Hello! Did you miss me? You have no idea. I missed you this much too. So sorry that it’s been this long. Well, you could just say I was ‘gone fishing’. You would not have known because I never left a note on my blogging door. So sorry about that. Hope you can all forgive me. Anyway, it has been quite a journey, almost a year now. I feel I have come full circle in my own personal journey towards addressing matters related to health, wellness and healthy organic eating habits. There are some choppy waters out there, that much I can tell you.
What is sustainable fishing?
Among all the meat sources available to us at this point in time, I think it is fair to say that fish of all stocks, and those that are considered to be spiritually clean (look out for an interesting article later on covering this emotional theme), fish remains the healthiest of all. But the matter of indulging a bit more on fish has become sadly ironic and somewhat emotionally draining.
It is a well-known fact that fish in general has the richest content of the essential Omega 3 fatty acid. Somewhere along the line, we should all be striving towards including fish in our diet to take care of this essential inclusion. But it has been an arduous challenge. Because of global pollution levels being so high, our scarce fish resources have become laced with mercury, quite poisonous if consumed in large quantities.
So can you imagine how difficult this must be for small, coastal villages that rely on the ocean’s resources for their daily meals? Nevertheless, relying on them for our fish consumption leaves an invaluable clue towards sustainable fishing. In comparison to those large multi-national sea-faring deep sea fishing vessels, these communities are hardly creating a dent in our scarce marine resources. Just with one small fishing craft, these village fishermen are fishing sustainably. The ocean farers are not.
How you can eat fish organically
Not meaning to boast, but in preparation for this sub-heading, I did not need to dig very deep into my research archives. So far, as you have noted, it’s been personal thoughts all the way. And here I have given you a fine clue as to how you can enjoy your weekly fish curry or grilled haddock or tuna fish salad sustainably. By limiting yourself to one fish serving per week, you are acting resourcefully by limiting your uptake of mercury.
See if you can get this right. Avoid the supermarkets altogether and try and get down to a local fishing village for fresh produce only. If you are far, far away from that romantic fishing village, you can still shop sustainably. In most countries, it is now a matter of law that most commercial producers of packaged or tinned fish mark their products clearly between ‘safe’ or ‘endangered’, or words to that effect. Simply put, avoid all labels that mention the words ‘threatened’ or ‘endangered’.
Balancing your meals with fish
During my first for ay into this health, wellness and healthy eating-centered blog, I seem to recall emphasizing creating a healthy balance. One essential in creating this healthy balance is to strive towards including all or most of the recommended natural ingredients on your plates on every day of the week.
It remains essential to create the healthiest balance possible by including a variety of minerals, vitamins, natural nutrients and enzymes, as well as protein, whether the latter will be plant-based, from other meat sources, or purely from fish, or, ideally a mix of all of these. And I have found out pleasingly that you can still add a healthy juicing tonic to complement all your meals, from breakfast all the way through to dinnertime.
For your weekly fish treat, you can compliment that meal nicely with a glass of clean lemon-infused water instead of your regular juice. Even so, freshly squeezed lemon over a favorite grilled or baked fish dish remains a popular culinary practice.
Why I like fishing
I need to close off this long-awaited example on why I left you for so long. I have endured one personal crisis after another. I was going to suggest that it has mostly been financial. Yes, it is true that I have been lurching from one month to another enduring cash-flow issues, but you know when I look back, I could have avoided this. It becomes a spiritual matter and it does always require some discipline.
All in all, whenever it does seem necessary, making a few sacrifices in life can turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Just look at it from a health point of view. Skip all those bulked up processed foods and replace them with minimum portions of healthy, organic alternatives. It seems easy to suggest this, but making that great transitional leap of faith, well now. Oh and why do I like fishing? Well, get down to the wharf and just breathe in the fresh sea breeze and you’ll get that exhilarating feeling as well.
Well, after being away for so long, I do hope you’ve enjoyed being back with me. Yes, it is so refreshing to be back, talking about the things that interest us the most. I’ve done my best to give you all a short reading re-cap and then cottoned on to the precarious state of our fishing enterprise, leaving you with some tasty ideas of my own on how we can work around the global scarcity and still enjoy our fish.
And I’ve ended this note with a short, apologetic explanation on why I’ve been away for so long. The next post is just around the corner. Hopefully there will be many more thereafter. Until then, enjoy your fishing.