The star of The Big Bang Theory is vegan! After reading Eating Animals by Jonhathan Safran Foer, it was, as Mayim Bialik puts it, the "nail in the coffin" that made her move towards an animal-free diet.
Formerly the star of Blossom, Mayim now has a PhD in neuroscience and is the proud mother of two young boys - both also vegan. She tried to make the shift as naturally as possible by incorporating mostly foods that everyone already eats without meat or dairy, or if dairy is needed, that there is a palatable substitute for it. She names salads, pasta marinara, mediterranean and asian food as suggestions for those who wish to make the change without it being too difficult.
She has most recently been seen in PETA magazine sporting a 50s young mother look with an apron and throwing out a steak. The ad, a pun with her post-graduate degree, says "It's a no-brainer - go vegan!". However, she has been active in the green and vegan community for quite some time prior to that. Mayim is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network and volunteers for several other organisations. She chose to become associated with PETA because she believes that it sets the industry standards for veganism.
Being vegan wasn't a thought that she cherished as a child although the guilt of eating animals gnawed at her from a young age. She just believed that there wasn't a choice; made to follow society's eating standards, she tagged along until adulthood. That's when she discovered vegetarianism and, a short while later, veganism.
The change was beneficial in more than one way. Strangely enough, she now has less sinus infections and uses antibiotics less often. Her allergies have also reduced greatly and she finally understood, when she cut out dairy from her diet, that she had an intolerance to lactose, which her doctor blamed on seasonal allergies.
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