What do you get if you cross a vegan diet with a paleo diet? And is it even possible? One involves animal protein and the other avoids it at all costs.
Filling your plate with 75% vegetables is always a good thing, no matter the diet.
The Pegan Diet concept, as developed by Dr. Hyman, represents a hybrid between a low carbohydrate/high fat paleo-ketogenic diet and a low fat/higher carbohydrate plant-based diet. An example of this type of dietary composition is the Mediterranean diet.
While many of the Pegan diet’s tenets are the same as Paleo’s, with an emphasis on plant-sources of food, going Pegan loosens some of the popular diet’s more restrictive aspects. “Paleo restricts legumes and grains while Pegan does not,” explains Hyman, adding that sticking to gluten-free grains (like oats) and low-glycemic legumes (think chickpeas and beans) is still best. However, he is quick to point out that certain ingredients like peanuts are still off the table whether eating Pegan or Paleo.
Plus, what to eat and what to avoid!
Can the meat-heavy Paleo diet combined with veganism help you lose weight? I wanted to find out.
The Pegan diet takes the best of the vegan diet and the Paleo diet and combines them. It focuses on vegetables, fruits, healthy oils, meat in tiny portions and small amounts of beans and gluten free grains. No dairy, gluten or added sugars.
But not everyone thinks this meal plan is a good idea. Tiffany Mendell, a nutritionist based in Midtown, thinks the extremity of peganism is a problem and doesn’t recommend the diet to clients.
So how does combining the meat-heavy “caveman” paleo diet with meat-shunning veganism actually work?
You've heard of paleo, you've heard of veganism – now, put your hands together and what have you got? The 'pegan' diet.
With pegan, it's all about the plants. Dr. Hyman suggests making vegetables and fruits about 75% of your diet and your plate. You can still eat meat, but think of it as a topping or side dish instead of a main course.
Hint: It isn't just the Paleo diet gone vegan.
Post pandemic re-entry is spawning a whole new glow up industry. Suddenly everyone is hiking, biking, dieting, “detoxing,” and botoxing. The pegan diet — a diet that combines elements of veganism and paleo eating — is making a strong comeback. Proponents claim that it can help you lose weight, gain lean muscle, and save the planet. Isn’t that what all diets claim, though? Here’s the skinny on whether the pegan diet is healthy or just more wellness hype.