What To Eat In A Day On A Plant-Based Keto Diet, From A Doctor

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What This Doctor Eats In A Day On The Plant-Based Keto Diet

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The year 2019 was a big one for both the keto diet and the vegan diet. They surged in popularity, with tons of new plant-based products hitting the market and keto success stories all over social media. But when it comes to keto 2.0, or a plant-based keto diet, what does a day of eating look like?

In a conversation with our co-CEO Jason Wachob for the mindbodygreen podcast, Carrie Diulus, M.D., gave a rundown of what a typical day of eating looks like for her.

Diulus has been plant-based and low-carb for a while now, and since the plant-based keto diet is one of our 2020 health and wellness trends to watch, we were sure to welcome her take on the subject.

Breakfast

Diulus is a big proponent of intermittent fasting, so as far as breakfast for this orthopedic surgeon, she sticks with black coffee.

"I will have some electrolytes if I am out running," she adds, but mainly, she saves her appetite for lunch.

If tackling both keto 2.0 and intermittent fasting is too much for you to start with, some easy plant-based and keto options for breakfast include low-sugar fruits like berries, as well as nuts and seeds to keep you full. Check out our ultimate guide to keto foods for more options.

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Lunch

Once lunchtime hits, Diulus goes for the greens and healthy fats.

"Lunch is a giant salad with olives and nuts and seeds. I'll use hemp seeds," she says. "When you're on a plant-based diet, it's not the fats that are necessarily different because there are plenty of healthy plant-based fats. It's the sources of protein. So I'll use lupini beans, which is an Italian bean that has zero net carbs [...] And then whatever other vegetables we have—broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts. So I make this giant salad and take that [to work]."

Diulus also goes for black soybeans and tofu on her salads. And as far as salad dressing? "Lots of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, white vinegar, some sort of vinegar."

Snacks

For snacking throughout the day, Diulus goes for more healthy fats, which will help keep you satisfied between meals. "I'll snack on macadamia nuts and olives and things like that," she says.

And for a little something sweet? "I love dark chocolate. I'll have that pretty much every evening."

We can't argue with that; dark chocolate is not only heart-healthy, but some studies link it with lower rates of depression.

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Dinner

And to round off her day, Diulus says dinner looks a lot like lunch, in some variation or another.

"I like to play with different recipes—it depends on how busy I am. My go-to is roasted broccoli and Brussels sprouts with olive oil and avocado. If we ever get into a problem where we cannot get avocados...I'm in big trouble."

(Same.)

And there you have it: a day in the life of a plant-based keto doctor.

She reminds us, though, that diets are never one size fits all. "I don't think there's one true human diet. I think there are a lot of variations, and a lot of people respond in different ways to different things. I worry about groups who get really too pigeonholed. And I mean, some people would say that plant-based low carb is pigeonholed. But the reality of it is I eat a ton of amazing food. And it doesn't feel restrictive."

For more keto 2.0 inspo, check out these 12 vegan and keto recipes to get you started, and be sure to listen to the full conversation with Diulus.

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