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Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescatarian are all commonly well known types of eating. But no one really knows what Pollotarian is, and I’m here today to discuss my journey on going Pollotarian! Pollotarianism is when one eats chicken, fish, eggs, dairy and cutting out red or processed red meats. For some pollotarians, they’ll cut out products that come from animals (eggs, milk, cheese etc) too.
Why am I going pollotarian? The answer is quite simple. I really just eat chicken. You can ask anyone that knows me, the main meat in my life is chicken, I can just about stand fish but chicken is always my go to meat on my plate. Don’t get me wrong, through out the month I get the craving for spaghetti bolognese, or a good hamburger from McDonalds, but if given the choice I tend to reach always for a chicken option. I’m also not upset with having meat substitutes like Quorn, I quite enjoy their chicken/beef sausages. Another reason is, of course the environment, and cruelty to animals, but also my health. I noticed that red meat is a big factor in my pain management. Whenever I have red meat, my stomach is NOT happy at all. It can tolerate it, but in people who lack an immune system, it can cause a toxic effect. It’s definitely a dietry change I needed to make.
And at the end of August I started the journey. After speaking with my nurse practitioner of course, I started. She advised I still have one meal of “non processed” red meat a month, while my b12 and iron is quite low, plus red meat can affect hormones, in which a few of my conditions affect to, so to give in to a craving I have if needed (So don’t hate on me if you see me eating a hamburger!). Although I’m hoping I can fully cut red meat out eventually.
Why not go full veggie? That’s the hard part. When I was around 12/13 I tried going full vegetarian. But it was way too hard for me, and personally I believe it’s something that maybe I’ll work up to. So I’m taking it a step by step, by going Pollo! No one is perfect, and sometimes people need to try these things out, to see if they can help with our ever growing “plant based” eating diet!
Are you a pollotarian? Do you have any tips or tricks? Meal recipes come in handy!