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 Halloween Okay guys... its October and you know Halloween is near. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to stay away from eating up the candy because you know its bad for you? Especially the chocolate and sugar.... <BR> <BR> Or do you just say its a free day (as in you are gonna treat your self because you reached your goal(s))? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:09:44 EST Do you include at least 6 grain servings per day? Do you include at least 6 grain servings per day in your diet? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:37:35 EST Question on cooking tofu This morning I ventured out of my comfort zone and cooked tofu for the first time. I made a scramble with onion, tomato, and spinach. To my surprise, it wasn't horrible! (This may be because I'm not a picky eater.) However, my biggest issue is that it was too bland. I didn't add any spices so the flavor definitely left something to be desired. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any experience cooking tofu and would like to share their thoughts on how to season it? I think I have a good base for the ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:19:26 EST Wrong Info! I would just like to point out that, whoever put in the info for Skippy Chunky Peanut Butter ( it's under skippu) put the fat grams in wrong. They have it as 140g per serving. That number is the amount of calories from fat. The correct amount is 16g per serving. I like peanut butter toast in the AM, so just sayin'!! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:01:21 EST Where Do I Start ? If you are new to this Spark website and you want to lose weight, where do you go to find out how to start? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:48:00 EST I need help I am 35 pounds over weight and really really want to get rid of it. Then why cant I ? <BR> I have a way of sabotaging myself I will do good for a few days and then I will go completely crazy and start eating things that I know I shouldn't and I go crazy on the serving portions too. I am terribly addicted to sugar and need help for this. PLEASE HELP me get started and stick with it every day for a month or so, any ideas ....? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 02:21:11 EST Date Paste and/or Honey Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> Since I have started my weight-loss journey, I have completely cut out refined sugars from my food repertoire...minus Subway...ugh, get the salad next time, Rachel! I have done this by using date paste...a pureed mix of water-soaked pitted dates. I use 2 tsp-2 Tbsp in certain smoothies or anything that does not require the sugar to completely dissolve Obviously, this is not going to work with something like tea, certain types of baked goods, etc. What I am ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:48:27 EST carbs? When is it the best time to eat carbs? I try to limit them and try to eat more veggies. And i want start adding mostly seafood instead of red meat in my diet. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:42:30 EST Failed at Nutrisystem, feeling low I realize my earlier post makes it sound like I cheated on my diet but it wasn't what I meant. I meant that I tried to speed things up by changing teams and testing out Nutrisystem but I couldn't withstand the plan and it's a little depressing. I'm just glad to come back to Spark where I can lose weight and spin the wheel! lol. <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:02 EST Healthy drink I just started a job where I have to be up so early I have no time for breakfast. I was wondering if anyone knew a good, healthy and low fat beverage I could drink on the got that would fuel my body until I can sit and eat a meal. Thanks! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:08:29 EST Need advice - Healthy eating! My sister-in-law works at one of those sports nutrition supplement places. She just gave my husband dietary advice. No carbs or fruits five days a week, and heavy on the proteins and supplements every day. He has a sedentary, desk job and not very active when he's off work. This just seems like bad nutrition to me. Shouldn't typical Americans adjust their diets for more fruit and less protein? So confused and concerned. Shouldn't the goal be real, homemade food without chemical additiv... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:55:06 EST Spaghetti Add-in Ideas I try to stay away from pasta, but ended up making pasta with spaghetti sauce the other night. What can I add in to make this pasta a bit healthier? In the past I have added hard boiled eggs which I liked Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:50:45 EST I'm just starting Sparkpeople after losing 50 pounds on WW over the last 7 months. I'm at a standstill and decided to try something different to see if I can shake more weight off! :-) <BR> Question is: What are some good high protein foods. I don't seem to be able to get enough protein in according to what my diet advice is giving me. My fat and carbs are good but not enough protein. I'm eating greek yogurt instead of regular, but what else can I eat that won't up my calories too much? <BR> Thanks in adv... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:22:13 EST protein calories Are all protein items high in calories? I really don't know much about it other than we need protein for muscles. Am I right? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:12:28 EST Cheated on Spark and it didn't work I had been losing weight slowly on Spark and tried to speed it up by going on NSystem. What I found was that the food is enough for a baby bird and one is supposed to supplement quite a bit of their own. Something never clicked with my choics of smart carbs and power proteins and I found myself overeating and worse, binge drinking (an old habit I never thought I would see again) because I was so hungry even at 1500 calories. This is very hard for me to admit. <BR> <BR> Spark is my comfie,... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:45:38 EST Suggestions on higher protein Hi All, <BR> I am going out to eat tonight and I would like some suggestions on what to have that would be higher in protein. My protein is on the low end today and I would like to move in the right direction tonight. <em>303</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:33:46 EST Calorie Limit and Fitness Questions Good morning, everyone. <BR> <BR> Out of curiosity, when I hear/see people speaking of "going over" on their calorie limit, does that mean they have simply gone over the lower limit or does that mean that they have gone over the upper limit? This is moreso a curiosity since I have noticed more than few threads asking advice for such. I was going to offer advice on a particular post, but I realized that I needed a frame of reference for what "going over" means first *laughs*. <BR> <BR> And,... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:55:42 EST Chocolate milk after a run? As some of you know, I've been training on the C25k program for a few weeks and I have seen over and over again about how chocolate milk is a wonderful post-run snack. <BR> <BR> This would be an amazing treat to have, but I'm diabetic. Would this tamper with my blood glucose numbers or is it safe if I'm this active? <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:36:07 EST Great Lakes Gelatin Has anyone tried the Great Lakes Gelatin, (green label) ? <BR> I ordered some, heard it's great for healing joint ailments among other things. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:07:06 EST How much proteins do you eat everyday what's your goal <BR> - reduce body fat <BR> - loose weight <BR> - gain muscles <BR> - maintenance <BR> <BR> and approx how much calories and proteins do you eat everyday? <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:29:49 EST Protein I cannot get enough protein in every day. In fact, I cannot even get the 1400 calories in that I need to eat. If I do eat like I think I should, I end up with too many carbs and not enough protein. I cannot get this eating thing down. I do not enjoy breakfast, so when I remember to eat breakfast, I am force feeding myself and not enjoying it. Ensure only does so much. I work with a trainer 3 days a week and know especially on those days I need to get my nutrients in. I cannot find the s... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:27:50 EST Do you eat your exercise calories? I am not sure if I want to do that or not. I am afraid it would slow my weight loss. What are your experiences with it? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:05:57 EST Nutritional Value of Winter Squash Skin?? Hello, <BR> <BR> Now that fall is here, I am getting delicious acorn squash from my local food coop. I cut it in half, clean it out, micro-wave, and sometimes eat it all - skin included. Couldn't be simpler. My only question is: Does anyone know the nutritional value of the skin? Should I just use the values in the Spark food tracker, and count the skin, along with the insides? Thanks. <BR> <BR> Suzyb53 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:12:43 EST Company Dinners We are lucky to have our children and grandchildren visiting fairly often and I love to cook for them. I find it difficult to leave out the butter, cream, etc. , the things I normally leave out of recipes for our usual meals when I want a meal to be special. I also spend a lot of time cooking then and not doing my usual exercise. <BR> One thing that helps me is to prepare meals ahead and freeze them, then I have time to be active and have good meals. I also try to eat smaller portions of rich... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:38:54 EST Water makes me sick So I've always had an issue with drinking water. It's always just sat really heavy on my stomach and made me really uncomfortable. But now it's beginning to make me gag and even throw up when i drink about 1/2 a cup. I've tried super cold, room temperature, and even flavored water, and it still does it. I'm supposed to drink a lot of water due to other health concerns, about 120 ounces a day, and it's really bothering me. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:48:38 EST Pork loin slow cooker recipes? So these garlic and herb pork loin roasts have popped up at my local Walmart, and at 3 bucks a pound for 130 cals, 3g fat and 21g protein they'll become almost as big a part of my diet as chicken breasts. <BR> <BR> I'd love some recipes for doing these in my crackpot. They're about 2 and a half pounds each so I can get 4 or 5 meals out of each of them. Right now, I'd really love a good stew recipe. Talking meat, potatoes, carrots, veggies like. Haven't been able to find many online, most of... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:14:51 EST How to avoid temptation without depriving kids? I have a 21-year-old daughter who feels that I did her a disservice in her childhood (so what else is new, lol!) by not keeping junk food in the house. I've always been worried about my weight and didn't want to be tempted myself, and didn't think my child NEEDED cookies and such in her regular diet. <BR> <BR> She feels that I turned cookies, ice cream and other snacks into something extremely tempting by not having them around, so that when she, as a child, would go to birthday parties and... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:12:46 EST New-onset stomach pain after eating carbs Hello, <BR> It has been almost a year, but I've lost 40 pounds on a low-carb, high protein diet. This has been slower than I wanted, but steady, without any weight gain during the whole time, and I'm almost to my goal weight (10 pounds to go). <BR> <BR> A new problem I'm having is that when I DO eat carbs, which I have always done throughout the diet but only in the evenings with no problems whatsoever, is now I'm getting terrible abdominal discomfort (stomach, not lower down) immediately a... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:55:04 EST can we go on a crash diet here? <em>40</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:22:24 EST Not good, but not AS bad Are there any changes that you've found yourself making- even when you're not necessarily staying on plan? <BR> <BR> My best friend and I make 2-3 trips into NYC each year. These trips are usually all-you-can-eat food fests. In July/August, however, things were different. We still indulged in foods we don't eat every day, but it was different. Before, we would get gelato AND donuts along with several other treats. We went into the city twice in two weeks and didn't get any gelato. I had maca... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:26:13 EST Supplements Is there a way to include supplements to the daily nutrition log? I'm currently tracking my potassium intake and I take a prescribed supplement and would like to add it to help me keep track. Thanks! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:16:05 EST Advocare Good??? I am a pescatarian, very busy and I am currently at a plateau. I am interested in some help with some nutrition options that can satisfy and I can consume on my evening drive home a few nights a week or some breakfast. I know people with Advocare that seem to be very healthy, happy and full of energy. <BR> <BR> So, I am wondering if any of you have tried it and what are your thoughts? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:00:47 EST Lose Weight Quickly - Healthy? I have an even coming up and am hoping to slim down a bit. I reached my weight loss goal but recently had a set back after an injury prevented me from exercising. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if there is a safe way to shed extra pounds quickly? I know there are certain foods that are supposed to boost metabolism (e.g. green tea) but I'm wondering if those are really effective? <BR> <BR> Any other tips for weight loss in two weeks? I'm looking to lose 5-10 pounds. <BR> Thanks Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:56:01 EST Need healthy foods list I am really needing help.I was just diagnosed with pre diabetes,almost type 1 my doc said.My boyfriend doesnt want me to get healthy foods because we shop twice a month and we get junk because it lasts longer unlike fresh fruits and vegetables,I am on a seriously tight budget,and can not cook or dont know how.I need some kinda idea on what foods to get for me to get healthy and so my bf can realize how much i need to start eating healthy or something will hapen to me.plz help me Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:27:37 EST the new meal The new meals each day. <BR> It is expensive for each meal a day for the week. <BR> When you are on low income a month. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:20:08 EST Using Oatmeal in Meatloaf I am thinking about using oatmeal in my meatloaf recipe, at first I thought this was a healthy alternative to using bread. Then my sister told me it is not such a good idea because the uncooked oatmeal will Absorb any fats from the meat . I use bread mixed with a little water then mix in in the meat mixture along with chopped veggies, when I lift out the cooked meatloaf to place on platter, fat and meat dripping still in pan. Should I go ahead and use the oatmeal or continue using the bread,... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:25:40 EST so confused I have lost nine pounds in the last month, I am suppose to change my starting weight so that my calorie intake will update? if so how do I do this? <BR> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:00:32 EST digestive rest? I what to give my digestive tract a rest so I don't want to go vegetarian or juices. Will eating fish an. Vegetables help? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:00:39 EST What does count as fruit/vegetables? for example: are potatos vegetables? or beans? onions? corn? <BR> how big should a portion of vegetables/fruit be to count as serving? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:13:44 EST Need a b it of help please Make cheese sauce with a powder. I used 80 grams of powder and mixed with hot water not milk. <BR> <BR> The powder is 493 calories per 100 gram <BR> <BR> To 80 grams I added one pint of hot water , making 394 calories <BR> <BR> Adding water should not do anything but does it? <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:04:41 EST Why can't I get into raw veggies? When I was a kid (as young as 3-4 years old), I loved raw veggies. One of my favorite snacks was eating things like radishes or scallions dipped in salt. <BR> <BR> Lately, however, I'm finding it difficult to get into raw veggies. If I pack baby carrots in my lunch, I will usually save them for last. On the other hand, if I roast those carrots in some olive oil and sprinkle them with salt. pepper. and garlic powder, they're the FIRST thing I eat. <BR> <BR> I will eat grape tomatoes on occa... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:02:07 EST number of calories to eat Hi there , I am restarting this again, but I have one question, if you can help I would appreciate....when I entered all of my info in its shows...1360 / 1740 calories for today...the question is to lose weight which should I be eating 1360 or 1740..if I eat 1740 will I gain weight, I burn about 500 calories in exercise, example today I ate around 1610 calories and I burned 537..I need your expertise on this..thanks <em>198</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:52:36 EST How long do leftovers keep? Hi All! <BR> <BR> I see a lot of posts where people say they batch cook and then have leftovers for lunch, etc, for the rest of the week. How long do leftovers usually keep? If I cook a big batch meal on Sunday, will it still be okay to bring to work on Friday if it has been refridgerated? Or is this entirely dependant on what it is? Are there things that keep better than others? Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:37:42 EST Does protein, fiber, or fat fill you up more? trying to find ways to feel more satisfied so I don't binge. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:28:25 EST coming off lithium im finally coming off lithium. what i need is some advice. has anyone lost weight while reducing their lithium dosage. im going from 1200mg to no lithium gradually tapering off in a 4 month period. im taking lamictal instead and im also on abilify. if anyone has experience with this, please let me know. thanks. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:15:56 EST Soda Addiction How do i stop drinking soda? <BR> When i go out to eat, i always get a cup of soda maybe 2 cups.... <BR> <BR> When i order pizza.. usually i order a 2 liter bottle of soda.. .(my family and i share it).. <BR> <BR> I just wanna get off this sugary stuff. I know its so bad for you... <BR> How did you get off your soda addiction? Maybe your experiences will help me... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:26:58 EST does anyone too gets hungry from eating veggies? Hello everyone, <BR> this may seem like a very odd question but i'm serious. <BR> i started three weeks ago. it went ok staying in my calories but i had better and worse days. i always make an emoticon on my tracker (i use a pen and a notebook, not the online tracker) if my day went well or not, if i was hungry all the time or was satisfied. and i recognized that the days i ate a lot of veggies and fruits are my WORST days. often the days i binge. i mean... is this possible? to make this clea... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:38:48 EST Just for the ladies...T.O.M. strategies I have been very successful on my weight loss journey for the past 9-months. I've lost over 60-pounds! However, I believe I could have lost so much more if I were more successful during the time-of-the-month (TOM). For 10-days I have this intense need for chocolates and salt. When I yield, I gain at least 4-pounds over 2-3 days. But, I have been very fortunate to immediately get back on track shortly after the cycle. <BR> <BR> What strategies do you use to conquer TOM cravings? <em>252</... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:27:55 EST What type of salt do you use? Last night I did a rush grocery shopping, and came home and realized I got salt w/out Iodine. I looking it up and found Iodine is super important for your body. I wont return the salt I bought, but will I be 'iodine deprived' for the course of me using this? I'm tempted to mix regular 'iodine filled' salt with this other salt to even it out, but I think that might be overkill lol. <BR> <BR> My readings got deeper into different type of salts, and that sea salt, 'rock salt' is the healthiest?... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:55:20 EST Getting enough water I never seem to get enough water and am looking for ideas. I think most of the problem is that I really just don't like the taste of water. I have been adding fresh fruit to my water and that has helped some. I cut up a kiwi and/or some fresh strawberries and add them to my water bottle to make it tasty. Anyone have any other suggestions as to how to get more water in your day? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:17:38 EST HELP PLEASE! !! I have hit a weight loss plateauI lost about 40 pounds within about three months I eat or try to eat twice a day and I exercise at least 3 times a week how can I get through this plateau should I try to eat more on a scheduleI would like to eventually get my endurance up to at least from 45 minutes hour and a half Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:55:43 EST How to Eat when you can't eat fruit,fiber&veggies Hello <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople a long time ago then never followed through to begin a weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> I am going to (try) to jump on the bandwagon but I just don't know how to eat to lose weight and get healthy. I have ulcerative colitis, my body just cannot tolerate fruit, vegetables and fiber. I might as well be eating razor blades. <BR> <BR> I was in remission for a couple of years and then it started up in April within two days of joining WW and... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:03:02 EST This is a really weird question.... So this is a very weird question and probably borders on tmi but I've been filling my plate with veggies all week,a little bit of whatever else we were having and lots of veggies, especially broccoli since it was on sale this week. Anyway when I went to the bathroom today my urine had a very slight greenish colour. I called a local health line and after her asking a bunch of questions she recommended I drink more water to help flush everything out of my system and that more then likely is cau... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:12:51 EST Anyone on the Plant Based Eating Diet? I'm working the food plan after watching Forks over Knives. It's a kind of hard transition but I'm doing it and it's working. The cravings are gone but the food isn't as sexy as I'd like. I'm learning to accept that I don't have sugar or extra salt or dairy or oils. I was very accustomed to those foods. But I'm trying to eat to live and not live to eat. Are there others out there on this walk? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:03:24 EST Trouble staying motivated I am having the most difficult time staying motivated. I'm trying really hard to stick with my plan and I feel like I'm failing. Anyone else go through this feeling and how did you get past it? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:39:09 EST Bulking up your salad Good morning, what ingredients do you put into your salad to bulk it up? I like to add hard boiled eggs, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and olives Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:37:15 EST Grocery shopping from scratch Hi All! <BR> <BR> So basically due to moving house and just being back from a long trip, there is pretty much nothing but spices, rice and canned beans in my kitchen. No perishables or much anything else, so I am going to have to go do some serious shopping later today. And I am stumped. I used to live within 5 minute walk of 3 big grocery stores, now I rely on my housemate for a ride to the big shop and have a tiny corner store 15 minute walk from the house so I have to rethink my shopping ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:58:01 EST Quick & healthy lunch ideas? I work about 55 hours a week and go to grad school, so meal prep for lunches are not always the easiest. Does anyone have any suggestions for lunches that are quick to make, yet are healthy? Healthy Choice/Lean Cuisine frozen dinners and salads aren't cutting it anymore- I need a change! <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:08:41 EST weight watchers etc. endorsed foods Does anyone tend to use the weight watchers endorsed foods for choices that are healthier options?? I don't follow the weight watchers diet or use that for my lifestyle choice. I just find that what they recommend works well for me to eat healthier without following their plan. I use these to help keep my food healthier and a better choice for the most part. I don't eat the frozen dinners however with the exception of the mini ice cream treats. Is there a list anywhere of foods they recommend... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:50:15 EST Does anyone find restaurants to be a diet-wrecker? Hi, it's me again. This question may seem unusual, but I need to ask it. <BR> <BR> Most people I know like going out to eat. I don't. Restaurants and me do not get along. <BR> <BR> The problem I have with them is when I do go out to eat -- which is not as often as I used to anymore -- it's not to a place like a Dunkin' Donuts or a McDonalds, where tracking what I take in is much, much easier. (I need to add that I am having a much easier time tracking my diet with the tools here, and I'... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:42:03 EST protein I am at 1045 calories, what can I eat to get me at 20% protein, I am not at my level for proteins for the day Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:32:33 EST Blood Sugar drops then rises at night I went to bed at 11 PM with Blood Sugar of 154 and took 65 units Lantus. No snack or food of any kind. When I woke at 10 AM, my blood sugar was 357. This is not completely uncommon to me as my sugar tends to drop quite a bit at night and my liver pushes out sugar to raise it so I wake with higher BS. This is an extreme example, however. <BR> <BR> Years ago I had a diabetic coma and was in the hospital for a week (it was complicated by a bladder infection that went septic). When I woke, I... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:05:26 EST Newly Pre-Diabetic - Meal Planning Help Here's my story...I've always struggled with my weight due to many things including things that are my fault and things that are genetic or medication related. I'm not denying I'm to blame for some of it. Over the last few years my blood work has been coming back with warning signs of pre-diabetes. My doctor hasn't been very helpful other than telling me I need to lose weight. I've asked for advice on how to do that but only get vague responses like eat healthy and exercise more. Well du... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:52:50 EST Save-A-Lot? Hi All, <BR> My fiancé and I just moved and both started new jobs recently and money has been a little tight and i am trying to cook as healthy as I can while being budget friendly. My fiancé is completely against shopping at Save-a-Lot... the name itself deters him. I, myself, have never shopped there but am not sure of the quality of food. So I guess my question is do or have you shop there and what has the quality of food been like? Would you recommend it? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:22:36 EST Are shakes a good idea? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I feel I need to ask this because I have at least a day a week where my schedule is a little bit on the crazy side, which sometimes makes fitting a formal lunch in difficult. Please forgive me if this ends up being long because I think I need to provide some background. <BR> <BR> Before I came here to SparkPeople, I was a member of the Team Beachbody site. One of the things that I tried there was this product called Shakeology, which is a protein superfood shake tha... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:08:19 EST Pumpkin Question Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> I was looking through the food database for pumpkin a few minutes ago. A friend of mine gave me some homemade pumpkin puree (just baked, no salt, oil, etc. then put in a blender), and I am curious whether I should choose the cooked option, or the cooked/boiled/drained/no salt option? I do not see an option for just "pumpkin" or I would choose that since nothing went into this puree. I would choose the cooked option since I am going to weigh this cooked, but ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:41:26 EST Dont know how to meet my daily food goal I just started on here. but I seem to be eating less and not meeting the total goals. but I don't feel hungry any suggestions? and my carbs seem to be really high. no matter how I try to watch them. I am trying to drink more. I drink sugar free kool-aide comes pre mixed just add water. because I'm type 2 diabetic. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:34:52 EST Food Snobs? I just received the most recent issue of Mother Earth News (one of my favorite magazines) and am reading an article entitled "Fighting for a Sane Food System." The author writes that one common and extremely frustrating misconception he encounters is that his approach to sustenance makes him a food snob and that he is viewed as some sort of elitist if he chooses to spend his food dollars on local, compost-fertilized produce and pastured meats. But spending $20 or $30 on a meal of low quality ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:13:35 EST Canned Pineapple I buy canned pineapple in 100% pineapple juice. The nutrition label says that it is 70 calories per 1/2 cup. I am assuming that also includes the liquid. <BR> <BR> I drain the liquid off and rinse the pineapple before consuming. Should I still count it as the same? <BR> <BR> I realize I could buy fresh, but they are messy and cumbersome to cut. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:48:28 EST water, fruit, and veggie tracking I have been off the site for awhile and there are now some changes to the nutrition tracking page. I see there is no longer a place to log my water and fruit/veggie consumption, but there is a place where it would show if I could figure out how to log it. Can someone help me with this? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:10:29 EST College Student and NEED HELP! I am a freshman in college and have gained the freshman 15 within the first month.. I've gotten to the weight I did not want to be, 200. I want to get down to maybe 165-170. This site told me I should reach that around February 5th. However, since I am living on campus I am REQUIRED to have a meal plan and the smallest they go is 14 a week. Lunch and dinner for me. However, I do not know what to eat and what not to eat... I'm very confused and I have felt really down about myself for a while.... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:49 EST plateu What should I change All I do all day long is walk very fast. 8 hours at a job that I am constantly moving In April of last year I weighed 296 now I am 180, but I am Only 5 feet tall,so I want to lose at least 30 more pounds. It seems like no matter how healthy I eat how careful I watch my calories the scale is stuck at 180.I want to lose 5 more before October 22 I'm going to a concert and I would like to be a 14 by then I am a 16 now. I should be happy considering I use to be a 26 but no. I want to keep ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:50:48 EST Question about bread calories This may seem odd but it seems to me that the calories in a slice of bread in the USA are considerably lower than those here in Sweden. <BR> Most breads I have found here have about 100 calories per slice which seems very high to me. <BR> It is so strange because pretty much every other food here is lower calorie and has less fat than it's American counterpart. <BR> Is my memory wrong or does a slice of bread in the USA have 45-50 calories? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:34:48 EST Anemia Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this but here goes... <BR> <BR> I have what some call Uterine Fibroid Tumours. It can cause very heavy bleeding that can lead to anemia. <BR> <BR> What, if any, are some ways to avoid anemia through diet? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:10:18 EST Weight Watchers foods???? Can someone tell me your thoughts??? Does anyone knows if the Weight Watchers foods contain a LOT of salt?????? I have a heart condition and can't eat a lot of salt. Well last night my feet got really swollen and all icould guess was salt. What are your thoughts???? Thank you Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:53:05 EST How to edit a food entry in my Food Tracker <em>213</em> <BR> I'm back on Spark after a few months off, and I am not used to the new Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> In this new tracker, I can see below the Search button the option Enter Food Not Listed, and I have been able to create a few new entries. Yet, I can't see where and how I can amend these newly Food entries that needs to be corrected. <BR> <BR> Could anyone please help me out or direct me to the tutorial showing how to amend a food listed by yourself? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:45:28 EST Temptations I’ve been trying to be good lately, I came into work and the director gave me a berry crumble pie she had bought from BJ’s… oh man it looked and smelt AMAZING. However, I know it was loaded with sugar and butter and stuff I really need to stay away from. I ended up giving it to my cube buddy. Now that the holidays are rolling in, people are baking things and sharing yummy goods. How do you politely decline? I don’t want to be rude, however I really want to take this weight loss seriously, and... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:40:25 EST Cereal 2 Thumbs up for CHEERIOS PROTEIN <BR> This cereal is Awesome!!! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:24:58 EST Lifestyle Versus Diet So I started on SparkPeople back in 2010 and over the course of the following year I lost over 80lbs. Over the course of the last 4 years I gained and lost and gained and lost again a few times over, to the point where I'm up 40 of those pounds. I've been spending a lot of time on SparkPeople over the last month, trying to get myself reacquainted with the process. I've re-realized that what's been wrong, I guess, is that I keep dieting and maybe I'm not really making lifestyle changes. <BR... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:23:46 EST Favorite Fall Foods Here in the States and other places in the northern hemisphere it will officially be fall tonight. So what are some of your favorite foods, dishes that you look forward to now. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:01:56 EST College eating? Hi there! So I'm a freshman in college and i am having a really hard time with staying healthy. Not only do i want to avoid the freshman 15, but I want to lose 50 lbs by next semester. Exercise isn't really a huge problem, I live on top of a hill, and walk everywhere on campus, but the food is really a problem. The dining hall has salads, but i can wait in line for an hour to get one! The only thing that I can get without waiting around in line is chicken fingers. They come with 3 in a bag, a... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:32:03 EST 1,000 Calorie Differential Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a little new to dieting. I started a little over two weeks ago and I've lost 5 pounds, which is extremely gratifying. My goal is to lose 2lb. per week. I know that to do that I have to have a 1,000 calorie daily differential, but I also know that spark people is pushing me to have at least 1,200 calories a day and more when I exercise. I do cardio and strength training for 30-45 minutes six days a week (usually 250- 300 calories,) but I'm not exactly sure how much... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:52:20 EST Overcoming plateaus Recently I've been interested in understanding the process that the body follows when a person is trying to lose those last 10-15 "vanity" pounds. I found a great article about insulin resistance, what is it and how to overcome the syndrome not only as a way to shred that last portion of fat, but as a importan way to prevent type 2 diabetes, high triglycerides, fat liver, etc. <BR> <BR><BR>sensitivity-blast-fat-for-good.htm <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:23:40 EST I am glad that I lodged these complaints I sent this to the clinic where I am a patient - they called me about ten minutes ago and were very concerned and they are going to follow-up on this. Manager will call me this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I am a patient at the clinic located at ______ I have the following complaints: <BR> (1)Not one doctor has solved my problem. <BR> (2)Many times you never see the same doctor every time you come to the clinic - it is whomever is there <BR> (3)The procedure to see the main doctor is cumbersome: W... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:34:11 EST New beginner, thinking about trying a juicing fast Hi, <BR> <BR> I have just watched the documentary : Fat Sick and nearly Dead by Joe Cross <BR> As I could relate to a lot of different issues shown in the program, I am really thinking about trying a fast. However, I really would like to know more details first. For example : How much should I drink for each meal? And how many meals (glasses) should I have for each day? Example of ingredients should be nice to have as well? <BR> Brgds,Patrick Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:02:44 EST Eggs How do you like your eggs? Do you eat the yolk as well? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:51:04 EST tracking for a family help I wish there was a way to link my sparkpeople account with the one I made for my husband. Anyone know of a place I can track calories for more than one person in one log in? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:33:52 EST Weight loss pleateaus? I've been consistently losing 2 pounds a week for the last 4 months and in the past 4 weeks nothing. I've completely stalled, 10 pounds away from my goal. I tried raising my calories and nothing - no gain or loss. I'm not sure what to try next, I was eating 1100 - 1300 calories a week, now upped it to 1500 - 1600. I bike about 10 - 15 miles a day with more activity on the weekends (I have a desk job during the week). I'm not sure if I should go back to lower calories or go higher? I jus... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:22:30 EST Protein I don't seem to be getting enough protein! Any suggestions?? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:37:11 EST Fair Foods I'm going to the Big E next weekend and it's a big fair with tons of delicious foods and I want to EAT but not eat too badly and within my ranges. Any suggestions for good healthy ish fair food? <BR> <BR> So far I'm planning on having pickles and smoked salmon on a stick. I was thinking maybe a taco salad, I'm not sure. Help!! Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:05:07 EST Any bodybuilders? Need input Hi! <BR> <BR> I had been training with a coach for 6 months, but had to stop for financial reasons. We did a bulk cycle, and had been cutting. For the bulk I was up to 2700 calories at one point, and still gaining very very slowly. When we stopped working together, my cut had brought me down to 1300 calories and I had stalled in weightloss. I had been at 1300 calories for about 2.5 months. My highest weight was 123 and lowest was 117.2. Right now it's stalled at 118.4. Our plan was do... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:43:48 EST inexpensive healthy options on your grocery list can someone give me an example of what I should put on my grocery list to stick to healthy options? <BR> <BR> I only have $20/week to spend on groceries <BR> <BR> I don't cook much <BR> <BR> I've relied on convenience quick prepared foods for too long <BR> <BR> right now the typical foods in my pantry I've got milk, eggs, canned fish (salmon, tuna, sardines - I love), loaf of whole wheat bread <BR> <BR> I don't eat a lot of veggies- though I need to- the issue is that I live alone a... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:59:04 EST Tracking fruit and vegetables The Start page on SP has a place to track how many fruits and vegetables you eat a day ("Eat at least 5 fruit/veggies per day"). I'm curious how people are using this tracker. <BR> <BR> - Are you using it to keep track of eating at least 5 *different* fruits/veggies per day, or 5 *portions* of fruits/veggies per day? <BR> <BR> - If you are tracking portions, what do you consider a single portion? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:52:58 EST it is hard eat the meal It is hard eat the meal plan each day. <BR> I have a problem to eat want is on the breakfast, lunch , and supper mealtime. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:41:37 EST Making Time to Cook Has making time in your day to cook helped you achieve your goals? What are some of the benefits of making your own food yourself? What are your favourite meals to make? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I like making my own food because then I know exactly what I'm eating. I can make foods to fit my dietary preferences (low sugar, lower carb, gluten free). I can make healthy meals out of a few simple ingredients or get more gourmet depending on my mood. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm crazy for open fac... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:17:31 EST Community Stand 2 flat boards on edge, facing a stiff wind, they will fall. Tip the top edges of those boards together and they withstand the wind better. We are the boards that need to work together to face the winds of our desired changes. So . . . <BR> Stand and deliver. <em>381</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:52:21 EST True weight chart <BR> Height Weight <BR> Normal Overweight Obese <BR> 4' 10" 91 to 115 lbs. 119 to 138 lbs. 143 to 186 lbs. <BR> 4' 11" 94 to 119 lbs. 124 to 143 lbs. 148 to 193 lbs. <BR> 5' 97 to 123 lbs. 128 to 148 lbs. 153 to 199 lbs. <BR> 5' 1" 100 to 127 lbs. 132 to 153 lbs. 158 to 206 lbs. <BR> 5' 2" 104 to 131 lbs. 136 to 158 lbs. 164 to 213 lbs. <BR> 5' 3" 107 to 135 lbs. 141 to 163 lbs. 169 to 220 lbs. <BR> 5' 4" 110 to 140 lbs. 145 to 169 lbs. 174 to 227 lbs. <BR> 5' 5" 114 to 144 lbs. 150 to 174... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:57:24 EST COOKING WITH PSYLLIUM POWDER I just did a Zucchini Muffin recipe. I used 1 cup of Konsyl making 17 muffins. It can up as 1 fiber count. Something is wrong. Can you help me. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:38:56 EST Nursing- losing weight too fast? Hi everyone, <BR> I lost 10 lbs in 5 days following the calories suggested by spark people plus an extra 500 because I am nursing. I am ecstatic but concerned there may be health risks for me or my 8 week old if I lose at this rate. Any thoughts? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:45:52 EST how to create the right meals for me i see a lot of meals on here and i dont eat much of those things at all i dont like them. i dont have that big of a food span so i guess i am picky and not comfortable with trying new foods. so i really need a personalized meal plan and grocery list as well as recipes i am not that good of a cook with healthy things.. i am desperate for change i realize i am eating less now that i dont buy junk but by that i mean as in barely eating i just dont think to eat anymore or dont have a very big app... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:18:50 EST question about exercize on chris powell carb cycl I have a question about the Chris Powell Carb Cycling program and exercize. Does anyone know how much exercize you should do to get the results they show on tv? I want to lose 70 lbs and plan on starting the Turbo Carb Cycle program tomorrow but i am confused as to how much and what type and frequency of exercise i should be doing to get results? Anyone have information? Thank you. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:59:39 EST I'm so full! - In a good way :) Roast chicken (got it 1/2 price!) <BR> Mashed sweet potato <BR> Green beans <BR> Roasted carrots <BR> Stuffing! (gluten free) <BR> Gravy <BR> <BR> So good and so filling! It's like early Thanksgiving around here. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite Thanksgiving food? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:37:09 EST baking powder biscuits, 1930's style I was making baking powder biscuits tonight, using a recipe from the 1930's (an old booklet of recipes put out in the 1930s, I'm guessing - from the style and design of the booklet). <BR> <BR> I was interested because it uses liquid oil, not shortening. <BR> <BR> I made the recipe. The result was very tasty. However, wow, were portions small in those days! It made me realize what we have come to expect as normal size is quite a bit larger than what people (families! The booklet is obvious... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:56:19 EST apetite I am a type 2 diabetic, I watch my numbers which are usually low, I have no apetite at all, any suggestions and will it matter if i dont eat the required calories Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:26:34 EST Nutrition on the cheap I only have 170$ until my paycheck next thursday. I'm in charge of grocery buying and that's my only expense because I have a full tank of gas and I don't have kids. I have a fresh loaf of bread, a ton of nuts, a lot of bean soup. I would love to buy some kale and make juice buy maybe that is too expensive. I also have a lot of rice. <BR> <BR> My ideas for groceries: <BR> <BR> -big pack of eggs (no meat this week, just eggs) <BR> -2 bunches of kale <BR> -2 cabbages <BR> -2 broccoli <B... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:53:49 EST Has anyone tried Skinny D? I've been drinking it for about 3 weeks, but I don't know if it is doing anything, or, not. Weigh in tomorrow for the "Pound a Week" challenge, so we'll see. I am watching what I eat and exercising at least 3 times per week, so I'm sure that'll play a big part in any weight loss I achieve. :) <BR> <BR> The website where you buy it has several great reviews, but I can't seem to find anything on the internet that isn't linked to their website! Seems odd to me! If the people reviewing on the w... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:24:47 EST Bulking up Chili Recipe I found a Slow Cooker Chili recipe, and I'm wondering if there are any other veggies that would be good in it: <BR> <BR> 2-15 oz cans Great Northern or Cannellini Beans (drained/rinsed) <BR> 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil <BR> 1 Medium diced onion <BR> 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper <BR> 3 Cloves Minced Garlic <BR> 2 4 oz. cans diced mild green chilies <BR> 2 teaspoons ground cumin <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves <BR> 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper <BR> 1 teaspoon coarse salt <BR> 1 cup pureed pumpkin <BR>... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:17:45 EST how low is too low? So, when they say not to eat fewer calories than your recommended calorie range, or your metabolism will slow down in 'starvation mode', is that before or after exercise is factored in? <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to eat 1200-1500 calories a day. Then, if I burn, say, 300 in exercise, it goes up to 1500-1800. (And some days I burn more.) I've been pretty consistently eating at the high end of the initial range, 1500. And so far I've been losing 4-5 pounds per month, which is the rate I want. <BR... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:33:36 EST People want dessert after meal and I want savourie People crave for dessers after a meal and I crave for something crispy , salty. And the options are chips, peanuts more than chips always peanuts. Is anybody here has similar cravings? And how do you overcome that? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:01:30 EST food tracking I am amazed at how wrong I have been on my calorie intake until I began tracking! It is a true eye opener! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:00:44 EST Stouffers Mac and Cheese Cups Has anyone tried the new 2 pack Mac and Cheese cups? The cal count is around 230 for a smallish serving. Thought it might be good to micro at work. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:35:41 EST Salt is not the enemy. Guess what ruins your... Salt is not the enemy. Guess what ruins your health instead? -- <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>not-the-enemy-guess-what-ruins-your-he<BR>alth-instead/ </link> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:44 EST How to eat well when you are up early! I am up around 5:30 for the day. Usually I eat about 3 "breakfasts" because of it. Even when I eat something with filling protein, I am hungry again around 8, then again around 11... I'm not sure that a 100 calorie snack would help - when I say I am hungry I mean huuungry! Help?! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:58:03 EST Nightly overeating Hi all! <BR> <BR> Not sure if this is the right board for this -- I hope so! <BR> <BR> I need some ideas and help here. I can do really, really great with my eating and water intake during the day, but then I just completely lose it at night. I don't drink water, and I overeat, majorly. Even if I know I'm not hungry, the urge to overeat at night is overwhelming, and I'll fight it as long as possible, but it's like it will be all I can think about until I finally give in. <BR> <BR> What sor... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:24:56 EST Microwave eating on a budget Hi there, I am looking for advice for the crafty people out there. <BR> <BR> I am currently in the military, living in single housing. What that means is that they "provide" me with meals, and don't give me money to purchase my own food. However, 90% of the food they provide... is gross. Overcooked, dry, bland, or just plain nasty. So I am left with less then 100 a month that I can spare, for supplementing the lack of options for food. I am also limited in the fact that I only have a fridge ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:45:41 EST Walt Disney World - Food and Wine Festival I need some input on how to track different types of foods that you may not know exactly what is in them. Hubby and I will be heading up to the Disney Food and Wine Festival sometime in the next couple of weeks (season pass holders- we practically live there! lol) <BR> <BR> We don't eat meat, mostly fish & plant based foods now - so that narrows down our choices - and we will skip the booths that have desserts and drinks (we don't drink either). I found the menu listing for all the boo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:29:29 EST What are your Tips to Resist Temptation? ok, <BR> I'm about to go to the Mother-in-Law's for a cook-out feast... wondering what tips others have to keep their eating in line when away from home? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:25:21 EST Dining in England I am an American living in England, and would feel uncomfortable asking that substitutions or changes be made to my meals when I dine out. It seems like it isn't done, and in any case the portions seem more manageable on the whole. Because there are few chains in the countryside where I live, dining out usually consists of pub food, Indian food, or fish and chips. I honestly can't think of what my healthy options in these scenarios might be. Can someone help me come up with some ideas? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:24:13 EST Low-Carb Fiber Sources? I'm relatively new to the low-carb lifestyle, most closely resembling South Beach. I've noticed that I've had a really hard time getting enough fiber with my current diet, and am curious if anyone has found a great source of fiber? My carb restriction is around 50g/daily, so when I saw low-carb, I mean low-carb :) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:50:21 EST Can't stop eating. Help. I think it might be related to my anti-depressant, but I feel like when I eat a meal I need to keep eating and eating and eating. Then I have to go on a really strict diet to lose it or my clothes don't fit. How can I stop this? Does anyone know how to help? <BR> Jenn Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:50:39 EST Walking Before Eating Breakfast Saw this in fitness magazines and some tv shows, Walk first thing in the morning Before Breakfast. This is supposed to use your stored body fat for fuel and Not the calories from breakfast. Kind of makes sense. So i've been doing this for almost a week, problem is I begin to feel lite headed while walking ( I do drink a glass of water before my walk for hydration) . Will the lite headness go away after I become used to walking before eating? I am not diabetic or on any type of meds. Wo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:24:06 EST How do you eat your eggplant? I like to chop mine into cubes and fry it with spices =) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:34:12 EST Nutrition for Campbell's Broccoli Cheese Soup I am currently making myself some soup for lunch. It requires the can of soup plus one can of milk. The nutrition facts state that it's 80 calories per half cup. Does that include the milk or not? I'm assuming it does not. I checked all over the can and can't find where it indicates one way or another. Help please. :) Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:49 EST Virgin Vegetarian My daughter informed me that she would like to try being a vegetarian. I have never thought of that as we have always included a form of meat to every meal. Do you have any suggestions or favorite recipes that I could try? Are there different levels of this life styles also? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:39:46 EST Body4Believers Anybody trying this life style change of eating? Couldn't find a topic on this! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:35:43 EST Eating with kidney disease My dad has Stage 4 kidney disease. I couldn't find a support group listed for that specific issue, but I'm certain there are many resources in SparkPeople that can help me figure out what he should be eating. Can someone help direct me to them? The internet is great for finding out what he should NOT be eating, but I can't figure out what is left. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:51:16 EST Can you develop a sensitivity to salt? I don't generally eat much salt, because I like the way most food tastes without it. I do salt things that I cook, but not much. Everyone always has to add salt to my food. I used to love salty food, couldn't get enough of it. Now everything tastes too salty. Saltine crackers, nuts, popcorn, chips all taste like they are just swimming in salt. I used to love vienna sausages, but I bought a can of my favorite brand last week as a treat, and it was so salty I couldn't eat them. <BR> <BR> What... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:10:27 EST what type of tea is best for energy I am a big coffee drinking, which wakes me up and gets me moving. But since dehydrating, I'm told to switch to tea. <BR> What do you like? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:33:20 EST Online Cooking Classes/Videos Hey y'all! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about online cooking classes or videos? I think I need to clarify here that I am a horrid cook. I burn and undercook everything! In other words, I need something basic and for beginners. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Also, if anyone's from the north Chicago/nw burb area and knows of an actual go to class I'd love to know of that as well! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:33:06 EST High protein breakfasts? I'm sure this idea has been done to death, but what are some of your go to, quick, breakfasts? I'm looking for ones with macros at around 300 calories and 30g protein. Eggs with ham and peppers and also cottage cheese/Greek Yogurt is starting to get a little old. So either ways to reliven those or some original ideas would be highly welcome! <BR> <BR> Was thinking about doing an eggbake but didn't get to it this weekend. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:52:57 EST What is your favorite breakfast? I love blueberry banana smoothies with spinach mixed in. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:17:10 EST Gotta love spinache <link><BR>inach-reduces-cravings?cid=NL_WHDD_184<BR>0216_09142014_TheVeggieThatCanCutCravi<BR>ngs_ReadMore </link> <BR> <BR> I love spinach and eat it regularly. Last week I ran out and just ate a few salads with plain old iceburg lettuce. Well . . . I snacked more and gained a pound! So my own results are - spinach does cut cravings <em>4</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:08:46 EST Cafeteria I'm concerned because I've been really succesful the past 2 weeks with my diet, eating a lot of vegetables and drinking a lot of green tea and rice and just losing weight in general. However, the problem is tomorrow I want to stop at the cafeteria on my way to work and there's a huge buffet of free incredible food. <BR> <BR> (trigger~) There are fantastic burgers and fries, chocolate chip cookies etc etc. I'm not sure what the problem is... other than being presented with all this food, ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:41:15 EST I'm Tired Of Dieting! Food is a part of life, and unlike other unhealthy habits can't be given up "cold turkey". Do I really Need to purge my pantry of snacks only to crave them later, caveing, buying and eating a entire bag/carton of whatever! Can't I place limits on the amount of junk I allow myself and stick with a set amount? Do I really need to eat foods I never heard of or enjoy to lose weight? Couldn't I eat what I am used to in smaller portions and still lose- I have a balanced diet and eat way to much. ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:18:23 EST Tips When Spouse/Partner Has Other Goals Ever since I got married three years ago, I think I can eat like my husband. While he has an amazing metabolism, I don't. I've gained 40 lbs and I hate feeling the way I do. Does anyone have any tips to share when your spouse/partner isn't necessarily on board with a healthy lifestyle? My husband is totally supportive of me, I don't think he's willing to commit to what I need to do. Do you ask them to eat their ice cream in private?? :) Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:16:16 EST ratios for low carb I have set my ratios at 65-70% fat, 20 % protein and 5-10% carbs but being a week now i have went over my carbs with everything meal. it is hard to find anything that does not have carbs in...any suggestions Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:48:05 EST best weight loss program? I have tried it all! I am such a yo-yo dieter and my weight has gone up and down and back up again. Each time it goes up, it's higher than it was before. I'm in my mid 40s and I don't exercise. I know that I need to. But there has to be some diet/program/method out there to get the majority of the weight off, at least enough to keep me going. Any advice would be appreciated. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:04:23 EST 0 fat and low carb snack ideas? At the moment on my protien days. I've been having greek yogurt (0% fat), sugar free jello (low carbs 0% fat) and that is pretty much all I have for snacks. I'm wondering if anyone knows anything that is 0% fat and very low carb. Thanks :) Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:34:34 EST Logging Calories It would be very helpful to be able to enter # of calories, when it is known, rather than having to find a product that has a similar # of calories. This would also helpful with recipes made from scratch. Is there any way to do this? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:11:40 EST Reaching out for help.... Hi everyone!! <BR> I'm a single mom to my 11 month old little boy. I work full time and take classes online for my bachelors degree. I feel wiped out most of the time, I'm working so hard to give my son the best life I can. It's a hard struggle for me to eat right because I'm always going going going. Can anyone give me advice on how to prepare fast meals and snacks for myself? And what are the healthier options I should stick to? Thank you all so much!! :) Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:51:56 EST Which meal do you order most? Even if you don't eat out that often, which meal are you eating out for when you do? (take out/delivery counts) Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Coffee in the morning doesn't count. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:50:08 EST What would you do in a situation like this? UPDATE: I just went onto my Facebook page. I got an email on Facebook from the Hospital the clinic is part of. They told me they are going to investigate the entire thing and contact me. I told them when they contact me they should email me no phone calls. My mom is very nosey. <BR> <BR> <BR> STORY: You went to the clinic two months ago. They took routine blood tests. Then two months later you go back because you need to follow up on something. The doctor that you never used before comes in... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:33:51 EST Looking for healthy alternatives I have narrowed down my cravings (and thus triggers that send me off the wagon) to the following: <BR> Gummy bears - I love the sweet and chewiness <BR> Icing - love the smooth sweet texture <BR> Icing and cupcake - love the combo of smooth sweet texture with the bread type texture <BR> Chips the crunch and the salt <BR> Milkshakes -love the smooth sweet texture <BR> <BR> Any healthy suggestions for the above that would satisfy the whys? Ie suggesting carrot sticks would not be an alternati... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:39:23 EST Nutrition traking Hi all I am trying to figure out how to take my suger intake.any help would be great Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:25:00 EST Could I lose 2 lbs. in a week? This is my second weight loss journey, I'm trying to lose 50 pounds and I want to have lost 10 lbs. by Halloween. I've been doing circuit training for nearly two hours every day since I started my journey. Are there any high calorie burning exercises other than circuit training that could help? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:48:18 EST 20 Cups in a Large Movie Theater Popcorn Container I was never a popcorn eater... but I just found this out... that a Movie Theater Popcorn Containers Holds the Portion Size of 20 Cups... I thought it was around 10 cups... which is a lot to me... but I found out that it was Double to the size of "20"... <BR> <BR> I don't know how many Calories it holds... but the portion size is 20 times that of normal... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:56:48 EST Gluten in food I am interested in lowering the amount of gluten I eat. A couple years ago hubby and I tried eating gluten free for several weeks. We felt great with more energy and less "brain fog". But it was hard to follow, or I made it hard. I realize wheat is the culprit, but is there a chart somewhere to show how much gluten is in foods? <BR> <BR> Sharon in Florida Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:31:04 EST Naked brand Juices/Calories/Servings So... I have this bottle of Red Machine, and on the side of these bottles it says what's in them. <BR> <BR> For the purposes of counting my servings of fruits and vegetables, since they use puree (which from my understanding is the whole food minus seeds and pith in the case of apples/oranges respectively, should I count the number of raspberries and strawberries separately in my tracker for the purposes of servings? <BR> <BR> If no, then what's a good way to gauge actual servings of fruit... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:28:32 EST I am an Emotional Eater Over the past 9 months, I have been caring for my mother who has stage IV lung cancer. I have gained just shy of 40 pounds. One day Mom fell. I called the for help to get her up and while we were waiting for the fire dept to arrive, I stood there with her. She was at eye level with my knees and she said "you've got to stop eating your stress". Lord knows I've tried. If there was just someone I could talk to. I am working on finding a support group, living in a rural area, it's not an ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:14:29 EST Who stole my Vitamin A? I eat sweet potato regularly for the potassium and the vitamin A. Today it seems that the vitamin A has disappeared from my sweet potato in the SP database. Where did it go? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:05:47 EST Eating Out Hi. My name is Elizabeth Gibson, and I am new to this program. Because I cannot afford to pay for the program at this time, I am leaning towards help from other Spark community members. Below is a brief description of what my typical day/meals are like. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I typically eat either a bowl of oatmeal, breakfast bar/shake, or fruit yogurt (such as Chobani brand). During lunch I normally have a store bought entree, which is healthy to a certain extend. However, most are high ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:39:53 EST What would you cut out? I keep fluctuating on my weight, one week i'm up, one week i'm down, but there is no trend on my weight going down over time. I know you have to eat everything in moderation and its ok to have an ice cream once in a while, but if you had a couple items to cut out completely in your food intake to see results, what would it be? If you had to eat more of something what would that be? A friend of mine told me she started eating more fish and cut out beef and started seeing a difference with time Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:55:38 EST New to low carb...SparkPeople settings? In the food tracker you can say how much carb, fat, and protein you want to consume in teh range of each day. If my target total calories are 1200, what ranges for fat, carb and protein should I be trying for to achieve ketosis? <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:26:08 EST Too much sugar = belly fat? I've heard that having too much sugar in one's diet can be one of the main causes of extra fat around the abdomen. Does anyone know if there is any accuracy to this? Any research to back up the assumption? <BR> <BR> I have family that completely cut out sugar from their diet for about two months before slowly bringing it back in and they cut the inches in their waist by tenfold. Their caloric intake remained the same, however, so was it the lack of sugar that reduced their abdomen fat? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:28:44 EST pizza What kind of pizza is best to have ..... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:03:50 EST I love baking and love to eat it Any suggestions what I can bake without sweeteners....more low calorie I think you can substitute applesauce for oil ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:59:53 EST Measuring food for Caloric Accuracy What is the best way to measure your food for calorie accuracy? For instance, yesterday, I was making a tomato pasta dish and measured out 2 tablespoons of olive oil to weigh 20 total grams (10 grams per tablespoon). When I put it in my food tracker as 2 tablespoons, it said 239 calories but only 177 calories at 20 grams (or vice versa). Which one would be more accurate? <BR> <BR> Also, is there a way to get all measurements listed under each food, or at least something that is convertabl... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:44:39 EST Focusing on a few meals at a time So I was getting burned out and really down on myself because for some reason trying to focus on all 3 meals plus snacks and making them healthy was not working. I truly believe that nutrients and healthy eating should come from food - not shakes or nutrients. BUT - I have decided to use a shake for breakfast and lunch temporarily. This way I can focus on making healthy snacks and dinner a good habit. Once I have that down, I'll give up the breakfast shake and work on making healthy breakf... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:29:50 EST I feel my blood tests are not mine or not read rig On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 I went to the clinic for a follow-up visit from two months ago. My blood tests results were in. The doctor on call told me that my cholesterol is a little high and my thyroid a little underactive. However, the doctor thinks that the tests results are in error because anyone who looks at me can see I am very thin and my thyroid cannot be underactive. Both doctors told me to ignore the test results due to the fact it seems like the results are not right. <BR... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00:27 EST water in and out.... I drink water, lots of it during the day. I gain 5 to 6 pounds during the day. I go to the bathroom at least 6 times during the night, sometimes 8 When I weigh muself in the AM I have lost the weight gain during the day. Other than waking up so often during the night is this good for the kidneys to work so much ???? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:56:57 EST What is ginger? Okay so i see a lot of smoothie recipes that call for ginger but i'm confused as to if ginger and ginger root are the same thing? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:11:30 EST Are soybean skins rich in proteins? Hi, <BR> Does the skin of soybeans have a lot of proteins and nutrition? <BR> <BR> I ask this because, I'm trying to make roasted soybeans. I soak them overnight and then pat them dry with a towel in the morning and the roast them. I find that with the skin on, they take at least 90 minutes to get roasted at low heat. Without the skin, I can roast them within 20 mins and they make a tasty snack with some spices added. <BR> <BR> I need to mention here that I don't have access to an oven, so ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:23:52 EST body adjustment time to food choices and changes? Do our bodies go through a change or take time to relearn I guess if we cut calories, add new foods, etc? I keep hearing how our bodies take time to adjust for multiple different reasons on here. It just sounds so weird to me. I guess I assume the change is instant to my body like it is to me. Wasn't sure and didn't know what to believe. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:02:22 EST weight watchers is anyone doing the points if so how are you doing on them ? <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:41:24 EST Bowel Movements? Ok I know this is a bit personal but I'm frustrated and want to see if anyone else can relate, offer suggestions or just tell me if this is normal? <BR> I have been consistently eating healthy for about 2 weeks now and walking almost every day and drinking lots of water. Since I have been eating healthy and excersizing I have noticed I am no longer having a bowel movement that is normal. Now it is mostly like diarrhea and not much. Also my stomach feels so bloated even when I eat very little.... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:35:58 EST ww diet am going to try this ..I just feel so hungry ..if I like what am geating I will stick with this any sugestions ? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:35:30 EST Breakfest I really don't like eating breakfast. I normally have just a cup of coffee. Any ideas of something light that is budget friendly. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:04:15 EST Low Carb diet - enjoying and found some yummy food I've been attempting a new diet since the end of July. Trying to stay around 15 g of carbs each meal and snacks. So between 40-60/day. I've lost 12 pounds. Eggs every day for breakfast has been such a challenge, so I've tried to mix it up a little, with sausage, bacon, etc, but I've really missed my cereal! I found a low carb/high protein cereal called Kay's Naturals (bought thru Amazon) with only 3 g carbs and 12 g protein for 1-1/4 cups!! and then Carbmaster milk at Kroger with 3 grams carb... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:02:34 EST Getting enough calories on Paleo A few months ago I'd been having some intestinal issues that I though might be related to a food sensitivity. I was pretty skeptical of the so called "paleo" diet, but I decided to try it for a couple of weeks and see. Much to my surprise, my tummy settled right down. As a bonus, my energy levels were much more stable and food cravings are pretty much a thing of the past. I had intended to just give it a couple weeks, but I've found that I like eating like this and want to do it more long ter... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:52:47 EST terrified of night low BS coma A few years ago, I had a seizure and coma during the night and was in the hospital almost a week. I am one of those diabetics whose Blood Sugar drops at night as my liver kicks in to lower blood sugar. When I woke from my coma... I was a different person. Personality completely changed. Before coma... I could work a room at a party... talk to folks, meet folks, very outgoing, a million stories - tons of fun. After coma, I became shy, anxious in public or around even friends. It has gotten be... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:16:22 EST Addicted to Cake I am trying to get over my cake addiction. I started eating cake twice a month which was good because I am trying to maintain my weight. But now my discipline is gone. I am now eating cake once or twice a week! My weight has been going up 3-5 lbs a week and causes me to really cut back during the week. Any advice? <BR> <BR> I usually have two dove promises every night for dessert which works for me. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:58:12 EST Reintroducing Chicken, help with supplements I've been a vegetarian for about eight years. In the past two years or so I began to take probiotics along with B-vitamins and iron supplements. This week I plan to incorporate bone broth into my meals and slowly reintroduce chicken into my diet. (I'm not asking how to reintroduce chicken into my diet!) I don't want to overkill my supplements with vitamins and minerals I'm getting from the chicken... so my question is do I need to still take the B-vitamin and iron if I eat chicken? <BR> My i... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:27:04 EST Manually added foods and groups Is there any way to "share" manually added foods and groups with another? My husband and I are both wanting to lose weight and with him working full time, I will be tracking his food for him, but I don't want to have to add everything twice. Since we both eat the same foods and meals, just in different quantities & times, etc, I was hoping that I could add a food group or a new food in my profile and then copy everything to his. Is that possible? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:52:04 EST Kidney Disease and Diabetes Diet Need to keep both carbs and protein low while losing 50 lbs. anyone else dealing with this? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:17:25 EST Real Food My wife and I are on day 7 or a real food challenge. We're doing well on it, but if we are going to continue this we are going to need more variety. We're using the Ezekial bread and both like it, but need some things to have on it for sandwiches. We both like egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. I've seen some recipes that call for mayonnaise, but what type of mayo would qualify as "real food"? <BR> <BR> We also had Mahi Mahi on night, but it was fairly dry without any kind of sau... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:02:41 EST diabetic meal suggestion/input I am newly diagnosed diabetic with possible gluten intolerance trying to eat a lower carb diet. Still learning and researching. Just wanted some input on my lunch and why I would have gotten hungry only 1 hr or so after? And sick to my stomach like im starving? Anything I could add to keep me fuller longer? I had a simple lunch because I work where I have to eat sort of on the go. I had raw almonds, a mini babybell, half a sweet potato, and 2 thin slices of natural turkey lunch meat with sp... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:10:36 EST Will someone help me with beans and rice? LOL Hi All, <BR> <BR> I found this wonderful recipe from Chef_Meg for Black Beans and Brown Rice. I think it is a Spark People Recipe, so should be accurate, but it feels like A LOT of food. <BR> <BR> It calls for two cups of cooked rice, so I cooked one cup of dry that right? <BR> I didn't want to use canned beans, so I used soaked beans and used 15 ounces of soaked beans. <BR> <BR> I made the dish according to the directions and divided it in four, but it seems like a lot of fo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:09:34 EST Spark people menu plan I am having difficulty using the menu plan provided on SparkPeople-I don't like or eat the type of food suggested. Does anyone have suggestions? Use another menu plan? <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:15:43 EST Researchers' bias I liked this article. Points out the major flaw in many nutrition studies <BR> <link><BR>82741/death-by-affluence </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:46:36 EST adding sodium tracker to Nutrition Ready to leave Spark People, because I can't seem to figure out how to add sodium to tracker. Have high blood pressure and need this information. Use to have it when i last used this program. Any help out there <em>39</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:08:37 EST Raw Food Recipes I am on Day 8 out of 30 of eating raw food. I juice, drink smoothies, eat raw cashews, fruits, vegetables, and lots of salad. I made zucchini pasta and that was really good. However, I am curious if anyone knows of any raw food recipes. I am doing the raw food to transition over to being a pescaterian. For last couple of years, after not eating beef or pork for 22 years, I started eating beef and pork. I now want to transition back to eating just fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Any go... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:01:36 EST doing this wrong? I have been dieting for years, and I do mean years. The only problem is that I seem to continually gain a little weight every year. I typically eat 1100-1200 calories a day and burn the same amount walking. So I have a net of zero. Is this what is actually hurting my weight loss efforts???? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:06:37 EST Sparkpeople's calorie estimates seem high I went to "edit goals," entered my current weight and added a goal to lose 5-6 pounds in about 2 1/2 months (11 weeks). The calorie range it spit out is 1610-1960. Does that seem high to anyone else? That sounds like a maintenance/gaining range, not losing. Should I trust it? <BR> <BR> For reference, my starting weight is 128.6 and my age is 29. <BR> <BR> Edited to add more accurate numbers. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:23:36 EST Tips for Meal Planning with T1D Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a 21 year old girl and I've had Type I Diabetes for 10 years. I recently graduated from college and decided I'm out of excuses for being overweight. I'm currently about 170 lbs and hoping to reach my high school weight of 130 over the next few months. I'm looking for anyone who may have tips for starting to plan meals and develop a successful exercise regimen while balancing high and low blood sugars. I began jogging a few weeks ago, but an old leg injury could not... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:20:26 EST 900 Calorie Dinner I want to stop eating a light breakfast, light lunch and then a high calorie dinner. My total calories for the day were under my goal by a little but I feel stuffed after dinner. The problem is I am absolutely starving by dinner. I had a salad for dinner but ate a very large portion plus a large avocado. Now I am going to bed within 2 hours and just ate. I really need some advice please. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:09:46 EST Want to go low carb, but not good at diet plans After the latest research, I want to go low carb, but I really stink at sticking to a strict diet plan. I tried Atkins once and got bored so easily eating mostly salads and such. I tried South Beach, but the foods were too expensive. Also, I don't have a lot of time to prepare foods. I tend to do one-pot foods that I can eat on for days, so having to weigh and measure food is so time consuming for me. <BR> <BR> Can anyone suggest an easier high protein, low carb diet that I can try? Thanks! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:57:25 EST Suggestions needed, please. Next weekend is our end of the year camping trip. <BR> I am looking for others who have camped and what they did to cut on calories, fat, carbs, etc. <BR> I will be bringing carrot sticks <BR> And probably cucumbers. <BR> <BR> Just looking for other ideas :) <BR> <BR> thanks! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:24:18 EST Herbal Tea or water? My 8 glasses of water have been WATER. Was reading in today's articles from SP that herbal tea would count as a water. Any info I had before this, tea or coffee could NOT be counted for a cup of water. Is the herbal tea different somehow? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:08:39 EST Soy question I recently bought soy based breakfast sausage patties, thinking they would be better for me that pork. (I like to make my own egg mcmuffin style breakfast sandwich about once a week). But then was told that I should look into this more because of the estrogen/progesterone hormones found in soy. I read a lot of conflicting information but my take away was that there is an increased risk for breast cancer when eating soy products and this makes me nervous to eat any more soy products. Is it saf... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:23:18 EST Resetting BMR I've been on SP a few years and I am quite sure my BMR is too high. When I manually calculate it with the formula given it's lower. How do I change it? Sat, 6 Sep 2014 19:49:47 EST eatting at events...the nightmare I have a church dinner tonight and all I can think of is what choices will there be for <BR> me eat...I hate that we always celebrate using food.. <BR> <BR> im a food addict and I cant get away from the socializing with food.. <BR> <BR> tonight is prime rib...I have never had it so I have no clue how healthy of a meat it is.. <BR> or if it is even a good choice.. <BR> I am doing exhanges and so im fearing the dinner and its n ot until tonight.. <BR> Does anyone else get nervous at function... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:52:40 EST Blah food I'm feeling tired and not up for grocery shopping. Whole foods is way too far away (20 min drive) but luckily I work there so I will be there tomorrow and can shop tomorrow. But today we don't have any vegetables in the fridge. When I finished yoga I wanted to eat some veggies but I just have old leftover broccoli that's been sitting out all day I'm not sure if it's safe to eat. I ate some nuts and dried plums. and a tuna fish sandwich I made with whole wheat bread, NF greek yogurt, must... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 15:56:48 EST boosting serototin levels I got this statement from web,md. I am confused, if you eat a high carb meal where does the tryptophan come from to get absorbed? <BR> <BR> Protein-rich foods, such as meat or chicken, contain high levels of tryptophans. Tryptophan appears in dairy foods, nuts, and fowl. Ironically, however, levels of both tryptophan and serotonin drop after eating a meal packed with protein. Why? According to nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, when you eat a high-protein meal, you "flood the blood with both try... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 13:26:05 EST Vitamin D Since a person can actually get too much vitamin D, why does Centrum Silver for over 50 have 200% the rda? <em>38</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:43:22 EST How to eat more carbs I don't like the idea of fad diets, but due to health reasons, I'm following a gluten-free, paleo-like eating plan. My GERD has disappeared and my joints don't hurt anymore. <BR> <BR> The nutrition report here tells me I'm not eating enough carbs and that carbs are a fat-burning tool. <BR> <BR> I don't want to eat bread and am trying to stay away from starchy foods like potatoes and rice. <BR> <BR> What are some other fruits and veggies I can eat so the nutrition report doesn't scold ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:46:53 EST Is there such a thing as too much water? Is this possible. Can you drink too much water in one day? I have been checked for diabetes so there's no concern there as I'm not diabetic, but I was wondering if it's possible to drink too much water? I find that if I have a water bottle with me I drink it and it's the equivalent of three 8 oz glasses so by the end of the day I could drink easily drink that bottle four to five times. That's 12 to 15 glasses of water in a day. Will it cause me to bloat and actually put on water weight or wil... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:34:54 EST begining tracking and getting annoyed So I am tracking foods to get healthy. Heres my issue, I get so annoyed when i am adding a new food and having to measure or weigh the amount of what I am eating. I feel like it takes forever, i never seem to have enough measuring cups, and i am terrible at adding everything into the tracker with the right amounts. I just need some way to make it simpler and not take forever. Plus with meat and stuff I dont always know how many calories are in ground beef for exampleor the food right off hand... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:07:53 EST New Spark Team For people are members of Bountiful Baskets Food Co-Op, or who are interested in learning more: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:06:55 EST Protein supplements I have difficulty getting as much protein as recommended in my food plan. Are protein supplements a good substitute? Could this help my weight loss efforts? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:55:43 EST Need Ideas Ok, I did it. Last night I met with a trainer at a local fitness club and signed up for a local "Biggest Loser" Challenge. It is a 36 week commitment, fitness training, meal planning and support. My friend from work signed up with me so we will have each other to lean on and boost up. <BR> <BR> So, starting on September 15th, my new lifestyle will begin. I'm worried about the meal plans though. For the first 15 days we can ONLY eat fruits, veggies, lean proteins and some brown rice. My... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:46:41 EST Severe Allergy How do I switch out the fresh fruits/veg in the meal plans provided. I am severely allergic and really dont feel like anymore benadryl IVs( until I go through my craving episode). I can't do frozen and the canned stuff triggers my acid reflux. PLLLEEEAAASSSSEEEE HEEEEELLLP MEEEEE!!!!!!&#128551;&#128562;&#128551;&#1<BR>28562; Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:16:21 EST The feeling of hunger I read this in an article "Hunger describes the escalating, physiological sensations you experience when your body actually needs food: rumbling, unpleasant stomach contractions (hunger pangs), mild lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, faintness, and headaches." <BR> <BR> I never feel like this! I can go all day without eating, and my stomach doesn't make noises. Is this normal? Could it take a few days without eating for someone like me to get to this point? <BR> <BR> S... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:27:51 EST 100 feels overwhelmin~Need a plan I have realized I can't do this alone and need a structured plan but can't afford to buy food from a program like nutri system or jenny craig. Are there any food plans I can see here on Spark People. I have been looking but I can't find any? If you can let me know I would appreciate it. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:39:12 EST Question About Oatmeal I enjoy oatmeal for breakfast, the plain rolled oats kind or the flavored packets. I tried Steel cut oatmeal since I heard it is better for me-but it Does Not agree with my stomach! So are the rolled oats so terrible? Shoud I find something else for breakfast? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:24:28 EST Costa Rican Food I returned from Costa Rica two weeks ago tomorrow. While I was there, we had some kind of candy/food that was fantastic. If it were a man, I'd be in love. I am pretty sure that the link below is what I had found. The only difference is that the kind that I ate had some coconut in it. The sugar part tasted like brown sugar and not cane sugar (of course, I'm not sure I know what cane sugar tastes like). Ever since I got back, I have been trying to find the recipe. <BR> <BR> Do any of you know ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:22:23 EST I need some help and motivation I need some advice on what I am doing wrong. I have been eating and when I do I am still hungry!!!! What can I do? I wanna snack and munch Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:41:11 EST turkey or chicken? Which is healthier as far as ground meat or whole breast pieces, chicken or turkey? Supposedly turkey is better but I don't know why. I thought it was something about the vitamins, fat, or something along those lines. An opinion or advice would be great. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:06:04 EST low sugar, low fat and natural foods I am doing my big grocery shopping this trip and am definetly going to make a lot better choices. The thing I run into is whether low fat, low sugar, or foods with natural choices are healthier and will make a difference in losing weight. I like the idea of them, I just don't know the pros and cons or whether to buy these types of foods or not. I stay away from artificial sweeteners at the moment and don't plan on using them. That eliminates a lot of low sugar options though from what I have ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:03:51 EST $$ Ok, so I am just going to vent a little bit here. I am so frustrated with trying to get enough fruits and vegetables on my budget. My 19 year old son lives with me and I have 2 girls, aged 9 and 11, that are with me half-time. This month, I have $360 for food. I go shopping once a week and I find that when I am eating like I am supposed to, I run out of fruits and vegetables so very quickly. I am trying not to resort to things like Kraft mac and cheese or the boxed pasta dinners, but trying t... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:20:09 EST Pea soup ?? I just bought a bag of peas from the dollar store thinking they were chickapeas..nope not what they were..haha <BR> anyways someone told me to drop the bag into some water and boil them and then <BR> add garlic and seasoning and puree it when that's what I did. <BR> <BR> I am doing the exchange system and on the package it states dry 1/4 cup = 130 <BR> <BR> so how much would that be cooked up??? I have no clue. <BR> <BR> I have never eaten pea soup never was a fan of peas growin... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:22:01 EST Shakeology? A group in my town would get together and to the Beachbody work outs together. I really liked them but I moved out of town and they do not fit into my schedule anymore. I am getting one of the programs on DVD to do at home. Many of the people at the group used Shakeology. I never got into it because I have serious doubts about the validity and sustainability of those sorts of supplements. What are your thoughts? Is it just another "magic drink" or is it actually beneficial in the long run? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:44:47 EST Most healthy alcohol drink? Well, its time for bowling season, did not bowl last year but our team normally have 2-3 alcohol drinks our once a week bowling night. This year I need to decide to be the oddball and drink three bottles of water, or include one alcoholic drink. <BR> <BR> Like these last 9 months, it's very important I do not consume any artificial sweeteners and keep my added sugar less than 15 grams per day. My usual screwdriver is out of the question as is all 100% fruit juice. Seems my opti... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:22:04 EST Confused?? So I have been working out hard the last 5 or 6 weeks and so far the scale shows 0 loss for me. So I've decided to start tracking my food. I am trying to use the Spark People app. Its telling me to lose 10lbs in 1 month I need to eat between 1860-2210 calories a day. <BR> <BR> First off why such a big gap? Why not just give a calorie goal to shoot for? <BR> <BR> I've also chose not to enter my workouts. I've read from many other places the food trackers aren't always the best estimate for ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:27:58 EST Self Healthy Kitchen Meals Has anyone tried these meals? I'm normally not a fan of frozen meals, but these are really good. They are all natural and minimally processed. I have had the southwest style chicken enchilada and it is amazing. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:20:23 EST You can out exercise a bad diet Not sure who came up with this notion of not being able to out exercise a bad diet. I have done it for years. When I was in college I was an athlete that weighed in at 138 pounds and 5 foot 6 inches. I would eat fast food and pizza and beer. At that time I worked out about 6 hours a day. Had no problem eating at about 5000 calories per day and had a body fat percentage of about 10 to 12 percent. If you have the time you can be in good shape and still put down quite a few calories. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:01:40 EST Detox teas So there is this 14 or 28 detox program called skinny me tea that I've been following on Instagram that's supposed to be awesome. You drink one type of mixed tea during the day and a cleansing poop tea at night. I want to try it but a. It's expensive and b. it takes 10-15 days to get here. Does anyone know of a DIY tea detox program? This one is supposed to cleanse, boost metabolism, help with energy and weight loss etc... Any help would be appreciated! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:59:38 EST Does sprouting mung beans reduce protein content? I was doing some basic research to meet my protein requirements. One thing popped out at me. <BR> 100g of raw mung beans have 24g or protein <BR> 100g of sprouted raw mung beans have only 3g of protein <BR> <BR> Now, I took 100g of raw mung beans (measured by kitchen scale), and sprouted them for 2 days. The resulting sprouts are were 220g according to my kitchen scale. Now, according to the above stats, the same amount of mung beans have 24g of protein when raw, but only 7g of proteins whe... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:45:43 EST Greek Yogurt I crave Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt, sometimes eating more than a quart per day. I usually super strain it, removing all the whey, until it is a solid block, reducing it in volume and mass by about 30 - 40 percent. Does anybody out there know what I'm losing in terms of carbs, protein, nutrients, etc. when I do this. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 01:08:42 EST Gallon water a day challenge Has anyone done this challenge? Is a gallon to much to drink daily? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:07:44 EST Special K Flatbread Sandwiches Has anyone tried the Special K flatbread breakfast sandwiches? I bought a box last week and I'm really impressed. They're obviously not for every diet (kind of high in fat and not gluten free) and they are processed ... but I had one this morning at 7am and I was full until 11am. And they're yummy. Anyway, just thought I'd pass that along if you need a quick b-fast and don't mind the "cons" of processed meals. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:43:33 EST 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Morning! <BR> I ordered the book by J.J. Smith......Just drank my very first one! Anyone currently doing this cleanse? It has simple ingredients and all things that I would eat normally (maybe not the flaxseeds). I don't have much to comment on it b/c I'm just on <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:04:53 EST Cutting Diet Idea for Fitness Model Event Hi, <BR> <BR> I am an advanced fitness nutcase. <em>40</em> Currently, I am challenging myself for a local gym 'amateur' fitness model event. <BR> <BR> I am hard-core on my fitness routine and nutrition. I grew up in the medical family background, so I am well-versed on healthy eating. <BR> <BR> One thing I notice is after a grueling workout, nothing will satisfy my hunger better than nut butter (the kind that has only one ingredient in the jar.) It seems increasing my fat intake... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:50:13 EST Is 1500 calories too low? I'm a 25 year old man, 5'5" at 155lbs. I want to get to 123 pounds. After reading around the web a bit including Sparkpeople, the calculator says I need to eat about 1400-1500 calories a day. I'm meticulously calculating my calories now, eliminating foods that have too many carbs and adding only those foods to my list that I can measure accurately. For the past 2 days, I've been meting my calorie goals. <BR> Now here's the question: <BR> If I'm also exercising, do I need to eat more calories... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:12:51 EST Traveling -- wondering about Shakeology When I travel, I pack my lower carb options (such as bran crispbread, nuts). It's so I don't get caught out hungry and binge on junk. <BR> <BR> I've been hearing more about Shakeology and the carbs don't look too bad (17-20 per meal). <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who can taste things like the aftertaste in a lot of processed foods such as fake sweeteners and some soy protein bars with splenda. <BR> <BR> Wondering if Shakeology has any odd aftertaste. I Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:08:29 EST Skinny fiber Anyone. Ever hear about it and if so, is it helpful in making you feel full Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:06:46 EST Iced Tea - Do I track and how? I usually drink iced tea throughout the day. I make it with regular Lipton Tea Bags. I tried sweetening it with Agave juice but didn't really care 100% for the taste. So now I sweeten it half and half. For a gallon jug I will put 1/2 a cup more or less of Agave and 1/2 a cup more or less of regular sugar. I feel like at least if I have to use sugar it is not as much. <BR> <BR> Should I be tracking this and if so how? <BR> <BR> And if I am drinking 3-5 32oz glasses of tea a t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:48:59 EST Calories If I eat 1300 calories and burn 700 exercising do I replace the 700 calories? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:26:09 EST Eating as Entertainment <em>41</em> I eat as a major form of entertainment!!! Wow I've said it so many times, but looking at it print -- ugg!!! I topped out at 267, had a gastric by-pass 7 years ago lost 100 pounds and slowly but surely am inching back up. I love to eat good food. There is something alluring about flavor, texture, and the physical satisfaction that eating provides. I think habit also plays a significant role in how I eat. I desperately want to be thin and sleek, but the habits of my adult... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:38:57 EST Meal Planning / Grocery Shopping HELP! Hi Everyone :) <BR> I have been on this site for a bit and am trying to get motivated and organized enough that I don't have any excuses and nothing stopping me from succeeding. One of my biggest challenges in the past is having healthy meal options planned out and readily available. When I don't have a PLAN, I generally don't do well. I like to plan a week or two ahead of time and love that the SparkPeople Nutrition tracker allows me to do that. <BR> <BR> However, the problem I'm runni... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:05:32 EST SUGAR ALCOHOLS I wanted to keep track of sugar alcohols so i could deduct them from my carbs but i can't find it in the 75 nutrients , if i add it will SP tracker know how many are in the item ? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:53:59 EST Has anyone tried the 10 Day Transformation? A friend of mine is telling me I should try this 10 day transformation. He lost 5 pounds and his wife lost almost 20. He says it is safe because it is all vegan whole food and has a protein to protect your muscles. Has anyone tried this? Can you share your results and/or thoughts? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:14:36 EST Fillings for Sweet Potatoes I want to start microwaving a sweet potato at work for lunch, because I can't make my salads stay appetising. <BR> <BR> But, I need some protein to put there as well, and maybe a healthy fat. The only thing I've come up with is tuna/cottage cheese but I'm not sure that would work well with a sweet potato. <BR> <BR> Also, does anyone know if you can cook them in the oven the night before, with mozzarella for example, and then just reheat them the next day? <BR> <BR> Many thanks :) Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:02:07 EST Fresh cucumber? Cucumber peel? Anyone know the nutritional value of cucumber peel? <BR> <BR> This is bugging me, because I need to know if the peel is "worth eating." <BR> <BR> I like PEELED cucumbers! Thanks! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:08 EST Foods with iodine Hi everyone! I'm trying to limit my iodine intake due to a thyroid issue, and was wondering how you can tell which foods have iodine in them. For example, my doctor told me not to eat sushi (due to the seaweed) for the next month (I'm getting a test where too much iodine can effect the results). Thank you! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:49:39 EST How do I stay focused on my GF Lifestyle? I think I must be doing something correctly. I rarely have hunger pains, and it seems like I eat all day long! I am tracking what I eat (EVERYTHING) That "taste of frosting...that counts, that "taste of Ice cream...that counts... Now you see? But just because it is not "in my food plan" doesn't mean I can't have it! As long as portions are measured and tracked, you cannot go wrong. I find it challenging when my husband literally fills a bowl with Ice Cream! I'm talking at least 3 cups!! I ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:52:42 EST I have GOT to get off diet drinks I do NOT want this to erode into a debate about diet drinks themselves. This is a request for help and can we just, at the risk of sounding self-centered here, keep this all about ME, ME, ME???? :) :) <BR> <BR> I have a desire to quit drinking diet colas. I have made about 4 attempts in the last two years, and managed to stay off as long as 4 months before relapsing. I thought about 4 months I could have one diet coke in a restaurant setting while traveling, but BAM instantly back to drinki... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:41:14 EST create a grouping using favorites I'm new to Sparks & so far it's a breeze. One thing I haven't figured out, though: I want to create Groupings (in the nutrition tracker) using items from Favorites (after having spent the time looking for the exact items, it doesn't make sense to go through it all over again). Anybody know how to do that? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:12:22 EST protein shakes? Anyone do jUST protein shakes? I am considering trying this to eliminate the"choice" thing for a while. Apparently I don't make the best choices............. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:32:40 EST Ideas to increase protein amounts for breakfast. I just read an article in Consumer's Reports that recommends 24-35 grams of protein for breakfast to keep blood sugar levels more stable throughout the day. I usually have either a smoothie or oatmeal for breakfast and fall short of this range. What ideas do you suggest for protein at breakfast? Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:57:05 EST Water = Heartburn I just wanted to ask is there any one else out there that gets heartburn when they drink water? <BR> <BR> I try very hard everyday to drink my 8 cups (or more) of water daily, but find it very hard when halfway through the day I end up with heartburn and in need to turn to tums (which I really don't want to put into my body) <BR> <BR> Anyone have any solutions?! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:06:34 EST Good products that are less costly than namebrand I tried a name brand albacore tuna today that doesn't taste nearly as good as the Great Value brand of the same type tuna at Walmart. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this. <BR> <BR> Have you found this to be true of other less expensive products? I'm interested in saving money! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:06:30 EST Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) I came off Omeprazole after 6 months as I had put my weight gain down to the medication. I lost the weight but now I've started waking up with a burning throat and my teeth are suffering. <BR> My dilemma, do I go back on to omeprazole and put on weight again. I originally put my over-weight down as the cause of my GERD. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I love the fact that I have lost the half stone I put on!! <em>9</em> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:00:33 EST Eating healthy and acne... I have a question. Since I've started to eat healthy, I suffered from severe acne on my cheeks, forehead and neck. I normally only have pimples when I'm on my period. Can my new diet be the reason and why? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Laura Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:47:48 EST HELP me remove recipe saved It was my first time to try to put down one of my favorite recipes so I'd have it at my fingertips when I needed it. But I didn't see the spot where it asked for the number of servings it would make and when the recipe came out saved, it said it would only make one serving instead of 22. I need to take it out of circulation. (I bravely put it down for everybody). How can I do this? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:54:18 EST I miss the Sparkpeople that cared about us.. Ok. This is getting ridiculous. Diet soda is a chemically based beverage. It's not FOOD. It certainly doesn't do anything metabolically to help you 'trim' pounds as today's post states. <BR> <BR><BR>?post=5_reasons_why_its_okay_to_drink_<BR>diet_beverages <BR> <BR> I've been on spark since 2006. Back then it was a safe haven for those of us trying to better ourselves and work towards becoming healthier - not just skinnier. I am sad to say that this... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:41 EST tracking calories I like tracking my calories through out the day to see how many calories I ate for each meal. Sometimes I fall short of my calorie rang for the day or I go over my calories for the day. I cannot seem to find a balance. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:50:03 EST Portion control help? My biggest problem is portion control of foods that are mixed like, Shepherds pie, Stew, Curry and Chili con carne. <BR> Anyone have any tips on how to avoid adding too much to the plate? <BR> I use a 9 inch plate and one that has sections half for vegetables quater for carbs and quarter for meats/protein. <BR> How do I make sure I am getting the correct size portion for the meals I listed above? <BR> Any tips would be great, thank you. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:53:17 EST Splenda in Large Amounts? Hello, I know that the use of artificial sweeteners has been said to be unhealthy, but just how unhealthy is it? Between sweetening my coffee and certain foods, like cold cereal, I use a LOT of Splenda--like at least 1-2 cups per day. I can't afford to buy Truvia, and I've actually been buying the big bag of Great Value "Splenda" at Walmart to save money. I live on disability, so my income is fixed and very limited. I have a major sweet tooth, though, as you can probably tell. Advice on how m... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:04:11 EST Right amount of nutrition for your body weight So I have been experiencing some extremely unpleasant symptoms for the past year. But it was all tolerable and I was able to continue with my life. The past 2 months has turned for the worst and I had to quit my job, currently hiding from all my loved ones, and even dropped the activities that make me a happy person. <BR> <BR> I get light headed, fatigue, nausea, low blood pressure (it's not terribly low, not sure if it's because I'm fit or if it's a concern), confusion, concentration proble... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:34:58 EST Today's Article on Diet Sodas I don't agree with the article I just read giving 5 good reasons it's OK to have a diet soda. They're good reasons if you're trying to lose weight, but not all sweeteners are safe! I'm specifically speaking about aspartame. I know many people who have different issues with this product. From upset stomach to causing migraines. While technically, that's not dangerous, I don't think the article is totally true. But that's just my opinion based on experiences. Care to share your thoughts? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:36:16 EST What satisfies you? For me, my food must both taste good and have a certain amount of carbs to satisfy me. If I try to eat say just a large salad, regardless of the amount of fat, calories and protein, I will overeat ever chasing that elusive satisfaction. But if I eat something more balanced, say bread with nut butter, I will be satisfied by a much smaller amount of calories. <BR> <BR> From talking to others, it seems that different people are satisfied by different things. Have you found you secrets to satisf... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:07:46 EST Let your yes mean yes and no ... no <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hi my name is April ... I joined yesterday, I'm so happy I found this site! I really need some help especially with motivation. However, I wanted to share my good news with all of you ... I finally stuck to my word. Everyday, I say I'm going for a walk after work and everyday I find an excuse why I can't do it "right now" ... well, yesterday, I got off that couch and went outside and just started walking. My goal was about 30 minutes and I last 45. It started o... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:06:01 EST Timing of snacks I get up at 5:00 a.m. and eat breakfast between 6:00 a.m.-6:15 a.m. I don't eat lunch until 12:00 p.m. Have a snack at 3:00 p.m. and then eat supper between 5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m. My question...should I be eating a snack in the morning between breakfast and lunch? I don't really get hungry in the mornings and don't have a lot of calories to spare if I do have a snack in the morning. Would the snack in the morning help weight loss. My stats are 5'8", 236 pounds, Sparkpeople says my calorie m... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:41:47 EST Binge Eating I do good on eating and exercise for 10 days or so, and then right when I start to drop a little weight, and my clothes feel better, I go thru a 3 day period where I eat everything I miss, like pizza, ice cream, and baked gods in large amounts, and put the weight right back on. What is wrong with me?? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:41:21 EST What's your food pet peeve? My food pet peeve (for today) is having to cut the stems off each spinach leaf when you buy fresh spinach. What's yours? <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:46:33 EST Gherkins My mum brought me a jar of pickles, thinking they would taste the same as the pickles in vinegar she brought me a few months ago. <BR> <BR> The tastes are quite different. <BR> <BR> What are some different ways you can eat gherkins, what can you have them with? (I'm assuming I only have a week to eat them) Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:43:04 EST Stopped Cold-Turkey Method... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to write this post for the People who has Stopped a certain eating more Healthy Foods... or a Habit that they had to break... and... they did it with Stopping it right then and now... (Cold-Turkey Method) If there is any tips or advice... to stick with stopping a habit... dead on the tracks right then and there... Anything that you want to say or add... would be nice to read... <BR> <BR> Thanks for Reading this... <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:47:30 EST lots of great calculators here ... <link> </link> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:15:23 EST abstract on pre-bariatric surgery diet Very low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet before bariatric surgery: Prospective evaluation of a sequential diet <BR> Obesity Surgery, 07/11/2014 &#8194;Exclusive Author Commentary Clinical Article <BR> <BR> Leonetti F, et al. – Researchers assessed the effectiveness of a sequential diet regimen called the "obese preoperative diet" (OPOD) in morbidly obese patients with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who were scheduled to undergo laparoscopic bariatric surgery. They concluded that O... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:12:32 EST Coconut products I use coconut 'milk' now, really like it as I am lactose intolerant . Lower in calories than skim milk. Does anybody know about coconut oil ? Is it better than olive oil to use ? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:16:52 EST Rewind the Future - Video "Meet Jim—the character in our Rewind the Future video—he is a man whose life flashes right before his very eyes, unhealthy habits and all. The choices you teach your child today become the habits they take into their adulthood." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ------------------ <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:10:26 EST Calories in Turkey Breast Meat with Skin I will be roasting a fresh turkey breast today. Searching SP if find "1 unit from 1 lb ready to cook turkey at 212 calories". What is one unit?? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:03:02 EST calories burned The calories burned that show when entered on different sites varies quite drastically. How do I know how many calories I have actually burned? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:32:45 EST Pre-teen son is a help for calorie restriction Tonight's dinner was grilled chicken, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, and salad. Portions were made so there was just enough for the three of us, and then we sat down to the table. My precious 11 year old inhaled his plate before I'd finished getting my salad situated how I like it, and asked for more. He's been growing like a weed lately and it's all going to height, so assuming he needed the energy, I split my chicken with him and he got another ear of corn. That was gone before I... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:26:53 EST School cafeteria menus How healthy do you feel the selections are this year for your school district? Are fresh fruit and veggies being offered daily? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:25:09 EST Protein I'm in need of advice on what is the best protein powder for my money. I'm looking for adequate amount of protein to follow up my work-out. I feel that my muscles are not rebuilding effectively because of this deficiency. I work-out in the studio four -five days in a row. doing yoga, cardio blast , piyo and some weight training. so, I tend to work the same muscle groups each work-out. Any imput will help. thank you Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:10:17 EST Wall Street Journal on salt <link><BR>salt-levels-could-do-more-harm-than-go<BR>od-study-suggests-1407964274 </link> <BR> <BR> ...and Chris Kresser's commentary... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:56:36 EST MODERATION Moderation is the key to to our door of success sparkers! <BR> <BR> You can have anything you want but not over eat <BR> Go to dinner...wrap 1/2 immediately for tomorrows lunch <BR> <BR> Not having something you want leads to eating many unwanted calories and then...still having that item of food you halve it and be happy! <BR> <BR> We all at some point overdo but just make the following day a "moderate" one! <BR> <em>144</em> Gift of Love! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:49:41 EST Mediterranean Diet Hi. I was just curious if anyone has tried following the Mediterranean diet program. If so, what are your thoughts on it? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:40:55 EST Do cravings indicate a missing nutrient? I haven't had cravings for months since eating healthy. But lately I'd been craving cheese. A Baby Bell Light satisfied that. Now I'm craving potato chips; not even a trigger food for me. I thought maybe I was low in sodium, but my tracker says I've averaged over 2000 mg a day this last week. Just wondering. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:54:19 EST I Workout Hard - Help Me Get More Protein! Hi! I'm a 45-yr-old female. In this past year I've discovered fitness, nutrition, and how to accomplish my goals. I am feeling wonderful!!! The problem is I am not meeting my protein according to the "equation". On top of that, I workout pretty hard, especially for a 45-yr-old woman. I burn an avg. of 1,000 calories in cardio before I switch over to my strength routine. This is 4x/week minimum - more when I can. Or I will sneak in a walk in the park and some free weights at home on off-days. ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:49:11 EST Spark People Plan Just starting today. But I still can't find what to eat and in what proportions. Do we choose low carb or do we eat anything that equals our calorie intake? Please help! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:28:54 EST Anyone doing South Beach? I'm new to SP, I've only signed in a few times. I'm totally lost so hope I'm posting this in the right section... I'm starting SoUth Beach tomorrow and I wanted to know if there is anyone else following this plan that might like a buddy? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:28:13 EST Tilapia recipes & go withs Hi all - I am having Tilapia tonight (I use the lemon garlic recipe on spark people) <BR> <BR> My question is do you have a favorite recipe? and what do you eat as sides? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:15:26 EST No results. Help! So I have been working out 3-4 times a week with a personal trainer, eating. 1500 cal/day meal plan (no cheating other than maybe an extra cup of coffee), drinking crazy amounts of water, and I haven't lost a pounds. What is going on? This is my 4th week. I'm didn't expect to lose a lot of weight by now but I thought the scale would move a bit atleast. Any ideas? I'm 5'6, 170lbs at the moment. The trainer who gave me the workout said I should not go under 1500 cals or my body would go into st... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:11:40 EST Can I eat the same meals every day if I want too? I'm just starting today and would like to simplify things for me - Can I use the same breakfast, lunches, dinners everyday or every other day if I want to? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:42:17 EST Looking for quick take to work breakfast ideas... Something I can grab and go to eat at work for breakfast. Any ideas? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:10:11 EST What do you usually eat? What does your day of eating look like? I'm trying to get ideas. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:01:50 EST meals without certain ingredient HI everyone: <BR> <BR> I need ideas for a diet and recipes.. I have a allergy to tomatoes.. anything that goes with it tomato paste, sauce, slices pico, diced anything!! I know that a lot of food call for this to be added for taste, spice or it makes the meal so I get discouraged.. <BR> <BR> if anyone wants to chime in that would be awesome!!!! <BR> <BR> Please email me and add me as friend if you like all the support we all get is better for all!!! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:49:21 EST Need Help Setting Weight Loss Goals OK - I lost 34 pounds on Spark, and I know it works for me. However, things got hectic (I took on a part-time job on top of my full-time job, along with the general wife and mother and home-maker duties) and I stopped tracking and exercising (no time). Now it's a few months later, my son is finally off to college, and I have re-gained some of the weight I originally lost. I'm back and determined to succeed. <BR> My question is this: What might be a realistic goal for weight loss? I have ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:34:49 EST Diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes What is the best advice you can give to stop from developing full blown diabetes? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:41:37 EST food shopping - not sure Come tomorrow I am off to do my food shopping but wanted to double check my plan is ok. I have not been on a diet in a long time. <BR> My plan is breakfast will be multigrain toast or something I can take to work to eat <BR> Lunches will be salad with light ham and some days have it on a roll <BR> dinner will be either vegies and meat or meat and salads <BR> snacks hmmm, nuts and fruits, yougurt and musli <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:34:32 EST Atkins Induction - Cheese & Caffeine! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm on day 5 of Atkins Induction, and I got past my "Induction Flu" yesterday. I'm feeling great today, energy-wise and I pretty much have no cravings and my appetite is greatly reduced. <BR> <BR> I want to make sure I do induction right. For those of you who got through Induction and lose a nice amount of weight, how much cheese did you eat? <BR> <BR> I'm only eating Extra Sharp Cheddar, which has 0 net carbs. Does this mean I can have unlimited Extra Sharp Cheddar? <... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:07:50 EST Nuts anyone? I accidentally discovered an article about sprouting nuts. Now I'm a bit confused. <BR> <BR> I understand that raw nuts are best. <BR> <BR> However, I have quite a bit of dry-roasted nuts on hand. <BR> <BR> Would it help to soak them? <BR> <BR> What's the difference between sprouted nuts and soaked ones?? <BR> <BR> Here's ONLY one article I found: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>appetizers-snacks/is-soaking-nuts-nece<BR>ssary-how-to-properly-soak-your-organ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:17:33 EST Diet soda "sponsored blog," written by an MD? "This blog is brought to you by the American Beverage Association." <BR> <BR> Why does SparkPeople choose to publish corporate-sponsored articles on food and nutrition? <BR> <BR> For some of us who are SparkPeople members, this is uncomfortable, to say the least. <BR> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:47:48 EST Free Food Urges Does anyone have a trick to knuckle down on free food cravings? I'm in college and there's often food at church, in the science building, work, etc. And I naturally think "I should eat as much as I can and sneak as much out as I can" to get the most out of "free". Has anyone dealt with this being their weakness and found a good control agent? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:12:21 EST Plateauing too long I have had problems losing weight all this year. please someone help. <em>39</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:54:40 EST Weekend advice please I seem to always blow it on the weekends. I don't know if it is because I get bored or what? Does anyone have advice to make it through the weekend without overdoing it? I've tried to make a weigh in on Monday to keep me on track, but sometimes that doesn't even work. Any insight appreciated. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:14:16 EST A good article on what to keep in the fridge <link><BR>at-nutritionist-keep-in-refrigerators?<BR>cid=NL_WHDD_1812376_08212014_11FoodsNu<BR>tritionistsAlwaysKeepintheirRefrigerat<BR>ors_ReadMore </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:34:49 EST Using the EXCHANGE system Has anyone ever used the Exchange system on their diet? <BR> I count calories but someone mentioned to me they use this exchange system <BR> where you watch your starches,milk,meat,veggies,fruit, fat <BR> <BR> its not as easy for I have been doing it for only one week and I seem to <BR> be trying to keep to what is a 1500 cals plan. <BR> <BR> 5 meats <BR> 6 starches <BR> 4 fruits <BR> 2 milk <BR> 4 veggies <BR> 4 Fats <BR> <BR> so far im doing lousy at it..just curious as if ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:53:06 EST Alcohol preferences What type of alcohol do you prefer? Health wise and personal preference Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:02:03 EST Tracking Surprises I have been shocked to learn just how hard I find it to fit protein into my diet, and how many calories from carbs I consume. Also, I buy a lot of fruits & vegetables, but I am seeing that I hardly eat any of it. I guess my children do, but I know I should as well. I've been wondering for a long time why I am anemic and have been on iron pills seemingly forever. Now that I'm tracking my food choices, I see that I NEVER get enough iron in my diet. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:51:34 EST Issues with certain foods I don't know if this is the correct place to put this or not.. <BR> <BR> Anyway - I weighed in at one point in time about 260. I joined a place that helped me lose a huge amount of weight - the healthy way. I dropped down to about 160. SG is a great program but now I have gained quite a bit back. Not because of them but because I am having issues with eating certain foods now. At first I thought it was in my head but I just don't get it. I cannot eat meat like Chicken, fish, beef (in... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:28 EST Is there sugar in this meal? Hi, I currently cannot eat sugar (any refined sugar, from fruits is ok). I'm eating out tonight and want to choice something on the menu that doesn't have sugar. The site says that my choice of food (poutine- fries, sauce, and cheese) says that it has 0 GRAMS OF SUGAR. My question might be stupid but does this mean it doesn't use any sugar?!? Thanks so much! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:35:04 EST what are some of your favorite finds so far? I thought this would be fun :) What are some products or other things you've found that you really like since you started your journey to better health? <BR> <BR> For me, I really like almond milk. I stick with the unsweetened versions, for cooking and pouring on my cereal. They're normally around 30-40 calories per cup, much better than skim milk. I also almost always have frozen bananas in the freezer. Who needs ice cream when you can just blend a few into a thick shake or smoothie? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:11:35 EST Serving of Tilapia I don't understand what this means. Is it 3.5 oz or 6 oz.? <BR> Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:21 EST Sugar - Watch this please - it is not pretty The following is a link to a TedTalk, which are lectures by experts on various subjects. This one is on Sugar. It is not pretty, but it is real. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Rm5cpOI </link> <BR> <BR> Email the link to everyone you can. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:58:43 EST Confused about calories for the day My calorie range begins with 1,200. Then when I exercise, that increases. At the end of the day, I am TRYING to stay at the 1,200 calorie limit, and the nutrition report says I under eat and will sabotage my diet, etc. <BR> Isn't the point to eat less and move more? (I am careful to balance my protein, carbs, fats, etc.) <BR> I find this confusing and feel it will make my weight loss not even happen if I just eat more to correspond to the activity calories I have earned. <BR> Can anyone s... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:35:23 EST Tofu Anyone here like Tofu? How do you make/ eat your tofu? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:49 EST How my body me understand me. So I have been talking with my wife and we have come to some thoughts about how we eat. I think everyone has a different way and times when your body wants to eat (and what it wants). <BR> <BR> I notice that I get very hungry about 1-2 hours after I wake up (around 9am and 10am). But if I don't eat I stop having the hunger pains in about an hour or two. After that I don't feel hunger pains again until later in the evening (if I don't eat until then). <BR> <BR> I doubt that is a good thing t... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:50:09 EST