Healthy Body…build a good foundation – Follow the 80:20 Rule

A slender body is not an indicator of a healthy body, nor is having a body rippling with muscles an indicator of health.  What you put in your body directly impacts your health whether you’re skinny, slender, overweight or bulging with muscles.  The negative effect of feeding your body with unhealthy toxic food regularly will eventually show it’s ugliness in your body and it will affect your life.  You may not see it or feel it today, but it will catch up with you; it’s usually a sneaky cumulative effect.  However by supplying your body with healthy food and maintaining a lifestyle that supports overall health you give your body and by extension yourself the opportunity to thrive.  This is a simple and well known truth.  Why would you deny yourself of this?

Simple and well known truth extended:

  1. What you put in your body is your choice.  The only person who can force you to drink your cream and sugar with a little coffee, eat that sugar coated donut, that toxic laden fast food burger and fries or all the food seasoned with sauces that contain ingredients we cannot pronounce and then cooked in hydrogenated oils is yourself.  Choose wisely.
  2. If you choose to regularly feed your body unhealthy food and every now and then you go on a health binge the net effect won’t be so great.   It takes time to undo the bad.
  3. If you build a good foundation by eating healthy regularly the net effect will help you.

Now I’m a realist, I don’t avoid sugar and fries all the time.  Doing that would likely lead me to insanity with cravings that are difficult to control, but I do avoid unhealthy food most of the time.

I’ll repeat – Choose to eat healthy most of the time.  What is most of the time?  I recommend following the 80:20 rule.  80% healthy food: 20% treats.  I recommend doing the 80% healthy during the week and throwing caution to the wind a bit on the weekends.  That’s how I do it.  If that plan doesn’t work for you, no problem, change it to whatever works for you as long as you are following the basic principle which is “healthy most of the time; splurge once in a while”.


Live Healthy…Be Happy,


Get more stuff like this

Subscribe and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.



4 Replies to “Healthy Body…build a good foundation – Follow the 80:20 Rule”

  1. Diets are a waste of time. They are temporary but people fall into the trap. There is always an end and then what? You’ve already said it but healthy living has to be a habit and lifestyle not a temporary fix.

    For me, and for some others I know it’s this weird thing where I’ll maintain a healthy eating approach as long as I’m exercising regularly. It goes hand in hand, right. But if I fall off the exercise wagon it’s almost assured I’ll drop off the healthy diet wagon too. I’m always intrigued by that because when you aren’t exercising regularly that has to be the time we need to eat healthy more than ever.

    80:20 is good because no one should live in a self imposed food prison. Self denial 100% of the time inevitably leads to overall diet failure.

    I lost almost 70 pounds between 2008 – 2009. I exercised 4-5 times a week, cut my portions down by half or more and made better choices daily. People asked me how I did it, like there is a secret formula or something. So many look for an easy way and that’s why so many diets and fads become popular. The truth is I didn’t give up any food that I really loved over that time, I just learned to moderate. Instead of 5 or 6 slices of pizza I’d have 1 or 2. Instead of two slices of Lasagna I’d have 3/4 of a portion. Etc etc.

    I think the X factor is family, personality and upbringing. I was motivated to lose that weight those years because both my Mom and my Grandmother (who was like a mother to me) both were failing in health. Both of them told me for many years they wanted to see me lose weight and I knew they didn’t have much time and I wanted to do anything to give them something to live for and be happy about. I was driven in a way I hadn’t ever been driven before. When they died, within 18 months of each other, I lost a big piece of what was motivating me to lose that weight and keep it off. Sad but true. I gained all that weight back over the course of 3 or 4 years .

    I’m in a much better place now, finding motivation derived from within, for myself and this is a big part of why I’m back hiking and backpacking.

    Thanks so much for your blog. I’m looking forward to your particular brand of motivation. I’m so grateful our paths crossed when they did.

    1. You’ve made some excellent points here Rob…”There is always an end and then what?”. Dieting is unhealthy! You take it off, you put it back on, you take it off again, you put even more on”. Switching to a life of eating healthy is the way to go.

      “…I’ll maintain a healthy eating approach as long as I’m exercising regularly. It goes hand in hand, right”. The thing with exercising is that when you don’t you do it you begin to feel lethargic and your body naturally starts to crave comfort food to feed that lethargy. I go silly once in a while and drop off the exercise wagon too but when the lethargy starts to set in I say to myself “What the heck is wrong with you! Get off your butt and go exercise…just do it now!”

      Glad our paths crossed too Rob!

  2. So I was thinking more about this topic while drifting off to sleep last night. I can’t help but put myself under the microscope because I’ve gone back and forth for years in fits and starts. Losing, gaining, losing, gaining.

    I think you can’t overlook the notion of food addiction. Some people are addicted to food and that usually means bad foods at that. They find comfort in eating when things aren’t going well. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “comfort food”. Typically that includes Mac and Cheese, Fried Chicken and Gravy, Lasagna and I’m sure fast food too. Emotion is integral. Like all addictions some can break the cycle and some never will. Even if they understand completely the implications of their actions, or inaction. I think about falling off the wagon for years after my mom and grandma passed. grief, addiction, emotion, motivation…it’s all tied up somehow together and some can untangle that better than others.

    1. Food addiction is no doubt real and some never will break the cycle but the key is that everyone can. What we tell our brains to believe about ourselves is what makes the difference. “As we believe, so we become and so our world becomes”….I don’t know who coined that quote but it is absolutely spot on true.


      Live Healthy…Be Happy!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.