Eat your Way to Glowing Skin!
eat your way to glowing skin!- Blog takeover
Hi you guys! I am SO excited to be here with you for this blog take-over! My name is Kristen and I own Holistic with Kristen, a holistic and integrative health coaching practice based out of Orange County, CA. I am most excited to collab with Kasey and Glow Skincare because like you, I’ve been a devotee of not only Kasey’s facials (which I miss so much during Q), but also her chic IG aesthetic and warm personality. Today, I’m going to teach you all the things I’ve learned through my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as well as my own wellness journey and lots of trial and error, in order to achieve glowing skin through the foods you eat. It’s so important that we care for our skin externally, but also internally as well!
+ Hydration and “eating your water” – this is really key. Almost 80% of us are chronically dehydrated, which leads to dry, dull, wrinkly skin. You can slather all the moisturizer on that you want, but if you’re chronically dehydrated, it’s not going to get you that plump, glowy skin that we all want long-term. You want to drink at least ½ your body weight in ounces. I up that and aim for a gallon a day, which is 128 ounces and I track it in my FitBit app under the water section. You also want to try to “eat” your water as much as possible. How do I eat water, you may be wondering? Look for foods with high water content, such as watermelon (92% water!), strawberries, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery, zucchini and bone broth (which also has skin plumping collagen).
+ Healthy Fats – healthy fats are going to moisturize your skin from the inside out. Add avocado (like you need an excuse for some avo toast on fermented sourdough?!), extra virgin first cold pressed organic olive oil (I make my own salad dressing with EVOO, liquid aminos and lemon juice), chia seeds (love making chia pudding), nuts (walnuts are not only good for your skin, but also your brain!), fatty fish like salmon and tuna (look for wild caught). Gwyneth Paltrow’s book “The Clean Plate” has THE BEST salmon burger recipe ever. It’s in high rotation here and I buy canned salmon sometimes for convenience and it’s just as good!
+ Fermented Foods – ahhh kimchi and sauerkraut. Smells disgusting and my boyfriend literally covers his face with his shirt when I open it, but I eat it every.single.night before dinner. Kind of like my appetizer lol. Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented pickles, coconut yogurt, sourdough bread, kombucha and even wine, are so good for your gut and microbiome which also leads to a smoothly running digestive system and fresh glowy skin. You can even make your own with these mason jars!
+ Greens – plain and simple, get your greens. Leafy greens are full of antioxidants, which combat the damage your skin encounters from free radicals. Aim for dark, rich greens such as kale, spinach, romaine, dandelion greens, swiss chard, arugula. I try to add greens to every single meal, whether it’s kale in my morning smoothie, spinach sautéed in ghee butter for my eggs, or collard greens as a wrap for this bomb curried chickpea salad. Make sure you’re always incorporating some kind of greens into your meals!
+ Avoid alcohol – I KNOW this one can be so hard! Even telling you guys about how hydrating watermelon is made me think of how good it also is with vodka and ice in a blender lol, but the truth is, alcohol wreaks havoc on your skin. It’s dehydrating, toxic and usually leads to poor eating choices (hello midnight pizza!). It also causes inflammation and bloating, but there IS a Glow cold roller for that! A good alternative to a relaxing cocktail is CBD, since it also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Or just slather on a Cosmedix CBD lotion after you’ve had one too many lol
+ Rose and hibiscus teas – I have fallen in love with rose tea and hibiscus tea. They offer amazing health benefits and are so soothing. Try brewing organic edible rose petals and then pouring over ice with a few drops of liquid stevia, or freezing it in ice cube trays and adding to your water. So refreshing!
+ Collagen in coffee (or smoothie)– this is my ultimate morning hack and the only way I will start my day! Having a morning ritual will definitely set the tone for the rest of your day and this is my absolute favorite part, along with an entry in my gratitude journal – collagen in my coffee. Collagen powder supports your body’s natural production of collagen, which improves skin texture, reduces wrinkles and adds to that glow. Not just collagen, but also coconut butter for the healthy fats, a little Moon Dust of the day (pearl powder is so good for your skin!), cinnamon for a metabolism boost and a few drops of liquid stevia, all frothed in some nut milk (also healthy fats for glowing skin!). Always remember to drink a huge glass of water with lemon before your coffee though, so you stay hydrated, as caffeine can be dehydrating.
Ok, so I could go on and on about the benefits of clean, healthy eating and how it helps you get that glow, but here you have my TOP tips and I promise these will do wonders for your skin and overall health and well-being!
For more recipes, tips and tricks, make sure you’re following me on Instagram at @holistic.w.kristen and tag me in any of your glowing skin food and drink pics! I love seeing you all GLOW!