Winter is coming and with it tired, dry and unhappy skin. The cold weather can cause mayhem with many people’s skin and so it is important to keep an eye on your diet during the cold seasons. Below Patrick Holford gives his top tips for eating your way to beautiful skin.
Because of the diverse nature of skin disorders and the different underlying causes, it is impossible to give blanket dietary guidelines which apply to everyone. So below are broad guidelines for an optimum diet, do buy organic produce as much as possible.
Following these guidelines, a day’s meals might look like this:
• Breakfast: Natural, live yoghurt with chopped fresh fruits and a handful of pumpkin seeds or a muesli made from oats, fresh hazelnuts, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds and raisins with natural yoghurt and some apple juice.
• Lunch: A baked potato with tuna fish, tomato, celery and spring onion, with olive oil and lemon juice or a big rice salad with many types of fresh vegetables, cottage cheese, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.
• Dinner: Grilled fresh fish, chicken or lean meat or a vegetarian alternative made from beans, lentils or soya. Serve with a large helping of freshly steamed or lightly stir-fried vegetables. You can also ‘steam-fry’ vegetables by using just the tiniest drop of oil and adding a couple of tablespoons of water, to, in effect, steam them.
• Snacks: Fresh fruit, raw nuts and seeds (e.g. almonds, hazelnuts, Brazils, pumpkin and sunflower seeds); raw vegetables (e.g. carrots, broccoli, celery) with hoummous.
• Drinks: At least six glasses of water, herbal and fruit teas (beware of artificially flavoured or sweetened ones), fresh fruit and vegetable juices, occasional ‘smoothies’ – freshly made with fruits/fruit juices and yoghurt or soya milk.
By using these helpful tips you should see a big improvement in your skin and confidence this festive season.