Two years ago today I woke up a pescatarian. The thought had been floating around in my mind for a new weeks before that (watching Princess Mononoke was the final push I needed – have you seen it?) but I called it quits with meat on February 16, 2012. And while I'm not a full vegetarian (how could I say no to sushi?!) I do feel better since cutting out other meaty foodies. Here are a few things I've learned in the last two years
10 Things I've Learned Being A Vegetarian (who can't give up sushi)
- Eating things with faces creep me out. And this obviously extends to fish as well (which is why I'm working on cutting it out of my diet completely) but something about eating any other animal has officially started to freak me out.
- Vegetables are awesome. Including brussels sprouts. And cauliflower. You know, things that I would never dream of eating before.
- I still don't love fruits. Pass the vegetables, please.
- I don't miss meat. Okay, except bacon. Is it weird that I actually had a dream about bacon last week? Besides that, I haven't had any sort of meat cravings in the last 2 years.
- Having dinner with other people can be awkward. I always feel a bit weird when people invite me over to dinner and I have to awkwardly inform them that I don't eat meat. And I end up feeling bad … but not bad enough to eat meat.
- Some people think it is stupid to be a vegetarian or pescatarian and like to tell you. Repeatedly. Hey, I used to be that person!
- Cooking is more fun and an adventure. My old dinners consisted of chicken or beef and carbs and a salad. Now they consist of at least 3 different types of vegetables and maybe a carb or starch. It has been a lot of fun getting creative with new recipes.
- I crave healthier foods. For some reason I've been craving healthier foods in general since becoming a pescatarian.
- I really want to stop eating fish. My heart honestly hurts every time I eat fish. Yes, even sushi. I recently saw this quote and it pretty much sums up how I feel:
“I went snorkeling and noticed how gently the fish welcomed us into their world, compared to the violence with which we welcome them into ours. That incident caused me to became a vegetarian” (Syndee Brinkman, I think).
- But I really love sushi. And it probably isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Anyway, happy 2 years to me! I'm actually pretty proud that I've been (mostly) meat-free for the last two years.