The feel-good, look idea is almost always correlated to your diet, and the fact is that your body is a reflection of what you feed it. From dietary habits to sleeping patterns, a healthy lifestyle is often reflected in how your body feels. In the last few years, there have been various conversations around the importance and benefits of a vegan diet – popularly known as a plant-based diet. Not only is it an environmentally friendly diet, but also comes with a host of health benefits.
Making a complete change in your diet is a big commitment, and while it may seem impossible at first, once you commit to it there's no going back. The pandemic made us all reassess our wellness regime, and rightly so, hence there's no better time than now to try out this lifestyle routine. If you're thinking of going vegan, here are a few things to consider before taking the plunge.
Becoming vegan is gaining popularity with every passing year, and the decision to go meat and dairy-free is all things healthy. People who adopt a vegan diet can eat any plant-based foods - vegetables, grains, nuts, fruits and can substitute dairy with supplements like tofu, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk among many other such options. Further, the diet can help with weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, prevent certain kinds of cancer and make you feel healthy. However, you need to take extra care to ensure your food selection provides your body with all the nutrients.
With veganism becoming a major health and wellness mainstay that's not going to slow down anytime soon. Celebrities across the globe have committed to this plant-based diet. Here's a list of all the celebs who have taken the plunge.
Bollywood animal lovers like Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Alia Bhatt and more have taken the vegan route. It was in 2018 that Sonam decided to go anti-meat and anti-dairy after discovering her lactose intolerance and to support animal rights. Following suit are many others including one of the biggest Khan's of the industry, Aamir Khan, who decided to go vegan after watching a video that highlighted the negative effects of meat and dairy on the body as well as the environment; newbie in the industry Adah Sharma believes, that "veganism is the way to go for a healthier and better body." Whereas Bhumi Pednekar caved into a healthy lifestyle after years and said, “It’s been a few months and I feel good, guilt-free, and physically strong.”
TV stars in India are also joining the bandwagon slowly with Divyanka Tripathi setting the trend, “We should allow certain processes to be natural. So many species have gone extinct and there are so many animals who are being bred just to be turned into food and they are injected with hormones which don't let them,” she said. Whereas for Nakkul Mehta, “The idea to turn vegan wasn’t to lose weight but to adopt a diet which is sustainable and doesn’t bother someone,” and this also made him feel lighter.
When it comes to the West, celebrities have long been on the bandwagon from pop singers to Tv and film actors and Kim K – whose favourite vegan meal is 'zucchini chips and a Beyond burger' – these actors swear by the diet. Actors have credited their toned physique to the diet and also shared that a vegan diet can cultivate the best body.
Billie Eilish had never eaten meat in her life, and she made the change a few years back. "Becoming vegan wasn't like a huge deal for me because meat was never a thing in my life. It wasn't like I missed meat — it wasn't like I had something to miss, and now, even though I have lots of friends that eat dairy and meat and I don't ever want to tell anybody what to do, I just can't go on in my life knowing what's going on in the animal world and like, not doing anything about it."
Yes, JLO aka Jennifer Lopez gets the mercury soaring with her sartorial fashion looks, and her energy is unmatched on stage. The star says, "It's basically no dairy, no meat, everything is just plant-based and just from the ground. I love that I'm eating more greens. It makes you feel so much better." But the one thing she misses is butter, and we feel her.
For Zac Efron it's always been about experimenting with eating purely vegan food. In a recent interview, he shared, " A vegan diet has completely changed the way that my body works, and the way that I metabolise food, the way it turns into energy, the way that I sleep. It’s been brilliant. It’s been great for my exercise, and great for my routine.”
"As a new vegan, I'm enjoying exploring flavours from plants & plant-based proteins! Every journey is personal & deserves to be celebrated," said Lizzo who has completed over eight months of veganism. And Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch who has been vegan her whole life credits her plant-based diet for keeping her ' body fuelled and running smoothly.
And if you feel a sportsperson can't adopt the diet due to a lack of nutrition, let the William sisters bust this myth. Venus Williams who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease shared that the raw food diet allowed her to stay on top of her game, "Once I started, I fell in love with the concept of fuelling your body in the best way possible." Whereas her sister, Serena Williams highly recommends the diet to all new moms, “I was vegan, I didn’t eat sugar! I lost 10 pounds in a week when I stopped. I just kept dropping.”
The bottom line? Veganism is a lifestyle change. Adopt the diet in small steps till you reach your goal. Because at the end of the day, it's a big commitment and once you make the change, quite frankly there's no going back.