by Michael dEstries
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JustJared scored an exclusive interview with rapper Common — and delved into some great topics like the singer’s charity work and food habits. Some highlights below:

JJ: Why’d you decide to give yourself dietary restrictions?

C: I just decided to be more aware of my health and well-being. I felt that beef and pork wasn’t good. I did my own tests and found that beef and pork weren’t really good for my system. So I’ve been a lot clearer by not eating those meats, and also chicken. Turkey was good, I like turkey, bacon and all that, but I just went vegan at one point. So when I decided to go back the other way, I just needed fish and I feel balanced with that. You’ve got to eat the right things. It’s not just about not eating meat. You’ve got to find out what your body needs, what’s healthy for you. What’s good for life.

JJ: How should people should get involved with the important issues this country is facing?

C: First, you have to find out what’s important to you, what you’re passionate about. And then you can find out in your community where you can help at. It may be as simple as being a good person and doing right by society. Finding a job and taking care of your family. That’s gonna help society. You may find some issues in your community, where it be homelessness or it could be child abuse, HIV. Whatever it may be that you’re passionate about. But it all starts with you. First and foremost, get on that path to correcting yourself, and then making sure you’re taking care of your home.

For the rest of the great interview, jump over to JJ here!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • The Discerning Brute

    I worked with common a couple years ago – and he complimented my ‘no fur’ pin. But I think his perspective is one-dimensional – it’s a selfish (or shell-fish – ha ha … um) approach solely about health. A holistic approach would consider health, the environment, the animals, and other people, too.

    It seems the reason most people eat fish is to get omega 3 fatty acids. But did you know you can get those same fatty acids from Flax seed & Rapeseed oils – and not have to worry about mercury?

    A study published in the November 3, 2006 issue of Science raised the alarm about the declining number of fish species in the world. Using historical analysis, it projects the collapse of all fish stock by 2048. That’s in most of our lifetimes! The fishing industry and fish farms are both responsible for some of the greatest ecological devastation happening to oceans and waterways.

    There are plenty of eco-friendly ways to get the same nutrients found in fish without decimating the oceans.

  • Natasha

    Tofu, pumpkins seeds,and walnuts also have omega 3’s .

  • Brad

    Hemp seeds are a wonderful omega-3 that always get overlooked.

    It’s too bad he went back to eating fish. Oh well…what are ya gonna do?

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  • herwin

    “but I just went vegan at one point”
    doing a diet for health reasons and feeling better is a very good admirable reason, but its best not to call it veganism, until there is some more true commitment / compassion.
    and certainly no leather jacket (see photo) or shoes.

  • phoebe

    With the global overfishing problem reaching a crisis, we can all do our part to make sure we’re eating sustainably-caught seafood. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has an excellent seafood guide, which is available online, as a hard-copy pocket guide, and as a downloadable widget for the iPhone:

    The Marine Stewardship Council also has a labeling program, similar to the Forest Stewardship Council:

  • Inga Ambrosia

    I’m tired of these half-assers.

    “It’s not just about not eating meat …” Oh no? For me – it is.