My lovely colleagues recently enlightened me to a new trend: Vegan before 6. Interestingly, this is something I’d been thinking about this week on my own!
I’m the cook in the house and frankly, I enjoy the meats. But also, Sweetheart does some serious gym workouts in the late afternoons and comes home craving animal protein for his bulging, manly muscles. As I’ve ramped up my own workouts, I’ve found having chicken, fish or beef for dinner the night before a big SPIN class gives me a lot more energy and endurance the next morning.
There are almost always leftovers, and I found myself eating them the next day for lunch on top of a salad and then sometimes again for another dinner with Sweetheart. But then, that can mean I’m eating red meat, for example, twice a day for several days. Not ok — for my health or for the environment.
“Flexitarianism” is conscientious without being doctrinaire, and it allows for discipline as well as gentle flexibility and forgiveness.
Enter Mark Bittman, author of the Minimalist cookbooks and regular contributor for the New York Times. He’s been making the rounds promoting his new book, “Vegan Before 6″, which promotes the idea of “flexitarianism”. I like it! It’s conscientious without being doctrinaire. And it allows for discipline as well as gentle flexibility and forgiveness.
I’m easing into it by going lacto-vegetarian before 6, as opposed to vegan. Especially since I’m in the middle of moving into my new home in Providence, RI (!!!) and don’t yet have any of my pots and pans, I wanna take it easy on myself by allowing cheese, cottage cheese, etc.
The wonderful hipster vegetarian cooking blog, Hot Knives, is making the idea of eating vegetarian and vegan a lot easier. With recipes like fake Easter lamb (Maitake mushrooms!), searing hot cast iron skillet tricks and O.M.F.G. how to make your own nut milks, I’ve found what I’ve been looking for.
Looking forward to buying their new cookbook, Lust for Leaf, when the financial wounds of moving back to the East Coast heal a bit. Definitely check it out and let me know what you think!
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