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 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 Can a food containing dextrose have 0 g of sugar? This product's nutrition label says that it contains 0 g of sugar. However it's ingredient list shows that dextrose is the fourth most abundant ingredient. Is the nutrition label wrong? Is this false advertising if it really dose contain dextrose? <BR> <BR> Note: I'm not allowed to post an image of the nutrition label. I keep getting a "no links allowed" error. It's very frustrating the the "add an image" button is apparently a trap. <BR> <BR> The product in question is Olivia Marinated But... Wed, 29 May 2019 21:39:59 EST Why Am I Still Gaining? Long story short I hope. Was in keto since August 2016. First 6 months I went from 257 to 217. Then, cheated some. Then off keto. So, currently 230. I have been in gym for two months walking the treadmill at 3.5 miles per hour and incline. Been lifting weights also. Been eating right. Actually at a pretty big deficit. I am gaining like crazy. I did lose down to 227. Now, back up to 233. My body frame is decent arms and legs and wide chest. My belly is major problem. So, any ide... Wed, 29 May 2019 08:41:10 EST Whole wheat versus whole grain bread? I'm trying to find a healthier alternative to white bread. The first thought that comes to mind is whole wheat bread. However, I also see some breads labeled as "whole grain" bread. What's the difference? And which is healthier? Tue, 28 May 2019 11:26:51 EST Net Carbs I follow a lazy keto-type diet. I don't really track macros, but I do keep track of my carbs and net carbs. What would it take to add Sugar Alcohol or Erythritol to the nutritional information when you enter a food into the tracker? Without this nutritional # my net carbs are often not correct in my log. Thanks! Mon, 27 May 2019 13:10:36 EST Saxenda I was prescibed Saxenda yesterday and was excited until I read about its link to thyroid cancer in lab trials with mice. <BR> Is anyone else on it? <BR> What are your thoughts? I am scared to take it and wondering if there are other options. <BR> Thank you <BR> Sat, 25 May 2019 08:36:23 EST 1g of fat bread Was wondering if any Dukan peeps can tell me if I can eat zero carb/zero fat bread on the attack phase of Dukan? Sat, 25 May 2019 01:31:39 EST diet pop I really don't drink diet pop often and my fiance told me that I don't do diet pop as much. Fri, 24 May 2019 10:49:40 EST Veggie Snacks My all time favorite for the most bang for my caloric buck so to speak is cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and shelled sunflower seeds. Fri, 24 May 2019 00:54:26 EST Trouble with Protien Hello all. I'm back on track with spark people. Anyone else having trouble getting all the protein in and not going over on fat & carbs? Thu, 23 May 2019 21:52:09 EST How to lose 80 pounds, all tried already! I was 8 size (5'8″ 150lbs) 15 years ago. I did not deny myself food, and I love beer and alcohol on holidays. I am a freelance copywriter, editor of scientific texts, and I work at home. It has become more convenient for me to work reclining on the couch, so less blood rushes to my legs. I ride a bike for 1 hour, and my pulse reaches 120. It helps me to hold back weight gain. But it's hard to give up sweets and pies. In general, I love meat dishes, and especially I love cakes. Today I have 26... Wed, 22 May 2019 11:10:11 EST What is the serving size in JODEMA's recipe User JODEMA published a recipe for Almond Chicken Stir-Fry some time in 2008. It's doubtful she's still a member of the site (no activity for over 10 years on her profile). Could someone please check out her recipe and offer an opinion of what the serving size might be (expressed as ounces or grams)? <BR> <BR> Here's the link to her recipe: <BR> https: //recipes. sparkpeople. com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1288644 <BR> <BR> (Note: I had to add some BLANK SPACE in the URL in order to post) <... Tue, 21 May 2019 23:27:58 EST Beverage Calories My calorie intake is 1200-1550. How many of those calories could go towards beverages? Tue, 21 May 2019 17:32:23 EST What do people make of Le-vel Thrive? Where I work, it's like half of my coworkers are on Thrive. It's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Once they're on Thrive, they behave like they're in a cult. Their entire Facebook existence is devoted to promoting Thrive and getting people signed up for it. They all will claim that Thrive has done miracles for them in a matter of weeks or even days. Thrive does everything. It'll get you to lose weight, clear your mind, brighten your mood, etc. Thrive cream will cure acne, cure frostbite, ... Tue, 21 May 2019 16:57:19 EST Intermittent Fasting Hello, <BR> I am looking for a good group to join, to learn and start this , I have been trying to do it on my own, and messing up some where .. <BR> <BR> also I found this article ..would like comments on it says not to do IF every day if you are a woman .. true ?? <BR> <BR><BR>omen/ <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 21 May 2019 08:09:13 EST 1g of fat bread <em>4</em> Hi. Newby here. I have a no carb/ 1g of fat per slice bread. Would that be okay to eat on the Dukan attack? Mon, 20 May 2019 18:48:41 EST help please can someone tell me how to remove my meal plan and just track my own <BR> been of site for a while <BR> thanks <BR> Mon, 20 May 2019 11:23:41 EST What did you all prep for this weeks meals? My hubby grilled tofu for me & chicken for him.. Mixed/diced vegetables ready to go all week! Sun, 19 May 2019 19:40:44 EST dried edamame Anyone else a fan of dried edamame and soy beans? <BR> Any other similar snack-like suggestions? Sun, 19 May 2019 15:21:09 EST Diabetes Type 2 Carbs I would like to know how many carbs I should be eating per meal each day with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes Sun, 19 May 2019 11:34:14 EST Whole grains When grains transformed into flour does the health benits changes? <em>30</em> Fri, 17 May 2019 13:36:46 EST Stay away from processed food! A rather tightly-controlled study (participants spent 4 weeks in a metabolic ward where their every calorie in and out was measured) looked at the effects of ultra-processed vs. whole foods: <BR> <BR><BR>9/05/16/723693839/its-not-just-salt-su<BR>gar-fat-study-finds-ultra-processed-fo<BR>ods-drive-weight-gain <BR> Fri, 17 May 2019 11:03:36 EST Serving Size question Hi, <BR> <BR> I’m looking for some information on what SparkPeople counts as a serving size of fruits and veggies. I’ve read the following article written by Nicole Nichols <link><BR>/nutrition_articles.asp?id=177 </link> in which she wrote: <BR> <BR> Fruits and Vegetables: Aim for 5-9 total servings each day. Choose fresh fruits and veggies whenever possible. <BR> Raw fruit: 1/2 cup raw, canned or frozen fruit, or about the size of billiard ball <BR> ... Thu, 16 May 2019 12:27:15 EST fruit I cannot eat bananas because I live alone and my doctor said to me that as to many calories. <BR> <BR> My doctor said to me that I cannot eat canned fruit because it as alto of sugar and juice. <BR> <BR> is there any can of fruit in water only not juice? Thu, 16 May 2019 10:53:01 EST Healthy Frozen Veggies! Recommendation for those of you with a Trader Joe's near. <BR> <BR> I found a new blend this week: Trader Joe's Organic Green Vegetable Foursome. It has broccoli, peas, green beans and zucchini. They add onions, garlic and light seasoning. Pretty low in sodium (90 mg per serving). <BR> <BR> Delicious and a great way to get veggies in, especially if you're in a hurry! Frozen veggies are my fallback when I don't have time to cut, chop, etc. <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 May 2019 11:42:30 EST Non-alcholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) I was just diagnosed and would appreciate any recommendations (or support) as I try to focus on fruits and vegetables (bitter is key?) and eliminate sugar and hydrogenated fats. I'm looking at adding essential oils too. Does anyone really eat organic chicken liver? (recommendation from you tube) I would like to lose 50+, but taking care of my liver seems to be a more immediate need. Maybe I can 'kill 2 birds...'. Tue, 14 May 2019 10:00:23 EST Worried, should I eat more when not hungry? Concerned here. I am eating about 1500 calories per day. Today, just under 1000. My plan says because of exercise I should eat at least 1400 more calories today. It's 8 pm and I don't feel like eating a pint of ice cream to add more calories to my daily total. So I am like 1400 calories short of eating what I should eat, but I am not hungry. <BR> <BR> I drink water, exercise every day, and take vitamins. Not into any sort of starvation diet. I eat pretty normal stuff from the 4 food g... Fri, 10 May 2019 23:05:43 EST Doubt about daily macro intake I'm tracking my macro intake and noticed that I've been recently having a 50% carbs, 35% fat and 15%protein daily intake. I would like to know if that's okay? <BR> <BR> I'm 162cm, 47kg 18 year old girl. I eat 1200-1350cal a day (I'm not on a diet, I've always had small appetite) and I exercise at least 30min per day. Most of the fat comes from fish, avocado and nuts. I only eat whole grains and the other part of the carbs comes from fruit.(I don't eat white flour or granulated sugar regular... Fri, 10 May 2019 12:22:15 EST Diabetes Question Insights please? <BR> <BR> Why is it a standard recommendation for diabetics and pre diabetics to eat a low-fat, low-calorie diet? <BR> <BR> Because fats have 9 calories per gram and protein and carbohydrates have 4; isn’t that advice just ensuring that people who have a problem regulating their blood sugars are eating more foods that could increase their blood sugar, carbohydrates (sugars) and protein (when you eat too much protein it will into sugar). <BR> <BR> Sure there are plenty of l... Thu, 9 May 2019 07:23:28 EST Your favorite childhood lunchbox items? What was your favorite childhood lunch? Thu, 9 May 2019 05:15:52 EST Anyone on here prescribed contrave? I'm not asking for opinions about people who are against diet medications or need to see comments along the lines of anything negative. If it isn't for you, great but I am only asking for people who have taken it or prescribed it. My doctor prescribed it for me, so I wanted to hear others experiences with it. THANKS! Wed, 8 May 2019 19:41:00 EST Prediabetes any suggestions? I have looked online to find recipes and some meal plans and of course everything ends up sending me to different pay plans to set me up. I just want information not to join anything. Can anyone direct me where is best help found for information on this. Thanks! Wed, 8 May 2019 13:14:53 EST Low carb diet i have been on low carb and have only lost 12 lbs in about 5 months I have noticed lately that it is bothering my GERD lately had a couple bad spells and im thinking probably the high fat does anyone have any sugestions on what to do I have cut out all sugar and bread and will continue that but was thinking mabe a low carb diet wasn't right for me I have a hiatle hernia and on meds for the GERD. I feel so much better just getting off sugar and bread need some advice please. Tue, 7 May 2019 13:48:26 EST Australian/American food differences Is there a way to choose a food and put in my own nutritional information in? I have found that the data base doesn't have many Australian items. <BR> Tue, 7 May 2019 01:43:35 EST That something I'm not obsessed with stars (I see them on the cover of magazines like Shape and wish I was that skinny but I don't need to know who they're dating or whatever) <BR> What fascinates be about stars (and certain people in real life) is how people adore them. Maybe they have that "It factor",je ne sais quoi" or "certain something" Is that a quality that can be developed or do you have to be born with it? <BR> Tue, 7 May 2019 01:32:37 EST Not losing much and am frustrated It's been 3 weeks since I've been following the SP program and am kind of disappointed I only lost 3 pounds so far. I do want it to come off slow but I really thought I'd have more than 3 pounds by now. <BR> Any advice ? Sun, 5 May 2019 17:30:18 EST Is eating healthy confusing? I was looking around the internet for healthy eating and nutrition information. But what I've been finding lately is the healthy eating and nutrition information is divided and that's been a very scary thing to me lately. The foods that we always known as good some say they they're bad and the foods that were always known as bad some say they're good. I mean what's going on here, and the people that are on the opposing view points always have their own systems/scientific studies to back up th... Fri, 3 May 2019 00:57:45 EST Rice; More Thought For Food Yet another longevity study: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-eating-rice-could-be-protective-again<BR>st-obesity-2031313 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 1 May 2019 17:19:09 EST Food Data Base I just joined SparkPeople, and still finding my way through the program. I am already getting frustrated, though, because it seems that nothing I eat is in the data base. I had previously been using My Fitness Pal, and just about every food is in their data base. I don't have the time to enter all of my foods, along with their nutritional values every meal. Is this something that will be improved upon soon? <BR> <BR> Also, the number of calories it recommends for me is between 1300 - 1500/d... Wed, 1 May 2019 14:31:57 EST Lesson Learned I feel like a complete failure because I have been at this for so long, but instead of losing weight, I seem to keep finding more. I have physical limitations, too many to list, so exercise is extremely difficult to make effective. Therefore, I must rely heavily on diet. I do great for a while, but lack of results discourage me and I backslide. Also, stress is a killer! Today was stressful. So was yesterday. I made a HUGE mistake at the grocery store by telling myself that the 4 for 10 deal o... Tue, 30 Apr 2019 19:14:44 EST How do you feel about soy? Do you eat soy or avoid it? Why or why not? Tue, 30 Apr 2019 17:46:07 EST Reaching my macros goals, but not my calories I am having a lot of trouble getting enough calories per day. I usually reach all of my macro goals, but am still under the calorie consumption. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem or advice? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jen Mon, 29 Apr 2019 20:35:41 EST Looking to lose 50 plus pounds Is there a forum for support for women trying to lose 50 pounds or more ? Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:22:26 EST Changing my meal plan So I'm looking to lose about 100 pounds in total. <BR> So far I've got 5 pounds gone. <BR> I'm looking for an eating plan that gives me plenty of protein but not so much carbs. <BR> Is there a plan on SP I can change to ? <BR> Thank you Mon, 29 Apr 2019 15:43:27 EST Help me eat more fruit/veggies I have a lot of entree recipes (meat w/starches) but need help expanding my collection of fruit/veggie sides to put with it. <BR> <BR> What are your go-to fruit/veggies sides? <BR> <BR> Most recent ones I've tried: <BR> Orange glazed carrots <BR> Black Bean Corn Salsa <BR> Quinoa and Veggies <BR> Parmesan Zucchini fries <BR> Pear and Pomegranate Green Salad <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Mon, 29 Apr 2019 13:25:04 EST Slimming World? Just wondering if anyone has tried Slimming World and if you had success with it? Any info about it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:23:46 EST What is your SALT of choice? And why? Mon, 29 Apr 2019 03:43:37 EST Did you have any snacks today Did you have any snacks today? <BR> If yes how many snacks through out the did you have and what did you have ? <BR> Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:54:02 EST Nuts Nuts are hard for me to eat in their natural state. Do they have the same calories if I pulverize them without additional oil? Do they lose any of their good qualities? Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:10:51 EST Healthy Snacks What are your go to healthy snacks?? Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:48:19 EST Vitamin K & Potassium linked together on tracker Wondering why Vitamin K & Potassium are under one heading when tracking foods? I am on Warfarin & need to keep track of Vitamin K, but Potassium is linked to it. They are not the same & it's important that I track the Vitamin K separately. Can't find the answer. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:18:23 EST Anyone else a sugar addict? I am a "recovering" sugar addict and I absolutely cannot have even one bite of certain sweets without it turning into a total binge and then the regret cycle starts. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:19:02 EST Recipe ideas for Sunday, Spring/ Easter dinner celebrating Spring and new growth, starting anew, What recipe ideas do you have that are lower carb? lower fat? for Sunday/ Spring dinner? <BR> <BR> Do not have an operating full-size oven, only toaster oven, and a crock-pot, slow-cooker. Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:37:22 EST Is there a keto setting in the Spark food tracker? Is there a keto setting in the Spark food tracker? Or is there a way to preset the goals you are aiming for in % of fat, protein, carbs? <BR> <BR> I have no problem following a regiment with food items as long as it does not take me tons of time to figure out the details. <BR> <BR> Any help in making this less cumbersome will make it more likely a success for me! Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:11:55 EST Sugar limits Just read Spark article that said for women no more than 29 g of sugar. How does fresh whole fruit play into that number? Are there 2 types of sugar? For example Avocados have "good" / "healthy" fat and then there's the bad fat that we should try to avoid. Thank you. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:49:09 EST Calorie total For some reason my daily calorie intake has increased and I don't know how to fix it. Can anyone offer help? Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:04:47 EST Steamfresh veggie made riced cauliflower w/ herb This is delicious. Is there anything not healthy about this? I tried this for the first time and It tastes awesome with chicken breast. <BR> <BR> 1 cup 80 calories. <BR> 6 carbs <BR> 5g fat <BR> 1g protein (low I know) <BR> 3g fiber <BR> 3g sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:15:58 EST Quick high protein breakfast ideas? Hey guys, so I have eaten "healthy" for a while although I have come to realise that my diet is actually pretty high in carbohydrates still and my protein intake has only been about 15-20% of my daily calorie intake. <BR> <BR> Pretty much, breakfast is the only time of the day where I struggle to get protein in - I have a sweet tooth and up until now my breakfasts have usually been homemade granola with fruit and coconut yoghurt or a smoothie with banana, berries and almond milk. <BR> <B... Mon, 15 Apr 2019 01:24:31 EST Tracking meals at restaurants When you're looking up meal nutrition at a restaurant and it usually comes with the main item and 2 sides. Is the information showing the numbers across the board for the whole meal (example - Logan's chopped steak - MEAL). Or do you also have to look up the grilled zucchini and sweet potato as well, for example? I hope I haven't been doing this wrong and going over calories, etc and not realizing it. Thank you. Sun, 14 Apr 2019 15:48:07 EST Sweetening coffee Hello all <BR> I am looking for some ideas on how to sweeten coffee other than stevia or sweetener..I just don't like the taste of stevia and I have tried several different kinds and sweetener bothers my stomach. <BR> I have one large cup of coffee in the morning and that's it and I don't eat any sweets through out the day because I have always preferred savoury foods..I don't have a sweet tooth and I don't drink juice or pop I'm a water girl. <BR> So it's just my coffee in the morning that... Sun, 14 Apr 2019 11:50:44 EST Beverages - help! I got a lot of my calories from beverages. Lattes, chai teas, etc. I miss them. Does anyone know of any low cal, low fat, or fat free alternatives? Thu, 11 Apr 2019 08:42:33 EST BMI as we age Just had my semi annual doctor's appointment. She told me that a BMI around 27 is actually GOOD for women in their late 60's. They are doing research that has indicated that you are better off with 8-10 extra pounds than being at a perfect BMI over the age of 60. Too thin = not good she said. Thoughts? Wed, 10 Apr 2019 15:23:01 EST Dehydrator or steamer - which would you choose So my job offers service award and there are a lot of choices and I'm trying to narrow it down. So, which would you choose and why? <em>20</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 12:53:04 EST Fruit infused water...good or bad??? I'm starting Keto and I HATE HATE HATE plain water. I have an infuser bottle and I add lemon slices but it's getting boring. If I add berries or other fruit, how do I track the carbs/sugar? Is it negligible because I'm not eating the fruit itself? Or do I weigh the fruit and incorporate that carb count? Wed, 10 Apr 2019 12:49:03 EST Which vitamins do I take with calcium? I used to take a cal-mag-zinc supplement, but now I hear you have to take vit d with it as well. Then I read that you should take these things at different times of the day so they don't interfere with each other, or other vitamins & minerals. <BR> <BR> I'm confused. Tue, 9 Apr 2019 10:19:07 EST Warm weather recipes! I am so excited - the weather is improving where I live (Chicago area), and I was finally able to do little things like walk around in bare feet outside! <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite warm weather recipes? <BR> <BR> I made one of mine on Saturday: Greek Chicken in a Pita. <BR> <BR> It's just chicken breasts that have been marinated in a paste of cilantro (or mint, if you prefer), garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, and some salt, then grilled over very high heat. ... Mon, 8 Apr 2019 16:28:04 EST What were your victories today? Every day we have that little battle between the pint of ice cream and the extra helping of broccoli. Between getting our exercises in and watching one more episode of our favorite show. Between ensuring we get enough sleep and being distracted by electronics. <BR> <BR> Share your little or big victories - whether it's as simple as you didn't buy the cookies that were tempting you at the store, or as huge as you ran your first marathon! <BR> <BR> Acknowledging our successes, however small... Mon, 8 Apr 2019 11:10:42 EST what chart to use ? Bonjour, <BR> I am living in fog , or confusion .. <BR> how much am I supposed to weigh? <BR> in paris, everyone should stop beyond size 10..for real, they don't sell clothes ..beyond .. <BR> BUT they smoke like chimneys here too ( no punishments by govt or medical ) to keep thin <BR> where do I find this info ? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 8 Apr 2019 10:46:47 EST Not sure what to do Good Sunday Morning, <BR> <BR> I am not sure if this is the right place to post my question. I have both PCOS and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I am looking to see if anyone can tell me what foods would be good and to help me lose weight. This has been a huge struggle for me. Sun, 7 Apr 2019 12:28:25 EST Veggie snacks Any ideas for veggie snacks? I get tired of carrots and don't want dressing so I avoid others. What are your go tos? Fri, 5 Apr 2019 13:03:22 EST low sugar plain greek yogurt I was looking at all the plain greek yogurts at the store to see which has the lowest amount of sugar. Some of them are surprisingly high. Does anyone have any good recommendations? I bought Chobani but it still has 6. Some were as high as 16! Fri, 5 Apr 2019 12:22:26 EST Food Prep Resources? I regularly volume cook: big pots of vegetable soup; casseroles; stews and chili. But I am interested in trying some so-called "meal prep" cooking/assembling, where portioned meals, often including a protein, vegetable and starch (for example) are assembled ahead of time to be eaten throughout the coming week. <BR> <BR> I am going to check my library for books but I'd love to know if anyone has a favorite website (or book!) for meal prep. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 1 Apr 2019 12:02:10 EST The Virgin Diet When I bought this book several years ago I thought it was BS. It eliminates so many food groups. Now that I have confirmed food allergies, post nasal drip and eczema, I’ve decided to explore this more. Anyone ever try it? Mon, 1 Apr 2019 11:42:27 EST Fixing a recipe -- Can I edit what I've posted? I put up a lovely Keto friendly Chicken, Bell Pepper and Cauliflower rice recipe. But the truth is, my wife usually prepares it. But I knew how it's done so I posted it. It's LARGELY correct but I under-did some of the ingredients: should be 3 T minced garlic, 2 bell peppers and I left out mushroom caps and sauteed onions. I asked her to review and that's what she pointed out. Now, I'd like to correct it but there seems to be no provision, that I can find, to correct my errors. Am I co... Sun, 31 Mar 2019 14:45:08 EST Calories per day. How many calories does a 5ft older active woman need and yet still be able to lose the last 10 lbs? Thanks for responses. Sat, 30 Mar 2019 15:20:46 EST Don't order what your friend is having! Hi folks, <BR> My name is Jewel, and I have a little story to tell. I have a friend (we'll call her D), and she is a tiny 90-pound petite woman. D can eat most anything and not gain weight or get unhealthy, so long as she avoids gluten and dairy. Now, the other day I was at her house with my hubby and her step-mother. We ordered Cook Out and I ordered what she ordered: Cajun cripsy chicken wrap, onion rings, and a banana pudding milkshake. I went waaaay over my caloric intake in that meal al... Fri, 29 Mar 2019 05:55:57 EST Filling foods in healthy eating Ready, set, go Thu, 28 Mar 2019 16:29:14 EST How do I adjust to always being so tired? I reset my goals early on to add more calories, because I was just starving all the time. Then I reset them back to the old goals because I wasn't losing weight, but now I'm hungry and tired. I keep saying I'm going to exercise, but I don't have the energy. <BR> <BR> I have lupus, and my doctor once told me not to eat less than 2,000 calories a day to keep my energy up. I was very active then, and I'm not now, plus I'm much older. I feel like if I eat that much, I'm going to gain weight. OR... Wed, 27 Mar 2019 16:12:00 EST Math in recipe help please! Please don't judge my horrible math skills (or I should say, lack there of) but a recipe I want to make calls for 1 1/3 lb of flank steak and mine weighs 1.34 lbs. That's correct isn't it? I feel like this is easy to figure out but like I said I am horrible with math. Thanks. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:03:43 EST Meal plans Hi, could someone please help me? I don’t know what I did but SP meal planning is showing on where I am posting what I am eating. I prefer not to see it there. Thank you Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:39:52 EST Food diaries Can you see what others eat? Thank you in advance! Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:22:17 EST How much is too much? I'm trying to gain weight as cheap as possible. I'm currently going 3000 calories a day via eating 1kg of natural Greek yoghurt a day + plus another 1700 calories from other foods. <BR> <BR> Is this healthy to be eating this much yoghurt? Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:55:51 EST Oranges/Juice Can someone tell me how I should track squeezing a 1/4 of an orange into my green tea. I am not technically eating the orange. TIA! Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:07:01 EST DASH diet Any one doing the DASH diet I am using the gold book and am looking for support. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:16:32 EST How do you guys feel about green smoothies ? Do you include a green smoothie into your diet daily or prefer to get your fruits and vegetables through your snacks and meals ? <BR> I am back and forth on if I should because I am not wanting to have them as a meal replacement because I prefer to chew my meals because I find that be more filling and satisfying.But have a green smoothie or green juice as one of my daily snacks to help get in my daily fruits and vegetables. <BR> But I am hesitant because I don't want to be over doing it wit... Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:55:46 EST Moringa What is moringa and what are the health and nutritional benefits of the leaves? I heard about moringa through Vegan Rob's Moringa Puffs (which are absolutely delicious, by the way, as are the brussel sprout puffs), and I was curious what these leaves are and what they do for your body. Thank you! Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:41:26 EST Supplements I want to add detox supplements to my water every day. Is it safe to add these supplements together all at one time instead of having to drink separately? Bentonite Clay powder, 225 billion probiotic powder, glutathione liquid, and propolmannan powder prebiotic? Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:32:29 EST How do you thaw frozen liquid egg whites? I just recently learned that you can freeze liquid egg whites for up to a year. My question: how do you thaw them out when you're ready to use them? Do you allow a couple days in the frig for them to thaw out? Can you leave them out on the counter at room temp until they are thawed? I'm sure you don't put them in the microwave. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:52:11 EST Potatoes with green peels I'm not sure where to ask this. I have heard several times that you shouldn't eat any potatoes that have green peels. I have yet to be able to find any around here that don't have green peels. Some even with green in the potato itself. <BR> <BR> How toxic are potatoes that have green peels? I just got some Yukon Golds, put them in a bin made for potatoes and when I got them out they are all green. I want to make some soup with them. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:17:45 EST Road Trip! My husband and I are planning an anniversary trip next week to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! It is a 9 hour drive from where we live in Mississippi. I get board sometimes while driving and have always eat the whole trip. My question is , does anyone have any healthy snack ideas that I can take to stay on track on this trip. All suggestions are welcomed. Thank you., Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:04:40 EST Surprise: sugar is bad for you This should not be news to anyone here. <BR> <BR><BR>sweetened-beverages-early-death.html <BR> <BR> IMO, they should have included fruit juice in the list, it has as much natural sugar as the soda and sports drinks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:10:54 EST KASHI go lean I am needing to change up my breakfast routine getting a little tired of eggs or egg whites, protein shakes, toast. There is a ton of fiber and protein in this cereal I eat it with almond milk. It does have some sugars in it so I do have to watch my sugars the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> I also will go back to eating gluten free oatmeal with berries. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:09:27 EST Yet Another Study, On This One I Have A Decision I go to the doc in a couple weeks and I'll see what he says: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-health/daily-aspirin-no-longer-recomm<BR>ended-prevent-heart-attacks-healthy-ol<BR>der-n984406 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:26:05 EST High calorie range My calorie range seems really high. How was it determined and based on what? Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:55:21 EST Dietary advice Hello fellow sparkers, <BR> I have a few questions about eating healthier. <BR> <BR> 1. Should I avoid all carbohydrates? <BR> <BR> 2. I have been drinking about a gallon of water a day, and getting tired of water, I feel like I need my Diet Pepsi but I know diet sodas are not healthy and I am on my 3rd day of night drinking sodas. I would like to know what else I can drink that is healthy. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time and advice. <BR> Tammy Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:30:19 EST Cottage cheese is back I remember cottage cheese as a popular dieter's option in the 70s. Well it is becoming more relevant again because of its protein. I love it. I just had the lower sodium 2% fat version with lite bread toast and blackberries. Yum. I seek a feeling of well being from my meals, and hey cottage cheese is good for that. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:58:32 EST Uh Oh, Change Number 10,000 First, they're healthy, then they're not, then they are... and now for the latest: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-news/eggs-three-or-more-a-day-incr<BR>ease-your-risk-of-heart-disease-and-ea<BR>rly-death-study-says/ar-BBUOL3B?OCID=ansmsnnews11 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:55:38 EST Need to gain weight Hi there, I am a 25 year old, 5 foot 7 inch male. I would consider myself to have a small-medium frame. <BR> <BR> I have ADD, and was prescribed with Vyvanse 50mg + Intuniv XR 4mg in August. <BR> <BR> I have always been skinny, I am not completely lanky, but I have recently lost a lot of weight from the medication. <BR> <BR> The most I've weighed was 143 lbs (I looked a bit pudgy) this was before I was on the medication. At the moment, I am down to 118 lbs, which is the lowest I have ever... Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:09:09 EST Erythritol My dr. strongly advised me that drinking diet soda is not healthy. (I have already proved to myself it contributes to my weight problem.) <BR> <BR> I'm trying Bai Anitioxidant Infusion. It says it contains no artificial sweeteners. I don't know what erythritol is. Does our excellent SP dietician or anyone else know? <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:17:46 EST Late night eating My work schedule changes from day to day. I frequently do not get home until after 10:30 PM and realize I am really hungry because I have not had a break or anything to eat for several hours. Then I start eating and don't stop until I feel full and have gone over calorie allowance for the day. Any suggestions? Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:50:57 EST Can anyone recommend a small portable blender? I love my Quest protein shakes. They are high protein, low cal, fiber and 0 net carbs. Not to mention the chocolate totally satisfies my sugar craving. I would really like to make these at work.. <BR> <BR> I love making them a thick, shake like texture with some ice blended in and my psyllium husk. The shaker cup just doesn't do it for me. <BR> <BR> We have a blender at work but honestly not sure who else uses it or if they even clean it very well. <BR> <BR> I would love to buy a small ... Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:20:22 EST Does hot cocoa count as a serving of water Can I add the water that I use to make instant cocoa as a serving of water, or am I totally stretching it? Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:37:01 EST you can tell I'm a country girl Here I am trying to eat better and I go out and have Chicken pastry, cabbage, beets and...peach cobbler. It was so good and it came with the meal. I didn't order it. well, as they say, tomorrow is another day Scarlett. <em>20</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:09:12 EST Can the system calculate net carbs? I found a thread from 2013 that specified a way to calculate net carbs on SP but I'm sure the system has updated several times since then because when I followed the directions, the tabs weren't there. Anyone know a way to do it? Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:08:20 EST HOW DO YOU STAY ON TRACK HOW DO YOU STAY ON TRACK Thu, 14 Mar 2019 03:00:18 EST Tracking nutrition & reviewing nutrients Sharing that I’m tracking my meals and snacks and learned of another feature that I wasn’t aware of. <BR> <BR> On the same page as where you add your food intake for the day, there is a tab to click on. When you click on, your day’s intake of food is broken down into the folllowing nutrients, showing you the acceptable range and a summary of your intake, protein, carbs, fat, calcium, Vitamin A. <BR> For example, for 03/13/19, the nutrients I was low in was calcium, and Vitamin A. <BR> It... Wed, 13 Mar 2019 23:44:16 EST Does eating too few calories really harm you? I am on week 10 of a fitness and nutrition plan. I have a personal trainer who is also very well versed on nutrition. I am 46 with no major health issues. I’ve lost around 20 lbs and a ton of inches and starting to get muscle definition esp in my arms. . I hate being weighed and only weigh on monthly. <BR> <BR> I’ve been eating great with only a couple slip ups. 3 days in 10 weeks I went off diet but I’ve remained mostly compliant <BR> <BR> I track everything I eat on MyFitnessPal. My tra... Wed, 13 Mar 2019 23:20:59 EST I need a better coffee creamer I've always loved my coffee and my home-made coffee has been resembling "dessert coffee" more and more over the years. When I decided to lose weight I weaned myself off the sweetener, but the creamer has to stay. <BR> <BR> I usually do about 2T of half and half in a 12oz cup but the calorie counting has made me aware that I'm not willing to spend that much of my daily calories on it. So I decided to try nondairy creamers and invested in a bottled of almond creamer. It turned out to be so vi... Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:35:39 EST How can I share foods for the tracker? I have GHP protein bars that I have listed all the nutrients for and would like to share this with the community for anyone else who would track these..but I cannot see how to share it. Thanks for any help. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:21:43 EST Cooking oil Last month, while doing my Whole30 (please do research into it before jumping to conclusions and judging the program), something about the plan stood out at me. <BR> <BR> In the meal template, you're supposed to include a fat source in every meal, but the cooking fat doesn't count because most of it is left in the pan. <BR> <BR> This has me thinking: how much cooking fat is left behind when I cook and am I cheating myself out of calories/points/fat grams by counting a tablespoon of oil if I... Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:52:19 EST My new love affair with avocados-confession I am 46 and NEVER ate a plain avocado until a few weeks ago. My kids like them and asked me to buy some. They split a big one so for the heck of it I put it in a baggie and took it to work so it wouldn't get wasted. <BR> <BR> OMG. Now I am addicted. I limit myself to either a 1/2 or a small 1 per day because of the high cal, but with a little salt and pepper plain, or on whole grain toast?? OMG. I could literally eat 10 slices of toast with avocado on them. <BR> <BR> I had a 1/2 of a smal... Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:47:37 EST Spaghetti question for the low carb counters. Ok I need some help from you low carb counters. I made a double batch of spaghetti sauce. It made a lot. We had two meals of the sauce over baked eggplant. The rest of the sauce is in the freezer. Hubby eats low carb. So what are some other ways I can serve this sauce that won’t be too high in carbs? Thanks. <BR> <BR> Oh and I can’t eat cheese. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:20:30 EST Change in meal plan? What do you do? What do all of you do if you had all your meals planned for the day and your spouse decides he/she is making something else for dinner that you didn't plan on and probably would make you over in calories, salt, fat, etc? I usually am the one doing all the cookng so when spouse says they want to cook something else for dinner the red food flags go up! Yikes! I mean, I am glad to have someone else do the cooking but it'll totally mess up my eating plan. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:00:00 EST Black fungus I notice that a couple of the listings for black fungus contain incorrect information. I have created a full nutritional listing for this beneficial food. How do I post it to the list of items everyone can search? <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Mar 2019 16:33:01 EST Bone broth homemade? Anyone else make their own bone broth? Sat, 9 Mar 2019 03:55:38 EST Tracking So my coach on the premium coaching page suggested I write about what I've learned about my diet since I started tracking. My findings are: <BR> 1. Weekday mornings are rough for me. I either want to snack on chips, or stop at a fast food place on my way to work. <BR> 2. Evening snacking is no longer a problem for me! <BR> 3. I need to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet. <BR> <BR> I'm doing this activity because it was suggested by the coaching staff, and I believe if I ... Fri, 8 Mar 2019 13:10:51 EST Quinoa Insight Needed What have you successfully used to rinse your quinoa? I cooked quinoa for the first time the other day and it states to rinse prior to cooking. So, I dutifully rinsed it in the smallest holed mesh strainer I have. Well, I poured it in and it just went right on through. I am hoping to find something I already have and not purchase something new. <BR> Thank you for your insight! Fri, 8 Mar 2019 08:33:01 EST Weighing meat to log it... When you are logging meat, should you weigh it before it is cooked? Or after it is cooked? This always confuses me. Thu, 7 Mar 2019 18:46:09 EST Losing weight without tracking So, I know that counting calories works when it comes to seeing results on the scale. If I count calories or points and stay within my ranges, I will lose weight. I've done it before. <BR> <BR> But if it's not something I can stick to long term, then, does it really work? <BR> <BR> <BR> For some reason, counting calories just doesn't work for me mentally. For me, it sends me down a twisted road of restriction, overeating, and possible orthorexic behaviors. I have determined that anything ... Thu, 7 Mar 2019 18:02:39 EST