The SparkPeople Blog The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. Not-So-Fat 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 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! You can now manage all of your goals right in SparkPeople Mobile! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST 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 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 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 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 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 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 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* 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 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* 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 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? 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 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? 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 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* 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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? 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 SparkPeople Mobile: Now with Notifications! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:00:00 EST 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 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 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 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