the great skin diet

the great skin diet

Good diet, great skin.  To achieve beautiful flawless screen you must take care of your skin both inside and out.  Sometimes harder than it seems when our world is full of donuts, sugary cocktails, and processed foods, but the results are almost immediately noticeable and most definitely worth it.  Here is my own take and recommendations on "The Clear Skin Diet" and clean eating.

  1. Say goodbye to white food, well maybe except for cauliflower. White foods are made out of refined flour, aka bleached and stripped of nutrients.  White bread especially is has a high glycemic index, which in layman's terms means your blood sugar levels spike and hello pimples.
  2. Eat more fiber rich carbs like brown rice, whole-grain pasta, or sweet potatoes. Complex carbohydrates take longer for your body to break down which means less sugar spikes and you'll stay fuller longer.
  3. Cut down on dairy, the hormones in dairy products have been proven to worsen breakouts.  Try almond milk, or yogurt.  The fermentation process may reduce some of the common triggers found in other dairy products.  I like greek yogurt, healthy and I get my calcium intake without the pimples.
  4. Peace out processed food. The chemical used to preserve these foods may contain inflammatory omega-6 fats.  Be very wary of processed meats, hot dogs are known offenders.
  5. Eat your vegetables, they are full of antioxidants. Try carrots, spinach, and broccoli. They contain vitamins A&C which have been show to reduce inflammation and clogged pores.
  6. Cut back on your sugar and alcohol intake. Alcohol has been shown to exacerbate adult acne and rosacea, and contains a lot of sugar which causes blood sugar spikes which leads to wrinkles.

Some more food for thought?

  • Pumpkin seeds - To banish breakouts eat 1-2 tablespoons of em, they are packed with zinc.
  • Spinach - It contains lutein which protects your eyes and makes them brighter and whiter.
  • Apples - Helps buff stains off your teeth leaving them sparking white.
  • Watercress - It contains antioxidants which are shown to reduce inflammation and pore size, and iron to brighten.
  • Eggs - Rich in biotin which is important for healthy nail and hair growth.
  • Dark Chocolate - Antioxidants, antioxidants, antioxidants.

Remember beautiful skin starts of the inside. Clean eating will help keep your skin smooth, supple, and gorgeous. But that doesn't mean you never get to indulge or have "cheat" days.  I have a cocktail or two on the weekend, or that piece of chocolate cake for a friends birthday, but always in moderation! Through clean eating not only will your skin show it, but you'll have more energy. Win win I say.  Hope this helps!

xoxo, stay beautiful!

L