An Earth Day YouTube collaboration with Florida Coastal Cooking & Wellness 2

Happy Earth Day everyone! I hope you’re enjoying some awareness on this beautiful day. Huh? That’s right, awareness. I hope you’re out there noticing how beautiful this world is and how fragile it is in the face of a force as powerful as…us. I also hope you’re aware of, or becoming aware of, how much we really can do to preserve and protect our beautiful planet.

My friend Dawn Hutchins of Florida Coastal Cooking & Wellness has a unique and valuable perspective on awareness that is important to keep in mind:

Sometimes the truth is uncomfortable because we have big hearts and we feel powerless. But here’s the truth. We aren’t powerless. We can change the world together – IF we see what really happens in the world, and then stop and think, “Could there be another way? What can I do?”

I would encourage all you Organic Adventurers to read the rest of what Dawn has to say about awareness in her latest post.

Recently, I teamed up with Dawn to provide some awareness to participants in FCC&W’s Diet Reset Program of the positive impact a plant-based diet makes. The result is my first YouTube appearance ever! But we’ll get to that in a second. First, Dawn is an old friend whose awareness journey, particularly when it comes to the impact of food and diet, I’ve had the privilege to witness firsthand. What’s always impressed me, aside from her genius and creativity in recipe development, is that she approaches pretty much everything she does with an eye for helping other people, from the beginning, when she was helping her daughter overcome and cope with multiple food allergies and digestive issues, all the way to becoming a wellness coach and successfully completing Dr. T. Collin Campbell’s Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.

FCC&W’s Dawn Hutchins digging potatoes at our CSA farm’s potluck, where we first met WAY back in the day. I’m sure she’ll be just as thrilled to see this picture as she looked when I first took it!

So when this consummate entrepreneur told me about her new Diet Reset Program earlier this spring, participating was a no-brainer for me. See, this program isn’t part of the fad bandwagon of detoxes, juice cleanses or handfuls of supplements. It’s based on the solid science of the healthfulness of a plant-based diet; it’s based on developing and maintaining good habits; and it’s based on getting the right information and support to achieve real health goals: more energy, better sleep, awareness of what your body needs, nutritionally and behaviorally, and the most healthful ways to fulfill those needs.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I already eat a plant-based diet, and so do many of you Adventurers. Many of us also exercise, meditate and are pretty “aware” as it is. But I know Dawn and, especially after looking through the program materials, I knew that even I would learn something and get a lot out of doing the Diet Reset Program. And I did: everything from practical tips on preparing and storing smoothies ahead of time for quick, energizing snacks to the motivation to get back into good habits of mindfulness, like practicing gratitude, and more. There were other people like me in my class of “Resetters,” and there were people who hadn’t really considered diet or awareness as drivers of health before. And we all got so much out of the program.

One of the many great practical tips I learned from the Diet Reset Program was a genius way to prepare and store veggie & fruit smoothies ahead of time. So convenient!

So when Dawn wanted to interview The Organic Adventurer in order to give future “Resetters” a concrete sense of the positive impact they were having on their own health and the environment, that was an easy “yes” as well. Read her post above for her take on it and the video. I’ve also embedded the video here. Let me know what you think about my maiden voyage into YouTube land; I’d love to hear your feedback!

The next round of FCC&W’s Diet Reset Program will be starting soon, so get in touch with Dawn to reserve your place. Also, know that Florida Coastal Cooking & Wellness is not sponsoring this post or compensating TOA in any way. It’s just a great business doing great things for our planet and its inhabitants, and I wanted to tell all you Adventurers about it!

P.S. Dawn’s Earth Day post was inspired by a “trashy” experience. (Seriously, read the post.) If you’d like to learn more about reducing waste and overconsumption, and have a fun Earth Day night out while you’re doing it, join me at Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville tonight for the U.S. Green Building Council North Florida’s Green Carpet film series. They’ll be screening The Clean Bin Project. Then contact me to find out how you can go green and save a ton of money while you’re at it!

Before you go, comment with your favorite way to reduce waste and/or avoid excess consumption. We’d love to hear your stories!

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