A brand-new year brings new opportunities to make better, healthier lifestyle choices. In 2018, the keto diet was the "trendy diet" people tried. According to trend reports by Pinterest, the Pegan diet is poised to take the spotlight this 2019.
What is the Pegan diet? This diet is basically a fusion of thePaleo and vegan diet. The term Pegan was invented by an American physician named Dr. Mark Hyman, who believes "this way of eating makes the most sense for our health and the health of our planet."
Let's break down these two popular diets to better understand how they can be combined:
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The Paleo diet or the "caveman" diet, is a dietary plan based on foods that were consumed during the Paleolithic era, which dates back to at least 2.6 million years ago, all the way up until 10,000 BP (Before Present). When you're eating a caveman's diet, you are restricted to eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meats, fish, and oils from fruits and nuts. On the other hand, this diet removes grains, legumes, dairy products, refined sugar, salt, potato, or any highly-processed food in all of your meals.
Combining the prohibitions of Paleo and vegan diet seems to contradict, but the Pegan diet makes a way for both to coincide. According to Dr. Hyman, "The similarities of these diets is that it focuses on real, whole, fresh food that is sustainably raised." So, what are Pegans allowed to eat? The mind behind the creation of this Paleo-vegan diet says to focus on the following: