Allegedly, this is the kind of diet that the cavemen used to survive on-- an ancient way of satisfying hunger that includes heavy protein but low carbs. Popularly known as the “Paleo diet” today, it is highly popular among celebrities and high profile personalities. Until recently, it was considered inconceivable to go vegan with Paleo diet which heavily depends on meat.
However, a new concept has been developed that combines Paleo recipe with vegan diet and it has spread through the publication of the book, “Paleo Vegan: Plant-Based Primal Recipes”. Written by Alan Roettinger and Ellen Jaffe Jones, this book extensively and elaborately discusses how the Paleo diet goes vegan.
Unless a Paleo-vegan follower cheats (i.e., remains partly Paleo and partly vegan by consuming some meat), edible seeds and nuts or protein-rich vegetables on a Paleo-vegan diet are the major sources of protein. Meat contains mainly protein and saturated fat, but seeds offer more than just protein and essential fats. Contained in them are fiber and minerals, vitamins, and healthy natural chemicals. Seeds also contain little in the way of carbohydrates. The new Paleo-vegan diet consists mainly of wild rice, lentils, and buckwheat and any predate agricultural grain and vegetation that grows in the wild. According to proponents of the diet, these ingredients are harmless and nutritious.
Why should one adopt the Paleo-vegan diet instead of just following the traditional vegan diet known to be healthy anyway? The answer to that question apparently lies within the differences between a regular vegan diet and the Paleo-vegan diet. Vegan food does not necessarily guarantee a healthy diet. Adherents of vegan diets often choose to consume food and beverages that are too sugary or contain unhealthy oils and fats. On the other hand, a Paleo diet must contain food (and beverages) that are free from additives and pesticides, as well as be devoid of preservatives and antibiotics. Thus, the combination of Paleo and vegan could be a better choice for some.
Creating recipes for Paleo-vegan meals is not too complicated. There are parameters and dietary rules for those who follow it. Principles of the Paleo diet and those of vegan diet can easily be combined. For example, a Paleo diet would avoid dairy products and include food that is “natural”-- namely what is fesh, whole, raw, organic, and locally available.
The standard vegan diet rejects any kind of meat and depends on grains and beans for protein. Apparently, adherents of the Paleo diet are not ready to give up consuming meat. They allow themselves to an allowance of “cheating” on one fifth of a meal. Vegans are much more strict with their principle of not consuming animal products.
But the bottom line is, there can be a diet formulated for both the followers of vegan philosophy and the consumers of Paleo meals. The only issue is the consumption of meat by Paleo adherents, which can be easily replaced by seeds and grains. There would then be no difference between a Paleo meal and a vegan meal once the meat is eliminated. Ready to give it a try?