Ian Somerhalder’s Impassioned Message After Being “Food-Shamed”

Catherine Michelle

December 19, 2018

Ian Somerhalder feels he was shamed for his dietary choices – and he’s not happy about it.


The 40-year-old former Vampire Diaries hottie was innocently shopping at a grocery store, stocking up on his leafy greens and other healthy choices, when he suddenly found himself the center of attention for his “strange” grocery basket.


According to Ian, who Is known to be very passionate and outspoken about his advocacies and beliefs, his fellow shoppers were stunned at the sight of his healthy haul. They all commented on his unconventional buys – so much so that Ian got “really fired up”.


The actor took to Instagram to share a photo of all his healthy goods. Accompanying it is a lengthy message where he expressed his frustrations at what took place, in an effort to inspire others to eat healthier.


Read Ian’s message in full right here:

“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 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…


It’s pretty simple: If you want to look well, feel well and BE well- just eat well. Obviously exercise 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.”


One thing’s pretty clear: Ian feels very strongly about advocating for healthier eating – and for that we say, kudos!