Category: Pescatarian

My Husband the Pescatarian

Newlyweds Dave and Peggy Orenstein

Newlyweds Dave and Peggy Orenstein

She’s a carnivore.  He’s not.  But so far, newlyweds Dave and Peggy Orenstein have struck an easy compromise despite their different food agendas.


“He cooks,” laughs Peggy.   “Well let’s say he does about 60% of the cooking, plus he’s a great chef.  I get my red-meat fix when we eat out. ”

It’s not that Dave is a pescatarian by choice.  “He was diagnosed with a digestive problem when he was young,” says Peggy.  “He couldn’t digest certain kinds of protein, and so he had to change the way he ate.  I’m okay with the lifestyle change.  It’s definitely healthier, but we also have to monitor how much fish we eat due to mercury and radiation in Japanese waters.  We eat a lot of vegetables, and we’re talking about introducing chicken and turkey into Dave’s diet.  We’ll see how that works.”

Although they manage to cook 6 nights a week, home-cooked dinners are not always easy for the ultra-busy couple.  “I have a two hour commute, so that usually leaves Dave, who’s in real estate, to do the shopping,  We don’t plan our meals out for the week in advance, and it’s difficult to keep track of what we have,” says Peggy.  “1Aisle sounds so cool.  Anything to help make the process easier would be a big help.”

Peggy Orenstein is a Health Forecasting Analyst at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.  Her approach to healthy eating has changed somewhat since marrying a pescatarian, and although she enjoys the health benefits from her switch, she gets her read-meat fix at restaurants.