Healthy Habit #28: Vegan vs Paleo. What's the story?

Vegan is a 100% Plant-based diet. No animal products including meat, fish, dairy, eggs and even honey. Veganism is associated with lower rates of obesity, heart disease, and improved longevity. It is growing in popularity due to the benefits to human health, the environment (and of course to animals).

Paleo is known as the 'Cave-man diet' What would our pre-agriculture hunter-gatherer ancestors have eaten? Animal protein, nuts, seeds and plenty of vegetables. No foods that are a product of modern agricultural processing (bread, dairy, processed food). Those who follow a Paleo diet experience fewer allergies and diseases, healthier muscles and better digestion, as well as the ability to maintain a healthy weight.

What's in it for you? Experiment. We're all different. Vegan can work and not work, same with a Paleo: find out for yourself. Listen to your body, and follow your instinct (something rarely done these days with all the pressures of our modern society). Look at what these two diets have in common. When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, these 'diet rules' are a common thread: Eat whole foods, good fats and proteins, and cut back on sugar and other modern processed stuff.

Personally, I've been vegan for 6 years as a professional dancer and personal trainer. I have absolutely thrived, enjoying more energy, better skin, better sleep, better digestion and finally recovering from anemia (iron deficiency).

I also know Paleo works for many people, particularly in South Africa, where it is feverishly popular.... But then again, Novak Djokavik is vegan #justsaying