#CheckYourself (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

Courtesy of PinkRibbons.org

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s kind of hard not to know it. Everything has been awash with pink—from the NFL to the Empire State Building. And then there are the pink ribbons….they’re everywhere! From the pins to social media avatars, the world is all about breast cancer awareness. It’s great that everyone is about it, but how many actually are truly aware of breast cancer?

What do I mean?

Did you know that breast cancer is one of the two most common cancers among women? Skin cancer is the other. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime?* That’s about 12% of 150 million people—roughly half the population of the US. No one can dispute that is a lot of people. More and more people can say that either they themselves or someone they know has been affected by breast cancer.

Millions of women are surviving this disease thanks to early detection and the continued improvements in treatment and research. Organizations like the American Cancer Society are on the front lines of the fight against breast cancer by educating women about risk factors, treatment options and helping them get tested to find the cancer earlier.

Based on the statistics, every woman should be aware of her own personal level of risk for breast cancer and ways in general she can lower her risk of getting the disease. At the end of the day, some of the factors—being a woman, age, and genetics—can’t be changed. However, we do have control over others including diet and exercise, smoking and other lifestyle choices can help lower your risk of getting breast cancer as well as improving your overall health.

Some of the known risk factors for breast cancer are listed below. To find out more about these and other factors linked to this disease, visit BreastCancer.org.

  • Being a woman
  • Age
  • Family History
  • Genetics
  • Being overweight
  • Race/Ethnicity

Early detection is key in the battle against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that:

  • Women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and continue to do so as long as they’re healthy
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of their regular healthy exam every 3 years and every year starting at the age of 40.
  • Women should routinely perform self-examinations and report any changes to a doctor or nurse right away.

For more information about early detection, visit the American Cancer Society.

This month there are all kinds of interesting (and fun) events going on around the world including walks, runs, landmarks being illuminated in pink and more designed to raise awareness. For example, on October 25th, the NFL and the American Cancer Society have teamed up for A Crucial Catch Day—a nationwide event to provide breast cancer education and free or low-cost screenings in under served communities.

Other events include:

Celebrities are getting in on the action too. Check out Paula Abdul‘s #CheckYourself video for the Avon Foundation for Women

 

 

*Statistics are courtesy of BreastCancer.Org

LET THE HUNGER GAMES BEGIN! (Reviews of BYSTRICTIN and VYSERA)

With today ushering in a once-in-a-lifetime event, Thanksgivukkah (the rare occurrence when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day), many of us are preparing for a day (and for some eight days) of enjoying savory entrees and sweet delights with friends and family. Seriously…this does not bode well with those of us trying to watch our waistlines. So what’s a girl to do?

We all know that if you cut down the amount of food you eat, you will shed those unwanted pounds. For some that is easier said than done. For others, a little assistance is needed. In extreme circumstances, some opt for surgeries like gastric bypass or even the lap band. With any surgery there are risks—potentially dangerous ones. And let’s not talk about the astronomical costs associated with bariatric surgery. And need I remind you that you can’t get gastric bypass if you are not clinically obese (and even then there are criteria that one must meet in order to quality). Does that mean that there is no hope for those of us who are looking to lose fifty pounds or less? Fear not my dear readers…there is hope.

Well, earlier this month, I shared a tip that I got from Dr. Oz about eating black soybeans a half hour before lunch and dinner to help curb your appetite. It actually works. But maybe beans aren’t your thing.  Well, here are two more Curvy Socialite approved suggestions that may help you in that battle against those oh-so-tempting latkes and turkey that will be staring your down at the dinner table tomorrow.

For the past few weeks I have been testing two new products that have recently hit the market.

BYSTRICTIN

One of the hardest things about weight management (fancy way of saying dieting) is that it can be hard. No, I’m not making excuses about putting in the hard work at the gym or moving in general, but rather I am talking about lifestyle can get in the way. Working long hours at the office, traveling regularly for work or having a job that has you attending a lot of events doesn’t really lend for having healthy eating habits…no matter how hard you try. Your gym time is or naught if you find yourself munching on snacks all day or skipping meals and gorging yourself later.  Maybe BYSTRICTIN is for you.

BYSTRICTIN Meal Replacement Formula

BYSTRICTIN is all about blocking your hunger.  Utilizing the patented Gastric Fill Technology, BYSTRICTIN uses an all natural ingredients to create an immediate feeling of being full causing you to eat less. I can see your faces right now—giving me that “ummm ok “look. Ok. Let me tell you a little more.

BYSTRICTIN contains a special complex blend of soluble fiber (doesn’t contain stimulants, fat blockers or diuretics) that comes in a variety of flavors (I tried the vanilla one) that you mix with water to create a shake. All you have to do is replace a meal or two with the shake followed by a glass of water and you’re done. The ingredients in BYSTRICTIN will absorb the water and expand in your stomach within minutes—the patented Gastric Fill Technology. You should feel satisfied without feel jittery or other crazy side effects.

I tried BYSTRICTIN for about a month and used it as my breakfast in the morning. For the most part, I didn’t really feel hungry for most of the day.  I only used it to replace one meal and had a light lunch and dinner (usually a salad for lunch and some type of protein (chicken, turkey, etc) vegetable and a side for dinner) and I managed to lose 10 pounds at the end of a month.

Interested in finding out more, visit BYSTRICTIN’s website at www.bystrictin.com.

VYSERA-CLS

Every year there is a new pill that pops up that claims to be the next “miracle” to solve our your diet needs.  They say they can help you lose weight (while you follow a strict low-cal, low fat diet). What if there was something that could take it one step further and actually “reshape” your entire body? I know you nearly choked when I said that. There is a new product out there that does just that – with real clinical research to support its claims. That product is…VYSERA.

So how does it work? It’s simple really. All you have to do is pop a pill right before you eat. You don’t have to wait half an hour or anything. You literally just take VYSERA just before you take your first bite. Recommended to be taken with your largest meals (say lunch or dinner), you take one tablet with each meal and that’s it. After 30 days, you should notice a change in weight and the inches on your hips, thighs and butt!

I know you’re wondering how they can make sure a claim. Well, they had a team of scientists who performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial where they had subjects take the pill along with their mail meal of the day. Thirty minutes later, the study group had a significantly lower percentage of blood sugar in comparison to the placebo group. They also noticed lower levels of increase in insulin, peptides and in the hunger hormone ghertin (who knew there was a hunger hormone?). At the end of the study, scientists found that VYSERA also caused a significant reduction in body weight, fat mass, BMI, fat tissue thickness and waist/hip/thigh circumference while maintain lean body mass. So what does that mean in laymen’s terms? When you take VYSERA, you end up absorbing a fraction of the calories in the meal and after regular use; you end up melting away the inches and the pounds. Who doesn’t want that? And the best part…no crazy side effects!

I tried this product as well for a month. I ate normally and took the pill generally at lunch and dinner (my highest calorie meals during the day). At the end of the trial period, I was 7 pounds lighter and had lost an inch off my waist, and a inch and a half off my hips and thighs. Definitely not complaining. You know this is going to be with me at the dinner table tonight.

Want to get your hands on VYSERA, visit www.vyseracls.com.

Because the ingredients in both BYSTRICTIN and VYSERA do not contain stimulants and all those other stuff in diet supplements of all, it’s safe. But with any type of supplement, you should consult your doctor before you start using it.

And with that, I wish you an your family a very Happy Thanksgivukkah….now LET’S EAT!

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