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I was a pescatarian for roughly 15-20 years, after which I became a vegetarian for about five years, during which time I was a vegan for one of those years.

I just switched back to being a pescatarian again. My reason for being a pescatarian is simple. Due to substantial blood lose from a digestive disease, I have been B12 and iron deficient for almost 10 years now. A vegetarian diet with supplements has not made up for the lose of B12 and iron from my system. So I have decided to eat fish again.

In comparison with other animals, I don't have as much issue with eating fish. After all, fish eat fish. In fact, I have less issue with eating fish than I do with consuming dairy from cows that could have been mistreated or eating eggs from mistreated chickens.


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8/14/14 11:21 P

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I've always been weird about meat. My dad is an outdoorsman. Growing up we regularly had fresh game, seafood and home grown and slaughtered hog on our table. But to get to the table it had to be hung on a tree, or flop around in a boat gasping, or scampering around the kitchen floor before being scooped into a boiling pot of water, or parted out in bowls in the fridge and freezer. I also started cooking meals for my family at a very young age which required handling meat often. Not the best environment to love eating meat, but a good environment for understanding where it comes from and the sacrifice/respect aspects of eating meat.

I've tried just about every kind of game you can imagine. But trying isn't liking.

Meat fat is gross. The veins and sinews are gross. The bones remind me that an animal is dead. The fleshy feel in my mouth feels like cannibalism. When I did put meat on my plate it was subject to a lengthy dissection before any entered my mouth.

I've tried my whole life to tolerate meat. As a life-long Flexitarian, I've eaten flesh or seafood 2 or 3 times a week except during a yearly period of complete abstinence. For some reason 1-3 months out of the year I can't tolerate any meat at all. Had to give up all red meat 5 years ago since I stopped being able to digest it. Literally in the bathroom all the next day after red meat.

But this year I really put the meat question under a microscope and decided that I would give up. I don't like it, why am I eating it? I must just being social or conventional. I don't really know what took this long to just say no more.

It makes it a little trickier cooking for the family but we're working around it. They like their meat 2 or 3 times a week still. I do buy humanely raised, clean meats for them. I buy sustainable seafood for me. And lots of extra veggies.

I'm almost 3 months meat-free, except a taste of chicken curry 2 months ago, and I don't miss it at all. It is very tricky eating well on vacation but I've done two of them now and managed through them without any major problems. :)


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6/19/14 7:22 P

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I am returning to Spark, only this time as a pescatarian. After emergency gall bladder surgery 2 years ago, my doctor put me on a recovery diet that didn't include meat but did include fish. I lost weight (30 pounds) and felt better than I had in a long time. Six months later, I landed a teaching job 7 hours away from my husband and adult children (jobs were hard to get in our area). With my husband's blessing, I took the job and moved away; we just celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary in June. Living on my own, I am able to eat and prepare whatever I want. I choose to eliminate the meat but stick with the fish. I do have to be careful of fried foods but that okay, baked fish is my favorite. I'm looking for a group that I can relate to who won't question my choices. My family is supportive and my meat and potatoes loving husband even likes the meatless meals I make when he visits. I'm just glad there is a group here I can relate to.

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2/22/14 10:53 A

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Hello everyone I just joined the team . I have a daughter who is vegan for a few months and one who has been vegetarian for several years. They have shown me videos about the treatment of agricultural animals and I do find it disturbing for a number of reasons. I am also a believer in having high good fats and low saturated. So I hope to move toward a rosedale type of diet focusing on nuts and fish as protein sources and cutting out red meats for a while maybe perminantly Because of my diabetes I need to limit grains and starchy vegetables . I think this will work for me.

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I have been primarily eating this way, simply because I like it so much more, plus the health benefits are awesome.

I am not opposed to eating meat or poultry, but I just feel so bad for the animals I can't enjoy it as much and I am a farm girl from Iowa. Crazy.


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Hello

Shortly after my now 11 yo son was born I went to a series of specialists, who ran so many tests I have no idea how I had any blood left by the end, and what was the final suggestion/solution to my chronic illnesses and the fact I could (at the time) barely keep anything down? "Try a Pescatarian diet. You are not breaking down and using the protein from animal sources and it's making you sick." So, I did the cleaning diet they recommended and stopped eating all meat, save fish/seafood. Most of the sickness issues went away and never returned!

I eat vegetarian nearly all of the time, though, and usually only choose fish for a few meals each week. Out of all my meals and snacks, probably 70-85% are vegetarian. If I get anything with red mean or fowl in it though, I'm sick as a dog, and it's really hard to eat ith family when they not only don't approve, but try to undermine. When I stayed with my mother for a while to help out when my dad was dying, she kept doing things like cross contaminating by using the same serving/stiring spoons or once even said to 'just pick out the meat."

So happy to find others that eat like me!
(Oh, and my kids at home all eat the same way, lol, and the Dr is ecstatic with their health)



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In NOvember of 2007, my chiropractor suggested I give up meat/poultry because I was having a lot of health issues. I have not eaten it since.
I do eat seafood and dairy. I do not miss the meat at all. I did discover that when eating out, I have to ask if food is meat free - like soups, many are made with beef or chicken broth, even if they appear to be vegetarian. Before I began asking, I got some vegetable soup when dining out and was sick all night. WHen I called the next day, it had been made with chicken stock.
I do not have an issue with animals, as I still cook meat.poultry for my family.

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Sorry i haven't went thru the fourm and read all the comments on it yet, i plan to after i put in my hello. I just rejoined spark people today, i had been a member years ago, and couldn't remember my password. Today is my first day of attempting a pescatarian life style. So far today i've eaten rice cakes, a super crazy salad that consisted of leafy greens, radishes, mushrooms, cucumber, carrots, poppy and sesame seeds, jalepano sauce, red wine vinager and ginger. Then i had a baked salmon patty over a bed of greens. So far so good. I live in a house hold of 7 and my sister in law and i take turns cooking meals, so i am very worried about having options for myself, and what to do when its my night to cook. My sister in law is also trying to lose weight, but she's going for more of a calorie counting plan. What are some things you like to add to your food to make sure you get all the right nutrients? I'm new to a more clean eating approach and would love all the tips i could get!! now i'll go actually read the fourm! Lol. OH one more question. I am attempting this because my dr is afraid i have fatty liver, and she wants me to lose weight, and i know cutting out red meat is almost essential when you have fatty liver. Will becoming pescatarian also help with weight loss? Especially since i plan on cutting out wheat as well in the next few days.

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8/5/12 2:19 P

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Over the past five years, I've been pescatarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, and even (for 6 months) vegan. But pescatarian is the level I'm at now, and I think it's probably where I'm going to stay.

I love fish, and I don't have as much of an ethical issue with eating it as I do with eating land animals, due to the conditions under which most of them are raised. I also like my fish for the occasional protein boost, and the fact that almost all restaurants offer a seafood option, while many don't have anything vegetarian.

I do eat vegetarian nearly all of the time, though, and usually only choose fish for a few meals each week. Out of all my meals and snacks, probably 80-90% are vegetarian.

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7/9/12 1:30 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Ashley and I am 21 years old. I just joined Spark and today is my first day of pescatarianism. Does anyone have any pointers? I am doing this for health purposes. I appreciate that it does benefit the environment, also.

I have tried soy hot dogs & have purchases extra firm tofu, veggie cheese, meatless chicken patties, etc. However, I have no idea what to do with the tofu! I've never had it.

I would love some advice and support. I have told my family and boyfriend, they all seem very supportive. However, I do not want to inconvenience them. So how do you all accomodate your lifestyle when in group settings (holidays, vacations, etc.)?

Thanks everyone! :)

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I had the same problem!!! But then I found the easiest method, and if you like dipping sauces, this is such a go-to meal, it's ridiculous. Seriously, so easy, I can't wait for you to try it:

First, when you get tofu, get extra firm. It's easiest to work with when you're just starting out.
When you get home from the market, toss your tofu in the freezer. This is not a requirement, I just prefer it being frozen and then thawed out because it has a firmer, chewier texture. With the extra firm Nasoya brand, it really doesn't matter. Just my habit of storage.
ANYWAY. If you've frozen it, let it sit in the sink a few hours to thaw, and remove it from the package. Use you hands to gently squeeze out a good bit of the water. Rotate it this way and that, squeezing, trying not to break it. Once you've gotten out enough water that its not dripping and is like a moist sponge, slice it into 5 or 6 little rectangles, however you like. Experiment! Then saute each slice in a bit of olive oil over medium to medium-high heat until all sides are browned. The remaining water will come out as it cooks.
Take it out of pan, place on plates, dip in BBQ, White wine dijon (my favorite), or whatever your little heart desires! I always serve this with a hearty portion of veggies. My boyfriend and I usually split a block.

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You might not be getting enough iron or protein in your diet. Maybe you could try taking a supplement or eating more green leafy veggies (spinach is my favorite) or other types of foods that have iron/protein in them.

Also, if you have to eat meat, I would go for either turkey or chicken. Studies show that red meat may cause cancer and heart disease.

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Last fall our family decided to give vegetarianism a try. We started out well with a wide variety of vegetables and eventually we added fish.

That was enough to get us through the holidays, etc but by this spring we had this HUNGER for MEAT! I mean, it is like we have never had meat...this is like a voracious hunger. Our son joined Sam's Club and they have these packs (PACKS mind you) of 90% lean ground beef. We bought one...about 8 pounds or so and by the time the week was out, so was the ground beef.

What can we do to curtail our own HUNGER for meat?? HURRY please...our dog and cats are eyeing us suspiciously...LOL :)

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Hi Team, I am so glad that I found this team and I, as of February 23 am new to being a Pescetarian. I have really never ate a lot of meat and have always loved fish and shrimp. I have been reading a lot about how not health other meats for you and have decided that Pescetarianism lifestyle for me. And of course the animals. Really happy to be part of this team.

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I found for myself that when I felt like I couldn't get full, it was because I wasn't being careful to get enough protein in my diet, a common problem for those of us who don't eat meat. So, I've been using protein powder in a lot of foods - the almond milk for my cereal, in my yogurt, in smoothies, in my post-workout drink. In addition, if I have fruit, I make sure to have a little square of low fat cheese or a half ounce of almonds so that I'm having protein with the fruit. This seems to work for me.

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Hello! Glad to see you here!

Unfortunately many yummy treats fit nicely into a pescatarian/vegetarian/vegan diet. So there are still issues, but I do notice my stomach never feels as overfull as it did when I ate red meat. So that's a nifty perk!

I've also had great success recently by swapping out some of my meals with green smoothies. Ups the nutrition and leaves me too full for some of the junk I was still eating.

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i have been pescatarian for a little over 3 yrs. i originally did it for health reasons. both my parents have heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. i wanted to break that cycle and get healthy.

my husband who is the main cook of the family started doing research so that he could make some additional meals for me to prevent me from having to cook myself something separate each night. once he started researching we began to get info on animal rights and factory farming. after that, it became about both animal rights and health.

my husband joined me after a year and we are both pescatarian. we usually have fish about 3 times a month, sometimes more, sometimes less.

instead of the meatless mondays and the tofurky tuesdays i follow vegan mondays and vegetarian tuesdays and i wing it after that.

i have noticed that since becoming pescetarian i have struggled more with my weight. i am hoping to become a little more consitent with my healthy food choices and get this final 30#'s off.

i absolutely love spark people and am grateful you are all here!

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My name is Meg. I've been a Pescatarian for about 9 months now (actually, I started out Vegan for the first 3 months to cleanse). I'm still very happy with the decision, but find it difficult sometimes when dieting. In the past, I've relied heavily on chicken as a lean protein, so I'm very much looking forward to some new meals. Even though I eat fish, I still like to keep it to only a couple of times each week. Well anyways, thanks for the team, I'm looking forward to being a member!

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Welcome! Often people do feel better after giving up red meat as it tends to be hard to digest, so there's hope! And good luck!

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Hi, I have been Sparking since april 2010 and seem to be at a stand still in my weight loss. I have had lots of digestion problems, Gallbladder , Lactose, and been thinking of going vegetarian hoping to feel better and restart my weight loss progress .
I Just love my veggie egg white omelettes for breakfast and don't want to give them up . The fact that I can have fish in my diet will make it easier for me to get iin all the protein that I need.
Hopefully this change in lifestyle will give me the added boost in energy and help me pin point the food allergy that has been plagueing me for a while now.

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Hello there! I became vegetarian almost 3 years ago, because my son became one the year before and said he felt so much better and didnt feel sick to his stomach from eating meat. I always had a "problem" when I ate red meat, so I had already given that up years before. I like the way I feel now. I dont have that "bloated" or "full" feeling as I did when I ate meat. And I also feel like I have more energy. As I was approaching the big 50 I decided to try to eat even better by getting more nutrients in my body. I dont like the taste of fish oil in vitamin form, so just this past month I have gradually added fish. I have been trying it about 1 time a week to get my body use to it again. So far so good.!!!

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Hi! I didn't give up land-based critters for moral reasons either, but I do like that 'side effect' to eating this way!

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Hi Everyone! I'm a pescatarian/flexitarian, whatever you would like to call me LOL. I admittedly did not start being a pesca for moral reasons; rather I was feeling very lethargic when I would eat beef, chicken and pork. One day I was eating a chicken breast and the fleshiness and "grainy"ness just freaked me out. So I cut all meat out since October 2010 and I feel absolutely amazing. Man, those Omega-3s are amazing and give you lasting energy. I'm looking forward to sharing and receiving recipes so I don't get bored :) So happy to be here!

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hello everyone! i'm 23, from new york and i've been a pesca for 4 years now. i started for moral reasons- i'm against animal cruelty and feel responsible for my own ecological footprint... wish i could be more veg but seafood's a strong part of my culture and i can't deny myself of that. sort of getting tired of being criticized by both meat-enthusiasts and hardcore vegans, so it's really nice to see there are other people like me out there. :)


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emoticon Hi! Nice to see you here! I live in Indiana -- land locked state -- so I envy you all that fresh seafood! Although these days we get good stuff even here.

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Hi there!
Wow i never actually have heard of this way of eating being called "Pescatarian" before, as for the last 13 or so years I've referred to myself as a "Semi-Vegetarian"...Well just goes to show you DO learn something new every day!!! Awesome!!..

I love this lifestyle, and although i had slipped up in the last few years (eating red meat a few times per moth) I've not eaten any red meat since mid December 2010, SO I'm well & truly back on track!!!..

For me (apart from the senseless slaughter) i just don't handle red meats very well. Its not only the texture that gets me, its the stomach cramps and 'other' things that follow after i eat it, that make it soooo not worth it..

Anyway, this looks like a Fantastic team!
Keep up the Good work everyone!!..

***Oh and i should really mention i am from New Zealand, so we have lots of Fresh seafood.. I love Blue Cod, Orange Roughy, Trout(rainbow & brown), Hoki & Snapper to name a few.. I also get Mussels, Paua, Oysters, Shrimp & Crab regularly...YUMM!!!

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emoticon Nice to see you here!

As to the easing into it, I may have done that informally for a time -- eating less and less meat/poultry before saying no more. However, my memory says I didn't, that I just quit.

I read "Skinny B*tch" and while it did not convince me to go vegan it did make the idea of one more bite of meat, poultry, non-organic dairy/eggs so gross I simply stopped.

However, I think pescatarianism is a natural easing into it. When you want meat, you have fish or shellfish, so it's far less jarring. For many eating this way is part of a further non-animal diet journey, for others it's the destination. Either way, it's very helpful in making decisions about what should come next.

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Hello everyone, my name is Susie and I am in my first week of the pescatarian lifestyle. I am 47YO and I suffer from chronic aches and pains and no reason why I have them. I gave up red meat about a year ago and realized that I started feeling much better. Then I went off the wagon and started back eating meat and now the aches and pains are back. This time around I have decided to also take poultry out of my diet. I am reading "The Idiot's Guide to Being a Vegetarian" and they talk about a 12 week system of eliminating meat and dairy where you duit one thing at a time. I wonder if any one of you have done the gradual system of eliminating. The book says that its less of a shock to your lifestyle doing it this way as opposed to just going cold turkey and stopping everything at once.

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Hi Everyone!I'm 28 from Australia and I'm New to the group and have only been on SP for just over a week, I typed in pescatarian just on the off chance there would be a group, Lets just say i was very happily suprised!! I did not expect to find one, especially with so many Members!!
I Have been Pescatarian for a little over 12 months but it's my second time round..... I first became Pescatarian at age 14 but became very sick after a couple of years of noy quite getting the nutrients and vitamins.
Being young and not alot of info at hand i was forced back into "meat eating" never ate much of it and have never enjoyed it. Now at 28 and with alot more info at hand to make better choices i'm so much happier being a Pescatarian.
But i Do feel rather isolated at times with support, and choice when eating at friends ir restraunts with not so appatizing choices!! Any one else have thease troubles and or tips?
Nice to meet you all :)

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Thank you!

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There are numerous books out there on vegetarianism and websites. I'd start at vegetariantimes.com

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Hello! My name is Amber. I'm what I'd like to call an aspiring vegetarian ;-) I've completely cut out land base animals in the last month. I have no idea how to be a vegetarian though! I'm still learning how to replace meat with the right non-meat choices. My boyfriend talked me into keeping fish until I'm fully learned on how to get the right nutrients, hence discovering pescatarians. I come from a family of carnivores who are absolutely non supportive of this decision (thank goodness for the awesome bf!). Can any body point me in the right direction to educate myself on vegetarian lifestyle?

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11/14/10 9:15 A

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I am glad I found this group. Like most other posts I made a personal choice to give up meat- (health and cruelty issues)- but could not quite let go of fish. I dont eat seafood everyday but like to have the option. Hope to get some support from the group. Lets get moving gang!!!!

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11/7/10 11:13 A

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Yeah, sometimes we have to make dietary decisions for less than pleasant reasons. Glad to see you here!

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11/7/10 10:06 A

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Hello all glad I found the team...Me and my partner had originally decided to become vegetarians for health reasons but then opted to add fish and seafood to our diets (not knowing that there was actually a name for it)so that like many of you would have more food options. I had gall bladder surgery a year ago and ever since then when I eat meat it tends to do nasty smelly things to my belly so all in all that was my motivation (Sorry TMI) :)

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10/13/10 4:57 P

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Welcome! I do drink milk, but when I go for a substitute I really like almond milk!

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10/13/10 2:28 P

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Hello all you fishcatarians...teehee! My name is Grace and I became a full fledged pescatarian/vegetarian, going on 5 months ago and it finally feels fantastic to tell someone, "I don't eat meat"! Woohoo! I made the decision to do this after testing my digestive system for a little over a week. I noticed when I ate red meat I had horrible issues with my digestive system, however, when I did not eat meat and only ate fresh veggies, fresh fruits and some seafood, no issues at all. I am still struggling with dairy, I have horrible issues with dairy and am lactose intolerant but for some reason I can't let go of parmesan or feta cheese. I do not drink milk, almond or hemp milk instead and I only eat coconut milk based yogurts. I also eat eggs. For the most part, I try to eat everything organic.

Eventually, I will become full fledge vegetarian but it's going to be hard as like all of you, I love seafood!

I'm excited to join this team and look forward to talking with all of you now and then.



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10/12/10 7:02 P

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Mmmm, I love sushi!

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10/12/10 4:34 P

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I wanted to go full blown vegetarian, but I have never been able to give up fish, it's just too yummy! I pretty much think that sushi is the main reason to blame!

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9/12/10 1:06 P

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I think another reason it has seen a huge upsurge in the number of people going pescatarian is that not only are people more aware of the problems with a heavy meat diet, but good seafood is easy to get no matter where you live.

When I was a kid, it was fish sticks or forget it. You just couldn't get anything worth eating.

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9/12/10 12:27 P

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I think there is a main reason Pescatarian exists as a category and I don't think anyone's mentioned it. I was a vegetarian for 5 years when my grown kids were little. One of the things literature said was that if you have a hard time going completely vegetarian, EAT LOW ON THE FOOD CHAIN- fish & seafood. Basically there would be a human diet hierarchy of Carnivore - Pescatarian - Vegetarian - Vegan - Raw Food Vegan - Fruitarian .... and maybe a level or two other than that.

I simply don't want to give up seafood. I love it that much. I eat it daily and it is my primary protein source. I would like to go Vegan but don't think I will ever be able to do so.

I have multiple food intolerances and allergies so I have a lot of things cut out of my diet already.









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8/28/10 9:16 P

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Yes, eating in Indiana makes vegetarianism pretty difficult when not cooking for myself. We have just about every sort of restaurant you can name EXCEPT a vegetarian one.

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8/28/10 12:47 P

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I started eating fish almost 2 years ago after being vegetarian for 14 years. I had anemia and omega oils deficiency. I'm not willing to eat meat again, but decided to eat fish. It certainly makes it easier to get more protein for less calories than on a vegetarian diet. It's also made eating out easier. I would have had a hard time in Europe last year as a vegetarian.

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8/19/10 3:28 P

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Hi Erica! Your reasons for sticking with the fish vs pure vegetarianism pretty much mirror my own!

It just makes life easier on so many fronts!

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8/18/10 8:41 P

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hi all! My name is Erica and I've been eating a pescatarian diet for only a couple of weeks, but i love it! I come from a family of hunter/fishermen so sparks is my source of support, recipes, etc. like most people here i eat fish mainly b/c it makes going out to eat much easier, as well as the protein factor. My hope is to eventually get my fiance and son to have the same diet/beliefs as me....wish me luck in that! lol

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8/18/10 3:50 P

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Welcome, Crystal! Nice to have you here! And how great changing your diet has helped you with several issues!

Be sure to check out our Ingredient of the Week thread for Swiss chard and What Ingredient Next to nominate what you'd like to see for next week!

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8/17/10 10:34 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Crystal and I've been a Pescatarian for about 4 months now. I made the decision based on my own personal health issue. I have struggled with Endometriosis for 3 years and after doing some research, I found out that many women experienced relief from their symptoms by limiting consumption of animal products. I do not eat meat, dairy or eggs, but I do occasionally eat fish and seafood to allow for more protein options in my diet. It also makes eating with family or at a restaurant much easier!

I feel so much better since the switch, and I've discovered many Vegan and Vegetarian options that I love.

I'm also a huge cheerleader for organic living and I tell everyone I know to read Skinny B*tch. It changed my life!

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8/12/10 6:11 P

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Skinny Bitch did it for me, too. I just couldn't go vegan or even strict vegetarian, but I got rid of the land-based animals and only use organic dairy and eggs.

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8/12/10 5:49 P

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I choose to not eat meat anymore when I realized I was 170 pounds. I looked at a picture and had to do something about it! So, then I went on a detox for a week not including meat, and read the Skinny Bitch book. I haven't eaten meat since then :) love it!!

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8/12/10 5:35 P

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Glad to see you here! So why did you chose a Pescatarian plan?

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8/12/10 5:06 P

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Hey there! I have been a pescatarian now for over 2 years. I started doing sparkpeople 2 years ago I lost just over 30 pounds due to sparkpeople. Absolutely Love the site!! It all worked out great for me. Then I stopped. I don't remember why whether it was too time consuming or what, but either way I need to get back on track. I need some motivation. So, I thought I'd give this a try again!

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7/31/10 9:05 P

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Thanks!

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7/26/10 9:41 A

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Welcome! It's nice to have someone with your experience on board!

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7/24/10 6:36 P

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Hi. I've been a fish eating vegetarian for 17 and 1/2 years. I look forward to getting and sharing ideas as well as advice as much as I can be helpful.

Although I eat fish, I don't eat any shellfish, bottom dwellers or shark etc because I keep kosher.
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6/20/10 11:11 P

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Welcome!

Yes, Food, Inc. is quite unsettling. One of my students used it as a required non-Internet source for a project.

Protein intake really isn't a concern with a pescatarian diet since fish/shellfish has every bit as much protein as a landbased animal. If you're like me, you have tons of cookbooks on the shelf with fish recipe sections in them that you probably never paid much attention to. So that's a great place to start.

Also, for vegetarian lunches, I can recommend Amy's frozen line. Organic, meatfree (some gluten free) and generally quite tasty.

Callie
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6/19/10 11:11 P

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I admit, I am not a pescatarian, but my daughter is. Her 8th grade Science teacher showed a video (probably Food Inc.) and she swore off meat due to the cruelty factor. I've joined this group because it seems to be fairly active and I really want to learn how to support my daughter in her decision -- even though there are three other people in the family who are omnivores. I want to learn more about the Pescatarian diet and how to ensure she gets proper nutrition. She still eats eggs and cheese -- just no land animal meat. Her favorite thing to eat for lunch is tuna salad made with cottage cheese, a small amount of mayonnaise, pickle relish and mustard. The amount of protein in that is crazy!
Tonight we had Ahi Tuna steak and my carnivorous son loved it.

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6/14/10 6:37 P

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This is a fantastic team. Super glad I joined. I have only been off mammals for about a month now. But I am loving it. I quit eating land animals 1)I cant stand how they are raised. It is disgusting. 2)I would not eat or digest in any way the hormones and other crazy stuff that is given to the animals while they are living. 3) I will not take into my body the things that they are pumping the meet with in order to make a buck. Fillers, salts, and I just recently found out that many places are now using carbon monoxide to keep color in meat. SO does that mean that meat could be going bad but we wouldnt know it because it hasnt turned the spoiled color?
I couldnt cut out fish and shell fish, this would have made my life a bit too difficult especially since I am the cook for my family. They seem to be liking the change. Though they still eat meat it is very limited.

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6/3/10 6:28 P

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Hi Sasha! Glad to see you here!

As to the cheese, my philosophy is that the best way to drive yourself nuts with a food is to make it forbidden. I do that and the binge is guaranteed. Give yourself permission to have the cheese, and it'll moderate itself out. That's what I did with ice cream.

Now instead of eating almost an entire 1/2 gallon once a month, I eat it spread out over a month. Better for me and for my aching stomach!

Callie
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6/3/10 6:00 P

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Hey all!

Ive been vegetarian for about a year now and just recently started re-incorporating fish into my diet as of a few weeks ago. so far so good! now i don't feel stressed about going out to dinner!! my reasons were health related but also largely the maltreatment of animals. I also debated going vegan for the above reasons but I feel it would be too restricting. unfortunately, cheese is a weakness of mine so i may have to just cut cheese out n stick with egg whites n milk, fish n soyprotein.



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6/2/10 7:25 P

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Hi, Melissa! Welcome and I hope to learn new things from you, too!

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Hi! My name is Melissa, and I have been a pescatarian for almost 3 years. It was a natural progression, and I hope to learn new things to experiment with through this team!!

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5/28/10 8:21 P

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well, i've been a pescatarian for just about a year and have had little issue with the transition besides the fact that distant family and friends don't understand my decision (or terminology).
After studying ecology for several years, i decided that it wasn't natural or practical to continue being a meat eater. The processing of the meat industry or meat eating is very wasteful and inefficient. However, I went for fish for an easily accessible protein source that knew more about and was about to most nitpicky with (in terms of choosing the fish i ate... native, farm-raised or wild...)

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5/24/10 5:47 P

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Welcome to our new members and my apologies for being absent.

I've had a cold from you know where, and I've not had the energy to do much for the past week.

I went pescatarian for health reasons, but the mistreatment of animals and environmental issues swiftly became as important. I do believe you can get around a lot of the mistreatment issues by choosing organic meats (and I go that route for eggs and dairy) so that's an option for the remaining meat eaters in the family.

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5/19/10 9:03 P

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I've been a pescatarian for almost two years now. Previous to my choice, I hardly ever ate red meat, rarely pork, and weekly I ate poultry. I made the decision one day to not eat anything that resembled my beloved dogs (Dobermans) in meat structure - which excluded all meat animals found on land. I have never agreed with the way that commercial meat factories treat their animals, and this is another way I show my support.

I have only been "tricked" by family members twice, who substituted cream of mushroom with cream of chicken. It wasn't intentional to "get me" - they just didn't think of it.

I have a daughter, who's five, and a happy meat eater. She's aware of what eating meat means (killing animals) and choses yet to eat meat. As I feel it's an optional ethical decision, I go along with her. She does love fish, eggs, beans, and soy products too - so it in no way hinders our dinners :)

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5/16/10 8:22 A

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Hi, everyone.

I'm a recent pescatarian. A co-worker mentioned that he enjoyed his pescatarian lifestyle. Although philosophically I would love to go vegan, it's not realistic for me. I've stopped eating meat more times than I care to count, but I always craved meat and relented.

On a whim, I decided to see if I could go a week without eating beef, lamb, chicken, pig or goat. I did, and it was fine. I went another week and another.

It's been almost 2 months, and I've eaten meat only once--forgot Wendy's chili has meat. My family has been supportive, if somewhat confused by my choice. It's been easier, because I'm changing how I eat without trying to make them change their eating habits.

Look forward to getting more cooking tips.

Take care.

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5/8/10 10:50 A

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Thanks callie great advice!!!!

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!!


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Yep, Inner Brat is far too strong to overpower. Instead I'm trying to learn to work with for mutual benefits.

One other thing, if you find yourself craving meat, perhaps it is your body saying PROTEIN! Monitor how much you are getting and the quality of it to make certain that's not the problem. When we don't muck things up with emotional and overeating, our bodies are really quite smart.

Callie
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Great advice! I personally don't restrict anything, that way I don't rebel as often!

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Just remember that Alicia Silverstone admits right there in the book that she lapses from time to time. We humans just aren't good at absolutes!

I find that when I taste meat now that it just doesn't taste that good. There's a bitterness to it that I dislike. So I don't really want it much.

Bottom line, I think it's far more important to listen to your body and eat what it says to eat or things get binge-oriented. But when that happens make conscious choices about how you are going to lapse.

Eat organic meat so you aren't getting a lot of crud along with the meat and you can be reasonably certain the animal wasn't abused in life (because if it was, it would have needed the chemical crap).

Eat it slowly. TASTE it. You might discover it doesn't taste good. But if you do like it, enjoy it! Savor it and stop eating when you feel full. That'll keep you from overeating and making yourself feel sick. Then decide what you want to do for the next meal. Just don't panic or get upset.

Life's a journey -- hopefully a long one -- and we learn as we go. And I'd say it's pretty safe to assume that most of the folks who found Spark People have gotten to caught up in the beating themselves up for food choices instead of looking at them and learning from them.

So I consider myself a work in progress -- right now more emphasis on the work than the progress -- but I've learned one thing -- in 50 years of eating, getting upset about what I did or did not eat never did me one bit of good. So I gave that up. After that, we'll see.

Edited by: CALLIOPEDAK at: 5/7/2010 (21:35)
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Thank you. I became a pescatariannafter readingn the kind diet. It validated what was already thinking and gave me new reasons to start a new food plan. 1. Meat is not good for body. It takes several days for meat to digest and your body is 98.6 degrees! 2. Meat is not good for environment. 3. I don't want to eat animals (animal rights)

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!!


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Everyone lapses from time to time. On purpose. And we all lapse more often than we probably care to know by not knowing what's in the dish we ordered at a restaurant.

Why did you become a pescatarian in the first place?

Callie
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