Pescaterianism (also spelled pescatarian) is the practice of a diet that includes seafood, but not the flesh of other animals. A pescatarian (or pesceterian)  diet typically shares many of its components with a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet and includes vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, dairy, and insect byproducts (such as honey, carmine, or shellac), but unlike a vegetarian diet it also includes fish and shellfish.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary dates the origin of the term “pescatarian” to 1993 and defines it as: “one whose diet includes fish but no other meat.”


The Vegetarian Society, which initiated popular use of the term “vegetarian” as early as 1847, does not consider a pesctarian be a vegetarian. The definitions of “vegetarian” in mainstream dictionaries vary. Pescetarianism is similar to many traditional diets emphasizing fish as well as fruits, vegetables and grains. Many coastal populations tend to eat this way and these features characterize the traditional Mediterranean diet and the diets of many parts of Asia, Northern Europe, and the Caribbean. These traditional diets tend to also include meat although it is peripheral.

A pescatarian is  sometimes described as vegetarian or pesco-vegetarian, and often people unfamiliar with vegetarianism believe the pescetarian diet to be vegetarian. In common with vegetarians, pescetarians often eat eggs and dairy products, in addition to fruits, vegetables, and grains.


I would recommend Pescetarianism (only fish) to anyone that has done a long-term fast and is looking for a life-time change that will help sustain weight loss and optimum health. Many people like to fast and do very well while fasting. But the moment the fast is over and they have to return to eating, they fall to pieces. Setting up a structured (pescatarian or other) diet plan before the fast is over is one of the most important things you can do. As I said, Pescatarian diets allow you to eat any combination of vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans and fish or seafood.  Mammals or birds, however, are banned.

Some pescatarian practitioners eat eggs and dairy products, while others do not.

The most recent Merriam-Webster Inc.’s dictionary includes a new entry pescatarian, which they define as a “vegetarian whose diet includes fish.” The word itself blends the Italian word “pesce” which means fish and the English word “vegetarian”.

Most vegetarians do not eat fish and will not consider a pescatarian to be a true vegetarian in spite of any dictionary or word origin.

No matter: If you have struggled with your weight for a long time and are fed up with the yo/yoing, then I would implore you to consider the pescatarian path, even if only for a few months. This is particularly important if you are practicing intermittent or long-term fasting. A 30-day fast is great; but it should be be done over and over and over because you keep blowing it and gaining all of the weight back. I tries the pescatarian path for an entire year and actually hit my lowest weight ever, 185 pounds. My normal weight is 195 to 210 pounds.

Give pescatarian diets a shot. What have you got to lose? The first six-to-nine months after weight loss are the most crucial. What you do in those months will determine whether you keep the weight off or get back on the see-saw. Check out the video underneath for more about the pescatarian diet.


Vegetarian Pescetarian

I’m a veggie/pesce…Tune in to learn how long, why, and other people’s reactions to this decision. Had to reupload because audio and movie were not matching.

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