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. What a Mystery Illness Taught One Man About Weight-Loss 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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' 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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' 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 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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