It's a night I will always remember. I was out with some friends when suddenly, I had unbearable pelvic pain - it was so horrible, I was doubled over. I thought I was just having extreme cramps. I soon learned I had severe endometriosis. Nearly 20 years and five surgeries later, I still suffer from this relentless and debilitating disease.
The pain can be excruciating - so much so that this spring when I was driving my car, I was gripping the steering wheel as hard as I could, screaming, and fighting back the tears and fear. It felt like something was bursting inside of me. Through the years, it has hurt so bad that I've had to stay home from work because I couldn't get out of bed. Surgeries have revealed adhesions on my bladder, colon, and ovaries, and implants on a ligament near some nerve fibers, which explains the horrendous pain.
The interesting thing is, anytime I mention endometriosis, like I did over here on my blog, I hear from so many other women who also have it, as well
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- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 11, 2009 6:18 AM EDT
It's a night I will always remember. I was out with some friends when suddenly, I had unbearable pelvic pain - it was so horrible, I was doubled over. I thought I was just having extreme cramps. I soon learned I had severe endometriosis. Nearly 20 years and five surgeries later, I still suffer from this relentless and debilitating disease.Read More »from Endometriosis â€“ the pain, the frustration, and the mystery
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 9, 2009 6:35 PM EDT
Read More »from New nutrition labels endorse sugary cereals â€“ Is this for real???!
About a year ago, I wrote about these new Smart Choices nutrition labels designed to make it easier for us to spot healthier foods in the grocery store. Now, I'm starting to think they're a bad idea. The green check mark has been showing up on hundreds of packages of foods, including sugar-laden cereals like Cocoa Krispies and Froot Loops!
In my opinion, this really takes away from the credibility of the new system and sends out an unhealthy message. The program defends the products it endorses, including sweet cereals, saying Froot Loops are "better than other things parents could choose for their children." Seriously?
I just looked up Froot Loops' ingredient list. The first thing listed is SUGAR. How can that possibly be a smart choice? Didn't the American Heart Association just urge us to cut WAY back on sugar?
Before it can be considered for the Smart Choices program, every product must meet criteria for nutrients to limit, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 4, 2009 4:41 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (9-4-09)
Would a tax on junk foods and soft drinks help stem childhood obesity? A new report says it would be a good start. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Should the U.S. tax junk foods and soft drinks to fight childhood obesity?
The fight against childhood obesity seems to be gaining momentum lately. Last month, HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, talked about making it a priority to reverse the trend at The Weight of the Nation conference. This week, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council recommends steps local governments can take to cut the rates of childhood obesity. Putting a tax on soft drinks and junk food is high on the list.Taxing high sugar drinks has come up before. Do you think it's a good solution? Would it keep you from buying soft drinks and junk food?
Regular drinkers exercise more than nondrinkers
This is one of those studies that makes you go, hmmm… A new report finds
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Aug 28, 2009 7:17 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (8-28-09)
Can you believe the Step has been around for 20 years? It's time to celebrate... but we gotta cut way back on sugar, says a major heart group. FatFighterTV has a look at some of the diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Cut WAY back on sugar, says American Heart Association
Have you seen the video report about all the hidden sugar in so many foods out there? You might be shocked at some of the places we found it! Now, the American Heart Association says most Americans are getting 22.2 teaspoons a day of added sugar and it's time to cut way back. The AHA's report finds most of that extra sweet stuff comes from soft drinks and candy and adds up to 355 calories every day. Instead, the group recommends most women get no more than 100 calories a day from added sugar and most men limit their intake to 150 calories.
FDA investigates possible liver damage link in diet drug, Alli
The Food and Drug Administration is looking into reports of liver damage in patients taking the
With out of control portion sizes these days, it may be hard to keep track of how much of which foods you should have each day, let alone have to measure it all. Now, you can easily visualize portion sizes, thanks to this "handy" guide from the USDA!Read More »from A "handy" guide to portion sizes
A fist or cupped hand = 1 cup
1 serving = 1/2 cup cereal, cooked pasta, or rice
OR 1 cup of raw, leafy green vegetables
OR 1/2 cup of chopped fruits or vegetables
A thumb = 1 ounce of cheese
Handful = 1-2 ounces of snack food
Remember, 1 handful = 1 ounce of nuts and small candies. For chips and pretzels, 2 handfuls = 1 ounce
Palm = 3 ounces of meat
Thumb Tip = 1 teaspoon
Keep high fat foods like mayonnaise to a minimum by measuring the serving with your thumb. One teaspoon is equal to the end of your thumb, from the knuckle up. Three teaspoons equals one tablespoon.
1 tennis ball = 1 serving of fruit
Healthy diets should include 2-4 servings of fruit each day.
***Important Note: Because hand sizes vary, compare your
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 30, 2009 10:54 PM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-31-09)
More trans fats are disappearing from our food products. Which ones are the latest to rid themselves of these dangerous fats? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Unilever removes trans fat from its margarines
Unilever - the maker of soft margarines like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Shedd's Spread Country Crock - says it plans to remove all partially hydrogenated oils - artificial trans fats - from its soft-spread brands. The change will begin next month and be done by the second quarter of 2010.
Why are trans fats so bad? Watch the video here.
More people exercise for health benefits than appearance
Do you workout to feel good or to look good? A new survey finds most dedicated fit people exercise for their health, rather than for their looks… and they want to stay healthy for themselves and for their loved ones. Results also show, even the tough economy has not kept active people from skimping on their workouts.
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jul 24, 2009 7:31 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-24-09)
Some much needed news about childhood obesity - for some age groups, the rates are holding steady rather than growing. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Preschool obesity rate holds steady at 1 in 7
Some encouraging news about obesity rates in children. A new government report finds obesity has stabilized in the past five years at about one in seven preschool-age children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 14.6 percent of 2- to 4-year-olds were obese in 2008, about the same as in 2003 - that's compared to 12.4 percent in 1998. Researchers say the results are encouraging, but stress there are still too many kids who are obese and that the battle isn't over yet.
Is a new weight loss pill on the way?
An experimental drug for weight loss looks promising so far. Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. says research shows its obesity drug, Contrave, helps patients lose weight, lowers the fat around the waist, and
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jul 17, 2009 5:07 AM EDT
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Want your kids to do better in school? Exercise just might do the trick. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Fit kids get better grades
Here's another benefit to being active. A new report from the New York City school system shows elementary- and middle-school students who are physically fit do better academically than their out-of-shape classmates. The study found students in the top third of the school system's fitness scale had higher math and reading scores on average than students in the bottom third.
Blacks are most obese group in the U.S.
The obesity epidemic seems to be taking an especially hard toll on blacks. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds nearly 36-percent of black Americans are obese compared to about 29 percent of Hispanics and 24 percent of whites. Obesity rates were 40-percent or greater among blacks in five states - Alabama, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oregon.
In the summer, I like to exercise outside as much as possible - soak in enough sun (with sunscreen on, of course!) to make up for all those dreary winter months. I almost always wear my heart rate monitor to track the calories I burn. But this simple guide from the American Council on Exercise can help you get a general idea of how much you're burning doing these 7 popular summer activities… so burn, baby, burn!Read More »from 7 summer calorie burners
Walking at 4 MPH
120 pound person burns 4.5 calories/minute
180 pound person burns 6.8 calories/minute
Walking could stop chocolate cravings
120 pound person burns 4.5 calories/minute
180 pound person burns 6.7 calories/minute
Biking at 10 MPH
120 pound person burns 5.5 calories/minute
180 pound person burns 8.2 calories/minute
New bike-powered gym
Jogging - 10 minute miles
180 pound person burns 13.9 calories/minute
120 pound person burns 9.3 calories/minute
120 pound person burns 9.5 calories/minute
180 pound person burns 14.3 calories/minute
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jul 10, 2009 4:01 AM EDT
Read More »from The Weekly Skinny: All the healthy news you need (7-10-09)
Think bottled water is healthier to drink than tap water? A new report may make that faucet H2O seem more tempting. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Should you give bottled water the boot?
You may think bottled water is purer and safer to drink than plain old H2O, but a new report finds it's actually less regulated than tap water. The report also shows the Food and Drug Administration has little power to regulate the safety of bottled water, and says states that can regulate it focus more on tap water.
Maybe you should try some of these ideas instead: 15 ways to spice up plain ol' tap water
Having too many energy drinks worries health pros
As energy drinks become more popular, there is growing concern over how they could affect young athletes. Health experts say more high school and college athletes are downing these caffeine-loaded drinks to boost athletic performance or lose weight. But too many energy drinks could