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Meet the New Kid on the (DIET) Block

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Meet the New Kid on the (DIET) Block

Remember the bad old (fun) diets?

There was the delicious Twinkies diet and the not-so-delicious diet where you slurped watery cabbage soup for a week. How about Apple Cider Vinegar, Ice Cream, and Cookie (monster) diets? Choose from low-carb, low-calorie to high fiber, high protein.  Don’t forget South Beach, Mediterranean, Zone, Atkins, and the recent kids, Caveman (Paleo) and Keto.

How many “diets” have you tried? Be honest. Maybe the question should be how many didn’t you try?

Numbers tell the story. About 75 million Americans go on a diet each year, spending $60 billion annually on weight loss. $3 billion is spent on diet pills and meal replacements like Nutrisystem, Slim Fast, RazaLEAN, and Nuratrim.

It’s big business, especially when the average dieter makes 4 attempts each year to lose weight.

Gurus have made a fortune on their diets: Jack LaLanne (“the Godfather of Modern Fitness), Jean Nidetch (Weight Watchers), Robert Atkins (“Eat right not less”), and Jenny Craig (“Lose up to 20 pounds for $20”).

We know those names better than our politicians.

Like our politicians, the results are fleeting. Most diets fail – according to Science Daily losing weight and keeping it off is rare. Only 20% succeed. Jiggles, spare tires, and love handles prevail.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that about 66% of Americans are overweight or obese; The National Health and Nutrition Surveys concluded that over 78 million adult Americans are obese.

That adds up to a lot of burgers, pizzas, fries, and ice cream sundaes with sprinkles and whipped cream.

Like the famous fast food name, junk food is king. Globally, the industry makes over $570 billion a year . . . and growing. Hamburger-focused fast food restaurants account for 30% of the industry’s sales.  McDonalds alone sells 75 hamburgers every second and serves 70 million customers every day. Food companies spend billions on advertising each year. That’s tough competition for any diet.

The chubby Orange Man in the White House agrees. He served The Clemson Tigers champions a feast of fast food – what he calls, “good American food.”

Good for whom?

Now there’s a new kid on the (diet) block.

It’s a diet that’s healthy for you and the planet, based on sustainability, climate change, and the concept, “what’s good for you is good for Earth.”

It’s a win-win.

Dine on that, Mr. Trump, with your Kentucky Fried Chicken and climate change denial.  We can make America greater (and slimmer) our way and help the planet.

We don’t even need a subpoena.

Here’s how it works.

By mind-century there will be ten billion hungry people. Today people are eating more animal products and dairy and less plant-based food than ever before. Producing those foods creates more greenhouse gas emissions, pollutes soil and water with fertilizers, misuses land and water resources (clearing of forests, savannahs, and rainforests), and is highly vulnerable to climate change. If we don’t change, you and the world’s health is in trouble.

The new diet shifts the balance. It’s simple: eat less meat and dairy; and focus on fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. Here’s an easy way to look at it.
Some call it Flexitarian, Pescatarian, Vegetarian . . . the names aren’t important. The bottom line is be good to yourself and the planet, buy local and organic if available, and make it all work for you and your family.

Get started today!

Dr. Jeri Fink, author, photographer, traveler, and family therapist, challenges the creaky myths of aging. She believes that now is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, people, and places. Visit Dr. Jeri at,,   or to enter her world of discovery, fun, and insights. Her fiction project, Broken, is a series of seven thrillers that defy tradition. She is presently working on Book Web Minis – a series of fun, fast and positive mini books (50-70 pages long) where readers partner with the experts. Check it out at

She tells us: “I challenge the art of writing by merging fact, fictional elements, interactivity, and photography into nonfiction mini books. I draw from my training in social work, experience in individual and family therapy, professional research, and passion for exploring positive psychology. My 32 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements, and active online presence all reflect who I am today.”

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