One stark difference between my coworkers during the time I lived in Shanghai was that the majority of Chinese workers brought their lunch from home, whereas foreigners tended to go to restaurants to eat. Going out in centralShanghai is not cheap, but like New York City or San Francisco, it has a fantastic selectionofexoticdiningoptions. Chances are however, that if you live elsewhere in the world, you frequent your local Chick-Fil-A or Chipotle simply because it’s the most practical lunch option. Two thirds of Americans go out for lunch, costing them over $2000 per year.
If you love going out for lunch to eat greatfood, that’s great. However, consider that you can save a lot of money and time, as well as eat much better if you pack your own lunch. I bring my own breakfast almost every day, and it’s not nearly as much effort as most people imagine. Furthermore, bringing my own lunch makes it much easier for me to stick to a paleo diet.
The photo below shows the three parts of my lunch box:
3 eggs and bacon or sausage: each Sunday, my wife prepares two dozen hard boiled eggs and a pan of bacon and sausage in the oven. These go into individually-packages ziplock bags for the week. Each morning we throw one bag into my lunchbox.
My main course is usually leftovers. There are ideas online for how to pack a lunch box, but keep in mind you don’t need to prepare food specifically for lunch: if you go out for dinner, get some to take with you, and if you cook at home, just make enough for the next day. When I don’t have any other ideas, I grab some single-serving canned salmon or potato salad.
My snacks for the today: almonds, dark chocolate, carrots and an orange. Like my breakfast, snacks are prepared a week or more in advance in individual ziploc bags.
We are animals not far removed from the jungle. Genetically, we are nearly identical to primitive man.
Our bodies have been shaped by our environment to make the best of the resources available to us. Our genotype (the DNA) only develops a healthy phenotype (our body and mind) in response to the environmental inputs it evolved to thrive in. The trouble with our modern, industrial lifestyle is that it is very different from the environment our bodies evolved to thrive in.
As a result, most of us are plagued by chronic illnesses that our ancestors never dealt with. If they survived childhood illnesses and accidents, our primitive ancestors could expect to live almost as long as us without the help of any modern comforts.
What are the sins of the modern lifestyle?
We eat terrible, non-human food: our bodies are adapted to handle a diet of mainly whole animal carcasses, leafy greens,nuts & berries. Modern man eats a diet full of grains and starches – full of carbohydrates that were a rare delicacy for primitive man.
We evolved to eat whatever food is available and to handle occasional fasts – not to gorge ourselves multiple times a day on substances engineered to directly trigger our pleasure hormones.
We evolved to tone our bodies with hours of daily activity, but today we fight every exertion with door to door transportation.
Most people who try exercise programs follow stressful, repetitive and boring workouts which can be counter-productive and do not match the natural workouts our bodies adapted to.
We evolved to handle occasional intense stresses (chasing prey and escaping predators) but we are overwhelmed with constantly stressful modern workplaces and hectic schedules.
The substitution of a physiologically proper diet with highly processed modern foods and toxic, synthetic sweeteners has destroyed our health as well as our sense of taste: we can no longer taste or appreciate the natural sugars and flavors in many foods.