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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