Food for Thought

If you want to learn more about following a plant-based diet, consider one of these great reads. We rate them on degree of nutrition strictness—5 being full vegan, 1 being extremely flexible.


VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00

Author: Mark Bittman

Premise: Bittman, a New York Times food writer, proposes eating vegan until 6 p.m., when you can allow yourself moderate amounts of meat and dairy. Bittman devised this diet for himself and saw a drop in pounds and an improvement in his heart health.

Strictness: +++


Engine 2 Diet

Author: Rip Esselstyn

Premise: The author created this diet for his fellow unhealthy firefighters. A strict vegan diet, he also cuts out vegetable oil.

Strictness: +++++


The Spectrum

Author: Dr. Dean Ornish

Premise: The world-renowned heart doctor and researcher offers a low-fat, low-sodium, largely vegetarian diet. The reader is encouraged to devise his or her own diet using his guidelines.

Strictness: +


The Flexitarian Diet

Author: Dawn Jackson Blatner

Premise: Blatner bases her diet on five food groups: new meat (tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds, and eggs), fruits and veggies, whole grains, dairy, and sugar and spice. The book provides you with a five-week plan, and you can swap out different recipes to suit your tastes—with the option to eat meat on occasion.

Strictness: ++



Author :

Anne Taulane

Anne is a writer and editor from the Philadelphia area. She has written for Newsweek, Runner’s World, and Taste magazines, and in her spare time is the mother of three small children. She enjoys writing about health, parenting, travel, and entertaining, and she dreams of one day sleeping through the night.



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