Alicia Silverstone

Can you tell us about your new book The Kind Mama and what made you run with this idea? 

I wanted to provide women with a book that was full of valuable information that would help them get pregnant, have an ailment-free pregnancy, (free of the icky stuff we all assume is unavoidable – from hemorrhoids and swollen ankles to diabetes) know their birth options, and empower them to make the choices that feel right for them throughout, so that they could have the most healthy little baby. And I wanted it all in one, accessible place. Basically, The Kind Mama is a recipe for having the happiest, healthiest baby around.

How does it fit into the kind life lifestyle? What will new Moms take away from it? 

Being a Kind Mama starts with being kind to yourself by getting yourself as healthy as you possibly can – starting with adopting a kind diet. Being a mama requires every morsel of your being. You don’t want to be distracted and tired, sick, or irritable. I consulted some of the smartest obstetricians, pediatricians, midwives, healers and experts in the field, as well as the latest research, to provide Mamas and Mamas-to-be a soup to nuts guide for every step of the journey, so that they can enjoy a blissful pregnancy and birth and a happy healthy baby.

Common misconceptions about going vegan…

Your body gets everything it could possibly want from kind food, and the body in pregnancy (and new mama-hood) is no exception. The key is getting enough variety. Every plant has its own unique magical properties so filling your plate with a wide range of veggies, beans, nuts, seed, and grains is how you make sure your body is completely fortified. In the book I provide a “Kind Food from A to Zinc” guide for inspiration for how to get every vitamin and mineral you need from these amazing plants.

Words to eat by…

Know where your food came from and exactly what’s in it. Be kind. Chew!

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, New York, Ireland, Africa, and Paris. I always bring Ume plums, in case I need to balance out some naughty food or too much salt.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

New York and LA both have such great food! In New York, I love Pure Food & Wine, Candle Café West, Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, NY Dosas, Hangawi and Vegetarian Dim Sum House.

My favorite Los Angeles restaurants are Planet Raw, Shima, Real Food Daily for brunch on the weekends, Crossroads, Elf, M.A.K.E., Inaka, and Café Gratitude.

Five things you’re loving right now… 

My son, yoga, walking in the neighborhood alone, naps, Planet Raw smoothies and food for culinary delight.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black,’ what is the new potato of health? 

I think they key to health is not what’s “new” but what’s old – ancient wisdom holds the answers to so many of the health problems of our modern era.

As a throwback, what restaurants and stores would you find Cher at now and why?

I think you’d probably see Cher at Café Gratitude or Crossroads, enjoying delicious healthy food and the good-looking and cool crowd.  Cher might like Satine on 3rd.

*For Alicia’s recipe for Fat Fried Noodles, Click Here

*Alicia Silverstone, photographed at Gracias Madre in Los Angeles by Danielle Kosann. Alicia wears a Tolani shirt and J.Brand jeans.