Supermodel Elle Macpherson might be nicknamed ‘The Body’ and have one of the most famous physiques on the planet, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t suffer from insecurities every once in a while.
The 55-year-old recently confessed to struggling with her changing body after she turned 50, when she said she didn’t ‘recognise’ what she saw in the mirror any more.
‘I wasn’t feeling like myself and I didn’t recognise my body, which led me to nutritionist Dr Simone Laubscher,’ Elle told Body & Soul.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson might be nicknamed ‘The Body’ and have one of the most famous physiques on the planet, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t suffer from insecurities
Elle (pictured) said she didn’t recognise her body after she turned 50 and so consulted a leading nutritionist from Harley Street, who told her to go on an alkaline diet
This – coupled with a new approach to what and how she ate – led the Australian model to launch her own well-being company with the Harley Street nutritionist Dr Simone.
Welleco sells natural supplements and powders and is rumoured to be worth more than $20 million.
When Elle met with Dr Simone, she was convinced to adopt an alkaline diet, which means steering clear of red meat, wheat, dairy, sugar, and processed food.
The idea is to create the optimal pH balance in the body because an acidic environment harbours disease and can in turn be blamed for low energy, weight gain, digestion problems and sugar cravings.
When Elle met with Dr Simone (pictured), she was convinced to adopt an alkaline diet, which means steering clear of red meat, wheat, dairy, sugar, and processed food
Now, Elle (pictured) tries to steer clear of anything that is acidic and can tip your body’s healthy alkaline the wrong way – this includes coffee, chocolate, ice cream and alcohol
What is a typical day on Elle’s alkaline plate?
* BREAKFAST: Egg omelette, plenty of spinach and avocado.
* LUNCH: Salmon with lemon, olive oil, beetroot salad and pearl barley.
* DINNER: Sea bass with a Greek salad with goat’s cheese or halloumi.
* SNACK: Couple of dates, green tea.
* SMOOTHIE: 400ml almond milk, a scoop of WelleCo’s plant-based Nourishing Protein, half a frozen banana and a handful of berries.
‘Pretty much everything associated with fun is more acidic – coffee, chocolate, ice cream, alcohol, fried foods etc,’ Dr Simone told Welleco.
‘This can tip our body’s healthy alkaline balance [in the wrong way].’
A typical day on Elle’s plate now she is on the alkaline diet consists of an egg omelette, lots of spinach and avocado for breakfast.
She will then enjoy salmon with lemon, olive oil, beetroot salad, and pearl barley for lunch.
For dinner, Elle usually eats something like sea bass with a Greek salad topped with goat’s cheese or halloumi.
If she’s hungry afterwards or through the day, Elle will have a couple of dates and green tea or a smoothie with 400ml almond milk, a scoop of WelleCo’s plant-based Nourishing Protein, half a frozen banana and a handful of berries.
Speaking about how anyone can try the alkaline diet, Dr Simone said there are seven things you should think about doing – including drinking two litres of water each day (Elle pictured)
The celebrity nutritionist also said you’ll see benefits if you cut dairy entirely and reduce the amount of coffee you drink to just one per day (Elle pictured)
Speaking about how anyone can try the alkaline diet, Dr Simone said there are seven things you should think about doing.
‘Drink two litres of water per day and take two teaspoons of alkalising greens daily to boost overall nutrition and maintain your body’s healthy alkaline range,’ she told Welleco.
The celebrity nutritionist also said you’ll see benefits if you cut dairy entirely and reduce the amount of coffee you drink to just one per day.
‘Choose gluten-free bread and pasta, and grains such as quinoa and brown rice,’ she said.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners need to go on the banned list, while including a ‘de-stressing’ activity in your day – whether that’s meditation, walking, swimming or yoga – is paramount.
What are Elle’s five golden health rules?
Elle’s golden health rules include adequate hydration and good sleep
1. Hydrate: ‘My wellness routine starts with two teaspoons of Welleco’s Super Elixir every morning in cold spring water, or coconut water for extra hydration,’ Elle said.
2. Get active: Elle makes sure she does 45 minutes of fitness every single day, whether that’s walking, running, swimming or yoga. She especially loves paddle boarding, hiking, biking and water skiing.
3. Sleep: Elle said she used to stay up until 2am when her kids were young, and she would think she was being really productive, but then she realised she was just depriving herself of sleep. Now, she makes sure she gets seven hours of shut-eye every single night.
4. Meditate: Elle swears by just 15 minutes of meditation each morning.
5. Schedule wellness: If you think you’re not managing to fit in your wellness, Elle said you need to diarise it to ensure it’s always a priority.