Caught, Cleaned and Cooked!

My lunch was caught, cleaned and cooked within two hours of eating it! Talk about fresh!

Ben’s dad and brother (Jon) caught Snapper, Whiting and Mackerel. I couldn’t tell what kind I ended up with, but either way it was great!



Cooked! IMG_8977

As you may know, I am pescatarian.  I believe eating “mostly plants” is the best thing for your health, but I also avoid meat because I don’t support the treatment of the animals we use for food.

I do think I would eat chicken if Ben killed it in a humane manner (notice how I didn’t volunteer myself). I know there is free range options, but I am poor and don’t miss meat enough to pay for that.

I just wish there were more opportunities for me to have fresh, local fish like this. I also believe that you should only catch (or kill) what you are actually going to eat.

– End of random thoughts in my brain. –

My plate had salad, a roll with butter and fish. They use real butter here, and they use it very generously. We forgot to pick up more butter at the store and Ben’s mom said, “We can’t live without butter!”  She was dead serious. IMG_8974

I also had dessert in the form of watermelon and a cookie.  IMG_8979*Now that I think of it I ate 3 un-pictured cookies today. I don’t think that it’s that big of a deal, but it’s unaccounted for and the reason my weight loss not happening.

We picked up dinner at the airport. Fort Meyers is a pretty small airport and our choices were very limited. I chose a multi-grain bagel with egg and veggies. It was just okay. I’m kinda disappointed since I love bagels too.IMG_8984

The view from the inside :) IMG_8985

I am very happy to be traveling with Ben on this leg of my journey. We’ve both been traveling for work alone a lot lately and I miss having a flight buddy :) IMG_8987

 Snacks on a plane!


I brought an apple and a SB bar to go along with my complementary diet Coke during the flight.

BLTs = Bites, Licks, Tastes…

– Kashi GoLean Crunch out of box while contemplating life what to make for breakfast.

-  3 Cookies: 1 Fig Newan, 1 Newman sandwich cookie, 1 homemade cookie

– Cherries

– Handful of chips

– Bite of a hushpuppy. I had never tried one before and loved them! But, I’m not surprised I would love something that is basically fried bread

Question of the Day:

1. Do you eat meat?

– If so, do you avoid vegetarian blogs or people?

– If not, why? Is it for health or ethical reasons?

My answer: I eat fish, eggs and dairy. For me it’s for both ethical and health reasons. I try to buy organic and free range dairy and eggs when I can. But, I also think a mostly veggie diet is very healthy and makes me feel best :)

With that being written, I don’t judge anyone for their food choices. It takes all kinds and I know I’m not perfect. So, do what’s best for you and don’t worry about the rest.


  1. says

    I don’t eat meat but I do eat dairy and seafood. I choose to avoid meat not so much for health reasons (although that’s an added bonus) but for environmental and world hunger reasons. Honestly, I don’t know enough about how seafood is acquired to be against it.

    I definitely don’t judge people for their food choices either. Honestly, I think humans can and probably should eat meat (in moderation that is), but I’m choosing not to because I don’t agree with the method of production and distribution. When that changes (or I can afford to buy more sustainably produced meats), I will eat meat again.

  2. says

    Ha! “Snacks on a Plane” – you are funny :)

    I used to be super into eating meat but since I’ve starting reading great blogs like yours I’ve been inspired to try so many more things that don’t require meat. I’m eating less and less lately. I’d LOVE to eat only organic and free range meat but it’s just so much more expensive. I’ve been incorporating more fish into my diet too since I’ve been reading blogs like yours – because I’m learning of new ways to cook with it.

  3. says

    I don’t eat meat, but I do eat eggs and dairy. I just don’t miss it or crave it. I do have dairy and eggs so I can get protein in.

  4. says

    I find that when I don’t have any meat in my diet I don’t recover as well so I eat some chicken, turkey, tuna and salmon. Not a lot, but I feel a big difference.

  5. says

    I have never liked the taste of meat, any kind. And my body refuses to accept dairy. Even though I punish it sometimes with real ice cream.

    I eat eggs, they taste good. But otherwise I guess I’m a vegetarian!

  6. Sue says

    I turned vegan about 2.5 years ago to help with a breathing exercise – I started on the Buteyko method and for it to be effective, a vegan diet was recommended (not required). I had been a once-or-twice-a-week vegan prior to that so making the switch wasn’t difficult – I did it for health purposes and because I’m vain (the spots on my face cleared up when I avoided meat/seafood/by-products).

    I still love reading food blogs with meat/seafood and I don’t find them offensive because I believe everyone should have choices.

  7. says

    Backstory: I lived in a house separate from my parents for the first time just this last year. It was a great opportunity to learn about my cooking and eating habits.

    I do eat meat, although I’ve noticed in the past year that I put together a lot of “accidentally vegetarian” meals, as I call them. They’re meals where I just don’t notice that there isn’t any meat until after they’re already made. I guess it’s just not part of my thought process when I think, what am I going to make for lunch today?

    And that suits me just fine. I know the ethical and environmental issues with meat, and try to make my purchases accordingly – cage-free, free-range, grass-fed, and so forth. My eating style invites me to do so, because I lean toward food that is high-quality and I use meat more as a condiment than as a main dish. Seriously, I’ve had steak twice in the past year. It was delicious, but I just don’t care about it enough to make it more often than that.

    The moral of the story is this: Eat less food overall, and take that money you saved to upgrade your ingredients. I’d rather have a couple strips of amazinggg steak on top of a salad or stir-fry than 16 ounces of mediocre beef in the middle of the plate.

  8. says

    I do eat meat, but not a lot. I’ve never been a huge fan of meat taste-wise, and I can easily go without it for a week at a time and barely notice. When I do eat it, I do shell out the money for local (if possible), humanely-raised, no growth-hormone, free-range, all of that.

    So even though I’m not technically a vegetarian or a pescatarian or any label like that, I do eat a lot of vegetarian meals and follow tons of veggie blogs! :)

  9. says

    I pretty much align with your views about being a pescatarian, as I am one as well. I am still in college and obviously cannot afford free-range chicken or beef, so I stick to the fish. I also eat eggs and some dairy (more as of late since it seems unavoidable in France!) I love finding other people that choose the same lifestyle as me, so as for avoiding vegetarians, helllz no! I embrace them!

  10. says

    I will eat meat, and enjoy it on occasion, but prefer not to. While I’m not ethically opposed to eating meat, I just don’t LOVE it. I’ve toyed with the idea of becoming an official vegetarian, but the thought of not eating bacon or a cuban sandwich ever again makes me sad. When my husband is away (he’s in the military) I go full out veg. It’s easier and cheaper. Even my 8 year old doesn’t like meat, except for chicken nuggets, of course.

    Thankfully my husband isn’t a strictly “meat and potatoes” guy, which makes things easier for me. But for now, I think we’ll keep things the way they are, eating less meat, but not totally doing away with it. I find it’s best not to put a label on things, because when I fail, I’m not as hard on myself.

  11. says

    I eat meat (going to Austin this weekend to enjoy some good old’ BBQ in fact!) but not a lot of it and enjoy many vegetarian meals since they are normally lower in calories.

  12. Alyssa says

    I gave up all meat (but not dairy) 14 years ago, and when I moved to Maryland 5 years ago I started eating seafood, because it was all around me and looked so good! The honest reason I gave it up was because I was eating a Wendy’s chicken nugget and bit into a tendon, and I have not eaten chicken since that moment! Even though I originally gave it up because it grossed me out, the more I hear about the treatment of animals makes me happy I did. I honestly do not want it and I always say if I wake up tomorrow craving a hamburger I will have one! My husband eats meat and I buy and prepare it for him with no problems, it just doesn’t appeal to me personally. I hate when people assume I am going to preach to them or I am some sort of wierdo just because I don’t eat meat – we all have foods we don’t eat!

  13. says

    I eat organic dairy and grass fed beef. It’s entirely ethical for me. And I could never discriminate veggie/non-veggie blogs because I love and learn from them all

  14. says

    I started reading Eating Animals last week and haven’t eaten any meat since. I’m not sure if it’ll stick, but the the book has turned me sour on meat for a while. According to Foer, cage-free means very little in regards to alleviating the cruelty factor, and I was very surprised by the sheer quantities of sea life that are killed to provide the consumer with a single serving of fish. Allegedly, 26 lbs of sea animals are caught, killed and thown back into the sea for every 1lb of shrimp on your plate! That’s crazy, and far, far from the worst of it.

    I’m not against eating meat as I do believe it’s the natural order of things, however I am against factory farming. The vile conditions of the farms, the ANNOUNCED visits of the heath inspector, the genetic tweaking that results in disease and disfigurement – all in the name of saving a dollar. I’m disappointed in the standards that the US has in place – it’s a bureaucratic nightmare.

  15. Rebecca says

    I eat meat and dairy sparingly (there is no way I could totally give up cheese) and to be honest I do it more for health reasons although I do think there is some serious room for improvement with the way farm animals are raised/killed. I do not avoid vegetarian blogs or people, one of my very good friends has been a vegetarian from birth. However, I do avoid vegan blogs/people that talk about meat eaters they way that the Westboro Baptist Church talks about gay people.

  16. says

    I don’t eat meat because I feel like too many resources are wasted on meat production. But like you, I’m not offended when other people choose to eat meat, and I’m not trying to convert anybody.

  17. says

    I eat meat and I have no problem with vegetarians or vegetarian blogs. I was vegetarian for a long time.

    Fresh fish is the best!

  18. says

    same here. i consider myself an ovo-lacto vegetarian … HOWEVER … if in social situations my options are extremely limited then i will eat seafood/chicken… never been much of a red meat eater so that part is easy.

    seafood i get cravings for and will indulge after a few days of waiting to see if it goes away :)

  19. Allison says

    I was a vegetarian for 10 years and then went back to eating some meat when I decided I was really doing it for disordered restrictive eating reasons. Now I eat chicken and turkey once in awhile. Ok and bacon on rare occassions. I don’t like to cook it, so it is mostly up to my husband. When he isn’t around I don’t eatuch at all. But I do fond that it is a good addition to my diet because I used to eat way too many refined carbs in place of protein and healthy fats.

  20. says

    I basically eat it all…but I eat very little meat. I stopped eating much meat after I read the blood type diet, which told me that although meat isn’t bad for all blood types, for a type A, it isn’t what I was meant to eat. However, if I really want some, I’ll eat it. I agree with you about the pricey-ness of more ethically raised and killed animals. I do my best to buy organic milk and free range eggs, but that’s really all I can afford right now. I love vegetarians and their blogs. I think vegetarian dishes often have a lot more imagination and complexity than meat-centered meals. I don’t have any beef (haha) with vegans, but I couldn’t live in a world without eggs. I think I’ve eaten an egg everyday for the past 20 days and just learned that I love them over easy! :)

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