A hugely popular New Year’s Resolution is changing one’s diet, but it’s a promise we often break. As the year comes to a close, let’s look at which famous vegans and vegetarians committed to eating responsibly while being in the spotlight. We’re taking a minute to salute some of the top celebrity vegans and vegetarians of 2013 — some are new to the lifestyle, while others have been meatless for years.
The rocker, a vocal vegan and animal rights activist caused a stir at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Set to appear on the South Dakota tourism float, Jett was moved to a different float after ranchers in South Dakota objected. They felt since the cattle industry is so important to South Dakota, a vegan shouldn’t be on their float. Jett still performed during the parade, on a float that didn’t mind her diet choices.
Already an advocate against global warming, it wasn’t that surprising when former vice president Al Gore announced he became a vegan. Though the exact reasons for his decision to go vegan are not known, it wouldn’t be a complete stretch to think it had something to do with his work for environmental causes.
The most recent recipient of People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive title, Adam Levine claims to follow an 85 percent vegan diet for health reasons. The front man of Maroon 5 credits yoga for his success saying it helps him channel his nervous energy. The mostly vegan diet probably doesn’t hurt.
In June, Kristen Bell was named one of PETA’s sexiest vegetarian celebrities. The sloth-loving celebrity has been a vegetarian since her teen years. She said she became vegetarian because she had a difficult time disassociating the animals that were pets from the animals on her dinner plate and she loves the taste of vegetables.
Reverend Al Sharpton
Though not likely to be on any official lists, we think he deserves some major credit for his 170 pound weight loss which he credits to a vegan diet and exercise. His change in diet from mostly fried foods to fruits and vegetables came from a realization that he needed to practice what he preached. In an interview with Oprah he said, “We can’t preach community control when we aren’t practicing self-control.”