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Dairy Free Vegan Halo Top Review

Dairy Free Vegan Halo Top Review

I’ve been checking pretty diligently searching lately for the new vegan halo top and finally managed to track down a few dairy free halo top flavors at my local(ish) grocery store! I figured I might as well share my thoughts on it, since it’s not exactly […]

5 Fall Superfoods (That Won’t Break the Bank)

5 Fall Superfoods (That Won’t Break the Bank)

It seems like every month, we’re introduced to a new superfood from some far-fetched corner of the world that promises to be more nutrient dense than any other food we’ve ever seen before. Yes, these foods are all great and full of a wide variety […]

Adventures in Intermittent Fasting on a Vegan Keto Diet

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I was going to start experimenting with intermittent fasting more seriously. While I usually don’t really eat until after noon, and tend not to eat too late at night, I never really track what I’m doing, or how it makes me feel. I’m just not really a morning eater.

When I found this ebook from naturopathic doctor Anna Falkowski, I jumped at the chance to more seriously examine my relationship with intermittent fasting, and what it was actually doing for me.

So, for a couple of weeks, I held off eating “breakfast” until noon, and stopped eating at 8. Some days, I would push this back an hour or so, just depending on how my schedule worked that day, but I maintained this 16:8 schedule – fasting for 16 hours and then eating in an 8 hour window. Honestly, this was close enough to how I eat on a regular basis, that I did not really notice much difference at all. It wasn’t until I went away for about a week and completely screwed up my schedule, that I started to notice a difference.

I was really struggling with how to write a post about the benefits I got from intermittent fasting on a vegan keto diet, until that week when my eating was all over the place. It’s actually been about two weeks since I’ve been home, and I’m only now getting back on track. So, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on what happens when I STOPPED intermittent fasting.

A quick disclaimer: I started IF a few years ago after hearing about the benefits on a podcast, but I’m aware that it really doesn’t work for everyone. Women especially have some difficulties with this practice. So, if you find that IF is difficult for you, or you don’t feel great while doing it, you are not alone!

I was travelling to attend a family wedding, so right off the bat, there were events and scheduled food things earlier than I’m used to. There were also scheduled food events later than I’m used to eating. While I didn’t really keep a strict schedule, nor aggressively monitor exactly when I ate, I definitely ate breakfast on several occasions, and even more disruptive, at really late at night. Sometimes after midnight! I pretty much never do this, and definitely noticed some changes.

So, without further ado…

What Happened When I stopped Intermittent Fasting on a Vegan Keto Diet?

I Got Heartburn

I NEVER get heartburn – seriously. I actually had to google what it felt like, because I’ve had it so few times in my life, that I wasn’t entirely sure that’s what was happening. As it turns out, if I eat too late at night, heartburn sets in, both in the evening, and the next morning. It was not my favorite and I wouldn’t recommend it.

I Was Hungry ALL DAY

Years ago, when I started practicing IF regularly, I noticed that I was less hungry throughout the day, and could better moderate how much I ate, if I pushed back breaking my fast as long as possible. Conversely, on days when I do eat breakfast, I’m basically hungry throughout the day, and end up eating around 500-1000 calories more than I would otherwise, which is obviously not great. This isn’t an isolated incident, it’s basically a guarantee on days I eat breakfast.

A Cycle of Early Eating Began

Once I opened the flood gates, it seemed like a real challenge to close them again. Every morning I would wake up with a bit of nausea and a kind of full feeling, and then it would be followed up by hunger. No, I’m not pregnant – and yes, it was annoying. Even now, after having tried to get back into a regular IF schedule, I still find myself getting hungrier earlier than I’m used to.

I Just Felt Gross

So, this is the least empirically-backed claim in this entire post, but it’s a pretty important one for me. I maintain a low carb diet to keep my blood sugar levels in check, and didn’t realize how much IF was contributing to this. I’ll admit, I didn’t bring my monitor with me (I’m not actually diabetic, just hypoglycemic), but after years of dealing with symptoms of crazy blood sugar levels, I’ve started to be able to tell when it’s too high. So, basically every day my eating schedule was out of whack, I had symptoms of high blood sugar, which left me feeling generally crappy.

Returning to Normal

The real marker is how I feel this week, now that I’m back in action and living the IF lifestyle again. I’ll be sure to post an update in a couple of weeks, after I’ve settled back into the routine. All I can say for now is that I really missed my routine, and the way that felt by giving myself a nice, large window for fasting, and limiting my meals to a 6-8 hour period.

 

Intermittent Fasting on a Vegan Ketogenic Diet: Intro

Intermittent Fasting on a Vegan Ketogenic Diet: Intro

I’ve definitely mentioned intermittent fasting (IF) in the past. I’m a huge fan of this method for timing out meals (or more accurately, the window of time in which you eat), but I’ll admit I don’t really know that much about the practice. I’ve been doing […]

13 Surprising Vegan Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

13 Surprising Vegan Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In a recent post, we talked about balancing your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake on a vegan keto diet, primarily using nut and seed sources. This makes sense, as these foods are highest in fat, and therefore have the largest impact on your daily […]

Optimizing Your Omega-3:6 Intake on a Vegan Keto Diet

Optimizing Your Omega-3:6 Intake on a Vegan Keto Diet

There are many factors that come into play when determining whether you’re getting the optimal amount of omega-3 fatty acids on a vegan ketogenic or low carb diet. In order to balance your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s important to understand the sources of these fats, the conversion of certain types of omega-3s to others within the human body, as well as the optimal consumption ratio for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. (more…)

Vegan Keto Supplements You Do (And Don’t) Need

Vegan Keto Supplements You Do (And Don’t) Need

A while back, I wrote a post on which supplements you do and don’t need on a keto diet (link to that here!). This podcast episode is an effort to update that for my vegan keto peeps (there are dozens of us!).

Ep. 31: Can You Do Vegan Keto Without Soy?

Is a soy-free low carb or keto vegan diet possible? In today’s episode, we explore that question, and take a look at some vegan protein sources that aren’t soy!

Calcium and Low Carb Vegan Diets

Calcium and Low Carb Vegan Diets

I recently received a question asking how it’s possible to get enough calcium on a vegan keto diet (or even a low carb vegan diet), without resorting to fortified foods or supplements. As a fan of whole foods nutrition, I totally appreciate the desire to try and get all of your nutrition from the foods you eat, instead of spending extra money on supplements that may not actually even be particularly effective. (more…)

Can I Do Vegan Keto Without Soy?

Can I Do Vegan Keto Without Soy?

A question that frequently comes up with clients is whether or not you can eat a vegan keto diet without soy or soy products for protein. After all, soy is a staple ingredient for many vegans, both for the nutritional content, and because so many […]