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:
- Looking for ways to be healthier
- Willing to go against the grain (no pun intended)
- Willing to put in research/effort into health
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:
- Deteriorating health
- Realization that vegan may not be as environmentally sustainable as once thought
- Acceptance that veganism does not necessarily take moral high ground over eating meat
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:
- ex vegan convert to paleo, Curious to see how many paleo people also dabbled with veganism
- How many people here started as vegetarian/vegans?
- What led you down the paleo path?
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.