Paleo Challenge Day 23: The Shelf Life of Food {infographic}

I love infographics. Maybe because I’m a visual learner so if I read something that is also a pretty picture my brain remembers it.

This infographic on “The Shelf Life of Food” is great because I always question how long I can leave things in the fridge or counter. I found apples that were in the back of my fridge for over 3 weeks and they looked fine, but I was sketched out so I tossed them. I tossed 6 apples!!! I wish I knew they could last 1-2 months! What a waste! I need a better labeling system in my fridge because I always forget when I buy things. If it doesn’t have a “sell by” or “best by” date on the package then I’m screwed! Now does anyone know how long kale lasts… perhaps it’s like lettuce?

The Evolution of Grocery Confusion {infographic}

When going to the grocery store there is so much confusion over what is healthy or what should the nutrition label say that it makes grocery shopping overwhelming!  Back in the day it used to be as simple as going to a farmer’s market, hunting & gathering, or trading with your neighbor!  Fresh fruits, veggies, meats, etc… were all readily available, but now there are so many preservatives and ingredients that I can’t even pronouce!

So how did we get here? Check out this great infographic made by ShopWell explaining “The Evolution of Grocery Confusion.”

Sitting is Killing You {infographic}

The other night after working out I was having problems every time I sat down and stood up.  When I would sit down for more than 30 minutes at my desk, my legs wouldn’t function when I stood up.  My calves cramped, my abs hurt when I stood up straight and it was like my body just collapsed while I was sitting at my computer.

When I walked into the living room, I noticed that Mike was standing up at our bar counter on his computer (not sitting).  He’s always convincing me that sitting is awful and that I should stand or sit on an excersize ball (I always thought he did it just because Tim Ferriss said to).

Anyway, it’s ironic that I came across this old infographic today (or it’s just reticular activation) because it pretty much sums up why sitting is killing you.  Apparently, if you sit more than 6+ hours a day, it increases your risk of death by 40% and each extra hour you watch TV increases your chance of death by 11%.  Guess I shouldn’t watch 4 hours of DVR after sitting in front of my computer all day!

Sitting is Killing You {via MedicalBillingandCoding.org}

Why You Need More Sleep {infographic}

I love sleeping and napping.  Sometimes Mike likes to compare me to an infant because I can sleep and nap all day, but yet I’m an insomniac at night!

Did you know reducing your nighttime sleep time by 1.5 hours can impair your alertness by 32%!  And for those who get just 6 hours of sleep increases the risk of being overweight by 27%!  (I feel bad for my doctor friends, especially the interns)

Because I also like learning by photos, here is a great infographic from the MBACC that I saw via Mind Body Green.

You Need More Sleep  Created by: MedicalBillingAndCodingCertification.net

What is Paleo?

After reading so many books, blogs & articles, I didn’t think I’d write a post about “What is the Paleo Diet?” since I assumed it was common knowledge by now.  However, after seeing the reactions & hearing the responses of my friends and especially well-educated-in-health family members, I have decided it is necessary to emphasize again to the world what exactly is this crazy “caveman” diet.

Misconceptions…

Upon telling my health & fitness obsessed father that I was going to try this new eating “trend” his first reaction was, “What you don’t eat beans or whole wheat?  Those are good for your heart.  Let’s see what Dr. Oz has to say about this.”  Really? Dr. Oz is going to be the deciding factor if this is a good or bad thing to try?  Anyway, after some googling, he was convinced based on Dr. Oz’s non-advocating stance on the paleo diet that this is a bad idea. {Watch the first 1:30 min HERE}

To make my point, I feel like people make general statements regarding a lot of health & fitness trends.  I’m a believer of everything in moderation, but I do think eating paleo is a good idea 90% of the time.  However, after I go at least 20-days straight of paleo, I might need a cheat day here and there for a beer / glass of wine or In N Out.

So, What is the Paleo Diet?

In the simplest “caveman” terms…

In more detail…

The paleo diet means eating foods that could be found in nature millions of years ago like meat, veggies, fruits and nuts.  The foods are high in fats and proteins, low in carbohydrates and free of all the ingredients we can’t pronounce.  It resembles the eating habits of our Paleolithic ancestors (the “hunters” and “gathers”), who if were able to avoid illness (due to the lack of modern medicine) lived very long and healthy lives.

Simple Guidelines:

  • No processed foods
  • No refined, artificial & added sugars – or really any sugar that isn’t already naturally in foods (honey & agave can be used if needed)
  • No grains – gluten = bad
  • No legumes (yes that includes peanuts & anything soy)
  • No white potatoes – they spike your insulin, but sweet potatoes are okay
  • Try to avoid dairy – use fermented or grass-fed dairy if needed
  • No alcohol – although if you absolutely have to there are some “better” ones to consume
  • No vegetable oils (that includes canola, peanut, soybean, corn, etc…)
  • Yes to healthy fats – animal fat, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, tallow, nut oils, etc…
  • Yes to grass fed meats, wild fish and fresh produce (find your local farmer’s market)
  • Sleep!  That’s important.
  • Exercise!
  • Eat if you’re hungry! Snack!

For some shopping tips on how to get started, check out our GROCERY LIST and for more in depth research & knowledge check out our PALEO FAQs &  RESOURCES.

Super Cool Infographic {the history of paleo}

{image found on Crossfit LAX & originally from PaleolithicDiet.com}

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