I can’t believe this, but OPRAH IS EATING VEGAN FOR 21 DAYS! How exciting is that? I’m a couple days behind, so this might be old news for some of you, but it’s new to me so I thought I’d share. As you probably know, Oprah has struggled with her weight for decades, never really finding anything that has worked to keep her consistently at her ideal body weight. Vegan author Kathy Freston was on Oprah’s show recently and talked with her about “conscious eating” and “spiritual integrity” and apparently it really influenced the talk show host.
Freston’s “21 day cleanse” is vegan, but goes beyond just following a vegan diet in that it requires adherents to also avoid gluten, alcohol, caffeine (what??) and sugar. Oprah is keeping a blog about her 21 day cleanse. My favorite excerpts so far:
She speaks of “spiritual integrity.” How can you say you’re trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?
Well said. One of the things I really like about Oprah is that I feel she genuinely does try to work toward self-improvement. I don’t think this is just about her weight, and I feel optimistic that this cleanse will impact her eating habits (and hopefully other product purchase habits) going forward. (Fingers crossed!)
Wow, wow, wow! I never imagined meatless meals could be so satisfying. I had been focused on what I had to give up—sugar, gluten, alcohol, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese. “What’s left?” I thought. Apparently a lot. I can honestly say every meal was a surprise and a delight, beginning with breakfast—strawberry rhubarb wheat-free crepes.
Thank you, Oprah! This is what I’ve been trying to tell people–I have discovered so many new, wonderful foods that are satisfying, delicious, and healthy. These are foods I never would have tried had I not decided to start following a vegan diet. Now if only I could get a personal chef of my own to whip up some strawberry rhubarb crepes, I’d be set! How about it, Oprah? Feel like sharing? Please?
Okay, maybe Oprah won’t be sharing her chef with me, but I’m grateful for the number of people her journey will reach. Oprah is possibly the most influential person in American culture today, and watching her follow this cleanse might show people that avoiding animal products really can be done and that we should all be concerned about how our food is raised and how much suffering it causes to the animals who are – as Oprah says – “sacrificed in the name of gluttony”.
I’ll definitely be following Oprah’s blog and will share things with you as her cleanse progresses.