Writer, director, and comedian Kevin Smith said he's now 'very vegan', and has lost 32 pounds since his recent heart attack, in an interview of The Jim & Sam Show published to YouTube last Thursday.
During the interview, in which Smith promoted his upcoming Showtime special Kevin Smith Silent But Deadly, the comedian told hosts Jim Norton and Sam Roberts that he and his doctors had discussed genetics, nutrition, and drug use as possible causes for the attack.
Having been told it was likely his diet that caused the attack, a relieved Smith said: "You can make me vegan, but god damn it don't touch my weed."
Smith told Norton and Roberts that the heart attack he had was caused by a 100 percent artery blockage.
Commonly called 'the widowmaker', attacks of this nature reportedly have only a 20 percent survival rate.
The blockage, according to Smith's doctor, was caused in large by a lifetime of bad eating habits - which lead to his nutritionist prescribing a plant-based diet.
The dietary advice came much to the delight of Smith's vegan daughter Harley Quinn, who reportedly told her father's nutritionist to 'make him be a vegan'.
Smith says that while his ethically-motivated daughter never 'campaigned' for veganism at home, she had dropped hints to Smith prior to his heart attack - including the occasional 'not your mom, not your milk'.
Smith emphasized, however, that while he does 'love animals', they are not his primary motivation for the change.
Explaining that a plant-based diet is proven to break up blockage in the arteries, Smith said he's committed to staying off of animal products 'for at least a year'.
Admitting that he's not a fan of fruit and vegetables, he described how a diet including falafel, hummus, beans, and the occasional vegan comfort food, has resulted in 'wonderful' health and a loss of 32 pounds in less than 3 months.
He added: "Chickpeas became a thing that saved my life."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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