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Vegan before 6

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I could not love Mark Bittman more.  I love this concept, and I want to try it.  Go and read this article right now, then rush right back here and tell me if you’re as excited about it as I am.

I would take it one step farther and say that meat once or twice a week is plenty, but I think for a lot of people, just going down to meat once per day would be a good first step.  Anyone want to try this with me?

By the way, this hits a LOT of my categories.

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2 thoughts on “Vegan before 6

  1. I thought that was an amazing idea. I have been looking for a diet that makes sense. Mark Bittman’s VB6 looks incredible.

    I plan on starting today. I’m going to the store to get his book. I’ve never been a vegetarian before let alone a vegan. But I think I can do this.

    How has it worked for you?

    • Hi Bernardo,
      It’s ironic that you ask, because a comment on that very article that I linked to about Vegan Before 6 led me to read about the Weston A Price Foundation, which led me to read Nourishing Traditions, which led me to realize some serious problems with being a full-time vegan.

      We do eat vegetarian pretty frequently; I’d say we have meat for dinner 3-4 times per week and that’s about it. But we’re really into some decidedly non-vegan things like bone broth, butter, and eggs.

      One of the main problems with being a vegan is that many people resort to eating “vegan junk food” — and believe me there is a lot of that — because actually preparing balanced vegan meals 3 times a day is a LOT of work, unless you have a personal chef.

      I was a vegetarian for 8 years and I ended up eating a lot more carbs than I should have. I lost weight, but mostly through major exercise efforts (running marathons) and portion control.

      Now that I get more animal protein in my diet, I am having a much easier time maintaining the weight that I’ve lost, and I don’t keep up even near the exercise schedule that I used to before having kids.

      I can’t really rip on Bittman’s plan though, as long as it’s done consciously and well. If it means you’re eating tons of vegetables and fruit all day, then having a sensible animal protein-based dinner, that sounds reasonable to me. It if means you’re filling up all day on chips and fake meat, not so much.

      It’s all about moderation, right?

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