Recently I have found myself photographing some beautiful white swans while visiting Whites Mill Preserve. Because of how I'm wired, it got me thinking about swan songs as a final effort put out in the context of diets.
Plant-Smart Living has seen some tremendous growth in our community and online offerings. In 2016, we renovated our website and began to produce a large quantity of high quality content intended to entertain and promote better health. Consider this a little retrospective of some of the most popular articles from the past year!
I was inspired by a recent comment on Facebook to explore ways in which a simple plant-based diet has evolved into a significant worldwide movement. While at it's core, a person's decision to adopt a plant-based diet is a personal one, and requires personal decisions to stick to daily despite temptations to waver - it has managed to become a shared experience for people who like the sense of community.
With the new year coming to greet us shortly, and as we become increasingly reflective on both the good and bad that came with 2016, I thought I would share some thoughts on the resolution for Plant-Smart Living for the coming year - 2017.
It is a common theme we all share - to try and make changes to our lives as we roll into a new year, as for many it gives us the sense that we have a "clean start" (so to speak). For some, the changes may be small - maybe you are already on a healthier road. For others, the resolutions might be far more significant - perhaps you are at your wits end and need a major change in your life.
For Plant-Smart Living and myself, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and would like to encourage you to set goals to reach a healthier state of mind and body.
Most of us have a basic desire to become "better" with the New Year. It's really the basis of so many people around the world making New Year's resolutions, and with the change of the year from 2016 to 2017, the same thing will happen as has happened for centuries. We all hope to shed some of the tough times and bad experiences of the past year, and look forward to making changes in the new one. You probably have a list of things you'd like to improve on - as do I!
Creating a better you in the new year is entirely possible if you can really commit to making changes. It can be difficult, but if you stick with it, you may find your entire life has changed for the better!
What follows are 30 ways to create a better you as you head out into the new year. Keep in mind, while not all of these may be relative to you, they are some great suggestions to get you going in the right direction.
We have produced a lot of content on our website, YouTube, and on our Facebook paged over the past few years. Plant-Smart Living has seen steady growth in followers and subscribers, and we receive feedback from our viewers quite often, usually sharing great stories of success and asking questions about the plant-based diet and gardening.
I would like to extend the offer to all of you to leave a comment on this post regarding things you would like to learn more about from Farmer Fred and the Plant-Smart Living crew. The question can cover any topic - no matter how small.
Any questions you ask, we will do our best to answer in the form of a detailed article, YouTube video, and a response to your comment. This is a simple chance to directly engage with Plant-Smart Living and become an active member of our community - and shape the future of some of Plant-Smart Living's content!!
Let us face the facts - changing your diet can be tough. Just like moving across country to a new, foreign city, can cause some anxiety and pose challenges - both expected and unexpected - changing to a plant-based diet can be as equally frustrating.
Fortunately, much like the analogy of someone moving across country, we have to keep in mind all of the positives that come from such a move - expanded horizons, potential for better jobs, ability to experience new things, and the ability to feel like you are making the best out of your life (just to name a few). Adopting a plant-based diet provides similar results - you can experiment with new foods, expand your taste pallet, and reap positive nutritional benefits that impact your body and mind for years to come.
Sometimes in all of the excitement to share what the plant-based diet is all about with others, we can forget how difficult it can be at times to make this change. Much of this is personal as I only recently (in the past few years) have been adhering to a plant-based diet - for the majority of my life, the "Standard American Diet" was par for the course.
In a detailed piece posted by The Washington Post regarding research originally published by the National Center for Health Statistics, it is made evident that the life expectancy in the United States is on the decline for the first time in two decades. It is a fundamentally powerful article because it speaks to every individual in the USA and the innate desire we all have to live – and not just live, but live in a fashion that is healthy, productive, and satisfying.