Woody Harrelson & Other Famous Vegans

I read a brief summary of an article in one of favorite and regular reads in our home: The Week Magazine… It was referring to an article written by Mike Sager in Esquire about Woody Harrelson. I found a quotation from it to be particularly poignant and interesting, definitely worth sharing:

“I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose,” Harrelson is saying of his early years trying to make it as an actor in New York. “I had acne all over my face, which I’d had for years and years. And she’s like: ‘Hey, you’re lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days.’ I was like twenty-four. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone.

“So I started thinking to myself, Jeez, I’ve always been told nothing but ‘Milk does a body good.’ It’s a fundamental thing. So from there it was like, What else are they lying about? I just started realizing: There are all these things we’re brought up to believe that are just a total hoax, just bullshit advertising, you know?”

Please excuse the profanity there, but I think I’ve felt similarly since I started out on my journey to really learn about good nutrition and how to eat healthfully instead of with a reward/punishment or good/bad view. I also like what the articles says in describing him: “He doesn’t eat sugar or flour. He doesn’t eat dairy. He doesn’t consume meat. He looks more like thirty-nine than fifty.”

I must agree with age suggestion. I had no idea he was actually 50 years old! How incredible. Though at least at this point, I don’t imagine myself going to the extreme that he has and sticking to it as a lifestyle, but I find it impressive and admirable that he has changed his life so much and clearly is much healthier as a result. I mean, how can you argue with someone who looks as youthful and alive as he does at 50, and for a contrast of the sexes, someone like Carol Alt – who is also a raw vegan and was declared to be “the most beautiful woman in the world” by both Life and Playboy magazines, amongst other accolades!

Granted, I don't know when this photo taken, but none of her photos I can find online make her look anything over like 30 or 35, tops. This is seriously what she looks like... and she's FIFTY-TWO!

I find it really interesting as I begin to get more in touch with Vegan culture, to learn about how many celebrities and affluent, “important” people choose to be vegan as well. For some reason, I guess I assumed that the really affluent would want to live decadently and just pay for really good medical care to combat any health issues they might have… but I realize now that they probably feel much the same way I do: grateful that despite having been ignorant about and turned off by veganism for years, I am now benefitting from it and enjoying it as a lifestyle. Of course, they probably have the money to REALLY enjoy it, but nonetheless 😉

Even hip-hop artists like veggies.

FAMOUS VEGANS:

(for a more exhaustive list, check out the wikipedia page or this list of famous raw vegans with mini-profiles)

Bill Clinton (and daughter Chelsea Clinton)

Ellen Degeneres

Jane Lynch

Alec Baldwin

Emily Deschanel (including throughout her pregnancy! Though she did have help 😉

Moby

Coretta Scott King

Tobey Maguire

Joaquin Phoenix

Alicia Silverstone

Steve-O

Jason Mraz

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Mike Tyson

… amongst others!