Dear Heloise: My girlfriend is becoming a FLEXITARIAN. What’s that? — Roger W., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Roger, flexitarians eat a predominantly vegetarian diet, but they don’t entirely abstain from eating meat. There are many reasons why someone chooses to become a vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian. These include: animal welfare, the environmental effects from eating meat, reducing resource dependence and saving money, and health benefits.

People like your girlfriend who dip their toe into vegetarianism but don’t go all in are usually welcomed into the community, but some may object. Flexitarians may see eating meat as an occasional treat.

As with most movements, there are pros and cons to the flexitarian lifestyle. — Heloise

P.S. Bonus question: What is a pescetarian? A fish and shellfish eater who does not eat poultry or red meat!

KALE

Dear Heloise: What’s the buzz on kale? I’ve heard a lot about it recently. — Amanda P. in Texas

Amanda, there’s lots to know! Kale is a member of the cabbage family and pairs nicely with potatoes and rice. A rich dark green, kale can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce department.

Consume kale soon after purchase, as it can become bitter over time. Don’t wash the kale until you are ready to eat it, then rinse it well in cold water. Remove the tough spine of the kale.

Kale is loaded with vitamins A, C and K, and is rich in fiber, calcium and iron. Give it a whirl! — Heloise

TOUGH TANGLES

Dear Heloise: I have to wash several aprons (maybe six to 10 or more) at one time for my business, and they often come out of the dryer in a knotted mess of apron strings.

The strings are long enough to wrap around back and tie in front. Do you have any hints to avoid this annoyance? — Carolyn, via email

Carolyn, there are a few options for you. Pop a few aprons into a mesh lingerie bag; this will lessen tangling. Another option, if the aprons are white, is to throw several white towels in the load. The towels will create a buffer to reduce tangles.

A gentle slipknot may also help. — Heloise

TOO MUCH NOISE

Dear Heloise: Have you noticed we are bombarded with music everywhere we go? Even in restrooms within restaurants and shops. Why are owners doing this?

You can’t hear the salesclerk talk to you. As a hearing-impaired person who has worn hearing aids for over 40 years, this is annoying.

In our community of 150,000 senior citizens, a large percentage of us have hearing loss; business owners need to realize we won’t go where we aren’t comfortable to shop and eat or for entertainment.

Come for a visit anytime, Heloise. We would love to welcome you to The Villages! — Jan and Fred S., via email.

I would love to return to the beautiful Villages in Florida! — Heloise

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.

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