Years ago, when I struggled with adult acne and eczema, I just knew that my skin problems had to be coming from something I was eating.
My intuition kept leading me back to my food choices. Somehow, I knew something wasn’t computing inside.
What I didn’t know, was just how much my diet was affecting me, not just my skin. I’d struggled for years with food allergies that often left me feeling weak, foggy and ill most days. My energy was low, my digestion was a mess, and I didn’t like looking in the mirror.
I had no idea that the food I was eating, even the stuff I thought was healthy, was making me sick.
Fast forward to today and I look and feel like a different person. Most people when looking at me today, would never guess that there was a time when every inch of my face was covered with acne. In fact, I regularly receive compliments on my skin. 🙂
I am living proof that beauty comes from within.
As I helped my body to heal by choosing a new way of eating and living, I practiced cooking, day in and day out. I combined healing foods to make delicious and nourishing meals that would support me on the deepest levels possible.
As I started to heal, my body started to thrive and my skin, hair and nails began to reflect my internal health. I learned that supporting myself nutritionally not only helped me to feel better, it also completely changed my appearance.
Today, I’m sharing a recipe I love that is not only a healing, winter comfort food, it’s also GREAT for creating natural beauty from within.
Remember, each month I’ll be sharing one of my current favorite recipes with you.
These are easy, relatively quick dishes that I’m eating regularly and think you’ll love too.
Each recipe will pertain to the current season and will be hand selected for you, by me, due to its quality. In other words, I want you to feel confident about what you’re eating without having to do a bunch of searching and scouring to find it.
The whole food ingredients in today’s recipe are amazing for your skin and help to slow down the aging process.
I hope you love it.
Beautifying, Antioxidant-Powered Rice Pilaf
I don’t normally eat a lot of grains but when I do, they taste like this. A healthy comfort food, this pilaf is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-boosting beauty nutrition at its potent, delicious best. It also uses fresh turmeric which is so great to cook with. Not only is it beautiful in color and delicious, it’s a great way to incorporate more of this incredible healing herb to your diet. (You can slice any leftover turmeric and add it to your morning lemon water.) Serve this with a piece of fish, or a salad, or both. Enjoy!
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 medium shallots, minced
8 oz., shiitake mushrooms, brushed cleaned, stems removed and sliced
Pinch of dried marjoram
Pinch of dried tarragon
2 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
¼ cup dried cranberries
3 cups cooked organic short-grain brown rice
2 inch knob of fresh turmeric, peeled and finely grated
½ cup packed fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, marjoram, tarragon, ginger, and cranberries and cook, stirring frequently until the mushrooms are cooked, about 7-8 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until heated through. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and stir in the turmeric and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.