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Lenny Kravitz goes vegan

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.” 

Lizzo shares her vegan journey

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.

Vegan Ice Cream is all the Rage

It’s been hot lately so naturally many people want ice cream, but many don’t want the dairy that comes with it. If you like dairy-free ice cream, you’re not alone.  

Vegan ice cream is made from various natural plant sources such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and rice milk, and it’s getting more and more popular. Many flavors are available such as caramel, chocolate, coconut, coffee, vanilla, and fruit. In 2019, caramel was the most popular, but the fruit flavors are growing rapidly.

According to one report, the global vegan ice cream industry was estimated at $520.9 million in 2019, and is expected to hit $805.3 million by 2027. Where there used to be only a few makers of vegan ice cream, its growing popularity has seen a number of companies enter the market. They know it’s the ice cream of the future. Meanwhile, us consumers have more and more varieties to choose from. You scream, we scream, we all scream for dairy free ice cream!

Rebellyous Foods takes on the Chicken Nugget industry

Christie Lagally, CEO of Rebellyous Foods

Christie Lagally, a Vegetarians of Washington member, started her career as a Boeing engineer, but she also cared passionately about avoiding animal products, so in 2017, she founded a new Seattle-based company, Rebellyous Foods.  This company aims to develop delicious and affordable vegan products for the food-service sector while creating machinery that can be used by other plant-based companies to help scale their production. 

Kristie Middleton, Vice President of Business Development at Rebellyous Foods at Rebellyous Foods, said: “Americans ordered 2.3 billion chicken nugget servings and 1.5 billion servings of chicken strips. The world’s largest foodservice providers have all committed to getting more plant-based options on their menus, but many foodservice operations don’t have the budget, trained staff, or equipment to cook from scratch. They need easy one-to-one replacements for their most popular options like chicken nuggets and strips. That’s where we come in.”

Over the past 3 years, Rebellyous Foods has ramped up production and been selling their nuggets to commercial food outlets such as hospitals and schools since February 2019, with clients such as Cornish College of the Arts and Swedish Medical Center. More recently the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) in Northern California partnered with Rebellyous Foods to add vegan chicken nuggets to its lunch program, and the company has just raised $6 million in investment for a production operation that can produce their plant-based nuggets in huge quantities.

But with the COVID-19 epidemic, the business of providing nuggets to cafeterias, schools and hospitals has shrunk, so the company decided to expand into providing consumer packaged goods.  They have made a launch into retail in the Seattle area, with a long list of independent Seattle grocery stores now listed as places where you can purchase family packs of Rebellyous nuggets. If you’re a chicken nugget fan living in Seattle, why not give these new nuggets a try !

Watch a short video about Rebellyous Foods.

Bethenny Frankel vows to stop eating meat

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!

Vegan Men Got Testosterone!

OK, gentlemen listen up! Vegans have just as much testosterone as meat eaters! Images of burly cavemen bringing home meat may have men thinking that steaks and burgers are key to masculinity, but it’s just not true.  According to the lead doctor in the latest medical research conducted at the Miami University medical school, “The old idea that men needed to consume a traditional diet with plenty of meat to have a healthy testosterone level was based on pure conjecture, not based on evidence.” The latest study showed that vegans have as much testosterone as meat eaters. This was even true of vegans who eat a lot of junk vegan food, although we think vegans should go easy on the junk food for other health reasons. 

While this research may be the latest to show that vegan men have as much testosterone as others, it’s not the first. Back in 2000, doctors at Oxford University found that not only did vegans have enough testosterone, but that they even had a little more than meat eaters. Going even further back, doctors at Oxford in 1990 also found that vegans had just as much testosterone as meat eaters. Take special note: consuming soy does not affect testosterone levels.

Testosterone is the primary male hormone and is responsible for the development of primary sexual development, which includes testicular descent, sperm formation, enlargement of the penis and testes, and increasing libido. Testosterone is also involved in regulating secondary male characteristics, which are those responsible for masculinity. These secondary sex characteristics include male hair patterns, vocal changes, and voice deepening, anabolic effects which include growth spurts in puberty and skeletal muscle growth.

There’s more good news. Testosterone is important in having erections. Besides having plenty of testosterone, following a vegan diet confers other advantages when it comes to erectile dysfunction.

Vegan Clothing – Easy to Find

Have you considered how veg-friendly the clothing you buy is?  More and more people want to know how the clothes they buy are produced, and whether animals were harmed in doing so.  Like factory farming in the food industry, raising animals for clothing and accessories is often cruel to the animals and harmful to the environment. Even “humanely raised” animals are kept in captivity and slaughtered years before they would have died naturally, so it’s hard to argue that any animal-based material is truly humane. Vegan clothing is any clothing item which is made without animal products, and nowadays there are abundant choices.  You just have to know which materials to avoid, so here’s a list to help you, along with suitable alternatives to look for:

Leather or suede – look for labels such as manmade leather, all-manmade materials, pleather, or synthetic. The price may give you a clue since synthetic leather sells for much cheaper than the price of real leather.

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Heart Disease – No. 1 cause of death

Artery scanning

Dr Chan Hwang scans the carotid artery of a Vegfest attendee.

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death for both men and women. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. A plant-based diet can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 40%. If you wish your doctor knew about this, we want you to know that we do too! That’s why we wrote a letter to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They published an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on the role of non-statin therapies for lowering LDL Cholesterol, but they “forgot” to include the plant-based diet!  We told them about their omission, and we published it as an open letter, complete with references to all the latest research on the topic. Read more

Tabitha Brown – vegan sensation

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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!

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