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/ Does Hypnosis for Weight Loss Really Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=does_hypnosis_for_weight_loss_really_work Is it a shortcut to skinny... or just a lot of hype? Find out whether weight-loss hypnosis really works, and what to look for if you're considering giving it a try. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers: 16 Scrumptious Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_to_serve_with_stuffed_peppers_16_scrumptious_ideas Is your stuffed pepper meal rotation feeling a little... stale? Liven things up with these scrumptious side dish ideas! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Changes are Coming to Some of Our Smaller Apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=changes_are_coming_to_some_of_our_smaller_apps Today, we'll be taking a few of our older, smaller apps out of the app stores so we can focus on improving the apps you love the most. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:00:00 EST Find Your Financial Freedom with Michelle McKinnon http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=find_your_financial_freedom_with_michelle_mckinnon Senior wealth advisor and host of the ''$mart Women'' podcast Michelle McKinnon shares her top tips for finding financial freedom through planning, investing and budgeting. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Gaga for Garbanzos: 20 Ways to Cook 1 Can of Chickpeas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=gaga_for_garbanzos_20_ways_to_cook_1_can_of_chickpeas Looking for delicious ways to pack more protein into your diet? We've got 20, and they all have one thing in common: A single can of chickpeas. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Runner Shows Boston Who's Boss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=boston_success_story When Kevin (MOBYCARP) joined SparkPeople in 2011, he never dreamed he'd run a marathon. Six years later, he's completed several, including TWO Boston Marathons. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 4 Hula Hoop Moves Your Inner Child Will Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_hula_hoop_moves_your_inner_child_will_love Kristin Benton discovered hula hooping while trying to lose weight after her first pregnancy. Now, the founder of FXP Fitness shares four of her favorite hula hoop fitness moves. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 50 Things to Consider Before Giving up on Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=50_things_to_consider_before_giving_up_on_your_goals On the days when everything is going wrong and you can't imagine ever achieving your goals, you'll be happy you bookmarked this motivational list. Never quit on yourself again. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Why Weight Loss Is Not 80% Diet and 20% Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_weight_loss_is_not_80_diet_and_20_fitness Weight loss comes with a lot of blindly accepted truths, including that success is achieved through 80 percent diet and 20 percent fitness. SparkGuy doesn't exactly agree. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST SparkFriends Forever: 6 Stories of Friendship and Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkfriends_forever_6_stories_of_friendship_and_support Bonds forged through the SparkPeople community happen every day, and, for many, those supportive networks are the glue that holds their ultimate dreams together. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Low- or No-Calorie Drinks That Won't Sabotage Your Summer Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=Low_or_No_Calorie_Drinks_That_Wont_Sabotage_Your_Summer_Diet These refreshing drinks are safe for summer or any time you want a low- or no-calorie beverage but don't want to wreck your diet. Drink up! Wed, 7 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Relieve, Restore and Reset Your Back with These 10 Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=relieve_restore_and_reset_your_back_with_these_10_products Back aches and pains brought on by the rigors of everyday life can become a thing of the past with these 10 products that help you stretch, soothe and strengthen your sore back. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_exercises_to_strengthen_your_feet Feet are the foundation of your body. And with over 100 muscles in your feet and ankles, they can greatly benefit from daily strengthening exercises. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Start Summer With Socks, Santa and Squats With Schnauzers http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=start_summer_with_socks_santa_and_squats_with_schnauzers Remember when you hated getting socks as a gift? Not anymore. Meet the sock that your sweaty feet will love, plus an inspiring quote and the greatest, cutest squat challenge ever! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Announcing: New User Tagging and Notification Features http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=announcing_new_user_tagging_and_notification_features Now you can be sure to never miss out on a conversation again. With the new user tagging features on our site, it's easy to stay in the loop! Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:00:00 EST 5 Playground Exercises for Parents (and Kids at Heart) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_fun_playground_exercises_to_better_fitness You do not have to belong to a gym, nor do you have to own any fancy workout equipment to get fit and healthy. In fact your local park may just hold the key to getting you fit. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 35 Girl Power Anthems to Energize Your Next Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=35_girl_power_anthems_to_energize_your_next_workout Girls just want to have fun--and get fit! Power up for your next workout with these sweat-inducing, heart-pumping feminist tracks. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST What a Mystery Illness Taught One Man About Weight-Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_a_mystery_illness_taught_one_man_about_weightloss_success For more than 20 years, Jim Curtis has battled a mystery chronic illness. During his searching for answers, he learned some important life lessons about success and weight loss. Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 EST Running Gear That’s a Waste of Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=running_gear_thats_a_waste_of_money Before you break the bank buying these so-called must-have running items, heed these tips from seasoned runners who wish they'd waited. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 8 Fresh Floral Prints That Make Fitness More Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_fresh_floral_prints_that_make_fitness_more_fun Don't just admire the wildflowers on your way to the gym--boldly wear them instead. From sunglasses to shoes, we have you covered with pretty floral workout attire you'll love. Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Chart-Topping Chicken Recipes for the Instant Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_charttopping_chicken_recipes_for_the_instant_pot Chicken is a healthy go-to ingredient, but the same old dishes can get boring. Mix it up with these 20 quick, easy and delicious Instant Pot recipes. Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 8 Ways to Make Scrambled Eggs Egg-citing http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_ways_to_make_scrambled_eggs_eggciting Stuck in a scrambled egg rut? Break out of it with these egg-citing recipe ideas! Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 EST Hit Your Goals Out of the Park with Didi Wong http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=hit_your_goals_out_of_the_park_with_didi_wong Didi Wong, a master practitioner of integrative wellness, life coach and yogi, knows a thing or two about setting goals and going after them. Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways to Achieve a Better Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_ways_to_achieve_a_better_back Slumping, long hours standing and just generally being does a number on our spines as we age. Learn how to combat the effects with these six targeted moves. Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 EST Busting 4 Myths About Low- or No-Calorie Beverages http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=busting_4_myths_about_low_or_no_calorie_beverages With so much hype surrounding low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages, how do you know what to believe? We break it down for you--and dispel the myths! Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00:00 EST 10 Super Berry Smoothie Recipes to Kick-Start Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_super_berry_smoothie_recipes Fuel yourself with berries and other great smoothies by trying these SparkRecipes. Wed, 17 May 2017 18:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Stash Your Valuables While You Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_ways_to_stash_your_valuables_while_you_workout Wondering where you stick your stuff while you workout? We have you covered--from wristbands to belts and from water bottles to yoga mats, sweat while your valuables are secured. Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways to 'Put an EB Egg on It' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_to_put_an_eb_egg_on_it Tired of the same old recipes? Add a fun, nutritious twist by putting an Eggland's Best egg on top! Start with these five, then experiment with your other favorites. Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 40 Amazingly Easy Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=40_amazingly_easy_recipes_with_5_ingredients_or_less Daunted by the mile-long lists of ingredients in most recipes? '86 the hassle and make dinner a breeze with these easy 5-ingredient dishes, desserts and drinks. Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 EST Are Compression Garments Worth the Squeeze on Your Wallet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_compression_garments_worth_the_squeeze_on_your_wallet Are compression socks truly helpful, or are they just a trendy fad? We look into who stands to benefit from a little leg squeezin'. Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Fun Ways to Visually Track Weight Loss Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_fun_ways_to_visually_track_weight_loss_progress Watch the weight melt away! Weight loss isn't easy, but it can become a little more fun with one (or more) of these visual methods for monitoring your progress. Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 of the Best and Worst Cereals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_of_the_best_cereals_you_should_be_eating Learn how to ignore the catchy claims on the front of the cereal box and follow the "rule of five" to make your next bowl of cereal the healthiest one possible. Thu, 11 May 2017 10:00:00 EST 4 Ways to Beat the Heat and Stay Hydrated This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_ways_to_beat_the_heat_and_stay_hydrated_this_summer Stay cool and enjoy all of your favorite summer activities with these four hydration tips. Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Easy Side Dishes to Make That Chicken Dinner a Winner http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_to_serve_with_chicken_10_quick_easy_side_dishes Chicken is probably a regular part of your dinner rotation. So you'll need some great side dishes for chicken that add a little spark to the plate. Here are 10 to get you started. Tue, 9 May 2017 12:00:00 EST 5 Healthy Recipes that Aren't a Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_healthy_recipes_that_arent_a_salad Burned out on greens? Step outside the salad bar and discover new, exciting ways to eat healthy. (They're more delicious than you'd expect!) Mon, 8 May 2017 00:00:00 EST The Ultimate Guide to High Heel Foot Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_ultimate_guide_to_high_heel_foot_health High heels look great but can do major damage. Podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera shares tips for achieving and maintaining the best high heel foot health. Mon, 8 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Easy Ways to Add More Protein to Your Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_easy_ways_to_add_more_protein_to_your_breakfast To stay satisfied and energized all day long, add a protein punch to your mornings! Discover five easy and delicious ways to include more protein in your breakfast. Fri, 5 May 2017 00:00:00 EST Build a Better You and Enhance Your Diet with SparkPeople's 30-Day Better Nutrition Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=build_a_better_you_and_enhance_your_diet_with_sparkpeoples_30day_better_nutrition_challenge Learn about all the nutrients you need for a perfectly balanced diet and how to get them every day with our 30-Day Better Nutrition Challenge! Fri, 5 May 2017 00:00:00 EST Are Your Fears and Self-Criticisms Holding You Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_your_fears_and_selfcriticisms_keeping_you_down Negative self-talk is a bad habit for many of us, but what happens when it starts influencing those we love most or keeping us from achieving greatness? Fri, 5 May 2017 00:00:00 EST 12 Things You Should Never to Say to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_things_you_should_never_to_say_to_yourself You'd never dream of saying such hurtful things to someone else -- so why say them to yourself? Learn how to nip these common negative thoughts in the bud. Wed, 3 May 2017 00:00:00 EST How Much Exercise Do You REALLY Need to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_much_exercise_you_really_need_to_lose_weight If you're trying to lose weight, you probably need more than the general recommended amount of exercise -- but how much more? Tue, 2 May 2017 06:00:00 EST 10 Futuristic Health Products That Should Be on Your Radar http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_futuristic_health_products_that_should_be_on_your_radar Time to take your health and fitness tech tools into the future with toys that monitor, count, play music underwater and more! Tue, 2 May 2017 00:00:00 EST Here's the Thing About Getting Older http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=heres_the_thing_about_getting_older One member looks back on her goals in her 20's versus her goals now that she's turned 50 and boy have they changed Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Helpful Items to Take on a Spring Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_things_to_take_on_a_spring_hike Hiking season is here! Here's what you need to bring to stay safe and comfortable on your outdoor trek. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EST 7 of the Worst Restaurant Foods in America http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_7_worst_restaurant_foods_in_america These high-fat, high-calorie and high-sodium selections can easily blow your daily nutritional intake. Are any of these your favorites? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EST Regain Agility and Reduce Pain with the Alexander Technique http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=regain_agility_and_reduce_pain_with_the_alexander_technique Instructor and author of the book "Agility at Any Age" offers an introduction to the Alexander Technique, a mindfulness practice that brings balance and poise back to your life. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST The 8 Best Cookbooks for 8 Popular Healthy Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_incredible_healthy_cookbooks_youll_devour Need some inspiration in the kitchen? Check out these 8 amazing cookbooks for some of the most popular diet plans. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Create the Perfect Picnic with These 25 Recipe Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=25_healthy_outdoor_dishes_for_a_perfect_picnic There's no reason your nutrition plan has to wilt in the sun. For smart picnic planning, think outside the bun with these healthy, outdoor-friendly recipes. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 13 Recipes That Are High in Protein and Low in Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_recipes_high_in_protein_low_in_fat Prepare these high protein, low fat recipes to help you stay on track and satisfied. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:00:00 EST You're NOT Too Heavy for Yoga! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_plussize_yoga_poses_for_all_shapes_sizes Think you're too heavy for yoga? There's no such thing. "Curvy Yoga" expert Anna Guest-Jelley shares her tips and favorite poses. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST