B12 deficiency is the most common problem with vegan diets, but is easily rectified with sublingual b12 supplementation or injections.
Other common deficiencies are iodine(being that seaweeds are the only good vegan source, if your produce is grown in depleted soils your likely deficient), Vitamin D is another if you dont get adequate sunshine.
Id bet my bottom dollar that the reason many celebs quit is that they dont spend alot of time in the kitchen and are constantly partying and going to restaurants that probably have little or no vegan options at times.
I'm confused why Cynthia singled out cows as something that people who eat meat should make sure is raised humanely. Birds and pigs are extremely intelligent beings and chickens are probably the most abused animals in the industry. I was just confused about that statement.
I also agree that most of these people never actually cook their own food. I think Natalie Portman's reason was absurd and it sounds like Drew Barrymore's reason was equally as absurd. Not sure about Ginnifer Goodwin, but that really saddens me because she seemed like such a good advocate. They are probably making up the health reason thing about Natalie Portman so that they have something against vegans even though she has never said that health was the reason. I can't imagine ever going back to eating meat, but to each their own I suppose.
Okay, I just read what Ginnifer Goodwin said on Jimmy Kimmel about not being vegan anymore. It's one thing if you want to change back, but why do they have to make jokes about it? It mentioned that a lot of her family became vegan and that they are sticking to their vegan diets. But, apparently she said something to the effect of "when I go home, I'm like, let's get some cheese up in this place!" Are you kidding? Give me a break, that is so offensive to the rest of her family. I have lost respect for her after that comment. I think it just shows that she feels bad about her choice and has to make light of it. She did mention it was for health reasons, but of course no info.
I agree that it is their lives, but we come on this site and talk about other people's reactions to vegan diets all the time even when they are not celebs. I would have been offended by anyone saying what Ginnifer Goodwin said about getting cheese into a vegan's life if they are against it. I don't care what they do, but they don't have to make light of something for which they had previously been a huge advocate.
I would say neither is better or worse. I applaud anyone who takes any step towards helping and saving animals, whether it be vegetarianism or veganism. I am just against people speaking ill of veganism when they used to claim to be in it for the animals. I know a lot of people continue to use products that they had before going vegan such as leather shoes. Many people are also evironmentalists that make this switch and find it difficult to justify throwing out things like that until they have used them to their fullest. Like you said Dolores, everyone is on their own path. I suppose Ellen is at least getting rid of them now.
It would probably be bad publicity for a celeb who has been vegan for abit to be spotted just eating meat dishes because there too lazy to make it work. Its easier to say a health issue happened(not saying it isnt the case but i know many outgoing vegans who do the same).
In a way i guess it cant be easy when most restaurants have no vegan and barely any veggie options. Like i say most of these celebs rarely if ever eat at home so they have to eat whats on offer.
Well, yeah but many of the rich and famous have their own private chefs.
I don't personally care what Natalie Portman does; I do care about what is said publically about veganism. Celebrities are great for spreading the word: we're all on Alicia Silverstone's site. I saw her book and bought it because it was prominently displayed because she's a celebrity. PETA uses celebrities all the time. I don't think anybody becomes a vegan because of Ellen Degeneres or Paul McCartney but they do have the power to get the word out.
I don't think the point here is about changing our own minds about veg*nism,or how our minds might be changes, it's about how high profile vegans quitting affects us because of others' reactions. When Natalie Portman's article was first released I had at least two people, who I never talked to about my veganism, say something to me about it. Because they are high profile, it gives others ideas, and gives them things to try and argue with veg*ns about.
And like Laura, I also care what is said publically about veganism. If you research people who go back to omni ways, not high profile vegans necessarily, but bloggers and other people who have some kind of public connection, a lot of them go all out and renounce everything they previously claimed to have believed and start trashing veganism and claiming it's not healthy and all sorts of stuff (seems kind of what like Ginnifer Goodwin is doing, especially trying to get her family to change back). That affects the cause (for those of us who follow veg*nism for ethical or environmental reasons), and it also affects trying to get out the knowledge that a plant-based diet is actually very healthy. So while what one celebrity does or does not do has no effect on my own decisions, it does affect the public - after all, they wouldn't be celebrities without the public.
I have to agree here. These celebrities are celebrities because of the public - well said, Hazel :) They have a certain "duty". Just like sports 'stars' who go out, drink and take drugs and then wonder why kids are copying them and they are getting dropped by their team, it is a similar thing despite my example there being a little extreme.
And their reasons were just pathetic. (Natalie Portman annoys me more and more by the week!)
As long as we all continue on our paths, at least we know that we are all still making a difference and speaking up for our fellow earthlings.
Last time I checked vegeterians do not eat meat....I was referring to animal products ie. milk, cheese, and so forth. I never said meat eaters. Obviously, if someone chooses to be a vegeterian I meant they should eat animal products (including eggs) that are from animals raised in a humane way. I realize that it is difficult to come by, but possible. Yes, cows are not the only intellegent animals out there, I didn't think I had to list every single one. I assumed everyone was already aware...