Happy October everyone! The start of a new month is always a catalyst for motivation. Whether you're looking to make a change or check in with where you are, I'm here to encourage you to make it happen. But before you go out and get it done, you have to go in. Which brings me to the focus of the month: Awareness. The state of being awake. Being conscious of our mind, body, soul, and environment. Life happens in the physical and our body is our tool. The girl of the month of October is very conscious of what she puts in her body and how she feeds her family. She's made "healthy food" sexy and appetizing... so much that she's taken Miami by storm! You can either find her at Barry's bootcamp or in somebody's kitchen giving cooking classes. I'm happy to introduce Sally Schimko aka @mysexyveggies!Born and raised in Israel but local to Miami Beach. Happily married to the love of her life, she's also the mommy of two beautiful kids. While being a full-time mom, Sally created her food oriented blog "My Sexy Veggies" as an expression of her own need of making healthy food interesting for her son Ethan, who wouldn't eat his veggies! "I never gave up on being creative and finding new ways of incorporating healthy food into his diet" says Schimko. She quickly picked up and started making others change their perception on healthy food as well.
What's a normal day for you. A day in my life will always start with a sweat session. Working out is a huge priority for me, a mental escape, and my "me time". While the kids are in school, I teach private cooking classes and coach clients through their nutrition journeys. Pick up the kids and I'm back to mommy duties, and I love it!
How do you feel about social media? Like everything in life: moderation. Keep it real, be yourself, be graceful, and help people grow as you grow.
Where does your passion for food and cooking come from? I want people to see the wonder of veggies through my eyes and most importantly feel good "smart food good mood". Through my son's experience I found the wonders of clean eating and vegetables so I'm happy to share what works for me and my kids.
Can’t leave the house without? Sunglasses and my VISOR. Thank you de la heart!
Coffee or tea? tea
Favorite restaurant in Miami. Makoto and Cecconis. Wow I'm so basic!
Favorite scent. Musky scents.
Best way to decompress. Long hot steam shower with essential oils (lavender or eucalyptus).
What’s on your reading list? I'm always between motherhood and nutrition books, just finished The Mindful Vegan by Lani Muelrath.
What’s the last thing you cooked? Last night I made eggplant tacos, it's one of my favorites :)
How do you start your day? Meditation and warm lemon water.
What is the first thing you thought of this morning? Thank you. I woke up and I'm healthy. It's going to be the best day.
What’s your go-to fitness routine or regimen? I love morning workouts! A good bootcamp, a long run, or hot yoga.
Where do you work out/practice and why do you go there? Barry's bootcamp. I love the community the most.
What is your approach to nutrition? LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. No labels, always aim for fresh, raw food.
What are your lifestyle “must-do’s” and your absolute “no ways”? Start your day with lemon water--I swear by it! No way: Any type of processed salad dressing.
What’s the cheat treat you can’t resist? SWEET! Chocolate, cheesecake, sweet, real sweet!
What’s your definition of beauty? As I got older I realized beauty is more than a aesthetic. I think it starts from within. Good energy is beautiful, healthy is beautiful, inner peace is beautiful, kindness is beautiful, beauty is happiness!
What’s your “passed down from Mom” beauty secret? Finish my shower with a splash of ice cold water. It shrinks your pores and tightens the skin. I still can't do it.
Must-have natural beauty products. Bright eyes eye cream by Goldfaden MD.
Favorite place to get beautified in Miami. Gee Beauty.
Best homemade mask. Aloe vera musk mixed with turmeric and grape seed oil.
Best beauty tip you ever received. To keep my eye cream in the fridge. game changer!
Favorite app. Venmo and Instacart. haha #mommylife
Favorite social-media platform. Instagram.
Favorite person/people to follow on Instagram. @minimalisticbaker, @healthwithnedi, @busybee...so many!
Last google search. Inulin powder.
Person you text the most. My husband.
FASHION & LIFESTYLE
Best cocktail in Miami. My sexy veggies cocktail. Visit my blog for the recipe!
Who inspires you? My mother is my biggest inspiration, she was always the perfect real life example for balance and moderation. My mother was always a full time working mother and somehow she did it all. She was always there for us, with good energy, thankful and graceful. As a little girl I always wanted to be just like her.
Favorite line in a movie. "Everyone needs to sacrifice for fashion". Samantha said that to Miranda about her new born in the Sex and the City movie. So funny so true!
Favorite song. "Can't help falling in love" U2. It's my wedding song.
Favorite city in the world. Eliat in Israel. The Red Sea is so magical and it's where my husband kissed me for the very first time-cheesy!!
Where do you want to travel next? Girls trip in the Bahamas and ski family vacation in the French Alps.
What words do you live by. Without music life will be flat. I love music!
How do you describe your personal style. I love being comfortable. Denim and a white tee! When I have events and need to be on point, my best friend Brooke is there with the perfect outfit.
Person you admire the most. My grandmother.
If your friends had to describe you using only one word, what would it be? Happy!
If you could offer a piece of advise to your 18 year old self, what would it be? 18 was a milestone in my life as I served in the Israeli army for 2 years. I think it would be to live life to the fullest, nothing is for granted. And always be thankful for what you have!