Alanis Morissette is ‘About 80% Vegan’
by Amanda Just August 20, 2013
Gracing the cover of the July/August edition of Energy Times is rock legend, Alanis Morissette. In her interview with the healthy lifestyle publication, she shares her feelings and beliefs on a variety of topics, from yoga and body image to her love of cooking and her vegan-ish ways.
Morissette believes in the healing power of food, saying she lives and eats with the idea of food as medicine. Her 3 1/2-year-old son, Ever, is vegan, but she herself is “about 80% vegan,” adding, “my vegan friends hate when I say that.” What makes up that remaining 20%? Seafood. “I eat a lot of fish. I’m obsessed with oysters,” she says. “I say that with a little bit of shame because I can hear my vegan friends “tssk tssking” right now.”
Morissette was also greatly influenced by the plant-based diet research tome, “The China Study”, and books by renowned nutritarian, Joel Fuhrman, such as his well-known book, “Eat to Live”. As someone who had struggled with disordered eating in her past, Morissette likes the plant-based diet in that it focuses more on nutrients than calories. “Joel Fuhrman is really explicit on every nutrient and phytochemical found within the foods we eat, so I started viewing food as this sacred fuel that has to be delicious because sensuality is paramount to me… if the perception is that having a plant-based diet is somehow not delicious, we might benefit from throwing that on its head a little bit so we can get a little more creative in the kitchen and actually have veganism or a plant-based diet be identified more with deliciousness and sensuality.”
And creative in the kitchen she is. Morissette explains in the interview that she loves to cook, especially ethnic dishes (“My greatest culinary joy is when I turn to my family or friends and say, “What country?””) and lots and lots of soups (“I’m obsessed with soups… In soups, you can bury some [healthy ingredients] that may not be the No. 1 choice.”
To read more about Morissette’s views on nutrition, healing, attachment parenting, and her upcoming book, checking out the rest of the Energy Times’ interview.