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Overview

A healthy, energizing eating plan that promotes weight loss and optimum nutrition without deprivation or starvation, from the model, mother and former Real Housewife of New York.

Like many beautiful women who have made their living on their looks, Kelly Killoren Bensimon has figured out how to keep her body beautiful. By the time Kelly turned forty, she'd had two daughters and had done it all, nutrition-wise: eaten too little as a model, gobbled too much of the wrong things as a party girl, and fed her body just right but not-quite-satisfyingly when she was pregnant. An enthusiastic outdoorswoman and involved mom, Kelly discovered that eating—really eating—is the key. She never skips a meal, always loads up on real food—not diet products, powders, bars or fake stuff—and always eats when she’s hungry. In I Can Make You Hot!,  she’ll show women who want the lean, strong, realistic but gorgeous body Kelly has how to do it. I Can Make You Hot! features:

—a 7 day diet for maximum energy at your peak times

—how to train yourself not to skip meals

—why a big carb bowl is the smartest and tastiest lunch ever

—how to lose 3 to 5 pounds fast but smart

—how to drink without sabotaging a strong, healthy body

—why some foods you may think aren’t good for a woman on a diet (carbs, dairy, eggs) are ideal

—60 recipes for Kelly’s favorites, from Thai chicken noodle salad to Gummi bear martinis

—bonus style tips, from why jeans in a smaller size make you look thinner to the allure of red

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Like many other models, Kelly Killoren Bensimon viewed food as a luscious possibility with a built-in fear factor. Whether she was overdoing it or under-doing it, she was thinking about it constantly. Finally, entering midlife, this busy spokeswoman and mom put together everything that she had learned—or should have learned and distilled it into a diet plan that really works. Some of her hard-won diet and nutrition wisdom will surprise you: She advises readers to never, never skip a meal and to load up on real food, not quick fix substitutes. To her I Can Make You Hot! regimen, she adds 60 recipes and numerous tips for all you future bikini wearers. Sexy tips from a Real Housewife of New York City.

Edward Ash-Milby

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250005564
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Killoren Bensimon is a high-profile mother of two daughters who starred in seasons 2 through 4 of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York. Kelly is a model—and former wife of high-fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon—equestrian, writer, editor and accessories designer. She has published three previous books of photography, including The Bikini Book. In 2005, Killoren Bensimon launched “Elle Accessories” as editor. She is an avid supporter of the charity generositywater.org—who will receive a portion of her proceeds from this book to build wells in countries that need clean water—and writes for Hamptons Magazine, and AM New York. She lives in New York City and East Hampton, NewYork.

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I CAN MAKE YOU HOT! (Chapter One)Monday: Make a List-Plan and Prepare!

To me, living well is the only option. What, after all, is the only alternative? Living badly? Who aspires to living badly? I want you to live well, and that's going to take some planning.

What are your goals for yourself? If you're going to make changes in your life, you need to have a plan, you need to prepare, and you need to take the time to get it right—so that you don't wind up wasting your time. This is my plan, and from now on it's going to be yours. Monday is going to be the day you make a HOT plan and prepare for the rest of your week. Let's get started together!

What are you going to be eating this week? I know we haven't talked about specific meals yet (we'll be doing that on Wednesday). For now, you just need to know that planning your meals in advance and shopping for the foods you're going to need for the rest of the week will help to keep you on track. If what you need or want to eat isn't there when you want it, you're likely to substitute something a lot less healthy and satisfying just because it's staring you in the face.

Another positive side effect of this is that once you've finished your food shopping you'll know how much money you have left over to spend on other things. And you're less likely to buy things you don't really need—so you might have some extra cash for a pedicure. This isn't just about budgeting your food; it's about budgeting your life.

Kelly's Cardinal Rule

This is not something you don't know, but—never go shopping when you're hungry. That's when you're most likely to make bad choices and find yourself finishing a whole bag of Peanut M&M's while you're surfing the vegetable aisle. You don't want to be that person who is snacking while you're shopping. That's not hot—period.

Staples I keep in my house

Snacks

Almonds

Dehydrated mangos, blueberries, pineapple

Unbuttered, unsalted popcorn

Kale chips

Organic fruit snacks

Olives

Wasabi-roasted green peas

Yogurt-covered goji berries

Breads, Cereals, Flour, And Grains

Bran and whole wheat cereals

Brown and white rice

Cornbread mix

Lentils

Organic brownie mix

Pancake mix

Rice crackers

Taco shells

Whole grain croutons

Whole wheat pasta

I'm not a big fan of nuts in general, but I do love almonds, and they have many health benefits. They're packed with nutrients and monounsaturated fats that help keep your heart healthy.

Olives may be little balls of fat, but they're full of health-promoting, omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamin E and flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants. Plus, black olives have more iron than any other food and there is research to show that olives and olive oil may be effective in the prevention and treatment of arthritis, asthma, and some types of cancer. They also satisfy your need for salt and combat cravings.

Fruits and Vegetables

Avocado

Baby carrots

Bananas

Blueberries

Celery

Cherry tomatoes

Edamame (fresh soy beans)

Frozen peas

Frozen spinach

Mixed salad greens

Oranges

Snow peas

Dehydrated snow peas are the new edamame.

Try different kinds of milk for different flavors. See which ones you like best.

Beverages

Bottled water

Unsweetened coconut milk/almond milk/whole cow's milk/soy milk/vanilla soy milk

Diet Coke (Yes, I drink Diet Coke but I don't drink gallons of it every day, and neither should you!)

Lemonade

Organic chamomile with lavender tea Peppermint tea

Pure white green tea

Coffee

Beer

Red wine

Tequila (my favorite is Patrón)

Vodka

White wine (I like Santa Margherita's pinot grigio)

Dairy Products

Butter

Eggs

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Yogurt

Other

Canned tuna, packed in water Cinnamon, ground

Crushed red pepper flakes

Lavender-lemon pepper

Miso soup

Organic nonstick cooking spray

Olive oil

Sugar

Sea salt

Truffle salt

Truffle oil

Vodka sauce (I use Newman's Own because it's tasty and the company is a great charity organization—my two favorite things.)

I like using sea salt instead of regular salt because sea salt has more flavor and is more concentrated so you can use less of it to get the same taste.

Many "diet" books will tell you not to drink because alcohol has empty calories and also lowers your inhibitions so that you're less likely to make good food choices.

Personally, I do drink beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. In fact, I love mixed drinks—particularly anything that comes with an umbrella—but not every day. When I was younger, I didn't drink beer. I didn't like it, and even one beer was too filling for me. My friends from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, used to drink Old Style when we went to Chuck's, a local bar in Fontana, but I always drank soda. I probably drank a liter of soda every Saturday night. No wonder I was so energized!

Even later, in my twenties, I didn't really drink at all. I was modeling, traveling around the world, and attending Columbia University, all at the same time. I barely had any "me time," let alone bar time. Studying and partying don't mix.

After I gave birth to my first daughter, my doctor told me that my breast milk would flow more easily if I drank a dark beer every day. Since I'm Irish, I went with Guinness. That's when it started; my taste buds changed, and it was actually beneficial to me. Once I stopped breastfeeding I started to run more consistently again. Beer was already in my diet, and it also was refreshing and gave me carbs after my daily runs.

Do I encourage you to sit back and down a six-pack by yourself? Hardly! I don't drink beer (or any other alcohol) every day. Beer and I are now acquaintances, but not best friends. I don't lie around in front of the TV with a beer bottle on my belly. Everything with me is in moderation (except for how I love). No one ever looks HOT when they're drunk—even if they think they do—but if you don't have issues with alcohol, drink really good beer, wine, and alcohol. Bad alcohol leads to bad hangovers. And always, always, drink responsibly.

According to Forbes.com: "A vast number of studies show that moderate consumption of alcohol, including beer, may reduce the risk of heart disease—consistently the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. A 2006 study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health found that, among men with healthy lifestyles, those who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol had a 40 to 60% reduced risk of heart attack compared with heart healthy men who abstained." You heard it here.

And I read in the New York Post that Heidi Klum, ex-Victoria's Secret model and mother of four, runs four miles a day and drinks beer. If it's good enough for a former supermodel and for Forbes.com, it's good enough for me.

Interestingly, I've found that since I started taking care of my body and feeding it well, my metabolism works so efficiently that I can drink alcohol and metabolize it faster than most people. If you want to drink, my advice is to eat better and exercise!

I firmly believe that bland food makes you fat. When food is really tasty, you're satisfied with less, so what you want is food so flavorful that you want to eat it slowly and savor every bite. Your taste buds will be in gastronomic heaven after just a few bites.

One way to get more of that sultry savory taste is to use truffle oil as a flavor enhancer. I love it on pasta, eggs, meat, and fish. Seth Levine, who appeared on Season 5 of Gordon Ramsay's hit television show, Hell's Kitchen, gave me some insight on truffles and how to use truffle oil. According to Seth, white truffles are more exotic and more expensive than black, are gathered during the summer only in France and Spain, and are mainly used in dishes during the fall months. Black truffles are more common and can be found in Oregon, Canada, and all over Europe throughout the year.

Truffle oil is so full of concentrated flavor that a little goes a very long way. Put a few drops on your salad or on a pizza. Just never add it until your food has finished cooking. Subjecting the oil to heat kills the truffle flavor. What a waste of deliciousness!

Think and Plan!

When you shop for clothes you probably have a budget. Think of food shopping the way you think of shopping for clothes. A muffin from Dunkin' Donuts costs 480 calories. Do you have enough calories to spend on a muffin? Eat what you need and what you can afford, not what you have to burn off later. Don't incur food debt.

Plan how and when you're going to exercise. Get out your calendar or PDA. What does the rest of your week look like? Do you go to an office every day? Do you have morning or afternoon appointments? Evening activities? If you plan your workouts around your obligations (also including your fun activities) and write them in your calendar, you won't have any excuse for not doing what you planned. Then use your PDA to find the closest well-stocked market and go there. Making life easy for yourself is what it's all about.

When you go to the supermarket, dress to look good! Not only is the market a great place to meet people, but also, if you look good, you'll feel good, and you'll buy food that's good for you. You don't have to wear six-inch platform stilettos; just no baggy sweats or anything that looks like you slept in it the night before. Clean skinny jeans or a neat pair of yoga pants and a fresh white tank or tee shirt can be totally hot and totally appropriate.

Kelly's Cardinal Rule

Give HOT! your all!

What's on your social calendar? Are you doing things you love? If not, you should be. If you do things that bore you, you won't have any reason to be HOT, and then you'll be boring to yourself and to others. If you think people aren't attracted or drawn to you, it's not because you aren't skinny; it's because you aren't fun.

Once you have a social plan it's time to make a clothing plan. What are you going to wear to each of the events you have coming up? Are the clothes clean, pressed, and in good repair? There's no bigger bummer than pulling a smokin' HOT outfit out of the closet and discovering there's a big stain in the front, or the hem is down, or there's a button missing. Sure, you could wear something else, but you probably won't feel as hot, and if you don't feel HOT you're not going to look your hottest either.

Finally, what's your hygiene and beauty plan? Do you need to schedule a haircut? Give yourself a manicure and pedicure? To feel good about yourself, you need to take care of yourself. That isn't selfish; it's what you deserve! Once you feel your hottest, you'll be able to give your best to your family and friends.

I totally get what social networking is all about. I probably use it as much as anyone. But I don't confuse social networking with actually making connections with real humans—live and in person—people I love and enjoy. If you don't learn to manage your social networking online, or use it as a replacement for getting out in the world, it can ultimately take over (and even ruin) your life. The real world is a lot bigger, more exciting, and fun, so instead of getting lured into the virtual world, stay grounded in reality. We humans are naturally social animals; we enjoy being in a group dynamic. So turn off your hot new electronics and start to get HOT. Human contact is HOT; texting is not!

I CAN MAKE YOU HOT! Copyright © 2012 by Kelly Killoren Bensimon.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xv

Introduction: What's HOT and What's Not 1

Monday: Make a List-Plan and Prepare! 13

Tuesday: A Little Ohm and a Little Oh Yeah!-It's All about Balance 25

Wednesday: Diet = "DIE With a T" 39

Thursday: Tricks of My Trade 75

Friday: Hot Couture 91

Saturday: Heat Up Your HOT Image with Healthy Options Today 113

Sunday: Funday 129

Hot Recipes for a Hotter You 135

Index 253

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