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Kimberly Snyder’s Detox Diet Creates Radiant Beauty

by Judith Fertig

CE_1114_KimberlySnyder_PhotoByYlva ErevallWise food choices, carefully timed consumption and naturally effective detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes wellness and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving that all-desirable outward glow.

Snyder says she once struggled with several beauty issues. In seeking wellness and on her way toward becoming a nutritionist, she found that her daily energy level improved after she started making shifts in her diet. Then, she lost weight, her hair became smoother and formerly troubled facial skin became clear and smooth.

Blogging about her gradual transformation attracted media attention and a celebrity clientele by word of mouth. “I never looked for clients; they found me,” she says. Today, she counts singer Fergie and her actor-husband Josh Duhamel, actress Kerry Washington and actress and filmmaker Drew Barrymore among those she has helped get into better camera-ready shape.

Early into her personal transformation, Snyder realized that digestion held the key. “I never linked my constipation issues with my acne,” she says. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to digest food,” she observes, commenting that it’s no wonder that eating a fast-food sandwich with cheese at lunch produces a mid-afternoon slump. “The gluten in low-quality bread, plus animal protein and the casein in cheese are hard to digest together and all at once—it could take several hours,” she explains. “When you feel the inevitable drop in energy, you might turn to caffeine or sugary soda,” she says, but that only brings on another slump.

Good Advice

Snyder suggests simplifying meals by eating as many whole, raw, plant-based foods as possible. She advises her clients to start the day with lemon juice in warm water. If they don’t feel like breakfast, she says don’t push it. “Don’t eat if you’re not hungry,” she advises. “Listen to your body, it knows best.”

When hunger hits, she blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—“the star of the whole beauty detox program” in her book. A batch of three to four servings requires seven cups of chopped spinach; six cups of chopped romaine lettuce; one-and-a-half cups of chopped celery; one banana, an apple and a pear, both peeled, cored and chopped; two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and two cups of filtered water. Snyder claims that drinking the smoothie can make a difference in just three days.

Healthy eating pays dividends in radiant skin, lustrous hair, sparkling eyes and a sleek physique.

She also lists 50 plant-based foods for specific body benefits, including avocados and sweet potatoes for youthful-looking skin, pumpkin seeds for lustrous hair and celery to diminish under-eye circles. These foods are naturally alkaline-forming during digestion and break down more easily to assimilate more effectively than acid-forming items like animal protein, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. With digesting consuming less energy, we end up feeling more energetic.

Timely Eating

Carefully timed consumption is also a key in Snyder’s beauty regimen. Eating fruit by itself on an empty stomach helps it digest better than when its combined with other foods that take longer to process. On hungry days, Snyder recommends turning to whole grains such as oats or quinoa.

When energy is low, she advocates supplementing with bee pollen or a protein smoothie. She stresses, “Progress, not perfection,” as her mantra, advising that it is better to take small steps and keep moving forward rather than try to change everything all at once. She believes that experiencing higher energy and beauty benefits provides effective incentives to continue instead of trying to stick to a strict, numbers-based plan that does not take into account energy or digestion.

Ongoing Cleansing

“The metaphor I use for healthy digestion is a waterfall versus a stagnant pond,” notes Snyder. “You want your system to be moving, dynamic.” To keep digestive “sludge” out of our body’s systems, Snyder recommends a proven detox approach of drinking liquid “only between meals”, emphasizing purified water, organic apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, to help foods digest easier. She particularly recommends her own Probiotic and Enzyme Salad, made with four cups of shredded cabbage; one inch of fresh ginger, cut into strips; one teaspoon of caraway seeds; and cold, filtered water, all left to naturally ferment in a jar at room temperature for about five days—or refrigerated raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. She also emphasizes supplementing with probiotics, such as her unique formula made from soil-based organisms. Infrared sauna treatments can help also leach heavy metals out of body fat and decrease cellulite.

“These techniques have been around for a long time because they work,” says Snyder. “This is a lifestyle with the aim of progress, not perfection. As I always say, outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.”

Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

Top 50 Beauty Detox Foods

by Kimberly Snyder

Here are specific foods to target to improve specific body areas while promoting whole-body wellness. These plant-based foods also improve digestion and raise energy levels.

For Beautiful Skin

Youthful

  • Red bell peppes
  • Coconut (fresh, milk, oil)
  • Avocados
  • Spinach

Radiant

  • Watercress
  • Figs
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Acai

Soft

  • Pineapple
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseed

Unlined, wrinkle-free

  • Pears
  • Cabbage
  • Turmeric

Clear, blemish-free

  • Fermented vegetables (e.g., sauerkraut)
  • Arugula
  • Onions
  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Lemon

For Beautiful Hair

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dulse (a type of seaweed)
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Nutritional yeast

For Beautiful Eyes

Bright Eyes

  • Papaya
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Apples

Eliminating dark circles and puffiness

  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas

For a Beautiful Body

Fluid body movement

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Romaine lettuce

Cellulite-free

  • Fresh cilantro and parsley
  • Buckwheat and oat groats (whole oats)

Toned body

  • Kale
  • Hemp seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Millet
  • Chia Seeds

For an Inner Glow

  • Bee pollen
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Spirulina (dried blue-green algae) and chlorella (high chlorophyll algae)

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