Anyone who knows me knows I am a proponent of preventative maintenance and not a fan of damage control; which is inherently destructive and expensive over the long term. Unexplainable things do happen, after all, we are biological mortals. Yet I still believe that the way we live day to day largely determines our future.
In honor and respect for Breast Cancer Awareness, I would like to share prevention findings from the American Cancer Society and the Mayo Clinic. As well as my personal lifestyle story. Breast Cancer prevention starts with healthy habits. You can lower your risk of cancer by changing those risk factors that can be changed. Body weight, physical activity, and diet have all been linked to breast cancer. These are areas where you can take action. Understand what you can do to reduce your risk.
Limit Alcohol. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. I am in my 7th year of living alcohol free. It was a shared decision with my partner. Since then, we have found that bedtime and beauty sleep, among other lifestyle and financial benefits, have been easier to achieve.
Be Physically Active. The CDC recommends vigorous aerobic activity plus strength training weekly. My partner and I are workout buddies. We train every muscle group once a week; which looks like 2-3 one hour sessions of weight lifting per week. We also run, ride, row, or swim together as time and interest allows. Our most efficient cardio workouts are our one-mile run around the block and one minute intervals on the treadmill.
Control Your Weight. Being overweight increases your risk of breast cancer. The role diet plays in our body composition works well here. I am beginning my 4th year of making The Paleo Diet a habit. Also a choice made with my partner. Skipping the grains, sugar, dairy, and legumes have improved the way I feel and function on a daily basis. Kitchen habits are easy to change and can be modified on a daily basis to figure out what works best for your household.
To all my Ladies & Gents: Pick Your Habits. Choose Wisely.