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 How many lbs loss before refiguring calorie intake As my pounds come off, thankfully, how often should I reset my daily calorie consumption? Trying to stay pretty consistent with a daily calorie deficit of between 500-700 from maintenance. I know as I lose, my maintenance calories will go down also so I will need to adjust my deficit calories. Every 10 lbs? More often or less? Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:51:38 EST Here Goes The Price Of Olive Oil <BR> <link><BR>ow/2017/06/21/extra-virgin-olive-oil-s<BR>taves-off-alzheimers-preserves-memory-<BR>new-study-shows/415279001/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:38:58 EST SuperCook : Meal Planning 102 Awhile back, I mentioned SuperCook, a reverse recipe search app, to make substitutes in a meal plan from ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Now, here's how I'm using it to make one. I'm assuming you still want to minimize waste of leftover ingredients, as well as your grocery dollar, have been following a meal plan for a month or so, and have time to cook. <BR> <BR> After a month or two of healthy meal plans, you should not only know what ingredients are in a healthy meal, but al... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:35:37 EST Waist Training Does anyone on here waist train? I know it won't make me more toned, but I am starting to do it and hoping it will help reduce my appetite. Any comments/suggestions? Thanks! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:09:00 EST Supplements: CLA and Hoodia I know the true secret to weight loss is diet and exercise, but has anyone had any success with either CLA and hoodia? I am taking both now twice a day and hopefully I will see some results and success with them. CLA is supposed to promote body composition fat loss muscle gain and hoodia is supposed to promote appetite suppression. Any comments? Thanks! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:07:50 EST Feeling crummy with a cold, need healthy nutrition Hey everyone, <BR> I have managed to catch a virus of some kind and I am wondering about good nutrition while ill. I do not want to succumb to comfort foods, which tend to be higher calories and unhealthy carbs. What are some nutrition ideas you all would use while feeling under the weather? <BR> Thanks in advance!! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:34:33 EST Sparkpeople Trackers Does the Sparkpeople website automatically subtract your calories burned from the calories that you have eaten or do we have to figure that out separately? Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:42:09 EST The Harder I Try, The More I Go Backwards Hi! I'm hoping that someone out there has experienced what I have and has some insight. I feel like the harder I try, I'm not actually loosing weight, I'm gaining weight. I was always well within healthy range growing up (I'm 5'3" and was 105-120 all throughout HS and College and even after). When I was 27 I got put on ortho due to issues with my period, I put on about 20 pounds in 3 months, I got off the ortho but ever since then I just keep gaining weight. The harder I try the more wei... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:33:28 EST In India - please help with food choices My son and I are in India (Ahmedabad) for two weeks. As clueless Americans, we do not know what the foods are. Last night, we ordered Afgani Padeer and Dal - seriously having no idea what we were ordering. Both were delicious, but I am guessing not too healthy. Can anyone familiar with the area and food choices make some recommendations? And, if you have any advice on how to eat (we used naan to scoop the dal and ate the afgani padeer over a little steamed rice), we would appreciate it. <BR> ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:32:30 EST Smoothie Recipe Made my first smoothie last night and it was terrible. I used milk, vanilla yogurt, frozen berries. Is it supposed to be sweet at all? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice. <BR> <BR> Susan Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:06:15 EST Calcium from Supplements Can these add actual nutrients just like food? Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:53:03 EST Snacks I work retail and I need a snack that I could make at home and be nutritious and not too messy, or need to brush my teeth after taking a bite. Does anyone have any good recipes they like? Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:29:47 EST Coconut Oil...Not a Healthy Fat Information just released from the American Heart Association: <BR> <BR> Healthy Dietary Fats Help to Beat Cholesterol, but… <BR> Coconut Oil was "not" found to be a Healthy Fat—for it increases LDL level and risk for cardiovascular disease. <BR> It increased LDL level as much as butter—another unhealthy fat. <BR> <BR> COCONUT OIL <BR> A recent survey reported that 72% of the American public rated coconut oil as a “healthy food” compared with 37% of nutritionists. This disconnect between la... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:32:17 EST Counting calories If I use homemade chicken broth in rice in a steam cooker, do I include the entire calories of the homemade broth? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:40:41 EST 2nd week i am just finishing up my first week (turbo), not sure how and what to do in the second and how to track it... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:54:16 EST Carb dilemna I am having trouble regulating csrbs. I had bariatric surgery so I am to stay within 35-50 range. This is si difficult if I want to eat vegetables at a healthy level. How fo you all do it? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:06:51 EST Coconut oil I never ate it because I'm allergic to coconut but this is interesting. <BR><BR>on-now/2017/06/16/coconut-oil-isnt-hea<BR>lthy-its-never-been-healthy/402719001/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:54:51 EST Water and bloating I started Spark this week and I've been drinking a lot more water the past few days -- now I feel like a water balloon about to explode - could it be the increased water intake or is it more likely something else? It's getting hard to take another sip when I feel this way. <em>410</em> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:46:12 EST Dairy Free Diet If I am on dairy and gluten free diet, how can I get my calcium intake? Feta and goat cheese are permitted. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:30:52 EST Wondering if working out before breakfast matters? I have a question. I have to start my cardio workouts in the mornings now and I am wondering if it is ok to workout and then have breakfast? I usually can't eat breakfast for about 2 hrs after waking. I've been like that since I was a kid. Now I don't want to have to get up at 4:30 am just to eat at 6:30 and workout at 7. Will working out before have a reverse affect on my metabolism or anything? Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:36:55 EST Diabetic Meal Planning?? Hey y'all.....I am a former Medifast client and lost 50 lbs last year on their plan. It was great while it lasted. My doctor loved my numbers and I can't remember the last time I felt so good about myself. Unfortunately, I tired of their "foods" and quit. Now, I have gained back 40 lbs, mostly in my abdomen. I am disappointed in myself that I got this way again. I signed up with Weight Watchers in December and to date I have not lost 1 pound. So now I have quit that too. I don't know if it i... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:22:42 EST 2 binges days in a row! What is the matter with me I eat healthy, fix salads, drink water, then when I find myself alone, in that easy chair, in front of the tv cause that is all I want to do, and BAM! an hour and 3 bowls of ice cream with cookies and peanut butter….later…..AAAAGGG! I do not put myself on a guilt trip, but I do not understand why I do this, the whole time in a zone of lies (it doesn't matter; I will just eat a little; already messed up grandly; I want it and Im gonna have it; just this once; LIES LIES LIES. Now I am so sad, a... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:52:55 EST confused So I usually just check the nutrition on the package and record that number,but lately I find that if a scan that same package I am getting different stats,which are usually higher than what is on the label,which stat should I use the one on the package or the scanned stats,I'm confused Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:37:05 EST Protein Snacks Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I've been keeping an eye on my nutrition balance especially the past few days, and noticed that I'm not getting as much protein as I probably should. I think my meals are pretty well balanced, but for snacks, I tend to go for things higher in carbs or fat, and I'd like to swing the balance the other way. <BR> <BR> Any advice? I'm game to try anything but nuts at this point <em>41</em> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:51:31 EST Supplements for herniated disc Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm diagnosed with a spinal disk herniation. The disc pushes the sciatic nerve and it causes pain in my left leg. I'm currently having chiropractor and acupuncture sessions but still cannot walk. <BR> <BR> I want to assist the healing process with correct nutrition. With some research came up with the following supplements. Would appreciate thoughts on this list. <BR> <BR> -) Men's 1 a day multivitamin <BR> -) Whole Omega Fish Oil 2000mg <BR> -) Turmeric Curcumin 600mg <BR> ... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:37:11 EST Weekends I have gained .2 ounces since I started a week ago. And, I know it is because I don't eat as well on the weekend as I do during the week. I just started and I'm hoping to see the scale go down and not up. I'm very active. Does anyone else have this problem on the weekends? Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:05:51 EST Meal prep: Dieting on a busy schedule I know some of you have busy schedules, and I found some articles about meal prep, where you prepare all you meals for the week (or half a week) on Sunday (or another day of the week). Most articles about meal prep are for busy schedules, but, since you have to plan your meals and you portion out your meals for the week, it works for dieting, which also involves meal planning and portion control. If you're the person who skips breakfast because of time, meal prep <BR> <BR> Reddit has a foru... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:26:03 EST I take seizure medication and im always hungry. what can i do to remedy this problem? i cant blame it all on the medication but i dont know what steps to take to try and help myself. i cant stop taking the medicine. i have been seizure free since 2006. Sorry if i put this in the wrong section. i looked at them all and didnt see one that fit. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:33:16 EST Mashed potatoes - worse for diabetics? I just read that for those who have diabetes it's better to have cooked potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. Is that true? Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:17:33 EST Damaged Metabolism I was anorexic for about 20 years, when I was younger. Then as a middleaged woman I got severe asthma and had to frequently be on VERY high doses of cortico-steroids.. My weight shot up... I Have lost 50 or more pounds four times and then the same cycle each time would repeat. I've REALLY struggled since 2013 to try to lose my current excess weight but have found if very difficult. My mom died recently and in my grief, i was hardly eating anything. I lost over 20 pounds rapidly. Now I've ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:58:36 EST Can Sparkpeople scan a barcode Yet to get nutritional information? <BR> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:57:32 EST Apple Cider Vinegar What is every ones take on using ACV in an elixir to aid in weight loss? Has anyone used it and seen results? Used and it not scene results? <BR> <BR> I've just started making an Elixir three days ago to help with the fat burning process on top of my drinking of green tea. I know you have to drink it with a straw as its super bad for your teeth.. and to rinse your mouth out after you've drank the drink with baking soda and water mixture to counter act the acidity from the vinegar... <BR> <B... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:51:14 EST Dr. Poon Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I will be starting Dr. Poon diet in a few weeks, but I want to get a head start. Does anyone have the phase 1 information so I can start losing, Thanks <BR> Thu, 8 Jun 2017 14:40:23 EST Need Best Veg Eating plan 4 male 40 year 5 ft 9 in Hello Friends <BR> <BR> Please suggest me a good eating plan. Want to loose weight of 19.16 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am at 174.165 pounds and want to loose 19.16 pounds <BR> <BR> # Vegetarian (Eat Eggs only, organic not possible) <BR> # 40 Years <BR> # 5 ft 9 inches <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:17:55 EST diet soup, low in sodium Are there any chilled or dried soups I can buy which are very low in salt and calories, I struggle with eating full stop (I have an E.D so the less bits in a product the better, i also cannot deal with preparing food for myself) it needs to be lactose-free too. <BR> All i have found thus far is Beetroot soup by souplogie in Asda which i have not yet tried and the bog standard Bachelor's range which is packed with salt. Even their new protein range looks a bit off? <BR> Please feel free to r... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 21:55:28 EST doing better I have made progress on deleting negative foods on diet Wed, 7 Jun 2017 19:08:47 EST Question re: freggies I was just wondering if there is a quick track button fruits & veggies? Wed, 7 Jun 2017 10:07:15 EST Plateau forever =[ Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am hoping for insight/ideas. Shortest version- I lost 60 lbs 6 years ago, and have maintained the weight loss since then...however, I still have about 20 lbs to lose [per objective measurements like doctor's recommendation, BMI, body fat calculations etc]. For 6 years, I have been unable to make progress, I remain in the same 5 lb weight range and the same measurements, give or take an inch.I have tried different fitness challenges, incorporated weight lifting, d... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:05:09 EST Curious about cleanses I don't know anything about cleanses, but today I saw a show on TV where a woman did 2 cleanses and lost 40 lbs. in 40 days. <BR> <BR> I am committed to having a healthy lifestyle, but I have to admit it really sounded tempting to do a cleanse for the quick results. I only want to lose about 15 lbs. But I want to do it in a healthy way. <BR> <BR> So, I ask, what does a cleanse do for you exactly? Is it healthy to cleanse? Are there both good and bad cleanses? Any info/recommendations are gr... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 20:06:54 EST Nutrition number question My nutrition goal is 1580, today I ate 1780 but I burned 816 calories. Does that <BR> mean I actually only ate 884? How does this work? Mon, 5 Jun 2017 21:41:15 EST Jenny Craig Jenny Craig thinking about canceling with Jenny. I just found out that he can customize meal plans. I think it's horrible. Anyone else heard thiis Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:50:22 EST what are you GO TO spices I eat a lot of chicken and veggies,besides salt and pepper,what spices help wake up food Mon, 5 Jun 2017 13:22:06 EST Planning a 1700 calorie daily intake Just got done a regimented diet that was pretty restrictive in calories with some decent results. Now I am shooting for a 1-1.5 lb a week loss & according to various sites should take in about 1700 calories a day to do that. The trouble I am having is it seems I am ending the day before my last meal at about 900 calories & am questioning taking in around 800 calories for my last meal. Seems like a bad thing to take in that many late in the day. <BR> Do you guys try to get more calories in ear... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:33:09 EST What are your food rules (or food plan)? I'm trying to devise a "food plan" that I can stick to and wondering what everyone else is doing. I am focusing more on eating healthy than counting calories, though I try to be mindful of portion sizes. Still, I read so much conflicting advice about whether to just watch portion size, or go dairy-free, or grain-free, or just avoid sugar, or avoid all carbs, or eat lots of protein, or eat no meat, or . . . it goes on. What have you all settled on (or tried in the past), and is it working for ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:19:41 EST Drinks What are some healthy alternative drinks besides water? Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:03:50 EST Harder to Control Cravings When Stressed? Does anyone else find it harder to control their sweet tooth when stressed? I've been planning my food, before this week I actually had succeeded in not having sweets for 2-3 weeks and then this week happened. One day I had oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The next I had a donut. Then I went to the store and there was a sample lady out and I ended up buy a bag of these Godiva Belgium lion chocolate/caramel squares. <BR> <BR> I thought I was over the sweets and then this week happened. <em>... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 15:47:23 EST Obsessive, compulsive eating--is there a team? I really need to focus on this problem. In my whole life I have not yet controlled it. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Sun, 4 Jun 2017 11:28:10 EST Thoughts on tracking crab? How does one track a 900g crab when that weight includes the shell? The tracker is not terribly helpful; for one thing, most of the options are for fake crab, but even the real crab options--blue, alaskan king, dungeness--don't specify if they are talking about the weight of the whole crab, or the weight of the crab meat only. <BR> <BR> I looked online and the information I found says that on average you get about 10% of the weight of the crab in meat, so that means 90g of crab gets track... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 01:09:01 EST Pre-diabetic: Count carbs or use exchange system? Looking for advice... which is best/easier to follow? Counting or using an exchange method? <BR> <BR> Any diabetic book suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help! <em>30</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 18:51:43 EST same food with different nutritional information Has anyone else ever noticed that the same item from two different manufacturers can have different nutritional information. I noticed that with hulled hemp seeds as well as with cacao nibs recently. And the labels state the exact same thing as far as the ingredients are concerned, but the nutritional information is different. Just curious. <em>30</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 18:08:07 EST Calorie range question Let's say that your range is calculated as 1700-2000 and your weight is currently 200. You are tracking on a daily basis, and entering your updated weight with a regular cadence. Your goal was to lose 50 lbs total. <BR> <BR> Since the calorie range formula is based on BMI + activity then that should change throughout your weight loss journey, perhaps significantly as with a situation as above - does your calorie range automatically adjust as you get lighter/ closer to your goal or should y... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 17:55:56 EST How do you like your avocado? I don't eat avocado often and am wondering how everyone eats theirs. I don't want to make guacamole because I can't stop once I start so I would love to hear some other ideas. Thanks! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 14:51:12 EST Having Trouble Logging My Dinner So we went to the local Hibachi/Chinese buffet. I didn't eat a lot or overeat, but i just can't find the nutrition information on the items. I thought I could find a website for them, but they either don't have one or it's down. I couldn't find any nutrition information while we were there. <BR> <BR> Here's what I had: <BR> Egg drop soup, maybe about a cup or 3/4 cup - I easily found that and logged in there. <BR> But these I have no idea: <BR> --Some kind of cucumber salad - it had cut u... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 00:04:47 EST Slimfast Alternative I am looking for a Slimfast Alternative. <BR> <BR> My go to morning meal = raw unpeel zucchini (170g), Slimfast Advanced Nutrition Smoothie High Protein (26g), baking cocoa (7g), Dannon Activia yogurt (113g), and either cinnamon (1 tablespoon) or Benefiber (2 teaspoons). <BR> <BR> These ingredients are mixed in a blender with 1 to 2 cups of crushed ice. It makes a really thick chocolate shake that keeps me full for hours. <BR> <BR> This shake does not need the yogurt (or milk) as the zucc... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 15:40:50 EST 'Healthier' Diet, WORSE Lipid Panel?! Just had my annual physical/blood work results this morning and while overall everything is excellent as expected, my lipid panel was a bit surprising and I'm curious for some feedback. <BR> <BR> Preface-I've been maintaining a bmi of 20-21 for the past 4 years and my health markers have been good throughout this time period. In fact last year, my doctor opted to not run a lipid panel because my 2015 results were so good. So I'm comparing my numbers today with numbers from 2015, and I've obv... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:27:03 EST Fiber?!? how to get enough? OK, yesterday I ate a big salad that included chick peas, a cup of melon, over a cup of cherries, and a packet of almonds... and came in under my fiber count. I just can't eat much more roughage! Have tried those "high fiber" bars and they made me feel awful. Do you think the problem is in the SP numbers (some are user-entered) -- or do I REALLY need more fruit and veg?? Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:07:54 EST I don't like "healthy" food I just joined up today in hopes of improving my diet. I'm a pretty healthy weight, but I've been having a lot of medical problems lately and I realized that my poor diet is probably making matters a lot worse. I always tend to go for highly processed, high carb foods that are easy to make, like frozen pizzas, chicken nuggets, frozen battered fish fillets, packets of ramen and those pasta packets that you just add milk and butter to. I rarely eat vegetables and I NEVER eat fruit. I want to sta... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 04:22:46 EST omitting sugar can I omit regular sugar from the refrigerator bran muffins recipe Thu, 1 Jun 2017 16:50:58 EST What is the right combination? So I have been easing into this healthy lifestyle, small changes so I can be successful. <BR> First I cut out lattes and starbucks. I cut out soda next (it's always been diet soda), then I cut out alcohol, just compounding all these healthy changes. I started going to the gym or walking a day or 2 a week. Now I'm getting at least 30 minutes of cardio a day, and strength training twice a week.... I budget calories, no more fast food, no more frozen pizzas (going on over 2 months!) <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:34:52 EST "The Truth about Carbohydrates" If you're going to keep posting this blog, at least allow the comments so we can say what needs to be said. As it is, it's hard on my blood pressure. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 13:22:12 EST Favorites How do I add to my favorites without adding them to my tracker? Thu, 1 Jun 2017 11:32:03 EST Getting *Back* on Track eating has been totally on point, and I've been doing really well ((patting self on back)) for the past few weeks. I had a healthy breakfast, and have packed a turkey burger for lunch (leftover) and some good snacks (hard-boiled egg, veggies)... <BR> <BR> On my way into work, my coworker asked if I could stop and pick up some creamer for the office. No problem, right? Well...for some reason, and I honestly can't figure out why...I bought (and ate!) a Milky Way. I'm super-annoyed... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:54:34 EST Do you eat calories suggested for you? I haven't come close to eating the suggested calorie intake Sp gives for my size. Am I hurting myself in losing by not eating enough calories? What has your experiences been? Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:23:46 EST What freggies did you eat today? SparkPeople reminds us that the basis of a healthy diet is fruits and vegetables. So, which ones have you eaten today? Did you try any new ones? <BR> <BR> Today I had: corn, peas, carrots (as a veggie mix), salad greens, orange sections, Rainier cherries, asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, and garlic. None of these were new for me. Wed, 31 May 2017 19:02:13 EST Blog: Martina's Guide to Fats and Oils Just as there are "good carbs" and "bad carbs", there are "good fats" and "bad fats". Martina's blog entry, written on 2014, is a good layman's chemistry-lesson understanding of the different fats, followed by foods which contain these fats. The blogger writes for a low-carb ketogenic diet, but the suggested fats and oils are not difficult to add to any diet, particularly if you have a family of non-dieters to feed. If you cook with olive oil and are thinking of adding coconut oil to your die... Wed, 31 May 2017 08:30:37 EST Protein powder? Anyone use it? Tue, 30 May 2017 22:25:14 EST Fighting Sugar Addiction - Irritability Hello everyone :) <BR> <BR> I've been doing pretty good making better, more healthier food choices. I wouldn't say I'm perfect. I mean, I still have an occasional cookie, but I do try to eat more fruits. Other things too (veggies, salads, etc., try to get in some protein), but I'm referring to my addiction to sugar. <BR> <BR> Been feeling a bit more cranky than average the past couple of days. And I've got these cravings. I've been out of my Skittles candy for several days but I am NOT... Tue, 30 May 2017 13:03:42 EST Anyone use Spark for Low Carb Lifestyle??? I only lose going low carb. Can I adjust the macro goals on Sparkpeople? If not I'll have to stay with MFP. But, I LOVE the meal planning/suggestions here. Tue, 30 May 2017 11:57:01 EST IPA plan Does anyone on here follow the Ideal Protein Alternatives Plan? I have done it, and it was a great way to lose weight, but I get bored with it so easily and have never been able to phase off properly. Just wondering if anyone has any tips to keep it going. <BR> <BR> Also, for those that may have done it before and then stopped, were you able to maintain your weight loss? I'm afraid it wills crew up my balance when I stop the program. Tue, 30 May 2017 09:38:31 EST Article: We need to talk about foods, not nutrient Sorry for the truncated title, but this article by Dr. Jason Fung, has an interesting comment, "We need to talk about foods, not nutrients." <BR> <BR> His argument is that the nutrient categorizations, such as carbohydrates, fats, protein, etc. is, empirically, the wrong way to look at food. You probably already know that there are "good" carbohydrates, such as fiber, and "bad" carbohydrates, such as sugar. But why is it that keto diets are high in fat? This article, then, looks, as an examp... Tue, 30 May 2017 07:22:41 EST IS this the right place to ask about gallstones. Lost about 25lbs on here in 2012 over a period of months. It was great yet I got a couple of gallstone attacks. Have read that rapid weight loss can cause them. Does anyone have any experience with this or words of wisdom to share. I kinda don't want to go down that road again. And please do tell me if there is a better place to post this question. I didn't see a title of message boards that was a better fit though I may have missed it. Thank you! Mon, 29 May 2017 20:45:34 EST Potassium I'm struggling to get enough potassium daily. I'm on a low carb diet so the "Eat a banana" suggestion is definitely out. I eat a lot of fresh veg, but I never seem to get even close to the amount I need. I take vitamins daily, should I add an extra potassium? Mon, 29 May 2017 20:16:49 EST Does anyone still use this message board? I'm trying to find a group that does low carb/moderate protein/high fat. Mon, 29 May 2017 15:48:18 EST Menu on Sparkpeople I am wondering if anyone follows the menus on here. I am doing the diabetic type 2 and all the heart healthy options. I am surprised by how many carbs on here. Not that many vegetables. <BR> I made a huge mistake today though. I made some bran muffins last night and after I ate 2 small ones I looked up the nutrition value it turns out the calories was was too high and the carbs were crazy high. My blood sugar was almost 300 when I checked after. <BR> I am going completely out of my comfort... Mon, 29 May 2017 13:41:27 EST Meal Prepping Tips? I'm planning on heading to the store today to get food for the week, but I always struggle with planning and sticking to meals. I'm trying to "prep" all 3 meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or at least lunch and dinner since I am gone during those hours during the week and usually resort to fast food. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have tips for prepping multiple meals and then sticking to the plan? Mon, 29 May 2017 11:39:50 EST Chia seeds passing whole I've recently started eating chia seed "pudding" regularly (chia seeds and liquid - I use soy milk). It has made me wonderfully regular, but I see what looks like whole seeds in my stool. Every article I've read says chia seeds can be digested whole and you get all the nutritional benefits of protein and omegas. Why am I seeing seeds in my poop? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 May 2017 11:36:17 EST When you have no support system I am in desperate need of losing weight. I have had to have 3 operation's in 2016 as well as 1 in 2015. I had considered having the gastric sleeve but instead the Physician wanted to do the gastric bypass which I was dead set against. I have lost weight in the past but always seem to gain it back. I have a husband and son and they are not a support system for me at all. I have had thoughts that if I were living by myself that I could be successful in losing this excess weight. I would like to... Mon, 29 May 2017 09:57:56 EST Having a hard time cutting Sodium-any ideas? I am watching Carbs mostly and am eating healthier now but Sodium is still too high. I do not use table salt and I rinse can veggies-what else can I do... Sun, 28 May 2017 14:47:17 EST 16/8 intermittent fast Anyone else doing a 16/8 fast?. Sun, 28 May 2017 14:16:19 EST Keeping Salad Items Fresh I want to start eating more salads, but I rarely buy the stuff because it goes bad so quickly. I mean, I like salads with italian or vinagrette dressing. But what's the best way to keep lettuce fresh? Any tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Rushell Sun, 28 May 2017 13:58:09 EST Planning Grocery Shopping I'm going to go to the grocery store to get some healthier foods. <BR> <BR> I'm mainly looking for items for small meals and snacks, as I like to eat small portions and snacks throughout the day. My goal is to try to eat something healthy several times a day and kind of spread it out, like instead of eating three big meals a day, I'd maybe eat 4-5 small meals a day. I tend to not eat much during the day then get very hungry in the evening and night time and that's when I eat more than I ... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:44:55 EST Tracking and Portion Size Question Okay. Before I ask this question, please know that I know this is not a super great food choice. But I'm taking baby steps, so bear with me :) <BR> <BR> I'm getting McDonald's for lunch. I'm going to get a Big mac with no lettuce and a side salad with light italian dressing. (Salad instead of fries is a good choice, right?) <BR> Now when I eat the big mac, I don't eat the whole thing. I take off one bun and one piece of meat and save it until later. I also pick off a few onions, leavin... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:40:01 EST food surprises - share yours! came home starving for lunch and fixed myself about a third of a Hillshire ham steak and two whole eggs (with a spray of olive oil on the pan); gobbled it up; then ate two clementines. <BR> <BR> went to track it -- assuming I'd gone way over my limit -- and discovered I'd eaten a huge amount of protein, a decent amount of fiber, and all for just about 300 calories. No one really mentions how much protein and how few calories there are in ham and eggs! <BR> <BR> have you had similar food s... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:17:39 EST Meal Plans? I noticed when I'm entering my food, there's a meal plan further down on that page. How do those work? Do they automatically customize based on foods I've eaten recently? I'm actually wondering if there's a spot on the Spark website where I can go in and check foods I like or foods I don't like (since I'm kinda picky), and then have it create menu plans based on that. I mean, some of the ideas sound really good to me, and others not so much. <BR> <BR> I'd kinda like to try to start usi... Sat, 27 May 2017 22:06:24 EST Okay So I Admit There's a Problem I thought I didn't eat much. So adding some exercise into my extremely sedentary lifestyle, I should be able to lose weight easily, right? <BR> Nope. <BR> <BR> As it turns out, (as I discovered after logging my food yesterday) I don't eat much during the DAY, but then in the evening all of a sudden I am hungry. It's like I eat my lunch and my dinner during the hours of 5 pm and midnight. Usually this includes not so good type of food like pizza or burgers and fries (with mayo and ketchup ... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:44:48 EST Help please Hi, my name is Stacey and I am new to this group. I hope someone can help me figure out what I am doing wrong. Several years ago, I changed the way I ate and lost weight and maintained for a long time. Through circumstances and life, my diet changed and now I need to get myself back to that healthy lifestyle. In April, I decided it was time. I started fresh on April 17th and the first week I lost an extreme 6 pounds but since, I have lost nothing and I don't understand. <BR> <BR> A little b... Fri, 26 May 2017 11:41:53 EST The Best Tasting Sugar Free Jam/Jelly Need your help fellow SP Friends. What in your personal opinion/experience brand has been the best tasting sugar free jam? Thank you in advancem, you are all a wonderful resource. (Using it to flavor plain greek yogurt). Have a super Friday! Fri, 26 May 2017 08:38:04 EST Trouble getting enough calories/macros I am having a hard time getting enough to eat to cover my macros. I am a 53 year old man, 172 cm tall and 94.5 kg. I walk 3-6 km daily, and 3 days a week do a 1 hour kettlebell/dumbbell routine. Over the last 8 months I have lost 22 kg (over 40 lbs). I am still trying to lose about 10 kg but stuck on an extended plateau (like 7 weeks). The IIFYM calculator set my goals at 172 gr protein, 86 gr fat, and 167 gr carb, total 2,130 calories. My SparkPeople tracker set my goals in a wide range, a b... Fri, 26 May 2017 06:35:16 EST So pizza. It is always on my mind. A little about me, I started in February, slowly implementing healthier living. I started by just cutting back food and drinking more water. Then I added some cardio and weights. In April, I began to keep track of everything I eat and not going over 1200 calories in a day ever. (As I write this, Grottos Pizza comes to my house by mistake, ugh. What are they doing to me??) In May, I really took a look at the quality of my calories. So I've lost 28lbs but I'd like to lose another 40lbs more whi... Thu, 25 May 2017 20:34:19 EST How Much Water Should I Drink Daily And Why? I am trying to drink as much water as a possibly can throughout the day. What is a good amount and why is water so crucial? Thu, 25 May 2017 19:39:46 EST got on the good scale got on the good scale this AM. 185. need 5 more by end of June!!! Took it real easy today getting ready for surgery tomorrow. Thu, 25 May 2017 18:23:45 EST Grocery list Using my iPhone & I can't find how to get to the grocery list. Can anyone help me w/this? It's frustrating that the site doesn't have a help feature Thu, 25 May 2017 15:09:15 EST cleansing / Detoxing Can you do a cleansing / detox back to back and if so for how long can you do this? <BR> If not how regularly do u do cleansing / detox? What are some good ones to use? <BR> Im currently on a tea cleansing for 14 days. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Thu, 25 May 2017 10:11:21 EST Contrave in 2017 Good afternoon! <BR> I have been on Contrave for almost 6 weeks. I have lost 11 pounds. Since I have a total of 150+ pounds to lose, I am pleased with the start. My question is how others are taking their tablets. I have been at the 2 tablets in the a.m. and 2 in the p.m. for a few weeks. I am having some side effects that are giving me a difficult time. The doctor said I could adjust how I take them (ie. 1 in the a.m., 1 at noon, 1 early evening). I'd like to hear from anyone who h... Wed, 24 May 2017 15:23:54 EST Do you eat when you're not hungry? When I'm eating junk, I never have trouble eating, but when I eat "real" food, I notice I don't eat nearly as much of it. I know that's good, but I'm having trouble reaching my minimum amount of calories for the day. It is worse when I'm exercising. After exercising, I never feel hungry and it is hard to make myself eat. I don't eat before exercising because my stomach will start cramping. Last night I went to Zumba, and when I got home, I needed to eat my dinner because my calories were... Wed, 24 May 2017 09:40:53 EST Ever had high expectations for a food (esp. junk) only to be disappointed? <BR> <BR> I thought that flaming hot cheetos will be so delicious! But I was disappointed! They weren't as great as I expected them to be. I love the texture of the cheetos puffs though! But they are just plain salty. I've tried them before and I wasn't impressed! <BR> <BR> However, I tried Marks and Spencers cheese puffs and they were bomb! Wed, 24 May 2017 03:25:24 EST A question about water I have some of those "liquid drink enhancers" I will put into a bottle of water. My question is, does the enhancer make it so the water doesn't count as water anymore? Also, does tea count as water? <BR> <BR> I have no problem giving up the enhancers and tea if they are a problem. Just trying to do the healthiest thing here. Tue, 23 May 2017 19:11:15 EST Ideas for alternatives to cheese? I used to like to eat cheese, but I'm only eating kosher cheese now, of which there is very little, by the way. What ideas, if any, do you have for things other than cheese, which would be like having cheese? I'm a vegetarian, so please keep that in mind! If you know of any good vegan cheese that can melt on a pizza, for instance, that would really help! Tue, 23 May 2017 18:48:25 EST Throwing Up Maybe someone can offer some insight on this. <BR> <BR> Every time I eat food (except breakfast and sometimes late at night), I feel sick and have to throw up. But it isn't even the food coming back up. It is just a whole lot of liquid and it is colored whatever color the food I ate was. I do drink a whole lot of water. This has been going on for a year, some periods worse than others. I have no other symptoms other than nausea and vomiting after eating. Tue, 23 May 2017 14:56:44 EST Adding food to Search Field I'm unable to add foods to Tracker. Keep getting what I added was incorrect. This bothers me as I am adding what is on the Label which is right in front of me. <BR> What must I do to be able to enter these foods? Tue, 23 May 2017 13:33:24 EST How to survive a kids birthday party treats Hi <BR> <BR> I am throwing a party this weekend for my son. He turns six and we will have a bunch of crazy kids running around and having fun <BR> <BR> I need to get food on a tight budget.... any ideas for cheap healthier choice foods that will go down well with the kids??? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help <BR> <BR> Dilly <em>788</em> Tue, 23 May 2017 12:37:11 EST How many use a cheat day or meal? Last week of Super Shred diet with good results (16lbs in 3 weeks) and next week will start careful journaling. Do many of you plan a cheat meal or 2 in your weekly calorie goals to keep things more interesting? Some people seem to believe that a cheat meal or 2 will actually help to keep the metabolism raised & help overall in weight loss. <BR> Trying to get some opinions here. Tue, 23 May 2017 08:25:57 EST Struggling to Plan a 1200 Calorie Diet The low end of my spark goal is 1200 calories and that's what I've been trying to stick to. Most days it works, however, the semester's picking up and tomorrow I start having 3-11pm clinical shifts, meaning I'll have to pack a dinner that'll stay good in my lunch box and not go bad and even though I don't typically snack, due to the nature of clinicals and things I'll be seeing, plus the late hours, it'll be good to pack a few snacks so I don't pass out. <BR> <BR> Not only this, but since I... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:43:36 EST Vitamin D and sunshine I got some good info from my last post about getting calcium without taking a supplement that also has Vitamin D. <BR> According to my daily nutrition feedback I am always way over on my Vitamin A but it doesn't matter because my Vitamin A comes from vegetables which will only convert to Vitamin A if I need it, so there is no chance of getting too much. <BR> I'm going to be living on the beach for 6 weeks so will be in the sun for hours every day and need to know if Vitamin D works the same... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:38 EST Late Evening and Night Eating Does anyone else struggle with late evening and night eating? Ugh. I get so frustrated. It doesn't matter if I eat good all day long or don't eat, it is like after 3pm all I want to do is eat. This is the hardest time of day for me. <em>40</em> Sun, 21 May 2017 20:44:57 EST Can I drink milk Can I drink milk while on herballife Sun, 21 May 2017 16:33:44 EST Calcium without vitamin D According to my nutrition tracker I get half, or just over half, of my daily calcium requirement through my food, so I supplement with a Calcium/Vitamin D tablet. Because I live in Sweden and there is very little (VERY little) sun most of the year this is fine for me. However, we have rented a beach house for 6 weeks in New Hampshire this summer so I will definitely not need a vitamin D supplement. <BR> How do I get enough calcium without drinking tons of milk or eating tons of yogurt? Sun, 21 May 2017 13:07:39 EST Peanut Flour I just bought peanut flour. How do you all incorporate peanut flour into your diet? Sun, 21 May 2017 09:38:05 EST Calories My doctor, because of my age and health, has given me a different calorie range than SparkPeople's range. Please tell me how to change that number to 1800 minimum and to set a new top limit. Thanks for your help. Sat, 20 May 2017 13:32:12 EST travelling at night! how to eat? Hi! i just registered here and i've got a question and i'd appreciate any help! i'm travelling the whole night today which means i'll be awake. i had some sleep during the day today and i may have some later but at 10pm i will have to go to the airport and aside from having some sleep on the plane i'll be awake the whole night. it's totally fine by me but it means i'll have to eat all night? do the calorie intake stops and renews at a certain time or do i have to count the intake starting fro... Sat, 20 May 2017 13:13:45 EST how many calories? (lots of debate!) In reading some of the many posts on this board, I'm getting confused. <BR> <BR> Some folks (including those from SP) seem to say "some people need to eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day to lose" -- but at the same time seem to say "if you eat fewer than 1200 calories a day your body will hang onto weight." <BR> <BR> Similarly, some folks say "you need at least 1200 calories a day to be healthy" while others cite 1300 and 1600! <BR> <BR> I know it all depends on your gender, age, height, w... Sat, 20 May 2017 09:59:06 EST I am SO HUNGRY!! Strategies?? Had a breakfast of greek yogurt and fruit at about 7:00... at 10 I am STARVING! It's awfully distracting... <BR> <BR> But even a banana is another 70+ calories, which would mean my planned lunch would have too many calories, given that I'm trying to stay under 1300 and I have a "drinks and nibbles" event this evening...and I'm planning an afternoon snack so I don't arrive hungry. <BR> <BR> Do you guys find that your stomach just shrinks up after a period of time? Do you learn to ignore t... Sat, 20 May 2017 09:50:07 EST Tip for drinking more water I like to infuse my water with fresh berries, lemons, or even cucumber. Having some flavor with little extra calories makes it easier to get your daily water intake accomplished. Sat, 20 May 2017 09:13:33 EST Quick, easy paleo ideas I need quick and easy snack and meal ideas that aren't, for lack of a better word, boring <em>30</em> . I can only eat so many meals of steak and vegetables before my palate starts screaming for more flavor! Any ideas are appreciated! Sat, 20 May 2017 07:37:45 EST Frustratingly picky Hey y'all, I'm really struggling with the whole "healthy eating" thing. I grew up in a picky household where the only vegetables we ate were corn, green beans, and occasionally carrots. I also REALLY hate all types of fish/seafood. <BR> <BR> I've branched out some and now I enjoy cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, fried okra, and spaghetti squash, but all the "healthy" recipes I find always incorporate things like spinach or a lot of broccoli and other veggies that I just don't like/haven't trie... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:37:21 EST Low fat foods after gallbladder being removed Hello, I recently had my gallbladder taken out. It will be 4 months since the surgery on June 2nd. I am glad that I can eat more normally because my stomach is less upset and I don't have galbladder attacks anymore, obviously. However, my issue is sticking to eating low fat foods and making choices that will help me be healthy all around. I have never been the greatest at low fat anything and the effects of having no gallbladder and too much fat are not things I want to deal with the rest of ... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:26:38 EST Dizzy & heart rate dipping when tracking & losing I've been tracking my calories postpartum for my last few children, and all of a sudden this time around I was having heart rate dips from my normal 80ish sitting to about 55. I am working with a heart doc but they are insisting that it's "normal" ranges. <BR> <BR> Anyway, aside from that I noticed a correlation between when I was on the ball tracking my calories and these horrible waves of dizziness that come over me. The first day I'll just be low energy and a little lightheaded; and if... Fri, 19 May 2017 10:50:17 EST since I reset my goals I have lost about 10 lbs in the last 10 days. Threw away chips, etc. Also, continually walked, though slow and about 1 mile. Thu, 18 May 2017 17:50:05 EST Beating a Sweet Tooth I grew up in a very unhealthy household where there were ALWAYS sweets in the house. "Oh the brownies are gone? I'll make cookies. No cookies? Let's make cupcakes" That was the normal day to day occurrence in my house. I don't blame my parents for my unhealthy eating habits, even if most of our household was overweight, I still had plenty of healthy options growing up. <BR> <BR> However, now, at 21 years of age and living on my own I constantly have to have something sweet and I just can't ... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:37:55 EST suggestions for avocados I have read that avocados are good for you and I have only had them in the past when I made my own guacamole. Anyway, for the past couple of months I have been looking to pick up some avocados at the store and they finally had them this week so I got 2 of them. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to keep the rest of the avocado fresh once it is cut? <BR> <BR> Also looking for suggestion on how to add it to my diet. <BR> Thu, 18 May 2017 15:12:48 EST hi im new to this board but not new to keto just getting back on the wagon I can honestly say I feel so much better doing this woe. just needs some encouragement and different ideas Thu, 18 May 2017 14:19:28 EST getting there I am below 190 even with the unreliable scale. therefore I am around 187. still looking for 7 more lbs lost in 6 weeks. I can do it. Thu, 18 May 2017 13:54:08 EST How to get enough protein w/o too many Calories I am a 57 y/o female hypothyroid, post menopausal, trying to get cholesterol back into normal range (recently went just over upper limits of suggested healthy range) who has been overweight or obese my entire post puberty life (except for a couple of times when I was younger when I managed to get the weight off but, sadly, couldn't maintain...). My doctor, in conjunction with my dietician, have me calorie restricted under 1200 calories/day but I continually struggle with how to get enough pr... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:11:38 EST Need nutrition help 51 year old male. Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. I could lose 25 pounds probably but need to get this knee fixed first. <BR> <BR> Overall cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension are under control with medication. Triglycerides though have been super high for years (circa 500) and I need to get them under control. <BR> <BR> I've been vegetarian for over 20 years now. Taking away the foods I'm supposed to avoid leaves me very little to eat <BR> <BR> Thoughts and advic... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:36:42 EST Salicylate Sensitivity Recently found out I have a salicylate sensitivity, I break out in hives from foods on the high list. Does anyone else suffer from this sensitivity? Would you please share your ideas and resources, as they seem to be limited when searching the internet and Spark-people. Thanks. Tue, 16 May 2017 14:55:27 EST Food Tracking and New Goal I tend to want to try new gimmicks, but I have decided instead to start by just tracking my calories. I would like to lose between 10 and 15 pounds by the end of September. Sparkpeople has me at 1300-1500 a day. <BR> <BR> I also want to gradually incorporate healthy, permanent changes to my diet. The number one problem I have is Coke, but I am not ready to eliminate that one just yet. So I thought I would start one meal at a time, with breakfast being my first. <BR> <BR> Does anyone... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:12:16 EST Legions of gut This is the scoop, im trying to loose weight especially get rid of fat in my belly. Im an active guy im on my feet all day at work and 4 times a week im at the gym. Im 6'3 some where from 305-325 my scale is not very trust worthy. The last bastion of hope for fat on my body is my torso. The rest of my body is starting to tone up. My gut feels tighter but its not shrinking. <BR> <BR> I know diet is huge when it comes to loosing weight in general but especially when it comes to the stomach.... Tue, 16 May 2017 05:21:24 EST best snack bars for nutrition/flavor? I stash snack bars in my bag so that if I suddenly find myself facing a long gap between meals I have something filling and healthy to eat that isn't hugely high in calories. My go-to has been the nature valley almond bar, but that's awfully sweet and not especially high in protein or fiber. I tried high fiber bars but they made me feel awful (too much fiber too fast!). <BR> <BR> Your suggestions for something I can stash without a fridge in a purse or backpack that's going to tide me over f... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:14:42 EST Help with Portion Control For Mother's Day I told my DH I wanted a new lunch box/bag. I also told him I was going to start walking after work today. Although he declared he was NOT buying me a lunch box for Mother's Day, he did. Not just ANY lunch box. He got me a Jaxx Fit Pak. It comes with a shaker bottle, 4 2-cup container, 2 1-cup container with lids & an ice pack. <BR> <BR> I normally eat my breakfast & lunch at work. <BR> <BR> I want to start packing the night before. What are good foods & portions t... Mon, 15 May 2017 13:41:56 EST Meal Times Hello Sparks <BR> Is there a way to enter a time of day for food items or meals? My problem is eating at the right time of day and my dietitian wants me to record times I eat. Mon, 15 May 2017 12:10:26 EST hoping to get on tread mill Scheduling tread mill for about 15 min. tomorrow!!! Sun, 14 May 2017 21:13:05 EST one week Next Monday is scheduled for surgery, then in 2 mos. get rid of defib. Sun, 14 May 2017 21:12:09 EST Has anyone tried the South Beach Home Delivery? I would love to hear some reviews if you have tried the SB home delivery. I'm looking for a way to jump start my weight loss but I'm too busy right now with a new job to meal prep on my own. Sun, 14 May 2017 17:17:31 EST Raw food vs. cooked food nutritive values I often make stir fry for dinner. Obviously it isn't possible to measure cooked ingredients so I enter the raw ingredients into my tracker. Am I really getting the same nutrients from the food as it shows on my tracker or am I getting less because the food is cooked? Sun, 14 May 2017 06:09:11 EST help me find a goal! :) Hey everyone, <BR> I'm 133lbs and 5'7.5. Doesn't sound like much, but my normal weight hovers around 118-122. I hate being this heavy, especially as I swim a lot but I haven't been able to for 6 or so weeks because of a knee injury. Do you think I could lose 15 pounds in 6-7 weeks, or should I aim for 10 or so? I'm happy to restrict as much as I need, and I am nearly recovered from my injury. <BR> <BR> Thank you <em>30</em> Sat, 13 May 2017 08:15:48 EST coping with real hunger in the wrong places I'm now doing my best to stick with a low-cal diet (top of my range is 1350), and if I'm at home with lots of healthy options available that's usually doable. But... I go out for meals from time to time, and in some cases, I don't have control over when/where we will be (other peoples' tastes, money, traffic, timing, etc. can make it tricky). <BR> <BR> Knowing I'm going out, I try to keep my early eating to a minimum... but by the time we arrive I'm ready to eat anything and everything beca... Sat, 13 May 2017 07:50:24 EST Gain? I was sick for three days. I didnt hardly eat cause I would get sick. For sure I thought I had lost some weight. Well, when I felt better, I weighed myself and instead of losing, I gained. Why is that? Fri, 12 May 2017 16:29:30 EST saw this on snack girl <BR> print Pin It <BR> Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe <BR> <BR> Makes 16 small bars <BR> <BR> 1 cup rolled oats <BR> ¾ cup white whole wheat flour <BR> 1/3 cup light brown sugar <BR> ½ teaspoon ground ginger <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted <BR> 2 ½ cups diced fresh strawberries (about 1 pound) <BR> 1 teaspoon corn starch <BR> ¼ lemon <BR> 2 teaspoons sugar <BR> <BR> Line a 11x7 casserole with parchment paper. Heat oven to 375 F. In a medium bowl... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:16:10 EST magnesium How do I increase magnesium in my daily diet? Fri, 12 May 2017 10:29:53 EST Carba nada Has anyone ever tried this pasta Thu, 11 May 2017 16:40:22 EST Breakfast! I just had breakfast..It was a hard boiled egg and a half cup of grapes with 8 oz of water. Is that an okay breakfast? Thu, 11 May 2017 12:24:20 EST Walk or Run Do you like to walk or run better? I walk due to my knees..... Thu, 11 May 2017 08:32:12 EST Trackers are low on protein and fibre What are some high-fibre snacks or veggies I can add to my diet? <BR> <BR> Also really low on protein, not much of a meat eater. All ideas welcome! <BR> <BR> Thank you. :) Thu, 11 May 2017 05:29:29 EST Help me with my diet, read my nutrition log I've been hungrier with a new job that includes running to catch the bus, walking a lot to the office from the bus stop in a busy city. I'm finding myself hungry every 2 hours and not able to stick to my goal of 1400-1500 calories. It's more like 1900. I'm 5'8" and 187 pounds. Goal weight 150. <BR> <BR> I'm starting new tomorrow with oatmeal, salads with eggs and lots of fruit. Does that sound about right? I've been trying to lose weight for years. Anybody else would have thrown in the... Thu, 11 May 2017 00:23:39 EST Gluten and rice free grain alternatives Does anybody have allergies to both gluten and rice, and what kind of grain alternatives and recipes, and /or websites with recipes for grain alternatives do you suggest? Wed, 10 May 2017 21:54:56 EST Dr. says sugars are fine, but...? Hi! I apologize in advance for the long-wind question here. <BR> <BR> I was in to see my family doctor a few weeks ago because I was having episodes where I would throw up (not voluntarily) a short while after eating. After several blood tests, he determined blood results were normal and I just wasn't eating enough (1200ish calories with 300-500 calorie burning workouts daily), so when I did eat, because it was so infrequently it was causing my blood sugar to spike and that spike (or coming ... Wed, 10 May 2017 12:16:36 EST meal plans for single people? Hi all, I wrote a blog post asking about this but it got no responses (odd for a blog post at all around here), does anyone know of meal plans that are good for single people? I love the idea of SparkPeople's meal plans but they're so impractical for someone who lives and cooks for just herself (4oz of apple juice in a week, 2 eggs, etc.). I'd love a meal plan that caters to single people by using the same ingredients all week long so I'm not spending a fortune on groceries and creating a lot... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:35:47 EST Help me lose 60 lbs So right now I'm trying as much as i can/know to lose weight. I have 8 months to my wedding & I wish to lose 60 lbs. Tried numerous dietitians & lost count of gyms I subscribed to. <BR> <BR> Right now here's what I am doing: <BR> <BR> Morning (on an empty stomach): 1 scoop of Best bcaa blue raspberry + 30 gm oats <BR> Lunch: Tuna/chicken salad with steamed rice/2 brown toasts + 1 tbs light mayonnaise. <BR> Dinner: Light plain yogurt with 1 squeezed lemon + 1 cup of watermelon <BR> <BR> I w... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:06:37 EST Condensing 6 meal plan into 2 intermittent meals I have been doing the 6 small meals (macro) plan for a year now, off and on. Initially I saw awesome results dropping from 205 to 190 with cut, lean muscle. However, I'm a foodie and eventually gained the weight back... even more up to 222lbs. I've dropped a bit of weight since (down to 208lbs) getting back on the 6 small meals plan. That being said, I'm trying intermittent fasting starting today based on my research. My question is, do I consume my six meals (around 2,000 clean calories) wit... Tue, 9 May 2017 13:51:27 EST Blue Apron My wife and I have recently tried a couple of Blue Apron meals and have really liked them...also like the portion control. It seems like an economical way for two people to eat for 2-3 meals during the week. <BR> <BR> Anybody have any favorite Blue Apron meals? Tue, 9 May 2017 11:56:30 EST Finally losing After tracking my eating for about a month, I am having the success that just thinking about what I eat didn't give me! I have lost about 8 pounds! Tue, 9 May 2017 07:15:27 EST pita chips other than hummus, what tastes good with pita chips? Mon, 8 May 2017 21:57:26 EST protein salads what is your best salad combo? mine is my bean salad and baked potato <BR> Moe's Bean salad <BR> red beans drained <BR> white Beans drained <BR> Black Beans drained <BR> chick peas drained <BR> dried onions <BR> thick and chunky salsa 1cup <BR> zesty italian dressin 2 cups <BR> comin and chill over night <BR> and add it to hot baked potatoes mmmm <BR> Mon, 8 May 2017 21:42:21 EST How do you plan your daily eating? I'm a big planner - I like to make a meal plan each week before I go to the grocery store. I plan my meals basically just based on what I want to eat that week. My problem is that, even though I eat healthy, nutritious foods (no white carbs, no fried foods, no soda) I tend to eat too much. On top of that, I'm having trouble figuring out how to plan the macros - to make sure I'm eating the right amounts of each every day. So how do you plan your meals? Mon, 8 May 2017 16:46:19 EST tracker making meat loaf for dinner,do i have to list every thing i put in it to figure our nutrition,cal Sun, 7 May 2017 16:57:28 EST Foragers? Today I went out into the yard and picked dandelions leaves, wild garlic, chives, plantain leaves and violet leaves and flowers to add to my salad. <BR> <BR> I used a little cold pressed flax oil, spicy herbamare, pepper and some ground flax on top. <BR> <BR> It was delicious! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made a dessert with rhubarb that is growing with a vengeance. And I am planning to go look for asparagus growing on the roadside this week. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else out there forage? Sun, 7 May 2017 15:42:39 EST FODMAP Anyone have experience with FODMAP to help resolve ongoing digestive issues? Wondering if it is normal that I am eating significantly less without hunger. Thanks for sharing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 6 May 2017 23:56:35 EST Carbs are not my friend I am having a hard time losing weight. I get plenty of steps in my day. I get 14,000 - 16,500 a day. I work doing housekeeping for a hospitality house that is part of our hospital and I sweat with this job along getting in lots of steps. Does anyone have suggestion on what to eat that doesn't have tons of carbs? Sat, 6 May 2017 21:56:15 EST What is your favorite recipe for dinner? There are so many great meals that we can enjoy while on our journey to lose weight. It would be great if we each shared one here, so others can try it out! <BR> My SparkFriend sent me this one and my family enjoyed every bite! <BR> <BR> GREEK RANCH CHICKEN TENDERS <BR> **1 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt <BR> **1 pkg ranch seasoning <BR> **1 cup whole wheat Panko crumbs <BR> **1 pound chicken breast cut into strips <BR> <BR> -Spray the baking sheet you're using <BR> -Mix the yogurt ... Sat, 6 May 2017 18:30:49 EST Finding a replacement for protein powder? Between what I've read about heavy metals used in production (and ending up in the product), and what I've read about sucralose and other artificial sweeteners (added to virtually every protein powder), I want to just be done with it after my current batch. <BR> <BR> Currently, I consume 100g of protein per day through protein powder. The main advantage is that it's quick, easy, and very portable. I work two jobs and don't have a lot of time to cook. I'm always running around, so I can't let... Sat, 6 May 2017 08:40:32 EST Snacks I like carrot chips for a healthy snack. Sat, 6 May 2017 06:15:27 EST Arctic Zero Is this okay and safe to eat? Fri, 5 May 2017 21:04:54 EST calories i hop got the 2 b2 by 2 breakfast.change the eggs to egg whites sausge to turkey how to i figure this out.also eat 1 1/2 of pan cakes Fri, 5 May 2017 16:52:03 EST Quest bars vs. Zone bars? Which is healthier? I read the labels but was still unsure. Fri, 5 May 2017 14:20:16 EST measuring What is .13 cup? Why does it have to be so difficult to try to figure out? I don't even try to share recipes because it is so aggravating just trying to enter them. Will they ever make it easy? Fri, 5 May 2017 13:48:56 EST Salad When eating salad at home I always measure the dressing. When eating out, I always order it on the side and just dip my fork in it before each bite. Surpising the amount of dressing that's usually left over. Fri, 5 May 2017 06:54:47 EST Best Sugar Substitute for Keto dessert? I made a Keto shortbread cookie recipe with Erythritol butter, almond flour, vanilla, ground walnuts. The taste was meh, but the nasty afterburn sensation I assume from the sweetener made them inedible. Suggestions for what types of desserts work better with this sweetener? Or, is there another no carb sweetenner that works better? Fri, 5 May 2017 01:26:22 EST Keto for me I'm just starting and it's going very well. Most of the foods and meal plans I like on this diet, and I haven't been hungry, big plus. I am not a big fruit eater so won't miss it. I like to cook, so trying new recipes, some good some not. What I like most is that there is no opportunity for cheating on this diet, as there is with calorie counting. I know if I go over my 20g carb macro, it will slow me down, probably throw my body out of ketosis and I have to work to get back. Cookies an... Fri, 5 May 2017 01:21:23 EST Your favorite low cal sweetener... Hi all! <BR> I really hate low cal sweeteners; I think they all have a terrible taste or aftertaste or both; BUT if I'm to be successful, I have to stop with the sugar in my tea. I need it to be sweet though-can't drink it without, and I need my caffeine! What's your favorite...not one that you just tolerate because you have to, but do you have one that you thinks tastes decent? <BR> Thank you. Thu, 4 May 2017 20:51:32 EST Why am I so hungry all of a sudden? I have been eating approx. 1200 calories per day since September and doing the same exercise 5 days a week. I do high intensity "fighter fit" classes (similar to a boot camp - 1 hour each workout) for months I have been appetite has been normal and I hadn't been feeling hungry - I was satisfied, I have lost most of the weight that I wanted (would still like to lose 5 more pounds). I haven't changed much in the way of my diet same thing for breakfast, snacks, and lunches (which do va... Thu, 4 May 2017 17:47:52 EST which food group to quit for weight loss? My weight has been creeping up, and I need a sustainable approach to keeping it at a certain level. I am going to experiment with dropping a food group for a week or two to see which is most likely the culprit (while continuing to monitor calories for a moderately low-calorie diet of about 1400-1500 calories). <BR> <BR> I'm leaning toward sugar and processed flour products to start with... but which would you quit eating for weight loss and energy benefits? <BR> <BR> natural starches (whole... Thu, 4 May 2017 11:08:49 EST Dining Out Guide and Info Coach Becky's info today on SparkCoach on how to make dining out successful for those of us being mindful of what we're eating is such good support for the hard work I'm doing to become healthier. I am grateful for it. Thu, 4 May 2017 09:48:51 EST Weight drop before periods So unlike a lot of other women, I tend to suddenly drop quite a bit of weight on the scale (1 lb or more) a few days before my period. I haven't tracked if it stays or ups in the past later on, but the drop is a recurring event when I'm trying to lose weight and PMSing. Is this normal and is this weight drop going to stay or am I paradoxically just losing water weight (as compared to most women who retain it when periods are on their way)? Wed, 3 May 2017 22:33:14 EST Home cooked foods and nutritional values Hi! I cook from scratch a lot. How do I break down my recipes to get the nutritional value? Wed, 3 May 2017 14:14:19 EST Eating Dinner Late??? Hi everyone, <BR> How late is too late to ear dinner at? <BR> Cause sometimes I don't get home from the gym until like 8:30ish-9ish. <BR> Would eating that late cause me not to lose weight? Wed, 3 May 2017 10:21:16 EST Hummus I absolutely hate hummus. I keep trying it and I so WANT to like it, since there are so many great snack and recipe ideas that include it, but I just can't stand it. <BR> Any suggestions besides veggie dip (I make my own using either cottage cheese or Greek yogurt depending on what's in the fridge) to make raw veggies a little more appealing? I sometimes put a sprinkle of salt & pepper on raw carrots to change the taste, but it gets boring. Wed, 3 May 2017 07:54:17 EST Non stick skillets I'm just curious. I've tried so many brands of skillets that claim to be non-stick but after several uses, the non-stick surface doesn't last much longer than a year.. <BR> <BR> What brand skillet do you all use? How long does your skillet last before you pitch it and get a new one? <BR> <BR> Or do you use non-stick spray every time you cook? Does that make the skillets last longer? Or do you just know a skillet doesn't last longer than a year before you replace it? <BR> <BR> I'm jus... Mon, 1 May 2017 17:04:39 EST What do I do when I have no nutrition information? I just got brought lunch today by someone else, but I have no idea what to enter in for my tracker. It was a local chain, so no website for nutrition information, and I wasn't there to ask. What do I do? I tried searching them out online, to see if anyone would have something, all I can find is a menu for it. Mon, 1 May 2017 16:31:23 EST protein guideline My spark nutrition guidelines suggests 136 g. protein a day for a 1200-1550 calorie day. <BR> A weight watcher friend said her leader said 8 g. per 20# of weight. That would be about 53 for me. <BR> <BR> Why is there such a difference. I really do have trouble getting in 136. Mon, 1 May 2017 08:48:06 EST tracking when out of town I was at a meeting all weekend. I didn't get to track my food. <BR> <BR> What are the best strategies for tracking your food when you can't get to your computer or phone? <BR> <BR> What do you eat when you are in a situation like this one where there isn't much control over the food you are served? Mon, 1 May 2017 05:45:41 EST Choosing restaurant food I don't mean to be disparaging because SparkCoach has been a help to me. <BR> However, I have to laugh when the coach is giving restaurant food advice. <BR> I live in Thailand well north of Bangkok (400 km). The restaurant choices here are Thai food, Thai food or Thai food. <BR> There are a few fast food places like KFC or Pizza Company but virtually no western style food is available. <BR> Moreover the Thais add sugar to all their cooking as well as gobs of MSG. When I do go to a Thai resta... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:12:03 EST apple cider vinegar Does anybody drink apple cider vinegar and water, honey? I have read this helps with dieting. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:23:50 EST Which fat source do you consume most of? Which fat source do you consume most of? Butter, coconut oil, EVOO, lard, avocado, nuts, other...? Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:54:12 EST Eating Out What is your go-to when eating out? Where do you go? What do you usually eat? I like to eat "local", but I really struggle sorting out nutrition information. Any suggestions appreciated! Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:47:36 EST How to Drink More Water I find that sometimes I lose track of how much water I drink throughout the day, so I have a way to keep track without recording each cup of water I drink immediately afterwards. When I get up in the morning, I drink two cups; midday - two cups; after lunch - two cups; before or after dinner - 2 cups. Bottoms up! <em>274</em> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:24:42 EST Carb Blockers ?? I try to pretty much watch my carb intake on a daily basis. However ive been considering taking carb blockers to help. Has anyone else tried them, if so how did they work for you? <BR> Im looking for one that non GMO. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:53:39 EST Herbs What are your favorite herbs? Are they dried or fresh? <BR> <BR> For me it's the standard Italian blend or sage. Savory with chicken. These are dried. <BR> I use fresh dill for salmon and lemon thyme for chicken. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:40:48 EST chili how can i put in my dinner on tracker.used lean grand beef,bush,s ready chili mix and chili ready dice tomatoes Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:45:30 EST Question about fruits and veggies So okay first of all it's been a while since I posted, and I wanted to let you guys know I'm down 16 pounds in a month! I've only had one relapse of cruddy food choices and I've been learning about so many different foods that I never knew I liked before. <BR> <BR> My current weight is 444, and I can't see a difference yet but I'm going to soon. <BR> <BR> My question is mainly about fiber and carb content of fruits and vegetables. We all know we've got to add fruits and veggies into our di... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:58:10 EST How do you track food symptoms (energy, GI, etc) Do you have a good way of tracking food-related symptoms? I am starting with a new nutritionist, and she wants me to track food, symptoms, and time of elimination. Symptoms could be things like high/low energy, gas, bloating, stress, GI issues so I can start to connect how I feel with what I ate. I have been trying to do it by tracking food here and putting symptoms in a Google Doc, but that's just not working well. Ideas on how to do it here? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:21:32 EST White v Whole grain bread In an email from SP today for diabetics, there is a handy & useful but slightly misleading chart giving carbs values for commonly eaten foods. That chart gives almost identical values for brown bread/rice. But we know that brown is much better than white, so one could be misled into merely looking at carb values without realizing the qualitative difference between the two. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:47:52 EST Potassium I'm aving a hard time getting enough potassium in my 1200 calorie diet. Becuase of a recent bout with colitis, I am unable to eat a lot of fresh vegetables. Any ideas besides bananas and potatoes? They take up a lot of my calorie count, and still don't give me enough potasium. Help!! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:31:26 EST A body cleanse? <BR> <BR> Just wondered if anyone has done one.. It seems like I have been hearing about cleanses' a lot.. On health channels, on the radio, news segments... Even my friend told me that most people have yeast in their bodies and that's what a cleanse is for. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:11:25 EST Handling Cravings I try to distract myself, if that doesn't work I will chew some gum. That will usually work. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:06:57 EST 2017 good bathroom scale Hi! I have the FitBit scale and love it, but a friend is looking for a good quality scale around $100. Do you have one that you believe is accurate? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:41:04 EST proper fuelling and losing weight I would like to lose a little bit of weight (5-10 pounds - overweight, NOt vanity weight!) and am currently in peak training for a 100K ultramarathon at the end of May, averaging 50 miles a week. I eat at least 2000 calories a day and am losing a bit of weight, but I am constantly hungry! if I eat more, I gain. what should I do? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:35:33 EST Iced Coffee Anyone? I'm not an iced coffee drinker, but have a recipe I'm going to try soon. My question for lovers of this drink: <BR> what about it do you like? Is it the coldness, the creaminess, the sweetness? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:31:08 EST dealing with food cravings Fairly often I am hungry for a specific food which is in sight or located where I could easily get to it. When this happens, if I don't thoughtlessly grab and eat whatever, I pause and consider whether or not this is really hunger. To test this, I think of a healthy food that I like, but wouldn't normally eat as a snack or eat without planning ahead. Once this food is chosen (for example, a nicely seasoned potato), I consider whether if I ate this, I would feel better and not yearn for th... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:33:20 EST Big Breakfast Diet Has anyone tried the Big Breakfast Diet? I started it today. <BR> <BR> You eat a large breakfast with quite a bit of protein, and include a breakfast sweet (today I had some tootsie rolls). Then you have a moderate lunch with protein, fruits and vegetables. Dinner is optional, and would again be fruits, vegetables and optional protein. <BR> <BR> It is around 1300 calories for me for the day, which is right where sparkpeople recommended. <BR> <BR> I had a hard time eating my breakfas... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:21:43 EST Phosphorus I was diagnosed with Stage3 Kidney Failure. Have to watch my Phosphorus intake. <BR> Phosphorus is listed as 100-125% I need to keep it in the 800-1200 mg range. Can anyone tell me how I figure what the % is compared to mg? Hope I'm phrasing this right to make sense. In other words, if it shows 15% how can I figure out the mg. <BR> Thanks. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:04:34 EST Woot! I've been losing weight very slowly for a couple of weeks but suddenly I woke up this morning 3.4 lbs lighter than the day before! I feel like it really makes up for the nearly nonexistent weight loss the last 2 weeks. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:25:30 EST What are your "must have" grocery items! I am restocking my kitchen with healthy snacks and items to help make healthy meals for my family! What are your must haves? Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:49:03 EST New Icon Maybe !! Thought of a new Emoticion. What do you all think ?? <BR> <BR> <BR> " SPARK IT" Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:19:53 EST The price of lettuce...OMG <em>46</em> Hi All, <BR> <BR> I wish I could have bought some stock in lettuce. Yesterday, in Ohio, lettuce was $2.99 a head. A month ago it was .$ .99 a head. Just as I am getting into salads big time! Go figure. And I saw cauliflower for $6.99 a head. WOW <BR> Anyone know how long this shortage will last? Let's see, do I want cauliflower or steak? I'll take the steak and go the high protein route for now. How much is lettuce where ya'll live? Just curious Good luck everyone! <em>593</em> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:12:32 EST Spiralizer Just wondering if any of you use a spiralizer for veggies? Recommendations? <BR> <BR> I just saw an infomercial that seemed like a "good deal" (don't they always!). However, when I researched a bit, it was more of a headache in terms of cleaning parts & putting all together. Many people felt that hand-held units were "best". <BR> <BR> Do you use one for your veggies? <BR> Has it made a difference in being able to eat more veggies more often? <BR> If so, what product do you recommend? Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:07:24 EST sweet tooth having a very difficult time with my sweet tooth, I try to just have one sweet and I end up overdoing it can someone help me please <em>39</em> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:37:46 EST Why does really good food have to be expensive? Sprouted Grain Bread $4.89 <BR> Raspberries $3 per cup <BR> Pistachios $13.89 <BR> Gala Apples $1.94 per pound <BR> list goes on <BR> <BR> When I am finally understanding about weight loss and being healthy for the rest of my life, which I am happy to do, I realize that healthy is expensive and cheap and easy is just that, cheap and easy. <BR> <BR> Mc Donalds cheese burger or anything on the snack menu, A Buck! You get the idea! Brownies in a Mix $.98. Cakes and Icings and Puddings $2 <... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:02:17 EST Ice cream cravings When I am in a stressful situation or another person is unkind, I simply want to eat ice cream. Any suggestions on how to change that? Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:20:19 EST Gaining weight Hi!! I don't know much about fitness or nutrition and some of this might sound dumb but I never really knew who to ask for advice. I’ve been having problems gaining weight for a very long time now and I thought this would be a good place to ask questions. <BR> I have a very fast metabolism so I’ve always been underweight and I’ve been focusing on getting into a healthier weight zone recently, but no matter how much I tried to make myself eat, I would only gain about 4 pounds then lose it all... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:10:58 EST Almond butter I usually buy Smuckers Natural Creamy PB, because it contains only peanuts and some salt. <BR> I was reading that almond butter is better for you but holy cow does it cost a lot! $10 to $12 a jar! <BR> Why is it that all things good for you cost more than I can ever afford???!!! <BR> <BR> Just had to vent. And, no, I did NOT buy the almond butter! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:27:00 EST Last 15 lbs again, differential? I had reached my goal weight last November but went off the wagon for two months while my hubby was in the hospital for 5 weeks. All thoughts of healthy eating and exercising went pretty much out the window for that time. ;( But he is home and I have been trying to get back on track. I've been on this darned plateau for 2 months now where I haven't lost any weight. <BR> What should my calorie differential look like for each day? Any ball park figures? It's been about mostly anywhere from 200... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:42:46 EST Allergic to dairy I am allergic to dairy but all of the swaps for milk, cheese or yogurt on the nutrition tracker are also dairy. I would like to use the spark people diet on the nutrition tracker but find it difficult to get calcium requirements in food, without taking a calcium supplement. Anybody else run into that scenario? Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:14:30 EST Do you avoid carbs or embrace them? If you look at USA Today's rating of diets, the best diets for heart health are mostly vegetarian. When it comes to carbs, opinions are all over the place. Do you find limiting carbs makes losing weight easier, or do you include carbs to the extent you find satisfying? I know complex carbs are preferable to refined carbs. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Have a great day. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:58:47 EST Vitamin D I'm curious about the recommended amounts of vitamin D. In my feedback report, it says the recommended amount is 100 - 150. I have been taking vitamin D with my Calcium supplements, since it helps the body absorb the calcium. I need the calcium to reduce my risk of osteoporosis (I had a hysterectomy in my 30's). <BR> <BR> The vitamin D dosage is 2000 IU. The report details all these risks of consuming too much vitamin D. Why would the dosage of one pill be 20 times the "safe" range? Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:43:31 EST butter flavoring for popcorn? Hi, everybody! I am craving salty snacks, especially while I'm watching tv, but I don't want to destroy my healthy habits, so I've decided that air popped popcorn would do the trick. BUT, I would sure love to have some kind of butter flavoring (since melting butter, is, of course, not a great choice, but, oh-so tasty!) <BR> Any advice out there? So far, I've tried one kind (not sure of the name of it), and it's a big disappointment. :( Thanks in advance! <em>30</em> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:44:50 EST Did anyone? Anyone gained weight after the Easter holidays? Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:16:07 EST Temptation for desserts. Could anyone suggest ways to control temptations for desserts. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:51:20 EST How do you stay within your budget? Low Carb? Hi everybody! So I am starting on a Low Carb, High Fat diet but I feel like I am having trouble budgeting during the week. On Saturday, I bought everything that I would need for my Low Carb Diet and my boyfriend and I ended up spending 179 dollars on food for just the week. Now, I know most of this food is probably for me because David has his bread and his pasta, and I am all about the protein, vegetables and salad but I was wondering, for those who are Low-Carbing it especially, how do y... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:11:30 EST Q's about flex days In advance: sorry about reposting if this has been answered. I can't figure out how to search just this forum - I keep getting too many results when searching for power fuels. My wife and I just signed up for Nutri System, at the suggestion of friends who have been on it for 4 months and are just getting close to their goal weights. We had tried the HCG diet for the last 2 months and just didn't have any luck. Worked just fine for the first month and then we stalled for the last 3 w... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:56:08 EST Supplements for weight loss/health??? Recently a friend of mine started taking the Slim Plexus Combo and she's been raving about the absolutely positive effects it's had on her. She claims that it stopped her carb cravings and she feels much much better. Well, I researched a little and found out that the major ingredient in these supplements is chromium picolinate or chromium polynicotinate and usually accompanied by a strong mixture of probiotics. I researched some more and found out that a lot of people have been using it in it... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:41:20 EST Broccoli cauliflower I'd like to serve a side of broccoli cauliflower with NO cheese. I am bored with roasted and steamed. Any ideas? Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:33:03 EST Genetically Modified Foods I am seeing more and more foods with a reference to this i.e. no GMO's or contains genetically modified ingredients. How about an article on this? What exactly is it? What foods contain it? Is it safe to eat? What does the research say? Thank you. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:18:13 EST eating fresh laid eggs during chemotherapy? A friend brought us eggs from her very own hens yesterday. I am on chemo(adriamycin/cytoxan) for breast cancer and wondered if there is anything I need to be cautious about in consuming freshly laid eggs? <BR> <BR> Eggs that you purchase in the grocery store are generally a week to 2 weeks old. If I don't discover an answer to my question, I will just hold on to the eggs until I see my oncologist next which is at the end of this week pose the question there. The cancer center also has a ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:52:33 EST When should you stopped eating at night? Hi guys! I have a quick question that I was just wondering about, "when do you recommend is a good time to stopped eating at night before you go to sleep?" Some people say that you shouldn't eat past 7:00pm but like for example, if you don't normally go to sleep until 11 or 12am some nights, when would you say is a good time to stop eating and snacking before you go to bed? Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:31:24 EST Is there a way to Print out food we've eaten? Is there a way to print out weekly food logs? I'm not asking about nutritional information, just a list of all the foods eaten each day. <em>4</em> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:42:22 EST Diet change, again. A little backstory. I am allergic to wheat, rye most fruits and veggies and many healthy foods. The list of food I can eat is far shorter than the list of foods I can't eat. Meat was a staple because it is on my list of foods I can eat, the main issue I am having is that I am once again reminded that the more meat I eat the worse I feel. The smell of cooking meat makes me feel ill and my stomach constantly feels like it's been in a fight. I was on low years ago and I still fight convinc... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:50:45 EST Question about calorie range I am currently 314# and starting to walk for exercise. Right now I can only do about 2 miles a week, but I am working on this. SP says that my minimum calories should be around 2500. That seems awfully high to me. I might even suggest about 2600 for minimum on the days I exercise. I'm afraid to each too much and also too little. I have not eaten enough before and I am trying to find a happy medium. Any suggestions? Thanks Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:31:40 EST Smart Fat book Just read this book. Has anyone followed the 5-5-10 plan? How did it work for you? Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:31:58 EST Anyone pregnant and eating healthy? I have eaten like a pig first trimester and now I am unfortunately paying for it. I also stopped exercising because I got too scared. I am OVER that now though so I am hoping it's not too late to start eating healthy and exercising. Anyone out there in the same shoes as me? I am 18 weeks now. I was SICK first trimester and could only eat takeout meals. So much for that! UGH. I am kicking myself for it now but I am hoping I can still take control over my food at least. :) I know "dieting" is b... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:33:31 EST Weekly Supper Menus what are you having? I thought I would ask what's for supper? Do you plan ahead your supper/dinner evening meals for the week? Do you cook for just yourself or have a large family to plan for? Do you cook yours separate as a healthy meal or cook healthy meals the same as yours for everyone while on your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> What's your menu this week? Maybe others can get great ideas from your supper list! Let's have some fun and share ideas! Copy and paste from below and fill in the days you know wha... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:47:54 EST CAD Does anyone do the CAD (Carbohydrate Addicts Diet)? If so, how's it been going for you? Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:05:45 EST Beverages Go cold turkey on beverages except for water and decaf coffee/tea. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:13:27 EST My doctor just started me on Contrave Hi my doctor just started me on a drug called Contrave for weight loss. This would be in conjunction with diet and exercise. I started my first dose yesterday. I have been on wellbutrin before(one of the active ingredients) so im not having any side effects. I am slightly noticing less food cravings.. I have tried diet and exercise for months and maintains my weight but doesn't decrease it.. I feel i just need a boost. I don't want to have weight loss surgery so i am really hoping this gives ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:03:15 EST Cheating I low-carb and usually have one cheat day a week. (Sundays) I gain a LOT of cheat days and I just figured it was water retention because low-carbing causes weight loss from water the first few days. Well, last week I cheated but didn't have any cokes and only gained 1 lb. This weekend will be a test week to see if not having sodas results in the same small weight gain. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:59:44 EST under nutritional goals but over calories? how? I've noticed that it's possible to hit all my nutritional goals, never going over the correct number of grams of anything-- and still eat too many calories. <BR> <BR> So where do those extra calories come from? How could they not be protein, carbohydrates, fiber, or fat? I mean, even if I were eating pure sugar wouldn't it be counted as a carb? So wouldn't I be going over my goal for carbs? Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:34:00 EST balancing calories and fat On Day 5, and having what I assume is an unusual problem. I am having trouble actually getting up to the recommended MINIMUM calories each day, but am almost always OVER the recommendation on fat. What on earth? It does seem to be working. Down 4 lbs so far. I just find the nutrient thing frustrating to try to balance. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:31:17 EST honey With this extremely long spring we've been having (south Texas) my friends, family, co-workers have all been battling allergy/cold symptoms. Everywhere I go it sounds like a TB ward, the hacking, coughing, sneezing, sniffling and (urk) snorting is all around. I bought several jars of local honey at a farmers market a couple of weeks ago and have been making an effort to use it as often as possible without going crazy with it since sugar and I don't play well together. I consume probably a t... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:32:49 EST Daily calorie goals I am seeing a nutritionist/nurse practitioner at a medically supervised weight loss clinic. She is recommending a goal of 1350 calories per day for me. SparkPeople keeps changing the range. Today its is 2249 to 2599. Why is it so much higher? Here is my activity for today. Please explain. This is confusing at best. <BR> Time walking: 36 minutes 28 seconds <BR> Distance: 1.73 miles / 2.79 kilometers <BR> Speed: 2.85 mph / 4.59 km/h <BR> 5,809 steps <BR> 214 calories calculated as being b... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:19:13 EST Food Log/Nutrition Information Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site and noticed that when you <BR> enter a food, there is a lot of nutritional info <BR> to enter as well. It seems like a time consuming task. Does anyone have any <BR> tips or suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:46:32 EST grilling what are your favorite veggies to grill Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:40:59 EST pizza crust has anyone made cauliflower pizza crust if so ,how does it tatse Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:35:00 EST Salt - how to get rid of excess salt? It seems like if I go over the 2300 mg of salt, my body LOVES it and weight stays on me or is added even though I exercised and I ate the proper foods (but some had more salt than needed I guess). I drink lots and lots of water every day (10+ glasses) and rarely drink anything else. <BR> <BR> Besides watching my food labels better, how do I get rid of excess salt? Is there anything I can do? A supplement? There are times when we eat out and I know there is more salt in the food than I put in... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:49:11 EST Probiotics I have been taking Probiotics before I started dieting. I would like to know if I should continue them or are they hindering my weight loss? Especially since I am eating so many veggies with cleansing properties. Should I stop them until I lose my desired weight? Any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. Thanks and God Bless, Rhonda Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:16:30 EST Water Pills I have considered asking my Dr. for water pills to help me expel some of the water I am drinking. Is this a good idea or should I let the water come out naturally by eating foods with diuretic effects? Thanks in advance for all your help! Rhonda Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:38:49 EST Uh Oh! Another Flip <link><BR>uten-more-harm-than-good-study/ </link> <BR> <BR> Fad dieting / eating sure does flop around in the waters of common sense and science. <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:36:35 EST Collard Greens & Mustard Greens Recipes Good day! <BR> <BR> I tried the sparks recipes to find some recipes for these greens. I have never tried them and want to find the best recipe to try them at first. I hesitate to try a recipe that is ultimately going to cause me to hate it because I prepared it wrong. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have tips on preparing it or use any recipes that make it best? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:17:51 EST Eggs I pretty much start every day with these little protein packed dynamos. I know they are standard breakfast fare but you can do so many things with them. SCrambled with various fresh herbs works well for me! Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:57:02 EST quick question about calories and exercise Hi, I'm hoping someone wouldn't mind answering this question. I'm 128.00 and am trying to lose those last10 pounds. My caloric intake mark is right around 1200 calories per day. But I walk for at least 90 minutes a day (an hour in the morning on the tredmill and another 30-120 minutes when I walk dogs at the humane association five days a week.) I don't think I should stay at 1200 calories but have no idea if I should really go up to 1500. I'm afraid to eat the calories I've burned. Any advis... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:35:41 EST airfryer Anyone have one and is it worth buying Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:30:01 EST How are you hitting your fiber and protein goal? I have a hard time hitting my protein and fiber goal every day. I make a why protein drink when I fall behind on that, but the fiber thing I always seam to fall short. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:30:41 EST If I want to drink... I'll be going out with a friend this weekend and I'd love to enjoy a drink and not just sip on water. I'm willing to adjust my meals and workouts for the day to enjoy this outing (it has been a while and I deserve it) <BR> <BR> Do you have any drink suggestions? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:32:45 EST Mood changes I started back following a healthier/eating less way of eating two weeks ago and in the last few days i'm noticing that depression is creeping back and irritability is increasing. wondering if it's food related or a reduction in sugar or something else i'm missing? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:20:47 EST Weaning off of supplements Hi All. I did a quick search and couldn't find a lot of information on the boards. My apologies of this has been covered. I've been on Le-Vel Thrive for 4 months. Felt great, lots of energy, etc. I want to stop with the supplements 1)expensive and 2)worried about caffeine 3)want to learn to eat the right foods for the same effect. Anyone have any suggestions/resources/experience on how to do this well? Thank you! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:19:28 EST Carbs anyone? How do you manage your carb intake? Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:51:42 EST Figuring out calories actually burned? 460 pounds, 33 y/o. According to BMR calculators I use up 2813 calories just by existing, and around 3300 if I want to exist and also move around occasionally. <BR> <BR> My question is: how does metabolism factor into this? I'm fairly sure that at my weight, being so big for so long, my fuel cells are on sleep mode. Wouldn't that make my actual numbers way lower? Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:10:14 EST Counting calories Ok, I cook a lot of old family recipes that learned along time ago. Does anybody know how to figure out how many calories are in a serving? Is there a place we can put our recipe in and it would figure it? I really don't like to guess how many are in there. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 18:35:30 EST Dealing with hunger pangs and cravings I have to have a supply of "free" snacks in fridge for those times of craving or stress eating. <BR> I usually prepare a container of cut up greenhouse cucumber slices with peel, celery in thin strips, small carrots. <BR> A container of hard boiled eggs. <BR> Cleaned and ready to eat romaine lettuce. <BR> Small tubs of goat cheese <BR> Bag of organic cleaned and ready to eat string beans. <BR> Always have small apple <BR> Small tangerines <BR> Grape tomatoes <BR> Put a little of each i... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 17:21:34 EST Mediterranean diet Is anyone following a Mediterranean diet? If so, do you have any tips or resources to share with someone who is just getting started? Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:58:52 EST Eating onboard a cruise ship? Hello community! <BR> <BR> I'm going on my first cruise in May. Cruises are not my thing, but my 95-year-old grandmother has never been to Alaska and she wants to go, so we're taking her! As I have never been on a cruise, I have no idea what the food situation is. Will they have listings for calories in foods or am I'm going to have to eyeball it (and assume high on the use of oils for preparation)? <BR> <BR> I'm not worried about exercise in the same way -- I know there are gyms and I've ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 10:04:16 EST Carb Addicts question I am trying to find out how many carbs are allowed during the breakfast & lunch (complimentary meals). I have restricted my intake to less than 2 carbs a meal, but cannot find foods that fit into that category beyond eggs and meat. I am not sure if 2 carbs if correct. <BR> Please do not respond with your opinion of the Carb Addicts plan, just if you know what the carb count should be...I know the negatives, but cannot handle a straight Atkins-type program (I have tried). Sun, 9 Apr 2017 08:54:22 EST Montignac Method I'm trying to decide on a new diet plan that I can stick with long term. I was thinking of doing the Montignac Method and am wondering if anyone has any experience with it? I think most of the principles make sense, and it's very similar to a balanced Mediterranean style diet. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:33:02 EST Sugar Spikes - Not Diabetic? Hi all! <BR> I have cut out almost all refined sugar from my diet. Now when I eat something with a lot of sugar in it (even if I have pasta for dinner), I think my sugar is spiking. About an hour after I eat, I get a dizzy or vertigo feeling, headaches, and sometimes it's so bad I throw up (it feels like motion sickness). My doctor says I'm not diabetic because my fasting sugar numbers are normal and he doesn't understand why this is happening. He says my sugar can't be spiking that much wit... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 07:33:43 EST Ketolent Has anyone tried this or KetoChow or anything of the sorts as a meal replacement? I've found that I don't have any trouble low-carbing but I do still have an issue with overeating and since I like meat so much I could just eat 3000 calories a day in protein. Now I'm trying to just eat three of these Ketolents a day. Each being 400 calories and no carbs. So far I'm losing weight but not sure if it's the food or the 3+ miles a day of walk/jogging. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:07:48 EST Weekends Do you find it difficult to control your diet on weekends? Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:16:30 EST How do I track supplements? by doctor's order, I take Potassium Cl Er 20 Meq tablet once a day and also a fiber capsule once a day. Where can I add those in so they track with what I eat? Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:52:52 EST Late night snacking... I'm having trouble not indulging in a bedtime small meal or snack that's sabotaging my daily calorie intake. Maybe I'm not eating at the right times throughput the day to feel hungry again late at night or something. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:43:41 EST Charlie Horse I woke up last night in agony with a cramp in my calf. It took a good minute before I could even stretch it enough to stand on it, and probably 15 minutes of walking around before I felt like I could try to go back to sleep. <BR> <BR> My trusty friend Google tells me it could be cause by any of a number of things--dehydration (doubtful, I drink a lot of water), lack of potassium or calcium (possible, I never meet my goal for potassium and am usually on the low side for calcium), thyroid pro... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:34:23 EST what are your favourite salad dressing recipes? Any that you love using that stay low in calories? Thu, 6 Apr 2017 05:29:30 EST Sweet Potatoes I read sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes, don't remember why. <BR> I mash them, I roast them, I bake them. What else is there? I planning tomorrow's food and would like to have them with fish.. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 20:11:35 EST Weight loss question What is the best way to lose weight? I'm talking long term. I know there are all these diets out there. I want something that I can do for life, not just for 6 months. Thank you for any tips. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 18:28:17 EST mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmAvocado Chocolate Mousse I made this last night for the first time and it will not be the last. <BR> <BR> I have to share it with you as it is the healthiest and tastiest way of having chocolate but its not :) <BR> <BR> Check out the recipe below and let me know how much you liked it.. i did not like it.... I loved it. Let me know what you think and I will find more healthy recipes :) <BR> <BR> Course Dessert <BR> <BR> Prep Time 8 minutes <BR> Total Time 8 minutes <BR> Servings 2 people <BR> Calories 32... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 17:31:12 EST Not getting nearly enough protein I'm only getting about half the protein I need. I think there are three major "attitude" problems that are causing this. <BR> <BR> 1) I just got off of keto and am sick to death of meat, cheese and eggs. Honestly, if I never eat another egg, I'll be happy. <BR> <BR> 2) I got off of keto because meat, cheese and eggs are my three LEAST favorite foods, and I hate leafy greens. Honestly, I hardly ever ate meat before, lived on carbs, so it's hard for me to eat meat every day. Previously, I ate... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:58:00 EST low fat,olive oil,light mayo which one has the better tatse ? Wed, 5 Apr 2017 13:25:26 EST Need to get ready for crew- Help! Hi , this is my first post. I am going away to college this September and really want to get into good shape over the summer to be ready for crew in college. I'm a big rower but still have a lot of body fat I need to get rid of. By "tip-top shape" I really do mean full six pack abs , large biceps/triceps etc. Currently,I wouldn't describe myself as in great shape but not terrible shape either. Some stats: I'm 208 lbs, 18 yrs old, male, 6 ft. 4 in. , mediumish amount of belly and chest fat I n... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 05:10:50 EST my tracking disappears I track my meals one at a time and when I come back to track my next meal my tracking has disappeared ?? why is this ?? very discouraging.. Now I have to track all over again Tue, 4 Apr 2017 17:47:52 EST Really confused and about to be overwhelmed Background: 33yo female, 460lbs give or take a few, wanting to get down to 400 by October at the latest. So that's 10 pounds a month or 2.5 pounds per week. <BR> <BR> I guess. <BR> <BR> Problem: I've been looking into ways to make small changes and alter my current lifestyle, but as soon as you start inquiring about weight loss you get bombarded with a thousand different things. The 5:2 intermittent fast, the "keto" diet, protein shakes, protein bars... I've figured out that I need to mai... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:34:46 EST Lemon Water vs Apple Cider Vinegar I have read a lot of articles that advocate drinking either fresh lemon juice in water or apple cider in water before breakfast to boost metabolism. Any suggestions as to which is better or is it possible (but maybe not palatable!) to combine the two. Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:04:38 EST Metamucil / Psyllium Husk My Dr. recommended Metamucil as a way to help lower blood sugar *Pre-Diabetic* <BR> but also to use in between meals. Get your fiber in all while keeping yourself feeling full without the cravings.. She recommended Regular Metamucil not the "Orange Flavor-- Dyes etc.. I took it a step further and found Swanson Organic Psyllium Hust Powder, its Fined Milled so stirring into water dissolves quickly without lots of floaters on top. I will give this a shot to see how I do. Anyone who's used Meta... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:31:23 EST Tracking calories in a marinade? How do you track calories when you marinate something? You end up throwing most of it out but obviously some sticks or there wouldn't be any point in marinating in the first place. Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:05:36 EST Paleo and diabetes I have steroid induced diabetes and use insulin. Pain elevates my blood sugar. My doctor recommended 60 gms of carbs a day and adjusting the insulin to carb intake. I started on paleo in January , no grains and no dairy with exception of butter. My sugars were controlled except for a few days when on steroids. I went from three anti-inflammatory drugs a day to one every other day. Next month I plan on none at all. I did not believe this would be easy because I love cheese but I bought s... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 07:51:34 EST Calorie range changes with weight loss?? Does the calorie range in the nutrition tracker automatically change as we lose weight? I've lost 23 pounds (but I have 100 more to lose), and my range hasn't changed at all. I just want to make sure I don't set myself up for failure! Thanks! Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:32:52 EST what is high carb food so I can 50% carb. ? My Carb are low fat high protien low Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:49:39 EST Learned a good lesson today You know how they say when you start tracking, you realize how much you really eat? Well, today was my first day of my reboot, and I'm on 1200 calories (w/o exercise). I was not up to exercising today, and I'm still trying to eat up this keto food I just bought, so it was a tough day. If I wasn't on 16:8 IF, I don't know if I would have made it. <BR> <BR> Ended up spending 1/3 of my calories on a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. Don't care. It was delicious. Spent a LOT of calories on sna... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 20:54:10 EST Up and down....up and down....get me off this ride Today's spark premium is asking me to visualize before and after.... <BR> I have noticed that when I get below 174.....and my body starts to show curves.....on the inside I feel scary. Then I sabotage myself.... <BR> <BR> How have you gotten past this? <BR> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:37:54 EST Keto Anyone? I'm thinking of trying to the keto diet for the second time. The first time, I had the keto flu and just had to quit. This time around, I have done more research and I think I can handle it. <BR> <BR> Have you tried it? Please share your experience. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:46:36 EST Fatty liver disease diet? I was doing a liver course and found out that i should be carb overloading at nighttime, has anyone else got any ideas on whats the best diet for fatty liver disease? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 04:26:19 EST Add your own recipes I just finished adding a recipe on this site and it figures the nutritional information for you after you add the ingredients. I'm siked because over the years I've been pretty inventive in the kitchen and I adore Pinterest recipes. It's the main reason I browse Pinterest is for the recipes. I added my vegan avocado pudding(non chocolate). I've had to give up the chocolate this year when it became a food trigger for my migraines. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:40:38 EST I could use some encouragement Hi, <BR> I have been struggling a bit with grabbing chocolate at work when I am stressed. <BR> I work out every day but my weight has been pretty much staying the same. <BR> I am open for any tips or love to hear how any of you overcame this struggle. <BR> I am defiantly a stress eater. <BR> Love to hear from you! <BR> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:55:41 EST WW Beyond the scale Has anyone tried this new program for WW? I have tried WW twice before and didnt lose very much weight, partly it was my lack of motivation. I dont do meetings at all, I do the program on line. I really want to try it again the I had heard so many negative comments about the previous Smart Points Im hesitant to try. Anybody have any comments? Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:58:01 EST Why is it? Please explain this to me.......why do people on low carb SWEAR TO THEIR GRAVE THAT IT SOLVES ALMOST EVERYTHING! <BR> <BR> For me made my cholesterol shoot through the roof from normal to 307, normally it's 150ish. <BR> <BR> It made my thyroid all of a sudden from normal to low, levothyroxine.....there are even studies out there that link low carb to thyroid issues in some people. <BR> <BR> So for those people like's determental to your health. I wish I had ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:19:23 EST OD..yikes! Hi everyone, <BR> I overdid sodium yesterday. Felt horrible today, but better, counteracting with potassium today. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:18:56 EST Protein Supplement What are some of the best tasting protein bars, etc. that have high protein and fiber levels but actually taste good without that chalky nasty taste while you are trying to choke them down? Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:46:38 EST Any Foods That Seem To Help With Fat Loss? I'm currently trying to lower my body fat percentage, but am having trouble finding foods that will help me with that. Right now my biggest problem is carbs. I admit it. I'm a carb freak. One of my favorite things to eat is sushi. Rice = yum! The sushi I eat I do make at home however. Are there any foods in particular that seem to help anyone out there lose fat? My daily intake breaks down to 60% carb, 20% protein, and 20% fat. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:21:51 EST It feels awesome TO EAT CARBS AGAIN! Let me tell you a little bit about myself, 30 years old and married and have the following health conditions: <BR> <BR> PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome <BR> <BR> Beta Thalassemia Minor - blood disorder, not severe enough to really warrant anything except diet change. NO HIGH IRON IN ANY FOOD so no steak, liver, etc. NO VITAMINS OR MEDICINES WITH IRON IN THEM! Makes ya pretty tired all the dang time period! <BR> <BR> High Triglycerides <BR> <BR> Bipolar disorder <BR> <BR> Thyroid dis... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:07:48 EST Feeling hungry vs. not eating enough Hey all, got a question for you. There are weeks when I just want to eat everything in site. I mean if the kitchen sink could be eaten I would try to eat it. However, I manage to stay within my portions with calorie, fat, protein & fiber, but just really hungry. Then, I have weeks where I can't seem to eat because I'm NOT hungry. I struggle to get enough food to meet the portions. Am I the only one like this? Any suggestions on how to eat less on those weeks I'm starving and eat more when I'm... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:50:06 EST How Did You Decide Your Goal Weight? I was originally using BMI to determine it, but after talking to my doctor, I am not so worried about getting to the BMI number I thought I needed to. <BR> <BR> I also have a larger chest, which isn't included in the BMI numbers. <BR> <BR> I looked into some things, and I am aiming for 7 pounds higher than my "proper" BMI, as long as my waist is less that 35" (which is where you should be). <BR> <BR> How did you decide? Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:31:14 EST Cost Howdy; I'm considering NS. The monthly price advertised states a 40% discount totaling $309. When the auto-ship comes the following months, will it be the same rate as the first month or is it going to jump up to the $500 range? Thx Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:51:09 EST Macro Food Plan Hello Becky <BR> <BR> I would like info on Macro food plan. How to follow one. I'm a diabetic. I would like <BR> <BR> to keep tabs on my carbs but I don't know how many carbs to eat for weight loss. <BR> <BR> I'm 66 years young I weight 257.4 and I'm 5.7. I'm going to the Dr soon and I know <BR> <BR> I will probably be put on meds for diabetes. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> 29 Essence <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:56:38 EST Protien Powder I just bought a big container of protein powder. Any suggestions on how to use it? <BR> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:35:42 EST Anyone tried the program called "WeightNot"? I would love to hear if anyone has tried the program called Weightnot. Any info/opinions would be very much appreciated. <BR> Thank you in advance :) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:46:22 EST