American's obsession with meat began a long time ago—so long ago that meat is an iconic food standard in our society.

It's even a central part of our traditions. What's Thanksgiving without a little turkey? Just like the sky is blue and the grass is green, in America, eating meet simply the way the world turns. Yet, as time goes on, more and more people are moving away from meat—particularly because they have some beef about eating beef.

While it's true that veganism and vegetarianism alike have grown exponentially as trends and lifestyles, there's also truth to the fact that the carnivores of the world are still alive and well. However, the ultimate truth is even carnivores can be environmentalists. If you're curious about how, here's a beginner's guide on how to become a more sustainable meat eater.

Know the Role Animals Play

Certainly, the fact of the matter can be agreed upon: humans are slowly but surely destroying the natural world that surrounds us and living in the direly unsustainable ways. It's hard not to feel those quiet but familiar pangs of grief as climate change steadily increases its impacts.

Nevertheless, it's unjust to put a direct kill-shot on meat consumption when so many other practices are let off the hook quite easily. And even if everyone stopped eating meat, that wouldn't make up for the fact that fossil fuel companies are spewing unbelievable amounts of carbon into the air.

Those who argue point-blank against meat consumption for sustainability purposes fail to see the complete picture. Animals and livestock in particular play an important role in agriculture that no other living being can fill. Still, for those looking to fight climate change with their eating habits, what's essential is not the erasure of meat consumption but a change in the way it's consumed.

Less Is More

Sustainable consumption isn't necessarily about completely cutting animal products out of one's diet. Rather, subtle changes need to be made.

In general, people simply need to be smarter about meat—meaning they need to make wise choices about how much they choose to chow down. Consuming less meat weekly will make a difference, even if you cut it out just once a week. For example, a meatless Monday dinner can significantly reduce the amount of meat you eat. This is one way we can decrease our so-called foodprint: with moderation.

Purchase Pasture-Raised Meat

If you're wondering what else you can do to become a more sustainable meat eater, pay close attention to the type of meat you purchase. Sustainability is about more than just the consumption of less meat. To be sustainable as a meat eater means to be knowledgeable about food production. Look into purchasing meat outside of supermarkets or butcher shops that sell industrial-raised meat.

Consider grass-fed beef or the ultra-popular gourmet beef known as wagyu. Buying meat that's raised with intention and all-natural tender loving care may come at a higher price, but it will change the way you value and appreciate your food. This is a pragmatic solution.that will help you increase your sustainability efforts as the years go on.

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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My kids developed fashion opinions overnight.

They were happy for me to dress them in whatever clothes were clean and weather-appropriate. And then all of a sudden, my older daughter was making decisions and asking for a wardrobe makeover, and her younger sister immediately followed suit.

Am I proud they're being vocal about their clothing choices? Yes! Am I a tad annoyed that they're growing up so fast? Also yes. To be fair, we haven't gone shopping all year because of quarantine and they've both grown taller!

Of course, I thought about giving them new clothes for the holidays, but I wanted them to pick everything out themselves.

My older daughter, Cassie, has a school friend who I suspect is responsible for this change. Cassie kept talking about this pink fox shirt, so I reached out to the girl's mother to find out where to go.

I was surprised to hear the shirt's brand name: FabKids. Never even heard of it.

She told me that they're not set up like a normal online store. First, you become a VIP, and every month, you can pick out new items for extremely affordable prices. How's 2 pairs of shoes for $9.95!?!

Every month, you can put $39.95 towards new items, or if you don't want to shop, you can easily skip it or rack up member credits. She said the stuff was great quality and she was especially a fan of their shoe range.

Oh, it was the little sister brand of Fabletics! That made sense. I made an account to check it out, and the clothes were adorable. There are basics, but also plenty of patterns and animals and fun textures and prints. Both my kids would love this stuff.

I decided to become a VIP member. I printed out 2 copies of the page of FabKids' newest outfits and shoes, and put them in envelopes with bows - another gift for them to open for the holidays!

Every month, we'll set aside a little bit of time for them to each choose a pair of shoes or an outfit. That way, they get to wear whatever they want, they're not constantly begging for new clothes, and I know that they're getting good quality stuff.

Who knows what 2021 is going to look like, but a present, something new for them to open every month that they legitimately need? That's going to make everyone happy. It also can make recurring Zoom calls more exciting; new shirts, new excitement and conversations.

Now, I just hope they don't fight over the same outfits!

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