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Dieting is HARD, especially if you are going it alone. Come here to share with other folks dealing with dieting — the GOOD and the BAD. The good - recipes, tips, pounds lost, exercise achieved, goals attained. The bad — cheats of the week, excuses that won't fly, stress eating, flatlining, the holiday temptations. This is a supportive group — so do come and do share.

Sarah's Gluten-Free Oat Bites

Posted By Sarah Jane Parker on Mar 28, 2016 at 9:35AM

These gluten-free and vegan oat bites are the perfect post-workout snack! They are portable, bite-sized, and filled with simple and complex carbohydrates for refueling. Just like a bite-sized granola bar!  Hey friends, it's time for Recipe Redux again! This is a recipe that I'm excited to bring you since I have been working on it …

Wild Blueberry Cinnamon Bun Smoothie Bowl

Posted By Sarah Jane Parker on Feb 26, 2016 at 4:36PM

Interested in trying Wild Blueberries? Here's a recipe to try: Wild Blueberry Cinnamon Bun Smoothie Bowl!

DIY Smokehouse Almond Crackers - #ad #GameChangingFlavors @bluediamond #vegan #recipe #glutenfree

Posted By Sarah Jane Parker on Dec 1, 2015 at 5:53AM

Smokehouse Almond Crackers

Skip the weight Gain this Holiday!

Posted By Sarah Jane Parker on Oct 23, 2015 at 12:53PM

Skip the weight gain this holiday and join my weight maintenance challenge starting next month! #fitness #holidays #health

Favorite Trail Mix

Posted By Sarah Jane Parker on Oct 21, 2015 at 1:34PM

Favorite Trail Mix (gluten and nut free, vegan)

Consumer Reports Does Dieting

Posted By Fitness on May 8, 2007 at 1:30PM

I've definitely consulted Consumer Reports when I bought my car and I even think I checked them out when I bought my cappuccino machine, but I would have never thought about looking to them for dieting advice. Until now, that is...

In their June 2007 issue Consumer Reports rated eight popular diet plans that have been studied in clinical trials. Ratings are based on adherence to nutritional guidelines and the results of published randomized clinical studies that reported short-term (3-6 months) and long- term (12 months) results and together studied at least 40 subjects per diet. Volumetrics was the top rate plan followed by Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Slim- Fast.

Consumer Reports also rated seven diet books. "The Best Life Diet" was the top-rated, followed by three closely ranked books, "Eat, Drink & Weigh Less," "You On a Diet" and "The Abs Diet."

Want to know which diets got doubtful ratings and find out strategies that they think will work? Then read more

10 Commandments of Weight Loss

Posted By Fitness on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:15PM

If your dad was anything like mine, you may have been forced to sit through the ridiculously long movie The Ten Commandments at the tender age of 6 -- Not that I am bitter or anything. Despite being scarred for life, I thought it was an interesting idea for eDiets to create the 10 commandments of dieting. While thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife did not make the cut, check out what did:

  1. EXERCISE -- A minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise to increase the heart rate three times per week. Talk to your doctor and start slowly. More exercise is OK as long as it is sensible and balanced.

  2. EAT HEALTHY -- Have balanced meals, more fruits, vegetables and fish, less red meat and far less junk food. Vitamin supplements are OK if guided by a nutritionists or doctor.
  3. EAT LESS -- Conscious eating always produces a significant decrease in food consumption. This can mean as much as 50 to 75-percent difference in some compulsive eaters.
  4. NOTE: One's ability to consistently fulfill and practice Laws 1, 2 and 3 is dependent upon the practice of all 7 Laws below. Will power and denial are no substitutes. The ability to sustain the practice of the first three Laws is a direct result of practicing Laws 4 through 10.

  5. 4. SELF-EXPRESSION -- Being and doing your true self in action, words and thinking is essential. Say what you mean, do what is right for you and live a life that reflects your best talents and skills. This Law is highly dependent upon the practice of Laws 5 through 10.
  6. There's five more so read more

Most Expensive Diets Revealed

Posted By Fitness on Apr 6, 2007 at 11:45AM

Are you following a diet like Jenny Craig? Chances are you may be spending more on that diet than you think.

Forbes.com has created a list of the most expensive diets and how much each could be costing you per week.

Diet *Cost per Week
Jenny Craig $137.65
NutriSystem $113.52
Atkins $100.52
Weight Watchers $96.64
Zone $92.84
Ornish $78.74
South Beach $78.61
Slim Fast $77.73
Sugar Busters! $69.62
Subway $68.60

*Costs are adjusted for New York City prices. Includes the cost of associated book, if applicable, and any membership fees associated with the diet, averaged over a six-month period.

To read the full article, please visit Forbes.com.

Trying to Lose Weight? Tips for Eating Out

Posted By Fitness on Mar 27, 2007 at 3:30AM

Going out to dinner with friends can be so much fun, that is unless you're watching your weight. Menus are full of such tempting foods, and most of the time you end up eating more than you would at home. Plus butter is often the secret ingredient. Here are some tips so you can stick to that healthy diet of yours, and enjoy eating out as well.

  • Have a healthy snack before you eat - If you get to the restaurant and you're starving, you'll be more likely to order a lot of food, or devour the entire bread basket.
  • Think of one entrée as two - When your dinner arrives, ask for a take-out container so you can pack half away for tomorrow's lunch. If you wait to get the container until after you eat, you'll be more likely to finish off the dish. (When food is in front of you, you're more likely to eat it.)
  • Order with a friend - Sharing an entrée with someone else will cut your calories in half, so you can savor the taste, but not overeat.
  • Order a big salad for your meal - Most restaurants offer humongous salads filled with fresh veggies, delicate field greens, nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and grilled chicken. A big salad will fill you up, and they're filled with healthy stuff. Oh, and be sure to ask for the dressing on the side. Request vinaigrettes rather than creamy dressings.
  • Order a smaller meal - Either order an appetizer or a small entrée. They're usually big enough to fill you up.

Want to see the other great tips? Then read more