Reflecting on two years of blogging at

Chapter 7 was all about the animals and their needless suffering

My publisher suggested that I start this blog in an effort to promote our book which was to be published 8 months later.

This blog-site was launched on February 10, 2011 with four blogs. Since then, I have added one new blog on each of the next 721 consecutive days. As I approach the two year mark, I decided that I would end my consecutive daily streak with a reflection on the beginning of that streak.

First of all, why is my domain The last three letters are my initials, but what about the HP? Originally, the title of our book was going to be “Healthy People, Healthy Planet,” but that changed when we realized that it was the tagline of John Robbins’ wonderful organization, EarthSave. So my “HP” covered all four words of that alliterative first title.

So what does HP mean now? It now stands for “Harmony Project,” an ongoing process of moving the human race in the direction of living in harmony with the rest of the planet. Since our food choices basically determine how the entire planet is used—they are the single most important drivers of “harmonious” living for the human species.

Barbara Walters

This was the very first blog that I wrote. Thank you Barbara for the inspiration.

Now, for a brief look at those first four blogs that were published on 2-10-12. I touched on four of the topics that have been repeatedly covered in this blog for the past two years. These are the four blogs that first prompted me to establish myself as “the big picture guy” when it comes to what we should be eating.

1. Chronic diseases are almost totally preventable and many are easily reversible. Barbara Walters…A Missed Opportunity Focusing on her TV special about her own heart surgery, she failed to even mention the fact that heart disease is totally reversible in 95% of the cases.

2. Our food affects far more than just our health. The “second-hand smoke” of our meat-laden diet

3. Sustainability. Even if meat & dairy were the most healthful foods, there is no way that our western diet is sustainable for much longer. The way we eat is totally unsustainable…by any measure

4. Fragile harmony of nature. My son, Jason, told me about this movie that I watched for the first time the week before posting this blog.  HOME – a 2009 film — a powerful eye-opener about the environmental havoc caused by the human species—especially in just the last fifty years.

Consecutive daily blogs

728 consecutive daily blogs

My daily streak will end on February 11 with my 737th consecutive daily blog. But don’t worry— will NOT be going dark. My plan is that it will be around for a very long time—hopefully long after I am gone. In the meantime, I will continue blogging, updating and adding pages that will focus on my mission of promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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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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7 Responses to Reflecting on two years of blogging at

  1. I have enjoyed reading your daily blog the last couple of months. I am also enjoying your book. I’m glad you will continue to write even though it will not be every day. Thank you for sharing your message.

  2. CJ says:

    Jim, I just want to add to the congratulations on your upcoming 2-year mark of daily blogging! Truly impressive and inspirational to have such high quality, helpful and informative posts for two years straight! We will surely miss our daily fix of powerful, plant-based messaging. I am very happy that I found your blog, it’s been a daily or weekly part of my day for the past six months or so, and I’ve learned so much more about nutrition, diet and of course the crucial global sustainability factor that you focus on. You’ve really woken up alot of people, and I’m sure we all look forward to following your future endeavors and accomplishments.

    After your busy two years of writing and reflection, it would be great if you could share your thoughts on the where things stand now, progress made, etc… any pearls of wisdom you might have for your readers at this point. Something I came across was the following poll results:
    Interesting how they say “largely unchanged”. Though I regularly discover more people around me that have read The China Study and so on, I am uncertain that we will be able to make the changes necessary as a society, as a species, in time… to save and create a Healthy World. We are all inter-related. Hope is key, as well as involvement. We are all learning more and more about the stakes. You and Dr. Campbell have let us know the powers that we are facing in terms of creating the Healthy Transformation that is needed. Again, it would be great to hear your thoughts. Thank you as always for what you do. Wishing you good health!

  3. Appreciated Jim’s approach to reviewing the Barbara Walters story. His analysis of who paid for the TV commercials speaks answering the question why such “safe” reporting. $ $ $. This reminds me of a similar approach of 1977 TV ads.cited in DIETARY GOALS for U.S. Also, at first blush, the work of William Kleinbauer is very promising. Posting the Pritikin interviews on teh net was great. Loved his “Slide Show” and recommend attaching it to E-Mails for kindred spirits.

    For anyone seeking truth, the more attention devoted to Nathan Pritikin the better.

    The “Two Talks” presentations were SUPERB. Nearly all of FACTS cited stand today. After a first viewing and hearing I was so “wired” that I could not sleep. Hope I’m not “reinventing” the wheel in extracting the two hours of audio (at 32 kbs bit rate). Such “low” bit rates save file space – making it easy to forward to kindred spirits. When walking or cycling alone I am usually :”wired for sound.” Anything worth seeing or hearing once is often worth seeing or hearing again.

    Another Great American, George McGovern, deserves much more attention. His DIETARY GOALS for the U.S States continues to intrigue (1977) me greatly. After OCR, if needed, I’m converting ASCII (plain text) of below into indexed searchable text. Who said what – when?
    Which areas of nutritional research inquiry have stood the test of time decades later?

    DIETARY GOALS: 89 Pages (7.6 MB) SUPPLEMENT 881 Pages (85 MB)

    I’m proposing to my Senator that a NEW counterpart to the 1977 Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs United States Senate be established and hopefully given media coverage.

  4. Emily Webber says:

    HI Jim,
    Here’s a blog you might like: He can help you get the word out!
    Emily 🙂

  5. Robert Thatcher says:

    Thanks so much for the great information and the daily support your blog has provided!

  6. Jim — I forwarded this blog to my contacts:
    “Congrats to Jim Hicks on his monumental two years of always significant daily “Healthy Eating – Healthy Planet” posts!”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    I am up late because I completed uploading this video:
    Nathan Pritikin – Two Talks: 1982 & 1978

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