Being a vegetarian nowadays is more common than it was when baby boomers were growing up. With so much more information about food and nutrition, even meat eaters have cut back on the amount of red meat they consume – and a lot of people dedicate one day a week to eating only vegetarian meals, such as Meatless Mondays.
Vegetarians, of course, don’t eat meat. There are also variations of this lifestyle such as being a pescetarian (when people eat seafood, but not other types of meat) or a vegan (when no animal products are consumed, including no eggs and dairy). All the terminology can be confusing, but the bottom line is that vegetarians tend to follow their restricted diets in an effort to be healthier and/or promote the ethical treatment of animals.
Read these celebrities comments on why they are doing it – or not.
Woody Harrelson said, “I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose. I had acne all over my face, which I’d had for years and years. And she’s like: ‘Hey, you’re lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days. I was like twenty-four. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone.”
Alec Baldwin met his current wife, Hilaria Thomas, in a vegan restaurant, but it was not just a temporary diet phase for him. He has been a long-time advocate for PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The organization celebrated their marriage by renaming a rescued animal in their honor. The bull formerly known as Raj, is now known as Baldwin Thomas and living in a retirement home in India.
Christie Brinkley, now 60, has been a vegetarian since she was 13 and convinced her whole family to join her. She told Vegetarian Star, “I’ve never tasted McDonalds or Jack in the Box, because I was a vegetarian before those ever existed. I’ve tasted one of their French fries, pure grease and I’ve tasted one of their malts. Yuck. I don’t even like the taste of it. I don’t like the film it leaves behind on my tongue. It just doesn’t feel good to me at all.”
Jack LaLanne, the fitness advocate and guru, said before his death at 96, “Everything you do in life, I don’t care, good or bad – don’t blame God, don’t blame the devil, don’t blame me, blame you. You control everything! The thoughts you think, the words you utter, the foods you eat, the exercise you do. Everything is controlled by you.”
Steve Jobs was a vegetarian who, reportedly, once handed out containers of carrot juice at Halloween. PETA praised him for Apple’s iPhoto facial recognition software, which recognizes the faces of cats in addition to those of humans, reflecting the importance of animal companions. They gave an award to his Pixar film, Finding Nemo, in which fish-friendly vegetarian sharks said, “Fish are friends, not food.”
Michelle Pfeiffer has been a vegetarian for a relatively short amount of time. “Vanity is right under there,” she admits, “but I have to say that it’s a close second with wanting to live long. She said in an interview, “I just felt like… there was science behind it. And you know, it was sort of irrefutable… I couldn’t not listen to it. My father died from cancer, and the older you get, there’s a lot of disease around you. And you see people struggle with chronic disease. You see people dying with terminal illnesses. And if in any way… this is true, then you kind of have to listen to it.”
Albert Einstein thought about the future of the human race. He said, “Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty… Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Some celebrities, however, have converted. Jamie Hince of the rock group Kills, and current husband of Kate Moss, said “I was vegan for about 20 years. But then… the thing that really tipped me over the edge was when I first met Kate, had just started seeing her, and I walked into the kitchen and she was in her underwear making me a bacon sandwich. She didn’t know I was vegan, and I was like… all my principles went out of the window.”
Richard Gere, who has had a bit more success in terms of resisting temptation, says “As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.”
Former US president Bill Clinton is now a devoted vegan, and he has pursued a healthier way of life for more than three years. According to an interview in AARP magazine, Clinton “received a blistering email” from his physician not long after his 2004 quadruple-bypass surgery. “I just decided that I was the high-risk person, and I didn’t want to fool with this anymore. And I wanted to live to be a grandfather.”
Last, but never least, we have Betty White. A devoted animal rights activist, she has said “I could never see myself eating a best friend.”
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