You might not have even heard about this trend yet, it's that new. This is a hybrid between a Paleo and a Vegan diet...
But we live in 2018, and combining two words to create a new species is just commonplace, and diet hybrids aren't off limits.
So what exactly is the Pegan diet? Well, it's the best of both worlds.
The term was coined by functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Mark Hyman as a way to ensure he was eating a primarily plant-based diet that was free of processed foods and common allergens, but met his regular protein requirements for proper growth and repair.
What are some of the rules?
- Choose foods that are low on the glycemic index. This means they're likely low in sugar, flour, and refined carbohydrates
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
- Low amounts of pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, avoiding GMO foods
- No chemicals like dyes, MSG, or artificial sweeteners
- High in good quality fats, especial Omega-3
- Have adequate protein (but don't overdo it)
- Eat organic, local, and fresh when possible
- Grass fed and sustainably raised meats and animal products
- Avoid dairy and gluten
- Consume smaller portions of grains and beans
The basic rules? Eat real food, with mainly plants.
And what are some of the benefits to eating this way?
- Reduced inflammation
- Weight loss
- Increased energy
- Reduced gastro-intestinal distress
- Possibly reduced incidence of chronic disease (like high cholesterol or blood pressure issues)