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Alicia Silverstone Talks to Health About Her Upcoming Book About Veganism, The Kind Diet

Alicia Silverstone Talks Eating Vegan and Gardening Naked

Alicia Silverstone knows that eating well can help the planet, which is one reason she decided to swear off meat and dairy and adopt a vegan lifestyle. But it's not all selfless: she also appreciates how her improved diet makes her look younger and glowing.

In a new interview with Health, the Clueless star talks about her eating philosophy, her line of cruelty-free beauty products, and her book The Kind Diet, coming out in October. Here are highlights:

  • On why she wrote the book: "Once you're informed, then you can be really gentle and kind to yourself, by giving yourself all the gifts life has to offer — like mental clarity and vitality — all while making the planet better."
  • On why she went vegan: "I didn't come at it, honestly, from a health point of view. I was 21 when I went vegan. And when anybody told me to be healthy, I thought people were just telling me [to lose weight] because I'm in this business. So I was like, 'Go F yourself!' [Laughs.] Yet when I look at those pictures from back then, I can see the puffiness in my eyes. It's weird to be 32 now and feel and look younger. . . . Right after I first made the switch to a plant-based diet, people were literally telling me, 'What have you done? You’re sparkling.'"

To read more highlights — including what Silverstone has to say about being naked in her backyard —



  • On reports that she likes to garden naked: "It's true. It probably started when I was doing my garden the first time. I'd be out there, and it would be scorching hot, so I would take off all of my clothes and garden. And then I would jump in the pool and swim — and I always get in the pool naked, because why would you want to put on a bathing suit? . . . I don't want anybody to take a picture of me naked. But in my own home, in my garden, [nudity]'s OK."
  • On losing weight: "Diet first, exercise second. Exercise is fantastic, and when I need to be a certain way quickly, I amp up my exercise by walking the dogs and doing yoga."

What do you think about Silvertone's perspective? Are you interested in buying her book? If you've ever tried a vegan diet, tell me what you thought about how it affected your overall health below.

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aerofan69 aerofan69 7 years
I love Alicia! I think i will buy her book and maybe give it a try if it doesnt work then it's not for me.
jenzstar jenzstar 7 years
LOL...Unless the subject turns to cannibalism I'm not concerned one way or the other and I just eat what I eat.......
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
I just can't believe she gardens NAKED. Can't a person get sick if there are worms or parasites, or something? Well, jumping into the pool does sound refreshing and it sounds like she is happy and that is what matters most.
biarose biarose 8 years
I really want this book! I'm an octo-vegetarian, so I eat eggs but not dairy (mainly because I'm allergic lol) but I could still use all those recipes! Hey BeccaU, eating a vegetarian diet doesn't necessarily mean you'll lose weight, you just need to make sure your replace the meat with plenty of vegetarian proteins.
BeccaU BeccaU 8 years
I have a question. I am slightly underweight, so if I was to give up meat, don't I risk losing weight? I certainly don't want that.
ali321 ali321 8 years
I've been reading a lot on milk causing acne due to the hormones. Obviously this isn't true for all people, but I am curious about it. I swear when I eat a lot of ice cream my skin goes crazy. I couldn't go vegan, because frankly I don't want to. I like meat, but I would like to start eating less of it and way more veggies.
xxjosiexx xxjosiexx 8 years
I can't eat dairy or eggs, so I thought that it would be easy to be vegan. Then I discovered that I have reactions to wheat as well, so I started to add some chicken and fish back into my diet. People have told me that I have the "sparkling" thing that Alicia Silverstone talks about too, but I think that's because I eat lots of fruits and veggies and drink a lot of water -- not because I don't eat meat.
kml032686 kml032686 8 years
oh yeah and i had acne for the first time in my life when i was vegan. i'm sure it was due to something that i was eating more of during that time period. maybe soy or corn?
kml032686 kml032686 8 years
I was a vegan for a little over a year. i don't really care for meat and am allergic to milk. the problem was that i became so obsessed with what i could and could not eat. i would get so worried when i would go out to dinner with my friends or on vacation. i don't feel any different now while eating a non-vegan diet than i did then. i also have problems with iron deficiency before becoming a vegan that are easier to control while eating meat. overall i think it depends on your body and your personality. only you know what's best for you.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
I've always questioned the vegan lifestyle, but I understand it more because my 86 year old boss, who is also the CEO of our asset management firm, leads a vegan lifestyle and has for the past 25 years. Mind you, he doesn't have the genetics of a God (one of his sons passed @ 30 from heart disease, his sister from a poor liver), but he preaches the lifestyle, and I listen. He said he feels young, and he believes it helped him complete the Marine Corps marathon 10 years ago (haha). Anyway, it took a while for me to even grasp the idea of eating vegan, but I am actually considering it. It seems like the health benefits are quite astonishing.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
LOL @ #20. I think you have a point. :) Personally, I can't be vegetarian, much less vegan. I get abnormal medical lab results. My body needs animal protein (arguably a very efficient source of protein per ounce and calorie). I think this may be due to my exercise habits.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 8 years
everyone has a way to live and thrive that may be different than the 'norm.' it is all about what works best for that person, not about how others think they should behave. why bash other's lifestyle just because you would never want to be in their shoes?! i would be interested in reading her book since it would probably be along the same lines as the lifestye i live!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Oh, Good Lord, not the vegan vs. non-vegan thing again. Look, if it works for you, great. If not, that's great too. I personally don't eat a vegan diet because I don't feel like being that anal about choosing what I eat. If something I like contains something that came from an animal, that's fine with me. I don't eat a ton of meat or dairy because it's expensive, but I don't shop at Whole Paycheck, either. Everyone has the right to eat whatever the heck they want. Oh, and gardening in the nude just sounds like it wouldn't be a good time. What if you got poked with thorns or something? And think of all the places the dirt would hide...I don't even want to think about it.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
She gardens in the nude? I get bug bites nearly everytime I garden, lol, would not want some in certain areas!!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
On a totally vain level, my esthetician says that vegetarians tend to show fewer signs of aging on their faces. Don't know if that's true, and different veg*ans eat differently, but I know that the more fruit and veg I eat, the clearer my skin is. I've been a vegetarian for 14 years and I feel pretty healthy.
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