Let's Be Honest Here....
Starting at the beginning of the year I went vegan keto. I blogged about it, put everything about it up on instagram, etc. I was excited about it. But something kinda felt "off" about it. After the 30 days I eased up on it. I definitely noticed a drop in my weight (which wasn't a goal but a nice result) but I think that was more due me cutting out all the bullshit snacks I was eating.
Things that didn't sit right with me
I was eating A LOT of soy. And I don't think (organic, GMO free) tofu is bad for you, but I was eating a tofu scramble just about everyday, in addition to having it at other meals.
I was also eating a lot of processed fake meat, like Beyond Beef burgers (which IMO are still the best burgers EVER) and Gardein Chik'n because they are low carb.
I felt SUPER restricted, which makes sense because I was being super restrictive. It drove me crazy that I couldn't eat an apple or it would knock me out of ketosis. And oranges. I really missed oranges. I've been vegan for over 16 years and I've never felt restricted or like I was missing anything.
I am not a calorie counter. I hate punching in things in an app to tell me if I can eat it.
Demonizing a macro group didn't feel right. You shouldn't be scared of (healthy) carbs or fat.
Things that I did like about it and will continue to do
Last year at my physical I got tested for celiac and found out that I have a gluten sensitivity so the whole gluten-free aspect of it really worked for me. After the first month of it, I reintroduced gluten to my diet AND MY BODY WAS NOT HAPPY! So bloated and gassy. So yeah, gluten and I aren't friends.
I will still eat all the greens. I love my big salads. Going vegan keto encouraged a lot of eating greens. I was putting spinach in all my smoothes, arugula in my scrambles and zoodles in my spaghetti and loved it. I actually like zoodles better then traditional noodles just because obviously they aren't processed.
Cutting out sugary snacks. No post run doughnuts, ice cream, etc. I felt like I was actually eating to fuel my body and in return my body was running at a really good level. Cutting out (not just cutting down) the amount of refined grains and sugar made me feel great.
So yes, I'll still be doing my cauliflower smoothies because I love them, but I will start eating (healthy) carbs. So yes, no gluten, no crappy snacks, but good food like some fruit and potatoes and carrots. I thought Chris was going to cry tears of happiness the other night when I baked sweet potatoes for dinner.
I know a lot of people that going keto has really worked for them and I think it's a great way to lose weight and to do a reset. For me it wasn't a sustainable diet. I always encourage people to listen to their body and do what feels good for them and that's what I'm doing.
Side Note: Rich Roll just put up a super informative podcast with Dr. Joel Kahn that you should definitely check out. I just ordered Dr. Kahn's new book "The Plant Based Solution" for myself and a copy for my parents. I try to be a lighthouse, but sometimes it's good to give the ones you love a nudge.
Leave me a comment if you have tried vegan keto, or have any questions!