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The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder (2013): What to eat and foods to avoid

The Beauty Detox Foods - diet and healthy eating book by Kimberly SnyderThe Beauty Detox Foods (2013) is a detox diet

  • Eat mostly plant-based foods, often raw
  • Eat more vegetables and fewer animal products
  • Drink a green smoothie or juice (following recipe guidelines) every day
  • Avoid dairy

Below is a description of the food recommendations in the diet.  Phases  |  What to eat  |   Foods to avoid.  There’s a lot more in the book.

Get a copy of The Beauty Detox Foods for more information on the beauty benefits of this detox diet, reasons for avoiding certain foods, and recipes

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The reasoning behind The Beauty Detox Foods

Beauty detox foods are designed to free up energy from digestion, which is the single most important way to redirect large amounts of energy to make weight loss easy and help you look your most beautiful. The high content of mineral-, enzyme-, and fiber-rich Beauty Detox foods will help cleanse and unclog the waste from the intestines so that your body can start to absorb nutrients optimally.

Phases of The Beauty Detox Foods

The program is designed to wake up a limited amount of toxins in your body at a time, which can then leave the body in a controlled way

  • Stay in each phase at least one month before moving on. If you are losing weight and feeling good, but that requires debilitating discipline – you are constantly dreaming about and obsessing about food – you are not ready to move up yet. Stay in a phase until you don’t have to think about it any more, until it has become engrained in your life
  • If you aren’t seeing the results you want, focus additional efforts on cleansing – healthier foods, probiotics, digestive enzymes, etc.
  • View desserts as occasional treats
  • Meal plans are included in the book for all these phases

See details of what to eat and foods to avoid further down the page

First phase: Blossoming Beauty

  • It’s okay to keep animal foods in your diet during this phase, except for dairy, but they should be consumed only once a day at a maximum
  • Cut out highly refined sugars and carbs, and start to wean yourself off gluten-containing foods like wheat, rye, and barley. By cutting out gluten you will automatically cut out junk food, since so much processed food contains wheat and wheat derivatives
  • The only fruit allowed in this phase are low-sugar fruits: lemons, limes, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapefruit, very green apples like Granny Smith
  • Start with Glowing Green Smoothie, Low sugar
  • If you are more than 50 pounds overweight, are exhausted, suspect you have candidiasis, have a lot of skin issues and/or are an absolute beginner, start with this phase. If you don’t have any of these issues, you could start with the Radiant Beauty phase
  • If you are more than 50 pounds overweight, are come from a lifestyle of eating devitalized and processed foods, or suspect you have some kind of candidiasis or yeast imbalance in your body, remain in the Blossoming Beauty Phase for 1-3 months longer than suggested, or until you have become balanced

Second phase: Radiant Beauty

  • Start enjoying the classic Glowing Green Smoothie
  • Reduce your intake of animal products further, but can still have them a few times a week, especially fish lower in toxins and eggs
  • It’s not clearly stated in the book, but it appears you can start having more fruits, not just the low-sugar ones

Third phase: True Beauty

  • Drink Glowing Green Juice as well as the Glowing Green Smoothie
  • Reduce the amount of animal products in your diet to only a small portion of fish, eggs and goat’s cheese, eliminating large animals altogether
  • Eliminate cooked grains not only in the mornings but generally at lunch and in the middle of the day
  • If you find this phase to be a daily struggle and too much effort, or feel too deprived or to obsessive about your diet, move back down to the Radiant Beauty phase

Beauty Detox Foods diet plan – food list

What to eat  |   Foods to avoid

It’s the norm, not the occasional exceptions to the rule, that counts.

Foods to eat in The Beauty Detox Foods

These are general guidelines, to be read in conjunction with the phases above

  • Vegetables
    • Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beans, beet greens, beets, bok choy, broccoli, broccoli rabe, brussels sprouts, cabbage (green, purple/red, or chinese/napa), carrots, cauliflower, Chinese broccoli, celery, chard, collard greens, organic corn, dandelion greens, endive, escarole, frisée, green beans, kale, lamb’s quarters, leeks, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsnips, peas, pea shoots, peppers, radishes, romaine lettuce, scallions, shallots, snow peas, spinach, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, turnips, watercress
    • Basil, bay leaves, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
    • Sea vegetables / seaweed, e.g. dulse
    • Sprouts (all varieties), wheatgrass
    • Fresh is best; frozen is the next best choice if you can’t get fresh produce
  • Green smoothie
    • Drink the Glowing Green Smoothie (or juice) every day – ingredients may include filtered water, spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, apple, pear, banana, lemon juice, optional parsley and cilantro (recipe in the book)
  • Fruits
    • Acai berries, apples, apricots, avocadoes, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherimoyas, cherries, coconut, cranberries, cucumbers, durian, goji berries, gooseberries, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kumquats, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, plums, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, watermelon
    • Currants, figs, prunes, raisins
    • Tomatoes
    • Eat on their own or with leafy green vegetables
    • Only eat after your body is cleansed enough to handle it by having a good amount of healthy bacteria to break down the fruit sugars. When you’re first beginning your Beauty Detox, you may have an adverse reaction to fruit
  • Organic
    • Choose organic, especially “Dirty Dozen” – apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale/collard greens. If you can’t get organic, soak your produce for 30 minutes – 1 hour in a fruit/vegetable cleanser or water and vinegar
  • Meat
    • Buy organic, hormone-free meat, preferably from a local farm or source
    • Eventually, your goal should be to limit the consumption of meat to 2-3 times per week at most
  • Fish
    • Choose fish lower in heavy metals and toxins: haddock, halibut, mahi-mahi, wild Alaskan salmon, sole, striped sea bass, tilapia, trout, whitefish
    • Broil or bake fish
    • Limit fish and seafood to a maximum of 2 times a week
  • Plant sources of protein
    • Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, nuts and seeds (all of them), spinach, sprouts
    • If you are consuming an adequate amount of daily calories, it is virtually impossible for you to be deficient in protein
    • Fermented organic soy products, like miso, tempeh and natto (and not tofu)
    • Nutritional yeast
  • Carbohydrates

Best options:

    • Gluten-free whole grains, especially millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat (including soba noodles)
    • Soak grains at least 8 hours, and preferably overnight
    • Fill up on veggies first to control portion size
    • Starchy vegetables – red-jacket potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash, kabocha squash, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, winter squash, yams, yucca, etc. – well cooked

Next-best options

    • Beans/legumes, all varieties – adzuki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas/garbanzos, great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans. Soak overnight
    • Brown or wild rice
    • Gluten-free crackers, pastas, and other foods
  • Sugars and sweeteners
    • One of the best sweeteners is stevia
    • Other sweeteners that should be used in strict moderation: raw coconut nectar (first liquid sweetener choice), small amounts of dried fruits, raw honey, organic pure maple syrup, xylitol, erythritol
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, filbers/hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts
    • Chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
    • One to two ounces is the maximum daily amount; if you are an active person or an athlete, or you’re trying to gain or maintain weight, the portion size can be adjusted slightly higher
    • Always eat them raw
    • Soak them – the harder the consistency, the longer you’ll need to soak it – hard nuts such as almonds should be soaked for at least 24 hours; medium-density nuts, such as walnuts or brazil nuts, at least 6 hours; soft nuts, like pine nuts and macadamia nuts, 2 hours or less. Seeds – soak overnight
  • Algae
    • Chlorella and spirulina
  • Dairy alternatives
    • Milk alternatives: almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, rice milk (least nutritious)
    • Cheese alternatives: seed cheese, non-soy vegan alternatives, raw goat’s milk cheese, raw sheep’s milk cheese, pasteurized goat’s or sheep’s milk cheese (not ideal), raw cow’s milk cheese (least favorable)
    • Yogurt alternatives: probiotic & enzyme salad, kimchi, coconut yogurt, a daily probiotic, goat’s milk kefir (least favorable)
  • Fats
    • Avocado – limit to ½ avocado a day
    • Seeds and nuts (as above) – limit to an ounce
    • Coconut oil in small amounts
    • Flaxseed oil, olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, hemp seed oil, borage seed oil, or evening primrose oil – occasionally and in their unrefined state
  • Probiotics and enzymes
    • Eat a probiotic & enzyme salad daily. Ingredients include: green or purple/red cabbage, fresh ginger, caraway seeds, filtered water (recipe in book). Consuming ½ – 1 cup with dinner at least 5 nights a week would be ideal
  • Water
    • Drink water between meals, not at meals – when you wake up, throughout the morning, and at least ½ hour before your meals or an hour following meals. Squeeze in some lemon
  • Spices
    • Cardamom, caraway seeds, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, curry powder, garam masala, garlic powder, nutmeg, paprika, red pepper flakes, turmeric
  • Condiments, baking supplies and pantry
    • Raw apple cider vinegar, low-sodium gluten-free tamari, low-sodium vegetable broth, dijon mustard, organic ketchup
    • Sea salt
    • Xanthan gum, arrowroot starch, tapioca starch
    • Raw cacao
    • Ener-G egg replacer
    • Olives, capers
  • Alkaline foods
    • Eat very alkaline / alkalizing foods as at least 80% of your diet – greens, other vegetables, ripe fruits, sprouts
    • Eat alkaline foods as the first part of each meal – best choices are some Glowing Green Smoothie, raw vegetables, or salad

Specific food recommendations for beauty

  • For beautiful skin:
    • Youthful skin: red bell peppers, coconut, avocadoes, spinach (raw and cooked)
    • Radiant skin: watercress, figs, sweet potatoes (organic with skin on), cucumbers (organic with skin on), acai
    • Soft skin: pineapple, almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds (whole form, not flaxseed oil)
    • Unlined, wrinkle-free skin: pears (organic with skin on), cabbage, turmeric
    • Clear, blemish-free skin: probiotic & enzyme salad, raw sauerkraut (watch the amount of salt), arugula, onions, raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon
  • For beautiful hair:
    • Pumpkin seeds, dulse, carrots, radishes, nutritional yeast
  • For beautiful eyes:
    • Bright eyes: papaya, beets including beet greens, blueberries, apples (organic with skin on)
    • Eliminating dark circles and puffiness: celery (with leaves), collard greens (use to replace flour and corn tortillas), asparagus, bananas (ripe, yellow with black spots)
  • For a beautiful body:
    • Fluid body movement: broccoli, brussels sprouts (raw or cooked), sesame seeds (keep them refrigerated; choose raw tahini if available), romaine lettuce
    • Cellulite-free body: fresh cilantro, parsley, buckwheat, oat groats (organic and processed in a gluten-free facility)
    • Toned body: kale, hemp seeds, quinoa, millet (as with all grains, eat a large green salad beforehand and have cooked or raw veggies along with it), chia seeds
  • For an inner glow:
    • Bee pollen, sunflower seeds, sprouts (sunflower sprouts are a favorite; also try fenugreek, clover, alfalfa, and broccoli sprouts), spirulina (don’t cook), chlorella

Foods to avoid or limit with The Beauty Detox Foods

  • Produce
    • Canned foods including canned vegetables and canned beans
    • Fruit should only be eaten on its own or with green leafy vegetables, not with starchy vegetables or proteins
    • No bottled juices
  • Meat
    • Factory-farmed meat
    • Limit meat to 2-3 times a week at most
  • Fish
    • Limit fish / seafood to no more than a maximum of 2 times a week
    • Avoid fish high in toxins: bluefish, Chilean sea bass, grouper, mackerel, marlin, shark, swordfish, Atlantic salmon, farmed salmon, wild striped bass, tilefish, tuna
    • Avoid store-bought canned tuna fish
    • Avoid shellfish high in toxins: blue crab, shrimp
    • Avoid pan-seared or fried fish and shellfish dishes
    • Be cautious eating sushi and sahimi
  • Eggs
    • Not much guidance – if limiting animal products, you should be limiting eggs
  • Carbohydrates
    • Avoid refined carbohydrates – white flour breads, pastas and pastries, many breakfast cereals, most packaged cookies, snacks, and baked goods
    • Avoid gluten, including wheat and wheat products (including whole wheat), rye, and barley
    • Avoid gluten-free products made of mainly corn or potato flour
    • Avoid white rice
    • Avoid canned beans
    • Limit edamame
    • Avoid tofu, soy milk, commercial energy bars, soy burgers, soy cheese and other processed products containing soy protein isolates, soy protein concentrate, textured vegetable protein TVP or hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Sugars and sweeteners
    • Avoid processed and refined sugars, including agave, barley malt syrup, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, corn sweeteners, corn syrup, crystalline fructose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, high fructose corn syrup HFCS, invert sugar, lactose, malt, malt syrup, maltodextrin, maltose, molasses, muscovato, succanat, sucrose, turbinado sugar, white sugar
    • Avoid artificial sweeteners, including aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet), saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low) and sucralose (Splenda)
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Avoid peanuts
    • Avoid roasted nuts and seeds
  • Dairy / milk products
    • Avoid all cow’s milk dairy products, including milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
    • Use these foods instead to get calcium: almonds, bok choy, broccoli, cactus/nopales, cauliflower, collard greens, cucumber, dates, figs, kale, oranges, romaine lettuce, sea vegetables/seaweed, sesame seeds and tahini, spinach, sunflower seeds, turnip greens, watercress
  • Fats
    • Cut back on or avoid polyunsaturated fats – canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, vegetable oil – also check ingredient lists for these
    • Avoid animal-based saturated fats and trans-fats
  • Beverages
    • Avoid caffeine – no coffee, and green tea isn’t recommended (implies that black tea is out too)
    • Avoid soda, including diet soda
    • Avoid store-bought juices and smoothies
    • There aren’t clear guidelines on alcohol, but it’s listed as a very acidic food which should therefore be minimized
  • Condiments
    • Avoid all vinegars except balsamic vinegar (which is okay occasionally) and raw apple cider vinegar (which is encouraged)
  • Acidic foods
    • Limit very acidic / acidifying foods to less than 20% of your diet – alcohol, animal protein, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, dairy products, processed foods, refined sugar, soda
  • Never eat when you’re not hungry

Health benefits claimed in The Beauty Detox Foods

The diet in this book claims to reduce the risks for: acne, candidiasis, headaches, overweight/obesity, psoriasis

As always, this is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. Consult your doctor before starting a new diet. This page describes what the authors of the diet recommend – Chewfo is describing the diet only, not endorsing it.

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{ 2 comments… add one }

  • susan walka August 25, 2013, 11:23 pm

    I was trying to get a few more desserts after I purchased your last book that only had 2 in it. Do you have any other desserts? Thank you.

    • Penny Hammond August 26, 2013, 8:56 pm

      Both The Beauty Detox Solution and The Beauty Detox Foods have only a few pages of recipes for desserts. There are also a few on the website at http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/recipes/ (you have to register). You can always have fresh fruit in later phases.

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