Priorities? Eric Adams says he’s ‘got to get New Yorkers to eat a plant-based centered life’

NYC Mayor Eric Adams appeared stuck on repeat Monday while avoiding an answer to the question, “How often do you eat fish?”

At a morning news conference in the borough of Brooklyn, Adams reiterated the phrase, “I eat a plant-based centered life” nearly half a dozen times and let it be known that he wants his fellow New Yorkers to follow his lead.

For those wondering why Hizzoner would take such a defensive posture to an otherwise innocuous question, the reason Adams was holding a morning conference was to detail the rollout of NYC Health + Hospitals new plant-based lifestyle medicine program.

“Our city is leading the way with the most comprehensive expansion of lifestyle medicine programming in the nation,” Adams said on Twitter.  “This is personal to me.  A plant-based lifestyle helped save my life.  I’m thrilled that New Yorkers in every zip code will have access to this critical programming.”

The plan lays out how it is an expansion on the Bellevue Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program that Adams had launched as then-Brooklyn Borough President.

Adams has told the New York Post that his decision to “eat a plant-based centered life” in 2016 helped reverse his diabetes.  His condition had been severe enough that it had begun to affect his vision.

After refusing to answer the question of what else he eats and decrying the “food police” and any claims of his being vegan saying, reports surfaced from restaurants around the city stating Adams’ menu preferences.

Politico reported that Adams had in fact ordered fish as recently as Saturday when he dined with his predecessor Mayor Bill de Blasio at Osteria La Baia in Midtown.

Though City Hall communications director Maxwell Young denied any such allegation, Adams released a statement to confirm witness testimony late the same day as his repeated claims to “eat a plant-based centered life.”

“Let me be clear,” Adams’s statement read, “Changing to a plant-based diet saved my life, and I aspire to be plant-based 100 percent of the time.”

“I want to be a role model for people who are following or aspire to follow a plant-based diet, but,” Adams admitted, “as I said, I am perfectly imperfect, and have occasionally eaten fish.”

Adams insisted that people, “Ignore the noise.  Don’t worry about what’s on Mayor Adams’ plate.  Put these items on your plate because I’m living a healthier lifestyle.”

Perhaps he’s correct about not worrying what’s on “Mayor Adams’ plate”, but many folks were a bit concerned about why he was worrying about what’s on their plates, not to mention his priorities:

The former Borough President and current mayor is also a published author.  In 2020 he released a cookbook titled, “Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses.”

Adams, a former police officer as well, recently came under fire for a 2019 video where he referred to other members of the New York City Police Department as “crackers” prompting this query of the mayor’s diet preferences from radio host David Webb.




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