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Lights Out Actress Teresa Palmer Goes Vegan For the Animals – The Beet

I just decided I dont want to add to any more suffering in the world, including [the] suffering of any sentient beings, says Teresa Palmer. The Australian actress, best known for her role as Rebecca in the horror movie, Lights Out, ditched meat for the sake of the animals. Palmer has always been an animal lover and"grew up with endangered species,"with her father's wildlife sanctuarylocated on their home in Australia.

Palmer, 37, had sporadically eaten veganthroughout her life, andwas alongtime pescetarian, and confessed that she ate fish because,'It didn't resemble an animal so I would eat it and not really think about the life that was that animal, and then as an animal lover and the more I read, I realized, "I actually can't do this anymore,"' she told Daily Mail UK. Palmer adds, "It didn't align with who I was, and I realized that I had this sort of cognitive dissonance and I was very disconnected from the food that I was eating."

Palmer explained toOK! Australiahow her son Bodhi and stepson Isaac encouraged her to make the switch to veganism for good."Their compassion and kindness [have] inspired me to adopt a more humane and considered approach to food. Bodhi saw some fish on display at Whole Foods Market one day and was completely scarred he didn't understand why they weren't swimming in the ocean and why someone would purposely catch the fish for people to eat."

LastApril, Palmer gave birth to her third child Poet, and sincehas been laser-focused on making healthy food choices. Palmer has a total of four children including her stepson Isaac, and reveals what her diet looks like after giving birth and having her hands full with kids. "Nursing Poet and Forest are so demanding on my body and I'm constantly feeling hungry." She adds, "I love heavy carbs and always want to eat pasta, bread, or pizza, but I find my energy levels plummet when I indulge in these foods continuously. A particular food focus for me at the moment is to eat a variety of nutrient-rich mixed greens every day. I can make them into a simple stir-fry or curry and enjoy a delicious, healthy meal in minutes." Palmer raises her children on plant-based diets and shares her story on her wellness website.

In 2018, the famous actress started an "all-encompassing community" online called Your Zen Mama where parents and caregivers discuss everything parenthood. Sarah Wright Olsen, an American actressknown for her role as Millicent Gergich in Parks and Recreation, collaborates with Palmer onthe wellness website. The two actresses both eat aplant-baseddiet and share recipes, information and advice about veganism from expected mothers,using their first-hand experiences to guide.

In Your Zen Mama blog post, Palmer was asked how she manages a vegan diet as a family, and said, "our family does it pretty seamlessly. We usually make sure we have a serving of veggies/fruit with each meal, a starch, and a plant-based protein whether it be quinoa, beans, or veggie meat made from pea protein. Our children feel really passionate about not eating animals and their drive and commitment to it keep inspiring us to stay on this path."

In addition, she advises her readers to ensure you're taking a great multivitamin, drink more water than you think you need, andconsumeenough protein. Palmer chooses plant-based proteins such as "beans, nut butter, lentils, quinoa, chia seeds, and oat barley," and enjoys vegan meals from well-known blogger, Angela Liddon, creator of Oh She Glows.

As a mother of four and raising her children as vegans, Teresa Palmerlikesquick and creative vegan snacks and meals.

Here is a list of her go-to snacks by Oh She Glows:

Palmeradmits she uses herVitamix, "abunch", and "pures lots of fruits and veggies for Forest to eat and sprinkle it with chia seeds for protein. He also downs my vegan banana bread." One of her easiest go-to snacks and her son's favorite snack is mashed cinnamon sweet potatoes. She explains how simple they are to make,instructing, "just bake peeled sweet potatoes in the oven, chuck in a bowl, add a dash of almond milk and cinnamon and smash it all together!"

When Palmer needs to satisfy her sweet tooth, she claims her guilty pleasures are anything "chocolate or caramel flavored." Palmer says,"It'sokay to treat yourself occasionally if you'refeeding your bodywith healthy choices the rest of the time, and it'sokay to have a day off from the gym if you need time to rest." The actress claims, "the worst I've ever felt and the sickest I've ever been was when I was working out five times a week for 90 minutes a day and eating the cleanest diet possible."

Shevonne Hunthosts Teresa Palmer on her Feed Love Play podcastand gets to the bottom of what zen means for the busy mother and famous actress.Palmer explains that zen is the "idea of finding balance, it exploits the idea of perfection." She advises parents and listeners of the podcast to "let go of the self-critical voice, everyday ill feel and look different--that's okay."

During the lockdown, Palmer is "riding the wave" and mentions how "some days I feel like I'm in the flow and other days are messier." She goes on to explain how her four kids are high maintenance and need to stay active or completely disconnect by spending the entire day watching TV. Palmer concludes, "I have to take the pressure off myself."

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For vegans in Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s not always easy being green –


Theres a joke that goes, How can you tell someone is a vegan? Answer: You dont need to, theyll tell you themselves.

Its a joke vegans will tell you themselves. And its true. Poke your nose into the 2,500 NL Vegans Facebook page and youll see robust conversations about the best recipes and the hottest new restaurants. Youll also encounter a lot of passionate discussion of animal cruelty and the evils of meat.

Studies show that about one per cent of Canadians follow a strict vegan diet, which means they wont eat animals of any kind, or anything derived from them such as eggs and dairy products.

Still, thats more than 350,000people, and a 2018 Dalhousie University study found that two-thirds of them are under the age of 38. Veganism is trending upwards, and its mostly driven by Millennials and the Generation Y population.

Veganism is a philosophy. Its based on the conviction that animals are not to be harmed or exploited for human consumption even for clothes, in some circles.

It can be militant. While all vegans are adherents of the animal rights movement to some extent, some are more vocal about it than others. Theyll take undercover footage inside slaughterhouses or block trucks from entering processing plants.

Personal health and the environment also play a major role in the motivation for veganism. You can find many claims about both. While the numbers may be sketchy at times, the bottom line is that a whole-foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet can be one of the healthiest lifestyles choices you make and that meat production, especially beef, is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and a contributor to deforestation in some countries.

In a limited series starting today, well look at some of the people who make up the local vegan community. Theyll talk about their own reasons for embracing the diet, and how it has changed their lives. Well talk about health benefits and caveats, and even check out a recipe or two.

Time to chow down.

Chris Flynns voice cracks a little as he talks about the times hes joined other animal rights activists to briefly blockade trucks from the Country Ribbon chicken farm as they entered the processing plant in Pleasantville, St. John's.

While the trucks were stopped, it was a chance to poke their heads inside and snap a shot or two of all the chickens in cages.

Its pretty horrific, he said in a recent phone interview. Sometimes they cant even stand up because theyre so big and sometimes they still have yellow feathers because theyre only four weeks old when theyre killed. And sometimes their legs got ripped off because they got stuck in the cage.

He has to take a second to control his emotions.

Flynn, who works in IT, lives in Conception Bay South.

He and his fellow protesters are allied with an international lobby group called Anonymous for the Voiceless.

Not only are they vegans, but they want to convince everyone else to be vegans, too.

Vegans refuse to eat animal flesh or any byproduct of animals such as eggs or dairy. While health plays a part, the motivation is primarily ethical.

I respect the right for any conscious, sentient being to live their life free of intentional suffering, Flynn said. They certainly have a right not to be locked in a cage all their life and tortured.

Like many vegans these days, Flynn is a recent convert.

He became a vegan four years ago at the age of 24. His girlfriend was already a vegan at the time, but he didnt think much about it until he saw documentary called Food Choices.

I started to realize that meat is not required, that animal products are not required for anyone to be healthy, he said.

Flynn has thought long and hard about it ever since, and its hard to trip him up with the usual counterarguments.

Why is it not just a personal choice?

I cant say that its my personal choice to punch someone in the face, because that other person is affected by that choice, so its not a personal choice to eat an animal when that animal loses their life for it.

But dont animals eat each other?

I cant say that its my personal choice to punch someone in the face, because that other person is affected by that choice, so its not a personal choice to eat an animal when that animal loses their life for it. Chris Flynn

Certain wild animals like lions and tigers a lot of times theyll eat their own children. I dont think humans should do that. A lot of animals will just rape each other when theyre ready to mate, but I dont think we should do that either.

What about dairy, where the animal isnt harmed?

Cows will loudly pine when their calves are taken away from them, often to make veal, Flynn says. Then they have to give milk until theyre eventually slaughtered anyway.


Free-range chicken is just a marketing buzzword, he says. Even laying chickens, which are bred to lay eggs at an exhausting rate, are kept in cruel conditions, he says.

A 2018 Dalhousie study found that approximately one million Canadians consider themselves vegans, and that two-thirds of them are under the age of 38. The trend seems to be growing.

Chris Flynn falls well within that category, but Elizabeth Johnson is even younger.

An 18-year-old student at Memorial University who lives in Goulds, Johnson says she decided last year to research everything she could about the environment, climate change and politics.

I quickly started changing my habits started walking more, reusing and up-cycling old things from around my house, started sharing my viewpoints with my family and friends, and just overall my entire life changed, she wrote in an email.

With more research I realized just how damaging the agriculture industry is to the environment, and how becoming vegan is the single smallest thing you can do with the greatest impact on the environment, she said.

In Newfoundland, being a vegan is tough, Johnson continues. Not money-wise or finding vegan alternatives, but mainly because of the culture.

Even if youre not out protesting in the streets, some people get very defensive about the fact they eat meat.

Every time somebody would ask me why I was vegan, they would feel so defensive of their actions, she says. I have had people tell me to eat a steak and get over it.

But Johnson makes no apologies.

I did my research and understood the horrible effects that the meat, egg and dairy industry had on the animals, humans and the Earth, I knew what I was doing was wrong and I stopped valuing my tastebuds over the world. I may not be perfect, but its better for thousands of people to be vegan imperfectly than a handful of people doing it perfectly.

Peter Jackson is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering health care for The Telegram. Findhim on Twitter@pjackson_nl.


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These Twins Trialled Veganism Against Meat-Eating. Here’s What Happened – Men’s Health

Hugo and Ross Turner or is that Ross and Hugo? have earned the nickname the adventure guinea pigs. In 2015, the twins scaled Europes highest peak, Mt Elbrus in the Caucasus, to compare traditional mountaineering gear with modern equipment (the latter proved to be mostly marketing). Theyve been to Greenland, where a replica of Sir Ernest Shackletons 1914 expedition kit uniformly outperformed the contemporary equivalent, from the Sunspel jumper and Crockett & Jones boots to a wooden sled.

Most recently, they embarked on a trial of a vegan diet versus a typical omnivorous one, with their body composition monitored by Virgin Active and their biomarkers tested by Kings College Londons Department of Twin Research. We caught up with them two months in to see what they'd learnt.

MH: This isnt the first time youve compared diets...

Ross: At the end of last year we did a test of high-fat vs high-carb. I was on a high-fat diet and I shredded. I lost about 3kg of fat; Hugo was on high-carb and he put on 3kg.

Hugo: Ross has always been slightly heavier, so, we met each other in the middle. At the end, we were 85kg each.

Ross: But I was much, much leaner.

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MH: How fun or not were those diets to follow?

Ross: I did miss carbs. I really did miss carbs. But as soon as I had them, I felt bloated, straight away.

MH: So, what are the main takeaways from meat versus veg?

Ross: My cholesterol has stayed the same about 6.5, quite high and Hugo [on the vegan diet] is down to 4.9.

Hugo: I was about 5.9 at the start, so its dropped drastically.

Ross: As well as your libido.

Hugo: Yeah, my libido went out the window. But my energy levels [were better]. I didnt get that sugar drop. Most snacks chocolate, biscuits, sweets I couldnt have. I was pretty much just on nuts and fruit.

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Ross: We had Mindful Chef delivering our food, so we had exactly the same calories going in give or take 50 calories across the day.

MH: How did going vegan affect your training?

Hugo: My energy levels in the gym were much, much better. We were going to the gym five, six times a week and I didnt have a session where I thought, I dont really have any energy.

Ross: I was the opposite. I was very hungry at 10 or 11 oclock. I had those big spikes of energy and then Id crash. But then the results [of our training] have been very different I put on weight, and Hugo has lost it.

Hugo: Ive shredded. I lost 4kg of fat in the first two or three weeks.

Ross: We wore continuous glucose monitors: they go on the back of your triceps and connect to your phone. I was spiking, going down, having that sugar low or meat low and Hugo was far more satiated.

MH: What kind of training were you doing?

Hugo: Its endurance-focused, so high-rep, low-weight, rather than trying to build up mass. On our expeditions, we dont want to be carrying extra weight.

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Ross: One of the ways we measure how fit were getting is with a submaximal test: what resistance youre on when you get to a certain heart rate on a Wattbike. Its simple but quite effective if you want to find out what your fitness level is.

MH: And less unpleasant than a VO2 max.

Ross: I dont mind the VO2 max. Its quite fun. An effective way weve found [to track] our endurance training is to count the total mass lifted. Weve gone from about three tonnes which sounds epic to 10 or 11 tonnes in an hour. If you add the weight up, it becomes really motivating.

MH: How much do you bench? A tonne

Ross: It is, though if you lift 100kg, 10 times, thats a tonne. If youve lost weight and youve doubled your lifting capacity, youre getting expedition fit.

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Hugo: Half of it is looking after your body. Whats the chassis like? Is it healthy? Weve got quite rusty chassis in the sense that weve always got painful backs, tight hamstrings and quads. So, its using a good proportion of a gym session on stretching, rolling and core.

Ross: And the other 10% is mindset. Ive been to the gym over the past few months and gone, I really cant be bothered. Thats the point at which you become expedition mind fit. Even if you do very little, but you do the full hour, youre training your mind not to give up. Its so easy not to flex the mental muscle.

On the vegan diet: Hugo lost 1kg of fat and gained 1.2kg of muscle massOn the omnivore diet: Ross gained 2.8kg of fat and 4kg of muscle mass

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Vegan Cheese Brand Miyoko’s Donates to Black Lives Matter to Fight Inherent Racism in the Food System – VegNews

Today, vegan brand Miyokos Creamery ceased posting its scheduled social media content for one week to stand in solidarity with the worldwide protests for justice for George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by Derek Chauvin and three other ex-police officers May 25. Miyokos announced that it is donating funds to social-justice organizations, including Black Lives Matter and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to support their efforts in dismantling institutionalized racism.

Both of these are organizations on the forefront of creating a more just and compassionate social system, Miyokos Founder and CEO Miyoko Schinner told VegNews. Veganism is not just about diet or animals, it is about larger social justice issues. There is inherent racism in our food system that disempowers people of color. We need to all work together to create a food system that is compassionate and just for all people.

Miyokos is calling upon other businesses to support social-justice organizations, as well.

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Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in the UK Will Be Easier to Find Thanks to New Sticker Campaign – VegNews

Nonprofit organization Vegan-Friendly UK recently launched the Vegan-Friendly certification symbol to help vegan-friendly businesses promote their vegan options. The heart-shaped symbol identifies restaurants that qualify as vegan-friendly if their menus boost a wide variety of vegan dishes. Originally founded in Israel, the organization expanded to the United Kingdom in an effort to increase the presence of vegan options and make veganism more accessible by encouraging businesses to add vegan options.

We will improve the visibility and exposure of restaurants which serve a minimum of 25-percent vegan options by labeling them both digitally and physically, Ofek Ron, Vegan-Friendly General Manager, said. We will also provide restaurants with free hands-on training and guidance on how to switch ingredients in their dishes to improve their vegan offering. In our Israeli venture, with our assistance, the restaurants we work with have been able to sell approximately 20 percent more vegan dishes than before. This meant that these restaurants were, in turn, selling less meat dishes and more vegan dishes.

The Vegan-Friendly certification will initially launch with an online presence and once restaurants begin to open following the COVID-19 lockdown, Londoners will start noticing heart-shaped stickers at the entrance of their favorite vegan-friendly restaurants.

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Colby Cosh: Is Bryan Adams bad because he’s a good vegan? Or forgivable only for being a bad one? – National Post

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Tabitha Brown Is Spreading Joy and Veganism on TikTok – The New York Times

You want a smoothie bowl? Well, lets make one.

Tabitha Brown is in her kitchen, cellphone in hand, filming one of the short videos that have made her an unlikely social media sensation.

Almond milk, banana, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, peaches and mango, oh my! she says, running down the ingredients for a vegan smoothie in a gentle, lilting Southern accent. Now blend.

After adding a little shredded coconut (like so, like that) and flax seed (cause thats our business), fresh strawberries, chopped pecans and a dash of maple syrup, she takes the finished smoothie outside to savor in her yard in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles.

The most important part is where you eat it at, honey, Ms. Brown says between spoonfuls. Go outside if you can, or at least the cutest place in your house to make you feel like you somewhere, even though you aint.

Ms. Brown is 41. In the last month, her warm smile, calm demeanor and signature Afro (which she has nicknamed Donna), as well as the kindness she shows herself and others, have earned her a huge following on TikTok, a social medium whose most popular and most engaged users are in their teens and 20s. An aspiring actress, she is striking a tone that is resonating widely at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has many of us on edge, looking for assurance that things are going to be OK.

Dont you give up, dont you quit, dont give up, she says in one video. Baby, you aint done came this far just to get this far; you still got a ways to go. And I know right now it almost feels impossible, but dont you give up.

Ms. Brown said the videos which occasionally feature her daughter, Choyce, 18; her son, Quest, 8; and her husband, Chance are her way of spreading joy and spending a moment with her followers.

If somebody has one minute per day, and they get to have a little bit of joy for one minute, I want to be there, she said in an interview. Its part of the reason why, when I do my video, I hold my phone so close to my face. I want somebody to feel like its me and you in this moment.

For many, Ms. Browns videos are moments of stillness and inspiration, a few seconds in which they can focus on themselves rather than the all-consuming anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic.

What people are craving in this day and time is how to self-soothe, said Dr. Judith Orloff, a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist and the author of Thriving as an Empath. People are under so much more stress, so much uncertainty in so many areas that we are navigating that we dont know the answers to. There is more of a need than ever.

Eva Hughes, 74, a retired associate minister at a church in Roanoke, Va., looks forward to Ms. Browns videos and delights in her euphonious Southern accent.

She inspires me to be a better me and not look for people to validate who I am, Ms. Hughes said. She does it with such an assuredness.

Ms. Browns path to fame, or some version of it, was not the one she originally pictured for herself. She grew up in Eden, N.C., a small city about 32 miles north of Greensboro, obsessed with The Cosby Show and dreaming of becoming an actress. She joined the drama club and performed in plays at school and with a community theater.

At her mothers urging, she enrolled in the International Fine Arts College in Miami to study fashion design. But all I could think, she said, was, Im wasting time; Im supposed to be acting. She dropped out at 19 and moved to Southern California.

But Ms. Brown was not in Los Angeles; she was living with a friend of her mothers in Laguna Niguel, two hours south of Hollywood by car, working two jobs with no time to audition. Chance, who was her boyfriend at the time, suggested they move back to North Carolina for a year to save money.

That one year turned into five years, turned into a baby, a marriage, car, job, house and a forgotten dream, Ms. Brown said.

In 2002, however, she successfully auditioned for a job as the co-host of a late-night show on the local WB affiliate, interviewing celebrities who came to town to perform at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. That taught me how to dream again, she said.

Two years later, she and her family returned to Los Angeles. They had been there barely six months when Ms. Browns mother learned she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S. For the next three years, Ms. Brown split her time between California and North Carolina to help care for her.

After her mother died in 2007, Ms. Brown threw herself into acting, picking up roles in independent and straight-to-DVD films little small victories, but never nothing really big, she said. Then came another series of setbacks. After she gave birth to Quest, she developed chronic pain and fatigue and ended up on disability.

After being unemployed for over a year, Ms. Brown took a job as an Uber driver, daydreaming that she might pick up a casting director or someone who could get her out from behind the wheel and in front of a camera.

One day in December 2017, Ms. Brown walked into a Whole Foods after dropping off a client and bought a vegan breakfast wrap. Ms. Brown had tried eating vegan a few months earlier at her daughters suggestion and had quickly embraced it, crediting it with clearing up the chronic pain that had sidelined her.

On a whim, Ms. Brown filmed herself as she raved about the wrap in her car, and posted the video on Facebook. By the time her shift was over, she said, it had been viewed about 50,000 times. Within days, Whole Foods reached out and asked her to be a brand ambassador.

Even so, when Choyce suggested to her mother earlier this year that she post videos on TikTok, Ms. Brown was hesitant. TikTok? Wasnt that for teenagers?

Choyce explained that she could reach a new audience, and she taught her mother to shoot and edit videos and post them to the platform.

She picked it up pretty quick, Choyce said. I just thought she would be a good fit because shes really comforting.

Ms. Brown found an audience almost instantly. On March 9, the day after she first joined TikTok, Ms. Brown posted videos of herself making a simple vegan wrap and a vegan pasta dish. Each quickly racked up more than a million views.

The kitchen was a natural setting. Ms. Browns mother, grandmother and aunt had taught her to cook over the telephone after she and Chance first moved in together in 1998. When I went vegan, she said, I just tried to make all my favorite nonvegan food vegan, and it worked!

I became the auntie everybody loves, and it just kept growing, Ms. Brown said.

Her viral fame led to representation by the Creative Arts Agency, the powerhouse Los Angeles talent agency. Ms. Brown also landed a guest role as a police officer on an episode of Will and Grace that aired earlier this year, and she said she was developing a docuseries featuring her family.

My dream is to perform, she said. I want to be there for people. I want people to feel, in that moment, loved, seen and heard.

She attributes the joy and warmth that she transmits on her videos to the difficult moments from her own life her struggle with pain, the false starts that hampered her acting career, her mothers illness and death. She draws from those episodes, and her triumph over them, as a way of offering hope at a time when most of us could use some.

Im thankful that God gave me light again, and to be light for other peoples darkness is a responsibility that I take very seriously. Thats why I do it.

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Here Are Some Clues That Zo Kravitz Might be Vegan – The Beet

Actress, singer, model, andfree-spiritedstyle iconZo Kravitz radiates the kind of bohemian energy thatmight make you assume she is vegan. Her down-to-earthattitude, eclectic fashion sense and outspoken activism point her towards the kind of celebrity who is also intentional about what she puts on her plateand into her body. Zo'sluminous skin makes us suspect she doesn't include chemicals in her day-to-day routine or let dairy or refined sugar pass her lips, buttodetermine if the daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz eatsplant-based, we compiled cluesthat point her towards a "mostly vegan"lifestyle.

Kravitz has been a breakout starin HBO's Big Little Lies, and has kept many entertained during quarantine with her Hulu series High Fidelity, a reboot of the beloved 90's movie starring John Cusack.Sheis also set to star in theupcoming Catwoman movie as the superhero, also knownby her "real" name,Selina Kyle.

Kravitz's mother, Lisa Bonet, read John Robbins' Diet for a New America (1987) inthelate 1980s when she was pregnant. This book convinced her to raise Zo on a vegan diet of protein-enriched pasta, soy yogurt, guacamole, broccoli, split pea soup and rice at an early age. In an appearance on The Phil Donahue Show,in 1990 she appeared with River Phoenix, Raul Julia, and author John Robbins to discuss vegetarianism, veganism, global warming, and dietary choices, Bonet called the agricultural industry a"total manipulation to keep a lot of people rich."Bonet seemed ahead of her time in believing that a diet free of meat and dairy was the healthiest option and talked about feeding her baby Zo (who was still nursing at the time) vegan options such as enriched pasta, pea soup, and other vegetables.

In the interview, Bonet also advocated for environmental protection by pointing out that the Amazon rainforests were being destroyed, "so you can have another cheeseburger." (What's amazing about this video from 1990 is it could have been made this erasince the recent Amazon fires were caused by farmers deforesting the land to raise more cattle.) In advocating for sustainable food practices, Bonet was ahead of her time.

It seems that Zo remained largelyplant-based during her childhood, but began to deviate from strictly no-animal-product to adding a few back in. In an article with Harper'sBazaar, Kravitz explained, "I was raised vegan. My mom would always make quinoa with squash and kale, hippie stuff like that. Now I eat meat, but I try to be conscious about where it's coming from. But I stick to mostly vegan health food just because it's how I grew up; I really likeSouenandAngelica Kitchenin the East Village." Kravitz does note that when she consumes animal products she tries to "to be conscious about where it's coming from. But I stick to mostly vegan health food just because it's how I grew up."

While talking with ELLE magazine, Kravitz divulged that part of her beauty routine is keeping a clean diet: "I try eating wellmaking sure you're eating greens or steamed veggies, or stuff that doesn't have a lot of oil or chemicals. But if you want to go to McDonald's every once in a while, do it! But it's about clean food that hasn't been processed." Kravitz isn't a fan of restriction and notes that her favoritetreatsare "chocolate or anything with peanut butter," and for happy hour, "Whiskey or red wine."

All of this evidence points towards Zohaving a mostly plant-based diet, something one might refer to as a plant-forward lifestyle. Although she admits that she eats animal products from time to time, Kravitz seems to mainlyfill her plate with fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes. As for her quarantine indulgences, she says that thetwo thingsbesides her "mostly vegan" diet are getting her through this isolating time; "wine and weed,", which, technically, arebothderived from plants.

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Carnivores Have Better Mental Health Than Vegans or Vegetarians, Study Finds – Muscle & Fitness

Veganism and vegetarianism have profound physical benefits, and both eating regimens have been linked to lower risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and much more. Multiple studies have shown meat-free is the way to go for a physically healthier lifestyle but a new study shows that might come at the cost of your mental well-being.

According to the study, published in Critical Reviews of Food Science and Nutrition, people who avoided meat had higher rates of depression, anxiety, and/or self-harm behaviors than those who ate meat.

My co-authors and I were truly surprised at how consistent the relation between meat-avoidance and the increased prevalence of mental illness was across populations, study author Urska Dobersek, an assistant professor at the University of Southern Indiana, told PsyPost.

It should be noted that the researchers were unable to determine a cause for this link. One theory, however, is that there is a social stigma attached to veganism and vegetarianism, especially in places such as America.

Researchers looked at 18 different studies conducted around the world that examined the link between ones diet and their mental health. Eleven of those studies found vegetarians and vegans had poorer psychological health than meat eaters; Three of the studies favored vegans and vegetarians, but the researchers noted the more rigorous studies were in favor of meat eaters.

Dobersek and her co-authors note that future studies should look at if the mental aspect could be one of the reasons why many people who adopt veganism or vegetarianism end up going back to eating meat (a December 2014 survey found that 84 percent of people who gave up meat eventually went back to doing so).

Theyre also curious if theres a nutritional reason for the link in other words, they want to know if theres something in meat that contributes to better mental health that you cant get from fruits, vegetables, or grains.

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Are Weight-Loss Transformation Success Stories Fat Shaming? – Plant Based News

Adele's weight loss sparked online debate

Is media coverage of weight loss transformations inherently fatphobic?

In this video, Plant Based News founder Klaus Mitchell discusses recent coverage of musical icon Adele's weight loss - and rumors that she lost around 100lb on a predominantly plant-based diet.

When the article was shared on Instagram, it provoked not only fierce debate, but abuse.

"To be clear, no one is saying they love Adele more because of her weight loss - and if they do, we don't condone that view," says Mitchell in the video. "What came as a surprise to me, was when the article we published was met with criticism and demands to take it down."

He discusses some of the responses - including one that accused PBN of 'equating a woman's worth with her weight' by reporting on the information.

"My question to you is whether PBN should feel guilty for reporting on body transformations?" he asks, pointing out that the story published the fact of Adele's weight loss, without offering a moral view on that.

When this video was shared on PBN's Instagram, it garnered many responses, with one commentator saying: "Adele was one of the most famous, popular and loved artists on earth before she lost all that weight. Not sure how people can say she became more loved and got more media attention after losing weight. Her media attention has been enormous throughout her career independent of her body shape."

Another suggested: "When people start throwing the fat-shaming card on any fitness-related content. Its because they are critiquing their own roadblocks and fears."

But some felt that discussion of weight loss is inherently problematic, with one Instagram user saying: "Yes, it is a gendered issue and that's why the article is problematic, answered your own questions there really. I also hate veganism being seen as a quick diet to thinness. That's not why people should be going vegan and no one be promoting diet culture [sic]."

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