Thursday, January 5, 2012

Top 10 Foods to Make your SKIN GLOW... (part one)

If you are what you eat, then I spent the last few weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012 turning myself into a processed, sugar dipped, chocolate filled, candy coated, deep-fried Christmas Cookie. Ugggh. I let the Holidays be my excuse for eating like crap. Can anyone else relate here?

The five extra pounds (yup, five) on my scale are an indication that it's time to get my butt in gear again. But what's worse than the five ugly pounds is that my 39 year old face apparently no longer hides a bad diet.

What?!?!? When the HELL did this happen?!??!

This is something I just started noticing and I'm none-too-happy about it. When I eat like garbage, my skin looks... well... a little duller and dare I say a little older? (I'm whimpering just a little as I write this). My skin is pretty youthful for 39 and when I'm eating well and doing yoga, I can't complain. I've been blessed with pretty good genes (thanks ma). But now? It definitely is NOT looking like the girl in the picture above.

Really? Extra pounds and dull skin that doesn't quite bounce back as quickly as it did after a smile (or in this case, a whimpering grimace)? Say it isn't so!

I have a 14 Day Yoga & Detox Diet Ebook coming out soon. This ebook is a compilation of over 10 years of doing every Detox Diet under the sun. Whatever worked, tasted great, was easy, made me see results, etc... was written down and stuck into a big blue binder. It will all be available for everyone soon.

It's time for me to do a test-run of the ebook to make sure all the shopping lists and recipes are written well enough for everyone else to follow. But that's not for a few weeks yet. I need to see some results in my skin NOW.

So in the meanwhile, for me, and now for you too, I have complied a list of the Top Ten Foods to Make your Skin Glow. (I have to get my glow back)!

1. Sunflower Seeds. Sunflower seeds have the highest natural level of Vitamin E than any other food. Vitamin E is one of the most effective antioxidants in fighting free radicals (those nasty little buggers created by pollution, smoke and UV light that are responsible for aging and tissue damage).

2. Blackberries, Blueberries & Strawberries: Also extremely high in antioxidants, berries can make you glow.

3. Salmon: Essential Fatty Acids are what make salmon so great for your skin. EFA's are responsible for healthy cell membranes which hold in water, making the skin look plump and youthful.

 4. Walnuts, Canola Oil, & Flaxseed: All additional great sources of Essential Fatty Acids.

5. Oranges and other Citrus Fruits: Oranges, as you know, are a great source of Vitamin C. But what you might not know is that Vitamin C helps keep collagen (the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging) strong and resilient.

(Continued with 6-10 Tomorrow)...


  1. Love this post, I always love your posts, but love this one especially! Thanks - looking forward to the ebook and advice on detoxing - my feeling is if you are doing a detox, you really need to take the "days off" to really nourish your body, prepare appropriate foods, loving movement, etc...which is near impossible with small kids running around, so any advice on a "dedicated" time cleanse would be much appreciated here! Thanks, Traci, keep 'em coming.

  2. Thanks Lara! We might get to do a dedicated cleanse like that when the kids are in college :) Until then I'm trying to streamline it as much as possible. Nothing worse than a cleanse or diet that makes you purchase separate ingredients for each meal- repeating nothing- so you have a fridge-full of rotting vegetables at the end of the cleanse. I'm repeating ingredients, making shopping lists and even including some read-to-go store bought items for a few meals to make it as easy as can be. I'll also include tips and tricks like "double the chicken today for tomorrows lunch" etc... I'm doing a test-run this week. Keep you posted!