Updated October 16, 2019. Following an interview with environmentalist and vegan Suzy Amis Cameron, Oprah has revealed she will be eating one plant-based meal a day for the next month.
She said in a video on her Instagram Story, “if you’ve been thinking about going vegetarian or vegan this is a good way to lean into it, where you don’t have to give up everything you’ve been eating your whole life all at once.”
Together with her chef Raymond Weber, Oprah made a fig salad with pumpkin risotto and wild field mushrooms. She announced that Weber will be coming up with 30 different plant-based recipes for her to share with her followers.
She also drew attention to her interview with Amis Cameron, which was published in “O” magazine and aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The pair talked about the vegan lifestyle and how simple diet changes can help save the planet.
Suzy Amis Cameron’s One Meal a Day Program
During the interview, they spoke about Amis Cameron’s book “OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet.”
According to Amis Cameron — who is married to director and fellow environmentalist James Cameron –, ditching animal products for just one meal a day and going plant-based can have a huge positive environmental impact.
She told Oprah, “[it] saves 200,000 gallons of water and the carbon equivalent of driving from Los Angeles to New York.” She added, “that’s one person.”
Oprah chimed in, “[think about] if everyone just did that.” The host continued, “so you’re saying, you’re not even trying to convert the whole world, just one meal.”
Amis Cameron — who is the founder of the U.S.’s first plant-based school, the MUSE school in Calabasas — maintains that ditching meat isn’t just good for the planet, but it’s also beneficial for overall wellbeing.
“There is something that happens when you go plant-based,” she explained. “Not only do you have all of these health benefits, your taste buds change, everything changes. You have this clarity.”
Will Oprah Go Vegan?
In the past, Oprah has flirted with the idea of going plant-based. She once undertook a 21-day vegan challenge with her staff.
She wrote in an essay about her experience, “I learned a lot about how animals are treated and mistreated before they get to our tables.” She added, “it is appalling and beneath our humanity to allow the torture of animals for the sake of our gluttony.”
The billionaire entrepreneur is passionate about healthy food. Her restaurant chain True Food Kitchen promotes healthy eating and has several vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.
She told Amis Cameron that the idea of going plant-based for one meal a day is “graspable.” She added, “my mind can hold that. I can receive that, that’s a doable thing. I can turn that into a fun exercise.”
Amis Cameron’s interview on “SuperSoul Sunday” aired on Sunday, October 13 at 11 am ET/PT on OWN.
The episode also streamed on the “SuperSoul Sunday” Facebook page, as well as Oprah’s Facebook page. The interview is now available on Oprah’s podcast, “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.”