Ian Somerhalder food-shamed over healthy grocery choices

Ian Somerhalder has been food-shamed for stocking up on green vegetables at a grocery store.The Vampire Diaries actor often talks about his diet and exercise regime, and has long advocated for the benefits of abiding by a balanced eating plan. However,…

Ian Somerhalder has been food-shamed for stocking up on green vegetables at a grocery store.

The Vampire Diaries actor often talks about his diet and exercise regime, and has long advocated for the benefits of abiding by a balanced eating plan.

However, Ian has now taken to Instagram to share how stunned he was when a random woman recently stopped him in a store to point out that she had “never” seen a basket so well stocked with fruit and vegetables.

“A woman just stopped me in the grocery store and told me that she had never seen a basket like mine,” he captioned a photo of his shopping cart, which appeared to be filled with lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, kale, and garlic. “I told her that I have never NOT seen this type of basket in my grocery-shopping behaviour. A few others chimed in saying that it was a very strange sight! WTF (what the f**k)? A strange sight? I’m in a grocery store. It’s food. It got me thinking and really fired up.”

In his rant, Ian explained that he hoped that he didn’t come across as “preachy”. However, the star, who welcomed a daughter named Bodhi with his actress wife Nikki Reed last year (17), wanted to make the point that people need to take responsibility for what they are eating and emphasised that it isn’t impossible to swap processed goods for fresh foods.

“I don’t mean to sound like a d**k – or preachy but this is nuts: how is it, that grown professional people in a major American city have never seen a grocery basket full of normal & healthy foods that just all happen to be green or not processed. We’re so far down the rabbit hole of packaged and “convenient” foods that our society is paying the price & so is our future. No one in our government is helping us be healthier through education. Why would they? Sick people are GREAT for business,” the 40-year-old commented.

To conclude his post, Ian noted that with a good diet and enough exercise, “everything else will start to fall into place”.

“You wouldn’t put the wrong gas in your car, so why would you put (the) wrong food in your body? We MUST take responsibility for what we put into our bodies starting now. We can do it,” he added.

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