Knowing when to stop applies to many areas of life

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Ray Romano and Jerry Seinfeld were both favorite comedians of mine. I always looked forward to watching "Seinfeld" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" each week.

But in the end, there was one big difference between the two. Romano knew when to call it quits. Seinfeld, in my opinion, let his show go on one season too long, and that extra season just got to be too silly.

Again, that's only my opinion; maybe you enjoyed that last season more.

Romano was at the top of his game when he called it quits, and I always respected him for that. He said that was the time to quit. He wanted viewers to remember him at his best.

So it is that he's my model, as I have made the decision to also call it quits. This will be my last column on the whole food, plant-based way of life.

I always say though that eating whole food, plant-based is so basic that you really don't need me to tell you how to do it. In a nutshell, eating this way is about getting most - or even all - of your calories from whole, plant-based foods.

By "whole foods," I mean food as it grows in nature. It's not been processed into other foods such as oils, baked goods, chips, candies, protein bars, etc.

That's not to say that you can never eat those other foods, but you do want to hold them to an absolute minimum.

The more whole, plant foods you include in your diet, the better the results you will see from doing so. Learn to really enjoy vegetables, fruits, legumes like beans and lentils, whole grains, and nuts and seeds.

Develop a few of your own recipes for the plant-based foods that you enjoy. Almost any recipe can be modified.

If you need help doing that, buy some cookbooks that are whole food, plant-based. A few cookbook authors of that persuasion include Lindsay Nixon, Kim Campbell and Del Sroufe.

A great resource for more information about eating whole, plant-based foods is Dr. Michael Greger's website at NutritionFacts.org. Or you can pick up books by Dr. Greger (he has a new one coming out this month titled "How Not to Diet"), Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Brenda Davis.

There are plenty of other whole food, plant-based doctors who you can read as well.

And finally, look for support. Here in the Lowcountry, there's a group called Palmetto Plant Eaters, which meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. They would welcome your attendance.

If you live in Sun City, there is the Eat Smart Live Longer Club.

And with that, I wish you much success in your pursuit of health for the remainder of 2019 and going into 2020.

J Lanning Smith is a local freelance writer focused on plant-based lifestyles.

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