Though his Hunger Games character might not have had much of choice in terms of diet (looking at you, District 12), actor Liam Hemsworth has recently gotten very strict with what he puts in his body. In fact, in the October issue of Men's Health, Hemsworth said he'd recently adopted a vegan diet.
When asked why he'd decided to give up meat and other animal byproducts, Hemsworth said:
My own health, and after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do. About six months ago I went and saw a nutritionist to do a blood-diet analysis. He basically told me, based on my blood type and all the other different little tests they do, that red meat was good for me, and I should eat a lot more red meat and various other foods. So I started doing that, and the more red meat I ate, the worse I felt. At the same time, I have a lot of friends who are vegan. [Hunger Games co-star] Woody Harrelson was actually one of the original reasons I became vegan, because he’s been vegan for, I don’t know, 30 years or something. So, with the facts I was gathering, and then just how I was physically feeling, I felt like I had to do something different, so I adopted this vegan-diet lifestyle. It’s been almost five months now.
The actor went on to credit his energy and build to veganism, even saying his brother, actor Chris Hemsworth (known for playing norse superhero Thor), has started eating more vegetables as a result of Liam's lifestyle.
"I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically," he said. "I love it. I feel like it also has a kind of domino effect on the rest of my life."
His one weakness? Cheese pizza (though the last time he indulged was a few months ago, when he was new to a vegan diet). We can't blame you though, Liam. But if the craving ever strikes again, may we suggest some delicious cashew cheese?
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