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My First Holiday as a Pescatarian

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's been 8 months almost since I decided I needed to do something about my eating habits again. The first time I changed my eating habits it was for a more healthy lifestyle and to continue this habit for life. Well, I have been doing well with this lifestyle for almost 10 years now. I originally did this to lose weight and that goal was met, now I am doing this to help my digestive system and for some other personal reasons.

I started this new way of eating in baby steps. I actually wanted to become vegetarian but I found that because I was about to start marathon training, I needed all the protein I could get my hands on for recovery. So instead, I became a pescatarian so I could at least have seafood every now and then. So far I have been quite successful. The next obstacle I was going to have changing to this new eating lifestyle was the constant ridicule from people who don't understand change for the good. Not that I think eating meat is bad for some, but for me personally, it is.

This brings me to my first holiday as a Pescatarian. We were going to celebrate Thanksgiving, just the two of us and have halibut, but it turns out we had some friends who invited us over for the holiday. At first, I was quite hesitant because I did not want to have to explain to anyone that I would not be eating the meats that would be served, but then I thought about it and well, I said, heck, there are so many other things I can eat besides the meat. These friends of ours I knew would not have a problem, unlike some family members who always seem to have a problem or make lude comments with any changes for the good I've made in my life. In fact, these friends were so accepting, they asked me to fix 4 of the side dishes. OMG, I was so excited! So much so, I pulled out some of my vegan recipes and decided what I was going to fix.

The main course for the meal was beef tenderloin...I know....weird for a Thanksgiving, I thought that too, but oh well. I was asked to fix mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, roasted veggies and the cranberry sauce. Woohoo, I thought, I've got a few great vegan recipes I can fix. I ended up making, Garlic Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes w/Spinach (recipe from, what made these vegan, instead of adding milk, I added almond milk. Next, I made a different take on sweet potatoes, "This Ain't Your Grandma's Sweet Potato Casserole" (recipe by Third, I made the cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar (recipe by Eat, Drink & Be Vegan). And lastly, I made a SP recipe, Chef Meg's Roasted Veggies and added my own take on it. I decided to add a veggie that our friends love to eat but my DH does not so this was my chance to make it for us. emoticon I have to admit, this is the first holiday where I had to make this many sides and the first time I'd made any of these recipes, so I was a bit scared. Well, all 4 items were a hit and the only negative comment I received was that there wasn't enough salt. You know, if that's the worst criticism out of this, I'm good with it cause too much sodium's not good for you anyway. emoticon

Our Thanksgiving meal turned out amazing with all of the other good stuff that was made. So I have to say, this being my first holiday as a Pescatarian was quite enjoyable.

Hope you all had an amazing holiday!
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  • KMIRANDA2000
    Just learned the word "pescatarian" this morning and am thinking of giving it a shot. Your recipes sound fantastic!
    2724 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    Thanks for the links to the recipes...I'm def. going to try some of them. And...great job at accepting the invite and making it work for you! Life is all about finding that right balance that works for us right?! You did great!
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  • DS9KIE
    emoticon You did great
    2757 days ago
    AWESOME blog!! I too had my first Thanksgiving without meat. I decided about a month ago to go vegetarian (lacto/ovo/pesco) and I have been amazed at how easy it has been to fix great tasting meals. There are so many new products and substitutions you can make. The best part is how I FEEL...that's what makes it worth while. Don't you just love her website (ohsheglows).

    Thanks for sharing and CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    2764 days ago
    Congratulations on making it through your first holiday as a pescatarian!
    2765 days ago
    That's great you got to made so many sides, and ones you enjoyed! I started reading your blog over an hour ago but then went to the ohsheglows website and couldn't stop reading all the yummy recipes.. I am definitely going to make some of them. Thanks for sharing!
    2765 days ago
    Those sides sound great! The first holiday is usually the hardest, especially when there are guests, but you nailed it. Way to go!
    2765 days ago
    Those recipies sound delish! You must feel very empowered staying true to your new lifestyle and not having to compromise because of pressure from others. Inspiring blog!
    2765 days ago
    Sounds like a great holiday. Great job finding a good fit to your diet and the holiday.
    2765 days ago
    Those all sound delicious! Glad to hear you had such a lovely holiday with friends!
    2766 days ago
    Sunds like you made the adjustments to make your eating changes positive. Good job!
    2766 days ago
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