Alicia Silverstone is a great example of happy, healthy vegan living. Here’s what she says about it to Amy Spencer on Health.com
Over a vegan lunch in Los Angeles, Alicia gave us a sneak peek at her first book, The Kind Diet, which is part healthy-eating treatise, part diet plan, and chock-full of recipes. She also shared the many ways that down-to-earth living makes her glow.
On her book, The Kind Diet:
I’m excited about presenting something that can make you feel amazing and look your best. Once you’re informed, then you can be really gentle and kind to yourself, by giving yourself all the gifts life has to offer—like mental clarity and vitality—all while making the planet better.
On all the benefits of being vegan and why she practices it:
I was aware there is a lot of diabetes in my extended family. But I didn’t come at it, honestly, from a health point of view. I was 21 when I went vegan. And when anybody told me to be healthy, I thought people were just telling me [to lose weight] because I’m in this business. So I was like, “Go F yourself!” [Laughs.]
Yet when I look at those pictures from back then, I can see the puffiness in my eyes. It’s weird to be 32 now and feel and look younger. What saved me was my love of animals. Right after I first made the switch to a plant-based diet, people were literally telling me, “What have you done? You’re sparkling.”
On being vegan, being sexy, and listening to your body:
You can hear your needs and desires more clearly. You’re just more juicy—there’s just this lightness that happens.
On gardening and swimming naked:
It’s true. It probably started when I was doing my garden the first time. I’d be out there, and it would be scorching hot, so I would take off all of my
clothes and garden. And then I would jump in the pool and swim—and I always get in the pool naked, because why would you want to put on a bathing suit? But I’m not a nudist at all. I’m shy. I’ve never done nudity in a film, ever. I don’t want anybody to take a picture of me naked. But in my own home, in my garden, [nudity]’s OK.
On being comfortable in her own skin:
I think it evolved through my new happiness with my body—and also through cool friends. I used to spend a lot of time with Woody Harrelson, and he’s not afraid to get naked! So around him and his wife and their kids, I just think I got more grounded and was like, This is my body, it’s not some scary thing.
On losing weight:
Diet first, exercise second. Exercise is fantastic, and when I need to be a certain way quickly, I amp up my exercise by walking the dogs and doing yoga.
On her new cruelty-free line of beauty tools:
They’re these beautiful makeup bags and brushes by EcoTools, completely cruelty-free and made from recycled materials, bamboo, and hemp.
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