In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our focus on making right-fit nutritional choices for you and your family, we at Power Hour 360 want to stress the importance of healthy lifestyle choices.
Healthy lifestyle choices may lower your risks of different types of cancer and other health conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes and osteoporosis. Not all of the behaviors below will lower the risks of breast cancer, but they are good for your overall health.
EVERYONE SHOULD AIM TO:
Be physically active (get regular exercise).
Achieve and maintain a healthy weight (people who are diagnosed with breast cancer who are overweight to obese should limit high-calorie foods and beverages and increase physical activity to help with weight loss).
Eat at least 2 1/2 cups of fruits and veggies every day.
Choose 100 percent whole grain foods.
Limit red meat and processed meat. Choose chicken, fish, or beans more often.
Limit “bad” fats (saturated and trans fats). Foods such as red meat, fatty deli meats, poultry skin, full fat dairy products, fried foods, margarine, donuts and microwave popcorn are high in saturated and trans fats.
Eat “good” fats (polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats). These are found in foods such as olive and canola oils, nuts and natural nut butters, avocados and olives.
Limit alcohol to 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men.
FACT: Everyone can benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Making healthy choices can be physically and mentally rewarding at any age.
Sources: www5.komen.org, cancer.org, *American Cancer Society’s Nutritional and Physical Activity Guidelines