We can always count on celebrities to promote myths about plant-based food (PBF) when they decide to revert to eating animals. Cue Hollywood’s latest victim of veganism: Anne Hathaway. Hathaway recently stated that she experienced a low energy level eating PBF. Rather than find the cause of her sluggishness, Hathaway eschewed PBF and ordered a fish. It’s sad for the animals she’ll eat considering that choices as simple as sweet potatoes, maca, goji berries, oatmeal, dulse, matcha tea, or a B12 supplement may have resolved the issue if it’s even food related.
I’m vegan, and I have the energy of a football team, and I’m much older than Hathaway. I have no health problems, and I’ve never felt better. We’re supposed to eat about one-third of our body weight in protein in grams per day. I can get that in a single meal–and it’s much healthier protein absent steroids, antibiotics, cholesterol, and saturated fat.
Sadly, Hathaway’s departure from PBF generated a wave of porous articles about the challenges of being vegan and the benefits of meat. Celebrities should be more aware of the impact of their public statements and ensure they’re making responsible claims. People who eat pasta and bread may feel lethargic, but people eating fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and beans don’t feel sleepy. These foods are filled with complex carbohydrates which boost energy metabolism. They’re also easier to digest than animal protein. PBF like bananas, kale, spinach, walnuts, and avocado also contain vitamin B6, which boosts sleep. If you sleep better, you’ll have more energy. Hathaway’s admitted history of heavy alcohol use, which reduces energy levels, may have contributed to her lethargy.
Hathaway’s statement about feeling sluggish from eating PBF–and the media’s enthusiasm for the story–is especially ironic given America’s obesity epidemic. About 97% of Americans eat animals–and millions of Americans feel tired and suffer various health problems from the animal-based food they eat. As a result, Kaiser-Permanente advises the 17,000 doctors in their network to recommend PBF to their 10 million patients because they know it will keep people healthy and reduce costs. This video from NutritionFacts explains their rationale.
When Hathaway ordered fish at a restaurant, she reportedly asked if the fish was local. Simply because animals are killed locally doesn’t make them healthier to eat, less environmentally harmful, or more humane. Fish feel pain–and whether they’re pulled from a local river or a distant ocean, they suffocate and suffer the same. Hathaway said she felt her “brain rebooting” when she “ate a piece of salmon.” I agree that her brain needs a reboot, but with a book, not a fish.
I’m vegan for the animals, my health, and the planet, so I’ll be vegan for the rest of my life. If there’s an option to be vegan after I die, I’ll be vegan then too. As for my brain, it rebooted the day I realized eating animals is cruel, unnecessary, and indefensible.