Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bill Clinton, Vegan... Who Knew!

For the past three years, since his emergency heart surgery, Bill Clinton has eaten a vegan diet, the strictest kind of vegetarian diet, excluding eggs and dairy products. As to "who knew," evidently not the beef industry, or else perhaps Bill is not as famous as Oprah Winfrey, because as far as I know, they haven't threatened to sue Bill for his non-carnivorous habits.

In the summer of approximately 1981 (?), about a month before my 33rd birthday, I turned lacto-ovo-vegetarian. My choices were to go veggie or to eat out for three continuous weeks: the house in which I lived for the duration of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute had a lot of sprout-eaters in it, and we decided as a community that all of us would go veggie for those three weeks. It was easy, and I liked it so well that I brought the habit home with me.

Today I turn 65 years old. Yes, I'm still lacto-ovo-veggie. No, I don't miss meat at all, though I do eat things like veggie bacon, veggie burgers, etc. But given the typical short lifespan of my mother's side of the family, I believe I've already lengthened my life by switching over.

If you are interested for health reasons, be aware that vegetarianism is like horseshoes... close counts. Cut your meat-eating to a couple of times a week, and you probably will lengthen your life and improve your day-to-day health.

Bill's looking mighty good these days!

(Meanwhile, GeeDubya Bush had a stent put in... my best wishes to him for his continued good health, even if he is a sorry a$$h*le...)


  1. Clinical studies have found that casein, a protein in all dairy products, blocks the absorption of antioxidants and renders them useless to our body. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/nutrient-blocking-effects-of-dairy/

    Eggs vs. Cigarettes in Atherosclerosis - One egg a day (whether free-range or backyard) equals smoking 25,000 cigarettes.

    Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression

    Get healthier (and kinder) by going vegan! You're never too old to learn.

    1. Welcome, Vegaia... clever screen name you've got there!

      I'm afraid that without independent confirmation, your arguments for a vegan diet seem a bit over the top to me. There are good reasons for being vegan; there are also, for many people, good reasons for being lacto-ovo-vegetarian instead. On the one hand, I'm glad you're joining the dialogue; on the other hand, I encourage readers to verify claims independently... including these... before undertaking major modifications in their diet. At my age, I'm sticking with lacto-ovo.

  2. Happy birthday, Steve! And many happy returns of this day!

    I actually saw Bill Clinton about 3 or so years ago on tv telling that he was now a vegan. I don't remember which talk show, though . . .

    1. Thanks, c! It was a good day, and the next one as well.



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