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Essential for Travel: Hotel Mini Fridge!!

November 1, 2009
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My mini fridge is packed to the gills! I love olives, and I have those, plus triple washed arugula and spinach, Kombucha, coconut water, tomatoes, avocados, carrots, sprouts, parsley, cilantro, and more! 🙂

Hey Guys!

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On the countertop I keep some fruit, onions, olive oil and my favorite herbal teas. 🙂

Since I’m staying at a hotel for 8 days, one of the most important things for us is to pick out a room with a mini fridge.  I actually consider it essential! While I can’t eat exactly how I do at home, it helps keep me from getting very far off track at all!! For this amount of time, if I can’t be sure that I’ll have access to getting Green smoothies and drinks, I’d rather make sure that I can. I have no qualms about checking in all my luggage and bringing a large purse with books and a separate carry on for my blender or juicer on the plane. To me, it is SO worth it, because when I am eating well I am feeling great. And I want to feel great when I’m traveling!  I probably wouldn’t do this internationally, but domestically sure! Actually- maybe I would carry kitchen equipment internationally, depending on where. 🙂

Sure there are dinners out that we all like to have when we are away. But at least I can control breakfast and snacks/meals during the day, and not have to resort to heavy hotel breakfasts that get the day started off wrong and heavy!

Here are the essential things that I love to keep in the mini fridge (even if you don’t bring your blender) :

IMG00015-20091031-2134-1–    A bag or box of triple washed spinach. You can literally stick it on a paper plate and slice up avocado on it, with a squeezed lemon. This is great for a healthy lunch, or a light dinner if you were out all day long and just want to chill at your hotel with a healthy meal.

–    Along with that, lemons and avocados.

–    Unsweetened almond milk, which you can pick up at good ‘ol TJ’s. Great for adding a dallop to some herbal tea to feel nice and satisfied at night.

–    Baby carrot sticks to snack on.

–   Celery sticks, which you can snack on to get something alkaline in your stomach first even if you know you are going out and eating a heavy dinner. Better to start a meal with that than nibble on too much table bread when you are waiting on your dinner and hungry!

–    Fruit galore!! Organic plums, apples, pineapple chunks, etc.

IMG00008-20091031-2117So next time you are on the road, you might want to check with your hotel and find a room with a little, life-saving mini fridge. 🙂 I hope you had a great Halloween and weekend. Have a great beginning of your week!

Talk to you soon. xx Kimberly

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A Potent Cleanser to be Used Correctly: Garlic

October 27, 2009

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Hi my loves! In lieu of many of us being concerned with immunity and keeping ourselves healthy right now, I thought I would talk about an old, common kitchen friend: Garlic. Well maybe not so much of a friend to some of us! Many of us have strong reactions to garlic. It notoriously may cause some stinky breath, which doesn’t seem to go away for a while…. But this can be offset with some strategically placed parsley. 🙂 I actually love the lingering smell of garlic on my fingers hours after I chop some up for a recipe. (Is that weird???!?)

Garlic can be extremely helpful in cleaning out our bodily houses. Garlic is rich in mustard oils and in conjunction with the cleansing elements that make it up, is beneficial for our whole system. Garlic promotes peristalsis and diuretic action- both of which are important flushing mechanisms to support our ongoing cleansing efforts, as well as boost our immunity. 

Its potency is also an important ingredient to eliminate intestinal parasites. We don’t want parasites and unfriendly bacteria to build up and unbalance our bodies, which can be a contributing cause to not so great skin. So some garlic can really help keep that in check!

Garlic is so potent that is can dissolve mucus in the sinus cavities, flushing this waste out of our systems for good. This is extremely important for my friends that are still transitioning away from dairy! And have you ever felt when you had a bunch of garlic that is was just pouring out of your skin?? Well it probably was to an extent, as garlic can help poisons exit the body through the pores of the skin itself. A little smell might be worth it for some cleansing/purging action!!

Photo courtesy or wikimedia.org

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.org.

Now that being said, garlic has to be respected and utilized properly in our diet. Garlic’s medicinal and cleansing properties are strongest when it is raw and crushed or very finely chopped. Therefore, it is best used in nut pates and blended into salad dressings. When garlic is cooked- as it often is to start sautéing vegetables or roasted and added to certain dishes- it retains very little (if any) of these amazing cleansing properties. 

We also don’t want to overdo garlic- especially if we have a very high vibration diet (mostly raw food), and we don’t have much mucus in our body. In these cases it can overly irritate the digestive tract and the lining of our mucus membranes. So use moderation and intuition to assess how much you personally need. It can and should be eaten with plenty of greens. Again, defer to the salad! 

 Have a great day and see you soon!! 

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Warning: Do not try this at home! Having huge quantities of garlic has been known to cause bad breath and an upset stomach. 🙂 Use garlic in moderation. Everyone's system is different, so we have to individualize our own diets. I personally consume garlic only a few times a month at most, but I used to have it a lot more.

Love!

Kimberly

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Fresh Mint Tea: Rethinking Tea

October 22, 2009
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Fresh Mint! Photo courtesy of expat21.files.wordpress.com

Hi Guys!

I’m always surprised, and slightly amused, when I make fresh mint tea at a dinner party or for friends, and they act like it is the most novel and amazing thing in the world!

It made me contemplate that there are so many things that we have accepted, just because we are used to them.  Like mint tea for instance. If you want an herbal mint tea and you go to Starbucks, you’ll pay $2.50+ for a tea bag made from tea fillers and tea dust, and hot water- which who even knows is filtered or not. Besides not getting the freshest flavor, each time we get a tea we also have to throw out a tea bag, and the individual packet that the tea bag came in.

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It doesn’t have to be that way! If we make our own tea, we can experience the freshest possible taste of that tea on earth, AND we will not be consuming excess packaging.

Something as incredibly simple as making mint tea can be a great first step to someone being more in touch with making their own food. This is especially true for some of you that write me that you really “aren’t a chef” and that you are uncomfortable making your own food. The very sourcing of the green, beautiful mint, and the ceremony of making this tea, could help connect you back to your food source. And then we can move on to making our own almond milk, raw sauerkraut, salad dressing, flax crackers, etc.- things we are always used to buying- but things we could make fresh and natural ourselves. 🙂

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1. Make sure to pick mint that is robust and a beautiful green color. You can buy mint at your local farmer’s market (highly recommended!), at Wholefoods or most grocery stores.

2. Simply pick 4-6  leaves off of the stem and place in your mug.

3. Pour hot (not boiling), filtered water on top of the leaves, and let them steep for 3 minutes or so before drinking.

4. If you like sweet mint tea, Egyptian style, stevia would be your best bet!

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Ta daaaa!!! That is it!! Try it out, and see how much more special your mint tea drinking experience becomes! Especially now that it is snuggly tea weather. 🙂 Make fresh mint tea for your friends and family, or serve after a dinner party with a  new yummy dessert to really impress everyone!

Happy tea making!

xx Kimberly

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Doctors Against Eating Animal Products

October 20, 2009

 

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Moooooooooooo! Photo courtesy of pennywellfarm.co.uk

Hi Guys! It is interesting too see that slowly but surely, with surmounting evidence that even physicians can not deny, veganism is starting to be promoted heavily even by certain members of the medical community. Hallelujah!

 I am NOT a doctor myself. But I firmly believe that being a vegetarian is great, and to reach new levels of health and beauty, it is critical to give up dairy. For more info, check out my blog, “Calcium Myths Debunked.

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There is a non-profit organization called The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which currently boasts a membership of about 5,000 doctors and 100,000 lay members. 

 PCRM advocates that a vegan diet will help combat many different diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and can even help to prevent cancer. PCRM runs a website that collects reports of adverse health effects experienced by people on the Atkins Diet. PCRM also argues that consuming dairy products is unhealthful and advocates for improving the food served in school lunchrooms. In addition, PCRM runs The Cancer Project, a program for cancer prevention, research, and nutritional assistance to cancer patients.

It is so great to see that there are progressive doctors out there that are adopting their views on nutrition. I recently went to a health lecture out in New Jersey by a prominent cardiac surgeon and well published phD that totally changed his views on nutrition and had become a vegan. How awesome is it that after all his schooling and being so prominent in the community, this surgeon is not so arrogant to admit that what he believed in the past was wrong! At this point in his career, he puts on a lecture for the public and his patients to share with them his new beliefs that he discovered and now, after all his years of experience, wholeheartedly believes to be the truth. 

 The USDA’s four basic food groups, introduced in 1956, are so outdated. The health of our country is in a crisis mode, with obesity and disease clearly on the rise. We have to re-examine all our old habits, even ones that we have come to accept as being “the truth,” because we were just told so, which the mainstream also promoted.

A plant-based diet provides superior nutrition and will promote the highest levels of beauty and health. Plant-based foods digest cleanly, without leaving toxic, acidic residue in our bodies which over time is aging, brings down our energy, and make us sick- in various forms. In the past, erroneous information has spread, such as the belief that protein and calcium can only be obtained in adequate amounts from animal products. Now we know that to not only be false, but we now realize that getting protein and calcium in our diet from plant-based sources is much easier for our bodies to assimilate and digest with much less energy.

It’s NOT all or nothing though. Even if you don’t become a full vegetarian or vegan right away, I greatly encourage you to cut back, and eat animal flesh at most one meal a day. I tell you not because I am an animal freak- but because I love you and want you to feel and look your best! 🙂

Love, Kimberly 

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I worked all afternoon on my computer today in this cute coffee shop in the West Village. That's herbal Roobios tea I'm drinking by the way, not coffee! About half of the coffee shop's munu was vegetarian, I am happy to report. However, I know outside NYC and big cities veggie dishes may be slim pickins'- or no pickins'! 🙂 So do your best, plan ahead with your snacks and meals, and relish in making your own, life-enhancing and beautifying food!

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Why I Will Not be Getting the Flu Vaccine OR the Swine Flu Vaccine

October 13, 2009

 

 

 

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Hey Guys! So the last few days I’ve been skipping about New York, walking as I usually do across all different neighborhoods and listening to my iPod as I get from appointment to yoga class to appointment again. 🙂  On Sunday, I was in Grammercy, then had to pop up to the Upper East Side to visit some friends, then came back Downtown. I believe it was that day, when I passed a bunch of different Walgreens or Duane Reades, all with propped up signs outside their door announcing “Flu Shot, only $24.99!” Then today, the same thing happened! I kept seeing signs on the street and proudly bolstered in windows for the friggin’ flu vaccine!

My first thought was, “Oh no! Are they already starting to promote that??” Then I thought, “Damn big pharmaceutical advertising!” And theeeeen I thought, “Hmm…Well maybe people don’t always get to hear the other side-  why we shouldn’t get a flu vaccine.” Hence I felt the rather urgent need to write this blog.

THIS is what I am talking about!!!

THIS is what I am talking about!!!

There have been lots of studies that conclude that Flu Vaccines don’t work!! And in many cases actually can cause more harm.

We have to understand that these vaccines are promoted for commercial reasons. And oh boy, you better believe that there is a LOT of money to be made with vaccines. For this year’s flu season, five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine, in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine. 

The companies — Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Australian drug maker CSL, and Sanofi-Pasteur — will likely make a great deal of money. 

CSL has contracts to supply $180 million worth of bulk antigen to the U.S.  MedImmune will supply 40 million doses of its live attenuated nasal spray swine flu vaccine for more than $450 million. And Sanofi-Pasteur is providing more than 100 million doses of monovalent swine flu vaccine, a $690 million order (Source of statatistics, Dr. Mercola).

Whew, that is a lot of money! Now let’s see why these vaccines may not be such a great idea after all…

First of all, there is mercury and aluminum in these vaccines, deemed to be “safe levels” by some upper echelon of government. But what does that mean? Mercury is a serious toxin, and has been linked to brain damage, and aluminum has been linked to serious illnesses as well. These vaccines are certainly not anything I would willingly inject into my body!!

There are serious adverse reactions and deaths from vaccines, but it is estimated that only 1 to 10% of side effects or deaths are ever reported. As there are currently no laws about following up and reporting side effect we really have no true picture about the negative effects of these vaccinations.

Second of all, an overwhelming amount of independent studies, not linked to the pharmaceutical industry, have reached the same conclusion—that flu shots simply do NOT work as advertised. I urge you strongly to do some independent research and see what you find if you are on the fence. Be sure that the information you are reading is not put forth by the big pharm. companies or even the US Health officials- I would look into independent sources.

With so much money at stake, there certainly is a lot of disinformation and fear being spread around. I know many people fearful about getting the dreaded flu! Vaccines support the notion of “germ theory,” first popularized by Louis Pasteur (who late in life admitted that he was wrong, by the way), which advocates that outside viruses and germs are solely responsible for us getting sick. 

I believe, as many natural health care practitioners and doctors also believe, that these external germs can only “get us” if we have internal toxicity or an impaired immune system. Isn’t it the case when people are exposed to the same exact germs, that some people get sick and others don’t?? If you are healthy from the inside out, you can be exposed to these germs and not get sick. We DO have some control as far as these sicknesses are concerned, and we can do something to prevent it!

 

Here I am in Botswana. I was eating extremely healthily all the months I was in Africa, and mostly raw vegetables and some fruit. I kept myself strong, and did not get sick once! Despite the exposure to lots of "germs." I can't say the same for India though, :) but i was really run down and roughing it in a major way over there...

Here I am in Botswana. I was eating extremely healthily all the months I was in Africa, and ate mostly raw vegetables and some fruit. I kept myself strong, and did not get sick once! Despite the exposure to lots of "germs." I can't say the same for India though, 🙂 but I was really run down and roughing it in a major way over there...

Well what should we do?

Well I won’t be getting the flu or the swine flu shot, and certainly don’t recommend it. Like I mentioned, if you are really interested in this topic you should educate yourself and really look into some info so you can make your own either way. I would definitely not rely on all the fancy TV ads and pop-up ads outside drugstores, painting a happy and safe picture of the vaccines, to sway my decision. Remember: Big business pharmaceuticals are looking out for their profits- not necessarily your health. So we have to all look out for ourselves and each other. 

And of course, through our diet and lifestyle, we must work to strengthen our immune system as much as possible. We have to eat clean-digesting, natural and unprocessed foods as much as possible, and constantly cleanse out all the junk. That way, we will be much less susceptible to the “evil” germs of the world, and be healthy in a way that we control ourselves. Let’s focus on making ourselves as healthy and strong as possible, rather than getting a toxin-filled vaccine that has widely been shown not to work anyways!

 I have noticed a huge difference since I started living this lifestyle. Although I get a little cough or cold maybe once every 2 years or so, I’m constantly (and I mean constantly!) exposed to sniffling, coughing fellow subway riders in enclosed spaces on trains, and by my yoga students. If the germ theory were 100% correct, that would mean that I should be sick about 50 times a year!

 Take care of yourself loves. Hope you have a lovely evening and day tomorrow!!!

In health and love,

Kimberly

 

Whew! Chilly African morning. Here I am with some of my beloved African peeps I met along the way. :)

Whew! Chilly African morning. Here I am with some of my beloved African peeps I met along the way. 🙂

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Hair! Part 2

October 11, 2009
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There she is!!! Beautiful at all ages, with all hair colors. 🙂 My beloved Ann Wigmore. Photo courtesy of The Ann Wigmore Institute.

Hey Guys,

Hope you had a great October weekend!

I thought of something I wanted too add to my hair topic. Grey hair! I watched Marley and Me this weekend in a lazy moment when lounging on the couch watching something easy and fun seemed like the best possible thing to do. In the movie, one of the marked milestone moments in their marriage was when both Jennifer Aniston and Own Wilson both discovered their first grey hair. A cute moment, I guess, but still not one that our society embrace as the  most “joyous” moment, especially for us girls! 

Eek! Some of us reading this have never yet had this “maturing” experience, while others of us may be growing grey hair for years- that is beautiful too! No matter what the case, we should keep in mind that we are often told that genetics play a case with “premature” graying hair, but there is much to be said about diet and lifestyle.

 Dr. Ann Wigmore, largely credited as being the founder of the modern raw food movement in the Western world,  is one of the most documented and famous cases of grey hair reversal. Her gray hair turned right back to its original dark black color after years of having grey hair! She credits this reversal to drinking rejuvalac, which is an enzyme and B-vitamin rich drink made from the water left over from sprouting wheat berries. Ladies— this happened naturally!!! No hair coloring or anything!! 

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We need to renew the living hair follicle and nourish it with nutrition and healthy blood flow. B vitamins, raw fatty acids, and trace beauty minerals such as sulfur, copper and silicon are important to help keep the texture of our hair healthy and maintained at its natural color.  Be sure to keep flushing the blood clean with your alkaline greens in your Green Smoothies, have salads containing watercress and spinach, and eat B vitamin-rich hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, burdock root, nutritional yeast, Kombucha (based on a similar principle to rejuvalac), and sea vegetables like nori and dulse. Animal products and especially dairy will not promote luscious texture to our living hair follicle since they are clogging rather than nourishing. 

Brrrrrr it is getting cold!! I’m getting some of the Fall coats down from the top closet tonight! The yogis in the house may have noticed some changes in their practice. Remember that this is a normal happening in the yogic cycle, and to not be attached to the way our practice expresses itself. Well have a great start to your week!

Love!! Kimberly

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A (Friendly!) Nutrition Dialogue

October 7, 2009

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Hi Guys,

 So as some of you might recall, I did another segment on Good Morning America in mid- August. What I thought was very harmless information, and very basic for many of my colleagues, turned out to be a huge deal with Registered Dieticians! For the first time in my life, I actually got hate mail. Yes, hate mail! Well, with millions of people watching the show, the chances of people not agreeing with you are a given. But I had probably 20 or so RDs write me emails, which ranged from “you are misinformed and only RDs should be telling people about nutrition” to “you are an idiot, shut up, you are not an RD!” 

Wow!! Well like yoga teaches, every experience is something that should be embraced as a lesson, everyone that comes into your path is a teacher. I wish some of my “teachers” didn’t have to be so aggressive though. 🙂 And I can only imagine what my celebrity clients go through! Still, it really thickened my skin, and made me stronger. It also pushed me to finally finish my official CCN degree (Certified Clinical Nutritionist), which is the most “official” title a nutritionist can have, of which I am completing this week! I am also already a Certified Nutrition Specialist. 

 My blog has grown to thousands more readers a day since the segment, the unspoken ones of you that I know support my intentions and perspective on health :). And more than anything, it was like, “Oh crap, I’m not in Kansas anymore!” As in,  my prior readers were those interested in eating for beauty, natural eating, healing the body with food, etc. I realize that when I was exposed to the mainstream, not everyone is so receptive to those messages. And many are quite threatened by them, if they do not support what they have learned in their own degrees and training. My audience just got a whole lot bigger.  

securedownload-2 The segments are also very short, and you don’t have time to explain too much. For instance, one of the “controversial” parts of my segment was to tell people not to eat fruit for dessert. I didn’t say don’t eat fruit, I said don’t eat fruit after dinner, which is comprised of cooked food for the average American. Fruit leaves the stomach in 20 minutes and passes into the rest of the digestive tract. If there is heavier food that takes longer for the food to digest that is “blocking” the way for the fruit to go through, the fruit will start to ferment and acidify. This causes bloating, gassiness, and increases the chance for the food to turn into a toxin, since it is baking at 98 degrees inside your body. There has been research on food combining- for instance Dr. Herbert Shelton ran a clinic studying food combining in Texas from 1928-1981.  Dr. Ann Wigmore, founder of the Ann Wigmore Natural Healing Institute, and whose work inspired the Hippocrates Institute in FL, researched nutrition for over 35 years and was a huge advocate of food combining. The issue is that these theories and doctors are not considered mainstream, and are not widely studied in traditional training programs (including even the CCN course I just completed!) or talked about. It doesn’t mean that these theories are not valid.

 And so on and so on…I could go on for a whole show’s worth on each part of that segment! But that is not our topic today. 

 In the midst of the “me as nutritionist vs. the RDs” controversy, which I certainly never foresaw, I found the blog of a young RD (in training) that wrote about my segment in a surprisingly open and insightful way. We have since started a dialogue, and she is great! It is nice to know that in all fields of health and nutrition, there are open-minded practitioners that are open to learning new things.

 Emily is one of them. Please read my interview with her, below, to hear her perspective on health:

 100_5728First: please provide your background, what hospital you work at, blog address, etc. I am an intern at St. Louis University, so I’m not a full-fledged dietitian yet. I have a BS in Dietetics with a chemistry minor and just graduated from The Ohio State University with a MS in Nutrition Science. My blog is called The Health Nut. I blog because I’m fortunate to have learned so much about nutrition and hope that someone, somewhere will be able to benefit from the information I share. I became interested in nutrition as a result of my dad’s health problems, which led to a liver transplant and many subsequent dietary changes. My dad explored different forms of alternative medicine (he sees a naturopathic doctor) when Western medicine had no more solutions to offer. 

 1. So, tell us about what nutrition work you do at the hospitals. As an intern, I rotate through various hospitals and complete 1200 hours of clinical, food service, and community work. Right now I’m in the clinical setting, which involves studying physiology and the pathology of different disease states and using that information to make dietary recommendations for patients I see in the hospital. My focus is pediatric nutrition, so I have quite a few rotations at pediatric hospitals in the St. Louis area. 

2. What issues, if any, do you find in the way the mainstream Western medical community disseminates info. on nutrition? I fully support the American Dietetic Association’s use of evidence-based research to guide their recommendations; however, sometimes research for alternative medicine treatments doesn’t exist, but these treatments still have potential benefits for certain populations. I think diet manuals are helpful tools, but I don’t like putting cookie cutter treatments on people. Each person is unique, and his or her dietary treatment should be customized. In clinical dietetics, this becomes difficult when you must see many patients in a day, but using your clinical judgment and knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease is key to being a great dietitian. There are many different views of appropriate “nutrition,” and I would like to see the mainstream Western medical community become more open to the avenues of alternative medicine. 

3. What would you change about the way nutrition is handled in the Western community? How would you propose to change it? I think doctors need to use nutrition care professionals as integral components of the care team. Although they have taken some nutrition courses, we have received extensive training and deserve recognition as nutrition experts. I definitely think that alternative medicine needs to be a part of nutrition curriculum because of its potential to play an important role in treatment. I sincerely wish that more schools would offer advanced degrees in nutrition with an alternative medicine focus (this would definitely be motivation to seek a PhD after I finish my internship)! 

4. What are some nutrition recommendations you have made to your patients that have made the biggest difference? Nutrition recommendations are only recommendations. The patient must ultimately make the choice to take action and implement anything I may encourage him or her to do. Recommendations vary depending on disease state (lower sodium for patients with hypertension, lower saturated fat for patients with heart disease, etc), but I think the most effective recommendations are those that encourage healthy lifestyle changes. A favorite word when counseling patients is moderation. I think this is the key to being balanced and to truly living.



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Here's Em. Isn't she a cutie? Smart and a cutie! 🙂

 5. Please give us three great tips. 

– Use food as fuel: what you put into your body makes a difference

-Get some kind of exercise every day: take a walk, enjoy the outdoors, play soccer with your friends…be active for your mental and physical health.

Manage stress: research is showing that chronic stress contributes to disease development. Make you sure you take some relaxation time for yourself and find a positive outlet for stress relief (music, running, yoga, reading, etc). 

6. Are you in interested in alternative, rather than strictly allopathic, treatments? If so, which ones? I’m interested in both. I recently joined the ADA’s Nutrition in Complementary Care practice group, which is for dietetics professionals interested in the study of alternative and complementary therapies. I think there is so much I need to learn about alternative medicine, and I’m always trying to find ways to integrate it into my current knowledge of nutrition.

7. What differentiates you from other RDs? (And certainly some of the ones I have encountered!). 
My education has been from the traditional medicine side of dietetics, but I’m also very interested in alternative medicine. I’ve learned that some remedies, while not necessarily extensively researched, can be effective in certain cases. My dad’s health problems and exploration of alternative medicine have made me grateful for the innovative approach to treatment that it provides. I think some dietitians just haven’t been exposed to alternative medicine, so they tend to shun it, which is unfortunate.

8. What are some of your personal career goals? I love clinical dietetics, but I’m also very interested in research. I’m always asking “why,” and I want to be a part of establishing new dietary treatment protocols for diseases. I’d love to have a career that fuses research and clinical practice and most definitely incorporates alternative medicine. 

9. Anything else you’d like to share? I saw Food, Inc. this summer and became very interested in eating local and seasonal foods. As a nutritionist, the source of the food I’m eating is just as important as (and directly affects) the nutrients in the food itself. Sustainability has become very important to me, and I’m really passionate about spreading the word to others. SLU Nutrition and Dietetics does a lot to promote local farmers and food, including running a cafeteria that uses mostly local food and running a garden education program in area schools, which is incredible. 

Thanks Em! Be sure to check out her blog when you get a chance:  The Health Nut.

Have a great latter half of your week!

With love and warm regards,

Kimberly

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Hair!

October 5, 2009

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Hey Loves,

A lot of you have been writing to me lately and asking me about my hair! It is very sweet and very flattering that some of you like my hair :), but I promise you that it was not always the case that I had good hair!! Once upon a time, I had to keep my hair in a bun all the time, because it was so dry and brittle, and clumped together like semi, unintentional dreadlocks. Soooo not pretty! And quite unfortunate. So If my hair can change, and now be healthy and soft with very minimal care, the same can happen for you, and you truly can grow the hair you want from the inside out! 

I promise you that your diet has a major impact on your hair. The changes might not show as quickly as other parts of your body when you change your diet, because your body will work to cleanse, repair and revitalize the more life-giving parts of your body, like your organs, blood, digestive tract, etc. You will usually see a difference in your skin first before your hair. But as you continue to cleanse and alkalize your body, consuming plenty of beauty minerals a day, your hair will start to really shift!

Here are a few of my hair tips:

1. Eat your greens! (I’m sure you knew that would be my number #1 🙂  ). Again, the easiest way to really up the anty on your intake of greens to to get your Green Smoothies in!! 

2. Use minimal products. They just weigh your hair down. Your hair really doesn’t need that much. The peeps in Bora Bora that didn’t put anything in their hair had stunning locks! My routine is this: Shampoo, condition, and comb my hair out in the shower. When I get out, I turn my head upside down and put a little bit of leave in conditioner in it. That’s it! Air dry all the way, all the time. Sometimes, if I am in a rush (or forgot shampoo, like this last trip to LA!) I just wash it with water. But I never skip the leave-in conditioner! 

3. Use products without sulfates/sulfites– these are toxic ingredients that will go into your scalp and body. There are a bunch out there now. I like the  Hamadi and Ojon brands. One of my yoga students Emily gave me a bottle of Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Conscious leave in. It rocks the house! But it is not exactly natural, unfortunately! 

4. If your hair is feeling really weighed down, I highly recommend a Lemon Rinse. Simply dampen your hair, then pour lemon juice onto your scalp and massage in. Leave in for 5-10 minutes. Rinse out. For this you don’t have to squeeze fresh lemon juice, you can use the pre-bottled stuff. Save the fresh lemons for your salads and smoothies!! It’s a really great and natural way to cleanse out any old debris from your hair and scalp. 

5. Cut down on the really acidic stuff that will delay how the changes in your diet that will affect your hair. The really acidic stuff includes coffee, sodas, all dairy products including yogurt, meat, refined sugar and refined starches. You know, the crap you hear me tell you to avoid over and over again. But now that you  know it will affect the bounciness and beauty of your HAIR, maybe you will listen now, hmmmmmm?? 🙂 

I’m excited for you to have GREAT HAIR!!!

Lots of love,

xx Kimberly 

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The Beauty of Turmeric and Nutmeric

October 5, 2009

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 Hope you had a great weekend! I am actually back in New York now, and was able to relax this weekend!

 So I wanted to talk to you guys about the amazing properties of Turmeric today. Many of you have been using turmeric as it is an integral part of the Detox Smoothie. I first learned about turmeric (which looks almost exactly like ginger, but orange) while I was traveling in India, which has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years.

 Ingesting turmeric helps make the skin glowing and beautiful. 

 

 

 

 

I also wanted to introduce you to a friend of mine, Dr. Raja Krishnaswami, a brilliant scientist how has been focusing on the potency of turmeric! He also lives in New York, and we have had some interesting conversations. His great insight is below in an interview I had with him, along with explaining a tasty product he made: Nutmeric. It combines almond butter with turmeric, along with various spices. Yum! I finished my first bottle of it within a few days!

 Raja has his  Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India), following which he was a post doctoral fellow in Chemical Biology at the Scripps Research Institute La Jolla.  He worked as a Principal Scientist at Dynavax Technologies in Berkeley, CA (making a new  curative vaccine for Hepatitis B). He is currently a faculty member at the City University of New York and is the President of Spread Health Foods, Inc.

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Kimberly:  As a scientist, what do you think of the potency of treating the body and preventing illness with nutrition versus drugs and medication?

Dr. Krishnaswami: Prevention is better than cure. Disease preventive foods that incorporate natural products  such as Turmeric and its primary active ingredient Curcumin with scientifically proven properties is the way to go. The western medical system has looked at only less than five percent of higher plants for medicines. Over fifty percent of all pharmaceutical drugs are either natural products or have been inspired by natural molecules. The Ancient medical systems such as Ayurveda use a much larger palette of herbs to heal. Many vaccines work, many pharmaceutical drugs can be effective in curing diseases to an extent, but most pharmaceutical drugs are synthesized from petroleum by-products which are growing scarce. The healing foods, drugs and cosmetics of the new age will have to come from renewable resources such as plants.  I have written an article on this recently Raja, K.S. et al “ The Concept of a Green Drug, Curcumin and it’s derivatives as a model system. Mini Reviews in Organic Chemistry, (2009) Volume 6, No.2.  152-158.” 

Kimberly: What led you to studying and focusing on turmeric? Do you have a background in working with turmeric?

 Dr. Krishnaswami: I have been interested in the medicinal properties of Turmeric for over twelve years. I have published several papers on the Curcumin, the primary active ingredient in Turmeric.

Kimberly:   Can you explain how turmeric is used in India?

Dr. Krishnaswami: Turmeric is used as one of the spices in several Indian curries. Practically all these recipes have  “hot spices”,  which can irritate the Western palate, which is used to and prefers much milder flavors.

 Kimberly: I know it is also used topically by women and ingested as a beauty aid!

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Kimberly:  What are the benefits of turmeric?

Dr. Krishnaswami: The health benefits of Turmeric along with layman abstracts of recent research papers are available at our website www.spreadhealthfoods.com, click on our spread health hearts.

 Turmeric is the dried powdered rhizome of Curcuma longa a plant in the ginger family. Recent reports from leading laboratories worldwide strongly support the health-promoting and disease preventing properties of turmeric and its primary active ingredient curcumin. Curcumin is being evaluated in clinical trials for treating cancer (University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center), and researchers at the University of California Los Angeles are investigating whether the spice may have benefits for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The anti-cancer potential of curcumin is also being investigated intensively at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Turmeric is also a potent antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties.

 The medicinal properties of turmeric have been recognized for millennia in the traditional Indian and Chinese medical systems. Statistical studies suggest that populations that consume approximately 500 mg of turmeric daily have reduced incidences of colon cancer (Molecular Nutrition & Food Research  2008, Volume 52, issue 9).“It is evident from these facts that making turmeric an integral part of the daily American diet will have a tremendous positive impact on the health of our citizens.

 Turmeric and Curcumin have anti-aging and detoxifying properties. The role of Turmeric in preserving youthfulness and beauty has been a part of the Indian culture for thousands of years. Curcumin and other components in Turmeric arrest cellular aging by capturing free radicals that cause DNA damage. Turmeric works on numerous biochemical pathways that beneficial to maintaining youthfulness, Curcumin chelates (binds) toxic metal ions; it is also a powerful ant-inflammatory agent.

Kimberly: It is not easy for the average American to get turmeric into the diet. Explain your product, Nutmeric.

 Dr. Krishnaswami: NUTMERIC is a taste and biovailability perfected spread and dip that combines the best of the east and the west : Indian Turmeric with Californian Almonds. It provides 700mg of turmeric per serving. The almond medium, along with the black pepper ingredient, significantly enhances the bioavailability of turmeric. Bioperine in black pepper has been shown in a study of humans to increase the blood concentration of curumin by nearly 2000 percent.

Incorporation of turmeric into the American diet poses challenges. Americans equate the mild-flavored turmeric with spicy Indian food. Most recipes incorporating turmeric, such as curries, are too spicy for many Americans because they contain hot spices such as cayenne pepper. While curcumin and turmeric extract is available in tablet form, this is poorly absorbed in the body because they are hydrophobic (don’t dissolve in water), this prevents the tablets from dissolving easily. 

An ideal turmeric-based food item for the West must appeal to the American palate, be familiar to Americans, provide a significant amount of turmeric per serving ( 300-700 mg per serving), and have improved bioabsorption.. 

No such food item existed before the development of patent pending NUTMERIC. Yellow mustard contains a small amount of turmeric, approximately 17 mg per serving, but does not include black pepper, which boosts the bioavailability of turmeric. One serving of NUTMERIC has 42 times more turmeric than a serving of yellow mustard.

NUTMERIC is the result of more than a year of home-based formulation research. When 4-year-old Matthew Bernstein of Boulder, CO., ate half a jar at one go we decided to establish Spread Health Foods, Inc and market the product.

A health food can have a widespread positive impact on human health only if it is exceptionally tasty. “Otherwise, “only a small fraction of humanity would eat it – and then not on a consistent basis.”

Apart from its health benefits, NUTMERIC tastes great. You can visit our website www.spreadhealthfoods.com where we have NUTMERIC based recepies posted.

 Kimberly:  Wow, great! I’ve tried the Nutmeric, and I loved how it tasted. Where can we get Nutmeric, and where is it sold?

 Dr. Krishnaswami: NUTMERIC is available for online at our website www.spreadhealthfoods.com.Several stores such as Fairway Markets ( Manhattan, NJ), Integral Yoga Health Foods (Manhattan), Bikram Yoga College of India ( Encinitas, CA) and Ludgate Farms, Ithaca carry NUTMERIC. For a more detailed list please visit our website.

 Great!! Thank you so much Dr. Krishnaswami!

 Also, check out the recipe for the Detox Smoothie HERE if you haven’t already! It is another great way to get turmeric into your diet.

Also, while I always usually stress organic, and mostly raw, there is room for high quality, highly beneficial cooked food.Here is what Dr. Krishnaswami says, “The almonds are slightly heated to ensure that they are pathogen free. This is an FDA requirement, we have an FDA approved process for manufacture this ensures that the consumer gets a product that is safe and bioavialability perfected. We have also measured the ORAC oxygen radical absorbance capacity of NUTMERIC ( ORAC, antioxidant capacity) it is three times more than regular Almond butter.”

 

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Have a great start to your week!!!! 🙂 Happy October!! Be sure to take care of yourself, get plenty of rest, and eat your greens and drink your Green Smoothies. During the  change of seasons it can be easy to get sick. I even got a little cough this past week (very rare!), from all the traveling back and forth to LA and running myself down, but by getting back to my normal eating routine and resting more, I was able to wipe it out pretty quickly. 🙂

Talk soon!

xx Kimberly 

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Good Day LA Segment: All Natural Banana Fro Yo

September 29, 2009

Hey Guys,

Here’s the segment from yesterday! This was a very fun, light segment. I love Dorothy and Jillian, and Jillian is just the most beautiful pregnant lady in the world!! The show’s producer is pregnant too, and due in 2 weeks. So in the Good Day LA kitchen after the segment I had a great time feeding her the fro yo and all the rest of the raw desserts I made. And her baby started kicking like crazy!! Baby likey the raw food!! 🙂

Enjoy!

xx Kimberly