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VB6: A Recipe Book That Will Change Your Life
No, it's NOT a diet book but it can change your life
That's a pretty tall claim, isn't it? That a recipe book can change your life? Well, it can.Truly. And it doesn't matter how young or old you are, what your general health is like OR what kind of foods you like to eat.
It seems like a miracle but it's true. This honestly isn't a diet book. You can enjoy an enormous range of foods. And at the same time, your health will improve, as will your skin, your hair and your general feeling of wellbeing.
Really. You see, what Mark Bittman explains in this book is that we have structure to almost everything we do in life. But few of us do when it comes to eating. It can be something of a haphazard affair. So it IS a diet? Nope.
A sample day
How about starting the day with apple-oat muffins? Then for lunch, some creamy tomato soup with breadsticks. By all means have a snack - try garlic tortillas or Spanish-style chickpea dip with carrots. But of course, there's always dinner too. How about Tuscan chicken stew? Or beef stew with pistachios, beets and brown rice?
I bet you weren't expecting this. There are lots of desserts to choose from. Try chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies or banana-hazelnut-chocolate ice cream. And this is actually good for you and can change your life? Yes.
We all know
Despite our aches and pains, high blood pressure, overweight or whatever, we persist in eating the wrong foods. Why is that? Many people tut-tut when they see others smoking a cigarette - 'those things kill' they say. But eating the wrong foods somehow isn't seen in the same way.I wonder why? We all know what's good for us and what isn't. We know:
- That aches and pains in the knee and hip joints are probably caused by being overweight
- That if we have high cholesterol that cheese-loaded pizza isn't going to help the situation
- That diabetes and other illnesses can be solved by the correct diet
- That taking drugs for ailments rarely cures them
- That processed foods are so bad for us
- That no-one wants to count calories or points and that diets are boring, unsatisfying and don't work
So try this book. It's not a diet. It lets you eat incredibly well (even chocolate!), there are no restrictions about eating out, frozen and canned convenience foods aren't banned by any means, you can drink alcohol, there's no need to become vegetarian or vegan and you'll find no nutritional information that you need to study.
The proof of the ... um ... pudding
The author has been eating in this way for seven years and the health benefits have been huge. What's more, he has enjoyed his food more than before.
He offers three hundred and fifty brilliant recipes in this book and we've been following it for only three weeks now. Mark Bittman says that it took just short of two months for him to see the benefits.
Three weeks in and I'm seeing the benefits already.
You have to try this - you won't regret it
Meet the author See...
Meet the author
See this energetic, lively and healthy man (in his sixties) talking about how this book can change your life. He explains that:
- Yes, you can cheat
- If you have a fast food burger once in a while, that's fine
- That he never managed to give up cream in his coffee
What's more, see a sample day's food - including steak, baked potato and wine :)
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Learn more from Mark Bittman about how to make this way of eating work for you.
Here's more information about this way of eating.
Please don't be alarmed by the word 'vegan' in the title - I could no more be vegan than I could be a brain surgeon.
The basic premise is that during the day, we should eat plant and grain foods before six in the evening - and remember that includes muffins, fresh blackberry jam on toast, spoonbread and smoothies.
Here are a couple of suggestions for items that you'll find helpful for your new way of eating.
For our new beginning,I decided to get new dinnerware too. And it had to be white. Why?
Well one reason is that chefs invariably prefer to serve food using white plates and bowls because then the food itself stands out. But more than that - this way of eating uses pure foods and the pure white of the dinnerware was lovely reminder that we are eating clean and pure food.
There is absolutely NO need to buy any special appliances use this excellent book but starting a new way of eating is a great excuse for getting one or two new small appliances.I find that the recipes in this book are a lot easier to create if you have a good blender. There are the smoothies of course (and how delicious they are) but there are also recipes that require pureeing - not something I want to do by hand.