Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson makes the case for drinking warm water- and shares her daily diet
Published 16/10/2015 | 10:53
We've heard stranger things - but Lindsay Ellingson makes a fair point for her choice of morning drink.
The former Victoria's Secret model told The Cut that drinking warm water kickstarts her day.
"I had a consultation with the ayurvedic specialist who told me that I should drink warm, filtered water in the morning. He said your body absorbs the warm water better than cold and that it’s really soothing to your stomach. I actually find that I don’t need caffeine like coffee or tea. If I’m well-rested and have my breakfast, that gives me energy for my day. But sometimes, around 4 p.m., I’ll get an iced brew coffee."
The San Diego native then makes a fresh smoothie with almond butter, strawberries, and almond milk.
"It tastes like a treat and gives you energy. Or else I’ll eat seven-grain toast with avocado, sea salt, and cumin, to spice it up."
Lindsay is a devout follower of yoga, and says that practising has thought her a lot about wellness and taking care of her body.
"Everything you are thinking affects how you look and feel. Thoughts are just as important. If you are having a stressful day, it’s good to define a few things that you are grateful for, to wake up with gratitude. I have a journal, I write down a few things and think about three things that I’m thankful for and it makes you feel uplifted."
The 30-year-old was previously a dancer for ten years, but is convinced that she is at her healthiest now as she found what works for her.
"I was used to waking up at 5 a.m. to work out every day. Modeling was a natural transition except it was less about wellness. The year I started modeling, I went straight to Paris where I was exposed to the French patisseries — oh my god. Nothing beats an amazing almond croissant."
Now, to keep fit she opts for yoga three times a week and long bike rides.
"For the past two years, my husband and I have done 50-mile bike rides to raise money for cancer research. It’s the most amazing feeling at the end, helping people and that rush of serotonin. I’ve tried really intense cardio workouts and it just doesn't work for me."
"In my normal routine, if I have something big coming up, I’ll step it up to feel better about myself. I am naturally thin but I like to have muscle tone. Clients appreciate that, too. If I’m ramping it up, I try to do four or five workouts a week and add one to two more classes than I would normally take."
Lindsay said that she is very conscious of what she eats, but the one indulgence she won't deny herself is French fries.
"I’m a big foodie. When I eat, I think, 'Is this healthy?' I stay away from anything deep-fried or that has a lot of preservatives. But it’s hard. One of my indulgences is French fries. I don’t diet, I don’t think it works for me. I’m a naturally thin woman but I want food that makes me feel good and energized. But I do make a choice: indulge here and there and indulge in almost everything."
"Today, I’m having an egg-white scramble with avocado and mushroom. My husband and I cook together. One thing that we will make is brown-rice pasta with turkey sausage, broccoli, and marinara sauce. It’s so easy to make and hits all the food groups in one. Or I will do salmon, sweet potatoes, and kale salad."