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 3 Ways Sugar Affects Our Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48557_3_ways_sugar_affects_our_health Sugar is pervasive in our food supply. It’s one of the ingredients added to foods to not only make it taste delicious, but also make you want to come back for more. While we do need some carbohydrates (sugar) to survive, eating too much may wreak havoc on our health.<br><br>Refined carbohydrates, or foods that are highly processed and stripped of fiber and most nutrients, include white bread, candy, cookies, pastries, many crackers, juices/fruit-flavored drinks, soda, sweeteners and sugary ce... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:57:00 EST Dr. Mercola's Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48552_dr_mercolas_nutrition_plan Dr. Mercola's Nutrition Plan<br><br>If you’re looking for the best strategy to dramatically improve your health, then you’ve come to the right place.<br><br>Many people today struggle with weight issues, diseases, and other health problems that impair their ability to enjoy life. Many resort to pharmaceutical drugs and other conventional methods to relieve their symptoms, but these are actually just Band-Aid solutions that typically result in more harm than good.<br><br>What they don’t realiz... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:05:00 EST Learn to Love Berakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48551_learn_to_love_berakfast Learn to Love Breakfast<br>Reasons to Make A.M. Eating a Habit<br><br> By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cf75421-a758-4709-8bd2-2814beed1a96.jpg"><br>As a working mom with three kids at home, mornings are always hectic. Getting everyone up, fed, dressed and out the door takes precision timing and a level of organization that most businesses couldn’t match. And while I insist my children have a good breakfast every day, making sure... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:04:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Beets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48546_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_beets What's New and Beneficial About Beets<br><br> Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione. Although you can see these betalain pigments in other foods (like the stems of chard or r... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:34:00 EST PBaJ every day, the healthy way http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48543_pbaj_every_day_the_healthy_way As a grad student/teacher assistant, my life is very busy and I am often at school from 9 am to 9 pm. It's expensive to eat Subway every day and hard to prep meals ahead of time. I have access to a fridge, but it's shared with about 20 other people, so I can't stock up on lunch meat and stuff, since there is not enough room! Therefore, peanut butter and jelly, that non-perishable staple... is my staple. But, it is important to choose your ingredients carefully! I turned to the website Eat... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:43:00 EST PBJ every day, the healthy way http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48542_pbaj_every_day_the_healthy_way As a grad student/teacher assistant, my life is very busy and I am often at school from 9 am to 9 pm. It's expensive to eat Subway every day and hard to prep meals ahead of time. I have access to a fridge, but it's shared with about 20 other people, so I can't stock up on lunch meat and stuff, since there is not enough room! Therefore, peanut butter and jelly, that non-perishable staple... is my staple. But, it is important to choose your ingredients carefully! I turned to the website Eat... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:43:00 EST Conditions Shown to Benefit From a Ketogenic Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48533_conditions_shown_to_benefit_from_a_ketogenic_diet Conditions Shown to Benefit From a Ketogenic Diet<br><br><br>Obesity and top killers such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer have something significant in common — they’re all rooted in insulin and leptin resistance.<br><br>In other words, the underlying problem is metabolic dysfunction that develops as a result of consuming too many net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber) and/or protein. Sugars found in processed foods and grains are the primary culprits, and the standard... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:55:00 EST Kale: nutritional profile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48527_kale_nutritional_profile Kale: nutritional profile<br><br>Kale is a nutritional standout in three basic areas: (1) antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, (2) much-needed micronutrients (in which the average U.S. adult is currently deficient), and (3) cancer-preventive nutrients called glucosinolates.<br>Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Nutrients<br><br>Kale's antioxidants are both traditional as well as recently discovered.<br><br>In addition to conventional antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and mang... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:19:00 EST Well Eating Wont Kill You ... Yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48520_well_eating_wont_kill_you_yet s change their mindsets about food. When they We here on Sparkfirst start talking with me, many of m describe fof s as “good” or “bad” – often offhand, like they don’t even realize they are doing it because it has become so engrained in how they think.<br><br>Many people tend o think that if they aren’t eating perfectly, it’s a failure. Food has become completely black and white for them, and they feel guilty if they eat something that they deem less than perfect, or that fits into that “bad”... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:02:00 EST Measuring out Food into Prepackaged Containers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48518_measuring_out_food_into_prepackaged_containers I have found that measuring out my food into prepackaged containers is helping me with my weight loss. On Sunday, I make usually a pot of soup and then put them into containers where it is all measured and easy to log each day. I do the same with making coleslaw, salads, just about all things actually. Homemade soups are better than doing the store bought canned ones because you can control what is put into them. Same goes for salads. Salads bought out at a restaurant have many more calories... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:05:00 EST The Case Against Veganism — Carefully Researched Book Spills the Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48513_the_case_against_veganism_carefully_researched_book_spills_the_beans The Case Against Veganism — Carefully Researched Book Spills the Beans<br><br><br>An estimated 6 million Americans are vegans, which is typically considered to be a healthy choice. However, there are drawbacks to strict veganism that need careful consideration.<br><br>Mara Kahn, author of "Vegan Betrayal: Love, Lies, and Hunger in a Plants-Only World," delves deep into the history and science of veganism, revealing many oft-ignored facts about this strictly plant-based diet.<br><br>She’s put ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:37:00 EST Cucumber Rolls With Creamy Avocado Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48512_cucumber_rolls_with_creamy_avocado_recipe Cucumber Rolls With Creamy Avocado Recipe<br><br>Finding a healthy and delicious snack is not as difficult as most people think. For instance, this Cucumber Rolls With Creamy Avocado Recipe from Ella Leché is a delightfully crunchy treat, and the combination of ingredients will give you plenty of health-boosting nutrients.<br>This treat is suitable for most people with allergies, but even if you’re the type who can eat just about anything, I’m pretty sure you will love it too.<br>Ingredients:... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:13:00 EST Keeping Track of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48508_keeping_track_of_water I try to drink 3 to 4 bottles of water a day. My water bottle is 32 oz. Somethings, though, I forget how many bottles I've drank. So I put pony tail holders on the bottom of my bottle. Whenever I finish a bottle I move one pony tail hold up towards the top of the bottle. When they're all up there...I know I'm done! This is a simple and easy way to keep track of your water. I'm not always near a computer or my phone to track water everytime I drink a cup and we all know how important it is t... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:52:00 EST How does the mineral phosphorus help maintain pH balance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48507_how_does_the_mineral_phosphorus_help_maintain_ph_balance How does the mineral phosphorus help maintain pH balance?<br><br>In order for us to stay healthy, different parts of our body need to maintain very specific levels of acidity. In science terms, acidity level is referred to as pH. A conventional pH scale runs from 0 - 14, where "0" is defined as the most acidic level, "14" is defined as the least acidic (or most alkaline or basic) level, and "7" is defined as neutral. Since the pH of pure water is close to 7, and since our bodies are approxima... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:46:00 EST Mini Peppers as a Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48506_mini_peppers_as_a_snack When I am stressed, eating crunchy vegetables help me. Carrots and celery sticks may become boring. So, I buy a bag of mini peppers. They taste great, fresh, sweet (red, yellow and orange, no green), have the crunch I need, and break monotony! I'm also a care giver for my Mom. I moved her in with me. I don't have the prep time I used to. Now I buy pre-cut carrots and celery sticks. I go to the salad bar at my grocery and buy what I like that's already prepared. When I get home, I mak... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:43:00 EST life is my secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48502_life_is_my_secret I'm going to live forever . . . so far so good.<br><br>I enjoy the heck out of life, and stuff as much as I'm able into it. <br><br>This may not be the only life I get, but it's the only one I have right now. I love to be challenged, pampered, loved, solo, entertained, helpful to others, full of fascinating memories and self sufficient.<br><br>I don't like to be told what to do (like needing 1700 words for this statement). No one is the boss of me!!! I want to expand the privilege's of ol... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:41:00 EST How Do You Slow Down and Eat Mindfully in this Hurry-Up World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48494_how_do_you_slow_down_and_eat_mindfully_in_this_hurryup_world Life lived in the fast lane . . . not always good for us! When it’s time to eat our meals, it is important not to rush! How can you slow it down? Mindful eating starts with building an awareness of hunger. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment – deliberate awareness.<br><br>First of all, take the time to be aware of your food . . . the aroma, how it’s plated. Savor the looks and aroma of the food. Chew your food slowly. Aim to chew your food 10-20 times per bit. Yes, ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:44:00 EST Kale: how to select, store, prepare, and cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48492_kale_how_to_select_store_prepare_and_cook Kale: how to select, store, prepare, and cook<br><br>Look for kale with firm, deeply colored leaves and moist hardy stems. Kale should be displayed in a cool environment since warm temperatures will cause it to wilt and will negatively affect its flavor. The leaves should look fresh, be unwilted, and be free from signs of browning, yellowing, and small holes. Choose kale with smaller-sized leaves since these will be more tender and have a more mild flavor than those with larger leaves. Kale i... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:23:00 EST What is nutrient-rich cooking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48471_what_is_nutrientrich_cooking What is nutrient-rich cooking?<br><br>nutrient-rich cooking<br><br>How you prepare and cook your food can be as important as the food you select to eat. Even the most nutritious foods will not provide its potential of nourishment if improperly cooked. It has been found that foods cooked the traditional way could lose from 50-80% of their nutrients because they were overcooked. This is the reason I created a new way of cooking to preserve nutrients, which I call Nutrient-Rich Cooking—an optima... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:20:00 EST 25 Cheap Foods That Are Good For You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48466_25_cheap_foods_that_are_good_for_you 25 Cheap Foods That Are Good for You!<br>Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough<br><br> By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fe3dd0c-7b23-41a8-b733-f32010e290db.png"><br>Watching your wallet and your waistline can be tricky. Eating right is easy when money is no object, but a trip to the supermarket often yields frustration for healthy eaters on a budget (which is most of us!). Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are on your list, but... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:10:00 EST Bring Dinner Back: 7 Reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48449_bring_dinner_back_7_reasons Bring Dinner Back: 7 Reasons to Reinstate the Family Meal<br><br> By Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61d3ab4c-08ee-4a5d-8e24-8e266e1ab0b0.png"><br>Once upon a time, the family dinner was an institution. In the mid-twentieth century, it was the norm for everyone to gather around the table every night to share a home-cooked meal. But over the decades, that Norman Rockwell-esque scene has become the exception rather than the rule. To... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:30:00 EST Kale: description and history http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48440_kale_description_and_history Kale: description and history<br><br>The beautiful leaves of the kale plant provide an earthy flavor and more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around. Although it can be found in markets throughout the year, it is in season from the middle of winter through the beginning of spring when it has a sweeter taste and is more widely available.<br><br>Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Brassica family, a group of vegetables including cabbage, collards,... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:34:00 EST Invest in a food scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48436_invest_in_a_food_scale Have you noticed that food packages usually list a serving size by measurement and by weight? I was recently reviewing a kitchen scale for my blog post about portion control. Do you know what I discovered? <br><br>I found that the serving size weight doesn't match the portion size the manufacturer says it does. On camera, I measured out 1/4 cup of my favorite organic coconut bites snack. To my shock, it weighed almost half a serving more than it should have! <br><br>So, I emptied out th... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:25:00 EST What are food intolerances? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48417_what_are_food_intolerances What are food intolerances?<br><br>Food intolerances are less clear-cut than food allergies. But one thing is certain: food intolerance are not the same as food allergies, and they are not dependent on interactions between food antigens and our immune system. In fact, a food intolerance is not dependent on any single interaction, and for this reason, it tends to be less predictable than food allergy and also less consistent.<br><br>Perhaps the best known example of food intolerance is lactose... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:42:00 EST Cupcake vs IHOP's New Omelet Concoction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48408_cupcake_vs_ihops_new_omelet_concoction You can't make assumptions about food anymore. What seems healthy may not be. One thing that used to not be so healthy for you is not deemed healthy and you should have it more often than you think!<br><br>For the past few days I have not been feeling 100% and I have to say, me being a kid at heart have taken advantage of the said "illness" too. I have been loading up on carbs and fats like there is absolutely no tomorrow! But when I was sick as a kid, my mom made me all my favorites in hopes... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:12:00 EST Why Curry Will Surprise You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48405_why_curry_will_surprise_you Why Curry Will Surprise You<br><br><br>As a meat-and-potatoes nation for the better part of three centuries, to go so far as to choose authentic Indian, Middle Eastern or Thai cuisine is a milestone for many. Throughout the U.S., more and more people have begun embracing the idea of using an exotic curry to spice up their food.<br><br>In the above-listed cuisines, curry is practically fundamental. In India, for instance, while there are more than a billion people who speak around 122 differen... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:44:00 EST What are some of the wide-ranging health benefits of turmeric? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48394_what_are_some_of_the_wideranging_health_benefits_of_turmeric What are some of the wide-ranging health benefits of turmeric? <br><br>Despite its use in cooking for several thousand years, turmeric continues to surprise researc... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:48:00 EST Reset your taste buds and cravings with Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48391_reset_your_taste_buds_and_cravings_with_whole_30 My son and his wife and I started the Whole 30 meal plan almost two weeks ago. My daughter did it two years ago and at the time I thought I could never in a million years give up bread, dairy, sugar and a few other things. I am happy to say not only can I but I am feeling so much better. The book is so full of information and suggestion that I am actually enjoying this process. <br><br>I could not do this by myself but my son and his wife recently moved in with me to help me with my large... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:24:00 EST Juicing May Be the Answer to Many of Your Chronic Health Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48386_juicing_may_be_the_answer_to_many_of_your_chronic_health_problem Story at-a-glance<br>Preventable chronic diseases are now the world’s biggest killers, and children are now developing diseases previously relegated to seniors, such as type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease and even cancer<br>Toxicity and nutrient deficiencies are two primary factors driving this burgeoning wave of chronic disease<br>Vegetable juicing is a powerful tool for enhancing your health, whether done daily or as part of a regular detoxification plan<br> View All Health Topics<b... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:13:00 EST Healthy Brain Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48378_healthy_brain_smoothie <br>Healthy Brain Smoothie<br><br>By: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN <br> <br>Brain-healthy foods are good for your mind and also your body. This smoothie is made up of some of my favorite brain-healthy (but tasty) ingredients, such as cacao nibs, a source of flavanols that help keep blo... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:10:00 EST chart your nutrition on fatsecret or SPARK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48375_chart_your_nutrition_on_fatsecret_or_spark <em>465</em> <br><br>Chart. chart. and chart. I have found that tracking food and exercise and weight have been helpful with success. I like the SPARKpeople ticker which helps for myself and all to see progress (whichever kind you choose). On the ticker I have chosen to use pounds lost. I have a lovely magical fairy on my ticker. <br><br>I lost a lot of weight on Atkins counting carbs and it worked quite well until I got tired of the food choices. SPARKpeople is much more flexible.<br><br>I... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:15:00 EST Reasons to Start Your Day With Lemon Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48372_reasons_to_start_your_day_with_lemon_water AIDS DIGESTION: We all know that there are acids in the stomach to digest our food. The acid helps break down our food and lemon juice is especially helpful in supplementing stomach acid for digestion. Did you know that as we age, the amount of acid in our stomach declines? That can be one cause of indigestion and other digestive problems.<br><br>The flavor of lemon relieves some of the blahs of plain ol’ water!<br><br>HELPS HYDRATION: It’s a good habit to start the day off w/a glass o... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:41:00 EST How to Identify Trigger Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48369_how_to_identify_trigger_foods How to Identify Trigger Foods<br><br>Trigger foods are foods that trigger reactions in a person. For example, a trigger food could cause you to eat excessively or have gastrointestinal distress or headaches.<br><br> Identifying trigger foods can be helpful in relieving certain ailments or eliminating excess weight. Once trigger foods are identified, they can be avoided more easily or, at the very least, help you begin to explain your behavior.<br><br> In order to identify trigger foods, you n... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:06:00 EST Can you tell me more about the fiber in apples? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48360_can_you_tell_me_more_about_the_fiber_in_apples Can you tell me more about the fiber in apples?<br><br>Even though apple is not an excellent source of dietary fiber (it ranks as a "good" source in our WHFoods Rating System), the fiber found in apple may combine with other apple nutrients to provide you with the kind of health benefits you would ordinarily only associate with much higher amounts of dietary fiber. These health benefits are particularly important in prevention of heart disease through healthy regulation of blood fat levels. R... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:17:00 EST PRE-PLAN and HEALTHY EATING / DRINKING http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48358_preplan_and_healthy_eating_drinking Pre-plan or workout in the morning your 3 meals a day. Stick to eating only Breakfast, lunch and Dinner. <br><br>Track those meals into the nutrition tracker 1st thing in the morning. This way then you can see how many calories for the day you are consuming or planning to consume. <br><br>If you find you've gone over your daily calorie allowance you can adjust it to keep within your daily calorie allowance right there and then without worrying that you've eaten more than your allowance. <br><... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:04:00 EST 21 Kid-Friendly Ideas and Recipes to Help Them Love Vegan Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48332_21_kidfriendly_ideas_and_recipes_to_help_them_love_vegan_foods 21 Kid-Friendly Ideas and Recipes to Help Them Love Vegan Foods<br><br>Written by Pamela Fergusson, RD, PhD<br><br><br><br>Temper tantrums. Food shoved across the table (or even on the floor). A child that won’t touch the meal you just spent an hour preparing.<br><br>For even the best parents, mealtime with children can easily become one of the most frustrating and disheartening times of the day.<br>Maybe you’re raising a little one who runs away from anything green. Or perhaps your child hat... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:16:00 EST 6 Seemingly Innocent Habits That Are Hurting Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48324_6_seemingly_innocent_habits_that_are_hurting_your_health 6 Seemingly Innocent Habits That Are Hurting Your Health<br><br> By Elizabeth Lowry<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcabec97-5821-41ab-a3c0-896540f40606.png"><br>When it comes to unhealthy habits, there are many that are universally acknowledged: smoking, eating too much junk food, tanning beds, skimping on your sleep. But what about cooking with the wrong oil? Sitting all day? While they might not be as well-documented, many seemingly harmless daily habits can actually w... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:58:00 EST Pre Planning your food for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48317_pre_planning_your_food_for_the_day <em>371</em> <em>491</em> <em>284</em> <em>22</em> First off I would like to say I work an evening shift 4:00pm to 2:30am and find that this works well for me having the mornings to prepare for the day ahead of me. The one thing I have learned and do everyday is to pre plan my food for the day. I wake at around 10:30 am and do my 30 min exercise then hit the kitchen to plan my food for the day and track it all at the same time. I will weigh and count everything. I suggest laying it... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:28:00 EST Health Benefits of Cucumbers Story at-a-glance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48306_health_benefits_of_cucumbers_story_ataglance Health Benefits of Cucumbers<br>Story at-a-glance<br><br>Cucumbers are made up of 95 percent water, making them an ideal hydrating and cooling food<br>Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in your brain health<br>Cucumbers also contain polyphenols called lignans, which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers<br>Cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the act... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:53:00 EST Can high heat cooking damage the phytonutrients in bell peppers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48303_can_high_heat_cooking_damage_the_phytonutrients_in_bell_peppers Can high heat cooking damage the phytonutrients in bell peppers? <br><br>Higher heat cooking can damage some of the delicate phytonutrients in bell peppers. In one recent study from Turkey, the effects of grilling on sweet green bell peppers were studied with respect to one particular phyt... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:23:00 EST Tomatoes - description and history http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48300_tomatoes_description_and_history Tomatoes - description and history<br><br>The tomato is the fruit of the plant Lycopersicon esculentum. (Botanically speaking, tomato is not only a fruit, but also a berry since it is formed from a single ovary.) Originally, tomato was named after the food family to which it belongs - the Solanaceae (sometimes called "solanoid" or "nightshade") family. The botanical name Solanum lycopersicum for tomatoes has now largely been replaced by the name Lycopersicon esculentum. (The genus/species nam... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:11:00 EST What to eat in your 60s http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48298_what_to_eat_in_your_60s Ages 60 plus<br>Surveys show that the eating habits of elderly people differ from younger adults. A national survey in Britain in 1996 found that people aged over 65 ate less fish, fruit and vegetables, meat and cheese but more cakes and biscuits and sugary goods than younger adults.<br>People aged over 60 require fewer calories than younger adults because their lifestyles become more sedentary. But their requirements for vitamins and minerals remain the same which can lead to older people be... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:21:00 EST Beyond Meat and Poultry http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48296_beyond_meat_and_poultry How much do you need?<br><br>The amount of protein you need depends on your weight, age, activity level, and past medical history. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 46 grams a day for a healthy, average-weight woman over age 50; however, you can calculate your needs more exactly by multiplying 0.36 grams by the number of pounds you weigh.<br><br>"The best way to ensure you're meeting your protein needs is to consume some protein at every meal and snack. This will also h... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:38:00 EST Tablespoon Sauce Cups http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48292_tablespoon_sauce_cups I began using 2 or 4 tablespoon plastic sauce cup with lid for my work lunches. I also now always set the table and include cute washable sauce cups that I found. It is a great way to keep aware just how much is being added when using dressings, sauces, condiments, coleslaw or potato salad, even candies. I found it really helps me to get a taste with out over-serving myself, and or, I am aware if I want more- I know much I am using. Anyway my husband and I have actually found this little ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:40:00 EST What to Eat When You Have GI Distress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48290_what_to_eat_when_you_have_gi_distress Nausea, bloating, gas, diarrhea . . . we’ve all had it at one time or another. I read a fantastic article that had suggestions from a gastroenterologist (Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, DO) suggesting foods that will help w/these symptoms in a natural way. Food is medicine! First and foremost, follow the instructions of your healthcare provider if you have medical issues causing these symptoms. Always see your healthcare provider for any symptoms that persist. <br><br>One idea is to avoid foods w/lots... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:49:00 EST Kashi Cereal Stirs Anger - Exposed by Small Rhode Island Groce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48286_kashi_cereal_stirs_anger_exposed_by_small_rhode_island_groce Kashi Cereal Stirs Anger - Exposed by Small Rhode Island Grocer<br><br><br>A simple sign on a grocery store shelf has gone viral, causing a storm of outrage among consumers who feel they've been misled by cereal maker Kellogg's claims about its Kashi cereals. A Rhode Island grocer posted a note on the shelf where Kashi was supposed to be, saying he'd learned it wasn't 100 percent natural after all, and therefore wasn't carrying it anymore.<br><br>It turns out the soy in Kashi cereals comes fr... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:03:00 EST 22 Ways Drinking Soda is Bad for Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48280_22_ways_drinking_soda_is_bad_for_your_health 22 Ways Drinking Soda is Bad for Your Health<br><br> <br><br>Numerous studies have shown the negative health effects of drinking soda on your waistline and your teeth. Drinking soda however, has far more serious health risks than many of us may realize. <br><br>According to Euromonitor, the average person in the United States consumes more than 126 grams of sugar per day. That’s equal to 25.2 teaspoons, or the equivalent of drinking a little over three 12 ounce colas.<br><br>Numerous studie... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:27:00 EST Beyond Meat and Poultry http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48278_beyond_meat_and_poultry Advantages of plant proteins:<br><br>The "Western" dietary pattern that many Americans have followed for decades is much higher in animal proteins than in plant proteins. However, research has demonstrated that eating more plant foods and fewer animal foods, especially red and processed meats, has beneficial effects, including decreased risks of heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, and many health experts suggest adopting a plant-based diet, which emphasizes plant foods... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:45:00 EST Going Out to Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48275_going_out_to_eat Most of the time prepare healthy meals at home because it is much easier to control the contents and balance. I recommend starting with what veggie you will eat then moving to the protein then carb. It is really easy to add fresh low cal items to add bulk like a cut up tomato with a little salt for about 30 calories. But if you do go out, try to go to a place that has a 600 and under calorie menu. Great places include Applebee's, IHOP, TGI Fridays, Subway and more. I recommend Applebees speci... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:18:00 EST How to Eat Your Way to a Healthier Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48269_how_to_eat_your_way_to_a_healthier_heart How to Eat Your Way to a Healthier Heart<br><br><br>Your cardiac muscles are rather specialized. While similar to your skeletal muscles in that they’re striated, their functionality more closely resembles your smooth muscles, as the continuous contraction of your heart is involuntary.<br><br>Every minute, your heart pumps about 5 liters (1.3 gallons) of blood throughout your body, and for optimal health, it’s imperative your heart continues its duty without interruption for the duration of yo... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:52:00 EST How to Break Free from Your Sugar Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48262_how_to_break_free_from_your_sugar_addiction Have you read about sugar addiction? There’s a reason it’s so frequently in news — studies reveal that sugar’s impact on the brain closely mimics the effect of taking illegal drugs. We spoke with Rachel Gargano, a nutritionist on the Reboot with Joe team, about sugar’s impact on your health and how to break free from this addiction. Coach Rachel will be leading our special Guided Reboot for Sugar Addiction, which kicks off on September 29.<br><br>Q: WhaRachelt are 3 things people should know ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:27:00 EST Beyond Meat and Poultry http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48260_beyond_meat_and_poultry Beyond Meat and Poultry: Meet Your Protein Needs with More Plant Foods. <br><br>Protein is essential for good health; get it from beans, nuts, and seeds, as well as lean meat, poultry, and fish.<br><br>Protein is an essential nutrient for optimum functioning, and while most people think of meat, poultry, and fish as the main sources of dietary protein, many plant-sourced foods also can contribute significantly to your protein needs while providing important health benefits.<br><br>Food Sour... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:49:00 EST Seasonal Produce - Fall and Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48259_seasonal_produce_fall_and_winter The cookouts, corn on the cob and fresh fruits of summertime may be history for another year, but fresh-food fans need not fret.<br><br>The fall harvest season brings a whole new assortment of delicious and heart-healthy fresh fruit and vegetables. Apples, pears, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are fresh in the market – or in your garden.<br><br>Autumn is a time to shift from the seed fruit that we eat in the summer to all the nutrition-rich goodies, like the grapes and persimmons we get in the... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:31:00 EST Use Herbs and Spices Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48256_use_herbs_and_spices_every_day Herbs and spices are such an easy way to increase nutrition in a meal. They're known to improve immune function, help the digestive system, increase mental clarity, and balance hormones, along with many other benefits. The best part is you don't have to learn a new cooking technique or completely give up your favorite foods in order to do this one simple trick. You just have to give a few shakes of a spice container.<br><br>My favorite herbs and spices are the carminatives. These improve dige... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:53:00 EST Why Sugar Is So Very Addictive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48242_why_sugar_is_so_very_addictive <br>Sugar and Your Brain: Why Sugar Is So Very Addictive<br>White sugar<br><br>By: Rachel Gargano MS, RD, LDN, CSSD<br><br>A typical grocery store has upwards of 20,000 different packaged foods, and nearly 75 percent of these foods have added sugars. That’s right: Three-fourths of our food supply is pumped with the sweet stuff. It’s no wonder sugar addiction runs so rampant in our society.<br><br>Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, which is essential for life. Every cell in our body use... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 01:07:00 EST Healthy Diet.. Keeping On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48227_healthy_diet_keeping_on_track Well I was one of those who liked to eat and enjoy a lot of things that I know I should not eat... and it never fails you get the hint of a little baggage surrounding your waist.. these rolls that just seem not to be able to fit anywhere and you can't hide it.. Yes Saddlebags and middle age spread... Now what are you going to do... Well I tried a lot of things and pills and different diet but one thing then never say beside eat a sensible diet and the weight will come off.. Stop right there..... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:37:00 EST 10 Anti-Aging Foods to Eat Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48219_10_antiaging_foods_to_eat_daily <br>10 Anti-Aging Foods to Eat Daily<br><br>By: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN<br><br>Clients always ask me about ways to slow the aging process. Growing older is part of the process of living — but like most processes our bodies undergo, there are ways to slow it down.<br><br>Just like preventing sun damage, promoting exercise endurance and others, the food we eat can play a role in promoting healthy aging. Certain nutrients have been found to be beneficial when it comes to promoting healthy skin... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:28:00 EST Eggs for breakfast or lunch or dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48217_eggs_for_breakfast_or_lunch_or_dinner I never ate breakfast. Not a good one if I did. The last month I have had two eggs for breakfast every day. Sometimes, it is French toast. Just eggs and bread. I use butter to fry it in.<br><br>Another day it will be scrambled eggs with onions, leftover cooked vegetables from the dinner with spinach on top. Sometimes salsa on the side and a piece of toast.<br><br>Omelettes are good, easy and filling. I put onion, spinach, tomatoes, celery and leftover vegetables. Again, salsa is good with thi... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 22:57:00 EST The Worst Possible Place to Eat if You Want to Stay Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48205_the_worst_possible_place_to_eat_if_you_want_to_stay_healthy The Worst Possible Place to Eat if You Want to Stay Healthy<br><br><br><br>If you value your health, you would be wise to avoid fast food restaurants at all costs.<br><br>Not only does the fast food diet promote high cholesterol, hypertension, heart attacks, obesity and diabetes; such foods are also laden with added chemicals, and virtually all animal based food comes from factory farms.<br><br>The latter issue is highlighted in a recent announcement that McDonald's and Target will no longer ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:49:00 EST Weigh Your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48203_weigh_your_food A huge part of my wife's and my success is that we weigh almost everything in grams, and use those numbers for an accurate calorie count. Measuring by volume or counting items is so sporadic, and allows a person to cheat the numbers. <br><br>Take tortilla chips for example. I could count out 13 tortilla chips, making sure I only take large, unbroken chips, and get a completely different weight than a mix of chips that aren't perfect. Both are 13 chips, (one serving according to the package), ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:26:00 EST Does the cooking method affect the nutritional value of sweet potatoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48198_does_the_cooking_method_affect_the_nutritional_value_of_sweet_potatoes Does the cooking method affect the nutritional value of sweet potatoes? <br><br>Some nutritional benefits from sweet potatoes simply may be easier to achieve if you use steaming or boiling as your cooking method. Recent studies sh... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 23:09:00 EST Reducing your sodium intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48185_reducing_your_sodium_intake We need sodium in our bodies to keep it functioning properly but it needs to be within the recommended daily allowance. When it comes to dietary sodium, less is certainly best, yet Americans today consume 50% more than the recommended daily quantities of sodium. Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure levels. High blood pressure damages the kidneys over time, and is a leading cause of kidney failure. To help Americans reduce salt intake to the ideal one teaspoon per day, the National Ki... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:05:00 EST Watermelon: health benefits Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48167_watermelon_health_benefits_antiinflammatory_and_antioxidant_support Watermelon: health benefits<br>Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Support<br><br>Phenolic compounds in watermelon—including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—make this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. If you had to pick a single nutrient from this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant category that has put watermelon on the map, that nutrient would be lycopene. Alongside of pink grapefruit and guava, watermelon is an unusually concentrated source of th... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 16:32:00 EST A good eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48164_a_good_eating_plan I follow the 17 Day Diet and am very happy with the program. The initial 17 days is designed to curb your cravings for sugars and carbs. Drinking lots of water, green tea and starting the day with a hot cup of water with lemon juice is critical to your success. The recipes they provide are easy to make and very tasty. It is an easy program to follow and be with successful. I always feel so much better when I am eating the healthy, suggested meals and your success is evident from the star... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 10:55:00 EST Is there more than one form of vitamin K? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48149_is_there_more_than_one_form_of_vitamin_k Is there more than one form of vitamin K?<br><br>Vitamin K is named after the German word for blood clotting (koagulation). In fact, this is probably the most common connection that people make with vitamin K—they associate this vitamin with the process of blood clotting. However, it's important to know that vitamin K makes a variety of unique contributions to our health, and our knowledge about these contributions has been expanding in new and unexpected ways.<br><br>There are three basic ty... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 01:32:00 EST Best Vegan Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48141_best_vegan_protein Did you know that PEA PROTEIN has been shown to promote fullness and increase muscle growth as effectively as animal-based protein sources!<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/802b4b69-7228-4569-a5c0-376ebf425eb4.jpg"> <br> <br>Good luck!<br><br>Laura,<br><br> http://www.2knowsuccess.myfore<br>ver.biz/<BR>/ <br> ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 17:05:00 EST None For Me Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48128_none_for_me_thanks when i was ten yrs old, i made the decision -consciously....no meat for me!<br><br>i had always been fed well by my family! but they prepared meat dishes, admittedly i thought those meals were delicious...most of the time.<br><br>still, the thoughts running through my mind were decidedly against meat-eating.<br><br>today, i'm total vegetarian. last fifty years! i know i've benefited especially in my conscience. i always knew animals weren't put on earth to be a meal one day...<br><br>i'm ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:19:00 EST What Is Watermelon Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48126_what_is_watermelon_good_for What Is Watermelon Good For?<br><br>Watermelon Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Watermelons have reputed roots in Africa, with the first recorded harvest in Egypt somewhere around 5,000 years ago. From there, they were sprouted throughout Asia and Europe. Colonists brought seeds with them to the New World, where around four billion pounds of watermelons are now produced every year. It's easily the best-loved fruit in America.<br><br>A member of the Cucurbitaceae family with – you guessed it – cucum... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:01:00 EST Is it okay to cook with extra virgin olive oil? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48113_is_it_okay_to_cook_with_extra_virgin_olive_oil Is it okay to cook with extra virgin olive oil?<br><br>Even though we strongly recommend the inclusion of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) in most meal plans, we do not cook with this plant oil and we do not believe that cooking with EVOO is the best way to incorporate it into your diet. However, we also recognize that some of the science research in this area supports the idea of cooking with EVOO, and so we have created this article to let you weigh the pros and cons for yourself based on the ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 12:27:00 EST 18 Foods That Promote Muscle Growth and Definition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48112_18_foods_that_promote_muscle_growth_and_definition 18 Foods That Promote Muscle Growth and Definition<br><br><br>If you're looking for muscle growth and definition, there's no getting around exercise. However, you cannot exercise your way out of a poor diet, and when it comes to muscle definition, one of the keys is to lose body fat, or else you will not be able to see the muscles in the first place.<br><br>The common belief is that if you want to build muscle, you need to eat lots of protein and carbohydrates because carbs fuel your muscles ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:50:00 EST Successful Eating 9/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48108_successful_eating_92016 I think the 300-word minimum is a bit much for this. I can see maybe a150-word minimum for a "secret." Since I haven't made any "major" strides, I only have a little bit of a secret. That is, namely, I had to study nutrition and find out how to get healthy foods into my diet. Right now I'm making a Herbed Lentil and Quinoa salad to take to the end-of-summer picnic. It has, of course, lentils and quinoa, mixed in with red onion, green pepper, celery, herbs, lemon juice and olive oil. It ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:33:00 EST What are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of bok choy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48101_what_are_the_antioxidant_and_antiinflammatory_benefits_of_bok_choy What are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of bok choy?<br><br>As an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), and manganese, and a good source of zinc, bok choy provides us with a concentration of these core conventional antioxidants. Yet, its antioxidant support extends beyond these conventional antioxidants to a wide range of other phytonutrient antioxidants. These phytonutrients include flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin, as w... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 22:13:00 EST Develop a taste for whole foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48098_develop_a_taste_for_whole_foods Stay away from foods that are processed. Simple foods prepared in healthy ways taste so much better. You will notice your energy levels increase as you take the time and energy to prepare good food. A level of stability and comfort will follow. When you stop having meals at regular intervals with people you love life seems empty and sad.I miss the simple life of my childhood, the garden, the local recipes, the fellowship. Children need the stability of good food served at regular times.I unde... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 20:21:00 EST Put the Candy Bar Down and back up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48093_put_the_candy_bar_down_and_back_up So your ready to cook.. Now I am from the South so a Sunday Meal.. Fired Chicken and Okra and Cornbread... or Smothered Cube Steak and Mashed Potatoes.. not counting the Pecan Pie... Corn fritters and apple fritters... Wait a minute and hold on.. I wondered how in the world how I survived.. They fry everything.. From the Chicken to Twinkies and even butter.. I went to a Fair the last time and yes.. They couldn't get by without batter and deep fried... but I knew when I had started to loose w... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 15:36:00 EST Increase Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48089_increase_fruits_and_vegetables Increase Fruits and Vegetables<br> <br>Eat your fruits and vegetables. It’s cliché but it’s necessary for you and your family to get the nutrients needed to live a healthy lifestyle. These steps below will help you identify the healthy eating challenges your family faces, and give you specific steps to overcome them and increase fruits and vegetables in your home.<br><br><br>Find Your Fresh Produce Source<br><br>Many families struggle with not having easy access to fresh produce. Is this keep... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:49:00 EST You can't out exercise your fork! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48070_you_cant_out_exercise_your_fork What you put into your body, is just as, if not more important, than how much you move your body.<br><br>If you're eating processed foods, sodas (even diet), and lots of grains and sugars...you'll never make much headway with your new lifestyle.<br><br>It took me starting out by doing a 21-day sugar detox to realize just how eating that kind of food really made me feel. And it wasn't good. Yes, it tastes good for awhile, but the bloating, heaviness, intestinal upset etc, really wasn't appea... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 00:44:00 EST The benefit of beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48063_the_benefit_of_beans Beans can are the least expensive source of protein, especially when compared to meat. Aside from protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.<br><br>Dried beans are inexpensive, will store on the shelf for years, and are very easy to prepare. They should be a staple in every kitchen as they provide the basis for a hea... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 13:37:00 EST Voluntary 'Smart Label' Preempts State and Consumer Rights http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48062_voluntary_smart_label_preempts_state_and_consumer_rights Voluntary 'Smart Label' Preempts State and Consumer Rights<br><br><br>According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), 80 percent of the foods on your grocery store's shelves contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).1 These foods are also most likely to be contaminated with toxic pesticide residues.<br><br>Just last month, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) sued Post Holdings, Inc., for falsely marketing Shredded Wheat cereal as "100 percent natural" and "made with nothing ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:10:00 EST 5 Reasons to Bring You Lunch to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48055_5_reasons_to_bring_you_lunch_to_work Considering bringing your lunch to work? You should: Not only does brown bagging it save you money, it can also help with your weight loss efforts. Plus, bringing your lunch to work is a great way to ensure that you get lots of healthy nutrients from your meals and leave lunch hour feeling energized for the afternoon. Here are five great reasons to brown bag your lunch:<br>1. Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts<br><br>The first — and maybe most interesting — benefit to bringing your lunch to work:... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:33:00 EST Can organic foods really improve my health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48029_can_organic_foods_really_improve_my_health Can organic foods really improve my health?<br><br>Yes. Consumption of organically grown food is a great way to reduce your exposure to contaminants commonly found in foods that have been grown using conventional agricultural practices. These contaminants may include not only pesticides - many of which have been classified as potential cancer-causing agents - but also heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and solvents like benzene and toluene. Minimizing exposure to these potential toxins is... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:20:00 EST Watch those carbs ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48026_watch_those_carbs_ The best way to eat healthy and lose weight, for me has been to restrict refined white flour and refined sugar use, with very limited use of packaged foods, flours or concentrated sugars. <br><br>I find that following this as my overall plan means I must eat more vegetables and fresh fruit with my protein and I do not fill in with high calorie carbohydrates like, pasta potatoes, prepackaged foods, flour, or sweets. I limit my refined sugar and flour use to very occasional. <br><br>... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:05:00 EST Hunger is not an emergency! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48016_hunger_is_not_an_emergency A lot of people sabotage themselves and justify over eating with hunger. Its ok to be hungry. I've recently read this and it changed my whole way of 'dieting'. Its ok to be hungry. Nothing bad is going to happen because we're hungry. <br>A lot of people sabotage themselves and justify over eating with hunger. Its ok to be hungry. I've recently read this and it changed my whole way of 'dieting'. Its ok to be hungry. Nothing bad is going to happen because we're hungry. <br>A lot of people sabot... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:08:00 EST What nutrients are most likely to be deficient in a vegetarian diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48014_what_nutrients_are_most_likely_to_be_deficient_in_a_vegetarian_diet What nutrients are most likely to be deficient in a vegetarian diet?<br><br>If you look at all types of vegetarian diets as a group, and all research studies of these diets, vitamin B12 is the nutrient most likely to be deficient in this type of eating plan. Adequate B12 intake can be and is a genuine concern if a relatively strict vegetarian diet is sub-optimal in quality. In the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 2003-2010, 55% of participants who described ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:07:00 EST Cook several veggies ahead of time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47999_cook_several_veggies_ahead_of_time I do better on weeks when I buy a bunch of veggies, prepare them ahead of time, and store them in containers in the fridge. Then, regardless of what I feel like eating for lunch and dinner, I load half of the plate with a selection of veggies. It enhances my satisfaction with the meal, leads me to eat fewer calories, and improves my daily nutrition.<br> Examples of my go-to veggies are okra (its funny, so many people don't like it, but it's my favorite), carrots (I especially like buying bags... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:34:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Pears http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47989_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_pears What's New and Beneficial About Pears<br><br> For nutritional reasons, we're often advised to consume the skins of fruits. However, it's less often that research provides strong evidence in support of this advice. Recent studies have shown that the skin of pears contains at least three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh. These phytonutrients include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. The skin of... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:15:00 EST Track Your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47985_track_your_food In nine months I dropped 35 pounds and reached my goal weight of 135. Several people have asked me to share my secret. In the past few weeks, I have noticed the number on the scales creeping up, and even now I need to be reminded of the weight loss tools I need to rediscover. My first secret is simple: while trying to lose weight, I need to keep track of everything I eat. The two main benefits to tracking my food are that I am more aware of what I am eating, and I am accountable to something ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:30:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47970_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_broccoli What's New and Beneficial About Broccoli<br><br> Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in broccoli 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 broccoli still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:31:00 EST Just eat real food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47962_just_eat_real_food If it comes in a package, can, bottle or box read the ingredients. It is probably processed. Look for single item ingredients like a piece of fruit, a head of greens, green beans. Meat comes in packages but generally you can see what's inside and it is just one type of meat. The exception is sausage and bacon. Then read the ingredients. Are there a lot of fillers and you don't recognize their names? Does it have sugar in it? If so put it back on the shelf. There are sausages and baco... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:37:00 EST Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Treat for Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47957_sweet_potatoes_a_tasty_treat_for_your_health Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Treat for Your Health<br><br><br>Whenever I find information that will help promote optimal health, I am always eager to share it with all of my readers. This is especially true when it comes to diet, as proper nutrition is one of the pillars of good health and wellness.<br><br>Now, I am excited to share with you the potential health benefits of sweet potatoes.<br><br>Sweet Potatoes: More Than Just Food for the Holidays<br><br> When consumed in moderation, sweet potato... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:46:00 EST The benefits of berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47944_the_benefits_of_berries Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are powerful superfoods. There are numerous health benefits from eating these wonderful fruits and they should be incorporated into every balanced diet. <br><br> Berries can play a role, packed with nutrients that naturally lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and increase "good" cholesterol. Flavonoids are the dizzying variety of more than 6,000 compounds found in plants that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant blue, red and ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:53:00 EST "No." - How to Win the Cravings Battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47942_no_how_to_win_the_cravings_battle Considering how hooked that I have been more recently to sweets and salty-fatty treats, it amazes me how casually that I can now say "no" to overindulging in poor food choices. I never feel deprived, either. It's like I live in a completely different reality now from the most indulgent and unhealthiest point in my life.<br><br>This is how I unhooked myself from my prior cravings in one week by saying "no.":<br><br>1. NO to empty calorie drinks: I drink at least 10 glasses of water each day. I... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:47:00 EST Why are bananas rated "low" on the Glycemic Index? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47935_why_are_bananas_rated_low_on_the_glycemic_index Why are bananas rated "low" on the Glycemic Index?<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 two of their carbohydrate-related qualities.<br><br>First, as mentioned prev... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:03:00 EST Olives: how to select, store, and prepare http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47933_olives_how_to_select_store_and_prepare Olives: how to select, store, and prepare <br><br>While olives have been traditionally sold in jars and cans, many stores are now offering them in bulk in large barrels or bins (often called an "olive bar"). Buying bulk olives will allow you to experiment with many different types with which you may be unfamiliar and to purchase only as many as you need at one time.<br><br>While whole olives are very common, you may also find ones that have been pitted, as well as olives that have been stuffe... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:08:00 EST Eating Within My Means http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47930_eating_within_my_means It's no secret that if we take in more calories than our set nutrition goals, we will be disappointed in the results. Therefore, I have learned to diligently stay within my set 2000 calories per day. In order to maximize my efforts, I have learned to plan for bulky lo-cal salads with shredded cumber, tomatoes, onion, carrot, and bell peppers. My favorite trick is to make a meal, then half it in order to use the second half for another day. <br><br>It's taken some time to be a believer, but hi... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:54:00 EST Drinks Count Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47904_drinks_count_too I was in the habit of not tracking my coffee. If I were drinking the coffee black, this wouldn't have been a problem but I like my coffee with 4 cream and 1 sugar! That's a whole lot of calories left unaccounted for. The worst part is I would do it two or three times a day for a grand total of 285 calories I didn't count on a bad day. No wonder I wasn't losing any weight! <br><br>I thought I was doing well. Watching those calories I ate and keeping myself moving. No less than 10,000 steps a d... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:31:00 EST What type of pumpkin seeds provides the greatest amount of zinc? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47885_what_type_of_pumpkin_seeds_provides_the_greatest_amount_of_zinc What type of pumpkin seeds provides the greatest amount of zinc?<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, ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:33:00 EST Why Starch Should Be at the Center of Your Plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47874_why_starch_should_be_at_the_center_of_your_plate Why Starch Should Be at the Center of Your Plate<br><br><br>People are so afraid of starch and carbs these days, but we want you to unlearn everything you think you know about them. Despite the constant headlines, it is not carbohydrates that makes people fat and sick.<br><br>On a whole-food, plant-based diet, 75-80 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates (mostly starch-based foods and fruit). And you don’t have to keep track; this will happen naturally if your diet is based o... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:08:00 EST Write it before you bite it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47868_write_it_before_you_bite_it Put it in the tracker before you actually eat it. See what it does for calories and various nutrients. <br><br>Right there in front of you have your plate and your computer. Put those nutrition numbers right there above the plate, above the things on it.<br><br>Read and think. Prioritize.<br><br>Will this run me way over on fat? Will this run me way over on sodium? How many calories does it actually have?<br><br>By writing it in the tracker first, you can make a more informed choice about wha... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:45:00 EST Pre Planning Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47862_pre_planning_meals Every Saturday is meal plan day. I use the tools from SP to pre-log my week so that I can ensure that each day's plan is within my ranges. I make a grocery list from the planned meals; and I don't deviate from the list when I go to the store.<br><br>The pre-planning keeps the guess work out. I plan for meals out and all. I eat alot of the same foods, so the structure and routine helps save time and money. I have my kids certain nights of the week so planning bigger for those nights than ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:45:00 EST Grapes: How to select, store, prepare, and enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47848_grapes_how_to_select_store_prepare_and_enjoy Grapes: How to select, store, prepare, and enjoy<br><br>For the best tasting grapes with high concentrations of antioxidants select those that are fully ripe. Fully ripened grapes are plump and free from wrinkles. They should be intact, firmly attached to a healthy looking stem, and not leaking juice. The area around the attachment should have the same color as the rest of the grape.<br><br>One way to help predict the sweetness of grapes is by their color: green grapes are medium sweet, red g... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:47:00 EST simply eat soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47847_simply_eat_soup soup is mainly water you get your hydration and nutrition in one and it's filling and low calorie. If you make it yourself you control the sodium content and vegetables and meat as well. If you make a large amount of soup you can freeze it in single portions for when you are short on time and need a meal in a hurry or take to work for lunch. I personally like my soup chunky but if you throw it in the blender you can make it a smooth and creamy texture. Of course you can add condiments like cr... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:37:00 EST Strategy for busy site meeting days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47843_strategy_for_busy_site_meeting_days I work as Project Manager in a Company that does Security Installations. A lot of our projects are in Construction Sites. The weekly Site Meetings and Subcontractor Coordination Meetings are long and tiring. Often you end up sacrificing your lunch break. Many sites offer snacks during the meetings. Mostly these are unhealthy junk food things. If it is a big Construction Site and the meeting takes hours, you will be tempted. So you need to go prepared.<br><br>Here are some strategies that work... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:33:00 EST Snack attacks at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47842_snack_attacks_at_work I have dedicated 1 drawer in my office desk for snacks etc. There I keep a selection of non-perishable snacks in small portions and beverages (teas, coffee, non-sweetened cocoa) for those days I end up working through lunch or late. This includes sugar free gum. Other snacks are things like unsalted nuts in mini packs (1oz or less), crisp bread, rice cakes. I avoid granola bars since mist have too much sugar in them. <br>Trail food - again low sugar. Best homemade - and dried fruits are grea... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:15:00 EST Internet for accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47838_internet_for_accountability For me personally, the internet is huge in my being able to hold myself accountable. Last week the internet was so spotty I had days that I couldn't get on to log food. Back in my growing up years the internet didn't exist and computers were for companies like IBM, where they had dedicated rooms and massive machines to accomplish less than a tablet can now do. <br><br>So while pen and paper still work to write down foods to visualize the big picture of what I am eating, I don't have a hand... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:03:00 EST Eating The Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47828_eating_the_right I went to town and bought a beautiful 9 inch plate to eat on daily. I was hell bent on doing this. I felt if I didn't do it now I would never do it. This was to help me start getting control of my portions. I ate entirely to much and I craved sugar and salt. I had to make a change, so 3/4 of my plate is filled with fruit and vegetables. The other 1/4 is meat or beans. I do carb shuffling, 1-2 days a week is higher carb meals 5-6 meals are low carb meals. I measure out my portions. I eat snack... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:11:00 EST Unexpected Reasons Why Coffee May Be A Health Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47827_unexpected_reasons_why_coffee_may_be_a_health_food Unexpected Reasons Why Coffee May Be A Health Food<br><br><br>Food and Health August 19, 2016<br>Health benefits of coffee<br><br> <br><br>Until recently, you wouldn’t have expected to see coffee listed as a health food. For decades, we’ve been advised to drink less of it.<br><br>But now, it turns out, that advice may have been wrong.<br><br>In fact, coffee brings a stunning array of anti-aging health benefits.<br>Health benefits of coffee<br><br>The Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:40:00 EST Fresh Is Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47820_fresh_is_best It's so helpful to add fruit and or veggies to every meal. Fresh is best but frozen is good too. It's filling, especially when a salad is eaten before the meal, and good for us! Want to feel all smug and self-righteous? Eat what is closest to nature and avoid processed food as much as possible. Clean eating is called clean for a reason - there are no chemicals, preservatives or man-made substances. Clean is what God gave us and intended us to eat. It keeps our hormones working properly... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:12:00 EST Don't Let the Grocers Get YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47817_dont_let_the_grocers_get_you Conniving. Manipulative. Scheming. I’m not talking about your ex or enemy either. I’m talking about our local grocers. Whether it's on the corner or our big box stores buyer beware on your next trip, be prepared to fight back against the tactics most supermarket chains use to get "us" spend more money on "extras" that we don't really need—tactics that affect our welfare and finances.<br><br>i know I'm going past either Walmart Target or Meijers I make sure I've got my list in hand, and ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:39:00 EST Why is romaine lettuce a great choice for a nutrient-rich salad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47808_why_is_romaine_lettuce_a_great_choice_for_a_nutrientrich_salad Why is romaine lettuce a great choice for a nutrient-rich salad? <br><br>Not all lettuce is created equal, but if you start your meal with a salad made of romaine lettuce you will be sure to add not only a variety of textures and flavors to your meal but an enormous amount of nutritional value. The vitamins, minerals, phytonutrient... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:21:00 EST The benefit of blueberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47796_the_benefit_of_blueberries Did you know that blueberries are one of the worlds healthiest foods? Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular. Often labelled a “superfood,” they are low in calories and incredibly good for you.<br> <br>Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanins, which are responsible for giving foods like blueberries, cranberries, red cabbage and eggplants their iconic deep red, purple and blue hues. Anthocyanins are responsible for more than just the blueberry's pretty blue c... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:24:00 EST Making Dietary changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47791_making_dietary_changes Change is not easy, especially if you want it to last! Here is my game plan for change.<br>1. Prepare for the change.<br>Yesterday I got my test results back, and they were not good. I was especially disappointed over my A1C of 7.1. It is time for me to make some major changes if I want to stay off of Diabetes medication. For the past 3 years, I have been able to control the Type II Diabetes with food and exercise. Now I have to make a major change. <br>2. Take note of where your current l... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:55:00 EST Here’s Why It’s Important to Drink the Rainbow http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47786_heres_why_its_important_to_drink_the_rainbow People frequently ask on our Ask the Nutritionist page if they can drink the famous Mean Green for the entire day while completing a juice fast. This juice is a delicious and powerful tool, but drinking it exclusively during your juice fast is NOT recommended!<br><br>Juice is an easy and fantastic way to increase and include many different nutrients, anti-oxidants and phytocompounds in your diet to enhance your energy, skin complexion, metabolism, immunity and everything else health-wise and ... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:54:00 EST Meal Planning for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47783_meal_planning_for_success I am most successful with my diet when I weekly plan ahead my meals of what I am going to eat and drink and then stick with my plans. I plan ahead for six days and one restaurant day with my elderly mom. If I don't create weekly menus beforehand, I find myself eating unhealthy food in larger quantities throughout the week and will normally regain pounds because of the poor choices I can make. <br><br>My planning begins before I hit the grocery store. I typically eat healthy recipes of fruits,... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:03:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Grapes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47746_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_grapes <br>What's New and Beneficial About Grapes<br><br> Several grape phytonutrients are now believed to play a role in longevity. At the top of the list in this area of research is resveratrol (a stilbene phytonutrient present mostly in grape skins, but also in grape seeds and grape flesh). Resveratrol has recently been shown to increase expression of three genes all related to longevity. (These three genes are SirT1s, Fox0s, and PBEFs.) Interestingly, some researchers have shown a parallel be... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:06:00 EST Chia seeds are more than for chia pets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47730_chia_seeds_are_more_than_for_chia_pets Remember the chia pets? Yes, when you moisten chia seeds they sprout and are amazing in salads. Did you know that chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet? They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. Chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. They are easy to digest when prepared properly, and are a very versatile ingredient that adds easily to recipes.<br><br>The chia seed is nutrient dense ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:47:00 EST Does cauliflower have anti-inflammatory benefits? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47729_does_cauliflower_have_antiinflammatory_benefits Does cauliflower have anti-inflammatory benefits? <br><br>As an excellent source of vitamin K, cauliflower provides us with one of the hallmark anti-inflammatory nutrients. Vitamin K acts as a direct regulator of our inflam... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:41:00 EST 8 Signs You Have a Rocky Relationship with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47715_8_signs_you_have_a_rocky_relationship_with_food 8 Signs You Have a Rocky Relationship with Food<br>Are You Eating for Business or for Pleasure?<br><br> By Melissa Rudy<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c14eb78-664e-4ff9-8433-c133db73d4cd.png"><br>In an ideal world, we would all eat foods that provided just the right amounts of all the right nutrients, savoring the flavors but having the willpower to stop at the point of physical fullness. We would eat for equal parts fuel and enjoyment, viewing food as both pleasure and... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:21:00 EST Don't Get Fooled by McDonald's Latest Food Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47711_dont_get_fooled_by_mcdonalds_latest_food_changes Don't Get Fooled by McDonald's Latest Food Changes<br><br><br>McDonald’s food chain has been in the news after recently revealing 17 menu changes in response to customer complaints and declining sales. On the surface these changes appear to improve the quality of their menu items, but is it too little, too late?<br><br>McDonald’s highest selling burger,1 Big Mac, with a side order of fries and a coke, together deliver a whopping 940 calories packed with 123 grams of carbohydrates.2 Unfortunat... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:06:00 EST Detox Diets: Helpful or Full of Hype? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47700_detox_diets_helpful_or_full_of_hype Detox Diets: Helpful or Full of Hype?<br>Get the Truth about Detox Diets and Colon Cleansing<br><br> By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45d6176b-5a73-4660-9572-5da7bf5c8716.jpg"><br>There it was, posted on the SparkPeople message board: "Need encouragement for 21-day detox".<br><br>A member was feeling tired and run down. She had decided to cleanse and detox her body as well as jumpstart her weight loss program by using a specia... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:25:00 EST Michael Greger's website http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47691_michael_gregers_website nutritionfacts.org<br><br>Learn the real facts about eating. Because the food industry has no concern over your health. educate yourself, like I did, and loosing weight and being healthy just HAPPENS.<br> ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:23:00 EST Can organic foods really improve my health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47681_can_organic_foods_really_improve_my_health Can organic foods really improve my health?<br><br>Yes. Consumption of organically grown food is a great way to reduce your exposure to contaminants commonly found in foods that have been grown using conventional agricultural practices. These contaminants may include not only pesticides—many of which have been classified as potential cancer-causing agents—but also heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and solvents like benzene and toluene. Minimizing exposure to these potential toxins is an ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:21:00 EST Master the Munchies: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47664_master_the_munchies Master the Munchies: What 8 Common Cravings Say About You<br><br> By Melissa Rudy<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d1c9e57-e51f-464f-8e1d-0e22bb95c0be.png"><br>After a long day that started with an 8 a.m. meeting and ended with a fickle client, you'd seriously consider forking over your life savings for a bowl of rocky road. Other days, sudden, but intense, hankerings for potato chips plague your best-laid diet plans. What's behind this cravings roller coaster? Why do som... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:48:00 EST Is it best to throw out the water in which beans have been soaking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47657_is_it_best_to_throw_out_the_water_in_which_beans_have_been_soaking Is it best to throw out the water in which beans have been soaking?<br><br>The soaking of black beans in water has always found fairly widespread support in food science research as a way of improving overall black bean benefits. Yet, the discarding of the bean soaking water has been a topic of considerable controversy. A recent study that may help put this controversy to rest looked at many different advantages and disadvantages of tossing out the water used to soak beans. It found that the ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:48:00 EST Plan ahead for success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47651_plan_ahead_for_success I think most of us can say we have heard the saying, "Fail to plan, plan to fail". I do not know how many of us have ever applied it to our weight loss journey.<br><br>I had experience with this concept this weekend and it taught me a valuable lesson; if I do not plan, I will fail.<br><br>Let me back up.....<br><br>Last week I was contacted by an old military friend I haven't seen in about six or seven years. He was flying into Joint Base Lewis McChord to do a briefing and wanted to get tog... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:28:00 EST Protein Shake and Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47639_protein_shake_and_plateau Well I ran into a plateau and needed to do something. I was losing drips and drabs and my weight was going up and down and then finally stuck at a certain weight. A nutritionist suggested I make one of my three meals a protein shake. Only to do this for about a month period. Let me state this was something she suggested because she knew of my daily eating habits. The shake consists of: one scoop of Whey Protein, one banana, a cup of ice, one cup of low fat or two percent milk and one tabl... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:15:00 EST How to start juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47635_how_to_start_juicing Juicing is a great way to get nutrients but without the added benefit of fiber, which our bodies badly need. Juicing seems to be all the rage now, with juice diets popping up. blogs being written, and healthy lifestyles written about in magazines, but how do you get started juicing?<br><br>It’s really hard for some people to get the amount of vegetables required by most experts (6-8 servings) in a typical day. Broccoli is not the first item we think of eating in the morning so drinking our ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:05:00 EST 7 Diet Myths That Are Actually True http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47632_7_diet_myths_that_are_actually_true <br>Getting enough sleep could help with weight management.<br><br>It can be hard to prioritize a good night of sleep, but if you're trying to drop pounds, you could be doing yourself a disservice by burning the candle at both ends. This study of more than 2,000 people linked sleeping less than 7 hours per night with a higher body mass index. Makes sense to us. Who doesn't feel extra cranky and prone to make poor food choices when they haven't gotten enough sleep? Train yourself to get to bed... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:47:00 EST Healthier,super easy and cheap cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47628_healthiersuper_easy_and_cheap_cake I had quite a few zucchinis from the garden I was trying to use in receips.<br><br>I bought a white Pillsbury moist $1.00 box cake mix and grated a very large Zucchini ( over 2 or 3 cups worth).<br><br>Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.<br>(like on the box directions)<br><br>Spray the pan with cooking spray.<br><br>I added 3 eggs instead of 4 egg whites then <br>I added the cake mix to it and stirred until it was moistened.<br><br>Don't add the water or the oil.<br>Trust me you won't need it. The ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:56:00 EST You Don't Have a Weight Problem, You Have an Eating Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47622_you_dont_have_a_weight_problem_you_have_an_eating_problem I first realized I was an emotional compulsive eater about 5 years ago. I read a book called Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter. It totally changed my perspective on what dieting had done to me. I will never diet again after reading that book. I lost 80 pounds over the course of a year and a half without denying myself any specific foods or amounts of foods. I exercised regularly and rigorously by power walking outside, which was something I really enjoyed. I also worke... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 06:07:00 EST Is tempeh a good source of calcium? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47621_is_tempeh_a_good_source_of_calcium Is tempeh a good source of calcium? <br><br>A recent study from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has provided us with some fascinating results about the bioavailability of calcium from tempeh. In this study involving postmenopausal women, ca... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:41:00 EST Boost Your Performance! 3 Vegan Foods that Really Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47605_boost_your_performance_3_vegan_foods_that_really_work ou’ve probably heard certain foods and drinks can boost athletic performance.<br><br>Coffee, for example, makes you run faster, and tart cherries reduce inflammation.<br><br>Researchers are finding that what you eat can actually boost cardiovascular efficiency, hasten recovery time, and increase immunity against common exercise-induced illnesses.<br><br>And the best part? Many of the best foods are vegan, cheap, and easily found at your local grocery store.<br><br>As a cardiovascular nurse, h... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:58:00 EST How does asparagus help support digestive health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47581_how_does_asparagus_help_support_digestive_health How does asparagus help support digestive health? <br><br>You may have heard about two foods — chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke — that are widely recognized as providing health benefits for our digestive tract. These health benefits involve a special area of digestive support called "prebiotics" offered by a compound known ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:25:00 EST Waste not and look around you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47579_waste_not_and_look_around_you I love to eat chicken,especially the skin. Yes, I realize the unhealthy high caloric content that the skin has to offer. I don't like to waste anything, so I thought of my commitment to do small steps to keep me focus and on my healthy journey. <br><br>So I decided that I would not eat the chicken skin, but I was so determined not to waste the skin. Soon the answer came out of the blue. My frail old feline, begged for some chicken. I looked at her and said " Do you want some chicken? She ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:56:00 EST Healthier snack choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47572_healthier_snack_choices I'm a "grazer" dividing my 3 meals into six or more a day; so, it may seem to some like I'm snacking all the time! Living single, it suits my lifestyle just fine. The challenge is to make sure it all adds up to a healthy meal plan by the end of the day. Avoiding the temptation of junk food starts in the grocery store; not the kitchen. I eat vegetarian, which helps, and avoid processed foods for the most part. Basically I keep it simple. <br><br>I have my evening snacks; but plan them as ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:05:00 EST Foods For Healthy Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47565_foods_for_healthy_skin You already know that filling your diet with power foods—like dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, citrus—can help beat chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But did you know that certain foods can also work wonders on your skin?<br><br>“There’s a growing body of research showing that diet really does affect your complexion,” says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and author of Feed Your Face. “What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create or le... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 06:35:00 EST Why diet is so important for heart disease prevention and treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47564_why_diet_is_so_important_for_heart_disease_prevention_and_treatment Why diet is so important for heart disease prevention and treatment<br><br>Dr. Greger points out that populations whose diets are based on whole plant foods rarely get heart disease (and they tend to steer clear of many other health problems, too – including diabetes).<br><br>This corroborates the findings of another Food Revolution Summit speaker, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD. Dr. Esselstyn’s work is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. He is also the author of the accla... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 01:46:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a McDonald’s Hamburger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47550_what_happens_to_your_body_when_you_eat_a_mcdonalds_hamburger What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a McDonald’s Hamburger?<br><br>When talking about fast food giants, nothing can be bigger – and more infamous – than McDonald's. Those two "golden arches" sign are so abundant and so well-known all over the world, that some toddlers can even recognize it even before they are able to speak full sentences. <br><br>Over 36,258 McDonald's restaurants operate worldwide,1 serving over 69 million people every day. From its humble beginnings in the 1940s, the br... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:47:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Cucumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47535_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_cucumbers What's New and Beneficial About Cucumbers<br><br> Researchers have long been familiar with the presence of unique polyphenols in plants called lignans, and these health-benefiting substances have been studied extensively in cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli or cabbage) and allium vegetables (like onion or garlic). Recent studies, however, have begun to pay more attention to the lignan content of other vegetables, including cucumbers. Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pi... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:56:00 EST Better Than Wheatgrass: Raw Veggie Juice and Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47516_better_than_wheatgrass_raw_veggie_juice_and_sprouts Better Than Wheatgrass: Raw Veggie Juice and Sprouts<br><br><br>If you want to improve your nutrition and are itching to grow your own food, sprouts are an ideal choice.<br><br>Virtually all sprouted seeds and grains fall in the "superfood" category, and they're really easy to grow, even if you don't have a lot of space or an outdoor garden. But what about green grasses like wheatgrass?<br><br>Wheatgrass is grown from wheat seeds, and contains high amounts of chlorophyll. Most people juice it... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:03:00 EST 8 Summer Beverages to Avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47515_8_summer_beverages_to_avoid 8 Summer Beverages to Avoid<br><br><br>A tall, cool beverage goes hand-in-hand with a hot summer day, but many of the most popular "summer" drinks come with a hefty downside, like exorbitant amounts of sugar.<br><br>It's alarmingly easy to sip and slurp your way through hundreds of grams of excess sugar just by enjoying a cool drink once or twice a day – and that's only the start.<br><br>There are plenty of options to quench your thirst and even satisfy your sweet tooth that will actually sup... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:58:00 EST Is there a synergistic effect on health when you combine lycopene-rich foods and green tea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47512_is_there_a_synergistic_effect_on_health_when_you_combine_lycopenerich_foods_and_green_tea Is there a synergistic effect on health when you combine lycopene-rich foods and green tea?<br><br>Choosing to regularly eat lycopene-rich fruits, such as papaya, and drink green tea may greatly reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests research published the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Jian L, Lee AH, et al.)<br><br>In this case-control study involving 130 prostate cancer patients and 274 hospital controls, men drinking the most green tea were found to have ... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 01:26:00 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47504_is_evening_eating_destroying_your_weight_loss_efforts Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?<br>Cues to Eating and How to Control Them<br><br> By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15fd0d51-49eb-483b-8ad5-dfda058c72c9.jpg"><br>Balanced breakfast? Check<br>Mid-morning snack? Check<br>Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check<br>Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check<br>Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!!<br><br>Does this sound lik... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 10:25:00 EST What is the best way to select and store fresh figs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47500_what_is_the_best_way_to_select_and_store_fresh_figs What is the best way to select and store fresh figs?<br><br>Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. And fresh figs are now in season. California figs are available from June through September; some European varieties are available through autumn.<br><br>Since fresh... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:12:00 EST Why are mustard greens so bitter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47482_why_are_mustard_greens_so_bitter Why are mustard greens so bitter?<br><br>The noticeably bitter taste of turnip greens has been linked by researchers to its calcium content. On an ounce-for-ounce basis, turnip greens contain about 4 times more calcium than a much less bitter-tasting cruciferous vegetables like cabbage. Even in comparison to mustard greens, turnip greens contain about twice the calcium content. High calcium content is not the only reason for the noticeable bitterness of turnip greens, of course. But it may be... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:51:00 EST Low carb/low cal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47474_low_carblow_cal I tried everything -- I mean everything -- for four years. Nutritionists, clean eating, HIIT exercise, cleansing routines, this diet, that diet. I mean I really tried it all. I put my body through HELL and nothing worked.<br><br>Low carb/low cal has done the trick for me. 1200 cals/50 net carbs (net=carbs-fiber). Not easy -- but soooo worth it!<br><br>When I first started this program, I told my doc that I would give it a shot, but it wouldn't work. I am sure he thought that was pretty funny,... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 13:30:00 EST Shop in budget supermarkets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47466_shop_in_budget_supermarkets Shopping in budget supermarkets can save you both money and calories. Places like Lidl (my personal favourite) and Aldi often carry less choice of products and offer less special offers...<br><br>... they are not bad things!<br><br>How many times have you shopped for "just a few things" and come out laden down with things on offer that you don't need, or new things that "just looked interesting"?<br><br>A recent study in the UK of major supermarkets revealed they ALL set more special offers o... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:33:00 EST What is fennel and how do you prepare it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47464_what_is_fennel_and_how_do_you_prepare_it What is fennel and how do you prepare it?<br><br>Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine. Most often associated with Italian cooking, be sure to add this to your selection of fresh vegetables from the autumn through early spring when it is readily available and at its best.<br><br>Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery gree... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:44:00 EST Dill Pickles fight Sugar Cravings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47456_dill_pickles_fight_sugar_cravings I admit when given a choice between dill pickles, sweet pickles, or bread and butter pickles I have always reached for the sweet pickles!<br><br>Not a huge surprise for someone who has been known to make brownies at midnight, or drink Hershey Syrup straight from the container when a major sugar craving hits!<br><br>But recently was challenged by a friend to try a dill pickle instead of a candy bar the next time a sugar craving hit. Now, there is now way to imagine a pickle is in the same clas... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 14:43:00 EST 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47455_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... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 13:39:00 EST Keep Going Don't Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47451_keep_going_dont_stop The secret of my success is to make sure that each time you fall (even if it is just a little bit) that you pick yourself back up and try harder. Having a bad meal one day does not mean you have to restart your entire exercise program and it does not mean that you have ruined all of your hard weeks of work. I used to think like that. I would eat healthy for two weeks and not ever have a bad morsel of food touch my lips and then I'd have one bad day with a terrible craving and that meal would ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:30:00 EST Water not a problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47450_water_not_a_problem I have been following the 17Day Diet and the very first thing that I do in the morning after weigh in is to drink a hot cup of water with an ounce of lemon juice. I also add a little sweetener; it's the only way that i can drink the hot lemon; however I don't need it if I add lemon to cold water. The hot lemon first thing in the morning helps stimulate your digestive system and you can also count this as your first glass of water(yeah!). If water is a problem for you the rest of the day; as i... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:24:00 EST Raspberries: description and history http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47445_raspberries_description_and_history Raspberries: description and history<br><br>Raspberries belong to the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants, which houses some of the world's most beloved fruits including apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, and strawberries. Almonds also belong to this diverse family of plants. Among U.S. consumers, raspberries are the third most popular berry and follow right after strawberries and blueberries.<br><br>There are over 200 species of raspberries, all belonging ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:51:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Raspberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47426_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_raspberries What's New and Beneficial About Raspberries<br><br> One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Although this research is in its early stages, scientists now know that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin (also called raspberry ketone). By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:50:00 EST Flavored Water - pros and cons http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47417_flavored_water_pros_and_cons I don't like the smell or taste of the water coming out of my tap. When I brush my teeth, I smell chlorine when the water runs. When I run my water to clear the garbage disposal, I smell chlorine. And my toilets develop a nasty ring after only a week. <br><br>So I won't drink the water at my house, even filtered. I live close to the ocean and I think the treatment plant is going overboard. I drink bottled water, but I get bored with that after about 20 oz/day. I can't afford sparkling ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:28:00 EST Trading My Sweets for Natural Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47409_trading_my_sweets_for_natural_sugar I have a sweet tooth and yes I love to eat something sweet. Now I'm trading my sweet treats for natural sugar found in healthy foods.<br><br>Every day, I used to have something sweet like, pastries, donuts, cookies, cakes, and pies, cup cakes, and muffins and chocolate candy. I would get them from work, my mom's house, the donut shop, or the market.<br><br>Now I have changed and learned how to swap unhealthy junk foods for healthy nutritional foods. Some good examples of this is that now wh... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:35:00 EST Country Side Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47404_country_side_veggies While driving to or from work, or just driving around, I am always amazed at the veggies that are sitting on the side of the road. My favorite has to be the ones that are FREE!! I usually leave the kind people something, but when you have FREE food just sitting there, why would you not pick it up? You can do SO much with it. You can make the food up in whatever you like the most, and then freeze the food. Then you have "fresh" veggies throughout the year. Ever try canning? Take advantag... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:57:00 EST How Much Added Sugar is Too Much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47395_how_much_added_sugar_is_too_much In 1776, at the time of the American Revolution, Americans consumed about four pounds of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 pounds, and by 1994 to 120 pounds. Now, we’re closer to 160 (See How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?). Half of table sugar is fructose, taking up about 10 percent of our diet. This is not from eating apples, but rather the fact that we’re each guzzling the equivalent of a 16-ounce soft drink every day; that’s about 50 gallons a year.<br><br>Even rese... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 19:04:00 EST Focus on Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47389_focus_on_nutrition When you are cutting calories, focus on including nutritious foods from natural sources.<br><br>I first started cutting calories by limiting my food intake. I would eat a small breakfast then go out for a fast food lunch and fast for dinner. I did this successfully on and off for years, but sticking with it was a huge challenge. Sure, I met my calorie range, but I felt so tired and sluggish. <br><br>When I switched to a plan the focuses on healthy food intake rather than calorie restrictions,... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:17:00 EST Track your way to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47385_track_your_way_to_success I plan my meals carefully, but can sometimes go over my limit of carbs and fats and under on fiber and protein. So I track my entire day's meals and snacks in the morning. That way I can look at my totals before I eat and tweek the menu if changes are needed to meet my recommended daily totals. <br><br>I began my weight loss journey a year and a half ago. After being in denial about my girth, I finally went to see a Metabolic Specialist, as I did not want to consider the option of bariatric s... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:21:00 EST How to cruise and not gain weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47376_how_to_cruise_and_not_gain_weight Getting on a cruise ship is tons of fun but there are diet pitfalls available everywhere. Nowhere is there so much food available 24 hours a day, from free room service (please tip the server!), formal dining, buffets, speciality restaurants, and the ice-cream machines. A week or more and you may come home with all your clothes "shrunk from the sea air", we like to say. It IS possible to spend weeks at a time cruising and never gain anything. Here are a few suggestions to have fun and stay... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:55:00 EST Is celery more than a crunchy, low-cal veggie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47373_is_celery_more_than_a_crunchy_lowcal_veggie Is celery more than a crunchy, low-cal veggie?<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 pr... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:49:00 EST New Study Shows Soy No Help for Bone Loss or Hot Flashes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47367_new_study_shows_soy_no_help_for_bone_loss_or_hot_flashes New Study Shows Soy No Help for Bone Loss or Hot Flashes<br><br>Soy supplements are reputed to stave off hot flashes, night sweats, and other uncomfortable menopausal symptoms. But the latest in a series of disappointing studies finds that soy supplements do not actually have any such effect, they do not reduce the aging-related bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis.<br><br>During menopause, a woman's body produces less estrogen and progesterone. Soy protein has been considered a possible ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:02:00 EST 5 Health Benefits of Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47361_5_health_benefits_of_tomatoes Technically, tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) are a fruit, but the USDA considers this popular food to be nutritionally a vegetable. Tomatoes are used in dishes all around the world: Mexican salsas, Indian curries and Italian pasta and pizza dishes, to name just a few tasty options. The versatile veggie can be used as a paste, sauce, ketchup, in salads and in so many other ways. It’s no surprise, then, that tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in the U.S. (just behind the potato)... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:24:00 EST 3 meal and 3 snacks per day........sounds killer. it is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47351_3_meal_and_3_snacks_per_daysounds_killer_it_is My trainer suggested, make that very strongly required, that I eat more frequently. I laughed, I have spend years teaching myself to eat at meal times, and not to graze. He of course insists that I am not eating enough, and not frequently enough. My mantra is/was eat when you are hungry, and only until you are full. But he insists that I need to eat more to loose weight, and that I need to eat more often. Do you know how hard it is to add three snacks to a day that is food full to begin... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:32:00 EST The Book - Intuitive Eating - http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47319_the_book_intuitive_eating_ This book is life changing. It goes the through the process of being an intuitive eater. It brings us back to listening to our bodies, so we can realize what our body needs instead of constantly fighting against it. It also helps with the crazy feeling you get around found after years of going on a diet and then back off a diet. It also emphasizes exercising in a way that is fun for you. Healthy living is not sustainable if it is torture. This book is great in breaking you out of the diet min... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:11:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47310_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_avocados What's New and Beneficial About Avocados<br><br> Many of our WHFoods provide you with carotenoids. These orange-yellow pigments offer you outstanding health benefits—but only if they are absorbed up into your cells. Intake of fat along with carotenoids greatly helps to improve their absorption. However, many of our best foods for obtaining carotenoids—for example, sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens—contain very little fat (less than 1 gram per serving). As a special step for improvi... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:49:00 EST Is it OK to cook with extra-virgin olive oil? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47306_is_it_ok_to_cook_with_extravirgin_olive_oil Is it OK to cook with extra-virgin olive oil?<br><br>Unfortunately, the very short answer to this question turns out to be a very frustrating, "yes and no." While research studies on olive oil cooking show fairly consistent results, it is possible to interpret the study findings as both supportive and non-supportive of olive oil cooking. In this article, we'll take you through the quick basics you need to know when deciding about the olive oil and cooking approach you want to take. At WHFoods... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:49:00 EST Be willing to try new and different foods to find out what you like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47299_be_willing_to_try_new_and_different_foods_to_find_out_what_you_like Be willing to try different foods, for example, try putting Kale in your salad intend of Romaine lettuce. You might find that switching it up helps to keep you stay motivated. Adding different things creates variety so you won't get bored with healthy eating so quickly. Even if something doesn't sound appealing, you might enjoy it and it would be wise to give it a chance. You can always add things to spice your food up or replace items you don't like with another option. You can try new thing... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:58:00 EST Be willing to try new and different foods to find out what you like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47298_be_willing_to_try_new_and_different_foods_to_find_out_what_you_like Be willing to try different foods, for example, try putting Kale in your salad intend of Romaine lettuce. You might find that switching it up helps to keep you stay motivated. Adding different things creates variety so you won't get bored with healthy eating so quickly. Even if something doesn't sound appealing, you might enjoy it and it would be wise to give it a chance. You can always add things to spice your food up or replace items you don't like with another option. You can try new thing... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:57:00 EST Staying The Course While Working A Full Time Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47287_staying_the_course_while_working_a_full_time_job Having a full time job can be enough of an excuse to derail any plan for eating healthy. Most have experienced their clients bring in treats, co-workers ordering or going out, and the temptation of the "ever so convenient" fast food drive-thru joints. To stay on track with eating healthy, my secret is to make a "soup of the week" and a huge garden salad every Sunday. I portion and freeze the soup. So before I leave for work, I grab a soup from the freezer, toss some salad in a container a... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:27:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Flaxseeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47283_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_flaxseeds What's New and Beneficial About Flaxseeds<br><br> Finding creative ways to add flaxseeds to your meals can be a challenge. One popular technique is to incorporate ground flaxseeds into your muffin, cookie, or bread recipes. Recent research studies have shown that ground flax can be added to baked foods without sacrificing large amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), their showcase omega-3 fatty acid that accounts for over half of their total fat content. Oven temperatures of 300F (150C) - ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EST Low Carb High Protein part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47281_low_carb_high_protein_part_2 Healthy proteins<br><br>When embarking on a high protein diet, it is important to obtain your protein from healthy sources. Some high protein diets, most notably the Atkins diet, promote a diet that is high in protein and low in carbs, but also very high in saturated fat. There is no doubt that saturated fat should be limited in our diets as it has been shown to have a variety of negative effects on the body, including increasing the risk of heart disease, raising blood pressure, increasing... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:46:00 EST Powerful Properties of Pomegranates http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47273_powerful_properties_of_pomegranates Powerful Properties of Pomegranates<br><br><br>Swiss scientists recently found an element in pomegranates with promising potential to slow the effects of aging. The breakthrough catapulted pomegranates into superfood status and earned the focus of at least one biotech company eager to take advantage of the data.<br><br>The journal Nature Medicine reported the findings submitted by researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). They discovered that a compound called urolithin ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:03:00 EST Enjoy a Yogurt to Boost Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47270_enjoy_a_yogurt_to_boost_calories Do you have trouble getting enough calories each day? I do. On most days I really struggle to get over the 1,000 calories hump. For awhile, I would add a soda to help reach the goal. But, let's be honest, those are pretty empty calories and I also noticed I felt pretty sluggish once the sugar high wore off.<br><br>So now instead... each day, If I have not reached my calorie goal for that day, I enjoy a flavored yogurt as an evening snack and treat. It's healthy, has a decent amount of calorie... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:49:00 EST The Crimini Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47269_the_crimini_mushrooms Crimini Mushrooms <br> <br>As might be expected from such an unusual food that is technically neither plant nor animal, crimini mushrooms boast an unusual array of phytonutrients that can be difficult to obtain from other foods. These phytonutrients include special typ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:05:00 EST Eat to Live Not Cause You're...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47264_eat_to_live_not_cause_youre Check Sparkpeople articles as I sat here binge eating red vines. I wanted to close the bag and walk away. I closed the bag and turned to Sparkpeople. They seem to help me in my time of crisis. So I looked at 10 minute videos and chose kickbox cardio. Got half way through and the thunder started clapping. I to press pause and let the dog out before the rain started. Success to get my head back into the game of healthy living.<br><br>So Spark says emotions are a common eating trigger. Happy or ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:27:00 EST Low carb high protein diet, part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47263_low_carb_high_protein_diet_part_1 What is considered a healthy high protein diet?<br><br>High protein, low carbohydrate diets are all the rage at the moment, with literally hundreds of different diets promoting this concept. However, there is a huge amount of variation in the amounts of protein, carbs and other foods included from diet to diet, with some recommending high protein meal replacements, others excluding all forms of carbs including fruit and some that recommend certain combinations of carbs and protein. With su... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:26:00 EST Mindful Eating Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47257_mindful_eating_strategy I can't remember how many times I have read the term mindful eating and thought I was doing it. Then I went out to dinner with my sister. What a revelation. She put her fork down between every bite. It seems so easy and yet I found it a real challenge not to just keep shoveling the food. I thought mindful eating was paying attention to the food after it was in my mouth. It never occurred to me that I needed to consider the process of getting the food to my mouth as part of my mindful eat... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:06:00 EST consume foods that have less than 5/6 ingredients http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47250_consume_foods_that_have_less_than_56_ingredients Read labels! If you don't know an ingredient, do not eat it.....<br><br>I try very hard to stick by this rule......and it works! <br><br>Chemicals are not good or should I say "healthy" for the body.<br><br>Natural foods are. Fruits and vegetables. On an average day, I consume at least 5-8 servings of them.......why? Because I know that an apple is just an apple. It has no additives. I make sure that my peanut butter is all natural, too. A banana is just a banana......etc.....<br><br>... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:48:00 EST Can you tell us about the health-promoting, sulfur-containing compounds found in garlic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47248_can_you_tell_us_about_the_healthpromoting_sulfurcontaining_compounds_found_in_garlic Can you tell us about the health-promoting, sulfur-containing compounds found in garlic?<br><br>Whole books have been written about garlic, an herb affectionately called "the stinking rose" in light of its numerous therapeutic benefits. A member of the lily or Allium family, which also includes onions and leeks, garlic is rich in a variety of powerful sulfur-containing compounds including thiosulfinates (of which the best known compound is allicin), sulfoxides (among which the best known comp... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:41:00 EST Super Salad Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47234_super_salad_ideas Before I began living a healthier lifestyle I thought there were only three types of salad, Cesar, Greek, and Garden. I used to buy salad kits, mainly because I didn't have to buy a bunch if different ingredients. <br><br>Store bought salads may be convenient but they don't seem to taste as good as freshly prepared salads and they are somewhat limited in variety. After adopting a healthier diet of whole foods, I found that I already had all the fresh produce I needed to make a salad from scr... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:06:00 EST Add delightful squash to your menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47231_add_delightful_squash_to_your_menu We all know about zucchini, the one vegetable that hides under leaves and emerges the size of a bat, or in the baskets that neighbors beg you to take when their gardens overwhelm them, but there are many other varieties of squash available, all loaded with taste and nutritional value. <br><br>Go for squash with color, the deeper the better. The impressive health benefits of squash are derived from the organic compounds, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that they contain. This list includes a... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:18:00 EST My Healthier Nightly Snack Redo! What are your favorite snacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47225_my_snack_redo_ischocolate_ices_and_matzos_what_is_yours_tell_me_your_favorite_calorie_controlled_snacks Hi fellow Sparkers, <br><br>I can follow my diet plan perfectly while the sun shines and the birdies are singing, but when the moon glows and the ghosties come out, I lose my way - big time!! I get in the most trouble while dieting with all my endless snacking at night. Do you do this, too???? I can eat hundreds of calories in a few hours. Most of the time, I'm watching television and I eat without realizing that I'm chewing at all until I reach the bottom of the box!! I'm always shocked at ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:55:00 EST How do cucumbers promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47220_how_do_cucumbers_promote_antioxidant_and_antiinflammatory_benefits How do cucumbers promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits? <br><br>While cucumbers are a popular salad vegetable, they do not always get the notoriety for supplying many health-promoting benefits that they deserve.Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-caro... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:59:00 EST 25 Cheap Foods That Are Good For You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47214_25_cheap_foods_that_are_good_for_you 25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You!<br>Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough<br><br> By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be666ba3-dc61-4f70-8c4c-8afb5c0f1d5d.jpg"><br>Watching your wallet and your waistline can be tricky. Eating right is easy when money is no object, but a trip to the supermarket often yields frustration for healthy eaters on a budget (which is most of us!). Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are on your list, but... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:19:00 EST DEALING WITH CRAVINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47210_dealing_with_cravings Dealing with Cravings!! They are worse when life gets hectic. Time is a premium. But I have started to plan ahead and anticipate them as I know they will happen. So a good Offense is better than making poor choices and reacting with whatever is on hand and looks appetizing. There are a few food items I make sure I have on hand in my pantry for when carvings hit. I have a variety of different flavoured teas and depending on the mood I'm in I will have a nice cup of tea. When I feel like having... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:37:00 EST Thought about going "vegan"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47209_thought_about_going_vegan I decided to become vegan for a few months to lower my cholesterol without medicines, reverse fatty liver and pancreas, and to no longer eat any processed foods, or foods that were not completely fresh and from an organic garden. It was pretty easy do do with the abundance of markets in our area, but it took getting used to. No more grabbing a bread sample when my husband went to the coffee store, no more handfuls of chips as "samples' at the grocery store, but the more my diet changed, the... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:12:00 EST Bring Mason Jar Salads for Lunch to Get Veggies in and Save $ http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47200_bring_mason_jar_salads_for_lunch_to_get_veggies_in_and_save_ I recently purchased a Mason Jar salad set, and it has transformed my lunchtime! If I ever ate salads before, I was purchasing them from our salad bar here at my work, but now I am getting so many more veggies in, and saving $! I'm loving it!<br><br>You can make these in advance, also, to pre-prep and plan your meals. Typically they will be eaten within 5 days (work week). Depending on the ingredients mason jar salads can last 5-7 days in the refrigerator.<br><br>My container is made of B... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:52:00 EST Healthy choices and green tea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47190_healthy_choices_and_green_tea After getting some bad news after my last blood test.....numbers were way too high. Had a long talk with my doctor who is also a certified nutritionist. She gave me some great advice about getting those numbers down and making better food choices. I needed to loose weight as well. She told me loosing weight is not just about "not eating," its about making healthier choices. Well, its been 7 weeks and I've lost 16 lbs! I drink 6 glasses of water a day.....and 2 cups of green tea. (I've rep... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:44:00 EST Cruciferous vegetables are your best friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47186_cruciferous_vegetables_are_your_best_friends Cruciferous vegetables hold a lofty ranking in the nutrition world. A cruciferous vegetable is a member of the cabbage family that gets its name from the plant’s four-petaled flowers that resemble a cross, or crucifer. Some of the most commonly eaten cruciferous veggies include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, radish, rutabaga and turnip.<br><br>One reason cruciferous veggies are such nutrition superstars is the sulfur-containing compo... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:06:00 EST How do walnuts promote cardiovascular health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47185_how_do_walnuts_promote_cardiovascular_health How do walnuts promote cardiovascular health?<br><br>No aspect of walnuts has been better evaluated in the research than their benefits for the heart and circulatory system. Some review studies have emphasized the very favorable impact of walnuts on "vascular reactivity," namely, the ability of our blood vessels to respond to various stimuli in a healthy manner. In order to respond to different stimuli in a healthy way, many aspects of our cardiovascular system must be functioning optimally. ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:02:00 EST Chew and Enjoy Every Bite http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47181_chew_and_enjoy_every_bite I had my gallbladder taking out at the age of 27. I didn't think I had a problem with eating but apparently I did. The cost of that procedure was like about $30,000. Now I never had problems with heartburn but with my second pregnancy it seem like it hit me and extremely hard. After that I had a series of attacks. Nights that were sleepless and days where I couldn't even go to work. In retrospect a trip to the doctor for more than just medication would've shown I was in serious trouble. <br><... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:20:00 EST Mind Over Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47173_mind_over_matter Mind over matter is #1. This is so simple and something I'm trying to do more.<br><br>When I lost 70 pounds the biggest thing that helped me fight the terrible cravings is telling myself I CAN'T have something. Not I shouldn't, or maybe just one, but I CAN'T have it, its not an option.<br><br>I'm now vegan (for moral reasons), and its been so long now, that any non-vegan food doesn't even register as food. Yes that pizza looks good, but thats not something I eat so I'm not even tempted. Its l... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:59:00 EST 8 Nutrient-Dense Pantry Staples That Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47165_8_nutrientdense_pantry_staples_that_last Having ready-to-use pantry staples on hand is a real lifesaver when it comes to making last-minute (or planned ahead) meals and snacks. Many health foods have tons of options available, making it overwhelming to make choices. On top of that, so many healthy options are costly and spoil rapidly. That’s why I put together a list of my favorite, long-lasting foods. These eight pantry staples won’t spoil quickly — use them to make healthy and delicious items easily for you, your friends and your ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:13:00 EST What Are Avocados Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47155_what_are_avocados_good_for What Are Avocados Good For?<br><br><br>Avocado Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Spanish conquistadors had their own historian, Oviedo, who reported positively about avocados discovered in Mexico around 1519. But this interesting fruit has graced Central and South America for perhaps 10,000 years, according to the avocado-inspired drawings and artifacts found in early Aztec settlements.<br><br>A judge from Santa Barbara took the first Mexican avocado trees to California in 1871. California now grows... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:37:00 EST Healthy Kitchen Utensils http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47154_healthy_kitchen_utensils How can a utensil be healthy? Of course, it can't; but there are a number of them which can be used to create healthier meals.<br><br>The first that comes to mind is a steamer. These come in different forms. The one I have is the old-fashioned expandable metal one that opens like a flower and adjusts itself to the size of your pan. Put a little water to boil below it and you have a healthy way to cook vegetables without losing the nutrients into the water and allowing them to keep their v... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:15:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Cantaloupe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47150_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_cantaloupe What's New and Beneficial About Cantaloupe<br><br>Because the flesh of the cantaloupe is often pastel-like in color (compared to the more vibrant color of fruits like oranges), we sometimes forget how important cantaloupe can be as a fruit source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). Researchers have recently measured the carotenoid contents of six different California-grown cantaloupe hybrids and discovered that their beta-carotene content can reach levels as high as 3,138 micrograms (p... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 02:45:00 EST Specially Fermented Vegetables and Fennel are More Effective Than Calcium to Prevent Bone Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47132_specially_fermented_vegetables_and_fennel_are_more_effective_than_calcium_to_prevent_bone_loss Specially Fermented Vegetables and Fennel are More Effective Than Calcium to Prevent Bone Loss<br><br><br>In most people, sometime during yours 30s your bone mass will start to gradually decline (there are steps you can take to slow, or stop, this from occurring, which I'll discuss below).<br><br>For women, that bone loss speeds up significantly during the first 10 years after menopause, which is the period when osteoporosis often develops.<br><br>Many are under the mistaken impression that a... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:52:00 EST What would you recommend for someone who has trouble getting excited about vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47124_what_would_you_recommend_for_someone_who_has_trouble_getting_excited_about_vegetables What would you recommend for someone who has trouble getting excited about vegetables?<br><br>It's no wonder that so many people get tired of hearing about vegetables. We're constantly being told to "eat our veggies" by nutritionists, magazine articles, and diet books. In fact, we're often given the green light to eat unlimited amounts of vegetables. Eating health-promoting vegetables has become "old news."<br><br>At WHFoods, we have always been confident that the taste of carefully prepared ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 01:19:00 EST Make your junk food at home and have control of exactly what you're eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47115_make_your_junk_food_at_home_and_have_control_of_exactly_what_youre_eating I love junk food as much as the next person but all the extra stuff they add during processing is When you make the things you are craving at home, YOU have control over exactly what you are putting in your body! When I have a hankering for chips and dip, I chop up a corn tortilla or two and throw them in the oven. In less time than it would take to run to the store, my chips are ready. I get to control whether or not I want to add oil or salt and exactly how much I want to add. Pair them wit... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:16:00 EST 7 Factors to Consider if You’re Told Your Cholesterol Is Too High http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47114_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>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 consume.... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:42:00 EST How to Grow Your Own Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47109_how_to_grow_your_own_herbs How to Grow Your Own Herbs for Cooking<br>Sprout Spices and Seasonings in Your Own Backyard!<br><br> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0153810b-e3c6-49d5-b6b6-451ddacea2cf.jpg"><br>The next time a recipe calls for fresh basil, skip the poor substitute of dried basil, forgo the last-minute dash to the supermarket for some overpriced wilted basil, and just pluck a few tender leaves off of the basil plant you have growing in your very own herb g... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:45:00 EST How do garbanzo beans help promote cardiovascular health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47106_how_do_garbanzo_beans_help_promote_cardiovascular_health How do garbanzo beans help promote cardiovascular health? <br><br>While epidemiologic studies don't always single out garbanzo beans from other beans when determining their relationship to cardiovascular disease, garbanzo beans are almost always included in the list of legumes studied when heart disease is the focus of diet research. Large-scale epidemiologic studies give us a great... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:26:00 EST Avoiding late night eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47096_avoiding_late_night_eating 1. Log all food for the day on the tracker early in the day, print it out, then stick to it so you don't have to re-do the plan. <em>224</em> <br>2. After eating the last planned meal or snack for the day, brush teeth, floss, use mouthwash or water pik with mouthwash in it, whiten teeth if needed. A pristine mouth does not invite junk food! <em>526</em> <br>3. That's it. A minimum of 1700 words????????<br>3. That's it. A minimum of 1700 words????????<br>3. That's it. A minimum of 1700 w... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:16:00 EST How does eating a whole apple compare to eating more processed forms of apples? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47089_how_does_eating_a_whole_apple_compare_to_eating_more_processed_forms_of_apples How does eating a whole apple compare to eating more processed forms of apples?<br> <br>The whole food form of apples is also important if you want full satisfaction from eating them. Researchers have recently compared intake of whole apples to intake of applesauce and apple juice, only to discover that people report less hunger (and better satiety, or food satisfaction) after eating whole apples than af... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:32:00 EST Make it worth it- the art of Frozen Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47087_make_it_worth_it_the_art_of_frozen_yogurt Okay, so this may sound rediculous, but as a former weightlifter and now a runner\cardio goer, I have to get my protein. And to be honest, some days it's not easy.<br>It was just yesterday that I was sitting on our couch staring into the face of my "favorite" protein shake, trying to convince myself that my worn muscles needed it and that this was the one time that I could really "indulge" in my calories. But by the time I got 8 oz down, I got REALLY tired of it. 300 calories more, and to be ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:53:00 EST How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47075_how_to_read_a_nutrition_facts_label How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label<br>Solving the Ninth Mystery of the World<br><br> By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/205c8e5f-e61b-4178-98bd-16a0e9ec5230.jpg"><br>What do you look for when you’re checking out the nutrition facts on that macaroni and cheese box? Whether you’re one to zoom in on total calories or total carbs, you might be missing the real picture. Nutrition facts should be a part of your decision in what to eat or even what ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:54:00 EST Foods to avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47074_foods_to_avoid There is a lot of confusion out there about which foods are healthy, and which are not. If you want to lose weight and avoid chronic disease, then you shouldn’t eat much of these foods. In many cases, the best choice is to avoid them completely.<br> 1. Sugar. Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. However, some sources of sugar are worse than others, and sugary drinks are the absolute worst. When people drink sugar calories, the brain doesn’t “register” them as fo... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:55:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Crimini Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47073_crimini_mushrooms_whats_new_and_beneficial_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_crimini_mushrooms_you_can_definitely_make_a_difference_in_the_health_benefits_you_get_from_mushrooms_by_being_extra_careful_wi What's New and Beneficial About Crimini Mushrooms<br><br> You can definitely make a difference in the health benefits you get from mushrooms by being extra careful with the temperature at which you store them. A recent study looked at color and texture changes in mushrooms over a 6-8 day period, including color changes that were associated with the mushrooms' phytonutrient content (discoloration was related to a reduction in these important nutrients). As temperatures moved closer and clos... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 02:00:00 EST Paying attention when shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47053_paying_attention_when_shopping Its a HUGE help to have a list with you,,,, and ONLY pick up whats on that list. One way I do this to be running late, or very tired when i go shopping. I KNOW many over buy when doing this, and I WOULD TO if I didn't have my list.<br><br>Being tired or running late I give myself X minutes to get In and OUT ! Knowing I have to wait at the check out usually. Our store if a family store,,, many of us have shopped here for decades (OH MY ! My AGE is showing !). Our end of the city has 3 grocer... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 02:47:00 EST How does eggplant promote cardiovascular health and free radical protection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47052_how_does_eggplant_promote_cardiovascular_health_and_free_radical_protection How does eggplant promote cardiovascular health and free radical protection? <br><br>When laboratory animals with high cholesterol were given eggplant juice, their blood cholesterol, the cholesterol in their artery walls and the cholesterol in their aortas (the aorta is the artery that returns blood from the heart back into circulation into the body) was significantly reduced, while the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, improving bloo... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:47:00 EST Don't over think it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47048_dont_over_think_it Food is a huge part of life. I feel as though every other commercial has to do with either food or weight loss. Every time you go to a family gathering food is served. It is a constant part of your life. Food is all around us and is something that is in constant need of addressing in our life. How often do you sit at work and wonder what you are going to make for dinner?...Or how long will this take to eat?...Do your plans revolve around food? Before you go on a trip do you look at rest... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:02:00 EST What is respiration rate and how does it affect the storage of asparagus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47029_what_is_respiration_rate_and_how_does_it_affect_the_storage_of_asparagus What is respiration rate and how does it affect the storage of asparagus? <br> <br>Recent research has underscored the value of careful storage and speedy consumption of fresh asparagus. The key scientific finding here involves respiration rate. Like all vegetables, asparagus doesn't instantly "die" when it is picked, but instead, continues to engage in metabolic activ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:17:00 EST Carbonating The World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47027_carbonating_the_world Echoing Bozer was Ahmed Nazmy, head of marketing for coca-Cola's Egypt franchise, who said, "We have young generations who can consume any kind of food and beverage, {they're} not caring about their health yet."<br><br>So, sure, take advantage of people around the world by marshaling teams of sophisticated ad creators, digital marketers, and psychologists to design the most seductive marketing strategy possible to persuade teens and others to drink beverages that increase their risks of dead... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:06:00 EST Bacon or Bust; Should You Skip Breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47010_bacon_or_bust_should_you_skip_breakfast <br>Bacon or Bust: Should You Skip Breakfast?<br> <br>By: Melissa Rudy, SparkPeople Blogger <br>7/11/2016 12:00 AM7/11/2016 12:00 AM: <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06c51c1e-8a9a-426f-902d-f784b78d0429.png"><br>Rise and shine, or rise and dine? For decades, eating breakfast on the daily has been heralded as the cornerstone of a healthy diet, with countless studies linking morning meals to everything from better academic performance to more efficient glucose metabolism to... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:12:00 EST How consistent does my diet have to be in order for me to stay healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47005_how_consistent_does_my_diet_have_to_be_in_order_for_me_to_stay_healthy How consistent does my diet have to be in order for me to stay healthy?<br><br>There are several different ways of being consistent with your meal plan. And it turns out that all of them can make an important contribution to your health. While many people are not familiar with diet studies in this area, we think that you will find the research results to be both interesting and helpful.<br><br>A first way to be consistent with your diet involves the timing of your meals and snacks. Consistent... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:52:00 EST Carbonating The World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47002_carbonating_the_world Whenever I travel over-seas, I am amazed by---and aghast at---the ubiquity of the Coca-Cola logo. It's on billboards, restaurant awnings, soda coolers, vending machines, and, of course, in grocery stores.<br><br>That's not a surprise, considering that Coke has been marketing its drinks in foreign lands for almost a century. But because per-capita consumption of Coca-Cola has plummeted by more than 33 percent since 1998 in the United States and is sliding in Europe, the company is doubling d... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:56:00 EST A "Serving" of ice cream? HOW???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47001_a_serving_of_ice_cream_how We ALL LOVE IT !! Few can RESIST it !! Plus its SUMMER ! So aren't we allowed? I KNOW ! I KNOW !! <br><br>With SPARKS it's NOT a "diet", but rather it's a lifestyle change. Being such,,,, means we DO NOT have to GO WITHOUT !!!<br><br>There are MANY places which sell ice cream. If we hit a local/chain ice cream store we can stick to one serving ! I am very fortunate in that where I live up the street, a 10 minute walk is a small neighborhood dairy freeze. They have WOW COW, and DOLEWHI... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:09:00 EST Rattle the Post and Pans Clean it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46997_rattle_the_post_and_pans_clean_it_up What should you do if you want to eat healthier.. but you don't have the time to cook and your lack of energy causes you to cave in to junk food.. Stop right there.. First rule of eating health and loosing weight is get rid of all of the junk food.. Be nice don't throw it away give it to a food bank or Church and it will be used.. Next things if you are just too pooped to cook.. I found away to keep up with Going back to College juggle three kids and work a job.. It is called a Crock Pot... Y... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:31:00 EST Yogurt for protein and healthy substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46991_yogurt_for_protein_and_healthy_substitute I've had great success over the past 10 years using plain yogurt for meals and dessert.<br><br>I started by making my own yogurt "cheese" by straining it through one of those permanent coffee filters. Now I also use cheesecloth. <br><br>I used yogurt "cheese" just like cream cheese to make cheesecake then, sweetened with honey, coating the outside edges with ground psylium husks rather than graham crumbs, to add healthy fiber. I haven't had any trouble baking it for a better dessert, and I le... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:18:00 EST Add protein powder to breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46987_add_protein_powder_to_breakfast I add about 15 grams of New Zealand whey protein powder to my breakfast of yogurt, fruit and nuts almost every day. Many people would make a smoothie. I simply stir the power into my yogurt well rather than make more dishes by getting out the blender. Simplicity is key for me. I also believe that by eating the fruit and nuts whole it feels more satisfying than a drink.<br><br>Many health related sites support this approach but usually recommend a shake.<br>http://www.livestrong.com/articl<BR>... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:59:00 EST How our diet has changed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46982_how_our_diet_has_changed A poor diet, one consisting of processed , nutrient-deprived foods, is a major contributor, if not the leading contributor, to the rise in chronic disease and death in the US. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc, are the end result of eating a diet of processed foods, sugar, dairy, and refined grains.<br>Foods consumed years ago were unprocessed and many were eaten raw. Now grains are milled with nutrients removed, sugar has been added to many food to make them more pa... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:19:00 EST Does quinoa provide heart healthy fats to your diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46978_does_quinoa_provide_heart_healthy_fats_to_your_diet Does quinoa provide heart healthy fats to your diet? <br><br>n comparison to cereal grasses like wheat, quinoa is higher in fat content and can provide valuable amounts of heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat (in the form of oleic acid). Quinoa can also provide small amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). <br> ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:47:00 EST Don't Diet, make healthier choices instead http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46961_dont_diet_make_healthier_choices_instead I had to stop "dieting" and start eating healthier by making healthier choices. This was successful for me for a while and then I backslid to old habits. Now I'm getting back on track. I admit it's a daily challenge because I'm a stress eater but I have to stop myself when I want those crunchy salty foods and ask myself, do I really need that or is there something healthier I can reach for. Reaching for the healthier choice can make a world of difference in my journey to getting me health... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:05:00 EST Go Vegan for health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46960_go_vegan_for_health Our bodies can become ill just from the foods we eat; too many additives, chemicals, words on the labels we cannot even pronounce, least of all understand without an organic chemistry background. I had liver problems that progressed into pancreatic problems so after a great deal of research I looked into going Vegan. No animal products at all!<br>So let’s start first with the most important piece of advice I can possibly offer: going vegan is not about cutting meat, milk, and eggs out of yo... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 06:29:00 EST Foods That Help to Protect Against Sun Damage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46954_foods_that_help_to_protect_against_sun_damage It’s summertime, and I don’t know about you, but I love to get some sun. But with the rate of skin cancer out there, I usually spending most of my time in the shade, covered with sunblock. But then there’s the conversation about sunblocks and how some are better than others—so what to do? What if I told you that the food you’re eating can also help to protect your skin from sun damage? Yep, that’s right: What you put in your mouth can also influence how your body fights damage from the sun. A... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:51:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46934_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br>healthy fruits<br>Story at-a-glance -<br><br> Green (unripened) banana, papaya and mango contain higher amounts of digestive-resistant starch than ripe ones, which is important for optimal gut health. Sample recipes are included<br> Unripe banana is composed of as much as 80 percent starch, most of which is digestive-resistant starch. As the banana ripens, the starch gets converted into sugars<br> Unripe Langra ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:23:00 EST Smoothie for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46929_smoothie_for_breakfast Most mornings, I make myself a veggie smoothie for breakfast. I put it in a travel cup and drink it during my daily commute to work. It feels great to start my day off with something that is healthy and tasty, and it kills my cravings for sugar for the morning.<br><br>My main ingredients, serves 3.<br>Firm Tofu, 1/2 block or protein powder<br>1 frozen apple<br>1/2 frozen banana<br>Handfuls of spinach or kale (can also be frozen)<br>2 carrots<br>1 rib of celery<br>frozen blueberries, mango, pi... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:36:00 EST Strategically Placed Minimal Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46928_strategically_placed_minimal_meals I try to keep my calories under 1200/day. To do this, I was told that this gives me about 300 calories per meal with a chance for some small snacks interspersed throughout my day. However, I don't use the plan that spreads out my caloric intake equally across my busy day. <br>For breakfast, I typically have around 300 calories with boiled eggs, lite yogurt, oatmeal, or fruit. This helps to start my day off with fiber, protein, and some healthy carbs to jumpstart my metabolism and energize my ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:36:00 EST Shakeology Every Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46919_shakeology_every_day This is MY healthiest meal of the day packed with all kinds of goodness! I crave it when I miss a day!<br><br>I struggled to get healthy foods in a day. I had cravings. I sometimes had issues with regularity. My energy wasn't the greatest. Since I incorporated this into my daily routine - I feel so much better! <br>It eliminates cravings. It tastes amazing and there are so many incredible recipes you can make with it - so if I feel I need to change it up, I'll make a Shakeology treat.<br><br>... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:48:00 EST Hungry all the time? These eight blunders could be to blame. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46917_hungry_all_the_time_these_eight_blunders_could_be_to_blame <br>Hungry all the time? These eight blunders could be to blame<br>LESLIE BECK<br>Special to The Globe and Mail<br>Published Sunday, Jul. 03, 2016 8:00AM EDT<br>Last updated Monday, Jul. 04, 2016 2:52PM <br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b95c50d-c60b-4eb8-a045-56205b958ed0.jpg"><br><br>Feeling hungry isn’t a bad thing. It’s your body’s way of telling you it needs fuel to function. But if you feel famished all the time – even after finishing a meal – easily remedied mis... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 07:56:00 EST Is It Is miso a good source of health-promoting antioxidants? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46914_is_it_is_miso_a_good_source_of_healthpromoting_antioxidants Is miso a good source of health-promoting antioxidants?<br> <br>The list of research-documented antioxidants in miso is growing! In addition to conventional antioxidants like the minerals zinc and manganese, miso is now known to contain phytonutrient antioxidants including phenolic acids li... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 01:52:00 EST Just say "no" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46906_just_say_no When your tummy is rumbling, and you feel like you need something to eat. What do you choose? You hear this voice in your head telling you you want something sweet like ice cream, candy bar, and ect. Or you feel like something salty like chips, french fries, and ect. Or you may feel like something sour like sour straws, war head, and ect. Whatever the case may be; you must tell your mind "no". You need to remember that those kinds of food are not healthy and could kill you. Instead try to fin... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 19:17:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46898_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br><br>Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? If not, your health may suffer in more ways than one. A common sign your diet is lacking in fiber is constipation and irregular bowel movements, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.<br><br>Fiber-rich foods like vegetables promote optimal gut health by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. Certain fruits are also high in fiber, including underripe bananas, papayas and... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:30:00 EST Here's Why Macronutrients Are a Big Deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46889_heres_why_macronutrients_are_a_big_deal Here’s Why Macronutrients Are a Big Deal<br>Are You Getting Enough Carbs, Fats & Proteins?<br><br> By Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e45f4f0d-a10c-4cbf-847a-9953ab13e5f8.png"><br>There's a lot of buzz about macronutrients in the health and fitness world—but how much do you really know about them? It's a given that all nutrients are essential to any healthy diet, but are some more important than others? And how many are there, any... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:16:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Watermelon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46882_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_watermelon <br>What's New and Beneficial About Watermelon<br><br> Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that's especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well. Among whole, fresh fruits that are commonly eaten in the U.S., watermelon now accounts for more U.S. intake of lyco... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 23:35:00 EST What Do Heart Experts Eat For Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46881_what_do_heart_experts_eat_for_dinner Dr. Francine Welty, Associate Professor of Medicine:<br><br>I make pizza from scratch, using tomato sauce with no added salt, mushrooms, and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Finally, my family enjoys fruit pies for dessert. For an easy, heart-healthy homemade crust, I mix flour, canola oil, and skim milk and press it into the pie pan. Growing up, we used all types of home-grown fruit for the filling---strawberries, black raspberries, peaches, and rhubarb."<br><br>Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, Professor o... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:09:00 EST 7 Surprisingly Slimming Summer Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46871_7_surprisingly_slimming_summer_foods 7 Surprisingly Slimming Summer Foods<br>Delicious, Nutritious & Diet-friendly Seasonal Choices<br><br> By Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6595a6a-c825-4316-8c71-71ea2050f3bd.png"><br>Between backyard barbeques, beach picnics and the never-ending parade of wedding and grad party buffets, summer may seem like a huge seasonal pitfall for someone who's trying to eat healthy and/or lose weight. But the good news is, your goals don... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:31:00 EST What are the health benefits of kale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46862_what_are_the_health_benefits_of_kale What are the health benefits of kale ?<br><br>While not as well researched as some of its fellow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, kale is a food that you can count on for some unsurpassed health benefits, if for no other reason than its exceptional nutrient richness. In our own website food rating system, kale scored 4 "excellents," 6 "very goods," and 10 "goods"—for a total of 20 standout categories of nutrient richness! That achievement is difficult for most foods to match.<... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:32:00 EST What Do Heart Experts Eat For Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46859_what_do_heart_experts_eat_for_dinner They follow their own advice to enjoy lots of vegetables, legumes, lean protein, and a fruit-based dessert.<br><br>Following a healthy diet is a proven and powerful way to lower your risk of heart disease. But do you ever wonder if doctors actually practice what they preach, especially with regard to their eating habits? While we obviously can't speak for all of them, four Harvard physicians with diverse ethnic backgrounds agreed to share examples of their favorite heart-healthy dinner menu... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:19:00 EST Use 12 oz leak-proof foam bowls for portion control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46858_use_12_oz_leakproof_foam_bowls_for_portion_control There are so many accessories for sale, that are supposed to help us with healthy portion control.<br><br><br>1) The divided plates<br><br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccad0d4a-d1c3-4a25-afff-d9038c3bff15.jpg"><br><br><br>I tried the divided plates with separate food group areas, but I did not like them. I prefer my separate foods to touch and share their flavors. I do not mix them, but either leave them side by side or the dryer food (potatoes, pasta or rice) on... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EST Japanese breakfast to start the day right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46841_japanese_breakfast_to_start_the_day_right Do you ever find your energy ebbing mid-morning? Or do you feel too hungry to stick to your healthy eating pan? Well, getting the right balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrate first thing in the morning helps to start the day right. What's more, with a delicious Japanese breakfast, you will have a feeling of appetite satisfaction that will carry you through the morning until lunchtime!<br>Most people hear the words "Japanese food" and think of sushi, but there's much more to the Japanese di... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 22:25:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46839_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_corn What's New and Beneficial about Corn<br><br> You can get health-supportive antioxidant benefits from all varieties of corn, including white, yellow, blue, purple and red corn. But recent research has shown the antioxidant benefits from different varieties of corn actually come from different combinations of phytonutrients. In the case of yellow corn, it's the antioxidant carotenoids leading the way, with especially high concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin. In the case of blue corn, it'... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:54:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46834_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br><br>Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? If not, your health may suffer in more ways than one. A common sign your diet is lacking in fiber is constipation and irregular bowel movements, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.<br><br>Fiber-rich foods like vegetables promote optimal gut health by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. Certain fruits are also high in fiber, including underripe bananas, papayas and... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:11:00 EST Raw vs Cooked Foods, Making Raw Foods More Digestible http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46825_raw_vs_cooked_foodsmaking_raw_foods_more_digestible Raw vs Cooked Foods—Making Raw Foods More Digestible<br><br>As mentioned earlier, there are some important exceptions to the generalized conclusion about raw versus cooked food and digestion—that the overall risk of compromised digestion can be greater for raw versus cooked foods when thorough chewing is difficult to achieve or simply not achieved because of an "eating on the run" lifestyle.<br><br>First, it is possible to prepare raw foods in such a way that they become partially "pre-digest... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 01:35:00 EST Food Preparation Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46822_food_preparation_done On Sundays, I like to get all the vegetables and fruits ready to be washed, cut up, and put into the containers, ready for the week. <br><br>I also will cook in batches and freeze my meals for the week. I have a small refrigerator and freezer, so space is limited.<br><br>I try to do my grocery shopping on Sundays, with my grocery list and coupons. After we get everything put away, it makes it easier to start the meals for the week, and get the fruits and vegetables washed and cut up.<br><br>... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 19:35:00 EST Tis the Season For Summer Traveling.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46820_tis_the_season_for_summer_traveling Tis the Season for Summer Traveling. Just a small tip to help you stay on track.<br><br>A vacation is a time to unwind, to celebrate, to rejuvenate, to see new places and try new things. But it can also make you very uneasy about eating <br><br>Eating a healthy diet when you're traveling isn't easy - especially if you're going for a long car ride. If you are in a location where the choices are limited to chain restaurants, your options start looking a little scary.Typical road trip fare inc... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 18:34:00 EST Drink More Green Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46817_drink_more_green_tea Drink More Green Tea<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2bd2575-4ef4-4676-a25a-98884fe9c413.jpg"><br><br>Green tea and black tea both come from the same plant called Camellia sinensis. Black tea is made when the leaves are allowed to ferment. Green tea leaves are steamed or heated immediately after picking to prevent fermentation. Since they're harvested and processed more quickly, they contain more of the polyphenols than black tea leaves.<br><br>Both types of tea conta... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:47:00 EST The Secret Diet for Great Physical Health (Even in Old Age) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46813_the_secret_diet_for_great_physical_health_even_in_old_age The Secret Diet for Great Physical Health (Even in Old Age)<br><br><br>Hispanics in the U.S., live on average over two years longer than whites, and over seven years longer than blacks.<br><br>A recent government report contains the strongest evidence yet of what some call the "Hispanic paradox" -- remarkable longevity in a population with many poor and undereducated members. One theory holds that Hispanics who immigrate to the U.S. tend to be among the healthiest from their countries.<br><br... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:26:00 EST What's New and Beneficial About Pears http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46804_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_pears What's New and Beneficial About Pears<br><br> For nutritional reasons, we're often advised to consume the skins of fruits. However, it's less often that research provides strong evidence in support of this advice. Recent studies have shown that the skin of pears contains at least three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh. These phytonutrients include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. The skin of... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 18:31:00 EST Can salads be a good source of nutrients? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46789_can_salads_be_a_good_source_of_nutrients Can salads be a good source of nutrients?<br><br>While according to Gertrude Stein "a rose is a rose is a rose", at the World's Healthiest Foods, we could not say that the same thing goes for salads since "a salad is not a salad is not a salad". That is because to many people salads are thought of as more of an accompaniment or afterthought for a meal. Additionally, they oftentimes don't feature foods that are nutrient rich. But, salads can be thought of as meals, as dishes where you combine ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 23:23:00 EST Measuring is Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46783_measuring_is_everything I walk around thinking I'm eating healthy and blaming my age/metabolism/the weather/whatever else I can think of for not losing weight.<br><br>Seriously. I've got 2 Masters Degrees (not they mean anything), and a lot of biology and chemistry background. Who did I think I was kidding? Realistically, I was lying to myself and unfortunately my friends and even my doctor got the brunt of this.<br><br>A fairly new friend started using Spark People (at my suggestion) and she logs what she eats. ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 16:35:00 EST 18 Recipes for the Ultimate Vegan-Friendly 4th of July Cookout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46770_18_recipes_for_the_ultimate_veganfriendly_4th_of_july_cookout 18 Recipes for the Ultimate Vegan-Friendly 4th of July Cookout<br><br><br>BBQ Grill and glowing coals. You can see more BBQ, grilled food, fire<br><br><br><br><br>It’s no secret that options at a non-vegan cookout are often limited. The host may throw a freezer-burned Boca burger leftover from the last cookout you attended on the grill — and that’s if you’re lucky.<br><br><br><br>In preparation for this year’s holiday weekend, I reached out to my fellow No Meat Athlete team members, Matt, Sus... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:19:00 EST How good is coconut? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46766_how_good_is_coconut You see coconut everywhere you go, in healthfood stores, at the drugstore, and at the pharmacy, but how good is coconut for us? <br> There has been a lot of information about Laurie acid, which is said to have cholesterol lowering effects and boosts to the immune system. Coconut byproducts are all high in saturated fats which raise cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. Coconut is nutritious and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It's lactose free so good for vegans a... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:16:00 EST U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46760_us_soda_consumption_falls_to_30year_low U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low<br><br><br>If you have recently cut back on soda or eliminated it from your diet entirely, congratulations! You deserve to be proud. Sales of carbonated soft drinks have dropped for the 11th consecutive year in the U.S. This is great news!<br><br>The message is spreading that soda is a health disaster, and increasing numbers of Americans are ditching it in favor of their health. This is one more example that we're winning the war against the junk foo... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:17:00 EST Bell Peppers: description and history http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46755_bell_peppers_description_and_history Bell Peppers: description and history<br><br>Bell peppers belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, along with chili pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes (except sweet potatoes and yams). Their scientific name is Capsicum annuum. This scientific name, however, is used to refer not only to bell peppers, but also to wax peppers, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeno peppers.<br><br>While we are most accustomed to seeing green bell peppers in the supermark... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:56:00 EST I Ate the Hot Dog..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46750_i_ate_the_hot_dog Well I can't say that eating a hot dog is eating healthy or is it?! Well it all depends on if the meat is Kosher or not. So I say to you if you eat something that is not in your daily nutritional value that is not even healthy for you then join my ranks.<br><br>I don't believe in nutrition that would deprive me of eating whatever I wanted to eat. Do you believe in that? Then you are setting yourself for failure. If you are striving for being healthy it is not just for the 3-6-9-12 months that... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:15:00 EST Sticking to the plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46749_sticking_to_the_plan I recently decided that I needed to get back on track and am down 10lbs so far. This is not a huge reward for me but I am happy that I am making progress. This past weekend we went out of town to visit some friends with a lot of eating out. Naturally this can make my plan very difficult especially while watching everyone stuff their faces with cookies, chips, pizza and fried foods!<br><br>But, to my amazement I stuck to the plan. I rejected all of the bad and stuck with fruits, veggies and sa... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:07:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Bell Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46741_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_bell_peppers What's New and Beneficial about Bell Peppers<br><br> Bell pepper is not only an excellent source of carotenoids, but also a source of over 30 different members of the carotenoid nutrient family. A recent study from Spain took a close look vitamin C, vitamin E, and six of these carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin) in all commonly eaten foods and found that only two vegetables contained at least two-thirds of all the listed nutrients. On... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:25:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46733_what_happens_to_your_body_when_you_eat_too_much_sugar What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar?<br><br>You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You bake it into pastries, cakes, and cookies. You even sprinkle it all over your breakfast cereal or your oatmeal for added "flavor."<br><br>But that's not all. It's also hidden in some beloved "treats" that people consume on a daily basis, such as sodas, fruit juices, candies, and ice cream. It also lurks in almost all processed foods, including breads, meats, and even your favorit... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:12:00 EST The Calorie Density Approach to Nutrition and Lifelong Weight Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46729_the_calorie_density_approach_to_nutrition_and_lifelong_weight_management The Calorie Density Approach to Nutrition and Lifelong Weight Management<br><br><br>Calorie density is the simplest approach to healthful eating and lifelong weight management. This common sense approach to sound nutrition allows for lifelong weight management without hunger; more food for fewer calories, and is easy to understand and follow. In addition, by following the principles of calorie density, you will also increase the overall nutrient density of your diet. The basic principles of c... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:48:00 EST What Is Ugli Fruit Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46719_what_is_ugli_fruit_good_for What Is Ugli Fruit Good For?<br><br><br>Ugli Fruit Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>While it isn’t really the ugliest fruit in the world, the ugli fruit does have a rather lackluster appearance, with thick, yellow-green skin so loose and leathery that it practically rolls out when you begin pulling it off. But don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you, because this mottled green citrus is truly delectable.<br><br>A tangelo variant, the ugli fruit’s taste is reminiscent of other citrus fruits, beca... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:14:00 EST What Is Wasabi Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46717_what_is_wasabi_good_for What Is Wasabi Good For?<br><br><br>Wasabi Nutrition Facts<br><br>It’s the kick that fans of Japanese cuisine crave– the taste of wasabi, consumed fresh in green paste form for sushi or mixed as powder in everyday treats. A member of the Brassicaceae family (which includes cabbage, horseradish, and mustard), wasabi is also known as Japanese horseradish. Note, however, that horseradish is a different plant, although it is often used as a substitute for wasabi.<br><br>In Japan, where the earlie... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:33:00 EST What are the health benefits derived from enjoying grapes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46710_what_are_the_health_benefits_derived_from_enjoying_grapes What are the health benefits derived from enjoying grapes?<br><br>Few fruits have garnered as much attention in the health research literature as grapes. Part of the reason may be their widespread presence in diets worldwide. With the exception of Antarctica, grapes are cultivated on all of the earth's continents, and researchers from many different countries have been especially interested in this food. But an even greater part of the reason involves the amazing nutrient composition of grape... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:33:00 EST What Is Zucchini Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46704_what_is_zucchini_good_for What Is Zucchini Good For?<br><br><br>Zucchini Nutrition Facts<br><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 and Mexico. It was brought to the United States by Ita... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:43:00 EST What Are Yams Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46703_what_are_yams_good_for What Are Yams Good For?<br><br><br>Yam Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>While yams appear very similar to sweet potatoes, they're quite different. In fact, they're not even related. Yams belong to the Dioscoreae or morning glory family, while sweet potatoes are from the genus Convolvulaceae. Yams (from the African word "nyami," meaning "to eat") have only one embryonic seed leaf, while sweet potatoes have two.<br><br>Yams are grown throughout Africa, but Nigeria is the world’s most prolific produce... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:51:00 EST What are some of the health benefits provided by bok choy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46698_what_are_some_of_the_health_benefits_provided_by_bok_choy What are some of the health benefits provided by bok choy?<br><br>Antioxidant Benefits<br><br>As an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), and manganese, and a good source of zinc, bok choy provides us with a concentration of these core conventional antioxidants. Yet, its antioxidant support extends beyond these conventional antioxidants to a wide range of other phytonutrient antioxidants. These phytonutrients include flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol, and ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:36:00 EST How to avoid the lure of junk food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46692_how_to_avoid_the_lure_of_junk_food My sister is morbidly obese and she is also a Registered Dietitian. She teaches other people how to eat healthfully to improve their health yet she is slave to the junk food trap! Her house has bags of chips, boxes of cookies, and mounds of nutritionless snacks in every cupboard. Why?<br> She gets up every morning determined to eat properly but before long the day is ending and she never had time to sit an eat a proper meal. Her advice to her clients has always been "Don't keep unhealth... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:56:00 EST What Are Tomatillos Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46690_what_are_tomatillos_good_for What Are Tomatillos Good For?<br><br> <br><br>Tomatillos Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>It's ironic that even though the Aztecs probably used them as one of their staple crops, it may have been Spanish conquistadors who introduced tomatillos (which translates to "little tomatoes" in Spanish) to the New World, after first carrying them back to Spain.<br><br>Sometimes called husk cherries or tomato verde, tomatillos are a small, green Mexican fruit with a Japanese lantern-type shell surrounding it.... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:42:00 EST What Are Sweet Potatoes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46688_what_are_sweet_potatoes_good_for What Are Sweet Potatoes Good For?<br><br>Sweet Potatoes Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Cultivation of sweet potatoes, which are native to Peru, dates back to 750 BCE. Discovered by Columbus, sweet potatoes, often (wrongly) called yams, belong to the Convolvulaceae, or morning glory plant family. Yams (from the African word "nyami"), which are from the Dioscoreae family, have only one embryonic seed leaf, while sweet potatoes have two. Another note for consumers: yams are usually more moist.<br><b... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:18:00 EST Summer Squash: best way to select, store, prepare and cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46686_summer_squash_best_way_to_select_store_prepare_and_cook Summer Squash: best way to select, store, prepare and cook<br><br>When purchasing summer squash, look for ones that are heavy for their size and have shiny, unblemished rinds. Additionally, the rinds should not be very hard since this indicates that the squash are over-mature and will have hard seeds and stringy flesh. Purchase summer squash that are of average size since those that are overly large may be fibrous, while those that are overly small may be inferior in flavor.<br><br>Summer squ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:32:00 EST What Is Star Fruit Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46677_what_is_star_fruit_good_for What Is Star Fruit Good For?<br><br><br>Star Fruit Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>The five-angled star fruit, also known as carambola, is a waxy, yellow-green fruit that originated in the sultry, tropical area of Sri Lanka. The fruit grows on a small, bushy evergreen tree, first bearing clusters of small lilac, bell-shaped flowers which become the oblong fruits. Today, this lovely fruit is cultivated in Australia, South America, Hawaii, and Florida. Because they're known to be intolerant of cold ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:06:00 EST The Silly Mistake We’re Making When Washing Lettuce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46665_the_silly_mistake_were_making_when_washing_lettuce The Silly Mistake We’re Making When Washing Lettuce<br> <br>Seriously, how did we not think of this before?<br> <br>point, we’re basically washing our greens with our eyes closed--which actually might be why we didn’t realize we were doing it wrong. Here’s a better way. <br> ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:32:00 EST What is Spinach Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46660_what_is_spinach_good_for What is Spinach Good For?<br><br>Spinach Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Obscurely referred to for years in England as "the Spanish vegetable," the name of this leafy green veggie was later shortened to the name we call it today. It’s thought to have originated in ancient Persia. Spinach cultivation spread to Nepal, and by the seventh century, to China, where it’s still called "Persian Greens." The Moors introduced it to Spain around the 11th century.<br><br>According to the USDA, Americans consum... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:20:00 EST What Is Spaghetti Squash Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46659_what_is_spaghetti_squash_good_for What Is Spaghetti Squash Good For?<br><br><br>Spaghetti Squash Nutrition Facts<br><br><br><br>Spaghetti squash possesses an uncanny resemblance to spaghetti strands when cooked, and for this reason is known as vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, vegetable marrow, and squaghetti.<br><br>Spaghetti squash is a long, oblong vegetable that measures between 8 and 14 inches in length, weighs 2 to 3 pounds, and has flesh with a very pale yellow color.1 It is a variety of the winter squash and has a m... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:03:00 EST Always have a Plan B for eating healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46653_always_have_a_plan_b_for_eating_healthy Sometimes our best plans to eat right and get in our exercise fail. We try our best, but there are so many things beyond our control, and our plans fail. Sometimes the plans of others and life can keep us from finding our own success. This is the reason why I think ahead, and make MORE plans. Plan B reminds me of my garden. It is a process.<br>Here is what I do to keep on track with my food plans!<br>1. Always bring a healthy snack with me. I have nuts, hummus and crackers, or cheese. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:42:00 EST What's New and Beneficial about Summer Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46652_whats_new_and_beneficial_about_summer_squash ...The delicate flavor, soft shell and creamy white flesh of summer squash is a perfect addition to any summer meal. While especially plentiful in the U.S. marketplace during the summer months, summer squash is actually available through the year. Summer squashes, members of the Cucurbitaceae family and relatives of both the melon and the cucumber, come in many different varieties. While each variety may have a distinct shape, color, size and flavor, all varieties share some common characteri... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 01:43:00 EST To Cheat or Not to http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46651_to_cheat_or_not_to Regardless of what kind of cheat day we have, it is necessary. Today I'll share some ways of incorporating the cheat meal/s without sabotaging your daily efforts of living eating and being healthy.<br><br>One of the most favorite things of myself or anyone who's dieting or following a carefully regulated nutrition is to incorporate 20% of a "want/cheat" meal into our daily or weekly caloric intake.<br><br>These are basically meals or days planned into our schedule that allow me or you some le... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:58:00 EST What Are Sour Cherries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46641_what_are_sour_cherries_good_for What Are Sour Cherries Good For?<br><br>Sour Cherries Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Originating in the Southeastern Europe between Russia and Turkey, sour cherries are one of America's most sought-after fruits, most commonly the Montmorency and Balaton varieties, primarily grown in Michigan, Utah, New York, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. They're generally harvested between mid-June and early July for a year's worth of tart, flavorful goodness, although they're also available dr... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:38:00 EST What Are Shiitake Mushrooms Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46640_what_are_shiitake_mushrooms_good_for What Are Shiitake Mushrooms Good For?<br><br><br>Shiitake Mushrooms Nutrition Facts<br><br>Translated from Japanese, "shii" refers to the tree on which these mushrooms originally grew, while "také" simply means mushroom. These little beauties are venerated not just because of their primordial origin, but because of the many health-boosting properties they contain, discovered over centuries of ancient medicine.<br><br>Having no roots, leaves, blossoms, or seeds, shiitake mushrooms fall into a... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:44:00 EST What Is Sage Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46626_what_is_sage_good_for What Is Sage Good For?<br><br><br>Sage Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Sage has been revered for centuries for its medicinal as well as culinary uses, since it was named for that quality. The botanical name comes from the Latin word "salvere," meaning "to be saved." A member of the mint family of plants and closely related to rosemary, its warm and musky essence is essential for making the fragrant dressing that goes so well with turkey.<br><br>A perennial plant growing one to two feet high, sage ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:49:00 EST What Is Saffron Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46625_what_is_saffron_good_for What Is Saffron Good For?<br><br><br>Saffron Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Saffron belongs to the iris family, and has had a plethora of uses throughout millennia. As far back as the writings of Galen and Hippocrates, saffron was mentioned as a medical treatment for coughs, colds, stomach ailments, insomnia, uterine bleeding, scarlet fever, heart trouble, and flatulence.<br><br>Naturally, one of saffron’s first uses may have been for dyeing textiles, since a single grain can color 10 gallons of ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:02:00 EST Is Healthy Eating possible on a tight budget? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46620_is_healthy_eating_possible_on_a_tight_budget Is Healthy Eating possible on a tight budget?<br><br>The answer to this question is a resounding "Yes!" Based on the research evidence, many of our assumptions about healthy food purchases—that it takes either more money or a lot more money to eat healthfully&mdash are simply incorrect. In this article, we would like to help set the record straight on some common food purchasing misconceptions and provide you with 10 practical tips for Healthy Eating on a tight budget.<br>The added cost of he... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:40:00 EST Never eat directly out of the container http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46616_never_eat_directly_out_of_the_container I keep forgetting this. I've read it in Sparkpeople articles more than once or twice but I still forget it. So it is a secret that I need to be reminded of again and again and again.<br><br>Never eat nuts out of the jar. Never eat sunflower or pumpkin seeds out of the bag. Never eat crackers out of the box. <br><br>Pour the nuts or seeds into a measuring cup, close the jar or bag, put it away, sit down at the dining room table, eat your portion, register it in your food diary. <br><br>Put fiv... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:34:00 EST What Is Rhubarb Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46608_what_is_rhubarb_good_for What Is Rhubarb Good For?<br><br><br>Rhubarb Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Describing rhubarb, some might begin with its long, slender pale green and red stalks, accompanied by large, scalloped green leaves. A few may know it's classified as a vegetable rather than a fruit.<br><br>Rhubarb may have gotten its start in Siberia, and is popular throughout Europe and North America. Some might call it excruciatingly sour, which it could be, if not prepared to its greatest advantage.<br><br>Rhubarb is ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:58:00 EST What Are Raspberries Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46607_what_are_raspberries_good_for What Are Raspberries Good For?<br><br>Raspberries Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Five continents confirm the presence of wild raspberries, including Alaska, Asia, Hawaii, Europe, and North America, for possibly thousands of years. Of the 400,000 metric tons of raspberries produced, Russia, the U.S., Serbia, Poland, and Chile are on top. While you'll find more than 200 species, they're divided into red, black, and purple groups. They can be distinguished by remembering that the red is somewhat pin... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:08:00 EST What are some of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits derived from eating watermelon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46603_what_are_some_of_the_antioxidant_and_antiinflammatory_benefits_derived_from_eating_watermelon <br><br>Phenolic compounds in watermelon—including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—make this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. If you had to pick a single nutrient from this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant category that has put watermelon on the map, that nutrient would be lycopene. Alongside of pink grapefruit and guava, watermelon is an unusually concentrated source of this carotenoid. Whereas most fruits get their reddish color from anthocya... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:58:00 EST allergic to eggs - my substitutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46599_allergic_to_eggs_my_substitutes I am allergic to eggs. I found this out about 3 years ago. Too bad, because I actually liked eggs. Now, I have had to create my life around their lack.<br><br>Here are some good substitutes.<br><br>When I go out for breakfast, I could choose to be a Debbie-Downer, but I don't. I choose grits, some crisp bacon, fruit cup, and sometimes hash browns. Ok. Not diet food, but it makes me feel less left out when I am out with my family, and it works.<br><br>When I make banana bread, I substitute pla... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:28:00 EST night shift eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46596_night_shift_eating i spent three+ years working night shifts for a supermarket and believe me i found it so hard to balance life food and work my wife was at university studying medicine all day and those are long tiring day so when i got up at 5pm she wanted dinner and i wanted breakfast so what do you do i found that having the same meal actually worked for me so i made nice healthy main meals like lean turkey mince chill con carnie with brown rice and had that as a fist meal in my day i would then put togeth... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:02:00 EST What Are Radishes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46594_what_are_radishes_good_for What Are Radishes Good For?<br><br><br>Radish Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Offering a peppery, satisfying crunch with every bite, radishes have a unique place in the hearts of veggie lovers. A root from the Brassica family and a cousin to cabbage, the many shapes, sizes and colors of different radish varieties is surprising.<br><br>In the U.S., the average large radish is red, round with a glistening white interior and roughly the size of a ping pong or golf ball. Another type is the creamy wh... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:08:00 EST What Are Pumpkins Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46593_what_are_pumpkins_good_for What Are Pumpkins Good For?<br><br>Pumpkins Nutrition Facts<br><br>The fruit of these large, vining plants, so associated with harvest belong to the Cucurbitaceae, or cucumber, family. The two main types are "pepo," which scientists dubbed so-called "small" pumpkins and are often carved into Jack-o-lanterns in the fall, and "maxima," the giant variety grown to enter the "biggest pumpkin" contest at the county fair.<br><br>Also called sugar pumpkin, the former is vibrant orange with widely rib... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:41:00 EST What is inulin and in what foods is it found? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46586_what_is_inulin_and_in_what_foods_is_it_found What is inulin and in what foods is it found?<br> <br>You may have heard about two foods — chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke — that are widely recognized as providing health benefits for our digestive tract. These health benefits involve a special area of digestive support called "prebiotics" offered by a compound known as inulin. <br> ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:57:00 EST Keep Choosing Healthy foods.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46583_keep_choosing_healthy_foods No matter what age you need to think about what goes in your body.. Make today the day for you and those your around..Eating a healthy balanced diet daily provides the nutrients your body needs to keep your bones organs and muscles in shape.... These nutrients include fats.. carbs..protein.. vitamins and minerals... Healthy eating may also help you maintain a healthy weight boost your heart health and make you whole life change.. Putting these fuels in your body is like a car.. It need gas an... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:45:00 EST What Is Potato Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46580_what_is_potato_good_for What Is Potato Good For?<br><br><br><br>Potato Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Whether it’s mashed, baked, boiled, steamed, or sautéed, the potato is a dietary staple around the globe.. This root vegetable or tuber is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, whose vegetable members include eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. If allowed to fully grow, the potato plant can produce an inedible fruit that resembles a tomato.<br><br>Potatoes originated from South America, specifically in the Ande... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:06:00 EST What Are Portobello Mushrooms Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46579_what_are_portobello_mushrooms_good_for What Are Portobello Mushrooms Good For?<br><br><br>Portobello Mushroom Nutrition Facts<br><br>Along with its smaller crimini and white button cousins (which share the scientific name), this “meaty” mushroom variety is gaining worldwide popularity as a “superfood” not only because it’s nutritionally dense, but delicious. Mushroom lovers enjoy them in stir fries, casseroles, soups, omelets, and salads, but one hearty preparation style is to give them solo status on a bun as a meatless, gluten-f... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:58:00 EST Unwanted Consequences of High Heat Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46573_unwanted_consequences_of_high_heat_cooking Unwanted Consequences of High Heat Cooking<br><br>High heat cooking is problematic because it creates toxic substances as well as causes the loss of nutrients. Virtually all nutrients in food are susceptible to damage from heat. Of course, whether a particular nutrient gets damaged depends on the exact nutrient in question, the degree of heat, and the amount of cooking time. But in general, most of the temperatures we cook at in the over (250-450°F/120-230°C) are temperatures at which substan... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:54:00 EST Practice Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46566_practice_mindful_eating I have read articles about practicing mindful eating, but I'd like to expand on that term.<br><br>Mindful eating can take on more than one meaning and can have some positive results. Mindful eating should be practiced at every meal and every snack. Indeed, with every bite.<br><br>1. The first type of mindful eating is to notice everything about your food as you are eating it. <br><br>a. When you are eating, keep all distractions away. The first thing I do when I am putting food on my plate i... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:57:00 EST What Are Pomegranates Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46564_what_are_pomegranates_good_for What Are Pomegranates Good For?<br><br>Pomegranate Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>From ancient Persia to the Himalayas and beyond, tangy pomegranates are mentioned several times in the Bible, and are one of the world's most popular and cultivated fruits today. After being introduced in California by Spanish settlers in 1769, they're still grown in the American west, although they require very dry air and high temperatures to produce the best flavor.<br><br>Pomegranates are a beautiful fruit, dist... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:43:00 EST What Are Plums and Prunes Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46563_what_are_plums_and_prunes_good_for What Are Plums and Prunes Good For?<br><br><br>Plums and Prunes Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Alexander the Great cultivated plum trees in Mediterranean regions as early as 65 BC, although the first plum trees are thought to have originated in China. Plums are a member of the rose family (Rosacea) and are related to peaches, apricots, nectarines, and almonds.<br><br>Plum tree cultivation didn’t arrive in the U.S. until the mid-19th century. More than 140 varieties are sold in the U.S., and globa... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:55:00 EST Can how you peel your avocado really have impact on your health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46557_can_how_you_peel_your_avocado_really_have_impact_on_your_health Can how you peel your avocado really have impact on your health?<br><br>The method you use to peel an avocado might make a difference to your health. Research on avocado shows that the greatest phytonutrient concentrations occur in portions of the food that we do not typically eat, namely, the peel and the seed (or "pit.") The pulp of the avocado is actually much lower in phytonutrients than these other portions of the food. However, while lower in their overall phytonutrient richness, all po... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST