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Beyoncé releases video explaining vegan lifestyle for 2018 Coachella performance

'We know the power of vegetables, we know the power of plants, we know the power of foods that are unprocessed'

Katie O'Malley
Thursday 25 July 2019 13:04 BST
Beyonce shares plant-based 22 Days Nutrition eating plan ahead of Coachella performance

Beyoncé has shared a video detailing the vegan lifestyle she followed to improve her health and fitness prior to her 2018 Coachella performance.

The singer posted a video to her YouTube channel titled “22 Days Nutrition” which documents her eating and workout regime ahead of her long-anticipated performance at the festival.

During the mini-documentary, Beyoncé worked with her personal trainer, Marco Borges – the singer’s personal trainer and New York Times Best Selling author – who helped devise a plant-based eating plan to help the mother-of-three and her backing dancers form healthy habits during their busy rehearsal schedules.

The documentary states that the singer followed the 22-day programme for 44 days “to meet her goals” for her headlining festival slot.

According to Beyoncé’s website, the nutrition plan is “based on the principle of creating healthier habits by moving towards a plant-based lifestyle”.

In the video, Borges explains that the Lemonade singer and her team were going to “100 per cent plant-based” ahead of the performance

“We know the power of vegetables, we know the power of plants, we know the power of foods that are unprocessed,” says the trainer in a voiceover while a montage of someone preparing plant-based foods plays.

Another scene sees Beyoncé tucking into a dish comprising of green vegetables, tomatoes, and rice.

“We’re going to get as close to nature as possible,” the exercise physiologist adds.

“I’m back on the stage after giving birth to twins,” the singer, who welcomed twins Rumi Carter and Sir Carter in June 2017, explains in the YouTube video. “I was a woman that felt like my body was not mine.”

During a rehearsal session, Borges tells Beyoncé’s backup dancers how plant-based is about “eliminating all the overly-processed foods that don’t do us any good”.

The health expert lists the benefits of eating a plant-based diet including improved energy levels, sleep patterns, complexion, and mood.

Borges also stresses to the dancers the importance of living their healthiest lives and the best versions of themselves.

“It’s time to work, so I have to get in that zone, it’s like a different headspace,” Beyoncé admitted.

Last year, Beyoncé told her fans she was taking on Borges’ 22 Days Nutrition meal plan, sharing a photograph on Instagram of a brown muffing topped with avocado, chillies, and tomatoes.

“44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!!” she captioned the photo.

Earlier this year, Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z encouraged their fans to adopt a plant-based diet, explaining that becoming vegan is, in their opinion, a matter of global importance.

The pair wrote about the impact veganism has had on their lifestyles in the introduction for The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World, a book written by Borges.

“We used to think of health as a diet – some worked for us, some didn’t,” the couple wrote.

“Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share that truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible.”

They continued, emphasising the positive impact becoming vegan can have on the environment.

“We all have a responsibility to stand up for our health and the health of the planet,” they added.

After news of the singers’ vegan-inspired message came to light, the New York Times interviewed Borges to find out if the couple themselves were actually vegan.

The trainer explained: “Beyoncé eats ‘a plant-based’ — i.e. vegan — ‘breakfast daily’ and consumes no meat on Mondays. Jay-Z eats ‘two plant-based meals a day.’”

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According to the Association of UK Dieticians there are several types of plant-based diets including lacto-ovo vegetariansism (permits consumption of dairy foods and eggs but not meat, poultry or seafood), ovo-vegetarianism (includes eggs but avoids all other animal foods), and veganism (excludes all animal products).

The organisation states that, in the UK, it is estimated that well-planned completely plant-based, or vegan, diets need just one third of the fertile land, fresh water and energy of the typical British “meat-and-dairy” based diet.

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