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Recently I made the decision to substitute smoked salmon for ham, which was the only kind of meat I included in my diet. As a result, I have become a pescetarian (someone who doesn't eat meat or poultry, but includes seafood, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products in his diet).

There are three reasons I made the switch:

1 - I don't see the point in eating meat when you can get the same benefits, if not more, from seafood. Meat has protein, sure. But so does seafood, which possesses additional health benefits (omega 3, selenium, vitamin D...). Besides, the fat in seafood is better than the fat in meat.

2 - Meat requires a lot of resources to produce. One pound of beef requires 2500 gallons of water. And then there's the issue of deforestation, which is caused by the need to create space to house livestock. As an ethical consumer, I find this troublesome.

3 - Fish is just more interesting to eat than meat since there are countless varieties of seafood (salmon, tuna, seabass, sardines, mackerel, herring, cod, haddock...) to choose from. Since I can only fit so many food items in my diet, I figured that the only way to fully take advantage of that assortment of fish was by excluding meat from my diet.

So there you have it. To be honest, the transition was really easy since I was already eating a lot of fish (i.e. lunch AND dinner, every day). What about you guys? How did you abstain from meat, and which diet are you on right now?

Oh, and the fish I eat is always sustainable (Pacific salmon, Pacific albacore tuna, small fish like mackerel, herring and sardines...).
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I'm incorporating more veggies just because I feel like I need it. I eat fish a lot but I wouldn't say I'm a pes-ceh-tarian?
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strange. i was just talking about this with someone.
i have some friends who think im a vegan. im not. not even close. i just wont eat meat or fish for three or four days out of the week.
i rarely if ever eat red meat or pork.
i don't really eat much dairy either. but i do on occasion.
i use hemp protein alot. every morning and in summer most afternoons.
i do eat fish alot .i live in a commercial fishing town. i just got handed a three pound bag of blue fin tuna yesterday from a neighbor. i have friends who are clam farmers, so i get that alot too. scallops, tile fish, monk fish, fluke and flounder (depending on the time of year) puffers, sea bass, bluefish, strippers, swordfish, tuna.... it all gets offered to me all the time.
the vegies of the great south jersey garden started really rolling in and i pickle everything i can get my hands on. in the winter i live off of pickled veggies and eggs.
i eat what my body tells me i need.
i have no aversion to killing animals. i do find modern meat production to be a vile unsustainable practice.
also, your body processes plant protein much quicker than meat and utilizes more of it.
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Trying to improve the variety of foods I eat before going vegetarian. I'm already additive free so it's hard to go vegetarian on top of that.
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Utterly delighted in my continued status as a committed Omnivore.
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I'm not vegetarian, but I will often go a day or two without meat, and generally try to only eat meat one meal a day.
The meat I do eat is mostly chicken. Seafood is my favourite, but I don't have the money to eat it as often as I like.
Beef and pork I try to avoid, but being relatively poor, I will frequently eat them when someone freely offers them to me.
But really, I mostly just eat ramen. So if you count the dried beef fat or whatever in the flavour packet as being meat, then yeah I guess I eat a lot of meat.
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cleruninja wrote:

I'm not vegetarian, but I will often go a day or two without meat, and generally try to only eat meat one meal a day.
The meat I do eat is mostly chicken. Seafood is my favourite, but I don't have the money to eat it as often as I like.
Beef and pork I try to avoid, but being relatively poor, I will frequently eat them when someone freely offers them to me.
But really, I mostly just eat ramen. So if you count the dried beef fat or whatever in the flavour packet as being meat, then yeah I guess I eat a lot of meat.


Try buying frozen and canned fish at your local supermarket/fishmonger. It's a cheaper and more convenient alternative to fresh fish.
Posted 7/30/15
Omnivorous. I eat really what ever I feel like could be alot of lamb meat for like a day or two or no meat for a couple of days. Personally always need something animal everyday.
I like sauerkraut eat it just about daily, make it myself when I'm running out.
Summer always has me wanting fruit, so I consume blueberries,lemons, mango's and pears mostly
I don't know about how most people get there calories but I get most of mine from fats, If I eat too little calorie wise I start to feel a little off.
Been really feeling seafood lately like seaweeds, Oysters, salmon, and the like.
I like lentils and rice a couple of times a week since I like the way they taste

I change how I eat often so I'm pretty sure this will be different in a couple months.


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I'm not a vegetarian--I like meat too much to give it up completely and I don't like the taste of seafood. However, I rarely eat red meat (mainly because it's usually more expensive) and I don't eat meat every day. My roommate is a vegetarian so on the days that we're both home for dinner, we eat the same thing (which has decreased my consumption of meat overall).
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cleruninja wrote:

I'm not vegetarian, but I will often go a day or two without meat, and generally try to only eat meat one meal a day.
The meat I do eat is mostly chicken. Seafood is my favourite, but I don't have the money to eat it as often as I like.
Beef and pork I try to avoid, but being relatively poor, I will frequently eat them when someone freely offers them to me.
But really, I mostly just eat ramen. So if you count the dried beef fat or whatever in the flavour packet as being meat, then yeah I guess I eat a lot of meat.
One meal a day? Oh my god that's terrible

There are some asian grocery stores that sells green veggies and fish for relatively cheap. If you go over the rainbow you might find it.
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I think I am and beef isn't the type of meat I eat everday. Goat would be a better alternative, not just the meat, but goat milk, yogurt or cheese. Goat-based dairy has zero hormones compared to typical dairy products. Until I farm my own goats to make milk, cheese or yogurt, I'll have to consume sesame seeds, roselle tea or oranges for calcium. As a pescetarian, I find sardines, shrimp or tuna to be good sources of vitamin B12. However, vitamin B12 is said to be found in yeast or nori. I don't think I could eat sushi without any seafood.

I take pork, poultry, goat, lamb or seafood over beef, anyday. Speaking of lamb, I wonder if it has a fatty, intermediate part between the belly and the leg, similar to matambre.
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Posted 7/30/15
Went from not eating meat to eating meat myself.

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what's the point of being a vegan tho tbh

its so expensive to be one, and also just boring imo
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If semi vegetarian means you can eat meat, then I'm one too. Hell, I think most people are. I know many people who are vegetarians. I know many people who love meat. I know nobody who is pure carnivore.

Honestly though, if you eat animal flesh then I don't know how you're any part vegetarian. You're just a regular person who doesn't like certain meat. I'd let the non-meats that pureblood vegetarians get their panties in a bunch over slide, but meat is a no go. You're just a bog standard omnivore.


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what's the point of being a vegan tho tbh

its so expensive to be one, and also just boring imo

Some people don't like the taste, their stomachs can't handle it, they don't like killing animals for food... there's tons of reasons.

What makes meat exciting vs non-meats being boring? I get what makes them tasty (although vegetable, fruits, grains, etc qualify as tasty to me as well) but if you aren't hunting the animal yourself, what makes the meat exciting?
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anzn wrote:

what's the point of being a vegan tho tbh

its so expensive to be one, and also just boring imo


To reduce the risk of some diseases, like kidney disease. Animal abuse and animal rights are also motivations for becoming a vegan. However, the body does not absorb iron from plants as well as it does with iron from animal products. Without Vitaman C that is, which you can also get from roselle tea (a good vegan source of calcium too). However, vitamin C is a bad combination with vitamin B12.
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