Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: The 80/20 RULE & Other Healthy Diets

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey! Don’t forget to do a pingback in your post so I can find you! ❤

Here is who joined me for the journey last week:

(You might want to go back to last weeks post’s comments section – so much great information was shared there):

Vasantha Vivek, from My Sweet Nothings

Ritu, of But I Smile Anyway (she suggests using coconut water in your smoothies!)

Adele, from Firefly 465

Angie, My Kentucky Angel

Carolyn, from Joyful Journey to Health

Olga, from Just Olga (she suggests trying ‘hemp protein!’)

Van, from Van by the River

Judy, from Edwina’s Episodes

Rob, from The V-Pub (He completed a 10 day cleanse – read about it in the comments section from last week’s post)

Brew & Spew

Annette Rochelle Aben

Michelle, from Book Chat

Bee, from a Spirit of Healing

Seasoned Sistah2

A Momma’s View (She’s a day ahead of us so I wasn’t sure if this was for last week, or this week 😉 )

I feel so energized and inspired when I read all of your comments and suggestions each week. If you don’t feel like you are getting healthier you should, at least, feel inspired by our wonderful community! Together it seems like we encourage each other to attain our goals.

Happy February!

LAST WEEK: We talked about smoothies and all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that we can add to our smoothies. We also discussed the different kinds of proteins that help to keep us feeling full when supplementing a meal with a smoothie.

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Have you ever heard of the 80/20 RULE?

I found this article on Popsugar and was really interested in the whole idea. Popsugar shares:

“The 80/20 principle is no diet — it’s a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss. Folks who have suffered on rigid, limiting diets in the past find that this new rule teaches them about balance and moderation, a concept that never exists in a fad diet. When you practice 80/20, you have the space to go out socially and enjoy a meal (or a cocktail!) with friends, but most importantly, it makes the whole clean-living thing feel doable for the long run.”

“The breakdown is simple: 80 percent of the time you focus on eating clean, good-for-you foods, and 20 percent of the time you have the freedom to indulge as you please. Don’t be concerned about the math, but it’s simple: if you eat three square meals a day, three of those meals every week are your 20 percent cheat meals; if you eat five small meals a day, then seven of those small meals are up for grabs.”

I really like the idea of eating correctly 80% of the time and having a 20% period each week that I could splurge a little. In fact, I must tell you I tried this theory out and it does work.

When my husband and I moved to Colorado, we decided that once a month we would go out to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants in our area. The deal was that we would choose whatever we wanted to eat, not just salad.

On Tuesday, we tried a local restaurant for lunch called Gunther Toody’s, a 1950’s diner type restaurant which featured all things hamburgers, shakes, and French fries; while blasting oldies music for your enjoyment!

Image credit: Gunthertoodys.com

I indulged in an avocado jalapeno pepper burger, fries, and a chocolate shake! Now, I am not used to eating all this food! In hindsight, I should have just split the burger and fries immediately and asked for a to-go box to take them home to finish later. I will do that next time. However, I enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere, greatly! I waddled out of the restaurant and went home and slept it off!

That night, I was still so full I could not eat, although I had my normal hot tea and felt fine. The next morning, I was right back at it! I continued my normal eating pattern of a smoothie every other day for one meal. I ate mostly lean meat, fruits, and vegetables. I did have an 80 calorie Greek Yogurt when I felt the need for something sweet.

Guess what? I lost a pound! For me, that is truly amazing!

Now, I did walk 6.17 miles this week. Not as much as last week, and combined with the calorie-laden meal I had on Tuesday, my weight loss was not as much as the previous week. There is definitely a correlation here with the 80/20 rule.

It is worth a try I would say if you are struggling with the confinements of most diets. Check out Livestrong.com for more on the 80/20 eating style.

Image credit: Mynaturalfamily.com

Here is another healthy living lifestyle diet:

Image credit: Evalinda George on Pinterest

Here is a shopping list to get you started and the link to the PDF you can print out yourself: oldwayspt.org

The Mediterranean diet is about the healthiest way to live. I believe Weight Watchers is the closest version of this eating style. Watchfit.com is a great place to get started on learning the basics of this eating style.

I had a busy week this week. We put the knobs and handles on the kitchen cabinets and had an electrician in to add some lights in the kitchen. I love this house, but it had the darkest kitchen I had ever seen!

Adding knobs and handles

I can finally see over the sink and the counter!

Let there be light!

In between all the household chores, I have been concentrating on my writing. I have set a goal and a deadline for my book to be finished. My two writing muses, AKA Sugar, and Spice have been taking turns spending time with me.

Sugar’s turn today!

My healthy walking goal may have to be changed this week. We are currently in the midst of a snow storm that is predicted to drop a foot or more of the white stuff on us. (I know after last week’s 60 degrees F. BBQ day, it is pay-back!) That being said, I will man the snow shovel while Ron operates the snow blower so that will help give me some exercise time. I am in jammie hibernation-writing mode so I will watch what I eat this eat.

How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?

Image credit: Quotesgram.com

Have a wonderful week! If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!

Link to my post with a ping back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of healthy living supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday Healthy Living posts. Together we can become healthier!


Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!

 from Silver Threading ❤

65 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: The 80/20 RULE & Other Healthy Diets

  1. You are still doing so well Colleen, and thank you so much for all of your ideas this week. As you know, I am trying to use the Mediterranean diet, so that shopping list you put up will come in handy! My scales are a bit out (no, it is not an excuse, honestly), so we have ordered some all singing ones that measure body fat as well. From what I can gather though, I have lost 4lbs this week, although it might not be completely accurate!

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    1. WOO HOO! Judy, that is amazing news! I am so darn proud of you. That is wonderful for your first week. I know you are going to start feeling better as those pounds continue to slip off. I love the feeling I get when I can feel that I weigh less. My knees stop hurting and walking is so much easier. I started my journey back in 2012 weighting 225 lbs. I know how hard this is. Have a wonderful and productive week! I am so excited for you! ❤

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    1. I know isn’t that strange. It was a brand new house and the lighting in the kitchen was awful. We talked to one of the electricians last week that was working on the new houses across the street from us. He gave us an amazing deal and installed two ceiling fans, 4 recessed light, a chandelier over the kitchen table, and the two hanging pendant lights over the bar. I love it, now. What a difference. I couldn’t see to wash dishes! LOL! ❤


  2. Hi Collen, I agree with Judy: You are doing well, and all those ideas for different changes in diets are a great help. And I love the 80/20. I suspect though I have had a month (December 🙂 ) of spoiling myself, and now I have to get four months of healthy eating in :-).

    I have taken the freedom to connect “Love Is In Da Blog” with your “Mindful Monday ~ Healthy Living” and so for the February Monday’s my prompt posts will also lead to you. I hope that is ok. You can find the first post here: https://justfoolingaroundwithbee.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/loisindabl-1feb16-mindful-self-love/

    My “walking post” will come a little later on “A Spirit of Healing” but I will post a link too.

    Thanks for this great blog event. This is truly a supporting community and I appreciate all the work you put in it. Take care and good walking and eating this week 😉

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  3. A good week indeed. My suspicion is that the 80/20 is a better option for people trying to just keep a healthy weight once they reach it (of course if you go back to your usual habits you’ll pile up the weight again) but good tips. With regards to the weather, I quite like Jessica Smith’s take on walking workouts in the TV channel. She has many, see what you think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4IH12Piuf4 Ah, and I read something about rice protein too… Must explore more

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    1. Olga, I like that walking workout. In fact, I subscribed to her channel so that I can try this later today! Thank you! I am intrigued by rice protein. I want to do a post about all the different protein choices. I think the more we think of meat as a condiment or a treat the better our bodies will respond. I feel healthier eating less meat. We Americans eat way to much, I believe. I can’t wait to hear what you find next! ❤


  4. So much to talk about here, Colleen. The Mediterranean diet is a go-to for me, except if I go crazy on the olive oil, I found. I enjoyed the substitutions…one of note is that canned cream soup that we all use in casseroles…I had trouble digesting them (too much oil, I hear), so I’ve gone to making my own sauces…so much better. ☺ The reminders are great, as are your new kitchen lights…we need to illuminate our efforts. Have a great week, continued success. 💕

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    1. Hi, Van. I think the canned soups are too high in fat and sodium. I have used plain Greek yogurt and do like that. I get the zero fat variety. Most of my soups are broth based so the creamed version is a splurge. Weight Watchers suggests we use no more than 2 tsp. of olive oil a day. I find that when I don’t use it I can tell a difference. I feel fuller and not as achy. I would love to see some recipes for your sauces. They sound great! Have a fabulous week. The blizzard has arrived! 😀 ❤

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      1. That is my thinking also. I know they took a beating (ha, ha) many years ago, but I thought they had been reconsidered as a positive food choice. As you said, they are a large protein source for my family, and the cholesterol and fat are manageable in a balanced diet.
        I’m sorry to put work on you, but if you do find out anything to the contrary, let me know please, and thank you!

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    1. Melissa, I did find some more information on eggs and the Mediterranean diet. This resource says no more than 4 egg yolks a week and unlimited whites: http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/health-topics/healthy-lifestyle/documents/Mediterranean.pdf. I would say to consult your doctor on this subject. There are so many discussions about eggs. One says they are good, another says they are not. It probably boils down to what works for you. I use egg beaters where the fats have been removed, but my opinion is that you should do what you consider to be right. After all, all this information is only a guide. ❤

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  5. Such a rich and inspiring post, as always. I love the idea of the 80/20 principle – I think that could definitely work for me. It’s always better when I have something to work towards! Hope you have a fabulous week ❤

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