Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra & Kimberly Snyder

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You’re eating chia seeds all wrong. Yes, there is a certain way to eat them to get all the health benefits and it’s not how you see your favorite health bloggers eating them on Instagram. I see so many amazing smoothie bowls on Instagram with chia seeds just sprinkled on top and I’m guilty of doing this too! Apparently, though, it’s important to consume chia seeds after they have been fully hydrated. Fully hydrated means the seeds have soaked (in water, coconut milk, almond milk, pick your poison, etc.) for 30 minutes in order to get their full health benefits. Waaaaaaaa. That means if I want to eat chia seeds I actually have to plan somewhat ahead instead of just throwin those goods on like I’m salt bae?!

 

Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder is packed with hundreds of tips and tricks like this. If your newish to living a healthy lifestyle, it can be REALLY overwhelming. What food HAS to be organic? What kind of deodorant can I wear that actually works? How can I actually get a good night sleep when I haven’t slept through the night in the past 7 years? This book BREAKS IT DOWN from top to bottom on living a healthy life. The BONUS? You will FEEL like a beautiful million dollas. Deepak and Kimberly give just enough detail to help you become dip your toes in becoming a Healthy Living Master but also footnotes the research in case you want to dive deep and get clinical.

 

Radical Beauty is categorized into six sections – lovingly called the Six Pillars of Radical Beauty:
Pillar 1: Internal Nourishment
Pillar 2: External Nourishment
Pillar 3: Peak Beauty Sleep
Pillar 4: Primal Beauty
Pillar 5: Beautiful Movement
Pillar 6: Spiritual Beauty

 

Pillar One takes you through the dos and don’ts of what to put inside your body. All about food. How to detox certain organs, recipes, tips for healthy digestion, and all the hot facts about chia seeds, mushrooms, aloe vera juice and MORE.

 

Pillar Two is probably the most important pillar. Why? Your skin is the LARGEST ORGAN. Crazy, right? So what goes on your skin is just as important as what you put inside of your body. Get the download on all the bad ingredients that you cannot pronounce that you are slathering on your body. In contrast, though, there is a long list of important staples for skin care and hair care such as clay and jojoba!

 

Pillar Three I was dreaded reading the most. I’ve been working around the clock for the past 12 years and have two small children. I don’t really know what sleep is. I considered sleeping my long lost soul mate that I just wouldn’t have the opportunity to connect with in this lifetime. I’ve dangerously tried to adapt the “sleep when I’m dead” mentality at times in my life. This pillar certainly guilted me into changing my thinking and sleeping habits. Did you know the effects of too little sleep include – but not limited to – accelerated aging, anxiety and depression, permanent brain damage, weight gain, and ughhh more. I’ll forever be a student to Pillar Three, but I have made drastic changes to my sleeping habits.

 

Pillar Four gets interesting. While the most useful section breaks down the toxicity of cleaning products in your house there some interesting content on how to live season to season (if you experience seasons – sorry SoCal), physically touching the Earth, and how our menstrual cycles are very similar to moon cycles. Probably of NO interest to any fur friend lovers out there but there is a section on setting boundaries with your animals. I skipped over that one.

 

Pillar Five gets you moving. Take the stairs. Walk while you talk on your phone. Stretch. There is a whole section that provides easy yoga positions  – even if you’re a newb to yoga – for you to physically stimulate and cleanse your organs (yes, yoga stretches do that for you). Interestingly enough, certain ways of breathing offer huge health benefits – breathing exercises are included too.

 

Pillar Six takes us inward. The section that probably gets most people squeamish. Worth your time though. Learn how to manage your stress (the secret killer), the benefits of meditation, and how to find your own personal path in life that you can feel good about.

 

Your highest potential for beauty will be unfilled without spiritual beauty.

 

I read Radical Beauty back when it was released near the end of 2016 and here’s a list of things I have implemented into an ongoing – if not daily – part of my regimen. These aren’t all things I went and bought overnight either. I tried other products, did my research, and decided on these – for now. Not all them are perfect – but are huge steps in the right direction of leaving behind many toxic products in my life – especially when it comes to an external beauty routine. I made the most changes in Pillar Two after reading Radical Beauty.

 

Pillar One:
  • Adding Vital Proteins to my coffee and smoothies. I often show this in my Instagram Stories, follow me to see where I sneak Vital Proteins into my daily life.
  • Indulging in higher quality chocolate – big fan of Eating Evolved – can’t go wrong with anything of theirs – even the banana flavored one, I don’t like bananas but LOVE those cups – but I tend to opt for their Keto Cups to keep sugar low or the Midnight Coconut.
  • Making sure I hydrate my chia seeds.
  • Eating a teaspoon of bee pollen each day. If I eat a smoothie bowl, I add on top. If not, I just eat a spoonful and wash it down with water.
  • Being more consistent with my omegas, I take Udo’s Oil and eat a can of Wild Planet Wild Sardines every morning – which I added to my routine after reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris.
  • Working more warming spices into my foods and drinks each day such as cayenne, cinnamon, and ginger. If I’ve been slacking on my diet – I’ll sometimes take cayenne/ginger capsules to help detox my body. Mostly when I am traveling and don’t stick well to a certain way of eating.
  • Gut Health. Radical Beauty led me on a journey to really learning more about my gut health – I’ve been adding digestive enzymes, kombucha, fermented foods (I love Farmhouse Culture foods), and Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin.
Pillar Two:

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Pillar Three:
  • I’ve implemented the One Hour Rule. MOST days – not all, because I’m a real person who gets lost in very deep text messaging conversations that must continue until my eyelids close – this rule is implemented with both myself and my kids. About an hour before I put the kids to bed, we turn off all electronics and I have them do some bedtime yoga and read books. Same with myself, I do yoga with them and then try to read myself to sleep with a physical book – no e-reader or audiobook.
  • Use airplane mode. Most nights I put my phone on airplane mode when I go to sleep and take it a step further and my phone in the hallway outside of my bedroom so that I have to get out of bed to turn off the alarm – and then I implement Mel Robbins’ Five Second Rule to keep my ass out of bed.
  • Blackout curtains. There is a constant “city glow” that shines through my windows at night. Making my room darker has helped keep my mind from wandering about all the weird shadows.
  • Ditching the co-sleeping (not in Radical Beauty, but the book inspired me to change this). I co-slept with my babies, which carried on into Toddlerhood and slightly beyond. It became a habit for me to just fall asleep next to them while I put them to bed many nights a week. Difficult habit to break because I used co-sleeping to deal with my mom guilt.
Pillar Four:
  • Heal by Grounding. This pillar has encouraged me to spend way more time outdoors. I’m lucky enough to live near some hiking trails, so I try to go at least once a week. This has become very therapeutic for me. Being nature. Seeing all the creatures (yep, rattlesnakes, deer, coyotes, bunnies, hawks, you name it), beautiful flowers, and fresh tree air – cuz I do live in smog city.
  • Leave shoes at the door. Yep, take them off right when you walk in. While this was a “best practice” in my house, it was one I didn’t stick too – but one of those things I made the kids do but didn’t always follow that rule myself.
  • Stock up on house plants. I have to do this often because plants come to my house to die. I try though, I really do. I’ve found succulents and money trees are more difficult to kill.
  • Switch to less toxic cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. This one is tricky because it is difficult to find good brands that also work to your standards. I don’t have any brands to share yet because I am still constantly on the hunt and haven’t landed on anything I love. Follow my Instagram stories though as I often share products I’m trying out there.
Pillar Five:
  • Walk for digestion. After dinner, the kids and I take Gus (my adorable yorkie) for a 30 minutes walk.
  • Park farther. Yep, I don’t look for the best parking spot anymore – I can’t stay between the lines anyways, so it’s best that I park far, far away.
  • Stability Ball Chair. I found it annoying because the ball has to have the perfect amount of air in it for me to feel eye level to my computer. However, I do though take the ball out of the frame and use it for some stretching and crunches. I will say though – sitting in that position does make me feel more focused, so when I need hyper focus, I take the time to pump it up my likins.
  • Sweat. So when I first read this, I brushed it off because I’m just not much of a sweater – and I drink AT LEAST half my body weight in ounces of water each day, I stay hydrated af. She recommends trying hot yoga and regular sauna sessions. It wasn’t until I read A LOT more about this subject in Tools of Titans that I started implementing heavy sweat sessions into my life. I’ve been doing 90-minute hot yoga classes (Shout out to Class Pass) for about a month now and it has become a new addiction. I’ve also been doing 20-30 minute sessions in the sauna at my gym. If I’m feeling really determined, I do my meditations in the sauna – talk about working on serious control of your mind – staying focused while you’re borderline about to pass out. I get my serious sweat on now about 3-4 times a week. THE BIGGEST DOWNFALL though is my toxic addiction to eyelash extensions. They just don’t hold up well with all this heat and I’ve found that I need to get them refilled every two weeks compared to three (Basic Girl probz). Maybe this is the push I need to give up the toxic lashes – stay tuned.
  • Breathing and yoga exercise.
Pillar Six:
  • I’ve dabbled in meditation. Never thought is was for me because…my BRAIN. I cannot shut it off. Honestly, I can’t say that I picked it right back up though religiously after reading this, but what Radical Beauty offered was an insight as to the WHY. Everyone says to meditate, but once I understood all the benefits – it hung heavy in my mind until I was able to pick it up to be a regular habit in my life. I’ve been doing it daily (again, human, I miss some days) for about three months now and I just want to say for any newbies or those wanting to try it – it gets better. It gets easier. I use to not be able to turn my thoughts off for 10 seconds, now when my 20-minute meditation is up, I want to go longer. I use Oprah & Deepak’s Meditation challenges and stream them from their app on my phone, you can buy them on Amazon and sync to your phone OR visit the Chopra Center Meditation website for more options of meditations and consumption styles. These meditation tapes are really what introduced me to Deepak and got me interested in Radical Beauty. I own three that I’ve collected over the past year or two – because they are pricey, but I do highly recommend: Perfect Health, Energy of Attraction, Manifesting True Success. Each one is 21 days and I just rotate each one every 21 days. Also, sign up on their website because they do offer these for free a few times a year to try.
  • For the past two years, I have been on what I would call a deep spiritual journey. I’ve never been a religious person – or very spiritual and honestly didn’t even understand the difference. Until one magical night (save for another day) and ever since then, my soul has been awakened. And it has been challenging to say the least, but rewarding and is leading me on a path to my highest calling. Radical Beauty didn’t inspire this spiritual journey for me, but it has an AMAZING section guiding you through how to find your own spiritual path – read it. do it. change your life. How to know you need to find your spiritual path? If you are feeling a little lost in life or deep down, some part of you just isn’t that happy with your life or you have this yearning of wanting something more but don’t know what it is or where to look – try this.

In conclusion, get Radical Beauty and add some highlighters and little sticky notes to your cart too. What I’ve shared in this blog post does not scratch the surface of what Radical Beauty has to offer. Plus, this was just the stuff that tickled my fancy. You will pick up your own actionable nuggets.

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