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2015 is going to be an amazing year for all of us! I wanted to share Monica’s Beauty Detox Transformation Story today as it really touched me and I felt it would be the perfect inspiration for everyone at this time of year.

Monica used Beauty Detox principles to help her body get healthy and strong after her kidney transplant, which she needed after being diagnosed with Lupus. Many of us tend to be too hard on ourselves  and make strict New Year’s resolutions and end up freezing restricted and frustrated. Remember that it is about the long journey. I hope hearing Monica’s story today inspires you as much as it inspired me!

Intro to Monica’s journey, in her words:

As a young girl growing up in Texas, I wasn’t introduced to many health foods. As you can imagine there was a lot of BBQs. That also involved ribs, sausage, brisket, potato salad, and lots of bread. And let’s not forget the sweet ice tea! I never gave much thought about what I was putting in my body, mainly because I have always been athletic. I had a slender body and strong legs. Then, at the age of 16 I stared to feel like my body was going downhill fast. At first I thought it was the flu. My joints hurt, I had high fevers and I had no energy. I had gone to  see the physician a few times  and he would say that I had a bad case of the flu.

After a month with no answers I was in worse shape then ever! I have painful memories of not even being able to hold myself up. One day not so long after I was rushed to the ER. The doctors were not sure what was wrong,  they ran a lot of tests on me. The results were in and finally they told me that I have been diagnosed with Lupus… and that it had taken over my kidneys. I was beyond devastated! At age 19 I started dialysis treatments. My realities and dreams were suddenly halted knowing now this would be my place to go 3 times a week for 4 hours. This process lasted for five VERY long years.  I finally received a kidney transplant from a beautiful young man that lost his life on Valentines Day. I was beyond thankful after I received this gift of life, I swore to myself that I would do anything to stay as healthy as I could be.  At the time I did my research and found out about juicing, Wheatgrass, hot water with lemon in the mornings. Kale/spinach salads. Lots of fruit and alkaline water. I did not fully grasp the nature of everything until I stumbled across Kimberly’s book The Beauty Detox Solution!

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How long have you been following the Beauty Detox philosophy? Was it easy to incorporate it into your lifestyle?

I have been following Kimberly’s philosophy since my transplant. Learning more and more as times goes on. I become so excited about her books and programs, I tried convincing all my friends to try it. My skin is brighter, my hair grows so fast, & the energy I feel is amazing! I finally feel myself again. (Maybe better than before)
After I started the Beauty Detox Lifestyle I realized the importance of what the first thing I was putting into my body. I recall always craving that strong cup of coffee with something sweet to get me going, but only to realize that I was searching for something more fulfilling. So I tended to grab whatever was the closest or quickest. I definitely felt tired and sluggish. Then after starting the Beauty Detox, I almost immediately started to feel great! I felt almost as if I discovered a hidden world. I felt energized for hours. I didn’t crave the salty food or sugary snakes. I became more aware of what I was putting in my body because I felt the difference! I just knew I would never go back.
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What is your daily regimen? Give us an example of a typical meal plan and exercise routines.

My daily regimen is that I start my day off with meditating for about 20 min. Then I drink my hot water with lemon. After about 30 min. I make a Glowing Green Smoothie. I like having this variety: It consists of kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, lemon juice, celery. I also like to add cinnamon sometimes! My body craves this every day!

This regimen has changed my outlook on life in many ways. The doctors were astonished how well I look and feel. I feel I have been given such a gift of life after being so ill for so many years! I finally was healthy enough to get pregnant (the doctors said I wouldn’t be able to) and I have a healthy beautiful son. I feel so very blessed. I know I wouldn’t feel this good without following Kimberly’s philosophy.

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What is your favorite recipe and why?

Now, as for my favorite recipe, I would have to say the Glowing Green Smoothie! My body just craves it! I run downstairs first thing in the morning and I pull out all of my beautiful fresh veggies. I feel happier, healthier, and so energized!  It is my one staple that never changes!

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What words of encouragement do you have for others in the Beauty Detox Community?

If I could just say a couple of words of encouragement to someone who is thinking about starting the regimen. Stand up and take charge of your body and future. Pass this along to your children, so they may teach theirs. It has changed my Outlook on life forever. I am looking forward to celebrating my  birthday in less then a week on January 6th, and I have never felt better!

 Thank You Monica!

Monica, you are truly amazing!  What a beautiful and incredible story. Thank you for sharing your journey of dealing with a crippling  sickness and being able to stay positive and overcome the odds! I am sure your story has inspired many others today that are also struggling to feel better!

If you or anyone you know want to share your story, please contact Katelyn our community manager at Katelyn@kimberlysnyder.com — we’d love to feature you!

Enjoy the first weekend of the New Year and stay tuned as next week I reveal the details about my first Beauty Detox Day Retreat!

Love,

Kimberly