It’s what’s on the inside that counts. How often have we heard that and scoffed? But nutritional therapist Julie Deeks knows this to be utterly true.
While you may work out, have regular facials and otherwise take care of your body on the outside – what you’re putting into your body may be preventing you seeing the results you’re looking for.
Julie’s beauty hero foods are:
  • Kale
  • Raw miso paste
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Gluten free pasta
  • Organic chicken
  • Leeks
  • Blueberries
  • Coconut oil
For glowing skin, drink more water! Caffeine dehydrates the body and can reduce mineral uptake, so your morning espresso does not count towards your 8 glasses of water per day! Coffee is not a health food!
Avocados and sweet potatoes are full of betacarotene which is converted in the body to vitamin A which is great for the skin and hair. Avocado also contains vitamin E, which is another component for healthy skin. Add in some oysters for zinc and you are getting some great nutrients for the skin. Protein is important as it is necessary for growth and repair.
Cut the carbs. Pasta and potatoes are often our go-to foods at the end of the day, but they could be what’s preventing you seeing the benefits of your daily ab crunches. Carbs are less nutrient dense than protein and vegetables, so replacing carbs with more vegetables and protein will instantly improve the nutrient density of your diet.
Easy meals include grilled chicken, stir fried chicken or fish (wild Salmon is especially good for skin due to its Omega 3 content). Serve these protein rich mains with steamed vegetables like kale, broccoli and savoy cabbage tossed with garlic and chilli.
Brazil nuts contain selenium which prevents cell damage and often used in anti-ageing programmes.
While these foods are great for your body, they’re great for your soul too – there’s nothing like a delicious meal that you know is nourishing your mind, body and spirit!
If you would like nutritional advice from Julie, contact the clinic on 020 8332 6184 or info@theforgeclinic.com to find out her availability.