Experiences as grain-free, dairy-free vegetarian?

Answered on November 10, 2012
Created November 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM


I've been reading a lot about the paleo/primal/LCHF diet recently.

About 9 months ago, I decided to become more active in deciding what constituted my regular diet. At the time, that translated into adopting a vegetarian diet; concentrating on whole fruits, vegetables (legumes included), and whole grains -- just more whole foods in general.

Once I started eating vegetarian, I enjoyed plenty of energy. I started cycling and running frequently around the same time as well, and have gotten/maintained good shape (20 y.o., 5' 9'', and lean -- ca. 125 lbs).

However, i've been noticing semi-regular exhaustion and hunger after eating my regular breakfast (steel-cut oats, banana, PB, and FF yogurt) within the past couple of weeks. So, I changed up my diet to determine any association with grain or dairy consumption and my low energy as I had read about different intolerances to these online (at this point, oats were my only source of grains, and yogurt my only source of dairy).

Now, i'm eating eggs regularly and increased my nut consumption and have noticed a general increase of energy and G.I. comfort, especially in the mornings. Also, i've cut out all added-sugars. A typical day may now look something like this:

Breakfast: 2 whole eggs and however many egg whites my appetite dictates, piece of fruit (usually an orange, sense they're in season now), broccoli or spinach, and if i'm still hungry, about 1/2 cup of beans/lentils.

Piece of fruit and almonds for snack or post-excersize.

Lunch: Big bowl of vegetables, piece of fruit, 1 cup of beans/lentils, and maybe half a serving of almonds.

Dinner: Big bowl of vegetables, 1 cup of beans/lentils, 1 whole egg, and if i'm still hungry, more beans and whatever vegetables I have around.

I was wondering if anyone on paleohacks has good through a dietary trend such as this? I realize that beans and lentils are not recommended due to phytic acid content and they're relatively high in carb/protein ratio. I'm just curious for some input or first-hand experience of vegetarians/vegans who have lowered their carb intake in favor of more fat, but without the actual addition of meat.



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on November 10, 2012
at 09:33 PM

Vegetarian/vegan paleo should read Denise Minger's recommendations: http://rawfoodsos.com/for-vegans/

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