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. Socialize Smarter: 6 Picks for 3 Popular Meet-Up Spots So many of our social outings revolve around food and drinking, making maintaining relationships difficult while dieting. Find out what you should pick next time you go out. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 EST No Butts About It: 50 Reasons to Quit Smoking Need some quitting inspiration? Read on for 50 good reasons to stop smoking, for your health, confidence, family, finances and beyond. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 EST What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self? There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self on the topic of being healthy. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, right? Given the chance, I would tell 25-year-old Jen: Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Piloxing in Action: 8 Moves to Try at Home Want to try PILOXING in the comfort of home? Here are 8 sample workouts, complete with pictures. Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Dinner on Demand: 10 Key Foods You Need in Your Pantry No pantry is complete without these 10 go-to cooking essentials. Are you stocked up? Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Smoothies: Skip Them or Sip Them? Smoothies are a somewhat polarizing topic among those in the health world. When done right, though, the blended drink can provide big nutritional value. Discover the secret formula Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Big News: SparkPeople App Now Connects With Google Fit We have some awesome news: Your SparkPeople app now integrates with Google Fit! Discover how to sync your information over so you can have it all in one place. Mon, 23 May 2016 15:00:00 EST A 30-Minute Barre Workout That Is Easy on the Knees Jessica Smith is at it again with a 30-minute Barre routine that works your whole body while being gentle on the knees. You're guaranteed to sweat with a smile on your face. Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EST FDA Reveals Changes to Nutrition Facts Label, Coming in 2018 The FDA has released a new version of the Nutrition Facts label, which will enable consumers to make more informed dietary choices. Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Sun, Sand & Snacks: The 9 Best Foods to Take to the Beach Need some sand-proof snacks for your beach spread? These 9 ideas are great for easy, breezy summer picnics. Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Frozen Dinner Finds You Won't Believe Are Healthy It's time to update what you think you know about frozen meals. With so many healthy options available in your store's freezer aisles, the only problem will be which one to choose. Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Piloxing: The Hot Hybrid Workout That's Got Us Throwing Punches What do you get when Pilates meets boxing? Discover Piloxing, the hot fusion fitness workout that's filling up studios across the country. Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 15 Spices You've Probably Never Tried (But Totally Should) Hundreds of spices are missing from your kitchen. Here are our top 15 picks for seasonings you should try ASAP. Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Killer Tank-Top Arm Workouts for Every Level Get excited to show off your strong arms with these six workouts focused on your triceps, biceps and shoulders. Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 EST How to Find Some Zen in Every Part of Your Day Between deadlines at work, endless carpools and getting three meals on the table, meditation can be impossible. Discover seven ways to embrace the calm on even the busiest of days. Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Reach Napping Nirvana Are you getting enough quality sleep? If not, maybe you napping can help. Discover 6 tips to make your power nap work for you. Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Busting the Myth of the 2-Week Bikini Bod Can you be ready for a bikini in just 2 weeks? With a few of these expert tips, poolside confidence could be closer than you think. Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Sleep & Diabetes: Does the Risk Rise at Night? A new study shows that up to 30 percent of people could have a higher sensitivity to melatonin, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Before You Sweat: CrossFit Cheat Sheet Thinking about trying a CrossFit class? Check our cheat sheet so you know what to expect, what to bring and how to get the most out of your WOD. Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 'The Biggest Loser': Biggest Success or Loser Idea? Find out how one SparkPeople expert and members feel about 'The Biggest Loser' formula for weight loss. Is it worth your time to tune in? Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 'I'm Winning the Battle Against Depression & Obesity, One Day at a Time.' Find out how Tammy is overcoming obesity and depression with healthy eating, regular exercise and the support of SparkPeople. Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Fitness Superstitions: Magic or Mind Games? Are superstitions silly, or a legit way to boost performance? Pro athletes are notorious for their rituals. Do you have any superstitions related to health and fitness? Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Mediterranean Diet Could Help to Slow Aging and Prevent Bone Loss, Study Says New research shows that the Mediterranean diet could slow down the aging process and prevent bone loss. Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Why I Decided to Get Off the Tracker Train Who wouldn’t want to have these stats at their fingertips? The fact is, I gave up my activity tracker after I decided it was doing me me more harm than good. Mon, 9 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark It or Scrap It: Does Melatonin Help with Jet Lag? Could melatonin help to nip jet lag in the bud? Find out how this natural sleep aid can reset your internal clock. Mon, 9 May 2016 00:00:00 EST A 9-Minute Core Workout You Can Do Anywhere Blogilates Cassey Ho is back with a brand new abs workout that is going to burn so good. Feel every muscle in your core working in this short, but effective routine. Fri, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Keep Calm and Don't Burn the Kitchen Down In the final installment of a 30-day no delivery, no takeout challenge, our writer reflects on the various ways a novice chef can learn basic and advanced cooking techniques. Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Drink Beer, Eat Chocolate Because Science According to a little something called science, beer and chocolate just might deserve a place in your diet plan. Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EST The Finish Line: SparkPeople Reflects on the Flying Pig Journey We trained, we raced, we conquered? SparkPeople finally reaches the Flying Pig half marathon race day. How did it go? Tue, 3 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Spice up Cinco de Mayo with 7 Sexy Salsas If you're throwing a Cinco de Mayo party and looking for some fresh, flavorful dips, we've got you covered. Below are six sexy salsas that will have guests coming back for more. Tue, 3 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Get #Healthy with SparkPeople Mobile Hashtags Mobile app news: Now you can use hashtags to search chat topics on our mobile app! Search and discover so much more in an instant! Mon, 2 May 2016 14:00:00 EST The Only Taco Bar Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Needs It's Cinco de Mayo season--and what better way to celebrate than with a DIY Taco Bar for your next party? Friends and family will love it. Mon, 2 May 2016 13:00:00 EST Foot Health Q&A with Podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera Do you have a foot health question? We have answers straight from the Vionic Innovation Lab's own Dr. Jackie Sutera. Mon, 2 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Make This the Summer of Self-Acceptance Instead of entering swimsuit season with the typical reluctance or dread, why not declare this the summer of self-acceptance and learn to love your body? Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST How Marla Lost 100 Pounds & Found the True Meaning of 'Healthy' Find out how Marla lost 100 pounds by using SparkPeople and sticking to a plant-based diet! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST 25 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger Want to feel 10 years younger? The next time you start feeling your age, try some of these tricks for turning back the clock. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Meal Planning, A Love/Hate Roller Coaster Meal planning. For a rookie in the kitchen, the phrase alone elicits a cringe. Find out what one writer learned when she headed to the kitchen to prep seven meals in one night. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Small or Large, Running Groups Help You Take Charge Community is HUGE among runners. Groups large or small really help propel your forward--no matter if you're running for fun or training for a race, there really is fun in numbers! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Sweat in Style with These 10 Fit Apparel Brands We're all unique in our fitness apparel needs. Whether you're short, fashion-forward, expecting or budgeting, we've found 10 brands that cater to every kind of gym goddess. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Mother Knows Best: What Cooking Lessons Did Your Mom Pass Along? We asked some of our staff, members, friends, nutritionists and trainers to share the best cooking lesson their moms passed along. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Ditch the Drive-Thru & Make Healthy Versions at Home By preparing these fast-food copycats at home, you can cater to that craving without getting crushed by calories, fat and sodium. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Which Fruits and Veggies are in the New Dirty Dozen? Which conventional fruits and vegetables contain more pesticide residue? Which ones have the least? There's a new list out that tells you just that! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 EST Flawlessly Add Fitness to Lunch Hour With This Definitive Guide Isn't it time you reclaimed your lunch hour? Discover the easiest way to fit an hour of exercise into any work day with this printable guide. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Acquainting Myself With the Kitchen After Years of Neglect Our resident delivery connoisseur challenged herself to 30 days without ordering food. In this second entry, she shares what she's learned about creating a functional kitchen. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST 20 Ways to Show the Earth Some Love What have you done for the planet lately? If you've been more of a taker than a giver, Earth Day is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and give the planet some props. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST 15 Free Apps You Need to Download Now to Reach Your Goals To help you narrow down the thousands of nutrition and fitness apps on the market, we asked SparkPeople's resident experts and members to hand-pick their favorites. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 01:00:00 EST A Cheap Cure for Blisters Could Be in Your Junk Drawer Inexpensive paper tape could be the most effective prevention for painful blisters among long-distance runners. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST 16 Unexpected Ways to Use Coconut Oil Discover 16 new ways to use coconut oil. We bet you've never heard of some of these ideas! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Half the Woman: SparkPeople Member Celebrates 174-Pound Weight Loss Find out how a single mother lost more than half her body weight and sparked her family to adopt healthier lifestyles! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Discover More Than 500 Free Workout Videos at SparkPeople.TV SparkPeople.TV now offers you the workout you want, when you want it. Choose from more than 500 workout videos, from cardio and strength to yoga and meditation. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST