Elon Musk’s mom shares secrets of wellness

Maye Musk
Screen capture Maye Musk/YouTube

Maye Musk may have given birth to the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, but she is also a successful model as well as a licensed dietitian and nutritionist with multiple masters degrees.

Maye Musk began her modeling career when she was 15 years old; 52 years later and the shimmering silver-haired beauty is as popular a muse as ever. But during those five decades the can-do Musk also completed a bachelor's degree in dietetics, had 3 children, then added two Master of Science degrees in dietetic and nutritional science ... and became a registered dietitian in Canada and the United States. Plus, 10 grandchildren. I’m exhausted just writing all of that. Is it any wonder that she raised a kid like Elon Musk?

Anyway, she recently talked to New York Magazine about wellness, of which she is exceedingly well versed.

Here are the refreshing takeaways:

On breakfast hacks and almond milk
She mixes her own high-fiber cereal using Fiber One, Raisin Bran, Grape-Nuts, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds, which she tops with 1 percent milk. Commenting on the alternatives, she says: “Almond milk is not a milk; it’s not a beverage really.”

On embracing the snack and the danger of muffins
She doesn’t allow herself to become hungry and thus, carries nuts and prunes with her. “When you’re hungry, you’ll look for foods and it’s never salad; it’s always muffins!”

On eschewing woo-woo wellness
Her approach to wellness is based on science and common sense. (No offense to Gwyneth Paltrow, but yes to the yay!) “I don’t do crazy stuff. I don’t do a lot of fad diets or supplements, and don’t recommend that. I don’t recommend being gluten-free unless you have sensitivity.”

On no pain, no gain
Contrary to what Nike might have you believe, there can be gain without pain. Musk exercises, but does so in ways that offer pleasure not pain, like 30 minutes on a stationary bike while reading or weights and stretches while watching TV. “You have to stay active, it keeps the bones flexible. But I don’t believe in heavy pain, not to the point that I’m hurting. You don’t need to hurt, especially over 60.”

On temptation and triggers
Musk says her biggest struggle in wellness is temptation – which I suppose aside from laziness is the hardest part for most of us. When she visits her grandkids she steadfastly avoids their cookies and ice cream. “I don’t touch them. I can’t. You have to know your trigger foods, and for me it’s sweet foods.”

On positive feedback
When Musk is modeling she tries to keep her nutrition know-how on the down low, lest she be regaled with tales of everyone’s juicing habits and supplement regimens. “Yeah, I don’t juice. I don’t want to be the Debbie Downer for the miracle things they are doing. I try not to give advice unless people ask me."

On the secret to longevity
The magic word is … beans! Musk makes bean soup by taking a 12-bean soup mix, soaking it overnight, boiling with tomatoes and spices and sticking it in the freezer. “I’ll have a cup a day. It’s very nutritious. A report came out that people who lived the longest had a cup of beans a day.”

To see the Musk matriarch in action ... and learn about proper fruit portioning(!), watch the video below:

And you can read the whole New York Magazine interview here.

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