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Could You Be a Vegetarian Until Dinnertime?

On day I walked into FedEx Kinkos one day to send out a package, and while I was waiting, I saw a book that caught my eye, Eat Vegan Before Six. I thought it was interesting–being a “flexetarian”–eating no meat until dinner time is something I’ve been doing consistently for nearly a year since I started growing my own food. 10580670_10203041916223072_2623140691426107611_o

Armenian Cucumbers and grapes taste delicious. The cucumbers give a somewhat salty taste and  the grapes give a balancing sweetness. I’m growing these in the garden this season.

The inspiration for this book is based on the author, Mark Bittman, a cookbook writer and food policy expert:

Six years ago, an overweight, pre-diabetic Mark Bittman faced a medical directive: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. He was no fan of a lifelong regimen of pills, but as a food writer he lived—and worked—to eat. So neither choice was appealing.

His solution was a deal with himself. He would become a “flexitarian.” He adopted a diet heavy in vegetables, fruits, and grains by following a healthy vegan diet (no meat, dairy, or processed foods) all day. After 6:00 p.m. he’d eat however he wanted, though mostly in moderation. Beyond that, his plan involved no gimmicks, scales, calorie counting, or point systems. And there were no so-called forbidden foods—he ate mostly home-cooked meals that were as varied and satisfying as they were delicious, but he dealt with the realities of the office and travel and life on the run as best he could.

He called this plan Vegan Before 6:00 (VB6 for short), and the results were swift and impressive. Best of all, they proved to be lasting and sustainable over the long haul. Bittman lost 35 pounds and saw all of his blood numbers move in the right direction.

Using extensive scientific evidence to support his plan, the acclaimed cookbook author and food policy columnist shows why his VB6 approach succeeds when so many other regimens not only fail, but can actually lead to unwanted weight gain.

He then provides all the necessary tools for making the switch to a flexitarian diet: lists for stocking the pantry, strategies for eating away from home in a variety of situations, pointers for making cooking on a daily basis both convenient and enjoyable, and a complete 28-day eating plan showing VB6 in action. Finally, Bittman provides more than 60 recipes for vegan breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, as well as non-vegan dinners that embrace the spirit of a vegetable- and grain-forward diet.

If you’re one of the millions who have thought of trying a vegan diet but fear it’s too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don’t want to give up the foods you love to eat, VB6 will introduce a new, flexible, and quite simply better way of eating you can really live with . . . for life.

I think my method leans more toward vegetarian than vegan, because I occasionally eggs and cheese before six. I also don’t eat “whatever I want” after six, but stick to a mainly paleo menu offering. The following is not a stock photo. I just picked this yesterday morning. Notice all the colors? This ensemble is packed with antioxidants–cancer fighting, skin and hair loving, energy sustaining goodness. IMG_9866
  So could you do it…be a vegan/vegetarian for most of the day and get your meat, cheese, and eggs on at the end of the day?

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