Simple, right? This portmanteau of the Italian word pesce (“fish”) and English word “vegetarian,” is stated by the Merriam Webster dictionary as originating in 1993. Only a year my senior.
I have been pescatarian since February 2015. It started with a week-long cleanse – following a wonderful cookbook called Clean Slate - involving only plant based juices and dishes. Six days in I felt so ill, almost as though I had the flu. I called the all-knowing mother and asked what could be up, she mentioned a life-long tendency of mine to need daily complete proteins.
So, I slapped some salmon on a salad, and felt almost instantaneously better.
As I had always wanted to cut my meat intake, I decided to stick with it. At the time I was living in Vancouver, BC, with incredible access to a broad variety of sustainably farmed seafood. Here I am two years later and nearly one thousand miles from the ocean in Salt Lake City, Utah. And thus the inspiration for my blog.
There are many motivations behind becoming pescatarian, and wildly varying opinions as to its sustainability, environmental impact, and relation to animal ethics. Personally, I have taken the time and thankfully have the resources to be aware of what I'm consuming, where its coming from, and how its taken from the water. Nonetheless, while the oceans are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, they are also some of the most fragile. It will take an immense amount of awareness and care to maintain them as a natural food source.
On that note, my next post will talk about a remarkable program called Seafood Watch, released by one of my favorite places in the world, Monterey Bay Aquarium. So, swim on back to get a crash course in seafood sustainability and guidelines for ocean healthy consumption.