Food! Yummy, yummy, delicious food. I love food. I know you do, too. Many of us have a deep connection to food. It brings families and friends together, it tastes great (depends on who’s cooking it 👀☕️) and brings back fond memories of good times.
In a nutshell, food fuels us like a machine. Did you know that your skin acts as a machine as well? Our skin is what I like to call, our third kidney. We sweat out toxins, we shed dead skin cells, and of course, it acts as a barrier to our precious internal organs.
Today, we are going to touch on the foods I eat (keyword and letter: I) to maintain a radiant, glowing complexion with no highlighter in sight.
Bon Appétit! 😋
#1: Drink hot lemon/lime water in the AM.
Every morning, boil some water in my kettle and get a lemon or lime (or both honestly) and strain the juice of 1/2 a lemon and 1/2 a lime into a big mug and I drink that on an empty stomach. I love this because it wakes me up after not eating for at least 6-7 hours and it’s a great way to break the fast (hence the term, breakfast).
Citrus fruits act almost like a toothbrush for our insides. It cleans the insides of our bodies by waking the liver up. By acting as a detoxifying agent, our digestive health improves, toxins get flushed out the body, and the rich source of vitamin C boosts our immune health. What a benefit, yeah?
#2: Ease up on the caffeine.
I’m not a coffee person. This is no shade to coffee, I’m sure she has a lovely personality, but coffee is a bit extra for me… and by “extra” I mean dehydrating. Which gets me to this point: too much caffeine isn’t the wave, and in order for my skin have that bounce, I can’t have a lot of caffeine.
We already don’t get enough water in our bodies daily, caffeine leads to dehydrated skin which causes inflammation and premature aging. You know that redness some get in their skin is a sign of inflammation. Collagen loss is basically what leads to fine lines, wrinkles and an overall older appearance because that “bounce” isn’t there like it should be.
I say that to say, without enough water flushing your system, toxic buildup in the skin can cause acne and other issues with texture, dryness, patchiness, etc. Who want’s alla that? Not I. So I limit that and opt for herbal teas instead. If I do drink caffeine like a green or black tea, I stick to 1-2 cups as my limit for a whole day.
#3: Issa dub for dairy.
I let go of cow’s milk. I don’t think I’m lactose intolerant, because I have a major love for Cheez-its. However, I prefer to drink coconut milk and/or hemp milk whenever I’m in a “milky way” mood. My stomach always feels a way when I drink dairy milk and my skin never looks radiant when I drink it.
So, simple as that, I don’t really consume it anymore. If I do have something with milk in it, I treat it like candy (for example, Cheez-its) and only have it once in a blue moon, in small quantities. I like to flush out these foods with a bunch of water when I eat them, so I psychologically feel good about myself. Ever since I stopped consuming dairy milk, I’ve noticed much less pimples on my face. That in itself is enough for me to not go back.
#4: Consume majority of fruits and veggies.
I used to hate vegetables. HATE THEM. Until I decided to train my tastebuds. Yes, that is a thing. How did I do that and why did I do that? Well, let’s start with the why.
I would eat a lot of carbs and meat yet barely have the same amount of veggies in the same day. I would say I’d have a salad once or twice a week.
That is trash. Pure trash. My skin showed the signs. I was breaking out and I would pick at my face, which is one of the most trash things you can do to your skin.
Fruits became something I’d eat for breakfast alone, as a meal. Veggies became a part of every other meal I had that day. It was mandatory for me, and guess what? Over time, my skin improved big time.
Radiance galore. Smoothness galore. Clear as ever.
People would ask me if I was wearing foundation and I wasn’t wearing anything but, sunscreen, a dab of concealer, and lip gloss. It was at that moment, that I knew I lucked up.
#5: Eliminate added sugars. It’s crack.
This is obvious. Sugar is addictive. Too much isn’t good for you. Read those nutrition labels. It tells you how much of that sweet crack you’re ingesting. But, as simple as that sounds, it doesn’t make it easy.
I think the easiest way to eliminate added sugars is to stop drinking your calories. Whenever I craved juice, I ate fruit. I gave up soda and swapped it out for Kombucha (the GT brand). I barely drink alcohol (it’s super dehydrating).
Water-only is the route I took, and whenever I got bored, I’d add fresh ginger to my water, lemon and lime juice, and I’d drink herbal teas. Try that for a week to see how you feel and peep the difference in the overall clarity of your skin.
#6: Limit starchy carbs and gluten.
I love fries. Whew chillayyyyyyyyy, I love those greasy, crispy things. I always order mine “well done” AKA extra crispy 🤣😅 like I had a wee bit of a problem. One day, I decided to challenge myself to not eat them or any starch for 10 days. This was hard. This was a struggle. LÉ STRUGGLE!
By day 10, not only did I lose an inch or two off my waistline. My skin was soooooooo poppin’ liiiiike… really, really bomb. I basically forced my body to get energy from fruits and vegetables and my skin was a direct reflection of that.
Instead of getting most of my energy from french fries and bread, leaving me to feel tired and lazy afterwards, I had a burst of energy and my skin was thriving from the nutrient-dense food I ate. I’m not sure what it is about gluten, but I know that when I opted for naturally gluten-free carbs like quinoa, I felt better and looked better. I was sold.
#7: Hallelu for those fat a** fats.
Healthy fats are necessary for soft, supple skin. There are two types that are the bomb dot com, they’re Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. These two work hard to keep our skin healthy.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids nourish your skin, adding radiance and softness to your complexion. Omega-6 Fatty Acids are THEE building blocks of cell membranes. They help prevent dry skin which means healthy and hydrated skin.
I like having walnuts, ground flax seeds, and avocado on hand for my fix. Now this isn’t an exhaustive list of foods for you to eat, but these are the foods I like to snack on to keep my diet balanced. Fats can still be eaten in excess, so eat these in moderation.
There you have it, folks!
These seven points are something that keeps me on point, my mental clarity on point, and my skin on point. I wanted this article to be a reflection on what I personally keep in mind when I eat and the results I get from following these guidelines.
Please keep in mind that I am not a nutritionist and I'm not telling you how to eat.
I don’t have all the answers, but one question that I can answer is how I keep this face of mine maintained, clean and clear. That is my truth.
I hope if you incorporate a few of these tips you’ll notice a difference in your complexion. Let me know your thoughts below! On that note, happy eating equals happy skin. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.
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