a Vegetarian follow the Atkins diet?
The battle lines
have been drawn - Atkins vs the Vegetarians. While the late Dr Atkins
himself was quite gracious on the subject, if a little "would be
too boring to be sustainable", both supporters of and detractors
from his diet have been far less so. On both sides of the field,
the parties have dug down and used whatever ammunition they could
to fire at the other side.
In the middle
are people like me - vegetarians who would like to lose a little
weight, and are getting increasingly interested in trying the low
carb approach. Medical science is finally deciding that it's surprisingly
effective and (so far) doesn't have a lot of the negative side effects
that were assumed to result from a high-fat, high-protein diet.
I'm still a
little concerned about potential long-term factors, but I'm certainly
willing to consider the diet.
What I'm NOT
willing to consider though is eating anything's flesh. My vegetarianism
is one of my most deeply held beliefs, part of who I am, and I'm
not going to give it up. So, is it possible to follow a strict low-carb
diet AND remain a vegetarian? I believe so.
Over the next
few months, I'm going to give it a try. I've got a list of the Atkins
"good" and "bad" ingredients, and I think I can adapt a fair whack
of what I cook into low-carb versions. It will be an interesting
journey. I encourage you to come with me... (April