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 Have pros or cons to taking vitamin D? My doctor suggests I take more vitamin D, after feeling fatigued for weeks. <BR> I haven't changed my diet, sleep, she thinks it's just a deficiency. Which she may be right, but wondering if anyone else uses extra D? <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:08:18 EST unsettling raw veggies and fruit Anyone else feel bellyaches after eating raw F and V's? <BR> I have been so proud of myself for making salads for lunch and dinner! However, after my 1st plate...I still feel hungry. Then after some milk or water, still hungry. So I have more salad...but this nauseated belly. <BR> It's been like this all week! <BR> I do vitamins and exercise... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:05:37 EST what I learned today about my eating I eat mindlessly when I am alone. which is most of the time because my husband works nights so most of the time that I am awake he is either sleeping or at work. While he sleeps I take care of my 18 month old. I also realized that I can be pretty good till after lunch then the mindless eating happens especially now that there is easter candy sitting here. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:51:07 EST drinking with healthy eating I am not a casual drinker I only drink 2-3 times a year mainly my birthday and our Christmas party. in a couple Weeks we are going on vacation and i'm wondering what are "safe"drinks as far as calorie wise. it will only be one night and i'm spending 2 days at sea world with 2 kids so i should be getting plenty of exercise. also i don't drink beer or wine so i'm looking for mixed drink suggestions. i don't want to just take a break i will have only been doing this a month when we leave and i d... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:24:07 EST Chef Meg Videos <BR> I was wondering if Chef Meg would make 2 videos to add to the "library" .... how to fillet a *round* fish like trout or tilapia and the other one would be how to prepare an artichoke. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Marie Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:57:06 EST I stay hungry all day...any suggestions? If anyone has any suggestions on what to eat to feel full, please let me know. I try to eat healthy and I start with breakfast then a snack then lunch then a snack then dinner and a very small snack at the end of the evening. It just seems that I am hungry all day. I don't have time to do a lot of cooking so I eat a lot of fruit and fresh vegetables. I just don't seem satisfied <em>24</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:22:29 EST Tracking vitamin K for Coumadin (warfarin) users. Is there any way of adding vitamin K to the tracker. It is so important that I keep the K at the same levels. <BR> I was low on potassium and Vitamin D. The tracker has helped me to keep track of those. <BR> I have afib and there are an estimated 2.66 million people will have atrial fibrillation. <BR> They put most of us on warfarin to thin are blood and we are not allowed to have but a certain amount of vitamin K and have it the SAME AMOUNT DAILY. <BR> <BR> IT would be wonderful if Sparkp... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:09:16 EST Digestive Detox Challenge I have a few issues with bloating and gas. I also have some other problems with digestion. I am going to faithfully try this challenge and learn some new things and hopefully change some of these problems. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:23:47 EST Anybody have some easy protein suggestions? I know this may be a silly question...but how can I incorporate more protein into my diet? I eat yogurt, cottage chz, maybe a slice of chz with apple..for snacks..meat with dinner, and some type of protien with my lunch. I'm still on the lower end of my protein goal! I don't understand. Any suggestions or help would b greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! :) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:14:40 EST Bikini challenge! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Im trying to lose 15 pounds during the next 3 months, that because I'm officially part of a bikini challenge. Suggestions of what to eat and how to exercise? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:02:51 EST Recipes using small salad shrimp? I got a great deal on frozen small salad shrimp on sale at the store. I do not like salads but I could not pass up this deal so I bought a lot of it. What are some of your favorite recipes using it? Healthy of course! And preferably easy and cheap recipes that do not have a lot of ingredients. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:03:50 EST the anxiety of gaining weight? I feel sobdepressed and feel like such a loser. Back in october I started my diet and started working out and managed to go from 150 pounds to 120 pounds. Once I reached the 120 mark by body just started going crazy.My mesnstruation cycles have stopped and my hair has become thin throught the months and i have always felt cold. Like three backs ago I started going more crazy and having suicidal thoughts and thought maybe i needed a diet break and strted eat alot .I went tk the doctor regardi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:34:20 EST Tapas menu help? We're going out to a tapas restaurant that has a special fixed price menu. They only have 4 locations, so aren't required to provide nutritional information, and it's a splurge, but I also want to try to stay within reason as much as possible! The options are on the second page of the link below -- one selection from each of the 5 sections Any advice for someone who is counting calories? For this meal, I'm not as concerned about macros, but I'm trying to be mindful of hidden calories in t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:26:37 EST I need more protein and Vitamin D I burned my esophagus the other day and it hurts SO bad. My doctor has me drinking viscous lidocaine with Maalox and children's antihistamine so that I can drink juices right now. Without it, it hurts to swallowed juiced carrot. <BR> <BR> Well, I have been taking the meds, juicing a recipe, then drinking it after my esophagus in numb. I can't eat anything solid (not even baby food) until it heals some. They think I probably blistered my esophagus b/c there was a small blister on the back of ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:54:11 EST Muscle Strains Had muscles strains on both my claves since Good Friday. Have no idea how I strain them, since my last exercise was two days before the strain. Have been out from exercise for almost a weeks now. It is upsetting especially when I got my exercise momentum going. Calves are still recovering, and looks like another few days before I can get any exercise <em>39</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:52:35 EST Banana Nut bread Need a very low fat but awesome tasting recipe so my whole family can enjoy Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:59:44 EST Are you drinking your water? When I'm out and about doing errands shopping etc. I've had a habit of stopping at a drive in McDonalds for a drink. Well before I go out I fill up my 1 liter water bottle and sit along the way. Since I have the H2O right with me I am less likely to stop at my local McDee. Not only is is a healthier choice, I am also saving money. Yeah Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:29:39 EST Please evaluate eboost Jillian Michaels says this is better than coffee. It has caffeine but also vitamins and no added sugar. <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:58:35 EST Milk Dilemma I drink whole milk -- always have done. My father's parents were dairy farmers. <BR> I just can't get used to 2% and 1% isn't even a consideration. <BR> <BR> I've actually considered mixing 2% with Whole as an option. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas or suggestions on weaning from whole to 2% milk? <em>466</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:25:22 EST Carbs/Fat/Protein So what do you guys do? <BR> <BR> Do you count calories? <BR> <BR> Do you low-carb it? <BR> <BR> Wing it? <BR> <BR> I am so confused - I've tried everything without much success. The one thing I do know, I have to really limit my dairy. I eat cottage cheese every morning - but that's about it. <BR> <BR> I've read that you should stick to 40-50% Carbs, 25-35% protein, 20-30% fat and never go below 1200 calories (women)...but then I'll read somewhere else that 40-50% for carbs is ridic... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:51:45 EST How to track homemade recipes I am having trouble tracking homemade recipes. I need some tips and tricks. <BR> <BR> I have measured out each item and then had a grand total of calories for the entire meal but without measuring how may servings its hard to tell. Im sorry, im new at this and Im not sure if Im doing it right. Last night I measure out my own portion and cooked separately from familys. Is this the easiest way? <BR> <BR> Thank you :) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:24:08 EST Breakfast Sandwiches I have tried a few of them but I cannot seem to find one that doesn't end up boiling hot but still frozen at the same time. The Weight Watchers sandwiches seem to turn out the best. Is there a secret to getting these cooked right or is there a better brand? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:32:08 EST Low Thyroid Hi there! So a few years ago my doctor told me I had and under active thyroid. While it wasn't too severe, I still have to take .5 gram of medicine every morning to balance it out. With the medicine my numbers are fine but I have heard a lot about how difficult it is for people with thyroid problems to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I just started so, so far I havn't noticed any difficulties, I've been losing about a pound a week since I started. But I know that many others in my shoes have a lot o... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:19:58 EST Sweets overload I have been doing really well since January, but starting Sunday I have been eating very unhealthy. It's like because I allowed myself to eat a couple of bites of sweets (my biggest weakness) that now the dam has opened and I have reverted to my old eating habits. I am trying to reel myself in and reassert myself but it is really hard. I did allow myself sweets while "dieting" so I don't know why I am all of a sudden reverting back to old habits. Any thoughts, tips, or advice? Thanks so... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:04:48 EST Your favorite substitution? So, recently I wrote a blog talking about some of my favorite substitutions and changes. I thought it would be interesting to ask ya'll what some of your favorite substitutions are <BR> <BR> My favorite indulgent one is: <BR> <BR> Sugar Free Jello Cheese Cake pudding with fresh raspberries (to replace regular cheese cake) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:36:02 EST weird thing Until about 2 weeks ago I could eat meat. Suddenly, after eating a meal I fixed, it felt heavy on my taste buds and felt bad and haven't been able to eat any since. I know as we get older sometimes out tastes change. I know that there are certain foods that I didn't like before I enjoy now. Several years ago, I stopped liking pork products which was no big deal because I really wasn't a fan of most pork products to begin with. <BR> <BR> I'm seeing if anyone else has experienced this and... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:30:54 EST Tracking Reveals Forgotten Calories through tracking I discovered overlooked calories such as additions to salad like dressing, cheese, seeds, berries, etc. a quick way to cut a few calories would be to eliminate the extras! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:20:17 EST suggestions for around a 350 calorie lunch? I could really use some ideas for lunches around the 350 calorie mark and dinners to if anybody has them. I am trying to divvy up my meals and snacks through the day. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:13:26 EST Your big clothes after dieting <BR> What are you planning to do with your big clothes when you reach your goal weight? <BR> <BR> 1. Toss them into a local used clothing bin <BR> 2, Burn them <BR> 3. Save them just in case Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:47:09 EST Shared Tracker Question I tracked a banana today and when I go to my shared nutrition tracker it shows banana, fresh but when you click on it for the nutritional information it says Nutrisystem Banana Nut Muffin and gives the nutritional information for a muffin I never ate. Does anyone know why? <BR> <BR> Potatoes, raw shows up as Nutrisystem cheesy baked potatoes. <BR> <BR> Broccoli, raw shows up as Nutrisystem cream of broccoli soup. <BR> <BR> I don't want someone looking at my shared tracker for food ideas a... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:00:53 EST can't seem to lose I have been pretty consistently tracking my food & exercise since February. When I go to the "calorie differential over time" report, I can see that i am eating an average of about 1200 calories give or take. I am also in a deficit of calories because of my exercising. I have a bad hip. so I am not able to exercise as much as I would like, but I have been pretty consistently either riding my stationary bike or walking. I have only lost 2 lbs, that may be overstating it because the scale I sta... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:46:15 EST Could salad cause weight gain? I am a regular salad eater. I eat salad 1-2 times a day! I always make sure it is leafy greens, a rainbow of veggies and a protein. I'm careful with adding a lot of toppings that are calorie packed and I make sure I don't use a lot of dressing - sometimes none if I have an avocado with it. When I calculate the calories a meal sized salad they usually work out to about 500 calories or less. I don't come from a family of salad eaters, so when I go home to visit I won't have salad for 5 day... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:33:46 EST Transformation plan by Rexall? Has anyone tried the Transformation plan offered by Rexall? I've been looking around the internet and can't find a whole lot of negatives on it. But the fact they want $1300.00 upfront gives me grave doubts. Is this all a well-put-together scam?? <BR> I'd appreciate as many opinions/feedback on this as possible. Thanks! <em>41</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:25:29 EST 1200-1500 cal/day. how many calories at breakfast? What is your target range for breakfast calories? I'm trying to stick to a goal of 1200-1500 calories per day. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:39:34 EST Healthy Breakfast Ideas I am recently moved from working at home to working in the office. When I was at home I could fix a healthly breakfast. But now having to be on the go, I have no idea what to eat for breakfast. What are some breakfast ideas that I can take with me into the office. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:42:33 EST Legs swell 1/2" - 3/4" at end of day - normal? For the past few months, I have noticed that skinny jeans and boots are tight on my lower legs at the end of the day. Yesterday I measured and realized that my calf measurement starts out at 13.5" around 8:00 AM and goes to 14" or 14.25" by 5:00 PM. It's only my lower legs - my thigh measurement stays the same. <BR> <BR> The fact that they are swelling this much is disturbing to me. It also makes it difficult to get into my riding boots when I have evening horseback riding lessons! Is this ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:35:51 EST Summer ice cream stands With the nice weather finally here it's very tempting to avoid those "road side ice cream and burger stands. Love milkshakes and soft serve ice cream. I live close by one, so it can be very hard to drive by without wanting to stop in. Any advice? Does anyone else have this temptation? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:19:37 EST Interesting article from Diabetes Spectrum Diabetes Spectrum is a publication by the American Diabetes Association. This article gives an interesting update on the recommendations for eating with diabetes and pre-diabetes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t/25/4/238.full?sid=205120d8-8d95-4c3c<BR>-aed7-3bbd4bcea55f </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:35:12 EST My own dang fault....:( Back in 2006 I weighed 154lbs and went all the way down to 136. Fast forward to today and I'm 165. :( It's my own fault. For the last 4 years I haven't been consistant on eating good and exercising, but, I stayed around 145 for the longest time. Now, all of a sudden I'm at 165!! I am sooooo disappointed in myself it isn't even funny. I'm hoping to get started and KEEP at it. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:37:33 EST Advocare Is anyone using or has used any of the Advocare Products? I am just starting the 24 day challenge. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:40:08 EST Blogs/websites about whole and real foods? Hi everyone. What are some of your favourite blogs and websites about eating whole and real foods. I am looking for some info rich sites on the topic...maybe with some meal ideas. Really though I am looking for articles on going totally whole/real food in a world filled with processed food. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:37:22 EST Success without tracking? Hi Everyone, I am new to spark people and I have a meal plan from a dietician, I follow guidelines from her daily, I inputted them into my tracker for 4 days to see if I was in range for calories, fat, carbs etc and I am hitting the targets. Can I continue to not track and still be successful in losing weight? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:32:34 EST How do I count a portioned meal? I do not want to track calories or write down what I eat. It's very tedious and it wastes my time. So, in the moment, how do I know I am getting enough nutrition from each food group? I do like to portion food out. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:56:57 EST Substitute for 2 Hard-Boiled Eggs? What can I eat for lunch instead of 2 hard-boiled eggs? I like them, but they get old quick. Idea of what I usually eat: 2 hard-boiled eggs, 3 Wasa bread, 1 oz of sharp cheddar, and 1 apple. I just want another option for the eggs so I can switch it up. Thank you so much! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:34:29 EST Common Serving Sizes Most of the time when I look up a food it says "1 Serving", I then have to check the box for how many grams a serving is to then weigh it. When I want a piece of Duncan Hines Spice Cake it might say in Sparkpeople 1/12th of cake is one serving. unless I cut up the cake to 12 pieces , hard to say what one serving is. Does Sparkpeople show the nutritional label for foods or have a chart of "Common Serving Sizes" that would give me what that cake would be for 100g or 1oz? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:12:48 EST Late night dinner & binging Hello there! <BR> <BR> This is my first time posting a message and I really hope I can have some suggestions or feedback. This has been one of my main issues for a really long time and I want to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I am usually not home till late at night and I end up binging on all the unhealthy stuff because I did not have dinner. How do I have a clean dinner if I am not home till around 11pm? I would prefer to prepare home-cooked meals as I do not like eating out. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:45:49 EST Veteran Spark Maintainer Gaining Weight - Help! I have been a member of Spark People for quite a long time and have been maintaining my weight up until January of this year by tracking calories and staying in a particular calorie range. That has worked for me for approx. 3 years. In June of 2013 I had an abdominal hysterectomy and it took me a very long time to get back to "normal" as far as ability to do any type of exercise, function normally, etc. <BR> <BR> I had a few complications from the surgery including back spasm issues that n... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:36:34 EST Deli Meat What brands of deli meat are the healthiest/most tasty? I have recently realized I don't eat sandwiches for lunch like I used too, I usually reach for leftover meals or go for convenience. I am interested in both packaged and deli meats. Husband used to always want to buy the cheapest, but now I've converted him to the deli :) So, knowing the meats can have high sodium/fat, and are not known to be the healthiest, what brands do you like? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:14:11 EST Vegan Sparkpeople Hello, <BR> Has anyone tried any of the meals from the vegan meal plans? And is there a book edition? I am only finding the Kindle addition. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:27:12 EST Vitmans & Supplements - Knowing What To Take?? Does anyone know of a website where you can input the names/amounts of vitamins and supplements you're taking to ensure you're taking what you need to making sure to avoid any interactions? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:50:02 EST Need Advice Dietary Changes! Hello! I am seeking tips and advice from others who may have been through my situation before. I need to cut out (for the most part) dairy and wheat products in order to get my digestive issues under control. This is going to be very difficult for me, as all of my favorite foods contain one or both! (Baked macaroni and cheese, pizza, ice cream, etc.) To further complicate things, I do not have a kitchen to cook in right now. <BR> <BR> Can anyone with lactose and/or gluten intolerances prov... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:35:05 EST weight loss help im so lost as to what to do in losing weight. I have tried so many diets its making me sick. if anybody out there knows how to lose weight without the cravings for junk food, candy, carbs then im all ears. I also take lithium which makes losing weight nearly impossible. how do I get away from what I normally eat to things that are healthy for your body. im in need of this forum's answers. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:03:57 EST Fat Burning Supplement I am looking for suggestions for a fat burning supplement to take along with diet and exercise. I am gaining muscle tone but not burning fat like I would like to. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:23:57 EST Extreme Hunger Pangs! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am just getting back on the wagon for the 2nd time with Sparkpeople (although 3rd or 4th time dieting in general) and I have been doing well at everything but eating inside my calorie range (cacluated by Sparkpeople). I get right up to the top of my calorie range before I go to bed, and then in the middle of the night I wake up with the most extreme hunger pangs I've ever felt. I feel like I'm dying of hunger. Last night I had to eat 300 extra calories before it would ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:28:54 EST diabetes/stevia Does stevia cause blood sugar spikes? I do not like the idea of artificial sweetener. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:09:15 EST Night shifts and meals So its almost 5am and i am getting hungry, i had dinner about 8 hours. sometimes i wonder about coming home at 5 eating and going to bed, or is it best to sleep a few hours get up and make something eat then lie back down? i do these shifts like 2x a week i am sure there are others like me out there...Im thinking of just doing some fruit and a dairy and some v8 right now.. <BR> <BR> i hate my work schedule at times haha! of course i cant stay up as i do have to work this afternoon at 1pm - s... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:30:33 EST Nutribullet questions Hi all, <BR> <BR> Does anyone here own a Nutribullet? <BR> <BR> I'm considering getting one so that I can start my day with a smoothie that is actually smooth. My current blender does its best, but it can't handle a lot of things, and the ads don't really tell you everything, do they. :-) <BR> <BR> I would like to know how successfully it smooths out certain foods. I'm looking for something that really genuinely does blitz everything because I suffer from diverticular flare-ups and have... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:35:01 EST Juicing My current weight is 215pounds going on a juicing diet for 60 days. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:55:13 EST Happy but what is the science? I'm happy to see discussion of Asian food on this list, that's just the nutritional information I'm looking for. Eating Asian is the first diet strategy that really seems to be working for me, having dropped a little over twenty pounds. But I'd like to understand the science behind it. I'm sixty three, good low numbers, but still about forty pounds over weight. I did the low carb thing for years and yo-yo'd most of the time. Where can I learn the real science behind high carbing? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:33:02 EST Daily calorie requirement -- confused newbie :/ I'm new to the whole calorie counting thing -- I did Weight Watchers for two years and lost 65 pounds, but I've since gained back about 25 of those, and I'm working to get them off again. Money's kind of tight and $80 a month is a fair chunk of money, so I decided to try my hand at calorie counting. <BR> <BR> But oh my god, I am so confused. :/ <BR> <BR> I signed up for SP, and based on the info I fed in, I have a daily calorie range of 1200-1550 calories a day. Now, I know that's a rang... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:10:00 EST Am I counting the fruit/vegetable servings right? In my lunch today: <BR> <BR> - 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli (2 servings) <BR> - 1 cup sliced mushrooms (2 servings) <BR> - 1/2 large orange bell pepper, chopped (1 serving) <BR> - 1/4 cup chopped scallions (1/2 serving) <BR> - 1 cup quartered strawberries (2 servings) <BR> <BR> Did I really have 7 1/2 servings of fruits and vegetables with lunch, or am I counting wrong? I eat this many at lunch and/or dinner often, and I just want to make sure I'm tracking it right. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:42 EST question about nuribullets this morning i made a shake would i just enter amounts like i would usually with any other food? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:48:59 EST am I eating enough? I have just recently started eating healthy and being active again. I am 227 5'6 and right now I have a small goal for 60 pounds. I am eating around 1000 calories a day. breakfast lunch and dinner with 2 snacks in between. Lots of fruits, chicken and veggies. I am a VERY picky eater so its hard for me to have a huge variety. I am working out 5/6 days a week. Mostly cardio with a 2/3 days with light strength training to start. from all I have read it seems I am not eating enough to lose weigh... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:50:27 EST Best dishes at Asian restuarants Hello, I recently moved to a place that has a large selection of foods from different regions of Asia including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean foods. There's also Indian food but I'm not sure if that counts as Asia. I'm not as familiar with some of their ingredients and I was wondering what some of the healthier options were. I know sauces can be loaded with hidden calories so i just want to make some good choices when I dine out. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:15:41 EST Help with reading lables! So I am new to the diet new lifestyle thing. Right now I don't know much about reading labels. Sure I can count calories but I also no high sodium in meals is bad, but why? Give a girl some help, what am I looking for while reading labels and why? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:57:03 EST did u take the stairs or elevator? stairs Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:16:39 EST daily calories changed??? While i was logging my dinner this evening, i noticed my daily cals went from 1750-2100 now its 1260-1610 what would make this change? ive only been doing this a month so still kinda new LOL <BR> <BR> I used to do 600 cal now i gotta revise that i think :D Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:36:24 EST Keep gaining weight I having been following weight watchers on and off for a while now. I got down to 172 lbs. I was walking/jogging 1 1/2-2 miles 4-5 days a week. I had some life situations come up and those have finally settled down. <BR> <BR> About 2 months ago I started doing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution 6 days a week and 3-4 days a week I walk/jog 2 1/2-3 1/4 miles. <BR> <BR> My diet is basically the same everyday. I drink a protein shake (meal replacement) in the morning for breakfast or will eat o... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:27:52 EST Snacking at Night I would love some suggestions on alternative ways to stop snacking so much at night. I do great during the day eating, but then at night I cant seem to stop snacking so much. I blow my entire day by eating at night just before bed. <em>39</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:56:50 EST Confused About Calorie Intake.. On the food tracker page, everytime I exercise my allowance of calories goes up. Since I'm trying to lose weight I feel like eating those extra calories will keep me from my weight loss. So if I eat extra calories like it recommends, will I still lose weight or just maintain? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:25:39 EST Calcium Question I decided to start tracking my Calcium intake through SP. I don't have a ton of Dairy since it upsets my stomach so I wanted to make sure I'm still getting enough from everything else I eat. My Tracker is set at 100-150% RDA, but everything I read on here is in milligrams. I go over 150% RDA almost every day, is my tracker set too low, or am I really getting a ton of calcium. I'm not sure how to convert the RDA % to milligrams either. I'm female in my late 20's and eat on average 1500 calorie... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:42 EST Weight Watchers VS Sparkpeople Which one do you think is better and why? I cannot decide which one I want to do. I like WW because fruits and veggies are free. And if I exercise, I get to eat more. Plus, there are extra points I can eat during the week if I want to. I hate feeling deprived. <BR> But I feel like there is more help available on Sparkpeople (message boards are very active). But I hate having to weigh everything and count calories, especially for fruits and veggies. I feel like points are so much easier to man... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:28:54 EST Too much protein? Let me start this by saying that I recently had my blood sugar tested and the it came back really high. It scared me enough to make some drastic changes in my life in attempt to control my blood sugar through diet and exercise so that I'll never have to rely on insulin. My main focus is to shed a few pounds and keep a close eye on the amount of sugar and carbohydrates I'm consuming. <BR> <BR> With that said... I'm doing an awesome job of keeping my calories, fat and carbohydrates in the rang... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:00 EST How many Calories should I eat? Hello. I am wondering how many calories I should for sure consume now that my exercise is connected to my food tracker. Normally (without exercise) I'm 1200-1500 calories. But when I exercise, then it bumps that up by what I burn. For example 1450-1750. Should I then make sure I eat to the new bottom of the range (1450) for sure, or is it okay to make sure I at least get 1200? I guess my question is, do you have to eat your exercised calories? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:21:35 EST Metformin - Help Please Hi, Looking for your opinions to make sure I am understanding appropriately. <BR> <BR> I started taking metformin for the simple reason that if my blood sugar spikes at all, my hormones go completely out of whack. <BR> <BR> I was taking 2 - 500 MG tablets per day - one in the morning and one at night. I got pregnant, my OB/GYN took me off the meds, and I lost my baby. Fast forward to today, my primary care doctor put me back on the metformin at 1 - 500 MG Extended Release tablet one time ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:12:53 EST Passover HI there! Anyone have any good and healthy passover ideas to eat during the holiday? I feel like im going to get sick of roasted chicken very fast, and although its yummy, matzo pizza probably shouldnt be the only meal i can think of. <BR> <BR> What have you guys been making this week? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:30:10 EST Spark Diet? Has anyone followed the given sparkdiet and lost weight? Or does most everyone just use the food tracker to track their own food? I am trying to decide if I'd like to follow the diet they are giving me or not. Please advise, thanks! <em>277</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:52:18 EST Seeing A Nutritionist So I got tired of getting confused over all the conflicting information out there, and so I decided to go to a nutritionist to see what I really should be eating. <BR> <BR> It was an eye opener in a couple of ways. Firstly, she didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Plenty of fruit and vegetables, 3 meals, plus a couple of snacks, focus on whole foods and avoid processed foods and sugar. <BR> <BR> However, she said a couple of things that I questioned. Firstly was the subject of fat... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:56:56 EST Low Blood Sugar Just before my night snack I took my Blood Sugar and it was 91, I have to take 40 units of Lantus and 10 units of Humolog, so I had a Turkey Hot Dog and 1 small Dinner Roll with a little bit of butter on it and a Sugar Free Pudding. Waited and hour and checked it again, it was 119, so I had a bowl of Fruit loops and 1/2 cup milk in it. Waited 45 minutes and checked it again, it is now 126. So I think I feel safe enough to go to bed. My body is so used to having 300 - 600 blood sugars that now... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:03:14 EST what i have learned well tracking my food has shown what amounts I can eat for the number of calories I need to maintain what I have ran across that is harder is keeping the carbs, fats and proteins lined up the right amounts. I just keep trying. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:34:54 EST Best foods for recovering from a binge... or series of binges? :( <BR> <BR> Had four very bad days in a row and I am ready to feel better again. To top things off I am sick (sinus infection) so my body needs to recover from illness as well. I know I need to be drinking lots of water, but are there any foods in particular I should nourish myself with that might help me feel better a little more quickly? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:18:12 EST Chicken fillets Today I baked two pounds chicken fillets after there was one pound of fillets left. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:11:17 EST To multivitamin or not to multivitamin? I've been doing a lot of google searching and I can't seem to come to a consensus. Do you find a multivitamin helps you? Hinders you? Never taken them? <BR> <BR> I ask because through tracking I've noticed a few of my nutrient levels are consistently low (magnesium, potassium, vitamin d and iron). A multivitamin would probably help with those but would it put me too far over in other areas? <BR> <BR> Any advice about vitamins would be great! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:24:24 EST Cholesterol Good Or Bad Ok I have been eating well, I think. Salads, watching my calories, cutting back on both fat and sugar consumption, plus staying within my caloric allowance for the day. All sounds good right??? Just checked out the nutrients at the bottom of my page. My cholesterol intake has been huge. Well above what I'm supposed to be taking in. What am I doing wrong?? Eating healthy shouldn't raise my cholesterol I'm confused and don't understand what I'm supposed to be doing. Are the levels ok if they ar... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:59:45 EST Portillo's Lemon Poppyseed muffin Did you know... <BR> <BR> Lemon Poppyseed Muffin <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 1 muffin, Calories: 486, Fat: 27.5g, Carbs: 57.1g, Protein: 6.3g <BR> <BR> I just ate one <em>39</em> <BR> I can't believe this?!? In one small little muffin Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:53:27 EST Diverticulitis liquid diet & metabolism I have just been diagnosed with diverticulitis. Occasionally, it may be necessary for me to go on doctor-prescribed liquid diets for anywhere from 1-4 days. During that time, I can only have broth, popsicles withou fruit, ice chips, pulp-free juice, etc. Has anyone else here had to do this and if so, did it screw up your weight loss or weight maintenance at all? I'm worried it's going to mess up my metabolism. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:39:25 EST How much soy is "safe" I am a 31 year old female with no significant health issues. I would like to know how much soy is safe to consume weekly for me. I love eating edamame and can eat half a bag of the Bids Eye steamer bag in one sitting easily. Is eating this amount every day safe for a snack? Half the bag, according to the nutrition label, is about 2 - 2.5 ounces of the shelled beans. I do not consume any other soy products regularly. Thanks! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:25:34 EST Tortilla Chip Alternatives? I'm working really hard to clean up my diet to bring my blood sugar down. I've found great alternatives for most things I love except for tortilla chips and they pack 19g of carbs in one tiny serving. I want something to eat with my salsa, taco dip or healthy nacho mix. Any suggestions of something low carb to eat in place of tortilla chips? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:43:55 EST New Med - NO appetite I recently started a new med for my Type 2 Diabetes called Victoza. I have absolutely NO appetite whatsoever. I am doing good to choke down 800 calories per day and I am a BIG woman - over 300 lbs. I love the fact that I'm not hungry all the time and my cravings are nearly gone. When I do get one, I can face it with a much clearer head. <BR> <BR> However, I've read that eating too few calories slows down metabolism and isn't good for you. I'm not sure what to do. I really don't want to... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:05:58 EST cant lose weight im getting frustrated at me not losing any weight. I have tried a bunch of diets and weight loss methods and nothing has worked. im 335 pounds and 6' tall. the scale won't budge. what is the real reason for my plateau is it: insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, or something else entirely. please help me with this problem, it is greatly appreciated. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:50:58 EST Eating at night I am looking for suggestions. My work schedule has changed and now I get a lunch break at 3:45 in the afternoon but don't get off work until 9:30 pm. After riding my bicycle home (a 8 mile trek) I get home at 10:30 at night starved. In the past I would never eat after 7 pm but I feel I really need to eat when I get home. Are there any suggestions on what I could eat at night that will curb my hunger and not add to many calories before going to sleep? I am really struggling with this and it ha... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:41:22 EST Need Carbs? My Spark Report keeps telling me I need more carbs everyday I have at least 40 – 170 carbs I need to eat. I’m a very picky eater and usually get my carbs from some type of potato what are some other things I could eat to get carbs? Is it really important to have that many carbs every day? Also is it bad to not meet your calorie count for the day there are some days I only get around 900. I thought it was good to vary your calorie intake to jump start your metabolism, but I am no expert so... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:12:55 EST fluids? water? I'm curious what fluids people count as "water". <BR> <BR> tea? <BR> coffee? <BR> non-calorie carbonated drinks? <BR> non-calorie non-carbonated drinks? <BR> other? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:29:17 EST Dinner my big meal of the day Every since I was little, Dinner was the big meal of the day. I don't think that is going to change because the whole family is not going to change. Now that it is keeping warming, I am going to start going for walks after dinner. I am not much on breakfast. Today I had a banana. I may have a small snack about 9 or 10. I will have a decent lunch. Not to big and not to small. Then maybe another smalll snack about 2 or 3. Then Dinner is usually my bigger meal. But I always have a veg... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:13:33 EST craving a cheesesteak Been craving a mushroom cheese steak with fried onions and extra cheese :( Is there a healthy alternative to this? Watching my cholesterol due to high numbers. Also borderline diabetic so I've been trying very hard with what I put in my mouth. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:35:59 EST Need motivation One week back on spark and feeling frustrated. No results yet. <em>249</em> I can't wait for summer to be out more and move more. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:21:01 EST Vitamins - food tracker tip I added another meal to my tracker and called it vitamins. <BR> <BR> It makes it so much easier to track! I can just copy the meal to the next day. <BR> <BR> Hope this helps! <BR> <BR> I might be in the minority but I take a multi, calcium, and b12 - all gummies so they do have calories and carbs. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:03:32 EST afternoon snacks I am really struggling in the afternoon, 3:30-5. I seem to be craving everything and nothing satisfies. I plow through my pantry, some choices are not that bad, but I eat a lot, Then I lose my calories for dinner. any suggestions would be great. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:28:12 EST Attn: Becky: Could my tiredness be my diet? Hi there, <BR> I have been on the website for about 5 weeks now & have lost 20 lbs I am very happy to say, and thank all the amazing people for the support input & and support in general. <BR> My problem is I have been very tired lately and I am thinking that its been about the length of time that I have been watching what I eat . So I am wondering if it is indeed related. <BR> when I say tired I mean going to bed at 8:30 at night & sleeping to 8:30 in the morning, or getting to the point w... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:25:27 EST Eating more calories on workout days Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I had a question. I'm an oldie to Spark so my account is not set to sync up between my Fitness and Food trackers. I had success last time on spark without them connected, and when I was using My Fitness Pal, i did not lose much weight when the two elements are synced. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else's experience with this? Do you eat back your workout calories? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input! <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:13:51 EST Sharing Good News! Be sure to read today’s lesson, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”, and share today’s lesson with those you love! God Bless You! Vic. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:09:20 EST getting or feeling sick after starting a new diet? I have been at this for a couple of months now and I am not one to get sick easy. It takes a lot to knock me off my feet. however since I started eating healthier, and exercising I have been getting sick, Alot. like three times in the last 2 months. is this from my body detoxing with the weight loss? I have heard that you store a lot of crap in your fat cells and you body goes into shock or something as you lose weight because the crap is being released and you you have to process is out. has... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:48:44 EST BodPod I don't know if this should be under Fitness or Nutrition. I had the fortunate opportunity to take 2 BodPod measurements to calculate my body fat. First off, I was very disappointed when the first one showed I had 35% body fat when the generic BMI index showed me well under 25%, within the normal range. But I got over that. I knew I wanted to lose 20 more pounds. But the 2nd test 8 weeks later showed that of the 5 pounds I lost, 3.5 pounds of it was not fat. The tester suggested it was muscle... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:23:36 EST Snacks Before Working Out I'm doing a boot camp twice a week. I wouldn't call it hard core, but it isn't a walk in the park either. We are constantly moving and I'm dripping sweat during the first set, not to mention that we have three sets to go! I need to know what I could eat about an hour before that would set my body up for such an intense work out. Sometimes when I leave after boot camp, I almost feel sick and have the shakes...and I know it's because I'm not eating the right stuff. <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:39:52 EST Slim Fast vs Carnation Instant Breakfast A few days a week I am not home from work and ready to eat dinner until after 8:00pm. I've tried to eat a larger meal during the day and something light in the evening, but, it doesn't work out - not even time, etc. I picked up some walmart brand slim fast shakes to have on those days, and then a real dinner at night. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? <BR> <BR> What about Carnation instant breakfast instead of Slim Fast? Is one healthier than the other? <BR> <BR> Other ideas for satisfying light late ni... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:02:40 EST Portable, non-refrigerated/heated lunches Hey guys, I need some ideas for lunches. I broke my ankle about 5 weeks ago. I am on the mend but I still cannot carry much - so my normal leftovers that I would heat up are out of the question. I am on crutches, so anything I carry is in my bag. <BR> <BR> Anything I take has to fit in my backpack that I am carrying to work. For the last month I have been eating peanut butter and jelly (high fiber, light bread, light peanut butter, high fiber jam). I also bring fruit, crackers, etc. for sna... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:30:51 EST Sugar/Carb withdrawal? My blood sugar test came back really high, and rather than relying on insulin, I'm trying to get it under control with diet and exercise. While it'd normally be nothing for me to drink an entire case of Pepsi and a few bottles of juice myself in a week, I've been drinking nothing but water and unsweetened ice tea the last six days. I also drastically cut back the amount of carbohydrates I'm eating to stay within the recommended range here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> With all the said… Has any... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:23:42 EST MUFA'S AND PUFA'S ? I was adding these to my tracker but the " we recommend " didn't have anything and i don't know the daily % we should get ? I don't eat 2000 cal. a day either how do we know we are getting enough on 1200 calories ? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:09:46 EST How to count juicing on your food tracker Can anyone tell me how to count the fruits and veggies that I use for my juicing. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:27:46 EST CALORIE COUNTING How come there are different calories for the same items? I know one I like to eat is Stouffer's Grandmas Chicken and Rice Bake (and I don't want to hear it isn't healthy because it is something I eat), it goes from 290 all the way up to 340, when I look online it is supposed to be 360. How are we supposed to be accurate when there are so many different items with different calories? If there is one item already in there three is no need to add 4 or 5 more. This is getting frustrating. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:28:44 EST Suggestions for meals in a hotel My family is in transition while relocating from Tennessee to Ohio. My nine year old and I have been living in a hotel for the past month and have another month to go before our house is ready. Any suggestions for preparing meals? I have a mini fridge and a microwave. I don't have a crockpot and don't want to buy. Frankly, I find the easiest way to ruin perfectly acceptable food is to put it in a crock pot. I usually carry a lunch to work and make us a dinner <BR> <BR> I just can not... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:51:22 EST program I'm a new member, looking for a community using a specific WW-program. <BR> Is this the program which counts in this way: <BR> (kcal/60 + fat/9) = WWpoints ? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:05:48 EST setting food and weight loss goals I am trying to figure out how to start going about getting healthier. I want to lose a good amount of weight in the long run. I just don't know what to set as my first goal. Should I track my activity and food for a while then figure out how much to lose or what's a good first step. <BR> <BR> I have heard and seen on here and in most weight loss plans that losing 1-2lbs, per week is ideal for most, 20 minutes per day of some kind of activeness, and I need to track food and what I do when I ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:00:59 EST Realistic Meal Plans Come on SparkPeople, this meal plan is completely unrealistic <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1620&page=4#_a5y<BR>_p=1272581 <BR> <BR> The grocery list tells you to buy things like '1c frozen brussel sprouts' and '4 slices of pepperoni' Please tell me where you can get those things. 4 slices of bacon? Does everyone have a magical grocery store where you can get the exact portion you need? Not only that but if I had to buy everything on this list I wou... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:06:13 EST Least Processed meat at Jimmy John's? So I'm probably just asking about the small stuff that really doesn't matter at all. Just curious if anyone has an opinion here. Like, when I go to subway I'll get oven roasted chicken just because I think that may be a little better than the sliced deli meat. My parents, being awesome, just sent me a $50 gift card to Jimmy John's because they deliver and with finals and senior design project finishing up there's a lot of nights I'll be spending in the labs and library studying and working an... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:44:55 EST Nutrition Tracker <em>2</em> Is it possible to use the meal plans for a couple of days a week then use my own the rest of the time? If so how? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:18:55 EST Yummy New Soup Recipe Find First off - let me give credit to the Mayo Clinic Diet - Recipes. I have made this many times and it is awesome! I have found that you can quickly scald the milk so be very careful about cooking the potato slices. I make as written but I grate in some fresh nutmeg - to the potato and milk. I love nutmeg and it goes great with everything in this soup. I like that a serving is 2 cups. It's enough to fill me up. <BR> <BR> Bon Appetite! <BR> <BR> Potato Soup With Apples And Brie <BR> <BR... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:38:54 EST depressed that i have to restart this past year has been very difficult for me - now, i feel , i have to start at the bottom again - any ideas ? <BR> <em>39</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:35:22 EST gluten-free friend coming to visit I get together with four dear old friends from college every year. It's my turn to hostess the event this year and we're renting a vacation home where we'll be eating out a fair amount of time, but I'll be planning breakfast, light lunches and snacks, and one dinner. One of my friends is eating gluten-free because of a thyroid condition that is aggravated by eating gluten. She will probably bring a few food items with her like her favorite gluten-free bread, but not a lot. If I ask her wh... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:45:34 EST Bread/Cracker Alternatives Hi! <BR> <BR> So normally I'm not one to jump on a fad diet plan like eliminating x-type of food, but I've been tracking for about 6 months now and I have definitely noticed that a lot of my calories do come from grains/breads. Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing as grains provide our bodies with a lot of great nutrients, but I would like to cut down on how much processed grain products I eat. <BR> <BR> I generally eat oatmeal most mornings for breakfast and that's not something I want ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:49:20 EST Tracking difficult foods? I am religious about tracking and have quite a bit of experience judging calories and portions, but I know I'm not perfect. What tips do you have for tracking foods that are difficult to estimate? For example, this evening we went out with friends. We had a couple of drinks (coke + alcohol, trackable), hummus with pita triangles (trackable, but not as easily due to variations in recipes and portion sizes), street tacos (super tough to track) and popcorn at the movies. <BR> Does anyone have... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:39:48 EST I need help planning lunches please! Hi, I am a university student, so I end up spending a lot of time either on campus or at the library, which then leads to many lunches (and sometimes dinners) at the cafe on campus or getting subway, Macdonald's or Gregg's. <BR> <BR> Obviously this isn't good, but I'm really bad at planning lunches. Usually, it's sandwiches and some fruit, but that's boring and I end up going to the cafeteria anyway and getting some chocolate to snack on. I'm asking if anyone can help this fussy eater plan ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:06:01 EST CoQ10 I have been taking 100 mg dose of CoQ10 for years. Being a obese person all my life thinking it helps keep my heart healthy, and other possible benefits it claims to help with. <BR> <BR> Convince me that I am wasting my money, should continue to take it or increase the dosage? Are you a CoQ10 user, should more people take it? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:56:19 EST High temperature cooked food concerns? I have studied credible evidence that suggest high temperature cooked foods increase the rate we age, causes chronic inflammation, increase cancer or prostate cancer & weight gain from the accelerated of glycation. When foods that have been fried, barbecued, broiled or gooked in the microwave, any food that is exposed to high heat, scorches the natural sugars in foods and causes glycotoxins. Which is also true for many pre-packaged foods that has been preserved, pasteurized, homogenized,... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:37:01 EST Nutrition Goals: Iron over 50 Question I've had the dietary goal of eating enough iron in my nutritional tracker for years now. Today is my birthday, and I'm now 50 years old. <BR> <em>44</em> <em>383</em> <em>475</em> <BR> <BR> My understanding is a woman's iron needs over 50 decrease. Does the nutrition goal automatically adjust itself based on my age? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:40:04 EST saying that I am not eating calories. I am going back eating 1250 calories. I am eat and exercise like I was. Because I gain weight back after I when by the calories that said to eat. I doing this to lose weight not to gain weight <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:57:12 EST Do Caloric Needs Increase After Major Surgery? A question for the resident RD Becky or those that have any insight. <BR> <BR> I had open hernia surgery last week to fix three hernias of varying sizes. <BR> <BR> I have read (online) that caloric need increase after surgery. My question is by how much? <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:47:38 EST Fast weight loss - EMERGENCY DIET Hi everyone..... I need help.... In 2 weeks time im getting married and I really need to lose 10 pounds/5kgs! I know that loosing weight super fast is not recomended and not healthy and many other things but I really need a very good fad diet at this moment. Trying to research in the internet and theres a lot of fad diets that promisses super quick loss in short time but I dont know what to trust and believe. <BR> <BR> Anyone knows any quick diet that really works fast???? Please help! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:44:20 EST lithium weight gain why is it so hard to lose weight on lithium. is it the metabolism or the appetite. im 85 pounds overweight and I need help. im also going thru a plateau right now that I can't break. what is the best way to lose weight on this drug and what caused the weight gain in the first place. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:46:04 EST should i freak yet LOL So this is what i hate these days,where i don't get the breaks at work and i had to do slim fast for breakfast...well i had balanced meal for lunch and a snack and drinking water im still 1000 away for the day, should i freak or could there be something to add into dinner that could even me out? i know where making pork and potatoes for dinner not sure what veggie yet. I know i am having a fruit with dinner as well. i am feeling full just thinking of all this food... <BR> <BR> <BR> I am sta... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:51:21 EST Cholesterol Concern I recently gave blood and just received the results today. My blood pressure is perfect and I am very healthy. My cholesterol is desirable. The normal range is below 200 and mine is 196. It's pretty close to 200 so should I bring it down? I don't even eat fried foods! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:13:14 EST Does Spark differentiate between good and bad fat? I've been wondering this for awhile now because my fats always seem to run a little high and i don't feel like I am eating a lot of bad fats. If someone could answer this it would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Karin Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:17:51 EST When was the last time you drank a soda?? 8 weeks :D Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:22:44 EST @ what point do you gain weight in starvation mode I have such a restricted diet and i only gain lbs.. would increasing my calories and diversifying food choices make me lose weight? I also exercise everyday Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:53:48 EST "Healthy" foods cause so much pain Hello everyone, <BR> I hope this doesn't sound too crazy to you all but i swear that "healthy" foods make me sick... Years of eating a restricted calorie diet and all the classic healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, high fiber breads/wraps, low calorie etc. dairy, pre packaged meals etc.. has made me ill. I couldn't eat yogurt for the longest time because i ate greek yogurt every day at work for a year. Has anyone also notice that a macrobiotic diet has destroyed their digestive systems? i ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:49:27 EST How do i learn to like healthy foods? I only like a small number of bland foods. I rarely use salt and pepper. <BR> I like bananas, apples and oranges, steamed green beans and broccoli. <BR> I like fried chicken (as long as there are no spices added), oven roasted Turkey, the only beef I like is on a hamburger bun or Filet Mignon. the only fish I like is fried tilapia. <BR> How do I learn to like a food item? I'm a terrible cook (can barely fry an egg and boil pasta) and it's usually just me eating a meal. I don't care for... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:25:49 EST How much is too much? Hi! My vitamin D levels were very low last year, enough for my doctor to say I needed to take 5,000 iu of D3 daily. It's been almost a year and my levels are good. She still said I should continue with that dosis. Is it too much? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:28:54 EST Not getting enough trace nutrients. I am consistently low in folate, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium even though I follow spark tracker guidelines. Sometimes I am low in calcium. Should I take supplements? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:39:09 EST How to drink more water I don't really like the "taste" of water and so it was hard to cut out soda and get in the 8 cups of water a day, but I have found that if I add a crystal light on the go packet to 32oz of water it gives it a taste I like with no sugar and not too sweet as the packets are intended for a 16oz bottle of water. This has really helped me and the only days I have a problem with my water is on the weekend when my life is insane with a 2yo granddaughter & 4yo grandson that keep me on my toes. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:01:57 EST Cooking Meats and Draining Off the FAT I really need to know how many calories and grams of fat I am saving by draining the FAT off of ground beef and ground natural sausage? I cook with ground turkey a lot of the time but occasionally I want to eat sausage and hamburger and when I do my recipes are always high in fat and calories. Do any of you wonderful sparkler's know how I can figure this out? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:32:06 EST Chicken in the slow cooker I have what might be a stupid question, but here goes.. I was wondering if I could use chicken in place of beef for a 'crock pot roast' and if anyone has tried it with regular and sweet potatoes. I have a few things I'd like to use up but want to make sure it will taste fine first. Any input is appreciated. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:37:56 EST Gastric Sleeve with Hashimoto's Hello! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's a little over two years ago but have no doubt it was been with me quite a while wreeking havoc on my cholestrol, causing me to go into early menopause with hot flashes that would be constant and quite exhausting. I am sure my bilateral carpal tunnel had Hashi's written all over it!!! Thankfully the surgery has decreased the pain but left me with less than stellar strength! My last two blood test show that my sugar is elevated, liver function is off,... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:39:22 EST Bloating and just feeling blah Okay, I have packed a few lbs. back on and so I started with the drinking more water, less sugar and more veggies, less meat. Now I am so bloated and feeling so run down that I am miserable. I can barely get my pants to button. I went from 173 backup to 178 ., I know 5 lbs. doesn't sound like much but it feels more like 20 lbs. I have been eating my homemade veggie soup for lunch, eggs and a English muffin for breakfast, which I haven't eaten today yet because I am so bloated. I feel so d... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:33:43 EST How to use a Food Scale? I have an awful time with portion control. I am usually in a hurry and try to eyeball things and it isn't working out too well for me. I have a digital food scale but I really don't know how to use it. I know how to change it from ounces to gram, and I know how to use the tare button. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to measure things, quickly and efficiently. I bring my groceries home and "process them." Cut them up, rinse things off. I cook only once or twice a week and eat left overs th... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:57:37 EST GMO avoidance, how to? How do I tell if fruits and veggies are not GMO? <BR> <BR> The grocery stores do have a small Organic section. <BR> <BR> Most of the other freggies do not have stickers on them. I've talked to the produce guy and he doesn't have a clue. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:39:43 EST Does green tea help with weight loss while on a diet does green tea help with weight lost? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:14:43 EST Does green tea help with weight loss while on a diet does green tea help with weight lost? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:13:58 EST Tilapia, I love your low-low 149 calories <em>9</em> Oh Tilapia, with your low calories, I can savor the idea of a dessert this evening. But maybe I'll just do something sensible like a handful of roasted almonds. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:57:47 EST Eating When Sick I've been sick and put on bed rest for a few days. When I get sick, I tend to crave comfort foods. For the most part, I stick to healthy eating, but I cut myself a lot of slack and allow myself to eat some less-healthy options. I've been sick since Thursday and the doctor wants me to rest until Friday at least, and then maybe wait until Monday to go back to the gym. <BR> <BR> Right now, I've been eating healthy, but I really want to order a pizza. I'm telling myself that I shouldn't worr... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:05:42 EST Too few calories -- need protein! Help! I'm trying to find ways to get up to at least 1200 calories a day and I'm really struggling. I think that is why my body is not budging. I work out every day and burn over 300 calories on one work out machine alone. I'm a student so I can't consistently eat throughout the day because of certain classes, but I really do try. When I look at my tracker I'm always lacking in protein so I know that is where I should start. <BR> <BR> Any other ideas would be very appreciated! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:35:15 EST SP Diet & Food Tracker Regarding the calorie range.. is this range to help you maintain your current weight, or will you lose weight by staying within this range? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:58:16 EST WHAT TO EAT What should I eat for lunch/snack prior to working out before a late dinner? <BR> <BR> Breakfast 9am, Lunch 1pm, Dinner 8pm <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:06:04 EST Stomach Bug I am sooo sick! I have been wanting to start Paleo this week, but I have not been able to yet. Sunday evening I started having diarrhea, (it's Wednesday - still have it.) Started nausea and vomiting yesterday afternoon. I don't know what to eat, or drink. I've tried water, Gatorade (Orange), Sprite, a few crackers, and this morning I even took a Vistaril that I forgot I had a script of from a long time ago. NOTHING has helped. All come out end or the other! (sorry the TMI). I have a ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:44:13 EST best bet for a Costco lunch? I need to run to Costco at lunch and looking online, their food court is out of the question. Is there anything in the shopping area that would make a good lunch choice? Usually I only buy salad greens and eggs at Costco. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:27:07 EST Need quick answer about frozen veggies/ food prepp I bought containers to make ahead a week of food, or at least 4-5 days worth, for smaller meals thru the day. My quick question is this: <BR> <BR> i bought frozen veggies to put in these meals. some will be frozen and some will be in the fridge. do i need to boil any of the veggies? or just put them i nthe containers for the fridge. they'll thaw in the fridge??? just wondering. thanks. <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:21:29 EST Sugar and caffeine (and other junk food) detox Hi all. So, I've seen some documentaries recently about the junk we put in our body and about veggie/fruit juice detox diets. I can't afford to do a juice detox right now. I have heard it can be rather expensive. I would actually have to buy a juicer and that's just not in the budget at the moment. I was thinking of just going fruit and veggies for a 7 day period. I'm very scared of how I am going to feel going off of caffeine and sugar. I also know the end result of overhauling the way I eat... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:19:55 EST Food Labels Have Gotten Out Of Control I thought this was a great article: Food Labels Have Gotten Out Of Control, And Now We Hate Shopping. There is nothing so defeating as buying and consuming something you thought was helping you get fit and healthy and then realizing it's packed with sugar or a horrible chemical. <BR> <BR> What are you're favorite clean but store-bought go-to items that help keep your weight down? <BR> <BR> I also have a similar problem buying groceries for my mom who has diabetes and chronic heart disease.... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:14:36 EST What Does Non-Sorbate Mean? I typically buy Trader Joe's Non-Sorbate pitted prunes and I have to be honest, I don't know what Non-Sorbate means. Can someone help me out? They have 2 kinds of pitted prunes, ones that have sulfates and the kind I buy. Is one really better than the other? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:48:24 EST How to recover from a high sodium meal Every so often I have to go out to lunch with my co-workers. Most of the time we go to a pizza buffet place which also has a salad bar. Usually I get a salad and have two slices of pizza but even this small amount causes me to bloat big time the next day. (I rarely eat out and never cook with salt). <BR> <BR> What can I do to either prepare for this meal or to flush the sodium out afterwards? I already drink about 76oz of water a day. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:06:47 EST protein? What foods do you find have the most protein but the least calories? I am new here but found myself short on protein at the end of my first two days. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 04:22:21 EST Planned menus? Has Sparkpeople gotten rid of the planned menus? I haven't used them in a long time but wanted to check them out today. Am I not looking carefully (just checked again!) or have they been done away with? And if so, why? They were quite helpful when one wanted to check whether they were on track or not.. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 23:29:43 EST Tips for rehydration? I'm trying to get started exercising again but I'm so dehydrated I'm worried about working out too much until I can get this under control. I work full time and we are not allowed to have anything to drink with us. If it is not busy I'm sometimes able to step away for a few minutes to grab a drink but lately it has only been for my lunch that I can drink something. I've been able to make it a few days where it is better but then I work for a few days and it goes back to bad. It's so bad somet... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:29:41 EST Too many calories?? Help! I just joined and it says my calories should be between 1360-1710 and that seems like a lot! I have been doing T25 for the past 3 1/2 weeks. Will I lose weight eating that much? Thank you! I had been eating around 1200 and my weight loss stalled the past week so I don't know if I should give this a try or stick to the 1200. TIA! <em>41</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:51:19 EST so-called diet dessert bars Does anyone else have a problem with eating these things? I'm particularly upset over eating too many "diet" (popular name diet that has its own food line) ice cream bars today. I can't handle these things! The thing is, most days I can. Today I woke up 2 lbs heavier than yesterday and just lost my motivation. Self-soothing, I suppose. I'm so mad at myself now, and I can't have dinner tonight. Not that I'm particularly hungry after all those calories. 90 calories can become a ton if you eat... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:45:30 EST Dr. Oz I haven't watched much since he switched to Oprahs time slot. I did watch a few shows and noticed something he rarely did in his old time slot-promote pills! A pill along with the keywords "May Help" or "Been Shown To" is often said when promoting a herbal or product", Never the words "It Will Help " or "It Has Been Proven" . In the past he was a huge promoter of eating healthy, gave recipe makeovers to make a meal high in calories and fat healthier, even had people that lost weight tha... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:34:11 EST Can't lose weight I started a low carb diet a month ago and then joined Spark People two weeks later. So far I have only lost 2 pounds. I have changed my eating habits tremendously. I have a sweet tooth but I have managed to stay away from all (bad) sweets for the past month. I use to have one or two beers or a couple glasses of red wine on a daily basis. Now it's only on Saturday nights. I am on 1200 - 1550 calories a day but have been right at 1000 calories or under everyday except Saturdays. This is g... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:58:05 EST Meal replacement options Good Morning Folks, <BR> <BR> I was hoping for some advice. I love shakeology, however I don't like the price. Has anyone found anything similar to shakeology without the sticker shock? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:46:42 EST blender suggestions wanted Howdy folks, <BR> <BR> I hate researching this kind of stuff... <BR> <BR> I have a Cuisinart food processor, which is wonderful for many things, but which is lousy for the smoothies I am wanting to make these days. I want something that will liquefy veggies and seeds so that the drink isn't (too) grainy and, hopefully, that is a breeze to clean. <BR> <BR> I love the idea of having the blender compartment revert to a cup, saving dishes, but I wouldn't want that if the quality of the blende... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 05:37:42 EST PORTION CONTROL SERVINGS. EAT PORTION CONTROL SERVINGS WHEN YOU HAVE DESSERT. THAT WAY TOU WON'T HAVE TOO MUCH. AND WALK AWAY WHEN YOU ARE DONE. SAY NO TO ANYMORE. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 04:29:10 EST My diabetic tracker changed my calories. It changed everything way too high. I am type 2 diabetic and use the tracker ALL THE TIME. <BR> <BR> I was eating between 13,000 to 15 000 now it is up to 21, 000. calories. <BR> <BR> It says diabetic tracker cannot be changed but I cannot use it if they feel I need these numbers Help is needed please. <BR> NORASPAT Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:37:19 EST Help - Food intolerances So my Dr. today said that I should probably get back on my food intolerance bandwagon. The problem is this... My major intolerances are Bakers Yeast, Cane Sugar, Whole wheat, Everything Citrus, Whey, Yogurt, Cottage cheese, Tomatoes, Amaranth, Spelt, Almonds, Oatmeal and Corn. <BR> <BR> I am an Ovo Lacto Vegetarian who eats fish <BR> <BR> Can anyone point me in a direction of where to start so I don't feel crazy? My head is already filled with every diet known to man thanks to fighting my w... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:14:11 EST Eating Dinner Only Hi, I am posting this for a friend of mine. To make ends meet, she had her internet,and cable turned off so she can't post here any longer-a former Sparker. Her husband recently was laid off and she works at minimum wage. They have 3 children ages 6, 8, 11. My friend and her husband eat Dinner Only so No Breakfast, Lunch or Snacks, so she can give her children 3 small card barely covers their food for the month, she buys a lot of the dollar or less items such as can spaghetti, c... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:57:20 EST So I bought a juicer...and... everything changed and wow...what I eat, how I I feel, how passionate and excited I have become about taking back my health and fitness. <BR> <BR> if you would like to read a little more about my experience... <BR> <BR> my sparkpeople blog link is. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666536 Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:18:06 EST Any experience with DHEA? Having so much trouble making the basic calories in vs. calories out equation work, I've booked a few sessions with a nutritionist to see if she can figure something out. She has me on a food combining program that will come in around 1300 or so calories a day, plus a number of supplements - melatonin and kava for better sleep, turmeric, DIM, and DHEA. I can deal with all of it for a few weeks except possibly for the DHEA - the research I've done on that tells me that for many (especially wom... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:26:35 EST Metabolic damage due to medication Hey everyone. I've been big into fitness for about 12 years now. I got misdiagnosed as bipolar and needing medication and started taking Zyprexa. It made me gain 70 pounds. It took a long time to get off this med because the withdrawals are terrible and cause insomnia, but I finally made it. I was determined to lose the weight once I stopped. <BR> <BR> From the day I quit the med, I've been running 3-5 miles a day, 6 days a week, weight training about 2-3 days a week (I used to lift alm... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:02:05 EST What I have learned about tracking my food My SparkCoach community activity today is to come to the boards and talk about what I have learned about tracking my food. <BR> <BR> This is my second go round on SparkPeople and I am not sure if I have learned anything new, but an important concept for me has been reinforced: <BR> <BR> "Honor your unique balance." <BR> <BR> SparkPeople recommends a dietary balance of 50% carbohydrates, 30% fast, and a 20% proteins. <BR> <BR> I have learned through tracking my meals and paying attention t... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:24:40 EST Struggle to eat well on weekends So, M-Th when everyone is out of the house I eat well. Fri-Sun (when husband and kids are around) it's a constant struggle. Suggestions? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:00:53 EST Co-workers' food choices Should you give advises on you co-workers' food choices? <BR> <BR> My co-workers are far from eating healthy. They are not overweight. But usually want to lose a few pounds. The problem is that they don't know any better and believe in some crazy food myths (e.g. you HAVE to eat white bread because it gives you strength, it's ok to it extra candy bar at 4p.m. because you still have 7 hours before bedtime etc). <BR> I've managed to tell them some things already. But every time something like... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:57:42 EST Too much iron or too little If I don't take a one a day vitamin, I come up short on iron getting 30-60. If I take the vitamin I get over 150 and once in the 190's. The one a day has 100percent RDA iron. Should I just take one every other day? When I am done with the bottle I'll look for something with less iron, but I don't want to throw the vitamins out, just use them up. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:42:49 EST Diabetic eating Hey everyone.. I have been on Sparkpeople off and on for years.. Lost the weight and gained it back.. UGH... Well recently my husband was diagnosed with Diabetes.. We ( including my children) are all over weight and can most likely benefit from eating like a diabetic. I am trying to change over to that kind of food in my house. Problem is that i really have no clue.. My husband reads the labels and if it says NO sugars it is ok for him to eat.. I know it is more than that and its about carbs... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:54:42 EST Should I eat? I went out for lunch today and ate off program. It was planned. That was 8 hrs ago and I still feel full. (had half cheeseburger and fries) Should I eat something light for dinner? I don't want to eat at all really but kinda wonder if I should. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:27:21 EST Eat way too many carbs but calories normal?? HELP I track my food on MyFitnessPal, an online calorie tracking dieter's site, although I'm not dieting I'm just maintaining my weight. I don't eat too many calories per day, however startlingly enough I ate too many carbs today. I was supposed to have 150 g of carbs, and I had 260 g! <BR> <BR> It scared me a bit, honestly. However, most of my carbs came from dried fruits, honeydew melon, whole grain waffles, couscous, admittedly one white-wrap burrito, grapes, carrots, pineapple, two huge appl... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:23:52 EST Elderly mom needs protein My mother, who lives in another state, is 79 years old and lives alone. She has been widowed for about 2 years and lives in a very nice assisted living facility. She has lots of friends and social support and loves where she lives. The facility gives her rides to church and to the beauty shop, and her housekeeper goes to the grocery store for her. <BR> <BR> The problem is, she has always been very reluctant to spend any money on groceries, and now she seems to have very little appetite ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:55:02 EST Favorite Morning Drink One scoop biochem fudge protein powder, 2tsp soluble fiber, 2 T unsweetened cocoa, .25c 2% milk. Mix like crazy then fill the mug the rest of the way with coffee. This gives me caffeine, protein,fiber and great chocolate flavor. The cocoa powder is supposed to be good for arteries and blood pressure. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:21:25 EST eating healthy at comic cons? Alright, I'm all set for my first trip to c2e2 and I'm super excited! I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with eating at comic cons while trying to lose weight (or at least stay health). Luckily I'm going solo, so I don't have to worry about other people's dietary habits. Any thoughts/tips? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:13:25 EST site trouble I haven't been able to use the food tracker for 2 days, and other icons are not working either. Is anyone else having this problem? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:01:22 EST How do you keep yourself from being hungry? How do you keep yourself from being hungry? What foods keep you full longer? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:49:13 EST %'s of nutrients on Sp ? If it says we need 100% of something and i get 38 is that the % i am getting or grams ? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:03:13 EST Growly stomach I have diabetes and eat a low starchy carb diet. Lots of veggies. <BR> <BR> Why does my stomach START growling just minutes after I eat. It's very annoying and the only thing that makes it stop is eating more. It's especially hard at night, trying to fall asleep like that. <BR> <BR> I drinks lots of water and tea. Any suggestions? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:02:29 EST go to meal what is your go-to meal for when you're hungry, tired, bored or lazy? <BR> <BR> am having a hard time finding good ideas. Especially ones my family won't eat up until i have the time. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 19:36:40 EST What's your strategy for treats? What's your strategy for treats? <BR> <BR> Do you have them? If so how often? Do you have 'rules' around them? Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:04:15 EST More good reasons to eat your leafy greens! This is a link to an article published on Medscape™ - you have to register, but it's free, and it's full of great info. <BR> <BR> Nice background for cruciferous veggies... <BR> <link><BR>src=wnl_edit_medn_wir&uac=128458SR&spo<BR>n=34 </link> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:46:02 EST new to this I have found it very hard to just throw away food I already have in my fridge to follow my nutrition plan...its seems like a huge waste.Also is there meal plans that incorporate kid friendly foods that both my son and I can eat? <BR> What about fast food and resturants,is there a list for that? Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:30:35 EST It's hard to log my food Well, it's hard to log my food. <BR> I mean, there are some middle eastern foods that I don't know how to find in the dictionary. <BR> I don't know how to say it in English. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:35:23 EST SparkRecipies Hey everyone! Has anyone downloaded the SparkRecipies app? I've made several of the recipes and I think it's great. It gives all the info "we" need for our trackers too! I actually check the app everyday to get new ideas; it also allows you to put your favorites in a file. Very helpful! Have a great day:) Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:29:11 EST Easter Candy!! I'm a total sucker for Easter candy... & yesterday, while walking through Walgreen's.. I couldn't resist... but I thought - Russell Stover is bound to make sugar free Easter candy. Sure enough - Sugar Free Marshmallow Eggs!!!! Holy yum - they don't taste sugar free. Has anyone else found any other sugar free Easter candy? Those eggs saved me from a lot of calories that are contained within Reese eggs & hollow bunnies!! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:04:51 EST Wanna kick start your morning? I've been trying this a while now and it works for me. I scramble some eggs and add a little garlic and ground turmeric (they say it could aid in weight control and help metabolism). Any hoo....put salsa on the eggs (as much as you want, hardly any calories in it) and add some hot jalapeno peppers (these really kick start the metabolism). The eggs keep me satisfied until lunch and the salsa is just delicious on them. Regarding the turmeric and hot peppers...well, that may be myth, but wor... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:16:33 EST Special Diet... variety I have to watch my caffeine intake (very little to no caffeine), I'm trying to do gluten free with my daughter to help her and I'm trying to get back on track. I had to take a breather to get through some health issues (occipital neuralgia (basically sciatic nerve issues in the head/neck, lots of pain). On a good note, my weight didn't fluctuate much because I controlled as much as I could. <BR> <BR> Now... I'm looking for some ideas to help with the new diet changes. Certain foods to try, ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:17:58 EST HELP! Packing lunch for Fiancee??? Hi everyone... my fiancee and I just started using Sparkpeople yesterday, and we're determined to start eating healthier to lose weight as well as get healthy in general. <BR> <BR> He's used to eating a sandwich, pre-packaged pineapple (in juice), the fruit filled granola bars, nutty bars (the peanut butter filled wafer bars covered in chocolate) and cheetos. <BR> <BR> He goes back to work tomorrow, and I am at a total loss as to what to put in his lunch. <BR> <BR> He was wanting a sandwic... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:14:51 EST Alloted Calories, Working Out, Tracking...ARGH! I'm really struggling with a plateau and I need some advice. <BR> <BR> I have always had my food tracker set so that it does not communicate with my fitness tracker. It shows my 1,200-1,550 calories a day and I track what I eat. I generally eat near the top of my range, and if it is a day where I am working out, I sometimes eat 100 or so calories over my allotment. In addition, I probably eat 2,00-2,200 once a week. If I look back at my tracker, I am generally within 300 calories or so f... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 04:55:04 EST Fun-sized dark chocolate? I've started to indulge in dark chocolate every now and then and I am having trouble finding fun-sized or mini dark chocolates at the store. I know that one can easily find Hershey's, Dove, etc. pretty much anywhere but I am specifically looking for dark chocolate that is 70% cacao or higher, and most of the stuff at the grocery store or pharmacy does not meet that criteria. I can find bigger bars with 70%+ cacao but I find it is easier to resist the temptation of eating too much if I have th... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:14:00 EST Tracking. Since tracking the food I eat daily, I have discovered two things. The first is; it is easier to say no to unhealthy foods because I don't want to write them down! Second; I actually need to eat more to make my caloric intake requirements since I am no longer having the "junk"! Hmmm... a diet where I need to eat more?!?!? That amused me! Spark On! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:39:52 EST Turning off the sound of ads Greetings! I am new here. I just joined and have heard great things about this site. One question.... <BR> <BR> How do I turn off the sound of the ads? I just entered my first foods for breakfast and a really loud ad for that Noah movie (which I hear is really great!...that Emma Watson can act with the big players!) but...I can't be having loud ads for things popping up while I am at work entering my breakfast foods. This is kind of a deal breaker if it can't be turned off or way down. ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:01:44 EST Exercising and allowed calories per day Hi there, just a quick question. I notice when I have exercised my total allowed calories goes up for that day. Being they are allowing me more food, how is it still good for losing weight? or isn't it <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Linda Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:03:53 EST What's your favorite Green Smoothie Recipe? Mine is this: <BR> <BR> 2 cups of spinach (sometimes 1/4 is kale) <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1 scoop vanilla protein <BR> 1 fruit (usually a mango, 1/2 cup berries or whatever I have) <BR> 2 tbsp hemp seeds <BR> <BR> That's it. <em>30</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:44:51 EST fave chocolate milk chocolate-recess peanut butter cups Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:37:00 EST Do not want to maintain - hovering at this weight So whenever I get around the weight I'm at now, I feel my will power vanish, and I allow junk into my diet that I wouldn't normally allow - up to the point that I get to this weight (140-ish lbs). <BR> <BR> I am frustrated. I have this mental switch that happens when I get to 140-ish that says, 'you can eat crap now!!) <BR> <BR> My goal is 130lbs. I need to stay focused. Any ideas!?? <BR> <BR> Thank you :) Wed, 2 Apr 2014 17:06:49 EST Vegetarians Less Healthy A New Study Says.... Just wanted share something interesting I read this morning. <BR> <BR><BR>tudy-vegetarians-less-healthy-lower-qu<BR>ality-of-life-than-meat-eaters/ Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:05:45 EST Low Carb / Sugar Free Crepes In my quest to make breakfast still tastey yet lower in carbs and lower in sugar and healthier for my kids (and me) here is what I made today and it turned out great! Kids loved it. <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup whole wheat flour <BR> 1/2 cup protein powder ( I used sugar free vanilla) <BR> 1 egg white <BR> 1 whole egg <BR> 1/2 water <BR> 1/2 cup milk (I used whole) <BR> 2 tbs butter <BR> 1 tbs stevia <BR> <BR> (We are into using real ingredients not low fat that is why you don't see low fat milk or ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:06:00 EST Calorie range change When I came back to SP, I changed my weight, changed my goals and my calorie range was 1200-1550. Yesterday between lunch and dinner it changed to 1,490 - 1,840. It even changed on my nutrition logs for the past week. What caused the change? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:33:10 EST First posting, questions about my change in diet I have tried dieting in the past, but it was always difficult. I would always feel hungry and have cravings. I have also exercised a lot in the past. I got up to the distances for a Half Ironman. This time around, I cut out sugar completely. I honestly went through physical withdrawals, which I would not have even imagined was possible. Now I no longer really have the desire to eat. I'm trying to eat around 1500 calories a day, though. I have no cravings whatsoever. I'm not tempted at all. I ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:54:57 EST "This for That" Meal Ideas Saw an ad on SP and it motivated me not to blow the day's diet with a splurge meal... so, thought I'd ask you what are substituting your favorite high-calorie meals with, but still getting the 'fix' you need. <BR> <BR> Today's substitute for two chili dogs (mmmmmmm) was a very lightly buttered Turkey and Cheese melt (one ounce of cheese only). <BR> <BR> The chili dogs- 700 calories for two (bunsx2=280, dogs=300,cheese=100,chili=50 <BR> The melt- 375 Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:36:25 EST Allergic to mushrooms What do I do if the recipe calls for mushrooms, can I substitute something in its place or just omit? how will this affect calories, etc? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:12:13 EST "Buddah belly" I am enjoying healthy meals and have adapted an active lifestyle where I exercise daily, I have released 21 pounds but since hitting menopause, I have a large middle, I look like I'm pregnant. If I stand sideways, it looks like a beer belly! It starts at the top of my breastbone. Huh? Any thoughts? Forget crunches, LOL. Thanks for any input. <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:24:53 EST What happened to the lentil burrito recipe? A couple e years ago I did the sparkpeople meal plan and I remember it having a lentil burrito. Not sure the name but it had tortilla wrap and lentils. I've been trying to find it but can't see it anywhere. I never find the recipes to match the sparkspeople meal plan. Can anyone point me to the recipe please? Also how do you include the sparks recipes on your meal plan to have some changes? Thanks Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:28:44 EST Vitamin help I know that you aren't supposed to take certain vitamins together as it voids them out but I can not for the life of me find anything online. I have had gastric bypass so I really try to make sure I am getting all that I need but have noticed lately a tightness in my calves when I exercise. It almost feels like a constant Charlie horse in my right calf and the other day there was a pop and I felt like I pulled it. Someone told me that I need to take more potassium and magnesium but here is... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:34:08 EST Low Sugar/High Protein Carrot Muffins As a breakfast lover I have been looking for a way to make a muffin that has natural ingredients, is somewhat high in protein, has flavor and is still yummy. Not super sweet but, still good. After tweaking the Whole Foods Carrot Muffin Recipe here is what I came up with. According to a recipe calculator for 12 muffins here is the nutritional info: <BR> <BR> Calories - 125 <BR> Protein- 5 <BR> Sugar- 3 <BR> Carbs- 15 <BR> <BR> 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour <BR> 1/4 cup stevia <BR> 1 teaspoo... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:14:15 EST Quick Oats Oatmeal Hello! <BR> <BR> Sometimes for breakfast I eat ouick oats oatmeal. I mix it with almond milk and add a little bit of table sugar and put raisins on top. I find myself two hours later hungry. What should I add to my oatmeal to make it more filling? I also have the same problem with cereal. I eat shredded wheat. I appreciate any feedback. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:19:13 EST Advice on Ketogenic Diet Ketogenic Diet = diet focused on the consumption of foods rich in protein and fat, animal and vegetable, reducing or even eliminating carbohydrates (vegetables, fruit, cereals, sweets). <BR> <BR> For energy, the body will not use glucose anymore but fat and protein, entering into a process called ketosis. Through this process, the body burns its own fat and creates significant weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am tempted to try the Ketogenic Diet in order to burn (more) body fat. <BR> But I am undec... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 04:35:04 EST Smoothies Hi! So now that summer is on it's way I was thinking of making myself a fruit smoothie every now and then after a workout. The other day I made one though with about a cup of berries, one banana and a cup of milk and although it was delicious it really didn't fill me up for very long. I've heard a lot of mixed comments on using protein powder and was wondering if I should use it in my smoothies. I'm trying to lose about 30 pounds, and I go to the gym about 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> I'm not ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:24:24 EST Getting Discouraged I started doing a Whole 30 around the beginning of Feb. About the 4th week, I went on a 3 day binge of sugar. Got back on track. . My weight loss is next to zero. Since I did my binge, I got sick with a cold, and for 3 days, I did not eat the best, and I ate ice cream and pizza. So, I have had 2 major setbacks. But out of all those days, I am eating a little fruit at breakfast, with 1/2 a sweet potatoe, 2 eggs made in coconut oil, some onion, a little Ghee on top. For lunch, I usually ha... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:44:32 EST Advice on Hunger with Exercise Please I've been hard at work training for an 18 mile walk to raise money for suicide prevention. It's going pretty well as I've walked almost 60 miles in the last month. <BR> <BR> Since I'm very overweight and out of shape it's slow going. My concern at this point is that I'm really hungry a lot now. I'm not dieting so much but focusing on eating better (tons of veggies, whole grains and lean meatless protein). <BR> <BR> Yesterday I walked 8 miles and today I'm so shaky hungry. I don't want to un... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:37:28 EST 1200 Calories is not a lot Ok, it is totally easy to get to 1200 calories. I have been tracking what i eat today. And I am already at 560 calories for the day and it is a little past 2 and I could easily eat a whole other lunch if I didn't have to save some calories for dinner and snack. At least if I work out I get 250 more calories for the day. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Does everyone who eats 1200 calories feel starved all the time? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:25:01 EST Help..Having a hard time counting cal in home cook I always make home cooked meals, as I have a family to feed so buying the pre-diet food is not going to work. That being said I always cook smart and healthy, but am not sure how to figure out the calories in a home cooked meal. For example is there a website that i can use to enter all the ingredients I used to find out how many calories/fat/ex is in the dish and then be able to divide it by how many portions the meal come out to be in order to track better? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:53:27 EST Low calorie cocktails??? Anybody have any good suggestions for cocktails that are LOW in calories?? I'm not a beer drinker (Thank God) and I do like vodka and tequila. Any suggestions? Preferably something I can order at a regular bar or restaurant. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:01:19 EST Diet soft drinks associated with heart disease This finding was from the Women's Health Initiative and so this covers women only, the average age being 62 or 63 years old (but with NO prior cardiac problems). The sample size was very large, too (60,000+) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-and-families/health-news/diet-soft<BR>-drinks-linked-to-heart-attacks-stroke<BR>s-and-cardiovascular-deaths-doctors-sa<BR>y-9225540.html </link> <BR> <BR> Correlation is not causation, but this is still very interesting. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:31:26 EST Diabetes.... What do you do when you swear your blood sugar is trying to sabotage you... If it keeps dropping and you have to keep eating.. <BR> <BR> Are there any tips Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:17:35 EST "Summer Squash" recipes??? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am trying to incorporate new, healthy foods into my diet to make things a little exciting. The grocery store had some good deals on summer squash -- the yellow and some zucchini. Does anyone have any good recipes or ways to incorporate these into some meals?? I am trying to spice things up :) It'd be much appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thank you!! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:36:14 EST Very early work hours and I'm starving all the tim I just started a new job and we have to be at work very early in the morning (5 am). I feel like I have to write out a run down of how hungry I am and how often because it doesn't even make sense. <BR> <BR> 3:30 - Wake up and get ready <BR> 4:00 - Have coffee and breakfast with protein (usually an egg on whole wheat or peanut butter on whole wheat) <BR> 7:00 - Hungry. I pack snacks like cheese, fruit, or whole grain fruit bars. <BR> 9:00 - Hungry again. Eat snack number 2. <BR> 11:00 - Supe... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:48:45 EST Ok...I just don't get this calorie counting... I know that nutrition websites say that in order to lose weight you must burn off more than what you eat. They say that you're supposed to eat at least 1200 calories a day. Does that mean I need to burn off at least 1201 calories a day to see any weight loss? I run for about 20 minutes a day and that doesn't burn off near 1200 calories... HELP!!!! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:46:48 EST Any experience with mason jar salads? I'm thinking about trying the mason jar salads and wanted to hear from anyone who's tried them to see how well they work out over a week. <BR> <BR> For those not familiar with it, grab a mason jar, add your dressing to the bottom, then all of your salad toppings, finally the lettuce/salad greens last. Store in a mason jar in the fridge for up to a week (or so the recipes say). When ready to eat, pull it out, shake it up to mix or dump in a bowl to enjoy. <BR> <BR> Do you notice them last... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:25:18 EST Favorite Place to Eat Out for Dinner So...what is your favorite place to eat out for dinner and what do you do before hand to prepare yourself? I looked at the SP Guide and found it very helpful!! I am now more conscience of what I am putting in my mouth and how much of it! One of the biggest surprises I found was the caloric value of a taco salad vs a regular taco!! I'm going for the taco from now on!!! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday! Keeping Sparking!! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:57:41 EST Keto Diet? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some help on the Keto Diet. My husband recommended I check it out, however I haven't found much information on it. He sent me a link to reddit, which is definitely not the source I want. Does anyone have experience with it, pros and cons? Also, does anyone have a good link for it, where I can do some proper research? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:25:18 EST Decreasing fat I've been back on spark for 3 full days, and what I've found in my tracking is that I'm consistently high on my fat. But I'm not eating the horribly bad fats, just avocados (which I love) and some nuts (which I can easily cut back on) the a bit of oil to cook food in. <BR> <BR> I want to cut back on my fat intake without changing things up too much, so here are my questions. <BR> <BR> If I eat only half an avocado instead of a full avocado, what is the best way to store them? Part of my... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:09:01 EST Issue with cooking dry beans. I have plenty of recipes for beans but every time I cook dry beans they cook uneven. I have tried 4 times with 2 different bags of beans, soaking for different lengths of times, cooking at different temperatures, I soak and cook in plain water. I always end up with some beans so soft they are disintegrating and some still crunchy. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:04:28 EST Going back to meat.. I was a vegetarian for a year and a half and this last week I started eating meat again, mainly chicken. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this and how they felt eating meat vs being vegetarian felt and affected their weight/health. <BR> <BR> Im trying to buy Greenwise meat (no hormones, grass fed) so far. I've even been doing some research into setting up my own chicken coop to have fresh, "humane" food right outside our door. So my question is.. <BR> <BR> How did you feel... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:08:51 EST Flexible Dieting - Yes or No? Flexible Dieting is the tracking of macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) to achieve a body composition goal. <BR> <BR> Rather than calorie counting (e.g. Eating 2000 cals a day) Flexible Dieters track macro nutrients which more effectively influences body composition rather than just weight loss or gain. <BR> e.g. eating 150g Protein + 80g Fat + 170g Carbohydrate = 2000 cals <BR> <BR> This theory states that: <BR> "to change your body you can eat whatever you want so long as you ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:56:21 EST Skim Milk Is skim milk a good carb or a bad carb? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:21:05 EST What's your favorite chocolate treat? It's ICE CREAM...hard to resist!!! Any suggestions? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:54:28 EST Control at a Buffet Any suggestions on healthy eating at a buffet ? It's hard to resist all the tempting choices..Mostly at Asian restaurants. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:37:45 EST Bean Recipes I am looking for good and simple dry bean recipes. Suggestions? I don't know why something so simple to our ancestors is so difficult for me to cook well. I like sweet and savory bean dishes. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:27:43 EST Mother of Four- Food Planning I am a mother of four (9, 7, 4, 2). I have a heck of a time planning my food for the day. I know what I should eat and my family eats well but, the truth is they do not eat like I need to eat to lose weight. The only thing I have found that really works for me is to eat two protein veggie smoothies for bfast and lunch and eat a normal (with reason) dinner with everyone. I have found this super effective for weigh tloss and if I do it for a week I can do it for several weeks at a time. The har... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:20:39 EST emotional eating Am I the only one? Feeling badly last night so I binged and ate a WHOLE cake. I know its about childhood issues and I hate myself afterwards Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:26:30 EST Name some small goals that have helped you For starters, I started with a small goal per week to become a lifestyle change. Now those small changes are part of new life of living healthier. <BR> <BR> To name a few: <BR> <BR> drinking more water <BR> I stopped eating second helpings <BR> increased veggies <BR> etc etc <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:15:51 EST No sugar added spaghetti sauce I have been searching for a spaghetti sauce that has no sugar added.. and eventually gave up! I even went to Aldi's and Trader Joe's and, after being quite disappointed in those stores I eventually broke down and bought some cans of tomato sauce so I can just add my own seasonings... but even those have sugar in them! Though even Ragu's no sugar added sauce says it has 6g of sugars for each 1/2cup serving. I was wondering what a normal or rather a 'no sugar added' amount of sugar there is in ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 01:24:23 EST Eating a sweet treat everyday I really love chocolate chip cookies, and made these whole wheat choco cookies the other day. They are amazing and only 100 calories a serving. Is it wrong to eat one everyday, or should I try to limit it because of the sugar? I really love cookies, and I just don't want to binge since I could eat the whole batch. I know I shouldn't call foods bad or good, but I really love these :(. Here is the ingredient list: <BR> <BR> Smart Balance Omega 3 Light, 8 tbsp <BR> Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 1 la... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:45:38 EST Frozen meals I get it: whole, real food that you prepare yourself is best. But...I've got a million excuses here that I'll spare you, the truth is... <BR> <BR> I've fallen in love with Weight Watchers Smart Ones in the frozen food aisle. <BR> <BR> I have already added sodium to my nutrition tracker, because that is the obvious concern with eating frozen meals. <BR> <BR> What else should I be concerned about? If someone were to eat these once a day, maybe twice on the weekends, would it hinder their h... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:26:50 EST I can't believe it's not decadent The other day, I peeled and sliced a sweet potato, tossed the slices in a little melted ghee with thyme, salt and pepper. I roasted them in a hot oven, turning once, until the slices caramelized. <BR> <BR> I think I actually moaned aloud when I ate it. It was a sweet potato. And I think I asked it to marry me. <BR> <BR> Any very healthy food that makes your knees buckle? Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:58:20 EST Spreadable butter? I have heard that it there is a way to keep refrigerated butter soft. How? <BR> <BR> Also, what type of butter containers do you use? We currently are using a round, plastic, covered container. Could use a bit of improvement, eh? <em>58</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:38:04 EST Can someone please explain According to the USDA food database (item 3572) a Beef, Bottom Round Steak of 290 grams (10.23 oz) when cooked - broiled - will yield 223 kcal of energy when eaten. While (item 3573) a Beef, Bottom Round Roast of 600 grams (21.16 oz) when cooked - roasted - will yield 187 kcal of energy when eaten. How can eating twice the amount, of the same cut of meat, result in a 16% decrease when consumed ? Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:06:29 EST Bilaras Eating plan I stumbled across this eating plan on Pinterest from Hub Pages by a guy named Bilaras and decided to try it. It promises and has hundreds of online comments of losing up to 10-13 pounds in one week. It is a strict day by day list of foods to eat, all fruits and vegetables and a bit of skim milk and rice on days 4-7. I have never done anything this extreme. I am on day 6 of 7 and have lost almost 5 pounds. Not thrilled with the results in comparison to 10 pounds but 5 pounds in one week has ve... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:53:57 EST Spark Trivia Question Confusion I ran into this question this morning. <BR> <BR> How many types of carbohydrates are there? 1, 2, 3, or 4 <BR> <BR> I've started researching questions like these before answering, because common knowledge just doesn't cut it with Spark Trivia. This morning I found two different answers. Spark Trivia Discussion and the American Diabetes Association says three - very simple discussion. Sparknotes, which gave a far more complex discussion, says 5. Obviously, since 5 wasn't an option, I w... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:49:24 EST Obesity, Weight Loss & Body Acceptance - online I just watched this interesting panel discussion online: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance is a conversation about the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. Experts in the field of weight loss surgery, mental health, wellness and body acceptance discuss the struggles, stigma and prejudices faced by members of the obese community and the many options available to them. <BR> <BR> Original air date 03/24... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:14:24 EST Slow carb with vegetarian I eat eggs but no meat. Can somebody recommend me sample diet plans? Also the cheat day? Can I eat anything and in any proportion? Are there any guidelines? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:30:41 EST premade meals Does anyone use healthy choice or lean cuisine as a nutrisystem type plan. i know they can have alof of sodium but can it work? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:25:56 EST garcinia cambogia Do you were I can purchase the garcinia cambogia fruit from any food store??? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:42:41 EST Getting in enough water A few drops of lemon or lime juice make my water that bit more interesting.... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:03:35 EST FYI: Alli weight loss product recall <link><BR>laxoSmithKline-recalls-alli-weight-los<BR>s-products-because-some-packages-tampe<BR>red/9661396030071/?spt=sec&or=hn </link> <BR> <BR> In case anyone is using Alli/Orlistat... (PLEASE - I am NOT looking for a beating from Sparkers who don't believe in diet/weight loss supplements - I don't use this, and don't plan to - I am just posting this as a point of information in case anyone else does, out of concern for safety.) <BR> <BR> The notic... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:49:21 EST Fitbit Calorie Range vs. Spark calorie range I just purchased a fitbit and I notice that what fitbit is saying I should be eating is almost 500 calories less than what spark people is saying. I only have 12 more pounds to go and I am having trouble losing it for a few months now. I'm sure that eating less might do it but I'm not sure that 1200-1500 cals is enough for someone like me who works out 2 hours a day. I usually do an hour of Zumba and then another hour walking my kids to and from school. Anyone have experience with this? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:27:54 EST Favorite Veggie? What is your favorite veggie and what is your favorite way to eat it? I'm torn between brussels sprouts and asparagus. My favorite way to eat them is either grilled or roasted. Yum! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:20:34 EST Struggling to Make a Filling Menu! I'm starting this weekend with packing my own dinner for work. I work 10-11 hours a night at a local pizza place, and I just haven't been able to lose while eating food there, so I've been bringing my own. My problem is that I just can't work out a filling menu for the weekends that isn't a huge calorie cut! Yesterday I ate a salad for lunch, then had some crackers for a snack and another salad for dinner. I ended up getting hungry again later and ordered a pizza, which I didn't have the ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:11:19 EST Which bread is the best to buy Looking for a bread that is 100% whole wheat and no high f.corn syrup. It would be nice if it was low in cal. and maybe carbs.(can I get that lucky) any suggestions. <em>30</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:19:17 EST Spark meal plan I really want to use the diabetic meal plan but can't figure out how to let them plan the meals. Please help me. <BR> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:18:33 EST Juicing, good or bad? Anybody have a juicer? I was just reading in another post that getting rid of the pulp is bad and that you should eat it? I watched the film "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and they don't use the pulp. I love a nice large glass of fresh green juice with some eggs for breakfast. Anybody have a favorite juice recipe? <BR> <BR> How would you go about using the pulp? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:35:50 EST Gave away my fat pants......and need them back So this is my 3rd time on Sparkpeople. I have the same pounds that I keep losing finding me and this time they came with 10 friends. For some reason I can't seem to be a normal person without tracking food and planning meals. <BR> <BR> I was pretending it wasn't that bad but when my husband ruined all of my pants by helping with the laundry, I went shopping and found the 16's I had been wearing were all stretched out because now I'm in an 18w. I left without buying anything but at least I... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:59:33 EST Fiber help I am trying to increase my fiber intake, and preferably naturally. By this I am trying to increase my intake o foods that se naturally high n fiber. Does anyone have any practical suggestions on incorporating high fiber foods into yr daily food choices? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:57:33 EST Running out of ideas for meals.... I'm just curious what are your staples that you buy when you grocery shop. I feel like I'm running out of ideas of what to have for lunch breakfast, snacks, and dinners. I'm feeling like I'm in a rut when it comes to meals. I have four kids, a couple of them picky eaters, and it's so hard planning b-fasts, lunches, dinners. We don't eat red-meat. Chicken is basicallly the only meat we eat. It's so hard eating right on a budget. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:05:28 EST HELP me HELP you I am really interested in finding a friend or friends who want to communicate daily about our diet. That is the HARDEST part of staying healthy. I can exercise every day, but If you want to become friends and email daily letting each other know what we are eating and give each other motivation, let me know! :) Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:22:54 EST Question about labeling I bought a box of the single serve mini popcorn bags, the label says 210 calories Unpopped and 120 calories Popped. How? Do some of the calories magically disappear after popping? ! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:57:00 EST Carbs and sugar in recipe In diabetic recipes why is sugar not listed in the nutritional breakdown but carbohydrates are? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:33:06 EST I need help Hello, my name is Cheryl and I have been at this for quite a while with very little success. I am getting plenty of exercise and have stepped up the calories because the tracker keeps telling me I am eating to little, alot of times I feel like I am eating just to fill out the calories. The problem is I still am not losing much weight, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:45:10 EST Do you sync your fitness with your nutrition? This is a new feature since I have been gone. <BR> Do you do it and eat back workout calories? why? <BR> If you dont sync the two, why? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:31:37 EST Logging Calories while Juicing? I am doing a juice re-boot (with added protein) for 5 days. How do I go about counting calories? I only drink the juice, I toss away all of the pulp. For example, today for a breakfast juice, it included: <BR> <BR> 10 stalks of kale <BR> 6 stalks of celery <BR> Handful of Lettuce <BR> 2 Cucumbers <BR> 2 cups of spinach <BR> 2 Green Apples <BR> 2 Lemons <BR> <BR> Do I log it into the nutrition like I would if I was eating them whole….or? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:00:14 EST am I not eating enough calories? I am new to spark and have been enjoying the accountability so far. when I start the day my minimum calorie level is 1440-1790 calories, I usually work out enough to burn 450-900 calories a day. Bringing my total allowed calories up to 1900 to 2400 or thereabouts and I am probably eating about 1400 a day on average. It's hard to imagine that eating more calories would be helping me lose weight faster.Today my adjusted calories after exercise (934) are still 1700 on the low end and that is aft... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:48:15 EST Ground turkey I am bummed out <em>39</em> after buying 6 pounds of ground turkey I discover it's not much better for you than ground beef. <BR> <BR> I guess I learn the hard way, I've got to buy the 93 % or better. <BR> Anybody got any favorite recipes for ground turkey? I'd love to receive them. <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:45:39 EST Help! Unable to stop eating out... I I like to eat out. I eat out more often than I should. I know the money could go elsewhere to better things, but part of the reason is that it tastes good. It may even give me a bit of a high. The only surefire way to stop it is to give my fiance my money (debit card) until I can control myself. I mean I don't necessarily eat out all meals every day, but it's easy, tastes good and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> I guess it comes out to convenience. I know I need to eat healthy. Could it be pos... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:22:58 EST How much can 5-7 pound weight loss affect me? So I am 5'1.5" I went from 106 to 116 I am 112 now none of my clothes fit and my legs and face got bigger if I go back to 106 can I be the way I was skinnier and less puffy?! <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:22:57 EST eating when you're irritated and tense I have a high-stress job, and I'm noticing how when people or systems I'm relying on drop the ball, I have an immediate impulse to eat. I get some bad news I have to deal with, and almost without thinking I eat all the snacks I brought with me for the day. I get a phone call that irritates me and I find myself standing at the candy dish with a frown on my face, unwrapping one caramel one after another. Anyone else do this? It's not helping..... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:25:22 EST drink more water I find that if I add fresh lemon juice to my water. I drink a lot more water & it also helps flush out my kidneys.. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:39:31 EST Any nut milk recommendations without additives? My sons migraines with vomiting have stopped now that he's given up milk and cheese :) Which is incredible and we are so thankful we have figured out the trigger. He would still like milk from time to time though, so my question is... <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a nut milk that doesn't have added gums and other stuff in it. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Also has anyone made nut milk out of nut butter? Any tips? <BR> <BR> TIA, <BR> April Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:22:11 EST Help with protein ideas with new food allergies! I finally went to the doctor for not losing weight and feeling sick and tired all the time. I was doing everything right. Eating right, trying to exercise even if I felt like crap (which was everyday), and tried to go to bed at the same time every night. After many tests, we found out that food allergies are causing most of my symptoms and health issues. <BR> Apparently, I am allergic to any dairy, including goat and sheep milk. I can't have nuts or soy, so that rules out most optional milk s... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:09:59 EST How to include a dessert now and then Hi! <BR> <BR> As we all know part of a healthy life style is to include the things that we like with moderation. Lately I've been doing pretty good with my diet, I've been going to the gym and in general Im learning how to improve. (thanks God!). <BR> <BR> Still, sometimes I want to eat that delicious cake or tiramisu but I want to include it in a healthy way, I tried to use a healthy recipe but it doesn't help me to low down my cravings. <BR> <BR> So, any ideas? How can I change my eatin... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:24:00 EST How else can I track my food? I don't ;like using Sparkpeople calorie counter and placing my food in there because it's tedious and I don't count calories. However, I did download a food diary and I log in my food. From the middle to the end of the week, I check my log in and I always make suggestions on what more I should eat and what less I should eat. Now, that is becoming tedious as well and I don't like my diet or food plan because it's just not enjoyable so how can I enjoy my meal without having to worry about what ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:58:03 EST calorie intake fluctuation Hi Guys, <BR> I am currently 140 pounds and I want to reach a goal weight of 125 pounds (hopefully by mid-may, although I'm not so keen on the duration). Since the beginning of february I have lost about 16 pounds (from 156 pounds to 140 pounds), with a good control on my diet (including a cheat meal once a week, or sometimes more than once) and exercise. During the last two months, I used to limit my calories to about 900-1000 a day; however, since then I have read that having such a low cal... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:26:46 EST Sugar in tea and coffee Do you put sugar in your tea or coffee? I usually drink one cup of coffee in the morning but want to try adding in some green tea but not sure if I can stomach it without a tsp of sugar. I don't do the artificial sweeteners any more and I'm not a real big fan of honey. Should I just stick to my water? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:47:37 EST Great low calorie dressing I recently found a dressing at Whole Foods, its Cindy's Kitchen Mango, Coconut and Pepper. It's one of those all purpose glaze, marinade dressing and so on. A one tablespoon serving is only 20 calories so you could double that and still be okay, no fat even. I even mix it with a little ranch for the creaminess with the extra flavor of the dressing. It is pretty spicy at least for me, but I'm kind of a wuss. I just wanted to mention it. So, it does seem more like one of those products that pro... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:28:52 EST Trying to lose weight. I am trying to drop from 188 to 175 lbs. I intake about 800 calories a day and I burn about 850 calories a day just during my spin class. I know I should be eating more but if I was to eat more I would gain weight. My daily intake is usually: <BR> Cherrios and almond milk for breakfast <BR> meat and vegetables and salad for lunch <BR> ultra mega greens in the afternoon <BR> protein shake at night 30g protein add banana. Usually a couple times a day i will grab a couple small handfulls of pean... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:06:04 EST Hitting calorie goals Hello! I've been having a hard time meeting the 1200 cal a day goal. I want to lose 2 lbs a week, but I feel hungry most of the day. <BR> I wake up at 3 and work until 8 (custodial), I go to school, and then a few times a week I do maintenance and grounds keeping for the apartment complex I live at. I take a swimming class, so I swim between 30-40 minutes twice a week. <BR> The main problem is at 9 in the morning my body really wants lunch, but its too early to eat a meal, and if I snack I e... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:29:30 EST Silk Almond Milk This past weekend I bought Silk Almond Milk, when I tasted it this weekend my face went *bleh*! <BR> It didnt seem to have much taste, I know it wasnt gonna taste like cows milk, but it just tasted funky. This was my first time trying Almond Milk, so it will probably get some taking used to. Does anyone here like Almond Milk? And if so, any advice on what you can use it for or mix anything into it? (chocolate milk maybe) Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:23:59 EST need help i am a 30 yr old female, I do not take any medicines. I have been doing Atkins since Feb 28, 2014 and I had lost 20lbs but the last two days I have gained 2lbs back and that scares me. the only thing that I have done different in the last 2 days is I have started walking 2 miles in the evenings. <BR> <BR> A typical days food <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Bacon or sausage <BR> 1 hard boiled egg <BR> coffee with half n half <BR> <BR> lunch <BR> hard boiled egg <BR> cheese <BR> or a sala... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:29:53 EST This isn't working what do I do now. I have been following the caloric recommendation for over a month now and haven't lost any weight. The one week I did loose 2 lbs but it took working out 5 days burning 1100 cal or more on 3 of the days and 800 cal on the other 2. I find I can't keep that pace up without my knee getting really sore. I am open to suggestions. My girlfriend has lost 22 lbs in 7 weeks on ww but I don't want to join ww. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:12:23 EST I need good healthy snacks Hi. I am looking for snacks to eat between 4pm and 8pm Monday- Friday. I get hungry around 4:00pm and need a snack that is healthy and not to filling because I eat dinner around 6pm. I also need a snack for night time around 8:30 because I get a little hungry again. Please nothing that involves almonds. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:43:12 EST Gallbladder Removal I had my Gall bladder taken out on March 10 and when I was discharged from the hospital they told me I had now Diet restrictions. Well I am having a hard time eating fatty foods now, so I would like to know if there is a low fat Diet out there or will the meal plans help me in reaching my goal. I have a referral appointment for a Dietian but I don't really know what range of fat I should be intake on a daily basis Any ideas? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:44:10 EST Low fat, family recipes...ideas please I have been told I have fatty liver disease. The doc advised me to eat a low fat, low cholesterol, no fried foods diet. My family just had omelet for dinner, while I had a salad. Their other favorite is pizza! Ugh! Everything they like is smothered in cheese! We even went to an athletic banquet last week, where I was 6 feet past the start of the table before I found something NOT covered in cheese! I made good choices, but I would like to find something's that the whole family will enj... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:05:36 EST Do you stop eating at a certain time? When & why? I feel like I have a weirdo metabolism and don't really need to eat early in the morning. In fact, if I eat first thing I tend to be hungrier all day than if I wait until, say, 10:30-11 AM. I prefer most of my calories in the evening. <BR> <BR> So, here's my question: do you automatically put the fork away for good after dinner? Do you stop at 6? 7? 8? Do you feel like it helps with your weight loss? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:03:27 EST The weight won't budge! I've been actively dieting for a year now and have lost 40 solid lbs. That's great an all but I can't seem to get the last 20 lbs. off. I eat within my calorie range. Some days some I'm below. Some I'm above by no more then 100 calories, that's not very often though. I work out every day except Sunday. I burn approx. 500 calories a day through weight/cardio. My caloric range is calculated according to my workouts. What am I doing wrong??? Eating to little? to much? or working out too much? I'... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:53:06 EST Help me find a vegetarian cookbook. At some point on this messageboard, someone recommended an oldie but a goodie vegetarian cookbook. I think it either had a yellow cover, had garden in the title, or was part of a very small series, though there is a slight chance that I'm mixing it up with an actual gardening book I saw around the same time. I'd guess it was originally published no later than 95 and it's one of those simple, low budget, small run, very likely out of print cult favorite type books. The book gets suggested as o... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:19:51 EST Why almost everything you’ve been told about... Why almost everything you’ve been told about unhealthy foods is wrong -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Eggs and red meat have both been on the nutritional hit list – but after a major study last week dismissed a link between fats and heart disease, is it time for a complete rethink? <BR> <BR> Could eating too much margarine be bad for your critical faculties? The “experts” who so confidently advised us to replace saturated fats, such as butter, with polyunsaturated spreads, people who presumably practis... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:23:16 EST Non-Traditional breakfast ideas???? I usually have a green smoothie (which I looooove), but I' thinking about switching it up a little.. Who says I have to eat breakfast food for breakfast? I know a trainer who eats fish or whatever fits into his regime. Any ideas? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:31:31 EST new vegan any advice how to make meals that are affordable, also trying to loose weight, and am in school full time and work so don't have so much time to cook/ prepare food <BR> so i am new vegan, wheat and oat free. so looking for advice and recipes Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:29:07 EST