The 80/20 Rule
Posted on May 8 2012 at 05:47:12 PM in Health
I was chatting with my friend, Jamie, recently and she told me about a lotion she uses by Victoria’s Secret that she loves, it smells so good she gets compliments when she wears it. She is very health conscience and eco savvy so I asked if she was concerned about the parabens and chemicals in it. She had a great point. She said she’s so careful about most things she uses that she’s just not going to worry about it.
That’s my philosophy, my own little 80/20 rule: 80% of the time I live as clean and healthy as possible and about 20% of the time I let things slide a bit. (Not to be confused with the 80/20 Principalsuggested by business-management consultant Joseph M. Juran based on Italian Economist Vilfredo Pareto’s theory that in business it’s usually 20 percent that produces 80 percent of the total result.)
I’ve often heard nutritionists talk about the 80/20 rule when it comes to diet: eat healthy 80% of the time and relax a little the rest of the time. I can live with that. It's doable and makes sense. I eat well but I gotta have some ice cream or frozen yogurt to give my sweet tooth a little satisfaction. Do I make sure my kids eat healthy balanced meals the majority of the time? Absolutely, but do I take them to McDonalds once in a while? Sure. How about you? Are you 80/20, 50/50, 100%?
Most of my personal care products are clean and earth friendly but my favorite mascara isn’t. So, until I find a suitable eco replacement, it falls under that 20%. Hard core tree huggers might not be happy about this but you can only do what you can do. 10 – 20% of the time I’m more carefree, loosen up the ‘rules’ and live a little. As my mom used to say, “everything in moderation.”