Hot new trend: VB6
VB6 was the Word Spy Word of the Day in my inbox yesterday. It stands for Vegan Before 6 (p.m.), the idea being that you eat a vegan diet until then but afterward eat whatever you want for the rest of the night.
I could do the vegetarian version of that, and often do, but not the vegan. I like milk and yogurt and cheese too much.
Oddly, I had run into the concept for the first time just a couple of days before on Mark Bittman's blog, but now I can't find the entry to link to it. ...
The latest citation on Word Spy for the term says it means no animal products, processed foods or simple carbohydrates (such as refined sugar) before 6.
It also attributes VB6 to Bittman, but I guess the writer means the concept, not the catchy abbreviation, which seems to have been coined by a commenter on Bittman's blog, Mats Flemstrom.
It seems to me a doable and health-promoting trend, without too much fanaticism involved. Still, I haven't heard of anyone around here trying it.
It also reminds us that whatever our diet (for weight, for cholesterol, for diabetes), we can get benefits even if we can't always stick to it. That's a problem for me as a restaurant critic. Believe it or not, given what I've written here, I do try to eat healthily most of the time. But when I review, all bets are off. I just have to say that's OK and get back on the straight and narrow the next day.
(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)