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From Skinny Bitch to Bill Clinton: The Rise of Veganism | Psychology Today

Posted by Jenn on January 13, 2013


Health is trending…

Check out this great article at Psychology today on how being healthy is catching on:

From Skinny Bitch to Bill Clinton: The Rise of Veganism | Psychology Today.

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Bill Clinton Adopts a Plant-based diet (Video)

Posted by Jenn on January 3, 2011

Worth the encore! A must watch.

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The Rise of the Power Vegans

Posted by Jenn on December 24, 2010

(Source: Bloomberg Business Week Online; November 4, 2010; By Joel Stein)

Steve Wynn, Russell Simmons, Bill Clinton and a comparable cast of heavies are now using tempeh to assert their superiority. A look at what gives.

It used to be easy for moguls to flaunt their power. All they had to do was renovate the chalet in St. Moritz, buy the latest Gulfstream (GD) jet, lay off 5,000 employees, or marry a much younger Asian woman. By now, though, they’ve used up all the easy ways to distinguish themselves from the rest of us—which may be why a growing number of America’s most powerful bosses have become vegan. Steve Wynn, Mort Zuckerman, Russell Simmons, and Bill Clinton are now using tempeh to assert their superiority. As are Ford Executive Chairman of the Board Bill Ford (F), Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, venture capitalist Joi Ito, Whole Foods Market (WFMI) Chief Executive Officer John Mackey, and Mike Tyson. Yes, Mike Tyson, a man who once chewed on human ear, is now vegan. His dietary habit isn’t nearly as impressive as that of Alec Baldwin, though, who has found a way to be both vegan and fat at the same time.

It shouldn’t be surprising that so many CEOs are shunning meat, dairy, and eggs: It’s an exclusive club. Only 1 percent of the U.S. population is vegan, partly because veganism isn’t cheap: The cost comes from the value of specialty products made by speciality companies with cloying names (tofurkey, anyone?). Vegans also have to be powerful enough to even know what veganism is.

“CEOs are smart. There just hadn’t been enough exposure for people to glom onto this trend,” says Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “The information is everywhere now. Instead of ‘Better buy this blue chip,’ it’s ‘Better eat vegan.’ ” When Newkirk learned Wynn had become a vegan, she didn’t think the news was crazy. “Having dolphins in a small tank outside a casino is crazy,” she says. “Ordering vegetables is not.”

Wynn agrees. The self-described “animal nut,” who included the Humane Society of the U.S. in his will, sold the Mirage Hotel—and its dolphin tank—in 2000, and gave up meat and dairy this June. Wynn was converted when his friend—telecom mogul and recent vegan Gulu Lalvani—made him watch Eating, a documentary in which director Mike Anderson explains his strict meat- and oil-free diet. “I watched it, and I changed the next morning,” says Wynn. “Bang! Just like that.” The transition was eased by the fact that Wynn happened to be on a yacht with a personal chef. As soon as he got home, he began spreading the gospel as only a mogul can—like buying 10,000 copies of Eating, one for each of his employees. “I’m providing the ass for the insurance. If they’re sick, we’re picking up the tab,” says Wynn. “If I can keep them healthier, I’m acting like a smart businessman.”

Though he swears it’s not a condition of employment, Wynn has persuaded most of his senior management to go vegan. And since the majority of Wynn’s lunch companions ask his assistant in advance what he likes to eat, he’s got the upper hand at lunch before even sitting down. He can also suggest one of his own joints—Wynn now offers vegan menus at his restaurants in Las Vegas and Macau, including the steakhouses. “Last night I had dinner with Terry Semel, and we were eating at Wing Lei, the Chinese restaurant,” Wynn says. “They couldn’t believe the stir fry wasn’t in oil. Everybody switched to my food.”

Wynn’s a convincing salesman, but a decade ago even he couldn’t have given away free seitan. Being a vegan then was so weird that pundits listed it as a reason Dennis Kucinich couldn’t be the Democratic Presidential nominee. “People weren’t sure if it was another political party or an ethnic group they’d never heard of,” Kucinich says. While the Ohio representative failed to win the Democratic nomination in 2004—and in 2008—Kucinich’s diet has become so accepted that he was able to persuade Representative Robert A. Brady (D-Pa.), the head of the Committee on House Administration, to include vegan options in the congressional cafeteria. When Bill Clinton announced his dietary epiphany—”I got back to basically what I weighed in high school,” he told Wolf Blitzer this September—Kucinich decided to finally finish his own diet book, whose working title, The Cleveland Diet, will probably be changed by its publisher. Kucinich, however, did not go vegan for power, but rather for love. Fifteen years ago, he says, “I met someone who was vegan when I went to the state senate. This was someone I was very fond of. This was kind of a courtship strategy.” Read the rest of this entry »

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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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