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    Low carb and vegan...

    Post by ceej on Sun Mar 19 2017, 20:27

    Hello All!

    I discovered the forum a few days ago and have been lurking constantly! Wink It's been enlightening! Very Happy

    I'm a type 1 diabetic - 20 years - and I've been coasting along, guessing my way through this diabetes lark, and thought it was about time I kicked my own butt into gear. I'm almost ashamed to admit that my initial motivation to sort myself out has come from wanting to rid myself of the little bit of belly fat that has been plaguing me throughout my 30s...but this has very quickly become about managing my blood sugars and no longer being a slave to diabetes.

    I've been low-carb for a measly week now and already seeing and feeling the benefits. A few wobbly moments including anxiety over keto-acidosis risk and stressing over a little elevated blood sugar here and there but I've calmed down and accepted that this is a work in progress, it will take time Smile

    So, intro over... Wink

    What I would like to know is are there any other vegans about on the forum?

    It would be really helpful to share meal ideas etc. Obviously, following a vegan diet comes with restrictions, which I'm cool with, but pairing that with low-carb limits a lot of food options - and I LOVE my food! It' been fine so far, what with only being a week, but I anticipate some boredom on the horizon and want to be prepared so I don't falter.

    Any, and I mean ANY, input would be valuable to me re recipes, ideas, thoughts so if anyone has anything to offer...I'm here and I'm waiting! Wink

    Nice to 'meet' you all.
    Much love,
    Cassie
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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by chris c on Sun Mar 19 2017, 20:36

    I think there's some good info on http://www.dietdoctor.com/

    Not here but I know a couple of low carb vegetarians, not 100% vegan, In Real Life. They avoid the almost inevitable grains and limit their fruits but eat a lot of vegetables from their local organic farm, so it can be done. I think they do eat eggs (from the same farm which has chickens scurrying about) but not fish.

    Welcome and maybe others will suggest other sites of use and interest.

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    Post by ceej on Sun Mar 19 2017, 20:42

    Thanks Chris Smile Yep, it's all about the veggies! I'll take a look at the link and will hopefully be inspired.
    And thanks for the welcome Smile
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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by graham64 on Sun Mar 19 2017, 22:18

    Hi Cassie welcome on board, I'm not a vegan nor do I profess to have any knowledge on the subject but I'm sure many low carb recipes can be adapted to suit. There is a low carb vegan recipe site here http://vegangela.com/tag/low-carb/  you could check out 

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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by Jan1 on Mon Mar 20 2017, 14:53

    Hello Cassie, a warm welcome from me too sunny

    Reading that you've been low carbing for a week ... well done.

    I'm not diabetic but do live the LCHF lifestyle.

    Reading other blogs and forums I think it fair to say that if you are vegetarian it can be easier to follow LCHF than if you are vegan. Having said that there are many who do.

    I can point you in the direction of possible good reads that you may find interesting.

    As Chris above has said Diet Doctor here https://www.dietdoctor.com/

    As Graham has said Angela at Vegangela here http://vegangela.com/tag/low-carb/

    It could also be worth your while reading 'How to Eat Low-Carb as a Vegetarian or Vegan' on the Authority Nutrition site here https://authoritynutrition.com/low-carb-as-a-vegetarian/

    This one as well 'Meet a Vegan Low-Carber' read Terri's story here  https://www.verywell.com/meet-a-vegan-low-carber-2242494

    This one too could be helpful 'Low Carb Vegan' https://lowcarb-vegan.net/

    Obviously with being a diabetic you must take account of foods and the affect they have on your blood sugars ... so keep testing, keep an eye on your meter.

    I'm sure with time and patience you will succeed in combining vegan and low carb.

    I did quite recently put a vegan soup recipe on the forum for Kale and Spinach soup you might like this for lunch one day!

    It's on this thread here (you may have to scroll down) http://lowcarbdiabetic.forumotion.co.uk/t448p25-soups-in-winter

    It is of course important to make sure your body still gets all of it's required nutrients for example Vit B12 and protein ...

    Hope this information helps

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by chris c on Tue Mar 21 2017, 22:02

    I thought Jan would come up with the goods!

    Also I remembered another source

    https://diabetesdietblog.com

    scroll down on the right hand column

    There's a LOT of useful info on low carbing with Type 1 (Emma is one and Katharine is a doctor with a Type 1 son, and some of the other information comes from a now defunct website also written by a low carbing Type 1)

    For example, you may need to rejig your insulin ratios and particularly take into account protein in your calculations as some of it will be used to generate glucose

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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by ceej on Thu Mar 23 2017, 21:30

    Thanks everyone! Smile

    I'll definitely be trying that soup, Jan...thank you.

    And, Chris, I think it's protein that's tripping me up a bit...still working on ratios and the dawn effect! :/

    For anyone who's interested, I found some other good vegan low carb sites:

    http://meatfreeketo.com/favorite-low-carb-vegan-snacks/

    https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2015/04/video-low-carb-vegan-keto-plant-based/comment-page-1/#comments

    https://www.verywell.com/flax-meal-peanut-butter-hot-cereal-2241722

    http://www.includingcake.com/recipes/
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    Post by chris c on Thu Mar 23 2017, 23:20

    Afraid I tried an Ornish-style high carb low fat grain-based vegan diet way back in the early seventies. It gave me gallstones and my first attack of gout. In retrospect it was the Holy Health grains that were the culprit.

    However it did teach me a lot about vegetables, knowledge which I still use along with my meat and fish.

    I suspect the main problem you will run into is that protein either comes with fat in animal based foods, or with carbs in plant-based foods like seeds Sad
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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Mar 26 2017, 12:05

    @ceej wrote:Thanks everyone! Smile

    I'll definitely be trying that soup, Jan...thank you.

    And, Chris, I think it's protein that's tripping me up a bit...still working on ratios and the dawn effect! :/

    For anyone who's interested, I found some other good vegan low carb sites:

    http://meatfreeketo.com/favorite-low-carb-vegan-snacks/

    https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2015/04/video-low-carb-vegan-keto-plant-based/comment-page-1/#comments

    https://www.verywell.com/flax-meal-peanut-butter-hot-cereal-2241722

    http://www.includingcake.com/recipes/

    I hope you enjoy the soup ...
    Thanks too for the other links.

    How about this?

    Tomato tart - with a little fresh basil


    INGREDIENTS:
    (use organic ingredients where possible).
    CRUST
     3 cups walnuts
     1 tbsp nutritional yeast
     2 tbsp olive oil
     1/4 tsp salt
    FILLING
     3 cups walnuts, soaked overnight
     2 tbsp lemon juice
     1 tbsp olive oil
     1 cup cherry tomatoes
     1 tbsp nutritional yeast
     1/4 tsp salt
     A few leaves fresh basil

    METHOD:
    1. Start with the crust. Place the walnuts in the food processor and blend for about 10 seconds, then add the remaining ingredients.
    2. Press the crust into the tart pan, and dehydrate overnight, or bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours, or until firm to the touch.
    3. To make the filling, combine soaked walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt in a food processor.
    4. Cut your tomatoes in half, then warm them in the dehydrator, or bake at 200 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or just until softened.
    5. Now, assemble. Spread filling over the crust, add your tomatoes on top and garnish with a little basil.
    6. Refrigerate the tart for at least 30 minutes to allow it to set up - then enjoy a small slice.

    Idea seen here http://www.foodmatters.com/recipe/vegan-tomato-tart

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by Jan1 on Fri Mar 31 2017, 19:28


    "No processed sugar.  No heavy cream.  Just pecans, coconut, cacao and mint for a clean superfood dessert we’re ready to whip up fast. Plan a girl’s night in ASAP, or keep it in the fridge as personal post workday treat.

    If you’re looking for a treat that won’t leave you feeling unwell, look no further! This easy, vegan, no-bake chocolate tart is not only dairy, gluten and refined sugar-free, but it's also delicious! With rich and decadent creamy chocolate peppermint flavors, this one will definitely be a crowd pleaser!

    Makes one 10-inch tart

    INGREDIENTS
    For the crust:
    1 cup of pecans, finely ground
    ½ cup finely shredded coconut
    1 cup cacao
    3 tbsp maple syrup
    4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
    1/8 tsp salt
    1 tsp vanilla

    For the tart
    2- 14-oz cans organic, coconut cream (BPA-free, gum-free)
    1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
    Maple syrup and/or stevia to taste
    1/8 tsp salt
    1 tbsp vanilla
    1¼ tsp peppermint spirits

    Please see instructions and more here
    http://www.foodmatters.com/recipe/no-bake-vegan-chocolate-tart

    If you need help with measurement conversion see here
    http://startcooking.com/measurement-and-conversion-charts

    N.B. I saw this recently and thought it may be a recipe to share, especially with Easter just around the corner.
    I must admit ... I haven't tried it. So if any readers do, please feel free to share your thoughts, and as always test is best ... keep an eye on blood sugar levels.

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by Jan1 on Tue Apr 18 2017, 18:31

    "People may choose a vegan diet for a variety of reasons, be it for the environment, animal ethics or health." ... so says Alina Petre who is a registered dietitian with an expertise in sport nutrition.

    She has just had an article published on the Authority Nutrition site that may be of interest to some of our readers.

    "How a Vegan Diet Can Help You Lose Weight"

    Read her article here ... there are quite a few comments after the article too
    https://authoritynutrition.com/vegan-diet-weight-loss/

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Low carb and vegan...

    Post by Jan1 on Mon Nov 27 2017, 18:01

    Most who read our Forum include meat, fish, dairy and plenty of low carb vegetables etc in their menu plans.
    Increasingly more people I talk to like vegetarian and vegan.

    Whereas I don't mind trying the occasional vegetarian or vegan dish they certainly are not the main-stay of my menu plans.

    However, some readers who view from afar may like this recipe idea ...


    Empanadas : Low Carb and Vegan

    Recipe can be seen here
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/empanadas-low-carb-and-vegan.html

    And also on the original site here
    https://lowcarb-vegan.net/low-carb-empanadas-vegan/

    All the best Jan

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