I decided at the end of 2015 to stop eating meat… I love animals and didn’t like the idea that any creature would die for me to eat. I cry when I see a dead fox on the side of the road; yet I’d go home and eat meat almost every day… It got to the point where, no matter how “humane” the slaughter was, I didn’t want to eat meat anymore.
But I wasn’t quite ready to give up seafood. Fish is really, really good for you – much better than meat – and I’ve read in lots of places (although I don’t know if this is true for sure), that fish are not quite as conscious and able to feel pain and fear, as say a pig or sheep. So, I decided I would give up meat, and continue with fish at least short-term, to see how it went.
It’s been over 2 months and so far it is going GREAT!
Putting the ethical stuff to one side, here are some other unexpected benefits I’ve discovered:
- It’s cured my IBS! I’m not too proud to talk about my poop publicly; I had all sorts of bowel issues prior to going meat-free. I seemed to be suffering from either constipation or stomach upset on a weekly basis, and occasionally get a serious attack. Since I gave up meat I have very regular “normal” bowel movements. Hurrah for me and my poop!
- I’ve saved money; meat is expensive. And even when I fancy a spaghetti bolognese, the quorn mince is much cheaper than beef.
- I’ve had more energy (maybe because I’m digesting better?!)
- I have reduced my risk of getting bowel cancer by 50% (I know! Evidence here >)
- This article here, also suggests that it may lower my risk of other diseases, and provides some pretty convincing points on why to give up meat…
- I’ve also read lots of posts about reducing my carbon footprint, losing weight, and so on.
A few tips if you’re considering pescetarism yourself:
- Do some research to make sure you get enough iron and protein; I’m only eating fish one or twice a week so I’m a 100% vegetarian 5-6 days a week and I want to ensure I’m getting what I need. I add chia seeds to my porridge and take an iron supplement tablet every day. I also eat more nuts now.
- Quorn is a really good substitute for your favourite meals, I’ve used the ‘chicken-style’ pieces and the mince, both are very similar to the real thing. They also do amazing sausage rolls and scotch eggs when you fancy a treat – you honestly can’t tell. Ooh, and the roast joint is great with for Sunday lunch.
- Linda McCartney burgers… so good and very authentic.
- Tofu – I use to think it was boring and flavour-less, but it really depends on how you cook it!
- Explore new veggie recipes! I received Gino’s Veggie Italian book for my birthday and have made some lovely dishes from that, and made a 3-bean vegetable chilli which was lovely…
- Come and ‘like’ this Facebook page 🙂
Lastly, I seem to get asked the same questions frequently, so here’s some answers…
- No, I don’t miss bacon, I never liked it much to start with (never a fan of processed food tbh) but I bought some quorn bacon that was very similar to the real thing.
- I occasionally crave a burger – but the Linda McCartney ones really hit the spot.
- I do not judge others for eating meat – go ahead… but please buy sensibily. NEVER go for chicken or eggs that are not free-range, etc. etc.
Yours, happily, healthily, Pescetarian Sarah 🙂