Why 80/20 Paleo is a Recipe for Disaster

Why 80/20 Paleo is a Recipe for Disaster

I’m going to kick your dog.  Hard.

You can call me the Paleo police or a bad person or whatever you want.  

But this needs to be said, because I hear SO many people tell me that they’re 80/20 Paleo.  And it’s a recipe for disaster.

80/20 Paleo is Completely Backwards

The term “80/20″ originated (at least popularly) with a guy named Vilfredo Pareto, who noticed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.  He went on to develop a general principle that 80% of the effects you get come from 20% of the actions/causes.  

For instance, in business, 20% of your clients often account for 80% of your business.  

Let’s think about this in the case of diet, nutrition, and Paleo.

What you’re trying to get is 80% of the results.  You want to feel 80% as good as you would if you were 100% strict.
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GIVEAWAY – Win a Copy of The Paleo Kitchen

win the paleo kitchen cookbook giveaway

As you’re probably already aware, George Bryant and Juli Bauer are fantastic Paleo cooks! And they teamed up for The Paleo Kitchen cookbook, which you can win below.

You can find one of their delicious recipes from the book here: Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread.

And if you’d rather just buy the book now, you can find it on Amazon here.

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the paleo kitchen cookbook by juli bauer and george bryant
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy of the book and George Bryant, Juli Bauer and Victory Belt provided the prize for this giveaway, but I was not compensated in any other way. Links to the books (along with other links on this website) may be affiliate links.

Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Recipe + Meals

paleo slow cooker pork recipe

I’m a huge fan of cooking in bulk, and I’ve written about my 3 step system to ensuring you always have Paleo food available (that post is here).

So, in this post, I wanted to give you a quick and delicious example of how to cook 3 meals super fast using slow cooker pork + 3 other easy meals to add some variation (so, lunch and dinner for 3-4 days or dinner for a whole week)!
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Paleo Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Lemon, Bacon, and Sweet Potatoes

paleo lemon sweet potato Brussels Sprouts recipe

There’s nothing more amazing than the taste of fresh vegetables (and bacon, of course!). One of my favorite vegetables right now is Brussels sprouts – they’re sort of funky with a very unique taste. But they’re really easy to make, and quite filling too.

Plus Brussels sprouts are pretty nutritious. Just 1 cup of Brussels sprouts (raw) contains 125% of your daily value of vitamin C (so you can stop drinking all that orange juice!).

So, here’s another delicious Paleo Brussels sprouts recipe (and there’s 3 more Paleo Brussels sprouts recipes here, here, and here). This recipe below is fantastic as an easy side dish or as a snack if you’re hungry during the day!

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My Top 7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time

top 7 paleo diet tips

I’ve been Paleo for quite a while now (3 years pretty strictly and many years on and off before that). But I’m still learning! I’m still learning about what works for my body, new facts (sometimes murky ones) about nutrition and Paleo, and how to do Paleo more efficiently and effectively (aka faster!). After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and I gotta get that 8-hour beauty sleep in!

So, here are some Paleo diet tips that I learned the hard way, and I’m sharing these with you so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did (please share your tips in the comments below).

Quick Infographic of My Paleo Diet Tips

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7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time infographic from paleo living magazine
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Our New Paleo Website

ancestralchef.com and paleomagazine.com have merged

Welcome to Our Paleo Website!

You might have already noticed the new look of our Paleo website and the fact that everything from www.AncestralChef.com is now redirecting to www.PaleoMagazine.com.

So, welcome to our new combined and better website!

Why did we merge?

As many of you know, Jeremy and I (Louise) are married, and while we enjoy writing about different aspects of Paleo, it just made sense to house all of that knowledge on one easy-to-navigate Paleo website. So, we’ll both be writing articles, making videos, and cooking up lots of delicious Paleo recipes, but you’ll be able to find all of that here.
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3 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop Stress Eating

3 sure fire ways to stop stress eating

Food plays an important role in pretty much every culture.

And in the US, it often seems that the biggest role food plays is as stress-relief.

When we’re tired, sad, or upset about something, we eat.  And then maybe we eat a little bit more for good measure.

Stress-Eating Starts When We’re Kids

It’s not hard to understand why we stress eat.

It makes us feel better.

Part of the reason it makes us feel better is because food causes the release of certain hormones in our body.  But there’s something else.
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Is Maple Water Paleo?

is maple water paleo?

I tried Maple water in Vancouver earlier this year. I saw it in a supermarket and thought why not give it a try. And now, I get to share with you what maple water is, what I thought of it, and whether maple water is paleo or not.

What is Maple Water?

It’s the pure maple sap that runs from maple trees. At the beginning of spring, you can insert a tap into the maple tree, and maple sap will flow out. If you want to know more, then Lauren from Paleo Raccoon has written a bit more about the process.

How is Maple Water Different From Maple Syrup?

To make maple syrup, you take the maple water (or maple sap) and boil it down until it forms a syrup (basically by evaporating the water). It takes around 40 gallons of the water to get 1 gallon of maple syrup! That just shows you how little sugar is in maple water.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs by The Paleo Kitchen

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs from The Paleo Kitchen

I’ve been a fan of George’s (Civilized Caveman Cooking) and Juli’s (PaleOMG) sites for a long time, and so I was really excited when they decided to work together on a cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen.

They posted one of their delicious recipes (Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread) from The Paleo Kitchen here a few months ago, and I know a lot of people emailed me because they loved the recipe. So, I went and tested one of their recipes for dinner last night. It was one of the really easy ones (because I’m currently limited to the stuff they sell in a Tesco Express – a tiny supermarket in Edinburgh).

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

It sounds so easy.  

Just avoid gluten, right?

How could you possibly mess that up?

Actually…

It’s Quite Easy to Fail on a Gluten-Free Diet

You may not achieve your goals, you may not stick to it, and you might just make things worse. 

But making gluten-free work for you is entirely possible, so long as you have your eyes wide open when you start, and so long as you’re smart about how you approach it.

To help you out, here are…

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

1. Not Knowing Why You’re Going Gluten-Free.

This is the biggest mistake you can make.  And it’s the one that will cause you to most quickly give up.
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How Sitting on the Beach Made Me Smarter. (A Complete Guide to Vitamin D)

How Sitting on the Beach Made Me Smarter. (A Complete Guide to Vitamin D)

You don’t want to be sick, fat, or dead. Nobody does.

So you try to do everything right. You try to eat better. You try to exercise. You take supplements. Everything.

And it’s hard. It’s hard to stay so good. I know because I’ve been trying for the past 15 years to be as healthy as possible. I always watch what I eat. I go to the gym 4 times per week. And I sleep. Boy, do I love to sleep.

But after years of trying so hard, I’ve learned that some things are more important than others.

No one thing will make you invincible, but there are some things you must do, and one of those really important things is getting enough Vitamin D.

I just got my own blood results back, and my Vitamin D level is right where I want it to be. In this article, I’ll explain exactly why you should make sure that you’re getting enough Vitamin D and how best to do it. And, at the end of this article, I’ll explain how sitting on the beach is making me a little bit smarter and healthier right now.

What the Heck is Vitamin D?

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7 Huge Reasons to Ditch Alcohol (Is Alcohol Paleo?)

7 Huge Reasons to Ditch Alcohol (Is Alcohol Paleo?)

I’m on a mission to become the most unpopular person in the history of the world. And I’m going to do it by telling you something that you already know.

Alcohol is not healthy and not Paleo.

I can feel the hatred already…

7 Reasons Alcohol is Not Nearly as Healthy as You Think

You really want alcohol to be healthy. I do too. Alcohol is fun and relaxing. It’s a social lubricant and all that jazz.

And you can feel free to call me a hypocrite, because I still drink alcohol, albeit much less often than I used to.

But be honest with yourself. When you try to justify that glass of red wine, do it for the real reasons (being social, relaxing, enjoying life, etc.) and not the ones you just wish were true (health/nutrition).

Without further ado, here are 7 reasons that you should avoid alcohol if you really want to be healthy:
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Paleo Friendly Restaurants in NYC – Hu Kitchen

paleo restaurants in nyc - hu kitchen, new york city

Paleo Friendly Restaurants in NYC – Hu Kitchen

While there are many Paleo friendly restaurants in NYC, there aren’t many places where you can just order pretty much blindly anything off the menu and still be overjoyed at eating delicious and Paleo food! Hu Kitchen, on 5th Avenue, is the only place in NYC where the entire menu is pretty much Paleo (from the cooking oils to the no-grains)!

I know the name sounds like some random Chinese restaurant, but the Hu actually stands for Human, and they don’t serve any Chinese food!

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Paleo Coconut Chocolate Macaroons (with reduced raw honey) [Paleo/GF]

paleo coconut chocolate macaroons, gluten-free, grain-free recipe

These super easy Paleo coconut chocolate macaroons are seriously delicious. And once you learn just how easy and fast they are to make, you’ll want to keep making them over and over again!

Do you want me to email this recipe to you?
If so, just Click Here.

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