80% paleo. 20% everything else.
The idea is that you can eat paleo and still live life. Most people go on diets and feel “restricted.” Paleo is the opposite – the goal is to expand your life – not limit it.
Every now and then, if you want to go out, hang out with friends, get a drink or have pizza – you can – but make sure it’s only every now & then – not EVERY DAY.
What gets most people into trouble is that the 20% turns into 30% which turns into 40% which turns into 50%, etc. Suddenly, eating paleo & staying healthy is the exception rather than the norm.
That’s not what we want!
In a typical week there are 21 meals. 20% of that is about 4 meals, so on a typical week – you’re aiming for (roughly) 6 days of clean, paleo eating and one day a week that’s flexible.
But like we said – the goal is to allow flexibility while getting results, WITHOUT backsliding or losing the results you worked so hard to get. With that in mind, here are some tips on staying 80/20 paleo without missing out on life.
Have a Plan
The #1 thing you need is a plan.
If you try to go paleo and just “wing it” – you’re in for a rough ride.
The best way to go paleo is to meal plan. Here’s why:
There are 21 meals in a week (give or take). When you try to “wing it” – you give yourself 21 opportunities throughout the week where you have to 1) think about what you’re going to eat 2) get the right food to eat 3) actually make the food) 4) eat the food. 4 different decisions & thought processes you have to go through – every single meal.
That’s 84 total opportunities for you to get off track!!
Even if you have the will power of a saint – given that many opportunities, something will have to give.
However, when you meal plan – at the beginning of the week you take care of:
1) figuring out what you’re going to eat
2) getting the right food
Read the full recipe on Ultimate Paleo Guide.