US Vegetarian to (low carb) Vegan

ZoodlyZen

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Hello! I started my journey around 2016 as a flexitarian, and became vegetarian in summer of 2018. I am looking to continue this journey and transition to veganism.

I jumped pretty blindly into vegetarianism and learned along the way, which I don’t really want to do with veganism. My primary goals are to better my health, lose weight, and eat less carbs, though I do want to make it a lifetime commitment. The way I’m doing vegetarianism right now isn’t healthy and is expensive. (Mostly frozen foods) I want something healthy and affordable

I’ve started by ordering some vegan cookbooks and some shelf sustainable foods. (Mainly chickpeas and various seeds) My plan is to shop for produce and other proteins and such in stores once I have a better idea of what typical vegan meals look like. I am wondering though if it would be difficult to eat 1200-1300 calories on such a diet?

I hope to put more care and planning into this and I really appreciate any advice. I’ve wanted to go vegan for several years so I’m really excited to make the transition!
 

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Dr Michael Greger, author of How Not to Die and nutritionfacts.org has compiled the Daily Dozen list of foods and the servings that comprise a whole days complete nutrition. When followed as written it's between 1200 & 1400 calories, depending on what foods from those categories are chosen.
 

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Congrats and welcome.
The Daily Dozen is a good resource. But that 1200 & 1400 calories - I think those are minimums. You can eat more. In fact, most of us need more calories than that. Best bet is to go to one of those calorie calculators that they have online and figure it out for real. Those are good places to start and you can fine tune it as you go.

One of the most common errors new vegans commit is not to eat enough calories.

Not sure why you want a low carb diet. most people nowadays equate carbs with being bad. carbs are good. A good vegan diet is mostly carbs. I think some of the confusion comes from highly processed carbs like sugar and refined flour. Those you want to eliminate. But you want to include veggies - even the high carb ones like grains and potatoes.

Here are a couple of things you should find useful.
This is a printable shopping list. Read the directions.

and this is good to know - super comprehensive.



Calorie Caluclator

I got this in the mail today. It made me think of you