"I'm a big believer in nurturing not only the outer skin, but also what lies beneath - our organs and intestines. What's happening in our outer skin - the skin we can see - is often a reflection of the health of our insides; our organs are hugely hardworking and important in their own right. If you don't service the car, it's not going to work well. Skincare is important, of course, but eating a range of good quality, skin friendly foods - seasonal and organically produced when possible - will provide the best foundation. This will ensure your skin has a healthy glow."
The saying "you are what you eat" is one of those that I really believe and that's why this book appealed to me. Despite my undeniable love for pizza, I generally try to follow a balanced diet because what you put into your body contributes as much to your overall appearance and wellbeing as well as what you put onto it.
Eat Beautiful is written by international beauty expert and Burberry Beauty artistic consultant Wendy Rowe who has over 20 years of experience as a makeup artist and beauty consultant. Part cookbook, part beauty guide she takes a simple and holistic approach in laying out the foundation for a healthy skin diet that feeds your body and skin from the inside out. With a forward by actress Sienna Miller, the book dives right into a general discussion about beauty and food and how it all comes together through mindful eating, moving around and cutting down on stress. Notable stress busters include sleep, exercise and regular tech detoxes.
Eat Beautiful is organized by season with a chapter for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter that covers seasonal foods with a discussion their benefits and a detailed breakdown of their skin feeding vitamins and nutrients. And then there are recipes that have been designed to highlight those ingredients. She talks about eating the rainbow and it comes as no surprise that this includes a good number of vegetables and fruits since they're natural antioxidant powerhouses with nutrients that reduce inflammation and aid in repair while helping skin to detoxify and defend against free radical damage. She is an advocate of my daily lemon water habit and also starts her days with this drink!
The book contains over 70 recipes for radiant skin and they're definitely not all salads. These are recipes that incorporate whole foods and include an range of appetizers, entrees, desserts and treats. The recipes are easy to to follow and include ingredients that everyone should be able to easily access. It is notable that the recipes keep the focus on showcasing foods with benefits rather than a on a bunch of exclusions. There is no talk of cutting out this or that but rather a talk about mindful eating and moderation. She doesn't tell you not to drink but to keep to a limit of a glass or two and have at least three dry days a week. Good fats are encouraged. In fact the only thing that she recommends against is sugar. Overconsumption of sugar speeds up the aging process since it damages collagen and elastin making it more prone to wrinkles and dullness.
The recipes are varied from soups to noodles to stir fries. While fish is the predominant protein, some do include chicken and meat. Rowe says that there is nothing wrong with eating meat because sometimes the body does require the iron, protein and B vitamins it provides. She does advise sticking with organic grass-fed options since they are antibiotic and hormone free. I pretty much buy organic meat/chicken and I can say there is a difference in both the quality and taste. There's even a recipe for pizza - Herby Leek and Pancetta Pizza to be exact which I really must try!
Wendy Rowe also draws upon her beauty background with a chapter dedicated to Beauty Tips in which she shares her personal non-negotiable daily skincare routine and dispenses self-help advice on skin issues with specifics on care as well as the foods to choose or avoid to alleviate those problems. And there are recipes for homemade masks, scrubs, mists, cleansers and toners to pamper and feed your skin from the outside. She always puts the spotlight on suncare and the importance of proper sun protection. Here are some important sun protection facts you should know.
This book is as informative as it is beautifully presented. While I can't say that it has necessarily sparked a major change in my lifestyle since I already try to adhere to healthy food choices and skin care habits. I do feel as if the knowledge I gained through reading it will better inform my decisions going forward and I have gained a new perspective on using food to target or alleviate certain conditions. And this makes me feel even better about my obsessions with garlic, avocados, seaweed and miso now! This book will not be going into my bookshelf but instead I will be keeping it handy as a reference guide and I look forward to exploring using herbs and spices for healing and trying out some of the recipes.
What do you think about the concept of eat beautiful? How do you maintain healthy eating habits? I gave up sugar, don't drink and I'm a part-time vegetarian.
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