Pescatarianism, by name and by nature is the best of both worlds. Better than Veganism, in that affords a non-strict dietary and it allows eating seafood with dairy, eggs and abundance of plant food while cutting red meat and poultry out of your diet. Pescetarianism is the arguably the most luxurious holistically way of living.
As mentioned in my previous post in regards my Sickle Cell Disease, with the title hinting at the content of this post, Pescatarianism has been an integral part of my daily routine. It was a change that needed to occur to detox, combat the stress of dealing with joint pains, lower the hospital visits, and feel more energetic. We, Sickle cell warriors know that drinking plenty of fluid is essential, hence the constant reminder from our doctors. We are also reminded to incorporate food with a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin D. But, what other foods can help improve circulation and red blood cell production.
High In Folic Acid
In aid to improve appetites, food with folates, the folic acid found in broccoli, avocado, kale, asparagus, spinach among other leafy vegetables helps cell production and red blood cells. You can eat these vegetables into various meals, be it liquid or solid form.
If you have an avid rice eating family a switch from white rice and bread to brown (rice and bread) strengthen your lungs and provides consistent energy. This method ensures kissing the fatigue away especially in the colder months as it possesses anti-depressant qualities, powerful antioxidants (It nourishes the body, accelerates healing, and enhances its ability to fight infections.)
Five A Day
Despite people associating watermelon with water and sugar, it contains a high level of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with a few calories. It a great way to hydrate for those that don’t like water, reduces muscle soreness which us, sickle cell warriors are well acquainted with, building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Grapes and squash are also great for facilitating increased production of red blood cells for the bone marrow. Any fruits that contain Vitamin C is perfectly fine. (Kiwi, Strawberry, Oranges)
Throughout this post, I’ve hinted at hydration with the mention of water and watermelon. Adding to the list of hydrating, coconut water helps replenish fluids in the body system, contains antioxidants that protect cells from damaging free radicals, relax muscle tension and boost energy. However, coconut water shouldn’t replace water but can be an excellent alternative to other drinks that are low in sugar and calories.
Being pescatarian has boosted my immune system which has reduced my hospital visits drastically. Before transitioning to pescetarianism, I’ve always had yoghurts after breakfast and dinner along with green tea especially during the colder months, without realising that this food stimulate your immune system to help fight diseases.
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