The Paleo/ Tim Noakes Diet for Vegetarians

The Paleo/ Tim Noakes Diet for Vegetarians

The LCHF (Low-Carb, High-Fat) diet pioneered in South Africa by Professor Tim Noakes has been widely praised for its health and weight-loss benefits. However, one of the first things that may strike our readers about the Tim Noakes Diet (also known as Paleo or Banting), is the abundance of meat and healthy animal-derived fats included. So of course you could be forgiven for thinking this eating plan is a no-go for vegans and vegetarians – however, the good news is, it’s possible to follow the LCHF diet while still embracing an animal-friendly lifestyle. If you’ve got the will, we’ll help you find the way!

It’s a myth that Paleo is suitable for meat-eaters only. However, it takes effort, commitment and a bit of extra planning. The LCHF plan means no beans, no soy, no rice, no grains, which can make it very limiting to those relying on a plant-based diet for all their nourishment.

Must-Have Munchies

Vegetarian athlete Susan Lacke spent 8 weeks on a Paleo diet adjusted for vegetarians, and came up with a list of must-have staples for vegans and vegetarians looking to give it a try:

It may not look like a long list at first glance, but these ingredients can be used to make fresh green smoothies or filling salads piled with veggies. Fresh vegetables, low-sucrose fruits, nuts, seeds and nut butters are all delicious, healthy and more filling than you’d expect. And don’t forget the multi-purpose wonders of almond flour, coconut flour and almond milk!

Stay-Strong Supplements

Healthy vegans and vegetarians already know the importance of supplementing their diets with the right vitamins and minerals. When switching to the LCHF diet, healthy supplements become absolutely crucial.

Vitamin B12

This essential nutrient is typically found in fortified foods like bread – a definite no-no for this eating plan. Take a daily B12 vitamin supplement to keep your body and mind strong and healthy.


Take a readily bio-available iron supplement that your body can easily absorb and use. To improve your iron absorption, eat fruits and veggies that are high in vitamin C.


Your body needs this essential fatty acid to support overall health and to balance out a diet high in Omega-6. Once the best-known source of Omega-3 was fish oil, but today there is a choice of quality vegan and vegetarian options available.

Keen to try your hand at some veggie-friendly Paleo cooking? Check out our top meat-free Tim Noakes recipes and our essential LCHF online shopping list!

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    Posted at 08:17h, 23 September Reply

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  • Lynette Finlay
    Posted at 05:11h, 21 December Reply

    Can anyone assist with a balanced menu for a no carb , pescatarian , going to be at sea for extended period of time so no access to fresh fruit and vegetables towards the end of the trip

    • Kerry Haarhoff
      Posted at 11:00h, 15 October Reply

      Hi Lynette, Always best to consult with your healthcare practitioner with regards to specific dietary needs 🙂
      Enjoy your trip!

  • Doug Kemp
    Posted at 15:50h, 09 February Reply

    I have read s few articles written by Tim Noakes on the Paleo Diet in the context of active weightloss.

    He has had some interesting insights into the lifestyles of Paleo man so it’s almost a diet with a history lesson all wrapped into one.

    As a vegetarian my big loss is bread and I know that these health nuts will shout at me over wheat but I actually crave it.

    When I started on Paleo I did notice the weight coming off and it’s quite sustainable but you have to be creative in getting meals that will sustain you.

    Anyhoo thanks Faithful for the post. Im going back to being a disgruntled vegetarian Paleo person.

  • Susan McGee
    Posted at 10:28h, 28 February Reply

    Yes already i know the importance of Vitamin B12,Iron,Omega-3, and i get lots of information’s about health and weight-loss benefits.thank you.

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  • Medsides
    Posted at 05:52h, 16 March Reply

    Often the small things we do and decisions we make in our daily lives that can make a big difference to the earth.

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