For a lot of people, the keto-vegan diet may seem overwhelming. This is especially true for those who consume virtually anything placed in front of them. But for those who know better—like you and those who follow the diet—it’s not that difficult to follow.
The fact is, even though you would have to eliminate different kinds of food from your diet, this doesn’t mean that you will have to eat unappealing, bland, or boring foods for the rest of your life. It’s all about knowing what kinds of food you can eat and realizing that these options are not only healthier, but they also provide you with a wide range of new and interesting flavors you’re probably not used to having.
As with any new diet or eating plan, the keto-vegan diet will take some getting used to. But as long as you learn the fundamentals of the diet and come up with a plan for how you will follow it, there’s no reason why you won’t be successful at adopting the keto-vegan lifestyle.
Although the keto-vegan diet may seem difficult, it doesn’t have to be. The key is to know what foods to eliminate and what foods you should eat to replace them. This means that you have to start filling up on plant-based fats and proteins while trying to stay away from high-carb, plant-based sources.
Here are some other tips and strategies to help you follow—and stick with—this diet:
Most of your carb intake will come from veggies—and this is a good thing
Simply going keto comes with a temptation to consume a lot of high-fat foods that aren’t healthy such as junk food, processed food, fast food, and more. Although these types of food items may contribute to your daily fat intake, they aren’t the right types of fats. But when you shift to plant-based food sources, you’re sure to get the healthy fats that will provide you with all the benefits of this diet. In the same way, you should also shift your carb intake from consuming unhealthy carbs to getting these carbs from vegetables.
The great thing about getting most of your carbs from veggies is that these veggies also contain other essential nutrients. Although you will generally have to avoid starchy vegetables (and fruits), you can still indulge in these once in a while to help you reach your daily carb requirement. Just be smart when it comes to consuming veggies that contain a lot of carbs—make sure you know the carb content of these veggies so you can stick to the recommended amount each day.
Recognize the versatility of tofu
Tofu is considered a staple food on the keto-vegan diet. Eliminating meat, fish, and other high-protein sources might make you feel hungry. The good news is that you can use tofu to replace these foods. Tofu is an excellent substitute for meat. There are different types of tofu available and you can use them for different types of dishes. If you’re not a fan of tofu, other great meat substitutes are tempeh and seitan.
You might not have a lot of variety… unless you make an effort
The first time you think about the foods to eliminate on the keto-vegan diet, you might start feeling hopeless. Imagine—you would have to eliminate dairy, eggs, meat, grains, and even fruits and veggies that are high in carbs.
The key is to make an effort in terms of finding what types of food you can eat. Don’t just focus on the foods to limit, avoid, or eliminate. Instead, focus on the foods that are recommended on the keto-vegan diet. In the next post, you will discover a comprehensive list of these foods. After reading the list, you will come to realize that there are a lot of options to choose from. With all these available options, all you have to do is mix things up, search for keto-vegan recipes, and start enjoying this new diet more.
Clean-up your pantry and stock up!
It’s extremely difficult to start a new diet when your home is chock full of food items that you’re not allowed to eat. After a few days, you might end up giving in to temptation and consuming those steaks in your refrigerator. If you want to succeed, you must prepare for it. Before you start your keto-vegan diet, you should first clean up your pantry, kitchen, and refrigerator.
Get rid of all the food items that don’t fit into your new diet. You don’t have to throw these items away—you can either consume them (if you don’t have a lot) or give them away to friends and family. If you choose the latter, make sure that the food items you give away haven’t passed their expiration dates yet.
After cleaning up, you may want to visit your local grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food shops. Check out available food items that you can eat while on the keto-vegan diet. While you’re still learning, you can print out a list of all the foods you’re allowed to eat. Then bring this list with you when shopping for food. Then take note of the shops that offer these food items so you know where to go when it’s time to restock your pantry.
Give meal planning a try
One of the most common reasons why people fail when they start new diets is that they’re too busy. Therefore, they end up going for the more convenient options—pre-packed, prepared, and processed foods. Unfortunately, since the keto vegan diet is relatively new, there’s a very small chance that you will find food options that are both healthy and suitable for this diet.
To overcome this issue, you may want to consider meal planning. This involves setting one to two days each week to plan, prepare, and cook your meals for the whole week. For instance, if you work from Monday to Friday, you can set your planning and shopping day on Saturday while you prepare and cook all your meals for the week on Sunday.
Meal planning may take some getting used to—but once you get the hang of it, you’ll discover that it saves you a lot of time, money, and it also helps you stick with your diet. When you have ready-made meals that you have made yourself, you won’t have an excuse to go for those unhealthy yet highly convenient options that will cause you to deviate from your keto-vegan lifestyle.
When it comes to fatty oils—choose wisely
While half of the keto-vegan diet is all about consuming high amounts of fat, you must choose your fats and fat sources wisely too, especially in terms of fatty oils. Whether you use the oils for cooking or to add to your meals, the best types are MCT oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil. Among these oils, coconut oil is the most recommended because, according to new research, it may help you maintain ketosis for a longer time and it also targets belly fat in terms of fat-burning.
Don’t do too many things too fast
If this is your first time starting a diet, you might want to ease into it gradually. Remember—the keto-vegan diet is fairly restrictive. If you immediately eliminate several food categories from your diet, you might end up struggling. This is especially true if these categories include your favorite foods.
If you want to increase your chances of success, you should take things slowly. You may want to start with either diet first then gradually incorporate the other. If you want to start the keto vegan diet right away, do so by eliminating the food categories one at a time. This way, you’re already making an effort, but you’re not causing too much stress on your body and mind.
Make sure you aren’t developing nutrient deficiencies
One common issue dieters face is developing nutrient deficiencies. This is a common issue with diets that eliminate certain food groups. Speak to your doctor about this diet you’re planning to start. Do this even if you’re at the peak of health. Talk to your doctor about potentially developing nutrient deficiencies and ask if you need to take vitamin supplements to avoid this issue. But if you know how to balance your diet and choose the right foods, you may not have to worry about this issue. This is why it’s important to learn about the diet—so you know exactly how to follow it without compromising your health.
Learn how to customize your keto-vegan diet
When it comes to the keto-vegan diet, remember that there is no “one-size-fits-all” plan to follow. Don’t believe online sites and resources claiming that they have the “perfect plan” for you. If you want to follow this diet, you must customize it according to your own needs and preferences. There’s no point in following a diet plan when you don’t like half of the suggested meals or recipes.
You’re the best person to create your keto-vegan diet plan. In the beginning, you may have to experiment with different foods, dishes, and recipes. The longer you follow the diet, the more you will discover what you like and what you don’t like. Don’t be afraid of flexibility. Change things up once in a while. Customizing your keto-diet plan enables you to control your own food choices. This helps you feel more motivated to keep with the diet long-term.
After some time, consider trying the raw keto-vegan diet
After following the keto-vegan diet successfully for some time, you may be interested in improving its health benefits. To do this, you may want to consider the raw version of the keto-vegan diet. Shifting to this version isn’t difficult—all you have to do is consume seeds, nuts, and veggies raw instead of cooking them. You don’t have to do this—it’s just a suggestion for those who want to make things easier and healthier. But if you’re happy with how the “normal” keto-vegan diet is working for you, then you can continue following it.
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