I used to LOVE eating out. I ate out from 2-5 nights a week most weeks…I enjoyed going places, experiencing different atmospheres, and trying new foods while connecting with new friends.
But my skin didn’t like restaurants, and much preferred it when I ate at home. I noticed a huge correlation between eating out and pimples.
Though in the past, dermatologists stubbornly maintained that there is no link between diet and acne, they are finally falling in line and admitting the truth. Researchers have long ago proven the diet/acne connection and I saw it on my face every time I ate out in restaurants.
The more I ate out, the more pimply and congested my face would become – until I started cooking.
I have a seemingly obvious suggestion for you to get clearer skin: start COOKING your own meals at home and forego restaurants unless they actually use organic meats and produce and offer gluten-free, high-veg alternatives.
The Benefits Of Cooking At Home
1. Quality Control
When you cook at home you get total control over the quality of the ingredients used in preparing your meals. You can choose the freshest, organic ingredients that your body craves…You can use only the ingredients that allow your body to thrive!
And you don’t have to be the one substituting every option on the menu. “Can you skip the egg and cheese, with no salt, no dressing, no peanuts, and no crispy noodles and can you add more leafy greens with a lemon wedge on the side?”
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2. Better Health
By buying high-quality organic meats & produce you can reduce the amounts of pesticides and hormones you ingest. The more toxins you ingest, the harder antioxidants like glutathione have to work to detoxify them – resulting in depleted glutathione stores.
You’ll inevitably use way less sugar and salt when you cook at home than you’d consume at a restaurant. Because you cook for yourself, you’re not going to add filler ingredients that add ZERO nutritional value to your food like sugar or wheat.
Sugar results in blood sugar spikes that cause you to produce more sebum and basically makes your face freak out. While wheat causes inflammation and digestive upset…
3. Save Money
Cooking at home is cheaper than eating out. You can save a couple bucks by eating out less and invest it in something like awesome skin care products or…give it to the homeless. Seriously, it’s better to give the money to the homeless than waste it on ‘food’ that can ruin your health.
4. Smaller Butt
This is a no brainer. If you eat at home, you’ll put on less weight than if you eat at a restaurant because your food is going to be cleaner, but you can also control portion sizes and not feel like you have to finish every single bite.
5. Lower Inflammation
The biggest flaw of restaurant eating is the low quality oils that are used like canola, soybean, and sunflower seed oil. These oils are much cheaper, and they also contain then wrong ration of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids – including far too many inflammatory Omega-6s.
A North American diet is known to be inflammatory because of this, and also because of TOO MUCH processed crap and way too much sugar.
Inflammatory oils stimulate IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor) which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum resulting in a greater likelihood of clogged pores. The inflammation also makes an innocent clogged pore swell up and get red as the immune system goes into overdrive.
At home you can cook with extra-virgin cold pressed coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil, and add healthy fats to your meals in the form of avocado and nuts & seeds. The healthy fats will actually make you feel fuller, and will help balance hormones.
The difference between Eating At Home Or At A restaurant Is Staggering
When you eat at a restaurant, do you even know what you’re eating?
Restaurant food includes the following:
- added gluten where you don’t need it (sauces, meats, marinades)
- added sugar where you don’t need it (salad dressing, meats, even on SWEET POTATO)
- too much sodium
- cheap vegetable oils not made for clear skin
- cheap filler ingredients like MSG, soy, or corn syrup
- liquid calories (sodas, alcohol, juices)
- too many grains on your plate and not enough vegetables
- high-glycemic carbs like french fries, bread, pasta, cake, pies, ice cream
Home-cooking includes the following:
- organic meats & veggies
- healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts & seeds
- low-glycemic complex carbs like buckwheat and quinoa
Eating more healthfully impacts the skin by lowering inflammation, and improving insulin sensitivity – the underlying causes of acne.
What you eat matters! I hope that I’ve made a compelling argument for skipping the restaurants and eating at home. You can make it fun by inviting friends over for dinners. Cooking is also a great way to connect with people – it’s soulful.
You don’t have to complicate your dishes with fancy sauces and techniques – it’s really as simple as popping some meat and veggies into the oven while you make a plateful of raw veggies to eat on the side. Half an hour later your feast is prepared and it’s time to eat!
My favourite meal is baked sweet potato with baked organic chicken or wild-caught salmon, and a green salad with lettuce, cucumber, raw broccoli and cauliflower on the side. I sometimes pour some olive oil or MCT oil over the salad for extra fat. This dish is SO satisfying, but also incredibly nutritious.
Don’t be afraid of eating more fat and a TON of veggies. Fat will not make you fatter or break out more – I promise. And vegetables don’t come with negative side effects…
(Organic) Foods You Should Eat For Clear Skin
Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, bok chop, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potato, carrots, bell peppers, avocado, wild-caught salmon, organic free range chicken, even organic grass-fed beef is fine a few times a week, nuts like macadamia and cashews, kimchi, sauerkraut, olive oil, coconut oil…
Foods To Avoid For Clear Skin
Milk, cheese, corn, wheat, rice, baked goods like bread and cake, ramen, packaged foods like crackers and chips, wheat pasta, hydrogenated oils like soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, canola oil, tofu, edamame…Fried foods like french fries, tempura, gyoza, and anything containing soy lecithin, MSG, and that is genetically modified. Read ingredients carefully!
Better yet, buy whole foods where you don’t need to read the ingredients. What’s in this broccoli? Just broccoli…
Replacing processed food with whole food has been proven to improve skin and reverse diseases. Say goodbye to sandwiches and pastas – they aren’t providing you with any benefits beyond giving you empty calories and a sugar crash.
Ever since I started eating whole foods, my skin has improved, but I also lost an inch or so off my waist without even trying.
What’s your favourite dish to cook at home?
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