SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard Get and give tips about eating better and planning a smart, delicious menu. Plus, answers to your food and nutrition questions from SparkPeople's experts. SparkPeople Diet and Nutrition Messageboard What am I doing wrong? Hi there, <BR> <BR> Hoping someone can help me. I have a history of extreme cardio and calorie restrictive diets spanning 15 years. They always worked in the short term but never in the long term and I'd always gain the lbs back and then some. When I wasn't starving myself, I would eat around 1200 cals a day, skip meals and rarely exercise. <BR> <BR> Back in late Feb I decided to finally do things the right way and consulted with a personal trainer who recommended 3 resistance training ses... Mon, 6 Apr 2020 20:14:18 EST Keeping on track <BR> I have finally got to the point where proper food intake has become obsessive - and that is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Measure, weigh, exercise - keep to the program. <BR> Measure, weigh, exercise - keep to the program. <BR> Measure, weigh, exercise - keep to the program. <BR> Measure, weigh, exercise - keep to the program. <BR> Measure, weigh, exercise - keep to the program. <BR> Measure, weigh, exercise - keep to the program. <BR> Measure, weigh, exercise - keep to the prog... Sat, 4 Apr 2020 15:21:12 EST Vitamin A Hi <BR> This is my first post as only been a member for 2 days, but would like to know if anyone else has problems with too much Vitamin A in their diet and if so how do you combat it Fri, 3 Apr 2020 19:46:19 EST Are crepes a safe food? Looking for help. I've been off of bread for over 2 year but want to get back on board. Some how I got interested in crepes. I see crepes as littles as 30 or 50 calories a crepes. <BR> My question, as silly as it seems is, can I treat crepes as bread such as: make a sandwich with perhaps a burger in the middle or make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Or perhaps just put butter on it and with my meal? Fri, 3 Apr 2020 14:42:04 EST Question Hey, <BR> <BR> I've set a goal to lose weight starting last April-May. I did not do this by following a diet or a plan, just tried limiting what I ate and watch what I ate. I've been doing sport activities at the beginning of the journey but none lately. I've started at 104 kgs I'm now at 85-86 which feels good. I'm a bit worried now as I don't have much appetite, and can not really eat much at all, I feel full very soon after I start eating, even though some days I'm not eating much at all.... Thu, 2 Apr 2020 18:10:15 EST Keto Diet, Has anyone tried it? Your thoughts. So My question is about the Keto diet. I am curious if anyone has tried or is using that plan. My co-worker today told me she lost 12 pounds in two weeks. I know that everyone is different and there is no one size fits all. Wed, 1 Apr 2020 18:30:37 EST Is SparkPeople calorie recommendation accurate? The calories that are being shown for me to consume is more than my BMR. How does that work???? That would mean I would be eating more than I actually burn if I were to have a day of rest (no cardio). I am not the expert so I am asking! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:45:52 EST Carb inrake I'm finding it difficult to fulfill my suggested carb numbers. Any suggestions? Thanks! Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:29:06 EST understanding Spark People guidelines <BR> <BR> Trying to use and understand the Spark People Nutrition Tracker. <BR> The minimums and maximums simply don’t add up to the total, either for individual days or generic Spark People guidelines. <BR> I am following the standard calculations of 1g protein or carb = 4 calories, 1g fat = 9 calories. <BR> Anybody at Spark People have an explanation of how I am misinterpreting or doing something wrong here ? <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2020 20:23:56 EST How to improve your immune system using food I looked up the chapter about infections from Dr. Michael Greger to see what advice he gives for a healthy immune system. Thought I'd share the main points he mentions with regard to protecting ourselves from flu. <BR> IBelow is a mix of quotes from the book and my own words (but I made sure the science outcomes are presented correctly): <BR> <BR> KALE <BR> * Kale may well help to fight off infection. Dripping a minute quantity of kale on human white blood cells in a petri dish (about one-mi... Fri, 20 Mar 2020 05:04:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:44:59 EST diabettes my A1C IS 7.5 an my potassium is high an my creatinine level is high what foods should I avoid to bring these levels down Sun, 15 Mar 2020 09:05:03 EST Hello new here just had a quick question Hello! Long story short my diet since forever has been very poor. Since the last 2 weeks, I’ve completely changed my diet. I mainly only drink water. I eat chicken/salmon, fruits veggies, unsaturated fats, and yesterday I started taking a weight loss supplement. My question is yesterday I had a small ache in the lower part of my stomach. Could that be my stomach is trying to adapt to the recent change to my diet? Thank you. Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:23:43 EST Advice for getting enough protein I could spend my life eating cheese and crackers and fruit, so I'm having a hard time getting enough protein. It just goes against my life's training that the meat serving should be small and surrounded by other fillers. Help me to figure out how to get more protein--without having to add bread or some other carby item to make it palatable. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:43:21 EST Too many suggested calories Only 2 weeks since joining SP. Not sure where to ask this question: my amount of calories is much higher than I want it--over 2000 calories. I want it around 1500 and thought I had adjusted that. But is it because I did an hour of strenuous work that it went up? If you exercise, does it add more suggested calories? Thu, 12 Mar 2020 18:08:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 8 Mar 2020 18:19:19 EST TAME YOUR SWEET TOOTH CHALLENGE <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I started this great SparkPeople challenge but got a little side-tracked. I just started it all over again. <BR> <BR> It's called TAME YOUR SWEET TOOTH CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> The first thing you do is take an assessment. Then you are given some tasks to do every day. <BR> <BR> It's a 4-week challenge. At the end of the challenge, you get a trophy. <BR> <BR> I did really well for the first two weeks. I had very little if no craving for sweets. Something changed ins... Sun, 8 Mar 2020 13:21:55 EST vitamin c What is a normal goal for amount of vic. c to get in a 1550 calorie allowance? Fri, 6 Mar 2020 22:28:13 EST Anyone Subscribed to Plan to Eat? I would love to add some new friends to this app to share recipes! <BR> <BR> :D Fri, 6 Mar 2020 22:22:40 EST healthy snack sized mix of nuts and dark chocolate I would like to make a snack sized mix of the following nuts and dark chocolate: <BR> almonds <BR> cashews <BR> pecans <BR> walnuts <BR> M&M dark chocolate <BR> <BR> How much of the above would make a healthy snack-sized mix? <BR> <BR> I've just been mixing 1 cup each of all the nuts listed above with 3/4 cup of M&M dark chocolate in a bowl and storing them in jars. However, I don't have a clue how much of this is a healthy snack size portion. I start munching without realizing how much I'... Fri, 6 Mar 2020 15:21:10 EST Nutrition charting with daily food I have a dumb question, but why does some of the nutrients show up more then once on the daily chart? I noticed it and they have different amounts listed the different times it is listed on the chart. Help the confused <em>38</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2020 10:24:33 EST Eating Suggested Calories Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if I need to eat the full recommended range of calories. My normal range of calories for weight loss is 1200 to 1550. The current setup allows for extra calories for fitness. Is it ok if I don't eat those calories? I don't want to force myself to eat if I'm not hungry just to meet the numbers. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 6 Mar 2020 08:22:19 EST Adjusting Nutrition Goals I have changed by Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrate goals to align with the plan recommended by my doctor, but the chart on my Nutrition page does not show those goals - it stays at the generic recommendation instead of the mix I entered. <BR> <BR> How can I change the goal percentages to match my customized plan? Thu, 5 Mar 2020 10:27:42 EST CBD oil Who tries to use CBD flowers or oil? Wed, 4 Mar 2020 09:28:06 EST Vitamin k limited with Warfarin I've searched for this topic and since I couldn't find it I am asking for help. I take Warfarin for afib and have to limit Vit k to 90mcg a day. When I am losing weight it is due to increased salads and green vegetables. It's making me crazy trying to be consistent daily with veggies. I read the lists of K veggies and get crazier. Is anyone else around here dealing with this issue while trying to lose weight? Thanks for any input. Tue, 3 Mar 2020 13:11:52 EST Serving Size? When tracking foods eaten on the tracking page it often comes up with serving size instead of an exact amount such as ounces or cups. How can I find out what the serving size is for that listed food? Tue, 3 Mar 2020 11:52:33 EST 150 calorie ice cream sandwich - ok? On the basis of calorie counting ONLY - would you eat a 150 calorie ice cream sandwich? Does calorie counting work for you? <BR> <BR> I went ahead and ate it ... and it was INSANELY satisfying!! I can't even tell you!!! :-) <BR> <BR> I actually feel like it will make me eat less now - because now I feel "done." Like - I don't want anything more ... and usually I would be grazing myself through the evening. I'm usually SO careful with what I eat ... but that was really quite a treat - and ... Mon, 2 Mar 2020 23:54:24 EST adding new food to the database What do you enter in the 'serving size' box and what do you enter in the 'serving name box'? <BR> <BR> I have a food where 1 cup is the serving size. What do you enter in the 'serving size' box and what do you enter in the 'serving name box' so that 'cup' is the serving name and someone can enter the actual number of cups (ex: .25 or .50) in the box before 'cup'. <BR> <BR> I can't seem to figure out what to enter in the serving size box or the serving name box without getting an error mes... Mon, 2 Mar 2020 22:29:29 EST Coming off Keto I did Keto for a month and instead of transitioning off properly I overate on carbs and sugar for 4 days, last Sunday I started to feel pain in my stomach so I stopped eating, expecting it to be gone the next day. Instead for the past week, it hurts just about every time I eat. The more I eat, the worse it gets. Anyone have any idea what's going on inside my body and how I can fix it??? Mon, 2 Mar 2020 12:25:54 EST Thinking of becoming a vegetarian I am thinking of becoming a vegetarian for health reasons. I do plan to eat dairy, and maybe eggs. <BR> <BR> I have been reading what I can find on the subject online, but I would really appreciate advice from those of you who have real life experience with it. Also, if you could point me in the direction of books which could help educate me, that would be great. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your help. Sat, 29 Feb 2020 21:12:22 EST Fiber overload I started a high fiber diet end of January going from less then 5 grams of fiber a day to over 25 in one day. Put 53 grams of flax seed in smoothie each morning and after about 20 days of this started having bloating, wierd movements in stomach and very gassy. Went to doc and x-ray showed completely backed up and gas and air in stomach. Had me back off the fiber completely 4 days ago And take miralax and slowly the bloating is getting less and less but still have wierd movements in stomach wh... Fri, 28 Feb 2020 20:05:21 EST fish Fry Friday Baked or Fried Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:00:01 EST Looking for help with diet Hi! I've been having trouble with my weight since i was very young. I started going to the gym about a month ago and my starting weight was 96kg. In the first couple of weeks i got to 94kg, but I'm at the start of the second month and i reached 99kg. I didn't shy away from unhealthy foods recently and that showed on the scale. I tried to make my own diets before but that didn't really work out since i was eating the same foods over and over again everyday. I feel like i am determined enough t... Thu, 27 Feb 2020 06:45:09 EST low carb but need fiber I just logged Metamucil and it is over the top on carbs. Someone can you help a stopped up girl out! Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:10:08 EST Question for Vegans and Vegetarians I am currently taking a 12 week nutrition class through a local company here in the Twin Cities. They are extremely supportive of getting your protein needs exclusively from animal sources. One of the nutrition educators (these educators lead the classes only; we can schedule consultations with properly licensed nutritionists and dietitians) went so far as to say that a vegan diet is a no protein diet. <BR> <BR> I know that is 100% NOT TRUE. I am curious, however, what sources vegetarians a... Wed, 26 Feb 2020 06:40:47 EST Gratefulness thread What 3 unique specific things are you grateful for today? I know many may think of the generic/broad things such as health, shelter, etc; I'm interested in really digging into our minds and appreciating things that we take for granted. Thought it could be fun. Anyone interested? Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:20:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:32:42 EST What Next? Just flippin wonderful! Can't think of anything that would suck more: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>california-avocado-farms-impacted-0230<BR>35086.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 21:36:14 EST White beans 1/2 cup of white beans is 110 calories. I’m assuming that is dry. So, my question is, how many calories in cooked beans assuming only water was used to cook them. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:08:45 EST Anyone tried the boxed/delivered meals (Blue Apron Has anyone tried the boxed meals such as Blue Apron, Freshly, etc? What are your thoughts on them? We are considering trying them since it is just my husband and I and we are trying to eat more variety and healthier. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:55:23 EST I'm looking for a diet to boost my productivity Hello! I have never followed any regular diet, but I'm at a point in my life where I think I should start to. The issue is most online resources I could find are oriented around the idea of losing weight. For me losing weight isn't important at all. In fact I wouldn't mind gaining weight as I'm fairly lightweight. <BR> <BR> What is important for me is a regular diet that is nutritious and provides me with a consistent amount of energy, so that I can fully focus on my everyday tasks more effe... Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:45:41 EST Fish for fish haters? Hate fish. All fish. Seafood, river food, lake food, lobster, salmon, tuna, don't care, it all tastes (and - ugh - smells) like fish. That's a bit of a disadvantage in weight loss world. Have any reformed fish haters found some type that they've been able to tolerate? <BR> <BR> Please don't just say I haven't had it prepared right! Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:58:41 EST Popcorn addict anyone else? I actually eat it as a meal cause I can scoff about 10 cups at a sitting LOL, no butter or anything just air popped with some of that flavored seasoning. Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:11:12 EST lose weight on megestrol? Does anyone have advice on losing weight on megestrol? i went from 220-230 lbs to 252 lbs (im 5'5" and 35 years old). Yes, my original weight was high, but i still had energy, i could run up stairs and walk all over campus (i work as a secretary at a college and go to different buildings through the day). <BR> <BR> Just these 20 lbs are painful on my body, i have no energy and lose my breath easily. My body physically hurts. I havent been this big in years, i have stayed at the weight i was ... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 20:09:27 EST Bakery survey (not diet related) You walk into a bakery. You may pick any ONE item (any portion size you want) and for that moment, it contains no calories. What do you pick? Sun, 16 Feb 2020 00:42:42 EST Fatty liver disease In need of prayers, health is suffering due to weight. Found out I have fatty liver disease :( I know that my diet is a big part to blame. Feeling really scared right now. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:28:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:53:23 EST Homemade smoothies... I'm putting together a new batch of smoothies for this week. Yummm. Fresh fruits... Tue, 11 Feb 2020 11:50:42 EST grapefruit I like to eat a whole grapefruit every day. no sugar,just peel and eat. is that bad for me? <BR> <BR> it seeks like I always go over my vitamin A when I eat one Mon, 10 Feb 2020 09:52:18 EST Do you want to cheat? I am doing very well on my diet, and losing weight. On low carb, I don't even have cravings which some of you have to contend with, but I just woke up from a nap, and I want to go eat at a restaurant, which is not on my plan.. and I am not planning to even try. At least that is how I feel. <BR> <BR> I started 2 loads of laundry, so I can't leave right now, in hopes the feeling passes by the time I finish in 2 hours. <BR> <BR> I have my dinner cooked, and ready to go, and I have to check m... Sun, 9 Feb 2020 17:33:40 EST Why does RAW GARLIC heal my Bloating-Anxiety-IBS? Hi guys, <BR> so I'll try to make this post as detailed and clear as possible, and not too long as well. <BR> What happened to me is a miracle. Raw garlic simply changed my life inside-out, after YEARS of searching for a cure for my bloating, IBS, brain fog, insomnia and other general health problems. <BR> <BR> MY STORY: <BR> I am underweight and generally a very healthy young 27yo man. <BR> However since I was 18, I started losing my hair and had a bad tooth decay, I began to be skinny, los... Sun, 9 Feb 2020 15:52:59 EST What is your true motivation? As you are striving to changing your nutrition/diet, what ultimate goal are you most desiring? Sun, 9 Feb 2020 01:57:20 EST Weekly Progress Tracker I'm confused that Potassium, K is located in two areas of the Weekly Tracker the first one suggest a 2000 to 3500 mg and farther down it says 4500-6000mg. I have low potassium and its important that I track my potassium intake but I don't know which one I should use...any ideas? Fri, 7 Feb 2020 15:51:40 EST Anyone else lose hemoglobin on vegan diet? I ate vegan for 3 months to lower my cholesterol. Then I took a blood test. The cholesterol was down, but my hemoglobin also fell. Has this happened to anyone else? Thu, 6 Feb 2020 09:56:55 EST Ideas for premade meals My dad has been in the hospital for about a week and is very week. My step mother has Parkinson's and I need to make up some meals to take over to their house so they can just warm it up or put it in the oven. I was also thinking freezer meals, but not sure how they really stand up to freezer burn. What ideas do you have for the list I'm compiling? They eat a very bland diet, no restrictions.Thanks Kris <BR> <BR> Ideas I have: <BR> lasagna <BR> soups <BR> spaghetti <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2020 07:35:28 EST Work/Travel Lunches - What did you pack today? 3/4 cup leftover chicken with gravy in a thermos. <BR> <BR> 2 cups salad no dressing (Because I don’t like dressing. I will probably pour some gravy on the salad though, yummy!) <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup Plain yogurt <BR> 1/4 cup blueberries <BR> 2 Tbsp chis seeds <BR> <BR> Coffee <BR> Decaf tea <BR> Almond milk, hot chocolate <BR> Water <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2020 06:57:38 EST Lemon in drinking water Does putting a lemon in your drinking water have any benefits? Tue, 4 Feb 2020 12:37:13 EST Bright Line Eating Has anyone tried bright line eating? Mon, 3 Feb 2020 15:29:55 EST Adding ready made product I've tried to find a couple of brands & can't find a match. <BR> Specifically Continental brand cup a soups <BR> How can I add their nutrition information to food tracker for future reference? <BR> I'm a newbie & still finding my way around. <BR> I've looked at SparkRecipies, but haven't had much luck. <BR> Mon, 3 Feb 2020 00:00:29 EST Tyramine How am I 50 and I'm just now learning about Tyramine Rich foods and the impact it has on antibiotics?? <BR> <BR> Anyone else familiar? I've been trying to find "diet menus" for this and info seems scarce... Does anyone have anything? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! Sun, 2 Feb 2020 16:32:02 EST Stuck! Hi everyone! I recently lost 88 lbs. the old fashioned way…I watch what I ate and cut back portions. It was coming off but not as fast as I wanted (I’ll soon be 66) so I cut way back on carbs and then it came off quite easily. <BR> <BR> I’m about 5’4 and currently weigh 148 lbs. Ideally, I’d like to drop another 15 or so but the hunger pangs and the protein craving are killing me. Thankfully, I’ve never been a sweets eater nor an emotional eater so that’s not an issue but my body has al... Sun, 2 Feb 2020 08:38:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:31:03 EST Do you take a B-complex? Do you take a B-complex? If so, do you notice a difference from doing so? Sat, 25 Jan 2020 23:34:18 EST Does SparkPeople has a Gluten Free food plan? I would like to track my food plan, which is Gluten Free, in SparkPeople. <BR> I couldn't find a Gluten Free food plan between the choices that SparkPeople offer. <BR> I would appreciate getting an information on the Gluten Free "diet" in SparkPeople, if it is available. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Mimi <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:52:43 EST Affordable Health Care Act/Nutrition My Blue Cross plan does NOT cover a nutritionist unless I am diabetic...which, I am not. However, BCBS told me that because of ObamaCare, I am "entitled" to X many hours of nutrition counseling with an actual DOCTOR. So, no nutritionist/dietician, etc. I asked BCBS who participates with them for this coverage. They couldn't tell me. They have NO idea. I have Celiac disease while trying to get to a healthy weight...well, we all know gluten-free breads, pastas are FAR from "healthy". At ... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:27:27 EST Fitbit or SparkPeople? Which is correct? I input my meals/snacks into both my Fitbit and SparkPeople. I track my movement/steps/workouts on both, as well. The more I move, the more calories I see....but mostly on SparkPeople. It does give me more on my Fitbit, as well, but not nearly the amount SparkPeople does. <BR> <BR> So...what I want to know is.....which one is correct?? Today, for instance, Fitbit is giving me like 850 left for the day while SparkPeople is giving me 1000-1300! And yes...this is after inputing the same ... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:02:32 EST Trouble reaching minimum calories By tracking my food intake (and I think I'm pretty accurate - I weigh and measure everything), I realized that I wasn't hitting the recommended minimum 1200 calories for women. I've been tracking my food intake since Jan 8th and yesterday was the first day I went over 1200 calories. Because of exercise, the minimum for yesterday was actually 1651 calories. <BR> <BR> So this week, I'm going to look for healthy calorie dense foods. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:16:18 EST GERD/Bland Diet Hi, I'm back to SparkPeople since I need to start tracking my diet again. I was diagnosed with GERD and am also having some other digestive issues. I am supposed to take medication and stick to a bland diet for 2-4 weeks. I'm also trying to figure out what my "trigger" foods are. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else been on a bland diet for health issues, or a diet like low FODMAP? I would appreciate some advice of some good safe foods, and also how to not go crazy eating the same thing every day. I'm... Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:31:22 EST Unable to log in yesterday due to eggland ads I tried and tried to log into any spark columns yesterday and was unable to do so because the eggland ads popped up with no way to get past them. It was very annoying. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:00:31 EST Butter, Ghee, Butter Substitues? I just heard of ghee. Who has used it and does it taste as good as butter. I've read that it's better to eat butter than a butter substitute. Have any of you looked at the ingredients in a butter substitute? I can't pronounce half of them. <em>230</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 09:55:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 14 Jan 2020 21:19:30 EST Macronutrient Timing I have been thinking that as a college student, It may be easier for me to hit my macro goals if I were to eat all of a specific macronutrient at a specific time throughout the day. For example, I was thinking that I could maybe eat all my fats for the day in the morning, my protein around lunch/after a workout, and my carbs at dinner. (I could probably switch the carbs and fats too) I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge/experience if this approach to nutrition would be detrimental to m... Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:30:00 EST Vege intake in relation to body size This makes interesting reading, and I guess is applicable to most countries and not just NZ <BR> <link><BR>lth/118754885/bigger-bodies-need-bigge<BR>r-servings-of-vegetables-to-benefit--study </link> <link><BR>54885/bigger-bodies-need-bigger-servin<BR>gs-of-vegetables-to-benefit--study </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:05:49 EST Enter same food into tracker every day I take exactly the same food supplement every day. How can I set up the nutrition tracker with that food entered as a default breakfast without having to manually enter it over and over. <BR> <BR> So far the best I've been able to do is to enter it as the only food for breakfast and then copy that into the following days, but the copy function itself is tedious and it doesn't work for more than about ten days into the future. <BR> <BR> I'm new here... Maybe I'm missing something simple. <BR... Sat, 11 Jan 2020 02:20:19 EST Keto Started doing keto. Down 13 lbs in 10 days. With weight training and cardio Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:30:56 EST PMS eating OK having trouble with this and I don't have a uterus!! I do still have my ovaries and so hormones and I get so hungry and depressed (I emotional eat). I just can't seem to deal with it in a way that doesn't mean I gain 5 pounds. Add in my cycle is as short as 3 weeks means I have a short window to lose it and not add on top of it. I ended up gaining 24 pounds (again) and have lost 22 of it (again). I really want to break the cycle of my cycle lol! <BR> <BR> Anyone else have this? Any sugges... Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:08:25 EST calorie range Finally figured it out, never mind. :) Fri, 10 Jan 2020 09:45:58 EST Who uses EveryPlate? For Christmas my husband and I ordered the 2 person meal plan from Everyplate. I like not having to go to the grocery store but I am blown away by how the meals are blowing up my daily nutrients totals. My husband doe not have that issue since he can eat more. Has any used this or a service like this? What were your results? Thu, 9 Jan 2020 22:11:07 EST rice cakes. How good nutritionally are rice cakes? Thu, 9 Jan 2020 15:03:53 EST tracking water Does anyone have any tips on how they keep track of their water intake? I drink bottled mineral water and have a large bottle on the counter with a glass, so I know I'm drinking throughout the day, but I'm never sure exactly how much I've drank. <BR> <BR> Tips would be much appreciated. Thu, 9 Jan 2020 09:34:28 EST what do you eat/drink before and after a workout? I'm trying to set myself up for success and am sticking to my plan. What do you eat/drink before and after a workout? I know it's important and that you need to eat eat between 30 - 90 minutes after, but what and how much? Wed, 8 Jan 2020 23:01:04 EST Replacing yogurt as a snack I replaced my once-a-day ice cream with yogurt - fewer calories, less fat, less sugar. <BR> Then I changed to Greek yogurt - more protein. <BR> But I see there is still quite a lot of sugar in my 100-gram pot of yogurt. <BR> Any suggestions for my after-dinner dessert? <BR> I like something that is quick and easy from the fridge without a lot of preparation. <BR> And obviously my tastes run to dairy - smooth, creamy cold. <BR> What have you tried that might work for me? <BR> Thanks for the in... Tue, 7 Jan 2020 08:20:48 EST sick? What does it do to your metabolism when you're sick and don't feel like eating. Mon, 6 Jan 2020 20:49:49 EST Protein Powder Any women using protein powder to help with weight loss? Sun, 5 Jan 2020 15:58:23 EST water I dont' count coffee,milk,etc as water. do you? Sun, 5 Jan 2020 14:00:41 EST Favorite breakfast go to I usually just have a coffee and go workout then, eat at lunch time but, once in awhile I love breakfast and a lot of times it is bacon, eggs and hash kidding Lol... Anyways, this morning I tried a high fiber oatmeal and holy smokes it was satisfying and delicious. :) So, curious what others eat for breakfast. Sat, 4 Jan 2020 21:41:32 EST Grocery bill for eating healthy In the past I have spent $100 a week on groceries for regular food. Some of it is cheap, but some is very expensive, based on the final bill. <BR> <BR> This does not include cost of several meals a week, out at a restaurant. About $60. <BR> <BR> I have been doing Keto since Aug 25th. It is a lot like low carb, but higher fat, lower protein, and very low in carbs, which I did previously ( under 20 g ), so that did not change. My problem was, I cheated a lot on low carb. I didn't like eatin... Sat, 4 Jan 2020 12:32:00 EST Bleak Something needs to change: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tisfaction/population-health-care-cont<BR>inuum/article/21119590/nearly-half-of-<BR>us-population-projected-to-have-obesity-by-2030 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2020 02:36:53 EST Partial-day fasting On my third day and still a bit of a grind. I'm waiting for 10AM to roll around so I can finally eat something. My eat window is from 10AM to 6PM. Anything before or after that is water. <BR> <BR> Anyone else trying this? How's it working for you? Fri, 3 Jan 2020 12:07:25 EST Tracking Sugar Does anyone know why my food tracker doesn't include a sugar column?? That's the number ONE thing we should all be keeping track of/reducing! There must be a mistake in my settings. I can't imagine this not being included! <BR> Anyone? Fri, 3 Jan 2020 10:27:58 EST Hypothyroidism and Crohn's Disease - What to eat? Hello all, <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with Hypothroidism and my son has Crohn's Disease. I am trying to compile a list of healthy foods that we can both actually eat, as well as enjoy. I am just beginning this research, and would like to welcome feedback. Your help is much appreciated. Thu, 2 Jan 2020 15:52:21 EST Mediterranean Keto - anyone doing it, any tips? Hi y'all. <BR> I've always been skeptical that a strict Keto diet is a good longterm way of eating - however, the idea of a Mediterranean way of eating (not Italian, but Greek) coupled with some Keto elements seems like a good way to go. <BR> Bringing the Mediterranean concept into Keto would add olive oil, for example (which Keto demonizes). I KNOW its good for your body if it is freshly pressed and fresh, too. Who doesn't love a good dose of olive oil on a chock-full of veggies salad, ... Thu, 2 Jan 2020 15:23:28 EST Is anybody on the Jenny Craig plan looking for a f Is anybody on the Jenny CraigI restarted after two years off of the plan I was really successful but I just fell off the wagon and exercise and I’m hoping I can talk with someone that is starting as well Wed, 1 Jan 2020 20:32:30 EST Restaurant Nutrition Hello, does anybody know of a place where the nutrition information can be found for restaurant meals? I went to Iron Rooster specifically and have been searching for the nutrition info but have not been able to find anything so far. Thank you! Wed, 1 Jan 2020 17:22:08 EST recipe servings Why don't more recipes give the serving size, ie, 8 ounces of soup rather then 1 . serving? I mean how much is a serving size? Tue, 31 Dec 2019 09:39:53 EST Ground pork vs. ground turkey I'm back, after thinking I could do this on my own. The holidays did a number, I let them and I'm back with a vengence (sp?) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I CANNOT get past ground turkey. The thought turns my tummy even though I've not problem eating a turkey leg. Are pork and turkey pretty much interchangeable?? Ground pork isn't a problem for me. <BR> <BR> Whaddya think?? Mon, 30 Dec 2019 22:32:24 EST Intermittent Fasting My Dr. suggested intermittent fasting to lower my blood sugar, has anyone tried this? Tue, 24 Dec 2019 14:43:10 EST ZigZag Calorie Cycling Has anyone ever tried this? Sat, 21 Dec 2019 20:59:10 EST Anyone heard of Epicure? Anyone heard of Epicure? My future niece is a consultant and would like to discuss the food options with me. Is it diet friendly type of cooking? <BR> <BR> <em>577</em> Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:50:22 EST How long are bottled vitamins OK to use? I just opened a saved bottle of B-complex. They were all stuck together. 2006 was the date! <BR> <BR> I suppose different vitamins have different shelf lives. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:13:36 EST Flavored Water mixes I am drinking a bottle of water with Country Time lemonade mix in it. The mix doesn't have any calories in it but it has 35mgs of sodium in it. Can I still consider this bottle of water as strickly water or not? Sun, 15 Dec 2019 16:11:38 EST Is anyone reading 'How not to Diet' by Dr. Greger? I just started reading the book 'How Not to Diet' by Michael Greger and I wonder if others here are reading it? If so what are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> Also, I started a sparkteam to discuss Michael Greger's work. It's called: "NutritionFacts by Dr. Michael Greger". <BR> <BR> Michael Greger wrote two books 'How not to die' and 'How not to diet', plus he offers a lot of information for free on his site 'Nutritionfacts'. <BR> Feel free to join in the new team! It can be found through my Spa... Sun, 15 Dec 2019 04:26:15 EST Megestrol: How to lose weight... Hello, <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with complex atypical hyperplasia. Just a fancy way of saying there are abnormal cells in my uterus. My doctor has been pushing for me to lose weight. <BR> <BR> The medication i am on causes me hunger 24/7. i have never been this hungry in my life. Whatever full feeling i get from food fades in less than an hour. <BR> <BR> I am currently 230 lbs 5'5". <BR> <BR> Anyone know how i can lose weight while on this medication? <BR> <BR> I already have a bad his... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:41:11 EST Slow Cooker Veggies I have a question. Does slow cooking destroy vegetables vitamins and minerals? I don't cook the veggies in any extra water and serve them with whatever broth is created in the cooking. Portions are reheated in the microwave. I use frozen veggies (please don't judge me... ). A batch lasts about a week. I actually like them (no accounting for taste). Do the nutrients degrade over seven days? I am actually getting my daily servings plus this way, it would be great if it was as nutritious... Tue, 10 Dec 2019 19:02:10 EST New WW Is anyone tried the new WW program, green, blue or purple? Sun, 8 Dec 2019 22:48:00 EST Form you 3 diet Good morning! I've tried tirelessly to find the diet plan for Form you 3.. if anyone has it, I would be so appreciative and grateful if you could email that to me! Thank you so much! Sun, 8 Dec 2019 06:06:56 EST Are You an Abstainer or a Moderator? From - <link><BR>ck-by-popular-demand-are-you-an-abstai<BR>ner-or-a-moderator/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quote ***When dealing with temptation, I often see the advice, “Be moderate. Don’t have ice cream every night, but if you try to deny yourself altogether, you’ll fall off the wagon. Allow yourself to have the occasional treat, it will help you stick to your plan.” <BR> <BR> I’ve come to believe that this is good advice for some people: the “moderators.... Sat, 7 Dec 2019 08:22:36 EST Food Favorites Is there a way that I can print my food that have saved to my favorites in my Nutrition tracker and if so how? Mon, 2 Dec 2019 07:28:00 EST How do I track Thanksgiving? I don't think I over ate, but there was a lot of different kinds of food. It was all pot luck. How do I track everything I ate on Thanksgiving? Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:58:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 24 Nov 2019 19:02:01 EST Thanksgiving Low Carb / Keto Anyone want to share some recipes/planning for thanksgiving low carb and/or keto and/or lower carb style? <BR> <BR> Found a few menu planner helps with recipes. Many of these don't work for me due to specific allergies but I thought I would post them and see if anyone else shares any others. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/g29388467/keto-thanksgiving/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-thanksgiving-side-dishes/ </link> <BR> ... Sun, 24 Nov 2019 14:55:29 EST adding column for sodium contant I am now on a special diet and need to also track my sodium intake. Is there a way to add this feature? Thanks Sat, 23 Nov 2019 13:14:45 EST DO NOT eat Romaine Lettuce - E.coli HEALTH WARNING Please Read: <BR> <BR> E. coli outbreak reported in romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California, CDC and FDA say <BR> <BR> <link><BR>coli-outbreak-romaine-lettuce/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:53:30 EST Ketogenic diet The Ketgenic diet consists of 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrates. <BR> Could it be harmful to your health to use so much fat? Mon, 18 Nov 2019 01:51:31 EST Chicken Nutritional Value I picked up a few boxes of 3kg Western Family Boneless Chicken Breasts because they were about 50% cheaper then the non-branded chicken breasts at my local supermarket. I noticed that the nutritional value of the Western Family chicken to be very different compared to the nutritional value that Google was saying. I am wondering if: <BR> <BR> 1) Is the Google chicken breast nutritional value search result roughly accurate? <BR> 2) The non-branded chicken breast will have roughly the same nutr... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:12:53 EST Estrogen Dominance/Ovarian Cyst/Adenomyosis Does anyone have experience with Estrogen Dominance? Is there anything you’ve done diet/lifestyle wise to help even out your hormones? <BR> <BR> I’ve been having a lot of back pain related to my recently diagnosed adenmyosis and a cyst on my ovary. It all stems from high estrogen levels. <BR> <BR> Any advice/links are appreciated. Sun, 17 Nov 2019 07:11:05 EST Looking for a Weight Loss Buddy Hi, new here! <BR> <BR> I am a working (full time) busy mom to a 5 year old and a 2 year old and still struggling to lose my baby weight. Enough is enough. <BR> <BR> I have tried several diets and food plans in the past and although they work for me in the short term, I need more than a meal or food plan. I need a partner and someone to hold me accountable and to encourage each other. I don’t have much support at home so this is why I’m here. I am planning on doing 2 shakes a day (breakfas... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 19:40:23 EST SparkArticle - TDEE and BMR Where is the SparkPeople article that shows how to calculate your TDEE and BMR but also features images of a chalkboard? Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:45:48 EST meal plans for MS im looking for meal plans for MS patients Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:36:09 EST Debone frozen fish fillets? I frequently buy boneless, skinless fish fillets. Lately i find tiny bones in them (maybe unnoticed before). Should I be deboning the fillets prior to cooking? Wed, 13 Nov 2019 04:17:48 EST What Seasonings can I use On My Food. My Doctor has me on a "Soft Diet." <BR> No salt or butter. Not even butter spray. <BR> <BR> I would like a baked potato, but what can I put on this to make it taste better? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions of any thing I can add to my foods? Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:20:16 EST what is the best diets you guys recommend?! im on my weight loss journey, this would mean a lot. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 10:51:27 EST New USDA Website The new site for their food and nutrition database as of last month: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 8 Nov 2019 19:32:29 EST deleting recipes from my collection How do I do that? It's confusing to ave so many - the collection needs purging! Fri, 8 Nov 2019 12:05:43 EST Shopping for nutrition After reading today's article on the task of grocery shopping, I decided to share the following: <BR> <BR> If you dread shopping, sign up for Walmart pickup if it is available in your area. I have been doing this for 3 years. It is such a convenience and no temptations to buy what you do not need. <BR> <BR> Simply, sign up, Login, and start shopping. You set the date and time for pickup. And you can keep a running list of those items that you run out of. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, eve... Tue, 5 Nov 2019 09:08:06 EST Healthy breakfast and lunch ideas Hi, is there a place on spark or any other part of the internet that has a list of healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner ideas <BR> I am looking for easy to fix ideas. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Tammy Mon, 4 Nov 2019 19:01:24 EST SP's sources of nutrition data? Where did the numbers in the SP-provided database come from? I might like to refer to it myself for things that SP didn't pick up. <BR> <BR> Often I have to enter foods myself because they aren't included or the data entered by SP members is wildly inaccurate or, for my preferences, incomplete. Example: 3 members enter "chicken, boiled, no skin" and all three give numbers that are way different from the others. <BR> <BR> The USDA nutrient database gets more and more difficult to use. Calori... Sat, 2 Nov 2019 07:44:11 EST Herbal Tea Sometimes, when I'm craving something warm but I'm not really hungry I try drinking herbal tea. It isn't a sugary drink, and it can feel really decadent (if I find one that I love). Thu, 31 Oct 2019 23:37:04 EST Fasting I am doing quite a bit of research on fasting. Does anyone have an opinion on it? Have you ever tried it? Does it work? Wed, 30 Oct 2019 05:31:01 EST Flu shot? Do you get them yearly? Or do you forego them? And why? Wed, 30 Oct 2019 02:54:35 EST Dealing with insomnia and trying not to eat... I have severe insomnia.. often up for 4 - 5 hours of my "sleeping time" it is so hard for me not to eat to soothe myself being frustrated by not being able to sleep. Any ideas? Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:16:57 EST How to read the nutrition tracker I am trying to work out the nutrition tracker. I would like to try a keto diet and it says I need 20g of carbs a day. The tracker shows calories and carbs, proteins etc, but are they in grams? I am trying to reconcile how the greek yoghurt I am eating says 1.8g for 100g of yoghurt, but the exact same yoghurt when entered in the nutrition tracker says its "9". "9" what? grams? <BR> <BR> I am very confused. <BR> Any help would be appreciated. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:54:41 EST Editing your Carb daily goals I am starting a Keto Diet and would like to edit my carb daily consumed goals. <BR> Could someone tell me how I can do this? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> YC Mon, 28 Oct 2019 08:47:05 EST Nutri & Sport DNA tests Hello peeps, <BR> <BR> Quick question, Does anyone done one of those DNA tests which tells you about diet plan and workout? I purchased Nutri and Sport online brand Chromozoom. I am waiting for the results. <BR> <BR> I would like to hear from anyone who's already done it. Is the testing Worth it? <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading. Sat, 26 Oct 2019 12:47:43 EST The Gamechangers Documentary on Plant based Diets We just finished watching "The Game Changers" on Netflix. This documentary about plant-based eating, protein, and strength. Directed by James Cameron (Titanic), featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olympian athletes, NFL athletes, ultra marathon runners, etc... <BR> <BR> It is very eye-opening to see the results they had in their performance. <BR> <BR> Really great documentary. I think they shied away from mentioning that not only meat but other saturated oils, even plant-based ones, can be h... Fri, 25 Oct 2019 09:21:24 EST Measurements Good Morning. I am supposed to take my measurements today and can't find the link. Can someone help? To make this clearer, I need the instruction on where to measure. Ty. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:25:28 EST Perfectionism and tracking It is my nature to be a perfectionist, and in the past I've ended up turning tracking into such a chore that I kind of hated it. It is *very* useful to track things and get an accurate read on what I was doing, and it still is...but I've learned that it is okay to be "close enough" and keep myself engaged in the process rather than checking out through stress. I'll tighten things up as I go along, but as I'm getting back into the habit of tracking it is way easier to allow myself to be slight... Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:35:30 EST Tracking Juicing Calories I juice vegetables in the morning. There are lots of vegetables per drink. I've been counting the full calories of the veggies, but it adds up and I know without the fiber I'm not taking in those calories. Whats the best way to track the calories of juicing? Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:09:05 EST Is anyone following the 21 day fix food plan? Is anyone following the 21 day fix food plan or the ultimate fix portion Plan? I am starting it today but I am also weighing my containers of food so I stay within my calorie goal.If you have done this food plan and exercised did you lose any weight? I am not doing the 21 day fix workouts. I am exercising with the elliptical, Country Heat, and the basic step step aerobics. Some times I use my walk on dvds by Jessica Smith instead of Country Heat. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:33:13 EST Up 2 Think I posted on the wrong board. I am up 2 pounds when I got weighed today. I was down with a cold last week and not too active. No energy. Could that be the reason? <BR> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:50:32 EST Triglycerides? Has anyone successfully reduced there triglycerides number? I'd appreciate any advice and your strategies for doing that. <em>304</em> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 01:50:20 EST what is a serving? I never could understand what a serving is, especially if the food contains a liquid. For example, the nutrition label for a can of peaches packed in water may show there are 8 servings in the can. If you drain the water from the peaches, then use the peaches in a recipe, you are not using 24 ounces of peaches, maybe about 20 ounces. Do you just pretend that you are using 24 ounces? How is the nutrition values for your recipe impacted? Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:58:21 EST Dehydrator: which brand? Anyone use a food dehydrator? What brand and would you recommend it? Sun, 20 Oct 2019 03:39:26 EST A Thought About Breast Cancer <link><BR>/article/21110405/doctors-petition-fda<BR>-to-require-breast-cancer-warning-labe<BR>l-on-cheese </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 23:39:46 EST Carbs My doctor put me on a low-carb diet to control my Type 2 Diabetes. Low carbs are tough especially when transitioning from the way I ate to low carb--but not impossible. The holidays were hard for me, but I save carbs for small treats, and it seems to work okay. My carbs are mostly vegetables because carbs like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and so one are good. Food producers are coming out with some good frozen alternatives to potatoes, and they taste good, but still have carbs. Goi... Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:23:14 EST Fried Chicken They were out of grilled chicken so I bought fried and removed the skin. How many more fat grams are there than grilled without skin? This s probably for a person who knows a lot about nutrition. Thanks. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:05:31 EST Cutting calories by watching additives to coffee? I'm pretty good about not drinking soda other than plain seltzer no calorie and I do drink water, and the water is increasing but I struggle with my coffee habit. I drink decaffeinated coffee after noon time(4-5 cups thru evening) and I add powdered creamer, alot, and its costing me in calories. I want something hot and I seem to really enjoy the creamer but its gotta go or at least cut in half? Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:58:42 EST Intermittent fasting and acid reflux question I'm going to give IF a try (the 16:8 method). I have severe acid reflux. Have any of you seen improvements with acid reflux through this type of method (IF)? I have only done a day so far and I found the reflux "up" a bit this morning during the fasting time. I'm willing to give it a go for a while to try out though! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:51:33 EST Cellulose Gum in Everything! Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm not happy about whole wheat breads and other so-called health foods containing cellulose. I really want to buy Sandwich Thins but I try to avoid anything with cellulose. Powdered wood in food just doesn't sound right. Maybe I'll just use a large biscuit cutter and cut out rounds in my healthy bread to make my own "thins"! Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:10:17 EST Link between dairy and breast cancer?? Has anyone else heard about this? <BR> <BR> I ran across a news story that an organization called "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine" wants the FDA to warn women that consuming dairy products might raise their risk of breast cancer. The article specifically mentioned cheese. Their hypothesis seems plausible: dairy products are made from milk; milk contains estrogen (as well as growth hormones and pesticide residue in the case of industrial-scale non-organic milk.) Cheese is co... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:49:05 EST High calorie low carb low cholesterol diet Hello, <BR> I've been having acne issues for over 15 years. I tried various ointments, lotions and supplements with no success. <BR> The only thing that helped me was a carnivore diet. I couldn't sustain this however - I was losing weight very quickly(I'm already too skinny), my LDL cholesterol went beyond the healthy limit, I had low energy and when I tried to exercise I thought I would get a heart attack. <BR> I don't know what to eat. The vast majority of energy from veggies, fruits, gra... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:51:22 EST Pad Thai I ordered Pad Thai today and did not taste one peanut. Is it supposed to have peanuts? Fri, 11 Oct 2019 18:11:47 EST Pumpkin calories are not right online. Everywhere I look online, including our own SP Nutrition Tracker, says that 1 cup of pumpkin is only 50 calories. <BR> <BR> However, every can I have of pumpkin claims it's 50 calories per 1/2 cup, not 1 whole cup. <BR> <BR> That's a huge discrepancy and I'm wondering why all the cans say 1/2 cup = 50 as opposed to all the nutritional information online. <BR> <BR> They can't all be right - go get a can of pumpkin and tell me what it says please. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:35:03 EST Every day is a new beginning! Each and every day when I wake, its a new beginning for me to get back on track. Why is it so hard to lose gained pounds. But I know I can do this. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:30:40 EST Eating healthier I'm new to this. <BR> I'm trying to eat healthier and lose weight but I'm a picky eater. <BR> If I eat the following in a day, am I getting all the right nutrients I need, or am I getting too much of anything? <BR> <BR> Boiled or scrambled eggs <BR> <BR> Celery with peanut butter <BR> Raisins <BR> <BR> Grilled or baked chicken, turkey or fish <BR> Boiled or mashed potatoes <BR> Green beans or peas <BR> <BR> Strawberries or banana or apple or orange <BR> <BR> Thanks!!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 02:50:35 EST Drinking Water HI i was wondering if there is a danger limit as to how much water u drink per day? currently im drinking about 10 8ozs a day. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:13:18 EST New food I am wondering how to add an item to my food tracker? Shared74 <BR> Tue, 8 Oct 2019 13:50:05 EST Diet soda It’s not a good thing. It’s been years since I kept it in the house. Occasionally I’ll have it if we’re out. Why do I still crave it from time to time. Like right now. <BR> <em>39</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2019 18:04:51 EST Healthy Breakfast I continued my streak of eating a healthy breakfast this week. One morning I had turkey sausage and scrambled eggs along with a cup of cantaloupe. I am also doing a water streak of at least 8 classes a day. I have been doing at least 10-12 this week. Sun, 6 Oct 2019 13:36:51 EST Sweet Potatoes Does anybody know the differences between white, purple and orange sweet potatoes? I have a variety of them in my CSA bag and am trying to learn. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 2 Oct 2019 17:44:34 EST Watermelon Radishes Who can tell me about watermelon radishes? I got a bunch of four of them in my CSA bag today. <BR> <BR> I've done a small bit of research and am first going to try them raw in a salad. Would appreciate other information and/or recipe ideas! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Stephanie Wed, 2 Oct 2019 17:42:56 EST How is limit on dietary cholesterol determined? I'm tracking carefully and the only things I consistently go over for my recommended levels are cholesterol and vitamin A. The upper limit for dietary cholesterol is 300. I ate two eggs for breakfast and that immediately puts me over the limit; forget about eating any meat or anything else with cholesterol in it. It is my understanding that this approach is outdated according to the latest scientific research, and indeed, there is some acknowledgement of that in the comments, but it is annoyi... Wed, 2 Oct 2019 14:10:09 EST Healthiest things too put into a smoothie I'm wanting to know what the best things to put into a smoothie would be. I don't care what it tastes like, I want to make the most nutritious thing I can possibly make. I've been using broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, and a couple other things. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 2 Oct 2019 03:02:31 EST What's your feelings about intermittent fasting I'm interested to hear opinions on intermittent fasting. Tue, 1 Oct 2019 22:07:47 EST What were your snacks for today? We have breakfast, lunch, and dinner topics. Here is one for snacks so maybe we can get ideas from each other! <BR> <BR> My snacks today were baby carrots, Quest protein bar, apple with cinnamon, and grapes. Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:26:09 EST High Cholesterol I have high cholesterol and take statins. I need to get back to watching what I eat and exercise. Anyone deal with this as well and what have you done to lower it? I have been under a lot of stress since April of this year and not eating right or exercising like I should. The stress was caused by my husband taking a job in NC and packing us (our teenage daughter, myself and himself) up to move us to another state where we have no family and friends again. And I had just started a job an... Thu, 26 Sep 2019 11:57:24 EST Nutrients I dont' understand why, in the list of nutrients, there are two different potassium K's. There are a couple of duplicates - maybe sodium, too? Does anyone know why? <BR> Mon, 23 Sep 2019 23:44:28 EST getting enough water I always had a problem drinking enough water, until I started to drink 2 glasses of water with each meal....this takes me more than half way to goal of 8 glasses per day. I also keep a 16 ounce bottle of water within each at other times, and sip along as I go. In addition to these tactics, I sometimes (working on making that an often habit) brew a cup of green tea with breakfast and/ or dinner. Sat, 21 Sep 2019 21:55:52 EST Potato starch I found a bag of Bobs Red Mill potato starch in the pantry. I can’t remember what I bought it for, perhaps a special recipe. I know it’s a resistant starch, which is good. <BR> <BR> What would you use it for? Sat, 21 Sep 2019 18:20:14 EST Eating after weight loss . Fri, 20 Sep 2019 03:42:34 EST Sympathy meals If you were receiving a food dish after a loved one's death, what dish would you appreciate most? <BR> <BR> *ETA: Food dishes were the family's request. They are additionally managing two family members who are receiving cancer treatment and their lives are very busy right now. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 03:37:13 EST A Calorie IS NOT a Calorie Even Coke admits this in the new to me video by Dr. Robert Lustig, here at 54:45 <BR> <BR> Link: <link><BR>NDuQ5DI </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have found out for myself the truth. I cannot exercise away added sugar. <BR> The only way to stop the added sugar is to remove it from my diet. <BR> <BR> I exercise to build strength and keep my heart healthy. <BR> ... Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:32:25 EST A good dressing for salads Anyone know of a good for you dressing for salads? I don't like anything tart like vinegar dressings. I need something smooth tasting. Any Ideas for me? I'm a ranch girl at heart. Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:36:44 EST Professionals and their assumptions I just realized today that every time I get asked by a professional about what I am eating they expect I am eating 3,000 calories a day of all doughnuts! Maybe that is how I got in this condition, but that was in the past. Actually, I have been down to 900 calories a day for over a year now and I have hit a plateau. I feel like I need genuine help from a real nutritionist. I know these people mean well but this is way beyond their skill level, and I am tired of being treated like this. Th... Fri, 13 Sep 2019 08:45:08 EST Avocados Is there a way to eat avocado, without blowing my plan? Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:09:43 EST Raisin oatmeal muffins - how many servings? Found this recipe in the meal plan. How many servings is it? <BR> [Edit: How many muffins does it make?] <BR> <BR> Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins <BR> Ingredients 1 cup old fashioned oats (not instant) <BR> 1 cup skim milk <BR> 1 cup whole wheat flour <BR> 1/2 cup brown sugar <BR> 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce <BR> 2 egg whites <BR> 1 teaspoon baking powder <BR> 1/2 teaspoon baking soda <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> 1 teaspoon sugar <BR> raisins or nuts (optional) Nutriti... Tue, 10 Sep 2019 07:38:07 EST tracking food and fitness I do not always have access to our family computer and can't write down what i eat all the time. I am busy with 9 kids still in the home and do not have a cell phone either. Is it okay to just use the trackers as a guideline.I already know that I am making poor choices from time to time. i think making better choices is a lifelong struggle. Mon, 9 Sep 2019 18:12:19 EST Hunger Pains I'd say my biggest difficulty so far is just experiencing hunger pangs. Any one have any tricks to feeling satiated? I've barely starting cutting my calorie and I'm already feeling hungry all the time. Mon, 9 Sep 2019 11:40:14 EST Day Zero - trying to make my first menu It's Sunday, and the booklet "sample" menu does not make it clear how snacks are meant to be used. Is it OK to use two NS snacks in a day? Or are you only supposed to use the one NS snack in the evening? <BR> Any suggestions/recommendations? Sun, 8 Sep 2019 22:57:13 EST Not Really News, But.... ... Someone reposted this and I thought I would pass it along. This is why I make my own lunch meat and sausage: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-that-cause-cancer-2509684?utm_campaig<BR>n=livinghealthy&utm_medium=email&utm_s<BR>ource=cn_nl&utm_content=17965484&utm_term= </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2019 22:50:05 EST Printer-Fiendly Tips Please consider having printer-friendly versions of your health/diet/nutrition tips. I often want to print out the lists for future reference, but your attractive color graphics add unnecessary pages to the printer's load and use up expensive color ink at an alarming rate. Thanks for your attention to this matter! Thu, 5 Sep 2019 15:02:03 EST Any ideas to tame my cookie monster? I really do crave cookies, and even though I always bring a list with me when I go food shopping, I almost always come home with something that is too high-calorie and too irresistible for me to eat in a controlled portion, so I wind up blowing my calorie budget for at least the next two days. Any suggestions before I go food shopping again? I was thinking of aiming to go cold turkey and not buy anything close to being a cookie, but that kind of feels like punishment. Wed, 4 Sep 2019 20:51:32 EST Help- weight loss plan Hi. I have been working out 3-4 days a week and following a high protein low fat and carb diet and not seeing any results on the scale. My protein goal is 190g, carbs is 166g and fat is 53g. Total calorie target is 1900 which I do not exceed. Averaging around 1500-1700 a day. I am 6’5, 240lbs. I stay under my numbers every day. It’s so frustrating. I am putting time in at gym and eating better and no weight loss. Help. Tue, 3 Sep 2019 20:30:14 EST restaurant foods We have a mom and pop place in town and they have really good food. There is no nutritional information anywhere. What do you do to log the food? I have gone to the SP recipes and done the make your own, but man, is that tedious. Does anyone else have any suggestions? Mon, 2 Sep 2019 18:13:44 EST What am I doing wrong here when converting? I was inputting a recipe into the recipe calculator that called for 4 ounces of cheese. The conversion in SparkPeople and google was 4oz=.5 cup. When I weighed out the cheese on the scale, 4oz ended up being way more than a half of a cup. <BR> <BR> This hasn’t really impacted my weight loss, but now I’m wondering if I’ve been converted incorrectly all along. Any advice about this? Mon, 2 Sep 2019 13:39:13 EST Most healthy foods hurt me Anyone else have digestive issues that makes eating some healthy foods impossible? I have IBS. I cannot eat any kind of salad greens at all. Not even spinach, which I love. But every time I eat it, I end up curled up in a ball in pain. Same with any kind of raw veggies. Even most raw fruits. But I can eat canned fruit and veggies (except spinach, even canned spinach hurts me). It does make things a little harder for me. I don’t understand why I can eat any junk food I want and be fine but lot... Mon, 2 Sep 2019 13:17:32 EST Evening cravings The evening is always what gets me. Most days I am okay and I can avoid it but sometimes I cave in and eat even though I know I shouldn't. Maybe it is the stress from the day. Mon, 2 Sep 2019 07:32:24 EST Packing a Healthy Lunch I know this can be a challenge for more than just me! I always start off with great intentions but end up getting something unhappy at the cafeteria. <BR> What have some of you done to help prevent this? I also suffer from low energy after lunch. <BR> Thanks Sun, 1 Sep 2019 11:31:36 EST getting enough water I find it is more effective to think of this in smaller units, than to try to tackle the idea of at least 8 glasses of water each day. So I instead think of 1 or 2 glasses on awakening, 2 glasses at each meal, 1 or 2 glasses at some other time of day. Often I have a bottle of water (usually filled from the tap) at hand for sipping throughout the day. It is almost effortless when I do it this way. <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2019 19:53:49 EST Vegetarian Diet I try to avoid meat and manage to succeed 90% of the time. I do it because I feel better when I don't eat it. My question is what can I replace it with that is good for you. I know nuts and beans and I do try to eat that but I really don't think I am getting enough protein. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Sat, 31 Aug 2019 15:15:48 EST old mcdonald theme for potluck i have a potluck next week. our theme is "old mcdonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O" <BR> <BR> pulled pork will be provided. i am wondering what might be something fun to bring. <BR> <BR> anyone else have ideas? Sat, 31 Aug 2019 00:32:44 EST multi condition, Now what can I eat? So, Ive considered myself to be a healthy eater for the most part. I eat very little meat[ never pork]. I could live with out meat easily.. I cook my own food.I literally only drink water, hot tea and coffee [one cup of each in the morning] usually always decaf..... For the past year, Ive made an effort to eat more salads nuts and whole grains, beans, and recently finished reading a book called 'How not to die' Im 5ft 4 and 137 pounds, which to me is heavy, but because I have a bad foot ... Fri, 30 Aug 2019 07:54:43 EST Tracking potassium intake Potassium is now being included on labels but occasionally a label will express it as % Daily Value instead of milligrams. Is there a formula for converting % Daily Value to milligrams? <BR> <BR> I did find this <BR> "*DV = Daily Value. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) developed DVs to help consumers compare the nutrient contents of products within the context of a total diet. The DV for potassium used for the values in Table 2 is 3,500 mg for adults and children aged 4 and older ... Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:46:06 EST Overweight Doctors The doctor I saw for ten years retired, so I was assigned a new one. <BR> I almost couldn't believe my eyes! <BR> She walked in (young, late 20's), at least 80+ pounds over weight, and dressed in a tight sweater and pants that showed each roll, etc. <BR> <BR> She proceeded to tell me that it's fine for me to have a higher BMI than what is on the chart because I'm over 60. I was at 26.4, and then she said I could "lose a few." What? Okay, to be a little over 25 BMI, but lose a few? She said ... Thu, 29 Aug 2019 08:14:31 EST Recently diagnosed as diabetic I was diagnosed last Thursday (Aug 22/19) as being a Type 2 diabetic. I was not given anything other than to track my blood sugar. I know I should be following a diet and other than Amazon books or Google, I have no idea what to learn or do. I need help guys!!! Thu, 29 Aug 2019 01:22:35 EST Lack of Eating I rarely eat breakfast, lunch is more miss than hit, supper I eat every day, occassionally I eat something like fruit, cheese, cookies, veggies, whatever more of a snack portion at random times of the day. I was told by a nutritionist that my problem is not what I am eating but that I have eating far too little and its causing my body to hold onto everything thus gaining weight. <BR> <BR> I have no idea how I got into this habit and honestly Im not even hungry. How do I force myself to eat... Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:16:49 EST Best vitamins/supplements? I always read that a person should take good quality vitamins or protein. How do you know it is good quality? Wed, 28 Aug 2019 21:55:00 EST Stevia vs. other sweeteners I'm not the biggest fan of sweets and don't use sugar for my tea. I love iced tea but hubby prefers it sweet. Is stevia a better option to use? Wed, 28 Aug 2019 21:09:30 EST Pre diabetic I have used Sparkpeople before, but unfortunately I stopped using it and got off track. <BR> Here I am, back again having been told by my doctor that I am pre diabetic and have to lose some weight, eat healthier, exercise more. What everyone, including myself should be doing anyway, right? Does Sparkpeople have an option somewhere on the food tracker for menus for people with (pre) diabetes? I haven't been here for a while and thought they had something like that, but haven't found it ye... Wed, 28 Aug 2019 19:43:55 EST Insulin use and weight loss -- Is it possible? I'm a diabetic on three different types of medications, including insulin. My endocrinologist was skeptical that I would be able to lose weight while following the Sparkpeople Diabetes meal plan. In fact he said fasting is probably the only way I could lose weight. Is anybody else out there a diabetic on insulin losing weight? I really need to hear some success stories! Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:28:39 EST total calories consumed I'd like to eat between 1250-1550 cal a day (good for my age) but the number given says says a little over 1700 to 2000, which seems far too much.How can I change it on the tracker? Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:07:01 EST Favorite inexpensive and easy meal? Looking for easy to make and inexpensive meals! What are some good ones you like to make? Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:12:09 EST Nutrisystem Hi members, <BR> I am doing Nutrisystem with an eye towards having a low-sodium diet. <BR> What advice would you give me, for times when dieting makes me tired? <BR> Or, for when I miss my favorite foods? Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:07:50 EST Protein As a vegetarian I find it difficult to get enough protein without tons of fat. Today I drank a glucerna which gave me a little bit more, ideas? Thu, 22 Aug 2019 22:38:36 EST meal plan and prep What are some meal prep ideas and plans that help with weight loss? I am getting started again and would like to set myself up for success with meals. I work 2 jobs so any simple prep ideas would be appreciated and helpful. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:18:43 EST Need help with afternoon snacky cravings! Hi all! I'd be truly appreciative of any help I can get. Here is my situation. <BR> <BR> I do amazing at bfast ( I do meal replacement shakes cause I struggle with physically eating in the morning). I do fantastic at lunch (when I can pack my own). The issue lies in the late afternoons. I'm in training for a new position and regretfully I don't get to have an afternoon snack. My schedule is nuts. I'm up at 4:30 AM. I drink morning shakey around 6:15 AM. I have a cup (sometimes 4 lol) of co... Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:58:36 EST Best diet/eating habits?! Hellllllpppp?! <BR> So I’ve been researching and researching the best diet plan to loose weight and keep it off. I’ve always struggled with my weight growing up. I keep active and have always been conscious of my diet and always struggled to obtain a nice figure. I’ve friend low carb and have success until I break down and get pizza or cheat. My workouts suffer as I do intense hiit workouts/weight lifting 3 times a week and some shorter/cardio works out other days. Any advice on the best die... Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:53:25 EST Breakfast woes My mornings are chaos, and I'd fallen into this habit where I'd grab a pre-packaged protein shake on the way out the door. I decided that I could do better and stopped buying them. I thought I would be able to make a smoothie for myself each morning or maybe some eggs or oatmeal, and I was able to do that for a few days in a row. Two months later, the habit didn't stick. Now I mostly end up grabbing kinda-whatever from a deli or remembering at 10:30 that I didn't get breakfast because I'm han... Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:14:59 EST Omega 3 in fish... Is omega 3 found more in fish fat, fish meat, or of equal amount in both? Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:24:42 EST protein What is your favorite high-protein food (so, more than 10 grams of protein/serving) that doesn't contain meat? Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:13:58 EST Folic Asid I am 5ft 2 in and weigh 155lbs. How much folic asid do I need daily? TIA Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:00:40 EST Reset Nutrition Values Does anyone know how to reset the nutrition values to original default values? I was playing around with the macros but I want to reset to the recommended values. Thanks Thu, 15 Aug 2019 05:16:21 EST Best and Worst Food Discovery? I’m curious… <BR> <BR> What was everyone’s best and worst food discovery? <BR> <BR> My worst (or at least one of them) was sandwiches. With two slices of bread at 110 calories per slice, even a healthy sandwich will be at least 400 calories. And that’s without the stuff that can make it yummy (like a good cheese, or light mayo, etc). I’ve learned to tolerate lettuce wraps. lol <BR> <BR> Best discovery? Zoodles! I love zucchini anyway but the noodles hold up well to a quick sauté, takes a ... Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:06:46 EST Orange and 100% Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Time to get creative here. I love oranges and chocolate. <BR> <em>474</em> <em>493</em> <BR> But, I went sugar free and trying to figure out how to combine 100% cocoa bakers chocolate with orange slices. <BR> <BR> Anyone ever tried this? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to decide if I should shave the cocoa bar onto the orange slices, or cut slivers of cocoa and wedge them into the orange slices, somehow. Of course, the easy way is to nibble on the chocolate and then nibble on the orange. <BR> ... Mon, 12 Aug 2019 23:01:17 EST Wheat v. White I know whole wheat foods are healthier than white foods i.e bread, rice, pasta etc. but do I rea;;y need to switch to wheat for everything? I just can't seem to do it. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 21:03:36 EST Strategies for not overeating at night? Hi Everyone: Do you have any strategies for not overeating at night? I tend to be great all day (healthy breakfast, big salad for lunch), but then overeat when I get home. Any suggestions would be helpful! Sat, 10 Aug 2019 23:56:10 EST Dining Out Guide gone? What ever happened to the dining out guide? I click on any of the restaurants and the link doesn't work. Is it down or just gone? Hubby and I are going to Golden Corral tomorrow at lunch and I wanted to check the guide first. Oh well, I'll have to just look up Golden Corral's website nutrition info. Thu, 8 Aug 2019 15:18:00 EST Keto and carbs I have been doing keto for 5 days, I feel great but I am having a hard time fitting in vegies as most seem too high in carbs, Help Thu, 8 Aug 2019 11:38:05 EST Multi Collagen Protein Powder..Sigh! WARNING! THIS IS WORDY! So sorry! LOL. <BR> (Any Personal Trainers or Nutritionists out there possibly? <BR> <BR> So, been taking a multi collagen protein peptides powder (Ancient Nutrition-Dr. Axe) over a month now main reason, loss of elasticity in my aging 51 year YOUNG skin. LOL. Have noticed my nails are stronger and hair is getting longer-good! They say it takes a few months to see results in your skin. Anyhoo, my weight has stayed in a healthy range 116 for a 5’1” gal. Thing is, I ha... Thu, 8 Aug 2019 10:38:58 EST Wheat bran muffins, toaster type, with raisins "Wheat bran muffins, toaster type, with raisins" showed up on my shopping list for the week. Wow! I've actually never heard of toaster muffins before. They sound delicious! Has anyone tried one? <BR> <BR> Someone please tell me where I can buy this; probably any brand is fine. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> -LosingsEvrythng Thu, 1 Aug 2019 19:45:19 EST Net carb calculation Can someone explain why net carbs would have a higher value than total carbs in my daily report? Thu, 1 Aug 2019 17:19:23 EST Camping - Food It's summer! And some friends have invited me to go camping with them. We're each responsible to bring/prepare our own food (too many different dietary needs :) . <BR> <BR> So I need to come up with good healthy foods for camp. I'll bring a cooler with ice, but that probably won't last past the first meal. Also I will be able to cook things either on a camp stove or on a campfire. <BR> <BR> Has anyone done this? Any ideas? Words of wisdom? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> -LosingsE... Thu, 1 Aug 2019 15:31:58 EST Natural sugar daily intake??? I'm trying to start a diet based on micronutrients instead of macros for once (weird right). In my research of recommend daily intakes (RDA), I've found everything I need except "natural sugar". I of course can find information for "added sugars" in processed foods (sweets, junk food, and everything that comes in a box), but I don't need any of that XD ! <BR> <BR> TLDR: Does anyone know of a calculation tool/ formula for natural sugars depending on age/weight/height/caloric-intake etc? Thu, 1 Aug 2019 14:21:51 EST Heart Healthy Daily Sodium (?) I am on the Spark Heart Healthy Nutrition plan. Daily Sodium shows 0-2400 mg. This morning I just took the Spark quiz entitled "Are You Heart Smart?' One of the questions was: For optimal heart health, what is the recommended amount of sodium a day? I chose the answer, per my Spark Heart Healthy nutrition plan, and it was wrong (the closest answer was 2500). <BR> Explanation: <BR> 1 For optimal heart health, what is the recommended amount of sodium a day? <BR> <BR> 0 mg <BR> 1,000 mg... Thu, 1 Aug 2019 10:09:02 EST Higher fat, lower calorie Lately I've been struggling with feeling satisfied after meals. I notice that my fat is coming in on the low end of my range but calories are mid-high range, so I'm looking to add more fat without a ton more calories or perhaps more accurately, replacing some of what I'm eating with higher fat foods - at 9 calories/ gram I probably won't be able to simply add. <BR> <BR> I don't do dairy other than greek yogurt. Currently I eat avocado, nuts/ seeds, and olives/ olive oil. For an evening s... Wed, 31 Jul 2019 18:26:39 EST change the total sodium Is there any way to get my nutrition to show that my maximum sodium is 1500 mg instead of the 2300 mg that it is currently showing? I must keep my sodium under 1500 mg (preferably 1,000 to 1200) due to health issues and it would be great to be able to have that reflected in my totals / weekly progress. <BR> Thank You Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:48:02 EST HELP! I have recently found the need to do a High BLood Pressure diet. I have heard of fasting except 1 meal a day for 5 days and then 3 meals for Saturday and 3 meals Sunday while taking vitamins like Olive oil and Magnesium. I have also heard of fruits and veggie and low carb/ whole grain diet. Whats the healthiest? What is a cost effective way to switch? Mon, 29 Jul 2019 15:44:20 EST A sneaky way I drink my 8 glasses of water daily Very simple..I dare myself to because I track all 8 glasses in the morning when I am setting up my tracker for the day. I have never failed myself so far!! Sat, 27 Jul 2019 22:11:46 EST Protein and fiber I am calling way short of what I should be getting in protein and fiber. I eat meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese...just not much in the way of beans and NO lentils. What else can I eat? I'm already eating more protein then I want. Same is true for fiber. Any suggestions? Sat, 27 Jul 2019 19:53:34 EST How Can I Eat Anti-Inflammatory and lose weight? I've spent the past 3 months trying to eat to address some health concerns - migraines and IBS-C. Although I have been studying the nutrition recommendations for each separately, advice for both basically amounts to the anti-inflammatory diet, which is grain-heavy. and dairy- and preservaative-free. I have added back grains and beans, which I basically cut out to lose weight, and I have been eating fresh fruit for snacks and desserts. My blood work is perfect, even though I am 55 years old, b... Sat, 27 Jul 2019 07:38:47 EST Ok I'm LOW (really low) on iron. HELP! My nutrition report is showing a consistently low level of iron since I started (10 days ago) until now. Very low. <BR> <BR> I thought it was just because the program was incorrectly assuming I was pregnant, but no, apparently the RDA is using the correct numbers. And also I'm hitting a very familiar level of fatigue/dizziness from previous bouts with low iron. <BR> <BR> So: I can't figure out how to get sufficient iron. <BR> <BR> [Edited to add: <BR> <BR> Example: Chickpeas 1/2 cup con... Fri, 26 Jul 2019 16:31:02 EST Why does SP assume I'm pregnant? I clicked on "more info" on the "Change nutritional requirements" page under "iron" and it said something like "Your body needs more iron than ever now that you're pregnant." So apparently it's assuming I need 27 mg of Iron per day when actually I need a lot less than that. <BR> <BR> I am pregnant? News to me... Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:11:13 EST Calcium and Vitamins Question I am finding that I am having a difficult time getting in some of my nutrients every day. Calcium being the main one. I was just wondering if anyone knew if taking a multi-vitamin would count towards my calcium amount per day or if it has to come from food. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 23:38:55 EST Any successes with adding spices? I experimented with adding basil, tarragon, oregano, and garlic powder to my "rice and olive oil" today for lunch. It was great. Makes me wonder what other great ideas might be out there that I could try. <BR> <BR> For those times when we need to make the food more enjoyable without adding calories. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 17:45:39 EST Meal plans I inadvertently clicked on the Meal Plans and now it shows up on my Nutrition tracker in addition to the foods I've logged for the day, making it a very messy looking page. Can't seem to get the Meal Plans to go away. Help! Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:30:42 EST Meal Plan - Weirdest Meal Suggestions I don’t use the meal plan however every now and then I turn them on and am always surprised by what SP suggests I eat. <BR> <BR> Here’s what I ate for breakfast - <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here’s what SP suggested I eat - <img src=""> <img src="... Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:05:23 EST Dessert ideas Ok. The other day I mashed my half banana, added the measured portion of pineapple and the measured portion of nuts, and pretended it was a "banana split." It actually tasted really good. <BR> <BR> So I thought I'd ask if anyone else had any "aha" healthy dessert ideas. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:03:45 EST Fruit allergies I have allergies to fruits, verified by allergy testing. The only fruit I was able to eat was watermelon and the last time I ate that my throat and ear canals started to itch, so it looks like that's off my list now. Any suggestions for someone in my situation? Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:52:48 EST At the end of my rope. Keto hasn't worked for me and my doctor has suggested a weight loss clinic. I am not keen to go on medication as I have extreme medication anxiety. I am open to new diets although I can almost guarantee I have tried them before. <em>39</em> Sun, 21 Jul 2019 17:47:32 EST Gonna Try Anyway I am so hesitant about starting something else and quitting. However, I'm going to try this mediterranean diet anyway. My doctor recommended it, and I like the way it sounds. So far, I'm doing OK with it. Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:14:11 EST Using meal plan for 1 person? If you follow the meal plan exactly, for one person, there is a wide variety of perishable produce that can't be purchased in small quantities. Does it go bad, or does it all get eaten? Or do you freeze what you don't eat, and is it edible later? (Half a banana, anyone?) <BR> <BR> Also, do all your the nutritional needs get met? Sun, 21 Jul 2019 07:58:39 EST I seem to have reached a standstill when it comes to losing weight, ive lost almost 95 pounds and was able to get off several medications including metformin, blood pressure and cholesterol meds. <BR> <BR> i originally weighed 350, i now weigh 260 and have been at this weight for 3 or so months now. im unsure of how to handle this or go about losing a bit more weight. i pay attention to carbs and log everything i eat every day except for the rare exception. i am technically a type 2 diabetic but its in remission and will like... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:06:04 EST Garcinia Cambogia? Has anyone ever tried taking Garcinia Cambogia, along with diet and exercising? I started using it the other day since a few friends gave great reviews of it. I stayed away from the products that were more similar to advertisements. I just bought the $6 bottle of Nature's Best at Walmart. <BR> <BR> Just curious to see if anyone has. I've lost 3lbs with it, but I'm not sure if that is from sticking to a 1200 calorie a day diet or if the vitamin works. Though, I will say, it sure does curb my... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:10:15 EST I quit Sugar. Should I stop eating fruits as well? Hi all the lovely members, <BR> <BR> So recently I developed a strange disliking for sugar and tea. I was drinking tea 3 to 4 times in a day. A full sweet mug everytime. <BR> <BR> Then I suddenly stopped. Also i was reading a lot about quitting sugar and its benefits so I thought I should give it a try. <BR> <BR> Its been a week that I am not taking any extra added sugar or anything sweet but yesterday I ate some fruits for breakfast including mangoes, peaches, plums, and grapes. I did not... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:09:54 EST Favorite childhood foods you now dislike? What food did you love as a child but now find unappealing as an adult? <BR> <BR> For me.... <BR> Doritos <BR> Raw carrots <BR> Canned peaches <BR> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:19:45 EST How to make home-made Greek yogurt from soymilk This is actually several questions in one. I love yogurt and eat primarily fat-free Greek-style yogurt for its higher protein content. However, I would like to wean myself off dairy products for ethical reasons. I want to learn how to make my own yogurt; so <BR> 1) what do I have to do to it to get the "Greek" style, and <BR> 2) Is it possible to make yogurt from soymilk instead of cow's milk? Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:27:56 EST WW Maintenance Hi I have been on WW Freestyle for a few months. My daughter is getting married in August and thats what motivated me to drop some weight. <BR> I go it alone (no meetings and no online membership). So far, I am more than happy with the results. I am down 12 pounds and plan to lose another 8 for a 20 lb total loss goal. How do you do maintenance on Freestyle once you have met your goal? Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:04:46 EST How do you deal with cravings when they come up? When cravings come up I first note whether I am physically hungry or not. My cravings are usually for sweets. If I am hungry I have some fruit if not I remove myself from where the sweets are ie. avoid sweets isle at grocery store, don't shop when hungry, or try to distract myself. If I continue to crave something I will plan it into my meal plan for a day and have a small portion. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:39:15 EST Day 1--already over my limits I decided after lunch to start tracking my food intake. I'm already over my limit and I guess ill just have a light n fit yogurt and tonight I'll omit the granola. I'm over my calorie limits but like Scarlett once said..." I won't worry about that today, no, I'll worry about it tomorrow". Sun, 14 Jul 2019 19:24:10 EST Kidney Diet Nutrition Goals I was recently diagnosed with CKD and I would like to know if there is any way to adjust the total potassium to the total that is recommended for me. Also for phosphorus it just states 100 - 125% with no information on the total mg on the weekly progress chart. Is there any way to adjust that to show the mg.? I would also like to lower the number for sodium on that chart if at all possible <BR> Thank You Sat, 13 Jul 2019 16:51:40 EST Hard to find a balance? Hello! <BR> I'm trying to calorie count and exercise appropriately to lose weight, while also being healthy! <BR> <BR> Some days I find it hard to cut calories down and other days it seems impossible to get enough calories (unless I eat things like candy 😅?). <BR> <BR> However, balancing nutrition with the right calories just seems completely impossible! <BR> For example, here are tomorrow's planned meals: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 2 kiwis <BR> <BR> Total: 90 <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1/2 ... Fri, 12 Jul 2019 21:16:03 EST Whole30 Has anyone ever heard of the Whole30 diet. Just met with cardiologist and is strongly recommending this plan for me. It eliminates all sugar, all carbs. It also involves intermittent fasting which he said is to fast 2 times a day for 24 hours. I'm a 73 year old overweight woman who has spent the last 70 years eating carbs and sugar. I listened to everything he said and checked the Whole30 website he referred me to. But it seems some of what he told me is different on the website. I als... Tue, 9 Jul 2019 17:29:22 EST Plums or Prunes - Which is healthier? I been reading about these things and still can't figure which is better. <BR> I suppose the deciding factor for me is if I can't find fresh plums, then eat prunes. <BR> <BR> Maybe the experts know. Tue, 9 Jul 2019 11:38:42 EST Caved I am just sick. I was doing so good today on my Keto/Low Carb diet and then a little bit ago I caved and ate some chocolate ice cream. So disappointed in myself. Sat, 6 Jul 2019 23:35:55 EST Favorites/Not Favorites? I occasionally go through my favorite foods list because I keep running into foods I never would have added let alone bought! Anyone else go through this? I have never been to a Trader Joes but it'll show up on some kind of food I listed as a favorite? A kind of food I have never eaten, not even of a different brand. Fri, 5 Jul 2019 20:10:50 EST Ensute Do u count ensure as part of your water intake or fluid intake for the day <BR> I read its not consider a liquid as it does digest that way Fri, 5 Jul 2019 12:51:07 EST HELP - I hate veggies! I hate most vegetables. I have since childhood and I am now 45. I seriously can't figure out why anyone thinks a green bean tastes good. I have gotten some better. I love lettuce now. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get more veggies in my diet without them really tasting like veggies? Thu, 4 Jul 2019 10:03:42 EST Low carb / sugar for mental health Hi, <BR> I've suffered / suffer from depression triggered by perinatal depression (while pregnant, continued afterwards) baby is almost one so I know there's a chance for a reacurrance around about now, so doing a bit of research and found a couple of articles on low carb/sugar damaging mental health. Just wondering if anyone's had any experience, success no change etc. Thanks x Thu, 4 Jul 2019 04:26:51 EST Mediterranean Diet Hi there, can I use the meal plan portion to set up a specific meal plan, say the mediterranean meal plan, gluten free? <BR> <BR> Thank you , <BR> Tiffani Wed, 3 Jul 2019 01:25:42 EST Night eating At night when I can’t sleep I want comfort from food—preferably cereal. It’s a terrible habit—anyone else have this problem? Tue, 2 Jul 2019 02:18:45 EST How do you handle Cravings? I find that if I really crave something, I have to have it. I love Butterfinger bits...but, I can eat just 2 of them and be quite satisfied. If I don't eat some occasionally, I am likely to eat a whole bag of them when I finally give in. Better to be in control. Mon, 1 Jul 2019 19:15:18 EST Net Carbs How do I get to track not only my total carbs which it does but also my net carbs? That's important to me...thanks.. Mon, 1 Jul 2019 17:46:09 EST Do you Track on Spark? Confession: I hate tracking my food. I come on here to read articles, spin the wheel, keep up with my friends and others, and yet I do not take advantage of the great (free) features this site offers. What the heck is up with that?! I think part of it is I have done WW on and off for years and am so used to tracking "points" rather than calories that it just looks different and my brain is automatically thinking "Yeah, but how many points was that 300 calorie cookie?" <BR> <BR> Spark is aw... Sun, 30 Jun 2019 07:42:58 EST How do you stop overeating? Any ideas on how to stop overeating? Sun, 30 Jun 2019 07:42:04 EST meal planning and meal prepping Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Does anyone meal plan or meal prep on here. I want to start doing both. But could use a bit of advice from sparkers. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your time, <BR> Tammy Sat, 29 Jun 2019 19:46:26 EST Celebrating My Success As of today I have lost 11.7 pounds in 8 weeks!!! I am elated especially since I thought I had done really bad this week and gained, but I didn't...instead I lost 1.3! And I can fit into my size 14 jeans comfortably again after a year and almost reaching 200 pounds! <em>334</em> Sat, 29 Jun 2019 13:43:01 EST Sinus inflammation after 5 day fast Hey guys really curious about why after my first meal after a 5 day water fast ( bone broth with spinach,kale and mushrooms) fresh fruit and some trail mix caused me to get a sinus headache and sinus inflammation and mucus production again... I suffer from sinusitis normally but during my fast my sinuses were very clear even though i know i shouldnt have i smoked during my fast which usually causes me sinus irritation but during the fast i had 0 sinus or mucus problems... after my first meal ... Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:29:08 EST Yikes Its not yet noon, and i've already eaten almost 1300 calories.. a bagel egg and cheese with sausage.. and a handful of snacks... as delicious as it all was, tracking it this morning was an eye opener. I'm drinking lots of water/ tea now, but blah not a good start to the day Thu, 27 Jun 2019 10:40:50 EST Weight Loss Calculator SparkPeople had a calculator that showed you how long it would take to lose weight also your calories intake to lose weight in this allotted time. Can someone direct me to this program, if SparkPeople stills has it. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:22:45 EST Collard Green nutrients are they correct? I had two cups of collard greens on 6/25/ The SparkPeople app said I didn't meet the minimum daily Folate. Two other sites say that I did? Anyone else see discrepancies? Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:33:53 EST Favorite Low Carb Filling Snacks?? Hard boiled egg and a few almonds <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:35:01 EST What chef's do you like & how often do you eat out Until recently, I never had a particular chef I followed. I have tried a few of Rachel Ray's dishes (yuck to me), Emeril's (sooo good!), and Giada (too oily). I started following Marion Grasby ( I haven't tried any of her foods yet - but she has A LOT of rave reviews. From trying recipes from many chef's, I have learned many times it is better to adapt their recipe or just come up with my own. But if you are learning how to cook, following recipes is a ... Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:54:01 EST What are some of your favorite foods? My favs are mac n cheese (not the box kind lol), salmon cakes, mashed/fried potatoes. My favorite fruits are mangoes and peaches. My favorite veggies are potatoes, roasted red peppers, cabbage. My favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookie dough topped with toffee bits. My favorite fast food is CAVA, Panera, or &pizza. My Achilles heels are pizza and Pepperidge Farm cookies. The food I eat the most is salmon or baby spinach. <BR> <BR> Everyone really loves my lasagna but, my favorite thing to... Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:51:52 EST Keto I'm getting started on keto and have no idea where to begin. I don't cook much. Any way to keep things simple? Mon, 24 Jun 2019 19:09:05 EST Grocery list Is there any way to create a meal plan further out than two weeks and be able to print a grocery list fro two or more weeks? <BR> Thanks. Sun, 23 Jun 2019 21:51:24 EST Starting Preimum again. Well today I started my subscription to Sparkpeople Premium again today after alot of years without it. I'm really driven to loose the weight and get healthy as I don't want to become a full Diabetic amongst other thing. Sat, 22 Jun 2019 17:54:15 EST kidney / renal diet I was informed about a year ago that there were issues with my kidneys and they have been monitoring it for the past year, but the lab work is showing that things have gotten a little worse so my doctor is sending me to a specialist. I was wondering if there is a way to adjust things in my nutrition tracker to keep an eye on the items that I am told to watch in the future (right now it is set for hypertension). Thank You Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:24:22 EST Creamer in Coffee What creamer do you use in your coffee? Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:58:24 EST What do I want from a dietician/nutritionist? So, I have had my share of appointments with each and the last one I spoke to asked me what I wanted from him. I wasn't prepared for that. His question wasn't sincere, it was a response to my unwillingness to exclude large food groups from my diet. But, it has caused me to evaluate that question. <BR> <BR> If I was a dietician/nutritionist, my first question would be "what do you like to eat, how can we tweak that to make it healthier? <BR> <BR> I am a big fan of harm reduction, and belie... Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:34:21 EST potassium? Listed in Nutritional Value When I search foods, I do not usually see potassium. yES I know most labels do not include potassium. I eat a salad every day. What do you recommend regarding the spark search? Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:52:06 EST Low Carb Success Anyone????? Favorite low carb meals, snacks, and tips to stay on track for success. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:56:31 EST Healthy to go snacks Hey everyone, <BR> How is everyone doing? I have a question I am going on a small 3 day vacation coming this Friday June 21-23. I want to bring healthy portable snacks with me. I would like to know what kind of options I have. <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone who posts. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 01:13:00 EST Weight gain I am following the program to a “T”. I have had a consistent weight loss for 11 months. I weighed in this week and the scale is up 3 pounds. I’m really stressing about why this happened. Stayed within my allotted daily calories and drank all my water everyday. Any advice why the scale is moving in the wrong direction? I’ve lost 86 pounds until the gain this week. It’s 83.4 pounds. Sun, 16 Jun 2019 07:47:16 EST Allergies Hi, newbie here trying to gain/maintain while breastfeeding a baby with dairy allergies. Can I input an allergy so the site makes relevant meal plan suggestions? Sun, 16 Jun 2019 04:46:46 EST Seltzer Water Does seltzer water (carbonated water) count as a serving of water? <BR> <BR> The kind I drink is 0 calories and flavored with "natural flavors." <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:28:06 EST Another "Thought For Food" Article, This Time Meat I kinda thought this was old news, but I guess not? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rition/eating-more-red-meat-linked-wit<BR>h-higher-mortality-risk/ar-AACPA3w </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:39:10 EST Anyone counting macro's? Hi, I am working with my Doctor on my weight loss and he switched my diet to counting Macro's. for Protein, Carbs and Fat. lastly over all daily Calories. but are not as important. <BR> <BR> So for me to see weight loss: on the Days I do Cardio workouts 5x week my Carb's will 130-150 grams and 60 to 80 grams of Protein and 30 grams of Fat. <BR> <BR> On my Strength training days 2x week. the numbers are flipped. to 130-150 grams of Protein and 60-80grams of Carbs. 30 grams o... Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:15:35 EST Calorie Range Change I've been on Spark for 13+ years. I use the old program, so it's not the program that automatically changes your calorie range based on exercise. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to log last night's meal and saw my calorie range had been raised to 1640. My high end used to be 1560. <BR> <BR> I'm confused because I've never had this happen before. I HAVE lost almost all of those last pesky 20 pounds that I've been hanging on to for several years. Does losing weight OR being very close to your goal au... Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:59:20 EST Forgotten Favorites Are there any healthy foods you’ve enjoyed but forgotten lately? I bought some Kashi original cereal again. It’s a great protein and fiber boost in the mornings. <BR> <BR> Of course there’s the seasonal favorites. Florida watermelon are scrumptious right now. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:36:41 EST Favorite tools for a healthy lifestyle What are your favorite tricks and tools for maintaining a healthy life style? <BR> <BR> I've got some things that help me in the kitchen: <BR> <BR> This olive oil sprayer is awesome! It doesn't clog, and a couple of spritzes is all I need for an entire pan of chopped veggies to roast or grill. It's much easier to coat the surface of a pan or a food without accidentally using too much. I weigh the bottle before I spray and then after to get the amount used. <link> </... Mon, 10 Jun 2019 20:21:33 EST Emotional eating Hi, just wanted to share that I have had a lot of things stressing me out and have been eating over some of the things. I am way better off than I use to be but still aware of it. Anyone else doing this? I go over my calories almost every day which is causing some weight to come back on. I don’t want to do this but have problems with anxiety. Anyone doing the same thing? Thank you <em>252</em> Sun, 9 Jun 2019 21:02:01 EST How to cut risk of early death <link><BR>/23/five-day-10-portions-fruit-veg-cut<BR>-early-death </link> Sun, 9 Jun 2019 06:24:22 EST FODMAP over 50 Has anyone tried to control IBS with the low FODMAP journey after positive testing? Fri, 7 Jun 2019 10:35:00 EST Hampton Inn Breakfast Data? I have to travel every week for work and always stay at the same Hampton Inn. Last month, they added new breakfast options, including green veggie juice and some individually portioned smoothies. Has anybody found any nutrition data for their breakfast selections, especially the new stuff? Thu, 6 Jun 2019 11:19:20 EST Updating "Favorites" List on Nutrition Tracker I'd like to clean up my list of favorite foods in the nutrition tracker. Mine is quite long, with lots of duplicates. Does anyone know if there's a way to delete multiple foods from the list at one time? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 5 Jun 2019 10:31:03 EST Water.... My action plan for today was to give a tip for drinking all your water. I have found I need to pour the glass and drink it all right then. 8 ounces isn't all that much, really If you put the glass on you desk to drink a little at a time, it never seems to disappear. Tue, 4 Jun 2019 13:37:58 EST Grocery shopping & Meal Planning I try to follow the meal planning that is provided by Sparkpeople but I am having trouble finding some of the items in my local grocers ( Kroger, Walmart, HEB) can someone out there tell me what Bobs Red Mill TVP is? Thanks a bunch. Mon, 3 Jun 2019 19:21:12 EST Food Addict Accountability Partner? Hello! My name is Cat. I am 26 years old and weigh 371 pounds. Ive tried long and hard to avoid admitting it but I am definitely addicted to food. I love eating. Its a very serious problem. I am currently living in a transitional living facility where they provide 3 meals a day. We have refrigerators where we can buy and keep our own personal food. Its gotten to where im stealing and eating others food. I want very badly to change. Yes I am also seeking professional help. Yes I am also seeing... Mon, 3 Jun 2019 18:29:44 EST Fitbit activity level increasing calories The more I do the more SP wants me to eat. I started at 1200 to 1500 and then started doing tread now it wants me to eat 1900 to 2249. I know I can turn that off, but then I have to regulate the calories myself. Today I ate 1846, but I feel like it is too much. I had to eat extra because my blood sugar was 83 and I needed it to be higher to exercise. Any suggestions? Sun, 2 Jun 2019 22:44:20 EST any sprouters here? I grow my own sprouts and have been looking for new an interesting ways to use them. Some literature that came with some sprouts I received indicated that some sprouts can be used for relish. I have never heard of sprout relish. I googled it and found nothing either. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? If so, how is it done? <BR> <BR> Also, just to be extra careful about the potential for E.coli, I always cook the sprouts that I grow. However, I would like to try using them in their raw f... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 11:51:52 EST