Living a low-carb vegetarian lifestyle

Living a low-carb vegetarian lifestyle

Raw fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and whole grains are smart options.

Low-carb diets are all the rage. Ever since the meat-fest known as the Atkins diet was introduced, society seems to be on a carb-free kick.

Why, you ask?

Simply put, eating low-carb can help promote weight-loss, while reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes. Seems like a win-win situation to me. One problem, however - most low-carb diets are aimed toward extreme carnivores. These diets are filled with bacon grease and T-bones. Is it even possible for a vegetarian to eat low-carb?

Foods without carbohydrates are those that are high in protein and fat. Crazy that eating so much fat can help you lose weight, but the body processes it differently when carbs are missing. The majority of these foods are derived from animal flesh. As a vegetarian, I really want to see if I can drop a few pounds by eating less carbs, but it may be hard.

What can I eat?

It seems like most full-fat cheese, dairy products and avocados are safe. But I really don't want to live off avocado and cheese omelets for the rest of my life. Plus, I try to avoid large amounts of dairy products. (I dream of one day being able to go fully vegan.)

Veggies do have carbs, but since they are packed full of fiber, they don't hit your pancreas hard, like white sugar does. I need to select vegetables that are lower on the glycemic index, such as leafy greens. Potatoes (my personal favorite) and carrots (another household staple) should be avoided. Hmm...I always thought these foods were healthy.

Fruits have to be eaten in moderation on a low-carb diet. That's not going to work for me, since they are a staple in my cooking. I'm also going to have to limit pasta and bread. I can totally manage that, and I'll choose whole grain over Wonder Bread.

I really want to follow this type of diet plan, but I don't think I can do it without severely limiting my options. Instead of trying to follow the fad, I'm just going to stick with what I know - lots of whole fruits and vegetables, mixed with a moderate amount of grain. If you are a vegetarian that follows a low-carb lifestyle, I would love to hear what you eat on a daily basis.