Is It Possible To Be Vegan-Keto?

Episode 90 1h 36m


Despite what conventional medicine has told us, type 1 diabetes is not a sentence for a heavy reliance on insulin. For many people, a diet that carefully monitors carb intake can dramatically reduce blood sugar swings and reduce the amount of insulin needed. Keto (or the ketogenic diet) has gotten a lot of buzz lately, and this fat-heavy very low-carb approach to eating is showing some promise for diabetics and many other metabolic diseases as well. With that being said, there is no perfect diet for everyone, and each person needs to find what works best for them.

One of my guests on this week’s Doctor’s Farmacy podcast, Dr. Carrie Diulus, has found vegan-keto is the best approach for managing her type 1 diabetes and maintaining a healthy weight. We’re also joined by Dr. Ethan Weiss, who’s been steadily in ketosis for about 2 years using a plant-heavy, mostly pescatarian keto approach. Vegan-keto and a heart-healthy high-fat diet? These are phrases most people think of as contradictory, but in fact, they are health routines some people thrive off on.

Dr. Diulus share’s her own experience in successfully managing her diabetes with a plant-based vegan diet along with research and anecdotal evidence she’s seen for others along her journey. Dr. Weiss weighs in on the more traditional keto diet and how we can all make it healthier with the right fats and the impact they have on cardiovascular function. We talk about the importance of fiber and how it can easily be incorporated into the keto diet, as well as when keto just doesn’t work for some people and why that might be.

There’s so much good information in this episode that might surprise you about a fat-heavy, plant-heavy diet. I hope you’ll tune in.


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Topics Covered

  • How Dr. Diulus became vegan keto

    (4:51 - 9:13)

  • The evolution in thinking about heart disease and heart-healthy diets

    (18:04 - 22:26)

  • The idea of “the best diet”

    (22:14 - 26:36)

  • Saturated vs. unsaturated fats and the ketogenic diet

    (28:16 - 32:38)

  • Why fiber is a significant factor and calories still matter with the ketogenic diet

    (39:36 - 43:58)

  • Do you need to go in and out of ketosis and can you achieve longevity through diet?

    (46:33 - 50:55)

  • Sarcopenia of aging and eating for mobility as you age

    (56:31 - 1:00:53)

  • The benefits of testing blood insulin levels

    (1:08:15 - 1:12:37)

  • What you need to know if you want to try keto

    (1:15:53 - 1:20:15)

  • What a typical day of eating looks like for Dr. Diulus and Dr. Weiss

    (1:26:41 - 1:31:03)

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Ep. 90 - Is It Possible To Be Vegan-Keto?