30 Day Challenge: The VB6 Diet

I am usually a healthy eater, but there is always room for improvement. This month, I’m focusing on eating healthier. I have heard a lot about Mark Bittman’s VB6 diet lately and decided to try it this month. Mark created the VB6 diet after doctors told him that he was overweight and pre-diabetic. They said he’d either have to take preventative drugs or adopt a vegan diet. He decided to be fexitarian, meaning that he’d be vegan before 6:00 pm. The diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, and grains, but stipulates that you not eat meat or dairy before 6:00 pm. After 6:00 pm you can eat meat and dairy.


Mark categorizes food as “Unlimited Foods,” “Flexible Foods,” and “Treats.” “Unlimited Foods” like fruits and veggies can be eaten in unlimited amounts. “Flexible Foods” like beans, nuts, and whole grains can be added into meals all day. “Treats” like dairy and meat, can be eaten after 6:00 pm. You aren’t supposed to eat processed foods, but Mark admits that he will sometimes eat a candy bar.

I like that the diet doesn’t include calorie counting or major restrictions and, instead, has an emphasis on the importance of mindfulness and moderation. I’m excited to give the VB6 diet a try this month.

P.S. You can get Mark’s book here.