The vast majority of my meals are 100% primal. So my twenty goes toward the occasional meal out with friends or family where I don't feel like restricting my intake. For example, I went out for dim sum with friends a few weeks ago and wanted to try everything. Pretty much nothing was primal at the table, but I enjoyed it all, had a great time, and was 100% primal at the next meal.
A brownie made for me by way of a thank you by my 5 year old neighbour.
occasional non-primal food in social situations (i.e., eating at friend's house; don't want to make waves)
frequent wine, occasional beer, and single matt scotch
Dairy, if that counts in 20% rather than 80%
Poor sleep (usually in bed for 8 hrs, but between advanced age of 52, a 2 yr old daughter who doesn't sleep well, and being a lifelong light sleeper, I don't feel like I get fully restful sleep, like, ever)
Occasional run or ski in the chronic cardio mode (though now longer 4-5 days/week, just occasional, so maybe not much of a cheat)
i would also include -- a new restaurant with friends where you dont 'know the menu (and they chose the restaurant) or culinary tourism to be well within 20%.
My 20% is eating meals out and not stressing about flour in the sauce, or vegetable oil in the salad dressing.
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.
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 at 07:47 PM.
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