Benefits of Becoming a Pescatarian

Benefits of Becoming a Pescatarian - SimplyCleanChEATing.com

A pescatarian is a person who abstains from eating all meat and animal flesh except fish. They maintain a vegetarian diet with the addition of fish and other seafood such as shrimp and lobster. Those who practice this way of eating do not eat beef, poultry, pork, or any other type of meat.

Why would you CHOOSE to eat like that? How would I know? I like a golden brown Cornish Hen every now and then myself…skin all almondy and bronze…focus Nieta. I do not know, but I respect the WOE (Way of Eating). You have to do what YOU feel is best for YOUR body. Only YOU know what it needs. Check out some of the benefits and reasons below.

Pescetarianism may drastically improve your health.
May reduce your risk for heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.

Becoming a pescetarian benefits our planet.
The Vegetarian Resource Group reports that one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water, whereas one pound of soy requires only 250 gallons of water and a pound of wheat requires only 25 gallons.

We are not natural carnivores.
Natural carnivores have claws, pointed front teeth to tear raw flesh and no pores on the skin so they perspire through the tongue. Plant and fish eaters perspire through pores on the skin since they are searching for food during hot hours — not hunting at sunrise, sunset or under cover of darkness as carnivores do.

Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Species of fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring are rich in omega-3 fats, a form of fat that lowers triglycerides.

Increase Intake of Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Whole fish contains B-complex vitamins, including B6, B12, riboflavin and niacin, while fish liver oils are a good source of vitamins A and D.

Great Source of Lean Protein
Fish is high in protein but low in fat and calories, making it an attractive option for dieters and for people who want to build lean muscle mass without increasing body fat.

Now that you’re an expert, let’s get to it…
My big sister Misty recently started her fishy journey and shared her experience with this WOE.

Why did you decide to give up other types of meat?
Over the last year, I have encountered various studies and documentaries that detail the damage of a meat-based diet on the human body and how this diet retards the body’s ability to heal itself of illnesses (e.g. cancer, obesity, hypertension). As I continue to age, I am more cognizant of my health and how my mental and physical state and decisions impact my health.

What was your diet like before?
I ate chicken, turkey beef, and fish with a few veggies and carbs thrown in.

Since fish is also meat, tell me why you don’t eat other types of meat?
My plan is to gradually stop eating fish, but right now I need the Omega-3. I have to find a way to incorporate a substitute in my diet. Also, I know that to stop eating all flesh at one time would be to set myself up for failure.

Where else do you get protein?
Lentils, beans, legumes and I add protein to veggie shakes

What advice would you give someone that want to switch to a fish-based diet?
Read up on it and really buy into the reason you are doing it. You have to be really invested in it to make such a lifestyle adjustment.


Citations
1. Spencer, Chloe. “5 Reasons to Become a Pescetarian” Huffpost Healthy Living. Huffington Post, 11 November 2011.
2. “4 Reasons You Should Consider Turning Pescatarian” Fit Day

Nieta is a self-trained chef, fitness addict, wife, and mother of one AMAZING Bumblebee! Her passion is to help others start and stick to their fitness goals with clean chEATing.

3 Comment

  1. I’ve always loved fish, so I think becoming pescatarian would be pretty easy for me. I didn’t realize that it could result in reduced cholesterol levels! My only problem is that I never seem to have time to cook. I guess I could just start eating at more seafood restaurants, though. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Megan! Thank you for commenting! Yes you could start eating at more seafood restaurants but since most seafood cooks quickly, you don’t need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I love one pan methods. Lightly coat an oven ready pan, season a salmon filet, throw in salmon and veggies in the same pan and bake on 350 for 10-12. min. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice and BOOM. Dinner is 12 min.

  2. Hello Nieta,
    What do you think is the best Seafood to eat while being a pescatarian?
    I have been one since last year, but I only eat seafood maybe once every couple of weeks. I haven’t been able to lose weight and I thought perhaps it was because I’m not getting enough protein in my diet.
    What are your thoughts?
    Thanks
    Marlena

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