So I found this article this morning and it doesn't make any sense to me - aren't soy products ultimately detrimental to one's health?
I can understand wanting to eat vegan for an animal welfare standpoint, but I can't justify killing oneself (however slowly) just so that an animal which will be slaughtered anyway will still be ultimately slaughtered for someone else to eat.
Most vegans don't eat meat because of the "cruelty to animals". That's an ideology that isn't "paleolithic" at all. A caveman with such an ideology wouldn't last long. If you are paleo, you should at least believe that eating animals is totally normal.
Veganism in general is pretty unhealthy, because if you're not getting a complete source of protein from SOMETHING at least like eggs (the next best thing to meat) then you're not eating a nutritionally complete diet.
Not to mention, the Omega-3 content in a vegetarian or vegan diet is extremely low. As we all know, ALA conversion is inefficient in humans and you can't simply rely on that for your Omega-3s.
Finally, veganism is an oxymoron to Paleo/Primal. Paleo men and women were not vegans and thus vegans are not paleo.
Im a born Vegan, and have to be a vegan because of religious reasons, i read the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf but i figured that it's based mostly on meat. I don't know what to do. I have to get my proteins from Soy products, I just can't keep up with Vegan Paleo. I tried to eat paleo for a week but I stopped after the 3rd day because I was falling apart. I ate fruits, stir fried vegetables, salads. Things i can't eat > Meat, Fish, Eggs. and when you add paleo to that it greatly reduces eg. No Bread, Potato, Grains, Soy, Dairy. < Those things are basically all I used to eat. I need serious help here. too.
"Paleo" in today's sense of the word, no obviously not because it's come to mean meet. I personally have no problem with raw/'paleo' (no neolithic foods) vegans. I have friends who swear by raw or mostly raw diets. It works for them. It probably wouldn't work for me/ my body type but I'm going to try it for a week when I get settled down again. I think we should just let the raw/paleo vegans live and stop waving our steaks in front of them. I'm sometimes embarrassed to be put in the paleo box for that reason. I think the veggie chip munching vegetarians are more worth mentioning as not being healthy than a raw/paleo vegan.
I would worry about the person's nutritional needs, it doesn't seem to be a very wise decision. The basis of the paleo diet is meat and if you take that away you are basicly ridding yourself of most everything save fruits, vegetables and nuts/seeds. It sounds like a death wish to me JMO!!
It would never be ideal, but maybe you could approximate the diet of one of our ancestors who couldn't hunt but still managed to produce viable offspring. I'm assuming he accomplished the later by trickery, and that the resulting resentment explains why no one shared their meat with him.
Turning immediately to soybeans for protein is kind of a lazy answer. Off the top of my head, you would probably do better eating a combination of sweet potato, coconut, and mushrooms. It would be fairly easy to get up to a minimal protein intake that way, and would be truly paleo. Obviously you could eat other things as well, but those would be your staples. Good luck finding a vegan source of B12 that is actually paleo, though, since most B12 nowadays is made using genetically engineered bacteria.
For short periods of time, I think yes, by relying on roots and fruit. I know people who have done this. But long-term the deficiencies will catch up to you unless you supplement.
Nutrition and Physical Regeneration has a post about Orthodox Christian fasting, which is mostly vegan with some shellfish allowed. I have met a few Orthodox paleos who manage this. Michael isn't paleo and uses lentils. Paleos have to rely on SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much coconut it's ridiculous- like 2-3 cans a day. That plus starch allows one to be OK and maybe even thrive, but it's very difficult to get all that food down the hatch. I've been palel-pescatarian before and you really do have to force yourself to eat a lot of very satiating starch and fat, which can be hard because it's so filling, but if you feel full and haven't gotten enough calories you will feel kind of sick later.