THE SCOOP ON VITAMIN D

Ok, sweet friends. Now that I am graduated from PA school I feel that it is time I start sharing with you some health facts on this little ol' blog of mine. I have been really wanting to dig in with healthy talk, but I felt like I wasn't able to back things up & now I feel way more comfortable. The kick is I want yall's help. I would love to know what kinds of questions you have no matter what its about. It can be from vitamins, medications, how often you should go to the doctor, what kinds of questions you should ask your doctor about a certain something, good foods to lower your cholesterol, when you should get a mammogram, when you should go the doctor for a sinus infection..etc! I think you got the point.. so ask away! You can either leave a comment below or shoot me an email at ashlyn@letitbebeautiful.com. I will put together posts to answer your questions so that you can have them as a quick reference. What do you guys think about that?

Now as for Vitamin D. This little ol' vitamin is pretty important & more than 2/3 of Americans are deficient & don't even know it. You can simply ask your Health Care Provider at your next visit to check your Vitamin D levels. Even before you are able to get your levels checked you can simply start making changes in your daily living, such as trying to get 10-15 minutes of healthy sunlight a day (don't forget to wear your sunscreen) and eating foods high in Vitamin D like salmon, tuna, rockfish, fortified milk, and yogurt. A bonus with all the fish is they are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which protect the heart and may slow age-related memory problems.

Hope this was beneficial for you all! Now go get yourself some healthy sunshine! xo

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let's downward dog it.

I need an energy release. 
I need a place where I can focus on me 
-- a place where I can breathe deeply 
& enjoy my own uniqueness. 

I recently started going back to Hot Yoga or {Bikram Yoga} depending on where you practice a few weeks ago. I can honestly say that I feel like a million bucks when I am done with my workouts -- I have a clear mind // any anger that was built up is gone. I feel stronger, healthier, & more relaxed. Some people are so discouraged about trying yoga in a 85-105 degree room -- & I have to say that I was one of them. But ever since I tried it a few years back I fell in love! The only downfall of Hot Yoga that still kinda inhibits me from actually going as much as I want too is the cost. I find it to be so expensive -- & it is hard for me to get a yoga membership & have a gym membership at the same time. So I am currently evaluating whether I want to keep my gym membership as well. But ever since I started going back to yoga -- I keep finding all these items that I want :] like those comfy yoga toe socks, that sweet bag, & that yoga jacket! {CAN I SAY CHRISTMAS LIST!} -- that's ok right? It is November already so I can start making my Christmas list!! :] I mean people are already decorating their houses for Christmas & listening to Christmas music, so I don't think I am jumping the gun at all for starting early ;]

Have any of yall tried Hot/Bikram Yoga?! What do you think? & if so do you have any favorite yoga stuff that you like! :]

HAPPY FRIDAY SUNSHINES! :] 
enjoy this day you were given.

check your boobies ladies //

Our boobies are pretty important to us gals, wouldn't you say so? I can remember way back when I first noticing that I was developing. I was about 15 years old, which is actually pretty late due to being a year round swimmer. I had just finished swimming my 100 breast stroke & I when I got out the water I noticed that my Dad had made it just in time to see me swim! :) I was pretty ecstatic, since usually my Dad couldn't make it because of my younger brother's other sporting events that took place on the weekends! I ran outside to give him a hug, since it was an unexpected surprise. My Mom, Dad, & I are outside talking & my Dad looks at me and says, "Looks like you are growing some bug bites!" -- 

YES he said that. 
YES I turned bright red. 
YES I didn't know how to respond, but with "DADDDDDDD?!" & an eye rolll. ha
YES I don't think that I looked at him for week. 
& YES I am sure that I decided to sport a huge sweatshirt all week even around the house! lol

What I am trying to get at is that even when we were young our breasts mattered to us. We wanted to have boobs like the rest of the girls around us. Boys noticed them. Girls made fun of them - whether small or large. They come in all different shapes & sizes. They give us security or they can make us insecure. They play a huge roll in a woman's life.

SO WHY NOT TAKE CARE OF THEM PRETTY BOOBIES THAT WE HAVE ON A REGULAR BASIS!?

via check your boobies.org

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to learn how to do your own self breast examination at home. It is important to understand the correct way to do it & what to look & feel for.  There are a few different ways to perform the exam, but none of them are necessarily better then the other. Here is two ways to {1} perform the self breast exam at home & {2}self breast examination. Also, if you click the picture below it will take to a website where you can print out your own self breast exam shower card that you can laminate & put in your shower! :] You can even ask your OB/GYN or Primary Care Doctor for a shower card -- I am sure they have some at their office!

BREAST CANCER QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

(1) What are risk factors for breast cancer?
All women, including women with disabilities, are susceptible to breast cancer. You might be at    a greater risk for breast cancer if:
you are over age 40.
your mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer.
you were exposed to high dose radiation when you were young (i.e. extensive x-rays for scoliosis, radiation for thymus problems, radiation
for pneumothorax).
you have a diet low in fiber and high in fat.
you give birth to your first child after age 30 or never give birth.
you began menstruating early or experienced menopause late.
you are obese (very overweight).
(2) How can you check for breast cancer?
You need to take three steps to detect a breast cancer:
1 - Perform monthly breast self-exams.
2 - Have yearly well-woman exams that include manual breast examination.
3 - Have yearly mammograms once you are over age forty.
(3) What are some unusual breast changes that could indicate breast cancer??
a lump
dimpling or puckering of the breast or nipple
nipple discharge
one breast hanging lower than the other
one breast growing bigger than the other
a change in the color or texture of the skin of the breast or nipple
unusual swelling of the upper arm
When should you do a breast self-exam?
You should do a breast self-exam every month about a week after your period when your breasts are the least tender and swollen.
(4) When should I perform my monthly breast exam?
You should do a breast self-exam every month
about a week after your period when your breasts
are the least tender and swollen.

NEED A MONTHLY BOOBIE CHECK REMINDER?!
you can sign up by clicking the sign up button below! :]




CHECK YOUR BOOBIES PARTY?! -- WHATTTT!
Oh & I thought this was pretty cool -- You have have a Check your Boobies Party!
Yeah pretty neat if you ask me, because Breast Cancer is THAT important!
You can click the image below to take you to the info on it! :]


party time



MORE BREAST CANCER INFO!!!

For more information on breast cancer and a full explanation with diagrams of the breast self-exam, please visit breastcancer.org, 4women.org, and the Komen Foundation.


oh & one last thing ....



I am running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Saturday & I am trying to reach my goal of raising $125 -- if you help please do! You are helping find a cure to help fight breast cancer!You can go HERE too donate! :]



oh & don't forget to ENTER my giveaway over at THE SHINE PROJECT, it ends Friday night at midnight