Recovering from Breast Cancer: Lifestyle Changes
There are as many stories about breast cancer as there are women who were diagnosed to have it. There is no single correct way to feel better, heal, make lifestyle changes, or cope. What is important is you spend some time learning about which ways of feeling better or healing will work for you.
Breast cancer has no clear causes, hence, it does not have proven ways to prevent the disease or its recurrence. This fact alone can provoke, fear, uncertainty, even anger. This fear of the unknown is what drives many to advocate for breast cancer research.
At the very least, there are some principles of healthier living that help breast cancer survivors. It’s never too late to start a healthy lifestyle. Making healthy choices can be mentally and physically rewarding, regardless of age. For breast cancer survivors, adopting a healthy lifestyle may improve survival and lower the risk of recurrence.
Given the experiences of women who feel emotionally, physically, and mentally better when they take better care of themselves, as well as the evidence that does exist, we at Breast Reconstruction Associates want to highlight some suggestions that can help shape your recovery plan.
1. Maintaining a healthy weight
This is one of the best things that you can do for your overall well-being. Being obese causes
- Heart disease and stroke
- Esophageal cancer
- Colon cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney cancer
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are some of the best ways you can maintain a healthy weight. The American Cancer society recommends the following:
- Avoid inactivity
- Aim for at least 2 hours of exercise per week
- Return to normal activity as soon as possible
- Strength training exercises are recommended at least two times per week
2. Healthy eating
Those who survived breast cancer can benefit from the same healthy diet that is recommended for everyone.
- Eat the right amounts of fruits and vegetables daily
- Limit high calorie foods and beverages
- Limit trans fats or saturated fats. You can find these in deli meats, red meats, full fat dairy, poultry skin, margarine, fried foods, as well as microwave popcorn.
- Limit processed and red meat. Go for fish, chicken, and beans.
- Drink moderately. Limit your intake to less than 1 drink a day.
3. Moderate alcohol intake
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is detrimental to everyone’s health. There are some findings that suggest drinking alcohol may increase the risk of breast cancer mortality. Talk to your health provider so you can make informed choices about alcohol intake as a breast cancer survivor.
Staying as healthy as possible is more important than ever for breast cancer survivors. Adopting a healthy lifestyle may decrease your risk of recurrence, and will surely protect you from having other health problems. Questions? Feel free to get in touch with the breast cancer advocates at Breast Reconstruction Associates.