Ivanka Trump’s tips for staying in shape include meditating daily and drinking lemon water in the morning
Ivanka Trump has said she ate “like a teenager” before pregnancy. But now, as a mother of three, she prioritizes health and fitness.
She follows a low-carb diet, eats lean protein, and doesn’t believe in juice cleanses.
She wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to work out and meditate.
Trump has said she picked up the “running bug,” and incorporates plenty of cardio into her total-body workouts.
Ivanka Trump may have inherited some self-described “hedonistic” food preferences from her father, but upon becoming a mom, the first daughter changed her tune.
In 2016, she told Eat This, Not That! that she “ate like a teenager” before pregnancy. “Carbs three times a day usually in the form of pasta or pizza,” she said. “Slowly, I started to actually enjoy, if not crave, these healthier options. Now healthy eating is the norm for me, especially at breakfast and lunch.”
Trump clearly values health and wellness — but how, exactly, does she manage it? Here’s everything we know about she stays in shape.
She doesn’t believe in juice cleanses.
Trump told Eat This, Not That! that her diet is about balance and “making the right choices.” She prioritizes healthy, filling foods like salmon, chicken, salad, vegetable soup — and never green juices.
“I tried a juice cleanse, and it was a total disaster,” she said. “For the eight hours that I lasted, I felt like I was on the brink of starvation.”
She follows a low-carb diet.
According to The Daily Meal, Trump avoids processed carbs and instead focuses on complex carbohydrates, like whole grains and oats.
She told My Morning Routine that for breakfast, she and her kids make one of two choices, “either Greek yogurt and berries or ‘fancy oatmeal.'”
“If they choose oatmeal, I get out all sorts of toppings — chia seeds, berries, flaxseed, goji berries, cinnamon, walnuts, and almonds — and the kids get to ‘decorate’ their oatmeal,” she said.
She starts the day with water.
Trump told My Morning Routine that her first drink in the morning is a “large glass of water with lemon” (followed by “a big cup of coffee”).
Indeed, this is a valuable habit, as registered dietitian Ashley Koff previously told INSIDER. It brings nutrients into the cells, helps remove waste products from the body, and creates a nicer home in the digestive tract for good bacteria.
“Drinking water with lemon any time of the day can help you get and keep better health,” Koff previously told INSIDER. “The lemon triggers the release of sodium bicarb (alkaline part) into the small intestine, and this can help relieve indigestion.”
She wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to work out:
“I get up at 5:30 a.m. and meditate or work out — or both,” she told My Morning Routine. “I like to be fully ready for the day before my children get up so that my mornings are completely focused on them.”
She told the website that she works out at the gym in her building or at the hotel gym when she travels.
She meditates at least once a day.
“Meditation is one of the most important things I do each day,” she told My Morning Routine. “I meditate for twenty minutes, ideally twice daily. Sometimes I miss the afternoon session, but I always make the morning one. It’s been invaluable in terms of calming my mind and allowing me to think more clearly.”
Promoting mental health is an essential aspect of Trump’s routine; she also practices yoga, which is famous for promoting mindfulness. The Daily Meal reports that Rhonda Malkin, a former Rockettes dancer, introduced her to a “fusion workout,” which combines yoga, Pilates, dance, and meditation.
She exercises with her whole body and doesn’t try to spot-reduce.
When sharing a workout program for her website in 2015, Trump’s trainer Peter Monge emphasized the importance of total-body workouts.
“Doing abs for a sleek physique is like having a Diet Coke with your burger and fries,” he said. “The idea that tilting your head forward while doing an abdominal variation will give you a flat stomach is an outdated belief that has been scientifically debunked—despite the insistent media campaign to convince us otherwise.”
“There is no such thing as the ‘best exercise’ or a magical body hack secret,” he continued.
The program he shared — which is similar to a workout Trump does each week, according to her interview with My Morning Routine — is designed to “strengthen the core while focusing on movements that use as many muscles as possible to increase heart rate, burn more calories and speed up the metabolism,” according to the post on Trump’s website.
In a separate post, Monge advises that “every workout should be different” but specifically advocates for push-ups, pull-ups, and squats, because they “work many muscles simultaneously.”
She loves cardio.
According to Eat This, Not That!, Trump makes it a point to get her heart rate up. She is a noted fan of cycling, particularly SoulCycle and Flywheel.
She’s also an avid runner and even ran a half-marathon in 2015. According to a post on her website, Trump prepared with three months of training with Olympic athlete John Henwood and a week of loading up on carbohydrates.
“I had never run like a half mile in my life, so this was a very daunting experience,” she told People, as reported by Fit Pregnancy. “But in addition to having an amazing time with the incredible women that work for me, I also picked up a running bug — like I really actually rather enjoy it. So I go out with my husband every Saturday morning — we’ll run for an hour and we’ll just chat. It’s an amazing time for the two of us as well.”