Beyonce knows how to put on a show and she’s planning a big one for the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. But it doesn’t come easy. She just revealed the Vegan diet she’s following to slim down and build up her endurance.
At 36, her body doesn’t respond quite like it did when she was at her peak in her 20s. Her vegan diet is designed to shed unwanted weight and build up endurance for a strenuous stage show, according to her trailer Marco Borges.
Getting Started With Plant-Base Diet How hard would it be to convert to a plant-based diet, you ask? Well, the easiest way to find out (besides giving it a try) is to check out a typical day in the life of a vegan. With it, you’ll see just how easy it is to cut out animal products and embrace a healthy lifestyle. So here goes:
Breakfast: A Healthy Smoothie
While on the weekends you might want to whip up something a bit fancier, for busy mornings there’s nothing better than a healthy, plant-based, and protein-packed smoothie. Make your own recipe with 1 cup of water (or plant-based milk), banana, frozen berries, greens, flax/chia/hemp, and a scoop of protein powder. You’ll start the day with lots of nutrients and be ready to hit the ground running. Alternatively, you can move your smoothie to the afternoon to head off the munchies and have a healthy bowl of oatmeal with fruit, instead.
Lunch: Super Soups and Salads
Full of veggies and filling, you can switch between soups and salads at lunch, or do both! Remember to include hearty fillings (not just greens) in your salad to keep your stomach full – black beans, quinoa, nuts and seeds, etc. The options for soups are endless, but you’ll find the best recipes have a good base – such as pureed sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. Alternatively, throw the same salad ingredients in a gluten-free tortilla and you have a wrap!
Snacks and Sides
What works for you as a snack depends on whether you like sweet or salty. If you try to stick to healthy options, you’ll notice more energy throughout the day. Snacks like fruits and veggies combined with seed/nut butters or hummus are a terrific option. On the go? Be sure to travel with a 22 Days protein bar for a satiating snack.
Dinner: The Main Event
Being part of a plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up on good food! Soups, stews, casseroles, bowls, pizzas, burgers, it’s all on the menu! A typical plant-based dinner would include a good source of protein, such as bean, legumes, or lentils, but could also use quinoa, artichokes, nuts/seeds, spinach, etc. With all that to choose from, it’s easy to throw together a quick, healthy plant-based meal of, for example, red kidney beans, quinoa, broccoli, and top it with a cashew cream sauce. Delicious!
Source: 22 Day Revolution
Beyonce is already there. She posted a photo on social media yesterday (Mar. 2) showing off her trim dancer’s body. She captioned the photo: “44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!!”
The singer was introduced to a Vegan diet back in 2013. She and rapper husband Jay-Z went for it with Borges’ 22-Day Revolution meal challenge.
“They loved it,” Borges gushed to People. “They walked away with a greater understanding of the powerful benefits of plant-based nutrition.
“Beyoncé showed up to the Grammys [in 2014] and everyone’s jaws were on the floor,” he said.
Borges’s has detailed his diet in his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.”
“I thought I would feel deprived… that I would get headaches and be irritable. I was wrong about all that. What I discovered was increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, improved digestion… that I could still love food but this time it would love me back,” Beyonce writes in the book’s forward.
It’s based on the notion that it takes 21 days to form a habit. The goal is to create a “long-term food plan,” he says.
Unlike some diets, it doesn’t rule out carbohydrates. Meals include plant-based carbs, which make up 80 percent of the diet, according to the book.
But the diet cuts all sugar, flour, milk, meat, gluten, eggs, cheese, alcohol and coffee or soy products for at least three weeks. Borges also preaches portion control.
“The number one benefit is weight loss, and a really close second is energy,” says Borges.
“Jennifer Lopez and Bey and Jay have all done the 22-Day Revolution program and across the board it’s been, ‘My energy is through the roof,’” he says.
All kinds of health benefits have been attributed to Vegan diets.
They reportedly help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, decrease blood pressure, and even reverse diabetes, according to advocates.
The 22-Day Revolution is based on 5 key guidelines:
1) Choose plant-based over processed foods.
2) Eat three mindful meals a day.
3) Aim for a 80-10-10 (80 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fat, 10 percent protein) breakdown of calories in each meal.
4) Exercise for 30 minutes each day.
5) Drink water (aka don’t drink your calories).