I thought I would share something a little different today since so many of you have been asking on instagram what a typical day of eating looks like for me! I always like to see what other people are eating for new ideas and inspiration, so hope you like this it, too! Without further ado, here is what I eat in a day to support clear skin! Every day is different, but this was an unplanned and simple day of eating.
First things first… WATER!
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before, but water is SO important for the health of your skin! Not only does it hydrate your body, but it helps to flush unwanted waste from your digestive system. Your skin is an elimination organ, so if your bowels are backed up, your body will try to eliminate the waste through a different route, often your skin, and we definitely don’t want that! Your body works hard to detoxify overnight, so having some water first thing in the morning is a great way to wake your body up and start the day! I drink a total of about 3 liters throughout the day, but always start the day with about 32 ounces.
Sometimes I will add lemon, but today I opted for plain. I also take several of my supplements at this time. If you are interested in a full post about what supplements I take, leave a comment below!
After I have water and before breakfast, I often have some kind of vegetable juice. I don’t do this everyday, but I do notice a difference in my digestion and skin when I have it at least a few of times a week. Sometimes its plain celery juice, but today I had a simple mix of cucumber, parsley, lemon, and kale. I do have a juicer, but you can easily make this in a blender. Simply blend all ingredients and then strain through a nut milk bag!
For breakfast I had a cozy bowl of this buckwheat porridge which I get from Thrive Market. I’ve dealt with some digestive issues in the past year that I haven’t shared much about, but I’ve been focusing on foods that sit well with me and don’t cause excessive amounts of gas and bloating. Lately, buckwheat porridge has been a bit easier to digest than oatmeal, though I do still love a good bowl of oats in the morning! I cook it like regular oats, and then top it with berries, almond butter, walnuts, hemp hearts, and cinnamon.
A bit later on I had my daily skin loving golden mylk latte and a honeycrisp apple (my fav!) with cinnamon. I don’t have a formal recipe for the latte (yet!), but it has:
- Almond milk
- Hot water
- 1 medjool date
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1/3 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Dash of cinnamon
- Pinch of black pepper
This latte is amazing for your skin, and has lots of anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory benefits and is loaded with healthy fats. The black pepper aids in the absorption of the curcumin (the active component in turmeric), but I promise you can’t taste it!
Lunch was pretty basic today. I had sautéed kale with quinoa, falafel, and a creamy hemp dressing. I was recipe testing the falafel, so I ate about 4 more that didn’t make it into the photo! The falafel and hemp dressing recipe will be on the blog soon!
After my run I had a simple and delicious green smoothie. It had several handfuls of spinach, 1/2 avocado, frozen mango, plant based protein powder, l-glutamine powder (for gut health), almond milk, and broccoli sprouts for detoxification support. I also had one of my seed cycling energy balls for hormonal balance.
For dinner I had a mishmash of some of my favorites! I made my easy sesame chickpeas and had them with steamed broccoli, avocado, shredded carrots, a sweet potato, all on a bed of spinach. I had more sweet potato than what is pictured here, I just couldn’t get it all to fit in the bowl!
Broccoli and sweet potatoes are two foods I aim to eat every day. Broccoli because it contains a compound called sulforaphane, a powerful inducer of phase 2 liver detoxification. You can read more about the importance of liver health when healing acne here. If you follow a plant-based diet, I recommend adding orange foods like sweet potatoes into your diet daily. You can’t get pre-formed vitamin A from plants, but you can get beta-carotene which your body converts to vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are an amazing source of beta-carotene and I always pair them with a source of fat such as avocados to make the conversion easier.
To end the night, I had this dessert which I have been loving lately! It’s pure coconut cream which I whip using an electric mixer (you can also just blend it). I then let it sit in the fridge for a bit, top it with berries, cinnamon, and a touch of pure maple syrup. It feels like berries with whipped cream, but a much healthier alternative!
(you can also just blend it). I then let it sit in the fridge for a bit, top it with berries, cinnamon, and a touch of pure maple syrup. It feels like berries with whipped cream, but a much healthier alternative!
I think there’s a pretty common theme here, and that is GREENS! Foods that are (naturally) green are amazing for your skin. Don’t be afraid to really pack them in there. They support detoxification, a healthy microbiome, and ensure your skin is getting of the essential micronutrients to support a healthy glow. For many people, clearing your skin will require more than dietary changes. While food should always come first, sometimes your body just needs a little more help! With that said, if you need additional support, you can send me an email for more information about my coaching!
If you like these kinds of posts, leave a comment below and I’ll do more in the future!
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