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I'm Michelle from Portland, Oregon. I've been a flexetarian for years, eating mainly vegetarian, but made the whole leap this past Fall. I gave up pork and beef years ago (never liked the taste or how it made my body feeling after eating it) but didn't gave up chicken. I decided I didn't like the taste of chicken either. I don't miss it and will never go back! This is easy since I don't like the taste or how it makes me feel. What's hard for me is seafood.... Anyone have advice or words of wisdom to make this transition easier?
 

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Fish take longer to die. They are tortuered is fishnets.
 

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I have an easy tip, stop eating it. Seriously, stop right now. Watch Earthlings and read the book Eating Animals by Saffran Foer. If the disgusting imagery and vile written descriptions of how sea life is treated, then I don't know.
 

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Hello and welcome to Veggieboards Michelle.<br><br>
Would any sea vegetables help to replicate some of the taste of fish etc? I have only ever tried sea vegetables once, I bought hijiki, and the taste was certainly not to my liking. Also try to drop the term "seafood" which implies that animals that live in the oceans are only there to be eaten by humans.
 

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First of all, it's great that you're making more compassionate choices and I wish you luck in continuing your journey by eliminating sea animals in your diet. If you're looking for facts to dissuade you...sea animals tend to be loaded with mercury which is harmful to the nervous system. Overfishing is a major problem in that the ocean floor is scraped up and destroyed by fishing nets. It's been estimated that if the world continues to fish at current rates, sea life would be seriously depleted and there may not be many fish left in the next 30-40 years. Another issue is bycatch where unintended animals get caught in the nets or fishing lines - animals such as dolphins, sea turtles and many non-target fish or crustaceans are caught, often killed and discarded off the side of the boat. Very importantly, fish suffer and feel pain. Many can be squeezed so tightly in those holding tanks that their guts pop out and yes, being dragged across the sea floor by nets for miles is painful. I could give other examples but I think you get the idea. If anyone has anything else to add, feel free!<br><br>
Luckily, you can obtain protein and omega-3's from various other sources. I'll assume you've got protein down so here are some sources of omega-3's: ground flax seeds or flaxseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, algae supplements. If you miss the fishy/sea taste, one way to mimic it is to use kelp powder. For example, you can make mock tuna using mashed chickpeas, kelp powder and other ingredients. Please, let us know if you need recipes or other replacements. Good luck!
 

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First of all, it's great that you're making more compassionate choices and I wish you luck in continuing your journey by eliminating sea animals in your diet. If you're looking for facts to dissuade you...sea animals tend to be loaded with mercury which is harmful to the nervous system. Overfishing is a major problem in that the ocean floor is scraped up and destroyed by fishing nets. It's been estimated that if the world continues to fish at current rates, sea life would be seriously depleted and there may not be many fish left in the next 30-40 years. Another issue is bycatch where unintended animals get caught in the nets or fishing lines - animals such as dolphins, sea turtles and many non-target fish or crustaceans are caught, often killed and discarded off the side of the boat. Very importantly, fish suffer and feel pain. Many can be squeezed so tightly in those holding tanks that their guts pop out and yes, being dragged across the sea floor by nets for miles is painful. I could give other examples but I think you get the idea. If anyone has anything else to add, feel free!<br><br>
Luckily, you can obtain protein and omega-3's from various other sources. I'll assume you've got protein down so here are some sources of omega-3's: ground flax seeds or flaxseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, algae supplements. If you miss the fishy/sea taste, one way to mimic it is to use kelp powder. For example, you can make mock tuna using mashed chickpeas, kelp powder and other ingredients. Please, let us know if you need recipes or other replacements. Good luck!</div>
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Thanks for your post Rhys, extremely helpful for me!!
 
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