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- Elizabeth Hurley, 54, has been a fitness and beauty icon for decades.
- She starts her day two cups of water in the morning, and hydrates regularly throughout the day.
- She follows a simple, healthy meal plan that prioritizes fresh produce.
All it takes is one scroll through Elizabeth Hurley’s Instagram to see she’s totally fitness goals. The 54-year-old (yes, you read that correctly) actress and Elizabeth Hurley Beach designer has been a beauty and fitness icon for decades, and she’s not relinquishing that status any time soon. Elizabeth is constantly posting photos where she looks incredibly fit, and appears to be absolutely glowing from the inside out. Which begs the question: What exactly is she eating to fuel her life?
Elizabeth tells Women’s Health that she’s especially conscious of her health because of her family history. In 1992, she lost her grandmother to breast cancer, and in 1995, she became a global ambassador for Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, a group she continues to work with.
And although she looks…pretty damn incredible, Elizabeth says her health “secret” is really a combo of three small things: “Making more time for exercise, eating nutritious foods, and taking the time to do relaxing activities.”
She prioritizes hydration.
Elizabeth says she drinks two mugs of warm water first thing in the morning. “‘It tastes fairly disgusting,” she told Daily Mail UK. “But it’s fantastic for your digestive system.”
That might seem like an odd morning beverage (like, what about coffee…or tea?), but Abby Langer, RD (who has never worked with Elizabeth), tells Women’s Health that “drinking two cups of warm water every day is a good way to get a head-start on hydrating yourself.”
Plus, Elizabeth keeps a water bottle in her bag or on her bedside table at all times, as a remember to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Elizabeth steers clear of processed food.
“I like simple, natural, easy food. I don’t really like food with a lot of chemicals or additives,” Elizabeth told The Cut. “When I’m at home in the country, I always try and eat food that’s grown locally. That goes for meats and vegetables.”
She even grows some of her own produce at home. “All through summer we eat fruit and vegetables from my own garden. I used to have a small organic farm, and all the meat my son ate was from the farm. Obviously that’s not possible for most people, but supporting local farmers wherever you live is a good thing.”
She eats balanced meals throughout her day.
In general, Elizabeth’s meals are pretty straight-forward, and primarily plant-based. Here’s what she eats in a day:
- Breakfast: After her morning workout, Elizabeth says she typically fuels up with a bowl of Greek yogurt, a banana, and a little bit of honey
- Lunch: She generally goes for a simple bowl of vegetable soup.
- Dinner: Elizabeth usually has dinner at her office. Her go-to meal consists of grilled chicken and “lots and lots and lots” of vegetables, she says.
She’s all about mindful eating, not diets.
Her current eating plan is a bit different from previous diets she’s tried. “About 100 years ago,” Elizabeth says she tried the Blood-Type Diet.
The diet (which Langer says is not supported by credible research) suggests a person follow a diet plan that will react well chemically with their specific blood type. For example, people with Type O are recommended to eat a lot of fish and lean meats, Type A should cut out meats, and so on.
Elizabeth has long since quit the Blood Type diet. Instead, she approaches her nutrition holistically. She recently spent a few days at the VIVAMAYR health spa in Austria, which teaches clients the importance of slowing down their fast-paced lifestyles.
“VIVAMAYR taught me to relax,” Elizabeth says. “I learned to sit still, put my phone down, and enjoy my food.” And that directly translated into her nutritional well-being: “My digestion has improved since I followed that advice.”
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If this is what it takes to look so freaking flawless in my fifties, count me in.