In today’s episode we’re answering listener questions about whether or not it is possible to follow a primal lifestyle as a vegetarian. Can you be a primal vegetarian? What does that look like? What should eat? What are the risks? We talk about major misconceptions about animal protein and the role of protein in a primal diet as well as nutrient deficiency risks of vegetarian diets. Want more info from Primal Potential? Be sure to get on the free VIP e-newsletter list today so you don’t miss a tip or a recipe!
Discussed in this Episode:
Hormone balance & eating whole foods are most important when eating for health & fat loss.
- It’s not about whether you eat animal protein vs. non-animal protein. It’s about quality: processed vs. non-processed foods.
- Emphasis on both moderation & quality. Eat what works for YOU.
Whole Foods Perspective on Vegetarian Eating
- Non-starchy vegetables–no limits here
- Fat–avocado, coconut oil, macadamia nuts, almonds, grass fed butter, egg yolks
- Protein–it’s about balance here; do not want to overeat protein
- Carbs–remember the golden rules of carbs & importance of managing blood sugar
- Important note for vegetarians: Common protein sources for vegetarians are legumes, soy, & beans. These are CARBS not proteins. They contain protease inhibitors which prevent the breakdown of protein. They must be treated as carbs, not proteins.
- If you are vegetarian or vegan, stay informed and listen to podcast about soy
Grains & legumes are very rich in anti-nutrients, like protease inhibitors and phytate, and their bioavailability is lower than it is in animal products. As such, vegetarians & vegans are at greater risk for nutrient deficiencies including:
- EPA/DHA (Essential Fatty Acids)
- Vitamin A & D
- Vitamin B12
- Fish (if you can eat it)
- Dairy (full fat vs. nonfat)
- Beans (remember to eat for fat loss here & treat them as carbs)
- With dried beans, soak them in water before you eat them. The soaking neutralizes the anti-nutrients.
- Continue to limit processed food options
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