Actor Ian Somerhalder poses at the 4th Annual Beyond Hunger: “A Place at the Table” Gala at the Montage Hotel. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
“Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder said he was shamed in a grocery store for having a basket full of healthy food, according to his Instagram post on Wednesday.
“A woman just stopped me in the grocery store and told me that she had never seen a basket like mine,” he said.
His Instagram picture shows a basket filled with vegetables.
He said others also chimed in, saying his choice in groceries were a “strange sight.” The actor said the situation got him “fired up” but also got him thinking about the current state of the health care system.
“I know our system isn’t great,” he said. “Yet, the public poisons itself daily with bad food choices. Food is medicine and medicine is food. It’s a fact. If we want to see our healthcare system changed, be a healthier society- and it will.”
He asked how it’s possible for American adults in a major city to be surprised by a grocery basket full of healthy, green and unprocessed foods. He claims the government hasn’t helped because “sick people are GREAT for business.”
“It’s pretty simple:If you want to look well, feel well and BE well- just eat well,” he said.
Although Somerhalder’s character had a — ahem — different diet in Vampire Diaries, in real life, he said his mother raised him on healthy food and exercise. He suggested others eat well and exercise too.
“We MUST take responsibility for what we put into our bodies starting now,” he said. “We can do it.”
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2018/12/20/ian-somerhalder-says-he-shamed-healthy-eating/2376222002/