Infertility Awareness Month

Did you know October is National Infertility Awareness Month?

Hello dear readers of Go Fit Girl!  I’m honored to be guest blogging today.

I’m writing a post about how to be more Infertility Sensitive.  I’ve worked with many women who were suffering with infertility, and it’s not an easy road.  And when someone isn’t aware, it can be easy to do or say something inadvertently that can be really devastating to a sufferer of infertility.  Yes, they are super sensitive.  But if you’ve been through it, then you know … it’s a very sensitive issue.

One in seven women will suffer with infertility, so odds are, someone in your circle has suffered or is suffering from infertility. And most women who are suffering will not discuss this situation with the majority of their loved ones.  In fact, many just keep it silently to themselves.  So, don’t thind that this doesn’t apply to you – it probably does.

So here are three suggestions to be more infertility sensitive in your everyday actions:

1. Don’t Ask when Someone’s Having Kids

Of course this question has good intentions behind it.  Perhaps you have lovely children; you know how awesome it is.  So you … Continue reading

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

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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Holiday treat minus the fat, calories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Post: Alicia

I have an addiction to Starbucks eggnog lattes.  They are delicious and every November I look forward to buying my first eggnog latte of the year.  I think part of the appeal is because it’s seasonal so it makes it so much more special to me.

Unfortunately this seasonal delicacy along with snacking on other holiday treats add to the fact that I eat too much junk during this time of year. And it also hurts my wallet.

For a 12 oz. (tall) nonfat eggnog latte it’s $3.75 at 350 calories and 15 grams of fat. It’s quite pricey (even when I bring in my own mug and get 10 cents off, it’s still $3.65).

Last year I did some research and discovered I could make my own at home for fraction of the cost and calories.  Trader Joe’s sells low fat eggnog for $2.69 a quart.  A half cup serving is 110 calories and only 1 gram of fat.  I found a recipe on Sweet Savory Life.  I used low fat eggnog, nonfat milk, and left out the whipped … Continue reading

Yoga questions with answers

Two of my readers, Jen and Regina, had some yoga questions for me. I punted them to Hilda, who has trained in yoga, is a yoga teacher and a yoga studio manager at the Yoga Connection.

Jen’s first question:

I work out hard all week with weights, treadmill and high-impact Zumba. I’d love to find a yoga class that was just gentle stretching. Do you recommend a particular kind?

Hilda’s answer:

Yin Yoga is the perfect counter practice to the workout you’re doing during the week.

Yin Yoga is a type of yoga practice based in concepts of Taoist Yoga. It emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spin. It is characterized by the relaxed practice of floor asanas for three to five minutes at a time. Yin Yoga provides the space needed to practice mindfulness by connecting with the breath move inward and reconnect with our center.

Jen’s second question:

I love Bikram Yoga because it helps get the deep stretching in my neck/shoulders that I haven’t found anywhere else, which really helps an old whiplash injury. Unfortunately, Bikram aggravates a knee injury terribly. Is there any class that might work my neck … Continue reading

Biscuits, sauces and blanching oh my!

So last year my dad went back to school … California Culinary Academy, that is.

He started his own blog ¡Que Aprovecho! after he started school. He has also done a guest post or two for Go Fit Girl! Michael was also Go Fit Girl’s first Go Fit Boy!

Well, on Monday my dad (aka Michael) started writing for the San Francisco Chronicle’s City Brights. He has started the baking portion of his studies. And all I can say is I better be getting some of those awesome cheesy biscuits. Though they would interfere with my healthy eating.

The 8-year lesson

Guest Post: Rob

A lot of things can happen in eight years time. Brett Favre could retire, health care could be reformed or Lady Gaga could wear something normal–the point is, that’s kind of a long time!

Still, it had been that long since my last check up or even a visit to a doctor for any reason since being discharged from the Navy in 2001. I was sent on my way with a clean bill of health and no reason to suspect any problems and life was good. That is, until about a month ago when a fluke instance of dehydration had convinced me to maybe just go in and get some basic labs done, you know, just to see if everything is still OK.

I’m 39 years old now, 31 when I was discharged from the Navy. I am 5’8” tall and weigh 184lbs with a medium build. I feel great and I have been healthy for the past eight years as far as I can tell.

I don‘t work out. But I also don’t eat a lot of sweets or drink a lot of soda. My diet is not  based on fast, greasy foods and I drink … Continue reading

Cooking with oils

Guest Post: Michael, who is attending California Culinary Academy

Steadily increasing American obesity notwithstanding, consumption of food with fat in it is a necessity. That means use of fat in the culinary arts is a necessity. Fat does many things in cooking, most of them good.

“Fat is a good word,” Chef Dan Fluharty said in one recent lecture at the California Culinary Academy. “Fat transfers heat, makes flavor, adds moisture, adds texture and feel in the mouth, provides a semi-permeable barrier and serves as a lubricant.”

No question arises about the need for fat in good cooking, all good cooking, not just gourmet cooking or French cuisine. At-home cooking needs fat, too.

We use fat in culinary school, but the quantities are limited and utilitarian, not only for flavor.

Limiting fat intake is of course a necessity. It’s not as difficult as it seems. Mostly, if Americans avoid or severely limit the amount of fast food, “junk” food and other food with processed sugar in it, they can remain healthy.

Here’s a quick primer on use of fats in cooking:

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Comment Contest Tuesday

Instead of a guest post (mainly because I don’t have one) Comment Contest Tuesday is back for the new year.

I am not a big new year’s resolution person because they generally don’t stick.

But in the comments tell me something new you have started, want to start, are thinking about starting to becoming healthier or maybe something you already do that’s healthy and you want to share. It can be as simple as: drink less soda, no seconds, walk at least twice a week.

You can comment as much as you like. The comment has to be health and fitness related. Up to three comments will be counted. In other words, you can comment five times, but your name will be put in the hat three times for the drawing of the winner. Make sense? Winner and prize will be announced on Monday.

You have until Friday at noon (my time) to comment away. You have to comment in the comments on Go Fit Girl! I won’t accept e-mails, comments on Facebook, etc.

OK, comment away. I can’t wait to hear your great ideas.

Healthy recipe sharing

Guest Post: Lisa

Lisa shares an easy and healthy soup recipe. I had told Lisa that my garden vegetable soup was good and filling. But it has been getting a little old. So she shared another recipe with me. And now I am sharing it with you. I plan on making it this weekend. (I have no kitchen at the moment since we are in a hotel room in San Diego.)

Note from Lisa: This recipe is really filling, but is probably not too terribly high in calories. The tomatoes are the most calorically dense things in the soup. (Also, I strongly recommend adding some sour cream or yogurt as a garnish — it gives the soup a really substantial feel).

ZESTY TOMATO-THYME SOUP

The Description :
This is a chunky soup with a light, fresh taste.

The Recipe:
1. Coarsely chop one medium onion and two cloves of garlic in … Continue reading