Yes, apparently it’s true. For now…
“…Second only to his sex life, Bill Clinton’s hearty appetite for Big Macs and pork barbecue has for years fueled late night comics and produced several of David Letterman’s funniest skits.
Now, it turns out, our 42nd president is going vegan – almost. In interviews with CNN and Willow Bay, Clinton says he has eliminated nearly all meat and dairy products from his diet.
The questions were prompted by Clinton’s loss of 24 pounds before escorting daughter Chelsea down the aisle at her recent (vegan gluten-free) wedding.
“Well, the short answer is, I went on essentially a plant-based diet,” Clinton tells CNN in an interview airing Wednesday night. “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy.”
Bay asked Clinton, who is 64, if No. 42 looks forward to having grandchildren.
“I’m trying to stay healthy enough to have ’em,” Clinton replied. “That’s what I want to do . . . My travel schedule has cut back on my exercise some, which is frustrating to me. But, I follow a pretty strict diet and I try, you know, to limit how much I eat and what I eat . . .
“Once in a while, I’ll eat fish but not often because I’m trying to be one of those experimenters. Since 1986, several hundred people, who have tried essentially a plant-based diet, not ingesting cholesterol from any source, have seen their bodies start to heal themselves, break up the arterial blockage, break up the calcium deposits around the heart.”
Clinton underwent bypass surgery in 2004. On CNN, he described his new eating habits as “no meat of any kind, no chicken, turkey. I eat very little fish. Once in awhile I’ll have a little fish.”
The 42nd president’s appetites made for a memorable “Clinton at McDonald’s” Saturday Night Live skit, featuring a non-stop talking Clinton clad in a University of Arkansas sweatshirt.
David Letterman once did a “live” broadcast of Clinton’s motorcade screeching to a stop so the president could reach out of his limousine and accept delivery of a pizza.”
Posted by Kurma on 23/9/10; 12:32:21 PM