Oprah Goes on a 21 Day Vegan Cleanse

Oprah Goes on a 21 Day Vegan CleanseOprah Winfrey has announced that she’s going on a vegan cleanse, eliminating all animal products, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and gluten from her diet for 21 days in an effort to become a more conscious eater.

She writes in her blog:

Wow, wow, wow! I never imagined meatless meals could be so satisfying. I had been focused on what I had to give up—sugar, gluten, alcohol, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese. “What’s left?” I thought. Apparently a lot. I can honestly say every meal was a surprise and a delight, beginning with breakfast—strawberry rhubarb wheat-free crepes.

She was inspired by a rereading of the book “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle and is being coached through the whole thing by one of her spiritual gurus of the moment, Kathy Freston.

Oprah asks, “How can you say you’re trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?”

Oprah has a lot of influence and I hope she will inspire people across the country to become “conscious eaters.” So many people are “unconscious eaters,” often putting no thought into what they eat. This is the kind of behavior that leads to obesity and other health problems.

Our packaged, plastic-wrapped food culture makes it easy for us to remain unconscious. It makes it easy not to care when all you’re seeing is the end result of the long process that occurs in order for a cow to end up as a steak on your plate.

When we become conscious not only of the health effects of what we eat but also of where our food comes from and the impact our food choices have on other creatures and the planet, we are respecting not only our bodies but the entire balance of nature. When we take things for granted and don’t look beyond the plate in front of us, we become ignorant slaves to convenience and appetite rather than full participants in the cycle of life.

Given the undeniable “Oprah effect” and the fact that millions of people take everything she says very seriously, one can only hope that her short 21-day experiment will inspire a lot of people to make real, lasting changes to the way they eat and think about food.

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I get my protein from nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios. For some of the best tasting pistachios I go to Yurosek Farms! Try them if you love good nuts like me.

The human body IS NOT MADE TO EAT EVERYTHING. This is a very ignorant response. If we were meant to eat EVERYTHING then there wouldn’t be so many correlations between cancer, obesity, heart failure and food choices.

I have been a HEALTHY vegetarian/vegan since I was 7 years old. It was my own choice to go veg at that age and I have been grateful for the decision for the rest of my life.

Everyone please stop fawning over Oprah and every word that drips from her mouth! People can think for themselves and don’t need to use her latest fad as an icon for healthy living or a sound spiritual condition. Her comment about “sacrificing animals in the name of gluttony” is absurd. Everyone needs to stop their obsession with criticizing what other people eat and get the log out of their own eye first. Good grief!

My guess would be she’s doing this as an exercise. I saw that show and she seemed to think of it as a way to really connect with what she eats and expand her sense of what she needs to be satisfied and feel good vs. what’s an excessive, unhealthy craving. I doubt she’s going to stay vegan. And while I’m sure you can survive doing so, surviving isn’t the same as thriving. We should have balance between the huge amounts of meat the average American consumes and eating nothing but seeds and sprouts. That show has inspired me to… Read more »

To those who believe that you have to eat animal products to get enough protein to survive. Read “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II (2006) as it dispels health myths and misinformation. If you want to be healthy, change your diet.

Adequate intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes provide enough protein for anyone to survive.

I’ve been vegetarian on and off over 30 years, finally converting permanently to a vegan diet 2.5 years ago. Cut “white” out, sugar, refined flours and you can not help but be healthier.

oohhh whatever. just because oprah does something millions of people with out any personality continue in her footsteps. It really bothers me that with all the money and HELP Oprah has shes till manages to fluctuate her weight all the time. Its probably because no matter how successful she is- she still has the same insecurities eating away at her since she she was peniless. I was a guest on her show about 5 years ago for incredible weight loss. And Oprah I hope you read this cuzz your ups and downs and all this emotional stuff is getting on… Read more »
It’s great to see that Oprah is trying a vegan diet. A conscious diet. A diet with a heart. The human body absolutely isn’t made to eat everything, yeah not everything is deadly when you eat it. A lot is deadly after years and years of eating. It is also about the heart. I think that to get one step up the ladder – the learning curve for human kind -, EQ is the biggest ingeredient. In 200 years people will look back and think: why on earth could they breed, inprison and kill animals this way? Didn’t they learn… Read more »

I watched Oprah’s show when she announced this and I was inspired to try as well. I have done vegan/cleanse diets before — I think coming off of coffee and soda is what really give you that refreshed feeling.

Oprah has gained and lost so much weight I don’t think this will make much of an impression on those who have known her for years. I wonder what Dr Oz has to say about this? Watch Oprah’s face as he is explaining something and she has a very disinteresting look as though “this doesn’t apply to me” it is just for the audience. As far as Ekart Tolle and Oprah’s comment “How can you say you’re trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?”… Read more »