Part time vegan

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While generally a meat lover, I wrote a piece recently on this blog in which I discussed how I had fallen out of love with meat and was adopting more of a vegetable-based diet. A new ‘diet’ movement is emerging along these lines and is championed by best selling author, Mark Bittman. Bittman, in his book Eat Vegan Before 6.00, advocates adopting a vegan diet, but only until dinner, when the diner is free to eat as she or he pleases.

Part-time veganism is an excellent way to approach healthy eating. Although fans of the Paleo diet will disagree, a diet high in meat, particularly processed meats such as bacon, ham and sausage, as well as fatty cuts of meats, places much strain on the digestion system. Adopting a vegan attitude for two of three meals per day encourages us to up our intake of fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and wholegrains. Reducing the amount of meat in the diet is also an excellent way to cut down on calories, thereby encouraging weight loss in the process.

Of course, forgoing meat isn’t a green light to consuming more processed carbohydrates, such as breads and cakes. It simply offers an opportunity for the body to get its much needed nutrients from plant based sources. This brings into play the ‘crowding out’ method, whereby our plate is so filled with vegetables that they ‘crowd out’ other less desirable forms of food.

If you are toying with the idea of vegetarianism or veganism, skipping meat at breakfast and dinner (and at snack time) is a great way to begin to reduce the amount of meat in your diet. You may feel lighter and lose some weight along the way too.