Unfortunately, today we can never be too careful with what we eat. Tons of the fruits and veggies we enjoy on a daily basis are grown in fields where nasty cancer-causing toxins are used. It’s our job to be aware of what we are eating and know what foods to avoid in order to keep our bodies safe. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) aims to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Each year they produce lists to teach us what foods to ditch and what foods to enjoy.
There’s no getting around it: alcohol does a number on our bodies — including exacerbating hormonal issues like fibroids and endometriosis and increasing our risk for breast cancer. But we’re not here to make you feel guilty for having a glass of wine. Really! Rather, we want to make sure you’re aware of the impact it has on your health and how to get your body back up to speed.
Maintaining a healthy body weight and staying active is oh so important when it comes to reducing your breast cancer risk. Some of you may not know, but fat cells produce most of the estrogen in the female body. The more fat tissue in a woman's body, the higher her estrogen levels are likely to be, and the higher her risk of breast cancer. Aside from eating smart and staying active, there are a few other things we can do to help combat those pesky fat cells. In comes TEA — helping you lose weight, or more specifically, preventing your body from being able to gain weight. There are so many different kinds of teas out there that do tons of different things for your body. We’ve got a list of 6 of the best wellness-boosting teas out there for you to try!
Who knew this little baby could do so much good for our body. This week's post comes from our friend and B4BC Wellness Ambassador Megan Pischke! If you're like us, you've heard about oil pulling by now. It became a HUGE trend not too long ago because of the so-called benefits. Megan decided to hop on the bandwagon and find out if it really is worth the time. Read up on Megan's experience and decide if you want to try oil pulling out for yourself!
You caught us! We are guilty of snacking at our desk, in the car, and on the go… Sometimes you just need to chow down on something to give you that extra boost of energy to make it through the day. Being said, we are always on the lookout for new, healthy snacks to keep our taste buds happy and our tummies full.
It’s a wrap on B4BC’s 11th Skate the Lake! We had an amazing weekend in Lake Tahoe filled with tons of fun and an overwhelming amount of love and support and… it was a record breaking year! Our 100 participants raised over $26,000 for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s education, prevention and support programs!
It’s always the right time to be proactive about your health and it’s always the right time to start preventing. This isn’t about grand detoxes or cleanses, though they do work when done correctly. The important stuff is what we do every single day. Summer is in full force and we know your schedules are packed, but that’s no excuse to throw your health to the wayside. Small habits can make a big difference in the long run. Here are 4 simple things you can start doing to help prevent breast cancer today!
It’s a no brainer that free radicals are harmful to you 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.
Isn’t this drink gorgeous?! We’re guilty of being drawn to this recipe just because of how beautiful it was, but then we realized just how great it truly is. These cubes are made of 100 percent pure pitaya and are a perfect, nutrition-filled alternative to a normal ice cube. They’re super easy to make and are the perfect way to spice up any drink or eat as a refreshing, summertime snack!
It was an amazing 5 days of outreach at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California! This was our 14th consecutive year onsite and we had just as much fun as ever! Thousands of beach-goers swung by the B4BC educational outreach booth to get educated and learn about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Using jelly breast molds, we taught people of all ages how to check themselves and showed them what a potentially cancerous lump might feel like. Tons of booth visitors decided to take our prevention pledge and promised to themselves to make more positive lifestyle choices and some picked up a copy of the brand new B4BC Basecamp Zine!
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.
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.