An Anti-Acne Diet?

You might have come across diets that are designed to fight acne. I’m on board with this concept, as I know how much the food you eat can affect your skin. However, I recommend a very individualized approach. That means it has to be designed for you specifically. Not your neighbor or your friend, or even your brother or sister! That is very important. Your body is unique, and so is everything that has led up to your skin issue.

Yet I’ll let you into a secret. Once I’ve studied you and your health history to determine what the root causes of your problem could be, I always develop a diet USUALLY includes the following:

  1. Healthier oils and fat sources. There’s nothing worse for your skin than hidden fats and trans fatty acids. Yuck!
  2. Supplements such as zinc, vitamins A & E, omega-3 oils and antioxidants
  3. Green tea!
  4. Healthy, yet reduced, carbohydrates
  5. Nutrient-rich, delicious, home-made meals (desserts included!)

Here’s my biggest tip, though, for making an anti-acne diet work for you: WRITE IT DOWN, and then tape it to a kitchen cabinet you can see while you prepare meals. Use it as a guide while cooking, food prep, and when you’re creating your grocery shopping list. 

Are You Eating Artichokes?

Artichokes are a staple food in the Mediterranean diet. They contain bags of vitamin C, A, K and more. They’re full of fiber, and may help you manage weight, control blood sugar and diabetes, and it’s jam-packed with antioxidants.  

How To Take Light Exercise Indoors

The more oxygen and blood flow you get to your organs, the better it will feel and the healthier you’ll be. Yet sometimes you just can’t get outdoors. 

If you have permission from your physician, there’s no reason why this should prevent you from enjoying a little light exercise indoors!

I’ve heard great things about the walking aerobics classes some of my patients have tried. They get onto YouTube and walk a whole mile without damaging their joints or feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the workout. Try typing in “1-mile happy walk”. Check it out for yourself and let me know how you go.

Keto Foods To Add To Your Menu

Here are the low-carb foods I recommend everyone try and add to their weekly menu:

  1. Hard-boiled eggs
  2. Green smoothies or protein shakes
  3. Slow cooker chicken and veggies
  4. Grass-fed burgers, chicken burgers or salmon burgers and salad
  5. Lettuce wraps filled with vegetables, shredded chicken and a healthy dressing
  6. Cauliflower crust pizza
  7. Casserole
  8. Fajitas
  9. Chia pudding
  10. Keto bread
  11. Frittatas and omelets
  12. Coconut porridge

How to Get More Collagen in 3 Steps

Collagen plays a huge role in skin health. Yet as we get older, as you know, collagen stores begin to decline and you get more wrinkles and sagginess. However, you can combat this by:

  1. Supplementing your diet with more collagen. Remember to take it for at least 8 weeks before you judge whether you’d like to carry on using it. 
  2. Getting a violet ray. This device helps your skin produce more collagen and elastin.  
  3. Eat more vitamin C, avocados, and dark leafy greens, which encourage your body to produce more collagen, as well as provide you with overall health benefits. 

Microwaves…

Microwaves – what a topic! People often have such strong opinions about microwaves. Here’s my two cents. Ditch the microwave. It’ll take a little time to adjust, but your health really won’t suffer. I promise. It’s worth it, and your body will thank you.

How Working From Home Affects Your Health

Working from home has its perks. You can work in any room, dress any way you like (as long as you don’t have a video call scheduled in!), and there’s no commute.

However, as you may have noticed, it can affect your health. Because, yes, you’re at home, so you don’t walk or cycle to work. Or go for a walk during your lunch break. Climb any stairs. And the refrigerator is extremely close!

Then there’s the isolation, the lack of a routine…

My one tip to combat these issues? Create a routine. Start early, get dressed. Meditate before your work day begins. Eat a healthy breakfast and exercise during your normal lunch hour somewhere where you come into contact with others (while remaining safe, of course).

Tell me about your new routine next time we see each other. 

Homemade, Natural Acne Face Wash

There are various types of acne, including cystic acne, inflammatory acne and acne mechanica. However, I’ve found that natural solutions are usually always helpful.

One of the most important factors in the recovery of my clients has been dietary changes, but what you put on your skin is extremely important. Or rather, what you don’t put on your skin! Topical acne remedies should be as natural as possible. Here’s one you can try for yourself. Please use it for two weeks before deciding whether or not to continue.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (have faith, using oil along with the following ingredients won’t have the same effect as using it alone)
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 20 drops of tea tree essential oil (AKA melaleuca)
  • 2 capsules of live probiotics

Mix up the ingredients, then store in the fridge. Apply to damp skin and gently massage your whole face. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Splash your skin with cold water before applying your moisturizer or other natural skin products.

Avoid This Food, And Eat This One Instead

Convenience meals. They gotta go. They’re among the most acidic foods. They contain so little nutrition! Cut them out if you rarely select a convenience meal, or wean yourself off them slowly if they’re a regular choice. Either way, we want your diet to be full of healing foods. Every food that isn’t healing is taking up space. Filling your tummy with unhealthy fats, refined crud. 

Replace them with a freshly prepared meal. Base it on vegetables. Okay, that’s a food type. But it should take up half of your plate. Then simply add some grass-fed beef, wild-caught salmon, organic chicken, or turkey. And… Enjoy your meal knowing it’s doing your body so much good.

Urinary Tract Infections

These infections are so common and are becoming antibiotic-resistant, so natural remedies are all the more important. To combat them, wear loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of fluids and urinate often. Stay clean and dry, and take probiotics, vitamin C, cranberries and essential oils such as oregano, clove and myrrh.