13 November 2010

Alicia Silverstone cheats on vegan diet with dairy as her downfall

That's right! She's a cheater! The well-known actress, PETA spokesperson and author of The Kind Diet admitted to UsMagazine.com at an EcoTools event in New York City that she deals with dairy temptation. "If I was at a party and there was a tray of cheese sitting there and I had had drinks, then I might have a bite," says Silverstone. Whew! I'm not the only one.

It's so great to know that someone who is as committed to veganism as Silverstone allows some flexibility to her diet. In past attempts at vegetarianism I was so rigid with myself that any time I desired something that was "off-limits" I would feel guilty and berate myself. Eventually, I would decide that I just wasn't strong enough and give up.

When I made the choice to be vegan, I knew this wasn't about perfection, but it was a life-long process of learning and growing. When temptation comes, I deal with it, I don't punish myself for it. Sometimes I end up having bit of dairy or a baked good with some egg in it, but as I learn new recipe alternatives to my favorite foods, I find the temptation coming less and less frequently.

I have had known of vegans/vegetarians who were very militant in their views and though I respect them for their passion, I felt as though I could not measure up to that standard so why bother trying. To everyone who struggles I have this to share; every time you come to the table and you make the decision to eat vegan you are saving your health, saving animals, saving the planet, and saving others. That's something to rejoice about!

When non-vegans see some flexibility in you, it may be an encouragement to them. Silverstone shares with Us, "Being flexible that way makes more people comfortable. "If I'm rigid about it and I'm perfect, then no one is going to be able to be like me because I'll be this icey, rigid thing." When we allow ourselves to be flexible it may give someone else the confidence to try being vegan for themselves.

If you struggle with temptation find encouragement knowing many others do as well. While spreading kindness to the world around you with a vegan lifestyle, don't forget to show kindness to yourself. You are doing the planet a world of good!

Read another point of view on Alicia's admission: Alicia Silverstone's admission to cheating on vegan diet harmful to the cause.

Christina Daharry
Christina is a homeschooling mom of three and is married to her high-school sweetheart, Roger. She enjoys yoga and has fallen in love with running.

Photo credit: The Kind Diet