Archive for March, 2010

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Yoga Tutorial: Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana)

March 30, 2010

Hey Guys!

I hope you are having a great week so far! I’ve been having an amazing time in Atlanta, it is so pretty here and I’ve just been having a blast. Making lots of Green Smoothies, among other things!

I hope you enjoy the forearm stand tutorial. The Sanskrit name is Pincha Mayurasana, and it is really one of my favorite poses. There are a lot of benefits to inversions, and I like to feel like I’m flying. 🙂

I’ll write more soon! I’ve been swamped but I have a better idea of my schedule now.

Lots of love.

Om Shanti, Kimberly

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Coconut Green Smoothie!

March 25, 2010

Many young coconuts that are available to us today in the United States are imported from Thailand. This is one non-local ingredient I definitely support! Here I am in Thailand with some adorable Thai children, on a trip I took there a few years ago. I've gone back there twice since my world trip, and altogether I've spent almost 6 months in Thailand! I love it there. 🙂

Hi Guys,

I am actually writing this on the plane to Atlanta! 🙂 There is Wi-Fi on this flight, which is so convenient. There is a movie shooting down there that I’m helping out with, so I’ll be there for a few weeks.

Anyways! I wanted to talk about this wonderful Coconut Green Smoothie I’ve been making this week. I love young coconuts- and I have virtually lived off them when traveling through SE Asia, French Polynesia and certain countries in the Carribbean and Central/South America. When using them in smoothies, put sure to use both the meat and the water. The water is full of potassium and electrolytes, and is extremely hydrating and balancing. The soft meat is full of natural beauty fat, which is cholesterol-free and contains beneficial Lauric Acid, which supports our thyroid. It is easily digestible and all around great for the skin!

The Coconut Green Smoothie is great for athletes and when you want something a little denser- as it has all that beauty fat. I recommend drinking this after a workout, occasionally when we want a heavier breakfast, or a liquid lunch. To be clear, this smoothie in NO way replaces our regular Glowing Green Smoothie, which contains non-fat fruit and celery, etc. and is much more cleansing and created for daily use.

How To Make the Coconut Green Smoothie!

Step 1: Crack open your young coconut with a cleaver. Many people like to “shave” the top off, but I like to make the traditional “box” opening that I saw hundreds of times in Asia. Look here! I did it in 4 clean swipes. I wanted to brag just a tiny bit, to make up for my rather abysmal young coconut opening demonstration video! 🙂 If you want to see, check it out HERE.

Step 2: Pour the coconut water in your blender. Spoon out the meat and add to the blender as well. Because of the shape of coconuts, you may want to get a spoon with a handle on a diagonal like the one I have here. I love this spoon! This one did make it back all the way from Thailand with me one trip. 🙂 But they sell them in Asian markets and I’ve seen them in Chinatown for $0.70. Very useful!!!!

Step 3: Blend the coconut water and meat on its own until smooth.

Step 4: Add 3 cups of baby spinach, or 3 huge handfuls.

Step 5: Blend and serve! That is it! Young coconut and spinach. It needs nothing else at all. I love simplicity sometimes. There is no need to complicate this smoothie or add anything else.

How does it taste??

It is absolutley YUMMY!!!!!!

Try it for yourself. This is a wonderful smoothie to add to your repertoire this Spring.

Let me know how you do!

Lots of love, Kimberly

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Are you not sleeping well, fatigued or moody? You may need this!

March 23, 2010

I went to college in Washington, D.C., and one of my favorite things was the majestic cherry blossoms that would bloom every Spring! All around the monuments and tidal basin. Photo courtesy of http://www.decideforyourself.files.wordpress.com.

Hi Guys!

Hope you are enjoying the week so far. It has been a bit gray and rainy, but I like to think of it as fueling the growth of all the glorious plant life that is starting to peek out from the trees and the earth. I also know it is nourishing the wonderful vegetables I will be getting at the farmer’s market in the next few weeks and months!

I talked about Vitamin D3 a few weeks ago, and I wanted to talk about another important supplement: B12 (cobalamin). As we move towards a more clean diet and cut back on animal products, it is important to supplement with B12.

What is B12 and why do we need it?
This important water-soluble vitamin is used for many functions of the body. It can be stored in our liver for some time. We need B12 to maintain our energy and help prevent fatigue! It also helps promote healthy brain and cardiac function and helps us sleep better, as it has a critical role in the formation of melatonin, which is commonly referred to as the “sleep hormone”.  It also supports the optimal metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, promotes healthy cell growth and repair, and activates the vitamin folate in the body.

Plus, Vitamin B12 supports and protects our nerves. It develops and maintains fatty sheathes which act as a cover and protector of nerve endings. We don’t want to burn our nerves out! The great Yoga Master, Paramahansa Yogananda, spoke often of protecting our very important nervous system to maintain calmness and vitality in our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual parts of our being. If we find that we are often agitated over little things almost daily, it is really important to do something about it! It will burn us out for the long term, waste energy and exhaust our life force- our inner light.

Since Vitamin B12 is found primarily in animal sources of food, if we are vegetarian or vegan we must supplement. It is true that B12 if found in sources like sea vegetables and nutritional yeast, but this is one vitamin we need to be fully sure we are receiving in a bioavailable form.

However, for those of us that do eat meat, it does not automatically mean you are safe! Meat-eaters can still have low levels of Vitamin B12! Even if one eats sources that contain it, one might not be adequately absorbing it. Absorbing and utilizing Vitamin B12 is actually fairly complex, and there are many places where we could run into trouble. If we are low in hydrochloric acid, which releases B12 from food, our bodies may have issues absorbing B12. The stomach lining could also be lacking in its ability to produce intrinsic factor, a protein that is needed to bind to B12 in the small intestine to allow the body to absorb it.

Chart courtesy of http://www.aafp.org.

The synthetic type of B12 found in supplements is called cyanocobalamin. Check with your doctor if you are unsure of the level of Vitamin B12 that your body needs, but 500-1,000 mcg is generally considered a good daily amount. Be careful not to take Vitamin C at the same time, as it can virtually eliminate the absorption of B12! Only up to 500 mg of “C” should be taken at the same time. Over and above that, we may run into issues.

Be sure to take care of yourself and protect yourself with B12 supplementation! I hope you will see marked improvement in your sleep and how you feel. 🙂

By the way, if any of you have any other “green” cleaning ideas apart from the ones that I mentioned in my post last week, I’d love for you to share! I’m really into the “green” cleaning thing right now. I went to a vegan restaurant the other day and they were spraying the tables down with this disgusting toxic spray!! It really creeped me out. Yes the food was organic and vegan, but then we are to be surrounded with chemicals infesting the air all around while eating?? So ironic. Sometimes the connection isn’t made that all our choices matter- not just food.

Okay, back to work!
Love, Kimberly

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5 Interesting Beauty Foods To Incorporate This Spring!

March 21, 2010

Hi Guys!

What a lovely weekend we had here in the Northeastern part of the United States. I headed out of the city for a relaxing weekend in the country. I start traveling again this week. Yesterday I hiked, and pretty much all day long today I have been sitting on this porch, reading and now writing this blog. What a nice way to celebrate the birth of SPRING!! Happy Spring!

We may all energetically feel the urge to spruce things up in this new season, either around the house or with our wardrobe. It also applies to our kitchen and our foods, and it may be fun right now to explore some foods you may not be as familiar with. Here are 5 I love:

Ugly...but beautifying! Photo courtesy of http://www.topnews.in

1.    Bitter Melon: It is a little funny since bitter melons are a beauty food, since I will lovingly say that they are indeed quite ugly themselves! The look like deformed, gnarled old cucumbers. Besides their outer appearance however, they are a wonderful tropical fruit that has several compounds, including charantin and plypeptide-P, which makes it a powerful food for blood sugar control and helping us process sugars well. Too much sugar in our system can lead to inflammation, which can lead to cross-linking and then wrinkles! Bitter melons help reduce these aging processes in our body, and also suppresses our urge to eat sweets. We can juice it or work it into our salads, if you don’t mind bitter things. An Indian doctor I know sautes it with spices and gives it to his diabetic patients.

2.    Dandelion: Yes, the weed! Instead of being looked on as a pesky nuisance, dandelion is quite useful for us to ingest. 🙂  It is best known for its important benefits for restoring and supporting liver tissue, thereby helping us detoxify. You can find dandelion leaves at health stores, as it is coming into season now, and work it into your Green Smoothies. Be careful though, as the taste is quite strong. A few leaves at a time are good. There are also good herbal teas which have Dandelion, such as the Yogi Detox and Peach Detox tea, which I really like!

3.    Kelp: Gotta love the sea vegetables! Kelp is my new favorite. It has over 60 minerals and trace elements, and 21 amino acids. It helps promote the health of our glands, including the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid. Because it contains iodine and helps stimulate the thyroid gland, and thereby our metabolism, it has been noted by some that it helps with weight loss. It helps neutralize heavy-metal pollution and radiation in the body. It is also amazing to make our skin and hair healthy. Soak and add to salads!

4.    Nopal cactus: Aka prickly pear cactus. This is traditional food throughout Latin America. This happens to be one of the highest food sources of calcium. It also helps us process sugars efficiently. If you can find it, slice up and eat raw in salads!

Nopal cactus. Photo courtesy of http://www.squidoo.com

5.    Curcumin (Turmeric): We’ve talked about this wonderful herb before, but it bears mentioning again. It has amazing antioxidant properties and helps prevent oxidation- which we can think of as the internal rusting on the insides of our body. Not beautiful! Oxidation occurs with free radical damage, which curcumin helps prevent. It also helps clean up metabolic waste and protects and restores the liver! I throw a bit into recipes and salad dressings. It will turn your dish bright yellow!

Have an amazing, beautiful, start to the week and SPRING. If you slipped up a bit on some of your New Year’s resolutions or some of your health or life goals, NOW is a great week to restore those promises to yourself. No time like the present to take advantage – while forgetting anything we’ve done, or not done, in the past. 🙂

Lots of love!
Kimberly

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Indoor Pollution and Good Cleaning Alternatives

March 18, 2010

Majita and I looking at the mountain of Bora Bora at sunset.

Hi Guys!

I hope you are enjoying this very exciting time leading up to the official start of Spring! The energy is bursting open everywhere.

With all the freshness in the air, it reminds me of the great importance of keeping our indoor air and environment clean, but also toxin-free. We breathe the air in our home all night long when our bodies are resting and repairing, as well as many other hours.  Some even say that indoor pollution can be more harmful to us than outdoor pollution.

Choosing cleaning products should not be made casually. It is a choice that should be made consciously! We can really bring in harmful chemicals and toxins into our home with such products (!). Of course we have to make the effort to always choose the good stuff! Here are some household cleaning tips:

–    My favorite product is Simple Green,
which is a concentrate you mix with water and is a non-toxic, all purpose cleaner. I dilute it with water in a spray bottle, and clean my bathroom with it constantly.

–    I have about a zillion lemon halves that have been cut in half and squeezed on my salad. I take the leftover lemon halves and use them to scrub around the stove. I still use my stove to heat water for various kinds of tea every single day! 🙂

–    For deeper scrubbing, we can also add some baking soda.

–   White vinegar is good to be used as a disinfectant. Dilute with water and use to clean your floors. It cleanses the floors from bacteria, mold, fungi and other microbes. Commercial floor cleaners are full of chemicals!

–    Household bleach is made of something called sodium hypochlorite. You’re probably more familiar with the name “Clorox.”  It becomes a dangerous substance when it is combined with many other ingredients found in cleaning products, including ammonia and various kinds of acids. When mixed together, chlorine gas or volatile organic compounds can be produced (!). Here are some alternatives:
o    Seventh Generation Chlorine-free bleach.
(Totally unrelated ☺, but I also like this brands’ laundry detergent, which I recently started using.)
o    Ecover Non-Chlorine Bleach*
o    Oxo Brite Non-Clorie Bleach*
o    Bio-O-Kleen Oxygen Bleach Plus*

* Made of percarbonate, which is environmentally friendly. It is made up of salt, limestone and oxygenated water.

Look into these good choices and give your cleaning routine a makeover! It will support  your health and beauty goals immensely. Our environment is very important!

In love and health,
Kimberly

Tribute to Andy Warhol! 😉

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Some Drinks That I Give My Seal of Approval

March 16, 2010

My two pet turtles Coki & Mottsy. Aren't they adorable??

Hey Loves,

I didn’t want to sound like the voice of doom and gloom about all your favorite drinks in my last post- so below are a few choices I like. J

By the way- notice many of these drinks have a purpose. Kombucha has B vitamins and probiotics. Coconut water is full of potassium and electrolytes and great for hydration. The fizzy spritzers don’t really have a purpose per se- but they are fun to drink when you want something that tastes bubbly and to replace all those nasty colas you might have been drinking for years. J Let us say goodbye to the poison!

We also have to keep working on shifting our perspective that anything we put in our body should be nourishing and helpful. Many of us have drink habits because we are used to drinking certain things for taste. Remember bad habits can and should be broken!

Here are beverages I approve of:

GT/Synergy Kombucha*

High Country Kombucha

* It is best to get the simple, non-fruity flavors like Trilogy (my fav), Gingerade, Original and Green. Trilogy, at 2 grams of sugar for 2 servings in a bottle has only 4 grams of sugar. Some of the flavors like Strawberry Serenity (whatever the cutesy name is) or Citrus have 16-18 grams of sugar a bottle! That is a big difference!

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Drink (even though it sounds gross! 🙂 )

Vita Coco coconut water

ONE coconut water

R.W. Knudsen Spritzers

Knudsen’s concentrated cranberry juice (to mix with water. This is the only pasteurized juice I occasionally recommend).

Seltzers and carbonated waters with lemon or lime flavors (the label should say ONLY carbonated water with natural lemon/lime flavor)

* Buy wine that has no added sulfites. It will process cleaner through your body. My favorite wine shop in NYC is Le Du’s wines (www.leduwines.com), which ships nationwide. They now have green and blue labels to signify their organic and biodynamic wines!

Here are a few that I still have a thing or two I would change, but they are not as horrific, shall we say, as some other beverages out there. They have served as good transition drinks for some of my clients:

Teas’ Tea (white tea flavor)

Izze

Tazo (iced teas- this is a good one for weaning clients off coffee)

Itoen Sencha shot (however it does come in an aluminum can)

Guayaki Yerba Mate (please note yerba mate does contain caffeine)

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

All my very best, Kimberly

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Keeping It Simple in a World of WAY Too Many Beverage Choices

March 14, 2010

Photo courtesy of farm4.static.flickr.com

Hey Guys!

I hope you’ve been well. It is has been a bit longer than usual for me to post- I had a crazy amount of work last week. I had a deadline to turn something in, so I was up until 3 or 4:00 am every day! After turning it in Friday, I really needed some me time. 🙂 Yesterday it was pouring here in NYC so all I did was go grocery shopping for my favorite foods, and I made food and watched movies with some friends. I watched Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which blew me away! What a spirit and an amazing talent. Despite some weirdness that happened, no one can deny how when he was performing he was such a channel for light, pure energy flowing through him. I think it might have to be one of the few DVDs I’ll actually buy!

Anyways, I was thinking about the ridiculous amount of beverage choices we have at our fingertips right now. Have you ever stood before the massive and imposing line of beverage choices at Wholefoods and felt overwhelmed? I know I do, regularly! I’ve been shopping for many of my clients for better beverage replacements, for not such great choices they were making previously- so I know how attached so many of us are to our beverages.

Here’s the thing: different beverages, like foods, are really different forms of stimulation. We are used to being stimulated by many different kinds of tastes, so we start to crave them. As we clean out our bodies with truly alkaline-forming foods, we will see that like our food choices, our beverage choices will start to simplify. We won’t need too many different things to drink. All those fancy new “health” drinks are loaded with citric acid (natural to fruit but added as a preservative to many drinks) as well as many other acids and preservatives. We’re just better off without them.

The only beverages I consume are Green Drinks, filtered water, herbal tea (lots of roobius), coconut water, kombucha, and the occasional red wine.

Here’s why we should avoid the following beverages:

Diet sodas and regular sodas: Extremely acid-forming, with phosphoric and carbonic acid, etc. Demineralizes us. Artificial sweeteners (including Splenda, Aspartame, Saccharine, etc) are unnatural for our bodies to process and can cause numerous health problems, including harming our brain and nervous system.

V8, Odwalla, Fresh Samantha, fruit juices, etc:
If you pick up any kind of bottled or packaged fruit or vegetable drink at the grocery store….immediately put it down. Remember this: ANYTHING you find in a bottle or a package has been pasteurized. When fruit and vegetables are pasteurized the fruit becomes acidic and the entire beverage is DEAD. It has no more enzymes. I would sooner drink plain water than let any such type of beverage pass through my lips!!!!!  I don’t care if it says “all natural” on the label- the fact is these drinks are simply not fresh. They are not acceptable.

Canned drinks:
They all must be avoided, as they are all exposed to aluminum and chemicals.

Drinks flavored with lots of agave or honey: I recently saw this Gorilla Life chlorophyll drink with honey that had 52 grams of sugar in a tiny bottle. You’re much better off getting the nutrients from just having chlorella tablets, like I talked about recently, or eating good food!

Vitamin water or other fancy type energy drinks
: I recently looked up the ingredient list for Vitamin Water’s Triple Antioxidant list and here it is:

Vapor distilled, deionized water and/or reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose, citric acid, vegetable juice (color), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural flavor, berry and fruit extracts (acai, blueberry, pomegranate and apple), magnesium lactate (electrolyte), calcium lactate (electrolyte), monopotassium phosphate (electrolyte), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), cyanocobalamin (B12)

Notice that the first ingredient besides the water is fructose! Though it naturally occurs in fruit, we get fiber and natural vitamins and minerals when we eat fruit or drink Green Smoothies. When it is added into a beverage that is a serious issue. It can disrupt insulin levels, as well the hormone leptin, which regulates appetite.

I wouldn’t drink anything where I saw fructose added in as an ingredient. To top it off, the next ingredient on the list is citric acid.

There are so many other beverages there I would like to mention here, but I think that is a good start. Maybe I’ll do a second part to this post.

I’ll be back on track this week with the writing!

Lots of love. Om Shanti (peace)! Love, Kimberly

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E! Countdown to the Oscars Clip

March 10, 2010

Here I am with Holly Madison before the Oscars. It was a really exciting atmosphere with a ton of people in the studio and all around. All in all, fun stuff!

Enjoy some skincare tips! Kimberly

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Drugs in the Water!

March 10, 2010


Hi Guys!

Hope you are having a great week so far. I’ve slowly starting to get used back to East Coast Time. My feet were dragging a bit today, but after posting this I’m hitting the sack!

I’ve been thinking about water. Water is a gift of life and beauty…but unfortunately there are so many issues with water today. I was away from my own shower whilst being in LA, which is equipped with a fabulous shower filter to filter out all the chlorine and heavy metals from the shower water. I always notice an incredible difference! Especially with my hair. My hair is so much softer showering with the filtered water, and it doesn’t get so weighed down. My skin also doesn’t dry out so much. From a health standpoint, when we take hot showers our pores open up and we can absorb lots of chlorine from the shower water! We don’t want this toxin in our body. So yes please! We’ll take the shower filter- or maybe 2. 🙂 I was in Home Depot recently and noticed that even they now carry chlorine-free shower filters.

We also have to be extra careful these days about the water we are ingesting! Among many issues, did you know that there are a TON of pharmaceuticals floating around in the water supply? Frightening! Metabolites are the chemicals that break down as the end result of our bodies’ drug metabolism after we ingest them, and they literally get flushed down the drain into the sewage system every time we pee.

And what will become of our poor, helpless animal friends that live in water environments?? It really isn't fair that they get subjected to all our crappy chemicals. Pictured here are my favorite animals- turtles!

These chemicals get into OUR bodies, even when we don’t even take these medications. They also pollute the ecosystem for decades. It is said they pass right through wastewater treatment systems.  In 2008 the Associated Press conducted an investigation and found that pharmaceuticals in the form of antibiotics, sex hormones, anti-depressants, anticonvulsants, and more were found in the drinking water of at least 24 major metropolitan areas tested. Don’t think there is enough to really affect us in a significant way? Guess again! In England one study attributed the huge rise of male infertility to the massive amount of estrogens from remnants of birth control pills in the water supply, so much so that they said that even the fish in certain areas were transmuting sexes from male to female!

Unfortunately, bottling companies do not test for the presence of these pharmaceuticals, so we can be sure that they are not going to remove them. There has been some information that bottled water can actually be more contaminated than tap water. Nasty! So what are we going to do about it?

1.    Get a shower filter- like this weekend!
Get one for every shower in your house, so your guests and kids can revel in clean water…and have softer, shinier hair to boot!

2.    Leave nothing in the hands of Big Business water companies.
Get a really top notch home water filtration system, such as a reverse osmosis system, that cleans your water to the nth degree. You can carry your own water in stainless steel water bottles to work and to the gym or yoga class, which is better for the environment anyway. You can rest assured you won’t be adding to the compiling issue of water bottles everywhere! Even when they are recycled there is lots of energy involved, so best to avoid plastic water bottles when possible anyway.

And BTW, hats off to the studio Warner Brothers!! They now have a no water-bottle policy for their movies, and give stainless steel water bottles to everyone working on each film, with fill up stations instead of individual bottles of water. 🙂 I’ve started a collection of cool stainless steel water bottles I’ve gotten. Each step is progress! If you work at an office or group setting of sorts that hands out individual water bottles maybe you can suggest the same policy!

I’ll write more soon.
I send my love! Kimberly

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Scary Facts About Soy (Put that Soy Milk Down Right Now!)

March 8, 2010

In the end, I chose a simple black number by designer Ani Lee for my Oscar dress. As stylist Kent says, "I had a jewelry moment!" 🙂

Hey Guys!

I hope you had a great weekend! All I can say is WHAT…A…WEEK!! I’ve been in LA for only one week this trip, but I feel like I squeezed in about a month’s worth. I’m exhausted, but truly exhilarated about all the amazing things that I got to do and be a part of.

E! Countdown to the Oscars show. Holly Madison tried the Green Smoothie- then loved it! She asked if she could drink the whole thing, which of course I was thrilled about. I am so happy to give her some real nourishment! (God knows what she ate/eats at the Playboy house 🙂 ). Who would have thought I'd be bringing the Green Smoothie to E! and the Oscars!!!!! 🙂

I wanted to write more about soy today, because I tweeted about it last week and there was a lot of interest. My friends that have been reading my blog a long time know that I have long NOT been a fan of soy. Soy is a low-mineral food that is very allergenic to many people. Over 90% of soy in our country is genetically modified (GMO).

There are so many reasons not to eat soy, and it is distressing to me that many health care professionals promote the consumption of soy. The heavily lobbyists of the soy industry would all have us believe soy was a miracle health food- that is until we start to investigate on our own.

Don’t think you get soy in your diet because you don’t eat tofu? Unfortunately, being the sneaky food that soy is, it permeates our diet in the form of soy protein isolates, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), textured vegetable protein (TVP), and is disguised by many other names. We don’t want to eat any “fake” meat or other disgusting forms of processed vegetarian foods-gross!! And read labels! A Cliff bar brings in a whopping 20 grams of soy protein, a ZonePerfect bar 15 grams, and a Boca Burger 13 grams. All such foods should be avoided.

Today I wanted to list a few facts with some sources. Check it out!

–    Soy contains isoflavones, specifically genistein and daidzein. These are estrogen-like substances that have the same effect in the body as estrogen. When we eat lots of soy we can become estrogenic, which contributes to such problems as cancer, irritability and mood swings, fat gain around the waist, hips and thighs, fibrocystic breast disease and uterine fibroids.

Casanova, M. et al. “Developmental effects of dietary phytoestrogens in Sprague.” Toxicol Sci, Oct. 1999, 51 (2): 236-244.

Santell, L, et al. “Dietary genistein exerts estrogenic effects upon uterus, mammary gland and the hypothalamic/pituitary axis in rats.” J Nutr, Feb. 1997, 127(2) 263-269.

–   Soy may be connected with Alzheimer’s Disease. In studies in Japan and Hawai, men who consumed tofu at least twice weekly had more cognitive imprairment than those who rarely or never consume it.

White, L R., Petrorich, H, Ross, G W, and Masaki, K H. “Association of mid-life consumption of tofu with late life cognitive impairment and dimentia: the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study.” Fifth International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, #487, 27 July 1996, Osaka, Japan.

White, LR, Petrovitch, H, Ross, G w, Masaki, K H, Hardman, J, Nelson. J, Davis. D, and Markesbery, W. “Brain again and midlife tofu consumption.” J Am Coll Nutr, April 2000, 19(2): 242-2555.

–    High soy intake for men increases the probability of estrogen dominance in men, which contributes to hair loss, swollen prostates, and other issues. Dorris Rapp, MD is the leading pediatric allergist, asserts that “environment and food estrogens are responsible for world-wide reduction in male fertility”.

Nagata, C, et al. “Inverse association of soy product intake with serum androgen and estrogen in Japanese men.” Nutr Cancer, 2000, 36(1):14-18.

Zhong, Ying, et al. “Effects of dietary supplmentt of soy protein isolate and low fat diet on prostate cancer.” FASEB J, 2000, 14(4):a531.11.

–   The amount of phytoestrogens that are in a day’s worth of soy infant formula equals 5 birth control pills.

“Soy Infant Formula Could be Harmful to Infants.” Nutrition Week, Dec. 10, 1999, 29(46):1-2.

–   Soy is a mineral-deficient food, and contains phytin, which chelates essential minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium out of the body before they can be absorbed.

–   The new IGF-1 data potentially places soy in the category of a powerful cancer promoter of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

Yu, H. “Role of the insulin-like growth factor family in cancer development and progression.” J Natl Cancer Inst, Sept. 20, 2000, 92(18)1472-1489.

Switch from soy milk to almond milk, avoid tofu, and eat cleaner food!! By the way, organic, non-GMO miso, tempeh and natto are acceptable soy foods, since they are fermented.

Have a great start to your week! I’ll be back in NY this week and will write more.

Lots of love,

Kimberly