\nBreast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in the United States. \n\nAnd that number is on the rise. It’s likely that either you, a family member or a close friend has been affected by this invasive disease. \nMamaSezz partnered with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to help spread the word about small changes you can make to reduce your risk today. \n\n“As a doctor, I want people to know that they already wield some of the most powerful tools to help take control over the risk of cancer: the fork and knife. ”\n\n Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, President, Physicians Committee\nScientific research indicates that by making these 4 simple lifestyle changes, you will not only reduce your risk for developing breast cancer, but you will decrease inflammation in your body, stabilize at a healthy weight, increase your longevity, reduce your risk of diseases, and feel the best you have in years. \nLet’s get started:\n \n1. Eat a Plant-Based Diet \nSimply by eating foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts your breast cancer risk drops significantly. Foods high in fiber and low in fat can help to reduce your estrogen levels, which translates into a lower risk for cancer. Soy, in particular, is a fantastic cancer-fighting food, along with cruciferous vegetables, and foods high in antioxidants such as dark leafy greens. \nSIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE: Stabilized weight, more energy, strong bones, reduced chance of diseases, healthier-looking skin, more regular digestion, and more. \n\n\n“The healthiest meals are plant-based, low fat, and high fiber: an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole grains like brown rice and oats, non-animal proteins such as lentils, beans, and soy. ”\n\n Dr. Kristi Funk, Breast Cancer Surgeon\nOrder the MamaSezz American Institute for Cancer Research Bundle to load up on cancer-fighting fruits and veggies with meals like Creamy Broccoli Soup and Ricotta Style Mushroom and Tomato Bake. With each bundle ordered, MamaSezz will donate $17 to cancer research. \n \n2. Move Your Body \nResearch shows that people who get regular exercise are at less risk for illness including breast cancer. Moving your body regularly can strengthen immune defense which helps the body kill off cancer cells that arise. So get out there and play!\n\nNot a big gym rat? No problem! MamaSezz suggests dancing in the kitchen, which releases endorphins that may contribute to your overall happiness. Check out our Spotify playlist: MamaSezz- “Rockin’ in the Kitchen” for some booty-shakin, sing-into-the-spatula tunes. \n \n 3. Limit Alcohol\nAlcohol, (even beer and wine) increases your chances of cancer by causing DNA damage and increasing your estrogen levels. The less you drink, the lower your risk. \nNext time you go to a party, Instead of alcohol, choose a healthier option and bring some seltzer water loaded with cut fruit. It’s beautiful, fun and dare I say MORE festive than even a glass of champagne. WARNING: bring lots because everyone else will want some.\n\nSeltzer Fruit Combos: \n-Lime and raspberry\n-Lemon, blueberries, and peach\n-Vanilla, pomegranate and pear \n-Strawberry, and mint \n-Lemon and cucumber\n \n4. Maintain a Healthy Weight\nExcess weight increases your chances of breast cancer after menopause and can accelerate the rate at which cancer cells grow and spread. Excess fat on the body also increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and many other debilitating diseases. \nEating a plant-based diet, exercising, and reducing alcohol consumption are all proven actions you can take in order to maintain a healthy weight. If you want to reduce your chances of disease by shedding excess weight, join MamaSezz Guaranteed Weight Loss Program today. We ease you into a high fiber, low-fat diet by doing the cooking for you. MamaSezz uses brain science to help you form healthy habits that will allow you to maintain a healthy weight, even after the program has ended. \n\n\n"This is the most free I've ever felt from food issues. I enjoy eating without guilt and shame. I've unhooked from the addictive foods that were making me gain weight and feel out of control. I can't believe I suffered so long before finding this program. I'm lighter, physically and emotionally. It is an unbelievable feeling!" \n\n -Mindy M.\n \nYou can do it\nLifestyle choices have more of an effect on our overall health than you may know. \nReduce your chances of breast cancer today and take the pledge at www.LetsBeatBreastCancer.org \nSource: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine\n \n\nBy Caroline DiNicola Fawley\nCaroline is a plant-based chef, recipe designer, and whole food plant-based nutrition educator, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.