Originally posted 7/27/10
I talk to all of my patients about their diets. We review their typical meals, their favorite snacks, their beverages, the foods that they can’t live without. We figure out a program that they can follow that will move them in the direction of a healthier lifestyle. I can promise you that a plant-based, whole food, low fat diet is the healthiest. Some patients just need help choosing a healthier snack. But some of my patients are eating terrifically unhealthy diets, and a complete overnight turnaround is not reasonable. For those patients, I recommend being vegan before dinner.
We’ve talked about this on a previous blog, where people choose to avoid anything with a face until after 6 pm. This YouTube video, sent by a faithful blog reader, talks about being a weekday vegan. I won’t tell you that eating animals two days a week is going to make you as healthy as not ever eating animals. Research does confirm that obtaining 95% of your calories from plants is as good as obtaining 100%. So if a little bit of animal protein sneaks into your diet on occasion, there is probably not much harm in that.
I don’t think being a weekday vegan is good enough, but adding animal-free days on a regular schedule to your diet will probably lead to reductions in animal consumption on your regular days, as Mark Bittman found when he adopted the vegan before dinner diet plan. Try eating less animals, on your way to eating little or no animals. Just don’t dawdle around for too long.