Celebrity nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder helps dozens of Hollywood's A-list stars get red-carpet readyand now you're getting the star treatment. Kim used to struggle with coarse hair, breakouts and stubborn belly fat, until she traveled the world, learning age-old beauty secrets. She discovered that what you eat is the ultimate beauty product, and she's developed a powerful program that rids the body of toxins so you can look and feel your very best. With just a few simple diet changes, you will:
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About the Author
Kimberly Snyder is a clinical nutritionist and founder of the holistic health company KS 1Life. Snyder has appeared as a nutrition and beauty expert for Good Morning America, EXTRA, E! Entertainment, FOX News, Good Day LA, and been featured in Lucky, ELLE, Nylon, US Weekly, In Touch and OK! Magazine. Visit her at www.kimberlysnyder.net.
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Dearest Friend and Reader,
Welcome! I am just thrilled and honored that I get to share this journey with you as you discover your highest level of beauty and health.
I know how confusing it can be to navigate the numerous conflicting and ever-changing health philosophies that are out there. Fruit is healthy. No, fruit has too much sugar! Be sure to count fat grams. No, wait. Make that to count carbs! The conflicting advice used to always make me wonder if I was doing something wrong. What are we supposed to believe, and where do we turn for the answers?
Well, it really doesn't have to be that complicated. The goal of my book is to show you fundamental principles that will teach you how to unlock your highest potential beauty and achieve optimal health. As you'll find, it is actually very simple. And in our ever-progressing, complicated world, simplicity is a beautiful thing. We need not get swept up in the chaos of gimmicky new diets and worry if we are missing out on the Holy Grail of instant weight loss and wrinkle freedom. The truth is, it doesn't exist in the hot new diet. But there is an answer, and the exciting news is that it is right in front of you.
I want you to know right off the bat that this book is not about restriction in any sense. We will not be counting calories or grams of carbs, and we will not be restricted to eating in one particular way to fit into one dietary category. You can discover your ultimate health and beauty whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist, pescatarian or omnivore. The broad concepts I outline in this book will work for everyone, and you will see and feel results, whatever your current diet. There is a phase, or eating plan, that works for everyoneregardless of lifestyle, budget or personal tastes.
Once we get rid of restriction and embrace the idea of consuming an abundance of the right foods, we free ourselves up to understand, internalize and apply the true tenets of health and beauty. With just a few simple changes, you will look and feel better than you ever have before. That is my promise to you!
And the best part? You'll have all these benefits without counting calories or obsessing over tiny portion sizes or eating bland microwaved foods! You will be feasting on fresh, delicious and filling foods that will nourish every cell in your body so that a deeply healthful, radiant glow permeates from within. Your skin will become brighter, your hair shinier and your body more toned. Belly fat will drop off, and your eyes will sparkle with newfound energy. You can achieve true health and beauty naturally with food. This diet is that powerful.
I believe the word "health" is synonymous with the word "beauty." A healthy body is a beautiful body. Healthy skin, which is a reflection of our internal health, is beautiful skin. My definition of beauty is that it should be deep, lasting and magnetic, and grow from the inside out. The key to this kind of vibrant beauty is ongoing cleansing. When your cells and blood are clean and detoxified, your body is able to function optimally and you are able to maximize the use of plentiful minerals in your food. Your skin will radiate from the inside out, excess pounds will melt away and your body will achieve its perfect weight. We've all seen the kind of beauty I'm talking about. A woman who just glows. Now you, too, can sparkle with true beauty.
I wrote this book to help free you from wasting time and energy struggling with debilitating new diets and cleanses, wearing layers and layers of concealer and foundation to hide dulled, flawed skin and, yes, squeezing into your "fat" jeans. I promise you that it is possible to achieve your most beautiful self and your perfect weightwhile eating abundantly! And once you stop wasting time and energy worrying about your skin and weight, you can focus on your real goals and dreams.
Believe me, I have had my own share of weight and beauty battles. I struggled for years to control my weight as a superthin, calorie- and fat-gram-counting marathon runner. I was always swallowing a gnawing hunger, and at five foot five I was barely one hundred pounds, with hair as coarse as steel wool. Then I went in the totally opposite direction (yes, I admit it!). After graduating from college, I moved to Sydney, Australia, where I landed my first job. For my job, I was mingling with the A-list celebrity crowd, riding yachts and constantly eating out at fancy dinners and, yes, drinking expensive wine and partying.
I was spending all my time involved in activities I thought were so glamorous. Hey, you're relaxing, I told myself. Have another glass. Well, what I thought was healthy foodsoy burgers, fat-free milk, pretzels, yogurt, sushi and grilled veggie and mozzarella sandwichesadded over thirty pounds to my small frame! My skin was a dull, zit-covered mess, and I believe that I looked older than I do now. I stopped working out regularly because I just didn't have the energy. Instead I turned to soy milk cappuccinos and Diet Coke to give me periodic "boosts" throughout the day.
When I developed a roll of fat on my once flat-as-a-board belly, I looked in the mirror and decided that I couldn't take it anymore. It was at that point that a new and highly influential person came into my life: an Australian holistic nutritionist who ran a nutritional detox center in Sydney. By chance (since I went so infrequently) I saw a small flyer of hers at the gym.
I had never before tried to do anything remotely detox related, but I was desperate for something to help and decided to give it a shot. This gorgeous, blond forty-something-year-old with sharp green eyes assessed my bumpy skin, my dull hair and the ridges in my nails and gave me a knowing look. She shook her head when she saw the thick coating of mucus on my tongue. The first questions she asked me were, "How often do you go to the bathroom?" and "Do you get bloated and gassy often?"
To which I replied, "What? Who cares about that stuff? I want to lose weight and make my skin look better!"
She smiled. "That stuff is what it is all about, my dear."
I was put on a stern detox program, cutting out dairy and refined carbs, like pretzels and white rice, from my diet immediately. This Aussie guru also made me concoctions for my liver with nineteen medicinal plants, my first introduction to the bounty of herbs in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. She also made her own face and body creams, and she forever changed the way I thought about my skin. She helped me see that the skin is our largest organ and functions like a mirror of what's going on inside the body: it offers us a direct reflection of the health achievements we make and the obstacles with which we struggle. My skin held all the answers, and all I had to do was pay attention to what it was telling me. Likewise, I learned that from 60 to 70 percent of what we put on our skin is absorbed through the skin into our bloodstream and liver. That certainly changed the way I thought of beauty products for good!
She jolted something awake in me and inspired my voracious passion for both natural health and skin care. I stopped partying and going out to dinner parties every night and read all the information and books the nutritionist gave me. I spent a lot of time with her, shopping at health stores, sipping herbal tea, and walking along Bondi Beach, where we both lived, having health discussions for hours. We became very close friends! The more I followed her advice, the better I looked and felt. The weight I'd gained melted off, and my skin started to clear up. I had so much energy that any thought of "needing" a coffee got banished from my mind! The results were incredible.
I knew I had to make a complete break from my current path in life. I didn't want to simply change the way I ate; I wanted to profoundly change the way I lived. Learning about natural health and skin care and the natural healing properties of plants made me jittery inside. I was so excited! Even though I still had no idea how this new interest would fit into my life, I was thrilled about the unknown possibilities. I could no longer ignore the dull ache in my heart telling me that I was on the wrong career path, in a corporate field that was not my real passion. I had found something I was incredibly passionate about: learning more and more about how food itself is medicine and a powerful tool for achieving our highest beauty.
Once I came to realize what I truly wanted, the flame was lit and inspiration shifted into action. I was in a serious long-distance relationship with someone back home, but I knew deep down that it wasn't right. Within one week I quit my job, declined law school for the following fall, broke my apartment lease on Bondi Beach and dumped my boyfriend. There was no turning back now!
I walked into an STA travel office and, with a few thousand dollars saved from working, bought an around-the-world ticket with fifteen stops across five continents. At first I thought I might travel for two or three weeks, but once I started out, I could not stop. The more I learned and saw, the more I wanted to explore so I ended up traveling for a total of about three years to very remote communities, for dollars a day. I stayed in guesthouses, ashrams, my tent (for many months across Africa), bungalows, on floors (even a few times on the floors of Asian Laundromats), and sometimes in bus and train stations with my backpack strapped to my body. I started out alone but sporadically met up with old friends and constantly met new people along the way as I weaved my way through Laos, China, Mongolia, Nepal, India, Swaziland, Indonesia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Croatia, Peru, Malaysia, Botswana over fifty countries in all.
My adventures were at times rough, dirty and even dangerous (though nothing really bad ever happened), but the truth is that I gleaned an incredible education from my three-year around-the-world journey. All these diverse countries had one thing in common: they had their own secrets to health and beauty. Each had an impact on my perspective on health, and in each country I deepened my understanding of true beauty and learned powerful beauty tips I still treasure today.
Thailand was the first country I ventured to after I left Australia, and it marked my initial immersion in the wonderful world of ancient and beautifying Asian fruits, especially the legendary durian. I feasted on the abundance of local fruit, and it composed a good 70 percent of my diet. It was then that I began my lifelong obsession with young coconuts, eating them every day, and like many Thais, I began using coconut oil on my hair and my body. Acquainting myself with all the culturally important fruits made me feel closely connected to the earth there, as well as to the warm, friendly and deeply Buddhist Thai people. When I came back to the United States, I continued to study coconuts and discovered that coconut oil is amazingly beautifying: it is cholesterol free and rich in medium-chain good fats that nourish the skin.
Hunan Province, tucked away in southwest China and home to many hill-tribe villages, is another one of my favorite parts of the world. I spent several weeks bicycling across rice paddies and sleeping on the floor of rooms in guesthouses, covered by mosquito nets. I noticed that the women with beautiful, glowing skin there consumed goji berries, no dairy, very small portions of meat and lots of local vegetables. I became fascinated with the depth of natural health knowledge so prevalent in China's culture, including its focus on ancient medicinal herbs and ways to enhance the chi (or life force) of the body by treating it as a holistic unit, rather than treating only one organ at a time.
My time in the Himalayas, which included months in Nepal, Kashmir and other parts of northern India, was simply magical. It was there that I first discovered yoga, which would have a lifelong impact on me. I also enjoyed greater exposure to Ayurvedic teachings and, in particular, became fascinated with the spice turmeric, which was first given to me by a tiny elderly woman as wrinkled as a raisin who ran an Ayurvedic healing center in a mountain nook. The turmeric really helped give my skin a vibrant glow. I was thrilled to discover other natural plants that can truly clean the blood and enhance the skin. I loved the spirit of the people of India, and to this day it remains one of my favorite countries.
When I finally made my way to Africa, I was mesmerized by the gorgeous, velvety skin of African women. From teenagers to women well into their sixties, they had poreless and perfectly moisturized complexions, without a zit or wrinkle in sight. I discovered that in countries like Ethiopia they use raw shea butter on their skin, which comes from a native nut and is scraped out fresh. It furthered my belief that pure and natural moisturizers are far superior to synthetic, petroleum-based ones, which most women in the Western world use. Diet issues aside, I realized that with our plethora of eye creams, serums, sunscreens and thick, heavy night creams, American women are suffocating their skin. I decided right then that I would take the cue from African women and use natural skin products that truly nourish the skin and allow it to breathe.
When I came back from my world journey, it was not easy for me to integrate back into American life. I was trying to put it all together and figure out how to combine my passion for skin care, health and nutrition. The first thing I did was get a job at one of the biggest beauty companies in the world. I wanted an inside glimpse into the beauty world to see if I could use my experiences there. But big corporate beauty was definitely not for me. I did, however, get a great education about the industry, and I learned some tricks of the trade that provided me with a foundation from which to make my dream of running my own company a reality.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Beauty Detox Basics
Chapter 1 Our Diet, Dictated by Nature 1
How Our Body Is Designed 2
How Our Design Affects Our Diet 3
The Science Behind the Beauty Detox Solution 7
Cancer Risk 8
Heart Disease 9
Chapter 2 Beauty Energy 15
The Real Cause of Aging 17
A Clean Body Is a Beautiful Body 18
The Alkaline-Acid Principle 23
The 80-20 Ratio 27
The Beauty Food Circle 28
Chapter 3 Eating for Beauty 31
Eat Alkaline First 32
No More Calorie Counting 33
Beauty Food Pairing 36
How Beauty Food Pairing Works 39
Eat Light to Heavy 51
Speed Is Possible Only if We Avoid a Traffic Jam 51
Your Beauty Food Plan 54
Chapter 4 Beauty Minerals and Enzymes 65
Essential Beauty Minerals 67
Enzymes Build Beauty 67
Where Cooked Food Fits In 75
Minerals + Enzymes = Green Drinks 75
Chapter 5 Beauty Foods 83
Plant Protein Is Beauty Protein 84
There Is Nothing Beautiful About Dairy 99
Beautiful Carbohydrates and Starches 105
Choose Beauty Fats and Eat in Moderation 112
Fruit: The Ultimate Beauty Food 117
Beauty Greens and Vegetables 120
Part 2 Your Beauty Solution
Chapter 6 Detoxing for Beauty 131
Beauty Detox Secret #1 Probiotics 137
Beauty Detox Secret #2 Plant-Based Digestive Enzymes 139
Beauty Detox Secret #3 Probiotic & Enzyme Salad 140
Beauty Detox Secret #4 Magnesium-Oxygen Supplement 143
Beauty Detox Secret #5 Gravity-Centered Colonics and Enemas 144
Chapter 7 Becoming Beautiful 149
The Importance of Transitioning 150
The Beauty Phases 153
Beauty Detox Portion Guidelines 159
Your Beauty Detox Kitchen 160
Your Beauty Detox Shopping List 163
Chapter 8 Phase 1: Blossoming Beauty 167
Blossoming Beauty Benefits 168
Blossoming Beauty Basic Tenets 169
Blossoming Beauty Sample One-Week Menu 170
Chapter 9 Phase 2: Radiant Beauty 175
Radiant Beauty Benefits 177
Radiant Beauty Basic Tenets 177
Radiant Beauty Sample One-Week Menu 179
Chapter 10 Phase 3: True Beauty 185
True Beauty Benefits 186
True Beauty Basic Tenets 186
True Beauty Sample One-Week Menu 188
Chapter 11 Beauty Recipes 193
The Everyday Beauty Basics 197
Beauty Dips and Dressings 200
Beauty Salads 207
Beauty Wraps and Sandwiches 211
Beauty Soups and Veggie Dishes 213
Beauty Grain Dishes 217
Beauty Nut Dishes 222
Beauty Smoothies 226
Beauty Desserts 228
Converting to Metric 231
KS1 Life 239
About the Author 248
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kimberly Snyder is amazing. The Beauty Detox Solution is a MUST read for anyone and everyone. You don't have to be a health food junkie, a vegetarian, raw foodist or vegan to benefit from the knowledge she offers in her new book, The Beauty Detox Solution. I am an avid meat eater. I love sugar, caffeine, cheeseburgers, fries, diet coke, cheese & crackers, brownie sundaes, sushi, and the list goes on. However, now that I'm over the ripe old age of 32, I've noticed a few "changes" and I'm not overly stoked on these so-called "changes". So, after having followed Kimberly's blog for the past year or so, I decided I ought to check out her new book. Well, Kimberly flipped my world upside-down. My refrigerator is now chalk-full of produce (it was previously empty or full of microwavable meals). I bought a new blender, canning jars, a new cutting board and knives! I'm only 1/4 of the way through her book, but I'm already addicted to her Glowing Green Smoothie and I now have something "green" with every meal. Her Beauty Food Pairings concept is incredible, but I have to say, I think I hate her for it. I so enjoyed living obliviously, thinking I was eating healthy and getting the proper nutrients through my current (prior to last week) diet. Kimberly has opened my eyes; and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of her book, not to mention trying all her recipes. They sound so tasty and are easy to follow, even for those non-chef types (aka, me). I'm a 32 year old competitive roller derby girl who exercises six times a week, eats a ton of protein and counts calories; but my energy is low, I feel like I'm running on empty and I'm losing weight, not to mention muscle mass. This is no bueno. I'm really hoping that Kimberly's Beauty Detox Solution will be the life change that I've been wanting and needing for so long. I have the feeling her wealth of knowledge, easy to follow recipes and Beauty Tips are the keys to increasing my energy, improving my skin and the re-creating the body I had when I was 21! Buy The Beauty Detox Solution today! And don't forget to check out her website and blog. I swear it will change your outlook on healthy eating, inner & outer beauty and life in general. This book is not just about losing weight. It's about making a conscious decision to make a positive change in your life that will affect you, your family and your environment for years to come! Oh, and did I mention that a portion of all proceeds (10% to be exact) from the sale of her book are donated to SeeYourImpact. Now that's AWESOME! OK, I'm done, now go and buy the book already.
As a holistic health coach I have studied many different dietary theories and I understand that each of us are different. What works for one person may not work for the next. This book does not talk about a diet but rather a lifestyle on how to eat healthy real foods. The author explains why and how you should eat a certain way to detoxify naturally so you can free your body of precious energy that can be used to look and feel your best. I love the recipes and now crave the glowing green smoothie that is in this book. Try this way of eating for 21 days and see what it can do for you. It's worth a shot. While we are all different I found the information in this book to be helpful for me to make better eating choices that show real results.
What a waste of time and money. With the amount of info in this book, she could have written a pamphlet. She repeats the same crap throughout and even uses the same wording. She rambles on about how you really have to be vegan and eat raw for months to get a proper cleanse and be healthy. Some of her big secrets include home made sauerkraut and enemas. But the worst part is, she doesnt even tell you what you should be eating! If i could give negative 5 stars, i would. I want my money back!
I have been playing with the idea of becoming a vegetarian for about a year now. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my meat but one day as I was chomping down on my most favorite beef BBQ rib from Daisy May's when I realized that I was easting a dead, rotting animal and that there was no way in the world that I could be getting any nutrition from eating something dead. From then on it was pretty touch and go as far as my dedication to vegetarianism, sometimes I would go a few days as a Veg and other days I would crave a burger or my famous chicken cutlets. Then, one day last July as I returned from international travel, I was plagued with an illness (which had me lose 40 lbs in 8 weeks) that would not subside (and which no Dr can diagnose) for over 7 months. I decided something needed to be done and I HAD to change my diet. I became a strict Vegetarian at this point, refraining from all animal products accept eggs and dairy. I got better for about 6-7 weeks from Halloween to Thanksgiving ( until, yet again, I fell ill when I returned from local travel (this time). Throughout this time I found a problem transitioning into a Vegetarian diet through loss of appetite, time, availability and just succumbing to cravings for animal products but due to my condition, I knew I had to stop making excuses and find something to better aid in my transition. This book did just that! Most of the information included in this book is basic nutritional knowledge and if you are athletic or study materials on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you will already know and understand these concepts. With that being said, I still felt as if I needed to have some guidelines, lists and support to make better choices and meal plans when I'm home or on the go. Growing up in a family where we ONLY ate at home (I didnt know what Chinese food was until I was 10!) eating "healthy" wasn't an issue but this book just brings a whole new meaning to the word "healthy". If you're into fad diets and looking for quick results, this book is not for you (although I did lose 15 lbs in the first 2 weeks from eliminating meat and dairy alone). If you're looking for a way to better your lifestyle, longevity and improve your overall health, this is the book would be a great start to help you in reaching your ultimate goals!
I notice this book do not provide the specific "guidelines or plan" to follow. It seems like pages or chapters are missing. Do not recommmend....I WOULD LIKE A REFUND! VICKIE
I just started my journey in eating healthier and educating myself on what to eat, when and how often. This book explains how our system works and how to improve how we feel by eating the right combination of foods. It is about optimizing our energy and feeling good inside and out. It all makes sense to follow a plan that works.
I was lucky enough to interview the author, shes amazing. Her passion comes through in this book. I highly recommend reading it cover to cover. I recently gave up meat and went back to this book, I rediscovered all the wonderful information she provided. If you have seen any food documentaries, all the info is in this book, gathered first hand by the author through her travels. My beauty energy is off the charts now, clear glowing skin and healthy digestion! I highly highly recommend this book!
It would cut 150 pages out of this book if we didnt have to hear about how we should be vvegetarians like gorillas. A few helpful tips of food combing, and eating light to heavy but thats about it.
This book really makes it easy to understand how to eat healthy and lose weight. I followed Kimberly's blog for a long time and she really knows her stuff. I highly recommended this book.
Bought the book this morning! Love it! There is so great information in it that I am learning that I cant put it down!! I highly recommend this book!
I read her blogs all the time, so i know it'll be a great read, I can't wait! She's an amazing person and she always personally replies to all my e-mails with questions about health even though she's super busy, gotta love her!
The book is very interesting and full of facts. It has great receipts and all... my problem with it is that its so hard to get this was and in this order. It will be a slow lifestyle change. The morning green juice is actually very doable.
The Beauty Detox Solution book was an interesting read. It helped me to re-think my way of eating in general. I strive to incorporate as I learn. The process is a challange to how I am used to eating, but I am seeing gradual results.
great meal ideas. teaches you a new way to eat and be healthy
I just got the book yesterday and i'm in love with it, i've been trying to find books to help me start a raw/ vegan diet and this book really helped me understand what food was doing to my body. It's a must read for anyone wondering what milk, meat and bread is doing to your body and how eating certain things can make a world of difference for your looks and energy.
Kimberly Snyder is a wealth of knowledge learned from her travels all over the world studying different diets of different cultures. Her beliefs about food consumption make sense and are highly informative. I learned so much from her book. Although I can't say that I will adopt her diet 100%, as I can't give up cheese, I will adopt most of the important principles I learned from this book, along with the Glowing Green Smoothie for breakfast! YUMM!!!!
This book makes sense to the uninformed- pus milk? We should eat like gorillas? The only nutrient deficient from a vegan diet is B12?we should only eat fruit alone or it will ferment in your stomach? Don't drink water with your meals because it dilutes enzymes in your stomach? Your body is pretty smart. I eat tons of vegetables And fruit with my meals- no fermenting in my stomach. She's has no education and passing herself off as a nutritionist...I tried green smoothie- tastes gross- eat vegetables whole. She talks about anyone who eats meat looks old, dairy causes acne. I drink dairy- yogurt. I follow the Mediterranean diet and am healthy.the book is pure crap and will lead to vitamin/ mineral deficiencies. I had a friend who took it seriously and ended up anemic and it did not help her acne- there are other causes of scene besides diet.
this is a key tool to stay healthy in life, this is a must have book for anyone who want to stay health
This book is awesome. I checked the book out at the library and couldn't put it down, so I went ahead and added it to my collection. I like the fact that she breaks down the detox into managable steps to achieve the ultimate goal of life long health. I also like the fact that she doesn't just make statements, but gives references to all of the information that she shares to help her reader's make a lifestyle change to live in Beautiful Bliss.