Why Should I Consider going Pegan?
As many of us watched, Dr. Mark Hyman appeared on Doctor Oz today and explained the benefits of living a Pegan Diet. Why should you consider living a Pegan lifestyle? It’s simple. To decrease inflammation in your body and ultimately live a longer life.
Chronic inflammation is the long-term low-grade inflammatory activity that may be responsible for the disease that ultimately ends you life. Chronic inflammation has been linked to arthritis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, asthma, high blood pressure, bowel disease, cancer, and practically every other fatal disease or condition. Most disease processes that could end your life will have their origins from a chronic inflammation condition.
What can I Eat?
The Pegan diet can help protect your body from inflammation. It removes dairy, added sugars, processed foods, gluten, refined oils and most meat from the diet and replaces it with healthy foods such as nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, etc. For a more complete Pegan Foods List, click here.
As a Registered Dietitian I admit that following a Pegan Diet would not be easy without nutrition guidance, meal planning and ongoing support. I devote my nutrition practice to helping people all over the world live healthier, longer, happier lives through food. Some of my favorite Pegan recipes include Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles, Sweet Potato Enchiladas and Loaded Sweet Potatoes.
How Can I get Started?
Starting a new lifestyle diet takes planning and dedication. You wouldn’t want to get stuck at a restaurant, and not know what or how to order! In addition, as this diet eliminates major food groups such as dairy, seeking the help of a Registered Dietitian can help ensure you are eating a balanced intake with a complete nutrient profile.
A healthy breakfast would include: sweet potatoes, eggs, sauteed kale and other greens cooked in olive oil
Lunch might include: 1/2 cup black beans, 3 ounces chicken, lettuce, onion, tomatoes and guacamole
And last dinner might look like: 4 ounces wild salmon with mixed greens, homemade dressing with avocado oil and fresh herbs.
Snacks include nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables