5 Radical Beauty Lessons
A celeb nutritionist on her favorite type of probiotics and the practice of earthing
Nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author Kimberly Snyder has overhauled the diets of celebrities including Channing Tatum, Kerry Washington, and Reese Witherspoon. But her definition of health and beauty encompasses way more than a stunning red carpet look. She recently outlined that philosophy in her book, Radical Beauty: How to Transform Your Life From the Inside Out, which she co-authored with mindfulness expert Deepak Chopra. It focuses on six areas of your life—internal nourishment, external nourishment, peak beauty sleep, primal beauty, and spiritual beauty—and you’ll notice that none of them are specifically focused on typical tropes like looking younger or skinnier. Here, a few of her tips for attaining radical beauty, which Snyder says is about "feeling empowered first and resisting the constant pressure to think about beauty cosmetically."
Start the Day Right
"I think everyone can benefit from developing a healthy morning routine. I like to meditate as soon as I wake up," says Snyder, who is a big advocate of finding moments of quiet and reflection whenever possible. "It's huge for reducing stress and setting a positive tone for the day." She also recommends drinking hot lemon water, followed by a nutrient-rich smoothie for breakfast.
Get Grounded (Literally)
"I partake in earthing at the beach a few times a week (which is as simple as kicking off your shoes and walking on the sand, grass, or dirt)," explains Snyder. "It’s not about trying to be perfect, but adding self-care practices wherever possible. Little changes add up and make an enormous difference overall."
Make Moderation Key
"One of the things I loved about writing Radical Beauty was collecting and being able to share scientific research that backed up many of the lifestyle tenets which seem natural to me, including balancing our macronutrients, not advocating an extreme diet, and making sure to stay as active as possible instead of just participating in one workout and then sitting the rest of the day,” says Snyder. "All or nothing approaches really have nothing to offer you long-term."
Trust (and Balance) Your Gut
Your diet absolutely matters, but it’s also important that your body is primed to get the most out of what you’re putting into it, notes Snyder, who is a fan of soil-based probiotics (SBO's) taken in the morning. "They can fully survive your stomach acid to get you processing on all cylinders," she says, adding that "different strains of natural, soil-based organisms closely reflect how our ancestors would get probiotics from nature (eating wild or unwashed organic produce). Such microorganisms aggressively work against pathogens and help reduce or eliminate yeast, molds, and other unfriendly bacteria." Snyder also recommends that meals follow food-combining rules to make them easier to digest.
"There are commonly held mindsets about beauty and being good enough in general, centered around the idea that such things are limited and reserved for a small percentage of the population," she says. "Thinking this way makes us feel competitive and often bad about ourselves. In contrast, when we shift the attention inward and work on nurturing ourselves, the idea of limitation and comparison naturally fades away."