Alicia Silverstone reveals the moment she knew she had to go vegan: 'It's a no-brainer'

For Alicia Silverstone, veganism is far more than just another Hollywood trend: It's a lifestyle she's rooted herself and her son in by diving into the research and knowledge required to maintain such a particular way of living. 

"Switching to a plant-based diet rocked my world," Silverstone told AOL Lifestyle. 

"I credit this diet 100 percent with improving my life — I’ve ditched my asthma inhaler, stopped my weekly allergy shots, lost weight, energy boosted, and found my skin and hair to be more shiny, voluminous, and radiant than ever." 

"This diet takes concentration and a bit of an adjustment, but the payoff is totally worth it!"

It was a documentary Silverstone watched 20 years ago that truly acted as the watershed for her new life.

"At 21, I was spending a good chunk of my time volunteering for various animal welfare campaigns like anti-fur and anti-dissection to animal rescue," she explained. 

"I then watched the documentary 'The Witness.' I took a look at my dog Sampson and thought, 'if I’m not willing to eat you, how can I continue to eat these other creatures that have the same desire to live, are just as funny and have the same reaction to pain as my dog?'"

Silverstone's decision to go vegan began as a moral one, in support of animals — but the benefits, she argues, extend far beyond that.

"I went vegan for the animals, but the health transformation I experienced and continue to experience was extraordinary," the "Clueless" star maintained.

"I stopped using my asthma inhaler and my weekly allergy shots; I also lost weight and had a new glow radiating from my skin and hair. I felt incredible from having more energy and balanced out moods. In addition to reducing immense animal cruelty and revitalizing my health, this diet helps heal the earth.....It’s a choice that’s a no-brainer to me!"

The mom-of-one looked to in-depth documentaries to "further educate and inspire" her (she recommends "Cowspiracy," "The Game Changers," "What the Health," and "Forks Over Knives" for those considering veganism), and she also consulted the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on her new lifestyle. 

While Silverstone also referred to author John Robbin's popular book "The Food Revolution" (purchase it on Amazon for $14) and Dr. Neal Barnard's "Food for Life" ($32, Amazon) for guidance, she was inspired to write her own book after she received so many questions about the diet change. "The Kind Diet" ($12.49 on Amazon) was published in 2011.

"'The Kind Diet' is all about living your healthiest and happiest life, while being kind to the earth at the same time. This diet will give you tons of energy, mental clarity, gorgeous skin, and a zest for life you won’t want to miss!"

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Actress Alicia Silverstone attends the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Alicia Silverstone attends the after party for the opening night of 'The Performers' on Broadway at Espace on November 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actress Alicia Silverstone arrives at the Weinstein Company & Dimension Films' American Film Market cocktail party on November 7, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 17: Actress Alicia Silverstone arrives at the UK premiere of 'Stormbreaker' held at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square on July 17, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 16: Actress Alicia Silverstone attends the Hollywood Reporter's 35th annual Key Art Awards at the Kodak Theatre on June 16, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 4: Actress Alicia Silverstone arrives at Hollywood Life Magazine's Breakthrough of the Year Awards at the Music Box at the Fonda Theatre on December 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON D.C. - APRIL 16: Alicia Silverstone poses for photos before the Art of Compassion Gala sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) on April 16, 2005 in Washington, D.C.. PCRM promotes good nutrition and alternatives to animal research. (Photo by Stephen Boitano/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 24: Actress Alicia Silverstone arrives at the premiere of MGM's 'Beauty Shop' at the National Theater on March 24, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Alicia Silverstone attends The 18th Annual Genesis Awards on March 20, 2004 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Alicia Silverstone attends the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 25, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Alicia Silverstone attends the special screening of 'Die Another Day' on November 11, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The film opens in theaters nationwide on November 22, 2002. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 9: Actress Alicia Silverstone arrives at the third annual Directors Guild of America Awards June 9, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actress Alicia Silverstone, wearing a Vera Wang dress, arrives 25 March at the 68th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI/mn (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
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