No Offense Paleo Plan, but You’re Wrong

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So I went on a little rant.

I don’t normally leave comments on articles and blog posts unless it’s to say something positive but after stumbling upon this article, well, I just couldn’t help myself.

The article, found on Paleoplan.com basically says that eating a vegan diet is bad. Very bad. And proceeds to list 7 reasons why it is very bad.

The most blatantly un-researched, baseless reason was Number Four, which claims that eating a plant- based lifestyle is low in nutrients.

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My plant-based breakfast complete with vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Click the picture for more pictures like this.

Say it with me, Folks: “WHAAAAAAT?”

The article states “Vegans are at increased risk for deficiencies of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A, calcium, zinc, and iron, as plant-based foods contain less of these nutrients which are also less bioavailable compared to animal-based foods.”

And I don’t know what came over me but all of a sudden my fingers were furiously typing.

Here’s what I said:

“How are vegan diets low in any one of those nutrients? Iron is found in most leafy greens like kale and spinach, as well as in beans, lentils, and other legumes. A single sweet potato has more than 100% of your daily vitamin A. Carrots and cantaloupe also contain tons of it. Vitamin B12 is found in almost every almond milk on the market as well as in nutritional yeast. Vitamin D comes from the SUN and also in a variety of mushrooms. Calcium is also found in leafy greens and a variety of other plant sources. This is nutrition 101. Please do not publish information as fact, especially if it’s deterring people from eating the most basic and nutritional form of food–plants–without doing a little research first. To anyone reading this, yes, a vegan lifestyle requires a bit of education. It’s easy to become deficient in certain areas if you do not have a basic understanding of nutrition. Lucky there are tons of books, websites, and YouTube videos that explain how to do it right and also provide great tips for easy meal ideas. Get informed and eat more plants! ”

I should point out that while fruits and vegetables are incredibly nutritionally dense, they are typically not calorie dense. So eating a whole foods, plant-based diet (which is what I currently practice and highly recommend) does require that you eat larger portions. Which, I mean, is awesome, right? I now eat salads out of large mixing bowls instead of small cereal bowls and huge portions of banana ice cream topped with an array of fruits, nuts, and granola for breakfast almost daily. You have to eat more in order to meet calorie requirements, NOT nutrition requirements.

IMG_0313I could have also addressed Number Five, that vegan diets are low in essential fats but I think all of the pictures of avocado toast and chia seed pudding circling Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and just about every other form of social media took care of that for me.

I could have also addressed the absurd notion that a plant-based lifestyle AS OPPOSED TO AN ANIMAL PROTEIN BASED DIET leads to, wait for it, heart disease (I’m not kidding, read for yourself) but common sense handles that blunder of a claim too. If not, perhaps this study from Harvard, or this one from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, or this one from the American Heart Association will help clarify.

What I wrote  is “currently awaiting approval” and may not be published because of the admittedly snippy nature of the comment left by my fingers (yes, let’s blame my slightly over zealous fingers) but either way, I’m glad I wrote it. Even if their readers don’t see it. Hopefully the writer will see it and think twice about writing something as fact when it is so obviously not fact. Especially when their “facts” are turning people away from eating a diet rich in plant foods that are unprocessed, packed with nutrition, easily accessible, easily digestible, and pretty damn tasty too.

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Click to watch the easy recipe video 🙂

Let the record show, I do not want to recommend or promote being hostile or angry to anyone, under any circumstances. That is not the point of this comment or blog post. Instead, I am hoping that in sharing this comment, readers will see the importance of thinking critically. There is a lot of information out there, especially in relation to nutrition and “the right way” to eat healthy. This information has changed a lot over the years, but one thing that has remained constant is that fruits and veggies are good for you.

For more easy vegan recipes check out my Foodie Friday videos on my YouTube Channel.

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3 thoughts on “No Offense Paleo Plan, but You’re Wrong

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. I think it takes an incredible amount of discipline to eat vegan. My husband and I have considered it. I think to truly be vegan you must start with education. You need to know how to replace what you give up (in terms of vitamins and minerals). A balanced diet is just that, a balanced diet, that doesn’t mean it has to come from animal products. Our main meat in our house is chicken; we splurge only with pizza; however, being allergic to milk, soy, and eggs limits my diet greatly. Going vegan wouldn’t be so hard for us, we just haven’t become disciplined, yet, to actually do it. (Cheeseless pizza, anyone 😁). It’s hard to change your diet, but once you get most of the crap out of your system, you feel so much better. Also, I just read an article about how much information was incorrect online in Wikipedia; kinda shocking. Even most college professors will not allow it as a source of reference, so unfortunately, I think misinformation online happens more often than we realize.

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    1. I know! We’re not allowed to use Wikipedia in school and sometimes it can’t even be from a .com source. It has to be .gov or.org or something like that. It makes researching a little more difficult but it’s generally worth it to find credible sources.

      And yes, I know what you mean about vegan diets being a bit tricky at first but it sounds like you’re more than half way there already! I did it slowly. Like instead of meat every day, I only ate it a few times a week or I ate eggs for a quick, light dinner after a busy day. I started ADDING a lot of things to my meals so the meat was only a small part of the meal and not the star of the show. So lots of salads, rices, beans, quinoa,roasted sweet potatoes (my fav!) and soon the meat just became unnecessary. I was a little afraid at first about eating so many carbs and worried that I wouldn’t get enough protein but my entire outlook–shaped by extensive research and also trial and error with what my body seemed to need–about food has changed! I now eat tons of carbs! Like, tons! lol And believe it or not I’ve lost 23 pounds since May, largely because of this lifestyle. I think you can see it in my face if you look at my videos from then and compare them to the ones I have up now. I feel great and don’t feel like I’m missing out at all. And I’ve promised myself that if I want something, a few bites of cake or heck, even a cheeseburger, that I can have it. Because life isn’t about deprivation. But since giving myself “permission” I haven’t wanted to “cheat” at all because I’m eating so much good stuff and I get to eat a lot as a vegan. Like really big portions. So I truly don’t crave anything. The other day my family went out for cheeseburgers, and I went a long with them. I got a burger with a portobello mushroom instead of meat, and added dijon mustard instead of mayo. I ate fries and sweet potatoes fries, and salad and felt amazing afterwards, whereas my family members felt sluggish and super full. It makes staying vegan/plant based super easy and fun 🙂 Also, I’ve learned a lot about animal cruelty and the effects of dairy in the body, and it’s made me look at food differently. Burgers look like cows to me now (weird as that sounds) and chicken wings look like chickens, not bar food. That change in perspective has also helped a lot.

      I think it’s great that you also have such a balanced diet! It’s really such a blessing to be able to eat well and take care of our bodies. So many people think it’s so hard and such a chore, but truly, we are lucky and I try to be grateful every time I eat.

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  2. Hahaha! That was one of the most challenging things when my husband was in college and when I took a few courses! We could hardly ever find good sites to use as sources! They did provide us with a large library online, but searching it was a pain in the ***. Although, when we did find good sources, they were really good and could be used without hesitation.

    It’s fantastic, the way you look at food! Truly, food isn’t something to be loathed (for those trying to diet) and it isn’t something to be taken advantage for (for those who eat obsessively). It’s for sustaining life. It’s okay to enjoy something without overindulging. I love cereal. I love lots of different cereals. I take a handful here and there and it’s enough to satisfy that craving without having too much. That’s how I approach everything when it comes to food. I am not going to tell myself I can’t have something (except where it has ingredients I am allergic too). I tell myself.. have a little, but only a little. If I want ice-cream (made with almond milk; So Delicious has wonderful ice creams), I will have some. Instead of having a whole serving size, I grab a little 2 or 3 oz container, put a little in that and enjoy it. I have never dieted. I don’t believe in dieting. When you diet, you want everything you “can’t” have. That only makes the craving stronger. I think it’s great how you went Vegan. It’s admirable. You look wonderful, too! In your OOTDs, you always look very healthy 🙂 Love your style, by the way. 🙂

    I’ve got to tell you, lol, I was going to ask you for your Hummus recipe and then you posted a whole video on both ice cream and Hummus! I am so going to try both!!!! I am so excited because I have to watch what I eat so much and between your video and the other gal you collaborated with, I have new recipes to try! 🙂 yay!!! Thanks, so much! Have a great weekend! 🙂
    ~Cori

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