I bet you there are a lot celebrities you didn’t know are Vegan. The Vegan diet is the rage of the last few decades, and no one has flocked to the lifestyle as much as celebrities. Typically, trend-setters on most fronts, the vegan lifestyle has been no different.
Articles, blogs, and interviews abound on the internet about not only the benefits of the vegan diet but the individual motivations that lead each person down that path. I looked up five celebrities from different walks of life and investigated their journey into the non-dairy and non-meat world.
First up is the renowned tennis star, Venus Williams, who switched to veganism in 2011 after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjorgren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects the moisture-producing glands in the body.
This chronic disease can lead to joint pain, dry eyes, and fatigue. She says her doctor advised she try the raw diet because the diet is high in vitamins and nutrients, which can improve autoimmune conditions. The raw diet is exactly what it sounds like, all fresh food, and none of it cooked.
While she tried it for several years, during an interview in 2019, she reported that she now eats some cooked foods because the raw diet was unsustainable for her as an athlete. She is quoted saying she now eats potatoes, lentils, and rice.
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When I first stopped eating animal products, everyone thought it was a phase. That was 30 years ago. And in the beginning I wasn’t sure I’d get everything I needed from plants. I’d been brainwashed like most of society to believe that we needed to eat animals. But we simply don’t. As my health got better, I started to see this was the right path and I’ve never looked back. If you’re going to try it, you have to give it chance. Detoxing animal products out of your system takes patience and commitment…but you’ll thank yourself once you get there. #govegan 🌱 (ps: juicing fresh carrots and fresh ginger is a great cleanser). #ifyouloveanimalsdonteatthem
Our next famous Vegan is Bryan Adams, the rock star. Adams was most prevalent on the music scene in the 1990s and sang the Academy Award-winning song “Everything I Do, I Do it For You” from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. In several interviews, Adams has said he became a vegan at the age of 28 and has cited his love of dogs when he was young as a significant contributing cause.
Adams has worked with PETA and opposes any products that use animals for their creation. In an interview done late this spring, he cites his plant-based diet as a significant reason why he has not become sick during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another vegan and PETA supporter and advocate is Sopranos star, Edie Falco. She proclaims her love of animals and of all life as her main reason for becoming first a vegetarian and then a vegan. Falco had been a vegetarian for 16 years before making the switch to vegan in 2017.
Falco has been very outspoken about the mistreatment of animals concerning big farming and animal testing. In a 2017 interview with parade magazine, shortly after her switch veganism, she states, “If you don’t have respect for the life of any kind, it will manifest in more obvious ways.” Falco has been known to protest and lobby companies and organizations to stop the mistreatment of animals and to stop animal testing.
Most recently, she worked with PETA to stop the labs at the University of Delaware to cease their testing on rats. She has also been seen protesting outside of the chain McDonald’s, stating they need to change their animal welfare policy and add more vegan items to the menu offerings. Falco is probably one of those celebrities you didn’t know are Vegan.
Moving away from the entertainment world and venturing into the public sector, former presidential candidate Cory Booker is also an out and proud of vegan. Booker made no bones about his vegan status during his bid for president and has been an active animal rights supporter since the early 90s. He said he first became a vegetarian after reading Gandhi’s autobiography.
He made the first step on this journey by becoming a vegetarian. He said the results were so positive that he continued the journey. His last non-vegan meal was in 2014. During his run for president, he discussed his desire as president to push back against big farming and to work against the hiding of animal abuse that takes place on some of these farms. He has stated that his intention is never to preach or convert others to his way of life.
Booker sees no reason to hide his vegan lifestyle, even though it may attract criticism from those whose votes he seeks. His switch to veganism also revolves around the environment and how big farming affects us all. Animal grazing for farms is the number one reason for foliage loss in the Amazon.
Changes to the landscape that severe have a considerable impact on our environment. Though he is no longer an active candidate for the 2020 election, Booker plans to work towards more human and environmental solutions to big farming.
The last name on our list of celebrity vegans is John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods. While Mackey is a devout vegan and has often been under fire from fellow vegans for selling meat in his chain of stores. He has stated that while he understands the complaint, he needs to remain practical. He says that as a businessman, he cannot institute all his personal beliefs on his business, or he would no longer have a business to run anymore.
So, while he continues to sell meat in his popular health food chain, he does so as humanely as possible. When reflecting on his childhood, he says his mother consistently served frozen and processed food, and that had an impact on his food choices as an adult.
Mackey says that nothing processed or frozen ever graces his plate these days, and on a typical day, he consumed 15 servings of fruits and vegetables.
While vegan life may not be the choice for you, the health benefits are undeniable. Doctors and nutritionists alike purport the benefits of this diet, such as decreased cholesterol, weight loss, reduced risk of heart disease, and the benefit mentioned earlier for autoimmune disorders.
It is cautioned if you embark on this lifestyle to pay attention to your iron, calcium, zinc, and protein levels, but many can be successfully managed through the right balance of foods.
The vegan diet is a lifestyle choice, and it is not a decision that should be taken lightly as it may require significant changes to your way of life. However, if you feel it is right for you and the benefits outweigh the risks, then you have plenty of celebrity role models in whose footsteps you can follow. We hope that our list of celebrities you didn’t know are Vegan taught you something new today!