Bill Clinton drops his meat

Bill Clinton, a man known for his meat, is switching teams. No, he  hasn’t gone gay. He’s gone vegan!

I know, I didn’t believe it myself. But NPR confirmed the rumors that  this blue leftist has given up all of the red for good. And not just  the red meat, but anything animal related.

Apparently, his doctors have been hassling Clinton about heart disease  and losing weight. So, he dropped 20 pounds by dropping the animals  from his daily intake. The result: a healthier Clinton and happier  farm residents — well, sort of.

The truth is,I suspect  Clinton’s decision has a lot more to do with health than  animal rights or politics. But, I like that. More and more this nation  is realizing that what the tree huggers and select-few dumpster divers  have been doing for years is probably good for our bodies. As corporate  food companies spread their fatty, but tasty, terror, the planet is  rapidly becoming more obese with hormone-enhanced meat-look-a-likes —  and I’m not talking about soy here.

Eliminating meat and animal  products from your diet can lead to better weight and a reduction in  risk for various heart diseases. But cutting out animal products  doesn’t eliminate the responsibility of maintaining a healthy diet and
exercise routine. Leaving meat for potato chips will not cut it,  though it is tempting.

Now this blogger hasn’t gone vegan quite yet. For one, it’s not  affordable. Two, I’m not necessarily against eating animals as a  whole. But I no longer find meat appealing, and I advocate for better  treatment of animals. For the number of animals killed, world hunger  should be solved. But much of the meat we get from these precious  creatures is wasted, meaning these creatures not only died suffering  inhumane conditions, but also died in vain. Not to mention, we throw  off the natural flow of our habitat by depleting populations of
animals for sport or luxury. Only in the food industry is mass  genocide and torture seen as acceptable. Plus, the amount of meat Americans in particular take in is far beyond what is recommended or needed for a healthy diet. All that said, a vegan diet  may be in my future once I see more cash flow in my future as well.

Hopefully, as more major figures and people in general turn to vegan  and vegetarian diets, companies will invest more in vegan-friendly  products, thus bringing the cost down.

As for Clinton, this is the same white man who loves roaming Harlem,  playing jazz and joined a black fraternity (welcome to the family,  frat). So, hearing an older, white, male politician joined the ranks of  the hippies is only surprising if the guy’s name isn’t Bill.

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Shawntai Brown was born with a silver pen. Not really, but her entire life centers around writing. She currently is a copy editor for Booth Newspapers, a playwright (support the eLLe series) and a blogger. Born in 1986, she is a second eldest of four children. She was raised in Detroit under the shelter and protective parenting of her mother (who died when Shawntai was young) and father on the west side. She attended Cass Tech High School and was a participant in City-wide Poets throughout high school. She also did acting. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in creative writing and experience in journalism and Spanish. Having worked for the school paper, she was able to score an internship with the Kalamazoo Gazette right out of college, which then led her to the Grand Rapids Press. Her intern's wages and wonderful co-signer/grandfather afforded her the luxury of living in the plush accommodations of Paragon Properties. And thus the story of this young professional continues. ... 

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