SparkPeople Healthy Eating Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=healthy-eating Learn some of the secrets of success for Healthy Eating from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Healthy Eating Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=healthy-eating Do pears provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46174_do_pears_provide_antiinflammatory_and_antioxidant_support Do pears provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support? <br> <br> <br>While pears are not an unusual source of conventional antioxidant or anti-inflammatory... Thu, 26 May 2016 01:35:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46165_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence Sidestepping Listeria<br><br>Here are some recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration. For more details, see www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/u<BR>cm274114.htm<br><br>Raw Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>***Rinse thoroughly under running tap water before eating, cutting, or cooking (even if the produce will be peeled).<br><br>***Scrub firm produce like melons and cucumbers with a clean produce brush.<br><br>***Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.<br><br>Special instructions ... Wed, 25 May 2016 17:41:00 EST What Is Cayenne Pepper Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46164_what_is_cayenne_pepper_good_for What Is Cayenne Pepper Good For?<br><br>Cayenne Pepper Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Sometimes, you want to add a bit of spice to your life. One way is to try cayenne pepper, a red, hot little spice with origins in South and Central America, the West Indies and Mexico. Dried and powdered, it produces a powerful heat that can enhance a plethora of foods – in the right amounts! But better than that, an active ingredient called capsaicin gives cayenne and other hot peppers their intensity is also a... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:32:00 EST What Are Cashews Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46163_what_are_cashews_good_for What Are Cashews Good For?<br><br><br>Cashews Nutrition Facts<br><br>Native to Brazil, cashews are crescent-shaped nuts with a sweet flavor and a plethora of uses in the kitchen. Considered third in consumption among all the tree nuts in the world, they're great when mixed with raisins, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, and other nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, to make a fantastic homemade trail mix.Cashew butter is a staple in many households around the world, and they... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:19:00 EST No Calorie Counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46156_no_calorie_counting Nutrition experts dole out a ton of advice about how to eat well—and, most importantly, not lose your mind doing it. But there are some tips that stand the test of time, and that experts themselves follow. (Because yes, they're human, too.) Here are 10 habits they live by—and that will change the way you eat.<br><br>Don't give anything up<br><br>Eat all the foods you enjoy—but the key is to do it in smaller quantities, says Elisa Zied, RDN, who has lost and kept off more than 30 pounds since ... Wed, 25 May 2016 07:04:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46152_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence Maple Leaf Foods, Canada's rough equivalent of Oscar Mayer, thought it was being vigilant enough in 2008. But that didn't prevent Listeria from contaminating its cold cuts that year, killing 22 people.<br><br>The company had a good track record in preventing contamination at its Bartor Road plant in North York, Ontario. It sanitized all surfaces that came into contact with food every day and cleaned the entire plant every weekend.<br><br>But for almost a year before the outbreak, inspectors... Tue, 24 May 2016 22:03:00 EST Shirataki Noodles — An Incredibly Healthy High-Fiber, No-Carb Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46149_shirataki_noodles_an_incredibly_healthy_highfiber_nocarb_food Shirataki Noodles — An Incredibly Healthy High-Fiber, No-Carb Food<br><br>One of the fastest ways to destroy your health is to eat a diet high in net carbs and protein and low in healthy fats. Considering the fact that 80 percent of Americans are insulin resistant and eat in this way, it's no surprise that obesity rates are on a steady climb.<br><br>While no one diet is perfect for everyone, as a general rule, most people could benefit by restricting net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to les... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:59:00 EST What Is Cacao Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46144_what_is_cacao_good_for What Is Cacao Good For?<br><br><br>Cacao Nutrition Facts<br>Crazy About Cacao<br><br><br>One of the most wildly popular trees on the planet is the cacao, the plant species from which cocoa – and chocolate – is derived. While some might think cacao and cocoa are one in the same, they're not, exactly. Cacao is the tree, while cocoa is the product made from it (not to be confused with coca, an evergreen shrub from which cocaine is concocted). Edible parts of cacao pods and the beans inside them ... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:59:00 EST What Is Cabbage Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46143_what_is_cabbage_good_for What Is Cabbage Good For?<br><br><br>The Cabbage Advantage<br><br>Cabbage Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Descended from cabbage grown wild in Mediterranean regions thousands of years ago, the leaves in today’s varieties sometimes have interesting dissimilarities. Some appear wide-spread and waffled, while others are smooth and tightly bunched. The colors vary as well, presenting pale green, blue green, red, reddish purple, and nearly white. All have very short stems which, other than garden dirt ... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:39:00 EST Are you hungry for breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46142_are_you_hungry_for_breakfast Are you hungry for breakfast? Or not? I don't eat breakfast because I am not hungry in the morning. This is a good habit for me because I make better choice for my 2 meals a day between 11a-7p. I don't label this skipping breakfast because I eat when I'm hungry.<br><br>When I eat breakfast I gained weight, with cravings all day long. This started at age 47 when I returned to college. It coincided with drinking pots of coffee with cream to reduce bitterness. Flash forward to today I am off my ... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:24:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46134_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_strawberries What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries<br><br> Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional. When total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces), strawberries ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberrie... Mon, 23 May 2016 23:11:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46133_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence The U.S. importer issued a recall and said that it would no longer do business with the Italian manufacturer. And the FDA imposed an Import Alert, which means that the company now has to prove that its foods are Listeria-free before they can enter the United States.<br><br>Even so, five more people became sick that September. Since most stores had repackaged the tainted cheese in smaller chunks and sold it under different brand names, consumers couldn't easily tell if they had any in their ... Mon, 23 May 2016 22:18:00 EST What Are Brussels Sprouts Good For http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46125_what_are_brussels_sprouts_good_for What Are Brussels Sprouts Good For?<br><br><br>Brussels Sprouts Nutrition Facts<br>Stepping Out with Brussels Sprouts<br><br><br><br>Named for the city in Belgium where this vegetable was first referenced in the 1200s – Brussels – this miniature cabbage may have been cultivated in Italy during the reign of Roman emperors. They migrated with European farmers into the U.S. in the 1800s.<br><br>In a long line of crucifers with cabbage, radishes, cauliflower, and kale, Brussels sprouts are a coo... Mon, 23 May 2016 12:04:00 EST What Is Broccoli Raab Good For http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46124_what_is_broccoli_raab_good_for What Is Broccoli Raab Good For?<br><br><br>Broccoli Raab Nutrition Facts<br><br>Relative to Broccoli – Broccoli Raab<br><br><br>Italians call it rapini, but in North America it’s broccoli raab (or rabe, pronounced “raw-bay”). If this vegetable is new to you, you may wonder about the differences between this and other closely related vegetables. Broccoli, the main vegetable in the crucifer family of plants, means “branch” or “arm” for its cross-shaped connectors. Broccoli raab is a wilder cou... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:56:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46109_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence A state epidemiologist heard about the diagnosis and called Pat to find out what John had been eating. When he learned about the soft cheeses, he arranged to pick them up. The cheeses tested positive for Listeria.<br><br>After a month, the hospital moved John to a rehabilitation facility for brain injuries, where he underwent a grueling six weeks of physical therapy.<br><br>"It took a lot of work for me to learn to speak, walk, and feed myself again," he says. "It wasn't pleasant."<br><br>... Sun, 22 May 2016 21:33:00 EST What Is Bok Choy Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46105_what_is_bok_choy_good_for What Is Bok Choy Good For?<br><br><br>Oh, Boy - Bok Choy!<br><br>Bok Choy Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Cultivated in China for centuries, bok choy has played a large part not only in its cuisine, but in traditional Chinese medicine. Today, it’s a staple in both Asian and American recipes.<br><br>A deep green leafy vegetable that resembles Romaine lettuce on top and a large celery on the bottom, bok choy is a crucifer more closely related to cabbage. The entire vegetable can be used, and is ofte... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:48:00 EST What Are Black Currants Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46104_what_are_black_currants_good_for What Are Black Currants Good For?<br><br><br>Black Currant Nutrition Facts<br><br>A popular berry during summertime, deep purple black currants (sometimes called blackcurrants) offer a wealth of nutrients not found anywhere else. The plump little black currant can be puckeringly sour however, so it's one fruit that usually requires some type of added sweetness, such as honey or stevia, for eating as is or for baking. Black currant sauce can make a delicious savory sauce for serving with lamb,... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:30:00 EST SO MUCH JUNK TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46095_so_much_junk_today I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 22 May 2016 01:56:00 EST What are some of the key features of dietary fiber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46094_what_are_some_of_the_key_features_of_dietary_fiber What are some of the key features of dietary fiber?<br><br>First, fiber has always been recognized as a plant-based nutrient. To make a simple comparison, plants have fiber in the same way that animals have muscles and bones. Fiber allows plants to maintain their shape and structure. And even though fungi (including mushrooms) are classified by scientists as belonging to their own separate category of living things, we would want to include them alongside of plants in this fiber discussion si... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:56:00 EST Protein is used in every single cell in our body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46091_lean_protein_benefits We need to eat plenty of protein foods every single day to keep our metabolism running, our energy up and our blood sugar levels stable. You might be eating enough protein overall, but are you eating the right kinds?<br><br>Protein is used in every single cell in our body and is critical for building muscle mass, supporting neurological function, aiding in digestion, helping to balance hormones naturally and keeping our mood upbeat. Protein foods are also beneficial for preventing weight gain... Sat, 21 May 2016 16:44:00 EST Plan your meals a week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46090_plan_your_meals_a_week_ahead Planning you meals a week ahead or two weeks out depending on how often you shop for groceries is a must. I plan our meals two weeks at a time and post 1 week on the refrigerator. We share the cooking in our house so in addition to what we are having each day it lists who is doing the cooking. I plan what we are having for all 3 meals including what fruits we are eating that day. If you do this then you know exactly what to buy at the grocery store and you are not buying junk you really do no... Sat, 21 May 2016 16:05:00 EST What Are Blackberries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46087_what_are_blackberries_good_for What Are Blackberries Good For?<br><br><br>Blackberries Nutrition Facts<br><br>Blackberry Bliss<br><br><br>Nothing says “Summer!” like a fresh fruit salad and if blackberries aren’t in the mix, you’re definitely missing out! Sweet and succulent, this fruit belongs to the same family and closely resembles dewberries and raspberries.<br><br>Blackberries, grow on thorny bushes called brambles, are native to Europe, but are now also grown commercially in the US. They are available all year round ... Sat, 21 May 2016 14:04:00 EST What Are Beets Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46086_what_are_beets_good_for What Are Beets Good For?<br><br>Beets Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Napoleon set aside 70,000 acres to explore the beet root’s sugar-producing potential. In an era of sugar shortages due to wartime blockades, France was then able to produce its own sugar. Since then, beets of varying hues and varieties, including the sugar beet that is now a global sweetener source, are widely cultivated. Beets are commonly boiled, baked, and pickled. They also can be grated raw into salads to add color and a ta... Sat, 21 May 2016 13:30:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46083_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence John belonged to one of the high-risk groups for listeriosis. Adults 65 years and older are four times more likely than younger people to get Listeria infections. Also at high risk are people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women (who generally recover, but often miscarry).<br><br>Since McKissick had just returned from Dubai, the doctors thought he might have picked up some virus in the Middle East, so they isolated him from other patients.<br><br>Meanwhile, McKissick's condition ... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:06:00 EST Read labels carefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46082_read_labels_carefully <br>Finally, some good news from the FDA about something positive.<br><br>Somehow, the FDA has finally realized that eating white sugar isn't good for you. It amazes me that it has taken so much time, but then again, the "sugar lobby" is a very strong one.<br><br>Ever since I started on this journey, I have become an avid label reader. I LOOK for sugar in products, I look to see the carb content, the calorie content, and whether it actually has anything good for me in it. I have become a food... Sat, 21 May 2016 09:54:00 EST What are the health benefits derived from sea vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46072_what_are_the_health_benefits_derived_from_sea_vegetables What are the health benefits derived from sea vegetables?<br><br>Why would anyone want to eat sea vegetables? Because they offer one of the broadest ranges of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean—and not surprisingly, many of same minerals found in human blood. The also offer a variety of unique phytonutrients, including their sulfated polysaccharides (also called fucoidans). Unlike some other categories of vegetables, sea vegetables do not appear to ... Fri, 20 May 2016 22:59:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46071_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence The supermarket had cut the Listeria-laced ricotta salata into smaller pieces and repackaged them as its store brand. In the process, some Listeria must have attached itself to a worker's finger, a knife, or a counter surface that later came in contact with a cheese that ended up in the McKissicks' shopping cart.<br><br>(The McKissicks declined to name the supermarket, but press reports have identified it as a Whole Foods Market.)<br><br>John McKissick would become one of the first victims o... Fri, 20 May 2016 20:18:00 EST Carb Sensitivity Issues? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46068_carb_sensitivity_issues Here's a new one for me. I've written on my blog, and on Secrets before about sugar, but never really paid that much attention to carbs. Wow, today was an eye-opener.<br><br>First a little history. In the last 45 days I've moved ALL THE WAY across the country and made major cultural changes: Southern California to North Carolina. The places I used to buy food are gone (of course) and the great weather is gone too. Now there isn't all negative to the story as I've already made some good ... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:23:00 EST What Are Beet Greens Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46065_what_are_beet_greens_good_for What Are Beet Greens Good For?<br><br><br>Beet Greens Nutrition Facts<br>The Buzz on Beet Greens<br><br><br>Grown in the Mediterranean region as far back as 2,000 B.C., beet cultivation spread to Babylonia in the eighth century, then to China around 850 A.D.<br><br>Beets, along with their greens, belong to the Goosefoot family, known as Chenopodiaceae. Within the botanical family, beet greens are factored alongside spinach, Swiss chard, quinoa, lamb's quarter, and a number of other wild plant... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:28:00 EST What Is Arugula Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46063_what_is_arugula_good_for What Is Arugula Good For?<br><br><br>Arugula Nutrition Facts<br><br>The Arugula Advantage<br><br>If you ever see a salad green referred to as “rocket,” it’s simply another name for arugula, or roquette in French. Yet another brassicaceae along with kale and cauliflower, its delightfully pungent leaves have been cultivated in the Mediterranean since time was recorded. As such, arugula is a perennial favorite in Italian cooking.<br><br>Rather nondescript in appearance, arugula is often added to... Fri, 20 May 2016 13:45:00 EST 9 Powerful Health Benefits of Pineapple http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46055_9_powerful_health_benefits_of_pineapple 1. Pineapples help fight away colds. <br><br>How fascinating is this? Researchers found that the raw extract from pineapple had the ability to decrease mucus five times faster than over-the-counter cough syrup and also helps patients recover 4.8 times faster. Bromelain is the compound that could be responsible for helping to reduce your cough. Here is a great natural pineapple cough juice you can make in the comfort of your own home. To reduce the severity and duration of a cough, consume thi... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:19:00 EST Listeria From Cheese Tasting To "Life Sentence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46052_listeria_from_cheese_tasting_to_life_sentence Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for fewer than one out of every 10,000 cases of food poisoning in the United States. But the bacterium is so virulent, especially in older adults, that it's the third-leading cause of death from food-borne illnesses.<br><br>Even if you manage to live through the experience, your ordeal may not be over.<br><br>John McKissick once asked a fellow survivor how long it took to recover from his Listeria infection. "He said, 'Oh, you never get over it,'" McKis... Thu, 19 May 2016 20:32:00 EST What Are Bananas Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46048_what_are_bananas_good_for What Are Bananas Good For?<br><br><br>Banana Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>There are many reasons why bananas are one of the most popular foods in the world. They offer the perfect portion size, come in their own handy, natural protective wrap, and are extremely economical. Fresh and creamy, bananas mix well with other fruits and are a favorite lunchtime addition or for noshing on the go.<br><br>One of the most cultivated tropical fruits, bananas are a close relative to the plantain, which is la... Thu, 19 May 2016 14:50:00 EST Healthy Steaming Cooking Method http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46036_healthy_steaming_cooking_method Healthy Steaming Cooking Method<br><br>Steaming is one of the best cooking methods for maximizing taste and color, while retaining the most nutrients in vegetables and fish. Especially when the vegetables themselves have so much flavor, simply steaming them and finishing with fresh herbs, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil can produce a very satisfying and delicious dish. You can also Healthy Steam several vegetables or vegetables and fish in one pot for easier clean up.<br><br>My health... Thu, 19 May 2016 01:18:00 EST The Starch Solution - John McDougall MD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46035_the_starch_solution_john_mcdougall_md The Starch Solution - John Mc Dougall, MD <br><br>Today is day # one for me for reading over The Starch Solution - John Mc Dougall MD. I have set myself up to be successful by riding my home of bad food choices. I have gathered what I need as well.<br><br>My secret of success is to apply what I learn. So after I learn something helpful I want the experience that goes with it, and the advantages change can make. After thought, effort, and time I look at where I was prior to the new experience ... Thu, 19 May 2016 00:27:00 EST Portion out your meals weekly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46029_portion_out_your_meals_weekly Sometimes things get really hectic throughout the week and I find it difficult to stay on track! When things get hairy, I'm often tempted to stop by the nearest fast food restaurant drive-thru on the way home. But, I found a wonderfully simple solution. I prepare my lunch snacks on the one morning I usually have free. Saturday mornings are great mornings for me to take uninterrupted time to assess what I want to eat next week, do my grocery shopping for the week, and to make make the majo... Wed, 18 May 2016 15:30:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46028_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat ***Colon<br><br>Green tea was linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer in Chinese women and a higher risk in Chinese men living in Singapore.<br><br>***Prostate<br><br>A study of nearly 50,000 Japanese men found a lower risk of advanced prostate cancer in those who drank at least 5 cups of green tea a day, but a study of about 27,000 Chinese men in Singapore found no link in men who drank at least two cups a day.<br><br>"Although tea might have a small benefit that we can't detect, overall... Wed, 18 May 2016 14:19:00 EST 5 Health Benefits of Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46027_5_health_benefits_of_tomatoes 5 Health Benefits of Tomatoes<br><br><br>One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin A, 2 percent of the RDA of iron, and 1 percent of the RDA of calcium. Here are some of the health benefits of tomatoes.<br><br>1. Ward off Cancer<br><br>Numerous studies have concl... Wed, 18 May 2016 12:44:00 EST What are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits found in grapes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46014_what_are_the_antioxidant_and_antiinflammatory_benefits_found_in_grapes What are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits found in grapes?<br><br>Antioxidant Benefits<br><br>The wealth of antioxidant nutrients in grapes is somewhat startling! In addition to providing us with conventional antioxidant nutrient like vitamin C and manganese, grapes are filled with antioxidant phytonutrients that range from common carotenoids like beta-carotene to unusual stilbenes like resveratrol, and the total number of different antioxidant nutrients in grapes runs well into... Tue, 17 May 2016 21:10:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46013_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat But she'd rather that people ate whole foods.<br><br>"Some people just want to take a laxative and be done. But I'd prefer that they eat a bowl of bran cereal with milk and throw some blueberries on it."<br><br>"Whether it's the seeds or skins or sugar alcohols or fiber in grains, beans, vegetables, and other plant foods, something in there helps keep things moving."<br><br>The Bottom Line: Don't rely only on the "Dietary Fiber" number on Nutrition Facts labels to find foods that are good f... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:56:00 EST The Top Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46011_the_top_powerhouse_fruits_and_vegetables The Top Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your health and ward off countless chronic diseases. Virtually any vegetable is good for you… but some are better than others.<br><br>To a large extent, the best vegetables for you are those that appeal to your palate and agree with you. I highly recommend listening to your body, in that the foods you eat, including vegetables, should leave you feeling satisfied ... Tue, 17 May 2016 14:18:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45998_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat "There's no question that prunes work," says Slavin. "They're interesting because they have fiber, but they also have sugar alcohols and maybe other chemicals that matter."<br><br>(Sugar alcohols, like sorbitol or mannitol, are poorly absorbed carbohydrates. They're not alcohol.)<br><br>Sugar alcohols can keep things moving because they retain moisture, which can soften stool in small doses.<br><br>"But if you eat a large dose, some will get down to the large intestine and get fermented by ... Mon, 16 May 2016 22:33:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Shiitake Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45994_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_shiitake_mushrooms What's New and Beneficial about Shiitake Mushrooms<br><br> Although immune system support has often received much of the spotlight in shiitake mushroom research, recent study results involving support of the cardiovascular system have caught the attention of many researchers. In particular, recent studies have shown the ability of shiitake mushrooms to help protect us against cardiovascular diseases (including atherosclerosis) by preventing too much immune cell binding to the lining of our... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:54:00 EST Eating Healthy is a Rule.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45991_eating_healthy_is_a_rule I have found that eating healthy is not as easy as it sounds.. We all have the urge to take short cuts or eating out... Most Restaurants have a page online to show what the items you will be choosing is in your calorie range.. That is one way to check it out.. but we face each day with all kids of choices.. I have over the years made my own collection but if you cook more foods at home you have the choice of how it is cooked and what you will have.. include fruits and vegetables. But also inc... Mon, 16 May 2016 14:04:00 EST What Is Zucchini Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45989_what_is_zucchini_good_for What Is Zucchini Good For?<br><br><br>Zucchini Nutrition Facts<br>Zesty Zucchini<br><br>Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo<br><br>For many people, summertime is simply incomplete without serving a delicious array of scrumptious green vegetables. But here’s an idea: why not take a break from the usual leafy green salads, and dig into a plateful of succulent zucchini instead?<br><br>A member of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), zucchini is an easy-to-grow summer squash native to Central America an... Mon, 16 May 2016 11:19:00 EST What is Healthy Eating? What is a Healthy Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45988_what_is_healthy_eating_what_is_a_healthy_diet What is Healthy Eating? What is a Healthy Diet?<br><br><br>Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life.<br><br>Diet is often referred to as some dietary regimen for losing weight. However, diet simply means what food we eat in the course of a 24-hour, one week, or one month, etc. period.<br><br>A good diet is a nutritional lifestyle that promotes good health. A good diet must include several food groups because one single g... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:55:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45978_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat Unlike wheat bran, which is rich in insoluble fiber, beans (along with oats) are rich in soluble fiber-----that is, fiber that dissolves in water.<br><br>"Soluble fiber binds bile acids in the gut and keeps them from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream," Bazzano explains. To make up for the loss, the liver takes cholesterol out of the blood to make more bile acids. That lowers your LDL cholesterol.<br><br>How much do you have to eat? In most studies, people typically ate about 1/2 cup of... Sun, 15 May 2016 20:10:00 EST Weekly Meal Prepping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45975_weekly_meal_prepping I don't have time to cook every night. I have a job with a lot of responsibility So when I come home I want to get in my workout, spend time with my daughter and boyfriend, and I want to rest. I also have to fit in time to meditate, take care of the dog, my apartment and all of life's little errands. Convenience food was probably the bane of my existence and led to a lot of my weight gain. <br><br>So, how do I fit in eating healthy? One, I keep it simple. Some people like to try a lot of rec... Sun, 15 May 2016 17:06:00 EST Portion out healthy snacks and quick meals for the week to help resist temptation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45974_portion_out_healthy_snacks_and_quick_meals_for_the_week_to_help_resist_temptation One of my biggest challenges when it comes to healthy eating is feeling like I don't have the time to eat healthy. I will get home from work after an exhausting and frustrating day and end up ordering take out because I'm too tired or it's too late to cook. Or even worse, I'll pig out on chips and soda or some other junk high in empty calories. <br><br>One of my resolutions for my fitness journey this time around has been to keep my fridge and freezer stocked with pre-portioned easily accessi... Sun, 15 May 2016 17:02:00 EST What are the health benefits you derive from eating garbanzo beans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45972_what_are_the_health_benefits_you_derive_from_eating_garbanzo_beans Digestive Tract Support<br><br>Even though legumes are known for their fiber, most people do not know how helpful the fiber in garbanzo beans can actually be for supporting digestive tract function. First is the issue of amount. Garbanzos contain about 12.5 grams of fiber per cup. That's 50% of the Daily Value (DV)! In addition to this plentiful amount, at least two-thirds of the fiber in garbanzos is insoluble. This insoluble fiber typically passes all the way through our digestive tract unc... Sun, 15 May 2016 15:10:00 EST Surprising Health Benefits of Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45968_surprising_health_benefits_of_vegetables Surprising Health Benefits of Vegetables<br><br><br>Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your overall health. A vegetable-rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and can even help slow down your body's aging process.<br><br>A recent study found that people who consume seven or more portions of vegetables and fruit a day have a 42 percent lower risk of dying from any cause, compared to those who eat ... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:05:00 EST Back to my Happy Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45962_back_to_my_happy_bread I have made a decision about my weight control program. I have reached a Happy Weight and I am going to return to my Sunbeam White Bread. It is always soft and very nice to the palate. It has only a few more calories and make me very happy. Now that I am at a point of almost maintenance, I feel It is time to give up that cardboard taste of wheat bread which I never liked. I have learned from Spark People to exercise more burned calories then are taken in. So now my soul will have my beloved b... Sun, 15 May 2016 09:30:00 EST What are some health benefits of raspberries? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45960_what_are_some_health_benefits_of_raspberries Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits<br><br>The diversity of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in raspberries is truly remarkable, and few commonly eaten fruits are able to provide us with greater diversity. From a research perspective, here is a partial list of phytonutrients in raspberries that provide us antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits:<br><br> anthocyanins<br> cyanidins<br> pelargonidins<br> delphinidins<br> malvidins <br> ... Sun, 15 May 2016 00:40:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45957_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat However, in a second study, people who were fed whole grains didn't lose more belly fat. Nor have most other studies seen much difference in weight loss.<br><br>And keep in mind that some whole-grain foods have more calories than their refined-grain counter-parts.<br><br>For example, at California Pizza Kitchen, the hand-tossed wheat whole grain crust-----which is only part whole wheat-----has 720 calories. (The gluten-free crust has 760.) In contrast, the white-flour hand-tossed original ... Sat, 14 May 2016 21:52:00 EST 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45950_9_health_benefits_of_cucumbers 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers<br><br><br>Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated.<br><br>However, there's reason to eat cucumbers all year long. With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread... Sat, 14 May 2016 13:26:00 EST Ugly Fruit Packs in Nutrients http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45941_ugly_fruit_packs_in_nutrients A new initiative has been spawned in the U.S., patterned after a similar effort in France focused on marketing unlovely produce such as "the grotesque apple and the ridiculous potato."<br><br>The premise is built on the realization that just because these foods may have an inferior exterior in comparison with the beautiful darlings on display in fruit baskets, it doesn’t mean they’re not edible and nutritious.<br><br>Especially in wealthy countries like the U.S., it’s only the most perfect sp... Fri, 13 May 2016 23:56:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45940_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat 3. Do whole grains lead to weight loss?<br><br>"A diet rich in whole grains and fiber helps manage hunger and is associated with a healthier body weight," says the Kashi GoLean Crunch box.<br><br>"More Grains. LESS YOU!" says General Mills Multi Grain Peanut Butter Cheerios. "People who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't."<br><br>Yes, studies that track thousands of people for years find that whole-grain eaters are less likely to gain weight than people who ea... Fri, 13 May 2016 20:57:00 EST Fruit instead of sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45936_fruit_instead_of_sugar So besides the food instead of sugar thing I've been doing several other things. But let's start with the fruit instead of sugar. I find that it's very helpful to eat a piece of fruit every time I want sugar. I've also turn to eating tomatoes and avocados as well. But they are also hiring calorie. I also carry celery and carrots and cucumbers with some ranch dip or some peanut butter dip, I'm very careful not to use too much did just enough to add a little bit of flavor. These snacking ideas ... Fri, 13 May 2016 13:52:00 EST Loose Weight or Fitness Addicts...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45935_loose_weight_or_fitness_addicts Well some of us want to loose weight and then there are some people who are fitness addicts.. They get into numbers on the scales.. They get a high on loosing.. don't do this... it can lead to health problems and you could get sick..there's nothing wrong with what they're doing, as long as they eat sensibly and just get to the point of where you feel good in your own skin.. that is the point you go for..Yes, you need to limit your caloric intake and exercise on an intensive level if you want ... Fri, 13 May 2016 12:29:00 EST 7 Factors to Consider if You’re Told Your Cholesterol Is Too High http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45934_7_factors_to_consider_if_youre_told_your_cholesterol_is_too_high 7 Factors to Consider if You’re Told Your Cholesterol Is Too High<br><br><br>When I first opened my medical practice in the mid-80s, cholesterol, and the fear of having too high a level was rarely discussed unless your cholesterol level was over 330 or so.<br><br>Over the years, however, cholesterol became a household word for something you must keep as low as possible, or suffer the consequences. Today, dietary fat and cholesterol are typically still portrayed as the worst foods you can cons... Fri, 13 May 2016 11:53:00 EST Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45933_cholesterol_myths_you_need_to_stop_believing Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believing<br><br>In a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vast majority of Americans (76 percent) said they had had their cholesterol level checked at least once in the previous five years.1<br><br>Despite the commonality of the cholesterol test, many are seriously misled about what the results of the test mean. Many people aren't even receiving a useful cholesterol test at all.<br><br>A total cholesterol test, ... Fri, 13 May 2016 11:34:00 EST Superfood Trio: Ginger, Turmeric, and Carrots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45926_superfood_trio_ginger_turmeric_and_carrots To designate a vegetable, spice or other edible with the title “superfood” is to recognize that it has the sort of capabilities that far outdistances others among their ranks.<br><br>Three superfoods that have gone out of their way to distinguish themselves nutritionally are ginger, turmeric and carrots. If you’re surprised by that last one, what follows is a summation of all their attributes, as well as some of the potential they hold for you.<br><br>One of the most important bonuses they sh... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:48:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45919_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat "They sell juices in 16- or 20-ounce bottles out of a vending machine," notes Bazzano. So it's not hard to get more than two servings in one bottle.<br><br>"We saw an increased risk for orange and grapefruit juice, but it was strongest for apple juice," adds Bazzano.<br><br>How might fruit juice raise the risk of diabetes?<br><br>"When you drink fruit juices, you're less likely to compensate for the calories later on," says Bazzano. "It's the same thing that happens with sugar-sweetened bev... Thu, 12 May 2016 14:39:00 EST Information About Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45917_information_about_cholesterol It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn't bad. In fact, cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. <br> <br><br>What is cholesterol and where does it come from?<br><br>Cholesterol is a waxy substance that comes from two sources: your body and food. Your body, and especially your liver, makes all the cholesterol you need and circulates it through the blood. But cholesterol is also found in foods from animal sources, such as... Thu, 12 May 2016 13:39:00 EST The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Are Intended to Confuse the Public and the Press http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45906_the_2015_dietary_guidelines_are_intended_to_confuse_the_public_and_the_press The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) every five years (since 1980). The guidelines affect food labels; medical research grants; school lunch menus, which feed more than 30 million children each school day; the Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which informs the diets of eight million people; and most other public nutrition programs and nutritional d... Wed, 11 May 2016 23:27:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45902_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat 2. Is drinking fruits and vegetables as healthy as eating them?<br><br>"Getting your vegetables every day?" the personal trainer in the V8 commercial asks her client as he does sit-ups.<br><br>"When I can," he responds.<br><br>That's when the trainer gives the client a slap on his forehead.<br><br>"Could've had a V8," says the ad. "Two full servings of vegetables for only 50 delicious calories."<br><br>Got the message? It doesn't matter if you eat or drink your veggies, says V8. Either w... Wed, 11 May 2016 17:13:00 EST Superfood Trio: Ginger, Turmeric, and Carrots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45886_superfood_trio_ginger_turmeric_and_carrots Tapping into Turmeric<br><br>Turmeric, aka Curcuma longa, is a tropical and subtropical rhizome, meaning the root contains the spice, although the leaves are also used in Chinese and East Indian Ayurvedic medicine.<br><br>It’s famous for its healing qualities, but there’s also the brilliant yellow hue, and the curry produced from turmeric that gives Indian and Chinese dishes such unmistakable piquancy. Turmeric has no seeds; the roots are used for propagation.<br><br>Curcumin is probably the ... Tue, 10 May 2016 23:21:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45885_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat The results: the higher the dose, the higher the participants' LDL ("bad") cholesterol and post-meal triglycerides.<br><br>"I didn't expect to see anything at 10 percent, but we did," says Stanhope. "Even the addition of that amount of sugar-----equivalent to half a can of regular soda with each meal-----was enough to raise risk factors for cardiovascular disease."<br><br>That's news because a similar study, by a researcher who has received funding from the Corn Refiners Association, found ... Tue, 10 May 2016 21:09:00 EST What Is Basil Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45877_what_is_basil_good_for What Is Basil Good For?<br><br><br>Basil Nutrition Facts<br><br>Basics on Basil<br><br>If a kitchen has only a few herbs in its possession, basil will likely be one of them. Its fragrant essence combines well with rosemary and thyme in meat dishes, fish, vegetables, cheese, soup and eggs, and is one of the main ingredients in pesto, along with pine nuts and parmesan cheese.<br><br>Although more than 60 varieties of basil have been identified, they all fall into three main types: sweet, purple... Tue, 10 May 2016 11:35:00 EST Avocado Nutrition Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45876_avocado_nutrition_facts What Are Avocados Good For?<br> Avocado!<br><br>Avocado Nutrition Facts<br><br>Health Benefits of Avocado<br><br>When it comes to nutrition, avocados are in a class by themselves because of the unusually large number of benefits they offer - more than 20, last count. Loaded with fiber, one avocado contains 36% of the daily requirement of vitamin K, 30% of the folate, and 20% each of the daily requirements of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5, needed to break down carbohydrates), vitamin B6, vitami... Tue, 10 May 2016 11:24:00 EST TRYING TO EAT BETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45874_trying_to_eat_better I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 10 May 2016 10:21:00 EST How to survive once every minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45869_how_to_survive_once_every_minute How come today I came to the realization every single minute of every single day. Definitely not exercise that was my problem. I thought I would like to eat. I want to eat because I'm sad and want to eat because of him. I want to eat because I have nothing else to do. I want to eat to procrastinate doing what I need to do. And I want to eat because I'm starving because I've been working out so hard. Unfortunately even though I've been working out very hard, it doesn't necessarily mean that th... Mon, 9 May 2016 23:51:00 EST Fact vs. Fiction About The Foods You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45867_fact_vs_fiction_about_the_foods_you_eat 1. Can Sugar Harm Your Heart?<br><br>"The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol," trumpeted the Washington Post headline in February.<br><br>The hubbub over eggs got a small tsunami of attention (maybe because people mistakenly assumed that the U.S. was poised to drop warnings about meat, butter, and other foods that raise blood cholesterol, not about foods, like eggs, that contain cholesterol).<br><br>In fact, eggs got so much attention that the media... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:24:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45866_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_spinach What's New and Beneficial About Spinach<br><br> Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well. Recent research has shown that spinach leaves that look fully alive and vital have greater concentrations of vitamin C than spinach leaves that are pale in color. The study authors suggest that the greater supply of vitamin C helps protect all of the oxygen-sensitive phytonutrients in the spinach leaves and makes them looking vibrant and... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:23:00 EST Health Benefits of Bananas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45860_health_benefits_of_bananas Health Benefits of Bananas<br> <br>The health benefits of bananas include helping with weight loss, reducing obesity, curing intestinal disorders, relieving constipation, and curing conditions like dysentery, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney disorders, urinary disorders, menstrual problems, and burns. They are also good for reducing blood pressure, protecting heart health, modifying the metabolism, improving the immune system, reducing the severity of ulcers, ensuring healthy eye... Mon, 9 May 2016 13:16:00 EST Health Benefits of Cumin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45858_health_benefits_of_cumin Health Benefits of Cumin<br><br>The health benefits of cumin include its ability to aid in digestion, improve immunity and treat piles, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, lactation, anemia, skin disorders, boils and cancer.Many of you might remember having hated those curries and soups which had roasted or fried cumin seeds in them when you were kids, because they looked like small black insects. However, you probably liked the taste. So your mother might have r... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:55:00 EST Lemon or Lime? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45850_lemon_or_lime Drinking tap water can be unsafe, we have all read, seen and heard that. But when you are in a restaurant, a lot of times, in order to save money, you order water and what you are getting is from the tap. I do this, a lot. I eat out frequently and since I'm watching what I eat I order water with my meal.<br><br>Have you seen the prices a restaurant charges for bottled water? And unless you are allowed to bring in your own, like they do with wine, you are paying for a glass of wine with a ... Mon, 9 May 2016 07:25:00 EST 10 Surprising Benefits Of Dragon Fruit You Never Knew http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45839_10_surprising_benefits_of_dragon_fruit_you_never_knew 10 Surprising Benefits Of Dragon Fruit You Never Knew<br><br><br>Dragon what? No, this is not a medieval-times myth where knights save princesses from fire-breathing dragons and win the coveted dragon fruit from a magical tree. That said, real dragon fruit does contain some pretty magical benefits that can make you feel like a beautiful princess or a knight in shining armor.<br><br>In tropical and subtropical regions in South America and Asia, the dragon fruit flourishes and grows in abundanc... Sun, 8 May 2016 11:12:00 EST How to succeed, and what to eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45837_how_to_succeed_and_what_to_eat Food is not the problem, the issue is the way you use it against yourself.<br><br>Yes, against yourself. I fought food all my life. I struggled to decide whether to say no, or to cave in completely. I ended up caving in completely, and lost myself in the process.<br><br>Learning that food that is good for me is GOOD, and can easily be substituted for things that are simply awful for you was a revelation of sorts. I eat really well now. I have no white food (bread, white flour, sugar, ICEBERG ... Sun, 8 May 2016 10:54:00 EST What Are Carrots Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45828_what_are_carrots_good_for What Are Carrots Good For?<br><br><br>Carrot Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Extremely versatile to eat and available nearly anywhere in the world, carrots have been around for centuries. Historians believe that carrots were cultivated by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, as they were mentioned by Pliny the Elder and prized by Emperor Tiberius. Carrots belong to the Umbelliferae family, a term derived from the umbrella-like flower cluster on top of the plants in this family. You’ll find similar fern-... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:39:00 EST What Are the Health Benefits of Carrots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45826_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_carrots What Are the Health Benefits of Carrots?<br><br><br>Carrots are so common in the US that it's easy to overlook their potentially powerful benefits to your health.<br><br>Now a popular snack food to eat with dips or add to fresh vegetable juice, or as an addition to soups and stews, carrots have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties. According to the US Department of Agriculture:1<br><br>"Thought to be native to central or western Asia (likely Afghanistan), cultivated ... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:35:00 EST Why is there so much controversy about soybeans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45817_why_is_there_so_much_controversy_about_soybeans Why is there so much controversy about soybeans?<br><br>Given the fact that soybeans are a food that has been enjoyed by millions of people over thousands of year, it's unexpected to find so much controversy surrounding this legume. And yet in the public press and in scientific research, soybeans have been a topic of ongoing controversy. For example, in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a health claim for soy protein as a nutrient that could reduce risk of heart dis... Fri, 6 May 2016 22:54:00 EST What Is Artichoke Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45812_what_is_artichoke_good_for What Is Artichoke Good For?<br><br><br>Artichoke Nutrition Facts<br>Artichoke Attributes<br><br><br>Today, California provides virtually all of the artichokes in the U.S. If left to grow wild, artichokes blossom into large purple flowers.<br><br>Health Benefits of Artichoke<br><br>Artichokes supply 28 percent of the recommended daily value of fiber, which is important for keeping you “regular,” by helping to move material through your system. Fiber can also help lower blood sugar and blood pr... Fri, 6 May 2016 13:30:00 EST What Are Apricots Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45811_what_are_apricots_good_for What Are Apricots Good For?<br><br>Apricot Nutrition Facts<br><br>Ripe and golden with a luscious flavor and velvety surface – or a more intense shade when dried – apricots are closely related to peaches, plums, and nectarines. Grown on deciduous trees, they're actually a drupe, with the seed central to the surrounding fruit and each having a fairly uniform size. They're sometimes overlooked as a fruit, perhaps because there are so many fruits to choose from in today's markets.<br><br>Already... Fri, 6 May 2016 12:57:00 EST Benefits of Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45808_benefits_of_fiber When you think of dietary fiber…<br>I bet you think of two things:<br><br>#1: processed diet and “health” food products like breakfast bars and cereals that scream “LOADED WITH FIBER” on the box (and typically aren’t very tasty)<br><br>#2: yes, just that — a satisfying, solid, dependable number #2<br><br>And while fiber certainly does keep us regular and feeling full (which is why it’s added to so many diet and “health” food-like products), there are a number of other critical benefits of fib... Fri, 6 May 2016 09:15:00 EST What are some of the health benefits of cranberries? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45800_what_are_some_of_the_health_benefits_of_cranberries What are some of the health benefits of cranberries?<br><br>While familiar nutrients like vitamin C and fiber play a very important role in cranberry's health benefits, it's the amazing array of phytonutrients in cranberries that has gotten the special attention of health researchers. There are at least 5 key categories of health-supportive phytonutrients in cranberries, as summarized in the following chart:<br>Cranberry Phytonutrients<br>Type of Phytonutrient Specific Molecules<br>Phenolic A... Fri, 6 May 2016 00:38:00 EST Water, munchies and morning coffee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45797_water_munchies_and_morning_coffee I have started drinking my coffee black with a dash of cinnamon in it. Taking out the cream and sugar saves me a bunch of calories and fat and reduces my sugar intake. I actually prefer my coffee black now!! I have also reduced my coffee intake to one each day in the morning. The rest of the day I try and drink green or herbal tea (also with nothing in them). I let my co-workers and friends know that I have reduced coffee/tea from my diet, which makes it a lot easier to say no to fancy co... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:43:00 EST Bananas: Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45795_bananas_health_benefits Bananas: Health Benefits, Facts, Research<br><br>Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reason.<br><br>The curved yellow fruit packs a big nutritional punch, wrapped in its own convenient packaging. Some scientists believe that the banana may have even been the world's first fruit.<br><br>Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, traces the banana back to the Garden of Eden, where he believes it was the banana, not the apple... Thu, 5 May 2016 11:07:00 EST Food is not the problem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45794_food_is_not_the_problem Food is not the problem, the issue is the way you use it against yourself.<br><br>Yes, against yourself. I fought food all my life. I struggled to decide whether to say no, or to cave in completely. I ended up caving in completely, and lost myself in the process.<br><br>Learning that food that is good for me is GOOD, and can easily be substituted for things that are simply awful for you was a revelation of sorts. I eat really well now. I have no white food (bread, white flour, sugar, ICEBERG ... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:59:00 EST Food is not the problem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45793_food_is_not_the_problem Food is not the problem, the issue is the way you use it against yourself.<br><br>Yes, against yourself. I fought food all my life. I struggled to decide whether to say no, or to cave in completely. I ended up caving in completely, and lost myself in the process.<br><br>Learning that food that is good for me is GOOD, and can easily be substituted for things that are simply awful for you was a revelation of sorts. I eat really well now. I have no white food (bread, white flour, sugar, ICEBERG ... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:59:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Celery http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45792_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_celery <br>What's New and Beneficial About Celery<br><br>If you have become accustomed to thinking about celery as a crunchy, low-cal vegetable but not a key part of your health support, it is time to think again. Recent research has greatly bolstered our knowledge about celery's anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself. Some of the unique non-starch polysaccharides in celery—including apiuman—appear especially important in produc... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:53:00 EST Could you tell me more about collard greens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45783_could_you_tell_me_more_about_collard_greens Could you tell me more about collard greens?<br><br>All cruciferous vegetables provide integrated nourishment across a wide variety of nutritional categories and provide broad support across a wide variety of body systems as well. For more on cruciferous vegetables see:<br><br> Eating Healthy with Cruciferous Vegetables<br> Feeling Great with Cruciferous Vegetables <br><br>Collards are leafy green vegetables that belong to the same family that includes cabbage, kale, and broccoli. While... Thu, 5 May 2016 00:55:00 EST Overcoming GERD and losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45782_overcoming_gerd_and_losing_weight I have been trying to study the various doctor's advice on eating healthy who are featured on PBS and it really seems to be working for me. They say eat healthy fats -- not sugar in any form or any flour products at all. that this causes the weight to fall off. They say the healthy fats control the cravings and it sure seems to do the trick for me. One of the doctors says rye is ok because it is not digested, so I have been trying Wasa Rye crackers when I need them. Bone broth from grass ... Thu, 5 May 2016 00:03:00 EST Ignoring the cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45781_ignoring_the_cravings So one of the hardest things for me is to ignore the cravings I often want to eat chocolate. It is hard to ignore the call of dark chocolate. First I tried to justify it by saying hey it's an antioxidant. Men I actually eat it and I feel angry at myself for eating it. Or, I justify eating it by saying I've had a rough day. It is hard to say how important chocolate and seems to be in my life. I dream about it every night. I think about it Kama probably every hour. And is really annoying how m... Wed, 4 May 2016 23:06:00 EST Benefits of Beets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45776_benefits_of_beets Benefits of Beets<br><br><br>Beets are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe. Originally, it was the beet greens that were consumed; the sweet red beet root that most people think of as a "beet" today wasn't cultivated until the era of ancient Rome.1<br><br>By the 19th century, however, the natural sweetness of beets came to be appreciated and beets began to be used as a source of sugar (reportedly, Napoleon was responsible for dec... Wed, 4 May 2016 12:11:00 EST Benefits of Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45774_benefits_of_broccoli Benefits of Broccoli<br><br><br>Vegetables have an impressive way of offering widespread benefits to your health, and broccoli is no exception. When you eat broccoli, you're getting dozens, maybe even hundreds, of super-nutrients that support optimal, body-wide health.<br><br>Man-made substances just can't compare, and that's why, if you take just one piece of advice away from your childhood, make it this one: eat your broccoli!<br><br>5 Leading Benefits of Broccoli<br><br>We've compiled an e... Wed, 4 May 2016 11:29:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45768_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_strawberries What's New and Beneficial About Strawberries<br><br> Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional. When total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces), strawberries ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberrie... Wed, 4 May 2016 01:51:00 EST If All Your Friends Are Doing It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45763_if_all_your_friends_are_doing_it I grew up in a household where "if all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?" was a constant mantra. It was supposed to encourage me to be an independent thinker, and evaluate the decisions I made to determine whether or not they were smart.<br><br>My job has set times to take a coffee and lunch break. Due to the industry I'm in, the company policy is that food is not allowed at desks but only in the designated food areas around the building. During the off-work days, I feel t... Tue, 3 May 2016 17:33:00 EST Celery: Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45760_celery_health_benefits <br>Celery: Health Benefits, Facts, Research<br><br>Celery is a vegetable belonging to the Apiaceae family. It is well known for its crunchy stalks, which people often consume as a low calorie snack.<br><br>However, celery is not only a good low calorie food. There are a number of other reasons why you might want to include this vegetable in your diet.<br><br>Celery is thought to be beneficial for the digestive tract and cardiovascular system. In addition, the seeds of the plant are also comm... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:08:00 EST Top 8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45759_top_8_health_benefits_of_cauliflower Top 8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower<br><br><br>Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.<br><br>Adding to cauliflower's appeal is its extreme versatility. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Caulifl... Tue, 3 May 2016 10:58:00 EST Keeping snacks ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45750_keeping_snacks_ready So, today was all about avoiding the sugar. Normally, I want sugar all day long. I don't know what it is, but having sugar seems like a brain goal for me. I crave chocolate, sodas, and the like. I see milkshake signs ands swoon. Anyway, I found that if I have sweet fruits with me it is easier to curb that desire for something sweet. So, today I brought three oranges and an apple with me. Low and behold, everytime I craved sugar I ate one of those things. It really , really helped. I ... Mon, 2 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Why You Need to Eat More Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45747_why_you_need_to_eat_more_vegetables Why You Need to Eat More Vegetables<br> Low in calories, high in fiber, and with almost all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, vegetables are a nutritional cornerstone. While many think vegetables equate to a few leaves of lettuce and some tomatoes, there's a wide variety of veggies available, and you can use them in a number of different ways.<br> <br>In addition to eating them raw in a salad, many can be lightly steamed or cooked, and you can boost your consumption by ju... Mon, 2 May 2016 14:48:00 EST What Is Asparagus Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45744_what_is_asparagus_good_for What Is Asparagus Good For?<br><br>Asparagus Nutrition Facts<br>Assets of Asparagus<br><br>Wild asparagus, which grows abundantly around irrigation ditches and marshes, has thin, pencil-like shoots. Through selective breeding and growing techniques, a thicker stem was developed to have more edible flesh, but most asparagus aficionados believe the more slender stalks are less reedy and tough. Snap them at a natural breaking point about three-quarters of the way down the stalk.<br><br>Some aspa... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:05:00 EST Health Benefits of Strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45743_health_benefits_of_strawberries Health Benefits of Strawberries<br><br><br>Strawberries<br>Sw<BR>eet, juicy strawberries, with their vibrant red color, can brighten up the flavor and look of any meal. They are not only delicious, they are low in fat and calories, a good source of fiber and contain antioxidants, which protect the human body from cellular damage caused by free radicals1.<br><br>Strawberry Nutrients<br>One cup of strawberries provides 50 calories and about 3 grams of fiber, most of which is soluble fiber. Stud... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:02:00 EST make healthy snacks for long drives http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45736_make_healthy_snacks_for_long_drives Make healthy snacks for long drives to avoid eating junk or stopping for junk. I find when I have a long drive that is more than one hour, that it is hard to avoid eating or craving food. IF I have nutritious food available such as fresh veggies or fruit, it makes the drive shorter and I am less apt to stop and purchase junk food. For instance, today, I knew I had to drive from Pasadena and would most likely get stuck in some major traffic. Before I left ai crated a snack tray of various ... Mon, 2 May 2016 01:26:00 EST How tofu is made and if all tofu is fermented? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45730_how_tofu_is_made_and_if_all_tofu_is_fermented How tofu is made and if all tofu is fermented?<br><br>Originating in China well over a thousand years ago, tofu is made by curdling soymilk so that soymilk proteins become coagulated. The resulting soy curds can then be pressed into a sliceable cake. "Nigari" tofu typically refers to soymilk that has been coagulated with the addition of magnesium chloride. Gypsum (calcium sulfate) is another coagulant that is widely used to curdle soymilk. Both calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride are also ... Sun, 1 May 2016 20:15:00 EST Apples are a favorite superfood http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45727_apples_are_a_favorite_superfood Favorite superfoods (and superfruits!) the apple.<br><br>It’s no surprise that apples are good for you — why else would they have earned that “keep the doctor away” reputation? — but there are a number of lesser-known reasons to pick up a juicy one today.<br><br>Some of our favorite health benefits of apples are in the slideshow below. Let us know what else you love about apples in the comments!<br><br>1 Apples Lower Cholesterol<br><br><br>One medium-sized apple contains about four grams of f... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:31:00 EST 10 Proven Benefits of Blueberrie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45726_10_proven_benefits_of_blueberrie 10 Proven Benefits of Blueberries (No. 3 is Very Impressive)<br><br>Smiling Brunette With a Bowl of BlueberriesBlueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular.<br><br>Often labelled a “superfood,” they are low in calories and incredibly good for you.<br><br>They are so tasty and convenient that many people consider them to be their favorite fruit.<br><br>Here are 10 health benefits of blueberries that are supported by research.<br><br>1. Blueberries are Low in Calories, But High in Nutri... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:12:00 EST What's new and beneficial about walnuts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45718_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_walnuts What's new and beneficial about walnuts?<br><br>Researchers are convinced—more than ever before—about the nutritional benefits of walnuts when consumed in whole form, including the skin. We now know that approximately 90% of the phenols in walnuts are found in the skin, including key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids. Some websites will encourage you to remove the walnut skin—that whitish, sometimes waxy, sometimes flaky, outermost part of shelled walnuts. There can be slight bitterness... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:35:00 EST Benefits of Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45716_benefits_of_coffee Woman Smiling With a Tiny Cup of CoffeeCoffee is actually very healthy.<br><br>It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health.<br><br>The studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.<br><br>Here are the top 13 evidence-based health benefits of coffee, that have been confirmed in actual human studies.<br><br>1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter<br><br>Coffee can help people feel less tired and in... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:36:00 EST What are flavonoids? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45699_what_are_flavonoids What are flavonoids?<br><br>Flavonoids are one of the largest nutrient families known to scientists, and include over 6,000 already-identified family members. Some of the best-known flavonoids include quercetin, kaempferol, catechins, and anthocyanidins. This nutrient group is most famous for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits, as well as its contribution of vibrant color to the foods we eat. As an especially delicate group of nutrients with respect to cooking heats, flavon... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:45:00 EST Overcoming food temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45697_overcoming_food_temptation I did it! I'm so PROUD of myself!<br><br>I DID NOT eat a glazed donut from the THREE FRESH BOXES in the teacher's lounge this morning! <br><br>My secret? I'll be more than happy to share! <br><br>Walking down the hall towards my classroom, I told myself that the fat-free vanilla yogurt and apple (that I had cut into small pieces and doused with cinnamon) that I had in my hand for breakfast actually tasted better! <br><br>Suddenly, the donuts weren't so alluring. The smell of the sausage anoth... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:16:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45693_under_the_radar Q: Why?<br><br>A: If we didn't feel hungry when we saw food, we wouldn't eat and we wouldn't have survived as a species. We don't have to learn to feel hungry. It's built in. If we haven't eaten for some time, our stomachs growl, we may start getting a headache or a little shaky. these built-in mechanisms make sure that we eat so we survive.<br><br>But now we don't rely on those mechanisms because food is everywhere. The smell or the sight of food can make us hungry. All these cues mak... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:08:00 EST How do pumpkin seeds provide you with antioxidant support? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45684_how_do_pumpkin_seeds_provide_you_with_antioxidant_support How do pumpkin seeds provide you with antioxidant support?<br> <br>While antioxidant nutrients are found in most WHFoods, it's the diversity of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds that makes them unique in their antioxidant support. Pumpkin seeds contain conventional antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E. However, not only do they contain vitamin E, but they contain it in a wide variety of forms. Alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, a... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:09:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45683_under_the_radar Q: Many of us remember when food wasn't sold everywhere, 24/7.<br><br>A: Yes. I'm 60, so I remember how things were before the obesity epidemic, which started around 1980. When I was in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in the late '70s, there were very few places to eat around campus. College students just had a dining hall. If you didn't get there between 5:30 and 7 p.m., you didn't get dinner that night.<br><br>Q: It's not like that anymore?<br><br>A: No. In 2008, I... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:40:00 EST What are the cardiovascular benefits of strawberries? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45668_what_are_the_cardiovascular_benefits_of_strawberries What are the cardiovascular benefits of strawberries?<br><br>No area of strawberry health benefits is better documented than benefits for the cardiovascular system. It's also hard to imagine any other research result, since our heart and blood vessels need everyday protection from oxidative and inflammatory damage, and the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient content of strawberries is simply outstanding. Among all fruits profiled as the World's Healthiest Foods, strawberries come out a... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:22:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45665_under_the_radar Q: How do menus push us to buy certain foods?<br><br>A: Companies use eye-tracking equipment to see how people scan a page, so they know that where on the menu a dish appears influences what people choose.<br><br>For example, the upper right-hand corner is known as the "sweet spot." Newspapers put the big news in the upper right-hand corner of the front page because that's where people look first.<br><br>Or, menus might put an expensive item next to another dish that's even pricier, so the... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:57:00 EST Diet to Prevent Colon Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45662_diet_to_prevent_colon_cancer Diet to Prevent Colon Cancer<br><br>Looking to reduce your risk of colon cancer? Experts say to reach for the veggies and skip the bacon bits.<br>.<br><br>New research into diet and colon cancer has exonerated some foods that were once thought to increase the risk of the disease. At the same time, research has confirmed that some food favorites — such as processed meats — do indeed increase the risk.<br><br>Diet and Colon Cancer: Processed Meat Alert<br><br>In the United States, colorectal ca... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:52:00 EST Portion Control Hints http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45658_portion_control_hints If I buy a bag of crunchy snacks, the first thing I do is separate them into individual zip lock baggies. Even if I overeat, at least I know how many I ate. Never eat directly from the bag! <br> Weighing and measuring is also a key. Depending on your eyes to give an accurate estimate of what you are eating is not a good way to keep in control. As time goes by we tend to increase those portions so get out those measuring cups and invest in a small scale to be sure of what you are putting... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:27:00 EST NEED TO EAT BETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45656_need_to_eat_better I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:04:00 EST What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45652_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_shiitake_mushrooms What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms?<br><br>Shiitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms are widely referred to as "medicinal mushrooms" due to their long history of medical use, particularly in oriental medicine traditions. It's important to distinguish, however, between extracts and medicinal preparations made from these mushrooms and their appearance as whole foods in an everyday diet. Most of the medicinal research on shiitake mushrooms has been conducted on laboratory animals o... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:17:00 EST Pre Packing Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45649_pre_packing_food We have ALL had issues with over snacking or over eating! Some days are harder than others to control what I'm putting in my mouth. Other days I mindlessly graze over random snacks without being aware of what I'm actually eating. <br><br>But here is my secret to controlling and watching what I eat!<br><br>Making my snacks and lunch before hand makes me more successful at controlling what I eat. <br><br>Here's what I do! I pack my snacks in a small zip lock bag and write the number of calories... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:42:00 EST Why Eat Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45647_why_eat_healthy Stop right there... leave the ice cream .. put the spoon down and back away slowly... We all need to reorganize our pantry and drawer in our fridge.. We need to add a variety of color Vegetables.. You may have to add slowly and make some camouflage with other ones they like but it may be a challenge but it is worth it in the long run... Vegetables and fruit help protect your body against all kinds of diseases. This is because vegetables and fruit provide energy, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:01:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45644_under_the_radar Eating Out<br><br>Q: What makes us eat more when we eat out?<br><br>A: Bigger servings. Restaurants typically serve us more calories than we can burn, and people are eating out more often. A recent Cochrane review examined 72 studies and concluded that if you serve people larger portions, they eat more. It's automatic.<br><br>We don't pay attention to how much we eat because we don't have to. We can eat while we talk to a dinner companion, watch TV, or drive. We eat the food that's in ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:48:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45631_under_the_radar Q: Does our self-control also get worn down?<br><br>A: Yes. In one study, everyone was told to skip a meal before an experiment. Two groups were told to wait in a room with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, chocolate candies and radishes before being asked to solve a puzzle.<br><br>One of those groups was told to taste the radishes, but not the cookies or candies. The second group was told to taste the cookies and candies. A third group was asked to solve the puzzle without waiting ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:49:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Black Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45630_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_black_beans What's New and Beneficial About Black Beans<br><br> Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health, and particularly our colon. The indigestible fraction (IF) in black beans has recently been shown to be larger than the IF in either lentils or chickpeas. It has been shown to be the perfect mix of substances for allowing bacteria in the colon to produce butyric acid. Cells lining the inside of the colon can use this butyric acid to fuel their m... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:50:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45609_under_the_radar Q: Do we buy more food in some areas of the store?<br><br>A: People pay more attention to food at the end of the aisles. When the industry discovered that, end-of-aisle real estate became more valuable.<br><br>It started in the '80s when supermarkets had an explosion in fees that companies pay to put their products in prime locations. The food at the end of the aisle may or may not be on sale. It's only there because manufacturers know that the location increases sales. But most people ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:14:00 EST My Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45604_my_healthy_diet The secret to my success is that I do NOT use any kind of fad diet. No. None. I am not on Slim Fast or Weight Watchers or Atkins or Nutrisystem or Paleo or South Beach or Plexus or any other silly fake fad diets. Those do NOT work in the long run and any weight that does get lost comes right back after any of those diets have been stopped. And lets just face it, fad diets do more harm to the body than good. Success stories on these diets are made up and rehearsed ( take Marie Osmond for insta... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:35:00 EST Nutrition Guidelines: Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45601_nutrition_guidelines_getting_started Nutrition Guidelines: Getting Started<br><br>With so many diets and quick weight-loss promises on the market today, it's hard to remember what a healthy diet really looks like. Start here with the basics of good nutrition.<br><br><br>Diet pills, fad diets, foods to boycott, foods to eat exclusively. With all the crazy diet advice out there, do you even remember the basics of healthy eating? Get rid of the clutter when it comes to diets, and use basic good nutrition guidelines and the U.S. Dep... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:28:00 EST Sprouting Lentils and Other Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45598_sprouting_lentils_and_other_beans I like to sprout lentils and mung beans. I put the lentils and mung beans in separate containers with water and let then soak overnight, then I dump out the water and rinse the beans and put the back in their containers and let them start sprouting, I see them starting to sprout within a day or so, after several days I start to refrigerate them. I have noticed that sprout mung beans seem to spoil faster so I don't sprout to many at a time. <br> <br>What is funny about sprouting is th... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:00:00 EST Five Ways to Eat Vegan – On a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45595_five_ways_to_eat_vegan_on_a_budget Five Ways to Eat Vegan – On a Budget <br><br><br><br>Contributed by Jennifer B. Niles, author of Eating Vegan – On a Budget! One of the persistent myths about adopting a vegan diet is that you need to buy lots of expensive and hard-to-find ingredients. This doesn’t have to be the case at all! Here, we’ll learn 5 ways to make this healthful and earth-friendly lifestyle a frugal one as well.<br><br>1. Substitute Specialty Items With Natural Alternatives<br>As my vegan cookbook, Eating Vegan — O... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:58:00 EST Under The Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45594_under_the_radar "The food environment has become a tsunami," says Deborah Cohen, senior researcher at the RAND Corporation.<br><br>"It assaults us at every turn in ways we cannot ignore, stimulating us to feel hungry or at least think about eating."<br><br>Few people want to put on extra pounds or boost their risk of heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. So why can't we just turn away?<br><br>"We have a shockingly limited capacity to make thoughtful, mindful decisions about what we eat," says Cohen. "Instea... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:55:00 EST What is tempeh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45579_what_is_tempeh What is tempeh?<br><br>Tempeh is fermented soy food that originated on the island of Java in Indonesia and is fermented with the mold Rhizopus oligosporus. Fermentation of tempeh can involve a period of several days or longer, and fermentation is usually carried out at temperatures of 85-90°F/29-32°C. Tempeh is usually purchased in a cake-like form and can be sliced in a way that is similar to tofu. However, tempeh usually has a less watery texture than tofu, and in comparison to non-fermente... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:40:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45578_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk *** Prostate Cancer<br><br>"There's too little data to make recommendations," cautions Van Blarigan. "But if my dad were at high risk for prostate cancer, I'd think it would be prudent for him to limit his intake of whole eggs."<br><br>*** How Many Eggs?<br><br>So, how many eggs (or, more precisely, egg yolks) can you safely eat? For decades, most health authorities recommended a limit of 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day. (One large egg has around 200 mg. A modest 3 oz. serving o... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:32:00 EST Eat Real Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45573_eat_real_food Eat. Real. Food. The philosophy is quite simple. Ask yourself this question..."Could I find this item in nature exactly (or almost exactly) as it is right now?"<br><br>If the answer is YES, then that item is a great and healthy food option. With the advent of the internet and sites like Pinterest, the ability to quickly and easily look up recipes to cook at home is easier than ever. Take the time to prepare your meals from scratch rather than let Marie Callender/ Pasta Roni/ and Healthy Choic... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:40:00 EST Beating Stress With Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45571_beating_stress_with_nutrition Beating Stress With Nutrition<br><br><br>.For most of us, stress and food go hand-in-hand. Food can give us the feelings of power, control and satisfaction that we need in stressful situations. It's no surprise that when our stress levels go up our resistance to 'comfort' foods goes down.<br><br>This isn't always a bad thing - our favorite foods actually can reduce our stress levels. But moderation is key.<br><br>Giving your body the nutrition it needs is a positive step you can take every da... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:29:00 EST Is Night Eating Really Worse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45570_is_night_eating_really_worse Is Night Eating Really Worse?<br><br>The old diet adage "eat breakfast like a king, dinner like a pauper" might hold true, according to a new study.<br><br><br>It's commonly thought that eating at night makes you fat, but is it true? Many people certainly think so, blaming their bulging bellies and thighs on their nighttime snacking. The truth may lie somewhere between an absolute yes and no — weight loss really depends both on what you eat and when you eat it.<br><br><br>The thinking behind ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:06:00 EST Build a Better Body With Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45558_build_a_better_body_with_broccoli Build a Better Body With Broccoli<br><br>Broccoli may not be at the top of your favorite-foods list, but it should be. From boosting immunity to strengthening your skeleton and joints to cutting cancer risk, here are 10 ways this cruciferous veggie sends your health soaring.<br><br><br><br>Broccoli might not be the most popular vegetable around, but it’s certainly one of the most nutritious. Considered a superfood for its nutritional value and disease-fighting properties, broccoli is high in ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:28:00 EST 7 Foods That Will Naturally Cleanse Your Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45557_7_foods_that_will_naturally_cleanse_your_liver 7 Foods That Will Naturally Cleanse Your Liver<br>Jonathan Benson (NaturalNews)<br><br>Our livers work extremely hard every day to protect us from adverse effects from toxins and often it is easy for our lives to become overworked compromising our health significantly.<br><br>The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver, which detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood of poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respi... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:48:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45556_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk Type 2 diabetes is no small matter. One out of three people with the disease don't know they have it. And experts predict a diabetes tsunami now that one out of three Americans have pre-diabetes.<br><br>*** Djousse and his colleagues tracked roughly 20,700 men in the Physicians' Health Study for 20 years and roughly 36,300 women in the Women's Health Study for 12 years.<br><br>"We found that men who ate five or more eggs a week had about a 50 percent higher risk of diabetes compared to th... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:18:00 EST Is vitamin E a single nutrient? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45543_is_vitamin_e_a_single_nutrient Is vitamin E a single nutrient?<br><br>Vitamin E is a blanket term for eight different naturally occurring nutrients—four different tocopherols and four different tocotrienols. Each of these vitamin E types is considered a fat-soluble antioxidant, and all eight are found in varying degrees in our daily diet. You may sometimes hear all eight molecules being referred to collectively as "tocochromanols."<br><br>The most famous of the vitamin E group is alpha-tocopherol. Both with respect to diet... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:46:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45534_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk "When we looked at 17 of those high-quality studies, we showed that eating one egg a day raises LDL cholesterol by 4 points," says Martijn Katan, an expert on diet and cardiovascular disease and an emeritus professor at VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. An earlier meta-analysis got virtually identical results. <br><br>(To put that in perspective, you'd get the same rise in LDL from eating a daily tablespoon of butter ---with 7 grams of saturated fat.)<br><br>But the AHA/ACC decide... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:32:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45522_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk "It's okay to dig in to red meat," explained the newspaper. "Embracing red meat and eggs marks a shift from previous versions of the report, which used to cap cholesterol consumption at 300 milligrams a day---the amount in a stick of butter, a 10-ounce steak or two eggs."<br><br>In fact, the report urged Americans to eat less red meat. And it urged us to limit saturated fat. But the panel did scrap the previous 300-milligram daily cap on cholesterol in food. <br><br>Why? "After reviewing... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Apple's Amazing Polyphenols http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45521_apples_amazing_polyphenols Apple's Amazing Polyphenols<br><br>In the past five years, no area of apple research has been more dynamic than the area of apple polyphenols. The balance of these phytonutrients in apples is far more unique than many researchers previously suspected. In terms of flavonols, quercetin is the primary phytonutrient found in apples, and it's far more concentrated in the skin than in the pulp. Kaempferol and myricetin are also important apple flavonols. Chlorogenic acid is apple's primary phenolic... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:58:00 EST EAT your water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45515_eat_your_water <br>We are told of the importance of drinking water, 8 glasses a day they say. My son is Registered Dietician, and thinks it’s funny. The admonition to drink 8 glasses a day didn’t come about until there was a bottled water industry that was trying to make money. We do need sufficient water, but it doesn’t have to be actual water.<br><br>Coffee and tea are water. He hears the fear that they are diuretic, and to a very minor extent that’s true. But if coffee and tea were true diuretics, p... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:42:00 EST Eating well with diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45507_eating_well_with_diabetes 1. Think whole.<br>Use brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Look for 100% whole wheat flour and breads, and other whole grains like oats and barley.<br><br>Make the switch simple. For instance, if you're short on time, pop a packet of pre-cooked frozen brown rice into the microwave.<br><br>2. Fill up!<br>Aim for at least 8 grams of fiber per meal, especially when you eat carbohydrate-rich foods. It will help manage your blood sugar, keep you feeling full, and be good for your heart health. That’... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:37:00 EST Nuts and Seeds Enhance Longevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45503_nuts_and_seeds_enhance_longevity Nuts and Seeds Enhance Longevity<br><br><br>Nuts and seeds are linked to combating heart disease<br><br>The first research findings suggesting that nut consumption could reduce the risk of heart disease emerged in the early 1990s.1 Eventually, the pooled results from four large prospective studies showed that eating five or more servings of nuts per week was associated with a 35 percent reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.2<br><br>Scientists set out to find nuts’ protective mechan... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:57:00 EST Unscrambling Eggs Health Food...or Bad Yolk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45502_unscrambling_eggs_health_foodor_bad_yolk "Love to eat eggs? U.S. panel now says they're not a health risk," reported Reuters in February.<br><br>"Cholesterol in the diet: The long slide from public menace to no 'appreciable' effect," ran the headline in the Washington Post.<br><br>Both articles were referring to a report from a panel of scientists that the government will rely on this year as it revises its Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Did the report get it right? And should you avoid eggs---the food that supplies our bigge... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:08:00 EST Low-carb/high-fat way of eating works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45496_lowcarbhighfat_way_of_eating_works Forget what you've been told for the last several decades about what is "healthy" to eat. Most of what the so-called experts tell you to eat will set you on the road to diabetes, heart disease, and all sorts of other diseases. Look at the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that we are seeing. This all coincides to when we were told to stop eating fat. At that point, carbohydrates started making up the bulk of our diet.<br><br>Contrary to what we have been told, dietary fat is NOT our enemy. And... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:31:00 EST Getting Your Partner On Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45487_getting_your_partner_on_board When we first moved in together my partner went shopping and brought home stacks of frozen pizza, tons of macaroni and cheese, and boxes of cereal; I almost cried. Part of me was happy that we have so much in common with food. I could eat a pizza everyday for the rest of my life (probably more than once a day) and be the happiest lady in the world . . . but obviously those days would be numbered. <br><br>I remember how bad and confused he felt when I had a mini break down, thinking about how ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 01:07:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Green Peas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45483_green_peas_are_our_food_of_the_week <br><br><br>What's New and Beneficial about Green Peas<br><br> We don't usually think about green peas as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition—but we should. Because of their sweet taste and starchy texture, we know that green peas must contain some sugar and starch (and they do). But they also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phytonutrients. One of these phytonutrients—a polyphenol called coumestrol--has recently come to the forefront of research with respect to... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 20:43:00 EST My Food Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45468_my_food_journal Over the years, the activity that has led me to the greatest success for healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle is keeping a detailed and strict food diary. For every single thing I put in my mouth, I write it down and document the calories. I also keep track of how much water I drink, and whether or not I took my daily vitamins. <br><br>I realize that Sparkpeople provides us with an online tracking system, but sometimes it helps to actually write it down. It's the action of writing, because ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:43:00 EST How do black beans help maintain healthy blood sugar balance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45464_how_do_black_beans_help_maintain_healthy_blood_sugar_balance How do black beans help maintain healthy blood sugar balance?<br><br>The landmark "protein-plus-fiber" combination in black beans and other legumes is also a key to their outstanding support for blood sugar balance and blood sugar regulation. As described earlier, protein and fiber can move through our digestive tract at a moderate pace. Unlike dietary sugar (which can move too quickly), or fat (which can move too slowly), both protein and fiber can move at a moderate pace. By steadying rate ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:27:00 EST Food Labels: The Ticket to Healthy Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45455_food_labels_the_ticket_to_healthy_eat Food Labels: The Ticket to Healthy Eating<br><br>The Nutrition Facts labels can be very useful in helping you make healthy choices. Here's what to look for and what to avoid.<br><br>The Nutrition Facts food labels, which are required on every packaged food product in the United States, contain a wealth of valuable information for people interested in eating healthfully. But if you don't know how to read the label or don’t fully understand your personal dietary goals, that information won't do... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:30:00 EST What's new and beneficial about quinoa? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45450_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_quinoa What's new and beneficial about quinoa?<br><br> The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as "The International Year of the Quinoa." Proposed by the government of Bolivia and receiving strong support from many Central and South American countries, quinoa has now been singled out by the FAO as a food with "high nutritive value," impressive biodiversity, and an important role to play in the achievement of food ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:56:00 EST Benefits of Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45443_benefits_of_fiber Public health guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advise Americans to eat between 20 and 30 grams of fiber a day, but most adults don't even eat half that much.<br><br>This isn't surprising, since fiber refers to the indigestible portion of plant foods, and in the largely refined standard American diet, healthful fibers are often processed right out.<br><br>Unless you regularly eat whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds, you may be missing out on the healthiest for... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:25:00 EST TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45439_trying_to_eat_healthy I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:26:00 EST What do I look for find in a healthy soy sauce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45432_what_do_i_look_for_find_in_a_healthy_soy_sauce What do I look for find in a healthy soy sauce?<br> <br>We highly recommend that you look for a soy sauce that is traditionally made (more details on what this means in the Description section). Also, it's important to find one that doesn't have artificial colors or flavors, including caramel coloring. Many supermarkets and Asian groceries now offer these additive-free varieties; natural food stores also are a very good s... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:43:00 EST Timing of Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45429_timing_of_meals I have often wondered...when it comes to body composition and fat loss, does meal frequency<br>matter? How often should I eat? Does the timing of meals count more than what I eat?<br>Somehow, I feel like food quality and quantity is way more important than when I eat.<br>So for me, when calories, portion sizes, and macronutrients are controlled, I have decided that meal frequency doesn't matter. Better said, if you eat the right types of<br>food (i.e., food choices) in the right amounts (i.e... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:57:00 EST Pre-Loading your Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45428_preloading_your_tracker I work in an office that loves to celebrate with food. <br>Someone is leaving? Let's have a goodbye potluck! <br>It's your birthday? I brought cupcakes! <br>Any holiday ever? Team bonding through snacks!<br>Group Training? Lunch for the office!<br>Friday? Donuts! Every Friday!<br><br>As I type, there are two pies, a humongous cookie cake, and Nothing Bundt bundtinis in the kitchen. The only thing stopping me from eating a piece of each and then some is the calorie tracker. I find this to be a... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:14:00 EST Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45427_choosing_healthy_fruits_and_vegetables Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Once you start to add fruits and vegetables to your healthy eating plan, you'll want to keep eating them. Learn what to look for when choosing produce as part of a healthy diet.<br><br><br>It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EST Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45426_choosing_healthy_fruits_and_vegetables Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Once you start to add fruits and vegetables to your healthy eating plan, you'll want to keep eating them. Learn what to look for when choosing produce as part of a healthy diet.<br><br><br>It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EST Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45425_why_fruits_and_vegetables_are_vital Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital<br><br>Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for good health. Find out why experts say Mother Nature's bounty packs better nutrients than supplements.<br><br>If we are what we eat, then many of us must be tripping all over the place due to a lack of balance. That's because the average American eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day — a stark contrast to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Dep... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:00:00 EST Preparation, preparation, preparation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45419_preparation_preparation_preparation The moment I get home from shopping, I prep all my foods, i.e. put my baby carrots in 5 ziplock baggies for the week and stick them in the fridge. I put all my salads in containers so they are all ready to go for the week and I can grab and go. I also cut up my apples the night before so they are ready to go when hunger pangs hit and I have no excuse to grab something unhealthy. Convenience is key! I have found that this method is foolproof and I have not strayed from it but when I am not pre... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:06:00 EST Green Smoothies for health and energy and regularity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45417_green_smoothies_for_health_and_energy_and_regularity One green smoothie a day (Deep Green power blend with 1 cup of frozen fruit to sweeten it up) keeps me motivated and offers a low calorie snack. When drinking it post workout I add nuts for carbs and fat. Delicious! I can get 2 cups of dark greens in one 8 ounce glass of smoothie. It's easy to drink and gives me the dark greens in an easily digestible way.<br><br>Green smoothies also help keep me "regular" and in a much healthier way than substances such as Metamucil. They are an acquired... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:26:00 EST Benefits of Low-Carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45415_benefits_of_lowcarb Low-carb diets have been controversial for decades.<br><br>They were originally demonized by fat-phobic health professionals and the media.<br><br>People believed that these diets would raise cholesterol and cause heart disease because of the high fat content.<br><br>However… times are changing.<br><br>Since the year 2002, over 20 human studies have been conducted on low-carb diets.<br><br>In almost every one of those studies, low-carb diets come out ahead of the diets they are compared to.<b... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:14:00 EST Can you tell us about the diversity of nutrients found in cantaloupe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45407_can_you_tell_us_about_the_diversity_of_nutrients_found_in_cantaloupe Can you tell us about the diversity of nutrients found in cantaloupe?<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d66b4e7e-a629-4fcd-b616-bdb4a9c7175a.jpg"><br><br>We seldom think about fruits as providing a broad spectrum of nutrients. In addition, when this food group gets placed in the nutritional spotlight, it's usually berries that get first mention among the nutritional standouts. Yet judging from its nutrient profile, cantaloupe is a fruit that should get us thinking differ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:25:00 EST Everything in Moderation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45406_everything_in_moderation Overall I am eating at least 75% healthier than I was a month ago. In the past when I would get on my healthy eating "bandwagon" I would try to give up some of the things I love the most! For example, I know that butter isn't good for you but if I totally gave it up I might set myself up for failure. Now for breakfast I allow myself a poached egg (never cooked in grease), a piece of whole grain toast and I put on about a teaspoon and a half of WHIPPED butter. I learned that whipped butter... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:45:00 EST 7 foods we eat at wrong hours which are harming our health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45403_7_foods_we_eat_at_wrong_hours_which_are_harming_our_health <br><br><br><br>7 Foods We Eat At Wrong Hours That Are Harming Our Health<br>Posted: 12 Apr 2016 09:57 PM PDT<br><br><br>Eating some food items at their specific times is very important to get all their benefits. When eaten at the wrong time, these food items can cause harm to our health in different ways. For eg. eating banana at night can put us at risk of cough and cold, whereas sugar can put us at risk of gaining weight when eaten at night. Below are the 7 foods we eat at wrong hours that... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:56:00 EST Eat healthy home cooked meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45401_eat_healthy_home_cooked_meals When it comes to cooking there’s a very good chance that a lot of us don’t have the time to prepare exquisite meals on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for fast food or frozen pizzas throughout the week. With a few changes to your routine and a bit of planning you can be eating healthy, home-cooked meals every day of the week.<br><br>1. Buy a Rotisserie Chicken on Sunday<br>One of the cheapest and simplest protein for any meal is, of course, chicken. And on Sundays a la... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:30:00 EST How to Eat a Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45399_how_to_eat_a_healthy_diet How to Eat a Healthy Diet<br><br>In order to keep yourself in the best shape possible, it's essential to eat a healthy diet. Find out exactly what you should be eating on a regular basis.<br><br>If you are what you eat, it follows that you want to stick to a healthy diet that’s well balanced. “You want to eat a variety of foods,” says Stephen Bickston, MD, AGAF, professor of internal medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Cent... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:12:00 EST Staying Within Calorie Range http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45394_staying_within_calorie_range I used to have a really hard time staying within my calorie range. I focused on logging everything whether it was good for me or not. (which is also very important). However, I ran into issues with always ending up going over my calorie range. Even eating healthier foods, it's not a good idea to go over your calorie range everyday. Therefore, I have recently started logging my planned dinner in the morning when I log my breakfast. This helps me to plan my day much easier. Dinner is usually th... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:49:00 EST Healthy Sauté Cooking Method http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45392_healthy_saut_cooking_method Healthy Sauté Cooking Method <br> <br>Healthy Sauté is a cooking method that allows you to have the flavor of sautéed vegetables without using heated oils. Studies have found that exposing oils to high heat can result in the production of oxidized compounds and free radicals detrimental to your health. That's wh... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:57:00 EST Fruit Pie Craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45388_fruit_pie_craving Today I was watching House of Cards on Netflix, and it reminded me of my time living in one of the Southern states of the United States. <br><br>Oh, the South...it is known for some of the most delicious, most fatty, most sugary regional foods in the country. While living there for a couple of years, I gained about 15 - 20 pounds as I chomped away on buttery shrimp and grits, deep-fried everything (name it, it can be deep-fried in the South. I first tried deep-fried oreos there), barbecued... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:23:00 EST Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer's Disease? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45382_can_diet_prevent_alzheimers_disease Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?<br><br>Experts are studying how diet may affect the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Learn the latest research into this memory-robbing disease.<br><br><br>Little in life is as scary as the idea of forgetting our loved ones, our histories, and ourselves. Yet that is exactly what is happening to the more than 5 million people in North America suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.<br><br>Mild forgetfulness in the early years of the disease slowly... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:46:00 EST How can bananas help digestion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45375_how_can_bananas_help_digestion How can bananas help digestion?<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90810190-7a4e-490b-b058-55931d27bdff.jpg"><br><br>Bananas are a fascinating fruit in terms of their carbohydrate and sugar content. Even though bananas are a fruit that tastes quite sweet when ripe—containing 14-15 grams of total sugar—bananas receive a rating of low in their glycemic index (GI) value. GI measures the impact of a food on our blood sugar. This low GI value for bananas is most likely related to ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:08:00 EST Designing a Healthy Vegetarian Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45328_designing_a_healthy_vegetarian_diet Designing a Healthy Vegetarian Diet<br><br>You've given up meat, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you're eating a healthy vegetarian diet — in fact, you may need to get even more creative with cooking to ensure you're getting the nutrients you need.<br><br>A healthy vegetarian diet is much more than simply meatless. Vegetarians need to make up for key nutrients and possibly some of the calories that protein from meat, poultry, or fish can provide by eating the right foods cooked in the ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:51:00 EST Eat your vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45325_eat_your_vegetables Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as quantity.<br>No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. Eat plenty everyday.<br>A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check.<br><br>Eat a variety of ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 02:39:00 EST Real Food … the Easy Way to Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45322_real_food_the_easy_way_to_health Real Food … the Easy Way to Health <br> <br>This is one of my favorite bits of real food inspiration … because it has the potential to stop us in our well-worn tracks of thinking of food – particuarly healthy food – as time-consuming and complicated. <br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a566a... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:31:00 EST A Practical Look at Plant-Based Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45321_a_practical_look_at_plantbased_diets A Practical Look at Plant-Based Diets<br><br>About 16 million people—roughly 5% of the U.S. population—describe their diet plan as "vegetarian," and this number has been gradually increasing in recent years. In general, this term is shorthand for a diet where most of the calories come from plant food. However, the vast majority of vegetarians consume some animal foods in their meal plan, and for this reason do not refer to themselves as "strict vegetarians" (or "vegans") who carefully avoid a... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 21:04:00 EST Smart, Safe Food Storage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45312_smart_safe_food_storage Smart, Safe Food Storage<br><br>Avoiding food-borne illness is your first priority when you refrigerate, freeze, or store food, though keeping things fresh and tasty is important, too. The No. 1 rule of food safety: When in doubt, throw it out.<br><br>Whether you browse the supermarket aisles or shop at farmers’ markets for locally grown fruits and vegetables and meats, you want to keep your foods as fresh as possible – for as long as possible – once they make it home. The right food storage ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 12:14:00 EST Taste the Rainbow http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45310_taste_the_rainbow Today as we take care of family and in my case it is just two of us.. I still need to be able to help our menus along to be healthy..In the Summer time we have all fresh veggies.. We live in the Garden State and so we can keep up with fresh Veggies.. toward the end of the growing Season I put up things for the Winter and then supplement with frozen "Now that it is just the two of us don't use the excuse... it's too much trouble to cook for one if I make a larger batch and I have all the lefto... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 10:55:00 EST Crappy food isn't a reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45302_crappy_food_isnt_a_reward Eating crappy food isn't a reward. It's a punishment.<br><br>I started thinking about this yesterday when I saw a post on the mobile Sparkpage from a new Sparker who asked, "Is it good to have cheat days?" I was horrified, actually. I wrote, no, because the only person you are cheating is yourself.<br><br>This is the mindset that I think we are trying to get away from here. We are NOT on a diet, we are on a journey. We are changing our outlook on food. We know this isn't something to "get rea... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 14:03:00 EST Healthy Sandwich Do's and Don'ts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45299_healthy_sandwich_dos_and_donts Healthy Sandwich Do's and Don'ts<br><br>Sandwiches loaded with fatty toppings and bread can transform a simple lunch staple into a high-fat calorie bomb. To keep your calories in check, follow these 10 healthy — and delicious! — rules for making great sandwiches.<br><br>When it comes to lunch, few choices can beat a sandwich for simplicity. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s simple to eat whether you’re in your office, working on a construction site, or on the go. Unfortunately, one simple sandwi... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:33:00 EST What makes flaxseeds unique from other nuts and seeds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45294_what_makes_flaxseeds_unique_from_other_nuts_and_seeds What makes flaxseeds unique from other nuts and seeds?<br><br>The seeds of most plants are rich in nutrients and can provide us with health benefits. Yet flaxseeds are also nutritionally unique and offer us health benefits not found across the board within the seeds food group. The nutritional uniqueness of flaxseeds features three nutrient aspects, and all three play a key role in the outstanding health benefits of this food.<br>Unique Nutrient Features of Flaxseeds<br><br>The first unique f... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 08:42:00 EST Ice Cream Alternative http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45291_ice_cream_alternative A couple of days ago: <br><br>The sun was shining on a warm, spring day. Baseball season was just starting (Go White Sox!). It felt like summer. Ice cream would complete the feeling of summer vacation and would bring out the kid in me.<br><br>Luckily, I did not readily have ice cream at home, and the craving did not motivate me enough to take a trip to the ice cream shop. Tempting, but that meant actually getting in my car, driving, and spending some time at the shop by myself since I wo... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 20:22:00 EST Healthy Salad Do's and Don'ts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45286_healthy_salad_dos_and_donts <br>You might think you're making the right choice, but with the wrong toppings your salad can quickly become a diet disaster. Get the right salad recipe with these good-for-you guidelines.<br><br>When you think of a healthy meal choice, a nice green salad probably comes to mind. But if you’re topping your salad with creamy dressing, cheese, croutons, or bacon bits, your seemingly healthy lunch might be more of a diet disaster. Since you can control the toppings you toss in at home, it’s espe... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:07:00 EST Easy Ways to Get Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45284_easy_ways_to_get_protein Easy Ways to Get Protein<br><br>Eating vegetarian meals doesn't have to mean missing out on filling, protein-rich foods. By having healthy combinations of grains and legumes, you can get the protein your body needs.<br><br><br>Most people know that meat, poultry, and fish are excellent sources of protein.<br><br>If you’re considering no longer eating meat and possibly dairy products, you might worry that you won’t get enough protein in a typical vegetarian meal.<br><br>But there’s no need to ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:00:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45280_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_onions <br>What's New and Beneficial About Onions<br><br> The flavonoids in onion tend to be more concentrated in the outer layers of the flesh. To maximize your health benefits, peel off as little of the fleshy, edible portion as possible when removing the onion's outermost paper layer. Even a small amount of "overpeeling" can result in unwanted loss of flavonoids. For example, a red onion can lose about 20% of its quercetin and almost 75% of its anthocyanins if it is "overpeeled."<br> The to... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 23:47:00 EST Start eating breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45277_start_eating_breakfast I know some people can't eat breakfast as soon as they wake up. I know I can't. However this is the most important part of the day. After you body has been fasting for how ever long you've slept. You need something to get your metabolism going. You wouldn't try and drive you car to work with no gas. Why do we allow ourselves to do this to our bodies. It's not good. <br><br>I find my self snacking, or being more hungry threw out the day if I don't have breakfast. A lot of people think skipping... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:41:00 EST 17 Fruits and Veggies to Stock Up On http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45273_17_fruits_and_veggies_to_stock_up_on 17 Fruits and Veggies to Stock Up On <br><br>From sweet corn to cherries, here's the most delicious and affordable produce to nosh on this summer.<br><br>Shopping with the seasons not only keeps your menu fresh and exciting, but it also shaves money off your grocery bill. For most areas of the United States, the greatest abundance of seasonal food is available in the summer. Summer tomatoes and cucumbers make divine fresh salads, while peaches and melons can be whipped up into delicious, heal... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:42:00 EST Foods That Are Scrumptious in Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45272_foods_that_are_scrumptious_in_spring Foods That Are Scrumptious in Spring<br><br>Spinach, strawberries, and sugar snap peas — these are just a few of spring's finest foods.<br><br>If you love getting the freshest seasonal fruits and seasonal vegetables, spring is a time to celebrate. During the spring, many farmers’ markets start up for the year and supermarkets begin stocking more local foods.<br><br>“I really get excited at this time of year because I’m finally able to eat more than just oranges, grapefruits, and apples,” says... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:35:00 EST Track the Foods (and Drinks) you Consume Every Single Day (Even those Small Snacks at the Office!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45270_track_the_foods_and_drinks_you_consume_every_single_day_even_those_small_snacks_at_the_office I was most successful in my weight loss efforts when I took the time to track the foods I ate every single day. When I took the time to track the calories in that slice of cake I had at the office or the pizza slice one of my co-workers sent in my direction, it was a real eye-opener how the calories consumed would add up.<br><br>I think the most important lesson I learned from tracking my food consumption, was in learning more about calories in foods I eat on a regular basis. For example, I... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:24:00 EST Onions are Our Food of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45267_onions_are_our_food_of_the_week Onions are Our Food of the Week<br><br>This week we celebrate onions while they are in the peak of their season. Onions not only add extra flavor to your dish but are also a source of many health-promoting nutrients, including their unique sulfur-containing compounds, which help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure.<br><br> How to Cut Onions Step-By-Step.<br> Why is the food of the week among the WHFoods?<br> Healthy Eating with the Seasons <br><br>What'... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 00:27:00 EST Decoding Food Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45259_decoding_food_labels Decoding Food Labels<br><br>Is there a difference between "organic" and "100 percent organic"? And what about grass-fed and grass-finished meats? We'll help you brush up on your food-label smarts.<br><br>Walk down the aisle of any supermarket and you’ll see food labels that promise everything from “organic” to “natural” to “hormone-free” — but what do these terms tell you about the food’s actual nutritional value? Front-of-the-package labels are like movie trailers, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, ... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:12:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Pumpkin seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45258_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_pumpkin_seeds What's New and Beneficial About Pumpkin seeds<br><br> Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc, and the World Health Organization recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this nutrient. If you want to maximize the amount of zinc that you will be getting from your pumpkin seeds, we recommend that you consider purchasing them in unshelled form. Although recent studies have shown there to be little zinc in the shell itself (the shell is also called th... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 14:57:00 EST Emotional eater? Journal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45245_emotional_eater_journal Are you a mindful eater or emotional eater? I'm definitely an emotional eater and often eat because I get depressed, bored, and lonely -- I hate being alone, every time I want to escape I can't so I eat. I started journaling on Sparkpeople trackers and very surprised what I eat. My license expired, transportation is not always available. Every day I journal my food and exercise and the weight slowly comes off. I didn't gain it overnight and won't lose weight overnight. Sparkpeople is a great... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:22:00 EST Healthy Recipes From Around the Globe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45239_healthy_recipes_from_around_the_globe Healthy Recipes From Around the Globe<br><br>Feel like having French tonight, or are you in the mood for Mexican? Forget about takeout — you can bring foreign flavors into your kitchen by mastering the basics of ethnic cuisine.<br><br>If you’re tired of cooking the same dishes week in and week out, consider exploring the many tastes of ethnic food. Not only will your taste buds thank you for trying something a little different – and delicious – but your health can benefit as well.<br><br>To g... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 13:12:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Celery http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45236_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_celery <br><br>What's New and Beneficial About Celery<br><br> If you have become accustomed to thinking about celery as a crunchy, low-cal vegetable but not a key part of your health support, it is time to think again. Recent research has greatly bolstered our knowledge about celery's anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself. Some of the unique non-starch polysaccharides in celery—including apiuman—appear especially important i... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:20:00 EST Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day to Feel Full and Eat Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45235_drink_8_glasses_of_water_a_day_to_feel_full_and_eat_less To help with my weight loss efforts I have been working to drink more water each day, and also to cut soda from my diet and replace it with water as my drink of choice. <br> <br>Drinking 8 glasses of water each day helps me stay hydrated and avoid overeating. I have read articles about how people confuse thirst (dehydration) for hunger, so they’ll tend to eat rather than drink water, which adds calories to the day’s food intake. I have learned that if I’m craving a mid-afternoon snack, I’ll... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:16:00 EST DID DINNER WITH FRIEND FOR HER BIRTHDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45234_did_dinner_with_friend_for_her_birthday I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 02:44:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45230_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_kale What's New and Beneficial About Kale<br><br> Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it's easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw kale still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just not as much.<br... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:46:00 EST Do Not Assume http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45226_do_not_assume If you've been on SparkPeople for a few years, you've probably built up a good sized list of Favorite Foods. You've diligently entered all of the nutritional values and calories. Or if your new, you might be using someone else's food entries for your own daily log.<br><br>Don't assume any of this is accurate. People make mistakes when they input information. But more often, the food manufacturer has changed the ingredients and now all of your hard work is wrong.<br><br>You need to keep yo... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 14:32:00 EST GETTING IT TOGETHER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45224_getting_it_together I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:10:00 EST The Scoop on Sugar and Sugar Substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45222_the_scoop_on_sugar_and_sugar_substitute The Scoop on Sugar and Sugar Substitutes<br><br>Sugar that comes in fruits and veggies is good for you; the kind that comes in a box is not. But don't fret — you can still satisfy your sweet tooth with sugar substitutes and low-sugar recipes.<br><br><br>Trying to spot sugars on a label’s list of ingredients can be confusing. You may see sugar in the form of fructose, sucrose, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, cane syrup, honey, agave, and more.<br><br>Regardless of its form, the only s... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:36:00 EST Tips for Choosing Healthier Cheeses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45221_tips_for_choosing_healthier_cheeses Tips for Choosing Healthier Cheeses<br><br>Whether you consider yourself a cheese connoisseur or just a lover of all things cheesy, there are a few things you should know about your favorite dairy product.<br><br>It wasn’t that long ago when it seemed that cheese choices in the United States were limited to American, Swiss, and cheddar. Today, you can find more than 400 varieties of cheese, including artisan gourmet cheeses, and soft, hard, aged, and blue cheeses. But be careful — with more c... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:29:00 EST track all early http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45217_track_all_early <em>4</em> <br> <em>306</em> <br> <em>252</em> <br> <em>334</em> <br><br>I track all of my meals and snacks first thing in the morning. That way I can see early what I can have throughout the day. If something I want is too high in calories or fat, I simply delete it and try for something else. It makes it easy for my husband and/or daughter to just grab my food and hand to me as a meal.<br><br>I even track my snacks. That way I can see if I have room for lowfat ice cream that day.<br... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 08:07:00 EST The Swiss chard http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45215_the_swiss_chard <br><br> We've become accustomed to thinking about vegetables as great sources of phytonutrients. Indeed they are! But we don't always appreciate how unique each vegetable can be in terms of its phytonutrient content. Recent research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardioprotective flavonoid that's also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries, and other foods. But alongside of kaempferol, one of the primary flavonoi... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:33:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45202_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_spinach What's New and Beneficial About Spinach<br><br> Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well. Recent research has shown that spinach leaves that look fully alive and vital have greater concentrations of vitamin C than spinach leaves that are pale in color. The study authors suggest that the greater supply of vitamin C helps protect all of the oxygen-sensitive phytonutrients in the spinach leaves and makes them looking vibrant and... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:59:00 EST Eat more fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45187_eat_more_fat I eat actually a lot of fat to keep my body oiled (your vehicle needs oil to run smoothly, so does our bodies). So I have coconut milk (from the can), almonds and coconut oil (I don't go easy on it either). This keeps everything passing through my system so much better and my joints thank me for it too. Oh I eat the WHOLE egg, yes the egg whites are great for you but so is the yolk. Do your research, it's not that bad for you honestly! Remember also to drink lots an lots of water as you ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:29:00 EST Getting enough vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45186_getting_enough_vegetables It can be so difficult to eat the recommended amount of vegetables each day, as you run out of ideas of what to cook.<br><br> My secret is that I have them at lunchtime. I prepare a box of crunchy fresh veggies the night before, and it only takes a couple of minutes. I make sure I buy a wide range of different things when I shop. Red capsicum, cucumber, celery, a hunk of red cabbage, even zucchini sticks. Throw in whatever you have.<br><br> Then I whiz up some chickpea hummus or bean di... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:59:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Green Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45181_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_green_beans What's New and Beneficial about Green Beans<br><br> Because of their rich green color, we don't always think about green beans as providing us with important amounts of colorful pigments like carotenoids. But they do! Recent studies have confirmed the presence of lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin in green beans. In some cases, the presence of these carotenoids in green beans is comparable to their presence in other carotenoid-rich vegetables like carrots and tomatoes. The... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:38:00 EST Meal /snack planning is key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45175_meal_snack_planning_is_key I slowly learned that those unproductive minutes sitting on the couch could be used to pre-cook lean meats, veggies and cut fruits for the week. Once I began to utilize my idle time to prep I searched for the best produce stands and herbal stores. I leave from the stand with 2 bags and only spend about $12-$15. I cut and freeze fruit for smoothies and I sautee veggies for lunch/dinner ideas. My favorite snack is guacamole which I have to have with chips so I am currently looking for the healt... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:38:00 EST How to get 15g of fibre in for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45169_how_to_get_15g_of_fibre_in_for_breakfast How to get 15g of fibre in for breakfast<br>-----------------------------<BR>----------------------<br><br>A single serving is 210g or half a 420g tin of Heinz Baked Beans plus 2 Ryvita with Seeds which equals 15g of healthy digestive tract-filling fibre. <br><br>Directions are as follows: <br><br>Tip the canned beans into a bowl and microwave them until they boil, stirring occasionally, for perhaps 1-2 minutes depending on your appliance's energy rating. <br><br>Alternatively, heat your bean... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:51:00 EST Water! Hydrate for successful weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45168_water_hydrate_for_successful_weight_loss Drink 8 to 12 ounces whenever you feel hungry and/or before you eat. GradeA UnderA has a very good youtube video on word limits on his things I remember about school. It makes little sense to go on and on about a subject when really only a sentence or two is needed. Good advice is meant to show you the way not hold your hand for every step of the journey. I've read most people are dehydrated so logic would suggest drinking water before every meal or whenever you think you're hungry. This... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 03:22:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45167_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_asparagus The fleshy green spears of asparagus are both succulent and tender and have been considered a delicacy since ancient times. This highly prized vegetable arrives with the coming of spring, when its shoots break through the soil and reach their 6-8 inch harvest length. In California the first crops are picked as early as February, however, their season generally is considered to run from April through May. The growing season in the Midwest and East extends through July.<br><br>What's New and Be... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:38:00 EST Fruits and Vegetables: How Do I Get My 5 A Day?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45161_fruits_and_vegetables_how_do_i_get_my_5_a_day When you first get started on your healthy eating plan, one of the first goals that you'll come across is to try to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. You may think, "Wow! How can I possibly do THAT?!" The trick is to educate yourself to the CORRECT portion size of fruits and vegetables. <br><br>Spark People has a LOT of information available to you about proper portion sizes of fruits and vegetables. Here is some basic information for fruits and vegetables:<br><br>Apple... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:34:00 EST Planning Meals in Advance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45160_planning_meals_in_advance My secret is I always plan my meals in advance, on SparkPeople. <br> <br>By planning the day before, I have complete control of nutrients and calories. I have to run the Nutrition Report several times, to make sure my calories stay in range. What I am really looking at is if I am getting all the important vitamins & minerals that are required. There is some fine tuning involved. Adding & subtracting foods that are not the right fit. Increasing or decreasing an amount of food, so that it ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:51:00 EST Eat Fresh All Year: A Guide to Seasonal Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45158_eat_fresh_all_year_a_guide_to_seasonal_cooking <br>Eat Fresh All Year: A Guide to Seasonal Cooking<br><br>Eating fresh vegetables and fruits when and where they grow naturally provides plenty of benefits. Often, fresh produce is less expensive and more flavorful, and you're helping local farmers flourish and, in turn, grow more fresh food to make available to more people.<br><br>Let the Seasons Determine Your Menu<br>"Seasonal is the way I learned how to cook, it's a natural way of life, not a new concept," says Tim LaBant, chef and propr... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:04:00 EST Eat Fresh All Year: A Guide to Seasonal Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45157_eat_fresh_all_year_a_guide_to_seasonal_cooking <br>Eat Fresh All Year: A Guide to Seasonal Cooking<br><br>Eating fresh vegetables and fruits when and where they grow naturally provides plenty of benefits. Often, fresh produce is less expensive and more flavorful, and you're helping local farmers flourish and, in turn, grow more fresh food to make available to more people.<br><br>Let the Seasons Determine Your Menu<br>"Seasonal is the way I learned how to cook, it's a natural way of life, not a new concept," says Tim LaBant, chef and propr... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:04:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45147_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_apples What's New and Beneficial About Apples<br><br> The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Recent research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms. Flavonoids like quercetin found in apples can inhibit enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase. Since these enzymes are involved in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, your blood sugar has fewer simple sugars to deal with when... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:06:00 EST Track the Foods (and Drinks) you Consume Every Single Day (Even those Small Snacks at the Office!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45130_track_the_foods_and_drinks_you_consume_every_single_day_even_those_small_snacks_at_the_office I was most successful in my weight loss efforts when I took the time to track the foods I ate every single day. When I took the time to track the calories in that slice of cake I had at the office or the pizza slice one of my co-workers sent in my direction, it was a real eye-opener how the calories consumed would add up.<br> <br>I think the most important lesson I learned from tracking my food consumption, was in learning more about calories in foods I eat on a regular basis. For example, ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:16:00 EST Benefits of Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45099_benefits_of_fiber Eat more fiber. You've probably heard it before. But do you know why fiber is so good for your health?<br><br>Dietary fiber — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.<br><br>Selecting tasty foods that provide fiber isn't difficult.... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:36:00 EST Paleo eating can be tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45086_paleo_eating_can_be_tough By far, the best resource for paleo eaters new and old is a good paleo blog (from a Paleo website). When I first adopted my paleo lifestyle, I searched high and low for the best paleo blogs. I was looking for recipes that were easy to follow, didn’t have too many ingredients and were, above all else, delicious. I also wanted to follow bloggers that were personable and provided real life stories and information on eating paleo in the modern world.<br>I followed a ton of blogs those first few m... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:49:00 EST How I Make My Green Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45071_how_i_make_my_green_smoothie How I Make My Green Smoothie <br><br>Fruit Pulp (I use my fruit pulp from my juicing) <br>Bananas <br>Mango <br>Kiwi <br>Pears <br>Peaches <br>Bing cherries <br>Blueberries <br>Blackberries <br>Raspberries <br>Plums<br>Apples <br>Strawberries <br>Kale<br>Collards<br>Green powder<br>Flax seed<br>Chia seed<br>Hemp seeds<br>Cinnamon<br> <br>First I blend all the fruit together with a litt... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:16:00 EST Clean Eating Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45065_clean_eating_guidelines Looking for a more principled way to eat? Here's your road map to better health and improved fitness.<br>Take a good, long look at that fast-food cheeseburger. Every item on it, from the bun to the sauce, was processed in a factory and created in a laboratory. It's packed with enough artificial colors and preservatives to make it look as pretty as a picture.<br><br>But does it qualify as "eating clean?" Yeah, right. So what is clean eating? It doesn't refer to washing the nectarine you bought... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:01:00 EST Salt..don't shake it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45060_saltdont_shake_it Oh, no, I love salt....<br><br>Yep, this is about Sodium. Please put away that salt shaker.<br><br>Salt was iodized by the Morton Salt Company in 1924, at the request of the U.S. Government. There were parts of the U.S. at that time where people were not getting enough iodine, because of the lack of it in local soil, and an iodine deficiency caused goiters. Iodine is a critical element for the thyroid gland. These days, we all get plenty of iodine, and there is rarely any kind of iodine defic... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:51:00 EST Eating like a Cave Woman? or Man? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45058_eating_like_a_cave_woman_or_man Paleo is a way of life. The name and concept of the Paleo lifestyle is based on the idea of eating what our human ancestors subsisted on during the Paleolithic era. Our ancestors were hunters and gatherers who ate only what they could<br>harvest, fish, hunt, or scavenge. Paleo followers believe that our bodies were designed to eat as these early people did, and doing so will enable us to remain healthy, muscular, and fit.<br>Paleo nutritionists and many other scientists believe that evolution... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:18:00 EST The day in the kitchen..Veggie Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45052_the_day_in_the_kitchenveggie_soup The day in the kitchen...Veggie Soup<br><br>While I was making the smoothies I was also making a soup (remember it was around 4pm)...Veggie Soup <br><br>I had a whole bunch of veggie that was left over from a stir fry that I froze and now I am using them for a soup. <br><br>The veggies were: bok choy, swiss chard, parsley, celery, broccoli, asparagus, white asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, red, green, yellow pepper, red, white, green onion, shallots, black beans, kale, an... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:55:00 EST Eat Healthy and loose Weight.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45049_eat_healthy_and_loose_weight Most people think that eating healthy or is more expensive, but you really can do it on a budget. I take a look at all the sales online at local stores.. I can't wait for the fresh things to come in.. but even the frozen Veggies can help during the Winter months... and be as tasty as fresh... I do freeze blueberries and strawberries when they come in season.. so we have them for the winter.. When we are trying to eat healthy you need to load up on Veggies.. You don't need to load up on butte... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:30:00 EST Benefits of Tumeric http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45045_benefits_of_tumeric Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.<br><br>Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.<br><br>Here are the top 10 evidence-based health benefits of turmeric.<br><br>1. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties<br><br>Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.<br><br>It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.<br><br>Recently, science has s... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:23:00 EST The day in the kitchen...Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45042_the_day_in_the_kitchensmoothies The day in the kitchen...Smoothies<br> <br>After I finally finished juicing, I started making my smoothie (I think it was around 4pm)...Smoothies <br> <br>I had pulp from apples, pears, navel and Clementine oranges, strawberries, pineapple, carrots, small cucumbers, kale, bok choy, rainbow chard, parsley,... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 23:40:00 EST Prep Snack Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45030_prep_snack_foods One of the most important things that keeps me on track for weight loss is planning and prepping my snacks. I boil 6 eggs each Monday, clean and cut carrots, cucumbers, radishes, peppers, or whatever veggies I buy that week. Cut up some strawberries, wash some grapes, slice some oranges. This way, I have no excuse to grab unhealthy snacks. I have protein, fruits and veggies on hand and ready. For me, it takes away the temptation to grab something I shouldn't. I also plan my meals and snacks b... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:54:00 EST The day in the kitchen...Green Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45027_the_day_in_the_kitchengreen_juice The day in the kitchen...Green Juice<br> <br>First I had to clean and cut all the fruits and veggies. That took over an hour...whew (I started around 2 pm)<br> <br>I had apples, pears, navel and clementine oranges, strawberries, pineapple, carrots, small cucumbers, kale, bok choy, rainbow chard, parsley, celery, broccoli stem.<br> ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 23:50:00 EST Carbohydrate Foods Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44994_carbohydrate_foods_anyone Carbohydrates are a necessary part of any diet! You have to eat some carbohydrates in order to burn fat, so never stop eating all carbs. You just need to be aware of what kinds of carbs are available to you and which ones you choose!<br>You can eat any form of carbohydrate that you<br>wish. Some are more calorie dense than others,<br>meaning some can have more calories per ounce. For example the equivalent weight of rice has more calories than cauliflower. The equivalent weight of certain c... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 08:48:00 EST Eating out with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44988_eating_out_with_friends Before I eat out at a restaurant, I go online and find out what the nutritional value of the menu. I monitor my sodium, so I have to be very careful what I eat. Being that I am over 70, I have to keep my sodium at 1200mg a day and that is very difficult. Before I had to keep it at 1500mg of sodium a day and that was extremely difficult. But when I kept it at 1500mg I would lose from 7 to 8 lbs in a week. <br><br> I sometimes will get a hamburger and fries (sans salt) and have the wait pers... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 21:34:00 EST Taking Photos of my Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44984_taking_photos_of_my_food One thing that I have found very helpful is taking pictures of all my food. Everything that goes into my mouth. It is helpful in many different ways. <br><br>First, if I can't track the food at that moment, it helps me remember what I ate. Pics also help me in future menu planning as I look back to see when the last time I prepared a meal. I can also look back and see what meals I do not want to repeat. <br><br>Second, presentation is a key component to enjoyment of your food and feeling sati... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:11:00 EST Butternt squash every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44974_butternt_squash_every_day When I was addicted to sugar I did not even consider eating winter squash. Since I stopped using added sugar and artificial sweeteners I discovered a huge surprises along the way. Perhaps more than any other is my addiction to roasted butternut squash. I find it as a superior substitute to potatoes and sweet potatoes from a calorie standpoint. Days I eat generous portion of roasted butternut squash almost guarantees keeping my calorie content in check and one of the few foods I can co... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 04:35:00 EST Is Fasting Good or Bad for You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44971_is_fasting_good_or_bad_for_you The number of meals you eat every day is your choice and some research shows the number of meals you eat each day is irrelevant to weight loss. There is research showing one meal per day worked for weight loss just as well as two meals and three meals, all the way up to<br>nine mini meals per day. It all depends on the number of calories you eat per day. If you only eat 1200 calories, what difference should it make if you only eat it in an 8 hour period of time? It<br>really doesn't matter ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:55:00 EST Prep is the key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44968_prep_is_the_key If I have to come home after a day at work, and then cook before I eat, that for me is a recipe for the drive through. If I have to go to the store before I can even cook, that FOR SURE is a drive through night! <br><br>I find that if I spend the time on Sunday and again on Wednesday/Thursday to pre cook some lean meat and slice and dice vegetables and even cook up some sweet potatoes I have a much better food week! When I know I have food I can toss together quickly after work, that I l... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:49:00 EST Benefits of Wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44965_benefits_of_wine Indeed, the year 2000 was a very good year for wine makers -- and not just because it brought a bumper crop of cabernets, zinfandels, and chardonnays. Evidence of the far-reaching health benefits of wine continued to pour in from researchers around the world.<br><br>Here's a review of the good news for wine makers -- and wine lovers:<br><br>A Healthier Heart<br>Several reports in 2000 confirmed the glad tidings that wine -- in moderation, of course -- reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseas... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:25:00 EST Healthy Snacks for adults http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44956_healthy_snacks_for_adults Snacks for adults<br><br>For almost anyone trying to watch their weight, choosing healthy snacks can be a challenge.<br><br>Even though snacking has developed a "bad image," snacks can be an important part of your diet.<br><br>They can provide energy in the middle of the day or when you exercise. A healthy snack between meals can also decrease your hunger and keep you from overeating at meal time.<br><br>There are many snacks to choose from, and certainly not all snacks are healthy or help yo... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:33:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44951_i_made_a_clean_out_the_freezer_stir_fry_2 What's New and Beneficial About Cabbage<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92bf7a52-2cab-43d5-9977-81e4acf17697.jpg"><br><br> Cabbage can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in cabbage do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it's easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:09:00 EST I Was Dying from Junk Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44945_i_was_dying_from_junk_food So I am self proclaimed junk food junkie. I used to love really love junk food over healthier choices. I mean, I could wake up eating junk and snack on it almost until I closed my eyes to go to bed! Drink water, WHAT? I did not even like the taste of faucet water well water or even bottled water. Well at least I used to. Seeing the studies and watching how people who exercise and eat better seem to live longer is actually what got me started. I see so many people that are not that much older ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:58:00 EST Benefits of Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44943_benefits_of_kale Of all the super healthy greens, kale is the king.<br><br>It is definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence.<br><br>Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds… some of which have powerful medicinal properties.<br><br>Here are 10 health benefits of kale, that are supported by science.<br><br>1. Kale is Among The Most Nutrient Dense Foods on The Planet<br><br>Before we get to all the benefits, let me briefly explain what kale is…<br><br>Kale is a pop... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:19:00 EST Encourage a Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44928_encourage_a_friend My neighbor noticed my weight loss and my comings and goings and I gave her my low carb bible and encouraged her to go with me to my Zumba, Belly Dance, Ball Room Hustle and Cardio Kick box Classes, she took the book and said she would just do her treadmill in her living room. I got my little sister to join spark people.com but the points are not registering (her code is linjen61). I have a wedding in September to go to and I am going to Europe in July and I want to be healthy and really cu... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:24:00 EST Give Veggies and Fruits a Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44877_give_veggies_and_fruits_a_try If you eat about one cup of fruit and more of vegetables a day, you’re actually eating better than about half of all Americans. If you eat 1.5 cups of fruit they say and recommended serving size for an adult you’re doing better than more than three-fourths of Americans. And if you eat two cups of vegetables a day that’s better than almost 90 percent of your neighbors. to point out that eating more fruits and vegetables is linked to lower rates of heart disease, stroke and a few kinds of can... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:28:00 EST Eating fruits and veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44864_eating_fruits_and_veggies I am inspired by my doctor to eat a diet eating lots of fruits and veggies. I am plateauing in my weight lose and need a jump in the right direction. The doctor says this will help me lose weight and that is what inspired me to start this new good habit towards a firmer belly and toner legs and arms. Some exercise is absolutely required also! I am going to start today with enjoying a variety of fruits and vegetables and make this the season of my take off weight success and I am very enthuse... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 06:17:00 EST Lighter Salad Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44862_lighter_salad_dressing Slim down your salad<br>Many salad dressings are land mines for your diet: Trans fat, sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavors pop up on nutritional labels, wreaking havoc on otherwise healthy green dishes. Choosing fat-free varieties isn't a great idea, either, because certain nutrients in vegetables can't be absorbed without fat. Instead, get the most out of your salad by whipping up these easy, figure-friendly dressings that use natural ingredients and heart-healthy olive oil. They'll ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 01:25:00 EST Healthy Choices Eat Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44855_healthy_choices_eat_better With all the hype of everything from prepackaged dinners to ordering a box that has everything ready to prepared and the commercial makes it look fun and appealing but when you get away from these types of eating your number on the scale moves up and you wonder why..?The rules are difficult to follow for a long term, so most people give up. The weight they worked so hard to lose comes back, and they find a new diet, lose the weight once more, and end up on a weight loss roller coaster... ride... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:53:00 EST Benefits of Gluten Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44830_benefits_of_gluten_free What is Gluten?<br><br>Wheat, barley and rye contain a protein known as gluten. Although gluten can be well-tolerated as a healthy part of a typical diet, some people have sensitivities to this protein. People who have physical reactions to the ingestion of foods containing gluten may experience relief from symptoms by eliminating gluten from the diet. Many food products cater to people following a gluten-free diet due to the increasing prevalence of gluten intolerance and celiac disease. You... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:43:00 EST Craving Sweets? Constant Comment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44821_craving_sweets_constant_comment Constant Comment tea with a few drops of NuNaturals Clear NuStevia and a bit of cream will definitely take the edge off of a sweet tooth. Drinking liquid fills your stomach, and for a cold or rainy day, this is the perfect solution. Constant Comment tea has the flavor of orange rinds, and that extra sweetness and spiciness takes the edge off for me, not to mention the fact that Constant Comment tea reminds me of my grandmother, which is a positive thing!<br><br>When I'm craving something swee... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:42:00 EST Whole Grain Foods: Better Nutrition, Better Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44813_whole_grain_foods_better_nutrition_better_diet Whole Grain Foods: Better Nutrition, Better Diet<br><br>You might not yet know the difference between whole-grain foods and refined grain foods, but chances are you’re probably already including some whole-grain foods in your diet. If you have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or some popcorn at the movies, you are eating whole-grain foods. The first thing you should know about whole grains is that they have more nutrition than refined grains, are better for your heart, and can help you lose we... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:22:00 EST A commitment to tracking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44812_a_commitment_to_tracking I think this is hilarious, but I hope it isn't true. Brushing your teeth is one trick to keep you from evening eating that I have heard over the course of my long life of dieting.<br><br>I am here to tell you that evening eating is no different than eating any other time of the day. You do not gain more weight by eating later, it is a fallacy. What makes you gain weight is if you have used up your calories for the day, and you still have to have something to eat.<br><br>This is where a cleane... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:09:00 EST Power is within us... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44811_power_is_within_us We all have the power to eating healthy and we have to choose to do this or that but you still have a choice.. You choose each day without thinking but being on Sparks is a good way yo help turn all the choices we make into a way of healthy eating and making good choice.. It will become a second nature to us only if we learn by mistakes and other blogs of some that have been through this and have a way of showing you through blogs and comments.. Keep reading and make changes..Healthy food cho... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:22:00 EST Spinach and protein powder!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44806_spinach_and_protein_powder Hello, Spark Friends!!<br><br>Instead of the old fast-food breakfast, or even the less costly convenience version from my freezer, I have resumed an old practice of mine: The "green" smoothie!<br><br>Now let it not fool you! My smoothie doesn't (usually) look green- but it is full of green goodness!! And I add a fair bit of protein to keep my body full and fueled for the day.<br><br>If you're interested, read on for what goes in my smoothie. Just remember to make it work for you! Nothing is w... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 23:37:00 EST Benefits of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44803_benefits_of_water From the stuff we drink and swim in, to the steam that eases congestion and the ice that reduces swelling, water is all around us (and even in us). Heck, it kind of is us. “Water makes up about two thirds of who we are, and influences 100 percent of the processes in our body,” says CamelBak hydration expert Doug Casa, PhD. That probably explains why we feel better when we’re drinking enough of it. To learn exactly how water is helping us, as well as some creative ways to use it, check out the... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 18:52:00 EST Are You Getting Too Many Artificial Sweeteners? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44800_are_you_getting_too_many_artificial_sweeteners Are You Getting Too Many Artificial Sweeteners?<br><br>To be human is to enjoy sweet foods: Even newborns have been shown to exhibit a preference for sweet tastes. As a result, people have long sought sweet additions to their diet.<br><br>Thousands of years ago, we discovered honey. Later, we learned how to get sugar from sugar cane and sugar beets. In 1879, the first of the artificial sweeteners — saccharin — was developed. It became popular in the early 1900s during wartime because it was c... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:42:00 EST losing weight again http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44793_losing_weight_again It helps me getting up early so I can have enough time to get my food's prepared for the week ahead of time .keeping Apple around helps me out that way I can have something sweet to eat. Keep me from getting in the Cookie jar.I make up a pitcher of drinks for a week Apple cinder,lemon juice,,green tea, Ginger,white vinger,cinnamon. That's my favorite drink. Cold over ice.you can ADD a little bit of sweet and low .to make it sweet.burns fat,adds energy that my energy drink.take a vitamin B -12... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 09:14:00 EST Benefits of Fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44785_benefits_of_fruit <br>In all its scrumptious, colorful variety, Wyman’s frozen fruit is packed with a wide range of nutrients that are vital for your health. In fact, research shows that people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may have a lower risk of some chronic diseases.<br>Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke and may also protect against certain types of cancer.<br>Fruit Nutrition<b... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 19:29:00 EST Swapping Sparkling Water for Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44761_swapping_sparkling_water_for_soda I used to love soda! I craved and drank one almost every single day. However, as I started packing on pounds, I knew I needed to make some life changes. An average 12 oz soda has an average of 150 calories! If you drink just two a day- which I used to do sometimes- you can add a whooping 300 calories to your diet!! That is almost as many calories as a small meal! Or even worse, you can get a 32 oz soda at a fast food restaurant with free refills. Talk about reeking havoc on a diet! No wonder ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:19:00 EST Good Fats, Bad Fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44759_good_fats_bad_fats Good Fats, Bad Fats<br><br>The general wisdom for many years was that all fat should be avoided.<br><br>Trans fat, saturated fat, unsaturated fat — just stay away from them all. But now scientists realize that fat — and how our bodies process it — is much more complex.<br><br>Our bodies need some fat for optimal functioning. But we need the right kinds of fat, and we need to practice moderation. Some fats are actually good for you, and others should be avoided at all costs. How do you know wh... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 12:42:00 EST Coconut Oil Rocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44751_coconut_oil_rocks Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”<br><br>Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health.<br><br>This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits.<br><br>Here are the top 10 health benefits of coconut oil that have been experimentally confirmed in human studies.<br><br>If you want to try coconut oil for free, then get this organic virgin and fair-trade coconut oil from Thrive Market.<... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 19:58:00 EST Benefits of Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44732_benefits_of_protein What Makes Some Protein Foods Better Than Others?<br><br>The body can make some amino acids on its own, but the rest it must obtain from protein foods. Of the 20 total amino acids there are, certain ones are considered “essential” because these are the specific kinds we aren’t capable of making ourselves. Others are “nonessential” because the body can create them by synthesizing other amino acids.<br><br>The 20 different amino acids are all unique and have certain functions in the body, so it... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 13:22:00 EST Fat...what is good, and not good for you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44710_fatwhat_is_good_and_not_good_for_you You need to eat fat...REALLY.<br><br>First, I want to mention cholesterol. There are two kinds. HDL (high density lipoprotein), which is GOOD to have and a high HDL number is means you are doing a lot of things right. A good HDL number is above 60. Below 40, means you need to work harder on your diet. The other kind is LDL (low density lipoprotein), and the higher this number is, the worse it is for you and your body. A good LDL number is between 100 and 129. Under 100 is optimal. Trig... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 10:47:00 EST Reduce Your Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44696_reduce_your_carbs Even a modest reduction in consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods may promote loss of deep belly fat. This could help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease.<br><br>Excess visceral fat (intra-abdominal fat) raises the risk of these diseases.<br><br>Many people are still seriously confused about what types of food to eat to lose weight, and it's not really their fault. The conventional nutritional dogma of the last decade has been pushing a low-fat or... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 15:59:00 EST Sugar...ah, honey honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44694_sugarah_honey_honey Sugar, ah honey, honey, you are my candy, girl, and you got me wanting you<br>I just can't believe the loveliness of loving you, I just can't believe it's true,<br>like the summer sunshine, pour your sweetness over me,<br>pour your sweetness over me.....<br>The Archies, Sugar, Sugar<br><br>OK, next in the series of let's get rid of something else not good for you....SUGAR. So far, we are hopefully not eating trans-fats, and cutting way back on saturated fats in favor of monounsaturated and po... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 13:35:00 EST Benefits of Probiotics http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44691_benefits_of_probiotics For most people, the mention of probiotics conjures up images of yogurt. But don’t dismiss the microbes as a marketing gimmick or food fad. The latest probiotic research suggests that live-active cultures of these friendly bacteria can help to prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments.<br><br>"There is an increasing interest in probiotic interventions," wrote the authors of one of the most recent studies, a meta-analysis of previous research in a recent issue of the Journal of the American... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 12:38:00 EST Sugar can lead to obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44683_sugar_can_lead_to_obesity Researchers find strongest link yet between high sugar consumption and obesity <br>Previous research, linking low sugar with obesity, ‘compromised' by self-reporting<br>Shows ‘huge gap' between perception and reality of diet among obese people<br>Cancer charity: 22,000 cancer cases a year avoidable if we were all healthy weight<br>People who eat more sugar are much more likely to be obese than those who eat less, according to a landmark finding by University of Reading scientists.<br><br>The ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:06:00 EST Benefits of a Paleo Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44671_benefits_of_a_paleo_diet You eat unprocessed, real food<br><br>Paleo and primal diets consist of real, whole foods – except for some natural but bottled or packaged sauces, condiments and ingredients – so you automatically eliminate a whole range of preservatives, hidden sugars, sodium, additives, colouring, artificial flavouring and who knows what else. As a result you eliminate unnecessary toxins and consume more nutrients, plus the food tastes so much better.<br><br>Paleo diet is rich in nutrients <br><br>One of ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:18:00 EST Canned Tuna – How To Buy It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44657_canned_tuna_how_to_buy_it One of my many jobs in the food industry was as a sales representative for an International Food Broker. My company represented manufacturers in Europe and the Far East of tuna, olives, artichokes, pineapple, mushrooms, tropical fruit, baby corn, canned tomatoes, to name some of the products. We sold ocean container loads of food to importers here in the states. In that position I got first-hand knowledge about these foods and tested, tasted and looked at a lot of product. <br><br>Back to tun... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:09:00 EST How to Eat a Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44653_how_to_eat_a_healthy_diet How to Eat a Healthy Diet<br><br><br>If you are what you eat, it follows that you want to stick to a healthy diet that’s well balanced. “You want to eat a variety of foods,” says Stephen Bickston, MD, AGAF, professor of internal medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Center in Richmond. “You don’t want to be overly restrictive of any one food group or eat too much of another.”<br><br>Healthy Diet: The Building Blocks <br>The b... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:50:00 EST TRYING NEW ITEMS THIS WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44650_trying_new_items_this_week I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:41:00 EST Benefits of Green Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44643_benefits_of_green_tea Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.<br><br>Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.<br>Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:40:00 EST Eat smaller portions to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44641_eat_smaller_portions_to_lose_weight This just one of the methods that I have used to keep my weight under control. <br>Instead of eating a whole steak of 10 oz cut in half<br>to five for instance depending on your Protein calorie needs taking into consideration<br>height,body build, active level.<br> <br>I base my protein calorie needs on my approximately 2000 calorie a day adjusted for fat content for a heart condition. <br><br>After two weeks of adjusting my diet to this method of selecting portions and watching calories for... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:42:00 EST Have lots of measuring cups and spoons on hand, as well as a food scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44635_have_lots_of_measuring_cups_and_spoons_on_hand_as_well_as_a_food_scale Make sure to have lots of measuring cups and spoons on hand to portion out your food throughout the day. Go to the dollar/discount store and get the little plastic measuring cups and spoons sets so you have several on hand. That way, if one set is in the dishwasher, there is no excuse for not measuring. :) It also helps when cooking a recipe so you can pre-measure your ingredients and have them available instead of sharing one measuring cup.<br><br>Also, for frequently used dry goods, you mig... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:21:00 EST How to Steam Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44627_how_to_steam_veggies How to Steam Veggies <br><br>The easiest way to eat veggies is to steam them but how do you do them with out making them turn out yucky. <br><br>Well I have been using an electric steamer for many years. I like the electric sooo much that I had two one for at home and one at my business. Before I had the electric steamer I would cook on the stove top and they would end up mushy and looking like canned veggies...eww <br><br>And cooking in the microwave ended up with hard veggies (some... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 01:23:00 EST Patty Pan Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44625_patty_pan_squash Patty Pan Squash <br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed16fc8f-37bb-42bb-9404-7f1c2cdb51fb.JPG"> <br>I'm not sure if they are all patty pan but the store had them all together. (I had other but already ate them) <br> <br> <img src="http://photosaw... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:17:00 EST 18 Ways to Make This Your Healthiest Summer Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44618_18_ways_to_make_this_your_healthiest_summer_ever 18 Ways to Make This Your Healthiest Summer Ever<br><br>With summer’s unofficial Memorial Day kickoff behind us, it’s the perfect time to set some health goals and embrace new opportunities to eat smart and get fit. Here are 18 ideas to motivate and inspire you throughout the sunny months ahead:<br><br>Head to the farmers’ market. Loading up on summer’s best and freshest produce, including leafy greens, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, green beans, berries, and stone fruits will make it easier to go... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:50:00 EST How to make cooking healthy fun and easy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44613_how_to_make_cooking_healthy_fun_and_easy How to make cooking healthy fun and easy.<br> <br> <br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84498ef5-cb96-440d-be92-ddec5fcdae86.JPG"> <br>Here is how to make it easy by steaming them. I just chop and put in a steamer. <br> ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:07:00 EST Five Babies Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44608_five_babies_salad I'm a busy person, and I like to save money, so I pack my lunch. The most important part of my lunch is my vegetable salad. I call it "Five Babies" because there are five different veggies on a bed of lettuce. It is simple, but adding veggies is always a good idea in any healthy diet, especially good for the digestion!<br> I start with a bed of lettuce and add five different vegetables, three raw, one pickled, one cooked. Why pickled and cooked? For the difference in flavor and texture. ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:42:00 EST Corn tortilla snack idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44607_corn_tortilla_snack_idea One of my favorite snacking ideas is I like making personal size pizzas using corn tortillas in place of traditional bread crust.<br><br>First I lightly brush the tortilla with olive oil and warm in the oven at 350 for 5-7minutes until crisp, then i load with my favorite veggies, a light sprinkle of fat free cheese and under the broiler for 2 minutes until the cheese is melted. Its a very yummy alternative and sometimes will eat two. My favorite is to use corn tortillas.... I've tried this r... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:37:00 EST Benefits of Chia Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44587_benefits_of_chia_seeds Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet.<br><br>They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.<br><br>Here are 11 health benefits of chia seeds that are supported by human studies.<br><br>1. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories<br><br>Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint.<br><br>This plant grows natively in South America.<br><br>Chia seeds were ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:51:00 EST 18 Ways to Make This Your Healthiest Summer Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44583_18_ways_to_make_this_your_healthiest_summer_ever 18 Ways to Make This Your Healthiest Summer Ever<br><br><br>Fresh produce is abundant, beautiful, and more affordable. The weather (at least in most parts of the country) is perfect for outdoor walking, biking, hiking, and swimming, and the days are longer so you have more time to fit in physical activity. Vacations allow you time to relax, de-stress, and get active with friends and family, and your schedule may be more flexible, allowing you more time to focus on healthy habits.<br><br>With ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:53:00 EST More About Spring Greens http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44579_more_about_spring_greens I ate nettles for the first time in my life, today. Every since joining SparkPeople and readjusting my psychic ear to listening to my inner voice, I've had no choice but to eat healthfully.<br><br>I don't want, BH, junk. I crave seasonal food and more often, as my commitment to the SparkPeople program grows, I crave food in the "correct amounts."<br><br>Yesterday, I lusted for the nettles growing among my snap peas. I've taken nettle tincture for various ailments and I've been aware that nett... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:49:00 EST Write It Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44554_write_it_down I have found that if I don't write it down then in my mind I am not accountable for it. If I track everything I eat each day all day then I know exactly what it is that I have eaten. At times it can be irritating but at the end of each day I hold myself accountable. I have recently gone back to the weight watchers program and because I have the habit already of writing down what I eat it made the transition that much easier. Its bee four weeks and I have not gone off trace once yet. By n... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:35:00 EST Benefits of Fish Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44549_benefits_of_fish_oil There are few supplements on the market that offer as many benefits as fish oil does. Regardless of who you are, it's almost certain you will benefit from it. Learn more.<br>Whether you're looking to maximize muscle building and fat loss, or you're simply looking to take the best pathway to optimal health, fish oil is a supplement you must be adding to your daily diet. There are few supplements on the market that offer as many benefits as fish oil does. Regardless of who you are, it's almost ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:00:00 EST Supping on Wild Spring Greens http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44543_supping_on_wild_spring_greens These days, i'm sucking down nettles, dandelion leaves, and lambs quarters. I was eating well with thistle, too, but got annoyed with the amount of preparation that forb required.<br><br>I get this green goodness from my pesticide-free rooftop container garden. Although I planted geraniums and lavender, birds had dropped seeds of these great vegetables into my pots.<br><br>As a gal who's looking to improve her health without crimping her cuisine, I won from those wild seeds. Such greens are p... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:23:00 EST Healthy Eating suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44539_healthy_eating_suggestions Planning meals<br><br>Coming up with shopping lists that include foods from all the food groups can seem like an endless process. To keep meal planning interesting and easy while providing balanced meals the whole family will enjoy, try asking yourself these questions:<br><br>What season is it? In summer your family might tend to do more grilling and in winter more stews and casseroles.<br><br>What do we have in the pantry? Try to keep the cupboards, refrigerator and freezer full of nutrient-... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 21:19:00 EST Make your own tier of healthy foods - don't force yourself to eat stuff you don't like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44506_make_your_own_tier_of_healthy_foods_dont_force_yourself_to_eat_stuff_you_dont_like It sounds weird, but let me explain: <br><br>I like veggies... but I really like a few specific veggies: mushrooms, pea pods/string beans, potatoes and squashes of any kind, etc. But health advice says you must eat a variety of veggies to be healthy - and while yes, a variety will give you more nutrients and vitamins you need... forcing yourself to eat stuff you don't like isn't going to help you stick with healthy eating. <br><br>I have a tier I made myself. At the top: my favorites veggies,... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:05:00 EST Eating the correct amount of protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44505_eating_the_correct_amount_of_protein Joined the 24/7 Gym the Utlra Fit trainer told me protein, protein, <em>53</em> protein, fruits and vegetables are great however, eat the fruits before you do something to burn off the sugars.<br><br>Also the chicken breast last longer in your system than the protein shakes. <em>496</em> <br><br>Said carbs are not ALL bad did not sell me any nutritional supplements........<br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br>... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:39:00 EST Some healthy changes we can make to our diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44492_some_healthy_changes_we_can_make_to_our_diet The first food to remove from your diet is SUGAR, along with artificial sweeteners. This is the fastest way to eliminate the energy lows that occur throughout the day. These ingredients put our bodies on a blood sugar roller coaster and leads to increased fat storage, and a drop in our energy levels. Organic honey and organic, raw stevia may be used in moderation. <br>Then eliminate all DAIRY! Dairy products do not build healthy bones as we were led to believe but in some studies it has be... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:23:00 EST Eating like your grandma use too http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44476_eating_like_your_grandma_use_too I never thought I would be one eating healthy. After all, food is how I found spark people because well I over indulged to much. I lived to eat instead of eating to live. I am 48 years old turning 49 in a few short months so I kept saying to myself why do you keep doing this to yourself? Fast foods are just that fast and they are so tempting because hey they are fatty foods, quick, and make that brain happy well for a short time. I was tired of being bankrupt from bad nutrition as well as my ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:41:00 EST Benefits of Grapefruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44469_benefits_of_grapefruit The grapefruit was bred in the 18th century as a cross between a pomelo and an orange. They were given the name grapefruit because of the way they grew in clusters similar to grapes.<br><br>Grapefruits vary in hue from white or yellow to pink and red and can range in taste from very acidic and even bitter to sweet and sugary. Grapefruits are available throughout the year, but the popular Florida and Texas varieties are in season between the months of November and June. Florida is said to be t... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:41:00 EST Sugar is an Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44454_sugar_is_an_issue I have been a proud, gold-card carrying member of Starbucks since 2009. I have participated in most of their events, where you go once a day, every day for two weeks, purchasing something and then at the end you get two free drinks. Somehow, in my mind I'm winning at the game. I'm not sure now, looking back, what game I was winning at, just thinking I was getting something free made it all worth it.<br><br>In 2009 I weighed 184. I weigh 204 now. Not that I'm attributing all those 20 poun... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:37:00 EST getting those fruits and veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44445_getting_those_fruits_and_veggies i like to start the day with a delicious fruit and veggie smoothie, blending it makes the nutrition in it 'pop' and makes them more accessible to the body ..it is blended and 'broken down' so that the nutrients are absorbed more completely and quickly, jump starting my day with so many good things it needs..also, it jumps starts my day with a breakfast that i would normally probably not eat .. i use a banana, triple berry blend from Meijer, different greens (spinach and kale are my two favori... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:07:00 EST My Secret to Enjoying Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44436_my_secret_to_enjoying_veggies Everyone kept telling me I had to cut out the dips and dressings etc. They said they were too fatty, too many calories and I should eat the veggies without. <br><br>But I found raw veggies boring/bland without my ranch salad dressing to cover them. (Smother them more likely, I will admit I ate too much of it!), so if I wasn't allowed to eat my dip, I'd grab something easy/unhealthy instead. (Potato chips for example.)<br><br>And no, I didn't like the lower calorie dips, like Italian, or vin... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:23:00 EST Ginger what a feeling!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44435_ginger_what_a_feeling I have Celiac Issues and ever since I have been eating fresh ginger it has help me tremendously it takes away the nausea, stomach pain, and calms my Intestinal track system. Its a healthy way to go instead of taking medicines that can only make things worse.<br><br>I peel a fresh ginger root and slice in pieces<br>then on every meal eat a piece.<br><br>I feel great it also has helped me with the arthritis<br>and the pain I have from tarsal tunnel syndrome<br>on my left ankle and nerve damage... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:02:00 EST Ginger what a feeling!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44434_ginger_what_a_feeling I have Celiac Issues and ever since I have been eating fresh ginger it has help me tremendously it takes away the nausea, stomach pain, and calms my Intestinal track system. Its a healthy way to go instead of taking medicines that can only make things worse.<br><br>I peel a fresh ginger root and slice in pieces<br>then on every meal eat a piece.<br><br>I feel great it also has helped me with the arthritis<br>and the pain I have from tarsal tunnel syndrome<br>on my left ankle and nerve damage... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:01:00 EST Ginger what a feeling!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44433_ginger_what_a_feeling I have Celiac Issues and ever since I have been eating fresh ginger it has help me tremendously it takes away the nausea, stomach pain, and calms my Intestinal track system. Its a healthy way to go instead of taking medicines that can only make things worse.<br><br>I peel a fresh ginger root and slice in pieces<br>then on every meal eat a piece.<br><br>I feel great it also has helped me with the arthritis<br>and the pain I have from tarsal tunnel syndrome<br>on my left ankle and nerve damage... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:01:00 EST