Archive for September, 2010

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The Best Vegetarian Food in Maui!

September 29, 2010

Hey Guys!!

Hope you are doing well!! I just got back from Maui, and am (trying to) adjust back from the amazing last 9 days that I just had. My body is extremely sore from all the hikes we had- many of which were not really “trails” but rather picking our way right through the rainforests! Let’s just say that I’m really happy that there are no snakes in Hawaii… I don’t think I would do the same type of hiking in Thailand or Laos! It was slippery, there was a lot of falling involved, and trying to find mossy rocks to step on for extra stability. But the worst thing was a few scary huge spiders the size of my palm- it could be way worse, and hardly any comparison for the spectacular payoffs of each hike!!

The lush, rainforest part of Maui is Hana, which is reached by traveling along a beautiful highway that winds around the cliffs. It is marked by milemarkers, and right around mile marker 29 I found the glorious sign pictured in the very first picture of this blog!! I had been making food the whole time, partly because there was a great grocery store (below) and partly because there really wasn’t great vegetarian, soy-free, gluten-free options. So imagine when I saw the sign! I was like NA UHHHH!!!! There was a group of trucks parked in a little parking area: one was a man that cracked coconuts open for you and sold coconut candy, there was a little taco stand of sorts, and Cafe Romantica!!

Cafe Romantica is a real jewel. Run by Hans (pictured here) and his wife Lori (who I met on another trip but unfortunately did not get a picture of her!), Cafe Romantica serves absolutely delicious and gourmet vegetarian food, right out of the truck. Hans has worked at such kitchens at the Beverly Wilshire, but he and Lori are travelers at heart- like me!- and take off periodically after they make enough money! For the past 2 years they have been traveling around, and just opened Cafe Romantica 2 weeks before I happened upon it.

Here’s the inside of Hans’s spotless truck. He is trained in Ayurveda teachings, and his food ranges from fresh Indian curries to cacao desserts to the most delicious vegetarian soups. It is not raw, but it is hearty and delicious after a 6-hour hike! My predominant dosha is Vata, so I felt quite grounded by their food. Hans and Lori make the food with such love, and recite mantras while they are cooking. We talked about raw food, and they plan on adding a lot more raw food dishes to the menu and are going to get a dehydrator so they can make raw wraps! Might be there i by the time you go visit. 🙂

Also, along all these wonderful waterfall hikes I took this week, there was an abundance of guavas! Most people are just familiar with guava juice, but to have a ripe guave picked fresh from the tree is a real treat! Some might think they are too “seedy”, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. I would knock them down from the trees with a bamboo stick, and chow on them whenever I needed a snack or a natural boost!

I was staying near the town of Pa’ai, where there is the most amazing grocery store. If you happen to be in Maui, you have to go there!! It is called Mana Foods.

Besides a ton of Maui-grown, beautiful tropical fruit…

Mana Foods also carries an abundance of organic greens and sprouts grown locally, in farms in Kula, Maui! I even found my beloved sunflower sprouts!!

I’ll write more soon- now that I’m back on the mainland!

Hope you are taking care as we roll right into October. Let’s rock the last few months of the year- and your daily Glowing Green Smoothie!!

Lots of love, Kimberly

Here is another treasure I hiked down to on our friend's property- a hidden beach that emerges about an hour and a half into the hike! Absolutely not another person in sight, and around the bend begins the waterfall hike... truly a little piece of heaven. I think if every person on earth also had the wonderful privilege to come to this hidden beach, I don't think anyone could ever pollute or hurt the earth in any way.

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Waterfalls and Bamboo Forests

September 24, 2010

Aloha Guys!

Hope you’re having a great week. Yesterday we hiked up 2 miles to find this gorgeous 400 foot waterfall! It took us through some amazing bamboo forests, that were so dense that it almost seemed like night in there. I think waterfalls are great energy, and exude qualities of abundance and supreme health and radiance. I had to get in!

Love, Kimberly

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Aloha! Videos: Monkey Grass and Other Adventures Hiking in Northern Maui

September 21, 2010

Hi Guys!

Hope you are feeling and doing amazing!

I am in Maui right now for 9 days, here with friends and some people I’ve been working with. Doubly fun!!  It was a bit hard to pull away from work in LA but I’ll be back there soon. Sometimes you have to just go! Otherwise more time will pass and you still haven’t gotten to go to places you wanted to go!

I’m staying right on the water in a beautiful space built around coconut trees, far away from resorts and tourists. Today we went hiking through a magical place on the property of a friend that owns over 60 acres of undeveloped land, surrounded by lots more undeveloped land. It was full of radiant and people-free waterfalls, barely marked trails through a lush rainforest and hidden rock beaches.

One of my favorite discoveries of the day was monkey grass, which is this spongy, bouncy kind of grass that you can jump in, and I certainly dove in! I love when things have an element of an unexpected dimension, like the loss of gravity in two fun activities I’ve done and loved- scuba diving and sky diving. There was also that unexpected feeling in being able to bounce on grass like on a trampoline on the middle of a tropical island. The grass seemed that it would be the static, dense surface of grass that most of us are used to feeling. Instead it was incredibly soft and bouncy!

The hike today was an incredible adventure- truly magical.

I’ll check in soon. Take care!

Love, Kimberly

PS: Just found a 5-inch centipede on the floor of my bathroom right under the sinks. Eek!! But it is part of living in the jungle!

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Our Body’s Various Elimination Channels, and How to Support Them

September 14, 2010

We must keep our bodies as clean and toxin-free as possible, the way nature intended. Then we will be our most beautiful.

Hey Guys!

Hope all is well with you during this beautiful month of September! I just got back from Vegas, which was a lot of fun. I was working a lot, so I didn’t see get out to see toooo much, but I saw a really great show and thank God I brought food for my clients!! 🙂

Everything is energy. Consequently, we can therefore classify everything as either emitting a positive energy or a negative energy. Good quality food, clean air, pollution, and toxicity in the body are physical entities that contain energy, but the energy of the company you keep, your co-workers (since you are around them all day) and friends and your thoughts are also energy. Things that we can not see with our two eyes have energy as well! If you intuitively feel that someone is negative or an “energy suck”, avoid them or situations that you have to be around them for a long time! It WILL affect you.

In order to increase the positive energy in our body, it is key that we increase the quality of our food, and consume as much natural, organic and whole food as possible. Our diet should be anchored in plant foods.

However, the other side of the equation is that we must be sure that we are consistently removing (cleansing) the toxicity from our bodies, which is negative and has disintegrative qualities. Pollution, waste and acidity are constantly building in our systems. We must work to eliminate them as much, and as efficiently as possible on an ongoing basis.

Our bodies have several different systems and organs that are involved in our body’s cleansing mechanism. Pooping is the obvious way, but it isn’t the only way! 🙂

Diagram courtesy of vitallywell.com

Here are some of our body’s major cleansing organs and mechanisms through which toxins are released from the body, and how to support them and avoid things that impede them:

Circulation:

Support:

–       Organic, high plant food diet

–        Exercise

–       Dry skin brushing

Hinder:

–       Excess fat

–       Cholesterol (from consuming animal products)

Kidneys/Urination:

Support:

–       Clean drinking water (never drink tap water!)

–       Foods that contain a lot of liquids

–       Watermelon juice

–       Coconut water

Hinder:

–       Holding in (pee when you have to!!)

–       Coffee

–       Alcohol

Colon/Bowel Movements

Support:

–       Eating the right foods, in the right combination and way

–       Colonics and enemas

–       Drinking plenty of water

Hinder:

–       Dairy

–       Too many (other) animal products (they contain no fiber)

–       Overeating

–      Having a mental disposition of not “letting go” of things

Photo courtesy of http://www.picsicio-us.com

Lungs/Proper Respiration:

Support:

–       Consistently being aware of taking deep breaths through the nose, and expanding the entire lungs (the belly should rise            but  the shoulders should not go up, which could restrict air flow)

–       Exercise

–       Meditation

Hinder:

–       Short shallow breaths

–       Getting angry, stressed out or agitated often

–       Not exercising or meditating

Skin/Perspiration

Support:

–       Drink a lot of water

–       Using non-toxic skin products and not too many of them!

–       Exercise

Infrared sauna

Hinder:

–       Anti-perspirants. No one should be using an anti-perspirant as it blocks our sweat channels and holds toxins in !!

–       Deodorants that contain mercury and other toxins

Hope this helps you to keep your precious body, and those of loved ones, more clean.

I send my love!

Kimberly

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What the Heck is a Drupe??

September 8, 2010

Hey Loves!

I hope you’re having a great week!!

I am certainly adjusting to my new life here in LA, though I feel as if everything has been flipped upside down. LA is a much earlier city, so I find myself going to bed and actually doing yoga before work… at 7 or 7:30 am! I have to say that I love it! I feel so energized getting to work and I’ve already been upside down for a few minutes at least, and have had stretched and worked my whole body. I’m out of the house all day until at least 7 pm, so I have a few hours at the end of the day to walk down at the beach or just chill. Back in my life in New York, I would get up and hit the ground running with work after meditating, then would do yoga in the late afternoon or evening.

I am hardly ever in front of the computer during week (hence my rather infrequent blog posts and emails of late! I’ll get to those blog comments when I get a sec!!)- I just pull out my computer when I get a break here and there. Instead, I am always face to face with clients and people at the moment!

I am in the final stages of book editing!! I am editing off a hard copy now and my edits are due next week. My book comes out in the Spring for wide release with a major publisher. 🙂 So I’m double checking a bunch of facts and technicalities, and one thing I wanted to be sure of was whether the coconut was a nut or a fruit. It has nut in the name, which may make us say “duh!! It’s a nut!” But hold up there, smarty pants! There’s actually a bit more to it.

The coconut is technically a drupe. Yes a drupe!! I love that word!! DRUPE. Hee hee. It makes me giggle. 🙂 A drupe is a kind of fruit that has a fleshy outer later. So yes, the coconut is in fact a fruit not a nut! Other drupes include nectarines and mangoes. (hee hee!!!)

The very outermost layer of the coconut is known as the mesocarp. That’s the green part you see in nature, or when you go to a tropical place and can get it right off the tree. (See my blogs on me getting fresh coconuts daily in Puerto Rico in August). When we buy coconuts in the store, we usually only see the inner endocarp, which is the hard hull of the fruit that we have to crack open with a cleaver.

The endocarp protects the tender fleshy white meat of the coconut, which is known as the endosperm. This meat (which I am obsessed with!) is so nutritious and full of beauty fat because it is designed to nourish the embryo of the coconut as it matures- which has the possibility to reproduce the plant. The young coconut, with soft spoon meat, is the most nutritious. As the coconut matures, the meat becomes more firm and dense. It is still nutritious, but some of the nutrients have been absorbed back into the maturing plant. Think of how a sprout is the most nutritionally dense, versus a grown plant!

So drupe it up when you can!! 🙂 Get to the market and get yourself some tender young coconuts. Try making the Coconut Green Smoothie! I made it yesterday and loved it.

Take care and lots of love,

Kimberly

PS: I’m off to Vegas with a client for a few days!!! I’ll write from there.

Say hi to New York for me !!

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Cucumbers: Magical Beauty Food!

September 2, 2010

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

Hey loves,

How’s your week going? Hope you have a great, relaxing upcoming holiday weekend planned- even if it is just all about chilling!

We are right on the tail end of cucumber season, which is technically through August, but I’ve still been rockin’ them a lot lately!

Cucumbers are a serious beauty food, and are high in all the B vitamins (except for B12), Vitamin C, Zinc, Iron, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium. They will give you energy while helping to repair and smooth the collagen in your skin.

If you’ve had a few drinks they aren’t a bad snack to throw in later that evening or the next day, to help replenish the B Vitamins that the alcohol depleted from your body!

Because they are high in water, they can be a good snack as they will fill you up with fiber and water.

The phytochemicals in cucumber cause the collagen in the skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer, and reducing the visibility of cellulite. So it is great idea to rub a few cucumber slices on pesky cellulite right before going to the pool or beach this holiday weekend! You can also rub it on wrinkles before a photo op or evening out!!!

Photo courtesy of http://www.health-mania.com

Here’s some top ways to use cucumbers:

–      You can throw them in your Glowing Green Smoothie sometimes instead of celery.

–      Throw in your salads.

–      Great for dips

–      Wrap in nori wrappers with avocados or sprouts

–      Throw some cucumber slices in your water for a spa-like mellow cucumber taste.

Enjoy your cukes!!

See you soon!!

Love, Kimberly

Photo by Gino Falsetto.

I know this blog is about cucumbers, not lemons, but I was gathering lemons yesterday in the orchard behind the house and it was so amazing!! Haven’t been cucumber-picking here in LA yet. 🙂