Bill Clinton & His Vegan Diet Make an Impression on AARP’s Joe Conason

After nearly dying from heart problems arising from years of a meat-heavy diet, former US president Bill Clinton was forced to make a change. His doctors recommended he eliminate all the meat and dairy from his diet. He has said that he was at first reluctant to do so, but gradually removed all the animal products from his diet — and now he’s thrilled with his diet and his newfound health.

Joe Conason of AARP magazine recently met (and dined) with President Clinton, and found the vegan meal and conversation was an eye-opening (and even mouth-watering) experience for him:

When Bill Clinton invited me to lunch in May, I knew better than to expect fried catfish or barbecued ribs. The former president is now a devoted vegan… and he has pursued a healthier way of life for more than three years. While I figured our lunch menu might be bland, that would be a small price to pay for private time with a world leader who is anything but.

As it happens, the fit, trim and sharply attired Clinton, whom I’ve come to know well during more than two decades covering his career, is his usual gregarious, charismatic self. But a bland menu? Not even close.

And President Clinton was happy to tout the benefits of his new diet:

I’ve stopped eating meat, cheese, milk, even fish. No dairy at all.” He smiled and yanked on his waistband. “I’ve lost more than 20 pounds so far, aiming for about 30 before Chelsea’s wedding. And I have so much more energy now! I feel great.

You can read the full article at the AARP website here.

Advice on Going Vegan from the New York Times

Like many other omnivores, New York Times health columnist Tara Parker-Pope was inspired by former US President Bill Clinton’s journey from a deadly, meat-centric, junk-heavy diet to a life-saving vegan one. “After all,” she writes, “if a man with a penchant for fast-food burgers and Southern cooking could go vegan, surely I could too.”

As many new vegans do, Ms. Parker-Pope found that merely modifying her favorite animal-based dishes with processed, plant-based imitations of the meat and dairy products was often unsatisfying. Instead of giving up, though, she dug deeper and struck gold. Speaking with many vegans, including vegan chefs and authors, and trying their suggestions, she discovered the richly rewarding world of creative vegan cuisine and found new dishes she liked even better than her old meat and dairy favorites.

In her new article in the New York Times, she describes her journey and offers some mouth-watering menu ideas with links to recipes that passed her own taste tests. She also provides a list of recommended replacements for animal ingredients such as butter, eggs, and cheese, including a discussion of the uses for nutritional yeast.

Most seasoned vegans will agree with her conclusion that going vegan is a learning process with many rewards along the way. The most successful transitions to a vegan diet are those that embrace the journey as a process of exploration and discovery. We applaud Ms. Parker-Pope for going for it, and for sharing her story with the world.

You can read the full article on the New York Times website here.

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Debunking the Milk Myth: Why Milk is Bad for You and Your Bones

Fact: Milk depletes the calcium from your bones

The milk myth has spread around the world based on the flawed belief that this protein and calcium-rich drink is essential to support good overall health and bone health in particular at any age. It is easy to understand that the confusion about milk’s imaginary benefits stems from the fact that it contains calcium – around 300 mg per cup.

But many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. What an irony this is!

Read the full article at SaveOurBones.com.

 

The Food Revolution Summit: April 28-May 6

The Food Revolution Summit will take place from April 28 to May 6, 2012. Hosted by John Robbins & Ocean Robbins, this unprecedented international event will feature talks from luminaries in the fields of health, nutrition, ecology, and activism, including Dean Ornish, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Frances Moore-Lappé, T. Colin Campbell, Morgan Spurlock, and others. The entire event will be broadcast live for free viewing.

For details and registration (free), visit the website at foodrevolution.org.

Plant-Based Diet Can Cut Your Odds of Needing Medication in Half

New study shows that compared to meat-eaters, those eating vegetarian had only about half the odds of being on aspirin, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, antacids, painkillers, blood pressure medications, laxatives and insulin.

Read the story at Ecomii…

Take the Pledge: Vegan for 30 Days

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Maybe you’re considering a vegan diet and would like to “test drive” it. Maybe you care for animals and want to reduce your consumption of meat, dairy, or other animal products out of compassion. Maybe you’re recovering from disease, wanting to lose weight, or wanting to reduce your carbon footprint.

Whatever the reasons may be, a thirty-day pledge is a great way to wade into the warm waters of the vegan lifestyle, and taking a pledge is a great way to make sure you stick to it. See PETA’s vegan pledge page to take the pledge or sign up to recruit others.