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The Silver Lining To Rosie O’Donnell’s Heart Attack: She Found A Plant-Based Diet

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rose odonnell heart attackLast week, Rosie O'Donnell wrote in a blog post about a truly terrifying experience. She'd had a heart attack, which definitely could have killed her. But something good does seem to have come out of the scary wake-up call: the Queen of Nice recently Tweeted that she'd adopted a plant-based diet, and had already begun to lose weight.

O'Donnell, who has struggled with her as a result of emotional eating, seems to be using her health problems as a reason to finally get healthy and change the way she views food. The philanthropist and activist (who also admitted in her blog post that she and her fiancee have been secretly married, and that she's selling art on eBay to raise money for charity) has been active on social media since the heart attack–mostly regarding food and her new diet.

She told Ecorazzi on Twitter that she, like Russell Brand and Bill Clinton before her, had been swayed toward a healthier dietary path after watching Forks Over Knives. She'd even sought the help of plant-strong guru Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and has mentioned The Engine 2 Diet, which was written by his son, Rip Esselstyn.

So far, O'Donnell seems to be really committing. She's Instagramming photos of meals with the hashtag #plantstrong, and has been engaging with lots of fans on Twitter who are curious about the diet that she says has already helped her lose ten pounds.

Which is great news, both for O'Donnell and her fans. Rosie O'Donnell has the potential to not only educate about the risk of heart disease, but also to reach expansive audiences with a message of health. Many of her fans might not have considered switching to a more plant-based, whole-foods-centered diet, but with her advice, they may be more likely to seek it out.  The diet is also sure to make talk show staple feel better about herself, too, which, as someone who's struggled with my weight, is invaluable.

Rosie, congrats on your recent nuptials, your weight loss, and your positive new health plan. Welcome to the plant-based club. We wish you all the best.

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