A vegetarian for over 18 years, Kim, a.k.a. SoulMomma, believes in the power of real food, an active lifestyle, and eco-friendly practices. Nourish your own body and soul with her veggie recipes, simple green tips, fresh air follies
Kim is a winner of Top 25 Health & Wellness Moms - 2012
What's one tip you'd give to moms struggling to make time for physical activity?
If you are attached, swap exercise nights with your partner during the week. For instance, Tuesday night is my night for yoga class; Thursday is my husband's night to go to the gym. On the weekends, make exercise a family affair with a family hike or bike ride. If you work, take advantage of your lunch hour to workout a few times per week. If you are a stay-at-home mom, don't underestimate the impact of a daily power walk with the stroller. Heading to the playground? Do squats, lunges and push-ups while your kid(s) run around. Find what you love, mix it up and break a sweat. You'd be surprised at where you can squeeze in 30 plus minutes of physical exercise per day.
What's your best advice for moms trying to get healthy?
Make one small change at a time. For example, try meatless Mondays. Involve your children in helping you choose one new fruit or vegetable to try every week. Take a poll of all the processed foods you are eating and replace one each week with a homemade version. Cook once and eat twice (or two or three times). The slow cooker is fabulous for this! Use those leftovers for lunch the next day or freeze for a busy weeknight. Stop buying food products with more than five ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup and MSG. Eliminate all soda and sugary drinks, period, and replace with lemon water, still or bubbly. As you run out of a cleaning or beauty product, replace it with a new non-toxic alternative.
What motivates you to stay active while raising a family?
Staying physically active gives me the energy and level-head I need to succeed in life and be happy. Like many women, I’m a wife, mother, friend, sister, and employee – and not necessarily in that order. It’s a precarious juggling act, but I have found that if I focus on the things I love in life, the things that are nourishing for my body and soul, I am more balanced and so is my family. This means constantly focusing on my health and wellness with regular exercise - including running, biking, swimming and yoga - as well as eight hours of sleep every night, a whole foods diet, and the elimination of toxic products from our home.