Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir
These are challenging times for a health coach. When making recommendations for a healthy lifestyle there are multiple complications. It is no longer enough to simply recommend eating more vegetables, beans and fish. Special consideration must be given to our choices, and I recommend food that is natural, whole, organic, not genetically modified, sustainable and locally grown whenever possible. Add to that, the abundance of contaminants and pollutants in the environment, in our homes, and in our personal care products. We live in a society that is chronically stressed, that does not place priority on basic health habits and North America is leading the worldwide health crisis of deaths from noncommunicable disease, the majority of which are preventable, with rates that are almost thirty percent higher than the world average.
Our treatment of the earth seems to be mirrored in our personal healthcare choices. I propose that a healthy environment and healthy citizens is the most profitable choice individually, and collectively.
Check this out: Hungry For Change
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
There is hope in our personal choices. We create the world we live in, each one of us, by all of the little things that we choose every day. There is also hope because ingenuity, resourcefulness and adaptability is coded in our DNA. These days aspirations are being achieved at the same time that someone is saying it can't be done: biofuels from bacteria and algae are freeing up valuable arable land, food is being grown in the Sahara desert using ocean water and we are creating history by building bridges of communication and information in this developing technological age that could help us to make healthier choices for people and planet.
Check this out: Plastic to Oil
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
- Reduce and eliminate plastic for food preparation and storage. Check these out: toxic food storage
- Reduce and eliminate household and personal care product chemicals. Check this out: Toxipedia
- Do not eat genetically modified food.
- Choose organic.
- Educate yourself about healthy fish and seafood choices. Check this out: Healthy and sustainable choices
- Grow your own. Check this out: Micro greens farm
- Make your own. Check this out: Healthy snacks
- Eat a plant based diet. HEALTH COACH recommends that 2/3 of your protein should be from non meat sources.
I am grateful for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenlyspirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everythingwhich is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. E.E. Cummings
- Go outside.
- Check this out: Breathing Earth
- Remember and honour the wild places in nature where you used to play.
- Man's heart away from nature becomes hard. Chief Standing Bear
- Practise random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
- Check this out: Environmenta- List
- Everyone and everything matters.
- Build bridges.
- Be the hero in your own story.
Check out this action in our own communities:
(with live links to all websites)
Manitoba Sustainability Initiatives Directory
HARVEST MOON SOCIETY: Healthy Land, Healthy Community
2013 Farm Mentors and The Landless Farmers' Collective
Food Matters Manitoba engages Manitobans towards healthy, fair, sustainable food for all!
NOURISHED ROOTS: GROWING A SIMPLER, MORE NOURISHED LIFE. TOGETHER
The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,The brooks for the fishers of song;To the hunters who hunt for the gunless gameThe streams and the woods belong.Sam Walter Foss
DO YOU KNOW?
17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Canada:
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Labrador, Newfoundland: Canadas' 17th UNESCO World Heritage Site
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.Francis Bacon