I’ve been on a low-carb diet for almost 2 weeks now and despite 2 mega cheat days, I have lost about 6 pounds and considering my target is 8 pounds, I’m pretty darn happy. Throughout these 2 weeks a few people have asked what a low carb vegan diet consists of, and to be honest, the answer is not particularly much! Obviously all carbs are off limits so no bread, pasta, rice, grains, wheat or baked goods. Unfortunately most fruit is off limits too, as are a wide selection of veggies and mock meat products. Dairy free alternatives to milk and cheese are a good staple, but the carbs still outweigh the fat and protein which can be quite damaging, especially if you are aiming to reach keto. Which this time around, I am!
What is keto I hear you cry? Ketosis (or keto for short) is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.
To reach keto it is recommended that you do not surpass 30-50g of carbohydrates per day. Instead you consume lots of fat and protein and the ketones in your body will use this energy to ensure you and your brain function correctly. Easy!
So what have I been eating for the last couple of weeks then? Prepare to be underwhelmed guys, it’s not that fun, but it does work.
A Typical Low Carb Day
1 Tomato, cut in half, sprinkled with chilli flakes and baked for 20 minutes
50g of button mushrooms, baked for 20 minutes
2 Linda McCartney Sausages
Calories 160 / Carbs 10g
200g Alpro Natural Soya Yoghurt
With 40g of Tesco Frozen Berries (defrosted) mixed in
Calories 163 / Carbs 7g
25g of Mixed Nuts
Calories 160 / Carbs 2g
Homemade Chickpea & Lentil Curry
50g Tinned Tomatoes
1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
With a Side of Baked Tofu (100g)
Calories 244 / Carbs 16g
Total for the Day: Calories 727 / Carbs 35g / Fat 38g / Protein 45g
Breakfast and lunch generally stay the same each day, but I do experiment with dinner most nights. Last night I had homemade stuffed mushrooms, they were delicious (I’ll pop the recipe up shortly) Tesco do a really great Peanut and Avocado burger that tastes wonderful, especially with a blob of guac, and of course salads are always a great fall back, add a few nuts, Quorns new vegan ‘chicken’ fillets and a few chilli flakes and it’s a totally yum dish!
For a full list of vegan and vegetarian friendly low-carb foods please see my previous post, I’ll link it here and if you have any comments or recipe recommendations please please comment below. And for more please visit Without_Cruelty on Instagram ✌ ❤