These 6 stars have all given veganism a go, and have opened up on their experiences with the strict diet. Some have been vegans for years and find that the meat and dairy-free diet gives them loads of energy, while other stars couldn’t hack it, and some are currently in the process of trying to become a full vegan. Megan Fox claims she lost too much weight on the diet, Lea Michele speaks on how it is something close to her heart, while Paul McCartney even believes it has healing properties.
Angela is currently a vegetarian and hopes to become a vegan in the future: “I eat pretty well, I’m a vegetarian. Hopefully I’ll be a vegan in a couple of years, but I’m taking it one step at a time. My uncle inspired me to become a vegetarian, a vegan, when I was young. He had me watch this video, I can’t remember the name of it, but I was only about 12 or 13 and he gave it to our family. No one else watched it except me. At that age, I tried to be a vegetarian and I couldn’t do it because I was in a family that ate so much meat. But I finally made the change and it’s been like a year and a half now and I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m feeling good and I do work out a lot.”
Paul is convinced that going on a vegan diet helped him heal his leg: “I’ve been a vegan for three months. I was a veggie for 12 years. I went vegetarian because I got an infection in my leg in hospital, and, after three months, somebody said, ‘I cured myself of breast cancer going veggie,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, right, I’m sure.’ I went to an institute in West Palm Beach… and within three weeks of wheatgrass and garlic and pulses, my whole leg just closed and healed. So I was ruled vegan for about a year and a half. And then I couldn’t cope with going to restaurants and all that kind of stuff so then I went to become veggie.”
Megan Fox spent a long time being vegan, but found that she lost too much weight on the strict diet, so decided to be more open about her food choices: “For a year and a half, until about four months ago, I followed a strict vegan diet based on raw fruits and vegetables, no bread, sugar and coffee. But I had lost too much weight. So now I eat a bit of everything. And I train three times a week doing circuit training.”
Lea Michele feels strongly about being a vegan, and would also never wear fur: “I’m a vegan for many reasons, one being my love of animals. I’m an active member of PETA and I don’t wear fur. I’ve also found sticking to a meat-free diet has given me more energy. My favourite dish has always been lasagne and my mum taught me how to make the vegan version by swapping the beef and cheese for soy and tofu. I believe that what we put into our bodies is important. I became a vegan when I moved to California. I eat a lot, but really well. Every morning, I make a tofu scramble with soy cheese; lunch and dinner is usually a salad, with lots of vegetables, and pasta. I love to cook.”
Eva Longoria regrets becoming a vegan because she didn’t know enough about the diet when she started out, which restricted her too much: “I think the time that I became a vegan (is my biggest regret). I love the philosophy behind veganism, but I went from one day eating chicken and meat to eating just salad. I didn’t know how to be a vegan. I didn’t know about soy or almond butter. I didn’t know that there are great breads. So I literally stuck to salads. And I think I passed out the first week.”
Ellen feels passionately about vegan food, and feels that it gives her more energy, while she also credits the diet with helping her stay slim: “No cake, no cookies, no candy. No animals, no diary, nothing processed; a lot of soup, veggies, rice, beans, legumes. I want to be on my toes; I want to have energy. And as much as the diet seems like a sacrifice, it’s helping me.”