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Tips on Survival Snacks

March 3, 2011

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Hello love,

How are you doing???

I got in from NY last night and hit the floor running by 7 am this morning with clients and responsibilities out here. It was the first time I had been to NY in months where it wasn’t freezing cold, and it was also the first time in months I was served a heavy-handed dose of home-sickness. And I still think of NY as my home! With biting temperatures replaced with tepid ones, and piercing winds switched to gentle breezes, NY morphed back into the friendly, very livable and completely amazing place that I love so much.

I’ve been in LA since August, and while I love the trees and how I get to hike all the time, etc. there’s that indescribable vibe to NY that once you live there for a while, I don’t think you can ever really shake. On this past trip I went to my favorite tea cafe, met with my publisher and book editor, went out with friends in the Lower Eastside, saw my parents, went to my favorite Thai restaurant (Boyd, on Thompson Street), ate a few times at LifeThyme, my favorite grocery store, took a yoga class from one my fav NYC yoga teachers (Nikki), saw my friend Kelly at the Regis and Kelly show… It is a real phenom how much you can pack into a few days in NY isn’t it?

In LA I can stock key items in my car (yes I have a car!! I haven’t had one in years!) and I’m often at clients’ homes or my kitchens so don’t have to worry about running around getting stuck in a bad jam or going hungry.

But in NY, it could be hours, or avenues, before finding something exactly ideal. So here are some of my important on-the-go lifesavers. Whether you are a NYer or not, hopefully they can be of use to you as well!

Here are a few of my survival items:

The Tazo Vanilla Rooibos at Starbucks… is completely delicious! I know, I know Starbucks is a huge chain and I do always support little coffee shops when I can. But inbetween meetings in say midtown, or unfamiliar areas in any city, Starbucks is always a reliable and familiar entity that is sure to have this staple tea (a recent addition I think for them) that I now love. Or if I have to meet someone there, I always order it, or if I want something, but not necessarily food this little tea is awfully handy!

Fruit with skins or prepackages of fruit. In NY there are fruit-sellers at every corner. If I have a meeting and only 50 minutes before a yoga class, but I’m dying for a ‘lil sumptin sumptin, as I was before I took Nikki’s class yesterday, I ran to the corner deli and got a little cup of pre-cut fruit. Okay it wasn’t organic, but it was a decent last resort. I go for the blueberries or a ripe banana if I can find it- rather than a cantaloupe which was cut who knows when! Cut fruit has experienced oxidation and can be far less nutritious in terms of vitamin content. So BTW never buy the pre-cut apples you may find at Trader Joe’s!

Coconut water. Even in cold whether you can get dehydrated. I love how coconut water is sold so widespread now. I even found it at JFK airport! I particularly love the VitaCoco min-cartons, which have a recloseable plastic cap. If I can’t finish it all I throw it in my purse!

The salad bar…but be sure to make good choices there! When I’m really hungry and need something that is more meal-like, there are plenty of places sporting salad bars. Some are behind a counter with glass and the dude working there tosses it for you, and sometimes they are out in the open. The latter I approach with great caution, and only if it looks clean and seems that the food is rotating quickly (like certain Wholefoods).  Otherwise- yucky!!! And I avoid. Here’s the key to the salad bar experience: keep it simple! Don’t get more than 5 items, with one being the lettuce or other green base itself. I usually get mixed greens or chopped romaine, avocado if they have it, sundried tomatoes (not if they are soaked in oil though), sprouts, broccoli, and quinoa if they have it (at dinnertime) or some bell peppers. If you are really hungry and there’s no avo or quinoa, the chickpeas are a better bet than the sad looking, almost definitely hormone and toxin-filled chicken cutlets or mercury-filled tuna.

So there you have it… a few little survival tips when you’re on the go!

Come visit me again really soon…. I have a big upcoming surprise for you!!! 🙂

Love! Kimberly


Here I am hiking in California... I'm kind of between worlds right now. My city world in NY, where's I'll be spending more significant time in later this spring and my LA world, which is now part of my life. I'm sort of like a bird that migrates around in winter, but finds food and shelter wherever they might be... and is happy anywhere and everywhere!


Be Oscar-Beautiful… With A Healthy Lymph System!

February 27, 2011

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Hey Guys!

I’m back in NY at the moment and I’m writing to you from my favorite tea place here in the Village- it’s called the Tea Spot and has a million loose-leaf teas to choose from. I rotate around the Rooibos collection and tonight I’m having a pot of the pumpkin flavor. I need to use their internet because it’s not turned on anymore in my apt. of course, since I haven’t lived here in over 8 months! It is great to be back and feel all the energy in the streets of New York! I feel home! And want to know a secret? No, I’m not watching the Oscars tonight. 🙂 I’ll just see who won tomorrow.

So, let’s talk about something more exciting than the Oscars! 🙂 Our lymph system! Why is it more exciting? Because of just focusing on others’ beauty, your lymph system can help support YOUR natural beauty and help you look your best! What is lymph and what is its purpose? Lymph bathes all the cells of our body (except our nails and hair). It is a fluid substance composed of white blood cells, proteins and phagocytes. A specific and important part of our lymph system- the cerebrospinal fluid- cushions the brain and spinal cord and helps protect them.

Lymph circulates through our body and its tissues, picking up fats, bacteria, and toxins, filtering these substances out through the lymphatic system. At the same time, it bathes our cells in oxygen and nutrients- which is a very important function to help us reach our optimal beauty! Proper circulation of the lymph is important for immune health, though there is no pump to circulate the lymph (unlike blood). The quality of our lymph fluid is very important, as it helps maintain our mental and physical well-being. It is renewed and exchanged by fine capillaries of blood vessels.

Lymph also helps us maintain our physical balance. Our ears channels contain lymph and their changing levels and pressure is connected to sensitive nerves which send impulses so the brain and spinal column, helping us balance and maintain our physical equilibrium.

In order to maintain our youthfulness, perfect resilience and balance we need to keep our lymph system and the blood vessels that supply it clean and free of impactions. What causes impactions? Refined starches is a biggie- namely the highly problematic family of white flours and white sugars. They create unstable glucose levels and stress our lymph systems. Cooked fats and especially animal fats are also a doozie to our lymph system, since fats are collected from the intestines by lymph nodes and are converted into a fine emulsion. They are then passed through the lymph channels to the thoracic duct- which is the main lymph channel in the throat, and then transmitted into the bloodstream. Natural and raw fats such as avocados can be emulsified quickly and effectively and used for fuel and lubrication throughout the body. But cooked and fried fats are much harder and complicated to emulsify, and end up clogging up our systems so that the fat can stay in the circulation of the blood sometimes for hours after eating it.

Eating natural whole foods-mostly greens, other vegetables and fruits- are the foods that will help support our lymph system, keeping us stay healthy and beautiful. Exercise, especially bouncing on a trampoline, and deep breathing will also support efficient lymph circulation.

Have an inspiring and beautiful start to your week! Use all that unlimited power you already have with you to go after those goals!!!

Love, Kimberly


Health-Related Interpretation of Mantra

February 16, 2011

Look at these amazing hummingbirds! We took these shots at the trading post at Indian Canyons. They are such a beautiful symbol of freedom, being able to fly in all directions, without any restraint.


Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

May All Beings Be Happy and Free

Hey Guys,

Though I have heard this popular Sanskrit yoga chant for years, as I was chanting it lately (it was in my head after the Donna de Lory concert, as she has whole extended song chants of it!), I had a different perspective on it for the first time. It’s really interesting how we can hear something thousands of times, but as we change it can suddenly resonate very differently to us. And thus is the beauty of Sanskrit mantras having the power to reveal so much to us about ourselves at any particular moment.

We all have our own idea of happiness. To me it is that inner joy that wells up from our heart and pours out. It is about being in a place that might not be perfect but where we are totally content and at peace. I have always thought of freedom in a literal sense- having the freedom to go where we want, when we want, and not be obstructed. I loved traveling the world, at my own pace and on my own path. Now I love the pace of movement in my life and with my work, and how every day and every week is very different. It really works for me!

But now I also have a new meaning of freedom: health. When we’re in our teens we can take health for granted and not really understand what a blessing good health is. I used to never really make the connection between freedom and health But now I see how many people have various challenges on optimal health, experience inferior energy, or constantly worry about deteriorating health. That can really limit our freedom and cause suffering , because suddenly there are physical restraints and worries and limitations. Since the mind and body are completely connected ill health not only impacts what we can physically perform, but also impacts our thoughts and mental wellness. So in other words if we aren’t healthy we can never truly be free.

The mantra includes “all beings”, meaning that we all have the responsibility to share with each other and help one another achieve this freedom, in any which way. And of course now I am talking specifically about the freedom found from superior health. Maybe there is someone you could help make a healthy meal for (or pass on some extra Glowing Green Smoothie! 🙂 ) or gently and positively share some health information you have that they might not.

We all have so much inner power to make the world and all beings in it much happier and achieve more freedom, which in turn will increase our happiness and freedom.

Have an inspirational day and see you soon!

With deep love,



Happy Valentine’s Day! A Couple Special Picks for You

February 14, 2011

Sending love out and hiking today in Topanga Valley!

Hey Guys,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Though every day is a day for love, today I especially wish you extra love and gratitude!

Need some last minute Valentine ideas or add-ons?! Here are some of my picks for you on this special day of love:

Music: Donna de Lory- I went to a private recording/concert Saturday night, and it was great! She toured and was Madonna’s backup singer for years, then went on her own to pursue a solo career. I think she describes her music as “devotional world beat”, and her songs are both in English and Sanskrit. She is a channel for love through her silky, smooth voice.

You can download some of her soft and dreamy tracks from iTunes. Perfect for some romantic or relaxing time at home!

Chocolate: Of course on V-day there will be inevitably be some chocolate around somewhere, somehow. Check out the organic delicious dark varieties from Dagoba or Big Tree Farms (also sustainable).

Fair Trade Flowers: Since 80% of cut flowers are grown outside the US, fair trade flowers ensures that these farms get a fair price for their flowers, the environment is treated well and the workers receive fair wages. Because of Fair Trade, communities can reap the benefits of global trade while building sustainable social, economic, and environmental business practices. Check out One World Flowers as a great source!

Organic wine: For a nice glass of wine, why not sip one that is organic and without any added sulfites? Check out Frey Vineyards, which is America’s first organic vineyard and also incorporates biodynamic practices. Sulfites are synthetic preservatives which can cause allergic reactions and headaches.

Charity Gift Cards: What’s more romantic than giving for good and to help others? Instead of buying a paper card, why not send a charity e-card, donating to a cause of your choice. Check out the Charity Gift card site.

Have a wonderful day! And lots of LOVE!



Quick Tip to Minimize Aging Oxidation

February 11, 2011

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Hey Guys!

I wanted to write to you this morning because I was blessed with a little extra time today from my clients. Yay!

I was thinking of this topic yesterday as I was preparing some food. In general we want to limit adding in any and all oils in our diet because they are dense fats, and if we eat foods like avocados, sprouted seeds and nuts, acai, coconut, etc. we are getting natural oils in the whole foods.

Oils such as olive oil and grapeseed oil are fragile and we need to treat and store them with care to preserve their healthy properties and ensure they don’t start to oxidize and become rancid (aka rotten), thereby forming aging free radicals and destroying precious antioxidants.

Since oils are light sensitive, we should buy oils in dark containers (NOT like the picture above!) and store them fully out of the light, like in a cool, dark cabinet or the like. We should buy oils in tinted class or stainless steel containers- which are non-reactive. Do not buy cheaper oils that are stored in plastic, as toxic compounds like polyvinyl chlorides (PVCs) can leach into the oil.

But I want to point out that oil is also air-sensitive! Exposure to air will also cause oils to oxidize. That means, when we are cooking or using some oil, we should pour out and use what we need, then immediately recap the bottle. We don’t want to let the bottle sit out for any amount of time, for instance say 10 minutes to use in something else  from an already open bottle! A really good habit to help prevent oxidation is simply capping all oils immediately.

Have a great weekend and see you soon!

Love, Kimberly


Beautiful cacti in Indian Canyons!


My Favorite Ingredient of the Moment…

February 2, 2011

Stretching for the light, just like we all do! I saw this adorable little guy last weekend here in LA...

Taken this evening, as I was preparing some collard green wraps.

Hey Loves!

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far and Happy February! I may be a bit impartial, but February is one of my favorite months. Actually it is my b-day month. 🙂 I love it all! That plus Valentine’s Day… it’s a month full of extra LOVE!

Some girls have a product obsession of the moment- and well, yes I have those too. But seeing as I’m a nutritionist and working with and preparing food for clients on a daily basis, I of course naturally have my favorite ingredient obsessions of the moment as well! Right now it is… da da da daaaaaaa….. Mint! Yes,  beautiful, fresh, bright mint!

Mint is widely recognized as an herb to sooth the digestive tract, and helps ease irritable bowel syndrome and stomach aches. Mint is great for digestion in general as its aroma activates our salivary glands to secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. Its sent also helps with headaches and nausea.

Mint also has wonderful anti-fungal properties and help balance inner mycotoxins which can aggravate asthma and various allergies. It helps open up congestion through the respiratory tract, while cooling and soothing at the same time. Mint contains a potent phytonutrient called perillyl alcohol, which has been shown to have anti-cancer benefits in lab studies.

Lastly, I will point out that mint is yet another beauty herb, as its properties extend to cleansing the blood, thereby helping to cleanse the skin internally, which helps to fight acne. Annoying and unsightly zits be gone!!

What to do with mint? Here are a few of my favorite ways to bring it into our diets:

1.     Make fresh mint tea, sweet Egyptian-style! Check out my blog on it HERE.

2.     Incorporate fresh mint leaves into collard green wraps.

3.     Add a bit of fresh mint, well chopped, into salads.

Simple, but easy! It’s another wonderful plant food to add to our repertoire!

See you soon.

I send my love. 🙂


Hiking last weekend!



Easy Time-Savers to Keep Your Healthy Diet on Track!

January 30, 2011

This past summer working and dropping off food on-set to Transformers 3 was also a very busy time!

Hey Guys!

I’m sitting on my couch right now, and I could not be happier to be anywhere else in the whole world right now. I had one of the busiest weeks of my life last week (which is why I only wrote to you once)!

Besides working completely full-time for my clients all day and into the evening, I had to “fit in” several national print magazine interviews and taping a few segments for EXTRA (airing in Feb!). But the big twist in the week was a dinner I made for 14 wonderful, creative and inspirational people! As fun as it was, I had to make all the food myself, starting to sprout and prepare early in the week. It really was, well, a lot of work!!

I got to see some pretty cool stunts firsthand on that set! The magic of director Michael Bay, who is a Glowing Green Smoothie fan!

In the midst of the craziness, I still insist on taking care of myself and eating the right nutritious foods to support my body and keep me on top of my game. But what to do when I have so very precious little itty bitty time?

So here are some of my time-saving measures that I wanted to share with you, that help keep me sane and healthy during the especially crazy times:

1.     I wash, dry, destem and tear up the curly or lacinato kale for my kale salads, and store in reusable containers. Kale salads make me feel really strong and full of vitality and I eat them very often. But when I get home exhausted, I don’t always want to take the time to go through all the necessary steps to prepare the kale for salads. I try to load up the prepared kale on Sunday and maybe mid-way through the week, so I have that happy experience of seeing already ready kale sitting there for me when I open up the fridge!

For my Thurs. night dinner party I prepared lots of collard greens for wrapping...filling and instructions are in my upcoming book! Which you can order a pre-sale copy HERE!

2.     I chop up a salad vegetable mix separate to the kale. I keep them separate, as it stays fresher that way and prevents excessive moisture, and therefore sogginess and moldiness. When I make my salads, I just throw in kale from the first container, then reach my hand in this container and throw a couple of handfuls in.  I include whatever veggies I’m in the mood for. Lately it has been purple cabbage, carrots, red peppers, celery and radishes. I really can’t be bothered with washing and chopping for even 10 minutes when I’ve been making food all day for clients and racing around like a banshee! It is so simple but it really is a life-saver, and it ensures my salads are colorful with a wide variety of antioxidant and mineral-rich plant foods. I don’t pre-cup up avocado as it would oxidize and get brown and ugly. 🙂

3.     I freeze the Glowing Green Smoothie in daily servings and thaw them out the night before. I give it a good stir the next morning and I’m good to go. I know what it is like to not have time to make it every single morning! Enzymes hold up pretty well in the cold so you don’t have to worry you are losing nutrition by freezing your smoothies.

Making my famous JMP Raw Lasagna. The recipe is also included in my book!

4.     I make very detailed shopping lists, grouped into sections of the grocery store: produce (the vast majority), spices, liquid condiments (nama shoyu, etc.), almond milk, etc. I can get in and out of the market in record time now, because I systematically work every aisle row by row- instead of circling back and forth and forgetting things in certain sections, and have to go back! This is key because I’m in there grabbing at least a few things for my clients just about every day. If you know you can be in and out of there in only a few minutes, it may also keep you from dreading going as much, so you actually do go more often and consistently have good food on hand!

5. I never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink! Well never say never… but I try! 🙂 Not only is it bad Feng Shui, but I feel that the energy of being set back a step leaches into the next morning and day and just your dietary schedule off on the wrong foot. I don’t have a dishwasher in either of my LA and NY apartments, so maybe for those of you that are lucky enough to have one, this doesn’t apply to you…but in general the kitchen should be perfectly tidy every evening so the next day is off to a great, ambitious start to make a lot of your own food and make good choices!

This upcoming week will be busy, but thankfully not quite as crazy as last week. 🙂 I’ll be shopping, and pre-chopping up ‘ma greens tomorrow night! Hope you are taking care!

Lots of love,


Downtown Chicago, Transformers 3 style!



Ode to the Brussel Sprout, A Surprising Beauty Food!

January 24, 2011

Hi Guys!

So it’s that time of year again…the Brussel sprout stems are back in full force!! I found the beautiful stem pictured above today at the market, and it just made me so happy!! There’s just something about the funny, bulbous looking Brussel sprouts stems that makes it look like something out of a magic forest. It made me laugh outloud in sheer joy every time I opened my fridge today and saw my happy little Brussel sprout stem sitting there smiling at me!

You might wonder how someone could get so excited over Brussel sprouts! But what can I say? I can’t help myself! They look like adorable tiny baby cabbages (another vegetable I love), and 20-40 line up on the stem like a little Brussel sprout army! Sure we could buy them one by one out of a bin, but I definitely like it when they (“they” being whoever loads/stocks our veggies at farmer’s markets and grocery stores) DON’T separate them from each other on the stem! My dear friend Leila is visiting from New York, and she took these pictures. She is a great yogi, but um, not so much a photographer…so that is why these pics are a bit blurry! 🙂

Look at how amazing this Brussel sprout stem is!! It is longer than my torso!


Brussels sprouts are a surprising beauty food, containing a high amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which helps promote glowing, beautiful skin. It is also one of the vegetables that contains the highest content of skin-smoothing and immunity-boosting Vitamin C.

Brussel sprouts are a great detoxifier, as they contain the phytonutrient sulforaphane that boosts the body’s detoxification enzymes.

Brussel sprouts also contain folic acid, fiber, antioxidants, and are a great anti-inflammatory food. They are a great food for those that suffer from arthritis, diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Brussel sprouts are high in amino acids that build protein.

I actually love Brussel sprout salad. I trim the ends off, and slice them so the leaves fall off individually. I toss them in a dressing of raw apple cider vinegar, a little Celtic sea salt, black pepper, and avocado. Try for yourself! Yummy!

See you back here soon!

Have a great early part of your week.

Love, Kimberly


How to Kick Your Cold…Fast!

January 18, 2011

At a duck pont in Piedmont Park, Atlanta!

Hey Guys!

I’m on the plane back to LA now. I am still amazed how we can get online on planes!! I popped down to Atlanta from NY for a few days to visit a movie that is filming down here. It was a lot of fun, and the whole crew went bowling on Sunday (I am an abysmal bowler BTW!).

The last few weeks of this past press tour, with travel and visits to cold cities, a million meetings, running around tending to clients, very little sleep and yes, a lot of stress, have contributed to a few days of feeling a bit under the weather. I only feel like that once every 2 years or so, when I’ve been working myself to extreme levels, like the past 3 weeks. But thankfully it always passes quickly.

Here are some things that always carry me through and back to health:

1. I drink loads of immunity tea. See my recipe here. When my throat starts to begin that itchy, scratchy feeling, I use raw honey it in instead of stevia, which is very soothing to the throat. To get the world’s best honey from the best beekeeper ever, check it out here.

2. I take this stuff: Sambucol Black Elderberry Extract, which is made from black elderberries which have twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and more than 50% the overall antioxidant capability of cranberries. It gives your immune system a boost, and has the equivalent of up to 1000 black elderberries in every 120ml bottle. It has a unique formulation and extraction process which preserves and maximizes the naturally occurring health benefits of the elderberry. While I shun commercial cough and cold syrups from drug stores, this one seems pretty powerful and natural. You can get it at health markets like Wholefoods.

3. Get to the sauna. There was a really nice one at our hotel in NY. Even though I may not feel like it, I know I feel better when I drag my butt in there and let some toxins steam out of my skin. Even if it’s 10 minutes.

4. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. I didn’t realize how exhausted I was, but on the plane to Atlanta I slept the whole way, before we even took off, then slept another 4 hours when I landed, then slept 13 hours overnight. Even with a great diet and lifestyle, the body does need sleep sometimes! My sheer exaustion really caught up with me.

I’ll write more back in LA!

I send my love. Kimberly


Happy New Year- and Some Tips on Making Sure Those New Year’s Goals Come Through this Year!

January 3, 2011

Hey Guys!

Hope you had an absolutely amazing and joyous New Year’s!! Though it is true that we can resolve to make improvements at any time, this is a particularly potent time to be doing so, with the universal consciousness in support of change.

I have my own list of New Year’s resolutions. I wrote them out on New Year’s eve, divided into 3 categories: professional, personal and spiritual. I have to say that 2010 was an amazing year for me, one of the very best years of my life so far :), and that I more than exceeded many of my goals, but yes, fell short of others. I look forward with excitement to the coming year. Here are some tips that I’ve learned this year from my teachers, who include great yogis like Paramahansa Yogananda as well as my clients, and my friends. Everyone we encounter is a teacher to us.

1. Be disciplined about constantly stepping back and focusing on the bigger picture. As a society, we are constantly being cajoled into yielding to instant gratification- what tastes good now, what feels good now… We’re surrounded with countless modes of convenience, like drive-thru Starbucks (really, we have drive-thrus for coffee now??) or that Subway on the corner on the way home from work. I know, I know- when we’re tired after a long day of work the choice to buy a dinner in 5 minutes versus make it is soooo tempting. But what creates success in our life is to sticking to the larger goals, even when we  don’t always want to.  As it applies to health, it is okay to enjoy some things for pleasure, but we must be sure to not over-indulge. Sure you can go to Subway occasionally as a treat here and there, but in the end, you will be happier, and look and feel far better if you dedicated half an hour to making that kale salad for dinner instead. In a week, are you going to be more happy that you were able to eat really well and are still fitting into your skinny jeans, OR that you started having those 10-minutes of-bliss-on-the-way-to-work bagels with cream cheese? When it comes down to making a decision, ask yourself which will matter more in a week, a month, or by the end of next year. And yes, I’m a big believer in keeping your goals around where you can see them daily. Instant gratifications, we have to keep reminding ourselves, are also almost instant downers, once we come face to face with the guilt and consequences.

2. Think of what you won’t do, as well as what you will. It’s sort of how I always tell my clients that it is just as important what they won’t eat as what they will eat. Sure, it is great and important that you will have your Glowing Green Smoothie every day and that you will eat a daily salad. But equally important is that you won’t eat until you are absolutely stuffed, that you won’t eat dairy (or significantly cut back), or that you won’t eat fast food after going out every Saturday night just because all your pals do. If you want to bring more peace into your life this year, it is important that you don’t become impatient easily. It is not being negative, but rather a powerful way to start overcoming bad habits.

3. Learn to love and take care of yourself, putting your true needs first, and realize in by doing that others will be inspired and become stronger. So many of us feel “bad” about refusing certain foods or drinking when other around us partake. Have you ever felt “weird” not having any dessert, when all your friends that you went out to dinner with ordered it? Or felt obligated to have some of those cheese quesadilla apps because they were ordered for the table? Or because you’re at a football party? When people eat bad, they want others to eat badly with them. That is human nature! But the important thing is to remain a non-wavering flag of strength. Yes we want to fit in with others, and yes they might be people that we love. But I can tell you that we aren’t doing them any favors by conforming to their behavior- so don’t feel bad or guilty. If we gracefully and non-offensively sidestep certain situations, such as with “No thank you, not today” or “No thank you, I feel better when I don’t eat that,” deep down you are being more inspiring. And staying true to yourself. After all, it is your body. And your goals.

4. Never underestimate your ever-present power to change, no matter what. Lots of times we think we have “messed up,” so we might as well give up for the rest of the day- or even the rest of the week. Maybe we ate a huge lunch, or had a massive snack binge at work with Pringles, a Snickers bar and a bag of peanut M &M’s . So by dinner we might think, “Well today is out the window, so I might as well keep going as I already messed up. I’m just going to eat the whole bag of corn chips and microwave some cream of mushroom soup and a frozen pizza. ” NO! Let us train ourselves to stay in the present. If we can consciously recognize that we over-indulged, then we can and should be conscious enough to stop immediately and turn it around. Like a coin that has two sides, we have this incredible unlimited power to change at any time, at any moment. Almost like a freeze frame! Saying we “messed up” and continuing in that direction is a form of being mired in the past. And this year, we can realize that we can always cut our ties to the past, once it is in well, the past. We can always do better NOW.

It’s great to create New Year’s resolutions. But rather than have them fade away after a few weeks or so, let’s put some fire around and behind them, so we can really make them come true! Be clear, be confident and be strong. All that you need is within you!  I hope these tips help you!

On a personal note, what are some of your favorite New Year’s resolutions or goals that you have? I really want to go back to India this year. And with my book coming out March 28th, you can be sure I have some goals around that. I still want to learn how to dance salsa too. 🙂

Lots of love,