Reminiscences: Musings in Memoir — Prompt #2: Green

Two thoughts came up for when with this topic….

First is the ecology and climate change and the other is “greening” my diet with a more vegan/vegetarian eating plan.

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I’ve been an ecological activist in what little I can do as a homebound disabled person. I use canvas bags instead of plastic or paper when I do go out shopping. I request the least amount packaging when I order from Amazon and other online sources. I use glass containers instead of plastic baggies. I avoid flushing my toilet anymore than I have to using the adage “if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down” (it helps living alone). I use a bidet to limit the amount of toilet paper I use it. I don’t shower every day (being stuck in a wheelchair means I don’t sweat much). I do what I can. It may not be a lot, but it’s something. I don’t want to take our planet for granted or assume that our climate isn’t going to get worse. It is. It already is.

I use to be a huge meat eater. In the last few years, that’s as gone down quite a lot, eating meat only a few times a week. After watching several videos about the meat industry and Covid 19, I realized I just couldn’t eat meat any longer. I knew all of this, but it’s amazing what you can ignore when you are in denial. I couldn’t deny it any longer. I stopped eating pork, beef and chicken, but still eat dairy, eggs and fish and seafood, so I guess I’m classified as a vegetarian, but I’m also exploring some vegan meat replacement products. Do I miss meat? Yeah, sometimes I get a craving for barbecued ribs or grandma’s fried chicken. And I’m pretty picky about vegetables, but I’m actually doing okay with all of this; lots of salads, spinach and veggie stir fries.

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2 thoughts on “Reminiscences: Musings in Memoir — Prompt #2: Green

  1. Thanks for sharing your ‘green’ ideas!

    I miss being able to bring my own re-usable bags to the grocery store. That’s a practice that’s still not allowed where I live/shop, because of COVID-19.

    I think it’s great that you’ve cut down on eating meat! My own reasons for not eating meat began as a personal health decision. I never felt good after consuming it — my stomach would ache and/or I’d get headaches, blotchy skin, experience bloating, and have cramps.

    I ate a vegetarian diet for nearly a decade. My cholesterol was bad though, despite (ineffective) medication, so I started eating fish and seafood again about 16 months ago to combat it. It worked. My numbers are great now. So I can’t claim the veggie label anymore; technically, I’m a pescatarian. But again, it’s a decision I made for personal health reasons. So it’s a choice I feel good about. 🙂

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    1. I’ve never had any problems with food until this past year and it’s mostly been due to too much sodium. I now eat mostly a low salt diet and take water pills. Not thrilled with it, but it’s better than swelling up like a balloon.

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