Today is the day Canadians vote for a new federal government. Will there be change? Will the politicians follow through with their promises? We all have the right to vote and I trust you will exercise your right to do so. It wasn’t that long ago that women had to fight for the right to vote so don’t think your vote can’t make a difference because it truly can. Having said that what I really want to talk about today is how you can make the biggest impact on our country with the decisions you make each and every day. Let me explain.
We listen to weeks and weeks of campaigning and pointing fingers, scandals (well not really, it is Canada!) accusations etc. Politicians make promises they may or may not keep. Some impact our lives more than others but it is really policy that directs a nation. When we truly want to have an impact on our country we have to make decisions each day for ourselves that can positively impact our country and our lives.
Let’s start with health care. We consistently hear in every election that more money needs to go to health care. We need more doctors, more hospital beds, and money to pay for more drugs. Personally, I think we just need healthier individuals. I would like to challenge each and every Canadian to make 4 basic changes in their lives that could fix all our health care needs. It’s time we take responsibility for our general health and stop looking for a pill to fix everything. The pharmaceutical industry is running our health care system and it is not the answer to good health. It has it’s place but it can not be the driving force. Good health starts with you and how you fuel and move your body. Healthy active bodies = healthy active minds and no need to medications or multiple visits to the hospital. Here is a list of things you can do to help prevent most decease today:
- Eat a whole food based diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Drink 2 l of water daily
- Sleep 7-8 hours per night
- Don’t smoke
- Keep your body active each and every day
- Manage your stress
- Take time to laugh every day
- Use green products around your home
Seems pretty simple but think about the decease that is plaguing our health care system and how much is preventable. If you want real change you have to start with yourself.
Next is the environment. What are you doing to lesson your foot print on planet earth? Are you recycling, composting and reusing? Do you walk or bike when you can? Do you car pool or take public transportation when possible? Do you shut your engine off when you will be idling for more than 10 seconds? Do you pick up trash when you are out for walks? Have you planted a tree lately? There are 35 million of us in Canada alone. What if we all made a true effort to save just one tree this year?
What about poverty and those less fortunate? What do you do to give back? If you have time to give why not volunteer, if you have money to give pick your charity and make a gift. If you can focus on random acts of kindness each and every day, smile at a stranger, open a door, help someone in need, share a hug… you will make a difference for others and encourage them to pay it forward too.
The list could go on and on but on this election day, I encourages you to vote but more importantly I encourage you to make real change for you and those around you so we can do our part to make Canada the healthiest and happiest country to live in.