Much to the delight of many people who changed their diets to Vegan or Paleo, the so-called Pegan Diet has now taken the world by storm and provides sensitive souls with options that are healthy, natural and ethical.
But what is it? Well, it’s a blend of Vegan (no animal products at all) and Paleo (no grains). Many vegans find they have issues with eating grains, causing all sorts of health problems.
Even some doctors say it’s the best diet
Dr Mark Hyman explains why you should go Pegan in this brilliant article: http://www.alternet.org/food/why-i-am-pegan-or-paleo-vegan-and-why-you-should-be-too
Some Pegan enthusiasts, including Dr Hyman, believe that adding sustainable, organic meat, fish and eggs as a condiment is also fine, though this blog prefers to stick to no animal products.
As discussed in this blog, eating animal products is not good for you or the planet, and definitely not good for the animals. Also, eating grains can cause all sorts of health problems because humans are not suited to eating grain.
The UK is pushing for people to eat ten-a-day now, meaning ten portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is a vast improvement on the meagre five-a-day that people were previously advised was sufficient for good health (1).
Eating ten-a-day will not only keep you healthy, but will also improve your health and help alleviate symptoms of illness, if not reverse illness altogether.
Providing veg and fruit is organic or at least spray-free (start growing your own) and you remove meat, dairy and grains from your diet, you will be amazed at how your health improves. And you will most likely lose weight if you are overweight. Try it!
What do Pegans eat?
It’s not all that difficult to eat Pegan. Think about fruit salads, fresh green salads, veggie soups, veggie stews, potato rosti, ratatouille, veggie curries, baked potatoes, chili-beans, veggie stir-fry, foods that everyone is already familiar with.
The foods that aspiring Pegans think they will miss the most, though, are cheese, mayonnaise, and of course, bread, cakes and biscuits. But, there are Pegan alternatives to these. You can get Vegan cheese and mayo, and you can make delicious sweet treats without grains.
So, go Pegan and be good to the planet and to you.