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Ellen Pompeo’s Family Goes Vegan

Grey’s Anatomy Leading Lady Ellen Pompeo Puts Her Whole Family on a Vegan Diet

Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has played one of our most beloved doctors on TV over the past 14-years but the actress is taking advice from her real-life doctor and has switched her entire household into the vegan lifestyle.

Ellen is the latest Hollywood elite that has decided to give veganism a try for not only herself but her entire tribe. Pompeo revealed to People magazine on her deciding factor to what many may think is drastic and she talks about how easy of a transition it has been for the entire family.

“I just went to my yearly appointment a couple of weeks ago and Dr. Kristi Funk told me about her book.” Dr. Funk just released her book Breasts: The Owner’s Manual. Ellen went on to explain, “Since then my whole family has gone completely vegan.”

“Dr. Funk told me she turned her three kids completely vegan and I came home from my appointment with her where she basically gave me the information…and I said, That’s it, we’re all vegan.’”

Ellen, 48, flipped the food script not only for herself but husband Chris Ivery, and her three kiddos Stella, 8, Sienna, 3, and Eli, 1. For most families giving up meat and dairy can seem daunting even unimaginable but the actress said its been a fun and seamless transition on their new road of health.

“It’s super fun. I don’t think it’s tricky at all-it’s actually easier because meat you have to cook it before it goes bad. Grains and lentils and rice and beans, everything’s in the pantry already. You just have to get vegetables, but vegetables stay good for a week and I think we all feel better.”

Ellen brought her eldest daughter Stella to Dr. Funk’s launch party for her book and when asked what food she misses most since changing to the vegan lifestyle the young girl admitted she was “missing bacon,” and had “tried fake bacon today.” She said when asked how her palette enjoyed the vegan version of bacon she replied, “It’s okay.”

But Ellen Pompeo said it’s not just for health reason that she decided to make the jump to veganism, the global issue took a big part in making such a diet commitment. “I think we’re at a critical point for our planet and in the United States, this health issue is out of control, the obesity, the diabetes everything…Sickness is a huge business, I know that really, really well. The message of veganism is not one that they want to get out but not only will it help us, it helps the planet.”

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Alicia Silverstone: Bear Is Proud Of Being Vegan

Alicia Silverstone spends the afternoon filming scenes in the 'rain' with her 'Gods Behaving Badly' co-star Ebon Moss-Bachrach and spending time with her son, Bear Blue, in between takes in New York City

Clueless star Alicia Silverstone is set to host Seed Food and Wine Festival’s Vedge dinner in Miami, Fla. on Friday (October 17). Prior to the event, the actress, 38, opened up to Miami New Times about raising her 3-year-old son Bear as a vegan.

On if Bear has ever asked to eat dairy or meat: “My son loves to eat. When he was younger and only spoke a few words, he would say “mochi” or “daikon”! How many kids get excited about daikon? He has never asked for meat or dairy. He is proud of being vegan. In fact, the other day I called him “my butterball” and he said, “Mommy, I don’t eat butter; I eat Earth Balance. I don’t want to eat cows.” So many parents say, “How on Earth do you get your kids to eat greens?” And I say, “Well, it’s because I eat them!” He is eating the same foods I was eating while he was in my belly, while I breastfed him, and that he ate as his first foods. He has only known the healthiest foods, which makes it normal to him. These foods keep him happier and healthier.”

On the benefits of a vegan diet: “I think the diet’s influence is pretty evident in that he is full of vibrant energy; he’s so smart, creative, and insanely sweet — like a magical little elf! It’s so important to me that his body be as healthy as possible so he can enjoy every minute of his life and not be bogged down by ailments. I’m so proud to say this is how his life is now, and I’ve made it my job to keep it that way.”

On how being a mom has changed her approach to food: “Being a mom requires every morsel of your being, and you want to be well armed to enjoy it all. Now more than ever, I understand the connection between food and wellness: how what we eat has the power to make us less tired, sleep better, and balance our moods when life gets overwhelming. Having my kind-diet foundation nourishes my body and allows me to feel my best, so I can be present and available for every precious moment with my little boy. Also knowing that the food you eat during the various stages of motherhood has the power to help you create the healthiest child possible is the greatest motivator to eat kind.”

On how to transition to a plant-based diet for picky kids: “I would stop bringing the unhealthy things into the house and start making delicious plant-based recipes (there are some amazing ones in The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama). Don’t talk about it; just do it! Good food is good food. If your kids reject it at first since they’re jonesing for the nasty fix, they will come around when they get truly hungry. You need to break the addiction. Start moving away from dairy, sugar, and animal foods, and instead get cozy with whole grains and plant-based proteins and veggies. Let fruit be their candy! Set your child up with the best possible foundation of foods to help them be the healthiest they can be and thrive. You’d be surprised at how open kids are to trying new things if you also embrace them.”

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Mayim Bialik: I’m A “Hippie Mama”


Mayim Bialik raises her children Miles, 8 and Fred, 5, as Vegans. The Big Bang Theory actress – who has a new cookbook out called Mayim’s Vegan Table – says since they are home schooled – it’s been easier for her to have them to follow the vegan lifestyle.

“But you don’t have to home schooled to keep your children vegan,” she said in an interview with One Green Planet.

Mayim added that it’s about teaching kids that “animals have feelings and experiences and lives.”

She also said, “It’s about not going to zoos and about being very clear with my children that Momma gets sad at zoos…momma doesn’t go to the circus. These things won’t work for us.”

A self-proclaimed “hippie mama”  – she makes her kids’ shampoos and avoids commercial cleaning products. The single mom is also a big supporter of breastfeeding. In February she explained why she had no regrets on doing so in public.

She told The Huffington Post, “I think anywhere you give a bottle, you breastfeed. I didn’t feel the need to be immodest, but also feel like that’s going to vary from woman to woman. I would try and be, absolutely, respectful and conscious of the community I was in, but I don’t believe you need to cover up a baby eating, anymore than you need to cover up a baby drinking a bottle.”

“Breastfeeding is not a sexual act. It’s an intimate act, and that makes some people uncomfortable. But that’s completely normal to have all of the humane hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child — that’s simply normal.”

Divorced from her ex-husband Michael Stone – Mayim claims he’s a great dad.

“Even though I’m divorced, I’m very grateful to my son’s father for being an incredible present parent,” she told E! News at the 20th SAG Awards Preview Day.

“He’s home with them when I’m at work and he’s their full-time dad when I’m not with them, so that’s how I do it. We don’t use a nanny and I clean my own toilets, famously, and I make my own food and have a very kind of simple life that way. There’s no magic. They have their father taking care of them and that’s how our life works,” Bialik continued. “But I have tremendous respect for moms who are juggling daycare, two parents working and all that stuff. I don’t know how I would do that.

“It’s incredibly difficult, and I appreciate that I’m a public person and people say, ‘Oh, you balance it well,’ but there are women who balance a lot more than I do with a lot more grace and a lot less resources. So I try not to say, ‘I’ve figured it all out!’ because I have a lot of support and there are women who don’t.”

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