Big Lunches, Skinny Body

Back when I worked in an office, I’d sometimes bring my lunch to work. My lunches were physically much larger than the lunches my coworkers brought, and it took my entire lunch break to eat most of mine. I still had food left over for a snack around 3 pm. So why was I skinnier than most of my coworkers? It’s because my lunch was made of up of low-fat, high-fiber plant foods.

My typical lunch included of a container of rice pilaf or maybe a sandwich with a spicy low-fat bean spread. I’d also have a couple of containers of cut up raw vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower, celery, or broccoli. Sometimes I’d bring a big container of salad or coleslaw with nonfat dressing. I’d also have a few pieces of fruit, such as some cut-up cantaloupe or some apples or peaches, depending on what was in season. Once in a while, I’d bring a few nuts, in the shell, along with a nutcracker.

My coworkers, on the other hand, usually based their lunch on some sort of meat or fish. Often, there was some sort of greasy dressing. They usually had some sort of dairy food as well. Many of them had been through some sort of commercial weight loss regimen that encourages people to continue eating animal-based food but supposedly teaches them “portion control.”

The fact that people are trying to learn “portion control” tells you that they’re eating an unnatural diet. Wild animals never try to limit their food intake. They never count calories. They never sign up for step aerobics. They eat as much as they like of their natural food, and they do whatever activity they feel like doing. Their weight gets controlled naturally by their appetite. The same thing also works for human beings if they eat a low-fat, high-fiber, plant-based diet.

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