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Things are constantly changing. Not only life around us, but information too! Every day, someone learns something new about how to be better, live better, eat better, sleep better, communicate better, better the way we feel, better the way we look…the ways to be better never end.

Most of the time, these things make us feel inadequate, preying upon our need to be as good as those around us: as beautiful, as successful, as accomplished, etc. Not so in this new book.

“Radical Beauty has nothing to do with trendy makeup, fleeting fads, or insecure comparisons with other women. Radical Beauty extends beyond the physical, encompassing all parts of your inner and outer being. It is something that exists universally, and, at the same time, it is completely unique to you. It nurtures and highlights your magnetism and confidence, vitality, and overall health, from your bodily tissues to the outer, visible parts of yourself.”

In “Radical Beauty,” by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Kimberly Snyder, C.N., they use six radical beauty pillars to address beauty through nourishment (internal, external), sleep, energy, movement, and spirit.

Pillar 1: Internal Nourishment

This pillar is about the relationship with food. It’s about getting rid of all those fad diets, calorie counts, and false promises, and instead, focusing on long-term shifts, even just a few degrees at a time.

Shifts that you can make:

  • Accepting that chronic diseases (preventable cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease) and premature aging are not natural or necessary; lifestyle determines how you age and at what rate so if you can approach your diet strategically, you can increase your immunity, your natural healing response, and your beauty
  • Increasing circulation – incorporate berries, citrus, garlic, etc.; avoid vegetables oils, dairy, processed soy, etc.
  • Improve digestion – add probiotics, fiber; avoid carbonated beverages; soak beans/legumes, etc.
  • Avoid canned products and junk foods
  • Help yourself by using cooking time savers so you don’t have to get fast foods
  • Drink a green glowing smoothie daily

Pillar 2: External Nourishment

This pillar has to do with skin-care products and self-care practices to benefit the outside of your body.

Shifts that you can make:

  • Avoid toxic skin-care ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, DEA, Phthalates, etc.
  • Take care with sunscreens – they may contain harmful ingredients
  • Avoid aluminum, parabens, and other harmful ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants
  • Support circulation – get massages, go for a walk
  • Use natural masks, homemade beauty products using natural ingredients

Pillar 3: Peak Beauty Sleep

Does this one need an explanation? You need sleep. You need more sleep than you think. And sleep is super important.

Shifts that you can make:

  • Get 7-9 hours sleep per night
  • Avoid blue light before bed
  • Create an evening routine
  • Avoid heavy meals

Pillar 4: Primal Beauty

Get in touch with nature and the natural world.

Shifts that you can make:

  • Tailor your beauty practices to the seasons, adjusting to fit the change in climates
  • Take 5 minutes in the sun (protect face from sun and focus on sun on limbs)
  • Spend time outside
  • Use natural cleaning methods inside
  • Go shoe-free inside
  • Houseplants

Pillar 5: Beautiful Movement

Do exactly what is says…move!

Shifts that you can make:

  • Get moving
  • Walk
  • Play with your kids (or kid-like friends)
  • Practice your Pranayama (breathing exercises)

Pillar 6: Spiritual Beauty

Focus on improving your inner beauty. The most valuable knowledge says:

“The path must be inspiring. It must fit your own personality and tendencies. It should be without stress and strain.”

This, it seems, is probably the most difficult because we all have that negative, nasty, degrading voice that comes out every now and again (if we’re lucky) or more often than that. It can be quite difficult to ignore, let alone get rid of.

What you can do:

  • Be kind to yourself: smile at yourself, let others compliment you, get to know yourself like a friend
  • Stop self-judgment: don’t dwell on faults, don’t belittle yourself, don’t rationalize other’s bad behaviors towards you
  • Meditate
  • Surrender, Let Go, Accept, Be

I really enjoyed the progression of this book and all of the helpful information and practical things that can be done to obtain the end results they are speaking about. There are so many options to improve even just the slightest part of each bit of your being that no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.

I could see it as a book for the person who is ready to make a change, but even if you just read it to get inspired, I think it could be a benefit. I, myself, was not necessarily looking for a change, but after reading this, I realize how badly I’ve been treating my body (junk foods, not moving enough, ignoring my spiritual beauty, not paying attention to the products I use, not drinking enough water, and the list goes on) and have been inspired to greatly change the state I’m in. I hope it can inspire you to change even just ONE thing!

Radical Beauty at Penguin Random House

DISCLAIMER:

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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