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 BMR/ Calcualting a calorie deficit Ok, so I'm a little confused. <BR> My BMR is 1879 (the number of calories I burn just by being alive). <BR> Using the Harris Benedict Equation, if I am sedentary I burn 2254, mod exercise 2912, and hard exercise 3292. However, since I want to lose weight, I would subtract 500 calories from each of these numbers to get my daily calorie goals.... right? <BR> <BR> And, just so I understand, I use 1879 calories to live. If I'm moderately active, it says to add 1000 calories per day... that see... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 21:34:20 EST what did you eat today/planning to eat? so far: kind bar, amy's low sodium lentil veggie soup, i'm planning on taking my vitamins, eating a little apple sauce and some yogurt, drinking a LOT of water, making carrot juice, and eating a salad. I plan on skipping dessert. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:15:48 EST carbs vs low-carbs calculation wrong Hi I tracked 46grams of carbs in the nutrition tracker, but the feedback report says I ate 76grams of carbs under low-carb Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:27:12 EST Peanut butter and weight loss I've been doing some reading, and it appears that some people believe that it is perfectly acceptable to eat peanut butter while trying to lose weight. Others disagree. I'm trying to lose weight, and I love peanut butter, but whenever I eat it, I always have much less than the recommended serving. Am I sabotaging my weight loss efforts by eating peanut butter? Should I stop? Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:47:57 EST Severe Sugar Cravings So, I am relatively new here, meaning I have been a member for years but recently started embracing the message boards and blogs. I have a huge problem that nobody, not even my doctor, has been willing to help me with. I have been struggling with extreme/severe sugar cravings. When I say extreme/severe I mean that I feel like a drug addict coming down off of drugs. It starts with the craving for something sweet like candy or something with high carbs like bread. If I try to ignore the craving... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:56:31 EST How to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet? Both in general and while eating at a college dining hall. I'm 19, and my doctor wants me to go on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. My cholesterol has tested high since 14, and may have been high before then. Over the past year it did not change at all. Literally the exact same numbers: <BR> <BR> LDL - 145 <BR> HDL - 48 <BR> Triglycerides - 98 <BR> Total Cholesterol - 211 <BR> <BR> They are concerned with my LDL. However, I've never been anywhere near overweight. I'm 5'5" and the heaviest I... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:57:27 EST Elimination Diet I consistently struggle with food intolerances and am debating on trying the elimination diet. I have already cut out the majority of foods, but am struggling with the last ones (eggs, oats, caffeine). ALSO, a lot of the foods that are "allowed" I am sensitive to... any advice or suggestions? Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:18:51 EST alcohol Do you drink alcohol? If so how many a week? I'm extremely interested in the people who maintain their weight. I find that whenever i drink alcohol I increase my weight aswel. It's hard in the summer when all you want to do is come home from work and Crack open a few nice cold beer but noticing now a slight increase on weight. I think it's the beers Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:13:42 EST Sparkpeople meal plans Is anyone following the Sparkpeople Meal Plans.. and if so, how is that working for you? Any tips? <BR> <BR> I've been wanting to try them out for a while now but the meals seem so random. I know you can switch them out for other things but I've never actually tried them. I also know that it gives me an option to print next weeks grocery list. My problem with this is that I'm cooking for 1... just for me. So..... for those of you following the meal plan..... how's that working out for y... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 17:52:17 EST The Aspartame Battle A guess this is more of a vent and whine situation. I have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Prior to my diagnosis, I was a major sugar hound! I loved my sweets and especially my Pepsi! Since then, I have made a HUGE turn around and have really cut back on sugar and carbs. I am eating healthy, exercising and making an effort to control my blood sugars. I do not drink regular Pepsi. I drink about a half a can to a can a day of diet and a half a cup of coffee with Splenda. The rest of th... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:17:22 EST Jimmy John's Interesting Fact Their French Bread has about 100 calories LESS than their 7-Grain Bread. I usually stay away from white bread, but in this case, it seems the calorie savings are worth it. Unless someone can tell me that the 7-grain bread is worth more somehow. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:40:55 EST Boredom Eating I do pretty well if I have a busy day, but on my days off, I can't help but want to keep munching. What do others do who suffer from this? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:25:45 EST Best Protein Powder? From all the research done I can see that not all protein powders are created equal. With that in mind - what powder do you use? And how did you pick it? <BR> <BR> I've read a number of the articles on here and from other health food and healthy living professionals and right now I'm leaning towards's Tera's Whey. But I don't know! I'm just amazed at all of the unregulated gross stuff that can end up these (and you if you're not careful!) Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:12:47 EST How You Overcome Your Sugar Cravings Are you addicted to sugar? Do you find it impossible to stop eating it once you start? Do you crave bread and sweets? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:51:27 EST Do I honestly need a sports drink? Since I started working out, I have been drinking a little over a gallon of water a day. Not because I feel like I have to, but because I'm legitimately thirsty throughout the day. Someone mentioned that I'm probably losing electrolytes and vitamin B by drinking so much water and that I should be substituting at least a glass or two with Powerade or something along those lines. My questions is should I be? And if so, is there a healthier option to replace electrolytes than sports drinks? I've... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:24:12 EST What is the best blender? Hello, I need opinions on what all of you use for a blender to make healthy smoothies and stuff with. I need to start eating more veggies and I think the only way to do that is to put them into smoothies(I hate veggies) so if you guys could give me suggestions I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much!! <em>30</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:06:31 EST Sodium Why is there so much sodium in cottage cheese ? In canned beans, even if I rinse and rinse I still feel like I'm getting too much. I am fighting high blood pressure and weight, of course. I eat so much fresh greens and fruit; but, I am wondering why there is so much sodium in foods I want to introduce into my daily meals...any one have any ideas for healthy, low sodium foods? Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:41:20 EST Proteins Aloha! I don't seem to get enough protein...I'll welcome ideas that don't include either beef nor poultry... <BR> nor eggs, or any dairy products... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:25:15 EST couscous ok help me out here. Is couscous a good source of protein? having a debate with a friend. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:48:23 EST good healthy road trip food Need ideals for road trip eating and snacking. For 11 hours. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:23:06 EST Dietary Hi all, about two weeks ago I had a mild Heart attack,( my main artery was 100%blocked, the Drs put in a stent and I am doing fine, and will be going to Cardiac Rehab.) My Dr. just wants to be certain that as I get back into exercising I am doing it safely, which I can appreciate) <BR> <BR> As a Diabetic I have been using spark to help me keep to a reduced calorie meal-plan as well as watching my carb intake,( has helped tremendously and my sugars are lower now) But I am now concerned with... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:45:36 EST Starting today Hi wanting to hear from people on the challenge!!! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:58:50 EST 3 Day Diet Has anyone tried the 3 Day Military Diet? I wanted to try it, but it just does ot sound like much food. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:52:12 EST Fitbit Charge I love my Fitbit. I don't have experience with the spark tracker. It seems very accurate. I'm not sure why people assume it calculates calories burned so drastically inaccurate? It's counting your BMR. Even if I'm inactive I burn a certain amount of calories by breathing. That's good! Obviously I should not interpret that as extra calories to consume. If I'm on the go I burn many more. It counts steps & distance in those steps. If I walk in place to round out my steps it does not add more dis... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:30:40 EST What do you do when... What do you do when you really want to eat but for some reason can't. Let's say you're out of calories, out of food, out of money, whatever, the reason isn't important. But you're hungry and you want to eat but can't. What do you do? (And don't say chew gum because I lack the number of teeth to do so). Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:52:27 EST Flax seed regimen . . . I started a regimen of ground flax seed (1 tbsp) in 4 oz of orange juice and 4 oz of water twice a day. Am told it's good for heart and weight loss. My mom been a while and I see inches off. What do you think about it? Have you heard abt it? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:37:49 EST Goals Changing I adjusted my nutrition goals yesterday and today they show the amounts that were previously set. My Fitness Tracker is not communicating with my Nutrition Tracker so why would the goals be changing. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:26:34 EST Which are the Bad Habits That Make You Fat After-dinner treats. "It tends to be mindless eating and usually involves something sweet <em>39</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:36:19 EST what is your favorite fat free, low cal margarine? Looking for a tasty version of margarine. What's your opinion? Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:13:26 EST Eating a low carb diet? I don't know if I've gotten in over my head, but I just started a medically supervised low carb diet for weight loss. Now that I've balloned in weight and am flirting with diabetes, I need to get things under control. <BR> <BR> This low carb diet is supervised and check-in with the dr is done weekly right now. I'd like to think I can do this, but on a limited income, I could use some suggestions as to how to eat healthy on an extremely tight budget. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:42:36 EST anyone work night shifts? help? hi, been along time since I posted. <BR> <BR> I started night shift work for about 6 weeks now and I'm finding it really difficult to lose weight,or do anything for that matter. the good news is that it's not much longer and I'll be back to day shift work. But I'd love to have some tips while I'm still working night shifts. <BR> <BR> my position is a cleaner but it consists of me staYing on my feet for at least 8 hours from 6 30 pm to 2 30 am or 3 30 am. I'm constantly moving about,heavy li... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:28:16 EST Water lost? Hi , I'm 5'1 female and I have been on a keto diet for about 8 days and i have been drink at least 4-6 bottle of water but ever since i have been drink more water than i usely do which for me is is like 1 bottle a day, so my weight stated at( 246 50% body fat 35% water ) and i have been checking my weight body fat and water intake it went gradually to 238 weight 50% fat, 33% water how is it possible the more water i drink to more my water weight go down. Some one help. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:19:54 EST Food Matters TV Do you guys know there is a free documentary called Overfed and Undernourished on FMTV this weekend. It will be available until Sunday evening. It's a very good documentary. Watched it today. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:42:31 EST I'm addicted to sugar - advice? So I've been here before and I've got myself out of this issue, but now it's pretty bad. I'm hungry all the time, and that's the first thing I want. I find I'm in a cycle of feeling bad about how I eat, which just makes me feel worse, which makes it harder to make the right choices. I crave sugary items like a drug addict, and it's a bit scary that I'll never meet my goal because I keep sabotaging myself and I don't know why. I was just wondering if any of you have advice from being here befo... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:36:53 EST Mary Lou Henner's Food Grouping?! A coworker of mine printed out Mary Lou Henner's Food Grouping chart. It labels what to eat with what. IT also says to only eat fruit in the mornings. Apparently, her sister lost a lot of weight off of it. Anyone heard of it or tried it? Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:22:13 EST food I ate some applesauce and took my vitamins for lunch. now i'm going to get a pearl tea with my fiance. i get the kind with no sugar. i'll get a pinkberry too (with plain greek yogurt no sugar) so i have some fruit and protein) i won't get any candy or sweet stuff on top. <BR> <BR> i'm not sure about dinner, i guess i'll go home, do an exercise video, and eat some more greek yogurt and clean the house. if we stay at santana long enough i will get a salad with my fiance and eat a greek y... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:57:00 EST Why does meal plan never include meat? I like a little ham or something in an omlet or a sandwich once in awhile, but my meal plan always has sweet potatoes, salad or something else. Is there a way to get the diet plan to include more meat? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:31:02 EST Diet control during Ramadan<BR>/healthy-living/2014/06/30/ <BR> I would like to talk to Becky in this regard. <BR> Please see this link and comment. What I understood from this article is that the calorie intake after iftaar (breaking fast), in the evening, should be half (or even less) of the total calorie intake per day. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:07:25 EST no snacking 30-day challenge I'm sure there are others out here like me. I exercise daily, eat healthy meals, but can seem to lose the weight. Why? Because snacking is my weakness. <BR> <BR> I have read countless articles that debate 3 meals vs. 6 meals, etc. and I think for myself personally, snacking is not meant for my body. <BR> <BR> What is my snacking? Chips, cookies, cakes, etc. Snacking is when I consume all the unhealthy calories that are making me fat. I have used the excuses, "I can't workout with an empty ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:52:45 EST Support System Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:33:01 EST Protein Shakes as Meal Replacement? My boyfriend and I have been trying to lose weight together these past six months, and his idea from the start was to eat replace one meal out of the day with a protein shake. It's been working, and we've each lost around 30 lbs, but I still have a ton of cravings. We always eat a full breakfast with eggs and either muesli or yogurt/granola, and we switch between protein for lunch or dinner. Whichever meal isn't protein is grilled chicken breast, brown rice, and salad with maybe an apple and ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:21:06 EST Need Accountability/Motivation Partner! Not sure where to turn for this, so I'll start here! <BR> I'm looking for someone to help keep me accountable and motivated. I know you all know the cycle- my weight is constantly increasing which makes me even less motivated, more depressed, which equals more stress/emotional eating and lazy pity parties. <BR> <BR> What I'm looking for is someone I can email with weekly/daily for accountability and motivation. I have everything I need to be successful except for the will power... <BR> I a... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:03:50 EST thrive supplements vs. plexus Hi, <BR> <BR> I have friends that swear by either thrive products or plexus products. I am thinking about trying one of these. I just want honest opinions if anyone has used either of these products. Anyone used both and can compare them for me? I need something to help with my energy level. I have no energy at all and often feel very tired. I am 39 years old and just had a baby 2 years ago...since then my energy level is at a 0. I have had a million blood test taken vitamins and basi... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:13:45 EST Dealing with Unexpected Weight Gain Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Feeling rather frustrated an looking for a little advice here. About 2 years ago I decided to start caring about my health and lost about 40lbs and (for the most part) have kept it off. <BR> <BR> Around September I stopped weighing myself as much, figuring as long as I fit into my clothes in the same way, I was on the right track. <BR> <BR> I now just weighed myself for the first time since the holidays and realized that I have gained 20 POUNDS?! Now - I fully realize... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:24:52 EST Calories, carbs, gluten? What is the bottom line? Im confused. Tried everything but trying one more time. I eat healthy. Lots of veggies, lean proteins, moderate carbs, low processed foods. Does it come down to calories in/calories out? I've got a Fitbit hr charge. Use a polar chest strap when I work out. 1 hour kickboxing 2-3 times per week ( burn and rage 600 calories per class) , 35 minutes on my BowFlex Max 2-3 times a week (350 calories per session) and horse riding lesson 1 time a week (400-600 per session). My calorie intake varies, u... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:51:01 EST Altering nutrition goals I am following a low carb plan. Is it possible to change the carb and protein ranges in the food tracker? Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:32:39 EST foods for diabetes hello can anyone tell me where I can find a list of foods to eat and what not to eat when diagnosed with diabetes? Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:13:45 EST change calorie intake I would like to lower my calorie range in my nutrition tracker from 1300 to 1200. I am not sure how to do that. Can anyone help? <BR> I am doing well and have lost 18 pounds but feel that 1300 calories is way too much. <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:37:51 EST Feeling bummed about a decision This morning I went to Panera Bread and ordered a sandwich. They list their calories, so I opted for a 400 calorie avocado, egg white, and spinach sandwich. While they were making it, the lady said they were out of the sprouted flat bread that the sandwhich is usually on and offered me a whole grain bagel instead. I said yes, looked up the calories online and saw my decision cost me an extra 110 calories. :( Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:33:44 EST nutrition I was losing really well and then my motivation went down after the event I was preparing for. Now I want to increase my motivation again. I'm thinking about signing up for a race to motivate me. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:27:00 EST Need on the go food! Alright, this is serious! (pardon my silly demeanor, but it is sort of...) <BR> <BR> I'm a delivery driver for an Asian Fusion restaurant. I am constantly on the go from anywhere to 2 to 8 hours, depending. <BR> <BR> I need some assistance for on the go snacks, and maybe even meals. Reason being, is because liked yesterday, I worked from 10 to 4, no break, and so I technically skipped lunch and went straight to dinner because I didn't get home until 5! <BR> <BR> I want to try and avoid th... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:17:38 EST If I'm not losing weight eating in my spark range If I'm not losing weight eating in my spark range, is it ok to drop my calories to 1000 a day for a few days, then bring it back up in the range for a day, then repeat? I have read that it can destroy your metabolism and make your body think its starving to drop calories too low, but if I am maintaining my weight eating in my range, what should I do? Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:01:36 EST Losing too fast!! is that even possible?? help I attend WW in conjunction with Spark People I have lost 14#'s in 4 weeks and the system put up a red flag. It's taken me years to finally get this to take off. I am following plan. I really don't want to start tweeking anything now?? The first week was 7 #'s and then #2 to 2.6 the next three. I should just keep on doing what I'm doing right?? 2# a week is okay right??! I'm using all my daily points and most of my extra every week. I do, however, earn 86 + exercise points I do not touch. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:37:43 EST Smoothies! I keep hearing about how yummy/ easy to make/ healthy smoothies are. <BR> How often do you make/ drink smoothies? I am thinking about starting Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:36:45 EST High LDL Cholesterol, Should I be concerned? I have high LDL cholesterol, and have for about 5-6 years. I am female. However, I am also only 19. My cholesterol first measured high at 13 or 14, and again at 15. At the time, I had been on crutches and inactive for nearly a year, and my pediatrician believed it was low enough to attribute to being inactive (I had been very active beforehand). <BR> <BR> The next time I had it measured, in November, I had been exercising since August, after rehabbing a hip injury suffered in a car accident ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:20:11 EST nutrition What are empty calories and should I be that concerned about them. Would eggs be considered empty calories. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:15:43 EST Zero Belly Diet (by David Zinczenko) Has anyone tried or have an opinion on Zero Belly Diet? Thanks! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:13:09 EST Confused fitbit vs spark I downloaded the fitbit app on my phone which syncs with sp fitbit tell me i am over by 166 calories spark tell me i have minimum 360 left i am under budget. Not sure what to do.Can anybody give me some advice please Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:23:15 EST Tips on how to measure food without a food scale? I don't have a food scale at the moment. Does anybody have any tips on how to measure food without a scale? Huge thanks in advance! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:58:37 EST Fruits- Canned, fresh, frozen Hey all, I am still new to using message boards & to losing weight. This could be a stupid question, so please no bashing. Asking for help. <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to make smoothies to a good chunk of my daily fruit out of the way. We do have some fresh fruit, but I've been buying canned fruit (in water or light syrup). My question is-- how bad is it? Should I be buying frozen? I prefer the least expensive route possible, that's why I go for canned. <BR> From what I've found on the in... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:45:07 EST Glass of water Hey guys <BR> <BR> I am wondering: When you total up your 8 glasses of water, what is the size of glass that is being used? I normally drink 500mL (with Mio) with my dinner so is that considered 2 glasses? 4 glasses? <BR> Just looking for some clarification <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> -Kelly Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:45:33 EST Will my calorie intake help me lose weight? Hi Everyone! <BR> So I have been eating 1,200 - 1,250 calories a day. I am 5'3 and weight 131 pounds. I haven't been exercising that much but when I do I will up my calories depending on the amount of calories I burn. Regardless, when I eat 1,200 I find it hard to even eat that much (maybe because healthy foods are more filling). And then I read articles where 1,200 is too low even without exercise and wonder how do I eat more than this!? Will I even lose weight eating 1,200 on days without e... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:17:31 EST My two worst habits: night eating and diet soda. I'm just searching for advice. I've had a habit of eating in the middle of the night for almost 5 years. Every night I vow I'm not going to----and well, that vow has been broken more than it has been kept. I know my serious diet soda addiction (2 to 3 liters per day---yep, you read that right) plays into my appetite/sleep/weight issues. Advice? Help? Encouragement? Well-intended ridicule? Thanks! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:02:32 EST Balanced Nutrients How can I better keep all the nutrients in balance? Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:14:51 EST Staying on track while traveling! What are some of your tips for avoiding fast food when traveling by car? I need ideas of foods to eat for dinner! :) Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:44:41 EST Diabetic meal plan is very high in carbs Why is the diabetic meal plan so high in carbs? I can't eat that many carbs without my blood sugar going through the roof! I have to keep my total carbs under 50 per day. I can't imagine any diabetic keeping their blood sugars down on this diet of 171-215 carbs a day. Is there something I am not understanding? Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:06:15 EST lost 0.5 pounds again. lost 0.5 pounds again ! feel so great !! <BR> <BR> come on... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:02:04 EST Protein! So many times on these forums I have seen people asking about protein. Through some trial and error, research and trying new things - I've really learned to do well at getting more than enough protein in a day. I thought perhaps those of us who have go to protein meals can start sharing with the group so that others can use the same ideas to improve their protein intake. <BR> <BR> So here's the gist - if you find a meal (or already have one) that you find to have a lot of protein and overall... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:07:21 EST Something is stuck! I am now at 8 days with NO weight loss, though I am tracking, and keeping my calories down. Eating HEALTHY. Can't it my age? I am putting over 10,000 steps on my fit bit, hiking a long way once a week. drinking all my water. <BR> any suggestions for this old lady???? Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:01:11 EST Pre-diabetic Hi ! I was just diagnosed as pre-diabetic and I am so confused about the diet plan. I have high cholesterol as well. I am a carboholic, which is not a good thing unless I was a marathon runner. (not the case here) Everything I read about the diabetic diet says eat fat free, but I often find FF stuff is higher in carbs and artificial additives so can anybody tell me how I can balance these things. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:19:15 EST lose weight ! not failed again with this . I really want to tell <BR> one of my good friends has lost 40 pounds with this plan .  i love it because i wouldn't feel hungry . ok .here it is . <BR> breakfast : one egg with a glass of milk (low fat )  one apple  <BR> and you need to eat eggs( white) or beef or fish 70g per 2 hours .   <BR> lunch time : one glass of water 500ml first . and 250g vegetable .and 70g beef or fish or egg(white)  .fruit (apple or orange) <BR> sacks as same as above per 2 hours  <BR> dinner : water first .250g ve... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:16:36 EST Eating well on a very strict budget? I've been struggling with trying to find ways to eat well with little income. The problem is that I often only have about $100 a week for food and we are a family of four. All the healthiest foods are super-pricey. I've been getting by as best I can on reduced foods, but once I cut away the rot, there isn't much left to eat <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I tend to resort to whatever is on sale, and that's rarely anything healthy .... frozen french fries, processed chicken, etc ... <BR> <BR> Is th... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:20:55 EST Does tea count as water? Seemingly easy question, I know, but does anyone know for sure? In a way, I can see where brewed, unsweetened tea could count towards the daily water requirements/suggestion...but also clearly get that tea isn't just water. What do y'all think? I'm bad about drinking plain water, but am trying! I've got a 32 ounce tea here hopeful! :) Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:09:25 EST Triggers and how to handle them I'm looking for some advice on a few of what I would call unhealthy eating "triggers" for me. I am almost certain that I am a food addict, particularly a sugar addict. I approach things with an all or nothing sort of attitude. I know this is the wrong way to go about things, but I can't seem to stop the mental block that causes it. If I build up a momentum and keep counting my calories and eating right every day, I'm fine and don't even really want to eat bad anymore, but then a situation wil... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:27:34 EST I have 110+ lbs to lose, SEEKING ADVICE! Hey everyone, About two weeks ago I started getting very serious about getting this weight off and getting fit. I started at 333 lbs. and now I'm down to 315 (I realize that much weight loss in only two weeks is unhealthy, I'll have to figure out how to slow it down). I am very serious about this weight loss, I'd like to hire a nutritionist and trainer, but I just don't have the money, so I'm kinda flying blind <BR> <BR> I decided to join a fitness community to seek help, I am excited to pa... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:01:45 EST diabetic meal plans I see the suggested meal plans everyday when I enter what I've had to eat at each meal. I'm wondering if there are any meal plans for type 2 diabetics I could use. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:41:43 EST Looking for INSOLUBLE FIBER supplement Hello, <BR> Can anyone recommend insoluble fiber supplements; chewables, wafers, bars, powder? <BR> <BR> thanks! <em>524</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:54:20 EST WHOLE30 - anyone?? I'm currently on day 5 of the whole30, has anyone done this? I'd love to hear stories, results, anything else! It's difficult but I am doing it to kickstart my weight loss, get healthy and fit, and figure out my food intolerances! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:53:36 EST Good extra calorie foods? So I tend to undereat. I am working towards losing weight so I am working hard to correct the problem. I log all my food, eat clean, and have a solid workout plan. So far its going good. I do have a set of macros I aim for each day and I consistently come in under my calories. I hit my protein, fat, and carbs but always end up with 100-200 calories left at the end of the day. Anyone have any suggestions on foods that would be good to fill this gap? Basically need a high calorie food thats not... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:24:11 EST What constitutes "One Serving" SP has a great, extensive database of foods and popular combinations, but today, I looked up, "Bacon and Eggs" and was given the information (carbs was what I was looking for) for "One Serving". I couldn't find what constituted that phrase. I have encountered this description time and again and find it very frustrating. Is there a "Key" somewhere that I am missing? <em>24</em> <BR> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:33:13 EST I'm scared to eat I'm putting it all out there...When the day begins, I am scared to eat. I have such a strong draw to snacking in the wrong way between 1:30 and 6:00 in the afternoon/evening. I feel if I put ANYTHING in my mouth, whether it be healthy or not, it will start the ball rolling to my daily demise. Food is the hardest addiction to tackle since you can't just stop cold turkey! Obviously I can't just NOT eat but even as I walk toward the fridge for baby carrots or sugar snap peas, a good choice, my i... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:01:24 EST take care myself My first step start taking time for myself which hard do .... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:00:07 EST Liquid diet hey all! I'm looking for a liquid diet that will still keep me healthy and well nourished. Picking what to eat each day is too much work. Liquid diet sounds hard but I want to try it. Ideas? Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:26:59 EST measuring my food Does anyone have any good advice for measuring my food? my food scale broke - which is what I used to measure the majority of my protein. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how much to use? <BR> <BR> Not sure if I'm overdoing it or not. <BR> <BR> I would deeply appreciate some help. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:49:27 EST Diabetic diet and Gluten free I am pre-diabetic and have Gut trouble. My diet for gut is the GAP diet. My diet for Type II is a diabetic diet. <BR> <BR> How do I get the daily diet plans to assist in both diets. At this point it only is sending plans for Type II. So all the gluten stuff is in there. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to get the two diets synced? Or, do I just go with the diabetic plans and do my own subbing out of the gluten? Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:31:57 EST Pregnancy/food rut Has anyone else struggled to eat anything healthy while pregnant? <BR> <BR> THE BACKSTORY: <BR> While I never got to my goal weight (145-150), I reached a weight that I felt very healthy and fit at (160-165). For the past five years, I've gone between 160-175. I LOVE exercise, and any time that I've stopped exercising, I've noticed that my weight creeps up. I think I'm used to feeding a body on a vigorous training schedule. My diet isn't awful, but I definitely lean towards higher calorie fo... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:24:55 EST I am confused every once and awhile I like to eat specific foods. after awhile my interests go to something else that is healthy. what I was thinking of doing was have fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch and some sort of grain with meat for supper. does anyone know what the best thing to eat especially in the warm weather is if you are trying to lose weight? <em>252</em> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:04:50 EST Lunch advice I started a new job with this very small company. They do not have a break room. I have been eating my lunch at my desk. I do not want to start a precedent that I am going to work through lunch every day, because they interrupt me constantly. Can you help me with some healthy lunch ideas that do not need to be heated. I am going to start eating in my car (if the weather is bad) or the park across the street. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:48:55 EST Daily Nutrition Report? Do you look at your daily nutrition report every day? I've been noticing on mine that I tend to go over on carbs and fat. I'm usually on the nose with my calories, but rarely meet my protein goal. How much attention do you pay to your dnr? And how do you use it? Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:10:28 EST Having low carbs and watching calories Have seen a lot of people do both for weight loss I tried for the first time today wanted to keep my calories at 1600, carbs below 40g and fat around 120g but I don't know how to have that amount of fat whilst keeping within the calories? Is it even possible? Sun, 14 Jun 2015 05:02:24 EST No calorie sweetner I have found some "pixie stix" like crystals to put in my water. No artificial anything and no sugar added. I think it has 5 calories. It makes drinking water easier for me. <em>194</em> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:10:33 EST Feeling hungry after eating fresh produce I love raw carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower, and they make great "reading food" (few calories, plenty of crunch), but I get hungry right after I eat them. I've tried drinking water while eating them, but I still end up feeling very hungry. I don't want to dip in ranch or other dips because I'm trying to avoid calories. Does anyone know why this happens or what to do about it? Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:11:16 EST Fibre Since I increased my Calcium intake I now have had to take in more fibre...what suggestions do you have. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 16:08:23 EST Jumpstarting? How has everyone jumpstarted their weight loss/ diet program. I am gluten free with celiac disease and i have about 100 lbs to lose. I have heard tons of people do like different things like advocare, or shakeology, or ITworks, or drink only protien shakes or try the ideal protien program....and some people say they just change to only eating healthy food, drinking water, and excersise. I really want to have a healthy diet and lose weight, and I am nervous that eating my caloric intake and ch... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:24:38 EST Dieting - do we underestimate just how hard it is? Firstly its been a LONG time since I have been around so its nice to be back:) <BR> <BR> I recently quit smoking after 40 years and getting up to 50/cigs a day at one stage. <BR> <BR> Its been 6 weeks and yes the first few days were tough but you get through it and some times your quit doesn't stick and you have to try again later but with the overall significant drop in smoking its clear more people are winning than losing the quitting smoking battle. <BR> <BR> I also gave up drinking 18 ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 19:45:50 EST Protien and Fiber? Ok, so I noticed after tracking before and recently starting up again, that I don't seem to get enough or either of those. What are some good ways to do this without adding carbs and fats? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:21:39 EST Best yogurt??? Hi, <BR> <BR> I am looking for advice on the best yogurt to eat as a snack. I love greek yogurt and regular yogurts. I don't mind plain as I can add berries to add flavor. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to avoid as many chemicals and additives as possible, including added sugars or aspartame/sucralose. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on a tasty, low calorie, healthy yogurt? <BR> <BR> I've tried Yoplait whips Greek and its good--just want to be sure i'm not putting tons of chemicals in my system at the ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:16:16 EST Calories for maintenance Can anyone please tell me how my calories for maintenance are 1770-2200 when my BMR is only 1450? I also believe this accounts for the actual BMR + sedentary lifestyle. How can I maintain if I'm only using 1450 calories and eating up to 2200? Having reached my goal I want to make sure the weight doesn't creep back on. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:11:53 EST My goals My goal is to lose enough inches so that I can have a flat stomach. The issue is that I will have to lose more than half of my body weight in order for that to happen. Is that too lofty or an unhealthy goal? Here is the point to this: I am 5'1 and I weigh over 300 pounds. I want to lose 150+ pounds, which would be half of my body weight. Would it also be possible to lose that much weight within the course of a year or two years? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:26:11 EST The best way for losing weight I am overweight. I’ve tried many methods to lose weight but all failed. So please share your experience of losing weight with me or recommend me some good supplements. Thank you. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 02:48:28 EST Hello Hello <BR> <BR> It has been a while since I have been on Sparkpeople. I need someone else to communicate with. I have pcos and I need to lose weight, a lot of weight. In fact I need to lose more than 140 pounds. I have no real set goals except to lose inches and not to focus SO much on calories. It will be very difficult for me to lose weight, more so than other women because of my age and because of this condition. My question is, would Sparkpeople work for women such as myself who ha... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:27:53 EST Dealing With Hypoglycemia I have low blood sugar and at times I just feel "attacked" with shaky hands, feeling weak, and extreme hunger even if I had just eaten awhile ago. I have glucose tablets in my purse to try and help cope with this, but sometimes its very hard. I know I overeat but it's mostly to get rid of that horrible feeling when my blood sugar is too low. Any advice? <em>198</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:53:04 EST ways to reduce water retention I recently started working out 2 days a week. I know that doesn't sound like a lot but I've really been pushing myself for an hour those days. As a result, I've been consistently sore all the time. I've gained a few pounds (and my eating isn't out of control) and I think this is due to my sore muscles. <BR> <BR> So I'm wondering how to get rid of the water weight. I know I should watch my sodium but how much sodium is too much sodium? Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:09:09 EST Ensuring Nutritional Needs & Eating Grain Free I am eating a mostly grain free diet for personal health reasons. How do I ensure my nutritional needs are being met while eating grain free? Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:51:13 EST Unable to find nutrition value Unable to locate nutrition value for a food I ate. How do I track something that I can not find nutrition value for? <BR> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:26:08 EST Flavored carbonated water better than soda? Plain water gets boring to me, so I got some of those flavored carbonated waters to drink instead of soda/diet soda. I'm assuming that they're healthier, right? Just plain water, but carbonated? I mean, they have some flavoring in them, but... <BR> <BR> Anyway, does anyone know anything about this? Google wasn't very helpful. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:30:37 EST eating out I'm thinking about going out to eat tonight at a Mexican restaurant named El Nopal. How do I get this entered into my tracker? I was planning on having some Nachos supreme with chicken, Guacamole . They serve chips with it and salsa. And a margarita!! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:03:59 EST Please point me in the right direction Hi all. <BR> <BR> I've been "off the wagon" for quite some time now. <em>39</em> and would like to get back on track but am leaning towards more of a vegetarian/raw food lifestyle to lose weight and be healthier. <BR> <BR> Is there a way to change settings on the food tracker to vegetarian? Would you please give me a link if there is? Is it more important to hit the minimum daily requirements for nutrition than to worry about going over in iron or carbs or calcium, et cetera? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:33:37 EST how do I know I am currently 143 pounds after a 42 pound weight loss, I'm 5'2" <BR> I've cut carbs and sugars and exercise 4-6 time a week for an hour to hour an half. <BR> How do I go about finding out the number I should be at. meaning, how many carbs a day should I stay under, how many grams of fat, how much protein should I be trying to get into my body. <BR> I'm thinking about adding protein powder to supplement what I may be missing and looking at myofusion brand. I still need to drop a few more po... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:16:30 EST What are your favorite smoothies? I find that I can mix quite a variety of foods into a drink and enjoy a homemade smoothie as a meal replacement. Sometimes I can get my family to join me; other times they are not pleased w/ the outcome. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a link for some creative mixes & blends: <BR> <link><BR>015/01/06/16-healthy-breakfast-smoothi<BR>e-recipes/ </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:06:20 EST Sweet Potato Love! I hadn't had a fresh sweet potato in years, so I picked up a few the last time I was at the store. Yesterday I peeked at a few articles and recipes for inspiration. And with my dinner last night I ended up with a baked sweet potato with sour cream, cheddar cheese and jalepanos. (it was supposed to have black beans but I was all out!) I was surprised about all of the awesome ideas with sweet potatoes! Tonight I'm going to try out Chef Meg's Sweet Potato chips. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:59:33 EST How much fat is okay? I was reading an article about the different types of fats, what types to avoid, how to pay attention to the "95% fat-free" etc, but it didn't say anything about how much fat is okay for you. For example, if I see "95% fat-free" on a package of chicken, and I look at the actual fat content, how much fat is acceptable? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:24:53 EST milk vs soymilk? Which is better for you: milk or soymilk? I've never been able to drink regular milk in the past, so I always drink chocolate milk. When I started college, I discovered chocolate soymilk, and I've been drinking it every since. But which is actually better for you? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:17:11 EST Guacamole instead of just avocados?? Feel like this might be a silly question, but going to ask anyway. I'd love to eat more avocados as part of my rounded diet. However, everytime I buy them I can only eat 1/2 or less before its a brown mush so I have to throw it away. My local Publix has a premade guacamole dip/spread with a limited ingredient list, all avocados and spices. Is there any reason it would be a bad idea to use this instead of just eating an avocado? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:29:22 EST Meal Planner I posted yesterday about being able to view my meal plan for the future. A coach replied and stated that I could view the meal plan in the calendar feature. I can't find the calendar feature. Sorry for the ignorance. I have just recently started using more than the tracking functions on the site, so unsure of where to find things. I also can't find the post from yesterday to stay on the same chain. : ( Where can I find the calendar feature to see my meal plan? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:54:06 EST Equal How many is ok to have per day ? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 01:46:08 EST carbs are good for you? I learned that good carbs are good, bad not so good. Simple! I enjoy popcorn at night for a snack. Air popped with spay butter and seasoning. Most times I am under my goal for carbs. How about you? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:52:36 EST How to adjust calorie goal while nursing? I'm trying to lose weight but I'm still nursing... does this affect what my daily calorie intake should be? I think as a nursing mom I need a couple hundred more calories each day but am not sure... and if I do, how do I have the goal tracker incorporate that into my daily calorie goal? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:10:34 EST carbs I am confused as to how many carbs a day i should have. Anyone can help me. I see it on tracker but i see 3 lines with 3 different numbers. Can someone help me out. <BR> <em>234</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 20:45:22 EST Low Carb Diets Has anyone ever done the "grain brain" diet? I recently went to my doctor and he suggested that I try this particular diet which he says is pretty similar to Atkins. I am just curious if anyone else has tried it and if so what were their results/opinions? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 12:33:29 EST Primal eating I'm working on the Primal philosophy - proteins, vegetables, healthy oils and moderate fruit (mostly berries). Moderate full-fat dairy. This seems to work for me. <BR> <BR> The only thing I have trouble with is that I love a good ham and cheese sandwich. But wheat is discouraged on Primal because it is so adulterated. I'm discovering I enjoy a ham or turkey roll-up - healthy deli slices (they have to be good sized slices to hold everything you want to put in them) rolled up with some... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 12:10:17 EST Scale not budging Okay, I've been really consistent about tracking and weighing out all of my food for the last couple of weeks. However the scale isn't budging. Should I be eating less of my daily calories and points? Or is there something else I should be trying? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:31:03 EST Lunch for work Does anyone have good, quick ideas for lunches to make for work? I don't cook at all (I need to start. Yes I'm 21 and don't cook yet) so I need something quick to make in the mornings yet healthy. I'm getting bored of soup and sandwiches. I'd appreciate the help! Sun, 7 Jun 2015 23:03:58 EST My weight is still dropping without trying........ <BR> <BR> <BR> I reached my goal 6 months ago buy counting calories using mfp and exercising, I lost an additional weight without trying . I am okay with it but I don`t want to lose anymore.I have had at least 3 people from work telling me that it looks like I am still losing weight. This one lady was like ``omg it looks like you are getting smaller everytime I see you`` <BR> <BR> I don't count calories anymore but I just eat when I am hungry and get regular exercise. I eat everything ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 17:48:45 EST Issues with good nutrition and weight loss Hello everybody, I am desperate for advice. <BR> I am a 23 year old female. I moved from the midwest to the south a year ago, and since then, I have gained 20 pounds. I have such a difficult time knowing what to eat, when, how much, and I am rarely able to stay motivated enough (or keep my hunger/appetite at bay long enough) to continue with a nutrition plan for more than a couple days. I have no idea what to do, and I desperately need to lose this weight because I am also enlisted, and I wou... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 00:18:46 EST How Do You Use Your Calorie Range? Do you vary daily, eating at the low, mid and high end of the range depending on the day and what's going on in your life?? <em>252</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 19:49:42 EST Sugar Free Gum Chewing When I crave something sweet after dinner, especially when I'm out to dinner with dessert eaters, I find that if I chew gum it is satisfying. Is this allowed on Ideal Protein? Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:13:55 EST intermittent Fasting I am on my first week of doing 16 hour fast daily. Anyone else do fasting and what does your schedule look like??? Pro's / Con's?? Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:37:44 EST Daily recommended servings I need to know the daily recommend servings from each food group to help me make sure I'm getting every thing I need. I cut way back on the grain (breads) group and eats starchy vegetables instead of bread, I only eat whole grain or rye if I do eat a bread. Am I depriving my body of what it needs by doing this? I have tried over and over to keep a food journal so I know how many calories and etc. I'm eating but I can not keep it up! I'm pretty sure I am under eating. I wish there was an ea... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 23:58:20 EST Afternoon Tea I need some ideas for afternoon tea. At around 3 - 4pm I when I am at tired. I have UC so cant eat many foods. Any idea's Thu, 4 Jun 2015 19:02:07 EST ways to get salt without eating more (lick chips)? Ok, please don't judge me here!!! I am trying really hard to stay in a calorie reduced diet, mainly through portion control and healthy means. I tend to over-eat. And I was craving salt really really badly!!!! But I didn't want to consume more calories... So I licked probably 2servings of chips. mmmmmm.... salt.... and I feel better. I am wondering is there a better way to get salt when you don't want to add calories? And does anyone know how many calories I should add to my counter for thi... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 18:34:09 EST phosphorus and calcium to fungi : Our Nutrition Tracker suggests the RDA amounts for each of those nutrients and will list it in the form that is typically seen on nutrition labels. So for calcium and phosphorus, those nutrients are generally listed on nutrition labels as a percentage rather than in a weight measurements such as mgs. <BR> <BR> If you have further questions about those, then it would be better to post those on our Diet and Nutrition message board where our Registered Dietitian may be able to se... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 17:49:17 EST we covered where we eat, so..what do you eat Here's a sample menu from a typical day for me. Breakfast--sausage gravy and potato breakfast bowl, lunch--hamburger pattie on a bun--dinner, Marie Callender chicken pot pie. I find I am within my calorie limit but I'm using way too many processed foods. Give me some ideas of what you eat to use as a guide. (Aside to Tifffit- I love that about your parents!! I'm assuming this is after a good many years.) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 14:23:50 EST PMS I just started my diet Sunday and have managed to stay under 1500 calories every day. But today I am having my first day of PMS, which will last a full week, and it is KILLING me! Any suggestions of low-fat or fat-free, low cal foods I can indulge in? All I want to do is eat and if I deny myself, I'll think of nothing else all day. Honestly, I will be okay if I don't lose anything and just manage not to gain anything but water weight this week. Any suggestions? Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:11:35 EST Advocare vs. It Works Wraps I went to a It Works wrap party and I was just wondering before I invest if any one has any opinions on which one of the diet supplement products work. They are both very expensive so I want to make sure I do my research. <BR> <BR> Thanks in Advance <BR> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:42:13 EST Calculate calories from Juicing? Surely if I juice a cantaloupe, I haven't eaten the calories of a whole how do I track this? Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:51:53 EST What was your first step? What was the first change you made to start losing weight? Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:05:58 EST Diet Pills So, I spontaneously ordered some diet pills online because I was seeing really great reviews. It's called PhenELITE and it's supposed to speed up your metabolism as well as make you less hungry throughout the day. However, now that they've arrived, I'm scared to take them, because I read more into it and found out that some can be really dangerous and damaging to your body. I kind of want to give it a shot... but not if it's going to cause lasting damage. What do you guys think? Is this one s... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:06:52 EST Gender Roles and Diet Do you think that men and women are expected to eat differently? <BR> For example would you say that most people consider steak to be a "man" food while salad is a "woman" food? Do you think men are pressured to eat "man" foods around others (I can't have a salad and a Diet Coke, I must have a steak and a beer or the guys will laugh at me) and women are pressured to eat "woman" food around others (I can't have the hot wings and beer, the girls will think I'm crude, I will have the grilled chi... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:59:04 EST Cardiac diet for vegetarian any advice welcome. I've heard a lot about the diet and that you can do for 3 days and possibly lose 10lb. However it contains meat and fish, and I've vegetarian. It states no changes, any advice how I can do this chemical diet as a vegetarian? Wed, 3 Jun 2015 18:58:01 EST SHAPE RECLAIMED Diet I'm looking to hear some info/reviews on the Shape ReClaimed diet. It is monitored by a physician. I've scoured the internet for reviews and I cannot find anything other than the official website and practitioners. It seems every blog that mentions it mysteriously hasn't been updated in months or years. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:14:43 EST Alternative to Soda with similar flavor Alright, so I have always had diet or low cal, low sugar soda everyday, sometimes many a day and sometimes just one. But with evidence that even diet or low calorie/low sugar brand name versions are still unhealthy, I am looking for opinions on alternatives. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried any other brands of soda that are healthier, no high fructose corn syrup or other additives? Looking for alternatives that have a similar flavor to them. <BR> <BR> Please, do not make suggestions to drink wate... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:46:32 EST Vegetables and fruit Is there a limit to how much fruits and veggies to eat? I was looking at the "Supertracker" website and it suggests that I eat 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of veggies. It would list me as having gone over my fruit and veggie limit. Also are eggs and honey really empty calories? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:26:35 EST Remove foods from meal plans I don't drink coffee, and that shows up in a lot of the meal plans. Is there a way to indicate that I don't want coffee included in my meal plans without going through and removing it from each day? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:06:11 EST weight gain <em>24</em> I have been doing so well and tracking my food and walking on a daily basis and I had lost 14 pounds. This morning was my weigh-in day and I gained 1.5 pounds. Any ideas why? Any suggestions? I appreciate any advice or words of encouragement that I can receive. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:42:22 EST nutrition counter hi, I am new here and I am somewhat uncomfortable posting anything. (shy, how ridiculous is this?). Anyway, I am a senior who retired 8 mos. ago and just sat down and watched tv for those months. Just went to dr. and gained 28#'s. I already had to lose at least 30 #'s, so you see where I am going with this? I am 71 and weight 248. My question is: I am really trying hard to do this, and it is a little difficult navigating this program, so any abnormality throws me for a loop. On monday, I add... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:46:39 EST The Nutrition Tracker I take supplements to help with vitamins and minerals my diet lacks. On 6/01, I added a Caltrate Soft Chew, and since they have calories, I listed one on my tracker. The calorie amount showed up but when I scrolled down to the summary that shows daily/weekly mineral (etc) amounts, the 600 mg of calcium did not register. I rely on this summary to determine where my diet is lacking and which supplements I need to add, so I guess I am wondering why it didn't track. I hope this makes sense to som... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 04:36:52 EST food intolerance has anyone experienced a food intolerance, i am currently having issues when i consume beef and bread. Not to much when i have other grans just breads and as for the beef its all types: steak, roasts,and ground. i have cut them out for now and have an appointment with a Dr. to make sure nothing is seriously wrong. anybody else have any issues like this? Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:11:14 EST sugar alcohol Is sugar alcohol bad or good. What exactly is it? Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:47:36 EST Can't seem to lose weight I've had weight issues most my life and have tracked my food and exercise most of it too. When I had to be put on medications in 2009 it got worse and am still on meds despite them being changed to ones that supposedly arent supposed to affect my weight. Despite that I track religiously and if I don't stick to 1,000 calories (and sometimes lower) and work out every day (cardio and weightlifting) then I gain weight. My weight is so stubborn! Could it be that some peoples metabolisms are that... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:45:34 EST HEALTHY SMOOTHIES Where can I find healthy smoothies? I don't like many fruits and vegetables so I don't get the nutrients from them much. I like spinach and lettuce and bananas, oranges, and apples, but was thinking maybe some fruits and vegetables don't have much of a strong flavor so I could put them in so I can get my fruits and veggies I need. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your help. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:21:11 EST Iced Coffee HI, <BR> <BR> Any tips out there on how to stop drinking dunkin's iced coffee?? It's not helping my weight loss and I am so addicted! <BR> <BR> -Kim Sun, 31 May 2015 18:09:13 EST Eating a HUGE lunch...and no dinner Hey y'all <BR> <BR> So I noticed something interesting - when I'm not on a diet (structuring my meals, spacing out my calories etc) I tend to eat a normal breakfast, a BIG lunch (as in, a full meal - curry with rice, chilli with rice, etc) and that fuels me so much that it takes me through my evening workout, and I rarely feel hungry after that because I think intense cardio actually suppresses my appetite! The thing is, I usually end up eating anyway just for the sake of it. <BR> <BR> Then... Sun, 31 May 2015 14:41:49 EST Do you take a probiotic supplement? Do you take a probiotic supplement? If so, what benefits have you seen from it? Sun, 31 May 2015 10:45:04 EST how do you track calories when you eat out? Would like to know how do you chart and add calories from meals when you eat out? Sun, 31 May 2015 06:05:46 EST How to gain weight without eating much? I struggle with some sort of food anxiety/social phobia, since my adolescence years. Never got any real medical diagnosis, aside from a Gastologist and my family's General physician... I'm healthy. Mostly mental/psychological battle. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I have always wanted to gain weight. <BR> <BR> But I can't eat much without feeling intense nausea, probably even end up puking. Taking a single bite from a burger makes me gag. <BR> <BR> When I go to the gym, or rock climbing, friends alway... Sun, 31 May 2015 05:06:03 EST I'm on a 1200 calorie diet -- and my chest hurts? I follow a 1200 calorie diet as part of a hospital program, and i try my best to stay around the 1200... but, is having that amount the reason why my chest hurts sometimes when I'm lying in bed in the early morning? Do I need more protein? Also sometimes I feel lightheaded when I don't eat enough meat. Are the two symptoms connected? Thank you. I don't normally diet, this is one of the few ones I've ever tried, and I've been on it since April. Sat, 30 May 2015 17:48:39 EST ideas for more protein I am usually towards the low end of my protein goal every day, and looking for more ways to get better protein without going overboard on calories and fat. Snack ideas, or something to eat with lunch and dinner. I usually have a protein bar throughout the day, and some mixed nuts and a cheese stick or 2. What else is out there that I can look into as I'm out of town for the weekend and getting ready to make a grocery run for some oranges, carrots, and grapes. Thanks in advance Sat, 30 May 2015 10:52:46 EST Maintaining weight I have reached my goal. How do I change my goal to maintain weight? Is is possible to have SP meals while maintaining? Sat, 30 May 2015 05:42:01 EST Healthy Recipes and Where to Find Them What is your favorite healthy recipe and where can I find it? Fri, 29 May 2015 20:00:13 EST How to avoid fast food when out and about My family (husband, 3 teenage boys) and I are trying to eat healthier. I would really like to stop eating fast food. Our main pitfall that lures us into ff is when we are out and about running errands. We are hungry and it is lunch time or dinner time, and we still have more errands to go. We then go grab some drive through. <BR> Drive through is appealing because it is cheap and fast. <BR> I have been searching for other ideas online, but most of the articles are talking about quieting ff ... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:39:43 EST I want my calories back! Today for lunch, I ordered with the staff and got a meatball sub, or more accurate, its a calzone, small verson. <BR> <BR> Except it didn't taste good, not like how I remember it tasting. <BR> <BR> I hate that I wasted my calories on it.....I want my calories back...! <BR> <BR> I know it doesn't work that way, but sucks. At least if I enjoyed it, it would be worth it...but it wasn't even that good. <BR> <BR> Lesson learned.... <BR> <BR> Now for something healthier for dinner... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:04:51 EST Pizza - how far I have come So, my hubby and and I have been following different food plans now for about 3-4 months. He's doing Atkins and I started with WW and am now using Spark to track all my food. I've cut out sugar and white flour and have a very occasional treat. Hubs is down almost 40# and I'm getting close to a 15# weight loss. <BR> Both of us have cut out junk food with, like I said, an occasional treat. <BR> <BR> This weekend hubs suggested we have one day to eat something completely off our respective... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:22:11 EST I want eggs! Eggs, eggs, eggs! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for good ideas? How do you like them? Scrambled? Hard-boiled? Fri, 29 May 2015 08:44:53 EST Hostess Cupcakes I bought a pkg of yummy Hostess chocolate cupcakes yesterday morning. Drove an hour to work & they sat on my desk all day staring at me. I managed to get thru my mid-morning slump & lunch without touching them Then, I finally caved at 4:15 or so. Here's the odd thing: I didn't enjoy them like I thought I would. Hmmm I wonder what this means. <em>475</em> Thu, 28 May 2015 20:41:39 EST Determining calorie goals for the "superobese" I'm having a terrible time trying to figure out what calorie range I should be trying to eat each day. My situation is a bit complicated, so I'm going to include some background info - but I don't want to get into a lot of detail or this will be more a novel than a post :) <BR> <BR> I was born with knee problems and a slow thyroid which have combined up all my life to make it very easy for me to gain weight. I also have PCOS and Type 2 Diabetes, which is well-controlled. I've never been abl... Thu, 28 May 2015 11:46:52 EST 3-Day Juice Cleanse Has anyone ever done a juice cleanse? There's a Groupon for one and I'm thinking about it but not sure if I'm just crazy. I'd like to do it for a kick start to weight loss, sure. But also to detox my body of all the crap. Not sure if I can do it with chef husband around though lol. Thu, 28 May 2015 11:45:43 EST Nutrition tracker question Several years ago I lost 25lbs using Sparkpeople. I have since regained the weight(plus some) and am beginning anew. I noticed however, that now when you log in cardio that it adds calories onto your nutrition tracker. I want to stay within my range before exercise.(Like the old meal tracker). Is there a way to turn off this feature? Thu, 28 May 2015 11:44:21 EST Where do you eat? I have heard from many sources that it is best to eat at the table while not doing anything else. I have found eating at my desk while play a computer game works better for me. I take a bite, play while I <BR> finish it. I can't always stop what i am doing to take another mouthful so it takes me longer to eat. I feel more full than I do when I just sit at the table and eat with no distractions. Thu, 28 May 2015 10:37:28 EST I got a new smoothie blender!!!! I am so happy! I ordered it on Monday and it came on Wednesday!!!! <BR> <BR> I blended up 2 tomatoes, a handful of wild cosmos (ulam raja in Malay), 4 ice cubes and splash of cold water! The color wasn't very appetizing but it was delish! And so refreshing! I got 2 plants of the wild cosmos from a friend. I can't wait for the plants to start flowering so I can get more plants! <BR> <BR> Now, I am busy making up recipes from fruits and veggies! But I can't have them everyday because of the p... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:32:12 EST Eating to maintain the weight you want to be Hi, I'm new here. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere once that if you eat the number of calories for the weight you want to be, then you will eventually get to that weight. Is that correct? For example, I'm 205lbs, 5'8 and lightly active. I want to be about 140lbs. So if someone who is 140lbs, 5'8 and lightly active maintains their weight by eating 2000 calories a day, surely science dictates I will get there too if I eat 2000 calories a day? <BR> <BR> Does this make sense or am I missing something... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:19:15 EST Bingeing result of fear? I've noticed a pattern over the past couple of months. On days that I feel particularly good about my body or my success, I end up binge eating. It's almost as if I'm afraid of being successful. ive never been as slim or fit as I am now, and I have a little bit further to go to reach my goal. My lifestyle is going to change drastically in the next couple months (moving a few hundred miles, finding a new job, etc) and part of me is afraid that I won't be able to maintain my success with my upc... Tue, 26 May 2015 23:11:12 EST HINT WATER Has anyone tried Hint Water? What's your opinion? Favorite flavor? Tue, 26 May 2015 22:55:21 EST Macular Degeneration & changing diet Hello, <BR> On Saturday my optometrist confirmed that I have Macular Degeneration (I am 43 years old and a long term wearer of spectacles). After the initial shock and subsequent nervous breakdown, I have started researching what this can mean and how to try and mitigate what will be happening to me. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I have started taking some supplements (ARED & ARED2 based). I have also read a lot of information about changing to a GI based diet. <BR> <BR> I am not very familia... Tue, 26 May 2015 22:49:04 EST How do I maintain an affordable Paleo Diet? Help!! <BR> I lost extra pounds using some tips I got from among other informative websites on Paleo diet. However, Paleo diet seems quite expensive to me. I would really love to continue with this diet. Could anyone please recommend a complete but helpful affordable solution to maintaining my new Paleo lifestyle? <BR> <em>303</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 21:24:18 EST Alternatives?? So I'm having some issues with making swaps for things I absolutely can't eat. <BR> <BR> *oatmeal <BR> *peanut butter <BR> *shellfish <BR> <BR> These are the big ones. Any ideas or recipes where I can still get the health benefits of similar foods? Tue, 26 May 2015 19:10:33 EST recommendations on eating more fiber Every day on my nutrition report it shows that I'm not eating enough fiber. I try to eat all whole grain breads, brown rice, whole wheat pastas, lots of veggies & fruit, but somehow I come up almost 50% short on fiber in the summary reports. Can anyone point me to a website or article that gives ideas on getting more fiber in the diet? Tue, 26 May 2015 14:15:07 EST What is your favorite brand of dark chocolate? I looked at dark chocolate yesterday to buy but left without any because I wasn't sure what was best. <BR> <BR> I read the article on Sparkpeople and that will help me next time....but was wondering if anyone had a favorite brand? <BR> <BR> thanks! <BR> <BR> Ann Tue, 26 May 2015 13:44:53 EST Fantastic research on Whole Grains Sparks article The Unbounded Power of Whole Grains.....this article is not to be missed. Whole grains provide MORE antioxidant (cancer preventive) benefits than VEGETABLES! Wow. <BR> <BR> Those who are interested in how we came to be feeding children Capt'n Crunch from Whole Grains google Mr. John Harvey Kellog and CW Post , Wikipedia:Grapenuts... ( he went to Kellogs sanitarium). They were health proponents of the first class. Industrialization has taken us far and away from their original vision... Tue, 26 May 2015 12:43:48 EST Healthiest Breakfast Cereal? I'm a cereal junkie and for breakfast its a quick fix for me. I've currently been eating Honey Nut Cheerios, which I know could be better for me. Whats everyone elses go to cereal pick? I'm needing some more healthy options. Thanks! Tue, 26 May 2015 12:16:34 EST Matcha help Hello everyone. <BR> Over the weekend some friensd of mine were raving about Matcha ice water and all the benefits of it, etc. I ordered some from Amazon but realized I ordered the culinary kind which is best for recipes and mix ins. <BR> <BR> So, I am hoping I am fine with it as a drink alone because I do like green goddess type drinks. However, if I do not like the taste, I am wondering if I can get some help with ideas od fiferent ways to consume it. <BR> <BR> I am trying to stay low c... Tue, 26 May 2015 11:28:27 EST menus Hi. I'm just beginning. I'm diabetic and have to loose weight. I don't know what to have for breakfast. I'm pretty good for all other meals. Can somebody help - please? Tue, 26 May 2015 08:41:03 EST Help! How do I post to breakfast, lunch or dinner? Hi <BR> <BR> Can someone help me. I am trying to post my food to breakfast, but the only option in the dialog box is: "Change all meals to ...dinner, breakfast or lunch." I use Favorites. <BR> <BR> I used to be able to post my food to breakfast or lunch or dinner specifically, now I can only add the food to my tracker and it all piles up at the bottom on the list, not under each section. <BR> <BR> How do I get the postings for my meals to go where they should like I used to be able to do? ... Tue, 26 May 2015 08:25:40 EST What's your favorite type of ethnic restaurant? If you HAD to choose one of the following, which ethnic fare do you find yourself choosing most often? <BR> Italian <BR> Chinese <BR> Indian <BR> Mexican <BR> American Tue, 26 May 2015 06:39:16 EST Staying in touch. i guess I will have to feed off you goys good choices. Thanks. Mon, 25 May 2015 19:06:08 EST Always wanting to eat I've been having an attack of wanting to eat too much today after going to the gym 2 days back to back. Will I be ok? Mon, 25 May 2015 19:04:45 EST Mediterranean diet Anyone doing the Mediterranean diet? Mon, 25 May 2015 12:01:56 EST Vinegar cravings? I have been craving vinegar like crazy lately. Any thoughts on what my body may be craving? Mon, 25 May 2015 06:47:27 EST A little help pleaese <BR> Could somebody please tell me what Collard green are. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Trev Mon, 25 May 2015 05:54:10 EST What is your best willpower tip?? I am starting a 30 day program I plan to not cheat and be perfect at least with my calories for 30 days. I have 2 little kids who don't always eat the good stuff so it is around all the time... what do you do to stay strong on the days when you just feel weak?? Sun, 24 May 2015 19:01:04 EST Is anyone want some thaifood diet? I happy to share just let me know xx Sun, 24 May 2015 18:16:19 EST What is with all these different types of flour? I've been noticing in lots of recipes it calls for coconut flour, or almond or lots of different kinds.....I can't even remember them all, and not entirely sure if the two I mentioned were really what I saw, but point is,, there are lots of diff kinds.... <BR> <BR> How is this different from all purpose flour, aren't they processed about the same? <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 14:55:31 EST Having trouble keeping FATs inline I am still having trouble keeping my FATS in line, especially when everyday I start out with 48 of my 81 grams allowed just from taking my suggested servings of vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Simply Right all natural Flaxseed oil 1300 mg Softgels, 2 serving: 30 Calories & 3 grams FAT <BR> Simply Right Omega 3-6-9 1500 mg Softgels, 2 serving: 25 Calorie & 42 ... Sun, 24 May 2015 09:32:27 EST How to get over the lack of energy with low carb? Hello all, I am doing the Wahl's Paleo, which is reduced carb, higher fat and trying to stay as low carb as possible. I am seeing an endocrinologist right now, and she wants me to go no more than 45 grams of carbs per meal, but I am trying to stay around 20-25. I am being tested for adrenal issues, so energy is a problem for me anyway, but I feel totally drained and lethargic at 69 carbs. <BR> <BR> I am also only doing 1 tsp of natural, unrefined sweetener a day, and 9 cups of fruits and veg... Sat, 23 May 2015 21:33:31 EST Memorial Day Family BBQ Hi, I am new to Spark and haven't actually tracked food yet (day 2). Tomorrow we'll be visiting family, and there will be all sorts of food. Should I bring some healthy snacks? Should I eat something before I go? I love to snack. Any healthy food suggestions so I can survive without going over board on food? Sat, 23 May 2015 20:40:23 EST Dorm room grocery list? I have to live out of dorm with only a fridge and a microwave. I am having trouble coming up with clean meals to eat with only these things available to me. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if I could get any suggestions on what I should buy that is healthy and dorm room friendly? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 23 May 2015 20:23:42 EST How long for your "taste" in foods to change? How long does it take for your taste in foods to change? <BR> <BR> I have been eating mostly real food prepared at home, with salads bought out for lunch. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went to Applebees and had one of the lunch combos, half sandwich (not sure who got the other half :) ) and chicken caeser salad, which is barely a salad, but figured I could splurge, having lunch with husband. And we had mozzarella sticks. <BR> <BR> Either the food was just horrible, or my taste for such food has ... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:10:54 EST "98% gain the weight back" - is that so? I am trying to find scientific evidence of that often-heard statement that '98 % of those who lose weight have gained it back (and more) within 5 years.". (Some say it's 95%). I would really like to know if that's true. <BR> <BR> It is hard to find any clear information about that statement and trying to find it when you're not a native speaker of English - like me - is even harder! <BR> <BR> Can anyone help? Do you know of more or less comprehensible articles / resources that shed light on... Sat, 23 May 2015 12:33:02 EST Taking soup to work? Anyone have any surest ions for the best thing to use to take soup to work, and also reheat in the microwave? <BR> Thanks Sat, 23 May 2015 01:30:13 EST Low Carb Store-Bought Dressings?? I have been using Wishbone Parm & Peppercorn Light because it has only 2g of carbs, no HFCS and is pretty low calorie. I love it and sometimes add taco seasoning to it. But I need more options. I do also make my own dressings, but looking for more store bought options as well. <BR> <BR> Have you found any good tasting low carb, store bought salad dressings?? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Fri, 22 May 2015 19:37:46 EST Anyone else doing the keto diet? HELP! I am doing the keto diet right now and I keep tweaking my numbers because, other than the first week, I haven't lost any weight and it's been almost 2 months since I began. I started it with a friend who has shed almost 20 lbs...I'm not so lucky. I have tried several different things to try to restart my weight loss. I am following the ratio of 5% carbs, 30% protein, and 65% fat which is what is recommended by most experts on this way of eating. I used several different calculators to help me... Fri, 22 May 2015 15:20:00 EST nutrition information Is there a way to just check the nutrition info about an item searched without actually adding it to your log? When I am getting ready to eat lunch or dinner, I like to know the calorie content before I decide what I'm having. Fri, 22 May 2015 10:18:38 EST Volumetrics diet book Greetings to all. <BR> <BR> A few days ago I catched a glimpse of some TV show where perfectly fit blonde girl talked about "Volumetrics diet". She said that main principle behind this diet is "eat more, weigh less" or something like that. <BR> <BR> I was intrigued with that as I am slightly overweight by myself so I did a little research. And what I found out is amazing. There are tons of great recipes and suggestions how to follow this diet online. <BR> <BR> But, I haven't found any book... Fri, 22 May 2015 09:12:35 EST Chooclate cake for breakfast & weight loss.... Chocolate cake breakfast could help you lose weight -- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It sounds too good to be true but new research says having dessert - along with the traditional fry up - burns off the pounds. <BR> <BR> Morning is the best time to consume sweets because that's when the body's metabolism is most active - and we have the rest of the day to work off the calories, a new study shows. <BR> <BR> Eating cookies or chocolate as part of breakfast that includes proteins and carbs also he... Fri, 22 May 2015 08:56:21 EST Meal planning I need help with meal planning and how much to eat and what. I want to do low carb. I'd like to lose 50lbs possible 10lbs quickly. Any suggestions? Thanks Fri, 22 May 2015 05:04:09 EST SALT, substitute, sea salt, grey salt, pink salt? With all the different salts on the market now, what is your choice? Fri, 22 May 2015 04:10:57 EST Need advice to cheat or not to cheat... It has been 5.5 weeks since I started my lifestyle change and I have eaten healthy foods 99.99% of the time since I started. Tomorrow night I am hosting a card game with some guys from work and picking up pizzas for the game. I am thinking about having a few slices as a cheat, but part of me is torn on whether to do it or not. I know one meal wont set me back but I think it is more a mental block for me at this point. Thoughts? Thu, 21 May 2015 21:01:34 EST SOY PRODUCTS NY Doctor told me I can't use any Soy products because it stimulates cancer cell growth. I wanted to let you all know!!! Thu, 21 May 2015 20:50:51 EST Dietitian Becky - Question I take Torsemide daily - and I am wondering if Low Sodium V-8 Juice that says potassium chloride is added is okay - since this medication does cause some loss of potassium. I guess I don't understand what the potassium chloride is. Is it like what you would get in a potassium supplement? -- which I do not want or need. Thanks for your help.. Thu, 21 May 2015 13:44:45 EST Eating too few calories? I have been trying to stick to a 1500 calorie diet to lose weight. I am currently 158 lbs and 5'8. I spend 45 mins on the elliptical 4-6 days per week and usually do 2-3 small strength training sessions per week. Doing some searching I have found that my BMR is around 1500 cals, am I screwing myself by only eating 1500 cals? My weight loss has really slowed down but I am also afraid of my body catabolizing my muscles. Thu, 21 May 2015 11:35:41 EST Low fat cheese I have been trying to follow some of the meal plans but am having trouble finding some of the items that match the nutritionals listed. Can someone tell me what brand of cheddar has 98 cal for 2 oz? The best I can find is 60 cal/oz. Also, what kind of whole wheat crackers do you all like? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 21 May 2015 10:59:15 EST accidentally cheated on phase 1 for 3 day, do i s I started the sbd and have been following good, I thought. I had a sweet tooth and googled desserts on phase 1. I saw where you could make sf pudding, sf cool whip, and natural peanut butter. I ate this, prob a little over recommended serving, on day 5, day 6, and day 7. I just realized today, day 8, i cheated. Should I restart phase one. I really want it to work. I have lost 4 lbs so for. I mean I would restart if I had to but I'd really like to just continue through the phase. Will this mes... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:46:42 EST Eating on a budget! Hey all! So I've discovered something that's rather phenomenal to me, but maybe not to you guys. <BR> <BR> I know a lot, if not most of us (especially college age) live paycheck to paycheck. Here's the thing - you gotta eat, right? So imagine it's payday. You didn't get all that much and you grimace at the numbers in your bank account because you've worked so hard and got so little, or that it has to go everywhere else but into your own hand. So you pay your bills, you don't have much left ... Thu, 21 May 2015 09:14:48 EST What's the deal with Vitamin A? I have been tracking nutrients along with my calories, and I'm absolutely baffled by the whole percentage portion with regards to intake of nutrients. If I eat even just half of a small sweet potato, I'm suddenly way over on my vitamin A. It says I'm supposed to get between 100-110%, and I'm worried about consuming too much. <BR> Likewise, Iron is supposed to be between 100-150%. I'm usually hitting between 20-50% even though I include meat during the day. Everything else is good with re... Wed, 20 May 2015 20:57:35 EST Calorie Counting: Testing new waters... Hi, everyone. <BR> As I write this, I'm feeling a bit discouraged & a little overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I've pretty much been over weight my entire life... My weight didn't really start to get a bit out of hand until I was in middle school. At the age of about 12-13, my mother kind of instilled in me that the only way to lose weight (& get quick results) was to go on Weight Watchers. It has worked for me in the past (I had lost 60+ pounds), however since then I have ... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:12:30 EST Need help tracking my own meal w/out recipe I buy Dream Dinners Meals. The one I want to eat tonight I made and froze back in March. I do not know all the ingredients. But I do have the Nutritionals (calories, carbs, fat, protein, fiber). Is there a way to enter the nutritionals into my meal tracker? Wed, 20 May 2015 10:43:30 EST Dining out What strategies do you use to keep calories down with eating out? <BR> <BR> SparkCoach Becky Hand suggested several strategies: <BR> <BR> - asking for high fat sauces and toppings on the side <BR> - asking the bread and chips be brought with the meal <BR> - asking for a to go box at the beginning of the meal and put half of the portion in <BR> - checking out the nutrition information of the restaurant ahead of time in order to make healthy choices <BR> <BR> She suggested several other stra... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:44:37 EST Creating Lunch meals since i work outdoors Hello, so the main problem i have is eating healthy when im at work (packed lunch) mainly because there is no refrigeration and im working outdoors (farming) so im pretty limited as far as i am aware to what i can take to work and eat safely - food not getting spoilt. <BR> <BR> what i usually take consists of, keeping in mind this is to feed me from 8am-4pm mon-fri. <BR> granola/wheat bar x2 <BR> banana <BR> yoghurt <BR> tuna pasta or chicken breast and brown rice <BR> orange <BR> a kitkat <... Wed, 20 May 2015 06:41:14 EST How do I stay away from Sugar?? I can't stop eating sugar... cookies and ice cream.. help. Why do I want to eat this stuff knowing it's keeping on the weight Tue, 19 May 2015 21:37:46 EST Salad Confusion What is a portion for Salad. I get a deli Chicken Caesar Salad from Sobeys (in Canada) and there is no nutritional information. It comes with Romain Lettuce, shredded Parmesan, and bacon bits. Obviously every salad is made differently regarding amount of cheese/bacon/chicken. What is a good guide for proper portion and nutrition information. <BR> <BR> I found a place online that states for 1/3 of a cup of the Sobey's Deli Chicken Caesar Salad it's 160 calories. 1/3 of a cup doesn't se... Tue, 19 May 2015 20:49:53 EST So what is your M.O.? Do you eat the low end of your calories range - even when you exercise - ignoring their increased calorie suggestion; or do you eat the lowest new recommended amount? Which one seems to work better for weight loss? Tue, 19 May 2015 15:32:57 EST PEANUTS I've heard peanuts are suppose to be good for you. My question is are they or is this someone who sells them just started. If any one knows or has an opinion let me know. Tue, 19 May 2015 14:37:17 EST Come Join Us.... I would love to invite you to join our team .... CALLING ALL VEGANS, VEGETARIANS and FLEXITARIANS. <BR> <BR> Making fruits, grains and vegetables the main source of our eating plan. Plant-based way of eating can help prevent, manage and even reverse serious illness. For those that are slowing cutting back on meat products and gearing for a Plant Based way of living, this is the place to be. <BR> <BR> All you have to do to join on my picture or the words below it on the right h... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:37:48 EST Tough time with eating... So I've always had an issue with eating. I don't overeat. On the contrary, I don't eat enough. Since I have so many financial obligations, I'm stuck at work with nothing to eat for most of the day. My metabolism is all sorts of messed up because I don't properly feed it. <BR> <BR> I don't have much time in the morning to meal prep, and unfortunately both fridges in my house are absolutely packed (no seriously) to the point where I can't even buy anything to fit in there. I need some help wi... Tue, 19 May 2015 10:54:22 EST Have you tried a nutritionist? Hi All - <BR> <BR> I am getting frustrated with my lack of weight loss. I go on walks 3x daily and have been really pushing myself to get more steps each day and I'm still GAINING. I am gluten free and think I eat pretty healthy, but if miles of walking isn't helping me lose weight, I should probably take a look at my food again, right? I'm thinking of seeing a nutritionist for some help but don't know if that is a worthwhile expense. What are your experiences? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 19 May 2015 10:33:50 EST eating enough calories My family and I switched to eating completely Paleo a few weeks ago and it has been going great. We eat quite a bit more fruit but it is a lot better than all the refined sugar we were eating. Anyway, the first week I lost 7 pounds which sounds like a lot but not as much, since I am still currently over 300 pounds. This week I started counting calories and noticed I barely reach 1200 a day. How do I incorporate more calories? I haven't felt any hunger since starting eating Paleo, I never kne... Tue, 19 May 2015 09:44:42 EST A ketogenic diet? I am considering going to a ketogenic way of eating. Has anyone else tried this? It looks healthy for a diabetes. Mon, 18 May 2015 20:52:20 EST Vanilla Mouth Chalk... I would like to know if any of you could recommend a yummy Protein Shake that does NOT taste like vanilla mouth chalk. I have the "Whey vanilla protein shake" that comes in that huge black jug, and it's harder to get down than I thought it'd be. I'm trying to use protein shakes to supplement my diet, somewhat. Any suggestions? Anyone try Shakeology? I'm just looking for people who have had actual experience with different brands. Thanks a bunch! Mon, 18 May 2015 17:40:32 EST hard boiled eggs vs fresh eggs calorie count When I look at the calorie count of a fresh egg vs hard boiled eggs, theres a difference of about 40ish calories. Be it here on sparkpeople, my fitness pal, web md. Theres a difference in the calorie content of hard boiled vs fresh eggs. <BR> <BR> I'm talking about just boiling the egg in regular tap water. And letting it cool, no sault, no sauce or anything added. <BR> <BR> Is there a reason behind this? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 18 May 2015 17:30:56 EST Fibrocystic Disease I was recently diagnosed with fibrocystic disease. The word "disease" makes it sound much worse than it is. My question is, has anyone else been diagnosed with this? What have you changed in your diet to help? I am weaning off caffeine, but want to know more... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:27:55 EST college student diet I just finished my junior year in college and moving into my first apartment in August. Can anyone give me suggestions of easy stuff to cook that I cold make in my little kitchen? Mon, 18 May 2015 15:13:46 EST whole grains VS gluten free i am type 2 diabetic trying to come up with an eating plan that will help me control my bood sugar. <BR> i love whole grains but i am reading from some sources we should be gluten free to help with diabetes. <BR> so confused...........maybe the True answer is moderation? <BR> <em>341</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 11:57:09 EST Need help with nutrition goals Is there a page, an article, a video, anything that can help me with ideas for fiber and limiting carbs? <BR> I am having trouble meeting all my nutrition goals and I really need help - advice. <BR> Terri Mon, 18 May 2015 11:21:50 EST What to eat or not Hi everyone. I'm fairly new here. I decided to have surgery earlier this year in February. I had the gastric sleeve. So far I've lost almost 70 pounds to date. Now, I'm in the phase where I get to reintroduce solid foods. I am a bit confused however. Sometimes, I get a worried of what's ok to eat and what's not. Lately, I've been eating Honey Maid crackers, just the exact serving amount. Which is 2 full crackers for on 120 calories. The issue is, that I don't know if its ok for me to eat. Wha... Sun, 17 May 2015 16:30:20 EST Vegetables & Fiber I had this morning fresh mushrooms, 2 slices tomatoes and lettuce but the tracker indicates no fiber. Why is that? Sun, 17 May 2015 08:59:54 EST The sugar in fruit and fruit juice I had some juice that is 100% apple juice with nothing added but then found it has 37.1g of sugar in it and 173 cals - scary! I thought I was making a healthy choice when I got this but now it doesn't seem good ? <BR> <BR> Then I looked at sugar in an apple and that's also high so how can you include fruit and reduce sugar Sun, 17 May 2015 07:45:28 EST What foods do you eat that contain a lot of fiber? Hello everyone: I am curious to see what types of food everyone eats to get their fiber intake. I know of many things that contain fiber such as broccoli, almonds, whole grains, etc. but I am wondering if maybe there are foods I don't know about that are fiber rich & are tasty. <BR> Thanks in advance, I am in desperate need to get more fiber in my diet. <BR> Have a great week-end. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 16 May 2015 19:30:16 EST Calories How many calories are good to lose weight? Sat, 16 May 2015 14:42:50 EST Protein Powder without Whey Are there any protein powders without whey available? Sat, 16 May 2015 14:29:38 EST Change my Diet I would like for you to give me some variety with a very lean hamburger once in a while. Some beef dish would be good. I like the tortillias and if you could give me some variety with that also. I like shrimp, also, and haddock, and orange ruffey. I like veal too and I love pork.. When I filled out my questionnaire, I wasn't thinking straight, so is it possible to offer me some of these things? Also, I am going out to eat this Thursday and I'm worried that I may order too many calories... Sat, 16 May 2015 13:57:42 EST ALGAVE SWEETNER HI HAS ANYONE TASTED ALGAVE SWEETER? DO YOU LIKE IT AND WHAT DO YOU ADD IT TO? Sat, 16 May 2015 12:30:37 EST What to eat on big exercise day I am not normally very active. I am working on getting more exercise, but it is slow and gradual. <BR> I am wondering how to eat on those days when I burn A LOT of calories. Like an all day, vigorous hike. Or like today, when we did heavy landscaping for 6 or 8 hours. I worked up a sweat and am hungry, so I know I need to eat more. But I'm still working on tracking and balancing my food. I wonder how to balance these sorts of days? Advice? <BR> Thank you! Fri, 15 May 2015 20:11:47 EST Low Potassium Low Sodium Eating Ideas Does anyone have great ideas on low potassium and low sodium eating? I'm newly diagnosed with kidney impairment and am feeling quite lost. Fri, 15 May 2015 19:10:23 EST How you carry the weight Hi all, new here! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anybody had noticed that certain body types lose weight with more difficulty? I'm 221 right now in a size 14 jeans and L shirts (XL juniors and some M old navy T's) should I be bigger than that due to weight? I am barely 5'5" and am very proportional/hourglass built. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 15 May 2015 17:32:11 EST Not eating enough... Does fasting or just not wanting to eat... prevent you/me from weight loss? I work out but do not eat more than 500 calories a day. Im a big girl but have no appetite for food anymore. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 May 2015 13:11:13 EST Calorie & Exercise Confusion I am a 52 year old male who weighs 216 pounds. My goal is to lose 26 pounds by the end of the summer. What I need to know is how many calories should I be eating per day in order to lose weight. I work out 6 days a week alternating between strength training and cardio. I burn about 800 calories a day. When I exercise I try to keep my heart rate at about 140-145bpm. Is this too high for me to lose weight for a man my age. Presently I am eating between 1600 and 2000 calories and the weight is ... Fri, 15 May 2015 12:14:44 EST Aspartame in Protein Powder? Hello everyone, <BR> So here’s my deal: I am vegetarian and have been on sparkpeople for almost six years and during that time have lost around 90 pounds with a five pound differential or so give or take. I am American but live in Germany. <BR> <BR> In the beginning of the year I added a half hour Kettlebell routine and an hour of weight lifting on various arm/back oriented machines three times a week. <BR> <BR> There’s a protein shake sold at my gym “Wieder Protein Powder 80 Plus.” It has... Fri, 15 May 2015 03:55:01 EST Still full even though it's lunchtime! I had a very nice breakfast : 2 slices of toasted baquette topped with wilted spinach, smoked salmon and 2 poached eggs. So healthy. So good! <BR> <BR> It's now a little after 2pm and I am still full! I did pack a tortilla wrap filled with hummus and sliced cucumber but I am still full, so maybe I'll save it for dinner! <BR> <BR> I've made up my mind to only eat when I am hungry, not bcoz the clock says so! Fri, 15 May 2015 02:19:12 EST question for vegetarians and vegans I'm semi-veg semi-vegan and am slowly trying to transition into being fully vegetarian. Many recipes that I find for substituting cheeses seem to be made out of nuts which make the entire dish highly caloric. Even when I substitute beans for my protein, the meal contains many more calories than if I would have eaten a meat based dish. What are some ways that I can keep the calorie count lower while still feeling full for a number of hours? <BR> <BR> I have more questions and would love to st... Thu, 14 May 2015 18:42:26 EST Savory breakfast ideas for the egg intolerant? I've recently developed an egg intolerance which really bums me out because I REALLY LIKE EGGS! And now every time I eat them, I get horrific stomach cramps. And almost everything I can think of for breakfast either completely lacks protein or is sweet. I am really craving something savory and healthy for breakfast. I've been rocking toast and peanut butter and it's getting old. I'm not huge fan of cottage cheese either. All other ideas welcome!! Thu, 14 May 2015 10:54:35 EST stuck at a weight for 2 weeks now i am gaining Hi there, I am really hoping someone can help me out. I was losing weight and then it stopped and now i have put on 2 pounds. I walk about 60 mins a day plus a workout dvd for about 30 mins. Should i change my calorie intake? Should i work out more? Please any advise to help me take it back off would be great. Thu, 14 May 2015 09:59:35 EST Calorie range I'm not sure if my calorie range is right ... <BR> it is saying 1200 - 1550 as the range (before exercise) <BR> then i read this article as an example where it says "If you weigh 300 pounds, you may need 3,500 calories per day or more to maintain that weight; cutting 1,000 calories from your diet (down to 2,500/day) will let you safely lose 2 pounds per week." <link><BR>nutrition_articles.asp?id=1605 </link> <BR> but i'm over 300lbs .. my range is much l... Wed, 13 May 2015 21:45:24 EST No more sugar I'm on day 5 of my forever plan to not eat exorbitant amounts of sugar (which has been my MO for years). <BR> <BR> The first 3 days I thought I was literally going insane. My body craved sugar like no other, I was like a drug addict detoxing. My brain was in a cloudy fog, I had no energy, all I wanted to do was sleep and take a trip to the grocery store for reeses peanut butter cups. I was eating healthy foods, turkey, chicken, veggies, fruit...and drinking tons of water but my body kept s... Wed, 13 May 2015 15:33:06 EST What is your favorite vegetable or fruit? I am making a trip to Sprouts later this morning and felt like branching out on some new veggies and fruits. So tell me what your favorite is and I will buy it and eat it! Wed, 13 May 2015 08:31:55 EST Dairy and Gluten free? Is there any way to have a dairy free and gluten free meal plan on sp? Tue, 12 May 2015 22:54:14 EST Energy? What would help the most with energy levels? ... mine seems to be running out quickly recently <BR> <BR> thanks Tue, 12 May 2015 01:42:25 EST Desperately Seeking Answers I've turned 45 last year and the weight started creeping on. I've gained 10 pounds in the last year and I can't seem to slow down the weight gain. I keep low carb, don't eat junk, try to stay between 1200-1400 on most days and exercise around 3x per week. What use to work before does not work now. I'm not trying to lose weight quickly, but I've been really watching and exercising for the last 4 months and the scale does not budge at all. In fact I noticed most of the weight gain is aroun... Mon, 11 May 2015 15:15:12 EST Veggie Chips I purchased some veggie chips from Whole Foods over the weekend and on the bag it says 1 serving of veggies in 1 oz of chips. Can I count this towards my fruits and veggies for the day? Mon, 11 May 2015 13:49:13 EST Daily Calorie Range Just a quick one. When I first started spark my low end calorie range was 1370. It then went up to I think 1440 now it's on around 1500. I was just wondering if it's taking into account that I'm doing a lot more intense exercise than I was at the start and have purchased a fitbit? So basically is it going up because I'm doing more? I tend to ignore the exercise added calories (no way am I eating 2500+ calories!) and work just on my base range. But I find eating so many calories hard if I'm be... Mon, 11 May 2015 09:33:02 EST Gluten sensitivity and dizziness question I've been doing a little bit of research and was hoping someone who is already aware of the condition would be able to help me figure this out. I have a dr appointment in a few weeks, but I don't want to bring up the idea if its nothing. <BR> <BR> It had been suggested by my Dr that I have insulin resistance because of another condition which I've been having trouble loosing weight because of. The last month and a half I've gone low carb (therefore to an extent gluten) and the weight has b... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:35:10 EST new need help hello how does this Spark work? How do we chat with each other? <BR> <BR> thank you, CarolynRuthR Sun, 10 May 2015 23:48:16 EST Does variety really matter? I really need to be able to predict how much my weekly bill will cost, which means my meals each week must be the same every day. For example: <BR> Week 1: Mon-Sun each meal every day will be different per meal, but the same every day of the week <BR> Week 2: Mon-Sun each meal every day will be different per meal, but the same every day of the week but maybe different from week 1. <BR> (Let me know if that doesn't make sense) <BR> <BR> So.. how important is variety every day as apposed to e... Sun, 10 May 2015 17:02:44 EST Protein and Fiber still a problem I have been with Spark for almost one month and am pretty happy with my progress so far. <BR> I do still have a few issues which I have been trying to solve such as not reaching my daily goals for Protein and Fiber. <BR> I am under my goals on a daily basis. I have tried eating different types of food, I have listened and tried some of your advice and I still can't reach the goals. <BR> Is it possible that the nutrient charts might be wrong?? <BR> I use the Spark search for a lot of my fo... Sun, 10 May 2015 15:03:49 EST How to track when eating at someone elses house How do you handle eating at someone house? We are going to my Father-in-laws this evening for dinner, although he tries to eat healthy himself I know that his girlfriend is the one cooking dinner. We are having lasagna and I am not sure how to track it in my food! I am being highly cautious on my intake throughout the day trying to save a few extra calories for dinner. But how do I do this? Sun, 10 May 2015 13:00:16 EST Anyone doing Paleo diet? My sister has gotten me hooked on some Paleo and low carb recipes, but was just wondering if anyone else can recommend some good sites and recipes.I don't want to go too far with low carb to the point of giving up fruit, but more of a moderate approach. Plus I don't want to eat so much meat. Sun, 10 May 2015 10:29:23 EST Getting no calories in your drinks. When not drinking water, I drink tea sweetened with Stevia and I add DaVinci No-sugar Syrups to my coffee. Both taste so much better than soft drinks. Sun, 10 May 2015 10:22:33 EST How to stay healthy in the summer.. Summer is really tricky for me to stay healthy as we go out a lot to BBQs,Meals and sometimes I like to eat out when I am in town and it's a lovely day. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to a friends house for Hot Dogs and a drink as It's my birthday soon and I may not see them. How can I enjoy myself but stay healthy? and when I'm eating out also? Sun, 10 May 2015 04:30:34 EST suggestions for increasing water intake? I know that I should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day, but I rarely do. Probably even more for me because of my weight. <BR> <BR> I keep a 20-ounce refillable water bottle next to me for most of the day. I refill it whenever it becomes empty. Sometimes I'm lucky if I just drink 2 of these each day (40 ounces). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to increase water intake? Sun, 10 May 2015 00:49:06 EST Protein bars Do any of you take protein bars? If so, what do you like? Sun, 10 May 2015 00:10:44 EST Pre-cooking meals for the week I am new to pre-cooking and planning meals. My goal is to have all my meals cooked and ready to go for the week so I just grab them out of the fridge. I want to know what foods work best to pre-cook and store in the fridge; especially cooked vegetables. I have tried in the past to pre-cook meals and store them in containers for the week and have had bad experiences with food tasting funny or "off" on the 3rd day or so. I would also appreciate any recipe recommendations for good leftovers. <BR... Sat, 9 May 2015 14:09:34 EST Weight Loss Would it be a correct statement to say weight is lost in the same manner it is gained. For example, if a person gains weight in the abdomine first then the fat spreads to the hips, etc. Will the weight drop off in reverse? Sat, 9 May 2015 12:42:20 EST HELP! Am I eating enough for my workouts? I think I am working out too much for the calories I am consuming. I am doing weight watchers and have been successful with it. In the fall, I added exercise to my plan and have fallen in love with working out and sweating. I am working out 5-6 days a week; 2-3 days of strength training and five days of cardio. I am burning at least 500 calories for each work out. It is usually on weeks when I go overboard with eating-not tracking well or indulging in things that are not on-plan-that I am see... Fri, 8 May 2015 16:23:46 EST Holiday Help! In 35 days I go on holiday and things haven't been going well nutrition wise. How can I kick start things and lose a decent amount of weight before I go away? I'm at 126kg and would like to lose as much as I can by the time I hit the beach. Any suggestions? I'm also a vegetarian so nothing that means I have to eat my own body weight in steak! Fri, 8 May 2015 14:13:56 EST What food did you pass up recently!? This is Nurses week, good for them. I am not a nurse but work in the office. Today they got pizza to celebrate. <BR> <BR> The old me would have been looking out for when it arrived and suddenly have an errand at the Nurses station to snag a piece or two, or more.... <BR> <BR> But today I went right by the pizza and said "it smells good" and keep going...didn't even wan a piece of it. It wasn't worth it today. Now someday,l I may want a piece and I'll let myself to have it...but today...I... Fri, 8 May 2015 12:31:45 EST Getting Accountability (daily) planning & tracking Is there anyone who would like to be accountability partners for planning out meals and snacks and tracking them in the sparkpeople tracker? We would need to check-in daily. Or as close to daily as possible? <BR> I need to change my lifestyle up a bit-and get serious with losing weight. This is my first step. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to partnering up and checking in daily. Thanks- Jen Fri, 8 May 2015 05:25:16 EST one soda a day Does one soda a day really make you gain weight? Thu, 7 May 2015 19:28:14 EST What should I buy??? recently won a prize in a weight loss/health competition at work. The prize is a FitBit, but they said since I already own a similar item, I could instead have $100 gift card to a fitness store or $100 towards something related to exercise/nutrition/healthy living. Some suggestions they made were a gift card to GNC or FleetFeet. <BR> <BR> I've been eating healthier for a while, and I don't use protein powders. My portion control has been good. But when it comes down to it, my eating habits a... Thu, 7 May 2015 13:41:20 EST IF You Are Using Plexus Slim... when do you use it? I've been using it a week. I take it with 8-10 ounces of water before anything every morning. This was suggested by my ambassador, according to the creator of The Pink Drink. I am wondering, though, if it would be better to take it a little later in the morning, before breakfast or even before lunch. <BR> <BR> IF you are taking this, feel free to make suggestions! Thu, 7 May 2015 10:04:31 EST New and looking for low carb eating support!! I'm using Spark to track at the request of my dr who is transitioning me from a VLCLD I was on to loose as much as quickly as possible for surgery. I still need to lose about 60 lbs to reach goal. <BR> <BR> He has me eating a sustainable low-carb/higher protein (he gave me my guidelines) Wed, 6 May 2015 20:20:20 EST Does anyone else out there hate "Diet foods" I must be the strangest dieter lately because I hate anything labeled low fat, low carb, low anything. <BR> <BR> I have stopped shopping the freezer aisle completely and barely go into the other aisles, staying mostly on the outside of the store. <BR> <BR> If I want butter on toast, I have butter. Real butter, or at least, real margarine, not the fake low fat kind. <BR> <BR> If I want cheese, I am having the fully loaded fat cheese. <BR> <BR> I won't do any of the protein bars. Been there... Wed, 6 May 2015 14:42:41 EST Temporary water weight gain I just switched to a new blood pressure med with a lesser dose of HCTZ (diuretic) and also have had too much sodium lately so feeling puffy - other than drinking more water, any advice? Wed, 6 May 2015 13:53:59 EST meds seemed to make it worse My son has been having issues with indigestion/heartburn. The doctor prescribed prilosec but it seemed to either not help at all or make symptoms worse. So he slowly stopped taking the prilosec and is now just taking Zantac before a meal. He has had many tests and they show he has multiple gall stones but the last test they did, the doctor says that his symptoms are not comming from the stones??? I don't quite understand how they'd know this. <BR> Anyone have this problem?? Thanks! Iam new... Wed, 6 May 2015 09:31:28 EST Cals in against Cals out Please can anyone tell me how many Cals I should be taken in if I'm burning 3500 / 4200 Cals a day in excercie in order to loose weight at 2/3lbs a week Thank you Wed, 6 May 2015 08:23:16 EST Interpreting fat on nutrition labels Hi, I have begun to pay much closer attention to nutritional information on labels, but when it comes to fats I am confused! I know the range of fat I should take in per day, but what about mono, poly, saturated and trans fats? Certainly some are better for you than others, and the way labels brag about being trans fat free, I assume that's the bad guy. Any advice or breakdown on what I should be looking for specifically? Also I had a friend add olive oil to a smoothie, which just made me... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:30:26 EST Using menu for whole family Hi! I was looking at the weekly menu and see the grocery list. My wife has had a profile here, too, and we noticed that at any one time, our menus are not the same. Add into that three children and.... <BR> <BR> We'd like to all be on the same page food wise and make a good use of the weekly grocery list feature. How do y'all convert your weekly individual menu and recipes into something for the whole family. We have tried, in the past, to simply double (or triple, or quadruple, dependi... Tue, 5 May 2015 21:36:37 EST Question I noticed my calorie intake differs from day to day. Can someone explain what is going on? Tue, 5 May 2015 20:51:12 EST Late Night Snacks and Snacking in General I am curious to what everyone snacks on, I am looking for ideas. What are healthy snacks preferably Carb/Protein together that you all eat when you are looking for something at night time or even in the day. I keep finding myself turning to apples with Nut butter or almonds, string cheese. <BR> <BR> Please share your ideas ;0) <BR> <BR> Thank You! Tue, 5 May 2015 12:36:44 EST Need more protein in my diet? Lately I am seeing that I am going under in my protein range. Any ideas that won't add a lot of calories? Tue, 5 May 2015 10:08:03 EST want to eat healthy and lose weight Where can i find a list of food to eat healthy and still lose weight not just maintain? Ive always been addicted to fast food and microwavable meals and never really learned how to eat healthy. Trying to quit dieting but i really need to lose at least 80 lbs more. Need like a full list of foods that you can eat to still lose weight. Thanks :) Tue, 5 May 2015 08:49:30 EST Not Losing Weight Last summer, I started taking a medication for a hormone imbalance (apparently I don't produce enough estrogen). I didn't change anything in my diet or exercise regimen, and started gaining 10+ pounds a month. I didn't stop gaining until I stopped taking the medication. After gaining 50 pounds, I can't seem to lose any of the weight-- not even a pound. I have been eating clean and exercising since January after taking a 3 month hiatus. I have been following the 21 Day Fix, and I have been tra... Tue, 5 May 2015 00:08:18 EST Feeling sick after taking vitamins At first I thought it was just my magnesium supplement that caused the nausea; but I've stopped that ... now I'm noticing I feel nauseous shortly after taking my multivitamin ... it seems to last about an hour but not pleasant during that time. Is this common with vitamins? <BR> <BR> thanks Mon, 4 May 2015 20:08:51 EST Weighing food on scale This is probably going to sound funny to you experts out there, but I am calorie counting and I am weighing my food before I eat it, so I know how much to record. This also helps me learn about portions. My question is I weigh it raw or after its cooked before I have any? There's a big difference! Mon, 4 May 2015 19:47:09 EST Can't lose 10 pound! GRR! Hey all...been on Nutrisystem three weeks now and ONLY lost 2 lbs. Granted, maybe due to the fact I don't have a lot to lose and those two pounds could be just water weight, Weighing in at 120 and don't see the scale move anymore. I workout 3-5 times a week, drink a lot of water. I thought by buying the "jump start" box at Wally World maybe I could lose that ten pounds since it is a balanced 5 days of meals, snacks....but, yes, processed food. So, not sure if I want to continue another ... Mon, 4 May 2015 19:00:11 EST An App tp Track? What is the most effective way that you track food and calories? I recently got a smart phone and was hoping for a recommendation for an app that would allow me to input food (like the track here on Spark People). <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 4 May 2015 17:48:07 EST What to do when you just aren't hungry? I'm totally new to this whole eating healthy thing (I refuse to call it dieting), and I need some advice about what to do when I'm just not feeling hungry. I eat breakfast everyday and usually snack throughout the day but sometimes I find that I'm just not hungry during lunch or dinner. I'm really perplexed about what I should do. This happened once last week and I went WAY below on my calories because I just skipped lunch and had an earlier dinner. Any opinions about what to do when you just... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:51:28 EST Too much chicken One of the things that me and my wife are struggling with is chicken. I know chicken is really good for you but there's only so much that you can eat in one week before you crack. Does anyone have a really good recipe for hamburger? I need somewhat of a break from chicken or else I'm gong to start not liking it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 4 May 2015 12:19:13 EST How to work out calories ?! How do I work out how many calories I am using a day vs how many I am eating ? Mon, 4 May 2015 12:18:29 EST portions Is there a chart i can use to keep up with my food potions for weight loss? Mon, 4 May 2015 11:55:04 EST Seeds - how many daily please? I started with Flax and it really 'moved' me so I did some research and added Chia Seeds and Hemp seeds. I now add all 3 to my breakfast and dinner (my dinner is oatmeal & yogurt). <BR> <BR> A little more research and I added Raw Shelled Pumpkin Seeds (SwansonVitamins $6.29 lb) <BR> <BR> The seeds are definitely helping to curb my cravings and binges but it ups my fat, albeit vegetable fat and not animal fat. Actually, this is the first time I am not having trouble maintaining a healthy f... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:01:13 EST Funny Story Last night I was eating my dessert (Greek Vanilla Yogurt with fresh blueberries) and my husband said, "Is that Cool Whip on those berries?!" Right-like I'm going to do something like that now. I thought that was funny. Anybody else got a funny story? <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 07:16:22 EST