The SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/ The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by SparkPeople.com. Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. DailySpark.com http://www.dailyspark.com/images/dsp_logo.jpg http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Not-So-Fat Tuesday: Slimming Down Mardi Gras Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=notsofat_tuesday_slimming_down_mardi_gras_recipes With lighter versions of popular Mardi Gras dishes, you can enjoy all the flavor of classic Southern dishes without the excess.<br /> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST Streaking Her Way to Success 2,000 Days in a Row http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=streaking_her_way_to_success_2000_days_in_a_row Pat used SparkStreaks as a source of motivation to become more successful with her goals. Find out how! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST 25 Ways to Have a Single Celebration on Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=25_ways_to_have_a_single_celebration_on_valentines_day There's no need to be single and sad on Valentine's Day! We have 25 awesome ways to spend the day--and none involve crying along to sad love songs. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST The Curious Power of Bone Broth http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_curious_power_of_bone_broth Bone broth is a powerful, healing soup infused with nutrition--discover its benefits today. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST Four Healthy Changes That Start in Your Kitchen Cabinets http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=four_healthy_changes_that_start_in_your_kitchen_cabinets Time for your kitchen to get on board with your healthy lifestyle. These four organizational tips will make your kitchen a lean, mean, healthy cooking machine. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST Inside the Trainer's Toolbox: 30 Must-Have Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=inside_the_trainers_toolbox_30_fitness_essentials Ever wondered what personal trainers put in their gym bags? Discover 30 must-have fitness tools the pros can't live without. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST Are High Heels Hurting Your Feet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_high_heels_hurting_your_feet Wearing heels can make you feel amazing, but they can also cause unexpected wear and tear on your feet. Try these four stretches to help alleviate any foot pain you experience. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST Home is Where the Swimming Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=home_is_where_the_boldswimmingbold_is In the first installment of our brand new series, SparkPeople member Lucy Parsons details the role swimming had in her journey to weight loss and healthy living. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST From Cauliflower to Crickets: Foods Stepping into the Spotlight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cauliflower_to_crickets_foods_stepping_into_the_spotlight How does a food item go from idea to major craze and what foods are predicted to trend this year? Find out what will be on your plate in the near future. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Controlling Your Weight Just Got Easier with SparkPeople Mobile's Newest Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=controlling_your_weight_just_got_easier_with_sparkpeople_mobiles_newest_update You can now manage all of your goals right in SparkPeople Mobile! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Pass the Cheese, Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=pass_the_cheese_please Discover the surprising health perks of including cheese in your diet. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Kathryn Smith Scores the NFL's First Female Coaching Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=kathryn_smith_scores_the_nfls_first_female_coaching_job Kathryn Smith just threw a football through the glass ceiling by becoming the first full-time female coach in the National Football League. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Study Confirms 92 Percent of Restaurants Serve Up Too Many Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_study_finds_92_of_restaurants_serve_up_too_many_calories A recent study found that 92 percent of entrees from non-chain restaurants contained significantly more calories than the average person should consume. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Shape Up Your Gym-Time Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=change_your_gymtime_tune_how_to_make_the_best_gym_decisions Whether you are in a hurry, low on energy or just unaware, you're bound to make a bad decision at the gym. We can help you turn that decision right around. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST What's in Your Soup? Campbell’s Campaigns for Federal GMO Labeling Regulations http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=whats_in_your_soup_campbells_campaigns_for_federal_gmo_labeling_regulations Campbell's Soups may be the first major food company to add GMO ingredients to its labels. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST The Amazing Avocado: Health Benefits You Need to Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=avocados_creamy_delicious_with_many_health_benefits This post looks at the numerous benefits of adding avocados to your diet. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Five Common Foodborne Illnesses and How to Prevent Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=five_common_foodborne_illnesses_and_how_to_prevent_them Foodborne illnesses have been making headlines lately. How can you tell the difference between the most common threats, and how can you avoid them? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Fear of Heart Transplant Leads to Beth's 200 Pound Weight Loss* http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fear_of_heart_transplant_leads_to_200_pound_weight_loss Serious medical issues forced Beth to make tough decisions about her health. Find out how she took control and lost an amazing 200 pounds. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Exercise Could Stop Your Next Back Attack, New Research Reveals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=exercise_could_stop_your_next_back_attack_new_research_reveals According to new research, a pain-free back could be just a few squats away. Exercise can reduce the recurrence of low back pain by up to 40 percent. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Health Problems Prompt Sarah to Lose 90 Pounds* http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=health_problems_prompt_sarah_to_lose_90_pounds At just 28 years old, Sarah had a number of health problems and knew it was time to change her life. Find out how she turned things around and lost 90 pounds! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Stay Active with the #ZenFitness30: 30-Day Walk. Move. Live. Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_active_with_the_zenfitness30_30day_walk_move_live_challenge Our new challenge helps you carve out some YOU time. Join the #ZenFitness30: 30-Day Walk. Move. Live. Challenge today! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark It or Scrap It: Is Emergen-C a Cold Knockout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=is_emergenc_a_cold_knockout Can you keep a cold at bay with a vitamin C-packed, powered drink? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST New Dietary Guidelines Released by USDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_dietary_guidelines_released_by_usda The USDA's new dietary guidelines have added sugar limits and eased up on cholesterol restrictions. How does your diet measure up? Fri, 8 Jan 2016 14:00:00 EST How Often Should I Replace my Running Shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_often_should_i_replace_my_running_shoes Running shoes cushion your feet during exercise. Fail to replace them when they get old, and you open yourself up to injury. Learn how often you should replace shoes to stay safe. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:00:00 EST Introducing the ZenFitness30 Method http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=introducing_the_zenfitness30_method Try ZenFitness30 with Vionic, an invigorating program that is a great way to begin your day, and can serve as a complement to your existing routine. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST A Shocking Diagnosis Leads to Big Health Decisions* http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=shocking_diagnosis_leads_to_big_health_decisions After a doctor's appointment that didn't go as planned, Paul decided he would do whatever was necessary to change his life and get healthy. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Introducing Two New Challenges for the New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=make_your_resolutions_a_reality_in_30_days Feel like you need a little extra help to make your healthy-living goals a reality? We are excited to introduce two new challenges, designed to get your New Year started right! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST Beats That Inspired Us to Move in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=beats_that_inspired_us_to_move_in_2015 Fuel your 2016 workouts with this BPM-boosting playlist featuring the very best of 2015's music scene. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 Ways to Avoid Late-Night Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_avoid_late_night_snacking Late night snacking can be a comfort at the end of the day, but it adds calories to your diet and can lead to weight gain. Explore a few ways to avoid this bad habit. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Say ''So Long'' to Sit-Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=say Sick of sit-ups? The traditional exercise may be on its way out. Find out why experts are saying it may be more harmful than helpful. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 EST 5 Christmas Drinks From Around the World That You'll Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_christmas_drinks_from_around_the_world_that_youll_love We've put together 5 recipes for our favorite Christmas drinks around the world: Hoppel-Poppel, Feuerzangenbowle, Coquito, Wassail and Cold Duck Punch. Happy Holidays! Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Supercharge Your Meals with Fat-Burning Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_fat_burning_foods_that_will_supercharge_your_eating_plan Knowing the best fat-burning foods up front helps you make better choices and maintain a desirable weight. Are these 10 fat-burning foods part of your meal plan? Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Tastier Ways to Kick Off Your Holiday Feast http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=tastier_ways_to_kick_off_your_holiday_feast Hosting a holiday party? Skip the creamy, calorie-packed appetizers and try a few of these 12 crowd-pleasing options instead. Guests will be begging for your recipes. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Copy Meals and Exercises with SparkPeople Mobile's New Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_mobile_gets_and_update You can now copy meals and exercises in SparkPeople Mobile! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:00:00 EST 5 Tips for Finding Relief from Plantar Fasciitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_tips_for_finding_relief_from_plantar_fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is a common heel condition that many suffer from. You can find relief from the pain with these five tips from Vionic. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Holiday Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=holiday_gifts_for_the_hostess_with_the_mostess Solidify your status as the holiday season's most-wanted guest with one of these healthy host or hostess gift ideas. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Seasonal Beer vs. Christmas Cookies: Which Wins the Holiday Calorie Conundrum? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=seasonal_beer_vs_christmas_cookies_which_wins_the_holiday_calorie_conundrum Should you skip or splurge on holiday cookies and beer? Learn the calorie counts of some popular Christmas beers and their cookie counterparts. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Will Hollywood Ever Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Real Bodies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=will_hollywood_ever_learn_to_stop_worrying_and_love_real_bodies As female celebrities work to break body image stereotypes, is anyone in Hollywood listening? Fri, 4 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST Healthy Holiday Gift-Giving Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=healthy_holiday_giftgiving_guide This holiday season, help others reach or keep up with their holiday fitness goals by giving gifts that encourage health and wellness. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Gives Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_gives_thanks Just in time for Thanksgiving, SparkPeople staff share their health and fitness-inspired grateful list. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST 12 Chicken Meals You Can Prep in 15 Minutes or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_chicken_meals_you_can_prep_in_15_minutes_or_less With a little planning, the help of your trusty slow cooker and a bank of delicious recipes, healthy chicken meals can still be enjoyed even during the busiest weeks. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST The Super Slipper Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10minute_slipper_workouts Try these two new quick workouts to start and finish your day the right way. Try one or both for a full-body workout in just 10 minutes! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST Get to Know Your Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_to_know_your_feet Ignoring your foot pain will not make it go away. Instead, take steps to reduce the pain and help prevent it from coming back. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST SparkPoints Monthly Contest Winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpoints_monthly_contest_winners Each month you earn at least 300 SparkPoints, you’re entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card or one of 5 Spark Activity Trackers. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Restaurant Meals Get a Healthy Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_restaurant_meals_get_a_healthy_makeover With a few modifications and healthy substitutions, many ooey, gooey restaurant meals and sweet treats can still be a part of your healthy meal plan. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Mobile Update: Allow Us to Help You Help Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_mobile_update_allow_us_to_help_you_help_yourself SparkPeople Mobile: Now with Notifications! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:00:00 EST Vionic Shoes: SparkPeople Tested, SparkPeople Approved? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=vionic_shoes_sparkpeople_tested_sparkpeople_approved SparkPeople members and staff got to put Vionic shoes to the test--but what did we think? Thu, 5 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST Sugar Showdown: Hard Cider vs. Junk Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sugar_showdown_hard_cider_vs_junk_food Although cider beer is gaining in popularity, it may not be as healthy as you think. Learn how the sugar content of hard cider and your favorite junk foods compares. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST Gluten Sensitivity Might Not Exist, Say Researchers Who Originally Discovered It http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=gluten_sensitivity_might_not_exist_say_researchers_who_originally_discovered_it According to researchers who originally discovered (non-celiac) gluten sensitivity, the condition may not actually exist. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:00:00 EST From 10 Minutes a Day To Competing at the World Championships, Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=from_10_minutes_a_day_to_competing_at_the_world_championships_part_2 See how SparkPeople Paul's Brazilian Jiu jitsu training led him to a World Championship in Part Two of his story. It might inspire you to take a new risk. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST