High Carb Low Fat Vegan
This lifestyle involves eating 80% of your calories from fruit and vegetable carbohydrates, 10% from plant based protein, and 10% from plant based fats.
I can not stress enough how important it is to buy plant based whole foods. You should be shopping in the bulk section and produce department of your store. Buying a lot of and only living off of processed foods that are vegan is still just as unhealthy for your body and the environment as any other processed food. When you learn to cook with foods that grow naturally from the earth and foods that are in its purest form, your body becomes pure as well. You begin to taste every flavor and every ingredient you use. Your dishes become bright and colorful, and therefore, you become bright and beautiful as well. Eat living foods for the living body.
I encourage you to start making you own sauces, dressings, spreads, and building every meal with fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.
Here is a list of things that you can purchase to help keep your cupboards stocked:
- Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, Hemp Milk, etc…
- Canned Beans, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste/Sauce
- Canned Coconut Milk
- Tahini, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter
- Some Chocolate Bars (always read ingredients)
- Vegetable Stock/Broth
- Gluten Free Bread (the less ingredients, the better!)
- Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, etc…
- Soy Sauce
- Chili Paste
- Miso Paste
- Packaged GF Pasta (always read ingredients), packaged rice, quinoa, any whole grains (I have been gluten free for years, however if gluten does not bother you, whole wheat is always an option)
- Black Strap Molasses
- Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar
Making your own Sauces, Spreads, Dips and Dressings
It’s SO easy, I promise. Check out some of my recipes on this website or you can purchase my recipe e-book.
A good base that I like to use for my dressings and sauces are vegetables, steamed or raw. For sweeter dressings, I will use juicy fruits like pineapple or mangoes. If I am making pestos or fattier sauces, I use nuts or coconuts.
You don’t always need salt, instead use fresh herbs and lemons/limes to heighten the flavor of your foods without overloading your foods with sodium.
I try my best to avoid oil when making sauces or when cooking in the kitchen. Try to consume your fat in whole food form. For example, instead of making a pesto sauce with 1/4 cup olive oil, replace this with a 1/4 cup avocado (whole fat form). I use water to cook all my foods and vegetables.
What about all the sugar in the fruit you are eating?
When you eat fruit, you are also eating fiber. Because of the fiber in the fruit, the food is not going to get absorbed immediately. Your blood sugar rise in turn is going be much, much lower and longer. In almost all processed foods consumed today, there is no fiber, so your body absorbs it immediately. You get a huge sugar rush and your body has no choice but to store it as fat. (This is another reason why I suggest staying clear of consuming processed vegan foods, or at least read the labels, just because its vegan does not mean it is healthy). If you are worried about sugar from fruit, you are very far from the problem, look at the everyday foods you eat. That’s your problem.
When you eat sugar from natural sources such as fruit, all the fiber within those fruits reduce the negative effects. In other words, if you are living a HCLFV lifestyle, you can eat fruit in abundance.
Food Combining Principles
If you have a sensitive digestive system, food combining might be for you!
If you are combining a lot of different foods at once, the slower digesting foods get in the way of faster digesting foods and this can cause fermentation within the body which will then cause gas and bloating. Every food has a different PH balance, and when you combine foods of opposite PH balances the body becomes confused and digestion becomes difficult. When you remove digestive stress from your life, you greatly improve your overall health. Did you know you should never combine proteins with starches? Just knowing how much healthier my body functions not eating certain foods and the combinations I used to indulge in is more than enough for me to never revert back. Sometimes, my recipes will go against these rules, but for the most part I am very consistent.
Here are some rules to live by:
- Water – Drink 20 to 30 minutes before a meal or 1 to 2 hours after a meal, never during.
- Melons – Eat alone on an empty stomach. This is why I choose to only eat melons for breakfast ♥ Melons are more than 90% water and digest very, very quickly!
- Sweet Fruits – Combine with sub-acid fruits and low starch vegetables. Do not combine well with acid fruits, fats or high starch vegetables
- Sub-Acid Fruits – Combine with sweet fruit, acid fruit and low starch vegetables. Do not combine with more than one at a time.
- Acid Fruits – Combine with fats, fats fruits, sub-acid fruits and low starch vegetables. Do not combine with sweet fruit.
- Fatty Fruits, Nuts and Seeds – Combine with low-starch vegetable, high-starch vegetables and acid fruit. It’s suggested to not eat more than one fat at a time together (this does not bother me, I will eat coconut and cashews together, or avocado and hemp seeds together and feel fine).
- High Starch Vegetables – Combine with low starch vegetables and fats.
- Low Starch Vegetables – Combines well with everything.
This is why the simpler the meal, and the less ingredients in your food, the better! Also another reason to make your own food from scratch and to stop buying processed foods!