I’ve always been a sucker for animals. Once stationed in
, I sold ad space for a local newspaper. I soon wanted to start a space in the paper for the local no-kill animal shelter. Initially, my boss would not support a section for the “animal of the week” because it was not cost-effective. With this bad news, I took it on my own to determine the cost as it applied to an ad space and divided the logo space on the perimeter of the promotion to compensate the cost. I drove around town and “sold” my idea amongst many retailers for a small logo ad space required to support the “Pet of the Week”. Very quickly, I was able to find sponsors for my idea and went from there. By the time we left Alabama , the shelter gave me a plaque, a card and a wonderful good-bye. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even realize I had made such an impact. They were able to adopt out many animals due to my work. At the time, it just seemed to be the right thing to do. In the end, I not only had a cute little black shelter cat named Chloe, but a great sense of accomplishment. So, to make a long story longer...I am now eating organic and natural foods. I would not classify myself as a vegan, although I have much respect for those much-disciplined individuals. I eat free-range eggs, drink organic milk and will only eat either grass-fed beef or other humanely-raised animals. I am now conscious of fish and how they are raised or caught or their rarity in the world. I am a “Whole Foods” junkie and get kind of grossed out now when I go to a “normal” grocery store. I also seek out restaurants that support and use locally-grown items. The experience is completely different than a franchise-type establishment. Alabama
Anyway, after my poll, I realized that I am possibly a flexitarian now. I don’t eat meat everyday. I am trying to cut down on my carbon footprint. I am aware of my food and where it comes from. So, I finally have a label ~ FLEXITARIAN!! What a much better way to describe myself than a WHATEVERTARIAN. I am now making better choices for me and my family. I am really curious to see where my family and I progress to in the next few years.