Natalie Portman has been winning over audiences since as early as 1994 when she debuted her acting career at just 13 years old. Since then, she’s starred in films and television series, and has won multiple prestigious awards like an Academy Award and two Golden Globes. She has done all of this while being a mother to two children, a wife, and a successful business person.
Her success has had many of her fans wondering about her secrets to both looking and feeling so amazing after keeping such a busy schedule at 41 years old. And while we always have to take into account the fact that celebrities have more access to expensive health food and wellness practices than the average person, it’s safe to say that Portman’s practice of following a vegan diet has contributed to the star’s health over the years.
In 2017, Portman gave Harper’s Bazaar a look into her daily life. Right off the bat, readers can see that Portman values her health and time management.
“On days when I’m not working, I wake up at 7,” says Portman. “The first thing I do is change the baby’s diaper. My husband usually makes breakfast for our son, and I’ll go down and join them. I wouldn’t say I’m a morning person. If I didn’t have kids or didn’t have to go to work, I’d probably sleep till noon! But I do work and I do have kids, so I’m up and alert.”
The busy celeb then notes that she almost always eats a fairly clean diet. “I’m vegan, so I generally have a very clean diet; I usually have oatmeal or avocado toast in the morning.”
Portman also values getting the proper vitamins and nutrients in her diet, and she acknowledges that being vegan means she may miss out on some important ones in her daily eating choices. “I get B12 shots once a month because it’s the one thing you don’t get from a vegan diet,” Portman tells Bazaar.
Portman isn’t the only one in her family who eats vegan. While her husband, Benjamin Millepied, chooses to not follow a plant-based diet, their two children do.
Portman tells US Weekly, “It comes really naturally because I think, you know, you tend to make one thing that everyone eats for dinner,” says Portman. “We tend to eat vegan and vegetarian food in the house. It becomes like the normal stuff that kids get used to.”
For more information on celebrities who follow a vegan diet, check out 7 Celebs That Are Surprisingly Still Vegan.