by Michael dEstries
Categories: Eats, Healthy Living, Vegan
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After 18 years of vegetarian living – a lifestyle that helped in part to inspire her dad President Bill Clinton to drop meatChelsea Clinton has revealed that she’s given it up. Actually, she surprisingly hasn’t been one for years.

In an article for NBC’s Rock Center, the 33-year-old details what inspired her at an early age to make ethical choices – and adopt a diet that was friendly towards animals.

“One spring day in my sixth grade Life Sciences class at Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas, we read two articles,” she writes. “The first concerned the cruelty toward cattle in slaughterhouses and the second was about the detrimental effects of red meat on your body. By the time I got home later that day, I had resolved to give up red meat, to take a stand against animal cruelty and a stand for my health (it seemed rather simple to my 11-year-old self).”

Sharing that she now eats meat (which is interesting considering the setup above), Clinton goes on to say that she has “tremendous respect for people who make consistent ethical choices in their lives – people who not only don’t eat meat, but who also don’t wear fur or leather and don’t use products made from animal derivatives.” In particular, she singles out Stella McCartney and her ethical fashion label as one example deserving of praise.

Digging back a bit, I found an April interview Chelsea did with Free Republic Parade Magazine that revealed she’s been mixing in the meat since age 29.

Free Republic: Rumor has it you’re a vegan. True?

Chelsea: I was never a vegan. I gave up red meat when I was 11 because in my seventh-grade life science class, we read two articles about red meat, and I think probably I needed to be a little zealous about something. I gave up all meat when I was 13. Then when I was 29, I woke up one day and craved red meat. My husband, who is an inveterate carnivore, was thrilled. My father is quite famously a vegan, and I am thrilled by that.

So – now you know. Cross one Clinton off the veg list.

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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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  • Liane Blanco

    The interview is with Parade Magazine, not Free Republic. Free Republic is a notorious right wing hate site – Chelsea Clinton would hardly grant them an interview.

  • Adam Weissman

    Ethical conduct and sticking to your commitments are not Clinton family strong suits.

  • Ellen Jaffe Jones

    Truth is, many peeps do this lifelong vegan journey filled with starts and stops, zigs and zags. We all do the best we can with the information we have at the time. Deaths of celebs like James Gandolfini bring into focus the constant need to keep spreading the message that a vegan diet is the best thing for all animals, and is the best kept secret in America. No money in broccoli. No association, board or lobby.

    • disqus_lcgocZ8O6h

      You don’t even know how James Gandolfini lived so please just stop with this absurd agenda. He lived his life the way he CHOSE.

  • Diana Smiley Bartkowiak

    sounds ridiculous to me.. a true vegetarian or vegan for the sake of the animals- would not revert back without a serious (spiritual/emotional) heart issue! to turn back on convitions is not healthy!!! Just saying!

  • veganforever

    Brilliant! Now Chelsea doesn’t give a flying f*ck about animals–or her health. :(

  • Turker Erdogan

    people who chhose veg for the reaosons other then animal liberation tend to fool themselves and set bad example for the opposition. No one would never turn back once they know whts there to know. It s shame, people like that will butter the meat industries bread and the industry will promote news like that to keep the flow goin. Such a shame on you girl

  • HereHere

    She is young still. When health becomes a bigger priority, she will follow in her father’s footsteps. It is true that the vegan or even vegetarian path isn’t simple and straightforward for most people. People try it, then they abandon it, then they come back and perhaps this will happen many times in life. For other people, they become vegan at the age of 6 and stay that way, but that is rather the exception.

  • veganforever

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that Chelsea has decided on a
    career in politics, following the path of her famous mom and dad. That
    is why she is cozying up to Big Ag–to grab at their Big Power and Big
    Money. She is such a disappointment! :(

  • IE RIes

    “I gave up all meat when I was 13. Then when I was 29, I woke up one day and craved red meat. My husband, who is an inveterate carnivore, was thrilled.”

    Of course he was, he was THE reason you changed your behaviour. Not because you “craved” flesh, but because you’re living around someone whose selfishness and appetites – gastronomic “fun” at the expense of others – was made to seem “acceptable” to you, and so you turned your back in the wisdom you once had, even as a young person, and returned to selfish “habits” at the expense of others – those others being the animals who cannot say NO! to you.

    I hope you come to your sense and regret this “decision” before you expose yourself to all the diseases, toxins and poisons inherent in the consumption of other for image and selfishness.

    And just to be clear: your husband isn’t a “carnivore” because he, like all of us, is a primate. The vast majority of all primates are herbivores, and only a few are insectivores. One or two scavenge, and 1 is known to kill other primates and consume them as a territorial display and act of dominance. The last species, Homo sapiens, kills other species and consumes them purely as an act of dominance, exploitation, and conspicuous consumption to boost one’s social prestige in various cultures. Human biology isn’t actually suited for consuming animals or their excretions (breast milk or ovum/eggs), either.

    • Narissa Wilburn

      I don’t know .. my whole family is vegetarian and has been for awhile. We both were craving meat without saying anything to one another because come on. We didn’t eat meat ! I just came out with it and we agreed to eat meat again. I also was a vegetarian while I was a teen. So I think yes our bodies/minds change and not because we are around other meat eaters ! Although I don’t eat meat often and only fresh local meat that i directly buy from the farm. Its too expensive and too heavy for me !

  • Danny

    Who cares? Been vegan 25 year and all my super eco weallthy friends are meat hogs. She has lived a privileged life and the last thing they think of is otherspecies comfort or the environment.UNLESS it gives them a free pr boost. What is revealingis that once again the wife unit submits to the husbands diet.Chelsea is that personality type. I can give 20 examples of American women I know who have suffered terrible health and weight issues being submissive as per taking on their husbands diet. Ecorazzi ought to do an article on that.

  • WickedCats

    I crave meat all the time. But, since I made this decision for ethical reasons, I am satisfied with the meat substitutes. Animals don’t have the choice of not being slaughtered.

    • veggiedude

      It’s like men who crave beautiful women – but they don’t and won’t rape a woman just because they have the desire! Like you, self control is the reason why I do not eat my friends too.

  • Ge0ffrey

    Before chomping into a slab of beef, give thanks to God from whom all good things come.