Though we'd love to say we had some influence in Oprah's decision to go vegetarian for three weeks, we really can't. We sent email to the Oprah show alerting them to our petition requesting that she do a program segment on factory farming. We received the auto response alerting us to the fact that they (at the Oprah show) are very busy and may not be able to get back to us personally... Of course, we'll keep you posted if we do hear from them. But in the meantime much of America, indeed the globe, will now be exposed to the benefits of a vegan diet.
Apparently, Oprah was inspired by the book Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness, by Kathy Freston, and she (Oprah) is now engaged in the 21-day cleanse described in the book. This means, she'll be eating vegan (and gluten and alcohol free) for the next three weeks.
Freston says "If you want to look and feel your best, you have to make the complete mind, body, and soul connection. That means you have to work from the inside out." From this she has devised her premise of the 8 Pillars of Wellness, which she says is the way to live an engaged life. Meditation may be the first pillar, but it is the second pillar, conscious eating, which is the pillar Kathy says should be observed above all others.
It doesn't only make a difference to our own personal health and well-being, but conscious eating means you stay aware of where your food comes from, how the animals are treated, and how the environment is affected by the foods that you eat. You take in the energy of whatever went into creating that food.
We are absolutely thrilled! This means Americans, and the rest of the world, will now be exposed to vegan eating and maybe even the issue of animal rights in a medium that a huge number of people are willing to pay attention to!
For further reading, you can click on this link to read more about the 8 Pillars of Wellness as previewed on Oprah.
If you'd like to follow her progress, Oprah has a blog. Here's Oprah's blog post from this week:
Well, I feel like I got baptized in Vegan Land today. Kathy Freston sent her chef, Tal Ronnen, to help me and three friends at Harpo who are doing the 21-day cleanse.
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. — Oprah
I predict this action by Oprah will do more for the cause than anything else to date!