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Alicia Silverstone is Vegan and Pregnant

After five and half years of marriage to Christopher Jarecki, and over 13 years together, 34 year old Alicia Silverstone is excited to announce that she is expecting her first child, according to People magazine. While she has said previously that she has wanted to be a mother for as long as she can remember, Alicia has not announced if she will maintain her mostly vegan diet throughout her pregnancy. Alicia published The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet in 2009 to aid others in adopting a vegan diet. Her lack of announcement seems to suggest that little has changed for her nutritionally.

Maintaining a vegan diet throughout pregnancy is pretty controversial with very strong opinions on both sides of the fence. While a woman is supporting a growing fetus and her body is changing with pregnancy, she has greater nutritional needs that not all believe can be met with a vegan diet. While Jillian Michaels is right that only 200-300 extra calories per day may be needed to grow a healthy baby, the nutritional needs packed into those calories are very high.


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Alicia Silverstone Isn’t a Perfect Vegan

The Kind Diet book coverAlthough Alicia Silverstone is a huge proponent of vegan eating, she admits that she sometimes lets herself eat something that contains animal products. Dairy is her weakness, reports FitPerez. “If I was at a party and there was a tray of cheese sitting there and I had had drinks, then I might have a bite,” said Silverstone.

Although she’s author of a cookbook of her favorite vegan recipes, The Kind Diet, the actress doesn’t feel too guilty about these little indulgences in her otherwise strict vegan diet. “It’s human. It’s a really good reminder that sometimes you need to have what you remember is this good thing,” Alicia says. “Because then you have it, and you’re like, ‘Actually that wasn’t better than the recipes in my book.”


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Dairy Alternatives to Rachael Ray’s Famous Vodka Cream Sauce

Pasta with cream sauceFor those of you who are a fan of Oprah, I certainly was intrigued by a recipe featured by famous chef Rachael Ray, termed “You won’t be single for long” vodka cream sauce. Not only because of the famous chef association but the title of the dish as well. With Valentine’s Day tomorrow I wanted to bring this recipe to the attention of all our readers. Whether you are single or attached this recipe is for you and I provide my own spin on it to allow eaters of dairy and non-dairy to indulge.

Of course my first thought as a person that has a food allergy to cow’s mik was, “cream, that’s not something I’m going to be able to try.” Most times when I see “cream sauce” on menus I go running for the hills. But I am also not the type to give up that easily, so I ventured to Oprah.com to review the recipe details, which can be found here: You won’t be single for long vodka cream sauce.

Listed within the ingredients: ½ cup of heavy cream and 1 tablespoon butter. I immediately went to my fridge and started looking through all the staples I keep on hand for myself so I don’t have to feel deprived that I can’t always enjoy the same goodies that others can. One of my favorite alternatives for butter is a product called Earth Balance buttery spread; I saw Alicia Silverstone using it as well during a segment talking about her diet – the Kind Diet. It has the same consistency as butter with a very mild taste; I use it for all my cooking needs.
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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Up Sugar

ellen degeneresFrom Gwyneth Paltrow’s liquid fast detox to Oprah’s 21-day cleanse, when celebrities go public about their eating adventures, we listen.

Just this past week, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she was giving up sugar for the rest of her 2010 viewing season.

“Sugar is an artificial high,” commented DeGeneres.


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Tune In: Michael Pollan on The Oprah Show

Image via Oprah.com

Image via Oprah.com

Tune in this Wednesday, January 27, 2010 to The Oprah Show when food activist and writer, Michael Pollan, gives you the truth about where your food actually comes from.

From cereals to lunch meat and from bagged lettuce to a carton of eggs, before you grocery shop you have a listen to what food guru Pollan has to say about the foods that we normally don’t give a second thought to when we toss them into our grocery cart.

If you’re at all concerned about eating healthier and safer for you, your family and the planet, this is a tune-in you don’t want to miss.
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