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/ 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 8 Incredible Healthy Cookbooks You’ll Devour 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 25 Healthy Outdoor Dishes for a Perfect Picnic 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 Better in Business and Beyond, Learn Why Image Is Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=better_in_business_and_beyond_learn_why_image_is_everything Learn how to portray a positive image for business and life as well as how to be a successful employee with image expert Jill Haney. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Find a New Workout Buddy in the Community Feed http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=find_a_new_workout_buddy_in_the_community_feed Want to find a new workout and accountability buddy? Why not give the Community Feed a look? Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST How Many Steps in a Mile, Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_many_steps_in_a_mile_solved Curious how many steps you take in a mile? While the answer is dependent on a number of things, we can help you get the answer! Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Little Lifestyle Changes Add Up to Big Wins with SparkPeople's Small Successes 30-Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=little_lifestyle_changes_add_up_to_big_wins_with_sparkpeoples_small_successes_30day_challenge Have fun learning to cook nutritious food for you and your family and learning small ways to integrate healthy living over the course of 30 days. You're going to love it! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Embrace Humor and Your 'Thunder Thighs' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=on_loving_our_thunder_thighs_and_baseballs_secret_training_trick Baseball is upon us and you would be smart to insert some of their goofball humor into your spring training plans. Plus, an inspirational video that will make you feel flaw-free. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 12:00:00 EST 6 Healthy Donuts You Can Make at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_dyi_healthy_donuts Donuts can be a delicious treat. These more sensible recipes deliver all the flavor without wrecking your health goals. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:00:00 EST 33 Unexpected Ways to Use Your Muffin Pan http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=33_unexpected_ways_to_use_your_muffin_pan Put your muffin pan to work with these simple, surprising and scrumptious recipes! Each is perfectly portable for an on-the-go breakfast, lunch or snack. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Podiatrist Tips for Treating the Top 5 Foot Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=podiatrist_tips_for_treating_the_top_5_foot_problems Podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera identifies the top five foot health problems she sees at her practice and how to treat them non-invasively. Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Do Essential Oils Live up to the Hype? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=do_essential_oils_live_up_to_the_hype Essential oils may smell good and look pretty, but do they really have any health benefits? Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 14 Healthy and Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=14_healthy_and_delicious_slow_cooker_chicken_recipes Enjoy some of SparkPeople's favorite slow cooker chicken recipes. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 12 Entertaining Podcasts to Get You Through Your Next Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_entertaining_podcasts_to_get_you_through_your_next_workout Having trouble dialing into your motivation? Plug into one of these entertaining podcasts and your next walk, run or workout will fly by! Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Essential Tools to Buy Before You Start Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_essential_tools_every_beginning_gardener_needs Always wanted to give gardening a go, but afraid your thumb's not green enough? With the right tools on hand, you CAN tend a thriving herb, vegetable or flower garden! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Hiking Essentials for Beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_hiking_essentials_for_beginners We love spending time in the great outdoors (aka the grown-up playground). Today we're sharing some of our favorite hiking essentials. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST 8 Amazing Goals You Can Achieve in the Next 8 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_goals_will_you_reach_before_the_end_of_the_year Who's giving up on your goals right now? Not you! Recommit yourself to your goals by taking an 8-week pledge today! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EST 10 Full-Body Strength Exercises Every Beginner Needs to Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_full_body_strength_training_exercises_for_the_beginner Did you know that you can get an effective strength workout, right in the comfort of your own home? Creating a balanced routine is easier than you might think. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 9 Things You Should Never EVER Say to Your Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_things_you_should_never_say_to_your_husband Avoid uttering these common phrases that could undermine your marriage. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EST 10 Plus-Size Leggings for Women Who Love Their Curves http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_plussize_leggings_for_women_who_love_their_curves Long live the legging! Long or short, fit or flared, there's a legging look for every curvy girl out there. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST