Hi, I’m ______, and I’m a pescatarian.

At this point, we’ve probably all encountered one or two pescatarians in real life; you know, the people that are pretty much vegetarian except for one particular food group: seafood.

On a pescatarian diet, a person gets all their animal protein from fish, shrimp, and other seafood, while the rest of their diet is made up of plant-based foods.

Eating this way has a variety of great benefits:

A great source of omega-3

Ever heard of omega-3 fatty acids? They help with lower blood pressure, and may even help to fight depression and anxiety; fatty fish are full of them.

Diabetes fighting

Researchers say that eating a predominantly plant-based diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, and can also help lower the risk of conditions of metabolic syndrome such as high blood pressure, obesity, and insulin resistance.

Anti-inflammatory

Plant-based diets are rich in anti-inflammatory agents like flavonoids. Some studies have shown that pescatarians have the highest intake of flavonoids of those with other dietary habits.

A day in the life – what do you eat?

The great thing about being pescatarian is that you still have a lot of variety in your diet. Breakfast can be overnight oats in your favorite almond milk, a cup of chia pudding, or an omelette with fish for added protein; it’s up to you!

For lunch, you could make a ceviche-based salad, like the one in the Lifesum app, or you could make lunch a vegetarian affair, and get your protein from beans instead.

Dinners can be tricky if you like to entertain, but remember that it’s not just about fish, it’s about all seafood. Make a seafood gumbo, use prawns and scallops, or eat something entirely new, like lobster or crab, don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Are you curious about becoming a pescatarian? What do you think will be the hardest challenge?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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