Rock star Meat Loaf being interviewed
Legendary rocker Meat Loaf recently announced that he has gone vegan for the month of January, dubbed “Veganuary” although he won’t be changing his name to Veg Loaf.
The 72-year-old agreed to promote the British chain restaurant, Frankie & Benny’s, new vegan menu items which include a vegan hot dog, calzone and “cheesy” potato skins. “When Frankie & Benny’s first approached me to rebrand to Veg Loaf I said no way in hell. But, I’d do anything for our planet and dropping meat for veg, even for just one day a week, can make a huge difference.”
Veganuary encourages people to try a vegan diet for a month at the start of the year. It’s typically tied to New Year resolutions as people look to change their ways and become more healthy. The month-long event is dedicated to trying to change people’s attitudes, help the planet and the animals, as well as improve your own personal well-being.
The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday made history by becoming the first major awards show to go vegan. Every year, the chefs at the Beverly Hilton are tasked with feeding Hollywood’s finest at the Golden Globes: this year, the guest list includes Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eddie Murphy, to name a few. So what do you serve a ballroom with so much star-power? Matthew Morgan, Executive Chef has an answer: vegan cuisine.
The menu was inspired: an appetizer of chilled golden beet soup—a perfect accompaniment to those gleaming statuettes. This was followed by a main course of King Oyster Mushroom scallops that, at least visually, are dead ringers for their pescatarian counterparts. The entrée was accompanied with wild mushroom risotto, Brussels sprouts, globe carrots, and pea tendrils. Dessert was a vegan opera dome with praline Gunaja crumble and caramelized hazelnuts.
The vegan menu was the brainchild of actor Joaquin Phoenix, who also took home the best actor in a drama award for his performance in Joker. “First I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change, it’s a very bold move, making tonight plant-based,” he said during his acceptance speech.
Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who helped organize the event said, “The decision to serve an entirely plant-based meal was embraced by our partners at the Beverly Hilton, and represents a small step in response to a big problem. By serving a 100% plant-based meal, we’re hoping to raise awareness around small changes that can have a great impact.”
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Leona Lewis, a British singer, achieved worldwide fame and success with platinum albums and number 1 singles such as ‘Bleeding Love’ but Leona has said that she would sacrifice it all tomorrow for a global ban on animal testing.
The compassionate singer has been a vegetarian since the age of 12 and, more recently, has transitioned to a vegan lifestyle after learning of the health risks associated with dairy and eggs.
She turned down an £800,000 [$964,564] deal to open the 2008 Harrods sale after discovering that they were the only London department store still selling fur products. In addition to this, she developed her own line of cruelty-free cosmetics with The Body Shop and is an ambassador for Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Essex, England.
The 34-year-old star tied the knot with 30-year-old choreographer Dennis Jauch in Tuscany last month after nine years together. The wedding was held on rock legend Sting’s Italian estate. At the reception, guests were treated to an entirely vegan menu, while the couple’s wedding cake was inspired by a traditional Italian mille-feuille. The multi-tiered cake was the creation of Sicilian dessert stylist and pastry chef Marco Failla, and featured salted dark chocolate cream and Sicilian caramelized almonds. The cake was decorated with berries, fresh flowers and 24k gold leaf.
Leona said the ceremony had a “good energy” around it as they celebrate their special day with 180 of their family and friends.
You’ve probably heard by now that last week, the Women’s US Soccer team blasted their way to a 4th world championship with a 13-0 win over Thailand. While skill and a rigorous training schedule, plus a lot of determination, have a lot to do with it, Alex Morgan, co-captain of the team, has another advantage – she’s vegan!
In a recent interview with Time, Morgan revealed that switching to a vegan diet has been key to her success on the field. She first adopted a vegan diet, “because it didn’t feel fair to have a dog I adore, and yet eat meat all the time,” she told Reuters. She soon discovered that eating a plant-based diet improved her energy during practice and games. On World Vegan Day, she announced on Twitter that she’d never felt better after eating vegan for a year.
Morgan joins many other athletes in discovering the vegan advantage. In sports as wide ranging as football, basketball, tennis and weight lifting, several top sports stars freely acknowledge the advantage that going vegan has given them. See our article on strength and endurance for more examples.
John Salley, a former professional basketball player and four-time National Basketball Association championship winner—urges athletes to go vegan for optimal performance.
A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, John found a love for basketball at an early age. He accepted a Basketball Scholarship to Georgia Tech to play for legendary head coach Bobby Cremins. During his career, he played for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and the LA Lakers.
He learned about the importance of healthy eating for his performance early in his career, and has been fully vegan since at least 2008.
“Being a vegetarian to me was my edge, the way I was going to be ahead of the guy I had to play against. He couldn’t beat me as long as he was harboring tons of flesh in his stomach at that time.” John Salley
John has been a staunch advocate for vegan diets, particularly as a health measure for athletes and to prevent harm to animals. He appeared before the US Congress to advocate for vegetarians options to be served in public schools as part of the Child Nutrition Act discussions, and has promoted Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals.
“I want to let everyone know you don’t have to be a wimp [to go plant-based] or have a bad attitude about it, and it tastes as good as the stuff that they told you was good for you,” Salley said. “Now you have something that is a good product and the same taste, but no animals have to die. I’m an advocate for life.”
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting a baby in the near future, and it seems that Meghan, who eats a mostly plant-based diet herself although she is not a strict vegan, hopes to raise the baby as a vegan. She has encouraged Prince Harry to reduce his consumption of animal products and eat more fruits and veggies, and to cut back on participating in some of the traditional hunting activities of the royal family. Now we hear that the couple are discussing how best to raise their baby, and whether or not it can be a vegan child.
They would be in good company. Recent British-based research has found that one in 12 families in Britain are raising their kids as vegan, mainly for health reasons, since animal products in the diet are linked to a wide range of health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, while plant-based diets are linked to optimal health outcomes. In addition, many people are starting to recognize that eating lower on the food chain by reducing animal products is much better for the environment, and it saves countless animals from suffering and death.
There’s plenty of evidence that raising a child vegan is a very wise thing to do. Here in the US, it is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that “appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.” All the evidence points to children who are raised vegetarian being much healthier than their meat-eating peers, and even gaining some specific advantages. Children raised vegetarian are found on average to grow an inch taller and to have 5 more points on their IQ.
We hope that Meghan and Harry are able to set a good example for families throughout the world by raising their child vegan.