China has stepped to the forefront of solar energy with its slogan "Promote green development! Develop clean energy!" The country's National Energy Administration revealed that its solar power production more than doubled in 2016, hitting 77.42 gigawatts by the end of the year. China is now the world's biggest generator of solar-based electricity in terms of capacity. Of course it has a long ways to go relative to its population. Japan, Germany and the US each has roughly 40GW of installed capacity.
Last October, I realized that I may be hitting the age where I have to be more thoughtful about my eating habits. My pants were getting tighter by the day and the scale showed me a number that was the highest I had ever seen. That was my wake up call. I certainly didn't want to have to buy new pants that actually fit correctly. Immediately I started to eat less carbs and more veggies. Then in January, my friend Amy Crowson of Lovebugfitness was having a clean eating challenge. It was a great way to take my clean eating to another level and have the support of other people on the same journey - check our her 10 day challenge (use the coupon code ONLY10 and pay just $10) if you are looking to kick off the healthy lifestyle that you deserve.
While it is easy to eat well at home, I have always found it to be more difficult when eating out. Even in NYC where there are so many restaurants, if you want a healthy option, then you are often limited to uninspired salads from a deli and don't make the mistake of putting salad dressing on a McDonald's salad which makes it worse than a double Big Mac. No joke.
This led me to the discovery of Eatsa. When you walk by, you are immediately wondering what the place actually is. There are no cashiers and no visible employees. It is something I would expect from a modern Japanese quick serve even though I have never been to Japan. I was happy to discover that it is a vegetarian fast casual eatery.
Last year I read the book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. If you don't know about Elon Musk, I highly recommend the book which takes you from his childhood to today. It is a captivating story of arguably the most successful entrepreneur of his time for his transformation of the automotive and aerospace industries. Last year when Tesla announced that it would buy SolarCity which was highly indebted and burning cash; many analysts questioned the deal. But if you know Elon Musk (even just from the book), you would know never to bet against him. His ambition is inspiring. He wants to fuel the world with clean energy to save the planet; but if he fails, his escape plan is to send us to Mars (seriously). The vision Musk describes with the solar roof is the grand unification of Tesla's clean-energy ambitions, combining solar power, batteries, and electric cars. "
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