Thursday, 20 September 2012

Beauty Detox Part 1:Chapter 1, Segment I

Part 1 of Kimberly Snyder's book, The Beauty Detox Solution, is made up of the first 5 chapters and is entitled: Beauty Detox Basics. Kimberly begins to teach us about our diet, Beauty Energy, Eating for Beauty, Beauty Minerals and Enzymes and Beauty Foods. Please keep in mind that I'll just be highlighting the book's key points, with the hopes that it will intrigue you enough to find a copy and read it fully yourself. It would take way too long to go into the depths of this book on here.

Also, if this fascinates you and you can't get a hold of the book just yet, please check out Kimberly's website here and sign up (it's free). You will then have access to her blog which hosts information, facts, recipes etc, plus you will get daily emails that will guide you, step by step, to detoxifying and becoming a more healthy and beautiful (or handsome) you! I signed up, along with reading the book, and it's been great! I have more energy, have lost some weight and feel so great because we are eating so well. Hence my desire and excitement to share it with you.

Before diving into these chapters, however, I need you to have an open mind to new ideas and thoughts on healthy eating and what's actually not so healthy for us. It's challenging, hard even, but ultimately, it's up to you to decide whether you want to make a change in your lifestyle, be it partly or fully. While Kimberly encourages a fully vegetarian diet, as for Hayden and I, we will still eat animal protein, just in more strict moderation is all. :)

Chapter 1: Our Diet, dictated by nature

In order to Become Younger, many of one's habits must be changed. To do this constructively, one can do it only with an open mind and with the wholehearted desire to see if it really works. 

A closed mind…a mind which has made it a practice to frown on radical changes in thought, habits and actions, is the greatest stumbling block towards any progress on the road to Become Younger.

- Dr. Norman Walker
Become Younger

Kimberly starts with asking the question: What are we designed to eat?

How our body is designed

Kimberly takes a look at our make-up, our very DNA, and compares it to that of other species. Primates, which are the most similar to us, as we share an estimated 99.4% of our DNA sequence and the carnivorous tiger. 

Not only is our appearance more in favour of a herbivore, very much like a chimps with flexible fingers and flattened teeth, but our digestive track, such as the liver, stomach and intestines, are also designed more for the digestion of plant food rather then animal protein. Our intestines are complex and "designed to be long so there is adequate time to absorb the minerals and nutrients of fruits and plant matter, which quickly break down and move through our bodies much faster than animal protein does."

How our design affects our diet

"The gorilla is a natural vegetarian, and 86 percent of its diet is composed of green leaves, shoots and stems, with the other 14 percent made up primarily of bark, roots, flowers and fruit. The gorilla gets all its protein, vitamin and mineral needs from its plant-based diet and is in fact the strongest animal on earth, pound for pound.

"In contrast, the tiger is a full-blooded carnivore and lives off other animals' flesh to derive its nutrition. Its organs are efficiently designed for quickly breaking down and expelling heavy fat and protein molecules, as well as the by-products of their digestion. A tiger's speedy digestive system keeps the tiger from becoming toxic and sick from its very acidic diet. Its body uses what it needs and gets the rest of the garbage out…fast!

"So what happens when we have the biological makeup of a gorilla but we eat like a tiger? Trouble! We are going against the natural laws of biology."

Kimberly talks about how in order to be our healthiest and more beautiful self, we need to eat the way our bodies were designed to eat. Eating too much animal protein can strip our bodies of beauty because the digestion of these proteins produces toxins in the body. Because our intestines are so long, it takes a long time for meat to make it's way out of our system. During it's slow journey, and due to the hot environment inside, meat can start to putrefy and rot, "causing unhealthy bacterial growth and toxicity." Fruits and vegetables, however, are packed with powerful minerals and enzymes. "It's well documented that loading up on plant food and cutting back on animal protein help us slim down."

"Our bodies are cleverly designed for survival, and one of the most important ways to do that is to protect the vital organs. …one way the body does this is by expanding fat cells to store acidic and toxic waste, to keep it away from our organs. This is one reason detoxing will help you lose weight. The body won't let go of excess fat that's protecting you from your own toxins! But as you begin to cleanse yourself of toxic, acidic waste, as well as fat-soluble chemicals found in many processed foods, you can shed the pesky extra pounds much easier."

To sum up this section, humans "are designed to eat a diet primarily made up of plant foods: greens, fruits and vegetables, sprouts, seeds and nuts. With this type of diet, we flourish and derive all our necessary nutrients while also keeping our bodies toxin free and looking our most beautiful."

So remember, you don't need to consume vast amounts of animal protein to build healthy muscles and tissues and become strong and lean. The strongest animals on earth are all vegetarians by nature: the gorilla, elephant, hippopotamus, giraffe, rhinoceros, wild horse, and buffalo. "This is solid proof in nature that vegetarians can not only get more than enough protein but can also build large, defined muscles."

But all you meat lovers, have no fear. This doesn't mean you must forsake all meat for the rest of your lives. Moderation is key and as we dive further into this book, Kimberly will teach us which meats are the best for us to consume and when and how we should eat them. As always, try to purchase meats that are antibiotic and hormone free and fed only grass, hay and non GMO grains.

TLC Farms is the place around Medicine Hat to buy such meat.

Stay tuned for the next segment on Chapter 1 talking about research between the relationship of high consumption of animal protein and various diseases.

Till next time...


  1. Aryn- Sorry if I'm being redundant in this post as I've not read many of yours. I've seen this book around and it's obviously gaining popularity among the fashion and beauty world. I don't know much about the author, but from what you've posted I'd say she's coming from an evolutionary perspective. Have you read The Great Physician's Rx for Health and Wellness by Jordan Rubin? I think it's one of thee most balanced health and wellness books that I've ever read (and believe me- I've read a LOT). In his book, he says "Myth #1: The human body is not designed for meat consumption. To the contrary, Dr. Byrnes says. Our physiology indicates that we are omnivores, and an in-depth comparison of the human digestive system reveals that it's closer in anatomy to the carnivorous dog than the herbivorous sheep." This one is also quite interesting "Myth #3: Vegetarians live longer and have more energy than meat eaters. Vegetarians like to say that they live ten years longer than the meat-eating population, but again, those claims appear to be anecdotal. Little research has been done on vegetarians' longevity, although one study showed that while vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease, their death rates for all causes of death were higher." I'm certainly not against vegetarians.... heck we went on a vegan fling this summer. However, I think that sometimes these things become so trendy. I did catch the fact that you posted about us needing to be balanced/not consume major amounts of meat. The meat topic of this book is SO small. It's a very wholisitc (yeah, I meant for the w to be there ;))book and totally a good read.
    Another great one is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon- wonderful!
    Good Luck on your journey to health! It's so fun to see the paths that God takes each one on in showing us how to live as he intended.

    1. Hi Erika! thanks for you input! I really appreciate it. I'm always looking for new perspectives on health and eating habits. I'll have to check out those books for sure as I haven't read them. I do love learning about it. I also do agree that these eating movements can be a trend, but I think that a trend to finding a healthy balance and lifestyle may not be too bad :)
      I do believe in balance and moderation and allowing yourself those little indulgences from time to time, we only live once, but I'm also wanting to limit the amount of processed foods as much as possible as I do know the havoc they can wreak on our bodies. I think the problem lies in the extreme and in Western culture, extreme is the normalcy, unfortunately.
      While I don't know much about the longevity of a vegetarian, I do know that even just the changes I've made in my diet over the past 3 weeks has been revitalizing and I do feel much better, and have more energy, then I did before. Again, I do believe it's all about the moderation. I don't think I could completely cut meat out of my diet. I really like it….a lot ;)