My Food Philosophy
Through personal experience, I’ve discovered the power that lifestyle and dietary changes can have on our skin. I’ve also read some inspiring books along the way that reinforce these beliefs. I don’t subscribe to any strict dietary philosophy, believing instead that we’re unique, possessing genetic compositions and lifestyles that call for individualized approaches. However, I’ve outlined the guiding principles below that I believe are most universal to optimal skin health.
GLOW FROM WITHIN GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Eat more plants. Actually, mostly plants. Organic, local, and seasonal mean maximum nutrients, but if frozen vegetables and fruits are more your speed, that’s cool too. Plus, the more room plants take up on the plate, the less room there is for the bad stuff.
There are good fats and you should enjoy them. Not only do omega-3 fats make nutrients more bioavailable, meaning your body can process them, they support cell growth and skin health.
Incorporate more plant-based proteins in your diet. If you eat animal-based proteins (I do), aim for local / grass-fed / cage-free / organic when you can. A happy environment = happy skin.
Grains are good. As long as you don’t suffer from intolerances or allergies, the whole wide world of grains can provide numerous macro and micronutrients that help fuel our body and provide building blocks to our cells and skin.
Hydrate. Skin cells are 64% water. Did you see what happened to that plant you forgot to water? Don’t forget to water yourself.
Be mindful of sugar, especially added sugar. This includes artificial sweeteners and all of the other blood sugar-spiking ingredients disguised as something other than sugar. When you want something sweet, enjoy natural fruits and sweeteners in moderation.
80/20. If you eat well 80% of the time, give yourself a free pass 20% of the time. Enjoy dinner out with friends, eat a slice of your favorite cake. Your happiness is a guaranteed glow-inducer.
- Listen to your body. Just because she eats a green smoothie for breakfast, a kale salad for lunch and a grain bowl for dinner and swears it fills her up and makes her glow, doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. If your body needs something more substantial, feed it. Be open to the process of figuring out what works best for you now, knowing that it could change. While cravings are one way of the body telling you it needs something, learning to decipher what exactly that is is a constant process. Craving sugar? Maybe you’re tired instead. Craving carbs? Maybe you’re in need of more fat to fill you up. Craving chocolate? You may just want the chocolate, but at least make sure it’s really good chocolate!
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