Over the next 7 days Jimmy (me) will be undertaking a pescatarian cleanse. I started at 6am this morning and will finish at 6am on Monday 4th July.
Vanity? Health? Intellectual curiosity? Tick, tick, tick.
A couple of weeks ago I went vegan for three days before an intensive spiritual retreat and as a result felt absolutely stunning inside and out and full of energy.
With a holiday on the horizon and a Hunter Valley wine and food belly I thought I’d extend the experiment but make it a little more interesting and allow myself fish and shellfish as well as light dairy products and see where we end up after 7 days.
At Nanna Kerr’s we pride ourselves on having a great range of healthy and indulgent vegan options on the menu at all times and have been meaning to get more fish onto the menu for a while. So my challenge is going test and grow our credentials.
This morning I fixed myself a green smoothie of coconut water, spinach, mango, pear, cucumber and coriander with a teaspoonful of MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) a plant based supplement also known as ‘The Beauty Mineral’ as it is the essential building block for beautiful and healthy skin, joints, hair and nails. It occurs naturally in all living organisms, yet is deficient in most due to our stressful lifestyles. Hormones, enzymes, antibodies and antioxidants all depend upon having MSM present in order to function at their peak. It is the ideal daily detoxifier of the two main causes of aging and decay in the body, bad-calcium and estrogen, and is also a potent anti-inflammatory, especially for the joints. This also means that it is a perfect supplement for reducing pain throughout the body. Its collagen building properties provide elasticity and healing to the body’s connective tissue, allowing you to become more flexible with ease.
Why Pescatarian? (Thanks Wikipedia)
“Pescatarian” is a neologism formed as a portmanteau of the Spanish and Portuguese word pescado (“fish as food“) and the English word “vegetarian”. The alternative spelling, “pescetarian”, is influenced by the Italian word pesce (“fish”).
A Pescatarian subsists eats plant derivatives as well as fish. The Merriam-Webster dictionary dates the origin of the term pescatarian to 1993 and defines it as: “one whose diet includes fish but no other meat”.
Similarly to vegetarians, some pescatarians adopt the diet on the basis of ethics, since it is believed by some scientists and others that fish do not feel pain, at least in a way that is directly comparable to pain perception in humans or other animals, often citing the lack of the underlying neural structures in fish, behavioral evidence, or evolutionary considerations. However, the capacity of fish to experience pain in a similar way to other animals remains a highly controversial scientific question, without a clear consensus.
Other pescatarians might regard their diet as a transition to vegetarianism, an ethical compromise, or a practical necessity to obtain nutrients absent or not easily found in plants.
One commonly cited reason is that of health, based on findings that red meat is detrimental to health in many cases due to non-lean red meats containing high amounts of saturated fats, choline and carnitine. Eating certain kinds of fish raises HDL levels, and some fish are a convenient source of omega-3 fatty acids, and have numerous health benefits in one food variety. A 1999 meta-analysis of five studies comparing vegetarian and non-vegetarian mortality rates in Western countries found that in comparison with regular meat-eaters, mortality from ischemic heart disease was 34% lower in pescatarians, 34% lower in ovo-lacto vegetarians, 26% lower in vegans and 20% lower in occasional meat-eaters.
Let’s see how we go…