Russell Simmons: ‘I Am Not An Angry Vegan’
Russel Simmons went on CBS This Morning to talk about why he wrote his latest book ‘The Happy Vegan’ and why others should make the change to a plant-based diet.
Simmons has shouted from the rooftops for years how his vegan diet has made him healthier, slimmer and happier but in the interview he addressed more serious issues like the damage eating meat has caused the planet.
“In general the reason why this transition needs to happen is because we’re poisoning the planet. We won’t be able to inhabit it if we continue,” he explained. “It’s the worst karmic disaster in the history of the world. The abuse of 100 billion animals birthed into suffering. But also the amount of carcinogens. If you’d have barbecued beef, if that was part of your meal, 20 cigarettes right there. You want to give that to your child?”
The hosts of the show all replied to the rhetorical question with a resounding ‘No’ but shortly after, Gayle King who was leading the interview, contradicted herself. Saying she has cut her meat consumption but still loves a burger, she added that reading Simmons’ book made her feel guilty.
“Are you trying to make us feel guilty? Are you an angry vegan?” she asked.
“I’m not an angry vegan. I am a yogi,” the entrepreneur and hip hop mogul replied. “I want people to live longer, I want to save the planet, and I want to stop this karmic disaster that’s beyond anything we’ve ever committed.”
It was originally that yogi lifestyle that led Simmons to veganism. After getting involved in yoga and meditation, his teacher told him put something is his body that would fuel his practice, a lesson he says he will never forget.
Simmons also bragged about how well vegans can eat. Talking about a recent trip to Crossroads in Los Angeles, he said he ate chicken parmesan with cheese —vegan chicken that is, made with pea protein, rice protein and a little bit of soy, and almond cheese— and a kale Ceasar salad.
Simmons’ book, ‘The Happy Vegan’ is available online and in stores.
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