The 1st of July marks six month of my living as a pescetarian!
I used to believe I could never leave red meat and poultry especially after trying the DIVINE Japanese beef. I believed so despite my knowledge that meat production is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, which cause climate change, and I had been a promoter of climate action for the past years. Also I knew how poisonous our poultry and beef products are – how they inject chemicals into chicken – and how polluting animal farms are. Still, I consciously chose not to cut my emotional bond with beef burgers and chicken karaage.
That was until last year. I was involved in a research on lifestyles carbon footprint in which we reviewed lifestyles aligned with global climate change goals. I saw how our food choices make up a large portion of our emissions and also a hotspot where reduction will be largely effective.
This research convinced me to make the change. If reducing beef and supporting less carbon-intensive produce help the environment and prevent humanity from damage due to climate change, I will try to do it. And I will eat healthier too.
So the first step is to cut beef, the largest greenhouse gas emitter. This wasn’t hard since I don’t cook much beef anyway. Eatingiout isn’t a big challenge either – there are always vegetables and seafood options.
Second on the list are lamb and mutton. Easy – I hardly ever eat them. Chicken is trickier since it’s so common and affordable. But I managed.
Next comes the bigger challenge for me: dairy products and eggs! Forgetting or even reducing cheese will be a great and sad life change for me. I’m not ready, so for now I just changed cow milk to soy.
This experience was quite unique.
The first verdict: soy milk sucked in coffee. Thus started my experiment using different flavors andccombinations (surprisingly there are plenty of soy milk flavors in Japan). I told myself if Starbucks could make their Soy Latte work, so can I.
Then I found the solution: coffee works with warm soy milk. So I just added a few minutes of breakfast time to heat soy milk before mixing it with coffee and sugar as usual. It works!
Egg is hard to leave, not because I love it but because it’s so practical and easily found ‘hidden’ in dishes when eating out. For the moment I will keep it in my diet.
Now six months have passed and.. it’s not a big deal! I don’t miss beef or chicken. I even dislike the taste of chicken now… I buy veggies and fish for home cooking and chose ‘seafood’ or ‘vegetarian’ option when eating out. I follow many vegetarian cooking accounts on Instagram. :))
I started this in Japan and I’m now adjusting to options and groceries in Jakarta. So far it’s been trickier, not because I can’t resist but because options aren’t plenty.
But pescatarian living is doable here and anywhere in the world. For me, it’s worth for my better health and avoiding climate change.
As I learned from yoga, everything we feel and think comes from the mind. The old me thought “I can never be”, but yet now, I am. And it’s nothing too difficult.