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. 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 Breaking up With Brad, My Food Delivery Guy After surviving on delivery meals for the better part of adulthood, one editor challenged herself to cook healthy at home for 30 days. She shares tips with other kitchen rookies. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Is Your Baby Destined to be Fat? Start Mindful Eating at an Early Age It's never too early to start fostering healthy eating habits. Some recent research has found that adopting mindful practices as early as infancy can have dramatic effects. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Pacing & Fueling along the Half Marathon Race Route Two things can make or break a race: pacing and fueling. Here's how to hit that sweet spot to help you finish strong. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Can a Spoonful of Honey Keep Allergies Away? It's allergy season and you're miserable. Can a spoonful of honey help keep your allergies away? Find out here. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Healthy Snacks to Stash at Work When you work outside the home, sticking to a nutritious, low-calorie diet requires some planning. Read on for 10 sensible yet satisfying snacks to keep on hand. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 01:00:00 EST 9 Savory Recipes That Make Coconut Oil the Star Cooking with coconut oil has never been easier! Try these 9 recipes starring coconut oil. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Skip the Skim: New Study Says Full-Fat Dairy Could Fight Diabetes & Obesity New research suggests skipping the skim milk and choosing full-fat dairy can reduce diabetes and obesity. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Tips for Heel Pain Treatment Learn six non-invasive ways to treat foot heel pain at home. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Home Is Where the Half Marathon Is For years Rhonda had an unhealthy relationship with food and fitness, but when a friend inspired her to try running, she discovered a strength she didn't know she possessed. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST For a Good Night's Sleep, Try Steak A new study suggests that protein could improve your quality of sleep. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Stay Active with The 30-Day #Find30: Spring Shape-Up Challenge! Our new challenge will help you get ready to tackle that spring sandal weather. Are you up for 30 days of good-for-you, warmer weather activities? Fri, 1 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Fit In Less Than 5 Minutes a Day With These 4 Proven Tips This is it: The definitive guide to getting in the best shape of your life. Four steps is all it takes. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips for Injury-Free Training Don't get sidelined with a running injury. Learn what to do if you suspect you're injured--and how to prevent injuries in the first place. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST 9 Ways to Spring Clean Your Way to Fit This spring, seize the opportunity to turn your to-do list items into major calorie burners. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Brown-Bagging Made Easy: 5 Healthy Lunch Ideas Packing a healthy lunch every day can seem like an overwhelming task. But with a little planning, nutritious mid-day meals are well within reach. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Viewing Your Nutrition Information and Accuracy Just Got Easier with SparkPeople Mobile's Newest Update! You can now track your nutrition information and accuracy right in SparkPeople Mobile! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:00:00 EST Pioneers of the Plus-Size Movement This season, some brave, beautiful plus-size women are leading the charge toward a more accepting beauty industry. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST To Wave or Not to Wave: What's the Proper Running/Walking Etiquette? The running wave has a very short window. Blink and you'll miss it. Do you wave to other runners and walkers? Do you think non-wavers are breaking the rules of road etiquette? Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST One-Mile Express Workout for Your Abs YouTube star Jessica Smith leads you through a 10-minute ab crusher. Get your core working while getting a mile's worth of steps for the day with this fun, engaging video workout. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Things Marathoners Wish They'd Known Before Their First Race We asked some seasoned runners what they wish they'd known before completing their first race. These words of wisdom will help you stay the course. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Power Up and Over Any Hill with These 5 Training Tips Running uphill can be intimidating, but if you incorporate these 5 tips during your training, you'll be able to get and over any hill in no time. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Winner, Winner, 4 Ways to Chicken Dinner Struggling to come up with fresh meal ideas every day? We asked a professional chef how to get four meals out of one prep session and three chickens. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark It or Scrap It: Can Avocado Oil Improve Your Health? According to Pinterest, avocado oil will take coconut oil's place as one of the top 10 trending foods for 2016. But do the benefits warrant the buzz? Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Splenda Possibly Linked to Cancer, New Study Finds A new study has identified Splenda as a potential cause of several types of blood cancers. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST What 'Secret Weapons' Do Nutritionists & Trainers Have in Their Homes? We asked 30 trainers and nutritionists to share which items they keep in their homes to help them accomplish their goals (and to motivate you to surpass yours). Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Burn It to Earn It: The Girl Scout Cookie Edition Craving a Girl Scout cookie (or five)? Check out how much exercise you'll have to do to burn off each serving. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Home Is Where the Triathlon Is When a physical therapist recommended that Monty try a triathlon, he thought it was a crazy idea. What he found was a passion and determination he never knew he had. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Before You Sweat: Yoga Cheat Sheet Considering trying a yoga class for the first time? Check out our cheat sheet on what you should know before you go. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST 'Shark Tank' Products That Help You Live Healthier The show has seen its share of health and fitness products in its seven seasons on the air, but are any relevant to your lifestyle? Learn more about 10 ''Shark Tank'' products. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Discover the Pluses of Pulses The U.N. declared 2016 the International Year of the Pulses. Find out what led to this decision and learn how to get this nutritional powerhouse of a food into your life. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Spring Break? You'll Want the Best Walking Sandals for Travel Review our top picks for the best travel walking sandals to help you avoid foot and heel pain while on vacation. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST Gear Up! Essentials for Your Half Marathon Training Learn about running gear necessities as SparkPeople members train to run Cincinnati's Flying Pig Half Marathon. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EST $20 Food Showdown: Fast Food vs. Healthy Food (2016) To debunk the myth that healthy eating is expensive, we headed to our local grocery store -- and a few fast food restaurants -- to see how much $20 could buy. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST