9 Simple Diet Changes For a Healthier Lifestyle

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I never grow tired of discussing exactly what’s wrong with the traditional Western diet or diet by blood type and campaigning for change! If you look what Americans eat in a typical day, it’s just shocking to see what people call food. Much of what people ingest barely resembles food as we traditionally know it. In fact, I’m guessing if you showed your great-great grandparents some of the processed junk so many people eat today, they would not even recognize it as food.

The Western Diet Is Not Working

diets that dont workI understand the allure of convenience foods that come in packages, bottles, cans, bags, and boxes. They are easy to prepare (some don’t require any preparation at all). You can gulp them down in a car as you run from one activity to another. They suit a modern American palate accustomed to extreme levels of sweetness and saltiness. I also understand the draw of fast foods. The fast food industry spends billions of dollars every year convincing the American public their far is delicious, convenient, and cheap. And it’s paying off. Fast and convenience foods now make up a significant portion of the Western diet. Unfortunately, eating that way is making us sicker.

  • More than 1/3 of American adults and about 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. This is a dramatic rise in obesity prevalence over the past 25 years.
  • 8.3 percent of the population has diabetes, with 1.9 million new cases diagnosed annually.
  • 12.8 percent of Americans have heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in this country.
  • Autoimmune disorders are also on the rise, with approximately 24 million Americans suffering from some form of autoimmune disorder.
  • Cancer rates are on the rise globally, including rates of breast and cervical cancers.

Making Changes

Fortunately, you can make dietary changes that can help protect you from many health problems, reverse others, and generate overall health and beauty. While I outline these dietary changes in The Beauty Detox Solution, let’s take a look at the top ten most significant changes you can make to better your health.

1 – Eat Real Food

eating organic non processed foodI am a firm believer that real foods don’t come in packages with long lists of ingredients. Processed and fast foods contain chemicals, toxic ingredients, and things that used to be food but have been so mechanically and chemically altered that they no longer resemble anything healthy or edible. You’ll find the real foods at farmer’s markets where growers sell fresh, organic fruits and vegetables that have been raised in healthy soils. This produce has only traveled a few miles to get from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, eat seasonal, local, minimally processed, organic produce that is alive with enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. If you are a meat eater, I also recommend purchasing your animal protein locally from ranchers that practice sustainable feed, organic, non-hormonal, non-antibiotic ranching. If you don’t want to give up your animal protein, then I recommend minimizing its consumption to just a day or two each week. You also should cut out sugar, caffeine, and carbonated beverages.

2 – Start Your Day with a Glowing Green Smoothie

The Glowing Green Smoothie is one of the foundations of The Beauty Detox SolutionThe GGS contains healthy, digestible plants and enzymes that give you energy and nutrients. In one 16-20 ounce serving, you will get more greens than most people get in a week- or more! Additionally, because it is blended and digests so easily, your body doesn’t have to waste energy on digestion so you have more for other functions.

You can modify the GGS recipe to make it work for you. Even if you are in the Blossoming Beauty phase (an anti-Candida plan), you can try making it with only green apple as the only fruit plus some liquid stevia to sweeten it further, as needed.

3 – Eat Alkaline

Aim for an 80%/20% balance of alkaline to acidic foods in your diet. Your body has a narrow range of pH at which it functions in a healthy manner, and when you eat foods that are metabolically acidic, you throw off that balance. Plant foods are highly alkaline and should make up the bulk of your diet. Acidic foods include:

 eat alkaline foods

  • Animal protein
  • Corn products and bi-products
  • Dairy
  • Soda
  • Sugar and corn syrup
  • Beer
  • Coffee

4 – Probiotics and Enzymes

Enzymes help you fully digest the foods you eat, leaving your digestive system clean and your body energized. Digestive probiotics create healthy gut flora, which supports better immunity and nutrient absorption. I recommend you both take a probiotic and an enzyme supplement and eat my Probiotic and Enzyme salad daily, which provided a whole food-based source of these important entities.

5 – Eat Light to Heavy

eat light to heavyIf you start your day with something heavy, then you’ll hamper your digestion of other foods throughout the day. I compare it to sending a Ferrari down a roadway after a Mack truck. The truck will move slowly, blocking the way while the high-performance Ferrari gets stuck behind it with nowhere to go.

This is why I recommend starting with a GGS followed by oat groats (if you are still hungry or transitioning from heavy breakfasts), and eating salads and veggies paired with avocado or some healthy soups or grains at lunch, then at dinner you can include “heavier” items or dishes (and this is where your animal protein would go, if you eat it), as you have until the next morning to digest it. Just be sure to eat dinner 3-4 hours before going to bed.

6 – Go Organic

Organic produce helps you avoid toxic pesticides and chemicals that build up in the plant foods, and organic food may be much higher in mineral content, due to higher quality soil that is not over-farmed. If you do eat conventionally grown produce, be sure to wash it well using a plant wash or diluted apple cider vinegar.

7 – Eliminate Dairy

This is something you can do right now, with no additional expense. Dairy products have become pretty firmly entrenched in the Western diet. Unfortunately, dairy is one of the worst foods you can eat.

  • Eliminate Dairy from your dietIt is one of top eight most allergenic foods. In fact, the World Allergy Organization has identified cow’s milk allergy (CMA) as a “world-wide public health problem.
  • It contains the protein casein, which the human body has extreme difficulty processing. Dairy and acne an interesting correlation, as it may be one of the causes for it.
  • It contains the sugar lactose, which causes digestive symptoms in up to 30 percent of the population.
  • Cow’s milk may also contain contaminates like hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals that increase your body’s toxic load. In the United States, some farmers give their cattle rBGH, a synthetic bovine growth hormone that increases milk production. According to the American Cancer Society, milk from rBGH cattle contains higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone that facilitates the cell proliferation associated with certain cancers.
  • Dairy products often contain packaging migrants, which are toxic substances from the packaging that seep into the dairy products themselves. For example, one study in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, showed that approximately 10 percent of butter samples purchased randomly at Dallas grocery stores were contaminated with polybromited diphenyl ether (PDBE), a flame-retardant linked with thyroid and neurobehavioral changes.

8 – Eliminate Gluten

removing gluten from dietGluten is a sticky grain protein found in wheat (and spelt), rye, and barley. It is also present in numerous other products, including soy sauce, gravy, beer, rice milk, malt, and many flavorings.

Gluten is very difficult for the human body to process. In a significant portion of people consuming gluten, it triggers an immune system response that ranges from an allergic reaction (up to and including anaphylaxis) to damaging the intestinal villi that absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. In extreme cases, people with celiac disease (an autoimmune form of gluten intolerance) may sustain such severe damage to their villi that they are rendered completely incapable of absorbing nutrients from food.

A 2011 study printed in BMC Medicineevaluated non-celiac gluten sensitivity and showed that subjects displayed gastrointestinal and other symptoms that, while less severe than celiac disease, still triggered an undesirable immune system response. Other gluten reactions may be less severe and include headaches, fatigue, digestive symptoms, depression, and paresthesia.

Even if you do not believe you have a sensitivity to gluten, there are so many more nutritious, mineral-rich grains and grain products to upgrade to, including quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat and brown rice. When you upgrade to these grains, it naturally crowds the gluten out of your diet.

9 – No Water with Meals

There’s no doubt you need to drink plenty of fresh water, but not with meals. Drinking water with meals dilutes your digestive juices, slowing digestion and cutting into your energy. Instead, avoid drinking large amounts of water for 30 minutes before or an hour after meals.

 

Alessandro Fiocchi et al., “World Allergy Organization Diagnosis and Rationale Against Cow’s Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines,” WAO Journal, April 2010 (www.worldallergy.org/publications/WAO_DRACMA_guidelines.pdf)

American Cancer Society, “Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone,” Cancer.org, 02/18/11 (http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/recombinant-bovine-growth-hormone)

Arnold Schecter, Sarah Smith, Justin Colacino, Noor Malik, Matthias Opel, Olaf Paepke, Linda Birnbaum. “Contamination of U.S. Butter with PBDEs from Wrapping Paper.” Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010 (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.1002604)

Anna Sapone et al, “Divergence of gut permeability and mucosal immune gene expression in two gluten-associated conditions: celiac disease and gluten sensitivity,” BMC Medicine, March 2011 (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/9/23)

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  3. Hi Kim,

    I’m super excited to be transitioning my diet after reading your book!! Its been a challenge! I live in Puerto Rico and since the climate in here is very hot fruits and veg get spoiled easily…but I think i am in the right track:)
    I wanted to know what do you think about organic Kamut… I love the pancakes mix but you dont mentioned in the grain products section.
    Thanks in advance,

  4. Kimberly, my mom has been trying to do the detox diet with me because she’s seen how much I like the changes in my energy and my mood. The only issue is that she has no large intestine. She had ulsertive colitis and they had to remove and “hook up” her small intestine to do most of the digesting, so she can’t eat much insoluble fiber. She has a GGS every day and she handles that fine but salads and stuff can give her trouble. Any tips? Id appreciate it.

  5. Kimberly, I just saw this Alkaline & Acidic food chart on Mind Body Green:

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5165/Alkaline-Acidic-Foods-Chart-The-pH-Spectrum.html

    Most of it was familiar to me, but I was surprised to see carbonated water listed as very acidic. I drink lots of La Croix and Polar seltzer water, thinking that it is OK. I love the stuff! Is it true that it is that acidic? I would be crushed if I had to go to plain water all the time!

    As an aside, thanks for all you do – you are an inspiration. I drink a GGS every morning and it gives me more energy and fills me up until lunch. I love that it is so easy to make and so portable.

  6. Hello Kimberly – Just want you to know that you’ve become an inspiration to me! I’ve changed my whole lifestyle, I’m training for a 5k, and I feel amazing. I am reading your book and follow your blog daily! I start my day with the GGS, come lunch time I will eat a piece of fruit, then some protein and/or nuts or sometimes I am not satisfied enough during the day, a whole avocado with some gluten free crackers. (is a whole avocado not a good idea?) Trying to stick to your ‘eating light to heavy’ recommendation. Now at dinner time, I don’t feel the need to gorge until I am full! A small meal suites me fine. I feel satisfied all day. Is it too much to consume a whole avocado? As opposed to just half? I have a pretty big appetite most days. Do you eat them every day? I’ve started making your other smoothies and tonight I’ll be making your probiotic & enzyme salad, as well as some of your other recipes! I can’t wait to incorporate it in my daily routine. I’ve also started paying more attention to labels and looking out for things like agave! Thank you, you’re wonderful!

    • Hi Alana,
      Thank you and wonderful! I am so proud of you to hear about the massive improvements you’ve been making in your lifestyle.

      You are running, so are very active. Try adding some quinoa at lunch, as I do when I’m really active. It’s wonderfully energizing, especially for athletes. Balance your fat for the day. If you eat an avocado, eat less nuts, or eat the quinoa for lunchtime instead of the nuts for example. Even though the quinoa is cooked, it is low-fat, while supplying minerals and amino acids, and might work quite well with your program. Also try the Pure Protein Smoothie with chia seeds, which might work well for you too. xx

      • Hi Kimberly :)

        I am also new to this amazing program & both my husband and I begin our day with your Glowing Green Smoothie. We did incorporate Chia & Flax seeds and I also include Pea Protein sometimes. Is this ok to do?

        I am in the middle of reading your Detox book and have already started the lite to heavy method & so far doing great :)

        Thank you so much for all this knowledge and awareness!

        Gisele Ryan

  7. I understand the majority of what you’re saying but this is hard to follow for a person who lives a “fit” lifestyle. When weight training regularly many of the foods you suggest not to eat are staples in the type of diet fit girls/guys follow. We swear by oatmeal for breakfast and the protein in chicken and eggs. Any suggestions?

  8. I am so excited to start your program. I have been moving to a raw food diet for a while, basically eating raw 2 of my 3 meals a day but wanted to make sure I was doing it the right way. That’s why I picked up your book. I have struggled with an eating disorder in my past and now being recovered, I want food to stop ruling my life. That is what is so appealing about raw foods and especially your program. I can eat and not have to worry in the traditional way about calories, fat etc. Obviously, there are some things I’ll watch like oils but as a general rule with your program I can just eat and I’m excited about it.

    My first question, since I’ve already been doing raw foods and juices (I tried the GGJ and loved it), am I okay to just drink the glowing green smoothie in the morning instead of the oatmeal?

    Second, you recommend probiotics and digestive enzymes in your book. My question is this, what do you recommend if we can’t afford them but really want to do the program? I went and priced them and currently just can’t afford the expense of them L. Is it still okay to do the program without them? Can I double up on the Probiotic & Enzyme Salad? I would love to do every single step of the program but the supplement side of it is a little more than I can do right now.

    I really appreciate your feedback. J And again, I am very excited about starting the program.

  9. Hi Kim

    Do you have a video demo on how to make the ggs? I bought a vitamin blender bc your book and wanted to try to make ggs, I am a total newbie in the kitchen, just not sure what variable to put it on, or should i just blend on high, when to add the fruit part, etc? Thanks.

  10. Hey Kim,

    I read your book and have been trying to adhere to as many of your principles as possible including having my green smoothie in the morning. I am extremely happy to report after a week I have lost 7lbs! Thanks for your help! I have 20 more to go!

  11. I’m not a nutritionist and have your book and love all the recipes, but recently I was reading about oxallic acid, its relationship to oxalates and formation of crystals and kidney stones. It was saying that many of the foods recommended for daily consuming like spinach and kale are high in oxalic acid, may prevent absorption of calcium and may promote other deleterious happenings like arthritis. I also read the dispute on whether cooking the food as opposed to consuming raw was the root of the problem. I am amazed at the number of fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains that are high in oxalic acid. Have you heard of any research done on this issue?

  12. i do not really eat probiotics or digestive enzymes anymore. The probiotics always makes me gassy. THe digestive enzymes were great help at first with reducing gas. but after i switched to eating oatmeal in the mornings i stopped having to eat the enzymes. i just stopped getting so gassy. also the digestive enymes have a bad aftertaste and there isn\t a lot of choices in what kind to get in canada.

  13. Hi Kim

    Please Can you answer my question I was vegan (for ethica reason) for 3 years but did not find any benefit of it. People around Chris Kresse, Weston A. Price , Paul Jaminet convinced me that we just can not get all nutrition from plants. Like vitamin A there is no vitamin A in plants and very very poor conversion from betacarothene (3% , infant and older people can not make any conversion) Then DHA EPA we can not get it from plants like flax seeds etc, because again very poor conversion from ALA, Vitamin K2 can be find only in natto as vegan source and then animal sources… . There is also book Gut and psychology syndrome where Natasha claims that bone meat broth is essential to healing gut and we need saturated fat from meat like lamb beef because its structure is similar to ours own fat. All these people are doctors or scientists so I am confused ….Please can you clarify this

    • Hi Kim,
      I know I’m not Kimberly, but I can give you advice as a scientist about other scientists. You can’t just take a scientist’s word without verifying and researching the basis of their findings. Lots of scientists’ findings conflict with each other because of the way they structure and measure the results of their experiments (and research). I recommend using these books as a jumping off point; when you see a concept that you are unfamiliar with, feel free to challenge it. Try to find information in peer reviewed journals that is related to these claims and make connections for your self. If you don’t understand the terms in the journals, look through textbooks and dictionaries for an explanation. By the end of the process, you will not only be knowledgeable, but also confident in the source of your knowledge. However, if it’s not really worth it to you, just go with the person who’s clients look the hottest :) (JK)

  14. Hi Kim,

    Thank you for posting this, you are my role model!!
    You always say don’t drink tap water, so is Fiji water good for you?
    And my second question is what fruits and veggies should I include in my salad?
    I will try the GGS very soon. I don’t eat rice, eliminated gluten and dairy.

    Thank you!

  15. Hi Kim, what;s your take on salicylate toxins in many fruits …Do you agree that many fruits are indeed toxic and that veggies are more important…

  16. Hi Kimberly!!! Always great to read your blogs! I love your book so much, and I’ve become quite a good cook now thanks to you!!! :) I was wondering what you recommend for breakfast when travelling? What would you select from a hotel buffet for example? Wish I could travel with vitamix!
    Also, when soaking nuts & seeds overnight, how do you go about packing them as travel snacks the following day? I don’t have a dehydrator. How long do the nuts/seeds keep after soaking? Sorry if that’s a silly question. I also keep my almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds in fridge, ok? I keep chia seeds in cupboard.

    Thank you Kimberly. Would love to see pics of your food in your new book! Look forward to it coming out! Xx

  17. Hello Kim,

    Does dry fruit (dates, prunes, figs) also have to be eaten before the heavier foods (proteins, starches)? Or does this only apply for fresh fruit?

    Thank you!

  18. Hi Kimberly,
    Chia seeds come as both black and white seeds. Is thee any nutritional differences/advantages to either of them or are they both the same? Thanks!

  19. Hi Kimberly!

    Love your website. I wanted to ask if you have any healthy alternatives to kicking my gum habit. Tried the GLEE gum and was not a fan.

    Also, what do you use to wash your produce? I normally buy the veggie wash, but was wondering if there was a cheaper at home solution to make?

    Thanks!

    • I personally leave my leafy greens in a jar or bowl full of salty water. Salt makes all mircoorganisms on the leafs suffocate. Then I just rinse with tap water to wash out them and the salt.

  20. Hi Kimberly,

    I have been hearing a lot about liquid chlorophyll. Can you tell me what you think about this product? Would it be a good idea to add to GGS??

    Thank you!

    Lauren

    • Chlorophyll is contained in any plant that has the color green. You are already adding many greens to your GGS. Liquid chlorophyll can also be obtained if those same greens go through a juicer (the masticating type that is used for leafy greens). But in the end you would end up drinking the juice, having a leftover of the green pulp and wondering what to do with it. In the smoothie you incorporate both the juice and fiber which is the optimal decision.

  21. Hi Kim,

    I’ve become really concerned with my health lately because during the past year i’ve become very anemic, and have not changed anything in my diet. The only thing that I have been using a lot is Stevia – I have about 7 drops in each cup of tea I have, which is about 10 a day! I thought that the nu naturals brand was fine since you recommended it on your website, but i’m starting to wonder whether taking the stevia in such a high dosage is interfering with my absorption of nutrients because i’m noticing myself looking and feeling more drained despite eating healthily – it just doesn’t add up,

    I’d appreciate whatever you have to say about this, obviously I know that there is little scientific evidence about stevia at the moment, maybe the only thing I can do is to cut it out for a while and see if things improve.

    Sarah

    • Hello, I saw that you are having a problem with Iron absorbtion and mentioned you drink a lot of tea. I love tea too but found out (because I am also anemic) that the tannins in the tea leaves (which are also present in coffee, wine, and chocolate) actually prevent iron absorbtion. You might want to research it and cut back on tea. Don’t know if stevia has the tannins too but they might say online somewhere. Hope this helps!

  22. Probiotics
    What is a good, reasonable price probiotic?
    A friend told me she likes the Pearl brand and Philips Colon Health, are these good brands?

  23. Hi kim, i was wondering about the gluten levels in alternative milks to diary. Almond milk in the uk is extremely expensive to buy, and i have been trying to find healthy alternatives, i thought – previously to this article – drinking rice milk didn’t contain gluten. I was wondering does oat milk contain gluten? What are things I should be looking out for?
    I love the website and your book!!!The GCS has changed my life!! xxx

    • Hi Rebecca, I think I have a solution to your problem. For my family almond milk is a bit expensive, too. That’s why we’ve switched to sunflower seed milk. It’s about 3 to 4 times cheaper. Now you might wonder where to find such milk – that’s easy – you can make it yourself! It’s quite easy. On YouTube you can find a video of Kim making almond milk – just follow the same instructions substituting the almonds with sunflower seed. I personally don’t mind the flavour but for my little brother I add a sweetener (honey) and some vanilla. You get a gorgeous tasting treat!

  24. Hi Kimberly.

    In the UK i was taught that it was best to eat heavier in the morning and then lighten up during the day, so that one’s last meal was the lightest? “Breakfast like a King, dine like a Pauper” was the term, I recall!

    Is this simply not true, reading your point 6 ‘Eat light to heavy’ above?

    thanks. love the blog.
    Chris

    • Hey Chris, I hope you don’t mind I’ll answer this one instead of Kim. The ‘eat light to heavy’ applies not to throughout the day but the different foods within a single meal. Like if for lunch you’ll be having several things, start with what’s easiest to digest. Easiest are fruits and greens, then come sprouts and other raw veggies, then anything plant-based that isn’t raw, and if you consume anything even heavier than that, leave it for last.

  25. Hi Kim, I’d like to ask about the situation with oat groats. From one side they’re recommended, from another they’re one of the gluten-containing grains. Why is that? Thanks in advance!

  26. Hi Kim,

    I do have one question for you:
    I started a raw food diet as of this monday and since then I’ve been really bloated and gassy. The other benefits are great thus far but is the bloating normal, and will it go away?

    Thank you :),

    Gladys

  27. Kimberly, you are so wise. I can’t even begin to tell you all that I’ve learned from you in the past two years. You have blessed my life and given me clarity. Can you point me in the direction to find an appropriate alternative to cows milk for my 1 year old. I am no longer nursing. Hemp milk? Almond? Rice?

  28. I just finished reading your book and I loved it. It was very imformative, much more than other food-lifestyle books. I just wanted to get your advice on what I should consume before and after a long run. I am currently training for my 2nd half marathon and want to make sure I get enough energy to get through 10-12 mile runs. Will the smoothie be enough before a 2 hour run?

    Thank you for any info you can give me!

    -Jackie

  29. Hi Kimberly,
    I love your book!! I’ve been slowly cutting back the animal protein at night – am down to eggs, x3/week. I have been sticking to mainly salads & soups/veggies for lunch, but not grains. Sometimes I add a few pumpkin seeds to my lunch salads. Should I be eating more grains at lunch? I am actually loving the feeling of digesting just salads & raw veggies. I can’t have nutritional yeast though – should I be concerned that I am missing out on protein? Also, can you have chia seeds & almonds together for afternoon snack?

    I also wanted to know if you still use grapeseed oil & braggs liquid aminos? I don’t particularly like the flavor of coconut, so am hesitant about using the coconut oil to bake my veggies. Do you recommend a specific brand of coconut oil?
    Thank you, Julia xo

    • Hi Julia -

      Coconut oil doesn’t taste like coconut at all. It has a very clean taste. I feel like it brings out the flavor of the vegetables more than other oil i’ve used. It’s great!

      • HI Ladies- there are two tipes of coconut oil. Refined and Virgin Unrefined.

        Refined organic coconut oil has a neutral flavor that does not compete with the taste of other ingredients. It’s an ideal butter substitute for cookies, moist cakes, or light sautéing. Refined coconut oil can be used at higher cooking temperatures than unrefined due to its higher smoke point. If you want a neutral taste in your recipe and all the benefits of coconut oil, simply buy Organic refined coconut oil.

        If you want the taste of coconut to come out in your recipe, buy the Organic Virgin unrefined coconut oil. Unrefined coconut has a distinctive coconut flavor and aroma. Very small particles in unrefined coconuts oils contain polyphenols which are naturally occurring antioxidants. It is also an ideal organic body care product for skin and hair. It is easy to use: just run your hand across the solidified oil several times and then run on your skin. A little goes a long way.
        I personally love the Spectrum Organics brand which can be found at most natural food stores and supermarkets.

  30. Thanks, Kymberly, for the awesome info! Thanks to you our whole family is eating healthier. Our kids don’t pick up a milk in the lunch line anymore (and haven’t done so for months). At first it was strange to open the frig and not see the milk carton. But, now I can’t imagine starting each day with milk like we used to! We’ve noticed our energy levels are better, we’ve had less head colds, fewer headaches and the biggest thing is mood. After five months of no milk I don’t notice mood swings in our kids anymore! We are cutting our meat consumption, trying to eat only organic produce, cutting sugar out (& never eating artificial sugars) and switching to gluten free foods. I’m excited to see how much healthier we all can become!

  31. Nice article. I ahve a question though. I know you have mentioned it a few times before that dairy is acidic however in ayurveda medicine for example and see it as alkaline and a sacred. Confusing…

  32. For some people, I don’t think that removing two entire “western” food groups, (meats and dairy products), as well as wheat and corn, the staple of many western diets, constitutes a few “simple changes”. Perhaps if these goals were isolated to one per email you may get a better response from your “western” eaters. You make a lot of great points here. But these suggestions, no matter how well-founded, when presented together to a western eater do not seem like simple changes.

  33. Hi Kimberly!
    A question on the above – re: the water with meals thing… what about drinking smoothies, and having soups for meals, where there’s higher water content than with solid foods? How is it different in these instances?
    Thanks!

  34. I’m glad that you don’t tire of discussing this! I love hearing it, and the more often I hear it, the more likely I am to continue to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle! I’ve cut out quite a bit of animal protein, and drink the GGS every morning. I think I’m going to move in the direction of probiotic and enzyme supplement next! Thanks for the inspiration, Kim!! <3 <3

  35. Thanks for these useful tips! After adopting your morning ritual of lemon & water, then drinking a GGS, I’ve noticed I have more energy all day. Also taking supplements and love my regular exercise routine, but I think the added greens are starting to show in my complexion! Not green…but rosy :) Thank you for your inspiration, your kindness and your devotion to spreading good info about how to stay healthy. Good karma points for u!

    One question: my bro & my SO have both suffered kidney stones. They both stay away from spinach and other greens. Is this necessary? What sorts of fresh greens (not high in oxalic acid) can I recommend for their morning smoothies?

    Thanks, & have a lovely day!

  36. I had no idea there was gluten in rice milk?!?! I’ve been drinking it thinking it was a good alternative for a whole year.

  37. Regarding #6 (eating light to heavy), do you not recommend eating protein until dinner time? Don’t we need some protein at breakfast and lunch?

    • If you go back and re-read she specifically says “animal protein” meaning protein that is derived from ingesting ANIMAL meat…obviously that means getting protein through other means (ie in other meals and from non-ANIMAL sources) is a good thing. Oy.

  38. Hey Kim!!

    Thank you for sharing so many valuable tips… Just got The Beauty Detox cant wait to read…. Did you do the blog on BC pills?? Cant find it… And also how to keep yourself motivated for GGS.. I do it for 3 days and make excuses for a week!! Plzzz help!!

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