mark bittman's new book vb6 (vegan before 6pm) came out on april 30 and i've been reading bits and pieces on the subway. i recently re-watched forks over knives on a flight back to nyc and i daresay it remains one of the most life-changing documentaries i've seen. the thought of a vegan diet literally reversing disease is not surprising to me, but cold hard evidence of it actually doing so is reassurance that our health care system may not actually being going to hell in a hand basket. or maybe that's the other way around? rather, the more important question remains... why are so many doctors prescribing lipitor instead of a whole-foods plant based diet?
vegetarianism has always been an easy choice and i've never felt the push to go vegan. honestly, i still don't feel a push to go vegan though there are days when i look back and realize two of my meals were completely animal-free in every way. bittman's new book suggests eating a vegan diet on a daily basis up until 6pm, when you are then allowed a free meal of whatever you choose. chances are you will start to make wiser choices after 6pm, but steak for dinner is just fine too. his have your cake and eat it too experiment was enough to quickly reverse his high cholesterol without the use of drugs amongst other perks including weight loss, etc. granted, a lot of diets could do the same but his focus was on choosing a healthier lifestyle all together.
one of my most dreaded assignments as a nutrition intern was teaching a class to patients and their family members who had just been through open heart surgery. i was given the material to cover as well as those plastic food replicas that are supposed to help you with portion size or whatever. according to the "material" i was recommending a lot of grilled chicken, fish, and i can't believe it's not butter! spray slathered on your vegetables. granted this was six years ago and the whole-foods movement hadn't necessarily caught on, but i had a hard time advising anyone to use fake butter spray, or even meat for that matter. to make a long story very short, i was
have we finally come far enough to be prescribed a plant based diet as opposed to medication?
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