Veganism has often been considered an alternative lifestyle. But thanks to the visibility that many celebrities and famous people have brought to the topic, nowadays it is increasingly known by the general public.
Stars such as actor Joaquin Phoenix, musician Moby and even Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, who, inspired by environmental and ethical concerns, are helping to popularize the plant-based diet.
This makes millions of fans inspired by their idols to give this lifestyle a chance. In addition to testing your recommendations when it comes to giving up animal products and adopting a plant-based diet.
Here are some vegan celebrities who are inspiring change and making the world a fairer place for animals:
Actor and environmentalist Joaquin Phoenix used the 2020 Oscar awards to draw attention to the often cruel dairy industry. During his speech receiving the Best Actor award for his performance in the movie “The Joker”, he used all the repercussions and reach that the event has to draw attention to veganism.
“We became very disconnected from the natural world. We are all animals on this planet. We are creatures. And non-human animals experience feelings of pain just as we do. They are also strong, smart, hardworking, mobile, and revolutionary. They are also capable of growth and adaptation.”
“Like us, they are Earthmen first of all. And like us, they are surviving. Like us, they too seek their own comfort rather than discomfort.
American musician Richard Melville Hall, better known as Moby, is one of the best-known vegan celebrities in the world. The artist first cut meat from his food when he was 19, thanks to his pet cat Tucker.
After an epiphany, Moby told Rolling Stone magazine that he would do anything to protect him from harm and make him happy. “I would never, in a trillion years, think of hurting this cat.
More recently, Moby gave a talk at TEDx Talk in Venice Beach entitled “Why I’m A Vegan” to discuss the cognitive dissonance of eating meat.
Vegan athletes Robert Cheeke and Vanessa Espinoza are training buddies, business partners, co-authors of the book “Plant-Based Muscle” and starring in the documentary “The Story of Two Vegan Bodybuilders” (2021).
Robert Cheeke is a vegan bodybuilding pioneer, bodybuilding champion, and bestselling author such as the “Shred It!” vegan fitness guide. A graduate of Cornell University’s renowned Plant-Based Nutrition Program, Cheeke provides in this book a world-class dietary summary of what it takes to become a powerful vegan athlete.
Vanessa Espinoza is an elite weightlifter, three-time Colorado Golden Gloves boxing champion, and has a huge following on her Instagram account (@plantbasedmuscle) where she posts motivational photos training alongside other vegan bodybuilders.
One of the most frequently asked questions for every vegan, athlete or not, is where does a person get their protein? Espinoza explains that protein sources are extremely varied and rich throughout the plant kingdom.
His tips for heavy training include a planned diet, with calories to meet energy demand, which can be supplemented with a vegan and multivitamin supplement, excellent for the diet of an elite athlete.
The British motorsport legend has been vegan since 2017 and guarantees that this helps his athletic performance as well as the environment.
“We all have a voice. I have this influential platform and therefore not using it correctly would be a mistake on my part. No one is perfect, I certainly am not, but abuse is happening every day to so many animals across the world. That’s why I decided to follow a vegan diet.”
His furry companion, bulldog Roscoe, who has suffered from health problems, has also been feeling healthier since switching to the vegan diet. “I’m a vegan bulldog who loves traveling, playing ball, and getting the attention of all the girls, especially when they rub my ass. I like Frisbee and sneakers,” says Roscoe Hamilton’s Instagram profile bio (@roscoelovescoco).
Iconic supermodel Gisele Bundchen and husband Tom Brady, who serves as ‘quarterback’ for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, are adept at the plant-based diet prepared by their own private chef. Even the kids, ages 8 and 11, make organic, plant-based meals, ranging from vegetarian sushi rolls to raw chocolate chip cookies.
Bundchen explains: “We all love it. It’s not only good for our health and makes us feel good, but it’s also good for the planet.” With high power of influence associated with her image, Gisele is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and acts as an activist against the deforestation of the Amazon Forest, which is being cruelly destroyed to make way for animal agriculture, in addition to other environmental issues.
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