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Celebrity Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder on How to Stop Stress Eating For Good
Plus, why you should embrace "soil-based organisms."
Before Bobbi Brown started whipping up beauty bowls, Kimberly Snyder was spreading the message that what you eat is the ultimate beauty product. The nutritionist and multi-time New York Times best-selling author of the Beauty Detox book series and Radical Beauty knows what she preaches. After struggling with weight issues and acne for years, Kimberly landed on a vegetable and fruit-based diet focused on whole, good-for-you foods — no calorie counting involved.
Her philosophy has grown to an empire: she creates recipes, owns an organic smoothie & juice company Glow Bio, hosts a health-focused podcast, and has worked with celeb clients like Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Hilary Duff, Dita Von Teese, Kerry Washington, and Reese Witherspoon. Kimberly answered The Lookbook's pressing questions on healthy eating, and we learned two new things: we should all be familiar with the phrase "Soil-Based Organisms" and that there's a smoothie for every occasion.
What's the #1 change you should make if you want to prioritize your health?
An easy change people can make to increase their health is creating a healthy morning routine by beginning their day with soil-based organism (SBO) probiotics followed by a Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS). SBO probiotics are a great way to aid in digestion, bloating and get your body ready for a full day of eating. My Glowing Green Smoothie is a great way to start the morning, it is packed full with beautifying and energizing nutrients and is an easy way to hydrate in the morning. GGS is full of fiber and will keep you full for hours.
Do you find that celebrities have the same struggles with weight loss/healthy eating as everyone else?
Of course! We all put pressure on ourselves to look a certain way and try to live a healthy lifestyle, which results in all of us facing the same struggles to achieve those goals. Regardless of our profession, we all have temptations and obstacles that hinder our weight loss and healthy eating progress.
Do you think people are realizing the food-beauty connection you've written about more than ever these days?
There is definitely an amazing movement happening of an increasing awareness about the powerful connection between food and beauty. People are starting to reflect more about the food they are choosing to buy and consume and the effects of that decision. There are more people now than ever advocating for a healthy, primarily plant-based diet due to the availability of information on the internet and the increasingly popularity of living a healthy lifestyle as portrayed on social media.
Do you have any tips for stress eaters who turn to comfort food when things get tough?
Stress is inevitable, but there are more effective ways to cope with stress than turning to comfort food. It is important to first recognize the source of your stress. It is helpful to write them down and take some time to think about them. One should also find stress-reducing tools that are effective for them. Some mechanisms that work for me are meditation, yoga, quiet and solitude, spending time in nature, listening to relaxing music, and going for a walk or working out.
While meditation may work well for me, it may not work for everyone, so it is important to figure out what personally works best for you. If you do find that you can’t stop turning to food when stressed, change what food you turn to. Bananas, cucumbers, avocados, blueberries, asparagus, and celery help reduce stress and its negative effects on your body.
What about for people who do so well trying to kick processed food, until the afternoon/end of the work day rolls around? Is there a snack they can turn to to keep on track?
A great afternoon snack is my Power Protein smoothie. Smoothies are a great option because they are super easy to make and quick to consume because you don’t have to chew! This smoothie has over 18 grams of protein and is a great source of fiber, which will help keep you full and energized for the rest of the day.