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Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo – What’s Your Preference?

Author: Rebecca CardenJune 05, 2015
Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo

Would you believe that almost half of our customer base has a specific dietary preference?

By specific dietary preference we mean that you subscribe to or identify with a vegan, vegetarian, paleo or pescetarian diet. We would never have thought that the numbers would skew this way!

It is so common after all for society to believe that these diets only form a minority part of the population but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The numbers are growing each and every month in favour of a specialist diet.

Why is that do you think?

We think the increasing number of articles about diet and health in mainstream media and shows like A Current Affair for example are partly responsible for this trend. When you see Pete Evans face splashed around on TV and magazines daily as has been the case in recent months, you’re bound to be curious about a paleo diet and want to know what all the fuss is about. 

We also think that recent public health scares such as the frozen berry scandal get people pondering about the food they eat and feed their family. Situations such as this see people questioning the way they have been eating and whether or not a change is necessary. Concerns over the ethical production of meat for example push people to stop buying it. The same thing is happening with fish, lentils and grains.

There is no doubt there is a lot of bandwagon hopping and that’s completely ok. It’s all a journey of education and awareness. Education of any sort and a desire for more information is only going to benefit society. What this does mean though, is it sometimes encourages people to change up their diet without fully understanding what that change or diet means.

So with this trend in mind, we thought it wise to do a quick breakdown of the different dietary preferences out there without sounding patronisin.

Vegan: Does not eat dairy, meat, fish, eggs or bee products.

Vegetarian: Does eat eggs, dairy and bee products but excludes all meat and fish.

Pescetarian: Does eat eggs, dairy, bee products and fish but excludes all meat.

Paleo: Eats eggs, bee products, fish, all meat products and depending on level of strictness dairy also but it must be organic and grass fed. Excludes grains and legumes.

As in all cases, what suits one person might not suit another and it’s always going to be a case of bio- individuality. Listen to your body. If you think you are truly thriving from a Vegan diet than that is wonderful. If you are eating a Vegan diet and feeling lethargic, foggy and off centre though, than perhaps it’s not for you or you may not be meeting the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals needed for optimal function.

Whatever style of eating you choose, if it works for you, that’s great and that’s all there is to it at the end of the day.

Somebody who we greatly admire and look up to as an expert on a well rounded Vegan diet is Adele McConnell from Vegiehead. Check out her blog for nutrition advice to make sure you too get all the goodness you need to thrive.

From a Paleo point of view, Chris Kresser is your man. No nonsense, evidence based information at your fingertips.

Have a geez and never stop learning!

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