I was having a good discussion with a close friend of mine who is on an elimination-reintroduction trial and having excellent results. As such, he was open to some of my paleo arguments. The catch is, he's been a vegan or near-vegan for a while and is only willing to make certain concessions on the animal issue. I know there have been questions like this before but I was hoping to get some input from the community, and I also think his individual case might be somewhat interesting to you all.
So, taking his constraints as a given for the time being, what problems/virtues do you see in the following, and what suggestions do you have?
He is willing to eat bivalves (he already eats mussels and scallops, and sometimes even a lot of them), but no other fish or shellfish. The idea is that bivalves are much simpler life forms; he is fairly sure they do not feel pain; etc. This is an interesting topic in itself, but I suppose that's for another time and place. (In fact, the only other place the word "bivalve" comes up on all of paleohacks.com is in this thread from September.)
He is willing to eat eggs from a farm where the chickens are treated well. Ideally he would see the farm and get to know the farmers. (Definitely possible where he lives.)
He does not digest coconut or avocado all that well. But I'm hoping that these things will be tolerated much better when he finally reintroduces them. I think he's done a lot of healing; he guesses he had problems with soy and-or gluten and-or excessive fructose in the past, but his digestion is feeling great these days. (Has already reintroduced bivalves with success, no eggs yet.)
He is iffy on dairy, so let's assume for the purposes of investigation that he will not or cannot eat it.
So, assuming that he continues gluten-free and soy-free, without excess fructose; and assuming that my arguments against PUFAs and omega-6's take hold (was cautioning him against his sunflower seed paste); and taking into account that he enjoys eating a wide variety of vegetables, including sweet potato, squash, greens, etc., and some berries for fruit -- then, how would the diet stack up? What about saturated fat? What about bivalves versus other fish and shellfish? Is there something you can't get from bivalves that you can get from other fish? Is whatever difference this is irrelevant in the light of the eggs?
Thanks for any ideas.