I decided to become pescatarian in May 2006. I had always wanted to, but never had anything pushing me.
And then one day I read an article by Anthony Robbins on how bad farming is for the environment and my decision was made.
I’ve never looked back.
My decision was not just based upon environmental ones; it was also based on health, as I knew how bad meat and dairy products are for the body.
I chose not to give up seafood. One, because I love it, and two, because it is good for your health. I do my best to eat only wild seafood. It might seem like a contradiction, but seafood does not use 70% of the Earth’s grain and water in order to produce it.
Many people automatically assume that my choice to become vegetarian (really pescatarian) is that I don’t believe in cruelty to animals.
And I don’t.
But, that is not my reasoning. I believe in the cycle of life. I don’t get upset when a lion eats a deer, nor do I think it’s cruel. I think it is just life.
Humans were born with fangs, so I believe it is in our genetic make-up to eat meat.
I just don’t believe that farmed animals are good for our body or the planet.
I would eat wild animals; they are much healthier. I do eat kangaroo, as they don’t damage the environment and it is one of the best sources of lean meat and iron you can ever eat.
I love the philosophy of all indigenous tribes. Just before eating any of the meat they hunted they would say a prayer of thanks. Thanks to the animal for giving them the sustenance they need to continue living.
Another think I have discovered about being vegetarian is that many people think all you can eat now is salad. This really makes me laugh.
Becoming vegetarian opened my eyes up to the world of food. It forced me to try new dishes and boy did flavour start to appear!
There are so many creative dishes you can make with a wide variety of vegetables and soy based products.
I could never go back to eating meat, just on this fact alone. Vegetarians eat way more than salad.
I must say that Australian dining choices are really uninspiring when it comes to vegetarian food. I get sick of eating friend fish and chips, and vegie burgers. There are way many more things you can do.
Oh, and just because I am vegetarian does not mean that I will ever try to push my lifestyle on to you. I respect the choices you make for yourself.
In fact, I often have meat dishes available whenever we have parties or barbecues. Many of my friends cater to our pescatarian tastes when they invite us to their places to eat, so I think it is only considerate of me to do the same.
Sometimes though, my vegetarian dishes go down a treat. And it was my friend, Mary, who always provided vegetarian dishes at her parties that made me fall in love with the taste and variety of vegetarian food.
Have you ever considered becoming a vegetarian before? If you are alreadty, what are your reasons for doing so?