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Conscious consumption improves your wellbeing.

 

Conscious consumption can stretch your imagination and improve your wellbeing. I recently listened to an interior designer delightfully talk about getting a can of paint for her birthday every year. She painted everything she possibly could. Those early days of having to exercise her creativity to the max paid off. She is now a successful interior designer. 

 

Early experiences in life probably influence us more than most realize. Reflecting on my own childhood, I can also see how the dots connect back to sewing with my mom and the sewing machine my parents gave me as a high school graduation gift. 

 

Sewing didn’t become my profession but the ability to fix something on the fly and to create something from scratch has definitely influenced my career.

 

Learnings from my work in healthcare

 

Most of my career has been spent in the US healthcare system fixing problems and developing strategies to address the underlying issues that drive the cost of healthcare. 

 

One of my projects years ago was for an emerging medical device company with a new technology for the treatment of rare and complex cancers. To fullfill the deliverables, I researched the causes of each rare and complex cancer. It was then that I realized that the cause of most cancers is largely within our control. 

 

Lifestyle effects your health and wellbeing

 

Lifestyle which includes what you eat, how much you exercise, how much alcohol you consume and whether you smoke is a significant factor in your health and wellbeing.

 

Genetics affects your medical risk too, but even then you can influence your experience and outcome of a disease with better lifestyle choices.

 

There is one lifestyle related factor that we have less control over and that’s our exposure to toxins. Some professions have more exposure than others but environmental toxins effect us all

 

Environmental toxins effect everyone

 

I became obsessed with the food supply chain after visiting family in a rural part of Canada last year and later learned that food production is one of the largest contributors to climate change. Covid19 has illuminated some of the issues now which will be addressed by the current revolution in food. 

 

Unfortunately it’s both an exciting time and a scary time. On one hand, there are some seasoned entrepreneurs rising to the challenge of making the food we eat more nutritious and sustainable. On the other hand, the current US Administration relaxed the regulations protecting the fishing industry which may lead to more corporate farming and damage to the environment. Conscious consumers can make a difference with their purchases.

 

Your choices can make a difference

 

Being conscious about what you consume means using your purchasing power to communicate your values. What you purchase effects what companies offer and how they operate. 

 

To help you live more consciously, posts will include the environmental impact when relevant to help make your lifestyle more sustainable. Everything written on the blog will be factual and backed by science, doctors and other experts in the know. 

 

Beautiful things whether handmade, refurbished, repurposed, shared or purchased add a richness to our lives. Let your imagination run wild to enhance your wellbeing.

 

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