To be totally honest: sometimes I struggle with being vegan. I occasionally crave meat (especially when I’m training), I like pizza and fro yo (and do not love vegan cheese or soy-gurt), and I’m human, just like the rest of us — which means I fall off track. That being said, I love this article by Mark Bittman, who has adopted the Vegan Before 6:00 philosophy of eating.
I’ve found that structuring a new way of eating around time increased my awareness of the choices I’m making and helped me balance those choices. And at some point my preferences changed, and I really understood—on a gut level—that animal products should be occasional.
I hesitate to call VB6 a diet, but that’s exactly what it is: a regimen that fosters good eating habits that will help you lose or maintain your weight and give you more energy. I had been in a running slump for nearly a dozen years before I started eating this way, but I’ve returned to my routine with gusto—and finished three marathons in the past five years. Instead of a quick fix, VB6 is utterly sustainable. Really, you give up nothing; you just eat and feel better.
So instead of beating myself up about dietary mishaps (let’s be real, my stomach does that for me), I may explore Bittman’s latest idea.
Some of the most compelling evidence of the effects of meat and dairy foods arises when we stop eating them. Increasing numbers of individuals resolve their pain (arthritic, migraine, cardiac) when they avoid dairy food. And switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet with little or no added salt, sugar and fat, produces astounding health benefits. This dietary lifestyle can prevent and even reverse 70% to 80% of existing, symptomatic disease, with an equivalent savings in health-care costs for those who comply.
But no argument is complete without a rebuttal. View both sides here.
Our bakers are so pumped that pumpkin season’s upon us that they made it the theme for this week’s special. Come into our NYC or LA bakeries between now and Thursday, mention this post at the counter and get this superb Pumpkin, Maple-Glazed Donut for 20% off. Believe me, this donut is way legit.
My favorite bakery has a Tumblr. And is doling out donuts and discounts. Me gusta.
Thoughts of going vegan—meaning eschewing all animal byproducts such as eggs, honey and cow’s milk—can scare off the uninitiated. But doing it for even just part of the day can have serious health (and perhaps some aesthetic) benefits.