Guest Blog Post and Recipe by Lee Homes - Author, Wellness Guru, and a speaker at our event on Sunday, 19 October 2014.
When it comes to beauty, looking and feeling your best is what we all strive for, but the image of what we aspire to is sometimes warped by mainstream media and advertisers. From glossy photo-shopped highlight reels to stick thin models strutting the catwalk, we are bombarded with messages that are simply not achievable or desirable.
The truth is that glowing beauty, is actually not an external artifice it comes more naturally from the foods that we consume and how we feel about ourselves. Rather than buying the latest toxic serum created in a laboratory its far better to eat yourself beautiful with foods created by nature.
Think about what you’re putting into your body – this includes food, alcohol, caffeine, chemicals, refined sugars, toxins, and pharmacological drugs.
The latest research shows that the average Australia woman spends up to $6000 per year on beauty hairdressers, make up, waxing, and in nail salons, that money would be better spent on choosing fresh, organic foods which supply your skin and body with a vast array of nutrients and phyto-chemicals so that you can shine from the inside out.
The foods we eat and the type of liquids we consume can have a direct effect not only on the way we look, but also the way we feel. Fill your diet and lifestyle with fast foods, refined sugar, chemicals, and drugs, chances are you’re going to look and feel older than your years. However, if you supply your body with the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phytonutrients it needs to build cells, improve skin structure and organ function, and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, you’re going wind the clock back at least a decade. Hello 2004!
In terms of your diet, it’s important to consume foods that are higher in nutrients, antioxidant rich, clean, whole, and if possible, organic. The effects of eating close to nature as possible is cumulative and influences not only your health, but also your emotional state and general wellbeing.
Just as it’s important to fill your body up with whole nourishing foods, it’s important to look inside and discover your true beauty. Rather than comparing yourself to the person siting opposite you on the bus, or that bouncing happy woman at the gym, celebrate you and your body. We all have different body shapes, different hair colour, and different features, and it is these differences that make each and every one of us beautiful. Don’t conform to a particular body type or dress size, a particular hairstyle, or a particular trend, fill up your love cup and learn to love you.
We can’t stay twenty one forever, but by including more nourishing foods into your diet, flexing your love muscle, removing stress from your life, and indulging in self-care is a prescription you fill for a beautiful life.
** Want to hear more from Lee? Then join us for our first half-day beauty masterclass on Sunday October 19: Discover Your Beauty - Nourish yourself inside and out. All attendees get a free copy of Lee's book Eat Yourself Beautiful! Buy tickets here. **
Lettuce Leaf Burritos
WF , GF , S
This recipe comes from my recipe book called Eat Yourself Beautiful. Lettuce wraps are the latest trend in gluten-free burritos and home-made ones can be as healthy as all get out. These are perfect served with a dollop of avocado and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes.
1 red onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) organic minced (ground) beef
1 tablespoon additive-free tomato paste (concentrated purée)
1 bunch spinach, leaves chopped
2 zucchinis (courgette), grated
3 tomatoes, diced
2 spring onions (scallions), peeled and thinly sliced
12 large whole cos lettuce leaves
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed
130 g (41/2 oz/1/2 cup) plain, full-fat additive-free Greek yoghurt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan and sauté the onions and garlic over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the mince and cook, stirring occasionally and using a wooden spoon to break up the mince, for 10 minutes. Add the spinach, zucchini, tomatoes and spring onions and stir for another 15 minutes. Season to taste. Place each lettuce leaf on a plate. Divide the mince evenly over the top of the lettuce. Top with a spoonful of avocado and yoghurt, sprinkle with yeast flakes, wrap and enjoy.