Today is Set the Tatas Free Day a day where women are encouraged to go braless in order to support the 12% of us who will experience breast cancer in their lifetime. I’m in my 50s and personally know more than a few classmates, colleagues and extended family members who have had to endure treatment for breast cancer. I’ll bet the same is true for you, too.
In my opinion, the graphic should read “SUPPORT THOSE AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER” but the intent is a good one, I think. I’m not encouraging anyone to take photos of their braless selves and post them on the web. To me that screams of “look at me!” and not “let’s address the issue of why so many of our sisters are at risk”.
Since the observance corresponds with Meatless Monday, it seems a good time to point out that eating more plant foods in conjunction with limiting the amount of meat, sugar and processed foods consumed can help reduce your risk of developing any type of cancer. A diet rich in plant foods is helpful in supporting immune function as well as maintaining a healthful weight. (Source)
With the exception of some skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women across all races and ethnicity. Diet is only one indicator of risk; family history and physical activity also come into play. (Source) Regardless of diet and other risk factors, a woman’s odds of developing breast cancer increases as she ages (1 in 8 over a lifetime), so it’s important be aware of changes in the way one’s breasts look and feel by regular self examination and periodic mammograms as recommended.
I know, I know, I harp on diet and fitness all the time. There’s a reason for that, aside from my own personal desire to remain active and healthy. While there’s no guarantee we’ll never develop cancer or other disease, diet and exercise are in our direct control and have a huge impact on a strong immune system– needed to resist and recover from disease.
Enjoy Set the Tatas Free Day by taking your bra off … and browsing though the posts below.
ON TO THE PARTY!
Meatless Mondays was created to inspire people to go without meat one day a week. Click here to read more about it on their website. To that end, I’ve teamed up with Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Mary from Mary’s Kitchen to bring you a month long link party dedicated to Meatless Monday offerings. We hope you find something you and your family will love. If you have a meatless recipe you’d like to share, please link up.