Don’t just live with cancer. Live healthy with cancer. No matter where you are with your health, there are 3 things you can do to help you live your healthiest and happiest life possible.
I have been blogging about healthy living and cancer for a little over a year and a half now. And it suddenly struck me that I don’t have an article telling you what I am trying to accomplish with Pink Ribbon Runner.
So, what is Pink Ribbon Runner about? Let’s explore the three key foundations to what I believe healthy living is.
“Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle” – Jules Robson
Three Key Foundations to Living a Healthy Life
I believe there are three key foundations to healthy living:
- Being Active
- Healthy Eating
Healthy Living is Being Active
“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley
We all know that exercise is important for our health. It is written in blogs, newspapers, magazines. We hear about it on television, in vlogs and podcasts. We know we need to workout to stay healthy. So, then, why are we sitting more now than ever before in history?
According to the World Health Organization 1 in 4 people lead sedentary lives. And that statistic proves true in the US with only 23 percent of Americans meeting the minimum recommendation of 150 minutes of exercise per week.
And all this inactivity is making us sick. It is making us obese and giving us heart disease, diabetes and cancer. As a society, we don’t sleep well. And mental illnesses, especially depression, are on the rise.
Pink Ribbon Runner promotes being active. It is what we were born to be. It is one of the foundations for living a healthy life.
Healthy Living is Healthy Eating
“Sorry, there´s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.” – Morgan Spurlock
We know eating healthy is also important to stay healthy. But what exactly is eating healthy? What foods are healthy?
While 75% of Americans say they eat healthy, according to the CDC, less than 18% actually eat a healthy diet. That is far too few people. It makes me think that we either don’t know or don’t care about eating healthy.
Healthy eating is a diet full of colorful vegetables and fruits. It is controlling portion size and calories. It is eating enough healthy protein and fiber. Healthy eating is limiting the amounts of salt, sugar and fat. It is choosing to eat wholesome foods known to support the body, especially the immune system.
Eating healthy is also about enjoying your food.
Healthy Living is Mindfulness
“It’s not enough to eat veggies and do yoga. You also must work on healing the stress and anger in your life.” – Karen Salmansohn
According to Oxford Dictionaries, mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
When I speak of mindfulness, I am referring to everything your mind is dealing with and how it affects your physical and mental health. Stress has a big impact on health. Emotions are a part of mindfulness too. Kindness and gratitude are also important for your health.
Mindfulness is also about being aware of what your body is telling you. Many people, including myself, have lost the ability to tell what the body truly needs to be healthy. One common example of this is overeating and obesity. Ignoring your body’s cues can lead to health issues. But you can relearn how to listen to your body.
We need to relearn what it means to listen to our bodies and quiet our minds.
Pink Ribbon Runner is about these Key Foundations
The name, Pink Ribbon Runner, came from the fact that I had breast cancer (think ‘pink ribbons’) and that my favorite fitness activity is running (thus, ‘runner’). So, the Pink Ribbon Runner is me. And it is the name of my blog.
But this website is so much more than just breast cancer and running. It is shaping up to be a powerful resource for those wanting to prevent cancer, fight cancer, heal from cancer and thrive after cancer.
And it continues to expand and morph into what you need to make healthy living happen.
Cancer Survivors’ Healthy Living Network
As an extension of this website, I started a private Facebook group for those living with cancer to connect with others wanting to live a healthier life. It is free to join.
I welcome cancer patients, cancer survivors, and cancer caretakers. My only stipulation is that you read and follow the rules, which includes no self-promotion, sales, donation requests or other such spam content.
The Cancer Survivor’s Healthy Living Network is a moderated discussion group. We focus on the three foundations for living a healthier life. The discussion topics are heavily backed by scientific and medical studies.
We talk about eating healthy, exercising and mindfulness. I post daily about these topics and encourage others to join in the discussions about developing healthy habits.
It is a positive space to empower you to develop healthy habits at your own pace. Come share your knowledge and ask your questions. We would love to have you join us.
Living Healthy Needs to Happen
“Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.” – World Health Organization
Cancer researchers estimate that one third of the world’s cancers are a result of unhealthy lifestyle.
While there may be little you can do about the other 2/3 of cancer causes, like genetics and environmental pollution, there is something you can do about an unhealthy lifestyle.
I want to reduce my risk of cancer by developing some healthy habits. Being active, eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits, and finding healthy ways to cope with stress are all things that I can do to live my healthiest life.
I may not be able to reduce my risk to zero. But at least I am doing something to improve my chances of remaining cancer-free. And that is the best that I can do for myself.
“I choose to make the rest of my life, the best of my life” – Louise Hay
Please look around and learn from Pink Ribbon Runner (that’s me!).
Sign up for my emails and I will send you a newsletter once a week with my newest article and tips about healthy living. Let it be your weekly reminder to live your healthiest life.
Come join me in the Cancer Survivors’ Healthy Living Network.
You don’t have to do this alone.
Let’s do this together.