Elle Macpherson in Bathing Suit Does "Morning Meditations"
Elle Macpherson isn't just a supermodel who wants to look good; she believes in healthy living, as co-founder the supplement and wellness company WelleCo. So when she gives healthier living advice, it's usually coming from a real place. For example, today she shared a photo of herself in a swimsuit, with her eyes closed, subtitled "Morning meditations." (She tagged Mathilde Favier, the Public Relations Manager at @dior, for the "day in the life beauty challenge.") How does she keep so fit and together? Read on to see 7 ways Elle Macpherson stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!
You don't need to be solo in a studio with your legs crossed to meditate (though that certainly works). Meditation is about being present, focusing on your breath, and calming the mind by allowing thoughts to pass without judgement. Can't do that on your own? No biggie. Download an app like Calm or Headspace, which will walk you through guided meditations, working to improve your breathing and, in turn, bring your cortisol levels back to normal. "I wake at around 5.30am, I set my intentions for the day, I try to be kind to myself and check in, to understand how I am feeling in my body and my mind. I try to take about 30 minutes every morning to meditate. It helps keep me stay balanced and feel strong and confident," Macpherson told GettheGloss.
De-Stressing Helps You Lose Weight
When you're feeling overwhelmed by your stress and you allow it to run rampant, the effects on your body is nothing short of disastrous. "Stress in and of itself can literally shut down your metabolism," says Jeffrey A. Morrison, M.D., C.N.S, an expert in integrative medicine and metabolism issues. "It is tremendously metabolically draining. Remember: your thyroid is the ignition switch for your metabolism." That's why meditation works. Chilling out has a direct impacton stress. Research out of Georgetown University Medical Center finds that after an eight-week course in mindful meditation, people with anxiety disorders lowered inflammatory markers and stress hormones in their blood by 15 percent.
Macpherson Eats Her Greens
In addition to using her own brand of WelleCo products, "I'll take a handful of natural organic pea sprouts with another handful of natural organic sunflower sprouts, then add a pinch of broccoli, some alfalfa sprouts and half an avocado. I drizzle a mix of lemon juice, avocado and coconut aminos, otherwise I enjoy a tahini dressing – manuka honey, apple cider vinegar and a handful of sprouted seeds over the top," she told Dr. Barbara Strum. Avocado is indeed a superfood. Research conducted in Mexico found that monounsaturated-rich oil pressed from the fruit can help mitochondria survive attack. Researchers say the results jive with low-disease rates in Mediterranean countries where olive oil—nutritionally similar to the avocado—is a diet staple.
Here's Her Take on Wellness
"I believe in maintenance, I'm not a big binge and purge person. I think it's really important to maintain wellness year-round. Not because it looks good but it actually feels good – which is really important when you're running a business and you've got kids and a full life. It's easy – I just make good choices and I enjoy the choices that I make. I really enjoy a plant-based diet, I love vegetables," she said once.
Here's Her Eating Schedule
"I have three meals a day and two snacks, mid-morning and afternoon. I have a bit to eat with my son at 6:30am after my drinks. I might have a poached egg sometimes, or half an avocado or some muesli that I make in the dehydrator with nuts and seeds and a little bit of coconut and cinnamon, and I'll mix that with some fresh hemp or almond milk that I make myself," she has said.