The Six Pillars of the Clear Skin Diet

By Nina & Randa Nelson

Here at the Clear Skin Diet, we like to keep things as simple as possible for you.

When it comes to nutrition, things can get incredibly complicated if you go out searching the internet.

To make it simple, these are the dietary guidelines that will calm breakouts and clear your skin. We call them the Six Pillars of the Clear Skin Diet:

  1. Plant foods only, no animal products
  2. Unrefined starches should be the cornerstone of your diet
  3. Avoid all oils
  4. Avoid high-fat plant foods
  5. Eat whole foods, food as grown, minimally processed
  6. Eat simply; variety is not important, repetition can promote long-term success

These principles largely comprise the “therapeutic diet” used by medical doctors – who have published research on nutrition and health. They have been used in clinical settings for over 80 years, in places like the Pritikin Center, the Ornish and Esselstyn heart disease reversal programs, Pritikin, McDougall Health Center – and many others.

So what do foods look like which can serve to combat inflammation and calm acne? Well here is just a partial list of what you can enjoy:

For breakfast:

  • oatmeal with fruit
  • pancakes
  • cold cereal (with fat-free plant milk)
  • hash brown potatoes
  • French toast
  • waffles

For lunch and dinner (or breakfast):

  • potatoes (baked, boiled, steamed, mashed with gravy)
  • bean soups
  • lentil soups
  • bread
  • sweet potatoes
  • lasagna
  • brown rice
  • pizza
  • pasta
  • burritos
  • noodles
  • beans
  • corn
  • stir-fries
  • veggie sushi
  • salads with barley
  • couscous
  • maize
  • millet
  • bean burgers
  • sandwiches
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • sauces
  • Dips
  • salt, sugar, and spices

And for dessert, you can have

  • brownies
  • fruit
  • banana smoothie “ice cream”
  • pudding
  • sorbet

 It's really lucky that foods that can help clear your skin - are also delicious "comfort" foods that are a pleasure to eat, and help keep you healthy and trim.

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