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Mark Bittman Talks Up Part-Time Veganism (and Delivers 3 Easy Recipes)

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It all started with a prescription from his doctor, but not for a drug.

“You should probably become a vegan,” New York Times food writer Mark Bittman says his doctor told him. That was six years ago. Then 57, Bittman says he was 40 pounds overweight, and his cholesterol and blood sugar which had always been normal, had moved into the “danger zone.”

Bittman had built his career around food, and being a vegan didn’t appeal to him, as he recounted this week on KQED’s Forum. “I wanted … something do-able, something I could stick with,” he said.

He hatched the idea of being vegan until dinner — “you’re only postponing gratitude” until then.

It seems to have worked. Today, he’s 35 pounds lighter and he says his blood sugar and cholesterol are back in the normal range.

Now he has recounted his experience in a new book, “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Restore Your Health and Lose Weight … for Good.Continue reading