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Natalie Portman: Sexy Vegetarian

What do Natalie Portman and Alicia Silverstone have in common? They are both big time vegetarians.

Here's what Natalie has to say about her food politics:

“I am a very strict vegetarian ... I just really, really love animals, and I act on my values.”

Did you know that for every one vegetarian more than 100 animals each are saved from suffering? There are amazing health benefits to sticking to a plant based diet, too. Vegetarians are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters. Another cool tidbit - on average, vegetarians are up to 20 lbs lighter than meat-eaters. So maybe moving towards a meatless week, month and year might be a more powerful lifestyle change than just a meatless Monday.

A balanced vegetarian diet full of legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is extremely healthy. It's low in dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, so it's a great option if you are worried about high cholesterol. There are plenty of meat alternatives that taste like the real thing, but are much healthier for you, like Gardenburgers.

Being vegetarian is also good for other people. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farm animals - up to 16 lbs of grain to get just 1 lb of meat. All that plant food could be used more efficiently to feed people directly, and stop world hunger (that is we could all share). Not only that, but the meat industry creates tons of pollution, waste, and adds to global warming.

Fit's Tips: If you have been thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out the GoVeg website for information. It is chock full of helpful information.

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Panic Panic 7 years
To vsakakeeny: The less animals bred for consumption -> the less demand for grain -> the lower the price of grain will be. "Lack of access to food" = can't afford it! It may very well be naive to think that this could "solve world hunger" (there are a lot of other obstacles in the way...wars, intentional manipulation of the food supplies of certain ethnic groups, etc.), but you can't deny that it could help.
kriskahn21 kriskahn21 8 years
I'm vegan. I love animals and the idea of them suffering for my meal pushed me to drop meat eating. It's true that you will likely lose weight on a vegetarian diet unless you had a problem with food before you "converted". I lost about 22 lbs in a year. Vegetarians who eat a diet high in fiber and protein would fill you up rather quickly. On the other hand if you've got a tendency to overeat, you'll maintain your weight or gain whether vegetarian or not. Also, to address the carnivore bit. Humans are omnivores and not carnivores. That means that they can survive eating meat and/or plant life. Sure we need protein, but you can get that from nuts, whole grains, and tofu (which isn't bad if you know how to cook!) I think diet is always a personal choice. PETA is way too pushy with its agenda. Humans like other animals have the absolute right to choose meat or not.
kriskahn21 kriskahn21 8 years
I'm vegan. I love animals and the idea of them suffering for my meal pushed me to drop meat eating. It's true that you will likely lose weight on a vegetarian diet unless you had a problem with food before you "converted". I lost about 22 lbs in a year. Vegetarians who eat a diet high in fiber and protein would fill you up rather quickly. On the other hand if you've got a tendency to overeat, you'll maintain your weight or gain whether vegetarian or not. Also, to address the carnivore bit. Humans are omnivores and not carnivores. That means that they can survive eating meat and/or plant life. Sure we need protein, but you can get that from nuts, whole grains, and tofu (which isn't bad if you know how to cook!) I think diet is always a personal choice. PETA is way too pushy with its agenda. Humans like other animals have the absolute right to choose meat or not.
kriskahn21 kriskahn21 8 years
I'm vegan. I love animals and the idea of them suffering for my meal pushed me to drop meat eating. It's true that you will likely lose weight on a vegetarian diet unless you had a problem with food before you "converted". I lost about 22 lbs in a year. Vegetarians who eat a diet high in fiber and protein would fill you up rather quickly. On the other hand if you've got a tendency to overeat, you'll maintain your weight or gain whether vegetarian or not. Also, to address the carnivore bit. Humans are omnivores and not carnivores. That means that they can survive eating meat and/or plant life. Sure we need protein, but you can get that from nuts, whole grains, and tofu (which isn't bad if you know how to cook!) I think diet is always a personal choice. PETA is way too pushy with its agenda. Humans like other animals have the absolute right to choose meat or not.
JessWall1213 JessWall1213 8 years
I never felt better than when I was vegan. The only reason I stopped was how other people reacted to it. (Lame, I know, but it grated on me.) I was able to run a half marathon absolutely fine on a vegan diet. You just have to think about what you're eating and make sure you eat all the vitamins you need. There isn't any need to eat animal products to stay healthy. It was the environmental aspect that really got to me. The factory farming industry is the number one source of water contamination in the US. I couldn't continue to eat meat knowing what I was buying into. There are so many different factors to vegetarianism and veganism; the environment, resource efficiency, and moral reasons are just some of them. Just be informed about what your impact is.
BonjourChaton BonjourChaton 8 years
I'm vegan and proud of it. Why slaughter a poor defenseless animal when you can have awesome vegan food that is healthier for you anyway? I lost fifteen pounds when I first went vegan and I still haven't gained it back and I eat cookies, ice cream, vegan hot wings, everything! I love being vegan and I'm happy fitsugar is talking about it. Go veg!
beyondstellar beyondstellar 8 years
FYI: goveg.com is put together by PETA, so if you got the info off of goveg.com then you got the info from PETA. Goveg.com is not a separate entity from PETA and PETA is not known for its unbiased reports...
andrea426 andrea426 9 years
go to peta2.org for a list of celebrity vegetarians. and believe me, it's all the beautiful people. i've been vegetarian for quite some time now and the health benefits are amazing. as well as you just feel better about yourself in general. i shudder at the thought of eating flesh and blood. the peta ads may be annoying but it's better to be in your face about it, than not informed at all. i'm amazed at how closed minded some people can be. you like your meat...great. but exploring more options and information doesn't hurt :)
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 9 years
The book FAST FOOD NATION changed my mind for good!
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Kevin - i agree - be respectful of people's individual choices and don't criticize others for being different.
misogi misogi 9 years
Humans are omnivores, not carnivores...
krisua krisua 9 years
I am a convinced carnivore, though... sorry.
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
ah! I used to love fenway franks many moons ago :) I'm starting to read Peter Singer's - In Defense of Animals. It is about factory farming and our treatment of animals if anyone is interested!
kevindineen kevindineen 9 years
I love meat. I mean what's better than a nice juicy burger. Oh wait, a cheese steak... no wait an italian sausage outside fenway park! Peppers onions, .....drool... I digress... Anywho... I do love meat & would never think of becoming a vegetarian, but I do support local meat. Free range meat. & Ethical treatment of animals, so whenever I do buy meat, if it's available I go for the (although a bit pricier) local "better" options. My girlfriend refuses to buy/cook/ or handle meat... but I say, to each their own, & I think she sees the value in that, because now she doens't look nearly as disgusted when I pick my BBQ covered face up out of the huge rack of ribs I'm eating & try to kiss her. It's a choice, regardless of the animal cruelty concerns, or whatever people want to make their reason for being veg... it's all a personal choice. You gotta respect that & even if you DO eat meat you can still do your part in being not so destructive when doing it. Go Local. Go free range...etc... every little bit helps. Screw anyone who needs to get angry about all this. Do what you want, just know the implications, be respectful of them, & those around you.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I'm so glad to hear all your different points of view being voiced. The thing about Natalie is that she is a vegetarian because of her love of animals. I think it's great that she is so passionate about something and follows through with it. In reference to what I said about vegetarians being on average up to 20 lbs lighter than meat-eaters, I got the info off GoVeg.com (not from PETA). It said "It’s possible to be an overweight or obese vegan, of course, just as it’s possible to be a thin meat-eater, but adult vegans are, on average, 10 to 20 pounds lighter than adult meat-eaters." I do agree that caloric intake is huge when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. I'm not saying being vegetarian is going to make you lose weight, but the healthy vegetarians I know eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies, which everyone can benefit from. As far as the connection between vegetarianism and world hunger, check out this info from meatout.org. • "...converting plant-based foods into animal-based foods is an extremely inefficient process. For instance, it takes 12 pounds of wheat to produce just one hamburger. Twelve loaves of bread could be produced from the same amount of wheat." • "A meat-based diet requires 10-20 times as much land as a plant-based diet. Nearly half of the world's grains and soybeans are fed to animals, resulting in a tremendous waste of food calories. The extent of waste is such that even a 10% drop in US meat consumption would free up enough grains to feed the world's starving millions." I do agree with vsakakeeny that world hunger is also about not having the means to distribute the food we do have - people just don't have access to it. All of this is just really interesting to think about. Don't think I'm telling you all to become vegetarian, it's just my job keep you guys informed about all your options. Your diet is your personal choice, so you should do what's comfortable and right for you.
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
:) i like to hear that!
amofoz amofoz 9 years
Lovekailua you took the words right out of my mouth!
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 9 years
Good for you Belle yun! It could be the best decision you've ever made! My family has a history of heart disease, weight problems and cancer, and it's one of the reasons I will stick to a vegetarian diet and raise my kids vegetarian. The reason I became vegetarian in the first place is because I was raised in rural Ontario, Canada, and I saw first hand what a terrible life the animals on the farms had to lead. My high-school was also right beside a slaughterhouse and you could literally hear the animals screaming as their throats were cut. I've been vegetarian for 14 1/2 years (since I was 13) and have never tested low for any vitamins or minerals. If you do it right lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and alternative protien sources like tofu, then it really can be a very healthy lifestyle. Natalie is healthy and gorgeous, good for her for choosing a veggie lifestyle.
Belle-yun Belle-yun 9 years
YAY NATILIE PORTMAN TOO?? AWESOME!!! I've only been Veg for about a month, but I think it is the best decision I have ever made. My family doesn't know yet..except my dad, so I better tell my mom soon before she makes me a big steak dinner like she usually does when I come home from college.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
Becoming a vegetarian is such a great idea. I first started because I have high cholesterol, and I've felt healthier ever since. I do occasionally eat some seafood though. It's also great for the environment!
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
i personally tried to become a vegitarian after reading the book "Skinny Bitch" and saw the inhuman treatment of animals. At college, it's really tough. Most of the meals come with meat and if they don't they aren't filled with enough protien to make me last through out the day. I lasted a week, becuase on Super Bowl Sunday i accidentally ate Buffalo Wings :-/ woops.
t_hive88 t_hive88 9 years
I'm a Vegetarian and I've never been healthier or happier in my life. It just makes me feel better knowing that no animals were harmed in my meals. I don't need to eat meat, so why would I? I hate when people harrass me about it. I don't harrass people for eating meat, so they shouldn't harrass me for not eating it. "You smell like a baby prostitute."
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