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Just discovered I am a pescatarian when I thought I was a veggie


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i became a vegetarian on my 11th birthday

and I did a very good job the first year. I did not eat anything with a face basically, then the next year or two later I went to my Uncles Ranch and he literally forced salmon down my throat because I was becoming very unhealthy and not eating any protein.

So therefore I was still a 'vegetarian' I just ate salmon on rare occasion and then sushi and tuna came into the mix. Know I eat seaafood but still considered myself a vegetarian

NOW...

4 years later I am 15 and have jsut realized yesterday that I am a pescatarian I would like to continue being a pescatarian because it has become ruitine not  to eat meat or anything that does not come from the sea :) but it seems as though the last couple years of my life have been a lie.. what should I do??/ and i never knew there were so many types of vegetarians ..WOW

1 year-vegetarian

3 yyear-pescatarian

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As long as your diet is healthy, continue with whatever you have been doing?

UD

Fellow pescetarian here!  I think as long as you are okay with what you've been doing then I don't see any reason why you should feel the last few years of your life have been a lie.  So you mistakenly mis-labeled yourself.  No big deal, really.

Just be sure you are getting enough protein (which, in my opinion, is much easier when you include fish in your diet) and that your diet is balanced overall.  The analysis tool on this site is great for keeping tabs on that.

And make sure you correctly introduce yourself as a pescetarian... I've heard of true vegetarians getting a little upset at people calling themselves vegetarian but eating fish.  Muddying the waters, I guess...

Just out of curiosity, what were your reasons for becoming a vegetarian/pescetarian?

I don't really agree with pescatarianism being anything close to vegetarianism.  The whole point of being a vegetarian or a vegan is to not eat anything with a face or heart or feelings.  I guess some people do it more for health reasons, but as far as I go, I can't ever see myself eating anything that I know has feelings.  It would be like eating my husband, which would be gross.

I don't think fish has a mental capacity to have feelings.

UD

Original Post by katesorad:

I don't really agree with pescatarianism being anything close to vegetarianism.  The whole point of being a vegetarian or a vegan is to not eat anything with a face or heart or feelings.  I guess some people do it more for health reasons, but as far as I go, I can't ever see myself eating anything that I know has feelings.  It would be like eating my husband, which would be gross.

 I see your point on this, I really do.  But please understand that it's a transition for some people.  It's hard to go from meat once or twice a day (which is how I was brought up) to "nothing with a face or feelings."  I haven't had meat from a land animal since I saw a PETA-sponsored video on factory farming (I didn't see any fish farming videos, otherwise I probably wouldn't still eat it haha).  But there are a lot of posts on this website about making gradual lifestyle changes, and I think that the transition from meat eater to vegetarian can be included in that category.  It's not easy to totally change your habits overnight.  If you've always felt the way you do about animals, then I commend you.  But not all of use are in the same boat =)

Plus, keep in mind that the OP is a teen and therefore most likely still not totally independent in her food choices (in her post, it sounded like family members forced her to eat the fish).  I'm sure when she becomes an adult and can make her own food choices that she will do what is ethically sound for her.   She did mention that she did well with the "nothing without a face" concept, which indicates a leaning towards your beliefs. 

Not to hijack the thread, but I look forward to the day that my once-a-month sushi addiction is a thing of the past and I can become a vegetarian.  It's hard to give up old habits, but not impossible.  I would love to get to the point where I never eat ANY meat, but it is difficult to make such a huge change at once. 

Original Post by umneydurak:

I don't think fish has a mental capacity to have feelings.

UD

 The people who do think fish have the mental capacity to have feelings are called biologists.

Original Post by umneydurak:

I don't think fish has a mental capacity to have feelings.

UD

You're kidding me, right?

Veganna show me one who thinks that there are enough neurons in a fish for that.

choose2choose umm no?

UD

I am a pescetarian, too! I stopped eating pork about 5 years ago, then I cut out red meat, then chicken. So I haven't eaten pork, red meat, or chicken for 2 years total.

I stopped eating pork because of the horrid things that pig farms are doing to our environment. Then I stopped red meat and chicken because of my ethical feelings.

I do eat fish occasionally. I only eat fish that my father in law caught from his dock or from the ocean. There is no factory farming involved in that.

If you are having trouble getting protein, try to add more tofu, beans, and other foods with a high protein count.

Do what makes you happy! If your gut tells you to not eat fish, then don't. If you want to eat fish occasionally, do it. It's your life!  

Original Post by katesorad:

It would be like eating my husband, which would be gross.

hmm, i don't know, mine is pretty tasty. Foot in mouth

People are so damn preachy. Okay yeah, pescatarian isn't the same as vegetarian. But don't feel bad. What is in the past can't be changed. If you like being pescatarian, fine. At least you're doing your best, doing what you think is right. I know I get enough crap from my meat-eating friends for being a vegetarian, but in the end I know I am doing what I think is good and right. There are no written laws about what is moral to eat and what isn't (except you shouldn't eat people, duh). The fact that you are doing something to try and make a difference says a lot of good things about you. If in the future you decide to give up fish as well, I would greatly support the decision. But I don't not support you being a pescatarian now. I would, however, suggest you choose seafood which is caught a way that does not greatly impact the environment. Other than that, keep doing what makes you happy!

Original Post by umneydurak:

Veganna show me one who thinks that there are enough neurons in a fish for that.

choose2choose umm no?

UD

I wouldn't say they don't have feelings. I've never been a fish so I don't know.

Original Post by danaofdoom:

People are so damn preachy. Okay yeah, pescatarian isn't the same as vegetarian. But don't feel bad. What is in the past can't be changed. If you like being pescatarian, fine. At least you're doing your best, doing what you think is right. I know I get enough crap from my meat-eating friends for being a vegetarian, but in the end I know I am doing what I think is good and right. There are no written laws about what is moral to eat and what isn't (except you shouldn't eat people, duh). The fact that you are doing something to try and make a difference says a lot of good things about you. If in the future you decide to give up fish as well, I would greatly support the decision. But I don't not support you being a pescatarian now. I would, however, suggest you choose seafood which is caught a way that does not greatly impact the environment. Other than that, keep doing what makes you happy!

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Original Post by brtaylor:

Plus, keep in mind that the OP is a teen and therefore most likely still not totally independent in her food choices (in her post, it sounded like family members forced her to eat the fish).  I'm sure when she becomes an adult and can make her own food choices that she will do what is ethically sound for her.   She did mention that she did well with the "nothing without a face" concept, which indicates a leaning towards your beliefs. 

I had parents who ate a lot of meat and I still became a vegetarian, even after I ate meat at least once a day for the first 10-12 or so years of my life.  I think if a parent were to force you to eat meat, that would be considered child abuse and child protective services would need to be called.

im vegetarian, i havent eaten meat since i was 9....and ever since then i have a really hard time talking to other vegetarians because they are so stuck up about it and preachy and always trying to out do other vegetarians

its like...."you're a vegan? well i won't even smell meat..so there"

 

even though you eat fish at least you are trying and made the choice not to eat (land) animals. so good for you.

Original Post by katesorad:

Original Post by brtaylor:

Plus, keep in mind that the OP is a teen and therefore most likely still not totally independent in her food choices (in her post, it sounded like family members forced her to eat the fish).  I'm sure when she becomes an adult and can make her own food choices that she will do what is ethically sound for her.   She did mention that she did well with the "nothing without a face" concept, which indicates a leaning towards your beliefs. 

I had parents who ate a lot of meat and I still became a vegetarian, even after I ate meat at least once a day for the first 10-12 or so years of my life.  I think if a parent were to force you to eat meat, that would be considered child abuse and child protective services would need to be called.

 oh lordy lou.let's not over dramatize here about child abuse, sheesh. she was just saying that when you live under your parents roof, you don't go out & buy the groceries yourself, it can be difficult. let's not take away from the OP's ambition here. the OP is doing what she can.

Original Post by octo-luv:

Original Post by katesorad:

Original Post by brtaylor:

Plus, keep in mind that the OP is a teen and therefore most likely still not totally independent in her food choices (in her post, it sounded like family members forced her to eat the fish).  I'm sure when she becomes an adult and can make her own food choices that she will do what is ethically sound for her.   She did mention that she did well with the "nothing without a face" concept, which indicates a leaning towards your beliefs. 

I had parents who ate a lot of meat and I still became a vegetarian, even after I ate meat at least once a day for the first 10-12 or so years of my life.  I think if a parent were to force you to eat meat, that would be considered child abuse and child protective services would need to be called.

 oh lordy lou.let's not over dramatize here about child abuse, sheesh. she was just saying that when you live under your parents roof, you don't go out & buy the groceries yourself, it can be difficult. let's not take away from the OP's ambition here. the OP is doing what she can.

 Agreed. Child protective services couldn't do anything about your parents making you eat meat. Its not against the law and most parents would only be doing it because they thought it was best. I'm lucky my parents are more educated and open minded. Some people aren't as lucky and just have to do the best they can while they still live under someone else's roof.

Original Post by octo-luv:

Original Post by katesorad:

Original Post by brtaylor:

Plus, keep in mind that the OP is a teen and therefore most likely still not totally independent in her food choices (in her post, it sounded like family members forced her to eat the fish).  I'm sure when she becomes an adult and can make her own food choices that she will do what is ethically sound for her.   She did mention that she did well with the "nothing without a face" concept, which indicates a leaning towards your beliefs. 

I had parents who ate a lot of meat and I still became a vegetarian, even after I ate meat at least once a day for the first 10-12 or so years of my life.  I think if a parent were to force you to eat meat, that would be considered child abuse and child protective services would need to be called.

 oh lordy lou.let's not over dramatize here about child abuse, sheesh. she was just saying that when you live under your parents roof, you don't go out & buy the groceries yourself, it can be difficult. let's not take away from the OP's ambition here. the OP is doing what she can.

 Yes, thank you octo-luv.  Katesorad: Let's give the OP credit for doing the best she can while putting up with family members who "force salmon down her throat." 

Original Post by brtaylor:

 Yes, thank you octo-luv.  Katesorad: Let's give the OP credit for doing the best she can while putting up with family members who "force salmon down her throat." 

 Which very well may have saved her life.

Original Post by trhawley:

Original Post by brtaylor:

 Yes, thank you octo-luv.  Katesorad: Let's give the OP credit for doing the best she can while putting up with family members who "force salmon down her throat." 

 Which very well may have saved her life.

 oh go put on hawaiian shirt will ya. Tongue out

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