Doug Sherring/Getty ImagesPrince Harry is allegedly on a diet to shape up before he ties the knot with fiancee Meghan Markle on May 19. With millions likely to tune in to watch the nuptials, it’s no surprise Prince Harry is trying to look his best for their special day by “eating clean” — cutting out processed foods and upping his intake of healthy options like kale and quinoa. Here’s what happened when I ate like Prince Harry for seven days.
With his wedding to Meghan Markle less than a week away, Prince Harry has allegedly been following a strict “clean eating” wedding diet, The Daily Mail reported.
Michelle Dudash, a registered dietitian, wrote on the Food Network website that eating clean involves consuming whole, unprocessed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that don't contain added sugar, salt, and oils.
Prince Harry has cut way back on processed food and carbs and boosted his intake of healthy food like kale, quinoa, and fruit and vegetable smoothies, The Daily Mail reported. The prince even told a group of Chicago students that he'd given up pizza completely.
This is drastically different from my usual eating habits, which consist of daily caramel coffees, all the sweet and salty snacks my office has to offer, and a lot of white rice.
I soon learned that clean eating is a lot more difficult than it seems. Here’s what happened when I ate like Prince Harry for a week:Day 1: I slipped and fell into Dunkin Donuts. Darlene Aderoju
For breakfast, I decided to eat two mandarin oranges, because that was the only whole food I could think of. A few hours later, I accidentally found myself at Dunkin Donuts ordering a caramel iced coffee.
For lunch, I ate a bowl of spinach, and for dinner, I had beans.
Not only did I feel guilty for cheating my diet on the first day, I also felt embarrassed that I had failed so quickly. I was determined to learn more about eating clean and resist temptation on my second day.
Day 2: I turned over a new leaf. Darlene Aderoju
After spending some time reading up on Prince Harry’s diet and what it means to eat clean, I felt more confident in my ability to practice self-discipline. I skipped breakfast because I overslept (which is decidedly not part of this diet), but I was on the right track by lunchtime. I had a grilled chicken salad with carrots and peppers. I used extra virgin olive oil and black pepper as dressing — it was delicious!
For dinner, I had garlic shrimp with sautéed kale and quinoa. I didn’t know kale would be so bitter even after it was cooked, but I ate it anyway.
One of the most exciting things for me about Day Two was that I actually enjoyed my food. I went into the diet expecting to be juicing and feeling hungry each day. But by the end of the second day, I was looking forward to concocting more creative dishes.
Day 3: I gave smoothies a try. Darlene Aderoju
I started the day with a green smoothie made with kale, apples, bananas, and kiwi — it was surprisingly good, but I was still hungry.
Before I started this experiment, I often skipped breakfast because I woke up just in time to get ready for work. After making a conscious decision to eat better, I wanted to improve my quality of life overall, which motivated me to get up earlier.
For lunch, I used some of my leftover quinoa and paired it with asparagus. When I packed my food, I didn’t think I’d be particularly satisfied with it. I thought I’d need chicken or fish to make the meal more filling and enjoyable. But it turned out to be absolutely great. I realized you don’t always have to eat meat to have a solid meal.
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