THK Food Guide


  • Reply Intestinal Aloe Cleanse | Health Beyond Hype June 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    […] If you would like to get the most out of this cleanse eliminate meat, dairy, processed and fried foods. Focus on whole grains, beans, raw nuts and seeds, organic vegetables and fruits as well as natural sweeteners such as molasses, raw honey, and grade B maple syrup. Drink only purified water, fresh vegetable and fruit juice/smoothies and loose-leaf tea. For a good shopping guide go here. […]

  • Reply Jessica February 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    First off, thanks so much for your blog, I stumbled upon it while searching for vegan recipes, and am absorbed. May I please ask where certain items on the “grocery list” have been crossed out? In particular, soy products, which I consume on a regular basis. Thank you!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren February 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      The soy products have been crossed out because I do not recommend eating them. I actually have written a whole article on soy, which will be helpful in answering your question further. You can find it HERE.

  • Reply nikki April 13, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I love all the foods you listed and agree with all just agave. Agave is high fructose sweetener and is very processed to get in its form. I used to think it was good because it said “raw” and so like honey, I thought raw meant good. But Agave is a huge natural food industry lie, so please consider reading a little on its negatives. Thank you for this list, it was very helpful and is a great fridge list to keep around.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      HI Nickki, I would agree and the only reason it is mentioned here is because I actually found one small brand called Sun Fire that is based out of Austin that actually carries an amazing agave. But with that being said, he follows its processing very intimately and makes sure that nothing is heated, and that the source is very pure. But once again, yes, most all agave is not very good.

  • Reply Joanie July 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon states in his book that nutritional yeast is a form of msg.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Hello Joanie, I have heard that before but have not been able to see the research behind that. From all my experience with nutritionists to raw foodist to naturopathic doctors and other alternative practitioners, nutritional yeast is always a key recommendation for a healthy diet. Rich in B12, B vitamins, glutathione and an excellent source of vegan protein, I believe it is a great good.

    • Reply monaliza March 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Ty for the info. Add me to your mailing list,group discussions ect.thanks

      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        Great! Just confirm to the email sent to you.

  • Reply Janette Beslievre November 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I didn’t realise my last name would be posted, Please take it off as I don’t want people to know who I am because of my cancer. Thanks.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Hi – please repost question, as I had to delete the previous comment.

  • Reply gretchen February 18, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Where are you sourcing sea vegetables and spirulina from that is not affected by the radiation from Japan?
    Everything I find seems to be from Korea, Japan, or Hawaii.


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Hi Gretchen, I get mine mostly from Korea. From the tests done on the foods grown there, I do not see a real reason to be concerned. I suggest contacting the companies directly and inquiring about their testing methods and their results on the levels of contamination including radiation.

  • Reply Heidi January 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    You do not accept avocados or avocado oil for healthy fats?? Why?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Heidi – avocados are great!!! Definitely a healthy fat 🙂

  • Reply susan November 3, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Hi, i understand Kale is very acidic, i don’t know if its psychological but my stomach swells and i get a lot of gas when i eat it, sometime to the point of having severe acid reflux which require hospitalisation. Is this a reaction from kale? I would like to have your comment on the same. Susan

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 10, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Hi Susan, kale is not acidic but alkalizing. What you are experiencing is an inability to properly digest kale. It is a tougher cruciferous vegetable full of insoluble fiber. When the body is unable to break down a food, like kale, it has to be digested by the bacteria in the gut which results in gas. This is what it sounds like is happening to you. As for the acid reflux, acid reflux is typically caused by low HCL (hydrochloric acid) which is produced by the stomach to digest protein foods. When you do not have enough HCL lactic acid builds up from the insufficient digestion of food. This can cause the acid reflux (acid being lactic acid). I do not believe the acid reflux is from kale but from protein rich foods like meat. I would suggest taking a digestive enzyme like THIS one from pure encapsulations. I would also add in an herbal supplement to support the stomach and to start healing the esophagus (which gets damaged from the acid in acid reflux). I personally use a product called GastroVen. You can take it as a tea before meals. Once you have taken the GastroVen for a period of time (about 3 months) you should then consider taking a HCL supplement as it sounds like you are deficient. Reducing/eliminating meat would be another way to support the healing as well as taking apple cider vinegar in water before meals.

  • Reply Anna March 7, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Hi Laura, just one question. You’ve included ghee in your list, but at the same time have recommended avoiding dairy at all costs. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure ghee is a dairy product? And would, by any chance, organic butter be a healthy alternative? I love your work, many thanks and keep it up !

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Anna, sorry for the confusion there. Ghee is a clarified form of butter, that is made by a simple process of gently simmering cultured butter to remove potential allergens such as casein and lactose. Milk contains lactose, a natural sugar which gives it that delicate sweet taste. In order for the body to breakdown lactose into its basic components of simple sugars called glucose and galactose, an enzyme called lactase must be present. Many people lack this valuable enzyme in their digestive system causing a common digestive problem known as lactose intolerance. In order to metabolize lactose, lactase must always be present. During the culturing process of milk or cream, lactose is converted into lactic acid. This makes for a much more digestible product for many people. Remember, generally ghee does not cause a problem with lactose intolerance. This is because during the ghee making process, the lactose is removed even if the butter used to make the ghee was not made from cultured cream. In addition, the clarifying process helps to get rid of any toxic byproducts of the milk. Ghee is a sacred food from Ayurveda, the ancient medicine from India, and is known to help heal the body and be quite nourishing. For these reasons it is added to the list. It is different than other forms of dairy, which is why I recommend it. Hope that clears things up! If not, here is a great article on it:

  • Reply Lily April 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I was shown this chart by a friend of mine. I would like to gain healthy weight but I don’t even know where to start! Which food groups should I focus on the most?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Lily, The best way to gain weight is a combination of a high-calorie diet with a muscle-building workout routine (weight lifting). Healthy high calorie foods would be healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds, olives, olive oil, flax and hemp seeds, coconut (meat,oil,butter), nut butters, and organic butter and ghee. Eat these foods three meals a day, and use them in snacks. Mix them with healthy grains like buckwheat, rice, quinoa etc. and veggies. Making a smoothie for a meal is another easy way to add lots of healthy calories. Just throw in lots of coconut butter, nut butters, and avocado. Hope this helps!

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