It is time for #featurefriday here on the blog! I’m happy to share with you the story of Rayma, a beautiful woman who was brought up vegetarian and found herself having to adapt to a huge lifestyle change when she moved to America. It’s truly empowering to see how Rayma overcame the obstacles that come with moving to another country and having to adapt to cultural norms here, while staying true to herself.
Today Rayma takes us through her journey from her early life in India to how she started following the Beauty Detox philosophy. I am so proud to see how far she has come! It is so important for all of us to share our journeys with one another, as we can all learn from each other and be a community full of strong supporters for one another.
Let’s Meet Rayma…
When I moved to the USA in my 20’s, I initially found it hard to adapt to the food that was predominantly meat. I would mostly eat home cooked meals and had very few choices while I dined out.
It wasn’t until my late 30’s that I stumbled upon Kimberly’s books and I was immediately hooked. I could relate to it immediately because of my background and my roots in India. I have made so many positive changes in my diet using Kimberly’s philosophy.
How long have you been following the Beauty Detox philosophy? Was it easy to incorporate it into your lifestyle?
I have been following the Beauty Detox philosophy for about 2 years now! I was born and brought up in India and have always been vegetarian all my life.
What is your daily regimen? Give us an example of a typical meal plan and exercise routines.
One of the first things I learned from Kimberly’s books was the fact that I did not have to load up on a heavy breakfast to feel energetic. I immediately invested in a Vitamix blender and have used it every day ever since.
I drink the Glowing Green Smoothie (or water with lemon when I travel). I also drink Kimberly’s Power Protein Smoothie every day. Kim’s books taught me about a variety of super foods and beauty foods.
I made space for a separate shelf in my food pantry and stocked it with these beauty super-foods. I mix and match different super-foods with fresh fruits and almond milk to make some delicious smoothies. I also make a kid’s version of smoothie for my boys and they drink it everyday!
For exercise, I enjoy jogging outside and do nature hikes whenever I get a chance. When I want to relax from a stressful day, I love to swim, do yoga or just meditate. I sometimes meditate for a few minutes mid-afternoon when I feel energy levels lower or feel the need for caffeine and I am recharged for rest of the day!
How do you feel after adopting the Beauty Detox lifestyle? What changes have you experienced?
After I adopted the Beauty Detox lifestyle, I realized it’s not just a beauty lifestyle but also health and happiness lifestyle. When we eat well, we feel well and it makes us happy. :)
I had several digestive issues in my early 30’s that showed no improvement with doctor visits. This lifestyle has taught me that health begins with the gut and I have never had any digestive issues since I started on this.
My skin care routine also got a ‘detox’ as a result. I tossed out all those skin care products, cosmetics with endless list of ingredients and I replaced it with simple oils such as organic jojoba and coconut oil. My skin never breaks out and feels youthful.
Compared to my late 20’s, my hair has gotten longer and healthier in my late 30’s. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I can even do without coffee (which would have been next to impossible two years ago!). I also see a great improvement in my immunity even in severe winter weather.
I continue to enjoy reading Kimberly’s blogs as they always help me to make some small positive changes in day to day life.
What is your favorite recipe and why?
My favorite is Kimberly’s Power Protein Smoothie and Endurance Protein bars. As a vegetarian, they give me the protein and amino acid boost that I need. Plus it allows me to feel less hungry and energetic through the day!
Thank you Rayma!
I hope everyone is feeling inspired after reading Rayma’s story! You are such an inspiration to the community. It has been amazing to read about your transformation in applying The Beauty Detox philosophy. We all support you, and are honored to have read about your young and beautiful spirit. Keep up the great work!!
I encourage you to enjoy your weekend by doing something for yourself. Take a moment to pause and be grateful for the abundance you have in your life, and for being the beautiful unique being that you are, just as you are.
If you too want to share your story, please contact Katelyn our community manager at Katelyn@kimberlysnyder.com — we’d love to feature you!
See you back here soon.
With love and gratitude,