“Paleo Vegan” is a book that makes the paleo diet realistic and accessible to vegans.
Since the regular paleo diet piles on the meat, eggs and bacon and forbids beans and grains, it’s not realistic for vegans. But if you’re willing to be flexible — and there’s no real reason not to be, as long as you’re eating a healthy diet that you can live with — this book is for you.
The book starts with 23 pages of information on the paleo diet and how to adapt it to veganism, followed by 104 pages of recipes.
The author, a certified personal trainer, running coach, consultant, author, speaker, and long-time vegan, says “Vegans may think there’s no place for them in the paleo universe, but take heart – there is a way to fit in! When the paleo craze first kicked in, I have to admit, it annoyed me … until I discovered how much the paleo and vegan philosophies actually have in common.”
She downplays the scientific basis of the paleo diet, since it’s open to interpretation and dispute, and she advocates the inclusion of grains and legumes as a necessary part of the paleo vegan diet.
Jaffe Jones tells readers how to build an optimally nutritious paleo-style vegan diet, starting with finding the common ground – foods both vegans and paleos can enjoy. She also explains how vegans can get around the paleo grain and legume issues through sprouting, soaking and cooking techniques.
The original paleo diet was a plant-based diet, after all, so there is no reason to be discouraged by the rigid paleo dogma. You can and should adapt the paleo diet to meet your needs. The inclusion of beans and grains is far, far healthier than the arbitrary inclusion of bacon.