16. <BR> I started talking to a nutritionist & she mentioned that dairy & Acute Dermatitis go together. I have went D/F & my skin is clearing up. I have been trying to lose weight & thought maybe going d/f would help. but it hasn't. I am wondering if going gluten free might help. Does anyone have any experience this? Thanks.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:49:29 EST surgery derailing my efforts Any one else ever have surgery where trying to lose weight - I can't do anything for at least 2 weeks then restricted for 6 more - any advice from anymore Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:35:44 EST I love the breakdowns Hello, <BR> <BR> A recent rejoiner to Spark People, I must say that I LOVE the caloric breakdown. I did Weight Watchers for years. Although counting points can be somewhat easy, I was missing the heath aspect of everything. I really enjoy the break down of the fats, carbs and proteins. It is amazing to see how unhealthy I was eating. Now I can concentrate on getting healthy AND losing weight. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:21:35 EST 'Leftovers' is a dirty word... As part of the super plate, don't waste your food generation, do you find that leftovers still has a negative connotation for you? Like some poor child in the world is still hungry because you didn't consume all 5 cups of pasta slathered with alfredo that the nice Italian guy just plopped in front of you? <BR> <BR> I've tried to impart the fallacy of this idea to my husband, who is notorious for telling our sons they have to eat everything in their bowl/plate, to which I respond with: "That... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:44:06 EST 57 year old woman having difficulty loosing I have always been successful at loosing weight when I stuck with the Weight Watchers plan in the past. In 2009 I lost 72 pounds, but unfortunately gained it back. Since May 23 to date, I have only lost 7.6 pounds! I am drinking lots of water and walking, but the scale doesn't budge. I am even working with a doctor who has prescribed an appetite suppressant. I do feel the medication helps control cravings and portion control. Am wondering if the problem I am experiencing has any thing to do w... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:39:01 EST Water Intake I was just wondering how do people get their water intake for the day if they are working all day? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:48:30 EST Fruits & Veggies... I know that Fruits and Veggies is very important every single day... but I was wondering... if anyone has trouble with getting enough of these Nutrients... and any advice with full filling the daily needs of these two things... oxox Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:40:37 EST Health Supplement Happy with my health supplement (Kinglyvelvet)! I feel stronger and healthier! Are you taking your health supplement too? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:21 EST Collard greens I way over planted collard greens this year. Any thoughts on on good ways to prepare them? I am getting tired of sautéing them. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:38 EST Birthdays... Hello SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> This coming Monday is my mother's birthday, and she is having an amazing chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.... <BR> I'm just curious, would YOU make an exception for a birthday? I haven't cheated once in the whole 9 days I've been on SparkPeople. But I'm at a loss on this one! <BR> One piece of cake won't completely kill my diet... will it? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Any input is appreciated! :) <BR> <BR> Stay Well, <BR> Nikki <em>26</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:18:14 EST does insurance help with the cost of Medifast? My diabetic doctor recommended Medifast to me for weight loss. My husband and I live on a fixed income and I was wondering if our health insurane would help with the cost of this. My weight is affecting my diabetes, asthma, and arthritis. Three doctors have recommended losing weight and I have been following a 1200 calorie low carb diet, but still not losing weight because I can't exercise because of the asthma. However, it is keeping the diabetes under better control. Doctor increased my a... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:51:10 EST Cutting back on sodium One thing while looking at my food tracker is I'm ALWAYS going over the sodium content for the day, which I think is detering weight loss efforts. We eat a lot of processed foods (like boxed meals, frozen pizzas, etc) Can anyone make recommendations so the sodium can get cut back, as well as make healthier food options without breaking the bank? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:43:33 EST Lunchtime Loser I am faithful to pack my lunchbox with breakfast (if I haven't eaten at home already), two snacks and my lunch and bring it to work daily. For some reason, I stray from my planned lunch and go buy something almost every single day. Its like the lunch hour triggers something in me and I lose all willpower. I've tried bringing foods I really, really like. I've made sure I eat my midmorning snack so that I'm not famished by lunch. I'm really at a loss and willing to try just about any advic... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:59:41 EST Cravings I'm going to admit that CHIPS are my downfall... I absolutely love them. I need ideas on how to still get my cravings but in a healthier way...Any suggestions, recipes, alternatives? Thanks Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:26 EST tracking foods already entered Is it just me or does anyone else have this issue? Today for lunch I had Chicken Spinach Mushroom Panini. When I search, I enter the brand name and description and dozens of entries pop up. When I check the nutrition info, they are almost never correct. One in paticular was 40 calories LOWER than what is written on the box and to me, that's alot. Its very frustrating when I see this and I usually do respond with 'no' in the box asking if it is correct. Does anyone see the responses? Or... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:48:12 EST Saving Drink Calories My husband is diabetic and loves orange juice. He may have some, but not in the quantities he'd like. Therefore, to help him enjoy the large quantities, I make orange drinks for him. We use a 16 ounce glass and I put 1/2 cup of orange juice in the glass along with a packet of Splenda and fill the glass up with water. Voila! A sweet orange drink! Obviously, this can be done with any juice. I like to do it with Trader Joe's unsweetened cranberry and blueberry juices. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:27:51 EST Opinions of Cliff Bars I just wanted everyone's intake on cliff bars - I use to use quest bars but I didn't like the taste so i switched to the cliff builders bars. The taste is better and its a quick 20g of protein but they are around 200-270 calories which throws me for a loop. I need to make sure i'M getting a minimum of 100-150g of protein per day so with the bar being 20 its a great choice it seems like on the go when i'M going to the gym directly after work but wanted everyone's opinion as well =) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:18:44 EST trying to plan meals I'm kind of new to the meal planning thing and not real sure how to go about doing it. Does anyone have any pointers for me? I live a lone but like to cook for 2. This way I have lunch the next day since I only get 30 minutes for lunch. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:11:47 EST No such thing as a magic pill I went to my doctor yesterday because I have a severe case of strep throat. Anyway, the doctor is my sister's close friend. I know that the doctor used to be overweight and took diet pills to lose the weight. So, I asked her if she would prescribe me pills to kick start this weight loss journey for me. She said no there is no such thing as a magic weight loss pill. You have to go through the journey and lose the weight and learn to count the calories and incorporate fitness as part of your li... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:31:02 EST Shakeology Substitute? Hello all, <BR> I just finished a round of Insanity & am about to try Focus T25. I didn't follow the eating plan well because I live in Malawi (Africa) and most of the food required is either very expensive or unavailable here. This time round I would like to try to do better. Any suggestions for substituting: blueberries, shakeology, quinoa, and kale? Is it ok to use almonds instead of walnuts? and chicken breast instead of turkey deli meat? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:35:29 EST Ideas for cucumber? My husbands coworker gave us two HUGE cucumbers, more than I'll ever be able to eat probably. Any ideas for a yummy salad? Or maybe refrigerator pickles? I'll take anything you've got :) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:18:55 EST Hard to meet the nutritional requirements needed Ok so I have the diabetes plan which besides protein fat and carbs and calories which are not too hard to meet but folate, magnesium, potassium etc are harder. The meal plans don't seem to have a lot of vegetables etc. it seems like the same thing every day even with the alternate options so of course you have to add your own. So end oaf the day I get the report :not enough folate or magnesium; too much vitamin A etc... And it tells you the bad things that not enough of this or too much o... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:53:53 EST Calculator off? I found that I enter things and check off other food items and the calculator adds the protein carbs and such but when I manually add it I find it off by a number or so. Example protein:the items were 8 8 2 3 which is 21 but the total showed 22. I found this a fee times. I have to go with what the system says though because it affects the report at the end of the day. Lol Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:42:59 EST Cheat Day! I try not to have that many cheat days, although I give myself the weigh-in day as a no-calorie-count day. However, we have a ton of stale bread in the house right now, and I couldn't let the homemade stuff go to waste, so I made bread pudding. It won't completely derail me, but I know my calorie count will most definitely not be on the minus side. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:27:31 EST Help! Want to eat more lentils but need to know.. Lentils - are the green or red ones better? What's the difference? <BR> <BR> Love the posts on this thread so which - besides SP's - recipe sites are you finding have the best one for lentils? I'm looking for some simple ways to prepare them with plenty of flavor. I love beans and most veggies but only have had lentils as soup and maybe once or twice out in Mediterranean restaurants. I know many of you Sparkers eat them often. <BR> <BR> Please post how you prepare them, how often do you... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:05:11 EST Missing Recipe? Hi, I read the slideshow for Slim Summer Cocktails and wondered where the recipe was for the lovely drink shown on Slide #1, some kind of strawberry drink? I noticed other folks were asking about it as well. Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=76 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:29:01 EST End of Day:"reverse" nutrition/calorie counter? I really wish that I could find a "reverse" nutrition/calorie counter. For example - it's the end of the day and I still need: <BR> 494 Calories <BR> 81 carbs <BR> 9 fat <BR> 4 protein <BR> <BR> What could I eat that would net his nutritional value? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:20:34 EST Free cookbooks! <link> </link> Cookbooks that are free, healthy, and one is even geared towards a food stamp budget. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:09:18 EST Reading Calories on Nutrition Labels On a few items I notice it says calories, and then calories from Fat. I am confused on what the total calories would be. Example if it says Calories: 400 Calories from Fat: 50 would this be 400 calories or 450? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:27:49 EST Garcenia Cambogia Has anyone used this? I saw a program Dr. Oz did on it and it looks promising. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:57:59 EST Do you ever eat white potatoes? It seems one of my daughters who is a nurse thinks white potatoes are evil and the only spud you should ever eat is a sweet potato. <BR> <BR> I eat white potatoes occasionally because I believe they have some healthy benefits. <BR> <em>367</em> <em>4</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:54:42 EST Food Bank Donations My employer does a food drive to support the local food bank several times a year. I am wondering what other people donate. My typical donations include things like: <BR> <BR> bags of rice <BR> dry beans <BR> canned veggies <BR> pasta <BR> soup <BR> tuna <BR> canned chicken <BR> peanut butter <BR> jelly <BR> tea <BR> oatmeal <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:27:21 EST Help me find a new evening snack.... I'm 29 years old, and for as long as I can remember I have a piece of whole wheat toast, with peanut butter and jam or honey or banana on it in the evenings, along with a glass or two (or three) of milk. <BR> <BR> I just watched the movie forks over knives, which makes me question the healthiness of bread and milk. I'm thinking it might be wise to replace them with something else, but I'm looking for something that would be satisfying and enjoyable! <BR> <BR> A banana and peanut butter wo... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:29:32 EST same foods or variety?? I find that when I'm trying to lose weight, one strategy that works is to rely upon a relatively small repertoire of dishes that I know to be tasty, healthy, filling. I generally eat the same breakfast each day (oatmeal and a piece of turkey sausage), and alternate between 2 or 3 different lunches and dinners. It helps a lot to not have to think too much about food preparation and to streamline my grocery shopping. I can see the limits of this long term (boredom setting in, etc.), but for... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:16:00 EST Getting enough nutrients in my diet This is a pretty normal daily eating regime. I need to know if I need to change anything to get enough of everything I need to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1 cup dried frosted mini wheats cereal <BR> one cup skim milk <BR> 4 slices thin turkey breast <BR> serving of fresh fruit <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 6 slices thin turkey breast <BR> 1 piece Brownberry 12 Grain Bread <BR> 1 Pat butter <BR> 12 ounces V8 Juice <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> Fresh fruit <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> Greek Yogurt <B... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:04:10 EST Foods that travel well and stand up to heat We helped some friends move today and worked our backsides off! I have no idea how much I burned, but am glad I burned a lot. It's hot here - south Alabama - even with the cold front and rain that came through so when deciding if I should pack my lunch this morning, all my normal lunch options would not have stood up to the heat until lunchtime. Friends were moving from a home where they've already shut off the electric and I was parked at that end of the line all day without refrigeration... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:20:04 EST write everythign I put in my mouth today I'm starting to write everything I eat. Also I started drinking water. I had 2-16.9 oz of water. Tomorrow I will try to drink 64 oz. I'm exercising and cleaning up my apartment. I find it so hard to get myself to the gym and when I'm on limited income. I may have to cancel the gym since I haven't been there in a few months. <BR> <BR> <BR> Confuse1 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:41:21 EST posting foods on my phone How do I choose breakfast, lunch or dinner when adding meals onto my phone? I am new to this and am feeling a little overwhelmed! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:15:21 EST Starting to worry about myself... I am someone who has had eating issues in the past and still struggle sometimes to meet my calorie goals. When tracking my food I get a little paniced when I see the number creeping up. For about a week now I have had trouble even getting to 1000 calories for the day. <BR> I am starting to feel it during my workouts as well. I got light headed today while doing some ab work and had to take a break. I did eat breakfast and was drinking water but I still found it difficult to really push mysel... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:44:02 EST Orthorexia-striving to be "too healthy" I'm vegan, and I try to be whole foods, plant-based with limited oil. Lately, I've heard of a "new" (new to me, it may be well known to researchers) eating disorder called orthorexia. <BR> I stumbled across this post and it was interesting to me b/c I do sometimes see this in the vegan community. Thought I'd share. Thoughts? Please no vegan bashing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/17/what-the-blonde-vegan-carrie-on-ve<BR>gan-can-teach-us-about-eating-healthfully... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:56:02 EST Net Calories vs Caloric Intake I just started tracking my caloric intake so I was wondering if someone could help me out with this confusion. I don't want to ruin my body to lose weight and I know that women are supposed to consume a minimum of 1200 calories to avoid starvation mode. But is this just intake, or is it net calories? For example, yesterday I ate 1440 calories and burned off 600 calories for a net of 840. But I realized today that might be unhealthy even though I didn't feel hungry when I went to bed. So today... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:01:53 EST Stress weight gain? This has been the most stressful week since I rejoined SP 81 days ago. My scales tell me I've gained about 5 pounds... but I've actually eaten much less than my daily calorie <BR> recommendation. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, where I was on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday had little water (and I didn't take enough with me) and the ONLY food there was... was chips (two servings, I had), and red grapes. <BR> <BR> I was doing HEAVY cleaning / lifting / moving / walking. And to top it off, I swa... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:54:38 EST What is your favorite protein powder? I am looking for a healthy protein powder that I can use by itself or mix with fruits, etc. that is not too expensive. What are some good ones that you can recommend? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:11:52 EST Weight-loss and exercise when you have MS I am struggling with weight -loss due to having MS. I can only walk for short distances before my legs need a rest. I have to use a walker to walk so aerobic exercise is limited to swimming and stationary bicycle. I do to therapeutic massage weekly but, am afraid to swim due to having to walk across slippery wet tiles to enter and exit the pool without my walker. <BR> <BR> I am now beginning The MS Diet which should help with weight-loss (4'11"/250lbs.) <BR> <BR> My MS is not the only obst... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:32:04 EST What oils are in your pantry? Oils - what do you prefer? I use olive oil and canola but wondering about others. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:42:28 EST New to the discussion and the community Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site. I have hypothyroidism ever since I was born. I am a college-student and I am slowly changing my diet from pescetarian to vegan-ism/vegetarianism. I mostly want to go into vegan-ism. I need some help. If anyone that has any experiences in this, please let me know. I am interested in a healthful lifestyle for myself and the planet. <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> <BR> LN Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:04:24 EST i can't find the site that allows over eating i saw once, where, if i eat over my allowance - and work out in the same day , it balances the two against each other <BR> <BR> i did 30 min of dance video, and 20 min of abs <BR> <BR> i finished up a watermelon, before it went bad ... <BR> <BR> can u find the site ?? <BR> ty Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:34:32 EST Leptin, Grehlin and Leptislim First let me say I am usually opposed to diet supplements. I am a 67 yo woman who takes 2 Rx that slow weight loss and one slows my metabolsim. I also exercise. I get plenty of fiber, fat and protein and eat a fairly balanced diet. So I feel I need to stay at the lower end of my calorie range and for me that's 1200. Hunger remains a problem for me. I have been reading articles on the effect of the hormones leptin and grehlin and their effect on hunger and fullness. Then I stumbled upon... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:16:34 EST Juicing My doctor recommended that I do a juice cleanse every month to give my digestive system a rest, so I just started my first. I'm not hungry at all on it and have had no caffeine withdrawls or anything like that because I actually eat pretty clean. I'm on day 3 and have no increased energy or any of the other awesome results people are talking about that should happen. I am not even getting any of the unpleasant cleansing results. I'm wondering if this could be because I have to take a pretty s... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:48:41 EST Weight Watcher Question Does anyone know if on the points plus program where you don't track and some of the foods are 0 many points you are allowed a day? I'm confused as to whether you still have your "own" points or if EVERYONE gets 29. Can anyone help me - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:11:03 EST Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH fiber? Hello! So this is a bit of a 'personal' post... <BR> <BR> I am a sufferer of IBS and was put on a successful regimen by a naturopath to address my symptoms. I am taking one adrenal tonic and one priobiotic daily, for over a year now. These supplements really helped me, and I got to the point where I was having regular BMs with no stomach cramping, minimal bloating, minimal gas, etc. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I thought I was having a flare-up. I was having more BMs, and not 'good' ones... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:16:27 EST Bloating ... :/ Hi all, I'm new to this site, so not sure if i'm posting in the right place. <BR> <BR> Basically, my problem is bloating! Today, I look like i'm pregnant!! By the end of almost every day, I have a round bloated belly! <BR> <BR> Today for example, i have had, a Herbalife Shake for breakfast, a protein bar snack, quinoa and chicken for lunch, a 0% fat green yoghurt with strawberries and banana. <BR> <BR> I know a lot of people disagree with the HL diet, but if anyone can offer any advic... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:13:20 EST true or not true? does anyone know if it's true that you shouldn't sleep or take a nap after a meal? or is this just something " grandma " used to say? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:40:58 EST No change equals discouragement For many many days, I have been tracking my food and whatsoever activity I have had. My reports tell me I am in the losing range, but I don't lose. I feel discouraged. It's like...I am doing all the right things, but the scale doesn't budge! Maybe I should really diet... and I find it so hard to do! Any suggestions? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:52:17 EST carb cycling...though hts?...success?? I have been researching carb cycling and it seems like a good option. I have been reviewing my food logs and I take in way to many carbs. I know we need carbohydrates for energy which is why cycling seems decent as you do have carbs everyday. I am just wondering if anyone has done it and had success. <BR> <BR> Thank you!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:42:29 EST tracking food Does Spark People recommend we track food forever or just until we reach the maintenance pahse? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:03:41 EST Today's coaching session was very timely Today's coaching session was about eating out. I usually don't, but I will be on the road tonight, so it was great to get good pointers on how to eat out and stay healthy. Planning is key for me. Unfortunately I have struggled to be consistent, but I am trying to stay focused this time and plan, plan, plan. I know that when I do it is much easier to avoid mindless eating. Have a great day all! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:57:37 EST LOW CARBS Would like to lower my carb intake as it is more than 50%, What would you suggest for breakfast other than oatmeal, Ekecial bread etc ? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:38:43 EST Drinking Ok, I know this might be a bit of a controversial topic. I'm in my very early 20s, still in college, and drinking is definitely part of my social life. I came off a year of pretty heavy drinking when I was studying abroad in London, and this summer I've cut back a lot. But my friends 21st is coming up and I'm at a bit of a dilemma. I know that the healthiest thing to do is order only 1-2 lower calorie drinks, but it's been a while and I'd like to let loose a bit. So, without any judgment, do... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:44:23 EST Share your BEANS recipe I plan to incorporate more beans in my diet. Aside from my husbands amazing Frijoles de Olla, I don't know what else or how else to make them. <BR> <BR> Soooo.... how's about giving up those healthy beans recipes? <em>4</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:09:18 EST try and eat dinner and know snacking spread your meals to 6 small meals god bless Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:32:04 EST Coconut water.... Does anyone here drink this regularly? Have you noticed any health benefits from it personally? <BR> ETA: I also read that it can have a laxative effect. Has anyone experienced this (if you don't mind sharing)? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:57:11 EST Goal Setting and Nutrition I'm looking for some advice on how I should set my goals relative to the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I had my goal set moderately, to get down to 300 (a mini-goal, if you will). I lost about 10 pounds for the couple weeks I had that set. I realized that I should probably change it to a more long-term goal, so I switched it to 199. I adapted to the new calorie range, and haven't lost a pound since. <BR> <BR> I've not been exercising a lot, but I've done at least 10 min... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:10:14 EST