Q&A 20: Primal Vegetarian?

Jul 16, 2015

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! 

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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
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12

Protein Recommendations:

  • Eggs
  • 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


Carb & Fat Loss ECourse


Golden Rules of Carbs & Fat Loss

Carb Timing

Why Carbs at Night

Omega 3s

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