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At The Intersection of Diet Trends And Plant-Based Living

Posted on April 22, 2019

What’s in a name? The question made famous by Shakespeare in reference to star-crossed lovers remains relevant today in the often confusing world of diet trends and their competing ideas. The question is, with so many possibilities to consider, what’s right for someone trying to eat more plant-based?

The good news is you don’t have to make the decision alone. One of our top priorities at Daiya is making plant-based eating delicious and accessible, which is why we offer such a broad range of foods to choose from. You can find options for many different dietary approaches.

• Keto—high on fats and low on carbohydrates, a keto diet approves of veggies as long as they’re not introducing carbs. The goal is to make the body burn fat.

One of our Deluxe Cheeze Sticks with a handful of high-fat nuts (Brazil or macadamia) would be an easy on-the-go Keto snack, as would Chive & Onion or Garden Vegetable Cream Cheeze on celery or a low-carb cracker.

• Pegan—this approach combines ideas from the paleo diet—high protein, low sugar—with vegan principles of eliminating animal-sourced ingredients.

Try combining our Plain Yogurt Alternative with avocados and other fruit for a delicious Pegan smoothie.

• Intermittent Fasting—this plan is all about time, intervals of hours or even days when you eat or intentionally don’t eat.

If you’re following this approach, you could enjoy our Plain Yogurt Alternative with berries, oats or seeds. Or you could sprinkle some of our Cheddar Style Cutting Board Shreds on broccoli florets and bake them in the oven.

Clearly, the diets are very different, and each have passionate advocates. But is the diet that worked for a cousin or a coworker right for you? First, talk to your doctor. Whether you want to trim off a few pounds or make big changes, a medical professional should be able to point you in safe directions and alert you to pitfalls or potential dangers, based on your current state of health. Perhaps professor Michael Pollan summed it up the best more than a decade ago when he wrote, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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