Actress Jenna Dewan Tatum on Why She Became a Vegan

Dancer and actress Jenna Dewan Tatum, who currently plays Lucy Lane on Supergirl and is the wife of actor Channing Tatum, has revealed the reasons why she adopted a vegan lifestyle in a recent interview with LA Times

Tatum considers veganism to be a "huge-one-for-three action" and believes that "there aren't many things in life that let you affect the world so profoundly with just one decision." When asked why she initially adopted a vegan diet, the actress responded:

"I was a latchkey kid and when I was 10 or 11 I saw a [TV] program on slaughterhouses. I just remember being blown away, utterly traumatized. And I declared the next day that I was never eating meat again. And I didn't - it started then. And as I got older, I learned more, and as I understood about the sufferings of factory-farmed animals it just tears into you. I've had my moments and try not to be so hard on myself, that perfectionism thing; I don't need to be perfect at it. But I do the very best I can."

Tatum stated that her daughter is a vegetarian and that her husband Channing tried to become a vegan, but it did not work out for him. While she notes that not everyone is the same, she encourages veganism "not just for our health, but for the environment and also for the ethical and moral reasons."

When asked about what she eats for dinner, Tatum's Lebanese side came through with her stating:

"Lots of tahini, tabbouleh, lots of salads, a lot of hummus - I think my daughter must eat her weight in hummus - lots of avocado. We love Mediterranean and Mexican food. And we're a big fresh-vegetable family. I choose whole, real foods. And when I cheat, it's chips and salsa - I generally don't want to cheat with animals. I want to cheat with French fries."

To read the full interview, visit this link

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Lena Tachdjian is a certified nutritionist and a writer, who splits her time between Canada and Armenia. She writes about nutrition, health, food, recipes, culture, travel, animal rights, and more. You can follow her on her nutrition and travel blog

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