Sexy screen star Alicia Silverstone is far from clueless when it comes to eating well and getting healthy. So, what kind of diet reportedly helped Alicia overcome severe asthma, insomnia, acne and constipation – and helped her slim down enough to star in a super-hot video ad for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals?
The kind of diet that did all of that was… The Kind Diet.
Several years after Alicia stripped down for the PETA campaign that had plenty of people wagging their tongues (when they weren’t tripping over them), she retains a youthful glow and a burning desire to help animals while she helps others follow a vegan diet.
NOTE: Alicia’s steamy video can be found here http://features.peta.org/AliciaSilverstoneVeganPSA/
In Chapter 1 of her Kind Diet book, Alicia writes:
“…(T)his journey is about changing how you think and live, one day at a time. And by allowing your mind and your choices to change, you will see amazing—even magical—results. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen, I promise, because it happened to me: By eating satisfying, delicious, plant-based foods, I was released from the prison of dieting”
What exactly does she mean by “kind?”
The book explains: “This is about being really, really good to yourself. The Kind Diet will give you tons of energy, mental clarity, gorgeous skin, and a zest for life you won't want to miss. Plus, it's powerful; doctors like Dean Ornish and John MacDougall have discovered that plant-based diets have the power to reverse heart disease, diabetes, even cancer. So this is about treating yourself like a total goddess and putting yourself first.
“This kindness extends to the earth itself; because it requires less fuel, water, and other precious resources, a plant based diet is much lighter on the planet. And because it is clean, this diet helps our soil, water, and atmosphere get healthy as well. You will see that the Kind Diet reduces planetary suffering on all levels; following a plant-based diet is just about the greenest thing you can do.”
Powerful celebrities like Oprah took notice of Alicia’s cause and promoted it to the world. Some even tried the vegan lifestyle
According to vegan.com: A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.
Alicia says she first considered an animal-free diet when she was just a child.
"When I was 8 years old, my brother was making the noises of the animals I was eating, so I decided to go vegetarian," she said. "Then I would give up because I was 8."
She was eventually able to stick with it, but it took a heartbreaking video to steel her decision.
"I just took a look at my dog and said, 'If I'm not willing to eat you, how can I continue to eat these other creatures that have the same desire to live, are just as funny, just as cute as my dogs?'" she noted.
Alicia did more than just adopt a meat-free diet. She is an avid proponent of PETA. Her video shows she has nothing to hide when it comes to her lifestyle.
“I’ve been vegan for 10 years, and it’s the single-most important and helpful decision I have ever made,” she says on PETA.org. “Physically, the effect has been amazing. Once I went vegan, I lost the weight I wanted to lose, my nails were stronger, and my skin was glowing. I feel great, and I look better now than I did 11 years ago.
“Being vegan truly is the secret to my life’s joy and peace. I feel physically and spiritually better than I could have ever imagined knowing that I am doing everything I can to reduce animal suffering with simple lifestyle choices like being vegan, never wearing any products made from animals (like wool and leather), and buying only from companies that NEVER test their products or ingredients on animals.”
“The Kind Life is an interactive extension of my book, The Kind Diet, which is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time!” she says on the site.
“This website is a fantastic resource for those who want to delve deeper into the world of healthy, green, eco-friendly living. My goal here is to share everything that I have learned on my journey with all of you, and I want you all to share your experiences with me. Let’s get inspired together and help each other to live the healthiest, kindest lives possible!”
Susan Burke March, eDiets’ Chief Nutritionist, has been a semi-vegetarian for more than 30 years. What that means is that Susan eats dairy and seafood.
She said a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine demonstrated a significantly lower risk of death for those who ate a vegetarian diet. More specifically, vegetarian diets have been associated with reductions in risk for high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re not quite ready to make the commitment required of a “vegan,” relax. eDiets offers a vegetarian diet that allows you to eat great without eating meat. Being able to choose your diet preferences is what sets eDiets apart from the typical weight loss plan. Just reducing your consumption of red meat, especially high-fat and high-salt luncheon meats, is a first step to improved health and longevity, Susan notes.
eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets.