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I definitely understand that. I bought ketostix for the same reason, way back when I started experimenting with low carb in my freshman year. But if anything, they can offer confusion rather than peace of mind. Just because you are producing ketones, for example, doesn’t mean you are using them for energy, which is what being in a state of ketosis is all about. A typical person who eats a “typical” diet, for example, would have ketones registering on that stick after a certain period of fasting beyond glycogen depletion.
Anyway, I’m not over here saying ketostix are the ~devil~, just that it is important to understand how they work and in what ways they are not accurate for low carb diet purposes.
I never got ketostix just cause I thought it was annoying to pee on a stick.
I usually just let how I feel be the judge of everything. To be honest if I am feeling stronger, have more energy, and losing weight, then it doesn’t really matter to me whether I am officially ‘in ketosis’ or not, since those are all the desired effects of being in ketosis anyway.
Hi, yo Anon! :)
Firstly; congrats on becoming vegan, that’s a super huge step for anyone to make and it’s totally ok to “screw up” sometimes, ‘cause we’re only humans, so don’t let that get you down! You’re still doing a huge thing for the environment, animals and yourself :)
There are soooo many things you can eat on a vegan diet, let me help ya out:
I don’t reaaally like to post my intake, but I’ll share with you the types of foods, just not the amounts:
Today I’ve eaten:
- Chocolate soy milk with added B12
- natural peanut butter
- shredded coconut
- flax seed
- sesame seed
- Veggie bullion
- oat milk
- cinnamon flatbread
- soy vanilla pudding with added B12
But if you are going vegan it is super important that you make sure you get enough of your nutrient such as Vitamin D, B12, iron, calcium and fatty acids such as Omega-3.
B12 is an important vitamin which is responsible for red blood cell growth and nervous system maintenance. The unfortunate thing is that you can only get from animal products - that’s why it’s important to either take vitamins especially for vegan/vegetarian or make sure you have foods with added - like I have soy milk and vanilla pudding with added B12.
Calcium is important for bone and overall health. But when you take away your main source of it which is for many dairy products, you need to find yourself a new source. Calcium containing foods are:
- hemp milk
- dried figs
- enriched whole-wheat bread
- calcium-set tofu
- calcium-fortified soy cheese, orange juice, or cereal
But most likely, if you take the vitamins especially for vegan/vegetarian you will get your daily dose :)
vitamin D is something our bodies produce the bone-forming when we expose our skin to the sun - but for those who live in a more cloudy area with long winters or have indoor jobs it’s not as easy to get all your needed D’s when you’re on a vegan diet(not always when you’re eating “regularly” either.) - again if you take the vitamins especially for vegan/vegetarian you will get your daily dose.
But if you’re not, here are some things you can do/eat:
- Make sure to spend some time outside almost every day to get at least some D’s from the sun
- Pay attention when you’re buying vegan/vegetarian products, many contain D’s and it’d be a shame if you picked the ones without the added D’s when you can buy those with added ones :)
- Mushrooms contain vitamin D too
Fatty acids such as Omega 3 are healthful fats which helps with inflammatory diseases, decreasing the risk for coronary heart disease, lowering blood pressure, lessening the joint pain of arthritis, and protecting against dementia and depression.
Now, those aren’t as difficult to get enough of as some might think they are. These foods contain fatty acids:
- Veggie oils
- Sesame oil
- Coconut oil
- Flax seeds
- Different types of nuts
Iron serves as an essential part of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in your blood from your lungs to every body cell.
Here are some tips to getting the iron you need:
- Select a variety of plant-based iron-rich foods daily, such as legumes, fortified veggie meats, nuts and seeds, prunes, raisins, blackstrap molasses, fortified cereals and grains, kale, and broccoli.
- Do not rely on spinach, beet greens, rhubarb, and Swiss chard for your iron. An acid in these veggies called “oxalates” binds with the iron, making it unavailable for the body.
- Eat iron-rich plant foods along with fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C during the same meal or snack to increase absorption.
- Use cast-iron pots and pans to cook your food, especially acidic foods such as tomato sauce. This will increase the amount of iron in your food.
- Do not drink tea or coffee with your iron-rich foods. The tannins in the tea and coffee can decrease the absorption of the iron. Some herbal teas, such as chamomile, peppermint, lime flower, and pennyroyal, can also decrease absorption.
So yep, when going vegan you need to be fully aware of this and know your shit so that you don’t feel like shit! Find a plan and stick to it and you’ll feel just great! :)
Hope this helped! :)
The first time I did keto, I lost five pounds my first week and then I lost none for a month. I also never felt hungry, which I found to be a benefit but was really my body telling me that my metabolism had basically fallen asleep. It wasn’t even trying to burn the food I was putting into it because I wasn’t putting enough in, even though I felt full and satisfied. I started monitoring my calories to make sure I was eating enough and started losing again at 1500 calories per day (and 20 net carbs per day).
The second time I did keto I was losing weight pretty steadily and two months in basically stopped losing weight again for a month. I got discouraged and had a cheat day. The next day I lost five pounds. Oh that pesky metabolism and its narcolepsy.
This time I’ve done something a little different, learning from these past two experiences, and it’s working better than ever before. In the first five days, my fiance lost 11lbs and I lost 8. My body feels balanced and healthy, which I felt before, but much moreso this time.
Carb Cycling on a Low Carb Keto Diet
On a keto diet, you typically have 20 net carbs per day. If you’re not losing weight on a low carb diet like keto, where you only eat 20 net carbs per day, then you need to wake that metabolism back up.
What I’m doing now is rotating between 20 carbs per day and 50 carbs per day. I’ve also adopted a more paleo approach where I don’t eat processed foods and the food I do eat is high quality and even bought from local farmers when possible. Your body is a temple, and all that.
So by adding more carbs to your diet every day I’m not suggesting a “cheat day” every other day. I mean you get to indulge in more veggies, fruits, maybe even a glass of orange juice.
I’m not going to judge people who eat bacon for three meals a day and the people who make keto desserts loaded with splenda, but I’ve found that a more balanced diet with high-quality ingredients works better and makes me feel better. I’ve done the keto cheesecakes and cupcakes in past keto lives, but not this time.
If you’re on a low carb diet like keto and are following it strictly but not losing weight, try out carb cycling and choosing better ingredients. Then, report back!