Before Meghan Markle rose to royalty, she was an American actress, and a humble Californian girl, driving around town in a leased SUV. Today, the 36-year-old beauty is no longer the same gal from around the neighborhood; she's risen to international fame thanks to her marriage to Prince Harry. In May 2018, the lovely couple got married, and it officially put an end to Meghan's quiet and humble life. Today she may be the most Googled woman after Kate Middleton, but Markle doesn't seem to be too overwhelmed with the seemingly perfect life of the royal family. In fact, there's a ton of things the world is yet to find out about this gorgeous lady, who's now the official Duchess of Sussex. For starters, her first name is Rachel, not Meghan, and that's probably a shocker to most people. What's even more curious is that Meghan Markle seems to be really fascinated by the healthy and more active side of life. For instance, she's been known to take serious care of her physical and mental health, and she does it with ease. From pilates and yoga to running or jogging in the park, Meghan Markle has always looked stunning, trim and fresh.
Millions of people watched her around the globe as she walked down the aisle, and wondered how she managed to stay in such good shape. Let's reveal some of her secrets together, shall we?
15 She's Got A Personal Trainer At The Gym
She may have hit the headlines more recently for walking down the aisle with a prince on her arm, but Meghan Markle had already made a name for herself long before the royal engagement was announced. You might not realize it, but her first name is Rachel, and she became accustomed to the bright lights of Hollywood when she was a young child. Apart from her shiny acting career, Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, also worked for the US Embassy in Argentina and had even co-designed a collection of dresses for a Canadian fashion label. When it comes to her stunning physique, Meghan is very fortunate in that she has her trainer. Nevertheless, she needs little encouragement when visiting the gym. She appreciates the importance of exercise in keeping the mind and body healthy, and her trainer says she never complains. Even on the days when she's feeling less enthusiastic, she drives herself on because she knows how good it will make her feel afterward. Obviously, Meghan’s hard work at the gym eventually pays off. It’s said that you sow what you reap. Well, it seems that the fruits of her labor are really, really sweet.
14 Mini Band Exercises Are Mega Effective
When being snowed under with tasks, it’s almost impossible to find time for even a slight stretch, let alone a full workout session. So, when Markle's busy schedule doesn't allow time for trips to the gym, she's not afraid to get out the exercise DVDs, and workout at home. Now that Meghan is happily married to Prince Harry, visits to the gym may well be restricted, so being able to exercise at home is going to be vital. Something else she uses for exercising is a mini band, a simple stretchy band that can be used anywhere. Indeed, it's such a brilliant accessory for muscle activation, losing fat and improving her body tone.
During an interview with Women's Health, Meghan Markle’s former trainer, Craig McNamee, shared that the Duchess of Sussex has a thing for circuit training with mini bands when working out/exercising at home. Her fitness trainer also opened up about his professional relationship with the beautiful Duchess - admitting that Meghan Markle takes her fitness and healthy lifestyle VERY seriously.
13 Markle Loves Her Yoga Sessions As Well!
One of Meghan's most favorite exercises is yoga. No surprise there, as her mom was a yoga instructor, so she was introduced to this Eastern-influenced practice from a young age. Rachel-Meghan is often quoted as saying that yoga provides "increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety and better sleep."
If that is what you get when practicing yoga, we should all be signing up for classes! Vinyasa yoga is her yoga style of choice, and it certainly works up a sweat. It can be practiced in a dark room by candlelight but works equally well when paired with hip-hop music. Not for the fainthearted as it involves far more than gentle stretches, this power style of yoga was pioneered in the US. There is no set sequence of poses, like traditional yoga. Instead, the method varies depending on the yoga teacher. Craig also shared that Meghan is all about leading a healthy lifestyle as she's seriously dedicated and focused on her health. Indeed, the gorgeous Duchess of Sussex looks really infatuated with her yoga sessions as she’s equally committed to regular practices. Well, this just might be Markle’s secret to a stress-free lifestyle.
12 Who Says Running Is Boring?!
Running is another favorite of Meghan's, and is a form of exercise she may struggle to practice now that she's a member of the Royal family. There shouldn't be a problem with her running around Kensington Palace, but further visits may well be out of bounds. She has given running a lot of her attention, claiming it keeps her in great shape as well as helps her to unwind. She told Women's Health that it was a form of moving meditation as it gave her the opportunity to get out of her head. It is another type of exercise that she uses not just for the fitness of her body, but for the health, and well-being of her mind as well.
A favorite companion of hers when running is her dog. There is a story that it was Ellen DeGeneres who convinced her to take home a rescue pup when they met at an LA dog shelter. Apart from that, Meghan also enjoys running with her pup which certainly makes it a super fun experience. After a long day of filming, she just used to go out for a quick run, and it was like a great stress-reliever for her.
11 Home Cooking Makes Her Look Fit And Happy
Since the glamorous royal wedding, the world has been abuzz with curious details about the stunning Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Between her surprisingly shiny acting career and work ethic, Meghan's has always displayed an envious physique that surely makes lots of women green with envy. But among the most discussed topics are Meghan's food preferences and eating habits on a daily basis. Indeed, this lady has apparently embraced a healthy lifestyle filled with all kinds of veggies, fruits, and exotic foods, all rolled and mixed into one place - her kitchen!
Besides, Meghan has never been afraid of giving her body the royal treatment, and that applies to what she chooses to put into it as well. She enjoys cooking at home, although is not shy of eating out too. During an interview with The Chalkboard magazine, she said a regular on the menu was roasted cauliflower and chickpeas with hot curry powder. It was used to top her salads or eaten as a side dish to one of her other home-made creations. Besides, fast-food is not something she indulges in, especially before royal events, like her own wedding. Generally, her eating plan is usually quite vegan and consists of an utterly plant-based diet from Monday to Friday, although at the weekend she allows herself certain treats as well. Hot water and lemon are what she uses to kick-start her day, followed by oatmeal, fruit and agave syrup. This is another aspect of her life that may well change, but it's still early days for the new Duchess.
10 How About Some Downtown Action?
Downtime plays an essential part in her life, and so it should because she is so busy these days. She strives to make sure there is a time in her schedule to chill out, relax and rest. How does she do it? Enjoying a glass of wine in front of the TV is one way, snuggling with her four-legged friend, and enjoying an infrared sauna at least once a week. Watching mindless TV is a great way to relax, as you can zone out and not have to worry about anything.
She's been reported as saying in an interview with Women's Health that "I often give myself the luxury of downtime." Although she rarely has those crazy food cravings in the middle of the night, the Duchess also has her favorite less-than-healthy foods. However, the deeply believes that depriving yourself of something you love isn’t going to get you anywhere.
"I think that if you deprive yourself of something, you're just going to crave it more," she told Shape. The former American actress explained that it's all about keeping a balance, and that certainly includes a handful of treats once in a blue moon.
“We are all so incredibly busy and juggling so many things, but I always take an hour to decompress, watch mindless TV, snuggle with my dogs, and enjoy a glass of wine. That's all part of the investment. It's a balance."
One thing's for certain; she's going to have a lot more things to keep in balance now she has a new title and much more responsibilities.
9 Pilates Sculpts The Body Really Nicely
"It's hands down the best thing you could do for your body" is what she has said about this particular form of exercise. It seems she's only too happy to share this specific passion with a broader audience as she has been known to post pictures of herself practicing it. The style of Pilates she swears by is a rather intense version that concentrates on strength, core, endurance, cardio, flexibility, and balance, packed into one session. It is called "The Lagree Method workout", and was designed by Sebastien Lagree. It involves intensive stretching and is considered one of the most challenging forms of this type of exercise. Stretching, bending, squatting exercises help burn fat and get you trim, while also strengthening all your muscles, small and large. Perhaps this is something she'll be introducing Prince Harry to now they are married.
Wherever you look online for information about Meghan and how she manages to keep in shape, the overwhelming lesson you can learn from everything that she does is that she enjoys variety. Her exercise regime includes running, yoga, Pilates and workouts at the gym. She also takes care of the inside of her body with a healthy diet which is mostly plant-based. There's no doubt that the choices she is making with regards to her health and fitness are paying off. She may well have to make a few changes, but Meghan is not the kind of person to be put off.
8 Working Out With Friends Is Quite The Fun
Not afraid of exercising on her own, Meghan also enjoys sharing the experience with her friends. Her friend Heather can often be found accompanying her on long runs. She's not afraid to try out new routines with friends either. SBC is a fitness class she spoke to Women's Health about. It's very exclusive and an invitation-only experience. It was introduced to her by a friend and may well be something she gets to do now that she has royal connections. The founder of the workout style is Russell Bateman, and it seems to be a global phenomenon. While you may not get an invitation yourself, you can adopt the guru's advice. Take a look online as there is plenty of information. It's all about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, animal-like exercise movements, a high protein and fibrous carbs diet and lots of green juices. Among the types of exercises, Meghan loves doing, is circuit-based strength training combined with low-intensity exercises as well. Apparently, the results of her constant efforts at the gym are right here, in front of our eyes.
7 Saying No To Coffee Is Her Secret To A Life Full Of Energy
While most of us cannot wake up until the first sip of coffee, Meghan Markle doesn’t at all need such an energy boost. Never has she relied on the sudden jolt of caffeine which eventually leads to slump hits later in the day. Apparently, the gorgeous Duchess has a slightly different approach to her morning beverages as well.
"Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me," Meghan revealed to Delish. She then went on to explain that “trying to go for coffee or things like that only wind up hurting you in the end."
Instead of diving into a huge mug of coffee before the sun goes up, Meghan relies on her green juices and kombucha. It’s not only a super healthy and fresh start to the day, but her eating habits used to help her go through the long hours on set. To her, such healthy treats are a "really good natural source of energy… that gets right into your system as a nice pick-me-up."
During another interview with TODAY, the charming Duchess admitted that she actually prefers green juices to coffee. It helps her stay awake and alert without losing an inch of that energy later in the day.
“If I blend some apple, kale, spinach, lemon, and ginger in my Vitamix in the morning and bring it to work, I always find that sipping on that is a much better boost than a cup of espresso," Markle explained, noting that "at the end of the day, your body will thank you for nourishing it with so much fresh goodness."
6 Meghan Just Loves That LA Food (And Those Salmon Tacos)
Growing up in such a place like LA has its advantages as well. For instance, Meghan Markle has learned to love and embrace a lifestyle filled with fresh, whole foods. Perhaps it was simply the way she was taught to live there. During an interview with the lifestyle blog EyeSwoon, the Duchess of Sussex shared that Californians are actually quite privileged with the production there.
“Most Californians are so spoiled with the products there, and my love of simple ingredients prepped well is completely linked to that. " She also noted that all of these fresh ingredients are like the back spine of the California eating.
“The diet tends to be healthier as well — acai bowls, green juices, chopped salads, perfect sushi, grilled fish tacos… those are all things that make me think of home."
Following another interview with TODAY, the former actress revealed that she “was conditioned to like these Baja-style foods from the day she was born”. One of her most favorite foods is grilled fish tacos, slightly seasoned with lime. "If you ever find yourself in LA, go to Fresh Corn Grill and order salmon tacos," she jokingly added. Although it may sound quite odd that Meghan almost goes poetic about these salmon tacos, her love of them is 100 % legit.
"I dream about those tacos, and they are not paying me to say that!"
5 She Loves Having Acai Bowls With A Tasty Blend of Superfoods
Meghan Markle has long proved to be a total foodie, and her love of healthy foods and regimens definitely deserve a round of applause. After all, she’s the current Duchess of Sussex, so she’s almost obliged to look her very best. And just in case, you’ve wondered what this Californian beauty has for breakfast, we’ve just solved the mystery for you.
E! News has recently reported that one of Markle’s most favorite fresh juice shops is located in Toronto. The owner of the fresh juice shop has recently revealed that Markle takes her healthy lifestyle seriously: “She’s incredibly health conscious and very aware of what type of food she's putting in her body."
What’s even more, Markle often stops by the shop for acai bowls with a tasty blend of superfoods added in. Apparently, Meghan is really disciplined when it comes to her eating habits and often opts for superfoods, like chia seeds, hemp hearts, and exotic fruits. For a quick chat with EyeSwoon, Meghan admitted that she loves switching it all up as she often customizes her healthy beverages by adding bananas or other sugary fruits to the mix. Like she said before, it’s not just about eating but about leading a healthy lifestyle and such little things are an indispensable part of her daily routine.
4 Rule For Winners: Avoid Anything/Anyone That Makes You Moody And Sluggish
During the interview with Shape, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about her philosophy about life while touching upon her eating habits as well. Meghan noted that she’s doing her best to block any sources of negativity rooted in our daily lives. The beautiful Meghan also shared that she, too, tries to avoid and block anything (or anyone) that makes her lethargic or sluggish.
The 36-year-old former actress added that she’s a big fan of the 21-day cleanse program as well. This unique program was originally designed by Dr. Alejandro Junger, the guy who advocated avoiding all types of processed meals and foods that don’t give your body anything valuable anyway. According to Dr. Alejandro, these foods trigger common allergies and intolerances towards a wide variety of foods. No wonder why Meghan has instantly become a huge supporter of this body cleanse program as well. Besides, Meghan has already displayed her love of super clean, organic and fresh foods. So she probably welcomed this 21-day cleanse with open arms.
3 Never Forget Your Healthy Snacks
Apart from her favorite veggies, which are indeed the backbone of her eating habits, Meghan cannot go out without go-to snacks. Speaking with TODAY, the Duchess shared that one of her favorite go-to snack variations is the so-called “trifesta snack”. It’s quite a wonderful combination that includes hummus, crackers, and carrots. While it may sound a bit boring or tasteless, Meghan swears by her super healthy "trifesta". Also, it’s a relatively simple snack but it certainly satisfies the senses. According to the gorgeous Meghan, the so-called trifesta snack is super tasty and crunchy.
Obviously, Meghan Markle also loves eating crunchy food, however, she usually goes for healthy ingredients that can boost her mood and energy. For instance, Meghan often enjoys making kale chips even though its preparation takes time. It’s quite a different type of snacks, but it’s super yummy and good for your body. The 36-year-old Duchess went on to explain that she loves eating those chips drizzled with good olive oil and sprinkled with pink sea salt. The former actress concluded that “the effort is definitely worth it in the end!”
2 Drink Lots of Water + Vanilla Shakes
Drinking more water on a daily basis is of utmost importance for our health. However, it's also true that sometimes we just kind of forget about this simple, yet, so vital part of every healthy regimen, diet or cleanse program. Well, Meghan Markle is hardly an exception to this rule. And contrary to common belief, it's really not that hard to include more water, green juices or healthy protein shakes into your diet. Take it from the stunning Meghan Markle. Her ideal day of eating is based on vanilla shake blended with fruits, like blueberries for brunch or breakfast, seafood and past, some baguette on the side and goat cheese for lunch.
Curiously enough, Markle previously told The New Potato that she's actually a pro-carb kind of girl, unlike Kate Middleton who's famous for her low-carb meal plan lacking in calories but rich in lean protein.
Meghan further explained that she, too, loves eating lots of different foods but she's careful with the calories. To her, it's important to know what works for her body and what makes her look sluggish and feel bloated.
1 Meghan Is Still Trying To Be A Tea Lover
Before Meghan Markle made the shiny transition from a California-based girl to a royal member of the crown, she had to learn the protocol of the English tea tradition. But first and foremost, Meghan had to make a place for the English tea in her daily routine. Well, it's certainly not like she has hardly enjoyed drinking tea before, but the Queen has a special tea etiquette. There, the stunning Markle had to get familiar with it asap. Curiously enough, it was even reported by purewow.com that Meghan had to learn how to sip tea properly before meeting the Queen for the first time.
Also, according to US Weekly, Markle made sure that she won't skip any important lesson and embarrass herself before Her Royal Highness, the Queen. Besides, drinking more tea, especially the English type, has a myriad of health benefits as well; not to mention that this black tea is actually perfect for Meghan's super healthy and clean eating plan. As for Her Highness, The Queen, we’re pretty sure that she enjoyed the company of Meghan Markle, the stunning Duchess of Sussex.