Itâ€™s seems you canâ€™t go to a party these days without seeing Skinngirl Cocktails in the drink menu. Television celeb Bethenny Frankel turned her passion for healthy living into an empire fit for aâ€¦ well, skinny girl.
I couldnâ€™t pass up the chance to learn how this best selling author gets ready for summer, fits healthy living into her busy schedule, and also chat it up about her new gig with OpenSky.
Youâ€™re a new TV host, Founder of Skinnygirl, 4 time NY Times best selling author and chef, but if you had to describe yourself beyond that to someone, what would you say?
Well, I’m most definitely a businessperson, but I’m most proud of being a mother. Ever since I had Bryn, I make all my decisions based on what’s best for her so that’s how I define myself first now.
It seems like everybodyâ€™s biggest challenge for living a healthy lifestyle is time. Whatâ€™s one simple thing time-starved women can fit into their day to live a healthier lifestyle?
What I tell women is there’s no way you can be the best mother, the best wife and the best businessperson if you’re running yourself ragged!
The best thing you can do to keep healthy is to keep hydrated. Even if you have one hand on your blackberry, your baby bouncing on your lap and your ear on a conference call, you can still manage a few quick swigs of water. I even struggle with it personally because I don’t love water, but your body needs it to detox and to keep things moving if you know what I mean. So my alternative is knocking back club soda.
Summer’s here so weâ€™re all thinking about baring more skin. Can you share one of your best secrets for getting a more toned body?
There’s honestly no secret. I believe in watching what you eat and exercise in moderation. Otherwise you go on one of these crash weight-loss regimens and you give up by Day 4. You can’t keep it up! And then you end up beating yourself up. If I eat a burger for lunch, I’ll have a salad for dinner. If I don’t have time to do 40 minutes of yoga, I’ll take the stairs instead of the elevator or park a little further away and walk a little extra. Moderation is key.
I’m a New Yorker so I’m used to walking a ton every day. That’s just what we do.
With your incredibly busy schedule, how do you find the time to cook at home?
My schedule is crazy but I always make it a point to make Bryn a home-cooked meal every day. I started out in catering so cooking is what I enjoy. And I swear, it’s easyâ€¦as long as you make it easy. Don’t say you’re going to make beef Wellington and a baked Alaska for a weekday dinner with the hubbyâ€”make turkey burgers and 30-minute brownies instead.
What are a few easy tips for gradually moving toward a healthier lifestyle?
The easiest way to start is to get rid of all those processed foods in your kitchen. If it’s not there, you can’t eat it. Fill your fridge with real food instead. If you really need those potato chips, buy chips that are the most natural. (Hint: Check the ingredient list and it’ll be the one with the least ingredients.) If you really need that booze, make a Skinnygirl cocktail so you’re not downing all those calories.
Your life has changed tremendously in a fairly short amount of time. How do you stay so grounded?
Having Bryn and an amazing husband helps. The two of them remind me of what really matters whenever I’m stressed.
How do you balance your professional and personal life and have time to spend quality time with Jason and your daughter Bryn? Do you have tips for busy moms like yourself?
I’ve been so lucky that I’ve been able to create a business for myself on my own terms. Yes, I work insane hours, but I always make time for my daughter. You just have to make it work and rearrange your priorities so that you feel happiest. I have many crazy days but nothing is more important than spending time with Bryn and JasonÂ I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy but you make time for the things that fulfill you the most.
With all of these extraordinary experiences on your resume, what made you decide to work with OpenSky as your next move?
I love giving women practical solutions that can make their lives a bit easier. It’s like having boozy brunch with my girlfriends and talking out our problems. But OpenSky is a way to bridge that gap between recommending something great and giving my fans a way to actually buy it.
What kinds of products and advice can your fans expect to see you offer onÂ OpenSky?
Well, you definitely won’t get recipes for cardboard chicken. I mean I want you to actually like healthy living. I’m planning on showing you practical products and awesome tips that you can actually use in your day-to-day routineâ€¦ And some of my Skinnygirl favorites, naturally.
To learn more about Bethenny’s products or information on Open Sky, check out her personalized page here. Â