Are you a vegetarian interested in experiencing the many benefits of a keto diet? Contrary to popular belief, the vegetarian keto lifestyle is definitely doable. The vegetarian keto diet is an eating plan that combines aspects of vegetarianism and keto dieting.
Most vegetarians eat animal products like eggs and dairy but avoid meat and fish. In a traditional ketogenic diet, around 70% of your total daily calories should come from fat, including sources like oils, meat, fish, and full-fat dairy.
However, the vegetarian keto diet eliminates meat and fish, relying instead on other healthy fats, such as coconut oil, eggs, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Here’s what Martina Slajerova’s take is on managing a vegetarian Keto Diet.
What Martina Slajerova Has To Say:
Martina Slajerova is the creator of the KetoDietApp.com and International Best Selling Author of various Keto Diet Cookbooks. Martina holds a degree in Economics and has worked in auditing, but has always been passionate about nutrition and healthy living.
When she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. She had no energy and found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. That’s when she decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods and started following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.
After having to witness the incredible benefits of low-carb eating firsthand, Martina and her partner created KetoDiet, a tracking, and planning application with hundreds of low-carb recipes, which is now one of the bestselling apps on the App Store and Google Play.
Then, in 2012, she launched the KetoDiet blog, which helps millions of people follow a whole-foods-based, low-carb, ketogenic lifestyle. Since 2016, she’s authored 6 low-carb & keto books to help people follow a healthy diet and to show them that this way of eating doesn’t have to be complicated or boring.
According to her, KetoDiet is not just about losing weight at any cost; it’s about adopting a healthier lifestyle. Her mission is to help people reach their goals, whether it’s someone’s dream weight or simply eating healthy food.
Vegetarian Keto Is Doable
So the Vegetarian Keto Diet is totally possible. Vegan Keto, well that gets quite more difficult, I personally wouldn’t fully recommend it. But also, I know it works for some people, so that shouldn’t stop them. And when it comes to Vegetarian Keto that is pretty much possible.
Martina suggests that Vegetarian Keto is totally possible, Vegan, however, is difficult so she doesn’t recommend that. She adds that Vegan does work for some people so they should keep that up. Martina thereafter mentions that Vegetarian Keto is completely doable.
How Protein Is Important
What you have to make sure of is that you are going to be getting enough protein. There are a few sources of protein on a vegetarian diet, one of them is eggs and the other one is cheese. And you could even use protein powders. There are some clean options for the same because some options are packed with additives.
Martina says that one needs to make sure that they get enough protein on the diet. She mentions a few sources on the Vegetarian Keto Diet being Eggs, Cheese, and Protein Powders. Martina adds that one needs to be careful with using clean protein powders as some options are packed with additives.
Supplementing Isn’t Bad Alongside Vegetables
So, it’s mostly making sure you’re getting enough protein because the rest of the diet, you can eat plenty of vegetables. So you’re going to get enough potassium with magnesium. I still think it’s best to supplement at least partially.
Martina mentions that apart from protein the rest of Vegetarian Keto includes plenty of Vegetables. She adds that hence one will get enough Pottasium and Magnesium but it’s best to supplement partially as well.
Focus On Keeping Your Carb Intake Low
You also have to keep an eye on your carb intake. If your carb intake is about 20 grams of net carbs, which is, I recommend to start with 20-25 grams of net carbs. For some people it’s worse for some people it’s more and they have to experiment.
They have to keep an eye on their carb intake all the time. The Vegetarian Keto Diet tends to be a little higher in carbs because you usually end up eating more veggies. Even Vegetables have some carbs, so you definitely need to keep an eye on carbs.
Martina further mentions how keeping an eye on carb intake is extremely important. She adds that one should start off with 20-25 gms of net carbs per day. Martina says that for some people it can be bad but for some more like an experience.
She adds that Vegetarian Keto can be a little higher on carbs because one ends up eating more veggies. Martina says although negligible, even vegetables have carbs in them so one needs to pay attention to their carb intake at all times.
Here’s The Full Video Of Martina’s Take On Managing A Vegetarian Keto Diet:
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