Eat– for Good Health

Some diet ideas are worthy, and some are not.  I endorse Mark Bittman’s Vegan Before 6:00 PM. Doesn’t he look happy in the photo below? 

Six years ago, Mark Bittman’s weight, blood pressure and blood sugar were creeping into the danger zone.

The man who gave us “How to Cook Everything” and took viewers on a PBS tour in “Best Recipes in the World” has always indulged and eaten well. But as with many people, middle age and his diet caught up with him. His doctor made a radical suggestion: Consider becoming a vegan.  It was a blunt wake-up call for the New York Times columnist and bestselling cookbook author.  As someone who has built a career writing about food, Bittman wasn’t inclined to go all or nothing. He didn’t want to do pills, either. Taking stock of what he knew, he came up with Vegan Before 6:00. Focusing on increasing the intake of vegetables, fruits and legumes, he cut out junk food. Keeping things in check during the day, he culled a flexible diet cutting out animal products before dinner while allowing for indulgences in the evening.

Now 35 pounds lighter, he’s in better health and sharing this mindful “semi-vegan” approach.



10 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, this does force a person to concentrate of fruits and vegetables for most of the day. Good idea!

  2. Reba Studebaker

    Sure, Mary Alice, but I have a vegan friend who eats candy if it doesn’t contain dairy. You guessed it. She’s overweight.

  3. Rud Row

    Being a healthy vegan takes some planning when you’re new at it. For those people, a Kashi frozen vegan entrée (350 calories) can be toted to work and microwaved in the office kitchen.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Hi Mary Alice, Reba, Janessa, and Rud,
    I like the idea of eating non-animal products for much of the time. Why clog our arteries and plump our fat cells? Plant fats have the opposite effect.

  5. Rud Row

    NO SECRETS HERE AT PETALS IN THE GAZEBO. Truth is revealed! Okay, friends, let me reveal who I am– yes, a pen name of Kathleen. I am a younger version of herself. A pen name must fit with the real author person but represent a style of write. Rudyard Rowland writes New Adult, the ages between 18 and the early thirties.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    Are you wondering why I chose this name? After all, Rud Row is a young woman with a guy’s name. “She” doesn’t like her name. On “her” website she will talk about why she wishes she had a more normal name. In my case my last name (maiden name) was Pugh. That’s right. My nicknames were Stinky, Pughie, and Pugh-bird. Introductions always brought a laugh. What? Your name is really Pugh?

  7. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen and Rud Row– pretty cool idea. And someone with an off-putting name never makes fun of people’s physical appearance or other weirdness. Most people know I’m missing a foot. I look pretty nice in spite of that.

  8. Reba Studebaker

    Mary Alice, you’re gorgeous. I’m in awe of how well you do everything. Of course you’re husband spoils you.

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