Your Preferences, Your Metabolism; How to Customize the Fast Metabolism Diet
If you have dietary restrictions, the Fast Metabolism Diet can look challenging. What if you are a vegetarian, or vegan, or you must eat gluten-free? No problem! There are so many options on this diet that you can easily adapt to your dietary deal-breakers. Let’s talk about each one individually.
Any of the phases can easily be adapted to a vegetarian diet, especially if you are willing to eat eggs and fish while you are on the Fast Metabolism Diet. (I know that fish isn’t technically vegetarian, but there are those who will make exceptions and maybe you are one of them) If not, though, for any Phase 1 and Phase 3 recipes that include meat, you can substitute ½ cup cooked legumes, like lentils, black beans, white beans or any other phase-specific bean.
Phase 2 can be the most challenging for vegetarians because it is the low-carb phase, and we aren’t eating soy or soy-based products on this diet; but as long as you are willing to eat eggs and fish, you should be fine for those two Phase 2 days.
It’s easy to be vegan during Phases 1 and 3 because you can always substitute legumes for meat in any recipe. However, Phase 2 is more challenging. Protein-rich legumes and grains are just too high in carbohydrates for Phase 2. That’s why, as vegans, you get to break one rule. Just one. The soy rule.
Normally, I forbid soy on the Fast Metabolism Diet because of its plant estrogens and also because of how processed and genetically modified it tends to be. However, if you are vegan, I don’t want you to feel like you can’t do this diet. Therefore, during Phase 2, you may replace any meat with any of the following (but no other soy products)
- Organic, non-GMO tofu
- Organic, non-GMO soy tempeh
- Organic, non-GMO edamame
Gluten-free is easy on the Fast Metabolism Diet because wheat, the primary source of gluten in most people’s diets, is already off the menu. However, there are a few gluten-containing products in the recipes and on the shopping lists. Don’t eat them. Sprouted-grain bread and products containing spelt, barley, Kamut, farro, and rye all contain gluten, so avoid those too. Conventional oatmeal also contains gluten.
Instead, use gluten-free oatmeal and any of these gluten-free grains:
- Brown rice
- Wild Rice
Where there is a will, there is a way. We can modify almost every recipe in our library to fit your preferences and needs. This is about your body and your metabolism that is being healed. Be in awe and intrigued by the hints and whispers.
Enjoy and feel free to modify these recipes:
One-Pan Mexican Quinoa
Phase 1 | Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes
1 tablespoon plus 1 cup vegetable broth, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup quinoa
2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
14.5-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup diced bell pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable broth, the garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the quinoa, 1 cup vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the quinoa is cooked through – about 20 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro, and serve immediately.
Roasted Chickpea Taco Salad
Phase: 3 | Serves: 4
Prep time: 35 minutes | Total time: 1 hour
Find ingredients and directions here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Phase 2 of the Fast Metabolism Diet is powerful stuff. You’re literally remaking yourself. Lean proteins provide the ingredients for creating amino acids in the body. And alkaline vegetables provide the enzymes and phytonutrients to break down those proteins.