Kim Barnouin, the co-author of one of the all-time best-selling books on food, nutrition, and all-around goodness, Skinny Bitch, is back with a cookbook that's going to knock your socks off called Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. The cookbook is the latest from the best-selling author, holistic rock-star, and mompreneur (she's also the creator of one of our favorite websites, HealthyBitchDaily). I talked to Kim about what it means to be healthy, her favorite ingredients, favorite places to eat in LA, and more.
MBG: You have a degree in holistic nutrition -- when did holistic nutrition become important to you?
KB: It was around 2001 and I was suffering from some health issues and I couldn’t afford health insurance or too many trips to the doctor so I started researching ways to help heal myself. All of my research lead me to discover how powerful food was, since I did have control over what I ate I decided to overhaul my diet and it changed my life. I knew then that I wanted to help other people learn the importance of a healthy diet.
What does being healthy mean to you?
That is a great question! For me it’s not about what size I am or how much I weigh, it’s just about how I feel everyday. It’s about a healthy lifestyle in general, not just what I eat. I eat good healthy food, I am outdoors a lot getting exercise with my son, I am conscious about the cleaning products we have in our house, what beauty products I use, I know the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit. When I get out of balance, I can crumble pretty fast so it’s important for me to keep all of those components aligned.