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Health & Moral Benefits: Social Justice Leaders and Celebrities who are/were Vegetarian by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Social Justice Leaders and Celebrities who are/were Vegetarian (or Vegan/Pescatarian).

Great Social Justice Leaders who are/were Vegetarian include Coretta Scott King, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta, Dick Gregory, Cesar Chavez, and more.

Influential talented celebrities who are vegetarian (or vegan/pescatarian) are Cicely Tyson, Angela Bassett, Berry Gordy, Jr., Susan Sarandon, Alice Walker, Kimberly Elise, Tracy Chapman, India.Aire, Phylicia Rashād, Vanessa Williams, Alyssa Milano, Misty Copeland, Prince, Russell Simmons, Mike Tyson, Seal, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Erykah Badu, Forest Whitaker, the members of The Roots, RZA, Ricky Martin, Sir Paul McCartney, Omar Epps, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Common, Lea Michele, Alan Cumming, Saul Williams, Ariana Grande, and Chaka Khan, among many others.

Photographs and Article by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

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Angela Bassett and Cicely Tyson backstage in Miss Tyson’s dressing room, Broadway’s ‘The Trip To Bountiful, New York, May 18, 2913. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Now more than ever people are conscience of the health benefits associated with avoiding meat, and omitting it from their diet. Vegetarianism is practiced for various reasons; health, political, environmental, aesthetics, economics, and cultural. There is also the moral and ethical beliefs to protect animal rights.

A vegetarian diet excludes all animal meat and parts; it’s plant based. A vegan diet excludes all animal products entirely; which includes all dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.) eggs, and honey. Both vegetarianism and veganism take an effort to begin, but the benefits are priceless for your health. The option of vegetarianism may be more suitable and practical for many rather than veganism, which has more restrictions. Another practical alternative is pescatarianism, which includes fish, and other seafood, but not animal meat and parts. A pescetarian would follow a vegetarian diet accompanied by fish and seafood occasionally added.

“Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.” —Donald Watson defining veganism, 1944


 A question often asked, “where do you get your protein from?” The answer is simple, most of these foods have the same or higher protein value than meat: Beans, legumes (lentils, etc.), nuts, seeds, whole grains, quiona, oats, buckwheat, seitan, tofu, tempeh, nut butter, soy/almond/cashew milk, and most vegetables, in particular spinach, broccoli, peas, avocado, and dark green leafy vegetables. Those who are not vegan may wish to add eggs, fish, and dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter. There are countless protein powders and bars on the market which may be added, but do your research first, many have other ingredients you may want to avoid, especially the bars. The bars are a practical alternative only when you are “on the go”, they should not be not part of your regular diet.

 Health & Moral Benefits:

There are moral benefits when becoming a vegetarian; many are rightfully concerned with the mistreatment of animals. The Humane Society has shown most animals live and die under horrific and unsanitary conditions, from overcrowded confined spaces to slaughterhouses. In addition to the mistreatment of the animals, morally there is no need to murder innocent animals when the earth provides us with sufficient alternative foods and nutrients. There is also a substantial growing awareness of hormones, carcinogenic chemicals, and other additives injected and/or fed to the animals. This should be considered for health and safety; some farms, ranches, and corporations claim their animals are fed special diets and not given any hormonal or chemical injections, but that’s not always accurate, in some cases it is false, and used as a ploy to maintain high sales. Sanitary conditions and the threat of contamination must be considered for the elderly, children, and those who have a compromised immune system; living with immune deficiency, an auto-immune disease, or other diseases such as cancer; avoiding meat can be beneficial to maintain stability preventing the risk of onsets or exacerbation to their disease. The omission of meat can also benefit your digestive system, and your colon health.

A vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian diet is highly recommended. It can possibly stabilize and prevent diseases, while saving the precious lives of innocent animals.

  Photographs of some celebrities who are vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY.

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Mike Tyson. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegetarian Vanessa Williams and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegetarian Vanessa Williams, vegan Kimberly Elise, and actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegan Cicely Tyson. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegetarians Vanessa Williams & Phylicia Rashād. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegan Cicely Tyson. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegetarian Phylicia Rashād. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegan Chaka Khan in concert, New York. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Erykah Badu at the Apollo Theatre, New York. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Common. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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David Alan Grier with vegetarian Keenen Ivory Wayans. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Samuel L. Jackson. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vegan Cicely Tyson and vegetarian Vanessa Williams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Angela Bassett. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Article and all photographs by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

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