She's not 100% vegan, and that's just fine with us.

Isadora Baum
July 30, 2019

Photo: Getty Images / Karwai Tang / Contributor

The rumors of Meghan Markle's vegan diet can be settled: it's not so black and white after all. Her approach to plant-based eating is actually pretty simple, and she does indulge in animal protein from time to time. For instance, she shared in the September issue of British Vogue that she interviewed Michelle Obama over a plate of chicken tacos, as she asked for help with a Q&A for the magazine. "So, over a casual lunch of chicken tacos and my ever-burgeoning bump, I asked Michelle if she would help me with this secret project," she wrote in the piece.

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While she's emphasized her plant-based diet over various interviews in the past, there is some flexibility, especially on the weekends. In a 2016 interview with Best Health,she said, "I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends." And, that could definitely be a plate of chicken tacos!

Even more so, Harry proposed over a roasted chicken dinner, Markle explained over interview with BBC News. So, it's safe to say she does eat chicken, and there's some wiggle room for special occasions, weekends and more.

Instead of a full vegan diet, she might be considered flexitarian, where there's flexibility in the diet but a focus on plant-based proteins and veggies, rather than animal meat. There are many benefits to plant-based eating, such as weight loss, lower heart disease and diabetes risk, and even decreased risk of cancer. However, animal and animal products do provide good protein, fat, and other nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, so eating them in moderation for a flexitarian approach does have its perks, too.

Pictured recipe: Pretend you're eating with Markle and Obama with these BBQ Chicken Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

Plus, one of our favorite things about Markle, is that she loves food. Her now-defunct blog The Tig featured recipes and food ideas. She has previously called herself a foodie and expressed her love for food in multiple interviews. So, even though we trust she's eating healthy foods most of the time, it seems unlikely she would restrict herself from enjoying the foods she loves so much (which include the steak, sushi and Cacio e Pepe).

Overall, it's more so about avoiding restriction and following your bodily needs and cravings, If you feel like eating a burger made of beef and not beets, then go for it. Yet, maybe add in some veggies to go with the beef or enjoy the burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. Finding ways to incorporate more plants and plant-based proteins will improve your health, but there's no need to become a strict vegan if it's not your jam. We're definitely with Markle on this one!

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