Alicia Silverstone hasn't been shy about sharing some of the, uh, unconventional ways she approaches parenting her 7-year-old son, Bear. The internet (and yours truly) collectively freaked out when she told Stephen Colbert Bear's attempt to French kiss her was "sweet" (don't worry — she kept her mouth closed). Then there's her controversial anti-vaxxing views… oh, and the matter of pre-chewing Bear's food before feeding him and sharing a video with the world.
But we can rest assured about one thing — according to Silverstone, Bear has never gotten sick or needed to take medicine. And she says the family's vegan diet is to thank for Bear's seven year's of near-perfect health.
"He’s never had to take medicine in his life," Silverstone told Page Six on Thursday at Good Housekeeping’s #RaiseTheGreenBar sustainability summit. "He can get sniffles and a runny nose but he’s not down, he still goes to school. Two times in his life has he been like 'Mommy I don’t feel good,' and it was only for a few hours and he was back running around."
Wow. Raise your hand if you're jealous Silverstone has never spent the night awake with a sick child.
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On the road to Hana. The feeling I have being with Bear on our adventure is so giddy…divine…so free and I feel so lucky to have carved out this time for us to just be. And being his mom, caring for him, is so sweet and lovely. Sand, rain, all of it. Beach walks at night, paddle boarding on the Hanalei River. The drive from Hanalei to Ke’e Beach-it has a wild and moody feeling. Anini Beach is so calm and nice to swim in with good vibes from the people hanging there. We stopped at the St. Regis for a quick look-the view there is so epic and beautiful…we met some lovely friends and decided to return the next night for some hot tub in the rain action ..chasing kids and hopping back and forth between tub and pools. The oceanside path that runs along the Coconut Coast. So pretty. All with my little man Bear. When he is tired at bedtime he is so insanely cute and has so many stories, thoughts and ideas. I want to savor these nights. I'm a naughty mommy for staying up late cozy in bed chatting and storying with him.
Feeding a young child a vegan diet has been a source of controversy, but Silverstone insists Bear is all about that vegan life. "[Bear] loves the food I give him," she told People in 2014. "He’s not being deprived of anything. For him, having amazing fruit is like candy!"
As the old adage goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." And it seems like Bear is a happy, healthy kid — and that's something to smile about even if we not-so-secretly suspect it has nothing to do with veganism.