Meet The New 2019 Diet Trend: The Pegan Diet
This could possibly be the next diet trend this 2019!
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
What is the
Let's break down these two popular diets to better understand how they can be combined:
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.
The other half of the
Combining the prohibitions of Paleo and vegan diet seems to contradict, but the
1 Consume more protein and fats
, like nuts (not peanuts), seeds, coconut, avocados, sardines, and olive oil. Specifically, you can add more nuts and seeds to your plate since these are packed with protein, minerals, and good fats.
2 Beans, especially starchy beans, are to be consumed as little as possible.
It would be best to stick to lentils!
3 Avoid vegetable oils
such as canola, sunflower, corn, and soybean. Switch it up with omega 3 fats, nuts, coconut, avocados, and saturated fat from grass fed or sustainably-raised animals.
4 Stay away from gluten!
Starches such as wheat, rye, couscous, and flour should be avoided. Soups, broths, cold cuts, French fries, processed cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, soy sauce, vodka, and wine coolers which contain gluten (unless stated otherwise). You can often treat yourself to gluten and gluten-free whole grains sparingly since gluten-free whole grains can still raise blood sugar and can trigger
5 Avoid or limit your dairy intake.
Swap you carton of milk with organic goat or sheep products-but only as a treat!
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables that are low in sugar, since these should take up 75% of your plate. Some of the fruits that are low in sugar are apples, oranges, strawberries, peaches, and grapes. For your vegetable intake, you can stick to celery, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, or arugula which are some of the greens that are low in sugar.
Even though the vegan diet restricts eating animal products, the
8 Your intake of meats should be limited to organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed, free-range, or wild.
If you want to indulge on a delicious fish dish, the fish should have low mercury levels and low PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyls, which are a group of toxic, man-made chemicals produced by the chlorination of Biphenyl). Stick to sardines, anchovies, and other small fishes, while it would be best to avoid tuna, swordfish, and sea bass.
9 Sugar, in all its forms, should only be consumed occasionally and sparingly.
Just like with any other dietary plans, you should always consult a licensed professional before trying the