Last night I had the awesome experience to get to meet the big man when it comes to conscious eating.
He has a ton of different cookbooks including “How to Cook Everything” and a very popular column in the New York Times. This accomplished journalist has paved the way for the rest of us to know how we can eat healthier and save the planet at the same time.
This event was an interview done with Mike Bittman and a local radio show promoting his latest book release: Food Matters Cookbook. If you have not read anything by Mike, I highly recommend it! He has a no-nonsense approach to healthy eating and is HILARIOUS!
So what is Mark Bittman all about? He is all about small and easy changes that we can make in our everyday life that can have a huge impact on our health and the health of our planet.
Health is all about the journey. It is not the destination. Sure, it would be in the best interest of your health to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet as that is what all the research is saying is the best diet for ultimate health.
However, it is more about the journey of you making your way to eating more whole, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains rather than you hurrying up to get to the ultimate vegetarian or vegan diet.
I really enjoy how he makes it fit each individual personally. He is not condemning you for not being a perfect vegan, he is just helping all of us get a little bit closer to that ultimate healthy diet. Whatever small changes you can make by incorporating a little more vegetables into your diet is a success story.
We did ask him what he recommends for pizza toppings! See, you can still have your favorite comfort foods! He just recommends putting veggies as toppings as opposed to extra cheese and that sausage.
Another great word of advice that Mark Bittman gave during this interview was how much our nutritional world these days is focusing on individual ingredients such as antioxidants, potassium, sodium, fat, calcium, etc. He was all for concentrating all your energy on getting enough fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains into your diet.
I can go for that! It is a lot less to worry about! And, if you are getting enough of these fresh whole foods, you are probably getting a wide array of all the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy! Everything else will take care of itself. Whew! That makes healthy eating easier and less of a hassle!
One thing that I did not know before I started reading Mark Bittman (and Michael Pollan) a few months ago, was how prior to World War II, the American eating habits were focused more on whole fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains rather than meat. As we all know, now the American diet is all about the meat.
Really, we don’t need all that meat to be healthy! The average American in getting 3x the amount of protein in their diet with the vast majority coming from animal sources.
Anyways, back to more about what Mark Bittman said in regards to the diet change in America with World War II. It was due to the rations of meat that kept people healthy by focusing on the whole foods instead of solely on meat. In the 1940s, 40% of the country’s produce was grown in people’s own gardens. That would be awesome! I love the idea of going out and picking produce (and of course its the cheapest organic produce around!).
Now, I don’t want you to think Mark Bittman is totally opposed to eating meat. He is against factory raised meat which is what you find (mostly) in the grocery store. He equates this meat with processed foods in how many extra junk is included in the meat such as hormones, chemicals, etc. He is okay with choosing higher quality, less processed, and more sustainably raised meat.
You may be asking, how in the world can I afford that? Well, his philosophy is to use meat as a topping or flavor enhancer not as the main course. This way you can get the benefits of the vegetarian way of eating whole foods but can still have your meat (and eat it too)! Sounds like a great compromise and then we don’t have to give up all our comfort foods in order to be healthy!
In conclusion, I loved being at this interview of Mark Bittman. He is such a funny guy and has amazing ideas and a great philosophy on helping us average Americans who don’t have the willpower to give up our comfort foods for a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet eat better so we too can enjoy health!
Healthy eating is all about making the changes that you can make to get you ONE step closer to a more plant based diet with less meat or processed foods. One step can get you that much closer to ultimate health!
What is one step you can make starting today to get you closer to a healthier way of eating? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of this post, Mark Bittman, and healthy eating! Don’t forget to share the love by sharing this post with your friends by clicking on the buttons below!
To your health journey success,
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