Why I Follow the 80/20 Rule of Clean Eating

A_little_sugar_in_my_bowl.jpgI first heard of the clean eating 80/20 rule from Tiffany at the Gracious Pantry. I don’t believe in diets and I most assuredly believe that life is too short to eat food that doesn’t taste good. So, what exactly is the 80/20 rule when it comes to clean eating? Basically, 80% of the time you eat clean, and 20% of the time you allow for special occasions, treats, or cheats. It is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. You create your lifestyle by eating what you want and not falling into the confines of a diet or eating plan. I don’t restrict myself when I want to eat something, I just eat it.
Chocolate has been my weakness, but I have found clean alternatives that are not only tasty, but they are healthy as well. I do very well with not eating processed or refined sugars with the exception of dessert Sundays when I have dinner with my grandparents. You cannot say no thanks to Italian grandparents. And that is okay.
It’s okay to have a treat every once in a while. It is okay to eat something with more than five ingredients or an ingredient you can’t pronounce every once in a while. Just know that there are alternatives.
Tiffany at the Gracious Pantry talks math in her post about the 80/20 rule. However, I don’t believe clean eating comes down to the meals you eat as whole. It comes down to every aspect of your meal and includes the snacks you eat. For example, breakfast could be a dippy egg (sunny side up for all you non-PA folks), toast, bacon, and a piece of fruit. Is that bacon completely clean? It is if it’s not processed, which might be true, but it might not be. Is that okay? Yes, of course. As long as you’re not eating something processed every day, I think it is okay.
You choose the lifestyle that is right for you when it comes to clean eating. The 80/20 rule is just one aspect of that lifestyle which can help you choose alternative foods and ingredients that are clean, healthy, and taste good.

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