Posts Tagged ‘Skincare Tips’

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Teas and Sights on the Streets of New York!

June 28, 2010

Hi Guys! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I had some long walks through New York (lower Manhattan of course, I am a downtown girl!), which inevitably leads to some pretty interesting sites and adventures!

First, at this random street fair I happened upon I found the most amazing tea and spice seller. He had amazing different sea salts- but what I was really excited about was his incredible loose leaf teas!

I LOVE loose leaf teas. And could these possibly be more beautiful??? Lots of dried flowers, plants, herbs, etc. mixed in with the tea leaves. I got three different kinds- including 2 different rooibos varieties, which are my favorite. They have no caffeine but lots of antioxidants. One was called “Mexican Wind” with pieces of red pepper and one was “Cocoa Ginger” which I’m drinking right now. Yummy!!! Even in the heat of the summer I love. 🙂

Here is my French friend that ran the stand. This is his family’s business, which they have had for generations! Highly recommended to check them out! You can get calming, enlivening, healing, medicinal or just plain tasty teas to nourish your spirit, as well as spices. Here is his website: www.spicesandtease.com. It seems kind of not really finished, so you can also email him at spicesandtease@yahoo.com or look for him at the NYC street fairs this summer!

I started to make my way down to Chinatown…but got distracted by this outdoor TV in Nolita and a crowd of people watching the World Cup. I love the World Cup Fever cursing through NY! Sad that the US lost, but I must say that now I hope that an African team takes it!

Okay you know what I love to do in Chinatown! Eat durian of course!! A wonderfully beautifying, fatty Asian fruit.

Back uptown to the Village…

Love the street musicians, street art, and um free advice counselors?! 🙂

What’s for dinner? Kale salad with avocado and sprouts! Check out this huge head I scored. I didn’t make it to the farmer’s market this wkd (sometimes I can’t deal with the Sat. crowds), but if you go right now you’d probably do really well with the huge bags of spinach you can get.

Is it me or does this guy look like a statue???

Okay- I admit it! More detours along the way! Love the handmade street jewelry in Soho. Each piece is unique. I take it over mass manufactured stuff any day!

I’ll write more soon! Have a great Monday!!

With love from my heart chakra to yours,

Kimberly

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A Green, Dill-Picking Weekend in PA!

June 14, 2010

Hi Guys!

I hope you had a lovely and relaxing weekend!

I have a huge project that I’m working on that is due in early July, so I’ve been working pretty much non-stop at home for the past few weeks. If you’ve emailed me sorry about the long delay in responses- I will re-emerge soon!

I was getting stir crazy and needed some green in my life, so on Saturday I headed up to Central Park for a nice, 2 hour bike ride. I love going up to the reservoir (pictured above) and seeing all the parts of the city the park encompasses!

On Sunday, I headed to a state I don’t often venture over to… Pennsylvania! Look how pretty it is!

I had a business meeting out there, and I made lunch for 8 people. The beautiful house where it was hosted at had this garden of dill. Look at it!! One of my favorite herbs ever. How nice it was to go out and be able to click a whole bunch of it to put in the kale salad. I think fresh dill in the kale salad really perks it up and adds a nice touch. Highly recommended.

If you have a garden, herbs are way easier to grow than vegetables and really satisfying! You can just go out and clip snippets when you’re preparing food, and it adds such a nice connection to your own, local garden. Here in the city, I’m now just starting to grow mint, which I like to throw in certain collard green wraps and make tea out of.

Here I am, starting to plate up the first course of Dharma’s Kale Salad!

Oh and of course I brought along my essential Vitamix, and made Green Smoothies for everyone to try!

The yellow plant bellow is St. John’s Wart, an herbal remedy for mental balancing, next to Tiger Lillies!

I’ll write more soon! Start the week off right with good eating habits and stay focused!

Lots of love, Kimberly

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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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Cooling Cucumber Summer Smoothie

July 15, 2008

Try this for a simple, cleansing, and delicious summer smoothie. It not too sweet, and is a nice blend of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

In your blender combine:

  • 2 cups cold filtered water
  • 1 large organic cucumber
  • 2 organic apples
  • 2 or 3 sprigs of mint leaves, plucked off the stem
  • ice (optional if you want it icy, I usually don’t add it)

That’s it! This is a great and easy way to get a whole cucumber into your diet. Often, people only consume two little slices of cucumber that comes on a tossed salad.

If you buy organic, it’s okay to eat the skin, which is a great source of beautifying zinc. Other skin-enhancing compounds include silica and Vitamin C. Ahh, easy on the palate and pretty for the skin. This is one you should definitely try!

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Attention Summer Travelers

June 25, 2008

Ah, summertime! What a great time of the year to get out of the city, go to the beach, or fly somewhere to chill out (though probably not Europe right now with this dreadful exchange rate!).

As we jet set to our fun summer vacations, it is important that we realize that we can suffer not only stress and fatigue from air travel itself, but also free radical damage via high levels of radiation found in airplanes. Planes fly very close to the ionosphere, causing atmospheric radiation to constantly bombard flyers. Unfortunately, the aluminum body of a plane offers us no protection.

This problem has been known for decades – it was first discovered in the 1960s when the air crews assigned to the first long-distance, high-altitude flights experienced unusually high fatigue. To try and keep it simple, a flight from New York to Los Angeles is the equivalent of one chest X-ray. The number of chest X-ray exposures a person is allowed to have over any given time is usually limited and measured in three year increments. These usually number in the range of three chest X-rays per year. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration permits aircrew exposures of 1000 times the dosage that a restricted citizen is allowed, although they are usually restricted to 80 hours on duty each month. Studies of these crews have shown that they suffer from changes in blood values and sensitive bodily tissue, e.g., gonads and eyes. Unfortunately there is no one keeping track of frequent traveling citizens who seem to live on planes, especially those who often fly internationally.

In its simplest form, the free radical damage caused by air travel shows itself in the form of oxidative stress in the body and the simplest way to deal with it is the introduction of antioxidants via fruits, vegetables and berries on a daily basis. Oxidation occurs when an oxygen molecule within a cell loses one of its two electrons, becomes unstable and randomly hits everything in its path in an attempt to restore its stability and it will steal an electron from anywhere. If it hits another oxygen molecule, it will steal the first electron it comes to. If it hits fat or protein structures, then oxidative damage will occur. If fat, toxic lipid peroxide (rancid fat) occurs. If protein, then changes in the structure often occurs, joints get arthritis, muscle gets weakened and DNA gets altered while its Genes are bent by this interaction. Bent Genes often result in a cancer and if the body is able, it will clean up the mess before it gets bad. Unfortunately the body is overwhelmed easily; the traveler is subjected to sleep depravation and highly processed and unhelpful foods becoming more susceptible when the consistency of the attack plays against a weakened immune system.

Fortunately, a good outcome is possible. The antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables and berries are able to donate electrons to these free radicals without themselves suffering instability. Fruit, Vegetables, Grapes and Berries are miraculous in their ability to calm the oxidation process. However, it is necessary to renew this cascade on a daily basis. In other words, when whatever supply is ingested runs out, it must be replaced with a new supply of antioxidants.

If the average person (who isn’t flying) requires 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily (Recommendations of the US Dept. of Agriculture and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) then one who is further compromised as is a diabetic, cancer survivor, extreme athlete or frequent long distance flyer will certainly require more. Just how much more is anyone’s guess.

When you fly, especially the day of your trip, try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Make it as simple as possible, so that your body’s energy can be used in fighting free radical damage rather than digesting something heavy. Also, you might try taking a whole food (not the store!)- vegetable, fruit, and berry supplement, which will serves as major fortification of antioxidants during strenuous travel. It of course can also be used when you feel that you are not eating well or have been lacking greens or fruit in the diet.

A whole food supplement has been derived from whole fruits and vegetables, whereas typical synthetic supplements use extracts constructed in a lab (which your body only absorbs a percentage of). I like the brand Juice Plus+, a convenient and highly researched supplement. They have separate vegetable, fruit, and berry capsules that literally pack pounds of fruits, and veggies.

Travel safely, stay energized and healthy, and keep your cells beautiful on the inside and out!

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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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Megan’s Almond/Brazil Nut Milk

June 6, 2008

Unsweetened almond milk can be found at Trader Joe’s or your local health store. But there is nothing quite as delicious as freshly made, completely raw, and preservative-free nut milk made in your own blender. If you have the time its surprisingly easy to make.

  • 1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight) OR 1 cup raw Brazil nuts (soaked 15 minutes)
  • 3-6 cups of filtered water (depending on how thick you like your milk)
  • 1/4 cup raw pitted dates
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tbs. lecithin granules
  • 2 Tbs. coconut butter
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract

Place the soaked nuts and the water in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Taking a cheese cloth or bag (you can get them pretty inexpensively online or at a cooking store), pour the mixture through the cloth into a separate container. Make sure to squeeze all the liquid out of the cloth with your hands, so you get all the milk out. Note: For a finer milk, use 2 cloths or bags layered on top of each other.

Rinse out the blender, and put the strained ‘milk’ back in the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend on high until smooth

Fresh nut milk keeps well in the fridge for about a week. Use in place of dairy milk for all purposes. Yum!

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NYLON Magazine Photo Shoot

June 5, 2008

My flight home from San Juan, Costa Rica arrived at LaGuardia just before midnight on Monday. After retrieving my checked luggage, braving inclement weather and navigating heavy construction on the BQE, I finally made it back home well after 2:00 in the morning.

The first thing I did when I arrived, soggy and exhausted, was drop my bags and check my email. Uh oh! My fears were confirmed. My photo shoot for NYLON Magazine’s upcoming feature on me was scheduled for the very NEXT morning (actually the SAME morning, since it was already past 2am). In my apartment, no less! After being gone for 2 weeks, my apartment was a mess and I had to give my plants their badly needed water, air the place out, pick up my pet turtle from my partner Adam, vacuum, clean out the clutter that accumulated in the chaos before my trip, and do a million other things. Not to mention getting myself in the shape for the shoot, which included getting a hair cut and my eyebrows done! Talk about culture shock returning to life in NY- back to the craziness, immediately!

That morning I got up super early, made myself a cup of green tea, and ran around crazily unpacking, picking up and cleaning. Then I rushed around town preparing myself to once again be presentable as the leader of a luxury skincare company. When I was in the jungle and waves of Costa Rica, I…uhhh… let my hair down, both figuratively and literally. J By the time the photographer, Peggy, arrived, I was ready to go. I was groomed, wearing a cool outfit, and my apartment was ready to be shown to NYLON’s readers.

My apartment is…eclectic, you might say, and Peggy loved it. We had a great time thinking of angles for the shoot that would reflect my own personality. First, we decided to take some pictures near my travel wall, which features framed pictures from my travels in Africa and Asia.  Next, we took a bunch of pictures in front of my bookshelves, which are loaded with tons and tons of health and beauty research books. Finally, we went out in the sunshine and fresh air of my back yard.

I think the pictures came out great. After NYLON decides which they plan to use, I’ll post a few of the extras here. It will be fun giving you a peak of my apartment!