When it comes to adopting a plant-based diet, Beyoncé’s mantra is, “if a Houston-born foodie like me can do it, you can too.” The superstar, along with her husband Jay-Z, put Marco Borges’ 22-Days Nutrition on the map in 2013 when she shed a ton of weight and gorgeously glowed after completing the exercise physiologist’s vegan challenge. This year, Beyoncé and Borges partnered up to launch a vegan meal delivery service reflecting Borges’ latest book, The 22-Day Revolution, which hits shelves May 2015 (see Sources below). In the book’s foreword the Queen Bey opens up about how going vegan helped her get her best body ever and why we should all be ditching animal products—if only for just 22 days.
The Texan native admits that growing up on comfort foods like fried chicken, fajita tacos, BBQ burgers, fried shrimp and Po’ Boy sandwiches made it difficult to even fathom giving up meat. After giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy, she turned to Borges to help her “regain control” of her health and body and lose her pregnancy weight through exercise and diet. While initially she shied away from his vegan challenge, eventually she and her husband were ready to give it a shot.
“And so the journey began that helped me get into the best shape of my life,” she says. “Little did I know the long-lasting effects it would have. I thought, like with most diets, I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.”
After a few days of adjustment, she discovered she had more energy, was sleeping better, losing weight, her digestion had improved, she had clarity, and an “incredibly positive feeling for my actions and the effects it would have on those around me and the environment.”
After Bey’s convincingly honest endorsement, Borges, whose client list also includes Jennifer Lopez and Pharrell Williams, uses the rest of his nearly 300-page plant-based diet bible to explain how ditching animal products is not only good for health purposes, but is also crucial for the improvement of environmental and social issues like global-warming and the energy and health crisis. Then there is the how-to factor, where he explains portion control (how much protein and in what form, where to get fatty acids, important sources of vitamins and supplements, the best grains, etc.), how to cook vegan meals and then of course, over 65 healthy vegan recipes, including Beyoncé’s favorite walnut tacos.
Though the thought of going vegan indefinitely may be intimidating, remember that Borges and Beyoncé are only encouraging us to try it for 22 days. And whatever Beyoncé can do, so can we, right?