Have any of you heard of SparkPeople.com?? It is an awesome website that provides a ton of healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss advice. You can create a FREE meal plan and track your progress. There are message boards where you can talk to other people that may be going through similar things as you (ie weight loss, lack of motivation, etc.) and you can also "Ask an Expert." SparkPeople actually invented a word called "Healthtainment" to describe the fun that can be had while exploring their site.
I found out about SparkPeople through their expert Dietitian when I was a Dietetic intern. I feel like I know someone famous or something! This online company was started in Cincinnati in 2001 and has continued to grow into something HUGE!
Check this out:
"SparkPeople is growing into one of the largest free diet and health-related sites in the world. SparkPeople has received media coverage from: Fox TV, The New York Times, and ABC TV.SparkPeople was voted best online health site in Business Week's 2006, 2007 and 2008 "Best of the Web" awards."
I guess I signed up for SparkPeople a while ago, so I get daily health-related e-mails. I get recipes, exercise ideas, and my favorite- articles written by Becky Hand, the expert Dietitian that I admire so much! Yesterday, an e-mail showed up in my mailbox with a subject line that read: "Special Attachment: Recipe Book With Healthy Dinners for Under $2.50 a Person." What?! Healthy meals that are cheap- they DO exist!
The body of the e-mail encourages you to pass the recipe book along to family and friends and even mentions posting it on a blog!! How could I resist?! Since I have only had the recipes in hand for less than 1 day, I obviously haven't had the chance to make them, but they sound delicious!
Here is the link: www.sparkpeople.com/10recipes.pdf