The very same name “pescetarian” suggests that mollusks, crustaceans and especially fish, both from river and sea are the basic participants in this diet that some consider it as a vegetarian.
What is a Pescetarian diet?
The Pescetarian diet, excludes few foods, mainly any type of meat (poultry, pork, lamb, veal, etc.) and, according to personal decision, also eggs and milk (as in the vegan diet).
Indeed it has points in common with the vegetarian diet, since fruits, vegetables, vegetables, legumes and cereals are part of this diet along with the essential foods of marine origin.
It is completely effective and healthy at the time of losing weight. It is in fact very similar to the Mediterranean diet, from which it only eliminates certain products. It has also similarities to the traditional Japanese gastronomy and of Southeast Asia in which the fish results as basic ingredient in the daily menu.
Fish, a source of essential fatty acids
The intake of fish, in any of its varieties, provides the body with some of the essential amino acids it needs for its proper functioning. In addition, fish provides animal protein (the most biologically complete) and essential fatty acids, specifically Omega 3 and Omega 6.
The benefits that these fatty acids of fish provide to health and physical and mental fitness are more than remarkable:
- They lower triglyceride levels, protecting the heart and improving blood circulation.
- They intervene in the correct connection of neurons, “caring” the brain and protecting it from cognitive impairment (prevention of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases).
- They are powerful anti-inflammatories.
- They help maintain the balance of our hormonal system.
- In addition to Omega 3 and 6, it should not be forgotten that fish is a source of vitamins (especially vitamin D and vitamin A) and of minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium or selenium.
What to eat and what not in the pescetariana diet?
Salmon, sardines, trout, anchovies, hake, roosters, mackerel, grouper … there are many fish that make this diet not to be monotonous and unattractive.
Almost any variety of fish, both white and blue, is allowed, although in general it is recommended to consume those of small or medium size (compared to the larger ones because, unfortunately, given the current contamination of the seas, they ingest and they concentrate in their meat greater amounts of harmful residues like the mercury in those fish).
With respect to crustaceans (prawns, lobsters, crabs …) and molluscs (mussels, oysters, cockles …), the diet allows them and always advises that they are of good quality and we are sure of their origin. Keep in mind that sometimes these nutrient-rich “seafood” can hide chemical residues that make them lose their good properties.
How to follow the Pescetarian diet
This diet does not have an exact end. In fact it is a personal choice whose goal is to maintain the correct weight and find physical and mental well-being, or also a first choice to, at a given time, move to a vegan or even a vegan diet.
In any case, it is a very varied diet in which the main restriction is the consumption of any type of meat coming from “the earth”. It’s not about eating fish and seafood constantly. Simply include them in the menu 4-5 times a week. Food of vegetable origin: fruits, vegetables, vegetables and cereals, will make up the rest of the meals of the weekly menu.
If you are one of those people who enjoy eating sea food, this is the perfect opportunity for you to achieve the results and obtain a perfect figure. Make your own menu and watch how you drop pounds successfully!