Zooey Deschanel Gave Up Vegan Diet Because of Food Allergies

by Alice on July 20, 2010

Zooey Deschanel stopped being a vegetarian when she realized she has allergies to the most important foods allowed in her diet. The actress discovered she is allergic to soy, wheat and eggs and this left her with few alternatives if she were to continue with a vegan diet.

“ My older sister [Emily Deschanel] has been a very, very committed vegan since high school. I wish I could be like that, but I’m not. I have a lot of food sensitivities—I can’t eat wheat or soy—and it was very difficult to eat and get enough calories. It was even impossible to eat at a vegan restaurant.”

That’s why Zooey decided to start eating meat again. Although her attempt to eat only vegetarian food failed, Zooey is committed to follow a healthy diet, even though this time meat and dairy are on the menu.

“I gave it a good try, but sometimes you just need a little something, a little meat,” says Zooey.

When it comes to her workout routine,  Zooey likes to be active at all times because it makes her feel better.

“It’s just about being active. When I was a kid, I went through a period where I just liked to sit in a closet reading all the time. And then in seventh grade I joined a swim team, and it really was so great for me. It just made me feel so much better. It changed my personality.

She works out six days a week, and she either goes running, biking, hiking, or just takes a long walk.

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There are a lot of alternatives to meat even with her food allergies.  Grains such as quinoa are usually well tolerated.  The vegan staples  of  nuts, beans, fruits and veggies are the basis for a healthy, meat free diet.


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Truth About Abs Revi July 21, 2010 at 7:51 am

I was just starting my vegan diet but stopped it when I have doubts with soy. I'm not allergic to it whatever. But I read an article about 'the Dangers of Soy' in Men's Health a few years ago.

It's a case study that got something to do with man boobs, estrogen and extreme high temperature in the processing. After that I did an extensive research on the Net & at the library. I decided that I don't wanna take the risk.

To me the real enemy in eating meat is the growth formula and depressed feeling of the animals being locked up in a crowded cage. Non-meats can be harmful, too, when we add pesticide & fructose corn syrup.

I think the best way is to go as natural as possible. Plus, if your religion allows or forbids meats, do follow it, since our subconscious belief will effect the body.


rk July 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

I just wanted to say that it's totally possible to be vegan and not eat much soy or wheat. I have been vegan for several years now and eat very little of either. There are plenty of other beans you can eat besides soy, like have black beans or chickpeas over your salads. You can also have hempseed or pumpkin seeds if you don't like beans as much. There are also plenty of gluten-free breads and pastas available (usually made with brown rice) if you don't want to eat wheat. So it makes me sad to see people who stop being vegan for these reasons, as they aren't good reasons at all. It really has to do with one's personal committment to non harming animals, as you can definitely be vegan without eating allergic foods. You just have to plan your diet well. And perhaps see if you can go to a nutritionist (who is knowlegeable of vegan diets) for help in creating a healthy menu plan.


Gemma July 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I just wanted to say that if you have problems with soy, you very often can't have chickpeas. Also all the wheat free breads I've come across contain egg. So I know it's very difficult to eat anything if you are a soy and wheat intolerant vegan. I am. They put gluten in so many things, there are nearly no cereals that I can eat. Anything I find that doesn't contain gluten, usually contains soya. I can never eat out. Plus I have oral allergy syndrome which means I can't eat fruit or any raw vegetables. I'm still vegan but it's a struggle.


HealthGirl May 1, 2012 at 2:16 am

Actually, I agree with RK. I eat mostly vegan, and I also eat very few processed foods, which makes it easy to avoid soy, wheat and eggs. As RK said, I eat an assortment of beans, I have gone weeks without grains (easy to do actually, and they aren't necessary for good health (ask Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.), and eggs aren't necessary at all–unless you're someone who has a hard time assimilating plant proteins. There are a few people who do quite well on a mostly vegan diet with a few eggs added in each week.

Myself, I would never be "100%" even though I could be. I still believe that science has not analyzed "everything" about diet. For example, many vegans are deplete in B12–I wonder what else might be lacking in an all vegan diet. I believe adding in a "small" amount of animal products is a wise choice.


Becci August 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Zooey is being a little ridiculous here. I've been vegan for 6 years, and I'm allergic to wheat, soy, and nuts. Sometimes it's a little tough, but I'm finding more and more foods I can eat on a regular basis. I don't eat out very often, because, yes, that is a bit of a pain–I prepare my own food most of the time. Most importantly, I'm also in fantastic health, at least according to my doctor and a recent check-up we had at work.

Try a little harder, Zooey–it isn't the animals' fault that you have food allergies.


Gwen February 22, 2011 at 3:24 am

I think it's "ridiculous" of you, Becci, to act holier than thou and presume that you are entitled to tell someone else how to live their life simply because you have food allergies too. I have a laundry list of allergies, and food wise I'm allergic to peanuts, wheat, almonds, and corn. That's an incredibly limited diet. And even food items that are supposedly "safe" can be cross contaminated because they're grown in the same fields (like wheat and oats, there's tons of cross contamination because they're grown in fields together and then harvested using the same equipment and often times are processed in the same facilities). Everyone is entitled to live the happiest/healthiest life they can, and if she wasn't happy being vegan then get over it. Just because you don't want to eat meat for health/ethical reasons doesn't mean someone else shares your views. I eat meat but that doesn't mean I agree with factory farms, so I eat organic meat. Maybe Zooey does the same. In any case, really this is none of our business.


charlotte July 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

factory farms has nothing to do with food being organic, retard.


Shannon August 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

That's a very offensive word – I don't believe this kind of debate warrants that kind of ignorance.


rgher March 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Vegans don't eat eggs.


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