An elimination diet such as going pescatarian might help you on the road to a vegan lifestyle!
Perhaps you’re toying with the idea of going vegan or vegetarian. After all, you’ve heard about the health benefits of adapting a plant-based diet. Also, you might be concerned with the environment and understand the negative side effects the meat industry has on our planet. Some negative effects it causes are deforestation, water pollution, and contributions of methane and nitrous oxide emissions causing global warming. But for some, thinking of leading a completely meat free life is daunting at first.
Most of us have grown up with meat. Ever since we were little, we were given hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage. It was a part of growing up and seemed very normal. Because of this, stopping meat cold turkey might be difficult for some even though you understand it to be good. Have you thought of adapting an elimination diet where you stop eating most meats but not all? If this seems like a viable idea to you, why not try a pescatarian diet!
A pescatarian diet is one where you enjoy a mainly vegetarian diet while still eating fish and seafood. This type of diet does not rely on other types of meat such as beef, pork, and chicken as protein. This is a good way to get on the road to a totally plant-based diet if you can’t possibly see yourself cutting out all meat today. This is an easier step in a transition towards going vegetarian and vegan. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and for some, this is a move in the right direction.
Also, while you are enjoying the process of becoming pescatarian, it will allow you the time to find plant-based proteins. You will like this journey as you can find all sorts of tasty recipes that don’t involve meat. As you find more recipes that you enjoy that are meat-free, you can start to rely on these more than on fish. All of a sudden, your end goal of eliminating meat entirely becomes more real. You can see your goal right in front of you and it wasn’t that difficult to reach as you might have initially thought!
Knowing that you are contributing less to animal cruelty and the destruction of the environment also helps in keeping you moving forward in the right direction. Remember, one step at a time, and this is a viable and easy way towards a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle!
If someone questions why you still eat meat, let them know that some people are able to quit meat immediately. Others are not. Everyone is different. As long as you are moving towards your end goal, you have something to be proud of. Keep up the good work!
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