I love and appreciate so much that you leave tons of comments and questions for me. I want you to know that I am listening to you, that I hear you. And I am here to support you as much as possible on this path, which we are all on together. There are many questions that seem to pop up time and time again, so I’m going to start posting blogs here and there grouping them together, so everyone can see my answers.
Remember that you can also join the Beauty Detox Facebook Group, where the community also comes together for support and fellowship.
But let’s get started…here is our first Ask Kimberly post!
Can anyone give me tips for exercise to match the lifestyle? I can’t stick to anything.
Do what’s natural and fun for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all exercise that matches this program because we’re all different and love different things. Try yoga, pick up an outdoor sport, go dancing, go for a hike. Some people like the structure of the gym and machines, but for me it doesn’t feel natural, and I don’t like all the metal machines, stale air and man-made machines that encourage monotonous movements and reps.
Exercises that celebrate the human body’s ability to move and be flexible while giving you the opportunity to take in the beauty of nature are best. You may have to try a few activities before you find one that brings you joy and seems fun enough to stick to. It’s possible that you’ll even have to try each activity several times before you really come to love any of them. A bonus of exercising regularly is that it is one of many methods for natural headache relief.
Yoga really matches our Beauty Detox lifestyle, as it encourages deep breathing to help promote detoxification, as well as an all-around sense of balance. Since eating this way and practicing yoga, I’ve seen much more body tone in my arms, abs and all around, then when I used to lift light weights and run all the time. There is more space in the body, more oxygen getting to the muscles. I practice Vinyasa flow of different types. I like to flow- I don’t practice set sequences moving from pose to pose, like Bikram. I love my self practice too so much- not being in a class, but letting my body move as it feels, at home on my mat. By the way, I have our upcoming yoga video sitting next to me as I write this, and it will be ready very soon. Long-term readers will remember that we shot it in Bora Bora. It is going back to nature as much as possible!
In any case, check out local studios as find a style that you love and feels right for you. Remember to breathe!
I noticed Kim is using low-sodium tamari these days instead of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (which she mentioned in her first book). Does anyone know if Bragg’s is still okay to use? I love it!
Now I use low-sodium tamari mostly. But they’re both much better for you than traditional soy sauce or nama shoyu (which both contain wheat), but I have a slight preference for low-sodium tamari because there’s less sodium in it (233 mg in one teaspoon of the San-J brand, for example) than Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (620 mg per teaspoon). You’ll get a rich, delicious flavor from either one, and they’re both non-GMO and gluten-free. Tamari is made from fermented soybeans, and the fermentation process breaks down a lot of the soybean proteins that could cause allergies.
I have a question about coconut oil. Kim says that all fats should be consumed at a minimum. I am confused because of all the hype surrounding coconut oil where people suggest having up to 3 Tbsp per day. What are the side effects of this? I’ve heard that it greatly benefits the skin and aids in weight loss as well as helps the skin bounce back. Any tips?
Any fat can be congestive (and lead to weight gain rather than loss) if you eat too much of it, though if you’re going to consume an oil, coconut is the best because it’s easy to digest and has additional health benefits (like thyroid support). It’s all about balance. I wouldn’t go so far as to recommend three tablespoons of any oil per day, but if you have a day here and there when you just won’t be eating many other Beauty Fats, like avocados, nuts, or seeds, having a little coconut oil is fine as long as you make sure it’s properly combined with other foods. If you feel that you need to cook a certain dish with an oil rather than vegetable broth, I do recommend coconut oil over others because of its high smoke point and the way it digests in the body.
Also, don’t forget that you can apply coconut oil directly to the skin as a moisturizer to get even more benefits without worrying about toxic chemicals going into your body.
Is anyone else struggling to cut back or give up coffee? It’s the one thing I’m struggling to let go of! Any tips?
Coffee is one of those things that a lot of people struggle with, even after they’ve cut out refined and processed foods, meat, dairy, etc, and cleaned up their diet in all the other ways. 1 cup a day or a few times a week is okay if you must (organic!), but any more than that and you’re really overloading your body with caffeine.
You may be able to trick yourself into feeling satisfied with a different hot drink (warm water with lemon or roobios tea with some almond milk in it, for example) if it’s the warmth you’re craving. For some people, it’s that simple; they think they’re craving coffee when what they really want is a hot drink to start the day with. In other cases, it’s necessary to wean yourself off the caffeine with fewer cups per day or by choosing options with lower amounts of caffeine (like decaf coffee or green tea). There are coffee substitutes on the market, too, that give you the warmth and the flavor of coffee without the caffeine, like Dandy Blend. Also, if you’re used to logging late hours in front of the television or computer at night when you could be sleeping, make the conscious decision to unplug, unwind (without a glowing screen of any kind), and go to sleep early. You may find that you don’t even feel the need for caffeine once you’re well-rested and on a schedule that allows you to get enough time with your pillow.
Of course, as you switch to having your daily Glowing Green Smoothie, your energy levels will start to soar naturally. I’ve gotten many a client to cut back drastically, from say 5 to 1 cups of coffee, from starting to drink their GGS! And one of the best thing about GGS is that you can make them ahead of time the day before with a vitamix blender, saving you time in your morning routine!
Is there any danger of food poisoning when making the raw sauerkraut (Probiotic & Enzyme Salad)? I am not used to storing things at room temp.
There are some things you can do to lower the risk of food poisoning, like sterilizing the mason jars to prevent botulism and ensuring that any other tools that will be coming in contact with the ingredients for your salad have been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized as well. Always pack the mixture tightly into the jars and be sure the lid is closed well. Using spring water to make the brine is also advised. I can’t tell you that you’ll never have a batch go bad, but I can tell you how to lessen the likelihood that it will. You should also be able to tell that a batch is “off” by the way it looks or smells. If it smells nasty, of course do not eat it!!! Sometimes the rolled up cabbage on top won’t look so great, but what’s underneath is fine. Use your judgment, and if you’re having doubts about its safety, definitely toss it and try again. Better safe than sorry.
Does anyone know how long the creamy avocado dressing will stay fresh? I would prefer to make a weekly batch rather than daily.
The Creamy Avocado Dressing will stay fresh for about three to four days. You’ll almost be able to get a whole half week out of it, which is much better than having to make it daily.
Keep your questions coming! I am here, we are all here together, present and supporting each other. You are doing great, keep up with great work and living your best life.
Sending all my love,