Mark Bittman

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One of the most talked about books of the spring is  New York Times food writer Mark Bittman's  VB6 (a.k.a. Vegan Before Six).  In it he explains his diet - which is more a strategy for healthy eating than a structured plan - where he consumes only vegan foods until dinnertime, then eats whatever he wants. It's a compromise that Bittman dreamed up six years ago after his doctor spotted early signs of diabetes and heart disease, and suggested he go vegan, meaning no animal products in the diet. He soon dropped more than 35 pounds. He's a busy man these days, while out promoting the book, but he found a spare eight minutes to give us a call and we got a lively explanation of  VB6 and how you can make the diet your own (Vegan on Weekdays, a.k.a., VOW, perhaps?).
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Every day at 4 p.m., like clockwork, one of my co-workers makes a bag of microwave popcorn.
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