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Mark Bittman's VB6 - My Thoughts and Some Recipe Links

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Mark Bittman’s latest book is "VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good" (forward by Dean Ornish, MD). I know some of you are rolling your eyes at the concept of only eating a plant-based diet part-time. For many people who are trying to eat healthier after a lifetime of consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD), this is a mainstream way to transition to what might someday become a full-time plant-based diet. Bittman points out in the book and in interviews that his consumption of meat and dairy products is much less these days, even after 6. He has days when he is completely vegan; one of his recent article was about vegan fast food (recipes in box on the left)
Since he began this method of eating, he has lost about 35 pounds, less than he had weighed in over 30 years. That's no small accomplishment for a professional food writer!

There’s room at the table for everyone; and along with vegan recipes, VB6 includes some healthy non-vegan meals that can easily be converted using seitan, tofu, tempeh, or beans. I am a longtime Mark Bittman fan. His recipes are straightforward and always good. You never have to worry if one of his recipes will fail if you make it as written. To make the recipes Fuhrman/Esselstyn/McDougall friendly, you need to modify them to reduce oil and salt. If you know someone who’s on the fence and isn’t willing or ready to consider something like The Engine 2 Diet or Eat to Live, this is the perfect book. If you just love delicious plant-based dishes, this is also the perfect book – just convert or skip over the few dishes that contain more than plants.

Here are some recipes:

Homemade Cold Cereal

Eggplant Un-Parmesan; Scrambled Tofu with Spinach; Steak and Broccoli Stir-Fry (use your imagination to veganize this one); Carrot Candy

Baked Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Spiked Guacamole

Breakfast Pilaf, Sweet or Savory; Creamed Mushrooms on Toast {a great recipe that includes beans as the "sauce"}; Spiked Guacamole; Vegan Creamsicles; Carrot Candy

One-Pot Pasta and Vegetables; Chickpea Ratatouille; Eggplant Un-Parmesan

Easiest Vegetable Soup www.huffingtonpos

Chickpea Ratatouille; Now-or-Later Vegan Burgers; Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches with Zesty White Bean Spread; Lentil Salad

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction

Live long plant-strong!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FIT_MELISSA 7/11/2013 9:07AM


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    I bought this book recently and I really like it for all of the reasons that you outlined. It's a great way to discipline one's self to make better choices and with the promise of a "splurge" in the evening, it feels more reasonable. And with some success, the "splurges" become more and more reasonable and healthy. He is really on to something with this approach.

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GABBY308 6/8/2013 11:26AM

    What a helpful blog! I'm not sure I can do ETL for very long so this is a good alternative. Regardless - the recipes are great!

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LADYBUG0805 6/7/2013 8:46AM

    For some people this is a great way to start to eat nutrient dense, especially those who would never consider a plan like Eat to Live, Enging 2 Diet and Forks over Knives.
Great review!

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CYND59 6/6/2013 2:57PM

    Sounds like a book I just might have to read!

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ARKPLE 6/6/2013 12:26PM

    I saw Bittman promote this on TV. As long as people realize they should NOT go non-plant-based overboard after 6 PM, I think it's fine. It is not free reign to overdo it with meat and processed foods post 6 PM! Love that you reviewed this. xo

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LADY_MARIANA 6/6/2013 12:25PM

    Thank you for the review! I, too, really love Mark Bittman's work and have several of his books. I'll probably get this one as well.

And thank you for all of the links!

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