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 at 10:18 AM.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.