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NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aiken and Peganism

Last updated: June 28, 2022

What do veganism, ketogenic, and paleolithic all have in common? You may have heard many of these buzzwords before, and media blindness can be extremely confusing to the person that is just getting started or looking to transition to a proper diet. While most of these are lifestyle choices for others, the plethora of information available can make it extremely confusing as to which one is best for you. This is why Dr. Mark Hyman created Peganism, which is a combination of two or more diets into one, that stimulates a healthy lifestyle. This is done by introducing restrictions quickly so that you can quickly see if this is cut out for you.

In this article, we will talk about Peganism (not Paganism!) in regards to how it works as a diet and a lifestyle. We will also mention Troy Aikman, the NFL star who is a huge advocate of the pagan diet. Finally, we will list the benefits and how they could help you tackle weight loss and health in a new way.

Who is Troy Aiken?

Troy Aiken is a famous three-time super-bowl title winner as the Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys (92 to 95). Although he is a star in his own right, he has become the most famous NFL broadcaster on the FOX media channel. Not having played for 22 years, Troy Aiken is still the face of football in America, and most are captivated by what he has to say, on and off the screen.

Troy Aiken has stated that he found pegan diet creator, Dr. Mark Hyman, on Instagram, and has since started following this diet recently. He tried the vegan diet initially and found that he was not able to stick to it, as it was not conforming to his lifestyle.

Since then, he has strictly followed the lifestyle - getting most of his nutrients from plant-based products and has cut out gluten, dairy, and simple sugars from processed foods.

What is Peganism?

Although it has only recently come to attention in the past year, Peganism started in 2014 in one of Hyman's blog posts- and the further buzz was generated in 2019 with the release of Mark Hyman's book: The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles For reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritional Confusing World". Hyman knew that there are much too many information sources available that obfuscate people from focusing on what is most important: their diet and nutrition.

The Pegan diet mixes two keywords, "Paleo" and "Vegan". These are the two most popular lifestyles that do not include a complete state of ketosis (Atkinson's diet). The rule of thumb for the diet is that three-quarters of your food needs to be derived from plant sources, while the other quarter can be from animal and animal by-products, provided they are organic. The "paleo" part of the diet restricts anything that our initial ancestors wouldn't have eaten - such as refined grains, beans, and anything that cannot be eaten directly from the farm (with the exception of rice and quinoa). It is also restrictive of dairy and dairy products.

Benefits of The Troy Aikman diet


The pegan diet focuses on fresh fruit and vegetables, much like veganism and vegetarianism at its forefront. These are some of the most diverse types of foods, offering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that would be otherwise unavailable to those who are eating processed foods or focusing on animal products. They also help to reduce inflammation and help to boost your immune system. Plant-based diets are usually found in extremely healthy individuals, as most of our ancestors consumed about 80% of their diet for gathering rather than hunting.

Healthy Fats

The pegan diet focuses on heart health, which is not necessarily lacking from other diets per se, but it does make it a priority. For example, fish, nuts, and legumes are completely encouraged as the main sources of HDL fat (good cholesterol) to maintain healthy arteries and a normal weight. This can lead to lower blood pressure, reduced risk of stroke, and helps to promote metabolic burn in both the somatic and the cardiovascular systems.

Only Restricts What We Cannot Process

While diets such as veganism and the ketogenic diet are extremely restrictive on the food groups that can be eaten, the pegan diet mostly focuses on eliminating foods that are either extremely unhealthy or that are processed. Processed foods are banned in traditional paleolithic diets, as it purports that our system is not yet developed enough to handle foods that aren't from "farm to table".

This is due to our diets throughout human history being relatively similar, and only changing in the past 100 years or so to canned, fillers, additives, and other methods of preparation and preservation. Processed sweets, milled and processed grains, and gluten are examples. Dairy is also restricted, as the pegan diet believes that humans should not consume the milk of other animals, as this is unnatural.


What is the pegan diet meaning?

The "Pegan Diet" is a combination of veganism and the paleolithic diet. Vegans do not eat anything that is derived from animals, and it is a lifestyle that also forbids participating in products that contain animal products as well, such as clothing, supplements, and retail products. The paleolithic diet mimics the diet that our neanderthal and homo-sapien ancestors ate, which usually excludes processed foods, milled grains, and dairy from animal sources.

What is mct oil?

MCT is a dense and healthy oil that is used to protect the nerves and is also used in the maintenance of a good circulatory system. An example of this oil can be found naturally in coconuts, as they are largely similar.

Does the pegan diet work?

Like all other diets, discipline is more important than the actual diet. Depending on your unique situation, the pegan diet could work with consistency.

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