Without reviewing the book, Bittman was on the cusp of being diabetic and his doctor gave him the option of insulin shots or figure out something healthy to alter his lifestyle. He chose door number two.
That was six years ago and he’s lost weight and has kept it off (note: he also runs several times a week). So long story short, he wrote this book, VB6 (vegan before 6 pm). His theory is to not deny yourself of social situations or if you crave bacon or steak or pie, but eat it in moderation at dinner.
Intrigued I bought the book and read it in only a few short days. I liked it because there was not a lot of science. I glaze over when long paragraphs are too scientific. Fortunately, it’s not pop culture either but what I consider to be good information why eating less meat and more vegetables/fruits/plants and whole grains is a good thing for me and the planet. And while there are recipes — they’re loosely constructed with many substitutions and much variety.
I cannot say I follow it 100% because I still use protein powder made from whey (dairy) during the day but I stopped buying cheese and meat. I still have some fish, seafood, yogurt, and eggs in the refrigerator but consume far less and only have at dinner, and not every day. I even switched from half + half in my coffee to soy cream without a hiccup.
I’m used to a lot of protein as I followed the Atkins Diet for awhile. I thought I would be more hungry but so far that’s not case.
So in an attempt to eat more fresh and local vegetables, I went to the St. Phillips Farmers Market today and bought the above bounty — organic carrots (ate half of one/tasted like candy), mint (will add to iced green tea/likes how it makes my refrigerator smell), spicy greens (to be lightly sauteed perhaps with mushrooms), a bunch of bodacious green onions, heirloom cherry tomatoes (sweet!), and a bag of mixed veggies for more stir-fry (perhaps with wild caught shrimp).
Do you go to the farmers markets? If so, which markets are your favorites? What are your favorite summer vegetables in season?