It’s bikini season.   And if one more person mentions Atkins to me, I think I’m going on a hunger strike !!

Yet, everyone these days seems to be into “low carb” dieting.

So in some ways, I should be grateful, because weight loss or health issues do often open the door for people to ask me about my vegan lifestyle.  Sadly, animal compassion, worldwide hunger and food shortages, and detriments to our environment take second fiddle.  But whatever it takes to get people talking plant based, I’m all for it 🙂

juiceMeanwhile, here at home, as my hubby was heading off-island for a week on a yacht delivery, he mentioned that he’d like to do a juice fast when he gets back ….

Hummmm …. Seriously ?!?!?!

Whenever I mention “raw” month, he’s usually given me a scowl.

Well, nothing against raw juice fasting, but with all of those sugars, I just can’t see how this is something feasible as a month long weight reduction strategy.  At least not in my book ….

Anyway, I took this to mean that he wants to drop a few LB’s.

buddhabellyAnd I too have been struggling with getting off those 5 extra pounds that pre-menopause (and sitting on my ass) seem to have built up over the last few years.   Folks, my own little buddha-belly isn’t  going to magically disappear.

So while I completely understand the science behind Atkins, and why it works in the short term, I wholeheartedly disapprove of it in the long term.   Low carb is good, just not the high-cholesterol meat-fest, Atkins low carb.

Yes, Atkins can go Vegan.


And I’m not just talking an all lettuce diet here either !!  Nor does it mean having to go completely raw veg  ….

The basis of the Atkins Kick Start is this: 

Purpose | Shift your body from burning primarily carbs to burning primarily fat, kick-starting weight loss.

Goal | Significantly drop your daily Net Carb intake to an average of 20 grams (no less than 18 and no more than 22) of Net Carbs, the level at which almost anyone begins to burn primarily fat.

For a vegan, this means dropping a substantial protein source:   all beans, grains and pasta (for now)

How Long | A minimum of two weeks

NOTE | Of these 20 grams of carbs, 12–15 grams should be in the form of foundation vegetables. It’s fine to average 20 grams a day over several days, but don’t go below 18 grams or above 22 on a single day. Dropping below 18 probably won’t make you lose weight any faster and is unlikely to satisfy your vegetable requirement. Going above 22 could interfere with triggering weight loss.

Protein | Atkins lists the daily protein quota at 50 grams, so we don’t burn lean muscle mass.

According to The Vegetarian Resource Group, you should calculate your own Personal Protein Requirements using this formula:

Goal Weight x .41 = Recommended Grams of Protein

174 pounds x 0.41 g/pound = 71 grams of protein.
71 grams of protein x 4 calories/g of protein = 284 calories from protein.
284 divided by 2,600 calories = 10.9% of calories from protein.
Only 10% of your diet, meatless or otherwise really should be from high-protein sources.

Source:  Atkins Program Phase 1

veggiesSo if the vast majority of your carbs following an Atkins plan should be vegetables (75%), why not go 100% plant based right from the start ?!?!?! 
By doing so, you will have embarked on a lifestyle change that will aid you in keeping the weight off permanently.

Seriously, I’ve been vegetarian most of my life, and at age 49, I almost fit into the same pair of jeans I wore in college (and will once I drop these 5 pounds).   Outside of general healthy eating habits, I rarely give a second thought to how much I eat.  I enjoy fried food, starches & pasta as part of a balanced diet just as much as the next fellow …  With one exception ….

Let’s leave Calorie Counting to the Carnivores.

Hey, so with that said, I’m sorry for the long gap in posting.

I’m in the process of changing out my WordPress Theme to allow me to do what I do best … Post substantive plant-based dinner ideas, without so many (or any) words (which takes too much time, that I just don’t have).

So look for a new, fresh, photo-oriented version of The Twisted Vegan on-line here real soon  (hopefully by my next post).

Along with the new unveil, I will begin by sharing some of the  amazing Vegan Low-Carb, Super Satisfying Ideas for Phase 1 of my Anti-Atkins Plan for dropping LBs the healthy, humane, cholesterol free way.   

Until then, I share with you my amazing breakfast this morning ….


Toastless TLT (Tofu, Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato)
with Mock Hollandaise Sauce.

Estimated Carbs – 3.2g | Protein – 19.7g | Calories 297.5 g

No, I’m probably not re-inventing the wheel here, but it’s a reminder how good (and good for you) simple, veggie food can be !!!

Chow !!


Low-Carb 5-Minute Toastless Jerk TLT Lite
Prep time
Cook time
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So tasty & good for you !
Serves: 1
  • 1 4 oz (¼ block) Firm Tofu, sliced lengthwise, pat dry
  • 1 slice Lightlife Tempeh Fakin Bacon
  • jerk seasoning or your favorite all-purpose herb seasoning
  • liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • -----
  • Salad:
  • 1 cup Mixed Baby Greens, Tomato & Alfalfa Sprouts
  • ¼ cup avocado, cubed
  • -----
  • Mock Hollandaise:
  • 2 teaspoons Veganaise (vegan mayo)
  • 1 teaspoon Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 squeeze (½ teaspoon) lemon juice
  • dash ground red pepper
  1. Get your salad fixin's ready.
  2. Prep your Mock Hollandaise: Combine ingredients in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on low for 1 minute, stirring once halfway through cooking, until the spread is softened. Use a fork to remove lumps that look like curdling.
  3. Coat a skillet with cooking spray. Pan fry the tempeh bacon over medium heat until browned on both sides. Remove from skillet.
  4. Add the tofu slice. Sprinkle the top with jerk seasoning if using. Press down with your spatula (you'll hear it sizzle) and sauté until lightly browned, 2 minutes. Dash hot skillet with liquid aminos, and dredge the tofu in it, so tofu can absorb the flavoring. Flip the tofu, and sauté, pressing down, 1 minute more.
  5. Serve jerk tofu on bottom, topped with tempeh bacon, drizzle with hollandaise and top with lettuce & tomato salad. Enjoy !!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 297 Carbohydrates: 3.2 Protein: 19.7 Cholesterol: 0


Toastless Jerk TLT Lite
Main Ingredients Qty Net Carbs Protein Calories
Tofu 4 oz block 0.0 15.0 175.0
Lightlife Tempeh Fakin Bacon 1 slice 1.3 3.0 35.0
Jerk Season & Liq Aminos
Lettuce-Tomato-Sprouts 1 cup 1.0 1.0 11.0
Avocado 1/4 c 0.7 0.7 76.5
Mock Hollandaise 1 T 0.2 0.0 96.3
Total 3.2g 19.7g 297.5g


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