Christine Taylor’s Latest Role: Healthy Mom

05/16/2012 at 03:00 PM ET
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Christine Taylor and her husband Ben Stiller have teamed up again for a new project: creating a healthier family. However, their daughter Ella, 10, and son Quinlin, 6, have proven to be a tough audience to win over.

“Ben and I make these green drinks in the morning and they look at us like it’s from another planet,” the actress, 40, tells PEOPLE Wednesday at the N.Y.C. launch party for the organic body care line Nourish, for which she is the spokesperson.

“I joke, ‘Just join the party! Don’t complain so much, just join us.'”

Taylor and Stiller have recently embraced a plant-based diet that still includes “the things that aren’t so good for you in moderation instead of the other way around.”

“It really has changed our energy level,” she notes. “Sometimes you don’t realize it until someone says it to you, like, ‘Your skin looks amazing.'”

Her only hiccup is that she wishes had gotten her family in on the veggie kick sooner.

“We have friends that are vegan and their kids came out vegan,” she explains. “I’m so jealous that they had the information and they started the kids early because now to go back, it’s a little harder.”

Instead, Taylor’s dealing with picky palates. “My daughter loves veggies but doesn’t love fruit. My son loves fruit and doesn’t love veggies.”

The same is true for the natural products she’s introduced the family to, like organic body wash from Nourish’s under-$10 line, which comes in five different scents that she’s had to strategically place around the house.

“My daughter vetoed the lavender mint but Ben likes the lavender mint. She loves the almond vanilla. I love the fig. My son is unscented because … he’s like, “That’s gross,” she laughs about the family-friendly product sold online and at Whole Food Markets nationwide.

Right now, Taylor accepts that making a healthy shift at home is an ongoing process and is confident Ella and Quinlin will one day get in on Mom and Dad’s green drinking ways.

“It’s that thing where your parents aren’t cool for a while and then suddenly they are. We just kind of plant the seeds.”

Christie LaRusso

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Melissa on

Love them!

KD on

I laugh at all the celebrities w/ their own diets…this is a new one for me “plant based diet” no wonder the kids roll their eyes at it, I would. I’m all for kids eating healthy but don’t think if you are an adult and a vegan your child should have to be at such a young age..let them decide down the road.

Missy on

How lucky for them and their kids to find out about the vegan diet. It will add 10 years to their lives and help stop nightmarish animal cruelty in slaughterhouses. The kids are especially lucky as they will have the advantage of starting out in life with the best health.

Marky on

I think it’s personal opinion which way parents go, but vegan isn’t for everyone, and I think it’s clear we don’t need to eat a giant steak every day, twice a day. However, I do think we need to realize there are good nutrients in beef, chicken and fish, and while I do NOT criticize vegans, I don’t want them criticizing those who choose an omnivorous diet. It’s called choice, and not all of us make that diet choice without educating ourselves about it.

I also investigate where my meat comes from, and I suggest reading Temple Grandin’s books to see that there are many slaughterhouses which are designed to be very humane, from start to finish, by Temple Grandin herself. She has a Ph.D in Animal Science, and teaches at Colorado State, and is considered to be the foremost authority on the subject. She herself eats meat. I am not trying to say being a meat-eater is the only way to go; I just think it’s important to realize we all have choices we should be able to make ourselves, and we re not too stupid to do it. Please understand, I’m not trying to offend anyone.

crystal on

that’s so awesome! hopefully someday eating meat will be labeled as bad as smoking is to your health. for real, not only is murdering innocent loving animals and raising animals just to be slaughtered -very inhumane- meat truly is bad for ones body. yay for them! we embrace a plant based diet in our home as well. the kids cheat a little every now and again with cheese, but for now that is okay, they will never die from eating poisoned animal flesh.

RM on

There isn’t anything in meat that you can’t get from plants. Plus meats take far more energy to digest than they give, they always negatively impact the body. Also, if you think “Humane” and “Slaughterhouse” can go hand in hand, you’ve got a lot of waking up to do.

Leslie on

While I understand being vegan for personal and ethical reasons, it’s careless to say it’s a diet for optimal health, especially for growing children.

No serious scientist would refute that humans evolved as omnivores, and that an omnivorous diet is the optimal diet for us to thrive. There are no ancient vegan civilizations, nor are there any modern ones.

Comprehensive compilations of hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies indicate that whenever it is ecologically possible, humans will almost always consume more animal food than plant food.

Native Americans, Eskimo, and virtually all indigenous peoples have eaten meat and relied on using skins and furs for clothing and shelter.

Veganism sprouted up out of a consumerist society with access to large varieties of foods and vitamins. It would have been quite difficult to live as a strict vegan before the late 20th or 21st century.

Modern Vegans can take supplements but there are certain minerals, fats and enzymes in meats that are not available in a plant based diet.

Being vegan should be a personal choice made when one is an adult. It can have marked health consequences to maintain the diet long term especially without proper nutritional knowledge.

Mimi on

I wish I had grown up vegan, but unfortunately I grew up on the standard American Diet, full of meat and dairy. I was an overweight child with terrible acne and digestive issues but now that I have been vegan for 13 years my body is functioning optimally and I look fantastic. It should be illegal to give a human child cow’s milk, it’s a carcinogenic toxic mess. The people who criticize a whole foods plant based diet make me yawn, you keep listing health risks and we just keep getting healthier, losing weight, reversing diseases and living longer. I love it!

Rebecca on

@Leslie:

As far as “choice” goes, we are indoctrinated as children either way. The fair thing would be to inform children of the truth, rather than never challenge their critical thinking and capacity for compassion.

Yes, the Inuit/Eskimo/Native Americans subsisted largely on meat. They also had terrible osteoporosis and other health problems associated with animal consumption as evidenced by studies done on their bones frozen from years ago.

It is not only possible, but optimal to eat a plant-based diet. Some good references are Forks Over Knives (an easy movie to watch with lots of information from leading nutrition researchers), the 80/10/10 Diet (by Dr. Douglas Graham). Humans run optimally on carbohydrates. Our brains run best on glucose aka carbs. Meat is mostly fat and protein. Even “low fat” meat and milk is actually deceptively high in fat, the bad fat. If you were to eat sufficient calories from whole plant foods, there is no way you would be deprived of protein. Such a condition just doesn’t exist.

Any diet can be bad for you without “proper nutritional knowledge” and it is ignorant to say that only vegans deal with this problem. Obesity is more rampant than ever, and vitamin B12 deficiency is present in about 30% of Americans. Only 1-2% of Americans choose a completely plant-based diet. So it’s not from lack of eating animals.

There are no “minerals, fats, or enzymes” missing from the plant-based diet that we need. Please do more research before spreading such misinformation.

Alyson on

Whatever it is, it’s a personal choice. It’s not that we should debate forever. We are living in a free society, so people should make their own choice based on their knowledge and conscience.

SMiaVS on

It says “plant-based,” not vegan. What did I miss?

rlg on

Leslie–FYI I have a degree in Anthropology and much of your info is incorrect. The majority of hunter/gatherers (which the Inuit are NOT) had diets that were 80% plant based. You are correct that some cultures had to have some (20%) animal products in their diet because of a lack of a variety of foods. As you point out we have access to a large variety of foods so it is completely unnecessary to eat ANY animal products. You are also wrong about no vegan cultures. Buddhist Asians, Jains, etc.

Also its important to separate meat and dairy. The FAR majority of humans are lactose intolerant with Asians being 90% lactose intolerant and Native Americans 99%. Eating dairy is unquestionably unnatural. Only pastoralist cultures which make up a tiny percentage of human cultures historically (and even less now) evolved to eat dairy products. These are like the Mongolians shepherds, Maasai and Bedouins in Saudi Arabia. And whatever the history, there is absolutely no reason for present day Americans to eat any animal products period.

Leslie on

RGL,

You might want to brush up on that Anthropology degree.

The Jains and buddhist asians are vegetarian, not Vegan. Vegetarians still consume some animal products, vegans do not.

Scientific evidence shows that Hunter-Gatherers consumed a majority of animal products (65-75%), with plant foods being around 25-35% of the diet and they did not consume grains. They were free of cardiovascular disease despite the fact that the majority of their foods were animal based. Google it if you don’t believe me.

Here is a research article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) that talks about this:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11965522

And Rebecca,

It’s completely false that the Inuit and Eskimo cultures had bone loss from eating a meat based diet. Osteoporosis is not caused by eating meat. Studies of Inuit bones have shown a remarkable degree of muscular and skeletal perfection rarely seen among other peoples. When they began eating modern refined foods, the Inuit suffered rapid development of tooth decay and general physical degeneration. For more information on this please read:

http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/2010/02/10/does-meat-really-leach-calcium-from-the-bones/

As much as vegans wish, human beings have not evolved away from needing meat. The vegan lifestyle piggy backs off of affluent, consumerist societies. I still stand by the fact that there are no, and have never been, any vegan cultures. Humans still have canine teeth and have not evolved into a new species.

While today’s modern diet is less healthy than it used to be this is due to processing, additives, gmos, overeating etc. Meat in and of itself is not the culprit.

If you chose to be vegan, that’s your personal ethical decision… But please do not spread misinformation that it is the healthiest diet or that eating meat is wrong. Especially for children.

And just a question, but what do vegans feed their dogs and cats? Corn and grains? I’m sure that goes over well.

Sandy on

what ever she’s doing- it’s working cuz she looks great!! me- I eat red meat only occasionally because I love a good steak now and then. I personally believe everything in moderation- that makes for a healthy lifestlye. I doubt most kids will give up pizza!

Sandy on

Just choose the right foods people! There is nothing wrong with drinking milk! Calling it toxic is just plain ignorant. Yes, people have allergies and problems with certain foods. Eat healthy whole foods and you will be in good shape. The problem lies with all the processed foods & chemicals/dyes which you find in abundance.

My biggest gripes are: what they slop out for kids to eat in school, all the soda/sugary fruit drinks-fast food and the amount of junk food/candy Walmart promotes and people end up buying! Look at all the unhealthy snacks/candy/drinks available in any check out line- in every grocery store -in America. We have become glutonous slobs.

Kris on

Everytime I see Christine Taylor, I see Marcia Brady!! She is a splitting image of her and was casted perfectly for the Brady Bunch movies. She is gorgeous though.

Mike on

When I read @Leslie’s arguments and his sources, I literally rolled on the floor laughing.

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