2

votes

Has anyone else previously been vegan and now trying paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I was previously vegan and am starting a journey of trying paleo. I have started to feel that when I eat beans or grains I just feel bad, and for a long time That diet made me feel good. I am having a difficult time coming to terms with the idea of eating meat, but have started having cravings for it. Curious about others experience turning from,vegan to paleo.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on September 05, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I feel that way about being a junk-food lover.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 05, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Actually, quite a number of vegans have come over to Paleo/Primal. I think they realized that they don't have to compromise their morals in order to be healthy. Many farms are members of a Certified Humane group in which their livestock are both raised and slaughtered humanely. http://www.certifiedhumane.org/

7c379a865738d2b373a362dc0f1d9459

(357)

on September 05, 2012
at 11:42 AM

Thank you. That is very interesting about the joint pain, I have rhumatoid arthritis and I am only 28! I do not eat gluten because I am allergic to wheat and most gluten comes from wheat so it is easiest just to avoid gluten altogether. I am starting to think other grains (corn and rice) also cause me to have joint pain or stomach upset. Beans also seam to be a problem and I used to eat tons of them. I'm starting to think if I don't eat the meat I will be left with nothing to eat.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on September 05, 2012
at 11:13 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/57379/ex-vegan-convert-to-paleo-curious-to-see-how-many-paleo-people-also-dabbled-with#axzz25WQY0RcJ

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

5 Answers

3
2bcee6f44420a8525b489ba1eef6128d

(257)

on September 05, 2012
at 01:13 PM

i was vegan for years and vegetarian before that... i ate a lot of carbs, especially grains and beans! i had come to the point where i was pre diabetic and i am very thin. someone turned me on to the paleo diet. i did a lot of reading and it made since to me.

it was a difficult change for me because i had totally bought into the "animal products are the devil" way of thinking. my kids and other people in my life thought i was crazy, but i feel like a new person! some of them after watching me for a year have gotten on the band wagon!

i would not go back!!!

3
B90b7bac59a3b7d57cd39bf1e6242537

(105)

on September 05, 2012
at 11:34 AM

I was vegan 11 years. On and off vegetarian since 8 yrs old. All the vegan meat substitutes have gluten in them or wheat protein of some sorts and I didn't realize how yucky I felt until after I stopped eating them. I have pretty bad roseacea for 2 yrs now and that is starting to clear up too after only 8 days grain free. The meat thing I do my best to look past and I do my best to buy the largest portion of meat from local farmers (I'm pretty poor all things considered) It took me a few weeks to come to terms with it all but all in all I feel better on this diet than vegan and I never would have thought it because I thought I felt top notch on vegan diet. Turns out all the gluten and grains may be the source of my chronic joint pain (I'm only 35!) Waiting on my autoimmune blood work but I'm suspicious.

7c379a865738d2b373a362dc0f1d9459

(357)

on September 05, 2012
at 11:42 AM

Thank you. That is very interesting about the joint pain, I have rhumatoid arthritis and I am only 28! I do not eat gluten because I am allergic to wheat and most gluten comes from wheat so it is easiest just to avoid gluten altogether. I am starting to think other grains (corn and rice) also cause me to have joint pain or stomach upset. Beans also seam to be a problem and I used to eat tons of them. I'm starting to think if I don't eat the meat I will be left with nothing to eat.

2
A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

on September 05, 2012
at 12:59 PM

I was. My biggest recommendations are:

Be patient with yourself. It takes a while to get used to eating this way again. Meat is scary and weird at first, only because you haven't been around it. It honestly took me a full year to get used to cooking/handling meat, as well as the textures that I wasn't used to, etc. Introduce less "scary" meats first... and then see where it goes from there. The first time I cooked meat with the bone still in was a big step, but is no big deal now.

Find community that supports this lifestyle. If you're surrounded by vegetarians and vegans who think you're a terrible person for eating animal products, you won't get very far. Crossfit affiliates, for example, are full of ex-vegans/vegetarians who are now eating more paleo/primal, and would support and guide you through this process.

Listen to your cravings! Your body is clearly wanting meat if you're craving that. I remember coming off of a super grain/legume heavy diet and still wanting that, BUT out of habit, not out of need. Now, just the thought of beans is slightly repulsive to me...

2
937025faf9308f14438817d5cc09ee3d

on September 05, 2012
at 12:25 PM

I was vegan for about 1.5 years from when I was 14, then reintroduced meats back into my diet after I FINALLY realised how badly my health was falling apart. I wasn't a "processed vegan", my meals consisted of relatively "healthy" fare, such a chickpeas, fruit, lentils, tofu, tempeh, green vegetables, soy milk, wholegrain cereal, wholegrain bread, root vegetables, with a tiny bit of fat such as olive oil and supposedly healthy margarine. To be fair, I did have body image issues which were the main reason I turned vegan in the first place, but in reality going vegan made them so much worse as I lost a ton of weight at first (mainly muscle mass), then when I started upping my calories for more energy I gained it all back and nearly all of it was fat. Even when I was getting enough calories for my age, height & activity level I still lacked the energy and vitality every 14 year old should have. I also found it isolated me from those close to me and as a result I lost many friends and fell into a deep depression. Only recently have I begun to get my health back on track using paleo foods and beginning a strength training program twice a week. Adding meat back in your diet (grass-fed if possible) along with healthy fats such as coconut oil and butter would probably be one of the best things you could do for yourself. Don't feel guilty, it's about the most natural thing you could eat.

1
B4596b07beac42c88ea7b3eab1c4c711

on September 05, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Sometimes I feel alone because I wasn't vegan before adopting the Paleo diet!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on September 05, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I feel that way about being a junk-food lover.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!