Paula Shaw, grief expert shares helpful information about how general health and wellness can help with battling breast cancer.
The last two weeks we have been talking about the energetic aspects of Breast Cancer and what tools from Mind/Body medicine can be used to prevent and heal it. In fact just yesterday I was working with a woman with Breast Cancer and when we looked at her emotional issues and limiting beliefs they all had the theme of over-giving to everyone else and not giving herself what she needed and desired. We cleared issues about feeling a need to please or be abandoned and issues of worth and strength. These are not uncommon among women who have suffered this cancer.
This week I also want to give you the medical and nutritional information that can be helpful in this fight. I have included information from LoRayne Haye, noted nutritionist and Dr. Andrea Cole of the Center for Age Management where my private practice is located. This is important information so please read it and inform and arm yourself.
The landscape of Female Hormones
It’s unfortunate but most women have more knowledge about the designers who make their shoes and jeans than about what hormones rule (or run amok) within their bodies. “Women need to have their hormones assessed on an annual basis from age 35 on. Or, if there’s any suspected abnormalities in the menstrual cycle such as PMS” Stated Dr. Andrea Cole a leading edge practitioner who owns The Center for Age Management and Wellness located in Encinitas, California. “One of the top items a woman can do is get her hormones tested via, blood draw, saliva and urine. If you leave any one of those labs out, the puzzle will be incomplete and you’ll spend years not understanding why whatever said hormone therapy is not working, be it Bio-Identical or the standard fare HRT”. She further stated that continued hormone imbalance is “defiantly stressful on a woman’s body both physically and emotionally”. The take away; get your hormones tested which include the female, thyroid and adrenals assessed on an annual basis. Including vitamin D which acts more like a hormone than a true vitamin. A recent study conducted by UCSD and Harvard found that over 600,000 cases of breast cancer each year could be thwarted by boosting vitamin D levels.
One of the biggest nutritional de-railers of hormone balance is unstable blood sugar and is considered by this author to be a ‘nutritional stressor’. These highs and lows that come with regular consumption of processed food, play a major role in driving Insulin a ‘storage hormone’ up. When this takes place, the ‘flight or fight’ response is activated with the Adrenal Glands pushing out all manner of stress hormones including cortisol, adrenaline and norepinepharine. “Now the terrain is ripe for a number of health issues to take place and a women’s risk for breast cancer can go up” stated Dr. Cole.
The Crash Crave Cycle
One of the most common complaints I hear from women is ‘how can I stop these carb cravings’? My standard answer is ‘you’re amongst friends and yes it can be controlled”. The scenarios I see play out, on a daily/weekly basis are women telling me what they start their day off with and it’s all too often a high glycemic index carb. Which takes your blood sugar from 0 to 90 miles per hour and going along for this hormonal joy ride is Insulin a storage hormone. In essence what women are doing is teaching their bodies (daily) to store instead of burn fat via what their putting over their lips.
Repeating this day in and day out can lead to exhaustion, fatigue and further one’s chronic carb cravings. However, when we put food in the ‘good category’ such as oatmeal (don’t get me wrong I love oatmeal) and consume it by itself this can be problematic as well. Primarily, because most of us are not creating a ’need’ for the amount of carbs we’re consuming. After we eat where do we go? Well most of us head out the door to work and become one with our office chairs. Additionally, how many of you actually measure out what you’ll eat? Not many do. We manage to fill our bowls that are now the size of flying saucers, to the brim. After all we don’t want ourselves to starve.
No one bothered to send us the e-mail telling us that we have a greater need to eat balanced ratios of Protein, Carbs, good Fats and Fiber as we age. When we do, blood sugar, mood swings and energy levels stabilize. Constant carb cravings subside along with the hormonal side having a better chance at achieving balance. Metabolically speaking if a woman continues to have wide blood sugar swings she’ll have a tough time losing gained weight, let alone maintaining her weight. For the majority of women over 40, weight gain is a major source of aggravation, as the older you get the tougher weight loss becomes. The take away here; balance your protein, carbs, fats and fiber. Look for ways to ‘marry’ foods together. For example, ½ a slice of whole grain toast with 1tsp. almond butter, 1 hardboiled egg and ½ a cup of Soy, Almond or Organic Skim Milk. If your taste buds are married to yogurt, take a look at the quality, as not all are created equal. Opt for the plain non fat; add in 1 tablespoon of berries and ¼ tsp. of ground flax seed and stevia if you need a sweetner. The Flax seed provides Omega-3’s and the fiber will cover several bases, including slowing the breakdown and absorption rate of the food along with creating a feeling of ‘fullness’.
I hope you have found this information helpful. In addition we now have very sophisticated genetic testing that can also tell us if we are at risk. This is another area that would be advantageous for you to look into.
Remember that keeping your body and mind at a high vibrational state through positive thinking, gratitude, good nutrition and exercise, is your best offense. I also highly recommend putting your hands over each chakra, every day and visualizing yourself flowing white light into it. This can be done in as little as two minutes, so no excuses. You wouldn’t drive your car without putting gas into it, so don’t drive your body on empty either.
We’d love to hear ways that you have helped yourself heal or what you do preventatively.
PAULA SHAW, CADC, DCEP is an author, Energy Psychology specialist, therapist, speaker, Reiki Master and Grief Counselor. For more than 20 years, Paula has been passionate about empowering people who are dealing with profound loss, so they can reap something truly beautiful from their pain. She also helps clients who are going through major life transitions or seeking freedom from self-destructive addictions. She has degrees in Education and Communications from Long Beach State University, as well as graduate counseling credentials from Loyola Marymount University. She is one of the founding members of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology and currently serves on its board of directors. Paula is the author of Chakras, the Magnificent Seven (2002), as well as the newly released Grief...When Will This Pain Ever End? Finding Your Way out of the Pit of Despair after Profound Loss, which was released June 15, 2015.
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PAULA SHAW, CADC, DCEP is an author, Energy Psychology specialist, therapist, speaker, Reiki Master and Grief Counselor. For more than 20 years, Paula has been passionate about empowering people who are dealing with profound loss, so they can reap something truly beautiful from their pain. She also helps clients who are going through major life transitions or seeking freedom from self-destructive addictions. She has degrees in Education and Communications from Long Beach State University, as well as graduate counseling credentials from Loyola Marymount University. She is one of the founding members of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology and currently serves on its board of directors. Paula is the author of Chakras, the Magnificent Seven (2002), as well as "Grief...When Will This Pain Ever End?" Finding Your Way out of the Pit of Despair After Profound Loss.
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