Canadian model, Valeria, opens up about what it’s like to be a mother and a model, while still keeping herself healthy. She reveals her favourite beauty products and healthy locations in Toronto. Read below to get inspired to lead your best life!

By Rebecca Kahn

Have you always been passionate about your physical health? When and why did it start?

I started getting into nutrition and overall health when I got pregnant with my first son at 22. At that point, I felt that I’m no longer responsible just for myself, but for him as well and wanted to make sure he’s getting the best nutrition possible through me. I got into learning about nutrition and doing lots of research and after he was born, that’s when I decided to go and get my holistic nutrition education.

What are some of your favorite quick meals to make yourself? Do you have a favorite healthy restaurant?

I keep things basic because I know if it gets too complicated, I will get stressed out and go on UberEATS for some McDonald’s fix! I always try to make sure I have healthy fats, protein, and a carb in whatever I eat. Some of my favourite meals include: baked sweet potato, roasted veggies, steamed fish, and brown rice and beans, with some avocado. I absolutely love Mediterranean cuisine, so [those are] usually my go-to dinner spots. One of my favourites in the city would be Mamakas!

 

What is your workout routine like?

I try to go to pilates classes 2-3 times a week (Lagree studio is my favourite!) and sometimes a boxing class once a week for a good sweat! If the days are crazy and I don’t have time, I just try to move as much as I can – running up and down the stairs, parking further from the place I need to go to so that I’ll get some walking in, running after my kids.

Lagree Studio

What’s your everyday beauty routine like? What are some of your favorite products?

I’m a huge skincare lover, so I always make sure to get all my steps in. With makeup, I keep it pretty basic. So, in the morning, I’ll start with cleansing, toning, serum, eye cream, and moisturizer with SPF. For everyday makeup, I use a tinted moisturizer, brow pencil, cheek and lip stain, and brown mascara – done!

Some of my favourite products, at the moment, are:


Juice Beauty STEM Cellular CC Cream


Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Naughty


Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach

How does being a mother affect your celebrity presence, and your health and beauty routines?

Being a mother keeps me balanced, efficient, and focused on essentials. I always make sure to take care of myself and listen to my body because I have little humans that depend on me. I keep my beauty routine simple and quick. And most importantly, being a mother keeps me humble and real, because I don’t have time to portray something I’m not!

Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated and inspired to be healthy when you have a career and children?

I always remind myself that you can’t pour from an empty cup. If I don’t take care of myself and my health, it will affect me negatively, which will then effect my family and career. If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! So, I make sure to do whatever needs to be done to make myself happy. This is not being selfish, this is being responsible and that’s something I’ve learned not that long ago. I notice when I neglect my wellbeing and health, that it affects my mood, my patience, and my quality of life – this is not the example I want to set for my children.

What are your secret indulgences in your life?

Food-wise – french fries. In life – being on my own. It sounds weird, but I absolutely love to be by myself and just wander the streets or sit at a bookstore. I can do it for hours and I had that since I was a little girl. I never needed anybody beside me to have fun. Before the kids and family, this was just a normal thing, but post babies and grown up life, this is my ultimate secret indulgence!

Follow Valeria on instagram @valerialipovetsky

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