Friday, March 14, 2014

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Green Light-Ijeoma

An eco-sista who says there are various ways you can contribute to be more eco-friendly

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been incorporating local, sustainable produce in my diet since June 2013. I started eating fish and seafood during the week around the same time. That's the most eco-friendly thing I think I do, although I'm also a recycling fiend.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly?It was an accidental choice. I decided to be semi-pescatarian as a healthy eating alternative to the meat heavy diet I'd previously had. I knew I would have to make semi-drastic changes to get out of the habit of excessive meat consumption, so I signed up for a farm share/CSA.

What do you like about it? Eating more fresh vegetables has had dual benefits in my life. For one, I've been experimenting with vegetable based recipes and loving the colorful diversity of my meal. I was missing out eating mostly rice and stew (a Nigerian dish) or pasta all the time.

I've also (unintentionally) lost weight because I was replacing lots of grainy carbs and meat-based protein with vegetables and beans. Paired with an increasingly active lifestyle, I've lost the extra pounds that I didn't realize I gained in college.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? It's hard to eat out during the week with friends, because salads and tuna sandwiches can get old. Most of my cheats happen when I'm with someone else, whether friends or family. If I don't do well with my veggie based eating during the week, I'll do a little less damage that usual on the weekend.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start somewhere. Anywhere. You can recycle, you can become a crafty DIYer, you can eat less meat, or you can drive a hybrid car. There are various ways you can contribute to a healthier, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly lifestyle, but just start with one.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? I've actually been feeling this way lately and almost didn't want to do this interview! I feel guilty whenever I eat meat during the week (and the worst when it's battered and fried and of the Popeye's variety) but I mean, no one is perfect. The best we can do is try, and for you that might mean going meatless only once a week rather than becoming vegan.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural since May of 2010 and I keep it fly by loving and embracing my kinks! I have a super low maintenance regimen and styling lifestyle so I just let it be and let it flourish.

Is there anything you like to add? Thanks so much for the Green Light feature! If you want to connect with me more, you can find me on Klassy-Kinks or on Twitter @KlassyKinks.


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