Shilpa Shetty Kundra, one of the fittest actors in Bollywood, took to Instagram for a personal announcement. The diva - who has time and again wowed us with her cooking skills, binge outings and fitness tips on the social media platform, -revealed that she has turned vegetarian. In a video she posted on Monday, the 45 year-old actress can be seen plucking fresh cabbage and snap beans from a farm with son, Viaan. In her long caption, she explained how the process of turning vegetarian has been gradual but now she has "accepted vegetarianism completely". She wrote that it was "a hard decision" and "seemed impossible at one time, but it felt like a ’calling’ of sorts". Later in the post, she also spoke about how growing up in a Mangalorean family and fish meat have been her diet staples for the longest time, so the shift has been a tad overwhelming for the actor but going forward she cannot wait to share more of her vegetarian recipes with fans.
Speaking about the reasons for the switch, Shilpa Shetty wrote about her conscientiousness towards the environment. She spoke about wanting to reduce her carbon footprint, and how cultivating livestock for food may have increased sources of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous-oxide emissions, further responsible for climate change.
Further she spoke about the purported health benefits of turning vegetarian, it "can actually protect us from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, can improve & also reverse cardiovascular health, and some major diseases. It’s the best change for OUR health and the health of the PLANET," she wrote.
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Ahh! My ultimate dream, to grow my own, but for now... I have something to share. Since I’ve shared many milestones here, this is something... that’s a very personal choice, a hard decision for me; seemed impossible at one time, but it felt like a ‘calling’ of sorts. The shift happened gradually and NOW, I have accepted vegetarianism completely. Primarily, because I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint in the environment. Over the years, I’ve realised that cultivating livestock for food, has not only destroyed forests but also been the largest sources of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous-oxide emissions. These are majorly responsible for the climate change our planet is experiencing. Also, following a vegetarian diet is not only beneficial for animals, but also can actually protect us from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, can improve & also reverse cardiovascular health, and some major diseases. It’s the best change for OUR health and the health of the PLANET. So, to give back to nature as best as I can, here’s a choice I’ve made for myself. Given my roots (Mangalorean), our diet always comprised of certain elements, meals would often feel incomplete without fish/ chicken as they became habits, then becoming an addiction. But ever since I adopted Yoga as a way of life, I always felt incomplete. I needed to step up... 45 years into this journey of life, and I’ve finally made the switch. In the past, being a hardcore non-vegetarian, even my YouTube channel has a lot of non-vegetarian recipes! I WON’T be deleting any of those, as they have been shot but going forward I WILL be focusing mainly on the vegetarian recipes. You all are and have been my extended family & my well-wishers for so many years, hence keeping you posted, about this important step. Every CHOICE has a CONSEQUENCE, make sure you make the right one 🙏 With Gratitude, Shilpa Shetty Kundra ❤️🙏🏻🧿 . . . . #SwasthRahoMastRaho #vegetarian #gratitude #health #planet #change #choice #eatclean #mondaymotivation