Are you a vegan who has heard that the paleo diet can help you lose weight? I know it is tempting to want to try it. We hear about the latest fad diet and we think, “This is it! This is the diet for me!”
I was like that too. Overweight and looking for the next best thing to finally help me shed the pounds. But here me out. A vegan paleo diet is not what you want to do.
First all of, the core idea on which a paleo diet and a vegan diet where built upon, are completely opposites of each other.
And you might be thinking, “that’s fine, I just won’t eat meat.” The problem is that if you follow a vegan paleo diet, you would need to also cut down on other essential nutrients that your bodies needs such as those we get from legumes and grains.
And that’s just the beginning. So believe me, by following a vegan paleo diet you would be doing a disservice to your body. A vegan paleo diet is not the way to lose weight.
I’ll stop my ranting now, and instead let’s dive deep into the research…
What is A Paleo Diet
A paleo diet, Paleolithic diet, caveman diet, stone-aged diet, or hunter-gatherer diet is a dietary plan that concentrates on eating only foods presumed to be available during the Paleolithic era that dates from around 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
Simply put, it’s just like A STORY based on a picture of our ancestors devouring animal foods.
The paleo crowd is under the impression that if we all eat just like our Paleolithic ancestors, we will surely be stronger, healthier and free of disease by eating as much meat as possible.
The well-known doctor in the vegan community, Dr. John McDougall, asked the question to whether or not our ancestors were primarily meat-eaters to Nathaniel Dominy, PhD, a highly respected anthropologist.
He replied, “That’s a myth. Hunter-gathers, the majority of their calories come from plant foods…meat is just too unpredictable.”
After carefully examining the bones, teeth, and genetics of primates, Dr. Nathaniel Dominy, says, “Humans might be more appropriately described as ‘starchivores.’”
In other words, our ancestors eat a lot of starch. Food that has starch includes peas, potatoes, and beans.
This fact perfectly aligns with the diet us vegans should be following. Yea for us!
Why is Paleo So Popular
Many people that adopt this latest paleo lifestyle because they want to shed weight and get healthier.
BUT wait a second…how can you possibly slim down and improve your overall health by eating large amounts of animal-derived foods high in cholesterol and saturated fat?
If you do follow a vegan paleo diet, you will miss out on so many essential nutrients such as fiber, powerful antioxidants, and phytochemicals, which is very bad for their gut microbiome and cells.
This also affects their exercise performance and recovery and mental wellness.
If your goal is to reach or maintain a healthy weight and maximize your health, then a strictly plant-based diet can absolutely help you achieve your goals.
According to Dr. Michael Klaper, an accomplished clinician, vegan health educator, and sought-after event speaker on diet and health, there is solid evidence that a whole-food, plant-based diet rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and many other important nutrients is the truly healing diet for our planet and people.
What Do Paleo Followers Eat
Let’s get clear on what people who follow a regular Paleo diet eat. Even if you want to follow a vegan paleo diet, it is important that you understand the origins before you make a decision (don’t do it!).
Paleo followers consume several different kinds of meat: red meat (beef, veal, mutton, bison, goat, and lamb), pork, poultry (chicken and turkey), and others.
According to Dr. Joel Kahn, a top holistic cardiologist that has treated thousands of acute heart attacks, consuming meat…
- Promotes inflammation
A study performed in mice showed that methionine (an amino acid) found in meat enhanced oxidative stress and inflammation and weakened heart strength.
- Causes diabetes
Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says “Animal fats cause diabetes; they block cells’ insulin receptors Insulin is like a key, opening a lock to get glucose into cells. Fats are like chewing gum stuck in the keyhole so insulin can’t work.”
- Raises Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 or IGF-1 (the cancer promoter)
Meat eaters typically have higher levels of IGF-1 than vegetarians or vegans. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, animal protein boosts production of IGF-1 while a plant-based diet reduces levels of IGF-1, which has an anti-aging effect.
- Promotes heart disease
According to PETA, animal products are linked to heart disease because they are rich in saturated fat and cholesterol.
When these fatty substances pile up inside the walls of arteries, blood flow to all areas of the body is blocked, meaning normal bodily functions are damaged, which can lead to several diseases, including heart disease.
Salmon, trout, mackerel, tilapia, albacore tuna, sardines, anchovies, crab, crawfish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, clams, lobsters, or other types of fish and seafood can be found at paleo followers’ places.
According to Dr. John McDougall, fish are not health food because they are toxic with mercury, offer zero benefit to the heart, cause an increase in blood cholesterol, and lead to many health problems.
Even fish-based supplements contain heavy metals.
Mercury from fish increases risk for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS]. This is a nervous system disease that attacks brain cells, weakens muscles and causes paralysis.
Did you know that high intakes of fish during pregnancy increase the risk of childhood obesity?
And according to Dr. Michael Greger, seafood can also impact brain development.
So is fish/seafood a health food? NOPE!
Eggs are definitely a paleo-approved protein choice.
According to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, one egg contains the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac. Since our bodies produce more than the amount we need, why should we keep consuming any added dietary cholesterol?
According to Mayo Clinic, our bodies do need cholesterol to keep on building healthy cells, but having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Consuming eggs not only causes heart disease, but it also increases the risk of diabetes and other serious health problems.
Some people may argue back and say, “Oh, ok so the yolk is full of cholesterol that can cause heart disease, then I will just eat the egg white.”
The problem is that the egg white is animal protein, which can cause inflammation, put a heavy burden on your liver and kidneys, trigger the release of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1, and create a spike in cholesterol levels.
The bottom line is that egg-free is the best option.
4. Non-Starchy Vegetables
According to Wikipedia, non-starchy vegetables (bamboo shoots, spinach, asparagus, bok choy, bean sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, garlic, eggplant, green onions, cucumber, etc.) contain a lower amount of carbohydrates and calories.
Non-starchy vegetables are without a doubt a healthy food choice because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients called phytochemicals.
Since non-vegetables do not contain many calories, it is hard to overdo. As a rule of thumb, the more non-starchy vegetables you eat, the better.
But, some paleo followers either try to avoid eating starchy vegetables (winter squash, yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, corn, etc.) or eat them in moderation particularly because they are trying to shed weight.
However, according to Dr. John McDougall, some starches like potatoes and squash are lower in calories than others such as grains, and these are great for rapid weight loss.
Starches, like beans and peas, too can keep you feeling satisfied longer, which encourages lasting weight loss, and help your body gather and get rid of waste.
Starchy vegetables are valuable sources of fiber, antioxidants, B-vitamins, and minerals. I eat them every day as a party of healthy, balanced diet and I also eat a ton of non-starchy vegetables and I feel happy and amazing all the time.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, lemon, lime, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, apples, peaches, plums, grapes, bananas, mangos, papaya, tangerines, oranges, figs, and kiwis are some of the paleo diet fruits.
Fruits supply dietary fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, fruits are excellent sources of phytochemicals, which have a wide range of protective, health-promoting benefits, from fighting inflammation and speeding healing to preventing diseases and fighting cancer.
The nutrients in fruits are extremely important for health and maintenance of your body. Plus, fruits help satisfy your sweet tooth.
But, some paleo followers cut down on their fruit intake in hopes of losing weight. The truth is fruits contain dietary fiber, which is linked to lower incidence of heart disease and obesity.
According to NutritionFacts.org, seventeen people were made to eat 20 servings a day of fruit. In spite of the high fructose content, the investigators reported no unfavorable effects for body weight, blood pressure, insulin and lipid levels after three to six months.
So what really causes weight gain? ANIMAL PROTEIN. For more information on why animal protein causes weight gain, visit forksoverknives.com.
6. Nuts & Seeds
Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pine nuts sesame seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are all paleo diet friendly.
Of all plant-based foods, nuts and seeds are extremely nutrient-dense. They provide great amounts of healthy fats, protein, health-promoting calories, complex carbohydrates, beneficial nutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
Eating nuts and seeds can help protect against disease, nourish your red blood cells, maintain optimal brain function, and fight inflammation.
Many believe that nuts and seeds are way too fattening, which may hinder weight loss, but research shows that nuts and seeds are extremely beneficial for weight loss. Remember that it’s the nutrient content that makes a diet healthy.
Macadamia oil, olive oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are consumed on the paleo diet.
Oil is plant-based, whether it is from sunflowers, coconuts, corn, or olives, BUT, it’s certainly NOT a whole food.
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, an American physician and the author of the award-winning Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, says “NO OIL! Not even olive oil, which goes against a lot of other advice out there about so-called good fats. Both the monounsaturated and saturated fats contained in oils are harmful to the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. It doesn’t matter whether it’s olive oil, corn oil, coconut oil, canola oil, or any other kind. Avoid ALL oil.”
Dr. John McDougall, the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program, says, “Poly- and monounsaturated fats – those contained in large amounts in vegetable oils as well as in fish – have been shown to depress the immune system, increase bleeding, and promote cancers, especially those of the colon, prostate, and breast.”
All kinds of oils you purchase in stores are extracted, which means that the manufacturers get rid of healthy fiber, essential vitamins and minerals and what you ultimately get is the highly refined and concentrated doses of calories.
Simply put, oils are just pure liquid fat and their nutrient content is low. Oils are only rich in saturated fat that adds bulk to your waistline, clogs up your arteries and eventually leads to heart attacks.
What’s worse, oils have a negative impact on our immune system and that makes us susceptible to infection and weakens our bodies’ ability to stop the growth of terrible cancer cells.
It is actually pretty easy to get enough healthy fats from sources like nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, tahini, soybeans, just to name a few.
Let’s just keep oils in their place. Don’t put oils in your body, but you can use them for your hair, nails, or skin.
What Do Paleo Followers Don’t Eat
This is where it starts to get more interesting for vegans. Especially for those thinking of following a vegan paleo diet.
You will see that some foods I agree that we should keep out of of daily meals, while others I think it’s ludicrous to omit from our diet.
1. Dairy Products
No milk, cheese, dairy creamer, dairy spreads, yogurt, cream cheese, powdered milk, ice cream, pudding, and many other dairy products for paleo followers. With that, I am definitely in full agreement.
Dr. Neal Barnard, the founder and president of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says, “If you are consuming dairy products, you are at tremendous risk of weight gain, certain cancers (breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers), cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.”
Dairy products are also common triggers for arthritis pain, migraines, and many other conditions.
Milk and other dairy products are loaded with saturated fat that can even lead to Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on why you should ditch dairy, visit pcrm.org.
Rich Roll, a vegan ultra-athlete, the host of The Rich Roll Podcast and the bestselling author of the inspirational memoir “Finding Ultra” and “The Plantpower Way“, interviewed Dr. Neal Barnard and launched a great podcast about breaking the dairy addiction.
Rich said that it’s one of the most eye-opening podcasts to date and he urges all of you to listen intently.
2. Refined Sugar
No refined sugar for paleo followers and I am in full agreement.
According to Wikipedia, sugars are found in the tissues of the majority of plants, BUT are particularly concentrated in sugar cane and sugar beets, making them ideal for commercial extraction to produce refined sugar.
Refined sugar causes a rapid rise in blood sugar (which could lead to diabetes), premature aging, dementia, weight gain, depression, irritability, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, tooth decay, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Consuming refined sugar is also very bad for your immune system and the liver. On top of that, it can cause cancer cells to grow.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, Americans eat roughly 350 calories of sugar on a daily basis on average. As you can see, sugar is very addictive.
Refined sugar can be found in ketchup, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, pasta sauces, frozen meals, canned fruits, sugary breakfast cereals, fruit juice, fruit cocktail, many sugary beverages, candy, cake, doughnuts, cookies and many other sweets.
It’s best to consume glucose from whole fruits and starchy foods like grains, beans, yams, and sweet potatoes to power your muscles, your brain, and the rest of your body.
Plus, there are so many sugar substitutes from plant sources (stevia, agave nectar, maple syrup, and barley malt syrup) that fit into vegan diets and provide a sweet taste in vegan pastries, pies, muffins, beverages, desserts and other treats.
3. Processed Foods
Processed foods are foods that have been cooked, frozen, packaged, canned, or altered in nutritional composition through fortifying, preserving, or preparing in a number of different ways prior to consumption.
Processing can remove nutrients, which explains why many processed foods are empty calories with very low nutrient value. Processed food intake may lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease and other health issues.
Although not all processed foods are unhealthy, some processed foods (hot dogs, processed meats, most fast food meals, french fries, potato chips, white bread, corn syrup, sodas, frozen pizza, store bought pastries, etc.), contain trans fat, high levels of fat, sugar, salt, additives, preservatives and many other chemical ingredients just so that they can extend their shelf life and shorten your life.
The best option is of course to consume whole-food plant-based diets. Even Kaiser Permanente, an American integrated managed care organization, issued an nutritional update recommending that healthy eating is best achieved with plant-based foods (no animal foods, refined and processed foods).
Unrefined salt is Paleo when consumed in a moderate range.
According to Wikipedia, salt is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous food flavorings, and salting is an important way of food preservation.
Millions of years ago we mainly ate plants and didn’t need any salt shaker, which made our bodies develop into sodium-conserving machines. We were doing well till we realized that salt could actually be utilized to preserve foods.
Yes, salt is an important nutrient. Your body does require a small amount of sodium (around 230 milligrams for its basic needs) and if you are physically active, you may need a bit more to make up for losses in perspiration and urine.
Note that fruits, vegetables and other natural foods supply the small amounts of sodium we need in our daily diet.
According to Dr. Michael Greger, consuming too much salt causes water retention and raises your blood pressure. What’s worse, salty foods can damage artery function, even among people whose blood pressure is normal and is unresponsive to salt intake.
Dr. Neal Barnard says, “salt triggers your kidneys to send calcium into your urine. The more salt in the foods you eat, the more calcium you lose, and that can contribute to bone loss.”
There is a variety of salt substitutes, like Mrs. Dash and Kirkland Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning. They are both mixtures of healthy dried herbs and spices.
It may take some time to adapt to the lighter taste, but it’s worth it and your body will thank you for it.
According to Dr. John McDougall, potatoes have significantly enhanced human health and nutrition, patterns of human migration, influenced wars, and the wealth of several nations for hundreds of years. In other words, potatoes have always been one of the most typical and essential food sources on the planet.
Our bodies need carbohydrates to function throughout the day. All potatoes are high in healthy complex carbohydrates. Besides, potatoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, other minerals, and essential organic compounds.
Consuming potatoes never makes me feel guilty because there is ZERO cholesterol in a potato and insignificant amounts of cholesterol-raising saturated fats. Most importantly, potatoes provide fiber that lowers cholesterol and keeps the digestive system regular.
Did you know that potatoes also supply all of the essential protein and amino acids. According to the McDougall Newsletter, eleven Peruvian children who recovered from malnutrition consumed diets where all the protein and 75% of the calories were from potatoes.
According to livestrong.com, potatoes with darker-colored flesh, like the Purple Viking, Yukon Gold and Ruby Crescent may be the healthiest
So if you continue to eat white potatoes, make sure to peel them so that you can remove about three-quarters of the toxins.
What is the healthiest potato? According to Dr. Michael Greger, the healthiest potatoes are sweet potatoes, especially purple sweet potatoes and boiling may be the best way to cook them to retain all the nutrients. Additionally, the primary protein in sweet potatoes may even contain cancer fighting properties.
The traditional diet in Okinawa actually revolved around purple sweet potatoes. Okinawans centered their whole diet around beans, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense plant foods and they had among the longest lives in the world.
There are so many health benefits of legumes, so it’s utterly ridiculous that paleo followers do not consume legumes..
According to Mayo Clinic, legumes (soybeans, split peas, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, mung beans, white beans, etc.) are among the most versatile and healthful foods.
Legumes have zero cholesterol, are low in fat and sodium, are rich in dietary fiber, healthy complex carbohydrates and dietary minerals (folate, zinc, potassium, iron and magnesium).
Legumes are also an excellent source of plant protein, which can be an extremely healthy substitute for animal products like meat that is high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
According to NutritionFacts.org, legume consumption is associated with a smaller waist and lower blood pressure. Eating legumes also improves blood sugar control, reduces cholesterol and more.
According to Dr. Kristi Funk, an American breast cancer surgeon, not only is soy safe, it literally drops breast cancer rates by 60% for soy consumers and if you already have breast cancer, it drops recurrence by 60% and death by 29%.
Soy has to be always organic non-GMO and when you purchase the soy milk, you want the first ingredient on the box to be always WHOLE SOYBEANS, NOT soy protein isolate.
The cancer guidelines highly recommend that you should fit beans into your everyday meals. Watch this video to learn more about how eating a whole-food plant-based diet can turn your blood into a cancer-kicking machine.
Whole grains are essential sources of many nutrients like fiber, B vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, paleo followers can’t include any whole grains in their daily diet, which means that they miss out on a lot of health-promoting nutrients for optimal health.
Whole grains like oats, corn, barley, whole wheat, millet, black rice, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, quinoa, whole rye, bulgur, and sorghum are an amazing part of a wholesome diet and lifestyle.
Whole grains are packed with powerful antioxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. According to NutritionFacts.org, people that consume more whole grains live longer lives.
Moreover, eating whole grains helps you stay slim, maintains digestive health, reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and may even protect against some cancers like colorectal cancer.
A word of caution, always consume whole grains that help reduce the risk of developing chronic disease and ditched refined grains (white bread, white rice, white sandwich buns and rolls) that increase the risk of developing chronic disease.
Dr. Michael Greger’s Daily Dozen includes at least 3 servings of whole grains per day.
Paleo Diet Promoters Ignore & Distort Science
According to Dr. John Mcdougall, the paleo diet is uncivilized, unhealthy, and untrue. Here are some other tidbits that I found while doing my research, that I think you will find interesting:
- Research issued in the journal Nature in 2012 shows that nearly the whole diet of our very early human ancestors, dating from 2 million years ago, comprised fruits, leaves, wood, and bark.
- Based on research shown in a 2009 issue of Science, people residing in the eastern coast of Africa may have eaten a diet that centered around the cereal grass sorghum 105,000 years ago. You can see the evidence of starch eating.
- According to research in a 2011 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Shows, the Neanderthals consumed many different kinds of plant foods because starch grains have been discovered on the teeth of the skeletons.
- A 2010 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science revealed that starch grains from a variety of wild plants were recognized on grinding tools at archeological sites dating back to the Paleolithic period in Italy, Russia, and the Czech Republic.
BONUS: To learn more about how Paleo diet can affect you as a vegan, check out the video below!
3 Reasons to Ditch Paleo Once For All
Paleo diet is one of the most popular diets in this day and age and is also one of the most harmful and destructive.
It’s good that paleo followers eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. It’s also good that they avoid eating refined sugar, dairy products, highly processed foods, and salt. The problem is the paleo crowd keeps on advocating for more meat.
If meat were truly designed to supply good nutrition, it would have fiber to maintain bowel health, lower your cholesterol levels and help control your blood sugar levels.
Meat has no healthy complex carbohydrates for energy, brain function, nervous system function, metabolism and digestion. Meat has ZERO vitamin C to protect your body, among other important nutrients.
What’s worse, when meats are heated at high temperatures, cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines are produced, which may increase the risk of breast, lung, colon, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.
It’s very very bad that paleo followers consume meat, fish/seafood, oils and eggs. Plus, it’s ridiculous that they don’t eat potatoes. They stay away from whole grains and legumes that help reduce the risk of cancer and enhance longevity.
1. Animal Protein
According to NutritionFacts.org, animal protein is also linked to gradual loss of kidney function. Consuming animal fat changes the structure of the kidney, and animal protein imposes an acid load to the kidneys, boosts ammonia production, and harms the kidney cells.
According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, all animal products are rich in saturated fat, cholesterol, and arachidonic acid. These substances are associated with cancer and heart disease.
Animal protein stimulates the rise of cancer-promoting hormones in your bloodstream, particularly insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). As its name implies, IGF-1 makes things grow. IGF-1 is one of the body’s growth promoters during infancy and childhood.
When you’re an adult human that consumes animal protein, the body increases its production of IGF-1, which speeds up the aging process, promotes the rapid growth, multiplication, and spread of cancer cells.
The good news is protein from natural plant foods like all kinds of beans, peas, tofu, tempeh, edamame, nuts, seeds, and dark leafy greens, are high in anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and do not raise IGF-1 levels.
With that being said, you are much better off getting protein from natural plant sources.
According to the book “the End of Dieting” written by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, some Paleo advocates may even report that they experienced a “failure to thrive” on a plant-based diet and to feel well, they had to eat plates and plates of meat.
Apparently these stories show bias and nutritional ignorance of how to build a healthy diet.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman once attended a medical conference where he heard Loren Cordain, the leader of the Paleo movement, give a talk. In Loren’s presentation, he advocated a diet in which 80% of calories are from meat. Unfortunately, he was so passionate about advocating a cancer-promoting diet.
And when someone asked Cordain about IGF-1, he irritably and incorrectly responded, “Only sugar raises IGF-1, not meat.” That’s ridiculous, isn’t it?
For more information on why animal protein is damaging to your health, visit forksoverknives.com.
2. Fish/Seafood Has Its Own Dangers
According to NutritionFacts.org, you can find hexachlorobenzene, perfluorochemicals, or PFCs in fish. An association between fish consumption and diabetes has something to do with the contaminants in fish.
All fish contain mercury and many other industrial toxins and pollutants, so if we keep consuming fish, our brain, kidneys, and lungs will be damaged. This is especially dangerous to pregnant women and their infant’s bodies.
According to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, diets rich in fish do may increase risk of heart disease.
According to Dr. Neal Barnard, those who eat fish have more weight issues and have a much higher risk of diabetes, compared with people that eliminate animal products altogether.
Take salmon for example. 40% of salmon is fat and that 70 to 80% of that fat is bad for us. Plus, omega-3s from fish or other animal products come with some unwanted side effects.
Omega-3s help with cell function and may help with aging and brain health, but they can’t be synthesized by the body, so we need to get them from plant sources (walnuts, flax seeds, edamame, winter squash, etc).
Dr. Neal Barnard says, “Keep in mind where fish are from. They live in what has become a kind of human sewer – the oceans and waterways.”
3. No Legumes. No Grains. Ridiculous
Legumes contain a variety of nutrients that aid weight management, reduce risk for colorectal cancer, improve the health of people with diabetes, and satisfy hunger more than meat. Consumption of beans and other legumes adds years to your life.
Beans are nutritionally valuable that also help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
Whole grains protect against heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Moreover, according to Dr. John McDougall, eating whole grains lowers cholesterol, blood sugar, IGF-1 levels, colon cancer risk, and gastric cancer risk.
Eating whole grains also reduces risk of obesity, improves bowel function, relieves constipation, provides antioxidant activity, and more.
As you can see, legumes and whole grains provide so many health benefits and it’s ridiculous that paleo followers cut legumes and whole grains out completely.
The paleo diet is accomplished by eating plates and plates of animal flesh.
The paleo crowd consumes meat, poultry, seafood, fish, and eggs; fruits, non-starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Dairy products, highly processed foods, refined sugar, and salt are not on the paleo diet, which is good.
As you vegan, you might be thinking that you can just skip the animal products, and follow a vegan paleo diet to help you reach your weight-loss goals.
However, paleo followers don’t eat starches like whole grains, legumes, and potatoes, which is utterly ridiculous. And the ultimate reason why us vegans should not follow a ‘vegan paleo diet’.
According to Christina Warinner, an expert on ancient diets, humans have NO known anatomical, physiological, or genetic adaptations to meat consumption. Quite the opposite, we do have lots of adaptations to plant consumption.
Let’s go back to 40,000 years ago and take a look at the Neanderthals. Their skeletons have been scrutinized all throughout Europe and what you will find is starch granules in between their teeth.
Let’s also look at the paleo people from three different areas of western Europe 30,000 years ago. You will find starch was the main source of calories.
The neanderthals, people in Eastern Africa, the Americas, western Europe and Asia lived off of starch based diets.
Face it, paleo and vegan just don’t go together, they are the complete opposite of each other. Don’t try to force it. This is not the correct path to weight-loss.
In a nutshell, eating a vegan paleo diet is damaging to your health. Ditch the vegan paleo diet and eat a low-fat whole-food plant-based diet, full of starches to maximize your life and optimize your health and wellness.