Toronto Mayor Ford Cuts out Bacon to Lose Weight

January, 2012

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford / Councillor Doug Ford, will use healthy plant-based diet in his/their efforts to lose weight

TORONTO:  Sir Paul McCartney, President Bill Clinton… and now Rob Ford? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford / Councillor Doug Ford will follow a plant-based diet as he begins a very public Cut The Waist Challenge in 2012. The Toronto Vegetarian Association will deliver a care package for achieving healthy weight-loss and provide the mayor / councillor with one-on-one consultation with a nutritionist over dinner next week at Vegetarian Haven restaurant.

“Eating less meat is a great way to achieve healthy weight-loss and reduce the risk of common health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes,” according to David Alexander, Executive Director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. “We’re excited that Mayor / Councillor Ford has come on board with plant-based eating and we’re eager to show him how fun, easy, and delicious it is to follow a vegan diet.”

The Mayor’s / Councillor’s care package includes vegetarian recipes, cookbooks, a directory of local restaurants, as well as dinner for two at Vegetarian Haven restaurant, a healthy 20-minute walk from City Hall. Also included is the documentary Forks Over Knives, which inspired CBC television host George Stroumboulopoulos to rethink his diet and embrace plant-based eating in 2011.

Also included in the care package is Dr. Neal Barnard’s 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, which demonstrates that plant-based foods help people to control their appetite, enhance their metabolism, and protect against heart disease, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. Dr. Barnard’s diet plan replaces high-fat animal products and oily foods with plant-based alternatives that are low in cholesterol and high in fibre. In just three weeks, people who adopt Dr. Barnard’s plan begin to see slimmer waistlines without having to count calories or alter their exercise habits.

“It’s easier than ever before to find healthy plant-based foods in the GTA,” says Alexander. “Anyone familiar with Toronto’s 80 vegetarian restaurants will tell you that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean going hungry!”

Toronto City Council features vegetarians from across the political spectrum including Councillors Josh Matlow, Glen De Baeremaeker, and Michelle Berardinetti.

About the Toronto Vegetarian Association


Founded in 1945, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is Toronto’s go-to resource for all things veg. A grassroots charitable organization supported by more than 1400 donors and volunteers, the TVA coordinates North America’s largest annual vegetarian food festival each September and Veggielicious, a celebration of compassionate cuisine, every spring. For details visit www.veg.ca.

Media Contact:
David Alexander
Executive Director
Toronto Vegetarian Association
416-544-9800
dalexander@veg.ca