Pareto principle = 80/20

According to Chinese medicine, health and longevity rely on moderation. This traditional idea of everything in moderation, including moderation itself, is very similar to the Pareto principle. The Pareto principle or the 80/20 rule, states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

So if that didn’t make sense, a few examples:

Vilfredo Pareto discovered in the 1900s that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the people.
80% of a business’ profit comes from 20% of its products.

What you do each day is what counts most.

So if that didn’t make sense, a few examples:
Yes, you can have some muffins. No, you cannot have muffins every day.
Yes, you should exercise most days. No, you don’t have to beat yourself up if you skip a day.

Try to make 80% of your choices healthy ones.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

• 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

• 1/4 cup vegetable oil

• 2 large eggs

• 1-1/4 cups milk

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 2 cups white whole wheat flour

• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

• 4 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 cup tightly-packed shredded zucchini

• 1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin.

2. In a large bowl, whisk sugar, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Gently fold flour mixture into liquid mixture until just combined. (batter will be very thick) Fold in shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.

3. Divide batter between greased muffin cups and smooth tops. Bake muffins at 220°C 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 190°C and continue baking an additional 15 minutes.

4. Cool muffins in pan 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Eat within 3 days or freeze for 1 month.

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