Today marks the 33rd day of my almost meat-free diet and I admit it’s been a struggle even though eating a pescetarian diet allows me to continue eating seafood. My decision to go meat-free started out as a new year’s resolution that somehow turned into a pact with a friend to avoid eating meat before she jetted off to France.
Although our pact was only meant to stand for the 2 weeks ahead of her trip around Europe, I persisted with the diet because… I wanted to. At that point I was already acclimatising to this new lifestyle, so I thought it would be a pity if I couldn’t even last another fortnight.
But what the hell is a pescetarian, you ask? According to Merriam-Webster, a pescetarian is…
a person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.
I grew up eating meat like most people and never really thought twice about the whole farm to plate process involved. The only thing close to a conversation about food I had in my childhood was when my grandma reminded my sister and I not to waste food (read: rice). She’d use a Chinese saying, 粒粒皆辛苦, to teach us that farmers worked laboriously to harvest every little grain of food we get to consume.
However, my decision to go almost meat free had more to do with ethics than anything else. I’ve already stopped buying beauty products produced by companies that were infamous for conducting terrifying procedures on helpless animals, the next logical step simply had to be throwing that omnivorous diet out the door.
That next step drew in many comments and criticism (but mostly comments) from family and friends, and every time I tried to explain my reasons for going pescetarian those explanations would fall on deaf ears. It’s never nice to have your beliefs challenged without reason or passed off as ‘just a phase’, but I’m slowly learning to let those comments roll off my back.
Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do moving forward being a massive pho-addict and all. What I do know is that I want to maintain a largely plant-based diet because I not only see the benefits, I feel it too!
I’ll have to see how food planning comes along because Chris loves his bacon as much as he loves his Japanese food (which works well for me) but I don’t want to feel like I’m inadvertently forcing him to adopt my diet too!
Oh well. Here are some of the pescetarian dishes that I’ve had in the past month!
This was the vegan pho one date night at the Nourishing Quarter – I’d eat this everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could!
Don’t mind the chicken katsu bowl on the left (that was Chris’), check out my scrumptious vege don from Mappen in Bondi Junction! Complete with kimchi, mustard greens, enoki mushrooms and the mock mince stuff I loooooove to bits.
It was all-you-can-eat chicken wings night at the Bat & Ball so Chris and his mate took advantage of the deal while I happily chowed down on this delicious mushroom steak. OMFG. I’ve been wanting to go back for a couple of weeks now. Must go again sometime this week. Yeah, Chris?
This, my friends, was what I was eating for breakfast for a while. It’s so simple to make, so it’s perfect for lazy old me 😀 All it is: Yoghurt, sliced strawberries, granola, blueberries and raspberries.
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If you’re a vegetarian (of any sort), do you have any tips for a noob like me?