While many vegans, perhaps even the majority, choose not to consume any animal products for moral reasons, there are other things that can push people into making the lifestyle change. While they may end up buying similar products and trying out similar recipes, people find their way to veganism through a variety of different avenues.
Ellen Pompeo, best known for her starring role on the long-running TV show Grey's Anatomy, recently revealed that she and her family have all made the big change.
After a visit to the doctor and a conversation about an upcoming book, her entire outlook changed. Speaking to PEOPLE at the launch party for the book Breasts: The Owner's Manual in Hollywood, Pompeo said:
"I just went for my yearly appointment a couple of weeks ago and (Dr Kristi Funk) told me about her book. Since then my whole family has gone completely vegan.
"(Dr. Funk) told me she turned her three kids completely vegan and I came home from my appointment with her where she basically gave me (the information) … and I said, ‘That’s it, we’re all vegan'."
Dr Kristi Funk is the founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills and is known for treating celebrities such as Sheryl Crow and Angelina Jolie. In her book, she recommends a vegan diet as a means to help prevent breast cancer, citing various studies to back up her claims.
Her husband, Chris Ivery, and children Stella, 8, Sienna, 3, and Eli, 1, are adjusting well, according to the actress. However, they do crave some of their old favorites. Stella said she is "missing bacon" after she "tried fake bacon today," adding that "It's okay" - but on the whole, the process has been an easy one according to her mother:
"It’s super fun. I don’t think it’s tricky at all — it’s actually easier because meat you have to cook it before it goes bad. Grains and lentils and rice and beans, everything’s in the pantry already. You just have to get vegetables, but vegetables stay good for a week — and I think we all feel better.”
In addition to the health benefits she is chasing, Pompeo has other reasons for making the change, namely - the environment. "I think we’re at a critical point for our planet and in the United States this health issue is out of control, the obesity, the diabetes everything," she explained.
"Sickness is a huge business, I know that really, really well. The message of veganism is not one that they want to get out but not only will it help us, it helps the planet."
Pompeo has gone through more changes than this as of late. With 14 seasons of Grey's Anatomy under her belt, she was in the position to negotiate a pay rise. She now makes an incredible $575,000 for each episode, making her the highest-earning actress on a TV drama. Think of all the rice and beans she can buy with that.