Friday, October 15, 2010

Write Pink!: Prevention, Rose's Story

Welcome to Write Pink! From the Head, Heart and Feet: Prevention Week. This week we're focusing on the action part {hence, feet} of breast cancer awareness -- what we can all do to lesson our chances of developing breast cancer.

Today, Rose is helping increase our awareness about breast-cancer prevention in relation to diet and exercise.

Trimming the fat, both out of your diet and off your body can do more than just decrease your waist size -- it can also decrease your risks for breast cancer.

I've known for a while I need to get into shape, make exercise a norm in my life. But my reasons for wanting to live a healthier life style didn't include lowering my risk for breast cancer.

I was one who thought I'd be safe since I don't have a family history of breast cancer. Through research for this article, I've learned that is very, very untrue.

I have to get healthy, I have to get into shape because:
- I want to be able to keep up with my energetic husband
- I don't want my children to think of exercise as a chore but a fun thing we get to do everyday!
- I'm tired of feeling fat
- Having a balanced diet makes me feel better
- I WANT to lower my chances for breast cancer!

Last year my family and I went Paleo.

While Paleo's elimination of grains and dairy can be somewhat controversial, it got me off the preprocessed food crutch and got me eating my veggies. I also began paying attention to the types of fats I was eating. I added nuts {walnuts and raisins make a great snack}, started eating fruit as a snack and actually kept fruit for snacks.

One of the easiest ways to improve your diet is add those veggies and I don't mean broccoli covered in cheese.

Carrots- Studies show beta-carotene lowers the rates of breast cancer, and the beta carotene in baby carrots is more absorb-able.

Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage {and some other veggies} contain indole-3-carbinol which can break down a type of estrogen that may promote breast cancer.

Garlic, cabbage, soy, ginger, and umbelliferous vegetables such as carrots, celery, cilantro, parsley and parsnip have the highest anti-cancer activity.

Spinach! I have to list spinach because it is just so good for you on all sorts of levels. Before Paleo, I was not a spinach eater {unless it was cooked and drowning in vinegar} and now a salad is just not the same without it. And spinach and beef soup, yum!

I can't forget exercise, as I often do. Exercise needs to be a part of your life whether or not your trying to reduce your chances for breast cancer. Thirty minutes of sustained physical exercise at least 5 times a week is a must.
{This makes me cringe. I enjoy exercising, I actually enjoy running, lifting, playing sports, cycling, it's just getting me out to do it! Once I'm out the door, I'm good to go... someone, help me out the door.}
For exercise, what you do is less important than just doing. You don't like running, that's okay -- go swimming, power walk a mall, chase your kids around a park, try to catch a pig -- whatever gets you moving.

So join me, please! {If you live near me, come drag me out of my house}

Let's get out there, lower our risk factors. We can eat better and run together, simple things to better our lives and help prevent breast cancer!

Rose writes about life as a mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a Navy man and faith in a very big God at My Clan. She is very loved.

Link up your Bigger Picture Moment about breast cancer prevention through Wednesday, Oct. 20. {Blog or Facebook notes both work!}

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Do you find maintaing a proper diet difficult? Is exercising an even tougher deal? What motivates you to get both of these important lifestyle habits right?


  1. Rose, if I were there, I'd grab you and we'd go get out and move!
    Thanks for writing. :)

  2. Awesome tips and advice! I need to hear all those things and get myself moving too :) THANK YOU!!!!


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