Definition: Plant-forward Diet (or Plant-centric Diet)

Plant-forward Diet

Plant-forward is a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes plant-based foods but is not strictly limited to them. Meat may be included but it’s usually not the main feature of the meal. A plant-forward diet is one that is plant-forward, also sometimes referred to as plant-centric.

 

You don’t need the world to stop eating meat completely to help the environment and improve all around health, apparently.

For North Americans, this means eating 84 per cent less red meat and six times more legumes (e.g. beans and lentils)

 

From this eye-opening Solvable podcast on nutrition

A Septillion Snowflakes Fall on Canada Each Year and What It Means

According to Environment Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips, a septillion snowflakes fall on Canada each year. That’s a fact every Canadian should know so that the next time anyone asks them about lots of snow in Canada, they can quantify it. Then here’s how to put it into perspective for someone.

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The Food Miles Myth – Eat Local for the Economy, Not the Environment

Food miles is a nice concept for awareness, but a meaningless and impractical ideal to believe in for eating local. Eat local for the economy, not the environment. It doesn’t sound as “romantic”, to idealize something for money rather than for the Earth. However, you’re likely idealizing something you wouldn’t be able to prove to be true.

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The Happiest Colleague Award

Happy WorkerNo, I didn’t win this award.

But I created it, won an award for suggesting it and will see it used in the Nova Scotia provincial public service! If it gets adopted widely enough, we’re going to be the happiest public service on the planet! πŸ™‚

And better yet, you can try it at your workplace, too!

Everybody antes up a little something to give seasonally to a colleague they deem as having been happiest around them in the past 3 months.

I chose seasonally as the presentation period to celebrate the changing of the seasons that gets little more than a passing notice these days. Also, 3 months is a fair period so as not to do this too often and diminish the value of the award, and not too long between periods to have a general memory of someone’s “recent” behaviour.

For an award, I recommend something that can be attributed to happiness, like a smilie magnet, pin, stress ball, etc. that someone can display if you wish to have it on show. This might get old after a year and they start piling up, though, so if you do this, return the award after a month or two to reuse. A little candy or some happy food would work just as well, or a drink for a toast if you do it as a company event.

The “happy” criteria is about which colleague is generally the happiest when you interact with them.

Knowing this award is constantly at stake will help keep happiness on many people’s minds more often. It won’t always work, of course, and there won’t be times appropriate for it, like if someone is in bereavement. That wouldn’t be right to remind them of this for the sake of it when empathy needs to be shown. However, having a constant reminder to be happy should help people generally feel better and behave better.

Each person gets to give an award because it’s personal to that person. It also makes sure everyone gets a chance to experience the same happiness because everyone has the same award to give. As well, it keeps popular people or people who interact with lots of others from winning as a result of group vote. Those people have to earn it with everyone for each award like everyone else. In fact, it can be argued that they might not win many awards because they might not be around anyone enough to show that much happiness as one other person each colleague might interact with. It’s kind of like having lots of casual friends without any best friends so if best friend awards were given, the “popular” ones might not get one.

I know this idea might be a bit too happy and fluffy for some people, but if you think it might work at your workplace, please give it a try! Whether or not you do, though, here are some other resources for “happiness” that may be of interest to you.

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I Pledge to Reduce my Possessions by 3X my Weight for Earth Day. You?

Earth Day LogoFinal Tally

-30 lbs (old university books donated to Dalchem library)
-12 lbs (clothes donated and some CDs sold)
-15 lbs (old stuff cleaning out for Parents’ visit)
+5 lbs (books bought)
-95 lbs (329 CDs, cases and notes @ 0.2875 lbs each)
-4 lbs (two wire CD stands)
-3 lbs (two small pots)
-4 lbs (Canon Rebel XT, battery, case, instructions, etc.)
-8 lbs (clothes)
-59 lbs (books)
-10 lbs (scanner)
-20 lbs (large lamp)
-47 lbs (more books)
-21 lbs (still more books!)
-20 lbs (paper samples from my design days)
+8 (new guitar + soft case)
-6 (old guitar + soft case)
-32 lbs (misc stuff donated)
+8 (net gain from replacing 9 year old microwave which stopped working)
-12 (misc stuff thrown out)

Net

-377 lbs (goal was -330 lbs)

I DID IT!!!

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