We frequently hear about vegans/vegetarians converting to a paleo-like lifestyle. My question: has anyone ever heard of the opposite occurring?
At the risk of making myself rather un-popular, I'm one of them. Primal-veggie at your service. I was a vegetarian for about five years, primal for about one year, and I'm now veggie again. Is yours a leading question? Have you been considering going vegetarian or are you just curious to see who/why might have altered their eating habits this way?
Cheers, Prudence X
I'm a seasonal eater -- so in past years, I've eaten a primarily vegetarian diet 3-4 months of the year (summer season here, where it's hot and where meat is still in the 'growing' phase and all the early spring 'cull' meat has been consumed). I find that it's completely in line with primal principles to eat according to both season and activity level. It's VERY hot here during the summer, and nobody moves much, except for the occasional dip in something watery, so we eat accordingly.
I spent time as a vegan when I was younger, and it didn't really work out well for me -- but that doesn't mean that my body doesn't respond well to PERIODS of vegetarianism/veganism. It's a nice break from the heavy winter options.
As I've mentioned in a couple of earlier posts/responses, I've had some issues towards the end of this past winter season, and I spoke with the neurologist that I've been working with for 4 years in managing my neurodegenerative congenital disorder -- I told him I was thinking about a couple of months of raw vegan to clean things up, and he thought it might just be what I need at this point to switch things around for the better... so there ya go. Maybe it doesn't have to be one or the other.
Castle Grok went vegan for a while after being paleo. Don Matesz also comes pretty close...
There's a thread on 30bananasaday about this, but the only person who said they transitioned from paleo to vegan said they never tried it for a long time. She said she was thirsty and was constipated. Probably an excess of muscle meat, if you ask me. High protein does this to me.
Please don't make me go back to 30bananasaday though :D! I have a hard time not creating an account and responding to all those weird threads!
Ex-Paleo here. I was lowcarb paleo (back when it was called Atkins... I was a "clean" atkins eater) and raised my carbs and did moderate carb paleo for 2yrs. I gained 50lbs and a host of health issues. I was also very outspoken in my low-carb dogma... and then paleo dogma. I read every book and studied nutrition like it was my JOB! I did not cheat and got tired of everyone telling me I just wasn't doing it right! I left quietly because I already knew how people would attack me. I left Facebook and went on living my own life. I have been Vegan for almost 4 months, mostly LFRV for about the last month. I have lost 14lbs and am in a heavy detox period, but I still feel SO much better than I have in the last 4yrs! I was unable to walk well due to inflammation and pain in my hip and that ceased about a month ago. I don't know how long I will stay raw, or if I will later settle into a high raw/vegan way of eating... but I do know that I will follow my own intuition now instead of any person, book, philosophy or guru.
People switch diets when their current regime fails them.
The stories of people that failed on a vegan diet are legion. They didn't get the results they wanted, or they just didn't feel as healthy as they thought they should. Google "failed vegan diet" and you get pages of stories about people having problems with a vegan diet and eventually abandoning it.
There doesn't seem to be that many examples of people failing on paleo and abandoning it. Google "failed paleo diet" and most of the stories are about people that failed at other diets, then finally found some success with paleo.
Paleo, as a modern diet regime, is young compared to other diet regimes, so maybe it just hasn't had time to rack up the tons of failures other diet plans have. Or, maybe paleo works so effectively people don't abandon it for another plan. Only time will tell.
But, you never see stories like this with paleo: http://voraciouseats.com/2010/11/19/a-vegan-no-more/
Honestly I just don't know how I would get enough calories in going vegetarian? The only thing would be having to shovel down potatoes and I love eating low-carb, never felt so good in 30 years. Not sure how it works with protein consumption if you don't eat beans, legumes, soy.
How do you get enough without resorting to supplements?
Hmmm... here is a link, about the opposite, but it may shed some light on your question: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2105132/Damn-low-fat-diet-How-reformed-vegan-John-Nicholson-gorges-foods-granny-enjoyed--felt-better.html
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