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As you may or may not know, I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting for the last few years. I usually fast for around 18 hours and then eat within a 6 hour window. Sometimes, I’ll eat something outside of that window if I really feel hungry – the key is listening to my body to see what feels good. So, why add OMAD (one meal a day) on top of an already kind of challenging, gluten-free, vegan keto diet? Well, why not?
I follow a few people on instagram who successfully manage to eat one meal a day and it always fascinated me. I’ve heard that people have some good success recomping (my aim would be losing a little fat and gaining muscle) while eating just one meal a day. So, I figured I’d give it a whirl.
It was actually pretty fun planning out what to make, and I was really excited to get going. Because my stomach has been a little iffy with nuts lately, this entire meal is nut-free and peanut-free. It’s also soy-free. So for those of you wondering if you can do a vegan keto diet without soy or nuts – you sure can! While my day here isn’t coconut-free, most of the foods are. I only used coconut milk in my coffee.
How about you guys – have you ever done One Meal a Day? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Coffee & Supplements
So, I did drink coffee in the morning with some coconut milk. I mostly just use the unsweetened kind that you find in the dairy department. I also added a little coconut milk powder in for some extra fats.
I also took exogenous ketones to help me coast along. I normally don’t take ketone supplements, and I don’t think they’re necessary for success while doing a ketogenic diet, but I wanted to see how they would help here. I took the raspberry lemonade ketones from Preferred Keto, throughout the day and found that they gave me enough energy and kept me going long enough to get through the fast without too much hunger, which was really nice. I don’t take them regularly, but I really do appreciate having them around for times like this!
The Main Event: The One Meal a Day (Low Carb Vegan Style)
Do you ever get a weird craving for a random vegetable? I really wanted beet noodles, and I don’t know why, but I figured that a raw pad thai would be a good way to sneak those in. Ingredients are as follows:
- 100g zucchini noodles
- 50g cucumber noodles
- 25g beet noodles
- Sauce: 2 tbsp sunflower seed butter butter, 1-2 tsp low-sodium tamari, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp lime juice, pinch garlic powder. Mix together and toss with noodles. This tastes better with peanut butter, but we do what we can.
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Chopped scallions for garnish
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds for garnish
This is a recipe from my cookbook (using the seed bread recipe, also in my cookbook). I’ve been craving lately because so many of you have been posting pictures of this recipe in particular on instagram. I cut the bread a little thinner to get three slices of bread in play. I also mixed about 2 tbsp of salsa into the mashed avocado, which I highly recommend.
Also, I don’t know why, but it amuses me that it’s so clear which piece of bread was the end piece. 🙂
More Veggies w/Hemp Sauce
- 2 cups (200g) broccoli florets
- 1 cup (100g) cauliflower florets
- Hemp sauce: 1/4 cup (40g) hemp seeds, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, pinch of garlic powder, pinch of paprika. Salt and pepper to taste. Blend everything together.
- I roasted the veggies in my air fryer at 350F (177C) for about 10 minutes and then topped them with the sauce.
2 squares (20g) Lindt 90% chocolate!
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The calories are a little lower than what I would normally eat, but I’m just not too hungry for anything else. All in all, it took me a bit over 90 minutes to eat everything. I’m not sure I’d want to do this every day, but I did really enjoy being able to eat so much at one time!
- Calories: 1584
- Protein: 74.9g
- Net Carbs: 31.3g
- Fat: 120.9g