Paleo Vegan Diet

Despite the Paleo diet being exceptionally complicated, there are some who take the diet a bit further. The Paleo vegan diet has become more and more popular as the years have passed and has become even more strict than its original incarnation.

Vegan diets do not permit any foods or drinks that are made from animal products, so they do not consume even seafood, milk, or eggs. Meanwhile a vegetarian just doesn’t eat meat, but can still eat dairy.

It’s known that the cavemen ate natural, grass-fed meats, so the Paleo diet normally allows the consumption of lean meats. This part of the plan is called the ‘hunter.’ But Vegan Paleo dieters more participate in the ‘gatherer’ part of the plan, keeping in mind that ancient people also lived off the land’s fruits and plants.

A vegan will cut out the meat and seafood parts of the Paleo diet, so this gives them three major food groups: fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Vegetables are an imporant part of a healthy diet for anyone. They nourish the body with nutrients and vitamins that are essential for normal function. These vegetables are the best to eat, nutrient-wise:

Turnips, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and green beans.

Fruits are also a very important aspect of a vegan Paleo diet. They provide nutrients which include vitamins A, C, and B2, B3, B6, and B12. The most beneficial fruits vegans should consume include:

Watermelon, mango, honeydew, grapefruit, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, pomegranates, and oranges.

Legumes hold one important nutrient that everyone, especially vegans, need: Protein. Vegans need protein even more because they don’t consume anything made from animals, so they miss out on a major protein source. So by eating legumes, they can still eat enough protein to maintain their muscles and bones just as well as a non-vegan.

Being a vegan on the Paleo diet is even more difficult than the original Paleo diet. But the diet is very extreme and it takes a long time for the body to grow accustomed to it. In the beginnings, you can expect to have unhealthy food cravings that you will have a hard time letting go of because you have become so attached to them. This is completely normal. But in time, these cravings will begin to disappear as you nourish yourself with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.

Vegans need to be careful to get the amount of protein that they need; as long as they do this, the diet is feasable to follow through with. But lack of protein is a major reason that the vegan diet fails, so be sure to get plenty of protein and avoid this health-costly mistake. Peanuts, almonds, cashews, and beans are great sources of protein. Also, check in with your doctor regularly to ensure you are taking proper care of your body.

Having self-discipline is crucial in undergoing the Paleo vegan diet, because it will more than likely be very difficult, but also extremely rewarding.