I would consider VA 3 (Vegan After 3) a better strategy, I no longer want to eat heavy at the end of the day. I guess the plan might work nicely for those who need to eat healthy but don't want to give up their animal products altogether.
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I agree with you, 2MonkeyCoconut. I'm reading the book now and think that combining Bittman's principles with SparkPeople's accountability and tools will be a winning combination. I'm glad that you posted!
I have purchased this book - and I think it is really good. No foods are forbidden, however, if you eat LESS (or no) processed foods, and unlimited vegetables & fruits BEFORE dinnertime (6)- whatever your dinnertime is, you will not WANT all the junk you've been craving. I've always known that I needed to eat more vegetables and fruits, and even though I always had fruit in the fridge, I would opt for what I craved, namely anything with sugar! And I could not walk into a grocery store without buying a pkg. of cookies or some ice cream. His book has some awesome ideas for making cooking simple, and cooking in bulk, thereby making you prepared for the week ahead, vegetables all ready to grab & go. I have been following this for about 2 weeks - and I can honestly say that I do NOT crave the candy bars and ice cream that have been my weaknesses. With the "daily salad bowl" I can quickly fill a tupperware bowl with a great salad of mixed greens & chopped veggies before I head out the door for the day. And knowing that I can have what I feel like for dinner, when I get home, makes eating all the fruits & veggies EASY! His book also talks about all the added sugars & salt and chemicals in our food chain - it is an excellent book, that makes a lot of sense to me. I sure would love to see a forum here dedicated to this topic.
Edited by: 2MONKEYCOCONUT at: 5/28/2014 (22:28)
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I'm 66 yrs old, seen many "diets" or "plans" or other ideas put into a book to make money for someone over all of these years, and yet there are more unhealthy and overweight people than ever before............if anything actually worked long term, it hasn't come out yet. But PT Barnum was right!!
It's Mark Bitmann's latest book. It's funny to hear him interviewed about it because he really doesn't believe in it himself. He's just trying to encourage people to try a vegan meal now and then. It's more of a cookbook than a diet-- not that there's anything wrong with that! Bitty is known for believing that cooking should be easy, so it's him giving simple, healthy recipes to show people that you don't have to eat meat and cheese at every meal.
I can't remember what radio show it was, but I heard an interview where the host was trying to pin him down and get him to say, "You *have* to avoid animal products before 6," or "animal products are really unhealthy," and he wouldn't. He kept saying, "Well, if you like cream in your coffee, and you try soy creamer and don't like it, then be vegan before 6 except for your coffee. This is just about trying new plant-based foods, not about actually becoming vegan. I don't think *that's* healthy at all."
Just from hearing him talk about it, I don't think it would work as a "diet," but I think it would be an outstanding source of ideas about how to eat more plant-based foods without feeling like it means you're condemned to eat nothing but rice, beans, and salad.
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