Sunday, August 28, 2016

Eat Your Veggies! (and beans and seeds)

The End of Dieting, by Joel Fuhrman MD
VB6 (Eat Vegan Before 6:00), by Mark Bittman

Both of these books advocate an alternative to SAD eating, or the Standard American Diet:  eating more nutrient rich veggies, beans, seeds, fruits and nuts. Promised benefits are weight loss, more energy, and better all-round health. 

Fuhrman suggests limiting animal fats and proteins to 5% of the overall diet. His Nutritarian approach is to eat as much as you want of nutrient rich food. These ‘G-bombs’ include greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds (chia, flax, hemp, sesame). No refined foods, like white sugar, flour, or rice.

Bittman is less extreme, suggesting the evening meal can include moderate amounts of animal proteins and fats, and that over time people will gravitate naturally to less and less animal proteins.

I can imagine a week or two of the eating vegan, provided all the meals were prepared for me. In reality though, even eating vegan just before 6 has been a challenge, especially once the weekend hits. 

Little changes are easy to make, like swapping out almond milk for dairy. But give up cheese and butter?? As the old joke goes, I might not live longer, but it sure would feel longer.

Had some great vegan and vegetarian food this past weekend at the Rectory Cafe: a pico de gallo, chili verde and a compressed watermelon salad. The watermelon looked like tuna, and was caked with black and white sesame seeds. Gorgeous to look at and absolutely delicious. 

Seems complicated to compress watermelon at home but I'll have to give it a try someday.

Meanwhile, I think this would be easy enough to get in the habit of prepping and eating:

Overnight Oatmeal
Serves 3
1/4 cup raisins and/or other chopped dried fruits
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
3 cups fresh chopped fruit or frozen mixed berries

Place all ingredients except fruit in a container and refrigerate overnight to soften. If using fresh fruit, may want to add that just before serving.

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