Sports Illustrated, as we know, is where we go to find the hottest of the hot swimsuit wearers. For 40 plus years, we’ve oogled and applauded the likes of Elle Macpherson, Chrissy Teigen, Ashley Graham and helped them propel careers and appeal in their respective interests and for the most part, we are all the better for it (can you imagine living in a world without Chrissy Teigen’s food? No, thank you).
Christie Brinkley returned to Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue almost four decades since her debut in 1979, and about 13 years since her last photo shoot in a swimsuit. But she’s definitely still got it today. In fact, the 64-year-old is making 60-something look like 20-something. She wouldn’t be misplaced in a Drake video, she looks so damn fine.
Having a hard study of her pictures (for food purposes, of course, you’ll understand in a second), it got me thinking: What is she eating, and how in the world does she maintain that killer bikini bod? Here’s everything you need to know.
First things first, it should be made clear that 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.”
Showing that she’s still down with the youth, she said she picked up her next habit off 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. A
long with the juice of a whole lemon, Christie also puts a bit of Manuka honey and cayenne pepper into her hot water. She sips this every morning, well before she even thinks about making a cup of coffee. No surprise that this really revs her up for her day.
For breakfast, she enjoys sheep’s-milk yogurt mixed with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, papaya, chia seeds, raw oatmeal, and walnuts. If she feels she’s lacking protein on one day, feeling a little sluggish, she’ll whip up an egg-white omelette with spinach and mushrooms. She’s also a huge fan of avocado toast (not all on the same day, of course).
Describing herself as a flexible vegan in interviews, you may think Christie finds it difficult to stay strong and healthy (not to mention sexy), but she finds ways around it. 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).” She did say, however, that she hasn’t touched a piece of meat since she was 12. She also fluctuated between eating different types of dairy.
For lunch, she likes to keep things light, but she fills up with snacks to take her to dinner. “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’ll make a fresh juice using kale, lime juice, orange juice, and avocado and snack on a homemade pumpkin-seed mix made with Himalayan salt, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and dried raisins. If she’s hungry before lunch, she’ll snack on apples with peanut butter.
Christie will almost always end the day with a dinner that’s 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.” On top of that, she’s imbibing while she eats: “I like a glass of red wine with dinner because it doesn’t interfere with my sleep.”
What makes her daily meals so good is the moderation in everything. As she said herself, balance is the key. On top of having wine, Christie indulges in one splurge every single day: a Gnosis Pom Açai raw chocolate bar. I’m sure her and her daughters (either side of her above), will live for a very long time.