How the Royal bride-to-be is eating and exercising ahead of her May 19th wedding to Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle’s wedding diet is all about balance — a philosophy she’s lived by for years. That means French fries, pasta and wine aren’t off limits; they’re simply enjoyed in moderation. “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends. But at the same time, it’s all about balance. Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things. It’s not a diet; it’s lifestyle eating,” she told Best Health on set for our May 2016 cover story.
Meghan starts her morning with a smoothie featuring Clean Cleanse vanilla protein powder blended with frozen Ontario blueberries, she previously told The New Potato. That combo is likely something she started while living in Toronto, Ontario, for the filming of Suits.
Meghan enjoys sushi and sashimi. “On my perfect day, I would wake up late, take my dogs for a walk, do some yoga and have a great sashimi lunch,” she told Best Health.
Meghan prefers to stay in and cook, rather than go out for dinner. She says: “I love to cook. I’m pretty low-key. I travel so much that, in my downtime, I really relish the quiet.”
Those pre-wedding days (months!) are busy for the average woman, so there’s no doubt Meghan has a packed schedule. Meghan and Harry’s guest list is a long one, including many high profile family friends, and more than 2, 000 members of the general public who’ve been invited to watch from the Windsor Castle grounds on the big day. To stay healthy and ensure she’s getting enough sleep Meghan likely takes a variety of vitamins and supplements each day. Her usual regimen? Magnesium, B-12 drops, multivitamin and Cortisol Manager before bed, she told thechalkboardmag.com in 2015.
In a 2016 post on The Tig, Meghan shared that she always travels with a probiotic, specifically Dr. Ohhira’s Complete Probiotic System. She wrote: “Always travel with a high strain probiotic, and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst – because even if you’re not, for your body – the thirst is real. This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travels.”
If you were following Meghan on Instagram before she shut down her account, you would have seen Prince Harry’s future wife in some inspirational yoga poses. Yoga’s been part of her life since she was a child. In 2015, she told Best Health: “Yoga is my thing. My mom is a yoga instructor, and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven. I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, “Flower, you will find your practice – just give it time.” In college, I started doing it more regularly.”
There’s no doubt she’s kept up her yoga practice since making the move to the UK. Especially since exercise is an important part of her mental health, too. “Being active is my own moving meditation,” she told us.
A few years ago, Meghan penned an essay for her lifestyle website The Tig (which has since been shut down) about a wake up call she received in her early 20s. She was at a casting call and the casting director interrupted her audition to give her a valuable piece of life advice. She writes: “I was breathless. No one had ever seen it, or perhaps no one had ever called me out, but there in that small box of a room in Burbank, this woman I had never met saw me. My gut reaction was to smile. To smile hard. Maybe that would keep the tears tucked behind my draping eyes. It wouldn’t have mattered if I cried, because she saw me. She saw all that self-doubt beaming through the self-tanner and excessive blush. ‘You need to know that you’re enough,’ she said. ‘Less makeup, more Meghan.’ She went on to say that I was like a ‘shrinking violet,’ wilted joy and energy and exuberance behind this shroud of insecurity. You couldn’t pay for a therapy session this good. And that moment, for me, was a wake-up call.”