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. 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 Stay Active with the #Find30 Step into Holiday Health Challenge Sometimes, it can be easy to forget the simple act of staying active--especially around the holidays. Join the #Find30 Step into Holiday Health Challenge today! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST WHO Declares Bacon Bad; Will You Change Your Habits? Does the WHO's announcement that processed meats cause cancer change your mind about eating them? Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST From 10 Minutes a Day To Competing at the World Championships, Part One Paul is one of our behind-the-scene tech “gurus” at SparkPeople. We asked him to share his story in the hopes that it will inspire others to take risks and challenge themselves. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST 12 Satisfying Meatless Meals for Your Menu Discover the power of vegetables with these 12 meatless and flavorful meal options. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST Ace Your Next Workout with a Deck of Cards Using a deck of cards in your workout routine provides endless options and--best of all--you choose your own level of difficulty! Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips to Improve Your Walking Routine Celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska shares her top-10 tips for getting the most out of your walking routine. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST How a Busy Mom of Three Lost 55 Pounds* Anne Marie recently attended the M2Moms Conference with the SparkPeople team. She shared her success story with the 300 attendees, and now we are sharing her story with you! Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST Know Your GMOs (Q & A) What are GMOs? What do they do? What kinds of foods contain them? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST Making Room for Real Foods Check out this step-by-step guide to organizing your fridge and pantry to make room for real foods. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST Walnut Health Benefits Walnuts provide an array of health benefits, and because of their versatility, they can be chopped and sprinkled onto salads, vegetable dishes, yogurt, fruits, and desserts. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:00:00 EST 12 Simple Steps and Strategies for Clean Eating What does ''clean eating'' actually mean, and how can you apply it in your own life? Let's break it down once and for all! Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST One-Mile Wake Up and Walk Workout Squeeze in some extra daily steps and give your body and brain a wake up call at any time of day with this fast-paced one-mile workout. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST The Incredible Health Benefits of Okra This blog looks at the many benefits of eating okra regularly. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:00:00 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! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:00:00 EST Kale Health Benefits While many people view kale as a simple garnish to enhance the appearance of a plate and little more, it is actually packed with powerful nutrients that offer many health benefits. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:00:00 EST 7 Good Mid-Run Snacks Whether you’re training, competing in a marathon, or simply running after work, you're bound to get hungry along the way. This post looks at a few mid run snacks to keep you going. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:00:00 EST Debunking 4 of the Top Obesity Myths Obesity is a critical health issue affecting the quality of life for millions of Americans. This post looks to debunk four of the most persistent obesity myths. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EST 6 Tips to Find the Perfect Shoe Fit When it comes to shoes, finding the right fit is not always an easy feat! Here's how to find the perfect pair for you. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST 12 Recipes for Little Chefs in Training Grab some little helpers and get started with one of these 12 tasty, healthy and kid-approved recipes. Bon appetit! Tue, 8 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Best Vegan Foods For Weight Loss A vegan diet can a great way to eat healthy and lose weight. This post looks at a few of the best vegan foods for weight loss. Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST 12 Healthy Dishes Served on a Stick Remix your regular meals by popping them on a stick. Go crazy for kabobs with one of these 12 fun and healthy recipes. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST 4 Push-Up Modifications You Can Try Today Push-ups engage almost every muscle in your body, but they aren't exactly easy to do! The good news is that there are modifications you can try while building up to a full one. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Reset from the Inside Out in 30 Days! Get a healthy tune-up with the 30-Day Fit & Fiber-Full Wellness Challenge! Think of it as a booster shot to help you feel your absolute best from the inside out. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Earn 300 SparkPoints in September, Win Great Prizes! Earn 300 SparkPoints in September for the chance to win big prizes! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Challenge Every Muscle with This Walking Interval Workout Switch up your walking routine by adding intervals and body moves. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Health Benefits of Sage Herbs and spices can provide astounding health benefits. Learn how herbs like sage can please both your health and your taste buds. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:00:00 EST Done with the Excess Weight and Moving Forward!* This blog is a featured "SparkStory", one of the classic posts from our members that provides inspiration to the SparkPeople Community. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST The Best Running Songs of All Time (Volume Two!) Give your next run a power boost with this BPM-inspired playlist. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Fit in Exercise at Work Having trouble staying fit while managing your career? Lose weight, boost your metabolism, and increase your energy with these six smart office exercise tips. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:00:00 EST Check Out SparkPeople's New Challenges and Start Page! Check out SparkPeople's new and improved Challenges feature! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 EST Cinnamon Health Benefits Cinnamon carries many benefits, which include antioxidant and microbial properties. This post takes a look at how cinnamon can make you healthier. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:00:00 EST A Full-Body Foam Roller Routine for Beginners Studies show that foam rolling can help reduce stiffness, pain, and even improve your range of motion during your workout. Try firming up with our 15-minute foam roller routine. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Essential Hot Weather Running Tips Let's face it: Some people loathe running in the hottest months of the year. However, there are steps you can take to mitigate the summer heat and make summer running enjoyable. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Beat the Heat with 12 Summer Salads Hold on tight to the last bit of summer by enjoying some refreshing summer-friendly salads. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Keep It Real Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte will now include real pumpkin flavoring. What do you think of this change? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Health Benefits of Coffee Coffee contains many compounds known to reduce the risk for health problems and improve bodily functions. Check out the top health benefits of consuming coffee. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST Get the New SparkPeople Mobile App Today! Get the new SparkPeople Mobile app - the biggest update we've ever brought to the app! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:00:00 EST A Do-Anywhere Routine for Stronger Wrists This basic, wrist focused routine is designed to help you build strength, range of motion and flexibility in the muscles that surround and support your wrists. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Tips for Keeping Your Feet Healthy and Happy Believe it or not, the majority of Americans will log almost 75,000 miles on their feet by age 50! Here's how to protect your tootsies and help you stay on your feet. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST