Born in Illinois, Cindy Crawford got started in modeling as a teenager when she was selected by a local clothing store to participate in a fashion shoot. This led to a decision to try it as a career and she was picked up by Elite at age 17. After graduating as her high school class valedictorian, Crawford began studying at Northwestern University but dropped out to pursue modeling full-time. In the 1980s and 90s, she was one of the most popular supermodels in the world, gracing a myriad of runways and magazine covers. Crawford created several fitness videos and also appeared in multiple films and on tv shows, often as herself. She gave up full-time modeling in 2000 and started a line of beauty products called Meaningful Beauty. She also launched a line of furniture and is co-owner of Nate ’n Al’s deli in Hollywood. Crawford co-wrote a memoir entitled Becoming. She was married to actor Richard Gere from 1991-1995 and married model Rande Gerber in 1998. They have 2 children together. Crawford’s favorite charity is childhood leukemia. She has millions of followers on social media. Crawford is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 140 lbs.
Cindy Crawford’s Diet
Crawford looks fabulous in her fifties. She uses the 80/20 rule when it comes to health eating: she eats healthy foods 80% of the time and cuts loose the other 20%. Her number one rule for food is that it must be natural, so she eats lots of veggies, lean animal protein and nuts, and leaves the pre-packaged food on the shelf at the store. She starts her day with a cup of healthy green tea and of course she stays hydrated throughout the day with water Her one must-have daily indulgence is a square of dark chocolate. Without it, she isn’t satisfied.
- Low Carbs 20% 20%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium-High Protein 60% 60%
Crawford starts her day with a cup of green tea which is chock-full of antioxidants, burns fat and fights cancer.
Fill ’Er Up
Crawford is keen on eating healthy all the time, but she believes it’s especially important to start the day off with a filling breakfast. Her go-to is a protein shake which she says gives her long-lasting, steady fuel. She may have also have half an Ezekiel or spelt muffin.
Cut the Crap
Crawford’s approach to eating is fairly simple: eat whole foods and avoid anything that comes wrapped in cellophane or has a bunch of unpronounceable ingredients.
Protein Packed Meals
For lunch, Crawford will usually have a salad with some kind of animal protein, such as fish or poultry. While the rest of the family will have pasta or potatoes, she’ll put her meat on a bed of greens. She’ll finish off the meal with a piece of dark chocolate to satisfy her cravings.
Crawford supports snacking — as long as it’s healthy. She usually has a mid-afternoon snack such as apple and cheese or hummus and celery, and she always carries things like almonds with her because she hates feeling hungry and having no healthy options.
Crawford mostly avoids sugar and empty-calorie foods, but she is also aware that’s she’s a role model for her children and so she doesn’t always skip dessert. Chocolate is one of her top picks for a treat.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Crawford on Green Tea
‘I feel good with it. My body wants that every morning.’
Crawford on Breakfast
‘It’s really important to start the day out right. It’s very easy to control what you eat for breakfast, for the most part, if you’re home. If you start with a good foundation, it sets you up well.’
Crawford on Healthy Eating
‘It’s getting easier and easier because I know how much better I feel when I do eat right.’
Crawford on Modeling Good Eating
‘I have a daughter, so I eat consciously because I want her to see me eat healthy and not think she can’t have dessert ever.’
Crawford on Cravings
‘I definitely need a piece of dark chocolate…If I don’t have it, I could have 100 other things and still not be satisfied.’
Cindy Crawford’s Fitness Routine
Not a Natural
Crawford says she has never been the type to hop out of bed and say, ‘Gee, I can’t wait to work out today!’ Nonetheless, she sticks to a regular routine to stay strong, inside and out.
Sign of the Times
Crawford’s routine has changed over the years. She was big on aerobics in the 1980s and 90s, and when she had babies in the house, she did less intense workouts. These days, she’s into Pilates, the treadmill, outdoor hikes and strength training.
Not Just for Swimsuits
Crawford says her motivation for staying in shape when she was young was just to look good in a bikini, but these days, she keeps it up because of how it makes her feel on the inside.
Crawford works out with her personal trainer Sarah Hagaman three times a week.
Crawford does 20 minutes of cardio and a half-hour to an hour of circuit training with free weights, a few machines and bodyweight work 3 days a week.
Write It Down
Crawford has exercise scheduled in her week. She says it saves mental energy because she doesn’t have to wonder when she’ll find the time to fit it in.
Crawford doesn’t always make it to the gym, but if that’s the case, she’ll hit the treadmill or get exercise outdoors because she knows she feels better when she does.
A Cindy Crawford Routine
Weight training: 30-60 min, 3x/week including lunges, squats, free weights, machines, bodyweight, etc.
Cardio: 20 min, including treadmill, trampoline, elliptical, run stairs, etc.
Abs work: hold sandbag over head and step up onto exercise bench.
Hike/bike/walk outdoors: whenever possible
Crawford on Regular Exercise
‘I think having a scheduled appointment works fo me. That way, I don’t really have to think about it.’
Crawford on Her Reasons for Exercising
‘Just knowing I’m strong has a huge impact on my mental health.’
Crawford on her Trainer
‘I work out with my trainer, Sarah Hagaman, 3 mornings a week. We do circuit training for the whole body.’
Crawford on Exercising with Others
‘If I can squeeze in a hike or bike ride with my husband or a girlfriend during the week, that’s just a bonus!’ Martial arts are a vehicle for developing your human potential.
Cindy Crawford’s Supplements
Crawford says she takes several vitamins and supplements, but is shy about sharing exactly what besides her superfood green tea. So, below are supplements that can benefit anyone following a similar diet.
Crawford’s diet is healthy and packed with veggies, but if you don’t get as many greens as you should, a greens supplement and a multivitamin are a smart move to get your essential micronutrients.
Cindy Crawford’s Lifestyle
Crawford says she’s the heavy in her household, and the kids probably wouldn’t go to school or even to bed if she weren’t there to lay down the law.
Crawford uses homeopathy for everything from insomnia to indigestion because she likes that it has no side effects or drug interactions.
Not an Instant Hit
Crawford dropped out of college after 1 term to try modeling, but the first agency she went to said the mole on her face would have to go.
Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber was a model, and now so are both their kids.
Crawford says the hardest thing about the pandemic for her has been being unable to plan. She has counteracted it by setting a schedule for getting up, exercising, getting dressed and so on to create a schedule. She has also added meditation to her day.
Crawford says these days, she only wears a touch of concealer, a hint of blush, some mascara, a little lip balm and that’s it.
Crawford’s brother died of leukemia before his 4th birthday, which is why she donates to the Leukemia Society of America, the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross (which is instrumental with blood donations).
Crawford on Confidence
‘I’ve always found that beauty and confidence are synonymous. If you feel confident, that’s what people see.’
Crawford on Aging
‘The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned.’
Crawford on Her Looks
‘Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.’
Crawford on Minimalist Makeup
‘I don’t know if I will ever choose to wear more makeup again (unless I’m at a shoot)!’
Crawford on self-love
‘If people would treat themselves with the same kind of love they give to their friends, that would be such a great gift we could give ourselves.’