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Gloria Steinem summed up one of the challenges of life very well when she said, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to what we choose to eat. Our food choices are influenced by a range of factors that make it almost impossible to entertain change. Growing up, I was told that I needed to consume dairy for calcium, eat meat to get strong and fish to get smart. Imagining food without animal products on my plate seemed almost unimaginable.
We get it. Tell someone to stop drinking milk and they’ll think you’re crazy, but there are good reasons to do so. For years, the dairy industry has done a great job of promoting its product. Campaigns such as Got Milk? have been pushed into homes globally, and their effect has been dramatic. Milk being good for you is almost as guaranteed as death and taxes in most people’s eyes. Unfortunately, the truth is a little different. Here we take a look at 8 reasons why you really should stop drinking milk if you haven’t already.
If I could find something other than twelve orders of fries, that would be great. 1. You’re always introduced as “The Vegan” every time you go out to eat.
2. Then you have to explain what that means six thousand times.
3. So everyone apologizes for eating dead animals and inviting you to a restaurant that serves meat.
4. Then you feel guilty for being “that guy” who asks the waiter for special dietary options.
5. And you ask the waiter if something is vegan, but you don’t trust them to know the answer.
6. So you spend 20 minutes searching the menu for something you could possibly veganize.
7. But you realize French Fries and Side Salad with no cheese are your only options.
8. And you still have to try to figure out which dressings are “clean.”
9. You then sit through the entire meal enduring jokes about your food.
Veganism is everywhere! Celebs are giving up meat and dairy all over the place, and, of course, they’re preaching it to the masses. Then, there are celebrity vegans who, preachy or not, were into the vegan diet long before it became the “in” thing to do. Here is a ranking of them, in order of strictness:
Despite the fact that one can get their daily recommendation of calcium, potassium, and protein from fruits and vegetables, the dairy industry has spent billions of dollars to convince consumers otherwise. Got Milk? We sure hope not. Despite being a somewhat tasty addition to coffee, tea, and delectable treats, the ingredient – when pasteurized – is highly toxic to the human body. In fact, physicians such as Dr. Willet, who has conducted many studies and reviewed the research on the topic, believe milk to be more of a detriment to the human body than an aid.
Portugal just passed a law requiring all public cafeterias to offer at least one vegan option to diners. That mandate applies to all public hospitals, prisons, schools, universities and other public buildings. Within six months, all these cafeterias must provide a minimum of one meal choice that is free from animal products. The law calls it a “strict vegetarian option.” What drove this remarkable change? The will of the people, of course. Soon, Portuguese vegans won’t have to struggle to maintain their ethical or health-based dietary choices when they’re stuck with eating cafeteria food in a public building.
Meet, Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, son of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, who is Arab world’s richest investor, famously called ‘the Arabian Warren Buffett’. In a country that is steeped in conservatism, 38-year-old Prince Khaled is a breath of fresh air, he passionately supports animal rights and strives to bring his country to a more sustainable path in terms of energy. Back in 2013, he set up his own company called the KBW investment, which deals with mining, oil and gas. While most of the Arab world’s energy resource is centred around its massive oil reserves. Prince Khaled hopes to turn this around.
If you want to make sure you don’t accidentally ingest an animal product, we suggest you check out the list of these eight seemingly vegan (but definitely not) foods. Without further ado …
These 5 celebs are proof that veganism is beautiful and they’re sharing their thoughts on the matter.
1. BRAD PITT
Brad Pitt is one of the biggest names in Hollywood and has been vegan for sometime now! When discussing the matter, Angeline Jolie’s husband had made it clear that he’s not only vegan for the health benefits. The actor is also concerned by the negative environmental effects that comes from raising livestock.
2. OLIVIA WILDE
Olivia Wilde has been vegan for 5 years now. Before that, she had been vegetarian since the age of 12! She is an outspoken activist on a number of issues, including animal rights. She even has a website dedicated to the Vegan lifestyle, called “Wilde Things.” This site posts Vegan recipes, stories about her experiences with being Vegan, and interesting information for those who are thinking about becoming Vegan themselves. How cool is that!
3. DEMI MOORE
Have you seen Demi in her 50s? FLAWLESS! Although she’s just in it for health reasons, it still has a huge impact on the animals and the planet. The actress belongs to the “RAW VEGAN” community where she only eats raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.
The philosophy behind a raw food diet is the belief that minerals and vitamins are lost once food is heated to a certain temperature. Moore also claims that she is in such good shape because she eats so many fruits and vegetables, which contain a wide range of anti-oxidants that specialize in fighting the ageing process.
4. MILEY CYRUS
Yes! Miley Cyrus has been vegan for over a year now and loving it! The singer is always promoting veganism on her Instagram page. She even has an adopted pig, and many rescued cats and dogs. Miley is an ethical vegan and will always speak for the voiceless. One of her famous quotes is: “I’d eat dirt before an animal…”
5. LIAM HEMSWORTH
Recently, Liam Hemsworth went vegan, after hearing all about the horrific ways the animals are treated. Ever since, he has been advocating for the animals and spreading the vegan message. Who knows, maybe Miley inspired her bo!
There’s an ever-growing contingent of celebrity vegans who are doing much to bolster the profile of veganism – once seen as the preserve of sandal-wearing geography teachers – but many of us remain resolutely tied to eating animals. In fact, switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet just one day a week could have significant health benefits.