While there are a number of celebrity vegetarians and famous vegans who follow a vegan diet, Ellen DeGeneres has joined their ranks with a new site called Going Vegan with Ellen that will serve as an introduction to the vegan lifestyle and offer tips on how to adopt a plant-based diet.
According to the Mother Nature Network, Ellen DeGeneres will celebrate her love for the vegan lifestyle on an offshoot of her official Ellen.com site.
DeGeneres, 53, became a vegan in late 2008, along with her wife, actress Portia de Rossi. The site features recipes, tips for beginning a vegan diet and a list of famous vegans, along with book and film resources for people considering a vegan diet.
While some vegans are celebrating DeGeneres’ commitment to the vegan lifestyle, Mother Nature News reported that other fans are skeptical of her relationship with Cover Girl, one of the largest U.S. brands to conduct animal testing on its products.
One commenter on VegNews.com said, “Glad to see she is using her fame to support a ‘cruelty free’ life style, although [her partnership with Cover Girl] is rather contradictory of the ‘vegan’ lifestyle.”
Other vegetarian and vegan dieters believe that a vegan lifestyle is different for everybody.
“It’s a gradual process and completely embodying the vegan lifestyle is incredibly difficult,” said Rachel Wind, a vegetarian who eats a primarily vegan diet. “Starting with one aspect of your life, such as your diet, is a good way to begin.”
Wind said that when considering the impact that a vegan diet has on the environment, every little bit helps.
“I have no problem with Ellen starting a blog about vegan eating and lifestyle while representing Cover Girl,” Wind said. “Every little attempt at minimizing animal cruelty and environmental waste is a success. Plus, Ellen is a celebrity who is bringing attention to the power of dietary choices.”
Degeneres cites three primary reasons to “go vegan” on her website, including animal treatment, the environment and personal health.
According to the American Dietetic Association (or ADA), vegan and vegetarian diets are associated with lower cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower risk of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, lower body fat, and lower overall cancer rates.