Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on September 7, 2008
Oprah and I have so much in common it’s uncanny. For a start we’re both TV hosts (duh), we’re both known by one name (albeit in my case it’s just amongst friends and family), we’re both philanthropists (what? I gave a homeless a couple bucks today) and now, this one will freak you out, five months and 19 days after my famed 30 day plant-based diet Oprah embarked on similar 21 day cleanse in an effort to become a “conscious eater”.
For three weeks America’s favorite daytime TV host eliminated “caffeine, sugar, alcohol, gluten and animal products” from her diet. Okay I didn’t give up my daily strong espresso. Big deal. Oprah’s diet makeover comes courtesy of her spiritual counselor (I gotta get one of those),Kathy Freston.In her bookQuantum Wellness,Kathy speaks of “spiritual integrity.” As the big O puts it: “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?”
So what was Oprah chowing on? Her menu for day one follows: “For breakfast, I had steel-cut oatmeal with fresh blueberries, strawberries, chopped walnuts and a splash of soy milk and some agave nectar. For lunch, chunky mushroom soup with wild rice and pecans. As a snack, a handful of roasted almonds. And for dinner, a baked potato drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper with a salad of shredded lettuce, cranberries, pine nuts and tiny orange slices with a vinegar and oil dressing”. Sounds pretty delicious and you don’t need a private chef to put it all together (although that wouldn’t hurt).
Whether you arrive at a plant-based diet from an interest in spirituality or for reasons of sustainability, non-animal comestibles are the healthy option for all. Take it from a successful TV host. And Oprah.