My Pesce-Vegan Life Story


Growing up I was always overweight. I remember going on my first diet in the 3rd grade after my doctor told me I needed to lose some weight. That was the beginning of a decade and a half of yo-yo dieting. I tried everything from the cabbage diet, the 3-day diet, the watermelon diet, the juice diet, Atkins Diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and the lemonade diet. Although these diets would work, it was only effective short-term. I would gain back even more weight than before after finishing the diet, because I had deprived myself of normal eating habits. This was the Ferris wheel of my life and it wasn’t until the summer of 2015 when I decided to get off and search for a new ride that wouldn’t bring me up only to bring me back down again.

It was July 2015 and I was interning at a company’s corporate office in the HR Department full-time. This day at work started out as usual. I went up to the 15th floor to get my coffee and then I would head down to the 12th floor to the file room where I was working on a company project. It was around lunchtime when I received a call from my brother that one of my family members had been diagnosed with a plethora of weight-related complications and didn’t have much longer to live. I stared at my computer screen in shock before the tears began to fall down my face. I remembered that I was at a professional place of business where no signs of weakness should be displayed, so I speedily walked to the bathroom with my head hung low so that no one would see the obvious river of tears. Once I made it into the bathroom, I wiped my tears and took a good look in the mirror. All I saw was an unhappy overweight girl that wanted to live a healthier lifestyle but didn’t exactly know how. All I knew in that moment was that I was scared of what would happen if I didn’t take the time to find out how.

That next day, I chose to make a change by ironically turning to what I had always done but had never worked…fad diets. This time I chose to do Atkins, but after two weeks and 10 pounds lost, I got sick of unlimited meat and cheese and the smell of it began to make me queasy. I decided that I needed to do the complete opposite of Atkins so I began a two week vegan challenge on August 1, 2015, where meat and cheese were nowhere in sight. Within those two weeks, I saw a huge difference in myself and not just on the scale. My skin glowed, my energy was through the roof, and I just knew that this was a change I wanted to continue because I felt and looked better.


After two months of being strictly vegan, I began to notice that it was extremely challenging to get all of the proper nutrients and if I wanted to continue this for life I needed to add something to my current vegan style of eating. I looked into being pescetarian, but I didn’t want to add dairy back in my life because it’s not the healthiest option to begin with. So, I decided to add seafood back, but without the dairy. After months of explaining that I’m not a vegan but I’m not a pescetarian either, I finally decided to make up a name for myself…pesce-vegan. I don’t eat meat, dairy, eggs, and cheese. To make a long story short, it is just plant-based food and seafood.

Since I began traveling down the pesce-vegan road, I’ve lost a total of 70 pounds and I’ve gone down 5 dress sizes. I’m constantly asked how do I do it, what do I eat, where do I grocery shop, and all of that has inspired me to start this blog so I can inspire other people to partake in the Pesce-Vegan Life.

     Signed, B. Janai

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shon says:

    I am so inspired by your story. This website will be a blessing and encouragement to so many people. I love the way you blended an eating style of Veganism with a meat option of seafood. This will help so many people to make adjustments to their eating without total deprivation of what they may love. Also, you look amazing! Keep the recipes coming cause I can’t wait to try them.

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  2. mom says:

    It’s such an inspiring story. This has motivated me to try this lifestyle.

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