Vegan Presidents and Action Heroes?

Bill Clinton goes veganBy Sahar Ghaffari, LuxEco Living Editorial Assistant

In a recent interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, former president Bill Clinton announced that his recent 24 pound weight loss was thanks to a vegan diet. The 64 year old Clinton went on an “essentially plant-based diet” living primarily on vegetables, legumes, fruit, and protein supplements mixed in with almond milk in the mornings.However, the former president claims he went vegan, not just to lose weight (although that was a perk), but to lower his cholesterol and stay heart healthy. Clinton who underwent a quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2004, had two stents placed in a clogged artery in his heart in February of this year.

After researching the benefits of a vegan diet, Clinton explained that “82 percent of people who have done [a vegan diet] have begun to heal themselves. Their arterial blockage cleans up. The calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.”

hugh_jackman_wolverineOn the flip side, Hugh Jackman (who is getting ready to film the Wolverine sequel) may get into action hero shape with the help of a vegan diet. Jackman is set to work with vegan nutritionist Brendan Brazier, who is a triathlete, author, and creator of the plant-based products called Vega. Jackman who was on a heavily chicken-based diet for the original Wolverine film also incorporated Brazier’s Vega products in order to bulk up.

Now, for the sequel Brazier says “There’s a very good chance [he’ll go vegan], and even if he doesn’t completely, a large amount of his diet will be. And I think that’s huge. I mean he’s not going to be eating all this chicken; he’s going to build up naturally.”

Just goes to show whether you’re a former president striving to stay healthy or a hunky action star trying to beef up, a vegan diet can be a versatile way of life.

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Article by Sahar Ghaffari

As a recent graduate of UCLA and a life long native of Southern California, Sahar enjoys spending her free time cooking, laughing, playing the piano, spending time with friends, and traveling. Her first step into the "green" world began at the age of 16 when she decided to give up eating meat and any refined sugars. Since then she has maintained her healthy lifestyle while also learning more about the conservational lifestyle that goes with living green. As a history major, she finds learning about and analyzing the past intriguing, as well as informative, in developing an approach to making environmentally sound choices for the future. Sahar Ghaffari tagged this post with: , , , , , , , , Read 14 articles by

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