Health & Fitness

3 weeks ago

Veganism - Fad or Fab?

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A-listers are always coming up with wacky new ways to up their A- game and better their bods to prep them for the pap. In turn, unintentionally or not, these celebs are influencing millions world wide on daily decisions like what to serve yourself for dinner. But lets face it, Brad Pitt could be spotted hula hooping nude and it would become the next hit thing..  so when the hunky star swears by the simple idea of swapping animal products in turn for a vegan way of life, eating veggies has never looked so damn appealing.

 

The vegan way of life has become a hit for hundreds of celebs and aside of the ethical motives, these stars swear that eating meat-free keeps them looking healthy and staying energised for their ever busy lux lives.

Image credits @Jlo @Jessicasimpson @Mileycyrus 

If meat, cheese and eggs (among a very long list)  are out of the picture what on earth do these celebs eat then? Well, heres what your new vegan self would stock your pantry with:

Milk Substitutes. Any unsweetened organic, non-dairy milk like rice, almond, hemp, cashew, oat or soy milk. ...

Butter Substitutes. ...

Cheese Substitutes. ...

Egg Substitutes. ...

Meat Substitutes. ...

Sweeteners. ...

Condiments. ...

Nuts, Seeds & Dried Fruits.

legumes

Vegetables - LOTS AND LOTS OF VEGETABLES.

Image Credits  @Klaraslife 

While this supermarket list clearly shows that being vegan isn't for everyone (hello, I’ve never heard anyone rave about a substitute cheese pairing perfectly with their merlot before..) BUT at the end of the day the plant based diet definitely holds some undeniable benefits. Research has shown that the average vegan diet is higher in vitamin C and fibre, and lower in saturated fat than one containing meat. This alone is responsible for benefits including weight loss, better bowl movements, skin benefits and fewer migraines. 

 

Here is what some of our favourite vegan celebs have to say about their switch…

 

Jennifer Lopez says that going vegan has given her loads of energy. "It's basically no dairy, no meat, everything is just plant based and just from the ground. I love that I'm eating more greens. It makes you feel so much better."

 

Jessica Simpson became a temporary vegan - cutting out animal products in the two week run-up to her wedding. A source told Us Weekly: "Jessica did a vegan diet for about two weeks...She also got quite a few B12 shots." The star, who has been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers in the past, also embarked on a strict fitness regime before her big day, doing hardcore workouts with her trainer.

 

Pamela Anderson has always been emotionally connected to animals. She became a vegetarian at the age of 11 as a result of her father's hunting. Later in her career she was introduced to PETA where she was exposed to slaughterhouses, pushing her towards veganism. Dairy was the last thing she gave up and swears "everything improved" – digestion, skin, and hair.

 

In 2011 comedian Russell Brand famously tweeted”I’m now vegan, goodbye eggs, hello Ellen". Apparently his dramatic change of diet was sparked by the documentary Forks over Knives which explores how plant based foods help cleanse your system and protect it from disease. 

 

Though many celebs have taken on a vegan way of lives for their health and vanity - animal rights activists like Miley Cyrus strongly support this way of life for obvious reasons.. you’ll never see her near a KFC drumstick, let alone drinking a standard Starbucks latte or rocking the latest designer leather tote. 

Image credit @trewrussellbrand @pamelaanderson

 

 

If you’re willing to ditch the cheese platter, your creamy morning cappuccino and your go-to Celine bag that saw you living off fresh air for three months, you’d be joining roughly 0.2% of the worlds population, which doesn’t sound like an awful lot if you ask me.

Is that because its totally unrealistic to cut so much out of your daily diet and still maintain a stable, social lifestyle? 

Perhaps. 

Do the benefits outweigh the hassle? 

Perhaps. 

Are their better ways to achieve the same benefits? 

Perhaps.

BUT…..

Is this the best way of life to protect animals? 

UNDENIABLY. 

If you’re considering your motives or sitting on the verge of a Vegan life, the documentaries Conspiracy, Vegetated and Earthlings are the extra push you need to drop the dairy and lust over lettuce for your four legged friends.

But before you chuck out your cheese stash and ditch your dominos subscription, my advice to you is start slowly. Gradual incorporation and elimination is key. You can’t be one day chowing on your daily BLT at the office, and the next day be smuggling Waitrose carrot sticks into your side drawer… your body will fatigue, and you can say goodbye to the main benefit of Vegansim itself- energy!

So, do your research, visit your local health shop, buy your supplements and make sure your getting a balanced intake of minerals to maintain a healthy mind and body.

Article written by Rebecca Storey - @Rebeccaimogenkate

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