I eat 100%, unless I sometimes feel like eating something else. I don't plan cheats, or have a specific percentage, or have a specific cheat day, or meal. Sometimes I just eat cheats because I feel like it. For example, yesterday I had some thin-crust pizza. It wasn't gluten free, or paleo, or anything of the sort - just plain ol' gooey cheesy glutinous pizza. Am I worried about it? Nope, in fact I forgot all about it until this thread. Do I eat this on a regular basis? Nope, in fact the last time before yesterday I've had non-primal food was several weeks ago.
The way I see the 80/20 rule is that you should always strive to eat "clean", but sometimes it's okay not to and it's not worth worrying about. If I die earlier because I've had a beer, or a pizza, or whatever else, once in a while, so be it - better than denying myself all the non-primal things I like my whole life just because I want to eek out a few extra years.
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.
I take the 20% to mean, if you slip or are out somewhere, don't worry about it or beat yourself up.
Part of being primal is not stressing the small stuff.
Griff's cholesterol primer
bloodorchid: paleo and primal are not low carb
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
80% savoury, 20% sweet.
I usually stick to it, but sometimes I'm more 70/30... Sometimes 50/50
I try to be 100% all the time. As a result we don't go out to restaurants hardly at all anymore. Any slips I make are usually because of lack of knowledge or lazyness (I eat less than I should). But I don't see any point in purposely doing something that will harm my body. When I was younger I did, though. Age changes your point of view.