So last week I was scrolling facebook and came across yet another confronting image of lambs in a slaughterhouse. I have always seriously struggled with seeing any photos or videos posted online of animals being killed for us to then purchase at the supermarket in a neat little bundle all wrapped up in plastic.
Normally I would feel a little squirmy seeing these images and videos, push those feelings to the side and then continue eating meat. This day was different however and for some reason this image of the lambs made me realise something pretty significant. If I couldn’t bring myself to kill and prepare an animal to eat, then why am I eating meat? We live in a world where we can quickly and easily buy meat ready for us to consume. It absolutely removes the thought process of how that animal actually came to be served up on our plates.
When I saw that image of the lambs and felt that familiar knot developing in my tummy - I decided that I would become pescatarian, or at least give it a good try. So today I am up to day four of being a pescatarian and thought I would provide some regular updates on how its going and what I am eating!
Pescatarian is a vegetarian who adds fish and seafood to their diet. The pescatarian lifestyle which I am aiming to follow will include whole grains, nuts, legumes, fresh produce, dairy, eggs and seafood will be the main source of protein.
This diet is not for everyone and I am in no way promoting or advocating a vegetarian or pescatarian diet.
** Always consult with your Doctor before making any significant changes to your diet **
(Image from: Tumblr)
Example of pescatarian diet:
English Breakfast Tea
2 eggs with multigrain bread, sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes, avocado and baked beans
(I skipped lunch on this particular day as my breakfast was huge!)
Watermelon & blueberries
Pita bread with hummus
Small handful of raw cashews and raw almonds
Salmon & spinach and rocket salad with cucumber, olive oil and balsamic dressing
Water intake over the day was over 2L.
Every few weeks I’ll be aiming to post an update to the blog on how the pescatarian diet is going! If you’ve been thinking of becoming a vegetarian or pescatarian or have any questions – feel free to post them in the comments below. I would so love suggestions from other people if you have any good ideas for meals and things to try :)