Food For Healthy Skin & Hair

For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from severe dry skin, eczema, and now that I’m older – Keratosis Pilaris (in addition to dry eye syndrome and chronic inflammatory disorders). Not only am I dry humored, I’m also literally a DRY person.Besides being really annoying that my skin is super sensitive to certain lotions, shaving, and scented laundry detergent, but it’s also really uncomfortable-especially during the winter. Although my skin hasn’t “flared” up since I was in my tweens, my skin has been extra dry since the summer (the “perks” of getting older -_-). Since then, I’ve had multiple visits to the dermatologist and staggered results. Seeing that since I’m planning a wedding and a 26y old on a budget, I’m trying to eliminate paying for another doctor bill and hefty $ perscription. Since infections/disorders come from within, I’ve found a six everyday items that can help with promoting healthier (and lubricating) skin AND hair:

Fruits

2014-09-30-BlueberriesObviously a no brainer, fruits are healthy alternatives to a lot of different foods. However, fruits with high Vitamin C like kiwi, oranges, blueberries, and grapefruit are much more effective for stimulating collagen in our bodies. Just in case you didn’t know what collagen is exactly, collagen is the protein that holds everything together. It’s found in bones, muscle, and connective tissue and is extremely important within our skin.

Nuts

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Now even though these are allowed, do your best to not over justify eating a lot of nuts for this. It’s easy to go overboard and say “well they’re healthy.” Guess what, tiny amounts of nuts are good for you, but a legit tiny amount. Less than a palm’s worth is more than enough for our bodies. Walnuts, unsalted, raw, almonds, and plain, unsalted, sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, the vitamin that reduces skin flare ups and promotes healthy hair. Especially with my wedding coming up, I try to eat a few almonds here and there just to keep my locks healthy and growing.

Dark Chocolate

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Yes, you read correctly. But don’t be fooled or get the fancy “dark chocolate with white chocolate” or mint, or sea salt. Get the plain jane dark DARK chocolates – with more than 60% cocoa. The more bitter it tastes, the better it is. Trust me, after eating it a few times, you’ll start to tolerate and then like it as much as I LOVE it. Pro Tip: I recently discovered a great brand that specializes in super dark chocolate, Pure7 Chocolate . Well known around Boston,  Pure7 was originally started by two Moms who sought out to create a high quality and organic product. Although the taste is still bitter (especially if you go for the 100%), just eating the product feels different and real. That’s exactly the type of food your body needs to promote healthy skin.

Sweet Potatoes

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My FAVORITE type of potato, for good reason. Loaded with lots of beta carotene for healthy skin and bright eyes. Most of all, it’s a much better alternative to consume that will make you FULL! Especially when topped with my fat of choice – coconut oil (which is also great for hair, skin, and nails!)

Spinach

Baby spinach

I know, I know, it’s bitter and is an acquired taste. But did you know that this dark, leafy green is packed with a crap ton of vitamins essential for your skin. In addition for being great against inflammatory prone areas, spinach has the essential nutrients to promote skin repair and anti-aging. Who doesn’t want that?

Wild Caught Salmon

No, not the type that says “wild caught” and then says raised in farm _____. If you see those words, drop the fish and look again. Although my favorite- Wild Caught Sockeye is more potent than most, it also contains A LOT of benefits to counteract my inflammatory problems. The Omega 3 inside of the fish, aka fish oil, helps keep your skin moisturized and lubricant, while preventing acne breakouts.

Here’s a Salmon recipe I use A LOT from Juli at paleomg.com – && it contains 2/6 items above #winning

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Ingredients
For the salmon
  • 2 wild caught salmon fillets (6oz each)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or dried, if you have on hand)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
For the salad
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ¼ red onion, sliced thin
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place salmon fillets on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.
  3. Top your salmon off with olive oil and dijon mustard and rub into your salmon.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together your coconut flour, parsley, and salt and pepper.
  5. Use a spoon to sprinkle on your toppings on your salmon and then your hand to pat into your salmon.
  6. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until salmon is cooked to your preference. I cooked mine more on the medium rare side at 12 minutes.
  7. While the salmon is cooking, mix together your salad ingredients.
  8. When salmon is done, place salmon on top of salad and consume.

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