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WHAT A PLANT-BASED DOCTOR EATS IN A DAY

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

After last week’s dense article about interpreting research data, let’s downshift back to a simple question that many people ask me: “What does a plant-based doctor actually eat in a day?”.

After pre-med, medical school, medical residency and after almost 15 years of medical practice and teaching at our local medical school, it’s safe to say that I’ve accumulated lots of random facts, knowledge and experience. But over the last 7-8 years, I’ve focused most of my energy and spare time on scouring the medical literature for hidden gems of information on nutrition science. I’ve learned a lot about basic biochemical functions, chemical structures and even though I‘ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge about nutrients on a microscopic level, I’m still fascinated that the question I get asked the most is: “what do you eat?”. It’s like people think I’m trekking over mountain tops in search of some tropical super fruit no one else knows nothing about. I‘m proud to report that my meals are pretty darn simple, quick and easy to prepare. Nothing glamorous, nothing worth gracing the cover of ”Foodie” magazine. Just real food that grows in the ground, or from a tree. Food that doesn’t have eyes or a mother and father.

Let’s break it down into its simplest form! I’ll go meal by meal and describe in detail what I eat in a typical day! Keep in mind, studies suggest that most of us eat as little as 5 different meals that we rotate, but the average is 8-10. If you can put a plant-based twist on meals you already eat, you’re already most of the way there.

BREAKFAST

The evidence does suggest that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A nutritious first meal will provide much needed energy to start the day off right. Chronobiology, or the study of how our hormones have cyclical variations according to sleep and sun exposure, also concludes that calories ingested at breakfast will be used more efficiently for energy mobilisation than storage. This simply means that calories at breakfast are less fattening than the same amount of calories at night. So a calorie isn’t always a calorie, it depends on when you eat it. I’ve already covered that on a past article published on my blog! Read it here! Our