Hi I was just wondering what everyone thought about pescetarianism.
My friend who is 50 introduced me to Paleo was a former vegetarian, but he's now pescetarian and he's in great shape.
Basically, I've figured that to have meat and vegetables would mean they are complimentary foods.
But to have meat and fish, would be substitutes for each other.
My dad who is not Paleo reckons your body digests fish better and its especially better for you when you get older.
Perhaps theres no difference between eating meat and fish or just eating fish but I wanted to know if anyone knew anything about pescatarianism?
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on April 15, 2011
at 08:53 PM
Erwan Le Corre told me he was one for a long time and felt really good, but felt EVEN BETTER when he added in meat.
I've done pescetarianian my experience it's hard to be paleo pescetarian without considerable starch and/or coconut or you will be hungry and your PUFA level will be very high. I also feel quite guilty eating fish as it is way harder to source decently compared to meat. Local shrimp? Not here. And one of the last sustainable fish farming companies just shut down. The oceans are so polluted, species are threatened with extinction, and most aquaculture uses grain fed and lots of pesticides.
That said, I do eat it and enjoy it. Last night I had an excellent dish of cavier, pork belly, and razor clams (only $10 WTF). Then the chef brought me some grilled sardines for free. I was very happy :) Oh, did I mention he also served me some water buffalo? Meat and fish aren't substitutes for each other, eating both is a great way to be an omnivore! Surf and turf anyone?
The role of fish in human evolution is VERY contentious, but the mainstream view is that we've been eating meat longer than fish.
on April 15, 2011
at 09:11 PM
I think that if you live in an area that has loads of fish then it would be a good idea to eat a load of fish.
I live on the coast - and eat a lot of fish. We have local salmon, snapper, halibut, oysters, shrimp, mussels, etc etc. Hubby fishes for halibut regularly when sport season opens, so we have a lot of halibut in our freezer. I find halibut fills me up just as well or better than most other meats (it's very dense).
That being said - I would never replace land meat with fish. I love beef, pork, lamb and fowl. So for me where I live, it's mostly fish in the summer and mostly land-meats in the winter.
I second Melissa's comment on surf and turf - steak and fish were made for each other!
on April 15, 2011
at 09:29 PM
my husband is/was pescatarian(ish), and really limits his grains and gluten. he eats- beans, lentils, all fish, meat if he knew the animal, tons of veggies. he is in incredible shape but it was only after he started adding meat that he broke through some strength training and running plateaus. he dropped some stubborn fat and added a lot of muscle, too.
i think it was partly adding the meat (i dont believe it has to even be all that much) and partly dropping about 90% of the grains he had been eating. just a subtle shift, but with dramatic results. hes almost 40 now and is in better shape than he was in high school when he was playing football, wrestling and on the ski team. hes in better shape than when he was playing rugby competitively.
that said, we eat a lot of fish. we live on cape ann in massachusetts in the town that invented the fried clam ("littlenecks" come from the town i live in). we try for three times a week. i think its a fantastic food.