I grew up in a vegetarian family. As a child, I had more grains,
vegetables, and soy products than most people will eat in a
lifetime. When I was about 16 years old, I had had enough–I
wanted to eat meat! At first, it was strange cooking with real
meat. After all, I had never touched meat before, so I was a
little repulsed by it at the beginning. But over time, I learned
how to cook meat and found that I really loved cooking. But, I
never really felt quite right about eating meat. Since my
formative years were spent living a healthy vegetarian
lifestyle, the new meat-eating me felt sluggish and unhealthy.
Sluggish or not, I continued to eat meat into my adult years. I
knew I needed to make a change in my diet, but I wasn’t sure
exactly how to go about it. How could I have ever guessed that
my daughter would be that catalyst for a change that I’d needed
since I was a teen myself?
One of the unique joys of motherhood has been nurturing a mutual
relationship with my children: I inspire them, and they inspire
me. As they grow into their own personalities and pursuits, I am
constantly amazed–and sometimes caught entirely off guard–by
their independence and self-declarations. For example, a short
while ago, my eldest daughter stood up at the dinner table,
after stirring her food around on her plate for a while, and
announced that she wanted to be a vegetarian. I was surprised at
her announcement. I was not surprised at all, however,
when–without any arguments–the rest of the kids and I decided
that we would all “go vegetarian” together as a family. I’d been
considering it for quite some time, but wanted the kids to
decide for themselves.
The impact of that decision was bigger and better than I could
have ever imagined. I quickly realized that, not only was I
reducing injury to the health of our planetary body and our
animal friends, I was also starting to see an amazing difference
in my own body. Within weeks, my digestion improved; I had more
energy; and, the insomnia I had suffered from for so many years
was suddenly gone! But, with all this positive affirmation, I
was quite surprised to find that I wasn’t experiencing the kind
of weight loss I had anticipated when I returned to my
vegetarian ways. Frankly, I was disappointed because–health
aside–I wanted to lose weight.
I began my search for the perfect, veggie-friendly weight loss
solution. As have so many others, I read extensively on the most
popular low carb diets on the marketplace today, including the
Atkins Nutritional Approach™, the South Beach Diet, The Zone,
and other low-carb diet plans. Although I could readily see the
benefits of living the low carb lifestyle, I found no low carb
diet plans available in the marketplace that would be acceptable
to vegetarians. Meat is at the center of each and every low carb
If I wanted to lose weight by using a low carb diet, I would
have to either be A) willing to eat meat, or B) put my research,
cooking, and vegetarian skills to good use and develop a plan
that allows vegetarians to successfully lose weight without
compromising their food and lifestyle ideals. Since eating meat
was not an option for me or my family, I chose Plan B!
To those ends, I was particularly interested in the G.I. Diet, a
book by Rick Gallop, which emphasizes a healthy, low carb diet
plan that doesn’t completely exclude carbohydrates from the
daily meals. The diet is more focused on the process of reducing
and/or eliminating foods in the diet that increase blood sugar
while increasing foods that are low on the Glycemic Index scale.
This combination leads to effective and healthy weight loss.
The G.I. Diet asks people to consider changing the way they
think about themselves, the foods they eat, and dieting in
general. As such, if the commitment is made, the diet is
sustainable and nutritionally-viable so one could reasonably
maintain it long after the weight has come off. However, the
G.I. Diet is not vegetarian.
So, with research in hand, I began thinking about how I could
merge the valuable contributions of Gallop and a low carb diet
together with a vegetarian lifestyle. After extensive trial and
error in the kitchen–some things just don’t taste right no
matter how good they are for you–I created a series of fun,
easy, and amazing ways to re-design some of the most delicious
recipes to make them both low carb and vegetarian. I’d finally
found a way that I could lose weight, be healthy, and live well
as a vegetarian.
When my family and friends saw me lose over 20 pounds in less
than 3 months, the questions started pouring in:
How did you do that?
What are you eating?
How do you make vegetarian chicken parmesan and vegetarian beef
Where’s the meat?
Where do you get your protein?
How can you eat low carb when you aren’t eating meat?
My answers to those questions and the countless recipes that I
scribbled down for my friends and families became the backbone
of this FREE book, Living La Vida Low Carb: The Vegetarian Way,
which can be found for free at
http://www.VegetarianLowCarb.com,that I share with you now. I
can’t tell you that you’ll experience the same results as I did.
I can tell you–with pride and honesty–that these recipes can
help you achieve a healthier, more balanced diet. And,
thankfully, the book demonstrates that losing weight as a low
carb vegetarian no longer means peanut butter and tofu at every
meal! Good luck and good health!
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