A pescatarian is defined as someone who does not consume beef, lamb, pork, venison, chicken, or turkey BUT does consume fish, seafood, eggs, and dairy. A lacto-ovo vegetarian is defined as someone who does not consume meat BUT does consume eggs and dairy. I first became a vegetarian when I was 17 years old. I read the book "Skinny Bitch" by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. I was disgusted within minutes and I immediately put the meat down.
In 2008 it was not as common to be a vegetarian. I moved away to university a year and a half later, slowly becoming a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I was living in a new city, scrambling with classes, and became slightlyyyy obsessed with partying in my late teen years. There was no time set aside to continue to be a vegetarian when I was constantly on the move and eating out. I blocked out the images of animal torture from my mind (shame on me).
Fast forward five years later, my hidden passion for environmental conservation was more exposed. I realized becoming a vegetarian again would decrease my carbon footprint. However, this time around, I was a pescatarian. I would eat eggs nearly everyday - they were great before or after a workout! Seafood would be my go-to for lunches and dinners. Here and there I would have a bite of meat. Fun fact about me: I am half-chinese. What you may not realize is even if your shrimp dumpling is said to be 'seafood' it actually has a bit of beef or pork in it. This helps out with the consistency of the mix. So there were many situations like this when I was eating Chinese food with my family and therefore consuming a small portion of meat.
2019 - We all know the research has been done to prove that a vegan diet has the least impact on our planet, there is no more denying it. As an environmentalist, it is my duty to practice what I preach. "The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion." Not only that but I guilted myself into watching videos of animal torture, nearly puking. I did not want to waste any food when I arrived back home after vacation so I ate everything I had left that was an animal or came from an animal. I officially became vegan on January 22, 2019 and honestly...it has been relatively easy. I feel like so many people became vegan in 2019. Let's keep the trend going - it's the number one sector that will decrease climate change. I have recipes to come on Earthub!