What Is The Pagan Diet?
If you’ve got your digital ear to the ground you might have come across the term ‘pagan diet’ recently, but what exactly does that mean? Keep reading to discover all the ins and outs including what you can and can’t eat and its supposed health benefits.
What is a pagan diet?
The pagan diet is a combination of two popular dietary lifestyle choices – paleo and vegan – and pulling the key principles of both to eat nutrient-dense and plant-based whole foods in order to support optimal health. This is thought to be achieved by balancing blood-sugars and reducing inflammation.
Pagan diet ‘rules’
Unlike many short-term, or fad diets, the pagan diet has been designed to be followed indefinitely and is therefore sustainable to follow in the long term.
Do eat – plenty of plants, lots of fruits and vegetables (75% of the diet) and some legumes, seeds and nuts (moderate amounts of meat and some fish are allowed, no not strictly vegan)
Don’t eat (very many) – heavily processed oils and grains or starchy vegetables
Don’t eat any – Dairy, conventionally farmed animal products, food additives or gluten
Benefits and drawbacks
As the diet is plant-focused you’ll have a diverse intake of vitamins, minerals dietary fibre and health-boosting plant-compounds. It’s also full of healthy unsaturated fats good for heart health, and free of processed foods.
The pagan diet restricts a few food groups unnecessarily that can often be part of a balanced and healthy diet. These include gluten and high-starch foods which, unless you’re allergic to them, may lead to nutrient deficiencies. It’s also likely to be time-consuming and potentially expensive.
Pagan diet recipes
Check out our favourite pagan recipes here!
If this has piqued your interest and you’d like to learn more about combining vegan and paleo diets, read this in-depth guide from our Nutritionist, Aly.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.