Mayim Bialik is planning a huge feast for Thanksgiving, but turkey will certainly not be on the menu. When she first made the switch to veganism, The Big Bang Theory actress placed a photo of a turkey on her Thanksgiving table as a subtle, but strong reminder of the cruelty most factory farm birds endure. “Turkeys are incredibly intelligent animals, ” she said, “and I know they are not cute and cuddly like other animals. I like to root for them.”
Now, many years later, Bialik is still vegan and going strong. In fact, she is the author of a soon to be released vegan cookbook called Mayim’s Vegan Table: 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours. The book includes vegan spins on some of Bialik’s traditional family recipes and she’s planning to use several of them for this year’s holiday dinner.
Looking back, she feels that she was destined to live a vegan lifestyle. “Since I was a very young child, I knew animals had personalities and feelings,” she recalls. “My love for animals feels complete now that I am vegan, and it feels really right for every reason: health, ethical, and environmental.” Today, she is raising her children on a plant-based diet and they are healthy and thriving.
This season, Bialik is also a proud sponsor of the Farm Sanctuary’s Team Gobble. Farm Sanctuary, an organization founded to care for rescued factory farm animals, is currently spearheading a fundraiser which allows participants to choose a specific animal “team” to support. The actress serves as one of the organization’s ambassadors.
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