I chose to continue to eat fish on my journey to veganism for a few reasons. The first reason is that, sometimes it’s hard to get a complete amino acid profile when you’re the only vegetarian in a family of four living off one income. The other reason is that when we go out to eat there aren’t a lot of completely vegetarian options that aren’t just salad. However, places like Famous Dave’s put bacon in their salads so make sure you tell them to hold the meat.
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What is Pescatarian?
Pescatarian is where you’re a vegetarian but you eat meat and shellfish. So basically if it flies or walks on land you don’t eat it. (Except for crab… can I get an amen for Crab Rangoon?”)
Health Benefits and Disadvantages
There are many health benefits when you eat a balanced pescatarian diet. Keyword being balanced. All things in moderation. With all diets there is always the option to indulge in processed foods. I like to try to keep the processed foods to a minimum. Though, I am human and sometimes, especially that certain week every month, I just need me some junk food.
The biggest benefits of having fish be the only source of meat in your diet is that you’re consuming a lot less saturated fat, less cholesterol, and less fats in general. Not to mention, your body loves omega-3 fatty acids. Especially if you’re pregnant or nursing.
One of the disadvantages is that your body needs iron and B-12. So, you’ll want to supplement them. The other disadvantage is that you can easily consume more mercury than you should, and this stores in your body over time. With catching your own fish is the best way to make sure you’re doing your part environmentally. Make sure to check where you are fishing is low on pollutants, and not in an overfished area. The good news is that there is an EPA site where you can see what the waters are like, so you can plan your fishing and eating accordingly.
Caution: Young Children, Pregnant, Nursing, & Trying to Conceive.
Consuming a lot of fish can increase the levels of mercury in your body. These things are harmful for small children, pregnant woman, mothers who are nursing, or women who are trying to conceive. Make sure to check the fish you are eating. The fish that contain higher levels of mercury are shark, king mackerel, and swordfish. There are fish that contain lower amounts of this though, such as salmon, tuna, and catfish. I only listed a few in each category so to be safe, make sure you do your own research. Being informed is the best possible way to make sure that you’re keeping your impact on the environment low.
Over Fishing in a “Dying” Ocean
Another thing to consider when switching to a pescatarian diet. We need to do what we can to make sure that we’re not overfishing. Commercial vessels fish far more than is needed to feed the world, something like 4 times that of what the people of Earth actually need. Making sure that we are taking action. I highly recommend reading this article, 10 Alarming Facts About Overfishing. It is informative, and offers links that cover the topics much more in depth. These factoids may seem a little off topic, though environmental consequences from our dietary choices is something that everyone should consider. Sadly, not everyone feels that way. We can help by making sure we check this guide on fish when we choose our fish.
The ocean is dying, there was an uproar on social medialast year when this report stated that the coral reef is 35% dead or dying. That means that it’s still 65% alive! We need to make sure that we’re watching our plastic usage and disposal, and I can guarantee that there will be more posts on this in the future.