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Health Happy Round-Up: Breast Health

health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.


Hi! My name is Elisa B. and I’m a photographer in Charlottesville, Virginia. I love documenting people’s lives on camera, cooking, blogging, meeting people and living a healthy lifestyle. I’m also expecting my first child in November, and so Dr. Dolly has invited me to contribute to the blog occasionally and to share healthy tips and new-mother experiences!

For my first blog post on Traveling with Baby, I wanted to share a little information about breast cancer. I’ve been moved this year by some of the philanthropic organizations that are out there for professional photographers. As I mentioned I’m expecting, so participating in the Charlottesville Women’s 4-Miler (which raises money for breast cancer research) was out of the question this fall. Then I heard about Images for a Cure which is an initiative geared towards raising funds for breast cancer research and takes place on Sunday, October 11. It fed both my desire to use my photography talents and to help makes people’s lives better and healthier.

IMG_0609_3Photographers across the country are donating their time and session fees to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. I’m really excited about the opportunity to use my talents and passions towards improving peoples’ lives and providing hope for patients and their families and friends.

 Sessions will take place (weather permitting) at Ivy Creak Natural Area from 1-5 on Sunday, October 11. If you’re interested in signing up for a portrait session and having your portrait fees donated to fund breast cancer research, you can sign up through me  – all of my contact information is listed on my website at www.elisabphotography.com. More information about the event is listed on the website at www.imagesforacure.com.

Here are the four healthy habits believed
to help safeguard your breasts:

1. Maintain Your Weight
Studies have found that women who maintain their weight over time are less likely to get this disease. Ideally, you should gain no more than 10 percent of your body weight from your 20s to your 40s.

 2. Eat Sensibly
Vegetables are a very good source of fiber, which in animal studies has been shown to lower levels of estrogen circulating in the blood. Also, many veggies contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals,so the more you eat, the better!

Lanigans are compounds that may play a role in preventing estrogen dependent cancers by inhibiting the development of tumors or slowing their rate of growth. These can be found in flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, rye bread, and strawberries.

Calcium and Vitamin D could reduce your risk by as much as a third. Eat calcium-rich foods like dairy products, almonds, and leafy greens, or take a calcium supplement.

Fiber A fiber-rich diet of 30 or more grams a day can half the risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women. Fiber-rich foods contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that are thought to be protective.

3. Exercise
Women who exercise on a regular basis have lower levels of insulin and insulinlike growth factor. High levels of insulin and insulinlike growth factor seem to act as fuel, possibly helping cancer take off. Exercise also helps by lowering the circulating level of estrogen.

4. Drink moderately
Many studies have found a link between excessive alcohol intake and breast cancer. You can still drink; just don’t overdo it. Stick to one drink a day at most.

I’m looking forward to sharing more with you in the future!
Elisa B.


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