bill clinton
by Ali Berman
Categories: Eats, Healthy Living, Vegan
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Bill Clinton wasn’t known for his healthy eating habits when he was living in the White House. But now, the former president who struggled with heart disease is one of the best examples of how changing your diet can improve your health and prolong your life.

Clinton recently spoke to AARP the magazine about his decision to switch to a plant based diet. He said, “I just decided that I was the high-risk person, and I didn’t want to fool with this anymore. And I wanted to live to be a grandfather. So I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.”

That’s when Clinton cut out the meat and dairy, instead opting for whole grains, lots of veggies and legumes. For a while, he was still eating some fish, but told the interviewer that he has now cut those out as well. He said, “I’ve lost more than 20 pounds so far, aiming for about 30 before Chelsea’s wedding. And I have so much more energy now! I feel great.”

The most difficult food for him to cut out? Yogurt and hard cheese. But, Clinton said about finally being able to kick the dairy habit, “I love that stuff, but it really made a big difference when I did it.”

Clinton has undoubtedly inspired countless people through his journey from heart disease to plant based diet. He knows the secret and is happy to share it with the world.

Photo Credit: Anthony Correia /

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Butterflies Katz

    I like your article, everything except the title, which is untruthful. Eating a plant-based diet for your own health IS NOT VEGANISM. Veganism is a stance of non-participation in animal exploitation, and always has been since its inception. It is a way of life, and it extends beyond diet, and it is always about the animals.

  • Siraganda

    He is looking great now!