Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an event that originated in the USA in 1985 to educate women in the importance of mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer. In the UK there are nearly 55,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer, which is the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes.
I cannot recommend enough how enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle can not only improve your mood, energy levels and overall body health, but if it can also help prevent developing a disease such as Breast Cancer I feel the UK needs to be more educated in health and nutrition and the notion of confusing healthy with ‘skinny’.
Dr. Charles Shapiro, co-director of the Dublin Breast Centre at the Mount Sinai Hospital also recommends being fit to helping cut your risk of Breast Cancer. “Obesity and lack of physical activity are damaging to your overall health, but they may be specifically linked to breast cancer risk and poorer outcomes when you have breast cancer,” Shapiro says.
My key tips for maintaining a healthier lifestyle include:
Cut back on alcohol. It’s pure sugar, and that in itself is just toxic. Also, it leaves us with a foggy brain that lasts a few days, so if you drink every few days, you will find yourself in a constant haze without even knowing it, in my experience.
Less is sometimes more. Rather than stress about getting that big workout in, try an intense 15 minute workout. If you get your heart rate up and down several times, that is better for fat burn than an hour on the treadmill.
Prepare! Just as you would spend days before a holiday prepping your bikini line, getting your hair done, laying out your clothes on the bed…you must always prepare for a healthy day. On a Sunday I boil a dozen eggs, and put them back in the fridge. I boil a pot of brown rice, and one of quinoa and some lentils. I grill chicken, and salmon and prawns. They all go into tupperware boxes and every day I have prepared a box or two for that day. Lately I have taken to recreating the Pret a Manger pots at home. They are just eggs and salmon and spinach etc. Buy a couple to start with, and just re-use the pots. Easy!
SLEEP. We underestimate the power of sleep for a healthy body. The more sleep we get, the healthier our nervous system, energy levels and general wellbeing.
I have taken part in numerous events for Breast Cancer Care including the Incca trail trek in 2010 with Fearne Cotton and Denise Van Outen, which was also part of an ITV2 documentary, as well as Breast Cancer Care’s annual fashion show. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I have selected some of my favourite limited edition pink-themed products. Treat yourself to one of the lovely beauty buys below and a portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to a breast cancer charity, like Breast Cancer Care or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
1. invisibobble in Pink Power, £4 Topshop
This hair tie is better for your hair than normal elastic ones because of its no-tug design. Invisibobble are donating £20,000 to Breast Cancer Now.
2. Jo Malone Red Roses: £85, www.jomalone.com
The Red Roses fragrances are described as ‘simply stunning: a timeless, classic English rose fragrance, but still fresh and modern’. £20 from every 100ml cologne sold in the UK during October will go directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
3. Elemis Pink Edition Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm: £33, www.elemis.com
Elemis have pledged to donate £10,000 irrespective of sales! They have turned their Flash Balm pink to support Breast Cancer Care. The hybrid anti-ageing moisturiser and illuminator is packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, and softens imperfections with its soft-focus effect.
4. Bobbi Brown Peony Set: £35, www.bobbibrown.co.uk
Bobbi Brown are donating £5 from every sale of the Peony Set in the UK to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
5. Origins Make a Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment, £19.50, www.origins.co.uk
Buy the limited edition pink-packaged tube and £5 will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A perfect winter handbag essential.
Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk for more information on Breast Cancer Care and how you can get involved with fundraising opportunities.