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  • I eat 80/20, so one meal out of 5 is non-primal.

    4 9.52%
  • I eat 80/20, so a fifth of my calories are non-primal.

    5 11.90%
  • I eat mostly popcorn and fudgie cakes, so my 80/20 is actually 20/80

    2 4.76%
  • My life is 80/20; I've got about 8 out of the 10 rules down but struggle with a couple.

    9 21.43%
  • I'm a fanatic, baby!

    9 21.43%
  • Other. I'd like to hear. Thanx!

    13 30.95%
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    What's your 20?

    Just trying to get an overview of what folks consider 80/20.

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    I mostly reject 80/20. I eat potatoes, corn, peanut butter, and other marginal stuff whenever I feel like it, and I refuse to call it 20. But I'm probably about 90%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedonist2 View Post
    I mostly reject 80/20. I eat potatoes, corn, peanut butter, and other marginal stuff whenever I feel like it, and I refuse to call it 20. But I'm probably about 90%.
    Hey thats me!

    If I had to conform to such a stupid rule, I'd say eating any food I don't make myself would make up the 20%, regardless of how close to primal or utterly non-primal it is.
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    I'm about 98/2. The 2 is for stuff out of my control that is not worth stressing about like the canola oil in the salad dressing at a friend's dinner party, never for deliberate "cheats".

    Does that make me a fanatic? I don't think so because I enjoy this way of eating and don't feel deprived one bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    I'm about 98/2. The 2 is for stuff out of my control that is not worth stressing about like the canola oil in the salad dressing at a friend's dinner party, never for deliberate "cheats".

    Does that make me a fanatic? I don't think so because I enjoy this way of eating and don't feel deprived one bit.
    Ditto that.
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    I usually try to eat 100% but in certain occasions when I'm offered food that has grains then I take it. I have no sensitivity to it per se but I draw the line with dairy or anything really rich. Actually I drink coffee but i put lactose free milk and sugar. No way I would ever try drinking my starbucks coffee black.

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    Dark chocolate, nuts, cream and butter are my 20%. I'm not sure where that places me so I picked the 'fanatic' option
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    If you consider dairy and nuts 100%, then my 20 percent is pizza once a month and the sugar in dark chocolate and homemade ice cream. If you take the percentages literally (so many percent of my calories is non primal) then I'd be 98/2
    Last edited by Gadsie; 08-02-2012 at 03:16 AM.
    well then

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    The question betrays a profound misunderstanding of Mark's 80/20 principle. Reread the book
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    Quote Originally Posted by peril View Post
    The question betrays a profound misunderstanding of Mark's 80/20 principle. Reread the book
    Quote Originally Posted by katemary View Post
    I think Peril's point is that the 80/20 is not about how closely you adhere to the diet or the % of your diet comprised by cheats. The 20% applies to all the laws of primal - sleep, move slow, play, lift heavy things. Primal isn't about following 80% of an eating plan. (Not saying I am 100%, I just think that is his point).
    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    Right, and I put that option in the poll.
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    What do you mean re-read the book?

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