Superfood, Supermodel: 20 Reasons Elle Macpherson Looks This Good In A Bikini

In 2015, when elle macpherson first launched her beloved wellness brand, WelleCo she served as our gorgeous summer Guest Editor. She’s gone on to build WelleCo into a wildly successful nutrition brand and continues looking this amazing  in a bikini year after year. Elle is a role model through and through and her advice on achieving “The Body” status is pretty fantastic.

We love her insights on body fat, green powder, daily disciplines and other real-deal topics that you can take to the bank, er, beach. Pore over each and every one of Elle’s useful and straight-forward health tips…

Living Well with Elle Mcpherson

Daily breakfast:

At around 6:30 a.m. I eat a breakfast that often contains protein. It is either one poached egg on sunflower or dark rye bread (wheat free), or some Canadian bacon (no fat or preservatives or antibiotics). I also like to mix it up and will have oatmeal with agave, half of a grapefruit or some blueberries. I love an espresso, and will have one followed by 16 ounces of water.

Once a week for my health I:

Add a detox day. Since toxins live in our body fat and we want to be less toxic so we look and feel youthful and prevent disease, then we need to stay healthy and lean. Try adding a ‘detox day’ – every Monday, try to eat vegan for the day and have one to two veggie juices so you can balance for some of the fun you had over the weekend.

My food philosophy in one sentence:

I believe if I nourish my cells from the inside it will show on the outside. That’s why my food and beauty philosophy is beauty from the inside out.

Can’t live without my:

Seven hours of sleep a night and my friends and family who constantly make me smile.

Fave workout:

I schedule my daily workouts for 8:30 a.m. after the school run. I’ll do a different sport every day if I can. I mix it up, but no matter what, I do 45 minutes of something a day. I love the outdoors. If I’m by the water, I love to paddle board, surf, swim laps or water ski. I also love to hike or run for about 45 minutes a day. Staying hydrated is so important, and I always have 16 ounces of water during my workout.

My daily supplements:

Simplifying and de-cluttering my life is a big focus for me. I focus on the essentials, which puts me in a strong place. Quality over quantity! I don’t take tons of vitamins and supplements – I only take The Super Elixir.

Hydrate well:

I drink 16 ounces of room-temperature filtered water every day upon waking up. It’s so important to stay hydrated and I aim to have three liters of water a day. In the morning, I add two teaspoons of Super Elixir alkalizing greens and I’m ready to go.

Best fast food option:

The food is delicious and healthy in Miami; I love simple chicken or fish with lots of fresh greens or vegetables.

Best healthy restaurant tip:

Blade at the Fontainbleau for clean sushi – it is like my second home. I love Daylesford in London for breakfast and veg shopping.

At least once a week I cook…

Salmon, like a simple miso-glazed salmon with a great spring salad from one of my favorite Ottolenghi books. (Recipe below.)

If I could give just one piece of health advice it would be...

I’ve learned that an alkaline and PH-neutral body is a healthier body. Many people believe that it combats disease, encourages cellular renewal and therefore is anti-aging. When all of our eleven body systems are nourished well and detoxifying properly, they are in their optimal state. I feel that my body works super efficiently now that I am taking The Super Elixir every day; my workouts are strong, I’ve lost weight around my middle, my moods are balanced, I have less sugar cravings and I just feel on top of my game.

healthy Reading list:

In My Shoes  by Tamara Mellon. The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg. Yellow World by Albert Espinoza.

Go-to health resources:

Dr. Simone Laubscher, PhD, my amazing nutritionist who has helped me with my healthy eating regime; the Ottolenghi cookbook; and Instagram – I love the way everyone shares their green smoothie recipes with me on Instagram, keep them coming!

Crazy health idea that actually works:

Switch black pepper for cayenne pepper. It is a fantastic metabolism boost and has a whole host of other health benefits!

5 things always in my medicine cabinet:

Australian Lucas’ Paw Paw cream for dry lips, dry cuticles, scratches and various ailments – especially great to have on hand for the kids – along with an array of bandaids, Betadine and tea tree oil as a natural mosquito-bite remedy.


Move your body for 45 minutes every day! Even if it is just a walk, find the time. Book it in like a business appointment.

Simplest way to improve health:

Water, water, water, can’t say it enough. Throw in your two teaspoons of Super Elixir and you’re ready to go!

Health trend to skip:

Dieting! Girls, “welle” is the new skinny. Our bodies need loves, laughs, quiet time and nourishment (fuel) to stay happy, healthy and strong to do all the things we want to do.

My go-to juice or smoothie:

The Super Elixir wheatgrass latté – for a digestive boost.

Fave healthy getaway:

Australia for the clean beautiful beaches, healthy lifestyle and fun and interesting people, great restaurants; it’s home for me.

My health passion:

Super Elixir alkalizing greens! Being alkaline, I can’t tell you the difference it makes to your health; I use it every day.

My current mantra:

“Fall in love with your work. Do what you love, love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Elle’s Miso-glazed salmon


wild salmon filet
miso paste
11 oz asparagus, trimmed and sliced on a sharp angle into 3-4 thin spears
7 oz French beans, topped
11 oz broad beans (fresh or frozen)
2 oz baby spinach leaves
1 shallot, peeled and very thinly sliced
1 red chili, finely diced
½ tsp sesame oil
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
1 Tsp nigella seeds


Marinate the salmon filet in miso. Cook salmon in the oven for 30 minutes at 320 degrees.

Combine the remainder of the ingredients. Serve with the salmon.

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  1. What is product placement?

    sheep1 | 05.22.2016 | Reply
  2. I find such articles interesting but I have to say Elle is not that old! So it’s not difficult to keep your body “ bikini ready” if you are already naturally slim. I wish such articles also referred to women twenty years older than Elle for reference and comment. I am 5’ 10” and have always been slim and have never eaten badly although I don’t go for all the supplements and sports activities because frankly, I don’t have the time nor money. The reality is that despite all, now I am seventy, while my weight has remained the same since I was in my 20s, my body skin tone has changed in the last year and that is simply down to naturally decreasing levels of oestrogen which in turn affects the amount of collagen produced. Having a tan definitely helps the appearance of ageing skin if you are lucky enough to be able to travel to warmer climates( I live in the UK). I would still wear a bikini although am aware of the gravity pull on my skin tone. It’s life… it’s no mystery. Elle is beautiful and has great photographers but when she hits 70, like me, her body will inevitably give away some clues. Nevertheless an inspiring article! Eat healthily and take regular exercise for sure. Sadly two weeks ago I fell and broke my hip and now I am slower to move so that will inevitably lead to my body looking older. Never mind… I could have hit my head and been brain injured. Keep positive!

    Helen Murton | 05.04.2023 | Reply
  3. totally agreed!!

    theresa | 07.26.2023 | Reply
  4. I am 49 in December, I actually follow Elle way of life and I am size 4 to 6 . I was at 180 pounds after my son born in 2000. I guess I let myself go with work, family life and stress. The healthy lifestyle change I did it to gain energy but the bonus I look younger and lost weight. As we get older it takes longer but keep it consistent don’t give up . The most important part eat healthy, workout I started 15 min a day cause I had a surgery, I was unable to do much and I added time as I go to 30 min to 45 min. Take it one day or 1 week at a time . Again most important part of life is what we eat.

    Nina Orrick | 11.02.2023 | Reply

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