I had a friend in college who only smoked cigarettes when at a bar.
I had another friend who only smoke pot if a friend gave it to him for free: he would never buy it.
If I do paleo at home (80%), but eat whatever when traveling or out with friends (20%), wouldn't I still derive lots of benefits?
I'll confess I'm a bit nervous about going all-in-100% paleo after reading this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/117616/been-on-paleo-for-3-months-now-starting-to-feel-very-bad#axzz1ylSbfeJV
I just skimmed a little of the 180degreehealth.com links referenced, and it's scaring me. I don't want to develop food sensitives. I don't want to rid my diet of 100% gluten, and become hyper sensitive to it; that sounds like bad news.
I did suffer from reduced libido 2 months in, as described. Yes, I upped my sweet potatos, and am hacking my diet so I'm not sure if that is still my major concern.
However, I'm not a big fan of Matt Stone after listening to one of his podcasts where he was trying to debunk drinking water. He made lots of over-sweeping statements which set off a bunch of BS red flags in my opinion.
If it matters, I'm 185 pounds (lost 10 of the 20 pounds I wanted to lose). I'm in this to improve my health. I don't seem to have any problem digesting wheat. I'm trouble-shooting a couple of pesky health problems: one is muscle cramping and/or maybe joint pain in my right ankle - I think the two are related and new since going paleo 3 months ago.
I am 44 and I noticed that since going paleo 3 months ago, my vision got dramatically worse for close objects. Yes, I know I'm at that age, but it really was abrupt. I did post a separate question about that ( http://paleohacks.com/questions/118767/is-paleo-causing-me-far-sighted-ness#axzz1ylZyD1N6 ), and I also posted some info I found about 2 air force pilots who went on atkins at within 3 months had the same problem. It turned out it was from a deficiency in thiamine since they weren't eating refined grains (like me).
I guess this isn't one of my more focused questions; I guess it reflect some degree of ambivalence I'm feeling 3 months in.
What about the number of threads where people talk about how great going 100% paleo makes them feel? I see far more of those than the other sort.
I don't see how you can be feeling ambivalent about something you haven't really tried.
If 80% is your comfort level, so be it, 80% is better than nothing, but I think your decision should be made based on how YOU feel not on how someone else feels.
Why not try it 100% for two weeks, see how you feel and then, if you decide not to go all in, it will at least be based on something solid.
Here's the deal! EVERY BODY is different. You have to be pretty strict in the beginning, and I honestly believe 45 days + is better than 30 days. After that, you can tweak with things according to your needs. Maybe it is eating a bit of white rice for your carbo needs. Maybe dairy isn't so bad. I truly believe wheat is the DEVIL, so I'd stay very clear of it (forever)... Going Paleo, GAPS, Primal, Ancestral, whatever you want do to clean up your act is the key. Once you figure it out, doing the 80/20 will become more clear.
I don't travel a ton, but at times I may actually use travel time to IF (intermittent fast). Skip the meal on the plane. Skip the crappy fast food urge. It's actually quite easy to do once your body planes out.
You can try 80%, but the reality is it keeps folks from seeing the results, and then it's chaulked up to a "fad diet" rather than a serious lifestyle change.
I also JUST listened to a podcast with Sisson or Dr. Davis (can't remember) anway, if you're obese and have been eating "poorly" most of your life, your gut is likely in serious trouble and it may take up to a year (or more) to start seeing some changes. BTW, I suppose you don't have to be obese to have these problems either.
Anyway, 80% won't likely allow your gut to properly "heal" and you'll continue to fight the problems.
Two more cents,
80% is way better than nothing. But 100% is clearly better than 80%, unless you think that sugar, gluten and other crap provide benefit to you that paleo foods don't. Some people go paleo, but too low for their own needs, causing new problems they didn't have before. Others might suddenly be eating more nuts than the used to, and nuts are a real issue for some people. And so on. If you do 100% paleo, you'll probably be fine-tuning for a while. On the other hand, if you only do 80%, or not at all, you'll also probably be fine-tuning for a while. I'd think the result of the fine-tuning will be better, the stricter paleo you are. Certainly that's been my experience.
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