Hi everyone, really new at this and reading the book as I type. It´s really good! Have´nt start on my vegan diet yet but I sure will. My questions for all of you is how you balance this diet with carbohydrates? In every other diet you are almost banned to eat carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, potatoes. Here in Sweden every other new diet is about low-carb.
So, do you get my question? How I´m I supposed to eat a vegan food and not get to much carb? Wanna loose some weight, help the environment and find that beautiful glow from inside out. Now I will continue reading the book...
Well in the book, Alicia says to eat certain carbs in moderation such as breads and pastas and to eat as much as you want of grain in pure form. So if I were you, I would limit myself to bread/pasta only once a day or even less than that if you can. I would enjoy other carbs such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, barley, etc. at every meal if you'd like but make sure that you only do a single serving of each and fill up the rest with veggies and beans/legumes. That way, you can get in your grains and not overdo it. Carbs are not the enemy as long as you don't go overboard with them! And make sure that you never do anything white. No white bread or white pasta. Hope this helped!
I lost like 20 pounds after adopting a vegan diet, and I eat a lot of carbs (I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lentils, though I do enjoy a homemade 'dessert' type food a few times a week (waffles, muffins, cookies, cupcakes, etc.). For me, the biggest thing was cutting out store bought processed foods, sugary and carbonated beverages, and foods that contain a lot of salt. I do exercise rigorously everyday, and perhaps that has something to do with my not putting on weight while eating lots of carbs, but I have always exercised vigorously even before adopting a vegan diet and losing weight. My weight is now stable and has stayed stable for months, which is great because I don't want to lose any more. I don't count calories. I just eat till I'm full... which is my favorite sort of 'diet.'
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