The vegan diet is a plant-based diet that excludes dairy and meat, but keeps the cereal and legumes that Paleo restricts. Where both diets meet is in their shunning of processed foods. What Mark Hyman, MD, who coined the term in 2014, advocates is the meats that are consumed are reared on sustainable farms and the animals are not injected with chemicals to spur growth. Grains are allowed, but those with a low glycaemic indexes such as black rice or quinoa. And these in small portions.
By Gitanjali Chandrasekharan
‘A good number of vegetarian items on our menu can be tweaked’
Chef Hitesh Shanbaug
sous chef, The Good Wife
Dishes: Superfood salad; quinoa and barley risotto; red pepper hummus
Being vegan is tough enough without adding the requirements of Paleo to it as well. Chef Hitesh Shanbaug who followed a Paleo diet for eight months, understands that. “I couldn’t really keep up with it. In a Paleo diet, you even avoid processed foods like maida. It’s mostly eating legumes over processed grains, and leaning on vegetables for your fibre. My go-to vegetables were broccoli and asparagus.”