The results were remarkable. (Image: Michelle Persad/The Coveteur)
There’s a tiny part within all of us (well, many of us) that pleads: ‘Why can’t I just be Beyonce?’
There are various ways one can achieve instant Beyoncefication: you can learn her Single Ladies moves, copy her ever-changing hairstyles, and now you can even eat like her. Last week, the pop queen announced the key to her strong, shapely body was a 22-day vegan eating plan she’d developed with her nutritionist and trainer Marco Borges.
“I’m not naturally the thinnest woman. I have curves,” the 33-year-old told Good Morning America viewers. “I have struggled since a young age with diets. Finding something that actually works and keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.”
The meal delivery program, called 22-Days Nutrition, promises “fresh, never frozen, 100 per cent plant-based dishes” that are organic and low in fat, sugar and salt. We’re not going to deny it, we’re wondering what it’s really like to follow Beyonce’s version of veganism.
Huffington Post fashion editor Michelle Persad took that curiosity one step further. Lifestyle website The Coveteur dared Persad to copy the Drunk In Love singer’s three-meals-a-day regimen for the full three weeks, which totalled approximately $AU789. And she accepted. (Post continues after gallery.)
“It was the middle of Fashion Week and my judgment was impaired, so for some reason I agreed to forgo bacon, dairy and basically all of life’s other greatest pleasures for three entire weeks,” Persad writes.
Persad documented her tumultuous experience in a diary titled “I’m Hungry – A Vegan Diet”, which tells you a lot about how it all worked out for her.
“I got this, I got this, I got this. Okay, wait, I actually hate chia seed pudding – the texture makes me want to vomit. Lunch has to be better though, how can Montecito Mushroom & Pea Risotto with Black Kale be bad?” she writes on Day 1.
Half of the risotto ended up in the bin, by the way. (Post continues after gallery.)
Things were looking up on Day 7, when Persad discovered the vegan status of Oreos; although it all came crashing down two days later when she attended a friend’s Italian birthday dinner. Remember, vegans don’t eat cheese, and Italian food is cheese-heavy.