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/ 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 Breaking up With Brad, My Food Delivery Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=breaking_up_with_brad_my_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=skip_the_skim_new_study_says_fullfat_dairy_could_reduce_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=for_a_good_nights_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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_active_with_the_30day_find30_spring_shapeup_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_tips_for_injuryfree_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_ways_to_get_fit_by_spring_cleaning 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=brownbagging_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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=viewing_your_nutrition_information_and_accuracy_just_got_easier_with_sparkpeople_mobiles_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=pioneers_of_the_plussize_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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=to_wave_or_not_to_wave_whats_the_proper_running_or_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=onemile_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_things_marathoners_wish_theyd_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_it_or_scrap_it_does_avocado_oil_live_up_to_the_hype 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=splenda_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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_secret_weapons_do_nutritionists_and_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=earn_brownie_points_for_smart_snacking_girl_scout_calorie_counts 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_health_and_fitness_products_that_swam_in_the_shark_tank 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spring_break_youll_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_food_showdown_fast_food_vs_healthy_food 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