PUBLISHED ON: 9 May 2011
In a new episode airing on Channel 10 at 1pm today, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and her 378-strong staff have made a pledge to animals, the planet, and their health, by going vegan for a week! The eye-opening experience reportedly changed the way many participants thought about the food they ate.
And Oprah is challenging you: Will you join them?
Oprah's not known for doing things by halves. During her Ultimate Australian Adventure series she showed off the best of Australia to the world, and recently she's convinced 378 of her staff members to leave meat, fish, dairy and eggs off their menu for a week. Harpo Productions, producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show", has also decided to embrace Meatless Mondays in the Harpo Cafť — making every Monday a meat free day.
Oprah's not the first talk show icon to discover the benefits of being vegan. Her colleague Ellen DeGeneres, partner of Australian actress Portia De Rossi, credits her decision to becoming a life-long vegan to the documentary Earthlings, and now regularly discusses animal welfare issues on her talk show Ellen.
As Ellen describes, being vegan not only saves many pigs, chickens and other animals from a life of suffering on factory farms, it is also kinder on the environment, and can improve health and longevity.
If you've ever been curious, or are wanting to make a gift of compassion to animals in need, now's a perfect time to give an animal-free diet a try! Here are some helpful resources to get started:
- New York Times best-selling author and long-term vegan Kathy Freston has tips, recipes, and grocery lists on Oprah's website. You can also watch a short interview with Kathy on how and why she became a vegan and the positive effects it has on her wellbeing.
- Wondering about protein? Iron? Get the facts on the Going Vegan FAQ.
- Discover many more delicious cruelty-free recipes on WhyVeg.com
Are you joining the challenge? Leave a comment below!