So, why did I stick with seafood, you ask? Also a couple of reasons. First and foremost, my parents fish. A lot. My dad actually owned a store that sold fishing equipment and boats and motors, and every vacation we took involved fishing. Just like it didn’t feel right to continue eating chicken, it didn’t feel right to stop eating fish when it was such a big part of my life, especially when I knew that most of the fish I was eating was caught in a sustainable and ethical manner. When I order or purchase seafood, I make a real effort to find the more sustainable and ethical options (although I’m not about to say I’m perfect—I don’t consult my Monterey Bay Aquarium handbook before every purchase).
The second reason is that, because I’m so active , I know I need plenty of protein . I know it’s entirely possible to get everything I need from plants, beans, nuts, eggs and dairy. But, throwing fish into the mix makes it easier.
Now, with all these strong feelings, you might be wondering why I haven’t gone vegan . I have to admit I’ve given it some thought, but the thing is that being a pescatarian is pretty much effortless for me—it feels like I’m eating the way I should be eating. My husband, who is not a pescatarian, vegetarian or anything of the sort, has really adapted so that we now eat many of the same veg meals (sometimes with a quick addition of some chicken at the end for his dish), and some of those meals are actually vegan, but cutting out all animal products would make eating together really difficult, and shared meals is an important part of our relationship. I won’t sacrifice that.
Since this is already pretty much a novel, let me briefly mention that I don’t know if I will always eat this way. I’m big on listening to my body, and, if someday my body starts screaming, “Yo, gimme a steak!” then that’s what I’ll do. After I stuff myself with other forms of protein to make sure it’s not just a random craving, that is.
Are there any vegetarians or pescatarians out there? What made you decide to cut out meat? —Kristen