A pescatarian is basically a vegetarian that also eats seafood. This is not limited to just fish either, but also clams, mussels, crab, lobster, and shrimp. Essentially you cannot eat it if it crawls on land, but otherwise it’s fair game.
The seafood in a pescatarian diet can be prepared in any way as long it’s not with other animal products. There is not a clear consensus on whether eggs and dairy products are okay on a pescatarian diet (honestly it seems to be about 50/50) but for the sake of argument let’s say they are not. So essentially you can eat seafood, nuts, legumes, vegetables, grains, and fruit.
Many pescatarians believe that they are improving the planet and the plight of land animals by avoiding consuming these things. Since this is an article for Redcon1 and not (insert socially progressive editorial) we will leave that last part alone. There are other reasons why someone would choose to follow a diet such as this, so let’s dive into the advantages and disadvantages.
I decided to cover pescatarian diet over vegan and vegetarian based solely on the fact that it would be incredibly difficult to bodybuild on those diets (although Dani Reardon is proving me wrong).
- Dairy is hard for many of us to digest, and is associated with many other negative effects on the body. It’s been said that all humans are lactose intolerant, each with varying degrees of severity. If this is the case, then removing dairy from our diets should prove to be a positive both in the short and long term. Obviously, many dairy products are also high in fat content, making it harder for those trying to cut to reach a caloric deficit. Dairy has also been linked to acne and other skin conditions. Acne is a skin inflammatory condition, and milk and dairy actually have a systemic inflammatory effect on the body. That means that acne is just the part that you see, but you will also have joint and tissue inflammation as well. Removing dairy from the diet should help with inflammation.
- Most meats today have added hormones and antibiotics. Based off the sheer volume that we as humans consume, it’s almost impossible not to. By avoiding meat completely, you do not need to worry about the added hormones and antibiotics. These hormones can have a negative effect on our body’s own internal hormones, as well as the antibiotics can have a negative effect on our immune system.
- This diet is great for those looking to cut or put themselves into a caloric deficit. By avoiding meat and dairy you can easily take away a lot of calories you would otherwise consume.
- A diet such as this may improve digestion. Red meat is one of the hardest things for many of us to digest. People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome may have success with a diet such as this.
- It’s better than a vegetarian or true vegan diet because of the added protein. Even non-bodybuilders need a fair amount of protein in their diet.
- It’s restrictive without being over the top. You can still eat chips, sweets, and other junk food.
- Taste alone, not everyone enjoys eating fish and seafood. If this is your only true protein source it’s going to get old pretty quick.
- This is a lifestyle change and not necessarily a diet. It’s hard to give a black and white diet plan layout with a diet such as this. It’s best to figure out calorie goals and then fit this type of eating into that goal.
- If for some reason you decided to go back after following a pescatarian diet for a period of time, you may give yourself food allergies or have a difficult time digesting those things again. Our bodies like to find homeostasis, and like this will cause an adaptation in our bodies.
Eh. That’s my verdict….eh. I would say this is not necessarily a diet I can say go for it or don’t do it. It’s very person dependent and probably goes more along the person’s moral standards than anything else. This is not a diet where you can just lay it out and say, “this will get me ripped in 16 weeks.” However, this diet might be a nice change of pace for people, especially those suffering some gastro intestinal and digestion issues.
Spicy Honey Garlic Shrimp
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined.
- 1/3 cup honey.
- ¼ cup soy sauce.
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt.
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil.
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper.
- 1 tablespoon chili powder.
- Warm olive oil in non-stick skillet.
- Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper, and chili powder in a bowl.
- Place shrimp in a bag and top with the wet ingredients. Shake bag for 5 minutes until shrimp is covered in marinade.
- Cook shrimp about one minute on each side.
- After flipping pour remaining marinade over shrimp.
- Serve shrimp over bed of rice or cooked broccoli.
Approx. Macros per 4 shrimp:
Protein: 8.7 g
Carbohydrates: 3 g
Fat: 0.7 g