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Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones star, is vegan

Nathalie EmmanuelTwenty-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!

Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik is a vegan cookbook author

Mayim BialikMayim 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.

Rapper RZA encourages people to go vegan

RZA vegan peta2RZA (also known as Bobby Digital, Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah, Bobby Steels, Rzarector, Abbott, and Prince Rakeem) is an African American hip hop producer, rapper, composer and actor.  As a member of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, he has produced their albums, including the album A Better Tomorrow.

As a longtime animal advocate, RZA explained how for him, a better tomorrow is a vegan tomorrow. RZA subscribes to the mantra that you are what you eat. Before being sent to slaughter, cows are, as RZA says, “stressed, dumbfounded, sick,” and all that stress will eventually be consumed right along in your hamburger.

When it comes to eating animals. RZA said “I don’t need a dead animal or dead piece of flesh to go into my live body.” He goes on to point out that there’s “nothing on this planet that doesn’t want to live.” “I had animals as friends …. They was happy to see me in their own animal way. I’m quite sure they did not want to be on my plate.”

Strength and Endurance

Strength and Endurance – Scientists tell us what we already know

 

Scientists at the University of Arizona have just confirmed through a rigorous study what many vegetarian athletes already knew. Vegetarian athletes have just as much peak muscle strength, and even more endurance than their meat-eating counterparts. This is borne out by the many athletes who are choosing to be vegetarian or vegan these days, because they find that it improves their performance.

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David Carter, defensive lineman with Jacksonville Jaguars

Take football player David Carter, a defensive lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and formerly with the Oakland and Dallas teams, for example.  He became enthusiastic about his vegan diet after seeing the results and learning about the effect of his food choices. Eating an entirely plant-based diet, David experienced more energy and his stamina went through the roof. All his numbers in the weight room actually went up. Read more

Vanderpump Rules’ Kristen Doute on her vegetarian diet

kristen-douteBeing a cast member on Vanderpump Rules requires a certain obligation to creating booze-fueled drama, which Kristen Doute balances out by living a mostly holistic but fully vegetarian lifestyle.

The reality star, who recently launched her vegetarian lifestyle blog Vegiholic, is now dedicated to teaching others her healthy cooking secrets — which she tests out on her cast mates. “They like to eat whatever I make for them. That’s the rule,” she says. “My whole mantra is just to be open-minded and try new things. You can train your own brain to like the things you thought you wouldn’t.”

It’s a move that’s been 22 years in the making for Doute, who gave up meat at age 11. Though she ultimately followed a quite different career trajectory, she originally wanted to be a marine biologist. “I loved animals so much; I couldn’t imagine eating one,” she says. “It broke my heart. I couldn’t do it anymore.”

Denver Nugget goes vegan

wilson-chandlerWilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets just went vegan. In an effort to stay on the court, and out of the training room, Chandler’s injury struggles led him to look for solutions in an unusual spot: the kitchen. In an effort to improve his resilience from the rough and tumble of the basketball court, Chandler, 29, converted to a vegan diet six months ago. Along with his better diet, we’re happy to report he’s scoring more points.

“I’ve always had a pretty healthy diet, but after dealing with several injuries, I wanted to find a diet that would help with inflammation,” he says “My recovery time is faster, I’m in a better mood, I feel more explosive on the court and I’m leaner,” he says.

“My favorite spot is a vegan restaurant in Detroit,” Chandler says. “They have a vegan soul food platter with yams, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and mac and (vegan) cheese.” Despite the occasional jab at his eating habits, Chandler says overall, his teammates and friends have been accepting of his diet change. “Sometimes I’ll hear something when I get my food and everyone else is eating meat, but that’s about it,” he says.

What does he eat? “Before games I like to eat a protein [such as lentils or beans], greens and a vegan pasta that I get from a Whole Foods that is close-by to where I live.” If he does need a halftime snack, which is unusual, fruit is first up. “If I’m hungry at halftime, I’ll grab a banana,” he says. After the game, it’s a similar mix of proteins, grains and greens, as he tries to get protein right away, to enhance recovery.

Like everyone, Chandler is fond of a little candy, now and then. “I don’t eat chocolate so when I’m looking for something sweet, it’s usually Skittles or Starburst.”

Mr Universe goes vegan

barny-du-plessis-mr-universeWorld champion bodybuilder Barny Du Plessis says he’s a“100 percent whole-hearted vegan.”

After attaining the Mr. Universe title in 2014 and joining the ranks of bodybuilding greats such as Bill Pearl (vegan) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (recently gone vegan), Barny Du Plessis decided his next goal would be to “fight for a greater good,” which led him to switch to a vegan diet.

In his first interview since going vegan, the bodybuilder says veganism is in tune with his ethics. Since going vegan, the athlete exclaims that he’s “stuffed” with high-protein foods such as lentils, grains, and beans. Now a vocal advocate of veganism, Du Plessis says he “doesn’t care if people think he’s trying to convert them.” He says our planet is “being ravaged from all directions.”

Similar to professional NFL player David Carter (aka, The 300 Pound Vegan), Du Plessis is training to prove to the world that extreme athletes can thrive on a vegan diet. Others are doing the same. For instance, strongman Patrik Baboumian carried a yoke loaded with just over 550 kilograms (1212.54 pounds)10 meters (32.8 feet), the heaviest load ever carried — equivalent to a large horse-breaking the world record.

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