Have you ever had one of those days when it just feels like your skin or body revolted against you? You take a peek in the mirror and the woman looking back greets you with swollen, puffy eyes, or face breakouts? That, my friend, is a heads up that something is out of balance within the ‘system’ and needs attention.
The skin is considered the third kidney. One of it’s jobs is to detoxify and eliminate toxins. Any form of skin eruption, (i.e. face break outs; red mask across the forehead and nose; bumps down the back of the arms; a rash on the stomach, arms or thighs; or a blotchy, bloated, puffy appearance), signals an internal imbalance.
As internal alarms begin ringing toxin alert, toxin alert, the bowels, kidneys and lungs will go to work in an attempt to release those toxins. If they are unable to do so effectively, the third kidney says “I’ll help out” and boom, toxins erupt via the skin. Oh JOY!!!
The human body is an incredible healing machine and when given the support it needs, will heal itself, since all healing comes from within. NUTRITION is the KEY!!! that opens the gateway to your overall health and well-being. Nutrition sheds light on the possible source of any imbalance, ailment or physical issue you might be experiencing.
Since we heal from the inside out, it is important to First eliminate the foods causing the distress. Second, it is vital to nourish the body with clean, nutrient dense foods. A nourished body will love you back with vibrant, healthy, beautiful looking skin.
Foods that create an imbalance, causing toxins to accumulate, include but not limited to: WHEAT (for some this might include all Gluten products); DAIRY (usually milk and cheese); refined Sugar; fried foods; and artificial sweeteners. Some folks have an immediate reaction to peanuts while others may react to non-fermented soy products. One of the worst possible toxin combinations is Wheat + Dairy which forms a gluey pasty mess internally. The Key here is to discover what YOU put in your body that created a reaction. Once you discover the culprit, you can eliminate that food item and allow the healing process to begin.
Nutrient dense foods that Nourish and Nurture the body, organs, and skin include: Green Veggies, Whole Grains, Legumes, Soaked Nuts and Seeds, fresh Fruit, lean Fish and Poultry.
Vibrant, healthy looking skin, begins at the end of your fork. Here is a suggested a day of Clean Eating for the Natural Woman. Beauty delivered six times a day at the end of your FORK!
Clean Eating for the Natural Woman
Meal #1 – 5 egg whites + ½ cup of dry oats/quinoa +2 oz blueberries +|
1 TBS natural almond butter (see pancake recipe)
Meal #2 – 8 oz plain greek yogurt + 23 soaked almonds + ½ cup
Meal #3 – 3.5 oz Tuna + 1 cup lettuce + ½ cup shredded raw beets
+ ½ cup cucumbers + 1 TBS Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
+ ½ TBS Udos/Flaxseed oil + 1/3 cup cooked rice or rye
Meal #4 – 3 oz (chicken or turkey) + 1-2 cups green veggies + ½ TBS OO
+ 3.5 oz baked yam
Meal #5 – 4 oz salmon +1-2 cups romaine + parsley/cilantro +
½ cup cucumbers + 1 TBS ACV with Lemon + ½ TBS Udos/OO
Meal #6 – Protein PUDDING (see recipe)
Oatmeal/Quinoa Pancakes (pronounced Keen-wah)
- 5 egg whites
- ½ cup dry Oats or Quinoa Flakes
- your desired flavorings (cinnamon, bakers cocoa etc)
- Stevia to sweeten
- blueberries and natural almond butter.
Fluff this mixture up with a fork and allow to ‘set’… (I usually put it in the fridge overnight).
Once this mixture is ‘set’ or thickened, add in your blueberries then
Fry like a pancake.
After it is cooked (usually 3-5 minutes)
Put your serving of Almond Butter or Peanut Butter on top to get in your Healthy Fats.
Note: These pancakes are great for hikes, biking, trips, flights, etc. They travel very well. They can be made in advance and frozen. Be creative here.. There are no limits to what you can do with this pancake.
- 2 scoops of your favorite Protein powder. I like Egg White Protein best
- 4 TBS ground Flaxseeds (grinding the seeds opens the nutrients so the body can use this as a food/fat source)
- add in any spices/flavorings if you desire (vanilla, extracts, cocoa powder, cinnamon, etc)
Stir in cold water to the thickness of a ‘pudding’.
Allow your Protein Pudding to chill for at least 4 hours. If you want your yummy delight before then, pop your creation in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes. This makes a lovely cold treat loaded with Protein and Healthy Fats.
Note: This one is awesome when attending a conference. Carry your Protein Powder and Flax seeds in little baggies. Pitchers of ice water are usually provided. Mix your ingredients in a container then let it sit ON ice for another little bit. WOW… what a lovely thick treat either in the middle of the day… or at night when you want that ‘ice cream’ thing.
ENJOY the Beauty you are creating as you allow your body to heal from the inside out with nutrient dense foods. Remember a nourished body will always love you back with vibrant, healthy, beautiful looking skin!
Until next issue: Be FIT. Be BEAUTIFUL. Be VIBRANT.
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By Dr. Nadine, N.D., C.N.S.