Archive for November, 2010


The Power of Grapefruit Seed Extract as We Come Into Cold Season

November 30, 2010

Hey Guys!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I could not have asked for a nicer Thanksgiving, with family flying in and just leaving this morning. I needed some decompression time after the press tour, and today I finally feel like I am starting to adjust to being back to a schedule.

I’ve been noticing a lot of people around are starting to get colds and have stuffy noses. It is that time of year! The bitter cold is starting to set in. Even here in LA the nights are freezing.

Instead of automatically calling your doctor up from some antibiotics or popping some cold meds, we can and should try some natural remedies. Of course, the body will naturally heal itself if we provide it with the optimum conditions it needs: lots of water, rest, fresh, clean air and easily digestible, enzyme, mineral and vitamin-filled foods.

But sometimes we all want a boost to help accelerate the healing process. We’ve all heard about Vitamin C  boosting immunity, but there is another natural healing remedy we might try: grapefruit seed extract. What is it exactly? It is a solution made from the seeds of grapefruits, that also contains the pulp and white inner membranes of the grapefruit. It is available in liquid and power form- though I prefer the liquid. Its many applications include internal and external uses. I never heard of its uses being mentioned in Chinese or Ayurvedic teachings, but is a “newer” remedy promoted a few decades ago by Yugoslavian physicist Dr. Jacob Harich, who moved to Florida and studied the benefits of grapefruits there.

Photo courtesy of

Grapefruit seed extract is generally credited with being able to kill over 800 types of bacteria and viruses, and fight fungi and parasites.  You can gargle with a few drops of it diluted into water to help alleviate a sore throat condition, and it may also be helpful in treating bad breath, plaque, athlete’s foot or other toe fungi, insect bites/stings, colds and flu, even gastric ulcers. It has been used as a natural antibiotic, and the body does not build up a resistance to it over time (the way we do to the synthetic drugs!!).

Isn't this picture with this kitty in his grapefruit hat adorable!!! 🙂 Photo courtesy of

Besides these functions, grapefruit seed extract contains several antioxidants, which help protect the body against free radicals. It assists with the body’s cholesterol levels – increasing the healthy type of cholesterol (HDL) and reducing the bad LDL cholesterol. Grapefruit seed extract is found in some hair products and has been credited with helping to strengthen the hair. We can benefit our furry friends- our beloved pets!- as well with it, by adding a few drops to water to help with bacterial infections or topically over injuries.

This is the brand I like, made from organic grapefruit. NutriBiotic is the brand name.

GSE (sorry I’m tired of writing it out 50 times! 🙂 ) makes for a great natural cleaner and disinfectant. You can make a cleaning solution with it made up of 90 percent water and 10% GSE. I’m pretty sensitive to the general atmosphere of a room and people’s energy, so if I need to clear out anyone’s energy in any sense  (Germy, coughing, flu, cold, low or bad energy, etc.) who has been in my home, I always burn sage, then spray the 90-10 GSE water solution  out of a spray jar in a mist as a room spray. Of course I do that when they leave and don’t see what I’m doing. 🙂

The only word of precaution is that before planning to ingest it in any way, be sure to check with your doctor because it can interact and interfere with many medications. Remember that it is very concentrated!

Have a wonderful week!!

I send my love.



Adopt a Turkey this Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2010

Hey Guys! I’m back in LA and loving it!! I had fun in Vegas at the end of the crazy tour, and got to do some fun things, like see Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” show, but all in all I am thrilled to be back!

Given that Thanksgiving is days away I wanted to write about this topic: 

Many of us have accepted turkey as an integral part of the Thanksgiving festivities, and associate turkey with part of the fun family get-togethers. But many of us do not like to ask the uncomfortable question of how that turkey come to arrive at the dining room table. The fact is that most of us would be horrified to see a dog suffer, but we do not carry these compassionate feelings to turkeys or other animals that we eat… perhaps because we don’t interact with them on a daily basis? Or perhaps because we don’t realize that they are actually social, intelligent, conscious beings- which they are. This blog is not to demonize those that choose to eat turkey, as we all have to make our own decisions, but rather to provide some info so that we can all make the most informed decision possible. And even if we decide to eat turkey, we can still choose to adopt a turkey and save a life!

Here’s the real deal facts: Over 46 million turkeys are raised for slaughter every year alone for Thanksgiving. These turkeys are packed by the thousands into extremely close, overcrowded spaces that force the birds to panic and resort to pecking and fighting. To ensure that the factory farms won’t lose any of their product, painful mutilations are often inflicted on the turkeys such as cutting off their beaks and toes, often without anesthesia.

Nowadays, turkeys are so genetically manipulated and pumped full of hormones and steroids that they are growing at least twice as fast as turkeys from a few generations ago. According to Farm Sanctuary, “Between 1965 and 2000, the weight of the average turkey raised commercially in the U.S. increased by 57 percent, from an average of 18 pounds to an average of 28.2 pounds.” Their unnaturally accelerated rate of growth poses serious problems for the birds’ health, but the commercial farming industry has another answer for this: antibiotics. The birds are then injected with a massive amount of antibiotics, which keep them alive and at least not exhibiting the outward symptoms of their sicknesses long enough to be slaughtered. But guess who is also eating the antibiotics when you eat the turkeys that are dosed with antibiotics?

Here is Velma that I adopted, who will be safely transported to a New York sanctuary!

Turkeys now reach slaughter weight at only 14-18 weeks of age, where they are oftentimes roughly grabbed by their legs and thrown into crates to be transported to the slaughterhouse. The turkeys remain conscious when they are hung from mental shackles on a moving rail, where they are supposed to be stunned in a tank by having their heads submerged in water. There are numerous reports, however, that the stunning procedure is not closely monitored, and oftentimes the birds are fully conscious when they move along the slaughter line and have their throats slashed. Some slaughterhouses do not even attempt to render these birds unconscious, as turkeys and other poultry are specifically excluded from the Humane Slaughter Act, which requires that animals be stunned prior to slaughter.

Sometimes the mechanical blade misses some turkeys throats, and they pass to the next stage in the slaughterhouse, the boiling tank, completely alive and conscious. It is here that there miserable lives are finally put in an end, via being boiled to death.

To say these turkeys carry the energy of suffering and pain is an understatement. If you believe that energy carries, the way I do, you can only imagine where that pain and suffering energy goes when one eats and ingests the turkey’s body into their own…

You can help save a turkey from all this suffering though! For only $30, you can sponsor a turkey from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project, where you will help get a turkey safely away from the factory farms and slaughterhouse, and into an animal sanctuary. You’ll also get an adoption certificate and pictures.

I’ll be making plenty of other traditional dishes in healthy varieties- squash soup, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, raw stuffing, etc. But no turkey!

Have a wonderful- and conscious- holiday with loved ones!

Love, Kimberly



The Tour Hits the Desert!

November 19, 2010

Hey Guys!

As you can see from this picture, taken about half an hour ago, I am still alive! And doing well! Despite multiple overnight trips on the tour bus, chefs that didnt’ want me to use their space, food sourcing issues and stress, etc. I am just doing it!

I’ve learned a lot about working in huge kitchen spaces, as I am usually put in the banquet kitchen at some of these hotels. To make a salad…

Some of my clients just simply won't chew enough! They like to eat fast. So I try to chop up their romaine salads very well for them. 🙂

I get to use these enormous industrial salad spinners! I like them though, because it is the one piece of equipment that I am sure hasn’t been contaminated on some level with animal flesh. 🙂 I do always use my own knives.

I can take a lot (I like to think!) as far as not getting grossed out. I’ve been using those big walk in fridges with lots of pasteurized dairy products and some smelly cheeses (big deal you might say), BUT there was one room I went into today that I seriously wanted to vomit. The head chef was already very “chefy” and sort of hardcore about his craft and stern, so I didn’t want him to see me wrinkle my nose at the smell and general energy of this one room. It reeked of dead chicken. Not cooked chicken, not fried chicken, but dead chicken. It was a cleaning room where lots of raw chickens get um, processed. The smell was nauseating. Barf central! I breathed through my mouth and got through it though!

But then I went back to the other kitchen room with all the happy sous chefs and it was all good! 🙂

I love happy kitchens!

A few days ago we were in San Antonio and I have to say I had a great time! Our hotel was right along the river, and I loved how I could open my window and see the little boats go by and have the walking path right there. Magical!

I also went to the Alamo. I liked the short film they played on its history and seeing all the old buildings.

Then we headed to the REAL desert- Phoenix! I really loved all the amazing cacti and interesting shrub plants all around. Hardy little things aren’t they! Growing in that crazily hot, dry climate.

And I woke up on the tour bus this morning… and found myself in San Diego! I took a short walk this morning before trekking to Wholefoods. Beautiful!

The end is in sight my friends!   I am so excited to soon not to have to pack up the annoying old kitchen bag every day. 🙂 Ha! If you scroll back a few blogs when we started in Las Vegas you might remember how excited and cool and organized I thought my kitchen bags were. Well let’s just say the novelty of the constant packing has worn off, and me and Vitamix can’t wait to be positioned for one place…for more than 48 hours!

I send my love.



Southern Times!

November 15, 2010

Hey Guys!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! So I’ve been up to a bit of a southern tour these last few days. After DC we headed to Atlanta. I have to say that with the crowd I’m traveling with do get invited and get to do some pretty fun things 🙂 … like getting on the field during warmup for the Atlanta Falcons vs. Ravens game! The players are ENORMOUS up close and personal- I got a glimpse of how downright frightening it would be to actually be on the field with those big boys!

We also got to meet the owner of the Falcons… and sit in his box!

What's for dinner? In Memphis some kind of salad and something with raw kelp noodles...

We headed to Memphis and consequently some pretty hardcore barbeque territory. I got to see some of the traditional white gravies and fixins’ when I had to use the kitchen at our hotel. Below is Chef Leroy, who was incredibly accommodating and sweet to let me use all his equipment (though I think he was baffled by my raw kelp noodles and other goodies 🙂 ).

What’s my favorite part about Memphis? The trolley! It runs right down the middle of the city, and it is so old-fashioned. I love how it is made up of all wood. Fabulous!

I did get a chance to check out famous Beale Street, jumping with live music.

But here’s me about to do my favorite thing in the world right now: sleeping in my bunk on the tour bus. There is something about the rocking of the moving bus that puts me right to sleep! Sometimes I sleep better on the bus than in all these different hotels. To be honest, we are all so exhausted that I’ll take sleep anytime and anywhere I can!

We hit Dallas, which was cool, and I’m in Houston right now! Moving on tomorrow…

Come back to visit soon!

I send all my love! Kimberly


DC and Literal Renderings of the Axiom “You Are What You Eat!”

November 11, 2010

Hey Guys,

I hope you are doing well!

I’m in Atlanta, a city I am a bit familiar with from having done some nutrition work on a film here last spring. But alas, there isn’t much time to pause and breathe, as we are leaving for Memphis in a few hours!

I did have a second to pause in Washington, DC (just under 48 hours), the city right before. I attended Georgetown University, so it brought back a few memories. Admittedly, I have not really gotten around to visiting DC very often the past few years. But since our hotel was right downtown and a block from the White House, I did have just enough time the first day to walk around the monuments and the Reflecting Pool, and up to Lincoln’s Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Here’s a blast from the past: Walking along the exact same paths and sidewalks that, in college, I used to run so often as I trained for my multiple times running the Marine Corps Marathon. Was that really me? I could not help but wonder as I walked around the Reflecting Pool. Running any distance (except a few yards to dash onto a train in a Manhattan subway!) seems like such a foreign activity. I have not run in years, and have no plans to run in the future! I still have creaky knees from years of running such long miles, and since discovering yoga and walking to all my errands, it just doesn’t seem as fun of a choice!

On my second morning in DC, I had a limited amount of time, so I could choose one of the Smithsonian Museums. What did I pick? The National Gallery! I love art, and I wanted to spend some time taking in interesting and beautiful images.

Vertumnus, c. 1590

Ironically, there was a completely fitting and wonderfully literal exhibit on show that I was able to catch that I wanted to share with you: Acrimboldo (1526-1593) Nature and Fantasy. The artist Arcimboldo painted during the latter half of the 16th century. He had his work commissioned by Maximilian II, who became the emperor of the Roman Empire in 1564 and was particularly interested in natural sciences and studies.

It was in the 16th century that the new sciences of botany, horticulture and zoology came into play, encouraging artists to take a close look at the natural world and contemplate various species of animals, as well as flower blossoms and the structure of entire plants, including their stem and roots.

This first painting (Vertumnus, 1590) is a loose rendering of the emperor himself, with rosy cheeks represented by apples and a crown of the bounties of nature, include fruits like cherries and grapes, vegetables like snaps peas and corn, and grains like wheat. It was a favorable representation of course, to symbolize the peace and prosperity of Maximilian’s reign. (This was obviously before the age of GMO corn and hybridized wheat, two foods I definitely recommend avoiding! 🙂 ).

Summer, 1573


I also love this painting, Summer (1573), which displays the bounty of summertime produce and grains which were locally available. I really connected with the exhibit because I love the literal representation of the foods making up the people’s faces and upper torsos- their bodies! It is in fact accurate that the foods that we eat make up the cells, tissues and organs of our body, and are the material upon which our hair, skin and nails are built. So if we want beauty, we must be sure to eat beautiful things found in nature!

The Jurist, 1566

I also found this not so flattering portrait of the vice chancellor Ulrich Zasius, called The Jurist (1566), quite amusing. He was apparently not a um, popular person in court, who was often ridiculed for exercising some questionable legal practices. The inscription at the exhibit read that Arcimboldo’s friend Gregario Comanini commented, “Of the pleasure it gave the emperor and the laughter it provoked at court, there is no need for me to tell you.”

Interesting enough, what references did Arcimboldo draw from to create this caricature? Cooked chicken carcasses to create the majority of the face and the nose, a fish mouth as the mouth, and a fish tail for chin. There ‘aint no beautiful fruits and vegetables in this painting!! When Arcimboldo wanted to create a highly unflattering rendering, he used animal food – not plant food – to make up his subject. I don’t think I need to spell out what I think about think about that! We are, quite literally, what we eat!

Lots of love,


PS: If you haven’t already checked out my campaign to raise money for sustainable gardens in Africa, and other great projects where you will directly hear from the beneficiaries, click HERE !!!


Okay, I also popped into the Museum of Natural History for a moment to to into the live butterfly exhibit. I love butterflies! To me they are a symbol of freedom and beauty.

Coming to a city near you!! Here I am spotted by a blog reader on the corner near 14th Street in DC! While I'm tourning around you never know where we'll run into each other. 🙂 We hit the south next!!



I’m Officially a Carnie (Vagrant)!

November 7, 2010

(loosely taken from Urban Dictionary)
Carnival workers. Good, hardworking, trustworthy, honest, vagrants who travel or tour with a show for work

Hi Guys!

Hope all is well!

It is Day 9 of the press tour, and I have to admit that it feels like Day 30. Eek!  There is just so much packed into each day and each location. More on that in a sec but first… I wanted to show you my new haircut! Do you like it?? It wasn’t my idea at all! I had my beloved hair stylist, Mel, come to my hotel room in my very limited spare time when I was passing through NY to cut my hair, and she was like, “Girl, you need to change it up. You’ve had the same hair for over 2 years. I think we should try bangs.” Really?? Okay… maybe?... was my reaction. I never color, highlight or blowdry my hair, and I’m not one who has periodic drastic hair changes. But then I thought, Why not? It’s only hair! So here you have it!

After Boston, we briefly passed through New Haven, CT and Long Island (where one of my actors has some family) on the drive down, then had a few days in NYC!!! It’s funny b/c everyone asks me if I miss NY when I’m in LA, and I usually reply…no, not really. It’s not that I don’t love it, but it is more that I always seem to adapt to where I am and try to be present with where I am. I guess I needed to learn to be adaptable to backpack for so long. Or is it more that that is my nature in the first place, so that is why I could even backpack at all for that long?

Stocked 4 fridges at my fancy NYC hotel!

Coming back to NY brought a flood of emotions. It did feel great to come home! I saw a bunch of my friends, my parents, rode the subway, visited my apt to grab more clothes, squeezed in a few important lunch meetings, visited my old favorite farmer’s market in Union Square, dropped off food at the poster shoot for a major film coming out early next year… oh yeah and did all my work with the clients I am traveling with now on the tour. 🙂 I realized how much I do love the vibe and energy of NY!

We actually had 3 nights in NY! Which on this tour felt like moving in!

Then we left for Atlantic City. I’ve been making all the Green Smoothies and certain things that I can in my hotel rooms:

Okay I might have clogged a few sinks with bits of green items. 🙂 But I act responsibly and always call the maintenance man!! I am also a big tipper on this trip. 🙂

For dinner I have to use the restaurant kitchens in the hotels, or pictured here in AC I used the banquet kitchen at the fancy casino where we stayed. Nerdy little thing that I am, I did not go out to the casino that night. I stayed in reading Michael Pollan books!

Usually my clients are on the same floor as me, which makes it SO much easier. But at this last hotel they were not. You know those elevators that split- say one goes to Floors 1-26, then another set goes to Foors 27-56? Around 9:00 last night I was already in my jammies, but I had to drop off some food in my client’s room. I figured I would just pop up into the elevators a few floors and no one would really see me. Weeeellll… I forgot it was one of those annoying elevators that had the split, so I had to go down to the (fancy) lobby, walk around a hallway, then go to the other set of elevators- in my jammies and slippers holding a Wholefoods bag and some food! There were lots of dressed up people that looked at me like I was an alien. I felt like saying, “Um, actually I am not an alien I am a carnie!!! So get over it!” 🙂

Now one of my standards for judging hotels now is counter space in bathrooms.

So far the Mandarin Oriental is my favorite hotel

We’re in Philly now. What a great city!

Write more later. Have a great early week and take care!

Love, Kimberly

h1 and Organic Home Garden Kits!!!

November 2, 2010

Here I am in Zimbabwe with some incredibly warm and amazing women! After a few days in my campsite, they invited me to visit their rural village, which I really enjoyed!!!


Hi Guys,

I hope you are having a great start to the week! I’m currently in New Haven, CT this time for less than 24 hours (!). Craziness! I got to use a really nice kitchen tonight in the hotel, and the day in food went really smoothly. But honestly, I really need to get a good night’s sleep! I was starting to nod off periodically on the road down from Boston.

I also wanted to share something with you today that is very, very close to my heart. In my travels, I have seen so many different people from different backgrounds- many with the kindest hearts and biggest and warmest smiles, but all the while living without clean water or steady access to life-giving food (especially fresh produce).

Do you ever think about all the people out there you want to help, but weren’t sure how to help, or if you really could make a difference?

That’s why I was incredibly excited when I heard of this revolutionary new organization: It gives us all the ability to donate any amount, say a $10 mosquito net, or a $18 school uniform. Literally, about 2 weeks after you donate on their website, you’ll find out exactly who you helped! will email you a picture and a story of the real person whose life you changed with your gift. In two weeks! I’ve never seen anything like it. You’ll know their name and you’ll see how your donation is helping them. It’s so amazing!

Here’s an example. When I was visiting their website in October, I saw that a donor named Kellie had donated to my favorite gift: $25 home garden. By the end of the month, she had received this email of her gift in action:

Afisa and Asman get help feeding their children!

Dear Kellie,

Your donation has helped to provide nourishment for a family in rural Rwanda. The mother’s name is Afisa, pictured in the purple shirt, and the father’s name is Asman.

Afisa and Asman have two kids of their own, and a third orphan child in their custody. The community health workers notified Humanity for Children about their family because they are very poor, and thus have had problems keeping their kids from getting malnourished.

Thanks to your donation, Afisa and Asman received the seeds necessary to plant a garden!

Whenever I read this letter, it does make me tear up. 😦 During my travels, I’ve encountered families struggling to find a steady supply of food, let alone healthily organic vegetables. And here are inexpensive home gardens that enable families to live healthier, more sustainable lives and you get to see exactly who you’re helping!

Help me change the world!

I want to do something really special with you this week. I’ve launched a campaign with to provide gardens to 15 families in Rwanda and Colombia.

All it takes is $25 to provide a family with a beautiful healthy vegetable garden. Even better, I contacted the organization, and they’ve provided me with gift certificates to give to the first 10 donors. Hurry, give and you’ll receive a $25 gift certificate to that you can email to a friend!

The preschool gets a garden!

Oh here’s more info on the gardens: In Rwanda your donation will provide a family with a permaculture garden. These gardens retain water better during the dry season, and require less overall work to maintain.  In Colombia your donation will turn an abandoned backyard into a productive organic vegetable garden.

I am so excited about and I know that you will be too. Please help me change the world for just a few people by donating a $25 home garden kit today!!! I’m eager to see the photos and stories we receive back! Share yours in the comments. offers more than just gardens. Their gifts focus on healthcare, education and clean water in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A one-year beauty care course for handicapped women in India is another really cool program. After completion of the course, graduates receive a formal certificate, and all the materials they need to start their own beauty business! Check out the site for yourself. What are your favorite gifts?

In a few weeks, I’ll share the pictures of the lives we’ve changed. Let’s see what we can do! Again, please join me and click HERE and check it out!! Let’s impact some lives!!!

Please pass this along to your friends and family. You can even use the social network links listed below (see how I’m trying to get more techie these days?! And I will launch my Facebook page soon- hey I’m only 5 years behind. 🙂 ).

Love always,



The Press Tour Begins: From Vegas to Boston!

November 1, 2010

Hey Guys!

Happy Halloween!! I can’t say that I did much for the holiday this year, but I do appreciate the costumes I saw floating around everywhere I went. And Saturday night in Vegas they certainly were in full effect!

So the long press tour I’m on with my clients has begun! It calls on me to stay impeccably organized, 100% on my game, and constantly thinking of all possible situations, backup plans and different food moods (within boundaries of course!) my clients might be in.

Of course, at the beginning of the trip I get spoiled right off the bat. We had an amazing villa in Vegas complete with a private pool, and a great side kitchen. I could really move in, all of the 2 days I was there! But I can’t get too cozy because the rest of the tour I won’t have a private kitchen.

I try to label things as clearly as possible for the times when I am not doing the actual food hand offs right at eating times- to avoid error and confusion! There is a certain order that the foods are optimally eaten in. Fruit first!

Besides my completely indispensable Vitamix (have you gotten yours yet??), my favorite Global knife is another must have for the road. I don’t bring the whole set, but only the one I love to cut with, wrapped in a towel with rubberbands.

This is Piece 1 of my “portable kitchen kit.” Admittedly, the biggest pain with being on such a fast-moving tour on the road (we are in each city only 2 days or less), is the constant packing up and packing in. I have to be super efficient, and I am not the super duper master packer that someone like my mom is! Still I do my best, and always pack the most important thing first, ie the Vitamix!

Essential to the kit are all my spices, partitioned into categories and bagged up to prevent massive spillage.

So just when I have everything packed up, and am feeling pretty proud of myself…

I look over at the counter and noticed that I forgot to pack my salad spinner top. Crap!!!!! Back to the drawing board!!

We took a long leap over to Boston via plane, where the buses are meeting us (since they departed Vegas immediately). It is freaking freezing here Mr. Bigglesworth!!!!!!! It is safe to say I’ll be wearing approximately the same outfit until we get to New York in a few days, where I can actually get back to my apartment and get some warm weather clothing! Here I layer a tank top, long-sleeved shirt, sweatshirt, and thin jacket. That’s all I got since I’ve been in Cali-land since summer!

I set my clients up with their food and had a few hours to myself. I really enjoyed walking around Boston! I had to make 2 separate trips to Wholefoods and one to Trader Joe’s (to get just a few small items I forgot), so I got to know my way around a little bit- at least as far as markets go!

The highlight of my day was getting to sneak away for a few hours to the Boston Museum of Fine Art. It is incredible! Below are some of my favorite images from the museum that I wanted to share with you:

Photographs by Avedon. The actress Suzy Parker above left. I love the outfits from the 50’s and 60’s!

Claude Monet’s Water Lillies– very serene.

And I love all the Buddhist and Asian art!

… and the Renaissance-style ceiling!

Here is me exploding my portable kitchen kits in my 5-star hotel room. 🙂 I have a few mini fridges. Tonight I had to go to the kitchen below to use it for a few things, and I have to say that the staff there were incredibly accommodating!! (Quite the contrast to some places in Europe that I won’t mention, that were not so keen at having me share their kitchen, just because I was traveling with celebrities!)

So now I feel newly inspired by spending time at the art museum today! I like this sort of artsy picture my friend took.

Have a great early week! Come back and visit, and continue on the journey with me!

Lots of love,