How did you decide to become a nutritionist?
I was always interested in biology and toyed with the idea of being a doctor, getting a partial science scholarship for college. But ultimately, it was my own struggle with dieting, body image, acne, bloating and low energy that got me on the path of becoming a nutritionist once I figured out how to heal myself.
Tell us about the new Kimberly Snyder Juice Bar at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
It’s great because the clientele of the hotel fits exactly what we offer: an excellent product with a higher level of intelligence and quality. For instance, we add a certain amount of lemon juice into our Glowing Green juice to ensure your body can absorb the nonheme iron from the kale and other greens, which helps give your skin that magical glow. I don’t believe in the approach of adding 20 different things into one smoothie so you only get a tiny amount of each—it’s about key foods and capitalizing on the synergy between ingredients.
What health and wellness trends do you think are the most effective?
We’re seeing a huge trend toward plant-based eating, which is very powerful in looking and feeling your best. I’ve been 100 percent plant-based myself for over 12 years. More and more research is showing that over-consuming protein has aging, damaging effects on our bodies—yes, you can overdo protein—which really only happens when we consume huge portions of animal protein. In contrast, eating a wide range of plant foods like veggies, fruit, legumes, seeds, etc., provides more than enough protein and a countless array of micronutrients.
How do you stay healthy?
I’m a big believer in ritual. How you start and end each day is really important, so you make better decisions throughout the day. My morning rituals include drinking hot water with lemon, taking two SBO probiotics and meditating. In the evening, I like to relax with some abhyanga (self-massage with oil) before a warm shower and read in bed while sipping one of my evening elixir recipes based in almond or hemp milk.
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