Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K = Kind Diet

I’ve been reading Alicia Silverstone’s book, The Kind Diet. I really love the way she took diet back to it’s original definition. She said back in the mid-1600’s the English language defined diet as, “a way of living, or thinking, a day’s journey.”

It might be from a time long ago, but it’s a fresh way of looking at it today. By giving the word back its original positive meaning, it might make following a different way of eating more tolerable. Because if we think our journey will be miserable, it will be.

I also love how there isn’t an all or nothing way of doing it. She has the book set up in three different levels:

  • Flirting - this plan is “simply sticking your toe in the pool of the Kind Diet.”
  • Vegan - this plan is for those who “want to commit to a plant-based diet.”
  • Superhero - this plan “emphasizes whole grains, organic vegetables, and sea vegetables.”
I’ll admit I’m on the ground more than I’m on the vegan wagon, but her book doesn’t make me want to give up. Because every time I fall back on an old meat or dairy habit, I remember she wrote: “When you make this journey in your own way, there’s no such thing as failure.”

She goes on to say in a later paragraph: “There’s no right way. As long as you continue to make good choices, one choice at a time, you will learn, and grow, and feel better.”

How many other plans are patient with you when your trying to change the way you eat? I’ve never tried others so maybe they are just as encouraging. But if they aren’t and you want to dabble with going vegan, I would highly recommend The Kind Diet.


  1. I guess I'm flirting with diets in general, still trying to find something that I like

  2. This looks interesting. I think I'm a flirt. When I get more serious, maybe I'll check out this book.

  3. This is a good book to keep in mind. I used to be a vegan, but was not supplementing right. I have flirted with the idea of trying again. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Great to meet you, Amy! This is the perfect blog post for me! I'm a huge Alicia Silverstone fan, first off. Her approach to an organic, green lifestyle has inspired me for years. This fresh look back on the origins of "diet" open my eyes and re-inspire me. Thanks!

  5. I could never be a vegan, but I just started a diet this month. Feels good to be lighter.

  6. This sounds like my kind of book. I like the 'be gentle to yourself' message. Thanks for the book recommendation.

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  7. Amy, this sounds like it might be a more realistic approach than many yo-yo diet books. Very interesting. Julie

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  9. Although, I could never go vegan, I appreciate the message to be kind to ourselves. Regardless of what we eat, life is a journey and we must prepare ourselves to make the most out of each day.

  10. I've been thinking about getting this book, and this post convinced me to finally do it. I'm flirting with being a vegetarian or vegan, I struggle with the whole issue, so this approach appeals to me.

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