Over the past several months, I have been thinking a lot about the things and people I have in my life.
I think about my past. I think about my life at home and at work. I think about my future and my family's future.
Since I work in a hospital, I am constantly reminded of physical and mental health issues that arise if we don't take care of ourselves.
Some people may think we don't have control over anything in our lives, but I disagree.
We don't have any control over our past, because that happened yesterday. We don't have control over our future, because we don't know what is going to happen tomorrow or 10 years from now.
The only time we have control over is Now.
The choices we make now, will guide our future.
When I think about the health of our future, it doesn't look good. We are getting sicker and our children are getting sicker.
Healthcare costs continue to rise, pharmaceutical use continues to rise, and mental illness rates continue to rise.
If we don't die instantly from say, a motor vehicle accident or blood clot, then it seems as if we are all being killed softly over time.
Not only are the "junk" foods slowly killing us, but the toxins in our environment are slowly killing us too.
We are becoming a product of our environment. The same toxic chemicals surrounding us on a day-to-day basis are showing up in blood and breastmilk when tested.
How is this happening?
Because our bodies are not only absorbing the chemicals from food we consume, but also chemicals we spray into the air, clean our clothes with, clean our homes with, and put onto our skin.
I can choose foods that have more nutritional value by reading food labels, but what about the containers used to package the food?
In other words, if I choose a can of red kidney beans to make chili, will the chemicals used to produce the can (for example, BPA) leach into the beans as they sit on the shelf? How many toxic chemicals will my body absorb from the bean container?
We don't breathe clean air because it is polluted.
We eat scientifically engineered food.
The household cleaners we use are toxic.
To overcome illness and disease, we put potentially harmful medication into our bodies.
So, what do we do?
We use the information we have at the present moment and do what we can.
We can't control the future, but we can guide the future by making educated choices Now for our health and the health of our families.
If you care about your nutrition, then don't buy foods that have little or no nutritional value.
If you care about your physical health, then make an effort to plan for an activity that will allow you to move your muscles more or increase your heart rate.
If you care about your mental health, then seek a mental health counselor to help you achieve optimal mental health.
If you want an environment that is less toxic, then do your research to learn how to live a green lifestyle.
Remember, the consumers drive business, not the suppliers.
If we make an effort today to stop purchasing crappy foods, move more, achieve optimal mental health, and start taking control of our environment, then tomorrow may not seem so scary when we think about it.