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Loveface is being blogjacked again.  This time by the lovely Cat Woods from Core Integrity With Cat.  Her blog features all of her passions and is a great one to drop by for really interesting health and fitness articles and of course, a whole lotta beauty.

Take it away Cat…

Just as eating pizza for breakfast and snacking on chocolate peanuts won’t benefit your waistline or your cholesterol, neither will a salt and sugar-filled diet nourish your skin.  Thankfully, I’m not going to harp on about all the things you shouldn’t eat, but rather all the foods that are fabulous for your skin and are both easy to find and easy to prepare. If you suffer eczema, acne or other inflammatory skin conditions, your first priority is to reduce (to an absolute minimum) all processed foods. This means anything that comes pre-prepared, diced, sliced and made up of powders, preservatives and chemical names you can’t pronounce. This includes MOST diet foods – like jellies, diet mousse, diet cake, diet brulee…sure, you might get thin eating them, but your skin will be sallow and sad and your brain will be screaming for fuel!

The skin relies on vitamin A and C to produce collagen, the ‘plumping’ factor that gives you your youthful radiance. Beware of overdoing the vitamin A – make sure to follow the directions on the bottle if you are supplementing with vitamins – especially if you are pregnant.  Vitamin A rich foods include sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots and red capsicum.

Get your Vitamin C fix from citrus, spinach, berries, parsley and red capsicum. Vitamin C also aids in the absorption of iron, another skin loving element, so whenever possible, try to combine iron- and vitamin c- rich foods for a double dose of nutrition.  The best source of iron is free range, fresh and organic red meat. Pulses are also a good option though, so lentil lovers can still get their iron. The beauty of high-quality red meat is that it is an excellent source of protein also. Considering that the skin, muscles and hair are made up of keratin and proteins, eating a protein-rich diet is essential to a beautiful body.

Vitamin D, or the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is another skin-saver. Don’t go bathing yourself in the open sunshine, without protection, for longer than 10 minutes at most. In fact, most of us will get enough vitamin D just by getting outside and taking a walk at lunchtime or before heading off to work. Definitely opt for vitamin D rich foods though.  Trout and salmon are rich in both Vitamin D and super-skin-solution Omega3 fatty acids. In fact, a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids has been proven to treat acne. While there is definitely argument for supplementing, there is no true substitute for a healthy, wholesome diet.  Not a seafood lover? Tofu is rich in vitamin D also, as are Portobello mushrooms, eggs and dairy products.

Finally, lycopene in tomatoes (the redness factor) is a rich antioxidant that battles environmental stress and damage. It’s also thought to protect the skin against damaging sun rays!

Here’s two recipes to give a spin this week. Please note, all recipes are from the Paleo Recipe Book  from Paleo Leap.

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Salmon With Cherry Tomato Salsa And Asparagus
Serves 4
Ingredients
4 wild salmon fillets, skin-on;
2 cloves garlic, minced;
1/2 tsp sea salt;
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper;
1/2 tsp paprika;
1 tsp lemon zest;
1 tsp fresh lemon juice;
1 tbsp olive oil;

Preparation
Set your oven to grill.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil. Whisk well. Rub the salmon thoroughly with the mixture on both sides. Place in a covered dish to marinade in the refrigerator for about 35 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Once the salmon has marinaded, place on the baking sheet and place in the oven to grill for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pale pink and flaky.

Roasted Asparagus
Serves 4
Ingredients
1 bunch asparagus;
1 tbsp olive oil;
1/4 tsp sea salt;
1/4 tsp garlic powder;
Freshly ground black pepper to taste;
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice;

Preparation
Preheat your oven to 400 F.
Remove the tough part off of the asparagus stalks. Spread the asparagus out on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss the asparagus to ensure it’s all evenly coated and cook for 10 minutes, flipping once after 5 minutes.

Cherry Tomato Salsa
Serves 4
Ingredients
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered;
2 cloves garlic, minced;
1 tsp lemon zest;
1 tsp fresh lemon juice;
2 tbsp olive oil;
1/4 tsp sea salt;
Freshly cracked black pepper to taste;
1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped;

Preparation
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk well. Add the cherry tomatoes. Toss the mixture together.
Serve over the salmon once it’s cooked.

 

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Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
Serves 4
Ingredients
2 lb. sweet potatoes, cut into wedges;
1 tbsp. olive oil;
Spicy Seasoning
Ingredients
1 tbsp. mixed or black peppercorns, ground;
2 tsp. dried sage;
1 tbsp. dried oregano;
1 tbsp. dried thyme;
2 tbsp. paprika;
1 tsp. cayenne pepper;
3 tsp. garlic powder;

Preparation
Preheat your grill to medium-high.
Bring a pot of water to boil on the stovetop. Blanch the wedges 3 to 4 minutes and drain.
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the spicy seasoning.
Place the wedges in a big bowl, drip the oil onto them, and mix well, making sure all the wedges are coated with olive oil.
Add the spicy seasoning and mix well again, making sure everything is well covered. You might not need to use all of the seasoning.
Grill the wedges for approximately 10 minutes, or until nicely charred and soft, turning them once in a while.

 

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Words by the lady who lives and breathes health and beauty, Cat Woods – Core Integrity With Cat

Pictures by moi – I had this for lunch today and it was awesome.

 

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