Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oprah goes Vegan

Recently one of the world's most influencial and powerful celebrities and chat show host legend Oprah Winfrey and 378 of her employees pledged to go vegan for 7 days. The 7 day vegan challenge was supported by vegan and author of Veganist, Kathy Freston. Kathy helped staff throughout the week including Veronica, the co-producer, who was struggling with the challenge. Veronica was a heavy fast food eater and said she was feeling 'angry' with her change in diet. Kathy chatted with her and explained that what she was going through was withdrawl symptoms of a long addiction to fast food. Veronica perservered and after the 7 days, felt so good she wanted to continue for 21 days!
Three days into the challenge the video editor, Rich, said he was feeling better than he had in ten years and by the end of the week had lost 11lbs. Staff and their familes were given cooking lessons by Kathy also.
Aswell as raising awareness with regard to food, the staff will continue to have Meatless Mondays in the cafe. According to the Oprah site, a record amount of toilet paper was used in the week ;) Info about the challenge, Kathy Freston, interviews and cooking lessons can all be viewed on
Sign Co. Clare's campaign for Meat Free Mondays on

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