Posts Tagged ‘Diet/Health’

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Get it While You Can! Vitamix Special!

August 3, 2010

Click on photo to order your Vitamix and save an additional $25.00

Hi Loves, I got an email about this and couldn’t resist throwing up a quick blog about it. The Vitamix is my heart in the kitchen- and as you know, is the only piece of kitchen equipment I literally carry around the world with me. It will change your life, your health, your beauty.

For a limited time, Vitamix is running a special on the Vitamix 5200, selling the factory reconditioned machines for $379.00.  These guys only come on special every so often and they usually go fast and sell out! So if you’ve been really wanting one but have been hedging, now is the time!

If you click on the photo above, you’ll receive free standard shipping which is worth $25US/$35CN.

In Saint Stephen's Park, Dublin

My schedule hasn’t slowed down any since I’ve gotten back! I’m being very organized (okay trying!) with the constant soaking and sprouting of various seeds and nuts- based on certain recipes I’m making the next day or in a few days.

What’s my favorite kitchen ingredient right now? Sundried tomatoes! I throw them in sauces, salads, dressings, as garnishes, etc. They taste like sun in a bite to me.

Well I’ll write more soon! Check out the Vitamix sale if you haven’t gotten one yet- you won’t regret. And have a wonderful and inspirational week!!

All my love,

Kimberly

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Finding Food, Making Food on the Go(!) Across Europe!

August 2, 2010

At the famed Soho Hotel in London, making the Glowing Green Smoothie!

Hi Guys!

I hope you had a wonderful week last week!

I had an unbelievable time in Europe working on a whirlwind press tour for a film. We were moving so fast, that when we got to a city I had to really hit the ground running. I called ahead to request certain food be sitting in my minibar in each of the hotels, but there was always shopping I had to do, and things I had to source on the go. It was incredibly stressful at times, and I slept about 2 hours a night- but what an experience!! So fun!! And crazy.

Here’s my mini bar in London. If I had 10 minibars, I’m sure I would have filled them all! I wondered if any of these 5 star hotels ever had as much food made in them?! Btw we flew on a commercial jet First Class to London, and I made food right there in my seat on the way as well!

Here’s my room in Dublin. The table where I would chop and assemble things, and desk area was Vitamix central!

Taken from my hotel window in Dublin…There was always a fleet of black cars taking us around from place to place!

The Dublin premiere was insane.  Hundreds and hundreds of people were lined up in the streets! I had to walk the red carpet myself as I got out of the car and went up ahead, and I have to say that I’ve never had an experience like that with so many people screaming behind a fence, while you are in a little clear passageway. I’ve been to lots of premieres in LA and NY- but none like this one!

On and off the private jet! No need to go through customs! What I really liked was that our bags were labeled and picked up in our rooms, and then delivered to the next hotel room seamlessly! I know they are not great for the environment, but it certainly wasn’t my call! And I don’t see how we would have been able to move around to so many different press events so quickly if not for flying on our own time.

This is my view from my hotel room on the beautiful island of Mallorca, Spain. Gorgeous!!! I’ve been to Spain, but Mallorca is definitely my favorite spot in the country! Also, you do get a bit spoiled traveling like this :).

Below is where the party and the press line were later on that night…

Over to the right is the little boat that took us out to the yacht in the distance… It was beyond magical to be in the Mediterranean on a yacht, surrounded by beautiful Spanish people. I love everything about Spain- the energy, the culture, their look. Well, everything but their cuts and slabs of red meat that are so prevalent! I did bring food on the yacht by the way!

This table became my main food-making station in my room in Mallorca.

Or on the floor! One of my biggest issues was getting the converters to work so I could use the Vitamix in all the countries… Okay after this I stopped taking a lot of pics.

Anyways I am now back in Chicago for a few more weeks working on the movies. Promise to get back to some real nutrition, beauty and health posts soon!

Oddly energized, even with so very little sleep…and of course Lots of love, Kimberly

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On Set in Chicago

July 23, 2010

Hi Guys!

I hope you are well and having a great July!

I didn’t realize a few weeks ago that I was going to have a Chicago summer! But this is where work, life and the universe pulled me. And it is an awesome summer indeed!!

Here I am on the set of Transformers 3. It was kind of eerie to walk around the set during lunch and breaks, as it seemed like an earthquake had just happened right on Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago! I learned my lesson the first day on set wearing flip flops. There are so many props and dust and dirt strewn about everywhere, and it gets pretty muddy and gross. I’ve been on some major movie sets, including Iron Man 2, but I have to say that this set was pretty over the top!

I always feel like a dork asking actors to take pictures, except when it sort of seems like it isn't quite as dorky?? Here I am with Josh Duhamel, where we were chatting before a big stunt scene. I like Josh's outfit! Note that it was like 95 degrees in Chicago that day, and the actors really had to chug water. I reminded that room temperature is better for hydration than ice cold water. 🙂

On this day I wore double ear plugs! Crazy stunts. I thought shrapnel was going to fly on me as cars were flipping and lots of stuff was getting blown up!I like my ear drums. 🙂 They were handing them out on set in a basket like passing out rice to throw at a wedding!

I’m actually working now on the other big movie that is shooting in Chicago, creating the nutrition and diet plans and making all the food for the actors. I love it, but it is certainly a full time job. I make the food, shuttle between the trailers, go to set and drop off food at the monitors, hang with the actors in the trailers when they eat in there, watch the movie getting the made (which is quite exciting!) then do that over and over again until the end of the shooting day. But not the end of the work day for me! Then I go home and run to Wholefoods before is closes, figure out what I’m making the next day, and start making food! And then I pass out, and the day starts again the next day! Yes I am squeezing in a bit of yoga here and there, and always my meditation practice. Otherwise I would lose my mind or turn into a big stressball!!!

I will write more soon!

Take care, and do hydrate with that room temperature water in the heat!

Sending my love,

Kimberly

This is what I call "sprout central", the whole section of my countertop I've devoted to soaking and sprouting seeds and nuts. Dr. Ann Wigmore would be so proud!

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Back to Tropical Paradise at the Ann Wigmore Institute

July 5, 2010

Hi Guys,

I hope you are having a great fourth of July weekend! I arrived yesterday back at a little slice of heaven called the Ann Wigmore Institute to take more classes and do more training. It has only been 10 months since my last trip back here, but it is a natural, beautiful place in western Puerto Rico that I love and will come back to time and time again.

My favorite environment is tropical, hot and humid. I love the humidity!!! And the jungle!!! When I go to bed I hear the chirping of tropical lizards and critters, and the occasional thump of a coconut or a mango dropping off a tree. When I woke up this morning I heard tropical birds singing and roosters! I love sweating and cleansing the skin, then just jumping in the ocean to cool off. When I go out of my room to the little sideroad outside, it is about 98 steps for me to get into the ocean. 🙂

Here's the path to my room!

It’s so funny how I just posted that blog video about opening coconuts. They use machetes to open them here, right on this board. FRESH young coconuts every day!! Now you know I’m in heaven!!

Look at ’em all!!!!! Freshly chopped and ready to be eaten/drank. Come to mama little coconut babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beach at dusk.

This evening I went down to the beach to meditate and look over the ocean. It is such a magical time of day. My heart is swelling with joy right now on so many levels. I am so grateful to be here!

I will share much more soon.

Sending joy and love from my heart to yours!

Kimberly

Self-picture taken at dusk

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Alkalinity and Beauty

August 1, 2008

The pH of our bodies can have a major effect on our vitality, health and beauty. Ideally, the pH of our body tissue should average around 7.0 (our ideal blood pH range is 7.35-7.4, while our muscles are more acidic, around 6.8). Most people that have eaten the Standard American Diet (SAD) become unbalanced and acidic, with a pH around 6.2 or lower.

An alkaline body leads fat to dissolve, greatly promoting weight loss. In contrast, an acid body leads to inflammation, puffiness and contraction of the tissues. An acidic body makes it hard to lose weight, as the systems of the body cannot function at optimal efficiency. Worse, diseases thrive in an acidic environment.

Some signs that your body is acidic are feeling sluggish and rundown, a lack of energy, a coffee habit, the desire to smoke cigarettes or marijuana, alcohol abuse and/or the desire for other stronger legal or illegal drugs to make you feel “high” for a while.

What we need is a balance between acidity and alkalinity. Generally, most people are too acid from eating a primarily acid-forming diet their whole life. It is important to balance the body’s pH by bringing a much higher percentage of alkaline foods into the diet.

Alkaline Foods: Green-leafy vegetables are the best source of alkaline minerals and are probably the most important group of foods. They also contain fiber and chlorophyll- a blood builder and one of nature’s greatest healers. Try to make a huge salad, with sprouts and raw vegetables, the main course of at least one meal a day. Fruits such as lemon, lime, olives, figs, papaya, pineapple, cherries, apples, raspberries, blackberries and kiwi are also helpful.

*Oddly, a typical characteristic of some alkaline fruits is that they contain a strong acidic compound, such as citric acid, that must be neutralized in order to extract and utilize the alkaline minerals.

Acidic Foods: Meat (the muscle of an animal) including fish, pork, steak, chicken, beef, hamburger, duck, lamb, rabbit, etc. Meat is built up of phosphoric compounds and is the most acidic (and toxic) food of all. Eggs are also acid-forming, as are pasteurized dairy products because they lack the enzymes necessary to digest them.

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Raw Chickpea-free Hummus

July 29, 2008

Hummus is a great vegetarian snack, but most commercial hummus is made from CANNED chickpeas, which are cooked, re-cooked, denatured and completely devoid of their natural enzymes. Ugh. We need our enzymes to stay vibrant, healthy and energetic! You’ll be amazed at how yummy this raw variation is:

  • 2 organic zucchinis, chopped
  • ¾ cup raw tahini
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ Tbs. ground cumin

** Optional: Add a couple of Tbs. of Kal brand nutritional yeast, for added protein and a thicker, cheesier flavor.

Dip celery, red peppers, and cucumbers for a great snack or appetizer!

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The Mighty Enzyme: #1 Secret to Perfect Health

July 10, 2008

Modern science always seems to be looking for the next miracle cure for a plethora of aging diseases. However, a vastly important health component, the mighty enzyme, has already been researched and studied for some time. Enzymes carry out all the biological processes in the body, including digestion, detoxification, repairing, healing and even thinking. Take all the vitamin and mineral supplements you want, but if you lack readily available enzymes, you are going to have a much harder time fully digesting and absorbing them. As Dr. Ann Wigmore says, “Enzyme preservation is the secret to health.” Did you know that enzymes:

  • Maintain weight and/or promote weight loss
  • Fend off chronic degenerative diseases
  • Greatly slow the aging proces

Read on! Here are a couple of interesting studies:

  • Dr. Francis Pottenger studied 900 cats over 10 years. He gave half the cats raw milk and food and the other half pasteurized milk and cooked food. In the first generation, the cats on the cooked food developed a pattern of degenerative disease, and in the second and third generation the cats began to develop congenital bone deformities, hyperactivity, and sterility. The cats fed raw food were healthy from generation to generation.
  • In Japan, a study showed that 82% of patients with tuberculosis had lower enzyme contents than normal, and diabetes patients had an 86% lower than normal level of amylase.
  • Dr. Kollath of the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm found when he put animals on a diet of cooked and processed foods similar to the typical Western diet, the animals began to age more quickly and began to develop chronic degenerative diseases at an earlier age. The animals raised on raw food did not suffer from those problems.
  • Dr. Howell, who many consider the father of food enzyme research in the 20th century, produced a vast amount of research and evidence that strongly suggests that foods devoid of enzymes as a result of cooking, food irradiation and microwaving causes the enlargement of the pancreas, and puts a massive strain on all the endocrine glands, including the adrenals and pituitary.

The fact is, when a large reserve of the body’s enzymes are used up in the processes of digestion, which can use up to 50% of the body’s energy, it takes away from the body’s use of enzymes towards functions such as detoxification, and repairing and maintaining the health of the skin and organs. Enzymes are also used to maintain body weight. Cooked fats lack the enzyme lipase, which interferes with fat digestion, just as cooked carbs lack the enzyme amylase, which help break down starches. Also, cooked food stimulates cravings for food because the organs are not getting the nutrients they would normally get in uncooked food. The body craves more nutrients, which may translate into a much greater appetite. Farmers have long known that if you give raw potatoes to hogs they will not gain weight, but if you give them cooked potatoes they gain a lot of weight.

The problem in modern society is that the capacity or an organism to make enzymes is exhaustible, and whenever we process or cook foods in any way, we destroy its enzyme reserve.

So:

1. Eat as much raw food as possible. This is the #1 activity that preserves enzymes and maximizes health. Follow the lead of ALL other animals on earth (besides humans and domesticated animals) who eat their food raw, and do not suffer from the chronic degenerative diseases that we do. When we eat raw food, it uses its own enzymes to digest the food and does not deplete the food enzymes from our own system to break it down.

2. Add sprouts to your diet, which is one of the highest enzyme-concentrated foods.

3. Take live, plant enzymes supplements, which you can find in any health food store. Especially if you are about to eat cooked, microwaved, or irradiated food!!

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Yummy Spirulina Pie

June 20, 2008

I bet you never thought greens could create an amazing dessert. I had never really had a “green” desert before I tried this one out, and it blew me away. So skepticism aside, give it a try and I guarantee you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.

For the pie crust:

  • 2 cups raw almonds finely ground in a food processor (I prefer to sprout mine overnight by covering them in water in a bowl)
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates

For the pie filling:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Stevia as needed, to sweeten more if desired
  • 2 Tbs. spirulina (which you can buy at the health food market or Wholefoods)
  • 1 Tbs. carob powder or PURE ground cacao (no processed sugar please!)

To make the crust mix the ground almonds and pitted dates in a bowl. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 5-inch pie tin.

In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour this liquid mixture onto the pie crust and freeze for about 3 hours before serving (try not to get impatient and eat it too early, as I’ve been known to do!). After freezing for a few hours, you can transport the pie into the refrigerator. Freezing it first creates an amazing, cheese-cake like texture.

Desert and sneaking more greens into your diet – Perfect!

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Some Not So Tasty Facts About Meat

June 16, 2008

Many of us grew up eating poultry and red meat. All of us are the targets of lobbying efforts by these industries telling us that we need more protein in our diets, and that meat is the best source. But overwhelming evidence today – from the rise of colon cancer to heart disease – suggests that we have a major, major problem with our diet.

Most of us here in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have a vast amount of food choices at our fingertips, including many diverse plant proteins, which are more easily assimilated by the body, not acidic and toxic, and yes- much more beautifying!

Remember: the more clean and pure your food is, the cleaner your blood is. The cleaner your blood is, the more beautiful the skin and body will be.

Here are some reasons why I don’t eat meat:

  1. 2700 Unlisted Drugs and Hormones

“Animals (raised for meat production) are kept alive and fattened by the continuous administration of tranquilizers, hormones, antibiotics, and 2700 other drugs. The process starts even before birth and continues long after death. Although these drugs will still be present in the meat when you eat it, the law does not require that they be listed on the package.”

Poisons in Your Body, Gary and Steven Null

The animals are fed food to make them fat. And when you eat meat you are eating what the animals have eaten. Is it a wonder so many people are struggling with their weight nowadays?

1. Antibiotic- Resistant Microorganisms

Each year, 15 million pounds of antibiotics (half the total U.S. production) are fed to farm animals. Over time, this drug overkill allows disease-causing micro-organisms to develop immunities to antibiotics, posing a threat to people who later consume the meat. A prominent example: Time magazine presented startling evidence that government health offices “traced a serious outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness that was caused by antiobiotic-resistant germs.” The source of the bacteria, say the investigators, was hamburger from cattle that had been fed the antibiotic chlortetracycline.

Drugs, hormones and antibiotics also clog our livers and blood- which can lead to weight gain and drab skin. Not beautiful!!

2. Pain Toxins

The trauma of being slaughtered – moral reasons and Ahimsa (nonviolent yoga principles) aside – causes the animals to secrete powerful hormones and toxins into their blood and, consequently, their meat. These join with un-eliminated wastes in the animal’s blood such as urea and uric acid, to further contaminate the flesh that consumers eat. This is one of the main reasons that the meat that humans consume is so toxic and acidic.

3. Diseases

Animals raised for slaughter are subject to dozens of diseases that can be passed on to humans. Government meat inspectors condemn only the diseased part of an animal, allowing the rest of the carcass to go to market. The government also permits the sale of chickens with airsacculitis, a pneumonia-like disease in which chest cavities are cleaned out with air-suction guns, which burst the air sacs, allowing the pus to seep into the meat.

4. Straight-up Filth

Newsweek magazine reported the following about conditions in Colorado’s Cattle King Packing Co., a major supplier of beef to school lunch programs, the Defense Department, and the Wendy’s fast food chain: “Government inspectors described the rats, roaches, and paint chips that littered the plant, while workers told of people urinating in the slaughter area and repacking spoiled meat returned by dissatisfied customers.”

Responding to the sanitation defects at the Cattle King Plant, attorney Robert McAllister admitted, “Yes, those things did happen, like they do in every other packing plant in the U.S.

Need I say more? Do yourself, your skin, your planet, your fellow beings on earth a huge favor: stop supporting the meat industry. You will be more beautiful on the outside, and you will be surprised at how much calmer and lighter you feel inside!

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The “Diet” That Makes You Fat

June 3, 2008

I have bad news: many of you are on a “Diet” that is actually causing you to gain weight. But the bad news is really good news. Bear with me.

The “Diet” is that Diet Coke you like to drink, which says 0 calories and 0 fat and 0 sugar on the label, but is horrible for you. I know you know that regular soda is full of sugar and calories, and should therefore be avoided. But most of us have never considered how creepy it is that a bubbly, brown drink can somehow have 0 calories but still look exactly the same and taste similar to the real thing??

The first thing you need to know is that low-cal “diet” products, such as diet sodas, do NOT help you lose weight! This is a complete myth. Over a decade ago, in 1986, the American Cancer Society documented the fact that persons using artificial sweeteners gain more weight than those who avoid them, revealing that artificial sweeteners can:

  • Stimulate your appetite
  • Increase carbohydrate cravings
  • Stimulate fat storage and weight gain

Since 1986 newer “fake” sugars such as Splenda have been introductd. They are ALL high on the Glycemic Index, I believe around a number of 80 (on a scale of 0 to 100). Even normal sugar only scores a 70! What this means is that even though Diet Coke has no calories, it still encourages weight gain. I know- horrible.

It gets worse. Soda and colas are also the most acid-forming of all foods. But soda isn’t really a food anyways, it is a collection of acidic chemicals like carbonic acid, phosphoric acid, etc. Soda demineralizes the bones, teeth, and skin, robbing you of your highest beauty by eating up your minerals.

What’s more, too much aspartame (the sweetener in many diet drinks) and glutamate in the brain can kill certain neurons by allowing an influx of calcium into these cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartame and glutamate is why they are referred to as “excitotoxins.” They “excite”, or stimulate the neural cells to death. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. And we know free radicals are a major cause of aging!

So stop reaching for that fizzy poison. Treat your body and skin with a refreshing drink of water or white tea… anything but soda!!