One of Dr. G’s favorite foods is sushi. Not a coincidence that the Japanese people have the highest ‘healthy life expectancy’. Below is a peak into one of Dr. g’s homemade sushi recipes, which works to improve moisture levels of the skin, while enhancing the natural glow, tone and texture. Seaweed Extract ﬁrms and nourishes skin while providing high levels of antioxidant protection. This is said to have been inspired by some of the ingredients found in Pure Start Cleanser.
What you need:
The Clean Roll
Flat sheets of sushi style nori seaweed
1 cup diced tomatoes (lycopene)
1 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice ( Vitamin C)
1 cup Swiss Cress sprouts (detoxifying)
2 cups of brown rice (high in magnesium + anti-oxidnt)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of soy sauce (for flavor)
Start by laying a flat sheet of nori seaweed on a flat surface. Add a thin layer of brown rice (just like sushi). Spread rice evenly and press down so it sticks to the seaweed. In a separate bowl mix diced tomatoes, sprouts, soy sauce, grapefruit juice and sesame seeds. Apply a layer of mixture on to the rice and seaweed and roll up like a sushi roll. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy.
Say goodbye to sugar, it is NOT your friend. Sugar is addictive and present in almost everything! Pay attention to your daily sugar intake. Even that ‘healthy’ green juice you’re drinking may have extra sugar.
Dairy intake not only affects the digestive system but also the skin. Try quitting dairy for a month and see how your skin glows brighter.
The Bummer: Dehydration
Watch alcohol intake. Alcohol has dreadful and hazardous effects on the body and skin. Alcohol dehydrates eyes, skin and inside of the body. Alcohol has a bad effect on Vitamin A, B3 and Vitamin C, which are all imperative antioxidants for healthy skin and organ function. Alcohol also affects blood sugar levels and can raise blood pressure.
The bummers: fine lines, dullness + loss of elasticity
Eating healthy can also reduce pollution effects on the skin and the body. Eating a diet high in anti-oxidant rich foods such as leafy greens and berries and foods high in essential fatty acids (salmon, avocado, almonds) shows on your face as well as internally.
Steer clear of foods that encourage and cause Glycation. The Glycation process, which is basically, sugars (from food and alcohol) breaking down the collagen fibers in the skin and therefore speeding up the aging process. Glycation equals loss of elasticity and collagen, which equals sagging skin. Foods that feed Glycation and cause inflammation in the body and the skin are carbohydrates, fried foods, sugar, fatty meats and alcohol.
The Bummer: Breakouts
Everyday pollution from industrial soot, car exhaust, the ozone layer, second hand smoke
Not washing your face after the gym
Not taking off your makeup at night
Bad ingredients (Say NO to: PEGS, mineral oil, alcohol, silicone)
Chronological age- you can help DNA by using targeted skincare products and protecting skin from sun and pollution with SPF and an anti-pollution, anti-oxidant rich serum.
Sun damage- Exfoliate, treat with a serum (think Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Ferulic acid) and protect with an SPF.
Smoking- just don’t do it! And if you did then follow the steps above to erase the signs. Smoker’s skin is usually dull, gray and showing signs of loss of collagen and elasticity. Exfoliation followed with a treatment serum can help reverse the damage.
Fall always puts me in the mood for a hearty breakfast. Keeping our bodies fueled on healthy food is the key to great nutrition, amazing energy and a healthy body. Since saying goodbye to dairy two years ago, I thought there were favorite dishes I couldn’t enjoy. So I set off on a mission to make a delicious dairy free frittata. Not only was it easier to make than I expected, it was as delicious! Frittatas can also be eaten for lunch or dinner!
The most important part to making a successful frittata is the pan. The best option is a cast iron skillet, but a non-stick deep omelet pan will work just fine. The idea behind the cast iron pan is that cast iron holds other flavors and transfers them to the frittata. Cast iron also browns and crisps the frittata more efficiently. If you don’t own a cast iron or a non-stick, a regular deep skillet will work; just make sure to really coat the bottom and sides with olive oil or coconut oil or a non-stick spray.
6 whole organic eggs
½ cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup steamed, drained spinach
½ cup diced steamed potatoes
1 handful of diced herb of choice (basil or parsley)
½ cup of chopped veggie meat substitute (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil
Turn the oven on to broil. In a large bowl lightly beat the 6 eggs together. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Heat the skillet to low-medium temperature on the stovetop and add a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Add vegetables and meat option and simmer. Stir with rubber spatula. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the egg mixture has set on the bottom and begins to set up on top. Sprinkle with the basil or parsley. Place pan into the oven and broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly browned and fluffy. Be very careful when removing the pan from the oven, as it can be extremely hot(always use an oven mitt). Let the frittata rest for a few minutes then remove carefully and serve in pie shaped slices. Can be served with a side of seasonal berries or sliced avocado.
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