Guys. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth is 92 years old? She’s been on the throne for the majority of her life and longer than any preceding king or queen—nearly 70 years! She’s also older than the average life expectancy for women in the UK, which is 81.6 years.
And to be honest? She looks as radiant as ever. But how does she do it? Queen Elizabeth actually has a few secrets up her sleeve—and they all have to do with her eating habits.
“She’s very health conscious and does it to stay healthy,” said Darren McGrady, a former Buckingham Palace chef and author of The Royal Chef at Home.
Take a cue from Her Majesty (and her old chef) about her approach to nutrition. Here are her best tips for looking and feeling great when it comes to what you eat.
While a slice of bread or a cracker won’t kill ya, Queen Elizabeth is actually pretty anti-carbohydrate. She’ll have a finger sandwich here and there (well duh, she is the Queen after all), but she usually passes on starchy, carb-y foods like pasta and potatoes.
Practice portion control
The Queen eats four small meals instead of three larger ones – the three usuals plus her afternoon tea – and keeps them pretty light. For example, one of her favorite types of breakfast is a bowl of cereal and a boiled egg with a cup of hot tea. It’s not a coincidence that eating smaller portions is one of the best, most effective ways to avoid obesity, according to a vast network of research.
Enjoy some afternoon tea
OK, so afternoon tea is a total royal treat in England, but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice your own tea time. The Queen has tea every day, which has major health benefits. In fact, her favorite tea, Earl Gray, contains flavonoids in bergamot that may help lower cholesterol. In addition, black tea has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of ovarian cancer, and help with weight loss.
Sneak fish into your meals
One of the queen’s favorite things to eat is fish. Whether it’s smoked salmon in a sandwich during tea time, or a piece of grilled fish for lunch or dinner, she just can’t get enough. Besides being an overall healthy food and beneficial for your waistline, many types of fish are filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times per week— and so does the Queen!
Treat yourself every once in a while
You’ve heard the phrase “Everything in moderation,” right? The Queen is a firm believer in this mantra. “The Queen is a total chocoholic,” said McGrady. Who could blame her? Chocolate biscuit cake, chocolate éclairs, or chocolate perfection pie are all amazing-sounding desserts she’ll eat, but of course, small pieces, and not every single day.
Did you know the Queen was such a healthy eater? Do you practice any similar healthy eating habits like the ones the Queen does? Which one do you plan to adopt first?