20 Unexpected Wellness Heroes Of 2015

mbg Senior Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Senior Sustainability Editor
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."
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It should come as no surprise that we at mbg love it when wellness news makes headlines. Combine that with an appreciation for celebrities who use their fame as a platform for positive change and you have our list of 2015's unsung wellness warriors. These 20 celebs inspired us with their honest messages about mental and physical well-being this year, and we salute them for starting productive dialogues about health.

1. Carli Lloyd

Nobody could have guessed that Carli Lloyd would clench that hat trick in this year's World Cup Championship and lead the U.S. women's soccer team to victory. Except maybe Lloyd herself. She credited the historic win to the power of visualization, saying that she'd envisioned playing and scoring in the final during practices. She then underlined the importance of mental strength in saying, "If your mental state isn’t good enough, you can’t bring yourself to bigger and better things."


2. Mark Zuckerberg

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg turned to Facebook (no surprise there) to share the news that he planned to take a two-month paternity leave after the birth of his daughter. "Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families," he said. Men are far less likely than women to take parental leave, often siting perceived social stigmas as deterrants, so let's hope the social media mogul's words encourage dads everywhere to take some much-needed time off.

3. Chrissy Teigen

We were thrilled when news broke that Teigen and her husband John Legend are expecting their first child after they had opened up about fertility problems. And we were even more thrilled when Teigen got real about her pregnancy bod and embraced her new curves with this Instagram post:


4. Tom Colicchio

The celebrity chef is proving that he's concerned about more than just a food's flavor — he cares about its labelling too. He was this year's outspoken pioneer for GMO transparency.

5. Carrie Fisher

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away... people didn't associate a woman's beauty with her body type. Unfortunately, we now live in a world of sample sizes and body shamers, and Carrie Fisher is sick of it. After losing 35 pounds for her role in the latest Star Wars movie, she spoke out against society's obsession with physical appearance in saying, "We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane." She recently asked moviegoers to, "Stop debating about whether or not I aged well" on Twitter.


6. Russell Simmons

The business mogul explored the pros of a plant-based diet with his new book, The Happy Vegan. A vegan for nearly 20 years, Simmons' words highlighted the physical and mental benefits of his lifestyle.

7. Cate Blanchett

Blanchett had a sexual encounter with another woman during a scene in her latest movie, "Carol." In response, fans started asking all sorts of nosy questions about the actress' sexuality, to which she replied, "It really is of no relevance what my sexual persuasion is." Preach.


8. The Kardashians

Because what would an end-of-year roundup be without at least one nod to pop culture's most infamous fam? Between Caitlyn's moving gender transition and Kim's brutal honesty about her second pregnancy, they certainly got the wellness world talking this year.

9. J.K. Rowling

In what was perhaps the most awesome display of feminine solidarity of the year, J.K. Rowling slammed a body shamer who claimed that Serena Willaims was "built like a man." Ugh, Muggles can be so silly.


10. Tom Brady

Even the most vehement of Patriot-haters can probably get on board with Brady's comments about the dangers of sugar. He totally bashed the processed junk foods that fill supermarket aisles during a recent radio interview, and described how his low-sugar, veggie-heavy diet has helped his performance on and off the field.

11. Tyler, The Creator

The rapper professed his love for coconut oil and other natural beauty products, telling an interviewer "Unless you can eat it, it can’t be good for you." Ever the coconut oil enthusiasts ourselves, we couldn't agree more.

12. Alyssa Milano

Milano had the perfect response to Internet trolls who criticized her for posting photos of herself breastfeeding: "You know, I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human. It's crazy." Slow clap.

13. Liam Hemsworth

While his brother Chris was busy losing a tremendous amount of weight for a movie role, Chris took a more evenhanded approach to dieting this year. The "Hunger Games" star recently told Men's Health that 2015 was the year he decided to go vegan after learning more about the meat industry's mistreatment of animals.

14. Pippa Middleton

Middleton spent 2015 enrolled in a nutrition course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which apparently inspired her to craft a menu of organic, plant-based baby food for her royal niece. And now, word on the street is that the she may be teaming up with older sister Kate to start anstart an entire line of healthier baby food.

15. Zach Miko

Back in October, Miko graced Target's "Big and Tall" section as the brand's first plus-sized male model. It's encouraging to see a company that's supposed to appeal to the everyday man featuring pictures of, you know, everyday men. "I think as a man, you don't want to ever admit you have body image issues because it's not considered masculine or macho, but everyone struggles with it," Miko told People.

16. John Oliver

Leave it to the king of news satire to put everything we wanted to say into (hilarious) words this year. His well-researched commentary on the food waste problem, the unjust discrimination against the LGBT community and the disgusting lack of paid maternity leave in America had us cheering.

17. The Dalai Lama

In anticipation of this year's Paris Climate Summit, the spiritual leader spoke of the threat climate change presents to human life. He implored the "generation of the 21st century" to play an active role in protecting our one planet during a video message.

18. Ben & Jerry

A few months ago, the dynamic ice cream duo announced plans to release non-dairy varieties of their signature flavors, made with almond milk. Kudos for them for helping those of us with special dietary needs get our Cherry Garcia fix.

19. Lena Dunham

Dunham devoted a November installment of her popular Lenny Letter newsletter to endometriosis — a painful but often misunderstood disease that affects 176 million women worldwide. In it, she describes her own painful journey living with the disease, and shares the stories and insights of doctors, writers and fellow celebrities.

20. Moms on the Internet

Ok, so we know they're not technically celebrities, but it's only fitting to give the final hat tip to all the women who took it upon themselves to share their honest, relatable experiences with motherhood on social media this year. Whether it's with Facebook photos embracing post-baby bellies or celebrating stretch marks, they're proving that motherhood is — and always will be — undeniably beautiful.

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