By now, you’ve no doubt heard the good news of the latest celebrity convert to veganism, the lovely and talented actress Michelle Pfeiffer. In this interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, she talks about how his documentary, The Last Heart Attack with Bill Clinton and vegan doctors Caldwell Esselstyn and Dean Ornish, and aging in general, got her thinking more about her health and taking steps to increase her chances for greater longevity.
I’m a reality tv, true story movie, documentary, and non-fiction book fan. The human psychology, societal voyeur, and educational, among other aspects intrigue me. Not that I don’t like a good fiction piece too, but it’s best if it’s at least thought-provoking, if not mind-blowing.
Anyway, one of the reality shows I watch — and forced my Dad and sister to sit through (LOL) the last time I visited them in North Carolina — is ABC’s What Would You Do? with John Quinones.
Friday’s episode (Feb 10, 2012) had a segment depicting a vegan mother and child eating at a restaurant. The diners at the next table over start questioning their choices and ultimately attempt to get the kid to eat meat while Mom is away. The question posed is, of course, What Would You Do, if you saw this taking place?
Pretty encouraging, wouldn’t you say? And, I like how they flashed little informational messages about where vegans get their protein, etc..
As you may know, last year saw the falling off the vegan wagon of some notable celebrities, including Megan Fox, Once Upon A Time star Ginnifer Goodwin, and perhaps saddest of all given his direct influence on people’s diets, The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper.
Anyway, I don’t mean to get down on any of these celebs, it’s just we celebrate each new big name due to their being in the public eye and their ability to spread the word, so there’s a tinge of sadness when they leave the fold.
And now, the good news — especially for her own health — that Venus Williams has gone vegan, and her sister, Serena has followed suit to support her. The reason? Health…
It turns out Venus has Sjörgren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease of the tear and saliva glands, often accompanied by rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, which has left her drained and in pain. Her switch to veganism seeks to leverage its well-known inflammation-fighting prowess. This women’s tennis fan wishes her all the best in 2012!
Check this out! Ozzy Osbourne is now trying a vegan diet!
It’s great he’s so focused on health now, between quitting smoking and drugs and exercising religiously every morning for the last ten years, and now working on improving his diet after watching Forks Over Knives.
Celebrity stories like these are important as fame has made them “larger than life” figures in the public psyche and, by talking about health matters such as veganism and prostate check-ups, they help bring these issues into people’s awareness and conversations.
It’s always been obvious Bob Harper, one of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” trainers, is a really fit guy, but with all the Jennie-O turkey slices and Jello they’re always hawking on that show, it came as a bit of a surprise to me when, on a recent episode in which he invited the contestants into his home for a meal, he revealed he eats a plant-based diet. (And, that’s what he served too.)
Well, I guess it’s the real deal, i.e., he’s not just dabbling in the diet, because he now graces the cover of VegNews as their Person of the Year in the November+December 2010 (#76) Veggie Awards Issue! Very cool.