If there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s speculating about new diet crazes and food fads. Life is short, the same old food gets boring after a while, and even though I roll my eyes every time they discover a new superfood, I’m still happy to jump on the bandwagon and give stuff a go. When I saw Beyonce hitting the news for her foreword in Marco Borges The 22-Day Revolution, I was completely intrigued. The concept of the plan involves 22 days of vegan food, based mostly on non-processed, whole foods. (Don’t forget, you could eat chips and Oreos for 22 days and still be a vegan! Vegan doesn’t mean healthy by itself!)
The cover claims you can lose up to 22lbs in 22 days. This is based on an anecdote within where one of Borges’ friends lost that amount trying his diet out. Obviously, weight loss for a female will be smaller – women burn fewer calories because of our metabolism, plus we’re generally smaller and shorter. Don’t expect to lose the same amount as an overweight man who tops six foot if you’re a petite girl with a couple of spare pounds to lose! (One promotional article about this diet by The Daily Mail originally claimed Beyonce lost 65lbs in 22 days, but that claim has been removed… Make of that what you will – check out the comments, too.)
So here I am on day one, armed with my book, which arrived yesterday – the same day I found out about it. I figured the more I thought about it, the more likely I’d be to put it off or not do it at all. I have a three day work-based event coming up near the end of the 22 days which is certainly not ideal for losing weight whatsoever. Breakfast buffets, snacks, massive dinners – it’s going to be very hard to stick to this plan during that time. But, honestly, the challenge of this is what’s making me interested! I decided to do this preliminary post to outline my expectations, aims and trepidations before starting The 22-Day Revolution.
Can I eat a vegan diet for 22 days? I certainly have no moral motivation to do so – I’ve never even imagined myself going on a vegan diet, so suddenly putting myself onto one is strange. So far, the only real impact it’s had on me is that I hate almond milk in tea and coffee and am seriously going to have to find an alternative. I’m definitely not emotionally invested in the idea of eating meat so much that not eating it for 22 days is scary. I’m more worried about the dairy, eggs and honey aspect of it, to be frank! All of these are healthy, natural food in my opinion, and I’m still not sure what the health benefits of ditching these good sources of protein is supposed to be. But, one of my mottos in life is, try anything once – twice if you like it.
Anyway, this is what I hope to achieve on this plan:
1) Lose weight.
2) Gain more energy.
3) Challenge myself to eat in a completely new way.
4) Go as long as possible without people realising I am eating only vegan food, to see if it’s really a) as difficult as people think it is, and b) to put off the inevitable questioning about why and how I’m going to avoid all animal products.
5) Stick to the diet plan in the book as much as possible.
6) Blog about my experience in a completely honest way – recording the rough and the smooth!
Click here to be taken to the Amazon page to purchase your own copy, through my affiliate link: The 22-Day Revolution: The plant-based programme that will transform your body, reset your habits, and change your life.