most New Yearís resolutions have gone by the wayside by now,
youíll need a better excuse to kick-start your diet. Hereís
one: Beyoncťís bodacious figure that she managed to slip
into that sheer barely there Givenchy sparkler at the Met Gala
last week. To figure out how the 33-year-old songstress pulled
off her near-nakedness like a boss, we spoke to Miami native
Marco Borges, Beyís go-to nutrition man and exercise
physiologist (rough translation: trainer). The married father
of three has come out with a new book, and the title about
says it all: "The 22-Day Revolution: The Plant Based
Program That Will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits and
Change Your Life" (Celebra, $27.95).
you describe a plant-based diet to a layperson?
plant-based diet is made up of fruits, vegetables, seeds,
nuts, legumes, beans and unrefined grains (quinoa, amaranth,
brown rice, etc.) and absent of any products that come from
anything with an eye. No meat, poultry, fish, dairy, cheese
and honey. In addition, a plant-based diet avoids highly
processed foods and refined grains and instead is made up of
edibles found as close to their natural state as possible.
A lot of
people in Miami love their meat, chicken, rice, the whole nine
yards. How can they change things up and still get the
for some time I was the only Cuban-American vegan I knew, I
can confidently say that because we already love meals like
that the transition is much easier for Hispanics than one
might imagine. The preparation of the food changes for the
better in ways that leave us feeling full of energy and life
and the staples are more delicious than ever. Walnut tacos ...
need I say more?
everyday folks with harried schedules prepare to do this meal
beauty of The 22-Day Revolution is its simplicity. You donít
need to prepare for it, you just simply start. The program
serves as a daily guide over the course of 22 days and helps
create habits that empower you with optimum wellness beyond.
there any cheat days?
Every day youíre on the program youíre cheating statistics
and reducing your risk of disease. (So the answer is no.)
could name one of your guilty pleasures what would it be?
habits allows you to realize that pleasures donít have to
feel guilty. I love chips! I love the texture, crunch and
explosion of flavors, so I make my own in a food dehydrator
and love exploring with new recipes and bases.
means spending more at the store. What if readers canít
organic produce can be more expensive than conventional
produce, however, it is still way less expensive than animal
proteins. Ultimately, health is always less expensive than the
absence of it.
a typical day like for you in regards to diet and exercise?
usually begin my day with a glass of warm water and lime juice
followed by oatmeal cooked in water or almond milk topped with
walnuts, berries and milled flaxseeds. Sometimes I work out
before and sometimes I work out after breakfast, and itís a
combination of high intensity training, cardio and resistance
work; never the same and constantly evolving. Lunch is usually
some of my favorite legumes with veggies and quinoa or other
complete grain. Dinner is almost always a giant bowl of greens
often topped with more greens, bright veggies, seeds and
homemade dressings. Because life isnít always perfect, if Iím
pressed for time Iíll replace a meal with a plant-based
protein smoothie full of fruits, veggies and seeds, recipes
found in the book, which will also be available in Spanish and