I’m pleased to announce I was recently invited to the launch of Dr. Deepak Chopra and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s new book, Radical Beauty! This is tremendously exciting for me, as Kimberly is my all-time favorite health and nutrition guru. (I literally keep The Beauty Detox Foods, The Beauty Detox Diet, and The Beauty Detox Power on my nightsstand).
The reason Kimberly is my favorite health guru is because her advice is unconventional, but still often has ample backing from scientific research journals and referenced health practitioners. I feel like many nutritionists today convey the same message — eat small meals 6 times a day, eat breakfast, mix protein and carbs for slower digestion. But Kimberly actually tells you the opposite (with referenced research behind it) — eat only when you are hungry, drink a Glowing Green Smoothie for breakfast, and separate the digestion of protein and carbs for separate meals. Unlike the other diets I’ve tried, I lost an astonishing ten pounds within ten days trying her plan (with a BMI of 24 to begin with), and, more importantly, I felt more energetic, vibrant, and healthy.
I highly recommend anything this gal writes, and I was so stoked to get to interview her for the FutureDerm blog!
1.) First of all, I’m a HUGE fan of yours — I own all of your books and your Beauty Detox Diet got me back to my ideal weight!
I’m on the go a lot, work 40-60 hours a week and don’t usually prep meals. I found a vegan cafe near me, so I usually order to go and pick up on my way to work. But sometimes the options get tiresome. Do you have any tips for career gals like me?
That’s wonderful you are a Beauty Detoxer! Keep up the good work!
To keep things fresh, it’s important to rotate our lifestyle seasonally, which is part of the information in Pillar 4 of Radical Beauty (my personal favorite Pillar), which is all about syncing our biological rhythms with the larger rhythms in nature.
Rotating the greens and fruit in your Glowing Green Smoothie is important, as is eating seasonal veggies. But beyond that are herbs and spices that can only keep things tasting exciting but also help balance your energy every season. Right now some of the best spices for fall to use are cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mustard seed, and black pepper, which have warming, metabolism and immunity-boosting properties. You can add these herbs and spices on veggies or in soups you pick up to make them taste different- even if you don’t cook.
I’m also a big believer in varying salad dressings. You have to or it gets old! Try making some simple Beauty Detox ones yourself (which are low or no oil, so you can stick to getting your beauty fat from mostly easily digestible whole foods like avocado), or if you absolutely can’t prep at all try getting the best options you can at the health market for more variety.
Also, don’t limit yourself to the vegan café. You can get great plant-based options at ethnic restaurants. Some options are veggie curry and dhal at an Indian restaurant, stir-fries and rice paper wraps at a Thai restaurant (tell them to hold the fish sauce!), hummus and salads at a Middle Eastern restaurant, a big salad topped with beans and guacamole at a Mexican restaurant, and avocado rolls and seaweed salad at a Japanese restaurant. I get vegan options at “regular” restaurants far more than I go to vegan restaurants myself!
2.) Radical Beauty — tell us how it’s different from your other books (besides the new collaboration with Dr Chopra, of course!)
It’s actually all new information! There is a dietary section (Internal Nourishment), but expands from the Beauty Detox dietary information. For instance, we discuss how excellent circulation doesn’t just affect heart health, but increasing oxygen and nutrient distribution all around your body for higher energy, and optimal nourishment for your skin and hair follicles.
It’s also the first time I’m writing about all the other aspects of a lifestyle for true beauty, which make up the six Pillars.
The Radical Beauty 6 Pillars include: Internal Nourishment/Diet, External Nourishment/Skincare, Beauty Sleep, Primal Beauty/Connecting with Nature, Movement, and Spiritual Beauty.
Each pillar is packed with beauty enhancing tips and takeaways, effective tools, innovative daily routines, DIY skincare masks and delicious food ideas. Our goal was to create a groundbreaking and uplifting book that offers cutting edge information on metabolic health, beauty-boosting circulation methods and anti-aging skincare regimes – and offers tools to let go of comparing ones’ beauty with others, meditate and find peace with oneself, which ultimately allows us all to claim our own natural beauty’s highest potential.
3.) Our blog, FutureDerm, gets half a million readers a month who are interested in the science behind beauty products and ingredients. The western science research for Ayurvedic medicine is often inconsistent. Tell us why someone with your established background or Dr. Chopra’s supports the practice so adamantly.
Ayurveda is the oldest medical system on the planet- it’s even older than Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It’s the “science of life” and is an incredibly thorough health system that integrates not only the role of the mind and emotions on physical health, which science is now backing up, but non-toxic herbs and foods that have medicinal qualities that are now also being studied, such as the curcumin in turmeric which is now widely regarded as a powerful compound for heart health.
So much formal research is funded by those with a vested interest in the results- such as pharmaceutical companies or big food industries like dairy- so with natural and non-toxic modalities such as the ones promotes in Ayurveda, there isn’t a vested financial interest in clinical research but that doesn’t mean the practices and herbs aren’t effective.
4.) How are you balancing work and motherhood? I just got married last November, so that question is on my mind a lot!
My life is wonderfully chaotic now! Meditation is key for keeping me grounded. My Lil Bub has already sat through thousands of meditations with me, both in the womb and as he is often nursing for my morning and evening meditations.
I’m also very fortunate in that I am working full time but also a full time mother, as I write and work from home. And I take Bubs with me to most of my meetings at Glow Bio or with clients or even on editor interviews. (I am very lucky in that I do have help with someone cleaning, food shopping, doing errands and cooking my Beauty Detox recipes for the fam- that I can outsource as I can only have two full time jobs!).
I think it’s important to be relaxed around the fact that everything is going to take a little longer and to be gentle with yourself. And to stay rooted in love above all. My fiancé and I created a house full of love and laughter, and with those two ingredients, I think balance can always be found!
5.) Anything else to share? (I will turn it into a question if it sounds like something my readers would love!)
There’s nothing more beautiful than you being you, rather than trying to emulate or copy someone else’s expression of beauty. Radical Beauty is YOURS and does not come from a skin product with artificial ingredients. No one can take it away from you.