VOTE: Ian Somerhalder Goes OFF — Do YOU Agree There’s A War On Healthy Food?

Ian Somerhalder is fired up… and it’s not just because of all those leafy greens he’s been eating!

The Vampire Diaries alum took to Instagram on Tuesday to stress the importance of healthy eating after an apparent encounter at the grocery store that came about when, he says, another customer noticed him having a “strange” looking basket full of veggies.

The bizarre shopping experience, in which he claims other grocer-goers contended that the actor’s healthy basket was “a strange sight,” got the 40-year-old thinking of how the public regularly complains about “healthcare costs” yet “poisons itself daily with bad food choices.”

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What followed was an Insta-lecture about the war on health food, and an easy solution to how we could solve it. He wrote:

“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. How does that sound? Logical right? I don’t mean to sound like a dick- 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.”

This crisis clearly wasn’t sitting well with him. He continued:

“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…”

Looks like he’s got a basket full of red pills, too! 

He’s not wrong, though…

The (grass-fed) meat and (organic) potatoes of his message — “If you want to look well, feel well and BE well- just eat well” — is very true. Ian also insisted that his mom raised him on “no money” and “mostly as a single parent,” yet they were still able to eat well and get an appropriate amount of exercise.

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Still, the V-Wars star is still glossing over some major issues; like how food insecure families don’t have much access to healthy food and how grocery stores in low income neighborhoods generally get lower value/quality produce. (Have you ever had a bag of carrots that taste like wine, Ian? It’s not great.)

His healthy heart is in the right place — but if he wants to expose the war on healthy food, it would serve him (and us) best to dig up ALL the roots of the problem.

Where do U stand on the issue? Do U think it’s super easy for everyone to buy healthy groceries? Vote (below) and read Ian’s full post!

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I hope I don’t come off as an ass… A woman just stopped me in the grocery store and told me that she had never seen a basket like mine.I told her that I have never NOT seen this type of basket in my grocery-shopping behavior.A few others chimed in saying that it was a very strange sight! WTF?A strange sight?I’m in a grocery store.It’s food.It got me thinking and really fired up…I hear in the news constantly, in legislative bodies debating and the public complaining out right bitching about healthcare costs, drug companies and doctors and what rising costs do to our society, our lives and our economy. I know our system isn’t great.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. How does that sound? Logical right? I don’t mean to sound like a dick- 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… It’s pretty simple:If you want to look well, feel well and BE well- just eat well. Obviously excersise as well, as much as you can.Everything else will start to fall into place.My mom raised me on no money&mostly as a single parent yet, she still ate well&exercised and it shaped my life.We make excuses why we can’t find the time to take care of ourselves and we end up past the point of no return… Why is that?How is it that we can’t see that:Happy and healthy people make a happy and healthy world.It’s hard to see that through a fog of prescription drugs, energy drinks&strong sleep aids. It’s hard I know, but its time to change. You wouldn’t put the wrong gas in your car, so why would you put wrong food in your body? We MUST take responsibility for what we put into our bodies starting now. We can do it.Ok.I’ll stop.Thnks

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Dec 20, 2018 2:06pm PDT