Jay-Z and Beyonce: How Celebrities Can Influence Our Eating Habits
Published: Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 14:12
I am not one to follow celebrity trends. In fact, I usually despise them and often try to set my own. However, it has come to my attention recently that vegan and plant-based diets are something that Jay Z and Beyoncé have created quite the stir-up over.
While eating healthy, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and exercising often are crucial and obvious rules to live a wholesome and beneficial life, it has increasingly been noted that eliminating meats and other processed foods can improve and establish a simple lifestyle.
Jay Z and Beyoncé have openly committed for 22 days they will be on a strict vegan diet. Certainly a bold statement, especially before the holidays, a time notorious for heavy eating.
However, this specific announcement spurs some type of energy in me that is different than your average reaction to celebrity gossip. A new, nourishing, health-kick style of living is quickly making its way into our magazines, television shows and celebrity blogs.
Although what seems like petty gossip, this story is a bit more relatable and realistic, seeing that anyone can change their diet and establish a healthier lifestyle. Jay Z clarifies on his blog that this is not intended for anything other than a “spiritual and physical cleanse.” However, with the 22 days coming to an end right at Christmas, who knows what the future and potential outcome could be.
Although musical celebrities have had a bad rap (no pun intended) for being bad influences and getting caught up in the glamorous, starlet life. The Bonnie and Clyde duo could be on to something here. Introducing such a change in lifestyle is creating this pop culture discussion about veganism, eating clean and changing old habits can influence a generation, including their fan base.
It’s an honestly refreshing change of pace for Hollywood and the daily talk, seeing as my social media and daily blog reads are filled with disgusted posts about today’s stars twerking or struggles with drug addiction.
While I don’t see myself trying any extreme diets in the near future, the R&B duo certainly have gotten me thinking about personal habits, daily intake and personal decisions when it comes to food and beverages.
Kudos to them for taking a stance, and a nutritious one at that. You can read more about Jay Z, Beyoncé and their next 20-some-odd days on his blog lifeandtimes.com.
Amber is a sophomore majoring in public relations and advertising.