Sunday, September 23, 2012

Trying something new - Vegan Before Six

Last Wednesday I went to go see Mark Bittman talk in downtown Seattle. I have been a fan of his for some time, and sometimes not so much, so I was excited to hear what he had to say in person. Truth be told, I was under impressed with his presentation, but I did come away from his talk with something that I have applied to my daily life, and expect to do so for at least a month to see if it has any impact.

At the end of his talk, Bittman realized that he had a couple of minutes to tell a story that was more of an aside to his regular script. He told the audience that a few years ago he went to his doctor 40 pounds over weight, unable to comfortably do his regular exercises, and feeling rather sluggish. His doctor told him his cholesterol and blood sugar were out of whack and that he needed to loose some weight.

So what did he do? He decided, as a food writer, a chef, and all around foodie, that he couldn't go on any kind of elimination diet, and that there was no way that he could or even wanted to give up all of the food that he loved. What he was willing to do, however, was become a vegan before six.


What he meant by this is that he cut out dairy, meat, and animal proteins during the day, then, at 6:00pm, he ate as he normally did. This apparently worked for him because six weeks after that earlier doctor's visit, he had lost 25 pounds.

This intrigued me. As a foodie and a mom who refuses to cook more than one meal at a time, this also made a lot of sense. I haven't been able to come up with a plan for myself that seemed doable, but the idea of eating around my cheese drawer in the daytime seemed like it could be easily done. So, for the last four days I have been following the idea of being vegan before six.

If you do the math, Bittman lost an average of 4+ pounds a week. In my four days at it, I have yet to see that kind of weight loss, but what I have noticed is just how much dairy I was consuming. As my family and friends can tell you, I am a cheesehead. I love, love, love cheese, so much so that I have always thought that becoming a cheese monger would be a dream job (there's still time for that.) I have also noticed that I am just eating less, which is probably a surefire way to drop some pounds.

Yes, friends, I am officially fat. I'm not the kind of pudgy that you can pass off as 'just a little extra' or even 'curvy.' Mama has gotten off balance in the food department (Lorelei hasn't, though. I've made sure of that.) So, I need to make some changes without rocking my already-wobbly boat too much, and so far, I've been able to wrap my brain around this idea.

We'll see if I drop any weight. I'll keep you posted. And, no, I'm not going to tell you how much I weigh now or share a before picture. I'll share those details when they are in my past... you nosey bunch, you.

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