Michelle Pfeiffer Makes the Vegan Switch!

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The number of A-list stars adopting the healthy and compassionate lifestyle just keeps on growing! They include Ozzy Osbourne, Kristin Bell, Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres and Ben Stiller.

One of the newest celebrities to talk about their new vegan diet is Michelle Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer, 54, recently opened up to Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN about her decision to become a vegan to protect her health.

“My father died from cancer, and the older you get, there’s a lot of disease around you. And you see people struggling with chronic disease. You see people dying with terminal illnesses,” she told Gupta on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

The Oscar-nominated actress revealed that her decision came about after watching CNN’s “The Last Heart Attack,” which discussed plant-based diets as a solution to preventing chronic diseases. She was inspired by Bill Clinton, who committed to the plant-based diet to reverse dangerous heart problems.  A self-proclaimed “foodie,” Pfeiffer said she was hopeful seeing his example. “Okay, Bill Clinton loves food, so there must be something to [veganism] that’s making him stick to it. And also, he’s smart, so he’s not going to do something unless he really thinks there’s some science behind it.”

She also read Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure.

“I just felt like…there was science behind it. And, you know, it was sort of irrefutable. … I couldn’t not listen to it.”

Pfeiffer’s #2 reason for the new diet? “Vanity is right under there,” she admits, “but I have to say that it’s a close second with wanting to live long.”

Bravo Michelle Pfeiffer, on your most wise and glamorous decision to be vegan!

There are lots of veg starter kits and recipes online for all folks, famous or not.

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NFL Player Deuce Lutui at His Best After Going Vegan

Deuce Lutui, the Seattle Seahawks guard well-liked for his positive spirit, has surprised the professional football world by confirming he’s a bona fide vegan. All 338 pounds of him – his ideal game weight.

Lutui, age 29, had been struggling with health and weight problems. After failing a physical, he decided to go vegan upon a nutritionist’s recommendation.

His agent Ken Harris told ESPN, “He wanted to commit to himself and to his family that he would do everything to take care of himself and take care of them and be the best player he could be.

Soon after, Harris adds, the veteran offensive lineman who’s signed with the Bengals, Cardinals, and just this week the Seattle Seahawks, “started to see real changes he had not seen previously. Before he knew it, he was slim and trim like a ballerina.”

Though obviously more macho-built than a ballet dancer, he’s shed a whopping 58 pounds since 2010. As Lutui himself stated, “This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. I credit that vegan diet.”

He then pulled up his shirt as proof: “I can finally see a six-pack there.”

And what’s even more inspirational is that his loving commitment to his family has been reciprocated 100%.

“My whole family is vegan,” he said of his wife and their four kids. “If you were to go to my house and open up the fridge, you’d see all-vegan, all-natural products. I’m glad I’ve educated myself about what’s going in my mouth. I’ve educated myself, and that’s what’s causing my fitness and how I’ve really taken care of myself physically.”

It’s also done him good mentally, he added, in helping him to be disciplined.

Born in Tonga, Lutui admitted that his new lifestyle is “a little different from the Tonga traditional cuisine. But it’s a lot of education, really, that has kind of opened that insight for me.”

His coach, Pete Caroll, told media, “Deuce Lutui, he is a joy to have out here. He looks good. His weight is down – I mean, way down… He’s a vegan, too, now, so he has really made a big turn, if you can imagine, yes.”

Stated Lutui, “It’s beautiful. And it’s true. I’ve gone vegan.”

Bravo, Deuce! Best wishes to you and awesome your family all the best as you embark on an awesome vegan journey together. May more and more people likewise choose to be informed – and embrace – the many happy benefits of the vegan diet.

By the way, Lutui joins a growing number of NFL players switching to plant-based diets, such as Ricky Williams, Tony Fiammetta, and Tony Gonzalez.

Watch vegan physician Dr. Baxter Montgomery coach former NFL players and other professional athletes to get fit – and in some cases, save their lives. 

 

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Join the Vegan Club

 

There’s a number of reasons that Hollywood actors may choose to be vegan, beauty and glamour likely among them.

For Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, who both starred in the film Zoolander, the main reason for switching to a plant-based diet was their family’s health. The couple married in 2000 and have two kids, Ella, age 10, and Quinlin, 6.

“It really has changed our energy level,” notes Taylor. “Sometimes you don’t realize it until someone says it to you, like, ‘Your skin looks amazing.”

The healthy mom, 40 and gorgeous, only regrets that they didn’t join the vegan bandwagon sooner.

“We have friends that are vegan and their kids came out vegan,” Taylor said. “I’m so jealous that they had the information and they started the kids early because now to go back, it’s a little harder.”

Taylor explains, “Ben and I make these green drinks in the morning and they look at us like it’s from another planet. I joke, ‘Just join the party! Don’t complain so much, just join us.’”

In addition, Ella loves veggies more than fruit, while younger brother loves his fruits over the veggies.

But while the kids may take a little more convincing, Stiller and Taylor are pretty committed, and confident the little ones too shall grow to love the new and wholesome lifestyle.

“It’s that thing where your parents aren’t cool for a while and then suddenly they are. We just kind of plant the seeds.”

Our admiration and congrats, Christine and Ben, on your latest Hollywood roles as cool vegan parents. May the whole family thrive upon the many joys of the meat-free diet.

 

 

Carrie Underwood – A “Good Girl’s” Vegan Diet

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With five Grammys, multi-platinum records, American Idol winner-turned-country music superstar Carrie Underwood has accomplished a lifetime’s worth of treasures in just a handful of years. The radiant 28-year-old began singing in her childhood growing up in rural Oklahoma. She also stopped eating red meat as a young teen because of her love for the animals. “I grew up on a farm,” she said. “Once I learned why we had a farm, that was that.”

She has always been veg-leaning, and put her compassion into practice through rescuing stray animals.

Then, in 2011, Carrie became a vegan for health reasons. She found out that she was lactose intolerant, or unable to digest animal-derived milk – as are a majority of us/as are 60% of us adults, according to one study.

In a recent interview with Ecorazzi.com, the gifted and hard-working singer/songwriter/actress talked about the effort she puts in to stay fit amidst her busy schedule, which shows no sign of slowing down!

“I do my best to eat healthy and work out. I am a vegan, so that certainly helps. It’s hard to be vegan and not stay pretty lean.”

The health-conscious Carrie loves her snacks, saying, “I eat almonds, apples, dried fruit (with no added sugar … [I] don’t understand why they add sugar to fruit), raw fruit and nut bars, maybe a few squares of super dark chocolate, and veggies and hummus… I am such a label reader and always take my food with me everywhere.”

Carrie added that most of the time, it’s hard for her to find quick and nutritious food to eat in her busy life. Her solution?

“I always make my own food ahead of time and take it with me. That way, I know exactly what’s in it and I can still stay healthy and satisfied when I’m working.”

With such a wholesome lifestyle, it’ll be no surprise to see this vegan star soar ever higher in success for many more years to come, especially with her fantastic new single out called “Good Girl”.

We wish Carrie a very happy birthday!

Vegan Diet Given a Second Look

To accompany yesterday’s post about meat consumption on the decline, here’s another great year-end news, as reported on US  News, no less!

But today, a growing number of people are giving vegan diets a second look, and nutritionists now believe that a well-thought-out vegan eating plan could be the most healthy way to live for most people.

This article also lists out some of the benefits of a plant-based diet:

Research has found that people who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle enjoy a number of health benefits, Sheth said. These include:

  • Lower cholesterol levels.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • A healthier body mass index.
  • Decreased risk for heart disease.
  • Decreased risk for cancer.
  • Better control and prevention of diabetes.

Another great thing about this write-up is that it actually rebuts all of the common misconceptions of an animal-free diet.

Sheth added that research has found vegan diets to be appropriate for people at all stages of the life cycle — even people at crucial stages, such as growing children, pregnant or lactating women, and highly active athletes.

If you’re on the fence yourself or know anyone who needs some encouragement to switch to a kinder, eco-friendly, healthy lifestyle, this article is a great starting point. And of course, having delicious vegan options to try is a big plus and that’s what One Veg World is here for. 🙂 Our international dishes recreate many of your favorites – just with no animal products.

Here’s one of our crowd favorites, the “Enchanted Garden”. This refreshing salad comes with grilled veggie (soy) chicken and a dairy-free, creamy cucumber dressing.

Have a healthy and happy day!

“Forks Over Knives”: Celebs Switching to a Plant-based Diet

Wow, so awesome! Recently, celebrities Russell Brand, Ozzy Osbourne, Eliza Dushku, Rick Fox (3-time NBA Champ) proclaimed their switch to a plant-based diet after watching “Forks Over Knives.” Hopefully, they’ll continue to use their voice to spread the veg message.

This eye-opening documentary examines how many degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, obesity etc. can be prevented through an animal-free diet. It’s based on decades of research conducted independently by two pioneering vegan researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Our heroes! ❤

Check out the trailer for “Forks Over Knives”:

For more info on the film, visit their website: www.forksoverknives.com

Change your diet, save your life!

Bill Clinton is Vegan!

To update our previous post from over a year ago, former President Bill Clinton made the full transition to veganism and cut out fish as well. No more consuming meat, dairy, or any other animal products for him. Bravo!

Before his lifestyle change, he had to undergo two heart procedures. Now, he’s lost over 20 pounds and says he feels great!

Hope he doesn’t take any more bites of turkey at Thanksgiving!  Of course, if he’s craving for his traditional holiday fare, he could always order the One Veg World Vegan Turkey with our vegan mushroom gravy. 😉

Wishing him a long life full of health and happiness!

PS: Remember, dear readers, you can win your own whole vegan turkey by visiting our restaurant and entering our holiday raffle anytime between now and December 22.