Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet

The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet
By Karen Fischer

Paperback, 480 pages

Includes More Than 100 Recipes for Beautiful Skin!

Healthy skin starts on the inside. You can't get the true glow of health from any bottle, no matter how expensive. In The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet, nutritionist Karen Fischer shows you how to modify your diet for your particular skin type or skin affliction in order to eliminate flare-ups and increase your natural healthy glow. She pairs healthy eating with home remedies, fascinating science, exercise tips and lifestyle direction for long-lasting natural beauty.

Contents include:

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Getting to Know Your Skin
Part 3: Eight Guidelines for Healthy Skin
Part 4: Specialized Programs
Part 5: Being Beautiful and Healthy
Part 6: The Healthy Skin Diet Program
Part 7: Healthy Skin Recipes

No matter what skin condition you have, if you supply your body the right nutrients to promote genetic health you could enjoy smoother, healthier-looking skin in a matter of weeks.

This is a great book, jam-packed with information to get you on the path to more beautiful skin. And to start your morning right - here are a couple of sample recipes from the book.

Papaya Beauty Smoothie, page 349

This thick, tropical, gluten-free smoothie is a delicious and refreshing drink. It contains vitamin C–rich papaya, which enhances protein digestion; bananas, which are a great source of fiber; and ginger and lime, which are alkalizing. The only thing missing from this recipe is protein, which is vital for firm skin, so ideally you should use this shake as a digestion-enhancing appetizer and have it 15 to 30 minutes before a protein-rich meal. If consumed before dinner, it may also aid weight loss because flaxseed oil triggers the satiety response.

Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

1⁄2 cup    pure apple juice (sugar- and preservative-free)    125 mL
1⁄2 cup    water    125 mL
1 cup    chopped papaya (optional: pre-freeze chunks)    250 mL
1    frozen banana (peel and chop before freezing) 1
1⁄2    lime, juiced (about 4 tsp/20 mL)    1⁄2
1⁄4 tsp    grated gingerroot (optional)    1 mL
1 tbsp    ground flax seeds or flaxseed oil    15 mL
1 tbsp    lecithin granules (GMO-free soy)    15 mL

1.    Combine apple juice, water, papaya, banana, lime juice and ginger in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
2.    Add flax seeds and lecithin and blend for a further 20 seconds. Serve and drink immediately. For a thinner mixture, add extra water.

Tip: Acne-prone people may need to use less or no flaxseed oil.

Excerpted from The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet by Karen Fischer © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

Gluten-Free Muesli, page 369

Because gluten-free grains generally have a medium to high GI, so does this recipe. If you have eczema, favor soy milk instead of almond milk. If you have rosacea, use berries instead of banana. If using soy milk, note that barley malt contains gluten, so use gluten-free or malt-free soy milk.

•    Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)

1⁄4 cup    almonds    60 mL
1 cup    puffed brown rice cereal    250 mL
1 cup    puffed amaranth cereal    250 mL
1⁄2 cup    rice bran    125 mL
1⁄4 cup    green pumpkin seeds (pepitas)    60 mL
1⁄2 cup    whole flax seeds    125 mL
1⁄4 cup    lecithin granules (GMO-free soy)    60 mL
    Chilled malt-free soy milk or Almond Milk
    Honey (optional)
1    banana, sliced    1

1.    Spread almonds on a baking sheet and toast in preheated oven for 4 minutes (do not burn them). Remove from heat and let cool.
2.    Mix puffed rice, puffed amaranth and rice bran with the almonds, pepitas, flax seeds and lecithin. Store in an airtight container.
3.    Serve 1 cup (250 mL) per person and add soy milk, honey and banana.

Makes 3 servings

Excerpted from The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet by Karen Fischer © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

"Body image is a concern for many of us today. Young girls are dieting and as we age, wrinkles and sagging skin keep us from enjoying simple pleasures such as swimming in the ocean. I have suffered from a range of skin problems throughout my life and this led me to become a nutritionist who specialises in beauty and skin health. I want to enjoy life and help others to feel comfortable in their skin. So I put my research and treasured recipes into books and I live a simple and healthy life." KF


Karen Fischer
is a nutritionist and an award-winning author. Karen's first book, The Healthy Skin Diet won ‘Best Health, Nutrition or Specific Diet Book’ at the 2008 Australian Food Media Awards and her latest book is The Eczema Diet. For more than a decade Karen has worked with hundreds of eczema patients. Not content to follow the usual path, Karen is an avid health researcher in her spare time, with a passion for finding new, science-based ways to create beautiful skin. Please note Karen is not taking on new patients at present.