When It Pays to be Vegan
She isn't the most shining example of rule adherence, but Lindsay Lohan could see a pretty sweet payday for showing some real self-discipline.
As E! reports, Lindsay is struggling to pay her $50,000 bill at the Betty Ford Center, where she's in rehab for cocaine abuse. In response, Michelle Cho, the head of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), offered LiLo $20,000 to adopt a vegan diet.
In addition to not eating meat, fish or poultry (like vegetarians), vegans don't eat or use other animal products and by-products (like eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics and some soaps), according to the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG).
Cho told Lindsay, "A crucial part of any recovery is showing charity to others. One way to do this is to be kind to animals, the Earth, and your own body. You'll never regret it."
So how "kind" are you really being to your body when you go vegan? On the plus side, vegans have lower risk of cardiovascular disease and often consume fewer calories (thus having lower body weights... Lea Michele this year seems like case in point).
But, like any diet, veganism also has its drawbacks. According to the Mayo Clinic, cutting out meat and dairy products means eliminating sources of protein from your diet. Of special concern are the nutrients calcium, iodine, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, vitamin D and zinc. You should consult your doctor and carefully monitor any vegan diet.
But you gotta think maybe bribery isn't the best basis for going vegan. The VRG says that people choose to be vegan for health, environmental and/or ethical reasons, which to us all seem to involve identification with a deeper purpose or moral commitment.
So we wish Lindsay luck, if she goes for the deal... but we won't be surprised to see photos of her stumbling home at 5:00 AM with a leather clutch and eyeliner tested on animals smeared around her eyes.