Hi all. I would describe myself as "paleo vegan". Having read a fair amount of both vegan and paleo literature, I think that there is solid evidence that a paleo diet which incorporates some meat is optimal for human health and digestion. However I will not compromise my vegan diet. I have been vegan for 7 years now (vegetarian for 11). My diet is free of meat, dairy, gluten and soy.
My reasons for being vegan are primarily psychological and partly ethical. I have OCD and a "purity" complex and I just can't eat meat without feeling disgusted that there is "rotting flesh" inside me. (I accept that this may be irrational, but I can't really help it). I have the same attitude towards dairy and eggs. As for ethical qualms, I have come to the conclusion that animals most likely do not have the capacy to value life in the same way as humans do, but that said they still suffer and feel physical pain. Hence, I am against factory farming but not against hunting nor "humane" farming. Anyway, this post isn't about the ethics of meat-eating.
My diet primarily consists of: - Fruits (in the morning / first half of the day) - Vegetables (both raw and cooked) - Potatoes (sweet and white) - Nuts (sparingly, in salads for a main course and never on the same day as potatoes).
I've omitted things which I use sparingly or occasionally, like olive oil, raw food bars, etc. Also wine (when I socialise). As a rule, I just try to stay gluten free and vegan, and have at least 50% of my calories coming from raw frutis and veg.
Is this a good diet? I am not aiming to lose some weight, just maintain good health. Helpful comments would be appreciated. I'd remind that I have been civil in this post so I will not appreciate condescending vegan-bashing at all. I will answer any further questions. Thanks!