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Guess Who's A Vegan?
by KindMeal.my, 21 November 2014
Guess Who's A Vegan?

You probably know that vegans don't eat animal products, eschewing not only meat, but dairy products, eggs, and (for some) honey, and leather/wool/animal-derived clothing too. You might also know that it's easier than ever to be vegan (perhaps you've noticed that many food chains now label dishes as such, and that vegan recipes abound) and that veganism is linked to long-term health. There are vegan ironmen and athletes, scholars, mothers and children; they come from all walks of life.

Olivia Wilde is thoughtful about her impact — so much so that she has founded Conscious Commerce, a website that highlights all manner of ethically made products. While she was on-and-off vegan during her pregnancy, she said she was jumping back on again post-baby (her son, Otis, was born in April 2014). She says, “[Being vegan] is not always easy and accessible. But it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better.”

Venus Williams switched to a plant-based diet in 2011 after she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an auto-immune disease. Her comeback post-diagnosis (and the fact that she has said she feels great), sounds like it can be attributed to her new way of eating.

Jessica Chastain is not only a vegan (for the last five or so years; before that she was vegetarian for 15 years), she has a three-legged rescue dog named Chaplin. She was named PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarian" in 2012, the same year she was added to the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world.

Carl Lewis has won 10 Olympic medals (nine of them gold!) and has credited his vegan diet with his successes in track and field. “I’ve found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete ... if you nourish [your body] properly, it will be good to you and you will increase its longevity,” he has said.

Betty White can be called an American national treasure at this point without hyperbole. And the hilarious 92-year-old has long been passionate about animals. She talks about why she feels so strongly about non-human life: "They never lie to you. You know when they tell you something, they mean it. They love you unconditionally." Her animal love extends to not eating them and she's been vegan for years.

There are so many "celebrities" making the news for their bad behaviour – we think it's great that these folks are acting as positive role models for something they passionately believe. Even if you're not prepared to give up all animal products, you can do yourself, the planet and the animals a world of good by simply reducing the amount of meat you consume. Then you can be a celebrity role model for your friends and family!

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