The Diet Pages
Since everyone has to eat to stay alive, dieting is a universal subject
and one that has been in the back of my mind for a long time.
Over the years my diet has changed considerably and I always wonder where it's
heading next? In this section of the site, I explore these changes and attempt to explain how they have
come about. I used to say I was a vegetarian and then I would get asked the question; "Why did
you become a vegetarian?" to which I would always search for a new way to answer that question.
And then when I would invariably mention that I also ate fish, I would be "grilled" about why that
was ok but cattle and fowl were not? I never really had a satisfactory answer to that question and
I'm not sure I do even now but instead of saying I'm a vegetarian, I decided to invent a new dietary category
called the Pescavore. Carnivores (derived from the Latin carne, meat and french vorare to devour)
eat meat and omnivores eat anything edible. While traveling in Guatemala in late 2003 and early
2004 I learned the Spanish word for fish was el pescado and I thought, "that's it, I'm a pescavore!".
A recent check in my Webster's 9th collegiate dictionary has the word piscivorous which means feeding
on fishes but no piscivore or pescavore as nouns. So I take credit for this as a word of my own
invention. Interestingly, whenever I tell someone I'm a pescavore, they know exactly what I'm talking
about and act as if they've always known the word so until I learn otherwise, I'll take credit for it's
invention. I also "Googled it" and came up with one website where the person uses it. Recently, I
came across the term pesco-vegetarian in an article in the magazine, WellnessOptions, No.16. The article
was entitled Vegetarian Diet and was by Tamara Harth. She defines the subgroup of pesco-vegetarians as people
who eat fish and seafood. If you run across any other uses of the term pescovore, I'd really like to know about
it so please contact me and let me know where you saw it.
I hope you enjoy this dietary saga as you read through this section and maybe it will open
your own eyes to new ways of viewing the topic of dieting.
There is really no such thing as "going on a diet" because
you have always been and will always be on one, whatever it is and will become.
Our diets are just what we are eating at any point of our lives and they change
for almost everyone for reasons both beyond and within our control.