The other day I was checking Facebook & a memory of last spring popped up in my memories. It was from a trip the kids & I took to AZ last spring break.
The thing that really shocked me was the condition of my skin a year ago vs. how much more improved it is today.
As you can see, how much more improved it is today.
My daughter Zoe (AKA Mini Me) and I were in AZ last year posing by the mountains and this year we were selling Girl Scout cookies. It’s amazing to look back and realize how much diet affects your skin.
In June, I started eating Keto and gave up all carbs, sweets and even my daily glass of wine. At first I missed the wine and especially my sweets, but then I realized that I had more energy and I felt better. My daily headaches & heartburn were gone too!
Last fall I noticed that my skin had improved & looked more even, which was surprising coming off a summer spent at the pool with the kiddos. That was 3 months after starting Keto. Fast forward to today and I really see the changes in my skin continuing to improve.
Can Diet really change the skin?
I get asked this question a lot by clients and it IS true. Diet DOES affect the way your skin looks and feels.
I used to think I was eating well and worked out a ton, yet I always seemed to have that post-pregnancy belly lingering 6 years after my daughter was born. I also cut portions and ate minimal whole grains, rice and pasta.
Sugar was my downfall more than carbs and it took a good 4 months before the sugar cravings were completely gone. I do indulge from time to time, but I try to consume Keto sweet recipes with stevia or erythritol over sugar.
Over the years, I have cleared up my adult acne by eliminating dairy from my diet and now I cleared up my melasma or dark brown patches on my skin by switching to Keto and eliminating both carbs & sugar.
Diet and the Skin
This is a big one because most cases of acne are caused from your diet.
Yep I said that correctly!
16-years ago when I was in esthetician school, the only people with acne that we treated were teenagers. Now, I see acne clients from 11 all the way past 60 struggling with adult acne.
Diet is huge when it comes to the way our skin reacts. If we eat foods that our body can’t tolerate, inflammation occurs. If we don’t stop that inflammation, our body will eventually become sick. Some people get autoimmune diseases or other life-threatening illness and some people have problems with their skin.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it is our body’s first line of defense if there is too much inflammation in the body.
We need to start listening to our skin and body. If there is a skin problem, we need to get to the root of the cause and fix it immediately, because if we don’t listen to our body and reduce inflammation, then we will become sick.
Some signs of inflammation in the body that present through the skin include:
* Acne (including blackheads and milia)
* Skin Rashes
How can we start to reduce inflammation in the body?
The first thing is to eliminate harmful toxic food, such as whole grains, rice, soy and corn products. Even though something is gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy!
Next cut back on sugars, which is going to be difficult at first, especially if you eat a lot of processed foods. Sugar is in practically everything that tastes good.
What can you eat?
Lots of veggies and greens. Make sure they are organic so you’re not consuming large amounts of pesticides or other toxic substances that might be sprayed on non-organic produce.
Buy pasture-raised eggs and meats. This is another big one, because most farmers feed their cows & chickens corn & soy to fatten them up quickly. This means that even though you might be avoiding those ingredients already in your diet, you are still consuming them via animal proteins.
Have fun and learn how to season your food so you don’t feel deprived. Sprinkling your food with celtic or himalayan pink salt, ground black pepper, onion and garlic powder goes a long way in the flavor department.
When it comes to seasonings, make sure to check labels! A lot of companies hide ingredients under the term “spices” or add MSG or Maltodextrin (sugar) to their spice mix. I like to buy mine from Flavor God.
How do I get started?
When I was first introduced to the Keto diet, a good friend of mine recommended reading a few books. These books helped me understand inflammation in the body and how changing your diet is not only important to stay healthy, but your life literally depends on it.
The books I recommend:
* Keto Adapted by Maria Emmerich
* Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry
Both available on amazon!
If you like TV, watch The Magic Pill on Netflix, also another eye-opening documentary, especially if you have younger children!
I highly recommend you giving this a try. You’ll be surprised how easy it is once you get started. Make today the day you decide to change your life and your skin!
P.S. To find out more information about Samantha or to book an appointment in her Oak Brook treatment room, please visit my website.