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    So I've been pretty much 95% on, maybe slightly 5% "off" primal for the past month--by off I mean continuing a very small amt. sugar or Splenda in my coffee and that was about it. Other than that, blissfully Primal! This past weekend I had several opportunities to go a little more 80/20 and had bread for the first time in a month, wine and a few other odds and ends. Although I've enjoyed my 20%, I'm blissfully back to my 95/5 again today and am so grateful to be. After Sunday, I was ready to stop the junk again and just indulge in some great fresh veggies and a nice hunk of meat! LOL! I really feel like this can be a WOE for life--because damn! It just feels so good to eat this way! I don't feel overly full (unlike when I eat grains) and I feel lighter and cleaner--if that makes any sense at all?

    Is this what it is like to be Primal? I know, pretty crazy question but I really do feel great and I suppose that is really what it is supposed to be like! My hubby even offered me a nice rum and coke tonite and I said...oh no! I am not drinking the soda--YUCK! Not that I drink much soda but absolutely no desire. And no desire for any more grains, even though I did have some. Oddly, there was no great craving to indulge more. Just the opposite...I was totally ready to get back down to eating clean and feeling better. Woot!!

    Sharon

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    Isn't it ridiculous Sharon? Its completely Woot! when you feel that way. Someone started a post a while back, where she asked if other people felt "sexy" now and while seemingly a superficial way to think about it, why not? It's utterly mind-numbing for me to not want bread like I'll pass out w/o it. Never thought that would be me....

    When my hun and I do it right and eat spot-on, there is no denying. He just looks at me and we both say "why would you do any different?"

    Off to eat a spoonful of coconut oil!

    “you aren't what you eat - you are what you don't poop.” Wavy Gravy

    Today I am Fillyjonk. Tommorow I will be Snufkin.

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    • #3
      I love your post!
      Don't worry about being 100% primal, that is the best! I say shoot for 100% but don't beat yourself up if you come up short, up to 80%

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      • #4
        I didn't start off thinking I would be 100% by any means. I thought I would try it. Then realized--very quickly--how good I felt and how satisfied I was continuously without craving bread so badly. Any other time I've tried to go low-carb or cut out breads, I pretty much would sell my ???? to get a nice loaf of bread! LOL! This time it just doesn't happen--cravings have been there but not badly at all. Today I just really wanted to be on track and feel better again.

        Now--seriously? You eat a spoonful of coconut oil??! I've cooked eggs and few things with it but would not even consider eating it by a spoonful! Admittedly, it does smell so yummy!

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        • #5
          I recently had a very similar experience. My dog had surgery last week and was supposed to be fine within 24 hours. The surgery didn't go quite as planned and he was a total wreck completely drugged out for three days. I couldn't leave him at all and didn't have any food in the house.

          I ended up having to grab some junk food at a convenience store down the road - total crap food for a couple of meals. Instead of sending me off on a binge, I couldn't wait to get some primal food. As soon as the dog was better I filled up on great food and am right back on track.

          The great thing is that it didn't take any willpower at all. I genuinely wanted to be back to primal.

          Now if I could just break this fricking sugar habit I'd be all set
          Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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          • #6
            Usual response I get from people when I tell them I eat the way I do - everyone says the same thing: "I couldn't do it. I wouldn't get full. I need to eat bread."

            My usual response, internally, is ...no..you really don't. It truly is amazing. we really don't need bread or cereal grains of any kind. I eat WAY smaller portions..with much more fat in the meal via ghee/coconut oil/or butter...and I am satisfied. Never full. But satisfied. It is a different kind of sensation; but a natural one. And I don't crave bread either. I really don't. Just give me my fats. I am content. I made the switch.

            I would say that in my leftover percent..I eat some wild rice and or potatoes. I'll never go back to bread. Ever.

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            • #7
              I'm like you! I started this WOE with all the intentions of having a 20% cheat every week, but I am pretty much on 98%, the cheat being 85% chocolate every now and again after lunch! Hahaha its just unreal and the best feeling in the world. It no longer worries me when I go out to parties etc... I just know its not worth going through the pain a bit of gluten or dairy will cause me the next day... and I honestly never crave it anyway.

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              • #8
                Glamo-I've seen your pics and girl...you are AMAZING! VERY inspirational!! Thanks~~

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                • #9
                  20% isn't the goal, it's just built-in metering so you don't guilt yourself if you "slip up". A lot of times, the feeling of guilt is what does the damage. People feel they messed up, so they implode and do something ridiculous because "now I'm off my diet so why be good?" I'm easily 90+% Primal not because I try, but because I rarely have a desire to eat non-Primal foods. It just happens by default. Once you cast that garbage out of your life, you just don't want it. It's great, isn't it?!

                  I'm 23 days into a Whole 30 where I am striving for 100% Paleo, above and beyond Primal. The great part: I feel and look no better than 90+% Primal + dairy - milk. Now I know I don't have to beat myself up if I drink something containing sugar or have a deep fried chicken wing at a bar on a rare occasion because I see no difference between eating 100% perfect and 90% perfect. I don't need to stress to a ridiculous level. Really, my only straying is maybe once every other month I'll eat some Ben & Jerry's, or I'll go out drinking and get a Diet Coke with vodka, and now I know it's okay, at least for me. I DO recommend you try a 100% perfect Paleo (no added sweetener of any kind - even stevia, no dairy, no dark chocolate, no grains of any kind including white rice) to see if you notice a difference between 95% and 100%. I now know I have no negative effect to Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, kefir, heavy cream and hard cheeses - my only issue is with homogenized milk which makes me bloated. The cool thing is I've developed a taste for completely black coffee, so that's a plus.
                  Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 01-24-2012, 10:18 AM.
                  Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                  • #10
                    I'm genuinely interested - why settle for 80, or even 95. Why not go for 100?
                    Buzz71
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Buzz71 View Post
                      I'm genuinely interested - why settle for 80, or even 95. Why not go for 100?
                      It's a concept to reduce stress over not being able to get to 100%. 100% is impossible because we don't live in a primal environment. You use artificial light? You shower? You breathe the air? You're not 100%, but it's nothing to worry about. That's what 80/20 means to me, as well as letting more people decide "hey, I can do this". 80/20 means simply, "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good". I've done this, "well if I have to eat a serving of rice I might as well- [initiate binge]".

                      The worst interpretation I've heard is "20% of your calories can come from non-primal things". Well if 20% of my calories come from cigarettes, coffee and insomnia, I'm not gonna last long. I think putting hard numbers to the concept confuses people.

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                      • #12
                        That makes sense, I can live with that interpretation. For me its about striving as hard as I can - I don't want a 20% "cop out". I don't mean that to sound arrogant, I just want to do my best
                        Buzz71
                        Come visit my blog about life, my journey and seizing the day: www.thecarpediem.net
                        Read my Journal of Awesomeness!
                        Follow me on Twitter: @Buzz_71 and @the_CarpeDiem
                        My Primal slow movement challenge: 208.29km of 1000km completed in 2012!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Buzz71 View Post
                          That makes sense, I can live with that interpretation. For me its about striving as hard as I can - I don't want a 20% "cop out". I don't mean that to sound arrogant, I just want to do my best
                          If you strive for 100%:

                          1.) You will never be able to go out to eat.
                          2.) You will never be able to have a drink with some friends.
                          3.) You will never be able to participate in a potluck.
                          4.) You will never eat a meal at a holiday get-together.
                          5.) You will never, ever, be able to eat a meal cooked by anyone _BUT_ you!

                          That kind of loneliness, stress and frustration will destroy you. No one will want to hang around you - neither friends nor family. 100% is not only unrealistic, but can be seriously unhealthy. Give me 90% and social vs 100% ANY day. You will be a lot happier and healthier. Be near 100% when you're alone so you can take a girl on an ice cream date and have a piece of cake at your mother's birthday party once a year.

                          Doing this Whole 30 has made me the annoyance to be around. I've had to cancel on a few events. I'm doing this just to say I did it and I never intend on doing 100% again. It's too inconvenient to everyone around me and is impacting my social life too much. Plus, I see ZERO physical benefits to 100% vs 90%. I have no health improvements, but I have made a few people's lives more difficult, canceled on a few social events and taken away foods I love that I now know don't hurt me.
                          Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 01-24-2012, 01:55 PM.
                          Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by back2basix View Post
                            Glamo-I've seen your pics and girl...you are AMAZING! VERY inspirational!! Thanks~~
                            Thanks! I'm down to the hard part now and not sure how to go about it. I'd like to lose another 5-7 pounds of fat and build muscle but my loss keeps stalling and my BF% is still 30. It will take some time.

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                            • #15
                              Choco, I thank you, that was an EXCELLENT post.

                              I am definitely encountering all of those things. People ARE getting annoyed with me. I just find it easier to go 100%, because once you make an exception to be social ... then another ... then another ... suddenly its not 95/5, not 80/20 its more like 50/50 and going backwards.

                              I'm not confident enough in my primal knowledge yet to know what is an acceptable "cheat" and what isn't. I'm not sure yet to know how low below 100% you can go before you start losing the benefits.
                              Buzz71
                              Come visit my blog about life, my journey and seizing the day: www.thecarpediem.net
                              Read my Journal of Awesomeness!
                              Follow me on Twitter: @Buzz_71 and @the_CarpeDiem
                              My Primal slow movement challenge: 208.29km of 1000km completed in 2012!

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