But... but... but... it has eyes!
July 12, 2010 8:59 AM Subscribe
I've been vegetarian for 10 years, but I think it's time to make the switch to pescetarian. I need some help with the details.
posted by two lights above the sea to Food & Drink (40 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been thinking of doing this for a while, and I'm still a bit conflicted ethically. I'm not interested in your opinions here. I can't stress that enough (though I certainly tried). My MAIN problems are the environmental impact of pescetarian versus vegetarian, and the fact that eating things with eyes still freaks me out. The last thing isn't something you'll be able to help me out with, obviously.
As a vegetarian, my diet is not particularly heavy in meat substitutes. I enjoy the occasional veggie dog/burger (more so in the summer), and I eat seitan very occasionally. The biggest fake meat product in my diet is veggie bacon, which is also pretty occasional. I eat a fairly balanced diet, otherwise, but I think/know that adding fish to my diet would probably make my diet healthier.
I do have some concerned (as stated above) that I won't be able to "stomach" eating something with eyes again. If you have any personal experience in this matter, I'd be happy to hear it. I'm really not interested in hearing how you switched back to eating cow or pig again. Not want I want to hear. Fishies only. I see a crab and its eyes and it still freaks me out. I'm afraid I'll order fish at a restaurant and they'll give the whole fish to me, head and all, and I'll have to eat it while it's starting at me. I'm skeeved out by the little legs/tails on shrimps. So, yeah. Still working on this part.
* How did you make the switch from vegetarian to pescetarian?
* I live in Philadelphia. If you know of a nutritionist in the area, I'd love to hear about it. I'd even be interested in a web-only nutritionist, if that exists. Bonus question for Philly folks: Tell me about restaurants/markets that serve fresh, local seafood.
* If you have any resources regarding making the switch to a pescetarian diet. Online, books, support forums (ridiculous, but perhaps necessary for us whiners), etc, would all be helpful.
* Resources talking about the benefits diets have on the environment. I have tons of books on sustainability, and I'm very interested in this. I'm particularly interested in making sure what I'm doing is not only sustainable, but realistic in terms of my lifestyle. I live in a city. I can't grow my own vegetables, etc. I'm happy to do whatever I can. I own In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen and it's next on my list of books to read.
This isn't going to be a change I make overnight, and I may even decide against doing this. Thanks for the advice, and I'd like to stress again that I'm looking only for personal experiences in certain areas. Please reread the question if you are about to comment about cows and methane, how delicious pigs are, etc. I do not want to see that.