Most people go into a new diet with one of the following intentions:
- to lose weight
- to gain muscle
- to look a certain way
- for sports
But unfortunately, despite trying for a few weeks (or even months), research shows that the majority of those people fail.
Making the transition to becoming a pescatarian is no different.
If you’re not doing it for the right reasons, it’s going to be tough.
But I feel confident in the fact that you’re here right now.
You are taking a step not many people are willing to do – which is being more aware of what you put in your body through researching the benefits of a pescatarian lifestyle.
So, in this post I’m going to tell you all about becoming a pescatarian in 10 safe, easy to follow steps!
10 Safe Steps To Becoming A Pescatarian
1. Take small steps and cut meat out slowly
If you’re used to consuming meat daily, or even 2-4 times per week – take it slow.
You’ve probably heard of “Meat Free Mondays” by now. It’s where you commit to eating meat free meals every Monday.
In order for it to work, you need to take action right now.
Find the calendar app on your phone, or if you’re old school (like me) grab your calendar off the wall.
Now write down “MEAT FREE” on every Monday for the next month.
If you’re saying “But…I’m already doing Meat Free Monday’s”
Then try going meat free all week then like Treehugger founder, Graham Hill :
P.S – every Monday we post a new meat-free recipe! Hope on our weekly newsletter and you’ll never miss out.
2. Make a public commitment to keep yourself accountable
No, I’m not talking about simply mentioning it to a friend.
I mean, saying it loud and proud.
Like sharing the pledge on right on Facebook or Pinterest.
Or tweeting this to us:I pledge to go #meatfree at least once per week with the help of @fishyvegetarian!Click To Tweet
Not only does making a public statement like this hold you accountable, it’ll also give you social support from your friends and family.
AND it might even encourage them to go meat free!
3. Consider doing a detox
Processed meats such as cold cuts, bacon, and sausages often contain large amounts of salt which if you eat often, can cause damage to your liver.
A good way to help you liver detoxify this excess salt is by adding foods like cranberry juice (with no sugar added), turmeric, bananas, and beet greens to your diet.
One of my favourite daily liver detox drinks is super simple to make and I sip on it throughout the day: 1 part cranberry juice to 4 parts filtered water.
You have to be safe when doing any type of detox, so consult with a nutritionist or your doctor if you’re unsure.
Here are a few more resources on safely detoxing:
4. Drink plenty of water
Drinking enough water throughout the day is essential for reaching your health and fitness goals, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
Water will help speed your metabolic rate, which in turn will leave you feeling fuller and less likely to overeat.
If you find it hard to sip on water throughout the day, infuse it with some fruit like berries, lemon, or oranges.
Or, you could even try some mint and cucumber. Yum!
While 2 liters of water is typically recommended for an average adult, the amount of water you should be drinking each day will depend on your weight, and activity levels.
Use this daily water intake calculator to help you figure out how much water your should be drinking.
5. Have fun in the kitchen and try new recipes
Most people who eat a lot of meat think that they will be limited when it comes to just eating vegetables and fish.
It’s not all salads all the time.
We all know that’s not a sustainable way to live!
Cutting meat out of your diet will allow you to discover meals you never even knew possible.
The important thing is to be to open this discovery.
Something I love doing is taking one of (what used to be) my favourite meat dishes and swapping the ingredients to make it pescatarian friendly.
There’s nothing I used to love more than a juicy BBQ burger with savoury and sweet flavours.
So instead of the meat, we used salmon in this BBQ Salmon Burger recipe.
Grab the recipe for these gluten free salmon burgers
6. Embrace fresh and dried herbs and spices
A little bit goes a long way when you add some fresh herbs and spices to a veggie or fish dish.
Certain flavours can instantly transform you to an exotic place on earth, even though you may never have been there!
Italy, India, Ethiopia, Thailand, France!
Go wherever your taste buds take you.
A few fresh herbs I tend to favour are:
And some of my favourite dried herbs and spices are:
- Red pepper flakes
- Turmeric (we put this on everything!)
- Chili powder
- Curry spice
- Nutritional yeast
7. Get lots of sleep
Getting enough sleep makes sure that your metabolism stays healthy.
If you constantly find yourself with little to no sleep, this can leave your body with a lower ability to properly manage blood sugar.
As a result, you will begin to find that you are hungrier and crave high carb foods more often.
This may also lead to weight gain.
So get your zzz’s!
When you make any change to your diet like eating less meat, dairy, or sugar, you’ll want to make sure that you’re staying active.
It doesn’t matter which level you’re at, try to get moving for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week at least.
Choose the type of exercise that works for you whether than be swimming a few laps (great for your joints), walking in your neighbourhood, or going for a long hike.
If you can only manage 10 minutes – that’s a fair start.
Like my favourite Yoga teacher says when exercising you should:Find what feels good - #YogaWithAdrienneClick To Tweet
9. Plan to make it a lifestyle, not a diet
Once your body starts to adjust to your new way of life, it’s normal to feel a lack of energy, nausea, fatigue, irritability and cravings.
These are all related to detoxing foods previously in your body.
This is the critical time when most people think “this isn’t worth it” and give up.
If you’re truly in this for the journey, and not just for a “quick fix” then I’d encourage you to stick to it.
I can honestly say the best way to stick to it long term is having your meals planned.
At least for the first year or two as you adjust to your new lifestyle.
A simple way to do it, is to buy a small notebook and write down your meals for the upcoming week.
You’ll wake up each day knowing what you’re eating that day and trust me, you’ll thank yourself for doing this.
There are plenty of sites you can get no meat recipe ideas like:
Because you happen to be on our site, I’ll recommend our recipes page as well 😉
Why Should I Change My Diet?
Listen, we’re not saying going meat-free is for everyone.
Changing your diet is a personal decision that has to be made by you.
Note how you feel after constantly eating fried, fatty foods like burgers and hot dogs.
You probably won’t feel very good at all.
If you do continue to eat meat, there are better options than what is typically found at the grocery store.
But, if you’re still interested in becoming a pescatarian, then changing your diet to one that includes whole, natural foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish will change your life in a very positive way.
And these 9 tips I shared will help get you there.
If you’re ready to move forward on your pescatarian journey I’ve put together a one-sheet outline that shows you how to create your own balanced pescatarian meal plan. Download it below.