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.
What do you guys think?
There can't be a 100% vegan paleo diet, but the article says "vegans can adapt some of the principles behind the Paleo Diet," which is correct.
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.
Or just don't be vegan. Problem solved.
"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.
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.
my husband attempted paleo as a pescatarian and was miserable and hungry. it might be possible for a very short period of time, but certainly not healthy and not sustainable in the long run.
ETA: a very vegan friend of mine did a month GF, and felt great, but couldnt go longer than a month.
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.
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.
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.