Alicia Silverstone is best known for two things: Clueless, and being a hippy vegan momma who let her baby eat chewed up food out of her mouth like a bird (a move Crystal Methyd paid homage to in last week’s Rupaul’s Drag Race finale).
Well, her baby, son Bear Blu, is 9 years old now, and Alicia’s still all about that healthy lifestyle. Over the years she’s told us about Bear’s pooping patterns, how he never gets sick because he’s vegan, and alluded to some anti-vaxxer-lite bullshit. Now, Alicia says she doesn’t need to discipline Bear because his “vegan diet” makes him super well behaved and calm.
“I can tell you that from the get-go, I think of him as a brown rice baby because I ate brown rice when he was conceived, when he was in my belly and when he was on my boob, and now he eats brown rice,” the Clueless star, 43, told Us Weekly exclusively earlier this month via the virtual #BlogHer20 Healthy at Home event. “The centering, grounding energy of that nourishment in his organs has left him such a calm boy.”
She went on to say that Bear has:
…“more energy than anything,” his “centeredness” prevails, which she credits to his plant-based diet. “I don’t have to yell or scream or discipline. None of that is necessary,” she explained. “All I have to do is say, ‘Oh, Bear, no thank you,’ and he goes, ‘OK, mom.’ He’s got it.”
The California native added: “We just can talk like that because he’s not feeling crazy. When [kids] feel bad, when they eat unhealthy food and they don’t feel good, then they don’t act good. Same as us.”
Alicia says veganism didn’t just Stepford her kid, it also fixed everything wrong with her:
“At one point in my life, I had an asthma inhaler, I had allergy shots twice a week, I had cystic acne, I was chubbier, I had my moods,” she recalled. “And since changing my diet, all of that went out the window. I ditched my asthma inhaler, I never needed allergy shots again.”
Listen, based on Alicia’s Instagram, Bear does indeed seem like a sweet little boy. And a healthy lifestyle (or so I’ve been told) obviously has positive effects on mental and physical health. But let me counter with this: I was a vegetarian from the ages of 12 to 16, and my behavior was horrid. And not in a badass pierced bellybutton Thirteen kinda way. More like “the pizza delivery guy forgot the GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE, and it’s YOUR FAULT, MOM!!!”, followed by melodramatic weeping while watching Buffy DVDs in the basement. Then again, I didn’t exactly do vegetarianism right. I just replaced all protein with cheese. It was not a great time for low rise jeans to be in style.
Bear may be “centered” for now, but wait a couple years for those teenage hormones to kick in. Or when he decides it’s time to Google himself, and discovers mommy is telling the whole world about his poop and how he tried to French kiss her after watching Clueless. Sigh. I hope Alicia’s been depositing 10% of her paychecks into a “Bear’s Future Therapy” fund. Because all the beans and quinoa in the world can’t fix that kind of public embarrassment.