If you’re looking to totally transform your diet by transitioning to vegan, now is the perfect time to do it!  Beyoncé and Jay-Z have announced a contest enticing fans into vegan living in exchange for 30 years of free concert tickets.

The Greenprint Project was unveiled after the couple wrote the forward for Marco Borges’ cookbook The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World.  Borges is the founder and CEO of 22 Days Nutrition.  He said, “Greenprint is the positive impact we can have on the world (and our health) by eating plant-based meals.  It’s about getting people to understand the power we have to effect change through our food choices.  It is our responsibility to leave this planet better than we found it for all future generations.”

Beyoncé dropped meat, dairy, and eggs from her diet several years back at the suggestion of her personal trainer and was pleased with the results, including a clearer complexion and firmer skin.  She has shared her journey on social media.

However, even if you’re willing to give the new plan a try, but don’t want to necessarily ‘go all in,’ there’s still hope.  The superstars have made the stipulation that fans can simply limit their meat intake with ‘Meatless Mondays’ or incorporate vegan substitutes into their diet such as a plant- rather than meat-based breakfast.

There are many benefits to vegan living, including consuming foods richer in some nutrients, lowering blood sugar levels, improving kidney function, and preventing certain cancers.  Plant-based diets can also lower your risk of heart disease and reduce arthritis pain.  Of course, the concert tickets are great, too!

Are you in?  Where to begin?

Eatingwell.com offers some tips for making the transition.  It’s important to eat a wide variety of meals for two reasons – this will help ensure you are ingesting important vitamins and nutrients that may otherwise be missed and it’ll keep you from getting bored.  The quickest way to lose motivation to diet is to eat the same thing over and over again.

Start to explore new vegetable and whole grain options you may not have considered before.  Cauliflower and tofu can replace just about anything, and this is important to keep in mind.  You can make veggie-based pastas, pie crusts, and even egg salad, if you’re going to go all-out.  Get creative and don’t be afraid to try something new.  Remember, you may just be sitting in the front row for the next three decades!

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