I have a new category of eater: the conscious eater. I’m not a vegetarian, nor a vegan or any of those other categories. However, I am a conscious eater. Simply stated, I try to be conscious of what I’m eating.
I eat free range eggs. I eat minimal meat. I never eat disgusting things like foie gras and won’t even eat somewhere it is served because I am that against it. I find shark fin soup to be appalling in every way and wish it was outlawed. I’m pretty sure I could never travel to Asia where they serve up all kinds of animals at restaurants. I’d be in tears or harming the manager.
I have basil, tomatoes, and peppers in my tiny balcony garden. When I have a house down the road, I hope to have a huge garden full of veggies.
I try to shop at/support local farm stands over the local grocery store. I frequent Chipotle because their animals are free range. I just feel better eating meat knowing they at least had a somewhat decent quality of life before being turned into food. I buy many things from Trader Joe’s that support conscious eating.
So my hope is that this will catch on and there can be an in-between between carnivores and vegetarians.