7 Vegetarian and Vegan Celebrities
Looking gorgeous has a lot to do with eating a plant-based diet according to these Hollywood stars…
Over 17 years ago Alicia Silverstone, who turns 40 this year, switched to a vegan diet after learning about the impact of food on the environment. Her choice did wonders for her skin, weight and energy levels.
“I can’t think of anything better in the world to be but a vegan. The most important thing is to make the connection between wellness and food, and that’s what I think is lacking the most in our culture. This choice improved my health and well being 100 percent. There was this glow from the inside out and that’s what becomes contagious. I’ve heard from so many people on my website who have lost weight. It’s changed so many people’s lives so I really do just believe in the simplicity of the story.” Silverstone sticks to a macrobiotic diet filled with fresh vegetables, fruit, avocado’s, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains.
She feels that meat, fish, milk, and cheese are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology. Today she has put her heart and soul into the project ‘The Kind Life’, which includes her organic whole food vegan recipe book ‘The Kind Diet’, and her recently published book ‘The Kind Mamma’, where Silverstone shares her insights and research on the best ways of attaining a healthy conception, pregnancy and early motherhood.
Known as a controversial character, 54-year-old actor Woody Harrelson lives off the grid with his wife and 3 daughters in Maui Hawaii. He enjoys having an organic vegetable garden, kite surfing and living close to the earth.
Woody Harrelson told Esquire that he became vegan while living in New York when he was first trying to become an actor: “I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose. I had acne all over my face, which I’d had for years and years. And she’s like: ‘Hey, you’re lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days.’ I was like twenty-four. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone.”
Harrelson believes, “Raw food is the best way to have the cleanest energy. We take so much care about what kind of fuel we put in our car, what kind of oil. We care about that more than the fuel that we’re putting in our bodies. It’s cleaner burning fuel.”
A vegetarian since her preteens, 34-year old Natalie Portman made the transition to veganism in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book ‘Eating Animals’, which sheds light on how agricultural animals are treated.
Portman thrives on a fresh plant-based diet. “I consume my own weight in hummus every day. I cook a lot, and I even do vegan baking. When I’m hungry, I eat, and I always make sure I’m eating something delicious. I’m tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that’s also part of my pleasure: knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work.”
During her pregnancy she decided to follow her instincts. “I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff. I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of stuff. I know there are people who do stay vegan, but I think you have to just be careful, watch your iron levels and your B12 levels and supplement those if there are things you might be low in in your diet.”
“Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”
44-years old musician and actor Jared Leto strongly feels that food is the most powerful force, capable of making dramatic changes in your body. Not just a vegan, Leto refrains from processed snacks, choosing to rather fill his athletic physique with nutritious organic food.
Leto has adhered to a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet for over twenty years. He eats a myriad of raw and steamed veggies, dark leafy greens, nuts and grains.
Leto shares his inspiration with his fans. “Make sure that the diet consumed by you doesn’t bump up the acidic base in your body. Foods such as sugary, salty, processed, junk foods etc. make your body acidic. An acidic body is the powerhouse of diseases and instigates aging process in you, as a result of which you look prematurely wrinkled and old. Vegan food items such as lemon, grapefruit, spinach, broccoli, dark chocolate etc. are superb antioxidant foods; they are capable to deter aging process and make you look young and healthy for longer.
You should also be prudent regarding the consumption of alcohol and cigarette. Besides growing acidic base in your body, these sinister habits make your body hollow from inside. These vices pep up the deformation of cells and amplify the number carcinogenic cells in your body. No one can get you healthy and blissful body unless you allow yourself to remain slave of these vices.”
At the young age of 28 Ellen Page has been firmly planted in her passion for animal rights, environmental issues and veganism since her early twenties.
“It’s just something that I make a priority in my life. I used to eat a lot of crap and now I don’t, and I feel great and I absolutely love healthy food. I always take the time to eat well and eat locally because it’s common sense. I’m a huge fan of winter squash. And summer squash. I’m a huge fan of seaweed, I eat seaweed everyday for sure. There’s a lot of awesome seaweed here, like kombu.
I find a lot of people say, ‘Oh organic and local’s expensive and I just don’t have time.’ And I’m like, well how much TV do you watch? Where are your priorities right now?
I’m really interested in permaculture and learning more about it, and in organic gardening, and in Nova Scotia having a sustainable food system. Every time I go to the farmer’s market, I kind of fantasize about growing food more.”
Actress and singer Kristen Bell, age 37 became a vegetarian as a child. She just didn’t like anything about meat, but she absolutely loved fruits and vegetables. Later Bell discovered her passion for environmental causes and shifted into veganism.
“I really like to experiment and whip up my own recipes. I have my own garden where I grow vegetables. I cook a lot. Cooking makes me feel calm, makes me feel empowered; it makes me feel like I’m a provider. One of my favorite things to do is to pick a food, like kale, and get some fresh from the farmers’ market, then look up different recipes with it as an ingredient, make all those recipes, and decide which is best.
I love to pop in berries; an apple or banana; any kale, romaine, or spinach; some lemon; and coconut water for a smoothie. When I have a smoothie in the morning, I feel so good the rest of the day.
I would pass on to the next generation the importance of taking care of your body both inside and out. It’s all about being respectful to yourself because long-term you will feel and see the difference, and everyone else will see it too. Know that you always deserve to feel good and that that can happen by taking good care of yourself. I make it a priority to look after my skin and health because things can get very chaotic. When I feel and look healthy, it actually helps me manage a busy schedule better.”
Brad Pitt is an ardent animal rights activist who has quietly thrived on a plant-based diet for years. He declares that he really doesn’t like it when his wife, Angelina Jolie, and his children eat animal based products. Angelina tried to follow his diet, but it didn’t work for her.