General Diet Plans and Questions - Vegan Before 6

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05-03-2013, 01:59 PM
Has anyone read the new book by Mark Bittman Vegan Before 6? I saw him on the Doctor Oz show. It sounds interesting and doable.

05-03-2013, 02:19 PM
I am so sorry I missed the show, as I have the book is on order. It should arrive today! I'm doing intermittent fasting and will not do the "vegan before 6" thing, but I am switching over to a plant based diet and he gives great tips for doing so in a healthy way. I really like Mark Bittman's writings, and I heard the recipes in this book are real simple and tasty.

05-03-2013, 02:37 PM
I eat mostly a veg diet. It can be hard at times. I may go up to the book store over the weekend and take a peek at what's inside it, then decide if I "need" another vegan book.

His recipes that I did see, looked great.

05-03-2013, 06:40 PM
1. Write a list of the benefits that you expect to accomplish with your new diet. Many convert to vegan/vegetarian diets for health or weight loss reasons. Others do so to reduce their impact on the environment or to detach themselves from the unethical slaughtering of animals that is implicit in the meat industry. Yet others, like myself, convert due to philosophical reasons or because they simply feel more "right with the world" as a vegan/vegetarian. Whatever your reason, get in touch with the new you.

2. Recognize that some compromises will have to be made. The food you eat will likely be different from the food that many of your family, friends and close colleagues will eat. Prepare yourself to explain that your conversion is important to you and that you will not judge them, nor do you expect to be judged by them.

3. Many find that getting comfortable on a lacto-ovo (including dairy and egg food items) vegetarian diet for a few months helps before the full conversion to a vegan diet is helpful. Be prepared to lose a few pounds of bodyweight while you experiment with new foods. If you have already gotten used to tofu and other soy products such as temper and textured vegetable protein (TVP), you are ahead of the game. If not, don't fear; you will find that these products (they are readily available in health food and large grocery stores) can be made to closely resemble and taste like their meat counterparts, reducing the change you will have to experience.

4. Search the Internet for vegan/vegetarian recipes. Though restaurants are becoming increasingly accommodating of vegan/vegetarian diets, one of the benefits for me in the early years was the necessity of preparing many of my own meals made me a better cook and I saved money compared to eating out. There are also many vegan cookbooks that are readily available.

5. If improved health was one of your motivations for your conversion to a vegan/vegetarian diet, recognize that you still must be mindful of the quality of the ingredients in your food. Try to utilize whole grains and pastas; use cooking oils high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as hemp, olive or flax oils; avoid sugars and glucose (yes, including honey) and other simple carbohydrates like processed grains as much as possible; ensure you get enough protein from beans, legumes, nuts and related products (consider a plant-based protein supplement if your diet is calorie-restricted).

6. Cast a shining light of health and happiness. You are making the world a better place. Your food choices protect the spirit of life.

05-03-2013, 06:50 PM
zkh, what a great post!

I am doing it mainly for health reasons, although least harm to animals is such a nice plus.

"Your food choices protect the spirit of life." Beautiful!

Suzanne 3FC
05-09-2013, 07:29 PM
I've read VB6 and have followed Bittman's VB6 program since he first mentioned it a couple of years ago in "Food Matters". I don't eat any animal products most of the day, but will allow some seafood with dinner.

I think the plan makes sense and it's easy to follow :)

05-11-2013, 11:40 AM
I actually just had a copy sent to me earlier this week... and to be honest I wasn't all that interested in it.... But I like Mark, so I'm going to give it a second look this weekend... and I think I'm going to try it out to see what kind of results I can get with it...