Lizzo has been feeling ‘good as hell’ since going vegan in 2020 and is inspiring others to do the same by donating her hit song to a new video campaign by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The soundtrack to Lizzo’s 2016 single “Good as Hell,” the video features a group of vegan celebrities who share inspirations about plant-based eating.
The video opens with Soprano actress Edie Falco asking, “Are you ready to feel good as hell?” while panning over NBA icon and longtime vegan John Salley spinning a cabbage on his finger like a basketball. “When I was in the NBA, it gave me all the energy I needed,” Salley said, holding a head of purple cauliflower. “And going vegan lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack,” Falco continues as other vegan celebrities appear on screen promoting the health benefits of going vegan.
The video also features appearances by clueless star Alicia Silverstone and her son Bear Jarecki, Joker star Joaquin Phoenix, Too hot to handle star Francesca Farago, comedian Nikki Glaser (with her beloved rescued pup Luigi) and Friday actress and chef Angela Means, as well as nurses, teachers and other vegan changemakers.
“I’ve been a vegan for years and I don’t miss meat at all,” says Farago. Although Lizzo doesn’t make a personal appearance in the video, it ends with Glaser exclaiming “hit it, Lizzo”, prompting his recognizable “feel good as hell” lyrics to flash back.
Health Benefits of Going Vegan
While Lizzo’s song is a fun way to celebrate the right decision to go vegan, PETA’s new campaign video tackles the actual scientific research that backs up claims that going vegan can make you feel good as hell.
A growing number of studies have found a link between a diet high in fruits and vegetables and a lower risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. most recent study on the subject was published earlier this month in a scientific journal JAMA Oncology which compared two diets known for their weight loss benefits, keto versus plant-based, and examined how each fared in cancer prevention and post-treatment health outcomes.
“There are many biological processes in the body that are impacted by diet and overall energy balance. Many of these processes are involved in cancer growth, such as obesity and inflammation, hormones , insulin, microbiome, etc,” study co-author Neil Iyengar, MD, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Cancer Center in New York City, said in a report. “We are looking at many of these processes in our review.The bottom line for people looking to reduce their risk of cancer is that the current evidence supports a plant-based diet rather than a keto diet.
Lizzo’s Vegan Journey
After exploring a vegetarian diet for some time, Lizzo officially went vegan in the summer of 2020. Fans have followed her journey through recipe videos that the Grammy-winning music artist shares on her social media platforms, especially TikTok. Over the past two years, Lizzo has exposed her millions of followers to her vegan versions of McDonald’s McChicken sandwiches; “ice cream bun,” a successful baking experiment using Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice cream; and Takis Topped with Vegan Cheese (his remedy for Hot Cheetos cravings).
When she’s not cooking vegan food herself, Lizzo helps fans find the best plant-based dishes in her hometown of Los Angeles and beyond. At her June 19, 2020 celebration, Lizzo highlighted the black-owned businesses that helped her create an over-the-top home feast, including Plate of Hue, Lettuce Feast, Munchies Diner and The Fat Vegan.
Celebrities on sandwiches
In a recent serendipitous moment, Lizzo sampled (and loved) a plantain sandwich made by Puerto Rican spot Black Rican Vegan in New York City. Shortly after, Lizzo discovered that artist Jeff McCarthy already had a painting of her sitting on a vegan plantain sandwich as part of his Celebrity on Sandwiches collection, as if he predicted Lizzo’s love of plantain sandwiches.
And between sharing vegan recipes, meals and, of course, continuing her hugely successful music career, Lizzo always finds time to stop the haters with smart clapbacks on TikTok and send body positivity messages through various companies, including its new shapewear line Yitty.
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