By now you've probably met the pegan diet that combines a vegan and paleo diet in one. Whether or not you have, the pegan diet can be a great way to start striking more balance with your diet and get on the healthy path.
- Break it Down
Okay, so you know that a vegan diet is about cutting out all animal-derived products from your diet. But what’s the paleo diet all about? Basically, it’s about eating what our cavemen ancestors added to their diets, without any modern foods. So, it would include eating veggies, fruits, nuts, and meat. The present-day foods that you would avoid include dairy, beans, grains, sugar, gluten and vegetable oils. You might be wondering how vegan and paleo can work together if meat is allowed on the paleo diet, right? Well, read on...
- The Skinny on Meat
The trick of the pegan diet is that it takes the great stuff from both vegan and paleo, focusing on eating foods that are as natural as possible without being processed. It means you can sneak meat into your eating plan - but only in small amounts. The idea is to use meat as a condiment to your meals, not as the entire meal. For example, you could add strips of bacon or chicken to your salads. If you can’t go full-vegan right now, the pegan diet allows a bit more flexibility without loss of a healthy diet.
- Benefits of Pegan Diet
The essential thing to bear in mind is that the pegan helps you return to a healthier, simpler way of eating. It’s a great way to ease into a full-blown vegan diet if that’s your ultimate goal and start living with more nutrition in mind. To get the most benefits from your pegan diet and keep it as healthy as possible, follow these tips:
- Eat low-GI. By choosing low-glycemic foods, you can help maintain your energy levels all day. This is also good for diabetics as it keeps your blood sugar levels in a good place.
- Boost your good fat intake. Vegetable oils are not allowed in the paleo diet but this is a good reason to include healthier fats into your diet, such as olive oil, coconut and avocados that are a great source of omega-3s.
- Ditch the dairy. Both diets have the dairy-free tip in common so that you avoid hormones and antibiotics in milk. The vegan benefit of no dairy is that you're also kinder to livestock!
- Say good riddance to processed foods. Anything with chemicals, genetically modified ingredients, added sugars, preservatives, dyes or additives has to go! This is a great way to make your diet healthy across the board.
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