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    Do you include grains in your 20%?

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    I have been very strict in the last 6 weeks with almost no cheats. I am easily losing weight, have plenty of energy, and feel better than ever. Once I reach my goal weight I am contemplating whether grains could be in my 20%. They don't seem to have an ill effect on me and it might be what I need to make this sustainable for the long run. (Pizza once a month...) On the other hand, I feel like I might be giving in and wimping out too easily. Just curious your take...
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    I think it's a n=1 project. Do what works for you.

    Also, I came from a community that had a saying "don't do anything to lose weight that you don't plan to do for the rest of your life.". I think it's a good advice. If this pizza is going to be a part of your life, start now. If it doesn't work now, it won't work then, and vice versa.

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    i don't really look at the 20% as license to cheat; i see it more as leeway for my diet not being perfect (conventional meat, the occasional bad oil, etc)...i try for 100% compliance and know that i'm at least 80% there. the 20% keeps me from stressing out about food.

    having said that, i also just say eff it every now and then and dig in to some very non-primal foods because i'm at a birthday party or out with friends. this doesn't happen all that often, but when they do i'm not thinking about percentages and all that--i'm thinking that the most primal thing i can do is connect with friends and family, even if that means pizza and cake.

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    I have used grains as part of my *20%* but it really was the same as taking one step forward and two steps back. So, yeah, no - these days I don't - with the singular exception of something like a sliver of cake at someone's birthday party (usually just my children's). These days my indulgences are rare. On a weekly basis it might include one dinner with a small side of roasted baby red potatoes with rosemary and a bucket of butter or perhaps a small serving of rice with a meal.

    But I try not to *plan* more than one such divergence in a given week, preferring instead to reserve my 20% for unexpected emergencies or for (again - rarely) a true indulgence - like a cup of chocolate custard from Carl's.

    (If you're ever in Fredericksburg, VA, Carl's is totally worth the stop).

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    Ultimeatza. no need for grains :-)
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    It's a rare thing for me, but there are a few things for which I will make an exception - spanikopita (which I make once every few months), baklava (which I get a couple times of year), and the very occasional cookie or something, but it has to be good. I also have to admit to a few GF pretzels now and then. These things don't seem to cause me any problems. Pasta, however, is a different story. I had it once since going primal, and I was so sick. Never again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by primalrob View Post
    i don't really look at the 20% as license to cheat; i see it more as leeway for my diet not being perfect (conventional meat, the occasional bad oil, etc)...i try for 100% compliance and know that i'm at least 80% there. the 20% keeps me from stressing out about food.

    having said that, i also just say eff it every now and then and dig in to some very non-primal foods because i'm at a birthday party or out with friends. this doesn't happen all that often, but when they do i'm not thinking about percentages and all that--i'm thinking that the most primal thing i can do is connect with friends and family, even if that means pizza and cake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by primalrob View Post
    having said that, i also just say eff it every now and then and dig in to some very non-primal foods because i'm at a birthday party or out with friends. this doesn't happen all that often, but when they do i'm not thinking about percentages and all that--i'm thinking that the most primal thing i can do is connect with friends and family, even if that means pizza and cake.
    This.

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    Totally.

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    I don't eat grains any more. When I was first starting out I felt like a life without grains would be so hard. The reality now is that I really don't miss them.

    But then again, I do have a problem with grains...not a physical problem, but the reality that I can overeat grain-based food in a way that I can't do with primal food. And grain-based food is a gateway to sugar-based food for me. So this happy place of not wanting to eat them is far too precious for me to risk it going away.
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    Nope! my 20% is pretty much Gravy....I cannot eat without gravy I am a wet eater and I need gravy on my meat and veg or its too dry.

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