Research over the last couple of years is showing consistently that there is a lower incidence of a number of cancers in people who eat healthier diets and exercise regularly. Plus, if you are a cancer survivor, you significantly decrease your chance for a recurrence if you exercise and eat healthy. This is especially true for women with breast cancer.
I have thought a lot about that in the six years since I completed all my treatment and surgeries related to my breast cancer. A couple of years ago, if someone had told me, "Take this pill every day and you will decrease the chance that your cancer will return by 50%, - I wouldn't have been able to swallow it fast enough!
Knowing that, I decided that my daily "pill" would be to eat 5-7 vegetables and fruits every day, eat more Omega 3 type fats and seafood, and whole grains for carbohydrates. That was only half my pill though; I also needed to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days, if possible. Why would I be willing to swallow a pill but not do these life sustaining practices that would give me great odds? (And not just to avoid cancer, but to decrease my chances for heart disease, too!)
Well, I am taking my whole pill. I walk to and from work (4.5 miles one way) 2-3 days a week, which helps with disease prevention and is better for the environment, too! I have joined a Jazzercise class and love dancing my way to health. I pay close attention to my diet and eat healthy most days. Now, I am not perfect. I have my days when I eat something totally off the charts (like my warm, fresh glazed donut from the donut truck this morning), but I deserve that because it is rare and an exception, not the rule.
It isn't always easy - when the alarm goes off earlier in the morning so I can take the extra time to walk to work, when someone brings in to the break room a scone that looks oh-so-good - but I tell myself, "œremember your pill." I know I am doing everything I can to impact my health in a positive way.
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