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Disclaimer:When I originally started writing this on 5/1 I was eating as a Pescatarian (seafood only). I am currently a Pollo-Pescetarian. Continue to read to find out exactly what that means !
What is a Pescatarian ? What is a Pollo-Pescatarian?
I know some of you may be like “Pesce-what?”. A Pescatarian is someone who does not eat any red meat or pork , ONLY seafood. A Pollo-Pescatarian however, unlike a pescatarian EATS CHIK’N! A Pollo-Pescetarian is a modified vegetarian diet that allows you to eat SEAFOOD and Chicken. My mom has been a “Pollo-Pescatarian” long before they probably even thought of the name. I’ve NEVER seen my mom eat a burger. Ever and I’m almost 30! I didn’t realize this until a few years ago! It’s not something she really talks about. She just does it!
It’s so funny how the older I get – the more I’m transforming into her without even trying. YIKES! lol.
I tried the pescatarian diet for 4 months. It honestly wasn’t that bad. The only thing that I miss were flavored chicken wings.
The only reason that I have decided to now include chicken in my diet is because I was not really feeling the weight loss personally. I know this will be a plus for many! But not for ya girl!
A lot of people ask me HOW I transitioned. I tried the Pescetarian diet about 3-4 years ago and failed.
I realize that I failed because I tried to quit EVERYTHING AT ONE TIME COLD TURKEY (pun intended lol). That wasn’t very smart – FOR ME. Because I found myself not knowing what to eat. When I finally decided to approach this diet again I slowly but surely weaned myself off of what I no longer wanted to eat.
Bye Bye Pig!
The first thing that I cut out, which was really easy was – PORK. I normally only eat pork in the form of Bacon for breakfast- so that was pretty easy to quit – just because I don’t eat it often. I actually have found a salmon bacon from Trader Joe’s that I plan to try and review soon. I’m sorry I can’t provide more help! I was never a fan of anything other than BACON when it comes to pigs. This is a BIG thing for alot of people.
Buttt if you still want partake in the swine – Check out a recipe that I made 2 years ago Amazing Fall off the Bone Strawberry Baby Back ribs.
Otherwise just pray and ask for STRENGTH!
Unlike Cardi B – I have no beef!
The next thing that I quit was beef – I quit beef by transitioning to ground turkey. When I eat steak, it has to be a quality cut, from a quality steakhouse. It’s so rare that I go to a “steakhouse” so this was also easy to let go of!
Ground beef on the other hand was a little more difficult to let go of, because honestly ground turkey just doesn’t flavor the food (or add as much salt which is a good thing) like ground beef does. The catch to that is, I find that I can season ground turkey much more than I would my ground beef (not with salt though) . Adjusting the spices when cooking with ground turkey is an easy remedy to fix.
And then….I gave up chicken.
The above gif is honestly how I felt giving up my good old chicken wangz.
This was a really tough one! I LOVE chicken because of it’s affordability and versatility!! Giving up chicken honestly was 100% discipline. There was nothing I could really “substitute” for wings (although I did try a really tasty buffalo cauliflower recipe). I’ve also even tried Gardein brand products, which are really good substitutes for chicken patties, and chicken strips. BUTTTTT whats the point of giving up something just to run to something that tastes like it?
That’s crazy (to me), so I decided to give it up cold turkey.
I had enough seafood recipes and knew how to substitute salmon/mahi mahi or shrimp in lieu of chicken – so it was truly a mind thing!
I started this post on 5/1 and things have changed slightly. I no longer eat seafood exclusively (Pescatarian). I’ve decided to add chicken (Pollo-pescatarian) back into my diet.
I’m still sharing this post because maybe it will help someone else transition.
Soooo why’d you go from Pescatarian to Pollo-Pescatarian Allyse?
Why? Because of my weight loss. This reason alone is probably the PERFECT excuse for some of you to go “meatless”. But – this was honestly a deal breaker for me! I’m already naturally svelte – so honestly I didn’t need any help in the weight loss department!
It’s just really hard for me to gain weight only eating seafood/no meat at all. I only eat seafood maybe 1-2 times per week versus when I ate other meats – I had meat EVERY day at least. Seafood just isn’t that affordable 🙂 Not quality seafood anways. I don’t eat fish like Tilapia and Swai which are really cheap.
See yall!!! This is why I didn’t want to “label” myself as anything. I’m trying to do whats best for my body.
So what were the benefits of a “Seafood Only” diet?
The benefits that I have seen from eating as a pescatarian:
1. Clearer Skin – I have noticed my skin is clearer and smoother. I have to attribute this to the wonderful salmon that I’ve been eating. So I plan to continue to eat salmon at least 2x per week.
2. Shorter and Lighter periods with NO cramps!! This honestly was the biggest thing for me!! My cramps are non-existent and my period now only lasts 3-4 days versus 4-5. It would be amazing if I can add poultry back into my diet and KEEP this benefit!
3. I sleep soooo much better! I sleep throughout the whole night now!
I haven’t been without meat very long (only about 5 months) but I have enjoyed the benefits thus far (minus the weight loss).
The weight loss and being able to maintain my weight is a huge thing for me . I have a really fast metabolism so I really have to pack on the calories in order to gain/maintain. I have to be just as consistent as someone who is trying to LOSE weight. I plan to document how I gain weight in the healthiest way possible. I’m not health professional / dietitian/nutritionist , so I’m just taking what I have learned/researched and what I now works for me! I hope you stay along for my journey.