Forks Over Knives does it again: Kristen Bell goes vegan!  »

Wow, how ridiculous have women’s magazine covers gotten? For goodness’ sake! It’s all “sex, money, and a tight ass!” When we know it should be “sex, money, and vegan lasagna!” #priorities 

I love you, Forks Over Knives! You’ve turned my favorite star vegan! As if Kristen Bell’s sloth encounter video wasn’t great enough, now she is ditching animal byproducts! Dang, I love her! Women’s Health had an interview with Kristen Bell where she dished about her recent conversion to veganism (“dish” is magazine talk):

Leave it to two actors to let a movie change their lives. This documentary, which investigates the relationship between animal-based and processed foods and degenerative diseases, was the catalyst for turning Kristen (a vegetarian since age 11) and Dax (a carnivore) into vegans this past January. “It’s more about the health benefits than the ethics,” she concedes. “But it’s compounded by the fact that I love animals and feel better not eating them.”

Well, maybe she will get a little more educated and take a more ethical stand. But I’ll tell you: I’m still so excited! Dudes, sorry to geek-out on you, but I love Kristen Bell like whoa! Because Veronica Mars is my favorite thing ever. Shut up, it’s the best.

And her man Dax is going vegan too! I’m not afraid to admit that I like him as well. He’s endearing. And I’ll venture to guess he wasn’t actually a “carnivore,” as Women’s Health claims. I’m super glad a “health” magazine doesn’t know the difference between carnivore and omnivore! Now, tell me all about your Easy Abs Diet!

I leave you with this quote of particular relevance to us Vegansaurs: "I have a potty mouth. I’m not afraid to drop an F-bomb. I can love organic tomatoes and swearing—the two aren’t mutually exclusive." Truer words, Bell, truer words.


Another celeb on the (awesomest) band wagon: Eliza Dushku goes vegan!  »

Yet another post in the series you love to hate, but can’t keep yourself from reading: Another celeb goes vegan!

Eliza Dushku has taken to Twitter to announce she too, is going vegan after watching Forks Over Knives! I still need to watch this movie, no joke! I’m just so busy lately watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians blogging, working, and being a lady about town.

On December 3rd, she tweeted, “That’s it! We watched #ForksOverKnives & are going for a plant-based diet- that doc is astounding! Animal products no bien, homies #watchdoc.” While perusing her Twitter account I also caught a glimpse of a twitpic of her recent meal at the LA Café Gratitude (you know, the one NOT closing). You go, Eliza. Keep on rockin’ in the vegan world.

Now maybe we can put that whole “I shoot animals for sport and then eat them" thing behind us. Celebrities!

[Photo courtesy Ecorazzi]


Hey, it’s Darlene from Roseanne, interviewing Ozzy Osbourne about giving veganism a go after watching Forks Over Knives! Just kidding you guys, I know her name is Sara Gilbert, but she’ll always be Darlene to me! She’s the creator, co-host and executive producer of The Talk.

First Russell Brand, now Ozzy Osbourne; if I want to keep any smidgen of street cred I may possess as a vegan, I have got to turn off Jersey Shore Mad Men and watch this movie!

FYI, Sara Gilbert is a vegan too! Vegans are taking over the the entertainment industry. And the Brits are taking over veganism. Crazy!


Russell Brand, are you seriously a vegan now?  »

If you have eyes and use the internet (Twitter), you have probably seen Russell Brand’s claim that he is going vegan! At first I was all, “Oh yeah, Russell, sure. Why don’t you marry Katy Perry while you are at it?” Then I realized I was being such a hater! Dude has been vegetarian since he was 14! Yeah, Russell, watch Forks Over Knives with the Mrs. and go vegan! Do it, PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian of 2011!

I’m just being a hater because I thought he was hot in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and then was the funny/OMG so sexy-hilarious host of the 2009 VMAs. Jealousy—it’s not attractive. DAMMIT RUSSELL, WHY KATY AND NOT MEEEE?

The Tweet heard ‘round the world. Or, at least in most vegan circles.


Movie review: Forks Over Knives  »

It was probably a good idea to see Forks Over Knives the night before starting an
elimination diet that’ll help me figure out my allergies; I left the theater feeling like I should just eat kale forever.

Okay, that’s not 100 percent true; I went to Whole Foods afterwards and got a pre-diet chocolate bar. But I bought some eggplants too! And the documentary’s presentation of the evidence supporting a diet that eliminates animal products—or at the very least, greatly reduces them—was pretty compelling.

Forks Over Knives isn’t from the Morgan Spurlock-school of documentaries—there are no gimmicky experiments here, just the stories of real people who are seeing some of the doctors interviewed in the film, and information from decades of research. So you know, it sometimes feels like you’re watching something educational—you are, but maybe sometimes we like to be tricked into that? Stick with it, though. It’s still a satisfying viewing experience, just in a different way.

The United States spends more per person on health care than any other country in the world. They also have some of the worst health outcomes among industrialized countries. There are former Soviet bloc countries with lower rates of infant mortality, and that is kind of messed up. It’s undeniable that there’s access to a lot of health-related good in the U.S.—world-class medical facilities, cutting edge treatments, delicious and healthy American-grown produce, great land for farming. But even with all that at their disposal, Americans are gaining weight, becoming diabetic, getting cancer—at alarming rates.

Forks Over Knives claims that we can prevent—and even reverse or cure—the majority of what ails us by getting the animal products out of our diets and switching to plant-based eating. This case is built largely on the work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Campbell is likely best known as the co-author and lead researcher of The China Study, now a popular book that outlines his research of the diets and causes of deaths of thousands of people in China. Esselstyn works at the Cleveland Clinic, where he counsels heart patients on halting and reversing their diseases with a plant-based diet.

Campbell and Esselstyn’s work is fascinating, and their findings are some serious food for thought, but what really stuck with me were the personal tales of lives that were changed with a plant-based diet. Most of the people highlighted don’t present the image that pops into your mind when you think “vegan”: they included a diabetic mother of four, a meat-loving middle-aged man, a company of Texan firefighters, and a mixed martial arts fighter. But they all switched to a plant-based diet for one reason or another, and they all had impressive results that included serious, life-extending changes to their health.

I was impressed that the people featured in this doc had clearly made some health related choices that they shouldn’t have, but they weren’t treated like they were dumb or lazy or gross or failures. They were just following what they’d always been told about how they should eat, and trying to get through the day in an environment where the worst of food is always immediately available. The overall message of control over our own destinies was balanced with a realization that our environments have changed drastically in just a few decades, and it can be hard to make good choices even with the best information and intentions.

The film can get a bit repetitive at times—though admittedly, they were kind of preaching to the converted in my case. I’d like to see it with someone who is new to most of its information, who has never seriously considered that all this protein we’re told we should eat is maybe not the best idea. The message that meat and milk are the best way to go for protein—the only way to go, as many people see it—is so pervasive in our society that it can be hard to shake people of it. The first thing most people asked me when I stopped eating meat was “How will you get protein?” I think the tales of these healthy, vital people—some of whom were near death before going vegan—could change some minds.

Terri Coles lives in Toronto, Ont., where she enjoys barbecuing, feeding feral cats, going to local music shows and getting really mad about hockey games. She blogs about her adventures in plant-based eating at The Vegina Monologues.


Roger Ebert reviews Forks Over Knives!   »

Roger Ebert has a review of Forks Over Knives up that’s worth reading. There are some truly insightful bits, but I really really really hate this part:

Hey, I’m not going all holier-than-thou on you. Think how fat I was for years. I knew the solution, I was weak and lazy. Over 12 years I was eventually able to lose about 70 pounds with a proper diet, but my current weight and superb physical condition can be attributed to my illness. I am unable to eat or drink anything, and my (therefore) perfect diet of canned nutrition has given me an ideal weight and incredibly good blood numbers. 

Fat people aren’t “weak and lazy,” they’re JUST FAT. That’s all. Lots of fat people are quite healthy, just how lots of skinny people are quite healthy, and lots of “average-sized” people are quite healthy. Losing weight isn’t a health panacea that suddenly means you’ll live forever and be a better person and win the lottery, it’s just LOSING WEIGHT. That’s GONNA COME BACK ANYWAY. Sometimes the weight loss helps with certain health things, sometimes it doesn’t. Same with gaining weight! The deal is, your body will reset itself to the weight it wants to be eventually. I mean, how many people do you know who have tried to lose a large amount of weight (I’m talking more than 20 to 30 pounds) were able to keep it off for five years or longer? I bet that number is VERY small, if you can even think of anyone. Ebert is in the unique position of not being able to eat food—that sucks and is the worst and I completely feel for him, and it also makes it pretty easy to stay at goal weight, knowwhatimsayin?? Many of can eat anytime we’re hungry—that’s why there are fat vegans and skinny vegans and fat meat-eaters and skinny meat-eaters. If we have access to the amount of calories our bodies want, we’ll get as fat as our bodies wants to get. In fact, fat people are fairly awesome because if there’s ever a food shortage, our shit is gonna live way longer than the skinnies. Fat apocalyptic dance party, y’all!

Anyway, I’m off track, but the importance of a film like Forks Over Knives is that eating a plant-heavy vegan diet is healthier than eating the garbage that passes as “food” today. It’s a much more complicated issue than EAT AN APPLE, FATTY. Our entire food system—including food availability—is set up to fail our health, the health of the planet, and certainly the health of animals. Every step a person can take towards eating a diet less filled with animal products and more filled with fruits, veggies, and grains, the better. Let’s leave it at that, and quit making it a weight thing. I know GET SKINNY FAT-ASS is what motivates people to consume consume consume and cash is king and blah blah blah but I’ll still get upset every time I see shit like this and I hope you do, too. ALSO, I’m bummed to hear this from Roger Ebert, who I thought was a friend to fatties. Well, I guess I knew he was a self-loathing fatty when he gave fucking Shallow Hal a good review, but then I thought he came around! He’s got an ADORABLE chubbers wife and he’s always defending Gabourey Sidibe. I don’t quite understand his whole thing. Someone help me. Ludditerobot, you got anything?

Anyway, the rest of the review is right on, and he’s even switching to a liquid vegetable and fruit diet now, and that’s awesome. Roger Ebert is vegan, y’all. Maybe he’ll even write an all vegan version of his AWESOME rice cooker cookbook?? That would be neat.


SF Bay Area! Go see Forks Over Knives for FREE on Monday, May 9!  »

You know you wanna. Just head to this link and RSVP. BAM! You’re in! We’ve reported on the documentary (which is about treating illness with food rather than surgery) before but if you’ve missed it, this is your last chance to see it for free before it hits theaters next week!

Here’s the trailer because we like to make things easy on you around here. Please remember that when it comes time to send out your holiday cards filled with cash.

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Tomorrow is the NYC premiere of Forks Over Knives!  »

Hey New Yorkers! Tomorrow, April 26*, Forks Over Knives will be debuting at Sunshine Cinema! Whole Foods and the Engine 2 Diet are co-hosting the event and there will be a panel following the film that includes Gene Baur from Farm Sanctuary. Sounds like a party!

I haven’t seen the movie yet but according to Laura,** it’s all about how going vegan is totally rad for you. I’ve been saying that for years! Those jerks totally stole my idea. Everybody steals my ideas! Check the site for how to purchase tickets.

*I said May before—THAT WAS TOTALLY WRONG! I can’t do anything right. Except be awesome.
**The only news source I trust these days


Screening of Forks Over Knives in Berkeley! All monies go to charity!  »

A FREE (with suggested donation of $15 to $25!) screening of the documentary Forks Over Knives* is happening Thursday, Oct. 28 in Berkeley. The money raised will go to The Cancer Project and Earthsave, and there’s a reception afterwards with snacks from Nature’s Express so don’t be too cheap even though you can be because it’s “suggested donation” and my natural inclination is to be all SUGGESTED DONATION THIS and grab my crotch because I’m a terrible person. Oooh…just had a thought! Perhaps there will be some delicious soft serve there? WHO CAN SAY?? Get your tickets TODAY!

*Oh, you want to know what the documentary is about? Yes, let’s see, it’s basically about how you can save your life through your diet so GO VEGAN! Which is true, just listen to the Big Dog. If you’re so nosy that you need to know more, check out the synopsis or the trailer below!

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