I read an article recently in the New York Times, "Vegan Before Dinnertime," and the title really captured my attention and got me thinking. This partial dietary restriction is how Mark Bittman, author of Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating With More Than 75 Recipes, lives. During the day, he loads up on fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole grains, steering clear of white bread, dairy, eggs, and meat. When dinner rolls around at 6 p.m. — anything goes. Allowing himself to indulge at one meal makes it easier for him to stick to his vegan diet the rest of the day, which has helped him drop 35 pounds and lower his cholesterol.
Deciding to make a healthy change to your diet or lifestyle can be difficult if you have an all-or-nothing attitude. So what do you think about being healthy most of the day, and allowing yourself to splurge during one meal? Do you think this tactic would be effective for you, or do you think you'd end up indulging too much during that one meal?