Supermodel Christie Brinkley discussed her anti-aging fitness and beauty secrets on the May 25 episode of the “Dr. Oz Show.” Brinkley stays stunning and youthful at 61 with a mostly vegan diet, yoga workouts and a positive attitude.
Christie’s blonde bombshell looks have been celebrated on hundreds of magazine covers during the past four decades.
More recently, Brinkley, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl, has made headlines for her age-defying beauty.
Christie told Dr. Oz her anti-aging fitness secrets are a vegan diet and regular workouts that include yoga, Pilates, walking and lots of calisthenic exercises, including push-ups. Brinkley, who became vegetarian at age 12, calls herself a “flexible vegan” because she sometimes eats cheese and fish, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported.
The anti-aging health and weight loss benefits of a vegan diet are no surprise to Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. “A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature — predominantly plants — is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention,” said Dr. Katz, author of “Disease-Proof.”
Beyonce’s longtime fitness trainer, Marco Borges, agrees. Free radicals [toxic molecules that form in the body] contribute to aging, said Borges. A vegan diet is full of antioxidants which help protect the body from damage by free radicals, Marco explained.
Borges, who shares his vegan diet and weight loss tips in his bestselling book, The 22-Day Revolution, said his vegan meal plan helped Beyonce lose 65 pounds six months after she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy in 2012. The 5-foot-7 Beyonce, who once weighed 195 pounds, lost 65 pounds using Marcos’ vegan diet.
No. 1 Anti-Aging Beauty Secret: Positive Attitude
Despite her beautiful exterior, Brinkley told Dr. Oz her true anti-aging secret is gratitude and a positive attitude. “I really think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am go grateful for everything,” said Christie. “Ultimately your age is determined by your attitude.”
Brinkley, who has endured four divorces and numerous heartaches and disappointments, told Dr. Oz if you make an effort to feel good on the inside, you will look good on the outside.
“I love the expression, ‘Bloom where you’re planted,'” Christie gushed. “I truly find something to love about every minute of wherever I happen to be. I’m really much more concerned with how I feel [than how I look]. When you feel great and you feel energetic, that makes you look better.”
Separately, Brinkley also weighed in on Cindy Crawford’s unretouched Marie Claire photo, insisting she saw Crawford naked and her body was “perfect.”
“I just shared a dressing room with Cindy Crawford a year ago,” Christie recalled. “She was perfect. We’re in the dressing room and I turned around to grab something and Cindy is stark naked stepping into something. She looked perfect.”
Christie said she doesn’t know if the leaked photo is real or fake, but she thinks Cindy Crawford looks amazing at 49. “I honestly don’t know if that picture is for real,” Brinkley said. “I know there’s people that would like to believe it, but I’m telling you with my own eyes, she was perfect.”