Of all the wellness buzzwords out there, inflammation might be the buzziest, and with good reason. Inflammation’s dark side is a powerful force in cancer development, where it aids and abets tumor growth and spread around the body. Essentially, inflammation may provide the fuel that feeds the flames of cancer and other nasty diseases. Being said, it’s an important topic to learn more about in order to live a healthier lifestyle!
This week we're bringing you an incredibly refreshing smoothie for these hot summer days! The Pineapple Refresher smoothie is packed with nutrients and delicious ingredients and is one of the many recipes in our Quick and Clean Salads & Smoothies Recipe Book. The book is packed with super simple recipes that are full of antioxidant-rich, cancer-fighting ingredients! Check out one of our personal favorites!
We are back in the office after an AMAZING weekend at the Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California where we spent the last 3 days on the shore at B4BC Basecamp. This all-female contest is a WSL 6 star event and showcases the world’s best female surfers. The event is all about empowering young women & we were stoked to be a part of it once again!
The name is a bit of a mouthful, but this recipe combines two of our favorite breakfast flavors: chai and blueberry. Not only is this breakfast delish, it comes with some serious health benefits and is far healthier than a chai latte or blueberry muffin. This dish takes very little prep time and is perfect to grab when you’re heading out the door. We like to top off this simple chia pudding with antioxidant-rich blueberries to add a serious cancer-fighting punch. Besides the amazing flavors, check out the TWO big reasons why we think you should chow down on this for breakfast!
This week's Breast Cancer Prevention post comes from our girl Megan Pischke. She discusses with us the huge impact that plastic has on our bodies and our environments. She's got tons of great tips on how we can help reduce our use of plastic items and truly make a difference!
The magical acai berry! If you haven’t heard of this insane superfood yet, well, you might be living under a rock… Acai is all over the place and for good reason! This indigenous berry is commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon and is a relative of the more common blueberry and cranberry. The antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit, not to mention a cancer-fighting powerhouse.
One sobering fact of modern life: endocrine (hormone) disruptors are everywhere. Occasional contact wouldn’t be a major concern but the trouble is, most of us come into contact with them multiple times in a day, often in our cleaning products we use across our homes. Many of these toxins either block or promote estrogen and other hormones, so either way, they throw off your hormonal balance.
Photo courtesy of @SilverSpies Whether it be juices, smoothies, or matcha, green drinks are all the rage these days. Some people are still hopping on the matcha craze and if you haven’t tried it… we suggest you do! Swap out your morning coffee for a cup of warm or cold matcha tea to get your much-needed energy boost AND some extra health benefits that you can’t get from your average cup of joe. Matcha is a Japanese green tea that packs a considerable amount of caffeine and offers a calming sense of ritual. Now this isn’t your basic tea that you steep —it’s gyokuro green tea that has been ground into a fine powder and whisked with hot water to create a full-bodied, verdant elixir. It’s often celebrated for its nutritional value as well as its deep vegetal flavor. Read up on why you should start sipping on matcha below: HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
If you're like most people these days you spend a whole lot of time on your phone... Why not give that little piece of technology some serious power to do something good for you? With the free B4BC app, you can learn how to perform your own breast self-exam, our 7 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer, and keep up with our team riders and events. The best part? The B4BC app allows you to set a monthly breast self-exam reminder. So, what are you waiting for? Download the B4BC app for iPhone and Android for free right now!
This week's post is coming all the way from Costa Rica! B4BC Ambassador Megan Pischke is spending her summer down south and is sharing with us one of her favorite foods she has discovered, guanabana. I discovered guanabana last summer while I was in Costa Rica gathering my strength and health after a long year of cancer treatments. One day, my girlfriend ordered me the most delicious smoothie I had drank in a very long time. It tasted like pineapple, marshmallows, and sour grapes; it was creamy and all the flavors were wrapped into one. It became my new favorite and I had one every day that summer. I’m back here in Costa Rica for the summer now. Not only do I want to plant a tree in my yard, but I also want to find the fruit and have it readily available for all my popsicle and smoothie needs.
The 2015 ESPN Body Issue is here! We are stoked to announce that Team B4BC’s own, Leticia Bufoni, is one of the world-class athletes featured in this years issue that highlights the strength and commitment to the health of professional athletes who have pushed their physiques to prime athletic form in order to excel in their field.
4th of July is coming up this weekend and we know most of you will be spending your holiday outdoors basking in the glorious sunshine! Before you head outside to soak up some rays, it’s important to understand just what the sun does for our bodies; the same goes for sunscreen. We’ve been told for decades that we need to slather ourselves with sunscreen all day long — whether it’s sunny or cloudy, winter or summer — in order to protect ourselves from the damages and health risks imposed by the sun.
Summer is here and that means so is 4th of July! It's time to celebrate one of our favorite days of the year and if you're like us, that means you're headed off to some sort of BBQ or get-together. We know that this is a holiday notorious for it's not-so-healthy foods, so we figured we'd give you some healthier options to share with your friends and family! All of these recipes are super delicious and are packed with antioxidant rich berries that help fight off cancer. Doesn't get much better than that!
Many people don’t realize how many different aspects of your daily life contribute to your overall health. A healthier you = A lower risk of breast cancer and other sicknesses. You may be up on the latest health trends and get your recommended amount of sleep but we bet there are a few things out there that you haven’t tried yet. We’ve got some secret wellness tips that only the healthiest of people know! Read up on some not-so-obvious tricks you can use to increase your overall health and reduce your breast cancer risk.
Yet another genius idea and a perfect snack for summertime! Slice up a pineapple and sprinkle it with an assortment of toppings for a refreshing and filling mid-day snack or chow down on a few for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Pineapple provides your body with a huge dose of Vitamin C and an extra cancer-fighting kick!
We had an incredible time on the road with Vans Warped Tour this past weekend! Our traveling educational outreach booth rocked two dates of the tour, starting with the tour kickoff in Pomona, CA on Friday and heading up the coast to Ventura, CA on Sunday. Massive crowds came out to for some great music and good times! Throughout the weekend, concert-goers stopped by our educational booth to learn about the importance of early detection and living a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention.
It's that time of year where we all get to brag about how amazing our dads are! This year is no different and we are so happy to celebrate dads all over. We want to give a special shout out to the fathers of our Team B4BC athletes for the role they have played in shaping these girls into the amazing women, athletes, and role models that they are today!
If you haven’t noticed, we absolutely LOVE yoga here at B4BC! Not only does it help improve your posture and flexibility, lower your blood pressure, and bring you some inner peace, yoga is also a great way to prevent cancer. Doesn’t get much better than that! Check out a few of the ways that yoga helps to keep you cancer-free!
Hormone balance may not be something that you think about on a daily basis, but it’s definitely something that is worth our time! Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy, cancer-free mind and body. Hormone balance is deeply connected to the food we eat, the exercise we get, the toxins we absorb, the weight we carry, and the stress levels we put up with. Eating the right foods can make a massive difference in your mood. A high-nutrient diet can reduce symptoms of hormonal imbalance like mood swings, depression, weight gain and acne — and it can improve your energy levels and overall outlook on life. Below are some of the best foods to include as part of your regular diet to help balance your hormones.
X Games Austin 2015 has officially wrapped! Thousand of X Games goers stopped by the B4BC booth in the Marvel Next X Park to get educated and learn how to Check One Two. We’re all about teaching the youth the best ways to prevent breast cancer and this was an amazing place to do just that! Tons of people stopped by to take our Prevention Pledge and get autographs from our newest B4BC team rider, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, as well as some of the top women in motocross, Tarah Geiger, Sandra Gomes, and Gray Leadbetter.
We're well aware that often times meditation is easier than it sounds. Meditation can be different for each and every person and it may take some experimenting to figure out what exactly works for you. We promise you that the reward is worth the struggle. Meditation can help reduce your blood pressure, decrease inflammation, and give you an overall better sense of balance and calmness. A study at the Ohio State University found that progressive muscular relaxation (meditation), when practiced daily, reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Pretty amazing what sitting still can do for you! This week we're bringing you a special post from North Face athlete and breast cancer survivor, Megan Pischke. She gives us her take on meditation and a peek into how the process worked for her. Check it out below!
We always get uber inspired when we see food looking as amazing as this does. Who would have thought to use sweet potatoes as an edible plate? We’re so stoked someone did because now we have tons of recipes to experiment with. Try your hand at creating a scrumptious baked sweet potato round and top it off with a combination of delish ingredients. Check out some of our favorites below and read up on why they’re so good for you!
Come meet some of the top women in Motocross this Saturday at X Games Austin! Swing by the B4BC booth @ 3pm to get autographs and meet these world class athletes! Check out the bios below to learn about more about the ladies!
We always hear it, but a healthy weight means a much healthier you. Step number 2 in our 7 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer is BE ACTIVE! Studies show that being active 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week can significantly reduce your risk of breast cancer, not to mention do wonders for your overall health. Doing regular exercise helps reduce body fat and improves muscle tone helping to keep your body slim and fit!
It's getting to be the time of year where all we want to eat is smoothies! Smoothies are one of our favorites year-round, but this warm weather makes us crave them even more. Today we're bringing you a list of 11 of the best ingredients to put in your smoothies. Some of them you may never think of, some you may never have heard of, and some you may just not think they sound appealing... but trust us, they are! All these ingredients pack a serious healthy punch and increase your cancer fighting power. Read up!
Massive amounts of gratitude for everyone who showed up to last week's Chasing Sunshine premiere in Squamish, B.C. We raised an AMAZING $1036 in cash donations thanks to all of your support and open hearts. A very special thank you to the lovely Larsen Sisters (Lindsay and Cameron) who sang their hearts out, Gord at Blacksheep Event Rentals for a projector and screen, local artist Chili Thom for the sound equipment, and Tommy at The Living Room for the awesome venue!
We are beyond stoked that skateboarding phenom Leticia Bufoni has joined the B4BC Be Healthy, Get Active ambassador team!
To welcome her to Team B4BC this week leading up to X Games, we are doing a massive giveaway with her sponsors. Just follow the steps below to win these rad prizes!
At this point, we know that most beauty products we buy from the store have all kinds of chemicals in them. Most of the time we don't even realize how many negative effects these chemicals can have, often times normal products contain cancer-causing toxins. If you want to check where your cosmetics fall on the toxicity charts, you can check them out by brand name on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database!
The long-time staple of Asian and Indian cuisine is now a healthy insider’s superfood of choice. Turmeric is now blowing up as an ingredient at juice bars, hot restaurants, and in top healthy bloggers’ recipes. The curcumin in turmeric actually exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, as well as potent anti-cancer properties that have been intensely studied.
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.