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Could you be Vegan before 6 p.m.?

What's a vegetable-starved population to do? We could follow the example of Mark Bittman, one of the strongest advocates for finding your inner vegetable fan.

Still largely an omnivore as he completed his vegetarian cookbook, the prolific food writer and columnist for the New York Times Bittman says he didn't make the big change in his diet until he (a) saw statistics about the environmental impact of large-scale livestock production; and (b) recognized, as he turned 57, that he had high cholesterol, high blood sugar, sleep apnea, bad knees and 35 extra pounds. "My doctor said, 'I think you should become a vegan,' " Bittman says, referring to a diet that includes no animal products.

"That's when I decided to try the 'vegan before 6' thing," he says. "It worked for me."

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By Jodi Westrick  |  April 14, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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wow...85% 'no'! I've been a full-time vegan for a year- it's actually not that hard! It's fun and you feel better about you diet and body. I think people don't really know what you eat without animal products...I can eat all the same things everyone else does (cream cheese, 'chicken,' etc) except it's made from different things. and of course lots of fruits and veggies.
a year ago I would have said no too, but it's really been the best decision I've ever made.

Posted by: vrose | April 15, 2010 8:53 AM

I'm also vegan and don't find it difficult, except at some restaurants (cheese and cream are added to many dishes to make them seem richer, and restaurants are sometimes forgetful about requests to leave them out). I find it easy to eat vegan when cooking at home or if eating at Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Ethiopian or Mediterranean restaurants. And in the Washington area, you can get non-dairy cheese pizza at zpizza, Pizza Paradiso, Ducelli's, Ella's, Washington Deli...

Eating vegan is an adjustment if you're eating a diet heavy in meat, cheese and processed foods, but this is also why veganism can be so healthful -- a well-planned vegan diet tends to be based on the staples that all of us should be eating anyway (less-processed foods with an emphasis on vegetables, fruit, lean protein, healthy fat and whole grains).

I find that what I can eat as a vegan is varied and delicious, especially when I cook for myself. I eat so many kinds of vegetables and fruits, whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat, oats, quinoa), legumes (soybeans, peas, endless varieties of beans and lentils), mushrooms, and tasty nuts and seeds like almonds, pecans, walnuts, sesame, flax seeds, cashews and hazelnuts. And one final reason I love being vegan: Vegan chocolate bars!

Posted by: shantybird | April 15, 2010 10:11 AM

I think you both mis-read the results. I'm seeing 80% answered "yes" not "no."

Posted by: heddylamar | April 15, 2010 10:53 AM

I'm just not sure what I would eat if I could not have any milk products, I like my cereal in the morning and like skim milk or non-fat yogurt with it. Also like tuna sandwiches for lunch. I am not sure why these choices of mine should be seen as unhealthy. I can certainly go without meat (except possibly for fish) before 6 but I hate soy milk and don't seen any reason to be purely vegan at any time of the day.

Posted by: catherine3 | April 15, 2010 12:16 PM

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