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Hi<br><br>
I have been a vegetarian for about two years now. I don't eat meat but do eat dairy and eggs. I want to start eating fish again. (tuna, etc) but am afraid of my body's reaction to it after not eating it for so long. Is this harmful?? Thanks!<br><br>
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well, technically you won't be a vegetarian anymore then, you'd be a pescetarian. I'm not sure how you're body would react, but if you started eating a lot of fish, I'm sure it would be taken aback a little.<br><br>
eg. When I became veg, I started eating beans, and I used to hate them before, and definitely, my body was not prepared, because I had lots of gas. But over time, I got used to them and now eating beans is just like eating anything else for me.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by superjane</i><br><br><b>well, technically you won't be a vegetarian anymore then, you'd be a pescetarian.</b></div>
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Actually, technically, he / she would be an omnivore.<br><br><br><br>
I've had veggie friends tell me that they'd eaten meat after months or years of not having done so and that they'd been sick to their stomachs after the fact, both for physical and emotional reasons.
 

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Yeah, my mom bought some meat last week. She didn't eat it as it grossed her out (it was a kind of meat that she had always thought gross though).<br><br><br><br>
I have to concur with EquiPro, why the fish?
 

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There is a huge push for people to start eating more fish, for the Omega-3 content. It seems like every day there is another article in the paper touting the health benefits of eating fish. I have to admit, I'm tempted myself, especially since it would make restaurant eating so much easier. But in the end, I think I like the vegan label, strange as it may sound. It's just easier to tell people I'm a vegan when it comes up in conversation than to go through a list of what I do and don't eat. I guess I refrain out of convenience sake.<br><br>
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I think the benefit touting is due the unwillingness (fear?) of the doctors / health professionals / authors / media to think about or recommend a veg diet. So they figure it's better to preach about fish.<br><br><br><br>
For us it's a step back. The only unique "nutrient" in fish is the cholesterol and the saturated fat.
 

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Agreed. There are plenty of non-animal sources of essential fatty acids. They have the added benefit of not providing you with the various toxins and metals that build up in fish (e.g. mercury).
 

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I didn't even like cooked fish when I ate meat.<br><br><br><br>
I did enjoy sashimi though very much - now though - the idea of raw fish is not appetizing to me.
 

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The big push for Omega 3s is just the nutrient du jour for magazine editors to bulk up their pages. Within the next few months something else will "capture" their attention.<br><br><br><br>
It's very easy to get Omega 3s on a vegan diet through flax seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts among other items. The benefit of the Omega 3s from fish is far outweighed by the detriment in the form of added fat, cholesterol and illness through ingestion of heavy metals. Not to mention, many popular varieties of fish have been heavily over-fished, reducing their numbers drastically (as in the case of Chilean sea bass and swordfish).<br><br><br><br>
If you do decide to dabble in the fish flesh, be sure to avoid consuming swordfish, tuna, halibut, sea bass, and grouper. The EPA and FDA both agree that these fish have become so tainted with mercury that they are unsafe for human consumption. If you are a man or a woman who is not pregnant, lactating, or seeking to become pregnant it is relatively safe to eat mahimahi only once a week.<br><br><br><br>
Really for many reasons fish isn't all that it's cracked up to be nutritionally. And certainly, it's unethical to consume anyway.
 

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You might want to read the article I posted in the "news" forum about the effect that commercial fishing has had, and continues to have, on the Earth's oceans. We tend to think of the oceans as being so vast that we can only have a minor effect. I was shocked to learn how great the detrimental effect that we've had actually is.
 

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i think if you start eating it in small quantities, and choose light, high quality fish meats, you shouldn't have too much trouble. your body will have to adjust, just as it did to a vegetarian diet, but in a week or after a few meals with fish, you'll probably be fine with it, and can add in fattier fish meats such as salmon.
 

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i don't want to preach but though be interested in considering reading this before you do so:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vnv.org.au/Fish.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vnv.org.au/Fish.htm</a>
 

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Yes, you will probably feel sick when you eat fish at first. Whenever I unwittingly consume meat products, my bowels pretty much explode.<br><br><br><br>
Although, my college roommate went back to eating meat for a year b/c she was studying away in Korea (not only are there not a lot of veggie options, but it's also considered pretty rude to refuse someone's offer of food in that culture). She went really slow to allow her system time to adapt-- first just broths, then light meals w/meat, and so on. I don't think she had much problem with it, except psychologically-- she went back to being veg*n as soon as she returned to the US.
 

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I started eating fish for a while after being vegetarian for many years because of all the Omega 3 stuff I read. However, it didn't last long. I felt fine when I did it. As a matter of fact, I felt better. *However*, I'm pretty sure I felt better when I started eating fish because I wasn't consuming any Omega 3 EFA's prior to that. After reading about the horrors of the high mercury levels in fish and feeling awful about consuming a living being, I educated myself about alternative Omega 3 sources and have felt fine since. If this is the reason you want to start eating fish again, please look into other sources of EFA's that don't pose a threat to your body with mercury. Plus, I'm sure your conscience will be better off without consuming fish. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I used to be a "fake vegetarian" who ate fish, due to some rather delicate rationalizing. Actually I'd never liked fish much before, but when it became the only meat I allowed myself, I ate a lot more of it. I assumed it was quite healthful. But now that I've heard about all the heavy-metal issues with fish, I regret that I consumed so much. I would definitely not eat it again for both ethical <i>and</i> health reasons.<br><br><br><br>
Kinda freaky when you hear a report on NPR telling you that 100% of canned tuna tested too high for mercury, and you think back to all the tuna sandwiches, tuna casseroles, and tuna salads that mom served you ...<br><br><br><br>
But <i>if</i> I was going to eat fish, I would make sure to buy only farm-raised varieties, as the over-fishing of the oceans is waaaay out of control.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Oatmeal</i><br><br><b>The only unique "nutrient" in fish is the cholesterol and the saturated fat.</b></div>
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Mmmmmm yumm (sarcasm)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 
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