10 Reasons I Might Not Be Eating Paleo

Reposted from my blog, Rational Jenn.

As lots of you know, I’ve been eating paleo/primal/real food for many years now, to the overall benefit of my health, and I am committed to continuing this good eating plan forever and ever.

But, that doesn’t mean I eat 100% paleo 100% of the time! If you see me consuming something that is definitely not paleo, here are some reasons why that might be:

1. I’m traveling.

I find it difficult to eat 100% paleo when traveling, for various reasons. So I make travel-related compromises. I will sometimes eat fast food like french fries (made in god-knows-what-kind-of-oil). Generally though, I opt for a salad of some kind, but will usually forget to ask them to leave the cheese off. I won’t use unknown salad dressings, so I often end up eating fast food chicken and dry lettuce. Meh. I usually have good snacks …


Editor’s note: This article may look like a brazen promotional piece for my services and website, but it isn’t. Admittedly, Robert inherently tends to see life from the bright side, but whenever I talk to Robert, he seems genuinely happy with his customized paleo plan. By the way, I let the client’s health history, health goals, and the results of testing, experimentation, and measuring inform my recommendations. /Christian
Roughly one year ago I wrote on this blog about my conversion to the paleo diet. As successful as I thought it was, during the process I met with some resistance, both externally (from others close to me) and internally (from myself when I relaxed on my standards), and consequently did not make the kind of commitment I had hoped for. Even though I felt better when eating that way, periodically cravings would overcome newer, better habits. This led to frustration

Paleo Quick Notes


Got some blood tests done. Here’s about my kidneys.
First a short technical note: Creatinine is a byproduct of muscle breakdown which the kidneys are supposed to clear out of the blood stream. Elevated blood serum creatinine is a marker for kidney disease. (Though it can’t be interpreted in a vacuum.)
My serum creatinine:


2010 April: 1.1 mg/dl
2010 May: 1.08 mg/dl
2010 June: 1.00 mg/dl
Doctor: “Do you eat a lot of meat?”
Me: “Yes.”
Note the quite substantial change between my pre-paleo value from February 2008 and April 2010. (I had a little freak-out there because the lab had entered me as a female which put me out of the normal range both for creatinine and calculated kidney function.)
My interpretation is that paleo put more creatinine in my bloodstream

Modern Paleo: With Paleo Diet Blood Counts Look Great

[From Ari Armstrong’s blog:] Largely due to the influence of Diana Hsieh, who recently started the Modern Paleo blog, and the book Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, my wife and I have switched to a largely “paleo” type of diet. The results, as indicated by our recent blood work, are positive.

Basically the diet means that we have cut out most grains, sugars, and vegetable fats. Largely the diet consists of trading off carbs for healthier fats. We’re not as strict in our diet as some are; I still eat an occasional slice of sprouted bread or a bowl of beans. However, most days I don’t eat any grains, and my intake of processed sugar is low. I have a soda or glass of juice maybe once a month. I buy chocolate of between 60 and 100 percent purity (which contains much less or no sugar).

I just …

Paleo-Friendly Snacks

Recently, I received free samples of “That’s It” fruit bars. They’re just dried fruit — no sugar, no preservatives, no nothing, except two kinds of fruit per bar. They’re really quite delicious, and they make a good on-the-go snack. If anything, they’re a bit too easy to eat. (I’m not anti-fruit, but I try to limit my fruit intake, particularly dried fruit.) If you can’t find these bars in your local store, you can buy online.

Modern Paleo