In the last eight months of my life, I made one of the best changes for my health. Since, I've made the transition from a vegetarian to a pescatarian I've noticed amazing differences in so many areas of my life. Throughout the majority of college and graduate school and into my young professional life, I was a strict vegetarian for nearly six years. Until what seemed to be all of a sudden, people close to me started to notice and share that they thought I was underweight and looked unhealthy, For a while, I just couldn't accept it. It seemed impossible that it could be due to my diet (I was SUPER healthy and selective in my food choices and habits). In reality, I often didn't feel well and caught multiple colds throughout the year. The real turning point was when I started to notice hair loss and dull skin and nails. I knew I needed to make a change and wasn't ready to start eating meat again, due to the health reasons I had cut it out of my diet for before.
So, I started to read. I devoured every piece of research on the best and healthiest ways of eating I could find. From longer life expectancy, to organic, sustainability, eating for your blood types, and beyond, (I think you get the point.)
The one that really stuck out to me was the Mediterranean diet, for the diversity and the nutrient rich and fresh ingredients it's based on. Plus, for an added bonus, my heritage is from that region so I knew it was going to be the best option for me to try.
Now, I can honestly say, all of those areas of my health have improved over the last eight months. I shifted to a healthier weight to support muscle tone, I have increased energy, better looking skin and nails, happier and clearer mentality and just overall well-being. If I could do it all again I would and hope my story helps you see the importance of a seafood rich diet at any age. It seems quite fitting that now I've come into the role of Field Director for Jacksonville, Florida for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership. I hope to inspire my city to follow me in my journey to even greater health with the benefits eating fresh and local seafood brings!
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