I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve eaten any form of animal protein since the end of December 2017. Did I just stop eating meat one day? Not quite. I did extensive research surrounding the benefits of a pescatarian diet as well as the unfortunate state of our meat today which ultimately led me to my decision to become a pescatarian.
To start – Pescetarianism or pesco-vegetarianism is the practice of following a diet that includes fish or other seafood, but not the flesh of other animals. A pescetarian diet shares many of its components with a vegetarian diet including vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, dairy and eggs, but unlike a vegetarian diet also includes fish and shellfish. The Merriam-Webster dictionary dates the origin of the term pescatarian to 1993 and defines it as: “one whose diet includes fish but no other meat”.
So you’re probably saying, OK, well that’s all great but who cares?! Well I started to care for several reasons. Aside from cutting out meat/eating more veggies and starting to feel overall lighter, I started to read up on the facts. Did you know….
- David Steinman’s “Living Healthy in a Toxic World states “The primary source of nuclear radiation contamination in humans is from beef and dairy products.”
- Chickens are often put through a process of “de-beaking” where their beaks are removed (without painkillers) to prevent pecking at one another as they are confined to such a small space
- Oftentimes in slaughterhouses, the animal is still alive when they are hung upside down and put on the line to get slaughtered. After that, it’s not uncommon that there is a “miss” and the animal survives after an attempted slaughter and ends up suffering from the torture of the slaughter itself.
- Humans shouldn’t even be eating meat! Think about it…we don’t have claws, or super sharp teeth to break down the animal flesh and at the end of the day we cannot fully digest the meat which leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.
- A 2007 article in the American Heart Association journal reported that eating fish just once or twice a week was associated with a 42- to 50-percent reduction in the risk of sudden cardiac death in healthy adults.
Getting the gist? The list could go on and on to support the pescatarian diet, but really, after not eating meat for a few months, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel healthier, more educated on what I’m putting into my body, and hate to say it, but saving a few of those poor animals helps too. Want to give it a chance? Have questions? Feel free to leave me a comment!