Eric Adams grew up extremely poor, living in a 4-storey tenement building in a family with 6 children. After a 22-year career in the NY City police department, he moved into politics and is currently Brooklyn Borough president of New York City and running for City mayor in 2021.
Eric noticed that he was starting to lose his sight in 2016. A visit to the doctors determined that he had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a stomach ulcer, and late stage Type 2 Diabetes. He was told that he would be on medication for the rest of his life, that he would likely lose his sight and possibly some fingers and toes from nerve damage. This was a very emotional time for him, facing the possibility of not being able to continue to be involved in politics. But then he learned about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Changing his diet saved his life. He learned about the power of a whole food plant-based diet to treat his condition.
Within 3 weeks of changing his diet, his vision improved. Within 3 months, the nerve damage recovered and he’s never needed to take medications after the first week. He now uses the power of his position to share the importance of eating healthy and the benefits of a plant-based diet as widely as possible. He has supported local schools switching their lunches to all vegetarian, and encouraged prisons to provide healthier food. If he had his way there would be more meatless options in every city entity. He encourages everyone to be “a thriver instead of a survivor.” If elected, he will become the first vegan NY City mayor.
Lenny Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002. In his career, Kravitz has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, and he also played Cinna in the Hunger Games film series. Kravitz has lived in an Airstream trailer in the Bahamas for the last six months where he grows most of his own food in an adjacent garden and spends time working out in nature. In his refrigerator, Kravitz stocks mostly green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and cucumbers, and keeps garden-fresh fruit, including local soursop, on his counter.
“A great blessing of living here in the Bahamas is that I get to grow my own food,” Kravitz added, “So I have a garden where most of this food comes from. As you can see, I’m vegan and primarily raw.”
In a recent interview, Kravitz, 56, shared, “My best shape is not behind me. It’s in front of me right now. We keep moving that bar as we get older,” adding that he is “very careful about what I put into my body and how I take care of my body.”
The 32-year-old Grammy Award winning musician, Lizzo, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she moved to Houston, Texas, where she began performing, before moving to Minneapolis, where she began her recording career. Lizzo’s first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, was released in 2016, and She attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You (2019), which peaked inside the top five of the US Billboard 200.
Lizzo just reached her six-month anniversary of going vegan. She had been vegetarian for seven years, but had resumed eating animal products following a year of touring. This summer, she took the decision to go totally vegan, and throughout the summer, Lizzo shared a variety of vegan recipes with her millions of social media followers, including her spicy vegan take on McDonald’s McChicken sandwich, Jamaican patties, and vegan ice cream bread made with Ben & Jerry’s new non-dairy ice cream flavor. She advocates for body positivity by encouraging her fans to love themselves as they are.
Bethenny Frankel, best known for her multi-season appearance on the reality show Real Housewives of New York, has vowed to stop eating meat to support her 10 year old daughter Bryn Hoppy, who wants to be a vegetarian. “Bryn wants to be a vegetarian because she loves animals, so she’s asking me to do it with her,” Frankel shared.
Frankel starred in the popular Bravo reality series Bethenny Getting Married, later retitled Bethenny Ever After, which documented her engagement and marriage to Jason Hoppy, and the birth of her daughter Bryn. While the couple subsequently split, Bethenny and Jason are raising Bryn jointly. Bryn has disliked meat for most of her life, and Frankel has supported her by replacing the meat in dishes with meat-less substitutes.
While Frankel has not publicly vowed to avoid all animal products, she has been sharing vegan foods that she’s enjoyed with her social media followers. In 2018, Frankel embarked on a summer-long vegan food adventure, which included vegan mushroom tacos at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beverly Hills. Her decision to completely stop eating meat seems to be another step on this journey. As we always say, proceed at your own pace and do the best you can, Bethenny!
Kelly Osbourne is a British actress, singer and model, who is the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne (70s heavy metal rock star). She has appeared in the reality TV show “The Osbournes”, had various acting and judging roles in TV shows, and won 3rd place in Dancing with the Stars.
She struggled with her weight after recovering from a drug addiction, saying: “I replaced the drugs with food and just got fatter and fatter. I’m an emotional eater. When I get upset, my diet goes out the window.”
While she lost 30lb after appearing on Dancing with the Stars in 2009, it wasn’t until she went plant-based in 2012 that she lost the majority of her weight. She credits her plant-based diet with enabling her to lose 84lbs and maintain a healthy weight since then.
Speaking about her new lifestyle, she said, “Once I learned how to work out right and eat right, it’s one of those things that you just have to commit to a life change rather than being on a diet.” Keep up the good work, Kelly!
The American sprinter, Elijah Hall, says: “Changing my diet was the best decision I could have made.” The athlete made this decision to ditch meat and dairy from his diet a few months ago because “he’s on a mission” to win. Hall adds, “the effects that it’s having on my body is amazing. Becoming a plant-based athlete has opened many doors to my health and my training.”
Hall holds records in the indoor 200 meters and was training for the Tokyo Olympics that were scheduled to take place this month, but was postponed a year due to the pandemic. Last year, Hall said he took the entire summer off to train, “Took the summer off to get it right… Let’s get to it !!” When it comes to track and field, a plant food diet means getting it right!
Professional bodybuilder and Australian Ninja Warrior competitor Jacob Hohua has praised a plant-based diet for ‘changing his life’ – after he ditched animal products three and a half years ago.” According to the Ninja, “Becoming plant-based has definitely changed my life. I feel like I have more energy; I feel more in tune with myself and I just feel overall happier.”
This Ninja can really pack it away. “I can eat anywhere from five to seven thousand calories a day. [I eat] lots of fruit, lots of veggies, beans, lentils, quinoa, rice, and pasta.” The 25-year-old strongman, whose nickname is the plant-based gorilla, is this year’s heaviest contestant- weighing 240 pounds.
Tabitha Brown was working as a struggling part-time actress in 2018 when she did a review of a Whole Foods Market vegan TTLA sandwich (TTLA (tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado) is a vegan take on the classic BLT sandwich) which went viral on Facebook. Brown had discovered the benefits of a vegan diet when she started suffering from chronic pain and fatigue in 2016. She was in so much pain she was unable to work for more than a year and a half. Her daughter suggested she watch a movie that indicated a vegan diet might help with her recovery. She tried it for 30 days and the pain cleared up, so she decided to stick with it.
The lucky break of her viral posting landed her a job with Whole Foods as a brand ambassador, travelling the country to give presentations about her decision to adopt veganism. In March of this year, she created a TikTok account where she began sharing vegan recipes, cooking tips, family moments and encouraging advice. In the space of 5 weeks she gained 2 million followers, and she now has 3.8M followers on TikTok and 2.3M followers on Instagram. While her videos mostly include creating quick meals and spreading messages of hope, fans can’t seem to get enough of her soothing, comforting voice.
In late June, she was given her own regular series, All Love, on Ellen DeGeneres’ Digital Network. On the show, Brown will talk about vegan cooking, social media, parenting, and self-care, making veganism cool. Let’s hope you continue to go from strength to strength, Tabitha!
In an interview, Starr revealed he went vegetarian after attending a bullfight in Spain. Since then, the musician has been admired for his graceful aging. Former drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr, recently revealed the secret to “staying young” and maintaining high energy levels. Speaking to music and pop culture magazine Rolling Stone, Starr commended his vegetarian diet for helping him stay “so young and active.” Starr says, “I am a vegetarian, I have broccoli with everything and blueberries every morning. I just do stuff that I feel is good for me.”
The musician, who is 80 years old, spoke about how he keeps up with his busy life, including the launch of his new coffee table photo book “Another Day in the Life,” and an upcoming tour with the All Starr Band, when the virus lifts. The All Starr Band is 31 years old and still going strong as is fellow Beatle, Paul McCartney, also a vegetarian.
“You’re a busy man these days,” Rolling Stone interviewer Rob Sheffield said to Starr. He asked the rock star how he maintains the lifestyle. “I think staying active keeps you young,” Starr said, adding that he works out with a trainer. But diet also plays a role; the drummer highlighted that he follows a vegetarian diet and includes broccoli “with every meal.” Many have pointed out that he looks even younger than his son. Keep up the good work, Ringo!
Many Black athletes have discovered the benefits of a vegan diet, and are happy to talk about it. We’ve written before about Wilson Chandler, an NBA champion now with the Brooklyn Nets. Wilson Chandler is recognized as a great player, and a big factor in his team’s performance. Looking for a way to reduce his number of injuries, he switched to a vegan diet in 2016. Read more