I like to read your other posts, but I can't say that I have been paying close attention to what you're eating now. I am wondering if you follow the guidelines closely now (as opposed to saying strictly) or have your own variation on the theme?
I would say that it is a safe bet that 95% of my calories are McDougall compliant, and I'd bet that if I carefully analyze every calorie I consumed it'd average closer to 98%, month in, month out. I know I go days, and sometimes weeks 100% compliant.
Some would call this strict. It's not. I eat what I want to, when I want to, and how much I want of it. It just so happens that I no longer want meat, dairy, processed sugars and foods, etc. But if I told myself that I couldn't have those things... I'd be setting myself up for a battle I couldn't win.
Having the head knowledge of why we should eat this way is a good thing. But for many people it's not enough. Neither is the desire and determination to be strict with this way of eating. For too many, that isn't enough either. I don't need to cite examples of this. There are plenty of examples of this right here on these forums.
I guess I do have my own "variation on the theme" going, though to be honest, I don't like looking at it that way. I pretty much eat the way this plan calls for and even with my occasional intentional strays I'm more compliant than many who strive for 100% compliance.
Head knowledge, the science behind this way of eating, the desire and determination to do it.. these things don't take into account the Human Factor. My "variation" takes this Human Factor into account. My way understands that the relationships we have with food are deeper and dearer than many realize and cannot simply be tossed aside as easy for some as it is for others. Just as ending unhealthy relationships with people usually involves a process that includes mental and emotional preparation, so does ending unhealthy relationships with food. It takes time, and there is a grieving process that happens. And these things happen quicker for some people than it does for others. For many, ignoring these facts is a recipe for failure. We see plenty of people who, in spite of their deepest desires, aren't able to transition to this way of living. I bet many of them could be helped if instead of sending them on their way as failures we showed them how to do it... The Norm Way. I don't like phrasing it that way... But I get tired of banging my head against the wall. If the powers that be refuse to accept that the path I went down to get here is as valid as any other path, then I'll go ahead and call it The Norm Way.