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The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy Paperback – March 31, 2015
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"Having already tackled beauty, weight, wellness, and detox, the Los Angeles nutritionist-to-the-stars takes a surprising stance in her latest tome: that food is just the beginning. From self-talk to gut health, Snyder presents a persuasive argument on behalf of taking care of not just the body, but the mind-body connection as well."
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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Despite the fact that Snyder's second book, The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You, didn't really wow me, I was very eager to read her third book, The Beauty Detox Power. I didn't know what to expect, honestly. Would it be more of the same? Could she really add anything new to the conversation she started in Beauty Detox Solution?
Well, within the first few pages of this book, I knew it was something different, something special even. This book is much more personal than her other two. She still follows the same format of sharing client stories throughout in order to illustrate her points, yes. But she also adds a few of her own--stories about struggling to fit in, about feeling neglected and misunderstood, and about how she ultimately was able to find her way to optimum mental, physical, and emotional health. I think there can be a tendency, when you look at her, to think, "Oh, this woman has it all figured out, and she probably always has." But Snyder proves that that hasn't been the case. She has had to find her way just like the rest of us. I appreciated her willingness to share that, and it helped me stay open to her message.
And her message is powerful! There is so much good information here. The book is divided into six sections called Power Alignment Shifts. Each section is broken up into two or more chapters. Each Power Alignment Shift section has a fancy subtitle, but, basically, the sections talk about:
1) thinking about your health holistically
2) recognizing and then harnessing the power of your thoughts
3) dealing with food cravings
4) understanding your body's chakras
5) understanding the importance of healthy relationships
I especially enjoyed the first and fourth sections. I so loved how she started this book off with an honest discussion of what it means to be healthy. It is so easy to get caught up in counting calories and obsessing--OBSESSING!--over every little nutrient or carb or fat or how much in, how much out. But, in the end, we are just using food as yet another means to be cruel to ourselves. It's sad. And completely counterproductive. I couldn't agree more with Snyder when she says, "If you love your body and nourish it from a place of love, instead of just plotting and planning how to make it skinnier, your body will respond with an increased amount of vitality, energy, and health...and you'll actually realize far superior--and sustainable--results with your weight and beauty."
I will also add that Snyder's breakdown of the chakras is one of the most simple, straightforward, yet informative explanations I've encountered. It was very well done, and I know I'm going to be referencing that section of the book a lot.
I only have two complaints. First, Snyder's face is ALL OVER this book. Truly, she is everywhere. I finally broke down and counted all of her selfies; there are 48 pictures of her in a 300-page book--50 if you count the front and back cover. So that averages out to be a smiling Snyder every six pages. It all got to be a bit...much. And the worst part is that all the headshots were a distraction from her very good message.
Second, while I loved that she had so many footnotes throughout the book, when I went to look more closely at her sources, I only found this message at the back: "A full list of references used in the writing of this book can be found at [her website]." Well, if you go to the website, there is no clear path to finding the references. Plus, you are bombarded immediately with pop-up after pop-up. I don't know if the book I received doesn't have references because I received an advance copy, but I really wish this aspect of the book had been more transparent.
Regardless, I thought this was a wonderful book. Snyder packed so much information into Beauty Detox Power--information that really added something powerful, insightful, and unique to the oft-discussed topic of health. She has motivated me to think about my body and my mind differently, and I really think I will be a better, healthier person because of it.
A few weeks ago my son turned one and I haven't lost a pound. I've done Atkins, Paleo, Diet of Hope, and a host of other fads and lifestyle plans with no success. I still felt sluggish and frankly sick all the time. I finally decided to bite the bullet being Snyder's rules and principles have worked the best for me, both weight loss wise and how I feel. I'm now down ten pounds. I knew I was going to miss my comfort foods but wanted to suck it up for my health.
What Kimberly has done in her third book is no small achievement. She has taught me about my spiritual connection with food and has broadened her recipe selection to include for cravings, something I don't think her last two books properly addressed. She also has made sure that these foods are properly combined, something that was overlooked with a few recipes in her books in the past. The macaroni and cheese recipe is going to be made tomorrow being that is my all time favorite food.
Cons? It does start to feel like an ode to Kimberly Snyder. While I get that she is beaming and radiant, I have no want to look at her face every few pages. She also makes some outlandish claims such as a chi blockage in a chakra is what causes certain people to be blind. No. Just no.
What I do love is that she explores a lot of Eastern medicine. She explains chakras and tells you how you can fit that in even if you are a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.. She really has outdone herself on this book. While I realize not everyone is going to agree with the concept of chi and chakras, I find that I am connected to it. She also focuses on what should be included in your routines such as morning meditations, yoga, and no tv at least a half hour before bed.
If she didn't make some of the more outlandish claims I would definitely have given this book a five. Overall I found it to be wonderfully all encompassing. I also just enjoyed the guacamole pizza two hours ago and sit I'll feel more than satisfied.
Do note that the Kindle edition has the titles of all recipes in white on white. Just highlight them so you can see what you're reading.
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