Over the edge of seventeen

Last week we asked you what your plans are for the new year. Missed it? Like magic, here you go. We gave 17 options (cuz 2017), mixing up traditional resolutions with some (subliminal) sustainable suggestions. Happily, you chose a lot of sustainable suggestions!  The results tells us a lot about you. (Note that what follows is entirely based on my glance at the results at precisely 3:45 pm on Wednesday).

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How have you bean?

To bean or not to bean? That is the question…. While occidental culture has not made us big fans of beans, chickpeas and lentils, some international experts have crunched some numbers and confirmed what Jack knew from the start:  those are quite magical.

Indeed, pulse-based proteins are one of the most efficient, sustainable and scalable sources of protein we have to meet increasing demand from our growing population. As a result, the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has officially named 2016 the International Year of Pulses (#IYP2016).

Pulses

Pulses are a subcategory of legumes and include dried peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils – Photo credits: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture

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New Years with Ol’ Blue Eyes – Talkin’ Trash, January 2015

Pride and Sustainability

(HUGE apologies, to J. Austen…and anyone else who’s written or read a book…ever)

Needless to say, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the intersection between the collective literary works of Jane Austen (or Charlotte Bronte, or Emily Bronte or…) and early-teen Canadian males is likely minimal. So it should equally come as no surprise that I can’t even remember which book we were studying when, many (many!) moons ago Mrs. Roth, my grade 11(ish) English teacher, said something to the effect of “If only…those can be the saddest two words in the world”. I can’t say what it was about those words – “if only” – that woke me from my early-teen daydream. I can’t even say anything about the dialogue that followed Mrs. Roth’s proclamation (and, needless to say, the following two weeks where the book was discussed have been utterly erased from my memory) but for some reason the words, and their implications have stuck with me. Continue reading

9 Tiny Ways to be a Big Hero

2015 has come, and its shiny new and improved glory can bring hope and promise … and cast a shadow of frenzied panic for perfection. Turn over a new leaf! Make those major changes you swore up and down you’d finish last year or the year before or in 1999! Make a list, check it twice, gonna find out who’s … sorry, wrong holiday.

image credit: bengallagher.com

image credit: bengallagher.com

There are all sorts of resolutions we usually tackle: from getting healthy to getting organized, butting out to Continue reading

It’s Resolution Revolution Time

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image credit dazzlingwallpaper.com

Ah … the crisp (frigid) January bite of our brand spanking New Year; 2014! Had to concentrate extra hard to put a 4 instead of a 3 … habits, y’know? Speaking of habits, the new year is the most popular time to change ’em; break bad ones, start good ones, or at least think about it between episodes of Duck Dynasty.

To go forward, I’m gonna look backward, all the way back to last year. We stared down that nasty Mayan Apocalypse and guess who blinked? We looked at resolution mania in a small, medium and big picture kind of way i.e. gave it a personal, local and global outlook. These resolutions become revolutions, with enough steam.

We started big; yup, with Continue reading

Revolution #3: Rock your Detox

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image credit: ecofriend.com

We’ve talked about losing weight. We’ve talked about getting our act together. Now it’s time for our third major revolution to our personal resolutions. The next favorite swear-to-God-I’ll-do-it-this-time is to detox… quit smoking, quit drinking, and live cleanly (think the opposite of Lindsay Lohan). It may be a tall order, especially since I’m writing this on Blue Monday, the saddest day of the Continue reading

Revolution #1: The Biggie

Let’s start this year’s Revolutions big. You may be shocked to know the number one most popular New Year’s Resolution is … drumroll please…to lose a few pounds. Shocking, I know, but there’s a reason this one keeps coming up. Obesity now tops hunger as the world’s biggest food problem, though now you can also use your weight loss to fight hunger as well. So to combat this particular scourge, let’s break it down into 2 other common resolutions:
1. diet
2. exercise

Diet-Plus-Exercise

Most people think of diet as a Continue reading