Diet and Cancer Prevention

As a vegan, I no longer eat animal products.  It’s my intention to stay this way for the rest of my life as I believe it is the200BreastCancerRibbon healthiest way of eating.  But I realize that not everyone feels this way.  I will be sharing more about plant-based, vegan diets as a way to prevent and sometimes reverse some cancers later during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  However, I know it’s difficult to change eating habits and if you are a meat eater, it can take time to learn how to make the switch to eating as a vegan.  

However, a major disease can be a tremendous motivator to inspire change.  My prayer is that you never have to experience the ravages of cancer.  But the chances are that a large amount of you will as the numbers of incidences are unfortunately high.  Few people are informed about the importance of how food affects your health and relates to cancer.

There are some foods actually increase the risk of cancer, while others support the body and strengthen the immune system to help prevent the disease in the body.  The way of eating that has been foundt o be the best to prevent or fight cancer is one that is predominantly plant-based.  This diet includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains nuts, seeds, sprouts, and beans. 

Increasing fiber in the body and avoiding trasnfats are additional dietary helps.  If you do eat meat, remember it has a high level of saturated fat which can feed cancer.  Eat as little as possible, just the size of the palm of your hand.  Instead of making meat the main part of your meal, make it the side dish and the vegetables the main dish.  These steps might seem simplistic but simple things can bring big results.  Read more about an Anti-Cancer Diet  for long-term health.

Move Your Butt – Bust that Gut

01runningshoesGee, can I say that?  I hope so because I want you to live life as well and healthy as possible.  Exercise is vital for health.  We don’t live in the days when work meant physical movement all day long so you needed to get rest when you got home.

Today, work primarily means sitting down all day.  The only movement you might get is moving from the front door to the car or other mode of transportation where you sit down. For some it’s moving from the bedroom to the home office which is even less steps.  Then you move to get to the chair in an office where you sit all day, mostly in front of a computer screen or in meetings, or somewhere else. You get tired but you don’t move a lot.

Even if work is being on your feet all day (which burns more energy) it’s not aerobic movement that burns calories, gets the metabolism up, and melts fat.

According to a 2012 article by Alice Park in Time, Health & Family,  “About 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths worldwide in 2008 could be attributed to inactivity, the new report estimates, largely due to four major diseases: heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer. The study finds that if physical inactivity could be reduced by just 10%, it could avert some 533,000 deaths a year; if reduced by 25%, 1.3 million deaths could be prevented.”

That’s pretty serious stuff.  I don’t know about you, but that give me pure motivation to get my butt up and start moving it to bust gut fat and get rid of extra weight.

If you haven’t been exercising like you should today is a great day to get started.  How about getting up every 60 minutes to do some stretching, or take a 10 minute walk around the block.  You don’t have to sign up for a marathon yet, just stop making excuses and get yourself moving.

Read the whole article about this study and exercise:  Lack of Exercise as Deadly as Smoking

Self-Care is the Best Care

Woman Receiving FlowersI spoke to a dear friend today who told me about her self-care routine.  I was impressed and decided to share it with you as I intend to adopt some of her ideas myself.  But first let me tell you about the conversation that brought about this information.

I have a client who recently came to me about her stressful lifestyle and situation.  Her sleeping is off and she’s experiencing bouts of depression and crying.  After working with her for a while, I was shocked at how many burdens this woman is carrying each day in her life.  And what was worse she didn’t even recognize that all she was doing was stressful and unusual.  Unfortunately, her situation is not new.  Women often stretch themselves too far without a thought about their health and wellness.

Many are in situations where the thought of self-care is seen as selfish.  Women are still the natural care-providers in the home and sometimes out of the home.    Working a job and working at home can be considered natural.  Add to that a lack of sleep, carrying too many mental and emotional burdens, not having outlets for health and happiness, and being too stressed out and you have a dangerous mixture.

That’s what my client was under – a dangerous mixture.  Then she wondered why she couldn’t jump out of bed in the morning, why tears came to her eyes during the day at unexpected time.  I asked her when she had last taken time for herself and she couldn’t answer. That was an idea that had long left her mind.  She was so busy caring for others that self care didn’t even come onto her “to-do” list.

So today, the conversation with my dear friend turned to women and self-care.  My friend let me know that at her age in life, she was semi-retired yet still working to pay her monthly bills.  Yet, she worked hard for two or three days then took a day off to relax.  She might stay at home and read a book, sit outside for a while to feel the sun on her face, or go for a drive to a new location and treat herself to lunch.  Other ways to do self-care were shared but the main thing was taking time to care for herself.

I even picked up a few tips because self-care is not something I put on my schedule often enough.  A woman’s health can only be done by the person in the body.  No one can make you take care of yourself except you.  If you haven’t been taking time for yourself lately, think about all the time you’ll have to do nothing when you are either lying flat on your back in bed or the worse, dead.  That’s pretty harsh I know but it’s something women need to consider.  Self care is the best care.  For most, it’s the only type of care we haven’t mastered.

Take time for you.  Life is short and you only go around once.  Make self care a part of your normal schedule and learn to make it the best care you practice.