book review: The Beauty Detox Foods

by Danica on November 5, 2013

The Beauty Detox Foods

by Kimberly Snyder, C.N.

The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder

synopsis:

In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder – one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts – shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clients in red-carpet shape.  Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out.  Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery.

my thoughts:

  • I love to read about why certain foods are beneficial for my health, so I really loved reading about the positive affects each of the 50 foods can offer.  For each of the “beauty foods,” Kimberly gives scientific reasons for why and how each will benefit beauty from the inside out.
  • There are pages of testimonials at the start of the book, all from celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Channing Tatum, Fergie, Hilary Duff, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Malin Akerman, and more who’ve had success with her program.  It was fun to read what they had to say.
  • While I agree whole-heartedly with the author that our health (and beauty) is significantly impacted by our diet, I found that her specific diet plan to be a little tough to follow, especially for anyone who doesn’t live in a geographical region where farm-fresh produce is readily available year-round.   The recipes in the back are also a little extreme, though there are a few I plan to try out.  While the specific plan isn’t something I’d personally follow, the principles of it are very applicable.  There are several aspects of the plan that I’ve already incorporated into my daily diet.
  • This book is great for readers of all ages, as certain foods can have somewhat different results at different stages in life.  There are foods that are particularly good for blemish-free skin and foods that help fight wrinkles.  As we age, it may be beneficial to incorporate more of certain foods to insure healthy results.
  • While I haven’t followed her plan strictly, as I mentioned above, there’s no doubt in my mind that (strictly) following her plan could create profound results.
  • If you’re even somewhat new to the concept of limiting dairy, meat, and sugar consumption, this would be a fantastic book to read.
  • The explanations of why certain foods are great to eat is extremely encouraging.
  • This is certainly a book I’ll reference to in the future!

50 Foods for Natural Beauty

Beauty Detox Foods
according to Kimberly Snyder

(In the book, each category below is broken up into more specific sections.  For example, the “Beautiful Skin” chapter breaks the list into groups –> for youthful skin; radiant skin; soft skin; unlined, wrinkle-free skin; and blemish-free skin.)

for Beautiful Skin:

  • red bell peppers
  • coconut
  • avocados
  • spinach
  • watercress
  • figs
  • sweet potatoes
  • cucumbers
  • acai
  • pineapple
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • flaxseed
  • pears
  • cabbage
  • turmeric
  • probiotic & enzyme salad (a recipe found in the book)
  • arugula
  • onions
  • raw apple cider vinegar
  • garlic
  • lemon

for Beautiful Hair:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • dulse
  • carrots
  • radishes
  • nutritional yeast

for Beautiful Eyes:

  • papaya
  • beets
  • blueberries
  • apples
  • celery
  • collard greens
  • asparagus
  • bananas

for Beautiful Body:

  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • sesame seeds
  • romaine lettuce
  • fresh cilantro and parsley
  • buckwheat and oat groats
  • kale
  • hemp seeds
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • chia seeds

for Inner Glow:

  • bee pollen
  • sunflower seeds
  • sprouts
  • spirulina and chlorella
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 5, 2013 at 6:31 am

This books sounds great! It’s definitely amazing how you can truly heal your body with food. Definitely checking this out!
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2 Ang @ Nutty for Life November 5, 2013 at 6:53 am

This sounds like a really interesting read! I like that she features different foods for different body parts, not all saying “this will make you thin!” There’s more to beauty than just body shape, and hair, skin, and eyes you can be confident in is so influential to self-confidence, I think. Thanks for sharing!
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3 Danica November 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I agree, Ang! At one point in the book, she briefly discusses what she does for exercise, too – she just does yoga and walking a few days a week. She says that people often assume she spends hours and hours lifting weights and doing intense exercise, but really she’s just that shape due to, ultimately, how she eats. I loved that she included that in there since it certainly goes against the normal/expected response!

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4 Heather @Pinkaholic Fitness November 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

Great review! This book sounds like one I would really enjoy. Maybe not so much to follow a specific diet from it, but definitely to read about the certain foods. The “It starts with food book” was similar in the fact of food choices also. It should you what foods to stay away from more and why. I think you would enjoy that one too!

I’m on the verge of looking for some new books, ill have to check this one out!

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5 Danica November 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I have read It Starts With Food actually! And you’re right – I liked it! :) I don’t love every bit of the Paleo-like diet, especially in terms of animal meat, but I do agree several of its principles and the general focus on eating more real food.
It’s so fun to read different healthy living books, isn’t it?! I think there’s always at least a little piece of great takeaway from each one.

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6 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast November 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

Great review! I haven’t read that book but I do like reading the power of so many foods to boost our hair, skin, eyes, etc. And (obviously) that can happen without following her strict diet. :)
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7 Danica November 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

absolutely! You and I chose the right school for this reason – IIN does do a great job of exposing us to a wide variety of opinions! There’s always a little (or sometimes big) takeaway from each perspective :)

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8 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Sounds like an interesting read! I may just have to pick your brain more when it comes to some of the dietary changes you’ve introduced into your own life — I always love experimenting with mine!

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9 Danica November 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I’d love to talk about it! Email (or text) me anytime :)

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10 Katie @ running4cupcakes November 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I just got a sample of spirulina to check out – have you ever done anything with it? Other than add it to a smoothie, I am not sure what to use it for!
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11 Danica November 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Honestly I’ve only used it in smoothies, so I’m not entirely sure what else to do with it. Maybe experiment with oats, eggs, sauces, salads? just spitballing :)

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12 Tara@PNWRunner November 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Well it is the correct season for pumpkins. Apparently, I need to eat more seeds! My hair needs to keep growing! Luckily, I’ve been taking more fish oil and omega 3′s lately!
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13 GiGi Eats Celebrities November 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I actually went to Kim’s book launch party and spoke with her for quite some time. While I do like this book, I still think that one needs a bit more protein, so I think the recipes in this book serve as great side dishes! ;) But for anyone who is a vegetarian or vegan this is perfect for them!
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