1.The Paleo Diet
The Paleo Diet is really something interesting, isn’t it? I mean, you are taking
the core ideas of two very different diets and combining them into producing
something that logically should not work, but it works, and it works
For those of you who are completely unaware, Pegan is a form of diet
produced from the combination of both a Vegan Diet and a Paleo diet.
Contrary to what some people think, the Pegan Diet includes both animal
products and plant-based foods, including gluten-free grains but excludes
refined carbohydrates; it is rich in healthy fat but doesn’t allow dairy! In
short, it brings everything a very harmonious balance between a Vegan and
Pegan Diet to ensure an individual is getting the maximum health benefits!
On the surface, the Vegan and Paleo Diet might seem to be very different. As
a matter of fact, they are! The Paleo diet encourages an individual to go on a
diet plan that mostly asks them to consume fully organic and unprocessed
meat and grains. On the other hand, Vegan asks an individual to completely
let go of meat and only focus on foods provided by mother nature herself.
So, how exactly do these two polar opposites work together?
When mindfully combined and taking the best from each, the vegan and Paleo
diets produce an amazingly balanced meal plan that is beneficial to the body,
mind, and soul. Veganism’s emphasis on vegetables and plant proteins
provides a plethora of key vitamins and minerals, whereas Paleo’s emphasis
on unprocessed foods provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
With such a wide variety of different ingredients to choose from, beginners
might find it rather difficult to choose which ingredients they are allowed to
follow. The simple and handy pantry list provided in this book will help
significantly help you with that and allow you to know all the ingredients that
you are allowed to consume at a glance.
When you’re on your Pegan journey, you’ll be astounded by the delicious
dishes that can be made with such pure ingredients: mouthwatering
Ratatouille, filling salads, decadent spreads, and refreshing sorbets. This
book is designed to give you just a taste of the awesome recipes, possibly
with the Pegan pantry. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to come
up with amazing recipes of your own
2.The Core Tenants Of Pegan Diet
Now that we have a basic idea of what makes up a proper pegan diet, we
should look at the principles or the tenets behind the pegan diet. These are
tenets that one has to be aware of, as it may be confusing to just use the rule
of thumb. After all, a vegan diet is clear; one can only eat plant-based things.
A paleo diet is also fairly clear: one should eat simple, unprocessed foods.
However, as a pegan diet is separate and less restrictive, the limitations and
tenets are not as intuitive. To put it simply, the Pegan diet’s recommendations
are basically sound: fresh, locally sourced, preferably organic food; nothing
refined or processed; and a focus on not raising blood sugar. Hyman has
stated that the pegan diet can be defined by one simple rule: “If God made it,
eat it; if man made it, leave it.”
3.Focus on having a mainly plant-based diet
The first tenet is that one should mostly have a plant-based diet. Though, as
we stated earlier, the consumption of animal proteins is allowed, most of the
things one eats should be plant-based. In fact, a good rule of thumb to go by
is half or a bit more than half of one’s plate should be filled with vegetables
at the minimum. About seven or eight cups of vegetables and fruits a day are
the World Health Organization’s recommendation. They would serve as a
great starting point.
However, not all plant-based foods should be indulged in
great quantities. Some foods, such as starchy vegetables like potatoes and
squash, should be more limited. Most of the vegetable portion is leafy greens
instead. One of the aims of this diet is to help regulate one’s blood sugar,
meaning that prioritizing low — glycemic index foods is important to the
diet, and having foods high in simple carbohydrates, high glycemic — index
foods would defeat the purpose.
Also, 30% of fruits should be limited, along with the same principles behind limiting
starchy vegetables. However, this tip is more for those who are still
overweight and have a greater need to manage blood sugar. If one has no
blood sugar problems, most fruit is fine. Suppose one is plagued with
managing their blood sugar, however, mostly low. In that case, glycemic
index fruits should be consumed, with sweeter fruits being treated every so
often, being treated more like candy than a regular part of one’s dinner plate.