Celebrities who are vegan: Carrie Underwood says she tries her best; “it’s a cheesy world”

Another super star that’s vegan is the beautiful country singer and American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood.

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Underwood  told Christina Vinson from Taste of Country that she has been a longtime vegetarian. That desire was born from seeing her parents castrate calves when she was a kid. But she made the switch to a vegan lifestyle a few years ago, at first because she’s lactose-intolerant, and again after being inspired by a friend.

Carrie has been a  vegetarian — no fish no chicken no meat vegetarian — for about more than a decade now. “The vegan thing is something I try to do my best on because it’s a cheesy world out there. We recently went to Italy and they put cheese in, on and around everything. So I kind of had to be vegetarian when I was on vacation, and now that I’ve been back home I’ve been getting back into my vegan lifestyle.” she said.

“But I’m vegan at home,” Underwood continues. “It’s when I go other places that it can be a challenge especially when you don’t exactly know what you’re ordering. It doesn’t say that there’s cheese on the menu. But like I said I’m practical vegan.”

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Carrie is a perfect example of what a vegan goes through in a world like this. Being vegan is not about rules, is about love, compassion and feeling good about yourself.

Just like Carrie have fallen into cheese, I too have fallen into animal products, especially when I’m overseas and don’t know where to get my regular food products. Unfortunately I have to deal with the consequences afterwards.

The most important thing is that I am conscious about what I put on my mouth and why. Like I have said before, it does not matter how much you fall, what matters is that you keep on trying and  getting stronger every day.

Here is the link of a short video of Carrie and Oprah where you can hear for yourself what she has to say about her lifestyle. Wait for a moment to see the video, it won’t start right away.

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On this video, among other things she describes herself as having love and respect for those around her. That is the main reason why you too should choose veganism; love for others, which will translate into eating in such a way that will help the planet last longer for the future generations. Together we can change the world. Won’t you be part of this movement?

I also recommend you watch this YouTube video that sums up pretty much everything I have said so far on my posts, with a touch of Carrie Underwood’s lifestyle.

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Celebrities who are Vegan: Alicia Silverstone, vegan for a healthier life.

Hello all! Since on my last post I decided to talk about Tyrann Mathieu (NFL player) going vegan, I got inspired to dedicate my next two posts to celebrities who are vegan. It is no lie that many people look up to celebrities and like to imitate their lifestyles. Thinking of that, I thought it would be a good idea to write about the ones that have a vegan lifestyle with the hopes it will inspire you to make the switch and/ or keep you strong.

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On this post I am going to talk about Alicia Silverstone. Since she was a little girl she has battled between a carnivore diet to a vegetarian diet. But since she was a child she would not prevail on being a vegetarian, hence her health started to decay. She suffered from severe asthma, acne, constipation and insomnia. When she filmed the famous comedy “Clueless” at age 18, she still had those health conditions, that is why three years later she decided to try a vegan lifestyle.

Ever since, she has not felt healthier. She is able to sleep throughout the whole night, her skin is better, her eyes, nails, and she feels less puffy.  She made the decision to become vegan not because of her health problems, like most of us do, but because she discovered the sad and cruel reality of animals being raised and slaughtered. Looking at her pet, she came to realize that if she could not eat her dog, she should not eat any animals at all.

She confesses  that she has fallen into the temptation of cheese, and every time, she feels gassy and sick afterwards. Her experience has inspired her to write the  vegan cookbook “The Kind Diet”, where she focuses on letting her readers know that the most important thing is for you to try to feel and be the best you can. 

I strongly recommend you watch this YouTube video of Alicia in The Oprah Winfrey Show to see the entire interview. I got her info from Oprah.com where you can find the article on this topic.

I also recommend the following YouTube video of the episode on The Oprah Winfrey show where she and her staff went vegan for a week. This episode actually inspired my sister, a carnivore, to do baby steps into a healthier lifestyle. Years after that show, she still tries to make better eating choices. Now that she is married, she is helping her husband do the same. And that is the whole point of this post, to get you inspired so that you can inspire others. Together, we can change the world. Wont you become part of the movement?

Football player Tyrann Mathieu goes Vegan.

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Tyrann Mathieu is an American football free safety for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He is from New Orleans, Louisiana.  Mathieu attended St. Augustine High School, where he played for the St. Augustine Purple Knights high school football team. Wikipedia can give you further details on this athlete.

Stack.com covered his story when he decided to go vegan because according to him he was tired of eating poison. Tyrann hurt his knee last December, causing his team to loose to the Carolina Panthers. But he is recovering from his ACL surgery so fast that he will be able to come back this year for vengeance.

Teammate Larry Fitzgerald recently told reporters that Mathieu is speeding through his rehab so quickly that the team actually asked him to slow things down. They’re having to hold him back,” Fitzgerald said. “He heals like Wolverine. He’s so passionate and we love him dearly. And we’re so happy to see he’s going to be ready to go for us by training camp, and he can pick up right where he left off.”

As Jess Root wrote for SB Nation, “In unrelated Twitter activity, we also learn that Mathieu, despite being a football player, is moving to a vegan lifestyle.”

Mathieu told the Arizona Republic newspaper that he feels much better than last time around, and that since it is not as significant as last time, he was able to hit the ground running. Also he said he was able to do a lot of different things from the start, things he was not able to do for the first five months last time. This is not a surprise since this time he also decided to go vegan.

Tyrann Mathieu is just one example of many celebrities that have come to the light of the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. To read the complete article, please go to Stack.com

Doctors speak about benefits of a Vegan diet

Surprise, surprise…not!

The main reason why people become vegan is for their health benefits. Unfortunately, most doctors when referring to a healthy diet don’t recommend a vegan diet, but a diet low in carbs and saturated fat. What they usually advise is to eat white meat, with your “daily” portion of fruits, vegetables and grains.

Unfortunately that is not enough, and that is what they have finally come to realize. According to broadwayworld.com, celebrity doctors  will speak about the benefits of a vegan diet at the sixth annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.

The doctors scheduled to speak at the Festival include:

• Aysha Akhtar, double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist. She received her training at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Washington Hospital Center, and the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill.

• Michelle McMacken, Board-certified internal medicine physician, assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine, and honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

• Michael Greger, Cornell- and Tufts-trained general practitioner, founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

• Robert Ostfeld, associate professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center, and associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein. He received his training from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University School of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School.

• Casey Taft, professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, associate editor of the journal Psychological Trauma.

Thomas Campbell, medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, co-founder and clinical director of the University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine. His training is from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, the University of Rochester, and Cornell University.

• Garth Davis, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He received his training from the University of Texas in Austin, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

• Steve Neabore serves on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and specializes in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. He completed his undergraduate degree at New York University and earned his medical degree from St. George’s University, with a residency in internal medicine at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.

There will be other speakers and some entertainers. To read the full article go to broadwayworld.com where you will also find details on the festival.

These types of event are really important for the vegan community, since most people don’t understand the huge impact a vegan lifestyle can make in their health, the animals and the planet. 

I recommend you go to events like these, or even this one, if it is within your means, because it will expand your knowledge on veganism and it will confirm your beliefs.

I also recommend you watching these YouTube videos of Dr. Neal Barnard. He is a Seventh Day Adventist doctor. Most SDAs are know to eat a vegetarian diet. The firsts video is an intro and the second one is a lecture on the benefits of a vegan diet. The second video is very detailed so you need to make sure you have time to watch it completely as is 52 minutes.

 

A Week As a Vegan for A Non-Vegan

Hello all! As you already know, switching to a vegan lifestyle have so many benefits that can even be seen in a matter of days. Most people eat the food they eat because it tastes good, not because it has nutritional value. Actually, most tasty food lack nutritional value and have a high dose of unhealthy ingredients. Hence the saying “I eat to live, I don’t live to eat”

It is also known that people do what they have seen done for the most of their lives and it is difficult to break a particular behavior because it is thought to be the right and only way of doing something. That is why we have the vast majority of the people in the world eating a non-vegan diet. But as you know by now, making the switch is not as hard, once you have decided to do it. The hardest part is to make the decision.

On this post I am focusing on the experience of a non-vegan that trying to do something different decided to go vegan for a week.

Megan So, stopped eating all animal products for a whole week. The EastofSeattle.news The Issaquah Press, covered her story. She explained how in only a week, she was able to feel different in a very good way, so much that she recommends it. Please take the time to read her story. If you are still struggling to make the switch, Megan’s story will give you a good push.

I recommend reading her testimony because it goes perfectly well with what I have been saying in my posts, it is possible to become a vegan. The hardest part is to make the decision, once you have made it; sky is the limit on the possibilities and benefits of making the change.

Also, as usual, I want to complement this post with a YouTube video from onlyyumul, that shows the struggle of a non-vegan doing a vegan challenge for a week. I recommend her video because it’s funny, honest and it has very human reactions. You will be able to see that she struggled because she does  not have experience. That happens in phase one of the transitions to a vegan lifestyle, so if you are in that phase, watching this video will give you support because YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The video is 33 minutes so definitely make sure you have time to watch it. Enjoy!

Vegan restaurants are expanding in America

Hello friends! Today, I decided to share very good news for all the vegans in America. This post will be about an article from QSR that talks about the growth of vegan restaurants. Is that awesome or what? Enjoy!

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Veganism has expanded in the last years. People are getting more and more used to the idea of eating a plant-based diet, since the movement of conscious eating is evolving.

According  to Maggie Hennessy in her article for the magazine QSR from today April 1st, a 2015 survey by market analyst Mintel, found that 61 percent of consumers say they enjoy menu items that heavily features vegetables. The use of vegetables as an ingredient also increased 5 percent between 2012 and 2015, led by kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. This increase has been helped by a slew of buzzy, veg-heavy restaurant openings that are injecting edginess and sophistication into a cuisine historically compared to rabbit food.

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More and more vegan restaurants will continue to open; targeting a wider audience by providing plant-based food, with the taste that everybody loves. The owners of these restaurants have the goal of making the idea of veganism a mainstream. They are looking to popularized vegan food.

This movement is really important to vegans. As you may know by now (if you have read my previous posts,) there are not as many options for vegans when it comes to dining out. Most of the times we have to settle for salads and side items, especially if we are with non-vegans.

The fact that more vegan restaurants are opening nationwide means that vegans will be able to dine out with non-vegan friends and family, and actually enjoy a whole plant-based meal just as much as their companions, because everybody will be able to enjoy their food, not just the non-vegans.

To complement this post I am adding this great CBS News video from 2011; which  demonstrates how veganism has been becoming a mainstream for a while now.

Life with a Non-Vegan: What to expect and how to remain strong.

Hello all! Since I have been giving you tips to start a vegan lifestyle and how to remain vegan, I decided it was time to share some personal experience on what to expect when you live with somebody that is not vegan.

When I decided to become a vegan I was living with my mother and sister. It was super easy because my mom was already a vegan and she loves to cook so I did not have to worry about what to eat.

But, life goes on and I got married to a non-vegan. If you are wondering why did I marry a non-vegan; which I do not recommend, is because when we where going out he became a vegan. He actually lost a lot of weight and looked really good, but since he did it to impress me, not because he understood what it meant to be a vegan, he quit and by that time I was already in love so we got married.

Now that we are married, it has been quite difficult to remain vegan, mainly because now I have to cook, which I hate! So this post is to tell you what can you expect when you are married to a non-vegan.

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First thing you need to know is that you ought to be very faithful to your reputation. Don’t think that because he/she is your spouse he/she would not judge you. You need to keep strong because if you fall, they will tell you in your face that you are not for real with your veganism lifestyle, whenever the opportunity arises. So if you find yourself in a moment of weakness, which is totally human, do not cheat in front of your spouse!

If you were not raised as a vegan, if most of your life you have been an omnivore or a carnivore, it is normal to feel weak when you smell meat, pastries and everything you used to eat. I mean, they are delicious, and your tastebuds do not change overnight. The same way, it is completely normal to feel weak when you go out to eat with your husband, or when you have to cook animal products him.

What to expect?

  • Your spouse don’t care that you are vegan and that you feel strong about it, so please, do not try to change him/ her in to one. Try to lead by example, maybe over the years when he/she sees you are healthier and looking better than before he/she will consider turning into a vegetarian and then a vegan. It is better to transition slowly.
  • You will see a lot of things that you used to eat on the pantry and the refrigerator. You cannot fall into temptation, you need to remain strong because those things will alway be there if your spouse never changes. You need to find a way to remember why you made the switch. Become part of a vegan group for support, watch videos about veganism, all that will help you stay strong.
  • Since your spouse is not the one that is vegan, he/she will probably not have it in their mind to think of your situation when they choose a place to eat, so you need to remind them wether that place will work for you or not. As time goes by he/she will get the hang of it, but it will take a while depending on the person.
  • If your spouse if not a vegan, more than likely his/ her family isn’t either. When you are invited to your in-laws or any other family member make sure they have thought of you when they did the menu. The same way when they come over to you, it is courtesy to think of them when you are thinking on a menu. If you want to win the over, pushing them is not gong to work.

In summary, it is not easy when you live with somebody that has a different lifestyle than you, so I strongly recommend you take that into consideration when you are looking to tight the knot. However, it is definitely not impossible to stay truth to your belief. There will always be opportunities to fall, it is up to you to remain standing. You will prevail, just hang in there!!

For more tips and ideas, I strongly recommend you to watch this video of Samantha Lindsey; which has over 10,000 views. It gave me a different perspective and I believe it will further help you.