Christie Brinkley: The Worlds’ Most Famous Vegetarian Reveals Her Secret to Beautiful Skin
Thanks to Norman Mailer’s book “Miami and the Siege of Chicago,” Christie Brinkley has been a devout vegetarian ever since she was 12 years old. After reading Mailer’s graphic description of how animals are slaughtered, Christie never touched a piece of meat again. And as she says, “in a nice touch of Karma, I’ve been reaping the health benefits ever since.” And beauty benefits as well!
Collagen, Hydration and Antioxidants
We wanted to know exactly what foods she eats that help make her look so youthful, beautiful and healthy. As you’ll see, it’s all about protecting and increasing collagen, increasing hydration and fortifying cells with antioxidants.
COLLAGEN Super Supplement
“It’s well known that we women lose about 1% of our collagen every year,” says Christie. “Collagen is directly responsible for “plumping” skin, removing wrinkles, creating vital skin elasticity. What’s more, collagen increases nutrient-rich blood flow to the scalp giving you thicker, stronger and shinier hair. Even though I’m a firm believer in getting all the nutrients through food, there are cases when a good supplement can work wonders. For me, that’s BioSil SKIN HAIR NAILS, the advanced collagen generator. I was drawn to BioSil because of the clinical trial results I saw in medical journals: reduces wrinkles by 30%, increases skin elasticity by 89%, thickens and strengthens hair by 13% and strengthens nails.” That’s because BioSil gives you the ability to regain lost collagen, add new collagen, and protect both new and existing collagen. “I am amazed at the difference I see on my skin, hair and nails,” Christie says smiling. “I also appreciate that BioSil is natural and contains no animal parts.” BioSil generates collagen, but you also need specific nutrients from your diet to help in the process of assembling the actual collagen strands. This is where Christie puts her vegetarian knowledge to good use!
RADISHES: This root vegetable contains vitamin C, sulfur, and silicon – all of which support collagen production and help keep skin supple and elastic.
RED BELL PEPPERS: Raw in a salad or roasted in the oven, red peppers are one of my favorite ways to get vitamin C. Yum! One medium pepper contains more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, required for collagen production.
SWEET POTATO: Vitamin A is essential for skin health and helps prevent skin aging by promoting collagen repair and growth, and sweet potatoes contain high levels of it. I like to quarter a sweet potato and roast it. I keep plenty stocked in my fridge as a health snack that satiates my sweet tooth too.
PAPAYA, STRAWBERRIES, & KIWIS: These fruits are all rich sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for your skin – it helps promote collagen growth and prevents free radical damage.
TOFU, SOY MILK, & EDAMAME: The magic ingredient in these tasty treats is isoflavones, which may help stop the breakdown of collagen.
You never even considered it back then…but when you were a kid, you’d wake up in the morning with rosy moisture-drenched skin. No matter what you ate! Now, as adults we have to help our skin attain the sought-after “dewy look.” Here are Christie’s picks:
WALNUTS: These nuts are a great source of omega-2 fatty acids, which help strengthen the skin and also attract and hold moisture so that skin looks plump, health, and well hydrated. I always keep a little plastic bag with walnuts in my purse to nibble on throughout the day.
WILD SALMON: For those who eat fish, salmon has a lot of benefits, like selenium to help protect you from the sun and lots of omega-2 fatty acids to keep your skin soft and moisturized.
Antioxidants help keep your cells healthy. Think about it…cells make up tissues. Tissues make up organs. Organs make up you! You are the sum of your cells. What’s true for your cells is true for you. Here are Christie’s choices for foods high in free-radical fighting antioxidants:
BERRIES: Fruits and vegetables in deep, rich hues (like blueberries and blackberries) are potent sources of free radical-fighting antioxidants.
GREEN TEA: This beverage is naturally full of antioxidants that help fight the cellular damage that contributes to wrinkles and skin aging.
TOMATOES: Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is an antioxidant and is also anti-inflammatory. The best way to get it is to cook the tomatoes, so it’s a wonderful excuse to eat pasta and tomato sauce – just watch out for the salt, which can make you puffy and contribute to wrinkles under your eyes. (But I must say that laughing and eating pasta are two of the most fun ways to get wrinkles, and I’ll very happily take them!) Pink grapefruit is another good source of lycopene.
BRAZIL NUTS: They are high in selenium, a mineral that helps repair skin cell damage and prevent premature aging.
A PARTING SHOT
We all love to be outside in the sun. And we actually need about 10 minutes a day to get the vitamin D necessary for good health, especially true for your bones. Here is Christie’s advice:
SPINACH: This leafy green has lutein and other carotenoids, which protect you from sun damage. Note: Make sure to store your spinach in the light until you eat it to help it retain vitamins like C,K, and E.
CARROTS: Carotenoids have been shown to help fight aging by protecting skin from UV damage, and carrots are one of the best sources of this nutrient.
And don’t forget to wear sunscreen every day – even the cloudy ones! If you’re worried about not getting the Vitamin D because of wearing sunscreen, leave a small portion of your leg uncovered for 10 minutes, then apply your sunscreen to that part. Do a different part of your body every day, but always cover your face and neck.