The idea of giving up meat seems like an impossible task. Most people have a difficult time imagining a diet where lettuce, carrots, and apples become the daily standard. In reality, choosing a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is a lot easier to follow nowadays.
Grocery stores and restaurants are beginning to cater to this growing population. To celebrate National Vegetarian Week which runs from May 18th-24th, 2016 we have compiled a list of celebrities who say no to eating animals. They all have their personal beliefs for following this healthy lifestyle. They all look strong and happy.
#1. Ellen DeGeneres
The comedian along with her wife Portia di Rossi have been vegan for several years. The star found that he more she learned about the treatment of animals the harder it became to ignore going vegan. “I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer,” explains DeGeneres.
#2. Serena and Venus Williams
When Venus Williams was diagnosed with Sjogren syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease, she was forced to leave her successful tennis career. She switched to a vegan diet with her sister Serena following suit. The two continue to dominate in their sport. “I think it’s a great lifestyle for long-term stability. You also have to look at everything else in your regimen, what you’re putting into your body, like supplements. I’m always learning and I’m hoping to perfect my system,” explains Venus.
#3. Natalie Portman
The Oscar winner was a vegetarian during her preteen years. In 2009 she became vegan but reverted back to vegetarian during her pregnancy in 2011. Portman went back to eating vegan shortly after her son’s birth. The Israeli-born actress says, “eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”
#4. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein turned vegan near the end of his life. Although, he did admit to always eating meat with a “guilty conscience.” The scientist said “nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
#6. Denzel Washington
Oscar winner Denzel Washington tried going vegan in 2013 to lose weight. “Last summer I went on a vegan diet just to try it and it was actually quite healthy. I was a good weight,” explains Washington.
#7. Jessica Chastain
The Hollywood A-lister was a vegetarian for 15 years before she went full vegan in 2007. Chastain never worries about being healthy and slim. Her reason, however, goes beyond superficial benefits. “I don’t want to torture anything. … it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here,” says Chastain.
#8. Mike Tyson
The boxing champ credits going vegan as helping him flush out the toxins in his body after years of drug abuse. “Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe,” admits Tyson. He also lost over 100 pounds.
#9. Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin turned vegan when he married his 30-year-old wife Hilaria. Baldwin lost weight and fought his pre-diabetes diagnosis with his new eating lifestyle. The actor says it’s all about making the right decision. “Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice: Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for animals. Do it for the environment and do it for your health.”
#10. A$ap Rocky
The rapper and actor from Harlem may portray himself as a tough guy but he’s very passionate about the way animals are treated before we consume them. “You gotta go do research on the way they treat like f*****g chickens, man. Those chickens go through f*****g torture before they’re processed and s**t, have all sorts of f*****g steroids injected in them and everything.”
#11. Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone was suffering from severe asthma, constipation, and full blown acne before she made the switch in her diet. Silverstone is now an author and blogger encouraging others to live a healthier and cleaner lifestyle. Silverstone says, “I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.”
#12. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood calls herself a practical vegan. If she is eating in a restaurant, the country singer will not return a plate that may come with a little bit of cheese on top. But that changes when she is home. “I’m vegan at home. It’s when I go other places that it can be a challenge, especially when you don’t exactly know what you’re ordering,” says Underwood.
#13. Nate Diaz
UFC fighter Nate Diaz relies on a strict raw and vegan diet. After his victory over Conor McGregor on March 5, 2016, his brother and also fighter Nick Diaz boasted, “Conor McGregor got his ass kicked by a vegan.”
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#14. Carl Lewis
Track and field athlete and Olympian, Carl Lewis credits the success of his career when he switched to a vegan diet. “I discovered that an athlete does not need animal protein to be a successful athlete. In fact my best year in athletics competitions was when I converted,” says Lewis.
#15. Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin credits sleeping better, lowering his cholesterol level, and having a clearer mind after giving up meat. “Love, acceptance, friends, two kids that I love and that I have to take care of myself for them. I love what I do. I think that’s important. I’m vegetarian. I just became vegetarian about three years ago,” says Martin.
#16. Mirco Bergamasco
Former international rugby player, Mirco Bergamasco from Italy, turned vegan with the help of his wife Safavi Ati. The couple run their own vegan restaurant called Doodyzbar, located in Padova.
#17. Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck became a vegan in 1995. The actor has a clear explanation when he’s asked why he has chosen not to eat meat or other animal products. “Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.”
#18. Lea Michele and Dianna Agron
Lea Michele and “Glee” co-star Dianna Agron used to be roommates. The two singers and actors are vegans. “It works out. We’re both vegans. Well, I was. I slowly dipped back into cheese,” jokes Michele.
#19. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande announced via Twitter in 2014 she was going vegan. “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person,” says Grande.
#20. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson was a vegan before it became a trend in Hollywood. The Canadian model has famously posed in a lettuce bikini to encourage a vegetarian diet. “Every time we go by KFC, my kids ask me to honk and they yell ‘Boo’ out the window,” explains Anderson.
In 2013, the R&B singer went vegan for 35 days before becoming pescatarian. He found himself with less energy without eating seafood. Ne-Yo will still not eat meat and dairy products.
#22. Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Jenna Dewan-Tatum has a vegan diet. She also chooses cruelty-free cosmetics. Her husband and fellow actor, Channing Tatum is not necessarily as devoted as she is. “Sometimes I can drag him to my vegetarian-vegan restaurants – he politely eats, then promptly goes home and eats what he really wants. Opposites attract,” says Dewan-Tatum.
#23. Andre 3000
Andre 3000 has been a vegan since he was 22 years old. In 2004, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) voted Andre the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity.”
#24. Bruce Springsteen
The Boss has never tried drugs and has led a vegetarian diet for the last 30 years.
#25. Christian Bale
Christian Bale gave up eating meat when he was nine years old after reading “Charlotte’s Web.”
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Prince switched to a vegetarian diet in his 20’s before going full vegan. The singer donated the song “Animal Kingdom” to PETA.
Singer Kesha admits being a vegan comes from her love of animals. “I’m an advocate for animal rights, and my family has rescued dogs from all over the world,” says the singer. She only wears fake fur and does not support animal testing.
#28. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet has been a vegetarian for most of her adult life. The Brit narrated a video for PETA asking chefs to stop using foie gras. She also encourages consumers to boycott restaurants who serve ducks and geese.