How to show support for Cancer patients
Cancer patients are more than people with a medical problems. They are, first and foremost, human beings who have been struck by the worst misfortune possible. That’s why the thoughtful actions of these Slimming World members mean so much to the patients they’re supporting and their loved ones, friends, and colleagues. These cancer patients need all the support they can get – and these Slimming World members are there to give it to them. Read on to learn how you can be there for them, too!
A Global Effort
Every year, millions of people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer. It affects those who have to deal with treatment and live with a disease, but their families and friends are affected too. The number of people who have cancer is expected to increase in the future, meaning that more and more people will need help from others. Thankfully, there are several ways you can help those living with cancer so that they know you’re there for them. You could: – Send cards or letters if you know someone who has been diagnosed – Become an active participant in one of your local fundraising events – Donate money to cancer-related organizations based on your beliefs…and so much more!
Coming Together to Fight Breast Cancer
September is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all over your community, you’ll find organizations raising awareness of breast cancer and ways that women can reduce their risk. Even people following a healthy diet program like Slimming World can take a few steps to help ensure breast health:
- Adopt a healthy eating pattern (such as one based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts).
- Consume a healthy diet rich in plant foods.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
- Be physically active in everyday life.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
Supporting Our Soldiers Through Fitness
It’s no secret that every branch of the military worldwide has a high percentage of obese or overweight servicemen and women. This is due to a lack of funding for exercise equipment, lack of qualified exercise instructors, and long periods away from home. When soldiers have time off from their duties, they need to find ways to keep busy. Unfortunately, many turn to eating out, fast food, and snacks that are easy to access while at home. Armed with some cash (or using their credit cards), they eat three times a day on a diet that consists primarily of pizza, chips, fried chicken, and other unhealthier meals. These extra calories increase weight gain and potentially increase risk factors for heart disease and diabetes later in life.
What Are You Looking Forward To?
Weight loss is a great goal, but it’s also an opportunity to rethink your relationship with food. Instead of focusing on good and bad foods, think about what you’re looking forward to eating. This will help you enjoy your favorite treats more when they come around and make positive associations with eating healthy foods that are good for you. It may seem like a small detail, but it can significantly impact your overall journey. When it comes to weight loss, mindset is critical—so don’t underestimate these small changes!
Fighting Hormone Dominance
Being overweight is one of many side effects of estrogen dominance, which can happen if a woman has too much estrogen than progesterone. Excess estrogen can lead to feelings of tiredness, water retention, and high blood pressure. Removing extra sugar from your diet and a healthy dose of exercise will help reduce your risk. If you are unsure whether your hormone levels are at their optimum, book an appointment with your GP and have them carry out some tests.
Being An Inspiration
If you have had any life-changing experience and have found success from it, share your story. You can be a shining example to others who might be going through a similar experience and provide inspiration by sharing what you did that helped you lose weight and how they could do it too. They will then feel more confident in their ability to lose weight. When other people see what you’ve accomplished, they may want to emulate your actions and work toward their own goals.
This month many people across Ireland remember loved ones lost to cancer. One such member of our Weight Watchers community is spreading awareness and showing her solidarity with others affected by cancer by wearing a pink ribbon on her shopping bag and paying it forward by buying lunch for someone else who is in treatment or has undergone surgical treatment. She is also a member of our online community and has displayed her solidarity on her online forum profile and throughout our website.