The daily habits we commit to long-term make the biggest difference!
I started my journey towards a plant-based lifestyle in February & I’ve been tracking the changes in my skin ever since. If you want to know more about why I started a journey towards plant-based living, click here: WTH Is Plant-Based?: My Journey Towards Plant-Based-ISH Thus Far, The Benefits, What You Need To Know & Why My Fridge Is So Full Of Produce! & click here for an update: UPDATE: My Transition To A Plant-Based Lifestyle & Why The Pros Outweigh The Cons
They say we are what we eat & our skin is a direct reflection of the quality of what we nourish our body with & the proof is in the pudding!
Although I didn’t make the decision to go plant-based to cure a skin condition, like cystic acne or eczema, I can’t get over how much my skin changed in just 8 months! It’s brighter, clearer, more radiant + naturally glowy, my skin tone is a lot more even & my dark circles got so much better!
Our skin is our largest organ + an outward manifestation of what’s going on in our body. When digestion, hormones, blood sugar, liver, gut or immune system are out of whack, our skin suffers.
We tend to go for treatments to target symptoms superficially by suppressing them momentarily. But, doing so, we indirectly ignore what our body is telling us + we give the underlying issue an opportunity to get worse instead of targeting + eliminating it.
This is why how we nourish our body is a valuable tool for the health + clarity of our skin. We eat everyday, many times a day, in order to survive + our skin reacts best to wholesome real food.
Some of the foods I eat often are rich in:
- anti inflammatory fatty acids (nuts, coconut, seeds, avocado/ + olive oil)
- antioxidants (fruits, veggies, algae, seeds, superfoods, oatmeal, beans, gluten-free grains, legumes)
- probiotics + prebiotics (tigernuts, yacon syrup, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented tempeh, apples, psyllium husks)
- collagen-boosting nutrients, vitamin C, E + A + amino acids
- liver detoxifying + anti-inflammatory foods (milk thistle, aloe/chlorophyll/apple cider vinegar, cilantro, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, ginger, dandelion, parsley + turmeric)
What I don’t eat is also important! I stay away from inflammatory foods: refined sugar/dairy/gluten (mostly)/alcohol/GMOs/processed packaged foods/artificial sweeteners/hydrogenated oils.
This isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes patience, commitment + hard work but it’s worth every effort!