Picture of Amélie LaRocque drinking her GGS.

It’s time for #featurefriday here on the blog!

I’m so happy to share with you the story of Amélie, a beautiful young woman who is part of our Beauty Detox Community. She shares her journey from trying various programs to curb her sugar cravings to finding a more permanent solution to her overall health, by applying and living the Beauty Detox lifestyle.

Meet Amélie…

Picture of Amélie LaRocque before staring Beauty Detox Lifestyle.

How did you get started with the Beauty Detox lifestyle?

For about three years I tried to control my sugar cravings. I went through different programs but never stuck to any in particular. I mostly combined principles from each of them. In the end, I didn’t get any results. I decided to commit to the Beauty Detox Solution program when I saw all the resources and support around it.
I have never found a program that would cover the topic of food in all of its aspects as much as Kimberly’s. It became easy to follow the program because it felt natural and empowering to give my body what it truly needed.

How long have you been following the Beauty Detox principles?

I started the Beauty Detox three months ago. At first I was inconsistent with the meal planning which got me off track quickly. The Glowing Green Smoothie Challenge helped me create a routine and apply the principles daily. I thought it would take months before seeing results but the changes appeared early enough to keep me motivated and consistent.

Explain your average day? Give us an example of a typical meal plan and exercise routines.

Every morning starts with a 24oz Glowing Green Smoothie®. I normally use the low sugar recipe since I am starting the program and trying to find balance. I drink it on my way to work which is a fifteen minute walk and throughout the morning at work. If I get hungry in the morning but still have time waiting for lunch I eat fruits or oatmeal with water, chia seeds and cinnamon.
At lunch I always start with a salad. I keep it simple using one or two kinds of greens with lemon juice and hemp seeds. One of my favorite lunches is a brown rice tortilla with spinach or microgreens, avocado, tomato and quinoa. This recipe also allows me to use anything I have handy in the fridge. I prepare lunch every night and sometimes I need to do it fast— so it is a great option.
Picture of Amélie on a carousel.
Near the end of my work day I like to drink a Power Protein Smoothie to get enough support and energy for my yoga class later in the afternoon. Since I start work early, I practice before dinner for about an hour and a half. I attend a Hatha or Hatha flow class at a yoga studio. If I can’t make it to the studio, I like practicing at home with online classes.
Every night I prepare dinner if there are no leftovers and my lunch for the next day. I often prepare warmer meals because I live in a place where it’s cold most of the year. I love soups with brown rice and of course a salad. I found a vegan, gluten-free probiotic brand here in Montreal that I started using. I must say, it’s really helpful in reducing the bloating I experience sometimes, at the end of the day.

What is the biggest difference you feel after adopting the Beauty Detox lifestyle? What obstacles did you face?

Before the Beauty Detox, I would experience recurrent abdominal pain, heartburn and cramps. I would also be tired for most of the day. My skin looked pale, dry and unhealthy. I committed to a plant-based diet as soon as the GGS Challenge started.
Within two weeks, I got my energy back. Instead of getting tired around lunch time, I would finish my work day and still have energy for my yoga practice. After a meal, I feel light and I am able to listen to my body whether I ate enough or not.
Digestion is easy and my under eye circles have faded away. One of the most noticeable changes is my skin tone. It is definitely more even, healthy and vigorous.
I do find it difficult sometimes to apply the principles in family or friends meeting. I would blame myself if I would eat non-beauty foods even if it was just once a week. Now that I am conscious of what I accomplish I aim for progress instead of perfection.

How has following the Beauty Detox Principles impact your outlook on life?

The Beauty Detox brought me beyond the thought of how a healthy diet can impact on your body. It made me experience it. The changes are just as impressive as the consciousness I developed when I feed my body. It is the best gift I can give myself for the rest of my life. It is amazing how you can focus on more things when your body is at peace.

What is your favorite recipe and why?

I love the Vegan Mushroom Soup (in the Beauty Detox Foods book). It reminds me of my grandmother’s soup. It is so comforting! I was so surprised when I saw the creamy texture even without using milk and flour! It makes me feel grounded and satisfied without the discomforts the dairy version can cause. I like to serve it with gluten-free croutons and micro greens.

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

The plant-based diet has taken a sacred place in my lifestyle. I create peaceful moments cooking with my music on and focusing on the beauty of such colorful and healthy foods. It’s almost meditative! I encourage all Beauties to put their heart and love into this process. May you all find balance.
Picture of Amelie after applying Beauty Detox Lifestyle.

Thank you Amélie…

I hope everyone is feeling inspired after reading this True Beauty story! We are all so proud of you Amélie!! You are an inspiration to the community and to those who have similar battles in overcoming their cravings and making adjustments in the daily lives.

There are many of us Beauties who crave sugar, and it is so inspiring to see how you were able to move forward in your life by becoming more aware of the impact food has on our mind, body and spirit.

It has been amazing to read about your transformation applying The Beauty Detox principles in your life and being vulnerable enough to share your story in hopes of helping others. We all support you Amélie. Keep up the great work, Beauty!

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

I encourage you to take a moment to pause (breathe!) and be grateful for the abundance you have in your life. You have so much strength you can pull from and use to make incredible changes in your life, no matter how you feel right at this moment. If Amélie can do it, and I can do it, so can you.

Sending you lots of love,