Last week, I was offered the opportunity to interview Elle Macpherson for 10 minutes, to coincide with the launch of her new wellness supplement called the Super Elixir at Selfridges – needless to say, I happily accepted that opportunity! Now you see, 10 minutes isn’t much time for little old me, but is a pretty big deal for an epic global supermodel who’s career is into its 4th decade! I had to make the most of my mini-window into Elle’s world, so I crafted a barrage of quick-fire questions (and a couple of longer ones towards the end) to try and gain a bit of an insight into how this glamorous, statuesque and effortlessly elegant woman keeps herself looking 30, even though she’s actually 50 (!). Read Elle’s answers BELOW, and see our Google Hangout from later in the day ( I’m on at 4:20 in case you get impatient 😀 ) compèred by the fabulous Calgary Avansino…
FAYA: Workout or Lie In?
ELLE: Not a workout, Sport! Hiking, skiing, water skiing, tennis, biking…
Yoga or Spinning?
Both, when I can!
Skiing or Swimming?
Skiing without a doubt.
Trail or treadmill?
Lazy beach holiday or active adventure?
Active adventure, but just so long as it’s close to a beach!
Australia or UK
Protein or Carbs
Blueberries or Strawberries?
Blueberries, with flaxseed, pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds, and agave!
Coffee or Herbal Tea?
Espresso in the morning, Herbal tea in the afternoon.
Blended smoothie or fresh juice?
My Super Elixir, of course!
High Heels or Trainers?
Both. Not at the same time though, obviously! Heels for work, and trainers when I’m at the gym. I wear surf slides otherwise – Celine do a great pair, Givenchy do a great pair too.
Heavy weights or Body weight?
I mix it up!
Solo or Group Workouts?
I LOVE doing sport with friends, it’s so much more sociable.
Occasional treat or total dedication?
Balance! A bit of everything. You know, I have chocolate every day, a couple of pieces of 75% cocoa…
Steak or Sushi?
Your favourite workout tunes?
My 17 year-old son’s playlist – don’t ask me what’s on it!
What’s your top tip for keeping it consistent over a long period of time, and sticking with it?
Bite sized pieces, baby steps, and not trying to do a huge overhaul all at once. Make a decision on something, stick to it for a week, then tackle the next thing for the following week. I believe that if you add 3 litres of water and 7 hours of sleep into your life, you’ll see immediate effects, really huge changes.
For those groundhog mornings when you feel as though you’ve done the same routine over and over, how do you dig up new motivation?
I understand what you’re talking about. The most important thing in life is to mix it up, whether you want to or not. Be spontaneous, try something new. Don’t do the same thing over and over again, and then expect different results. If you usually get up at 7am, try getting up at 6am. Rather than a coffee first thing in the morning, try a glass of warm water. Simple things, and when you add them up over time, you realise you’ve changed your habits. I think having a laugh makes a big difference too – even if you get up in the morning, and the first person you call is someone who makes you laugh, it can set you on a totally different wavelength for the rest of the day. I don’t even do my school run the same way, because I don’t want to entrench groundhog patterns in my life! Then i find it’s so much easier to be inspired and do other things, because I’m used to mixing it up!
You’re a picture of health! Do you feel that you need your new Super Elixir product?
This is the first time I’ve created a product from scratch, working with my Nutritionist from Harley Street, and a friend of mine from Australia; so it’s 3 Australian women, and we truly believe in an alkalising product, so we decided to work together to create the perfect formula for the body, for women and for men. I find it really difficult when I’m on the road to get all the vitamins and minerals I need, to get a balanced diet. I’m not obsessed by food at all, but I do want to make sure I’m really nourished, and this product really does that for me.
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