Do you also associate Sports Illustrated with some of the hottest swimsuit wearers as well? Whether you love the swimsuits or the models, there are some models that simply amaze us with their looks. Christie Brinkley returned to Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue almost four decades since her debut in 1979. It was actually 13 years after her last photo shoot in a swimsuit. And guess what? The 64-year-old looks like a 20-year-old in the photos! How does she do it and what is her secret? What is she eating to get that killer bikini body? You are about to find out, actually.
Interestingly, Christie gave up on dieting a long time ago. She said to NY Mag: “I tried some pretty weird diets in the beginning … everything from juice fasting to eating one kind of food at a time, to eating a grapefruit first before everything. The only thing that really lasts is a well-balanced diet.”
In terms of keeping her body young, she got the help of Instagram. Christie actually starts every morning with warm water and lemon. “It’s something I picked up on my Instagram,” she laughed in an interview with New York Magazine.
Moreover, Christie also puts a bit of Manuka honey and cayenne pepper into her hot water. No coffee for her in the early hours of the day!
For breakfast, she enjoys sheep’s-milk yogurt mixed with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, papaya, chia seeds, raw oatmeal, and walnuts. If she feels a little peckish, she’ll whip up an egg-white omelette with spinach and mushrooms. Avocado toast is also her favorite breakfast.
In several interviews, she describes herself as a flexible vegan. She can’t do full vegan, because in her own words: “Italy exists.” She told NY Mag, “Mozzarella and pasta exist. In France, I may have to have a piece of Camembert, you know. Un petit sandwich au fromage (a cheese sandwich).” Since the age of 12, she hasn’t eaten any meat, though.
For lunch, she likes to keep things light, but she has some snacks before dinner time. “I always have a salad with whatever grain or bean was left over from dinner piled on top,” she explains.
Later in the afternoon, she makes a fresh juice using kale, lime juice, orange juice, and avocado. Also, she loves to snack on a homemade pumpkin-seed mix made with Himalayan salt, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and dried raisins.
Her dinner is always super colorful.
“My favorite dish is brown rice with lentils, roasted red and yellow peppers, and fennel, with a sweet potato, and a salad on the side,” she said. “Go for as many colors as possible in a day.” It’s great to mention that she also likes red wine. “I like a glass of red wine with dinner because it doesn’t interfere with my sleep.”
Finally, her secret is probably moderation. Balance certainly is the key.
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