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How our Feet Affect Our Health and Our Beauty!

January 31, 2010

Happy Feet! Photo courtesy of http://www.gallery.hd.org.

Hey Guys,
Hope you are having a great weekend! I usually post later on in the day, but I woke up thinking about this topic. Sometimes that happens.  🙂

I’ve been thinking about feet because mine in particular have been a little achy. I have an interesting “foot life” as I do teach and practice yoga a lot, where I get to be barefoot, but I also do live in New York City, and have lots of business meetings and social events, so I wear my fair share of high heels also!

Did you know that 25% of our body’s bones are in our feet? Our feet are delicate entities that support our whole body, and have thousands of nerves at the bottom that correspond to every organ and every part of our body. If we aren’t standing correctly on our feet, it can have a negative impact on our organs and our posture. For instance, Dr. Norman Walker stated that if women consistently wear heels that are over 2 inches, our digestive system can be thrown out of alignment and it can contribute to constipation and the holding of toxicity in our bodies.

Photo courtesy of http://www.healthgoods.com.

We actually weaken our feet be wearing shoes, as encasing them this way weakens their natural strength. We were meant to walk on varying natural terrain and for our feet to be more flexible- nowadays we all walk on artificial surfaces and most always with shoes.

Be sure when you are walking that your feet point straight forward. To test this, you can find straight lines along the floor or sidewalk and see how closely your feet stick to the line. Most people walk with their toes slightly turned out. This interferes with the proper use of muscles and ligament in the feet, as well as with our knees and hips, and over time can cause damage. At first it might seem funny, but if you stay conscious of it and adapt to it, it will soon feel natural.

I know from yoga that if our posture is not good, then we don’t take in enough oxygen as we should, for our lungs are compromised in some way. We need as much oxygen as possible to nourish our blood, and we can actually have more cravings and feel more hungry when we are not breathing correctly (see my blog “A Simple But Little Discussed Weight Loss Tip”). If we tuck our pelvises under (which most people do) it also weakens our abdominal muscles! I have some yoga clients that are very interested in toning their belly. While we work on that in our private sessions, I always remind them that if their posture was correct, they would be working out their belly, without even thinking about it, all of the time! Push weight into the back of your heels so you feel rooted down and can stand up straight and strong. I always tell my students to think of the four corners of your feet (thinking of your foot as a rectangle) and distributing weight through the four corners equally. The best way to know if you are doing this correctly is to see if you can actually lift all ten toes (!), then place them down firmly into the floor.

Here are some easy ways to start taking better care of your feet:

1. Walk barefoot as much as possible. I don’t let anyone wear shoes in my apt., and if you don’t already have a “take your shoes off as soon as you enter” policy, it is a great idea to start now! The more you are barefoot the better. Okay we all know (including me!) that high heels are bad and we shouldn’t wear them every day. Can you wear comfy shoes to work and swap out right before? Can you let your feet rest under your desk where no one can see? I’ve also read that those new workout shoes like the “FitFlops” are terrible. The shape of the sole creates and an unnatural gait pattern that can harm the feet, knees, hips and spine.

2. Spread and stretch your feet (just like other parts of your body), and lift your toes!
Our feet need lovin’ too! I often have my students sit back with their heels, but tuck their toes under and gently open up the feet. I try to do this once a day to let my feet open up.

Run your foot repeatedly over a tennis ball – you can do this while you are in a seated position (even under your work desk!) and then slowly stand, increasing the weight on your foot.

Get some toe spacers! They are available at a lot of nail salons and drug stores. They fit between your feet and spread them out. They seem weird, at first they might scare your husband or your boyfriend a little bit! ☺ But if you get used to putting them on while reading or watching TV, they help your toes relearn their normal spreading motion.

3. Professional or at-home reflexology. I have been getting some treatments lately, which I’m a huge fan of, and I always feel great afterwards. But that is not always feasible. But EVERY night in bed I do put coconut oil all over my feet, and take at least 2 minutes to massage every part of the bottom of my feet, massaging every single nerve. You can get yourself a reflexology foot chart, similar to the one that I have posted, if you want to work on specific areas. For instance, the middle of your left foot is your liver spot. Might want to give that spot an extra squeeze! ☺

Happy feet and happy walking to you loves!
xx Kimberly

A happy foot is a bare one!

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One Possible Cause For Your Sugar Cravings

January 28, 2010

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Hi Guys, Hope all is well! I was thinking about this topic, because it has come up lately with soooo many of my clients.

Many of us, especially us women, are all too familiar with sugar cravings. We want our sweets, and we want them NOW! When we want the sugar, whoa, you better look out. Nothing short of a lion separated from her cub is quite like us going way our of way to get that chocolate cookie, or even half-consciously rushing through dinner while we excitedly wait for the dessert course to come!

There are many numerous reasons we might have sugar cravings, which could point to different kinds of imbalances. One such imbalance has to do with salt. Yes, salt.

Photo courtes of todaysseniorsnetwork.com.

Think of salt as being on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from sugar. Salt is the most contracting food, meaning that it has a very retracting energy in the body, and causes the cellular fluids in the body to contract and pull in. We all know that when we ingest too much salt we can become dehydrated and thirsty. Excess salt can also pull hydration out of the skin.  Contracting foods are what Chinese practitioners would call “Yang” foods.

Sugar, on the opposite end, is the most expanding of foods. When we eat foods with sugar in them, we tend to feel more relaxed and open. Sugar causes the body to expand and open up. Expanding foods are considered in Chinese philosophy to be “Yin” foods.

Thus, it makes sense that when we eat too much salt, or too many foods containing salt, we can feel very contracted. Red meat, eggs, fish, dairy, salted cheese, and condiments such as soy sauce all inherently contain a lot of salt.  We ingest a lot of salt from eating these foods even if we don’t add additional salt on top of our food. There is also a ton of salt (sodium) in preserved, microwaved and canned foods, and we may be ingesting more than we realize from eating these foods. When we eat a great deal of salt we start to feel extremely contracted, and we unconsciously start to crave more expanding foods, ie the sugar, to create balance in the body.

Yikes! Trouble! Photo courtesy of eskimo.com.

If we want to cut back on sugar cravings, we need to create overall balance. One such way would therefore to be sure we are not overdoing the salt. This would especially mean table salt, or sodium chloride, which is man-made and can cause the leaching of fluids and minerals from our body. On the other hand, Celtic and Himalayan sea salt are both natural, raw salts that contain about 70 trace minerals, and have been dried naturally by the sun, rather than in a kiln.

Our specific salt needs are up for debate, and depend on our lifestyle and how active we are, the season we are in, our size, etc. The RDA allowance is 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Institution of Medicine recommends between 1,500-2,400 milligrams a day. This is just around one teaspoon. The best way to regulate your salt intake is to switch to Celtic and Himalayan sea salts immediately (throwing out regular table salt), do not add additional salt to your food once it has been prepared, and avoid packaged and processed foods.

As we balance our salt intake, we might just help balance some of our sugar cravings. We will create more of a perfect yin-yang balance in our bodies, minds and spirits.

All my very best,
Kimberly

Playa Samara, Costa Rica. After a long day of surfing!

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Why Bringing Lunch is Awesome for your Diet Plan, and What to Bring!

January 26, 2010

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Hey Loves,

So I was thinking about the topic of lunch today while I had some nutritional consultations with a few clients. For these clients, lunch is the most routine (and therefore controllable) meal of the day. It is dinner that can get a little haywire.
At dinnertime, we also have to make food for other family members (some with picky tastes!), or we are out socializing with friends, eating out at restaurants, or simply tired from the day and do not want to make something too extravagant.

The same is true for most of us. Lunch is something we can usually control. For many of us, we might be at some kind of office or desk job. It is a really great idea to bring lunch for the following reasons:

1.    We control the ingredients closely. Know any delis selling millet or sprouted bread? Or have raw goat’s cheese? Or Earth Balance vegan butter? I didn’t think so! So then we are stuck with subpar ingredients, and who wants to settle for subpar?


2.    We can eat healthy alternatives of what we feel we need in the middle of the day.
For instance, if you are really in the mood for something crunchy and carby, if you threw some Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten-free quinoa crackers in a plastic bag, you are saved! The alternative is some crappy, flour-filled fat-free pretzels. If you are in the mood for something sweet, you brought along a few squares of your 72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s, and won’t get sucked into getting “just a small” bag of M & M’s from the vending machine. These changes add up HUGELY!

3.    You will save lots of $$$$. It is one thing to splurge on a nice meal with your friends and go out to dinner, at a place you really like. But at lunch you are usually in somewhat of a time crunch, and are not usually eating the exact food you would eat if you had the chance to eat anywhere. Who wants to spend $10+ a day on that?

All this is sooooo important to us achieving our health goals. If we are slightly off at lunch every day, think about how that sets you back when you add it up 30 days a month. Dinner is the social meal where we can bend more, lunch should be more closely monitored. Plus we know we have something to look forward to at the end of the day.

Lunch foods depend on what you have eaten for breakfast and your individual health state and goals (if you have questions on this, you can inquire on a personalized health consultation with yours truly. ☺ Email me at info@kimberlysnyder.net).

Lunch should always be eaten AWAY from your desk when possible! Do not try to work and eat at the same time, as this leads to poor digestion. Your work will not be as good as if you focused solely on it, and your food should be enjoyed and appreciated as a completely solo task.

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To make bringing lunch more fun, and way more cool, I have included some lunch bags that are sold by this amazing woman named Isolde Grande. Isolde is an architect by trade and an interior designer, and worked on some major projects, such as picking the interior of Trump hotels. Now, as a young mom, she decided to design some cool lunch bags! Her architectural skill came into play as the bags are very well designed and functional. They are so bright and happy. My faves are the ones in rust and light blue. Here is the LINK to purchase. Only $28!

In Malin Akerman's (The Watchmen, Couple's Retreat) trailer. I have to think about what to transport as well when bringing food to actors on set.

Oh, but back to some general lunch ideas:

–    Fresh, seasonal and organic fruit. The easiest would be to throw in peeled fruit you could throw in your lunch bag, such as oranges or clementines, or apples. Be sure to eat the fruit part of your lunch first, and at least 20 minutes before other foods. So it is more of the appetizer of your lunch. You could eat the fruit before leaving for lunch, or eat the fruit, chat with your buds and eat the rest of lunch a little while later.

–    An avocado sandwich. This is my favorite traveling food. Sprouted millet bread would be the best if you could find it. You could also use a sprouted wrap as another choice. These sprouted bread products are usually available in the freezer section of Wholefoods and other health stores, by the way.

–    A salad, with the dressing packed separately. This is my fav! Sometimes I even take kale salad I made from the night before, and pack that. It does not get soggy overnight the way other kinds of salads do.

–    A tomato and an avocado. Okay it sounds weird, but all you have to do is pack a little container, a knife and fork. You can literally cut both up, sprinkle with dulse (see my last blog), and you have an amazing little lunch salad made in 30 seconds! I call this my “poor man’s salad” b/c when I’m in a pinch for food, I get both at the 24 hour deli across from where I live in the city. ☺

–    Celery sticks, carrot sticks dipped in fresh salsa or guac (also packed in a separate little container).

–    I already mentioned it, but the Mary’s gluten-free crackers and a few squares of dark, dairy-free chocolate for dessert.
I like a little sweet for dessert occasionally after a long morning myself!

I hope these help you. If you have some other great ideas for us, please share.

I love you guys so much.
Please visit me again soon!

xx Kimberly

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Keeping Our Thyroid Healthy

January 24, 2010

Photo courtesy of http://www.gavesdisease.com

Hi Guys, I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

So I wanted to talk today about our thyroids.  A healthy thyroid is important to our health, as our thyroid controls many of our bodily functions, including maintaining our energy levels, sleep, and balancing our metabolism.

Thyroid issues are on the rise in the United States and worldwide, and millions of us literally have impaired or improperly functioning thyroids. We must take action!

In order to function optimally, we need to nurture our thyroid with the right nutrients. One of the most important nutrients to build thyroid hormones and keep our thyroid healthy is iodine. Unfortunately, many of us are deficient in iodine.

Zinc, iron, copper and selenium are also essential to producing thyroid hormones. We also need the antioxidants of A, C and E to neutralize physical oxidative stress, a condition which often occurs along with poor thyroid function.

One of the best and easiest ways to get these nutrients into our diet (especially iodine) is by adding sea vegetables! “Sea vegetables?” you might say- “What the heck? It does NOT fit my lifestyle to have to go to an Asian restaurant and chow down on seaweed every day of my life.” Don’t worry! It is a whole lot easier than that, I promise. 🙂

Here are my top 3 favorite Sea Vegetables, along with some ideas on how to incorporate them into your life, so you can start benefiting ASAP!

1.   Dulse: This is the sea vegetable I personally use more than any other. I buy dulse in the form of flakes from Wholefoods or a health food store, and shake about 1 Tbs. on my dinner salad almost every night. What could be easier than that? I love the taste, and to me it almost makes for a “bacon bits” ingredient replacement! (Is that weird? Does anyone else who eats dulse know what I mean?).

Hijiki. Photo courtesy of thegreenbakery.blogspot.com.

1. Hijiki. Black seaweed that looks like cut up, shredded pieces of black angle hair pasta. Soak for ½- 1 hour, until it softens. Great on salads, and especially yummy when tossed with broccoli, along with some Liquid Braggs (unfermented soy beans, so use sparingly) or Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce, also use sparingly as it contains some gluten) and lemon. Can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for several days.

3. Nori wrappers: Me love nori wrappers!! Also sold in health stores and Wholefoods. Opt for the raw kind rather than the

Nori wrappers! Photo courtesy of upload.wikimedia.org.

toasted variety, when available. You can stuff sprouts, avocados, nut pates and other vegetables in them for quick wraps.

Another GREAT thing about sea vegetables is that since that ones mentioned above are purchased already dried, so they won’t go bad. You can keep them stocked in your pantry for use as needed. It is a good idea to keep your Dulse near where you keep your cayenne pepper or other salad spices, so when you go to make your salads you won’t forget to add some in!

Have an awesome start to your week! Take care of yourself, and be sure to give yourself some “me” time, so you can work on the improvements and New Year’s resolutions that are important to you.

All my love,
Kimberly

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How Food and Everything Else In Our Lives Are Truly Connected

January 21, 2010

Hey Guys, tomorrow is already the end of the week. Doesn’t time go by so fast sometimes? I hope you had a great week, and can relax and regenerate this weekend. 🙂

So I was thinking about something my teacher Dharma said to me during my yoga teacher training years ago. He said that you aren’t really a yoga teacher if you don’t talk to your students about food and their diet. (Dharma by the way, is one of the people who have had a profound influence on my food philosophy). One incident lately made me realize that I haven’t really been doing that. At one of my group classes this week, one of my longtime students who I’ll call Susan, came in with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend got up and left twice during class. I was a bit worried he was tired and was leaving because he was embarrassed to rest during the series, or that he had hurt something. After class I went over to chat with them, and I found out that he had to run to the bathroom a few times because they had eaten so much before class! I was like, “Um, well what did you eat before class?” After all, that class was only at noon. Susan said, “Eggs and stuff. But what really did it was that last pancake we had right before we walked out the door!” Wow. At first I was a bit shocked that they would eat before yoga class— but then I really started to ask myself, “Do they even know that they shouldn’t be eating before class? Have I discussed food with them enough so they have guidelines to know what they should and should not be eating?”

What is funny is that most of my yoga students don’t know that I am a nutritionist, or that I have this blog. 🙂  Sure, they notice I travel every few weeks to LA and that I’m gone a fair amount, but I never felt comfortable pushing anything on them. But now I realize that in holding back other parts of what I’m doing and what I’m all about, I may have been inadvertently not benefiting them as much as I could.

After all, as Dharma said, you must talk to your students about food. Food is energy, just as yoga is energy and promotes the flow of energy throughout the body. They are intrinsically connected, and how we eat is part of our practice. In a larger extent, all parts of our life are completely connected in the same way. If we work out all the time, but don’t give our body the most nutritious food, for instance, there is a disconnect. And if we practice yoga and eat well, but don’t treat other people with love and kindness, there is a disconnect. And if we eat good food, but work in a toxic work environment in a job we find vastly unfulfilling, there is a disconnect as well. When I work with people in my nutritional counseling sessions, I often see that when there is an imbalance with obsessing over food or there is a major issues in some way- there are imbalances in other parts of their life. These could include self esteem issues, work stress, trying to be perfect in everything, deep sadness or loneliness. The point is that the food issue can be the symptom, and the way the issue is expressing itself, but if we don’t balance other parts of our life the food issue(s) will never fully get fixed either.

So tonight at the end of my large group class, I did what I have been taught by Dharma to do to fulfill my duties as a yoga teacher- I talked to them about their diet. I explained that how they eat has a direct affect on how they feel, and their practice. I told them it was really important that they did not eat for at least 2 hours before yoga class, as their food would still be digesting, and they would not feel their best. I talked about eating fresh produce and living, supporting foods, and even told them about my blog (!).

I must say that I feel good about doing that. I want to give my students all that I can give them, and why was I holding back about the info we have here on our blog community, that might benefit them, or at least some of them? It is sort of like how soon I’ll have a yoga video to offer to you guys that are interested in yoga, that has a beginner and intermediate series, as those that are benefiting from the food tips we talk about here might also like the yoga I practice. 🙂

So I encourage you to look to see where there are some disconnects in your own life. If we take a deep look, we might find some places that are a bit contradictory, or where we hold one part away from another. The more alignment we have in our lives, the more in harmony we are and the stronger we get towards achieving our goals. And the more we grow and progress, which is really what the journey of life is all about!

I feel like a student every day myself. I am so grateful for all my yoga students, and for all of YOU In our blog community, that continue to support me and help me learn every single day! Thank you so much.
See you back here soon here.
Lots and lots of love,
Kimberly

” Treat every other being exactly the same, with absolutely no discrimination. Treat everyone with love and kindness.”

– Sri Dharma Mittra

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Smart Ways to Plan Ahead, Save Time and Stick to Your Healthy Eating Plan

January 19, 2010


Hi Guys!

I was inspired to write this blog this morning as I went grocery shopping and was preparing food for one of my regular clients here in New York. My challenge is that she is so focused on her work that she does not take any time to make herself food. Her 2 assistants run errands for her, but I can not rely on them to make the food either. 🙂 She also travels regularly. Hmmm….how do I get her to stick to the plan we have created for her and balance her body? After all, I can’t be with her EVERY morning.

Here are some of the tools I’ve implemented for her, which you might find helpful also!

1.   I wash all the ingredients for 4 days’ worth of Green Drinks, partition them into exact servings and put them into separate plastic produce bags. That way, I can be sure she is having a Green Drink every single morning! She (or her assistant) doesn’t have to think about it. They go into the fridge and simply grab one of the bags. The apple, the right amount of celery, greens, etc. is in it, and besides the minimal chopping of the apple there really is no work! Washing everything for a few days is a great time saver- especially those in our blog community here that are busy moms or are rushing to the office. There never is enough time in the morning is there?? With everything bagged and washed the chances of you going “Nah, I’m not going to bother with that this morning. Too much work! I’m just going to eat some cereal instead,” go way down. Yay!

2.   Turn your freezer into your emergency survival kit.
Enzymes are destroyed by heat but hold up pretty well in the freezer. You can make some extra batches of the Green Smoothie and freeze them in individual-sized glass trays or containers.
The night before a busy day, you can just thaw one out in your freezer.

I also keep emergency sprouted bread (millet bread is the best) in her fridge also. That way, if we’re really in a bind with shopping and produce I can always grab the bread and toast it, and run to the corner and grab an avocado, and make a fast
and easy sandwich with some butter. If you keep some of this handy bread in the freezer you don’t have to worry about it going bad, but you know it is there in case you didn’t have time to go shopping, or don’t feel like making an elaborate meal! You are miles ahead of settling for that falafel on pita sandwich or chicken sandwich you were considering resorting to for dinner.

I also keep frozen packets of Acai in my own fridge. If I’m in a bind, I can always make an easy smoothie out of it with coconut water or almond milk.

3. Pasta cravings! Keep quinoa pasta stocked in your pantry.
Quinoa is an amazing grain that digests to leave a slightly alkaline residue in our bodies. It is also gluten free, and has a lot of great protein and minerals. When you want a nice, cooked dinner sometimes (and we all do!!), you can have a salad followed by some quinoa pasta with a great marinara sauce with vegetables. This is sooooo much better than buying some other processed, commercial pasta as “a treat.” You won’t feel deprived because you are eating some of this delicious, dense pasta once in a while and you’re not setting yourself back in your health goals! I am thrilled that my client likes quinoa! I am not so lucky with other foods I wished she liked…

4.     Soak some almonds in your fridge when you are leaving on a trip.
Simply cover the almonds with water overnight, and the next day rinse them off a few times. This is the really easy and fast way to remove some of the inhibitor enzymes on the outside of them, and help them digest faster. Put them in a dry bowl, and store them in the fridge. Now you have a great travel snack on planes, so you do NOT have to resort to the weight gain traps of roasted cashews made with refined salt that they serve on planes! Or…I shudder to think of what else. 🙂

Hope these help…or if you have some of your own time saving tips please share with us!

Lots of love,
Kimberly

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5 Easy and Sustainable Weight Loss Tips

January 17, 2010

Photo courtesy of Josh Maready. www. joshmaready.com.

Hey Guys!

It is mid-January already, and among our list of New Year’s resolutions, many of us listed losing weight. How are we doing so far?! In case you needed some extra support, here are some weight loss tips that can easily be incorporated into all of our daily diets. My friends that have been reading my blog for a while will see that some of these tips are ones that I have been harping on repeatedly. 🙂 But they work! And they are worth saying again as a friendly reminder… because I want you guys to feel and look your best!!

While they seem simple, they really add up to big improvements towards our weight loss goals. Oftentimes we want to make huge dramatic changes, but these can seem restrictive and if we haven’t transitioned properly we usually just go back to our old ways of eating. Small changes that we incorporate and repeat day after day are much more powerful than fly by night changes that we drop pretty fast.

Check out these easy tips that will help you along your path to vibrant health and easy weight loss!

1. Start lunch and dinner (if it is not the main course) with a green salad. Greens are full of fiber, so we get filled up on this mineral-dense food first. All the raw plant enzymes and chlorophyll go to work cleaning and detoxing our blood and systems. When we cleanse on an ongoing basis, it continues to be easier for us to maintain our ideal weight.

2. Try to consume the juice of 1-2 lemons every day. You can squeeze them over salads, in water, over veggies, or even over grains like quinoa. Lemon helps regenerate and support our liver by benefiting bile formation. Since our liver is our main fat-burning organ, lemon can therefore help promote optimal fat metabolism.

Photo courtesy of herbalextractplus.com

3. Stop drinking Diet Coke. We have all gone through love relationships with diet colas, being lured in by the fact that they have 0 calories and have a sugary, satisfying taste. But… it IS all too good to be true. Sodas are considered the most acidic “food” on the planet. They leave an acidic residue in our bodies, and the more acidic our bodies are the more we tend to hold on to weight and age faster. Sodas are full of acidic chemicals like carbonic acid and phosphoric acid. Soda demineralizes the bones, teeth, and skin, robbing us of our highest beauty by eating up our minerals. All the chemical sweeteners in diet sodas can also overload our liver.

4. Drink as little as possible while you are eating.
If you drink a lot while you are eating, you will dilute the gastric juices and slow down digestion, which can lead to the fermentation and putrification of our food. Drink water half an hour before eating, and wait at least an hour afterwards to start drinking significant quantities of water (or other liquids) again.

5. Avoid table salt at all costs- both in cooking and adding as a condiment. Sometimes we are tempted to add salt to our food as a fat-free, calorie-free condiment, as a way of cutting back on oil or other “fattening” options. But regular table salt, which is really de-natured sodium chloride salt, is toxic poison in our bodies. It will leach H20 and other minerals out of your body. These kinds of salt will also create “false fat”, making us look bloated and up to 9 pounds heavier than we truly weigh. We must avoid it all cost. Throw it out of your cabinet right now, and resist the urge to add any of it onto your food from salt shakers at restaurants or cafes. Celtic sea salts and Himalayan sea salt are the right choice to fulfill our salt needs, as they are natural and full of minerals.

Love!!
Kimberly

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Home Town Farms- The Vertical, Organic, Urban…and Better Way to Farm

January 14, 2010


Hi Guys,
Hope you are having a great week!

As we all well know, right now is a critical time where we all need to be taking care of ourselves, each other and our planet. The choices we make every day all have a big impact, and especially the choices we make on a repeated basis. One of those choices (I trust! 🙂  ), is where to source our produce, since we are buying it every week, or every few days (right!). It matters how far that produce travels, and whether it is organic or not. When we make a purchase we are supporting or taking a stand against pesticides, toxic herbicides, carbon emissions and more- whether it is a conscious or unconscious stand.

I learned about Home Town Farms, which is a company working on making a huge difference in farming and the way produce is grown and distributed. Take a peek at my interview with CEO Dan Gibbs:

1. Tell us about Home Town Farms, and what it does.
Home Town Farms combines proven growing technologies in such a way that drastically reduces the amount of water, fuel, fertilizer, packaging and land that traditional farms use to grow the same amount of food.  Home Town Farms will virtually eliminate the cost of transporting produce hundreds if not thousands of miles by setting up vertical farms in densely populated areas with direct to consumer sales, on location where the food is grown in addition to wholesale sales to local farmer’s markets, restaurants and grocery stores.

2. What inspired you to create this concept/company?
After studying Nutrition and Renewable energies I realized that our food production and distribution systems are one of the most wasteful processes in our country, and potentially the world. My partner who is an expert in farming and cutting edge growing technologies showed me one of the vertical growing systems that we will be using, and at that point we realized that we could move these systems in to the city and change the way we grow and distribute food.

3. How is this different or better than supporting organic sources of food?

We are Locally grown and Organic, we offer the best of both worlds plus the systems that we use saves on average 85% of the water, 80% of the fertilizer and only uses 1/6th the land than traditional farming plus because of location reduces fuel consumption and carbon out put by about 90%. Because of these resource savings we can produce organic vegetables and berries for less than half of what it costs traditional farms to produce and transport non-organic vegetables and berries. With direct to consumer sales, we will pass allot of these savings onto the consumer.

Commercial Vertical Organic Urban Farming offers the following benefits:

1. Water Savings
2. Carbon Reduction
3. Fuel Reduction
4. Food Safety
5. Eliminate herbicides and harmful pesticides
6. Higher food nutrient content
7. Affordable organic food
8. Reduces fertilizer consumption
9. Food Security
10. Local Jobs

4. Where is this being implemented already?

No one in the country has our exact business model. The systems that we are using to grow our produce have been sourced from other countries around the world and all have over 10 years of proven track records. We are combining these existing systems in a way that no one else has done. We are working on opening our first farm in San Diego, CA.



5. What are your future goals?

I believe that Commercial Vertical Organic Urban farming is going to a major industry in our country and the world. Our goal is to be the leader in this new industry. We are currently working on street level farms and developing roof top farms, plus we are looking at different ways to make multistory buildings work.

6. Anything else you’d like to add?

In order for urban farming to supply the majority of fresh produce to the city dwelling population it must be economically viable. Home Town Farms has found that solution. We save a tremendous amount of natural resources, provide more nutrient rich food for less and at the same time are very profitable. A true win for all!

Hopefully, in the future, this type of farming will become widespread across our country and the world! Remember to do your best to make the best decisions you can when purchasing- choosing organic, local…and soon we can add urban and vertical to that list.

See you here soon! xx Kimberly

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How Our Tongue Gives Us a Clue on How Much Toxicity We Have

January 12, 2010

Cat got your tongue! Photo courtesy of jurisdynamics.blogspot.com

Hey Guys,

Hope all is well! I thought I would talk about our tongues today, which is a part of my body that I have seen remarkable tranformations in over the years while undergoing my own journey to vibrant health. While we might not think to look at our tongues very often (or at all!), having a little peak, and monitoring it over time can be very telling.

Tongue reading is a whole skill onto itself, and some Chinese doctors are experts in it, and can diagnose specific illnesses from seeing spots and patches on specific parts of the tongue. I am in no way an expert on tongue reading, but there are a few generalizations we can make.

Our entire digestive tract is lined with a natural mucous membrane. This membrane is very sensitive, and naturally transparent. When we eat a diet consisting of preservative chemicals, GMO foods, pesticides, very acidic foods, etc., we irritate this delicate lining.

The mucous membrane is always trying to diffuse impacted mucus and toxic residue up from the colon, intestines, and stomach to the less impacted areas of the digestive tract, such as the throat, mouth (tongue), and sinuses. This occurs through the simple process of diffusion, which is really the movement of particles from areas of greater to lesser concentration. The great Professor Arnold Ehret called the tongue a “magic mirror” because as soon as the body has a chance to diffuse toxins out of the lower digestive organs, it will do so and mucus will migrate up through the lining of the stomach, up the esophagus, and into the mouth.

The coating on the tongue is therefore a good indicator off how much constipated mucus has accumulated in the digestive organs. When our breath is really bad, especially in the mornings, this can also be a good indicator of how compromised or backed up our systems are. (Please note: Bad breath along with a dry mouth can also be a side effect of prescription drugs, which interfere with proper saliva production). When our breath generally improves, even having good breath in the morning (wouldn’t that be nice!), that is a good sign that we are cleansing.

If we know we are backed up, have a thickly coated tongue or issues with bad breath(!), we know that we have some cleansing work to do. That occurs by eating more cleansing foods, which include fresh produce and lots of greens, taking daily probiotic supplements, and buying organic food whenever we can. We must also give ourselves adequate time to go to the bathroom in the mornings and throughout the day, and cut out very acidic, clogging foods out, such as my 2 faves to dog on- dairy and soy. 🙂 When our diet improves we can also think about getting some gravity centered colonics, which can be very helpful in pulling out old garbage. These types of colonics can actually strengthen our colons because our own bodies are doing the work (unlike hydraulic pressure units, which uses electric pressure to push water in and out. These are the kind of colonics people like Dr. Oz dismiss as unnecessary and say weaken your colon over time. Those kind of colonics I don’t recommend at all).

So you may want to take a look at your tongue, and monitor it over the months as you improve your diet and begin to cleanse. Mine has really cleared up, and I am very happy to say that I don’t wake up with really bad morning breath (the way I used to! 🙂 ).

Love, Kimberly

This adorable stray doggy in Puerto Rico did not have bad breath at all!

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Celery- The Natural Alternative to Viagra?

January 10, 2010

Glorious, sexy (?) Celery! Photo courtesy of hortpurdue.edu

Hi Guys,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

It is no secret that one of my favorite foods that I often tout is our humble, common friend: Celery. When people tell me they thought it was “just full of water,” it gives me the perfect lead-in to say, “No, no, no!” Celery is high in potassium, a necessary electrolyte which helps with cellular cleansing and fluid levels, and since it is a natural diuretic, helps keep blood pressure normal. It also has Vitamin C. Ha! But you’ve heard about me talk about all that stuff before! You want to know about the Viagra mention!!

Well in my quest to reduce the alarming amount of medications and drugs that proliferate across the Western world, I thought I would take a little stab at the increasingly popular Viagra. It is still a drug, it still has lots of side affects and dangers (possibly affecting vision, causing heart attacks, etc.) and it still compromises our liver- as all medications do.

According to an exhaustive study of purported aphrodisiac foods, celery is the “sexiest” substance on Earth. It has a combination of Vitamin E, magnesium, niacin, potassium and zinc, which are all required for optimum sex. Celery also contains arginine, which is an amino acid that expands blood vessels the way Viagra is supposed to do. And while we are on this topic, I might point out that arginine also  increases blood flow to the um, female genitalia when ladies consume celery, making the female genitalia more responsive. Viagra ‘aint doing that!!

Lastly, celery has an aroma which contains the two steroids called androsterone and adrostenol. Research has shown that when we ingest celery, the subtle odor of these two natural chemicals travels through our bodies and works to attract the opposite sex. Single? Trying to get a date? You might just want to eat a few celery stalks before you head out on the town. And my friends that have been consuming my celery-containing Glowing Green Smoothie– you might just want to offer some to your spouse, girl/boy friend, and see what that does for them! 🙂

4 Stalks a day keeps Viagra away! Photo courtesy of hyscience.com

Of course, celery does relax the muscles that regulate blood pressure, and improves blood flow. This also helps with our beauty needs, like helping to reduce undereye circles which indicate stagnant blood and adrenal exhaustion.

So yes, Viagra is just one more unnecessary drug that we probably can do without in many cases, especially when we have celery!!

Have a great start to your week.
xx Kimberly