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Want to Learn More About the Vegan Ketogenic Diet? If So, You’ll Definitely Want This Book

Everywhere you turn these days, you’ll find news and stories about the ketogenic diet.

This low-carb, high-fat, high-protein diet is helping people lose weight and giving them much needed mental clarity.

However, one of the misconceptions of the keto diet is that animal products are an essential component of it. And for people who only eat plant-based, this can be quite disconcerting.

Along with her co-author Nicole Derseweh, my good friend Whitney Lauritsen — also widely known as the EcoVegan Gal — has just come out with a fantastic book called The Vegan Ketogenic Diet Cookbook, and it is a phenomenal resource for people looking to explore this lifestyle.

Not only does it clear up a lot of the confusion about the keto diet requiring the consumption of animal products, but it provides 75 delicious recipes. And when I was sent an early version of the book, I literally read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. I was that impressed by it.

The other day, I spoke with Whitney and had several questions for her about the book and the ketogenic lifestyle.

What motivated you to write this book?

As advocates for the plant-based diet, we saw the book as an opportunity to show people on the keto diet how to eat fewer animals, or perhaps switch entirely over to a vegan diet.

It also feels like a great way to introduce keto to vegans. Nicole and I each know people who considered taking a break from their vegan diet to try keto, so we wanted to show them how they can do both at the same time. Plus, I have enjoyed eating a low-carb, plant-based diet, and this book was a way to summarize my experience and provide tips that I have learned.

What kind of impact has the vegan keto diet had on your life?

It’s opened up both of our eyes to different ways of eating and helped us get creative with plant-based recipes.

I starting eating a vegan keto diet in summer 2018 and felt major changes in my digestion and an increase of energy, along with a reduction in inflammation. When Nicole eats low-carb foods, she notices faster muscle recovery and clearer mental function.

Where does organic fit into this lifestyle?

Nicole and I both advocate for eating organic, and an important element of the book is the focus on whole foods. Far too many people consume processed, non-organic food when on the keto diet, and we encourage people to eat more fresh, locally grown, Non-GMO foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds, fermented foods, herbs and low-glycemic fruits.

What are the biggest misconceptions that people have about the vegan keto diet?

Many people think that all plants are high-carb, so it’s been exciting for us to bust that myth.

A common question we receive is — “What is left to eat when you’re vegan and keto?!” — to which we can now easily share 75 satisfying recipes that demonstrate how versatile the diet can be.

What is the biggest thing that you both learned from writing this book?

At the end of the day, listening to our own bodies and experimenting with different foods are great ways to figure out how to feel our best.

There are many conflicting opinions about which diet is ideal, and we each need to determine the right path for ourselves (along with the guidance of a medical professional). We have each tried many different diets over our lives, vegan and otherwise, and it’s an ongoing exploration. We don’t believe there is one right way to eat, just the way that feels good at any given time.

Researching and trying out the vegan keto diet has been a wonderful experience for both of us, and we hope our book helps others determine if it’s the best diet for them.

The Vegan Ketogenic Diet Cookbook is an excellent and incredibly approachable resource for anyone looking to explore the vegan ketogenic lifestyle, and I strongly recommend it.

Also, be sure to follow Whitney Lauritsen (website and Instagram) and Nicole Derseweh (YouTube and Instagram). These are two very inspirational women.

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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

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Organic Broccoli Sprouts Provide Amazing Health Benefits…..and Sulforaphane

If you ever go to a talk by Dr. Brian Clement, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute and the person in this video discussing the merits of Green Juice vs. Green Smoothies, you can be guaranteed to hear this: eat and juice sprouts.

The reason that he is saying this is because sprouts have incredibly important health properties.  They have very high levels of nutrients and enzymes, which provide the body valuable energy to detox and strengthen the immune system.

According to the Hippocrates Health Institute, the other key benefits of sprouts include:

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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Another Reason to Eat Organic — The Water Supply in the Midwest is Becoming a Serious Health Risk

I got a comment from someone the other day who said “Why should we care about GMOs (genetically-modified organisms)? Let them grow what they want. It doesn’t impact the people who eat organic.”

Unfortunately, this individual could not have been more wrong.

GMOs impact everyone, including people who eat 100% organic, and a recent study from the Pesticide Action Network confirms this.

Water sampling results from communities across four Midwestern states — Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota — indicate Atrazine is present in drinking water at levels well above those linked to birth defects and low birth weight.

WHAT IS ATRAZINE AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT

Present in 94% of our water supply, Atrazine is a toxic weed killer and 76 million pounds of it is dumped onto our farms each year, mostly for corn.

And the health effects of Atrazine?

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Food & Water Watch Unveils its New Smart Seafood Guide and “Dirty Dozen of Fish”

If you are looking for organic fish in the U.S., you will not find it. Why?

Because there is no such a thing as USDA certified organic fish, as national organic standards for fish have not yet been approved.

That being said, some fish are certainly better to eat than others, and Food & Water Watch recently released its Smart Seafood Guide.

The Smart Seafood Guide gives an excellent analysis of over 100 different fish, provides regional guides, and offers helpful suggestions so that consumers can make the healthiest and most sustainable choices possible.

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