When we think of Bill Clinton, “the picture of perfect health” is probably not the first description that comes to mind. But after decades of an unhealthy lifestyle (complete with jogging to McDonald’s with reporters during his stint at the White House) we have to give him props for trying to turn things around with his newly-adopted vegan diet. And even though many people wondered if he would stick to it, he told Matt Lauer this morning exactly why he is.
When you were president, you were known for your appetite. Man, you loved the doughnuts, the junk food, anything southern fried. Now we sit here, and you just turned 65, had a quadruple bypass and you’re a vegan. Does that suck?
To which Clinton replied with a laugh:
No, 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.
Why would anyone assume being a vegan “sucks”? Because doing so has been associated with lowering your risk of cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, hypertension and arthritis? Or because other studies have shown that those who eat red and processed meat were more likely to die prematurely? Yeah, that would suck. While we may not always agreed with Clinton when it comes to politics (and other indiscretions), we are 100% behind his decision to take control of his health in order to have more “good days”, no matter what Lauer implies.