Maggie Quigley’s parents met in Vietnam during the Vietnam war and she grew up in Hawaii. She was an athlete and won a partial scholarship to college where she planned to study to become a veterinarian.But since she still needed money to pay for school, she tried modeling in Japan, Taiwan and then Hong Kong where she caught the eye of Jackie Chan. She was cast in the popular tv drama House of the Dragon and then went on to score roles in films such as Gen-Y Cops and Rush Hour 2. She has gone on to star in many more action films like Mission Impossible III and Live Free or Die Hard, and eventually landed the lead in the tv series Nikita and the role of Tori in Divergent. Q is famous for performing her own stunts.She is a vocal advocate of animal rights and was voted PETA’s Sexiest Vegan in 2017. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 120 lbs.
Maggie Q’s Diet
As a staunch animal rights activist, it is no surprise that Maggie Q is a vegan which means she eats no foods that come from animals, including meat, eggs, and dairy products. She gave up meat after speaking with a PETA employee 20 years ago in Hong Kong. While Q has glowing skin and an amazing bod, she admits that her vegan diet isn’t the only reason, and in fact, when she first eliminated animal products, she was having trouble with bloating, inflammation and trouble sleeping at night. It took many years, but she finally found a doctor who was able to help by adding probiotics to her diet. This in turn led to a partnership and the development of supplement line called ActivatedYou. Q makes a point of eating lots of whole grains, leafy greens, and things like barley milk and spirulina which is a type of algae. She also says that if there is nothing wholesome for her to eat, she will fast.
- Low Protein 20% 20%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- High Carb 70% 70%
Fear Not The Carb
Q advocates eating complex carbs, like brown rice. Unprocessed grains digest more slowly, and contain fiber, making it less likely you’ll overeat, or cause spikes in blood sugar the way refined carbs do.
Trust Your Gut
Q says everything changed for her when she started taking probiotics. She says digestive issues can hit anyone, any size, on any diet and cause all kinds of seemingly unrelated health problems.
Q’s favorite fresh juice is a blend of celery, apples, kale, cucumber, parsley, ginger and Swiss chard. She gets teased at work for ‘drinking the lawn.’
Q reads scientific journals on food science and nutrition in her spare time.
Q says it was hard to find vegan choices on the Nikita set where she spent long hours, and so she hired a personal chef who fed her every 2 hours.
Pass On the Donuts
Q says she needs a nutrient-dense diet in order to perform well, which makes it easier for her to bypass the dessert tray at the studio.
What to Eat
Vegetables, esp. dark, leafy greens
Legumes (beans, lentils)
What to Avoid
Q on Enjoying Veganism
‘The way to feel more fulfilled when including more veggies in your diet is to eat a ‘heavy’ grain with them. I love black, red and brown rice, and I mix them all together.’
Q on the Magic of Probiotics
‘When you wake up one day and realize something is different. Your senses are more powerful, you’re more alert, you’re more centered…Your body feels alive. Then you realize that’s the way you were supposed to feel all along.’
Q on Eating at Work
‘If there is nothing ethical to eat, I fast. It gives me better clarity, and I celebrate it.’
Q on Vegan Food
‘I’m determined to show people how good vegan desserts can be.’
Maggie Q’s Fitness Routine
Switch It Up
Q does all sorts of workouts, from boxing to yoga, and everything in between.
Q loves her yoga. She says it not only keeps her flexible and strong, but also helps her with focus which she needs on the job.
Because of her busy schedule, Q regularly works out with a trainer.
Q works out every day and is always changing up her routine.
Cardio + Core
Q does high intensity cardio that requires lots of core strength.
Run, Bike, Swim, Don’t Repeat
Due to her varied routine that includes core exercise, plyometrics (jumping) and martial arts, Q hits every muscle group.
A Sample Maggie Q Routine
Q’s exercise philosophy is simple: keep moving. She doesn’t lift heavy weights, so she doesn’t need much recovery time.
Yoga + 10k steps
Yoga + 10k steps
Yoga + 10k steps
Spin, swim or run
Box, MMA, a sport such as soccer or tennis, or hike 10k steps
Q on her Exercise Routine
‘I exercise every day and there’s nothing I don’t do. I run, do yoga, I swim, I bike, I box. I love to box. I’m a huge boxer.’
Q on the Importance of Yoga
‘If I didn’t do yoga, I couldn’t fight on screen. It makes me strong, it makes me flexible.’
Q on Doing Her Own Stunts
‘I like the physical challenge. It’s fun for me.’
Maggie Q’s Supplements
Q’s problems with inflammation, fatigue and difficulty sleeping through the night went away when she started taking. Probiotics not only help you digest food better, they can help you lose weight.
Another product in Q’s line of health supplements is called Adrenalife which helps reduce stress, encourages healthy sleep and increases feelings of peace and calm.
Q’s algae omegas contain omega 3, 6 and 9, making it suitable for vegans, and anyone with shellfish allergies.
Digestive enzymes help break down food so your body can better absorb the nutrients, reducing bloating and gas.
Maggie Q’s Lifestyle
Maggie Q first started calling herself by the shortened version of her last name in Hong Kong because the locals had difficulty with the pronunciation of ‘Quigley.’
To promote vegetarianism, Q has appeared nearly nude a few times: once on a bed of chili peppers and another time wearing nothing more than a few lettuce leaves.
Q has 5 tattoos, the biggest of which is a large phoenix on her hip. She says the phoenix represents her free spirit, and how she went from being broke to amazing success.
Q has a large collection of rescue dogs, and has had up to 8 at a time.
Q on her ‘Glamorous’ Life
‘I don’t do anything but sleep when I’m not working. I have no life. I’m no fun. All I want to do is sleep and get ready for the next day. It’s awesome.’
Q on her Rough Beginning in Show Biz
‘I literally did the same thing that my mother did when she left Vietnam…didn’t speak the language…had no money.’
Q on her Martial Arts Learning Curve
‘I had never done a day of martial arts in my life when I started in the business. I couldn’t even touch my toes.’
Q on Personal Growth
‘We rarely grow when we’re happy. We grow when we’re hurt.’
Q on Hard Knocks
‘We’ve all, at some point in our lives, been in a position where we have felt powerless.’
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