Eat more vegetables.

My mother is starting the Fast Diet. “Tomorrow”. Even something as simple as consciously eating a quarter of your daily calories twice a week goes astray when you keep resetting your first day on the diet.

Enough already. The reason you overeat is that your body is still crying out for nutrients after you’re so full of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that you want to be sick. (We’ve all done it.) Go and eat a bag of spinach. A big one. Then later, lots of brown rice and kale. Fill up on the stuff. I’d be amazed if your hunger suddenly goes away and you feel satiated rather than full.

There’s lots more to be said on human nutrition obviously, but it really comes down to getting as much nutrient density in your food as possible. Do that, and your body will start functioning properly again, your weight will reduce to a healthy setpoint determined by your DNA, and you’ll live to play with your grandchildren.

Joel Fuhrman calls it a nutritarian diet. I call it eating more plants. A lot more. Same thing.

Notice that Fuhrman talks about re-training your taste buds. This is partly an issue of habit formation, but also one of learning how to cook plants. Most people can’t cook for shit anyway, and it usually revolves around a chunk of meat on a plate with other stuff as an afterthought. Pathetic. Buy a cookbook from Fuhrman or John McDougall. My favourite veggie cookbook is Veg Every Day! by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

I’m off to eat some spicy cassava mash with a ton of green stuff in it.


Author: Stuart Hughes

Twenty-something from the hills and vales of Wales, grappling with the logistics of becoming a little more cosmopolitan.

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