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
British musician Tony Kanal is the bassist and co-writer for the American rock bands Dreamcar and No Doubt. He’s also produced and co-written songs for Gwen Stefani among others.
Tony Kanal is a hardcore animal lover, who tweets regularly to his 37,000 followers about the plight of animals. He’s been vegan for the past 6 years and said
“I’ve always just loved animals and you just start making the connection between what you’re eating and what happens to these poor animals and once you start making those connections and realizing the truth behind what you’re eating, it just, there wasn’t any other option for me.”
He and his wife, American home designer Erin Lokitz, have worked to make their home 100% vegan too, with no animal skins, leather, wool or silk!
Singer-songwriter, Billie Eilish, was raised vegetarian in Los Angeles, CA. She “accidentally” became famous at the age of 13, when she wrote a song for her dance teacher and uploaded her recording onto the popular music-streaming site, SoundCloud. By the next morning it had gone viral, and shortly after her career began to take off. She’s already accomplished more by the age of 18 than most other artists do in a lifetime.
In 2014, she made the decision to go vegan. About that decision, she wrote to a fan
“I love animals and I just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there. Leave the animals alone….also I’m lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin, and my skin is VERY aware of that.”
She is now a vocal advocate of the vegan movement and is inspiring many to give cruelty-free living a try through her Instagram following.
On the Ellen DeGeneres show, Harrison Ford recently revealed that he’s given up eating meat and dairy. Ellen had commented on how healthy and fit he was looking, and he admitted that he’s not going to the gym much. He said that his new look has much more to do with his significant diet change.
The Star Wars actor, 77, explained that in addition to biking and playing tennis, he is doing “practically nothing” else with his diet besides eating “vegetables and fish.”
He said that he altered his diet for the sake of his own health, and that of the planet. “I just decided I was tired of eating meat,” he said. “And I know it’s not really good for the planet and it’s not really good for me.”
The talk show host, who is a vegetarian herself, agreed, noting: “It’s good to not eat meat.”