What is the one distinction, tool or "secret" that helped you to succeed on the 80-10-10 lifestyle? It seems that a lot of the people on this forum (me included) struggle to eat 100% 80-10-10. I was able to go vegetarian in one day in 2001, and I did the same thing when switching to a vegan diet a few years later. However much I have tried to eat 100% 80-10-10 in the last 3 years, I am having a difficult time making it stick.
I would really like to know what it was that helped those of you who have been eating 80-10-10 for more than a few months conquer the lifestyle.
Chilli peppers can corrupt the tastebuds (like salt). In addition to their stimulating qualities, they produce mucus in most people - indicating that it's an irritant. It took me a while to get off chilli but I'm glad I did, because now I have a greater appreciation for the natural flavour in food. My threshold for spicy food has gone WAY down (and I used to pop thai chilli peppers like grapes).
I can make a meal of lemons. is that weird? you ever had those sweet ones?
Accepting that 20 years of eating will leave my life gradually. Understanding that the real battle is against old habits. Knowing that it is only a matter of time for habits to break free. After all, if this is a natural diet, why not be natural about it? Why use effort? Understanding that fresh food is easiest for my body, and fatty/cooked food creates tension.
Eating cooked food whenever I feel like it, and seeing where it takes me. While I have not eaten cooked food in a very long time, I would not call myself 100% - I haven’t made that decision. I have just followed my feel and found myself at 100% for the past while. It just happened, naturally. Why would I made this diet a prison when it can be a heart-felt joy?
Why would I avoid cooked food if it is so difficult to? What is the point? Why seek happiness in unhappiness? Do I approach 80/10/10 with some desire to be excellent? Could that possibly make me happy? I don’t want to struggle in the pursuit of easy foods. I don’t want to create so much dis-ease that it negates the actual health benefits.
The present moment is all there ever is, so whatever diet I eat, I may as well enjoy it.
Be blissful, and take as long as you want to become 100%. You may just find it’s the quickest route there.