Staying Healthy After Cancer…
A breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is a frightening fight. Even after you’ve made it past a multitude of hurdles and hardships, it can be difficult to learn how to lead a post-cancer life. There is so much information out there about leading a healthy lifestyle after cancer that it can often seem overwhelming rather than helpful at first. So we’ve rounded up 5 ways to stay healthy after cancer.
One of the best first steps to take into your post-cancer life is taking control of your health! So let’s get started together.
4 HEALTHY WELLNESS TIPS
Stay Active – Exercising doesn’t mean you have to go out and get a gym membership. There are tons of ways to stay active right in the comfort of your own home or neighborhood! It is recommended that survivors get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week. Of course, what you do is up to you and your doctor. The main thing to remember is to do things that keep your heart rate up!
Keep your Vitamin D levels in check – Did you know that scientific studies have linked Vitamin D deficiency with breast cancer? Studies have shown women who are Vitamin D deficient have a 222% increased risk for developing breast cancer. In order to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D, make it a point to eat food that are rich in vitamin D and be sure to take Vitamin D supplements daily.
Eat and drink mindfully – It can be hard to know what diet to follow post cancer. What can you eat? What do you avoid? There are literally a thousand “miracle diets” on the internet and people trying to get you to buy something you can easily learn yourself for free. It’s quite simple, eating healthy is the same for cancer survivors as it is for everyone else. A healthy and balanced diet can help keep your weight in check, and also give your body the nutrients it needs. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains and lean meats. Keep red meat and alcohol to a bare minimum. It’s also important to cut back on bad fats like butter, fried and processed foods, fatty meats, and high fat dairy foods. Try choosing healthy fats more often like avocado or olive oil, nuts, avocado, salmon, almond butter.
Keep your stress levels low – It’s completely normal to feel anxious, depressed, or worried that your cancer will return. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health That’s why stress reduction should be a regular part of your routine. Try activities such as yoga, meditation, journaling, or exercising. Those are just a few examples. Stress reduction can be anything that you enjoy doing!