10. Dick Gregory
For the always thought-provoking Gregory, the decision to go vegetarian was an ethical one. “Chickens, pigs, fish, and cows all feel pain just like you and I do,” he says.
11. Vanessa A. Williams
The Melrose Place and Soul Food star is a long time vegetarian who uses holisitic remedies, blending homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional methodologies to keep her and her family healthy.
12. Russell Simmons
The hip hop mogul credits yoga for inspiring him to change his eating habits. Simmons now makes efforts to bring healthier food options to inner-city communities and schools where the most accessible food is fast food and where diet-related illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are common.
13. Erykah Badu
Badu, a vegetarian for over 20 years and a vegan for 10, does holistic health and healing, and has raised her children to be vegetarians from birth.
14. Forrest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker gained 50 pounds to play Idia Amin in The Last King of Scotland without eating any meat. “Life is full of choices, and many years ago, I chose to become a vegetarian, and it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made,” Forest said. He cites helping the environment and health benefits as reasons why he made his diet meat-free.
15. Andre 3000
OutKast frontman André 3000 took the music world by storm, landing a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and multiple number one hits on the Billboard charts. When he was asked how he would spend his last day on Earth, he replied, “I’d probably go for a great meal—some broccoli probably, because I’m a vegetarian.”
16. Carl Lewis
You don’t need to look past track and field legend Carl Lewis to find a veggie powered speed machine. Lewis won a whopping 10 Olympic medals (9 of them gold) and 10 World Championship medals (8 gold). He proudly says “My best performances were when I was 30 years old and I was a vegan.
17. Keenan Ivory Wayans
Though Wayans is a well-known comedian, he says that health is no laughing matter. The actor says that a vegetarian diet helps him stay healthy and fit, not just for himself, but also for the ones that he loves.
18. Kevin Eubanks
The Tonight Show’s Kevin Eubanks, who has long been known for his buff body in addition to his musical skills, is proof that turning to veggies doesn’t mean turning down muscle. “Every night before the show, I make sure [my] guitar is perfectly tuned. And every day, I do the same for my body—with healthy, vegetarian meals,” Eubanks has said. “It’s the easiest way to stay fit and feel great.”
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