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/ Socialize Smarter: 6 Picks for 3 Popular Meet-Up Spots http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=socialize_smarter_6_picks_for_3_popular_meetup_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=t 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=track_your_google_fit_data_with_sparkpeople 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_30minute_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_frozen_food_aisle_finds_you_wont_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=piloxing_the_hot_hybrid_workout_thats_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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15_spices_youve_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_killer_tanktop_arm_workouts 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=2_weeks_to_a_bikini_bod_whats_realistic 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sleep_diabetes_could_melatonin_increase_your_risk 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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.' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=im_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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_9minute_7move_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=keep_calm_and_dont_burn_the_kitchen_down_6_great_learning_resources 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_sexy_salsas_for_cinco_de_mayo 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=foot_health_qa_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_summer_of_selfacceptance 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' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=success_story_how_a_plantbased_diet_helped_marla_lose_100_pounds_find_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=meal_planning_a_lovehate_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=not_so_fast_ditch_the_drivethru_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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_definitive_guide_to_flawlessly_add_fitness_to_your_lunch_hour 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15_free_apps_you_need_to_download_now 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=half_the_woman_sparkpeople_member_celebrates_174pound_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=discover_more_than_500_free_workout_videos_at_sparkpeopletv 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