I’m Kimberly Van Der Beek. Wife to James. Mother to Olivia, Joshua and Annabel. Taking steps towards living and inspiring a simple, beautiful, harmonious life.


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  1. Hi Kimberly, I wanted to get your advice and opinion on healthy eating. I admire your knowledge on the benefits for eating better. I have a few questions if you won’t mind answering them. I’m from the south so we LOVE food, sweet tea and desserts. With that being said my family has never been one for paying attention to all the bad ingredients in food. Now that I am older and with children of my own I want them to have the very best. So with my questions. Which would better benefit, Eating for your blood type or all organic? Thanks

    • This is a great question! I have limited knowledge of the eating for your blood type diet. There are things I love about it, but it suggests I eat dairy and reducing dairy has significantly improved my health. In what is just my personal opinion- eating food with the least amount of chemicals possible is best, simply because chemicals are not food and your body knows how to break down and digest real food. Perhaps make some important switches to organic with things like berries, apples, leafy greens and cucumbers, and then experiment a bit with what works for you within the blood type diet- being mindful that what may work for one person may not work for everybody (a food you are “supposed” to eat that may not actually be something your body breaks down well).

  2. Hey Kimberly!

    I just stumbled upon your blog–gotta say I LOVE IT! I try to lean more towards organic but it can be difficult at times when you’re trying to be economical but also be creative with meals.

    Snacks are a big thing for my husband and I. I know it’s best to eat 4-5 small meals a day but time slips away from me and before I know it, I go from breakfast to an early lunch, and then I’m sick to my stomach by dinner because I’m so hungry. I really try to avoid picking throughout the day unless I have grapes or something at work (lately it’d been dark chocolate covered acai & blueberries though), however, it’d be nice to find healthy salty snacks other than almonds (I get a little tired of eating almonds all the time LOL). I’m a HUGE cheese lover but I know it should really be eaten in moderation. I’ve looked up healthy, organic snack ideas but they seem sort of limited (it seems everyone suggests almonds). Any tips or suggestions? I really love the tomato with avocado and basil idea!

    Courtney A. Mitterando

    • I will definitely post lots more healthy snacks! You’ll also notice if you start having less salt you crave it less. Perhaps start sprinkling some things with Herbamere, it’s an herb seasoning salt (an avocado, an organic hard boiled egg). Another snack I love is almond butter (I know, more almonds!) on top of an organic rice cake with a little raw honey). Salty seaweed snacks are also a fav.

  3. Thank you! I definitely need to look into this Herbamere stuff you’re talking about (I LOVE HB eggs–I have been thinking of boiling a half dozen or so at a time, peeling them and keeping them in the fridge for a quick snack throughout the week…that’s what my MIL does). I agree, I do love almond butter (haha–even though it is MORE almonds!) and I’ve put it (I buy the MaraNatha brand) on an apple or banana for a quick fix. I’ve never had salty seaweed–sounds gross but I love sushi so I’d imagine I’d love another form of the seaweed.

    Can’t wait to see more posts about FOOD! 🙂 Thanks again for the tips!

  4. Awesome blog. So inspiring. Every time I read it I feel not only that I learned something but my life will be better/healthier afterwards.

  5. First off let me say that I love your blog. You have inspired many of the dinners I have made over the last 3 months. Secondly I was wondering if you do anything special with your hair. It is gorgeous. Thanks for all your wonderful blog post.

    • I typially switch my shampoos after I’ve gone through a few bottles. Right now I’m using Davines. I use coconut oil or olive oil as the occasional leave in treatment. That said, I believe it’s more diet related than anything else. I consume lots of healthy fats like avocados, flax, coconut oil and hemp.

  6. Hi Kimberly,

    I recently got married and feel like I have already run out of dinner options. My husband only does no carb meals, I have been buying the same fish, chicken skewers and steak skewers for a couple months now because it was the only thing I could come up with that was low carb and that he would eat. Reading your Instagram posts has inspired me to try your recipes and innovative low carb ideas. They look quick and easy, which is exactly what I need as a working wife. Just wanted to say thanks!

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