Archive for May, 2010

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How Microwaving Food is Hazardous to our Health and Beauty (!)

May 27, 2010

Hello Loves,

I hope all is well!

I wanted to talk about microwaved foods today. Those of you that follow me on Twitter might have seen my Tweet (I still can’t believe that this word is part of our daily vocabulary now!) about seeing packaged, organic spinach that was labeled “microwavable.” It was just the most ironic label and it horrified me so much that I felt compelled to write about it…

Just say NO to microwaving organic spinach!!!

First off, what is interesting is that after over 20 years of research, the Russians banned microwave ovens back in 1976, making a strong argument for possible biological and environmental damage and against their safety.

I am really concerned that microwaves may destroy all the nutrition in our food. When I started getting into health years ago I threw out my microwave, and I personally haven’t used one once in literally years. There has been surprisingly little research on how microwaves affect organic molecules, or how the human body responds to consuming microwaved food. The few that there have been do suggest that microwaving food destroys nutritional value.

I’m not just talking about regular cooking through a stove or an oven, which yes, does destroys enzymes and can denature certain nutrients. Microwaves add another element, the “microwave” effect, which is different on a molecular level than regular cooking. How do microwaves work anyway? Microwaves are on the low end of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. Microwaves cause dielectric heating, which means they spin around very rapidly inside your oven in such an electric field at high frequencies, and the molecular friction eventually causes the water to turn to steam and that heats up the food. But this can also change the food’s chemical structure.

When we microwave foods, structures of the water molecules are ripped apart and deformed. When we use an oven to heat food, heat is transferred convectionally from the outside and moves inward. Microwave cooking begins within the molecules where water is present.

Studies and reports indicate that microwave ovens can cause carcinogenic toxins to leach out of your plastic and paper containers/covers, and into your food. The January/February 1990 issue of Nutrition Action Newsletter reported the leakage of numerous toxic chemicals from the packaging of common microwavable foods, including pizzas, chips and popcorn. Chemicals included polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene. When we microwave fatty foods in plastic containers it can further release dioxins, which are known carcinogens, and other toxins into your food. This has resulted in warnings to new mothers about NOT using the microwave to heat up baby bottles (!!!). If you know of any mothers that microwave baby bottles, you should share this with them (!). I saw a first-time mother unknowingly microwave her baby’s bottle  a little while ago at a friend’s house, and when I (very gently and non-judgmentally) told her about some of the risks, she was shocked and said she would not do it anymore.

Photo courtesy of dvo.com

But back to the food itself. There are some good studies to show the effect of microwaving on food, but I’ll mention just two of them: A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli “zapped” in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of its beneficial antioxidants. What a ripoff!! If that is the case, we might as well eat cardboard then waste our money on organic food that we won’t get nutrition from anyway!

Also, there was a study conducted by Swiss food scientists Hans Hertel and Dr. Bernard Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry back in the 1990s. It revealed that microwaves changed the nutrients in food, and adversely affected the human body and blood, including the following ways: Increased cholesterol levels, increased numbers of leukocytes (white blood cells), which can suggest poisoning, decreased numbers of red blood cells.

Wow!

Lastly, the FDA maintains that small amounts of radiation leakage through the viewing glass of microwave ovens are “insignificant” and “well below the level known to harm people.” Ha! They also say that about cell phones. Check out my blog on how to minimize radiation damage from cell phones HERE. However, according to Powerwatch, a non-profit independent organization with a central role in the microwave radiation debate (“Microwave oven and microwave cooking overview,” Powerwatch):

“Even when the microwave oven is working correctly, the microwave levels within the kitchen are likely to be significantly higher than those from any nearby cellular phone base-stations. Remember also that microwaves will travel through walls if the microwave oven is against an inside wall.”

Huh??? There is a chance that the microwave can produce levels of radiation in your kitchen higher than a CELL PHONE BASE STATION?? Have you run to throw out your microwave yet??

Don’t worry, you won’t miss it as much as you think. Plan ahead, and think of thawing frozen items out the night before of that morning for dinner. Use a toaster oven in place where you might heat things up. Sure it may take a little longer, but it is well worth it to avoid potential health risks to us and our loved ones!! Of course, it would be awesome if we all just ate more raw food in general- like huge salads- and avoided having to zap and heat things up all the time anyway!

For more info., and where some of this info came from and more reference studies, check out:

http://curezone.com/foods/microwave_oven_risk.asp

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx

Take care and be well.

With Love, Kimberly

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The Rainbow of Health Foods

May 25, 2010

"By seeking goodness, being good, and affirming good, you see this world as a garden of beauty." Paramahansa Yogananda

Hey Guys!

I am officially back in New York, and I am SLAMMED with work. Good thing chlorophyll keeps me grounded! Are you having a good week so far?

Driving back up the coast to New York from South Carolina I was really inspired by colors. There was a huge rainstorm that passed in and out, but then it would get very sunny and light up all these beautiful flowers and green trees. I love color! If you peeked into my closet you would see an abundance of brightly colored pieces- though of course, I have my share of black too! (I do live in Manhattan after all 🙂 ). I wrote another piece on color a while back- check it out HERE.

As color applies to food, when our food is naturally colorful the greater the abundance of antioxidants, life force, minerals and vitamins. Have you ever noticed how so much processed food, such as french fries, turkey sandwiches, chicken burritos and the like are ugly tan and pasty brown colors?? Or maybe artificial neon colors are more disarming- like the bright red of the processed, canned tomato sauce on a slice of Pizza Hut pizza or the more orange than orange Dorrito. Either way- it certainly is scary!!

Here are some examples of our true Rainbow of Health Foods:

Tomatoes- coming into season shortly!! Photo courtesy of http://www.landscape-design.blogspot.com

Carrots! Picture courtesy of http://www.worldcommunitycookbook.org

RED: Contains Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant

Examples: Tomatoes, watermelon, guava

ORANGE: Contains Beta-carotene, which supports the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant

Examples: carrots, yams, mangoes, pumpkins

Photo courtesy of styletips101.com

Kale! Photo courtesy of http://www.galensgarden.co.uk

YELLOW- ORANGE: Vitamin C, flavonoids which help us detoxify of harmful substances

Examples: Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, papayas, peaches

GREEN: Folate, which build healthy cells and genetic material. Also contains chlorophyll and a broad range of vitamins and minerals

Examples: Kale, spinach, collard greens, cilantro, parsley, etc.

Cabbage. Photo courtesy of aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu

GREEN-WHITE: Contains indoles and lutein- which help eliminate excess estrogen and carcinogens

Examples: Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower

WHITE-GREEN: Contains allyl sulfides- which destroy cancer cells, reduce cell division, and support immune systems

Examples: Onions, garlic, chives, asparagus

Blueberries! About in season as well! Photo courtesy or http://www.wever.files.wordpress.com

BLUE: Contains anthocyanins, which are powerful free-radical scavengers

PURPLE: Contains Resveratrol- a strong anti-aging antioxidant

I’ll write more soon! Have a beautiful, colorful day!

Love, Kimberly

I make the effort to surround myself wtih my favorite colors of pink and green.

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What To Eat When You Go to the Beach

May 22, 2010

Hi Guys!

I hope you are having a great weekend. It certainly has been steamy down here in South Carolina, and I have been able to get down to the beach the last few days. The big question is: What to eat at the beach??

You don’t want to eat the wrong foods, for obvious reasons. The easiest way to ruin a beach day might just be to eat something that bloats you out and then you feel fat and huge. Just a terrible feeling! On the other hand, being in the sun, body surfing in the ocean, playing frisbee and any other fun beach activities will make you hungry. So you will want to eat something.

Here’s what I like to do: I bring a whole pitcher of the Ultimate Green Smoothie down to the beach that I made first thing in the morning. That way it is ice cold. Of course the ideal is the situation I am in here- where the beach is right in front of my villa. It allows  me to run back and forth between the fridge and the beach. I brought down the Green Smoothie when I got hungry and went through the whole container first (between a few people).

Then I’ll go swimming, etc. for a while. When I get hungry again, I like to have fruit next. If I am pretty hungry, I like to have fruit with the fatty fruit of avocado. Avocado is so filling with good beauty fat, fiber and minerals. Avocado with fruit is just about the perfect beach food, besides young coconuts. Here I am having my Papaya Enzyme Salad. For the RECIPE CLICK HERE.

What I DON’T want to eat is salty, processed foods like potato chips, Sun chips or the dreaded Soy Chips (!). Of course we avoid at all costs the french fries and club sandwiches which might also be readily available beachfront! Focus on how refreshing and delicious your fresh plant-based smoothies and fruit/salads are.

Papaya Enzyme Salad. Great beach food to pack in a cooler!! Aren't the colors gorgeous? Eat colorful, vibrant food and have a colorful, vibrant life.

For dinner at the beach, I’m pretty hungry. Here I made dinner to eat out on the porch. My Raw Cauliflower “Mashed” Potatoes are featured to the left on the plate. For the RECIPE CLICK HERE.

Mr. Green Smoothie is a hit at Myrtle Beach!

Mr. Green Smoothie heads for the shade.

I know- I can be a big dork sometimes. 🙂

Take care of yourself!

With Lots of Love, Kimberly

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Where A Little Green Meets Old School: Myrtle Beach!

May 20, 2010

Paying homage to Pranic Flow.

Hi Guys!

So I’m still here in South Carolina, having a great time working and having fun. Whenever I stay anywhere more than a day or 2, I really have to stay somewhere that has a kitchen. I always opt for a villla or a furnished apt rather than a hotel. Here I am staying at a beautiful villa with a full kitchen, so I can make food of course. It looks out over the ocean from the balcony!

I must say that I really love the old section of Myrtle Beach. With 70’s style old hotels, blue, pink and bright yellow buildings, and beachfront motels renting for as low as $25 a night, some might say this part of town is cheesy. Is that the right word? I like to say it has character. It reminds me of a scene from a Joan Didion story and I love it sort of the way I appreciate and treasure a great piece of vintage clothing. I totally dig biking around and checking it out!!

Classic! I love this kind of stuff!

Don’t worry folks! I haven’t been eating at Fat Man’s Dream. I promise I haven’t succumbed to the um, temptation of being able to order ice cream at the same time as a meatball sub. 🙂 I mean, “Dogs and Cream” is the selling point !!!!!!!!

I AM happy to say that I have found some Green elements here though!! There is nothing like a Wholefoods or health market here, but within the standard Kroger’s grocery store there is an organic section. I’ve been loading up on everything I need to make Green Smoothies (I carted my Vitamix along of course!). There are also packets of organic arugula and spinach, so I’ve been making some salads. While the organic section isn’t huge, I appreciate that it is there at all in the regular, non-specialty grocery store!

Check this shelf out!! I was most impressed to find they had things like flaxseed meal, stevia and sorghum flour! I was happily surprised.

I love this 72% dark, non-dairy Endangered Species chocolate bar for desserts and treats.

I even put some chocolate in my hoodie pocket when I went to play miniature golf last night. Do like the natives do right?! There are over 100 mini golf courses here! I must stay that the Pirate’s Cove golf course I played last night complete with smoke and caves and tunnels was the best mini course I’ve personally ever been on!

Everyone likes to have little snacks and treats at the snackshops and stops they have along the way. 18 holes of mini golf is hard work. 🙂 Good thing I had my little morcels of dark cacao treats stashed away in my pocket!!! Everyone needs a little treat to snack on sometimes.

Tonight I went on a great bike ride. I like finding dirt roads like this with old farms and old school houses…

By the way, there is another place I found Green here! There is a tiny, adorable bike shop I rented my beach cruiser out down the road. I went to the bathroom, and noticed that even they stocked Green label, 100% recycled paper towels! Yay!! It shows availability is widely growing for Green products!

By the way, I happened upon THIS sign as I adventured down a dusty old road. Creepy!!!

Made it back in time for sunset yoga in the water.

Hope you are having a great week!

I’ll write more soon.

Lots of Love, Kimberly



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How to Survive A (Vegan) Roadtrip!

May 17, 2010

Hey Guys!

So yesterday I took a 12 hour roadtrip down the coast. I’m happy to say that I survived- not only intact but healthy and happy! I was able to jump in the ocean at the end,  which here in South Carolina is 75 degrees. That made it all worth it.

Given what fast food and mass, commercial food companies consider “food” and stock at gas station rest stops, there was no way ever I was about to take any chances. The night before I made a huge salad to eat with arugula, buckwheat micro greens, sunflower sprouts, radishes, dulse…

And also to take with me in Tupperware to eat as an early lunch! I knew that it wouldn’t be good all day long sitting in the car, but since we left around 6 am and I had some ice, it was still okay to eat around noon. The trick? I did not put any oil on the salad so it would  not get soggy. I used lots of freshly chopped herbs and spices, and at a rest stop I cut open an avocado I brought along and mashed it into the Tupperware, and ate the salad just like that!

When we stopped for gas, I did happen to take a peek at the local gas station fare. Could not help myself!!! I didn’t know whether to laugh, shriek, gag, or do all 3 at once! Amongst the turkey and chicken Lunchables, Supersized slushies and Cokes and bags of mini powdered doughnuts I found a counter of processed delicacies that words can almost not describe. Check it out below! It was a slow turntable cornucopia of corndog, chicken, cheese and ham, and other grilled “delights”. Zits, a congested liver, cellulite and a big belly for only $2.22!!! Eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!

I did indeed laugh (in disbelief really) and shriek. I didn’t cry, but i did leave with a saddened feeling at once again seeing what is commonly pushed as “food” to so many hungry people that travel across the highways.

It DID make me really appreciate the organic blueberries I had packed…

And as I wearily nodded on and off to sleep with my hypoallergenic pillow…. I had a dream that healthy food would one day be as readily available for all at these rest stops rather than all the inedible crap that really isn’t fit for human consumption!!

So I guess the obvious moral of the story is to always be prepared! We can all plan a bit ahead and be sure to grab fruit, avocados, even gluten-free crackers or organic, baked chipped as road trip snacks. Because remember what the alternatives are!!!

You want to feel good and full of energy when you land at your destination… rather than fat and bloated! Just because you are on a road trip and you can’t find good food on the road per se isn’t an excuse to eat crappy food… again, plan ahead!

You’ll have a better trip, wherever you go.

I’ll write more soon. Much Love!! Kimberly

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5 Great Beauty Foods For Spring and How to Eat Them

May 13, 2010

Hi Guys, It is time to deliberately step up the diet and add some great, beauty-building and health-building foods. Here are a few my faves:

Watercress! Photo courtesy of http://www.pgsgrow.com

Watercress: I know, it is bitter! I personally love the taste, but for some of us it can be a bit harsh. The key is to mix a little bit at a time with other greens. You can throw a bit in your Green Smoothies or chop some into your salads the way I do.

But it is worth the effort! Watercress is high in many minerals and is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E. It is high in the beauty minerals of sulfur, manganese, calcium and iron, and has a high level of iodine which balances our thyroids. In the mustard family, watercress acts as an internal skin antiseptic and skin cleanser, as well as helping to clean the blood and increase the circulation and delivery of minerals to all the cells of the body.

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

Radishes: I talked about them last Spring also, and they are amazing! They are high in skin-beautifying sulfur, silicon and Vitamin C. They are said to be arguably the best mucus dissolving food for the digestive tract, which helps cleanses our systems. The cleaner and more free of toxins our systems are, the more beautiful we become.

Check out my Radish Salad Here.

Cucumbers: Of course! A classic beauty food. Because they are so high in water and are an amazing kidney cleanser, they are a diuretic and help prevent bloating due to water retention. The high shine of cucumber skins means they are high in silicon- just what helps give our hair shine!! I highly recommend getting organic cucumbers so you can get the beauty benefits of all that silicon. I NEVER peel my organic cucumbers!! Check out my recipe for Israeli Chopped Salad.

Apricots: Just coming into season now! I can’t wait until they start popping up at the Union Square Farmer’s Market here in NYC. Fresh apricots are an excellent source of the beauty Vitamins of A, C, E, as well as potassium, iron, and are a great source of beta-carotene. They are also a great natural laxative, due to the cellulose and pectin contents, which is great to keep things moving! Be sure to eat on an empty stomach.

Papayas: We can get them sourced from the Caribbean or Mexico pretty easily, so they are not always local. But I love!!!! I am in full papaya mode right now. I just cut the whole big thing in half, scoop out the seeds, and eat it like that for lunch with an avocado.

Papayas are also great to make our skin more beautiful. Full of enzymes and minerals, includes papain which is in enzyme which helps cleanse the skin. Also high in Vitamins A and C. Also be sure to eat on an empty stomach.

Happy beauty eating!!

I send all my love,

Kimberly

My friend recently sent me this picture... this is me in Mongolia a few years ago. Somewhere in the Gobi Desert!

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What is the Silent, Sneaky Beauty-Killer That Ages Us?

May 10, 2010

Photo courtesy of http://www.ux1.eiu.edu.

Hi Guys,

This post is dedicated to a friend of mine, and was born out of my concern for her, as she flies often.

Low-level radiation is like a killer, because we can’t see it, feel I, hear it, taste it, or smell it. I am not talking about just nuclear weapons, but rather the low levels of exposure we are continuously exposed to on an every day basis.

First off, what is radiation? In the broadest definition, it is the process in which the energy in the form of, for instance, light or heat, is sent out through space. The different types of radiation are classified according to the electromagnetic spectrum by their wavelength and frequency. One end of the spectrum is the “low energy” forms of radiation, which include radio and television waves. These forms have long wavelengths and low frequencies. As we go up the spectrum and the wavelengths become shorter and the frequencies higher, the spectrum expands to include microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultra-violet light, x-rays, and gamma rays. When me move towards this high end of the spectrum, the radiation energies have a special power known as ionization. X-rays and gamma rays, when they pass through a cell, can separate electrons from their atoms and endow these runaway electrons with higher amounts of energy. The result may be tissue damage in many different forms- from cancer to genetic and birth defects.

What are sources of radiation in our lives? Nuclear weapons and nuclear waste is one obvious source. Radon is another. But what I want to really talk about today is everyday, low-level forms of radiation, which emanate from such devices as microwaves, high-voltage power lines, radio transmitters, and cell phones. For years, our society has maintains that exposure to low levels of electromagnetic waves are harmless, but evidence is mounting that all this exposure to low-level radiation is indeed much more harmful that previously thought.

Photo courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk

What is also a major source of radiation exposure? Flying in an airplane. The higher up the plane goes in the atmosphere the more radiation we are exposed to. In a flight from (only!) Los Angeles to San Fancisco there is said to be a tenfold increase in radiation (as  measured by a mini-Geiger counter) that jumps from 12 to 125 radiations per minute when the plan is leveled off at the maximum flight pattern.

What does this really mean? An airplane flying coast to coast will expose the flyer to several hundred milliards (1/1000 of a rad). The average dose for medical X-rays is 300-500 millirads for pelvic X-rays, 100-1000 millirads for a full facial dental X-ray, and 10-500 millirads for chest X-rays. That means that one single flight may expose us to the same or possibly more radiation than a full chest X-ray (!).

This is a big problem because as we know, continual exposure to low-level radiation produces free radicals, a major cause of premature aging and health problems. Free radicals can cause cross-linking among tissue proteins (wrinkles!), inflammation, disrupt and/or deplete the immune system, and can produce mutations. Many researchers in the field of aging agree that free-radical destruction is the basis of aging, or at least always goes along with the aging process.

Dr. Abram Petkau stated (reported from the Radiological Physics Dept. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) that the free-radical effect from chronic low radiation exposure to be 1,000 times greater than a single large exposure (!). John Gofman, Ph.D., M.D writes in Radiation and Human Health, “Harm in the form of excess human cancer occurs at all doses of ionizing radiation, down to the lowest conceivable dose and dose rate.” Perhaps the most succinct summary is given by Dr. Karl Z. Morgan, who was the director of the Health Physics Division a the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 30 years:

“There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of malignancy is zero… the genetic risks, and especially those associated with recessive mutations, may be as harmful and debilitating to the human race as the increases of cancer.”

THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO

Okay, sorry for all the doom and gloom! But I say these things as we should at least be aware of radiation exposure.

And I am happy to say that there are things we can do in our diet to help minimize the effect of radiation. How can food help? First off, if we have enough minerals in our system, the cells become saturated with minerals and there may be less opportunity for the radioactive  minerals to be absorbed into our systems. Second, there are certain specific foods which can actively help draw the radioactive materials to them and pull them out of the body (chelation). Thirdly, if we eat foods very high in antioxidant nutrients and enzymes, it will help squash out the free radicals created by radiation exposure.

Anti-Radiation Foods that Fit into Our Above 4 Criteria

–       Swiss chard

–       Turnip greens

–       Watercress

–       Mustard greens

–       Kale

–       Spinach (no surprise here, all greens!)

–       Kelp

–       Dulse

–       Chlorella

–       Nori

–       Beets

–       Bee pollen

–       Garlic

–       Apples

–       Chaparral

–       Siberian ginseng

What else can we do besides loading up on these foods? Don’t smoke! Don’t live near nuclear plants, avoid unnecessary diagnostic X-rays, and use infrared saunas whenever possible. Check out my post on cell phones, and wear that wired (not Bluetooth) headset.

It is critical if you fly often that you eat only the best food while flying on the day. You want to give your body the best to help combat the radiation as much as possible. That IS NOT the time to splurge on the fast food chains found in all airports. Rather, bring healthy snacks and be sure to drink your Green Smoothie before you leave for the airport. For some healthy travel snack ideas, check out my blog called, “Easy Travel Snacks.”

Be aware, and take care.

Love,

Kimberly

Eat your Anti-Radiation foods!

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Believing it is really possible

May 7, 2010

The still photographer from Iron Man 2 took this picture of me while I was there when the movie was shooting last summer. Those of you that watch the movie, this is scene on the race track!

Hi Loves,

I just wanted to quickly share with you a revelation I had today- right on my yoga mat!

Yoga is very confrontational for whatever is going on in our life, in our mind, our lives and our spirits. What we learn about ourselves and within the poses has the power to shift our consciousness past much more than the physical pose itself! Today I took “Flight School” with a wonderful woman named Summer, which is basically a yoga class that is all about inversions. Since I love being upside down, it seemed to be a perfect fit for me.

I have been able to do handstands for a few years now, and bakasana (crow pose) which is an arm balance. But I have never seen a girl be able to press up from a straight-armed crow pose into a handstand in front of me  …until today. Summer walked right up to the front to demonstrate, and did it right in front of me.

I had always seen lots of my guy friends do it, and thought it might be one of the poses that is easier for men and the male anatomy to accomplish. I never ever really worked on it because I didn’t think it could really ever happen. WELL I was wrong!!! Seeing the quiet grace with which Summer came onto her hands, bent her knees to the back of her arms and press straight up was awesome!! Like me she is not overly muscular and does not have a gymnastics background either.

I would then straighten my arms here in this arm balance and then...

Press up into handstand!

Just SEEING that it was possible opened up my mind and I had an almost immediate paradigm shift. Once I knew she could do it, I knew I could do it too. Why? Because we all have the unlimited ability of consciousness within us. All new poses take work to master, but I never focused on that sequence of poses because I didn’t really think it was possible. I didn’t even try. But today after seeing her, I really focused on learning to press up in class today and I almost got it! And I know in a few weeks or months I will get it. Why? Again because I now believe and know that it is possible.

There are so many limitations we put on ourselves, even unconsciously. I challenge you to consider something that you’d really love to do or accomplish but didn’t think you could, and prove yourself wrong. It could be dropping back to your weight from college, learning a new language, getting the promotion at work, making the Green Smoothie every day (of course right!!), etc. It doesn’t have to be something huge- in fact starting with baby steps to accomplish “smaller” things can help us build confidence to go for more.

Except for the truly outrageous thoughts (hey we can’t all be President of the United States but we can do so many other things!) 🙂 if you can even think about trying to pull it off… it IS possible!!

Also…it is the highly anticipated opening weekend of Iron Man 2. I remember being at the set last summer and the excitement back then during every day of shooting… I can’t wait to see it one of these weeks. You won’t catch me waiting in lines this weekend though.

On that note, have a relaxing night! I’m going to rest my pour wrists that had a lot of weight on them today, as I’ll go back to practicing my pressing up from crow into handstand tomorrow, now that I fully know and believe it is possible for me to achieve.

LOVE AND HARE OM,

Kimberly

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The ONE True Glowing Green Smoothie Essential Everyone Needs!!

May 6, 2010

Hi Guys,

Many of you have tried making my Glowing Green Smoothie and are now enjoying it daily! Yay for you! Some of you have perhaps tried to make it, and ended up with a chunky, grainy mess that really didn’t taste very good. Here’s the one thing we all need: the right blender. The right blender is critical for a number of reasons I list below. The blender I wholeheartedly recommend is the Vitamix. By the way, I tried my friend Lenka’s Blendtec and made a Green Smoothies with it last week. NOT the same!!! (To see why I personally prefer the Vitamix over the Blendtec, please see the comment section)

Here is a reason why the Vitamix is the industry standard across raw food restaurants, cafes, and natural restaurants!!

Here’s why I think the Vitamix is so critical:

  1. More nutrition: This is definitely the most important reason. The Vitamix is a 2-horse power blender that has the ability to rupture open the cell walls of the vegetables and fruits and release maximum nutrition from the whole foods. The reason we are blending in the first place is to help “pre-digest” the foods so your body does not have to work hard to absorb the nutrition. With the right blender, there is more nutrition readily available to the body, including 3,850 powerful phytonutrients. EVEN if a blender makes the smoothie fairly smoothie, it does not mean that all the cell walls have been adequately burst open for maximum nutrition (!).

If there is one thing I do not scrimp on, it is my health and making sure I have as much of the best health and beauty nutrition available to my body as possible.

  1. Better taste: Okay this one is a very close second place. The Glowing Green Smoothie only gives us great results when we stick to it, right?  There is no way anyone would want to drink the smoothie every day if it is grainy and chunky. But it is delicious smooth! When I was in Virginia last week I tried making the smoothie with my client’s $100 blender. HORRIBLE! Even I could not drink more than 3 sips of it, and I wanted to barf! It is funny how the texture of something makes such a big difference in how palatable something is, even with the exact same ingredients. To my friends who have been making the Green Smoothie with $60 Oystertag blenders: I promise you that that is not the way I intended it to be or taste!!

With the Vitamix the Green Smoothie is incredibly delicious, and you will WANT to drink it every day. You can’t overestimate the value in that.

  1. Easy to clean up and saves time: It take about 60 seconds to chop the organic produce and throw it in the Vitamix and blend it to smoothness. When I made that “barf” Green Smoothie 🙂  last week it took so much time to blend it, because I had to cut everything into tiny pieces and add them in one at a time. It took like 15 minutes! PLUS the longer the produce is blending in there, the more the chance it is getting heated up and we are killing enzymes- which defeats the purpose of what we are doing! Then I had to clean it up, and it had all these pieces and a blade I had to screw off separately. With the Vitamix you throw some water and soap in after you are done, turn it on, and it cleans itself in 15 seconds.

I don’t have time to spend an extra half an hour with a slow blender to make the smoothie or clean up. I’m sure you don’t either. Who does? Time is precious!

The Vitamix is an investment, but it is an investment in your health and something that will last you a very long time. Think of how easily you splurge on new makeup or good shampoo and consider them “essentials” rather than luxuries. What if I told you the Vitamix too was an essential, for the reasons I list above, as the one piece of kitchen equipment that will help make your skin and hair better than all the Sephora crap- oops I meant stuff 🙂 – you buy every month?

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO THE VITAMIX SITE WITH A CODE FOR FREE SHIPPING, WHICH IS A SAVINGS OF $25.

If you don’t like ordering over the Internet, you can call Janet Gladish and order directly from her at her direct line of 440-782- 2316. The discount code if you do it that way is: 06-004995.

I think all the models are good. I have the 5000.

Love, the devoted Vitamix fan and Glowing Green Smoothie creator,

Kimberly

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Ok! Magazine Feature with Raw Food Recipes

May 4, 2010

Hi Everyone!

Hope you enjoy this feature and shout out I had in OK! Weekly.

For more info. on my Watermelon Smoothie, which is featured for JA’s breakfast, click HERE.

For more info on my Raw Tabouli, which is featured for JA’s dinner, click HERE.

I’ll write more soon!!

Love, Kimberly