I Don’t Always Eat Paleo, but When I do, I use Infographics

Ok, so let’s talk diet. I have exchanged multiple emails with a couple different readers lately discussing nutrition and diet. I love talking with you guys, so keep ’em coming! My readers just made me realize I haven’t really officially taken a stance at End of Three for diet.

Personally, I try to eat as Paleo as possible (APAP), but I am not super strict on diet. I still enjoy peanut butter, dark beer on occasion, and some starch. My wife is the expert and it is a lot easier for her to take a strict stance on diet than it is for me, but  I know without her I would have a pretty crappy diet. Luckily she is starting to write for End of Three Fitness more and more. She is going to have a sweet recipe post this week too!

Below I have shared a flowchart and a great infographic to give you a little more information on paleo.

**I did not make this flowchart or infographic**

The Quick and Dirty

The Informative

This GREAT infographic was provided by The Greatist

What does your diet look like? Have you considered Paleo?

  • John W Manuel

    My diet is kind of a hydrid model. I’ve considered Paleo but its not something I want to do right now. I try to eat lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, little red meat, minimal sugar and salt, minimally processed, minimal ingredients. It sounds like I already do Paleo but I eat dairy and some legumes

    • Jerred

      Sounds similar to my situation. Wife is trying hard to get me off of milk, but I love milk!!

  • Scott

    While I love the concept of Paleo, and would much rather see people eat Paleo over some of these fad diets, I find it funny how everything must be labeled nowadays.

    Like John was saying how he follows a hybrid Paleo, sort of like Paleo, but with some dairy and legumes. Or even what Jerred wrote in the article, he follows Paleo as much as possible, but enjoys some starches and dark beer (kudos on the dark beer).

    So in essence anyone who tries to eliminate processed foods, limit dairy and legumes, only eat starchy carbs if they’re training to gain or are super active, and focuses on lean meats, fruits, veggies, and healthy fats can be considered Paleo or hybrid Paleo(with the exception of indulging from time to time)? No! That’s called eating healthy, understanding that food is fuel for the body and I’m not going to fuel myself with junk. And knowing that whole/natural foods are always a better option than processed stuff.

    If you truly follow Paleo, than my hat is off to you. I think there are many great benefits to that lifestyle, but I know its not for me. However, I do my best to eat in a healthy manner and follow everything I described above. I certainly am not going to give the Paleo movement credit for something that I started doing long before I ever heard the word Paleo, nor do I believe anyone else should who has found themselves in a similar situation.

    • Jerred

      Get it Scott! Haha I know how you feel man. Healthy eating is good enough for me. Somedays I am completely Paleo and other days I am just a healthy eater. I find my body is very lactose tolerant and I don’t have digestive issues (why a lot of people do paleo). I like the balance I have and I will always favor life enjoyment over suffering discipline…except for when it comes to working out. I’ll suffer there.

      • Scott

        That’s the biggest key for me. Everything in moderation, nothing in excess. People always ask me why I cook on Sundays and bring my lunches in for the week. I tell them because I enjoy cooking, and I like getting a good portion of lean meat and veggies in everyday for lunch.

        Now they say I must be on some sort of diet or something. Even though I often have so much meat and veggies on my plate that stuff is falling of the sides. Yet, it is these very same coworkers that say they are trying to “watch what they eat” when we have sweats in the office on Fridays. I’d rather know what I’m eating 95% of the time and indulge the other 5%, then play a guessing game 95% of the time, and ‘watch what I eat” 5% of the time. But hey that’s just me.

  • Misty

    I agree with you Scott in that healthy eating should not be labeled but in reality it is, I think it just makes it easier to place “healthy foods” into a category that can be described in few words as possible…

    that being said I say I eat paleo or, actually as Jerred put it as paleo as possible. Eating well is not easy for people and I think that giving it a name and giving people a list of “good foods” and “bad foods” makes it easier for people who are just beginning to wrap their heads around eating well. I have been eating about a 90/10 paleo diet for about 2 years now and have had incredible benefits from it. I use to have a lot of issues with dairy and major digestive issues (gluten induced) as well as almost constant heartburn (gluten induced), and since I’ve started eating paleo my digestive issues have totally disappeared and so has my heartburn, as far as dairy is concerned I am no longer lactose intolerant. I actually read a good article that says after you have gone paleo for a while and your body has repaired all the damage that gluten has caused in your digestive tract that a lot of peoples lactose intolerance disappears and that is exactly what happened to me. but I will say that my heartburn and digestive issues come back just thinking about gluten, and I pay for it for a few days…than being said, I PR on cupcakes :) and I have a big weakness for pizza and a good red wine. Like Scott said its all about balance, everything in moderation.

    Seth and I just finished a 30 day paleo challenge at our box (this was his first one and his first full introduction to paleo) and this was the strictest I have ever been consecutively…and I learned was that I love to eat well, i love the way I feel but sometimes I would like a piece of dessert, sometimes I want to go out for dinner with friends and have a drink, i love food and if i want it im going to eat it…but I spend all day Sunday cooking for the week and I also pack my big salad and my container filled with meat everyday for lunch and I am lucky I love coconut milk and coconut products.

    My opinion, eat healthy but don’t let it always get in the way of enjoying some really awesome food when you want to!

  • gale

    There are “family farms” that raise grain fed beef. 100% pastured beef is not good for the environment, believe it or not. And there’s simply not enough pasture in this country for everyone to eat pasture fed beef. I fully support the family farm trend (as we own a small farm) but it’s misleading to say that supporting family farms means to eat grass fed beef.

    • Jerred

      Thanks for the comment Gale! There will always be people who ruin good things or despise eating healthy, so perhaps a good balance will be struck. I agree to say all grass fed farms are “good” can’t be 100% accurate.

    • Shane

      I hear this comment all the time.. “It isn’t economically feasible for everyone to eat grass beef.” OK, that’s true, but usually in discussions involving diet, the only real person of concern is YOU.

      So what, there isn’t enough pasture land for everyone to eat grass fed beef… there’s enough for me and my family to eat it. Most other people don’t care one way or another, anyways.

      So, while it may have been slightly misleading to say that supporting small farming means eating grass fed beef, it isn’t misleading to say that eating grass fed beef supports healthier farming practices.

      I think what IS actually misleading is assuming beef is healthy simply because it’s from a small farm. It may be better quality, but if corn fed is corn fed, regardless of how big or small the farm is.

      In short, it’s less about the size of the farm, and more about the practices used on that farm. It just so happens that the only farms that grass feed, are small farms.

  • Seeley

    I LOVE getting in on conversations about diet and ‘healthy eating’. I’m with everyone here, consuming foods with one ingredient is superior to anything else out there, including the gamete of prescription pharmaceuticals. I angers me that the answer to curing most diseases is literally in front of everyone’s faces, on their plates! I place full blame on the USDA, the FDA, the pharmaceutical companies, and the medical community. OK, cue the ‘conspiracy’ spin.

    There’s a reason why medical practitioners treat the ‘symptoms’ and not the cause of the disease. I’ll give you one guess…yup…it’s all about the Benjamin’s. You see, it’s simple really, follow me.

    Joe is your average middle-age person who consumes a diet of the typical person: high in processed foods, low in quality protein, and zero to little fruits/veggies/good fats. Joe has symptoms of all the ‘Good Old American Diseases': high BP, elevated cholesterol/blood sugar, trouble sleeping, and slightly overweight. Joe has to visit his family doctor every month to have various tests ran, get new prescriptions and adjust others he’s already on to treat his predisposition to the diseases he thinks he’s destine to get…because they run in his family. But Joe doesn’t have to suffer from these PREVENTABLE diseases. Here’s the conspiracy part.

    Joe’s doctor knows if all he really did was change his lifestyle, eat real food, and exercise a little, Joe would be fine. He won’t tell Joe that, then he wouldn’t get to charge Joe for his monthly visits/tests. Joe’s doctor would also loose money from not using the drugs he gets kick-backs for from the pharma company he recommends for said disease symptoms. The FDA also get money from the pharmas to approve their miracle drugs. The USDA will never admit that NOT eating their cash crops (soy/corn/wheat and the like) CAN improve your health becuase they get money from the government. Speaking of which, the USDA, FDA, and pharmas allow the government to make billions of $$$ off of your illness, so all guilty parties push consuming these cheap disease causing foods in large quantities (Food Pyramid/Plate anyone?). So the manufactures of the cash crops set the prices low for these processed foods at your local stores and jack up the prices of healthy foods to sway your food purchasing decisions. To get more bang for his buck, Joe buys the cheap illness-causing processed foods and ends up going to his doctor for his ‘Good Old American Diseases’. It’s a vicious cycle. It angers me that people don’t see this.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a ‘DOWN with the Government’ person. But I truly believe that they are failing us in this area. I also believe that little by little, the truth is getting out there. OK, I now step off my soap box, rambling over.

    • Jerred

      Dude, I agree! Sweet write up.

    • Shane

      The real kicker is that it’s done on a mass level with people like Dr. OZ spouting off ridiculous claims of dietary products, causing everyone to rely on the next magical pill bottle, rather than what they really need to be focusing on, which is of course… diet and exercise. There’s a pretty good article about this on this site that also has other articles relating to the paleo diet
      http://paleoiq.com/dr-oz-and-raspberry-ketones/ Dr. Oz and paid off doctors like him are a HUGE problem, especially for trusting elderly people who treat everything said by doctors as absolute fact.

  • Chris Crisafulli

    When I first started doing crossfit, I had read about the Zone, and understood it as you were able to achieve a feeling of Euphoria if you stuck to the Zone. I can honestly say after looking into that diet, that I was worried about being sure that I could figure out exactly what was needed at all times. Recently at our “box” there was a 30 day challenge issued. I took them up on it, and am happy to report that eating Paleo gives me the same effect that I had read about in the zone book. I have been able to eat much more quantity and quality foods and have benefited from more gas in the tank during a WOD. What’s been really cool about this, is that my co-workers have asked me what I’m doing, and I’ve been able to share with them a few links to get them started. It’s been easy for them to follow, and even after only a few days they have shared with me that they’ve also felt increases in their energy levels too. I like the infographics you posted here, and plan to share a link to this article with all of them. Thanks!!

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