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Taking on the Trends With Tay: The Plant-Based Diet

Before I begin with the topic at hand, I would just like to introduce this new series, “Taking on the Trends with Tay.” I have never really been someone who follows trends, so I figured it would be fun to try out or discuss some of the things that have gotten a lot of attention lately. I will discuss what the trend is, the pros and cons of the trend, and my take on whether to follow it or not.

The first trend I will be discussing is a plant-based, vegan diet. The idea of not consuming any animal products has gone around lately, and about a year ago, I decided to give it a try.

What is it?

A plant-based diet is one that is centered around, well, plants, or food that does not come from an animal in any way, shape or form. This means that people who follow a plant-based diet (also called a vegan diet) cannot consume meat, dairy, eggs or honey. This kind of diet has gained a lot of momentum lately, especially with vegan and vegetarian restaurants popping up everywhere.

The pros and cons

Pros: You are helping save the environment and save the lives of animals by not supporting the animal agriculture industry. I know it may not seem like you are making a big difference, but the more people that adopt a plant-based diet, the less animal products that will be demanded. This will decrease the amount of animals that are bred, and the harmful gases that are released into the atmosphere, as well as the amount of animals that are harmed or killed for food. Also, many studies have shown the health benefits of a plant-based diet (lower blood pressure, decrease your risk of heart disease, etc.), which can promote a longer, healthier life.

Cons: It can definitely be difficult to give up meat, dairy and eggs, especially if you have grown up eating these foods. It requires a diet adjustment period, during which you pretty much have to retrain your tastebuds to not crave animal products. Also, eating out at restaurants can be a bit of a hassle, and you will have to learn how to navigate a menu to find the vegan options (hint: look at the sides—most of the time they will have a few options that are vegan).

The Verdict: Is it worth it?

This trend is 100 percent worth the buzz. For me, switching to a plant-based diet has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have never felt more clear-headed and healthy as I do now. On top of that, I feel like I’m making a difference in the world by not supporting the animal agriculture industry. The hardest part was definitely the process of transitioning to veganism, but once you take the leap, it’s hard to imagine going back. At the same time, a vegan diet isn’t for everyone. Either way, I think it is worth a good shot because you never know if it will be the change in your life that you didn’t even know you needed.

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