Archive for February, 2009

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The Raw Superfood Drink

February 22, 2009
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This simple drink recipe is packed with electrolytes, assimilable protein and the right minerals to help you build tone in your body,when combined with your yoga asana practice, or other strength-based activities.

Something really funny happened last Thursday. I was walking towards Washington Square Park to do some errands, and at the exact second I walked up to the park a medium-sized, moss green van pulled up. A few young guys in their early twenties, floppy jeans and baseball hats opened up the trunk and started pulling out cases of Zico coconut water.
“Hey miss, want a case of coconut water?” asks one of the dudes.
“A whole case?? Um, sure? I could go home and drop them off I guess.” I shrugged. I had heard of them before and knew they were all natural- though I had never purchased them before.
“Good, take two cases!”
So I got loaded up with 2 mango flavored pure coconut water cases of Zico, I turned and went the block and a half home to drop them off. Then I turned to walk back directly the same way…
“Wait miss— you have to take another one, ’cause there is the other flavor too!”

Okay, skip ahead to now, 4 days later. In TOTAL, I received 3 cases of the coconut water that was blessed to me by the universe. I mean, what are the chances to walk by the Zico truck at the same exact time??? There was like a 10 minute window there, b/c those dudes were obviously giving them away by the case to get their sample-giving job done with. 🙂 Well it’s all good b/c some force in the universe wanted me to share these coconut waters with you!

p1011646Granted, we go to Chinatown every single week and get a case of 9 young coconuts, so I usually never buy packaged coconut water. But since I had them, I popped a few of the freebies in the fridge, and over the past few days I’ve had a few- when I was wanting something yummy to drink, especially before and after yoga. I must say that nothing is like a fresh coconut, but the packaged ones  taste pretty good and are not sweetened, and put the idea in my head to share with you that that are a super convenient option!

So this is an excellent option for people that are extremely busy and where it isn’t possible to go shopping for fresh produce every week. Not everyone lives near a Chinatown that is a 25 minute walk away, like it is for me, to just get a bunch of coconuts. So instead, just buy a bunch of packaged coconut waters at the market next time you get a chance, and keep them in your fridge. Buy a pound of organic spirulina powder to keep in stock. Then, you can make the following drink whenever you get home from work, to give you quick energy to help you motivate to go to yoga class, do yoga at home, or go to the gym, etc. You can even have it as a superfast, easy breakfast. Blend:

The Raw Superfood Drink:

–    1 individual container, or 1 full glass, of Zico, VitaCoco or other natural, not artificially sweetened coconut water brands

–    1 heaping Tbs. of spirulina powder

Coconut water is packed with potassium and electrolytes and also helps build tone when you are doing strength-based activities, like practicing Hatha Raja yoga, etc. Spirulina is 67% green algae protein, and it also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, all the essential amino acids, Vitamin B12, over 2000 enzymes, and lots of iron and magnesium! ☺ You’ll also be amazed at how tasty it is.

Note: This doesn’t have the filling fiber of a green smoothie, and is not meant to replace it in the long term! Just an add on and emergency drink.

By the way, random thought but it just popped into my head… 🙂 I am so excited about my yoga video, of which the filming looks amazing. One of my big projects this week is to type up the voiceover part of the segments, then I’m going back to LA soon to actually do the voiceover part and finish editing it!! It’s kind of taking a lot longer than I thought to get done…but patience is a yogic virtue after all!

See? Raw food can be easy. And even if you don’t go to the store every few days for produce you can stock up- EASILY- on these two items and make The Raw Superfood drink whenever you want! There is no reason not to. ☺

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Kimberly

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Raw Cacao Truffles- For Valentine’s Day, or Any Day!

February 11, 2009
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One of my favorite deserts in the world! So yummy!!! And great for you too!

I thought I would post a cacao recipe with Valentine’s Day around the corner…an excellent excuse to remember to bring more chocolate into your life!!! But raw chocolate – not the kind with processed sugar and pasteurized dairy. Sorry!! Kit Kat bars and Mars bars and stuff like that are  NOT acceptable. But trust me, with this recipe you won’t want that crap anyway! Your cravings will be totally satisfied and you’ll feel great.  🙂

Cacao promotes feelings of love and joy and opens up the energy of the heart chakra. It contains the neurotransmitter anandamide known as the “bliss chemical.” In yoga, ananda means bliss. Even better- cacao ALSO contains anandamide inhibitors, keeping the compound from breaking down quickly and the feeling of cacao anadamide lasting longer, so we feel great longer!

This is not to say that we should eat cacao often- and certainly not every day! It is a very occasional treat. Cacao is NOT a superfood! It contains caffeine, and toxic compounds such as theobromine. It has taken off in the raw food world because it tastes good and people want so badly to believe it is good for them, since it is a tasty treat. But the reality is that it is not. We do not need it at all in the diet for nutritive value- it is a treat and must be treated as such!

That being said, here is the recipe for your occasional truffles, for special times like this- Valentine’s Day!

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Everybody just needs some love! Valentine's Day can just be a little reminder to send as much love as we can all around, to all beings we encounter and around the world.

¾ cup raw cacao powder (available at health stores)
2 cups ground raw almonds
1/2 cup raw organic honey
1 Tbs. organic coconut butter (sometimes called oil)
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
1 cup shredded, dried unsweetened coconut flakes

Combine all the ingredients except for the coconut flakes in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll up your sleeves, take a small amount of the mixture, and roll small balls between your palms. Add your love! Dip each ball in a separate smaller bowl containing the coconut flakes.

Freeze overnight to harden the truffles.  I keep them frozen until they are ready to serve.

Make for your loved ones, friends, and yourself. 🙂

Lots of love!
Kimberly

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The Weekly Detox Smoothie

February 9, 2009

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So last Friday was my birthday. ☺ It was actually one of the best birthdays I’ve had in years, as I had a few super fun get-togethers with family and friends- and it was just laidback. I also ate really lightly over the weekend (but definitely not on Friday itself!), and had an amazing colonic. I want to start the whole year feeling my absolute best, with the cells in my body as energized and detoxed as possible. This really helps support the attainment of your goals and dreams.

Here is my Detoxifying Smoothie that I think you will really like. It’s really quite yummy! I adapted it from my time working at Dr. Jubb’s Longevity in the East Village. It takes good enough and is easy enough to make EVERY week- and is well worth it for the benefits you will receive. The lemon and oil help detoxify and restore the liver and will help boost your immune system. Turmeric is full of antioxidants and anti-microbial properties, and is an amazing blood purifier. The cleaner the blood the more beautiful the skin, so turmeric can help with acne and other skin imbalances, as well as increases one’s energy.

Try making it every Monday for breakfast to start the week off feeling more cleansed and refreshed, or try having it 3 times this week for a nice liver booster.

The Weekly Detox Smoothie:

Blend the following:

  • –    Juice and pith of 1 lemon (only throw out the peel)
    –    2 pears (seeded and cored)
  • –    2 apples (seeded and cored)
    –    3 Tablespoons flax oil
    –    ½ teaspoon of Turmeric
    –    ¼ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt
  • –    Pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • –    3-4 cups filtered water

Have a wonderful week! With lots of positive energy.

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All my very best,
Kimberly

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Speaking of Detox… Let’s talk about Alcohol, Shall We? ☺

February 5, 2009

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In my last blog post we didn’t talk about alcohol- one of the most commonly recognized toxins of all. I’m far past the drinking days of my youth- but I do enjoy a red wine with a dinner occasionally (like one or two glasses a month, or less). Everything should be in moderation-  try to really limit your intake. And over time, as you get more purified, you will want less alcohol and need less quantities when you do happen to drink.

But sometimes it happens- a night of partying or maybe just too much wine at a dinner or something, and you get a hangover or feel like YUCK the next day. Well here are some of my thoughts:

–    Try to drink red wine– which is at least raw and has flavonoids and antioxidants. Choose organic wine with no added sulfites. The worst and most toxic are the boil-brewed (read: uber cooked) alcohols like beer and rum, which cause sugar imbalances in the body and bloating.
Note: If you happen to be Irish or have some other reason why you insist on drinking beer ☺ ok, ok,  I get it. But then at least choose a darker variety, which has more minerals over refined, lighter-colored varieties. Dark beers have a less upsetting effect on the blood sugar level.

–    Forget about all those crappy rumors about needing to eat “greasy” food the day after drinking to nurse a hangover. They are just…crappy rumors!! What your body needs is to deal with the detoxification process as easily as possible, and have us NOT pile on more difficult to digest and processed foods. So the day after, drink water and…

–    Eat as much romaine lettuce, broccoli and spinach as you can all day long the day after. Alcohol destroys our super important B Vitamins!! And these three greens have a particularly high quantity of the B complex, including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, and folic acid (B9).  Plus, the super alkalinity of greens will help bring your body back into balance.

–     Go to the supermarket and buy a cantaloupe, and eat it for breakfast all on its own! Cantaloupe has the most B vitamins of any fruit. Remember to eat all the way into the rind- as melons contain most of their vitamins and minerals right near the edge of the rind.

Try to pick at least three things to start detoxing yourself of right now from the last 2 blog posts, or even a specific food or drink that you’ve been having that is less than excellent for you.
You’ll feel great. Happy Detoxing!
All my best,
Kimberly

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Detoxing Daily

February 2, 2009

img_15492It is important to keep our bodies as detoxified as possible, by cutting back, weaning down, then eventually cutting out completely the toxins we have control of- our food, products, etc. It’s cool if you want to do a Master Cleanse for a few days here and there, which many of you tell me you do, but what if you put less toxins back in your body in the first place, so there was less to have to detox? How would you like to feel consistently better and better through your life, not just when you are on a cleanse?

Detoxing and making choices to lead as pure and toxin-free a life as possible will make you feel great, and more energized. The more you clean your internal space- your bodily temple- the more you will open up your nadis, what yogic scriptures call your subtle energy channels. The simplicity of eating only natural, pure foods from the earth will make you connected to the earth and you will become more intuitive, receptive to higher energy, and feel much more calm and peaceful.

Here is a partial list of things you should avoid, to be as clean and detoxed as possibly, on any given day:

– Dairy!!

– Anything with refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup

–    Table Salt (check out my blog, “To Salt or Not to Salt)

–    Any kind of soda

–    All fake sugars– Splenda, Equal, Sweet ‘N Low, etc. And products containing them.

–    Processed and refined oils (All trans fats, corn, canola, vegetable oil and DEFINITELY animal fat)

–    Meat– Completely in an ideal world. 🙂  The more you cleanse and detox the less you will want toxic, dead animal energy.        But if you are going to eat meat, make sure you are getting hormone and antiobiotic-free, and wild fish- not farmed.

–   Genetically modified food

–   Bleached and refined flours

–    Any food that has preservatives, nitrates, and/ or artificial flavorings

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–    Make sure all spices are NOT irradiated

–    Make sure your dried fruit (figs, dates, etc.) contain NO sulfur dioxide

–    Use only paraben-free and other harsh synthetic-free skincare products. Remember that 60% of what you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream and in your liver!

–    Buy organic food whenever possible- or at least local. Sometimes local farmers are not certified organic but still don’t use pesticides and rotate their crops.

–    If you drink coffee, always get organic coffee, whenever possible.

Don’t worry about cutting out everything at once, just pick a few things to work on, then as you feel better and better you can let go of more and more. You may also experience detoxing headaches or moodiness. It is part of the process, and drink lots of water and stay positive that you will feel so much better in the future once certain substances start to clear out of your lymph and bloodstream.

Well, hope you start feeling more amazing than ever! Happy February! xx Kimberly

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