Challenging Myself: Going Pescetarian for a Week
For those of you who aren’t aware of this series (it’s only the second one, so I don’t blame you if you’re not), you can read all about why I challenge myself here.
Last week, I decided to follow a pescetarian diet for the working week. I actually found it pretty easy, as my mum is a pescetarian (pessie moving forward as I have lazy fingers) so I usually follow the diet when I’m at home. I’ve listed what I ate on each day below, as well as how I felt at the end of the week compared to how I feel with my normal meat diet.
Please note, although not specified, I follow a gluten free diet and this applies to the below.
Breakfast: Porridge with Strawberries, Lunch: Tuna Salad with Balsamic Dressing, Yoghurt with Kiwi, Dinner: Tuna Sub Roll (it was a tuna filled day), popcorn and Ben & Jerry’s Blueberry Cheesecake Greek Yoghurt Ice Cream (my favourite flavour), Snacks: Banana, Orange, Banana Bread Nakd Bar
Thoughts from the day: I never realised how little pessie/ vegetarian ready-made sandwich options are available in supermarkets. There is shelf after shelf of meat concoctions, and only five veggie/pessie options. It’s almost as bad as ready-made GF options (I’m yet to see these appear on supermarket shelves).
Breakfast: Porridge with Strawberries, Lunch: Falafel Salad with Balsamic Dressing, Costa Soy Hot Chocolate, Dinner: Veggie skewers, Greek Salad, Snacks: Banana,
Thoughts from the day: I cooked dinner for the beard, his brother and his girlfriend, and they had chicken skewers and lamb meatballs so I made myself veggie skewers with halloumi, new potatoes, peppers and onions. They were lovely, but the smell of all the meat made it hard not to sneak a taste.
Breakfast: 3 x Kiwis (I don’t really know why) Lunch: Falafel Salad with Balsamic Dressing, Yoghurt, Dinner: Jacket potato with tuna and coleslaw, fruit with a scoop of ice cream
Thoughts from the day: I didn’t sleep well on Tuesday night which resulted in me not having any appetite until about 3pm in the afternoon, which is when I ate lunch. I’m starting to realise that I LOVE tuna, I could genuinely eat it for every meal.
Breakfast: Porridge with protein shake, Lunch: Falafel Salad with Balsamic Dressing, Yoghurt, Dinner: Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese with Muller Rice for dessert Snacks: Strawberries, ½ grapefruit, Carrot Cake Nakd Bar
Thoughts from the day: I LOVE the new Carrot Cake Nakd Bar, it tastes amazing. Also, as a tip, I always mix my protein powder in with my porridge in the morning, it makes my porridge taste amazing and I get my protein fix at the same time – two birds, one stone.
Breakfast: 2 x pieces of Genius Fruit Loaf, Lunch: Hummus Salad, Yoghurt with Kiwi, Dinner: Mixed vegetable Chow Mein with Beansprouts in Garlic Sauce Snacks: Banana, Grapefruit, Kiwi
Thoughts from the day: Friday nights are normally my cheat meal nights, so was a bit miffed I’d have to go for a no-meat option. However, this dish tasted AMAZING and didn’t have that slimy/ fatty residue that most meat filled chow mein dishes have.
Thoughts from the week: I could definitely, definitely give up meat. I think my only downfall would be the lack of bacon when I’m hungover, and lack of meat on roast dinners. Apart from that, the amount of veggie alternatives (I love Quorn) you can now get is amazing. Although they don’t taste anywhere near the same, they get an A+ for trying, and they taste so much better than what they used to about five years ago.
Thanks for reading,