The Be the Change Project’s Top Tips for Regenerative Living #3 Health and Health Care

| 12/4/2018 10:21:00 AM


This is my third entry in our series, Top Tips for Regenerative Living where we take a deeper dive into what we can do and how we can be to live better for ourselves and the planet.  Each “tip” includes what we’ve learned from our lives with our Be the Change Project, background info giving some of the bigger picture, and usually a suggested stretch or two to help guide changemakers. Tip one. Tip two.

Health and health care are biggies for regenerative living.  Like the biosphere around us, when we’re ill things start to break down.  And there’s serious economic costs, too: health costs average $4,800/year per household and represent 18% of our overall GDP.  So what is our role on a personal level within this big system that helps us live more connected and regenerative lives?

When I present about our lives and work (which includes voluntary poverty, simple living…) people often ask how we navigate health care.  What they usually mean, though, is how do we pay for health insurance.  The short answer is that we don’t; we’re poor so we’re on Medicaid and Medicaid is just about free.  The longer answer, and what I share in detail, is a more holistic approach to healthier lives, communities, and ecosystems.  During the conversation I am also sure to point out that we take our health very seriously and that we are grateful to receive health care as needed.  It is a gift and one we’d like everyone to receive through Universal Health Care, Medicaid for All...whatever we choose to call it.  For us, it’s a human right that‘s encompassed by “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  

Here are some examples of our Be the Change Project health care program:

Low-stress: We are, in large part, spending our time doing what we want to do and what we feel called to do.  Of course we’re still raising children, married, engaging with friends and neighbors in America in the 21st century, but we’re hardly jobbing and our immediate needs - shelter, food, water and warmth - are covered. 

Good Diet: We raise and eat a significant percentage of our own food.  It is all grown organically and our animals are raised with a lot of love and space.  Seasonal and fresh eating is the norm be it with hearty greens through the winter, apples in the fall, cherries in the summer, eggs potatoes, onions, garlic...all year from the root cellar. 

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