Shave Off The Fluff and Get to the Root of the Problem: Men's Health

It's November: the time of the year where men of all ages sport that inexplicably creepy handle bar mustache in the name of a very good cause: men's health awareness. Men have a set of unique health problems including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and a significantly higher rate of suicide compared to women.  On average, men die 6 years earlier than women and 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Now I'm all for raising awareness and money for research and educating people about appropriate screening methods and I'll never tell a man what to do with his facial hair, but perhaps a more effective method for not only raising awareness but also affecting change (in real time!), would be to educate people about the underlying issues (already proven by research!) that contribute to many of the health problems unique to men. Let me get to the root of them here.

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The Top 6 Foods to Combat Cancer

If you've been following my blog, it's probably no surprise to you that minimizing meat and dairy and opting for plant-based foods reduces your risk for all types of chronic disease, including The Big C (cancer).  Even among plants, not all foods are created equal.  In fact there are 6 superstars you can increase in your diet to reduce your cancer risk.  You get to eat AND prevent cancer simultaneously.  Win-win.  Read on and get eating.

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The 4-Week Plant-based Lifestyle Challenge

Try it for yourself and experience the difference!  I'll be running a mass challenge for anyone and everyone who wants to participate.  The challenge begins Monday, April 17, 2017 and will include daily email support with recipes, shopping lists and lifestyle suggestions. It's just about the best thing you can do for your health AND the environment (make up for that POTUS slack and make an impact this upcoming Earth Day). Talk about an all around #positiveimpact.  SIGN UP HERE!!!  IT'S FREE

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Translating Food Labels

Food labels are kind of a nightmare. Although meant to guide, they often seriously complicate the food decision making process. The best (and healthiest!) solution is to buy food WITHOUT labels and packaging like fruits and vegetables, but let's be real: some of your food comes from a box. Now by no means do I advocate running around antagonizing over every nutrition label.  My main reason for looking at food labels is not for calorie or carb counting, but rather to be more mindful of what I am using to fuel my body.  In my opinion the number of carbs or grams of sugar doesn't matter as much as WHERE those calories and carbs come from.  If you must eat food from a box, can, bag or jar there are three components of a nutrition label that are important to review.

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February is Cancer Prevention Month. Here Are My Top 4 Tips for Preventing Cancer.

EAT TO TREAT...

Most of us have cancer cells in us RIGHT NOW.  For example, by age 70, microscopic cancers are detected in the thyroids of virtually everyone.  Most of these cancer cells never become clinically significant (meaning your immune system is able to fight off and eradicate these cells on it's own and those microscopic cells never cause a problem), however cancer is now the leading cause of mortality worldwide (causing 8.2 million deaths per year).  Many people who have a cancer diagnosis likely had cancer cells growing for years prior to the diagnosis and lifestyle choices potentially fueled the growth over time.   

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Protect Yo Heart

February is heart disease awareness month.  Heart disease refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain and/or stroke. Other heart conditions that effect the muscles, valves or rhythm of your heart also fall into this category.  It's the number one killer in the United States (over 200,000 people die daily) and other countries, such as Malaysia, where meat seems to be the star of the dinner plate.  Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is not an affliction of old age, but rather a lifetime of poor lifestyle choices.  

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Don't be a boob, protect yourself.

As we near the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I noticed this year, like in years past, a crucial component of the awareness movement has been seriously neglected.  While I respect and understand the importance of honoring loved ones, advocating for research and emphasizing the importance of age appropriate cancer screenings (like mammograms), barely any of the #savethetatas messages advocate for cancer PREVENTION. But your life style habits have a DOUBLE DD size impact on your cancer risk. Chance and family history DO NOT drive all cancer risk and we don't need major research breakthroughs to make large gains against cancer.  

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