Oct 23, 2014 07:42PM
by Judith Fertig
Wise 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.
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.
When hunger hits, she blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—“the star of the whole beauty detox program” in her book—made with spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, banana, apple, pear, lemon juice and water. Snyder claims that drinking the smoothie can make a difference in just three days.
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.
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 suggests supplementing with bee pollen. She also warns against soy-based foods, which can depress thyroid function
“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. She also likes a probiotic and enzyme salad of naturally fermented cabbage, ginger, caraway seeds and water -- or refrigerated raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. 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,”
Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.