In a betrayal of his former self, President Clinton has gone almost completely vegan. "I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit," said Clinton in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I drink a protein supplement every morning--no dairy--I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and a protein powder so I get the protein for the day."
The former president's diet was spurred by two factors: the need to lose weight ahead of his daughter's wedding and his troubled heart. Needless to say, it's quite a volte-face from his high-profile days as a fast food glutton. As the AP recalls:
Clinton's legend as an unhealthy eater was sealed in 1992, when the newly minted presidential candidate took reporters on jogs to McDonald's. He liked hamburgers, steaks, french fries -- lots of them -- and was a voracious eater who could gobble an apple (core and all) in two bites and ask for more.
Two of his favorite Arkansas restaurants were known for their large portions -- a hamburger the size of a hubcap and steaks as thick as fists.
On rare occasions, Clinton said he'll allow himself to eat fish. It's anyone's guess if this new diet will alter American's perceptions of him as the McDonald's devouring commander-in-chief immortalized by SNL's Phil Hartman. Are those days over?
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