Today on Champagne Tastes: What’s a pescetarian? How can you find resources for a pescetarian (or pescatarian) diet?
When I first started this blog, I had a spelling question. Is ‘pescetarian’ spelled with an ‘e’ or an ‘a?’
Is it pescetarian or pescatarian?
I asked several people, and the answer I got, without fail, was– “What’s a pescetarian?” (In case you’re wondering, both spellings are correct.)
If you too are reading this thinking, ‘What is she talking about?’– this post is for you! If you’re reading this and thinking– ‘I’m a pescetarian!!!’– this post is for you too!
Vegetarians Who Eat Fish: What is a Pescetarian (Or Pescatarian)?
A pescetarian, or a pesco-vegetarian, (or sometimes even prescetarian), is basically a vegetarian who also eats fish and other seafood, but no other meat. In other words, if it swims– it’s fair game. Pescetarians typically eat eggs and dairy.
Are Pescetarians (or Pescatarians) Semi-Vegetarians or Flexitarians?
Maybe? Kind of? This is where labeling your diet can get sticky.
Semi-vegetarians and flexitarians are vegetarians or vegans who occasionally eat meat. Pescetarians may eat seafood only occasionally, or daily, so this really depends on the individual.
Is a Pescetarian Diet Healthy?
It totally depends.
That’s right– if your diet consists primarily of fried and processed foods, whether or not those foods include meat– your diet is (most likely) not healthy.
On the other hand, if your diet consists primarily of lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, and moderate amounts of fruit– you’re (most likely) on a good path.
What Health Benefits Come With Pescetarianism?
Each person’s individual health needs may vary, but in general– trying out a pescetarian diet gives you a chance to consume MORE vegetables, MORE heart-healthy seafood, and LESS foods that may be problematic to your health (such as red meat).
What Health Challenges Come With Pescetarianism?
If you’re transitioning to a seafood-heavy diet, keep an eye on the amount of MERCURY you’re consuming. Some fish (like salmon, sardines, and mackerel) have incredibly low mercury levels. Others, such as tuna and swordfish, have high levels and should be eaten in moderation.
Learn More: Check out This Mercury Level in Seafood Chart from the FDA.
Other challenges include a tendency to eat extra carbohydrates as a meat replacement, instead of swapping out seafood or more vegetables. You might also want to check with your doctor to make sure that you’re getting enough protein, iron, and some vitamins— especially when you’re first transitioning off meat, or if you start being more physically active.
Does This Website Promote A Specific Diet Plan?
No. I believe that you should eat what makes you feel the healthiest.
Personally, my family and I eat a primarily Mediterranean-style diet, consisting of lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins (mostly seafood).
If you’re visiting for help planning out meals for your pescetarian diet– that’s wonderful! If you’re visiting because you’re trying to incorporate more seafood and vegetarian meals into your otherwise carnivorous lifestyle? You’re welcome here too!
Visit my about page for more information about my goals for this site!
How do I cook for a Pescetarian?
Do you have a self-proclaimed, “semi-vegetarian,” fish-eating friend coming over for dinner? Are you worried about what he or she will or will not eat?
The best option is always– ask!
However, as a general rule– Anything vegan is a yes! Anything vegetarian… is also a yes! And anything from the sea… is probably also a yes! (I’m going to stick the “probably” on there, because not everyone is a fan of the creepier, tentacled sea-going squid and octopus-like creatures.)
Where can I find Pescetarian Recipes?
Right here, of course! Scroll through my site, and please let me know if there’s something you’re looking for that you can’t find, or if there’s a way I could be more helpful!
Still have questions? Searching for seafood recipes that you don’t see here? Let me know in the comments!