Bill Clinton on His Diet: 'I Might Not Be Around If I Hadn't Become a Vegan'

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No greasy fast food, here: Even when Bill Clinton is on the road he adheres to his plant-based diet.

While campaigning in Las Vegas for his wife, Hillary, the former president popped into vegan cafe Simply Pure. Clinton was in great spirits, reports Politico, chatting with patrons and owner and chef Stacey Dougan.

While scanning the menu, Clinton told Dougan, “I’d weigh 50 pounds more if I lived here because this looks so good. This is great. A lot better than what I eat,” he told Dougan. When she asked with he ate in particular, Clinton replied, “I like all the Italian stuff. Lasagna, I like the chili enchiladas, they nailed the meat substitute stuff. It used to be when I started this, it was inedible. It’s so much better now.”

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Clinton, who was accompanied by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, finally settled on the green chili enchiladas, which he took to-go along with a nacho sampler. “This is unbelievable,” he said of cashew cheese sauce and textured vegetable protein that covered the nachos.

The former president famously committed to a mostly plant-based diet in recent years in the wake of his heart problems, and he credits the change to his very existence. “I might not be around if I hadn’t become a vegan,” he said.

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As he was leaving the cafe, he clarified some details of his diet: “[My doctor] asked me to eat organic salmon once a week. I do, but I’d just as soon be without it. The vegan diet is what I like the best … I have more energy, I never clog. For me the no dairy thing, because I had an allergy, has really helped a lot. And I feel good.”

No word yet on whether the cafe will name a symbolic dish after him following the visit — certainly not unprecedented an election cycle with Donald Trump burgers and Bernie Sanders ice cream.

–Michelle Ward Trainor

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