Many celebrities are known to follow a plant based diet to fuel their fast-paced lifestyles. Woody Harrelson, Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Chastain – plus an increasing number of professional athletes.
Bryan Adams is also part of this group and the Canadian musician has eaten solely plant based foods since 1989.
Adams even credits his vegan diet to no longer getting sick, saying: “Vegan diet strengthens the immune system. Since I eat vegan, I was no longer sick”.
As plant based diets deliver quality nutrients with none of the nasties like cholesterol or IGF-1, a healthy vegan diet even posses disease-fighting qualities; and no – you don’t just have to take Bryan’s word for it. Whole plant foods may help to prevent the onset of diabetes, cancer and other diseases, unlike animal-derived foods which have been linked to the development of cancer and other health issues.
Not just in it for health, Adams aptly once said his motto is “If you love animals, don’t eat them.”, and believes his affection for animals came naturally to him from a young age. He said, “the moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.”
When Bryan is eating a raw vegan diet, he opts for salad dinners – he claims a vegan diet is very helpful in maintaining a healthy weight and wishes more people his age knew the importance of diet.
Last year, Adams told Vegan Life Magazine, “[f]or those people who aren’t veggie or vegan it was the best gift I could ever give myself to do it. I am turning 57 years old this year and I work hard, I am always on the move but I have tonnes of energy because I am plant-based. It is absolutely the best thing you could ever do for yourself. It is a great path.” So what does he eat to avoid the GP’s office?
Adams added, “My favourite vegan comfort food is probably bananas. That is what I would reach for every time. I spent some time following a raw food diet which I did actually find quite difficult at times. Bananas and avocados were my go to. I would eat a banana when I needed to feel full, and it would work every time.” Bananas and avocados are both great sources of and protein and healthy fat, which sustain feelings of being full.
We can’t guarantee that a plant based diet will make you as awesome and musically talented as Bryan Adams, but we, and science, can certainly vouch for the benefits of a whole, plant based, vegan diet.