Initially, I was surprised by how many former vegans there are in the paleo community. Eventually, I realized the two groups likely have a lot of overlap:
What I am curious about though is what ultimately caused the switch from vegan to paleo. I was never vegan myself and it seems like such a radical shift. Reading Lierre Keith's book, it seems there are 3 buckets of reasons:
Which was it for you? Or something else? Was there a specific "ah ha" moment or was the shift more gradual? There are similar threads:
But I think this is different as I'm trying to get at what specifically triggered the switch. My parents and brother all go vegan on and off and are incredibly critical of my diet. I've for the most part stopped discussing it with them (first rule of paleo), but I still wonder if and when and how they might come around.
I was gaining weight, having horrific hair loss and looked and felt pretty awful - all this in my early 20's when I should have been feeling/looking my best. Little did I know I was severely vitamin deficient at the time.
I made the switch from vegan to Atkins to low carb paleo (nearly the same thing but without any artificial sweeteners) when I realized that my health was more important to me than being humane. Paleo dealt with my factory farming concerns (the main reason I stopped eating meat/animal products in the first place) and I haven't looked back since.
I was vegan for over 7 years due to health reasons (the mad cow scare terrified me), and then I learnt of how our food was being raised so I stayed vegan for a very long time. I did well on that diet, but I didn't like how many processed foods I was eating. I did feel cleaner, though. I definitely started getting into the organic craze at that time. It's never really left me, but I am now able to source foods that aren't labelled organic due to financial reasons, which are perfectly healthy otherwise.
After five years, I started looking at the American Livestock Breed Conservancy (http://albc-usa.org/) and found that I wanted to help preserve these dying heritage breeds. I spoke with my family and my friends about how I wanted to have a farm after I graduated and raise my own food. I'd been gardening for years, but raising livestock would be entirely new. I also wanted to support local agriculture, but I wasn't ready to take that step for a while.
I started raising my own meat and eggs a year ago, and started being paleo about two and a half months ago, I think? I still eat beans, though. They don't seem to cause such an issue with me. I haven't lost weight, but I look leaner. I love having small-scale livestock around. It makes me feel useful and it's something I can manage whilst attending university full time. My husband and brother take turns slaughtering, and I butcher the carcass of the rabbits and chickens. I am terrified of prolonging their deaths unnecessarily. Although, I am with the animal throughout the entire process. I guess that's my story in a nut shell. I have a lot of Brazilian friends here who do both paleo and crossfit, and I started talking with them about it after I tried out a diet similar to paleo. It definitely took me a while to start eating meat again. It was so weird at first and felt sticky.
I was vegetarian for 13 years and in that time dabbled with veganism and being a raw foodie. I started eating meat when we started raising our own animals (when I am in the US, I only eat my animals). Checking out the paleo style of eating because my husband has had intestinal problems for years. That said, I still eat yogurt and a bit of cheese becuase I raise dairy goats (also sheep and chickens). Rice on occasion. No wheat (not for 3 weeks now). lots of fruits and veggies. All this has not been a big departure for me from my normal mode of eating. I do not eat processed food and havent in many many years.
My blood test that revealed I was low in fat-soluble vitamins, B12 and a whole lot of other problems. It's not a radical shift at all, unless you did veganism because you don't wanna hurt animals (I couldn't care less about animals when I had big time hives all over me). It's just an other interpretation of eat whole foods...
I think it is important to respect every possible diet out there. I understand vegans aren't very friendly towards paleo followers, but I also notice quite some mockery on this forum when peatarianism is mentioned. My professor recently told me people have the tendency to generalize everything, including their own experiences, and unfortunately he's right.
I was raised vegetarian, 27years, two months ago i was heading towards eating vegan, but also had the intention stop eating bread. I lost too much weight and came across paleo, i liked the idea, i was eating like it but without meat and fish, so I decided to start eating meat and stop all grains and most of dairy (i eat 10%fat greek yoghurt and goatcheese). I feel great!
Constant stomach problems were really the main motivation. I became willing to try just about anything to get rid of them. I tried different types of veganism, like raw veganism, but they just made a lot of problems worse.
I was vegan for a few months mainly for ethical reasons before learning of the importance of eating meat. I have no qualms about free range meat now though, the benefits of killing these animals out way the negatives. A healthy human can do much more to help the world than an unhealthy one can. Besides that fact I'd still be willing to kill animals to live a healthy life.
I was very lethargic after four years of total vegan, and seemed to have persistant belly fat (about 20 pounds) - despite eating pratically the ideal (prescribed) vegan diet (and calories below my supposed needs). I didn't have the energy or desire to exercise, and wasn't active in pursuing my life goals. I felt very passive all around.
I am testing out meat and paleo, but far from 100%. My body seems to be recompositioning itself with little effort, and I am happy to exercise.
p.s. Also - Steve Jobs getting cancer worried me. He ate vegan - which is supposedly a "cancer fighting" diet - most of his life.
I had been contemplating GOING vegan, but hadn't actually adopted such a lifestyle, when I found out about Paleo/Primal...And it made much more sense. Glad I never tried going vegan or vegetarian in the first place!
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