Appearing on bookshelves just in time for Lent is a new book from Janis Jibrin, RD, ‘The Pescetarian Plan.’ Taking healthy eating principles from both Mediterranean and Japanese diets, the book outlines a clear way to improve overall health and nutrition by following a pescetarian diet.
Pescetarian diets are vegetarian diets in which fish and seafood are consumed, but all other types of meat are eliminated. They are similar to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet in that eggs and dairy are still consumed, as well as insect by-products like honey. Many cultures’ diets are similar to a pescetarian diet, and combining those into a diet is the premise of Jibrin’s new book, released this past Tuesday.
In her book, Jibrin states that though American diets rely primarily on red meat and poultry for protein, both are eliminated in The Pescetarian Plan and instead rely primarily on seafood for protein. This seafood is usually rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
In addition to seafood, Jibrin, who is not only an author but the lead nutritionist for The Best Life Diet, shares other foods in The Pescetarian Plan that can be used as sources of protein. They include cheese, eggs, edamame, tofu and other plant-based proteins. However, the book does not outline any options for those with sensitivities to any particular type of fish or seafood.
The plant-based portion of Jibrin’s suggested The Pescetarian Plan makes up a large part of the diet. In the book she points out that many Americans rely on potatoes and apples for their vegetable and fruit intake. In The Pescetarian Plan, Jibrin suggests trying fruits and vegetables that are available in the produce section of your local grocery store and are less traditional. Though they may not be typical Mediterranean produce, she recommends sweet potatoes along with kiwi, mango, and fig.
Jibrin’s book encourages readers to start a healthier eating plan based on principles of cultures with seafood-based diets. While it does not outline a strict diet plan, The Pescetarian Plan allows people to discover the benefits of a vegetarian and seafood diet for themselves.