Cliques are everywhere. One cannot escape them. In high school, most people wanted to be in the part of the cool kids club. Now in the fitness niche’ there is a growing clique and war going on. It is paleo followers versus vegan followers. Each side is very passionate about their side. So how do we stop the arguing and food war and compromise? How do they band together against the war on obesity and make a real difference?
Both sides can agree on a few very important key points. First, vegetables and fruits are good foods to base most of your nutritional needs on. They are extreme healthy and mostly low in calories. They have many vitamins and minerals. Both paleo and the vegan diet consist of 60% or more based on fruits and vegetables.
Secondly, nuts are great for you. True, they have fat in them, however the benefit of the nuts and seeds far outweigh their added fat content. One key point both sides agree with is that people should not be consuming fast food. People are meant to be fed natural whole foods. If you cannot pronounce the food, it is likely a) not good for you and b) highly, highly processed.
The last point they both agree with is cow’s milk is designed for baby cows. Neither side agrees with adults consuming milk products. Dairy products are not available to most people in the raw state. Dairy milk, from the shelf in the grocery store, is processed and full of chemicals and hormones.
Both sides are very passionate about why they eat the way they do. Vegans are proud of the fact they do not consume any meat, and they do not understand how paleo followers can consume meat without any guilt. Paleo followers do not understand how vegans can get enough protein and eat a well-rounded diet. Paleo followers differ in the vegan diet because they do not consume any grains. They believe it is difficult to find a grain that is not a GMO( genetically modified organism) making grains not good for you. In fact, there is research that wheat and corn can make you feel sick.
Both sides want the same thing from their eating plans: To eat whole real foods in the most natural state. Both sides aspire to be healthy and fit. The fighting between the two sides should cease, and instead find a common ground to use their energy to get people excited about their health and fitness. This is where the real difference is, helping others change their lives through food, exercise and a healthy attitude towards life.