Okay, maybe it's not Whole Foods Market per se, but maybe the Whole Foods Market lifestyle?
I have been shopping at WF for a few years now. It all started when I became a vegan. I went to WF to get the organic vegan food with no preservatives or animal products. Super healthy, AND I was going to be a skinny you know what. When I arrived at Whole Foods, I was expecting to be surrounded by skinny people. Emaciated people. Organic vegans and veggies. But from the moment I stepped into the store, I noticed that all of the skinny people I was expecting to see were nowhere to be found. I figured maybe they were an elusive species that only came out at night or something. The heavier people I was seeing were obviously on their way to health and would be skinny in no time.
For the next few years, I watched the WF clientele as well as the employees with fascination. Each time I was in the store, I noticed that not only were the overwhelming majority of people not skinny, they were actually fat. There was no way that I could be missing all of the skinny people, considering that I am at the store 1-2 times a week at all different hours.
Clearly, these people are health consious and they are willing to pay higher prices in order to eat healthy; so why are they fat?
The answer eluded me until yesterday. I was sitting there in the dining section watching people, when it suddenly dawned on me: Whole Foods people are fat because they are buying into the low-fat, high-carb, whole-grain, veggie-vegan lifestyle. It was like an epiphany! I know, I should have recognized the answer sooner, considering that I have been Paleo for 6 months now, but it was so enlightening to finally have the answer, I wanted to shout it out on a bullhorn. And how sad that these people truly care about their health and are trying to do the right thing by carefully avoiding the unhealthy foods, only to fail miserably unless they are willing to starve themselves. It is especially sad to see all of the moms picking out the organic juices and vegan cookies for the little ones.
So has anyone else noticed this? Are your Whole Foods people fat too? If so, did you figure out the answer immediately, or did it take some time? I'm feeling behind the curve here.