Posts Tagged ‘Oprah’


I’m happy to report that it looks like Oprah is still doing her 3 week vegan cleanse.  She didn’t blog about it for a couple days (what on earth could be more important?!), but she’s been pretty good the last few days.  In Monday’s blog this week, she said this:

I’ve had no cravings or food issues—I’m in harmony with life. The rest of the group is doing better, no headaches this week from caffeine or sugar withdrawal.

I love it!  People ask me if I ever crave things, and honestly, I really don’t anymore.  I think once you start to look at things like cheese (something I used to LOVE) as bad for your health, or cruel to animals, it’s not that hard to let it go.  It just takes a shift in your perception, I think.  In Oprah’s case, I think it’s probably more an experiment to see if she feels healthier, but I like that she has already acknowledged that there is a lot of cruelty involved in raising animals for food.  I am hopeful it will make a difference in her long-term eating habits, and possibly affect others.

I know people have claimed that it’s only easy for Oprah because she has a chef.  I don’t deny that having a professional chef on the payroll would make eating a healthy vegan diet much easier – of course it would. But I think saying it’s too hard to eat vegan UNLESS you have a chef is kind of a cop-out. It just takes a little planning, and any average person can do it. Trust me, I am exceedingly average when it comes to cooking – just ask my sisters!


I blogged about this once before, but in case you missed it, I need to mention it again.  Tomorrow night kicks off the Midwest Animal Advocacy Conference that has been organized by Compassionate Action for Animals.  It promises to be informative, interesting, and fun.  I’m really excited about it.  Check out my old post for more information – or go straight to the conference’s site.  There’s still room for more attendees, too, if you’re interested in joining – and you should!

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I can’t believe this, but OPRAH IS EATING VEGAN FOR 21 DAYS! How excitOprahing 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.

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