TODAY   |  May 03, 2013

Mark Bittman: Eat vegan before 6 p.m. to lose weight

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman talks about the diet that helped him lose more than 35 pounds by eating vegan food before 6 p.m. and shares some of his favorite healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

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>>> you could eat whatever you wanted after 6:00 in the afternoon every day and still look and feel your best? "new york times" columnist mark bittman is ready to share what helped him drop more than 35 pounds. he wrote about it in vb 6, eat vegan before 6:00 to lose weight and restore your health and feel good." you're moving into more of a weight loss category. it worked for you. why will it work forverybody else?

>> weight loss and overall health. the idea is basically change the proportion of foods in your diet so that you eat more plants. the science is to be healthy we need a more plant-based diet. vb6 is a strategy to do that.

>> is it just a line to sell a book or can you truly eat anything you want to eat after 6:00 in the evening? can you?

>> i staed doing this six years ago so it's maintained my weight. i eat food like the food we're going to look at here this morning, all day long and then at night i eat whatever i want.

>> let's start with breakfast, a lot of us eat bad things for breakfast, get the day off to a bad start. you want us to start with breakfast pilaf. what's in it?

>> you can eat anything from smoothies to fruit salads. this is a great hot breakfast, brown rice , apples and raisins here, put them in.

>> apples now?

>> yep, half of them i think is better, we'll use the other half later. and some spices, ginger, cinnamon, all spice, salt, and water and that cooks for half an hour or so, pretty much undisturbed, and then you have --

>> i'm going to reach over and take a taste.

>> you have this really nice kind of advanced porridge.

>> it's good, serve it warm. okay for lunch we have got creamed mushrooms on toast. i hear the word creamed and i think that's not good for you.

>> this is awesome. most people love sauteed mushrooms so you get these nice and crisp and then you puree white beans, they can be canned, with some water and you get this beautiful creamy --

>> there's no cream cream in there.

>> no, you get this beautiful creamy bean puree, garlic, thyme, parsley and that's what your result looks like.

>> in particular bread you have to serve to stay on the diet?

>> whole grain is best, yes.

>> perfect, let's move back here.

>> just make sure we don't set the set on fire.

>> snacks are a big problem for a lot of people trying to lose weight , they eat the wrong things. i eat chips, i eat cookies, i eat ice cream . this is something you suggest called spiked d guacamole.

>> radish, lettuce, tomato, scallions, jalapenos, super chunky.

>> carrot candy and?

>> creamsicles with orange and tofu.

>> thank you. down to savannah and tamron.

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