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Eating right, finding another way in and some updates

Eating right, finding another way in and some updates
By Zack Jones • Issue #62 • View online

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right
I spent a while reading this article about food, diets and eating right. It’s written in a fun way: Q&A style based on all of the most common questions and misconceptions around what we consume. While it was worth the read, the last question and response summarize the whole thing neatly:
I feel smarter, but what happens when new information comes out, like, tomorrow? How can I stay up to date? It seems like the conventional wisdom on healthy diets changes all the time.
It doesn’t, and the definition of a healthy diet has been clear for some time. In fact, the basic theme of optimal eating — a diet made up mostly of whole, wholesome plant foods — has been clear to nutrition experts for generations. What does change all the time is the fads, fashions, marketing gimmicks, and hucksterism. How do you avoid the pitfalls of all that? Focus on foods, not nutrients. A diet may be higher or lower in total fat, or total carbohydrate, or total protein, and still be optimal. But a diet cannot be optimal if it is not made up mostly of some balanced combination of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water. If you get the foods right, the nutrients sort themselves out. But if you focus on nutrients rather than foods, you quickly learn that there is more than one way to eat badly, and we Americans seem all too eager to try them all.
Seth Godin riffs on education. He articulates the concept of going through the front door vs. the back door in higher ed and beyond.
If you want to go through the front door, you want to have a spotless resume. High GPA, good high school, good test scores, good extracurriculars, good story etc… A lot of people knock on the front door and you have to make sure you don’t get denied right then and there.
Alternatively, you can find a different way in. Seth gives the example of being a 16 year old high school student interested in a specific subject area. You spend some free time studying the latest research and developments in the subject area. Then, you reach out to a professor at a school you would like to attend about some of the work you’ve read. With the right message, you can position yourself as an enthusiastic peer, hoping to learn from this well-respected academic. Once you build the relationship on genuine curiosity, if you end up applying to that school, you have a strong champion there. If you don’t end up applying, you’ve learned a lot and made valuable connections, rather than jumping through someone else’s hoops.
This can work in education and beyond. Want to get hired by a company? Redesign their website and share it with them. Create some potential social media posts and show them. Write up new ideas for how to optimize their processes or improve the customer experience. Add value before asking for anything.
Updates
During the fall of 2018, Dual School facilitated a collaboration between Design Thinking Academy, a local charter school and the Brandywine Zoo. We had Matt Lucier document the experience and create a video highlighting what students and teachers had to say. We’re proud of the work and think this video does a phenomenal job showcasing the process:
Design Thinking Academy Brandywine Zoo Collaboration
Design Thinking Academy Brandywine Zoo Collaboration
Everyone needs help telling stories. The more meetings, phone calls and gatherings I go to, the more clear it is that most organizations don’t do a good job showcasing what they do and why it matters. Dual School is no exception. We’re constantly working to capture moments and share them with the world, but it’s really hard. We recently got a DSLR camera for students and staff to use. I’ve been learning more about photography, videography and audio. With my personal camera, I took some photos of the dogs that I think came out nicely.
Heading to New England on Friday night with Sophia and the dogs! Wish us luck on the long car ride…
Thanks for reading,
Zack
Mavis on her blanket
Mavis on her blanket
Sophia and Elvie
Sophia and Elvie
Heading to New England on Friday night with Sophia and the dogs! Wish us luck on the long car ride…
Thanks for reading,
Zack
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