The Vegetarian Paleo Diet
A vegetarian diet on the other hand eliminates meat and sometimes other animal products. So, the question arises, can you follow both the vegetarian and paleo diets, and if so, how?
Is It Possible To Be A Paleo Vegetarian?
Yes it is, but my question is why would you want to? Aside from that, I know there are some individuals out there that have their reasons. Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet does not recommend it, but it also says that when attempting a vegetarian Paleo diet you should, “Try to make things look as close to Paleo as you can.”
Paleo Diet for Vegetarians
If you are a vegetarian that is attempting the Paleo Diet your protein sources should come from dense proteins such as: tofu, tempeh, brown rice protein, and pea protein. Textured vegetable protein and seitan should not be included because of the gluten. However, Wolf warns that the Paleo Diet vegetarian style will not be very successful. There won’t be any leaning out or muscle gain that is characteristic of the Paleo Diet and there still tends to be autoimmune, GI, and inflammatory problems with the vegetarian approach. It seems to me then that it’s pretty pointless to limit so many food options if you aren’t even going to reap the benefits of the diet.
At the end of the day whether a diet is possible or not is not the concern; what it comes down to is if a diet is healthy and right for you.