Half Vegan

Goood morning!

This is how I felt when I woke up:

Hopefully that’s not how I looked. Eh, it probably was. Who else is glad it’s Thursday?!


I woke up craving waffles. You need to try Van’s waffles if you haven’t already. They’re convenient, delicious and pack a decent nutritional punch. My only complaint is that they don’t come with more in the package. Wah wahh.

I topped one with PB + Banana which always makes me happy. I call this the pb-nana-waffle-wich. Creative, huh?

Half Vegan

The other day I stumbled upon an article by Mark Bittman. If you don’t know about this food expert, please read about him. He wrote Food Matters, which is about eating sanely, judiciously and consciously. I still haven’t gotten around to reading it, but it’s at the top of my book list.

The article I read was entitled “Vegan Before Dinnertime.” Yes, it’s from 2009 and yes, I’m probably living under a rock, so if you’ve heard about this already, skip over this. Bittman had developed high cholesterol and blood sugar, so he decided to change his diet completely. Instead of eating the same all day, he used a “vegan til 6″ plan; up until dinner he ate only fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. At dinner he ate whatever he wanted, including any and all forms of animal products (the guy tends to eat a ton of pate). He lost 35 pounds within a few months and his levels decreased drastically.

I thought this was really interesting. While I could never go vegan, (sorry to you vegans out there!) eating that cleanly during the day is something to think about. I’m not sure if I could live without cheese during my lunch, but it’s a revolutionary thought, to me. Bittman was pretty much what I would call a half vegan. Crazy, right?

So, would you do this diet? Would you be a half vegan?

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Hi! I'm Alexa, and I'm a 27-year-old living and working in Elmsford, NY. I dream about food, cooking and could bake all day long if you let me. If you have any suggestions, comments, or just want to say hi, send me an email: alexa@simpleeatsfood.com.
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16 Responses to Half Vegan

  1. First off, that waffle sandwich looks like heaven. And being vegan during the day? I’m like you – I could never be vegan full time and I’m not sure I could go without dairy all day. It’s a neat idea though!

  2. Christina says:

    Hey girl-I’m under a different name now fyi!

    Yeah, I agree- that peanut butter waffle sandwich looks amazing. peanut butter and banana never gets old!

    I have always wanted to try eating vegan just for one day and see how I like it! Very good post!

  3. Courtney says:

    I would definitely like to try that diet! sounds like a good idea that still allows me to eat chocolate :P

  4. Love the waffle sandwich! That is totally something I would chow down on!

    As far as the part-time vegan diet goes, it sounds great to me! I tend to eat vegetarian before dinner and sometimes skip meat products altogether! It really does help me get more fruits and vegetables in during the day :D.

  5. Jordan says:

    Wow…I don’t know if I could do that either!! I usually always have meat and cheese in a sandwich/wrap at lunch or I’ll eat a greek yogurt + cereal combo. I’ve tried to just go meatless for a day and have even struggled with that! The vegan life is definitely not something I can see myself succeeding at!
    P.S. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have waffles, PB and banana for breakfast tomorrow. That looks insanely delicious.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I always love your puppy pics! Vegan before dinner is a neat idea. Let us know if you decide to try it!

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  8. I could probably do vegan for half the day, if I tried. I like that it gives you some flexibility. Sometimes vegan just seems so strict! Great idea.

  9. I was vegan for a couple of years and support the lifestyle from an ethical point of view (environmental impact, poverty reduction, animal welfare…)

    However, it ruined eating out (even with pre-conversations restaurants almost always messed up until I came to dread eating out, which is something I love), had me miss out on social invites (friends felt unable to invite me to meals at the last minute because they didn’t have food for me), and made it harder to get confectionery and cakes (I’ve got a sweeeet tooth).

    Eventually I felt that I was compromising my quality of life too much. My solution is to be vegetarian and to cook only vegan food (I cook all my meals at home from scratch. I don’t like processed food).

    It works for me though I sometimes feel that I’ve let the vegan community down because I’m not out there fighting the good fight in restaurants, shops etc.

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