I’m a pescatarian masquerading as a vegetarian. I didn’t choose this undercover lifestyle– it’s a label that meat-eaters have given me. It’s like this — no one knows what a pescatarian is. If someone asks me if I eat meat, and I call myself a pescatarian outright, people stare. I think the word comes off as pretentious. So I say I’m a vegetarian that eats seafood.
I find it interesting how people judge me based on what I eat. People’s views range drastically. On one side of the spectrum, there are people like the vegan who claimed I was ‘cheating’ as a vegetarian because I like Haribo gummy candies, which have gelatin, an animal byproduct, as an ingredient. I don’t mind eating candies or jellies with gelatin in them because I’m more focused on not eating animal flesh.
However, most people fall on the other side of the spectrum: the people who eat meat, who– when they discover that I don’t eat it too — incredulously ask me “What do you eat?”
Normally when I get that question, I’m at a loss for words. Because I’m confused. I think that people mistake this pause in conversation as the time it takes me to make a mental catalog of the three things that I can eat. But the truth is, I don’t understand the question. I mean, what can’t I eat?
Pescatarians can eat:
1. Carrot fries
Hope you’ve enjoyed this mini-feast for the eyes! These are all simple dishes that I made this past year when I was studying at my master’s program in LSE. So, being a pescatarian/vegetarian doesn’t require any special culinary skills or pricey, rare ingredients. Also, although PETA activists may have given non-meat-eaters a bad rep, contrary to popular belief most of us don’t care if our friends and family eat meat. It’s your body, consume what you want. We respect your choice, so please respect ours. And the next time you wonder what non-meat-eaters eat, just come back to this post. We lead a varied, nutrient-packed and very delicious diet. 🙂