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Pescetarian Diet

The Pescetarian Diet – No Laughing Matter

What does Mary Tyler Moore, Howard Stern and Rosie O’Donnell all have in common (in addition to being funny)? They are all followers of the Pescetarian Diet.

Howard Stern gave up meat and poultry because he didn’t want to contribute to the inhumane practices of raising animals for meat.

Conversely, Rosie O’Donnell took up the Pescetarian Diet after her doctor urged her to try a vegetarian diet following a heart attack.

Diet Basics

People who follow a Pescetarian Diet are essentially Vegetarians who also eat fish. Fish can be bred for food in a much more humane and sustainable ways than cattle and poultry. This makes it an attractive protein source for animal lovers.

Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3s, for this reason, they play an important role in lowering the risk of heart disease. In addition, it makes it an appealing protein source for health conscious people who don’t want to give up meat entirely.

Omega 3s are anti-inflammatories, which is why they are helpful in preventing heart disease as well as provide protection against cardiovascular disease; Omega 3s play a huge role in brain health.

Studies have shown that women who eat large amounts of fish during pregnancy have smarter babies. And interestingly, they also have a lower rate of post-partum depression. People who follow diets high in Omega 3s have a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

There is a common misconception that people who are Vegetarians or Pescetarians are limited in their food choices. However, if you look closely at restaurant menus and supermarket aisles, you will see that this is not the entirely accurate.

Being a Pescetarian challenges you to open up your mind and palette to new food choices. Similarly, it would be easy to modify other diets such as the Mediterranean Diet to include fish as your protein source. And in the same way, it would be no hardship to substitute fish for any other meat in the Okinawan Diet.

Be Adventurous

On the website, Liora Hess has written an article entitled 10 Ways to Become A Successful Pescetarian. She suggests “having an adventurous spirit” that will enable you to be excited about trying new and different foods.

You can write about your experiences in a journal, or, you could join a group of other Pescetarians with whom you can swap recipes and experiences.

Don’t forget that being a Pescetarian is also being a Vegetarian.

Grow your own vegetables in a garden patch or container, and be aware of what fruits and vegetables are in season locally.

Once you have the taste of fresh produce in your mouth, you will have a whole new appreciation for vegetables. They will become a flavorful mainstay in your diet.

Plan Your Meals

Janis Jibrin, RD wrote The Pescetarian Plan: The Vegetarian + Seafood Way to Lose Weight and Love Your Food. In the book, she lays out meal plans for different daily calorie levels.

Here you can mix and match meals from different days, so your choices are endless. Jibrin partnered with Sidra Forman to create easy, tasty recipes that you can prepare in your kitchen.

The Internet is a great source of Pescetarian recipes.

Once you are in the habit of making your own Pescetarian diet food, you will recognize the options you have when eating out or with friends.

You will find that following a Pescetarian Diet plan is a  delightful and surprisingly simple lifestyle choice.

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