They don’t call her “The Body” for nothing. Years after retiring from the runway, Elle Macpherson is still as elegant as ever. The Aussie supermodel credits her permanent youthful glow to a well-balanced diet, which includes drinking copious amounts of water (three liters per day, to be exact). We chatted with the blonde beauty about her skincare routine, favorite go-to products, and the importance of smiling – and listened intently as she schooled us on cellular nourishment and the benefits of an alkaline balanced body. If it’ll make us look like Elle Macpherson, we’ll try anything.
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
In the morning, 500 ml of lemon water first thing, then fruit (papaya, peach, pineapple, kiwi), chia seed pudding, oatmeal or an egg on spelt toast. Then espresso and almond cookies, 500ml of water, and The Super Elixir.
For lunch, fish and vegetables or plant protein and vegetables with 500 ml of water. For a snack, a shake made of Super Elixir Nourishing Protein Powder, almond milk and a frozen banana with 500 ml of water, or Lemonade made of 500 ml water with cayenne pepper, lemon and agave, with a hand full of almonds and dried fruit, blitzed. For dinner, a plant-based protein salad with goat cheese (quinoa, red rice or sweet potato) or fish if I had no fish at lunch, followed by dark chocolate and 500 ml of water.
How do you consistently practice beauty from the inside out?
I don’t believe in fad diets or excessive exercise plans. I keep it simple, so it’s easier to stick to. Forty-five minutes of sport a day, and forty-five minutes of quiet time a day. Good nutrition, The Super Elixir, and Nourishing Protein Powder by Welleco. Love, laughter and water! I treat my personal diary like my business diary. So anything I want to prioritize – like exercise – gets scheduled in just like an important meeting. Every morning, I do forty-five minutes of exercise, body work or stretching – or I might do a business call while walking around the park. I find if I don’t slot it in, it often doesn’t get done.
I believe in wellness and maintenance, which to me means “easy does it all year long”. It’s really simple: Eat vegetables, fruits and lean protein, a little bit of dark chocolate – if that’s what you like – and lots of water. Nothing too extreme; it’s all about balance and trying a little bit every day.
Ultimately, I’ve learned that an alkaline body and PH-neutral body is a healthier body. Many people believe that it combats disease, encourages cellular renewal and therefore is anti-aging. When all of our eleven body systems are nourished well and detoxifying properly, they are in their optimal state. I feel that my body thrives now that I am taking the Super Elixir every day; my workouts are strong, I’ve lost weight around my waist, and my moods are balanced, I don’t have sugar cravings and I just feel on top of my game.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
Could you give us a background on WelleCo? What were some of the reasons for starting it?
I’ve always tried to live a balanced lifestyle – eating a healthy amount of nutritious foods, and staying active whenever I can. Several years ago, despite my best efforts, I started feeling run-down. I tried an array of supplements, but nothing seemed to do the trick. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off. That’s when I met Simone Laubscher, Ph.D., who specializes in the science of nutrition. She explained that there was one factor in my life that wasn’t balanced: my body’s alkalinity. My pH levels of acid to alkaline were off-kilter, causing my body to try to compensate. As she put it, my body was “working overtime, all the time,” leaving me feeling exhausted. Disease thrives in an acidic body, and I didn’t realize that stress, worry, jet lag, not getting enough sleep and eating too much red meat, dairy or not enough greens can make your body acidic. Dr Laubscher devised a personalized blend of super greens (including barley grass, wheat grass and spirulina) for me.
We started to work on perfecting and balancing the most effective combinations of wholefood and organic ingredients as we went. This is where The Super Elixir was born. We changed, modified and tested for years to find the perfect formula. In fact, now if I leave home without my green drink in the morning, I turn and go back – my body actually craves it.
I set up WelleCo with my Australian business partner Andrea Bux. We knew there would be easier products to start with, but we were both convinced – our Super Elixir Alkalising Greens are the core of WelleCo and why we exist. I discovered the profound benefits of good nutrition and living Alkaline and we wanted to share it. We have had an extraordinary couple of years – Welleco celebrates its third birthday in May this year. I didn’t expect it to be so successful. Last year we stopped advertising and just let our customers tell their stories and it’s been the most powerful thing we could have done.
What foods make you feel your best? Which make you feel your worst?
Coconut water, avocados, grains, fruit and fish make me feel my best. Wheat, sugar and dairy are the worst.
Are there foods you find are best for making your skin glow? Which are worst for that?
When you balance the acidity in your skin and the alkalinity in your blood, you start to see a more radiant glow. I did. The skin is our largest organ; our lives and what we eat have an effect on the ‘glow’ of our skin. When you feed this organ all the right nutrients, especially all the grasses and chlorophyll – in absorbable form – it can function and look and feel its best. Dairy, red wine and cheese are all supposed to show on your face (only one or two are a problem for me anymore!)
Applying a topical treatment to your skin only treats the superficial layer or the epidermis area of the skin. For longer lasting and more effective results you want to treat the dermi and hypodermis and this is best done internally. Also don’t forget the skin is the largest organ of the body this mighty organ, like all other organs, needs to be nurtured from the inside.
Super greens like barley grass, wheatgrass, alfalfa, spinach and spirulina are all so rich with goodness that help balance the acidity in your skin and the alkalinity in your blood. Dr Simone has taught me that when this balance is achieved, your skin holds moisture and your cells function properly, giving you that radiant glow.
The workouts you love and the workouts you find overrated…
I love swimming, paddle boarding, running, skiing (snow or water skiing), surfing, hiking, spinning… whatever works for you try lots of new things. I did a hip-hop class the other day. (I was so out of rhythm but I laughed a lot.)
They say you can never start using eye cream too early, is there anything else you can never start too early?
What are your secrets to aging beautifully and gracefully?
Finding peace with what is and happiness in my heart.
What’s something – in your opinion – that all women should know about body image that they don’t?
Our bodies change; how I deal with the change is directly correlated to how beautiful I look.
What’s your advice to women getting up, looking in the mirror, and getting dressed in the morning?
When I dress for myself, I choose colors that suit and flatter my skin tone and hair color, I try to be comfortable but not sloppy and choose strong silhouettes that highlight my height. I smile a lot (it helps everything, and distracts from what ever is not working).
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
Best advice – Drink water (3 liters a day)
Worst advice – You can’t go from a billboard to the boardroom.
What’s always in your bag?
My iPhone 6+ headphones, sunglasses, reading glasses, cuticle oil, sunblock, mints, water, travel packs of The Super Elixir by Welleco, and a little notebook and pen (I love the mini moleskins) for ideas for business and life.
What’s the trick to staying dewy and fresh on planes?
Dr. Sebagh’s rose oil and lots of water.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
My last meal would include some sort of chocolate and whipped cream, probably together, with my family – and let’s hope that’s a long way off.
The app you cannot live without…
Google Maps – I’m in the car constantly driving in Miami – and Instagram, for communicating directly with my tribe.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
In Miami, the Fontainebleau Hotel – StripSteak for their fish, and Hakkasan for fun Asian. In NYC, The Mark Hotel Bar and Restaurant. In Sydney, Speedos Café Bondi Beach for breakfast. In Perth, My Welleco hub in beachside Cottesloe for great smoothies. In Aspen, Spring Café vegetarian food for lunch and breakfast.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s ‘the new potato’ in wellness right now?
Complete cellular nourishment is what its all about! That means love, nutrients, alkalinity, and water – support on a cellular level.
Elle Macpherson, photographed at The Marmara Hotel in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.