Publisher’s Note: Bean There, Done That

RIM's publisher, John Palumbo, considers the plant-based lifestyle presented in our April vegan cover package.

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” —Albert Einstein

Let’s face it, isn’t one of the most common New Year’s resolutions to be healthier? Exercise more, eat better, lose weight or simply tune up and tone up for warmer weather.

So, as we approach April and the start of spring, how many of you have left your resolutions in your rearview mirror already?

Well, it’s not too late. Our food maven, associate editor Jamie Coelho, along with able assistance from Julie Tremaine, has done her usual amazing job of canvassing plant-based healthy eating options in “Plant Power,” a tour of Rhode Island’s best restaurants for aspiring vegans.

She even took one for the team and went vegan for (almost) a week.

Having been raised in an Italo-American household and blessed to have many great cooks in my life, a plant-based, not to mention vegan, diet seemed odd to a card-carrying carnivore like me.

Of course, my views changed rapidly when the guy at the gym roughly my age with the T-shirt that reads “Powered by Plants” manages to put in a sustained, intense daily workout that would make Jillian Michaels of “Biggest Loser” fame blush with pride.

Broccoli, spinach and green beans are my new BFFs.

Enjoy the Rhode. –J.J.P.