Ahhh! I have been a Pescetarian for one whole year now! I cannot believe it has been this long. This has been a big change in my life so I thought I’d share my journey with you and what it has been like the past year 🙂
So the question I get the most is “Why did you do it?”. Here is my story.
Last Spring Quarter I taught a Public Speaking class and one of my students chose to do her final speech on “Why you should eat less meat”. I loved how my student took the perspective of why you should less meat, rather than trying to persuade everyone to just cut it out. I think this worked really well for her. So while I helped her prep her speech I learned a lot about how meat affects the environment and what the animals go through. I was not aware of the impact meat had on our environment. So this sparked my interest. At the time I was also watching one of my favorite vloggers, Marissa Lace, document her journey of trying out being vegan. I felt it was the perfect opportunity to at least educate myself on what consuming meat meant. I didn’t think it was practical to just try this without being educated on it. So I began by watching the documentary, “Get Vegucated”. It’s on Netflix and I highly suggest watching it even if you have no interest in cutting out meat. I am a firm believer that everyone should at least be educated on it because it effects our world and our animals. I should have said this in the beginning, but I have no disrespect for people who choose to eat meat (I ate meat most of my life). I respect everyone’s decisions but I do think everyone should at least be educated on their choices. I wish I would have watched/learned about this topic when I was little, or at least younger than I did. So after watching the documentary, I was even more interested and motivated to continue my research and maybe even try it out. Around this time, Josh made the decision to take an internship in Boston for the entire summer. I thought this would be the perfect time for me to try out cutting out meat. As this is a big change in most peoples lives, I wanted to try out being Vegan, but found it easier to ease into this entire process. So I chose to go pescetarian. For those of you who might not know what pescetarian is, it is a person who does not eat meat but does eat seafood. So that is how I started this journey in my life.
When I made this decision, my family and boyfriend supported me completely. My dad and older sister were completely surprised and didn’t really seem to understand why I would ever try this out (they eat meat a lot). But it didn’t stop me. It took awhile for my family to remember I wasn’t eating meat and for us to find substitutions. There was a lot of, “Oh ya, I forgot you can’t eat this.” My boyfriend family eats meat with every meal, so it has been a big adjustment for when I go over there. It’s been kind of hard in that aspect. Thankfully, since it has been a year now, I don’t really have these problems anymore. Especially since Josh and I live together, we don’t buy meat. Josh doesn’t mind at all either, which is really nice. He hasn’t given meat up, but unless we go out, he typically does not consume meat. Which is awesome, because he is saving so many animal lives and helping the environment as well just by eating less meat. At the beginning, I thought it might be hard for him, but he doesn’t care if a meal has meat, as long as it’s good lol. So he is happy to give up meat, at least in our home. His support has been phenomenal. Now when we are choosing to go somewhere, he makes sure to look at the menu before hand to make sure there are meals I can order. He’s very thoughtful. <3
Before giving up meat, my main reason I thought I couldn’t do it was because it would be too hard. Too hard to make meals without meat. Too hard to find restaurants with vegetarian options or vegan options. Too expensive. You get the idea. Now that I have been a pescetarian for a year, I have realized this is the BIGGEST misconception and it’s so false. False false false. I was genuinely shocked to find out 1. It’s not hard, 2. 99% of places I go to eat have multiple options for me and 3. It’s cheaper! These things may be different for others, but for me I don’t think it’s as hard as I did before actually trying it. Now, I do know others will have different experiences, but these are mine. You can pretty much make any meal without meat, or just substitute it. In the beginning of my journey, I was obsessed with Boca burgers and the brand itself. I had never heard of it until I became pescetarian.
Some of my favorite meals/food now that I’ve tested out different recipe and brands:
- Black Bean Burgers from Costco
- Any pasta with shrimp
- Roasted veggies & potatoes
- Veggie fajitas
- Veggie pizzas
- Tofu Ban Mi
Some foods I was surprised to find out are not vegetarian:
- Gummy bears
- Parmesan Cheese
- A lot of soups
- Refried beans
So after a year of being pescetarian, I am happy with my decision. Do I miss meat? No. I truly believe my body and cravings changed after a few weeks of giving it up. I no longer crave or desire it. I also think ever since I gave it up I’ve lived a healthier life style. I am more aware of what goes into my body and how it makes me feel. I haven’t had any issues getting my protein (a lot of people think individuals cannot get any protein without meat).
Here is a list of meat-free foods that provide protein:
- Black beans
Here are a few recipes from my favorite food websites 🙂 Enjoy!
I’d love to hear your food journey, recipes, favorite blogs or thoughts in the comments below 🙂 Thanks for reading, xoxo.