Judging by her seemingly ‘pore-less’ glowing complexion, you wouldn’t guess that Wilhelmina’s 2013 Fitness Model Search Winner, Taylor Walker, had skincare trouble for most of her life. After trying every acne medication under the sun, Taylor took measures into her own hands.
After researching healthy alternatives, she discovered Face Mapping: an analysis of the skin that links one’s problem areas to underlying issues in the body. Taylor realized that her problem areas – mainly the forehead, temples, and chin – were linked to digestion.
With this new information, Taylor set out to change her skin by nourishing her body the right way. She began eating healthy alternatives to maintain and balance her digestion while improving her skin.
Her naturally radiant glow was years in the making, but her change was almost immediate. Want to try Taylor’s dietary method for yourself? Check out her grocery list that benefits and nourishes the skin from inside & out:
- Lemons – Why?: Stimulates digestion, flushes the body (especially liver & kidneys) of waste, can also help cleanse your lymphatic system. *Tip – drink with hot water first thing in the AM!
- Berries – Why?: Full of antioxidants, which attack free radicals and reverse skin damage. Remember: the darker the berry, the better it is for you.
- Tomatoes – Why?: Lycopene is a phytochemical in tomatoes that makes them red, which increases skin’s sun protection and reduces sun damage from exposure. Also, helps stimulate circulation and collagen production for a soft, youthful appearance.
- Kale – Why?: It’s the most alkaline producing vegetable there is! With a super high mineral content, it’s also a great source of calcium and Vitamins A, C, and K.
- Watercress – Why?: An aquatic plant full of antioxidants, iron, calcium and iodine, it’s great for skin. Carries Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K!
- Spinach – Why?: Chock full of calcium, vitamins, and minerals!
- Arugula – Why?: Dark, leafy greens with nutritional benefits such as high mineral content and high source of vitamins.
- Avocado – Why?: Omega-3’s replenish our body’s natural lack of them in our system, which can lead to the overproduction of sebum which is the oil that clogs pores and produces acne. Also seals the oils in the skin and helps iron out fine lines through increased collagen levels.
MEATS: (note – must be grass-fed and organic, or wild caught!)
- Fish (Salmon) – Why?: Similar to avocados, full of Omega-3’s and healthy fats.
- Greek Yogurt – Why?: Probiotic foods help keep skin soft, aid in digestion, and eliminate waste.
UNPROCESSED WHOLE GRAINS:
- Ezekiel Bread
- Farro – Why?: Since whole wheat is unprocessed, all of its nutrients are left intact – including many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that combat inflammation.
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Green Tea – Why?: Full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
- Nuts (Walnuts, Almonds) – Why?: Full of omega-3’s and healthy fats which seal skin’s oil levels and produce collagen!
- Coconut Oil or Olive Oil – Why?: Super oils chock full of natural vitamins and minerals. Great for the skin and body as well as cooking!
- Honey – Why?: Antibacterial properties. *Tip – mix with oatmeal, or egg whites and lemon, for a great moisturizing mask!
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
- Read Labels: try to buy items with 5 ingredients or less!
- Shop Local: Farmers markets tend to have the freshest produce available.
- Find a nutritionist: most grocery stores have an onsite nutritionist available. Pick their brains and have them help you with you nutritional needs!
Original post from XO Wilhelmina