Was this Salmon Wild Caught??

24 May

I have been a vegetarian since I was 7 years old. Dude, that mean it’s almost been twenty years!  Twenty years!! That’s crazy!  For most of those years I was a regular old ovo-lacto vegatarian (meaning I ate dairy and eggs),  I went Vegan for just over 6 months and am now a committed pescatarian.  As a pescatarian I eat fish, dairy and eggs.  I added fish to my diet again about two years ago after many years of going back and forth about the idea. 

I can’t decide whether or not I’m okay with the moral idea of killing a fish (usually by suffocating it) for my dinner.  This seems cruel and it really doesn’t sit well with me.   But I made the decision that I would over look that fact.  It’s hard for me to admit, but although I’m aware that not all fishing practices are sustainable or humane- I have decided to eat fish.  I am a vegetarian because I love cows and pigs and chickens- I don’t NOT eat meat because I think it’s a wise environmental choice (though it is), nor do I abstain from a juicy steak because I think it’s bad for my heart.  I just seems too mean to eat meat that was killed in a mean and disrespectful manner- I can’t get down with abusing animals….It just doesn’t feel right for me.  If it feels right for you, then by all means, BBQ away, just try to think about where you buy your meat.   I think cows are sweet and timid and beautiful.  There is no way that I will ever eat meat again after all the PETA videos I’ve seen over the years.  But…I will eat seafood. 

I started eating seafood again for 3 reasons: 1. I think sushi, scallops, and nice garlic-y grilled halibut steak are totally amazing and delicious, 2. It’s good for you, 3. I feel amazing when I eat it. 

I think these three points are definitely reason enough to include something in my diet…don’t you?? The only downside I could come up with when making my descion was the potential for mercury poisoning.  I know that ALOT of fish has a very high mercury level ( fish like Albacore, swordfish and shark) and I also know this worries alot of people.  The only 1 of those fish I eat is albacore and I try to limit that to once or twice a week. Most of the time I eat salmon and mahi mahi which are on the low-end of mercury content scale.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about wild salmon lately and almost everything I read says that the benefit of the easily absorbable Omega 3’s in salmon FAR out weigh any risk of its mercury content.  Please note I said WILD caught salmon.  Farmed salmon tend to have lower levels or omega threes due to a crappy diet, are raised in unsanitary water, are often given antibiotics, have sea lice,  and  have higher contamination levels.  Just stay away from farm raised fish whenever possible. Imagine how disgusting a jam-packed salmon farm would be?  

But as for delicious and responsibly wild caught seafood- it’s a great FIT addition to your diet.  A food low in saturated fat, high in protein, that always makes me feel great?  I’m ‘hooked’!

 Below are some of the ways I like to eat seafood:

~Baked Salmon (wild caught, always!) topped with lemon and dill

~grilled mahi mahi with pineapple or mango salsa

~ Seared scallops with a garlic sauce (also very low in mercury, low in cals and high in protien)

~ spicy salmon rolls ( a cut sushi roll filled with raw salmon and sriracha hot sauce)

~ Any fish simply grilled, topped with sliced avocado and drizzled with soy sauce or Bragg’s amino acids- PLEASE try this….  ripe creamy avocado on fish is absolutely the best combination there is! Umami at it’s finest!

~ Halibut, crusted in anything, served with steamed veggies

~ Fish Tacos!  Fish tacos are a San Diego specialty and one of my favorite foods-  the fried ones taste great and are an okay indulgence every so often but are obviously not  healthy  like the  blackened or grilled!

This was the BEST fish taco I’ve ever had in my life. It’s blackened, wild caught Ono and it comes from Duke’s restaurant in Maui. I can’t talk it up enough- if you go to Hawaii, you must order this!

 

A grilled Mahi taco from South Beach in Ocean Beach on taco Tuesday.

I am NOT a nutritionist so if you’re worried about mercury of this risks of eating raw fish- take it up with your doctor…and consult him before listening to ANYTHING you read on this blog (don’t sue me!). With that being said…. After a lot of reading and many months of personal experimentation I think I can safely say that fish is the number 1 FIT food.  I recently read  that the #1 thing you can do for health is to include fish in your diet.  If you don’t eat it…well umm start eating it! You’ll feel great! I promise- oh yeah and maybe if you start  switching out a couple of pasta dinners for some salmon- you’ll even drop a few lbs!

 

photo from simplyrecipes.com

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