One year reflection as a pescatarian
Updated: Jan 13
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I made it to one year of becoming a pescatarian, woohoo. This post is to talk more about my journey, and hopefully, you'll find some helpful tips in this post (maybe you want to become one or just wanting to learn more about this lifestyle). First of all, I wish to say thank you to this one person who's been here since day one of my journey (My hubby). He stuck it out with me for a little bit, but I understand being a pescatarian is not for everyone. Secondly, since starting my Instagram, I've gained a dedicated supporter, and I'm so thankful for you guys as well. I wouldn't be in the position I'm in right now without your support and friendship.
I posted a poll on my Instagram the other day to "ask me anything about my 1st-year journey as a pescatarian," and I've received quite a lot of responses (THANK YOU, GUYS). As promised, I've answered a few in my stories, which I shared under my HIGHLIGHTS -- "One." And I'll be dedicating this post to answer a few more and tagging each person's Instagram handle here as a token of appreciation for participating.
HERE WE GO!
Your inspiration behind your Instagram page?
I started my Instagram page in February 2020 (pre-covid) but did not start posting until after my birthday in May. Due to the pandemic, I turned to therapeutic cooking to help manage my anxiety, so I began sharing food that I cooked while in quarantine. At the beginning of the lockdown, the struggle was real. My hubby would go to the grocery store, and half of the food aisles, produce, etc., is practically gone (people were food and toilet paper hoarding, yes that was a thing here). Anyway, I wanted to document the foods that I cooked during the pandemic for my family and me—making meaningful recipes during the pandemic and at the start of my lifestyle change.
Why did you decide to change your diet?
I decided to change my diet to improve my chronic high blood pressure (BP). I've done a little bit of research before switching over, and most studies have said the same things over and over; "Research shows that people who eat red meat are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke or diabetes." Just after one month of thoroughly no meat, I've seen an improvement in my BP.
Have you noticed any difference in your health, neg or pos?
I feel great; becoming a pescatarian has positively helped me. It helped me manage my high blood pressure (BP). It taught me to eat more vegetables and follow a plant-based diet most days when it's not my pescatarian days. When I first started, I kept a diary of my BP to see if this lifestyle is really for me, and I kid you not, my BP before would be 140-150/90-100. Just a few months later, it lowered to 120/80. Now I'm proud to say it fluctuates between 110-118/below 80. My weight dropped as well, which was a bonus, 152 lbs to 135 lbs.
So many challenges, missing particular food since breaking up with fried chicken and bacon was so hard to do. At the beginning of my journey, the struggle was real, finding food to eat sometimes. But I discovered how to look at healthier options. Thankfully most restaurants now offer a vegetarian or vegan option.
There were duplicate responses, but I genuinely appreciate everyone's participation. Thank you again for allowing me to express myself. Even if my lifestyle is different from yours, I appreciate your time and support.
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