I am a pesco vegetarian, which has apparently now been shortened to "Pescetarian".

From Wikipedia - Pescetarianism (play /ˌpɛskɨˈtɛəriən/) is the practice of a diet that includes seafood but not the flesh of other animals. A pescetarian diet shares many of its components with a vegetarian diet and includes vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, and dairy, but unlike a vegetarian diet also includes fish and shellfish. The Merriam-Webster dictionary dates the origin of the term "pescetarian" to 1993 and defines it to mean: "one whose diet includes fish but no meat".

About 14 years ago, I sat down to eat dinner. We were having chicken breast, on the bone. About half-way through dinner, I looked down at my plate and became disgusted at the half-eaten chicken breast. I couldn't finish my dinner.

The next day, I just didn't have the desire to eat meat, still being put-off from the night before. Next day, same thing. Next day, same thing. And on and on and on. So, I still don't eat meat to this day (or reptiles ... YUCK). However, for whatever reason, I have no problem grubbing down on fish and shellfish.

I never really figured out why, that day, all of a sudden I just couldn't eat meat anymore. My entire life, before then, a meal just wasn't a meal without a big hunk of meat on the plate. Go figure.

I know this is a tad outside this Vegan / Vegetarian forum, since I do eat fish and shellfish, but I hope that you'll provide me just a little leeway. I think my "case" is relevant here, because without any particular "thought" on the matter, it seems that my heart just wouldn't and won't let me eat meat anymore. I hope others can relate.

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Hi,

Thanks for sharing, first time I hear of this :o)

Fishes are animals. So if there are (no meat) fish-and-plant-eaters, couldn't there equally be (no fish) meat-and-plant-eaters, who could be called carno-vegetarians or carnitarians?

Is this fish diet associated to vegetarianism maybe because it is considered as a possible step toward it?

I can see various reasons leading toward vegetarianism. One is the one you are mentioning. Taste and distaste. Another is for health reasons. Another one is for reasons of harming the least possible - ahimsa being total harmlessness, on which way we are as individuals and as a humanity.

For now, we need to follow our inner guidance and eat what makes us feel vital and healthy :o)

Taken by my reflections about one point of your post, I missed the main point and I want to add:

it's very sweet to read "it seems that my heart just wouldn't and won't let me eat meat anymore" :o)

This is the main point of your post to me.

Thank you all so much for your help!

I understand about fish being poisoned, but the same can be said for vegetation. If you buy vegetation from a store, you have no idea what has been done to the ground and the plants either.

I don't know, at this point, if this was a step toward vegetarianism. I don't currently have any thoughts or feelings about becoming "veg", but who knows; given what's happened in the past, perhaps it may just happen one day. I currently only eat fish about once or twice a week. I wouldn't say that it's a major part of my diet.

Iris, I posted about this because it's been a mystery to me, and I'm seeking others' perspectives. Your particular observation of what I wrote is something that I'm going to meditate on. Perhaps you've helped me to find my answer (?).

If you buy organic, you have at least a chance of having it cleaner and - especially - non gmo!

What is nice, AudioEssence, is your perception of your heart's guidance. I think that this is the best way to go, so continue simply to follow your heart. I really cannot say ... for me vegetarianism works 100%, especially raw food. I find it more and more difficult to process cooked food, besides bread. For others, it seems that meat and fish may still be important for their vitality - though a temporary tiredness may occur if changing diet suddenly.

Though probably the last one, even vegetarianism is only a step toward feeding ourselves directly with light. Which, to me, is a rather rejoicing perspective :o) I love my fruits, my bread, my chocolate and sweets, but being constantly in the flow of vitality, in a graceful interaction with life, and among others, without the need to give energy for digestion? Whoa :o)

Hi!

Thanks for sharing, I also consider myself a pescetarian! I consider it to be a completely valid dietary choice, much more healthy and mindful than the "Standard American Diet". I also abstain from dairy. I feel very drawn to vegan/vegetarian culture, and I am active in two animal rights charities. My experience is very similar to yours in that I cannot bear eating beef, chicken, etc., but currently feel no spiritual objections to the occasional tuna sandwich or sushi roll.

I do admit it is not the MOST healthy or mindful diet, in my opinion that would be raw vegan, but pescetarian is what I am, and I am at peace with that. I can only hope that others accept my choice. Love and light!

 

That's ok! I eat shellfish and fish sometimes, but very very very VERY rarely. Like maybe 3-4 times a year. It's important to recognize they circle of life also as a path of oneness. It's kind of hard to explain, and a bit of an annoying concept to try to understand for some vegetarians/vegans, but nevertheless, it is there. Always take it slow, and find your own path. :)

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