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Miss Universe is plant-powered

Andrea Meza, Miss Universe

Twenty-six year-old Andrea Meza is one high-powered lady.  In addition to being crowned Miss Mexico in 2017, she was recently crowned the 69th Miss Universe, based not only on her looks, but also on her outstanding achievements.  

Born and raised in Chihuahua City, Mexico, she has demonstrated a wide variety of skills and expertise. She holds a degree in Software Engineering and is pursuing entrepreneurial ventures by launching her own activewear brand.  She is passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle, including sports and CrossFit workouts. She’s also a certified makeup artist, model, and the official Tourism Brand Ambassador for her hometown of Chihuahua!

Meza believes that a vegan ethic is central to the well-being of all animals – human and non-human, and for our environment. She has a mission to make the world a better, happier place for all living beings, and her veganism is inherent to that.

She uses her Instagram to spread her love of plant-based foods, sharing several vegan recipes including vegetables with quinoa and tofu as well as a watermelon ceviche to her 1.7 million followers. The vegan model encourages her fans to adopt a plant-based diet for individual and environmental health and wellness. Her crowning as Miss Universe will no doubt bring her message to many more around the world.

Athletes perform on a plant-based diet

DeAndre Jordan

NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist DeAndre Jordan has experienced first-hand the health and performance benefits of a plant-based diet. He is in tune with what he puts into his body and understands how a balanced, plant-centered diet impacts his performance on and off the court.   

“I started my plant-based journey three years ago and haven’t looked back. As a professional athlete and a parent, I’m constantly thinking about ways to nourish my body and enhance my performance, while also balancing a healthy, mindful lifestyle at home. Whether at home or on the road, my morning always starts with a healthy, high-protein breakfast that keeps me going throughout the day.” said Jordan, a three-time All-NBA and two-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. 

Jordan, along with Jrue Holiday, point-guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, have recently been names as professional athlete brand ambassadors for the plant-based egg substitute brand, JUST Egg. “As a former college athlete, I have a deep admiration and appreciation for the work that professional athletes put into their sport which starts with how they treat their bodies. I’m thrilled to welcome DeAndre and Jrue as our first ambassadors at Eat Just and I’m proud to share the same commitment to eating a healthier plant-based diet, while also making our communities stronger and our planet more sustainable,” said Josh Tetrick, CEO and co-founder of Eat Just. 

This marks the beginning of Eat Just’s athlete ambassador program as more professional athletes across different sports are changing their relationship with food and embracing plant-forward eating. We’re sure that promoting their dietary choices will help inspire many others to give plant-based eating a try!

Actor Ludi Lin – vegan

Mortal Kombat actor and model, Ludi Lin, needs to keep fit for his role as the popular hero, Liu Kang.  The 33 year-old Chinese-Canadian actor is proficient in the martial arts and works out daily to maintain his fitness and skills.

He also been following a vegan diet for the past 5 years. He’s noticed how nutrition is important for him to stay healthy, although he’s been interested in the idea of a vegan diet since he was a youth. He explained his philosophy in a recent Men’s Health article:

“Eating plant-based and staying away from animal products is something I think is inevitable because it’s good for the Earth, it’s good for my body. I feel good about it because animals are cute and also it’s the only thing that’s sustainable.”

He eats his largest meal of the day after his workout. He is fortunate to have a personal chef who creates full meals including mushrooms, pasta, vegetables, and dessert.  High protein snacks are often based on hemp protein powder with peanut butter, sweetened with stevia, though he also likes to have a lot of vegetables, with a particular liking for roasted pumpkin.

César Chávez dogs inspire vegetarianism

César Chávez, the famous civil rights leader and labor organizer who did so much for farm workers, was also a vegetarian. Chavez was a genuinely religious and spiritual figure as well as a community organizer and social entrepreneur, a champion of nonviolent social change, and a crusader for the environment. He also deeply loved his two German Shepherds.

The German Shepherds provided security for Chávez and his family at La Paz, the United Farm Workers’ headquarters in Keene, Calif. They went almost everywhere with him, including on the road when he traveled by car. He credited them with deepening his belief that without exception, all lives are valuable.

The dogs even helped deepen his commitment to vegetarianism. As he said, “I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings. The basis for peace is respecting all creatures.”

Chávez also was committed to animal rights. Chavez said. “Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society… “Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting, and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence.”

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are “almost vegan”!

First celebrity singer-songwriter Katy Perry announced that she was 95% ready to go 100% vegan!  After having 9 Hot 100 Billboard number one singles, awards too numerous to mention, and now as a judge on American Idol, Katy Perry is one of the highest earning women in music. During her 2020 pregnancy (she gave birth to daughter Daisy Dove Bloom in August 2020), Perry revealed she was ‘grossed out’ by beef and that she wasn’t ‘really into red meat’.  She told followers that she loved the Impossible Burger so much that she invested in the company.

Now her husband, actor Orlando Bloom, has announced that he too is 90% plant-based. He says “I sometimes look at a cow and think, that’s the most beautiful thing ever!” and claims to only eat a piece of red meat once a month.  The Pirates of The Caribbean star added: “At some point in time, we’ll look back and not be able to believe we used to eat meat.” For breakfast, the star says he eats porridge with hazelnut milk, vegan protein powder, and goji berries. Additionally, lunch is ‘mostly plant-based’, consisting of vegetables.

We hope that they both keep transitioning their diets, and decide to raise their daughter Daisy vegan as well.

Woody Harrelson wins a convert to veganism

Woody Harrelson

Movie star Woody Harrelson has long been a passionate advocate for going vegan.  He’s kept his vegan diet for 30 years and continues to remain outspoken about the environment, sustainability, animal rights, and the health benefits of plant-based eating. So it wasn’t so surprising when he had an impact on young actors around him, who are inspired to give a vegan diet a try.  One such actor was 18-year old Sadie Sink, whom he met while filming The Glass Castle five years ago.

“I’d always told myself I could never go vegan,” Sink said. “I’m from Texas, my family are big meat-eaters. But, I decided I was going to give it a shot and I went ahead and did it. I made the switch almost five years ago, after I worked with Woody Harrelson on a movie,” she recently revealed in an interview with Glamour.com

She explained that Harrelson made it sound easy based on his experience, and she says she was surprised at just how easy the switch could be.

“He’s a very passionate vegan and his entire family is vegan as well, so by spending time with them, I was able to learn that a vegan lifestyle is totally doable and it’s not as hard as it may seem,” Sink said. (Harrelson is married to Laura Louie and they have three kids.) “It’s definitely something I still have to work on. You make mistakes in the beginning, but you just learn as you go.”

Sadie Sink

Sadie, who has subsequently had roles in Stranger Things, the documentary Dominion, and Fear Street 2 among others, repeatedly champions a variety of vegan skin-care products, telling her fans the benefits for skin health as well as the importance of separating consumer products from animal industries.

When Sink and Harrelson promote their vegan or plant-based lifestyles to millions of fans, the fact that they are both Texans and continue to break down stereotypes, they set new examples on how easy it is to adopt a plant-based or vegan diet no matter where you are from or what your family traditions have been.

Beckham kicks out the meat

David Beckham, the former professional soccer player, has been dipping into a plant-based diet. Beckham, who is a known foodie and often shared his meat-heavy meals on Instagram, was seen last year with his family at a London pop-up restaurant called F!lth eating a kimchi-topped vegan burger. He described the meal as “insane” and “delicious” on Instagram, which led to the restaurant selling out of food just hours after the posting.

Beckham appeared on a virtual call on IGTV with Sir David Attenborough to discuss ways in which we can help the planet, so it seems that the importance of changing his diet has sunk in.  His wife, and former Spice Girl band member, Victoria Beckham, has been following a largely plant-based diet for a while now, so she has been encouraging David to make the change.

More recently, they enjoyed a 3-week spa retreat in Baden-Baden, in Southwest Germany, where they were only served vegetarian food. On Instagram he wrote: “Never done this before but been eating veggie for the past three weeks which hasn’t been easy but actually enjoyable,”  Their meat-free meals included a chilled pea soup that Beckham dubbed “amazing,” as well as zucchini noodles with mushrooms, chickpea salad, vegetable soup, eggplant with blue cheese, smoked watermelon, and sweet potato.

It’s great to see celebrities like David and Victoria setting the standard for changing their diet, whether it’s for their health, for the animals or for the environment. With a combined following of almost 100 million on Instagram, meaning that their potential influence on potential vegetarians and vegans could be huge!

Remembering Famous Vegetarians

This month we remember Martin Luther King, and the black vegetarians who have contributed so much to the civil rights movement. Let’s also remember other great vegetarians who have contributed to civil rights, or the development of a better life for us all, throughout American history.

Cesar Chavez poster

Cesar Chavez poster image

Many people are surprised to learn that Cesar Chavez, who led a movement for Latino worker rights, was a vegetarian, motivated by his compassion for animals. He said, “I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom.”

Similarly, founding father, Benjamin Franklin, Susan B. Anthony, who played such a prominent role in women’s suffrage, and Clara Barton, the great humanitarian and founder of the American Red Cross, were all vegetarians.

Top chef goes vegan for Veganuary

Spike Mendelsohn – celebrity chef

Spike Mendelsohn, a celebrity chef who’s an alum of the popular series Top Chef, is going vegan for Veganuary and urges everyone to do the same.  He’s been promoting vegan diets for over a year, through his vegan fast-food chain, PLNT Burger, which he started in 2019 in Silver Spring, MD.   He has now expanded to 7 locations inside Whole Foods Markets and in 2021, he plans to open several stand-alone restaurants.  His menu features Beyond Burgers topped with Follow Your Heart vegan cheese , mushroom bacon and guacamole.

He talked about the popular Veganuary campaign, saying “Veganuary is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to move towards a healthier diet or reduce their carbon footprint to enjoy more amazing plant-based food this year. I’m joining my vegan wife Cody and millions of others around the world this month to show people how delicious, easy and fun a vegan diet can be.” 

“Veganuary is here to encourage and support anyone who wants to try vegan,” Veganuary’s US Director Wendy Matthews said. “We are grateful to work with restaurants like PLNT Burger who make our mission significantly easier for the growing number of conscious consumers in the US by offering delicious, satisfying, sustainable options.”

Meghan Markle invests in Oat milk latte company

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex who is married to Prince Harry, has followed a mostly plant-based diet for several years.  She recently announced that she will invest an undisclosed amount in a vegan start up Clevr Blends, which is selling instant SuperLattes made with oat milk.  Clevr is a woman-led company focused on offering specialized wellness products that contribute to a healthier planet and a more just society.  They offer a number of different flavors of instant lattes, where you just add water. In addition to oat milk powder, they use coconut milk powder, monk fruit (a natural, no-calorie sweetener) and various spices. They use only organic or non-gmo ingredients and are working diligently on improving the sustainability of their packaging.

Markle said “This investment is in support of a passionate female entrepreneur who prioritizes building community alongside her business.  I’m proud to invest in Hannah’s [the owner’s] commitment to sourcing ethical ingredients and creating a product that I personally love and [that] has a holistic approach to wellness. I believe in her and I believe in her company.”

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