Best of 2009: 5 Celebrities Who Embodied MindBodyGreen

As we approach 2010, we thought a fitting tribute to the past year would be in the form of a MindBodyGreen celebrity slideshow. (Who doesn't love a good celebrity slideshow?) We're big fans of celebrities who exemplify better, healthier, greener living, and in 2009 there were many who did just that.

Whether it's the way they lived their lives or a specific cause or practice they promoted, here are just five of the many celebrities (listed in no particular order) who we think embodied MindBodyGreen in 2009.

Happy Holidays! We'll be back on December 28th to start working off all of that holiday cheer...

Gisele Bündchen

In addition to being a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, Gisele is also a big fan of coconut water – one of our favorite healthy drinks. Here she is pictured rocking food from OneLuckyDuck – the raw and organic food shop of MBG friend, Sarma Melngailis.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar
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Alicia Silverstone

The former "Clueless" star definitely made a comeback in 2009 with her book, The Kind Diet. Alicia Silverstone did a great job of articulating the health and environmental benefits of adopting a more plant-based diet and backs it up with facts, recipes, and some of her favorite products.

Dan Barber

Executive chef and co-owner of Blue Hill restaurants in NYC and Bedford Hills, Barber became a household name overnight as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama went to Blue Hill for their much-publicized NYC date night.

Barber has been at the forefront of the organic, sustainable, and local food movement, and in our opinion, he deserves all the media attention he gets.

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Jennifer Aniston

Using your star power to help friends and promote healthy living is always a great use of celebrity. So when Jennifer Aniston promoted her friend and yoga instructor Mandy Ingber's new yoga DVD, Yogalosophy, she scored some MBG organic brownie points.

Photo Credit: Babble

David Lynch

When most people think of David Lynch, they think of surreal and bizarrely creative films and programs such as Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks. How does David Lynch come up with his material? Meditation -- more specifically, Transcendental Meditation.

I first discovered that Lynch had practiced meditation for more than 35 years when I picked up his book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity just a few years ago. But in 2009, Lynch put meditation on the map with his launch of the David Lynch Foundation, "dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to learn how to meditate."

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