My Pescetarianism Journey

My Pescetarianism Journey

A year ago on Super Bowl Sunday, I would not have been upset watching people consume endless amounts of MEAT, MEAT, AND MORE MEAT. I would simply eat the wings and Meat Lover’s Pizza myself. However, this year I was a little taken back and semi-jealous because I was restricted to chips and dip because of my new, pescetarian lifestyle.
The past year has been a journey of new, healthful diet choices for me. Super Bowl Sunday became an amplified example of just how divergent my diet is.
I have watched many documentaries about the meat industry and the massive animal cruelty problem involved with meat production, but I was not willing to give up my chicken nuggets just yet.
My curiosity with not eating meat started when one of my favorite travel vloggers went vegetarian. That led me to find several vegan bloggers. I had no idea that people would give up meat and dairy, or that someone could be pescetarian, meaning that they eat fish, but no other meat.
Most of the vloggers were so dedicated to the cause that I decided to do more research on the lifestyle. I found that the meat industry is the number one contributor to carbon dioxide emissions, not to mention the harsh treatment of animals.
This new information made me want to become more aware and thoughtful of what I put into my body, so I decided to become vegetarian for one week to test out the waters. That week was a huge eye-opener for me. I never realized how much meat I consumed on a daily basis because I never considered myself a huge meat-eater.
At first my parents were confused by the switch, but once they understood my reasoning, they became very accommodating. After that one week, I decided to become pescetarian to ease myself into a regular routine of not eating any meat. My mother, bless her heavy English/German meat-eating roots, was very concerned about my vitamin and protein levels.
Telling my friends and family about the switch almost felt as though I was a coming out. My grandma thought I said I was converting to be a Presbyterian.
This year of alternate food choices has been challenging. Coming to college has made my decision even more difficult. There are very few things I can eat in the university dining hall or at most fast food joints after a night out. Every time someone offers me chicken tenders, I have to explain why I choose not to eat them and why I want to maintain this lifestyle.
Becoming  pescetarian has made me conscientious of what I eat and it has also made me love animals even more than I did before. I would recommend to anyone who is thinking about cutting out meat to try it for a week. Even if you don’t want to permanently cut out meat, changing your perspective for a week can reveal more about your body and it’s needs.

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