Former president Bill Clinton made headlines last month when he announced that he’d adopted a vegan lifestyle. And although it seemed at the time that he had completely removed animal products from his diet, it turns out that that’s not exactly the case.
During an interview with talk show host and Food Network star Rachael Ray, Clinton confessed that he’s mostly vegan.
“I’m very careful, because strict vegans not only don’t eat any meat or fish or dairy products, but they don’t ever eat any processed breads and they’re very careful what kind of oil goes into their food. So I, you know, I can’t quite make that. My daughter, who was a vegetarian most of her life, beats up on me to eat more fish so I maybe have fish a little bit, once or twice a month, but I sort of lost the taste for all of it,” he said.
Despite his occasional sampling (and a not-so-supportive daughter!), it sounds as though Clinton is closer than ever to adopting a fully animal-free lifestyle. When Ray asked him which non-vegan foods he missed the most, he responded, “You know, last year at Thanksgiving…I had, literally, I had one bite of turkey and one bite of ham. A bite. And I didn’t want it. And about once a year I have one bite of steak, and I don’t want it anymore.”
Ray isn’t the only interviewer to grill the former president about his eating habits. Just yesterday, Today Show host Matt Lauer asked him whether being a vegan “sucks.” Clinton’s response? A definite no. “You know, when you get older your appetites change and abate, and you’re more interested in having another good day. So I’d like to have as many good days as possible, and this seems to be the best way to get it.”
So, although it sounds like he’s on the meat-free bandwagon for health reasons as opposed to animal-rights ones, at least he’s putting the lifestyle in a positive light. Most of the time, anyway. Apparently, despite having “lost the taste for” fish, some old habits are hard to break.
“I do miss omelets,” he told Ray. “And I get a protein hunger so I, you know, I do eat fish from time to time, a little fish. I’ll eat uh, you know, a couple bites of fish or a little tuna fish if I get hungry.”
For more, catch his interview on the Rachael Ray Show this afternoon.