Life-saving Articles on Food Channel for Memorial Day

Written for your mainstream friends on this national holiday

Well over 90% of Americans eat meat, dairy, fish and eggs and have no interest in giving them up. And if they know that you’re a vegetarian or vegan, they’re not likely to seek your advice about what they should be eating. But they might be interested in reading articles that were written with the mainstream audience in mind.

Earlier this year, I was invited to become a regular guest columnist for The Food Channel. So far they have posted four of my articles, and like our book, those articles were aimed at the mainstream when it comes to dietary habits.

Why mainstream folks might like my Food Channel articles

  1. They appeal to anyone who is interested in their health or the environment.
  2. None of the articles are preachy about becoming vegan.
  3. They’re published on a national food platform, the very popular Food Channel.
  4. They’re a quick and easy read—400 words or less.
  5. Links are provided if the reader wishes to learn more about the topic.
  6. They may learn something that will change their life for the better.

Violet at Trader Joe’s

The first article listed below was published features a picture of my youngest granddaughter, Violet, eating a 4Leaf snack (banana) in Trader Joe’s.

For each article below, I have provided the first paragraph along with a link to the full article. If you see a topic that might appeal to one of your family members or friends, please share it with them:

How Healthy Are You Eating? (published 5-14-12) How healthy are you eating? Most people seem to think that they eat a pretty healthy diet. They’ve been told their entire lives that it is important to eat a “balanced” diet–making sure that they get enough protein and vegetables. So, naturally, they think that if they eat a grilled salmon fillet over a bed of greens that they must be doing pretty well. Continue reading…

What’s All the Fuss About Omega-3? (published 5-27-12) The fuss, in my opinion, is due to a huge misunderstanding–and the ubiquitous perception that the only good source of omega-3 is fish or fish oil supplements. It is true that you can get omega-3 fatty acids from seafood, but it is also true that there are healthier sources. Continue reading… 

Healthy Eating Does A Planet Good! (published 4-20-12) About ten years ago, after reading 40 or 50 books on the “optimal” diet for humans, I had a “blinding flash of the obvious” one weekend in the spring of 2003. My conclusion was: “Oh my goodness–we’re eating the wrong food!” As you might expect, Mother Nature provided the “right” foods for all of the millions of species, including humans. And she intended for us to eat primarily whole plants–fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. As close to the ground as possible–still in nature’s package. Continue reading…

The Obama Family had some guacamole this year.

First Family (Obama) Super Bowl Foods (published 4-12-12) Were they healthy? Were they healthier than last year? Not sure about the first; but I would wager that the answer to the second question is Yes. That’s because this year the Obama family did not host their big Super Bowl Party that was becoming somewhat of a tradition—with more emphasis on politics than football. Continue reading…

Healthier Than Vegan (published 3-19-12) Every week we hear of another celebrity that has decided to adopt a vegan diet-style: Bill Clinton, Venus Williams, and Brad Pitt—to name a few. They typically make the switch for moral, environmental or health reasons. But is their vegan diet really healthier? That’s hard to say because we really don’t know what they ARE eating—as the definition of vegan only implies what they are avoiding. Continue reading…

Click here for FoodChannel page containing all of my articles.

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—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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