Diet & Relation to Metabolic Disorder, PCOS and Diabetes

PCOS Question copySeptember is PCOS Awareness Month!

Today’s guest post is written by Dorothy Pang, the Natural Fertility Expert.  She’s a healthcare expert who’s helped hundreds of people to make healthier choices in their life, boosting their health, energy and fertility.

You can read more information about her at the bottom of this post.

What is PCOS?  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS is a condition that affects many women.  It can lead to infertility.  When a disease condition is referred to as a syndrome, that means that it is not very clearly understood by Western medicine.

PCOS seems to be related to metabolic disorder, and to diabetes.  Metabolic disorder, and PCOS could be seen as intermediary steps on the way to diabetes.  If a body with either of these conditions is left untreated, the patient is at a higher risk for developing diabetes.

I like to explain that diabetes happens when the spleen and pancreas (spleen and pancreas are seen to work together as a unit in Traditional Chinese Medicine) blow a gasket.  They have been overworked and just plain poop out.  … Continue reading

Skinny doesn’t mean healthy

I used to be considered skinny. I hate that term. To me it has a negative connotation.

According to Merriam-Webster, skinny means lacking sufficient flesh, very thin, emaciated; lacking usual or desirable bulk, quantity, qualities or significance.

But it seems like so many of us strive to be skinny. Why is that? Why do we think this looks better than this?

So here is the skinny on skinny …

A skinny person can have a high metabolism. So they think they can eat anything they want and they won’t gain weight. (That used to be me. I could eat or drink pretty much whatever I wanted and not gain weight.) But that doesn’t mean that skinny person is healthy.

Have you heard the term skinny fat? Skinny fat means a person looks thin but has a high body fat percentage. That can be dangerous.

Someone who ingests a lot of fat and calories and carbohydrates can have health issues. Someone who eats too much fat can be at risk for heart disease. Too many carbs can contribute to conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, according to Livestrong.

When the wellness program started at work … Continue reading

Researching ‘healthy’ fast food


 

 

 

 

Guest Post: Jen

I have to admit, even though I try to eat as healthfully as possible, I eat fast food on a pretty regular basis. Honestly, I simply like things that taste good — and I don’t like spending a lot of time on prep or cooking.

But I have to say I was surprised to read the news that Mickey-D’s was teaming up with Weight Watchers to rebrand some McDonald’s fried classics as “healthy.”

True, you can get a handful of items at McDonald’s for only a handful of Weight Watchers points (each). But even in the world of fast food, there are better, lower-in-fat, lower-calorie options out there.

Go Fit Girl! had a great guest blog a while back on the importance of researching your fast food. The McD/WW partnership inspired me to revisit that, AND make a little chart of my faves — plus some homemade stuff that’s as fast and yummy as making a fast-food run.

Here’s my list, based on the three popular McD’s items that have been reported for the Weight Watchers list.

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Guest Post: Nai

When I was 28 years old, I was diagnosed with diabetes, a little young in my opinion! Initially, I was depressed and upset, but I soon realized that being in that emotional state wouldn’t do me any good. Diabetes is rampant on my mom’s side of the family so I knew I had to do something.

At the time of my diagnosis, my doctor didn’t feel that I needed any medication. Instead, I was told to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.

I was determined to change my health so I signed up for a gym membership and worked out religiously, which was about four times a week for 1-2 hours each time. I kept that routine up for about three years. Eventually, I went from a size 10 to a size 6-7 and my sugar was well under control. I was so proud of myself.

That was then, this is now. I haven’t been working out consistently, which has been about two years now and frankly, I’ve become quite depressed about my health. Recently, I had to go to the ER because my diabetes was so out of control. The doctor had threatened to put me on insulin if … Continue reading