There are a lot of ways to start being healthier. You can drink more water, you can move more, get to sleep earlier, cut down on sugar, cut down on refined foods, reduce the amount of soda you’re drinking… The places you can start are endless, and potentially overwhelming. It’s easy to see why some people just don’t start, or drop the idea pretty quickly….
I’m not crazy about strict diets. Deprivation leads to intense cravings, and then you’re driving to the grocery store in your pajamas at 2am because you can’t stop thinking about chocolate. I air on the side of moderation, which is why Mark Bittman’s latest book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00.
Though I’m not jumping at the bit to be vegan (I love cheese. And charcuterie plates. And an occasional bacon wrapped date.), but Bittman’s idea of eating as much greens and unprocessed foods during the day and having meat or non-vegan meals at dinner doesn’t sound like a bad idea. You can never have too many veggies!
One of Bittman’s recipes stood out to me. Bittman’s baked falafel was originally a lunch recipe, but I added the tzatziki sauce (because I love tzatziki) which makes it a dinner recipe, if you decide to follow Bittman’s lifestyle. I’ve never had baked falafel, and I love the idea of making an unhealthy recipe healthy.
If you’re interested in learning more about Vegan Before Six, get Mark Bittman’s book here.