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 Hi, Just to wish a very good week to everyone !!!!! <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:12:16 EST nutrients I just don't see how I can really get the right amount of nutrients without overdoing the calories. I am most always under on fat, calcium, vit.d. folate, K. Mg, and Iron. <BR> <BR> When I take a multi vitamin, I am way over and I read that is not good either. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:44:29 EST Beverages I am probably being a pain but I keep coming up with questions since I am new to all this. I am trying to break away from pop but if I do want a pop is better to drink diet. <em>41</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:21:28 EST Avocado suggestions I love avocados but for calories sake I don't often eat them. BUT...I bought 4 the other day because it was oh so much cheaper that way. I am hoping some of you have suggestions as to how to use them - in a meal or in any way besides guacamole (which I will eat a whole bowl of) that I am not eating a whole avocado each day for 4 days as they will be overripe by then. <BR> Any suggestions??? Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:35:44 EST Energy Drinks what are your thoughts on energy drinks? Is there a better caffeine substitute other than coffee...I drink them daily but I am being told that it's not helping my weight loss and terrible for my heart...I would love to hear some opinions... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:04:49 EST Allergies? Is there a way to put in allergies so it will stop suggesting those types of foods? Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:55:37 EST Stress eating How does any one handle stress without eating? I am a stress eater and I have been trying real hard not to eat but it is so hard. If any one can give me advice I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:59:25 EST 3 Day Military Diet I've found this diet all over Pinterest and wanted some opinions on it. You're supposed to lose up to 10 pounds by the third day. <BR> DAY 1: <BR> Breakfast--1/2 Grapefruit, 1 Slice of Toast, 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter, and Coffee or Tea <BR> Lunch--1/2 Cup of Tuna, 1 Slice of Toast, and Coffee or Tea (any brew, as long as it's caffeinated) <BR> Dinner--3 ounces of any type of meat, 1 Cup of Green Beans, 1/2 Banana, 1 Small Apple, and 1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream (YUM)!! <BR> DAY 2: <BR> B... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:08:54 EST A question about Water? Here's a question about something as simple as WATER at meal-time. <BR> <BR> I have read lots of conflicting recommendations about water. <BR> <BR> 1) drink a glass before every meal, it will help you reach satiety earlier <BR> This supposedly works because stretch receptors in the stomach can be stretched earlier and then send hormonal messages back to the brain and say "hey, we're full down here, thanks!" <BR> <BR> 2) But Gastric Bypass patients are told not to drink within 30 minutes be... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:18:20 EST SparkPeople food suggestions? Just wondering if anyone really uses the food suggestions SparkPeople gives them and have they helped with your weight loss? Thanks. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:12:46 EST Challenge with diet from Allergist Anybody have recipe suggestions for me? <BR> I am on a no gluten, wheat,corn,egg, milk( dairy) showed sensitivity to all these items. I have cut them out of my diet for 3weeks now and I do feel better, but it is so hard to think of 3 meals a day like I'm suppose to eat..please HELP! Thank you. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:13:10 EST Saving recipes When putting recipes into my recipe collection I noticed that it said to only add original recipes. I have recipes from other cookbooks or websites that I would like to enter into my cookbook collection. Can I do this as long as I don't put it in as public? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:30:32 EST LONG TERM SUCCESS WITH FUHRMAN?? I just wanted to share that the Fuhrman diet has helped me lose 25 pounds in 4 months. I feel like I can stick to the following plan for maintenance: <BR> <BR> 1. One big salad per day with a cup of beans on top and salad dressing I make from Furman <BR> <BR> 2. cooked veggies with eggs in the morning or if not then 2 C of cooked vegetable at night. <BR> <BR> 3. 1-2 oz of nuts. <BR> <BR> 4. 3 fruits every day. <BR> <BR> 5. Limit wheat products and dairy. No meat but about 12 oz fish per ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:38:25 EST Beverages Does Lipton Pure Leaf sweet tea count as water? What about hot tea with sugar? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:26:38 EST how do I get to Spark Coach? I want to join the SPark coach program but can't find anywhere to take me there. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:46:17 EST Water I see it says 8 cups of water but can anyone tell what ounces this cups should be? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:26:38 EST oranges I use to love oranges but now when ever I buy any type of orange any more they never taste good. like they aren't fresh, they are always dry. what type of oranges do you all recommend? and what are some ways to look for good ones. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:58:42 EST Calories while nursing AND. Supplementing? I am so confused! I have a 5 week old daughter (my third child) who is nursing, but we are also supplementing with formula. Until about 2 weeks ago, i was losing weight like crazy, i lost all the baby weight in 10 days. (I still have 30lbs to lose from my second child though..) <BR> <BR> Suddenly i am gaining! I have gained 5 pounds in the last 10 days. But nothing has changed that much. <BR> <BR> 4 days ago I started walking on the treadmill for about 20 minutes a day , and i am keepin... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:48:23 EST New to the site. This is my story. Need advice! My name is Mike. I'm a 25 year old male. I'm 6'1 and currently weigh 311 lbs. I work in a Warehouse where I do sales, so I'm at a desk for probably 4-5 hours a day. Not the most active job I can have obviously. I own a gym membership in which I go probably on average 3 or 4 days a week (some weeks I'll go 5 times). My primary focus is weight lifting and this has been the case for a good year now. I've got my strength up and am toning out very nicely in my chest and arms. The problem is that I... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:14:32 EST Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Last year, for Thanksgiving, I used a recipe for a turkey breast in the slow cooker. It called for serveral spices as well as 1 envelope of dry onion soup mix. I think it was one of the Thanksgiving recipes posted last year (as it scrolled across the screen). <BR> <BR> I realize that there are several recipes on here for a crockpot/slow cooker recipe for a turkey breast, but I was hoping someone would remember what I was talking about and would have a link to the recipe. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:31:12 EST Frequent meals I'm in my first week after diagnosis if Type II Diabetes, so I have a lot to learn and figure out. <BR> <BR> One question: Instead of eating 45 carb meals, can you eat a 15 carb "snack" every couple of hours? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:49:39 EST How can I stop the food cravings?? I've just started on this site and want to lose 35lbs in total. I'm having a really hard time staying motivated to eat well though. I get really bad cravings and drive myself crazy with them until I eat whatever I'm craving. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to stop bad food cravings?? <BR> <BR> I'm also a very picky eater, especially when it comes to vegetables... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:35:36 EST Coworker putting treats out I've had this trouble from time to time and I think Im stronger than the situation but it really gets to me.... 2 years ago I lost 15 or so pounds. My coworker kept mentioning how great I looked and then would leave me cookies on my desk, on a different day a handful of Hershey bars/kisses, next day she would bring treats into the office and leave them where they were in view of my cubicle. Even after I actually moved them to the breakroom so they weren't in my site, the next time she would ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:53:08 EST Weekly Tracking SP and most sites talk about tracking your food intake on a daily basis. Is there anything wrong with tracking on a weekly basis? My weight stays pretty much the same, just a few pounds up or down in a few years. I would take my average daily calorie consumption, multiply it by 7 and be able have that many calories over the next 7 days. <BR> Any potential health problems with this approach? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:23:13 EST Confused about calcium tracking I am trying to up my calcium intake via diet as opposed to supplements. When I put a food in - I will use sardines for an example - the nutritional info on my tracking page says it has 47% of the daily recommended calcium but when I go to my daily report it says 17. Why the discrepancy? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:01:23 EST protein powders Quick question about protein powders. My 14 year old wants to start using them to help build muscle for basketball. He is 6' 1" and 130 lbs. He realizes he isn't ever going to have a LeBron James build (genetics are against him) but would like to be more stronger (his been lifting dumbbells). I want to know a good cheap brand of protein. I've researched it and know whey protein is the best protein product out there but also know these aren't regulated so I don't want to get something tha... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:30:29 EST Snacks ? Sweets ? I put fruits in my snacks and this way I don't miss sweets. Once in a while I put in my menu a little piece of chocolate or a quarter of a cookie and I don't feel myself frustrate. I love dry cranberries and raisins, they help a lot .Eating fresh fruit every day , I have no problem wanting any other kind of sweets. I know everybody is different . <em>30</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:01:51 EST turkey breast meal ideas with what i have I am trying to figure out how to cook a turkey breast. Its just half of a breast, not both pieces. I have never cooked one before and would like a healthy dish. Here is what I have to possibly use: tomatoes, cucumber, onions, bell peppers, potatoes, onion, canned veggies, frozen stir fry vegetables, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar if there is any way that could be included. I also have a few spices. Mainly garlic, salt, and pepper, and a few others. Pretty basic though I do have Mrs. Dash, th... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:41:16 EST Anyone take extra calcium and vitamin D? I have been taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D each day and 1200 mg of calcium. My doctor prescribed this when I was remarkably low on vitamin D in my bloodwork. I have so much more energy now it isn't funny. I read that you need to take calcium supplements with vitamin D to absorb it. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:54:38 EST Substitute Almond milk for Coconut milk in recipes Can you substitute Almond milk for Coconut milk in recipes like for oatmeal receipes for the crock pot? <BR> <BR> Can you use Almond milk in the crockpot? <BR> It just looks alittle thinner to me than coconut milk, I'm curious about the texture. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:39:45 EST Water?? ok...I know that I have read this topic before but can anyone give me any ideas on what counts towards your daily water count?? <BR> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:28:06 EST Coffee Consumption How much coffee do you drink a day? I try to stick to one in the morning, but I find by 5pm I crash Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:22:00 EST weight loss/weighing yourself Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I just started again working out and tracking my food. I weighed myself for the first time in a few months 6 days ago and said I was 142. Today it said I weighed 140. I think that has to be wrong. 2 pounds in 6 days? Could that be water weight I lost? Will it level out? Should I weigh myself again tomorrow which will be 7 days or no? How often do you all weigh? Thanks for your help. <BR> <BR> Kelly Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:10:41 EST Squash! I made really yummy acorn squash last night for dinner, I hear its healthy and filling. How do you make your squash? What type of squash do you like? Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:48:26 EST Gave up artificial sweetners Splenda in particular but all of them in general. Totally. I don't eat anything that is artifically sweetened. <BR> <BR> Imagine my surprise when all my chronic aches and pains started to melt away. I am now pain free, except for sore muscles from barn work and exercising. <BR> <BR> It is wonderful to feel so good; have so much energy. And the good news is that I don't miss it at all now that it's been 5 weeks. Not only that but all sweet things now taste flavor, just swe... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:10:05 EST Eating with No sense of taste or smell Curious if anyone else has issues with no sense of smell or taste...fueling the body is necessary, but everything tastes the same to me. Only texture seems to make a slight difference. End up eating mindlessly or excessively to try to get some satisfaction. Suggestions? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:30:13 EST I would like to chat with a coach in real time I need to know tonight how to select the Diabetic Meal Plan. I have asked twice with no response. I would like to chat with someone in real life. One post said it should be at the top of my nutrition tracker. Not there. Another post said the option would be in the middle of the start page. Not there either. Where is the option to select the diabetic meal plan? I need a correct response in a timely manner or a live human to chat with please. I am going grocery shopping tomorrow so I need this ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:46:55 EST I need to see if I am on the diabetic plan Where do I view the meal plan I am currently on? Another thread said to click My nutrition, then Start. It said there would be something called "My personalized plan" in the middle of the page. I am on that page and "My personalized plan" is NOWHERE!!! HELP!!!! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:27:48 EST Prunes? UHM... Yes! I tried prunes for the very first time last night. Almost 54 years old... and never tasted one. WOW. They are amazingly good! <BR> <BR> How did I miss this? Very healthy -- beneficial -- lots of fiber and potassium. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I learn something new every day. <em>58</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:30:34 EST Im a vegetarian but I haven't lost weight I was wondering if anybody had a diet plan for a vegetarian where I get plenty of protein and vitamins. My biggest problem is that I use carbs to feel full. Want to get away from pastas and breads. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:30:19 EST What to Eat After a Really Long Workout? Good morning, <BR> <BR> Last night at about 8:30, I went to the gym and got on the elliptical. The Voice happened to be on, so two "interval" modes and a "glute training" mode later, I've been on the elliptical for over 75 minutes. According to SP, that's well over 500 calories. Not to mention, I hadn't eaten up to my minimum 1200 calorie limit before I got to the gym. If I have an instance like this again, how should I prepare? What should I eat that late that will bring me up to my calorie... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:11:53 EST How to utilize my resources Hello, my name is Harrison I'm a high school student who takes classes at a local community college. I am 222 lbs and I would like to be in the 170-180 range. I am involved in colorguard, a division of the marching arts, which is a fairly rigorous activity. I would say my diet is very poor, I eat out A LOT and hardly ever eat a home cooked meal. When I eat I tend to over indulge and eat past the point of fullness. My schedule is pretty hectic with being in high school and college an I never e... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:49:38 EST Why do meal plans are no meat? I am using the meal plans in the nutrition tracker (for the past two weeks). I noticed that after the first week, the meal plans have very little if any meat. Is there a reason? I checked my dietary preferences and the only thing I checked that I didn't want in meals was soy/tofu. But I'm seeing mostly vegetarian meals. Is there a reason for this? <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:09:42 EST sugar substitutes besides artificial sweeteners What are substitutes for sugar besides artificial sweeteners? I keep running into this when baking, making desserts, and just anywhere you typically need sugar or may add it to. I have found that honeys not bad though I don't know if that's the best substitute in all cases. I don't know if I will be saving calories but I am trying to find something less processed and more natural. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:02:50 EST homemade bread add-ins I have recently discovered that I can make homemade bread and enjoy doing it. Here is my question. How do I go about adding foods like wheat germ or oat bran to the recipes? Is there a certain amount to use? Can I add them into most recipes? I just don't know if I can just add them or whether I need to do it a certain way so the bread will bake and rise like its supposed to. Quinoa also came to mind but I don't know much about that and whether it goes with bread recipes. Any healthy additions... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:27 EST Tracking daily "Sugars" nutritional intake I am a type 2 diabetic and test my blood glucose before every meal. I would like to see my "sugars" intake on my Daily Nutritional Report but am unable to add it to the report. How can I get a report of my daily sugars intake without having to look up the nutrional value for each individual food I eat daily? Please help. Thanks Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:05:33 EST Educate yourself on good nutrition Some times I wish that I had studied nutrition in college. There is so much material out there that conflicts with other information, that it is so hard to know what is appropriate to eat and what is really bad for you. So many different diets. Eat carbs, don't eat carbs. Cut back on fat and sugar, but what is right??? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:32:26 EST Extra Protien I am sure this has been asked severaal times, but when should I start adding potien shakes or extra protien. I know runners do, but I am not ready to run yet I do however walk and trying to do 5 miles a day at 4 mph and I do strength training just not heavy duty at least not yet. Should I be adding extra protien yet. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:04:40 EST Cutting out soda! So... <BR> <BR> A few days ago (almost a week ago, really), I decided that I needed to stop drinking sodas. I have very poor impulse control, so I would grab a soda (Caffeine Free Pepsi) whenever I was thirsty. I knew it was bad for me, and I felt guilty every time I went to the fridge... <BR> <BR> The biggest motivator for me quitting sodas was my teeth. I've had sensitive teeth for a very long time now, and recently they started to get a lot worse (and my soda intake started to increase... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:37:01 EST it is hard eat the meal I have been working to eat good meals but the week <BR> it is hard to eat health meals like Monday Tuesday <BR> Thursdays and Friday night. I work until 6:00 pm. <BR> What can I do for those nights? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:15:04 EST Im really almost never full I always want to eat hello ,,,, I'm new here and if someone can help me with my problem I will love you forever <BR> I'm really struggling to lose the last 10 kgs my weight is stuck and not only that in the last few weeks I gained 3 kgs so I'm freaking out <BR> <BR> my issue is that I have the HUGGEST appetite on planet !!! I LOVE FOOD <BR> I modified my food and did a huge lifestyle change to the better and it helped so much(I used to be obese) but I still struggle <BR> <BR> I prepare my food at home and av... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:43:19 EST Yacón syrup? I've read several recipes that call for Yacón syrup. <BR> <BR> I've never heard of it before. <BR> <BR> Have you? <BR> Have you tried it? <BR> Do you like the taste? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:33:32 EST low carbs Hi everyone, I am new to this, but I would like to know what are the best foods to eat on a low carb diet? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:36:05 EST Adapt a shared recipe I assumed when I shared a recipe that I only had to enter the incredient measurements once so the recipe shows up with no measurements. How do I edit it to show the measurements? <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:03:05 EST Unintentionally not eating Hey all, <BR> <BR> So i've been doing Nutrisystem for about a month now, and it's been going very well. Combined with going the gym 3 times a week, i'm down about 12 pounds. My problem is, I've set a daily calorie limit of 1200 calories (which might even be too low), and most days i'm only finishing at around 900. It's not that I don't want to eat, it's that I am so focused on not eating (I was a binge eater) too much, that now i'm not eating enough- especially since I am seeing results f... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 03:05:25 EST Food tracking I have two tracking questions. <BR> <BR> First, what do people do for tracking meals out? I've seen tips to check the menu online before you go, but if I'm going to a local restaurant and not a chain, they aren't going to have nutritional information on their website. <BR> <BR> Second, what do people do for tracking homemade food (e.g. soups, stews, hummus, pasta sauce). I can't really tell how many servings are in each batch, particularly when my personal chef (haha, my husband) does n... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:48:14 EST The Simple Diet I'm considering beginning the Simple Diet and was wondering if anyone else here does it. If so, do you have recommendations on the replacement shakes? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:18:16 EST Help! Should I set my calorie range lower? I've been doing daily goals for 3 weeks now. Only 4 out of the 21 days I was over my calorie range. I day I didn't track. I'm nailing all my workouts. But I lost only 1 pound. That's not what I expected. My calorie range is 1350 - 1700. Should I take it lower? I'm 5'3" 175 pounds. <BR> <BR> I must not give into frustration & disappointment with my weight loss progress. I have to keep focus on the daily goals. <BR> <BR> Friday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Eat veggies with... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:23:00 EST Low Sodium My husband had surgery to remove cancer. Besides other things happening, his sodium level is below normal. The doctor has given us suggestions. I would just like to talk with someone who has been through this and can help. What are natural ways to increase his sodium intake? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:30:02 EST Tips on when to eat before/after morning workouts? With my busy schedule, the best time for me is to do workouts in the AM before work. I get up at 6am. When is the best time to eat breakfast? I can't really eat too much before. Eating after is tough because it's tough to have a decent breakfast while on my way to work. I will usually bring a yogurt or banana to work (and it's not enough) but it's tough to find time to cook breakfast when I'm already at work. I would hate to stop by starbucks or mcd for the convenience. Any tips? Any ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:06:51 EST Buckwheat: Offering Information and Cooking Tips Good afternoon/evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> Since I posted my question about buckwheat a week or so ago, I have had a few people send me messages asking how to cook buckwheat in various forms. I decided that it would be best to offer some tips and tricks for cooking various buckwheat products, since I tend to cook a lot of buckwheat (that is what happens when you buy some and then a friend (no names, Kawmra!) gives you more). Warming: Longish post! <BR> <BR> First, some information about bu... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:05:30 EST Too much protein? I am following the suggestions for a pre-diabetic diet and I always stay within or under the suggested ranges for calories, carbs, and fat. However, I always seem to go over in the protein category by 10 or sometimes more. Is this bad? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:28:04 EST I wonder... Who was the first person to pick up a beet or a turnip and say "hmmmm. this is good." Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:46:00 EST Quetions About Lentils Good afternoon, everyone. <BR> <BR> I cooked some dried lentils that I had in the pantry. They cooked fine, but I completely forgot to weigh them before I cooked them. This was not the whole 16 oz bag of lentils...maybe half or a bit less. So, I have a few questions... <BR> <BR> 1. How would I go about figuring out the serving size of cooked lentils? Is it 100g? Less? More? <BR> 2. Can anyone tell me what kind of lentils these are?<BR>il-16-Oz/1031... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:48:01 EST Emotional Eating Trigger exposed Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is the first time I'm posting on here, so I'm not sure if this is the right place. I just felt the need to talk a bit. <BR> <BR> In the past 12 months I have lost 60 kilos and more than a meter of myself (if you add up all the centimeters that I've lost). It has been difficult - but I have done it and continue to watch what I eat as well as train my butt off (literally!). <BR> <BR> The one thing that I have struggled with most (while I was overweight and even ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:47:50 EST type 2 diabetes anybody find a way to make the menu choices more interesting? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:41:18 EST question on entering a "food not listed" Swiss natural total one sport multivitamin is not listed in percentages (see below), how would I enter it [ I couldn't find it listed online either] <BR> <BR> INGREDIENT NAME LABEL CLAIM HERBAL EQUIVALENT <BR> Beta Carotene 4000 I.U.† <BR> † equivalent to 1200 mcg beta carotene or 600 mcg retinol activity equivalents (RAE) <BR> Vitamin A (Acetate) 2500 I.U.* <BR> * equivalent to 740 mcg retinol activity equivalents (RAE) <BR> Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride) 25mg <BR> Vitamin B2 (R... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:48:29 EST Short calories I run a lot and I'm having a hard time eating enough calories. <BR> What do you do when its 9pm (bedtime, nearly) and you're short 400-800 calories? <BR> <BR> I'd like to just fill the void with ice cream, but somehow I doubt thats recommended. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:18:28 EST ??Gluten sensitivety??? Almost two weeks ago I started eating basically gluten/grain free and very little dairy. Well this morning I was up at 3 a.m. couldn't sleep. Decided to have a bowl of Kashi with lactose free milk and paid dearly for it. Would my body know this already? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:40:01 EST I want to eat carbs again! I've had problems with my weight loss for a very long while, 5, 6 months of absolutely no weight loss. So i've decided to give low carb a shot, after reading that it's not as bad as people say it is. <BR> I went as low as 20 grams per day, which was the toughest thing ever, but i finally lost 3 kilograms in two weeks, and i was so happy. I then increased my carbs, went to 60 grams a day, ever since last june. I lost 13 kilos(28 pounds total), which is really good progress. <BR> <BR> No you... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:54:33 EST Calorie Range Modification Question Good afternoon, everyone. <BR> <BR> Something odd happened with my Spark tracker today (on the site, not the activity tracker). Under "Edit goals", I put in my current weight, and my calorie range changed from 1320-1670 to 1310-1660. I have been adjusting my weight each week when I have my weigh-in day and this has never happened, but I just realized that I may have been using a different button to do so and that I might have clicked on the wrong button this time. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? The c... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:33:26 EST Is it ok to not eat breakfast? More details... I do not like eating soon after I get up. I have IBS and if I eat too early, I get sick. So I usually don't eat til 11-12. Is that a problem? Will it mess up my metabolism? I usually eat at 11-12 then again around 3-4 then dinner is 7-8. Then I will have a small snack before bed about 10-11. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:45:13 EST Carb, fat and protein percentages Has anyone changed the default percentages? More protein, less fat and carbs? If so, what have you come up with that seems to work for you? I'm thinking 50% carbs is a bit too high and 20% protein too low…your thoughts and comments appreciated! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:08:44 EST spaghetti gram to cup conversion, help! i found black bean spaghetti which i'm really excited about. it tastes good, it's low car and high protein. 1 serving is 50g dry and has about 180 calories, 15g of carbs and 23g of protein. i can't figure out how to portion it though.... how many cups cooked would 50g dry equal? does anyone know? is it 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup cooked? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:39:24 EST Has anyone tried Isagenix Have you tried it? Does it work? Looking for honest answers not someone trying to sell it to me. I have enough of that already. :) Thank you! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:58:46 EST Thought about getting a crock pot...Need opinions Ive thought about getting a crock pot to make healthy recipes and stuff that would last longer,im not a very good cook and thinking maybe it will help,no? yes? need ur opinion if i should invest in one,also healthy recipes would be great too.thanks! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:42:08 EST Protein deficiency What are some suggestions for increasing my protein intake. <BR> I am not fond of much meat. I eat yogurt and drink milk. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:30:47 EST Calories in fresh apples? I'm getting slightly obsessed with trying to figure out the calories in fresh apples. <BR> First of all - I peel apples - I don't know if that matters or not. But I found on the Spark calories each an entry for" apple - peeled" - then you enter the weight in grams. <BR> <BR> Ok - but is that with the core or without the core? Because you throw a substantial amt of apple away. When you go to WaWa (NJ type 7-11) and get a bag of apple slices for a snack the bag says they are 90 calories. But ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:25:46 EST Fiber in kabocha squash Anybody have reliable fiber content for kabocha squash (aka, Japanese pumpkin)? Most of the references I can find show about 1 g fiber per cup cooked (or 0 g). The US Dept. of Agriculture gives a value of 5.7 g for "all varieties" of winter squash (1 cup cooked). <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Filling up on fiber from foods is one of my key weight-loss strategies, hence the question. Either way, it's a better nutritional bargain than Twinkies! <BR>... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:01:18 EST What is your favorite blender/juicer? Hi-I am looking to purchase a new blender and there are so many on the market now!! I purchased a $200 one 2 years ago that ended up being cheap and the knobs broke off. I'm looking for a fast easy way to make smoothies primarily but also the ability to use it for other items...soup, home made ice cream etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:48:28 EST Does anyone have a recipe for slow cooker chicken I'm actually looking for a recipe that contains chicken, rice and tomato soup. I'm too lazy to go out and get cream of mushroom/chicken/celery Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:40:50 EST MY KRYPTONITE IS ....... My Kryptonite is CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE and guess what more CHOCOLATE!! <BR> <BR> As I look over my nutrition tracker, I saw that chocolate had been incorporated in my diet at least 3 times out of the week. Now there is nothing wrong with it as long as it is done in moderation, so with that said I will replace it a least once this week with something else! I will continue to do this every week until I have gotten down to 1 day a week! <BR> <BR> I GOT A PLAN AND I AM STICKING TO IT! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:38:52 EST Which meal should be your biggest calorie count? I have noticed that my breakfast or supper counts are always higher than lunch. I try to balance between all three meals with snacks in between but lunch always seems less. Does it matter if one meal is more than the others? and if not, which meal should be your larger calorie count? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 18:59:02 EST Hunger Wakes Me Up After counting calories, but not even overdoing it, I sometimes wake up at night with my stomach growling and all I can think about is what I will eat the next day.It makes it hard to sleep, too. <BR> What are some things to eat in the day that will keep me on track with calories and keep me full enough all night to sleep? I suppose timing is also a factor with this problem. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:06:47 EST Help! I eat when I'm not even hungry Hey guys! This might sound like an odd help topic but it is my biggest down fall. I need help with learning to only eat when I'm actually hungry. I often eat when I'm bored, sad, anxious, etc. Most of the time it's when I'm bored. Or I can have something to eat and then head out with friends, but they want to eat so I end up eating again. Other times I'll have a lot of food and be full, but since I still have a lot of food left, I'll continue eating and get over-full. I don't know why I do th... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:48:10 EST Too many people have suggestions for diabetic suga Some one I care for has type 2 diabetes. I have worked as a cna for the last 5 years taking care of people with diabetes so i do have some knowledge of what to look out for carb counting etc. But he has way too many friends who seem to think they know way more than i do, they butt in way too often and throw off the meal plans i have made which throws off the calorie/carb counter i keep track of. And now those friends are taking the credit for helping to keep his sugar levels under control... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 04:47:26 EST chobani yogurt and protein versus other brands Will having 2-5 grams less of protein make a difference in keeping me fuller longer? I make smoothies for breakfast and tend to have those in the mornings and those tide me over until lunch. I like that Chobani has more protein but its pricy to me. I wasn't sure if their would be a big difference if there was 2-5 grams less of protein. I also the 1 cup in my smoothies if its helpful. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:43:56 EST cant find multigrain sub bread Has anyone has trouble with not being able to multigrain bread for sub sandwiches?? I love the one subway has but haven't found much any that's really multigrain or healthier than plain white or wheat. The stores I have around me have some variety, not a lot always. Its aldis, fareway, hyvee, Walmart, target, and sams club for food choices. I would try making them if I knew how to. I have never attempted making any breads besides banana breads so it would be interesting. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:38:52 EST Critique Request: Food and Fitness Tracker Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> I finally managed to figure out how to allow others to view my food and fitness trackers. With that said, I was wondering if anyone would mind critiquing my food tracker. I am trying to up my fiber and iron content. I am also working on lowering my sodium intake, but I know some steps that I can to lower that...namely, work on lowering the hot sauce intake *grins* (I am from is a hard habit to break *laughs*). If anyone has anything else that ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:08:17 EST coconut oil will this help get rid of stomach fat? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:09:53 EST all of a sudden Milk is a problem I have been watching my diet for some time now and noticed that I have a diarrhea problem. My doctor suggested that I might have a sensitivity to dairy and raw veggies. This is now a challenge since yogurt & salad are staples in my world. I have switched to Almond Milk which is very good ( even in coffee) and now just avoid salad. I can eat cooked veg. Has anyone else had this problem?? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:14:53 EST Accurate Bathroom Scales Hello Everyone! Does anyone know of a good, accurate bathroom scale that doesn't cost a fortune? I just started a new DNA diet through my doctor and also using Sparkpeople to help me along with recipes and exercise tips. Now I need a good scale. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:12:31 EST Paleo? How do you feel about the paleo diet? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:32:14 EST Do you think it's better to have a set number.. a set number of calories a day or a range, and why? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:16:28 EST 500-700 calories left and freaking out Hi <BR> <BR> Often, after I've tracked my morning meal and/or lunch, I find that I only have 500-700 calories to use that day. <BR> <BR> It freaks me out. <BR> <BR> What do you do when you start running low on calories? Maybe it's not a big deal, but it makes me nervous. It's like, how can I possibly budget in an evening meal and possible snacks? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:15:55 EST cheap, no-waste, tasty recipes OK so I'm on a super strict budget, and lately I've just been eating dinner at work because it's free. The only problem is- it's crappy "school lunch" type food. It's never super satisfying in that it's not very tasty, and I also don't get the satisfaction of cooking myself a delicious dinner! <BR> <BR> I've never been that interested in cooking, but lately I find myself enjoying it more and more. I've been making chili lately and I'm able to make a half-batch for only ten bucks! It's ab... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:56:07 EST Food Tracking - caramel popcorn Does anyone know how many ounces / grams in a small container of popcorn from the cinema? Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:30:05 EST How do you eat your quinoa? I love quinoa! Looking for easy ideas for recipes! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:53:25 EST Correct calorie intake How can I recalculate my calorie intake needs? A while ago I changed it and now I want to find out what the calorie total for the day should be to loose weight. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 05:33:00 EST Vitamin for women over 50 Should I only take a multi for women over 50 no iron ? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:02:09 EST Carbohydrate alternatives? Here's a list of things I can't have. Please tell me alternative carbohydrates that are filling and have lots of calories: <BR> <BR> Gluten <BR> Wheat <BR> Rice <BR> ANY forms of beans <BR> Acidic and strong tasting vegetables and fruits such as ginger or citrus <BR> Very sweet fruits and vegetables like carrots and berries <BR> <BR> (The above are very painful for my digestion) <BR> <BR> Rice pasta <BR> Rice crackers <BR> Corn Chips <BR> Other processed carbs <BR> White Rice <BR> <BR> (T... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:36:44 EST Food Tracking - Buckwheat Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> I have a question about tracking a particular food. <BR> <BR> I am trying to figure out how to track Buckwheat groats (raw, toasting associated with kasha). I see a few different entries, but most of them just say "Buckwheat Groats" and do not give specification as to whether they mean raw, dry or raw, cooked, unhulled/whole vs. hulled, or raw vs. toasted (kasha). I bought these groats (5 lb bag) from Azure Standard, and the bag did not come wi... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 18:22:03 EST How do you get enough fiber? I've been really working to get lots of fruits and veggies in my diet but still have about half the fiber needed. I'm trying to stay relatively low on the carbs. Just frustrated with this aspect. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 18:17:29 EST Exercise before having a treat? Someone suggested to only have a treat like cake or ice cream after we/ve earned it by having a long run. <BR> <BR> It made me wonder if this is a good way to look at it. Should we first exercise before we have a treat? <BR> <BR> Another suggestion I read was to do 10 squats instead of having candy. Or to do the squats also in case you break your own intention and have the candy. So then you 'have to' exercise because you ate a treat. <BR> <BR> Is it useful / wise to connect food with e... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 16:41:39 EST Question about spinach I am going to put spinach on a pizza and I am wondering: If I use the measurement for the spinach fresh (before I put it on the pizza and cook it) will the nutritive value for the spinach be the same after I cook the pizza? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:32:00 EST FIBER Thank you Sparkpeople for adding Fiber to the nutrition tracker. <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:01:12 EST Nutritionist So I am going to see a Nutritionist next Friday to learn how to eat better. I don't want to diet, I want this to last for the rest of my life. I am a little nervous about going. I have to bring with me what I ate 3 days prior and I guess they critique that? Has anybody even been to a Nutritionist? If so was it worth the cost? Did they really help? I not entirely sure what to expect. I am guessing they are going to give me some sort of meal plan???? <BR> Thanks, <BR> ~Cheryl Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:56:17 EST question for vegetarians Quickly, I started a Pescatarian diet about 6 months ago, mostly because my taste buds have changed as I've gotten older and any other meat has started tasting just like eating straight fat to me. I really don't eat fish that often, once every other week. I've noticed since I've adopted this life style that I tend to get hungry faster. Does anyone else have the same issue? If so what are strategies you use to help with this. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 23:34:35 EST "Saving" Calories and using them later I have heard conflicting arguments about this. I don't mean starving yourself all week and than loading up. But in moderation. I have not really done this, but I have heard others who have. <BR> I just wondered what everyone's thoughts were on this... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:38:12 EST Starvation, Skinny Fat, and Binging! Okay so let me start off by saying that I used to weigh 245lbs and over the span of two years I have now dropped down to about 125lbs. I did it through exercise and healthy eating. My normal exercise routine is lifting 10lb dumb bells for a half hour every other day, and going for a 6 mile bike ride or swimming freestyle for an hour on days that I don't use the dumb bells. Anyways, the past year I've been pretty much in "Starvation" mode. I would eat a yogurt in the morning and then wouldn't ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:07:59 EST confused on dieting Ok, I need some help. my job requires me to sit a desk 9.5 to 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. <BR> I get home around 8pm and an so tired I know i should exercise but I just dont have the energy. I know I need to drop about 50 pounds. about 10 years ago I lost 60 pds on weights watchers. and gained it all back, I tried that program again this time and it didnt work for me I have tried some many different way to lose weight. I have tried mostly eating protein- and that didnt work either. i jus... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:25:38 EST Strawberry Smoothies -- what about the seeds? Any great ideas about getting rid of those annoying tiny seeds? <BR> <BR> I'm think of a coffee filter perhaps? <BR> <BR> I much prefer real strawberries to a flavoured syrup. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 13:24:11 EST what to eat for a healthy lunch? I have a health condition, and the dr. says I cant eat anything out of a can or from a box. What can I eat that is healthy? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 13:10:14 EST Green Smoothie! I am having a green smoothie that I just made. I used 1 1/2 cups of Almond Milk, handful of Kale, 2 cups fruit, 1 TBSP of Chia seed, 1 TBSP natural Peanut Butter, and 1 TSP Raw is SO GOOD!!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone else drink green smoothies? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:43:51 EST So hard planning/cooking for 1 now (recent widow) Ever since my husband died I've had trouble planing/cooking meals. I used to love to cook & I made healthy and delicious meals with recipes from SP, Cooking Light, etc for us and dinner was a wonderful time we shared. <BR> <BR> Now I am not only lacking motivation for cooking, I find that its such an effort to adapt recipes and/or to deal with the leftovers (chicken stew gets pretty tiring after the 3rd day). Its so much easier to grab a frozen pizza or give up entirely and come home from... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:10:49 EST I need serious help with going overboard... Hi, <BR> <BR> This takes some serious courage to write, but I need help. <BR> <BR> I've been calorie counting with SP for about 45 days now. Out of that, about 30 days were spent eating less and less calories. <BR> Here is what my last week's days' calorie intake looks like: Friday: 542 Saturday: 389 Sunday: 348 Monday: 532 Tuesday: 271 Wednesday: 431 Thursday (today): 90 <BR> <BR> Thursday is so low because it's just past midnight into Thursday. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm sure you ca... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 04:15:25 EST Restaurant Question-Shoney's Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> I went out to Shoney's with a friend tonight. Most of what I ate, I know how track, but there were a couple of things that have thrown me off a bit. <BR> <BR> I ate a 3 oz piece of grilled chicken and probably 1/2-3/4 cup of mushrooms (I am sure the chef had more than that when he started cooking...but these were some seriously chopped up and small mushrooms when he was done *laughs*). I also ate 1/2 cup of their beef/cabbage soup. The salad that I had is... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:28:49 EST Lose more weight with 1200 or 1500 calories? I work out 20 minutes on the elliptical 5 times a week. I want to lose the weight quickly (about 2 lbs a week, not 1 lb) but I am not sure if I should eat the 1200 or 1500 calories a day. That is a big difference in calories. I have heard some people say they lost more when eating 1500 because your body isn't in "starvation mode". But then I have heard the opposite. What is true? If it helps, I am 5 ft 4 in tall. Got about 70 lbs to lose. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:54:10 EST Halloween Okay guys... its October and you know Halloween is near. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to stay away from eating up the candy because you know its bad for you? Especially the chocolate and sugar.... <BR> <BR> Or do you just say its a free day (as in you are gonna treat your self because you reached your goal(s))? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:09:44 EST Do you include at least 6 grain servings per day? Do you include at least 6 grain servings per day in your diet? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:37:35 EST Question on cooking tofu This morning I ventured out of my comfort zone and cooked tofu for the first time. I made a scramble with onion, tomato, and spinach. To my surprise, it wasn't horrible! (This may be because I'm not a picky eater.) However, my biggest issue is that it was too bland. I didn't add any spices so the flavor definitely left something to be desired. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any experience cooking tofu and would like to share their thoughts on how to season it? I think I have a good base for the ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:19:26 EST Wrong Info! I would just like to point out that, whoever put in the info for Skippy Chunky Peanut Butter ( it's under skippu) put the fat grams in wrong. They have it as 140g per serving. That number is the amount of calories from fat. The correct amount is 16g per serving. I like peanut butter toast in the AM, so just sayin'!! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:01:21 EST Where Do I Start ? If you are new to this Spark website and you want to lose weight, where do you go to find out how to start? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:48:00 EST I need help I am 35 pounds over weight and really really want to get rid of it. Then why cant I ? <BR> I have a way of sabotaging myself I will do good for a few days and then I will go completely crazy and start eating things that I know I shouldn't and I go crazy on the serving portions too. I am terribly addicted to sugar and need help for this. PLEASE HELP me get started and stick with it every day for a month or so, any ideas ....? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 02:21:11 EST Date Paste and/or Honey Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> Since I have started my weight-loss journey, I have completely cut out refined sugars from my food repertoire...minus Subway...ugh, get the salad next time, Rachel! I have done this by using date paste...a pureed mix of water-soaked pitted dates. I use 2 tsp-2 Tbsp in certain smoothies or anything that does not require the sugar to completely dissolve Obviously, this is not going to work with something like tea, certain types of baked goods, etc. What I am ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:48:27 EST carbs? When is it the best time to eat carbs? I try to limit them and try to eat more veggies. And i want start adding mostly seafood instead of red meat in my diet. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:42:30 EST Failed at Nutrisystem, feeling low I realize my earlier post makes it sound like I cheated on my diet but it wasn't what I meant. I meant that I tried to speed things up by changing teams and testing out Nutrisystem but I couldn't withstand the plan and it's a little depressing. I'm just glad to come back to Spark where I can lose weight and spin the wheel! lol. <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:02 EST Healthy drink I just started a job where I have to be up so early I have no time for breakfast. I was wondering if anyone knew a good, healthy and low fat beverage I could drink on the got that would fuel my body until I can sit and eat a meal. Thanks! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:08:29 EST Need advice - Healthy eating! My sister-in-law works at one of those sports nutrition supplement places. She just gave my husband dietary advice. No carbs or fruits five days a week, and heavy on the proteins and supplements every day. He has a sedentary, desk job and not very active when he's off work. This just seems like bad nutrition to me. Shouldn't typical Americans adjust their diets for more fruit and less protein? So confused and concerned. Shouldn't the goal be real, homemade food without chemical additiv... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:55:06 EST Spaghetti Add-in Ideas I try to stay away from pasta, but ended up making pasta with spaghetti sauce the other night. What can I add in to make this pasta a bit healthier? In the past I have added hard boiled eggs which I liked Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:50:45 EST I'm just starting Sparkpeople after losing 50 pounds on WW over the last 7 months. I'm at a standstill and decided to try something different to see if I can shake more weight off! :-) <BR> Question is: What are some good high protein foods. I don't seem to be able to get enough protein in according to what my diet advice is giving me. My fat and carbs are good but not enough protein. I'm eating greek yogurt instead of regular, but what else can I eat that won't up my calories too much? <BR> Thanks in adv... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:22:13 EST protein calories Are all protein items high in calories? I really don't know much about it other than we need protein for muscles. Am I right? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:12:28 EST Cheated on Spark and it didn't work I had been losing weight slowly on Spark and tried to speed it up by going on NSystem. What I found was that the food is enough for a baby bird and one is supposed to supplement quite a bit of their own. Something never clicked with my choics of smart carbs and power proteins and I found myself overeating and worse, binge drinking (an old habit I never thought I would see again) because I was so hungry even at 1500 calories. This is very hard for me to admit. <BR> <BR> Spark is my comfie,... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:45:38 EST Suggestions on higher protein Hi All, <BR> I am going out to eat tonight and I would like some suggestions on what to have that would be higher in protein. My protein is on the low end today and I would like to move in the right direction tonight. <em>303</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:33:46 EST Calorie Limit and Fitness Questions Good morning, everyone. <BR> <BR> Out of curiosity, when I hear/see people speaking of "going over" on their calorie limit, does that mean they have simply gone over the lower limit or does that mean that they have gone over the upper limit? This is moreso a curiosity since I have noticed more than few threads asking advice for such. I was going to offer advice on a particular post, but I realized that I needed a frame of reference for what "going over" means first *laughs*. <BR> <BR> And,... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:55:42 EST Chocolate milk after a run? As some of you know, I've been training on the C25k program for a few weeks and I have seen over and over again about how chocolate milk is a wonderful post-run snack. <BR> <BR> This would be an amazing treat to have, but I'm diabetic. Would this tamper with my blood glucose numbers or is it safe if I'm this active? <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:36:07 EST Great Lakes Gelatin Has anyone tried the Great Lakes Gelatin, (green label) ? <BR> I ordered some, heard it's great for healing joint ailments among other things. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:07:06 EST How much proteins do you eat everyday what's your goal <BR> - reduce body fat <BR> - loose weight <BR> - gain muscles <BR> - maintenance <BR> <BR> and approx how much calories and proteins do you eat everyday? <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:29:49 EST Protein I cannot get enough protein in every day. In fact, I cannot even get the 1400 calories in that I need to eat. If I do eat like I think I should, I end up with too many carbs and not enough protein. I cannot get this eating thing down. I do not enjoy breakfast, so when I remember to eat breakfast, I am force feeding myself and not enjoying it. Ensure only does so much. I work with a trainer 3 days a week and know especially on those days I need to get my nutrients in. I cannot find the s... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:27:50 EST Do you eat your exercise calories? I am not sure if I want to do that or not. I am afraid it would slow my weight loss. What are your experiences with it? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:05:57 EST Nutritional Value of Winter Squash Skin?? Hello, <BR> <BR> Now that fall is here, I am getting delicious acorn squash from my local food coop. I cut it in half, clean it out, micro-wave, and sometimes eat it all - skin included. Couldn't be simpler. My only question is: Does anyone know the nutritional value of the skin? Should I just use the values in the Spark food tracker, and count the skin, along with the insides? Thanks. <BR> <BR> Suzyb53 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:12:43 EST Company Dinners We are lucky to have our children and grandchildren visiting fairly often and I love to cook for them. I find it difficult to leave out the butter, cream, etc. , the things I normally leave out of recipes for our usual meals when I want a meal to be special. I also spend a lot of time cooking then and not doing my usual exercise. <BR> One thing that helps me is to prepare meals ahead and freeze them, then I have time to be active and have good meals. I also try to eat smaller portions of rich... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:38:54 EST Water makes me sick So I've always had an issue with drinking water. It's always just sat really heavy on my stomach and made me really uncomfortable. But now it's beginning to make me gag and even throw up when i drink about 1/2 a cup. I've tried super cold, room temperature, and even flavored water, and it still does it. I'm supposed to drink a lot of water due to other health concerns, about 120 ounces a day, and it's really bothering me. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:48:38 EST Pork loin slow cooker recipes? So these garlic and herb pork loin roasts have popped up at my local Walmart, and at 3 bucks a pound for 130 cals, 3g fat and 21g protein they'll become almost as big a part of my diet as chicken breasts. <BR> <BR> I'd love some recipes for doing these in my crackpot. They're about 2 and a half pounds each so I can get 4 or 5 meals out of each of them. Right now, I'd really love a good stew recipe. Talking meat, potatoes, carrots, veggies like. Haven't been able to find many online, most of... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:14:51 EST How to avoid temptation without depriving kids? I have a 21-year-old daughter who feels that I did her a disservice in her childhood (so what else is new, lol!) by not keeping junk food in the house. I've always been worried about my weight and didn't want to be tempted myself, and didn't think my child NEEDED cookies and such in her regular diet. <BR> <BR> She feels that I turned cookies, ice cream and other snacks into something extremely tempting by not having them around, so that when she, as a child, would go to birthday parties and... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:12:46 EST New-onset stomach pain after eating carbs Hello, <BR> It has been almost a year, but I've lost 40 pounds on a low-carb, high protein diet. This has been slower than I wanted, but steady, without any weight gain during the whole time, and I'm almost to my goal weight (10 pounds to go). <BR> <BR> A new problem I'm having is that when I DO eat carbs, which I have always done throughout the diet but only in the evenings with no problems whatsoever, is now I'm getting terrible abdominal discomfort (stomach, not lower down) immediately a... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:55:04 EST can we go on a crash diet here? <em>40</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:22:24 EST Not good, but not AS bad Are there any changes that you've found yourself making- even when you're not necessarily staying on plan? <BR> <BR> My best friend and I make 2-3 trips into NYC each year. These trips are usually all-you-can-eat food fests. In July/August, however, things were different. We still indulged in foods we don't eat every day, but it was different. Before, we would get gelato AND donuts along with several other treats. We went into the city twice in two weeks and didn't get any gelato. I had maca... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:26:13 EST Supplements Is there a way to include supplements to the daily nutrition log? I'm currently tracking my potassium intake and I take a prescribed supplement and would like to add it to help me keep track. Thanks! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:16:05 EST Advocare Good??? I am a pescatarian, very busy and I am currently at a plateau. I am interested in some help with some nutrition options that can satisfy and I can consume on my evening drive home a few nights a week or some breakfast. I know people with Advocare that seem to be very healthy, happy and full of energy. <BR> <BR> So, I am wondering if any of you have tried it and what are your thoughts? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:00:47 EST Lose Weight Quickly - Healthy? I have an even coming up and am hoping to slim down a bit. I reached my weight loss goal but recently had a set back after an injury prevented me from exercising. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if there is a safe way to shed extra pounds quickly? I know there are certain foods that are supposed to boost metabolism (e.g. green tea) but I'm wondering if those are really effective? <BR> <BR> Any other tips for weight loss in two weeks? I'm looking to lose 5-10 pounds. <BR> Thanks Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:56:01 EST Need healthy foods list I am really needing help.I was just diagnosed with pre diabetes,almost type 1 my doc said.My boyfriend doesnt want me to get healthy foods because we shop twice a month and we get junk because it lasts longer unlike fresh fruits and vegetables,I am on a seriously tight budget,and can not cook or dont know how.I need some kinda idea on what foods to get for me to get healthy and so my bf can realize how much i need to start eating healthy or something will hapen to me.plz help me Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:27:37 EST the new meal The new meals each day. <BR> It is expensive for each meal a day for the week. <BR> When you are on low income a month. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:20:08 EST Using Oatmeal in Meatloaf I am thinking about using oatmeal in my meatloaf recipe, at first I thought this was a healthy alternative to using bread. Then my sister told me it is not such a good idea because the uncooked oatmeal will Absorb any fats from the meat . I use bread mixed with a little water then mix in in the meat mixture along with chopped veggies, when I lift out the cooked meatloaf to place on platter, fat and meat dripping still in pan. Should I go ahead and use the oatmeal or continue using the bread,... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:25:40 EST so confused I have lost nine pounds in the last month, I am suppose to change my starting weight so that my calorie intake will update? if so how do I do this? <BR> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:00:32 EST digestive rest? I what to give my digestive tract a rest so I don't want to go vegetarian or juices. Will eating fish an. Vegetables help? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:00:39 EST What does count as fruit/vegetables? for example: are potatos vegetables? or beans? onions? corn? <BR> how big should a portion of vegetables/fruit be to count as serving? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:13:44 EST Need a b it of help please Make cheese sauce with a powder. I used 80 grams of powder and mixed with hot water not milk. <BR> <BR> The powder is 493 calories per 100 gram <BR> <BR> To 80 grams I added one pint of hot water , making 394 calories <BR> <BR> Adding water should not do anything but does it? <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:04:41 EST Why can't I get into raw veggies? When I was a kid (as young as 3-4 years old), I loved raw veggies. One of my favorite snacks was eating things like radishes or scallions dipped in salt. <BR> <BR> Lately, however, I'm finding it difficult to get into raw veggies. If I pack baby carrots in my lunch, I will usually save them for last. On the other hand, if I roast those carrots in some olive oil and sprinkle them with salt. pepper. and garlic powder, they're the FIRST thing I eat. <BR> <BR> I will eat grape tomatoes on occa... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:02:07 EST number of calories to eat Hi there , I am restarting this again, but I have one question, if you can help I would appreciate....when I entered all of my info in its shows...1360 / 1740 calories for today...the question is to lose weight which should I be eating 1360 or 1740..if I eat 1740 will I gain weight, I burn about 500 calories in exercise, example today I ate around 1610 calories and I burned 537..I need your expertise on this..thanks <em>198</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:52:36 EST How long do leftovers keep? Hi All! <BR> <BR> I see a lot of posts where people say they batch cook and then have leftovers for lunch, etc, for the rest of the week. How long do leftovers usually keep? If I cook a big batch meal on Sunday, will it still be okay to bring to work on Friday if it has been refridgerated? Or is this entirely dependant on what it is? Are there things that keep better than others? Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:37:42 EST Does protein, fiber, or fat fill you up more? trying to find ways to feel more satisfied so I don't binge. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:28:25 EST coming off lithium im finally coming off lithium. what i need is some advice. has anyone lost weight while reducing their lithium dosage. im going from 1200mg to no lithium gradually tapering off in a 4 month period. im taking lamictal instead and im also on abilify. if anyone has experience with this, please let me know. thanks. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:15:56 EST Soda Addiction How do i stop drinking soda? <BR> When i go out to eat, i always get a cup of soda maybe 2 cups.... <BR> <BR> When i order pizza.. usually i order a 2 liter bottle of soda.. .(my family and i share it).. <BR> <BR> I just wanna get off this sugary stuff. I know its so bad for you... <BR> How did you get off your soda addiction? Maybe your experiences will help me... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:26:58 EST does anyone too gets hungry from eating veggies? Hello everyone, <BR> this may seem like a very odd question but i'm serious. <BR> i started three weeks ago. it went ok staying in my calories but i had better and worse days. i always make an emoticon on my tracker (i use a pen and a notebook, not the online tracker) if my day went well or not, if i was hungry all the time or was satisfied. and i recognized that the days i ate a lot of veggies and fruits are my WORST days. often the days i binge. i mean... is this possible? to make this clea... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:38:48 EST Just for the ladies...T.O.M. strategies I have been very successful on my weight loss journey for the past 9-months. I've lost over 60-pounds! However, I believe I could have lost so much more if I were more successful during the time-of-the-month (TOM). For 10-days I have this intense need for chocolates and salt. When I yield, I gain at least 4-pounds over 2-3 days. But, I have been very fortunate to immediately get back on track shortly after the cycle. <BR> <BR> What strategies do you use to conquer TOM cravings? <em>252</... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:27:55 EST What type of salt do you use? Last night I did a rush grocery shopping, and came home and realized I got salt w/out Iodine. I looking it up and found Iodine is super important for your body. I wont return the salt I bought, but will I be 'iodine deprived' for the course of me using this? I'm tempted to mix regular 'iodine filled' salt with this other salt to even it out, but I think that might be overkill lol. <BR> <BR> My readings got deeper into different type of salts, and that sea salt, 'rock salt' is the healthiest?... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:55:20 EST Getting enough water I never seem to get enough water and am looking for ideas. I think most of the problem is that I really just don't like the taste of water. I have been adding fresh fruit to my water and that has helped some. I cut up a kiwi and/or some fresh strawberries and add them to my water bottle to make it tasty. Anyone have any other suggestions as to how to get more water in your day? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:17:38 EST HELP PLEASE! !! I have hit a weight loss plateauI lost about 40 pounds within about three months I eat or try to eat twice a day and I exercise at least 3 times a week how can I get through this plateau should I try to eat more on a scheduleI would like to eventually get my endurance up to at least from 45 minutes hour and a half Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:55:43 EST How to Eat when you can't eat fruit,fiber&veggies Hello <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople a long time ago then never followed through to begin a weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> I am going to (try) to jump on the bandwagon but I just don't know how to eat to lose weight and get healthy. I have ulcerative colitis, my body just cannot tolerate fruit, vegetables and fiber. I might as well be eating razor blades. <BR> <BR> I was in remission for a couple of years and then it started up in April within two days of joining WW and... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:03:02 EST This is a really weird question.... So this is a very weird question and probably borders on tmi but I've been filling my plate with veggies all week,a little bit of whatever else we were having and lots of veggies, especially broccoli since it was on sale this week. Anyway when I went to the bathroom today my urine had a very slight greenish colour. I called a local health line and after her asking a bunch of questions she recommended I drink more water to help flush everything out of my system and that more then likely is cau... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:12:51 EST Anyone on the Plant Based Eating Diet? I'm working the food plan after watching Forks over Knives. It's a kind of hard transition but I'm doing it and it's working. The cravings are gone but the food isn't as sexy as I'd like. I'm learning to accept that I don't have sugar or extra salt or dairy or oils. I was very accustomed to those foods. But I'm trying to eat to live and not live to eat. Are there others out there on this walk? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:03:24 EST Trouble staying motivated I am having the most difficult time staying motivated. I'm trying really hard to stick with my plan and I feel like I'm failing. Anyone else go through this feeling and how did you get past it? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:39:09 EST Bulking up your salad Good morning, what ingredients do you put into your salad to bulk it up? I like to add hard boiled eggs, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and olives Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:37:15 EST Grocery shopping from scratch Hi All! <BR> <BR> So basically due to moving house and just being back from a long trip, there is pretty much nothing but spices, rice and canned beans in my kitchen. No perishables or much anything else, so I am going to have to go do some serious shopping later today. And I am stumped. I used to live within 5 minute walk of 3 big grocery stores, now I rely on my housemate for a ride to the big shop and have a tiny corner store 15 minute walk from the house so I have to rethink my shopping ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:58:01 EST Quick & healthy lunch ideas? I work about 55 hours a week and go to grad school, so meal prep for lunches are not always the easiest. Does anyone have any suggestions for lunches that are quick to make, yet are healthy? Healthy Choice/Lean Cuisine frozen dinners and salads aren't cutting it anymore- I need a change! <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:08:41 EST weight watchers etc. endorsed foods Does anyone tend to use the weight watchers endorsed foods for choices that are healthier options?? I don't follow the weight watchers diet or use that for my lifestyle choice. I just find that what they recommend works well for me to eat healthier without following their plan. I use these to help keep my food healthier and a better choice for the most part. I don't eat the frozen dinners however with the exception of the mini ice cream treats. Is there a list anywhere of foods they recommend... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:50:15 EST Does anyone find restaurants to be a diet-wrecker? Hi, it's me again. This question may seem unusual, but I need to ask it. <BR> <BR> Most people I know like going out to eat. I don't. Restaurants and me do not get along. <BR> <BR> The problem I have with them is when I do go out to eat -- which is not as often as I used to anymore -- it's not to a place like a Dunkin' Donuts or a McDonalds, where tracking what I take in is much, much easier. (I need to add that I am having a much easier time tracking my diet with the tools here, and I'... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:42:03 EST protein I am at 1045 calories, what can I eat to get me at 20% protein, I am not at my level for proteins for the day Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:32:33 EST Blood Sugar drops then rises at night I went to bed at 11 PM with Blood Sugar of 154 and took 65 units Lantus. No snack or food of any kind. When I woke at 10 AM, my blood sugar was 357. This is not completely uncommon to me as my sugar tends to drop quite a bit at night and my liver pushes out sugar to raise it so I wake with higher BS. This is an extreme example, however. <BR> <BR> Years ago I had a diabetic coma and was in the hospital for a week (it was complicated by a bladder infection that went septic). When I woke, I... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:05:26 EST Newly Pre-Diabetic - Meal Planning Help Here's my story...I've always struggled with my weight due to many things including things that are my fault and things that are genetic or medication related. I'm not denying I'm to blame for some of it. Over the last few years my blood work has been coming back with warning signs of pre-diabetes. My doctor hasn't been very helpful other than telling me I need to lose weight. I've asked for advice on how to do that but only get vague responses like eat healthy and exercise more. Well du... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:52:50 EST Save-A-Lot? Hi All, <BR> My fiancé and I just moved and both started new jobs recently and money has been a little tight and i am trying to cook as healthy as I can while being budget friendly. My fiancé is completely against shopping at Save-a-Lot... the name itself deters him. I, myself, have never shopped there but am not sure of the quality of food. So I guess my question is do or have you shop there and what has the quality of food been like? Would you recommend it? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:22:36 EST Are shakes a good idea? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I feel I need to ask this because I have at least a day a week where my schedule is a little bit on the crazy side, which sometimes makes fitting a formal lunch in difficult. Please forgive me if this ends up being long because I think I need to provide some background. <BR> <BR> Before I came here to SparkPeople, I was a member of the Team Beachbody site. One of the things that I tried there was this product called Shakeology, which is a protein superfood shake tha... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:08:19 EST Pumpkin Question Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> I was looking through the food database for pumpkin a few minutes ago. A friend of mine gave me some homemade pumpkin puree (just baked, no salt, oil, etc. then put in a blender), and I am curious whether I should choose the cooked option, or the cooked/boiled/drained/no salt option? I do not see an option for just "pumpkin" or I would choose that since nothing went into this puree. I would choose the cooked option since I am going to weigh this cooked, but ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:41:26 EST Dont know how to meet my daily food goal I just started on here. but I seem to be eating less and not meeting the total goals. but I don't feel hungry any suggestions? and my carbs seem to be really high. no matter how I try to watch them. I am trying to drink more. I drink sugar free kool-aide comes pre mixed just add water. because I'm type 2 diabetic. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:34:52 EST Food Snobs? I just received the most recent issue of Mother Earth News (one of my favorite magazines) and am reading an article entitled "Fighting for a Sane Food System." The author writes that one common and extremely frustrating misconception he encounters is that his approach to sustenance makes him a food snob and that he is viewed as some sort of elitist if he chooses to spend his food dollars on local, compost-fertilized produce and pastured meats. But spending $20 or $30 on a meal of low quality ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:13:35 EST Canned Pineapple I buy canned pineapple in 100% pineapple juice. The nutrition label says that it is 70 calories per 1/2 cup. I am assuming that also includes the liquid. <BR> <BR> I drain the liquid off and rinse the pineapple before consuming. Should I still count it as the same? <BR> <BR> I realize I could buy fresh, but they are messy and cumbersome to cut. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:48:28 EST water, fruit, and veggie tracking I have been off the site for awhile and there are now some changes to the nutrition tracking page. I see there is no longer a place to log my water and fruit/veggie consumption, but there is a place where it would show if I could figure out how to log it. Can someone help me with this? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:10:29 EST College Student and NEED HELP! I am a freshman in college and have gained the freshman 15 within the first month.. I've gotten to the weight I did not want to be, 200. I want to get down to maybe 165-170. This site told me I should reach that around February 5th. However, since I am living on campus I am REQUIRED to have a meal plan and the smallest they go is 14 a week. Lunch and dinner for me. However, I do not know what to eat and what not to eat... I'm very confused and I have felt really down about myself for a while.... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:49 EST plateu What should I change All I do all day long is walk very fast. 8 hours at a job that I am constantly moving In April of last year I weighed 296 now I am 180, but I am Only 5 feet tall,so I want to lose at least 30 more pounds. It seems like no matter how healthy I eat how careful I watch my calories the scale is stuck at 180.I want to lose 5 more before October 22 I'm going to a concert and I would like to be a 14 by then I am a 16 now. I should be happy considering I use to be a 26 but no. I want to keep ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:50:48 EST Question about bread calories This may seem odd but it seems to me that the calories in a slice of bread in the USA are considerably lower than those here in Sweden. <BR> Most breads I have found here have about 100 calories per slice which seems very high to me. <BR> It is so strange because pretty much every other food here is lower calorie and has less fat than it's American counterpart. <BR> Is my memory wrong or does a slice of bread in the USA have 45-50 calories? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:34:48 EST Anemia Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this but here goes... <BR> <BR> I have what some call Uterine Fibroid Tumours. It can cause very heavy bleeding that can lead to anemia. <BR> <BR> What, if any, are some ways to avoid anemia through diet? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:10:18 EST Weight Watchers foods???? Can someone tell me your thoughts??? Does anyone knows if the Weight Watchers foods contain a LOT of salt?????? I have a heart condition and can't eat a lot of salt. Well last night my feet got really swollen and all icould guess was salt. What are your thoughts???? Thank you Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:53:05 EST How to edit a food entry in my Food Tracker <em>213</em> <BR> I'm back on Spark after a few months off, and I am not used to the new Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> In this new tracker, I can see below the Search button the option Enter Food Not Listed, and I have been able to create a few new entries. Yet, I can't see where and how I can amend these newly Food entries that needs to be corrected. <BR> <BR> Could anyone please help me out or direct me to the tutorial showing how to amend a food listed by yourself? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:45:28 EST Temptations I’ve been trying to be good lately, I came into work and the director gave me a berry crumble pie she had bought from BJ’s… oh man it looked and smelt AMAZING. However, I know it was loaded with sugar and butter and stuff I really need to stay away from. I ended up giving it to my cube buddy. Now that the holidays are rolling in, people are baking things and sharing yummy goods. How do you politely decline? I don’t want to be rude, however I really want to take this weight loss seriously, and... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:40:25 EST Cereal 2 Thumbs up for CHEERIOS PROTEIN <BR> This cereal is Awesome!!! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:24:58 EST Lifestyle Versus Diet So I started on SparkPeople back in 2010 and over the course of the following year I lost over 80lbs. Over the course of the last 4 years I gained and lost and gained and lost again a few times over, to the point where I'm up 40 of those pounds. I've been spending a lot of time on SparkPeople over the last month, trying to get myself reacquainted with the process. I've re-realized that what's been wrong, I guess, is that I keep dieting and maybe I'm not really making lifestyle changes. <BR... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:23:46 EST Favorite Fall Foods Here in the States and other places in the northern hemisphere it will officially be fall tonight. So what are some of your favorite foods, dishes that you look forward to now. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:01:56 EST College eating? Hi there! So I'm a freshman in college and i am having a really hard time with staying healthy. Not only do i want to avoid the freshman 15, but I want to lose 50 lbs by next semester. Exercise isn't really a huge problem, I live on top of a hill, and walk everywhere on campus, but the food is really a problem. The dining hall has salads, but i can wait in line for an hour to get one! The only thing that I can get without waiting around in line is chicken fingers. They come with 3 in a bag, a... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:32:03 EST 1,000 Calorie Differential Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a little new to dieting. I started a little over two weeks ago and I've lost 5 pounds, which is extremely gratifying. My goal is to lose 2lb. per week. I know that to do that I have to have a 1,000 calorie daily differential, but I also know that spark people is pushing me to have at least 1,200 calories a day and more when I exercise. I do cardio and strength training for 30-45 minutes six days a week (usually 250- 300 calories,) but I'm not exactly sure how much... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:52:20 EST Overcoming plateaus Recently I've been interested in understanding the process that the body follows when a person is trying to lose those last 10-15 "vanity" pounds. I found a great article about insulin resistance, what is it and how to overcome the syndrome not only as a way to shred that last portion of fat, but as a importan way to prevent type 2 diabetes, high triglycerides, fat liver, etc. <BR> <BR><BR>sensitivity-blast-fat-for-good.htm <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:23:40 EST I am glad that I lodged these complaints I sent this to the clinic where I am a patient - they called me about ten minutes ago and were very concerned and they are going to follow-up on this. Manager will call me this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I am a patient at the clinic located at ______ I have the following complaints: <BR> (1)Not one doctor has solved my problem. <BR> (2)Many times you never see the same doctor every time you come to the clinic - it is whomever is there <BR> (3)The procedure to see the main doctor is cumbersome: W... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:34:11 EST New beginner, thinking about trying a juicing fast Hi, <BR> <BR> I have just watched the documentary : Fat Sick and nearly Dead by Joe Cross <BR> As I could relate to a lot of different issues shown in the program, I am really thinking about trying a fast. However, I really would like to know more details first. For example : How much should I drink for each meal? And how many meals (glasses) should I have for each day? Example of ingredients should be nice to have as well? <BR> Brgds,Patrick Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:02:44 EST Eggs How do you like your eggs? Do you eat the yolk as well? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:51:04 EST tracking for a family help I wish there was a way to link my sparkpeople account with the one I made for my husband. Anyone know of a place I can track calories for more than one person in one log in? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:33:52 EST Weight loss pleateaus? I've been consistently losing 2 pounds a week for the last 4 months and in the past 4 weeks nothing. I've completely stalled, 10 pounds away from my goal. I tried raising my calories and nothing - no gain or loss. I'm not sure what to try next, I was eating 1100 - 1300 calories a week, now upped it to 1500 - 1600. I bike about 10 - 15 miles a day with more activity on the weekends (I have a desk job during the week). I'm not sure if I should go back to lower calories or go higher? I jus... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:22:30 EST Protein I don't seem to be getting enough protein! Any suggestions?? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:37:11 EST Fair Foods I'm going to the Big E next weekend and it's a big fair with tons of delicious foods and I want to EAT but not eat too badly and within my ranges. Any suggestions for good healthy ish fair food? <BR> <BR> So far I'm planning on having pickles and smoked salmon on a stick. I was thinking maybe a taco salad, I'm not sure. Help!! Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:05:07 EST Any bodybuilders? Need input Hi! <BR> <BR> I had been training with a coach for 6 months, but had to stop for financial reasons. We did a bulk cycle, and had been cutting. For the bulk I was up to 2700 calories at one point, and still gaining very very slowly. When we stopped working together, my cut had brought me down to 1300 calories and I had stalled in weightloss. I had been at 1300 calories for about 2.5 months. My highest weight was 123 and lowest was 117.2. Right now it's stalled at 118.4. Our plan was do... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:43:48 EST inexpensive healthy options on your grocery list can someone give me an example of what I should put on my grocery list to stick to healthy options? <BR> <BR> I only have $20/week to spend on groceries <BR> <BR> I don't cook much <BR> <BR> I've relied on convenience quick prepared foods for too long <BR> <BR> right now the typical foods in my pantry I've got milk, eggs, canned fish (salmon, tuna, sardines - I love), loaf of whole wheat bread <BR> <BR> I don't eat a lot of veggies- though I need to- the issue is that I live alone a... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:59:04 EST Tracking fruit and vegetables The Start page on SP has a place to track how many fruits and vegetables you eat a day ("Eat at least 5 fruit/veggies per day"). I'm curious how people are using this tracker. <BR> <BR> - Are you using it to keep track of eating at least 5 *different* fruits/veggies per day, or 5 *portions* of fruits/veggies per day? <BR> <BR> - If you are tracking portions, what do you consider a single portion? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:52:58 EST it is hard eat the meal It is hard eat the meal plan each day. <BR> I have a problem to eat want is on the breakfast, lunch , and supper mealtime. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:41:37 EST Making Time to Cook Has making time in your day to cook helped you achieve your goals? What are some of the benefits of making your own food yourself? What are your favourite meals to make? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I like making my own food because then I know exactly what I'm eating. I can make foods to fit my dietary preferences (low sugar, lower carb, gluten free). I can make healthy meals out of a few simple ingredients or get more gourmet depending on my mood. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm crazy for open fac... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:17:31 EST Community Stand 2 flat boards on edge, facing a stiff wind, they will fall. Tip the top edges of those boards together and they withstand the wind better. We are the boards that need to work together to face the winds of our desired changes. So . . . <BR> Stand and deliver. <em>381</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:52:21 EST True weight chart <BR> Height Weight <BR> Normal Overweight Obese <BR> 4' 10" 91 to 115 lbs. 119 to 138 lbs. 143 to 186 lbs. <BR> 4' 11" 94 to 119 lbs. 124 to 143 lbs. 148 to 193 lbs. <BR> 5' 97 to 123 lbs. 128 to 148 lbs. 153 to 199 lbs. <BR> 5' 1" 100 to 127 lbs. 132 to 153 lbs. 158 to 206 lbs. <BR> 5' 2" 104 to 131 lbs. 136 to 158 lbs. 164 to 213 lbs. <BR> 5' 3" 107 to 135 lbs. 141 to 163 lbs. 169 to 220 lbs. <BR> 5' 4" 110 to 140 lbs. 145 to 169 lbs. 174 to 227 lbs. <BR> 5' 5" 114 to 144 lbs. 150 to 174... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:57:24 EST COOKING WITH PSYLLIUM POWDER I just did a Zucchini Muffin recipe. I used 1 cup of Konsyl making 17 muffins. It can up as 1 fiber count. Something is wrong. Can you help me. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:38:56 EST Nursing- losing weight too fast? Hi everyone, <BR> I lost 10 lbs in 5 days following the calories suggested by spark people plus an extra 500 because I am nursing. I am ecstatic but concerned there may be health risks for me or my 8 week old if I lose at this rate. Any thoughts? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:45:52 EST how to create the right meals for me i see a lot of meals on here and i dont eat much of those things at all i dont like them. i dont have that big of a food span so i guess i am picky and not comfortable with trying new foods. so i really need a personalized meal plan and grocery list as well as recipes i am not that good of a cook with healthy things.. i am desperate for change i realize i am eating less now that i dont buy junk but by that i mean as in barely eating i just dont think to eat anymore or dont have a very big app... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:18:50 EST question about exercize on chris powell carb cycl I have a question about the Chris Powell Carb Cycling program and exercize. Does anyone know how much exercize you should do to get the results they show on tv? I want to lose 70 lbs and plan on starting the Turbo Carb Cycle program tomorrow but i am confused as to how much and what type and frequency of exercise i should be doing to get results? Anyone have information? Thank you. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:59:39 EST I'm so full! - In a good way :) Roast chicken (got it 1/2 price!) <BR> Mashed sweet potato <BR> Green beans <BR> Roasted carrots <BR> Stuffing! (gluten free) <BR> Gravy <BR> <BR> So good and so filling! It's like early Thanksgiving around here. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite Thanksgiving food? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:37:09 EST baking powder biscuits, 1930's style I was making baking powder biscuits tonight, using a recipe from the 1930's (an old booklet of recipes put out in the 1930s, I'm guessing - from the style and design of the booklet). <BR> <BR> I was interested because it uses liquid oil, not shortening. <BR> <BR> I made the recipe. The result was very tasty. However, wow, were portions small in those days! It made me realize what we have come to expect as normal size is quite a bit larger than what people (families! The booklet is obvious... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:56:19 EST apetite I am a type 2 diabetic, I watch my numbers which are usually low, I have no apetite at all, any suggestions and will it matter if i dont eat the required calories Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:26:34 EST Nutrition on the cheap I only have 170$ until my paycheck next thursday. I'm in charge of grocery buying and that's my only expense because I have a full tank of gas and I don't have kids. I have a fresh loaf of bread, a ton of nuts, a lot of bean soup. I would love to buy some kale and make juice buy maybe that is too expensive. I also have a lot of rice. <BR> <BR> My ideas for groceries: <BR> <BR> -big pack of eggs (no meat this week, just eggs) <BR> -2 bunches of kale <BR> -2 cabbages <BR> -2 broccoli <B... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:53:49 EST Has anyone tried Skinny D? I've been drinking it for about 3 weeks, but I don't know if it is doing anything, or, not. Weigh in tomorrow for the "Pound a Week" challenge, so we'll see. I am watching what I eat and exercising at least 3 times per week, so I'm sure that'll play a big part in any weight loss I achieve. :) <BR> <BR> The website where you buy it has several great reviews, but I can't seem to find anything on the internet that isn't linked to their website! Seems odd to me! If the people reviewing on the w... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:24:47 EST Bulking up Chili Recipe I found a Slow Cooker Chili recipe, and I'm wondering if there are any other veggies that would be good in it: <BR> <BR> 2-15 oz cans Great Northern or Cannellini Beans (drained/rinsed) <BR> 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil <BR> 1 Medium diced onion <BR> 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper <BR> 3 Cloves Minced Garlic <BR> 2 4 oz. cans diced mild green chilies <BR> 2 teaspoons ground cumin <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves <BR> 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper <BR> 1 teaspoon coarse salt <BR> 1 cup pureed pumpkin <BR>... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:17:45 EST how low is too low? So, when they say not to eat fewer calories than your recommended calorie range, or your metabolism will slow down in 'starvation mode', is that before or after exercise is factored in? <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to eat 1200-1500 calories a day. Then, if I burn, say, 300 in exercise, it goes up to 1500-1800. (And some days I burn more.) I've been pretty consistently eating at the high end of the initial range, 1500. And so far I've been losing 4-5 pounds per month, which is the rate I want. <BR... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:33:36 EST People want dessert after meal and I want savourie People crave for dessers after a meal and I crave for something crispy , salty. And the options are chips, peanuts more than chips always peanuts. Is anybody here has similar cravings? And how do you overcome that? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:01:30 EST food tracking I am amazed at how wrong I have been on my calorie intake until I began tracking! It is a true eye opener! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:00:44 EST Stouffers Mac and Cheese Cups Has anyone tried the new 2 pack Mac and Cheese cups? The cal count is around 230 for a smallish serving. Thought it might be good to micro at work. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:35:41 EST Salt is not the enemy. Guess what ruins your... Salt is not the enemy. Guess what ruins your health instead? -- <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>not-the-enemy-guess-what-ruins-your-he<BR>alth-instead/ </link> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:44 EST How to eat well when you are up early! I am up around 5:30 for the day. Usually I eat about 3 "breakfasts" because of it. Even when I eat something with filling protein, I am hungry again around 8, then again around 11... I'm not sure that a 100 calorie snack would help - when I say I am hungry I mean huuungry! Help?! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:58:03 EST Nightly overeating Hi all! <BR> <BR> Not sure if this is the right board for this -- I hope so! <BR> <BR> I need some ideas and help here. I can do really, really great with my eating and water intake during the day, but then I just completely lose it at night. I don't drink water, and I overeat, majorly. Even if I know I'm not hungry, the urge to overeat at night is overwhelming, and I'll fight it as long as possible, but it's like it will be all I can think about until I finally give in. <BR> <BR> What sor... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:24:56 EST Microwave eating on a budget Hi there, I am looking for advice for the crafty people out there. <BR> <BR> I am currently in the military, living in single housing. What that means is that they "provide" me with meals, and don't give me money to purchase my own food. However, 90% of the food they provide... is gross. Overcooked, dry, bland, or just plain nasty. So I am left with less then 100 a month that I can spare, for supplementing the lack of options for food. I am also limited in the fact that I only have a fridge ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:45:41 EST Walt Disney World - Food and Wine Festival I need some input on how to track different types of foods that you may not know exactly what is in them. Hubby and I will be heading up to the Disney Food and Wine Festival sometime in the next couple of weeks (season pass holders- we practically live there! lol) <BR> <BR> We don't eat meat, mostly fish & plant based foods now - so that narrows down our choices - and we will skip the booths that have desserts and drinks (we don't drink either). I found the menu listing for all the boo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:29:29 EST What are your Tips to Resist Temptation? ok, <BR> I'm about to go to the Mother-in-Law's for a cook-out feast... wondering what tips others have to keep their eating in line when away from home? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:25:21 EST Dining in England I am an American living in England, and would feel uncomfortable asking that substitutions or changes be made to my meals when I dine out. It seems like it isn't done, and in any case the portions seem more manageable on the whole. Because there are few chains in the countryside where I live, dining out usually consists of pub food, Indian food, or fish and chips. I honestly can't think of what my healthy options in these scenarios might be. Can someone help me come up with some ideas? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:24:13 EST Low-Carb Fiber Sources? I'm relatively new to the low-carb lifestyle, most closely resembling South Beach. I've noticed that I've had a really hard time getting enough fiber with my current diet, and am curious if anyone has found a great source of fiber? My carb restriction is around 50g/daily, so when I saw low-carb, I mean low-carb :) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:50:21 EST Can't stop eating. Help. I think it might be related to my anti-depressant, but I feel like when I eat a meal I need to keep eating and eating and eating. Then I have to go on a really strict diet to lose it or my clothes don't fit. How can I stop this? Does anyone know how to help? <BR> Jenn Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:50:39 EST Walking Before Eating Breakfast Saw this in fitness magazines and some tv shows, Walk first thing in the morning Before Breakfast. This is supposed to use your stored body fat for fuel and Not the calories from breakfast. Kind of makes sense. So i've been doing this for almost a week, problem is I begin to feel lite headed while walking ( I do drink a glass of water before my walk for hydration) . Will the lite headness go away after I become used to walking before eating? I am not diabetic or on any type of meds. Wo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:24:06 EST How do you eat your eggplant? I like to chop mine into cubes and fry it with spices =) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:34:12 EST Nutrition for Campbell's Broccoli Cheese Soup I am currently making myself some soup for lunch. It requires the can of soup plus one can of milk. The nutrition facts state that it's 80 calories per half cup. Does that include the milk or not? I'm assuming it does not. I checked all over the can and can't find where it indicates one way or another. Help please. :) Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:49 EST Virgin Vegetarian My daughter informed me that she would like to try being a vegetarian. I have never thought of that as we have always included a form of meat to every meal. Do you have any suggestions or favorite recipes that I could try? Are there different levels of this life styles also? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:39:46 EST Body4Believers Anybody trying this life style change of eating? Couldn't find a topic on this! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:35:43 EST Eating with kidney disease My dad has Stage 4 kidney disease. I couldn't find a support group listed for that specific issue, but I'm certain there are many resources in SparkPeople that can help me figure out what he should be eating. Can someone help direct me to them? The internet is great for finding out what he should NOT be eating, but I can't figure out what is left. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:51:16 EST Can you develop a sensitivity to salt? I don't generally eat much salt, because I like the way most food tastes without it. I do salt things that I cook, but not much. Everyone always has to add salt to my food. I used to love salty food, couldn't get enough of it. Now everything tastes too salty. Saltine crackers, nuts, popcorn, chips all taste like they are just swimming in salt. I used to love vienna sausages, but I bought a can of my favorite brand last week as a treat, and it was so salty I couldn't eat them. <BR> <BR> What... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:10:27 EST what type of tea is best for energy I am a big coffee drinking, which wakes me up and gets me moving. But since dehydrating, I'm told to switch to tea. <BR> What do you like? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:33:20 EST Online Cooking Classes/Videos Hey y'all! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about online cooking classes or videos? I think I need to clarify here that I am a horrid cook. I burn and undercook everything! In other words, I need something basic and for beginners. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Also, if anyone's from the north Chicago/nw burb area and knows of an actual go to class I'd love to know of that as well! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:33:06 EST High protein breakfasts? I'm sure this idea has been done to death, but what are some of your go to, quick, breakfasts? I'm looking for ones with macros at around 300 calories and 30g protein. Eggs with ham and peppers and also cottage cheese/Greek Yogurt is starting to get a little old. So either ways to reliven those or some original ideas would be highly welcome! <BR> <BR> Was thinking about doing an eggbake but didn't get to it this weekend. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:52:57 EST What is your favorite breakfast? I love blueberry banana smoothies with spinach mixed in. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:17:10 EST Gotta love spinache <link><BR>inach-reduces-cravings?cid=NL_WHDD_184<BR>0216_09142014_TheVeggieThatCanCutCravi<BR>ngs_ReadMore </link> <BR> <BR> I love spinach and eat it regularly. Last week I ran out and just ate a few salads with plain old iceburg lettuce. Well . . . I snacked more and gained a pound! So my own results are - spinach does cut cravings <em>4</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:08:46 EST Cafeteria I'm concerned because I've been really succesful the past 2 weeks with my diet, eating a lot of vegetables and drinking a lot of green tea and rice and just losing weight in general. However, the problem is tomorrow I want to stop at the cafeteria on my way to work and there's a huge buffet of free incredible food. <BR> <BR> (trigger~) There are fantastic burgers and fries, chocolate chip cookies etc etc. I'm not sure what the problem is... other than being presented with all this food, ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:41:15 EST I'm Tired Of Dieting! Food is a part of life, and unlike other unhealthy habits can't be given up "cold turkey". Do I really Need to purge my pantry of snacks only to crave them later, caveing, buying and eating a entire bag/carton of whatever! Can't I place limits on the amount of junk I allow myself and stick with a set amount? Do I really need to eat foods I never heard of or enjoy to lose weight? Couldn't I eat what I am used to in smaller portions and still lose- I have a balanced diet and eat way to much. ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:18:23 EST Tips When Spouse/Partner Has Other Goals Ever since I got married three years ago, I think I can eat like my husband. While he has an amazing metabolism, I don't. I've gained 40 lbs and I hate feeling the way I do. Does anyone have any tips to share when your spouse/partner isn't necessarily on board with a healthy lifestyle? My husband is totally supportive of me, I don't think he's willing to commit to what I need to do. Do you ask them to eat their ice cream in private?? :) Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:16:16 EST ratios for low carb I have set my ratios at 65-70% fat, 20 % protein and 5-10% carbs but being a week now i have went over my carbs with everything meal. it is hard to find anything that does not have carbs in...any suggestions Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:48:05 EST best weight loss program? I have tried it all! I am such a yo-yo dieter and my weight has gone up and down and back up again. Each time it goes up, it's higher than it was before. I'm in my mid 40s and I don't exercise. I know that I need to. But there has to be some diet/program/method out there to get the majority of the weight off, at least enough to keep me going. Any advice would be appreciated. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:04:23 EST 0 fat and low carb snack ideas? At the moment on my protien days. I've been having greek yogurt (0% fat), sugar free jello (low carbs 0% fat) and that is pretty much all I have for snacks. I'm wondering if anyone knows anything that is 0% fat and very low carb. Thanks :) Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:34:34 EST Logging Calories It would be very helpful to be able to enter # of calories, when it is known, rather than having to find a product that has a similar # of calories. This would also helpful with recipes made from scratch. Is there any way to do this? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:11:40 EST Reaching out for help.... Hi everyone!! <BR> I'm a single mom to my 11 month old little boy. I work full time and take classes online for my bachelors degree. I feel wiped out most of the time, I'm working so hard to give my son the best life I can. It's a hard struggle for me to eat right because I'm always going going going. Can anyone give me advice on how to prepare fast meals and snacks for myself? And what are the healthier options I should stick to? Thank you all so much!! :) Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:51:56 EST Which meal do you order most? Even if you don't eat out that often, which meal are you eating out for when you do? (take out/delivery counts) Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Coffee in the morning doesn't count. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:50:08 EST What would you do in a situation like this? UPDATE: I just went onto my Facebook page. I got an email on Facebook from the Hospital the clinic is part of. They told me they are going to investigate the entire thing and contact me. I told them when they contact me they should email me no phone calls. My mom is very nosey. <BR> <BR> <BR> STORY: You went to the clinic two months ago. They took routine blood tests. Then two months later you go back because you need to follow up on something. The doctor that you never used before comes in... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:33:51 EST Looking for healthy alternatives I have narrowed down my cravings (and thus triggers that send me off the wagon) to the following: <BR> Gummy bears - I love the sweet and chewiness <BR> Icing - love the smooth sweet texture <BR> Icing and cupcake - love the combo of smooth sweet texture with the bread type texture <BR> Chips the crunch and the salt <BR> Milkshakes -love the smooth sweet texture <BR> <BR> Any healthy suggestions for the above that would satisfy the whys? Ie suggesting carrot sticks would not be an alternati... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:39:23 EST Nutrition traking Hi all I am trying to figure out how to take my suger intake.any help would be great Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:25:00 EST Could I lose 2 lbs. in a week? This is my second weight loss journey, I'm trying to lose 50 pounds and I want to have lost 10 lbs. by Halloween. I've been doing circuit training for nearly two hours every day since I started my journey. Are there any high calorie burning exercises other than circuit training that could help? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:48:18 EST 20 Cups in a Large Movie Theater Popcorn Container I was never a popcorn eater... but I just found this out... that a Movie Theater Popcorn Containers Holds the Portion Size of 20 Cups... I thought it was around 10 cups... which is a lot to me... but I found out that it was Double to the size of "20"... <BR> <BR> I don't know how many Calories it holds... but the portion size is 20 times that of normal... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:56:48 EST Gluten in food I am interested in lowering the amount of gluten I eat. A couple years ago hubby and I tried eating gluten free for several weeks. We felt great with more energy and less "brain fog". But it was hard to follow, or I made it hard. I realize wheat is the culprit, but is there a chart somewhere to show how much gluten is in foods? <BR> <BR> Sharon in Florida Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:31:04 EST Naked brand Juices/Calories/Servings So... I have this bottle of Red Machine, and on the side of these bottles it says what's in them. <BR> <BR> For the purposes of counting my servings of fruits and vegetables, since they use puree (which from my understanding is the whole food minus seeds and pith in the case of apples/oranges respectively, should I count the number of raspberries and strawberries separately in my tracker for the purposes of servings? <BR> <BR> If no, then what's a good way to gauge actual servings of fruit... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:28:32 EST I am an Emotional Eater Over the past 9 months, I have been caring for my mother who has stage IV lung cancer. I have gained just shy of 40 pounds. One day Mom fell. I called the for help to get her up and while we were waiting for the fire dept to arrive, I stood there with her. She was at eye level with my knees and she said "you've got to stop eating your stress". Lord knows I've tried. If there was just someone I could talk to. I am working on finding a support group, living in a rural area, it's not an ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:14:29 EST Who stole my Vitamin A? I eat sweet potato regularly for the potassium and the vitamin A. Today it seems that the vitamin A has disappeared from my sweet potato in the SP database. Where did it go? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:05:47 EST Eating Out Hi. My name is Elizabeth Gibson, and I am new to this program. Because I cannot afford to pay for the program at this time, I am leaning towards help from other Spark community members. Below is a brief description of what my typical day/meals are like. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I typically eat either a bowl of oatmeal, breakfast bar/shake, or fruit yogurt (such as Chobani brand). During lunch I normally have a store bought entree, which is healthy to a certain extend. However, most are high ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:39:53 EST What would you cut out? I keep fluctuating on my weight, one week i'm up, one week i'm down, but there is no trend on my weight going down over time. I know you have to eat everything in moderation and its ok to have an ice cream once in a while, but if you had a couple items to cut out completely in your food intake to see results, what would it be? If you had to eat more of something what would that be? A friend of mine told me she started eating more fish and cut out beef and started seeing a difference with time Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:55:38 EST New to low carb...SparkPeople settings? In the food tracker you can say how much carb, fat, and protein you want to consume in teh range of each day. If my target total calories are 1200, what ranges for fat, carb and protein should I be trying for to achieve ketosis? <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:26:08 EST Too much sugar = belly fat? I've heard that having too much sugar in one's diet can be one of the main causes of extra fat around the abdomen. Does anyone know if there is any accuracy to this? Any research to back up the assumption? <BR> <BR> I have family that completely cut out sugar from their diet for about two months before slowly bringing it back in and they cut the inches in their waist by tenfold. Their caloric intake remained the same, however, so was it the lack of sugar that reduced their abdomen fat? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:28:44 EST pizza What kind of pizza is best to have ..... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:03:50 EST I love baking and love to eat it Any suggestions what I can bake without sweeteners....more low calorie I think you can substitute applesauce for oil ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:59:53 EST Measuring food for Caloric Accuracy What is the best way to measure your food for calorie accuracy? For instance, yesterday, I was making a tomato pasta dish and measured out 2 tablespoons of olive oil to weigh 20 total grams (10 grams per tablespoon). When I put it in my food tracker as 2 tablespoons, it said 239 calories but only 177 calories at 20 grams (or vice versa). Which one would be more accurate? <BR> <BR> Also, is there a way to get all measurements listed under each food, or at least something that is convertabl... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:44:39 EST Focusing on a few meals at a time So I was getting burned out and really down on myself because for some reason trying to focus on all 3 meals plus snacks and making them healthy was not working. I truly believe that nutrients and healthy eating should come from food - not shakes or nutrients. BUT - I have decided to use a shake for breakfast and lunch temporarily. This way I can focus on making healthy snacks and dinner a good habit. Once I have that down, I'll give up the breakfast shake and work on making healthy breakf... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:29:50 EST I feel my blood tests are not mine or not read rig On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 I went to the clinic for a follow-up visit from two months ago. My blood tests results were in. The doctor on call told me that my cholesterol is a little high and my thyroid a little underactive. However, the doctor thinks that the tests results are in error because anyone who looks at me can see I am very thin and my thyroid cannot be underactive. Both doctors told me to ignore the test results due to the fact it seems like the results are not right. <BR... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00:27 EST water in and out.... I drink water, lots of it during the day. I gain 5 to 6 pounds during the day. I go to the bathroom at least 6 times during the night, sometimes 8 When I weigh muself in the AM I have lost the weight gain during the day. Other than waking up so often during the night is this good for the kidneys to work so much ???? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:56:57 EST What is ginger? Okay so i see a lot of smoothie recipes that call for ginger but i'm confused as to if ginger and ginger root are the same thing? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:11:30 EST Are soybean skins rich in proteins? Hi, <BR> Does the skin of soybeans have a lot of proteins and nutrition? <BR> <BR> I ask this because, I'm trying to make roasted soybeans. I soak them overnight and then pat them dry with a towel in the morning and the roast them. I find that with the skin on, they take at least 90 minutes to get roasted at low heat. Without the skin, I can roast them within 20 mins and they make a tasty snack with some spices added. <BR> <BR> I need to mention here that I don't have access to an oven, so ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:23:52 EST body adjustment time to food choices and changes? Do our bodies go through a change or take time to relearn I guess if we cut calories, add new foods, etc? I keep hearing how our bodies take time to adjust for multiple different reasons on here. It just sounds so weird to me. I guess I assume the change is instant to my body like it is to me. Wasn't sure and didn't know what to believe. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:02:22 EST weight watchers is anyone doing the points if so how are you doing on them ? <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:41:24 EST Bowel Movements? Ok I know this is a bit personal but I'm frustrated and want to see if anyone else can relate, offer suggestions or just tell me if this is normal? <BR> I have been consistently eating healthy for about 2 weeks now and walking almost every day and drinking lots of water. Since I have been eating healthy and excersizing I have noticed I am no longer having a bowel movement that is normal. Now it is mostly like diarrhea and not much. Also my stomach feels so bloated even when I eat very little.... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:35:58 EST ww diet am going to try this ..I just feel so hungry ..if I like what am geating I will stick with this any sugestions ? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:35:30 EST Breakfest I really don't like eating breakfast. I normally have just a cup of coffee. Any ideas of something light that is budget friendly. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:04:15 EST Low Carb diet - enjoying and found some yummy food I've been attempting a new diet since the end of July. Trying to stay around 15 g of carbs each meal and snacks. So between 40-60/day. I've lost 12 pounds. Eggs every day for breakfast has been such a challenge, so I've tried to mix it up a little, with sausage, bacon, etc, but I've really missed my cereal! I found a low carb/high protein cereal called Kay's Naturals (bought thru Amazon) with only 3 g carbs and 12 g protein for 1-1/4 cups!! and then Carbmaster milk at Kroger with 3 grams carb... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:02:34 EST Getting enough calories on Paleo A few months ago I'd been having some intestinal issues that I though might be related to a food sensitivity. I was pretty skeptical of the so called "paleo" diet, but I decided to try it for a couple of weeks and see. Much to my surprise, my tummy settled right down. As a bonus, my energy levels were much more stable and food cravings are pretty much a thing of the past. I had intended to just give it a couple weeks, but I've found that I like eating like this and want to do it more long ter... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:52:47 EST terrified of night low BS coma A few years ago, I had a seizure and coma during the night and was in the hospital almost a week. I am one of those diabetics whose Blood Sugar drops at night as my liver kicks in to lower blood sugar. When I woke from my coma... I was a different person. Personality completely changed. Before coma... I could work a room at a party... talk to folks, meet folks, very outgoing, a million stories - tons of fun. After coma, I became shy, anxious in public or around even friends. It has gotten be... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:16:22 EST Addicted to Cake I am trying to get over my cake addiction. I started eating cake twice a month which was good because I am trying to maintain my weight. But now my discipline is gone. I am now eating cake once or twice a week! My weight has been going up 3-5 lbs a week and causes me to really cut back during the week. Any advice? <BR> <BR> I usually have two dove promises every night for dessert which works for me. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:58:12 EST Reintroducing Chicken, help with supplements I've been a vegetarian for about eight years. In the past two years or so I began to take probiotics along with B-vitamins and iron supplements. This week I plan to incorporate bone broth into my meals and slowly reintroduce chicken into my diet. (I'm not asking how to reintroduce chicken into my diet!) I don't want to overkill my supplements with vitamins and minerals I'm getting from the chicken... so my question is do I need to still take the B-vitamin and iron if I eat chicken? <BR> My i... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:27:04 EST Manually added foods and groups Is there any way to "share" manually added foods and groups with another? My husband and I are both wanting to lose weight and with him working full time, I will be tracking his food for him, but I don't want to have to add everything twice. Since we both eat the same foods and meals, just in different quantities & times, etc, I was hoping that I could add a food group or a new food in my profile and then copy everything to his. Is that possible? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:52:04 EST Kidney Disease and Diabetes Diet Need to keep both carbs and protein low while losing 50 lbs. anyone else dealing with this? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:17:25 EST Real Food My wife and I are on day 7 or a real food challenge. We're doing well on it, but if we are going to continue this we are going to need more variety. We're using the Ezekial bread and both like it, but need some things to have on it for sandwiches. We both like egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. I've seen some recipes that call for mayonnaise, but what type of mayo would qualify as "real food"? <BR> <BR> We also had Mahi Mahi on night, but it was fairly dry without any kind of sau... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:02:41 EST diabetic meal suggestion/input I am newly diagnosed diabetic with possible gluten intolerance trying to eat a lower carb diet. Still learning and researching. Just wanted some input on my lunch and why I would have gotten hungry only 1 hr or so after? And sick to my stomach like im starving? Anything I could add to keep me fuller longer? I had a simple lunch because I work where I have to eat sort of on the go. I had raw almonds, a mini babybell, half a sweet potato, and 2 thin slices of natural turkey lunch meat with sp... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:10:36 EST Will someone help me with beans and rice? LOL Hi All, <BR> <BR> I found this wonderful recipe from Chef_Meg for Black Beans and Brown Rice. I think it is a Spark People Recipe, so should be accurate, but it feels like A LOT of food. <BR> <BR> It calls for two cups of cooked rice, so I cooked one cup of dry that right? <BR> I didn't want to use canned beans, so I used soaked beans and used 15 ounces of soaked beans. <BR> <BR> I made the dish according to the directions and divided it in four, but it seems like a lot of fo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:09:34 EST Spark people menu plan I am having difficulty using the menu plan provided on SparkPeople-I don't like or eat the type of food suggested. Does anyone have suggestions? Use another menu plan? <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:15:43 EST Researchers' bias I liked this article. Points out the major flaw in many nutrition studies <BR> <link><BR>82741/death-by-affluence </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:46:36 EST adding sodium tracker to Nutrition Ready to leave Spark People, because I can't seem to figure out how to add sodium to tracker. Have high blood pressure and need this information. Use to have it when i last used this program. Any help out there <em>39</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:08:37 EST Raw Food Recipes I am on Day 8 out of 30 of eating raw food. I juice, drink smoothies, eat raw cashews, fruits, vegetables, and lots of salad. I made zucchini pasta and that was really good. However, I am curious if anyone knows of any raw food recipes. I am doing the raw food to transition over to being a pescaterian. For last couple of years, after not eating beef or pork for 22 years, I started eating beef and pork. I now want to transition back to eating just fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Any go... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:01:36 EST doing this wrong? I have been dieting for years, and I do mean years. The only problem is that I seem to continually gain a little weight every year. I typically eat 1100-1200 calories a day and burn the same amount walking. So I have a net of zero. Is this what is actually hurting my weight loss efforts???? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:06:37 EST