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Mark Bittman says go vegan and never diet again

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New York Times food writer and bestselling author shares his vegan diet switch in a new book, VB6.

Bittman is promoting his new book VB6, his take and experience with the (before 6 p.m.) vegan lifestyle via social and print media.

Mark Bittman made switched from an animal based diet to a plant based diet after a recommendation from his longtime physician. Bittman says he did not adhere to the suggestion immediately. He made a compromise. He promised to be a vegan before 6 p.m. During vegan hours, Bittman said he also cut down on "hyper-processed foods like pasta, white bread and junk food."

After 6 p.m., Bittman said he had whatever he wanted (sometimes), in moderation. In the course of making the switch, Bittman advises those considering vegan diets to realize that vegan diets are not diets of "self denial and monotony." Bittman also says that vegan dieting is not all brown rice and tofu. As a sample, he recommends a few of the following foods for diverse and satisfying vegan dining.

Bittman also noted that with vegan dieting, he lost the 35 pounds he wanted. He also says dieting isn't necessary where good vegan recipes are at the core.

Morning and Fruit and oat mix (Gorp or trail mix):

Hold fruit mix in a bowl. Toast old fashioned rolled oats in a large skillet over medium heat. Add peanuts, almonds, cashews, or pistachios, whichever is desired. Then add pumpkin seed kernels and a 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes. Mix total ingredients. The end result is what Bittman calls "Good Morning Gorp" medley of fruit, oits and nuts.

Other foods that Bittman recommends are whole wheat coconut pancakes made from scratch, pasta with white beans and escarole, black bean fajitas (add child pepper, canned black beans, 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. Heat olive oil, 1 large onion, 2 thinly sliced bell peppers and a couple of hot chile peppers. Add a little minced garlic and cumin. Stir and cook.

Check out Bittman's vegan recipes here.

After research, Bittman discovered that vegan dieting is good for the environment, and taught him to regard treats as occasional indulgences.

For many, sodas, cake, donuts, sweets and sugar foods are everyday necessities, when in fact, they are the unhealthy alternative to providing the body nutrients it needs to stay healthy and regenerate healthy cells.

(Prevention Magazine, July 2013).

Follow Mark Bittman on Twitter @bittman