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Know Why Shilpa Shetty Kundra Turns Vegetarian

Pritam Kashyap
Pritam Kashyap

Actress and a fitness enthusiast Shilpa Shetty Kundra has revealed that she had turned vegetarian sharing a post on Instagram on July 6. The actress posted a video from a farm and said she as well as her family had adopted vegetarianism to give back to nature. She said it was a hard decision, which almost seemed impossible at one time, but eventually felt like a ‘calling’. The video showed her picking cauliflowers, bottle gourds and peas at an organic farm. She was accompanied by son Viaan and they are even seen tasting a few veggies. 

Sharing the video, Shilpa wrote: "Ahh! My ultimate dream, to grow my own, but for now... I have something to share. Since I've shared many milestones here, this is something... that's a very personal choice, a hard decision for me; seemed impossible at one time, but it felt like a ‘calling' of sorts. The shift happened gradually and NOW, I have accepted vegetarianism completely," she began her lengthy post. 

Primarily, because I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint in the environment. Over the years, I've realised that cultivating livestock for food, has not only destroyed forests but also been the largest sources of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous-oxide emissions. These are majorly responsible for the climate change our planet is experiencing." 

"Also, following a vegetarian diet is not only beneficial for animals, but also can actually protect us from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, can improve & also reverse cardiovascular health, and some major diseases. It's the best change for OUR health and the health of the PLANET. 

"So, to give back to nature as best as I can, here's a choice I've made for myself," added the actress. Shilpa also shared her journey of embracing vegetarianism as a way of life. 

"Given my roots (Mangalorean), our diet always comprised of certain elements, meals would often feel incomplete without fish/ chicken as they became habits, then becoming an addiction. But ever since I adopted Yoga as a way of life, I always felt incomplete. I needed to step up... 45 years into this journey of life, and I've finally made the switch," she explained. 

Looking back, Shilpa said: "In the past, being a hardcore non-vegetarian, even my YouTube channel has a lot of non-vegetarian recipes! I WON'T be deleting any of those, as they have been shot but going forward I WILL be focusing mainly on the vegetarian recipes. You all are and have been my extended family & my well-wishers for so many years, hence keeping you posted, about this important step. Every CHOICE has a CONSEQUENCE, make sure you make the right one." 

The actress also shared a video of her moments from the farm, and tasting vegetables. Shilpa Shetty Kundra Indian actress and a former model that has made her screen debut in the thriller Baazigar (1993) which garnered her two filmfare awards nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actress. 

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