Plant-Based Eating on a Budget with Renae Thomas, MD

Article written and reviewed by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH
Published August 4, 2020
Plant-Based on a Budget with Renae Thomas, MD

Oftentimes, eating nutrient-dense foods is assumed to be expensive and not available to all economic classes. We sat down with Renae Thomas, MD to discuss how eating a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet can be affordable and meet all your nutritional requirements.

During the episode, you’ll hear Dr. Thomas discuss a PDF that includes recipes and instructions about how to eat a week of plant-based eating for approximately $4 per day. You can view that PDF by clicking here.

If you are looking for more information on how you can eat well on a tight budget, make sure to reference our article with over 170 affordable, low-fat, plant-based, whole-food options.

In today’s episode, you will learn:

  • 7:30 — How Dr. Thomas’ father addressed his cancer diagnosis by switching to a plant-based diet
  • 15:24 —How government funded programs such as WIC can help facilitate healthy eating
  • 21:29 — The story behind Dr. Thomas’ groundbreaking PDF and how you can benefit from this unique resource
  • 25:01 — What is lifestyle medicine? Why is it so important in our current times?

We hope you love this show and learn a lot. Give us your feedback on social media.

Enjoy the show!

About Renae Thomas, MD

Dr Renae Thomas, MD, B-BMed (nutrition and exercise physiology), MBBS (honours), first became interested in the power of lifestyle choices and optimal health before she even started school, whilst watching her father incorporate health promoting changes shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer.

She continues to have a passion for nutrition, physical activity, social connections, and stress reduction, and how these influence disease prevention, and often reversal, and ongoing maintenance of health.

Renae recently migrated from Australia to Blue Zone Loma Linda, California, and is currently a senior resident, and the lifestyle representative, in their Family and Preventive medicine residency combined program, which includes a masters in Public Health (population medicine).

Renae is a published author on vegetarianism and cancer, an international speaker on nutrition and health, is creating a culinary curriculum and nutritional prescription program, and has completed an internship at True North Health Centre in 2016.

She is also a board member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Professionals in Training division, is on the planning committee for the lifestyle track of the American College of Preventive Medicine, is a PCRM spokesperson, a McDougall Starch Solution and Dietary Therapy graduate, and a qualified yoga teacher.

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Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, and Robby Barbaro, MPH are the coauthors of the New York Times bestselling book Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. They are the cofounders of Mastering Diabetes, a coaching platform that teaches people how to reverse insulin resistance via low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition. Cyrus has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002, and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from UC Berkeley. Robby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000, and has been living a plant-based lifestyle since 2006. He worked at Forks Over Knives for 6 years, and earned a Master’s in Public Health in 2019.