At Cooked we believe in eating lots and lots of vegetables and fruits (with most of that 75% being vegetables). What you do with the other 25% of your diet is your business-- it might be legumes, it might be whole grains, it might be meat based proteins or vegetarian proteins. That being said, we don't tend to pay a lot of attention to diet fads. However we recently learned about a new diet, the Pegan diet which encourages a blend between the Paleo and Vegan diets-- you heard right! We wanted to know how one would blend a meat heavy diet with one that allows for no meat products what so ever, and here is what we found out:
GIST: What Can and Can't You Eat?
Mark Hyman MD, bestselling author and Cleveland based doctor has come up with the Pegan diet-- no, it's no related to religion or witchery, it's related to two diets that seem to conflict in almost every way: Paleo and Vegan.
Hyman explained on NBC News that his diets encourages people to eat "foods low in sugar and starch. Eat lots of plant foods. If you're going to eat animal foods, eat sustainably grown or harvested foods. Have foods that have lots of good fat, like nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocados.” Your remaining food for the day can include animal-based protein, like sustainably raised meat, poultry, and fish.
What's off the list? Wheat, gluten, and all dairy, and limit legumes, beans, and gluten-free grains. Added sugars? Only as an "occasional treat."
What our Nutritionist, Sarah Arel, Says: