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10 LBS PER DAY KEEPS THE LAXATIVES AWAY

We have said it before and we'll say it again, humans require large quantities of food in order to feel satisfied and to encourage efficient digestion. We are talking in the range of 5 lbs or more a day. Concentrated foods provide lots of calories for small portion sizes due to the absence or lack of water and fiber, so it is wise to choose plant foods to meet your bulk needs.

If ever you find your digestion is a little sluggish (there is no excuse for not "going" at least once a day every day) try this diet on for size. We call it the 10 lb diet. Simple, the 10 LB diet calls for 10 lbs of food. Specifically, 8 lbs of fruit/vegetable fruits, 1 lb of leafy green vegetables, and 1 lb of lentils, beans, or non-gluten grain (quinoa, rice). Such an intake provides over 100 grams of fiber and well over the daily requirement of all major nutrients (except D, which you should get from the sun, and B12, which can be found in yeast) - and at under 2,500 calories.

Here it is:

1 lb …

THE LOVELY PERSIMMON

Seasonal fruit is such a delight, and we encourage all our loved ones (that means you!) to visit your local farmer's market and see what's in stock. Autumn is a lovely time of year for orange foods. That means pumpkins and other ornately-colored squash, as well as oranges (which, like apples, are harvested starting in September/October).

While we're all familiar with these delicious foods (even though most use pumpkin as an ornament or dessert, you should try eating it as a squash!) fewer are intimately acquainted with the delicious persimmon.

Persimmon season is short (late October through December), so get them while they last. Japanese persimmons are teardrop shaped and should be eaten when soft, while Fuyu persimmons, native to California, look like heirloom tomatoes and are best enjoyed crunchy. Persimmons are low calorie foods (under 50 calories per fruit) and a good source of vitamin C. But nutrition aside, they are delish!

Eat them as you would apples, either for …

MORE FOR YOUR MOUTHFUL

It has often been suggested that one should consume a tall glass of water whenever the urge to eat arises, and right before a meal. The body can mistake thirst for hunger, they say, and drinking water before you eat assures that you will consume less food.

Well, yes and no.

If you eat when you are thirsty, then you'll take in more calories than you would by simply quenching your thirst with, say, water, which is calorie free, so drinking water before eating is good advice. Besides, it helps to keep you hydrated.

But if you think that water fills your stomach and helps to make you feel fuller faster, guess again. Water is absorbed very rapidly by the stomach. We're talking a matter of minutes, likely before you've even had time to take you first mouthful of lunch or dinner.

Water AND fiber, however, will remain in your stomach for thirty minutes or more and a diet which includes ample amounts of foods containing both water and fiber - and these foods are without exceptio…