Celebs Gone Green
Jared Leto told GQ UK that avoiding meat is one of the ways he keeps himself looking young. "I've been [healthy] for a long time — 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process.
Brad Pitt: The actor is an ardent animal rights activist, who had confessed that he hates it when wife Angelina Joile and their children eat animal-based dishes. One of his strongest arguments is about the damage caused by methane gases from cattle and that should be a reason strong enough for his family to go veggie.
Amitabh Bachchan has been named the hottest vegetarian celebrity three times in the past by PETA. He is known for being active and fit even at this age and people often ask him the secret of his high energy levels. We guess the secret is out now!
As the PK star turns 50 this year (on 14th March), he has decided to turn vegan. Yup, that’s right! Aamir, who enjoyed his eggs, chicken and meat earlier, has now decided to replace these with healthy vegetarian dishes. Apparently, his wife, Kiran Rao, who herself has been a vegetarian for few years, showed the actor a video recently, which ended up turning Aamir into a vegan.
Ariana Grande maintains a "completely plant-based" diet. She chuckled to MTV, "It's hard [being a vegan] in an Italian household. My grandparents would have a heart attack whenever I'd turn down a meatball or a prosciutto or a mozzarella!"
Bruce Springsteen keeps in shape through consistency: The Daily Mail reports The Boss keeps a vegetarian diet and has had the same workout routine for more than 30 years.
An animal lover, Sonakshi Sinha left non-veg foods to show her stand against animal brutality. The change of diet has also helped her immensely drop oodles of weight.
Certainly one of the hottest vegetarian celebrities, (PETA has also termed her as that), Rekha defies her age, thanks to her love for vegetarian foods. The legendary actress believes that it affects her thinking and lifestyle positively.
Access Hollywood reports that Christian Bale gave up meat after reading "Charlotte's Web" when he was 9 years old.
Kate Winslet is a vegetarian and PETA supporter. In a statement for the organization, the Oscar winner denounced foie gras, explaining, "To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed enormous amounts of grain and fat, which causes their livers to swell to many times the normal size."
Like Shahid, John too loves animals and doesn’t believe in killing or eating them. It is certainly an achievement to attain such a hot physique and a super toned body for a vegetarian!
Actor Madhavan says, “I’ve been skiing and surfing, which require peak physical fitness. Being vegetarian in fact, has been more beneficial and rewarding.”
“Nothing works better for me than a hearty, wholesome South Indian breakfast complete with appams, idlis and sambhar. I feel veggie food rolls in the best in nutrient value. I absolutely love sushi in all its variations, and thrive on Italian food, with whole wheat pasta topping the list.”
When the Phoenix New Times asked Kesha why she's a vegetarian, she explained that it's part of her animal advocacy as a whole. "I just love animals, and I'm an advocate for animal rights, and my family has rescued dogs from all over the world," the singer said. "I don't believe in animal testing. If you see me in fur, it's always fake. Sometimes you see me wearing skulls, but those are all from roadkill."
After undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and a later stent surgery, the 42nd president adopted a vegan diet in 2010. He's since lost 20 pounds, and has become an advocate for vegan and meatless diets. "I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now," Clinton told a CNN reporter. "All my blood tests are good, and my vital signs are good, and I feel good, and I also have, believe it or not, more energy."
Vidya Balan is a Tamil-Brahmin and was conferred the title of the hottest vegetarian celebrity of 2012. She also believes that being vegetarian contributes to weight loss, and she credits her curves to her meat-free diet.
Kangna Ranaut, who hails from a Rajput family of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, has been a strict non-vegetarian all her life. The actress turned vegetarian only after she shifted to Mumbai. She believes that turning vegetarian has had a positive effect on her lifestyle due to its distressing qualities. Thus, the actress was termed hottest vegetarian celebrity of 2013 by PETA alongside Vidyut Jamwal.
Long-time vegetarian Natalie Portman went vegan in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals. She even went on to blog about it on The Huffington Post. "The human cost of factory farming -- both the compromised welfare of slaughterhouse workers and, even more, the environmental effects of the mass production of animals -- is staggering," she wrote.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson turned vegan in 2010, and has since loss 100 pounds. “Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe, [I had] high blood pressure, [was] almost dying [and had] arthritis. And once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished,” said Tyson earlier this year on"Oprah: Where Are They now?"
Vidyut Jamwal, who has been named as one of India's hottest vegetarian celebrities of 2013 by PETA, turned vegetarian at the age of 14. The model-turned-actor, who ate mutton, chicken every day and in every meal of his life, believes being vegetarian is much healthier. He also gives credit for his well toned body to his vegetarian diet. Jamwal was a hardcore meat-eater for many years. “I gave it up one fine day. It’s vegetarianism that has helped me sculpt my body the way it is. I feel light, agile and alive being vegetarian, both physically and mentally.”
Shahid loves animals dearly, and that explains his vegetarianism. He has shot for several PETA ad campaigns in the past, and has been called the PETA Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Man in 2011.
Similar to Natalie Portman, comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres switched to a vegan diet in 2008 after reading several books on animal rights and diets. "I do it because I love animals," DeGeneres told Katie Couric. "And I saw the reality and I just couldn't ignore it anymore." Degeneres' wife, Portia de Rossi, shares the same diet, and their 2008 wedding featured a vegan menu.
Perhaps one of the more vocal celebrities on this diet, she even has her own vegan blog, "Going Vegan With Ellen," and she and de Rossi are slated to open their ownvegan restaurant, though its opening date is unknown.
Pamela Anderson: The most famous of all, the Baywatch star gave up eating animal products when she started working with PETA. And the actress continues to promote a meat-free life till date. This year, in April, she toured an Arizona jail to promote vegetarian meals in prisons and then, in July she launched a vegan cooking web series. There are reports that suggest that by the end of the year she will debut two lines of vegan accessories.
Anushka Sharma turned a vegetarian for her dog, Dude, recently. Apparently, Dude hates the smell of meat or any other non-veg item. Thus, Anushka changed her eating habits.
Mallika Sherawat says vegetarianism is a cause very close to her heart. Proud of being called sexiest vegetarian alive by PETA, she believes her clear conscience is an outcome of being a vegetarian since childhood.
Russell Brand: The British comedian became a vegetarian at 14, after watching a documentary "Forks over Knives." He once said: ""Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox."
Ellie Goulding: The singer announced that she was a proud vegetarian on her social media accounts early this year. "I am a vegetarian (in case you didn't know), I feel healthy and happier than ever before. My body is grateful," the "Burn" singer wrote on Instagram in June 2015.
Actor Sonu Sood remembers growing up in Moga, Punjab, on a diet of aloo-parathas and lassi. “I’ve never eaten meat, nor experienced the urge to,” he confesses. “Full moong sprouts in fresh salads, protein shakes, dal, coconut water and oats work fabulously for me. It’s a grave misnomer that you can’t build up your muscle tone if you are a vegetarian.” "It's a fun way to teach people about the benefits of being vegetarian. Besides, vegetarians deserve some extra love for helping to save animals and the environment. Dont be shy get out there and give all the vegetarians you know a big hug," Sood said in a statement.
The B-Town siren turned a vegetarian to contribute towards protecting the environment and walking towards a healthier lifestyle.
Peter Dinklage: The "Game of Thrones" actor became vegetarian at the age of 16. He had once admitted that he quit on meat back in his teen for a girl, but continues to be a vegetarian till date for the love of animals. "I like animals – all animals. I wouldn't hurt a cat or a dog, or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn't ask someone else to hurt them for me. That's why I'm a vegetarian," he said.
Paul McCartney: The former Beatle member Sir Paul McCartney, and his late wife Linda, were both avid vegetarians and animal lovers. The singer who turned vegetarian after a fishing trip, has been quoted as saying, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."
Jessica Chastain: The actress in fact got her mother -- Jerri Hastey, a chef -- to switch to veganism as well. Jerri owns and operates a vegan food truck, Seed on the Go, in Santa Rosa, California. While expressing her thoughts on being a vegan, she said: "I don't normally get into this, but I'm a vegan. And I try not to, well, I don't want to torture anything. I guess it's about trying to live a life where I'm not contributing to the cruelty in the world... While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here."
Lisa Haydon has been a vegan since she was a child and says that her mom would cook her delicious meals sans any animal products. Packed with a lot of ginger, coconut milk, carrot and cucumber, her mom's cooking is what has kept Lisa on the path of veganism.