Peganism: Vegan Paleo Nutrition and How To Build Muscle

Like health and wellness superstar Dr. Mark Hyman, who fervently believes you eat fat to get thin, I believe that good quality fats hold the key to sustainable weight loss that doesn't leave you depleted. Recently credited with coining the phrase pegan (paleo vegan), Dr. Hyman believes in ingesting a high-fat plant based diet completely void of grains. At first, when clients asked me to create vegan meal plans for them I couldn't see a clear path to help them burn fat and build muscle so I simply said no. 

Having been 100% grain and dairy free for 5 years, I continually crossed paths with vegan clients that despite their exterior appearance in clothes, registered as having the body fat of an obese person due to their inability to convert fat to lean mass. Naturally, I recommended against veganism - even though I completely have compassion for the animal rights side of the issue. I recommended against it - until now. 

Many vegan diets are filled with fake meat, gluten and entirely too much focus on filling up with carbohydrates. While carbohydrates are essential to manufacturing energy for the body, the only true way to be a pegan with abundant lean muscle is a high-fat macronutrient proportion. Based on a 30/30/40 proportion of carbohydrates to proteins to fats, The Vegan 30 Day Slimdown is the first pegan meal plan designed to maximize conversion of fat to lean mass. This is accomplished, as Dr. Hyman recommends, with proportionately large quantities of good quality fats that stimulate the metabolism of stored fat. 

What Are The BEST Pegan Fats?

Coconut, olive, flax and avocado oil, nuts and avocado make for delicious high-fat ingredients.  Mixed into high-fat smoothies, salad dressings and marinades, The Vegan 30 Day Slimdown accomplishes the 30/30/40 in a way that is not only delicious - it's simple to prepare. In this article, we will be sampling a few of the recipes and helping you understand why the ingredients were chosen to burn fat and build muscle. 

Microgreens, Avocado + Pomegranate Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette


1/2 cup organic olive oil
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon truffle salt
1 teaspoon dark amber maple syrup


1 container of microgreens
1 peeled, diced avocado
1 container of pomegranate arils
Drizzle the salad with dressing. Toss until evenly coated. Serve chilled. 


Meta-booster Shake

1 avocado
2 cups of chocolate almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place ingredients in a high-speed blender and serve. 


BONUS Check out these Pegan Complete Protein Recipes

 Chia Pudding

1/2 cup of chia seeds
1 3/4 cup almond milk (vanilla or chocolate)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt

Place ingredients in a large mason jar overnight being sure to shake well before leaving to set. Place mason jar in the fridge to set overnight. In the morning you have two options: 1) give it a stir and enjoy (option to add Maple Pancake Paleonola on top) 2) place mason jar contents in a high speed blender and whip to a pudding consistency before serving.

Sunbutter Hemp Cookies

1 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup coconut crystals
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1 Neat Egg or Flax Egg (You can purchase The Neat Egg here) or (check out this recipe for a Flax Egg )
1/4 Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 


Combine all ingredients. Roll into cookie balls and place on parchment paper. Bake for 13 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Interested in trying the Pegan way for 30 days? The Vegan 30 Day Slimdown makes it easy to jump right in with grocery shopping lists, daily meal plans with recipes and a symptom tracker to keep tabs on your internal transformation. The above recipes are sampled from The 30 Day Vegan Slimdown. To purchase, click HERE. 





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