Peganism – It's a Step…
Breaking news: Before a seemingly inevitable celebrity endorsement causes a major gain in traction and yields worldwide awareness like Atkins and paleo, I’d like to introduce you to “peganism” – a combination of paleo & vegan dieting tendencies in an allegedly more sustainable manner that will somehow fit into the oddly-shaped space between the health-conscious and environmentally-aware.
What is peganism?
Peganism is structured similarly to paleo in that there are a few simple DOs and DON’Ts that comprise the diet with a much lower emphasis on meat, and a higher emphasis on envionmental sustainability. How is that different? Well, there’s not a whole lot of data on how many people are actually following a paleo diet, but it was heavily Google’d in 2013 and is the subject of several books, and continues to receive endorsement from many high-level athletes, celebrities, etc. Despite the diet’s origins in the 1970s, paleo’s popularity came about in the early 2000s and has been praised because of its steadfast elimination of processed foods – to quote Wikipedia: “The diet is one of many fad diets that have been promoted in recent times, and draws on an appeal to nature and a narrative of conspiracy theories about how nutritional research, which does not support the paleo diet, is controlled by a malign food industry.” The truth is that any diet that consists of lavish meat-eating isn’t sustainable – and perhaps peganism is a step in the right direction, especially with voracious meat-eaters. For your convenience, here are the DOs and DON’Ts of peganism:
Fruits and Vegetables: Both vegan and paleo diets place an emphasis on plant-based foods, since they’re a tremendous source of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to remain healthy. They should make up 75 percent of your diet.
Meat: Taking a clue from paleo, protein should come from grass-fed and antibiotic-free animals — in other words, organic. Animal protein like chicken, beef, fish and eggs should only make up approximately 25 percent of your diet.
High-Quality Fats: Olive, coconut and avocado oils, in addition to avocados, nuts and other sources of omega-3 fats, are staples of the paleo diet and tend to be a part of good vegan diets, too. However, you’ll want to steer clear of peanuts, which are a legume, and limit the amount of saturated fats found in grass-fed or sustainably raised animals.
Healthy Grains: Vegans often rely on grains for energizing B vitamins. Reach for gluten-free, whole grains, such as quinoa, when you’re on a pegan plan.
Lentils: A nutritional powerhouse and great source of meatless protein, small beans like lentils are allowed in limited portions. Other beans or legumes like pinto and peanuts should be avoided.
Dairy: Shunned by vegan and paleo dieters alike, dairy has no place in the pegan eating plan, since many people have a hard time digesting it.
Soy: This vegan diet staple is a no-no in the pegan and paleo camps. Why? Research links the bean to disrupting hormones and it also tends to be genetically modified.
Sugar: As with most healthy diets, sugar should be viewed as a treat and used sparingly. Too much of the sweet stuff has been linked to obesity and disease so cutting back will do your body good.
For those unfamiliar with the diet, the chart pictured above will clarify the tenets of paleo. Please see the link below for more information on peganism.
Original article: http://www.click2houston.com/lifestyle/health/the-pegan-diet-when-paleo-met-vegan/33628894
Image source: http://colebradburn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/paleo_chart.png