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How to Lower Your Risk for Breast Cancer

How to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

“TREE OF HOPE” Breast Cancer Survivor Tree

I found out I had breast cancer on June 11th 2014. I had a double mastectomy on July 3rd 2014. I am 4 months out from surgery and I am feeling great. However, as you might imagine, it was no walk in the park. Lots of emotional upheaval. Lots of physical difficulty. But with great support from friends, family and good health care workers I’m doing very well.

Over the last 4 months I have spent most of my free time learning about cancer and in particular breast cancer, what causes it and what cures it.  Before my diagnosis, it never crossed my mind that I would get breast cancer. Ridiculous! I was healthy, I exercised, and I ate really pretty good. But I got breast cancer. Why,why, why? That was the big question! I think I figured out what caused it. It wasn’t just one thing. It was likely multiple factors. Low vitamin D, xeno-estrogen exposure, unclean water in my youth, chronic emotional stress, poor diet during my formative years. Add that to maybe I was a little more susceptible than the average woman (maybe? who knows?) and add that the breast, being a gland, is very sensitive to carcinogens, all add up to why I believe got breast cancer at age 46.

So why am I writing about this today? I want to share with you the information I wish I had known 10-20 years ago because maybe I could have prevented getting cancer in the first place. I believe YOU can take this information and do just that! You don’t have to get breast cancer. You don’t have to have that low level anxiety about when it might happen to you. You can take action starting today to control the kind of future you want to have.

I’ve put together a list of things you can do to prevent breast cancer in 4 areas: Physical, Spiritual, Exercise, and Diet. All of these factors listed here are important. There’s no one magic bullet that causes or cures breast cancer. That’s why it’s so hard to communicate about how to avoid it. It doesn’t fit into a sound bite.

But I wish I had had the knowledge I now have. I wish I’d had the opportunity to follow this “prescription” so I will share it today for anyone who is interested.

It’s not easy. There may be things you’re not willing to change. But, do your best. Just try changing one thing per week or even per month. Over time if you stick with it you will have made many changes that will greatly improve your health.

The most important things to do are:

  1. Find some joy each day regardless of your circumstances. (It’s always there if you look.)
  2. Make sure you have enough Vitamin D.
  3. Eat lots of a wide variety of veggies.
  4. Avoid toxins that are right under your nose!
  5. Move your body daily (exercise) but don’t overtax yourself.

And by the way, I’m still learning how to do all these things, especially the emotional ones. So this is more a coaching sheet for myself, things I don’t want to forget, and not a sermon to others. I hope you find this helpful.  Continue Reading →

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For True Lasting Happiness, Do This

For True Lasting Happiness Do This

Get In Touch With Your Feelings

Do you ever feel angry? How about enraged? Do you ever get so frustrated you want to smash something? Do you ever find yourself avoiding or running away from people or situations, perhaps without even realizing it?

Well of course you have. You’re human. We all experience these behaviors and emotions to some degree. The price of running from your feelings is not experiencing True Lasting Happiness. Thing about how bad do you feel in these situations. The good news is it is possible to feel less bad less often.

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A New Look for Life Learning Today: Canvas Theme

Canvas Woo Theme

 

Today I’m updating Life Learning Today with a new theme. I’m using “Canvas” theme from WooThemes. The goal is for a simpler look so it will be easier to read and pleasing to the eye. I want y’all to want to come back here everyday to get some good info on making your life the best it can be. (Above is the screenshot of the old site.)

I won’t be going into maintenance mode as I want my readers to still be able to read my content while I’m making changes.

Should be mostly done by the end of the day today. If you notice anything that is broken or if you have any feedback on the layout/look, I’d be grateful if you can contact me with that information. Click for my contact page.

Thank you!

And in the meantime, it would totally make my day to hear from you in the comments at the end of my posts. You can comment via WordPress comments, Facebook, Google+ or even Disqus or Livefyre.

Thank you for all your comments, tweets and other social shares. I always reciprocate!

Thanks!

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The Power Of Belief

the power of belief

Could you use a little magic in your life? Are there things you want, but they seem elusive, slipping through your fingers each time you reach for them? There is a piece of magic that can change all that. It’s your beliefs. Here’s how to harness it in your life. Continue Reading →

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What to Do When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

when things don't go according to plan

Let’s face it: things never go exactly according to plan. Whether it’s vacation itineraries, our career, getting the kids to school on time, or that plan to spend some quality time by yourself, things often have a way of getting off course from your original vision.

But I learned something really important recently: What goes wrong is as valuable as what goes right. Let me share my insights with you and, I think you’ll see there really can be a silver lining in things don’t go according to plan.

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Got Anxiety? Here’s Good News

Anxiety

First, as we begin, let’s start with opening our minds to the possibility that most of what we believe about anxiety is not in line with the true nature of anxiety. Expand your mind like a big empty room. Move the furniture aside. Open the windows and doors. Cling not to your current beliefs about your anxious mind and its intrinsic nature. Be open. Breathe deeply. Here’s some good news for you.

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Don’t Just Take a Break – Bust a Move and Build Some Muscle

pushups

If you read a lot of self-improvement blogs like I do then you’ve probably heard of the concept of taking hourly breaks to improve productivity and reduce stress. And if you’re like me, it sounds great in theory, but in reality I don’t really do it. Why? I think maybe it’s because I don’t know what to do during that time. Certainly 5-10 minutes of meditation would be great, but most people’s work is already so cerebral, how about something physical instead? Here’s what I started doing and I love it!

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Forget the Diet Plans: The No-Brainer Way to Eat Healthy AND Lose Weight

healthy diet plan

 

During my life I’ve had a love/hate view of “the meal plan” segment of diet books. I want to make it work, but often it just takes too much time and effort to follow the plan and so I don’t stick with it for more than a couple days.

I’ve read many many books and articles on nutrition, food as medicine, and weight loss. In that time I’ve come up with a simple formula that I use to eat healthy and lose/maintain weight.

What follows is a simple approach to eating that is both healthy and conducive to losing/maintaining your desired weight.

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A Quick Way to Lighten Your Problems

Lighten Problems

If you have problems, and we all do, there is a quick way to take the heaviness out of that situation. Lightening your problem will give you the confidence and mood-boost you need to solve it or work around it. In fact, if you do this often enough you may even feel like you’re living a 100% Problem-Free Life. (my friend Sneha’s free ebook link). So here’s what to do…. Continue Reading →

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Sore Throat Remedy – A Natural Cure

Natural Sore Throat Remedy

 

I woke up with a bad sore throat yesterday morning. My doctor couldn’t fit me in yesterday. (I wanted to find out if it was strep) so I searched for a natural remedy. I found several different ideas which I combined into one “recipe.” Lo and behold it worked like a charm. My sore throat was gone by the end of the day. Here’s what I did:

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