This month SABRE is working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to spread awareness about breast cancer early detection and treatment. In addition to donating to the NBCF for every pink product sold, we are sharing information about resources available to help women develop healthy habits.
We asked our partner, Jennifer Cassetta
, CN, MS to talk about ways women can lead healthier lives. If you’re interested in how certain foods could help your body fight against the threat of breast cancer, you’ve come to the right place:
“In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my first Sabre blog post is dedicated to keeping this conversation active. It’s not a disease that has hit close to home for me, but I have had two clients who have had mastectomies while I was their personal trainer. Both of those instances were a wake up call to me, considering that both of those women were otherwise healthy and fit.
I eat a mostly whole foods based diet. I try and buy mostly organic produce. I exercise about six days a week and maintain a healthy weight by managing my blood sugar levels. I am pretty confident that I have reduced my risk factors for heart disease (America’s number one killer) and Type 2 Diabetes. However, breast cancer can be a very tricky disease that I may or may not have the ability to control at this point in my life and to me, that’s scary.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Nearly as frightening statistics as those relating to sexual assault, which claim one in six women will be a victim in their lifetime. With sexual assault, we can at least teach women how to fight back against a known predator. When it comes to breast cancer, however, how can we fight back and prevent this assault by a fairly unknown predator?
I certainly don’t have all the answers but I do know that early detection can be the greatest gift and greatly increase our rate of survival. So, here is a quick list of awareness tips that may help you prevent or at least, fight back against breast cancer.
If breast cancer runs in your family, be sure to get regular yearly exams with your OB-GYN doctor. Getting genetically tested for the BRCA gene is a great idea but, of course, not accessible for all of us.
If you ever detect anything abnormal, like a lump or a change in the skin or nipple texture, be sure to see your doctor immediately.
Clean up your diet and reduce the amount of chemicals in your food. Eating nutritiously dense foods that contain antioxidants and cancer fighting substances can help prepare your body to fight against free radicals.
Detox your beauty routine and get rid of products that contain harmful chemicals that can throw our endocrine system out of whack. Use the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) to research what toxic chemicals can be hiding in your favorite products.
Enjoy each and every day of life because it is a gift and at the same time be safe in all areas of your life, especially your health. After all, safe is smart.”
: Jennifer is a clinical nutritionist, personal trainer and 3rd
degree black belt. She created the popular Stilettos and Self Defense DVD series and has been featured on The Doctors, Bethenny and Marie Osmond and even taught Princess Leia herself, self-defense on The Today Show. She’s been published on the Huffington Post and writes for Livestrong.com. Recently Jennifer co-authored her first book, Hear Me Roar: How to Defend Your Mind, Body and Heart Against People Who Suck
and is traveling the country teaching safety and self-defense at colleges and corporations. Meet her at www.jennifercassetta.com
To learn more about SABRE’s donations to the NBCF, or buy your own can of pink pepper spray, visit www.sabrered.com/nbcf