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

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Sometimes people forget how fast an "all or nothing" attitude can propel one toward nothing.

    :-)
    @keenonquinoa

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  2. As a Kind Lifer I was highly disappointed in Alicia's statements.

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  3. I agree with you vegjen

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  4. I guess that if you're only vegan for the health benefits, than the occasional 'cheat' isn't a big deal.

    But when you live a vegan lifestyle for the purpose of ending the suffering of animals and making positive choices for the environment, as well as the myriad other reasons, then I think that it IS important to strive for the 100% mark. Like anything else, when you are adjusting to a new lifestyle, reversion to your old ways is bound to happen. The idea is to push past that and strive to do better, not to accept those reversions as a constant in your life.

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  5. Go Alicia! This proves that veganism is a group effort: we have to create environments that are vegan friendly.

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  6. Accidentally eating something contaminated with animal products is one thing. Cheating? That is bullshit. This is exactly why so many omnivores do not respect vegetarians and vegans, because they see us as hypocrites. And when you have someone high-profile going "oh sometimes I get sloshed and have cheese," that makes people question the purpose of what they see as an extreme diet/lifestyle. The bottom line is that you, as an individual, are responsible for your choices. Not your friends, not society, just you. Anything else is a cop-out. Alicia needs to spend some time at a factory dairy to break herself from that cheese habit.

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  7. its not "cheating" its eating cheese... and there already is a word for a vegan who eats cheese - VEGETARIAN

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  8. Vegan is all or nothing....she's a vegetarian!!! Not a Vegan!

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  9. I don't know how many times I've been to a social gathering and, after refusing to eat the cheese/egg/meat on offer, have someone say "Hey, lighten up, it's a party!" What Alicia Silverstone does is her business, but I wish she and other celebs wouldn't publicly say things like this. It belittles the choices we make, and makes non-veg people view us as inflexible rather than principled when we prefer not to share animal products with them.

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  10. That first blog comment: "Sometimes people forget how fast an "all or nothing" attitude can propel one toward nothing."

    YES! So right.

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  11. If you really, really want to help animals, then self-flagellation or pointing fingers for not being 100% is more like religion. A neurotic one. Animals don't benefit in the least. What they benefit from is from decreasing the number of corpses on the plate and the dairy being purchased. Alicia has done that. She's inspired many people. She's not perfect, no one is. And anyone who thinks they're perfect is far from it. They will get the "spiritual foot in the mouth" like so many ex-holier than thou vegans. Don't strive for perfection, strive for progress. Show the world that veganism or near veganism is sustainable reduced suffering.

    If you feel pressured at a party, tell them that just because so and so sneaks a little forbidden fruits of thy cow's boobies, it's like morgue juice to you. That's all.

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  12. Well Said Christine! Vegan, Vegetarian we're all on the same side here.

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  13. There's where you're wrong, Alicia. It's not called "militant," it's called "ethically consistent." She's obviously not a vegan.

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  14. Alicia's blasé attitude is very disappointing. Reminds me of a good friend of mine who (stupidly) asked me if I might give up my veganism during the holiday season. I was like, yeah, nothing says peace, joy, and love better than torturing and exploiting sentient creatures.

    Go vegan. Stay vegan. Don't encourage or condone backsliding.

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  15. When you are aware of the incredible suffering that goes into the production of cheese, not to mention the fact that (unless it is vegetarian cheese) it probably contains the digestive enzymes taken from the stomachs of the slaughtered calves who have been denied their mother's milk so that we can have it to make the cheese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rennet), how can anyone with a degree of compassion find this unhealthy gunk "tempting".

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  16. I really appreciate this view. Thank you for sharing it. I'm not a perfect vegan, but I try, every day. I make mistakes. I crave things, and then sometimes I eat them. But I still consider myself a vegan because the vast majority of the time, I eat only vegetables. I do it for me, I do it for the animals, and every day I get better at it. I'm not perfect, as those above claim you MUST be in order to truly be vegan. I agree. But I'm not perfect. I call myself a Christian, too, though sometimes I slip up, or get angry. I don't say to myself, "Well, I'm not a Christian anymore." I refuse to give up the vegan banner. I save many more animals by not eating meat, dairy and eggs now than I EVER did as a meat-eater. I'm sorry those who are so compassionate towards animals cannot extend compassion towards others who struggle.

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  17. to "Eat My Words" ... I love the comparison with Christianity "I'm sorry those who are so compassionate towards animals cannot extend compassion towards others who struggle." wonderfully said. Your point of view is what gives the vegan community a good name. The majority of people are down on vegans because of the all or nothing approach. One vegan meal a day makes a difference. One meal a week (Meatless Mondays) makes a difference. One meal a month would too!! All efforts count. I think Alicia coming out and admitting to "being human" helps the cause significantly. It shouldn't be a community that surrounds their diet intake with guilt and fear. Not very positive emotions to be consuming. Every effort is a positive effort.

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  18. No person lives a life that is 100% vegan, and we are not a purity cult. We do this because we don't want to support industries that exploit animals. I think Ms. Silverstone has done a wonderful job educating people about veganism. If someone eats vegan 90% of the time and 10% omnivore. I will take that if the alternative is to never go vegan because they felt it was an impossible lifestyle. I think the vegans that are condemning her are either extremely new to this philosophy or they are far to focused on their own egos. Remember it is about the animals, we need numbers.

    "The idea of veganism was to preserve a word to describe those of us who abstain from the use of any animal for any reason to our highest practical abilities." Donald Watson Focus on the word "Practical" folks

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