The word pescetarian is derived from the Spanish word for fish, pesco. Pescetarians do not consume dairy, poultry, pork, or red meat. The only meat — or animal product — they consume is seafood.
Given the side eye by meat-eaters, looked down upon by strict vegans… where do pescetarians fit in? And where is the benefit in being pescetarian?
The pescetarian diet is a great way to beautify your skin since most fish is high in omega 3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that gives your skin a glow. Also, this diet is a gentle way of transitioning from a meat-eaters diet to a vegetarian or vegan diet – call it a stepping stone. Lastly, some people choose pescetarianism as a healthy heart-friendly alternative to non-lean — especially red — meat.
It should go without saying that fish is meat and that being pescetarian DOES NOT MAKE YOU A VEGETARIAN! For some unfathomable reason, some people seem to be confused.
Some famous pescetarians include: rapper, Common; singer, Tracy Chapman; the late Steve Jobs; actor, David Duchovny; and actress Mary Tyler Moore.
Meat-eater, pescetarian, vegetarian, strict vegan, and not elsewhere classified, remember that fish has its own dangers. It contains mercury and other industrial toxins. Mercury has been shown to damage the brain, kidneys, and lungs. However, smaller fish such as salmon, trout, and cod usually have a lower level of mercury when compared to bigger fish like tuna and mackerel. It is therefore recommended that you do not go overboard with the amount of fish you eat and stick to mostly smaller cold-water fish.
After putting the brakes on my journey to veganism, I decided to give pescetarianism a try. So far, so good. I’ve been consuming fish every other day for about a week now and have once again cut out (other) meat and dairy. I am currently not experiencing the daily headaches that I did when I was vegan and am hoping not to experience any unwanted weight loss or dips in energy like before. The cravings for meat did a number on me mentally. In fact, that may have been what did me in. I basically want to be on a mostly plant-based diet without some of the personal side effects that come with it. I’m hoping that this new “diet” will work out for me.
Can’t quite commit to being vegan, feel “aways” about consuming meat/dairy… Have I finally found a balance?