Wood Harrelson health: Actor, 60, credits ‘raw’ vegan diet with high energy levels

Starring in the 2019 drama and war film Midway, which airs on Channel 4 tonight (Saturday January 22), the actor has been following a vegan diet for 30 years. Recognized as one of PETA’s 20 Famous Vegetarians in 2011, followed by PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2012, the star has also convinced a number of Hollywood stars to embrace the lifestyle as well. In fact, more than just a vegan, Harrelson has admitted to eating “mostly raw” in the past, crediting the diet with its health benefits.

Speaking to InStyle, the star went into more detail about why he decided to go on the “raw” diet. He said: “I eat vegan, but I mostly eat raw.

“If I eat a cooked meal, I feel my energy drop. So when I started changing my diet, it wasn’t so much a moral or ethical pursuit, but an energetic pursuit.

Tanya Maher, holistic health coach, chef and owner of a London-based raw food restaurant, told the BBC: “Raw food isn’t just about eating more salad – although that can never do. of badness.

“In this context, it means eating uncooked food. Raw food is anything that has not been refined, canned or chemically processed and has not been heated above 48°C.”

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Maher went on to explain the multiple health benefits of a raw diet, including increased energy and focus, the same point as Harrelson.

“Plus, my acne has cleared up and I have stronger hair and nails. You don’t have to eat 100% raw either.

“Include uncooked vegetables and greens in your meals and opt for whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.”

During Harrelson’s interview, InStyle took the time to comment on the ageless appearance of the 60-year-old [then 56] Star.


They reported: “Before our interview, he walks out of the house, puts his head in the pool, then heads straight for a vegan meal: salad, avocado, tahini, hummus, seed crackers, all of which should help with the [then] 56 years old looking about 45.”

When asked what he thinks has kept him in such good shape, Harrelson responded by saying “diet is crucial,” another nod to his veganism.

Throughout her activism work, Harrelson has influenced stars like Liam Hemsworth, Thandie Newton and Stranger Things star Sadie Sink to all try veganism.

After working with Harrelson on the 2018 hit Solo: A Star Wars Story, Newton admitted she was one of his vegan “converts,” adding in an interview, “Yes. Literally. The last four months, it’s been four months.

“It didn’t do anything to my brain, I’m fine. Thank you very much. He did not do anything.

With more and more people eating vegan meals, the lifestyle choice is generally considered to be higher in fiber and lower in cholesterol, protein, calcium and salt compared to an omnivorous diet.

But there are still concerns about the complete removal of meat, fish, eggs and dairy from our diets. A BBC Future report explained that a common concern is whether the vegan diet provides enough vitamin B12, which adults should consume 1.5 micrograms per day.

“B12 deficiency can lead to neurological symptoms such as numbness, and it is irreversible if the deficiency is present for too long,” Janet Cade, from the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the School of Food Sciences, told the BBC. and nutrition.

A study published in 2013 aimed to provide physicians with the latest nutritional updates on plant-based diets. They followed a case study of a 63-year-old man who had a history of high blood pressure and complained to his GP of fatigue, nausea and muscle cramps.

As a result, the case study was prescribed a low-sodium, plant-based diet that excluded all animal products and refined sugars and limited bread, rice, potatoes, and one-serve-a-day tortillas. He was also told to start exercising for 15 minutes twice a day. After a period of 16 weeks, Case Studies’ health improved significantly, including her blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

With these results in mind and a detailed analysis of all the benefits and concerns of a vegan diet, the article concluded that the main benefits for patients who decide to start a plant-based diet are the possibility of reducing the number of medications they take to treat a variety of chronic conditions, including: lower body weight, reduced risk of cancer, and reduced risk of death from ischemic heart disease. However, the document points out that this particular lifestyle requires planning, label reading and discipline.

PETA UK also emphasizes the benefits of a vegan diet, specifically narrowing it down to seven “fantastic” benefits the diet can have for your health, some of which have already been mentioned above. They are the following:

  1. Rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E
  2. Helps reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases
  3. Can boost your mood
  4. Helps achieve ideal body weight
  5. May help prevent type 2 diabetes
  6. Benefits your skin
  7. Reduce arthritis pain.