The gorgeous supermodel told The Professional Times (TPT) in an exclusive interview that she’s a vegetarian and the main concept in her healthy diet is to “go for as many colours as possible in a day.
For Christie Brinkley, the key to eating a healthy diet is all about colours. It’s a simple eating plan that can be used by anyone, and it helps you pack in nutrients (dark, leafy greens pack more nutrients than light ones, and orange foods deliver different nutrients than green, for instance).
Christie Brinkley also points out that for anyone trying to lose weight and get back in shape, they should start with Shape-as in The Professional Times! In another interview for us, she revealed part of how she manages to look amazing at age 56 and credits part of it to using Total Gym.
“The only constant that I have in my life is that I start whatever I do with my Total Gym because I believe it helps keep me from getting injured.”
Here, in an exclusive new Q & A, Christie Brinkley reveals the surprisingly easy eating plan that has kept her looking so amazing.
TPT: At 56, you look amazing!
Christie Brinkley: My age has so little to do with my image of myself because, at a certain point, the number just didn’t fit how I felt. It has become irrelevant to me. I just don’t feel like that number is representative of my spirit, of my energy or my anything!
I like to mix it up. I get bored if I do the same thing. The only constant that I have in my life is that I start whatever I do with my Total Gym because I believe it helps keep me from getting injured.
I’ve had injuries in my life from things beyond my control: runaway horses, helicopters that decide to crash on mountaintops, boating accidents-things that were out of my hands.
Starting on the Total Gym is kind of like doing a yoga routine (I also do yoga). In the way yoga prepares the body for any possible event, I feel like the Total Gym does the same. Christie’s not the only sexy celebrity who relies on the Total Gym to stay in shape-discover who else does in this celebrity workout exclusive.
TPT: How long do you work out each day?
Christie Brinkley: I usually just jump on my Total Gym and do 15 minutes of my own little routine that I’ve developed. It gives me a little [workout for my] stomach, my arms, my upper body, and my lower body.
It stretches and strengthens and then I’m out and about. Some of the things I like to do include kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, sometimes surfing, sometimes rafting, running on the beach, and walking down the beach waving my arms-I call it swimming down the beach. Kind of silly looking, but I don’t care.
TPT: Do you have rest days?
Christie Brinkley: Oh sure. My biggest deterrent to getting the workout I need is just that my days are so full and so busy. It’s those days when I just get going and then I just say, ‘Well, you know what, so that’s my rest day.’ Don’t think you have the time to work out or eat right?
TPT: What advice do you have for people starting a new workout so they stay energized, motivated and don’t get hurt?
Christie Brinkley: I think variety is the spice of sticking with an exercise routine, whether it’s getting a dance tape one day, or getting a tape with those stretchy things to work with resistance on a different day.
Arm yourself with a few different things. Ask your friends to go jogging or on a long walk. Sign up for a dance class. I really think that mixing it up it keeps it fun. And that’s really the only way that you can stick with it.
TPT: What are three body moves that are must-dos for every woman?
Christie Brinkley: When I dry my hair, I literally think about the times during your day when you are a captive audience. I think of drying my hair as really boring. I thought, ‘OK, I’m going to multitask.’ I’ll dry my hair as though I’m sitting on a chair, even though there’s no chair there.
Then I’ll do some squats. I’m always careful that my knee doesn’t extend beyond my foot so I don’t put stress on my knees, but you can do so much for your upper legs while you’re drying your hair.
When I am brushing my teeth, I’m bending my leg behind me, or I’m lifting my leg up and holding it in that position so I’m squeezing my butt in. I can do that while I’m washing or slicing vegetables, too. Or I go up and down on my toes, working my calves a little bit.
I also try to get in 100 push-ups every day. It’s really easy. I keep a rolled-up yoga mat under my bed. I throw it down and I’ll do 30 push-ups before I get in the shower. Then I do another 20 before I dry my hair, and now I’ve done 50. After I dry my hair, I’ll come back and I’ll do more.
TPT: What advice do you have for women who are overweight and trying to get back in shape?
Christie Brinkley: I think that reading about the way food affects your body-like just the fact that they’re reading The Professional Times-means that they’re on the right track.
I really believe that the more informed you are about the benefits of a healthy bite versus the chain reaction that you’re going to put into effect in your body when you take that bite-you just suddenly don’t want to make that choice for yourself anymore. It’s beyond willpower at that point, it’s become a desire to do something good for yourself.
TPT: You’re a vegetarian, is your whole family?
Christie Brinkley: I’ve been a vegetarian since I was about 12 years old. When I became a vegetarian I got my mom and dad to become vegetarian, and my brother became a vegetarian.
TPT: What’s your typical eating plan?
Christie Brinkley: For many, many, many years I’ve always said I go for as many colours as possible in a day. That’s my main concept for making sure my kids get all the nutrients-making sure they get the deep greens, yellows and reds and purples, all of that.
That’s just an overarching concept to the way I like to eat, along with the whole idea of variety in exercise, variety in food with the colours. I like to vary what I have.
TPT: What about breakfast?
Christie Brinkley: A lot of mornings lately I will take a bowl and I throw some oatmeal right into it. I rarely have time to cook it so I just eat it raw.
Then I’ll pour some flaxseed on top of that and maybe a little wheat germ, then I’ll grab a couple of handfuls of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and rinse them off, toss them in and then I pour one of those Dannon things on top and stir it up.
I always describe it…it’s like a really moist juicy muffin. It is so good. I feel like it is giving you a lot of good things. You can also throw a handful of walnuts in there.
TPT: What do you eat for lunch?
Christie Brinkley: Lunch is a big huge salad with every colour in it. From leafy greens to purple to herbs, fresh-cut herbs mixed into it for flavours. I vary what I toss into it.
Sometimes it might be lentils and chopped tomatoes, other days it could be garbanzo beans, some days I might have just a salad and have some lentil soup on the side. Generally, it’s a big salad. Maybe it’s avocados chopped on top. Maybe it’s a handful of nuts and seeds and whatever.
Christie Brinkley: Right now I’m addicted to these things, it’s so bad. They’re called So Delicious. It is coconut and soy, it’s like a so-called healthy dessert. I just discovered those recently and I’m so hooked on them.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to have one after my salad in the middle of the day and I think, “Oh it’s not so bad,’ but that’s a habit I’m going to break now.
Also, I love Fuji apples, I always have those around. Mid-morning, I might eat one of those. Sometimes I might have a big scoop of peanut butter with them.
TPT: Do you treat yourself?
Christie Brinkley: Believe me, I love a good chocolate chip ice cream. I’m not going to go for some lousy version of it. If I’m going to have it I’m going to have a really good one. I believe in treating yourself occasionally to something. But then keep other things in your fridge like those great Gnosis chocolates.
They’re like the healthiest chocolate that I know of that literally it is like taking a bite of antioxidants. It’s got like Acai berries mixed in with this very pure cocoa and you’re really getting antioxidants and healthful benefits in each bite. They say it is anti-ageing to eat that chocolate.
Christie Brinkley: Dinner just depends. I always have to have some sort of pasta; it’s more likely to get eaten by my kids. Whatever the rest of it is, it usually starts with a pan, garlic and olive oil and then various things get tossed in there.
So whether it’s broccoli rabe, some sort of bean, a whole variety of vegetables. Whether I make a fish in the oven it is that kind of thing.