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Journal / Wellness
Eat healthy for better skin, inside out
Jeanette Ogden of ShutTheKaleUp is a health enthusiast and yoga sculpt instructor who believes in real food and balance. She spoke with us about her journey into wellness and the beauty of eating for healthy skin.
What inspired you to live a life of wellness and spread that message to your followers?
My journey into health and wellness actually started with wanting to get thinner after high school. I wanted to eat the same foods but my hormones had changed. I struggled with what to eat and wanted to eat better, but it actually became an eating disorder of obsessing over food and exercise rather the being and looking healthy. Luckily I found balance in thinking beyond what to eat and when to work out and started looking more at ingredients and real foods, cooking, labels and having it become a form of love instead of a chore… in essence, an enjoyable passion. I learned that it’s all about feeling good each day and that also means filling your body with good things.
What is your point of view on the relationship between food, eating habits and skin?
I truly believe that skin health starts from the inside out. A poor diet cannot give you good skin. A healthy gut radiates on the outside and it just shows. Food is medicine, eating well, taking care of your gut, means you will more than likely have healthy skin. However an unhealthy gut, can lead to hormonal imbalances, acne, dry skin, dull skin and generally unhealthy looking skin.
What foods are best for glowing skin?
Glowing radiant skin comes from eating greens like spirulina chlorella kale and spinach.
FOR PEOPLE WITH DRY SKIN, ARE THERE CERTAIN FOODS THAT CAN ALLEVIATE DRYNESS?
To hydrate dry skin, the less ingredients the better, simple foods like bone broth, eating whole aloe, and lots of greens like those mentioned above really feed your skin with hydration from the inside out.
For overall bright looking skin, what foods are best?
For brightness, tomato is like sunscreen for the skin. Summertime is when tomatoes are in season and it is when you need more sun protection. Seasonality is essential - you have to eat seasonally and locally. Eating this way helps with your flora and gut health which as we mentioned is essential to your skin health.
IN GENERAL WHEN LOOKING FOR HEALTHY LOOKING SKIN, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND ONE SHOULD EAT? DO YOU HAVE CERTAIN FAVORITE FOODS FOR SKIN HEALTH?
My favorites foods for skin health are sweet potatoes which are packed with vitamin A, have tons of nourishing vitamins, help you thyroid gallbladder, have loads of fiber moving toxins out the body to clear up skin. I also love pineapple /papaya which are full of enzymes and are great for digestion which means they are great for your skin. They also act as a skin brightener, overall they are just great skin and health foods. I eat lots of quinoa and sprouted rice as they have protein that is more easily digestible and are also very gut-friendly thus skin friendly. Also as mentioned above I eat lots of greens, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and bone broth. All are great for your health and fantastic for your skin.
One of our favorite skin health recipes is:
- 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into ¾ inch pieces
- 4 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- bunch of kale (I used about 8 loosely packed cups)
- 1 apple
- ¼ cup roasted almonds
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan (optional)*
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Toss the cut sweet potatoes with enough oil to lightly coat (I used 1 tablespoon) and season with salt and pepper.
- Spread the sweet potatoes onto two baking sheets and roast until browned and crispy, about 30 minutes, tossing once halfway through. Let cool slightly.
- Thinly slice the apple into ¼ inch by ½ in pieces and roughly chop the roasted almonds.
- To make the dressing, whisk together two tablespoons of the oil, lemon juice, mustard, liquid sweetener and salt and pepper to taste.
- Roughly chop the kale into smaller pieces.
- Add one tablespoon of oil to a large skillet and cook the kale over medium heat until steam begins to escape and is just warm.
- Remove from heat and add the dressing, sweet potatoes, apple, almonds and mix well. Garnish with shredded parmesan if using.