Posts Tagged ‘cleansing’

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Quick Tip to Minimize Aging Oxidation

February 11, 2011

Photo courtesy of cooking.com

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

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Beautiful cacti in Indian Canyons!

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Harmony

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

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Decoding Produce Codes

October 15, 2010

Hey Guys,

Hope you are having a great week and happy Friday!! This week has flown by for me. The weather has been sunny and beautiful here in LA, and I’ve been hard at work! I am going to be traveling for work in the very near future, sooooo even given the glorious weather here I did go and buy my first pair of this season’s winter boots this week! Don’t you just love the first shopping purchase (or 2) for the new season? 🙂

When I was recently in Hawaii I was talking to a friend about grocery store codes, and someone recently asked me about it here yesterday in LA. Hence this topic was on my mind! When shopping at the market, most individual fruits are labeled with stickers. Not so at the farmer’s market, but all regular markets. Have you ever wondered what all those little digits mean? And wondered if there is any rhyme or reason to them? Maybe you’ve never really paid attention to them, except to think they were a nuisance that you had to rip off so you wouldn’t accidentally bite into them!

I used to think they were random and only corresponded to each grocery store. But then I discovered that there is actually a uniform system! It is set up by the International Federation for Produce Standards. Doesn’t that sound so official and serious?? There are only a few basics you have to be aware of, and then you can always be sure you are buying organic produce. Buying organic ensures we are getting the highest quality produce with the greatest amount of health and promoting minerals. It also supports sustainable farming practices that don’t use pesticides. Buying certified organic produce is the only way to ensure that we are not consuming genetically modified (GMO) produce, which unfortunately does not have any labeling codes to abide by (!). Genetically modified foods have been altered from their original form, and may introduce allergenic or toxic characteristics to foods. The way GMO foods are grown is detrimental to the environment.

Here are the basics:

Organic produce: Always begins with a 9 and has a PLU number that is 5 digits long.

Here’s an example: Organic Bosc Pear #93296

 

Conventional produce: Always begins with a 4 and has a PLU number that is 4 digits long.

Here’s an example: Conventional Bosc Pear #4568

 

So always check to be sure that you purchase produce that begins with a “9” on the PLU code on the sticker –  as much as possible!

Now that you’re aware of the number system, it is kind of fun to know that you know a little something about the coding for grocery stores! You can feel like a grocery store “insider.” 🙂 Go ahead and check it out next time you are at the store!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!! I’m going to my best to get my butt hiking again this weekend.

I send my love,

Kimberly

 

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Sunlight: Giver of Life, Promoter of Health and Beauty!

October 11, 2010

Hi Guys,

Hope you had a great holiday- for those that actually got to observe it!

I was thinking about the sun as I went on this beautiful hike in Malibu on Saturday when I got off work.

Everywhere you turn, you’ll be sure to find information on how “bad” and “aging” the sun is for you. You’ll be bombarded with reprimands urging you to avoid the sun as much as you can, and not step in the sun for a second without being sure you are completely slathered in sunscreen!

But I have a different opinion about the sun. I actually think the sun is a beautiful thing. After all, the sun gives life to the entire planet (by the plan and grace of God). It supplies all plants with chlorophyll, and all animals and humans live directly or indirectly off plants. The sun hitting our bare skin promotes the formation of vitamin D naturally in our body, an essential nutrient for our health that keeps our bodies functioning properly.

Wait you say- what about all the talk about the sun causing skin cancer and premature aging??? Isn’t the sun evil?? Well…. let’s dig a little deeper into the topic. The sun can certainly trigger such issues in a toxic body. Our skin is our biggest detoxifier through which pints of fluid and material are poured out every day. The sun promotes an even larger amount of fluid being extracted from the body to the surface of the skin. If the body and the fluids of the body are toxic, the fluids will act as carcinogens that will bake in the sun’s rays on the surface of the skin and can develop into cancer or other issues. But if the body is clean and free of toxins, these issues will not be a problem. This might sound “controversial”, but if you really think about it I think it will intuitively make sense to you.

This doesn’t mean any of us should bake in the sun all day! We only need a few minutes of exposure every day to stimulate Vitamin D formation. We can build up from as little as 5-7 minutes up to 20-30 minutes, depending on our complexions and skin tone. If you are trying to protect your skin from OVERexposure do what I do- wear a hat or get out of the sun and into the shade! Most sunscreen is toxic and just adds ugly chemicals and synthetics to bake on the surface of your skin. Not beautifying!!  Also, an antioxidant-rich plant-based diet can greatly help protect our bodies (and skin) from radiation damage. I make a big effort to be in the sun at least 20 minutes every single day, and I don’t have an issue with fine lines! Yes I’m not fair-skinned, but I also have the Glowing Green Smoothie every day and keep my system clean and free of foods that putrefy upon digestion (dairy, meat, etc.) and release ammonia (associated with causing wrinkles), that can be pulled to the surface of our skin.

The sun is the most important entity in nature to give life. It has a multitude of healing powers for our bodies and minds. Do not look at the sun with fear! Treat it with respect, and get into the LIGHT!

Love,

Kimberly

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The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market…and an Alpaca!

October 3, 2010

Hi Guys!

You might be wondering why there is an alpaca and goat in this post(!)… I will explain shortly!

First off, isn’t it crazy how fast life can change? Last Spring I lived a short walk away from the Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York City, and now I live an even closer walk to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market here in LA! I’ve learned to embrace change as being exciting and bringing constant opportunities for growth. It doesn’t mean we all have to make drastic moves, but if you sense any stagnation in any area of your life, it is definitely time to do something about it!

The Santa Monica  farmer’s market is still going strong this time of year, with a variety of vegetables, greens, sweet and subacid fruit, avocados, etc.! My only complaint about this LA market is that it closes at 1:30 pm…versus the Union Square one which goes until at least 6 pm. They both start early in the morning. Is that because New Yorkers are notorious for always working so darn hard?? 🙂 Even when it comes to farmer’s markets??

I would say that my 2 biggest fruit obsessions of the moment (since cherry season went bye bye) are white nectarines/white peaches, and figs. Plums come in (a rather distant but still respectable) 3rd place!

A lot of the time, I’ll just buy what is seasonal and looks the most fresh and beautiful, and figure out what to do with it later. These chives looked amazing! They inspired me to make a raw “chive cream cheese” this week, with a macadamia, lemon juice, garlic and onion base, and I’ll chop up the chives to add.

I always buy radishes whenever I see them, to add to my salads. They are a skin glowing food, with lots of silicon and beauty minerals. Yummy!

As I was leaving the market, I found this amazing little petting zoo. I talked to the man who brought in the animals, and he says he runs a petting zoo about an hour away that children come to visit, and he comes to the Santa Monica market once a month. The animals will never be eaten or used for commercial purposes, and are treated extremely well. I think petting zoos are really wonderful, because it teaches children to love animals, care about them and respect them.

Okay, I admit it- I was the only adult in there not with a child… 🙂

Isn’t this sweet alpaca’s face hilarious!?!

Come here chicky!! This adorable chicken had really hairy legs. A lot of people don’t realize how social- and playful- chickens really are by nature!


I hope you have a great start to this first week in October!

I send my love, Kimberly

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The Best Vegetarian Food in Maui!

September 29, 2010

Hey Guys!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love, Kimberly

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

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Waterfalls and Bamboo Forests

September 24, 2010

Aloha Guys!

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

Love, Kimberly

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

September 14, 2010

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

Hey Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

Diagram courtesy of vitallywell.com

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

Circulation:

Support:

–       Organic, high plant food diet

–        Exercise

–       Dry skin brushing

Hinder:

–       Excess fat

–       Cholesterol (from consuming animal products)

Kidneys/Urination:

Support:

–       Clean drinking water (never drink tap water!)

–       Foods that contain a lot of liquids

–       Watermelon juice

–       Coconut water

Hinder:

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

–       Coffee

–       Alcohol

Colon/Bowel Movements

Support:

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

–       Colonics and enemas

–       Drinking plenty of water

Hinder:

–       Dairy

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

–       Overeating

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

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Lungs/Proper Respiration:

Support:

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

–       Exercise

–       Meditation

Hinder:

–       Short shallow breaths

–       Getting angry, stressed out or agitated often

–       Not exercising or meditating

Skin/Perspiration

Support:

–       Drink a lot of water

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

–       Exercise

Infrared sauna

Hinder:

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

–       Deodorants that contain mercury and other toxins

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

I send my love!

Kimberly

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Syrup Alternatives to Agave

August 30, 2010

This picture is from my Chicago apt- I don't have any from my Santa Monica apt. yet!

Hey Guys!

Hope you had a great weekend!! It’s still only the end of August dammit- we can still hold on to summer!! 🙂 I love my apt. now in Santa Monica!

I headed down to Newport Beach to visit some clients at a beautiful spa there, and had some nice beach walks.

I also caught up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while. She was a travel buddy that I met in Australia, and we would periodically meet up on the road. Some adventures we shared include camping on frozen ground in Nepal in January (!), sharing a bungalow in Thailand and having a zillion dead bugs rain down on us when we let down the mosquito net, exploring some random deserted islands in the Philippines with only a few fishing families living on them, and taking a small plane around Mount Everest. She almost killed me when her ocean kayak flew right by my head when we were getting huge air kayaking in Byron Bay, up the coast of Australia, and we also touched the Great Barrier Reef in Australia together for the first time… she also came back to visit me when in Sydney after I was working there after college. With all the craziness we’ve been through- or should I say survived- we’ll always be super close, and when I see her its as if no time has passed!

So back to thoughts around the kitchen… I started drastically cutting back on agave over a year ago, and stopped it cold turkey a few months ago. Agave is highly processed and is a very high percentage fructose. Despite its being advertised as being low-glycemic and a “natural” alternative, it really isn’t a viable option for those of us that want to look and feel our best. I recommend you cut it out completely as well! Also, be sure to check labels. I was in Wholefoods in Venice the other day looking at the labels of raw food products, and almost every single one had agave in it!! If we all start to shun it I think hopefully eventually manufacturers will have to switch!

Stevia and xyletol are good dry, powdered sweetener alternatives. Liquid stevia is very concentrated and you drop it out with a little dropper. But how to replace agave for liquid needs?

Organic dried or dehydrated fruit is a great source of natural sugar that comes right from nature off the tree or the bush! Be sure to purchase varieties that are free of sulfites and other preservatives, and don’t have any additional added preservatives.

Lately I’ve been using dates, figs and raisins, and I make a syrup/paste by adding water. I start with 1-2 Tbs of water and blend with the dried fruit, then add more depending on how thin I need the syrup to be and what I’m using it for. Soaked nuts combine okay with dried fruit, so depending on what you are making, you can also add some of the oilier seeds and nuts for texture. These include sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and almonds.

Dried fruits should be used in moderation (or avoided altogether for those with Candida or sugar issues), as they do have a high concentration of sugar, but they are easy for our bodies to digest and break down. They also have some health benefits as well:

Photo courtesy of http://www.blogs.chron.com

Dates: High in calcium, also contains copper, iron, amino acids, Vitamin A, and some riboflavin and thiamin.

Figs: High in potassium! Contains mucin and pectin, and have detoxifying and blood-cleansing properties. Also contains calcium and magnesium.

Photo courtesy or http://www.eyeonspain.com

Raisins: Contains iron, potassium, calcium, silica, magnesium, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, zinc and amino acids.

Give these little “candies” of nature a go, and see how you do!

Have a wonderful early part of your week!!

See you soon.

Love, Kimberly

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The Balance of Nature and Hollywood in LA

August 26, 2010

Hey loves!

Hope all is well with you.

LA to me is a combination of the wonderful nature all around (desert and all!) and of course the obvious and enormous entertainment aspect of the city. What is so interesting to me is that most people I meet here are either really into the natural elements and ocean, OR are highly involved in the entertainment world and sometimes seem to be oblivious or don’t really pay attention to some of the natural wonders around.

I enjoy the balance of both! I love the trees and flowers, and interesting plants. I love being able to pick scrunchy looking natural lemons from the local trees in all the various shapes and sizes nature created them in, and being able to go down to the ocean every evening to watch the sunset.

But I do enjoy aspects of the entertainment world here, of course, which is part of what I do. On Monday night I went to the premiere for the film Going the Distance. It comes out Sept. 3rd. It was great and you should go see it! Very relatable and real!! I loved it and thought it was adorable. Since a lot of the movie takes place in New York, seeing the scenery really made me miss it!

PS: If you scroll down you might notice I wore the same outfit to the Emmy’s party the night before. 🙂 Oops! I just moved into a new apt. in Santa Monica and I couldn’t be bothered to go through all my stuff and find my dresses and other clothes. Hee hee….our secret!! 🙂 Very NOT Hollywood I guess to be seen at two events in the same outfit!! (gasp!)

I have to say I thoroughly enjoy the drum circles down at Venice Beach. I love percussion of all types, especially since my long journey through Africa where I could hear drums everywhere I went!

Plus I love seeing people like this um Native American-eque (?) guy!! 🙂

Rock on my friends!

Life is so interesting! I am taking in my new surroundings, and I am starting to really love it here!! There are always positives and negatives to anywhere you go, but there is so much beauty around everywhere in creation if we pause to feel it.

Have a great rest of your week!! Keep seeing the beauty all around… and in each other- we are all the ONE.

Love,

Kimberly