For some people it’s hard to stay lean as a vegan. When we cut out meat and dairy from our diets we need to eat more grains, beans and other carb loaded foods for energy, and if you are not a cook your only option is relying on processed foods which are notorious for being high in carbs. It’s easy to blow your RDI for carbs which can lead to unwanted weight gain. You will hear it time and time again how people have gained weight, or not able to lose weight on a vegan diet.
To avoid weight gain as a vegan one approach you can take is Eco-Atkins. (Although many vegans will tell you that Veganism is not a diet, it is a ethical movement about the treatment of animals, by doing as little harm as possible to our animal cousins that we share this planet with.) There are many health benefits to adopting a vegan plant based diet by reducing the toxic load that animal products deliver in the form of acidity and congesting. There is no doubt that you will feel better eating a vegan diet, but you can also thrive and meet your weight goals on a vegan diet without gaining weight with the Eco-Atkins approach.
Much like its predecessor the infamous Atkins diet, the Eco-Atkins diet relies on high protein, high fat foods to make your body burn fat and not glucose, leading to fat loss, and weight loss pretty quickly. In clinical trials the average person lost 9 lbs. a month without added exercise. Unlike the Atkins diet, the Eco-Atkins diet is fiber rich, and has shown in clinical trials to greatly reduce high blood pressure, and the risk of succumbing to a heart attack or a strok. That’s amazing diet news for a heart healthy lifestyle.
The Eco-Atkins diet allows for a slightly higher daily amount of carbs than Atkins, and relies on non starchy vegetables, nuts, oils, and non animal proteins like gluten, tofu, and tempeh as the main source of calories(energy).
The next series of posts from this blog will focus on Eco-Atkins meals. Specifically what to eat, how to prep, and plan ahead to stay on track with your weight loss goals. If you are already on a low carb diet but want to be healthier you might want to switch to a plant based low carb diet for improved health.
Verity is the spice of life and I am one who does not like to eat the same foods over and over so I intend to unleash my creativity to bring you recipes that are ever evolving, nutrient rich, fun and sexy. So dust off those knives and let’s get cooking!!
Mushroom & Spinach Tofu Scramble!
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
6 baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
1/2 block of tofu, crumbled
1 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp. Black salt (sulfer salt for eggy taste)
1 big handful of spinach.
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Sauté shallots, garlic, and mushrooms in coconut oil over medium high heat for a few minutes until the mushrooms begin to brown. While that is going on the burner crumble your tofu in a bowl and add in the black salt and tumeric.
Lower the heat and add the tofu mix to the sauté pan and cook over medium low heat until throughly hot, add in the spinach and mix until the spinach is wilted. Season with sea salt and pepper.
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The Vegan Yogi Chef