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Ellen Pompeo takes her family vegan

Ellen Pompeo and family

Actress Ellen Pompeo has been gradually cutting back on the use of animal products in her home for years, but it wasn’t until she visited her physician for a routine checkup that she decided to cut the animal products from her diet altogether.  Her doctor, Dr Kristi Funk, who has just written a book called “Breasts: The Owner’s Manual”, explained how a vegan diet can help prevent various forms of cancer, including breast cancer. A 2013 study by Loma Linda University School of Public Health found that women who ate vegan had a 34 percent lower rate of “female-specific” cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers. Dr Funk’s advice was enough for Pompeo to not only change her own diet, but have the whole household go vegan, including their three children!

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Being Veg’n in Hollywood

It’s all the rage to be vegan in Hollywood these days, so much so that it’s hard to keep up with who’s vegan or vegetarian and who’s not, as various actors and actresses go veg. Many of them have made public statements over the years on why a veg’n diet is important to them, so we thought we’d collect a few:

Casey AfleckCasey Afleck:

“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.”

Alec Baldwin:

“Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice: Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for animals. Do it for the environment and do it for your health.”

Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain:

“I don’t want to torture anything. … it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.”

Peter Dinklage:

“I love animals. All animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog — or a chicken, or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegetarian.”

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson:

“Initially, it was an energetic pursuit, but eventually I did develop a deep compassion for animals. I’d eat a burger, and want to go to sleep. I started for energy. And it has served me well. ”

Ellen Page:

‘Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?’

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman:

“Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. 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.”

Alicia Silverstone:

“Nothing’s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.”

One Day a Week – new documentary

Paul McCartney has produced a new short documentary on the importance of going meat-free for just one day a week.  He explained the goal in making this film, “My film, ‘One Day a Week,’ aims to raise awareness of this important issue and show people that if we all join together in this effort, we can help improve the environment, reduce the negative impacts of climate change, and even improve people’s health.”

His daughters Stella and Mary McCartney, plus actors Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone are also featured, as they narrate and share facts about how livestock agriculture impacts climate change and the environment. “Meat Free Monday encourages people to not eat meat at least one day a week with the hope that if enough people do it and the idea spreads, it will make a difference,” said McCartney.

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Vegan powerlifter – 62 years old

Rocky LuedekerRocky Luedeker of Oak Creek, Arizona, is a 62-year-old record-breaking powerlifter. She started lifting competitively four years ago and now holds 13 world records, and 26 state and national records.

According to Luedeker, “My best curl is 45 pounds, my best squat is 124 pounds, my best deadlift is 184 pounds.” She does all of this on a plant-based diet. She loves beans and rice, with lettuce every day. “A common myth is we [vegans] don’t have enough protein, and we have more than enough protein” she said.

But it also takes the right attitude to break records. “If I don’t get it this time, I will practice harder and get it next time,” she said. She has inspired her daughter, Bianca, also a vegetarian, who is now in training for the 2024 Olympics. “Definitely, lifting has greatly increased my confidence,” Bianca said. She is proud to be part of the “Lifting Luedekers” and proud of her powerlifting mom.

Ricky Gervais chooses vegan

Actor Ricky Gervais arrives at the Weinstein Netflix after party after the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly HillsBritish star Ricky Gervais rose to fame as David Brent, the lead character in the original British version of The Office, back in 2001.  He went on to become a well-recognized comedian, appearing on a variety of TV and radio shows, and in several movies.  He’s made several popular tours as a provocative standup comic including one show named “Humanity”.

Ricky has been a big supporter of animal rights for many years. He has spoken out against fox hunting and bull fighting. In his Humanity show, he recently said:

…it’s awful to think of people eating dogs, but some people eat pork. I don’t, but some people do. And a pig is just like a dog, there is no difference between them…

When Ricky was recently invited to participate in the Hot Ones interview, where host Sean Evans interviews a star while they eat ever-spicier chicken wings, Ricky opted for vegan chickn wings from the “Temple of Seitan”.  He also mentioned that his cheese days were over, so it certainly appears that Ricky is well on his way to being vegan.  Good for you, Ricky!

Erykah Badu – eats vegan since 1997

Erykah BaduAmerican singer-songwriter, Erykah Badu, is known as the queen of neo soul.  She has produced six albums, and released many popular singles. Her work has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She’s also played a wide range of supporting roles in movies as an actress.

Erykah has been vegetarian since her senior year of high school back in 1989 and has eaten like a vegan since 1997, although she chooses not to call herself a vegan since she says, “I don’t subscribe to any type of organizations. It’s just what’s best for my body.”

Her favorite foods are mostly raw salads, with avocados, fruits, and vegetables. Health and vitality have always been a priority for her, since for her vegan food is soul food in its truest form. “Soul food means to feed the soul,” she said.

Vegan bodybuilders break a world record

bodybuildersAt the 2017 Naturally Fit Games in Austin, TX, recently, athletes were challenged in various fitness events including kettlebell, powerlifting, bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit.  Thirty nine of the thousand total participants were members of a special team of vegan bodybuilders.  Coordinated by the nonprofit bodybuilding organization PlantBuilt, this team won 32 medals, 22 of which were for first place, and one member, Sara Lee, set both the world and American records for kettlebell.

Plantbuilt was formed with the goal of proving that animal product consumption is not necessary for building muscle. So far, more than 100 vegan athletes from countries around the world have competed with the PlantBuilt team and have raised $20,000 to support vegan outreach organizations, non-profits and farmed animal sanctuaries.

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