This month I have been busy trying to look like Elle Macpherson.
And it's easier than you think. But it isn't cheap.
I've been road testing Elle's Welleco superfood and protein powders as part of the Four Week Body Reboot that the supermodel has devised with her partner, nutritionist Dr Simone Laubscher.
Elle's Super Elixir greens supplement powder (£96, Selfridges) has been around for a while: a combination of 45 vitamins and minerals including alkalising super greens, Chinese herbs and digestive enzymes designed to 'boost vitality and wellness'.
Taking the powder daily is supposed to reduce stress, fatigue and premature ageing and it comes in a super stylish UV-resistant caddy which keeps nutrients intact, looks better than most of my perfume bottles and could explain the hefty price tag.
Newer to the health guru's wellness range is the Nourishing Protein, an organic protein powder made with sprouted brown rice, pea protein and Peruvian cacao. It 's vegan but contains all nine essential amino acids like those found in red meat, eggs, chicken and fish.
The idea behind the plan is combining the two products with some simple changes to your diet over a four week period to boost metabolism and kick-start a healthier body without drastic dieting or exercise binges.
And it's pretty easy to follow:
Week One: No carbs after 5pm, take the Super Elixir greens once a day, drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
Week two: All of the above plus add cayenne pepper to at least one meal a day (cayenne boosts metabolism and creates a thermogenic effect which helps burn calories).
Week three: All of the above plus replace one meal a day with the Nourishing Protein.
Week four: All of the above and for one week cut out all added sugar, dairy and processed starchy carbs. Increase your intake of green vegetables.
Here's where I'm supposed to show you pictures of me looking like an Amazonian Australian, or at least a bit skinnier than before. But TBH I don't actually look or weigh much different than when I started. I'm a bit less bloated around the belly but as I'm generally pretty careful with what I eat anyway there hasn't been any major improvement in my body shape.
There has, however, been a MASSIVE boost in my energy and general feel-good levels, my eyes are brighter, I feel more chilled, and my skin is softer and clearer.
- The Super Elixir Nourishing Protein £48 Selfridges: This gets a big thumbs up from me. I've been trying to work protein shakes into my diet since upping my workouts and most of the vegan ones on the market taste like vanilla-flavoured dirt. I had this daily for breakfast in a smoothie with almond milk, half a banana and a shot of espresso (don't tell Elle that bit) and it tasted great plus kept me full for hours. I'll definitely be buying this again.
- The Super Elixir £96 Selfridges: There's no doubt this worked a bit of magic on my skin - a facialist literally marvelled at my age when she got me under the lamp - and the 'milk bumps' that I often get on arms and cheeks after a large weekend/cheese binge were a lot less obvious. I did feel a bit lighter and my general mood noticeably improved BUT I'm not sure that wasn't just a combination of all the tips rather than the greens on their own and so I don't think I can justify the price tag when there are so many other green supplements out there promising similar things. Ask me again when I've won the lottery.