Less of an American Idol?

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By Alexander Carpenter

"Dan Mathews: Congrats on another Top 10 album. Now tell us: Why did you decide to become vegetarian?

Ruben Studdard: Actually, I went to the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in North Carolina for a month, and they basically taught me how to live a healthier lifestyle. But I wasn’t a vegetarian then; I was just eating lean protein—basically fish, really—and I did that for a month, and I lost 40 pounds. And I actually came home, and there was a little brochure in my hometown paper—I ain’t never told nobody this—but it was a thing about cleaning up your temple. I think it was like a Seventh-Day Adventist magazine, and they were talking about “try vegetarian.” I went online that day, and I just started reading little things from different vegetarians, and it was so much easier than I thought it would be, so I decided to try it, maybe two weeks after leaving Duke, and it’s been great. I feel amazing."

(hat tip to Ken and Ron Osborn for the heads up)

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4417