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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Rocky 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.
British 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!
American 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.
At 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.
Twenty-eight year old British actress, Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays “Missandei” on the hit HBO fantasy television show Game of Thrones, loves to talk about being vegan. “I started eating a vegan diet about four years ago and even after a week I felt amazing. I had so much more energy,” she says.
She enjoys keeping fit, with yoga, distance swimming, boxing and running, and is living proof that you don’t need animal products to stay fit. Her favorite post-workout meals focus on quinoa, greens, veggies and beans, “simple and packed with natural proteins.”
She enjoys making protein shakes too “I’ll make something that’s packed with calories. I’ll put a banana in it, a bit of almond milk or coconut water, spinach. I also like a bit of matcha powder in there – all of that fun stuff! Add a bit of vegan protein powder and that would be my shake.”
She’s also quite the cook. Following her Caribbean roots, her signature dish is a vegan version of a Caribbean dish called Ackee and Saltfish.
Well done, Nathalie!
Mayim Bialik has a PhD in neuroscience, but is much better known as an actress who played Blossom in the early 90s, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler from “The Big Bang Theory.”
However, offscreen, she focuses on her passions one of which veganism. She explained how she’d always been an animal lover, and became vegetarian at age 19. As she gradually cut out most dairy in college, she found that her health improved. But it wasn’t until she read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer that she became fully vegan, embracing all the environmental reasons, nutritional and health reasons, and the ethical reasons for staying clear of animal products.
As a busy working mom, raising two boys, she tries not to spend too much time in the kitchen, so she cooks food that can be frozen and reheated, or simple foods that can be assembled easily, such as burritos with beans and rice, with a little vegan cheese and sliced avocado on top. She’s even found time to write her own cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours, in which she shares many ideas on how to eat as a vegan family.