Author and health coach Kimberly knows a thing or two about heart health -- her own father passed away from a heart attack just a few years ago. This sudden loss prompted her to become an expert in happiness, heart health, and living life to its fullest.
Kimberly Petrosino is the author of "The Small Change Solution: A 52 Step Guide to Getting the Naturally Healthy Lifestyle You Want". She loves working with people who are ready to take control of their health and don't know where to begin, through her 6 Week Small Change Kickstart. For more information visit Happy Healthy Hearts or follow her on Twitter.
Q: What is your personal health philosophy?
A: My personal health philosophy is to take it one step at a time and
keep it fun. I like to say that a balanced lifestyle is equal parts happy
and healthy. Take one step toward bettering your health, and when
that feels natural, take another – and enjoy the process!
Q: If you could only give one piece of health advice, what would it
A: My main piece of advice is to keep your changes small. If you attempt
to overhaul your entire lifestyle all at once, it will overwhelm you and
you’ll revert back to your old ways in a matter of time. Focus on the
step in front of you and not on the big picture. Once you start seeing
the benefits of your small changes, you’ll feel motivated to make
Q: What are 3 foods you absolutely can’t live without?
A: Brussels sprouts! It sounds crazy but once I gave them a chance I fell
My morning smoothie – it’s how I start every day and my morning
feels incomplete without it.
Annie’s Organics macaroni and cheese – it’s my ultimate splurge!
Q: What did you have for breakfast today?
A: For breakfast I made a smoothie full of mixed greens, a banana,
frozen pineapple and chia seeds.
Q: What kind of exercise program do you follow?
A: Running is my go-to exercise. When I’m training for a race, I run three
times a week at varying lengths and do one day of cross training.
When I’m not training, I hit the gym (or the pavement) three times a
week for 30-45 minutes. No matter what time of year it is, I always
walk for thirty minutes a day.
Q: What’s your beauty routine?
A: I keep it simple. I use coconut oil-based cleanser and moisturizer,
and witch hazel as toner. My makeup consists of chapstick and
mascara. My skin tends to be sensitive so if I feel a breakout coming
on I’m sure to load up on kale in my smoothies and drink plenty of
water to keep my skin clean.
Q: What’s your favorite natural remedy?
A: I use peppermint oil for basically everything! I breathe it in if I’m
feeling anxiety, to help me digest, and to soothe my stomach if it’s
Q: What are your top 3 health tips?
A: Focus on adding healthy whole foods into your diet. Worrying about
what foods to eliminate is not the key to lasting results. As you begin
to nourish your body with whole foods and water, your cravings for
unhealthy foods will subside.
If you’re not a veggie lover, look for new ways to enjoy them. For
example, I don’t like eating peppers but I LOVE roasted red pepper
soup and hummus!
Incorporate more water into your routine – water is everything!
Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?
A: My dad is my biggest inspiration for everything. His sudden passing
two and a half years ago from a heart attack taught me that life is too
short to spend time doing anything you aren’t passionate about. It
also led me to educate myself about the importance (and ease!) of
taking good care of your heart.
Q: When it’s time to relax, what do you enjoy?
A: I love to run, write, and relax with good friends and good food.