Somerhalder’s co-star Nina Dobrev gave it a good try as well, as the starlet (who plays both Elena and Katherine on the show) went vegetarian for a few months.
Sadly, those few months were as long as Dobrev’s vegetarian effort would go. She recently told Seventeen Fitness that she has given up the vegetarian diet after having problems with energy levels…and being too skinny.
“I tried being a vegetarian for four months,” Dobrev said in the interview, “and after a while, I started feeling weak, like I needed more protein, more energy. Then I read a review an episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ online, and in it the writer mentioned that I was looking too thin. I was like, ‘Okay, maybe they’re right.’ It made me think: I need a burger — a beef burger, not a soy burger.”
I’ll say this in support of Dobrev: it’s great that she recognized that she was underweight and needed more nutrition. That doesn’t happen too often in Hollywood, and it’s important that someone speaking for a magazine like Seventeen Fitness is spreading a message to young girls that being too thin can be unhealthy.
However, we hear people who quit the vegetarian diet say things like “I needed more protein, more energy” a lot, and chances are good that it’s because they were doing it wrong. There are plenty of good sources of vegetarian protein (especially if you’re only veggie and not vegan) that many new vegetarians avoid because they’re not used to eating them. Some new veggies only think of soy, and might not know that you can get 12-15 grams of protein just from a cup of beans.
Dobrev doesn’t have anything against vegetarianism, of course: “I have so much respect for vegetarians and I’m so glad I tried it,” she said. We’re glad too, Nina…but don’t give up yet! Being vegetarian is a challenge, but you can do it and still be healthy and full of energy (even more so than on a meat-filled diet)!
I’ll say this: if Nina goes back to being a vegetarian, then I (a 26-year-old male) will sit down every week and watch “The Vampire Diaries” without fail. Challenge issued, Dobrev!