Mark Bittman says you can be a part-time vegan

By Glenn Yoder for The Boston Globe

Six years ago, Mark Bittman was faced by his doctor with two unsavory choices in order to address a smattering of health issues related to being overweight: surgery or drugs. Another physician recommended going vegan, but The New York Times columnist and host of Cooking Channel’s “The Minimalist” decided to compromise, building a flexible vegan diet that fit his lifestyle. In the first six weeks, he lost 15 pounds. In the next six weeks, he reduced his cholesterol and blood sugar level, cured his sleep apnea, and shed another 15 pounds. “The emphasis is on changing the proportions of what’s in your diet. Then everything else kind of follows from that,” Bittman says. “Obviously, there are political and environmental and larger implications of all of this, but I wanted to do something that didn’t confuse the issues, that said, ‘If you want to have a sort of personal food policy that’s going to improve your health, reduce your carbon footprint, probably make you feel better, this is the way to think about it.’ The science is pretty clear and this is a strategy. There are a lot of other strategies but this is a strategy that seems to be working.” On April 30, he released his latest book, “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . For Good,” detailing his experience and showing how to follow a similar path.

Q. There are a lot of common diet mistakes people make. Why is this easier to commit to?

A. Well, I think the cheating is built in. One of the first questions people ask me is “Can I put milk in my coffee? I can’t live without putting milk in my coffee.” And the fact is, I put milk in my coffee and I break the rules all the time. But it’s a common-sense thing. There’s a big difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of milk or cream in your coffee and two cheeseburgers or a large fry. Science says that we should be eating more foods from the plant kingdom and less processed food and fewer animal products. That’s pretty much clear. So this is a strategy for doing that. If you follow it 100 percent, then obviously it’s more effective in executing what we think needs to be done, but if you follow it 60 percent, you’re probably still eating twice as well than if you’re eating a sort of standard American diet. So there’s a lot of wiggle room in here and I think people need to look at the strategy and say, “How do I make this work in my life and how strict do I want to be?” Obviously if you break every rule five times a day, then you’re not doing it. So there’s got to be some adherence to the principles of the strategy, but it doesn’t seem right to say, “Do this or it doesn’t work.”

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Mark Bittman’s New Vegan Mantra Leaves Room for Play

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 10.15.11 AMBy Molly Gore for SF Weekly.

Let’s get one thing straight: Mark Bittman is not a vegan. The first thing he does, sitting down to breakfast at a beautifully curated vegan feast while on tour to promote his mostly-vegan eating manifesto, is demand some dairy.

“What do you say we send this whole vegan thing to hell and get some milk around here?” he says. On cue, dainty milk pitchers arrive, and Bittman’s coffee gets a hearty dose.

The scene is an apt introduction to the longtime New York Times food columnist’s new and entirely nondogmatic approach to eating, outlined in his new diffusively-titled book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…For Good. The book promotes a principally-vegan diet before 6 p.m., permitting reasonable freedom after that time to eat whatever you darn well please. Well, almost. He puts a few soft restrictions on the nighttime freedom, namely common sensical advice like not eating milkshakes until dawn and “all but” eliminating junk food (the “all but” being a nod to the truth that “everybody needs to break the rules sometimes”).

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I Talk VB6 with DuJour

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Today Show: VB6 with Matt Lauer

I went on the Today Show yesterday to show Matt Lauer how to be vegan before 6pm.  I shared  some of my favorite healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Screen Shot 2013-05-04 at 11.02.48 AMWatch the video here and get the recipes, here.

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The Vegan Before Dinnertime Diet on Dr. Oz

I sat down with Dr. Oz to discuss VB6 and cook up a few recipes.

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Exclusive Sneak Peek! Healthy One-Pot Meals from VB6 on iVillage

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Photo Credit: Daniel Meyer

The beauty of a one-pot meal is that you can get all your food groups in an easy to make, easy to clean up dish. It doesn’t matter if it’s vegetarian or laced with meat, a one-pot meal allows you to build textures and develop flavors in a simple manner. Pasta, tagine, stews… your options are limitless.

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Healthy, Meet Delicious

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There was a time when few of us thought about what we ate, but that’s been turned upside down since the reigning wisdom first decried salt, then cholesterol, then saturated fat, then almost all fat, then red meat, then carbohydrates and so on. Recent culprits include so many foods and foodlike substances that at least twice a week someone asks me: “What’s left to eat? I feel like nothing is safe.”

Before the end of innocence, when hyperprocessed food dominated the diet, we might eat a breakfast of Pop-Tarts or another sugary pastry, followed by a lunch of burgers, fries and a shake, and a dinner of meat-laden pizza, and feel not even a twinge of guilt. Now, almost nothing can be eaten without thinking twice.

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