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FROM THE DESK OF Dan Anderson
DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
Sometimes you’re called upon to do the impossible.
From the Innovation Excellence website comes this advice: • Don’t get stuck in the details. You have a goal, so don’t let the specifics get in the way of taking advice from experts. Just as few battle plans survive first contact with the enemy, few ideas emerge from the implementation process intact. Adapt your idea based on insights from people who can help you. • Don’t ignore naysayers. Some people will criticize your idea. Don’t ignore them. Use their feedback to improve your plans. Their comments may help you produce a stronger, better product. • Overestimate your resources. Whatever you’re working on will require, time, money, and, most of all, stamina. Don’t skimp. You’ll usually end up taking more time, spend more money, and expend more energy than you expected, so be ready to go the extra mile. • Open your mind. Your idea will change and grow as you work on it. Make sure you’re still aiming at the same target. You may have to pull back if you go too far afield — or even trash a project and start over if it doesn’t produce the results you want.
This time of year, many people resolve to eat healthier. It’s a noble goal, but it can’t be accomplished through wishful thinking alone. There are infinite fad diets and eating challenges you can try in order to improve your diet, but more often than not, these methods produce fleeting results. It’s much more logical to transform your diet through simple, actionable steps rather than attempting a complete overhaul based on obscure methodology or marketing gimmicks. Fortunately, one of the biggest steps you can take to improve your diet is also a simple one: Increase the amount of local and seasonal produce in your pantry and on your plate. Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstones of nutritious eating habits, and sourcing from local purveyors guarantees you’ll get your produce at the height of freshness. In addition to the health and taste benefits of eating fresh produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to land on a store shelf, seasonality and locality affect the sustainability and price of your food. “If people are prepared to eat locally and seasonally,” says philosopher and food theorist Peter Singer, “then they probably do pretty well in terms of environmental impact.”On the economic side of things, the shorter the distance between farm and store, the lower the price, which is why you can always find great deals at your local farmers market. To help make 2019 a year of seasonal eating, you’ll need to know what’s at peak ripeness each season. Of course, some of what’s available in your area will vary based on the climate where you live, but the vast majority of this guide will be applicable to the 48 contiguous states. A GUIDETO EATING SEASONALLY W hat to B uy and C ook T hroughout the Y ear
YOU CAN DO IT!
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