New Book, The ‘Pescetarian Plan,’ Says Pescatarianism is Healthiest

Appearing on bookshelves just in time for Lent is a newbook from Janis Jibrin, RD, ‘The Pescetarian Plan.’ Takinghealthy eating principles from both Mediterranean andJapanese diets, the book outlines a clear way to improveoverall health and nutrition by following a pescetariandiet.

Pescetarian diets are vegetarian diets in which fish andseafood are consumed, but all other types ofmeat are eliminated. They are similar to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet inthat eggs and dairy are still consumed, as well as insectby-products like honey. Many cultures’ diets are similar toa pescetarian diet, and combining those into a diet is the premise of Jibrin’s newbook, released this past Tuesday.

In her book, Jibrin states that though American diets relyprimarily on red meat and poultry for protein, both areeliminated in The Pescetarian Plan and instead rely primarily on seafood for protein. This seafood is usually richin omega-3 fatty acids which can prevent heart disease,cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

In addition to seafood, Jibrin, who is not only an authorbut the lead nutritionist for The Best Life Diet, sharesother foods in The Pescetarian Plan that can be used assources of protein. They include cheese, eggs, edamame,tofu and other plant-based proteins. However, the bookdoes not outline any options for those with sensitivitiesto 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 shepoints out that many Americans rely on potatoes and applesfor their vegetable and fruit intake. In The Pescetarian Plan, Jibrin suggests trying fruits and vegetables that areavailable in the produce section of your local grocery store andare less traditional. Though they may not be typicalMediterranean produce, she recommends sweet potatoes alongwith kiwi, mango, and fig.

Jibrin’s book encourages readers to start a healthiereating 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 benefitsof a vegetarian and seafood diet for themselves.


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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Mary L.
Mary L4 years ago

Thanks, I love shell fish.

Jordan G.
Jordan G4 years ago

Spring G. has it right as to the killing -- though I can't condone any of the killing, no matter how I try to justify it ... which I guess answers my roadkill conundrum: if it's dead by other causes perhaps it's Karma-free. It's not my scene, but perhaps the issue is the killing, not the eating.

Nicole H.
Nicole L4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jacqueline S.
Jacqueline S4 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D4 years ago

I'm vegan because you can't say you love animals and then eat them or allow them to suffer the way they do before becoming your next meal. That's being a hypercritic in my book.

Maki M.
Maki M4 years ago

You can replace the Edamame- Beans for fish. They are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. I have stopped eating fish due to overfishing. I really enjoy eating variety type of beans instead.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago


Cesar Reyes
Cesar Reyes4 years ago

Cool. Now I have a word to easily explain my diet :) Btw, for those who can't eat seafood (for an allergy reason or stuff like that), contact me. I was allergic to seafood once, then I started working on consciense through Zen meditation, Taekwondo, acupuncture and group therapy. I found out many interesting things about my emotions and intentions that were promoting this "barrier" to a healthy way of eating. If you suffer the same I dealt with - and still dealing: I can't eat carrots... yet - don't hesitate to write.