Kimberly Elise: Educate Yourself, Don't Pressure Yourself

Actor Kimberly Elise—from films such as John Q, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and For Colored Girls as well as the VH1 show Hit the Floor—was vegetarian for 10 years before choosing to—in her words—"go full vegan" 5 years ago. After she learned more about the abuse of animals and exactly how meat and dairy products are brought to the table, Kimberly made the decision to remove all animal products from her diet and hasn't looked back. She has discovered many perks that go along with her decision, including how much better food tastes and the wonderful, vibrant flavors of foods that come straight from the earth.

Watch Kimberly's exclusive chat with PETA about being a vegan—and her advice on how to make the transition yourself.

It's never too early (or late) to make the kind, smart choice to eat a plant-based diet, giving your health a boost and sparing animals unnecessary suffering. And it's never been easier to give up meat, eggs, and dairy products—there are countless options in grocery stores and restaurants across the country. PETA also has hundreds of free, delicious vegan recipes to try!

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