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Lea Michele Injects B12 and Eats Fish, According to ASOS Magazine

Glee's Lea Michele Turns to Injections

If you're like me, then you can't wait to tune in to tonight's episode of Glee, "Laryngitis," to see Rachel (played by Lea Michele) go into panic mode after losing her voice. Lea has mentioned her  vegan diet in the past — crediting it for her boundless energy — but a new interview in the UK mag ASOS reveals that the "macrobiotic vegan" actress is making the move away from veganism by "reintroducing fish into her diet." While she doesn't say why she's making the change, the article reveals that Lea regularly injects herself with vitamin B12 too.

The dietary changes might be Lea's way of making sure she is getting all of the nutrients she needs. Given her 75-hour work weeks, I'd say it's pretty important that she's not running on empty! And while it's definitely possible to get everything you need from a macrobiotic or vegan diet, the restrictions may force you to be more diligent since vegan diets can be at risk for lacking protein, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamin B-12. On the flip side, they are usually rich in antioxidants, certain vitamins, and healthy fats.

While I've never been able to go completely vegan, I was a vegetarian for many years and filled my diet with dark leafy greens, legumes, and soy protein to balance out the lack of animal products. To get all of the nutrients they need, my vegan friends often rely on fortified cereals and soy products. For the vegans out there, what are your go-to dishes to make sure you're getting your protein, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamin B-12?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
"can be at risk for lacking protein, iron, zinc, calcium" *bangs head on the table* No one has a protein deficiency these days, too much protein is more common (stores as fat). I know A LOT of veggies who were iron deficient before going veg, but their levels raised after switching (I'm one of them). I know a lot of vegans and vegetarian who don't have any nutrient deficiencies, I know more omnis with them. So annoying, these myths have been dispelled for about 20 years.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm not 100% vegetarian, but I have slightly low levels of B12, so I take a sublingual supplement for it. It helps to raise the levels somewhat, but dietary sources are probably the best way to get your B12.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 7 years
Vegan here, as well... as others have said before me, most vegans get plenty of B12 through non-animal and non-supplemental means. Who doesn't love "nooch"? I put that stuff in (and on) everything! Lol. And I'm a little disappointed in Lea for eating fish. Just my personal opinion. To each their own.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I'm glad to see this argument about protein! You only need a lot if you're lifting serious weights and trying to bulk up. Most Americans get too much, so attempts to get more protein are often just calorie-dense foods that ends up as fat. The argument about B-12 is trickier, though. Technically, vitamins in fortified foods are supplements, since they are usually synthetic rather than nutrients in a naturally occurring form and environment. Even the B-12 in most nutritional yeast is added, not from a naturally occurring process in the yeast. It is also worth mentioning that there are certain compounds that register as B-12 in a medical test that don't have the right biological function.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Lauren Marie and Ari Moore are correct. Actually, one small piece of chicken breast contains all the protein that someone needs in an entire day - meaning that most omnis who eat meat and dairy are eating way too much protein. I track my food intake using MyPlate on, and eat on average 40g of plant-based protein a day (oh, and I NEVER eat fake meats or "fortefied soy products" - just whole foods). It's really not hard. I eat almond milk, various nut butters, sprouted grain bread, tortillas and english muffins, beans .. . and those are only the protein sources I can think of off the top of my head. In fact, I find it misleading to ask where vegans get their nutrients because it implies that it is more difficult to eat nutritiously on a vegan diet. Actually, it's the other way around.
AdelfaShera AdelfaShera 7 years
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Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I admire her commitment, I couldn't do it.
lwill2389 lwill2389 7 years
I agree @lauren marie. i've never met a vegan with protein deficiency either.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Fish IS part of the macrobiotic diet! So, the fact that she's eating fish doesn't mean that she's not still macro - it just means she's not vegan. Many people who follow the macrobiotic way of life happen to also be vegan, but fish is considered to be ok once a week for people who are in good health. In other words, veganism and macrobiotics are NOT the same thing. There are lots of strict macro practitioners out there who haven't touched dairy, eggs, beef, or chicken in years but who still eat fish. I try to eat vegan most of the time (though I've really slipped up on cheese lately) but I still eat fish occasionally as well. I couldn't ever follow the macrobiotic diet religiously, but I find that I do have tons of energy when I eat macro dishes. Oh, and my daily multivitiman (which I would be taking regardless) has vitamin B12 in it, so that's not really a concern for me even when I go long periods of time without animal products.
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