In an effort to rebound her health following a heart attack in August, Rosie O’Donnell immediately embraced the plant-based science advocated in the hit documentary “Forks Over Knives.”
As we reported earlier, the 50-year-old comedian also talked with the esteemed Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, world-renowned for his work in showing that a vegan diet can have profound effects on reversing the effects of cardiovascular disease.
While O’Donnell has never said her diet was full-on vegan, she did mention that she was moving in a plant-based direction similar to former President Bill Clinton. And just like Bill (who occasionally consumed a bit of fish and/or fish oil in the beginning of his diet shift), Rosie told the NY Daily News a similar story; albeit a bit confusing. From the site:
“It’s plant-based — no animal products at all,” said O’Donnell, who has tweeted that she tried Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s diet, which even eschews olive oil, but found it too strict. “It’s basically vegetarian, but we do eat fish — it’s actually called pescetarian. I do miss steak, cheeseburgers, cheese — I miss dairy in general. But I feel so much better already.”
Since making the shift, O’Donnell has lost more than 12 pounds.
“I had a really sedentary lifestyle and that’s deadly,” she told People. “It took a heart attack for me to learn to take care of myself… Now I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life.”
On October 25th, O’Donnell will appear on the Dr. Oz show to talk more about her battle with heart disease and new lease on life.
“heart disease kills more women than men,” she wrote on her blog . “233,00 a year. every 20 seconds a woman has a heart attack in america. 50% of deaths happen in the first hour.”