Been doing tons of research into various fad diets both in an attempt to disprove them (nutrition major) and in an attempt to integrate good concepts from each of them into my own eating plan. I've lost 60 lbs since I went veg in March mostly by eating whole foods in decent quantities and exercising a few times a week. My weight loss has stalled/plateued the last few weeks and I still have quite a bit to go, so I've gone on the great habit hunt again.
Enter "The Calorie Myth." I'm familiar with a lot of the research that went into it and have personally read quite a few of the studies cited. I'm not too happy about the execution, which to me comes off as just a revamped Paleo, but I am curious about the author's claims that his SANE eating plan can be used by vegetarians when he dismisses legumes/beans as being "too starchy" to be a reliable source of protein. I'm curious where most of my calories can come from if not from grains and root vegetables in the winter considering I eat pretty darn seasonally (tons of gratins, stews, soups, etc dot my diet in the winter) and it simply doesn't make sense to me to eat food that doesn't really occur at this time of year unless it is canned and therefore preserved to be available now.
Does anyone have experience with "paleo" eating, and if so, do you have any idea how it could be made to work for vegetarians? Even the Kindle book I picked up made the concession that "paleo" eating requires copious amounts of meats in the absence of legumes, soyfoods, and dairy, all of which are taboo to the eating plan. I agree that limiting starches is important for Americans as a whole because most of us like our chips, fries, cookies, and breads a little more than we should, but I just can't see this working.
Disclaimer: I don't buy the whole "lets eat what our ancestors ate" argument for paleo, particularly since I am native American and a traditional diet from my tribe would include many plants that have been all but driven to extinction alongside fish and game that are in much the same predicament. Besides that, most produce one can find in the grocery store is as far removed genetically from the wild varieties as we are from our ape ancestors. We've carefully cultivated and genetically changed the food we eat in ways we're only now beginning to understand. I do think that some of the principles taught are sound however, and it's always fun to try things out.
So let's see if we can come up with something together. If the author claims that vegetarians can eat this way, how would that be done? Where would we get protein if not from soyfoods and beans? I know there's a great deal in most fruits and veggies, but the author discounts a protein source unless at least 60% of the calories come from protein, so let's see if we can stick to those rules. This is a thought exercise, but I'd like to see what you all think.