Jul 14th, 2012

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A Vegan Diet is Beneficial for Animals AND Your Skin! Here’s How…

baby cow looking at camera go veganHealthy living is essential for healthy skin, and a huge part of maintaining wellness is what we eat.  Good food is simply essential for good health and there’s no way around it.  You’ll never look your best eating Big Macs and candy bars.

So what should you eat for beautiful skin and a totally healthy you?


Eating lots of fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes while avoiding,  dairy, meats, refined sugars, and processed foods is what will make your body run in its most optimal condition and keep you skin clear, glowing, and full of life.  This way of eating is also known as a Vegan diet.

Why is a plant based diet so good for you though?

A vegan diet is so beneficial for the skin becauce high fat dairy products and meats add unneeded saturated fat to our diet.   The skin is one of the body’s pathways for ridding itself of toxins and wastes.  So guess where all that extra fat and funk goes?  In your mouth and out your skin!

Dairy products are also known to increase phlegm, mucus, and inflammation which can lead to clogged pores, acne, premature aging, and other types of skin issues. 


In addition, hormones, antibiotics and GMOs from farm raised animals contribute to numerous health and beauty challenges as well impacting our own natural hormonal balance and resistance to disease as well.

Avoiding these animal based foods also frees up room in your diet for more fresh fruits and veggies.  High in essential vitamins and nutrients and full of antioxidants – fresh organic vegetables and fruits have what your skin, and your whole body need to function at their optimal level.

Vegan diets are also known to be high in fiber; essential for helping the body to flush out toxins.  A cleaner body is a healthier body and means clearer, younger looking skin too!

In my opinion, a vegan diet is also optimal for the mind too.  Avoiding animal products in your diet and lifestyle lets you speak your mind about a number of issues including factory farming, greenhouse gases, and animal testing.


If you love animals of any kind, this feels much better to the mind and spirit than the dichotomy of loving some animals even as “pets” while eating or using products made from or tested on others.  You can also rest assured you’re eating a diet that sustains a healthy planet for all.  Eating meat uses up a great number more of the planet’s resources than a vegan diet; which can instead help feed the entire planet and solve the food crisis that’s currently going on in many countries.  There’s a certain peace of mind that comes from knowing these are some of the side effects of adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle and this stress reducing inner balance also shows on your skin.

Luckily, you don’t have to take my word for all of this though.  The vegan diet is being supported more and more through experience and research to be the optimal diet for healthy, happy bodies and, with the abundance of auto-immune diseases, diabetes, and cholesterol challenges on the rise, more and more physicians are recommending a plant based diet to their patients and even eating this way themselves.

Celebrities are quickly becoming vegan for health and environmental reasons as well.  And, yes, even you can easily adopt a vegan diet – even for just a trial period – and see how you feel.  You have to give it at least 2 weeks and then re evaluate.  Hey –  Oprah did it – And You Can To!

The only thing is you need to make sure you’re getting the proper balance of protein, vitamins, and essential nutrients.  To get you started, check out one of my favorite sources for vegan recipes –  The Best of Vegan Cooking by Priscilla Feral.

In the end, maybe you decide to go vegan, maybe not, maybe you’ll simply end up reducing diary and meats in your diet, but, either way, if you give the vegan diet at least a try, you’ll see a difference in how you look and feel while you save the animals and the planet along the way!