Novels could be written about the minutiae of Meghan Markle's everyday life, and yet another series on her health and wellness approach. True to form, we've devoted countless articles to the Duchess of Sussex's habits, meticulously documenting her workout routine, diet, and skincare regimen. For the sake of convenience, we've compiled everything we know about Markle's approach to wellness into one tidy URL. Below, read up on Markle's go-to exfoliator, her two vices, her ideal dinner, her favorite workout, and the $0 anti-aging treatment she swears by.
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During her time on Suits, Markle worked out with Craig McNamee, CSCS, founder of Catalyst Health in Toronto, Canada, three to four days a week. McNamee worked with Markle on circuit-based strength training for 45-minute morning training sessions, having her do a five-minute cardio warmup, followed by five minutes of dynamic stretching, a 30-minute circuit with a high-rep, low-weight lifting strategy, and a five-minute stretching cool down.
She loves Pilates.
Markle once sung the praises of Pilates Platinum, a small studio chain located in Los Angeles that's founded by her friend and personal trainer Heather Dorak. "It's hands down the best thing you could do for your body," she told Harper's Bazaar. "Your body changes immediately … give it two classes and you will see a difference."
She swears by "face yoga."
"I do facial exercises from one of my favorite aestheticians, Nichola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out," Markle told Birchbox. "I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are way more sculpted. There’s a reason she is in high demand around awards season when every actress wants to look A-plus."
She believes in a filling breakfast.
While working on Suits, Markle would typically wake up at 4:15 a.m. and start her day with a glass of hot water with lemon. She'd follow the digestive elixir with steel cut oats topped with bananas and agave nectar—a physician-approved breakfast said to boost energy, reduce sugar cravings, and jump-start your metabolism.
She loves to snack on apple slices with almond butter.
To fuel her long days on set, Markle would often turn to apple slices with almond butter, almonds, or a green juice. Interestingly, she came to view green juice as a sort of coffee replacement. "Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me," she explained, adding that she would drink it as a way to boost her energy rather than replace a meal.
She's a pasta and wine lover.
An ideal dinner in Markle's book was a plate of pasta with zucchini, lots of Parmesan, and a glass of wine. Her go-to pasta sauce involved slow-cooking zucchini for four to five hours until it broke down into a mushy consistency, and tossing it with pasta. "The sauce gets so creamy, you'd swear there's tons of butter and oil in it, but it's just zucchini, water and a little bouillon," she told Delish.
French fries and red wine are her "vices."
Markle reportedly can't resist a French fry or a glass of wine, calling them both her "vices," adding that she'd happily pass on a chocolatey dessert for a "big, beautiful red" glass of wine. Her all-time favorite is Tignanello, which inspired the name of her former lifestyle site, The Tig. She's also a fan of Argentinian Malbecs, French cabs, and pinot noirs from Oregon. "In the summer, though, when I'm out with my friends, it's rosé all day," she added.
She exfoliates with Tatcha's Rice Enzyme Powder to keep her skin looking glowy.
She swears by these eye patches to reduce puffiness.
Markle's longtime makeup artist Lydia Sellers always uses these eye patches on the Duchess of Sussex. "I do really love the Talika eye patches!" Sellers told Byrdie. "They actually work. There are many under-eye patches you may or may not see results from, but I honestly feel like these patches from Talika reduce puffiness instantly. They are really great to have in my kit for early-morning calls to help combat that inevitable puffiness and prep the under-eye area for concealer."
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