Hi I am so happy to have watched OPRAH the day the topic was eating kind. This was the first I heard of Alicia's book. I have been praying and hoping for something to inspire me into getting healthy again! I have tried sooooo many diets over the past couple of years and nothing feels right or works. When I heard of Food INC and Alicia's book I went straight to the book store. There was only one copy left and so I sat down to look it over. Just then I noticed a Paul Mcartney song on the radio and then I noticed the preface I was reading was written by him! This was a sign to me. I knew in that moment this is the book, has the philosophy I have been looking for and need desperately. I am about to turn 40, well actually 38 but my body is changing in a not so good way and all the dieting and "trying" to eat healthy is actually going the opposite direction and I am packing on the pounds. It is time to try something different. I have alway feared loosing cheese. I soooo love that gooey stuff but now my skin is worse than when I was in Jr. High school. The girls are flying south and my body is at it's all time worst. I also have a husband who is struggling with his weight. When I showed him the book he was totally excited. He was a Vegan when I first met him over 10 years ago. We are desperate but didn't know where to turn. The Kind Diet seems like a "god send" right now. We are ready to take the jump together which will be a great help for me and hopefully him. I do have a trip planned to visit my sister in Australia I will be "flirting" until I return. When I return me and my husband are re-vamping our pantry and making the commitment to "GO KIND" I believe this was exactly what I needed in my life. I also am thrilled there is a website to connect and write. It will be a journey and I am totally up for it. And ready to learn more. I was a veggie for many years but never Vegan. I know my body is crying for a change. My spirit is also. Cheers to Health!
Emily -- This sounds exactly like that I am dealing with. I could have written this word for word. LOL!!! I love hearing others stories. It is all so inspiring. I am sort of flirting until I go grocery shopping again at the end of next week. I am very excited and hope that this will my husband and children as well. Good Luck and keep us all posted.
I am doing this first off because I need to lose weight as well. I have done other diets where I had to eat meat (protein). I had also done the Hallelujah diet before, but I didn't have time to do all the juicing. I am really hoping that my husband and son will do this eventually with me...my husband is really a meat eater and my son is not a big veggie eater. He needs to eat better because he has a kidney disease. I'm getting ready to go to the store to get what I need. I will have to gradually add some things to my pantry but I can get what I need to so I can get started. Good luck on your journey. We have to make it this time. I know this will be better for us.
I have also just turned 40 this past year :) and lost a family member this past week due to diabetes and other issues....so I feel this is a time for changes so I can live a long and happy life...so here I am :)....I am not only looking to make food changes but to lose weight as well (need to lose about 60 lbs)...but I think the weight loss with come with making these types of changes to the foods I chose to eat. It is just hard to know where to start....going to make a grocery list this weekend and menu for the week and see how it goes :). I think I am going to try the artichoke, mushroom and leek crostini with pesto that alicia made on oprah :)...looks sooooooooo good :)....but I am excited about this journey :).....sure it won't always go smoothly :) but hopefully it won't be to rough either :)....
Hi Emily! As Rebecca wrote, your post is almost identical to my story too. I will turn 40 this year and my health has been in a steady decline since my youngest daughter was born two years ago. My closest girlfriend is recentl;y diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, and I know in my heart of hearts I must begin to take responsibility for my own health...so here I am. So good to know we aren't alone, isn't it? Blessings to all!!
All these responses are sooo inspirational. I am still in my twenties but know that it is essential to develop a healthy lifestyle. In retrospect, it seems that i've always "flirted" with a healthy lifestyle. But now that I approach my thirties, and see that weight is definitely an issue that the women in my family deal with on both sides, I am determined to change my lifestyle. As Alicia mentions in her book, the shrinking waist line is an added bonous. To this, I say....good luck ladies....regardless what our reasons are for embarking on a journey of change...
Good morning- I will be 50 this year and am really starting to feel and see my age in myself. I'm always tired, my skin is dull, and i have alot of stomach issues. I've decided that I'm taking control of my own health and the first step is to revamp my diet of wine, diet soda, meat, sugars, etc. I feel this must be contributing to my general feeling of blah. This is also a way for me to "walk the talk" when it comes to animal cruelty. How can i continue to say i'm an animal lover while eating food processed in ways that torture these same animals. I'm very pysched up and but also just a bit nervous about making such a big change at this late stage in life...with menopause looming on the horizon, i figure it's now or never...weight loss will just be an added plus.
I am just beginning the Kind Diet and am excited to embark on this journey. I was wondering.. what are you all telling your friends and family when it comes to your new eating habits? I know it is going to be awkward in the beginning to go to parties... friends and family are not going to take me seriously until I have done this for a while... AND I know that everyone thinks they are a doctor and are going to try to tell me what they think is a healthier way to lose weight. I just want to be left alone to do my own thing! Help Kind Lifer friends!!!
Hi North Shore Girl :)......Like yourself I have done so many different type of lifestyle changes/diets etc....I don't think anyone pays attention anymore :)....so what I have learned is not to tell anyone......if this works then great and I can tell them then....if not then no one is the wiser :). When I go to places for dinner as a guest I always make something that I know I can eat as an appetizer or a side dish or something like that......just because it fits my diet contraints doesn't mean I have to tell everyone :)....all they have to know is tastes great :). Times when I have said something to people then everyone feels it nessary to tell me the bad things they've read or just their opinion (which doesn't always match what I beleive)......so by not saying anything I avoid the Dr.Phil intervention :) lol.....good luck :)
Wow, these posts are so inspirational! I have been flirting with vegetarianism/veganism for the last 4 years or so, and now I'd now say I'm vegan with rare exceptions--I've eliminated yogurt, eggs, milk, and most of the cheese from my diet. I'll get there! I'm in my late twenties, but I see in my own family the results of the western diet--obesity, diabetes, and a host of other health problems. My aunt, who is only 50, has a number of serious health issues that we think are caused by untreated celiac disease, but I know her processed food diet in general is also to blame. I lost about 80 pounds over the last 3 or 4 years, and am looking to lose the last 20 to 25 this year. What finally changed my thinking and enabled me to finally lose the weight I struggled with for so long was the idea that I needed to treat my body with respect. Eating well is really an act of self love. That's one of the things about TKD I like best.