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  • #16
    Originally posted by zoebird View Post
    or culinary tourism

    Funny! I've never heard that expression before but it describes so perfectly my use of 20% that I may need to steal it
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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    • #17
      My 20% is eating meals out and not stressing about flour in the sauce, or vegetable oil in the salad dressing.

      Gordo

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      • #18
        Originally posted by gordo View Post
        My 20% is eating meals out and not stressing about flour in the sauce, or vegetable oil in the salad dressing.
        Gordo
        Good example. Especially if there are other people with you. It's one thing to ask politely if they will do a double veggies and hold the potato request for you. It's another thing to sit there and grill some hapless high school student server about the exact chemical content of the sauce and the salad dressing. While all your friends are wishing that you would just order already.

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        • #19
          It used to be Splenda for my coffee, but I've weaned myself.

          Now it's 1-2 glasses of wine or beer a week.

          Every blue moon I'll have high quality pizza or sourdough bread at a restaurant.

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          • #20
            Monthly sushi fix.
            Not worrying if there's a bit of sugar in any given sauce at Mongolian BBQ or at a Thai restaurant.
            Not freaking out about omega 6 oils if eating out with friends.
            Hummus (maybe 3x a year).
            Dolmas, or stuffed grape leaves, maybe once every other month.
            Store-bought ketchup (HFCS-free, tho!) and mayonnaise. ::: gasp! :::

            Culinary tourism, for sure. You are damned fo' sho' straight I am going to a patisserie when in Paris.

            Other than that, my food is pretty clean. I definitely do not have "cheat" days or "20%" days (unless in Paris).
            Last edited by TigerLily; 02-21-2011, 07:47 PM.
            "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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            • #21
              I usually have one 'cheat meal' on a saturday something like a cheesburger with sweet potato wedges.

              Some things I occasionally have are;

              Stevia
              Honey
              Seasonings
              Organic Milk in tea once a day (I am british so its the law)
              Cheese

              Maybe once a month I have a meal and a few drinks with friends.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                Good example. Especially if there are other people with you. It's one thing to ask politely if they will do a double veggies and hold the potato request for you. It's another thing to sit there and grill some hapless high school student server about the exact chemical content of the sauce and the salad dressing. While all your friends are wishing that you would just order already.
                +1 The best way to turn people off to going Primal is to be obnoxious in public. No matter how much better you look or feel, if you put a damper on everyone's good time, you make going Primal look bad.

                I agree with those who have said that not planning for the 20% and leaving it for unexpected pleasures or, if necessary, disasters, keeps me much more likely to stay close to the ideal.
                Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on. ~George Bernard Shaw

                Starting Weight (1/3/2011): 189
                Current Weight: 173

                Goal: To be in the best shape ever by age 50! (5/11/2012)

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                • #23
                  Wine and Chocolate.

                  I love to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the Food.
                  Julia
                  Starting Weight 235 - Dec 1, 2010
                  Started Primal Mid January 2011
                  Current Weight 183
                  Goal 160



                  Get Outside Already!

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                  • #24
                    My 20%

                    - pears
                    - 1-2 glasses of red wine a week
                    - salad dressing at a restaurant
                    - embedded condiments (sauce etc) on paleo foods that I order in a restaurant
                    - butter on veggies
                    ad astra per aspera

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Kit Rivers View Post
                      A brownie made for me by way of a thank you by my 5 year old neighbour.
                      Well worth the 20%, how sweet!

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        Pinot noir and dark chocolate once or twice a week. Otherwise I think of the 20% as being for the things you can't control like the yummy peanut sauce on the Vietnamese food a friend just graciously prepared for you. A little bit of that is not going to hurt you and stressing about it won't help either.
                        This, and cheese for me. It's sort of borderline primal so I eat it sparingly, as a garnish or to jazz something up. Not as a snack or main part of the meal anymore! lol
                        The more I see the less I know for sure.
                        -John Lennon

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by TigerLily View Post
                          Culinary tourism, for sure. You are damned fo' sho' straight I am going to a patisserie when in Paris.
                          Be sure to try a chocolate croissant, mmm. I really wanted to try macarons when I went to paris, but I never got the chance.

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                          • #28
                            My 20% is cheese, dark choc, and occasional wine (1-2 glasses per month)

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Enamel View Post
                              Be sure to try a chocolate croissant, mmm. I really wanted to try macarons when I went to paris, but I never got the chance.
                              I am going to Paris in April for 4 days and will have to be very careful not to overindulge in patisseries. My fave - something called a divorce (or a fiancee). Eclair that is half coffee creme patissiere and half chocolate creme patissiere, with appropriate 50/50 icing on top. OMG!

                              Trouble is - I can't just have one cake. I would start intending to have 1 (justifying it as 20%) but end up hoovering up half the cakes in Paris (and that my friends is a LOT of cake).

                              I have til April to work on my ability to not NEED cake and to come up with an appropriate survival plan.

                              BTW - macarons - also too good to be true!

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                              • #30
                                Probably more like a 10% but I eat a little bit of ice cream every now and then, and various coffee drinks although I generally get them unsweetened or with very little sweetener now

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