3 Resolutions Worth Keeping

For your heart, your mind, and your planet

Paul Greenberg
4 min readDec 28, 2021

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The poo-poohing of your ability to change will begin shortly. Around January 2nd you’ll see the first articles about how nothing will stop you from regaining the weight you will lose in the weeks after your New Year’s diet started. Sometime mid-month you’ll be on the receiving end of the knowing, sad sermons about your inevitable return to your phone after your self-imposed screen fast. And by February you’ll be informed how nothing you do personally will stop the inevitable march of climate change and the destruction of the natural world.

The behaviors we’ve always felt we should change have become existential threats that we must change.

I would challenge all that. In fact I’d assert that the world as constructed by contemporary corporate media is invested in your not changing. Why ruin a perfectly good profit center? Yes, resisting the pull of our old ways is difficult. But there’s a big but in this. The behaviors we’ve always felt we should change have become existential threats we must change. And so looking ahead and also looking back at what I did successfully change in my life I wanted to make the plausible case for, dare I say it, permanent change: a pathway for improving your health, your mind and your relationship to the natural world that gave you life in the first place.

  1. Health We all watched in horror these past years to see the COVID death toll rise to 100,000, then 200,000, then half a million. But what we most of us don’t consider is that by far the biggest killer in developed economies is heart disease. In 2020 690,882 Americans died of heart disease — double the number who died of COVID-19 that year. Four out of five of the leading causes of heart disease are linked to diet. Is that not argument enough for changing the way you eat? Sure, you could not change. But you could also not live. Faced with that choice, I radically changed my diet in 2018. I’ve been largely plant-based for three years now, incorporating key lessons of the Mediterranean Diet that I learned while researching a book on the nexus of the environment and health. My bad cholesterol plummeted, my blood pressure declined and I’m consistently lighter than I was when I ate the…

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Paul Greenberg

New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish as well as The Climate Diet and Goodbye Phone, Hello World paulgreenberg.org