Weight Loss Tips: The First Dozen

I just got back from Europe last night, where I had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. When I travel I don’t worry too much if I go off the raw food and my normal diet, because I think it’s important to be flexible and just enjoy travelling! I was in the cold and beautiful far North of England, surrounded by English moors, castles from the 13th century, and small fishing villages. Admittedly it was way more play than work, and I let loose- eating my share of cooked food from vegetable soup, to 3-bean chilli, to (gasp!) rolls with butter!

I feel happy and jolly- though bloated and a tad heavier than when I left. :) No worries! The holidays and trips are times to indulge a bit. I’m sure some of you are feeling the same way after this holiday weekend. Now it’s time to detox though, and get back on track!! I came home to find this email from one reader. I answered her email, then thought that many of us women could benefit from the same info.! So I decided to post my response back to her below (along with some funny “tough” pics from a recent shoot! :) ).

Hi Kimberly,

I have gained weight over the past few years and plan on incorporating raw food and yoga into my life to help get the weight off. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

Below is part of my response back to her:

As for the weight gain, we’ve all been there! I used to count calories and fat grams and obsess about my weight until I properly understood nutrition and how food affects the body. It was so miserable! I was never quite happy with my weight and it was often in my mind.

I feel so grateful and blessed to have come across some great knowledge of nutrition. Here are my first dozen easy weight loss/maintenance tips (I’ll post another dozen soon!) that I’d love to share with you:

1. Yes, absolutely incorporate more and more raw food, which is easy to digest, nutritionally dense and keeps you full and healthy. The basis of the raw diet is greens, so definitely check out my easy green smoothie recipe, and start trying to have one every day for breakfast or lunch.

2. Avoid all dairy products. Dairy is pasteurized and very difficult to digest and break down- sucking tons of our precious enzymes. It is also mucus and acid-forming. It is my personal experience that it is very hard to lose weight when consuming dairy!

3. Avoid all “fake” sugars- Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low, Equal, etc. These are very hard for your body to recognize and break down. 0 calories does NOT mean will not promote weight gain.

4. Stay hydrated- drink lots of water 20 minutes either sides of meals, but drink MINIMALLY with meals (so as not to dilute the digestive enzymes).

5. Practice yoga!! Besides the deeper spiritual and mental benefits, I have personally found it to be the most rewarding and beneficial physical exercise. Look out for my yoga video, filmed in Bora Bora, that should be out in January or so. You can do a version of the same series I practice along with me that will keep you toned.

6. If you are going to eat cooked food, don’t combine protein with starches. Instead combine protein with greens, like salads or sides of veggies. Proteins and starches together are really hard to break down. For example- if you are going to eat fish, eat it with a salad or a side of spinach. Sushi- with the combination of fish and rice, is very hard on the system. I used to never think about food combining. But when foods are combined well and digestion is easy, minerals are more easily absorbed and toxic waste can more easily leave the body. When the opposite is true, then backup occurs and this is usually coupled with weight gain and/or difficulty in letting excess weight go.

7. Avoid all soda- especially diet colas!!!! B Vitamin and mineral-leaching, acidic, etc. etc.!

8. Try to consume 1-3 lemons every day. You can squeeze them over salads, in water, etc. Lemon helps regenerate and support your liver by benefiting bile formation. Since your liver is your main fat-burning organ, lemon therefore promotes optimal fat metabolism.

9. Don’t eat fruit for dessert after you eat a cooked food. The simple sugars in fruit break down much faster than the denser cooked food, and will cause backup and fermentation in your digestive system (See #6).

10. Instead of consuming desserts with processed sugars and pasteurized dairy, try some of my good desserts. They incorporate stevia and metabolism-boosting ingredients like coconut oil, and these healthy deserts keep you from feeling deprived while you are losing weight!

11. Chew really well- liquify your food. Be a slow eater. Not only will you be able to extract more nutrients from your food, but you will feel full before you’ve overeaten.

12. Eat fibrous, filling salads for dinner. Try my hearty and nutritionally super dense kale salad recipe, which I eat for dinner at least 4 nights a week. It is so satisfying and delicious!

Try a wide variety of foods so you don’t get bored- I’ll keep posting more recipes too. Once you get over the hump, you’ll feel great and your cravings for certain foods will be less and less. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about these first dozen tips.

All my best, Kimberly



  • Wendy

    Hey Kimberly,
    Thank you for posting the information. It is defintely a lot to take in but good information that I will try to follow. I also want to let you know that looking at your pictures are very inspiring! I noticed that you indicate that you will be posting a video of yoga. However, is there anything else that you suggest in if a person is interested in starting yoga. A good yoga video? Also, I have been using the Solution and I have enjoy using it. However, I have several questions regarding it. Is there an email I can write to regarding my questions? Thank You!

    • Aoife

      A great yoga website is http://www.myyogaonline.com. You can stream or download videos there. It’s great if you don’t have time to go to a class or like me are someone that lives somewhere where there are no classes like the middle of the Atacama desert.

      P.S. People never take the U.S.A for granted. :-)

  • http://www.japanaramadingdong.blogspot.com Annie


    These are fantastic guidelines. Thank you for sharing! This is certainly helpful to remember during the holidays when there’s so much sugary and rich food going around.

    Many many thanks! Your blog is outstanding.

  • http://kimberlysnyder.wordpress.com kimberlysnyder

    Hi Wendy,

    Yes, it’s a lot of info to digest at once. Many of them go together- like on good food combining. Maybe try incorporating one or a few of them at a time if it’s a bit overwhelming!

    I’m actually not posting a video of yoga but am producing a full yoga video. To be done in Jan. or so! :)

    Yes, please feel free to email me at: kimberly@envision-beauty.com.

    All my best,

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    Hi Annie,
    Thanks so much for coming by and so glad you are enjoying the blog!
    And yes, everything in moderation. It’s possible to enjoy the holiday parties and still feel great and balance the diet over the season.

    Hope to see you back!

  • Sam

    Chef Mario Batali is on the board of directors at the Food Bank For New York City. I was with him this morning opening the NASDAQ and I was amazaed how much weight he lost – I mean a LOT! Anyway, I found out he had been doing yoga and it made me think of this post.

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    Hi, I wanted to let you know I’m a big fan of your blog and plan on profiling it in the coming few weeks on my own. (PS: I’m also doing a blog roll). Just wanted to give you a heads up.

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      HI Elena, Wow that is so great! Didn’t we meet at our night event? Thank you so much on profiling my blog! I will check out yours too. :)
      Thanks again!

  • Donna

    Hello Kimberly,
    How often do you recommend someone do yoga? Is there any other exercises you like? Thanks for all the info:)

    • http://kimberlysnyder.wordpress.com kimberlysnyder

      Hi Donna,
      Yoga is great especially when practiced 3 times a week or more. I like walking too, because it is non-shocking and natural. Also bouncing on a trampoline is great for the lymph system!
      All my best,

  • Ashley Rebecca

    You mention not eating fruit after a meal. Does that apply to denser fruits like say… dried organic figs/dates or a banana? Waiting about an hour after dinner (dinner of course being your scrumptious and hearty Kale salad)?

    • http://kimberlysnyder.wordpress.com kimberlysnyder

      Dried fruits are definitely okay after dinner. Bananas don’t contain much water so they are borderline- okay after the kale salad though since it greens and avocados. Other fruits are better in the morning. :)

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    Hi Kimberly!

    I am the poster-girl for yo yo dieting. I have tried very diet and supplement known to man, but I have trouble keeping the weight off. After 10 years of struggling with my weight I have finally found an exercise regimen I can stick and it’s yoga! I’m currently doing Vinyasa yoga, but I am looking into switching to Bikram. Is there a particular one you would recommend? Or do you think any type of yoga is great? I’m getting married in May of 2012 and am extremely anxious about it. I still have time to get in better shape and it would really help if you could maybe point me in the right direction. I’m waiting for your book to come in the mail and hopefully change my eating habits. Your body is amazing and although I don’t think I could ever look like you I would sure like to try to look the best that I’ve ever looked for my wedding. Thank you!

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  • Delisa Knighton

    Thanks for the advice. You are truly amazing!! I can’t wait for the DVD….

  • Betty


    I have just bought my weeks supply of veggies and fruits to get rid of these last 10 pounds I have been procrastinating on loosing for the past years. I would of loved to have had your yoga video by now to have a complete system. Are there any yoga videos you might suggest I try? I am an intermediate in yoga. Any suggestions?

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    I have read your book and have been in the first stage for 3 1/2 weeks. I feel much, much better…lots of energy, but I am not dropping weight like I thought I would. The first week I lost 3lbs but nothing since then. I’m exercising at least 4-5x week…walking, 30 minute cardio combined with weights. I just started a running program too. They are not intense workouts, yet :), just what I can handle! Yes, I have cheated, but VERY minimally. I have 23 lbs left to lose and am most concerned about reducing the extra weight on my midsection. Help!

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    So, I’m currently in the proess of losing weight, (the healthy way), and I was wondering if it’s okay to have 1 tablespoon of peanut butter every 2-3 days? That’s my number one craving. I don’t want it to affect my goal. For my exercise routine, I run 2-3 miles a day :) Your help is much appreciated.

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