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 Weight Watchers Has anyone ever done Weight Watchers? What were your results? Were you able to maintain? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:26:30 EST Do you eat your daily nutritional vitamin/mineral? Hi, <BR> <BR> I like healthy food and as a general rule I eat more than my five a day in fruit and veg, I also choose wholemeal and eat a lot of fish and chicken. <BR> <BR> However, I don't seem to be able to eat enough to meet the daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals and still remain within my calorie limits. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else out there have the same problem without using supplements? <BR> <BR> Nx Sun, 4 Oct 2015 15:37:32 EST A Table Full of Potato Chips! We always munch on table snacks when we get together with friends and family to play cards or board games. I usually set out popcorn (air popped is blande), but usually it's the potato chips and pretzels that get eaten. Can anyone add to my list of snack foods that are just as delicious, but more healthy. Keep in mind the expense and quantity that will be consumed (usually at least one big bag or two of chips.) Sun, 4 Oct 2015 10:54:19 EST Pickles Are pickles considered a vegetable? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:03:52 EST Entering an item that I ate not in the search How do I enter an item that I can't pull up in the search. I have the nutritional breakdown. <em>24</em> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 18:49:29 EST Do I only eat when I'm hungry or..?? So I know with weightloss it's said to only eat when you're hungry, eat slowly and stop when you're satisfied...But It's also known that you should eat breakfast. Well, I'm not hungry until anywhere from 10-Noon.. What do I do? Do I make myself eat something earlier, or do I wait until hunger strikes? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:16:20 EST Eating low carb=less arthritis pain? I've only been eating low carb for about 5 days and my arthritis hip pain has lessened greatly! Can this be true or am I just imagining this? Has this happened for anyone else? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:17:58 EST snacks with fiber=less hunger It's hard to find quick wholesome snacks that have fiber unless you go for produce. But I found them. Alternative grain fig bars at the pharmacy for example. Anybody else have finds? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 11:04:01 EST I need help. Measuring Home Cooking I dont cook. My partner does almost all the cooking at our home. Although I measure what I eat, I dont know how to add it to the tracker. For instance he made fajitas last night and Spanish rice (no shell), and brussel spouts. The fajitas and rice have peppers, onions, chicken, rice, seasonings, butter, olive oil. How do i figure out the calories? if I use a prepared mix listing, the calorie count is very high, and I dont think this home cooked stuff is have as bad on calories or on sodium. Help?! Fri, 2 Oct 2015 15:39:05 EST Vegetarian Awareness Month (Oct) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>itch-meat-for-vegetarian-awareness-mon<BR>th.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:44:38 EST Losing Weight Too Quickly Hi, I am a 27 year-old man, obese, and was recently diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Prior to the diagnosis, I weighed in at around 320 lbs on my 6'2" frame, and my diet consisted mostly of sugary drinks, fried foods, and fast food. In short, my diet was terrible. <BR> <BR> As part of the treatment for my NAFLD, my doctor put me on a low fat, 1500 calorie diet. I have been following the diet religiously. I cannot exercise yet, due to inflammation in the lining of my ribs, bu... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:36:57 EST Blend Fresh Hi! I was wondering if anyone (or a spark coach) has heard of BlendFresh? It's supposed to be fairly new, and be 3 fruit options and one Greens, as well as a fiber, pre-pro biotic, and protein selections. It is supposedly fresh dried fruit/veggies ground up into a powder you can add to any of your food, to get more fruits and veggies in your daily meals. I won samples, and they actually do taste like what they say it is, although I haven't tried the fiber. Its fresh and doesn't have any added... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:27:54 EST Looking for a good meal plan I am about 50 pounds overweight. This is partially due to bipolar meds and partially due to depression related lack of motivation. I'm feeling way better now but I need to jump start my diet and exercise back into gear!! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone had tips on what to eat without getting involved in special programs like Weight Watchers or Nutri System. Thanks! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:13:20 EST Filling Snacks I like to eat celery and carrots with either hummus or refried bean dip to get that feeling of fullness. Also, when I eat healthy nutritionally dense food I don't crave the sugar and salt of highly refined snacks. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 05:03:18 EST GRILLED SALMON Hello all....I'm a lilttle confused about the fat that comes from grilled salmon. Can someone explain it to me. Thanks Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:09:33 EST How weight our food raw or cooked Should I consider the raw weight of a food or the cooked one? because with foods like rice and dry beans it changes a lot after cook them. Please ii is possible I want a real answer, thanks ;) Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:55:09 EST frozen dinner ? Are there any frozen dinners that are good? <BR> Thanks for info Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:21:10 EST Does anyone have an off the wagon day on purpose? When I used to do Weight Watchers many years ago, my friends had a day once a week where we would just treat ourselves. Then the following day we would go back to eating right and counting. We always lost weight. <BR> I would love to do this again because let's be honest, I miss my favorite unhealthy foods. Does anyone here do this? Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:09:11 EST I lost weight i went to my weight management class last week I lost 2 pounds. Today I weighted myself and I lost another 3 pounds. I'm so happy. I feel great and I no pain in my body (from OA). I hope I get in a size down in a few weeks. We can do it!! It take determination and courage. Let's lose the weight. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:50:48 EST calories per meal How many calories should a person on 1200-1600 calories per day eat at each meal ? I eat about 1300 calories per day, am maintaining now Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:46:43 EST chia seeds Should chia seeds be ground to get the full benefit or can I just put in a couple tablespoons in the muffins I make Bran & Apple are the healthly ones I make Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:41:12 EST bonjour, french crossants hi, <BR> there is no law there, that makes them disclose calories in food <BR> so can any one tell me , how many calories are in these <BR> wonderful things ?? <BR> that are so light , and flake apart .. <BR> I really need to add this to my food list <BR> merci <BR> <em>10</em> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:52:40 EST How many grams of Sugar do you shoot for in snack? When choosing a snack (besides fruit) <BR> How many Grams of sugar is your limit? <BR> <BR> (For those trying to lose weight) <BR> <BR> I am not diabetic, but I have heard some different guidelines, and I was wondering what sparkers look for. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:44:54 EST Any One make Black Bean Brownies? Has anyone made and found a recipe they liked for the black bean brownies? <BR> <BR> -Lisa Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:43:16 EST Calorie differential My calorie differential for the last week was 9000, which is much too high. I'd rather be at around 6000. To offset this differential should I be decreasing my excercise or increasing my calories? Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:03:18 EST Foods that Promote Healing? Hello Everyone, <BR> I'm new to Spark People. I just joined last week. On Thursday, I was in a wreck that totaled my car. I'm laid up with a nasty sprained ankle. Anybody know of any foods that will promote healing without adding any pounds? Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:10:01 EST Is there a way to add a food or beverage Harris Teeter sells a flavored beverage called Bing which has only 40 calories 10 g of it from sugar and tastes like soda. It has 20 mg sodium and various vitamins and fruit extracts. Total calories were A great break from just drinking water or almond milk or coconut water all the time. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:34:48 EST If you make it they will eat it. I made sweet and spicy lentils, and baked sweet potato and steamed carrots and by jinkies the family ate all of the side dishes along with their Chef John porchetta sandwiches which had lettuce on them. That worked out to 4 veggies per person at dinner. I skipped the bread and had my meat on a bed of romaine lettuce. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:03:43 EST How do you deal with cravings when they come up? Hi guys, <BR> How do you deal with cravings when they come up? Sun, 27 Sep 2015 08:47:26 EST need low calorie diet Can anyone help me with a low calorie fat burning diet. Have thyroid issues and I am allergic to fish. Looking for a diet that is also caffeine free. Any suggestions? <BR> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 06:54:27 EST Medifast Anyone? Just getting started with this diet,just as a jump start, just wondering if anyone else is currently using Medifast. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:59:49 EST Herbal Teas Today I was reading our national paper on-line and came across this article. I know that SP warns of the dangers of buying herbal stuff over the internet .... this articles gives a good example (and a warning) of why not to, for something as 'innocent' as herbal teas. <BR> <link><BR>le.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=11519399 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:48:33 EST Drinking More Water Since living at a high altitude 8900' in the Rocky Mountains water is more of a necessity. I hated it as a child in California, but seem to love it now. I have some suggestions for those that struggle with it. <BR> <BR> 1. Check out how many oz. the glasses in your home hold. Most glasses are now 12 to 16 oz. You are probably getting more water than you know. <BR> <BR> 2. Drink a full glass of water with every meal. <BR> <BR> 3. When you go out take your purse (women) or wallet ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:12:16 EST Would changing protein powders be the answer? I drink protein shakes. I normally drink Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein <link><BR>ner=wlpa&adid=22222222227027362713&wl0<BR>=&wl1=g&wl2 <BR> =c&wl3=43910665472&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=8428<BR>4170832&veh=sem </link> <BR> I get a different flavor. <BR> My dream body is slender with lean muscles. That is not what I have. I have a 30 inch waist and 15 inch calves. Would changing protein powders help? Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:37:30 EST Why is my hot lemon water so bitter? I squeezed the juice out of 2 slices of lemon, then threw the slices in my flask and topped it with hot water. I didn't even bruise the skins but my water is bitter. Why? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:12:04 EST Water Substitues? I love diet cranberry juice (5 calories per 8oz glass) and unsweetened tea. can these be substituted for water? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:17:19 EST Any successful results giving up dairy? Has anyone given up dairy? I love cheese, but have read that dairy really isn't good and since I have bile reflux and sinus issues thought I might try giving it up. Any success or failure stories? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:25:35 EST Tracking your foods Sorry to bother everyone, but I don't know how to enter a new food to add to my daily tracker. I have entered recipes, but not a specific food item. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:57:25 EST Why am I not losing weight? I am currently on my fifth week of a healthier lifestyle (currently at 190 pounds, female, 5'7"). With the help of Sparkpeople and Myfitnesspal, I am able to track my calories and workouts. My calorie goal is at 1200. I am very good about staying under this goal (sometimes before my workouts, sometimes it's only 1200 after my workouts). I walk every day, usually for a minimum of 40 minutes, but most days it's closer to an hour. I also weight lift at the gym twice a week, though I am intending... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:19:20 EST I'm in my 40s and cannot lose a pound! I need help, advice, a new metabolism! I've been exercising 4-5 days a week sometimes twice a day. I'm drinking lots of water. Cardio and weights but cannot drop a pound. I need to lose this weight! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:40:49 EST Fresh Jackfruit A bit about me - been a vegan 7.5 years, and vegetarian long before that - probably around 20 years no meat. <BR> <BR> So I'm never looking for a meat substitute. I don't care about it. <BR> <BR> That said, I've always heard that jackfruit can be made into a "pulled pork" like consistency and have found that intriguing. <BR> <BR> It was on a decent sale at a neighborhood exotic market and for once they had a slab of only 3 lbs available (usually it's in enormous hunks the size of watermel... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:40:01 EST Coffee & Calories I have never been a huge coffee drinker in the past, but as of a couple of months ago, I have started drinking it more regularly because of early mornings, etc. It has become part of my routine and I usually drink the Instant nescafe. I recently realized the amount of calories I was consuming with my coffee though because I would poor 2/3 tbsp of some flavoring of coffee creamer and then I would add a ton of sugar (didn't really measure it out)... I recently bought Nestles sugar free coffee c... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:58:01 EST Anyone try Plenti yogurt? Just picked up an apple spice one which I plan on having a snack today. Just curious if anyone tried these and your opinion. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:38:27 EST Pizza Night? I would just like some opinions on what to do in this situation...I have been *trying* to eat healthy and exercise daily. Obviously, temptation and other events come up. Friday night I have been planning to have a girls' movie and pizza night with an old friend of mine for quite awhile. I don't want to cancel on her. We have been looking forward to it for awhile and it's a cheaper option than going out to dinner (by splitting the cost of a pizza together). I don't want to ruin my whole week b... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:29:53 EST How to know if you have hardening of the arteries? Is there a test to find out if one has some stage of atherosclerosis? If it has started, is there a way to reverse it? Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:18:15 EST Big Salad... with Ranch Just ate a big ole spinach salad loaded with tomatoes and mushrooms and carrots and green peppers. I put a few tablespoons of ranch on it, but I'm putting this one in the 'win' column, considering what I really wanted was a couple slices of pizza... dipped in ranch. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:10:23 EST Are you gluten free? I'm gluten free and have been for over 12 years due to a severe intolerance. Is anyone else here on a gluten-free diet? If so, what was your reason? Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:08:33 EST Stuck! I'm 51 years old and in March gave up sugar, sweeteners and simple carbs. I eat simply now. Lots of fruit and string cheese. It worked and I have lost 50 lbs and have 30 more to go, but for the last month I have been stuck. I've even added more walking. I walk like a half mile to and a half mile back from the office to my vehicle. This gets me to close, if not, at my 10k steps a day. Yesterday for instance, I had a bag of red seedless grapes from the market and three pieces of string che... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:09:36 EST How do you decide what diet plan suits you best? Hi, <BR> <BR> I have only just come back to Sparkpepole... I have tried so many different ways of eating... low carb/no carb/low GI/Low calorie and generally speaking I'm not really sure what suits me best. I don't think that I am good with carbs because I generally fall asleep soon after I have any complex carbs... this could mean no/low carbs or low GI requirements...! <BR> <BR> I have started to gain weight recently and need to manage it... I have lost weight before but its been part... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:56:04 EST Canned Tuna & Mercury Poisoning So, I am eating a lot of tuna lately. Almost every single day. Am I going to get food poisoning? This is a serious concern, I haven't done my research thoroughly, but I realize that it is a concern. Thank you! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:43:20 EST Iced Tea to the Rescue I get tired of just water all the time. I have found two things that help me. The first is iced tea. I make my own in a gallon container at home and drink it throughout the week. I make mine with a bit of sugar - it works out to half a teaspoon per 8 oz of tea - definitely better than soda or other sugary drinks, and something different from water. Bonus - iced tea made at home is super affordable. <BR> The second water alternative if fruit-infused water. I drink Hint water. For being ... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 13:01:56 EST new pescatarian i recently stopped eating meat, ill have fish here and there but mostly veggies and fruits. its been about a month, and i've already dropped a little over 10lbs. i have so much more energy now but my appetite and taste-buds are changing drastically and food seems to gross me out sometimes, how do i cope with this? <BR> <BR> also does anyone know which type of vitamins i should get? i do eat vitamin c gummies :) <BR> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 12:04:57 EST Need Recipes that make ONE serving! The recipes on Spark are usually pretty great, except for the fact, very few make just one serving. How about MORE like that!!!! We are not all married, with kids at home. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:57:53 EST Liquid Detox I'm am on a 10 day detox. Eating only Vegetables and fruit as a smoothie. Has anyone ever tried it? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:02:22 EST Wondering why... I have a BMI of 24, exercise 4x a week for 45 minutes, plus I'm not a couch potato. <BR> I was under extreme stress for the last 7 months and not able to eat much. I ate about 600 to 800 calories a day, which was mostly vegetables, light cheese sticks and oatmeal. Recently, Lost 10 pounds pretty quickly, then was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I started monitoring my glucose after every meal, and ate 5 small meals a day, no processed foods, no candy or desserts, low fat, very low salt...pretty ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:24:31 EST Food is so good! You guys...Food is soooo good! What are some foods that are awesome on the palate and on the waistline? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <em>140</em> <em>470</em> <em>180</em> <em>9</em> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:39:58 EST I'm new here Hello everyone, <BR> I've started Phase 2 of the FMD and would appreciate someone's interpretation of the plan for the next 2 days. Are we suppose to have 3 egg whites with each of the 3 meals per day or are egg whites and alternative choice to the other animal protein? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:03:00 EST overeating headaches It took me a long to recognize this but when I overeat, I get headaches that last for a day or two. Now that I'm eating less (i.e., CRON diet), my body has become more sensitive. Now, eating more than usual at a single meal can cause headaches even if I'm under my calorie target at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> This is particularly a problem with evening workouts. For example, if I run 6-8 miles around dinner time, I'll have to put dinner off until late and I'll end up with calorie deficits ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:37:53 EST Meal Replacement Plan I am looking to do a 1-month meal replacement plan. Before anyone freaks out about how diets don't work, I have already changed my lifestyle and lost almost 80 lbs in 13+ months and am still losing. It's just that I have hit a bit of a slow spot and would like to mix things up. Also, I am getting closer to my goal and if I could have a really stellar month it would be awesome! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any experience with plans like Medifast or other meal-replacement diets? If so, how... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:13:52 EST vitamins. which multi is the best? I was informed that multi vitamins are not good for you. I read a few articles but can not find answers. Re they really good and if so which are better a multi or go individual? Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:20:38 EST 5 Minutes Fitness As an insurance broker I spend most of my dails in a seated position. Yesterday, myself and a group of friends decided to stand up a move every hour for 5 minutes. We added 35 minutes of movement to our day. <em>381</em> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:43:14 EST Can I change the order of meals in my tracker? Can I move my mid-morning snack to between Breakfast and Lunch, instead of having it down the end of the page? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:56:56 EST sodium track is there any way of adding another column to your daily food log. i want to see sodium break down. Keeps saying i'm over but i don't eat chips, or hot dogs, i don't add salt to my cooking Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:55:26 EST 6wbmo Body Blueprint Cards Does anyone know where I can find the Michael Thurmond Body Type Blue-Print cards, so I can determine what body type I am? I purchased a kit from E-bay, supposedly in new condition, but these cards, along with the cards that show you what foods you can eat for your body type, were missing from the kit. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:59:10 EST How should I do it this time around? I'm at a crossroad and would like to hear from your experiences and gain your support. <BR> <BR> In the past year I've gained 15 lbs from my petite model figure to a more curvy physique. I've been a chronic binge eater and have had immense trouble stopping eating after a meal and controlling my portions. I also battle between going back to being vegan or continuing to allow myself to eat chicken, fish, and eggs. <BR> <BR> Another thing is that I have trouble keeping food in the house if I ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:50:04 EST Teff Grain Has anyone tried Teff grains? I bought some a while back but hadn't done anything with it, so the other morning I cooked some for breakfast. We ate it like we would grits - cooked in water with a bit of salt and then ate it with some butter on top with our eggs. It's very good and a powerhouse of nutrition. Here's a link to the Bob's Red Mill website with more information about it. <link><BR>.html </link> I think I'll try the polenta idea - I love polent... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:33:41 EST Restaurant meals - tracking hidden fats I'm going out of town this weekend. I have a pretty good idea of where I'll be eating and what I'll order. But is it reasonable to add say a half tablespoon of butter to my veggie omelette or a tablespoon of vegetable oil to my grilled fish and shrimp? Too many calories? Too few? Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:07:22 EST Ethnic foods nutrition Having trouble figuring out the nutrition content of what I just ate. It was at a Thai restaurant; the dish was called Pa-Ram Jae. The description is "fried tofu sautéed with fresh ginger, chili paste and yellow curry powder, topped with peanut sauce and fried onion." Anybody have an estimate? It was delicious, but probably high fat. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:04:04 EST Sleep Eating? I have a problem. Sometimes, I sleep walk, and when I do, I sometimes sleep eat! It's kind of bizarre. Sometimes I will just eat a few crackers, or something small, and other times, it's things I wouldn't even eat if I were awake, like plain pieces of bread. I have raided the kid's Halloween candy, made very messy cups of chocolate milk, and left crumb evidence in trails leading all over the house. I am not saying this happens every night, or anything. It seems completely random. Of course, I... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:10:49 EST Pop- aholic Anyone else out there that is struggling to stop drinking pop? Would love a buddy who could help me through it. I start off strong and get a couple weeks into it but then go back double duty. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:10:33 EST carb cravings Lately I've been having 2 protein shakes a day and its just NOT working out. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if its the coffee I put in it or what. <BR> <BR> but I'm thinking that I need to eat real food forlunlunch. I'm just not sure how to manage these cravings. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:18:16 EST DIABETIC FRIENDLY LOW FAT RECIPES I HAVE HAD TO FOLLOW A LOW CARB DIET FOR FOUR YEARS AND 100 POUNDS GONE, BUT MY DOCTOR JUST CHANGED ME TO DIABETIC LOW-FAT DIETING WHICH IS JUST THE OPPOSITE FROM WHAT MY MIND IS SET TO. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY AND ALL RECIPES AND SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE THIS CHANGE AN EASY ONE. THANKS IN ADVANCE TO ALL. <BR> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:35:13 EST Clean eating? I keep reading about clean eating but haven't been able to find out exactly what it is. Can someone please explain more to me? <BR> Thanks Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:24:20 EST Food Photography - Show us what you're making! Show us what you cooked today! <BR> <BR> For lunch today I was hungry. I went for a mountain bike ride last night and a run this morning. So I made 2 pieces of bacon, some ham, pan fried bell peppers, red onions and spinach and some sweet potato fries. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are you cooking today? <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:03:57 EST Being Stuck Hey, I have been gaining and losing the same 10 pounds for six months now. <BR> I weigh 14 as of now. <BR> I have to lose about 15 more.. but for some reason, it's just not working. <BR> I have been on track since August and just lost 2 lbs in <BR> <BR> Ised to drink diet coke a lot...but now made that just once a week. <BR> <BR> As, you all can guess...I have started losing hope..but I saw myself at 138 and I hope I can push through these times. <BR> It was another thing if I was eating p... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:07:44 EST Drinking calories After a stressful spring and summers,I realize that I drink a lot of calories. If it weren't for regular coke and wine, I may not have much weight to lose. Besides the obvious (substitute other drinks) does anyone have advice? My stress level is much better and I am ready to get back on track. Thanks! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:37:01 EST Good ideas for healthy snacks and food for camping Okay, hit me with some ideas for healthy food while camping. Needs to be something that can store well, and is filling while also being low on calories. Lots of veggies/fruit and lean meats is how I normally eat. <BR> <BR> So how do you all survive a week of camping/hiking while also staying within a reasonable calorie range (1900 calories/day.) I'm hitting a mental block... all I can think about is junk that will just make me crave more because it's not filling (thinking hot dogs over t... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:30:02 EST So hangry! All of the time! Help! Hello, <BR> <BR> In the past couple of months I have gotten really into weightlifting and I absolutely love it. I am currently trying to cut. I am 5'2 and I weigh 129.1 lbs. 33.7% body fat and 28.0% muscle. Every calculator I have tried says I should be eating 1,200 calories per day if I want to lose weight. I had been doing this for a week straight and I am at the point where I am SO, SO hungry. I have been trying to cut carbs and eat more protein because I am still hitting the gym hard, an... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:24:19 EST 5 weeks of exercise and eating healthy I have been working out 3 to 5 days a week for about 45 mins high intensity cardio/ strength training. Eating very heathy for the most parts on the weekends I tend to have one treat meal. However, I am not loosing weight I can't figure out why? My typical day of eating includes <BR> <BR> Breakfast - coffee, 1/2 cup of oatmeal or protein pancake <BR> Snack - some type of fruit <BR> Lunch - 1 3oz blackened chicken , spring mix salad <BR> Snack - rice cake <BR> Dinner - salad , shrimp stir fr... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:50:29 EST Using Social Media and the Spark Community How has using the SparkPeople Community and other social media outlets with message boards and blogs helped you with your fitness or weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> Have you encountered resistance from close family members in using these types of resources? <BR> <BR> Only constructive responses please. Thanks! Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:34:23 EST easy crock pot recipes?! just bought a new crock pot and looking for meal ideas.. <BR> if you could email them to me or message me on here <BR> thanks <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 02:40:22 EST Where to start - give up gluten or give up sugar? I have been thinking about a more whole diet. I know I am eating too many processed foods and I just don't feel well. I have looked at both sugar detox and giving up gluten. I was wondering which one would be better to start with? I know the answer is ultimately both. But wondering if it is easier to start with gluten or sugar? <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:48:23 EST Happy Fall Y'all! - Noosa Pumpkin Yogurt Just wanted to share a food find I discovered today. I might be late to the party on this one, but it was excellent and a perfect fall treat! <BR> <BR> Noosa Pumpkin Yogurt <BR> <BR><BR>kin/ <BR> <em>258</em> <BR> 4 oz serving has: <BR> 145 calories <BR> 6 grams fat <BR> 6 grams protein <BR> 15 grams sugar <BR> <BR> I don't work for them or anything. Just thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> This and a honeycrisp apple and I'm ready for autumn leaves t... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:39:14 EST calories vs. healthy I need some advice and support. I am finding it hard to eat healthy and get enough calories to meet my goal for the day. I need tips to achieve my calorie goal and health goal at the same time Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:36:31 EST Homemade smoothies to get more fruits each day? As of right now I will maybe eat 1 piece of fruit per day... MAYBE... and I want to start getting more in because frankly, I know I need it to feel healthy. In order to do this I've started making fruit smoothies at home, typically contains a mixture of frozen fresh fruits I've cut up such as strawberries, pineapple. mango, pears, grapes, bananas, blueberries etc... then I add some greek yogurt and fruit juice (REAL fruit juice), and some chia seeds or almonds to add some texture, plus about ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 12:45:08 EST Cricket flour High protein and sustainable, but could you stomach eating crickets? <link><BR>15/08/06/are-you-cool-enough-to-eat-bu<BR>gs-a-startup-called-exo-says-crickets-<BR>are-the-new-kale/ </link> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:52:06 EST % of carbs per meal? Is there an estimated % of carbs per meal that one could follow as a mere guideline? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:41:12 EST I need help!! This question is for Becky and anyone else that can help me. <BR> <BR> Got myself totally confused and afraid to eat lots of calories. I started water stretching class 1 July. It felt so good to my knees so after class I started water jogging. I entered info into fitness tracker and this is where confusion begins. My calorie burnt numbers start to get high which caused a large deficit because I could not eat enough calories. Therefore everything was out of line and this pretty much put ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:11:25 EST progress tape Where do I find that cool progress tracker tape that some of you are sporting on your pages? I want one. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:04:22 EST How to avoid being hungry at bedtime,,,,, How does one avoid being hungry so often. I often have hunger under control. But some days I am hungry almost constantly. But the worst time is when I have eaten all my calories for the day and I am starving at bedtime. I have tried to ignore it,,,but I will wake up 2 hours early and not sleep and then my stomach will hurt. To top this all off I haven't lost weight,,,,even with tracking everything eaten,,,,and exercising. So I need some ideas,,, <em>303</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:29:19 EST Sugar grams I would like to keep track of my sugar grams consumed at each meal every day. I have entered it into change nutrition goals and it says it is keeping track but I do not see a column for sugar; can I erase the fiber column and add sugar? How? The instructions do not seem go coincide with what the directions says. It is saying sugar is added but I am not seeing it on my tracker page? Thanks Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:52:27 EST Getting to sleep My husband works the night shift. When he gets home, he drinks a beer to help him relax so he go to sleep while the kids are starting to get up and make noise. We have tried Melatonin, but it was getting to the point that he needed 10 MG to get to sleep, and he didn't feel comfortable doing that every night. What are some ideas that we can try that is healthy for him to fall asleep eaiser? <BR> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:24:11 EST Caloric deficit I was browsing around looking for scientific research regarding the caloric deficit that is needed to lose 1 pound of fat. Most people use the 3500 = 1 rule of thumb, but it looks like it's more complicated than that. <BR> <BR> I stumbled upon this article: <link><BR>111114p36.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> On the one hand it looks like the caloric deficit needed to lose weight is larger than used to be believed. On the other hand the article has two links to ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:51:01 EST Junk Yesterday I had an off day and ate far too much; a bit tired, a bit of a cold coming on, yadda, yadda, yadda... <BR> <BR> I have a 'loads of junk' item of 2500 calories which i usually use to track those off days. Today I typed 'junk' into the general search and was amazed out how many of us have track 'junk', generally in the 2000 to 3000 calorie range. <BR> <BR> I guess we're all doing the best we can but no-one does everything 100% right 100% of the time but we clearly don't use a one ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:07:09 EST What's your favorite way to hamburger? With all the different options (toppings, meat choice, cooking method, etc), what is your current favorite style hamburger? <BR> <BR> <BR> My current fave: <BR> <BR> lean beef patty, smashed very thin, seasoned with minced garlic <BR> grilled rare <BR> yellow American cheese <BR> shredded lettuce <BR> salsa <BR> sour cream <BR> homemade spinach wrap <BR> <BR> Layered: burger, salsa, cheese, lettuce, sour cream on top. :) Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:17:29 EST Bizarre Weight Problems Hello I have had a great deal of trouble with my weight/metabolism/diet recently and I've gone to the doctor but she hasn't helped me; I'm very active and I run high school cross country, I'm 5'10, and I weigh 133 lbs. At the beginning of the summer I weighed 122 and suddenly gained about 10 pounds very rapidly. All summer I had no appetite and did not eat very much, I eat between 900-1400 calories a day of healthy food and am a vegetarian. However not only has my weight not been dropping it ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:56:05 EST Needing more protein I have been tracking my food on the Nutrition Tracker for a while now, and I very rarely hit my protein goal range. I would like to get some suggestions for foods high in protein. <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:33:01 EST is Fresh Figs ok for diabetics? Can diabetics have fresh figs (not dried figs)? I was interested in knowing the Glycemic index of fresh figs (I tried looking for it online but got inconsistent info). Thanks. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:03:45 EST Calories in cooked/steamed veggies Okay, so first of all, I do realize this sounds very nit picky and that nobody ever got fat eating too many veggies, BUT...I eat them a lot so I am wondering... <BR> <BR> When I buy a pack of frozen veggies, say Birdseye frozen bell peper mix, it will say 1 cup = 25 calories. Then, it will say that there are 5 servings in a pack. I never get 5 cups/servings as cooked or frozen. Do I just measure 1 cup when it is frozen? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:36:38 EST Water weight or fat loss? Hello! I'm writing this in hopes that Coach Jen can help me with my question. On September 1, 2015, I started out at 300 pounds. This morning when I weighed in, I weighed 286.6. I'm NOT complaining about that number at all!! I'm pretty thrilled actually, but surely that must be after weight, for that much to come off so quickly. Right? I've never had that much come off practically all at once, but then again, I've only been 300 pounds one other time in my life. At what point will I be losing ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:02:20 EST 21 day fix Has anyone tried the 21 day fix? And does it work? Are the shakes necessary? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:59:57 EST Really Good Juicer I love to juice but I noticed the pulp from my current juicer is still filled with lots of moisture. <BR> <BR> What are your suggestions for a good juicer? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:32:17 EST Flavored sparkling water This is a probably a question that has been asked before, but does flavored sparkling water count as water if it has 0 cal 0 fat 0 sodium 0 sugar 0 protein? <BR> It is carbonated. Ofcourse it has aspartame in it. and I know that is not great-but I am such a bad water drinker...and I recently gave up coke! Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:35:46 EST Whey Protein Has anyone had an issue using Whey Protein in a shake or smoothie and having it be way too bitter? Do you have a good protein shake recipe for breakfast? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:03:47 EST Soda addiction - will quitting help weight loss? Hi all <BR> <BR> I am overhauling (in stages) my nutrition and exercise and this is the next step - stop drinking Coke!! <BR> <BR> I aim for 1500 calories a day and log it on My Fitness Pal and I'm on week 4 of T25 Alpha (so far, so weight or inches lost). I drink at least 5 glasses of water a day (about 1.5 litres)... <BR> <BR> Nothing is happening on the weight loss front (5'5 and 177lb)... <BR> <BR> Can anyone confirm or deny their reactions to weight loss when they stopped consuming C... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:19:35 EST Gained weight on attack phase of the Dukan Diet Hi There, <BR> <BR> I started the Dukan diet yesterday for the first time. After a full day of eating unlimited protein I woke up this morning 800g heavier. Has this happened to anybody else? Will it sort itself out??? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:45:25 EST Query about manually entering vitamin and mineral Hi <BR> <BR> I take magnesium supplement and when I entered the amounts manually (300mcg) I entered it as 100% because in that part of the nutrition table it shows as requiring %%% not mg, however my daily report often shows I am under and I felt this was incorrect so have rechecked my entries, then I noticed on the Daily Nutrition Full report that magnesium shows as 100mg, I have changed this to 300 but am wondering why the table shows %%% and yet reports in mg? I want to be sure I am enter... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 23:16:29 EST Needing to find balance I teach exercise classes 5 to 6 days a week for a total of about 10 classes. On the days I teach, I usually eat well. I watch what I eat, little to no snacking. Yesterday was an exception. Taught 2 classes and didn't eat nearly enough. <BR> <BR> However, on the days I don't teach, I tend to eat unhealthy options and I snack more. <BR> <BR> I need to find a way to balance this. Days I teach multiple classes, I need to eat more than I am and on days I don't teach, I need to eat less. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 17:52:24 EST New job/schedule turning me into an eating machine Has anyone noticed major changes in their hunger levels when they have a schedule change? And does anyone have any tips on how to deal with it? <BR> <BR> 3 weeks ago I started a new job, similar to my old office job but at a new company. The main difference is the hours - I now have to wake up at 5:30AM instead of my usual 7:30AM. I'm not a morning person so it's a bit of a struggle. <BR> <BR> My regular routine is to eat a small breakfast before work (poached egg and piece of toast, coffe... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:37:21 EST Dinner Do you ever get tired of thinking what to fix for dinner? Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:32:57 EST Do you incorporate water rich food/ fiber in diet? How do you incorporate foods rich in water like watermelon and or food rich in fiber in your diet? <BR> <BR> I put cucumber in a smoothie, and I put watermelon in another smoothie. the smoothie is rich in fiber because I put in beets and other vegetables. <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions? Wed, 9 Sep 2015 11:03:28 EST 6 Week Body Makeover I am starting the 6 week Body Makeover Diet today. <BR> <BR> It is fairly simple and in the past when I have tried it, I have had great success with it. <BR> <BR> The premise is to eat 5 to 6 "Small" meals daily, based on your body type. I am a type A. Mostly you combine a carb with a protein at each meal, Eat every three hours. Drink A TON of water. Don't add salt or sugar or dairy to any of your meals. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me? My daughter is getting married in 45 days... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 11:01:13 EST Website for nutrition Does anyone know any good websites or downloads that has a list of fruits and veggies and the various vitamins and minerals that each has. If it also sorts by vitamins and what the vitamins do that would be awesome. I have been clicking around trying to google it and haven't found a site that has the info I want and is easy to find. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 09:35:15 EST Weekend Nutrition How do you keep your nutrition in check on the weekends? Do you have a self-created rule or guideline to manage your food take on the weekends to relax-but not blow out-your nutrition? Tue, 8 Sep 2015 22:30:13 EST MENU? Hello. I just joined yesterday. It took me months to prepare my mind to better my life. I live in bush Alaska. Very small, remote village. I haven't had pop, chips, candy, and juice since August 1st. I've been walking 30 minutes a day. I want to increase my time once my knees become stronger. Everything is so expensive in our stores. A bag of chips is cheaper than a bag of grapes because of weight. We hardly get any fresh fruits or vegetables but they're expensive. Are frozen or canned fruits... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 22:25:33 EST Not Understanding BMR On Website Hi! I am new to this site and very excited to be here. <BR> <BR> I filled out the information, and it says that my BMR is more than 200+ calories higher than the formula says. And it says that if I eat the higher number of calories per day I will lose weight. <BR> <BR> I'm very confused. Anyone able to help with my confusion? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Tue, 8 Sep 2015 15:47:02 EST no more blood pressure medication When I woke up this morning, I felt really light headed so took my blood pressure. <BR> It was really low so called the doctor who lives where he can see me doing walking. <BR> He asked me how weight I lost. I told him and he said that I had lost weight so that I didn't need my blood pressure medication. Yeah! Tue, 8 Sep 2015 14:42:33 EST Vega One Nutritional Shake I like the way this shake tastes. Any suggestions or comments about this product? Thanks!! Tue, 8 Sep 2015 10:24:27 EST How accurate is SP's vitamin and mineral tracking? I'm trying to determine if I need to take any vitamin supplements so I'm monitoring virtually every nutrient SP lets you track. I seem to be consistently low in some trace minerals like selenium. Is it that SP's database doesn't include this information for all foods or should I look at supplements/diet changes for these nutrients? Tue, 8 Sep 2015 09:59:58 EST BREAD ALTERNATIVES? Please share Please share your favorite bread recipes.. <BR> I am trying coconut flour right now and will be trying the almond this week, having a very hard time trying to find a good bread recipe that tastes decent and not coconut... <BR> We can not have wheat, all purpose flour or rice/ tapioca or corn starches.. <BR> <BR> I need to know if there are other alternative flours .. the almond seems super expensive at 10$ just for half a lb.. lol <BR> <BR> Thanks in advanced! <BR> <BR> We are following th... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 04:31:42 EST Instant oatmeal for breakfast reduces appetite Recent research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has uncovered the benefits of consuming instant oatmeal for breakfast. The findings revealed consuming instant oatmeal for breakfast may help reduce appetite at lunch, minimizing the amount of food consumed. <BR> <BR> found the news here <BR> <link><BR>al-for-breakfast-reduces-appetite-by-l<BR>unch/ </link> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 03:44:12 EST Celiacs or gluten free eaters! Questions! Hi =) I have recently started adhering to eating gluten free (I found out about my intolerance 3 years ago, but ignored it. <em>39</em> ) I was wondering if it was normal to be LESS hungry from eating gluten free? I find myself eating more often, but I get full faster. Is that because my body is able to absorb the nutrients better? <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 16:43:23 EST can't stop, help Every day I start my day in the healthiest way possible. I try to have a healthy breackfast, then I go for a walk with the dog, etc. I try to stay active. <BR> But as the day wares on I start bingeing. Not just some snacks and stuff, I go way past that. I can make myself a big bowl of popcorn and eat it in under five minutes an then go to the kitchen for more. <BR> Every time I get through the day being healthy I end uo bingeing at dinner. I always eat until I am stuffed and feel extremely g... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 14:03:54 EST I decided to make an investment in Nutrisystem Good Afternoon Everyone, <BR> <BR> I saw the info-merical and made the plunge to join Nutrisystem. My order won't be here for a few days but I'm starting to have sticker shock since I have quite a few pounds to lose. Has anyone experienced Nutrisystem? Could you please share (good or bad) your thoughts on the product? I know that I will commit for this month but is the product reliable enough to go beyond one month and is it worth the investment? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 13:21:27 EST health I eat lots black and lentil beans. Maybe I am eating to much? anyway I will not give up what I am doing Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:49:42 EST Healthy, low calorie breakfast and lunch ideas I am looking to change things up a little to help jump start some weight loss. I gained a few pounds and need to make some changes. I am looking for some ideas for breakfast. I don't have time for anything elaborate. I usually have 2 slices of toast. Looking to cut out the bread and do something else. I was thinking of making like an egg pie or maybe some granola bars. Let me know what you all think. Do any of you have something you like? <BR> Also looking for lunch ideas. Seems I need to mak... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 06:59:23 EST Fruit infused water I know there are bottles that you can use to make fruit infused water. Does anyone do this? Does the fruit actually flavor the water? Do you eat the fruit after you drink the water? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 22:26:21 EST Tracking It's difficult to track eating just 2 chips Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:05:36 EST Are meat and dairy bad for you? Should I switch to a high carb low fat raw vegan diet? <BR> <BR> I've read a lot of articles online that says we should cut out milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products because they are full of growth hormones that turn a calf into a huge cow because, milk from cows are actually meant for calves. <BR> <BR> I've also read articles that eating meat and dairy is even worse for you than smoking. According to some other articles, eggs are bad too. <BR> <BR> So, the gist of what all these s... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 08:24:54 EST Bariatric Induction diet- NOT ATKINS!! HELP!! So I'll try to make this as short as possible and pray there's someone out there with some knowledge. I am 1.5 years "cancer free" after battling breast cancer. I have one more reconstruction surgery to go but the plastic surgeon feels it's a very high risk due to my morbid obesity. He asked me to work on losing 60/80 lbs before the surgery and didn't set a date. I tried to request bariatric surgury but must be 5 years "cancer free". I just don't have that kind of time. The bariatric doctor w... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 20:26:03 EST Daily Nutrition Report Can someone please tell me why some of the nutrients are listed twice on my daily nutrition report and for different amounts? As an example, potassium and calcium. Sometimes it is listed in both the "did good" group and also in the "fell under" group because the amounts are so different. Just curious if this is normal or if somehow mine is messed up? Sat, 5 Sep 2015 20:01:24 EST Saturday Blues It was quiet. It is now not so quiet. Drama. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 19:53:59 EST Water So I started drinking more water today. So far, I'm at 90oz of water. What is the safe amount of water to drink and why, when you drink a lot of water, do you have to pee so often? I've often wondered about that. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:07:42 EST Why Do I Keep Going to the Darn Bakery? I want to eat healthy! I want to lose weight! I know what I need to do! Why am I not doing it? I don't understand. Why did the bakery have to move to town, and why is it that I just can't stop going there? <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm missing something important that I'm just not understanding and it's holding me back from all of this. I just don't know what it is, and it's driving me nuts! <BR> <BR> HELP! Sat, 5 Sep 2015 13:47:08 EST Help me avoid my favorite sugary candy! Share your tips for avoiding or controlling the sugary treats that can wreck your eating plan. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 09:09:08 EST 21 day fix hi everyone! <BR> I just started the 21 day fix. didn't purchase the program but found the portion equivalents on line. I know portion control is a huge issue for me. with my weight according to the 21 day fix is 2300. I also know from experience that if I start a diet and exercise plan at the same time, I will fail. should I lower my calorie intake because I am not doing the exercises right now? has anyone lost weight without doing the exercises and just the portion control. ***I will be s... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:20:55 EST What do you all think of the Ice Cream Arctic Zero Like the title says i was just curious as to your opinions Fri, 4 Sep 2015 21:56:53 EST Weight of frozen pizza when cooked I cooked a frozen pizza that said 410 g on the box. The nutrition info is for approx. 1/4 of the pizza or 103 g. Yet, when I weighed out each half of the pizza cooked, I got 237 g for 1 half and 228 g for the other half, which means that the whole thing weighed 465 g! That is such a HUGE difference. Plus, I thought that things DECREASED in weight when cooked. <BR> <BR> I am confused. Does anyone have any insight? Fri, 4 Sep 2015 21:24:02 EST Skittish about food tracking I've been tracking my food for about 2 weeks now. I noticed something today that seems to be a pattern with me, though. When I track my food, I tend to focus on the food and obsess over what I can/can't have. Then, of course, the cravings start. I talk myself out of the craving and look at other types of recipes. Before I know it, I'm STARVING from looking at all the delicious food and I binge on whatever I can get my hands on. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm somewhere between starving and binging ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 18:28:08 EST I have to go to a pig roast this weekend I have binge eating disorder and I just started trying to change my relationship with food. Now I have to go to a pig roast this weekend and I am kind of freaking out. I am not ready to be thrown into such a food-riddled environment - it's too soon. When you try to explain this to other people, it just sounds like a lame excuse to stay home - it's not. I had to go to a party last weekend, too, and I totally blew my diet plan. How can I prevent that from happening again? To make matters worse,... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 16:30:23 EST How many calories do you think I burn lifting? Ab Crunch: 1 set, 12 rep, 80 lbs <BR> Inner Hip Abduction: 3 set, 32 rep, 85 lbs <BR> Outer Hip Abduction: 2 set, 24 rep, 80 lbs <BR> Leg Extension: 3 set, 27 rep, 60 lbs <BR> Leg Press:1 set, 50 rep, 115 lbs <BR> Seated Leg Curl: 3 set, 32 rep, 60 lbs <BR> Shoulder Press: 2 set, 21 rep, 50 lbs <BR> Torso Rotation: 4 set, 48 rep, 85 lbs <BR> Arm Curl: 2 set, 24 rep, 35 lbs <BR> Chest Press: 4 set, 48 rep, 55 lbs <BR> Fly: 2 set, 24 rep, 40 lbs <BR> Lateral Raise: 3 set, 32 rep , 45 lbs <BR> P... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 15:59:14 EST does anyone go over their cal intake... Hello <BR> <BR> Does anyone go over their calorie intake ? <BR> I dont usually but sometimes I do not by much but i do ...fustrating because even to much of a good thing will bring you over your calories. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:12:53 EST Question about insulin resistance Have another question. I don't get the opportunity to ask my doctor a bunch of questions because they are always trying to rush the patients in and out. My doctor is nice, don't get me wrong, I think its the corporations they work for just want to get in and out as many patients as possible and i don't have the money to go back and make appointment with dietician to ask my questions. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, the question is about the insulin resistance. When I went in asking for help with weight... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:24:48 EST carb lover hello everyone ...looking forward to the labour day weekend .... <BR> Well I have a question and hope some people can relate or give some opinions ..I am obviously a carb lover ...I love my breads and potatoes I usually try to eat a majority of good carbs so whole grain qinuoa oatmeal I dont eat pasta ...but it seems my carbs are always on the high side hardly ever over ..but I am still trying to put more protein in my diet ....what other ways can a carb lover still eat her carbs..... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 08:27:46 EST Looking for SOLID advice please Hello, I am new to Spark People and hoping that it will help me get out of the funk that I am in. I currently weigh 190 pounds and am 5'6. I am pretty solid and have a lot of muscle but also a lot of fat in the abdomen, upper thighs, butt area. For the past 2 years I have been steadily working out 3-5 times per week (one hour high intensity interval training, specifically Orange Theory if anyone aware of this workout) and have only seemed to gain weight AND inches. I do this at 5 am and do... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:53:58 EST What is 'a normal eater'? I would really appreciate to hear what you think is a normal eater. How do they eat? What do they do around food? Fri, 4 Sep 2015 02:54:41 EST Protein powder or not to protein powder... I figured I may be able to get a fairly straight answer in here.. Least I hope so! <BR> <BR> About me <BR> I am a very obese woman who is trying to cut processed foods from her life! I make most things from scratch and I eat mostly vegan and vegetarian. <BR> <BR> How I got obese <BR> I have had a limited ability to work on my cardio due to an injury the last two years but that is getting better! I have decided enough is enough and I'm going to try and get some muscle to help support my ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:43:39 EST Should I really eat 3000-3500 calories per day? I use a fitbit tracker that syncs with SP. I teach on average 9 exercise classes per week. There are 2 days that I teach 2 classes and 1 day that I teach 3 classes. At the end of the day it shows that I have a calorie deficit of 1500-2000 calories. That's after consuming between 1500-1900 calories. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get over this plateau. Is it realistic that I eat 3000-3500 calories per day? That seems like too much and I don't even know if my body would accept that many calories. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:57:42 EST Canned Coconut Milk Question!! <BR> <BR> I made this awesome paleo, vegan Snickers pie from a recipe I found on instagram. I am now trying to figure out the calories. <BR> <BR> So I bought canned coconut milk, and I only used the solid coconut cream for the recipe and left the water. About half of the can was the solid cream and the other half was liquid. Now I am confused. If the entire can contains 600 calories and I only used half of that (the cream part), is it only going to be 300 calories? Or does the s... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:58:12 EST how do i pick the right plan?? I don't know which way to turn! There are SO many do I know what is best, which is "true"?? What plan works for you? Do you drink diet soda or avoid it? Low carb? No carb? all organic? I am lost at what to do so ...I do nothing :-( <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:48:15 EST manually changing calorie range My default calorie range was 1500-1850 (dynamic tracking). I exercise 6 days a week and found it nearly impossible to stay in that range on my rest day. So I manually changed the range to 1800-2000, which is between as little as I can possibly eat without wanting to chew my arm off and how much I instinctively eat to feel satisfied. How does that affect my calorie range on the days I exercise? Should I adjust my goal date for weight loss? Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:07:35 EST Hot Chocolate With fall approaching, I am finding that I am thirsting for a good cup of hot cocoa. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas how to cut calories and fat or have a recipe. <em>106</em> <em>465</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:17:27 EST What is healthy eating to you? Just wondering what people consider a 'healthy diet'. I'm sure people have lots of different beliefs, i.e. lean protein is good, avoid fruit, everything in moderation etc. <BR> <BR> It's interesting because 'new' science seems to be constantly contradicting what we consider to be healthy. Not to mention, it seems like there are studies out there to support lots of diet philosophies! <BR> <BR> For me personally, I think I consider a healthy diet to be rich in fruits and vegetables (especiall... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:38:08 EST Fruit & Vegetable Tracker Does anyone know what happened to fruit & vegetable tracker? It was there before the last upgrade to the on-line front end. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:14:03 EST Tracking and Learning/Portion Control Since I have gotten back to tracking my food regularly in the past couple of weeks, I am getting some good reminders of how many calories are in certain foods. The biggest thing for me is portion control. I'm learning that this is my biggest problem - so that is what I need to work on. Sometimes the food is just so good, I want more! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have some ideas of my own to help and I think a lot of it is mental for me. <BR> What are your ideas for helping with portion contr... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:50:18 EST Resting metabolic Rate Hello. I just had my RMR tested today and I was told that it is 1340Kcals/day. I am a 45y male. I have lost about 30lbs on my own and now I have hit a plateau. I started incorporating three days of Interval running training, and three days of circuit weight training into my schedule. I was hoping someone could guide me on what my caloric intake should be. Since I started working out steadily, about a month ago, I have not lost any weight. I figure I am probably eating too little but I ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:17:33 EST Eating supper at work Hi everyone, I was wondering what do you all bring for lunch or supper at work? I am looking for some easy ideas. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:17:54 EST Vegetarian and non-vegetarian Thanksgiving is coming up pretty soon. I was planning on having a turkey dinner with maybe chicken instead. You know, turkey (chicken), mashed potatoes, carrots, stuffing. The problem is, my daughter is vegetarian. She will eat dairy, eggs, and fish. I would like to make her something special too. Any ideas? I don't have a lot of money to buy the expensive foods for her. Help? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:14:37 EST Too high sodium a problem for me! Any tips on cutting back sodium intake? No matter what I do, I seem to end up with twice the sodium intake that I should! It's in everything! I do love salt but jeesh! lol I never go eat out but maybe once a month or so literally and still the salt rises! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:00:36 EST From counting carbs to counting calories counting carbs just was not working for my lifestyle and my health, after reading spark articles found this is NOT something I can do long-term. Flipping script ~ counting calories with eyes on fat & carb intake. Gives me more fruit & veggies! <BR> any suggestions??? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:48:45 EST Hunger while eating healthy Does anyone else struggle with a constant feeling of hunger while trying to and eating healthier foods? I am making a conscious effort to watch what I eat and make healthy choices but I am constantly feeling hungry. Any advice? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:23:50 EST Diet as a way of life Does anyone have any advice or suggestions about making a lifestyle change in my eating habits? <BR> <BR> I've never had a successful diet, and I need to make healthy eating a habit...a lifestyle, not just something I'm doing to lose a few pounds, because I'm doomed to gain them back. <BR> <BR> I've tried, but it's hard. I've tried Paleo, and good carbs, low calories, etc, etc, etc... <BR> <BR> I can't seem to make them a habit. Should I talk to a nutritionist? Should I just find a diet pl... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:30:28 EST Juicing How do you count calories when you juice? I have an old juicer, separates the pulp from the juice. Every two weeks or so I use up the produce I have left before the next shopping trip by juicing it. I prefer to eat my calories :) but I don't want to waste/throw out good food. Do I count all the calories in the food, or is that not accurate since the pulp is removed? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:13:38 EST THANKS FOR YOUR HELP What has worked and not worked for each of you is a tremendous help to those of us just getting into the swing of things and finding our 'healthy way'. So a big shout out THANK YOU for taking time to post your strengths & weaknesses. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:38:55 EST Phase 1 South Beach I am beginning the 1st phase of South beach and having some trouble. <BR> I know what to eat because that is all spelled out for you, except that they state that yu do not need to count calories or carbs. I find it really hard to understand how much to eat without counting anything. <BR> For those of you that had success in this first stage can you please share some suggestions? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:36:12 EST Best ways to balance calories and exercise? So, I started focusing on dropping the excess weight a couple months ago. I was steadily losing 1-2 pounds a week (typically closer to 1) the entire time. Two weeks ago my weight plateaued, so I recalculated my TDEE and BMR and realized that the weight I had dropped needed a caloric recalculation. Did that, started sticking to the new plan. <BR> <BR> Problem is, about a week ago I finally found a horse to ride, so I've been out riding nearly every day for an hour or so. I haven't really ridd... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:06:00 EST Getting enough fiber I'm trying to follow the DASH diet plan and I'm having trouble getting enough fiber in. I joined the 30-day Fit & Fiber-Full Wellness Challenge to try and help with that. Eating raw vegetables really messes with my stomach, and I'm having trouble finding enough time during the day for cooking vegetables, since I've committed to walking every evening with my husband. Not enough hours in the day! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:31:53 EST Trouble Keeping Weight Hi. This is an odd problem, but I am having a problem stopping weight loss. I was happy around 118-120 and tried to maintain it. However, now I am at 112-113 and am afraid to keep losing. I eat far more at around 1900 calories and keeping more sedentary to no help. It actually seems to help further weight loss. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:50:32 EST Intermittent Fasting Have you tried Intermittent Fasting? I've spent the day listening to different podcasts on the subject. I also found this beginner's guide - <BR> James Clear - the-beginners-guide-to-intermittent-fastin<BR>g <BR> <BR> I understand that is can be a little controversial. We have been taught to eat small meals throughout the day rather than larger meals less frequently. I'm still learning about this but there seems to be many different approaches. It's easily customized to fit most peoples sit... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:30:41 EST Protein Powder - what's your favorite? I'm almost out of Arbonne protein powder. and i'm looking for suggestions on others brands to try. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:52:21 EST Introduction and where to start Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm 41 YO male, currently weighing 80kg. About 12 years ago, when I was at 92-93 kg I started running 3 times a week and got down eventually to 77. It took a few years, and until 3 months ago I kept this weight. 2 Years ago I added light weight training, so on average it's 2 runs and 2 weight sessions a week, but sometimes it's 3/1, depends on my mood. <BR> <BR> I eat one desert a day, usually a small chocolate bar, a scoop of ice cream etc. <BR> <BR> Now, the reason i'm her... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:12:27 EST Looking for good place for free menu planner I am hoping someone knows of a decent site to look for a customizable meal planner. Meaning being able to plug in foods you do like, or edit out foods you don't want to ever come up in an option? Honestly I don't even care if its a free site if it has good customization. <BR> <BR> I would like to do diabetic meals. I'm not "technically" diabetic yet. My insulin is just slightly elevated and they let me try metformin to help lose weight and get it down. It is working pretty good and I ho... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:42:21 EST Coconut oil Now that I bought some, I don't know what to do with it. What foods is it compatible with? Does it change the food's flavor? Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:29:38 EST work 3p to 11:30p how should i space my meals i need ideas for how to do this i am usally starving when i get off work but then i haven;t been eating right either.i am trying to think ahead i don't want to fail. i want to do better. i have done this before but quit. taking it slow this time. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:46:06 EST Trail Mix What do you think of trail mix? Iwas eatting Costco trail mix but have found a new kind.. one with yogurt chips instead of chocolate chips. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:46:01 EST Salt v Sodium Being new to SparkPeople but have just discovered that when entering the Nutritional values, salt (NaCI) and Sodium (Na) are not the same. As such, I've been putting much higher figures than necessary. <BR> E.g., when converting 2 g of salt, I have simply multiplied by 1000 to convert to mg of sodium. In this case, my input was 2000 mg, when it should have been only 833 mg. To convert grammes of NaCI to milligrammes of Na, divide the salt amount by 2.4 and multiply by 1000. In the UK, our rec... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:46:57 EST Vitamin D: Can too much be toxic? I was checking my nutrition information for today and here's what it said: <BR> <BR> "Went Over My Goals//Vitamin D My Goal – 100-150//Today – 350 <BR> Because vitamin D is stored in the body, large quantities can be toxic. The Tolerable Upper Intake Level for vitamin D is 50 micrograms for adults." <BR> <BR> OK, so the TUIL is 50, but my goal is 100-150??? And, I don't know why my level is so high! Am I in danger of Vitamin D toxicity??? <BR> Thanks for your help. -Sue <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:25:49 EST Trimdown club Hi: <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried the Trimdown Club? Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:18:11 EST Not losing weight?? So I went through almost a year and a half of over eating and I was having about 2 100g chocolate bars a day plus more food than needed. So I guess about 1000 calories or more over what I was burning and I exercise everyday walking 30 minutes a day which is all I can do with my toddler and running if I had someone to take care of her. Now I gone up 2 sizes and this week finally started tracking and am staying with my goals I think, but have put on 3lbs? I've only just started so I don't under... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:04:14 EST whats for dinner. My tracker makes life alot easier. It even tells me what to buy at the store. I keep food on hand. Alot of times I search the spark recipe page for specific foods to make. I like cabbage. I mix up meal planning to keep it interesting. However it does require planning and work.I do this to reshape my life along with exercise and good rest. I also drink lots of water and stay away from gulping my food down . I like to eat at 8, 12,4, and 8.I also have faith and exercise my faith by asking God t... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:08:57 EST Easy go-to dinners I am fairly good at breakfast and lunch routines. But nighttime really kills me. I have a tendency to snack but worse than that is my standing in the kitchen thinking "what is there to eat I don't want to make anything". So I'm looking for anyone's quick, easy, potentially kid friendly though that isn't a requirement, dinners. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:44:51 EST Does being hypothyroid create a need for more Zinc I have read that being hypothyroid is tied in with your Zinc consumption. So does that create more need for Zinc over the Daily recommended allowance? Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:40:09 EST Belviq and phentermine Hi there, has anyone been on belviq and phentermine together? I've just been prescribed both together. I started today and am extremely sleepy. I thought that phentermine would give me that extra boost I needed. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:31:34 EST Where do I start? I gained weight after having 4 kids in 6 years and haven't been able to get it off since. I work with my husband mowing lawns and am looking for exercise and nutrition advice. We have variety in our meals and we try to keep processed and junk foods out of the mix as much as possible. Where do I start in finding out what nutrition plan is likely to help me the most? We are self employed which makes health insurance an issue so I want to try to exhaust other avenues before resorting to a doctor... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:02:57 EST Allergic to fish Hey everybody! I just get the 7 days kick start meal plan and most of the meal included fish, and I'm severely allergic to them. With what can I replace it?? Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:18:55 EST Stomach infection aftermath So a few months ago I got diagnosed with H. Pylori(stomach infection). It took them a year to figure it out so my eating habits were pretty out of wack. Antibiotics seem to have helped(along with LOTS of probiotics)...but here is the problem. <BR> My stomach shrunk considerable over the process of not being able to handle anything. Now that I can, I know I'm not eating enough. And there is no "just try and stretch your stomach". I've gotten really good at knowing my limit before making myself... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:36:45 EST bmr I tried calculating how many calories I should consume a day with the bmr system I got 1498 calories a day to maintain. but I need to loose 30 pounds so I subtracted 500 from that and got 998. I feel like that is too little to consume to cut down weight. Has anyone ever used this system before Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:50:03 EST Water, Water everywhere, but how much to drink? As if we're not confused already: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-you-do-not-have-to-drink-8-glasses-of<BR>-water-a-day.html?WT.mc_ev=click&<BR>_id=NYT-E-I-NYT-E-AT-082715-L14&nl=el&<BR>nlid=5880444&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:08:53 EST Chocolate I have a question. I just read in the article, Be Choosy about Chocolate, that adding milk to the cocoa undoes it's health benefits. I have been adding a tablespoon of cocoa to my whey and casein protein drink, thinking I was getting the health benefit as well as the flavor. Does the milk product somehow change the healthy benefits of cocoa? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:45:14 EST recipe help can anyone tell me how to edit a recipe I submitted? I accidentally added 1 serving per recipe when there should have been 10 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:28:45 EST looking for a team I've been reading some of the posts on various teams and not finding what I'm looking for... I have diabetes and I'm looking for a team that as a measure of accountability: <BR> 1) posts blood sugars <BR> 2) posts foods eaten (carbs, fats, proteins) <BR> 3) shares low carb food alternatives, and or recipes <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of such a team? <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:01:48 EST crockpot meals I have been working 2nd shift a lot lately and tend to not want to cook when coming home at 11 pm. I don't think most people would. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I would like for everyone to share a healthy crockpot meal that comments on this thread so I have more recipes and things to try. I am not opposed to anything except for really spicy dishes. I like spicy, just more on the mild side. <BR> <BR> Right now I will make something like chicken or a roast in there with some veggies, I love salsa chic... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:59:12 EST desserts I love sweets, no doubt there. For me it is trying to keep them to a minimum right now. I feel rather deprived and probably do worse in some ways if there isn't something sweet to make or eat. Silly but its part of me and I don't think I can be successful long term if I cant make dessert once a week or on a few special occasions for the rest of my life. Helping me do what I love, baking, but in a way that is healthy would be helpful. I will do the premade single serve things but I do love to ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 23:49:10 EST My nutrition intake Hi Experts, <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 196 pounds and am 5 ft 8 in tall. I am 27 years old and i am aiming to reach my goal weight of 150-155 pounds by end of Feb 2016. <BR> <BR> I have a busy day and i am trying hard to stick to a low calorie , high protein (veg only) diet and try to exercise 2 to 3 times a week for around an hour (atleast walk fast for 3 miles). <BR> <BR> I feel a bit lazy and tired though and i kind of have a short temper towards anything and everything. <BR> <BR> So ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:38:36 EST Almased - is it safe? Is it effective? Seeing ads for smoothies made with Almased. In recipes, it seems to replace yogurt. Is it safe? Is it effective? Are there contra-indications to taking it? <BR> <BR> Would especially appreciate a reply from one of the Spark Experts; i.e., Chef Meg? <BR> <BR> Thank you, Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:30:34 EST depress have knees and back pain plus over weight Need help can't stick to a diet for a week and have problem exercising that keep me depress. HELP Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:29:03 EST CARBS - ANY IDEAS ON MORE PROTEIN Hi everyone <BR> Well I wanted to see if anyone had suggestions seems my carbs are always on the high end (I eat good carbs) but I would like to balance it out with protein any quick snack or dinner ideas to include for more protein . Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:45:47 EST Pure Caralluma or Forskolin Hi! My doctor put me on a strong medication that sometimes haults metabolism and drains your energy. Has anyone had any experiences with forskolin or caralluma. He told me about both. What were the best? Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:09:23 EST Creamer I really enjoy my coffee. I cut myself off at 10 am every day. Prior to 10 am, I can drink all I want. I put on about 7 lbs over the last year and am working to get it off. When I looked at the calorie/fat/carbs of the creamer I am using, I almost fell out of my chair! WOW! Guess I need to re-think my creamer consumption. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:04:46 EST my diet/exercise For the past 4 weeks, I have been working out for 45 mins 4 to 5 times a week usually burn around 250 to 330 calories cardio/training. I have not lost any weight <BR> usually this is what I will have for my meals <BR> <BR> breakfast- protein pankcakes 1 banana, 1 egg white half scoop of low carb protein powder or 3 egg whites two slices of turkey bacon <BR> snack- some type of fruit or nuts or hummus ( two tablespoons) or a protein shake with one scoop of protein powder and some type of frui... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:25:37 EST Soy Crumbles Because they were 50% off I bought two bags of soy crumbles. I've noticed them in recipes enough to know they'd be a great addition to my pantry supplies. <BR> <BR> What to do with them from those of you with experience with them. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:03:28 EST Carb Cycling Has anyone tried carb cycling with success? I've read choose more lose more by Chris Powell but found it very confusing. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:04:13 EST I need help managing calorie deficit I need to understand how I am supposed to maintain a deficit of -500 calories a day in order to lose weight. <BR> <BR> My daily workout routine is: <BR> <BR> 55 minutes on elliptical machine = 600 calories burned. <BR> (about 15 minutes) Ab and Core machines 100 lbs x 100 reps = 92 calories. <BR> 30 minutes moderate mixed weight lifting = 125 calories <BR> <BR> so, after 100 minutes, 1 hour 40 minutes, at the gym I've only burned 817 calories. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm eating about 800 calo... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:42:31 EST Is there a way to "reset" my metabolism? I've been trying to eat within my calorie range, but I honestly have a hard time eating that many calories when it's healthy food...I'm just too full. I have it so my Fitbit activity figures in so there are days where my 1200-1400 range ends up being much more (anywhere from 2000-3000) on my active days, which is most days. I cut out processed foods and sweets and soda and usually eat lots of meat/protein and veggies and fruit, and yogurt almost every day. But I can't eat very much at one tim... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:04:13 EST Recipe’s nutrition calculation I used your recipe nutrition calculator to analyze nutrients in soup recipe. And I am wondering if the calculator takes in account type (cooking, baking, roasting) and time of food processing. Could somebody to explain how this done? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:43:45 EST Pounds per week/month So, I'm at 182 lbs, and I'd like to get to between 145-150. For my body frame, that seems to be a healthy weight. I lost 7 lbs in June, 2 in July, and 1 so far in August. I'm trying to figure out what is a good/healthy weight loss amount for each week/month. With the exception of the past weekend (fri-sun) I have been tracking for about 6-8 weeks. I end up eating between 1200-1500 calories on average. <BR> <BR> Other info, I am 33 years old and 5 foot 6 inches. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:20:30 EST not losing weight I am 65 in good health and just so frustrated right now. I have been working out consistently for 2 weeks. Watching what I eat, staying active and have not lost one pound! My clothes still fit like they did before so I am not losing inches. My husband is doing the same thing, replacing bad food with good watching snacks. and he has lost 30 pounds!!! (in 4 months but consistantly losing 2 pounds a week) What the heck...Please does anyone have an answer... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:02:55 EST Water Bottles Can anyone suggest the best water bottle that doesn't sweat and keeps water icy cold? I need one now since I'll be working more hours and won't be able to leave at any time, to the lounge, for a break. Thank you! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:53:48 EST Precooking chicken for the next day hey y'all <BR> <BR> So last night, I put some chicken breasts in the oven with some cajun seasoning. Then when they had cooled I refrigerated them. Today at work I put one in the microwave to heat up to eat with a sweet potato, and although it was (just about) edible, it was really rubbery and chewy. <BR> <BR> Did I do something wrong? I love the idea of having a hot meal for lunch but I don't want to eat chicken like that again. :/ Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:06:36 EST Not counting calories? Has anyone lost weight by not tracking or counting calories? I feel sometimes I just know how much I am eating, just trying to eat healthy. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:51:44 EST Evening snack I'm trying to fight the urge to go grab unhealthy snacks. What are some late night healthy snacks that you have substituted dice eating healthy? Thanks! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:50:31 EST Staying within allotted calories for the day How do you do it? I have been calorie counting for 2.5 weeks, and while I am definitely measuring out serving sizes, being more mindful of what I eat, and have reduced portion sizes, I have found it very hard to stay under 1550 calories and not be very hungry. I'm trying to eat healthier things, like low-fat cottage cheese and fruit for snacks, but the bottom line is that fruits and veggies don't make me feel full, and eating the same things all the time is boring. Does anyone have any tip... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:21:40 EST gainingweight on a type 1 diabetic diet I m a 52 yr old type 1 diabetic, I weigh 108 pds and wish to be 130pds. I am currently no stable with my blood sugars because I was not testing I started testing today and taking 32units if Lantis thru the pen needle. I do not anywhere on here how to GAIN weight if there is nothing to help me with this its ok I also just need help on setting up my weeky meal plan thanks so much for reading Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:23:13 EST How to start? I've never really had to worry. I've been here before but mostly because I was curious, not because I had to lose weight until now. I'm on a medicine that makes me hungry almost all the time. There isn't an alternative, unless I want constant pain, which I don't. <BR> <BR> I'm working on balancing my fruits and vegetables instead of mostly fruits and little vegetables. I hate baking and cooking. <BR> <BR> I'm a vegetarian and a picky eater. I do fine on drinking 8 cups of water a day.... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:56:24 EST Vitamin A According to the Nutrition tracker, the recommended amount of Vitamin A is 100% - 110%. This is a very small amount to aim for. It is very easy to go over this amount. <BR> <BR> Is this range correct? If not, what is the recommended amount? Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:54:49 EST Progress with "Every Other Day Diet" Finally, with a combination of and fasting every other day, I am losing up to two pounds per week. This is my fourth week fasting every other day, which means I go down to 500 calories on my fast day then eat anything I want on the alternate day. I only eat clean all days. It's taken me 16 years to finally start to see some progress. Hopefully this will get me down to 117...where I started 16 years ago when I had my first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer that added an ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:53:28 EST ace g2 pills Anyone tried ace g2 pills Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:05:53 EST How important is caffeine in your daily routine? I was just wondering how much caffeine everybody else drinks? If you drink caffeine what kind of caffeine do you consume? I can't survive without a few shots of caffeine everyday. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:15:48 EST bonjour from paris can someone pls tell me how to track a mini french crossant? they do not have to post this info over here.its the size of a small smart cell.merci <em>10</em> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 05:59:36 EST vitamin A and collard greeens Hi - I'm new and have a question about the collard greens I ate today. I don't remember the exact serving size, but I didn't eat that much of them. I went "over" my vitamin A goals on the nutrition tracker. I don't quite understand how the greens can be so good for you but at the same time so bad. How much vitamin A is too much over time? I made a pot of them today and I have quite a bit left, maybe 1/4 cup a day is even too much? I'm really disappointed in my collards now! <BR> I checked - 1... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:38:28 EST Milk: is our's sweeter? Here's an interesting topic that came up this week. We had guests who are from Belgium and traveling the world for two years. They claimed our milk was sweeter than what they drink at home...(and this contributed to American diabetes....) <BR> <BR> So...asking all of you who have lived abroad: what's your experience with this...?? I know many Europeans do not typically drink milk even... <BR> <BR> Since my milk was definitely just plain ol' fat free milk (w/ Vit D) I came up with s... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:32:56 EST Tracking daily water intake When tracking daily water intake would hot green tea count towards the daily intake? Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:25:02 EST Confused about maintaining weight. I have reached my ideal weight of 56kg 21.8% body fat and all I want to do now is maintain that weight. <BR> <BR> My Fitbit shows that today I burnt 1,507 cals and ate 1,194 cals. It shows I'm over target but then says I have 64 cals left for the day. <BR> <BR> A simple sum shows I have eaten 313 calories less than I've burnt so I'm confused. I don't want to lose any more weight but I don't want to spend the rest of my life trying to live off 1000 calories a day. <BR> <BR> Can anyone expla... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:51:55 EST Do you weigh your food? How do you do portion control? Do you weight your food? <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:51:27 EST Is anyone on the IdealShape diet? So I just purchased the shakes and bars for the IdealShape diet. For those who don't know what it is, you basically drink a shake for breakfast and lunch. You then eat two protein bars in between meals. Afterwards, you make your own dinner that is around 800 calories or less. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering if anyone has done this diet. If you have, can you tell me if you were successful or not? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:30:20 EST CARBS I have never counted calories, I count carbs and find it very accurate and very easy. Is it possible to count carbs on this site? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:59:22 EST Looking for simple lunch ideas I do not like to cook at all so I need very simple lunch menu ideas. The usual things I eat are salads with chicken or tuna or sandwiches. I don't like soup and I don't want anything that requires odd food that I can't find anywhere. I just need simple, no nonsense, easy, lunches with normal, everyday food! Anyone have any ideas? Breakfast is easy and my fiance always cooks a healthy dinner so I just need lunch ideas. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:28:56 EST New Cravings! Have your cravings changed with your diet? <BR> <BR> I used to crave toast and marmalade but recently my cravings have changed to green leafy vegetables. <BR> <BR> One of the things I realised when changing my diet plan was, prior to the change I wasn't getting nearly enough fibre and yet I didn't crave fibre type foods at all. I now make special trips to the greengrocers because I crave leafy greens. They actually put my sliver glands in overdrive. <BR> <BR> I'd love to understand the s... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:37:06 EST HCG diet/Blood Type Diet Anyone tried Hcg diet or blood type diet and been successful? I will be starting Hcg diet as soon as my patches arrive and I had already been dabling in blood type O diet. Lets see how this goes.. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:04:24 EST Really Cheap AND Healthy Meal Ideas Ok guys, I really, REALLY need some ideas. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are super duper broke. We basically have about $3K of bills each month, which tends to only leave us with about $100 a week period. Not $100 for groceries and then $20 for gas and another $20 for dog food, no. $100 period, for everything. And we make too much money for food stamps, so we're just struggling hardcore. <BR> <BR> So, as you can imagine, this has really affected our stress, which has affected my weight loss, ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:54:00 EST Dieting - Have we really just overcomplicated it? What is your best tip for keeping weight loss simple? <BR> <BR> My best tip is to read ingredients and just eat real food. If you can't pronounce an ingredient, or if a product contains more than a few simple ingredients than don't eat it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:11:36 EST Eating carbs better than eating fats Eating carbs better than eating fats for weight watchers: NIH study <BR> <BR> In a shootout between dietary fats and carbs, to find out which is better for cutting body fat, dietary fats wins hands down. To be more specific, a research study proves that when obese adults cut down the intake of dietary fat it led to 68 percent higher reduction of body fat than when they cut down the same number of carbohydrate calories. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>better-than-eat... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 03:49:09 EST Replacing sweets I have been tracking my calories religiously for a week now. I was trying to get a sense of where I am going wrong. Turns out that my choices are not too bad but I like to eat a treat now and then. A little debbie snack or ice cream. Something sweet. But from what I can tell, everyday I would hit my 1550 calorie goal if I just didn't ever eat dessert. I'm going to need some help because as a mother of four small children my stress level is pretty high and dessert is one of the few things I lo... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:49:53 EST I eat good during the day but.. at night when I go to sit down to watch a show I end up eating all the junk food I can grab. Anyone have any ideas on how to stop this other then not watching TV at all. I'm sure I could stop watching it but I would like other ways to stop me from eating first. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:52:33 EST canceling bread out I want to try to cancel bread out of my diet is there any alternatives I do tortillas Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:10:28 EST two weeks of exersice/diet no weight loss I have been going to a 45 exercise class everyday for two weeks. They switch it up everyday and target different groups of the body. I have also been eating extremely clean and eating very low carb. I know its only been two weeks but shouldn't I be seeing some type of number move on the scale? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:47:09 EST Can someone tell me about the 21 day fix? I have a few friends that are doing the 21 day fix and honestly it looks quite yummy and they are getting decent results. When I do any digging online all I find are links to buy overpriced tupperware and a book to tell you what to put in it. I'm pretty confident that I could do the 21 day fix, but I think paying someone to tell me to eat less is silly. can anyone give me ounceage for the containers and a relitively simplified version of what to do? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:00:26 EST Do you have to hit your carb goal on refeed days? I've been doing refeed days for quite a while now. At times I get very busy with work and I don't hit my carb goal. My goal should be 325 grams of carbs. Sometimes I get barely 200. Is that problem for weight loss? I should lower my fat intake for that day and sometimes I make bad choices and it gets high (should be 20 grams or below, sometimes 50 grams). Will this impede my progress at all? I would really like to know the science behind it. If the ratio between fats and carbs are too close ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:02:29 EST How to calculate calories and nutrition info I make my own fruit smoothies and I do not know how to calculate the calories and nutrition info myself. Does anyone know how to do that? One or the other or both? If not, where do you get the info? <BR> <BR> Thanks guys! Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:38:52 EST Tracking accuracy The only thing that has ever worked for me is to track calories/carbs/protein/fats as Spark provides and treat it like a budget. And it works well... but clearly there is a lot of room for error in measuring all the way around. A couple things that I know are widely inaccurate for me on a day to day basis.. and I would love suggestions to increase accuracy: <BR> <BR> cooking fat: I usually use coconut oil to brown chicken, cook veggies etc when I want to cook that way. I measure out 1T, ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:15:52 EST Did anyone fix their diet? I have eaten total crap for so long. I like it better. When I try to eat healthier foods, I do well for a while, but then I slowly slide back into bad habits. I start with, "Just a little ice cream" or "just grilled cheese for lunch" but then it's right back to Hamburger Helper, McDonald's and pizza and donuts. <BR> <BR> I want a healthy heart and lungs. I quit smoking! But quitting food is impossible. <BR> <BR> I'd really like advice on how to fix my diet. I stink at this. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:23:31 EST Egg Crisis = High Prices So apparently there is a Bird flu aftershock, egg prices have been really high lately, and I read an article this morning these prices will be high for anther two years depending on how fast poultry industries can build back up... <BR> Eggs are so good for you, but with prices so high what other food sources equate to the nutrients we get in eggs? <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:52:50 EST homemade slim fast type recipes? Does anyone have a recipe for a slim fast type shake? I do pretty well with those type things, but the cost keeps me from doing it. Thanks! Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:04:48 EST sharing an article: protein intake and longevity <link><BR>-protein-intake-may-be-key-to-longevit<BR> </link> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:57:01 EST ADD/ADHD Meal Planning H-E-L-P! :^( Hi! <BR> <BR> I just discovered that ADD/ADHD and calories counting are like water and oil - never work well together because it's too overwhelming. Frustrating, too which doesn't help. Also, due to energy being depleted often if not daily, my motivation and focus are low unless I take the medication (which I don't want to take daily due to side effects and whatnot...only when I need it as necessary). I really need to lose 50-60 lbs to get back on track to healthier life but it's difficult f... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:30:02 EST Low carb diet any thoughts? Hi, I am looking into trying a low carb diet, anyone done one, or on one at the moment, what are your thoughts? <BR> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:14:14 EST Fitness factored in, or not? Hi everyone! <BR> I've been exercising hard 6 days a week, but haven't lost any weight after a month. (I've built muscle though, so I'm not really upset about it!) <BR> I've just switched my tracker to factor in my fitness when calculating nutritional requirements. I've set it to sedentary and am tracking my daily workout. <BR> At the end of the day, I'm not eating nearly enough calories! (example: today I feel like I ate well, and am not hungry. I am still 400 calories short of my daily mini... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:18:11 EST Atkins: induction. Afraid of high fat. I just cannot help it my brain is programmed to think fat is bad and that by eating it I am going to get fat too. I have been counting calories for quite some time. I have always aimed for that 1200-1500 range. I have lost 40 pounds roughly by counting calories. But then I just got stuck I have not been able to lose any more weight. My hubby was on board to try something new to slim down so we jumped on the atkins train. <BR> I am just worried about calories now. We are still learning the rop... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:10:38 EST Nutrition Tracker and Sugar Apologies if this has been asked a hundred time.. There seems to be lot of nutrients to track but I dont see an option to track Sugar in general ( outside of hte options for glucose, dextrose etc). Is there a way to do this as most food labels only list "sugar" as the ingredient Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:19:35 EST Weight gain won't stop I'm 39 years old, 3 kiddos, after last baby was back at 126 after a C-section and 18 months of watching what I ate and exercising...then in January I bumped up to 128/129, held that until June when we sold our house and moved...I suddenly gained 3 pounds and was very scared....shortly after that I started my periods again from not having them for 29 months after pregnancy due to nursing....I have started counting calories, I workout everyday for about 45 to 50 minutes...I just added strength ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:04:36 EST no carbs/no fats I'm on a new diet plan where some days we alternate between no carbs no fat. On the days that are no fat I'm confused because some proteins such as steak and turkey carry some fat ? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:36:54 EST Enough fruits and veggies in the winter? I have begun my journey during the summer when farmers markets are plentiful. <BR> I have been able to stuff sweet cravings with fresh fruits and feed my body extra helpings of brightly colored green, red, and yellow veggies. I am worried that my success will subside when these foods are no longer readily available. How do you get enough of these foods out of season? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:01:47 EST How is Quinoa so good? I thought Quinoa is a super food and really good for you! I put the 1/2 cup I had eaten into my food tracker and my calorie intake was an insane 300+ calories. How is a super food so high in calories good for you? Should I just deal with the calories and gain good nutrition or should I just stop eating this? I eat, sleep, breath, by my calorie intake, this is a serious thing for me. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Wendy Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:00:03 EST Breastfeeding How should I log the 500 calories I burn from breastfeeding, and add extra calories to my daily "calorie bank" to accommodate.? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:28:04 EST Need to go to the grocery store. I'm almost completely out of healthy foods right now. It's been over a week since I went grocery shopping. I won't be able to go until tomorrow afternoon. The past couple of days have been bad eating wise. I'm just frustrated but it's just the way things are. Things will be okay but I just needed to vent my frustrations. I know that a couple days will not throw me completely off. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:52:33 EST Incorrect nutrition info Hi everyone, <BR> Just started this week but noticed that info for broccoli was incorrect . It had no fiber listed and too many calories. Fresh broccoli is 5.1 grams fiber per cup and about 30 calories. Do members themselves input the nutrition value for foods? If so will I have to verify info before I track it? I hope not, because my other alternative is a paying membership to Weight Watchers online. <BR> Do any long time members have any comments about veracity of nutrition info? <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:47:24 EST Weight Loss & Diet Beverages<BR>ost=the_surprising_link_between_weight<BR>_loss_and_diet_beverages <BR> <BR> I found it interesting that there was an ad on my SP page for this blog. It is a sponsored blog about how diet soda is okay to drink if you are trying to lose weight. It is sponsored by the American Beverage Association. <BR> <BR> My issue with the blog is that it does not allow comments and it is sponsored by an organization that wants nothing more than our money in ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:03:39 EST counting water a lot of people say not to count caffeine towards your water content. <BR> <BR> if it doesn't have sugar or caffeine in it, do you count it towards your water content? Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:48:37 EST Skipping breakfast: the latest news Really interesting read. Hate eating breakfast? You might love this article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/wp/2015/08/10/the-science-of-skipping<BR>-breakfast-how-government-nutritionist<BR>s-may-have-gotten-it-wrong/ </link> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:23:22 EST Please don't discredit my hard work. "Oh but you wouldn't understand. You're lucky you're thin." <BR> <BR> Listen. <BR> <BR> Luck has nothing to do with it. <BR> <BR> Well, all right, maybe there is a little genetic luck involved (I am, after all, pear rather than apple), but "luck" only gets you so far. The rest is hard work. <BR> <BR> Please don't discredit all of my hard work. <BR> <BR> And yes, I DO work hard. True, I am "thin" now--thinner, at least, than what I used to be. Perhaps nowhere near those glossy Photosho... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:51:06 EST calorie question Hi. I have been tracking my calories on my Lose It app. It says I need to eat 1400 calories a day. I have been eating 1200-1400 calories a day. I have also been working out 6 days a week and burning approximately 300-600 calories per work out session. Should I be eating back any of my calories that I burn? I just don't want my body to go into starvation mode. Any advice is appreciated! :) Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:40:39 EST Low calorie treat ideas? Any suggestions for low calorie homemade chicken, individual size snacks/deserts? Things like cauliflower mashed potatoes, alternative vanilla pudding (soy milk and gelatin) etc... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:25:07 EST What did you eat to end up overweight? Hi there, I want to know what people eat in general to end up where I am now (obese). <BR> Sure, I know some people eat fast food, cookies, fried food, bowls of pasta, etc every day. In those cases, the answer is clear. <BR> <BR> However, is there anyone else out there like me? Who somehow ended up huge without eating that stuff on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> My general diet consists of fish, red meat, chicken (mostly fish and chicken), lots and lots of green vegs, low calorie dressing, fr... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:46:27 EST Sleep Hygiene - Routines Before Bed? As a sleep science coach, I like to hear about different peoples' routines before bed. If you have a set routine, post it here, please! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:02:40 EST Eating during TOM Hi All! <BR> Do any of you women have trouble with your eating during your time of the month? <BR> <BR> I luckily am not one who suffers cravings, but my problem is - I'm never full! <BR> I can take double my usual lunch with me to work (cereal and fruit for breakfast, fruit for a snack, large salad and greek yogurt for lunch, fruit and a cheese stick for another snack, and sometimes a fiber one bar to keep me going on the drive home) - I'll eat through my whole lunch and still be STARVING! ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:41:27 EST Smoothies - How many? This may seem like an odd sort of question but I was wondering if there's a certain number of smoothies you should have (or limit yourself to) per day? I've started incorporating more smoothies as sometimes at work if I take a whole apple or banana I just don't get chance to eat it whereas smoothies I can have on the move. So I have a cereal breakfast, green smoothie before lunch, sandwich for lunch, green smoothie after lunch, main meal (usually a roast or baked potato with salad etc) and oc... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:36:13 EST no money but determined I'm currently in an extremely tight financial situation and will be for at least a few more months while the paperwork for food stamps is being processed (and even then there's no guarantee of approval). I have a nice stew of frozen veggies currently simmering away in the crock-pot (perfect for a rainy day <em>27</em> ), but it got me thinking: are any of you dealing with the trickiness of being very budget-conscious while trying to become genuinely healthier? I don't know if you necessaril... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:19:18 EST Trying to ignore this sweet craving. I love that key lime pie from publix. But maybe i will settle from lime sherbert instead. Small step I guess. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:10:19 EST What do you eat? So, my weight loss has stopped over the last 3 weeks, and it actually has gone up a pound. I'm thinking I need to change my diet, but have no idea what to get. I'm eating lower carb, due to medical issues. <BR> <BR> So far, my list is meat, fruit, very few raw veggies (I don't like the majority of vegetables that are canned or cooked), milk, eggs, and a little cheese. I tried this about a month ago, but ended up starving because I had all these ingredients but didn't really know how to arran... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:04:59 EST Still feeling hungry. On days that I have been very active in reaching or surpassing my 10,000 steps goals with walking. I feel famished and the salads and light eating do not do it. I lost five pounds in first week which I kinda of expected just by the change of eating habits and being more active. This week I changed the setting so my calories reflect the exercise I am doing daily. I hope this helps and does not hinder my losing weight. I joined a gym today and will try to set up a daily fitness workout Monday ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:34:23 EST green tea... my go to motivation <em>334</em> I love green tea. Drinking I lose so many pounds so fast. But is it safe? Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:46:26 EST Need help counting calories Hello I am here to start over. I have never counted calories and don't know where to begin. <BR> Please help Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:41:50 EST Losing 'water weight' - what does that mean?! Hi everyone <BR> <BR> So, my first week of logging calories, I lost 6lbs! (1600-1800 calories, about 1 hour of cardio per day). I made it my goal to include 2 portions of fruit and 3 portions of vegetables each day (before, it was zero). <BR> <BR> The second week, I lost 2lbs. My goal is to lose 1.5lbs per week, so I was happy with that. <BR> <BR> I've heard that the reason I lost so much the first week was because of water weight. But I really don't understand what that means, and if it... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:29:45 EST lose 20 lbs. by October 29, 2015 So I have a trip to Chicago planned for October 29-Nov 1st to go ballroom dancing and socialize. My question is whether it is realistic for me to try and drop 20 pounds by then? I have a few dresses right now that fit but that could fit better, primarily in the chest. Any help with how to get this going in the right direction would be appreciated. I have been trying to eat better and have had a little bit of success. Any ideas on how to target my bust also and help me lose some inches there w... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:51:39 EST Fast food emotional eating. I live with my son and his family. They bring home fast food almost every night. I am gaining and it has to stop. Any suggestions? I have always been an emotional eater and all the wrong foods are all that they bring in here. I am going down hill and fast.! I am in a wheelchair and can live alone. HELP NEEDED. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:03:11 EST Flat Belly Diet Is anyone on the Flat Belly Diet? I just started today and have questions. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:39:31 EST meal plans I have not been on this site in a VERY long time and today when I reset my password, I could have sworn it asked me if I wanted a meal plan, which I said not to, but now I am curious as to what that is and I cannot find the question anywhere. Is there a meal plan? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:29:38 EST Water? Hello All - <BR> <BR> Wondering what you count as water on your water trackers. This seems like an obvious question... WATER counts on your water tracker. But do you only count pure water or do any of you also count flavored waters or carbonated waters as well? What about water that you add one of those flavor packets to (such as Crystal Light)? Do you count those or only pure water on your water trackers? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:24:18 EST max fitness there is a new fitness/nutrition center that opened up by me its called max fitness its a 10 week challenge 5 days a week 45 mins some days are cardio,legs and kick boxing. They also give you the support and a nutrition plan. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever done this before? I am looking to loose 30 pounds Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:45:24 EST Maintaining weight loss. So, I've reached my weight goal which I am very happy about. So I assume that I need to adjust my food intake so I stop losing and keep my weight where it is now. Do I need to adjust my Spark goals so the daily menus change?? How many calories do we eat to maintain weight?? <BR> <BR> I'm actually pretty excited to be writing this question I never would have believed it 6 months ago. <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo <em>252</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:08:26 EST What to do with the pulp from juicing Hi there, <BR> <BR> I have some amazing recipes for the pulp left over from juicing. If you have carrots and celery, you can make turkey meat taste like beef. Just mix in a 1/2 cup of pulp for each pound of meat. If you make meatloaf out of it, use a low cal beef gravy as a pour over, ketchup or tomato paste. Yummy! <BR> <BR> Also, you can dehydrate fruits to use as natural flavorings. Dehydrated lemon, orange or grapefruit can be crushed and used as toppings or for flavoring for cooking oi... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:55:06 EST How to get enough vitamins & minerals? Hi Spark folks! <BR> I'm looking for wisdom on how to get enough vitamins & minerals from the food I eat. Specifically - my IRON intake is consistently low. I do eat red meat, but only 1 or 2x a week. I've ordered a supplement, but I prefer to get my nutrients from the food I eat. What do other folks do? <BR> Thanks much! <BR> - Cat Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:25:43 EST TOM issues with grain free diet? I've only been grain free for about a week, but already my hormones are all wonky (or normalizing themselves, which I feel is more likely). I am currently on birth control which makes it easy to predict my period, but just 4 days after eliminating grains, my period started in full force without warning. The cramps are awful! Has anyone else had this experience? I'm wondering if it will regulate eventually or if my cycle will be unpredictable...I sure hope not! Please help! Sun, 9 Aug 2015 22:35:24 EST What kind of dinner can 250 calories get you? I didn't plan my menu for the day. Now I'm stuck with just 250 calories left for dinner. What do you do - go over or just eat very light and wait for tomorrow's meal? <em>4</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 17:30:30 EST Nasoya Tofu Baked- How to work around it? So a buy one get one sale, coupons and not having a new item to try and always wanting to enhance my tofu skills led me to purchase these this week. I got one Sesame Ginger and one Teriyaki. And I opened the Sesame Ginger and had it with kale, mushrooms, artichokes and rice and it was okay, but there was something not spoiled off about it but not quite right. So I had it on a sandwich this morning and I figured out that it doesn't taste so much like sesame or ginger as much as half smoked pro... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 11:21:33 EST Why are you changing what you eat? What is your primary driving reason for changing? I think knowing that one specific driving force is key. I am sure there are secondary benefits we all hope to attain, but what is the one that lights that drive in you? Sat, 8 Aug 2015 19:53:42 EST What to eat that is best for me. It is summer time and I am just changing the things that I normally eat. I love spareribs. Sometimes I try to eat gluten free food which is good for my digestive system, but there are times when I am tired of that and eat things that upset my digestive system. Having Hashimoto Thyroiditis is a very difficult thing to have especially when there are things you can not eat that you like. I also read for my blood type there are a lot of foods I should not eat. How in the world are you suppose to ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 12:03:57 EST Eating back extra activity calories. If you have the option turned on to eat more calories when you are more active shouldnt the carb, fat and at the very least protein numbers change? It seems that people will look at those as free calories to eat and consume empty calories. If you are more active the more protein you should consume. I have it turned on just because of my job there are days I am seditary others I do 3+miles in 8 hours. Just wondering Fri, 7 Aug 2015 21:54:00 EST Free meal/evening So, its Friday. I've been really good all week and I don't plan to completely sabbatoge it, but I really want to enjoy some wine and a good meal tonight and I don't necessarily want just one glass of wine and just one serving of dinner. or maybe add dessert. <BR> <BR> I'm just curious if anyone tracks their free meal. If they even give themselves one. <BR> I know alcohol isn't the best for weight loss in general but honestly, I think one night with a move and a bottle with my fiance sounds... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 15:49:44 EST Scared to say "im full"? It might sound ridiculous, but I think I've found out why I overeat: I'm scared to say I'm full. I'll be out to eat or at home and get full halfway through, but am scared to stop eating and eat until I'm sick. It's so stupid but it's really how I feel. I'm getting better and eating less, but this is my final obstacle I'll need to overcome. All those years of my parents saying "finish your plate people are starving!!" I need help Fri, 7 Aug 2015 13:57:44 EST THE HUNGRY GIRL DIET Curious if anyone has tried her program . Her recipes are so very good. Satisfies your taste buds, and very filling. Her recipes remind me of VOLUMETRICS.... <BR> Volumizing to make the food more filling. WAY TO GO! Fri, 7 Aug 2015 13:42:55 EST Anyone tried intermittent fasting? Have you tried it? Did it work for you? What was your plan? I know there are different plans with it. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 13:29:32 EST Glucose Tolerance Test I eat a lower carb diet and have read that you have to consume at least 150g of carbohydrates for 3 days before taking a glucose tolerance test to ensure its accuracy. <BR> <BR> Is this true? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any personal experiences with a GTT they'd like to share? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:07:06 EST Dairy - 3 servings? Do you eat 3 servings of dairy a day? Do you think it helps you to lose weight? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 08:02:49 EST anyone suffer with IBS? I'm not medically diagnosed but I'm pretty sure I have IBS. I eat a very small range of foods and have probably developed some allergies. <BR> <BR> Just wondering how to stick to a calorie range when stomach is bad and I feel empty? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 05:33:40 EST Do you eat dinner together as a household? Do you eat dinner together as a household? Do you shut off electronic devices during the meal? Thu, 6 Aug 2015 16:58:12 EST Do you eat out a lot? I want to do this in a sustainable manner and I was just wondering if anyone ate out regularly and still felt satisfied and stayed within their calorie limits. If so, what's your eating routine like? Thu, 6 Aug 2015 15:31:35 EST slimming world syns please Can anybody please tell me how many syns are in asda beef dinner chosen by you many thanx xx Thu, 6 Aug 2015 15:15:03 EST slimming world syns please Can anybody please tell me how many syns are in asda beef dinner chosen by you many thanx xx Thu, 6 Aug 2015 15:13:19 EST slimming world syns please Can anybody please tell me how many syns are in asda beef dinner chosen by you many thanx xx Thu, 6 Aug 2015 15:11:31 EST