Oprah Winfrey is known for her yo-yo dieting, but when it comes down to it we are all about celebs giving veganism a chance, especially when they’re as big a star as she.
Beginning February 1, Oprah and 378 members of her Harpo staff will spend one week taking “The Vegan Challenge” where they will cut out all animal products as part of a segment for The Oprah Show.
When the show airs, Oprah will feature special guests Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and eco-author Kathy Freston, in addition to journalist Lisa Ling taking the audience on a journey through a beef processing plant.
In 2008 Oprah spent 21 days on a vegan cleanse as part of a plan to try out “conscious eating.” During that time the media mogul claimed she was craving eggs and cheese daily, but felt the experience left her more mindful of what she put in her body.
“I’m eating a far more plant-based diet,” Oprah stated. “Less processed food. Thinking about sugar and fat consumption not in terms of calories but in terms of what happens to my well-being.”
As This Dish Is Veg explained, “We know that after this one-week challenge, no matter how wonderful the vegan diet is portrayed, it is quite likely that Oprah and her staffers will high tail it to the closest pizza joint to order a cheesy meaty pie before hitting up the local Baskin Robbins. That being said, it is still commendable that Oprah will highlight this topic on her show. Twenty years ago, we would have never seen a program with the reach of The Oprah Winfrey Show give an ounce of positive attention to veganism, heck most people probably didn’t even know what the word “vegan” meant… we’ve come a long way baby.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Via This Dish Is Veg