Pescetarian and Weight Loss: How the Fish and Veggie Diet Changed My Life

When was the first time you tasted meat?

Obviously, it’s one of those questions even our parents would have a hard time answering. So, let’s rephrase it: When was the first time you realized you’re enjoying one of nature’s most succulent gifts?

The smell of meat succumbing to the heat as the spices caramelizes to give you that sensation none but a pork chop, a fried chicken, or a steak could give.

My first introduction to the world of carnivores dates back more than two decades ago. Dad was a pork lover while mom’s a champion of chicken recipes. Naturally, their offspring will share the trait. It was until sickness came that the meat caravan came to a halt. With 4 of my relatives succumbing to cancer (3 breasts, 1 colon) and a clinically proven ‘fact’ that my father’s side is a cancer gene carrier, things are starting to go green in our household.

I didn’t abide with it, of course. For one thing, I despise leafy green vegetables. For another, I just couldn’t find the joy in plants (I’m not a Rabbit!). There’s simply no comparison to my mom’s Pork Adobo! Today, I could hardly swallow the sight of it.

What really drove me to the greener side is my fitness pursuits. A young adult’s world is littered with opportunities, financial possibilities, and lots of flirting. An unfit 20+ single guy will hardly finish first in these races.

While I considered meat as the enemy (see 15 reasons why), I know I will eventually fail should I go 100% vegan. I regularly go to the gym, join marathons, and swim. To fuel these activities means I need to have a national reserve of protein. I searched for answers and God (or Google rather) gave me Pescetarian.

From Wikipedia:

Pescetarianism is the practice of a diet that includes seafood but not the flesh of other animals. A pescetarian diet shares many of its components with a vegetarian diet and includes vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, and dairy, but unlike a vegetarian diet also includes fish and shellfish.

Reading this was like getting out of the tunnel. I still have a chance to live a longer guilt-free life! Also, I simply love sea foods (especially shrimps) so I feel I could do it.
The first two weeks of the pescetarian diet has been met with siomai cheats and a much-depressed-after Mang Inasal visit. I understand it was my used-to ways that is resisting the new fish and veggie regime, and I’m willing to compromise. I decided to have meat cheat days 'once' a month. Surprisingly after the pact, meat cravings have been a rare sight.

I’ve also added delicious fruit smoothies (I love Avocado!) to help me calm the sweet tooth fairy. My day goes like this: Breakfast: Fish + Veggie + Half Cup Rice / Lunch: Fish (Fresh or Canned) + Veggie + Half Cup Rice / Dinner: Fruit Smoothie + Water.
Benefits So Far:

* Gradual and guilt-free weight loss
* Oily face no more
* Calm disposition in life
* Positivity
* More energy

A must share from Huffington Post, an entry by Chloe Spencer:

We aren't natural carnivores.
 
Natural carnivores have claws, pointed front teeth to tear raw flesh and no pores on the skin so they perspire through the tongue.

Plant and fish eaters perspire through pores on the skin since they are searching for food during hot hours -- not hunting at sunrise, sunset or under cover of darkness as carnivores do.

Carnivores also have a shorter intestinal tract than plant and fish eaters do so rapidly decaying carcasses in the stomach can pass out of the body quickly.

Herbivores and omnivores have an intestinal tract that is several times their body length since a mostly plant-based diet doesn't include food that decays as quickly. The human intestinal tract is about 25 feet long. Doesn't that tell you something?

Fish on the other hand are digested much, much quicker than red meat. The omega-3 fatty acids that are in fish and seafood are necessary in the diet of a human being -- fish is the only true source of the omega-3 acids DHA and EPA.

There is no supplement that needs to be taken when the flesh of land animals is cut out of the diet; it only improves your health to not eat this kind of meat.

Really makes sense...