Opt for 80/20 rule when planning your diet: Junk food, fast food, chocolates, ice-creams, sodas, energy drinks—there weren’t many distractions a few decades back!
Eating clean has become really difficult. I always say this—its not what you eat, it’s what comes in the way!
To combat this issue, I follow the 80/20 rule when eating. What this means is that 80 percent of the time, I will eat super-healthy—only whole foods like pasture raised eggs, whole cows milk, brown rice, beans, lentils, chicken breast, veggies fruits etc—basically food items that don’t have an ingredient list!
And 20 percent of the time I allow myself to eat to satisfy my cravings. Whey proteins, Quest Bars (Double Chocolate Chip Dough, Blueberry), red wine, pizzas, white bread—basically food items that have an ingredient list. (However, do note that I try and focus on selecting the best products—which probably has healthy ingredients and very less artificial stuff.
I tried eating clean 100 percent of the time for a short period of time, but unfortunately, I gave in and that resulted in a massive binge for few days!
After which I decided to stick to 80/20 (sometimes 90/10 when I am cutting) and I strongly feel its the easiest and the most effective strategy to eat healthy in long run.