Vegans all over are in a tizzy about Alicia Silverstone’s confession to US Magazine that she cheats on her vegan diet. While I obviously support the vegan lifestyle and understand it takes a strong commitment to adhere to, I think everyone needs to cut the girl some slack. In the article she expresses that the key to a healthy lifestyle is flexibility and rationality. If she slips up and has a piece of cheese (like she admits to doing) than it will be healthier for her to accept it and move on than obsess over it. No one is perfect – I still drool over the occasional leather handbag – and accepting people for their humanity is important. Plus, at least the girl is comfortable enough with herself to admit she may occasionally fall off the vegan-train, which means you probably won’t find her hiding out in her house scarfing a block of sharp cheddar. She is, and has been, a great supporter of the vegan community. Her book, The Kind Diet, has helped many vegan newbies– myself included – dip their toes into the vegan pond, and her recipes are delish. You go, Alicia.
Zoe Eisenberg is an author, editor and filmmaker living on the big island of Hawaii. For more from Zoe, find her on Instagram @zoahu, Twitter @Sexytofublog, or check out her book, The Lusty Vegan, available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.