Interview with Lisa Hochstein from The Real Housewives of Miami




Last night was the season premiere of The Real Housewives of Miami and recently I had the opportunity to chat with cast member Lisa Hochstein.


Katie: What made you decide to shoot RHOM?

Lisa: I thought it would be a great opportunity. I’ve had a lot of aspirations to have my own brand within the fitness, nutrition, clothing maybe jewelry arenas.

Katie: How has being on the show affected your life?

Lisa: It’s definitely made me a public person. It’s different because people really feel like they know you because you are letting them into your home, and see your personal life. You’re talking about all the trials and tribulations and triumphs in your life and that’s out there for everyone to see. So a lot of the time people will come up to me and talk to me like we’ve been friends for years, which is really nice.

Katie: Last season you were trying to get pregnant. Any chance you might adopt?

Lisa: As of right now we don’t have any intention to adopt. We are staying focused on continuing with the fertility treatments and having our own biological child.

Katie: Are you pregnant?

Lisa: I am not pregnant right now. I wish!

Katie: I hear you are developing your own fitness products. Can you tell me a little more about that?

Lisa: Basically in the past few months I’ve been testing out some products to make sure that it meets my standards if I have to modify anything. Rome wasn’t built overnight and I have a really good team that I’m working with that are guiding me along the way. We are hoping everything will be in place by the summer. Right now we are focusing a lot on the skincare.

Katie: In a recent Shape magazine article you said – “Every morning I make a protein pancake with honey on it, and then I eat five more small meals throughout the day and a protein shake after working out to feed my muscles.” Care to share your pancake recipe?

Lisa: Yes! Lisa’s Protein Power Pancake Recipe

Katie: Also, I’m sometimes skeptical of too much protein. I don’t want to bulk up. What are your thoughts?

Lisa: I love lots of protein. It doesn’t bulk you up. If you eat lean protein it helps you maintain your muscles and keep you nice and toned. I also think women don’t eat as much protein as men. I have this philosophy that could be why we age a little faster. The reason I say this is because protein is feeding your muscles and your muscles are attached to your skin, in your face not so much in your body. So if you are feeding your muscles it’s keeping your skin and face nice and tight.

Katie: What is your #1 trick to staying so fit? Is it more fitness or nutrition?

Lisa: It’s a combination of both. If I had to choose one, number one would be nutrition. Even if you’re working out and you’re eating like crap you’re gonna look like crap.

Katie: It’s so hard to not eat right. I recently joined a gym but I feel like my nutrition hasn’t changed and I know that if my nutrition doesn’t change I’m obviously not going to see the results I want.

Lisa: You might as well stop going to the gym. You’re cheating yourself. You may be building nice muscle, but you will still maybe have a layer of fat that you’re not going to lose by eating horribly. You have to eat right. That’s number 1 and working out aids to that. You can give yourself a cheat day. I feel every 5 to 6 days you should give yourself a cheat day. Have a cheat meal, not necessarily cheat day. That way you have something to look forward to and it’s motivating when we have something to look forward to.

Katie: I know you said you are currently working on a skincare line. What is your beauty routine now and what are some of your favorite products you are currently using?

Lisa: The products I’ve been testing are what I’ve been using. My routine takes me about half an hour each night. I really make sure I never go to sleep with makeup on my face. Not a drop of makeup, because that’s how you clog your pores, your skin can’t breathe. I give myself a facial once a week. I do my masks, a moisturizing mask and my clay mask once a week. I always go in the steam room because I feel that’s the best way to clear out your pores and release toxins from my body. It definitely makes my skin glow and it helps the masks and creams absorb better into my skin. I use a cleanser daily and also use a scrub twice a week. My skin can be oily especially living in Miami so I use a moisturizer that’s oil free and I use benzoyl peroxide cleanser for my face, and then a toner that really deep cleanses the pores and that’s how I keep it looking the way it does. Because if I didn’t do that I would have a little bit of acne on my face. I am prone to it. I always use a serum. I think using a serum is super important. Also, I never leave the house without SPF 50 every single day. I think that definitely contributes to the way my skin looks.

Katie: Do you use a serum and a moisturizer at night?

Lisa: Yes. I use a serum and moisturizer day and night always. Never forget the serum because that’s what’s giving you all the nutrients and giving you the ingredients that help your skin look its best. The moisturizer is usually just a moisturizer.

Katie: Do you watch the other Real Housewives?

Lisa: I do. I particularly like Beverly Hills and Atlanta.

Katie: Do you watch any other reality shows?

Lisa: Not really because it’s so time consuming to watch so much TV. I generally don’t watch much more TV. I do like the show “Breaking Bad” however. It’s one of my favorite fictional shows.

Katie: Fave band/musician?

Lisa: I have so many. That’s a tough question. I love Beyoncé. I actually walked down the aisle to the song “Halo”. So she’s probably my favorite female singer. I also really love hip hop. That’s actually my music of choice. If I’m working out I love to listen to house and I love listening to Calvin Harris. He’s probably my favorite house DJ.

Katie: Fave brand/designer

Lisa: If I’m going to a red carpet event I really love Emilio Pucci, Herve Leger , Dolce & Gabbana, I think they make the most beautiful creations. I also like clothes by Torn, I think it’s really affordable for everyone and very stylish, so chic and fashion forward. I also love Mason by Michelle Mason. Her stuff is so well made for the price point. I think everyone should have a piece like that in their closet. Really beautiful stuff.

Katie: Spray tan? Tanning Bed? Out in the sun?

Lisa: No way will I lay out in the sun and no tanning beds. That is something I will never do to my skin. It’s the number 1 thing that will contribute to you aging. I always get a spray tan even though they say it’s still not the best for you. To me it’s better than laying out in the sun. I love to have a little color because  it makes your body look more lean, trim and fit. It makes you look healthier.

Katie: Last song played on your iPod?

Lisa: That new Florence and the Machine house song. It gets me going and gives me goose bumps. Music is definitely my drug. I’m very passionate about music. I love hip hop and house music. I’ve always had a little fantasy to produce my own house music.

Katie: You should!

Lisa: I used to be a pianist believe it or not as a young girl and used to play the clarinet in band. I’m such a band dork! I have an ear for it. When I first hear a song I can always tell if it will be a hit or not. I’ve always wanted to produce my own music.

Katie: Do you do your own social media? I think you do.

Lisa: Yes I do my own social media. I don’t think people would necessarily want to follow you if somebody else was sending, posing, tweeting, Instagraming as you. If I follow someone it’s because I want to see what they have to say. Not what someone else is saying on their behalf.

Katie: What’s your favorite social media site?

Lisa: I love Instagram. It’s right there on your phone and just an easy app to use. It’s so visual, it’s all pictures. When I’m at the gym doing cardio that’s when I do a lot of my social media. I hate cardio just like everyone else, it’s just not fun. So when I’m working out a great way for me to pass the time is through social media and catching up on what my friends and family are doing. I’m catching upon people I follow and tweeting myself. It’s a great way to stay fit and get things done.

Katie: I recently joined a gym and I too get bored doing cardio. I tend to watch TV and also bring a magazine. It’s a great way for me to get through my magazine pile.

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