Firstly, as with all diets, the keto diet has some rules.
The keto diet restricts or omits certain foods, and food groups. The vegan diet does the same.
This means that you will be following a fairly restrictive diet that is going to take some serious research and planning. Without this planning, you’re going to have a hard time meeting all your nutritional needs.
This isn’t an easy mix of diets, but with some effort you can make a success of things. If you’re motivated by your commitment to the vegan lifestyle, you’re probably going to be happy to put in the time.
The Vegan lifestyle has a lot of environmental and animal welfare benefits. However, combining the vegan diet with the keto diet isn’t going to be the easiest of diet options to get started on.
To start, you’ll need to be super aware of the nutritional values of the foods you can eat.
Furthermore, you’ll need to make sure that all your food is as nutritionally dense as possible.
You won’t want to be wasting your daily carb allowance on junk food, or food that contains little to no nutrients.
So, take a deep breath, and learn all about the do’s and don’ts that are going to help you make a success of this diet.
You’ll be doing something great for both your weight loss and your general health.while not getting worried about doing the right thing for your health.
Foods not Allowed on the Vegan Keto Diet
You’ll need to eliminate all animal products as well as carbohydrate rich vegetables and fruits.
Moreover, you should consider avoiding seed oils such as sunflower oil. These are hugely damaging to your health.
Also on the avoid list are:
Baked goods made with wheat flour
Most fruits except berries
Also take care with spices and condiments; some can be very high carb with added sugar.
That’s a big list of foods to avoid, but thankfully there are plenty on the “can eat” list.
From the allowed list you’ll be able to assemble many tasty and nutrient rich meals.
Allowed Food on the Vegan Keto Diet
All low carb vegetables, which are the above ground vegetables such as:
Avocado (yes I know, technically a fruit and your new best friend)
Use the healthy oils on salads, in baking and for frying.
MCT oil is tasteless and can be added to any food, but you shouldn’t use it for cooking.
For a little more oil each day make yourself some Bulletproof Hot Chocolate by adding this creamy drink to your daily routine.
It’ll help you to reach your fat macros, and keep you alert and feeling full for hours:
For one cup you’ll need:
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp erythritol
2 cups hot water
Put all the ingredients into a blender for a couple of minutes and you’ll have a nice creamy drink on your hands which will be filling enough to see you through to your next meal.
Get inventive with your drink. You could change to a different nut butter, and swap out the coconut oil for MCT oil.
Make sure you’re already familiar with MCT oil, you do need to introduce it to your diet a teaspoon at a time if its new to you.
Reaching your protein macros
Your protein needs can be met by Tempeh, Tofu, nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, spinach, broccoli, avocado, brussels sprouts, and many of the vegan meat substitutes.
Remember that you are aiming for medium protein, which is approx. 56g per day. There’s no need to go over this.
To find your exact macros visit this keto calculator which will work out your personal macros based on your age, gender, height, weight and activity level.
Vitamins and minerals
It’s always best to get all your vitamins and minerals from your food, and with very few exceptions, this should be achievable on a vegan keto diet.
However, if you’re unsure, or feel that you are lacking in one or more micro nutrients you should take one of the many vegan supplements available.
The most common supplements needed are:
B vitamins, especially B12
By making sure that you eat plenty of veggies which contain Vitamin C you will minimize your chances of being iron deficient.
If you still feel that you’re deficient in this, make sure you take a supplement.
Sauerkraut and kimchi are fermented foods, and greatly help with the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Although this diet can be difficult at first, it’s much easier than you would think to successfully stay on the keto diet as a vegan.
The Vegan keto diet plan provides a broad range of veggies, dairy and meat substitutes, nuts, seeds and oils that you can get creative with, to produce healthy nutrient dense foods.
You’ll need to take special care to reach your macros but don’t ignore the micro nutrients too.
B12 for example very often needs to be added into a vegan diet. One of my favourite ways of doing this is with a B12 fortified Nutritional Yeast.
Eat whole foods
Try to eat whole home prepared food whenever possible.
Don’t rely on pre made meals or meat substitutes too much. These can definitely play a part in your diet plan, but processed foods aren’t that healthy.
Worse, they are often loaded with high carb fillers.
Soy products can also be a good addition, but too much soy isn’t great for your health.
Adjust your fat intake as needed
While you’re taking care of what you eat, don’t lose sight of your overall daily intake.
There isn’t really a need to count calories at all, and its not recommended. However, if you find you’re losing weight too fast or two slowly increase or decrease your fat intake as needed.
Never increase or decrease your protein or carb intake. Stay with your recommended amount for these macros.
Concentrating on your macros plus your vitamins and minerals will keep you in very good health.
Further, you’ll be in a place where you can enjoy the best of the vegan and keto world in terms of both your weight loss goals and health.
This Vegan Keto diet is amazingly good at helping you to lose weight and there’s never a need to go hungry: Always eat until you feel like you’ve had enough.
If you find yourself looking for snacks, that is probably a sign that you are not eating enough. With the correct amount of food, this diet is very satiating, and should keep you feeling full for hours.
This might seem like a lot to know, but once you’re actually following the plan, it will be easier than you think.
It¡s even possible that you’re already making a lot of low carb meals without even realizing it.
In no time at all you’ll be an expert, and feeling all the fantastic health benefits too.