17 Jun 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.
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:
- Hemp seed
- Eggs (for vegetarians)
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!
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.
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!