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Hall Pass Movie Photoshoot!

February 20, 2011

Hi Guys!

This coming Friday the 25th HallPass is coming out, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, which is one of my favorite movies I’ve ever worked on (as the nutritionist- not an actor of course!). It is going to be hilarious and you must all go see it!!

I happened to be around the day of the photoshoot (Bringing Owen his Glowing Green Smoothie), and since both Owen and Jason know me and were comfortable with me, the photographer thought it would be a brilliant idea to use me as an “eyeline” for the photoshoot. So next thing I knew, I was marching around up and down on set so great, natural pictures could be taken of the guys!

It was just impossible for me to not crack up and stop laughing with Owen and Jason- their facial expressions and little comments were tooooo funny. 🙂 I love them, and you will love the movie! So go check out Hall Pass this Friday Feb. 25th or Saturday the 26th!!

Lots of love,



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,



Sacred Land

February 9, 2011

Hey Guys!

So I wanted to share this stunningly beautiful part of California with you where I was a few days ago: Indian Canyons in Palm Springs. It is made up of Palm, Andreas and Murray Canyons, which are full of rocky gorges and formations, natural date palms, streams, and lots of amazing wildlife and natural plants and shrubs. I really fell in love with it- and in fact, I can’t wait to go back!

The land is sacred and was once inhabited by the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians. Because of the abundant water supply and fertile land, they lived off the land by growing crops of melons, squash, bans and corn, gathered plants, practiced natural medicine, and wove baskets. They lived in complete harmony with the land and had complete respect for the earth.

I could definitely feel the spirit of the Cahuilla while I was there- who thrived there for so many years. It is such a spiritual, beautiful place for hiking, meditating, and wildlife-watching. I’m so glad there are sacred places like this that are preserved.

In love and natural health,



Birthday from Up Above!

February 8, 2011

Hi Guys!

So yesterday was indeed my birthday. No I’m not fishing for tons of belated bday wishes. 🙂 Rather I wanted to share with you the new and exciting thing I did yesterday for the very first time: A hot air balloon ride! While I’ve been fortunate to have many wonderful adventures- sky-diving, shark diving, etc. etc. I’ve never actually been in a hot air balloon. And there is nothing I love more than a new adventure!

I also thought it would be fitting with so many exciting things coming this way for me this year. I wanted to have the feeling of floating up past boundaries and into the sky- just as all of our dreams have limitless potential! We went at sunrise rather than sunset, which also signified new beginnings for the new year ahead.

I also think hot air ballooning is very interesting. When I asked our captain Will, who is ranked #16 in the world in balloon racing BTW :), which way we would be going, he replied, “I have no idea. In a hot air balloon you only go up, down and where the wind takes you.” I love that response!!! We caught some winds, but Will did steer a little bit. We had the vans following us from below, to meet us in the field we landed in. Actually we landed right on a road! Thankfully it was pretty deserted, with very few cars!

And so it is with life. We have control over our feelings going “up” by being positive, making the most of things, spending time with our meditation and spiritual practices, etc. But he “wind,” aka life, takes us wherever… we don’t have complete control. But with our positive energy and being clear on what we want, I believe we do attract the right “winds” that take us towards where we want to go. To me, that is one of the most exciting aspects of life! We have the power to co-create our life, along with the universe.

We had 2 big propane tanks and when we started, and periodically, Will would just fan up the flame! It was pretty loud.

We also took off so quickly! One minute the dudes below were holding the ropes, then the next thing I knew we had floated up thousands of feet! The only thing that seemed a little scary to me was that the bottom of the balloon basket was just a thinnish layer of wood, with a few circular holes etched in it here and there, so you could see all the way down. It wasn’t the most solid “floor” I could have imagined!

Watching the sunrise over the Coachella Valley, east of LA, was just beautiful, and inspirational.

This is the other balloon that went up with us. I like the smiley face on the top!

But with Will we were on the more “serious” racing balloon, one that had only been up once before us! He was a very spirited character, shall we say. 🙂

And there’s nothing like having a mimosa (or a few sips of one!) at 6: 30 am on your birthday morning! 🙂

Have a great week!!!

Love, from my heart chakra to yours,



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,



Happy Holidays!!!!

December 25, 2010

On this Christmas morning, I just wanted to send my LOVE and best wishes to you and your family for a beautiful, wonderful, holiday season filled with JOY!!!!

I’m so grateful we are in each others’ lives. Remember that there is no limit to your dreams and goals!! Let us keep supporting each other and spreading love in the upcoming, exciting year ahead!




Meet my Beekeeper: Something all Vegans Should Read

December 15, 2010

Hey Guys!

Hope your week is going well. I am bracing myself for a quick trip for meetings to New York this Thursday and Friday (brrrrrr!!). I have to take the red eye tomorrow night and since I have to work Saturday, I have to head back to LA very early in the am. So thank goodness I eat the way I do- for strength without much sleep!

I’ve been wanting to write about the bee issue for a while now. I personally refrain from eating all animal products, except bee products. I occasionally enjoy honey, which contains important nutrients and antioxidants, and I love bee pollen. I will also use candles and beauty products that contain organic beeswax products that were obtained in ethical ways.

There are strict vegans out there that shun all animal products – including bees. I totally respect that. But I wanted to share my perspective on way I do support the aforementioned type of bee products. And no better way to get the buzz (ha! That pun is a bit cheesey I know) than from my beekeeper himself: Mike Bruen. He has the most amazing bee pollen I’ve ever had, and his beeswax candles are beautiful. His beeswax won first place at the 2010 State Fair! His honey is incredible as well. Let’s  all have a conversation:

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Kimberly: So Michael, tell us how you came into the bee business?

Mike: Hi Kim, beekeeping has been in my family a long time. My grandfather had bees, as did my father and I turned it into a full time job after I got out of the US Navy.

Kimberly: How many bees do you care for? Do you treat them well?

Mike: Right now I am caring for around 400 awesome hives. I can definitely say I treat them well. I probably treat them better then a lot of people treat their employees. I give them the best of food by planting flowers they enjoy and not pollinating at farms that spray any type of agro-chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, fungicides etc. I keep them healthy by not using any chemicals to treat for mites and breed for hygienics and good genes so they stay healthy naturally. I also keep their homes in proper repair to maintain safe and clean hives, and I never over stress them by traveling far distances or making them do more then the actual bees is capable of or wants to.

Kimberly: What products do you make- or should I say, what products do your bees make for you?

Mike: The bees make a wide variety of products, I collect royal jelly, propolis, various honeys like wildflower, clover, apple blossom, buckwheat, blueberry, bee pollen, and after the extraction of honey I’m left with beeswax which I use for candles, lip balms, hand creams, and salves.

Kimberly: What makes your honey and products unique? (I’ve had your bee pollen and it is amazing!!)

Mike: My honey and products are unique because of the time and care that goes into the production of a pure safe and healthy product by both my bees and myself. I treat it as a biodynamic whole and focus on quality over quantity. I keep all my consumable products raw, and as organic as possible which is more time consuming but shows in the quality of our product. When you avoid the factory farm mindset your product becomes a real food again.

Kimberly: Some strict vegans are against the use of bee products, as they feel that it exploits the bees. What would you say to them?

Mike: I would say that in some apiaries bees can be exploited, but when you treat the bees as a worker and not a tool, those mistakes don’t need to happen. A worker bee will generally have a 6-week lifespan, and its only desire is to work from the moment it is born, and basically horde honey. 99% of the time that will result in a vast excess of honey un-consumable by 1 hive. That uneaten excess leads to other problems of bees robbing each other, wax moths laying eggs, hive beetles destroying comb, to mice etc… When we can work together as a whole to provide them with all the tools they need for success and not harm any bees in the process then we have a beautiful symbiotic relationship that works. There can be no exploitation when both parties are happy.

The desire of a bee is to help the hive survive and that’s no different then a farmer growing produce for his family and selling the excess. It is just as unethical to take advantage of the many hard-working American farmers by demanding rock bottom prices for food at the supermarket.

I don’t focus on quantity and stress the bees, some years I wont even take honey because the bees need it and I don’t. I charge more for my product (Kimberly note: Mike’s products are more than reasonably priced!!) so we can both survive off of what we produce not what we have to produce to compete, because neither the bee nor myself need to bee pulled into the failing industrial agricultural model any time soon. And I can honestly say the bees are happy because I have yet to wear a bee vail when I enter my bee yards and they often come over to say hello when they land on my shoulder. The day I will need to wear a bee vail to enter my bee yards because of bee stings I’ll know I’m doing something wrong and change it, but at this point we both have a great relationship that works on both ends.

Kimberly: Wonderful!!! (Now that is a beekeeper we can all believe in!!) Where can we get your products?

Mike: My products are available at a few select places in New York and Connecticut along with seasonal farmers markets. You can also purchase them by calling myself or visiting my website at

Kimberly: Anything else you’d like to add?

Mike: I’d like to thank all of the people that care about where their food comes from and how it is produced. It is an important part of our lives and future as a planet, and if anyone would like to contact me i welcome it and hope some find the inspiration to do so.

Mike is definitely one of the most ethical, honest bee keepers out there and it comes through in his fantastic products. For stocking up on candles and bee pollen and honey, etc. I urge you to check out his amazing buzz-worthy (sorry I couldn’t resist! 🙂 ) products! Again, it is

Wish me luck on this busy, but important trip to New York!

Take care. Love, Kimberly


Bag the Habit!

December 10, 2010

Hey Guys! 

I hope you are having a wonderful week. I can’t believe it is already Friday!

As you may be in the midst of holiday shopping, I wanted to give you a super cool gift idea! Created by two great gals, Bag the Habit creates eco-bags that are as good-looking as they are good (and very important) for the environment.

I think these cool looking bags make great presents for family members, co-workers… and yourself! My favorite is the Chrysanthemum line. Plus we’ll be supporting two great, entrepreneurial young women that are looking to make a positive difference in the world. And we all only have each other to count on for support, right?!

Read below my interview with co-founder, Liz.

Let’s meet the lovely ladies. Here’s Liz!

Kimberly: Tell us about yourself a little bit, and what your inspiration was to create Bag the Habit?

Liz: Bag the Habit started as a little dream while I was working at a tea shop in college. I had this idea for a brand and that our goal would be to make the best reusable bags on the market, so that people would want to carry them anywhere and everywhere. When I met Holly, Bag the Habit’s co-creator, she was a customer at the cafe and working at a graphic design firm. She agreed to work on the logo and we spent 6 months figuring out the first bag… 3  years later we have a full line of reusable solutions and our products have replaced millions of single-use bags! We’ve also created premium textiles made from 100% consumer and industrial plastic waste. The first bag samples were sewn with staples, so using technology like this is pretty amazing.

Here’s Holly!

Kimberly: Wow! Tell us more about your products, and what they can be used for.

Liz: We want to create products people love.  A simple concept, but we put a lot of thought into making our bags more loveable… unique features like the comfy padded handles…our commitment to using only eco-textiles…how much they all fit! We design BTH bags for specific shopping functions – the Market Set for big grocery trips or our Gift Bags for waste-free wrapping – but people have some really creative uses. For example, filling the mesh produce bags with fruit from a local orchard and giving them as wedding favors! I just love that.


Kimberly: I love that too. 🙂 How exactly are disposable bags a huge problem for us?


Liz: Every day we throw out millions and millions of single-use bags, usually after just 20 minutes of use. But before and after those few small moments, there are many lifecycle steps and impacts! In the case of a plastic bag you have to go out and drill for oil, refine the petroleum, create plastic resins, assemble and print on the bags (all of which produce chemicals and pollutants), package and transport them, and then choose to recycle, dispose, or litter, none of which are great options. Recycling rates are extremely low, bags sit in landfills for hundreds of years releasing the same chemicals they were made with, and in the case of litter, the plastic ‘photodegrades’, breaking down into tiny and tinier pieces that are eventually absorbed by the soil and water. In some areas of the ocean right now, the plastic to plankton ratio is 6:1. This means there are 6 times more toxic plastic pieces than there are plankton, the life-giving stuff our oceanic food chain depends upon for sustenance. That is so incredibly sad…


Kimberly: Where can we get your bags, and do you have any holiday specials?

Liz: On we have 10-15% off of gift packs and bulk buys right now. They’re great for gifting to friends, teachers, co-workers….energy-efficient shopping!


Kimberly: Anything you’d like to add?

Liz: Yes….thank you to you and all your awesome wellness work! The world needs more of it 🙂

And thank you to you Liz and Holly, for creating a cool, earth-loving company! Please be sure to check out the Bag the Habit website.

Have a great weekend and see you soon!

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,




October 18, 2010

Those who live in tune with the attractive force of love achieve harmony with nature and their fellow beings.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Hey Loves,

I hope you had a great weekend and are well!

I think one of the greatest changes for me moving out to LA for a few months is being so close to the ocean. I’ve been in a really meditative mood lately. These pictures were taken in Maui when I was there a few weeks ago, but here in LA I am also only a few blocks from the water.

Even when I’m not right next to the ocean I can feel its presence. There is something about such an enormous, boundless energy in nature nearby that puts things in perspective.

I love the harmony of the waves eternally flowing in and out, like our breath. The great yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda used the analogy of how we are all waves part of One great ocean, all beings everywhere. As we start to understand more and more that we are all One, hatred, ill-will and anger towards others increasingly becomes replaced by love and compassion.

We also become more in tune with universal laws, such as proper diet, which increase our happiness and harmony. When we become out of harmony- for instance eating only for taste or to please the senses- we experience negative vibrations, pain, and varying levels of self-destruction. If our bodies become clogged, full of toxins and poorly digesting foods, then the prana, or life energy, can not fully circulate throughout beings. As we clear out bodies and minds from negativity and habits that go against the harmony of the universe, we become more receptive, radiant and joyful.

We should bathe our spirits in the deep, pure feeling that stirs within us when we gaze on the glories of His creation. That is the way to know God as beauty.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Make good choices to increase harmony in your life! I am here for you. 🙂

Love always, Kimberly