Friends…the fine line between caring and proselytizing

There is a time and a place for sharing information.

A fun gathering of some of my many friends in Stonington, CT

6:00 AM. Living in a compact and quaint New England village by the sea, I know virtually all 1200 of our residents by sight and about half of them by name…and consider a great many of them friends. Just before moving here in 2003, I became curious about the optimal diet for humankind and have made some startling discoveries during the past eight years.We’re talking about discoveries that save lives and preserve life itself on this planet. So, what should I tell my friends about these startling discoveries?

Up until today, only a very small group of local friends have been aware of the depth of my study or the intensity of my convictions. Most of my 1200 neighbors just know me as the guy that eats funny and drives the Mini Cooper with NAVIG*8 on the plates. So, if I consider my recent discoveries as more important than any other single thing in the history of the world, how could I not share that knowledge with my friends?

Everyone knows the answer to that question. Thankfully, our society respects the privacy of all individuals and our sophisticated populace in the Borough of Stonington will simply ask you a question if they are curious about something. Not surprisingly, other than an occasional “Where do you get your protein?” I have been asked very few substantive questions about my favorite topic. Until now.

6:30 AM. A few months ago, I was asked a very important question about my upcoming book and my philosophies about the food that we eat. The question was, “Would you speak at one of our regular Stonington Men’s Group breakfast meetings at the Calvary Church?” My answer was an immediate “I would be delighted!” My speech to that august group begins in one hour; right now, I am sitting in my usual chair at the Starbucks in Mystic, CT….where I am almost every day at this time…working on my daily blog — which I will complete following my meeting with the Men’s Group. Fast-forward two hours…

9:30 AM.  I am now at home watching the Japanese earthquake tragedy unfold. But before getting into that, I will finish up my blog. The meeting was very enjoyable and featured a very attentive audience who asked a plethora of substantive questions at the end. My topic today for my friends was simply “my story” of how I became curious about the optimal diet and all that has happened since.

I told them that they would be the topic for today’s blog that I  will email to the entire group of over 100 men, most of which were not in attendance.

Dear Men’s Group, I invite all of  you to take a tour of my site…beginning with the Book Preview tab. Then, I recommend that you read my “Thirty Minutes to Live” article which can be found by clicking on the Big Picture link.

J. Morris Hicks, writer, speaker, blogger, consultant and resident of Stonington, CT.

Finally, take a look at the Video tab where you can see Bill Clinton and Oprah talking about eating plant-based along with two short videos featuring Dr. T. Colin Campbell. The last video on that page is a full-length movie (93 minutes) called HOME…a compelling documentary outlining the staggering human disruption our planet has suffered in just the last 50 years.

The film does a great job of describing the mess that we humans have created, but not such a great job outlining the solution. While it won’t solve all of our problems, I am convinced that a deliberate move in the direction of a plant-based diet for humans is the most powerful move that we could possibly make.

How strongly do I feel about that? I am convinced that there has never been anything more important in the history of the world. Please pass along the link below to my home page to any of your friends and family that you think might be interested. God bless you.

If you like what you see here, you may wish to join our periodic mailing list. Also, for help in your own quest to take charge of your health, you might find some useful information at our 4-Leaf page. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

If you’d like to order our book on Amazon,  visit our BookStore now.

—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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