As you may or may not know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s a perfect time to remind ourselves to take care of our health, mind, body and spirit. I know as women we often times make others the priority, but we have to stop running ourselves ragged and into an unhealthy lifestyle. We need to start making ourselves and our health a priority. It’s because of this that I’m happy to share some tips toward breast cancer prevention and better health.
According to BreastCancer.org, the US Breast Cancer Statistics indicate:
- In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 60,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- About 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2015.
You read that right, even men are affected. While the incidence isn’t as high, the probability is still there, so the following can be helpful in making health a priority for the entire family,
First let me say, it all starts with food – The more we move away from over indulging in processed foods and sugar and move more toward fruits, veggies, healthy fats and oils, the more we bring our body into balance, and back into its natural rhythm.
Everything in moderation – Moderation and portion control is key in everything from food, drinks, vices, and even toxins that can be in many everyday items. We live in a fast paced, super sized world, where convenience and excess are the norm. But if you actually take time to read labels, you realize that most food and drinks are served in multiple serving sizes vs single serving sizes. This is why most nutrition experts say to fill half your plate with veggies and the rest with whole grains, lean proteins and fruit. Yes there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Exercise & get plenty of sleep – Exercise not only helps keep you agile and strong, but it’s been proven to boost your energy level, immune system, and even your mood. Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, has been proven to effect hormone levels, including those meant to regulate hunger levels, fat storage and fat burning. I know I personally don’t get enough sleep and instead of taking naps when I feel tired through out my day, I end up eating to stay awake. Really a bad combination all the way around.
Make self exams and regular check ups a priority – They can save your life. I know today’s focus is on breast cancer prevention, but no one knows your body better than you. When something looks or feels different get a professional to look at it.
If you’ve never conducted a breast self exam, here’s a great guide from Ella Health.