Pescetarianism or Pesco-vegetarianism is a diet that includes the consumption of fish and other seafood only, in addition to fruit, vegetables, eggs (sometimes), and dairy products. Land based animals (meat, poultry, beef, pork) is excluded from this diet.
I first started following the pescetarian diet while living abroad in the US. I was exposed to a vegetarian diet however I was not consuming enough protein (because of eating habits, and not because of only eating vegetables), and decided I would include fish and seafood in my diet. This was a positive change for me, and I enjoyed my veggies while still having seafood options.
A Pescetarian diet can be very healthy if followed correctly and can also aid in losing weight. Potatoes, rice and bread are not essentials for every meal and cutting down on these is a tough decision. A balanced meal of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibre and vitamins and minerals are essential to keep our bodies healthy.
Pescetarianism, if followed correctly, ensures the consumption of vitamin B-12, iron, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids; which are vital during the early stages of growth and development for children and the upkeep of health for adults. It is also known to lower the Type-2 diabetes risk and promoting cardiac health.
Fish/seafood is generally recognized as having a lower environmental impact as opposed to meat, poultry, beef and pork. It is considered that fish is possibly up to six times more efficient for the body to convert than beef, pork, meat or poultry.
What I gained from following the Pescetarian diet:
- I was never a lover of meat and poultry (I’ve refrained from beef and pork my whole life) – and I was finally able to give my diet a label without having to explain that I don’t eat meat and poultry.
- Having a dad whose hobby is fishing, is a bonus!
- I became conscious of what I was eating.
- I ate more (Oops!)
- My skin, hair and nails appeared healthier.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Pescetarianism as it has only recently become a popular diet. However, keep in mind that following a Pescetarian diet is a personal choice and a lifestyle successfully followed by many. I am still new at it and learning everything about it!
I will be posting some Pescetarian recipes that I’ve tried and love for everyone to enjoy.