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 NUTRITIONIST / DIETITIAN I'm thinking about going to a nutritionist or dietitian. I have struggled for too long & hope they can help me. Who's been to one & how were they able to help you? What should I know beforehand & what questions should I ask? <BR> <BR> Any success stories would be most welcome too. <em>304</em> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:50:35 EST Protein and Fiber What are some good choices for protein and fiber? I have noticed in my nutrition tracker I am not meeting my protein and fiber goals. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:01:54 EST Vegetables & fruits I am trying to add more vegetables & fruits into my diet, but because of my IBS I am limited. I am considering trying zucchini. Is zuchhini like squash. I seem to be ok with squash. Unfortunately, I cannot eat lettuce, corn, cabbage, or broccoli. I no longer eat raw vegetables either. I have been advised to stay away from apples and pears as well. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:55:35 EST Potassium I keep reading that people in the USA are not getting enough Potassium in their diets... <BR> Yet. a lot of my friends are being told by their doctors to limit their Potassium in take.. bananas and orange juice are the top "do not eat" items to avoid. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:36:27 EST Feeling bloated Since I increased my fiber with fruits and veggies in my diet my stomach feels bloated all the time. Is this normal? Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:43:50 EST Daily water needs in fruits and vegetables I was encouraged to read a dietitian's comments that seem to appreciate water content found in fruits and vegetables. I am not a vegetarian but do emphasize them as my foods. This is not just a fad for me, but I enjoy the flavors. <BR> That said, I saw this article was written in 2006. Either it should still be a guide for those of us on Spark (and any other readers) or deleted. IMO (Community's Guidelines) Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:55:23 EST Anybody fast out there? I had nothing but some water for a whole 30 hours, not by a doctors orders. I now have severe diarhea I wasn't expecting to get from it. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:16:14 EST Alli and Slimfast? Alli says to eat low fat and take 3 a day with meals. Since I use slimfast for 2 of those meals, I would take alli only for dinner, so once a day. Has anyone tried this and found it helpful? Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:10:46 EST fun season how to get back on track with suffering from allergies? Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:05:02 EST Anyone doing Paleo? Looking for paleo app suggestions. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:11:26 EST losing weight after a binge day. question about the day (week) after a binge. <BR> Example I measure in around 173-175. Sundays I seem to lose all willpower and an binge (crave milk chocolate thank you Easter holiday) <BR> After eating until Im full I gain 8lbs in stomach weight. ' <BR> My question is a sample one. I track Monday and such and start to drop again by ~2lbs per day. <BR> Does the binge effect my over all weight reduction each day. Meaning does the 2lb each day effect the bottom line at 173 or am Im screwed u... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:08:29 EST My post workout go to snack An orange for me with the pith on it for extra fiber. 🍊? Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:43:48 EST Diabetes diet plans I have recently been watching some doctors on U Tube, each having great success with getting their patients off of metformin and returning to normal blood sugar levels. The two approaches could not be more dissimilar. One Doctor's diet consisted of very high fat, moderate protein, and reduced carbs. No grains or starches. Her thought is that carbs are the enemy for people with diabetes. The other doctor was very low fat, no animal products, moderate protein and larger portions of carbs. His t... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:20:06 EST How did goals get established? My daily calories goals (on nutrition tracker) is really high: 2000-2400. <BR> <BR> I didn't designate a date by which I wanted to lose 11#. So how was that goal established and by whom? <BR> <BR> I admit I'm having trouble losing (always do) and am probably undereating. I make sure to consume at least 1200 cal/day as advised by SP and am eating mostly healthy food. I'm biking or walking to burn a few hundred calories. So you'll probably say "eat more" but 2,000-2400 calories seems like wa... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:47:30 EST Need to adjust total calories intake How do I change my total calories from 1500 calories to 1200 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:01:43 EST To the coaches- I just syned my fitness tracker... I was reading other messages and saw Coach Jen advised someone to sync their fitness tracker so it would align correctly for caloric goal- I just synced mine and now it's telling me to eat over 2K calories today (my goal was between 1455-1790 before syncing). I worked out this morning- but is there is any way that's accurate?? Could I have been under-eating this whole time it wasn't synced? I am so overwhelmed right now- I never thought I would need to eat more- I thought my issue was eating ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:27:14 EST Dukan diet Hi all I'm thinking about starting this diet I've about 28lbs to lose I've been in slimmingworld for 3wks now with very little results just confusion about A and B groups if anyone has any advice I'd really appreciate it thanks Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:05:43 EST Green Coffee Hey you all :) <BR> Has anyone tried green coffee powder to lose weight? What's your take on it? Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:07:06 EST Too many carbs a day... I find I'm consuming too many carbs within my daily caloric intake. Anybody else? I'm getting all of my fiber, mostly through fruit and early morning oats or breakfast. But my carbs are still high I think. Could it be because of my recent hard circuit workouts causing the crave for them? Curious.... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:56:11 EST BRAGG Liquid Aminos--anybody use it? I am not in the USA, but belong to an Expat group in another world outside of SparkPeople. A couple people got all excited because the stuff was seen recently in a grocery story as a new import product. <BR> does anybody here use it, what is it good for. Looking for real world opinion/reviews. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:32:39 EST Best places to eat when dining out Is there a list of places that are best in dining out. Wanting to cut fast food out but are there any fast food places that are healthier than other? Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:17:23 EST Best time of day to track Blood Pressure I have high blood pressure and I am on medication for it. I am currently taking 40 mg of Lisinopril daily and I want to reduce my dosage.I have discussed it with my Dr. and he says not until my readings have improved and I have lowered my readings considerably through food change and exercise. <BR> I have been measuring my blood pressure 3 times a day but I am only able to track one reading/day here on sparkpeople. So my question is what is the best time of the day to track- morning, noon or... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:48:40 EST Too much vitamin a? Question: if vitamin A comes from plant/fruit sources you can have as much as you want? Because I'm mainly raw vegan I eat fruits and veggies all day long. I've been googling it and I just keep getting more confused. Worried I might be getting too much because I also take a multivitamin (29% as beta-carotene). I get about 250-300% my daily recommended value. But only 70% comes from the multivitamin. Can this cause me issues after prolonged intake? Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:20:03 EST What do you think about these bars? :O Hi! <BR> <BR> I found on Kickstarter these bars . They contain cricket flour :O I heard, that it is full of nutritional values. What do you think about that? Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:11:31 EST Daily Nutrition Feedback I have been checking out the information when I run my Daily Nutrition Feedback report and have noticed that Potassium, K is listed in two different locations. Just today, in one section it states <BR> Potassium, K My Goal – 2000-3500 Today – 3946 and that I went over my goal BUT.... <BR> down below that it states that I did not meet my goal... <BR> Potassium, K My Goal – 4500-6000 Today – 3946 <BR> <BR> Exactly why is potassium listed twice? I have noticed that Sodium and Calcium are al... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:28:47 EST Is anyone in maintenance? <BR> I've been in maintenance for 6+ years now after losing 25% of my body weight (40lbs). Maintenance came pretty easy to me and I've overcome many obstacles thrown our way, like having no time, feeling stressed, lacking motivation, self doubt, not identifying with new body, cravings, gaining a couple pounds, getting bored with eating healthy etc. <BR> <BR> I was curious what you struggle with, how you felt transitioning to maintenance and things you hope to achieve in maintenance (which ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:17:49 EST Ideas for an article on soda pop I'm writing an article for Sparkpeople on practical tips to use to "Stop the Pop". <BR> If you've cut out regular pop from your diet---what did you do? <BR> What were your barriers and the strategies used to improve your success? <BR> <BR> If you'd like to share your tips to help others, just give a post on this thread. <BR> <BR> THANKS- <BR> Becky <BR> Your SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:56:51 EST Diet during a rehab! Hi, <BR> Can someone suggest me some diet plans to be followed during a rehab? My elder brother is an alcohol addict and we are planning to get addiction treatment for him from the below given list ; <BR> <link><BR>treatment/medical-programs/alcohol-dru<BR>g-detox/#results </link> . <BR> He has a bad eating habit (which includes a large amount of fat and sweets) , so I want him to follow a proper diet during the rehab. <BR> Please share your suggestion... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:32:26 EST Water Water Everywhere There are lots of ways to get our water if we just think about it. Drink a cup of tea, a cup of broth, a cup of coffee. Add SF flavorings to a bottle of water or infuse your water with fruit. Yes it takes some planning and forethought, but we can get all the H2O if we want. It is all a matter of making it a priority. <BR> <BR> When I first has surgery, the little sips were hard on me because I felt like I had a cup to my lips 24/7 and I didn't always make the goal. But it is a learning e... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:27:10 EST Food I don't like Hi! I am at a standstill. I don't know what to eat. I am a diabetic type 2. I don't like the foods that are good for me. I don't like most fruits, I don't like raw vegetables and fruits. I like the fruit juices, but can I drink fruit juices without my sugar level going up? I usually, eat a sausage with a biscuit, and oatmeal, or some small foods for breakfast, For lunch I eat a sandwich. For dinner I usually fix a meat, a vegetable or two. Lima beans, or green beans or peas of some ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:27:33 EST tracker on logging in I have been doing log in on fitness every day. and now I do 2 days of food at a time. After awhile it becomes tedious to do each day. Why didn't the tracker give me credit for the fitness log in? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:48:44 EST Eating plans of 1200 Calories or thereabouts Hi All <BR> <BR> I could do with some guidance to put me on the straight and narrow here. <BR> So, I am still at the plateau stage but I am reviewing my whole approach to weight loss overall. <BR> <BR> I currently stand at 5ft and 10 stone 3lbs. My goal is not too challenging, 9 stone but this weight has alluded me for years. <BR> <BR> From the beginning of this year, I knocked alcohol on the head and embarked on a programme which measures portion control using boxes and with foods from... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:24:04 EST cooked vs uncooked pasta calories Hi. I've seen this asked before, but I'm still a litte confused. I cooked Farfalle and measured out a cup of it for lunch. I copied the info off of the box exactly and created a new nutrition thing for it, since I know I read the box right. I was kind of shocked to see how high a cup was (as opposed to a quarter of a cup.) The math is right, but I when I double checked the math, it said 1/4 cup of dry noodles. I realize now that the water has something to do with the calories once it is cooke... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:34:50 EST How can I add fiber to my diet? I take a fiber supplement (a whopping 2 grams of fiber) and eat an apple most days. I don't eat a lot of carbs - that is by taste preference than anything else. But according to my nutrition chart, I'm only getting 4-6 grams of fiber a day. I need to increase it - slowly, so I don't shock my gut - but I don't know how or the best way to go. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:44:07 EST How Did You Quit Sugar for Good? Attention, former sugar addicts! <BR> <BR> For a future article, I'm looking for SparkPeople members who were able to give up sugar for good, after being hooked on it for a long time. I'd love to hear about how you finally kicked the habit... any tips, tricks or recommendations are welcome! <BR> <BR> You can respond to this post or email me directly at <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your input! <BR> Melissa Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:04:23 EST Everything makes me sick I've not officially been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm fairly sure that's part of my problem. Breakfast is the worst for me. Milk and eggs bloat me and can make me feel horribly ill all day. Greasy foods (like most breakfast meats) give me diarrhea. It is just so difficult to find healthy options, especially when I'm in a hurry to get to work. <BR> <BR> I work 12+ hour shifts, and I leave at 5am and get home at 8pm. so dinner options on those days also really diminish. My husband usually cook... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:06:43 EST Dietician advise needed If I need to track my nutrition elements, in what order should I concentrate. <BR> <BR> I don't have a sweet tooth so sugars aren't a problem for me. My weaknesses are fat, calories and protein, in that order. <BR> <BR> Also should I watch total fat or saturated fat primarily? Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:50:11 EST Has anyone tried Naturally Slim? I'm stuck and considering all options. Has anyone tried Naturally Slim? It's expensive so I would like to know thoughts. I work out 5 times week with cardio and strength training. I watch my calorie intake and it's definitely in the range Sparkpeople suggests. I'm 49 so I know my metabolism could be the problem and I'm just wondering if Naturally Slim will work. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:18:46 EST Medication Loss of Appetite Orthodox Lent et al So, longish post here... <BR> <BR> I'm on different medications for different conditions... <BR> (and yes, I know and acknowledge no one here can give, and I am *not* looking for medical advice) <BR> I take high dose Topamax (an anti seizure medication) and one of my other medications is Bupropion/Wellbutrin that helps with my anxiety and my executive function issues (I am a high functioning autistic and I was born with a congenital brain defect on top of that) <BR> As it turns out, while un... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:27:34 EST 8 glasses of water/day question So everyone recommends to drink 8 glasses of water per day. I seem to have a problem reaching that amount, 6 glasses of plain water a day is my average but I also drink coffee or tea and chicken broth which also contain water.Can I count that towards that 8 glasses a day recommendation? Thanks Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:15:57 EST Avoiding Cravings Sparkpeople articles, Sparkcoach and postsings have certainly been helpful to me in avoiding cravings. IN fact, my cravinhs have had less power over me in the month I've been attednign to this topic more. Tracking my food for the day ahead of time, including snacks, has helped me get in some favorite food an planned evenin. When I know a legit snaqck is coming, and that it fits into my nutrition plan I think less about it. Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:49:28 EST Where did my topic/question go? I posted earlier and it seems to have disappeared, where did it go? <em>39</em> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:16:58 EST Dieting for An Older woman Hello. Many years ago(24), I lost over 100+pounds, and managed to keep it off til about 5 years ago, where the scale has been creeping up ,every year, seems like almost monthly. I have regained ,about 20 pounds, I absolutely, do not want to.put on more, and even lose at least 15 pounds. I have had tons of stress in last ten years or more, and continue to have it, but can you advise how much,what to eat ,now that I am 61? Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:16:44 EST Albumin So my albumin level is low and I was wondering if anyone know how to raise it. It is the protein found in your blood. My doctor wants to check my pancreas to make sure it is functioning properly. If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:50:49 EST How do you include more vegetables in lunch? Lunch is the meal that I struggle with most and although i consume my 5 fruits and veggies a day, I want to include more vegetables in my lunch. I want something fresh and colourful, not just a sandwich (my current lunch 7 days a week) but I don't want to spend time cooking since I spend about an hour cooking dinner most days and I often don't feel like a meal at lunch, just a light snack. I've thought about pre-cooking lunches such as stirfries and making them in the weekend but I'm not sure... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:05:07 EST DASH Diet Users - protein powder My husband and I have just started the DASH Diet. I prefer to have a shake for breakfast and normally use a plant-based protein powder. How would I account for this? Help! Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:51:29 EST coulda woulda shoulda I went to my favorite fast food last night. They have the best burger, the best fries, and the best chili. I didn't have the chili, for a change. But I gained 2 lbs!!! Have to get back to be determined. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:41:22 EST What foods will you never compromise on? This came out of a conversation a friend and I were having today, in which I mentioned that no matter what anyone tells me about skim milk, I'm absolutely not having it. I will gladly take the extra calories and fat in 1% over the watery milk version that is skim. <BR> <BR> This then moved into: <BR> 1. Cheese - 2% milk cheese = good, fat free cheese = gross, and <BR> 2. Ice cream (delicious) vs. frozen yogurt (disgusting). <BR> <BR> From there, we compiled our own lists. Below is a por... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:13:49 EST Weight scale accuracy I have an old digital bathroom scale that shows weight in half-pound increments. I weighed myself then picked up two 10-pound dumbells (20 lbs. total) and weighed myself again. The scale showed an increase of 22 pounds. Hmmmm . . . I plan to do this experiment again tonight with different weight sets I have at home. I know with some scales the weight shown can be affected by foot placement or the "terrain" of the floor under the scale. <BR> <BR> For me it is still a good indicator of changes... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:47:08 EST healthy substitutions suggestions? Hi! I have allergies to chocolate and nuts. A lot of the lower calorie foods use these as proteins or to make the food taste better. Does anyone else have these allergies and what do you substitute in place of these foods? Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:44:03 EST Plateau Im a newbie runner since last year...I clean eat and exercise 6x a week scale refuses to budge past a certain number :( Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:31:01 EST Gluten free How do you get in all your fiber with a gluten free diet? Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:51:25 EST Fiber Flub I am having difficulty getting fiber. I am on a post bariatric surgery diet so my carb intake is 35 gr or below and my protein is 90 to 100. I take a fiber spplement, but I still have difficulty getting enough fiber. I am slowly solving this problem by trying new vegetables that I would have not eaten before. I am not there yet, butbI am working toward success. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 06:19:47 EST Motivation to forego that latte I love lattes! Not the really sweet ones, just the creamy texture the milk, nonfat even, gives. But, it was killing my weight loss. So, I put that $4 into my new wardrobe fund every time I skip. <em>346</em> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 01:11:37 EST still hip problem When I use Aleve, I can walk, but I don't want to trust drugs. Guess I will be seeing my GP in 2 weeks, maybe he can correct the burrsitius (SP?). Can't stop walking. May go to gym and get into swim pool. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 20:02:26 EST Raw Banana Alternative Hi everyone. I am VERY allergic to raw bananas and plantains. What is a great fruit option to get the same benefits of a banana? Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:05:14 EST Ways to drink more water in a day. First, make your water taste as good as you can. Filter it, or try different bottled waters until you find the one that tastes best to you. But really, filtering your own tap water will probably end up tasting better than most bottled waters, because they are stored in plastic containers. A 5 stage reverse osmosis filtration system is the Cadillac of water filters. Just remember to change your filters regularly. But even a single stage Brita or Pur filter will work wonders. You'll drink far m... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:00:25 EST Turkey sausage What brand do you recommend? Link or patty, it doesn't matter. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:03:38 EST Question on suggested calories Me and my wife have started working together to lose weight and be healthy. <BR> I am curious on the amount of calories we should be having. For me this site suggests 1850-2230 calories a day. Several other calculators online give me about the same range. <BR> <BR> To me though, that sounds like a high amount in order to lose weight. I was always thinking I would need to consume more like 1500 or less per day. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:27:31 EST personal recipes How do I add my own recipes and calorie counts Mon, 6 Mar 2017 19:19:40 EST Diabetics : Fasting Diet May Regenerate Pancreas? <link><BR>ng-diet-could-reverse-diabetes-and-reg<BR>enerate-the-pancreas/8304426 </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting. May also regenerate other cells as well. <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> <em>805</em> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:34:42 EST Fatty Liver Was diagnosed with Fatty Liver beginning of December & must lose weight & excercise. SP has been a tremendous help in tracking my food. I've lost 19 lbs so far. Anyone else have this? Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:34:06 EST Sugar not on the list of nutrients to track? I am setting my nutrional goals and noticed that SUGAR is not on the list. Sucrose is there and Glucose is there but none of my foods register those two nutrients. I really really really want to track sugar. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 18:01:18 EST Whey protein shakes Does anyone use whey protein shakes? Anyou recommendation? I like shopping at GNC Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:52:07 EST new peeps My wife got me 2 new Peeps today. I had her poke two holes in each to "ripen" them for eating in several days!! <BR> Have to have my Easter Peeps! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:02:45 EST Searching foods Hi! <BR> I'm returning to Spark People after a long absence. I'm confused about the food search. First of all is there any way to separate the 'official' results from the member results? When I searched whole milk this morning the results I got were all over the place. I got whole milk mozzarella, whole milk this and that until I finally got whole milk. The the result was for 1 cup - no other amount . There was a conversion calculator to get the proper decimal but what a procedure. I was doin... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:30:13 EST Protein powder, before or after. I've had a personal trainer & someone else tell me to have your protein after the workout but no longer than 20 min. I read the instructions on the package & it says 20 min before the workout. Does it matter or whom should I believe? Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:39:20 EST Keeping motivation Hi. It has been almost 3 months since I started my weight loss plan and it is successful. From 70kg, now I weigh 59.5. But I started drastically. For the first month, I was on very low calorie diet which only ranges between 800-1000 plus I workout 30 minutes a day. But it was unhealthy, though, I lost a lot of weight during that time. Now, I eat 1500-1800 calories a day, sometimez 2000-2500 when it's my cheat day. But there are times that I lose control and I eat more than what I'm supposed t... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:21:48 EST Think thin I use think thin bars to reach my protein goal for the day. They've been very helpful, they're pretty good, and low in calories. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:48:49 EST What is a serving size ... What is a serving size of lettuce, by WEIGHT, not cups, because a lot depends how you pack a cup and I generally only use weights. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kris Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:14:09 EST The Spark Solution Book Hi, <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me if there is a group following the book The Spark Solution plan? If there is, I can't find it. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 06:31:56 EST had to cut-back Don't like it, but due to bad leg and back had to cut-back on a lot of junk food, and having to eat better. But don't want any more ailments!! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 20:59:22 EST East Side Mario's Gluten Free Pizza Dough Does anyone here have the nutrition information? It isn't on the nutrition guide they have available and I have emailed the company and I'm still waiting for a response. <BR> <BR> It's bothering me that my nutrition log on here isn't accurate lol <BR> Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:53:02 EST recipes I entered a recipe I had so I could find out the calories etc and I need to go back and alter it. How do I do that? Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:09:29 EST Tips/Advice Needed Hello, I was looking for a little help here, I have recently joined Sparkspeople, but have not logged in regularly because I don't like using the food tracker. I have maintained my course of getting healthy and losing weight, and love using all the other tracker, but the food tracker. I have to search for the foods I eat and that is complicated sometimes to scroll through everything, another thing I always and I mean always do is forget to change breakfast to lunch or dinner and after I fina... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:17:23 EST unexplained weight gain I could use some feedback!! I have been using SparkPeople now for about 6 weeks and love it. I have been tracking faithfully, staying well within my calorie range, and am targeting in on the daily requirements for carbs, fats and protein. I am even exercising 3 to 4 times a week (elliptical for 30 minutes at a time), something that is a chore for me, but I am forcing myself. All in all, I lost 4 lbs my first month, but was disappointed to learn that i gained 2 lbs in the last 2 weeks. My coa... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:08:11 EST Huge Jumps in Weight Question... While I'm not overly concerned (I'm in it for the long haul, even starting before SparkPeople I've lost now over 75 lbs and am almost at high school weight) I'm a little confused and befuddled how for example one morning I can weight 147.0 lbs, and the next morning the exact same scale reads 148.5? Even counting water, bms, etc, isn't that a bit odd? (I always weigh, naked, first thing in the morning, after bathroom, at the same time)...again, not "overly concerned" although it does kind of ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:57:27 EST Meal Planning Service Hey all, <BR> <BR> I am curious about what type of services anyone else uses for healthy eating, especially those with busy schedules and not enough time to make every meal/snack etc every day from scratch. <BR> <BR> I had recently tried the various meal delivery services such as Blue Apron, Plated, etc but found them to not be very weight loss friendly with high calories and high sodium. <BR> <BR> So I am now looking at a middle point of some kind of meal planning service that would hel... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 09:29:46 EST i need help with meal plans specif to me I need a Very specific diet daily for my diabetes, 50 carbs A MEAL , low salt, low cholesterol, 1800 calories a day. I hate to cook, And I am a very picky eater. Could anyone maybe work with me on simple, low effort meal plans that works with in my eating tastes and preferences for simple/minimal prep/ cooking? Thu, 2 Mar 2017 01:46:11 EST My "whole30" experience I guess I should clarify that to say my "95%30" experience. (meaning, I've cut 95% of grains/dairy/sweets out of my diet). <BR> <BR> I am missing my PB&J sandwiches and my chocolate milk. I have lost 3 lbs in just a week though, so that is good. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:49:31 EST Freezers - Upright or Chest? We've been discussing the idea of getting an additional freezer - we have a french door style fridge with a bottom freezer, and while we both love the look of it, we both hate the fact there's not enough storage. <BR> <BR> My husband is leaning toward a chest freezer because they tend to be bigger than upright/refrigerator-style freezers and they tend to be less expensive than uprights. <BR> <BR> I am leaning toward an upright because even though they're generally more expensive and have le... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:00:31 EST did anybody tried finaflex PX for weight loss? Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am erin, from atlanta, GA. <BR> <BR> Posting my messege with lots of hope. <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight for my upcoming anniversary, and want to try any quick weight loss aid which can help me lose 10-15 pounds in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> I have seen some ads of Finaflex PX 500 which promise weight loss, if any body from this community has earlier tried this do share you experience as it will help me to take decision. <BR> <BR> wating for much needed guidance! <... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 08:19:26 EST Why is my calorie calculation wrong? Hey guys i am new to spark people and could use a little of your help. We know that <BR> <BR> 1 gram of fat = 9 calories <BR> 1 gram of carb = 4 calories <BR> 1 gram of protein = 4 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So lets look at Friday 2/24 <BR> <BR> Fat (23 x 9 = 207) <BR> Carb (194 x 4 =776) <BR> Protein (235 x 4 = 940) <BR> <BR> (207+776+940) 1923 <BR> <BR> <BR> so Fridays total calories should be 1923 calories NOT 1754 calories <BR> <BR> The other days are wrong as well, why is... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:50:47 EST diabebetic how can i cut sugar out? i need a friend too. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 03:02:14 EST Drinking sparkling water/feel full so 850 calories I dont know if its the sparkling water but I feel full lately so I have 2 protein shakes a day 2 boiled eggs and fresh veggies. Only adds up to 850. worried this could actually work against me because of the recommended calories being over 1000 a day. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:56:19 EST Sugar / Potatoes / insulin Can somebody explain this to me. <BR> Sugar raises insulin high.. So does potatoes. <BR> If this is the case then why does sugar make you fat and potatoes don't.. I don't even get a blood sugar drop from potatoes even if I eat a heap of them. <BR> <BR> Is it the Disacharyde sugar type in potatoes or something else? <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:51:08 EST Working on healthy foods Trying to turn away from junk food, but did have some Peeps. That's just once a year and spread it out for a week. Tradition!!! <BR> Eating more fruit and nuts. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:54:29 EST Is veganism healthy? I'm really interested in veganism, it has so many health benefits and so any ethical benefits. What are your thought? And do you think it's healthy? Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:42:13 EST Dr poon Starting dr poon diet. Was wondering if you can exercise on the program. Anyone??? Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:19:20 EST Nutrition and Fitness Trackers Communicating Hi All <BR> <BR> Should I continue to have these two trackers communicating with each other? I exercise almost everyday. However, I think my calories burned is not totally accurate and is an over estimate of what I burn. I have osteoarthritis in both knees so my level of intense exercise tends to be low. For example I can not go fast on the elliptical, even though I can do 65 minutes. My time on the recumbent bike I would label as slow, not moderate. I see all the calories I can consume fro... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:42:19 EST need some help with calories Hi folks, I have been on a weight loss journey since October 31st 2016. I started at 344 and currently weigh 277. I am working my way down to 175 to armature box in the masters division. <BR> <BR> My calories are all over the place. I track everything and don't normally go over 2000. Most of the time I stay inside the 1800 -1900 calorie range. I train at least 5 days a week sometimes twice a day when my schedule allows. <BR> <BR> I checked on and it says I should be keeping... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:40:05 EST WHY ARE CALORIE LIMITS RAISED BY SPARK PEOPLE Spark people raised my calorie limit 2 times in 30 days,the total is now 300 calories more then when I started Spark People about 8 months a go. I lost 10 pounds on Spark, but lost 35 before I started Spark people. They asked me in bright red print,3 lines on the bottom of my exercise tracker to raise my limit for exercise because I went past it this week. I have done less exercise this month. I raised it but do not want it raised and immediately they increased my calories by 50 for a total o... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:29:06 EST A Day's Perfect Nutrition Menu If I could find a day's worth of the perfect food which would add up to 1200 calories, while providing all the right nutrients, I think I could eat those same foods everyday. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:49:36 EST Diet website for couples? About 15 years ago my husband and I joined a website diet service. The great thing about it was it synced up the portions for meals for both of us. So we got an actual detailed meal plan day by day. It was but no longer offers the couples plan. <BR> <BR> We were very successful when we were able to plan together. We don't have a problem to pay for the service but the meal planning portion is key I think. <BR> <BR> So for example if the meal was chicken, potato and vegetables ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:47:40 EST Bento box salad ideas Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have plastic containers that have 3 compartments. I put 2 cups of lettuce or greens in the large one. <BR> <BR> The medium one holds about 3/4 of a cup, and I've been putting canned (drained, rinsed, and seasoned) beans in that one. <BR> <BR> The small one is about 1/4 of cup, I think? I've been putting 2T of shredded cheese, and 4 or 5 chips or crackers. <BR> <BR> I've been packing the dressing separately, and I used 2T sour cream mixed with 3T pace picant... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:32:01 EST Fruit peel and pesticides exposure Hi! <BR> <BR> I would like to know if there´s a relationship in the type of fruit and the exposure to the possible pesticides and toxics they might contain, specially in regards of the need to peel it or not. <BR> <BR> For instance, some fruits like Bananas, Mangos, avocados, oranges are always eaten (that I know) peeled, noone eats bananas or Mangos with its peel <BR> <BR> Other fruits are intermediate, some peel them some not, like apples, peaches etc. <BR> <BR> And some others like gr... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:43:07 EST sample menus I really wish sparknotes would provide a weekly menu. I just signed up today, but I need a weekly menu that totals 1500 calories per day. I don't know how to use website yet. Maybe the menu s there somewhere and I just can't find it. feeling frustrated. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:03:36 EST Bread So I bought a new bread yesterday that I thought I would try. I have issues with whole grain breads but I wanted to get something better than plain old white bread. <link><BR>5912 </link> <BR> <BR> Aunt Millie's Light Oatmeal Bread <BR> <BR> Is this a good option? Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:43:42 EST Vitamin A My nutritional report is showing that I am getting over the Vitamin A that I should but that is not making sense to me. I know that vitamin A is good for eyes which I really need. Does anyone else have same problem with this nutritional info reports? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:38:16 EST Nutrition Shakes I have taken to drinking Ensure nutrition shakes as a breakfast replacement...seems to work okay if a get the 350 calorie serving. <BR> <BR> This keeps me satisfied until lunch....but I have heard differing opinions on whether or not this is a good practice. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:32:02 EST Water Does plain sparkling water count as a cup of water? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:05:51 EST Food related questions I have several food questions. Hoping I can find some answers. <BR> <BR> What is the best protein powder (nutritionally)? Where can I find it? How much do you put in a smoothie? Pros vs. Cons? <BR> <BR> Where can I find Chia seeds/nuts? <BR> <BR> When making a sauce that normally would use half-n-half, what is a good substitution? <BR> <BR> Is the nutritional value of crawfish (mudbugs) comparable to shrimp? <BR> <BR> I've checked Brookshires, Kroger and Walmart and I can't find LF/F... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:53:17 EST serving size of fruits and vegetables in grams I have found all sorts of information regarding what a serving size is but I would like to know if there is some sort of chart that gives this information in grams. <BR> <BR> Such as 1 medium apple is considered 1 serving of fruit - it is easy enough to find out what the weight of 1 medium apple should be with a little research. And according to the choosemyplate website it says that "In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens can be cons... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:11:32 EST Vegetarian or Vegan and losing weight Are you a vegetarian or vegan and trying to lose weight? Or, did you gain weight after becoming a vegetarian or vegan? If so, I'd love to speak with you for an upcoming article for SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help ! <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Lowry <BR> Assistant Editor Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:53:33 EST Sodium I have high blood pressure. I need to low my sodium intake. What that be and what food are low in sodium Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:18:19 EST Do you include 0 cal 0 fat food in your tracker? I'm new to using a food tracker. Is it important to track things like my La Croix drinks that literally have nothing to input on the nutritional info? And I measure and track if I use creamer in my coffee, but do I need to track the actual coffee that also has nothing to input? Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:22:55 EST Recommendations Please I need recommendations on a GOOD sugar free, and fat free coffee creamer. I've seen them in the stores but havent been brave enough to switch from my regular coffee creamers. lol Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:57:59 EST Are you interested in joining a challenge team <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, of all ages, and fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:48:22 EST Comaring WW to Calorie Counting - Petite - last 10 Hi, there! So, I have gotten way off track and need to lose 10 lbs. I am only 5 feet tall so it is very hard and I get discouraged very easy. <BR> <BR> I did WW a long time ago and got to a healthy range, but had a hard time with the last 10 and went to calorie counting. Now, I need to get back on track and figure out the best plan. <BR> <BR> I love that WW gives you a pool of points to just have on reserve, but also feel like it is too liberal. For example, I am a volume eater and eat a t... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:14:06 EST % fat & protein Who has issues getting the right % of fat and protein? What is your secret? Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:44:47 EST Anyone on the Beyond Diet Program? It doesn't sound bad. Would like some input. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:27:41 EST Calcium RDA The RDA for calcium is age based. The only option on Spark is to monitor calcium by % of RDA. Does anyone know if the RDA is being adjusted for age depending on the user's age? Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:23:33 EST Herbal Supplements for Weight Loss? Anyone use any of the following herbal supplements, and if so, do you think they've helped you at all? I was told that the first two can lower cortisol levels, which can aid in weight loss, and that the third is a good all-around supplement to help keep the thyroid functioning properly. <BR> <BR> Holy Basil <BR> Ashwagandah <BR> Thyroid Support (contains Tyrosine, Copper, Iodine, Selenium, Thiamin, B-6 & B-12) Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:09:43 EST Protein powder Morning all, I posted yesterday about this and received no answer on a different hoping someone here will or can answer.what would be a good tasting but fairly cheap protein powder to recommend.i have read that whey protein isolate is best for weight loss.please and thank you for any ideas.have a happy day! Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:03:46 EST difficult I have a hard time to count calories (etc) when I throw in a bunch of leftovers to make a casserole. any suggestions? <em>4</em> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:10:21 EST Dukan, Depression, and Perimenopausal Hello! I am not exactly new here but new to posting. I decided to post today to try to find support. I am 44 years old and have been perimenopausal since 39. It is extremely frustrating and embarrassing. I felt I was too young and still do! I gained 10 pounds prior to PM due to stress and depression and since then I have gained between 10-15 pounds on top of that. I have been extremely active in the past (half-marathons, bootcamp, ToughMudders, Spartans....) and recently with the weight... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:32:13 EST Please Help Me Reduce My Daily Calorie Intake Please help. At first, I aimed for 1600 cal a day and I just felt muddle headed and sick and didn't want to drink water. It was like that for 3 weeks and I lost 6 pounds and then regained 3 pounds. Today, I had a (what I calculated to be) 1800 cal intake and I feel fine. But I'm reading how people are able to keep their calories to 1200-1600 a day. I'd really love some insight as to whether I'm on the right track and should maintain the 1800/day or if there is a way to reduce my calories... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:00:40 EST 21 Day Fix vs. Calorie Counting <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm not new to this whole SparkPeople journey thing; however, I keep getting sidelined by my own unrealistic expectations and those bumps in the road that you don't always see coming. In the past, I've lost 40lbs and kept it off, then met my (now) husband, had kids, etc. and its much more difficult now for me to count calories and stick with a meal plan and workout program. My health has taken a backseat for the last few months (read: years) and I really want to jump b... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:41:06 EST Herbalife I've been on Herbalife for a little over a month. I've only tried the shakes and tea. Anyone done any of the other products? I actually signed up to be a health coach after getting results so fast and loving the main products. I also love they seem to have products for a lot of issues. Was looking for others that are interested or tried Herbalife and which products. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:34:19 EST Stirring Peanut Butter So I often avoid buying the nut butters with the oil separated because it's just too messy stirring it back in. <BR> <BR> Right now I have some yummy almond butter that needs stirring. Any suggestions? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:39:43 EST Too much cholesterol I have been trying to follow the Sparkpeople diet of 50% carbs, 30% fat and 20% protein and a suggested number of calories. <BR> In order to get enough calories and meet the 50/30/20 % I often go way over the cholesterol suggestion. I am eating nuts and avocado to raise the fats, lots of vegetables and fruits to meet the carbs and a variety of things to meet the protein (small amounts of meet, eggs, peanut butter, fish). <BR> The more vegetables and fruit I try to eat, the harder it is to rea... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:57:27 EST Diabetes <em>24</em> My morning sugar reading have been on the rise. Should I eat if my sugar is 190 or wait till it comes down . 7 am reading 191 10:30 still at 145 withno food intake. Starving but if i eat now my BS will be back up over 200. How do others handle this? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:28:06 EST What are you drinking with your meals? Hi All, <BR> I have found that water is the best option for me. I like it with a lemon slice in or maybe cucumber slices. When we eat out rather than have the traditional soda , coffee or tea I will ask for hot water and a slice of lemon. I find that I can actually taste my food and not add extra calories and I save a couple of dollars also. It's a win-win for me. Have a great day! <BR> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:45:11 EST Feeling like a blimp ! <em>15</em> wow I tried eating 3 meals and a snack today !! <BR> I thought I was doing pretty good until I had popcorn ( made to much for dh so I ate some ) and obviously ate way to much ! Well over 1600 calories , so my 2.5 mile walk didn't help . <BR> I just can't eat over 1200 calories . My dinner was a casserole actually of burger,peppers,mushrooms and crushed tomatoes with parm. Cheese . Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:55:00 EST Change Your Brain Has anyone here tried any of the recommendations from Dr. Daniel Amen's books (Change Your Brain, Change Your Life & Change Your Brain, Change Your Body)? If so, how has it worked out for you? <BR> I have started taking some of the recommended supplements for depression and anxiety, and they are actually doing wonderfully! I haven't tried applying anything to weight loss yet. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:30:17 EST What are some easy to eat/make protein snacks? I like taking snacks for after my workout but this often doesn't end up happening because I never seem to think of things to take that suit my diet. I generally like having a snack high in protein because my workouts are often in the afternoon when I'm trying to lower my carb intake. I also like baking so thought I could maybe make something but everything I've seen has had protein powder or a lot of carbs/sugar. Thanks for any suggestions. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:13:33 EST Emotional Eating: What do you do instead? I'm in a vulnerable season and find myself eating my emotions again. So far I've tried: crochet, art, journaling, and exercise instead of eating. What do you do? Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:35:10 EST IHOP? SO, <BR> My advocate (I'm a high functioning autistic) send me $100 gift card to IHOP (not many choices in my small town) and I found that asking them to tweak their menu is kinda like PULLING TEETH... <BR> <BR> What is any of ya'll's experience eating healthy at IHOP? Is it possible? <BR> <BR> I'm talking mostly lunches and dinners, not breakfasts. <BR> <BR> Their online menu is ghastly and IMPOSSIBLE for me to even navigate, incomplete, etc... <BR> <BR> PLEASE help, my cACC (brain defec... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:46:07 EST Giving up sugar As a T2 diabetic that needs to lose about 100 lbs., I feel that totally giving up added/processed sugar will help me in a multitude of ways. If anyone else has done this, do you have any advice? TIA! Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:44:11 EST Fat vs. Calories I need help. Frequently consuming 12-15g of fat but not 1200-1500 calories. <BR> <BR> Do I need to concentrate of saturated fats? He's what I've had today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Nutrisystem oatmeal and 8 oz. 1% milk <BR> Snack: Nutrisystem shake made with 8 oz. 1% milk <BR> Lunch: Healthy Choice Turkey medallions and green beans, handful of baby carrots, McDonalds side salad with low fat vinagrette (didn't use it all) and one stick of string cheese (low-fat) <BR> <BR> So today so far a... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:55:15 EST Losing weight as a vegetarian/vegan Hi! I'm writing an article about how to lose weight properly as a vegetarian/vegan and I'd love to speak to a member about your experience losing weight as a vegetarian or vegan. Feel free to privately message me if you'd like. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Lowry <BR> Assistant Editor Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:17:13 EST dealing with cravings My biggest craving usually involve sweets especially chocolate. I don't keep foods I don't have control over around the house. If i want a candy bar I go buy ONE candy bar if I want it bad enough to go to the store, usually I don't want one that badly. How do you deal with cravings Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:42:12 EST Protein Bars? Does anyone use protein bars? I occasionally buy Atkins when I am on the run. But I have been wanting to try Quest or Zero by O'Yeah. I am doing a high protein, low carb diet so most of the bars are not worth eating. LOL Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:18:08 EST Nutricion Althougg greek yogurt. Is better to uss I hate the texture of the plain yogurt in my dips and dishes. I can eat some flavored and I dont hate yogurt. Any suggestions. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:19:36 EST Something sweet after a meal. I've been wondering why I often feel the need for something sweet after a meal. Is it habit? I don't really have a "sweet tooth" either. <BR> <BR> So we often have berries or even a small smoothie. Maybe a graham cracker or two or just nothing. Fruit is the logical answer. What are some other suggestions? Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:46:37 EST What can you do now--post weight loss? Being overweight can make some activities harder. I'm writing an article about what our members can do now that they've lost weight. Tell us: Are there any activities you can do now that you couldn't do before you lost weight? What is the activity/activities and how do you feel now that you can accomplish them? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Elizabeth Lowry <BR> Assistant Editor Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:57:30 EST tracking saturated fats is there some way to track my saturated fat intake on the My Nutrition page. I did find some information (but it was a few years old) that stated to <BR> click on my tools <BR> click on my nutrition <BR> click on change nutrition goals <BR> click on add another nutrient to track <BR> select the ones you want. <BR> <BR> I did this, but saturated fats does not appear on the My Nutrition page along with the fats, carbs, fiber and protein. Any suggestions? Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:39:57 EST Calorie calculator correct? I feel very full and like I have eaten a lot yet the calculator shows I did not even fall in my guidelines. I have been careful to add in everything even the small amount of oil added in to cooking the whole meal. It seems that when I have tried daily totals of 1500 in the past it was never enough food....Im scared that I will be unpleasantly surprised, am I missing something?? Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:46:27 EST Exercise more, eat more? Thanks to some wonderful suggestions and information I got on this forum I now made a food plan for myself with an amount of calories that is in agreement with the SP recommendations for me. <BR> <BR> My next question is: if I am to eat 2100 calories per day to lose weight slowly, but I exercise 60 minutes per day instead of the usual 30-40 minutes - should I eat more? There are days when I have to do more physical work than on other days. I am concerned that if I get very hungry, it might ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:08:54 EST Belly Fat Book Anyone have a book regarding losing belly fat that you love -- or even like? Thanks! Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:32:50 EST tracker on bottom of posts Will anyone please tell me how to place a chart like the ones below, on my posts. with numbers under the graph. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:53:35 EST egg white cartons gross me out Hi all! <BR> <BR> I love eggs, but know I should limit them in my diet to 1-2/day. Wondering if there's an alternative I haven't thought about for beefing up my omelettes - I really don't like the idea of cartons of egg whites (no judgment to you if you like them!) and I can't bear the idea of throwing out yolks. Is there a third alternative I'm not thinking of? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:32:08 EST What have you learned by tracking your food? I have learned that it is MUCH easier to stick with my plan if I plan all my meals and snacks ahead of time. Therefore, I have designated Sunday afternoons to plan for the week ahead. I have been so consistent! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:36:00 EST Snack Ideas? What do you guys snack on? <BR> <BR> I have been taking fruits or dry fruits for the longest time! <BR> <BR> Any more suggestions? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:02:45 EST Diet What are some good diet plans that will let me eat good nutritional food that also let me eat What I want without depriving myself of the foods I like to eat. Like Mexican Italian etc <BR> Including sweets in modified way <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:10:32 EST Wondering how many calories to eat Trying to figure out a good food plan. <BR> <BR> I weigh 210 lbs. I would like to lose weight slowly. Two to three lbs per month. <BR> <BR> I was told to eat 2100 calories per day. I exercise 30-40 minutes per day, mostly (slow) biking and cleaning. (Can't do much more because of physical complaints). <BR> <BR> I am 51, female and I'm 5 foot 6 inches tall. <BR> <BR> Does this sound right? I think it's too much food?? Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:02:30 EST I need help. When I started my current job I was about 125lbs. I've been here for a little over a year and now I'm at about 210lbs and I've been wanting to lose weight. My problem is I generally work 60+ hours a week and sundays are the only day I for sure have off. Some days I'll work 4 hours and others can be 16. I don't have a set schedule so it's hard for me to get into a routine. I drive a lot for work and I'm rarely at the station so making food on the weekend and freezing it for meals won't work be... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:02:11 EST cutting fat and calories Just got the new Power air fryer and it is amazing i have had fish and chicken and turkey and my husband has had sweet potato fries and regular fries and we love it no oil no deep fried but has the same flavor and we save a lot of calories and fat.. <BR> does anyone else have one of these ? Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:45:32 EST Alcohol Intake & Weight Liss So I heard a rumor that the body metabolizes alcohol before it metabolizes food. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if there's truth to this? I, unfortunately, have been in the habit of a drink virtually every night for the past several years. <BR> I intend to stop this starting tonight and save my cocktail for weekends only. <BR> I have heard that even with the most careful adherence to a healthy diet, alcohol can stop weight loss IN ITS ENTIRETY and even cause weight gain, EVEN WITH AN OTHE... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:58:51 EST Sharing Nutrition Tracker - Suggestions? I was wondering if anyone is willing to take a look at my Nutrition Tracker and offer suggestions or feedback. <BR> <BR> I haven't tracked every day - I tend to go in spurts, but for the most part, my diet doesn't vary too much. I have all of today's meals recorded, and if you go back a couple of weeks, you'll see additional food entries that are pretty in-line with what I normally eat. <BR> <BR> I'm having a really hard time losing any weight, and I'm wondering if my daily nutrition is wh... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:18:26 EST Concerns with frequency of eating I have an 8 month old daughter and I find that I'm so busy with her that I don't eat when I should. For example, today I had a drink and a nutty bar for breakfast. Then I didn't eat again until 6 pm for dinner. I overate for a "dinner" but because I didn't eat during the day, I still stayed within my calorie range. Of course I know this isn't healthy. Any suggestions on how I can eat frequently small meals during the day? This is a HUGE change for me. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:22:46 EST Eating clean What foods are considered clean? What foods do I buy that our clean? Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:38:22 EST Medication & Weight Gain Hi, <BR> I have been on high blood pressure meds and anti anxiety meds for awhile. Even after trying different meds, I cannot stop the weight gain. Each one I try will cause weight gain. Has anyone else here had the same experience and if so can you please offer me some help on what to do? <BR> My high blood pressure is due to family history and not lifestyle but I need to take the meds so I am lost. I have talked to my doctor but I get the same info about how to loose weight but no matte... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:33:17 EST Tips for quitting soft drink Hi, <BR> I'm finding that my diet is actually pretty good, except for my coca-cola habit. I drink at least a can a day, usually 2 (or 3 on bad days). That puts my calorie count for the day through the ceiling. <BR> I have a 4-month old and a toddler who likes to wake up at 4:30am. I never get a full night's sleep, so I've come to rely on the coke to give me that energy kick I need. I don't drink tea or coffee so the coke is my only caffeine source. <BR> I've tried quitting before but alway... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:26:23 EST Freaking!!!!! Yesterday, I was diagnosed with TMJ. <BR> <BR> VERY difficult to eat. Icing the area doesn't seem to be helping much. Seems that the best thing is to 'rest' my jaw.... which means not chewing. Even 'eating' a tiny bit of smooth almond butter, creates pain down my neck and back! <BR> <BR> Thinking of smoothies. <BR> <BR> However, most are made from too much fruit and dairy (yogurt). <BR> <BR> What am I to do? Any suggestions? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:27:23 EST Low-Carb snacks? Hi. I'm looking for some low-carb snack ideas, please! Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:26:10 EST Determining goals How do you determine what your nutrition goals should be? Like, Fat, Fiber, Protein, Sodium, etc. <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:03:11 EST French wine for a flat belly - has anyone tried it Just saw it online and sounds awesome. I searched and can't find any bad reviews. Has anyone here tried it? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance <BR> Midwestgal2 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:28:34 EST Nutrition Protein bar meal replacement/weight loss I am following the optifast modified diet that is about 1060 - 1100 cal/d. I'm allowed to have one nutrition protein bar but find the optifast bars not so tasty and pretty expensive ($25 per box of 7 bars). <BR> <BR> Optifast bars have 170 Cal, Total Fat 5g, Cholesterol 5mg, Na+ 150mg, K+360mg, Total Carbs 21g-->4g fiber and 12g sugars, Protein 4g, and 20-30% of the vitamin and minerals. <BR> <BR> I have been looking non-stop for a similar bar, with similar nutrition facts such as the Vita... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:47:30 EST Celebration dinner ideas My DH's birthday is today and I want to fix him a nice healthy dinner. He's a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but I was thinking maybe something in the seafood arena, but I'll take any and all ideas. I've considered a piece of lean steak and some mashed cauliflower??? <BR> <BR> Please help me! <em>198</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:16:48 EST Meal planning Does anyone actually use the preplanned here at spark <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 03:29:18 EST ADEK OD I'm consistently low on VitE so I looked into a supplement. I'm trying to supplement with almonds and unsweetened almond milk so this wouldn't be an every day pill. However, it's listed as 1,333% DRV! Since E is fat-soluble....? Can anyone explain any dangers involved or the reasoning behind it being so incredibly much more than needed? Thanks in advance. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:42:16 EST Looking for a meal planning website I have been scouring the internet for a meal planning website that will track my nutrition goals while allowing me to easily plan meals for the week or month. I love everything about "Plan To Eat" except that there's no nutrition calculator. It's such a pain to use another site like MyFitnessPal, etc to get the nutrition then go to Plan to Eat for the meal planning. I will happily pay a subscription if there's a site out there that will do both for me. Anyone know of one? <BR> <BR> PS <B... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:48:04 EST Fasting with Type 2 Diabetes I'm considering doing a 48 hour fast and I have Type 2 diabetes. Generally speaking, is this a healthy or unhealthy thing to do? Wed, 8 Feb 2017 04:53:58 EST hot pocket question i dont know if its just me, but hot pockets always make me nauseous after eating only half of one, it takes no time to feel like that, does anyone else have this problem? or perhaps maybe it is some kind of food sensitivity? i would like to know if anyone else has these troubles, it would be a big help thanks Tue, 7 Feb 2017 18:45:55 EST using the recipe builder...its AWESOME I am not very good at keeping everyting within range so I am using the reciped builder each day, maybe this is my problem losing weight. did Paleo and it was just wat too much fat, tried it wing it on my own ...not good, so this should be the ticket. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:17:49 EST Finding new ways to snack... I am on a budget and when I started this snacking was convenient and then moved to healthy. What are some snack ideas that you have that do not cost much? Tue, 7 Feb 2017 07:02:36 EST Smells What are your favorite smells when baking or cooking? <BR> <BR> Personally, I love the smell of sauteing garlic and onion. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:59:13 EST Freezer or "batch" cooking Anyone do cooking marathons, preparing for freezer or batch cooking? I've done this once but thinking about doing it again. It'll let me get ahead AND take advantage of sales at the stores. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:54:18 EST Baking substitution question Hello bakers! <BR> <BR> I have a quick question about subbing oat bran into a recipe. This recipe, in fact.<BR>ail.asp?recipe=1170609 <BR> <BR> I'd like to add a bit of fibre to this, but I'm not exactly sure how to do it. I've seen it suggested that I use only 1/4c at a 1:1 swap and soak it first. I've also seen it suggested that I add some extra liquid. I'm not a big baker, and I'm new to the whole oat bran thing (right now, I'm putting it in m... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 17:23:47 EST Dr. Hyman's 10 day detox, and slimming diet plans Has anyone had experience with these plans. I usually just choose foods that are protein and vegetable - with a touch of carb. but I want to have good nutrition while eat the least that I can, but i wonder about the balance of my choices. Do his books address that and have his diets worked for you? <BR> <BR> Njoy2day2 Sun, 5 Feb 2017 17:21:57 EST What do you do when you aren't hungry? I have no appetite. I am feeling okay. I am a little anxious about an interview that I have tomorrow but not nervous. I don't want to eat anything. I have had a little coffee but I am trying to force myself to want something so I don't starve but I am not hungry. <BR> <BR> What should I do? Sun, 5 Feb 2017 13:17:29 EST nutrition bang for your buck What are your favourite bang for your buck foods and meals? <BR> <BR> I just had an omelette and half a sweet potato for lunch! It was delicious and really satiating! I used 1 tsp olive oil, 3 eggs, 2 Tbsp almond milk, and lots of veggies (arugula, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onion), and some olives. With the half sweet potato (baked, no toppings), the total calories for this meal was 450, but I think I'll be full for hours. <BR> <BR> I also like making red lentil and carrot soup. Also really ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 12:44:01 EST Hitting target nutrition ranges I am hitting my target ranges on the lower end but feel like I am eating more food than I was before I started dieting. Granted, the foods I am eating are better choices but still seems like a lot of food to me. I just started and haven't weighed since last week so I don't know my progress thus far. My question is, has anyone else felt like all they did was eat and still lose weight? Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:33:15 EST Instakeytones Has anyone tried the instakeytones from Julian bakery? If so what did you think! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 19:50:55 EST Why can't diabetics change carb goals? Hi! I'm a Type 2 diabetic, and for some reason diabetics can't change their fat/carb/protein goals. The tracker is telling me to eat twice the carbs my endocrinologist wants me to eat. <BR> <BR> Can someone explain why this is and how I can turn off the diabetes management so I can have my goals reflect what my doctor requests? Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:22:09 EST What's your favorite breakfast shake? I still love the classic strawberry banana shake every once in a while for breakfast. What's your favorite recipe? Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:45:05 EST Magnesium I started tracking magnesium recently, and found that I never get anything like enough. I bought some multivits but they only contain 27% of my RDA, and I only take 2 or 3 multivits a week anyway as I think my diet is mostly varied and healthy. <BR> <BR> Why does my body need magnesium? <BR> <BR> Does it store magnesium or do I need a fresh supply regularly? <BR> <BR> And what foods could I include to ensure that I get enough? Fri, 3 Feb 2017 03:40:18 EST cutting back bad liquids Can't believe it! I was able to have one coke at Rosa's one time and had one Root Beer this week. That was all the "bad" liquids I had!!! One help, got carton of O.J. and grapefruit juice. "hid" the Root Beer with those juices. It worked. May drink one R.B. tonight, but not sure. It has helped. <BR> It's great that I have a wife, of 48 years, who "hides" those tempting snacks, etc. for me. Also, no Snickers for about 9 months!! <BR> Now to just quit snacking after 7 PM Thu, 2 Feb 2017 21:38:18 EST acess to pages every time i try to go to the page to read and then log points I am locked out and when trying to enter food into my journal the page locks out and asks if i want to join .whats up? Thu, 2 Feb 2017 16:50:00 EST Snacks What are some healthy snack ideas?! I am getting burnt out of the typical piece of fruit and need some other ideas! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:07:30 EST Food counseling? Has anyone had success with a counselor for food? <BR> <BR> I am not technically overweight and I don't have any diseases, so I doubt I medically qualify for a nutritionist. But I eat horribly and I always have and trying to change that makes me very anxious. I *know* what is healthy and how I *should* eat so I don't need classes or anything. I feel like I need a therapist/dietitian to help with my emotional connection to unhealthy food. <BR> <BR> Does that exist? Has anyone done th... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 15:50:32 EST Spark Trivia question. The question was.. Does the body need a certain amount of carbs to metabolize fat correctly? <BR> <BR> I of course, answered NO, since I lose weight, even on days I eat 0-3 carbs. The minimum suggested limit to metabolize fat correctly was 130 grams of carbs. I have lost 47,2 lbs. since December 8th.. admittedly a lot of the initial weight loss was rapid water loss, but not 47.2 lbs. I am eating plenty of protein, and getting stronger, working out 7 days a week, so I don't think it is muscl... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:55:03 EST Recipe Site - Sugar grams issue I posted this on the Recipe site as well: <BR> I don't understand why "sugar grams" is not on the "short" nutritional list. Why do I need to go into "detailed" nutrition? Sugar count is so very important to SO many people ...especially on this site! I am diabetic and MUST know the sugar count in addition to Carbs. I was looking at a dessert recipe and sugar was not listed on the side of the recipe so I realized I needed to click on "detailed" nutrition. There were over 21 grams of sugar in o... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:52:17 EST Maintaining my ideal weight So, I lost a great deal of weight using (and before) Sparkpeople. I'm weird, because I'm autistic, I have a lot of difficulty with starting and stopping things, consistency, etc.... anyhow... <BR> It's been over 1.5 months now, I have NOT been tracking what I've been eating.... <BR> I have noticed that on some days I splurge, but, not only have I not gained any weight, I have lost an additional 5 lbs. I think I have literally "reprogrammed my brain", even when I "splurge" I go for healthier... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:46:58 EST Ideas to eat like a normal person. I want to continue eating controlled portions of food. I can weigh and measure but I tend to snack often if I am still hungry. Not terrible - I'm usually very happy with a big salad (3 cups or so) as a snack or a cup or so of cooked spinach and maybe an egg white. But I may do that 3 or 4 times a day even when having a balanced diet. What I want to do is cut down on the volume I eat. I want to be able to have my meals, a reasonable snack and let it go at that. When we travel it is not a... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 01:00:22 EST College Campus Help! Hey guys, I am a freshman at college and I have been trying to lose weight for a while but I always break my diet or lose my motivation to workout, but my boyfriend decided to try to give me some motivation and told me that if I can get down to my goal weight in six months then he'll give me $600. I took his offer but I am struggling with what to eat in our cafeteria. They serve a lot of fried foods and I don't want to eat that a lot, when they have grilled chicken it's cold or uncooked, the ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:31:56 EST Low Salt Diet??? So..... My husband basically needs to be eating a low to no salt diet. He is Pre-diabetic with hypertension, has a fatty liver and has OSA. He weighs about 360 lbs and is 5'10". His doctor put him at the morbidly obese level. I'm trying to come up with simple and easy ways to help him with his weight and to eat healthier (he likes his fried food and chips, etc). I don't want to seem like the kind of wife who is trying to make him do this because in reality I understand that HE needs to make t... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:44:08 EST The mental health side of weight loss. Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am doing some research for an article I'm writing on the mental health aspects of weight loss. I would love to speak to any of our members who have lost a lot of weight and struggled with any mental health-related issues because of it. What issues did you encounter? How did you overcome them? Any help is appreciated. Feel free to message me directly for confidentiality purposes. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Elizabeth Lowry <BR> Assistant Editor Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:41:04 EST Non MLM meal replacement I was speaking to my dr and asked for a suggestion for a meal replacement option. I often just forget to eat. Sometimes it is too much trouble. Along with making an effort to eat, we also thought a meal replacement could be a good option as well. <BR> <BR> He suggested Syntha 6. While it's a protein, it also has some carbs. Ive read a bunch of reviews and people like it. It is pricey, but perhaps it is pricey because it's tasty. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have a suggestion? I lik... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 23:00:19 EST Meal Plans on SP Hello, <BR> I used to be a member years ago and you could choose a variety of different meal plan options such as low carb, high protein, pescatarian, etc. Does this no longer exist on SP? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:29:37 EST Eating Out Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> How do you survive when eating out? My Family all gets together every sunday at a restaurant. I am not a big soup and salad person, so any suggestions are welcome :) Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:11:17 EST Medication Causing Weight Gain I have started three medication that all cause weight gain. The medication has made it so I can again walk with out a walker, but still very slow. I am to start exercising 10 min a day. My question is what do you recommend to me to change to my diet to help control the weight gain and get back to losing weight. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:56:36 EST How to plan your meals if you work out very early Every day I workout at around 6:00-6:30am. Due to my schedule it's the only time I have available. Throughout the day I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 3 snacks. The last snack I have before I go to bed usually has mostly carbs. Since I wake up at 5:30am to exercise, should I start my day off with a snack and then have breakfast when I get back? I've read from some threads here that you should wait about 1.5 hours after breakfast before exercising. Not much of a fan at waking up at 4:... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 07:37:34 EST Severino"s Plan Has anyone heard about severino's plan or tried it ? Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:31:59 EST Don Colbert's for Weight Loss & Muscle Gain Has anyone tried this particular diet? I couldn't get all the title in the topic line, but it is Dr. Don Colbert's Bible Cure for Weight Loss & Muscle Gain. <BR> <BR> I am going to give this a try and see how it works. It seems simple enough. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 18:15:10 EST Eating Out When you eat out, do you always ask for a to-go box, and put away half the meal for later? In my SparkCoach Program today, the nutritionist suggested that we do that. <BR> <BR> Myself, I like to put away two-thirds of the meal, and eat just half at the restaurant. I don't need any more than that, and no food is wasted. <BR> <BR> What do you do? Sat, 28 Jan 2017 03:13:10 EST Struggling Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am fairly new and I'm having a really hard time with food. I'm trying hard to make all the right choices, but somehow I seem to be losing the battle. I would love to hear help from anyone who is or has dealt with this. It feels almost like an addiction I can't get control of. Its very frustrating!!!!!!! <em>39</em> <em>46</em> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:53:39 EST Breakfast How do you start your day? I wake up and have a cup of coffee. I go on my computer and catch up with the news, friends and Spark People. Today, I'm asking what is your favorite breakfast? I need some help with breakfast. Seems I do the same thing and want to liven it up. Thank you. <BR> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:17:37 EST military diet Is anyone on the military diet. I just started today and wondering if its working for others. I lost 45 pounds after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease but in the last year I have gained back 40 pounds and I'm so ashamed of myself for being so lax. I want to lose the weight again so I can feel better about myself. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:03:12 EST How To Count I find it hard to calculate or add the correct food to my counter when it comes to Supper time meals. My husband does most of the supper preparations as I get home later in the evening and he likes to make one dish meals or multi ingredient dishes. How do you track this? Any ideas? <em>24</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:47:28 EST Calories Per Meal How many calories should i be having at breakfast? Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:35:40 EST Black pepper cravings...? I'm a big believer in our bodies craving what they need at the time. That said, I have developed a strange craving for black pepper over the last couple of days out of no where that I can discern. Any ideas from fellow natural health believers? I know black pepper has a lot of healthy properties, I just am surprised by the sudden craving. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:55:48 EST Have you lost 30-50lbs? What did you eat? Im having a hard time coming up with cheap, easy, fast things to eat that will hold me until the next meal. I also am having a hard time with dinner because my fiance and son want fast food!! I happily oblige because i'm tired by the time i get home. Im working on using my 3 crockpots 😛? so what does your day look like? Or options? Thanks everyone!! Im new here😒?? Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:22:42 EST What goes in your smoothie? I don't have a smoothie everyday, but today it's: <BR> blueberries <BR> banana <BR> spinach <BR> dairy free protein powder <BR> ground flaxseeds <BR> and enough almond milk to blend it. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:52:42 EST Question for the ladies and/or doctors <img src="">I have been eating about 1300-1500 calories a day. I have several fibroids and I am pretty much on my period everyday. I cannot seem to lose any weight despite not eating very much. Is it the fibroids? I have changed my eating habits, I drink more water but nothing... I am so close to giving up because I cannot afford the surgery and I have no insurance. <BR> <BR> I have attached a picture of my calori... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:39:51 EST Davids tea Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am wondering how do I track any of davids tea, I have many different flavours including, hot chocolate, snow days, buttered rum, creme caramel and many of these teas include small pieces of candy or sponge toffee ( and by small i mean 1/8 of an inch cube) per severing of tea. I drinking the tea without milk or sugar and I am using it to help me stop reaching for the sweets late at night as i find a cup of tea before bed is never a bad thing. Do I track this a he... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:19:05 EST I don't seem to get enough folate in my diet. Why? I eat healthy foods however I always fall short of reaching my recommended folate portions. I belive I am doing the right things however I never even come close to my recommended portions. <BR> If I try to reach my folate level than my calorie count goes through the roof. <BR> Help? <BR> Every day is a gift, <BR> <BR> George Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:53:18 EST I need help. :( I think I am developing a habit like comfort food. In the past I had a super stressful job that I know I was binge-eating every time I got home. However, I switched to a new job that I know I can handle and my actually stress level has dropped. I eat very healthy for half my day. Like Breakfast and Lunches, I hardly jump into this. It's when I get off work and just want to eat right away and don't have the patience to wait and cook. I work from 8-5pm allowed to go home for my lunch. But there... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:27:54 EST Is there any harm in not meeting my carb goals? This has been a thing pretty much forever; I don't make my target intake for carbs. Pretty much ever. My target range is 194-336. I usually fall between 110 and 150. It's not making me lethargic or cranky or anything, so it's not having a negative impact on my waking life, but I've recently put on 40 pounds of steroid weight that I'm working off ( body and I do this dance every couple of years because it's a jerk) and I was wondering if it might be detrimental that I'm consistently ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:18:09 EST Tracking Calories Ground Beef I have a question regarding ground beef calorie tracking. <BR> <BR> The ground beef I buy doesn't have a lean/fat % listed on the package. It simply has a nutrition label with the serving size listed as 100g (raw, I imagine), calories 210, fat 15g, saturated fat 6g, cholesterol mg, sodium 70 mg, and protein 18g. <BR> <BR> If I measure out equal 100g portions (weighed raw), and cook them in a George Foreman, with the resulting cooked portion weighing only 70g, how do I track that in the C... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:21:48 EST How to correctly calculate calories for ... How do you correctly calculate calories for breading or marinade? For example, if a recipe calls for dipping chicken into a panko spice mix you obviously aren't using the entire mix - just the small bit that sticks to the chicken. Same with marinades. So how do you calculate that? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:12:47 EST Detox and cleansing I keep seeing commercials and You Tube videos that tout liver cleanses, intestine cleanses, Detox protocols. You name it and someone is speaking its praises. I even saw a organic coffee enema. Really? So I started to look into some of these Detox formulas out there and it seems that they are mostly laxatives and others are almost all herbs. The herb ones are being sold as natural and less irritating to the digestive system. <BR> Wouldn't just eating lots of fruits and veggies along with add... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:49:31 EST Wholemeal Pizza Crusts? I saw wholemeal pizza crusts sold in packs of 2 today at the supermarket. I was searching for the price tag but couldn't find it. <BR> <BR> I decided not to get them though because I'm not allowed to have too much cheese, and pizza has lots of cheese. <BR> <BR> Maybe I might get them for a special treat on my birthday or something. Not as a regular thing. Anyways, each bag only has 2 crusts. So, it's a bit on the pricey side. I love pepperoni pizza and pepperoni is not exactly healthy. In f... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:45:32 EST Calculating your protein needs I just read the 40 Tips & Diet Mistakes for people over 40 article. I'm very confused by the amount of protein needed. <BR> I'm an overweight woman, nearly 62. In the article, Darin Hulslander recommends multiplying your bodyweight in kilograms by 1.3 to find your daily minimum protein requirement. I used the conversion calculator included in the article to convert my weight to kilograms, then multiplied it by 1.3. The resulting number is 135.69. I find it hard to believe that I'm suppo... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:43:54 EST Counting calories Does anyone have any advice on how to keep within my calorie range? I try not to eat more than 1500 a day, but I am up everyday at 4:30am and I go to bed between 9-10:00pm. That is a lot of hours in the day to spread out that many calories. I have been snacking on carrots and celery but that can get really boring, especially when I am a sugar and carb whore, haha. Any advice, help would be appreciated. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:15:38 EST Watef Is coffee or tea counted in water consumption Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:51:27 EST Vitamin A I am new to Sparks. I am tracking my food intake and the thing that I seem to go over on everyday is Vitamin A. Any suggestions on maybe how to cut back.... I am not sure what I am doing wrong other than eating more veggies and I have not eaten sweet potatoes or kale. <em>38</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:01:24 EST What short-cuts do you do for the week? Hi, <BR> <BR> I meant to say what do you do to help you prepare for the week so you stay on track? Do you cook all weekend so that you have lunchs/dinners ready for the week? Just trying to get myself in a routine so that there is no temptations because I'm not prepared. I do cut apples and soak them in lemon juice so that I can grab and go (I like them better if they are cut). I also precut the veggies for snacks. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:32:53 EST Do you eat the same thing for breakfast each day? If so what? Do you have a go-to usual breakfast. I bounce between eggs and oatmeal. Or toast and nut butter. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:24:47 EST Smart Substitutions!!! Here's mine for today! What are yours?! <BR> <BR> I wanted cake today, something sweet that I can really sink my teeth into. But I know that's not workable. Because Chinese New Year is coming and my house is already full of high cal treats. <BR> <BR> So, I was thinking : something sweet? Hmmmm? I decided to have a water apple cut into slivers with my grandma's thick soy sauce recipe! It's basically just 1.5tsp of thick soy sauce, 2 tsp of sugar and 2 birds eye chillies sliced up and mixed together! So I got a serving... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:57:31 EST Help everyone! I don't know where to start !!! So I want to eat healthy and lose weight, but I'm so overehelmed with where to start when it comes to eating! I'm a respiratory therapist and I work 12 hour three to five night shifts usually back to back. So usually when I get home from work in the morning all I want to do is sleep until I have to get ready for work again. Like I don't know what to cook or fix that would be really quick as in less than an hour to make/cook but healthy. I know I will get tired of eating salads with in a few d... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:46:53 EST Why is it bad to eat under the calorie range? For the last 2 days, I have eaten fewer calories than my range. However, the calorie range went up after I exercised. I don't understand the problem because all my nutritional intake (fat, carbs, protein, sodium, etc) is on point. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:31:41 EST Need to have more protein and fiber in my diet !! This is my 10th day and I have done well with everything but I don't have enough protein and fiber in my diet !!!! I need some suggestions if anyone can help !!!! Thank You Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:26:29 EST Please Help! Ideas? I need some good breakfast ideas, please. Ones that are easy and at least 15 to 20 grams of protein. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:57:53 EST How to add more protein? Hey everyone! Here is the problem I am running into...I need to get up to 140/150 grams of protein a day and am hovering around 80-100. I have eggs in the morning, jerky and nuts for snack, chicken/red meat for lunch and dinner, and protein shake before my workout. How do I add 40 more grams in? Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:28:06 EST Portion control measuring cups or containers? Any recommendations for portion control containers? I know that I need to measure my food portions rather than just guessing, but I would like to know if anyone has had success using them before I run out and purchase a set. Amazon has a lot listed, but many have some poor reviews! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:52:07 EST Trader Joe's Pesticide Use? I have asked several associates at TJ's if their fresh and frozen produce is pesticide free if it is NOT labeled Organic. The response is usually an uncertain "no pesticides used, I think...". I sent an email to TJ's asking them about a week ago and have not received a response. I like to avoid the dirty-dozen fruits especially apples and strawberries and spend the extra $$ for TJ's strawberries ($5.99) even though they are not labeled organic, assuming they are at least pesticide free. ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:32:12 EST Ketogenic diets Just looking for some input...I tried a strict keto diet for 34 days, during which, I kept bouncing around the same 3-5 pounds. I felt TERRIBLE the whole time. I have since fallen off the wagon and am trying to just watch my calorie intake and LIMIT but not entirely cut out carbs (completely cutting them out just isn't realistic for my lifestyle and schedule). Again, no real change. I have done Atkin's, South Beach, Dukan, Weight Watchers, you name it, with no real success. I'd say I'm a goo... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:37:32 EST breakfast I had one piece of bread peanut butter and Greek yogurt and water for breakfast. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:55:07 EST Sparkling Water Hello, <BR> <BR> Can you tell me if Naturally Flavored Sparkling water that is 0 sugar, 0 caffeine, 0 calories, and 0 sodium counts towards your water intake for the day? <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>194</em> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:02:36 EST What are your best ideas to trim your food budget? I would love to hear you best suggestions to keep your grocery bill down. I try to include some vegetarian meals during the week as well as meals with fish or meat. Not even sure if we overspend or not, it's just two of us, but it seems like we spend a bit more than we need to. Any ideas? Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:40:47 EST What diet/food plan are you following? <BR> <BR> And is it working? : ) I started FMD--- so far so good. Let's hope I can stick to the meal plan.. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:00:09 EST Blood Work Results: What Do They Mean? I found a calculator to tell me what these numbers mean: <BR> <BR> Total Cholesterol 242 mg/dL <BR> HDL (High density lipoprotein) 54 mg/dL <BR> LDL (Low density lipoprotein) 173 mg/dL <BR> Triglycerides 75 mg/dL <BR> <BR> This is the result: <BR> Your Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio is: 4.48 - (preferably under 5.0, ideally under 3.5) GOOD <BR> Your HDL/LDL ratio is: 0.312 - (preferably over 0.3, ideally over 0.4) GOOD <BR> Your triglycerides/HDL ratio is: 1.389 - (preferably u... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:41:23 EST Late Work I work late afternoon to the evening. I eat when on lunch but by the time I get off Im hungry again which is around 10 pm. Normally don't fall asleep until around midnight or after. Are there any suggestions to stay and cont with this weight loss journey? Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:08:06 EST keeping calories the same irregardless of exercise Hi, I wonder if you can help. I went through the goals set page in my account and elect to turn off the feature that allows fitness and nutrition trackers to affect the other. I have had to repeatedly and daily go back in to reset my calories to remain the same daily as I've noticed my calorie intake is increasing (by a lot) each time I complete a fitness workout and it's logged. My husband and I both have double checked to make sure the trackers do not communicate with each other but it isn'... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:32:08 EST figuring out calories Does anyone know if when you buy crinkle cut fries, are the calories for how they are in the bag, or does it include how you prepare them? <BR> I make mine in an air fryer, and trying to figure out proper calories. <BR> Thanks for any help <BR> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:35:18 EST question How do I stop getting mad at myself for making bad Decisions? gaining weight? And eating Not so healthy? If I am having a bad day i usually stop counting my food all together and try better the next day. I been dealing with a death in the family since before Christmas. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:44:43 EST When should I eat? 6:00 AM -10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM <BR> At 6 AM I have 12 oz. of prune juice and coffee with some ensure for about 350 calories so I can have a bowel movement. Then I have my 3 meals. I don't think I should eat right at 10-2-&6 but when I'm hungry but within an hour of when I should eat because I don't want to eat if I'm not hungry and I don't want to wait a hour if I'm really hungry. It's confusing. <BR> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:20:08 EST Healthy Lifestyle Secrets program Has anyone (specifically female) tried this program? My husband is doing it and has lost weight and looks great. I am trying it but not sure how I feel about it. Week one is similar to Atkins....after that I think it focuses on protein and eating at the right times, etc. I lost weight just focusing on eating healthy and counting calories but thought this might be a jump start to get me back on track. I'm just not sure if its for me.....(I can't eat eggs EVERY day for breakfast !) Wonde... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:56:56 EST Meal plans I am just now starting to get really serious about going on a diet...and I was making my grocery list from my meal plans...but I have a couple of questions.... <BR> <BR> You don't have to eat everything that it lists for each meal right? You can pick how ever many items you want? <BR> <BR> And one of my suggestions for breakfast is like peanut butter, creamy the calories that it lists is like 47...I have peanut butter creamy Jiffy and the calorie count is like 190... so how am I going to... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:35:02 EST best fast food options? when you get caught away from home and hungry.....what's your fast-food go-to? thanks everyone! happy Saturday! <em>4</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:55:56 EST gas station snacks? when you are on the road and need a healthy snack option....what do you choose? <em>41</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:54:02 EST sugar cravings.. <BR> I've done this before.. eating sugar usually around that time of month but this time is bad.. I have been craving chocolate and pop like crazy. I drink water but would prefer pop.. What is the best way to get out of this hole? Or is it just willpower not to cave in. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:18:13 EST bread? Does anyone keep their bread in the fridge? <BR> <BR> What about Ezekiel bread? Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:48:03 EST type 1 diabetic I'm looking for meal plans for a type 1 diabetes, but can't find any. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank you for your help :) <BR> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:49:34 EST Meal plan Hi, I just joined and was wondering if I'm suppose to be given a meal and exercise plan. I only see a range of the total daily calories I'm suppose to consume. If anyone has an answer, I would appreciate it... been eating well and exercising but struggling to lose weight! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:23:19 EST How to get in enough water daily I have a 16 ounce water bottle, I know if I fill it five times in a day I have had enough water for the day. I try to drink one bottle each time after consuming any other drink and that helps me finish my quota for the day. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:56:28 EST Help with Breakfast I have recently made a dramatic lifestyle change where I am adapting to a variant of the "paleo diet" (I hate the word "diet" because it screams "temporary" and "failure" to me). Most of my diet consists of vegetables, and for breakfast I usually drink green smoothies, however, it is getting a bit redundant. I am coming here for suggestions and links to good recipes. <BR> <BR> I am trying to adhere to a lower carb intake (100 or under per day). I have found that I feel better when I do not ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:34:10 EST Low carb, low sodium, no-added sugar diet My doctor put me on a temporary diet that we are going to try out and then tweak as needed. (Low carbs, low sodium, no added sugar, and a bit more protein-but don't go crazy!). It's basically just good sources of protein (grilled fish, chicken, for example), fresh raw or steamed vegetables, whole fruit (no fruit juices). I'm going to try to cut out all bread and other complex carbs and only get my carbs from fruit and vegetables. Also, I can have any naturally occurring sugar (like lactose in... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:26:53 EST discouraged My weight has always been up and down. I'm almost 20 and when I was in earlier teens I was restricting my intake and purging sometimes. I really messed up with my metabolism and now I find it almost impossible to lose weight and get back into shape. anyone else gone through this before? and what has helped you get motivated to loseat healthily? Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:55:14 EST Feeling out of control with food... New on here, hope it will be the start of a healthier me! <BR> <BR> I often feel out of control with food, particularly sweets. In my mind I know I don't need them, they are bad for me but I often get into these ruts where I don't exercise and eat lots of sweets every day. This happens mostly after work in the evening. No junk in the house, I go out of my way to get it which is even more crazy! I get a craving and can't stop thinking about it. I feel so out of control sometimes I get so disc... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:24:38 EST Protein and carbs Anyone here eating mainly a low carb high protein diet? With a smart meal every three days? Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:40:27 EST Emotional Eater I noticed last night I'm an emotional eater! I was watching a movie. Deep Water Horizon. I had Minestrone soup for dinner. I wanted to munch on something when the movie made me anxious. I hurried into the kitchen I got Baked BBQ Lays. Before I knew it I had eaten half the bag, about 13oz. I was not paying attention and then again during Vikings, the same thing happened.Then I noticed my stomach was hurting. I had a belly ache. I've been eating good food and then, bam! What do you do when this... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:47:54 EST Hemp seed?? <BR> <BR> Just wondering what this is and how to use it? I think it's protein which is wonderful because I'm always looking to add more protein!! I do use chia seeds in my water a few times a day and I think it helps with energy... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:18:01 EST Which sugar is best? I don't eat a lot of sugar, but I'm finding that I can't eat plain oatmeal without a little sweetener and I can't stand agave; I'm vegan so I don't eat honey either. I've been alternating my mornings between 100% pure cane sugar and brown sugar. I only put about a tsp in my morning oatmeal but it got me to thinking....I'm not sure which one is healthier for me? <BR> <BR> Anyone know? Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:37:01 EST Fast food I know its probably a bad idea to do it very often, but if you make smart choices, is fast food really that evil if you dont eat it very much? For example, at taco bell, a couple chicken soft tacos, with all white meat and mild sauce, at Chic fil a, grilled nuggets and a side salad, at Wendys, a grilled chicken sandwich with baked potato or salad, and for pizza, thin crust, light sauce, ham and veggie? <BR> Just curious, cause i doubt i will ever cut fast food out husband does... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:39:40 EST Curb cravings?? Hi, <BR> <BR> Just wondering if you can share how you curb your cravings. I know about the water but usually that doesn't help.. Maybe I'll try kale chips.. UGH <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried metamucil curb craving stuff? I'm curious and might try-- I'm sure it has extra fiber too which is a plus. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:20:55 EST tracking How do I add/track my over 50 daily multi-vitamin. <BR> I can find nowhere in the trackers in which to add them, or subtract them from the daily needs list. <BR> Thank you for your tme and attention. <BR> Koffee Turtle Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:15:52 EST Protein and healthy fat suggestions I'm trying to think of foods that are a good combination of protein and healthy fat. That combo seems to keep me satisfied for hours. <BR> <BR> I can no longer eat cheese. These are my replacement ideas: <BR> Nuts and nut butters <BR> Oily fish such as canned tuna, salmon <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions are welcome. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:10:25 EST How much water? I know SP recommends 8 glasses of water, but how many ounces per glass? 8oz, 12oz, 16oz? Just trying to make sure I am drinking enough water. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:04:27 EST water I thought this was important enough to pass on: <BR> <BR> 2 glasses when waken r up- this helps to activate internal organs <BR> <BR> 1 glass 30 minutes before each meal- helps with digestion <BR> <BR> 1 glass before a bath-helps to lower blood pressure (this was new to me) <BR> <BR> 1 glass before bed- helps to avoid stroke or heart attack (this was new to me, also Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:26:16 EST Trying something new I have a small amount to lose (around 8 to 10 pounds). I tend to be drawn toward gimmicks and radical plans. This time around I am trying to eat within my spark plan between 1300-1550 calories/day. My hope is that by consistently eating more calories than my typical weight loss plan, I will find it sustainable and be able to reach my goal. I have tried multiple diets - Southbeach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem. Then I quit, and just eat whatever I want. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:07:31 EST Spark Teams I joined too many Spark Teams & would like to delete some of them so that I can be more active on just a few. I know I could just concentrate on just a few & ignore the rest, but would rather delete myself from them so that they are not showing up. How would I go about doing this? Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:13:50 EST GMOs and antibiotics I moved from Europe in July and have been really unwell. I can't eat meat from certain big chain supermarkets and even with smaller ones have had trouble especially with beef. I've found eating organic helps but I am still getting ill. Stomach acid, I'm always bloated. I try to buy organic as much as possible, I rarely drink milk and any yogurts I buy are usually organic, or no GMOs etc. <BR> I can't go to the doctor at the moment as I'm waiting to start a new job and waiting for the health ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:12:36 EST how to like veggies I do not like veggies and as part of healthy eating it is a must!. can anyone tell me how I can like veggies or start by tolerating them at least. I have been on a shake diet for 3 months and will be starting to transition into food soon. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 23:12:54 EST Is it actually possible to create a balanced diet I’d like to eliminate meat and dairy for various ethical reasons. I’m not intending to be a religious vegan. Shellfish such as mussels therefore seem like a great way to get things missing from a vegan diet like B12, some eggs are also acceptable to me. I’ve created a spreadsheet for all essential nutrients with recommended minimum and safe maximum levels for each. I’ve been using this to try out different diets. The issue I’m having is that nutrients like fluoride, manganese, copper, phospho... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:37:31 EST Emulsifiers in Food I've been reading how emulsifiers in packaged food is wreaking havoc in our digestive tracks. A couple of those are lecithin and carrageenan. Anyone else concerned? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 07:18:24 EST Any Ideas for Quick Diabetic Breakfast and Snacks? Does anybody have ideas for diabetic friendly quick healthy breakfast or snacks? I work and go to school and do not have a lot of time after I get off work and head to school, I usually do not eat dinner until after 9:00 pm. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:48:59 EST Ticker How do I create a ticker for weight loss. Is there an app for this. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:58:29 EST Low carb, protein and fat ratios I just started trying to lower my carb intake. Months of a higher intake of 200 plus and now the last 3 days I have barely reached 90. I really dont want to give up my 1 slice of bread. I can give up potatoes and rice easily but my heavy wheat bread or crackers with my eggs in the morning or with sardines at lunch will be hard for me to give up. I dont eat refined white bread.. <BR> <BR> so heres my question... with a carb count 100-125 or under, what should my protein and fat count look li... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 18:42:06 EST Newbie Question re: Nutrition Tracker Hi everybody! Newbie here with a question. <BR> <BR> Every time I delete a food in my nutrition tracker, I get a prompt saying "are you sure you want to delete this permanently blah blah blah" (I don't remember exact wording). <BR> <BR> Is there a way to turn this notification off? I've searched through my settings but there are a lot. <BR> <BR> I change my mind a lot and have been seeing this message a lot. <BR> <BR> Thanks for you help! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 15:39:44 EST Starting to eat clean I have been here a week now and have been eating pretty clean this week. I have increased my water intake and have increased my veggie and fruit intake. I have even been ok with portion control. <BR> I have not lost any weight yet, nor am I expecting it to budge this soon, but how long did it take you to see that first pound come off? I am really hoping to see some results if I stay this consistent. I still need to track and learn about nutrition, but from how I have been eating before, this... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:03:55 EST question about diabetes i have a co worker who is a diabetic. and we all have concerns about her because she will eat 3 donuts and 2 mountain dews for breakfast, what will happen if a diabetic persons sugar gets too high? this kind of eating is not healthy even for a "normal" person! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 21:18:00 EST Paleo Anyone got ideas for quick Paleo foods? I often have to carry stuff with me on the job that I can eat driving down the road. Sandwiches used to be my go-to, but with no bread, I have to find an alternative. Kind of hard to eat a steak and drive. LOL. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 21:15:17 EST Been out for a while Feels great to be back! My hubby was ill and hospitalized for a while so I was more worried about him than my diet and exercising. Of course, now I have to get back to the grind and loose about 10 lbs that creeped on while I was out. Most is probably from sodium and excess water but we'll see ;) Feels good to be back but can't wait for spring so I can ride my bike again! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:37:51 EST sodium added as additional nutrient to track today I have had these foods containing sodium, only a cup of chicken broth and 1/4 c cottage cheese and a small amount of cream of chicken soup. My sodium shows 2800 mg. I know this is not correct. The nutrient tracker does not break down the mg of sodium in each food, just gives the total. I know I have not eaten this much sodium. Any ideas? Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:41:37 EST Still hungry Hi Everyone, <BR> So I've been off and on this website for a couple years, I'm normally pretty good at sticking to my calorie ranges, and I was just wondering if other people get like this too occasionally: <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my first rest day from exercise in 5 days (I decided to get eyelash extensions and my appointment was right after work, and you cannot sweat or shower or get them wet for 12-24 hours after). So because I didn't have any exercise my calorie range was up to 1500. Whi... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:22:02 EST 3 MONTH DIET SHEET Hi guys, thank you for taking the time to read my query. Its just that my dad has appointed a personal trainer and he has just told me that the trainer is going to set him out a 3 month diet sheet... and that it's going to cost £100. Is this normal? I don't want to offend the guy and don't like questioning professionals but this just seems a bit much to me for a diet plan on paper. Thank you again for taking the time. Happy new year everyone 😊? Fri, 6 Jan 2017 06:25:57 EST Cow's milk or alternative milk What kind of milk do you drink? I go between cow's milk, soy, and almond. Alternative milks can have a lot of added sugar but cow's milk has its own type of sugar. So what are you drinking? Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:09:12 EST Food allergies and getting nutrients?? Hi, my doctor recently told me that I need to be strictly avoiding eggs, dairy,and gluten due to allergies to them...finding it hard and impossible to know what to eat instead and still get the proper nutrients and complex (Cant afford to buy the expensive gluten free stuff and prefer clean eating style anyways) Any advice? Tips? I ordered sprouting seeds and didnt know if they qualify as a complex carb? Thu, 5 Jan 2017 18:21:22 EST Help! How do I know my correct calorie range? I have a question and I'm hoping some of you can help me with it. I feel like the harder I try, the more I actually gain weight rather than loosing it. I've been great today, had a filling but low calorie breakfast, carrots for a snack, a protein shake and grilled chicken for lunch. Right now my log says that I've had 700 calories (I splurged and had a latte this morning after getting the kids to school - it was one of those mornings). Normally at the start of the day my calorie range is 1,20... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:15:38 EST diet Hi my name is Dorothy can you tell me what I should be eating i have just got diverticulitis and I do not know what I should be eating one said it is ok to eat nut seed and one says not to eat nut or seeds can you help me so I will be eat what I should . <BR> <BR> Thank-You Dorothy Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:07:28 EST Belly Fat I been going to the gym for just over a year, three to four times a week. I do not need to lose weight, I'm 5'8" 163lb and I just turned 70. But I do have some belly fat, that I would like to get rid of. What can I do. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:12:02 EST US News & World Report Releases List of Best Diets I found this an interesting read. Hope this is appropriate to share. <BR> <BR><BR>diets-overall <BR> <BR> EXCERPT: U.S. News evaluated and ranked the 38 diets with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and heart disease. The government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet took the top spot,... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:35:41 EST Snack suggestions? Hi all! I have some very specific problems that make it a challenge for me to figure out healthy snacks. Here's my situation: <BR> <BR> -I live in semi-rural Kenya, so I drive into Nairobi once a week and can do my shopping then; Any snacks I buy would need to stay good for the week, or be eaten before they go bad <BR> <BR> -I'm working at a children's home/school who take care of my room and board, and the meals they are able to provide aren't terribly great, nutrition- or taste-wise. ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:46:06 EST Where do I start? Hey Everyone! <BR> I so badly want to be healthy, don't know where to start..what do I do? <BR> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 01:20:20 EST When You Exercise... Do you typically add more calories to your diet for that day? <BR> <BR> I know it changes your calorie range, but I was wondering how many people bump up their calories, vs. sticking with the normal allotted amount. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:38:31 EST Diabetes and carb/sugar counting I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and during my session with a nutritional counselor, she advised me to watch my carb and sugar intake (and fiber, of course). My friend at work, who was also recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and was also told that one of her kidneys may be failing, was told to only count sugar (according to her). I'm having a hard time remembering my carb/sugar/fiber guidelines (learning and memory problems due to past issues) and would much rather only focu... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:05:31 EST doing better A couple of days, not eating after 7 PM!! Still working. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:01:19 EST Picky Eaters So my husband has decided to 'diet' with me (not that he needs to, but it'll be easier/cheaper for us to eat the same healthy foods). Our problem: He's so picky! The veggies he likes are corn, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, peppers, and a few others, and salad. But I eat a lot of frozen veggies and I don't know what to get him. Does anyone else have this problem? or any ideas? I don't mind eating salad, but it's hard for me to eat it without dressing and I'm trying to lose weight fast. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:56:12 EST Is there a gluten-free menu option? I saw another post about this but it was kind of old so I'm asking again. Is there a gluten-free option on the nutrition tracker? Am I missing it, or does it just not exist? I can make my own items to replace the ones in the meal plans, but it would be nice to have SP meal plans be gluten-free friendly. I don't have celiac disease, but I am sensitive and if I eat bread, I'll throw up. I noticed there is a vegan / vegetarian meal plan for people who choose to eat that way, but none for GF, whi... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:54:26 EST Ways to get enough calcium New to SparkPeople and have noticed in the summary at the bottom of my start page that I'm not getting near the recommended amount of calcium each day. What works for you? TIA! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 21:10:43 EST Determining reasonable amounts So, I'm 190. A healthy weight for me is 145, based on my height and frame. Trying to figure out how much I can reasonably expect to lose monthly, if that makes sense. My sp calories range is approx 1250-1650. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:05:43 EST nutribullet vs. other smoothie blenders in your opinion, which is better for a smoothie- a nutribullet or another smoothie blender? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:58:36 EST Having trouble drinking enough water I used to be a really heavy soda drinker (luckily I've been able to scale it down to about 1 or 2 diet sodas per week), and I think because of this for me drinking water tastes really bland. Are there any tips for making drinking enough water each day easier? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:16:56 EST Horrible Gas Anyone else get horrible smelling gas when they eat healthy? It's to the point that people ask if something crawled up my butt and died. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 01:43:37 EST Easy Meals for Work Lunches I am having a really hard time figuring out stuff to eat for lunches at work. Preferably things I can make ahead in bulk. I make lunch 4 days a week, and prefer to make them all on Sunday nights. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts/things you make? Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:53:17 EST for tracking? measure meat ounces b-4 cooking? I was just wondering what other people do when tracking their food? Do you measure ounces of meat before cooking or after its done? Sometimes the size changes? The size also changes the calorie count. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:41:44 EST Already losing Have lost about 5 lbs since Christmas. But looking at a least 9 lbs. between now and Jun 30. Will readjust my goal after I reach that. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:34:16 EST