Beauty Detox Hits the UK…and Paris!

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I just got back from an incredible and super fun trip to London and Paris that I wanted to share with you. Take a few minutes to live the trip with me!

What was so special about the trip for me was that the last few times I’ve been to London, it has been to support clients on movie press tours as their nutritionist. But this trip was actually about my own stuff- and getting to talk about my philosophy and work and books. What an honor and a dream to be discussing it across the pond!!

Above, I had a meeting with my whole publishing office over there, to explain the philosophy to them firsthand. I love them all, and they all got to try the Glowing Green Smoothie made in my vitamix blender that traveled all the way across the Atlantic, many of them for the first time! I so appreciate their support over there.

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Yes, they still have these classic phone booths. Tally ho!

During the press tour, we had drivers to take us to all the different interviews and appointments all over London. So we got to see so much the whole time, which was a real blessing.

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Here are some pics from a public demo of the Glowing Green Smoothie recipe and
short discussion I gave in Sloane Square.

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Then on to doing radio shows!

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Walking around Soho to editor and journalist meetings there at The Century Club. Oh and by the way, did I mention every day we were in London it was sunny and warm?!!

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In one of London’s many parks doing videos for various websites…

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And in between meetings we drove by Buckingham Palace. Ok, that doesn’t happen in LA or NY. Here I am, just passing by a huge palace between interviews, laa di daa! :)

Above- the Queen’s guards, and below, the beautiful statues in front of the palace.

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How striking does Big Ben look against the clear blue sky?

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Below, here I am with the absolutely lovely and spirited Lisa, who is part of the marketing team that works with my publisher. We are having lunch in a bright little corner of Covent Gardens between appointments. I got a big huge green salad and a dairy-free potato and leek soup.

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Walking up to (one of) the gates of Kensington Palace.

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More radio…and video interviews!

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I love the ubiquitous “Underground” signs. I also love how it’s referred to as the “tube”, but people pronounce it as “chuube”!

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What else was I eating? Well one night we found this amazing vegetarian Indian restaurant. I got a lentil and potato dosa, and shared daal and some aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower) with rice. I always take my digestive enzymes with me. I am really strict with no dairy no matter what, no matter where I am, but when traveling I will be more lax about things like white rice, which I wouldn’t eat at home very often.

I also found lots of quinoa! It is invading London I think. Two different restaurants had it- and I asked them to toss it with greens to make me enormous (as you can see!) quinoa-greens salad. Beet salads, non-dairy veggie curries, hummus were all easy to find everywhere as well.

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Kensington Gardens!

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Ok so when you’re in London you have to go to some pubs. How can you not? It’s part of the local culture! As you know, I am not a huge beer drinker, but when I was there I did indulge in my favorite beer, which was on draft- Guinness! I do admit I love the taste. We had a blast, and I definitely don’t worry about some treats here and there. As long as you follow the big picture most of the time, you can enjoy your life too, and those treats won’t set you back. :)

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At Press Association, like the version of the US’s, “Associated Press” for interviews.

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Harrod’s at night. Spectacular! London I love you so much!!

But now on to…Paris!

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Is there anything better than Paris on a sunny day?

Yes! A sunny day NOT in the peak of the tourist season, as we were lucky enough to find ourselves in. I couldn’t have created a better time to be there.

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Starting the day with a leisurely day sitting at an outdoor cafe, chilling and people watching, which is one of the prime activities in Paris. I think it’s absolutely great! What’s with all the rushing around us Americans always do all day?? I think we could all really learn from these European practices, especially just going to the cafe.

Crepes all around… but for me, a huge salad with haricots verts (green beans), beets and avocado. Yummy!

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I’ve never seen the Louvre be so…uncrowded. Ah, magnifique, being outside in the amazing weather surrounded by centuries’ old vaults of some of the world’s best artwork!

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I could not help but visit this chocolate shop we found, L’Atelier Du Chocolate, where I met the owner and chocalatier herself (imagine if you made chocolate treats for a living!). I explained we wanted dark chocolate “sans lait” (no milk) and she led us to her bins of the most amazing, dark chocolates ever.

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Arc de Triomphe!

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Oops this is a bit out of order, but this is walking through part of the Louvre, where you can see the enclosed sculpture gardens and see the pyramid peaking through outside!

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I absolutely love the “green back” book sellers, which line the banks of the Seine. I could spend hours sorting through the old books and goodies (and I did!).

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Notre Dame, oldest church in Paris, in all her glory!

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Okay here is what we ate for dinner one night. Yes, at a leisurely outdoor cafe- my favorite way of dining! I WILL indulge in some gluten here and again, especially when I am traveling. I just take digestive enzymes and don’t worry about it. It’s not like I eat it every day…and I was in Paris!

Here, I started with a big green salad. And then shared spaghetti puttanesca (with no anchovy), and a cheese-less pizza with tons of veggies and topped with raw arugula. Oh yes, and a delicious red wine. Hmm, hmm!!

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Here I am, a little sleepy-eyed after waking up from a nap on the lawns at the base of the Eiffel Tower. It was like waking up…and still being in the dream!

I hope you enjoyed taking the journey with me. I hope you are inspired to see that A) Our community is growing worldwide, and we are all connected and stronger by it! B) You can follow Beauty Detox principles no matter where you are, and still enjoy your life. Pick and choose the most important things that are in your control (always start with green salad, no dairy, take digestive enzymes along with you, avoid heavy oily salad dressing, etc.). Guinness and spaghetti are not things you have to give up forever…just don’t eat them every week! And enjoy when you do. :)

A toute a l’heure! Love, Kimberly

 

 

 

 

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13 Responses to “Beauty Detox Hits the UK…and Paris!

  1. I absolutely loved this post, Kimberly!! Beautiful pictures. I do have to ask, what did you ask for as a dressing for your big green salads while at the London and Paris restaurants?

    Thank you!!
    xxoo

  2. Hi Kim,

    Thanks for posting your pictures. I am going to be spending a month in Paris this summer. I am so looking forward to it.

    Do you have any suggestions of restaurants that cater to people who are choosing to forgo wheat and dairy in their lifestyle? As well, it is nice to see that you did indulge a bit as well.

    Thank you for your post.

    Jennifer

  3. Dear Kimberly,
    I have been completely inspired by your book and philosophy. Living in London I feel blessed to have found your invaluable advice. Are you able to tell me if my current probiotic is any good or perhaps you prefer a different brand? (The one I currently have is Bio-Kult, probiotic multi-strain formula).
    Kindest regards, Jo x

  4. Looks like a fabulous time! Congratulations! One question-a friend of mine with celiac claims that when she is in France, she has no trouble with the baked goods because the wheat is not as processed as ours is in the US, that the gluten molecule is not as large as the gluten molecule in US processed wheat. Have you heard anything about that?

  5. Hi Kimberly,

    Could you maybe tell us a bit more about the use of digestive enzymes?

    Congrats on your success in Europe! Take care.

  6. Thanks for sharing with us all Kimberly!! I’m so happy people are wanting to learn more about nutrition and who better that you to teach them! Sending you so much love and good energy. I love your books, I give them out to all my friends and the GGS has changed my life! For the first time in my life I don’t suffer from chronic anemia and am in the best health ever! Thank so much Kimberly!

  7. I am a huge fan of yours in the UK (I picked up your first book during a layover in LAX in 2010) and am so sad that I missed you in London! Please do keep us Londoners posted as to when you’re coming back!

  8. Great post! I live in London as well and it is nice to see the city through different eyes.
    I like that you are flexible with your rules (to a point) when you travel. I have trouble with that and usually I stress myself out and suffer a lot when away from home. Also, do you have any suggestions not to become too rigid? or to those recovering from an eating disorder on how to get rid of fear/trigger foods (like gluten!)?
    BTW, do you avoid sugar 100% of the time?
    Thanks for the inspiration! Jo

  9. Congratulations on your fantastic trip!
    Your eating plan sounds so healthy. I would love to know more about your green drink. I have some real pit falls with my diet plan . I love cheese and bread (whole grain). I’m basically a vegetarian, eating lots of fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts. I’m anxious to learn more about your program——-perhaps it will be the key to end some issues that I have. Esophagitis and gastritis.
    You glow in all your pictures! You are a wonderful role model. Thank you for willingness to share your knowledge of healthy eating with others.
    Sincerely,
    Joanne d. curzie

  10. I love that you’re okay with letting loose in terms of dietary restrictions while traveling. I think a lot of girls get wrapped up in having to be so perfect and strict (to a fault) all the time, that they forget about enjoying themselves! You look like you had such an amazing (and healthy) time, sans stress. Traveling can cause a lot of food worry for some people, and I think it’s great that you just showed everyone how simple it can really be. Who wouldn’t eat some pasta in Paris? I know I would!

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