Natalie Portman eats eggs! And cookies made with butter! The actress, who announced her vegan philosophy on Huffington Post, and announced her current pregnancy by Benjamin Millepied even louder, is dipping into dairy now that she’s eating for two. Portman told the Q100 Bert Show that she’s let her strict vegan diet slip: “I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff,” citing nutrition and cravings as her main motivation to put eggs and dairy back on the menu. “I know there are people who do stay vegan but I think you have to just be careful, watch your iron levels and your B12 levels and supplement those if there are things you might be low in in your diet,” she said. “If you’re not eating eggs, then you can’t have cookies or cake from regular bakeries, which can become a problem when that’s all you want to eat.”
Nobody likes to attack a (young, gorgeous) pregnant lady (who won an Oscar, poor thing), but here goes: Portman’s been one of the most outspoken celebrities to support veganism and animal rights, and while it might be difficult, many nutritionists agree that you can get through pregnancy on a vegan diet. I totally sympathize with the cake cravings (I don’t need a baby to know what it’s like to pass a bakery and want to cry), but I’m pretty sure that Ms. Portman could find herself a kick-ass vegan cupcake or two. After all, she did endorse vegan bakery BabyCakes in a quote for their first cookbook: “At BabyCakes NYC I can eat what I crave without harming my lovely animal friends–or myself,” she said. “Ever since that first fateful day, I’ve been waiting for this cookbook”). I’m all for people eating however they want to eat — I prefer to avoid gluten, but I don’t think I’m a hypocrite every time I eat a sandwich when I’m hung over — but if you’re going to tell other people what they should and shouldn’t eat, then you put yourself on the hook for maintaining your own lofty principles.
Portman’s slip into the dangerous land of dairy isn’t really that big of a deal — give the woman a gallon of milk, for all I care — but if I were PETA, I’d be pissed.
via E! Online