One of the latest food trends, the so-called pegane diet, is a combination of paleo and vegan and at first glance it sounds almost too good to be true. The original idea for this belongs to Dr. Mark Hyman, the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the New York Times best-selling author. He wrote about the Pegane Diet for the first time in 2014 and described it in his comically titled book “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” In order to avoid the extreme restrictions of both the vegan diet and the Paleo diet, Dr. Hyman a unique hybrid – the Pegane diet. If you want to find out more about this strange food-trend combo, then just read on!
The Pegane Diet saw the light of day in 2014, but has only now become popular
It can be maintained for an unlimited period of time
What is the Pegane Diet?
To understand what the Pegane Diet really is, you first need to understand the meanings of Paleo and Vegan.
On the one hand, it is based on Paleo diet on a diet similar to that of our ancient ancestors, hunters and gatherers. Its building blocks are natural, little or unprocessed foods such as meat, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Grains, legumes, dairy products and highly processed foods are avoided. the vegan diet on the other hand, is a purely plant-based diet, in which animal products of all kinds are eliminated.
The Pegane Diet combines certain aspects of both to create a unique cross. According to research, it can help reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar levels, and improve overall health. The Pegane Diet is also significantly less restrictive than both the Vegan and Paleo Diets.
Can you combine two extreme opposites? Apparently so!
fruit and vegetables: Both the vegan and paleo diets focus on fruits and vegetables. After all, these foods are one of the most important sources of vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay healthy. On the Peganen Diet, fruits and vegetables should make up about 75 percent of your daily eating plan. When shopping, it is important to choose only seasonal products from the region.
Gluten free grains: The Pegane Diet places great emphasis on gluten-free whole grain products and grains such as wild rice, quinoa, millet, flax, buckwheat, amaranth, etc. Many of them are also available as flour, so you can still bake your favorite bread.
Animal products: Animal sources of protein such as meat, fish, seafood, and eggs should only make up about 25 percent of your daily diet. But not all meat is the same! When shopping, you should mainly choose organic meat and eggs from happily grazing, grass-fed and antibiotic-free chickens. Fish and seafood should always be low in mercury.
High quality fats: Olive, coconut and avocado oils, along with nuts, seeds and other rich sources of omega-3 fats, are important components of both the Paleo diet and the vegan diet. However, you should stay away from peanuts as they are actually classified as legumes. In the next few lines you will find out why legumes are avoided in the Peganen diet.
Avocado, nuts, and seeds are great plant sources of essential fatty acids
Healthy skewers for grilling packed full of healthy vegetables and some meat
Starchy vegetables: When following the Peganen diet, it is important to avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes and other root vegetables, as well as corn, peas, butternut squash, chestnuts and legumes. The reason for this? They can be responsible for spattering blood sugar after eating. The main exception is lenses. These small legumes and all products made from them are allowed in limited portions as they are a good source of vegetarian protein.
Dairy products: The Pegane Diet avoids yogurt, cheese and other products made from cow’s milk. However, organic foods made from organic sheep or goat milk are permitted in moderation.
soy: Although soy is one of the most popular foods in the vegan diet, it is taboo in the paleo and pegan diets. Numerous research shows that the soybean and the products that contain it could actually cause hormonal imbalances. Soy is also one of the most genetically modified organisms (GMO).
sugar: As with most healthy diets, foods rich in refined white sugar are consumed sparingly. Too much of this is known to be linked to obesity and diabetes. The only exception is natural, unrefined sugar sources such as honey.
Additives: It should be a matter of course for everyone that all artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and other additives should be avoided.
In some ways, the Pegane diet can also be somewhat restrictive
The Pegane Diet is ideal for anyone who wants to change their eating habits. It is also good for those who follow a pure paleo or vegan diet and are looking for variety. People who frequently experience blood sugar spikes or who suffer from gluten or lactose intolerance can also benefit from this unique diet combination. As with any major change in your daily diet, however, we recommend consulting your doctor before trying the Pegane Diet.
Would you try the Pegane Diet?
Chicken soup for body and soul
Healthy eating according to the colors of the rainbow
Doesn’t this salad look totally irresistible?
Gluten-free tacos with vegetables, lentils and a little mince