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Taking A CampKimi Vacay

Hey Blog Friends,

Just a little note to say that I am going to be taking a break from this blog so that I can focus on my NEW Mom Blog over at MomsInHawaii.com . I am really excited and inspired by all the awesome stuff we are working on at Moms In Hawaii, so I plan to be spending my blogging time over there for the time being.

Thank you for your understanding. I’ve got a bit of blogger-guilt for not keeping up with this blog, so I wanted to tell it to you all straight instead of thinking about my last post just sitting there and this blog looking abandoned!

So keep up with all of your health and wellness goals, everyone! Remember: YOU ARE LIMITLESS!

Kimi

 

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OMG! What Am I Going to Eat?!!!

That’s the first thought that comes to people’s minds when they are about to embark on a clean eating/detox plan of any type. I am participating in Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp’s 4-Week Body Burn Plan which means no alcohol, no caffeine, no sugar, and no processed foods. There are many plans like this and for good reason – these things can wreak havoc on our bodies and taking a break from these toxins can give our systems a chance to rebalance and reboot to optimum health and performance. Thanks to the growing awareness of the negative impact of processed foods and animal products on our health (and planet), there are amazing resources to help make following a plan like this a piece of raw, vegan, gluten-free cake.

So for all of my fellow Bootcampers who are wondering, “OMG! What am I going to eat?” Here is a list of resources and inspiration for you. By focusing on what you CAN have instead of what you CAN’T, you will see that eating CLEAN can actually be a fun, enjoyable adventure that will have your body/mind/spirit humming at it’s highest vibration!

Clean Eating Support:

http://crazysexylife.com/2011/love-list-15-crazy-sexy-diet-tips/ – Kris Carr is an amazing resource. Go on her site, research her story, you will be amazed. And you will find lots of super healthy recipes and goodness on her site. Her Crazy Sexy Diet is a wonderful clean eating/detox program.

http://www.wholeliving.com/153124/how-2012-challenge-works/@center/152870/2012-whole-living-action-plan – LOVE the Whole Living Challenge. Great tips, resources, and recipes!

http://www.oprah.com/food/Oprahs-21-Day-Cleanse-Menu-Plans – Kathy Freston’s Quantum Health Vegan Cleanse was made famous by Oprah. Read up on Oprah’s site to find out more and find some great clean eating recipes and a menu planner

http://www.thewelldaily.com/main/article/create_your_own_cleanse_cheat_sheet – I just discovered The Well Daily and love their beautiful and inspiring site and emails!

http://www.livestrong.com/diet-and-nutrition/ – The Live Strong site is a huge wealth of information…you can find tips and info on pretty much any eating plan ever created including clean eating detox plans like the Paleo Diet, the Maker’s Diet, and raw food diets

Have fun everyone! Post your favorite resources for clean and healthy eating in the comments!

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Eating Vegan On-the-Go in Honolulu

Lemongrass Tofu Stir-fry From Loving Hut Pensacola

Not everyone has the time or desire to eat at home or pack food wherever they go. When I’m too busy to pack food or plan ahead, here are my go-to places for healthy, vegan options on-the-go! These are the places that I know I can get a healthy vegan meal fast and easy!

  1. Loving Hut, King Street http://lovinghut.us/honolulu/
    All vegan. Super nice staff. Love the Pho, Rainbow Vietnamese Sandwich. And try their “Tasty Glory”, you have to ask for it since it is not on the menu! And if they happen to have vegan cupcakes on the counter – YOU HAVE TO GET ONE – they are INSANE!!!
  2. Loving Hut, Pensacola http://lovinghut.us/honolulu_02/index.html
    Also all vegan. Different owners, different menu. Also super nice staff. Love their Kind Katsu. FYI, their fried items can be a little soggy/oily.
  3. Down to Earth, South King http://www.downtoearth.org/
    Good menu items, full grocery store, lots to choose from. After an incident where I watched a dude wipe off the avocado serving spoon with his finger, I only get salad bar/hot bar items when they first come out in the morning…I get a little grossed out thinking about all those hands getting near the food all day long…but that’s just me.
  4. Wholefoods, Kahala Mall http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/honolulu/
    Great sandwiches, full grocery store. Their salad bar/hot bar are also amazing…if I’m there early enough to be the first to touch it (see #4 for more explanation).
  5. Govindajis, Fort Street http://govindajis108.weebly.com/
    Great place to eat downtown. Happiest staff on the planet. Food is always prepared with thought and love.
And if you have more time to look for parking and sit down for a nice meal
  1. Downbeat Diner, Hotel Street http://downbeatdiner.com/
    Love this place. Fun, hipster vibe, diner food. They have vegan alternatives for all their menu items. Even a vegan loco moco! Plus at night they have cocktails. Service can take a while, so plan accordingly.
  2. Simply Joy, South King http://www.simplejoyhawaii.com/
    Delicious vegan menu. Nice atmosphere.
  3. YuZu, Ala Moana Hotel, http://www.yelp.com/biz/yuzu-honolulu
    Cool ambiance. Healthy macrobiotic japanese food. Amazing veggie sushi platter – you have to check it out!

What are your favorite go-to healthy restaurants/food stops? Have I missed any awesome vegan-friendly places? Share in the comments! 

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Happy December, Bootcampers! What are your Goals?!

And…we’re back!

Happy Holidays Bootcampers! Bootcamper Brian, of the amazing blog www.beautifullysimple.net, has inspired me to resurrect my Camp Kimi blog to inspire y’all to stay fit, healthy, happy  throughout the holiday season! Notice I’ve even upgraded to a REAL domain name, http://www.campkimi.com, not just a wordpress-hosted blog. We’re moving on up, baby! I’ve heard from a bunch of you Bootcampers (thank you, blog fans!) that you’d like to read about tips on nutrition, recipes, inspiring book recommendations, and how to stay fit through the holidays! That I can do!!! If there are other questions you have or things you’d like me to write about, please post them in the comment section!

OK, so, here we are. It is December 1st. Time to set some goals! I love the first day of the month. Pretty much every month I create a new set of goals. I like to write them down so I can look back on them throughout the month. I also like to share them so that I can be held accountable. The first of every month is like a fresh start! In fact, every MOMENT can be a new start! All it takes is slowing down for a few minutes to think about what you want and how you are going to achieve it.

So do it! Right now! Take out a piece of paper, your journal, or your computer and write down the goals you want to accomplish this month. They can be big, they can be small. But remember the goal setting rule – make them S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

Here are my goals for December:

  1. Resurrect my blog! My Sister From Another Mister (SFAM) Alice Inoue tells us that “Mercury Retrograde” is a great time to do all those “re” activities – reflect, recharge, recommit, etc. so I’m “re”-surrecting my blog since we are in MR until December 13th. Want to find out more about MR – check out Alice’s awesome Mercury Retrograde Article and while you are at, check out her inspiring blog. I just LOVE my SFAM to pieces!!! XOXO
  2. Workout Six Days a Week! My dear friend Fortuna is my accountability partner for this one! Yay Fortuna!!! She is my hero! If you haven’t read it yet, check out the post I wrote about this talented Bootcamper. Rumor has it we’re rewarding ourselves with an adventure to a Korean Spa if we hit our goal…
  3. Vegan Month #2. My goal last month was to switch from vegetarian to vegan. I feel so happy and wonderful that I’m committing to continuing for at least another month. I love eating vegan. I love that I am being kind to my body, animals, and the planet. It feels good to me. I had this realization recently that there are times that I eat animal products just to make it easier for other people. Sometimes that’s what feels right to me, but lately I have really been enjoying eating the way I WANT TO, even if it means being a pain in the ass.I know this isn’t for everyone, but for those of you interested, I’ll be sharing some vegan recipes here. For those of you wondering about veganism or thinking that I must not be getting enough protein to survive, check out these resources about thriving without animal products in your diet.
    http://www.nomeatathlete.com/
    http://www.brendanbrazier.com/
    http://www.thekindlife.com/
    http://www.kathyfreston.com/

    Remember it is all about listening to your own body and inner wisdom to figure out what foods make your body sing (Hint: It’s probably NOT a bacon double cheeseburger with Red Bull and vodka). HIGH VIBRATION FOODS mean HIGH VIBRATION BODY!

So get those goals written down, Party People, and let’s make this the holiday season the best one yet! See you at Egan Inoue’s Fit Body Bootcamp!

P.S. – Here’s the vegan home lunch that I’ve packed for work today:

Leftover homemade spanish rice, organic kidney beans, roasted veggies, vegan veggie burger, vegan sour cream, topped with fresh tomatoes and cilantro! Yum!

 

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Fitness is a Journey…with Quiche.

We made it through Egan’s 28 Day Flat Belly program – how did you do? I’ve heard amazing stories of inches and pounds lost, energy gained, and new healthy habits being formed. Recently, I was talking with Bootcamper Josh (who has lost 24 pounds as of today!) about motivation. He bravely confided in me a couple weeks ago that his motivation had begun to slide and that while he had started out “gung ho”, he was now really only putting in about 50% effort. Of course, this is “asking for it” in the Bootcamp world. Telling your Bootcamp trainer to her face that you are slacking is a sure fire way to get a lot of yelling and extra burpees. But actually, Josh discovered that just by coming clean about his plateau in motivation, he was inspired to kick it up a notch. Once he put it out there and was accountable for his slacking, he found new motivation to get him going again.

Oprah once said, “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” This certainly applies to your fitness journey. There is no big secret that will unlock your motivation forever. Even professional athletes lose motivation and inspiration along the way. But what separates the success stories from the failed attempts is the willingness to continue to find new inspiration and motivation along the way.

Fitness is a journey, not a destination. You will find things that work for you and things that don’t. You will hit plateaus. You will get bored. You will slip up. You will get busy. Your life and schedule might change. The most important thing to do is to listen to what your mind and body are asking for and then use this inner wisdom to find new motivation and solutions to your hurdles. Josh’s mind was telling him that he needed more accountability, so he acted on that by speaking up about his lack of motivation. This type of awareness paired with action is the true path to success.

The myth is that you set a fitness goal, you reach it and then you are happy and fit with the perfect body forever. That is not reality. The hard truth is, fitness success means setting goals and finding new motivation over and over again for the rest of your life. Fitness success is making a habit of continuing on the journey instead of throwing in the towel when things become challenging, uninspiring, or frustrating. Fitness success is training yourself to find the fun in refocusing, re-energizing, and setting new goals. The beauty of this perspective is that it allows you to enjoy life TODAY, wherever you are in your fitness journey, instead of waiting for chasing a perfect future that doesn’t exist.

So now that our Flat Belly Challenge is over, what are your new goals? What are the fun things you are going to try this month? Will you add another day of Bootcamp or try a new nutrition program? Will you try mediation? How about yoga? Will you add in a weekly run or swim? Share your goals for October with us!

My goals for this month…I plan to add in a weekly jog in my sassy Vibrams and also plan to try some new vegan recipes. Here is my first new dish. Vegan Quiche. I made it with a spelt pie crust from Down to Earth. It is filled with sauteed shallots, zucchini, spinach, garlic, extra firm tofu, almond milk, nutritional yeast, Bragg’s aminos, curry powder, and pine nuts. I topped it with sun-dried tomatoes and more pine nuts. Healthy dinner with leftovers for my lunch! Bon appetit and see you at Bootcamp!

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Life is Crazy Beautiful…

This is what my life has looked like lately! Lunch and snacks at my desk! When life gets CRAZY it takes extra planning and preparation to stick to a healthy diet and a workout schedule. Whenever I find my life getting hectic I have a few tricks to help me feel “in control” and stay on track. Here are some simple things you can do to help you feel in control when life is CRAZY:

  • Get up 20 minutes earlier. Use the time to meditate, get organized, make your lunch, collect your thoughts, breathe, whatever. Just give yourself a little extra time. You can use it to do the next tip.
  • Make your bed. This is my mom’s trick and it is so simple and awesome. The couple of minutes it takes to make your bed can have a HUGE impact on how in control you feel of your day.
  • Take 5 minutes in the morning to free-write about your day ahead and what you want to accomplish.
  • Take 5 minutes to do gratitude journaling…start with “I am so grateful for…” This will help you to create positive energy and appreciation for your life and help keep things in perspective when things feel hectic.
  • Write your workouts in your calendar. Treat them like appointments with yourself. Know that exercising will give you more energy to handle everything going on in your life.
  • Have a good to-do list system. I use a program called OmniFocus and when things get really busy I use it to divide my lists by the days of the week. Rather than looking at my overwhelming list of everything I want to and have to do, I split my list up by the days of the week and just focus on what I need to get done that day. Prioritizing and setting reasonable expectations of what I will get done in a day helps me to feel less overwhelmed. Plus, being able to check off all my items for the day feels so good!
  • Pack lots of snacks and a healthy lunch. When your day is busy, you may tell yourself that picking something up on the road is easier, but it is actually more important than ever to pack healthy options so that when things get super busy at work or in your day, you at least can keep your blood sugar levels balanced and you won’t end up eating something from a vending machine or fast food out of desperation.
  • Bring a big bottle of water with you where ever you go. When we get busy, we forget to drink water which makes us tired, less efficient, and blah. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated! If you are thirsty – you are already dehydrated!
  • Find some time in your day to totally unplug and just “be”. Martha Beck wrote a great book called, “The Joy Diet” and the first thing she talks about people needing is, ironically, “nothing”. What most of us are hungry for, especially in this loud crazy busy world we live in is quiet, solitude, peace…NOTHING. So find 10 minutes to just sit alone in quiet. You’ll be amazed how this can recharge and center you.
What are your tricks for handling life’s crazier times? How do you make it Crazy Beautiful instead of just CRAZY?!!!!!!! Feel free to comment on this post and share YOUR TIPS with us!
P.S. If you’re wondering about that Think Thin bar, I found this flavor at Vim N’ Vigor in Ala Moana. It was pretty good! Really different from the other Think Thin bars – much more “granola bar-ish”

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Inspiration Friday: The Kitchen Goddess

Fortuna, The Kitchen Goddess, making cauliflower musubis at Nahewai

Happy Inspiration Friday! This is my dear friend, Kathleen “Fortuna” Arai, also known as The Kitchen Goddess. Fortuna has been cooking for us and making us laugh for as long as I can remember. She is a fabulous chef with amazing range who really can bake or cook ANYTHING you can imagine. As her life focus has evolved over the years, so has her cooking. These days, her conscious, loving spirit infuses every dish she makes with such high vibration energy that I swear eating her food is an intoxicating experience.

Fortuna is not only an amazing chef, she is a gifted healer, incredibly intuitive and insightful. She is also a fiery, sassy woman with a sharp wit, amazing sense of humor, and a fantastic laugh. Here is more about Fortuna:

Kathleen “Fortuna” Arai has been a Personal Chef in Honolulu for almost 17 years. Her specialty is healthy cooking to suit the needs and tastes of her clientele. She is currently in her third year at Sacred Path Healing School. Using food as a medium for health and healing is a perfect match for her interests. “Preparing healthy, delicious food is a passion. I love assisting others on their journey to health and wellness. Creating delicious dishes for those on restricted, limited or sensitive diets are an exciting challenge for me.” Fortuna is also passionate about teaching others how to cook and doing research for new product development. 

Fortuna was kind enough to share two of her delicious and nutritious recipes with us. I tried both of these last Saturday and OMG they are so good! And so virtuous! Low-sugar, low-carb, and tasty! Can’t beat that! If you would like to contact Fortuna, you can email her at fortuna@lava.net

VEGETARIAN MUSUBI (makes 6)

“For non-vegetarians, substitute a turkey or beef burger. I made these for some friends that were not eating any grains in their diet. I accepted the challenge!”

Special equipment needed: musubi maker and food processor

6 Morning Star Farms vegetarian breakfast patties
1 packets stevia
1 Tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos

Spray skillet with cooking spray and turn burner on to “medium”. When skillet is warm, add patties and lightly brown on both sides. Once browned, add Bragg’s and stevia and mix in pan. Remove patties and set aside.

Cauliflower “rice”

1 small cauliflower
juice from 1/2 lemon
1Tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/2 Veganaise
6 half-sheets roasted Nori

Boil Caulflower until knife-tender. Let cool. Place in bowl of food processor. Add Bragg’s and lemon. Pulse until cauliflower resembles the size and shape of rice grains. Empty into mixing bowl. Add Veganaise and mix.

To assemble:

place nori sheet on clean, dry work surface
place musubi maker on top of nori sheet
measure 1/2 cup cauliflower mixture into musubi maker
place patty on top of “rice”
press mixture down with tamper
remove musubi maker and fold nori sheet over.
seal seam with a little water

SUGAR-FREE, VEGAN APPLE CRISP

“I’ve recently stopped eating a lot of sugar. But I still want a treat every so often. This fit the bill nicely! I’m not sure how many servings this makes because I could eat the whole pan!”

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Topping:

1 cup macadamia nuts, crushed
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
3 Tabespoons flax seed meal
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
1/4-1/2 cup refined coconut oil
1/2 cup xylitol
3 packets stevia
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix to a crumbly texture. Set aside.

Filling:

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced small
1-2 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1Tablespoon coconut flour
1/2- 1 cup xylitol
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 packets stevia
15 drops vanilla cream liquid stevia
3 Tablespoons Just Like Sugar

Mix filling ingredients. Pour into 9×12 glass pan sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle topping so that it covers the entire filling. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until topping is golden and filling is bubbly.

 

The BEAUTIFUL photo above was taken by the amazing Geralyn of Hokulii Images. Contact Ger today for your photography needs!

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