I think we should start with the definiton of the word to avoid any confusion. Dictionary.com says that pescatarian is a person whose diet is mostly vegeterian but includes fish and seafood. In a nutshell you eat your veggies-fruits, drink lattes with cow milk, consume delicious sea creatures, but do not touch anything that walks on two or four legs; or anything that flies for that matter. I tried to go all fancy soy latte hipster thing but.. Have you tried soy latte? It is terrible! Worst nightmare imaginable. I know that dairy might be a problem if you are dealing with skin issues but you know, from time to time a little bit hopefully won’t hurt.
It all started with my curiosity. What is it like not to consume meat anymore? Will I miss it? Will there be any change in my health? I was also interested in finding out if cutting out meat would have any effect on my skin. It is known that like dairy meat is inflammatory. So I tried it for one year and in this post I will share my journey.
The whole not eating animals thing was supposed to be a one month long experiment. Well, it went on for another 11 months.. I did not think about animals and their feelings and the environmental damage and whatnot (sounds terrible I know), but just for the experience. As the months went by, I started feeling good about not adding my share to the environmental damage and animal slaughter. After some time the smell of a cooked chicken became absolutely horrible.
So, how did the life go on? Well.. I will tell you that I definitely became more conscious about what I put into my body. Also, started googling recipes. I am quite natural in the kitchen, so it wasn’t too difficult to come up with my own salad recipes and whatnot. For those, who have to follow the recipes until the last word and measure things with the measuring cups.. yeah, it might be difficult but doable. Come on, it is just throwing some foods together and doing something with them!
Another thing that comes to my mind is eating out with people who don’t eat meat. That is the place when in the beginning all the nice words I could think of were “fu*k, cr*p, why”. Finding the place suitable both for a pescatarian and a meat lover.. a mind-blowing task. If the carnivore is happy with the food place, then the other will probably be eating kale and carrots. If the pescatarian is happy, then the other will be grumpy. And eating out with a person who hates fish.. this is a whole new level of happiness. Also, if there’s a party or a birthday or any kind of celebration which involves food, you can be pretty damn sure that you’re going to staaaaarve.
An interesting thing about being a pescatarian was that it felt as a whole other world opened up. I got acquainted with some new foods and recipes. Chia seeds, chickpeas and doing your own snackbars. It can be a challenge to make some delicious meal if you don’t eat meat and are too lazy to deal with the fish. My granma made a potato salad without meat and it was delicious! Still prefer it without meat. I have to admit that my family and friends were quite okay with the whole not eating meat thing. We made it work!
I am sure that there are a lot of people who think being a vegan or vegetarian or pescatarian is bullsh*it. “People need meet, we are carnivores/omnivores whatever, your health will decline without meat and you won’t gain any muscle” and so on. You are entitled to your (stupid with no backup) opinion. And let’s not forget the “rabbit food” jokes. It’s as if people do not see past kale when hearing vegetarian or vegan or other. A moment of silence for people’s magical (zero) imagination.
I took a body health analysis or whatever you call it + some blood work. And hell no, I did not lack in anything. I was actually in the best shape I have ever been! And no, I have no problem in gaining muscles. Not that I need to, because my current workout routine is for making the body strong and toned. What about my skin though? Well, it didn’t do anything. It might be shocking, but really, zero effect. Not going to lie, I was disappointed.
What did I get out of that year? Consciousness. Although I now eat fluffy and feathery animals in addition to veggies and fish, I still am conscious what I put in my body. It’s like i think through everything I eat. I read labels and google nutrition value. Because of that I am avoiding ready meals and processed foods. All good!
I also do not eat meat products every day all day. It is not like that at all. When I crave that juicy fried liver, I make it and that’s that. I still prefer seafood over anything else. I still think about the environment.
Why did I go back to meat? How did it feel? Well, it felt as I was missing something. And at times it felt as extreme limiting of oneself. It’s not like I was craving meat every single day. It was more like two times in one year; that one time I wanted the liver and the other time I wanted prosciutto. I could have gone further than one year but I just felt that this is enough. Life’s too short to limit yourself. What that one year taught me was that meat should not be primary and coming first with every fu*king meal. No. Have meat once in awhile but not as a standard. In that way it is already better for your health, overall feeling, environment. Whatever these words mean to every one of you reading this. I think you get my point.
I didn’ like labeling then and I don’t like it now. Vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian, maybe some other fancy words.. in the end what matters is how you feel. I eat and work out and take care of my body without labels. Remember, we only have one body, so take really good care of it!
EDIT. A few months of trying to eat meat, it just doesn’t work. The taste and the feeling after eating meat is like.. so damn awful. At least right now I am walking past the meat sections and continuing the life without fluffy cute animals. Who knew that coming back to meat just won’t happen! Feels like brain rewired as ridiculous as it sounds.