E lle Macpherson is one of the most successful healthprenuer's in the industry today. The Australian supermodel spent decades perfecting a pillar lifestyle and now Macpherson shares those secrets as the Co-Founder of a health empire that fuels a fitter and more fabulous version of health culture. Here, Buro 24/7 Middle East's Editor-in-Chief speaks to The Body on the latest The Super Elixir, which was created in collaboration with Aerin Lauder, her top three live-longer stay-strong tips and discover how to get the alkaline glow...
Congratulations on launching the Aerin x The Super Elixir. What's your favourite element of this product and why?
It was our intention to create a beautiful and purposeful gift for the holidays — beauty and wellness combined: a unique hand crafted, gold ceramic jar filled with 600g (three months worth) of our premium alkalising greens. The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens are our signature product that we launched almost three years ago.
This limited edition lux caddy looks so good on your kitchen shelf and it's the chicest way to protect and refill our specialised all-in-one, all-plant daily multivitamin. It was also a wonderful way for me to team up with the amazing Aerin Lauder!
What was it like working with Aerin and what was the most profound thing she's said to you during the making of the new Elixir golden caddy?
Aerin represents American beauty at its best — timeless and so elegant. Her style and personality are an inspiration to many, myself included. She tells the story about the first time we crossed paths — it was at Paris Fashion Week years ago, she says she saw me walk into the Prada store and just felt like we had a connection. It's so nice to have had the opportunity to finally work together after having this mutual admiration for each other. It's like we've known each other for a long time, it has been so easy and natural. We have a shared love of wellness and beauty and we're hoping to work together again very soon.
Welleco is one of the leading Australian supplement brands on the market. Aside from having a supermodel body as the brand's billboard, what is it about The Super Elixir that actually works?
There is nothing quite like it on the market today. Many supplement products are manufactured, processed and synthetic. Ours is an alkalising, vegan, all-in-one vitamin and mineral supplement full of bio-live nutrients from organic wholefoods. It's high quality, clean, pure and from Australia.
Since taking our Alkalising Greens I noticed my skin became dewy, looked plumper and had what nutritionists call 'the alkaline glow'. My sugar cravings subsided as my blood sugar levels became more balanced. My digestion improved. I lost weight. I felt more up beat and emotionally balanced (no mood swings). The supplement helps to keep me strong and well nourished with vitamins, minerals and probiotics all in one — it's simple and effective. I know if I nourish my cells from the inside it will show on the outside.
I found myself choosing healthier habits, all around, as my body became more balanced and I was able to 'listen' to what my body really needed.
You've seemingly perfected the art of nutrition. What are your top three tips for women wanting to maintain balance and enjoyment when it comes to food?
I don't like to tell anyone what to do but if they ask I would say:
1. I'm not about fad diets or quick fixes. I eat regularly three times a day and often have a protein shake as a snack or meal if I'm on the go.
2. Exercise daily if you can! I do about one hour in the morning and something in the evening, often a walk after dinner. I enjoy exercising outdoors preferably, I love being outside. I don't see it as a chore.
3. Above all it's about balance, hydration and sleep. I drink about three liters of water a day and sleep seven hours a day. If you're like me and find it difficult to unwind at the end of the day try our Sleepwelle Valerian Calming Tea!
You're a business women, a mother and wife; psychologically, health and nutrition play a huge roll in being able to balance those roles. What mantra do you live by that helps you stay focused on each role equally?
My life mantra is family comes first. If I prioritise family at the top of my list, everything else falls into place around that. Most of the time!
To maintain balance I do my best to stick to my morning ritual wherever I am; it helps set the tone for the day and the routine is reassuring. I'm up around at 5am, setting intentions for the day, then I meditate for 10-30 minutes, next, I make breakfast for the family and do the school run.
I work out, these days it's for about an hour — often it's a run exploring my new city. I take my Hydrator Bottle filled with my daily alkalising greens and filtered water. Then I answer emails and the day begins. I find if I begin my day well, I am better equipped to handle anything. I have come to understand that health and wellness is the true luxury.
Today I focus on how I feel. I believe beauty comes from the inside and radiates out
There is still a lot of buzz around super foods, like cacao and wheatgrass, all of which you use in your powders. To you, what are the top foods you couldn't live without and why?
It changes all the time, and from season to season. I love a couple of squares of 80% cacao dark chocolate. I always have ginger, garlic and lemons in the fridge, and bananas and berries in the freezer for a smoothie on the go. I have also started making my own almond and cashew milk, I try and do a fresh jug every couple of days.
I've read that you don't eat carbs after 5pm, you only drink the Elixir (plus water and tea) and you exercise everyday. Is having an amazing body really that simple?
I love food! But keep it simple and organic. For dinner I love fish and vegetables but no carbs after 5pm (think rice, pasta, bread or potoato). I have eggs for breakfast, chia pudding or oatmeal. A vegetarian lunch usually and then I snack on my Super Elixir Nourishing Protein powder with fresh almond milk. It's delicious and fills me up. There's no bulky whey protein and fillers — it's all organic plant protein and contains essential amino acids and nutrients to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
I don't believe in being too harsh on the body, although now that I am in my 50s I have found I need to exercise more! I believe that a healthy body and a balanced life comes from an abundance of love, laughter, water and good nutrition. I'm less concerned about the number on the scales or what dress size I wear. I'm not defined by a number.
As the Co-Founder of Welleco, what is your goal for the business going forward?
We are aiming to create the world's premium wellness company. One destination to help make your everyday life well and easier. We already have organic whole food supplements, a veggie wash that removes pesticides and the Sleep Welle tea to ease anxiety and encourage a deep sleep. Plans are underway for everyday essentials like a healthy deodorant, toothpaste, moisturising cream, body scrub and a body wash — carefully considered natural products we want in our everyday lives, that we feel sure our customers around the world will also want.
What's one thing we don't know about Elle Macpherson?
I am fluent in French!
The Middle East, have you ever visited? If so, when and what did you do?
I haven't spent enough time in the Middle East! I was just passing through Dubai on my way to Australia from Miami and London. I would love to come and visit soon!
For more information on Elle Macpherson's products visit welleco.com.