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Rebuilding: Part 2—More than an Internal Rebuild

Welcome back! There’s so much that has been happening and going on in life, and only now there’s only some dust beginning to settle. Last week is where I went a bit more into depth on that particular aspect, this week is going to talk about how I am beginning to get back into the swing of living more of a sustainable lifestyle. It feels good to be back!

When making the move from Florida to Colorado, there was not much time to spare. Moving at the last minute doesn’t allow much wiggle room for preparation and options. Before moving I had to get rid of more than half of my items to fit them into my car, with my cat, and with a friend at the time/their stuff too. Then we were off! I was able to send a few packages in the mail of clothing and one of my books, etc.. but the one with books didn’t make it unfortunately. L

I had already made the decision to move out to CO, had put in my two weeks… and then was informed that there wouldn’t be a bed or any furniture in the room. “Okay… This can still work” I thought. How could I pass this opportunity up? I had a ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card for my current stagnant situation and no reason not to go. The main hesitation I had was that I would miss all of the people I had met while I was there. But, if I hadn’t left behind amazing friends in Ohio beforehand, I wouldn’t have met them in the first place. Anything is possible!

I had fulfilled a goal of wanting to have my items fit in my car. I was now moving to a place where I didn’t have a lifeline close by to help out if needed, to move out West with an opportunity for a place to live, no savings, no job, no bed… but I did have my sweet kitty by my side! That was all that mattered at the time, and what still does to this day.

Colorado has brought an influx of so many emotions, experiences, situations, and things I never thought I would have to experience/deal with. I lived for months sleeping on my trusty yoga mats, some borrowed blankets, my pillow, and with sweet Pickles by my side. I survived off of Ramen Noodles and Pizza Rolls… though I can’t forget an honorary mention to Taquitos. I searched for a job and did gigs in the meantime to get by.

Unfortunately fate doesn’t allow us all to mesh well together as spirits, and the person I originally moved over here with and I did not work out as friends. Each day until they left was a slow form of torture until they were no longer in the apartment. So I’ve since gotten a signed lease for a place, a ROOM to MYSELF (with Pickles), a job, a dresser and a BED.

It’s never felt so good to have the little things like that. All of the items I got were second-hand too. I didn’t want anything that I could get anywhere else and find in someone else’s home too. For the first time since I moved out of my room I grew up in, I had actually taken the initiative to really decorate my room and make it my own. It’s not finished, but it’s mine. That’s what the important part is. I would like to keep all of these items for quite a while—though the one thing I do want new is a mattress. Because that I will then keep for quite a while, and I want to save up for a high quality one that will provide the best sleep for Picks and I!

There are so many great resources to find items in just about any area. I used FaceBook Marketplace, LetGo, and OfferUp. I’ve since heard of different mediums of getting items. Thankfully I am done with that for a while! All I’ve to do is just decorate a bit more of the apartment. When I can actually start getting some plants… that’s when I will have it made! It’s great that we can use technology to be less wasteful and purchase items people would otherwise throw away. It’s great to give the item new life! I knew that anything sitting in plastic on a shelf or in a box wasn’t for me. The only things I have been getting new are small things such as paperclips and supplies I need. I should look into how it would be possible to get these things… as anything is possible! It just may not happen in the original way you wanted it to, but it is definitely possible.

Now I’m ready and motivated! It’s chilly outside, but the fire that burns in my soul for what is to come this year is keeping me warm. Since being able to get vegetables back into my diet it’s helped aiding my mind towards a healthier mindset. Cheers friends, I will talk to you all next week! Let’s do something for the betterment of ourselves both personally and professionally in the meantime. Enjoy each day that passes!

–SusM

 

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2018: The Year Of Extreme Change.

Hello everybody,

Long time no see, for sure. Funny for me to come back after the beginning of a New Year. I’m not usually a resolution person, as I think that each and every day is a new opportunity to become the best version of ourselves—but this timing happens to be rung in with the New Year quite by accident.

I have taken a long hiatus, but there have been so many extenuating circumstances as to why I haven’t been adding to the blog. Ultimately, it would mainly be excuses and life situations getting in the way, but there is simply nothing that I can do about it now.

Since starting this blog, I have gotten out of a long-term relationship, have been homeless, lived like a gypsy, had to live without my cat for almost a few months (a wonderful co-worker at the time was watching him. Thank you so much again <3) due to that, moved to Colorado, had terrible roommate issues until they found another place, moved to CO without a job (only a secure place to live) so had to search for that and was very poor in the meantime surviving off of Ramen and Pizza Rolls, worked gigs to pay my bills/get food, amongst so much more that I don’t care to go into detail about at this time.

My strength has been tested, my patience had been rung out to its core, my mind was going crazy and there was so much change… yet somehow everything seemed to stay the same. I have gotten the opportunity to learn so much about both life, and myself, and grow as a person in a short 5-6 month period of time. So many new experiences and real-life situations have made me a completely different person than I was when I started this blog.

The reason I mention this to you is because with this change and shift of energy, I have decided to really respect and believe in myself and go for my goals and dreams. I do not want to look back at my life and wonder “What-if?” and regret the action of inaction in terms of what I did with my life be all I remember. This blog means so much to me, as I simply just want to get the word out about how living more sustainably can be comfortably done while living a full life. Sometimes when I look up others’ blogs and posts about sustainability it usually goes hand-in-hand with minimalism and stricter budgeting since there is a focus on not getting random items that one does not truly need. Sometimes it feels as if there is too much of a focus on the minimalism. Life is a beautiful thing, and it should be lived to its fullest extent.

With this being said: I am ready. I am recharged. I have let go of so much negative energy and have changed and re-arranged myself mentally after allowing true positivity and happiness into my life. To Accountability, Responsibility, Self-Discipline, and seeing how much I can Learn. There are so many possibilities and ideas for this blog so I’m very excited to not only introduce you to a more authentic me, but to see what comes of the blog this year. I have also made a conscious decision to make more decisions for myself and future, while not letting others influence my decisions as much.

To making better choices for me and my future… 2019 is truly going to be a defining year in my life, that much I know. How big that definition is, is completely up to me. Welcome to SustainabiliMe, where “it all starts with Me (yes, you)!”

Nicole/SusM

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Recycling Habit Changes: Then to Now

“Practice makes perfect” –I’m sure most people have heard this quote at least once—or a million times in their life.  Well… I’ll add another time to that list because that’s exactly what this blog post is about. J This week I’ll be elaborating on how my recycling habits have changed over time, usually resulting in a much more pleasant time to be had by all: me, my SO who helps me sort it when we take it to the recycling center, and the employees at the recycling center who have to sort out everybody’s recycling to make sure it’s placed correctly.

Here are some before and after’s that I felt were noteworthy:

BEFORE: I used to stare at the two weeks (sometimes more) of unsorted recycling with a distant look in my eyes, trying to recruit roommates/my SO to help me organize it, while knowing full well I will most likely end up having to organize most of it myself. Even offering to make breakfast didn’t work either! It used to take an hour or more to sort through it all before we even left the house to then organize it even further at the recycling center.

AFTER: Every few days, or when noticeably getting messy, I organize the recycling in about 5 minutes. Recruiting to finalize the organization before taking it to the recycling center is NOT a chore, and my SO/one of my roommates doesn’t mind jumping in to help when it’s recycling day. Overall MAYBE takes 15 mins… I’ll take it!

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BEFORE: Again we used to keep it in a disheveled pile that amounted to just that. Taking it out to the car was almost a nightmare! Multiple trips for something we ultimately should have been making in one, two tops just wasn’t working out.

AFTER: Now I use current recycling to organize the rest of the recycling. I’ve touched on this before, but it has helped tremendously for organizing and transporting it to the recycling center. Using boxes to put cans in, old six-pack carriers to put glass objects in, etc. The organization of it changes each time, which I personally think puts a bit of a fun spin on it. It’s like real-world Tetris!

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BEFORE: When at the recycling center we would sort of just guess when we put the items in the bins. Yes there were the obvious green, clear, brown glass, cans, cardboard, etc. but the plastics are where it gets tricky. There’s Plastics # 1-7, and in some areas certain #’s go into different bins. It all depends on the area you live in, so YMMV on that one. We just kind of put things where we thought they went and hoped for the best. This was not the best plan of action because it ended up creating more work for the people who worked there. We weren’t trying to do any malicious harm of course, but sometimes ignorance is not bliss.

AFTER: Before taking the recycling to the center, we organize it into categories by number. We simply drop it in the appropriate numbered bins because according to the signs they are supposed to go in those respective bins. We learn more about the recycling center and how it works each time we go thanks to the people who work there.

Employees are always close by and are intuitive in asking if anyone needs help when people are unsure of where to place something. It’s so nice to have approachable people to help when needed because not only is it good for the environment, but it’s always nice to know you’re helping make someone’s job/day go a bit smoother. We of course have more to learn and will get better as time goes on, but it’s nice knowing how far we have come.

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BEFORE: When already at the facility we would remove the lids from the bottles/jugs as we were placing them in the appropriate bins. This would take up more time and occasionally mess up the flow of others trying to organize their recycling if it was a busier day.

AFTER: We take the caps off of containers as they are put into the recycling at home. It saves so much time in the long run because the caps can easily be removed on the walk to put the item in the bin.

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BEFORE: The recycling was CRAZY huge after two weeks. It was a tedious task to organize/take it, and originally not as fun to do so. If we skipped a week and waited three weeks, oh boy no thank you! We would still take it of course, but it wasn’t nearly as enjoyable.

AFTER: Now we are making more responsible choices to reduce the amount of recycling we take in the first place. Prior I mentioned we usually take it after two weeks because it was piling up, but now three weeks can go by and it’s still manageable. This is in part to it being organized already so it doesn’t take up as much space, but even after the recycling was organized prior you could tell there was much more taken each time.

Really there is no fully streamlined and efficient way of recycling… you’ve just got to take things as they come. With anything it gets easier over time. Making decisions to reduce the amount of recycling produced is ultimately the goal. I like to take a look at the recycling as we are organizing it and noting what produces lots of waste and seeing if there are ways we can reduce or even completely cut something out. Sometimes that means finding a less wasteful alternative, other times it means to stop using certain products completely. Other times there’s occasions where multiple friends are over for games/celebrations and there’s so much recycling that time. Life is fluid so be mindful of your use, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself too.

Sustainably Yours,

Nicole

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Hobbies: Enjoy Your Life While Loving The Earth

First and foremost, I would like to state that I am NOT trying to tell people what hobbies they should/shouldn’t do.  I am simply stating some hobbies that I enjoy and are decently eco-friendly.

I do recommend to anyone who has a hobby that creates/produces waste to analyze it and realize where waste is created, and see if they can reduce it, upcycle it, reuse it, recycle it… well you get the idea!

The world is such a big place, which is great because that means there are so many facets of life to be explored if desired. A thought that I enjoy entertaining would have to be about how no matter what, it is not possible to know everything that there is in the world. In my corner of the world, I really enjoy doing different physical activities to help my mind and body sync.

Running/walking would have to be the highest up there on a list of exercises I enjoy. There’s nothing better than a breath of fresh air. Growing up I was always running. I did it in Middle School, High School, and part of college before being medically disqualified. The gym is great, and I enjoy lifting some weights OR THE STAIR STEPPER on occasion but running is where my heart’s at. It took a long time for me to be able to say that again, but I’m proud to do so!

Yoga is an activity I’d put off way too long to start doing! I ran competitively for 8 years and didn’t start yoga until 4ish years after…now I love it so much! Neck/shoulder yoga sessions make the body feel in ways that words cannot describe. Yoga is such a stress-relieving activity that helps both your body and mind slow down, even if just for the duration of the session. Focusing on your breathing is a part of it, and taking gradual deep breaths is something I know I need to improve on.

These next two I’m combining because more often than not they cross paths. I really enjoy shuffling…and playing with my kitten. I’m still a beginner in the shuffling world, but my oh my is it such a beautiful way to express your enjoyment for music. The two intersect as I often shuffle when my kitten tries to ambush me and attack my legs while walking (typical cat things… I think his ‘Adult Cat’ factory settings are kicking in, haha). All jokes aside, I do love to run around with a stringy toy of his and uncontrollably giggle while he tries to catch it.

Physical activities are not the only spice of life worth enjoying—there are plenty of other things I enjoy such as singing, drawing, surfing Reddit, and my most expensive hobby by default: cooking. Besides bills, that’s what the largest portion of my income goes to.

Hobbies I would LOVE to start would be: meditation, reading more books, wire wrapping, taking more/better photos, and creating music.

Who knows what hobbies will be a part of my lifestyle in a month, year, 3 years, and so on. The point of hobbies is to enjoy them, and hey who knows… maybe end up making some money from them one day.

The main point of this is: enjoy what you do and make it the most “You” it can be. That’s the best part about it! Just make sure to keep a thoughtful eye on the waste produced from it and see if there are ways it can be improved. I don’t know you, but I’m sure you’re quite an intelligent human… so you’ll be able to figure something out. 🙂 For the Greater Good. We CAN do this!

Sustainably Yours,

Nicole

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Grocery Shopping: A Necessary Evil

How can we reduce our waste at the grocery store? Every couple of weeks or so we’ve got to re-up our food supply. No matter what, we’ve got to eat. If we lived in a perfect world we would all go to our gardens and bring ingredients for our meal, but unfortunately apartment living doesn’t allow that luxury most of the time. So, we shall do the next best thing available and shop for our supplies at the grocery store. Last time we went to the store, we changed up some of our selections and the way we used our items to reduce our waste.

Big Breakthrough:

Previously I had written about the types of meat that we purchase occasionally. Reducing the amount of meat we eat has really helped reduce the carbon footprint we leave, along with the other obvious benefits of not eating as much meat. This past time at the store we went with the Tofurkey instead of the sausage. We also did not get any lunch meat. Usually we always get it because it makes a good lunch at work, but we were just a few minutes after the deli closed. That’s okay though, these past couple of weeks have really been a learning/adapting experience without it.

Usually I just throw together a sandwich and a side for lunch and call it a day. Now that I’ve been forced to be more creative, it has made me think about my meals at work further in advance. Sometimes I’ll make some extra food to put in a container to easily grab the next day or so. Or I’ll just not be too lazy to cut up vegetables for a salad, and now I am more responsive to making an actual meal in the morning in addition to my breakfast. I even used to use it as an excuse to sleep in a bit later, because making a sandwich is quick and easy. It’s helped me get my internal clock regulated as the time I go in to work fluctuates and throws me off. At this point I feel like I could continue to not get lunch meat and be completely fine. We shall see what the future holds as to whether I continue to get it or not. The money used to purchase the lunch meat could really go towards other things we need, or even be saved!

Decisions, Decisions:

My love for the Earth/environment has officially trumped my love for Ramen noodles. Those packets are SO wasteful! The outer plastic wrapping, cardboard box the packets are in, the noodle plastic covering, and the waste from the container the seasoning is served in: No more! Seeing how much waste was produced from Ramen alone always made me really sad. My SO and I decided to swear off the ramen… It was a guilty pleasure to be able to have so much of something that did not cost much. On the bright side we save about $2 that we can re-allocate to other less wasteful products.

After a few days I had accepted my fate of no longer eating them and realized I can most certainly get along just fine without them. I could feel differences in my body from when I was eating them up to now and I feel so different, a good different! This has also inspired me to really take a look at what we have and what we can make with it. We primarily get the same groceries each time we go, so it’s easy to get into a rut and make the same things over and over. Nobody wants to eat the same thing day in and day out.

Best of times, worst of times:

            This will sound a bit contradictory at first, but both portion control and eating more of what I have has really helped me reduce my food waste. Portion control is helpful in so many ways it’s crazy! It helps food last longer as the proper serving sizes are being eaten, assures we are not overeating our daily intake, and it’s great for your budget! If food is eaten in its proper portions it will last longer. This means you will have to buy less over time and in the long run will save money! Who doesn’t like that?!

Eating more of what I have is something I am improving on, yet still seeking ways to improve. A few of the ways I’ve been practicing this is by making sure I actually eat all of my leftovers instead of just making new food or not eating them at all and letting it go bad. It feels great to not have to cook and just go to the fridge, find something, and warm it up. To do this means you have to have dedication to finish what you’ve started, even if you don’t necessarily want to. Another way of eating more of what you have is to eat more of the vegetables you get! Recently I’ve started to eat more of the stalk of broccoli than I used to ever enjoy before. Now I love chopping up broccoli stalks and putting it in salads, stir fry, and other meals! Trying to cut closer to the parts of vegetables you are removing will help conserve the ones you have, but only do it if it’s acceptable to do so! If you’re just cutting the top of a bell pepper off, try and cut it as little as possible. If you’re trying to cut off a questionable part of a vegetable… well that’s up to you!

It’s still a weird feeling to be questioning and analyzing every decision I make because I am becoming more aware of how much I have been mindlessly consuming. It’s often overwhelming, and sometimes seemingly paralyzing. Reminding myself that it just takes continuous small effort and baby steps of improvement helps when my mind feels frazzled about it. It’s not a hobby, not a habit, it’s a lifestyle change. Sometimes those changes do become your hobbies, but you know what I mean! J I look forward to searching for more ways to reduce my grocery waste.

Sustainably yours,

Nicole

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Eye Opening Experience

PAPER TOWEL

The goal of me writing my experience and journey to a healthier lifestyle (for both the Earth and myself) is to evaluate all aspects of my life, see where I can improve, and go from there.

Especially recently, this journey has been a bit overwhelming for me. I have gotten rid of so many things and have started to reduce the waste I create, yet I find myself suddenly feeling claustrophobic as I look around my room, closet, bathroom, how full the trash/recycling is, everywhere seeing all of these items just simply there.

I have gotten rid of some items naturally as I have used them and emptied their containers, so I have seen some improvement on that front. For the most part that area is something that time will have to fix. I know I appreciate having them now and will wish I still did in the future at some point, so I am being sure to try and use an appropriate amount and not using it more than I actually need to.

Anyway, I did a fun experiment and tracked how many paper towels I used for a week. I considered the ‘half sized’ paper towels to be one, and a full-sized to be two. Let’s be real here, if a person is using a paper towel day to day, they on average need a smaller size—anything larger is for a messy mess. That concept of waste is a topic for another day, although sometimes it’s certainly uncontrollable. I paid attention to quantity and noticed some big contributing factors that I can improve upon. Then I mentally went through and changed a couple of habits and tracked my use the week after… The results are very interesting:

RESULTS FOR WEEK 1: 47 paper towels used.

47!!! That’s amazing, and not in a good way. Each brand is made differently, but that’s darn near a whole roll depending on which one you are looking at. How excessive!

Below is a breakdown of my daily usage:

Friday 2/23: 10
Saturday 2/24: 0 (Day off)
Sunday 2/25: 2 (Day off)
Monday: 2/26: 11
Tuesday 2/27: 2 (Day off)
Wednesday 2/28: 8
Thursday 3/1: 14
TOTAL CONSUMED: 47

TOTAL FOR WEEK 2: 16!

So much improvement! I wasted 2.9 times (31 total) LESS paper towels than the previous week. Here are my usage amounts:

Friday 3/2: 6*
Saturday 3/3: 4
Sunday 3/4: 1 (Off work)
Monday: 3/5: 2
Tuesday 3/6: 1
Wednesday 3/7: 2
Thursday 3/8: 0 (Off work)
TOTAL: 16

*: My cat pooped on the floor next to his litter box for the first time ever, and I used one full sized paper towel (so = 2 halved ones) to clean up his thoughtful surprise.

Reflection:

I did not think about this until after the fact but keeping track of WHY I used EACH paper towel would have helped me analyze my habits and find ways to reduce my usage even more. I did realize some differences that I could make right away. Progress is improvement, but I will know to pay attention to how much I use and any trends I notice in the future.

If you look at the chart, you notice that on my days off (three days off in a week is RARE for me, so I don’t know how it happened but I’m thankful for it!) my paper towel usage reduces drastically. That means something at work can be done to make a positive change in my habits.

What I changed:

At work we use regular paper towels supplied for both work-related use and to dry our hands after washing them, which we do relatively often. We recently got new paper towels, and they are the double paper towel size instead of the regular half-sized ones as they were last time, so it accounts for more waste. I could have torn them in half, but I usually didn’t think of that until my hands were already wet. These paper towels are a bit thinner than the last ones were, making it impossible to do without ruining both sides in the process.

Washing my hands and using not one, but two paper towels to dry them off is so wasteful. Even using one to dry them off is wasteful, especially if you can help it. I cannot believe I hadn’t noticed it before! After the first day of keeping track I felt my stomach sink and was wondering how much I would accumulate after a week. I did not over-waste, but I did try to keep up my regular habits to make it as accurate as possible. I even used to dry my hands off with a paper towel instead of towel in the kitchen at home until I started thinking about my consumption levels prior to SustainabiliMe. Thankfully I’ve become aware of it and am able to do something about it to impact the future in a positive way. See, doing nothing DOES make a difference sometimes. 😉

I switched over to using a towel about a week and a half ago. I brought the first one home with me when I knew I was going to do laundry, but if I forget it at work in the future I can just bring one in from home the next day and wash it next. I will have to admit it felt odd to me, and almost dirty at first, to use a towel. That I cannot believe… when did it become normal to use a paper towel when drying off my hands?

I have accidentally started to grab a paper towel a time or two, but thankfully remembered the hand-drying towel before I got it too wet. When I need a paper towel for something work-related I use as small of a piece as I can to achieve my goal since it would not nearly require whole, or even half, of a paper towel. I am glad to be holding myself accountable and actively reducing to start making a difference. I look forward to cutting down my usage even further aiming to use them barely, if at all.

Check out my Instagram this upcoming week and see some other ways I saw where I could reduce my paper towel usage! Take a chance this week to look at the way you use paper towels in your day to day lifestyle. Reduce that amount if you can help it, but at least notice when you reach for one. Or even feel free to track them this week and see how many you ended up using/would have used. Let me know how many you got at the end of the week and what you noticed you could change/improve upon!

 

Sustainably yours,

Nicole

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Meat: Yes, No, Maybe?

So many people, so many lifestyles, so many differences… but a common goal unites us all. The best part about life is that it throws you curveballs and you don’t know what is heading your way next. While walking down this path we will all make our own decisions that can lead to us still living full lives. A great part about this journey is that each and every person is so different, which means there is no one ‘right’ way to do this. If something is involved in my life that doesn’t accumulate waste it does not mean that anybody else HAS to take that up since it is a zero-waste activity and vice-versa. People can have so many hobbies, tastes, and interests that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

The topic I am going to discuss my experience with this week may seem a bit controversial to some, but it is about eating meat. Right now I currently am eating it but have cut down drastically on how much I consume, as when I was younger it was basically served with every meal. Years later when I got out on my own and started experimenting with what I wanted to eat (or didn’t) was when I realized I was completely happy with having less meat in general. As far as completely giving it up I am not writing it off for now. Though it seems as time goes on it gets to be simply too much for me to fathom eating more and more.

I am absolutely against the violence and inhumane care that animals are given (or lack thereof) I will make clear now. The reason why I eat meat is because it is enjoyable and there are so many different recipes that can be made with it that I really love to eat. There are plenty of days that go by where I do not eat any at all. When grocery shopping once we go through the produce section we are mostly done, which I love. Texture is certainly a part that contributes into me not enjoying the meat as much. When you bite and chew into a vegetable it is not really that bad, a nice crispy crunch depending on how it’s being served. With meat you sort of sink your teeth into it, hope you do not get a gross chewy part, and then feel the rest of it tearing apart in your mouth. My apologies if the description was a bit in-depth. Even thinking about it is not an appealing part of the process for me. Other reasons why I do not eat meat are purely for taste. I have never really been a fan of pork chops, ground beef was alright, and chicken was delicious. As I’ve grown I still do not like pork chops, ground beef is a far and few between, and chicken is alright. Vegetables were far and few between too, as I barely ate and when I did there was not much to be eaten. Now spinach is one of my favorite foods. Quite the change in palate, I’d say!

As far as sushi goes, I certainly enjoy that too. I do not get out to eat it nearly as much as I used to, so again it all falls back on cutting down consumption. That coupled with the fact that, as touched on earlier, people live different lifestyles with different points of view that make the world go ‘round.

I will admit that I need to do more research and make sure I am purchasing ethically and humanely treated/processed meat. I do not buy it all that much so that is why this has not been more heavily looked into on my end, but I also realize that is a lame excuse. I have been getting turkey from the Deli instead of the pre-packaged containers to at least buy fresher meat. I could never find the recycling symbol/information on those containers, so I wasn’t even 100% sure if it COULD be recycled. The smell of the turkey I was buying was more of chemicals than meat, so the switch was worth the extra funds and adjustment to time we usually go shopping to make sure the deli is open when we are at the store. It’s not worth a solo trip to pick up in my opinion.

The only issue that may arise with this across the board is the cost. Our grocery budget is pretty strict, so finding the money for potentially higher priced meat is not something we may be able to do all of the time. Overall this really is not the worst thing, as it helps contribute to cutting down how often we are eating it to make it more of an occasionally eaten item instead of having such a prominent spot in my diet.

Earlier in this post I mentioned that I currently eat meat, but this may not be how I decide to live my life in the future. Sometimes I prefer meals without it when I am going out to eat or making something at home. There are plenty of times where I am simply not in the mood to eat it at all. There are other times that the thought of a meal containing it sounds enticing, so I indulge. Are there any particular brands of meat that aren’t chemical-laden and treat animals well that you enjoy?