Vegan AND Paleo is a tough one to navigate, but I bet you could do it with lots of care. I don't recall beans as being a Paleo food, but I could be wrong on that....and if you are vegan, beans almost HAVE to be your good friends! I would really, really suggest that you don't take Dr. Oz any more seriously than you would take any other reality show crazy that is just trying to fill space between ads for Burger King and Tampax. Also, your nutrition class may be slightly off when it says you "need" 100 carbs per day. There are whole cultures out there that did just fine (certainly better in terms of dietary-based disease) by eating almost exclusively meat. Your body makes glucose from the other things you eat, so technically carbs are actually the one macronutrient that you can survive (and thrive on) even if you get none. Carbs are a healthy part of a healthy diet when eaten responsibly (beans, very whole grains, veggies, low-sugar fruits) but are not 'needed'. If your nutrition teacher doesn't know that the liver can make glucose from the fat and protein you eat, then your nutrition teacher needs to go back and study basic biochemistry again. The idea of Paleo is the eat the way that our distant ancestors might have eaten. Note, I wrote 'might' because much of the data on how paleo-humans ate is pretty speculative. A true Paleo experience would involve eating bugs, lots of dark greens, tubers, ALL parts of animals (yep, even brain, marrow, kidney and spleen). I would recommend that you compromise and find something that works for you in terms of nutrition, carbs, calories, ethics and lifestyle.
Oh, and great idea to take a nutrition class! But....question everything....nutrition research is one of those areas in science where it is really hard to do a well-planned experiment that gives a meaningful result....consequently, most nutrition information is hearsay and speculation....but it is the best we have right now!
Edited by: BEARCLAW6 at: 4/30/2013 (09:54)
October 2010: 345 lbs
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October 2013: 251 lbs (Doh, time to get back on track)
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