Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Do Vegans Eat too Many Carbs?

Carbs, they are an evil word to a lot of dieters, but as vegans, they make up the majority of our diet.  Now, I know there are "good" carbs and "bad" carbs, and honestly, for a long time I thought as long as I wasn't eating bread I was on a low carb diet.

Recently, though, I have been trying to look into it more.  I just spent the weekend with a friend that has been on a low-carb diet (albeit a non-vegetarian one), and she looks amazing.  I have a lot of reservations about the entire idea of it, but it did cause me to go back and take a look at everything I've been tracking on MyFitnessPal.    Now, my limit on MFP is set at 165 g of carbs, standard set for me.  I took a look, and I eat between 200-300 carbs on any given day.  I also didn't realize how many carbs were in what I ate.  Take dates, 3 of them amount to 54 g of carbs.  

I have found it is a lot harder to take weight off and keep it off since I went vegan.  There are numerous factors that contribute to this, but I've decided to do a little experiment.  I know some feel that a vegan diet is already pretty restrictive, so why add more rules?  My objective is to eat more protein and fat foods and less carbohydrate foods.  I'm not cutting anything out completely, but I'm going to try to build my meals out of different foods.  So, I'm heading to the grocery store tonight, and I'm going to stock up on more veggies, tofu, good fats, etc, and less fruits and grains.  We'll see what happens.

Yesterday was an especially carb heavy day.








All of this has just made me more aware of what I'm putting in my body, and I am trying to keep it out of a place of restriction.  

I will be starting the no-carb eating for sure on Wednesday, so stay tuned to see how that goes.
Does anyone else follow a low-carb, vegan diet?  Is it possible?  Am I crazy?



8 comments:

  1. The majority of a vegan diet IS carbs, sorry to say. My dad is vegan and he's constantly hungry, but always eating Carb after carb. I know there's plant protein and protein from nuts, seeds and beans, but nothing in comparison to skinless chicken breast or tunafish; both containing little or no fat or carbs, just pure protein. Perhaps you'd like to try a vegan based protein powder, I use it all the time after I workout with almond milk. It's great! I'm not vegan or anything, just simply am off the whole dairy thing, since it murders my stomach. :/ Hope this helps!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is a lot of carbs. I am really trying to build a diet that is moderately lower in carbs (under 100 grams) and still satisfying. I drink A LOT of vegan protein powder. I have gone through several different kinds on the blog, some I like, some I hated, and right now I'm using vibrant health pure green protein and really like it. I used vega for a long time, but it's kind of high in carbs. thanks for the input! :)

      Delete
    2. I tried Vega at first but I couldn't stomach it since it tasted like plants and was green. But now I use one called vegan rice protein; vanilla flavored. It's actually really good. I wish you the best of luck in finding a low carb diet that works for you. :-)

      Delete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  3. whoah, after years of being vegetarian and hoping to go vegan because I want to hurt animals less, I've gone paleo and had amazing results for myself (gotten rid of inflammation). Plain truth: even beans are grass and we're ill equipped to digest grass. I've always hated meat, my whole life, and I'm willing to make a lot of sacrifices for animals, but I felt like for years I've been trying to get vegans and vegetarians to talk about how much injury we do to creatures, thousands of them an inch or smaller, when we grow vegetables. It's always sort of a joke for vegetarians. But I've seen into the soil, and there are real animals with real lives and we mess them up when we grow vegetables. I've decided to become a NO-TILL farmer and, in the other direction, I've been eating offal. To me, all meat is gross, so it's no grosser to eat the cheap parts of mammals from which the meat industry profits little. I go to the butcher and say, give me the grossest cheapest thing you've got. My dog and I share it. And now I've found out about intermittent fasting. Look it up. If we eat half of what we usually eat, the creatures we injure benefit. I'm still trying to figure it out, but it's hard to read the paleo stuff and not have little doubts creep in about veganism. Combine that with veganism's callous relation to the thousands of creatures we kill when we eat veggies, and... Anyway, you are stunningly beautiful in that picture so you don't need to worry about anything, but paleo or part paleo might be something to think about, especially if you toss in intermittent fasting. I'm still sorting it all out.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I was reading your article and just had to speak up. Carbs (especially on a vegan diet) are great for you! They're super important for energy and glucose for your brain. Most vegan who try this diet will fall off the bandwagon because they're restricting and they're not getting enough glucose to their brain to function properly. To answer your question about the high carb diet making you gain weight at first, this is due to metabolic damage. The body (while transitioning from meat eater to vegan) will often put on weight as a result from all the restricting, disorders, and generally bad eating habits in your past. T his could go on for a number of months (not gaining the weight but keeping it) until your body is finished with its detox. Then the weight will shed right off and you'll be healthier, leaner, and have more energy than ever! It's really worth the process! However, going through this detox with low carb is going to be impossible for you. Please, I encourage you to look into Freelee and the Light Twins on Youtube and see what they have to say about carb intake. Also, if you think they aren't credible enough, take a look at Dr. Neal Barnard and his work. I really hope you have a change of heart and start loving a high carb low fat vegan lifestyle. Good luck girl! Rooting for you :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I was reading your article and just had to speak up. Carbs (especially on a vegan diet) are great for you! They're super important for energy and glucose for your brain. Most vegan who try this diet will fall off the bandwagon because they're restricting and they're not getting enough glucose to their brain to function properly. To answer your question about the high carb diet making you gain weight at first, this is due to metabolic damage. The body (while transitioning from meat eater to vegan) will often put on weight as a result from all the restricting, disorders, and generally bad eating habits in your past. T his could go on for a number of months (not gaining the weight but keeping it) until your body is finished with its detox. Then the weight will shed right off and you'll be healthier, leaner, and have more energy than ever! It's really worth the process! However, going through this detox with low carb is going to be impossible for you. Please, I encourage you to look into Freelee and the Light Twins on Youtube and see what they have to say about carb intake. Also, if you think they aren't credible enough, take a look at Dr. Neal Barnard and his work. I really hope you have a change of heart and start loving a high carb low fat vegan lifestyle. Good luck girl! Rooting for you :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yo, fellow vegan woman here, I think many people make the mistake of loading up on pasta,rice, etc, even if it's whole grain, me, as a Mexican girl, tend to over eat tortillas, I have set my macro counting on about 215 grams of carbs, 95 protein and 60 fat. I don't hit my calorie goal of 1800 but I get close to it. My point is, I am confused about the carb thing, I do consume protein powder and vegan meat like stuff, since they are higher in protein and lower in carbs, alas I can't live off these cos they aren't soooo healthy all the time and they cost more than freaking beans :P

    I do lift weights though, so carbs are a must,anyway I'm an ethical vegan so I may see it differently than people who care more about other stuff .

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear from you!