The holidays are upon us and that probably means some sort of added stress... Between traveling, shopping, cooking, entertaining, or all of the above, our heads tend to get a bit bogged down this time of the year. It's super important to take the time to de-stress and re-center ourselves. Loving yourself is one of our 8 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer and combined with a positive attitude, self love can help to assure good overall health— physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Meditation is one of our favorite ways to show our bides some self lovin'.
As we head into the holiday season, many of us begin feeling the mounting pressure to manage it all – travel, gifts, guests and amazing food. With memories of childhood gently nudging us to create magic for our own families, we often push ourselves to the edge, feeling run-down and sometimes even sick. Our immune systems become taxed due to a lack of sleep, lowered vitamin D levels, disrupted exercise routines, and poor nutrition. We absolutely LOVE the holidays but not if it means we can’t join in on the festivities and fun. This year we're taking a hint from our friend Kris Kelly over at Goofy Foot Foods! She recommends starting each day with a positive intention and a cup of Immunity Boosting Tea, to help your body stay healthy and set the tone for “Balanced Abundance.”
Holiday season is upon us and we all know there’s nothing traditional about processed foods. But cooking everything from scratch can be tough too. You don’t have to throw in the towel on your health routine just because it’s the holidays or give up your traditional Thanksgiving recipes – and it doesn’t mean you have to make everything from scratch either.
We get it, us gals love our beauty products! Whether you wear makeup everyday or just on special occasions, there is a good chance that you are using some sort of product that includes toxins that are not-so-hot for your body. We often don't realize just how many different products we are lathering on our bodies each day so it's important to take note of exactly what is in the products we do use.
Healthy eating is one of the most important of our 8 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer. Making small, healthy changes to your diet is scientifically linked to reducing your breast cancer risk and there is not better time to start than the present. Grubbing on fruits and vegetables that contain high fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients can help fight the disease.
That's a wrap on B4BC's 6th Annual Check One, Two Campus Tour! The B4BC educational outreach posted up on ten different campuses, providing preventative health information to students while partnering with campus departments & clubs to give out wellness materials that highlight the benefits of early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle.
It seems like everywhere we turn, science is telling us hormone disruptors are dangerous, can hurt our health, and can even increase our breast cancer risk. But let’s back up. What exactly IS a hormone disruptor, what are the problems associated with them, and is there anything we can do to really to minimize our exposure? Let's break it down.
Today we’re sharing a snippet from B4BC Wellness Ambassador, breast cancer survivor, and our good friend Megan Pischke! If you know us, you know we love avocados and so does Megan. The health benefits of avocados include stopping the growth of cancer, while supporting the body’s natural defense mechanisms. A nutritional powerhouse, avocados provide a combination of comprehensive cancer fighters such as, carotenoids, vitamin E, lutein, and oleic acid. Naturally high in (healthy) fats, rich in fiber and loaded with nutrients – eating avocados make perfect sense and so does using them for all of their other other amazing properties. Megan is giving us 15 more reasons to add this superfood to our grocery lists!
The last step on our 8 Steps to Step out Breast Cancer is LOVE YOURSELF. Now, just because it’s the last step on our list, don’t think it is any less important. Loving ourselves is one of the most important things we can do to live a happy, healthy life! Loving yourself can help to assure good overall health— physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.We love being inspired by others and yoga girl Rachel Brathen sure is an extra big dose of inspiration. Check out what she has to say about self love & why it’s so important!
We’re keeping it super simple after a long holiday weekend! As we shake off the indulgences from Halloween and start a new month, there’s never been a better time to load up on vegetables and particularly green veggies. Our favorite and most easily digestible way to have them is in a tall glass (or three) of green juice.
The Environmental Working Group releases a well-known list every year of the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables to avoid due to GMOs and pesticides, but now they've added a list of Dirty Dozen chemicals for cancer prevention! On that list are PFCs, used as stain-repellent coatings in furniture, and PBDEs, a type of fire retardant used to treat upholstered furniture, mattresses and pillows until it was pulled from the market due to high toxicity levels.
Everyone loves Halloween! It's a holiday all about fantasy and having fun. Transforming yourself into whatever character you wish is exciting, but have you ever stopped to think about what's in the makeup you're using to create a look? Brightly colored paints, heavy greasy textures, and glues marketed for Halloween are filled with scary toxic chemicals you’d never dream of putting on yourself or anyone for that matter — they're loaded with petrochemicals, formaldehyde, dioxins, heavy metals and synthetic colorants.
This week we’re getting festive! With Halloween this weekend we felt it was necessary to highlight our favorite part of the holiday: PUMPKINS. We decided to nix the Jack o’ Lanterns and turn our pumpkins into a delicious, pumpkin pie inspired smoothie! Our friend and B4BC Ambassador Megan Pischke is sharing with us her recipe for a super healthy twist on a fall favorite. With this smoothie you can curb your sweet tooth cravings and get all the amazing health benefits that pumpkins have to offer (that we usually forget about)!
Although we don’t have much say in the nasty chemicals in the air outside, we do have the power to make our homes a toxin-free haven! Many people don’t realize that even our beds, couches, sheets, & pillows are full of chemicals that can increase our risk of our cancer. Yikes! We want people to have safe furniture solutions, so that’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at The Futon Shop, who’s furniture is leading the way in the chemical-free world. For the month of October they are donating a percentage of the proceeds of their sales to help support our education + prevention programs. Visit them online to learn more about your chemical-free furniture options at The Futon Shop.
For many people, the pink frenzy of October can be a confusing time. The opportunities to get involved and show support are plentiful. All things fashion, beauty, food, and design invite us to purchase pink in the name of breast cancer awareness — but that also makes it confusing. With the pink-hued mania now lighting up October, we all have the opportunity to infuse our support and awareness with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Here are a few tips!
It's finally starting to feel a bit like Fall which means we are ready to bust out our boots & scarves and chow down on some delicious cold-weather food! If you didn’t get it from the name, this soup is JAM PACKED with greens to help nourish your body. It may not look like much, but this creamy soup packs a ton of greens and good fat that combined, keep you full and give you tons of energy; not to mention, the greens hold some serious cancer-fighting nutrients! Not only is it insanely healthy, this soup is SO simple to make. It truly takes just a few minutes. Steam, sauté, add water, then blend!
B4BC and GNU teamed up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to give you a reason to put health education at your fingertips! By downloading the B4BC app, you could win a brand new GNU BPRO board, signed by Barrett Christy and shown here with Team B4BC rider Kaitlyn Farrington.
B4BC's Check One, Two Campus tour has taken off and we are stoked to educate young people all over the nation. In case we don't get a chance to visit your campus this year, take your health into your own hands—download the free B4BC app for iPhone and Android to set your monthly breast self-exam reminder and learn how to check one, two!
This weekend marked the end of this year’s Skate Series with 100 participants coming out to B4BC's 9th Annual Skate the Coast! The skaters pushed along a beautiful 18-mile course from the Santa Monica Pier to the Redondo Beach pier while raising over $20,000 for B4BC’s education, prevention and support programs!
The Environmental Working Group is well know for their Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen lists that classify popular fruits and veggies into groups based on their pesticide residue levels. They recently switched it up and produced a list that includes 12 harmful, cancer-causing chemicals and different ways to avoid them. Study the list below to get a good idea on simple ways to avoid some of those nasty chemicals that are out there today.
First of all, how beautiful is this smoothie? The vibrant color is due to the combination of the two main ingredients, peaches and turmeric. Turmeric has become all the rage lately thanks in large part to its insane health benefits including its high antioxidant levels and anti-inflammatory powers! Read up on why you need to be drinking one of these babies every day!
The environment can be a grim topic, but our approach to it doesn't have to be. It’s a no brainer that free radicals are harmful to our bodies and the environment. As more and more studies link that the likely increase of breast cancer is due to environmental factors, it’s important for us to do our part to live green and work towards a healthier environment for everyone to live in. In order to be the best it can be, the planet needs a little love! We’ve got 17 super simple steps you can take to help you live a little bit more green.
If you’re at all interested in health or nutrition, you’ve probably heard people raving about the benefits of fermented foods. We’re fans of ferments (things like yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, pickles and miso), but like anything, it’s important to have a good, thorough understanding about why things are so good for you. Sure, they contain probiotics, which are good for the immune system—but what does that really mean? How exactly do fermented foods benefit your health?
If you're a driven, passionate person who wants to do great things, you probably have a tendency to overload yourself with endless meetings, appointments and to-do lists. We get it — feeling busy can make us feel good but this typically only goes well for a while until, one day, you wake up completely exhausted, overwhelmed and drained. Those are not adjectives that generally describe a healthy, happy person.
When you’re feeling rundown from long work hours, overdoing your workout routine, or lack of sleep, try giving Spirulina a try. Spirulina is a nutrient-rich form of fresh-water algae, grown and dried into a deep, dark green (nutrient-rich) powder with an added bonus of containing the highest concentration of complete proteins found in any food. Now, that is a superfood! We find it easiest to use Spirulina in smoothies, dips, and dressings, but there are tons of ways for you to enjoy it!
In honor of this weekend's Chasing Sunshine Retreat, we've decided to mix it up with this week's Breast Cancer Prevention post. Unfortunately, cancer is a reality in our world and chances are we all know someone who has been affected. It’s our jobs to make those fighters feel as comfortable as possible and give them the motivation and support to keep fighting! When a person first gets a cancer diagnosis, they're often so overwhelmed they have no idea how to ask for help or what to ask for -- but they sure need it. If you have a friend or family member with cancer that you want to help, don't make the mistake of making a vague, questionably sincere offer "Well, call me when you need me!" (they won't). Instead, make their life easier by anticipating his or her needs and giving tangible, much-needed support.
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of keeping your hormones balanced and your estrogen at healthy levels in order to reduce your breast cancer risk. What you eat regulates many aspects of body function, including the secretion of certain hormones. Your diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and ward of different diseases and sicknesses. Below is a list of foods to eat (and to avoid) that will help you maintain a healthy hormonal balance.
12-year-old Katie Lyssand was not only our top fundraiser at B4BC’s Skate The Lake 2015, but she also was the youngest girl to skate the entire 28 miles. Katie skates for her family who has a long history of women’s cancers. She spent two months collecting donations not only from family and friends, but also going door-to-door to businesses around her community explaining her goal to raise funds to educate young people about breast cancer and support young survivors.
September is here and that means the return of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund's StokesMe September campaign! StokesMe September is dedicated to raising funds for surf-related humanitarian organizations focused on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people by uniting surf industry brands, retailers and consumers in different initiatives. We are absolutely thrilled to be a beneficiary once again! Read up on the different ways to get involved in this amazing initiative.
We are stoked to announce that the B4BC App has made Healthline's list of the Best Breast Cancer Apps of 2015! Healthline is a health information website dedicated to making the people of the world healthier through the power of information. The editors carefully selected each winner based on quality, usability and contribution to the community.
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing breast cancer education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large.