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Meghan Markle's diet plan revealed

Any actor or model needs to keep in shape. It's the same for both male and female stars now. For Meghan Markle, the spotlight shines that little bit brighter thanks to her hubby. And her strained relationship with the British press means she's scrutinised a lot more than she should be. Most royals don't talk about their eating habits, so we've got no idea what the Queen likes to munch on, but Meghan's not like the rest of them. She's a lot more down to earth. We already know they were dining on homemade roast chicken when Harry popped the question, but they don't eat that every day. Thankfully, Meghan's a lot more forthcoming than other royals.

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Foodie

Meghan's a foodie who manages to balance her love of food with respect for her figure. There's a lot of historical info about her diet thanks to the blog The Tig that she used to write regularly. She also wrote for Today back in 2012. In that article, she wrote: "My favourite foods run the gamut from healthy to indulgent, but rest assured, they are always delicious."

Flexitarian Diet</p>

Meghan follows the Flexitarian Diet. According to Healthline, "The Flexitarian Diet was created by dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner to help people reap the benefits of vegetarian eating while still enjoying animal products in moderation." That sounds like a cake and eat it scenario that most people could get along with. In 2015, Meghan told journalist Melissa Greer: "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."

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Red Meat

Before her relationship with Harry, she spoke to Delish about her love of steak, which she flavours with lemon. "Nobody tastes the lemon, but it really brings out the steak's flavour." In the 2012 article for Today, she mentioned her love of lamb tagine and pot roast, which she's known to have on Sundays. Red meats get a bad rap, but anything eaten in moderation is fine. According to Dr Ronald Caplan, author of Long Life Strategy, "Red meat is an efficient source of protein, iron, and energy." He also believes it's one of the most effective ways to get enough iron, protein, and amino acids without overloading on calories.

Poultry

We've already mentioned the homecooked chicken they were eating when Harry popped the question. That's no surprise because she loves all things poultry. One of her favourite dishes is a slow-cooked Filipino dish called chicken adobo. She also loves turkey meatballs, a love that developed in childhood. "Mom cooked a lot of turkey when I was growing up. Turkey meatloaf, turkey burgers, ground turkey shepherd's pie — my childhood was the Bubba Gump of turkey," she wrote in the 2012 Today article. Her homemade turkey meatballs have been given that extra zip now, thanks to a recipe Gwyneth Paltrow shared on Goop.

Seafood

Meghan's proud of the seafood dishes she creates. One of her signature dishes is cioppino, an Italian recipe. She also loves wine-simmered shellfish. In a blog post for The Tig, she wrote about her love of sushi, saying she loves to sit at a sushi bar and eat whatever's made for her. When Eye Swoon asked her to name a "swoon-worthy" food experience, she said, "Hand diving for sea urchin in Jamaica and scooping out the freshest uni and eating it in the ocean," which shows just how much she loves seafood. There's a high nutritional value to it thanks to the high levels of protein, omega-3 fats and essential minerals found in seafood.

Breakfast

The Duchess of Sussex likes to start her day with oats topped with sliced banana. Oats and bananas are full of fibre, so together, they make you feel full up for longer. Eating bananas before they're fully ripe lessens the amount of sugar they contain. Make with almond or soy milk, and you can see why this has been Meghan's go-to breakfast for many years now.

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Lunchtime

Meghan normally has a salad at lunchtime. She told Delish that a salad with some form of protein is her ideal lunch, particularly while she was on set. As long as the dressing's not unhealthy, this is an excellent option for anyone interested in keeping in shape and eating well. A tablespoon of olive oil plus some balsamic vinegar is the ideal dressing.

Hydration

Hydration is key to a good diet. If you're thirsty, you'll look for food if liquid's aren't on hand. For Meghan, there's nothing better than water to make her feel well. One of her favourite drinks is a cup of hot water with lemon. It's become a ritual for her as each morning begins with a cup, as she revealed to Hello! Magazine.

Wine

"At the end of a long day, there is nothing I enjoy more than a glass of wine," she wrote in an article for Today. That's a habit shared by a lot of people. Her favourite wine is Tignanello, which is where her blog The Tig gets its name.

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