But not if you're Elle Macpherson
I am amazed that this woman is 51 years old. I hope I can look half as good when I am her age. She obviously takes very good care of herself. Read on for her insights, diet tips and workout advice.
We caught up with the Australian supermodel, who is celebrating her 51st birthday today (yes, you read that correctly: 5-1) to get the inside scoop on exactly how she maintains "the body"—and what we can do to look and feel a little more Elle-thy!
"I've learned that an alkaline body and pH-neutral body is a healthier body," Macpherson exclusively tells E! News. "Many people believe that it combats disease, encourages cellular renewal and therefore is anti-aging. When all of our 11 body systems are nourished well and detoxifying properly, they are in their optimal state."
In fact, the model-mogul-mom is so passionate about wellness she co-founded Welleco to create supplements she could use in her own efforts to feel healthier and trim some weight from her midsection (yes, even supermodels get the belly blues).
"I feel that my body hums now that I am taking The Super Elixir™ every day; my workouts are strong, I've lost weight around my middle, my moods are balanced, I don't have sugar cravings and I just feel on top of my game," she dished to us.
And while Macpherson looks so good it hurts (she still wears the Elle out of a bikini, don't you think?), she promises that achieving one's own optimal body doesn't have to be a painful process. In fact, it's all about doing... less?
She really is a stunning woman - now isn't she?
"Simplifying and de-cluttering my life is a big focus for me," Macpherson says. "I now don't take tons of vitamins and supplements—I only take the Super Elixir. I don't have a large wardrobe and I don't wear a lot of accessories.
"It's cleansing and nourishing to focus only on the essentials—it puts you in a strong place. Quality over quantity!"
And perhaps most importantly, she adds, "I always sleep seven hours a night, and laugh as much as I can!" (This is probably the best advice right here!)
But we also asked Macpherson to really put the pieces together for us—and she did! Check out how she
gets it done:
OK, here is her routine! But 5 am? UGH.
• Upon waking at 5 a.m.
, "I drink 500 mililiters of room-temperature water every day upon waking up. It's so important to stay hydrated and I aim to have 3 liters of water a day."
• "At around 6:30 a.m.
I eat a breakfast that contains protein. It is either one poached egg on sunflower or dark rye bread (wheat-free), or some Canadian bacon (no fat or preservatives or antibiotics). I also like to mix it up and will have oatmeal with agave, half of a grapefruit or some blueberries. I love an espresso, and will always have one, followed by 500 mililiters of water."
• "At 8:30 a.m.
, I have 2 teaspoons of The Super Elixir [or TSE] in cold coconut water in my Super Shaker."
• "I schedule my daily workouts for 9 a.m.
after the school run. I'll do a different sport every day if I can. I mix it up, but no matter what, I do 45 minutes of something a day. I love the outdoors. If I'm by the water, I love to paddleboard, surf, swim laps or water ski. I also love to hike or run for about 50 minutes a day. Staying hydrated is so important, and I always have 500 mililiters of water during my workout."
, I usually have a vegetarian kale or spinach salad with some of my favorite ingredients—avocado, beets, sunflower seeds, goats cheese, quinoa or lentils!"
• For an afternoon snack
, "I love soaked raw almonds in spring water and always keep some around the house to snack on. And I make sure to have another 1.5 liters of water between lunch and dinner. If I'm hungry or craving sugar, I'll have another 2 teaspoons of TSE shaken in coconut water—or a Super Shake made with my new Nourishing Protein. It's a super-clean, pea protein powder that is Peruvian chocolate flavored. I take it with vanilla almond milk in a blender. Some of my favorite snacks are coconut (anything coconut! Fresh coconut meat if I'm in the Bahamas, or shaved ice), apples with almond butter [or ] sashimi."
• "Dinner is always
fresh fish and vegetables, and I try my best to eat before 7 p.m."
• "I love dark chocolate
so I may have a bit of Green & Black's in the evening, or raw cocoa nibs. If I'm feeling extra indulgent, I love meringue pie." Chocolate? Meringue pie? Glad to hear she allows herself to indulge as well.
All I have to say is WOW! I think it is so motivating, encouraging and inspiring to see drop dead gorgeous women over the age of 40. She has EARNED it! Not to mention it gives me hope as I age.
And here are some of Elle's recipes:
Whip up one of these for a healthy snack:
The Super Elixir Wheatgrass Latté—for a digestive boost
- Shot of wheatgrass
- Cold orange juice
- Cold lemon juice
- 2 tsp THE SUPER ELIXIR™
The Super Elixir™ Alkalising Smoothie Bowl
- Cold press the below ingredients for a nutrient-rich alkaline creation!
- 1 Green apple
- 5 Large celery stalks
- 1 Cucumber
- 5 Kale stalks
- 1 Handful parsley
- 1 Frozen banana
- 2 tsp THE SUPER ELIXIR™
- Lemon juice
- Blend this alkaline creation in a high-powered blender until smooth!
- Top with mango or seasonal fruit
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