Kings of Leon Bassist on Veganism: “Never felt better. Never felt more love for animals”
Earlier this month, Jared Followill, bassist of rock band Kings of Leon, announced it was his one-year anniversary of being vegan.
On July 15 the musician tweeted:
“Today marks 1 year on a strict, plant-based diet. Never felt better. Never felt more love for animals. Never felt better about my impact on the environment. Luckily, it’s never been easier to be on this diet.”
When asked what prompted his decision, Followill responded:
“It started for selfish reasons. My own health. Then the more I got into it, the more I learned about how awful the factory farming system is for the animals, and most importantly, the planet we’re all supposed to live on.”
He added that after just 10 days, a plant-based diet completely relieved him of “horrible stomach problems” he suffered throughout his entire life. When asked about his diet specifically, Followill tweeted his one-day diet diary:
“Today Breakfast: Vega One with almond milk and frozen blueberries. Avocado toast, with sea salt and nutritional yeast. Lunch: Most likely a salad from our garden(kale, sweet potato, etc) and seasoned tofu. Dinner: A restaurant with vegan menu.
@SundaNashville @AvoNashville etc.. I don’t crave meat too much. Maybe fish every once in a while. I def eat plant based “meat”. Impossible burger, etc etc.”
Organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Mercy For Animals and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine were quick to congratulate the bass player on the diet and the one-year mark.