Keeping the “4” theme going with 4G

But we’re talking about eating—not telecommunications

My 4 G's are: good, green, generous and gentle.

For my 445th consecutive blog, I thought I would dedicate one more blog to my “4” theme. About a year ago, I posted a blog about the 4 G’s of eating responsibly:

4 “G-word” Reasons for Eating 4Leaf

  1. Good for your health
  2. Green for the environment
  3. Generous to others (land equity)
  4. Gentle on the animals.

So there you have it, a quick and easy way to remember with four G-words: good, green, generous and gentle. In the tech world, 4G is the latest and greatest fourth generation of mobile communications standards. In the world of promoting health and saving the planet, 4G is a simple, yet incredibly powerful concept. Here’s the blog where those four G-words were introduced:

Responsible eating…far beyond taste, cost and convenience (posted 3-4-11)

On my way to New York today---always an energizing and motivating experience for me.

“4 Leaves of Health.” Before we leave this “4” theme, let’s quickly review my “4 leaves of health” referenced in an earlier blog:

diet,  exercise, rest and purpose.

Most of my work is aimed at the first one, but I must continue to remind myself that there are three other very important requirements for health and happiness.

Purpose. The first three leaves are fairly straightforward—but the last one, purpose, means different things to different people. To me, it is all about having a reason for living. For some, it is a definite mission in their life. For others, it is religion or family. And for some, it could be a combination of many things. Whatever your reason for living, I am convinced that it is an essential ingredient for true happiness. For your convenience, here is a link to that earlier post:

Happiness = Healthy Body + Healthy Mind (posted 12-19-11)

And for yesterday’s 444 blog, click here

Best wishes today from the Big Apple.

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J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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Blogging daily at…from the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

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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