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5 Reasons Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Is The Vegan Hero We Didn’t Know We Needed

by Laura Barns

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So writing the above sentence was a personal career highlight, and wasn’t quite how I expected my week to wind down. But hey, the world didn’t expect Austrian-born, American bodybuilder, actor and politician to be the new poster guy for veganism. And we are HERE for it. For a plant-based menu that Arnie would be proud of, check out our shop here.

If Netflix documentary The Game Changers well and truly changed the eating game for you, you’ll be familiar with The Terminator’s lifestyle. If not, buckle up. Things are about to get wild as we share five reasons why Arnie is the ultimate vegan hero the world needs right now.

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1. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 99% vegan

And is the star of my 100% favourite Christmas film, Jingle All The Way. The 72-year-old action legend has been living on a meat and dairy-free diet for the past three years, only making very few exceptions regarding his food intake and usually when filming. Arnie's new vegan menu is a far cry from his competitive bodybuilding days when he consumed a diet consisting mostly of tuna, meat, eggs and chicken to build muscle mass.

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2. He encouraged the world to follow the rules and stay at home during lockdown with the help of his donkey, Lulu and miniature pony, Whisky

No, honestly. During lockdowns, Arnold Schwarzenegger was staying home with his animals to avoid coronavirus ​​and eating vegan food and suggested that others do the same. Schwarzenegger references the importance of listening to advice from health officials in a video published on his Instagram, “especially when you are 72-years-old!”  In the video, he feeds the animals carrots at the dinner table and adds: “I just had my little bit of vegan food.” “See that is what we do. We don’t go out, we don’t go to the restaurants, we don’t do anything like that,” explained Schwarzenegger. “We just eat with Whisky and Lulu have a good time and be entertained and we have a good time eating here together!” Sounds pretty good to us.

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Next time you want to eat like Arnie, Lulu and Whiskey, why don’t you reach for our Teriyaki Udon. It's a spicy, sticky teriyaki sauce coating soft udon noodles, with sesame mushrooms, mixed fresh veg, a sprinkling of toasted cashews and crunchy carrots (just for Lulu.)

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3. He has even shared online workouts during lockdown with Lulu 

Again, not joking. Arnie shared the short workout video on his Twitter. In the clip, he completes a number of workout exercises while his animal companion, Lulu the donkey, observes and joins in. If that is not the most wholesome thing you’ve ever seen, we need to talk. 

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4. Arnie told the world his hero is teen climate change activist, Greta Thunberg 

Arnie lent Greta Thunberg his electric car to travel to Montreal for a climate change rally, in one of the most bizarre but brilliant occurrences of 2019.  And it’s not the first time the two legends have crossed paths. Schwarzenegger’s environmental organisation held a climate summit in Vienna last May. Thunberg was joined by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in opening the R20 Austrian World Summit. Schwarzenegger was “starstruck” to have met her, according to an Instagram post by Schwarzenegger himself. At the summit, the former California Governor “praised Thunberg as a dreamer who had created a grassroots youth movement to hold those in power accountable for their pledges to roll back climate change”.

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5. He is working to change the vegan game 

Perhaps most importantly (donkey workout videos aside), Arnie produced and featured in The Game Changers, where he shared his new-found love of eating plant-based food over meat. 

“As I got older and I started reading up on it, I recognized the fact that you really don’t have to get your protein from meat — or from animals,” he shared. “So we started going more in the direction of a vegetarian kind of diet. Now we’re doing it the right way, with spices, and all of a sudden, I love it much more than the meat.” 

Did The Game Changers terminate your relationship with meat? (Sorry, couldn’t resist). If so, we’d love to know, as well as hearing about other vegan heroes you admire!


By Laura Barns
Laura Barns

Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way. 

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