Welcome to VegDiabetic.com! This page includes a curated list of kitchen appliances and tools I recommend to folks looking to go on a Vegetarian Low Carb diet. I also have recommendations for exercise equipment that I have found beneficial.
I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources are ones I use daily for controlling my diabetes.
Before digging into the awesome resources that I know and trust, two important disclaimers/disclosures:
1) As always, please consult your physician/doctor/dietician before using any recommendations from this site.
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HIGH SPEED BLENDER
The Vitamix has become an integral part of my veg low carb routine. I start my mornings with a Green smoothie filled with vegetables. My dinner often includes a Vegetable Low Carb soup. I eat “pancakes” made from vegetables that are extremely low in carb content. I use the Vitamix to make “Pizzas” from grated Cauliflower. Sufficient to say, Vitamix is key to my Vegetarian Low Carb regime.
For folks on a budget, I recommend getting the Vitamix 5200 Standard model. This is one of the most basic models with manual speed controls. You can cook every recipe with this, and do not need the higher models which offer more convenience. I own this model and use it daily.
For folks looking for more convenience, the higher-end models offered by Vitamix provide convenience with preset speeds and timing. You can hit a single button to make your soups and walk away – the unit will turn off when the soup is ready. The Vitamix Professional Series 750 is one of their best and more convenient models.
I recommend buying the dry container accessory with your Vitamix. You can use the Dry Container to make bread, cauliflower pizza base, nut butters, and other things with thicker consistency.
The dehydrator is another piece of equipment that I use regularly to make Vegetarian low carb breads and dehydrated snacks. These make for excellent afternoon snacks. You can also make delicious Kale Chips and “Fruit Leather” with these.
The Nesco FD-80A Square Shaped Dehydrator make for a great beginner Dehydrator for folks on a budget. This is the first dehydrator I purchased before upgrading to the more expensive recommendation below. The square dehydrators have an advantage over the circle ones as they can fit more fruits and vegetables. You can dehydrate a larger batch and store them in airtight canisters or mason jars for a long time.
For folks looking for more features, the Excalibur 9-tray Dehydrator is an excellent upgrade. These dehydrators are far more expensive than the Nesco one above, and occupy a lot of space. Despite it, it is worth the upgrade. The Excalibur Dehydrators come with a fan at the back that evenly distribute heat across the unit, making for more even dehydration. The larger trays are also great for making low carb pizza breads from Cauliflower – something you cannot do in the smaller Nesco units. The extra space also means that you can dehydrate an even bigger batch of fruits and vegetables and store them for long use. I keep this unit in my garage due to its large size, and remove them once every few weeks to dehydrate a new batch.
Pressure Cooker is very useful for quickly cooking your food. I use it to boil my vegetables, sauté them, cook some curries, and occasionally make quinoa or cauliflower “rice”. There are several cheap, manual pressure cookers that you can buy for around $20. However, I highly recommend upgrading to the InstaPot Electric Cooker. With an Electric Cooker such as Instapot, you can put together all your ingredients, press a button and walk away. No need to wait for adequate time to elapse or count whistles! I own the 7-in-1 Instant Pot DUO60 6QT model. This model can even make yogurt, steam your vegetables, and pressure cook your curries. The newer 10-in-1 Ultra model offer all the same functionality, but adds a few more, such as ability to control altitude, progress indicator, and more customizations. However, the cheaper DUO60 should suffice for most recipes on this blog, so I advice you to save your money unless you need the added convenience.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to help melt body fat, regulate blood sugar levels, and bring energy to your daily routine. Of course, none of these claims are proven. However, based on personal experience, I found that taking ACV before my two big meals helped cut hunger and cravings. Note: NEVER drink ACV undiluted – it will erode your tooth enamel. Always dilute half to one ounce of ACV in 8-10 ounces of plain water and gulp it down.
There are several cheap ACV bottles you can find in grocery stores. However, I do not recommend using them. Make sure that the ACV you buy is raw, unfiltered, and comes “with mother” cultures. I recommend buying the Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
You will be cutting a lot of fruits and vegetables over your Vegetarian Low Carb life. A good knife that can cut thin slices are very useful. You will find a host of very expensive knives on Amazon. While those are good, I found these cheap Fixwell Knives good enough. Their thin blades help with precision cutting, and I highly recommend them.
Buying a fitness tracker that lets you track your steps, heart rate and other activities will help stay focussed. Most trackers also have a social network built around it to see how your friends compare to you. You can participate in challenges with your friends (or strangers) to give you the extra motivation. To that end, the best fitness tracker is the one that your friends also use. If you don’t have a preference, I suggest purchasing the Fitbit Charge 2.
There is no such thing as the “best shoe”, however, there is a great shoe for you. This will differ based on your gait and pressure points. I suggest going to a Sports store such as Dicks sporting goods or Sports basement to get a free gait analysis for you. The store attendant may ask you to remove your shoes and watch you walk/run for some time. Based on your arches and foot formation, he/she may suggest you to try a few shoes. Pick one that gives you the most comfort – a great shoe makes all the difference between injury and no injury, Based on my gait analysis, I purchased the Brooks Glycerin shoes and am very happy with it.
For a Couch Potato like me, getting some exercise into my routine was difficult. I started by logging 10,000 steps per day using my FitBit Charge2 Band. However, I had severe leg ache, and likely injured myself with unbearable shin splints. After talking to several people, I realized that my problem is two folds: (1) I do not have good shoes to support my very high arches and supination gait. (2) I was trying to walk too fast too soon. After several weeks of resting, I decided to slowly “pace up” my walking and running. The C25K (“Couch to 5K”) app helps with this by mixing walking and jogging. Over a 9 week period, the app slowly trains you to increase your jogging time and reduce your walking time; until you can jog 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) at a stretch. You can download the app on Android or iOS.