Life As a Pescatarian – Update 4

I became a Pescatarian this past February. I have been a meat eater all my life. I’m from the Caribbean (Haiti) and eating meat is a big part of my culture. I was never a big red meat/pork eater but chicken and turkey were my staples. One of the biggest reasons I stopped eating meat was because of my PCOS. I wanted to better manage my hormone levels and though I started buying organic meat, I felt like my body needed a bit more change. I also stopped eating meat/poultry because I started getting really bad indigestion when I would eat chicken and especially when I would eat turkey, depending on how it was cooked.

Four months later (even though it feels longer), I wanted to share the good and the bad of life as a Pescatarian.

THE GOOD
VARIETY
Being a Pescatarian has forced me to try new recipes and get out of my comfort zone with food and it’s been fun to try new things. Also, thank the restaurant gods that there are endless meatless option restaurants in NYC so eating out is not an issue at all for me.

EASY PEASY
It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was nervous that when I would be in certain social environments the temptation to eat meat would come but so far it hasn’t and I sometimes surprise myself.

I FEEL GOOD
I feel really good. I haven’t had any indigestion. I don’t feel full and bloated.

MORE VEGGIES PLEASE
Being a Pescatarian has forced me to eat more veggies.

 

THE BAD
MY FAMILY
I love them to death but my “Pescatarian” life drives them crazy, because they rarely have a seafood option for me at family functions, with the exception of my mom. P.S. Shout out to my mom for always making sure there are fish options for me :)

I COOK TWICE
I still have to cook meat for my hubby and daughter, then separately make something for me so it’s a bit more work but so worth it. When I make fish they will eat it but my daughter doesn’t always love my veggie based dishes.

 

Overall, I am so glad that I have made this decision. Who knows if ever I will eat meat again, but for now I’m enjoying life as a Pescatarian. I’m nervous about the summer and going to BBQ’s and picnics but I’m hoping it will not be too bad.

 

Are you a Pescatarian or vegetarian? What has your experience been like? Do you eat meat?