Archive for December, 2008

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Happy New Year’s! 5 easy changes for 2009

December 31, 2008
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Happy New Year's! I am so excited for you to start feeling and looking your best! 🙂

Here are a 5 easy changes to bring in the New Year- and keep them forever! My approach to food and nutrition is not about “diet” versions of things, fad diets, deprivation or counting calories/carb grams. It’s about eating the best food, in abundance, and feeling and looking your best. The food you eat has the ability to make you glow, feel great, look beautiful and effortlessly maintain your weight.

Yay! I can’t wait for you to feel and look your best! These are some tips I live by.

1.    Makes salads the base of your meals that you build around- not a protein. For instance, check out the Kale Salad and the Saturaday Salad. There is so much easily digestible, easily assimilated proteins, readily available amino acids, and good and beautifying fats in these hearty salads. Greens are full of chlorophyll, minerals and are very alkalizing. So shift your mentally completely that salads are the “side dish” to fish, chicken, etc. Salads are it!!!

2.    Don’t substitute wheat bread for white bread. The lesser of 2 evils. Have sprouted bread, sparingly (Ezekial brand, Shiloh farms, etc.- look for “sprouted” on the label). These breads are much more enzymatically active, and will digest much easier! Wheat is a huge food allergy (after dairy) that most people have a hard time digesting. Read: Makes you hold on to weight.

3.  Have at least the juice of one full lemon every day. Squeeze lemons on salads, in water, on food. Lemons thin the bile and support the rebuilding of liver tissue- so will help detoxify us and help optimize our fat-burning processes. I am constantly squeezing lemons and have 2+ a day.

4.  Time to give up the fizzy poison: Diet Coke. Your skin will never be happier, and YOU will never be happier b/c you can start to drop toxins and those few pesky spare pounds since Diet Coke is full of high glycemic fake sugars. (See my blog “The Diet that Makes You Fat). And yes, Splenda is bad!!!!

5.  Make a resolution to have a green smoothie (See My Glowing Green Smoothie recipe) every day. Okay, that may be a lot for you- start with at least two a week- surely you can make time for a little blending on the weekends. The more you have them, the constitution of your body will shift and you will have more energy, drop weight, get a ton of energyzing nutrients, and become more beautifully alkaline. It is worth the effort.

May all your goals and dreams come true this year.

All my best,

Kimberly

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Papaya Enzyme Salad

December 29, 2008

This salad is YUM and super-easy!! Made in a few minutes, this salad is delicious, filling, and jam-packed with enzymes and beautifying nutrients. You can find papaya at most health food stores, since it is still in season in the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America. Talk about giving yourself a boost of freshness and energy as we draw December to a close!

I also experimented and added bananas to this version of the Papaya Enzyme Salad.


Papayas:
Extremely beautifying for the skin and hair! Contain a lot of alkalizing minerals such as calcium, Vitamin A and collagen-healing Vitamin C. Its enzymes soothe the digestive tract. Also very high in the protease enzyme papain, which will cleanse the skin and tighten our skin’s collagen tissue.

Avocados: To make the skin supple and youthful. Also, the beneficial monosaturated fats, that contain oleic acid, also make this salad very filling. Avocados are full of antioxidants and rich in necessary minerals like potassium, calcium, vitamins A, C and K, folic acid, copper, sodium and are extremely high in dietary fibers.


Lime:
To restore the liver tissue! Like lemon, lime is a citric fruit with around 200 enzymes.

Stevia: You can sprinkle some in or mix it with the lime juice and pour on top. Use as much as you need to sweeten.

Chop papaya and add sliced avocado on top. Top with lime and stevia to sweeten. That’s it!!!

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Dreaming of an amazing 2009 coming up!!!

All my best, Kimberly

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To Salt or Not to Salt?

December 26, 2008
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Hope you are having a fun, relaxing, holiday break!

With all the snow on the ground, in the midst of the holidays, many of us are lounging around, reading a lot and making fun dishes in the kitchen. After having numerous conversations with various people in the last few week, I was inspired to write this blog because I think there is a lot of misinformation about salt, and a lot of people aren’t aware of  the differences in different kinds of salt.

I even gave Celtic sea salt to a friend as part of her Christmas present! And I remember being in college, and we would all throw tons of table salt on all our food to avoid using “fatty” dressings and other condiments that might have…calories. Ha! If only we knew how fat the salt was making us look. A few weeks ago, I was on set of a major motion picture, and I saw one of the actresses doing the same- sprinkling a table salt shaker on her salad. So…here! I feel that I must write this!!!

There are certain recipes and times when you need to use salt for seasoning. And not all salt is the enemy. Celtic sea salt is the ONLY salt that you should ever use. It is damp and grayish in color, and you can buy it at any health food store.

Celtic sea salt is dried in the sun and the wind, preserving marine microorganisms, enzymes, and around 70 trace minerals and trace elements. True Celtic sea salt is raw and alive, and is beneficial as it can pump extracellular fluid and help us digest carbs and fats,  and increase stomach acid- yes, it can actually help build our hydrochloric acid! The mineral magnesium, involved in over 300 detoxification pathways in the body, is only present in the sea salt when there is still moisture.

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Other sea salt (which is commonly sold at some grocery stores, Trader Joe’s etc.), can still be kiln-dried, meaning the magnesium and the vast majority of other minerals, can still be evaporated along with the moisture. This leaves the de-natured sodium chloride salt, which is poison to the body- a “hungry”, biologically incomplete molecule that will leach H20 and other minerals out of you body. And you can be sure table salt is dead, kiln-dried, highly processed, and highly toxic to the health of your body. These kinds of salt will also create “false fat”, making you look bloated and up to 9 pounds heavier than you truly weigh.

So give yourself the best! Don’t be fooled by the mere words “sea salt” and definitely don’t touch table salt. Make sure you purchase only Celtic sea salt (or a sea salt that specifically says on the label that it has only been dried by the sun and wind) to use in small amounts when you do use salt.

Hope you are having a relaxing, healthy break. ☺
All my best,
Kimberly

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Saved by…an Avocado!

December 21, 2008

avocado-afUsually I am pretty careful about pre-packing some raw snacks when I travel- so I am not sitting on the plane hungry and have to resort to eating processed, sugary and/or carby food that makes me feel like a blob.  When I eat like that I just don’t feel good about myself, and am stuck inert for hours unable to move-except for the occasional jaunt up the aisle to the bathroom- and worse, arrive in my location not feeling 100%.

The holiday rush has been pretty crazy. So today crept up on my like a silent sleeper and next then I knew I had to dash to the airport, after doing tons of little last minute shopping trips and trips to the ‘ol Fed Ex. Stunned that I would be soon faced with the Virgin American terminal that stocks only pasty ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread and a Chinese food place sporting lomein noodles encased in corn starch, iodized table salt and hydrogenated oils, made circa 5 days ago, PLUS a 6 hours journey to the West coast to spend the holidays with family, I began to slightly panic. Eeeek!!

dubai-airportWell I took one last look in my fridge, which I had already pretty much cleaned up. Aha! My eyes landed on one avocado- perfectly ripe and sitting all by his lonely self. I grabbed him, stuffed him in my purse, and ran out the door and into a cab to JFK. Fast forward to two hours later- dinner time. My airport choices were definitely limited to the unfortunate aforementioned ones. There was not a decent looking salad or even a vegetarian wrap or anything remotely appealing in site. Then I remembered my avocado!!! I got a plastic knife and spoon , and cut it in half and ate it just like that- spooning it right out.

My theory with skincare and food is that simple is always better- not using too many products, and eating lots of foods in their natural, enzyme and nutrient-rich, unadulterated and unheated state. Usually I would cut up an avocado in a salad or use it as a base for raw deserts- but having it plain was an unusual treat- and decadently delicious.

Avocados are one of the most beautifying of all foods. They are full of antioxidants and rich in necessary minerals like potassium, calcium, vitamins A, C and K, folic acid, copper, sodium and are extremely high in dietary fibers. They also keep you full and make your skin beautiful by the beneficial, good monosaturated fats, which contain oleic acid. These good fats help control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Since you are eating the avocado raw, the fats and calories and nutrients can all be easily processed and digested by your body. The same amount of fat and calories in say, a hamburger, would not affect your body the same way and would indeed induce weight gain. Remember: a calorie is not a calorie. Look to how certain foods specifically affect the body.

I was pretty full from my one avocado, and I only ate a few nuts on the plane besides it. So next time you are in a huge bind- traveling, stuck at work or whatever, try just simply eating a delicious, amazing avocado!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!
All my best,
Kimberly

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Saturday Salad

December 15, 2008
On my couch, tossing away!

On my couch, tossing away!

This is a really fun salad to make. There is minimal chopping- just taking some of this and a pinch of that to create raw flavors, so you really feel like an alchemist. This past Saturday I ate this salad- an enormous serving- at 4:00 as the only meal all day (though I drank a Kombucha that morning), then did a 2 hour yoga class that evening. There are a lot of tasty flavors in the combination of these natural ingredients- so this salad really holds your attention.

I absolutely love to feel the fresh ingredients run through my fingers and inhale the really strong, garden-y scent of luscious basil. There is also a beautiful mix of colors, while I believe truly makes the salad more satisfying and nutritionally nourishing so many different levels. Some yogic teachings state that when you eat foods that correspond to the chakra colors you can help balance your energy imbalances and rejuvenate emotionally and spiritually. The colors from the  root chakra up the spine to the crown chakra are in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue-green, and violet/blue, purple. This salad has just about all of these colors!

Salad

–    Fresh mesclun mixed or herb salad
–    Basil
–    Sundried tomato (I like to slice them up)
–    One chopped apple (any red variety)
–    Av0cado
–    Clover sprouts
–    Olives

Dressing
–    Olive oil
–    Dulse
–    Nutritional yeast
–    Cayenne pepper
–    Cajun spice mix
–    Juice of one lemon
–    Celtic sea salt

This is how I like to make it: I add the washed salad mix and the washed, chopped basil to a bowl, and mix with the olive oil, vinegar, dulse, lemon and sea salt. Add the nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper and the Cajun spice mix and mix well again. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss.
Add to a large bowl. Kick back, and take your time enjoying every flavor. And enjoy nourishing, balancing and uplifting yourself and your energy.

Wishing you all my very best,

Kimberly

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My Vegan, Superfood, Almost-Raw Hot Chocolate

December 11, 2008

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Nothing is more comforting and yummy to me in the winter than hot chocolate. It reminds me of coming in after sledding all day and snuggling around the fire on our first floor, watching Christmas cartoons with with my little Auntie who lived with us, and sitting in ski lodges (all 6 times I skied! ).

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Hot chocolate can still be an occasional treat. It should not be an everyday food- as cacao contains caffeine and has toxic qualities, even when labeled as “raw.”

There is a big difference between cAcAo and cOcOa. Cacao is the raw form of the cacao bean. Cocoa is the cheap, more processed variety- which has been roasted, alkalized, molded into heated cakes, the cacao butter/oil pressed out then powdered. You can get cacao at any healthfood store, or find some great online sites where you can buy it raw, organic and in bulk.

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Raw, organic Cacao powder (if you can only find nibs, make sure to grind them first in a coffee or spice grinder)
  • Stevia

Heat the almond milk- either warm or really hot, depending on your taste. Add a 1 tsp. or less of cacao powder and sweeten to sweeten. Ahh. Sit back and enjoy!

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Weight Loss Tips: The First Dozen

December 1, 2008
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Okay, time to get off the couch and back into the yoga studio people!!

I just got back from Europe last night, where I had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. When I travel I don’t worry too much if I go off the raw food and my normal diet, because I think it’s important to be flexible and just enjoy travelling! I was in the cold and beautiful far North of England, surrounded by English moors, castles from the 13th century, and small fishing villages. Admittedly it was way more play than work, and I let loose- eating my share of cooked food from vegetable soup, to 3-bean chilli, to (gasp!) rolls with butter!

I feel happy and jolly- though bloated and a tad heavier than when I left. 🙂 No worries! The holidays and trips are times to indulge a bit. I’m sure some of you are feeling the same way after this holiday weekend. Now it’s time to detox though, and get back on track!! I came home to find this email from one reader. I answered her email, then thought that many of us women could benefit from the same info.! So I decided to post my response back to her below (along with some funny “tough” pics from a recent shoot! 🙂 ).

Hi Kimberly,

I have gained weight over the past few years and plan on incorporating raw food and yoga into my life to help get the weight off. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

Are you ready to get serious??

No more snacking on leftovers! Its time to get serious!

Below is part of my response back to her:

As for the weight gain, we’ve all been there! I used to count calories and fat grams and obsess about my weight until I properly understood nutrition and how food affects the body. It was so miserable! I was never quite happy with my weight and it was often in my mind.

I feel so grateful and blessed to have come across some great knowledge of nutrition. Here are my first dozen easy weight loss/maintenance tips (I’ll post another dozen soon!) that I’d love to share with you:

1. Yes, absolutely incorporate more and more raw food, which is easy to digest, nutritionally dense and keeps you full and healthy. The basis of the raw diet is greens, so definitely check out my easy green smoothie recipe, and start trying to have one every day for breakfast or lunch.

2. Avoid all dairy products. Dairy is pasteurized and very difficult to digest and break down- sucking tons of our precious enzymes. It is also mucus and acid-forming. It is my personal experience that it is very hard to lose weight when consuming dairy!

3. Avoid all “fake” sugars- Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low, Equal, etc. These are very hard for your body to recognize and break down. 0 calories does NOT mean will not promote weight gain.

4. Stay hydrated- drink lots of water 20 minutes either sides of meals, but drink MINIMALLY with meals (so as not to dilute the digestive enzymes).

5. Practice yoga!! Besides the deeper spiritual and mental benefits, I have personally found it to be the most rewarding and beneficial physical exercise. Look out for my yoga video, filmed in Bora Bora, that should be out in January or so. You can do a version of the same series I practice along with me that will keep you toned.

6. If you are going to eat cooked food, don’t combine protein with starches. Instead combine protein with greens, like salads or sides of veggies. Proteins and starches together are really hard to break down. For example- if you are going to eat fish, eat it with a salad or a side of spinach. Sushi- with the combination of fish and rice, is very hard on the system. I used to never think about food combining. But when foods are combined well and digestion is easy, minerals are more easily absorbed and toxic waste can more easily leave the body. When the opposite is true, then backup occurs and this is usually coupled with weight gain and/or difficulty in letting excess weight go.

7. Avoid all soda- especially diet colas!!!! B Vitamin and mineral-leaching, acidic, etc. etc.!

8. Try to consume 1-3 lemons every day. You can squeeze them over salads, in water, etc. Lemon helps regenerate and support your liver by benefiting bile formation. Since your liver is your main fat-burning organ, lemon therefore promotes optimal fat metabolism.

9. Don’t eat fruit for dessert after you eat a cooked food. The simple sugars in fruit break down much faster than the denser cooked food, and will cause backup and fermentation in your digestive system (See #6).

10. Instead of consuming desserts with processed sugars and pasteurized dairy, try some of my desserts. They incorporate stevia and metabolism-boosting ingredients like coconut oil, and these healthy deserts keep you from feeling deprived while you are losing weight!

11. Chew really well- liquify your food. Be a slow eater. Not only will you be able to extract more nutrients from your food, but you will feel full before you’ve overeaten.

12. Eat fibrous, filling salads for dinner. Try my hearty and nutritionally super dense kale salad recipe, which I eat for dinner at least 4 nights a week. It is so satisfying and delicious!

Try a wide variety of foods so you don’t get bored- I’ll keep posting more recipes too. Once you get over the hump, you’ll feel great and your cravings for certain foods will be less and less. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about these first dozen tips.

All my best, Kimberly

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