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President Clinton on his plant-based diet (transcript from CNN interview)

Posted by Jenn on December 17, 2010

President Bill Clinton 2007

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Reference: transcripts; THE SITUATION ROOM with Wolf Blitzer; Aired September 25, 2010 – 18:00   ET

BLITZER: My last question and it comes to me in a lot of my followers as recalled on Twitter sent me this question. They wanted me to ask you a variation of this question. How did you lose so much weight? What kind of diet are you on?

CLINTON: Well, the short answer is, I went on essentially a plant- based diet. I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy. I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and a protein powder.

So I get the protein when I start the day out and it changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds and I lot back to basically to what I weighed in high school.

But I did it for a different reason, I mean, I wanted to lose weight, but I never dreamed this would happen. I did it because after I had this stent put in, I realized that even though it happens quite often that after — yes, bypasses you lose the veins because they’re thinner and weaker than arteries.

The truth is that it clogged up, which means that the cholesterol was still calling buildup in my vein, that was part of my bypass and thank God I could take the stents. I don’t want it to happen again. So I did all of this research and I saw that 82 percent of the people since 1986 who have gone a plant-based no dairy, no meat of any kind — no chicken, turkey, I eat very little fish.

Once in a while I’ll have a little fish. Not that often. If you can do it, 82 percent of the people have done that have begun to heal themselves. There are arterial blockage cleans up. The calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.

This movement has been led by a doctor named Caldwell Eserstein at the Cleveland clinic, Dean (inaudible) in California, the doctors, Campbell, father and son, who wrote the China study and a handful of others, but we now have 25 years of evidence.

And so I thought, well, since I needed to lose a little weight for Chelsea’s wedding, I’ll become part of this experiment. I’ll see if I can be one of those that can have a self-clearing mechanism. We’ll see.

BLITZER: I hope you’re healthy for many years and get to see grandchildren for many years to come.

CLINTON: Me too. That’s really the big deal. You know, Hilary and I — we’re happy, we love our son-in-law and we admire him but — and we’d like to be around if there’s grandkids, we want to be there to do our part.

BLITZER: Mr. President, good luck.

CLINTON: Thank you.

BLITZER: Thanks for what you’re doing.

CLINTON: Thanks.


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