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April 20, 2014

Alicia Silverstone out with book 'Kind Mama'

'Clueless' actress famous for controversial parenting practices

NEW YORK (AP) — She's famous as an actress for "Clueless." But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she's put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, "The Kind Mama" (Rodale).

Silverstone, 37, whose son Bear Blu is almost 3, says she had a wonderful pregnancy and wants other women to feel as good as she did.

"I knew there was another way and it would be a more enjoyable, lovely way," said Silverstone in a recent interview. "So I started talking to doctors and medical experts, doing tons of research and found that there was so much support for this way. I wanted to make a guide for women so they could have that experience that they deserved to have."

As a vegan, Silverstone advocates a plant-based diet over meat and dairy. "When you take plants as your medicine and you use these nourishing miracles to truly get well, everything's easier," she said, adding, "You get to have happy, healthy mommas and babies and when mommy feels good, everybody feels good. And when babies feel good they act really well. They're not uncomfortable and just struggling to process everything that's being done to them. They feel amazing and they thrive."

She also recommends a lying-in period after birth, where a mother can bond with her baby. Silverstone says she took 10 days after birth to stay in bed with her son.

Silverstone has made a few headlines in the past for advocating practices that are out of the mainstream: After giving birth, she ate pills made from the placenta, and in 2012, she aired a video of herself practicing pre-mastication — pre-chewing food for her baby and spitting it in his mouth.

"This is very naive," she said, laughing over the video's hoopla, "but I was surprised that anybody paid attention. I posted it online in my little community and in my mind, in my little community, we're all minding our own business. ... I'm glad to hear that people really want to know what's going on at The Kind Life," which is the name of her website.

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