Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly Killoren Bensimon to talk about her new book, . The former Real Housewives of New York City star is stunning and down to earth in person, not to mention refreshingly candid.
I caught up with Kelly at the San Carlos Hotel in Midtown. Though I was her last appointment on a full day of media meet and greets, she was energetic and engaged – no doubt largely because of the healthy habits she writes about in I Can Make You Hot.
A brisk, informative read, I Can Make You Hot is an easy to follow primer about how to stay in shape and feel your best. Sharing what she’s learned from her years as a model, Elle Accessories editor and TV personality, Kelly steers readers away from unhealthy extremes with an uncomplicated and accessible plan: daily exercise (no excuses), six days of healthy food choices and making Sunday your “funday.”
“Most people are so consumed with dieting that they’re not living,” Kelly told me. “If you’re eating well and exercising well and treating your body like it’s a Ferrari, it’s always purring. But if you treat your body like it’s a rental car, it’s going to stop.”
Along with nutrition tips and 60 healthy and delicious recipes, Kelly emphasizes the importance of channeling your inner supermodel with practical fashion advice. When in doubt, she says, look to celebs for inspiration — with a caveat.
“Channel the ones that work for your body type, not the ones you think are great that don’t have anything to do with you. I wouldn’t be good if I was channeling Twiggy because we don’t look anything alike. I’m not as thin as people think I am, I just conceal it really well!”
I had to disagree with her here, but we were definitely both on the same page when it comes to getting out of your comfort zone – and how doing that doesn’t have to be difficult.
“Everyone talks about these big momentous changes that you need to make in your life. No. It can just be the teeniest, tiniest thing. In the morning, instead of going in the right direction, take a left. If you normally wear flats, wear high heels. Like Dr. Phil says, if you don’t like it, change it…whatever it is.”
As she does in her book, Kelly talked a lot about being a single mom – and the challenges of going from being married at a very young age to taking care of her children 24-7.
“It wasn’t really reality TV that changed my life, it was the fact that I got divorced. That was the biggest shift,” she said. “I’m a working mom and I want to instill in them that they don’t have to feel guilty about working. That it’s okay to take leaps of faith…to do things that are exciting and that you don’t know what the eventuality is going to be. It’s okay to do that.”
I Can Make You Hot is a great handbook for getting in shape and feeling and looking your best. And I’m excited to offer one lucky SGITC reader a free autographed copy! What makes you feel hot? Post a comment by Friday May 11th with your answer below and you’ll be entered to win.