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4 Natural Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Hey loves! In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’m sharing just a few of the ways we can all lower the chance of getting breast cancer. Of course, this is no guarantee as there are many factors that can play into the risk for this disease. However, anything that could possibly give me more of an edge, I’m all for it.

  1. Eat more plants. Less chicken.

…..Or any other meat for that matter. This is not a post to get any of you carnivores to stop eating meat but, the fact is that including more vegetables and fruits is one of the best ways to lower your cancer risk because they help to keep your body in a more alkaline state. Cancer or any other disease cannot survive in an alkaline body. You especially want the bright and dark-colored fruits and veggies like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, , eggplant, blueberries, and strawberries.

2. Exercise

I know, I know, you’ve heard it a million times: exercise is good for your body and mind. Well, you can add to the list that it can help reduce your risk for cancer.

Most of us know this but, actually doing the exercise we need consistently can be hard. What I’ve done is to break my sessions up into 10-minute intervals and aim for 30 minutes a day which equals 3 sessions. Chunking my workouts like that helps it to seem like less of a chore when I’ve been working all day and running after a two-year-old.

3. Get more vitamin D

There’s research that links low vitamin D levels to an increased risk of getting breast cancer, and most of us (including me) are walking around with dangerously low levels without a clue.

A test from your physician can cut out all of the guesswork but, whether you think you are deficient or not, taking a vitamin D supplement is always a good idea.

4. Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker and were looking for a sign to quit here it is:

The use of tobacco increases the risk for many different cancers including breast cancer according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

If you’re currently a smoker but, desparately want to put the cigarettes down and don’t know where to start, check out these resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/in-depth/nicotine-craving/art-20045454

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Beauty, Fit Life

Self-care Sundays

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This mommy, wife, sister, friend, wanna get fit, big dream-chasing life gets crazy sometimes! I’m so super grateful for it and all that is on the way but, sometimes I forget that taking care of me should be on my list as well and it does not make me a bad mother or a neglectful wife.

Things like scheduling a pedicure, getting a facial or taking myself to the chiropractor for this annoying back pain I’ve had for 2 years now. Or asking hubby to watch Benjamin while I go to Home Goods or Target. Carving out 2 hours to go to Barnes and Noble with Becoming by Michelle Obama, so I can read it in peace and finally finish it!

What I’ve also realized is that self-care is also letting go of people and situations that no longer serve you. We’ve all had that “friend” who always has something negative to say and is always the first to “turn up” and bring the drama wherever they go. Or that relationship that you are in that is going nowhere fast but, you stay out of fear of starting over.

Let me just say, that saying no sometimes is so unbelievably therapeutic. As a former people pleaser, this is tough to do but, it feels too great not to! Not in a mean, nasty way of course but, there’s just so many family gatherings, birthday parties, dinners, and baby showers I can go to in a month while still handling my business and taking out some time for me.

I’m still figuring, adjusting, and rearranging my life to squeeze in my definition of self-care because, after 30+ years of living, I FINALLY know that it is more than necessary.

What’s your idea of self-care? How often are you including it into your daily/weekly/ monthly routine?

Check out some of my favorite things to use when I need to just do me!




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Healthy + Fit Black Friday deals

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Happy holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving day was filled with lots of good food and great company. We went to hubby’s aunt’s house and had a really good time. Next year, hubby and I will probably host Thanksgiving dinner when we are in our new house *prayers up and fingers crossed*.

I made my famous curry coconut chickpeas and a sweet potato casserole.  If you are following me on IG, @simplisticchic_ , I posted the recipe for the chickpea dish in my InstaStories.

Now on to what has arguably become one of the most anticipated parts of the holiday season–Black Friday shopping. I’m not advocating  going into debt on things you do not need but, I am all about scoring a good deal on something I’ve had my eyes on for a while.

On my personal list are some more Nike’s, workout gear, knee high boots, a new car seat for Benjamin, and some much needed supplements. Realistically, only two or three of these will actually get purchased but, we’ll see.

Today, I’m sharing some great Black Friday deals to help you stay fit that you do not want to miss!






What’s on your Black Friday shopping list? 


Fit Life

Top 5 Healthy Living Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s day is this Sunday and I’m sharing the top five healthy living Father’s day gifts for the special fathers in your life.  I have always felt like we (as a society) take for granted how important fathers are to the next generation.  It is an awesome and great responsibility to be able to guide, protect, and educate little, growing minds.  I cannot imagine how different my life may have been if I did not have my father in my life from day one.

This will be my hubby’s first official Father’s day and I want to make it extra special! My father, father-in-law, uncles, and cousins are also some great men in my life who are wonderful examples of what a dad should be.

If you’re still looking for a gift, one of these are sure to show your appreciation for the hard-working man in your life.

  1. Nike men’s running shoes– You can never go wrong with Nike! These lightweight, stylish running shoes will be great for the gym aficionado in your life, or the man who needs a little motivation to get into a workout routine.
  2. Fitbit– this activity tracker can track your heart rate, the number of steps taken throughout the day, your sleep cycle, and how often you workout.
  3. Massage Heights– nothing says, “you’re appreciated”, like an hour-long massage.  Massage Heights is my personal favorite place to relax and release tension with a massage.
  4. Socialite Body Essentials– Natural, vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free products for the special man in your life.
  5. Nike men’s running shorts– every man needs some workout gear that can be worn to the gym or just out running errands.  He’ll love these Nike dri-fit shorts!

Links: Nike Men’s running shoes// FitBit// Massage Heights// Socialite Body Essentials for men //Nike Men’s shorts