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October 8th, 2018

Happy Sunday! Can you believe October is already here……..and it’s a very special month. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in every 8 women in our country will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. That means women in the TGA Tribe will be affected. I’m determined to do something about that statistic. Whether it affects you personally or someone you love, we will all be touched somehow by the impacts of breast cancer.

I’m not sending this email to drive fear, but to bring awareness as to how the lifestyle factors that we learned about during The Lifestyle Turnaround can change the course of your health and reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed among American women. I believe that we need to put a higher priority on prevention. It is often said in functional medicine that “genetics loads the gun, but our lifestyle choices pull the trigger.” What we eat, environmental toxins that we are exposed to, chronic stress, sleep deprivation, a sedentary lifestyle, and lack of social support are all catalysts to increasing breast cancer risk.

As we learned in The Lifestyle Turnaround and in all of our past TGA Challenges, excess sugar and processed food consumption increases insulin release which is linked to inflammation and elevated estrogen levels. Inflammation and increased estrogens correlate to higher breast cancer risk. We also learned that insulin is Miracle Gro for fat cells, making our bodies very efficient at STORING FAT. Excess body fat increases your risk of breast cancer. Excess body fat produces ESTROGEN. We normally think of ovaries as the estrogen producers for females, but for women post menopause, FAT is now the primary producer of estrogen. Excess re-circulated estrogen is a problem for women…..and men! As a Questioner Tendency, I am always looking for solutions to the root cause of a problem. Here is what I came up with, it’s plain and simple: reduce your body fat to reduce excess estrogen production. And men, you are not immune to breast cancer either. As you age, your estrogen levels increase significantly as well, especially if you are carrying around excess belly fat and not strength training. We know strength training is critical for improving your insulin sensitivity and helping you reduce your storage of belly fat too. Keep lifting heavy guys and girls!!!
Here’s a case scenario, someone is overweight, inflamed, stressed out with high estrogen levels….add a history of oral contraceptives and menopausal, and you’ve just created the PERFECT STORM for their genetic disposition to express itself as breast cancer. Being overweight also increases the risk of recurrence for those that are in remission. Body composition and fat distribution plays such an important role in our overall health as those with fat around the belly have a higher risk than those who carry fat around the hips and thighs. For those who are overweight, lowering body fat percentage is an important part of reducing their risk of breast cancer.
The truest form of prevention comes from lifestyle. We have so many tools of prevention that we need to put in place….NOW! During The Lifestyle Turnaround, we learned to improve the quality of our nutrition, we learned how strength training is critical for increased insulin sensitivity, we learned how to re-frame stress and see the upside of it so that it doesn’t lead to a chronic state of inflammation, we learned how important sleep is to our immune function and fat loss, and lastly, we learned how social connection can make a difference and be the true game-changer when it comes to improving our health.
We MUST have a prevention plan set up in our lives. For me it’s called The Lifestyle Turnaround. While our 21 days together may have come to an end, the lifestyle changes that we incorporated are not over for me, they’re just beginning….. We certainly cannot control our genetics, but we can control our lifestyle. What an amazing concept, we actually have POWER over our own actions!!! We literally have the ability to turn on genes that favor health while suppressing those that code for disease, just by the lifestyle choices we make! We can’t always control what our bodies do and how our genes get expressed, but we can certainly guide them in the right direction.
The subject of breast cancer prevention and early detection is especially important for me this year as one of our own athletes at TGA was diagnosed this past April and has gone through the journey of surgery, chemo, and now radiation. Sann continues to strength train and her STRENGTH IN THE STORM is an incredible motivation to me! She is a model of GRIT and RESILIENCE. And I know that radiation is kicking her ass right now. We are so proud to have you on the TGA TEAM!!!!
To support this important cause, I am asking that everyone wear PINK this week. Every time you train in PINK this week, TGA will donate $5 to our Local Mount Prospect Lemons of Love Cancer Center, a non-profit organization that believes in the power of community. You may have seen their new headquarters at the corner of Northwest Highway and Central Road. We’d like to raise as much money as possible to support this cause that effects us all!
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” but with a twist, “When life gives you lemons-laugh out loud.”

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Finish Strong,
Coach T

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