Pregnancy Cravings 1, Vegans 0: A Knocked-Up Natalie Portman Indulges


natalie+portman+pregnant+engaged+to+black+swan+choreographer_3840_800313440_0_0_7063919_3001As most pregnant women know, there are cravings that inevitably go hand and hand with being with child. For me they’ve been everything I can’t have, like sushi, Caesar salad and undercooked meat (which is probably still not a good idea even when I’m not pregnant, but still).

For Oscar winner Natalie Portman, it’s everything she was previously not allowed to have on her vegan diet. Which is why she has given up being a vegan.

During an interview on a radio show earlier this morning, Natalie confessed she broke out and cracked the eggs when she became pregnant.

“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,” she said, according to Us magazine. “I actually wanted eggs at the beginning and then they grossed me out after awhile.”

Portman adopted a vegan lifestyle in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, but says she doesn’t regret her decision to slide backwards. She’s now following a vegetarian diet during her pregnancy.

It’s hard for me to imagine being vegan at any time, especially during pregnancy, and mostly for the same reasons that Natalie has given it up — chocolate cake is just too inviting for me to say no. I also watched an Oprah episode a few months ago when she and her entire staff went vegan for a week and while I thought the idea was lovely (or something), it seemed to me like it was more work (and money) than I had time (and money) for. I’m sure once you get into it, the process of cooking and shopping is less involved. But I’m pretty happy to be able to eat a brownie or scrambled egg — pregnant or not.

Did being pregnant make you want to eat things you had previously vowed not to?

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