Following up with the "How long" question, I'm curious as to how strict people are?
I'd like to gather some statistics so if people could answer according the following number system:
To save a bunch of cross-referencing, please also add the number of months you've been Paleo. Thanks everyone! Especially the 0's that lurk among us. ;-)
Please answer like follows: Strict 2; Months 6
My husband and I (ages 37 and 31 respectively) have been paleo for about a year now.
Me: 5.5 (small cheat very rarely - like once every couple of months)
Hubby: 4.5 (his meals are usually perfectly paleo, but he won't part with his 1/2 cup of Haagen Daaz several evenings a week. ;)
Ask me who has more trouble keeping her weight in check, though. It's just not fair!
7, just getting started - 5.5 weeks
After an undetermined amount of time has passed (figured my body will let me know) I will probably loosen up the rules a little and start testing things like dairy in small doses.
Somewhere between 4 and 5, about one year.
I certainly don't "cheat" at every meal but I do have small amounts of grain almost every day, and every once in a while I will completely drop my guard and eat a bunch of cookies or something. I don't beat myself up about this, but I am working on cutting it down.
Strict 6; Months 12
I did cheat (or "experiment," as I like to say) at your #4 level for about a week after about 8 months, but it was a one-time thing (quite a disaster, actually).
Also, I think 6 and 7 are really the same thing; I see no reason to exclude dairy from Paleo.
I'd say 4 or 5, definitely cheat less and less as time has gone on and cheats are less serious. When I started the cheats were BAD...candy, ice cream, crap...now they tend to be things like hummus or grits.
Strict 6, if by Lacto-Paleo you mean that I also include dairy in my diet (milk excepted). I'd say that I'm a 6.5, because I'm basically a carnivore (carbohydrate @ <25g/day), but I do add salt to my food on a regular basis. I also do my best to eat the "right" meats and cheese, and when I do eat regular cuts of meat I'll cook it in grass-fed beef tallow to improve my 3-6 ratio.
I plan to reincorporate more fruit and vege's into my diet as time goes on and as my waist line continues to shrink.
I've been "paleo" since December of 09'.
Strict: 5. Months: 1.2
As I mentioned elsewhere, a beer at a friends party, a free cookie, offered slice of homemade cake, etc. - those things I don't really resist.
I gotta add I intermittent fast at least once per week, and was on the Stronglifts 5x5 program for the last 2 months. I think that adherence to exercise is just as important as the food we eat (80/20 rule barring).
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