The Pegan diet: When paleo met vegan

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  • The pegan diet combines ideas from paleo and vegan lifestyles
  • It is less restrictive and with a better balance of macronutrients

If you thought meat-loving paleo folks couldn't have less in common with vegans, it may be hard to believe the latest trend catching the eye of nutritionists and high profile doctors nationwide. Yes, the pegan diet (paleo plus vegan) has arrived. The idea: By taking the best of popular paleo and vegan plans, you get a surprisingly sustainable way of eating. (Even renowned wellness expert Dr. Mark Hyman recently declared himself a pegan.)

    "By combining the principles of these two diets and reducing their specific dietary restrictions, you get a diet that's better balanced in regards to macronutrients, and easier to follow than a strictly paleo or vegan diet," says Caroline Cederquist MD, creator of bistroMD and author of "The MD Factor."
      Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietician at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, says, "Some of the problems with paleo and vegan diets are that