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  • #16
    Originally posted by caprica View Post
    Hmmm, interesting - I do know what you mean (i.e. it all matters). But, I get the sense that most people on the forum focus on about 2.5 of the 10 rules (mainly rule 1, part of rule 2 and either rule 3 or 4), and still feel like they are getting pretty good results (i.e. greater than 25% of the outcome).
    Some manage but then there are the ones posting about "why isn't it working for me?" and when the questions and answers start flowing it comes out that they are running on 4 hours of sleep a night, have four little kids, are working 12 hour days and commuting in rush hour traffic for three hours a day. In the wintertime they leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark with only florescent cubicle light in between.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
      Some manage but then there are the ones posting about "why isn't it working for me?" and when the questions and answers start flowing it comes out that they are running on 4 hours of sleep a night, have four little kids, are working 12 hour days and commuting in rush hour traffic for three hours a day. In the wintertime they leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark with only florescent cubicle light in between.
      :-O that's me. Must admit that fitting a 5 hours a week of slow exercise around family/work/commuting while telling your loved ones that the food they love is now off the menu does not go down that well. Hence the question about pareto primal. i.e. what is the least you can do?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by caprica View Post
        :-O that's me. Must admit that fitting a 5 hours a week of slow exercise around family/work/commuting while telling your loved ones that the food they love is now off the menu does not go down that well. Hence the question about pareto primal. i.e. what is the least you can do?
        Ah, I see. Well how you deal with your family is up to you. Ideally you could get them to understand why this is important and to actively be participating with you. But if you had to start somewhere imposing things I would say to make a strict no sweeteners of any kind (real or fake) rule. That will, by default, cut out a lot of other things they shouldn't be eating like flour and bad oils since they usually all come packaged together.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by caprica View Post
          Hence the question about pareto primal. i.e. what is the least you can do?
          this seems so reductionist. wouldn't you rather strive for the "most" you can do?

          my workdays are frequently 12-16 hours. my commute is 45 minutes (at best) each way. 3 times per week, i don't get home from work til midnightish, and 2 of those i need to be back out the door at 8:00 am. i've been job-seeking and experiencing lots of anxiety. i have always been active and most days i cover 6-10 miles just at work.

          3 years ago, i gave up grains and added fats, through atkins. this january, i started to really fine-tune my diet through primal. i've added bone broth, organ meats, vitamin d, magnesium and vitamin k to my menus. the improvement in my health, and through it my mental state, from these changes has been nothing short of remarkable. it makes so many more things bearable.

          try focusing on the big picture instead of drilling down to omg the kids can't have chicken nuggets anymore. blech -- why should they have them at all? i cook for my b/f and just add rice or potatoes or some such to his plate. his meal is just like mine. are you feeding kids? teens? other adults in your home? if they are big enough and balking enough then they can cook for themselves. if it's little kids there may be some backlash at first, but find a kid that won't eat bacon.

          fine tune the food -- the rest will come.
          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

          Ernest Hemingway

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          • #20
            I have never looked at primal from a pareto angle but whilst simplistic I think it can be somewhat adopted specifically as it relates to the diet aspect of the primal lifestyle. I think for me diet wise, the 20% was giving up grains and legumes particularly wheat and any kind of processed/added sugar. Doing those two things have made a HUGE impact in how I look and feel.

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