How Pescatarian Week Affected My Fitness

Due to having a mixture of both vegetarian and pescatarian close friends, me and my two meat-loving flatmates decided to try and last a week following one of these diets. Due to the amount of weight-based exercise I partake in each week, coupled with training for an upcoming half-marathon, I chose the pescatarian diet; to ensure I was still getting a substantial amount of naturally sourced protein.

I found the week a LOT easier than I expected. I only had one near meltdown, going to Gourmet Burger Kitchen and having to order a bean burger instead of my usual meaty stack, but aside from this, I had no substantial urge to eat meat. I am certain that meal planning immensely assisted my lack of cravings, as I had bought and prepped breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner throughout the week.

The plan was as follows:

Monday-

Exercise: 1hour Body Pump

Breakfast: Weetabix & Blueberries

Lunch- Feta Cheese Salad & Asparagus

Snack- Strawberries, Banana, Raspberries & Activia Low Fat Yoghurt

Dinner- Salmon & Spinach Fishcake, Carrot, Broccoli, Green Beans & Sweet Potato

 

Tuesday-

Exercise: 3K Sprint Run & Ab workout

Breakfast: Weetabix & Blueberries

Lunch- Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel

Snack- Strawberries, Banana, Raspberries & Activia Low Fat Yoghurt

Dinner- Low Fat Aubergine & Mozzarella Pasta Bake

 

Wednesday-

Exercise: 20 Minute Ab Workout

Breakfast: Weetabix & Blueberries

Lunch: Golden Vegetable Rice, Green Beans & Asparagus

Snack: Strawberries, Banana, Raspberries & Activia Low Fat Yoghurt

Dinner: Veggie Burgers, Tomato, Lettuce, Fresh Ciabatta, Carrot & Broccoli

 

Thursday-

Exercise: 7K Run

Breakfast: Weetabix & Blueberries

Lunch: Feta Cheese Salad & Asparagus

Snack: Snack: Strawberries, Banana, Raspberries & Activia Low Fat Yoghurt

Dinner: Gourmet Burger Kitchens “Californian Bean Burger” with mature cheddar, avocado, smoked chili mayo, crispy onions & relish.

 

Friday-

Exercise: Rest Day

Breakfast: Breakfast: Weetabix & Blueberries

Snack: Strawberries, Banana, Grapes, Raspberries & Activia Low Fat Yoghurt

Dinner: Veggie Lasagne, Carrots, Broccoli, Green Beans & Sweet Potato

 

Saturday-

Exercise: 1hour Body Combat

Breakfast: Breakfast: Breakfast: Weetabix & Blueberries

Lunch: Scrambled Egg & Salmon Bagel

Snack: Strawberries, Banana, Grapes, Raspberries & Activia Low Fat Yoghurt

Dinner: Veggie burgers, Lime & Coriander Rice, Carrots, Broccoli & Green Beans

 

Sunday-

Exercise: 1hour Triple Challenge

Breakfast: Weetabix & Blueberries

Lunch: Lunch: Scrambled Egg & Salmon Bagel

Snack: Strawberries, Banana, Grapes, Raspberries & Activia Low Fat Yoghurt

Dinner: Cod & Parsley Fishcake, Carrots, Broccoli, Sprouts & New Potatoes

 

My breakfasts are usually a tad more exciting than a grainy cereal & some blueberries, but due to meat being a solid source of fibre, I wanted to ensure that I was still getting a regular intake. The same goes for my afternoon snack of fruit and Activia yoghurt, due to training for the half marathon I’m not consuming any processed sugar for just under a month in order to aid my endurance. You could easily supplement this with snacks such as a peanut butter & banana bagel, a low-carb/ high protein bar, oats & fruit, cream cheese & riveta, carrots and humus- the list is endless.

Although I didn’t experience any major cravings, I did notice a difference in my energy levels. Despite, on some nights, getting 9 or 10 hours sleep I was still waking up feeling fatigued, leading to a further decrease in energy as the day progressed. Assuming this was due to a sudden lack of iron (largely found in meats: especially red meat) I started taking iron supplements every morning, which began to help towards the end of the week.

I also noticed a difference in my muscle performance. I was struggling with my usual squatting weight, due to aches and pains from previous workouts (usually healed fairly fast by a large in-take of protein), and my stamina was also suffering with long distance running. However, in terms of mind-set and motivation, I felt great. Whether this was simply due to a sense of sheer determination in not giving in to a Nando’s wrap, or whether my sudden increase in fruit and veg was to blame, who knows? But I enjoyed it.

If I was to follow the diet again, or consider converting to pescy full-time, I would definitely repeat planning meals ahead and taking iron, vitamin and protein supplements. Even though I have just demolished a well-earned beef burger, with 0 regret, I am definitely going to keep including a more varied mixture of veg with my normal diet, as well as Tesco’s Salmon & Spinach fishcakes. Once you’ve had one, you’ll understand.