Over the last 2-3 years I have suffered greatly at the hands of IBS (irritable bowl syndrome). After almost every meal I would feel bloated, uncomfortable and in desperate need of a toilet. I started a food diary (as suggested by my doctor) and I found that the horrible bloated sensations were caused by red meat.
Growing up, meat was such a substantial part of my diet. Pork, bacon, chicken, beef, etc. So, making the decision to become a pescatarian was not an easy one at first. However, from just one week into my new diet, I've never felt better. No more aching pain or embarrassment of needing to undo my jeans.
I did some more research into the benefits of becoming a pescatarian and this is what I found.
It is believed that a pescatarian diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and many other diseases, according to Yale College Vegetarian Society, up to 80% of cancer cases are prevented through healthy diets.
Pescetarianism is believed to be the healthiest diet around - as shown above.
Better for the ENVIRONMENT
I was recently asked why I think eating a fish is better than eating a cow or a pig or a chicken. It has come to my attention that a lot of the farming that produces red meat and poultry tend to produce a large amount of CO2 and pollution, more so than fishing. This means that being a pescetarian is better for the environment. It is also believed that fish have less awareness than mammals and poultry and which is debatable.
"If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian" - Paul McCartney
We all have a vague idea of what goes on in a slaughterhouse. Whilst some farms give animals plenty of air and space, not all do. Unfortunately, I have come across bad beef before and bitten into a stone.... I've also seen plenty of documentaries on slaughterhouses. Enough that has now, ultimately put me off meat.
Becoming a pescatarian has ultimately changed my lifestyle. I now enjoy reading more about the benefits of the food I'm eating, and discovering new recipes I wouldn't have tried before.
Whilst I've only been on this diet for a week, I plan on going strong for (what I hope) the unseeable future.