“What’s really weighing you down?”
The importance of having a healthy relationship with food, as the food is just a symptom of what’s really going on.
Since we’ve last seen American Idol finalist and fan favorite, Kimberley Locke, she founded I AM Entertainment, an entertainment company that focuses on Kimberley’s musical career, vocal coaching career, and health and wellness career. Locke is currently looking to grow her presence within health & wellness as it is a true passion of hers. She has been working on and producing her own YouTube segment called “What’s Cooking With Kimberley” where she focuses on tips & tutorials utilizing local produce and collaborating with local food vendors in her hometown in Connecticut.
Kimberley’s “Aha Moment” occured when she realized that she loved to cook beyond the typical college dorm like fried foods, pastas, and overloads of condiments. Kimberley’s revelation was simple but incredibly effective: the nicest, most caring act to do for onself, is to cook yourself a healthy meal. In order to do so, Kimberley had to put aside how her Southern mamma did it, and had to retrain herself to cook quality, healthy, nutritious meals without the overuse of oils and butter, while also keeping the food tasy and flavorful. Kimberley’s advice is not to rush these changes but to allow yourself to adjust, or your body will revolt!
The process was not easy in the slightest. Kimberley began her journey to better health through food in 2005 when she joined the cast of Celebrity Fit Club. Of CFC, Kimberley says, “Being on Celebrity Fit Club forced me to become aware of my food choices and boy was it eye opening. I learned very quickly that the scale does not lie, especially on the cheat days I rewarded myself with. This is when I really began to learn about ‘MY’ body, and that my body was unique to me and what worked for me may not work for someone else. And that’s okay.” Kimberley lost 25 lbs on CFC, and gained an abundance of insight and knowledge on health and wellness. After CFC, Kimberley started Jenny Craig while on tour. “Eating out of a box was my new norm…and this got old pretty quickly. You’re talking to someone who loved eating out and now I was confined to a hotel room with boxed food! I lost another 15lb but what I also lost was the joy of food itself,” says Kimberley.
Kimberley decided to face the kitchen once again, yet this time she focused on fresh produce, clean eating, and substitutes for old fatty favorites but all the while, she believes that the kitchen is your own domain. Enjoy the experience of preparing foods, see what you can make out of healthy morsels left over when you’re too lazy to go to the store, experiment. With her clients, Kimberley likes to conduct a “kitchen clean-out,” in order to remove what isn’t in line with their goals. It isn’t a matter of all or nothing, it is about self-awareness and learning what foods do and don’t work for you. The ultimate goal is for Kimberley to ensure that each client feels supported in their journey. With each client, Kimberley helps to create and design healthy recipes that will satisfy cravings, insightful coaching sessions to keep open communication, an d daily motivation to hepl them stay on the journey to self discovery and better health.
In addition through I Am Entertainment, Locke also acts as a consultant for aspiring artists, providing the help they need to navigate the music industry from a business perspective and creative perspective.
For more information on I AM Entertainment, please visit the website here.
Of American Idol, Kimberley Locke says, “American Idol represents so many things in my life. Everything that I had been practicing up until the age of 24. I had to put it into action. The show was instrumental to my growth as a singer and as a woman.”
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